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The following passage was written by Elliot Rodger in his manifesto titled My Twisted World The Story of Elliot Rodger. “I am not part of the human race. Humanity has rejected me. The females of the human species have never wanted to mate with me, so how could I possibly consider myself part of humanity? […]

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Newsmax Goes Satellite

 

shutterstock_137593505I’m not a regular reader of Newsmax, the conservative-leaning news website, but I know a lot of folks who are. The Newsmax logo is all over the center-right web. And the writing is top-notch.

I don’t know what their demographics are — I suspect they’re, um, older — but this, I think, is good news for all of us. From Newsmax:

Focused on serving an audience of more than 80 million disenfranchised Baby Boomers, Newsmax Media, Inc.’s Newsmax TV has signed a distribution deal with DirecTV and is accelerating toward a national launch that expects to reach 40 percent of U.S. cable and satellite homes by the end of this year.

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So yesterday the waiter just decides that he will take a 10% tip straight off of my bill but without telling me.  He probably thought that because I speak his language with a foreign accent that he could get away with it.  He brought down a ton of wrath upon himself. He will think again […]

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In Sickness and In Health

 

shutterstock_190123037In an article I recently posted about divorce, someone commented that breaking up is the best option if you’re dealing with mental illness: “While you can be legally married to someone that is mentally ill, you cannot actually be married to them. This is because marriage is a “peer” relationship and you cannot have a peer relationship with someone that is (or even claims to be) mentally ill. You are forced into a ‘caretaker’ relationship with that person. I recommend that you accept that you are divorced in fact, and get divorced legally. Then get on with the business of having a happy life.”

Setting aside any situation that involves abuse (both physical and emotional), dealing with someone who is mentally ill takes strength, courage, and longsuffering—character traits most of us don’t have in abundance. It also takes sacrifice. That is never easy. 

Like the commenter said, when your spouse suffers from a mental illness (or any long-term illness), your marriage has changed. It’s no longer two people giving equally; you have become a caretaker— giving and often receiving very little in return. The result can be discouragement, exhaustion, and hopelessness (and that’s if the mentally ill person recognizes their condition and is getting treatment; it’s an entirely different story if you’re dealing with someone who is mentally ill and refuses to get help).

The Libertarian Podcast: The Second Amendment and Mass Shootings

 

shutterstock_124466629In the wake of last week’s shooting rampage by Elliot Rodger in California, there’s been a predictable firestorm over the Second Amendment and whether America makes it too easy to access guns. In this episode of the Libertarian podcast from the Hoover Institution, Professor Epstein addresses some of those issues: Was the Second Amendment meant to protect individual rights or collective ones? Has the Supreme Court’s recent jurisprudence on the issue gotten us closer to, or further away from, the original meaning? And, even if the critics have their way, do the kind of gun control regulations we most frequently hear proposed have any real prospect of curbing violence like what we saw last week? Listen to hear Richard’s take.

 

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Right now, I’m involved in two separate discussions with Ricochet members about Phil Robertson’s upcoming conference speech to Republicans. Only one of those discussions is happening on Ricochet. The other is happening on Facebook. Through Facebook, I’m still connected to a few former Ricochet members and contributors. It doesn’t much matter to me where we […]

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The Truth About Ukraine

 

shutterstock_167810666Yesterday, President Obama gave a commencement address to the cadets at West Point. Here’s what he said about Ukraine:

This weekend, Ukrainians voted by the millions. Yesterday, I spoke to their next president. We don’t know how the situation will play out, and there will remain grave challenges ahead, but standing with our allies on behalf of international order, working with international institutions, has given a chance for the Ukrainian people to choose their future — without us firing a shot.

Here’s what he should have said:

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The Soon Shine Sun Shonky Shop has provided Ankh-Morpork‘s lower classes and the temporarily disadvantaged with previously (and thoroughly) worn fashions for many decades. “A genius when it comes to pricing fourth-hand schmutter”, as the Sweeper states. The poor-but-proud would never buy from a pawn shop, but the shonky shop has the feel of a […]

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Just finished reading a speculation on life after death by Glenn Bennetts.  His intriguing novel – The Afterlife Journey:  The First 300 Years – is a small book, little more than 200 pages.  It is the story of an atheist, an Australian bricklayer who succombs to a heart attack on his golf course; he is […]

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I already knew Canada was a foreign country, but having traveled relatively little in its most populous province, I could scarcely know HOW foreign. Ontario has black squirrels! Ontario is also the best place to hear the world’s most ambiguous geolocator: “near Tim Hortons.” But I soon got over my astonishment and went back to […]

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The Morality of Hermits?

 

shutterstock_181793927I was recently listening to the Rationally Speaking podcast, a show that discusses  philosophy, science and the relationship between the two. While the co-host, Massimo Pigliucci (a philosophy professor at CUNY-City College) was running through what various philosophers thought about suicide (that episode’s topic), he got off on a tangent about hermits. (You can listen to it here, with the hermit section arriving at about the ten minute mark.)

 Specifically, the discussion turned to the morality of being a hermit, which Pigliucci has a problem with because

I do think that if you choose to be a hermit, you are essentially abandoning the rest of society, therefore whatever moral duties you have to society, and therefore you cannot have a eudaemonic life.

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http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/27/politics/us-afghanistan-troops/ I honestly wish I could share in the relief and optimism the Liberals feel about our drawback from Iraq and Afghanistan.  But I feel like all that has been accomplished is to leave a huge pile of you know what in front of the fan. Preview Open

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I was disappointed in Rush’s broadcast today.  It was all over the place.  Probably lowest point came when he was talking about Price Charles’s comments on capitalism, and brought up the time that his then mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles, and he were recorded via wiretap in a personal conversation. The conversation between them was a […]

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#YesAllWomen’s Wasted Opportunity

 

shutterstock_162487649An article on CNN leads off the discussion of the #YesAllWomen hashtag with the following:

No, not all men channel frustration over romantic rejection into a killing spree. But yes, all women experience harassment, discrimination or worse at some point in their lives. That’s the message at the core of an ongoing Twitter conversation that emerged after a rampage last week that left six students from the University of California, Santa Barbara, dead and wounded 13 others. Elliot Rodger, who apparently shot and killed himself, left behind a robust digital footprint detailing his plan to “destroy everything I cannot have,” blaming the “cruelness of women” for leading to his “day of retribution.”

Okay, I get it: Elliot Rodger was a jerk who hated women, and now we get inundated on Twitter with the notion that all women are victims of a domineering male society (never do I see an acknowledgement that women can be, and often are,  just as bad too each other as any man ever could be). As one person on Twitter said: