Legends of the Porcupine

Regular readers will note that I frequently refer to New Hampshire liberty activists as “Porcupines”. This term comes from the fact that the mascot of the Free State Project is a porcupine.  This mascot dates back to the earliest days of the FSP, in August 2001, before the FSP’s options had even been narrowed down to a U.S. state, let alone which one. Interestingly, the majority opinion at the time was to use some variation Continue Reading →

first, do no harm

here’s some old bullshit originally published 10/27/09, cuz I got nothin’ new at the moment. My, but I was feisty back then. ———————— Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means “First, do no harm.” The phrase is sometimes recorded as primum nil nocere. Nonmaleficence, which derives from the maxim, is one of the principal precepts that all medical students are taught in medical school and is a fundamental principle for emergency medical services 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 →


I have many, many things for which I am grateful.  Despite my frequent whining, I am very aware of how fortunate I am. Here’s just a small sampling: I’m grateful for not only surviving the Planet Hellston project [editor’s note to newcomers: this is a reference to my last job, where I worked on a software project for a Fortune 100 oil and natural gas company for 1.5 years in Houston], but for successfully making 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 →