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People You Can Vote For Who Aren’t Trump Or Hillary

In celebration of the abject absurdity of this ridiculous article on antimedia.com, I’d like to poke fun suggest 5 more people you can vote for who aren’t named Clinton or Trump:

Nano: The Chick Who Identifies as a cat:
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Random Obama-Phone Crackhead:

That guy from Office Space:

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Deez Nuts:

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This handsome feller:

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The Left Hand Is Strong. Keep An Eye On It.

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Hawaii is trying to go full retard.

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

Most people entered in the “Rap Back” database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners.

“I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” said Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.” Supporters say the law would make Hawaii a leader in safe gun laws. Allison Anderman, a staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said the bill was “groundbreaking,” and that she hadn’t heard of other states introducing similar measures.

So, if this abortion of individual liberty passes, how many criminals will it prevent from complying with the law? (Yeah, I know):

“We were only discovering things by accident,” said Robinson, who helped draft the bill. “They happen to come register another firearm, we run another background check, and then we find out they’re a prohibited person.”

That happens about 20 times each year, he said.

You read that right. About 20 people each year try to legally register a firearm (in compliance with the law) and are found to be a “prohibited person”. Every gun owner in Hawaii will be entered into a database – AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL – so that the state can continue to catch people who are trying to follow the law anyway. A federal database is completely legal, so long as the state initiates the requirement.

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Sen Sessions: 2nd Amendment Extinct If Hillary Elected

Sorry for the broken link.

This type of talk requires an armed populace to willingly surrender their firearms. I would posit that millions of Americans didn’t spend billions of dollars buying weapons and ammunition over the past 8 years, just to give them away. The chosen language shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the word “right”, thus:

Natural rights: actions endowed to us by our Creator in which one is free to engage in a state of nature
Constitutional rights: actions protected under the Constitution (including via Amendment)
Human rights: a fantasy word create by those who seek to subjugate the individual to a “collective” or “common good”

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Finding Home: Darkness Rises

This is chapter 3. If you haven’t read Chapters 1 & 2, they can be found here:

Intro & Chapter 1

Chapter 2

“From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War….” ~Thomas Madden ‘The Real History of the Crusades’
 

3. Darkness Rises

Abaskuul “Abe” Muhammed was, by all accounts a promising American immigrant success story. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia his parents fled to America, seeking asylum. They just wanted a better life for their family, and they got it.

Abe excelled at school, receiving a full-ride to the University of Washington, to study Chemical Engineering. A recipient of the ASNCE Forten Scholarship, he was 1 of 25 recipients in 1,600 nominees. His future was indeed bright.

This morning began like so many others, helping his Uncle “Abe” open the truck rental store and check in and wash the returns until he had to leave for classes.

When he got off the bus, a block south of the store, he was happy to be helping out the uncle who shared his name. As he walked up the west side of 15th street toward the store he heard what he thought was a gunshot. Mind racing, he panicked and ran toward the store.

Coming around the end of the two box trucks on the corner of the parking lot, Abe saw a man he knew from the Somali Center with a man in a green tunic and another man in white “Ihram” clothing, the traditional dress of those who are participating in Hajj. They were just inside the store and looked to be screaming at each, or someone, but Uncle Abe was nowhere to be seen.

As he ran toward the front door of the converted, 70’s era tan-colored gas station, he saw Uncle Abe’s head and back sticking up over the low cinder block wall beneath the front window. He was on his hands and knees. Uncle Abe was pleading with the men to spare him. That much was obvious. Little Abe stopped, dead in his tracks. He quickly scurried behind an enclosed trailer with the familiar landscape scene and bright orange coloring.

He tried to peak around the corner, but the 2nd man, in the green tunic, saw him and motioned for the other two to look. Like so many deer, in so many roadways, Abe froze, transfixed by the “headlights” of the current situation. He didn’t understand what was happening, and he didn’t want to, but he couldn’t will himself to move, either.

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Finding Home: Prometheus Bound

I curse thee! let a sufferer’s curse
Clasp thee, his torturer, like remorse;
‘Till thine Infinity shall be
A robe of envenomed agony;
And thine Omnipotence a crown of pain,
To cling like burning gold round thy dissolving brain

2. PROMETHEUS BOUND

“Jenny, hurry up. There’s no way we’re gonna make it to the dam by Christmas, if you don’t pick up the pace. Any slower and we’ll be walking back in time. Come on.”
Jenny was sick of Dave and his smart-ass attitude already. 15 months without him and it took less than a week.

Never one to take things too seriously, Sgt Dave “Hubcap” Haberkamp, had just returned to (JBLM) Joint Base Lewis-McChord from 15 months in Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

His battalion was re-tasked from Baghdad to FOB Sherona in the Zarghun Shahr region, near the Hindu Kush, following the draw-down in Iraq. With hardly any downtime, the ops tempo caused problems, too much distance, between he and Jenny.

During his first week “back in the world”, he found himself out of place more often than not. This wasn’t his world anymore. He could no longer relate to the average American and their griping about petty, insignificant crap.

Over the past week, he’d found himself lost, more than once. Alone, searching his mind, unable to maintain even the slightest pretense of interest in things that, just a few short years ago, he would have sworn he loved.

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Finding Home: I Wasn’t Even Supposed To Be Here

I’m writing a book. I’m six chapters in and haven’t found the time to write in many months (which I’m going to blame on my volunteer editors, not editing…) I’m hoping that posting the existing chapters will spark a renewed drive to complete the first book. Enjoy. Many of you have already seen the first chapter, so I will post the second chapter later today.

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INTRODUCTION

I am a member of the VFW, a small-L libertarian, and a very poor standard-bearer for my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. I enjoy reading, writing, shooting, hunting, hiking, and fighting.

I wrote this book (indeed, the whole series) after several days of being breathlessly enthralled by a 6-book series about zombies (“Slow Burn” – first zombie book I’d ever read). Hat-tip to Bobby Adair.

This series you’re about to read is quite manly. Reading it will make your hair thicker, your mind sharper, and your testosterone levels higher.*
Seriously, it has a bit of language and a lot of violence within. Caveat emptor. I tried to reduce the language where possible, while maintaining the authenticity of my experience in and with the military world.

I thank God that I live in a country where I can read, write, say, and believe whatever I want. Go Team infidel.
~The Author

*All claims of increased manliness are completely untrue and any connection with such is strictly disavowed by the author.

Legal Notice:
All characters, places, and references in this book are products of my imagination or are used fictitiously. Most of them are loosely based on real people and places.
If you recognize yourself, be happy about it, unless you don’t like your character in the book. In which case, that’s probably a good indication that I don’t like you, either.

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But I Thought Gender Was A Social Construct

…and doesn’t apply because we’re all exactly the same?

What I will say, if we apply a gendered lens, it is very important that young women in this space feel safe to come here and work here,” Ashton said. “[Trudeau] made us feel unsafe and we’re deeply troubled by the conduct of the prime minister of this country.”

Hamilton Star Lin-Manuel Miranda’s UPenn Commencement Speech

Trudeau later apologized, Canadianly, for taking an “unadvisable…course of action [that] resulted in physical contact.”

The 44-year-old prime minister and self-professed feminist and trained boxer has become an object of lusty affection to American liberals who wish Barack Obama could run again and are tired of pretending to be excited about Hillary Clinton.

Now, I obviously don’t support physically abusing a woman, but I’m a male-chauvinistchivalrous-pig. What bothers me here, is the selective application of feminism and progressive ideology in general. Either, you get treated the same 100% of the time, or you recognize that there are in-fact differences between the sexes and embrace the “oppression” of the patriarchy.

As an aside, I would love it if our political leadership broke out in internecine physical confrontation like the rest of the world. At least then, it’d be entertaining to watch the country crumble.

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A Crime A Day: “Why Our Govt Is Out-of-control”


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Apparently, This Is A Problem…

San Fransicko declares war on “manspreading”.

The manspreading menace is sweeping the nation, and threatens to cripple our already crumbling infrastructure, which is why officials in California are taking decisive action to eradicate it.

Men (or women) with problematically wide stances could face hefty fines after the San Francisco transit board approved a strict “one ticket, one seat” policy. Los Angeles transit officials will consider a similar measure in the coming months.

Offenders will be fined $100 for the first violation, $200 for a second offense within a 12-month period, and $500 for each repeat violation within five years. It is unclear how the new rule will be enforced.

BJ Clinton likes to assert his dominance by raping women manspreading…

Jurisdictions across the country are declaring war on manspreading, a vile tactic that men use to take up space and exert their manliness in a crowd.

That’s bad new for wannabe First Man Bill Clinton. According to a photographic analysis, the former president has a serial manspreading problem that spans decades.

See for yourself.

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RINO’s Actively Trying To Elect Hillary

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If these fools put up a 3rd candidate, in actively subverting the will of their constituents, they will have insured that Donald Trump gets my vote.

“It’s a suicide mission,” said the Republican Party Chairman.

Reince Priebus was commenting on a Washington Post story about Mitt Romney and William Kristol’s plot to recruit a third-party conservative candidate to sink Donald Trump.
Several big-name Republican “consultants” and “strategists” are said to be on board. Understandably so, given the bucks involved. With the kind of cash that sloshes around in a presidential campaign, there should be no shortage of super PAC parasites at the enlistment office.

Still missing, however, is the kamikaze pilot who gets just enough fuel to make it out to the fleet. Efforts to recruit Sen. Ben Sasse, loudest of the “Never Trump” leaders, appear to have foundered.

Second thoughts set in this weekend when the Nebraska State Republican Convention voted thunderously to chastise Sasse for persisting in his anti-Trump antics, now that the Republican nominee has been decided by the voters. Among others sounded out for the mission are ex-Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks. All have begged off.[…]

The Romney-Kristol collusion thus overlaps nicely with the interests of the Clinton campaign and the agenda of the Beltway media elite.

By scheming to divide the Republican base, they are colluding to bring about the defeat of the Republican Party. And that means Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the White House.
In 1980, Republican Congressman John Anderson, defeated by Ronald Reagan in the primaries, refused to endorse him, and ran as a third-party candidate.

As of June, Anderson had 24 percent of the vote and Reagan was losing to President Carter. Fortunately, as Anderson moved left, he began to sink and draw as much from Carter as from Reagan.

What the Never Trump folks refuse to face is this transparent reality:

Either Trump or Clinton is going to be the next president. To the degree they succeed in wounding or killing Trump’s candidacy, they advance Clinton’s chances of succeeding Obama.
The Romney-Kristol cabal is Hillary Clinton’s fifth column inside the Republican Party.

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Some Sense From The Pen Of A Democrat

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I don’t know much about This guy. (I got the link from Zero Hedge.), but I have to say that the ink dripping from the pen of this Democrat, is loaded with truth and intellectual integrity. This is a great read. Click the link and read the whole thing.

This reveals the fantastic smug certainty of the political Left in assuming that such matters as the nature of transgender behavior are adequately understood and settled — for instance, that transgender is actually a real sexual category rather than a psychological disturbance, a developmental problem, an extreme fashion statement, or a fantasy. I’m not at all persuaded that this is settled, despite the pervasive wishful thinking of the social justice corps that it were so.

It should be clear after some years of social justice hysteria in this country that coercion is now the method of choice on the Left side of the culture war battlefield: you must believe what we believe, or face punishment. As a Vietnam-era registered Democrat I hugely resent this oppressive political approach. I resent even more the supposed public intellectuals and thought leaders in government, academia, and the media who go along with this despotic conduct — which includes ruining the livelihoods and careers of respectable colleagues among them.

Though I am not generally sympathetic to the extreme political Right, especially its evangelical arm which adopted coercive and punitive tactics well before the Left did, I think the governors of North Carolina and Texas have a case in this new transgender bathroom dispute, though I hope their lawyers argue it on some basis besides scripture and sheer boobish obstinacy.

You may have noticed that more and more we live in a society where anything goes and nothing matters. We got there through the incremental eradication of boundaries, especially in social categories and behaviors. Some people find this exhilarating and others find this disturbing. I happen to believe that the elimination of boundaries is not altogether a good thing. We would probably benefit, I think, from more and firmer boundaries than squishier and fewer of them.

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America has a boundary problem and boundary problems are disturbing both to individuals and societies. A common feature of societies in decline is a preoccupation with sexual freakishness, which is on display incessantly in this Republic of Twerking and in the much-valorized “sexual subversion” celebrated in the arts. The Obama government does a huge disservice to this dangerously declining nation by provoking even more dissolution of social boundaries at a time when we have so many other converging problems of polity to contend with.

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The Internal Struggle Over Casting A Vote For Trump

I am a virulent #nevertrump guy. I have argued from the beginning that Donald Trump will not get my vote. I have elaborated from every angle I can explain, precisely why I feel this way. What you will read below only has me 20% convicted, but it is certainly something I am considering.

To be sure, I am closer now to “let it burn” than at any point in my life. I see the decline of America approaching inexorably, and I see the groundswell of support for anyone who is willing to give two middle fingers to the establishment; the desire for a strongman. I find it entertaining, if scary. There are few who more enjoy defiance, than I… so, I get it.

I also understand that there is a 30/70 chance that Trump may actually do the things that he says he will do, if you catch him on the right day or with the right influence, to coerce him to fall ass-backwards into doing the right thing.

After holding my nose and supporting Romney & McCain, I swore off ever voting against my principles again. I have resigned myself to the decline of Western Civilization & thus, the knocking down of American standing in the world. I’m reasonably certain that Hillary Clinton will take us there. Likewise, I am fairly confident that Donald Trump will take us there, too.

So, I find myself at a weird cross-road. Not wanting to vote against my principles, I have held that I will essentially waste my vote on a Cruz write-in (I voted for Cruz in my state’s primary after the Teflon Don had locked up the nod). Is a write-in for Cruz a de facto vote for Hillary? No, I don’t think it is. It certainly lowers the threshold for her to gain a majority, but there is no net value in it for her campaign.

As I stand at this cross-road, I can’t help find myself contemplating a vote for Donald Trump. Yes, the specter of a President Hillary Clinton scares the bejeezus out of me. The idea of President Trump is only slightly less frightening. What scares me more about either of them is the declining desire of the American people to be informed & involved in the political process. The advance of the “know-nothings” and the subsequent celebration of their ignorance terrifies me. Alas, our nation is already in decline. I’ve already resigned myself to this fact and find myself welcoming the SMOD.

I see the anger and resentment of nearly-all of my countrymen (and those progressives with whom I forswear any kinship) and the belligerence with which they have rebelled against the status quo, and it makes me less-than-hopeful that our problems can ever find peaceful resolution. This election cycle only encourages me to further give up hope, to throw in the towel and focus my efforts to war.

So, which candidate, as president has the best chance of taking us over-the-cliff in the most efficient manner? Hillary would be a continuation of Barack Obama’s neo-conservative war without end, American apologies, and piss-poor foreign relations – while being resisted at every turn by the presumably Republican Congress. Donald Trump, I believe, will speed up the decline by having the support of at least half of the Republican Party. His destructive trade policies, brash mannerisms, and lack of respect for all things “not-Trump” will force an even greater global backlash than that of George W. Bush.

Sure, the garish “patriotic” American flag napkin crowd will love our renewed standing as the country “not-to-be-f**ked-with”, but they will also fail to recognize the death-throes of a bully seeking former glory.

Will we reduce the size & scope of the government under either candidate? Certainly not. If we aren’t going to reign in the government, we might as well actively obstruct and even contribute to its demise. I firmly believe that we have passed the tipping point at which we could have safely turned around and slowly trudged our way back to the limited Constitutional republic of our founding. We are in decline. While I’m not fully-prepared to “let it burn”, I am ready to just get on with it. If we are to decline and fall into tyranny, then f*ck it. Let’s get it on. Give me a reason to fight. No more slow-boil for this frog. Let’s get to the point where we can hang the bastards.

Which candidate will likely move us closer to that point in a timeframe that doesn’t have me suffering under the boot heel of progressive tyranny for the next 30 years until I’m too old to effectively engage in asymmetric warfare? I believe Donald Trump might be the guy to get us there. If he follows through on his promises of trade protectionism, we’ll be neck deep in currency war (and soon enough real war). If he does what he says he will on the reckless-spending and obtuse foreign policy fronts, we’ll be hated & feared by every nation on the planet. Not my cup of tea, but if we’re going to be the world’s bully, go big or go home. It certainly moves us closer to the death knell of the federal government.

On November 8th, 2016 – I might just find myself casting a ballot for Donald Trump.

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Cultural Marxism & The Frankfurt School

Give me 7 minutes to equip you with the information you need to explain the world around you as it seemingly jumps off the rails:

No excuses. Watch it, racist, homophobe, sexist, cys-friendly, gender-biased, hater.

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Republicans: The Party Of Big Govt

These turds stopped representing me a looong time ago.

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The U.S. Senate’s first spending bill of 2016 allocates $261 million more than President Barack Obama requested and lacks significant conservative amendments, but it still sailed to passage Thursday in the Republican-led chamber.

An overwhelming number of senators on both sides of the aisle approved the energy and water development appropriations bill, by a vote of 90-8. Conservatives had objected to the higher spending levels and lack of policy riders in the weeks leading up to the vote.

In the end, it didn’t seem to matter.

It’s a victory for Republican leadership and an initial step toward achieving their goal of funding the federal government by passing 12 appropriations bills.

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Apparently, Little Green Men Are Next?

File this one under “Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot?”

“You’ll be dealing with terrorists, you’ll be dealing with hybrid armies, you’ll be dealing with little green men, you’ll be dealing with tribes, you’re going to be dealing with it all, and you’re going to be dealing with it simultaneously,” (US Army Chief Of Staff) Milley said.

The term “little green men” was used in a non-extraterrestrial, military context as recently as 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea, to refer to men wearing unmarked green uniforms. Reporters in Russia and Ukraine alike used the term to refer to the color of the uniforms and the men’s unconfirmed origin, the BBC reported.

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So, What’s Next?

Given the current state of America:

• All the gay/sex related crap has gone balls-to-the-wall, full-on stupid [will prompt a cultural backlash]
• Black on everyone mob violence
• Leftist provocateurs in every corner of the country
• Donald Trump as presumptive nominee
• Hillary Clinton as *guaranteed nominee
• Currency War building steam
• Global economy of the verge of collapse
• Global Jihad on the rise
• Cashless society coming just around the corner
• Persistent provocations of Russia & China
• Republican Party is disarray

What happens next? (please leave out any biblical end-of-days references)

I say Donald Trump wins in November, in a freaking landslide, because people are fed up. Those who have committed to voting for Trump are dedicated to the cause. The will have their strongman. Over the next couple of years, we continue to degrade morally and economically. Eventually there will be a spark and our Nation will go up in flames or into WWIII against China & Russia. Either way, I think the next 4 years will change America forever.

What say you?

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Congress-Whore X Has To Be Anonymous To Be Honest

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Would be an interesting read if we didn’t already know this to be the case.

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Black v Brown: Battle Los Angeles or The House Obama Built

They’re just getting warmed up, these young, dumb democrats…

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I’m A Rich, Skinny, 7′ Tall Japanese Black Woman

Be who you are. Objective reality be damned.

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My Tyrant – May He Always Be Right

With all of the verbal diarrhea spewing from the mouths of Trumpanzees, you know the thing that is the most frightening? It’s not that he’s any of the following:

    • Simple-minded
    • Arrogant
    • Narcissistic
    • Uninformed
    • Temperamental
    • Self-aggrandizing
    • Phony
    • Gauche
    • Progressive
    • Unprofessional
    • Un-Presidential
    • Annoying

The most frightening thing to me, is NOT EVEN that Donald Trump’s supporters are perfectly fine with (and even celebrate) these traits. No one likes a defiant two-middle fingers to convention more than I.

The most frightening to me is that these people are completely comfortable with a self-styled tyrant, so long as he’s their tyrant. Notice if you will, that the single issue of immigration keeps getting propped up as the motivator for the reluctant Trump voter. Those sensible beings who recognize the risk, but find the possibility of reward to out-weigh the risk. I can understand the thinking, even if I disagree (virulently).

What I can’t reconcile in my mind is how these individuals think he is going to accomplish the Herculean tasks for which our political class has no taste. They do realize that any efforts to curb illegal immigration would require unilateral executive action…or horse-trading, don’t they?

Is the idea of creating a temporary tyrant (the strongman) worth the trip down the road to serfdom? This is why I have given up hope that our nation can be restored to its former glory in its current iteration or configuration. What happens when the next strongman uses wields the supreme executive authority in the other direction?

More pressing, what happens if the Republican establishment sides with Donald Trump and begins rubber-stamping his ill-informed, ill-conceived policies in exchange for favors with regard to their sacred cows? So, Trump nominates a pro-abortion, pro-tranny bathroom, pro gay marriage, anti-2nd Amendment justice? I got my pork.

Our Congress-Whores have proven that they have no allegiance to any ideals. They owe no fealty to their constituents or the Constitution to which they’ve sworn their sacred honor. They will sell out your “rights” for 30 pieces of silver. What is happening in our country is called decline. No longer under the protective hand of Divine Providence, our country has been given over to a depraved mind. We are reaping the just reward for the poor stewardship of the many blessings bestowed upon us. I weep for my country. I pray that there remain enough God-fearing, liberty-loving Americans to join the fight that is already sounding on the horizon. Pray. Pray for our nation. There is no other way.

#nevertrump

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Conspiracy Theory: Conspiracy Fact

Much like gov’t agencies,Facebook uses contractors for plausible deniability.

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.

Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News
Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all. The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.

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How To Kill Small Business – Tennessee Style

This woman went from life on the dole to opening her own brick & mortar business. She wasn’t getting rich, but she got off of welfare, by braiding hair (which is a pretty lucrative trade in the hood). The State of Tennessee told her she needed to get training that didn’t apply to her skill set or service offering and pay for a license from the state.

In 1996, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law requiring natural hair stylists to attain a cosmetologist’s license through the state’s Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners.

Natural hair braiders like Nutall had excelled in their craft for years, learning braiding from their mothers and grandmothers. But now, the state was telling them they had to log more than 1,500 hours of education through an eight-week course with costs topping $12,000, Nutall recalled, and all for a skill she pioneered in Tennessee[…]

In Tennessee, not only do natural hair braiders need to attain a license, but those shampooing hair in their shops—known officially as shampoo technicians—do, too.

The Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners defines a shampoo technician as a “person who brushes, combs, shampoos, rinses and conditions upon the hair and scalp,” and the state began requiring shampoo technicians to attain a license in 1996.

To get a license, aspiring technicians must pay a $140 fee to the state, complete at least 300 hours of education in a course on the “practice and theory” of shampooing, and must be at least 16 years old.

So, what happens when the state places an undue burden on businesses (too much regulation)? They move to an environment which is less-hostile to business. To wit:

The state board didn’t budge, and Nutall ended up closing her salon in 2010 because of the expensive licensing requirements.

Instead, Nutall moved 13 miles south of Memphis, across the state line, and into Southaven, Miss. In the Magnolia State, another braider, Melony Armstrong, had successfully challenged the state’s licensing regulations for natural hair stylists, just as Nutall had attempted to do in Tennessee.

And that, folks, is how you destroy small business.

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The Information Age, Cultural Stagnation, & the Arc of American Failure

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I am 38 years old. I grew up in the 80’s and came of age in the 90’s. To be sure, the 1980’s were a grand time to be an American kid. There was no social upheaval, no imminent existential threat to our nation (foreign or domestic), though my brothers and I grew up killing Russians because that’s what good American kids do.

People, by and large, still hated Communism. Kids were taught to respect authority. They were allowed to play outside without fear of being molested, kidnapped, or murdered.

Then, one day we began hearing stories of people who used force to defend themselves being sued by their attackers – and losing. The murmur of corporal punishment being abusive began to creep, slowly, inexorably into the American consciousness. As many households had two incomes, the kids were largely unsupervised. Most of us did just fine. We broke rules. We tried to grow up too soon. We survived. Unfortunately, most of these children grew into young parents in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The free range childhoods we experienced seem to have led to an over-abundance of caution when raising the children of people in my age group (give or take 5 years), thus creating the helicopter parent.

We all know examples of these people. They make their kids wear helmets on a bicycle and pick them up any time they fall down. These are the parents who take their kids to the doctor when little Johnny or Suzie scrapes their knee. These are parents who the Good Idea Fairy smacked upside the head and convinced to give every kid a trophy. When I was in middle school, I was selected to spend a day with 8-10 other kids who were of exceptional intellect. We spent the day with some savant who was trying to teach us how to tap into different areas of our mind to maximize what we could accomplish. By the time I reached high school, we had motivational speakers telling everyone in school that they were “…someone special…”. Exceptional, each and every one of us.

In just a few years, we’d gone from singling out the exceptional to telling everyone they were so. Yep, you’re unique and special… Just like everyone else.

At the same time these parents were coming-of-age the internet was coming online. The information age was upon us and man was it glorious! Having never ventured outside of the small town in which you were raised, you could now have a sex-chat with some chick in Australia [or more likely some guy in Des Moines]. We went from having to go to the library and trudge through dusty encyclopedias to find information to having the sum of human understanding quite literally at our fingertips, in the span of 5 years. It was a great time to be alive.

Do you remember all of the phone numbers you used to have memorized? Addresses, important dates? How many numbers do you retain now? Bear with me here, I’m making a point. How utterly unremarkable and unimportant were you when the internet was first introduced to the public? Do you miss it?

Life became easier. No longer did you have to commit things to memory. You can just google it or find it in your phone. You didn’t have to put in work to find information. The collective knowledge of mankind has increased beyond comprehension, but mysteriously people seem dumber. Why do you think that might be?

Is it possible that with the advent of the information age, we have created a generation of children-cum-adults who merely phone it in because they’ve not been required to put in the effort? That we’ve created a culture of the “special” with none more remarkable than the next? That this has led an entire nation to over-estimate it’s own individual worth?

A society where everyone can be famous for 15 minutes for nothing more than a funny comment or picture? Everyone is now the star of their own reality tv series. They headline their own news agency, and display their lives however they see fit. Each a star in his own sight, you can truly be anything you want to be in today’s social media culture.

Is it then, any wonder that these same self-absorbed, self-ingratiating, self-aggrandizing people would vote for individuals who personify the very traits they exhibit each and every day in their own life? Is it really a surprise that the majority of a nation of intellectually lazy, cynical, self-important imbeciles would select intellectually lazy, cynical, self-important imbeciles to represent them? Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton… these people represent the worst attributes of American culture, but amazingly they have achieved cult-like status among their followers and caused American to lose it’s f-king mind.

Enjoy the decline (and hopefully the largest cultural backlash the world has ever seen).

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Back In The Saddle

I love this guy.

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Your Would-Be Emperor Has No Clothes!

If you’re a single-issue “Immigration” vote for Trump, you may want to consider that one more time.

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