vodka martini-fueled thoughts on Bond… James Bond

I have loved James Bond movies all my life. I love a good caper flick, but 007 movies were guaranteed to have several other elements as well: great music; sexy ladies who swoon into “Oh, JAMES!”‘s arms; ridiculous puns; broad humor; exotic, glamorous locations; shameless non-PC behavior. Bond himself is an ├╝bermensch, too good to be true: he’s brilliant, and sophisticated, and multilingual, and deadly, and utterly loyal to Queen and Country (ok, I don’t Continue Reading →


Liberty lovers are a critical bunch. They can be relied on to nitpick, backseat drive, and second guess anything you do in the way of activism. And anything you don’t do. And anything you think about doing. And anything it never even occurred to you to do, but if it had, you wouldn’t have done it because you really don’t think that’s such a bright idea, all things considered. I honestly don’t know if it’s Continue Reading →

evolution of skipping

As I and my laptop attempt to recover from the unspeakable horror of the last several minutes, I’m inspired to take a brief nostalgic trip down memory lane to review the evolution of skipping in recorded musical media. vinyl – A barely visible scratch, or a speck of dust, could cause a vinyl record to start skipping. But a Fonzi-like bang on the wall or stomp on the floor was often enough to bump it Continue Reading →

2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded

Reuters, 9 minutes ago Manchester, NH: Next year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine has been awarded to a team of New Hampshire researchers for their discovery of causal linkage between the domestic housecat (Felis catus) and scoliosis. The team performed painstaking research over a number of years to document its findings. “While we have long suspected the link was there, we knew the scientific community would never accept our thesis without thorough documentation of our research Continue Reading →

Bill of Rights Day

Things that bug me about Bill of Rights Day: The fact that, according to polls, a pathetic number of Americans don’t even know what the Bill of Rights IS: “A 1991 poll commissioned by the American Bar Association found that only 33% of Americans even knew what the Bill of Rights was. In one Gallup poll 70% did not know what the First Amendment was or what it dealt with.” Liberty/freedom groups who praise the Continue Reading →

Fighting the System by collecting money from it

There is currently a debate going on within my social circle on Facebook about young (as in, early 20’s) self-described liberty activists collecting food stamps or Social Security. I haven’t read most of it, but I had a serious and sincere question that I put to my friends on my own wall: Has anyone who *has* read all of the debate had his mind changed one way or the other, or at least gained more Continue Reading →