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Government shutdown

And this would be a bad thing how?

I know what CNN is saying.

But realistically, why would a government shutdown be bad?

We know what Milton Friedman said.
Pretty much everything else could be done better by the states or the private sector.

If your local grocery store closed because they forgot to order, you'd go somewhere else. If the plumber you called couldn't come because his truck got repossessed, you'd call another. If your favorite coffee place had no one to work and was closed, well, there are other options.

But with government services, there aren't options.

Government doesn't like competition.

Every year, statists tell you How Important Government Is and how the "other party" is about to screw up your life.

It's political theater.

There isn't even a budget.

The last time there was officially a budget was 2009. But it was pretty much a budget in name only. Even if there was a budget, it would be several thousand pages long, incredibly detailed on some things and disturbingly vague on others. It's meant to be abused. I don't want to examine the Federal budget process here but I will tell you that even if Congress makes no changes, each agency gets the same amount it had the previous year plus an automatic increase. This is the so-called discretionary spending.

That's right. It takes an act of Congress to keep spending at the same level it was in the previous year.

The default setting is more government and more spending.

Then there is the mandatory spending which isn't part of the budget process. Congress may revisit the rules every few years on mandatory spending qualifications, but it usually rolls along on it's own. Mandatory spending is about two-thirds of the budget, Social Security alone is about one-third.

And I haven't even gotten to earmarks.

Government doesn't like competition so it locks private interests out of the services it provides. It manipulates you into blaming the other party so it can tax and spend more of your money. And it expects thanks for it's hard work.

Government shutdown.

This would be a bad thing how?


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“Why They Attack Us & Why We Let Them” by Roaming Millennial

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What a liberal university used to mean

In defense of the offensive

I recall my elementary school science teacher’s story of when a Neo-Nazi gave a speech at UC Berkeley in the mid-60s. It was her first year there, and she was unsure what to make of the atmosphere. Around 250 Berkeley students and community members listened carefully as the Nazi spoke. As a Jew whose family had recently fled Europe because of anti-Semitism, the talk was shocking. But she stayed and listened politely like the other students. After the talk was over, the audience did not rush the stage, chant or even call the man names. They were even more devastating. They asked questions using logic and history, confusing and confounding the unabashed racist. They made him look like a fool. Somewhere along the way, the bulk of college progressives abandoned this method of dealing with people with whom we disagree.

I know my example is extreme. You may justifiably say it’s unreasonable to expect students to be respectful of those promoting genocide, but the targets of political censorship in 2017 are not limited to Neo-Nazis, or even alt-right trolls. Middlebury students silenced social scientist Charles Murray by shouting “Racist, sexist, anti-gay. Charles Murray, go away” before destroying his car. Berkeley students attempted to cancel a speech by liberal comedian Bill Maher because of his comments criticizing radical Islam. If we have the intellectual tools to debate these people on a level ground, it should be unnecessary to silence them. Macalester students have the privilege of getting one of the greatest educations in the history of mankind. It is counterproductive to deprive ourselves of conversations that might make us uncomfortable. These conversations are as rewarding as they are difficult, but they require us to talk to those who offend us, instead of isolating and humiliating them. As Victorian novelist Goerge Eliot put it, “the last refuge of intolerance is in not tolerating the intolerant.”
     — Jacob Hill


A microcosm of the maddening mix of Progressive hate, ignorance, and nonsense at an American college

Unlike those other American colleges, however, Macalester is never in the news. I suspect this is because no student or faculty member would ever dream of inviting to the campus someone who doesn’t meet the Progressive purity scale. Without any opposing views, there is no call for violence.

It was therefore a great and pleasant surprise to discover that one young man is defending the free exchange of ideas. What moved Jacob Hill to write was the fact that the staff of the college radio station, perfectly emulating a Maoist re-education camp, grouped together to castigate a fellow employee for having dared to place on the college Facebook page a meme that “satirized the prevalence of white Adidas sneakers among women who claim not to conform to societal norms.” I’m having trouble envisioning how offensive such a meme could be but for the student’s cohorts at the radio station, it was a bridge too far.
     — Bookworm

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“American Indians Are Still Getting a Raw Deal”

“American Indians are the poorest of all of America's ethnic groups. Why?”

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NeoNotes - Best intentions - updated

The problem is that the best intentions can lead to the worst results.

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“Your Brain On Drug Policy” featuring Rachael Leigh Cook

“Rachael Leigh Cook explains that the war on drugs is a war on people in a remake of her iconic spot”

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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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See truth with your own eyes

r/libertarian vs r/socialism

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All other things being equal, the side that can't stand dissent is wrong

Three senior House Democrats asked U.S. teachers Monday to destroy a book written by climate scientists challenging the environmentalist view of global warming.
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Still think libertarians are paranoid?

This is where we start getting into legalisms. Because Trump and associates were not the direct targets of surveillance, intelligence officials say that Trump was not under surveillance. Technically true and absolutely false.

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Illegal spying on legal phone calls

Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.

“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.

“The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with,” diGenova said. “In short, the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls.”

     — Richard Pollock, Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump
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Follow that trail

There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by President Trump.

But plenty of evidence points to Barack Obama's abuse of power. Let us follow that trail.

     — Don Suber, Investigate Obamagate
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Susan Rice unmasked

Since news broke Monday that the Obama Administration's National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, directed the "unmasking" of NSA intercepts of Trump associates, CNN has raced to shoot down the blockbuster report.

CNN Tonight's Don Lemon went so far as to announce he would ignore the news at all costs.

Over the last 24 hours, the network has repeatedly called on its chief national security correspondent, Jim Sciutto, to dismiss the reports as a non-story, even arguing that Rice "wasn't aware" what unmasking Rep. Devin Nunes (D-Calif.) was referring to when she claimed ignorance only two weeks ago.

"New Day" anchor Alisyn Camerota openly pleaded with Sen. John McCain to write-off the news as unimportant.

     — Grabien News, CNN Goes On Rampage Against Susan Rice Bombshell, Instructs Viewers To Ignore Story

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Repeal Obamacare with just one sentence

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, Rep. Mo Brooks files bill to repeal Obamacare
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NeoNotes - The screws

Almost nobody bothers to ask if the screws should exist in the first place.

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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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Signs

We pagans have become the worst that we saw in the People of the Book.

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Damn it

The problem is government

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NeoNotes - Harder and harder

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

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NeoNotes: Taking on the alt-right

You don't have the might of the state on your side.

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Compromising elections

I've been poking around and I have a new theory.

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NeoNotes - Liberty should be the goal

We need solutions that don't exile people politically.

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“Should We Trust the Media?” from Roaming Millennial

Biased Journalism & Creative Reporting

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“The Racist Roots of Gun Control” by Clayton E. Cramer

This overlooked 1995 classic reminds us about freedom

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Attack from the blacklist

“We’re Under Attack"

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Roaming Millenial on the Alt-Right

“What is the Alt-Right?"

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Secret group creates blacklist

Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group

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Soros manipulating media

“Leaked Documents Reveal Expansive Soros Funding to Manipulate Federal Elections”

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Still plenty of ice

“Scott and Shackleton logbooks prove Antarctic sea ice is not shrinking… ”

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Abnormal

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

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Hoodwinking Congress - blast from the past (2005)

“Buying Reform”

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When I thought Trump might win

By the end of September I was seriously impressed.

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Fake isn't always fake

“A libertarian tech revolt”

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Cult of Clinton

“America Called Bullshit on the Cult of Clinton”

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Not quite the hate

“Hate Crimes, Hoaxes, and Hyperbole”

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“Make Mine Freedom (1948)”

Animated classic from 1948 shows the politics of disunity

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Compromise

‟Ignore the Mob—Long Live the Electoral College”

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Cry Wolf!

“You Are Still Crying Wolf”

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Good thing she wasn't elected…

“Hillary Clinton Supporters Doxxing, Harassing Electoral College Voters”

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Roaming Millennial on the Election Aftermath

“Anti-Trump hysteria”

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NeoNotes - Government doesn't compete

There's no incentive to make it better

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CGP Grey on the Electoral College

“The Trouble with the Electoral College”

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NeoNotes - Pre-victimhood

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

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Bussed in protestors

Who is paying for the buses?

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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.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.
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NeoNotes - Analysis

The last couple of days I've been analyzing both parties and their leadership.

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Unholy alliance

Her politics don't allow for dissent.

That tells me more than I need to know.
     — NeoWayland

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The last thing I'm writing about the 2016 election

My choice was None Of The Above.

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Undocumented means illegal

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

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Tiny houses banned

“Tiny Homes Banned in U.S. at Increasing Rate as Govt Criminalizes Sustainable Living”

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See if they do

Hollywood celebrities always freak out when a conservative is elected.

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NeoNotes - Again

Damn.

John McCain won. Again.

Blast.

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“Parliament is sovereign.”

Britain's Constitution is famously “unwritten” but can be summarised in three words…

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“If Congress was your co-worker” starring Chris Pine

Entirely too funny.

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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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Rigging against the voters

2016 is when more Americans will vote against someone rather than for someone.

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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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NeoNotes - People. Are. Pissed. Off.

People had their trust stolen and now they are almost ready to smash.

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How dare the FBI investigate her

She doesn’t think the law should apply to her.

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Berkeley cry bully bridge protest

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

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Same as 2004

…this same thing was happening against Republicans leading up to the 2004 election UPDATED

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Borrowed strength

Trump’s strength is not because of Trump

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Politico elites lie

The takeaway is the the elites can’t be trusted.

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3 Rules for Rulers video

CGP Grey strikes again

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Voters don't want

Establishment pols can’t force voters to do what voters don’t want to do.
     — Michael J. Totten, Children of the Revolution

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Wrong lizard

When both choices are bad…

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Utah tries grabbing tribal land and pilfering tribal funds

This is why the Republic dies

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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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2016 Election

I don't like either candidate. I don't trust either candidate. And I definitely don't trust the two major parties.

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NeoNotes - Sin

Pardon, but who defines the sin?

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NeoNotes - The real "for their own good"

I'm libertarian. If I had my way, the government would be much smaller and not pushing either a progressive agenda or a conservative one. I'm convinced that a big reason WHY this is happening now is because conservatives built the Big Institutions to keep things working Their Way™ and progressives took them over for the exact same reason.

I don't believe the answer is in who gets to call the shots.

I think the solution is stopping people from meddling with other people's lives so that those other people HAVE to take responsibility for their own choices.

Because that's the real 'for their own good.'

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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Political discussion

I believe that we need to have our thoughts and ideas tested.

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The Legacy of Obama comes to Arizona

Just a picture taken in Phoenix.

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Racism or Tea Kettles?

As a free trade supporter, the downside would be the loss of a free trade zone with the rest of Europe, but I am not sure it can be called a "free trade zone" if they are banning toasters.
     — Warren Meyer, Was Brexit About Racism or Tea Kettles?

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Catastrophe or Opportunity

The sky is not falling, and when the dust settles, Britain's decision may very well prove to be a pivotal event in the reshaping of global relationships and trade that will, in the final analysis, benefit all of us.
     — Gary Johnson, You Can Look at Brexit as a ‘Catastrophe’ or an ‘Opportunity’

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About that Brexit thing

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

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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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Ali was cool

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

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The system is rigged

The party system controls who runs for office & stops the public from interfering

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Local power

Large companies shift power and responsibility away from local operations

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Environmentalism loses it's wind

The climate change movement is destroying the environmental movement

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“For thee, not for me…or my friends”

No reason except political expediency

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Rebellion rumbles

There's only one question left

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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.

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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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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NeoNotes - Political committment

I make it a rule to doubt the political commitment of anyone more than three years younger than the voting age.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.
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NeoNotes - Politics is never about reform

Politics is about control

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NeoNotes - Immigration

That alone isn't enough

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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 - Dangerous beast

Perhaps the biggest difference between libertarians and conservatives/progressives is that conservatives and progressives view government as a Way To Get Things Done.

Libertarians see government as an extremely dangerous beast that if kept at all, must be severely hobbled and and three-quarters starved.

For the safety of the community.

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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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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NeoNotes - No real difference

Actually there is very little difference between the "leaders" of either party. They don't object to stuff being done, they object to the other "guy" doing it and getting the credit.

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The money thing

It’s the only campaign finance scheme that reduces the size of government, returns power to the voters, and keeps local money only in politics.

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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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Prince Charles Wrong on Syria

I realize the man is trying desperately to make his mark.

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Cruz becomes

In American politics, one of two things usually happen to politicos who act against the party leadership like Cruz has.

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What strategy?

No, I don’t think it’s the best solution.

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So Why Not Impeach?

No, I am not exagerating.

Although the Imperious Leader does.

When he isn’t lying.

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She can speak for herself

We need to test our ideas again and again.

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This is why John Kerry won't call it a treaty

John Kerry and the State Department do a semantic shell game to avoid the law.

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Coward

Ever wonder why the Imperious Leader doesn’t ask before he commits the country?

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Moore stuff

The green movement and the climate change crowd can’t stand dissent

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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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Introducing the Love Gov

The Federal Government as an abusive boyfriend. Be sure to share with your friends.

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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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George Takei brooks no dissent - updated

They attack the person and avoid discussing the ideas.

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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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It's not going to be fixed by government

So maybe it’s time to stop waiting for someone to save us?

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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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Slow down the fast track

The Imperious Leader expects the American people to swallow the shit to get the good parts.

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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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Should the government…

Nope.

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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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Imperial

They’ve forgotten that their power comes from the people.

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99 years of dollar signs

Government rigs these prices so it can draw profit on your loss.

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Voting

Remember the goal is FREEDOM. If the institutions don’t work towards that goal, we need to get rid of the institutions.

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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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Isn't this racist?

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

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Would you live in tyranny?

“Papers, please”

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Don't trust public science - updated

Fudging the numbers again

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Pocketing climate change

It only takes a simple program and a scientific calculator to show the holes in the climate change models

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Tyranny of the 16th

Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment

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We can afford it? Not really.

Funny how much politicos want to spend your money.

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Reply to a Bookworm Rant

Bookworm is looking for scapegoats

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Choosing for themselves

More than one stream.

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State of discord

The Imperious Leader lied.

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Bright and shineys

Baubles & distractions

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When truth is dissent

Very silly.

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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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No Clinton

Our long national nightmare is over

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Not a mandate

Let’s not pretend it was. Listen to the people.

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Less

Less government means more freedom

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The default SHOULD be None of the Above

All your life, you’ve been taught that SOME government is better than NO government.

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Bad press

Bad press! Naughty press!
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Practical Election Reform

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Public Health Crisis

Did the FedGovs mess with immigration to create a public health crisis? Read More...
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Celebrity Psudeoscience - Updated

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Why every election needs a "None Of The Above"

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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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Supermarket theory of government

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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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That time of year again

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Are blogs protected by the First Admendment?

Do Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech apply to websites?
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“Why does Sunrise, Florida have it's own SWAT Team?”

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Judging a book by it's cover

Pagan and magick books do not a terrorist make
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Your tax dollars at work

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Victims and paying for bad choices

How a benevolent and socially progressive government drags people down

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Same thing only better with new management

Looks like it is the GOP's turn to celebrate Big Government solutions
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Should we waste money from your pocket or mine?

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Law for the little guy

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Global Warming

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Why I MARGINALLY prefer conservatives over liberals

Given a choice, I'd rather not deal the fanatic versions of either. There really should be more libertarians in the world, but I can't force that choice on any one. Read More...
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Some things I have learned

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Dwight D. Eisenhower on human rights abuses

This is awfully familiar. The U.S. has been accused of human rights abuses before Read More...
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John Kerry on Iraq

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Fresh meat or dry bone shards?

Does the secret Downing Street memo really tell us anything new? Read More...
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Edward Kennedy on filibusters

Did you hear what you thought you heard? Read More...
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