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Is immigration about racism or respect?

No human being is illegal
The below video explains correctly that in the early days of America there was no such thing as illegal immigration and that we had open borders. What was controlled was not who came here but who was a citizen. That's why naturalization was originally the purview of the federal government and immigration was up to each state. That changed relatively soon after the nation's founding with legal meas...
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A Dream of the White Hat and the Muddy Faces

Mud Men
I had a dream that I was in a small village that had stood for many years. It was my home. I returned to my house through winding streets and back alleys. Alleys with clothes hanging overhead and stones for pavement. Alleys with activity and fire escapes. Down one such alley was a young man wearing a white hat. He was standing on a soap box giving a speech to no one at all. When I saw the white ha...
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Anarchy is as Much a Fantasy as Socialism

Anarchy violates human evolution. Or, if  you don't believe in evolution, it violates the will of God. Either way, human nature abhors anarchy. That may sound odd since anarchy is defined as an either "a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority" or an "absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal". You may think that is the n...
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ICE Arrest Makes Me Wonder if Sentimentality Drives Anti-Immigrant Passions

Man arrested by ICE in photo with his granddaughter
The crux of this story is this: A man - in the US for decades but who is not a citizen - was arrested by ICE and is being held for deportation. He was targeted because he had a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction. He was arrested out in front of his house. Now he is being held pending a deportation hearing. That's the basics - but that's not all there is to the story. The man's arre...
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The Evolution of Flight – From Dinosaurs to Birds

Feathered Raptor
It is now thought that all of the theropods had feathers. This video tanks an interesting view on how dinosaurs evolved into birds with the focus on explaining how a useless, basically half wing possessed by theropods, evolved into a full will capable of flight. The two prevailing theories are: One, dinosaurs climbed trees and glided down eventually developing flight. Two, dinosaurs ran faster ...
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Full Text of and Comments On: The Inspector General Report

This is the full text (500 pages) of the recent report from the Office of the Inspector General titled, "A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election." Trey Gowdy, who had as recently as last week praised the FBI and chastised people for denigrating a "great American institution" had this to say after reading the re...
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The Second Amendment is NOT About Slaves but it is About Slavery

Bill Maher wants the economy to fail no matter who it hurts to get Trump
Bill Maher is hard to fathom. He's either a liar, an idiot, or a showman that only cares about ratings and will say anything to get them. I can't believe that he actually believes the things he says. Take these comments on the 2nd amendment. He says that the right to bear arms was put in the Constitution so slave owners could keep their slaves in check. That is utter hogwash. But, even if such ...
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Tribal leaders demand parents kill their child – The State, Abortion, and Human Rights

Amazonian Boys
In the Amazon (and elsewhere in the world) tribes of people will often kill children that suffer from birth defects and sometimes consider twins to be bad luck (so one of them has to go). In one case brought up in this article the tribal leaders decided a girl had to be killed due to her small size and inability to speak. The parents were ordered to do it. They could not so killed themselves in st...
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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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