• fisharmor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:52 PM
    I'll indulge you: Public school is a phenomenon which is unfit to exist in a free society, which should never have existed in a free society, and actively undermines a free society. Public school is where people get the Stockholm Syndrome necessary to be incapable of seeing that freedom has always been a pipe dream here. Public school is where people get accustomed to accepting mild slavery and where they learn to call it "freedom". But only about 60% of that phenomenon is due to the "public" part of "public school". Public school is a large problem: but if liberty is your goal, school is still a problem, whether it's public or not.
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    Yesterday, 12:48 PM
    We don't even have that... a daycare that had only one provider screwing its kids would cease to exist in short order. We have indoctrination centers that also happen to teach times tables.
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    Yesterday, 10:41 AM
    https://www.biographyonline.net/humanitarian/baden-powell.html It's well known that Baden-Powell started the whole thing as a means of grooming boys for military service. That's not really in dispute. One can say it morphed into giving "them more meaning in life", and as long as one recognizes that the point was to give them meaning via military service (i.e., being a better vassal of the state) then one is being honest. But here's something I didn't know and I'm betting you didn't either...
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:34 AM
    Here is a set of entirely different things, according to Collins.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    05-22-2018, 07:04 PM
    Oh, FFS. Move the hell on, already! File under "Flower-Scented Unicorn Farts" ...
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    05-22-2018, 05:57 PM
    Yeah but technically the attack helicopters sold out first.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    05-22-2018, 05:08 PM
    And in 16 years it has never struck you as odd that you were required to get three different badges in citizenship, only one badge each in anything useful, and badges that would have been helpful to secure employment were completely optional?
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    05-22-2018, 02:20 PM
    When did you get your Eagle badge? I got mine in August 1992.
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    05-22-2018, 10:19 AM
    (me: pauses play of Beethoven's piano sonatas) See, you don't have to worry about unspeakably stupid shit like this with real music. (me: resumes play of Beethoven's piano sonatas, queues up Mozart's violin concertos ...)
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    05-21-2018, 01:17 PM
    Is Chanter another term for Reader? Vladyka is going to be tonsuring two Readers and two Subdeacons next week. I'm not one of them. People keep asking, and so far I haven't had to go beyond "no thank you". Between keeping a hand on Paisley to make sure she doesn't seize and kiss the floor, and the 9 month old boy who is becoming really mobile, both parents have enough going on without me trying to do more than sing. :D Yesterday we had a special assembly to buy a parcel of land, where we'll build our own temple. We're renting right now from an Anglican church, and we really like our old 1840's chapel, but we've outgrown it. It was getting pretty packed when Fr Alexander was there, but when he was replaced with Metropolitan Jonah, the thing we were expecting started to happen: for some reason having a Metropolitan around all the time has attracted even more people. Vladyka is digging in here - he's moving closer to the parish, and is looking for property to buy to set up a skete, and he's been personally involved with raising missions up to parishes multiple times. So really exciting (and scary) things are going on here. Since I'm the warden, I had to run the meeting where we voted on it... and I was NOT into it. I still have trust issues with church, which is held over from my Lutheran days... and the fact that my brothers in Christ at this Orthodox church contain a lot of federal law enforcement types doesn't help.... and so I just told everyone what I was feeling: that my primary concern is not buying property, or building a temple, but that nobody gets injured in the process. I've been saying that for a while... we have an excellent opportunity here to make some bitter enemies.
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    05-21-2018, 10:21 AM
    Kellogg was clearly in violation of the Venezuelan constitution Directive 10-289. Particularly in respect to Point Two ...
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 02:57 PM
    I can see you don't recognize the 10th amendment.
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    05-19-2018, 02:38 PM
    Twitter may be run by a bunch of hypocritical asshats, but the only monopoly Twitter has is over Twitter. This is a thing called "ownership." You have the right of free speech. You have no right to make someone else provide you with a soap box or printing press. (And anyone who thinks Twitter is the whole - or even just most - of "the Public Square" needs to get out of mom's basement for a while ...)
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    05-19-2018, 09:27 AM
    It's William Weld's turn. He's waited paitiently. And he's the "Original Libertarian" ... Boehner can be VP. (Or maybe Paul Ryan, since he's free now.)
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    05-18-2018, 10:16 PM
    I can see you don't recognize the 9th Amendment.
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    05-18-2018, 01:04 PM
    What I think of when watching Steph He does bring up some good points. He puts a lot of raw data into his vids.
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  • fisharmor's Avatar
    05-18-2018, 12:12 PM
    Yes there are other options. I'll say that I think the JBP solution would fit here: "Clean up your damned room". I think the FSP has the right idea, but is lacking in execution details. I think if libertarians could just pick a county, one county, and actually have an agenda, that would make a meaningful difference. Something like step 1: all previous law enforcement agencies will be abolished, and a new one formed which will eschew professionals, be purely reactionary, respect human rights, recognize crimes as only those actions which have victims, obstruct superior agencies who are not like-minded, and above all, not fuck around at all when dealing with actual criminals. I think MS-13 wouldn't choose to operate in a county where there's such a thing as a wanted poster that says "subject has refused to answer 5 previous warrants for violent crime, public is advised to shoot on sight. $10,000 reward, tax free." As we've seen in this thread, the larger entities are the origin of the problem. Smaller entities CAN be the solution.
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    05-18-2018, 12:01 PM
    Ok Danno... I'll marginally publicize (and paraphrase) your rep comment to keep the discussion going. I can see that r3v made an accusation that was unfounded. Nobody here is calling them all criminals. I think r3v might agree with this sentiment though: Whether you're using the criminal element to demonize the people themselves, or using it to demonize open borders, is kind of immaterial. Both statements exist in the same logic bucket. I myself conflate them regularly, but based on your feedback, I will aim not to in the future.
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    05-18-2018, 11:55 AM
    We get it, Trump got "Pope Benedicted". He didn't say that. That should be the point, but Tucker goes too far in using that lie as an anti-immigration talking point.
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    05-18-2018, 11:53 AM
    I really doubt North would have much to say about states that have a policy of prosecuting people who kill MS-13 members invading their homes.
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    05-18-2018, 11:51 AM
    And now he's the man in charge of "making sure we keep our gun rights". This country looks more and more like an assylum as time goes on. I have to keep telling myself that it has always been this way, and the only difference is that now they can't stop us seeing it.
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    05-18-2018, 11:49 AM
    I read the article mentioned below, and it does offer some nuance that's largely absent from the discussion. However, in the Video at the top of this page, Carlson says: The rest of the video after that, from 3:42 on, is pro-immigration claptrap. This is the sentiment echoed on this forum regularly by people who are responding on this thread. And that is what I was responding to when I pointed out factually that there is no inherent difference between immigration law and any other preventative law enforcement measure.
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    05-18-2018, 11:31 AM
    No story, just statistics. If it's "he said" vs "She said", then the only way to have any attention paid to what "he said" is for "him" to have money and preferably fame, too. The entire legal system knows that if they don't do the right thing for a guy who is regularly on TV, they run the risk of the way they actually do things getting put on TV, too.
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    05-18-2018, 11:26 AM
    Here's another one - there is also zero distinction between these two statements. "We need to stop people at the border so they don't become criminals." "We need to pass gun control because people are breaking the gun laws we already have."
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    05-18-2018, 11:22 AM
    IOU a rep. I am really not sure how to put this in a way that makes it more clear. The problem is NOT immigration. The problem is NOT MS-13. The problem is LAW ENFORCEMENT. MS-13 exists in this country because law enforcement allows it to. The people whose job everyone thinks it is to do something about this are the same people who cower outside of a high school while a pasty, unbalanced, untrained, drugged up teenager murders his classmates.
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