Mitt Romney and the Stupid Gene

Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear. Edgar Allen Poe

What the hell is wrong with people? I mean, really, what the hell is the major malfunction here? What gets people get so excited, so…rapturous, at political rallies. It’s just insane. Very, very insane.

I recently went to two concerts with some friends. We saw The Doors and a remarkable Pink Floyd cover band, Australian Pink Floyd. These shows were incredible. Both bands took me back to places I had been when I was a kid. I was totally blown away, not only by the ability of these bands to regress me, but by their skill, undiminished in any way by age, or by traveling halfway around the planet to get here to play.

And I wasn’t alone. The crowds’ reactions ranged from excited to euphoric. Maybe some people were a bit too into the music, given their age, but I attribute that kind of thing to, well, to being stoned. The enthusiasm was overwhelming. Continue reading

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Dapperists Unite

Dapperism - Philosophy of the Modern Gentleman

I am very proud to announce that that I am writing for Dapperism. If you’re a guy, you need to read Dapperism. If you aren’t, but you love one, you still need to read Dapperism. How else will you learn what you need to know to make him happy?

Dapperists, unite!

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The Seat Belt Killed Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin

Darwin was, of course, an unequivocal and courageous genius. But his theory needs updating. For humans, natural selection came to a screeching halt with the advent of the seat belt.

Darwin’s theory states that, larger brains, coupled with opposable thumbs with which to fashion tools, gave prehistoric man the upper hand (so to speak) in the fight for world domination. With these evolutionary adaptations, our ancestors were able to outsmart other animals, kill them with weapons like spears and clubs, and eat them, thus ensuring their survival. And things progressed nicely over the next several million years or so. Over time, weapons became more advanced. Innovations like the bow and arrow provided the ability to take down a saber tooth tiger from longer distances than clubs and spears, thus giving daddy a better chance to make it home with dinner. (To be clear, I am not sure that the bow existed at the same time in history as the saber tooth tiger, but you get my – I mean – Mr. Darwin’s point.)  Continue reading

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38 Reasons Why the Sabbath is Not Restful

According to Jewish law, there are 38 categories of things, or melachot that one cannot do on the Sabbath. Their basis in the Torah and/or the Talmud are not important. Nor are the reasons why they are forbidden, fascinating though they may to some. What is important is why they bear no relationship to the concept of rest.

I am not talking about a break between musical notes, or a place for your arm, or foot, or pipe. I am talking about that state of being that is less strenuous than, well…work. The nature of rest is, of course, relative. Working in the hot sun on the iron skeleton of a New York City skyscraper is, relatively speaking, less restful than writing an essay. Of course, to some, it may be more restful than the daily struggle to merely stay among the living in, say, Somalia.  Continue reading

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Worth Killing For

What is worth killing for?

A child’s safety? Freedom? An ideal? A god?

What drives religious zealots to be so willing to kill for their god? What sort of delusion can cause a person to indiscriminately take a life in the name of an insult.

Militant Islamists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemem and elsewhere across the globe are claiming that they will continue their protests over a ridiculously bad movie depicting Mohammad as a womanizing freak until the United States government takes action against the movie’s producers; death by stoning, I suspect. And until the United States puts Sam Bacile to death for his insult to the Islamic world, they will continue to kill innocent people. After all, if you are not with them, you are against them, and therefore must die.  Continue reading

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