33 Reasons To Be A Libertarian1) Because the taxes that supposedly go to building roads, bridges, and schools mostly go to funding the military-industrial complex.33 Reasons To Be A Libertarian2 years ago in Personal More Like This
2) Because the army is being forced to purchase tanks it neither wants nor needs. If the army were to withhold creating new tanks for three years, it would save taxpayers $3 billion dollars--the same amount the Pentagon spends in a single day!
Sunday Funnies (08/17/2014)Need a good laugh? We all do. So here’s your weekly compilation of political cartoons. This week, everyone is down, down, down, down, down. The man is keeping the people down in Ferguson, boots on the ground are going down in Iraq, and everyone’s spirit has been down with the passing of Robin Williams. But, baby, don't worry. You are my only. You won't be lonely. Even if the sky is falling down. Baby, are you down, down, down, down, down? Down! Down!Sunday Funnies (08/17/2014)7 months ago in Personal More Like This
#StopSOPA - Jan 18 - Web Blackout + Response to dAPlease See Edit 10 at the bottom for Response to dA update#StopSOPA - Jan 18 - Web Blackout + Response to dA3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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For those of you wondering what SOPA/PIPA are, take a look at this video http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/
As a protest of #SOPA and #PIPA (The Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act) two pieces of legislation that are up for debate once again on January 18, 2012, I will be blacked out from all my websites, deviantART included. What does this mean?
"On January 18, between 8am and 8pm EST (or 13:00 and 01:00 UTC), Reddit will be blacking out their website in protest of SOPA and PROTECT IP. We request all website administrators worldwide - and especially those running large user-content websites - to black out their website at the same time, to voice their opposition of SOPA and PROTECT IP. This legislation may very well not only change the future of the in
Examples Of LibertarianismOne of the main criticisms against libertarianism, as a Daily Kos article recently demonstrated, is that there are no real life examples of libertarian governments, and therefore, no evidence that libertarianism works. While it is true that there are no completely libertarian countries, there are countries with libertarian policies which have been highly successful. Here are five examples:Examples Of Libertarianism3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hong Kong's Economic Policy (Laissez-Faire Capitalism)
Chile's Pension Program (Privatization)
Switzerland's Foreign Policy (Noninterventionism)
Top 11 favorite statist argumentsNew and revised! Check 'em out!Top 11 favorite statist arguments3 years ago in Personal More Like This
11. Love it or leave it
Statists love to support their pet government by arguing that if you don't like it, you're free to leave whenever you want...of course ignoring the fact that you need the government's permission to leave and thus they can stop you if they so desire.
But what's really downright evil about this argument is how it's effectively blaming the victim. If a woman complains about how her husband beats her and blows all their money on booze, what would you think of someone who replied by saying it's her fault for staying with him?
It really takes a special kind of asshole to resort to a low blow argument like this and shame on anyone who ever has.
10. Taxation is not theft
When the mafia demands 10% of your income or else, it's racketeering. When the government demands 40% of your income or else, it's taxation and somehow is totally different. And my only question is HOW?!
"But Hawkeye!" they cry
2014 Positivity Project So after my post last night I started thinking; positive thinking; I want to do something to promote positivity throughout the world, not just in my life so I decided to start a 2014 Positivity Project using a tumblr blog and hopefully make it grow more throughout the year.2014 Positivity Project1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The 5 W's
What? The whole point of this project is to spread positivity through photographing inspirational/positive/motivational/uplifting quotes written on paper
When? NOW! You can do one once a month, week, day or just only once. However many times you want to do it! My goal is to collect 365 positive quote photos by the end of this year. If you do one, leave a comment in this journal, on my page or send me a note and I will add it to
Federal Judge Upholds School American Flag BanFederal Judge Upholds School American Flag Ban1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I know it’s been forever since I’ve written something, but a recent news story brought my piss to such a boil that I had to vent about it.
First, allow me to provide a hypothetical scenario: imagine a girl decided to attend school wearing next to nothing with a revealing top and even more revealing short skirt. (You know: the typical attire for high school girls!) Now imagine that this girl was accosted by a pack of horny, testosterone-driven jocks and gang raped.
The students are brought before the principal. However, rather than reprimanding the rapists and having their sorry asses expelled and arrested, the principal instead reprimands the rape victim for tempting the boys with her revealing outfit, and as a precautionary measure against future rape incidents, passes a strict dress code prohibiting girls from wearing such sensual clothing.
One Good Thing About Ending The Cuba EmbargoOne Good Thing About Ending The Cuba Embargo3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Obama announced that he was going to lift the 50-year-old Cold Era embargo on Cuba. While neocons are grinding their teeth over this decision, I think that it will allow for a valuable learning experience.
Now that there's nothing preventing U.S. citizens from visiting Cuba, leftist college students who proudly vote Democrat and “think for themselves” (i.e.: regurgitate the talking points their Marxist professors indoctrinated them with) will now have the opportunity to visit this Communist country and take a first-hand look at socialism at work. (Heck, maybe many of these sta
States Criminalize Off-The-Grid Living"If you crazy wacko libertarians hate government and taxes, then why don't you stop using government services?"States Criminalize Off-The-Grid Living4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Well, that’s what the people at a Texas sustainable-living commune, happily named the "Garden Of Eden," tried to do. They wanted to live peacefully off-the-grid growing their own organic food, collecting their own water, and generating their own electricity.
And what happened to them?
A heavily-armed SWAT team raided their farm, handcuffed most of their members at gunpoint, and seized most of their produce, which consisted of "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers.”
Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp give the details along with insightful humorous commentary on why it’s not easy for people to simply “stop using government services” and
No Right To KnowI'm sure most of you have heard about the high school social studies teacher facing disciplinary action for informing his students about their constitutional rights.No Right To Know2 years ago in Personal More Like This
For those of you who don't: The teacher in question, John Dryden, was responsible for having his class fill out a school survey. One of the questions inquired about illegal drug or alcohol use. He told his students that, according to the Fifth Amendment, they were not required to answer the question. This landed him in trouble with the school board, which is currently seeking disciplinary action against him. In all likelihood, he very well may be terminated.
Not only does this incident show the malevolent ineptitude of our public school system, but also the malignment of our civil liberties, to the point where informing others of them has now been considered radical.
I could rant and rave over this, but
Daily Pony: Non-Aggression Principle For PoniesHere’s an image I found linked to on the Bogosity Forum:Daily Pony: Non-Aggression Principle For Ponies9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Normally I blog about politics. Sometimes I blog about ponies. Rarely do both topics mesh as perfectly as they do here. Fluttershy is best spokespony for the non-aggression principle!
This Isn't How You Fight The Police StateThis Isn't How You Fight The Police State2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Guys, I’m against the police state as much as you all are. I’m just as concerned about the militarization of local law enforcement, and I’m just as disgusted by the overt displays of police brutality and abuse—even more so by how our “justice” system allows police officers who murder in cold blood to walk free. I’m all for fighting against the police state any way we possibly can.
Killing police officers who have done no wrong for the sake of retributive vigilantism isn’t how we should go about doing that.
Those two police officers did not kill Michael Brown. They did not kill Eric Garner. Th
The War Against Sustainable LivingI can’t believe I’m sharing a video by an MLK conspiracy theorist and anti-GMO science denialist. But you know what they say: even a broken clock tells the correct time twice a day; and his anti-capitalist rambling aside, Lee Camp is correct:The War Against Sustainable Living1 year ago in Personal More Like This
VIDEO: The Secret Reason Sustainable Living Is Now Illegal
“How dare anyone try to live their own lives without using services provided by the state or state-backed corporations! How dare they try to grow their own food, collect their own water, generate their own electricity, or teach their own children! How dare they try to live as independent, self-sustaining individuals! They live in a society, and need to be forced by government to join the collective or GTFO and move to Somalia!”
Or that is what I would
Capitalism Key To Ending PovertyI've written about the blogsite "Big Think" before and again. For a site called "Big Think," its blog posts tend to promote small ideas, giving me the impression that the site is only "Big Think" in name.Capitalism Key To Ending Poverty2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But a recent article managed to increase my respect for it by at least one point.
In his post "The Upward Spiral of Capitalism and the End of Poverty", John Mackey argues that, contrary to popular misconception, capitalism is not a zero-sum game, but rather a "win, win, win, win, win game" where everyone wins.
Mackey dispels the myth that wealth is a "limited fixed pie" that needs to be equally distributed to prevent others from getting "unfair large pieces," and argues that it's really a "growing pie" that allows
30 Common Fallacies Used Against LibertariansI have all but given up on arguing against statists and anti-libertarians. It’s clear that they do not want an honest debate, especially since most of their arguments amount to strawman and ignorance.30 Common Fallacies Used Against Libertarians1 year ago in Personal More Like This
If I have to hear someone ask “who will build the roads?” or tell me to “move to Somalia!” or call me a “Koch Brother shill!” for the umpteenth time, I would sooner bitch slap them senseless rather than waste my time replying to their ignorance. They’d only end up plugging their ears and screaming “la, la, la! I can’t hear you! I can’t hear you!”
But for those with the patience of a saint to argue with this subspecies of human beings we sadly have to share the planet with, Max Borders from The Freeman compiled a list of 30 common fallacies used against libertarians and the rational responses to counter them.
I doubt st
Why Communism does not work.Alright friends, readers, countrymen... I've been getting pretty tired of hashing it out with a cluster of Commie chuckleheads who are under the erroneous impression that Communism works. They keep saying that Communism hasn't been tried properly and because of that, we can't close the book on it forever just yet.Why Communism does not work.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
They cite African and South American primitive villages as examples of Communism working. They're either mistaken or lying of course, because villages still have an alpha presence in the form of shaman, chief or council of elders who have more authority than others. But let's assume that they're right...
How good is village living? >_>
Rampant disease, no hospital system, no one to come to your aid if people don't like you and you're in trouble, working what equates to a sixteen hour day...
Does that sound good to you?
Anyway, let us take a little trip down history lane and have a look at why Communism sucks. Why it blows. Why it's a murderous, filthy <
Doing Nothing Wrong? You Have PLENTY To Fear!Doing Nothing Wrong? You Have PLENTY To Fear!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
“If you’re doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.” This is the rationalization many authoritarian statists use to justify stricter laws, invasive surveillance, and militarized law enforcement. Why should you worry about any of that? If you’re not a criminal or terrorist, you have nothing to fear, right?
Sadly, recent events give a much different answer. Countless innocent people have either been convicted of victimless crimes or wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. The Free Thought Project lists 30 such examples:1. Niakea Williams went to her son’s St. Louis-area elementary school one day to pick up her son, who has Asperger’s. The school was put on lockdown and
Check Your Privilege Is An Idiotic PhraseBy now, I’m sure you’ve read Tal Fortgang’s epic smackdown of the feminist social justice warrior rallying cry “check your privilege!”—or at least you bore witness to the visceral outrage from the left-wing blogosphere over it. As can be expected, the main criticism against it has been that the author was a rich, white heterosexual cis-gendered male from Princeton, and therefore, his argument was invalid. If anything, these reactions have only served to reinforce, rather than refute, the column’s point.Check Your Privilege Is An Idiotic Phrase10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Which is why it’s ever so euphoric to see the same point being said by a less-than-“privileged” white girl like Julie Borowski:
"Check Your Privilege" Is An Idiotic Phrase
The entire concept of “white privilege” is
On Law Enforcement and the US Police StateI've been meaning to write this for a while, since it's a topic that not only doesn't go away, but only seems to continue worsening. We've all seen the stories, the statistics, read the articles, had the discussions, and in many cases, experienced the injustice firsthand. The overreach of authority from law enforcement, the abuses of power, the abject failures of judgement that go on around America on a daily basis are a national disgrace. In short, we are becoming - if we aren't already - a police state. We are becoming a country where the law shoots first and asks questions later, a country where you are guilty until proven innocent, and a country where the worst crime you can commit is to flout the authority of a cop, to disrespect him/her, especially in front of others. This "crime" has become a capital offense, one where the police officer is all too often the judge, jury and executioner. This has to stop, and America has to demand that it stops. These are the reforms which I beliOn Law Enforcement and the US Police State5 months ago in Personal More Like This
FBI: Americans Less Violent, Except For...FBI: Americans Less Violent, Except For...4 months ago in Personal More Like This
If you waste most of your free time watching sensationalist news media and fictional crime dramas, you’d probably fall under the impression that America is the most violent place in the world. However, when you ignore all of that crap and pay attention to statistics, you realize that America isn’t as violent as the media portrays it. Far from it!
Time and again, statistics reveal that both violent crime rates and prison incarceration rates have been falling over the past few decades. Overall, Americans are less violent than ever before—well, most Americans save for one group:While violence among citizens has dropped, violence against citizens carried out by police has been rising sharply.
According to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, 461 felony suspects were shot by police la
Enough with the Anti-Church PropagandaSo this is why I don't watch science shows anymore: they're all antitheistic gibberish aimed to push the New Atheist agenda that science and religion just don't mix. The most recent has been Seth MacFarlene's animation short featured in Cosmos, which featured the Church as, once again, a big fat meanie head who hates scientific progression. It focuses on Giordano Bruno, a Dominican friar who was executed by the Church for numerous reasons, including attacking the faith and forming alliances with countries that were enemies of the Church. He was a deranged mystic who tried to say that Jesus was just a skilled magician, and that a made up Egyptian religion (Hermetism) was the true religion.Enough with the Anti-Church Propaganda1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So, gee, I wonder why he was executed. But you know, Mr. MacFarlene likes to remind us how anti-Christian/Catholic he is by screwing up history and playing off Bruno as some helpless innocent scientist who's latest theory was hated by the Church.
You First, Obama! Stop Treating Us Like The Enemy!You First, Obama! Stop Treating Us Like The Enemy!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
You want Americans to stop treating government like the enemy? Perhaps you should start by stop having government treating Americans like the enemy!
Stop approving their indefinite detention. Stop targeting them for drone strikes. Stop collecting their phone records. Stop prosecuting marijuana dispensaries. Stop
Common Logical FallaciesWhen it comes to political discussion, more often than not, it's plagued with fallacious arguments. Simply scrolling through the comment section of any political piece will attest to this. It only takes milliseconds to stumble across a logical fallacy!Common Logical Fallacies2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is why I would like to provide a valuable service to my followers by educating you all about identifying and avoiding logical fallacies.
The following list contains examples of common logical fallacies used in political arguments. Each example has a hyperlink to an article explaining the type of fallacy it is. Can you guess the logical fallacy before clicking on the link?
Also, while most of these examples are generalized political talking points, some are actual quotes from politicians and political pundits. Can you spot which ones they are?
• "The Republican healthcare plan is 'Don't get sick!' And if you do get sick, 'Die quickly!'" [FALLACY]
• "That study was