New Mexico, aka Southeast California

February 16, 2019

Well, the democrats have only been in charge for a month or so, and they are going full-bore after our rights.  Your dirty commie Nancy Pelosi appointee of a governor will sign it all.

Here is an article about several bills advancing.  Also coming up are a ban on menthol cigarettes, raising the smoking age to 21, raising the car registration fee $15 to 57, depending on the version of the bill, private gun sales ban, and so much more.

How can people stand around and allow their rights to be taken?   It’s all being taken piecemeal by the government.

I can’t even stand to write more tonight.  I’m actually a bit nauseous.

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The Problem with Parental Leave

February 8, 2019

There is quite a bit of talk about how much paid parental leave should be enforced by law.    On the surface, it seems like a complex question:  what about complications?  Should paternal leave be as long as maternal leave?  Is it fair to folks who are unable to conceive?  Should it be a month, six months, a year?

All of this misses the fundamental purpose of a business.  A business exists to make money.  Period.  Not to provide jobs (or rather income) for workers.  That’s it.  That is the purpose of a business.  To get as much money as possible through voluntary exchange.

Back to parental leave.  A company should not be forced by law to provide anyone with anything except what they were contractually bound to do when both parties agreed to sign.  Nothing more.  That was the agreement.

You may get in there and try to change the policies for employees.  That’s fine.  That’s part of negotiating with the company.  They don’t have to agree to it.

Some companies may decide that their trained, specialized employees are not worth losing over a natural part of life (childbirth).  They may opt to offer parental leave as a SERVICE to their employees.  Why invest in hiring and training an employee just to lose them to a competitor when a six month parental leave contract would have satisfied them?

Two situations annoy me with this:
1)  There is one employee at one place I work who is having her 7th kid.  I don’t think she’s shown up to work (other than to parade around children) in around 7 years, but still gets paid.  It’s not really any of my business, but every time I hear about “spending money on education” all I can think is “what return on investment do we get for that?”

2)  You can’t expect to take a job in fast food, get knocked up, then demand they pay for six months or a year of parental leave.  Sorry.  You are not actually working for them, and you are replaceable.

In the leftist fantasy world, the purpose of business is to redistribute wealth from business owners to workers.  Therefore, it’s only natural that they should expect a year of paid maternity leave

And as a straight, white, cis-gender man, my opinion doesn’t matter anyhow.  I’ll keep my mouth shut and wait for you to bleed the companies dry.  Then we’ll see where money comes from.   Then we’ll see that the only way we can live is to trade value for value, not value for need.

This world is going to hell, and I don’t think I care anymore.  I think I’ll just stand by and watch it burn.  I don’t have to do anything.  I just have to let these leftist policies run their natural course.

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Well-Behaved

February 3, 2019

I keep hearing that well-behaved women rarely make history.  I wasn’t sure why that saying annoyed me until I really started to think about it.

What annoys me is that well-behaved ANYONE rarely makes history.  Well-behaved men rarely make history, either.  All of our historic figures have been people that have challenged the existing standards of politics, science or decency to make their mark in history.  THAT IS WHAT MAKES THEM MEMORABLE.

While you may think that screaming at men, sleeping with whomever, piercing your nose and shaving your head make you historic, you are wrong.  It just makes you angry and ugly.

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The Best a Man Can Get

January 25, 2019

By now, you’ve all heard all the hoopla about the Gillette commercial addressing “Toxic” masculinity.  If not, here’s the link.

Overall, I don’t have much of a problem with this commercial.  Overall, it’s stupid, but it doesn’t rank up there with the stupidest commercials I’ve seen.  It’s mediocre at best.

The whole purpose of this commercial is to try to be relevant again.  Gillette is getting its rear-end handed to it by Harry’s, Dollar Shave Club and other subscription-based services.  In a hail-Mary play, they released this virtue signaling commercial to get their name back out there again.

The biggest problem with videos like this is they prey on those who aren’t actually a problem.  they hope that at some point in your life, you have done these things (notice the mundane fight among siblings, the guy merely looking at an attractive woman) etc.  Then, you’ll feel guilty.   You, who worry about an unkind word to a kid in 4th grade, or the time you awkwardly asked a girl out, or catcalled or whatever.  In these videos, you are lumped with serial rapists.  You now keep your mouth shut.  You don’t require evidence to convict a man of a crime in fear of your own “dark secrets” coming to light.

You know what?  The fact of the matter is, you were never actually the problem.  Most people aren’t okay with bullying, actual harassment and so on.  But, when you get packaged with serial rapists, you get guilted into all sorts of things.  You draw attention away from your own minor mishaps (which you’ve now equivocated to rape) by condemning anyone accused of “toxic masculinity.”

In reality, Gillette is a sinking ship.  They know it.  If they gave a damn about actual women, they’d stop charging 2x as much for a pink razor marked “for women” as a black razor marked “for men”.

This video is irrelevant.  Don’t send it, don’t argue about it.  Let it die, along with Gillette.  There’s no need to protest or get angry.    It’s the last gasp of a failing company.  Let them flail about, blaming men for the problems of the world from the unemployment line.

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Gun Control Plan

January 14, 2019

The gun control bills have already started at the federal level, and will likely start soon at the state level.  On the federal level, I know there is an assault weapon bill  S.66 – A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.

Yeah, you read that right.  Our rights are not unlimited, according to the federal government.  They are subject to their rule, meaning if they don’t like something you don’t have a right anymore.

At the state level, I bet they pass the “gun show loophole” stuff and the “report stolen or missing firearms” stuff first.  Then, when they pass an assault weapon law, you won’t be able to claim you sold it or “lost it in a boating accident” without being charged with one of the other crimes.

I’m depressed about the whole thing.  I’m depressed that the NRA-ILA didn’t stand up for the bump stock ban.  We have no allies.  Five years from now, there won’t be any guns in the hands of formerly law-abiding citizens.  Just criminals, and your government.  Oops, that was redundant.

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A Quick Note on Emergencies

January 3, 2019

I get a lot of questions about emergencies in a capitalist, non-taxed, libertarian society.   I get questions like, “What happens if your house burns down?” or “What if you get cancer?” or any number of other problems.

These things are emergencies.  Emergencies are events that can change your life.  They are the appropriate time for charity, for reaching out for help from friends, relatives and neighbors and so on.

The problem with emergencies is when they are a way of life.  When you live your life as a series of emergencies, where you live in brief times between emergencies, that is when there is a problem.

What makes a free society great is that I can choose whether or not to assist whomever I want.  There is little risk of my money being used incorrectly.  I can decide whether my neighbor is really on hard times and needs my help, or whether my neighbor is abusing my good will.  In a government system, there is no way to do this.  Instead, I take items back to the shelf at the grocery store- an apple tree, a take home pizza, or whatever, only to find that I could have bought them with SNAP benefits instead, provided I was in an emergency.

Making a lifestyle out of living on handouts is living your life as a series of emergencies.

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David Hogg Goes to College

December 30, 2018

I recently saw that David Hogg, mass shooting survivor and anti-gun activist, has been accepted to Harvard.  You can read about it here.

Here’s my actual problem with this scenario:  somewhere, there was a real, qualified applicant that was rejected so that David Hogg could attend class.

It will be especially interesting in a few years when Kyle Kashuv is admitted.  Kyle was also a Parkland shooting survivor, with better grades and test scores, who plans to attend Harvard.  However, he is also a pro-gun conservative.

If David is admitted and Kyle isn’t, it shows a clear political bias at Harvard (which I’m sure is not a surprise to anyone).  Harvard is a private school, and can admit whomever they would like, but they cannot pretend to be unbiased against a political minority in the process.

If David is admitted and Kyle isn’t, we should reconsider how we think of Harvard- maybe it isn’t an ivy league, world class university where new ideas are cultivated, but instead an echo chamber for the same, tired, socialist rhetoric.

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Disappointed in Trump

December 21, 2018

This has not been a good week for my opinion of our president. Overall, I tried to like the guy, or perhaps give him the benefit of the doubt.

First, he went ahead and banned bump stocks. I have no use for a bump stock, as it turns a lot of money into a lot of noise. However, I have a right to own one, as ridiculous as they are. Now, people have 90 days to destroy their property or turn them into police. Thanks, Trump.

Second, I hear that Mad Dog Mattis resigned today from his position as Secretary of Defense. I don’t know much about military strategy, but I do know that the man had been a Marine forever. I knew that every one of my military friends was glad to hear that he had this position. Now, he’s done. I don’t know who they could replace him with.

I’m actually worried that things are about to change for the worse.

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Rapists on Campus

December 1, 2018

I know we are supposed to believe women no matter what. That’s what we are told, and there’s an entire cultural movement around it.

I’ve recently come across an article that’s a little too close to home about a college student who has been accused of rape. The student was never convicted, but the article itself is a slash-job. I will not post the link because it may actually harm those involved if I forward these articles.

The article title reads ” Man Rapes Girl”. What image does that conjure up? Is it one of a pedophile convincing some young girl to get into his van? That’s what it sounds like. Reading the article, it states that the man gave the girl vodka, and when she was drunk and passed out, he raped her.

First, before I say more, I would like to state that if he actually raped her, then I hope he is punished severely. However, I take offense with several parts of this article and the way this case was handled.

The “Girl” was an 18 year old woman, not a child. The “man” was 19. Literally one year age difference. Not Man rapes girl, maybe man rapes woman.

Also, at 18, you can decide whether or not to drink vodka. Not legally, of course, but you are mentally aware of alcohol. He didn’t “give her” alcohol to take advantage of her, unless he spiked a drink so that she was not aware of what she was consuming. Her willingly drinking vodka is not his fault.

His photo, name, major and high school are prominently displayed on the website. If you Google his name, all that appears is his photo with the caption “…Man rapes girl”.

This student ended up leaving the university over it.

If he did actually rape her, then I hope they throw the book at him. However, this crappy reporting has the chance of ruining his life when he has not even been convicted of a crime.

I don’t know how to handle this other than hope the trial works out some of the details. If he is a rapist, I hope they ruin his life. If two teenagers got drunk and she regrets it the next day, it’s not rape, and you shouldn’t ruin someone’s life over it.

In this day where a woman can say “I was raped”, we apparently can make a person disappear from any professional life, without trial or evidence. This is truly scary.

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Immigration and Isolation

November 25, 2018

I don’t feel like going into a lot of detail on this topic.  I think I’ve beat immigration enough on this blog.  However, I do find it interesting that the same people who call Trump a racist for limiting immigration are the same ones that mock a dead missionary for trying to convert an isolated tribe in the Indian Ocean.

CNN has this article about the missionary.  For those who find this article too long, a Christian missionary attempts to enter a remote island in the Indian Ocean.  He was rejected once or twice, and then the islanders killed him.  The rest of the world seems to mock him, saying that’s what he gets for trying to enter the island.

Yet, those same people complain about limiting immigration into this country.

One person tries to enter a country illegally and is killed.  The press praises the country’s actions.  Many people try to enter a country illegally and are stopped and investigated.  The press calls everyone involved a racist xenophobe.

I don’t understand what is different.

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