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Warrantless Surveillance Ineffective & Illegal

Warrantless Wiretapping
I still maintain there should be no such thing as a warrantless search. They call it surveillance, but that's not an accurate term. Surveillance can be done passively, with coffee and doughnut in hand while your partner sleeps in the seat next to you. What the FBI and NSA do actually requires more than just looking. It requires that information you don't intend to share with the world be gathered ...
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Who should you have sex with?

male actor playing a trans woman
The basics of the linked article* is this: who you want to have sex with is racist, transphobic, abelist, and whatever other word spell check doesn't recognize as a word if you refuse people who fall into those categories. If you don't find transgender women attractive, you're a bad person. The article asks the question, "does anyone have a right to sex?" The answer should be an obvious and resoun...
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Rose is the Best Character from The Last Jedi

**SPOILERS AHEAD** Rose, from The Last Jedi is said to be the most hated Star Wars character since Jar Jar Binks. So perhaps I will ruffle a few tail feathers when I say she was my favorite character from the movie. I often say this on forums I frequent related to Geek culture (I am indeed a Geek, but you knew that) and my comments are often taken ironically. Which is really funny for me. I say h...
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Subjective Happiness and Cynicism Amidst Prosperity

Oscar the cynical grouch
I think the term "subjective happiness" is redundant. Isn't all happiness subjective? Haven't we seen people who should be happy by our standards act miserable? And seen people with joy in their hearts who others think should be miserable? According to the video below there is a real connection between the outlook of conservatives and their happiness and the outlook of what the video terms as libe...
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Teachers and Teachers Unions 

Teacher writing on chalk board
Often the link I share with you all has little or nothing to do with my comment. There was just something in the article as I read it that sparked a though. In this case the article is about a teacher in Ghana who is teaching the students how to use a computer. The only problem is, they have no actual computers so he's drawing the screen on the board and explaining to the students what it would lo...
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Corporations are people. Lots of people. People with rights.

teddy roosevelt
Literally speaking corporations aren't people. Literally speaking corporations are legal authorizations recognizing multiple people as a single person under the law. So, in a legal sense Wal-Mart is a person, a legal person, not a literal person. But figuratively speaking corporations are people in that they represent many individuals. A larger corporation could have more than a thousand people re...
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Incest tests the boundaries of the liberty movement

Father of the Bride
I share stories like this one, not because I support the behavior, but because they bump up against the ideas of liberty. They are the stories that make people squeamish. In the world of liberty no laws would be passed to prevent this behavior. It's actually a story you've heard similar told before. The man has a child but it's put up for adoption. The child turns 18 and wants to find that man,...
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Guns and the Mentally Ill: What do we do?

Florida Shooter
So, I realized I need to be consistent in my criticisms. I often say that those who call for "common sense gun laws" never give any specifics. I've made my specifics clear on what I think should be done in the short term - remove gun free school zones and allow teachers to carry concealed weapons. I personally think that what we have is a mental health crisis but what are the specifics of fixin...
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Do Active-Shooter Drills Harm Children?

Child hiding in fear for his life
I still maintain a child will feel far more secure thinking that perhaps some teachers have a gun and will protect them than thinking they have to hide in a box, under a desk, or pray that the police arrive quickly and pray even harder that they actually enter the school when they arrive. "There’s always at least one kid in tears, as they huddle under their desks in the dark. Still Beth Manias, a...
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The Cowardly Sheriff & 911

Cops run toward the sound of the guns, not away
When you're a cop and you're afraid, you can't call 911. You ARE 911. If you can't act like it, then it's time to find a new job or a position on your department that keeps you away from danger. https://youtu.be/UI_5sf8k4O0 There's no shame in not being able to do a job that only a few people are really equipped to do. If you don't think you can handle being a cop, then don't be one. But if ...
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How often do amateurs with guns stop crime?

Gun violence study cover
How often are guns used to prevent someone from becoming a victim of a crime? That's a difficult question to answer due to the fact that different studies use different definitions of what it means to stop a crime. "Over the past decade, researchers have attempted to measure the prevalence of defensive gun use in the population. This measurement problem has proved to be quite complex, with some...
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We must get rid of gun free school zones

Columbine Screenshot
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, "gun free zones" (areas where guns are prohibited) have been the target of more than 98% of all mass shootings. I am sure back in 1990 when the law was create, with the much sought after bipartisan effort (Biden's bill which Bush signed) that the idea was safety. But so often the government's action live within the laws of unintended consequ...
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Teachers CAN be trusted with kids & guns

If teachers can't be trusted with a gun why do we trust them with our children?
I believe that a man like the coach, who put his body between children and bullets could have been trusted with a gun. A man of that constitution and personal resolve could have shot back. He saved those kids with his own body because he wasn't afforded the opportunity to do it any other way.   Allowing teachers to voluntarily carry a gun is not the same thing as arming teachers. I'...
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When it comes to guns it’s the same old thing

What you've always done will get you what you've always got
This is very much how I feel about the current gun control debate. We've done "common sense laws", we've banned types of weapons, we've created entire zones where it is illegal to carry a gun. More of that, won't help. It will simply get us more of what we have been getting. Depending on which stat you use 92% or 98% of all mass shootings have taken place in gun free zones or other areas where ...
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School shootings aren’t about law but rather about society

This editorial from CNN Español makes several very good points. First it asks the question, is there a law that can prevent school shootings? Would a law banning AR-15's or so-called assault weapons prevent them? The author goes on to say that regardless of matters of law he does not think law alone can fix it. He believes that this is a problem of society, not of law. I wholeheartedly agree. W...
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