“Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of every thing; and in no instance is this more true than in that of the press. It has accordingly been decided, by the practice of the states, that it is better to leave a few of its noxious branches to their luxuriant growth, than, by pruning them away, to injure the vigor of those yielding the proper fruits.”
by James Madison


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i stand relieved

Eight years ago today, my father administered the following oath to me while we were both standing on the quarterdeck of the Georgia Institute of Technology Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit:

I, [Linoge], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any […]

unintended consequences of secession

If you are a sworn member of the United States military (and thus subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice) or have to maintain a security clearance with any branch or department of the United States federal government, signing those ill-conceived and ultimately futile "petitions" to secede from the Union is a Very Bad Idea™.

Likewise, if you ever want to honestly answer question 11. j. on any future ATF Form 4473s ("Have […]