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Month: June 2018

The seven deadly traits of a douche-bag

Green sloth doesn't feel all that deadly
I'm bringing up the Seven Deadly Sins because they were brought up in the comments the other day. They aren't something I usually think about in the context of a sin grouping. They tend to be Catholic in focus and since I'm not Catholic my focus has never been on them. I know what they are. The comment made was that Pride was the worst of them. So I looked them up to see and compare. The pe...
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Words Mean Things & Always Define Your Terms

No man can slay him
The term "FAKE NEWS" is a hard term for many people due to the way we use the word "fake". We often confuse it for being the opposite of genuine or real. For example I have some fossils and some replica fossils. I will show them off and sometimes someone will ask, "Is that real?" What they mean is "is that genuine". Of course it's "real", you're holding it aren't you? But fake doesn't mean not r...
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What if Demonic Possession was Real?

Demonic
This is one of those "what-ifs" that I like to ponder. I admit it doesn't have an actual point other than as an exercise in imagination. There's a line, one of my favorites, that comes from Baudelaire, "One of the artifices of Satan is, to induce men to believe that he does not exist: another, perhaps equally fatal, is to make them fancy that he is obliged to stand quietly by, and not to meddle...
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Mexicans seem caught in the middle of something

Young Mexican Killed
There are a few things about this story that interest me even though I realize it is anecdotal. This 19-year-old young man was sent home to Mexico. He was convicted of some misdemeanor crime. The story doesn't give many specifics on that other than to say it was, "...a drug-related minor charge..." and some second charge that information is not given on but which was also a misdemeanor. He was ...
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Four Arizona police officers put on leave after video shows man’s beating

Mesa Police
By now you have likely heard about this case involving the Mesa, Arizona Police Department. I have heard many people defending the police because the suspect didn't comply with their commands and was clearly being "a jerk". It is wise when a police officer tells you to sit down to actually sit down. It is wise when the police are engaging with you to at least act like you actually care. The suspec...
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Star Wars has Always been Political 

Solo Droid and Lando
I'm a Star Wars fan. A big one. And as you might imagine my interest in it goes deeper than just space ships and laser swords. Star Wars has always been (as intended by Lucas) political and social in nature. The much maligned prequels are actually filled with excellent political commentary. Of late the new movies have been bashed by fans for "caving in to the SJW agenda". This, I do believe, is no...
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This Country isn’t the Problem – You Are

We use the term mental illness in several ways. There is the clinical way and then there is the common everyday way. The latter is where we all know something isn't quite right with a person's thinking but they seem to otherwise function in society. Sometimes that term is used in a very legitimate way and others it is used to define a difference of opinion. It's common to say that leftists have a...
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We have lost the war on drugs.

No more war on drugs
Even if you think that drugs should remain illegal I hope at this point people at least will acknowledge the current methods are not working. In fact they've made the problem worse. The rise of drug cartels, which have a stranglehold on good people south of the border and neighborhoods here in the US, is a direct result of the so-called war on drugs. It's a war we've lost. If there is a drug pro...
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Fix Your Own Country! We’re Trying!

Colombian Woman with Pictures of the Missing
There is a lot in the below documentary to think about. First is to provide one example of why immigrants leave their home countries and come to America. The second is to demonstrate that the right to bear arms is vital. Third, we see the kernel of how humans formed governments in the first place as threats push them to band together to be stronger than the threats and fight back. I often hear p...
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Parents give son pot to stop seizures, it works, they are arrested

Family of Boy who had seizures
I've mentioned before that I don't believe claims that Marijuana "cures" anything but that I am sure it has use as a medicine. Just about any plant that is psychoactive (which cannabis is) has such benefits. There is A LOT of false information about this and MANY bad studies were done in an effort to justify legalization. As happens many of those studies get repeated still even though they have be...
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Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology by Ayn Rand

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology by Ayn Rand cover art
This book is a bit different from the others I put in the library to share with you in that I DO NOT recommend you read this book. That's not because I object to the contents but rather because I believe it is poorly written and does not adequately convey its meaning to the reader. Ayn Rand was a very good author that told good stories but I think she was a lousy philosopher. The book is de...
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Minister Mister Rogers – What we Lack as a People

Mister rogers in kiddie pool with a friend.
I very much believe that the root of all our nations problems stems from the fact that Americans are now too cynical. They lack wonder and the ability to suspend disbelief. They want their movies ever more gritty, ever more realistic, ever more violent. They complain that things in a fantasy movie just aren't realistic. Well...duh. If you can't act like a child or see the glory of the earth throug...
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