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Does what he must

A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.
     — Winston Churchill
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Utopia

If you want to find utopia, take a sharp right on money and a sharp left on sex and it's straight ahead.
     — Penn Jillette

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“I am an American and a Patriot”

I am an American and a Patriot. I am my country's keeper. The President and Congress report to me. And so - I will stay informed and involved. Ignorance, apathy, and complacency are my enemy. I will make my voice heard and not just at election time. Silence is the same as consent in the face of oppression. I can make a difference. I matter.I am an American and a Patriot.

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Syncretism happens even if it offends

Faith and religion don't stay in the nice neat boxes and cabinets we make for them. Syncretism happens, even if it offends the True Believer™.
     — NeoWayland

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They say

Conservatives say the government can't end poverty by force, but they believe it can use force to make people moral. Liberals say government can't make people be moral, but they believe it can end poverty. Neither group attempts to explain why government is so clumsy and destructive in one area but a paragon of efficiency and benevolence in the other.
     — Harry Browne
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“Stossel: Deceitful Bias in The NY Times”

“The New York Times drives John Stossel crazy. He wants to rip it up, because so many stories have left-wing bias.”

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Wenesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Unspoken fear

You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.
     — Winston S. Churchill, Blood, Sweat and Tears

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Destroyed their own brand

When the NFL players are on the field, that's not their time. They're being paid millions to play and put on a good show. That's millions by the fans in the stands and the viewers on TV. The NFL is selling a product, it's not something holy. If the fans and viewers don't like what they see, they will take their money elsewhere. And then where will the players be? Off the field on their own time, who cares what the players think? That's their time. Off the field, they have to prove their ideas just like anyone else. But when the players made their paid time political time, they destroyed their own brand.
     — NeoWayland

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Tuesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Plunder

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
     — Frédéric Bastiat
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NeoNotes - Hearsay

The accusation becomes more important than the crime.

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Echo chamber

If you never leave the echo chamber, you never learn to defend your arguments.

It's a big reason why libertarians are better than average at debating on certain subjects. Nobody agrees with us entirely and we get plenty of practice.
     — NeoWayland
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Begging government

Do you really want pagans and heathens begging government for table scraps that they might give us? If we're really REALLY good and cute enough?
     — NeoWayland
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Taken stands

I've taken stands for gun rights, alternative sexual practices, the value of the family with men and women role models, religious choice, the free market, and good movies.
     — NeoWayland
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What faith

I could care less what faith my neighbor is, but I do care if she lets her dog do it's thing on my lawn.
     — NeoWayland
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Pay attention to laws

The people who pay attention to laws are not the ones you have to worry about.
     — NeoWayland
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Beware

Beware anyone who offers an absolute.
     — NeoWayland
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A choice that is imposed is no choice

A choice that is imposed is no choice. Religion imposed in the name of “freedom and decency” will be neither free nor decent.
     — NeoWayland
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Compelled

If you choose to do something, that's freedom. If you're compelled to do something, that's coercion.
     — NeoWayland
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Monotheisms

Not all monotheisms are alike. Just as one example, I'd rather deal with people trying to deny my rights instead of fanatics trying to kill me and mine.
     — NeoWayland
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Hate crime

I'm still waiting for you to make the case how a hate crime is worse than a non-hate crime for the same “transgression.”
     — NeoWayland
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Polyamorous

Most polyamorous people will tell you that polyamory is based on active, long term relationships. It's not a license to sleep with whoever at the drop of a hat. And it's certainly not the ability to compel sex from another.
     — NeoWayland
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Questionable

Messing with kids, that's perverted.

Demanding that others acknowledge AND celebrate your sexuality, that's questionable.

Actually being lesbian, gay, transgender, or whatever else isn't.

Mixing your sexuality with politics is a pretty good sign that you're corrupt though.
     — NeoWayland
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In terms of minorities

As long as rights are defined in terms of minorities, one person's gain will always be perceived as another's loss. As long as some get exempted from responsibility because they are minorities, they will claim victimhood.
     — NeoWayland
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Minority rights

Many of those making the most noise about minority rights are deliberately perpetuating the situation.
     — NeoWayland
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Headstone

If someone has served honorably, then they should have whatever they want on their headstone up to and including Mickey Mouse. Government issue or not, it's not about what is “approved.” It's about honoring someone who chose to serve and fulfilled that duty.
     — NeoWayland
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Virtue or vice

The virtue or vice is not in the title. It's in the individual.
     — NeoWayland
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American pluralism

As long as there is a rule of law that doesn't raise one faith above all others, we can deal with the mess. That's one reason I'm grateful for sectarianism. When they argue among themselves over truth, they don't have time to take on the rest. American pluralism grew out of the English Civil War and the American colonists trying to practice their faith as they saw fit and not as dictated by another sect or church.
     — NeoWayland
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Find things we share

We need to find things we share rather than using faith to define the morality of our society. We can agree to outlaw theft and vandalism, we can't agree on marriage. We can agree that people shouldn't drive under the influence, we can't agree to ban all intoxicants. We can agree that people should be free to make their own choices, we can't agree which choices should be eliminated.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Eliminating choice

Rather than eliminating choice, we should make sure that the consequences are clear.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Measurable damage vs. forbidden

Mala in se means "bad in and of itself." Something is mala in se if and only if it threatens or results in measurable damage to life, liberty, and property. Mala prohibita means "bad because it is prohibited." Something is mala prohibita if and only if the state has forbidden it. I would add regulation as well.

To prove mala in se, you have to show measurable damage. Mala prohibita means that the government will impose morality and ethics by force.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Right choice

If you have to make the "right choice" for someone, you're taking away their freedom. You're taking away their right to be wrong. You're taking away their opportunity to learn from their mistakes. You're taking away their judgement. You're saying they aren't fully human. You're saying that they can't be trusted.

And you're saying that your beliefs can't compete.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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National motto

We should go back to the original national motto. "In God We Trust" is so divisive, and it takes the responsibility away from the individual citizen and puts it in the hands of an unseen overlord. That is a big part of what led to this nonsense. I always preferred the original National Motto. E Pluribus Unam is Latin for "one from many parts" but I prefer another translation.

“United we stand.”
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Honoring your faith

Honoring your faith is admirable. Demanding that I honor your faith is despicable.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Ethics

If ethics have to be forced, that's pretty immoral right there.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Choose your beliefs

Free choice. Choose your beliefs, just don't choose mine. And I will do the same. Faith imposed is no faith at all. The only faiths and beliefs worthy of freedom are those freely chosen.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Forbid

If someone wants to forbid gay marriage, what would they do if the law only allowed gay marriage? If someone wanted Bible study in schools, what would they do if the law only allowed the Koran in schools? If someone wanted a Christian president, what would they do if the law prohibited a Christian president?
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Surefire

It's the old parity test again. And it is the surefire method to tell if a law is mala in se or mala prohibita.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Live under their beliefs

Why should I be expected to live under their beliefs if they aren't willing to live under mine?
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics
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Religion is the excuse

Religion is the excuse not the reason.
     — NeoWayland
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Recognizing rights

Recognizing the rights of others is pretty much the only thing that keeps us from taking what we want and to hell with the consequences.
     — NeoWayland
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Moral harm

Do you really want politicos deciding what is moral harm?
     — NeoWayland
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Politicos lie

Politicos lie. It's what they do. The mistake is believing that one “flavor” is somehow morally better.
     — NeoWayland
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We're allowing ourselves to be manipulated

The question isn't which politico is better. The question is why we're allowing ourselves to be manipulated into believing that government and Our Elected Officials™ know what's best and will serve us.
     — NeoWayland
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Speak for me

Please don't presume you can speak for me. You do it badly.
     — NeoWayland
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Please do not salt the Earth

Please do not salt the Earth.

Plant flowers and fruit trees in the rubble.
     — NeoWayland
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Consenting adults

Consenting adults.

Nice, simple, solves WAY more problems than it causes.
     — NeoWayland
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We let it happen

We let it happen.

We bought the lie that compassion triumphs practicality. We accepted that “blacks” deserved more privileges because of history. We let generations be victims when they deserved to be heroes.
     — NeoWayland
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Fighting and living

I could say that fighting and living serves better than dying. That, and making the place a little better before you leave.
     — NeoWayland
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Church Militant

A Church Militant with willing martyrs doesn't serve the glory of a god as much as the personal power of princes, potentates, and priests.
     — NeoWayland
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My faith

My faith and beliefs are at least as important to me as yours are to you.
     — NeoWayland
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Politics corrupts faith

We know politics corrupts faith and religion. We've ample evidence what happens when the People of the Book try it.
     — NeoWayland
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Denying global warming

I'm notorious in online pagan groups for denying global warming and saying that environmentalism is a failed cause that should be replaced with ecology.

I'm rather proud of that.
     — NeoWayland
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Good person

Sometimes I ask Christians if someone can be a good person without being Christian.
     — NeoWayland
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Mark 12:17

One of my professors pointed out that Mark 12:17 could be interpreted to keep politics out of religion and religion out of politics. It's probably not true, but I like the thought. Politics is about controlling others and we know it corrupts almost everything it touches.
     — NeoWayland
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Syncretism happens

I would like to point out that there were vital and influential cultures that existed before Christianity. Syncretism happens.
     — NeoWayland
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Human Choice

I'm certain that these people do not have demonic hordes from realms infernal on speed dial, nor are they in direct contact with your Prince of Lies.

I'm equally certain that there will not be a heavenly host to put right what once was wrong, and that you didn't get marching orders directly from on high.

The manifestation is human.

The problem came from human choice and the solution has to come through human choice.
     — NeoWayland
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Folly

You haven't lived until you have an evangelical Christian and a radical atheist both trying to save you from your “folly” at the same time. After a bit they forget about you and argue with each other.

Great entertainment.
     — NeoWayland
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For Your Own Good

Right, because “For Your Own Good” was such a rousing success with Prohibition, explicit song lyrics, university speech codes, global warming, and Obamacare.
     — NeoWayland
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Tragedy of the “American Century”

That is the tragedy of the “American Century.” We forgot that liberty can't be imposed by the top down, it has to be seized from the bottom up.

As long as our government plays the games of international brinkmanship and global politics, we lose.

We're best when we protect our own freedom and inspire others though our example. People in other nations have to crave freedom and demand their own rights. It's the only way it will take root.

As a nation, we can't take out another government except by invading. Historically, that has not worked out well for America. It certainly destroyed our prestige.

But building trade, private investment in local economies, that delivered wonders.
     — NeoWayland
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Casting stones

Casting stones at another faith seems a little petty.
     — NeoWayland
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Excellent

My favorite version of the Golden Rule is “Be Excellent to Each Other. And Party On!”
     — NeoWayland
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The Bilble, tain't mine

The Bible may be a very fine book, but “tain't mine.” I don't expect to follow it's rules any more than I would expect you to follow Sikhism.

It's also not the only source of wisdom, or even the “Golden Rule.”
     — NeoWayland
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Insulting

I'm just saying that if a Christian complains because Christianity is being mocked or attacked, insulting another faith is deluded at best. What's good for the goose should be good for the gander. Or if you prefer, the Golden Rule. Or that bit about casting stones…
     — NeoWayland
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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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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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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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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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Answers that work

Science isn't about presenting conclusions, it's about finding answers that work.
     — 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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❝What I do is not up to you.❞

What I do is not up to you.
     — Wonder Woman (2017 film)
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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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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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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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Antifa violence in Berkeley

Masked anarchists violently rout right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley

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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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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

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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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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☆ Circus of hate

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

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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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Speech wars

The internet is the last, best hope for freedom.

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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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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 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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“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

Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech.
     — Noam Chomsky
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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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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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“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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Tuesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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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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Friday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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Wednesday roundup

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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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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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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from crux № 13 - Competiton

Competition drives the free market…

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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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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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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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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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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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NeoNotes — enabling racism

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

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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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“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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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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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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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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☆ 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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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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Thursday roundup 20Jul2017

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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NeoNotes — scapegoating "whites"

And yet scapegoating is alive and well.

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Threat

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

Headlines that don't merit their own entry

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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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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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“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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❝What are your questions?❞

“Liberals Can't Deal With A President Who Takes America's Side”

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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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☆ The special asterisk is a multiplier

Keep law simple and absolute.

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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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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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from crux № 3 - Shame & sex

Are they not freely consenting adults?

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NeoNotes — Health care funding

Which raises the question why should care be publicly funded?

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Victim hierarchy

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

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

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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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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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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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☆ 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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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, Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?
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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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Absolute morality

Absolute morality serves those in power and those in fear.
     — 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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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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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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from crux № 1 - hate crimes

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

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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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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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Silence

“The Bad Manners of the Campus Left”

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Newspeak devours free speech

“What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech”

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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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“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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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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“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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Theft by any other name

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

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Susan Rice unmasked

“CNN Goes On Rampage Against Susan Rice Bombshell, Instructs Viewers To Ignore Story”

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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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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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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 — 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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“The Drunken, Pagan History of Christmas” by Adam Ruins Everything

It's not what you think it is

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“Should We Trust the Media?” from Roaming Millennial

Biased Journalism & Creative Reporting

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NeoNotes — Off Limits

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

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How Prostitutes Settled the Wild West - Adam Ruins Everything

Surprising history

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“Minimum Wage Laws Are Racist”

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

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Uncle Sam says Stop Being Afraid

“You're Americans First"

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NeoNotes — American Christmas

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

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Roaming Millenial on the Alt-Right

“What is the Alt-Right?"

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Abnormal

“Dear Media: Please Stop Normalizing the Alt-Right”

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Fake isn't always fake

“A libertarian tech revolt”

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Mixing science and politics

“The Real War on Science”

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Roaming Millennial on allegations

“Should we listen and believe?”

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Cult of Clinton

“America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton”

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Right to boycott

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

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

H.L. Mencken is always worth your time.

This version is from Prejudices: Third Series (1922)

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

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Roaming Millennial on the Election Aftermath

“Anti-Trump hysteria”

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NeoNotes — Pre-victimhood

“The man has not even been sworn in yet.”

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Bussed in protestors

“Guess Who’s Bussing in All of Those Anti- Trump Protesters Who Are Burning Flags & Rioting in the Streets?”

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NeoNotes — Laci Green

Because I lost a wager, I spent some time looking at Laci Green videos a while back. The stuff on sex is pretty good, the stuff on relationships is so-so, and the SJW stuff is just destructive. Although in her defense, I don't think she has thought through the implications.

Anyway, the chances of someone under 25 knowing very much about relationships are pretty slim. Particularly when their solution is for at least half of humanity to submit to their wisdom and change their ways.

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Little victories

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

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“The War Prayer” by Mark Twain

This 1905 Mark Twain piece has lessons for today.

It was not published until after his death.

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NeoNotes — Religious discrimination

I've every reason to fight religious discrimination.

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Undocumented means illegal

We can argue whether the law is morally right or not.

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See if they do

Hollywood celebrities always freak out when a conservative is elected.

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Roaming Millennial on Social Justice and Universities

“Social Justice & Universities”

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Nativists threatened by success

“Alt-Right Nativists Launch Witch Hunt Against Chobani Yogurt Founder For Helping Refugees”

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Theodore Roosevelt on immigration

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
     — Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

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“I’ve done nothing wrong.”

“We operated the business legally and in compliance with all California and local laws.”

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“Not Yours to Give” by James J. Bethune

This classic 1867 piece has lessons for today.

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

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Government & religion

Religion cannot be allowed the coercive power of government. Government cannot be allowed the moral justification of religion.
     — NeoWayland, United We Stand

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Is this real?

If it’s true, it could destroy the government.

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Sometimes the police are not your friends

“Who Protects Kids from Pblurbatory Police and Prosecutors?”

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Taking away choice

In a free market, if you don’t like what a business is selling, you don’t buy it.

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Russia gets attention

“The Russian Bogeyman”

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What a mess

Institution politics surrounding Clinton’s email mess

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Gay Thought Police

“…Like Soviet-Era Bullies”

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Berkeley cry bully bridge protest

This is bullying. More accurately, it is cry bullying.

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Borrowed strength

Trump’s strength is not because of Trump

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Wrong

All other things being equal, the side that can't stand dissent is usually wrong.
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Shame game

I played this game many times until I tiblurb of it

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NeoNotes — Sexuality & society

I suspect that sexual orientation is not as hard wiblurb as some believe, but that is still individual choice.

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NeoNotes — Drug War

Most of the problems caused by illegal drugs come from the drugs being illegal in the first place.

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NeoNotes — Sin

Pardon, but who defines the sin?

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NeoNotes — Control

I believe in people and not government.

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NeoNotes — Homosexuality wasn't illegal

Despite your personal beliefs, homosexuality is not the issue.

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The Collapse of The American Dream Explained in Animation

I don't agree with everything here, but you should definitely watch.

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“You Are Not Alone” by Bill Whittle

This essay isn't mine and I do not have permission to quote it, much less post it.

But you should read the whole thing.

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NeoNotes - I'm not the smartest guy in the room

Since I just spent forty-five minutes writing it as a post, you’re damn right I’m going to put it here.

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The Legacy of Obama comes to Arizona

Just a picture taken in Phoenix.

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Scam - not the IRS

Any robo-caller demanding money is almost certainly a scam

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Kafkatrap

I was adding commentary to some of my lexicon entries

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NeoNotes — Emotional connections

Sex without the emotional connection is masturbation

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About that Brexit thing

Looks like they made the right choice. And Cameron resigned.

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Rainbow arms

Maybe it's not about making Americans safer.

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Brexit

Because I think it’s vital that you are able to vote out a government.
     — Natalie Solent, Quick arguments for voting Leave
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NeoNotes — Vice

Vice laws tell people that we don't think they can be adults

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Ali was cool

I didn't realize until I was much older just how cool Ali was

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NeoNotes — Reciprocity

We can build a moral system based on the Ethic of Reciprocity

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NeoNotes — Undermine your own

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.

Live and let live. Why is that so hard for you to accept?

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The most important person you've never heard of

He's one of those people you should have read about in school

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Religion becoming the law of the land

When it comes to religion becoming the law of the land, the devout don't need it, the non-believers don't want it, and the politicos will corrupt it.
     — NeoWayland
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One paragraph

Between jabs at Donald Trump during her speech at AIPAC on Monday, Hillary Clinton wondered “what’s taking us so long here in America” to elect a female president.
     — Steve Guest, Hillary At AIPAC: ‘What’s Taking Us So Long’ To Elect A Female President?

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Climate Pre-Crime

It's not illegal to deny climate change

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NeoNotes — Political fringe and crazy ideas

The political fringe and their crazy, insane ideas

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NeoNotes — Immigration

That alone isn't enough

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NeoNotes — Smear

Why should they feel shame?

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NeoNotes — Taking over the world

The only point in taking over the world is to make sure people make their own choices

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NeoNotes — Divine intervention

Your issue with me isn't about what I say. It's that I don't recognize Christianity as the "obviously superior" choice. It's that I won't give Christianity the hand up you think it deserves. It's that I don't think Christianity is the "universal" choice.

Am I attacking you? No. Am I attacking Christianity? No. Am I suppressing Christianity? No.

If Christianity is what you believe, then it should be able to hold it's own AND MORE against any other set of ideas with no special advantage.

Which means there’s no need to explain human behavior because of Divine intervention or devilish activity.

It’s choice.
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NeoNotes — American Legacy

We are a nation of individuals, of individual liberty and responsibilities, of individual choice and individual passion. We're the first nation like that in recorded history, it is our legacy.

Our faiths, like Christianity, are a part of that.

Please think about this. You may believe that your God makes the sun rise, but your faith doesn't control my actions. Likewise, my faith doesn't control you.

We have to find common ground outside religion. Otherwise it's a matter of whose religion is "in charge," and that way will destroy liberty.

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NeoNotes — Not the pagan community

I'm not speaking for the pagan community. Much of the justification for "establishing" a Greater Pagan Community® is so that certain individuals can get the adoration and deference they believe they deserve.

I believe in ecology but I'm against environmentalism.

I believe individual freedom and personal responsibility works ever so much better than collectivism.

I think that what Christians call the Golden Rule is one of the most important roots of civilization. But I prefer another version, "Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes!"

Now is that enough of a test, or do I have to give the Super Secret Handshake™ too?

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NeoNotes — On Rape Culture

I'm not familiar with the work, but we've seen these discussions far too often. Take the allegation that the United States is a "rape culture." Or the notion that anyone who says "all lives matter" instead of "black lives matter" is a racist.

In this specific case, look at the mindsets involved. One wants validation and their demands enshrined in law and regulation. The other wants a better world for them and theirs. Yet both are treated as if the RadFem ideology is dominant.

There are women who consider themselves feminists that think wife and mother is a valid choice and don't want anything to do with the RadFems. But these are not the ladies doing it for attention. They won't be published. They won't be picketing. They won't be giving soundbites for the news or YouTube. That's not how they believe lasting change happens.

Words matter. Actions matter more. Intentions don't.

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NeoNotes — On Christian theocracy

Anytime someone starts talking about a Christian theocracy, I ask "Which one?"

Besides the obvious differences between Catholics and Protestants, there are differences between the sects. There's no way a Baptist is going to take religious marching orders from a Mormon. The Methodists won't accept directions from the Christian Scientists.

This predates the country. Back in the colonial days, no one wanted a church in one colony dictating religious practices in another. This is partially why there was no national church defined in the Constitution and why the only mention of any god in that document was the date.

The best way to make sure that you're allowed to practice your religion in peace is to make sure EVERYONE has that same right.

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NeoNotes — Sex Speculation

There I admit we get into some speculation. We can't isolate the culture from the genetics. Not to mention that Really Big Assumption that you are either straight OR gay forever and ever, amen.

We can't say how much a person's sexual orientation depends on their conditioning, religious beliefs, cultural standards, rebellion, stress, pain, or pleasure. These factors can't be eliminated.

Basically all we have to work with is observations and we don't know how much is because of the biology and how much is because of the mind. That means in turn that any discussion of sex is going to bog down really quickly in ideas that can't be quantified.

Thank the gods the same can't be said for the act!

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NeoNotes — Trends

Perhaps we could just say stuff happens and individuals need to be held responsible.

The trends argument is the same justification that the RadFems use against males in general. You can pick and choose bad examples and ignore the good examples. That way, you never need to talk about individuals, it's about trends and statistics and who is the greater "danger to the community."

Why is it better when conservatives use that justification against whatever Label X is this week?

Until and unless you can show that all of Label X engages in Action Y AND no one who is Not Label X engages in Action Y, the argument falls down. Which means maybe, just maybe we should look at something other than the label.

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Twitterfied - updated

But here’s the thing. They make no secret of their opinion. If they think I am wrong, they tell me and they tell me why.

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Cruz goes evangelical

Why does Cruz assume that the only worthy values are Christian ones?

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Not all feminists…

Certainly not all women are like that. What we have is a very small group that wants political power and public validation in the worst way. Yes, it’s another case of Those Who Want To Be Noticed.



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Women in combat

Speaking only for myself, I want the U.S. armed forces to be the toughest, most capable sons of a gun on the face of the planet. Especially the elite units. I want them to make other national leaders nervous, even if they are half way across the globe. I want whispers in the darkest shadows of just what happens when someone dares threaten freedom if an American serviceman can do something about it.

Any female who can fill the physical and mental requirements without any allowances for their sex has my respect. All the more so if they show the warrior virtues. But by all the warrior gods they'd better damn well hold their own and more
     — NeoWayland
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Color

Anyway, it’s looking more and more like the Acadamy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will set aside a certain number of nominations for skin color.

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Tain't Mine

This is from an email exchange I had recently.

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Remembering the San Bernardino Victims

I hope their families find peace.

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Let them be forgotten

Let them be remembeblurb as cowards who only dablurb attack unarmed victims.

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Who is racist now?

I did not humble myself and acknowledge the sins of my skin color.

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Victimhood drek

She didn’t do it by being a victim.

She did it by trying again and again until it worked.

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She can speak for herself

We need to test our ideas again and again.

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Obama the racist

The Imperious Leader and the Federal government has already decided that no matter what, certain “races” can’t succeed without help from The Man.

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Zero. Zilch. Nada.

I am absolutely certain that abortion should not be funded by taxpayers. Nor should organizations or companies providing abortions. Nor should companies that provide birth control.

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Outstanding

In some ancient polytheistic societies, the worst punishment that could be meted out was to erase a person’s existence by no longer speaking or writing their name and erasing any reference to them. It was thought this also negatively affected them in the afterlife. As a matter of personal policy, follow this concept and this is why I have not named the shooter in this article. However, The Honored Dead do deserve to be known…
     — Cara Schulz, Facing Violence in Chattanooga: Two Heathens Share their Experience
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Simple question

Legal does not mean free.

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Better?

Stars above and Earth below, it’s the Faith Triumphant all over again!

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I want it understood

I’m standing against government licensing marriage.

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George Takei brooks no dissent - updated

They attack the person and avoid discussing the ideas.

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Battle flag - updated

The question remains, why was the flag acceptable last year but is not acceptable this year?

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That Judeo-Christian thing

I do criticize the Christians who constantly take refuge in that tiblurb phrase “Judeo-Christian heritage.”

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The weak, the poor, the minority…

We’re so conditioned to expect the government to “save us” that we overlook government oppressing us.

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Giving away the choice

We ceded our right to choose our morality to government functionaries.

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“We need to put the American flag down”

Identity politics and power through guilt will ALWAYS demand more no matter what is given…

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Nutcase

About the South Carolina church shooting. We know enough now.

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Flagging some questions

The “Confederate” flag (actually the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia) was raised over the capital of South Carolina by a Democrat governor in protest over the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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The narrative is not the tragedy

I’ve been asked why I haven’t commented on the South Carolina church massacre.

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Token - updated

With one move, the Imperious Leader’s administration tokenizes half the human race.

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One thing that can keep you free

Just because something is legal doesn’t mean that it is just.

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Decreed

The Imperious Leader literally decreed that non-profits must contribute to green technologies.

What happens when they don’t?

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Leave them alone

Give government all the power you think is necessary. Watch as the one person who you think can’t be trusted with that power commands it against everything you hold dear.

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Racism Today

…it’s about how you advance the cause.

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No dissent, or The content of his character

Rhyd Wildermuth has shown me his character.

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Stop the denial

Marriage licenses exist so that the licenses can be denied.

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Accept but not celebrate

I won’t celebrate.

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Not anymore

You can't childproof the world. The best you can do is world proof your children.
     — anonymous
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Ordinary people doing ordinary good

No one talks about what really holds our culture together.

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All Or Nothing

It’s a scam.

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NeoNotes — I wish more people were.

I'm for live and let live.

I wish more people were.

You should live your life as you choose. Just don't expect me to celebrate it because it is your life after all. And don't go after your neighbor because of the lawn he planted or the socks he wears or where he spends his Tuesday nights.
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The Return of Jim Crow

In the sixty years since the Civil Rights movement, the Left has entirely perverted the whole notion of civil rights. Civil Rights as the Founders intended meant the right of all citizens, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual, gender, etc., to be free of government constraints (although the government’s police powers certainly required the government to protect citizens when others amongst them worked to injure them or constrain their basic freedoms). Civil Rights as the Left demands it has become an all powerful government that is responsible for redistribution wealth, property, access to government and even happiness, from whites to blacks.
     — Bookworm, American Christians are the new blacks; and Leftists own the new Jim Crow movement
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Victim privilege - updated

Yes, f*** your trauma. My sympathy for your suffering, whether that suffering was real or imaginary, ended when you demanded I change my life to avoid bringing up your bad memories. You don’t seem to have figured this out, but there is no “I must never be reminded of a negative experience” expectation in any culture anywhere on earth.
     — Chris Hernandez, ‘Microaggressions’ And ‘Trigger Warnings,’ Meet Real Trauma

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Watching the headlines #2

“CNN ATTACKS Duke basketball coach for NOT speaking out against new Indiana Religious Freedom law”

“Everybody's Lost Their Goddamn Mind Over Religious Freedom”

“The overblown hypocrisy of Tim Cook's business boycott of Indiana”

“Sounds like Apple’s CEO needs to disable the ‘hypocrite’ app on his iPhone”

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Discriminate now

These are matters of individual choice and they should remain so.

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By the content of their character

Obama lies. But that’s not the real problem.

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Dirty Water

Government at both ends squeezes you in the middle

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Military honor

Our military is mostly honorable people who want to do the right thing.

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You are not entitled

I may not have heard it all, but I have heard enough.

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Drones

If the drone flies over your property, can you shoot it down?

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Isn't this racist?

Why don’t liberals get the blame for their words and actions?

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Reply to a Bookworm Rant

Bookworm is looking for scapegoats

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Honor in giving truth

I think that most people make mostly good choices.

Mostly.

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Whoops

I told people that Christianity didn’t mean much unless you were a Christian. It might even drive people away from a good cause.

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Boom!

Now they are worried.

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Human Lives Matter

So no matter what I’ve said before now, no matter what I’ve done before now, if I fail to do this now, I’m racist.

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NeoNotes - Choose your right

I believe that economics and morality should be based in free choice.

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You can't be good enough - Updated

Morality is not exclusively Christian.

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from crux № 4 - The U.S. is not a "Christian nation"

And here is where I am about to offend many of you. Are you paying close attention?

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Memorial or political rally?

No shame
This was the thing that put me off blogging for more than two years.

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In which George W. Bush proves he is a gentleman, even if he did do most other things wrong

Courtesy goes a long way

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The AlterNet Tea Party article

Demonstrating that certain modern liberals don't understand economics

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Expanding civilizations, religions, and faith

It's not how it appears

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Almost the last advocate

It's not a right unless everyone else has it too. Otherwise it's a privilege taken at someone else's expense.

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Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?

Make your choice

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I answer the Neighborhood Game round 2

I know you were waiting breathlessly

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Neighborhood Game Round Two

What would you do and why would you do it?

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Forbidden

The law and you

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I'll tell you what I believe

Just a few things here and there

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My thoughts on the neighborhood

Just in case you wanted to know

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Introducing the Neighborhood Game

Are you ready to think about these neighbors? What would you do?

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United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics

The presidential candidates are missing the point by pandering to evangelicals - revised

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The real reason behind Prohibition

Nothing to do with morality and everything to do with vote pandering

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Faith and the public sphere

Does religion really define public morality? Should government control religion?

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“Gutter punks” in San Francisco

Is it really all that different than the 1960s?

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Roots of government power

Which laws are necessary and which ones are wasteful? Here is what you can count on a libertarian to say.

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“Protecting” the children

How pictures of a family camping trip turned into a family's personal hell

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Pinaka update

Were the genocidal remarks misinterpreted?

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University of Texas professor advocates genocide?

Killing off 90 percent of humans

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Power Grab? Not if we define and regulate it...

The FCC sneaks in the back door on the cable companies

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That time of year again

Certain fundamentalists trot out the scare tactics again

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