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Month: November 2016

Pope Francis Hurries to Reshape the Church

When I read a headline about the Pope racing against time to reshape the Catholic church my first thought is "oh, boy! what's this going to look like?" Then, I read the article and read that it's going to look like this, "Francis is trying to build a Roman Catholic Church that emphasizes inclusion and mercy, and focuses on serving poor and marginalized people." Which means that's not it's fo...
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Revolt in 2100 by Robert A. Heinlein

Heinlein is an author well known for his thoughts on controlled government. This particular book is actually a collection of short stories. You will see by the descriptions of the first two below how they examine subjects of liberty. “IF THIS GOES ON—” The Second American Revolution unfolds in the course of this novel where John Lyle, West Point graduate and now a guard at the Prophet’s str...
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Will She Stay or Will She Go? Pelosi’s Last Stand

"House Dems brace for Wednesday’s secret ballot on Tuesday grappling over the best course for the party’s future." It seems that there is no future for the Dems. They are no longer a national party. They hold only 4 states where the governor and legislature are Dems. There isn't much left of them. What happens to Nacy will determine what happens next. If she remains then it's a flag to every...
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9/11 Mastermind: A Reason for War?

The only righteous war is a war to protect rights. I've come to say that frequently of late. The right to life and liberty are the two especially and continually under assault by some despot, dictator, or crazy. Khalid Sheik Mohammed, usually just called KSM, is one such crazy. Make no mistake, his brand of evil isn't based on anything other than mental illness. He uses one excuse or another to co...
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Atlas Shrugged A Novel by Ayn Rand

Know this before buying a copy of this book...reading it will make your friends uncomfortable, some will dislike you, leave you, wonder at your mind, and maybe even tell you you're a bad person for reading it. But you won't mind because if you do read it you will have a better understanding of the world and why such so-called friends behave that way. It's a book that is as powerful as it is dan...
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Magnet Ban Doesn’t Stick!

magnet sculpture
While you may not care much about magnets this court decision is a win for everyone. The short of it is this: these really strong magnets are fun to play with and provide hours of entertainment for the bored. Some kids swallowed them and because they are so strong if they swallowed more than one they would actually stick to each other inside the intestines and require surgery to remove. Because of...
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Trump Send Fear Into U.N. Fiefdoms

When I read articles like this one I become more convinced that opposition to Trump from the Establishment was/is based on fear. They fear to have their power taken away. Their little enclaves or fiefdoms rocked by someone who doesn't "respect" that they have a right to them. Every platypus has his pond I suppose. On climate change, refugees, Iran and the Cuba embargo, Donald J. Trump and his loy...
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Why Does Black Lives Matter Love Castro?

The Enemy of my Enemy
Orwell wrote, “One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.” It's very hard to understand how someone who isn't an actual family member of Castro could mourn his passing. He represents a perfect example of what Orwell was talking about. He rebelled against Batista, against one dictator, to just bec...
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Nick Cannon stands by his statements that Planned Parenthood is about ‘eugenics’

What exactly is eugenics? It's the idea that the human species can be improved through breeding. The notion works when applied to dogs and cattle so why not people? The Nazis of course experimented with it. However, the idea gained popularity in the United States long before the Nazis grabbed hold of it. In the early 1900's names like Kellogg, the man who gave his name to your favorite cereal crea...
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The Federalist Papers 

The Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers contain many of the thoughts the Founding Fathers had at the time the nation's government was being created. They are an insight into deeper understanding and are recommended reading. They are available for free from several sources, including for Kindle. Below is one link that contains them all. The Federalist Papers - Congress.gov Resources
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You Don’t Have to Have a Platypus Controlling You

Give me liberty or give me death flag
The Founding Fathers of the United States of America believed that human beings had unalienable rights granted to them by their Creator. That means those rights we not given by government and cannot be taken away by the government. Here we explore what those rights are and what it looks like when people try to take them away through the many devious ways they use. Patrick Henry said, "Give me libe...
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Library

Atlas Shrugged Book Cover
This Section contains books that I, The Platypus, have read and that relate in some way to liberty, or tyranny most often. Some of them are fiction and some non-fiction. To be honest the fiction books are of the most value and generally the most highly recommended. Some are old standbys like Atlas Shrugged but others you might not have heard of before. They don't all agree with the thinking of lib...
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The Death of a Great Dictator?

Castro is Dead
¡Que Lastima! That's sarcastic of course but looks like what Castro in the photo attached might be exclaiming of his own death. But should the world share that opinion? Many will grieve. I won't be one of them. This article begins, "Fidel Castro, who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his...
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The demagogic genius of Donald J. Trump

While I've often said that there is more to Trump than meets the eye, and that he clearly has some instincts, I can't help but thinking that this article is designed to ignore the fact that it was not Trump people were voting for but Progressive philosophy and policy they were voting against. "The ominous fact is that Trump is undeniably one of the greatest intuitive political geniuses in histo...
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