Manifesto 1.0

I’m supposed to write my manifesto.

Man`i`fes´to (n.)

A public declaration, usually of a prince, sovereign, or other person claiming large powers, showing his intentions, or proclaiming his opinions and motives in reference to some act done contemplated by him; as , a manifesto declaring the purpose of a prince to being war, and explaining his motives.

Easy, right? Eh . . . not so much.

They say to start with something you hold to be absolutely true.

An empty bookshelf indicates an empty mind.

I never judge a book by its cover.

I always judge people by their books.

More specifically, their lack of books.

I believe everyone likes to read; to claim otherwise is to lie to yourself.

The remedy is simple: go to your local library and get a library card.

You can borrow all kinds of books for free*, so be bold and adventurous:

Read Everything!

Avoid my judgment.

* You may have to pay an initial fee (mine cost $3.00) and will have to pay any penalties for late returns.

Alas, Poor Yorkie

Behold, fair citizen, the distressing headline of our age:

After a Deal, British Chocolates Won’t Cross the Pond

I ask: what treachery is this?

This bold act brings to mind a similar case of some years ago.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Townshend Acts?


Your education has been sadly neglected.

You must have heard of the Boston Tea Party, then?

ACR Boston Tea Party
Or – at the very least – played Assassin’s Creed: Revelations?

Let the known facts be made clear:

An American company making substandard chocolate experienced a few bad quarters.

Hershey Sign
Probably because they keep making bad pips.

OK, so chocolate humor isn’t my thing. I make no apologies.

Do they improve the product?

No! They eliminate the competition.

Strike that.

They eliminate the competition.

They convince the American government to eliminate the competition.

Monopoly Board Close Up
This seemed appropriate for reasons I just can’t put my finger on . . .

No more British chocolate!

Say no to disgustingly higher-quality ingredients!

Berate the atrociously short shelf-life!

Ignore the tremendously superior flavor!


Oh, but we’re protecting Hershey, an iconic American business!

I imagine they said the same about the East India Company.

East India Co
They, too, were “too big to fail,” and look what that got them . . .

Imagine the savings – you won’t be paying nearly as much!

Hmm . . . you think the colonists didn’t think of that?

The inhabitants . . . who but a few months ago were in ease and affluence, have now, no other alternative than to stay and starve, or turn and beg. Endangered by the fire of their friends if they continue within the city, and plundered by the soldiery if they leave it. In their present condition they are prisoners without the hope of redemption, and in general attack for their relief, they would be exposed to the fury of both armies.

~ Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)

Huh . . . seems they valued liberty over artificial savings.

Imagine that!

Does it really matter where your chocolate comes from as long as you get it?

Yes. Yes it does.

I am sick and tired of a government hell-bent on declaring what I can and cannot spend my money on.

You must by health insurance, even if you can’t afford it. If you don’t, we’ll fine you.

You may not buy British chocolate, even if you want to. Because we said so!

John Locke Dont Tell Me What I Cant DoWhy, hello there!

John Locke, meet John Locke:

John Locke
The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.

Where does the madness end?

What other countries will fall foul of America’s predilection for cheap, low-quality merchandise?

Look out, China!

You know what, I don’t even particularly care for British chocolate.

You know what I like:

KInderschokoladeBut I’m not too naive to see the writing on the wall:

First Britain, then Germany.

Today: chocolate

Tomorrow: cookies

Deutscher Lebkuchen
Not the lebkuchen . . .

It is time for the fair citizens of this land to rise up against the gastronomic tyranny being imposed upon us!

That is, if we can get off the couch to begin with . . .

Sleep of Death

The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

As a matter of fact, I was only mostly dead – I mean sick.

PB Mostly DeadAnd mostly dead is slightly alive . . .

I don’t get sick, except when I do.

According to my wife, I act like a baby when I’m sick.

Except that I don’t.

So there!

Neener! Neener!

I actually took something stronger than acetaminophen – always a risky venture. What might happen this time?

Six hours of hallucinations?

Three days of amnesia-ridden drunken stupor?

Death-like sleep?

None of the above, thank goodness.

MPHG I Got BetterI got better . . .

However, somewhere in that medication-induced bliss of recovery, I became inspired.

First, I found inspiration for a book. It combines my post “Haunted” and the inventory given me by @youarecarrying. Its raw form was inspired by Cloud Atlas, A Burnable Book, and M. Night Shyamalan. I haven’t quite decided if that’s good or bad.

Second, I decided to embark on a quest: a real-time version of Divine Comedy in tweet form. Look for it to begin on Good Friday! The handle and hashtag are in development. In fact, suggestions would be appreciated . . .

Third, I settled on a theme for my monthly “big idea” posts: Manifesto. Some time ago, Daily Prompt asked us to write a manifesto, and I never quite got around to it. Rather than write one extremely long post, I’ll break it into manageable sections. Look for Part 1 sometime before February!

So, what have you been up to?

Circular Reasoning

Circle of Chairs


Why are the chairs in a circle?

I moved them.

Can we really sit anywhere?

Yes, as long as it’s in the circle.

What are we going to do today?

Just wait til everyone gets here.

How will we have class if we can’t see the board?

Don’t worry about the board.

Does this have to do with our Current Event?

Yes. I want to have some class discussion.

But I don’t know if my topic is important!

What if someone else takes my theme?

We’ll work through it; that’s why I’m here.

What if someone makes fun of me?

I’ll deal with it. This is a Judgement-Free Zone.


So, who want’s to go first?


Michael Brown, Eric Gardner, and what it means to be an American minority

Liberty Cant Breathe


Charlie Hebdo, Ferguson protests, and the Freedom of Speech

7 January 2015


President Obama’s community college program, what it offers, and who will pay for it


Malaysia Airlines, terror threats, and aviophobia

Malaysia Air

Every Minute

Every Class

Every Period


When can we do this again?

Too Swift for Some?

This is one of the best pieces I’ve read this week.

I wish I could like it multiple times.

Too Swift for Some?.

Je Suis Charlie

Free speech: we take it for granted every day.






We log on and sound off, blissfully unaware words have consequences.

Others suffer and die for speaking out

Against leaders

Against cartels

Against inequality

Have we forgotten the Arab Spring?

Censors are cowards living in fear of ideas other than their own.

And when threats aren’t enough . . .

Today, the free world unites under one slogan:

We Are CharlieWe are Charlie Hebdo

At least, until we don’t

Until we forget that words have power

Until we must decide whether we want freedom or safety, responsibility or comfort, liberty or servitude

V Ideas Are Bulletproof

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