Friday Firesmith – 4th of July

When the United States Marine Corps landed on Guadalcanal in 1942 there was a very high expectation of failure. No one had stopped the Imperial Japanese Army. No one had taken one square meter of land away from them that they had occupied. No one had been able to find a way to even […]

Friday Firesmith – Jack Russell Terrorists

A friend of mine found a puppy and she decided to keep the thing, even though its heritage is as dubious as Facebook rules written by Robin Hood. It’s not that I mind a mutt, I rejoice them in fact, but there are some dogs that simply do not belong with some people. I […]

Friday Firesmith – The Sins of Elliot Rodger

When I was in High School I spent more time alone, drinking, than I did in class or socializing. There are no prom photos, no homecoming queen with my arm around her and no group photos of my friends and me. The list of organizations and clubs under my name as a senior equal […]

Friday Firesmith – The Swap: What’s True and What’s Not

To begin with let’s look at the facts and not what everyone is saying. First things first and that would be that there is no evidence that Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in the middle of the night. There is no evidence that soldiers looking for him were killed. The five men he was […]

Friday Firesmith – Comments and Voting

If you were to walk into a bar on a Friday night you’d get a much different audience than you would if you were in that same bar on a Wednesday night. If you sang and played guitar you’d know what sort of music your audience was looking for and you might be a […]

Friday Firesmith – The Metric System, Traffic Circles, and Us

There are three classes of human beings that you never want to see sitting in a Jury Box; the first is law enforcement. They’ve seen the very worst of humanity and it’s a good guess they have more of a “kill them all and let God sort them out later” mentality than anyone else. […]

Friday Firesmith – Facebook to the Rescue

I have three dogs. I started out with one dog, Bert, many years ago, a dog from a pound, and after eighteen months of being an only dog he went out and found a puppy, Sam, one day. We lived in peace and relative harmony until I found a stray, Lucas, in the middle […]

Friday Firesmith – Who’s Telling and Who’s Selling?

Here we have two very different people who are both in the news for saying some fairly stupid things. The first is Cliven Bundy, a rancher who steals from the government because he thinks it’s okay to steal from the government. The second is Donald Sterling, a billionaire who thinks anyone not actively pleasing […]

Friday Firesmith – Colored Outside The Lines

As a white man who is over fifty, who was born in The South, and who has a predilection towards solitude, I have to be careful when I write about race and racism. You see, I grew up in a segregated society. There were “Coloreds” and there were “Whites”. If you were “white” you […]

Friday Firesmith – Red Faced About Red Panties

A couple weeks ago I said disparaging things about the Great State of Texas and I really shouldn’t have lumped all Texans in with the shoot everything crowd and those people who think science is a tool of Satan. Now, he who is without sin, or he whose state is without sin, should cast the […]

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