Friday Firesmith – Where is that damn plane?

If you’ve never read the book “Helter Skelter” then you will never know how truly close Charles Manson came to getting away with mass murder. One of the murder weapons was found by a child, turned over to the police by his father, and there it sat until the kid and his father raised [...]

Friday Firesmith – The Clergy Are Carrion Fowl

We, as Americans in general and Southerners in particular, have an unreasonable view of death and dying. We won’t allow a beloved pet to suffer when the end is clearly upon that animal but we will allow a human being to be swallowed whole by misery for weeks, months or even years without offering [...]

Friday Firesmith – What Obama Could Learn From Bees

Bees, of all people, get Democracy right. When scout bees go out to look for a source of pollen they then return and tell the other bees about it in an interpretive dance. The bee that seems the most excited about his own dance is the one the other bees will follow. Invariably this [...]

Friday Firesmith – Don’t Cry For Crimea

For those of you not paying attention Crimea was where “The Charge of the Light Brigade” took place. For those of you who are really not paying attention, that charge was part of a larger war that pitted Russia against forces in the west, chief among them Britain, who disliked the idea of a [...]

Friday Firesmith – The Cat Fight

Man calls 911 after ‘very hostile’ cat traps family

Okay. Let’s see what we have here. I weigh about one hundred an sixty-five pounds. I have three dogs. The largest comes in at one hundred ten pounds and the two others top eighty pounds and sixty pounds. I have a lot [...]

Friday Firesmith – Great Dogs

I was raised with dogs and I was raised by dogs. Dogs were my friends when humans would not be. When I was fifteen our dog, Smut, died and he was a year older than I was at the time. He had been a part of my family longer than my younger sister. Two [...]

Friday Firesmith – The Sins of Arizona

 There are those people who are gay. There are those who hate people who are gay. Let’s suppose, just for the sake of argument, that the number of people who are gay and those people who hate gay people, are equal in number. With me?

Now, let us suppose there are people [...]

Friday Firesmith – Venom and Verses

I get a lot of negative attention because I make fun of those who take their religion far too seriously, and I’m good with that. But here is what happens to people who reach deep down and feel as if they have to prove to the world the creator of the universe speaks to [...]

Friday Firesmith – Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant actor. He outright owned the movie “Capote” and that got him an Oscar. But his work was equally stunning in the movie “Doubt” which is my favorite of all time. His frenetic but loveable character in “Twister” was one to remember. He seemed to play characters who were [...]

Friday Firesmith – It’s a Guy Thing

I don’t do a lot of the guy things that other Southern men do. I don’t go fishing. I don’t go hunting. I’m as handy at fixing things as I am with brain surgery.  I really don’t give a damn about cars.  I do like big dogs. I like to drink beer. I think [...]

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