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❝On the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence❞ by Calvin Coolidge

“Silent Cal” is one of the underestimated presidents and is probably in the top ten. Or he would have been if Hoover didn't undo most of his work. This is one of Calvin Coolidge's better speeches and is a great American work.

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☆ Sins of the skin

I'm behind this week. I had issues with my blogging program..

Why is it that everyone is allowed to be proud of their ethnic heritage unless you're "white?"

And then there's "white privilege."

"If you can't see it, you've got it."

Guess what. That's racist.

Yes, you read that right. It's racist. People are being blamed because of their skin color. No matter what they say, no matter what they do, They Are Guilty and Can Not Be Redeemed. You can't get more racist than that.

They are not only guilty, but they are responsible for the actions and attitudes of people long dead.

Well, isn't that a kick in the pants. I can only speak for me.

I won't humble myself and acknowledge the sins of my skin color.

I won't abase myself.

I won't sacrifice my pride and power before their “need.”


Why not? Because I didn't do anything. You want to be a victim? Fine. Go do it somewhere else.

You want some help so you can stop being a victim? Then let's talk. Let's see what we can do.

Yes, the United States was not perfect when it was founded. There were a bunch of rich, "white" men running around controlling everything. Things got better. The US helped destroy the international slave trade. Women got the vote. Some of our greatest today aren't rich, "white", or male. Things got better. It's not perfect now. But we're getting better. That's the promise.

If you are not responsible for the sins of your ancestors, then neither is anyone else. Neither am I.

If you take pride in your ancestry, then so can anyone else. So can I.

Why?

Because I am not guilty for my ancestors.

My skin color doesn't make me racist.

Can you say the same?

We're human. Let's build on that. Let's start with today. Let's limit our judgement to what the individual has said and done.

Let's not blame the skin color. Or privilege. Or what we think they think.

Just what is said. Just what is done.

Can you live with that?

I can. Do we have a deal?

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NeoNotes — internet tactics

I pointed out before that dismissing arguments unheard and without even a cursory search to see if there is any validity just makes you look foolish and uninformed.

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Standard deduction

If there is a “standard deduction,” then by definition taxes are too high.
     — NeoWayland

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☥ ▽ ❝Obey the principles without being bound by them.❞

Obey the principles without being bound by them.
     — Bruce Lee

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Know

Know yourself. Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay.
     — NeoWayland

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Biggest and hardest lesson

The biggest and hardest lesson that I've had to learn is that no one group has THE answer, and no group that says it has THE answer can be fully trusted.
     — NeoWayland

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❝Government Can't Fix Healthcare❞ by Prager University

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Thursday roundup 20Jul2017

Sen. John McCain diagnosed with malignant brain tumor

I would not wish a tumor on anyone. But I think it's long past time John McCain got out Arizona politics.


[Fill in Name of Government Program] Would Have Worked Had the Right Person Been Running It

Well worth reading. It's similar to what I have been saying.


Loesching The Left

Words mean things. Many on the Left don't like the obvious meanings.


Tear Up the Permission Slip: Medical Autonomy Is a Fundamental Right

If you don't own yourself, what do you own?


Arizona senator defends Muslim opponent from online attacks

I don't always agree with him, but Jeff Flake is a class act.


No way: Postal workers dispatched to battleground states to campaign for Hillary Clinton, Democrats

Yes way. It happened. In the 2016 election, the Democrats did everything they accused the Republicans of and much more.


Soros Gave $20.7 Million to Alleged Russia-Funded Climate Groups in US

I'm not surprised. Soros did something very similar with "campaign finance reform." Soros wants to disrupt society so government steps in and he can profit. The man is a secret lair away from supervillian territory.


Some ICOs Now Ban Americans – Who Should Expect More Ostracism

“Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) or token sales are a surging trend to raise funds quickly. In May, for example, the Monaco Visa ICO raised $3 million in 3 days. Debate ensued on whether Monaco Visa was a good gamble, but one category of investors didn’t have to worry: Americans. That’s because Monaco Visa, like a growing number of other ‘foreign’ ICOs, refused to deal with U.S. citizens”


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Token doctor? - revised

A couple of years ago I told you what I thought about replacing Hamilton on the $10 dollar bill.

The same thing applies to the new Lady Doctor.

Regular readers know I liked Doctor Who. One of the absolute best quotes that ever came from television drama is from that show. I watch the show regularly on Sundays with my companion. And yes, my use of that word started as a cross between how it is used in Doctor Who and how it is used in the series Firefly.

I've also read science fiction from childhood.

But, but, BUT, if the reason for making the new doctor a woman is because this time she's a woman, THAT IS EXACTLY WRONG.

Hillary Clinton based her 2008 and 2016 campaigns on one pretty much one phrase, "it's her time." I talked to hundreds of people about Hillary, and that was the one thing that every supporter agreed on. "It's her time." Nothing about her ability, her merits, or much else. Just "It's her time." So we should have had elected a woman president because she was a woman? That's a lousy reason.

Our heroes aren't defined by their gender. Our heroes are defined by what they have done and how they inspire us.

If you are inspired by gender or skin color or religious membership, you should find a new reason.

By making about gender instead of ability or accomplishment, the BBC and the show runners have effectively tokenized half the human race. Suddenly, it's not about what you've done, it's about gender and how your gender has been victimized.

What's heroic about that?
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Sometimes you need a hero

Ex-Con Skips Job Interview, Jumps Off Bus And Saves The Life Of Car Crash Victim

Just seven days after being released from prison, Aaron Tucker is being hailed as a hero.

Last Thursday, the 32-year-old from Bridgeport, Connecticut, was on his way to a job interview at a nearby Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.

While on the city bus, he was startled to see a car hit a tree and flip over. The bus driver quickly hit the brakes and came to a stop.

"Are you going to help?" he shouted to the bus driver. "No, but if you get out I'm going to leave," the driver replied, explaining that he had to stick to his route.

Tucker jumped off the bus and sprinted toward the totaled car, which was upside down and spewing smoke. He knelt down next to the passenger-side window and saw the driver covered in blood.

"The guy had a lot of blood coming from his head," Tucker told CBS News.

He unbuckled the man's seat belt and dragged him away from the vehicle as it started to catch on fire.

"You're going to be all right," Tucker repeated to the man as they lay on the pavement. "Your family wants to see you. Keep your eyes open."
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“Solving” net neutrality

Net Neutrality Supporters Should Actually Hate the Regulations They're Endorsing

If you went on the internet at all last week, you could not help but miss some of the web's most popular websites publicizing their campaigns that defend the Obama-era telecommunications regulation known as the Open Internet Order (OIO). Last Wednesday, tech heavyweights like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and even Pornhub held a "Day of Action" to support the controversial FCC rules. The websites bombarded users with blog posts encouraging folks to contact their representatives and popup messages bemoaning the future of a slow and tiered internet. But ironically, these websites' stated goals are in direct contradiction of the regulations that they ostensibly support.

Simply stated, the OIO does not in fact secure the principles of "net neutrality" like so many of these websites implied to their users. In fact, the OIO may have the adverse effect of actively discouraging the principles of net neutrality through a loophole that would exempt motivated Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from OIO regulations. This cannot be emphasized enough: The OIO allows and encourages ISP filtering, a huge no-no in the world of net neutrality.
     — Andrea O'Sullivan

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Wednesday roundup



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Seen as equal

We may not all be equal in terms of ability or potential, but in the eyes of the law, we must absolutely be seen as equal, and nobody gets special favors because of the color of their skin.
     — David Cole, Beneath the Fold

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NeoNotes — scapegoating "whites"

And yet scapegoating is alive and well.

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Free to be bigots

Individuals are free to be bigots. Just as they are free to be heroes.
     — NeoWayland

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Amazing police officer

Police Officer Talks Down Knife-Wielding Man And HUGS Him

A man armed with a knife enters the Huay Kwang police station in Thailand - but instead of being assaulted, he is met with a huge hug.

Officer Anirut sat calmly using very non-confrontational body language to calm the man down. He then convinced the man to hand over his knife.

When he does, the officer throws the knife away and approaches the assailant with his arms outstretched and embraces the man with a giant hug.

Anirut told Thai Visa News: "He used to be a musician but had been working as a security guard for three days and had not been paid. On top of this he had had his guitar stolen and it was all stressing him out.

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Threat

A choice made under the threat of force is no choice.
     — NeoWayland

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Hungary vs. Soros

Hungarian Gov’t Steps Up Fight Against George Soros

The campaign follows a series of moves to halt Soros’ operations in the country. The government argues that Soros is pushing for a one million migrant influx to Europe per year. It is now trying to impose legislation that would force NGOs in the country to reveal where their funding originates and the purpose for which the money was received.

“In Hungarian public life there is a single important element which is not transparent: Soros’s mafia-style network and its agent organizations,” Orban’s spokesman Zoltan Kovacs told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is why the government insisted that [the] parliament decide on making these organizations transparent, as the Hungarian people have the right to know who represents what and for what purpose.”

The frosty relationship between Orban and Soros reached an all-time low after Hungary passed education reforms in March that could threaten the future of the Soros-funded Central European University in Budapest. Soros lashed out at Orban, describing his “mafia state” as “one which maintains a facade of democracy.”
     — Jacob Bojesson

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Fix health care

Taxing Hospitals Is a Lousy Way to Fix Health Care

But if that’s the case, then the best solution is probably to stop subsidizing it, not to make the subsidy more complex. A lot of the current mess in the American health-care system can be traced back to the thicket of hidden subsidies and fiddling regulations we’ve enacted over the years, trying to fine-tune the system into some platonic ideal where nothing ever goes wrong and no one ever makes an unseemly amount of money. But fine tuning has not delivered us the platonic ideal of anything, except perhaps the word “dysfunction.” It might be time to step back and rethink our approach.

We might start by asking ourselves, “Why are hospitals tax exempt in the first place?” When the income tax was first levied, giving hospitals nonprofit status made sense, because these organizations did largely act as charities. Over the succeeding decades, however, the government decided that it didn’t want to rely on charities for charity care, and enacted a series of programs that financed such care with government dollars.

In an ideal world, perhaps hospitals would have gratefully accepted those dollars, and redirected the money they’d been spending on treating patients to cover gaps in the system, like dental care (woefully underprovided either by charity or government fiat). But we do not live in the ideal world. The difference between a charity hospital and its for-profit brethren has shrunk smaller and smaller, and by now, seems too small to justify treating them as charities.
     — Megan McArdle

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Tuesday Roundup

Fmr Govt Official ‘Shot Himself in the Head’ Just Before Testifying Against Clinton Foundation

One of the great mysteries of our time is how many people die just before they testify or reveal information about the Clintons.


Mitch McConnell Slips More Kickbacks into Senate Healthcare Bill

It's not about fixing healthcare. It's about expanding government power and getting selected politicos re-elected. Voters should remind them loudly. Repeal, then Replace.


As Media Focuses on Russia Collusion, Trump Is Quietly Stacking the Labor Board with Union Busters

While the Russia business and the tweets distract his opponents, he is making changes. Trump is playing the Democrats like a country fiddle.


The New McCarthyism Is Destroying the Democratic Party

Yep.


5 Private City Projects That You Should Know About

The future could be privatized.


U.S. appeals court upholds nondisclosure rules for surveillance orders

Almost like the Fourth Amendment doesn't exist. I'd like to see all intelligence orders, nondisclosure agreements, and national security gag orders automatically sunset after three years, but I would settle for five.


When Higher Education Morphs Into Ideological Indoctrination, Expect Fewer Customers

That's the great thing about free choice and a free market. If you don't like what's offered, you can walk away without buying.


New York Times Omits Clinton State Department Link to Trump Jr. Meeting

Interesting omission. At this point, can we expect anything else from the Times?


POLL: 52 Percent Of Americans Think Democratic Party Just Stands Against Trump

Right now there is no evidence that the Democrats stand for anything else.


Loretta Lynch Ordered Illegal Wiretap Against Trump Campaign

Remember when Nixon ordered the Democrats bugged? Now there was outrage.


Why is Hungary waging a campaign against George Soros?

Here's what the story doesn't tell you. Soros is a world-class behind the scenes operator who destabilizes governments so he profits. Look up crony capitalism, Soros perfected it.

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Moral responsibility

The simple answer is that moral responsibility is always a personal choice. You can't compel virtue or it ceases to be virtue.
     — NeoWayland

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Health care tied to your job

How did we end up with health insurance being tied to our jobs?

“You’re coming out of the Depression and all of a sudden hiring ramps up,” said Sherry Glied, professor of public service at New York University. So many men are abroad that businesses are desperate for employees that “wages start to climb and prices start to climb. We start to see major inflation happening in the U.S. economy,” Glied said.

In that October chat, President Roosevelt argued that economic sacrifices at home were needed as much as any new tank.

“We shall be compelled to stop workers from moving from one war job to another as a matter of personal preference; to stop employers from stealing labor from each other,” Roosevelt said.

That year, the National War Labor Board forbade employers from raising their workers’ salaries — a wage cap. If our employer-sponsored insurance system has an origin story, it is this.
     — Dan Gorenstein

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“The Truth About Net Neutrality” by Stefan Molyneux

I'm not fond of Stefan Molyneux. I think he rambles and talks way too much on any given topic.

However I can't deny that this video is the single best explanation about net nuetrality.

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NeoNotes - George Soros

George Soros is one of the most dangerous men alive.

I won't regale you with libertarian CONSPIRACY THEORIES THAT ABSOLUTELY TURNED OUT TO BE TRUE EVEN IF NO ONE BELIEVES THEM!!!

In a nutshell, he works by funding people who can disrupt the status quo and planting people calling for Government Changes For The Common Good. What he admits is bad enough. Here's just one example that tracks straight back to Soros.

Hoodwinking Congress - blast from the past (2005)



In the pre-Christian version of the Hebrew faith, the Adversary is very different than today's common conception of Satan. He was a Tester of Faith, given Divine sanction to tempt the faithful. In special cases, such as Job, he had no restraint. And of course, the temptation of the Christ in the wilderness was another special case.

I believe in freedom of choice and accepting responsibility for one's words and actions. The free market is one manifestation. Commerce is based on voluntary economic transactions between consenting adults. It is the greatest tool yet developed by the minds of men and it's made economic progress, infrastructure, and most other tools possible and cheap.

Soros and his like are Testers of Faith in the Free Market. They are despicable and destructive, but absolutely necessary.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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That's the excuse, not the reason

Here's the dirty little secret that you're avoiding. The evil is not in a belief system. That's the excuse, not the reason. No book has ever committed genocide. No song has ever burned someone alive. No long lost chant has ever raped.

It's people who speak and people who act. It's people who do good, and people who do evil.
     — NeoWayland

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I can't stress this enough

I can't stress this enough.

The state is not a moral entity. Government is not your friend, at best it is a bad servant.

Religion can not be allowed the coercive power of the state and the state can not be allowed the moral justification of faith.

You can't trust law to do the right thing. You have to watch it. You have to argue with it. And sometimes you have to fight it.
     — NeoWayland

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Monday roundup

House Advances Bill That Would Expand the DEA's Power to Make Legal Highs Illegal

Government can't keep up with regulating new products, so you have to loose freedom.


How Trump Can Avoid Impeachment: Order NSA to Declassify All Intel On Democratic Email Leaks

This is a Really REALLY good idea!


Why Middle America Doesn't Care About The Trump Jr. Narrative: Reuters Explains

Maybe the mainstream media should pay attention to what their audience wants


Tens of Thousands of Muslims Gather to Denounce Islamist Terror – Mainstream Media Ignores It

This is important. The Islamists will never be defeated until most Muslims decide to defeat the extremists. It can't be done from the outside.


VISA takes its War on Cash to US Retailers

“We’re focused on putting cash out of business.”


5 Cities That Won't Be Hosting the 2024 Olympics, and Why That Makes Them Winners

The Olympic Games lose money for the host city. I think the International Olympics Committee may have started the stadium scam, where the local government is on the hook for the bills and the sports team gets most of the revenue with no risk.


Congress is fleeing its warmaking responsibilities

“Congress is permanently in “Annie” mode. It will deal with its war responsibilities, like its myriad other forfeited powers, tomorrow, which is always a day away.” — George Will


Phoenix Taxpayers Lose $200 Million on Sale of Largest Hotel in Arizona

Government should NEVER finance private enterprise. Government is so bad at it that it never ends well for taxpayers.


Can property survive the great climate transition?

Here we get to the nub. Private property is the the foundation of prosperity, as explained in Hernando de Soto's The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. Without private property, there can be no free market. Without a free market, the economy is screwed. The climate alarmist movement exists to redistribute wealth "for the greater good."


L.A. County sheriff can't give prosecutors the names of problem deputies, appeals court rules

So even if they lie, falsifiy reports, and stolen, the deputies are ABOVE THE LAW.


Is Russiagate Really Hillarygate?

The most important question of the 2016 election.

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Faith & religion

I believe that faith and religion can be a tremendous source of individual morality and a dangerous tyranny in society.
     — NeoWayland

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“What About America Are You Grateful For?” by SoulPancake


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New Monona Mura

Business owner fights back against vandals using the same tool

But now, the racial slurs and symbols are gone from the building. What left behind is what Wadsworth now calls the new Monona Mural. It's a beautiful and bright piece of artwork that's permanently spray painted on the same walls that were once tagged by the vandals. It's a project both Wadsworth and her colleague decided to do after a lot of thought.

"I called my landlord (and said), do you mind if I paint the door? I started out with the door," Wadsworth said as she laughed.

Her landlord gave her permission, so she went to the store and bought $94 worth of spray paint, went back to her shop, grabbed her colleague and had some fun.
     — Hunter Saenz

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Highway robbery

Authorities in Utah Seized Nearly $3 Million in Cash and Assets From Citizens Last Year

In one case highlighted by the Salt Lake Tribune, cops seized cars and other property—including "a $25 flashlight…a $4,000 mountain bike, a $2,500 motorcycle and a guitar autographed by Led Zeppelin worth $3,000"— and charged several people after a methamphetamine bust, prosecutors say.

Cops like to publicize such busts because it feeds a narrative that asset forfeiture is used primarily against big-time drug dealers. But they're rather out of the ordinary, the report shows.

Most forfeitures (69 percent) take place during traffic stops and most of the time only money is seized. According to the state report, cash was taken in 99 percent of forfeitures during 2016, with the median seizure amounting to only $1,031.

That means, in many cases, the amount seized was considerably less than four-figures. In one instance, the report shows, police took $16 from a motorist.
     — Eric Boehm

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from crux № 11 - Ultimate truth

I've seen the arguments in enough other contexts to distrust anyone who claims rationality prevents any opposing view. Even more so when they dismiss any other possibility unheard because they have the Ultimate Truth That Must Not Be Questioned.
     — NeoWayland

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Damage

A spate of recent articles corroborate what I already suspected, that holding elected office is the neurological equivalent of getting kicked in the head by a donkey.
     — Andrew Heaton, Science: Power Causes Brain Damage

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Make it better

Make it better today. Keep polishing.
     — NeoWayland

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Buy their meals

“Anonymous Woman Treats 25 Firefighters To Dinner”

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Millionth passenger

“Southwest Pilot Showers His Millionth Passenger With Gifts, Pays For Her Ticket”

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The heart knows

“Bride gets wedding day surprise from man who received late son's heart”

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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