We all know how this works by now.
Reading John Barleycorn (Alcoholic Memoirs) by Jack London, loving every minute of it. I'm always loathe to share what I'm reading while reading it, lest it lose any of its magic. That's how I am when I find a gem of a book, but I will risk it for you guys.
The season of C.S. is over (for now) http://www.dailypaul.com/294269#comment-3153761, I've got my whiskey in the tumbler, eyes set to seaward, the warm liquid rolling around my belly.
What do we mean by freedom? One standard definition that is widely accepted is that freedom is the absence of coercion in the life of the individual and in the society as a whole.
Coercion is usually defined as physical force. An implicit threat, even if not everyone realizes the presence of the threat, is still coercion. In this definition, freedom is the total absence of any threat or hint of threat that physical harm would be used to render a decision from another person.
A heartfelt open letter from a mother thanking a 'kind stranger' for entertaining her autistic daughter during a two-and-half-hour flight has been read more than 51,000 times with many deeming it a 'touching' and 'beautiful' story.
Shanell Mouland, 36, from New Brunswick, Canada, uploaded a note to her blog Go Team Kate last Thursday detailing how the mystery passenger engaged her three-year-old Kate in conversation instead of ignoring her.
Death of Kelly Thomas
Ex-Officers Found Not Guilty in Kelly Thomas’ Beating Death
A diagnosed schizophrenic wandering around the streets? Check.
Not one person willing to take responsibility for him, care for him or even take an interest in his well being? Check.
Could the legal marijuana business be a new lease on life for Bitcoin? If Silk Road was the Napster of Bitcoin, perhaps legal marijuana will be the iTunes?
Yes, these are very poor metaphors.
I don't follow bitcoin as closely as others do, and I am not a bitcoin booster, but the refusal of traditional banks to handle marijuana money because of its status under federal law presents an opportunity for non-aligned financial service providers to enter the market.
It's definitely one of the top for me, just keeps getting better. Whoever is behind this has some brains.
Always in my life, whether highs or lows, I've found ways to keep going and becoming a better person, more complete and enriched by the good things I've discovered. Pain is often greatest impetus for growth.
It is spur that drives us away from the things that trip others up, and lock them into the thinking and habits that keep them politically asleep. Status, running with the pack, being popular, following the biggest ego, fearing to be out of step.
Since the end of the campaign and Ron Paul's exit from politics, it has become apparent that there are many things that we who supported him disagree on. Without Ron Paul center stage to galvanize us and turn our focus outward, to achieve the goals we all share in common, it has been easy and tempting to focus on our differences.
Our focus has become so inverted that we spend at least as much time honing and sharpening our disagreements as we do in unified efforts to shape the outside dialog in the direction we want. The worm of dissolution has burrowed in, and gnawed indeed, almost to the point that we overlook and forget the fundamentals we agree upon.
However few in number, they are powerful and central to how we relate to the outside world and engage with society.
We all agree on the primacy of the constitution as the law of the land, and the bill of rights as the spirit of that law, higher than all regulations, statutes, rulings, Acts, signing statements, executive orders, or pronouncements from on high of the cultural commissars in government, media and academia. They may be the high priests of our present political order, but we are the John Wycliffe's and Guy Fawkes' waging guerrilla warfare under their noses.
We all agree on the legitimacy of civil disobedience and non violent resistance to redress the deep moral and conscience grievances we have which cannot be immediately resolves through law or the vote.
We all agree on the sanctity of freedom of speech from legal abridgement, and we interpret this to mean the freedom to hold and express any and all beliefs without compromise, without legal obstruction, no matter the content, bar nothing.
We agree on the complete freedom of association, assembly, and voluntary interaction with others in every capacity. Economically, politically, socially, contractually.
Invite them to the DailyPaul, if they have the cojones, so I can destroy them. Might as well use me as a resource for wrecking our opponents rather than just tearing through all our internal debates like a razorblade hurricane.
I am not aware that I've ever lost a debate, and it might be fun to see if someone from the Huffpo or some other rag would want step into the lion's den and take their medicine.
Originally posed as question to Ed Ucation in comments... Follow up to this post: http://www.dailypaul.com/299212/logic-requires-faith
You're probably right that no human decisions will be free of the emotional component, influencing reasoning and decision making. Reason is perhaps ill defined.
But what about logic? Would you extend the domain of emotion into the rules of logic? If logical rules are necessarily true, at least for human beings, then logic should stand outside of emotional states.
In some recent threads I have seen people flailing about to define some rational basis for their views about what is moral. They hold to a general moral worldview about how people ought to behave, in line with traditional precepts, and in particular to justify their libertarian creed. But when pressed, they have very poor and incoherent reasons why this ought to be. They are attempting to affirm an objective morality in a way consistent with a purely naturalistic world, where we are just animals.
No, I don't mean that racism is a weapon in the class war wielded against the working people by the exploiter class of private property owners. That old refrain is a little long in the tooth. What I mean is that the key to understanding racism is to know what class a person belongs to.
Scientists working with the Gay Discovery Institute and volunteers from the Young Men's Dorm Society have announced results of a 2 year long study of the rapid spread of the gene that controls drunken kissing between college girls.
Members of the Adulterer's Society of Solidarity, or the assmen as they're known colloquially, issued a statement today calling for Phil Robertson to be fired again from his hit soap opera Duck Dynasty on ABC, for his hateful and offensive comments about them.
In their press release they stated "as C. S. Lewis said, when we made those vows to fidelity, we were only doing it to look good in front of all the attendants, to trick to our inlaws, and attain all the status gains of married life.