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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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Mass school shootings

3 disturbing facts about mass school shootings that change everything

1 Mass school shootings aren’t battles – they’re mass executions

2 Mass school shootings are committed by dedicated planners

3 Mass school shootings are social phenomena

     — Shaun Connell
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Monday roundup

Black History Month is a failure

Read Carter G. Woodson

Greg Gutfeld: How To Stop Mass Shootings Without Gutting the 2nd Amendment

Smart thinking here

Hillary Clinton Claims There Have Been ‘Over 230’ School Shootings Since 2012

Overhyped hysteria aimed at gun owners

Florida students turn to activism in wake of shooting

Feelings trump common sense

Top GOP donor threatens to cut off contributions unless party supports assault weapon ban

A reminder that most shootings in America use handguns

Women’s March organizing national school walk-out

More feelings trumping common sense

Google's firing of James Damore was legal, labor board says

Technically correct but morally wrong. Also ‘Advancing Gender Stereotypes’: You Can Be Fired for Telling the Truth, Feds Rule

Arizona House approves ban on harassment secrecy pacts

“The Arizona House on Thursday approved legislation allowing victims of sexual misconduct to talk to police or testify in a criminal case even if they signed a non-disclosure agreement as part of a civil settlement.”

‘Peace Through Strength’ Is a Racket

“The way to achieve peace is not to prepare for war but to reject militarism and empire, and embrace nonintervention.”

“Blockchain” Stocks Completely Disintegrate

Bubbles pop

‘Top Priority’ — Sessions Orders ‘IMMEDIATE REVIEW’ Of FBI, While FL. Gov. Calls For Director Wray’s Resignation

Not sure if it can be cleaned up, it might be time to blow it up and start over

Chronicle of a white supremacist PR crisis and the making of a hoax

Those who seek attention

Marijuana Criminal Cases Dropped En Masse by Philadelphia District Attorney

As Wendy McElroy asks, what about the people already in jail?

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Millions of illegal immigrants

Right now we've got millions of illegal immigrants who live and work here without knowing their identity or background.
     — Senator Barack Obama, 2005
Source : Take The 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?
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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

There comes a time when the only way to win is not to play.



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



At that point I'd have to stand and say no.

You can't exile someone because of what they believe. It's what they want to do to you. That doesn't make it right.

We need to have our ideas challenged by people we don't agree with. If the ideas are good, they will stand on their own merit.



Maybe it's time the libertarians (small l, not the party) were in charge. We could start by abolishing any political party, reducing the total amount of taxes to ten percent and making the politicos pay for anything government spends above that amount.

Then we can talk about who is allowed to have influence.



And organizing everything from the words anyone is allowed to say to the calorie count of a pizza slice, just how well is that working out?

The problem isn't who is calling the shots. Experience has shown that no matter what promises someone makes, as soon as they have power they will be just as tyrannical as the opposition. Look at this discussion. You are literally writing about who is and is not allowed to have influence. And making sure that capital L Libertarians are on display, but not allowed to influence policy. That's better for people how? We are supposed to trust in the benevolence of conservatives?

The answer is massively reducing the size and scope of government. Let people make their own choices.



Can you do that without pointing a gun at people?

Do you have enough courage in your convictions to do it without force?



And I am not convinced that conservatives can be totally trusted. As I rule, I trust conservatives more than I do progressives, but I don't trust you that much.

It's not easy to do it without a gun, but it's possible. The thing is, progressives don't start with guns. They start by establishing Moral Authority. You can do more by taking that away than you can with guns. Hurting them or killing them just makes martyrs to the "cause."

The Left doesn't like it when I do a lot of things. That doesn't stop me much.
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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Before you get excited about Russians messing with American elections

tip of the hat to The Carol Moore Report
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Bonus Sunday roundup

A call to arms for tech companies: Get extremists off your platforms

Who decides what is offensive?

Arizona "Ground Zero" for Koch Attack on Public Education

Shielding education from completion is a sure way to fail

FBI Admits It Failed To Follow Protocol When Tipped Off To Florida Shooter In January

So if the FBI doesn't do it's job, why have it?

How white nationalists fooled the media about Florida shooter

Those who want to be noticed

A caged Clinton and fake ‘woke blacks’: 9 striking findings from the Mueller indictment

These are striking findings? How are they different than the normal election shenanigans?

Soros Calls on EU to Regulate Social Media to Fight Populism

Mr. Soros doesn't trust you to make up your own mind. And he doesn't like the First Amendment. Related - Sheriff in Florida shooting calls for power to detain over social media

Valentine’s Day Massacre

“On February 14, 2018 something didn’t happen.”

Judge orders Houston strip club shut down for alleged prostitution, employment of minors

This is a shake-down, a government protection racket. If it didn't involve strip clubs, the press would denounce it

The Persistence of Tyranny

A historical perspective on forcing people to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier?

This fits too well

‘Socialist’ Judge, Refusing To Evict Tenants, Rankles City Landlords

If the law doesn't respect private property and contracts, why should owners respect the law?

Snow-covered beaches? Chilly iguanas? They are part of a mysterious ‘hole’ in global warming

Funny how these exceptions keep happening.

CIA Argues The Public Can’t See Classified Information It Has Already Given To Favored Reporters

The CIA wants to control the flow of information

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Point a gun

Hello, everyone. Guess who. Please, point a gun at me if it helps you relax.
     — The Doctor, A Good Man Goes to War
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“Can Climate Models Predict Climate Change?”

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“Penn & Teller on Gun Control”

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“I can do better than that!”

The free market is built on two very simple principles. The first is the voluntary exchange of goods and services between consenting adults. The second is hardly ever acknowledged but just as important. Someone will see something and think "I can do better than that!" Most will fail, some spectacularly. But the ones who succeed change everything. There's no way to tell who will succeed in the free market now or in the next decade. It can't be controlled or predicted. Nor should it be.
     — NeoWayland
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Training wheels

I don't believe in enabling power through victimhood. I know that can seem cruel, but it's not. After a time, the training wheels get in the way.
     — NeoWayland
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Million different ways

Culture is the million different ways we touch one another. We're letting skin color and nationality get in the way.
     — NeoWayland
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A pet peeve

It's not a right unless the other guy has it too.

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Nation of immigrants

We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.
     — President Bill Clinton, State of the Union address, 1995
Source : Take The 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?
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Strong border security

Let me repeat: We need strong border security at the borders.
     — Senator Barack Obama, 2005
Source : Take The 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?
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Thursday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Gone in a day

“Is This Experimental Japanese Drug the Secret to Stopping the Flu?”

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American dreaming

“As kids, they picked cotton and dreamed about the 'mansion' across the road. Now they own it.”

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Wednesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Easy

If only everyone (in the Middle East) could be like Scandinavians, (achieving peace) would all be easy.
     — President Barack Obama, 2016
Source : Take The 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?
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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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Award to be an illegal immigrant

If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn't enough, how about offering an award to be an illegal immigrant. No sane country would do that, right? Guess again.
     — Sen. Harry Reid, Senate floor, 1993
Source : Take The 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?
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Tuesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Goal of our culture

The goal of our culture now is not the emancipation of the individual from the group, but the permanent definition of the individual by the group. We used to call this bigotry. Now we call it being woke.
     — Andrew Sullivan, We All Live on Campus Now
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Adoption

“Teacher Almost Quit Because Of Unruly Student. Then She Adopted Him”

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Aggressively

Our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.
     — President Clinton, State of the Union address, 1995
Source : Take The 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?
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Monday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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NeoNotes — More on climate change

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

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Too afraid

This long, solemn wake is an over-reaction that’s led to boredom and disinterest from the general public who actually pay to watch movies. People still love sex, sizzle and controversy — but the entertainment industry is too afraid to serve it up right now.
     — Johnny Oleksinski, The woke police have ruined entertainment
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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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Bonus Saturday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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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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“25 Principles of Adult Behavior” by John Perry Barlow

A 1977 classic

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“A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” by John Perry Barlow

This 1996 classic never made the impact it should have, but it may yet.

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

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