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Oklahoma catch-and-release law forces angler to let go of monstrous 157-lb. paddlefish

For angler Justin Hamlin, it’s the tale of the big fish that got away.

Fishing in Oklahoma’s Keystone Lake in the northeastern part of the state Friday, Hamlin caught a huge, 157-lb. paddlefish that might have shattered a world record if not for a state regulation, officials told the Tulsa World.

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His Valentine’s Day monster catch was likely the biggest paddlefish ever caught, but will likely never appear in the record books because it was caught on a Friday, one of two days that the state’s catch-and-release law applies, the newspaper reported.

The state regulation requires that fish caught Mondays and Fridays be released immediately.

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Justin Hamlin of Kerryville, Okla., caught a whopping 157-lb. paddlefish on Valentine’s Day while fishing at Keystone Lake. State law forced him to return the fish to the water because Mondays and Fridays are catch-and-release days. (Oklahoma Department of Wildlife)

Those same regulations say paddlefishers on other days may keep only one of the species in a day’s fishing, forcing them to stop as soon as one is kept.

The fish measured 60.5 inches from tail-to eye with a girth of 45.25 inches, the World reported.

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Hamlin said in his Valentine’s outing with his wife — in which they caught five other fish — he was excited by the catch as the paddlefish fought him three times before he brought it in.

“It would come up to where you could see it and it would take off again,” he said.

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Utah to decide if driver’s DEPORTM license plate violates state guidelines

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Can a vanity license plate that makes a personal statement about illegal immigrants cross the line?

Utah officials said Friday they are reviewing a motorist’s “DEPORTM” plate to decide if it violates state guidelines.

“We’re not sure how it got through,” Tammy Kikuchi, a spokeswoman for the Utah State Tax Commission, which oversees the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles, said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “We’re really quite surprised.”

She confirmed the plate was approved in 2015.

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Salt Lake City resident Matt Pacenza saw the plate and posted a photo on Twitter on Thursday, questioning how it wouldn’t violate the commission’s guidelines.

The post got the attention of a handful of state senators and the tax commission, which confirmed it is reviewing it, according to Salt Lake City’s Deseret News.

Many commenters agreed the plate was “offensive,” “horrific” or simply put: “yuk.”

Others said the matter could be a First Amendment free-speech issue.

Utah law says vanity plates may not show “contempt, ridicule or superiority of a race, religion, deity, ethnic heritage or political affiliation.”

“I think there’s a wide range of opinions in Utah when it comes to an issue like immigration and that’s a good thing,” Pacenza said, according to Deseret News. “I think it’s good to live in a place where we can express ourselves freely and have a diverse set of attitudes about complex issues, but it doesn’t feel like to me license plates are the right venue for that. And this particular issue just seemed unusually aggressive and confrontational.”

In the last few years, the Utah Tax Commission has banned plate requests like “3MERL0T” “4TWENTY” and “KKKADEN,” according to The Tribune.

“A private citizen has a first amendment right to say offensive things. The State does not, and has rules about license plates,” Republican State Sen. Daniel W. Thatcher tweeted. “I believe those rules have been violated here. Hopefully Tax Commission agrees.”

Democratic State Sen. Luz Escamilla tweeted that the plate would be discussed at the next Administrative Rules Review Committee.

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The commission also refuses plate requests that are vulgar, sexual, profane or derogatory.

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Boeing employees’ internal emails mocked 737 Max’s safety

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Boeing employees knowingly misled the Federal Aviation Administration, mocked the “clowns” and “monkeys” who designed the troubled Boeing 737 MAX and said they’d never let their own family members fly on ride the aircraft that was later involved in two crashes that killed hundreds.

That’s according to hundreds of pages of internal instant messages and emails Boeing delivered to the FAA and congressional investigators last month, which were released on Thursday.

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“This airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys,” one Boeing employee wrote in a 2017 instant message exchange apparently bashing fellow colleagues at the company.

“Would you put your family on a Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t,” another employee asked a coworker in a 2018 conversation before the first crash. “No,” the person responded.

“I still haven’t been forgiven by God for the covering up I did last year,” one employee wrote in 2018, referencing interactions with the FAA.

The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded worldwide since March, after two deadly crashes in late 2018 and early 2019 killed a total of 346 people. It was later determined that a new software system on the plane forced it to nose dive, causing both accidents. Pilots were not aware of the new software and, therefore, had not received training.

In a statement to Congress Thursday, Boeing said that the communications “raise questions about Boeing’s interactions with the FAA” as the company sought to have federal regulators approve new flight simulators. The FAA said that the flight simulator described as flawed by employees in the documents has since been revised as passed inspection as Boeing continues to remodel the MAX.

“Upon reviewing the records for the specific simulator mentioned in the documents, the agency determined that piece of equipment has been evaluated and qualified three times in the last six months,” Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the FAA, said in a statement. “Any potential safety deficiencies identified in the documents have been addressed.”

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said the documents detail “some of the earliest and most fundamental errors in the decisions that went into the fatally flawed aircraft.” He and other critics accused the company of putting profit over safety.

“They paint a deeply disturbing picture of the lengths Boeing was apparently willing to go to in order to evade scrutiny from regulators, flight crews, and the flying public, even as its own employees were sounding alarms internally,” he told The Associated Press.

A 2015 message said FAA officials were like “like dogs watching TV” as they listened to Boeing employees deliver a complicated presentation on the 737 MAX.

Employees also groused about Boeing’s senior management, the company’s selection of low-cost suppliers, wasting money, and the MAX. Names of those who wrote the emails and text messages were redacted. The company said it was considering disciplinary action against some employees.

The documents showing employee conversations were released the same week an older model designed by the same company in the 90s, the Boeing 737-800, crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran, killing all 176 passengers and crew aboard. The plane itself was less than four years old.

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That Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down by mistake by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile, the Pentagon says. Iranian officials blamed mechanical issues with the Boeing plane. The crash happened hours after Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq housing U.S. service members in retaliation after the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.

The grounding of the MAX will cost the company billions in compensation to families of passengers killed in the crashes and airlines that canceled thousands of flights. Last month, the company ousted its CEO and decided to temporarily halt production of the plane in mid-January, a decision that is rippling out through its supplier network.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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FDA launches criminal probe of vaping-related illnesses; Congress to hold hearing about outbreak next week

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday launched a criminal investigation into the nationwide epidemic of vaping-related illnesses after the number of cases recorded by U.S. health officials jumped to more than 500 since last week.

The agency’s tobacco director, Mitch Zeller, stressed the agency is not interested in prosecuting individuals who use illegal products but instead would like to uncover the chemical makeup of vape products and how they are being produced, sold and eventually used in ways that may cause individuals to fall ill.

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“We are in desperate need of facts,” Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said. “The focus of their work is to identify what is making people sick, as well as a focus on the supply chain.”

“We are in desperate need of facts. The focus of [the FDA investigators’] work is to identify what is making people sick, as well as a focus on the supply chain.”

— Mitch Zeller, FDA tobacco director

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 530 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory, up from 380 a week ago. An eight death in the U.S. was reported Thursday evening when the Missouri Department of Health confirmed a man in his 40s died due to a vaping related illness, USA Today reported.

A congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing on the outbreaks next Tuesday. Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., and Peter King, R-N.Y., announced Thursday that they formed a new congressional caucus focused on curbing teen vaping. President Trump said last week his administration is looking to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarette products. Young people in particular have been affected by the epidemic, with about half of reported cases being in people under the age of 25, USA Today reported.

“We’re facing a true epidemic in this country,” DeGette said in a statement. “Congress has a responsibility to protect our public health. We’re going to be working tirelessly to make sure we keep these products out of the hands of our young people.”

On Tuesday, New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other vaping products except for menthol and tobacco flavors. The e-cigarette maker Juul is facing a slew of lawsuits from the parents, business, lawmakers and individuals across the country who argue the company’s misleading marketing strategy gets people hooked on their fruity flavored products without fully disclosing the risks.

Meanwhile, several TV networks — including CBS, WarnerMedia and CNN — say they will no longer air ads for e-cigarettes.

All patients have reported using either an electronic cigarette or vaping device before falling ill, but, so far, no single vaping product or ingredient has been linked to the illnesses, though most patients reported vaping THC, the high-producing ingredient in marijuana.

The FDA said it’s gathered more than 150 vaping product samples for forensic analysis, according to USA Today. The agency is looking to see if samples contain nicotine, THC, and other cannabinoids, opioids, cutting agents, additives, pesticides, poisons, toxin and any other substances. One substance, vitamin E acetate, has surfaced in some lab samples and is believed by New York health officials to be the potential cause of some of the illnesses. No one substance has surfaced in all samples.

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Some cases pointed back to black market vaping products. U.S. health officials also warned against altering vaping products sold from vendors. State health officials in Illinois, where 69 cases and one death have been reported, are asking residents to fill out an anonymous online survey to describe their vaping habits to aid officials in their investigation, USA Today reported. Two-thirds of the cases nationwide involved 18- to 34-year-olds. Three-quarters are men. Some of the first cases appeared in April.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Curtis Hill: Is Google an illegal monopoly? 48 state attorneys general – including me – are investigating

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“Our aim is not to do away with corporations,” President Theodore Roosevelt once said. “We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to subserve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth.”

A few days ago I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow attorneys general on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. The occasion was our announcement of a wide-ranging multistate investigation into Google’s business practices – particularly its advertising techniques and its search engine.

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We are determined to learn whether this giant of the tech industry has engaged in anti-competitive behavior in violation of state and federal antitrust laws.

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this investigation is its bipartisan nature. Our group of attorneys general includes 26 Democrats and 23 Republicans. We represent 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. These days, achieving this kind of consensus among so diverse a collection of individuals is a virtual miracle.

The common cause that brings us together is our mutual interest in protecting our states’ consumers by making sure Google plays by the rules.

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We’re talking about a company that controls a hefty chunk of all online searches and advertising.

In fact, as The Washington Post reported, Google captures 75 percent of all spending on U.S. search ads. This year the company is forecast to earn more than $48 billion in U.S. digital ad revenue. Google’s parent company has more cash on hand – $117 billion – than any other company in the world.

On Google’s explosive success, let’s be clear: If the company has gained its advantages in the marketplace through free and fair competition, then good for Google. There is no doubt, after all, that Google provides useful products and valuable services to Americans and others around the globe.

These days, folks looking for relevant information online are figuring out that Google’s top search results often take them to entities paying premium fees to appear first in the search results.  Or, in other cases, the top search results lead them to other Google-operated sites such as YouTube.

If facts uncovered in this investigation indicate that Google engaged in calculated manipulation to improperly thwart competition, however, then we must pursue appropriate follow-up actions to protect the free market. We must promote conditions under which all entities may compete on a level playing field in accordance with the rule of law.

In the long run, monopolies often wind up providing customers lower quality and/or higher prices than companies forced to compete.

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These days, folks looking for relevant information online are figuring out that Google’s top search results often take them to entities paying premium fees to appear first in the search results.  Or, in other cases, the top search results lead them to other Google-operated sites such as YouTube.

Consider the wisdom of economist Milton Friedman, who spent his life advocating for the free market.

“The great danger to the consumer is the monopoly – whether private or governmental,” Friedman once said. “His most effective protection is free competition at home and free trade throughout the world. The consumer is protected from being exploited by one seller by the existence of another seller from whom he can buy and who is eager to sell to him.”

Google’s control of online advertising markets has been particularly harmful to online journalism outlets and other web publishers. Free societies benefit when the marketplace rewards the dissemination of news, research and ideas produced by diverse sources.

Speaking for myself, I never take lightly the decision to participate in actions against businesses.

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We all recognize the great contributions of companies large and small to the American way of life: employing workers; providing goods and services to consumers; generating tax revenue and producing all the other benefits that businesses create for society in general.

We all should support policies that enable businesses to innovate and thrive. This includes maintaining an environment of free and fair competition.

Just like individual citizens, corporations must be held accountable for following the law. To this end, I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow state attorneys general to continue this investigation.

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Mark Levin: Forget gun control, politicians should scrap fuel strict fuel standards to save lives

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Democratic politicians should consider revamping fuel efficiency standards instead of gun control laws if they want to help save lives in the future, according to Mark Levin.

Most Democrats revile automobile technology because it provides for more personal freedom, and they have sought to stifle it at the expense of people’s lives, Levin claimed Monday on “The Mark Levin Show on Westwood One.”

“So, starting with the Arab oil embargo of 1973, in which the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — or OPEC — cut oil exports to the United States for supporting Israel in the Yom Kippur War, the automobile has been relentlessly demonized as the enemy of the environment.”

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The “Life, Liberty & Levin” host added that in reaction to the embargo, the federal government imposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE) on automobiles in 1975, which leaders like former President Barack Obama sought to strengthen further.

“They attack the fact we are energy independent,” he said of some Democratic politicians. “They attack fossil fuels.”

“The left and the Democratic Party exists to destroy progress and its proponents argue that more efficient cars would cut gasoline use, thereby reducing reliance on foreign oil and pollution.”

He said, in addition, that people have died because cars are built to be less structurally resilient.

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“In order to meet the per-gallon fuel efficiency standards set by Congress, the automobile industry was required to reduce the size and weight of vehicles,” he said, adding cars now, “contain more plastic and aluminum than ever before,” and leave occupants, “more vulnerable to injury and death from most kinds of accidents — Has anybody heard this issue by anybody?”

“Our Congress is coming back and we’re told they’re going to look at gun control, but they’re not going to look at the CAFE standards… it would destroy the narrative of the left.

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“The left, since 1975, vastly increased the CAFE standards, which this president has rolled back,” he added, going on to point to the levels initially set under the Obama administration.

When the standards were conceived in 2012, the fleet-wide mileage target for 2025 was 54.5 mpg. But because more trucks and SUVs are now being sold, that number was reduced to 51.4, the EPA said in 2018.

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Levin said it was a good thing Trump rolled back those standards: “Can you imagine the number of people who would’ve been slaughtered on our roads as a result of such an insane and arbitrary figure.”

“This was celebrated in the media,” he said of the Obama-era increase of CAFE standards.

“So much depends on the priority of what we’re told — the agenda that is pushed… all we get is this endless propaganda.”

The Trump administration said in 2018 people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards.

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Overall, “improvements over time have better longer-term effects simply by not alienating consumers, as compared to great leaps forward” in fuel efficiency and other technology, the administration argued. It contended that freezing the mileage requirements at 2020 levels would save up to 1,000 lives per year.

New vehicles would be cheaper — and heavier — if they don’t have to meet more stringent fuel requirements and more people would buy them, the draft says, and that would put more drivers in safer, newer vehicles that pollute less.

Transportation experts dispute the arguments, contained in a draft of the administration’s proposals prepared in 2018, excerpts of which were obtained by The Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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John Stossel: Trump succeeds as deregulator in chief, but his tariffs and farm subsidies counter his efforts

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President Trump promised he’d get rid of bad rules.

“Remove the anchor dragging us down!” he said when campaigning for president. “We’re going to cancel every needless job-killing regulation!”

Trump was a developer, so he knew that the thicket of rules government imposes often makes it impossible to get things done.

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But would he keep his deregulation promise? I was skeptical.

Republicans often talk deregulation but then add rules. People called President George W. Bush an “anti-regulator.” But once he was president, he hired 90,000 new regulators!

Trump has been different.

When he took office, he hired regulation skeptics. He told government agencies: Get rid of two regulations for every new one you add.

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I think his anti-regulation attitude is why stock prices rose and unemployment dropped. Trump sent a message to business: Government will no longer try to crush you. Businesses then started hiring.

Of course, the media wasn’t happy. Reporters love regulation.

They call Trump’s moves “an attack on the environment” and on “workers’ health.” The New York Times ran the headline “Donald Trump Is Trying to Kill You!”

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What the media don’t get is that regulations have unintended side effects that often outweigh the good they’re intended to do.

Cars built smaller to comply with President Obama’s rules that require doubling of gas mileage cause increased deaths because smaller cars provide less protection.

“Should the government tell you what kind of car to buy?” asks Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform in my new video about Trump.

Trump’s deregulation record would be better were he not so eager to add regulations, such as tariffs, at the same time.

Norquist says that Trump has largely kept his deregulation promise, and that’s been great for America.

For example, Trump repealed the Obama-era plan to classify franchise businesses like McDonald’s as one single business. Why?

“The trial lawyers want to be able to sue all of McDonald’s, not just the local McDonald’s, if they spill coffee on themselves,” says Norquist. “And the labor unions want to unionize all McDonald’s, not just the one store. That would have been a disaster.”

Trump’s Federal Communications Commission repealed Obama’s “net neutrality” rule, which would have limited Internet providers’ freedom to charge different prices.

Democrats and other regulation-lovers predicted repeal would mean that rich people would dominate the Internet. Bernie Sanders even tweeted that repeal would mean “the end of the internet as we know it.”

Of course, none of those things happened. Or as Norquist puts it: “None of it! None of it!”

But some Obama regulations sounded so important.

Norquist laughs at that. “The names for these regulations are written by regulators. They’re advertisements for themselves.”

Of course, unlike advertisers, regulators don’t list side effects of their rules, which Norquist says should read: “May cause unemployment, may reduce wages, may raise the cost of energy, may make your car not drivable.”

Trump’s deregulation record would be better were he not so eager to add regulations, such as tariffs, at the same time.

“There is a challenge. Trump is a protectionist in many ways,” says Norquist, sadly. “Tariffs are taxes, and regulations on the border are regulations on consumers.”

So are Trump’s “buy American” rules.

“That sounds like a good idea, but it’s a dumb idea, and I wish he hadn’t done it,” says Norquist. “That is not deregulation. The good news is that the vast majority of the acts have been deregulatory and tremendously helpful.”

Recently, Trump announced, “We have cut 22 regulations for every new regulation!”

He exaggerated, as he often does. The real number is about five. But that’s still pretty good. Better than Ronald Reagan did.

I wish Trump would do more.

I wish he’d remove his tariffs and agricultural subsidies and kill the Export-Import Bank, drug prohibition and the onerous rules that encourage illegal immigration by making it almost impossible for foreigners to work here legally.

Keep your promise, President Trump! Repeal 22 regulations for every new one!

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Nevertheless, so far, mostly good.

Every excessive rule repealed is a step in the right direction: toward freedom.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Declaration of Independence was based on these revolutionary ideas

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The Declaration of Independence — released on July 4, 1776 — was Thomas Jefferson’s masterpiece. Jefferson himself wrote much about it in essays and letters during the 50 years that followed.

Not the least of what he wrote offered his view that the declaration and the values that it articulated were truly radical — meaning they reflected 180-degree changes at the very core of societal attitudes in America.

The idea that farmers and merchants and lawyers could secede from a kingdom and fight and win a war against the king’s army was the end result of the multigenerational movement that was articulated in the declaration and culminated in the American Revolution.

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The two central values of the declaration are the origins of human liberty and the legitimacy of popular government.

When Jefferson wrote that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, he was referring to the natural law. The natural law teaches that right and wrong can be discerned and truth discovered by the exercise of human reason, independent of any commands from the government.

The natural law also teaches that our rights come from our humanity — not from the government — and our humanity is a gift from our Creator.

Even those who question or reject the existence of the Creator can embrace natural rights; they can accept that our exercise of human reason leads us all to make similar claims. Rights are essentially claims made against others, including the government.

These claims — free speech, free association, free exercise or non-exercise of religion, self-defense, privacy, property ownership and fair treatment from the government, to name a few — are rights that we all exercise without giving a second thought to the fact that they are natural and come from within us.

In Jefferson’s day, the government needed the people’s expressed permission to tax and regulate them. Today, the people need the government’s permission to do nearly everything.

The view of the individual as the repository of natural rights was not accepted by governments in 1776. Back then, governments rejected that idea and used violence to suppress it.

For the government here in the mid-18th century, the king was divine and could do no wrong, and Parliament existed not as the people’s representatives but to help the king raise money and to give him a read on the pulse of landowners and nobility.

Jefferson and his colleagues had no difficulty breaking from this ancient regime. Unlike the French, who destroyed their monarchy, the American colonists seceded from theirs — and they did so embracing natural rights.

Regrettably, they did not recognize the natural rights of African slaves or women. We all know and profoundly lament and are still correcting the sorry history of those errors.

The idea that each human being possesses inherent natural rights by virtue of one’s humanity is not just an academic argument. It has real-life consequences, which Jefferson recognized. Those consequences are implicated when government seeks to curtail rights for what it claims is the common good or the good of the government itself.

Jefferson recognized that you can consent to the curtailment of your own rights, but you cannot consent to the curtailment of mine. To Jefferson, government can take away your rights without your consent only if you have violated someone else’s rights; it cannot do so by majority vote.

The second radical concept that underscores the Declaration of Independence is that no government is valid unless it enjoys the consent of the governed. This, too, was unheard of in 1776, because British kings did not claim consent of the governed as the basis for their legitimacy. They claimed the myth that their monarchies were an extension of God’s will.

In America, consent of the governed is married to the natural law. Under the natural law, what is yours is yours and what is mine is mine. If I attempt to take your land or car or cellphone, you can stop me, either directly or through the government to which we have both consented.

If one of us has not consented to the government’s existence, it can still enforce natural rights as the agent of the person whose rights are being violated — just as it does for bank depositors when it captures a bank robber. If we have not consented to the government and it takes our liberty or property, it has no moral legitimacy and is merely a common thief.

The last of Jefferson’s many letters was written to his enemy-turned-friend John Adams, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the declaration — a day on which both Jefferson and Adams would die.

In that final letter, Jefferson argued that the greatest achievement of the declaration was its arousing men to burst free from the chains imposed upon them by superstition and myth — by bringing about a recognition of their natural rights and an embrace of government by consent.

Today the Jeffersonian ideals of personal natural rights and governmental legitimacy conditioned upon individual consent of the governed have become myths.

In Jefferson’s day, voters knew all that the government did, and it knew nothing about them. Today, government operates largely in secrecy, and it captures our every communication.

In Jefferson’s day, the government needed the people’s expressed permission to tax and regulate them. Today, the people need the government’s permission to do nearly everything.

In Jefferson’s day, his colleagues fought for independence from England. Today, half the country is dependent on the government.

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Did you consent to a Congress that steals liberty and property on a whim without due process; to a president who starts wars, raises taxes and spends money in defiance of Congress; or to courts that let folks be tried twice for the same crime or punished for crimes not yet committed?

Welcome to Independence Day 2019.

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Gutfeld on San Francisco banning vaping

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San Francisco has become the human-poop capital of the Western Hemisphere, so what is their mayor concerned about?

E-cigarettes. Yep, she just signed an ordinance banning “vape” sales. It’s the first of its kind in the United States.

You don’t have to vape to see how idiotic this is. But let me offer a plug. Vaping got me to quit smoking, which is far more harmful. If vaping had been around 30 years ago, so would a lot of your relatives. I don’t vape anymore. But it helped get me here.

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The mayor said there’s much we don’t know about these products. She could have said the same about wind farms or cell phones. But no, she means vaping.

So vaping is a health hazard in her city, but not injecting heroin on the streets near a school.

I guess when you can’t address your city’s big problems, you look to vaping as a distraction from failure.

What has been done to San Francisco is a monumental failure. It’s become a dystopian open sewer in which super-rich liberals virtue signal from above while the homeless relieve themselves below.

It’s clear that you can accept any kind of misery, if you’re well away from it.

The rise in banning things will continue. Unless, of course, the homeless do it, Antifa does it, or undocumented aliens do it.

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Then breaking the law is simply the “right” thing to do, because anything else would be hateful.

Welcome to San Francisco! Please don’t puff, but by all means, poop.

Adapted from Greg Gutfeld’s monologue on “The Five” on July 2, 2019.

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Ryan Radia: Congress should think twice before regulating tech giants — look at Europe for what could happen

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Should the federal government break up big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon?

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee began investigating this question, marking Congress’s first major antitrust probe in decades. Members of both parties are understandably concerned about tech giants, with some politicians going so far as to push for major tech firms to be broken up. While antitrust regulators aren’t likely to take such a drastic step, even more modest forms of intervention could end up hurting consumers and competition.

Companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon may seem dominant today. But as little as a decade ago, Facebook had just overtaken MySpace as America’s leading social network. Google’s Android mobile OS ran on less than one-tenth of smartphones. And Amazon represented a single-digit percentage of the overall e-commerce market.

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This isn’t to say that America’s top tech platforms are about to fade into irrelevance like Friendster, AltaVista, and AOL. Rather, the seemingly dominant position of today’s tech giants is unlikely to persist in the long run. Microsoft, the top target of antitrust concerns two decades ago, is now valued at over a trillion dollars. Yet few worry that Microsoft is squelching competition and hurting consumers, in large part because the PC and office productivity software markets don’t enjoy the relative importance they once held.

If antitrust intervention becomes truly necessary, narrowly tailored fixes are vastly preferable to chopping up leading tech companies into pieces.

Forcing Facebook to unwind its purchases of Instagram and WhatsApp or splitting Google into distinct search and advertising businesses won’t suddenly revitalize traditional media companies or resolve allegations that Silicon Valley is biased against conservatives. But it will weaken America’s competitiveness in the global tech industry and chill investment in innovative new startups, many of which aspire to the heights of today’s leading tech companies.

Eighteen of the world’s top 30 tech firms by market cap are American — but just one is based in the European Union. Unsurprisingly, the EU government has long been a critic of U.S. tech firms’ alleged dominance, having slapped American companies with multiple billion-dollar fines involving antitrust violations. U.S. antitrust regulators have taken a much more cautious approach to date. Given Europe’s lackluster position in tech, the United States should think twice before following in the EU’s footsteps.

Antitrust intervention makes it harder for successful startups to grow into large, sustainably profitable enterprises. It shifts the risk-reward proposition of angel investment and venture capital funding. This means fewer bold ideas make it to market, fewer creative thinkers quit their day jobs to become entrepreneurs, and more investable assets end up in the pockets of the very incumbents that advocates of antitrust regulation aspire to weaken.

If Congress wants to protect competition in internet markets, it should block efforts to regulate the tech sector in ways that entrench incumbent firms. For instance, in 2020, a draconian California law designed to protect consumer privacy will go into effect. Only the biggest companies will be able to deal with the law’s broad scope, costly mandates, and potentially massive penalties. Congress should preempt this law to protect internet startups engaged in interstate commerce.

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Meanwhile, if antitrust intervention becomes truly necessary, narrowly tailored fixes are vastly preferable to chopping up leading tech companies into pieces. Allowing consumers to export their social media profile data or ensuring that tech platforms are interoperable with one another are two less restrictive alternatives to breaking up companies or forcing them to endure decades of intrusive behavioral monitoring.

Giving regulators and judges far greater powers to shape the evolution of the digital marketplace is a risky gambit. There are legitimate reasons to criticize America’s tech sector, but it’s still delivering tremendous value to consumers. Intervening in this dynamic marketplace is likely to entrench incumbent firms, weaken America’s global competitiveness, and deprive us of the rewards of future innovations.

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