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If you want a smart, self-suffienct population that doesn’t impose a burden on others you need to provide that population with healthcare, education, and the ability to make a living. Without that, the prospect of a self-sufficient, “libertarian” society will never happen. And that’s the real irony of the whole thing: if you want to create a population that doesn’t require government assistance to survive, you need to properly “govern” the requisite services that can enable such a society. Many conservatives pride themselves on being financially savvy, and if that’s the case then they should do the math on this and stop supporting policies that only compound our country’s problems and make us ever more dependent on the wrong kind of government. This “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” mentality isn’t just not helping–it’s making the problem infinitely worse.
The Irony of Opposing Government Programs (via azspot)

Guns and Animals: Leave your heavy armaments at the door

animalsandguns:

mothermetroid:

cerebralzero:

mothermetroid:

For those people wanting to bring their guns inside the library, why the fuck do you need a gun in the library? I can think of three reasons:

1) You intend on shooting the books

2) You intend on shooting the patrons

3) You intend on shooting me because…

So apparently we live in a future where car keys have the ability to teleport your vehicle to your location!

Let this be known, I would in fact have a major problem with someone who drives their car through the library and runs over our books and patrons, but considering patrons need to park on the other side of the campus and walk to the library, and  we currently do not have the technology to teleport cars inside of buildings using car keys, I am not concerned if a patron bring their keys.

Your argument about guns is exactly the same. There is no magical place where crimes don’t happen. And my pistol isn’t going to teleport to my hand and isn’t going to start shooting people on its own.
I carry a pistol because crime happens everywhere and I prefer to be able to defend myself over willingly being a victim.

You have a very loose concept of “exactly the same”. Having on a gun on your person is not exactly the same as having a car parked more than 10 minutes away from your person. Walking a full 10 minutes to get to your car as opposed to taking a few seconds to draw your weapon is not actually even close to the same thing. I urge/challenge you to formulate a more viable comparison not erroneously used over and over by the uninformed right wing and get back to me on that (spare me the verbal diarrhea).

Here is the problem I have with people who insist on carrying their weapons with them because they are (let’s be honest here) paranoid that they will be the victim of a violent crime:

1) If you are that “concerned” that someone is going to try to shoot you, you have already mentally prepared yourself to kill another person if need be. This sort of mental preparation is what bothers me, not the idea that a random shooter could enter the building. Both mentally and physically, you are the threat, not the possibility of an outside aggressor. You have already established a pattern of thinking in which you constantly feel like you are being victimized, and thus must respond aggressively and violently to situations that make you uncomfortable. This type of thinking and mental preparation to kill someone, is exactly the kind of behavior fairly typical of a shooter. Personally, I’d rather not give you the benefit of the doubt that you are not an unstable gun owner. For all I know, you are the shooter, and despite what you think, no hero with a gun is going to save anyone.

2) Unless you are a highly trained professional with a weapon, you are not equipped to deal with a violent situation even if you have a gun, and you will most probably just make things infinitely worse. If you are highly trained, have a registered weapon, etc. great, I won’t mind if you bring your weapon so long as you let a staff member know, but if you aren’t trained, you have no business bringing it. You are not a sharpshooter, you are not a hero, you are not anyone’s savior.

3) If you are really that concerned about your safety in the library, we would be more than happy to call the local police and have them stationed at the doors (which is actually standard at a lot of institutions already) to protect you. If the only reason you want your gun is for safety, than this solution should be more than enough for you. However, if having police in the building does not solve this problem, than your argument that it’s “for safety” is a poorly disguised excuse to hide the fact that you have power issues; and that is exactly why you shouldn’t have a gun.

And with that being said, no more time shall be wasted on this argument that has ran it’s course even before it began.

Oklahoma legislature letting employers opt out of contraception coverage because "a woman's identity is in her ability to be a mother...and we are taking that from them"

abaldwin360:

More Republican bullshit.

Oklahoma republicans helped me see the light…I’m actually a man! Now about my raise…

Conservative Strong: Atheists Protest, Cry, and Whine for Being Depicted With Horns!!!!!

conservativetildeath:

It’s OK for atheists to attack Christians as fools and argue that they believe in a god that’s akin to believing in Santa Clause and the tooth fairy, but it’s not OK to ridicule atheists. For example, an atheist billboard carried the following text aimed at Christians:

“Sadistic God; Useless…

lol wut?

Is It Time to Roll Up the Welcome Mat Here?

Barack Obama won the election.

He did not win by stealing the election. Voter irregularities always happen. It is one reason we support voter ID rules. But even in the worse scenario of reports out there, there were not enough tales of voter irregularities to matter nationwide. This is another benefit and built in safeguard of the electoral college.

Barack Obama won. He won by turning out the most people in a well run campaign. In other words, he won fair and square.

We here at RedState are American citizens. We have no plans to secede from the union. If you do, good luck with that, but this is not the place for you.

We have a place for you here if you wish to continue the fight against Republicans in Washington like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell who’d be happy to sell us down the river to keep their power, no matter how devoid of principle or sound policy. You have a place here if you’d like to keep fighting the Democrats who are intent on further stifling economic growth, pushing forward with Obamacare, bankrupting the nation, and siding with teachers unions against kids who deserve better.

Too many people have spent the past four years obsessed with birth certificates. Now they are obsessed with voter fraud conspiracies, talk of secession, and supposed election changing news stories if only we had known.

So let’s add dabblers in this latest nuttiness to birthers as a category of people we do not welcome at RedState. Our aim is to beat the Democrats, not beat a retreat to a Confederacy that Generals Grant and Sherman rent asunder well over a hundred years ago.

Even here at RedState, while we may not much care for him, President Obama is still our President and we are still quite happily citizens of the United States. If we must drain this fever swamp that’s taken hold of a few people on the right over this past week before we can drain the swamp in Washington, so be it.

All others need not apply.

Sincerely,
Erick Erickson
Editor-in-Chief, RedState.com

My other friend came up with a plan to stop abortion.

communismkills:

His idea is that you could only get an abortion, and it would be paid for with tax-dollars, if you went on national television and named your baby, and then sewed a shirt for it.

He said it’d cut abortion by at least 99%.

Does the shirt have to be sewn? Say I prefer knitting, would this be acceptable? Also, in the event I wished to knit matching booties, mittens, and a hat, could that replace the shirt, or does it HAVE to be a sewn shirt? Do I have to put the initial of my fetus monster on said shirt, or can it be plain? Can I make the shirt vertically striped, or should it be horizontally striped? Can a choose my design pattern based on baby gap? If it’s winter can I throw in an extra little knit scarf?

Can I choose what station I would like to appear on? Can I request that there be no commercial interruptions? Will Oprah be hosting? Actually, can I appear on Rachel Maddow instead? Since PBS isn’t going to be cut anymore would it be acceptable to present my babies name and matching knit outfit on Sesame Street?

Do I have to keep the outfit with/without stripes and/or an initial after my abortion, or can it be donated to starving welfare children?

I think that it would also be useful to note that women who choose to appear on television should also have to wear a large embroidered A (for abortion) on all of their tops for the rest of their lives. That being said, can I decorate my A with gold thread?