The Failure of Pretextual Laws that Harm Women, Vo…
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Mar 31, 2015 - 10:17am
The Failure of Pretextual Laws that Harm Women, Vo…

Since 2010 ALEC and Citizens United for Life (and similar groups) have created templates on voting rights, TRAP and related abortion laws, and of course now, RFFA laws that RED STATE legislators have embraced.  We all know now that the the stated purpose of such laws are pretext as exposed by the federal courts who have overturned numerous voting and abortion laws and who have exposed why such laws were enacted in the first place:  subjective bias and anti-science religious myths.   Americans and American businesses have been paying attention.  Mike Pence got caught like a deer in headlights when asked repeatedly "do you believe that private business should be able to discriminate against LGTB people."  The man could not answer the question.  The man knows this…

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Why No One Reading This Is A Keynesian Economist

[at the suggestion of Joanna Nutile, I'm moving this comment to a separate article of its own. I'll try to revise and expand it in the next day or so, depending on time]It would be helpful for those who worship at the shrine of JM Keynes to follow his actual teachings. Most hyperfocus on…

Mar 28, 2015 - 5:16pm
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Great Recessions, a comparison

The seemingly logical place to start referring back in relation to the Recession of 2008 - 09 is the 1920 - 21 Great Recession as we seem to have arrested the slide this time. Let's look at some data: The recession lasted from January 1920 to July 1921, or 18 months, according …

Mar 31, 2015 - 11:11am
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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl did not serve with honor and di…

Dear President Obama,Please consider apologizing and retracting your previous statements regarding Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl DID NOT serve his country with honor and distinction. Sgt. Bergdahl is a Deserter who committed Treason by: willingly leaving his post, abandoning his fellow soldi…

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:37pm
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An Open Letter to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

“The spirit of abstraction.” That’s a phrase that was coined by the philosopher Gabriel Marcel. He viewed the spirit of abstraction (and generalization) as a significant factor in creating the climate for war. When we transform “the enemy” into a subhuman stick fig…

Mar 31, 2015 - 1:37pm
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The Dirty Avenues

DIRTY AVENUES Rolling dirty on the avenuesLights outStereo blazingOn the avenuesLife is cheapPlay for keepsGuns, knives, Bolivian neck tiesI pray the lord my soul to keepRunning low on fuelMusic a little louderRadials singing alongDeep thump in the trunkNo sub-wooferJust a sill…

Mar 31, 2015 - 6:09pm
 
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Mandated Survival: an Imperative?

In 1968 when The Tragedy of the Commons was written, the world overpopulation was already getting the attention of economists and philosophers. Garett Hardin took issue with over population, which, he thought, only exacerbated the ever growing pollution problem. His answer, at the time, was that wor…

Mar 30, 2015 - 1:52pm
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WHY RUSSIA AND GERMANY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE FRIEN…

More and more I regret that I'm writing for an exclusive anglophone readership (some people DO understand German, but I know of very few here). Have any of you heard of Peter Haisenko ? I didn't until this morning when one of my friends called me and said "You gotta watch this guy on Youtube!" And s…

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:02am
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America, a Christian Nation.  In God We Trust.   O…

The Founding Fathers would be turning over in their graves and puking up their Mutton.The Leaders and Creators of this great Nation, were very careful in laying out the Doctrine of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Separation of Church and State, were one of the keystones,  to the …

Mar 30, 2015 - 11:06pm
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 Where are Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and Eric Holder and Barack Obama now that the officer Darren Wilson has been exonerated by forensic evidence? The Department of Justice has broad criminal and civil responsibility for discrimination cases. In its federal criminal enforcement divisio…

Mar 26, 2015 - 6:32am
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Riots and Revolutions! 101

Without any doubt the proximate causes of the societal upheavals we are witnessing around the Globe are mostly economic. They stem from a man made generational crisis, born of the seeds of unfettered greed and speculation, and an underlying and unfeeling hedonistic belief in class disparity. That th…

Mar 26, 2015 - 2:22pm
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Marijuana and more on freedom

As originally posted on The Last Revolution There is significant discussion about the use of marijuana; whether it should or should not be legalized, to tax it if it is legal or if it should only be used for medicinal purposes. The problem with this line of thinking is that it …

Mar 31, 2015 - 8:28am
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Currency as Money

Modern Currency is created as Debt by banks led by the Central Banks. Some one has to borrow for someone else to get an Income so it is a Zero Sum game unlike Credit Currency or Gold. So, it is then even more critical for communities to have proper control over how it's created and utilised. If so u…

Mar 21, 2015 - 3:32pm
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How An Economy Works

I know, there's a lot of really amazing theories, people who have spreadsheets, programs, simulators, and so on.   But none of that's really necessary.   The essence of commerce is really quite simple, and no matter how many fancy theories people create to explain the "black box" economy, …

Feb 11, 2015 - 10:54pm
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Reality vs Theory

When the President was elected the first time, he believed he had the answers for peace, justice and equality in the world. After all, he had associated with the most educated progressive minds extant for decades. Each and every problem in the world had been solved over coffee time and time again an…

Mar 14, 2015 - 5:49pm
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A Place to Pray on the Temple Mount?

In a landmark ruling at the beginning of March, a Jerusalem court upheld the right for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, causing ripples throughout Israel and the Middle East. Will that effectively change the status quo on the Temple Mount moving forward? Unlikely for now, but being that Passover i…

Apr 1, 2015 - 9:45am
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Iran: Crossing the Rubicon

By nature, we are a curious bunch. Curiosity is encoded in our DNA. A brisk read through quotes from immortals the likes of Voltaire, Emerson and Einstein would certainly vouch for that. Being intrinsically curious, we sometimes cannot help but think: what if history did…

Apr 1, 2015 - 9:46am
 
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My objections to US gun enthusiasts

I believe in the Second Amendment. What offends me is that a very small percentage of Americans who shoot rifles, shotguns, automatic weapons on licensed ranges, or concealed carry, have ever been in the military. Less than one percent of the US population actually, not counting veterans from older …

Mar 28, 2015 - 12:45am
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Liberty

Liberty is always constrained by the Polity (the people). More specifically what The Polity is willing to give up for Liberty. It's a zero sum game similar to debt money. If we want Liberty, we have to give up Passivity. It's unrealistic to Expect Others to fight for Our Liberty although many m…

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:08pm
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Painting Victimizers as Victims

On October 22, 1983, inmate Thomas Silverstein, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, was released from his cell in the control unit of the US penitentiary Marion to take a shower.  He was shackled, but as he passed in front of another cell, an inmate slipped him a shank…

Mar 28, 2015 - 4:42pm
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Obama Administration says Israel's 50 year occupat…

After and Obama Administration declared Israel's 50 occupation must end I'm wondering what the the US is going to do next to set an example and show those dam Jews just how serious they are.  I have an idea, how about the Obama Administration take the high ground and set an example …

Mar 23, 2015 - 11:25pm
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#RaceTogether to the bottom

Cross posted from Pruning Shears.Now that Starbucks is winding down its somewhat poorly received Race Together campaign, we're starting to hear from its supporters. Soledad O'Brien defended it, saying (emphasis in original) "there was something aggressively interested in challenging people to have a…

Mar 28, 2015 - 8:03am
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Michael Payne's Guidelines For Discussion On His A…

I’ve been with WB since its inception and have tried to contribute to making this website a place for honest, rational discussions on many important issues involving this country and its society. I have now reached the point where I find that there are individuals on WB that cannot stay within…

Mar 29, 2015 - 10:22pm
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