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This is the place for ramblings about liberty, skepticism, pop-culture and whatever pebbles in the road I decide to kick around.

 

I Am We the People, And So Are You

Many years ago, I read Ayn Rand’s and in hindsight, it completely changed the path of my thinking. Let me pause for a moment to take inventory on who is still reading. I mentioned Ayn Rand in my first sentence, so I assume a handful of readers decided to skip the bailing and just jump […]

Of Bonfires and Water Vapor – Why Banning eCigarettes Sucks

I do not smoke. I have never smoked. No one close to me has ever died as a result of smoking. My mother smoked for most of my childhood, but she quit around the time I started college, and has been smoke free for nearly 20 years (congrats mom!). She quit with a friend. He […]

Fighting Depression, Building Friends Up, Tearing Stigma Down

“It’s the same voice thought that … you’re standing at a precipice and you look down, there’s a voice and it’s a little quiet voice that goes, ‘Jump.’ The same voice that goes, ‘Just one.’ … And the idea of just one for someone who has no tolerance for it, that’s not the possibility.” Robin […]

Online Poker Good for Card Rooms and Casual Players

I recently rekindled one of my favorite pastimes.  Playing poker.  Not that I ever stopped playing; I just haven’t had the time or opportunity to play much in the last few years.  Last week, I found myself at my favorite local card room, Running Aces (which I highly recommend checking out), where I managed to […]

Disagreement Does Not Equal Intolerance

People sometimes ask me, “why are you so vocal (aka militant) about your atheism? Why do you criticize religion? Why are you intolerant? You’ll never change anyone’s mind.” My response to that final statement, which informs my answers to the other questions, is “how do you know?” The fact is people do change their minds […]

My Sphere of Power Theory

Several years ago, I began thinking about an idea I eventually dubbed the “Sphere of Power.” I had recently moved to Washington, DC to begin working for the federal government. Power is in the air in that city. I worked within a few square miles of many of the world’s most powerful people and their […]

My Leap of Un-Faith

April 1st is always an important anniversary for me. I privately celebrate it each year. I had originally planned to post this on 4/1, but life got in the way.  I usually refer to April 1st as my Epiphany Day, but this year I’ve decided to rename it Precipice Day, or maybe co-name it, because I […]

Unrealistic Expectations: Security vs Freedom

As Americans, we must decide whether or not we prize security over freedom. We cannot have it both ways. It’s time for us to understand that. The bombing on April 15th at the Boston Marathon re-enforced that point for me, although it’s a topic I have thought about a lot over the past years since […]

Multiple Sclerosis Files: Rockstar Without Benefits

I’ve decided to further add to the ADD nature of this blog and post about yet another topic that’s near and dear to my heart — Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I mean, I’m not in love with the disease, or anything, but yeah… I have it. Most people who know me, know I have it, but […]

Give Humility a Chance

This week has killed my spirit a little bit. It began when I turned forty on Saturday.  The day itself was fun, but it marked a moment in my life I’d been dreading somewhat this entire year.  Mid-life is officially upon me, and I have little to show for it.  Yes, I have great friends and […]

Economic Ignorance Impacts Us All

Yesterday, I finished one of my many summer reads: Thomas Sowell’s “Basic Economics.” I’ll simply say that this is one of the most important books every non-economist should read. A few years ago, I began to realize I had very little comprehension of economic principals, and schools of thought.  I’d taken macro economics (without taking […]

To Pledge or Not to Pledge: A National Anthem Protest Story

I have a complicated relationship with the Pledge of Allegiance and other nationalist rituals like singing the National Anthem, so I was hoping the whole issue stirred up by San Francisco 49er’s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick would go away quickly. Its too difficult of a conversation to have on social media, where nuance goes to die. […]

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To Pledge or Not to Pledge: A National Anthem Protest Story : I have a complicated relationship with the Pledge of Allegiance and other nationalist rituals like singing the National Anthem, so I was hoping the whole issue stirred up by San Francisco 49er’s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick would go away quickly. Its too difficult of a conversation to have on social media, where nuance goes to die. […]
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