Curfews – Safety or Insanity?

Platypus and Curfews
You pick up your best gal on a Saturday night only to be met at the door by her father - a big hulking man with a gun - "have her home by 8pm!" he orders. "Yes, sir" and with that, your plans are ruined. You might expect this behavior as a 16 year old picking up your prom date but it produces a bit of a shock when it comes from your government. Still hulking, still with a gun, but yo...
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George Floyd, Neck Kneeling, Minnesota Statute

George Floyd
Quick note: I am using the word "suspect" below because I am not just talking about George Floyd. Please do not think I am dehumanizing him or focusing on the fact that he was a felon and in the process of being arrested for a crime. While that is true it does not make what the police did right. It was wrong and below I will explain why. The officer kneeling on his neck seems to be the thing...
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Obamagate

Side Glance Obama
You may have noticed that the normally reticent former president Barack Obama has been rather vocal of late. I think Obamagate is the reason for that. Since Watergate the word "gate" has become a suffice meaning a scandal. Some love to say that Obama had a "scandal-free" administration. Those people weren't paying attention. That aside perhaps they are paying attention now? Kayleigh McEnany...
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The Royal Game of Ur – The Oldest Playable Game

"The board lay face upwards in the soil." Such a simple start to something that is quite amazing. I have shared before with you that I love the artifacts of history best when they are something that was used commonly. Items like shoes, clothing, cups, and games represent individuals living life. The below image is the actual board which was made between 2600 BC to 2400 BC. The below video i...
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Masked Men – Why America Dislikes Them

Masked Men
The other day I went to a grocery store. Standing by the carts was a young woman wearing the uniform of the store and a black mask. For a brief moment I found myself alerted. That is when I realized (and I should have sooner) why Americans have such a problem wearing masks and seeing others wear masks. Masks you see - are for bad guys. Sure, we have a pantheon of super-heroes and the Lone Ranger w...
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The Tree of Liberty and COVID-19

Boston Tea Party
I have noticed a phenomena associated with The Virus - whenever someone attempts to be reasonable about the restrictions being put on us, about our liberties being violated someone will say something along these lines, "so you want people dead then?" or "I much rather an over reaction and fewer people die than expected, than the opposite." Do you want more people to die? The real answer is "no" ...
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Mother arrested for kids at playground during stay-at-home order

Covid protestors
"The police were stupid". That's the popular view and at first glance I can see why people think that. However, the police gave warnings and they explained the park was closed. Though the people likely knew that it was closed without the explanation. Just saying this will make me unpopular. While you can be in a park when it is open, local, and sometimes state laws, prohibit being in a closed p...
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Religion is Better than You Think it is: Even if you Already Love it

Vikings
I've talked quite a bit about religion on here and its importance. I often say that even for people who don't believe in a god religion still holds an important function. Humans need meaning and connection with something they consider to be "bigger" than themselves. What religion is depends on the context we're using to discuss it. It isn't wrong to say something like, "Islam is a religion" becaus...
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Your Offense IS NOT Real and I Don’t Care

Are you being served.
When people are honestly offended I do care. I care about people and if they are upset that does matter to me. Even if their offense is something unintended I try to make it right. However, we all know that some people work really hard to be offended or they are offended at something outside of the norm. When that's the case I believe their offense is something I just don't care about. What...
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Prison Reform: Good People Doing Bad Things

reformed
There are people who believe "once a criminal always a criminal". I don't agree with them. I don't have wide-eyed fantasies about reform and repentance either, but I do know that people who commit crimes do so for a variety of reasons and least among those reasons is because they are bad people. There are a lot of good people out there doing bad things. I have a hunch that many of you have famil...
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It’s not JUST like the Flu! But kind of it is…

Flu victim
I've heard some people on Facebook get very upset when they hear someone compare the COVID-19 virus to the flu. "It's NOT just like the flu!" they excitedly utter. No, it's not just like the flu. But if we are being honest about it, it is almost like the flu. The comparison is an apt one. People don't want to hear it because, I believe, they unconsciously don't want to be wrong about the level of ...
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Ghost guns, poison, and bows and arrows – banning things doesn’t stop killings

3D printed gun
Making guns illegal won't be any more effective than making booze illegal or drugs illegal. That this is true has been verified by every single experience trying to ban things. To do something, or not to do something, is a choice. If you don't do drugs it is not because they are illegal. It's because you make a choice, perhaps every single day, not to use them. That it is illegal may be one thing ...
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Your Dreams are Stupid – and Other Wisdom

Your dreams are stupid
Here's another quote from Epictetus. I like it because it explains pretty well how I see life. That can be summed up as, "things - are". "When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it. It is not the things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance. Things and people are not what we wish them to be nor are they what they seem to be. They are wh...
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Letter from White House Counsel Pat. A Cipollone

thickastheives
Below is the letter that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi, Eliot Engel, Adam Schiff, and Elijah Cummings. The short of it, if you don't want to read it, is that the impeachment effort is a farce. He explains why it is unconstitutional, violates due process, is not actually an impeachment inquiry, and that the actions of the Democrats are actually more in que...
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Elizabeth Warren & Adam Schiff – Lying Liars Lie

We recently talked about how Warren lied about why she was fired from her teaching job. She says it was because she was "visibly pregnant". We now have proof that she lied. The meeting minutes from the board of education, a legal record, states that they actually renewed her position for a second year and that she put in her resignation which they "accepted with regret". She lied - outright. When ...
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