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    Yesterday, 12:02 AM
    Hm. Kind of funny irony but I was just reading a chapter about consent. Well...Just Power. Or Limited defined, I suppose. But, yeah. Consent is always required. Or should be. Whether or not people organize and contest something is quite another endeavor. Framers were wise enough to provide for us the means to do this within our structure. Interesting quirk there the way our system is framed whereas the fed would is of the jurisdiction to do what Bryan mentioned. Is why I'm a fan of less government rather than no government at all. Anyway, here is the chapter I was reading before finding this thread. It's a good book, really. I added it to the book subforum here some time ago. A Principle of The Traditional American Philosophy -- 5. Limited Government Quotes Supporting Principle Five
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    04-27-2016, 10:02 PM
    I've never once hit my kid. Of course, he's 20 now. Not a kid anymore. But I've never hit him. He did get mad and pack his little wheelie tote thingamabob once with all of his storybooks and dinosaurs when he was maybe 4 or so and said he was leaving. I just said, okay. Good luck. Make sure to write and let us know how things are going. He just kind of hung out at the end of the driveway for a few minutes and came back in, though. Later on I asked him what he was going to eat if he'd left out on his own. He said he was going to eat a rabbit. Heh.
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    04-27-2016, 09:03 PM
    No, I understand your points clearly and perfectly. Thanks for following up on what I'd mentioned. And I do agree with you in large part there. It is vague, for sure. And its shortcomings have certainly been used against Individual liberty more so than in its favor. And some warned of the outcome upon our framing. So, yeah. That's where we are. Is what it is, I suppose. Of course, the nature of man and in terms with freedom is complex. What's your view on that, osan? Specifically that. Where does it come from? Man's natural state of freedom, that is. We live in a very secular society or culture. A secular civilization even. Very worldly. Where, in your view, does freedom come from, osan? That's a good of a place to start as any. What is man's natural state? I'd like to better understand your view of what surmises a truly "natural citizen".
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    04-27-2016, 07:48 PM
    Heh. I saw that Adam was logged in here a few days ago. Folks gave him the business last time he was active here if I recall correctly. Anyway. Maybe better to think about what we can do for and among ourselves for the moment instead of looking to follow others' plan/vision/platforms that may exist and function outside of our little circles. If Adam wants to join in, then, he knows where we are.
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    04-27-2016, 06:30 PM
    Yeah, I know. On both points. But I'm glad that you didn't take that the wrong way. As I'd mentioned, my thought there wasn't meant to be critical of anyone. I agree that it's good to be of the means to do both depending on the circumstance. But, again, this is a forum. Which means that there is a lot of debate. Disagreement. Intellectual contests more often than not these days. And that's where it tends to get freaking Einsteinian. You know? No way that isn't intimidating to new people trying to blend in and whatnot. Of course, the platform itself and the vision you've introduced are two different beasts. I get that. My thoughts on it were geared more toward the former, I suppose.
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    04-27-2016, 03:58 PM
    Hm. Me, too. It's interesting that you bring that up. But even before Bernie came along. I've found that a lot of young people accept the label of "liberal" or "socialist"without really understanding what it means. And so many of them really do like Ron Paul particularly, I've found. Of course, that's without even getting into discussion on a deeper level. Seems like you have to kind of help them to better understand what it is that they already know and want but in a way that leads them to accept that they've done so on their own. Maybe you know what I mean by that. Is weird, really. Tough to explain. Democracy is an interesing term that a lot of them just don't understand yet have been kind of trained to use and forward onto others. Is simple coercion but so many young people (and even older folks, I suppose) kind of get sucked into becoming robots. Of course, most don't understand coercion either. Although they have been trained to participate in it. So, then, that's a small task to help them figure out on their own, too.
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    04-27-2016, 12:33 PM
    Okay. Later. Check in once in a while and let us know how things are going for you.
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    04-27-2016, 11:51 AM
    The absolute first thing that needs to happen is for people to come back together here. Or just call it quits and separate if they feel it isn't worth it anymore. No sense in hanging around just to be a Debbie Downer.There is a great deal of division. Some natural and some manufactured. This division is a product of politics. What needs to happen (and this is just me talking) is to return to things that are meaningful. I'm not offering the notion that things that have been discussed and done here over the last couple of years aren't meaningful. I'm just saying that we are at a crossroads where it is likely best to get back to grassroots philosophy. That in itself is of great importance. An "effect" in itself. I'll tell you something, osan. I read most of your postings. I don't disagree with you too often. But they're too damn wordy. So is Bryan. In fact, I'm still wading through the fundamental knowledgebase stuff. Between the two of you in the same thread yuns give me a headache sometimes. I used to be like that myself. It became more of a barrier in discussion with others for the simple fact that they just didn't understand what I was talking about. Or where I was headed. Or why. And people told me this. So, then, I had to work back to the basics in order to be able to talk with them on their level. And it worked. Prior to that, I'd more likely have just said to heck with it and not bother wasting my time. Which I did. Often. This is/was a mistake. We need to get back to normal, basic stuff that everyone understands. Most here, I accept, do and are able to comprehend elevated language and concepts. But not in the real world, man. They just don't. And I say this respectfully. I mean no ill will in saying this. Best to take a good look in the mirror (me included) and try to figure out what we can do better. That's what has to happen first.
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    04-27-2016, 11:03 AM
    Hey. Knock it off, man. Where else will the kids play soccer!? :mad:
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    04-27-2016, 10:55 AM
    Anyway. I planted some seeds this year. I'm not in the best of health at the moment to be turning dirt and whatnot so I just planted in last year's plot. Not really meant to feed me and the kid but just stuff that I want that I don't like to buy/will not buy from mainstream agricultural suppliers.
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    04-27-2016, 10:52 AM
    Well, you know, the kids need to play soccer and stuff. They do it for the kiddies, man. They do it for the kiddies. Heh.
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    04-27-2016, 09:51 AM
    The Mexican lady down the street brought me up a plate of authentic home cooked Mexican food last night. It was good, too. There was some beans, rice, some kind of fried cornbread and chopped steak.
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    04-27-2016, 09:43 AM
    Fo realz. Sheesh. Heh.
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    04-26-2016, 03:34 PM
    Yeah, I was just messing with you anyway. Yeah, it's the same thing, I think. Except video calling on your own network. I've never used Skype, though. I did get hit with close to a thousand dollar bill on my credit card once from Skype. I don't know how that happened but they took it off since it wasn't mine.
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    04-26-2016, 03:10 PM
    Matter of fact, you know, we should all try to do a Google Hangout here some time. It'd be akin to the meetups back in the day.
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    04-26-2016, 03:07 PM
    I don't know why but I thought of Crank Yankers when you chimed in, Suzanimal. :)
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    04-26-2016, 03:05 PM
    Hm. This is along the line of what I had in mind when I'd mentioned a podcast. Kind of an in-house thing for a while. Except live. With the Skype thing, would you go live with it? I don't really know how skype works. I've never used it. I do use Google Hangouts once in a while, though. I do it from my phone. Something like that could be useful if peope weren't concerned with putting themselves out there.
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    04-26-2016, 08:33 AM
    This is what I use on my Malinois. It seems to work okay. I haven't seen any ticks or fleas.
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    04-24-2016, 07:44 PM
    I always just take the stairs anyway.
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    04-24-2016, 07:24 PM
    Bull. Kochs even go so far as to pen legislation themselves prior to having their congressional henchmen introduce it and try to get it through. They're mercantilists. Koch boys have quite a little congressional empire, too.
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    04-24-2016, 07:10 PM
    I like this line of thought. Something like a digest. Or journal. A magazinish web site of sorts.
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    04-24-2016, 07:08 PM
    Hey, let's do a podcast. :) Just put it up in the corner some place.
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    04-23-2016, 08:56 PM
    Phht. Depending on how dad reacts to some man arbitrarily disrobing in front of his daughter, you might just want to go ahead and send an ambulance.
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    04-23-2016, 08:42 PM
    I'm not one to roll with the typical "mental illness" narrative that is often seen presented by media in a way as to provide leverage in getting around the 2nd and whatnot but someone "identifying" as a certain sex just because he thinks he is a girl/woman is, to me, a mental illness. This stuff is happening so often lately that I have a tough time deciding whether or not some of the incidents are staged or what. Crazy stuff, for sure.
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    04-23-2016, 10:12 AM
    Yeah, maybe. I've spent some time reading through those threads. The Foundational Knowledgebase and subsequent discussion that evolved from it. It's headache inducing. Which is okay, I suppose. Is what it is. There is a lot to think about and put together there. Time consuming thought, too. I'll be up front and honest with you, though, we differ in approach to such things. You tend to ask for input and ideas. I don't. At least not on major things like this. I think too much input fragments and create needless obstacles. This is a very diverse group. As you likely know, libertarian atmospheres tend to be filled with different (even opposing) factions of people. Many with different visions of scope. It's freaking chaos, man.
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    04-23-2016, 09:40 AM
    I'd like to see a library of sorts. A digital archive for specific history and language/terminology and whatnot. A link to an area specific to research only. For instance, if I want to research and learn about a Consitutional Convention, I don't want to have to become annoyed and distracted by some Anarchist complaining about how he wants to buck the system and that I should, too. Of course, then, everyone else chimes in. Sometimes there needs to be areas that are off limits to arbitrary commentary/debate/discussion. Areas just for research and only for research. Nothing else. Also, are you staying with the current structure? Meaning a public forum. Forums are a dying medium, really. Not particularly effective aside from arguing back and forth in my view. Forums stimulate division. And they have devolved into social networking platforms more than anything. That's just me talking, though. Others certainly will disagree.
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    04-22-2016, 07:10 PM
    I'm really thinking about moving to Mexico if another Clinton gets elected, though. I'm serious, too. I'm not screwing around this time. I went down there some time ago and I liked it okay. Except you have to go through some stupid hoops to buy land. Which you still don't really own.
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    04-22-2016, 07:08 PM
    Oh, gosh. Spawn of spawn of Satan over here. Sigh. But, yeah. It figgers it'd be something like that.
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    04-22-2016, 07:12 AM
    And, then, they have some dumb system where they bus 6th and 7th graders from the burbs and other towns into Howard (High School) and Stubbs (Middle School) there in Wilmington (Stubbs is across the street). Most people choice their kids to schools in their own area for those two years just because of all of the violence and other outlying relevant issues.
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