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Invoking extremes just makes things worse. Government usually creates more problems to solve the problems it already created.
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I had a blog, a big ole political blog with all sorts of entries and spanning two blogging platforms. It went through a catastrophic data scramble. Some content was lost. So here are the old directory links. As I find it useful, I'll probably end up rewriting it and putting in the new blog. But there are some mixups.
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NeoWayland is a pagan philosopher, libertarian & part-time trouble maker. Keeping vigil, he shares beacons of individual freedom & responsibility while watching for threats to LIBERTY. There's more to life than just black & white.

❝Voice of Freedom❞

“This song was played frequently on KVIL in Dallas back in 1980. Until today, I had feared that this song was lost. When i came across a recorded performance today I was elated! It is a wonderful song of patriotism that this country really needs! Please watch it and share it with your friends and help revive the song!”

❝Why I Love America❞

“Dennis Prager has traveled all over the world. But at the end of every trip, he returns home with a new appreciation for America. Why? Because no country is more open, more generous, and has done more for the cause of freedom than America has.”

❝The lost neighborhood under New York's Central Park❞

“If you’ve been to New York, you’ve probably visited Central Park. But there’s a part of its story you won't see.

It’s a story that goes back to the 1820s, when that part of New York was largely open countryside. Soon it became home to about 1,600 people. Among them was a predominantly black community that bought up affordable plots to build homes, churches and a school. It became known as Seneca Village. And when Irish and German immigrants moved in, it became a rare example at the time of an integrated neighborhood.

Everything changed on July 21, 1853. New York took control of the land to create what would become the first major landscaped park in the US -- they called it “The Central Park.”

In the Vox series Missing Chapter, Vox Senior Producer Ranjani Chakraborty revisits underreported and often overlooked moments from the past to give context to the present. Join her as she covers the histories that are often left out of our textbooks. Our first season tackles stories of racial injustice, political conflicts, even the hidden history of US medical experimentation.”

First Amendment

“…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Pinned to top until after the riots end.

❝Graduation 2020: The Covid Class❞

“The 2020 graduating class faces challenges unlike any class before it. Uncertainty looms at every turn: job prospects, social interactions, and many other aspects of “normal life” once taken for granted. So what lessons can be learned from this unparalleled situation? Dennis Prager offers three.”

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  • It's not if the US is worth preserving. It's if the US can be saved. I maintain that there is not enough sound left to rebuild on, and the regular comments here about how this is the last chance and that Democrats are irredeemable bear me out.

    Just because someone has dementia doesn't mean I will euthanize them.

    I won't jump through your hoops on your command. If you want to find common ground that is one thing. If you want me to submit to the way you think the World should be, go bug someone else.
    original thread

  • Politics is not life. It never was.

    That is the illusion. That is the deception. That is the distraction.

    My definition of politics is controlling the Other.

    The bad actors are created and enabled by the game.

    And yet you keep responding.
    original thread

  • I disagree with the premise that government is the first, best, and last solution. I disagree that government is usually a good solution. I disagree that in a nation with mostly two highly polarized political parties, government can be a lasting and effective solution.

    I also disagree with either/or for philosophical reasons, but that is another topic.

    When I disagree with multiple assumptions behind your question, why in the World would I answer it using your pre-approved answers in the manner you specify?

    There is an old bit that stage comics use when dealing with hecklers. "When did you stop beating your wife?" Accepting the either/or means there is no way the question can be answered that does not make the heckler look foolish. Likewise, accepting your assumptions means there is no way I can make my point.

    I'm not heckling. I disagree.
    original thread

  • Mall cops and stop signs? That is your response?

    Three. And I am done with you on this thread.
    original thread

  • If the symbol predates the Nazis, then it cannot be a Nazi symbol.
    original thread

    1. Me, among others.

    2. Odds are that the successor will be worse. In fact, odds are the successor to the successor will be worse. It's possible to change that, but it's a real longshot.

    3. Because I like my clean sheets and hot running water.
      original thread

  • Nope, it was about humans. All in all a messier and more rewarding subject.
    original thread

  • Minor modifications on PV watching headlines page.

    Updated NWNW to include watching headlines link in dropdown menu and in news section.

  • The Pagan Vigil Reader is up and running. I'll have to change the RSS source when I get TPY resurrected, but I shouldn't have to make any more changes.

  • Reworked PV menus.

    Edited bear definition to include actual definition of what bears are.

    Added baizuo to lexicon.

  • Finished cross reference links in lexicon and published.

  • Minor rewrite of competition lexicon entry. Changes not published yet pending lexicon updates.

  • Tweaks on PV blog post layout page, including restricting blog post gallery to four images maximum. Added banner gallery to libertarian meme page. Redid code for sidebar and about box background uses new directory controlled by admin portal.

  • Cleaned up and unified UI on PV admin portal. Added backstage tab and moved appropriate items there.