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Month: April 2018

Saudi Crown Prince: Palestinians should take what the U.S. offers

Saudi Crown Prince
As odd as it may seem to many "peace" seems to be the word that we could use to describe the Trump presidency. Syria aside of course, though he claims his actions there are so designed. We have peace on the table between North and South Korea which, I believe is largely due to China not wanting a destabilized region. Now, in similar fashion we have Saudi Arabia stepping in to the Israel/Palestine ...
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“Why are we so squeamish about male friendship?” I can answer that in one word…

"Why are we so squeamish about male friendship?" I can answer that in one word: homosexuality. Now, this isn't a screed against homosexuals. I'm not advocating for anyone to blame gays for anything. I'm pointing out what I think is responsible for a change that has occurred just in my lifetime and giving a reason I think fits the psychological profile of young males. In days gone by youn...
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One Korea – Credit Goes to Trump

The credit goes to Trump
I've read a lot of discussion about the talks between North and South Korea. So many people don't want to give any credit to president Trump. I have two thoughts on that. First is that the reason they don't is because they don't like him. Not because he didn't do anything good but because they can't admit that he did. There are some people who won't ever give him credit. He could cure cancer and...
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Update on Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar and Her Barbara Bush Tweets

Barbara and Son
Here's an update on professor Randa Jarrar that hate spewing "educator" from Fresno State University. First the president of the university, Joseph Castro wants everyone to know that her tweets do not "define the university". However, she won't be fired for her comments but will instead take a leave of absence through the spring semester. The university president went on to say, "This issue has ra...
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Leashes on Kids, Clothes on Dogs: A Meme

We put leashes on our children and we put clothes on our dogs and you think guns are the problem?
We often say we don't have a gun problem, we have a society problem. Though we can break that down to many levels I think it all boils down to one area - what it is that's important to us. For some the most important thing is their dog. For others it is their free time, their morning latte, their figure, their career. None of these things are - in and of themselves - bad. How we treat them can be....
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Bill Harris finally says it, “Bitcoin is a scam”

Coin on eyes like a dead president but they are bitcoins
The below editorial is from Bill Harris, Founding CEO of PayPal, former CEO of Intuit and Personal Capital. That's all laid out there as his appeal to authority. He says something about Bitcoin that I've pondered but not come out and said since I'm not sure. He writes, "I’m tired of saying, “Be careful, it’s speculative.” Then, “Be careful, it’s gambling.” Then, “Be careful, it’s a bubble.” Okay, ...
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Minimum Wage: the Value of an Hour

Two angry men and a dollar
How much is an hour worth? For me that question has an easy answer though not a simple one. The answer is, whatever someone will pay. The complex part comes when we try to figure out all the variables that go into creating that value. But in the end it really does boil down to whatever someone will pay. In a sense it also is partly answered "whatever someone will take" I suppose but even that real...
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Gun Control is About Destroying Males

Soldiers on a Boat looking really manly.
As I read the below linked article it made me think about the gun control issue. Why is there a "gun culture" and why are so many so dead set against gun control? We often say it is the Second Amendment but this article makes me think it might be something much deeper. Something the left has been fighting hard to destroy - masculinity or what they call "toxic masculinity". It talks about the very ...
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Power to Declare War & the Need to Declare War

Below is an interesting article on the power to declare war. It is found on the House.gov web site which is the official web site of the US House of Representatives. I found this paragraph interesting in tone: While a close reading of the Convention debates suggests that the framers intended to limit Presidents to defensive actions, a number of administrations, especially after World War II, have ...
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America isn’t going broke America is broke

Throw money at it
This article was shared in the comments by Platypus Club member David Grantham. It points out some data that David called, "staggering". I have to agree. The article begins with an erroneous claim, "Entitlements are driving deficits and debt. Absent reform, the problem will soon become a crisis." It is erroneous because it already has become a crisis, in fact, it has long been a crisis but one tha...
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Is Facebook a Publisher or a Platform? 

Mark Zuckerberg before Congress
This is terribly interesting to me from a legal stand point. As you may be aware Facebook's creator and founder has been at Congress talking about the platform and the perceived issues. I personally don't have issues with it. Even though a video I recently posted was removed, and I disagreed with its removal, I wasn't terribly upset about it. As a matter of fact I was pretty pleased. This page is ...
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What is Justice For? – A Ponder

When I watch this video a lot goes through my mind. Below I share my ponder. It isn't meant to draw any conclusions but rather to just share my mind. What the video shows is a very complex thing. For most of the comments I've seen on it people are focused on one exchange between the judge and suspect. The suspect at one point during sentencing said, “I don’t have time for this.” The judge then sen...
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Just because Capitalists are bad doesn’t mean Capitalism is bad

I am a fan of capitalism. I sometimes call it a system, or economic system but truth is capitalism is just the natural outgrowth of human interaction. It's built into us. Socialism requires force because it's not built into us. Kids in a lunch room have a natural understanding of how much they value the tuna sandwich they have vs how much they value an orange a friend has and trading takes place. ...
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How PC Culture IS Destroying our Society

Political Correctness is fascism pretending to be manners
I recently had an interesting exchange on the Government is a Platypus Facebook page which I thought I would share part of here. It was with someone who defended PC culture and the general inevitability of progressivism. "I won’t leave you with anything to deflect onto." Of course not, because you don't want to hear it. The very idea that the premise of the post is right is anethema to y...
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Don’t Kill People With Down Syndrome

A little girl with down syndrome
I've brought this subject up a few times before, the subject of people with Down Syndrome being aborted out of existence. I don't know if you have ever gotten to know people with Down Syndrome or not. I have been fortunate to. In some places when a child is diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb the mother aborts the child. Why she does that will likely differ from woman to woman. Some do not wi...
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