Archive for the In the News Category

“All Is Forgiven”

Posted in In the News with tags , on January 14, 2015 by Xajow

This post is simple. Just the cover of the latest Charlie Hebdo. If you think you will be offended by it, don’t look. If your gut is made of sterner stuff, have a look see. Continue reading

Free Speech Is Good, Blaming the Victim Is Not

Posted in Argumentation, First Amendment, In the News, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2015 by Xajow

I continue to be dismayed by the attempts of some people to blame the Charlie Hebdo staff for the terrorist attack that killed several members of the staff and a number of other people besides. If you go over to reason.com, you can check out Anthony Fisher’s article highlighting some of these comments. Most of them seem to be along the lines of, “Well, the murders should not have happened, but they wouldn’t have if those awful people at Charlie Hebdo had not been so mean and hateful.” It makes me wonder if these people are really thinking about the things they are saying. Continue reading

Yes, Free Speech Means Offensive Speech Too

Posted in Argumentation, First Amendment, In the News, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , on January 8, 2015 by Xajow

Some people seem to believe that if someone finds the expression of another offensive, that expression should not and cannot be considered free speech. Which is an emotional argument, not a rational one. By which I mean, it is an intellectually shallow, illogical and immature argument. It is an argument that cannot be defended by reason. If you doubt me on this, try to find such an argument that is supported by reason and not by emotional language. I am quite certain you cannot. Continue reading

Free Speech Is More Important Than the Feelings of Terrorists

Posted in First Amendment, In the News, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , on January 7, 2015 by Xajow

If you have not paid attention to the news today, a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked by Muslim terrorists and twelve people were killed. The attack was carried out by cowards who could not bear to see Islam’s prophet Mohammed mocked in cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo. Some people have suggested that the staff of Charlie Hebdo should have been less irresponsible. Which makes me angry. So yes, I am going to rant about it. Continue reading

Okay, Let’s Talk About Racism and Perspective

Posted in Bullying, In the News, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2014 by Xajow

Racism is stupid. If you hate or dislike someone based on the color of their skin, you are an idiot. And you should be slapped, hard, in public, and ridiculed, in public, for being such an ignorant moron. And if I ever see you being hatefully racist to anyone I know, I may just help your face find my closed fist. That said, we have got to start getting some perspective on racism in our culture. Continue reading

Some Words About Some Topics

Posted in Advice, In the News, Libertarianism, LOWH with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by Xajow

I truly dislike when an emotional state seems to overtake me. Particularly an unpleasant emotional state. It can make writing  about the things I should here (at Liberate One) more than a little difficult. Why? Well, you’ll just have to keep wondering because I ain’t tellin’. Anyway, on today’s episode of The Mishmash That Is My Brain, I will talk briefly about several varied topics. Come along for the ride, if you dare. Muwah ha ha ha ha… er… Moving on to topic number one… Continue reading

The Boy(s) Who Shouted ‘National Security!’

Posted in Government, In the News, Politics with tags , , , , , on February 12, 2014 by Xajow

Some people out there prefer to defend the government more and more in the name of national security. The government is supposed to keep us safe, they say. And to a certain extent they are correct. But the question remains: is what the government is doing in the name of national security actually keeping us safe? Some people, like myself, are rather skeptical of all the claims of national security to cover all the things we uneducated citizens are not supposed to question the government doing. Why? Well, the case of Rahinah Ibrahim is a good example. Continue reading

Obama Talks Nonsense, Again

Posted in Government, In the News, Philosophy, Politics with tags , , , on January 29, 2014 by Xajow

I know. You are all wondering what I think of last night’s State of the Union address. From start to finish, Obama really shoveled the excrement in thick layers. I imagine the people present in the room with him at the time needed hip boots to get out safely. And yes, these comments should give you an idea of what I thought of the SOTU speech. If you dare, read on to see what else I have to say. Continue reading

Some Words about Mr. Edward Snowden

Posted in First Amendment, Government, In the News, Politics with tags , , , , , on January 4, 2014 by Xajow

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that I am libertarian and of my opposition to the spying on U.S. citizens being performed by the NSA. So when I say I have a response to those who keep saying Edward Snowden is a traitor who has done much damage to U.S. national security, it should surprise no one. I am not saying everyone has to agree with what Snowden did or his reasons for doing it. But let us be honest about the situation and dispense with the political posturing, the propaganda and the like. Don’t worry. This should not take long. Continue reading

The Real Problem with Obamacare

Posted in Argumentation, Explanation, Government, Healthcare, In the News, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by Xajow

Hello students. Yes, I am finally back. Save your applause and celebrations for later. I know, you want more D/s discussions, and there will be some later. Right now, however, I am going to rant about explain what the true and fundamental problem with the ACA (Obamacare) is. All the usual warnings apply: I am libertarian, trust-in-government folks will be offended, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. Every one prepared? Okay, let’s begin. Continue reading