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Why The Word ‘Woke’ Encapsulates An Evil, Self-Defeating Ideology

My eye was drawn to this article by the headline. I really dislike the word "woke". Personal thing you know. I find it kind of queer. Not in the new homosexual use of the word, but the old-fashioned, actual meaning. Then I continued with the article because I found its topic of Gnosticism to be interesting. Somewhere along the way I got an odd feeling in my gut as I read. For those of you who h...
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$15 an hour – are you really worth it?

Burgers!
"Ironically, the futuristic short-order cook has been developed to replace workers in one of the most progressive states in America. Several California cities have already raised the minimum wage as the state plans to push the rate to $15 by 2022." “This wage is not sustainable for a lot of companies… in that $5 increase, you’re talking about $12,000 increase per employee… where does that money...
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Trump Speech To UN – Socialism is Bad, Dictators are Bad, US is Good, Etc.

Trump giving speech at UN
My short take This speech has gotten usual reactions. The side that supports Trump and his America First agenda think this was a great speech. Some saying the best one he's given. The side that opposes the president or his agenda (some won't even listen to his agenda because it's from him) say it was a terrible speech. Some are saying it was a "war speech" designed with no other reason but find...
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The American dream is a prayer to the future.

Handcart Company
I've heard many definitions of the American Dream over the years. More often than not it is about a wife, a car, a house, and a fine job to pay for it all. For me, those things aren't the dream, but rather the products of that dream. The term comes from comes from historian James Truslow Adams who wrote in 1931 that it was "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and full...
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Christians Are Outraged Over Jennifer Lawrence’s Heretical New Movie

Heart in hand
Just as I can't comprehend how someone can be "outraged" over a salute, I cannot conceive of gathering that depth of emotion over a movie either. Note that I specify outrage as the thing I don't understand. Anger, frustration, sadness, and other emotions are within the scope of what I consider reasonable reactions but I reserve outrage for only a few acts and really movies and YouTube videos don't...
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Will CNN Disavow Anthony Bourdain’s Threat To Poison President Trump? | Daily Wire

Bourdain
Once again I find myself, not offended. When famed chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain was asked what he would cook for Kim Jong Un or President Trump he replied simply, "Hemlock". I think this is terribly funny and clever. It's a poison you know, the one that killed Socrates. I don't think for a moment he meant it or that the Secret Service needs to go out to his home and take fin...
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CNN’s Don Lemon and reporter’s moment of body positivity

Don Lemon Gay Man Shames Woman for Being Fat
A reporter was covering hurricane Irma and she wanted to describe just how powerful the wind was and what it felt like to be in it. That's good television you know. It's like on a cooking show, the audience can't taste or smell the wonderful confection so the host has to describe it all as best they can. Well, sitting comfy at home we can't feel the wind so she wanted to convey the absolute power ...
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Trump Administration to Driverless Car Makers: Go Nuts!

DOT secretary
I know that for those who supported Trump this is the kind of thing they were hoping to hear from a businessman. The new guidelines from the Department of Transportation relating to driverless cars is pretty much - do your thing! The article tells you right away, based on the language they use, how the author feels about it. "The DOT secretary defended the guidelines, which opt for voluntary gu...
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Don’t Be Scared About The End Of Capitalism—Be Excited To Build What Comes Next

No!
There aren't any other options. It's all either one form or the other of each of the two types of systems. This article refers to it as "old binaries" and intimates that there will be some future option so much better than either. There won't be. You can tell the author isn't on solid ground when you read statements like this, "...not all experiments with socialist principles have gone so horribly...
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PETA drops lawsuit arguing animals have right to own property

PETA brought a law suit against a photographer on behalf of a monkey. PETA didn't own the monkey. So it's difficult to see who they could have standing in the case at all. For that alone it should have been dismissed out of hand. "That case involved the intellectual property rights of an Indonesian macaque monkey named Naruto who took pictures of himself in the wild with a nature photographer's...
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End Warrantless Deep State Spying: Don’t Renew 702 – Reason.com

There are three things about this that have always disturbed me greatly. First is the spying part. Spying is one thing when it's on an enemy. This was spying on citizens. Defenders will say, "yes, but it was to catch terrorists". To which I say, "ah, so you admit they were spying on citizens!" The second thing is the fact that it is done without a warrant. This means no one is controlling the lega...
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9/11: Perhaps it’s time we DO forget

We will never forget poster
I want this to be understood in the manner in which it is intended so I will explain as carefully as I can the meaning of this statement, "I hope we do forget". In all grief there must be an end. There must be a time after time that healing has taken place and the one in grief can move on, move forward. Not to do so is unhealthy. I do not mean to never mention it, nor to fail to comprehend it. ...
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Joel Osteen fails to address scandal | Daily Mail Online

I am going to be upfront with you, I have a bias against televangelists. Though I am generally a fan of religion and spirituality I am not a fan what I call "cash for prayers". I realize churches need money to operate and I'm not opposed to donations to keep them going. I'm not opposed to people paying a tithe as the scriptures discuss, or giving to the church so the church can help the poor. I'm ...
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No, The Communist Soviet Union Wasn’t Anti-Fascist

WII photo of tank and driver likely in Poland.
It's odd to me that we need to have a discussion on how Communism, Fascism, Socialism, and Nazism are the same. Though there are differences between them they are as related as a schnauzer is to a shepherd. They may be different dogs, but they are dogs. They are all collectivist and totalitarian. You can spend time arguing the subtle things that make them unique from each other but in the end they...
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