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5 Rules for Fighting the Culture War

Monday, March 30, 2015 11:00 am

The culture is very important. That’s where he keep all our cool stuff like TV and video games. That’s why fighting the Culture War is important. Thus, I’ve come up with some tips at PJ Media on how to do so.

Wars. Everyone loves them. Lately we’ve had the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and the War on Women. But unlike those wars that come to an end when we defeat drugs, terror, and women, there is an unending war we’re all involved in: the Culture War.

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Random Thoughts: Harry Reid, John Wick, and Oppression

Monday, March 30, 2015 7:43 am

The main foe of abortion having greater acceptance are the people who fall in love with their children after the 10 week ultrasound.

I’m like super-confused now. Is it feminist or anti-feminist to portray women as delicate little flowers?

“Women should be in combat! But no clapping… that could scare them.”

I am busy on the final edits for my next novel. It will be a bit more light-hearted than Superego, though still not quite a comedy.

Remember: There’s an Audible version of Superego. Could listen for free with 30 day trial.

I assume I still get royalties even if you get it for free. I should probably look into that.

I’m really excited about how many people have enjoyed my first novel. Have other exciting stuff in the works I hope I can announce soon.

Maybe a way to market flu shots to college kids is to say they prevent viruses from committing microaggressions.

There isn’t someone reading this right now who hasn’t purchased a copy of Superego, right? That would make no sense whatsoever.

You have to admire the time Harry Reid argued that taxes are voluntary. It was very creative. He will be missed in the Senate.

My goal for the 2016 presidential election is to be as engaged as I was for the 1984 one (when I was five and only vaguely aware of it).

I think the reasonable thing to do would be to put Hillary Clinton in prison until she un-deletes her emails.

Finally watched John Wick. Pretty cool movie. Glad there’s going to be a sequel.

Only complaint: really indistinct dragon character. “Oh, that’s not Thug #3; that’s the guy who’s bested John Wick twice already.”

From John Wick, I’ve decided I’m going to practice the Center Axis Relock gun stance in case I need to kill a dozen people in close confines.

Liam Neeson from Taken is pretty much the standard for fathers these days, right?

When you’re asking the government to force someone to do something, you’ve become an oppressor. It doesn’t matter what your background is.

It’s quite fashionable to hatefully rail against perceived hate, but angry people filled righteousness never led to anything bad.

I find laws against bulletproof vests pretty funny. “The police need to be able to shoot you… for your own protection.”

So the guy who was Jacob in Lost also plays Lucifer in Supernatural season 5. That’s some weird type-casting.

Disney owns the muppets, too? If Disney ever decides to go evil, they can basically hold everything from our childhoods hostage.

I’m old enough to remember when the American left was liberal. Well, old enough to have read about it.

Science and religion are two separate things, and absolutely everyone practices both.

To support late term abortion but not infanticide makes no moral sense, as Gosnell obviously realized.

It’s a little bit disturbing how many people think the most pressing issue of the day is it’s too hard to kill tiny humans.

Why would anyone join Scientology anymore? Does anyone join a religion these days without first googling it?

The state will either protect religious freedom or end up imposing a religion. One or the other.

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Conservative Book Club

Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:00 am

There’s a new Conservative Book Club!

One thing, though, they don’t have much on their list of fiction. What they do have, though, are the first two novels from Liberty Island, which includes Superego.

Now, the thing is, conservatives needs more support of fiction. While we have numerous, well-known non-fiction books, those tend not to be read very much outside of the base of people who are already conservative. If we want to make inroads on influencing the culture, we need more fiction — book that perhaps non-political people will read. So it would be nice if you’d help encourage the Conservative Book Club to expand its fiction offering by joining up and rating my book and The Big Bang by Roy M. Griffis. If they see interaction in the fiction section, they might invest more into it. And then we’d maybe see more popular fiction by people who actually like liberty. So you’d not only be helping me, you’d helping the country.

You like this country, right? I know I do.

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Wisdom of the Day: Walrus Glee Women 555 Answer Huns

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: President, Cruz, and Mickey

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 8:22 am

If you don’t have friends, make some just so you can talk about Superego. It will be worth the annoyance of friends.

Just a reminder that I am now old enough to be president. I promise to do nothing other than cash my check each week if elected.

Or does the president get paid biweekly? Or twice a month? Anyone know how that works?

And would it be possible to not have to move to D.C. if elected president? That place is full of weirdos and sociopaths.

Future headline to keep in mind if Ted Cruz takes charge in implementing his policies: “Cruz Control.” Lemme explain…

The Conservative Book Club doesn’t exactly have a large selection under “Fiction,” but it makes up for it in quality.

When watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, I can’t get over what an egomaniac Mickey is. Everything has to be named after or shaped like him.

For a while, he even tried to call the Hot Dog Dance the “Mousekadance.” Come on, dude.

The less you like the Republican candidate in the primary, the less you’ll be disappointed by him later.

Hey, maybe in another decade FOX will revive Firefly for a couple episodes.

3-star reviews hurt. That’s two whole stars of not liking it. And stars are some of the largest objects in the universe.

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Random Thoughts: Lynch and Starbucks

Monday, March 23, 2015 8:26 am

“Loretta Lynch: She’ll help you in a pinch!” -slogan for if she wants to compete against Saul Goodman

Let’s look at these questions. Where do I most often interact with someone of another race? Well, it’s not at Starbucks.

If you spent all day at Starbucks, you’d probably be really curious about minorities too.

I’m mainly watching The Last Man on Earth out of curiosity of where in the world the story will go.

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Are We All Sociopaths in Our Own Special Way?

Friday, March 20, 2015 11:00 am

In a new PJ Media article talking about issues from Superego, I ask whether we’re all a bit like Rico in being sociopaths at times.

What do you think? Is it possible IMAO readers could be sociopaths? That sounds crazy.

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The Economics of The Hudsucker Proxy

Friday, March 20, 2015 10:00 am

Okay, so not the most popular Cohen brothers movie, but it has some great economics lessons to riff off of. So here’s a new EconPop about supply and demand and minimum wage.

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Random Thoughts: Starbucks, Community, and Voting

Friday, March 20, 2015 8:12 am

So have all the white hipsters at Starbucks solved race yet?

Paying people to dig ditches and other people to fill in those ditches still sounds more useful than ethanol subsidies.

Come on, guys; if you’re going to pay millions to revive a TV series, make sure your video delivery system is ready. #Community

And now I really want to see Portuguese Gremlins. #Community

And I really like the weirdness of new-Shirley’s non-weirdness. #Community

My view on voting is that it should take little effort to vote, but it should take some effort. Disenfranchise the extremely lazy.

Wait… the president of which country suggested voting should be mandatory?

It’s becoming the mantra of the left that if anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing at gunpoint.

In my dream world, voting wouldn’t matter. Because no matter who was elected, my rights wouldn’t be on the chopping block.

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Wisdom of the Day: Coffee Mayo Starbucks Tree Leprechaun

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:00 pm

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Inclusive of Psychopaths

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:00 am

I wrote a blog post!

…Just not here. I have a guest post at Sarah Hoyt’s blog about inclusiveness in science fiction and whether Social Justice Warriors are being insensitive to psychopaths. It’s a very sensitive think-piece — the sort of thing I’m known for. Enjoy!

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Random Thoughts: Starbucks and Community

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 8:02 am

Community is back! In a really weird place… But it’s back!

What’s the slogan of Yahoo! Screen? “Yeah, it’s a thing.”

BTW, if you’ve never seen Community, it’s worth subscribing to Hulu Plus just for being able to watch seasons 1-3,5.

Being offended is a choice.

What does it mean about race that my reaction to the news about Starbuck’s #RaceTogether was the annoyed exclamation, “White people!”?

Let’s talk about race, baby.
Let’s talk about harmony.
Let’s talk about all the things you do micro-agressively.
Let’s about race.

I’m still not convinced this Starbucks thing is real.

I’m a little scared about what I may say on any controversial issue before I’ve had my coffee.

So people getting worked up over the cover art on a Batgirl comic was a real thing?

You can’t stay ahead of the SJWs if your tried. They invent new things to be offended by every single day.

So far, only one episode title of Better Call Saul didn’t end in an ‘o’ and I’m still trying to figure out if that’s significant.

Are corn farmers basically welfare queens?

Is Starbucks charging enough for a latte to be able to solve the issue of race?

Experience so far is that Yahoo Screen really needs to work on its video streaming. I have 300mbs down and the video is choppy.

The ads are streaming just fine.

Captions are out of sync. Come on, Yahoo, this isn’t time for amateur hour. #Community

The video quality was almost unwatchable with how choppy it is, and now it’s froze with two minutes left. :( #Community

Here’s how desperate I was to watch the new Community: I opened Internet Explorer to see if Yahoo Screen would work better in it.

I think I’ll wait on watching the second Community episode. Maybe it’s a bandwidth problem on Yahoo’s end that will better another day.

Not sure what I thought of the first episode. Might rewatch if I can fix the video quality issues. #Community

I’m kind of amused in how people tell me how funny Superego when it’s supposed to be my first big serious work.

Being disappointed by a politician is what you get for having any expectations whatsoever.

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Wisdom of the Day: Animals Salt Cookies Bus Problem Grandeur

Monday, March 16, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: Logan Act and Vladimir

Monday, March 16, 2015 7:46 am

I assume the Logan Act was put in place after the traitorous actions of President Logan.

I don’t think there’s anything preventing someone from running for president while in prison, if that’s relevant to a candidate.

*Hitler answers the phone* “Hello?”
“I have a list of Nazis I’m killing, and you’re at the top.”
-Schindler’s List with today’s Liam Neeson

So our third child is going to be a girl. Girl, boy, girl.

My 22 month old son thinks it’s funny to hit me. And it is funny to hit me. But I still think I’m supposed to stop him.

Come on, you guys. Stop violating the Logan Act.

Woo! I’m in downtown Austin for SXSW! In a back room. At a laptop. Because that’s how I party.

The attack on Caesar on the Ides of March was in clear violation of the Logan Act.

Is it possible to be named “Vladimir” and not be evil?

If they find Vladimir Putin again, they should put a chip in his neck like we did the cats.

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What Does It Mean to Be “Civilized”?

Friday, March 13, 2015 11:00 am

In another article analyzing themes from Superego, I look into what it means to be “civilized.”

No one expects to be beaten to death by Mr. Peanut. Of course not — the dude wears a top hat and a monocle. And even though he carries a cane and could easily start to bludgeon you with it at any moment, that possibility has never entered your brain, because Mr. Peanut is the picture of civility.

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How to Be Funny

Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:00 am

Want to learn how to be funny like me? Well, I boiled all the complexities of humor into 6 easy tips. If anyone doesn’t laugh at your new found humor abilities, it will be because of something wrong with them and not because of your jokes. That happens to me all the time.

So go read my tips and then test out your humor in the comments. I’m sure that won’t be awkward.

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Wisdom of the Day: Cards Schrodinger Ants Girlfriend Magician Burial Sigourney Hands Emails

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 5:00 pm

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Sorry

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:00 am

I know. I’ve been a bad blogger lately, but it’s been a crazy time for me. Just spent more than a twelve hour day on location for this project we’re filming. Well, I’m not doing much filming; as the writer, my job was mainly to cringe at dialogue that it was too late rewrite. But anyway, it’s pretty cool. I was lead writer for the script, and now stuff I wrote is being made reality by professionals and it is pretty intimidating. I’m just trying to learn stuff — like I now know what a gaffer is. I also know why it can take more than an hour to properly film a one minute piece of dialogue. Anyway, you should get to see the finished result in May, and it will be awesome. It might even be released in 4K (we’re filming it all in 6K).

Also, working on Emergent Order’s SXSW party, dProgram. So if you’re in SXSW this weekend and have an interactive badge, you can stop by the Parish and say hi.

Oh, and I’m still trying to sell my novel, so buy a copy if you haven’t for some reason. And tell your friends. Or even your enemies. And strangers.

So, I’ll try to get back to more blogging… in the future. For now, I should have more stuff going up at PJ Media soon. God bless.

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Random Thoughts: Hillary Clinton and the Apple Watch

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:38 am

My main goal for Superego was to make the story fun, but I do like that some people found it made them think.

Frantically posting a one star review on Amazon: “It’s a cookbook! A COOKBOOK!” #ModernTwilightZone

President Obama claims he just first learned about colors from watching Sesame Street last week.

Haven’t started writing sequel to Superego. Have 2 other novels to finish up first. But you’ll still see it before next Game of Thrones book.

Watched first two episodes of the new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Liked it. It was pretty cute.

When will we admit the war on daylight is lost?

Hillary Clinton 2016: “Absolutely everything you hate about politicians. Plus woman.”

Apple Watch? That sounds stupid. I’d only pay maybe $300 for that. Idiots.

Did you know that Curious George was originally a French creation? And instead of being a curious monkey, he was one filled with ennui.

Most stories were just him staring with contempt at the Man in the Yellow Hat while smoking cigarettes.

I can’t get the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme out of my head.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt almost feels like an extension of 30 Rock in how it’s exact same humor style. So far, very fun; very upbeat.

I like things to be positive. In my novel Superego, the main character is a psychotic hitman, but I tried to find the positive spin on it.

If you can pay $10,000 for a gold Apple Watch that will be outdated in a year, you’re probably rich enough to dictate what time it is.

You no longer need a $100 a month cable subscription to get HBO. Instead you need $500 Apple devices.

Now that I’m an iOS developer, I’m more interested in WatchKit than the actual watch.

“And we’re not even going to tell you how much the gold Apple Watch costs because if you have to ask, you probably have poor on you.”

Trying to figure out how to justify this to my employer. “I need the gold Apple Watch to make sure our software works with… precious metals.”

Hillary Clinton sure is acting like someone who has nothing to not hide.

Getting pretty excited about our SXSW event. Should be cool. http://www.dprogram.org

I think it’s going to be a big party. I’ve never partied before. I’m not even sure of the mechanics involved.

I think Colin Powell is trying too hard to distract from the big face-plant he did stepping out of his party to support such a doof.

Filming again. I get to learn about exterior shooting.

I’m sure Hillary has a reasonable explanation of the emails that dozens of people have been working for days on.

It was a Kobayashi Maru for Hillary. She could have stayed quiet and looked guilty or spoke and… also looked guilty.

Long day of shooting, but man is this going to look awesome.

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Did the Jetsons Go to Church?

Friday, March 6, 2015 11:00 am

In another PJ Media post exploring themes from Superego, I write about what’s the future of religion.

Science! It’s given us lasers and spaceships and explained the many great mysteries of life, like what is the sun, where does lightning come from, and what’s the deal with platypuses? Every day, the men in the lab coats tease out more secrets from this universe, and technology solves more of our problems (remember back in the day, when if you were lost in the woods, you couldn’t pull out your phone and quickly look up the filmography of the guy who played Balki in Perfect Strangers?). So as we go into a future with robots and a greater knowledge of quantum physics, what exactly do we need thousands-of-years-old texts on morality for?

Enjoy. And discuss.

There’s also another excerpt of Superego at PJ Media if for some insane reason you haven’t bought and read the book already.

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