It’s At The End Of The Hallway

So… first off a couple of housekeeping things. I will only be here for the show today and tomorrow (Tuesday). On Wednesday, Ben and I are headed out for a “Guys” day in Oregon with my Brotherin and his son. We’ll be home very late that night, so probably not conducive to doing a Thursday show. On Friday we will be quite busy getting packed up for vacation.

I will be gone all of the next week (20-25), on a vacation that is shaping up to be EPIC. Two full days in Yellowstone. A full day in Little Piney Creek, another full day at Little Big Horn, and then, the cherry on top, we will be traveling to a remote part of Eastern Montana to visit my favorite paleontologist at an actual dinosaur dig! Read the rest of this entry


A Government Of 8 Year Olds

It was a great getaway for us. We saw pretty much the entire Puget Sound, had a ghostly experience and had some really good food. But I’m back at it for the Friday show!

On the way up north, I got a call from my Doctors office, and it appears that I was being overly optimistic and sarcastic when I referred to my last medical procedure as “unnecessary.” Now look, there is nothing critically wrong with me right now. Well… there is *one* thing, but that’s another story only tangentially related to this condition. Nothing that is going to snatch my breath away in the next days, weeks or months. But it is something of a wake-up call. I have had a very long battle with the Bulge and an endearing love/hate relationship with physical conditioning. for most of the last twenty-five years, I have used the knee as an excuse. Even when I did manage to lose 100+ pounds I literally shredded the knee doing it. Then I yo-yoed right back because I did it for all the wrong reasons and the wrong way.

Now, however, the cards are all on the table and I have to decide whether to call or fold. Nine years with Cami has been amazing. And I want as many more as I can possibly get. So… it’s time to ElliptiGo!

Along the way, we spent some time exploring an old fort that helped to guard the entry into the Puget Sound. The immense guns were obsolete by the beginning of WWI, but did they actually serve their purpose? And what does that tell us about military tech and the concept of deterrence?

Two stories, one from Seattle and the other from Sacramento have me asking the question about what do we as a society really believe? And why has government basically become a bunch of eight-year-olds?

Enemies Of The State

A new Poll shows that some 43% of self-identified Republicans believe that “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” how you react to that poll says more about your political views than it does the actual poll. The reactions to the news are as predictable as a sunrise, but all of them miss the real point. Sure, the media conducted a poll to find out if people really do hate them as much as they report that the people do. But looked at in context, it provides us with an opportunity to test our values against our actions. Because the myth that we “love’ free speech is as pervasive as the idea that the media is the “enemy of the state.” Read the rest of this entry

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