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Poor, fumbling statists

December 9, 2016

Mostly, I pity statists.

The same way I pity people I’m watching who can’t manage to do something I could easily do, after they have rejected my offer to help.

I watch them fumble and stumble, and get frustrated and angry, but still they just keep doing it wrong.

Stubbornness drives them onward, into ever more painful error. And I know I could prevent it. But I won’t force myself on them.

I hurt for them, but they chose this path even after knowing there’s an alternative.

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Seasonal foolishness that makes me smile

December 7, 2016

It’s not essential, but…

If anyone out there would like to chip in to help me with December birthday gifts and/or Christmas/Solstice/Festivus gifts, it would be appreciated.

And, if not, that’s fine, too.

I’m not looking to give anyone a new AR-15 or ounce of gold (probably no one on my list would appreciate the value of those items like I would, anyway), and the bizarre overpriced toy my daughter wants most seems to be unavailable around here in any case, but a little extra coin would be really nice right now.

I have already spent more than was prudent, but that’s my mistake, not yours. You have no obligation to help out.

But, if you were considering a one-time donation in the near future anyway, this would be a great time to pull the trigger. Various links to Paypal and Bitcoin are located over on the right side of this post.

In either case, thank you.

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The joy of being wrong

December 5, 2016

You know what? It’s actually kind of exciting and fun to be wrong.

I don’t usually learn too much from being right- other than how others will react to it. That’s kind of boring.

But, when I’m wrong, it opens up a whole world of possibilities to learn from. How can that not be thrilling?

Some of the times I have discovered I was wrong have led to some of the best things I’ve experienced. Some of the most mind-blowing revelations.

How can other people seem to not feel that way about the chance to learn more?

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Statist "flaggotry"- no, not Trump’s

November 30, 2016
As a little bonus, for amusement purposes, (if you have Facebook, check this out: link)

Here is all that has been posted so far. I may or may not update- you get the gist:

My original post was this…

If I’m dumb enough to waste money on a Holy Pole Quilt, it is mine and I can burn it or bury road kill wrapped in it or do whatever I want with it.
In the same way, you are free to worship any Holy Pole Quilt you own, in any way you wish to worship it.
You are NOT free to dictate what others do with their pole quilts, and if you archate against anyone because of what they do with their pole quilts, you are the bad guy. And, if you get grumpy over what people do with their own pole quilts, you have upside-down priorities.

D B: I totally disagree that just anyone should be allowed to own an American Flag… and at one time this was true….

Me: “Allowed”?

D B: Right…the American Flag should not be ‘for sale’…so that any PUNK can buy it and desecrate it… I am FOR severe PENalties levied for any PUNK that desecrates our Flag…

Me: Who would you have enforce that prohibition, and what sorts of aggression would you use to back it up?
(Plus, it isn’t the “American flag”, it is “the US flag”)

D B: Schematics… and who in the hell do you think enFORCEs our laws?

Me:  “Our laws”? I have no “laws” other than the laws of physics which don’t need to be enforced.
I do follow the Zero Aggression Principle, which is simply a promise from me to you that I will not initiate force or violate your property- and may defend myself from those who violate me or my property- but it isn’t something like a “law” that I can impose on you and force you to follow.

D B: In 1968, Congress approved the Federal Flag Desecration Law after a Vietnam War protest. The law made it illegal to “knowingly” cast “contempt” upon “any flag of the United States by publicly mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning or trampling upon it.”

D B: I don’t know who the hell you think you are but if you live and work in These United States, you must follow our laws or PAY the consequences…

Me: Human invented legislation isn’t law. And writing up some counterfeit rules doesn’t make them legitimate.(Also, I believe you meant “semantics” above… but maybe not.)

D B:  It IS law, violate it and you are a CRIMINAL that needs to be PENalized….
Me: Everything has consequences. If I don’t comply with the rapist, there will be consequences. Your “laws” are just the demands of a gang of rapists writ large.

D B: When I don’t agree with a law, I work to get it changed..I don’t just IGNORE it and do what I want…that is the mindset of a criminal…..

Me: I am proud to be an outlaw, because the “law” is counterfeit. You would be one to insist that the “Black” slaves stay slaves until the “law” changed. That is evil.

D B:  Think whatever you want but burn our flag in public and you will go to prison and I for one will be on board with it. BTW, if you want to burn the flag inside your own home…go for it…just don’t do it in PUBLIC…

D B:  You have the mindset of a criminal and I bet your pipe is full of whacky weed.. lol

Me: You would be wrong. I guess to you anyone who is able to tell the difference between “Legal” and “right” is a criminal. That’s the mindset of a slave.

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Then, under a different thread:

D B:  Btw, Kent….if I see anyone burn our Flag, I will not ALLOW them to get away with it… understand me, boy??

Me: You and I don’t own a flag in common, but OK.Yep. Threats of violence- just what I expect from statists.

D B:  Shove your labels where the sun don’t shine and I don’t make threats, I speak FACTS…

Me: A statist is a person who believes that governing others is a legitimate human endeavor. If that doesn’t apply to you, then please say so, clearly.
And, yes, apparently you do make threats- and then lie about it. If what you say above doesn’t qualify as a threat, then nothing does. I guess you are lucky I don’t believe in “laws”, or I’d be using them against you right now. LOL

D B: Like it or not, whilst on American Soil, you will follow OUR laws or be arrested, prosecuted and hopefully put away where you belong.. I like to see the accused make their case to a jury and get a Jury Nullification on bad laws but a law against our national flag burning is one I stand for.. for all the men and women who spilled their blood so our flag can still stand…

Me: There is so much nonsense in that I don’t even know where to begin. You are deep into the cult.

D B: YOU are the non-sensible one who beLIEves you can pick and choose what laws you want to follow or not… grow up, boy… actually, I don’t care what you do, you are destined for a cage IF you practice what you preach which I doubt…a computer warrior who talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk… or you would be in jail.. lol

D B: A threat is a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger…..Your own actions create the damage or danger …but so typical of a criminal mindset to blame others…

Me: So, you believe you are “law abiding”? (You aren’t.)
http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-you-commit-three-felonies-a-day-2009-9
A threat is also a statement of intention to harm someone- which you did. You are a criminal- in the worst sense of the word- in more ways than one.

D B: I am law abiding to the best of my ability… I do not go about with the INTENT to break laws… understand the difference, boy? You have a very juvenile way of thinking…and as I said, if I don’t like a law, I work to get it changed whilst lazy azz punks like yourself just go about violating our laws and spew Freeman on the land, Natural Man, sovereign citizen BS… lol

Me: You’re silly. But it’s amusing to watch you try to wiggle out of the pit you have dug for yourself.

D B:  LOL You call this ‘wiggling’?? I’ve danced with far more nefarious punks than you…

Me: See what I mean? LOL

D B:  NO… you and I are on the same page but we have far different ways of achieving our goals..

All assistance should be voluntary

November 30, 2016

(My Eastern New Mexico News [formerly the Clovis News Journal] column for November 30, 2016)

Help one another, voluntarily (my chosen headline)

It is once again the season to remember the less fortunate. On one hand, you shouldn’t need an annual reminder to be good to other people, but on the other hand, sometimes it’s fortunate the calendar has a few such reminders built in.

If someone wants to help those in need, there is nothing stopping her from freely giving her own money and time to those she feels deserve help.

Yet most who feel more money should be spent on their favorite government programs are never content to simply chip in– they demand laws forcing everyone else to do the same…read the rest

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Surviving in a statist world, sanity intact

November 29, 2016

I often see two different views on how to live “libertarian” in this statist world:

“Don’t try to change the world to be more libertarian. You can’t change anyone other than yourself, anyway.”

Or…

“For the sake of your own liberty– and that of your children and grandchildren– you should do what you can to spread the message of Rightful Liberty any chance you get.”

Those may sound like opposing views, but I don’t think they really are.

I think most of us go back and forth from one to the other, withdrawing into their own little world when the exhaustion gets too much, and then striking out again when they’ve rested and re-energized.

I know some days I don’t have the energy to do anything but live my own life the best I can. But other days, I can also talk to those who are curious about how their own lives would be improved by dropping the lust to control everyone else.

I’m not going to criticize either approach- both have their time and place, and both are useful.

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Craving trouble?

November 28, 2016

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Not all "minorities" are innocent

November 27, 2016

One thing that bothers me is that, in their zeal to protect minorities from violation by the majority (or, more often, from the minority with political power), some people protect archators.

This is terribly misguided.

If someone archates, they need to face the natural consequences. Otherwise, they’ll never learn better. It doesn’t matter why they archate.

If you archate for “social justice” or any other reason you are just as wrong as someone who archates because he wants your property or your body.

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Reality vs the delusion

November 26, 2016

I would love to be what cops are imagined by copsuckers to be.

I want to be a person who is helpful to people in danger. I want to be the guy who gets kittens out of trees, and holds doors open for women and old folks (for anyone I can, regardless of any of those things). I want to protect people and serve them by actually being of use.

But I would never want to be anything like the reality of what cops are. I won’t violate people for “laws” or “the common good“.

I won’t pretend I have the right to steal from people to finance my “service” (regardless of whether anyone agreed to pay for it or not). I won’t pretend that property rights don’t apply to me. I won’t pretend my safety negates all other considerations.

I would love for everyone to be this way. Then all but the most delusional badge-fluffers would see their coproach heroes as the unnecessary scum they truly are.

I’ll do all I can to make this the reality. How about you?

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A Thanksgiving gone by

November 26, 2016

On Thanksgiving this year I was remembering a Thanksgiving several years ago when I was utterly alone. Just about everything in my life had fallen apart- and the worse was yet to come (it’s a good thing I didn’t know that at the time). Things were bad enough then that to remember that time– and a couple others that came later– is enough to remind me that things aren’t all that bad now. Things could definitely be worse.

It’s a reminder I sometimes need.

But, back on that particular lonely and sad Thanksgiving Day, my doorbell rang and I heard a car leave. Looking out an upstairs window I saw an unfamiliar car pulling onto the highway, heading toward town. The house was hidden enough that people didn’t accidentally drop by (unless they were lost fishermen, and those were always on foot).
I went to the door and discovered a plate of hot Thanksgiving food on my porch. 
I never did know who left it (or even who could have known my situation- I didn’t yap personal stuff to anyone), but I also never forgot what that gesture meant to me on that bleak day.

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