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Who is a criminal vs who is a terrorist? Why does it matter?

Locked up Forever?
This is one of those cases where the attached article linked below isn't so very important. I don't need to know if the people mentioned in it were really "wrongly ensnared" or not. The notion that someone could be is enough for me to ponder. I think, based on experience, that the idea of letting suspected terrorists go is a very unpopular idea. Right now we have people being held in perpetuity...
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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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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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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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“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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China’s Social Credit and the Joyously Oppressed

You are being watched.
I posted about China's social credit system when it was first announced and I think one other time since then.  A more recent article tells the story of one woman who has no problem being watched, followed, judged, and rated, by her government. The program won't fully be online until 2020 at which time it will take the form of a dystopian horror worthy of 1984. Am I exaggerating? Here's the of...
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The Relationship Between People & Ideas

Hear no Oscar, See no Oscar, Speak no Oscar
This starts out as one more comment on James Gunn but it's not about him. He's just the starting point. I've said before that I feel it's up to Disney to fire him. I've said that I do understand why they would. I've also said that what we make of all this is really a matter of who we believe. What I haven't said is how I would feel if Disney hired him back. Before I get to that I will say that I'm...
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We Must Be Allowed To Mock Religion 

IKEAFIX
It's pleasant to hear reasoned commentary in the face of what I consider faux outrage. In this case we're back to the UK where free speech doesn't exist. I say that because you can literally go to jail for saying offensive things. The reasoned commentary comes from Rowan Atkinson of Mr. Bean and Black Adder fame. He says a couple of things I enjoyed hearing. A politician in the UK said that women ...
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Is Facial Recognition Software in the Hands of Police Immoral or Unethical?

Woman with face lines
Amazon makes facial recognition software. To make money from the venture they have been selling it to law enforcement. This raised a stink is some circles and now employees of Amazon are saying it's wrong to sell the software to the police. The letter got one thing right, and one things wrong. First what it got right is that they state they "refuse to contribute to tools that violate human rights....
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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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Fix Your Own Country! We’re Trying!

Colombian Woman with Pictures of the Missing
There is a lot in the below documentary to think about. First is to provide one example of why immigrants leave their home countries and come to America. The second is to demonstrate that the right to bear arms is vital. Third, we see the kernel of how humans formed governments in the first place as threats push them to band together to be stronger than the threats and fight back. I often hear p...
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Collins v Virginia Supreme Court Case Important Protection for 4th Amendment

curtilage chart
I like to share the text of the 4th Amendment whenever I get the chance. It serves as a reminder of the limitations of government and the right of the people in relation to their property. It reads simply: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue,...
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