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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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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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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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Get a Job and Stop Begging on the Roadway

Get a Job
Personally I don't run around telling people to get jobs. Even though I wish they would. I sometimes marvel at the fact that someone will be standing on a corner with a sign for eight hours begging for cash among a hundred businesses. I wonder to myself if they have applied to all of them, to some of them, or to none of them. I've been tempted to gather up applications from the area and hand them ...
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Your Skin Color Does NOT Make You Special

Man with Confederate Flag
Your race, whatever it is, is nothing to be proud of. That's because you didn't do anything to become a part of it. It takes no skill, talent, work, or special effort on your part. It's unearned as it were. It simply happens to you. It's collectivist nonsense. Ayn Rand put it well when she wrote, "Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism...
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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

Monuments Men Book Cover
During WWII Adolf Hitler had the treasures of the earth scooped up to become the property of his glorious Reichstag. Someone had to save the history, the paintings, the sculpture, the work of the masters. It was decided that a special unit would be created. We know them now as the Monuments men. "The “Monuments Men”, were a group of approximately 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comp...
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