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from crux № 1 - hate crimes

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

Is an assault worse because it's a "hate crime?" Is someone more dead because they were murdered in a "hate crime?"

There is no crime that can be made worse because it's a "hate crime." The only thing that can be made worse is the punishment.

Which is a pretty "racist" way to look at it.



I never have agreed with "hate" crimes.

Theft is wrong. Murder is wrong. Assault is wrong.

How are these things worse because of "hate?"

How are they worse because of skin color or sexual orientation or creed or even because the victim wore red socks?

You don't have rights because you're pagan or gay or a woman or because of your ancestors.You have rights because you are human. It's not a right unless the other guy has it too. Anything more is privilege.

When we protect a group, what we're really saying is that they aren't good enough without help. We're implying that they will never be good enough no matter what. We're making them perpetual victims.

I want allies. I want them strong. I want them waving their fingers in my face and yelling if I do something wrong. I want them honest enough to tell the truth.

And if I can't convince people to stand up for what's right without holding a gun to their head and threatening them, I'm doing it wrong.



I can't convince a bunch of Christian conservatives that gays deserve equal treatment under the law when there are people shouting loudly that certain classes of people deserve special treatment.

"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."



I accept that the law does recognize intent and it is the least objectionable distinction.

I still think the notion of "hate crimes" goes too far. Perhaps because I've had too many arguments against political correctness and I see this as just one more where one "class" demands special privilege over all others.



Gods yes!

I despise the phrase "hate crime." In 30 years of asking, not one person has ever managed to tell me why a crime is worse if it's a hate crime.



The funny bit is that no one group controls the language.

That's why some are trying to make criticism of police hate crimes too.

Calling something a hate crime is still wrong though.



I feel what you're saying. I don't agree, but I recognize your passion.

Honestly I don't believe that hate speech should be a crime. I'm also not convinced that hate crimes merit more punishment than other crimes, but that is me.

You can't define religion by politics, although the gods know I've met enough People of the Book who have tried.



Yes, some crimes are more important. Murder tops out theft.

But a murder victim is not more dead because it was a hate crime.

The law has no business "gauging the damage of an act to society at large." Is arson against a Catholic church worse than arson against a kosher bakery? Is killing a child with all their unrealized potential worse than killing a prominent politician? Is a false rape accusation worse than the act of rape itself? Should the old homes on the wrong side of the tracks be preserved like the well kept old homes uptown? These are the value judgements that you are asking the law to make.

These are the value judgements that government is uniquely unqualified to make.

Murder is murder. Theft is theft. Property destruction is property destruction.

Look at how people are now declaring that "hate speech" must not be allowed. With one word, anyone you don't agree with can be silenced. And if they don't stay silent, well then, retribution is only natural, isn't it?

And by the way, have you noticed that some states are considering making criticism of police hate speech?



I am concerned though. This is one thing that I thought might happen when I started reading about hate crimes back in the 1980s. A crime is a crime, it's not somehow worse with motive attached to it. Kill someone, they are still dead. Vandalize their property, it's still broken. But now by using the label hate crime, some crimes are more important than others.

A crime against a Christian church would get the "proper" attention because it's a "proper" faith as recognized by the government. Rather than focusing on the crime, the issue is now mainly why the crime didn't get the "proper" label.

Language is a tricky thing. Start modifying it and who knows where we'll end up.

All animals are equal but some are more equal than others.



As opposed to burning a cross on a atheist's lawn? Or a Buddhist's lawn? Or on a pagan's lawn?

Why is it worse?

If it's on my lawn, I will be seriously peeved. I will want justice. I might even deliver some justice on my own.

There was a Chief Justice in Alabama who insisted that the Decalogue be displayed in his courtroom because there was a "law beyond man's law." I've had to deal with certain Christians who insisted that Christmas and Easter be made legal holidays where everyone had to take the day off. And I won't tell you the messes I've had with the Pledge of Allegiance over the years. Meanwhile, right now there are Islamist groups (not Muslim, there is a difference) in the U.S. who are insisting that Shariah law applies not only to them but to everyone around them. Not so long ago there were pagans who insisted that Christians should be kept from voting. And then there was what Bill Nye said about people who disagreed with him about global warming.

The point is obvious. Once you open the legal doorway and say that this victimhood is worse than that victimhood, then there is every incentive to reclassify the smallest "transgression" as the absolute worst "hate crime." The rule of law disappears and the top of the victim hierarchy belongs to whoever makes the most noise. Everyone becomes a victim because it is the only way they see to get justice. From there it's just a small jump to getting power through victimhood. Everyone's a victim. No one is to blame. It's always someone else's fault. Somebody owes restitution and if the law won't give it, it's up to the victim to take it.

Exactly as is happening now. Right now, this very minute in America.

This feeling is not old. This isn't recent. Some say it came out of the Jim Crow laws in the South. When folks moved north, they didn't get what they thought they were entitled to. They started organizing. Violence became a means to an end.

A couple of weeks ago you and I had a long conversation about the Woman's March. Out of all those ladies who marched, can you show me someone who thought of themselves as a hero and not as a terribly oppressed victim? Who among them had done something more than rant and organize more ranting?

I'd argue that there are things far worse than hate. Indifference combined with efficiency for one.

"Hate crimes" at best muddle the law and keep some from getting justice.



It's not an opinion. Vandalism is a crime.

Not because of the skin color of the victim. Not because of the victim's creed. And not because of the victim's gender.

When talking about it I chose emphasis, a stylistic choice. It's highlighting what I think is a central point.

Meanwhile, you lecture me on hate crimes while at the same time telling me that nobody is more equal than anyone else.

I think you pegged the irony meter.



Let's look at what happened in this specific case.

The two most likely possibilities are that the police don't have enough resources for anything except the high profile cases or the only way that the shop owner feels that the police barely acknowledge a hate crime case is if it is from an officially sanctioned religion.

In either case, having hate crime legislation on the books translates to less justice for the victim.

Even here the argument has shifted. You and I agree that a crime was committed and that it should be punished. Where we don't agree is if this is a special case that needs special treatment.

Yet that's what we're talking about. Not about the crime. But whether it a) deserves special treatment and b)if the crime is getting special treatment.

The actual crime is becoming less important than the "hate."

That's what I worried about in the 1980s, and over thirty plus years that's what I see happening again and again. The crime becomes less important than the hate. And by golly, we should pay attention to some hate much more than other hate. Certain people are just higher on the victim hierarchy than others. Let's forget about preventing the crimes and just make sure we honor the victims.

I want heroes.

I started keeping my crux files because I noticed I kept getting into the same discussions in comment threads on other people’s web sites. After a while it just made sense for me to organize my thoughts by topic. These are snippets. It’s not in any particular order, it’s just discussions I have again and again.
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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. It is simply not true that Hitler or Mussolini, Lenin or Stalin, appealed only to the worst instincts of their people; they also appealed to some of the feelings which also dominate contemporary democracies. Whatever disillusionment the more mature supporters of those movements may have experienced as they came to see the effects of the policies they had supported, there can be no doubt that the rank and file of the communist, national-socialist or fascist movements contained many men and women inspired by ideals not very different from those of some of the most influential social philosophers in the Western countries. Some of them certainly believe that they were engaged in the creation of a just society in which the needs of the most deserving or ‘socially most valuable’ would be better cared for. They were led by a desire for a visible common purpose which is our inheritance from the tribal society and which we still find breaking through everywhere.
     — 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 resets

This isn't about freedom.

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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.

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

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NeoNotes - religious discrimination

I've every reason to fight religious discrimination.

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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 Predatory 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 tired of it

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NeoNotes - Sexuality & society

I suspect that sexual orientation is not as hard wired 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 definately 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.

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

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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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NeoNotes - 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.

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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, Daily Caller, 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

All other things being equal, strength and weight are going to win out.

Given the fact that many of the opponents our armed forces will face don't follow the nice rules, any female in combat is prey.

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.

I say that as a man who hasn't served but loves Lady Freedom and all she implies.
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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 remembered as cowards who only dared 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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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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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 tired 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.

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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.

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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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

I think this is way out of hand.

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

CNN’s Carol Costello ATTACKED Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski for refusing to weigh in on the new religious freedom law in Indiana. I’m not kidding. Krzyzewski didn’t come down one way or the other on the law, he simply refused to address it. But because he didn’t fall in line, I guess, with other sports figures condemning the law, CNN does a whole segment attacking him…

Everybody's Lost Their Goddamn Mind Over Religious Freedom

Nobody should be forced to do something they don’t want to do, whether it’s bake cakes for gay weddings or decorate cakes with anti-gay slurs. To me, whether a person’s or a business’s decision is based in religion is immaterial.

Whatever you may think of Jack Phillips’s refusal to bake a wedding cake for gay customers, there’s something as or more disturbing about the court ruling against the owner of Lakewood, Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakeshop. Not only was the baker forced to change his store policy, he and his staff were required to attend sensitivity training. That sounds like something out of China during the Cultural Revolution. It doesn’t help that Phillips offered to make the original complainants any sort of item but a wedding cake.

Most Americans don’t agree with Phillips’s beliefs in this case, but such disagreements are one of the prices we pay for living in a free society, in which we seriously recognize and respect that different people have different value systems. It’s worth noting that in the segregated South, very different rules applied. It was common, for instance, that local and state governments and laws actively prevented businesses from treating customers equally. When laws were not openly racist, “citizen’s councils” and terror groups such as the Ku Klux Klan enforced a de facto standard against businesses that treated all customers equally. This is not the case today with regards to gays and lesbians.

By the same token, any individuals or businesses that exclude certain sorts of business can’t exactly bitch and moan when people decide to publicize such policies and organize boycotts, as is happening to the entire state of Indiana now.

Oh, and speaking of Apple and Tim Cook.

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

Now, there would be an argument to deny business owners even this little space to live by their spiritual sensibilities if the discriminated individuals couldn't obtain the services they needed elsewhere — as was the case with blacks in the Jim Crow South prior to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But discrimination isn't as institutionalized now as it was then, especially against gays, who have gained rapid acceptance in recent years. If one establishment refuses to service gay customers, there are myriad others that will, imposing no severe hardship on them. To insist on being served by the few people whose beliefs would be violated seems more like a projection of power rather than a plea to secure legitimate rights.

Furthermore, if Cook merely boycotted Christian businesses whose beliefs he found abhorrent, it would be one thing. But what's truly obnoxious about his campaign is that he is using his right not to do business with Indiana, because it's doing something he disagrees with, to obtain a law that would deny Indiana businesses the same right not to do business with folks who they don’t agree with. This is simply intolerance masquerading as a crusade for justice and equality — a naked use of brute market power to legislate his views.

Doug Powers may have gone a little overboard with the “snark setting,” but he makes a pretty good point about Tim Cook and Apple too.

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

Hey, if a theocratic Islamic monarchy can show Indiana how to do religious freedom and gay rights correctly, Apple’s CEO is hot-to-trot for that particular business deal.

Here’s the thing.

Americans have the right to discriminate. The right of the people “peaceably to assemble” also means that you don’t have to associate with people you don’t like. If the government doesn’t have the power to force you to attend church, they don’t have the power to keep someone from practicing their religion as they choose so long as it doesn’t injure another. Neither help nor hinder.

If your neighbor doesn’t have the power to control your actions by his beliefs, you don’t have that power either. It’s the parity test again.

I said it before in my True Believer Rant.


In other words, inflict government on someone today, and you shouldn't be surprised if someone inflicts government on you tomorrow.

All these are examples of what I call True Believer Syndrome. The idea is not original with me, heck, Isaac Bonewits spends most of his Cult Danger Evaluation Frame defining exactly what makes a True Believer, and in several of his other essays he details why they can be so dangerous.

But the one thing that I have found in all True Believers is an absolute belief that their particular book, method, faith, interpretation, or silly hat is The Only Acceptable Choice. They will ignore anything that anyone else does if it doesn't adhere totally to The True Way. Worse, they will overlook mistakes and abuses made by the people on the correct side, even as they violate the principles they hold central to their belief.

Or as the old Genesis song goes, "Do as I say, don't do as I do."

I often call True Believers fundies because it gets the point across. At least, to most people.

Lately I've seen a disturbing trend. Both the "right" and "left" have their extremists, but it seems that the leadership on the left is made up mostly of extremists. Most moderates and conservatives seem to be willing to sit down and talk over differences, but that doesn't seem to be true on the "progressive" side. It's a lousy observation to make, but by golly, that is what I see. The "leadership" of the "left" wants to exclude any other possibilities.

The people making the loudest noises about "diversity" are the very ones who want to take it away.

Ten years later, and it’s the same thing only with the volume turned up.
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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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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

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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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Expanding civilizations, religions, and faith

It's not how it appears



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Almost the last advocate

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Forbidden

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I'll tell you what I believe

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United We Stand - Dragging religion into politics

The presidential candidates are missing the point by pandering to evangelicals



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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

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Roots of government power

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“Protecting” the children

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That time of year again

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