I'm a professional troublemaker with a law degree (and another in biochemistry) who has run away from the world and sought refuge amongst the piney woods of East Texas.
Here I sit, surrounded by kittens and bedeviled by a dog of indeterminate heritage, issuing diatribes concerning the foolishness of the present day and offering unheeded advice to all and sundry.
I am a Centrist and Independent which means I tend to disparage both Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives with equal vigor and, in return, receive the enmity of both.
People who are strongly political often find themselves initially attracted to me after reading one of my rants which happens to correspond to their own beliefs. Alternatively they hate me ab initio. The former will often then become outraged when they discover that my views do not fit into the usual little boxes or that, even when we agree as to a specific policy, the thought process by which I arrive at that position is unacceptable to them.
When I venture forth from my rural estate it is usually to head to Paris, my favorite city anywhere, where I drink a lot of wine, sing jazz in smokey bars, and pretend it is 1932.
I used to think I spoke French fluently. One of my oldest friends in Paris says I do. Unfortunately, he adds, its fluent 17th century French.
My life is informed by a variety of historical figures. I have made a little list of them and my favorite quote from each to give you an idea of who and what I am.
Abraham Lincoln "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it."
Teddy Roosevelt "I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head. "
Fiorello LaGuardia "There is no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets."
Robert LaFolette "Passive citizenship is not enough"
Thomas Jefferson "An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens. "
John Adams "Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives. "
Benjamin Franklin "How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.
Winston Churchill "All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."
Sun Yat-sen "The whole world is one family"
I am intellectual, analytical, and not ashamed of it