Saturday, July 25, 2009

Blog Interviews: Feed Your ADHD

Ladies and gentlemen it is time again for another installment of Blog Interviews from the Liberty Pen. This week we have Dr. Dave from Feed Your ADHD, but before we commence I must make the following statement to those of you who do not know Dr. Dave or his blog, - "No, he is not a real Doctor in the medical sense." By my own stipulative definition Dr. Dave is an educated individual with a self-conferred doctorate in the field of caustic wit and snark. As with the other individuals I have interviewed, Dr. Dave is unique in his approach at constructing social and political annotaions. At times he is compendious, on other occasions he is more extensive in his examination of socio-political dynamics. But if you truly want to know the derivation of his work I shall let Dr. Dave purvey his intro;

"Creating a foreseeable risk of substantial disruption."

I have told Dr. Dave before that he has a rapier wit, and when you peruse his blog you will inevitably perceive it to be an incisive extension of his acumen. His posts are not for the faint of heart, but if you open your mind and become receptive you will definitely learn something. Now, for your reading pleasure I offer you a substantial disruption, Dr. Dave's FEED YOUR ADHD.



tLP: Good evening Dr. Dave how are you?







Feed Your ADHD: I am faaaantastic, thank you for asking. I am ready to go so tell everybody to put their mental cups on!








tLP: Excellent my friend, let's start with the basic question. What is your blog about?




Feed Your ADHD: Feed Your ADHD is a satirical, sometimes humorous, always hyperbolic, blog that tosses friggin’ EMPs at the stupidity that goes on in Washington, D.C., and equally morally bankrupt and corrupt governments around the world. William Faulkner once said writing brings order to chaos. My blog attempts to bring chaos in an entertaining way to what the thieves in power pass off as order. As it says in my blog profile, I’m creating a “foreseeable risk of substantial disruption,” to quote Sonia Sotomayor [http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Critics-unhappy-with-Sotomayors-role-in-CT-free-speech-case.html], putting myself on Janet Napolitano's domestic terror list for the reader.



tLP: Why did you start your blog?




Feed Your ADHD: It started off as a release from the daily monotony of corporate life (which is why I go by the pseudonym, “Dr. Dave”). When I was younger, I spent 5 years writing for newspapers and then a couple more writing for magazines. When my wife and I had children, I stopped chasing the dream of trying to become a poor man’s Conservative Hunter S. Thompson, entrenching myself in the corporate world to bring home half a dollar while my wife stayed home with the kids. Last fall I started to get the itch again, and a writer friend suggested I start a blog. My first few posts were little puerile attempts at sarcasm…about the NFL and the Wall Street bailout and blogging…and then I began to pay attention to what was going to happen in the presidential election. Once I started looking into who Barack Hussein Obama (or as he’s known around my place, Obugger) is, there was no going back. The night he was elected I wrote a piece about how all his hope and change b.s. was smoke and mirrors. But punditry hasn’t always been my strongest form, and I stumbled around between sarcasm and punditry until, about a month or so before Obugger was about to accept his crown, I discovered satire over at Iowahawk [http://iowahawk.typepad.com/]. What David Burge was doing over there, and had been doing for 5 years, seemed, to me, the perfect way to go about commenting on all of the insanity around us, in a funny and critical and poignant way. Since then I’ve been posting a mixture of satire and sarcasm with regularity about a group of imbeciles, the Obama administration and Congress, who truly deserve my twisted attention.



tLP: What are you hoping to accomplish with your blog?




Feed Your ADHD: It keeps me out of the bars and from taking up with a mistress in Argentina and getting myself into trouble for being a hypocrite. Really, I’m just trying to comment on the daily news cycle in an entertaining way while amusing myself. I figure if you come to my blog and laugh a little bit, you might see the steady stream of impending doom that blares from your TV, newspaper, and Obugger’s house every night with a little less anxiety in your heart. I have no idea if we’re about to either fall off the far edge of the Earth or begin to wake up to the power and freedom grabs going on in D.C., but I just can’t chronicle what’s happening in any other way. They say sarcasm masks one’s inadequacies, but I believe it helps us deflect the ineptitudes of those with power and bad intent, and peer through their smokescreen to see what’s really going on.



tLP: How are your posts received by people, good, fair, or against?




Feed Your ADHD: I have a regular group of readers who seem to enjoy themselves when they come to my place. Once in a while I’ll get spammed by some liberal calling himself “anonymous.” I used to get into long drawn out debates with them, but then I realized the stupidity, both mine and theirs, of debating satire, that is FICTION. Please. A blogger friend of mine likes to call in other bloggers to help gang up on a liberal spammer, and I think that’s an adequate tactic. I think I’ll follow suit in the future. Rather than exhausting my energy debating policy with someone who’s clearly not going to see, or even acknowledge, my side at all, I’ll go on to my next insane post and let my friends gang up on the Zombiecrat. Or I could just do what Hunter Thompson would do…track the bastard down and spray his eyes with mace. Either way works just fine for me.



tLP: How important is your blog in today's economic and political climates?




Feed Your ADHD: Feed Your ADHD is about as important as yesterday’s post. By that I mean, it’s not important at all. It’s just something that I do to take the edge off my day and give a few readers a laugh or two, while hopefully being a mite bite in the side of the idiots in D.C. This is a terrible moment in time and history, and I’m just trying to put my own little bizarre stamp on it. That’s all the blog really is. And that’s all I should really expect from it, given that every microsecond someone with far more talent and far more interesting things to say starts another blog.

Thanks for the opportunity, LP. Please tell others they can find me at Feed Your ADHD [http://feedyouradhd.blogspot.com] most every day.


I would like to thank Dr. Dave from Feed Your ADHD for supplying his time and giving a great interview. My intent, as I have explicated in previous posts, is to provide a medium for other bloggers to get together and learn from each other. In dangerous times such as these an aggregation of liberty-minded individuals is paramount for our Republic's survivability. But I also understand that blogs such as Dr. Dave's may not be to everyone's liking, or that his approach to satire is too vituperative (as surmised by the Daily Kos). If you feel so inclined please consider the following quote from Eric Idle;

"At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted." Eric Idle



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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blog Interviews: Present Discontent

It is that time again for Liberty Pen's Blogger Interviews, and this week we will be speaking to Don, the author and site owner of Present Discontent. I have only known Don, as much as a person could via the internet, a few short months. But he, as with the others I have (and yet to) interviewed, embodies a quote from the United States Air Force Academy;

"We define character as the sum of those qualities of moral excellence that stimulates a person to do the right thing, which is manifested through right and proper actions despite internal or external pressures to the contrary."

We find ourselves in troubling times, and by the severest measure of misfortune they are being dismissed by people whose constitutional venalities are leading our Republic to moral and intellectual degeneracy. That is why it is so important for the sanctity of one's own probity to manifest an affinity with like-minded patriots, so this is my part. As with any relationship the differences define the components, affording reciprocal respect within a given dynamic will preclude enmity from presenting itself. You will find such respect among these men, and I am better off for it. Now, for your reading pleasure I am pleased to introduce, Present Discontent.



tLP: Good afternoon Don, how are you doing today?






Present Discontent: I am fine Tom, thank you for asking.






tLP: Outstanding, so tell us, what is your blog about?





Present Discontent: My blog is called Present Discontent. I named it after an essay by Edmund Burke. He of course, is thought to be the father of modern conservatism. Burke was in favor of limiting the executive powers of the King of England. He argued very strongly against unlimited royal power. His thoughts on checks and balances are very similar to our present system of government. He was for a political party or parties having a role in limiting the monarch’s ability to abuse its power. Widely held as his most important essay about this was his Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents of May 1770. I feel that this is apropos to what is going on in Washington with nearly one party rule.



tLP: Why did you start your blog




Present Discontent: I read Mark Levin’s book, Liberty and Tyranny, A Conservative Manifesto. A magnificent book and I recommend it to all conservatives, and their teenagers. In it he says that the conservative nature is “…to live and let live, to attend to his family, to volunteer time with his church and synagogue, and to quietly assist a friend, a neighbor, or even a stranger.” He goes on to say that these are admirable qualities, but that it is no longer enough. In order to contain, and then reverse the far-left’s creep towards socialism, we must become a new generation of conservative activists. We have to be “shrewder and more articulate” than ever before. I started my blog to do just that. It has been in small steps, this creep towards socialism in America, so it will be in small steps the measure to reclaim personal liberty and freedoms once again. My blog is but one small step.



tLP: What are you hoping to accomplish with your blog?




Present Discontent: I want to make my feelings and views known and to see if they strike a chord with others out there. Not only those in agreement with me, but also I want to reach out to those who disagree with me. If I can change the mind of one liberal, then I will have succeeded.



tLP: How are your posts received by people, good, fair, or against?




Present Discontent: The reception to my blogs have run the gamut from agreement to disagreement to some very hostile reactions.




tLP: How important is your blog in today's economic and political climates?




Present Discontent: Well since sliced bread, it is of course the biggest thing to come down the pike! Okay, enough. It really doesn’t mean much by itself, as I said it is but a small step in our march back to what our Founding Fathers envisioned for our country. When taken into context with all the other conservative blogs, then the question of importance rises to a different level altogether.



tLP: Feel free to add any information you like.




Present Discontent: I just want to add that in the past, it has been enough for the conservative to go to church, pay his taxes and mow his lawn. But now that time of passive contribution is over. We need to be vigilant in protecting our freedoms, for once lost, they are hard to regain.


I would like to use this opportunity and thank Don for taking the time to do this interview, we all have busy lives so his efforts are most appreciated. The latest post from Present Discontent is, "Health Rationing in Our Future?" Stop by and leave a comment.

To end this post I would like to purvey a few quotations from Edmund Burke;

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

"No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."

We should not presume to think that the simple act of blogging will not produce the requisite results needed for the preservation of freedom. A singular action, however small, creates energy once it is in motion. As we connect with other individuals the energy augments, and eventually, it will manifest into an overwhelming force of emancipation. So continue to fight, continue to be heard, connect with other people, and know that no action is too little.


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Classic Liberal Interview

Since the July, 4th holiday is coming up this weekend I have decided to post the weekly Blog Interview a little early. This week I had the pleasure of interviewing, Mike, from the The Classic Liberal. As with the previous interview I asked a series of questions and received some fantastic answers. I hope you will find this interview interesting, and if you would like to participate in the Blog Interviews please feel free to contact me.







tLP: Good afternoon Mike, how are you today?






The Classic Liberal: I'm fine Tom, and how are you?





tLP: Fantastic, and thank you for participating. Let's begin, what is your blog about?






The Classic Liberal: Well, obviously politics. :-) More specifically, it's about
liberty
and freedom. The two major political parties have steered our country
so far off course from what it was, it disgusts me. My personal views don't
seem to fit
into a given political philosophy these days either, and I think that's
in large part
due to philosophies being turned into labels. If we're to get down to the truth,
I'm a liberal. But in today's world, a liberal is my polar extreme!

The conservative movement started in the early 20th century, mostly in opposition to
increasing federal governmental powers, and the New Deal. Senator Robert A. Taft,
known to all as “Mr. Republican,” was the same type of guy as Rep. Ron Paul is today.
Even up into the sixties, when Goldwater was the standard-bearer of the movement,
conservatives advocated repealing laws, were anti-draft, and even anti-war. Goldwater
was not the neocon some like to paint him as today. He was much closer to being a
Taft-conservative, than to being a neocon (whose movement was just starting to blossom).

For example, today I hear and read so-called conservatives, claiming that Ron Paul isn't a
conservative, or that one is not a real conservative, if they don't support legislating morality
or blindly supporting any given war effort. In other words, so-called conservatives today,
believe in an active role for the State. But outside of the (left-leaning) neocon movement,
there's nothing for them historically, to back these arbitrary claims up.

The libertarian movement is just as bad too! For example, they've become vehemently
anti-religious and more than happy to attack those of religious faith. To me, this position
contradicts libertarianism. As long as someone isn't infringing on your rights, it's none
of your business how they live, what they believe, or what they worship. I also see a
move towards “civil rights,” and away from “natural rights” in the libertarian movement.
They're becoming every bit as Statist as the conservatives have become. My blog
comes in somewhere in between libertarian and conservative. To be more specific,
somewhere in between paleo-conservative and paleo-libertarian. The “modern” versions
of the movements have lost their way IMHO, and I hope to help people find their way
back.



tLP: Why did you start your blog?






The Classic Liberal: I'm a political junkie! I first became interested in politics
in the
6th grade, in 1980. I attended parochial school at the time, and they
gave us each a book (made for kids) that detailed the 3 platforms of Carter,
Reagan, and Anderson. The teachers genuinely did not give us
any input.
We made up our own minds, and at the end of the week the
school held a mock election.

The Revolution was already a big deal to me. It was Independence Day in 1976 that got
me stoked about America and the message of our
Founder's against the tyranny of government.
So when I read about
Reagan's passion for liberty and freedom, I got hooked and have been
so ever since. Also, I love arguing politics, so writing a blog
eventually become the next logical
step.




tLP: What are you hoping to accomplish with your blog?







The Classic Liberal: It may be futile, but I'm trying to get today's conservatives to
broaden their horizons and think outside the box. I believe Team Politics
(Red Team vs. Blue Team) is a serious problem, that only
causes too many people
to vote Republican and/or Democrat despite
their heart telling them something
else. I also think the 2-party
monopoly can be broken easier than people realize. You (as in
each of
us as individuals) just have to commit to it, then support and vote for someone else.
It's a simple one-person decision for each of us.
This also may be a futile attempt, but I'd like
libertarians to see
that their core market is the average conservative voter. In their everyday
lives, most of the the conservative electorate isn't as
Statist as the Republican Party. Not even
close. I tailor my message
towards conservatives, but focus liberty and freedom, not
party-politic talking points.


Politics have become so compartmentalized these days, it's a shame. With some 310 million
people living in this country, while
philosophical purity is an important long-term goal, to
get there, you
need others on your side. I hope I'm showing (at least a little) that we all
have a lot more to agree on, than we have to fight over. Right
now, “we the people” must
stop the spending train! We'd have a
majority to accomplish that if libertarians would quit
seeing
conservatives as their #1 enemy and vice-versa.



tLP: How are your posts received by people, good fair, or against?






The Classic Liberal: That's a tough question. I need to work on engaging people
more. I
say some pretty bold things that go without comment. Traffic has been
up and down since my start, but that's due in large part to things I didn't know
about SEO and what-not when I started. I think however,
my message is catching
on! Traffic has been growing steadily, I got
listed in a Top 100 Libertarian Blogs list, and a lot
of conservative
bloggers are linking to me. It's exciting!



tLP: How important is your blog in today's economic and political climates?







The Classic Liberal: I think it's vital. I talk about things that very few others will.
I
have a degree in finance, was a stockbroker for more than a decade (eventually
owning my own practice), and served as a senior officer at
a large publicly-traded
bank. So happily, the posts I've written
about the economy have really been
picking taking off (despite their
dire outlook). I'm no perma-bear, but our economy is doomed.
And
those posts seem to be opening more people up to my views on the other topics as well.



tLP: Where do you think the country will be in 2 years, and then in 4 years?






The Classic Liberal: Great Depression circumstances, a very restless populace, and
the
possibility of Marshall Law and/or civil war. What's taking place in Washington
today, is a coup. Make no mistake about it!
With all of the policy changes, as well
as those yet to come, do you
think we will ever get back to limited government?

It's possible, and could even happen peacefully … but it'll take a large part of the populace
waking-up out of their slumber, and
accepting the reality of our situation for what it is. I haven't
talked about this yet (because there's no reason at this point), but my gut tells me Ron Paul
could take the White House in 2012 … if we
make it that far … and his age doesn't turn into a
major issue.


Economically, things are going to get very bad for us. These circumstances will change political
discourse in ways none of us can
accurately predict. But he's having great success with his bill
to
audit the Fed, getting more and more press coverage, and people are slowly catching on to
the fact he's not the loon people claim him to
be. He's the only guy in Washington who's been
right all along, and
when the crap hits the fan, voters will take notice.



tLP: Well, Mike, I want to take this opportunity and thank you again for participating.
As with the previous interviewee you gave some great answers. Can you give us the
address to your website?




The Classic Liberal: I would be happy to, please go The Classic Liberal. You can
also get The Classic Liberal by RSS. Thank you for having me on The Liberty Pen.




As with the previous Blog Interview I did check to see if Mike and his blog were on Janet
Napolitano's watch list. They were not, so we can all breath easier. I find it somewhat comforting
that more people are becoming politically active and asserting their rights to liberty and
freedom. In my previous interview I ended with the statement that these are "interesting
times," I would like to amend those words to state these are "dangerous times." There is nothing
so frail as liberty, but in the same vein there is nothing so resolute as humankind's desire to
be free from tyranny. Here is a quote from Jean-Jacques Rousseau;

"Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains."

In my opinion the veracity of this statement permeates beyond the grasp of technocratic
disputation. One could disagree, but I could prove you wrong. The question remains, will
you break your chains and claim your liberty once more, or allow the government to tell
you what liberties you shall have?

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The Conservative Hideout 2.0. Take so
me time and look at this blog,
read some articles, and post some comments. Thank you
.