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Happy “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” Day!

Martin Luther
Happy “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” day! It was on October 31, 1517, 500 years ago, that Christianity changed forever when Catholic monk, Martin Luther, had enough and decided to make it known. He wasn't fighting against the Catholic church, he would happily have remained a Catholic. He wasn't wanting to change Christianity. His primary point of contention was the sel...
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Does forcing vaccinations violate rights?

Little Girl with Polio
For the sake of this particular discussion we are going to ignore arguments related to anti-vaccinating. This really isn't about vaccinations. This discussion is about what power the government should have when it comes to the choices parents make concerning their own children. Does a person have a right not to get vaccinated or for their children not to be? If there are 10 people in a room and...
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Jeff Flake Gone = Draining the Swamp

Flake Down the Drain
Recently Senator Jeff Flake announced he was not going to run for re-election. He gave as his reason Trump. He just couldn't work in a Washington with a man like that. Of course anyone who has been watching his political career knows, it's really because he's wasn't going to win in Arizona anyway. His polling numbers are just breaking double digits. From my perspective getting rid of Jeff F...
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Men don’t cry as much because they are men

TV Actor Crying
The author of the linked article went on a quest to find out why he wasn't crying when he was sad. When he was young, he says he cried a lot but as he got older, not so much. He noticed that was true of his other male friends as well. There just wasn't a whole lot of crying going on. Sadness yes, depression yes, anger yes, but not a lot of crying. He began to wonder, "am I broken?" No, you are not...
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The Men Taking Classes to Unlearn Toxic Masculinity

Men being Men
All libertarians and classical liberals are feminists in the true and original sense of that word. We believe in rights and believe those rights equally apply to women as well as men. That SHOULD be what feminism means to everyone. However, modernly speaking the new wave (4th I think) is quite a different animal. This new wave is really just a mix of other philosophies that act as parasites on ...
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Columbia Football Keeps Winning. Some Fans Aren’t Happy About It 

Smart Football Players
Toxic masculinity is toxic bias. That a man can't be tough, athletic, and smart is a fallacy. It's a bias. Columbia it seems has always had a rather terrible football team. Students at Columbia took pride in this. To them it mean that their school wasn't about athletics, it was about academics. Recently the team has been doing rather well and this has some students at Columbia upset. Because of...
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Libertarianism and the Alt-Right: a Connection and a Cartoon

Alt-Right Cartoon
Liberty Hangout posted this cartoon recently then deleted it. I wrote out a comment then when I clicked to post I got the message - it was gone. That was a shame as far as I'm concerned because the cartoon provides a lot to discuss. Regardless how one thinks I feel this cartoon lends a talking point that is great for discussion. The cartoon is not so great if you want to have just one particular d...
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Hidden Camera Films TSA Agent

TSA Protecting your Liberty
https://youtu.be/XrqD_gcv89A Check out this secret footage taken at a TSA checkpoint - somewhere in the United States. Watch as a sinister TSA agents gets, well, shall we say, handsy with a lovely young passenger. Over 400 TSA agents have been fired and/or arrested for stealing from passengers. It's so bad that agents say it is common, and web sites exist with tips and tricks on how to avoid TS...
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Treasury secretary: Pass a tax bill or markets will tank

Income Tax Cartoon from 1799
Since speculative markets grew on the mere promise of tax cuts I do not find it difficult to believe that they would tank on the failure of such to be passed by Congress. I am of the mind that only a fool would want higher taxes. I don't mind paying taxes for the things I use. I appreciate the military to defend the nation. I appreciate that the President needs a staff and as someone who loves to ...
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Trump is dismantling Obama’s legacy and I’m Glad

Good Bye Obama
I see Obama's presidency not only as an abysmal failure, but as something that actually harmed our country. I'm not shy about saying I would be pleased if enough of his "work" was rolled back to make it seem as if he never existed. Trump is slowly, but surely, moving in that direction. "Brick by brick, the demolition job has begun: since taking office less than a year ago, Donald Trump has launch...
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Firefighter fired over racist fruit

Water Mellon
This story is about a probationary firefighter. He has a name, but we'll call him "the white guy". He gets transferred to his station house. It is a tradition among the fire fighters that the new guy brings a gift. So the white guy brings a really big and juicy watermelon with a bow on top. Turns out most (but not all) of the other firemen were black. I'm sure you can see the problem. The Whi...
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Trump signs executive order to bypass Congress and change ObamaCare 

This is fresh, rather breaking news. I haven't been able to process it fully yet. I've seen some jumping for joy, some patting on the back, some Rand Paul is great, and Good Trump headlines from liberty groups. For me, it's too early to congratulate anyone. As I ponder it, I think this is much ado about nothing. Though another article (New York Times) says that supporters of the current law sa...
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Ben Affleck Likes Women and Other News From Hollywood

Ben Affleck having fun
I had to kind of laugh a little at the description on the below video, a short, sweet, and inaccurate, "Everything you know about Affleck is wrong". If anyone didn't know he liked women (a lot)  they have been living under a rock. What I see in this is two normal people acting normal. I'm not saying one should consider this appropriate, or good, or moral behavior. We all have our own sense o...
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Dan Brown, Witches, Faith, and the Daily Wire

Dan Brown Origin
Every so often I write a post that is more of a thinking out lout kind of thing, this is one of them. Please excuse the meandering nature of it. It's a third a lament on bad reporting, a third a plea to understand faith, and a third a review on Dan Brown's books. I'm holding this article up as an example of bad reporting. Shapiro's Daily Wire is one of those sites you cannot take at face value ...
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What is There to Be Optimistic About?

Reasons for Optimism
Often, because of the news of the day and how it is covered we can get the impression that all is woe and sadness and the world is coming to a solid and resolute end. I'm a natural optimist. I say natural because being an optimist is really something a person just is. I'm note sure it's at all normal. I'm wide-eyed and naive when it comes to the possibilities of humanity. I've been told it before ...
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