Richard Barnes

A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. – Thomas Jefferson

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Thursday
Jun112015

Men Beating Up On Women

Men should not hit women.

That is a statement I think most people will agree with.  Men on average are physically stronger then women.  Men have different bone structures and muscle density.  This is not sexist, it's science.

It is for this reason women have an additional 30 minutes for their qualifying time for the Boston Marathon and the physical qualifications for jobs like firefighters or military are different for men and women.

In 1979 Andy Kaufman brought this to the center of debate with a westling match he had on Saturday Night Live in which he beat a woman and went on to claim he was the World Inter-Gender Wrestling Champion.  Andy's stunt brought front and center a heated debate about the sexes and equality.

Jump forward in time to today.  Now we have a person who was born a man, went through puberty as a man and later had surgery to alter their body to appear female.

Fallon Fox was born a man and later through surgery altered themselves to become a woman.  Fox is also an MMA fighter.

In their most recent fight Fox not only beat their opponent but gave her a concussion and a broken eye socket.

On Saturday, Fox defeated Tamikka Brents by TKO at 2:17 of the first round of their match. In addition to the damaged orbital bone that required seven staples, Brents received a concussion.

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“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because [he] was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor,” she stated. “I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right. ”

His “grip was different,” she added. “I could usually move around in the clinch against...females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”

This is a professionally trained female fighter making these statements and pointing out how over powered she felt.  This isn't a stunt like what Andy Kaufman pulled, this is a professionally trained fighter.

Speaking to LifeSiteNews, military veteran Jeff Nader, who has fought for UFC competitor Bellator, said that “Fallon Fox has had the benefits of being a man for most of his life. [He has] bone density, muscle mass, and other physical benefits that one gets from being a man. You can't have that, and then make a minor adjustment -- basically, a cosmetic adjustment -- and suddenly claim to be a woman."

"Nothing can take away from the fact that you are physically a man. Mentally and emotionally, who knows -- but physically, he's a man.

There are so many questions rised by this I couldn't even begin to list them all.

For starters, since performance enhancing drugs are not allowed and in many sports athletes caught using them are locked out from halls of fame and have records they break questioned or marked with asterisk, so if an athlete who was formerly a man competes in women's sports and breaks their records how will the new record be treated?

If we open up professional sports to allow this form of body modifications, where do we draw the line?  Should swimmers be allowed to have webs grafted between their fingers for example? 

We want to pretend that if someone alters their body they instantly become the other gender they've altered themselves to look like but there is much more to being a man or women then what's between your legs.

To borrow the words of Austin Powers, "It's a man, baby!"

Wednesday
Jun102015

Use Of God In The Pledge

How many times have you heard Liberals bring up the fact that the words "under God" were not added to the pledge until 1954?

The pledge itself was written in 1892 but wasn't officially adopted by Congress until 1942.

The first occurrence of the pledge being used in a school was October 12, 1892 during a Columbus Day celebration.

Keeping in mind that the words under God were not added until 1954, a curious pledge was found on black board from 1917 that was found under the new black boards of an Oklahoma city school.  The blackboard contained the following version:

"I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all."

Not only does this 1917 version of the pledge contain the reference to God but the pledges takers pledge their head, heart and life to God before country.

Something to think about.

 

Thursday
May282015

Bernie Sanders And Why We Have A Federal Deficit

One of the best ways to deceive or mislead people is by giving them selective truths.  People no longer think for themselves as evident by how many people base their opinions and views simply on short 30 second sound bytes.

Case in point, there is a quote from Bernie Sanders making rounds on the internet.

Want to better understand why we have a federal deficit?

In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for 33 percent of all federal tax revenue.

Today, despite record-breaking profits, corporate taxes bring in less than 9 percent.

-Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Wow, shocking right?

Now what if I told you that the statement he made was 100% true as well?

Clearly it's time to get your pitch forks and torches out, those greedy capitalists want to bankrupt our fine country and keep all the money for themselves.

This is where it requires us to actually think and that's where most people stop.  They heard Bernie's statement and it's true, what more is there.

For starters take a closer look at what he's actually saying.  What's the first thing you notice about the numbers?  They are percents.  He fails to give actual dollar amounts or even qualify it against the percent of the GDP or anything relevant.  Instead he gives percent of the total revenue taken in by the government.

Why is that relevant?

If you go to lunch with 9 other co-workers and you each pitch in $10 for the total bill of $100, you've paid 10% of the total.  If you go to lunch with the same 9 co-workers but this time you go to a high scale sushi bar and 5 of those co-workers order a series of over priced drinks, the bill that previously came to $100 now comes to $1000.  The five who ordered the drinks offer to cover the majority of it so you put in $20 for your share.  You've paid more than you did the prior day but this time you only paid 2% of the total.

That is essentially what is happening here with corporate income taxes.

In 1952 the federal government collected $21.2 Billion in corporate income taxes.

In 2013 the federal government collected $274 Billion in corporate income taxes.

If you were to adjust the dollar amounts from 1952 into today's dollars it comes out to be $183.68 Billion so just as in my example, they are paying out more but because the government is taking in more revenue (read as higher taxes all across the board) the percentage is less.

According to Polifact, in the same article that validated Bernie's statement as true, the total revenue taken in by the federal government in 1952 was $65.3 Billion.  Here's how they broke it down:

1952 taxes

Individual income taxes

Corporate income taxes

Social insurance and retirement taxes

Excise taxes

Other taxes

Total tax revenue

$27.9 billion

$21.2 billion

$6.4 billion

$8.9 billion

$818 million

$65.3 billion

43 percent

33 percent

10 percent

14 percent

1 percent

100 percent

 

In 2013 the total revenue was $2.6 Trillion, again here's the breakdown:

2013 taxes

Individual income taxes

Corporate income taxes

Social insurance and retirement taxes

Excise taxes

Other taxes

Total tax revenue

$1.3 trillion

$274 billion

$948 billion

$84 billion

$19 billion

$2.6 trillion

50 percent

10 percent

36 percent

3 percent

1 percent

100 percent

 

All across the board the government takes more and more money every chance they get, so back to Bernie's original claim, if we want to understand why the federal government has a deficit problem, when you take into account that they take more of our money than ever before it isn't a revenue problem as he implies.  It's a spending problem.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
May202015

What We All Believe

Recently one of my left of center frends shared out an article on Daily KOS highlighting a list from the Charlet Observer answering the question "why do you support such a liberal agenda".

I tracked down the original article since Daily KOS picked only a handful of the list for their reprint, you can read it in full HERE.

I'd like to share some of that list with my own comments.

We believe that everyone is created equal.

Why then would you support a party that believes in treating people differently based on the color of their skin in things like college admissions or job considerations?

We believe that children should not bear responsibility for the sins of their parents.

So the answer is to murder them before they are born so they don't ever have a chance at life?

We believe people should not be treated as lesser citizens, with fewer rights, because of whom they love.

Let me preface by saying I support same sex marriage.

That said, same sex couples are not denied rights.  They have the same rights as everyone else.  They can marry someone as defined by laws (man and woman) so technically they have the same number of rights.  What they want are different rights, or they want the laws changed.  That's far different then claiming you have fewer rights.

We believe a thriving city, state and nation rests to a great degree in the quality of its public schools, and that every child deserves a dedicated, dynamic teacher, regardless of what ZIP code that child lives in.

Then why not support school choice?

Not ever child learns the same but yet we force all children into the same school systems that teach one single learning style.  And if kids live in an area with a failing school, unless that children's parents can afford the option of a private school they are denied the chance at a dedicated, dynamic teacher.

We believe discrimination is wrong in every instance.

I will believe that when the left wing begin to reject the race-baiters like Sharpton who look to divide us at every chance they can.

We believe in consistency, so if you are going to drug-test recipients of public assistance, drug-test them all, including the corporate chieftains who are the biggest beneficiaries.

Consistency?  Sort of like requiring IDs to cash checks, drive, or purchase weapons then you should also show an ID when you vote?  Or do they only support consistency when it supports their views.

And while we are at it, let's say we did begin drug testing the chieftains who's companies receive government money in any way and let's assume one of the biggest beneficiaries tested positive.  Liberals are ok with the funding being cut to a company even if it results the loss of thousands of jobs while the Chieftain keeps his or her job?  Sorry but pushing an individual vs punishing a corporation which translates to innocent people being punished instead of the guilty party is not a form of consistency, it's a form of idiocy.

We believe that police officers should act professionally, under incredibly difficult circumstances, regardless of a suspect’s race.

Fair statement.  Shouldn't reporters also be expected to act professionally reporting the fact about the news instead of spreading rumors like the "hands up don't shoot" which turned out to be a complete lie?

We believe taxes should be kept as low as possible while still providing a sound safety net for the neediest, a robust education for all, decent health care for the elderly and the destitute, and other basics.

Keep taxes as low as possible?

After falling out of my chair in laughter it took me a minute to compose myself enough to respond to this one.

Part of keeping taxes low is keeping spending to a responsible level.

Also there is a major difference between providing a safety net and providing handouts for the lazy who are unwilling to do for themselves.

We believe politicians of any party should keep their promises, avoid the appearance of personal gain from the public trust, and look out for the general welfare, not that of any one special interest.

When the left begins to hold their own to this standard then I will believe it but when you have a president who ran on being the most open administration in history who has been everything but and the left doesn't say boo about it... sorry, not buying this.

We believe offenders have paid their price when their sentence is up and should be helped to assimilate back into society. And that that’s better for the community than neglecting them and watching them commit another crime.

This is coming from the same party that punishes the innocent by stripping away rights from everyone because of a few examples of those doing wrong.

We believe there are peace-loving Muslims.

As do most people, however most people can also acknowledge that while not every Muslim is a terrorist, every terrorist so far has been a Muslim.

We believe in the separation of church and state.

Yes but do you believe in freedom OF religion as granted by the first amendment.

We believe if you’re a fan of a politician solely because he has a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ after his name, then you’re not paying attention.

I agree.

We believe we have only one planet, and we should protect it for our grandchildren.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/taylor-batten/article21108579.html#storylink=cpy

Again I doubt you will find anyone who disagrees with this statement.  That said, just because something feels like your doing good doesn't mean you actually are.

Now let me come back with my own list of why I lean to the right.

I believe we should follow all of the Constitution, not just the parts we agree with, and I believe we should follow it as it was written and intended, not how we can twist the words to fit our current definitions.

I believe that all life matters.

I believe that there is nothing wrong in showing pride in our country or our flag.

I believe a government that takes 30% or more of anyone's income is taking too much and needs to re-evaluate where it is spending money.

I believe that American people are good people who will help each other and those in need and that charity does not need to be forced for us to give those who are most destitute a hand up.

I believe that Americans know what's best for themselves and do not need government to make choices for them or to tell them what they can and cannot do.

I believe in personal responsibility.

I believe that most police officers are good people who do act professionally.

I believe that there is evil in the world and that our country does need to protect itself from those evils.   And there is evil on a local level and while we'd love our police officers to be super people who can stop all crime before it happens, I realize they can't and therefore good people need the ability to protect themselves.

I believe that politicians who lie and show they have no integrity should be removed from office and replaced.

I believe the media has an obligation to uncover the truth about political scandals regardless of which party the politician is a member of and to report that truth so people are informed.

I believe educated voters are better voters and our country would be better off if people knew who and what they were actually voting for instead of basing their opinions on 30 second sound bytes.

I believe the founding fathers were right to set limits on the powers of the federal government (Article I Section 8 of the Constitution) and we'd be far better off if our federal government stuck to those limits and left the rest to state and local governments.

I believe that any time you take from those who produce and give to those who don't you are creating a formula for failure.

I believe the success of a country should be how many of its citizens do not need anything from its government, not the other way around.

I believe nothing the government gives out is truly "free".


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/taylor-batten/article21108579.html#storylink=cpy
Friday
May082015

Why Is America Falling Behind

We continue to hear how America is failing because we aren't educating our youth.  Our schools and colleges aren't producing the top notch students needed to compete in the global market.

Perhaps the story found HERE explains why.

The NFL scandal known as "Deflategate" will be the subject of an undergraduate course at the University of New Hampshire.

Unless you plan to work for the Patriots football team or perhaps ESPN please tell me what companies in America are going out of their way trying to hire new talent who can show they've taken a class in studying Tom's deflated balls.

We have spent more time as a country discussing the amount of air in footballs then any bill being discussed at Capital Hill.  And more time interviewing members of a football team and looking at who knew what and when then of any of the scandals surrounding any of the candidates from either party running for president.

We need to get our priorities straight.