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Signposts

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

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

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

Test it thrice.
     — NeoWayland
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Ease your pain

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

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

Let people discover truth before you speak. Make sure the truth is necessary before you speak. Judge if the listener is worthy of truth before you speak.
     — NeoWayland
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One thing

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the secret of life?

Leave the place a little better than how you found it.
     — NeoWayland
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Wrapped in the flag

When a politico wraps himself in the flag, double check your liberty and count on finding brown stains afterwards.
     — NeoWayland
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Pattern in the universe

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

People love to meddle. They want to control other people “for their own good.” Public education, foreign policy, sub-prime mortgages, all happened because someone thought they knew better and used force to inflict it on everyone else.
     — NeoWayland
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Heroes

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

There are reasons why the World is not a paradise. One reason is because we silly humans can't agree on what a paradise should be
     — NeoWayland
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Choice of faith

Faith is nothing without choice.
     — NeoWayland
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Media

Media has every right to exist.

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

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

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

The world doesn't work this way.

So change the world.
     — Leverage, The Homecoming Job
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Should adjust

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or justify it either.
     — NeoWayland
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Less government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The goal is not the institution of the Federal government.

The goal is freedom.
     — NeoWayland
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Moral people

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

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

Just in case you misunderstand, I don't answer to you. I am who I am, and you don't need my name to understand what I say.
     — NeoWayland
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Make the rules

Why in the World do you think you get to make the rules?
     — NeoWayland
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I recognize Masculine & Feminine in Divinity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Progress never comes from satisfaction.
     — NeoWayland
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Move beyond

Usually what you get out of something is what you bring in to something. Most people do not have the means to move beyond their own shadows.
     — NeoWayland
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Dark forces

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

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

Is the accuser always holy now?
     — Arthur Miller, The Crucible
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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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Antifa violence in Berkeley

Masked anarchists violently rout right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley

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Civilization

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

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Individual

“The smallest minority is the individual…”

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Liberty secure

“…guard even his enemy from oppression.”

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NeoNotes — Consider historical context to violence

What is to stop someone else from deciding that it's a good cause to thump you over the head? Once the excuses start, what's to protect you from the politics of the day?

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

“73% Say Freedom of Speech Worth Dying For”

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“It's Trump's fault?”

Never slaves & never Nazis

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Defending scoundrels

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

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Conspiracy

Here's what we know so far.

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On some issues

On some issues I run deeper than granite and more certain than dawn.
     — NeoWayland
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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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☆ This last week in free speech

Suddenly free speech was only for the Morally Favoblurb.

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Without government

“Who will build the roads?”

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Free speech



That's what worries me most about this. Once people decide that some labels deserve free speech and others don't, where does it stop?
     — NeoWayland
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Identity in the tribe

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

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

We can't let our faiths and our creeds control how we touch other people. Faith is between you and the Divine. But we're measured by how we touch the lives of other humans.
     — NeoWayland
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Governments make lousy banks

Governments make lousy banks. Politicos want re-election and technocrats are unaccountable. Both measure their success by spending taxpayer's money. There's no incentive to contain costs or make a profit.
     — NeoWayland
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Special rights

Protect natural rights

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The message was clear

The message was clear. There are problems but your Government Is Taking Care Of It. You don't have to worry. It's Somebody Else's Problem. You don't have to be responsible. Just put the right people in charge. Give more money. Give more authority. Sacrifice more rights. Repeat until we get it right. And don't ask too many questions.
     — NeoWayland
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When politics are at stake

Truth is subjective when politics are at stake.
     — NeoWayland
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Dreams seem small

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

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

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

I wonder too.

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Beware

You should beware the politician who wraps himself in faith and the minister who wraps himself with the flag.
     — NeoWayland, personal journal
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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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Changing

There are things I can't change. There are things I shouldn't change. And there are things I might change
     — NeoWayland
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Reaction

Government is reactive. What individuals choose is much more important than the credit that politicos claim. Lasting change only happens when enough people got angry enough to demand change.
     — NeoWayland
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Morality & character

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

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

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Government

“…against the law…”

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“Who said I don't believe in gods?”

Who said I don't believe in gods?

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

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Association

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

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

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

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

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Thou shalt not dissent

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

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

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Before I've eaten breakfast

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

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

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

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

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The label tells me almost nothing

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

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

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from crux № 19 - Free market

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

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Annie mode

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

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Promise

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

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Olympic committee

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

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Exits

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

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Ehrlichman on drugs

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

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Clash of ideas

Another meme.

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Private property

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

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Itemized deductions

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

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

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Supervillian territory

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

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Standard deduction

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

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

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

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Know

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

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Biggest and hardest lesson

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

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Seen as equal

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

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Free to be bigots

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

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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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That's the excuse, not the reason

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

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

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I can't stress this enough

I can't stress this enough.

The state is not a moral entity. Government is not your friend, at best it is a bad servant.

Religion can not be allowed the coercive power of the state and the state can not be allowed the moral justification of faith.

You can't trust law to do the right thing. You have to watch it. You have to argue with it. And sometimes you have to fight it.
     — NeoWayland

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Faith & religion

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

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from crux № 11 - Ultimate truth

I've seen the arguments in enough other contexts to distrust anyone who claims rationality prevents any opposing view. Even more so when they dismiss any other possibility unheard because they have the Ultimate Truth That Must Not Be Questioned.
     — NeoWayland

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Damage

A spate of recent articles corroborate what I already suspected, that holding elected office is the neurological equivalent of getting kicked in the head by a donkey.
     — Andrew Heaton, Science: Power Causes Brain Damage

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Make it better

Make it better today. Keep polishing.
     — NeoWayland

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Nobody's business

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

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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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Worthless

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

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Histories

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

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Details, details…

Any article that so badly mischaracterizes the state of knowledge on an issue as contentious as climate science should have been rejected for publication. New York magazine should be posting corrections, not tallying clicks.
     — Oren Cass

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Value is not intrinsic

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

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Always right

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

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Complain

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

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Difference

What is the difference between pickpocketing and taxes?

Taxes are legal.
     — NeoWayland

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Talking about the common good

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

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Laissez faire

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

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Winning?

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

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

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

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Worthy

The worthy choices are never the easy ones.
     — NeoWayland

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Our best

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

Or worst.
     — NeoWayland

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Hits the fan

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

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Inspire not require

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

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

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


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

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

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Allies not servants

I want allies not servants.
     — NeoWayland

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Age of Wonders

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

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Worthy of freedom

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

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Wisdom of government

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

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Trust you

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

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Fight for equality

You want equality, I'll fight with you.

You want privilege, I'll fight against you.
     — NeoWayland
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One thing he would not be

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

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Problem

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

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Victim hierarchy

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

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Shame game

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

They think that gilt on the facade will solve the dry rot and termite damage.
     — NeoWayland

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Freedom demands

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

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Fool

Call me a fool for freedom.
     — NeoWayland

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Authority

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

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Defend the inoffensive

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


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Return the favor

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

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All it will cost

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

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Politicos want problems

Politicos want problems they can stage manage.
     — NeoWayland

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Ask your banks for permission

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

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

In Chinatown.
     — NeoWayland

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KYFHO

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

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Progresses

Authority progresses and freedom regresses.
     — NeoWayland

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Question

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

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Absolutely

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

Acknowledge but do not celebrate.
     — NeoWayland

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Right choices

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

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Enlightenment

Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?
     — NeoWayland

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Nullify this!

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

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None of my business

Unless it's with me, who you have sex with, how you have sex, and how many times you have sex is frankly none of my business. Likewise, unless it is sex with me, I'm not responsible for the consequences.
     — NeoWayland

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FINALLY!!   It's about damn time!

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

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Demand

You demand bondage, I choose liberty.
     — NeoWayland

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“How to save the USA in six words”

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

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Freedom of religion

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

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Absolute morality

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

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Not your friend

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

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Sympathy

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

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

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

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

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

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Destroyed

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

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

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

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❝I will offer a choice, not an echo.❞

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

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They mean to rule

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

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❝Do nothing with us!❞

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

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Greatest crimes of our times

Most people are still unwilling to face the most alarming lesson of modern history: that the greatest crimes of our time have been committed by governments that had the enthusiastic support of millions of people who were guided by moral impulses.
     — F.A. Hayek, The Mirage of Social Justice

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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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Demanding

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

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

propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings
     — Merriam-Webster
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Official Solution®

Once there is an Official Solution® even if it's a really really bad one, government will resist any attempt to make it better.
     — NeoWayland
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☥ ▽ ❝Action speaks louder…❞

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

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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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I agree

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

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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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I've nothing more to add to this headline

Black Lives Matter Philly Bans White People From Its Meetings

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NeoNotes — Pardon…

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

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

H.L. Mencken is always worth your time.

This version is from Prejudices: Third Series (1922)

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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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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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“Not Yours to Give” by James J. Bethune

This classic 1867 piece has lessons for today.

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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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Eight

The actual number is up to Congress and it has been both odd and even

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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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Ideas

The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic.
     — H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

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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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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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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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Christina Hoff Sommers and Camille Paglia

Thou shalt teach both sides of the argument.
     — Christina Hoff Sommers

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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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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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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.

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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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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Let them be forgotten

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

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Only Matters

Race only matters to racists.
     — Kent McManigal, The lie matters because of politics

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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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Token - updated

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

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Should the government…

Nope.

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Disarming

Does that person threaten you or yours?

Does that person take or damage your property?

Then why are you trying to control them?
     — NeoWayland
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Global warming destroyed the environmental movement

And it was all based on a lie.

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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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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

“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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Dancing grannies demand freedom

The official titles don’t matter, aunts and grandmothers hold a community together.

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We finally hear Moore

You should read it all, it’s very good.

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Bottleneck

America’s internet doesn’t have the problem you think.

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Liberty Beats "Internet Freedom"

Watch this great video

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If government doesn't trust you…

The only reason government has powers is to protect your rights.

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Government FREAK out

Do you think we would have the smartphones and tablets and laptops we have now if the tech had to be Government Approved?

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Military honor

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

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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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Choose your right

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

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Religious or spiritual

Don’t confuse the two



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Dwight D. Eisenhower on human rights abuses

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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

As usual, individuals with no responsibility in the matter, their humanitarian impulses outraged by conditions that were frequently beyond help, began carrying to America tales of indifference, negligence, and callousness on the part of the troops.  Generally these stories were lies.  The thousands of men assigned to the job of rescuing the DPs and organizing relief for them were Americans.  They were given every facility and assistance the Army could provide, and they were genuinely concerned in doing their utmost for these unfortunate of the earth.  But because perfection could not be achieved some so-called investigators saw a golden chance for personal publicity.  They did so at the expense of great numbers of Americans who labored night and day to alleviate the average lot of people who had suffered so much that they seemed at times beyond suffering.
	— General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe

Hat tip to William Katz at FrontPageMagazine.com


Posted: Mon - June 13, 2005 at 05:48 AM

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John Kerry on Iraq

What changed?

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Edward Kennedy on filibusters

Did you hear what you thought you heard?

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Ferris Bueller on beliefs

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Ferris Bueller on beliefs


'Isms' are not good

It's not that I condone fascism....or any 'ism' for that matter.  'Isms' in my opinion are not good.  A person should not believe in an 'ism', they should believe in themself.  I quote John Lennon, 'I don't believe in Beatles...I just believe in me.'  A good point there.  After all, he was the walrus.  I could be the walrus, I'd still have to bum rides off of people!
	— Ferris Bueller's Day Off

One of the great all time arguments against isms of any kind.


Posted: Sat - May 21, 2005 at 02:45 PM

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Happy Towel Day!

Douglas Adams Passing Day

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Rulers and Masters

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Rulers and Masters

Daniel Webster on those who want to rule

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

And of course, they only promise to do it for "your own good."


Posted: Mon - May 9, 2005 at 09:15 PM

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