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Somebody finally said the C word

Ah, somebody finally said the C word. And that means I can say not all Christians.

I can say something else too. For all of the evidence of Christian bigotry, there's tolerance and pluralism right there beside it. America is the probably the only nation where it could happen. Religious diversity made it happen. And it goes right back to the Civil War. While there were plenty saying (with reason) that the Bible justified slavery, there were others making the case that a human was a human no matter what the color skin. The ones fighting hardest against slavery took their best arguments from their faith. That continued through the woman's rights movement, through the civil rights movement, and on through the gay rights movement. Without Christians speaking and fighting, those movements would have stalled.

As a newbie back in the 80s, I had a lot of baggage. I spoke and wrote against Christians with the best of them. Some of my stuff is probably still floating around there. But I discovered that I didn't like who I was. There were other things too, I was not a nice person. After some serious soul searching and couple of Divine thumps on the head, I came back to a very simple idea. In magickal terms, the energy you put out is the energy you get back. It's the Ethic of Reciprocity, Christians call it the Golden Rule. It's probably the cornerstone of Western civilization. Long story short, if you look for the negative in others, that is precisely what you will find. And that is precisely what you will allow to shape your own life.

But if you look for the positive, "catch them doing right," there will be enough good to overcome the bad.

Christians made marriage legal in the first place. But do you honestly think there would be legal gay marriage without a whole lot of Christians saying, wait, we have to fix this to be fair to everyone.

Because not every Christian, you see. Sometimes in the places you least expect and from the people you'd never consider, there is tolerance and acceptance and even encouragement. Not everyone wraps themselves in the fire and brimstone of the OT. Some really do believe that their god is love.

We need those people badly.

So, not every Christian.
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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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 is is.

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

My perspective is just a tad different. Does that make me wrong? Well, that's an interesting question, isn't it?

I'll give you another. If I'm right, does that make you wrong?

Oh, and remember that I prefer not to use either/or situations.
     — NeoWayland
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Societies work best

Societies work best when the moral and legal authorities are separate.
     — NeoWayland
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Legislation and morality

Legislation is not morality, and morality certainly isn't legislation. The distinction must be made. Otherwise politicos wrap themselves in the flag AND hide behind the most convenient faith/moral code they can find. Arguing over morality keeps us honest. We're better when we verbally defend our ideas to people who don't necessarily share our beliefs.
     — NeoWayland
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Illegal

Passing a law saying that a behavior is illegal doesn't stop the behavior. Prohibition is the best known failure. Pick a vice law, any vice law for others.
     — NeoWayland
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Show virtue

An individual can show virtue. At best, a label must borrow virtue. Labels will hold most of the blame, though.
     — NeoWayland
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Label

It's not liberalism, it's the label. And it doesn't matter if the label is progressive, conservative, Christian, atheist, or United States Senator. The label has no virtue or vice, no morality, and no inherent worth. It's the individual that owns the outcome of their thoughts, words, and deeds. It's the individual and the individual alone who can take responsibility.
     — NeoWayland
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Can't give liberty

It's about the liberty, you see. You can't give that to anyone.
     — NeoWayland
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Institutional churches

I think it has a lot to do with how connected someone feels to their church/temple/circle/whatever. I think that big institutional churches appear more interested in putting butts in pews than any genuine mission. The church members just give a little time every week and put some cash in the offering. Easy peasy. I really don't understand how those “megachurches” work. To me, if a normally-sighted person can't see the pulpit clearly from the back row without a huge television screen, then it's not really a church. It's an entertainment palace.

What can I say? My own practice demands personal involvement. Even without that, I've got a bunch of preacher ancestors who would disapprove.
     — 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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Core of Christianity

Exclusivity is not the core of Christianity. How Christians live their life is. That shows in how they touch the lives of others.
     — NeoWayland
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Nicer

Christians are a lot nicer to be around when everyone else doesn't have to defer to them. “One path among many” means Christians usually pay attention to what others say. It means Christians have to defend what they say and do without hiding behind scripture.
     — NeoWayland
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Choice & consequences

Recognizing that the choice AND the consequences are mine and mine alone means I'm a rational adult.
     — NeoWayland
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Meetings and updates

Weekly meetings and daily updates on any major project. Show up unexpectedly to poke around, not once but several times. And as the deadlines get closer, meet more and inspect more. If it is important, you watch it carefully. This is business school 201, this is leadership 101.
     — NeoWayland
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Answers that work

Science isn't about presenting conclusions, it's about finding answers that work.
     — 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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Unless it's sex with me

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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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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Generations

We let generations be victims when they deserved to be heroes.
     — NeoWayland
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Problem

The problem you see is not the problem they see.
     — NeoWayland
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Inspire me

Don't try to shame me with stories of victims, inspire me with the stories of the heroes.
     — NeoWayland
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Entitled because of your pain

You’re not entitled because of your pain. The world is full of pain. You can’t demand charity.

The world needs heroes more than it needs victims.
     — NeoWayland
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Empathy

You're not upset over my lack of empathy. It's that I don't show empathy in the approved fashion for the victim groups you designate.
     — 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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Science is the bastard child of magick

Science grew out of experimenting with things unseen and unknowable. Science is the bastard child of magick.
     — 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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Self-worth

If your moral self worth is defined by either your victimhood or your compassion, then those will be the things you defend. Even principles will take a back seat if “it's for the greater good.” Taking a stand is less important than reversing current oppression or preventing future oppression.
     — NeoWayland
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Tit for tat

Tit for tat. Long term rules means honor brings advantage. Short term rules mean that honor is a disadvantage.
     — NeoWayland
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Razzle dazzle

Everyone is amazed by the razzle dazzle moment. No one thinks about all the work, study, and experimenting beforehand that made it possible.
     — NeoWayland
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Experience

Experience trumps language every time.
     — NeoWayland
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Do more with less

Elegant simplicity adapts and does more with less. One sure sign of a master.
     — NeoWayland
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Ecology vs. environmentalism

Ecology studies how living systems interact and interconnect with each other. Environmentalism is about teaching and compelling behavior. These words are not synonyms. As both a pagan and a libertarian, I can not support environmentalism.
     — NeoWayland
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Proud

Be proud but don't invite trouble.
     — NeoWayland
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Aunts & grandmothers

“The men may sit in council but the aunts and the grandmothers shape lives.” Measure a culture by the attention it pays to those not a part of the official leadership structure.
     — NeoWayland
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Ask

Ask questions. Question the answers. Question your questions.
     — NeoWayland
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One side

We have one side of the story which isn't enough to judge.
     — NeoWayland
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Conservaties, progressives, & sex

When it comes to sex, conservatives want to deny choice and progressives want to deny responsibility. I want a world with both.
     — NeoWayland
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A person's worth

My grandfather's funeral taught me that a person's worth is found in the lives they touch.
     — NeoWayland
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A woman's sexual behavior

I'm not responsible for a woman's sexual behavior any more than I am responsible for the color of her shoes. It's her choice and her responsibility. It's not her neighbor's responsibility. It's not society's responsibility.
     — NeoWayland
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Responsible

Don’t hold someone responsible unless they were present, of age, and participating.
     — NeoWayland
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Signposts

Books aren't destinations, they're signposts. Like it or not, you still make the journey yourself. You can always go further than the book can carry you.
     — NeoWayland
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Words matter

Words matter. Actions matter more. Intentions don’t.
     — NeoWayland
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Honor expects

Honor expects three warnings before you act.
     — NeoWayland
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Test it thrice

Test it thrice.
     — NeoWayland
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Ease your pain

To ease your pain and shame, share it separately with three people you trust.
     — NeoWayland
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Information on the internet

If you find information on the internet, verify it with three offline, reputable, and independent sources and experiment BEFORE you depend on it.
     — NeoWayland
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Truth

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
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One thing

Say only one thing for every three things they say.
     — NeoWayland
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Listen

Start by listening. Before you say anything, listen again. Just to make sure you understand, listen again.
     — NeoWayland
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Everyone shares a right

It's one of the simplest human guidelines. Everyone shares a right. You don't have it unless the other does.

Privileges exclude people. Only some get privileges. Privileges are not rights, and rights are not privileges.

It's why there are human rights. Most muddy the waters and call privileges rights. Black rights? Christian rights? Police rights? These do not exist. These are privileges that rule out whole classes of people.
     — NeoWayland
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Fringe

I prefer operating from the fringe. No great recognition, but no glow-in-the-dark targets either.
     — NeoWayland
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Secret of life

What is the secret of life?

Leave the place a little better than how you found it.
     — 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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Pattern in the universe

The patterns we see in the universe may be nothing more than longing and human conceit. But if using those patterns give us a desired result, then the patterns are a useful fiction. The “ultimate reality” or even our belief doesn't necessarily matter, if we behave as if we believe and successfully reach our goals.
     — 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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Heroes

The best heroes are the ones who don't know they are heroes before they are needed and still choose standing between harm and another.
     — 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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Media

Media has every right to exist.

Media does not have the right to be trusted.
     — NeoWayland
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Last, best hope

The internet is the last, best hope for mankind.
     — NeoWayland
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A god of love

Personally I prefer Christians when they aren't spouting hellfire in the name of a god of love.
     — NeoWayland
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❝The world doesn't work this way.❞

The world doesn't work this way.

So change the world.
     — Leverage, The Homecoming Job
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NeoNotes — Roy Moore and the Decalogue monument - updated

You don't demand that others submit to your religion. If I can object when the Islamists do it, if I can object when the climate change crowd does it, I can damn well object when a theocratic Republican passes it off as religious freedom and tells tales of his "oppression" because of his faith.

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NeoNotes — Infrastructure

Let's talk about infrastructure. Specifically, let's talk about Puerto Rico's infrastructure that was mismanaged and mostly ignored for decades before Trump took office. We could also mention Chicago, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and a number of other cities. What makes these places unique is that they have massive overspending, crumbling infrastructure, and Democrat leadership for decades.
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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NeoNotes — Lower the cost of medical care

Government has shielded the medical industry and the medical insurance markets from the very things that would make medicine better.

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NeoNotes — Tax the rich

It's not cutting taxes for the rich, it's cutting taxes.

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Should adjust

There seems to be a growing number of people who think that the world should adjust to them, while they don't have to show concern for anyone.
     — Thomas Sowell
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Purge a belief system

It's never common sense to purge a belief system, especially when you do it in the name of moral superiority.
     — NeoWayland
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Faith & threats

If you had faith, you wouldn't need threats.
     — NeoWayland
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Pick and choose

You do realize that if “the Bible is all one piece,” you can't pick and choose bits and pieces to quote, don't you? If you eat all your veggies and are especially nice, I won't demand that you start following all those bits in Numbers and Leviticus. We won't talk about the deleted texts now.

How do you suppose those disciples did it? They had to work without a New Testament.
     — NeoWayland
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Enlightened

No matter what the belief system, the truly enlightened don't need to call themselves that.

Or justify it either.
     — NeoWayland
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Less government

Always, always, always less government than absolutely necessary.
     — NeoWayland
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Some people I trust

I don't think that a magic set of neurons turns on at age 16, 18, or 25. I've said before there are some people I trust at 14 to make a major decision, and some I don't trust to do the same at 40. That's not including sex.
     — NeoWayland
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Age of consent

Age of consent is tied to taking responsibility for your own actions. It's that simple. If you can't take responsibility, you shouldn't do it.
     — NeoWayland
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Without using the Bible

If you can defend your beliefs without using the Bible, that means that you've embraced those beliefs and thought long and hard about making them a part of your everyday life.
     — NeoWayland
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Keep people from dealing

Trigger warnings, safe spaces, echo chambers, all that does is keep people from dealing with the World as it is
     — NeoWayland
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Equal treatment

When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.
     — Thomas Sowell
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❝Personal’s not the same as important.❞

Personal’s not the same as important. People just think it is.
     — Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies
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Bonfire

I have this mythical construct in my head of a bonfire with people I would like to hang out with, and maybe discuss matters large and small.
     — NeoWayland
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History

I make it a practice to never call it history until a year and a day after the event.
     — NeoWayland
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Laugh at ourselves

We have to laugh at ourselves. No one else would take us seriously enough.
     — NeoWayland
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Bilagáana

I’m one of the few bilagáana born on the Res, it’s shaped my outlook. I’m what happens when Louisiana farming stock takes root in the Four Corners region. The desert and the the sky here call to me. I’m a child of sand and wind.
     — NeoWayland
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Better human

Go tell three really dirty jokes. Share a piece of fruit with someone you can't stand. Cuddle with someone you care deeply about. Leave the place a little nicer than when you found it. And greet the sun when it wakes up.

No, that isn't all that there is to be a pagan, it's just a taste of how to be a better human.
     — NeoWayland
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Change the universe?

Do I think I can change the universe? I already have. Can I make it better? Maybe.
     — NeoWayland
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Free to choose

I am free to choose and free to take responsibility for myself. I am not a child to be threatened into submission. I will not blindly accept your mandates when the Divine and the World beckon.
     — NeoWayland
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White knight

I can't be the white knight. I can only be a friend. I can't be a savior, but I can lend a shoulder and an ear. I can't shield anyone from the cold darkness, but I can share a little body heat under the blanket. I can't bring joy, but I can give a smile.
     — NeoWayland
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Strong women

The really strong women don't depend on government to do it for them.

They don't need to.
     — NeoWayland
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Rights do not emanate

Rights do not emanate from a state, nor do they require state sanction or approval.
     — NeoWayland
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Message & passion

Matching the message to the passion, that's the trick.
     — NeoWayland
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Angry guys

Where would we be if those angry guys hadn't been writing letters to each other for years by 1773?
     — NeoWayland
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American secret

Here is the American secret. You can occasionally be governed, but you can't be ruled.

That means you can't rule others, no matter how much you disagree with them.
     — NeoWayland
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Free market

believe that the free market is the most potent force for organizing and creating yet discovered by humans. It cannot be managed, predicted, directed, or controlled.

It rests on choice without coercion. And to keep customers happy, you have to at least do as well as your competition, better if you want to expand.
     — NeoWayland
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The goal is freedom

The goal is not the institution of the Federal government.

The goal is freedom.
     — NeoWayland
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Moral people

Oddly enough, the most moral people I know don't have to brag about it.
     — NeoWayland
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Definition of liberty

That's today's quick definition of liberty, folks. It's not a right unless the other guy has it too.
     — NeoWayland
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Just in case

Just in case you misunderstand, I don't answer to you. I am who I am, and you don't need my name to understand what I say.
     — 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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I recognize Masculine & Feminine in Divinity.

I recognize Masculine & Feminine in Divinity. I seek the Divine in every woman I meet.
     — NeoWayland
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Influences

Children need strong male and female influences in their life.
     — NeoWayland
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Who I am

I am who I am, not who you wish I was
     — NeoWayland
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❝What I do is not up to you.❞

What I do is not up to you.
     — Wonder Woman
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Ideology

The problem isn't ideology, it's the urge to meddle backed by the use of force.
     — NeoWayland
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What frustrates you

Perhaps what frustrates you most is that you can't denounce my faith without undermining your own. At the end of the day, we don't have anything but our faith. Mine is just as valid as yours by every “objective” measure you trot out.
     — NeoWayland
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Christian message

I don't think the Christian message was ever intended to be confined to dusty writings.
     — NeoWayland
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Free to choose

It's no secret that I believe that free market ideas apply to any human exchange.

Free to choose. It's not just for economics anymore.
     — NeoWayland
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Progress

Progress never comes from satisfaction.
     — NeoWayland
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Move beyond

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.
     — NeoWayland
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Dark forces

You're so determined to struggle nobly against dark forces that you can't see what is casting the shadow.
     — NeoWayland
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Faith cannot be given

Faith cannot be given. Faith cannot be taken. To mean anything at all, faith must be chosen freely.
     — NeoWayland
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❝Is the accuser always holy now?❞

Is the accuser always holy now?
     — Arthur Miller, The Crucible
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NeoNotes — Witch hunts without due process

Sometimes we pagans take our sex way too seriously.

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She died

My beloved companion of eight years has died.

Spending time with her is a major reason my blogging has been off lately. And it's part of why I am taking a break.

There's one more piece I want to put up, and then I will be taking a break from blogging and my online activities.

Keep your blessings close.
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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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Govern

Your beliefs shouldn't govern my behavior.
     — anonymous
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Coexist

Two churches will fight but thirty will coexist.
     — anonymous
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Why is this cop not under arrest for assualt?

“Utah Nurse DRAGGED out of Hospital by Police 'This isn't right"”

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“The Four Freedoms” by Franklin Delano Roosevelt

This was FDR's State of the Union address in January, 1941. It was another speech that changed everything.

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Thursday roundup

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Wednesday roundup

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Clean water

“Anheuser-Busch Stops Canning Beer To Can Water For Hurricane Harvey Victims”

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Serving up hot meals

“Keep It Simple And Stay Open: The Waffle House Storm Menu”

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Mirror image

“How ‘Antifa’ Mirrors the ‘Alt-Right’”

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NeoNotes - We need our ideas challenged

We don't need violence in the streets.

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Tuesday roundup

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Antifa violence in Berkeley

Masked anarchists violently rout right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley

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Private citizens to the rescue

“Cajun Navy's on the way: South Louisiana springs into action to help Texas amid Harvey floods”

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Civilization

Civilization is an enormous improvement on the lack thereof.
     — P. J. O’Rourke

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Truth from the Federalist - worth your time

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

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Monday roundup

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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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When Trump supporters ask why I don't trust him…

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Individual

“The smallest minority is the individual…”

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Liberty secure

“…guard even his enemy from oppression.”

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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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Friday roundup

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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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Busting a move

“Cop Stops to Bust a Move With Senior Dancing Alone on the Street”

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Snuggles

“Depressed, 100-Lb. Dog Who Lost Her Cat Best Friend Happily Adopts Four Foster Kittens”

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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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85% of Americans support free speech over not offending others, says survey

“73% Say Freedom of Speech Worth Dying For”

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“John Cena Reacts | Fans Surprise John Cena | John Cena Loves the Internet | Cricket Wireless”

“John Cena fans surprise him in this emotional reaction video”

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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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Thursday roundup

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“Rocky Balboa Fight For His Boxing License”

You could take the original Rocky and this film and you wouldn't need any of the films between them.

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“It's Trump's fault?”

Never slaves & never Nazis

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☆ Circus of hate - revised

Yep, it was almost as if it were scripted. A myth for the ages.

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Wednesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Hero brother

“10-year-old boy delivers his baby brother and saves his life”

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Wet dogs

“Small Town Gives Dogs Their Own Pool Day”

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Cured

“Peanut Allergy Cublurb In Majority Of Children In 'Life-Changing' Immunotherapy Trial”

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Name calling for politics

“Nazi-Hunting Fantasies Have Unhinged The Left”

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Tuesday roundup

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Defending scoundrels

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
     — H. L. Mencken

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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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Returning the favor

I've put my daily news reads in the sidebar.

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Dog whistle

“If you can hear all the dog whistles you claim…”

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Electonic Frontier Foundation on hate speech

“Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression”

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Speech wars

The internet is the last, best hope for freedom.

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No more homework

“Florida County Bans Homework, Asks Parents To Read With Their Kids Instead”

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A billion trees

“In ‘Momentous Milestone’, Pakistan Plants One Billion Trees Ahead of Schedule”

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“Brother Offers Support To Sister In Car Wash”

“The brother of a girl hilariously terrified of a car wash comforts her on the backseat as she cries to go home.”

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Monday roundup

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Conspiracy

Here's what we know so far.

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from crux № 7- age of consent

I think the age of consent is the best rule anyone has come up with so far.

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On some issues

On some issues I run deeper than granite and more certain than dawn.
     — NeoWayland
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Results

I'm disappointed to see how many people believe that "hate speech isn't free speech" and that certain people don't deserve free speech rights.

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“1970s Cartoon Music Video Black White”

The John Wilson cartoon featuring a Sonny & Cher cover of the Three Dog Night classic “Black & White”

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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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“Adam Ruins Everything - The Real Reason Hospitals Are So Expensive”

"American healthcare might not be the best world, but it is the most expensive."

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“I Don't Care About Charlottesville, the KKK, or White Supremacy”

“Black people have scarier things on the horizon than the almost endangeblurb species of white supremacy.”

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☆ This last week in free speech

Suddenly free speech was only for the Morally Favoblurb.

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Without government

“Who will build the roads?”

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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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Identity in the tribe

They want to be someone other than who they are. That’s the great irony of identity politics: They seek identity in the tribe because they are failed individuals. They are a chain composed exclusively of weak links. What they are engaged in isn’t politics, but theater: play-acting in the hopes of achieving catharsis.
     — Kevin D. Williamson, Angry White Boys
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For the record, this is facism.

At least learn the definition

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NeoNotes — Religion in public schools

I don't think religion belongs in the public schools. Public schools are compulsory, students can't walk away if they do not agree.

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Morality is based on selfish interest

I can make a case that our morality is based on selfish interest. It's the Ethic of Reciprocity. You don't do bad things to others because you don't want them to do bad things to you. You do good things to others because you want them to do good things to you. If they cross the line, you're not bound to tolerance and courtesy.
     — NeoWayland
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Control how we touch other people

We can't let our faiths and our creeds control how we touch other people. Faith is between you and the Divine. But we're measured by how we touch the lives of other humans.
     — NeoWayland
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Don't be a sucker

“In this anti-fascist film produced by US Military in the wake of WWII, the producers deconstruct the politically motivated social engineering of Germany by the Nazi regime.”

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Governments make lousy banks

Governments make lousy banks. Politicos want re-election and technocrats are unaccountable. Both measure their success by spending taxpayer's money. There's no incentive to contain costs or make a profit.
     — NeoWayland
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“Charlottesville & The Alt-Right: Just Say NO to Identity Politics”

“The #UniteTheRIght protest/rally in Charlottesville was a disappointing display of white nationalism, supremacy, and believe it or not, maybe even actual Nazis. The alt-right is having a heck of a PR nightmare right now.”

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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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Good neighbor

“How a Swimming Pool for Neighborhood Kids Helped Heal a Man After Wife’s Death”

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from crux № 22 - law did not create civil rights

No law required people to march in protest.

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from crux № 8 - rights & revised history

This brand of revisionism uses hard confrontation with constantly escalating stakes. You can't win against it by being loud, that just makes you the closest and biggest target.

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“What is a Libertarian?”

“Nailing down the basics on the political ideology known as Libertarianism.”

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Special rights

Protect natural rights

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Hee hee hee hee


duckduckgo2

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Not really second place

“1st Place Runner Collapses 50m Shy Of Finish Line, Gets Help From 2nd Place Runner”

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Neighbors parade

“Friends surprise woman with parade on her final day of chemo”

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Highway rescue

“Motorcycle Heroes Pull 10 People From Cars as Black Smoke and Fire Engulf Highway”

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The message was clear

The message was clear. There are problems but your Government Is Taking Care Of It. You don't have to worry. It's Somebody Else's Problem. You don't have to be responsible. Just put the right people in charge. Give more money. Give more authority. Sacrifice more rights. Repeat until we get it right. And don't ask too many questions.
     — NeoWayland
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“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is the 1963 speech that Dr. King is best known for. It is the core of the 1960s Civil Rights movement.

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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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Dreams seem small

If our dreams seem small, it's up to us to make them greater. We need to make our own, not reach for the dreams of another. We can make it our Journey, or we can live the Story of another. A simple choice but the price is high. Just your faith and trust.
     — NeoWayland
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Getting better

“40 Ways the World Is Getting Better”

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Regrowth

“'Breakthrough' penny-sized nanochip pad is able to regrow organs and heal injuries”

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Escape from debt

“Remember the $204,971.31 in Debt We Had? It’s Gone. We’re 100% Debt Free”

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NeoNotes — the Johnson amendment

As I said, the tax exempt status is a "devil's trade" intended in large part to silence churches.

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Algorithm

“Why We Need Accountable Algorithms”

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“Minimum wage causing issues for businesses in Flagstaff”

“The minimum wage increase is especially hurting businesses in Flagstaff as they deal with increase costs”

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The BA Christmas bonus

“When Richard Branson's airline won $945,000 from a lawsuit, he gave it all to his employees”

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Serious cuteness

“Artist Brightens Up The Streets By Drawing Adorable Creatures”

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from crux № 13 - Competiton

Competition drives the free market…

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They should be heard

I am certainly against Nazism, supremacist groups, and misogyny. I just think they SHOULD be heard, if for no other reason than they can be laughed off the stage.

As loudly and as enthusiastically as we can.
     — NeoWayland
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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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Won't be

I wonder too.

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Rescued

“Good Samaritans Jump In Canal To Rescue Elderly Man Trapped In Truck”

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NeoNotes — Civil Rights acts - updated

If the Civil Rights Act of 1866 had worked, there would have been a need for another in 1871, in 1875, in 1957, in 1964, a Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

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Beware

You should beware the politician who wraps himself in faith and the minister who wraps himself with the flag.
     — NeoWayland, personal journal
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Final Speech from “The Great Dictator”

"We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost…"

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Only religious activities

“Palo Alto Cracks Down On Neighborhood Churches”

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Oh really?

Somehow I don't believe this.

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☆ Other people's property

People look for better value if it's their own money at stake.

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One thing I wish I could literally pound into Christian heads

If there is one thing I wish I could literally pound into Christian heads, it's this: Christianity is not the source of all that is good and righteous in our society. Other cultures and other faiths have contributed heavily. It's amazing that I even have to mention this where one house of the national legislature is called the Senate and the other has a ceremonial fasces. Even The Magnificent Seven was a remake.
     — NeoWayland
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“Stossel: Stop! You Need a License To Do that Job!”

“"Bottleneckers" use occupational licensing to screw competitors and innovation in the name of keeping us safe.”

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Changing

There are things I can't change. There are things I shouldn't change. And there are things I might change
     — NeoWayland
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Age is just a number

“8-YEAR-OLD BECOMES YOUNGEST GIRL TO CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO”

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Sharing the extra

“This Mom Has Donated 5,000 Pints Of Breast Milk To Help Feed Premature Babies”

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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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Morality & character

Perhaps we'd be better off focusing on who shows morality and character now rather than proclaiming worth based on ancestry.
     — NeoWayland
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“The War On Cars”

“There is a war against cars in America. Regulators want Americans out of cars and onto trains, buses, and bicycles. Why? Because of what cars represent -- freedom. Automotive expert Lauren Fix ("The Car Coach") explains.”

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from crux № 18 - choice and consequence

Our problem is that we excuse people from the consequences.

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Treehouse

“35 Fellow Cops Finish the Treehouse a Slain Officer Was Building For Daughter”

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NeoNotes — ban it

But you can't ban it because you dislike it. You can't outlaw it because if offends you. You can't lock it away and hope no one finds the key.

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“Thomas Sowell - Misconceptions About Slavery”

“Excerpt from Thomas Sowell's "Intellectuals and Race"”

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“Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, Taxes, Trump, Clinton and Weed”

“Take a deep breath, you're in for a ride. Here is Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, taxes, Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Gary Johnson, sex, drugs and Kurt Cobain.”

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Government

“…against the law…”

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NeoNotes — enabling racism

Without exception, the worst racism I've seen has been enabled by government.

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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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NeoNotes — public accommodation law is wrong - updated

You can't grant equal rights to all citizens and have "protected groups." Beware the exceptions.

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“Ain't I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth gave this short speech in 1851 at Women's Convention, Akron, Ohio.

This remarkable lady is one of my personal heroes.

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Offering a hand

“A Young Boy Was Screaming With 7 Hours Left To Fly. Then She Held Out Her Hand”

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That's what buddies are for

“8-Year-old Helps Buy New Wheelchair For His Best Buddy When Insurance Fails”

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“Who said I don't believe in gods?”

Who said I don't believe in gods?

If anything, I don't believe in your beliefs. But that's okay, you don't believe in mine either. I could qualify it and say more specifically I don't believe in your understanding of your beliefs (and I'm pretty sure you don't either), but that is complicating things far beyond what is needed for the conversation here. Not to mention being incredibly self-referential.
     — NeoWayland

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NeoNotes — Parity is the keystone

If I don't share your faith, I shouldn't be bound by it. If you don't share my faith, you shouldn't be bound by it.

This is parity. It can be derived from what Christians call the Golden Rule. It's also called the Ethic of Reciprocity and is arguably the keystone of Western Civilization besides being found in nearly every culture on Earth. Behavioral studies show that a rudimentary form exists in higher mammals. Fair is fair.

One of my "party tricks" is showing that you can build an entire moral, ethical, and legal system based on nothing but the Ethic of Reciprocity. No "Higher Law." No use of force except in defense. No one faith and no one group raised above all others never to be questioned.

Just treating each other as we would want to be treated. Nothing more, nothing less. Live and let live.

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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“Why Social Justice is CANCER ” by Roaming Millennial

“Yes, social justice is cancer, and here's why. This video explains what social justice is & breaks down the problem with identity politics & the concept of justice vs. equality. Also SJWs are commies. Yeah.”

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Association

Speaking personally, there are people I do not want to be associated with, much less do business with. You can't have freedom of expression and freedom of assembly without having freedom of association. And you can't have freedom of association without having freedom of non-association.

And yes, I know about the Supreme Court ruling. It was wrong, as USSC rulings sometimes are.
     — NeoWayland
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Won't knife you in the back

In my experience, conservatives won't knife you in the back. They'll scream in your face, they'll tell you that you're wrong, but they're usually facing you.

Certain progressives will trot you out for the dog-&-pony show, drape an arm over your shoulder, smile for the cameras, and then slide the knife in so smoothly you never feel it until after you start bleeding and they've moved away.
     — NeoWayland

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Thou shalt not dissent

One rule of thumb is that all things being equal (which they usually aren't), the side working to control who gets to speak is the one you should worry about.

"Thou shalt not dissent" should a red flag with a siren.
     — NeoWayland

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Before I've eaten breakfast

I've read enough of your stuff to understand why you misuse Science as a Higher Authority, One That Must Not Be Questioned. I can advocate science without being "scientific." I don't need test tubes, a microscope, or a Geiger counter to lend credibility.

I can defend human rights without being gay, a woman, Navajo, disabled, or a money-grubbing politico.

I can promote religious freedom without being Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, Buddhist, or atheist.

I can even type a few replies before I've eaten breakfast. Not before my tea though, I'm good but not that good.
     — NeoWayland

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The label tells me almost nothing

I've met bad Pagans and good Christians, rotten agnostics and good atheists, decent Satanists and iffy heathens. The label tells me almost nothing, but the individual behavior tells me almost everything.
     — NeoWayland

There's no virtue or vice in the label. It's our words and deeds that define us.
     — NeoWayland

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NeoNotes — Marriage revisted

That is when marriage ceased to be religion and control shifted to the state.

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A trillion dollar industry

“Commentary: Can the NOAA, NASA, EPA, Met Office, and British academia all be wrong about climate change?”

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Competion keeps companies honest

“Verizon Throttles Netflix Subscribers In 'Test' It Doesn't Inform Customers About”

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NeoNotes — Religion enshrined in law

Why should any religion be enshrined in law? Raised above all others as THE Moral Standard?

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What Obama did

“America's Media Meltdown”

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from crux № 19 - Free market

It constantly amazes me that the defenders of the free market are expected to offer certainty and perfection while government has only to make promises and express good intentions.
     — Lawrence W. Reed

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Cash means freedom

“The End of Cash; The End of Freedom”

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Last $40

“Teen Who Lost Everything In Fire Spends His Last $40 On Firefighters”

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Magical adoption

“Watch Mickey Mouse share magical news of adoption with these foster kids”

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Annie mode

Congress is permanently in “Annie” mode. It will deal with its war responsibilities, like its myriad other forfeited powers, tomorrow, which is always a day away.
     — George Will, Congress is fleeing its warmaking responsibilities

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Promise

Always do what you promise. Try to deliver more than you promised.
     — NeoWayland

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Olympic committee

The Olympic Games lose money for the host city. I think the International Olympics Committee may have started the stadium scam, where the local government is on the hook for the bills and the sports team gets most of the revenue with no risk.
     — NeoWayland

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Exits

Remember where the exits are. Be willing to walk away.
     — NeoWayland

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❝The Sinister Reason Weed is Illegal❞ by Adam Ruins Everything

“Surprise: Nixon had zero chill.”

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Ehrlichman on drugs

You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities, We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.
     — John Ehrlichman

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Clash of ideas

Another meme.

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Private property

Private property is the the foundation of prosperity, as explained in Hernando de Soto's The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. Without private property, there can be no free market. Without a free market, the economy is screwed. The climate alarmist movement exists to redistribute wealth "for the greater good."
     — NeoWayland

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Itemized deductions

Itemized deductions are extortion. Government takes your money. You beg for it back. Government might give it to you.

If you are especially nice and if you do as you are told.
     — NeoWayland

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Supervillian territory

George Soros wants to disrupt society so government steps in and he can profit. The man is a secret lair away from supervillian territory.
     — NeoWayland

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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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Martial arts for Middle Eastern women

“The First Self-Defense Studio in the Middle East that Teaches Women to Fight Back”

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Man builds stairs in park

“Man Hires Homeless Man And Builds Park Stairs For $550 After City Estimates $65,000-$150,000 For The Project”

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Long haired boy

“Boy grows his hair out to help kids with cancer — despite bullies who teased him”

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Another exception

Are there any type of calls that are exempt from the robocall rules issued by the FCC or the FTC?

There are several exemptions. Calls made for debt collection, charitable solicitation, political causes or campaigns and surveys are all exempt from these rules.
     — Marguerite Reardon, Why am I getting so many robocalls?

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🚀 ❝The Eagle has landed.❞

“The video of the very first moon landing of the apollo 11 mission in 1969! Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon with his now legenday words "One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind." This is a truly amazing video and it was in 1969!!! If you think about it, you have orders of magnitude more processing power in your mobile phone than they did in the whole space craft!! Incblurbible!”

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❝On the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence❞ by Calvin Coolidge

“Silent Cal” is one of the underestimated presidents and is probably in the top ten. Or he would have been if Hoover didn't undo most of his work. This is one of Calvin Coolidge's better speeches and is a great American work.

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☆ Sins of the skin

You can't get more racist than that.

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NeoNotes — internet tactics

I pointed out before that dismissing arguments unheard and without even a cursory search to see if there is any validity just makes you look foolish and uninformed.

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Standard deduction

If there is a “standard deduction,” then by definition taxes are too high.
     — NeoWayland

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☥ ▽ ❝Obey the principles without being bound by them.❞

Obey the principles without being bound by them.
     — Bruce Lee

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Know

Know yourself. Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay.
     — NeoWayland

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Biggest and hardest lesson

The biggest and hardest lesson that I've had to learn is that no one group has THE answer, and no group that says it has THE answer can be fully trusted.
     — NeoWayland

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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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Sometimes you need a hero

“Ex-Con Skips Job Interview, Jumps Off Bus And Saves The Life Of Car Crash Victim”

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“Solving” net neutrality

“Net Neutrality Supporters Should Actually Hate the Regulations They're Endorsing”

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Seen as equal

We may not all be equal in terms of ability or potential, but in the eyes of the law, we must absolutely be seen as equal, and nobody gets special favors because of the color of their skin.
     — David Cole, Beneath the Fold

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NeoNotes — scapegoating "whites"

And yet scapegoating is alive and well.

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Free to be bigots

Individuals are free to be bigots. Just as they are free to be heroes.
     — NeoWayland

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Amazing police officer

“Police Officer Talks Down Knife-Wielding Man And HUGS Him”

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Threat

A choice made under the threat of force is no choice.
     — NeoWayland

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Hungary vs. Soros

“Hungarian Gov’t Steps Up Fight Against George Soros”

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Fix health care

“Taxing Hospitals Is a Lousy Way to Fix Health Care”

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Moral responsibility

The simple answer is that moral responsibility is always a personal choice. You can't compel virtue or it ceases to be virtue.
     — NeoWayland

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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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“The Truth About Net Neutrality” by Stefan Molyneux

I'm not fond of Stefan Molyneux. I think he rambles and talks way too much on any given topic.

However I can't deny that this video is the single best explanation about net nuetrality.

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NeoNotes — George Soros

“George Soros is one of the most dangerous men alive.”

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That's the excuse, not the reason

Here's the dirty little secret that you're avoiding. The evil is not in a belief system. That's the excuse, not the reason. No book has ever committed genocide. No song has ever burned someone alive. No long lost chant has ever raped.

It's people who speak and people who act. It's people who do good, and people who do evil.
     — NeoWayland

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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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Faith & religion

I believe that faith and religion can be a tremendous source of individual morality and a dangerous tyranny in society.
     — NeoWayland

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“What About America Are You Grateful For?” by SoulPancake

“We brought in people ages 0-100 to answer some of life’s big questions. In this episode, we asked the question, "what about the United States are you grateful for?"”

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New Monona Mura

“Business owner fights back against vandals using the same tool”

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Highway robbery

“Authorities in Utah Seized Nearly $3 Million in Cash and Assets From Citizens Last Year”

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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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Make it better

Make it better today. Keep polishing.
     — NeoWayland

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Buy their meals

“Anonymous Woman Treats 25 Firefighters To Dinner”

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Millionth passenger

“Southwest Pilot Showers His Millionth Passenger With Gifts, Pays For Her Ticket”

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The heart knows

“Bride gets wedding day surprise from man who received late son's heart”

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Friday roundup

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Nobody's business

It's nobody's business if nobody gets hurt.
     Nobody's Business blog (defunct)

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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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NeoNotes — government requires

If you didn't choose your morality and if you do not commit to your morality, is it really yours?

Or did it just get sacrificed for the greater good?
     — NeoWayland

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Sharing is caring

“Rescue Pup Melts Hearts by Sharing its Good Fortune With Homeless Dog”

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“We’re going to get them out.”

“Rip currents swept away a Florida family. Then beachgoers formed a human chain.”

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THE Berlin speech

This June 1963 speech rocked the world

“Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.”

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Worthless

Government is the only institution that can take a valuable commodity like paper, and make it worthless by applying ink.
     — Ludwig von Mises

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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

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Language of force

“Tear Gas, Guns and Riot Squads: The Police State’s Answer to Free Speech Is Brute Force”

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Tragedy from incentives

“The Tragedy of the Commons in the American Prison System”

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Histories

As a certified armchair historian, I can tell you there are three types of history. There's the Official History™, there's the stories that people tell, and there's what really happened. Those types don't usually agree.
     — NeoWayland

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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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Why the site changes?

This blog will run Monday through Friday. For a while at least, on Mondays I'll publish my crux files. Wednesdays I will publish a weekly original article. Thursdays I'll publish the American classics. I'll put up news clippings as I run across them. I'll put up NeoNotes entries as I have them ready. Expect a headline roundup every weekday. And quotes. Many, many quotes.

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Value is not intrinsic

Value is not intrinsic, it is not in things. It is within us; it is the way in which man reacts to the conditions of his environment. Neither is value in words and doctrines, it is reflected in human conduct. It is not what a man or groups of men say about value that counts, but how they act.
     — Ludwig von Mises

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Wednesday roundup

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Always right

I don't think I'm always right, I just don't think anyone is absolutely right. And that is why there is more to life than black and white.
     — NeoWayland

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Complain

If you choose to be a sheep, then don't complain about the shepherd.
     — NeoWayland

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Tuesday roundup

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Difference

What is the difference between pickpocketing and taxes?

Taxes are legal.
     — NeoWayland

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Talking about the common good

Ever notice that when someone starts talking about the common good, they try to take something away from you?
     — NeoWayland

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Laissez faire

If one rejects laissez faire on account of man's fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.
     — Ludwig von Mises

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Monday roundup

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Climate - truth will come out

“July 4, 2017 : Coldest July Temperature Ever Recorded In The Northern Hemisphere”

“Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Climate Data”

“Groups see climate science review as chance to undercut regulation”

“Since 2014, 400 Scientific Papers Affirm A Strong Sun-Climate Link”

“New Insights on the Physical Nature of the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Deduced from an Empirical Planetary Temperature Model”

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Winning?

Winning? Is that what you think this is about? I’m not trying to win. I’m not doing this because I want to beat someone, because I hate someone, or because, because I want to blame someone. It’s not because it’s fun. God knows it’s not because it’s easy. It’s not even because it works because it hardly ever does. I do what I do because it’s right! Because it’s decent! And above all, it’s kind! It’s just that… Just kind.

If I run away today, good people will die. If I stand and fight, some of them might live. Maybe not many, maybe not for long. Hey, you know, maybe there’s no point in any of this at all. But it’s the best I can do. So I’m going to do it. And I’m going to stand here doing it until it kills me. You’re going to die too! Some day… How will that be? Have you thought about it? What would you die for?

Who I am is where I stand. Where I stand is where I fall.
     — the Doctor, The Doctor Falls

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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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Worthy

The worthy choices are never the easy ones.
     — NeoWayland

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☥ ▽ Heinlein Day

Robert A. Heinlein • Before birthday

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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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How many?

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

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Our best

It's only when we're challenged that we show our best.

Or worst.
     — NeoWayland

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❝The Amazing History of the Statue Of Liberty - National TV Documentary❞

“The Statue Of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is a gigantic neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York City Harbor in New York City, in the USA. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French carver, was constructed by Gustave Eiffel as well as dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was a gift to the Usa from individuals of France.”

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And a pony

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

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Hits the fan

When the stuff hits the fan (and it will), do the least damage possible to get out.
     — NeoWayland

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Politicos disconnect from reality

“UW study finds Seattle’s minimum wage is costing jobs”

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NeoNotes — Costs of the drug war

We could do more for addiction and to stop violence and corruption by stopping the war on drugs.

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☆ Our permission society

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

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Something's rotten in Syria

“After Sy Hersh's Bombshell Investigation, Why Won't Media Tell the Real Story of Trump's Military Strike in Syria?”

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Inspire not require

It's better to inspire rather than require.
     — NeoWayland

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Declaration of Independence

“In Congress, July 4, 1776”

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❝Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.❞

Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.
     — John Adams


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☥ ▽ ❝We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal…❞

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
     — Thomas Jefferson

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Allies not servants

I want allies not servants.
     — NeoWayland

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Age of Wonders

Today is the Age of Wonders, the most amazing time in human history, with marvels and miracles far beyond any other time.
     — NeoWayland

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from crux № 3 - Shame & sex

Are they not freely consenting adults?

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Worthy of freedom

The only faiths worthy of freedom are those freely chosen.
     — NeoWayland

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Wisdom of government

I do not trust in the wisdom of government.
     — NeoWayland

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Trust you

If government doesn’t trust you, why should you trust government?
     — NeoWayland

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Friday roundup

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Global Warming NOT

“Global Warming: The Imminent Crisis That Never Arrives”

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Shrinkflation

“Shrinkflation – Real Inflation Much Higher Than Reported”

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Fight for equality

You want equality, I'll fight with you.

You want privilege, I'll fight against you.
     — NeoWayland
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“American Pravda”

“Project Veritas' new video showing CNN Producer John Bonifield admitting that CNN's Russia narrative is "bullsh*t" and all about ratings”

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Faking it

“Ten Basic Forms Of Fake News Used By Major Media”

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“What is Fake News?”

“What is fake news? Is Donald Trump correct when he says CNN, The New York Times, and other mainstream outlets report fake news? Commentator and bestselling author Andrew Klavan explains.”

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Roaming Millenial on the Project Veritas video and student debt

“In this Weekly Rundown, we take a look at the current state of American student loan debt and the newly released Project Veritas John Bonifield CNN tapes that address the media's coverage of Trump and Russia. Fake news confirmed.”

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Disneyland Goes To The World's Fair - "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln"

“Walt Disney introduced his new "Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln" attraction for the Illinois State Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair, in this clip from Disneyland Goes to The World's Fair.”

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One thing he would not be

If Christ himself were alive, one thing he would not be would be is a Christian.
     — Mark Twain

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“It's 100% failure rate.”

“Sam Seaborn's take on terrorism in 'Isaac and Ishmael' (special episode after 9/11) of The West Wing.”

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NeoNotes — Health care funding

Which raises the question why should care be publicly funded?

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Making the law-abiding criminal

“Why California gun owners may be breaking the law on July 1”

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Black Guns Matter

“Black Guns Matter Preaches A Pro-Second Amendment Message in Minnesota”

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☆ Government should be governed

Government exists to protect freedom.

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Watching you

“How The EU’s Data Grab Could Affect You”

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Problem

It's not me you have a problem with, it's dissent.
     — NeoWayland

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Victim hierarchy

Behold the victim hierarchy, “my victimhood is more important than yours.”
     — NeoWayland

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Shame game

I won't play your shame game. I won't abase myself before your demands. I didn't do anything wrong. Maybe I offended you, but I didn't harm you.
     — NeoWayland
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“Unsustainable Whiteness”

“Sierra Club: The Big Problem With Environmentalism Is ‘Unsustainable Whiteness’”

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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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Thank the CIA for your drugs

“How the CIA Turned Us onto LSD and Heroin: Secrets of America's War on Drugs”

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Getting away from the bankers and Feds

“How I missed the point of bitcoin”



“Congress considers bill greatly expanding feds’ power to seize your money, Bitcoin, and property”

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Not for thee

“Nothing To Be Proud Of”

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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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Freedom demands

Because freedom demands more than just black and white.
     — NeoWayland

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Fool

Call me a fool for freedom.
     — NeoWayland

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Authority

Government authority tends to be used against those least likely to resist.
     — NeoWayland

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Defend the inoffensive

It’s not freedom if you only defend the inoffensive.
     — NeoWayland


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Return the favor

I’m willing to live and let live. Why won’t they return the favor?
     — NeoWayland

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All it will cost

“For you own good,” and all it will cost is your liberty.
     — NeoWayland

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Politicos want problems

Politicos want problems they can stage manage.
     — NeoWayland

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Ask your banks for permission

“Cashless society” is a euphemism for the "ask-your-banks-for-permission-to-pay society." Rather than an exchange occurring directly between the hotel and me, it takes the form of a "have your people talk to my people" affair.
     — Brett Scott
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NeoNotes — Who gets to call the shots

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

“Freedom is what matters.”

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Friday roundup

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“Blockstack: A New Internet That Brings Privacy & Property Rights to Cyberspace”

“Meet the developers behind Blockstack, who are using blockchain technology to reconfigure the web.”

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“Isaiah's Job” by Albert Jay Nock

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

This first appeablurb in the Atlantic Monthly in 1936. It was published by William Morrow & Company of New York in the now out of print Nock's own Free Speech and Plain Language in 1937.

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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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Headline roundup

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Bilingual futility

I can tell you the second I realized the utter futility of mandated bilingual communication. I was at an ATM in San Francisco and the only two language choices were English and Spanish.

In Chinatown.
     — NeoWayland

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KYFHO

Keep your freakin' hands off!
     — NeoWayland, FAQ - KYFHO: Keep Your Freakin' Hands OFF!

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Progresses

Authority progresses and freedom regresses.
     — NeoWayland

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Question

If you don't question what a book or Authority Figure™ tells you, you aren't doing your part.
     — NeoWayland

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Absolutely

As a rule, absolutes don't.
     — NeoWayland
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Acknowledge

Acknowledge but do not celebrate.
     — NeoWayland

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Right choices

Government can’t make the “right” choices for a free people.
     — NeoWayland

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Enlightenment

Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?
     — NeoWayland

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☆ Selective

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

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Nullify this!

“Juries Can Acquit the Guilty, 9th Circuit Says, but 'There Is No Right to Nullification'”

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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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FINALLY!!   It's about damn time!

“Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.”

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Demand

You demand bondage, I choose liberty.
     — NeoWayland

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Headline roundup

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“How to save the USA in six words”

Stop making everything a moral issue.
     — Don Surber, How to save the USA in six words

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Freedom of religion

Freedom of religion does not mean deferring to Christianity.
     — NeoWayland

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Absolute morality

Absolute morality serves those in power and those in fear.
     — NeoWayland

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Not your friend

Government is not your friend. Even when the "right" people are in charge.
     — NeoWayland

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Sympathy

Sympathy is not part of my nature. Fellow-feeling is a gift that I have to work at, so I do. I consider it as restitution for the person I once was.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — You're the product

Heinlein was right. "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch."

There's an internet adage that has popped up in recent years. "If it's free, you're not the customer, you're the product."

And finally there's the old reliable. "Follow the money."

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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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
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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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Destroyed

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
     — Abraham Lincoln
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Hate the truth

The truth is hate speech to those that hate the truth.
     — anonymous
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☥ ▽ ❝Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do❞

Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do
     — Peter McWilliams

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George Washington's Farewell Address

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

Penned by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Washington himself. This was read annually to Congress on Washington's Birthday until the 1970s. If you haven't read or heard it, you should take the time.

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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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from crux № 15 - make it better

“I want a government that is smaller than absolutely necessary.

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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NeoNotes — Subjective morality

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

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

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❝I will offer a choice, not an echo.❞

I will offer a choice, not an echo.
     — Barry Goldwater

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hiatus

Due to unforseen circumstances, I'm taking a break from blogging until June 5, 2017.
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Just a bit biased

“Before Lois Lerner Targeted The Tea Party, She Helped The Clinton Foundation”

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Fake news from the Washington Post

”Deep State Leaks Highly Classified Info to Washington Post to Smear President Trump”

“Trump: I had ‘absolute right’ to share ‘facts’ with Russia”

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from crux № 1 - hate crimes

I've never agreed with the “hate crime" nonsense.

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Friday roundup

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❝Shut up. You have no rights.❞

“Detroit Cops Raid an Innocent Family's Home at Gunpoint on Bogus Sex-Trafficking Tip”

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Innocent but imprisioned

“Jury renders not guilty verdict in gun crime, but defendant still imprisoned”

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“What Is an American?” by Edward L. Hudgins

This 1998 classic was published by the Cato Institute

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They mean to rule

In every generation there are those who want to rule well - but they mean to rule. They promise to be good masters - but they mean to be masters.
     — Daniel Webster

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❝Do nothing with us!❞

Everybody has asked the question, 'What shall we do with the Negro?' I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us!
      — Frederick Douglass

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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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Filed for future reference

“Ice Age Britain: River Thames will freeze over on 'this date' – and could kill millions”

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Guilty until proven innocent

“Judge Orders San Diego D.A. to Return $100K it Seized from Family of Marijuana Business Owner”

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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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Friday Roundup

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“It's a Wonderful Loaf” by Russ Roberts

“A whimsical animated short film based on Russ Roberts's poem about emergent order and the supply of bread”

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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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“Me Is Mine, You Is Yours” by Nick Sibley

Another classic that I've used in the sidebar for years.

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“The Philosophy of Liberty” by the International Society for Individual Liberty

“The Philosophy of Liberty is an informative video animation based on the prologue of Ken Schoolland's book, ‘The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible.’ It is available on the ISIL website at no cost for non-commercial distribution in over 14 languages.”

Yes, I've featublurb this one in the sidebar for years. It's still an American classic.

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Columnist criticized for climate dissent

“Times columnist blasted by ‘nasty left’ for climate change piece”

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Demanding

Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong. Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts.
     — Bret Stephens, Climate of Complete Certainty
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Certainty

“Climate of Complete Certainty”

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Not about the science

“EPA scrubs climate change information from website”

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Choose between

Christianity was not meant to be a weapon or an argument or a show of force or a political tool. Or an act of aggression or coercion. It was never meant to be a cause or a prop for a cause. Or something to pacify and make thousands go to bed happy and unthinking. It was meant to be a challenge, yes, but that challenge to a second life was meant to be laced with kindness. If someone forces you to choose between God is holy and God is love choose God is love because holiness without love translates into tyranny.
     — Murray Pura
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NeoNotes — Green doesn't work

Solar and wind power are not practical. The sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow.

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“Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adoblurb by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

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Government shutdown

And this would be a bad thing how?

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Silence

“The Bad Manners of the Campus Left”

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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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Newspeak devours free speech

“What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech”

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Newspeak

propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings
     — Merriam-Webster
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NeoNotes — “Adding CO2 to the atmosphere is bad” - updated

We know that most climate models use a “carbon cascade effect" that has never been measublurb or even observed.

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Official Solution®

Once there is an Official Solution® even if it's a really really bad one, government will resist any attempt to make it better.
     — NeoWayland
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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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Somebody KNEW

“Feds knew of 700 Wells Fargo whistleblower cases in 2010”

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Roaming Millennial on Berkeley Lies!

“DaddyOFive Faking It? + Berkeley Lies!”

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☥ ▽ ❝Action speaks louder…❞

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often
     — Mark Twain

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“Resistance to Civil Government” (“Civil Disobedience”) by H.D. Thoreau

Thoreau wrote in protest of slavery and the Mexican-American War to reveal great truths. He places the individual over the state.

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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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Secret demands

“Court Rules Facebook Can’t Challenge Demands for User Data (and Can’t Tell Users)”

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DEA pushing drugs

“DEA Just Admitted It Lets Drugs Into Communities & Pushes Them on Citizens”

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“On Women's Right to Vote” by Susan B. Anthony

After she was arrested, Susan B. Anthony showed just what a woman could do.

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See truth with your own eyes

r/libertarian vs r/socialism

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Yeah, he kinda does

It gets lost in the noise.

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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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I agree

Anything government touches turns to crap. Good thing government won't touch liberty with a 10-foot pole!
     — Kent McManigal, "Diversity"

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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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Theft by any other name

IRS Seized $17 Million From Innocent Business Owners Using Asset Forfeiture”

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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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I've nothing more to add to this headline

Black Lives Matter Philly Bans White People From Its Meetings

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NeoNotes — Prostitution

Do you really want politicos deciding what is moral harm?

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Minority rights

I don't think there are minority rights. I believe we have human rights and that it's not a right unless the other guy has it too. Which other guy? All other humans. At least all other humans in our culture and our society.

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Professor says studies don't use science

“J Scott Armstrong: Fewer Than 1 Percent Of Papers in Scientific Journals Follow Scientific Method”

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NeoNotes — Fertility religion

I can't think of a better place to do that than pressed up against each other in the afterglow.

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Real & impossible rights

American women enjoy rights that are impossible for other women in much of the World.

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Legal theft

Maine is poised to make it a lot harder for police to steal your stuff

Civil asset forfeiture is a national problem, and a big one. In 2014, for the first time in recorded history, police in the United States seized more money and property through civil asset forfeiture than all burglars and thieves combined. Making matters worse, civil asset forfeiture has been known to disproportionately impact African Americans and Latinos, creating significant barriers to opportunity in their communities. According to a study in Oklahoma, nearly two thirds of seizures come from racial minorities, representing a significant disparity.
     — Payton Alexander

Emphasis added. H/T reddit

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Black & Blue & hate crimes

Louisiana and Kentucky have both passed laws that add police and emergency responders to the hate crime laws.

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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 New Deal and the free market

All evidence shows that the New Deal prolonged what should have been a short term correction. Not to mention that government actions created the crash to begin with. Things like manipulating the price of gold, restricting the amount of currency, and messing with import/export taxes.

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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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NeoNotes — Which god?

I will give you the same argument that led me to question the “faith of my fathers" and started my own search.

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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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NeoNotes — Make Your Choice

Are people better if they are more free or more controlled?

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NeoNotes — Free markets mean liberty

With government interference, one side exploits the others.

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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 — Pardon…

It would not honor my faith, and it dishonors the Divine as I perceive it. It would require me to break oaths & promises that are at least as important to me as yours are to you.

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NeoNotes — Harder and harder

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

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