Tell your friend Veronica, it’s time to celebrate Hanukkah…

December 7, 2007

And how about a nice holiday ham for that perfect orthodox celebration?? Read the rest of this entry »


Romney Extols Pluralism; Huckabee Claims God is Push-Polling for Him

December 6, 2007

Mitt Romney’s speech today reminding Americans of the lofty founding ideals of civic republicanism and religious liberty coincides with Mike Huckabee’s statement that God is the reason for his rise in the polls. Read the rest of this entry »


My Brother’s Keeper: Good Neighbor or Criminal?

November 30, 2007

Some might call him a heroic brother’s keeper, others a wild vigilante. Whatever the case may be, this neighbor in Houston, Texas may be charged with a crime for blasting away two intruders of his neighbor’s home a few weeks ago, testing the limits of a new Texas law likely to be one of the most tolerant state allowances of deadly force in protection of oneself, one’s property, and arguably the property of one’s neighbor. Read the rest of this entry »


Bulletproof Teflon Patent Infringers

November 28, 2007

Imagine an entity that receives far more patents from the U.S. PTO than any related entity in the country. An entity that has generated at least $500 million in patent royalties over the last five years. One that often uses the courts, routinely alleging patent infringement as a plaintiff and settling against such giants as Genentech for $200 million, Monsanto for over $100 million, and Microsoft for $30 million settlement, to name but a few. And yet, this entity cannot itself be sued or pursued for patent infringement. Some would say this sounds like a typical “patent troll,” which does not actually make, use, or sell anything (and thus is not likely to be sued for patent infringement) but seeks only to “monetize” its patent portfolio by forcing legitimate practitioners of the technology to pay licensing fees. Read the rest of this entry »


A Fun Article on Mitt Romney

November 15, 2007

I enjoyed an article in yesterday’s Fort Worth Star Telegram (ht: BBC’s newsfeed) about Mitt Romney. Although the article is generally positive, it also makes a number of ironic observations that provoke a few snickers but without any Mormon-bashing or questioning of his faith, so it was a fun read. Read the rest of this entry »


Kantian Consumerism

October 22, 2007

„Handle nur nach derjenigen Maxime, von der du zugleich wollen kannst, dass sie ein allgemeines Gesetz werde.“

“Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.”

While driving alone the 26 miles into work from my comfortable suburban home to downtown Dallas the other day, I heard on NPR a reference to a game I could play to see “how many ‘Earths’ of natural resources it would take to sustain all 6.6 billion humans… if everyone lived like [me].” Read the rest of this entry »


To Catch a Predator in Murphy, Texas- Update

December 15, 2006

It seems like, generally speaking, the dust is settling in Murphy from that Sting Operation last month orchestrated by Dateline NBC and Perverted Justice. I still am not sure when the Murphy sting will air on television, but it does not appear that it will be this month. Read the rest of this entry »


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