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Islam vs Political Islam: The Destruction of Liberty

Dude, she took off her hijab
The Rise and Decline of Islam "A pathological love of power" is the enemy of liberty no matter where it is found. This issue is massively complicated. There are elements of nation building, religion, ancient hatreds, and fear. What the speaker calls "Political Islam" is a virus that is infecting the US through the machinations of the leftists. Those people who protest for safe spaces and trigger ...
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What Exactly is Fake News? Maybe Not What You Think

Doctors agree, Clinton going to die
What Exactly is Fake News? Maybe Not What You Think NBC news wrote a piece (linked below) about how Webster's Dictionary had to correct Kellyanne Conway's definition of feminism. They actually wrote a story about that. That was news. That's what they chose to cover. That's one main reason why people don't trust the media anymore. "It's difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a classic s...
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See something, say something campuses of fascism

Bias Response Team
In our topsy-turvy world fascism is now a badge of the left. We hear the word "fascism" a lot nowadays. It's often used incorrectly and in a reactionary manner. Bellow I will use it in a way you might not expect but I think fits. In 1932, Mussolini wrote an entry on the definition of fascism for the Italian Encyclopedia: “The foundation of Fascism is the conception of the State, its character,...
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The Cult of the Presidency: To Do or Not to Do

FDR, isn't he Swell! {sarcastic}
The Counter Culture of Calvin Coolidge There was one thing I remember learning about President Calvin Coolidge when I was in high school: he did nothing and my teacher derided him for it. The text-book labeled him as "the do nothing president". At the time I agreed, this made him a bad president. Because I thought the president was supposed to do something. My teenage self thought that leaders...
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The Scarlet P: Milo the Pedophile: Real or Imagined?

The Scarlet P
Milo the Pedophile? I've brought up Milo Yiannopoulos before. I enjoy his drive and some of his humor though I'm not what you would call a fan I do listen when he speaks because of the power with which he defends freedom. Recently, as I'm sure many are aware, he has been under condemnation from the right for comments he made relating to sex and the age of consent. To some these comments equal ...
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Pope Francis says that “Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist

Muslim Terrorism, what a surprise!
This is really one that is beyond me. The pope says that "Muslim terrorism does not exist" and that just baffles me. Oh, I get what he's trying to convey and that's to say that it's not accurate to paint the entire religion that way. Fine, but that's not what people do when we use terms like "Muslim terrorism". I suppose there are some people who paint all Muslims with that same brush but I don't ...
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PewDiePie: Nazi or Victim? Fake News or Investigation?

PewDiePieNazi
What happens when a story comes along where the information presented isn't solid? Where, even after reading the information you can't decide which side is right or wrong? We talk often here about truth and facts. They're important. But sometimes we just don't know what to make of something. In such cases I feel it's acceptable to form an opinion of sorts but not to make declarative statements. Ta...
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News: It’s even “fake” in Spanish

Half Truth is Often a Great Lie
This article showed up on Spanish news. They are just as bad at slanting news as the English-speaking outlets. Of course it is CNN so what are we to expect. Trump has called them "fake news" and recently upgraded that to the very eloquent "very fake news". That's a term I don't really care for. It's too broad. It's too easy to counter. "Fake" means not real and often the news itself is real though...
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Sensitivity Readers Hired by Publishers to Sanitize Literature

Get your mind right
Some publishers are hiring people to read manuscripts in order to spot potentially offensive passages. As an avid reader I can hardly express how distressing this is. First off, offense is subjective. I'm offended that they are doing this. But of course my kind offense isn't the kind they are at all concerned about. They don't care that telling an author they can't say something is troubling and o...
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Does liberty mean suicide is a right?

You have to let me die
This is an example that shows why libertarianism is so hard for people to embrace. The libertarian ethos is that people have a right to chose if they live or die, the right not to be protected from themselves. But most people reading such stories know in their gut that killing yourself because you're an alcoholic is wrong. So people are left with a strong human desire, an inborn desire, to help ot...
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Obama & Women: A Birth Control Love Story

Obama care womb care
"Thanks, Obama, for 4 Years of Glorious, Worry-Free Sex" That is the real headline from the below linked article. It contains a few gems - which I'd like to think is satire but a careful reading of the article tells me they are quite serious. "A fond farewell to the golden age of not getting anyone pregnant by accident." That golden age was ushered in through Obamacare giving free birth control...
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Why is the left so angry? Here’s one reason

Don't compare pineapple pens to oranges
There are many reasons the left is angry. Or at least many reasons they say they are angry. Personally I think the primary reason is their false sense of fairness. Most adults know that in the sense that leftists mean it, life isn't fair. We're okay with that because we have the intellect to understand why. Equality of justice, is something to be fought for and taught. It's also something that ...
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Trump Does Not Know What Civil Forfeiture Is, but He Likes It

Deal with the devil
So far President Trump has done pretty well. His executive orders have kept within the scope of his office. Of course some have complained about this, that's to be expected. I've discussed the travel ban order at length. Anyone who thinks that it's a Muslim ban or anything new simply haven't read it. But, when Trump does support something wrong, I will also call him out on that too. My desire is b...
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The Hyperbole of the Delicate Left

Leftism is no longer cool
British behavioral expert Judi James said in an interview that Trump could learn one valuable lesson from Obama, he could learn "how to cry". She indicated that this is how he could really "turn people around quite quickly their feelings towards him." A well placed tear, a slightly protruding lower lip with just the right amount of quivering and oh how the people will love you! Being tough, talkin...
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Metropolis by Thea Von Harbou

Metropolis cover art
In Metropolis we read of a massive city of the future. Living and working underground, away from the sun, are the laborers, and living high in the towers are the elite. Von Harbou describes them as the hands and head of the great city. As forces move to disrupt a girl, Maria, strives to make things right. She becomes a focal point, a teacher. What is trying to teach is the heart. The bridge betwee...
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