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Is the Problem with the Jedi Manliness?

Yoda and Anikin
I recently watched the below video and made a rather lengthy comment on it. It was nice to find a place where people see Star Wars as something more than just laser swords and space cowboys. Here is the comment and the link. For me the video gets a lot right and a lot wrong and sometimes seems to just stumble upon it with the explanations not matching the conclusions even when the conclusions are ...
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Racism within Racism and the Danger of Frustration

There's so much wrong with the below article to me. First off is the notion of a "black freedom struggle". What's wrong with that? These aren't blacks in some other country, it's Americans. They are free. They can move about the country, work, play, get jobs, be on TV, become president. If that doesn't suit you, if that level of freedom doesn't suit you, I'm telling you now to wake up, it's all th...
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Black Lives Matter | Make this Christmas a Black Xmas

black woman in BLM tshirt
Have any of you ever doubted for one moment that black lives do matter? Did you have to be told? There are those who wonder why people are offended at the name "Black Lives Matter". Well, it's because it's insulting and racist. It insults the integrity of people and singles out one race. That it is racist is made clear by the efforts of the group. Take this latest, a "Black Xmas". The idea ...
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Is your Culture Worth Defending?

Lip Plate
I wrote earlier in "Racism is a Quest for the Unearned" how racism is simply a form of collectivism; perhaps, as Ayn Rand says, the lowest, most brute form of it. Racism seeks to kill off the individual by lumping him into a group based simply on a few superficial biological characteristics like skin, eyes, and hair. Racism is never worth defending. Culture is one of the most difficult subjects...
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Male, female, that’s not how that works

Body Language
I don't often listen to Crowder, mostly because he is often obnoxious. This video, worth watching, is an excellent example of how effective he can be when he settles down. This is also an excellent example of how we should operate when communicating. Sit down, have a brandy and a cigar, and discuss what's on your mind. This particular conversation is about gender fluidity and the infinite number o...
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Food and Culture Go Hand in Hand: Appropriate some today!

Pan Dulce
Pastries are wonderful and I love to visit local German bakeries, French pâtisserie, or a Mexican panadería. It's interesting how many of the wonderful things we eat from around the world are actually products of cultural appropriation. That act much maligned by the left has given rise to popular dishes quite associated with a particular country, from which they did not originate. Food is the best...
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Photographer who altered shot of Lupita Nyong’o apologises

Just a couple of observations on this one. Actress, Lupita Nyong'o was photographed for a magazine cover. They edited out her pony tail. This has people upset and the magazine apologizing. Black people have kinky hair, as you likely know, and it sometimes does just whatever it wants to do. Over the years lots of ways of dealing with this have cropped up. Some use corn rows, some straiten, some fla...
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Yes Daily Wire You CAN Separate the Art from the Artist

Spacey and Weinstein
What utter hogwash this is! This author thinks that the concept of separating the art from the artist is a con man's game. In other words, if someone does something bad, their art is somehow tainted and bad as well. If they were a dark and evil person, somehow, their art will be imbued with that evil. The implication being you might catch it. As if the art becomes a talisman for the power of the a...
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Columbia Football Keeps Winning. Some Fans Aren’t Happy About It 

Smart Football Players
Toxic masculinity is toxic bias. That a man can't be tough, athletic, and smart is a fallacy. It's a bias. Columbia it seems has always had a rather terrible football team. Students at Columbia took pride in this. To them it mean that their school wasn't about athletics, it was about academics. Recently the team has been doing rather well and this has some students at Columbia upset. Because of...
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Libertarianism and the Alt-Right: a Connection and a Cartoon

Alt-Right Cartoon
Liberty Hangout posted this cartoon recently then deleted it. I wrote out a comment then when I clicked to post I got the message - it was gone. That was a shame as far as I'm concerned because the cartoon provides a lot to discuss. Regardless how one thinks I feel this cartoon lends a talking point that is great for discussion. The cartoon is not so great if you want to have just one particular d...
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Ben Affleck Likes Women and Other News From Hollywood

Ben Affleck having fun
I had to kind of laugh a little at the description on the below video, a short, sweet, and inaccurate, "Everything you know about Affleck is wrong". If anyone didn't know he liked women (a lot)  they have been living under a rock. What I see in this is two normal people acting normal. I'm not saying one should consider this appropriate, or good, or moral behavior. We all have our own sense o...
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Dan Brown, Witches, Faith, and the Daily Wire

Dan Brown Origin
Every so often I write a post that is more of a thinking out lout kind of thing, this is one of them. Please excuse the meandering nature of it. It's a third a lament on bad reporting, a third a plea to understand faith, and a third a review on Dan Brown's books. I'm holding this article up as an example of bad reporting. Shapiro's Daily Wire is one of those sites you cannot take at face value ...
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What is There to Be Optimistic About?

Reasons for Optimism
Often, because of the news of the day and how it is covered we can get the impression that all is woe and sadness and the world is coming to a solid and resolute end. I'm a natural optimist. I say natural because being an optimist is really something a person just is. I'm note sure it's at all normal. I'm wide-eyed and naive when it comes to the possibilities of humanity. I've been told it before ...
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DAMNATION! Jesse Jackson claims Trump not going to Heaven over immigration

Jesse Jackson
Recently the ever less relevant Jesse Jackson made a speech in which he said, “The Department of Justice and the current administration are undermining Dr. King’s Dream. We are marching to reaffirm that religious leaders will recommit to being at the forefront of social justice and civil rights.”   It's sad when dead people, who can't speak for themselves, have words put in their mouth. Ar...
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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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