If All You Have Is A Hammer…

…I’d hate to be a nail in your neighborhood. I have been, for the most part, agnostic on the subject of gun rights. The courts have settled on a fairly expansive reading of the second amendment and it seems, to me at least, to be a settled issue. Lately, though, I’ve been forced to re-think […]

The person whose car hit that cow is liable to me

(the Scotland vote yesterday is way more important than this, but I don’t have the results yet and I wanted to sneak this in while I was waiting) Let me explain to you why I despise the Tea Party so much. I don’t take issue with their concerns about government corruption and overreach*. I think […]

Real Life as a Role Playing Game

Before reading any further, I urge you to read Tricia Sullivan’s guest post on Charlie Stross’ site. It’s a meaty, thoughtful piece chock full o’ ideas that make you think. I’m looking forward to her next three posts on antipope and I’ve already added her to my RSS feed. Seriously, go read it. I’ll wait. […]

Compare and Contrast

Today, I present you with not one, but two points of view on the same subject: Sea turtle conservation! One of my favorite charities, Sea Turtle, Inc., linked a column by Dan Smith concerning the efforts to preserve sea turtle nests by banning cars on the beach in Volusia County, Florida. Dan is unconvinced that […]

Dark Days In Galt’s Gulch

In what has to be the most-shocking story of the month, Galt’s Gulch, the libertarian enclave in Chile, has suffered a few setbacks. Believe it or not, I find this genuinely upsetting. No matter what I may think about Ayn Rand’s works, seeing idealistic people swindled doesn’t make me happy. This isn’t the first time […]

The Queen City on the Ohio

It would be fair to say that my values are not typical of those expressed in my town’s newspaper. If one were to judge Cincinnati, Ohio strictly on the editorial content of the Cincinnati Enquirer, one might conclude that Cincinnati that the baseball team isn’t the only thing that’s red about this town. The paper […]

After yesterday’s trainwreck of a post…

You ever write something, post it, and then go back and think “Geez, that’s a really crummy post?” Today, let’s follow it up with something even more unthinkable: What I Admire About The Tea Party – by WTF Pancakes The Tea Party are all about responsive politics. If Republican candidates don’t act on Tea Party […]


My latest model for the Thumbnail Test of Humanity is this: When you see a homeless gent on the street, do you think “That bum should get a job” or “That could just as easily be me”? I think all binary tests like this are extremely limited, but I’m pleased with this one thus far.

April 18 is a very special day!

Twenty-six years ago today, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the President of the United State of America, signed the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Even though Reagan isn’t my favorite former U.S. President, I have to give him kudos for signing this document. The Convention declares that the […]

Catching Up On Last Week’s News

“Full employment” and “elimination of poverty” are two very different things. Charlie Stross has a wonderful post in which he lays out exactly why the workfare vision of full employment, born of ignorance and disdain, is an ugly and needless thing: A nation of slaves – Charlie’s Diary The TL/DR for the few of you […]