Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray’s death. A wave of killings followed.

Baltimore Riots
In Baltimore, if you call the police for help, they will come. However, it seems, less and less, they won't see a crime if you don't call and when they do show up on a call they are less likely to do anything about it other than the minimum required. "But the number of potential violations they reported seeing themselves dropped by nearly half. It has largely stayed that way ever since." This happ...
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Nationalism: Not all it’s Cracked up to Be or Is It?

Nationalism and Hate
It is interesting to me how often Obama made astute observations which directed him to the wrong conclusions. It's perhaps the hallmark of his presidency. As Reagan said about such people, he knows so much, that isn't so. Obama correctly observes the rise of nationalism, he correctly observes the resentment against immigration, he correctly observes the increased frustration with globalism. Ye...
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Episode 45: Forget Death, Just Give Me Liberty!

Episode 45: Forget Death, Just Give Me Liberty!
https://youtu.be/NwdyxJrpnb4 Patrick henry famously exclaimed, "give me liberty or give me death!" he knew that the british were not going to give in. He wrote, "I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past." that lamp of experience told him that war was inevitable. Others argued against him that t...
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Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky

Rules for Radicals
Many of you have already heard of it. If you haven't here it is. This is a book that contains information that I consider to be evil. I say that because it has been put to evil use. Still, that being said, I recommend to all of you that you read it at once! When you read the summary of this book you get, "First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young...
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Birth Control, Abortion, and Desperation 

Hand book for women
This article is about a book that came out in the late 1960's which was to educate women on human reproduction. It brings up a couple of thoughts for me. First, I do not consider birth control and abortion to be the same thing. There are those who do believe that based on their religious beliefs. If you wish, as an individual, not to use birth control that is your personal choice. I do not shar...
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Trump’s Handmaid on the Supreme Court?

Supreme Court Potential Handmaid
"Donald Trump's potential candidate for Supreme Court justice and many of her immediate family members are members of in a controversial religious group that asks members to take a lifetime loyalty 'covenant', encourages female submission to their husbands, and helped inspire publication of The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian novel about theocratic government." So, this brings up something interestin...
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Life Begins at Conception and Roe vs Wade

Life Magazine
With the retirement of Justice Kennedy from the Supreme Court of the United States of America the left has gone into a panic mode over who the choice might be. If Trump picks a conservative - they say fearfully - he might choose someone who will overturn Roe vs Wade. That is the case that suddenly made abortion legal all across the country. Because the people never had a chance to vote on the issu...
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Voter ID Requirements Makes Sense

Can't Vote Here
This is a great video. I've seen it before but watched it again because it still stuns me. Some people think that black people and people in other minority groups are either too stupid, too uneducated, or too unresourceful to obtain a valid state identification. The video shows some cherry picked whites giving the pat leftist answers about why we can't have voter ID laws. In case you haven't he...
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mind-body problem

Transgenderbread man
You are a trim and healthy 19-year-old girl. You have good friends, do well in college courses you've just started, you have a job that pays the bills. But for some reason when you look in the mirror all you see is a chubby body and that makes any success you have vanish and you are miserable. If only you were thinner you would be happy. You are an 84-year-old man. When you see a young and beau...
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Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templar

Templar
The Knights Templar have a Hollywood reputation. Meaning what most people know of them is formed by what they have seen in movies. Though one thing about them that Hollywood got right was the fact that they were a powerful group. They had money and ability. They set out to protect people as they traveled to and from the Holy Land. In 1099 the Holy Land was taken back from Muslim control and so pil...
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Pay the Homeless?

Money in Cup
The long read editorial linked below is about the homeless. But that's not what I want to comment on. The author tells of an early experience he had that shaped his view of the homeless. One day he purchased some pretzels for a homeless man to have something to eat. The man was thankful but said the pretzels were useless to him as his teeth were in such poor condition he could not eat them. That c...
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Republican or Conservative Do You Have to Choose?

Conservative Puppets
I am often called a conservative though I consider myself a liberal in the classical definition of the word. The only thing I want to conserve politically is liberty. But I must admit that personally speaking I would love to conserve strong families with both parents and there are probably some other social things I want to conserve on a purely personal level, but as I write this, I struggle to th...
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A Tweet That Signals Hope for the Future

Man with a cigar
The below linked article that inspired this blog post is about a tweet which reads, "I’m not a party guy,” he wrote, “but I’d be down if someone threw a real roaring 20’s party for 2020. Like real tuxedos and all. Not shirtless dudes with a bow tie. Like a real Gatsby party with everyone fully dressed like the era." I'm sure to a lot of people this story seems quite benign but to me I find it r...
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Supreme Court Ruling on Public Sector Union Dues

Of the three cases I've commented on this week this is the one that gives me the most hope to write about. It represents the correction of what I consider to be a great wrong. It overturns a previous court ruling that allowed a wrong to take place. Unions exist to represent their members. Much of what they do is negotiate wages. If you have a company of 1000 workers with 500 union members the o...
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Supreme Court Ruling on California Abortion Information Law

Little baby feet
I don't believe that the government has the right to force someone to say something. As a nation we have refrained from passing such laws. There is one area where we have made an exception - we force companies to tell us about their products. For example a drug company is forced to tell the side effects and a food company is forced to give information about the ingredients and a doctor is forced t...
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