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NeoNotes: Taking on the alt-right

You don't have the might of the state on your side.

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“The Drunken, Pagan History of Christmas” by Adam Ruins Everything

It's not what you think it is

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Compromising elections

I've been poking around and I have a new theory.

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NeoNotes - Liberty should be the goal

We need solutions that don't exile people politically.

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“Should We Trust the Media?” from Roaming Millennial

Biased Journalism & Creative Reporting

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NeoNotes - Off Limits

Behind locked doors and privacy fences, I am "free to do what I want." But is that freedom?

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How Prostitutes Settled the Wild West - Adam Ruins Everything

Surprising history

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“The Racist Roots of Gun Control” by Clayton E. Cramer

This overlooked 1995 classic reminds us about freedom

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Penn & Teller on flag burning

Freedom to offend

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“Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist”

“There's No Other Way to Say It: Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist"

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Attack from the blacklist

“We’re Under Attack"

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Uncle Sam says Stop Being Afraid

“You're Americans First"

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NeoNotes - American Christmas

Christians are nicer people when they aren't the only game in town

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Roaming Millenial on the Alt-Right

“What is the Alt-Right?"

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Secret group creates blacklist

Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group

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Soros manipulating media

“Leaked Documents Reveal Expansive Soros Funding to Manipulate Federal Elections”

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Still plenty of ice

“Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking… ”

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Abnormal

“Dear Media: Please Stop Normalizing the Alt-Right”

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“Instead of Famine — Thanksgiving!” by Henry Hazlitt

This 1968 Henry Hazlitt op-ed quotes William Bradford to tell you how it really was

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Hoodwinking Congress - blast from the past (2005)

“Buying Reform”

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An obvious solution

Plant more trees.

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When I thought Trump might win

By the end of September I was seriously impressed.

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Fake isn't always fake

“A libertarian tech revolt”

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Mixing science and politics

“The Real War on Science”

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Roaming Millennial on allegations

“Should we listen and believe?”

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Cult of Clinton

“America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton”

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Right to boycott

“Fashion Designers Are Boycotting Melania Trump. Shouldn't Bakers and Florists Have the Same Right?”

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Not quite the hate

“Hate Crimes, Hoaxes, and Hyperbole”

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“Scrooge McDuck and Money”

Animated classic from 1967 shows the evolution and role of money in society. Money is only useful if it circulates.

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“Make Mine Freedom (1948)”

Animated classic from 1948 shows the politics of disunity

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Compromise

‟Ignore the Mob—Long Live the Electoral College”

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Cry Wolf!

“You Are Still Crying Wolf”

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Good thing she wasn't elected…

“Hillary Clinton Supporters Doxxing, Harassing Electoral College Voters”

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“The Nature of Liberty” by H.L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken is always worth your time.

This version is from Prejudices: Third Series (1922)

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Roaming Millennial on the Election Aftermath

“Anti-Trump hysteria”

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the Pagan Vigil Record Pagan Vigil Reader - updated

Introducing the Pagan Vigil Reader

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NeoNotes - Government doesn't compete

“There's no incentive to make it better”

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CGP Grey on the Electoral College

“The Trouble with the Electoral College”

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NeoNotes - Pre-victimhood

“The man has not even been sworn in yet.”

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More back down

It took less than a week for these celebrities.

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Bussed in protestors

Who is paying for the buses?

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NeoNotes - Laci Green

“The stuff on sex is pretty good, the stuff on relationships is so-so, and the SJW stuff is just destructive.”

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NeoNotes - Analysis

The last couple of days I've been analyzing both parties and their leadership.

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Unholy alliance

Her politics don't allow for dissent.

That tells me more than I need to know.

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Little victories

But by all the gods it’s great to see a modern liberal take on political correctness.

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Escape

“Do #CalExit Supporters Realize Many Californians Have Been Trying to Escape Them?”

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It was a joke?!

WTF? Amy Schumer Backs Out, Now Says Talk of Moving was a Joke?!


One backed down. So much for character. So much for honor. So much for principle.

She’s going to stay where the money is.

Next.

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“The War Prayer” by Mark Twain

This 1905 Mark Twain piece has lessons for today.

It was not published until after his death.

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NeoNotes - religious discrimination

I've every reason to fight religious discrimination.

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The last thing I'm writing about the 2016 election

My choice was None Of The Above.

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Undocumented means illegal

We can argue whether the law is morally right or not.

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Tiny houses banned

“Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living”

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See if they do

Hollywood celebrities always freak out when a conservative is elected.

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NeoNotes - Again

Damn.

John McCain won. Again.

Blast.

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Because FREEDOM demands more than just black or white

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Grow a lot faster

“Memo To The Next President: We Can Grow A Lot Faster”

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Roaming Millennial on Social Justice and Universities

“Social Justice & Universities”

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Nativists threatened by success

“Alt-Right Nativists Launch Witch Hunt Against Chobani Yogurt Founder For Helping Refugees”

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Theodore Roosevelt on immigration

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
     — Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

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Unlimited immigration redux

“Sweden on the brink?”

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“I’ve done nothing wrong.”

“We operated the business legally and in compliance with all California and local laws.”

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“Parliament is sovereign.”

Britain's Constitution is famously "unwritten" but can be summarised in three words…

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“If Congress was your co-worker” starring Chris Pine

Entirely too funny.

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“Not Yours to Give” by James J. Bethune

This classic 1867 piece has lessons for today.

For length reasons, this entry has it’s own page.

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Rigging against the voters

2016 is when more Americans will vote against someone rather than for someone.

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Government & religion

Religion cannot be allowed the coercive power of government. Government cannot be allowed the moral justification of religion.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand

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Is this real?

If it’s true, it could destroy the government.

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Sometimes the police are not your friends

The parents were acting to protect their daughter, and discipline her, if necessary. The police were trying to build a case for a criminal prosecution. Those objectives were irreconcilable, which is why the parents should have either refused all cooperation, or insisted on being accompanied by an attorney during their meeting with the police.
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Taking away choice

In a free market, if you don’t like what a business is selling, you don’t buy it.

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Maybe too windy

“Wind Farms Cause Sleep Loss, Stress and Anxiety, Government Review Finds”

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Russia gets attention

“The Russian Bogeyman”

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Unlimted immigration is not a good idea

“German Streets Descend into Lawlessness”

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What a mess

Institution politics surrounding Clinton’s email mess

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Gay Thought Police

“…Like Soviet-Era Bullies”

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NeoNotes - People. Are. Pissed. Off.

People had their trust stolen and now they are almost ready to smash.

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How dare the FBI investigate her

She doesn’t think the law should apply to her.

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Eight

The actual number is up to Congress and it has been both odd and even

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Berkeley cry bully bridge protest

This is bullying. More accurately, it is cry bullying.

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Same as 2004

…this same thing was happening against Republicans leading up to the 2004 election UPDATED

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UK economy grows after Brexit

UK economy grows 0.5% in three months after Brexit vote


The article is boring, but the headline sums it up nicely.

Economies grow when government interference is reduced.

Governments can’t negotiate free trade.


Just remember those.

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Borrowed strength

Trump’s strength is not because of Trump

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Four amendments

There are some ideas I have been playing with the last few years or so

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Politico elites lie

The takeaway is the the elites can’t be trusted.

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3 Rules for Rulers video

CGP Grey strikes again

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Voters don't want

Establishment pols can’t force voters to do what voters don’t want to do.
     — Michael J. Totten, Children of the Revolution

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Ideas

The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic.
     — H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

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Wrong

All other things being equal, the side that can't stand dissent is usually wrong.
     — NeoWayland

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NeoNotes - Shame game

I played this game many times until I tired of it

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Wrong lizard

When both choices are bad…

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Utah tries grabbing tribal land and pilfering tribal funds

This is why the Republic dies

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NeoNotes - Sexuality & society

I suspect that sexual orientation is not as hard wired as some believe, but that is still individual choice.

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NeoNotes - College & university

Once upon a time, going to college or a university was about learning new ideas AND working out for yourself what ideas were practical and which ideas you could use to make your life better in society.

Real revolutions are rare and don't usually work.

Real change comes because someone worked out a better way and didn't have to force everyone else to accept it.

Thus endeth the sermon.

I need some biscuits and honey.

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Roaming Millennial

Freedom loving YouTube channel

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NeoNotes - Drug War

Most of the problems caused by illegal drugs come from the drugs being illegal in the first place.

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2016 Election

I don't like either candidate. I don't trust either candidate. And I definitely don't trust the two major parties.

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NeoNotes - Sin

Pardon, but who defines the sin?

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NeoNotes - Control

I believe in people and not government.

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NeoNotes - Homosexuality wasn't illegal

Despite your personal beliefs, homosexuality is not the issue.

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The Collapse of The American Dream Explained in Animation

I don't agree with everything here, but you should definately watch.

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“You Are Not Alone” by Bill Whittle

This essay isn't mine and I do not have permission to quote it, much less post it.

But you should read the whole thing.

For length reasons, this entry has it's own page.

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NeoNotes - The real "for their own good"

I don't believe the answer is in who gets to call the shots.

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Political discussion

I believe that we need to have our thoughts and ideas tested.

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The Legacy of Obama comes to Arizona

Just a picture taken in Phoenix.

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Libertarianism for Beginners

John Stossel wrote an excellent review of Seavey's Libertarianism for Beginners.

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Scam - not the IRS

Any robo-caller demanding money is almost certainly a scam

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Flag in my yard

The Scouts do it for all the national hollidays

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Kafkatrap

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries

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Ejecting

Whittle's was the only essay I used

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NeoNotes - Emotional connections

Sex without the emotional connection is masturbation

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Bad ideas

Why I think some ideas are bad

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Apple patented blocking smartphone cameras

Sometimes the oddest things can have the strangest consequences.

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Christina Hoff Sommers and Camille Paglia

Thou shalt teach both sides of the argument.
     — Christina Hoff Sommers

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Racism or Tea Kettles?

As a free trade supporter, the downside would be the loss of a free trade zone with the rest of Europe, but I am not sure it can be called a "free trade zone" if they are banning toasters.
     — Warren Meyer, Was Brexit About Racism or Tea Kettles?

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Catastrophe or Opportunity

The sky is not falling, and when the dust settles, Britain's decision may very well prove to be a pivotal event in the reshaping of global relationships and trade that will, in the final analysis, benefit all of us.
     — Gary Johnson, You Can Look at Brexit as a ‘Catastrophe’ or an ‘Opportunity’

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About that Brexit thing

Looks like they made the right choice. And Cameron resigned.

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Rainbow arms

Maybe it's not about making Americans safer

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Brexit

Because I think it’s vital that you are able to vote out a government.
     — Natalie Solent, Quick arguments for voting Leave

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NeoNotes - Vice

Vice laws tell people that we don't think they can be adults

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Ali was cool

I didn't realize until I was much older just how cool Ali was

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NeoNotes - Competition and progress

Competition keeps us honest. Progress never comes from satisfaction.

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The Peanuts Movie

Something different. Something unexpected. Something wonderful.

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Public blasphemy

Get that? The science is settled. Don't question the dogma. Thou shalt not dissent!

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The system is rigged

The party system controls who runs for office & stops the public from interfering

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Environmentalism vs. the Navajo

The Imperious Leader has is trying to phase out coal

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Local power

Large companies shift power and responsibility away from local operations

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NeoNotes - Reciprocity

We can build a moral system based on the Ethic of Reciprocity

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Environmentalism loses it's wind

The climate change movement is destroying the environmental movement

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NeoNotes - Earth Day

Originally published at Technopagan Yearnings

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NeoNotes - Undermine your own

At the end of the day, we don't have anything but our faith

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The most important person you've never heard of

He's one of those people you should have read about in school

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“For thee, not for me…or my friends”

No reason except political expediency

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DOJ delays Apple case

The FBI was fighting a PR war

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Thirteen thousand

A simple question

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Rebellion rumbles

There's only one question left

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NeoNotes - Religion becoming the law of the land

Not likely

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One paragraph

Between jabs at Donald Trump during her speech at AIPAC on Monday, Hillary Clinton wondered “what’s taking us so long here in America” to elect a female president.
     — Steve Guest, Daily Caller, Hillary At AIPAC: ‘What’s Taking Us So Long’ To Elect A Female President?

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NeoNotes - Political committment

I make it a rule to doubt the political commitment of anyone more than three years younger than the voting age.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes - Politics is never about reform

Politics is about control

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Tips

Older journalists are being laid off and they aren't entitled to run their crusades

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Avatars

This isn't news about this site

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John Oliver speaks on encryption

Too good to skip

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The FBI demands you sacrifice privacy

He didn't talk about rights

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The FBI wants your iPhone

The FBI and the DoJ don't believe the U.S. Constitution applies

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Climate Pre-Crime

It's not illegal to deny climate change

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NeoNotes - Political fringe and crazy ideas

The political fringe and their crazy, insane ideas

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NeoNotes - Immigration

That alone isn't enough

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NeoNotes - Smear

Why should they feel shame?

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NeoNotes - Taking over the world

The only point in taking over the world is to make sure people make their own choices

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NeoNotes - About the guilt

Not all feminists & not all lesbians

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NeoNotes - On Liberty

the ORIGINAL NeoNotes™

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New quotes - updated

Some of the comments I make on other boards are worth saving

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NeoNotes - Divine intervention

Am I attacking Christianity?

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NeoNotes - Ordinary

Even their day to day actions produce wonders

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NeoNotes - American Legacy

We are a nation of individuals, of individual liberty and responsibilities, of individual choice and individual passion. We're the first nation like that in recorded history, it is our legacy.

Our faiths, like Christianity, are a part of that.

Please think about this. You may believe that your God makes the sun rise, but your faith doesn't control my actions. Likewise, my faith doesn't control you.

We have to find common ground outside religion. Otherwise it's a matter of whose religion is "in charge," and that way will destroy liberty.

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NeoNotes - On Progress

Progress never comes from satisfaction.

And I am not talking about progressives.

We adapt, we change, we rise to meet the challenges. Life is a journey, not a destination.

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NeoNotes - Not the pagan community

I'm not speaking for the pagan community. Much of the justification for "establishing" a Greater Pagan Community® is so that certain individuals can get the adoration and deference they believe they deserve.

I believe in ecology but I'm against environmentalism.

I believe individual freedom and personal responsibility works ever so much better than collectivism.

I think that what Christians call the Golden Rule is one of the most important roots of civilization. But I prefer another version, "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

Now is that enough of a test, or do I have to give the Super Secret Handshake™ too?

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NeoNotes - On Rape Culture

I'm not familiar with the work, but we've seen these discussions far too often. Take the allegation that the United States is a "rape culture." Or the notion that anyone who says "all lives matter" instead of "black lives matter" is a racist.

In this specific case, look at the mindsets involved. One wants validation and their demands enshrined in law and regulation. The other wants a better world for them and theirs. Yet both are treated as if the RadFem ideology is dominant.

There are women who consider themselves feminists that think wife and mother is a valid choice and don't want anything to do with the RadFems. But these are not the ladies doing it for attention. They won't be published. They won't be picketing. They won't be giving soundbites for the news or YouTube. That's not how they believe lasting change happens.

Words matter. Actions matter more. Intentions don't.

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NeoNotes - On Christian theocracy

>Anytime someone starts talking about a Christian theocracy, I ask "Which one?"

Besides the obvious differences between Catholics and Protestants, there are differences between the sects. There's no way a Baptist is going to take religious marching orders from a Mormon. The Methodists won't accept directions from the Christian Scientists.

This predates the country. Back in the colonial days, no one wanted a church in one colony dictating religious practices in another. This is partially why there was no national church defined in the Constitution and why the only mention of any god in that document was the date.

The best way to make sure that you're allowed to practice your religion in peace is to make sure EVERYONE has that same right.

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NeoNotes - Sex Speculation

There I admit we get into some speculation. We can't isolate the culture from the genetics. Not to mention that Really Big Assumption that you are either straight OR gay forever and ever, amen.

We can't say how much a person's sexual orientation depends on their conditioning, religious beliefs, cultural standards, rebellion, stress, pain, or pleasure. These factors can't be eliminated.

Basically all we have to work with is observations and we don't know how much is because of the biology and how much is because of the mind. That means in turn that any discussion of sex is going to bog down really quickly in ideas that can't be quantified.

Thank the gods the same can't be said for the act!

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NeoNotes - Trends

Perhaps we could just say stuff happens and individuals need to be held responsible.

The trends argument is the same justification that the RadFems use against males in general. You can pick and choose bad examples and ignore the good examples. That way, you never need to talk about individuals, it's about trends and statistics and who is the greater "danger to the community."

Why is it better when conservatives use that justification against whatever Label X is this week?

Until and unless you can show that all of Label X engages in Action Y AND no one who is Not Label X engages in Action Y, the argument falls down. Which means maybe, just maybe we should look at something other than the label.

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NeoNotes - Dangerous beast

Perhaps the biggest difference between libertarians and conservatives/progressives is that conservatives and progressives view government as a Way To Get Things Done.

Libertarians see government as an extremely dangerous beast that if kept at all, must be severely hobbled and and three-quarters starved.

For the safety of the community.

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Twitterfied - updated

But here’s the thing. They make no secret of their opinion. If they think I am wrong, they tell me and they tell me why.

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NeoNotes - No real difference

Actually there is very little difference between the "leaders" of either party. They don't object to stuff being done, they object to the other "guy" doing it and getting the credit.

The problem isn't the Republicans or Democrats, it is the state. It's going to continue until enough people realize that the self-appointed elites control the candidate selection and mostly control the agenda.

If you're supporting increased taxes to get money or benefits, you're supporting theft plain and simple. Politicos will spend all the money they can grab and then some. It won't be on the things you think you "deserve."

Then there is the numbers game.

The "rich" don't make enough money. Even if you seized every dollar the "rich" made, it wouldn't pay for everything. You have to go deep into the "middle class," well beyond the upper, beyond the middle, and well into the lower "middle class." And it's still not enough.

That brings us to the biggest second order function in a "progressive society." If people can't keep what they earn, why should they work harder to earn more?

Finally, (and this is the Really Important Bit™). Government is not your friend.

The purpose of government is not to help "the poor, the weak, and the minority."

It is to perpetuate and expand power at the point of a gun.

It won't help to get the "right people" elected, because they won't stay elected.

Instead, power backed by force will stay with unelected technocrats who are convinced that they know what is "for your own good" no matter what you say and do.

As long as I am making a
morning rant, I might as well use it twice.

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Apple stands for rights

The FBI won’t stop at one iPhone.

The FedGovs won’t stop at ten thousand smart phones.

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Cruz goes evangelical

Why does Cruz assume that the only worthy values are Christian ones?

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Not all feminists…

Certainly not all women are like that. What we have is a very small group that wants political power and public validation in the worst way. Yes, it’s another case of Those Who Want To Be Noticed.

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Women in combat


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Color

Anyway, it’s looking more and more like the Acadamy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will set aside a certain number of nominations for skin color.

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