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Gradual

There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
     — James Madison

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Discriminate

The Right to Discriminate

The left has created a macabre myth that runs counter to the whole experience of mankind. The left has persuaded the gullible masses of America, including, sadly, most conservatives, that "discrimination" by individuals and businesses is wrong and that it violates the Constitution.

Precisely the opposite is true. All serious cognition and all honest moral judgments involve discrimination. When individuals and businesses are not free to discriminate, then the power to determine what is true and false and good and bad becomes the sole property of the state – or that even more odious creature, that lobotomized Frankenstein monster, "society."

Instead of diverse opinions and actions freely manifest, which are what happens when the state and society are denied the power to force a certain viewpoint down the throats of private citizens and enterprises, what happens is that all debate, all differences, and all individuality are crushed based upon what those who run the state or manipulate society deem sacrosanct.
     — Bruce Walker
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“Stossel: Jordan Peterson vs. “Social Justice Warriors””

“Many leftists hate Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist and professor at the University of Toronto.”

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Republicans against Democrats

Pitting Republicans against Democrats or the "right" against the "left" is the distraction. It gives people someone to blame without solving the problem. And it certainly doesn't help that it's selectively reported, depending on which party holds the Presidency.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — what conservatives see

Because for them, it’s not about skin color. It’s about merit.

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NeoNotes — The process or the Republic?

I'm so very tired of progressive "elites" and reporters focusing on the "dirty tricks" of Republicans all while excusing the excesses of their own side.

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No one asked

There were so many patting themselves on the back and proud that a black man had been elected President that no one bothered to ask if a good man had been elected President.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — What has Trump done that is so bad?

We've reached the point where we're told that Trump is E-V-I-L, but they can't say why. And meanwhile with overwhelming bad news coverage, he still has an approval rating of more than 50%.

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NeoNotes — Trump & North Korea

This isn't business as usual. It never is with Trump. The old diplomatic games won't work. He doesn't care about the shape of the table. Trump cares about getting things done.

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Skin color


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“This is conscious authoritarianism…”

Therein lies danger. Peterson may articulate an end goal of balance, but at the moment he's offering order against chaos, yang against yin. The effort is, by definition, reactionary, counter-revolutionary. But once you place yourself squarely on one side of the pendulum, you'll inevitably exaggerate the collective demerits of the other while indulging in-group excesses. Dogma throughout history has had its freedom-killing flaws, he readily admits, but, well, sometimes people just need to be told what to do. This is conscious authoritarianism, and Peterson is volunteering for the job.

Power corrupts, and relationships alter behavior. "This risk of being changed is one of the most frightening prospects most of us can face," Peterson writes at one point. In setting himself up as rule-maker to an adoring flock and flirting openly with the idea that he is being visited with capital-r Revelation, the professor threatens to become unmoored from the winning pragmatism of his clinical practice. Stepping into an exalted role as avenging angel against a feminine chaos can descend quickly into self-parody.
     — Matt Welch, Jordan Peterson Is Not the Second Coming

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NeoNotes — Not a Trump supporter

I'm telling you this on the remote chance you'll pay attention. I think Trump does need criticism. But all this "Trump is a buffoon" junk just waters down legitimate concerns. The more you do it, the stronger he'll be.

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NeoNotes — John McCain

John McCain is a dishonorable scumbag who is in it only for political advantage. He's cashed in on that POW experience so many times that it ought to have disintegrated by now.

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“Socialism — Capitalism — Traditionalism”

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“Why The Left HATES Jordan Peterson”

“Jordan Peterson has received a LOT of criticism, most of it from people who don't seem to understand his work, only that he's attacking their viewpoints. The visceral reaction he's elicited makes sense if you understand the neo-marxist, post-modernist viewpoint, so here's 6 reasons why the left hates Jordan Peterson. ”

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Fair game

The second someone makes a political statement, they are fair game.
     — NeoWayland
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Kafkatrap

Kafkatraps are THE keystone of victimhood politics and most identity politics. Without someone recognizing or assuming blame, kafkatraps cease to work.

Kafkatrapping centers on guilt. Don't accept it. Don't reject it. Act as if the accusation is so silly and undeserved it's not even worth discussing. They will repeat, and you still shouldn't pay any attention to the claims. Go on as if the accuser had said nothing of importance. Indeed, go on as if you are trying to keep them from embarrassing themselves further. You're doing them a favor if only they were rational/sober enough to know it.

Kafkatrapping came by way of certain Christian denominations and mala prohibita laws. "Ignorance of the law is no excuse."
     — NeoWayland, kafkatrap
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“Control the Words, Control the Culture”

“The culture war is first and foremost a war of words – and the left is winning. The consequences can be seen everywhere: in politics, in education, in media. In this video, Michael Knowles, host of the Michael Knowles Show, explains why we should not cede another syllable.”

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NeoNotes — California secession and the U.S. Constitution

As for secession, no, it's not treason.

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Obliged

So if elected officials no longer honor the Constitution and rig the game so it isn't possible to elect anyone not approved by national party leadership, what obligations do citizens have to honor and respect the government?
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes – Government should not be trusted

When government is "responsible" for something, regular people stop paying attention.

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“MN Blows Billions!”

“Minnesota is blowing billions on wind power—not to mention billions more from taxpayers across the country. The state began erecting wind turbines to lower electric bills and CO2 emissions. But the result is HIGHER electricity rates and dubious CO2 reductions. When it comes to energy, Minnesota is blowing it!”

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NeoNotes — not defense

I just want to point out that American "defense" policy involves military action against nations when Congress hasn't declared war.

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Clinton lied

Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.
     — Barbara Bush
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NeoNotes — Economics and Trump

It's not about how much money government has, it's about how much money government takes from people.

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NeoNotes — Obamacare

But it looks good.

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“Let's talk about gun control”

Let's talk about gun control. Banning or restricting firearms is the most white privileged idea ever. Rich liberals scoffing at the notion that a person might need to defend their own life is a tower so ivory you can't look at it in direct sunlight. It's the personal safety equivalent of saying ‘just have the maid do it.’
     — Caleb Howe
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“The Left's War on Science”

“City Journal contributing editor John Tierney joins John Stossel to talk about the politicization of science and how the dominance of left-wing thinkers in academia and the scientific community impedes progress.”

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This just in

The same government that has repeatedly violated privacy laws and illegally collects data from all it's citizens, is lecturing the CEO of a company about violating privacy laws and collecting data from all their users.
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“Stossel: The Great American Tax Ripoff”

“Tax Day gets a lot of attention, but John Stossel says that attention is misleading, because the April 17th deadline is only for income tax. That's just a fraction of the taxes Americans pay.”

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Sum up

“Mueller Investigating Trump Over $150K Donation From Ukrainian Who Gave Clintons $13 Million”

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“Why Isn't There a Palestinian State?”

“Why don't the Palestinians have their own country? Is it the fault of Israel? Of the Palestinians? Of both parties? David Brog, Executive Director of the Maccabee Task Force, shares the surprising answers.”

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NeoNotes — Trump racist or Democrat legacy?

We'll start with basics. The game is not what you think it is.

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Political Opportunism

Personally I don't think anyone should be displayed in state in the Capital unless 1) They were the President, and 2) They died in office. ANYTHING else is political opportunism.

But that's just me.
     — NeoWayland
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I promise you this

I promise you this, the second after America starts exiling, imprisoning, or permanently disenfranchising people for political opinions, conservatives will be kicked out the same as progressives. That "solution" depends on who controls the politics. What makes you think it will be people you trust who trust you?
     — NeoWayland
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“Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina Talks Big Data at the Milken Institute's 2013 Global Conference”

“In this series of clips from our discussion about Big Data at the 2013 Global Conference, Jim Messina discusses how the Obama campaign effectively used large volumes of data to identify voters. This ultimately lead to a more effective deployment of resources. The discussion provides fascinating insights into the way large data sets can be accumulated and used to change the outcome of an election.”

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Half her humanity

“Jennifer Palmieri: Hillary Ran With 'Half Her Humanity Tied Behind Her Back”

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One weakness of identity politics

This does point out one weakness of identity politics. The label trumps things like ability, character, and fashion sense. It's always going to be about who is first in the victim hierarchy this week. No members of unapproved victim groups need apply.
     — NeoWayland
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Some men

And if there can be some men who don't have that opinion, why can't there be others?
     — NeoWayland
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“Let Kids Be Kids”

“Lenore Skenazy, President of Let Grow, encourages parents to do what parents have always done: follow basic safety rules, and then let their kids be kids.”

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“The “Overheated” Costs of Climate Change”

“Oren Cass joins John Stossel to discuss the Paris Climate Agreement and how climate “catastrophists” are harming the debate over ways to adapt to changing global climate. The epithet “climate denier” has been used for years by activists to tastelessly smear critics of the Left’s preferred environmental policies. Cass argues that climate activists have drawn drastic policy implications unwarranted by current climate science.”

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“The Destructive Male” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

This 1868 classic helped lay the groundwork for the 19th Amendment securing women's right to vote

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What's the difference?

An AR 15 verses a Ruger Mini 14

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“Stossel: The Philly Soda Tax Scam”

“John Stossel fights with a Philadelphia City Councilman about the city's new soda tax.”

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“Remy: I Like it, I Love it”

“After years of complaining about Washington's fiscal irresponsibility, Remy is finally in office and ready to make a change.”

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People are amazing

I prefer to assume that people are amazing unless they prove otherwise. Individuals may be awesome or terrible, but men as a group aren't guilty because of the behavior of some.

Treating all men as if they are guilty will not only cost you allies, it means that some good men will stop listening just because being called perpetually guilty is tiresome.
     — NeoWayland
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PragerU and the Alt-Right

“What is the alt-right? What is its worldview? How big is it? Michael Knowles, bestselling author and host of The Michael Knowles Show, took a deep dive into alt-right culture. Here's what he learned.”

Also, response links to this video.

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NeoNotes — SPLC

No one person and no one group has all the answers. No one group should be vested with THE moral authority to decide who is and is not a hate group.

The SPLC needs competition.

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Dolly Parton is a class act

I’m not addressing that. I do not get into that. Of course I have my opinion about everybody and everything. But I learned a long time ago, keep your damn mouth shut if you want to stay in show business. I’m not in politics. I am an entertainer.
     — Dolly Parton
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NeoNotes — gun tragedy

I think it's despicable and dishonorable to capitalize on tragedy hours after a mass shooting, but hey, what do I know?

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Rebuke

“CPAC speaker Mona Charen stuns with fiery rebuke of Trump, Le Pen”

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NeoNotes — the best tyranny

Once you start using force and the rule of law to go after your "enemies," what's to stop you from going after us next?

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Power concedes nothing

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
     — Frederick Douglass
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Increasingly suspect

The idea of individual merit — as opposed to various forms of unearned “privilege” — is increasingly suspect. The Enlightenment principles that formed the bedrock of the American experiment — untrammeled free speech, due process, individual (rather than group) rights — are now routinely understood as mere masks for “white male” power, code words for the oppression of women and nonwhites. Any differences in outcome for various groups must always be a function of “hate,” rather than a function of nature or choice or freedom or individual agency. And anyone who questions these assertions is obviously a white supremacist himself.
     — Andrew Sullivan, We All Live on Campus Now
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“The Truth About Climate Change”

John Stossel takes a hard look

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What we need

We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
     — Carter G. Woodson
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NeoNotes — Let people make their own choices

Just pointing out again that if you don't like government power, maybe the real answer is taking the power away from government.

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Before you get excited about Russians messing with American elections

“Electoral Interference by the U.S., 1946-2000”

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“Can Climate Models Predict Climate Change?”

“Predicting climate temperatures isn't science – it's science fiction. Emeritus Professor of Physics at Princeton University Will Happer explains.”

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“Surprise: Voters Aren't More Polarized than Ever, Only Pols and Media Are”

“Stanford political scientist Morris Fiorina says it's media and political elites who live in ideological bubbles, not regular Americans.”

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NeoNotes — More on climate change

Ah, "anthropogenic global warming/cooling/drastic weather." In a word, unproven.

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NeoNotes — Trump's facts & examining the 2016 election

I remind you that no American political fact for the last two years has been easily ascertained. Or static.

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“Liberty vs. Democracy | Why Majority Rule Isn't So Great” by Roaming Millennial

“Let's talk about democracy & liberty. Which is more important and why? Should we value freedom, or majority rule?”

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The Nation goes after the intel community

“Russiagate or Intelgate?”

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Obama's foreign policy & YOUR TAX DOLLARS at work

“Obama-era cash traced to Iran-backed terrorists”

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Look out for flying pigs

I'm not sure what is bigger news, Rand Paul's stand or the fact that CNN (and Chris Cillizza of all people) agreed with him publicly.

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Victim can't tell the difference

The Democratic Party is better than the Republican Party in the way that manslaughter is slightly better than murder: It might seem like a lesser crime, but the victim can’t really tell the difference.
     — Michael Harriot, The Democratic Party Is Not Our Friend
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What did President Obama know, and when did he know it?

“House Intel votes to release controversial surveillance memo to the public”

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Bargin with the state

The individual cannot bargain with the State.  The State recognizes no coinage but power: and it issues the coins itself.
     — Ursula K. Le Guin
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NeoNotes — compel an individual

Is it moral for the state to compel a product or service?

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Will we be allowed

If we can't question the science, then will we be allowed to question the new regulations, taxes, and fees?
     — NeoWayland, from crux № 12 — climate change
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from crux № 12 — climate change

Climate change" is losing it's credibility with the public, and it's dragging the environmental movement down with it.

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“Stossel: The Southern Poverty Law Center Scam”

“There are dangerous hate groups in America. So a group called the Southern Poverty Law Center promises to warn us about them. They release an annual list of hate groups in America.

The media cover it, but John Stossel says they shouldn't. It's a scam.”

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Carrying water

I don't like seeing others manipulated into carrying water for a "moral" cause that is in fact pure politics. You can't trust politicos, especially when they say "Let's you and him fight."
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Conservatives and big government

The real problem is government.

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Fake news checking

“Google’s New ‘Fact-Checker’ Is Partisan Garbage”

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Dick Durbin lied before

“Oct. 23, 2013”

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from crux № 17 — spiritual warrior

All I am saying is that you should check your experience with others who have a different perspective, people you can talk with face to face.

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Nothing scandalizes like the truth

Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth. Point out that women and men are different, that black Americans commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, that most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims, and the Left leaps to its collective feet in openmouthed shock, like Margaret Dumont after a Groucho Marx wisecrack. This is racism! This is sexism! This is some sort of phobia! I’m shocked, shocked to find facts being spoken in polite company!

No one is really shocked, of course. This is simply a form of bullying. The Left has co-opted our good manners and our good will in order to silence our opposition to their bad policies. The idea is to make it seem impolite and immoral to mention the obvious.
     — Andrew Klavan, Of Crudeness and Truth
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The obvious

“Of Crudeness and Truth”

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The people aren't…

The people aren't shitholes, the countries are. No one immigrates from a country where things can get better.
     — anonymous
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America meddled and made a shithole

“If You Think Haiti Is a Shithole, Then Blame America for Helping to Make It That Way”

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from crux № 21 — American hegemony

In the name of the greater good, the US supported tyranny and dictators all over the globe.

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“The Problem With The UN | Corrupt, Anti-Western & Useless”

“Corruption, abuse scandals, extravagant spending, and laughable committee assignments. Here are some of the biggest problems with the United Nations.”

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“Can't be sure if parts of it are true”

“The author of the explosive new Trump book says he can't be sure if parts of it are true”

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Politics

Government is politics. Whenever you turn over to the government a financial, social, medical, military, or commercial matter, it's automatically transformed into a political issue — to be decided by those with the most political influence. And that will never be you or I.
     — Harry Browne, Principles of Government
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Internet debates

Sometimes, you're wrong.

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NeoNotes - Real religion

Christians are much nicer when they aren't the only game around.

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Jesus is offensive

“Family asked to remove 'offensive' Jesus sign from their Christmas display because it offended a neighbour”

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Rebuke

The UN has absolutely no power to interfere with the internal affairs of any member nation.

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Principles of Government

Harry Browne was the last Presidential candidate that I trusted. This 2003 piece makes common sense.

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244th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party

“The Tea Act: The Catalyst of the Boston Tea Party”

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NeoNote — Achievement

The FedGovs have deliberately kept "the Rez" Amerindians out of the American Dream.

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“The pathetic legacy of feminism’s Women’s Liberation Movement”

Excerpt from an excellent piece that will make you think

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“Freedom to Discriminate? | Wedding Cakes vs. Liberty”

“This video looks at the baker Jack Phillips Masterpiece Cakeshop case going to the Supreme Court, and how legislation to prevent discrimination infringes on individual liberties.”

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Take away your liberty

Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.
     — Harry Browne
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“Stossel: The Fight Against Food Trucks”

“Protectionism at play? Politicians say food trucks are "unfair competition" for restaurants.”

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Talkin' politics in 2017

“What it feels like when you try to talk to people about politics in 2017…”

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NeoNotes — blame game

The problem isn't Republicans. The problem isn't Democrats. The problem is an ever-expanding government and a self-appointed "elite class" that doesn't feel it's responsible to anyone, but especially not the voters.

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“Stossel: Deceitful Bias in The NY Times”

“The New York Times drives John Stossel crazy. He wants to rip it up, because so many stories have left-wing bias.”

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Destroyed their own brand

When the NFL players are on the field, that's not their time. They're being paid millions to play and put on a good show. That's millions by the fans in the stands and the viewers on TV. The NFL is selling a product, it's not something holy. If the fans and viewers don't like what they see, they will take their money elsewhere. And then where will the players be? Off the field on their own time, who cares what the players think? That's their time. Off the field, they have to prove their ideas just like anyone else. But when the players made their paid time political time, they destroyed their own brand.
     — NeoWayland
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❝Senator Jon Tester Disparaging Tax Bill❞

“Senator Jon Tester Showing How He Received the Republican "Tax Reform" Bill Just Hours before the Late Night Vote was Scheduled and how it was marked up in a way that made it impossible to read/understand. Is this even legal?”

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Taken stands

I've taken stands for gun rights, alternative sexual practices, the value of the family with men and women role models, religious choice, the free market, and good movies.
     — NeoWayland
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Single issue

If I have a single issue, it's less government and more freedom.
     — NeoWayland
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Bind me

If I can be moral without your faith, why do you wish to bind me to your faith?
     — NeoWayland
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Beware

Beware anyone who offers an absolute.
     — NeoWayland
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Questionable

Messing with kids, that's perverted.

Demanding that others acknowledge AND celebrate your sexuality, that's questionable.

Actually being lesbian, gay, transgender, or whatever else isn't.

Mixing your sexuality with politics is a pretty good sign that you're corrupt though.
     — NeoWayland
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Path to freedom

Politics is about power over people. Once you understand that government is not your friend and the politico only wants to get re-elected, you’re on the path to freedom.
     — NeoWayland
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Moral harm

Do you really want politicos deciding what is moral harm?
     — NeoWayland
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Politicos lie

Politicos lie. It's what they do. The mistake is believing that one “flavor” is somehow morally better.
     — NeoWayland
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We're allowing ourselves to be manipulated

The question isn't which politico is better. The question is why we're allowing ourselves to be manipulated into believing that government and Our Elected Officials™ know what's best and will serve us.
     — NeoWayland
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Speak for me

Please don't presume you can speak for me. You do it badly.
     — NeoWayland
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Distrust government

I distrust the very notion of government. Especially an ever expanding government with no apparent restraints where the only real concern is when “your guys” aren't in charge.
     — NeoWayland
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Seeking power

History shows that politics corrupts faith. It's not the Divine who stirs up politics, it's the priests and priestesses seeking power.
     — NeoWayland
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Politics corrupts faith

We know politics corrupts faith and religion. We've ample evidence what happens when the People of the Book try it.
     — NeoWayland
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Mark 12:17

One of my professors pointed out that Mark 12:17 could be interpreted to keep politics out of religion and religion out of politics. It's probably not true, but I like the thought. Politics is about controlling others and we know it corrupts almost everything it touches.
     — NeoWayland
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Human Choice

I'm certain that these people do not have demonic hordes from realms infernal on speed dial, nor are they in direct contact with your Prince of Lies.

I'm equally certain that there will not be a heavenly host to put right what once was wrong, and that you didn't get marching orders directly from on high.

The manifestation is human.

The problem came from human choice and the solution has to come through human choice.
     — NeoWayland
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For Your Own Good

Right, because “For Your Own Good” was such a rousing success with Prohibition, explicit song lyrics, university speech codes, global warming, and Obamacare.
     — NeoWayland
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Politics is not about reform

Politics is not about reform.

Politics is about control.

Politics is never about reform, even when the politicos say that it is.

By definition, reform can't come from within. It almost always splits off into a new thing.
     — NeoWayland
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Collapse

At this point, I don't think anyone can stop the collapse. Nor do I think that's bad. There are how many laws on the books? How many regulations in the Federal Register? We've been conditioned to depend on government to help us. Cut spending, but not national defense. Cut spending, but not aid to Israel or Saudi Arabia. Cut spending, but not Social Security. And some banks and unions are Too Big To Fail.
     — NeoWayland
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Science is a process

Science is an inquiry process. It's not a set of laws carved in stone forever and ever.

Everything you cited above (claims, explanations, proposals) come from people, not science.

Science just shows how well it works. Or if people need to look harder.
     — NeoWayland
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Govern

We've been taught that government is supposed to govern and control the other guy.

That's the guy who is the problem.

Not us. Never us. It's not our fault.
     — NeoWayland
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Reform

I'm obligated to point out that the quickest and easiest way to achieve those reforms is for the "ship of state" to sink.
     — NeoWayland
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Charity

If I choose to give, that is charity and can be celebrated. If I am manipulated or threatened into giving, that is extortion. I don't care how good the cause is, if I am required to give without my consent, that threatens my freedom. I shouldn't be tricked into it “for my own good” or “for the greater good.” I want to know WHY, and I want an honest answer. I demand the choice to walk away.
     — NeoWayland
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Blood of the unbelievers

It's not the gods calling for the blood of the unbelievers. It's the priests. It's the generals. It's the emperors.
     — NeoWayland
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Fewer weapons

We could do with fewer weapons and soldiers if our politicos stopped the empire building.
     — NeoWayland
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Wrapped in the flag

When a politico wraps himself in the flag, double check your liberty and count on finding brown stains afterwards.
     — NeoWayland
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Meddle

People love to meddle. They want to control other people “for their own good.” Public education, foreign policy, sub-prime mortgages, all happened because someone thought they knew better and used force to inflict it on everyone else.
     — NeoWayland
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Paradise

There are reasons why the World is not a paradise. One reason is because we silly humans can't agree on what a paradise should be
     — NeoWayland
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Choice of faith

Faith is nothing without choice.
     — NeoWayland
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Make the rules

Why in the World do you think you get to make the rules?
     — NeoWayland
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“Why Are There So Many Mass Shootings Today?”

“Why Are There So Many Mass Shootings Today? was originally published on Intellectual Takeout by Jon Miltimore.”

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Truth from the Federalist - worth your time

“America’s Post-Charlottesville Nervous Breakdown Was Deliberately Induced”

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NeoNotes — Racism in response to oppression

I see one group excuse their violence and their racism because of their narrative. This one group gets a pass but others do not. That's certainly privilege and it hurts their case.

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“Five Cities That Got F*cked by Hosting the Olympics”

“Every four years with the Olympics, municipalities compete to host the winter and summer games and virtually always plunge their cities and sometimes even their home countries into massive debt and insolvency.”

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For future reference - What Trump first said about Charlottesville

“Trump Defends White-Nationalist Protesters: 'Some Very Fine People on Both Sides'”

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Thorium is the future

There is exactly one technology that produces power without adding carbon to the atmosphere, won't melt down, and will burn nuclear waste without risk.

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NeoNotes — Consider historical context to violence

What is to stop someone else from deciding that it's a good cause to thump you over the head? Once the excuses start, what's to protect you from the politics of the day?

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Not going for the win

“The Taliban Tried To Surrender And The U.S. Rebuffed Them. Now Here We Are.”

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Name calling for politics

“Nazi-Hunting Fantasies Have Unhinged The Left”

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Violence

“When Liberals Club People, It's With Love In Their Hearts”

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Statues

“What to do with Confederate Statues?”

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Speech wars

The internet is the last, best hope for freedom.

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Conspiracy

Here's what we know so far.

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On public statues

Why should a city, state, or federal government put statues in public parks? Doing so addresses no plausible market failure, while using taxpayers funds and, as demonstrated tragically over the past few weeks, generates controversy, polarization, and violence. Thus governments should take down all statues, regardless of their political implications.

This is not “erasing” history but instead leaving it where it belongs, in the hands of private actors and mechanisms. Historians, textbook authors, universities, learned societies, the History Channel, and many other individuals and organizations can all present their own views of history and battle for the hearts and minds of the public. Government statues are government putting its thumb on the scale, which is one step down the slippery slope of thought control.
     — Jeffrey Miron, Statues

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☆ This last week in free speech

Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech.
     — Noam Chomsky
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Bannon out

Steve Bannon is out at White House

After watching the last few days, I'm pretty sure he wanted to be fired. I don't know what happened, but someone like Bannon doesn't just give a telephone interview on a lark. Word is he turned in his resignation on August 7th (pre-Charlottesville) effective August 14th, and it was extended to today.

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Free speech



That's what worries me most about this. Once people decide that some labels deserve free speech and others don't, where does it stop?
     — NeoWayland
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For the record, this is facism.

At least learn the definition

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“John Stossel vs. Noam Chomsky on Venezuela”

“Stossel has an exchange with famed M.I.T. linguist Noam Chomsky, who once praised former President Hugo Chávez socialist policies.”

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Friday roundup

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When politics are at stake

Truth is subjective when politics are at stake.
     — NeoWayland
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☆ Soundbite politics

Barack Obama is a big reason why Donald Trump was elected President.

But I'll get back to that.

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“Why Did the Democratic South Become Republican?” from Prager University

“The south used to vote Democrat. Now it votes Republican. Why the switch? Was it, as some people say, because the GOP decided to appeal to racist whites? Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, explains.”

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Oh really?

Somehow I don't believe this.

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Wednesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Reaction

Government is reactive. What individuals choose is much more important than the credit that politicos claim. Lasting change only happens when enough people got angry enough to demand change.
     — NeoWayland
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“13 Reasons Jeff Sessions is a @$#/!” by ReasonTV

“Jeff Sessions is on the ropes with Donald Trump. Good.

The president is pissed because Sessions recused himself from the investigation of Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. But here are a baker's dozen of reasons to hate the attorney general, including his obsession with restarting the war on pot, his call to jack up mandatory minimums, and his support for civil asset forfeiture. Then there's his lack of interest in due process, willingness to subvert state's rights when they conflict with his desiblurb outcome, and desire to lengthen prison terms for non-violent criminals. Also, he might be some kind of statist elf.”

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❝One True Islam? | The Moderate Imam & Westernization❞ by Roaming Millennia

“In light of my interview with Imam Tawhidi, this video looks at whether Islam a religion of peace & compatible with the West, why the left always defends it, & whether moderate Muslims exist.”

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☆ Sins of the skin

You can't get more racist than that.

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❝Government Can't Fix Healthcare❞ by Prager University

“Why is the government so bad at healthcare? Why did Obamacare make it more expensive than it already was? Is there a solution? Former Member of Congress Bob McEwen explains.”

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Token doctor? - revised

Our heroes are defined by what they have done and how they inspire us.

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Health care tied to your job

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

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NeoNotes — George Soros

George Soros is one of the most dangerous men alive.

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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

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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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Friday roundup

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“Black, Millennial, Female and… Conservative” from Prager University

“Antonia Okafor, a young, single, black woman, recently discoveblurb that's she's a racist, sexist, misogynist. How in the world did this happen? None other than Antonia Okafor explains.”

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❝What are your questions?❞

“Liberals Can't Deal With A President Who Takes America's Side”

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Thursday roundup

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Details, details…

Any article that so badly mischaracterizes the state of knowledge on an issue as contentious as climate science should have been rejected for publication. New York magazine should be posting corrections, not tallying clicks.
     — Oren Cass
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☆ The special asterisk is a multiplier

Keep law simple and absolute.

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from crux № 16 — My beliefs

I believe that people are perfectly capable of making their own choices and that society is the better if people do exactly that.

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How many?

“How Many Federal Agencies Exist? We Can't Drain The Swamp Until We Know”

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And a pony

“Why you should support the “And A Pony” Party”

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☆ Our permission society

Everything not forbidden is compulsory.
     — T. H. White, The Once and Future King
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Gilt

They think that gilt on the facade will solve the dry rot and termite damage.
     — NeoWayland
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from crux № 6 — Homosexuality does NOT equal pedophilia

To me, it's immoral and perverse that you've taken it on yourself to pass judgement when there is nothing to show that these people did the things you say that you oppose.

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Politicos want problems

Politicos want problems they can stage manage.
     — NeoWayland
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☆ Media utopia

So if you wanted to stay ahead of the curve, you'd read those three papers every day you could.

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John and Cindy McCain's shaky foundation

“Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute”


“Cindy McCain: Crony Philanthropist”

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☆ Selective

I want to talk about the curious restrictions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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None of my business

Unless it's with me, who you have sex with, how you have sex, and how many times you have sex is frankly none of my business. Likewise, unless it is sex with me, I'm not responsible for the consequences.
     — NeoWayland
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“Five Clichés Used to Attack Free Speech” from ReasonTV

“We live in perilous times when it comes to free speech, and the threats are coming from both the left and right. The president has threatened legal action against the media, and progressive activists have used violence to shut down campus speakers they don't like.”

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NeoNotes — Deserved to be heroes

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

“We let generations be victims when they deserved to be heroes.”

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Roaming Millennial on Oppression

“People of Color: You Are Not Oppressed”

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Greatest crimes of our times

Most people are still unwilling to face the most alarming lesson of modern history: that the greatest crimes of our time have been committed by governments that had the enthusiastic support of millions of people who were guided by moral impulses.
     — F.A. Hayek, The Mirage of Social Justice

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from crux № 10 — the system

We've been taught that government is supposed to govern and control the other guy.

That's the guy who is the problem.

Not us. Never us. It's not our fault.

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NeoNotes — Conversation - updated

“Climate is changing Because it's HUMANITY'S FAULT and WE'RE SCREWING UP THE PLANET!!!!!"

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Government shutdown

And this would be a bad thing how?

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“Why They Attack Us & Why We Let Them” by Roaming Millennial

“What do the Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin and Stockholm attacks all have in common? Not a dang thing according to apologists.”

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What a liberal university used to mean

“In defense of the offensive“ & “A microcosm of the maddening mix of Progressive hate, ignorance, and nonsense at an American college”

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“American Indians Are Still Getting a Raw Deal”

“American Indians are the poorest of all of America's ethnic groups. Why?”

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NeoNotes — Best intentions - updated

The problem is that the best intentions can lead to the worst results.

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“Your Brain On Drug Policy” featuring Rachael Leigh Cook

“Rachael Leigh Cook explains that the war on drugs is a war on people in a remake of her iconic spot”

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Roaming Millennial on Berkeley Lies!

“DaddyOFive Faking It? + Berkeley Lies!”

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Trump

Trump launched a missile attack on a nation which had not attacked the United States, and he did it without Congressional authorization.This is NOT a good thing.
     — NeoWayland
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See truth with your own eyes

r/libertarian vs r/socialism

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

“Democrats Ask Teachers To Destroy Books Written By ‘Climate Deniers’”

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Still think libertarians are paranoid?

This is where we start getting into legalisms. Because Trump and associates were not the direct targets of surveillance, intelligence officials say that Trump was not under surveillance. Technically true and absolutely false.

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Illegal spying on legal phone calls

“Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordeblurb Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump”

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Follow that trail

There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by President Trump.

But plenty of evidence points to Barack Obama's abuse of power. Let us follow that trail.
     — Don Suber, Investigate Obamagate
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Susan Rice unmasked

“CNN Goes On Rampage Against Susan Rice Bombshell, Instructs Viewers To Ignore Story”

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Repeal Obamacare with just one sentence

Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare

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

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NeoNotes — The screws

Almost nobody bothers to ask if the screws should exist in the first place.

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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 really 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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Signs

We pagans have become the worst that we saw in the People of the Book.

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Damn it

The problem is government

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NeoNotes — Harder and harder

Which means under the 10th Amendment, Obamacare is illegal.

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

This overlooked 1995 classic reminds us about freedom

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Attack from the blacklist

“We’re Under Attack"

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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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Hoodwinking Congress - blast from the past (2005)

“Buying Reform”

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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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Cult of Clinton

“America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton”

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Not quite the hate

“Hate Crimes, Hoaxes, and Hyperbole”

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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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Roaming Millennial on the Election Aftermath

“Anti-Trump hysteria”

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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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Bussed in protestors

“Guess Who’s Bussing in All of Those Anti- Trump Protesters Who Are Burning Flags & Rioting in the Streets?”

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NeoNotes — Laci Green

Because I lost a wager, I spent some time looking at Laci Green videos a while back. The stuff on sex is pretty good, the stuff on relationships is so-so, and the SJW stuff is just destructive. Although in her defense, I don't think she has thought through the implications.

Anyway, the chances of someone under 25 knowing very much about relationships are pretty slim. Particularly when their solution is for at least half of humanity to submit to their wisdom and change their ways.

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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.
     — NeoWayland

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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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“Hang on to your freedom! It's an election year!”

“Hang
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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.

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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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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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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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Borrowed strength

Trump’s strength is not because of Trump

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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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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 wiblurb 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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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 — The real "for their own good"

I'm libertarian. If I had my way, the government would be much smaller and not pushing either a progressive agenda or a conservative one. I'm convinced that a big reason WHY this is happening now is because conservatives built the Big Institutions to keep things working Their Way™ and progressives took them over for the exact same reason.

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

I think the solution is stopping people from meddling with other people's lives so that those other people HAVE to take responsibility for their own choices.

Because that's the real 'for their own good.'

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Political discussion

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

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NeoNotes - 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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The Legacy of Obama comes to Arizona

Just a picture taken in Phoenix.

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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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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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Ali was cool

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

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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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Local power

Large companies shift power and responsibility away from local operations

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NeoNotes — Environmentalism loses it's wind

The climate change movement is destroying the environmental movement

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“For thee, not for me…or my friends”

No reason except political expediency

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Rebellion rumbles

There's only one question left

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Religion becoming the law of the land

When it comes to religion becoming the law of the land, the devout don't need it, the non-believers don't want it, and the politicos will corrupt it.
     — NeoWayland
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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, 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.

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NeoNotes — Politics is never about reform

Politics is about control

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NeoNotes — Immigration

That alone isn't enough

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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 — 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.

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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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 cblurbit.

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The money thing

It’s the only campaign finance scheme that blurbuces 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 exaggerating.

Although the Imperious Leader does.

When he isn’t lying.

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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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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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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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George Takei brooks no dissent - updated

They attack the person and avoid discussing the ideas.

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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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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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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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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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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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Should the government…

Nope.

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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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Imperial

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Choosing for themselves

More than one stream.

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State of discord

The Imperious Leader lied.

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Bright and shineys

Baubles & distractions

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When truth is dissent

Very silly.

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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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NeoNotes - Choose your right

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

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No Clinton

Our long national nightmare is over



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Not a mandate

Let’s not pretend it was. Listen to the people.



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Less

Less government means more freedom



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The default SHOULD be None of the Above

All your life, you’ve been taught that SOME government is better than NO government.



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Bad press

Bad press! Naughty press!


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Practical Election Reform

With the election just days away, some people are talking reform.

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Public Health Crisis

Did the FedGovs mess with immigration to create a public health crisis?

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Memorial or political rally?

No shame
This was the thing that put me off blogging for more than two years.

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In which George W. Bush proves he is a gentleman, even if he did do most other things wrong

Courtesy goes a long way

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McCain, AGAIN?

Why?

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How to annoy two hundred million voters in one easy step

Automation, yeah, that's the ticket!

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My version of campaign finance reform

Works like a charm.

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Measure your freedom

Thoughts before election day

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Colbert was the distraction

You didn't think they were serious, did you?

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Mexicans here before America was even an idea?

Odd tactic from the Grand and Glorious Imperious Leader

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Demand "None Of The Above"

When there is no "least bad"

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About the O'Donnell witchcraft thing

What does it say about Bill Maer? - updated

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The “Tea Party” scares the political leadership

Something they can't control, even if it's not enough to take control away

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The AlterNet Tea Party article

Demonstrating that certain modern liberals don't understand economics

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Government insanity

Standard Approved Government Solution

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Stop me if you've heard this one about the IRS Andover facility

Congresscritters pressure the IRS to waste your money to keep tax parasites employed. I know that is harsh but that is exactly what is happening.

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Response to my Ebert entry

Critics of my criticism

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Rogert Ebert wants critics of Obama to "Put up or shut up"

Funny how that only works if there is a liberal President

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Celebrity Psudeoscience - Updated

Sacrificing rationality to sound vaguely important

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I answer the Neighborhood Game round 2

I know you were waiting breathlessly

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Neighborhood Game Round Two

What would you do and why would you do it?

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My thoughts on the neighborhood

Just in case you wanted to know

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Introducing the Neighborhood Game

Are you ready to think about these neighbors? What would you do?

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Why every election needs a "None Of The Above"

It's the only way to get the politicos out of office

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United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics

The presidential candidates are missing the point by pandering to evangelicals - revised

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Supermarket theory of government

Demand your right to choose nothing and have it count

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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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A Pagan looks at the “War Against Christians”

Some people are deliberately confusing the issues to advance their beliefs

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That time of year again

Certain fundamentalists trot out the scare tactics again

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Are blogs protected by the First Admendment?

Do Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech apply to websites?

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“Why does Sunrise, Florida have it's own SWAT Team?”

The Anthony Diotaiuto killing

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Judging a book by it's cover

Pagan and magick books do not a terrorist make

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Your tax dollars at work

The Salmon-Thirty-Salmon

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Victims and paying for bad choices

How a benevolent and socially progressive government drags people down

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Same thing only better with new management

Looks like it is the GOP's turn to celebrate Big Government solutions


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Should we waste money from your pocket or mine?

Waiting to be saved

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Ozone levels are falling

The EPA says that cap-and-trade helped make it possible

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Law for the little guy

The real problem with "progressive" laws

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Global Warming

Because of the G8 summit, here are a few of my thoughts on global warming

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Why I MARGINALLY prefer conservatives over liberals

Given a choice, I'd rather not deal the fanatic versions of either. There really should be more libertarians in the world, but I can't force that choice on any one.

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Some things I have learned

"Lessons" I don't agree with from a progressive list

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Dwight D. Eisenhower on human rights abuses

This is a page from the original version of Pagan Vigil. There are some formatting differences. Originally published at www.paganvigil.com/C149884619/E668386334

Dwight D. Eisenhower on human rights abuses

This is awfully familiar. The U.S. has been accused of human rights abuses before


As usual, individuals with no responsibility in the matter, their humanitarian impulses outraged by conditions that were frequently beyond help, began carrying to America tales of indifference, negligence, and callousness on the part of the troops.  Generally these stories were lies.  The thousands of men assigned to the job of rescuing the DPs and organizing relief for them were Americans.  They were given every facility and assistance the Army could provide, and they were genuinely concerned in doing their utmost for these unfortunate of the earth.  But because perfection could not be achieved some so-called investigators saw a golden chance for personal publicity.  They did so at the expense of great numbers of Americans who labored night and day to alleviate the average lot of people who had suffered so much that they seemed at times beyond suffering.
     — General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe

Hat tip to William Katz at FrontPageMagazine.com

Posted: Mon - June 13, 2005 at 05:48 AM

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John Kerry on Iraq

What changed?

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Fresh meat or dry bone shards?

Does the secret Downing Street memo really tell us anything new?

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Edward Kennedy on filibusters

Did you hear what you thought you heard?

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