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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The Census: Who Counts?

Wilbur Ross Cartoon
The census is part of the US Constitution. In a government by the people the original intent of the census was to make sure the people were represented. Some argue that asking about more than just a simple head count is against the Constitution. That's not the case actually. The Constitution says Congress is to decide how the census is carried out. If, then, someone in Trump's administration is us...
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Taxation is…

America was founded largely on a protest against taxes. We celebrate a group of men that dressed up as natives and threw tea in the harbor. I have said it many times that fuel is vital, more vital than tea ever was. When fuel prices go up, all other prices go up. People who once could pay their mortgage suddenly can't because they are now pumping more into their tank. Some silly people love to say...
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Victim Shaming and Situational Awareness are not the Same

Shame on You
We're told "don't blame the victim" and for the most part I agree with that. No one really asks to be robbed or burglarized or assaulted. Where I do have an issue with that phrase is when someone tries to understand how the victim might not have become a victim in the first place they get accused of "victim shaming" or "blaming the victim". I don't think we are doing that when we dissect a scenari...
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War on Christmas – One Man Wins – Or Does He?

Camel
I know a lot of people hate HOA's and in some cases that is warranted depending on the law. Where I live you must be informed before buying a house that an HOA exists and you must agree to abide by the bylaws and there are limits in state law to the HOA's power. There's no change, unless it's your fault, that you could buy a house with an HOA where I live and not know it before you plunked down an...
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A Note on Laws: Oppression and Cohesion

The hammer
Laws can hold society together. When they become oppressive they can break it apart. Humans have a natural inclination to gather. Gathering means that disputes will happen. Disputes mean that laws get created so that people can live together in harmony. Then some people seek for power and control while others get lazy and complacent. Laws become more frequent, more intrusive, less useful and less ...
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