I used to be a Libertarian
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Nov 14, 2017 - 4:57pm
I used to be a Libertarian

I used to be a libertarian. I was about 19 years old, a time when I was fiercely independent—or so I thought.   I was working the drilling rigs during the summer months. Not only I did like the paychecks, I liked the physical challenge of hard work and fighting the weather. Plus the rigger’s nature suited my macho tendencies. My workmates and I were a flock of John Wayne’s: getting that oil out of the ground so people could drive their cars.   With this job, I was able to work four months to earn enough money to live for 12 months. Not only that, I was able to pay for my university tuition, operate my car, and imbibe in a little bit too much beer. I got my degree with no student debt, thanks to the drilling rigs. Well not really. It was I who found the job and proved my worth to earn those paychecks. I saw more…

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The unholy alliance of climate change & income ine…

The other day I read an article which referenced the NAACP’s climate justice program.  I thought to myself, why would an institution, whose purpose is to advance colored people, care about climate change?  Then I asked, what’s climate justice?  Then it dawned on me, the re…

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:44am
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CHILD RAPE: IT’S THE CULTURE!

  CHILD RAPE: IT’S THEIR CULTURE   Tubularsock was just sitting around his top floor corner office in his underground bunker over looking Washington, D.C. from Oakland, CA ( ) when he noticed that his top-flight-NSA-resistant-carrier-pigeon came flying through the space-time-continu…

Nov 17, 2017 - 8:38pm
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The Curse of the Ideal & the Rise of Bubba

The United States of America is cursed, I think.  It’s not some conjured enchantment placed on us by a global adversarial boogeyman; I say this less some in the US begin to believe and then think along the lines of retaliatory action and we know how easily people can gather such war-monge…

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:01am
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Nothing to See Here, Move Along!

Crossposted from my .   Well it’s been quite a hurricane season in the Atlantic so far, hasn’t it? It’s even gotten the notice of the UK press.   Here are a couple of graphics from , meteorologist at Colorado State University specializing in Atlantic basin seasonal hurr…

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:57pm
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Automation - Good or Evil?

Automation - Good or Evil? It seems to me that every innovation that comes along heralds in a new age of possibility and a new age of problems.   Just like the start of the industrial revolution, which spawned the Luddites of yore, these developments threaten existing jobs and ways of life. The…

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:44am
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Reel in the EPA and OSHA

My Plant, USS Claiton Coke Works spent BILLIONS of dollars back in the early 1980's to comply with environmental standards.  The standards kept increasing quicker than the company could react and the plant, which hired over 8,000 good paying steel workers, was drastically reduced and …

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:40am
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Christ Wants to Shatter Our Delusions

I am living in a fantasy when I view life as it circles around me. As believers, we sing and recite prayers that proclaim that God is the centre of all but our psychological makeup screams the exact opposite. I view people, events, history and yes even God through my eyes, judging what is right, tru…

Nov 17, 2017 - 1:18am
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A Glimpse Into Hate Management

  I just read an on the elitist, left-wing news blog ZEIT online and I’m mad again.   It describes a court verdict that allowed Kuwait Airways to deny the transportation of an Israeli passenger. There is a law in Kuwait that forbids making contracts with Israelis and upon rea…

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:22pm
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Liberal Hypocrisy and Judge Roy Moore

Where were you on defending the sanctity of our democracy when democrat operatives were caught on tape sending people to Trump rallies to stoke violence so they could blame Trump supporters for it?   Are you similarly outraged at the Clinton Campaign and the DNC for hiring smear merchants that …

Nov 15, 2017 - 5:56am
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A Liberal's Lament of Love's Labors

A few years ago in an article in Slate, Miya Tokumitsu, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, pointed out the flaws and absurdity of the mantra “do what you love.” Dr. Tokumitsu traces the phrase’s origin from as far back as Confucius or currently with Oprah Winfre…

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:49pm
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On Rights

A right, according to Webster’s, is “something to which one has a just claim.” The word is often uttered in sonorous phrases like “natural rights,” “human rights” and “equal and inalienable rights.” So today I’ll ask, and try to answer, a f…

Nov 18, 2017 - 6:56am
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Ethics and Astronomy: On Imperfection

Christians are hypocrites. ....If you say," The man has a fault", We say," Not so. All Men have fault, that's why they worship the Lord" ...When scientists write an article for publication, do they hand in their first draft, or revise their articles and theories? Scientists make errors. .... T…

Nov 18, 2017 - 2:22pm
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The Lives of  the Rich and Famous

Its always been good to be rich but the past couple of decades in the United States has especially been hot times.  In the 2008/2009 the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department headed by your friends Bernanke and Paulson, respectively, made sure you were made whole very quickly.  Then they…

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:22am
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The Paradise Papers - the immorality of the wealth…

  The effects of globalisation and automation are already being felt. The wealthy people owning the businesses are taking their factories to the Third World or bringing in automation in order to create more profit. People are being thrown out of high paying jobs into low-paying jobs or chucked …

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:06pm
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Sexual Players and Inappropriate Advances.

  In light of the recent rash of allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviors of celebrities, I want to bring up an angle that the various talking heads are steering away from: How does promiscuity play into this issue?   Back in my oilpatch days, I was away from home a lot. I just needed…

Nov 19, 2017 - 10:04am
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A NORMAL DAY IN MY LIFE - HOW IS YOURS ?

  Tell you what: I'm pretty tired, it's 7 am here in Switzerland, and I've received a mail from my partner in Senegal including a document where he proposes a business forum in Dakar on February 21, 2018.   So I've been working on that since 5 am, put the paper into a presentable form for…

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:38am
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West Aiding Massive Genocide in Yemen at Behest of…

As usual my news blog was moths ahead of the mainstream in reporting this early in 2017.   Civilians in Yemen are still in the grip of a major humanitarian crisis as Saudi Arabia's war on the impoverished republic continues unabated. Shocking numbers are affected including 7 million civilians f…

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:40pm
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#metoo. Standing up Against Sexual Abuse 1 year la…

  A year ago I wrote an article about sexual abuse, which was predicated by the allegations of sexual abuse multiple women had made against then presidential candidate Donald Trump. I wrote it prior to the election. One year later, sexual abuse allegations are in the news daily, primarily by pe…

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:01pm
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The PC Thanksgiving

Here is the hallowed Tofurkey. It is the only thing allowed to me On a Thanksgiving that is so PC. Not allowed to say grace Or be accused based on race. Not allowed to thank God Because that's considered so odd. Can't discuss Pilgrims unless Lectured on Indian's duress. Oh, no, that word is forbidde…

Nov 15, 2017 - 4:50pm
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Popular Government Cannot Flourish Without Virtue

It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people. -- Richard Henry Lee letter to Colonel Martin Pickett — 1786 Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks-no form of government can …

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:45pm
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The Holy Inquisition of Political Correctness and…

Watching the goings-on in the modern academia is a hazardous occupation. From the point of view of many actors on that scene, all they are doing is cleaning the scene of "toxicity" - real or imaginary. The viewer, though, gets the full dose of the toxicity directly in his/her face... but it is rath…

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:17am
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Requiem, Aeternam

Photo of the West Virginia Symphony Chorus (from the WVSO web site) You have to be a bit of a masochist to want to sing in a symphony chorus when you are over 60. We just completed performing the Verdi Requiem with the West Virginia Symphony, and over the past 3 days, we sang the choral parts or pe…

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:38pm
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