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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

from crux № 17 — spiritual warrior

Almost everything I can say on this thread will most likely be misunderstood.

I will say this. If you've really done what you've said, you need to check your bearings before you do anything else. Talk to another counselor or one of those mental health professionals you mentioned. Find a priest or minister, preferably one you don't know but with a good reputation, and talk to them.

Don't trust your judgement alone.

Pardon, but it doesn't seem like you are considering anyone else's judgment. There was a lot of "I" in your post above.

And of course you know that writing a book is the wrong reason to do what you've described.

Usually what you get out of something is what you bring in to something. Most people do not have the means to move beyond their own shadows.

I'm not concerned about your book, although your attitude about it does make me uneasy.

Look, this is an internet forum, and it's possible that I am misinterpreting what you are saying.

But's its also life, and it's possible you are misinterpreting the "evidence" and your "calling."

And frankly, that is if what you have brought here is truth. I'll give you the benefit of a doubt on that one.

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.


You're putting words in my posts which were not there.

It's not your writing that makes me uneasy, it's your attitude about chronicling your experiences.

I've done my bit, I encouraged you to look for balance in your work. Thrice in fact.

And no, I won't ignore you.

There have been many terrible things done in the name of an absolute, "transcendent" morality. Many by Christians. Many by Christians to Christians. And many by Christians to Christians in the last century alone.

A label doesn't define morality. In the words of Mark Twain, "Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often."

I'd rather know what someone has done than what they call themselves.

I started keeping my crux files because I noticed I kept getting into the same discussions in comment threads on other people’s web sites. After a while it just made sense for me to organize my thoughts by topic. These are snippets. It’s not in any particular order, it’s just discussions I have again and again.

Monday roundup

Feds Collect Record Income Taxes Through December; Still Run $225 Billion Deficit

That tells you everything. Too many taxes and too much spending

Trump Blows Up The Immigration Debate With Just One Question

Those countries are indeed shitholes. Not because of skin color, but because of corrupt government and terrible economies

Uncapturing the Economy Requires Limiting Government

Government can print money but it can't create value. Any money spent on government or government regulation is money taken from economy thereby reducing value

How the Supreme Court Is Aiding and Abetting Occupational Licensing Abuse

Licensing regulation protects existing business, discourages competition, and costs customers more

Tiny California City's Firefighting Reform Could Be Model for Others

The pension bubble is bursting

It’s Time to Resist the Excesses of #MeToo

Related - When Does a Watershed Become a Sex Panic?

Governments and the People

“What I’m saying is not so much to heap blame on a population for the state of their government, but rather to stop ourselves absolving the people of any responsibility whatsoever.”

Am I a bad feminist?

Margaret Atwood takes on her liberal critics. “Nor do I believe that women are children, incapable of agency or of making moral decisions.” A must read.

Freedom of Expression and the Flight from Reason

Well reasoned.

Michael Wolff Source: He Printed A Third-Hand Story I Told Him That I Got From Someone On A Beach

Like I've been telling progressives for a year, if you go after Trump with anything less than the truth, it will blow up in your face. He's not a politico and he doesn't act like one.

Flake compares Trump's treatment of press to Stalin''s

Flake is wrong here. Trump doesn't initiate, he responds and escalates.

When Profits at Utilities are Privatized and Losses Socialized, Do We Still Need Public Shareholders?

A very good question from the UK.

We Must Denounce Trump’s Racist Actions, Not Just His Racist Words

I'm still waiting for proof of either


Internet debates

Sometimes, you're wrong.


Truth and manliness

Private and public life are subject to the same rules—truth and manliness are two qualities that will carry you through this world much better than policy or tact of expediency or other words that were devised to conceal a deviation from a straight line.
     — Robert E. Lee

We are not afraid

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
     — John F. Kennedy


NeoNotes - Hearsay

The accusation becomes more important than the crime.



Seek paradox for truth.
     — NeoWayland

Truthful answers

Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.

Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.
     — NeoWayland


Let people discover truth before you speak. Make sure the truth is necessary before you speak. Judge if the listener is worthy of truth before you speak.
     — NeoWayland

☆ Soundbite politics

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

But I'll get back to that.


When politics are at stake

Truth is subjective when politics are at stake.
     — NeoWayland

from crux № 9 — Testing ideas

We need our beliefs and convictions tested by people who don't agree with us.

It's how we learn if our ideas can stand on their own. It's how our ideas can be made better even if we didn't see all the angles.

And if someone can't stand that, then they shouldn't be talking. The reason why conservatism didn't die is because some conservatives and some libertarians got very very good at debate and defending their ideas.
     — NeoWayland

Hate the truth

The truth is hate speech to those that hate the truth.
     — anonymous

NeoNotes — Subjective morality

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

“The law should be limited to punishing direct, measurable harm.”


Honor in giving truth

I think that most people make mostly good choices.



Will you?

What’s been missing.


I'll tell you what I believe

Just a few things here and there

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