A New Birth of Freedom


Somewhere on the way to the sea, South Carolina, United States of America
December 31
Major General
Military Division of the Mississippi (Army of the Ohio, Army of the Cumberland, Army of the Tennessee)
I root out and destroy secession, wherever it is found.


OCTOBER 21, 2014 4:55PM

Napoleon and Wine

Some people don't like snippets of other articles. I see no problem with this, provided that it leads to discussion and debate. A free market of ideas, lubricated with voluminous amounts of alcohol, is my ideal lounging place.

Here is an article from Wine Enthusiast magazine concerning the alcoholic… Read full post »

OCTOBER 17, 2014 8:42AM

Cross Country Skiing

I like cross-country skiing. I enjoy the workout, deep in the woods, where I can listen to my ipod and books on tape. I also bring my binoculars with me so I can go birdwatching.

This winter, I want to buy my own cross-country skis. I want to buy skis… Read full post »

South Carolina prosecutors are currently arguing that a man's "right to stand his ground" when he fights a stranger on the street is LESS than a woman's right to "stand her ground" when she is violently assaulted by her husband or boyfriend in a domestic violence situation.

Slate magazine's recent… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2014 12:20PM

Climate Change and Military Strategy

The Pentagon is unveiling a new plan to deal with climate change.


Many think this is silly, but a minor review of history shows that this is not. 

The history of the Roman Empire shows us that clim… Read full post »

OCTOBER 11, 2014 5:55PM

State Usury Laws & State's Rights


So, I am doing my first debt-collection defense case.

Mr. X had a big credit card debt. He was unemployed and didn't qualify for unemployment benefits (he was previously an independent contractor). As such, he, like many other Americans, resorted to credit cards for groceries, transportation/g… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2014 7:21PM

Lambs Can't Trust Wolves

 Aesop once told an interesting story, a fable about the lamb and the wolf. It goes something like this. 

Once upon a time a Wolf was lapping at a spring on a hillside, when, looking up, what should he see but a Lamb just beginning to drink a… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2014 4:56PM

Eleanor Roosevelt Quotation


"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

                                  &n… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 10:09AM

US Civil War Wasn't that Long Ago

Apparently, there is still one person alive today receiving Veterans Benefits, due to the US Civil War military service of her father.


The last living US Civil War veteran, of… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 11:27AM

So, I won the Jury Trial...

I won the jury trial. My client was sued for $15,000 for breaking a year-to-year lease and moving out before the lease expired.

I asserted the defense of constructive eviction and counter-sued for malicious prosecution. The Landlord framed my client for a crime and got her arrested, twice. The Polic… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 10:23AM

The Judge

So, I'm trying to get jury trial experience, but in a manageable way.

For the past 20 years, jury trials are becoming more and more rare. Hell, even bench trials are becoming increasingly rare. There's a strong systemic incentive to have legal disputes resolve themselves through arbitration, mediati… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 11:48AM

Are all forms of Fundamentalism the Same?

I've been thinking about the different forms of religious fundamentalism lately. 

Are they all merely different sides of the same coin?

Are all forms of religious fundamentalism essentially the same? 

For example, Fundamentalist Baptists and Catholics in Opus Dei are vastly unlike the Anaba… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 3:03PM

Juror Psychology 101

I am preparing for an upcoming jury trial and am reading some books on juror psychology for purposes of preparation.

One interesting form of psychological phenomenon I have discovered is something called attribution. There are different types.

But basically, most jurors do not blame civil defendant… Read full post »

 Many people today claim that ISIS is a tool of the USA and Israel. They are wrong.

Many people today believe that Islamic Fundamentalism was spawned in a vacuum, that the USA, Europe and Israel are innocent victims in all of this and that we had no role in creating… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2014 9:26AM

Trauma at the Beach

Last week, I spent a few days with friends at Robert Moses State Park, which is out on Long Island. I swam, fished, hiked and had much fun. However, the trip was full of additional excitement/trauma.

First, we didn't know Robert Moses had a nude beach at one end. We… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2014 3:55PM


The Beatles once mocked left-wing extremists. I wonder how true their critique is, when applied to modern times?

Here's their song. 



"Revolution" (by the Beatles)

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the wor… Read full post »
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AUGUST 22, 2014 11:41AM

Allah hu Akbar!

An Egyptian Islamic cleric has just ruled that it is religiously proper for a man to spy on a naked woman in the shower, provided that he is "interested" in possibly marrying her. If he has no interest in possibly marrying her, he cannot spy on her naked while showering.… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2014 11:54AM

Relativism Run Amok?

When is relativism taken too far?

Can people truly define themselves and their work however they wish, without regard to commonly accepted understandings regarding such definitions?

Are there or should there be standards or commonly accepted categories?

Or are standards and categories meaningless?

M… Read full post »

I was thinking about the French Revolution the other day and how it was primarily driven by the Middle Classe. The French Middle Class was one portion of a class of people called the "Third Estate." The Third Estate comprised merchants, doctors, lawyers, craftsmen, peasants, urban laborers and the li… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2014 9:02AM

Off to the Poconos!

My mom has had a rough year. Nothing ever seems to go her way. She's been really sick for the past year, due to a diverticulitis that went nutso. Apparently, her intestines were ruptured, due to said issue, and she had to have emergency surgery about a year ago. Since then,… Read full post »

Many people have different opinions about what's going on in Gaza. I am divided and conflicted on the issue. I support Israel's right to a vigorous self-defense, provided they are in compliance with international law. I have often lambasted U.S. military actions when they have not been in compliance… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2014 6:22PM

Sometimes I'm Sad

I started my day by taking the train to Washington, D.C. from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. The day was bracketed by poverty. 

I purchased a coffee from Dunkin Donuts. There was a really ragged-looking homeless Black guy sitting there, at one of the tables. He had grey hair and a grey… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2014 9:14AM

Imagining Happiness

When I was really small, somewhere around the age of three or four years old, my mom and dad were still together. Although I'm now in my mid 30s, I still regard those days as some of the happiest of my life.

I remember, however vaguely, various family vacations during… Read full post »

Lately, I've been thinking about the environment and why we preserve it.

In the spirit of Kant, I believe that some things are "goods in of themselves," rather than "means to an end," and that as such, they must be preserved and protected. 

On the other hand, this sort of… Read full post »

JULY 9, 2014 2:00PM

Der Führer mit Kinder

These photos were intended to soften Hitler's image, so as to make his dictatorship more palatable to the naive. 

Now that we know what we know, do these pictures seem disturbing? They seem slightly bizarre to me, at the very least.

These photos are also interesting. Politicians have always… Read full post »