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Here is where gay marriage supporters and critics should agree

First off, I would like to say congrats to all the gay couples that will be able to marry now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of gay marriage. Fundamentally, I think this ruling reflects the growing consensus that individuals have the right to choose the kinds of relationships they want to have and with whomever they want to have them. This falls squarely in the right of free association that all people should have. (more…)

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Austin Petersen “Give me anarchy and I will give you death”

Austin Petersen likes to rile up the anarcho-capitalists that follow him on FB. I get the feeling that he likes to do this because they can be a hard crowd and very vocal in their criticism. I don’t necessarily have a problem with him criticizing ancaps, but he’s being a little sloppy with it. For instance, see the picture below. (more…)

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The Patriot Act and the Constitution are ineffective

Rand Paul and other like-minded senators have struck a blow to the surveillance state. Well, it was more of a speed bump, but I’ll get to that later. Rand Paul forced the expiration of several provisions in the Patriot Act that are used to legitimize the bulk data collection of Americans. Paul’s actions have had a very polarizing affect on those in Washington and most everyone that is paying attention to the situation. Sadly, it appears that most people are blissfully unaware of the battle over the security and privacy of their online data. (more…)

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Memorial Day – Honoring the fallen and not sending anymore to join them

As a veteran, Memorial Day has taken on a very different meaning than it did before I served in Kosovo and Afghanistan. It used to symbolize the great sacrifices that my brothers in arms made on behalf of the US and it’s citizens. I do not see it this way anymore. It is not my opinion of those serving in the armed forces that has changed. It is my option of our government that has seen a drastic shift. (more…)

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Tom Cotton on Guantanamo Bay and his historical blindness

Tom Cotton made some waves last week with a statement he made about Guantanamo Bay and the war on terror. Most people reacted very positively saying things like “he speaks the truth” and “what great leadership” and what not. Obviously I have some things to say about what Cotton said. Here is the clip. See you on the other side. (more…)

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The real conflict between the police and the people #AllLivesMatter

The tensions between the public and the police have reached a boiling point of sorts. Like in most public discourses, the true issue is buried under emotions, tribalism, and the inflammatory words of public figures, politicians, and opportunists. (more…)