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NeoNotes - Liberty should be the goal

I'd like to see this as a starting point.

We need to be FOR something instead of AGAINST everything not on the approved topic list.

We need solutions that don't exile people politically. That's something that both major parties have been way too guilty of. It shouldn't be Winner Take All so the Wise Officials can hand out the Official Benefits for being on the correct side.

Personally I could probably give you one hundred and thirteen reasons why progressive thought is a dead end. Give me another five minutes, and I can give you another hundred and thirteen reasons why conservatism is a dead end. But like kenofken said, none of that shows the way out of this mess.

Whether progressives like to admit it or not, the last eight years have been about forcing a certain viewpoint down American throats. Whether conservatives like to admit it or not, the previous eight years were about forcing a certain viewpoint down American throats.

I believe that the goal should be liberty. I admit I am biased. I do not think government can be trusted to do things for the common good. I remember how excited environmentalists were during the Carter years when government power was expanded. And then Reagan was elected and James Watt was appointed Secretary of the Interior. All that power was going to be used against the environmental goals.

Maybe the answer shouldn't be who gets to call the shots. Maybe the answer should be restraining government so it can't be a threat to the things you consider important.

I've suggested that here before. I know it's not popular. But if one President expands power, there's no guarantee that the next one will use that power wisely.

Maybe we shouldn't be so eager to hand our power over to someone we elect.

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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“Should We Trust the Media?” from Roaming Millennial

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NeoNotes - Off Limits

I specifically mentioned keeping peace with my neighbors twice. I'm all for negotiations.

BUT (and it's a damn big BUT), there's a lot to negotiate. What's obscene to one isn't necessarily obscene to another.

Does it belong in public? That's another damn big BUT. What's the difference between 15 year old jailbait and a nursing mother? Someone objects to that bikini but not those yoga pants. Almost all of your objections were to male genitals displayed in public.

There's at least one speculative theory that I guarantee would make you never look at the Christian fish the same way again. It is "true?" Who knows? But it would make you think about your feelings. That's one thing that art is supposed to do.

I still maintain that the societal repression as opposed to personal discipline when it comes to nudity and sexual themes have hurt our culture. But that topic is "off limits."

Now, do I think public sex play like the Folsom Street Fair should be celebrated? By the people involved, certainly. By the media who are looking for "freaks of the day," and let people thousands of miles away tsk tsk, no. It was imposed on you, but not by the people celebrating.

There are a lot of public impositions I would love to change. The Decalogue on public property. Prayers before public meetings (does that mean that decisions made are sanctioned by the Divine and therefore Cannot Be Questioned?) The unspoken assumption that I must keep my pagan symbols and rites out of the public eye lest I offend someone for attacking their religion.

Behind locked doors and privacy fences, I am "free to do what I want." But is that freedom?

When you write about what "most" people want to see and hear, it's the flip side of political correctness. When it comes to rights, it's not about what "most" want. Rights are about what one chooses, the things that cannot be denied by most.

Is that "appropriate" for children? Funny how that suddenly trumps freedom, isn't it? That begs the question what are we teaching, conformity or freedom?

These are things I want to discuss. But they are off limits because they are not acceptable.

Pity.


Public nudity doesn't bother me. The thrice-damned double standard does though. This is art but that isn't. This is erotic but that is obscene.

The phrase I was looking for earlier was self-discipline. I hadn't eaten when I wrote that last post and the hot chocolate had not percolated through my synapses yet. I absolutely agree that it is not taught nearly as much as it should be today. Part of it frankly is because we teach our boys to be wimps. I'm not an advocate for Iron John, but sometimes I wonder what exactly that speech was in Secondhand Lions.

And yes, we teach our girls to take strength by pretending to be what men should be instead of the True Ladies that they can and should be.

We teach our children to reach for the stars but we don't teach them the discipline they need.

And yes, I know the childless man should not be lecturing anyone on childrearing. But Earth and Sky, it's my biggest frustration! To see all these marvelous young minds, but less than one in twenty-five has been trained to use their birthright. Half of them can't see anything beyond their own desire. Another quarter don't want to.

It's not that the moral standards have degraded. Character comes from overcoming obstacles. Too many today don't want that. The character is still there.

And truthfully, in some ways our "public morality" is better than it was. No more child labor for one. Women not being subservient to their fathers and husbands for another. If we stopped shielding people from their mistakes, character would come back.

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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How Prostitutes Settled the Wild West - Adam Ruins Everything

Surprising history

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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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Penn & Teller on flag burning

Freedom to offend

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“Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist”

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

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Attack from the blacklist

“We’re Under Attack"

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Uncle Sam says Stop Being Afraid

“You're Americans First"

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NeoNotes - American Christmas

Christians are nicer people when they aren't the only game in town

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Roaming Millenial on the Alt-Right

“What is the Alt-Right?"

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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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“Instead of Famine — Thanksgiving!” by Henry Hazlitt

This 1968 Henry Hazlitt op-ed quotes William Bradford to tell you how it really was

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Hoodwinking Congress - blast from the past (2005)

“Buying Reform”

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An obvious solution

Plant more trees.

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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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Mixing science and politics

“The Real War on Science”

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Roaming Millennial on allegations

“Should we listen and believe?”

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Cult of Clinton

“America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton”

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Right to boycott

“Fashion Designers Are Boycotting Melania Trump. Shouldn't Bakers and Florists Have the Same Right?”

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Not quite the hate

“Hate Crimes, Hoaxes, and Hyperbole”

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“Scrooge McDuck and Money”

Animated classic from 1967 shows the evolution and role of money in society. Money is only useful if it circulates.

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

H.L. Mencken is always worth your time.

This version is from Prejudices: Third Series (1922)

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

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Roaming Millennial on the Election Aftermath

“Anti-Trump hysteria”

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the Pagan Vigil Record Pagan Vigil Reader - updated

Introducing the Pagan Vigil Reader

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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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More back down

It took less than a week for these celebrities.

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Bussed in protestors

Who is paying for the buses?

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NeoNotes - Laci Green

“The stuff on sex is pretty good, the stuff on relationships is so-so, and the SJW stuff is just destructive.”

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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.

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Little victories

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

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Escape

“Do #CalExit Supporters Realize Many Californians Have Been Trying to Escape Them?”

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It was a joke?!

WTF? Amy Schumer Backs Out, Now Says Talk of Moving was a Joke?!


One backed down. So much for character. So much for honor. So much for principle.

She’s going to stay where the money is.

Next.

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“The War Prayer” by Mark Twain

This 1905 Mark Twain piece has lessons for today.

It was not published until after his death.

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

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NeoNotes - religious discrimination

I've every reason to fight religious discrimination.

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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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Because FREEDOM demands more than just black or white

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