the bubbler

Why don’t people film when someone is nice to a black person

It seems like we can’t go a few weeks without someone using their phone to film some out of context horrible thing happening to a black person. People see the video and the outrage starts again. The premise is that this is news. When something is news, it’s unusual. We don’t watch the news to see what normal routine things happened that day. We turn to watch outstanding events. One of the narratives about black people is that police are out there shooting innocent black men every day, just for being black. It is through that lens that we’re…

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There’s no such thing as federal money

For some, this is a reminder. For others, this may be a revelation. The only money government has is our money. We are coerced into giving it to them. If they decide they want more of our money, they take it. If they want to make commitments that tie up our money in perpetuity, like the current debt, they do it. Then they spend our money on whatever they decide. They don’t seek our permission (though one might argue our vote is our permission). Most of us don’t pay enough attention to how our money is getting spent. We…

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Trump, Biden, and the vaccine

When Donald Trump was President, he essentially removed the bureaucracy of the FDA out of the way (which is another way of saying, “moved heaven and earth,”) to make it possible to get not one, but multiple COVID vaccines on the market. Regardless of whatever credit Joe Biden claims, the fact is he received one of those very same vaccinations while Donald Trump was President. Trump supporters are very quick to spy when someone is giving Joe Biden credit and make sure Trump receives his due for everything he did to make it possible. Now that the vaccines are…

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Nation of consumers

A few weeks ago, I was stuck in an airport. Usually, I love airports. It’s great people watching. I love to travel. And every airport experience is unique. But ever since airports became a government indoctrination center where I’m forced to watch CNN, no matter where I turn, I’ve come to think of it as “stuck.” On this given day, CNN was running one of their historical specials in which they interview their cadre of historians and talk about major events with film footage from the time. They were focused on the late 1940s and 1950s, and they kept…

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Censorship arrives nextdoor

Nextdoor.com is a service that basically acts like Facebook for your community. While Facebook is focused on connecting you with friends and acquaintances and people driven by collecting “friends,” Nextdoor is driven by connecting you by neighborhood. On Nextdoor, you don’t connect to others to start a network. Instead, you can post things of interest to the finite area that is your neighborhood. You can ask them questions about local road construction or stores. You can report suspicious activity (a Nextdoor staple) or alert people to events or other activities. You can also sell things or ask for local…

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Mutually assured destruction

Historically speaking, mutually assured destruction seemingly works every time its tried. When two enemies both wield enough power to destroy the other, both will tend to stand down and attempt to coexist because they figure living with them is better than no one living at all. The Founding Fathers knew this when they wrote the Second Amendment. They knew that if citizens had guns, the government would be very hesitant to impose any sort of real tyranny. They knew that armed, citizens would have the ability to resist tyranny and restore the Republic, should they deem it necessary. Of…

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Inspiration conference

Whether through public schools, popular culture, social media memes, or even the news, our children are constantly told they it can’t be done. Every time they turn around, someone is telling them they’re victims. They’re being oppressed. There are people who want to keep them down. They can’t do it without someone’s help. (Or they can’t do it at all.) Our politicians continue to tell our children how horrible America is. How horrible we are. That someone is always being attacked, insulted, or held down. Of course, those who tell us how horrible everything is and how unfairly so…

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I have a friend who is black

According to the new book of racism, people who respond to accusations or insinuations of racism by responding, “I have friends who are black,” are just proving their racism. That’s quite a feat of mind reading on the part of the accuser. I think it’s much simpler than that. People who say they have black friends are most often grasping at straws to defend or justify something they took for granted. Most people just see people and make friends, or not, based on the same fundamentals as always: chemistry, commonalities, like interests, affable personality, trust, and likability. They never…

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All lives matter = racism

Well, this was fairly easy to predict, and here we are. Suddenly, #asianlivesmatter is trending. So let’s recap: Black Lives Matter = good Asian Lives Matter = good Hispanic Lives Matter = good Muslim Lives Matter = good Greek Lives Matter = good Italian Lives Matter = good Indian Lives Matter = good Female Lives Matter = good Jewish Lives Matter = good (though, depends who you ask) All Lives Matter = racist I think there’s an actual math problem here. I wonder, through process of elimination, who’s lives don’t matter.

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Love makes you say some harsh things

One of the harsh truths of life is that you say the harshest things to the ones you love the most. The equation is a simple one: You care the most about what they think. Of all the people you know, you care most about what those you love think about you and about things, in general. Consider how often those closest to you vent about people they know at work or casual friends. They rage on with plenty of thoughts and suggestions about what frustrates them or what could be done better. But how often do they share…

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