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The Census: Who Counts?

Wilbur Ross Cartoon
The census is part of the US Constitution. In a government by the people the original intent of the census was to make sure the people were represented. Some argue that asking about more than just a simple head count is against the Constitution. That's not the case actually. The Constitution says Congress is to decide how the census is carried out. If, then, someone in Trump's administration is us...
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Taxation is…

America was founded largely on a protest against taxes. We celebrate a group of men that dressed up as natives and threw tea in the harbor. I have said it many times that fuel is vital, more vital than tea ever was. When fuel prices go up, all other prices go up. People who once could pay their mortgage suddenly can't because they are now pumping more into their tank. Some silly people love to say...
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Victim Shaming and Situational Awareness are not the Same

Shame on You
We're told "don't blame the victim" and for the most part I agree with that. No one really asks to be robbed or burglarized or assaulted. Where I do have an issue with that phrase is when someone tries to understand how the victim might not have become a victim in the first place they get accused of "victim shaming" or "blaming the victim". I don't think we are doing that when we dissect a scenari...
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War on Christmas – One Man Wins – Or Does He?

Camel
I know a lot of people hate HOA's and in some cases that is warranted depending on the law. Where I live you must be informed before buying a house that an HOA exists and you must agree to abide by the bylaws and there are limits in state law to the HOA's power. There's no change, unless it's your fault, that you could buy a house with an HOA where I live and not know it before you plunked down an...
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A Note on Laws: Oppression and Cohesion

The hammer
Laws can hold society together. When they become oppressive they can break it apart. Humans have a natural inclination to gather. Gathering means that disputes will happen. Disputes mean that laws get created so that people can live together in harmony. Then some people seek for power and control while others get lazy and complacent. Laws become more frequent, more intrusive, less useful and less ...
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Are Criminals Worthy of Your Charity?

The good Samaritan
I recently had a good discussion on one of the libertarian pages I frequent. Their post was about Alyssa Milano, the actress, giving charity to illegal immigrants while firefighters had their homes burn down while protecting others. I commented, "The two are unrelated. Also, as I understand the libertarian position, charity is a personal activity that the individual decides on. Not saying she's ma...
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Giant Puppets Roam the Streets

Giant Minotaur Puppet
This is one of several giant puppets that have been created. I marvel at them. Each limb is controlled by its own puppeteer. In this case the thing is so huge and mechanical that one might call that person a driver instead of a puppeteer. However, in the true sense that's what they are, puppeteers moving around a giant puppet in order to tell a story. Puppets have endured as human story telling de...
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Sue’s Favorite Sword: YouTube Video

Ancient Sword
I'm not sure why really but swords have always fascinated me. I have a nice collection of them and I've trained in their use. I've studied fencing, Asian martial arts sword use, and the use of a broad sword as well. The swords in the below video show signs that they were owned by different people. Each person put their own unique design on the sword but left some of the old design as well. They we...
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San Francisco’s homeless tax a page out of Atlas Shrugged

Socialism, one murder away from utopia
San Francisco has passed what they are calling a "homeless tax". That is a misnomer of course as the homeless aren't the ones being taxes. Rather businesses are being taxed and the money being taken and used for programs designed to help the homeless. "Proposition C, as it was known to voters, is the largest corporate tax increase in San Francisco history." Even the name sounds rather sinister in ...
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What Banksy’s Shredded Art Teaches About Rights

Banksey shreadathon
I recently posted about how rights don't take away morality or ethics - nor do morality and ethics take away rights. Oddly enough the long discussion we've had as a society about violence, video games, drugs and pornography is a fertile setting for understanding how we can live in a rights based society and still find it okay to "protect" others from bad moral decisions. Perhaps you've heard of...
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If Elizabeth Warren is Special then We’re All Special

Warren's DNA results
Elizabeth Warren finally took a DNA test to put her ancestry to rest once and for all. It was quickly reported that she had a full-blooded Indian ancestor within 6-10 generations. Well, there you have it! She has a new campaign add and an entire web page dedicated to her "Native American Heritage". This is an example of a lie snowballing. Once you tell the lie, you have to support the lie and the ...
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Feminism has taken women back to the stone age

Kardashian of Venus
I very much enjoy reading and listening to Camille Paglia (because of her rapid fire talking I rather read than listen). She's insightful and has a firm understanding of history at a fundamentally human level (if that makes sense). She likens the trend of photos taken from behind a woman (a la Kylie Jenner and her kin) to the ancient stone age fertility totems like the Venus of Willendorf. You kno...
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Do Violent Video Games and Movies Cause Violence?

Grand Theft Auto
Rights don't take away morality or ethics - nor do morality and ethics take away rights. Oddly enough the long discussion we've had as a society about violence, video games, drugs and pornography is a fertile setting for understanding how we can live in a rights based society and still find it okay to "protect" others from bad moral decisions. I've heard of the movie "Faces of Death". It's a ...
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“Climate Change” is Back-Door Socialism

Wind and Solar
The idea of artificially pulling Co2 from the atmosphere scares me. It does for a couple of reasons. First, we simply don't comprehend the balance of the Earth. Regardless of what computer models might have people believe we cannot predict. There are far too many variables for that. Forests thrive under high Co2. So-called global warming has been great for plant life and thus for herbivores and th...
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Kanye West explains his 13th Amendment comments – CNN

Kanye Sings
Kanye "Ye" West is in the news again for saying that the 13th Amendment should be repealed. As you can imagine this was not received well at all. This is the amendment that reads, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." Of course ...
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