An Unlikely Ally

One of the more interesting part of politics is watching how issues float in and out of our consciousness. This past month, the issue of marijuana came to the forefront. Columnists and commentators started talking about it again and those that are in favor of its legalization found themselves with an unlikely ally: the National […]

Black Friday

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This beautiful young lady’s name is Paige. She’s my niece’s daughter, she’s 13-years-old, smart as a whip, and loves to do all the things a typical 21st century teenager loves to do. And yesterday we found out she has cancer. I’m finding out first-hand what this horrible disease does. Priorities are suddenly and drastically re-arranged. […]

A Thanksgiving Day Conversation

You really outdid yourself this year, Maw, dinner was great, I’m as stuffed as that there turkey was. Thanks, Paw. You know, Maw, this is what Thanksgiving is all about. Gettin’ all the kids and grandkids  together to just spend time with each other and sit down to enjoy a good meal. The holidays have […]

Remember This on This Veteran’s Day, and then on Election Day in 2014


As of November 8th, 2013, there have been 58,846 American soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom since March 19, 2013. How often do you hear that statistic? The financial cost of the warS to date is approximately $4-6 trillion – the equivalent […]

An Elegant Solution to the Unresolved Discourse on Guns

I have devised a brilliant (if I do say so myself) and elegant solution to the never-ending debate around guns, the NRA, the Second Amendment, public safety, mass shootings, selfish stupid people, and mental health issues. Since we don’t seem to be able to even have a reasonable discussion on gun violence in this country, we […]

How Many Consultants Does it Take to Build a Website and Eventually Piss off a Republican?

I’ve had the inestimable pleasure (?) of working on several software implementation projects over the past few years, and the one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty is that no matter how long you think it will take, it will take longer. My most recent assignment involved an implementation that had to reschedule […]

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Evidence

Two great examples in this clip from CNN. First, what it looks like when a governor, Democrat Steve Beshear of Kentucky, actually cares enough about the uninsured in his state to set up an exchange so that they can get affordable insurance. Second, life inside the right-wing bubble. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), who, when presented […]

Luv Ya, Bum

I never met Bum Phillips, never knew him other than the man in the Stetson on the sidelines (except in the Dome because his mama always told him to take off his hat indoors). But when I read the news of his passing this morning I felt like I lost a member of my family. […]