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Tain't Mine

This is from an email exchange I had recently.

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Bill of Rights Day

Today is Bill of Rights Day, the most important American holiday that you’ve never heard of.

Think about it. Without the Bill of Rights, without the fundamental protection of individual liberty, the Constitution isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

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This looks promising

I stumbled across a very interesting looking website.

No Compulsion. Where Islamic Tyranny Meets Liberty.

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Remembering the San Bernardino Victims

I hope their families find peace.

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Let them be forgotten

Let them be remembered as cowards who only dared attack unarmed victims.

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The money thing

It’s the only campaign finance scheme that reduces the size of government, returns power to the voters, and keeps local money only in politics.

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Who is racist now?

I did not humble myself and acknowledge the sins of my skin color.

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Prince Charles Wrong on Syria

I realize the man is trying desperately to make his mark.

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Cruz becomes

In American politics, one of two things usually happen to politicos who act against the party leadership like Cruz has.

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What strategy?

No, I don’t think it’s the best solution.

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So Why Not Impeach?

No, I am not exagerating.

Although the Imperious Leader does.

When he isn’t lying.

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Victimhood drek

She didn’t do it by being a victim.

She did it by trying again and again until it worked.

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Holding up prices

This does show a lack of competition.

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She can speak for herself

We need to test our ideas again and again.

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This is why John Kerry won't call it a treaty

John Kerry and the State Department do a semantic shell game to avoid the law.

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Another place I talk Christianity

I wouldn’t want people to think I was hiding something.

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Coward

Ever wonder why the Imperious Leader doesn’t ask before he commits the country?

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Moore stuff

The green movement and the climate change crowd can’t stand dissent

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Adequate

Mind you I still wasn’t getting the service I paid for, but it was so much better than what I’ve had for the last few months. I almost caught myself sending them a thank-you.

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Obama the racist

The Imperious Leader and the Federal government has already decided that no matter what, certain “races” can’t succeed without help from The Man.

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Introducing the Love Gov

The Federal Government as an abusive boyfriend. Be sure to share with your friends.

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Zero. Zilch. Nada.

I am absolutely certain that abortion should not be funded by taxpayers. Nor should organizations or companies providing abortions. Nor should companies that provide birth control.

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Only Matters

Race only matters to racists.
     — Kent McManigal, The lie matters because of politics

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Outstanding

In some ancient polytheistic societies, the worst punishment that could be meted out was to erase a person’s existence by no longer speaking or writing their name and erasing any reference to them. It was thought this also negatively affected them in the afterlife. As a matter of personal policy, follow this concept and this is why I have not named the shooter in this article. However, The Honored Dead do deserve to be known…
     — Cara Schulz, Facing Violence in Chattanooga: Two Heathens Share their Experience
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I'm not the smartest guy in the room

Since I just spent forty-five minutes writing it as a post, you’re damn right I’m going to put it here.

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Simple question

Legal does not mean free.

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Better?

Stars above and Earth below, it’s the Faith Triumphant all over again!

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I want it understood

I’m standing against government licensing marriage.

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George Takei brooks no dissent - updated

They attack the person and avoid discussing the ideas.

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Battle flag - updated

The question remains, why was the flag acceptable last year but is not acceptable this year?

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That Judeo-Christian thing

I do criticize the Christians who constantly take refuge in that tired phrase “Judeo-Christian heritage.”

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The weak, the poor, the minority…

We’re so conditioned to expect the government to “save us” that we overlook government oppressing us.

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Giving away the choice

We ceded our right to choose our morality to government functionaries.

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It's not going to be fixed by government

So maybe it’s time to stop waiting for someone to save us?

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When bad service is the best option…

It’s literally the best available here.

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“We need to put the American flag down”

Identity politics and power through guilt will ALWAYS demand more no matter what is given…

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Abundantly clear

The free market doesn’t have government regulation.

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Nutcase

About the South Carolina church shooting. We know enough now.

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NeoNotes - Impress Me

You want to impress me, come up with something more than "the Bible told me so.” Don't make threats about judgement and eternal flame. Don't tell me about the changes it's made in your life. Don’t tell me how it’s “saved you.” Don’t tell me how you have the hotline to the “Almighty." 

And don’t tell me “it’s God’s judgement” when you’re the one spouting the words.

Tell me about the changes your faith makes in the world around you. Tell me what you do that makes the world better than when you got here.  Tell me how your faith manifests through you. 

Tell me about how you pass it on.

If that "Living Word" exists, it has to be in the hearts and souls of those people who have really embraced it. It's not in a dusty book. The verses don't matter except to show you the way. Tell me what lives behind those printed words. Tell me how you turned your sacrifice into a blessing.

Tell me about love. Tell me about the love you showed today.

Your actions show that. 

Your next choice starts now.
     from the private journal of NeoWayland

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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Flagging some questions

The “Confederate” flag (actually the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia) was raised over the capital of South Carolina by a Democrat governor in protest over the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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The narrative is not the tragedy

I’ve been asked why I haven’t commented on the South Carolina church massacre.

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Token - updated

With one move, the Imperious Leader’s administration tokenizes half the human race.

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One thing that can keep you free

Just because something is legal doesn’t mean that it is just.

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Decreed

The Imperious Leader literally decreed that non-profits must contribute to green technologies.

What happens when they don’t?

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Slow down the fast track

The Imperious Leader expects the American people to swallow the shit to get the good parts.

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Watching the headlines #3

As always, you should read the complete articles and form your own opinions.

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Leave them alone

Give government all the power you think is necessary. Watch as the one person who you think can’t be trusted with that power commands it against everything you hold dear.

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Core detail

Then I can just say “№ 4391” and save myself a lot of typing.

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Racism Today

…it’s about how you advance the cause.

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No dissent, or The content of his character

Rhyd Wildermuth has shown me his character.

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Should the government…

Nope.

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Disarming

Does that person threaten you or yours?

Does that person take or damage your property?

Then why are you trying to control them?
     — NeoWayland

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Stop the denial

Marriage licenses exist so that the licenses can be denied.

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Accept but not celebrate

I won’t celebrate.

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Global warming destroyed the environmental movement

And it was all based on a lie.

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Not anymore

You can't childproof the world. The best you can do is world proof your children.

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Power

Thorium is much, much, much more abundant than uranium.

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Imperial

They’ve forgotten that their power comes from the people.

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Drought conditions does not mean climate change

There are deserts here that have been deserts for ten thousand years.

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99 years of dollar signs

Government rigs these prices so it can draw profit on your loss.

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Ordinary people doing ordinary good

No one talks about what really holds our culture together.

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NeoNotes - Tyranny of the absolute

If the choice is between the absolute on the left side or the absolute on the right, I am going to pick freedom despite both.

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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All Or Nothing

It’s a scam.

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NeoNotes - I wish more people were.

I'm for live and let live.

I wish more people were.

You should live your life as you choose. Just don't expect me to celebrate it because it is your life after all. And don't go after your neighbor because of the lawn he planted or the socks he wears or where he spends his Tuesday nights.

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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The Return of Jim Crow

In the sixty years since the Civil Rights movement, the Left has entirely perverted the whole notion of civil rights. Civil Rights as the Founders intended meant the right of all citizens, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual, gender, etc., to be free of government constraints (although the government’s police powers certainly required the government to protect citizens when others amongst them worked to injure them or constrain their basic freedoms). Civil Rights as the Left demands it has become an all powerful government that is responsible for redistribution wealth, property, access to government and even happiness, from whites to blacks.
     — Bookworm, American Christians are the new blacks; and Leftists own the new Jim Crow movement
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Victim privilege - updated

Yes, f*** your trauma. My sympathy for your suffering, whether that suffering was real or imaginary, ended when you demanded I change my life to avoid bringing up your bad memories. You don’t seem to have figured this out, but there is no “I must never be reminded of a negative experience” expectation in any culture anywhere on earth.
     — Chris Hernandez, ‘Microaggressions’ And ‘Trigger Warnings,’ Meet Real Trauma
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Watching the headlines #2

I think this is way out of hand.

CNN ATTACKS Duke basketball coach for NOT speaking out against new Indiana Religious Freedom law

CNN’s Carol Costello ATTACKED Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski for refusing to weigh in on the new religious freedom law in Indiana. I’m not kidding. Krzyzewski didn’t come down one way or the other on the law, he simply refused to address it. But because he didn’t fall in line, I guess, with other sports figures condemning the law, CNN does a whole segment attacking him…

Everybody's Lost Their Goddamn Mind Over Religious Freedom

Nobody should be forced to do something they don’t want to do, whether it’s bake cakes for gay weddings or decorate cakes with anti-gay slurs. To me, whether a person’s or a business’s decision is based in religion is immaterial.

Whatever you may think of Jack Phillips’s refusal to bake a wedding cake for gay customers, there’s something as or more disturbing about the court ruling against the owner of Lakewood, Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakeshop. Not only was the baker forced to change his store policy, he and his staff were required to attend sensitivity training. That sounds like something out of China during the Cultural Revolution. It doesn’t help that Phillips offered to make the original complainants any sort of item but a wedding cake.

Most Americans don’t agree with Phillips’s beliefs in this case, but such disagreements are one of the prices we pay for living in a free society, in which we seriously recognize and respect that different people have different value systems. It’s worth noting that in the segregated South, very different rules applied. It was common, for instance, that local and state governments and laws actively prevented businesses from treating customers equally. When laws were not openly racist, “citizen’s councils” and terror groups such as the Ku Klux Klan enforced a de facto standard against businesses that treated all customers equally. This is not the case today with regards to gays and lesbians.

By the same token, any individuals or businesses that exclude certain sorts of business can’t exactly bitch and moan when people decide to publicize such policies and organize boycotts, as is happening to the entire state of Indiana now.

Oh, and speaking of Apple and Tim Cook.

The overblown hypocrisy of Tim Cook's business boycott of Indiana

Now, there would be an argument to deny business owners even this little space to live by their spiritual sensibilities if the discriminated individuals couldn't obtain the services they needed elsewhere — as was the case with blacks in the Jim Crow South prior to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But discrimination isn't as institutionalized now as it was then, especially against gays, who have gained rapid acceptance in recent years. If one establishment refuses to service gay customers, there are myriad others that will, imposing no severe hardship on them. To insist on being served by the few people whose beliefs would be violated seems more like a projection of power rather than a plea to secure legitimate rights.

Furthermore, if Cook merely boycotted Christian businesses whose beliefs he found abhorrent, it would be one thing. But what's truly obnoxious about his campaign is that he is using his right not to do business with Indiana, because it's doing something he disagrees with, to obtain a law that would deny Indiana businesses the same right not to do business with folks who they don’t agree with. This is simply intolerance masquerading as a crusade for justice and equality — a naked use of brute market power to legislate his views.

Doug Powers may have gone a little overboard with the “snark setting,” but he makes a pretty good point about Tim Cook and Apple too.

Sounds like Apple’s CEO needs to disable the ‘hypocrite’ app on his iPhone

Hey, if a theocratic Islamic monarchy can show Indiana how to do religious freedom and gay rights correctly, Apple’s CEO is hot-to-trot for that particular business deal.

Here’s the thing.

Americans have the right to discriminate. The right of the people “peaceably to assemble” also means that you don’t have to associate with people you don’t like. If the government doesn’t have the power to force you to attend church, they don’t have the power to keep someone from practicing their religion as they choose so long as it doesn’t injure another. Neither help nor hinder.

If your neighbor doesn’t have the power to control your actions by his beliefs, you don’t have that power either. It’s the parity test again.

I said it before in my True Believer Rant.


In other words, inflict government on someone today, and you shouldn't be surprised if someone inflicts government on you tomorrow.

All these are examples of what I call True Believer Syndrome. The idea is not original with me, heck, Isaac Bonewits spends most of his Cult Danger Evaluation Frame defining exactly what makes a True Believer, and in several of his other essays he details why they can be so dangerous.

But the one thing that I have found in all True Believers is an absolute belief that their particular book, method, faith, interpretation, or silly hat is The Only Acceptable Choice. They will ignore anything that anyone else does if it doesn't adhere totally to The True Way. Worse, they will overlook mistakes and abuses made by the people on the correct side, even as they violate the principles they hold central to their belief.

Or as the old Genesis song goes, "Do as I say, don't do as I do."

I often call True Believers fundies because it gets the point across. At least, to most people.

Lately I've seen a disturbing trend. Both the "right" and "left" have their extremists, but it seems that the leadership on the left is made up mostly of extremists. Most moderates and conservatives seem to be willing to sit down and talk over differences, but that doesn't seem to be true on the "progressive" side. It's a lousy observation to make, but by golly, that is what I see. The "leadership" of the "left" wants to exclude any other possibilities.

The people making the loudest noises about "diversity" are the very ones who want to take it away.

Ten years later, and it’s the same thing only with the volume turned up.
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Dancing grannies demand freedom

The official titles don’t matter, aunts and grandmothers hold a community together.

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We finally hear Moore

You should read it all, it’s very good.

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Discriminate now

These are matters of individual choice and they should remain so.

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Voting

Remember the goal is FREEDOM. If the institutions don’t work towards that goal, we need to get rid of the institutions.

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NeoNotes - Answers & Questions

I’ve long since concluded that no one has all the answers or even most of the questions.

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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By the content of their character

Obama lies. But that’s not the real problem.

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Dirty Water

Government at both ends squeezes you in the middle

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Watching the headlines #1

Not worth entries by themselves

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Free Range Kids

“You can’t childproof the world. The best you can do is worldproof your children.”

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Rebellion isn't free

Today I’ll talk about the Free Market Rebellion.

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Bottleneck

America’s internet doesn’t have the problem you think.

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Apple sneaks up on the competition

It’s not about Apple, it’s about the free market.

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Liberty Beats "Internet Freedom"

Watch this great video

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If government doesn't trust you…

The only reason government has powers is to protect your rights.

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Government FREAK out

Do you think we would have the smartphones and tablets and laptops we have now if the tech had to be Government Approved?

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Military honor

Our military is mostly honorable people who want to do the right thing.

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Vandalism messes with my vigil

Cut one fiberoptic line and two-thirds of Arizona is isolated.

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The last, best hope

I’ve called the internet the last, best hope for humankind.

Yes, I caged the line from Babylon 5. It’s still true though.

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from crux #2 - defining liberty

It’s not a right unless the other guy has it too.

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FedGovs go after the internet

There’s a secret plan.

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You are not entitled

I may not have heard it all, but I have heard enough.

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Drones

If the drone flies over your property, can you shoot it down?

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Going after the cash

Follow the money

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Isn't this racist?

Why don’t liberals get the blame for their words and actions?

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Would you live in tyranny?

“Papers, please”

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Don't trust public science - updated

Fudging the numbers again

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Pocketing climate change

It only takes a simple program and a scientific calculator to show the holes in the climate change models

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Tyranny of the 16th

Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment

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The Return of Real ID

In Washington there are no bad ideas, just zombie ideas that keep getting resurrected.

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We can afford it? Not really.

Funny how much politicos want to spend your money.

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Reply to a Bookworm Rant

Bookworm is looking for scapegoats

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The Doctrine, the Dogma, the Ideal

I do dissent

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Stockman takes Wilson to the woodshed

Woodrow Wilson was not right.

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Honor in giving truth

I think that most people make mostly good choices.

Mostly.

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Whoops

I told people that Christianity didn’t mean much unless you were a Christian. It might even drive people away from a good cause.

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Choosing for themselves

More than one stream.

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Will you?

What’s been missing.

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State of discord

The Imperious Leader lied.

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Bright and shineys

Baubles & distractions

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Leap of faith

My goal isn’t winning internet arguments, it’s freedom.

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When truth is dissent

Very silly.

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Boom!

Now they are worried.

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Capitalism isn't

Just in case you were wondering

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Greener than thou

Power to control

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Human Lives Matter

So no matter what I’ve said before now, no matter what I’ve done before now, if I fail to do this now, I’m racist.

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Choose your right

I believe that economics and morality should be based in free choice.

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