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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Friday
Jul312015

Short Quiz About The News

I have a short quiz for to think about which I hope will get you to all think about priorities and media fueled outrages.  I will supply the answers at the bottom of this article.

Question 1) What is the name of the lion that was killed by the dentist that has everyone upset?

Fairly easy one right?  After all there have been stories covering this lion and the protesting about it nearly non stop for the past couple days.

 

Question 2) Name any of the five military men who were killed in the attacks in Tennessee?

How about just a first name?  Not as easy right?  The shooter's name was Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, any help?  Four of them were marines and one was a sailor.

 

Question 3) Name either of the two victims of the Lafeyette, Louisiana movie theater shooting?

Hint, they were both women.  Shooter's name was Rusty Houser.

 

Take a few minutes to really think the answers over before reading on.

 

 

 

I'm sure nearly everyone reading this got the answer to the first question.  It was Cecil the lion killed by the dentist Walter Palmer.

The five men killed in the Tennessee shooting were Randall Smith, Thomas Sullivan, Squire (Skip) Wells, David Wyatt, and Carson Holmquist.

The victims of the Louisiana movie shooting were Jillian Johnson and Mayci Breaux.

 

Why is it that we as a society are spending more time and energy discussing a lion then the death of innocent people?

Have we become that desensitized about the loss of human life that it no longer matters?

We've seen more coverage on ABC news of Cecil the lion then any of the coverage of the Planned Parenthood videos discussing the dismembering of human babies.  Since the first video was released on July 14th, ABC spend a total of 46 seconds on it.  Compare that to the 12 minutes and 14 seconds covering the lion.  And there has been no coverage at all about the 2nd, 3rd or 4th videos released.

In total, NBC, CBS and ABC covered the story on Cecil more in the first day alone then they had spent in two weeks covering the Planned Parenthood story.

Don't get me wrong, I felt upset hearing the story about the lion but our outrage as a country has gone way beyond it's appropriate level when compared to other major stories in the news.  In a matter of days the dentist has become the most hated person in America.  He's a chump who paid out a huge chunk of money, more then many in American make in a year, to shoot a wild animal.  From what I've read and seen in the massive amount of coverage this story has had, he doesn't sound like the best person in the world but it also sounds like he was mislead by the guides he hired to point him in the direction of the animal to kill.

He now has people protesting outside his office calling for him to be hanged even.

On the other hand we have four videos of members of Planned Parenthood discussing ripping apart the small bodies of aborted babies, even discussing the most optimal ways to kill them so to preserve their organs.  In one video they even calously say "It's another boy" as they sort through the peices of the dead baby.

Since the release of the first Center for Medical Progress video on July 14, ABC covered the story in a mere 46 seconds. In contrast, ABC spent 12 minutes and 14 seconds on the story of Cecil, a famed African lion shot by an American dentist. - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/katie-yoder/2015/07/31/what-abc-covers-cecil-lion-15x-more-abortion-videos#sthash.ZGT2upUE.dpuf

In that last video, the child parts they are sifting through is that of an 11 week old.  You can click HERE to read about how the baby has grown at that point.  At 11 weeks, the child has fingers (which you can see in the parts they are sifting through) and even teeth begin to form.  And after week 8 the baby can feel pain.

So as you sit at your dinner table with your family and the fist pounding on the table begins for the loss of Cecil the lion think about where our outrage is as a country.  Think about the stories important enough to us to even remember the names of those killed.

Since the release of the first Center for Medical Progress video on July 14, ABC covered the story in a mere 46 seconds. In contrast, ABC spent 12 minutes and 14 seconds on the story of Cecil, a famed African lion shot by an American dentist. - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/katie-yoder/2015/07/31/what-abc-covers-cecil-lion-15x-more-abortion-videos#sthash.ZGT2upUE.dpuf
Since the release of the first Center for Medical Progress video on July 14, ABC covered the story in a mere 46 seconds. In contrast, ABC spent 12 minutes and 14 seconds on the story of Cecil, a famed African lion shot by an American dentist. - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/katie-yoder/2015/07/31/what-abc-covers-cecil-lion-15x-more-abortion-videos#sthash.ZGT2upUE.dpuf
Monday
Jul272015

Government Controlled Smells

Libertarians have a basic rule that your rights end where mine begin and vice versa.  That basic rule can be applied to government actions to determine if government is taking away your rights or protecting them from someone else.

For instance, if a person where to sit in their own home a smoke marijuana, they are doing nothing to harm anyone else around them so if government steps in and arrests them it is overstepping its bounds since this is what most people refer to as a victimless crime.

If a person on the other hand kicks in the door of their neighbor and beats them and takes their money, there is a person being directly harmed.

That brings us to the video found HERE.

In the video a city official is giving a homeowner a hard time because the smoke and smells from his cookout are leaving into his neighbors yard.

It doesn't say if the government official was called in by a neighbor or if they saw smoke as they were driving down the road.  If it's the later and no neighbors were bothered then this would be a clear cut case of government overstepping where it shouldn't but let's assume for sake of discussion that a neighbor did call in this case.

Because a cookout is something most people would consider a pleasant smell, the first question is whether the particular odor matters.  For instance, from the parking lot where I work I can sometimes catch a smell in the air of one of two things.  Some days I come out and smell the beer from the Merrimack Budweiser plant.  I consider that smell to be one of the most pleasant smells in the world.  Other days when I leave I can smell the local crematorium burning.  Smelling dead bodies burning is horrible to be kind.  So does the type of smell matter?

Second question that comes to mind is whether or not this is a normal expected smell of life.  People eat food, so on a nice summer day most families will cook and eat outside.  That's an expected smell.  Someone who chooses to pile gym socks outside in their yard however is not an expected smell.  And if it isn't expected as part of normal life, was it there when you moved in?  For instance, someone moving in next door to a pig farm should expect to smell pigs where as someone in the city shouldn't.

Last question is whether or not it can be controlled.  If you paint your house for instance, others may not like the smell of the paint but you can't be expected to contain a paint smell if you paint outside.

Over all I see very few cases where odor in the outdoors should be a concern for government intervention but I also don't think it's as cut and dry as some people would think.

Sound off below and let me know what you think.

 

Tuesday
Jul142015

80s Children Are Offensive People

I'm an offensive person.

I don't intend to be but after reading a couple recent articles about people who have been offended and shocked by things I thought were ok to own I've come to the conclusion that I must be a bad person.  In fact I've come to the conclusion that every single child who grew up in the 80s are now horrible offensive people.

Example A, growing up in the 80s I owned Dukes of Hazard toys with the southern flag on it.  I didn't see the harm in such a thing.  I also own some 80s and 90s video games that had Nazi Swastikas in them.  Games like Castle Wolfenstei.

Clearly such items are so offensive that police need to be involved as in the case found HERE.

Local police received a complaint when a shopper discovered Nazi and Confederate merchandise at a popular flea market last weekend, according to Chief William Wright.

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“I was shaking and almost vomiting,” he said. “I had to run. My grandmother had numbers,” he said, referring to the Nazi system of tattooing numbers on prisoners.

Just having such items on a table in a flea market caused this poor man to shake and nearly vomit.

And even the Mayor and head of the local NAACP had to look into whether or not allowing such things to be sold in their town was even legal.

Jason Teal, president of the Meriden-Wallingford NAACP, said he was not familiar with the flea market and had not heard any complaints about the merchandise being sold there.

“It’s difficult because it’s on private property and it’s considered free speech,” Teal said.

The man also contacted Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr., who immediately asked Wright to determine if any laws were broken.

“I had to check with the chief over what is actionable and what isn’t,” Dickinson said. “Unless something violates state or federal law, there’s no jurisdiction for government to do anything. We had to ask, is it something controlled by law?

Wow.  It's "considered" free speech so there's no jurisdiction but perhaps it can be "controlled by law" so poor easily offended people are not left shaking as they walk rows of tables of old happy meal toys or used VHS tapes.

But it doesn't end there. 

Example 2, young women aren't free from offense around me because I'm a huge Star Wars fan.  I have boxes of Star Wars toys including several of Princess Leia toys.  Some of those toys are of "slave Leia" representing her in a metal bikini and in chains as she was in Return of the Jedi.

Clearly that is equally offensive as pointed out in the story found HERE.

A trip down the toy aisle had a local dad doing a double-take. He's furious over a popular Star Wars action figure sold in stores in our area.  He says it's not appropriate for young children.

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We caught up with Fred Hill and his daughters at the Target Store in Deptford shopping for their birthday gifts.

The single dad was shocked to see this on the toy aisle shelf. A Hasbro made Star Wars Black Series action figure of Princess Leia wearing what the box described as a slave outfit.

"That’s pretty inappropriate,” he said, "I got 2 daughters I don't need seeing that crap."

The toy features scantily clad version of Princess Leia complete with a chain around her neck.

I have a daughter and I not only have let her see "that crap" but I own it in my house.  And not only do I have the toys but I even own a Christmas ornament that I allow my daughter to hang on our tree every year.

I don't shelter my children from such horrible things.  So clearly I'm a bad person as is every other 80s parent who dared to allow their young children to watch such a filthy movie as Return of the Jedi.

What's next?  Will I find out that dressing up in punk rock clothing as I also did back in the 80s is also bad.... oh shoot, it is.

 

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.