A lighthearted meld of Patrick O'Brian and Christopher PaoliniRead the rest of this entry »
It's ok to have opinions as long as you don't contradict the overlords of science!Read the rest of this entry »
The following is excerpted from a paper written by Dorothy L. Sayers about Dante's Divine Comedy. The paper was written 60 years ago, but her description of the decay of Western Civilization is so poignant that reading it is painful and depressing.Read the rest of this entry »
General Francis Marion, who became known as The Swamp Fox, is the character upon whom Mel Gibson's role in the movie The Patriot is loosely based.Read the rest of this entry »
One man's exasperation with ladies' fashion.Read the rest of this entry »
This is the story of my lathe acquisition a few years ago.
Other options for the title of this post were: "I'll Learn to Turn", "Lathes and Gentleman, I Have a New Toy", "Yearnings and Turnings", and "Burning to Get Turning". I was tempted (and succumbed) once again by that evil temptress, the tool section on Craig's List. I bought a Jet 1236 lathe.Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, the IRS entered into a secret agreement with a group calling itself the “Freedom from Religion Foundation.” This resulted from a federal lawsuit filed by the group, ostensibly to stop churches from advocating from the pulpit for or against …Read the rest of this entry »
The trouble with prevaricating is that it is necessary to remember what has been said. That can be difficult enough for one individual, but when the premier federal education agency does so and all associated entities must follow suit, someone is bound to make a mistake and tell the truth. Read the rest of this entry »
I have long been fighting the characterization. But now I realize that it is actually racist not to judge someone not on his actions, but on what race he was. Apparently, I was confused.Read the rest of this entry »
It's very difficult to assess exactly what happened in any altercation fraught with violence and emotion, especially when the facts may be the last thing some parties want to discuss. There are those who would paint Michael Brown as a vicious, drug-crazed thug, and those who want everyone to believe he was poor innocent, helpless child.
Politicians, the likes of our President and Attorney General have their own agendas, as do the Reverend Al Sharpton, and the New Black Panthers.
The truth is what is important. A police officer has an obligation to preserve and protect, and like anyone else, the right to protect himself.
Justice must prevail - and justice has to mean the same thing to everyone - an honest appraisal of the facts. Read the rest of this entry »