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This will probably get me (more) hate email.  That's ok.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard's last days started a national conversation about whether it's OK for a terminally ill person to end their own life.

Now that she has died, it's time to see whether the millions of clicks and views she generated online trigger more than just talk.


What the **** is that, may I ask?

This is nobody's ******n business except the person who is making the decision.

Look folks, this is pretty-basic stuff and goes directly to whether you believe in individual rights and liberty or not.  It is a binary decision, and forms the very core of your belief system as it rests at the nucleus of your being.  Your position on this either defines you as a believer in free individuals or slaves to someone, or something, else -- and I note that this slavery, if you accept it, inherently extends to you.

That is, you are either a free individual or you are not.  Your freedom either extends all the way to the boundary of your person and possessions, provided they do not forcibly impinge on another or it does not.

You can be sad that someone chooses to end their own life (especially if it's someone important to you!) but if you respect personal liberty there are no circumstances under which you can bar it or attempt to punish someone's election in this regard.

I know this will cause many of my readers to recoil in horror but this is not a hastily-considered position by any means -- and a viewpoint I've communicated here in this column before.

This is simply is a matter of first principles: I either own the sack of meat that comprises my body or I do not.  If I own a thing I have the right to destroy it, irrespective of whether someone else wants me to or not.

If you do not believe you own your own sack of meat you have willfully and intentionally designated yourself as a slave. We are now left with only one debate to have: Who holds the whip that will repeatedly land across your back.

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Merkel has said she'd rather see the UK leave the EU than "accept" migration curbs...

Chancellor Angela Merkel would rather see the UK exit from the European Union than compromise over the principle of free movement of workers, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel.

Mrs Merkel is alleged to fear that the UK is approaching a "point of no return".

Merkel is out of her frapping mind, and so is anyone else who believes you can have both free movement of people without concern for borders and welfare.

You can potentially have one or the other but not both.  Not there, not here, not anywhere.

If you allow this then those in poorer nations will shop the welfare systems of the various nations to get the "best" handouts and move there irrespective of their willingness (or ability) to earn more than they cost.

We've seen this here in the United States and it's been seen everywhere else too.

I'm perfectly ok with an open door immigration policy with a quarantine and pass-through system like we had at Ellis Island, but for one thing: No welfare of any sort, period.

You either can pull your own weight or, absent entirely-private charityyou starve.  Literally.

No other paradigm is sustainable.  Cameron knows this and the UK is being bankrupted by their social "maintenance" systems because there is utterly nothing preventing people who are unable or worse, unwilling, to pull their own weight coming into the UK from other EU nations and claiming immediate and permanent social benefits

As for the US the same should apply -- and until it does immigration must be limited to those who are required to provide a net positive contribution to all government entities they interact with and impose cost upon -- federal, state and local.

If various groups want to change that policy then we must dismantle the entire welfare system first.  Then -- and only then -- can we open the borders, because at that point only those who can make a net positive contribution will come.

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