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"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." – C.S. Lewis ( on government response to and other crises?)

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Thanks for the welcome, #@freemo Here's my .

• a dad of a handful of kiddos, married, living in Colorado.
• a Christian in the Anglican tradition, and suppose I'm an unaffiliated conservatarian.
• a reader, working through the great novels as well as easier/fun books and nonfiction.
• a card and board game player and am happily teaching more to my kids as they get older.
• short on free time. I enjoy a philosophical pipe as I read and/or reflect, and occasionally get my guitar or bow/arrows out to learn new skills.
• a software developer... and have been for a very long time, now in the world of APIs and cloud development (CRM/SFDC).

residents: Another reminder that your Democrat government hates you.

Denver to cut citizens hours to zero to illegally hire noncitizens not authorized to work in the US.

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I didn't know I wanted to learn patience today. But I'm at a car dealer. Here we go.

"From heaven's perspective, everything is going according to plan." - Dale C Ortlund, Deeper, Chapter 1

To protect we must not let people vote for him. This is not voter suppression because people can still vote for candidates not yet removed from the ballot, and is not election interference because there will still be an election... Between candidates our four justices approve.

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🚨BREAKING: Illinois Democrats just killed the only school choice program in the state.

It's not a voucher but a tax credit that funds scholarships for 10,000 low income and mostly minority students.

The kids wanted it but the teachers' unions didn't

So IL Dems ended it.

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Liberals are banning "To Kill A Mockingbird." Conservatives are restricting pornography. We are not the same.

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I thought #Palestine just wanted to be left alone, and that #Israel is the aggressor. This does not compute!!!


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#News Hamas says it has taken Israeli hostages in surprise attack
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Wife: [goes to sbux]

Me: [doesn't want anything because it's meh IMO]

Sbux: want this drink for free? it was a mis-order from the person ahead of you

Wife: I got you a treat; I know your priorities for free food trump your dislike of sbux

Me: this is true love

Met the new mayor of this week at a townhall about his plan to solve outdoor deaths among the unhoused/homeless by using tax dollars to buy hotels and build tiny homes.

Because...if they die by overdose, murder, suicide under a roof, those outside death numbers go down. The stats look great, people feel great. But this doesn't make the deaths less tragic. It just removes them from sight so we can better ignore these people.

He said there will be comprehensive mental health and addiction services, but already the city is not doing what it's funded because they can't fill job positions.

Three underlying causes of homelessness: cost of living, mental health issues, addiction.

Cost of living here in Denver continues to go up because of state and city policies. Property taxes just went up hundreds of dollars per month. Our trash service taxes got spent elsewhere so now we are required to pay a monthly fee for it too. Government policy has increased the cost of utilities.

Government pandemic response escalated a lot of mental health issues and caused a lot of other problems.

Denver and Colorado keep legalizing more drugs, making our city a mecca for some seeking these. Denver benefits on the tax revenue.

The list goes on. Government policy is a major factor of all the causes of homelessness. But government benefits, so they won't fix the problem.

Best the can offer: once your taxes force you out of your home and you go crazy, they'll provide you clean needles at a converted hotel so you can escape until you kill yourself.

It feels machiavellian... Government policies will come to save the day from the problem caused by the same government.

I hope I'm wrong and hope good comes from this. But color me skeptical.

Some people are talking about a covid crisis next week.

Posting this for reference later.

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I understand feeling overwhelmed, stressed, etc. I have six kids. It’s not like I have some idealized, naive vision of parenthood. But all great things in life can also overwhelm and stress you out. It’s the price of admission. No sense whining about it.

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I'm seeing stories that 74% of Americans support the ending of race based policies, and also seeing commentary that the supreme court only ruled against race based policies because of secret money paid by the far right.

So...the far right is 74% of Americans? Anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders maybe? And they're forcing their ideas of not basing decisions on race on the 26% who want to keep the race based policies?


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There is a significant difference between a large-scale conduit for the speech of others (Twitter) and a local bakery or embroidery shop. I think the law should treat large-scale places of public accomodation differently, and there's plenty of precedent for that.

The action in question is different, too. A baker who refuses to creatively express certain messages isn't muzzling anyone. And as a mere conduit, Twitter isn't speaking when they host our messages.

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