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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Shooting the sheriff but not the deputy.

My latest at Medium. Who need evidence?
Bob Marley’s “I Shot the the Sheriff” is about a confession followed by a denial “I shot the sheriff, but I did not shoot the deputy.” 
Although the song provides a story about a morally innocent man, that particular line pops into my head often in today’s political/media environment. One who’s guilty of A must also be guilty of B; “If he shot the sheriff, he must have also shot the deputy! It’s logical that he did, so why do you need evidence?”
2-minute read.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Covington Catholic and the betrayal of trust

My latest at Medium. Journalism is committing suicide:
While some still blame the boys, and others blame Phillips, and others blame Black Israelite activists who were in the area, I blame none of them because nothing newsworthy happened. 
The villains are the first person who lied about the boys saying “Build the Wall!” and the journalists from respected news organizations that spread the lie. The rest of us who condemned the boys are guilty of trusting mainstream news sources. 
Fake news happened, and professional, mainstream journalists allowed it to happen. They piled on. How lazy and biased are they?
3-minute read

Friday, January 18, 2019

4 reasons to leave NATO

My latest at Medium:
You may dislike President Trump and his Administration for a variety of reasons. The majority of American do. I do on several important issues. But your reasons, and my reasons, are not the Beltway Establishment’s reasons. They hate Trump because they want a perpetual Cold War with Russia. For all his faults, Trump wants to end it, and he’s right.  
That’s the origin of Russia-gate. That Trump wanted to change the course of American foreign policy is the only “evidence” of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. After all, who in their right mind doesn’t want to continue the hostilities? The Russians somehow got to Trump! There’s no other possible explanation!
And when it was revealed that Trump has often discussed pulling out of NATO, the critics shouted, “See! See! This will benefit Putin! Trump is Putin’s puppet!”But Trump is right. Antagonism with Russia makes the world a more dangerous place, and helps justify an absurdly large Military-Industrial Complex. 
And Trump is probably more right about NATO than he realizes.

4-minute read.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

3 takeaways from the Gillette commercial fallout

 My latest at Medium:
... in late 2017 and all through 2018 the Right gleefully pointed out that Harvey Weinstein was a major Democratic Party donor. But when a commercial calls out the Weinsteins and Bill Clintons of the world, and tells other men to stop covering for them, the Right views it as a leftist plot.
3-minute read.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

5 Takeaways from the Syria Memo to Hillary Clinton

My latest at Medium.

The memo treats the U.S. as a parent spoiling the unpredictable child Israel: let’s do what Israel wants, or we don’t know what Israel will do! But how is it any of our business? Does Paraguay worry about Israel? Does Switzerland? Singapore? Why should the U.S.?

3-minute read.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Would you defend landowners against the Border Wall?

My latest at Medium:
You see their arguments and memes on social media. Many gun rights proponents say that the Second Amendment was intended to protect the right of the people to resist tyranny with arms.  
I’m not sure if it that’s true. The Militia was expected to put down insurrections, not start them. But in any case, I have to ask, why hasn’t tyranny been resisted with arms? Isn’t the federal train of abuses long enough already?

3 minute read.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

TSA Agents should go on strike

My latest at Medium:
I don’t assume most TSA agents took the job with the intention to oppress us. I think they’re looking to put food on the table and think they’re doing something good and necessary. And I certainly don’t expect them to work without getting paid.  
Nobody should expect that from anybody, in any job, ever. I’d be leery of anyone who disagrees.

3 minute read.

Monday, January 07, 2019

The Border Wall and the TSA

My latest at Medium:
I oppose the Wall, but I also oppose the TSA. Why don’t Democrats oppose the TSA? At least the Wall doesn’t illegally search you and seize your toothpaste while it infringes on your right to travel.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Antonio Brown, Josh McDaniels, Colin Kaepernick: who would YOU want on your team?

My latest at Medium. Not entirely about football:
I don’t need everyone on the team I root for to be friendly, likable guys. I don’t need to hear all the gossip about internal tension. But I don’t want them to be jerks in public, and I want them to respect their profession. 
Be cordial to the very media that promotes you. Show up for work. Don’t make weird, unethical decisions. Be consistent.
3-minute read.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Play Dumb

From last week "Play Dumb" on Medium:
You never should have to explain yourself. The bully, the racist, the aggressor should always be the one explaining himself or herself.
2 minute read.

Making sure the Republican Party dies

My latest at Medium:
On New Year’s Eve, legendary Saturday Night Live performer Jane Curtin said her New Year’s Resolution is to “make sure the Republican Party dies.” 
I don’t know if Ms. Curtin elaborated, or what political activism she’s done in the past. I’ll say it’s a worthy sentiment. I’ll also say that the Democratic Party is as much worthy of death as the GOP.
2 minute read.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Chief Wahoo, Money, and Principle

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:

Money isn’t a wrong motivation. Bettering one’s financial condition is as morally legitimate as bettering one’s health. Money is a source of energy, just like your body is a source of energy. Whether receiving wages or running a large organization, your revenue stream is important. Money is the health of the company, and it will make compromises just as you do in your own job. 

3 minute read.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The initiation of force, and forcing things

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:

In a way, government mirrors the people it governs. I’m not saying it mirrors our policy preferences, but rather our personalities. For instance, government says we must prefer safety over liberty, and many of us protest and quote Benjamin Franklin (unknowingly) out of context. But then how many of us choose a career that promises financial security over the freedom of following our passion? We force ourselves into doing what we don’t want to do in order to achieve some theoretical greater, eventual good, but then the financial system collapses and we spent a life with neither financial security nor a fulfilling life.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Stefan Molyneux should NAP more

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
Molyneux says that the defense of freedom and the goal of a free society requires the use of “triage” in applying the Non-Aggression Principle. 
Molyneux, it seems, has a vision of what a “free” society should look like and how we should get there. Sometimes that means a little less NAP and a little more social engineering to keep out those he thinks are undesirable. 
And I just don’t see eye to eye with Molyneux. 
3-minute read.

Monday, October 29, 2018

What if both parties supported Pedophile Priests?

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
Imagine a world where both the Republican and Democratic Parties supported, or at least went along with:
  1. 1. Legalized spousal rape.
  1. 2. A ban on interracial marriages.
  1. 3. Exemption from prosecution for pedophile members of the clergy. 
Would you vote for either party?
2-minute read.