Don’t Carry a Burden that isn’t Yours – Slavery’s Past is Passed

Linked below is an editorial in response to the couple who toured a plantation and complained that the tour talked too much about slavery. I wasn't there so I'm not sure what "too much" really constitutes. I can see both sides of this. The one side is that when you tour a plantation house you really should be prepared to know that there were slaves there once and if you are getting a history lesso...
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All the Left Offers is Misery, All Socialism Has is Pain

Bill Maher
This is not the first time that Bill Maher has said this, that he thinks if we have a recession that it would mean Trump would not get elected again. He's getting a lot of attention for saying this but in reality the entire leftist agenda is based on people doing poorly. If people are doing well, then the left has nothing. True conservatism (I have to say "true" because there are other brands) is ...
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Conservation vs Environmentalism

Bindi Irwin
As you know I'm a conservationist not an environmentalist. I've given some hints as to what that means to me but never really spelled it out. The way I think of conservation is connected with the idea of the "tragedy of the commons". Resources that are shared are often misused. People have a natural tendency to look out for themselves. This is perfectly understandable. People may be embarrassed ...
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Michelle Carter Case – Are Words Murder?

We know that rights to have limits. The limit to free speech is mostly in how that speech wrongfully harms another. I say wrongfully because speech that rightfully harms another is perfectly fine. If you say someone is a child molester and they aren't, then you are in trouble. If you say they are a child molester and they are that's a different story. The story below is about a woman who encour...
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United States Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence, Engrossed copypost treatment
Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God en...
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To the Left Trump Deescalated America

Trump for the people
The silly article linked below is just quotes from people who were at Trump's campaign announcement. That wonderful Wanka-esque ride down the escalator. Is it a "deescalator" when you go down? But I digress. In all the worthlessness of this article I did find one quote that I think typifies both the hatred of Trump and the success of Trump. "Carter Wiseman, former architecture critic for New Yo...
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Abortion: The Life of the Mother

It's popular among some to say that abortion is never (NEVER they say in all caps) necessary to save the life of the mother. That isn't true. The below linked article gives one very good example of that. A case where a woman is carrying twins and one of the twins has died inside of her but the other twin has not. "Cecily Kellogg, 44, a writer who lives near Philadelphia, says that was the situa...
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Violence, intolerance, humanity, and the border

As I have clearly stated over and over, I'm in favor of building a wall and I'm in favor of immigration reform and a strong set of criteria for citizenship or extended stay in the country for work or school. However, there is nothing in this stance that should ever be taken to mean I'm against immigrants or have the slightest hing of xenophobia. I don't. The below linked article points out a 60...
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What About Africa?

The below linked article states that climate change is destroying Africa and killing millions of Africans via drought and famine. This is nothing new. Drought and famine have been problems across parts of Africa for my entire life. I will agree with one thing this article states, don't expect to hear about it on the nightly news. Not anymore. When I was young I would frequently see stories and c...
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Prostitution, Liberty, Agency, and Love

Red light prostitute
This story represents one of those areas of the liberty movement that I find difficult. It proves not only a difficult moral point for me but a difficult humanitarian point as well. At the bottom of the linked article we read, ""Deep down, we all know that prostitution is harmful to women, physically and emotionally, to have sex with strangers," says Karin Werkman. She argues that facilitating the...
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APA Guide on Working with Men and Boys: Good or Bad?

Man Glitter
I do think there is value to psychology and its use to help people. However, the fact is, as a science psychology is very limited. Some people go to the extreme and call it worthless. That of course just shows their own ignorance of the subject. It is very useful. However, it is also very prone to being turned from a science into a philosophy. I don't think this is the fault of the science of psyc...
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Some Musings on Beauty and Evolution 

peackock feathers
"For decades, natural selection — the fact that creatures with the most advantageous traits have the best chance of surviving and multiplying — has been considered the unequivocal centerpiece of evolutionary theory." Now it seems as if there are a few scientists toying with an old idea that Darwin had, an idea about beauty. There is the saying, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and that's tr...
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Being your “Authentic” Self – According to Dolly Parton

Find out who you are and do it on purpose
There's a concept that is one I dislike greatly. It's the idea of "the authentic self" or the "true self". I dislike the notion because it is a lie. I'm not sure why the lie exists. Perhaps it's a means by which people can excuse the behavior in themselves they don't like. "I don't know why I did that, that's really not me." Well - yes it is. Each moment of each day you are you. The real you, the ...
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A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died. What for?

When I first read about the death of the 7-year-old migrant girl I read that she died from dehydration. Everyone was blaming the government for letting her die. I thought at the time - It's clear the child was dehydrated before being taken into custody. Her father signed a paper that she didn't have any medical issues. That left me wondering if he was paying attention or not. Dragging children out...
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Who is a criminal vs who is a terrorist? Why does it matter?

Locked up Forever?
This is one of those cases where the attached article linked below isn't so very important. I don't need to know if the people mentioned in it were really "wrongly ensnared" or not. The notion that someone could be is enough for me to ponder. I think, based on experience, that the idea of letting suspected terrorists go is a very unpopular idea. Right now we have people being held in perpetuity...
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