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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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Don’t Kill People With Down Syndrome

A little girl with down syndrome
I've brought this subject up a few times before, the subject of people with Down Syndrome being aborted out of existence. I don't know if you have ever gotten to know people with Down Syndrome or not. I have been fortunate to. In some places when a child is diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb the mother aborts the child. Why she does that will likely differ from woman to woman. Some do not wi...
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That David Hogg Video that was Removed by Facebook

Hogg Hitler
Facebook removed my post which contained the below video. They simply said it was in violation of their standards. They were not specific about which standards, they did not specify what about the video, or my text, was in violation, nor did they provide any opportunity to grieve the decision to remove it. https://youtu.be/dHFK6W6DWa8 It is not my desire to offend. Meaning I do not try to be...
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Gun control is nothing more than pro-gun and pro-violence rhetoric from the uninformed

Hogg as a mouse
Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi’ bickerin brattle! From Robert Burn's poem we get that famous line, "The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men". This highlights that sometimes, what we plan out, no matter how much we think about it, isn't the thing that happens. Sometimes though, the failed plan is due to a failure t...
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Former Justice Calls for Ban on 2nd Amendment

John Paul Stevens - Former Justice
You may have heard by now that former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John Paul Stevens wrote an editorial in which he calls for the 2nd Amendment to be repealed. First off, for those who are saying they aren't calling for that, they are. Don't for a moment let anyone get away with saying they aren't. This is a high-profile individual saying in a very high-profile way. Secondly, take...
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Warrantless Surveillance Ineffective & Illegal

Warrantless Wiretapping
I still maintain there should be no such thing as a warrantless search. They call it surveillance, but that's not an accurate term. Surveillance can be done passively, with coffee and doughnut in hand while your partner sleeps in the seat next to you. What the FBI and NSA do actually requires more than just looking. It requires that information you don't intend to share with the world be gathered ...
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Rose is the Best Character from The Last Jedi

**SPOILERS AHEAD** Rose, from The Last Jedi is said to be the most hated Star Wars character since Jar Jar Binks. So perhaps I will ruffle a few tail feathers when I say she was my favorite character from the movie. I often say this on forums I frequent related to Geek culture (I am indeed a Geek, but you knew that) and my comments are often taken ironically. Which is really funny for me. I say h...
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Incest tests the boundaries of the liberty movement

Father of the Bride
I share stories like this one, not because I support the behavior, but because they bump up against the ideas of liberty. They are the stories that make people squeamish. In the world of liberty no laws would be passed to prevent this behavior. It's actually a story you've heard similar told before. The man has a child but it's put up for adoption. The child turns 18 and wants to find that man,...
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When it comes to guns it’s the same old thing

What you've always done will get you what you've always got
This is very much how I feel about the current gun control debate. We've done "common sense laws", we've banned types of weapons, we've created entire zones where it is illegal to carry a gun. More of that, won't help. It will simply get us more of what we have been getting. Depending on which stat you use 92% or 98% of all mass shootings have taken place in gun free zones or other areas where ...
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School shootings aren’t about law but rather about society

This editorial from CNN Español makes several very good points. First it asks the question, is there a law that can prevent school shootings? Would a law banning AR-15's or so-called assault weapons prevent them? The author goes on to say that regardless of matters of law he does not think law alone can fix it. He believes that this is a problem of society, not of law. I wholeheartedly agree. W...
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