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Anti-gun laws good for criminals

March 21, 2018

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for March 21, 2018)

How much do you respect self-destructive people?

Do you honor those who engage in self-harm such as “cutting”? Do you celebrate those who burn up their mind and body by abusing drugs and alcohol? Do you respect those who commit suicide as soon as life doesn’t go their way?

Then why praise teenagers (or anyone else) who protest for more anti-gun “laws”? Just because they are “doing something” with conviction? If that’s all it takes, young ISIS recruits deserve your respect, too…read the rest


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Space thrilling despite government

March 18, 2018

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 14, 2018)

Space exploration thrills me. I’ve followed Apollo moon landings, Skylab, various Martian landers and rovers, Space Shuttle launches, and every other manned or robotic mission I could watch.

So I got even more excited when private individuals became serious about going to space. The latest feat– last week’s launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster and “Starman” to the asteroid belt– was amazing.

Many people dislike Musk for making deals with government, and I completely understand their disgust. I share it– tempered with a dose of harsh reality.

While I would prefer private space travel, free of the stain of tax money, I realize there is no such thing in the real world, yet.

Unless you keep your space project secret, government is going to discover what you’re doing and demand you beg for licenses. Refuse, and they will kill you. Such a project is too big to hide, and any test flights will be shot down (if the military jets can catch them) and your launch facility will be invaded and possibly bombed; your other property stolen by government employees “just following orders”.

The FAA has no “authority” but has power masquerading as “authority”. Unless you can hide from or outrun the hired guns of the State, seeking government permission, for the time being, is probably unavoidable.

But, what about accepting “tax” money to help finance your project? This bothers me about Musk’s endeavor.

Yet the part which disappoints me most is that he accepts government payloads, including US military payloads. That’s just wrong. Yes, I realize the landscape of the real world in which he must currently operate dictates a certain partnership with those who believe they own the sky and everything above and below it. You buy government favors both by accepting the stolen money and by taking on government as a “paying customer”. Otherwise, your business and your life will be destroyed. It doesn’t make it right, but how could anyone manage to avoid this?

I would prefer this not be the case. I don’t think I could enter into such a “partnership” with government, even knowing it might eventually result in people escaping the grasp of the State. This is part of why I’m not a billionaire, and why Elon Musk is.

Whatever you think of space travel, anything which helps people move off-planet, and out of the reach of governments, will greatly benefit the future of the human species.


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Tide Pods and "gun control"

March 5, 2018

Does eating Tide Pods kill off the regions of the brain responsible for rational thought, so that those who have taken that “challenge” lose the ability to avoid supporting anti-gun “laws”

Or, are really stupid and gullible people just more likely to fall for both self-destructive things?

Does it matter what causes the stupidity? (See how I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt by not automatically assuming they are all simply evil?)

From now on when I see some teen or young “adult” out whining for the State to rape the populace of America in the name of “gun control”, I’ll picture the little darling uttering his words of stupidity while chewing on a Tide Pod, foam dripping from his flapping lips.


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Cornered by bigots

February 27, 2018

When someone threatens me, personally, I get angry. If they are within striking distance I may violently defend myself from them.

And, make no mistake, those demanding more anti-gun “laws” are threatening me personally. They are threatening to violently attack, rob, and enslave me… and murder me if I resist. That’s what “laws” are: a threat.

But no one has had the guts to do it to my face, even when directed at me. As is the nature of these anti-liberty cowards, they do it while hiding behind screens, hundreds of miles away. They still make me angry and trigger my “fight or flight” response.

The danger to them is there is nowhere left to fly to. The anti-liberty bigots have closed off the entire freakin’ planet. “Pro-gun” places like Texas impose anti-gun “laws” no civilized place would ever tolerate– and the anti-liberty bigots whine that it’s not enough. It’s never enough. That leaves fighting as the available option.

I understand the sentiment of “Kill ’em all” even though I disagree with it in practice.

I’ll continue to use my words to try to show them the error of their ways and to make it clear I gave them every chance to do the right thing and get their filthy government off my rights. But I know what it’s going to come to. Sooner or later. It’s only a matter of time.


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Prescription for curing mass murders

February 26, 2018

I’ve said it in the past, and I’ll say it again:
If you want to decrease actual crime, particularly mass murders, you’ve got to raise the cost. You need to raise the cost high enough that almost no one decides it’s worth the trouble, since they’ll not get what they want out of it anyway.

You can’t do that with “laws“; bad guys never believe they are going to get caught. The most effective way to raise the cost of being a bad guy, in a way the bad guys will actually understand, is to make it more likely they’ll die during their attack– before they accomplish their goal of killing others.

You do that by doing everything you can to encourage everyone– and I mean EVERYONE– to be armed and prepared to stop an attacker in his tracks wherever one strikes. Yes, that means you will have to ignore counterfeit “laws”. Or you can try to force the anti-liberty bigots to abolish their anti-gun “laws”, but good luck with that.


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School, not guns, is the problem

February 23, 2018

Allowing government schools to continue to exist is a safety nightmare.

First of all, you are putting your kids in the hands of cowards and ethical cripples. They ban the decent people from being armed, which encourages evil losers to treat the school as a shooting gallery. If you work for or in a school, and you don’t fight against the “no guns/weapons” policies you are part of the problem. If you help those policies be enforced you are so much worse.

Schooling is not synonymous with education, and it’s long past time to banish that religious delusion. Calling for government schools– kinderprisons— to be abolished completely isn’t speaking out against education; it is placing education over indoctrination.

But, if someone wants their kids to be indoctrinated into the statist religion in a state-administered shooting gallery, that’s their business– as long as they don’t force others to pay for it, and they don’t try to impose compulsory attendance “laws”. Truancy is not ever wrong and can’t be a real crime.

“School shootings” are only a symptom of a destructive government program which has been destroying individuals and families for much too long. It’s past time to make them go away, or at least limit the damage they do to those who are too ignorant to care. Death to kinderprison!


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Umbridges galore

February 19, 2018
Dolores Umbridge-
famous fictional pecksniff

There is no difference between those who use their distaste for some forms of consensual sex, drugs, or “immigrants” [sic]– and their drive to “protect the culture” or morals from those things by way of government or “laws“– and those who do the same thing with guns. None.

The “cost to society” excuse is a handy tool for both types of anti-liberty bigot to use against rights they don’t like.

It’s just a game of justifying being a control freak.

And I see it a lot. One type of statist wants to protect society from some liberties, while other statists want to protect society from the other liberties. Until there is no liberty left– and the moralizing bullies still will never be content. It’s never enough for them.

I realize they believe they are protecting fragile order from the chaos of people just “doing whatever they want, with no regard to consequences“. They’ll admit as much. The problem is “just doing whatever they want, with no regard to consequences” applies identically to the control freaks and anti-liberty bigots. They are what they rail against. Too much order is as deadly as too much chaos.

Liberty is never up to their approval. Thank goodness!


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To "advocate"

February 18, 2018

No one has the right to advocate the initiation of force or property violations. If you are libertarian, this is something you know. But, what exactly does it mean to “advocate” something?

It doesn’t just mean to believe it, or to even accept it. It doesn’t mean to discuss it with others as a hypothetical possibility.

Dictionary.com says to advocate means “to speak or write in favor of; support or urge by argument; recommend publicly

It means to try to convince others to do something you want them to do. This can be good or bad.

It’s not a “free speech” issue once you start advocating that someone do something they have no right to do.

In spite of “legal” opinions to the contrary, you do have a right to falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater, but you have no right to light the flames and then claim you didn’t do anything wrong, it was the fire’s fault. Advocating archation is lighting the flames of archation in weak hearts and minds. You have no right to do so.

Sure, if you are trying to talk someone into violating life, liberty, or property, and they actually do it, the bulk of the guilt is on them for being the ones who chose to archate. However, you had no right to advocate what you did, so you share the blame.

If this weren’t the case Hitler would be innocent of any wrongdoing. After all, he probably never killed anyone himself, he simply advocated that others do so. Rather effectively. So did Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Bill Clinton, George Bush (both of them), Obama, and every other tyrannical mass murderer throughout history. Even if any of them did personally kill some people, the numbers of those killed because they advocated it is orders of magnitude greater.

This doesn’t mean I want “laws” used against you, or to see you punished if you advocate archation. It means I am warning you that people have the right to defend themselves from you when you are out there advocating their violation. You are warned.


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Dawkins’ religious error

February 16, 2018

And I’ll go further than that, since I was severely limited by Twitter’s character count. Here’s the link to the tweet, in case you’re interested.

Taking away someone’s “Comfort Blanky” is also something you have no right to do. For the same reason you have no right to take someone’s gun, house, car, money, or any other property. You have no right to violate the property rights of others. Period. It’s a right that can’t exist. Not seeing this is a blind spot caused by religious belief.

I’m sorry if you are offended that I said “thoughts and prayers” are useless. I know that’s not quite true– at the minimum they make people feel better when there’s nothing real they can do about a bad situation. And, they can let a hurting person know (if they are informed about them) that someone cares and wishes they could help. I’m unconvinced about any usefulness beyond that, but would love to be proved wrong But I needed some common ground with Dawkins here.

I know Dawkins is famous for his atheism, but you and I know he isn’t an atheist because he still believes in The State due to his superstitious belief in “authority” (new link, hope it works now). You can’t be an atheist, by definition, if you believe in any gods whatsoever and believe in any religion. Statism is not only a religion, it’s the most popular religion on the planet by a wide margin.

I already see people agreeing with Dawkins because they don’t understand rights in the slightest, and one guy even believes someone once took away my “right” to own slaves- a right that can’t exist any more than a right to steal can exist. People are dumb. I am an abolitionist. I know slavery is always wrong, no matter how you dress it up. It is a violation of life, liberty, and property. Anti-liberty bigots (and theft advocates) are the ethical equivalent to slavers. No, that’s not quite right. Statists ARE slavers.

Religious beliefs can make you advocate atrocities if you refuse to think critically. Don’t make Dawkins’ error.


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If archation is OK

February 5, 2018

Maybe archation isn’t a problem. Maybe you do have the right to initiate force and take, damage, or otherwise violate the property of others.

Where does that lead, if that’s the case?

Theft, murder, rape, kidnapping, vandalism, trespassing… it’s all fine. If you have the right to do it, then no one has the right to stop you.

Or, maybe some would argue that only a government— a group of people claiming “authority“– has the right to do those things, and only as necessary to do the “job”.

Where would that lead?

To the exact same place, but with people pretending it’s all fine. Individuals shouldn’t do those things, but if an individual who belongs to group that claims “authority” does them, well that’s just peachy.

That’s part of why statism just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

But, if I’m wrong… well, I’ll leave that for tomorrow. See you then.


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