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Black & Blue & hate crimes

Regular readers know I'm no fan of hate crime laws.

If someone is killed because of their religion, are they any more dead?

If a store is vandalized because the owner was born outside the U.S., is the damage worse?

Once you start making special cases for the law, the original law is reduced. The "hate crime" label gets attached to everything to get the Maximum Penalty.

Well, now comes the next set of consequences. It's something I didn't expect, but it's obvious in retrospect.

Louisiana and Kentucky have both passed laws that add police and emergency responders to the hate crime laws. It's part of the Blue Lives Matter movement.

Blue Lives Matter is a response to Black Lives Matter. Considering some of the things that were alleged by Black Lives Matter, it's not surprising.

But think about the implications here. Police carry guns and are authorized to use force on behalf of the government. Thanks to police unions, there isn't much transparency and problem officers often aren't held accountable. Very possibly, thanks to these laws, it may become a crime to criticize these officers.

Why should this bother you?

Don't you know, citizen, that this is to protect you?

Have a nice day. Under penalty of law.


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Repeal Obamacare with just one sentence

Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.
     — U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks, Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare
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NeoNotes - Which god?

I will give you the same argument that led me to question the "faith of my fathers" and started my own search.

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Roaming Millenial on Trump's Ties to Russia

What We Know So Far

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Emma Watson on feminism - “I don't know what my tits have to do with it.”

“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s confusing.”

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NeoNotes - Make Your Choice

Are people better if they are more free or more controlled?

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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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“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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“Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist”

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

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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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Abnormal

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

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

H.L. Mencken is always worth your time.

This version is from Prejudices: Third Series (1922)

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

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Roaming Millennial on the Election Aftermath

“Anti-Trump hysteria”

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NeoNotes - Pre-victimhood

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

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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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Little victories

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

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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.

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

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NeoNotes - religious discrimination

I've every reason to fight religious discrimination.

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Undocumented means illegal

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

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See if they do

Hollywood celebrities always freak out when a conservative is elected.

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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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“I’ve done nothing wrong.”

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

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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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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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Russia gets attention

“The Russian Bogeyman”

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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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Berkeley cry bully bridge protest

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

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Borrowed strength

Trump’s strength is not because of Trump

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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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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 - Drug War

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

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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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The Legacy of Obama comes to Arizona

Just a picture taken in Phoenix.

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Scam - not the IRS

Any robo-caller demanding money is almost certainly a scam

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Kafkatrap

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries

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NeoNotes - Emotional connections

Sex without the emotional connection is masturbation

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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 - Reciprocity

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

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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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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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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 - Divine intervention

Am I attacking Christianity?

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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.

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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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?

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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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.

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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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.

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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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!

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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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.

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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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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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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Tain't Mine

This is from an email exchange I had recently.

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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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Who is racist now?

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

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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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She can speak for herself

We need to test our ideas again and again.

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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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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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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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“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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Nutcase

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

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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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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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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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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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Not anymore

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

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Ordinary people doing ordinary good

No one talks about what really holds our culture together.
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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

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

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Discriminate now

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

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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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Military honor

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

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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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Isn't this racist?

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

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Reply to a Bookworm Rant

Bookworm is looking for scapegoats

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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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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. Read More...
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Choose your right

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You can't be good enough - Updated

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from crux #4 - The U.S. is not a "Christian nation"

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Expanding civilizations, religions, and faith

It's not how it appears



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Almost the last advocate

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Forbidden

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I'll tell you what I believe

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United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics

The presidential candidates are missing the point by pandering to evangelicals



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The real reason behind Prohibition

Nothing to do with morality and everything to do with vote pandering

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Faith and the public sphere

Does religion really define public morality? Should government control religion?

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“Gutter punks” in San Francisco

Is it really all that different than the 1960s? Read More...
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Roots of government power

Which laws are necessary and which ones are wasteful? Here is what you can count on a libertarian to say. Read More...
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“Protecting” the children

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That time of year again

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