A ragged flag that says Don't Tread On Me!
I am many things. First and foremost: I am an unrepentant bibliophile and a pontificating blowhard. I am a deontological libertarian, a moral absolutist, a nerd, a geek, and often a procrastinator. I am at once a starry-eyed idealist and an unconscionable cynic. I am a glorious paradox of logic and absurdity, reason and chaos. How existential?
I am a self-taught scholar of American history, particularly with regard to the ideological origins of conflict in the Colonial and Revolutionary periods. I am also deeply interested in the "American Civil War."
I am learning to play the bagpipes. I currently suck. Badly. Really really badly. That is, I am occasionally able to bust out a complete scale in each direction, badly. Thankfully, practice chanters are FAR less annoying than the real thing, which is probably why I am still alive to type this.
I usually register as an ENTJ: Fieldmarshal on the Keirsey Bates MBTI, but sometimes I come out as an ESTJ: Supervisor, depending on my mood.
Tiocfaidh ar la!
I am a student of Austrian economics and anarcho-capitalism. I am a neo-pagan devotee of the Roman goddess Libertas. I spend many hours reading the works of Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard. I also regularly listen to segments of the Lew Rockwell show and watch Stefan Molyneux's podcasts on Free Domain Radio.
If there is one thing in this world that I believe in, it is the power and virtue of human liberty.
OkCupid's Political Quiz is entirely accurate. I am a second-generation anarcho-capitalist, a free market anarchist, a voluntaryist.
I reject the ethical contradictions of any state whatsoever, the justification of which invariably reduces to: Some individuals and groups of individuals will certainly initiate aggressive unprovoked violence against others, and so we require a group of individuals invested with a legal monopoly of the initiation of aggressive unprovoked violence to guard the people against the initiation of aggressive unprovoked violence by others. Oh, and did we mention that this group would be funded exclusively through the initiation of aggressive unprovoked violence against the individuals supposedly being guarded? A more absurd and morally bankrupt proposition is difficult for me to conceive.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
I am convinced that political divisiveness ('liberalism' VS. 'conservatism') in this country is largely a result of the popular misconception that social freedoms and economic freedoms (liberty and property) are not unitary and singular, that they can be divided from one another to form two diametrically opposed political philosophies that each protect one half of individual freedom moderately well at the cost of entirely disregarding the other half.
The simple and logical reality is that there are no rights aside from property rights. All other rights either naturally and consistently derive from the basic right to property, or they are merely ephemeral fantasy.
Manus haec inimica tyrannis ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem!
I am an avid Dungeons & Dragons player; I've played since I was 7 years old, and I've been running games since I was 13. (It only recently occurred to me that this means I've been playing D&D for 20 years.) I started out playing 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in 1989, and begrudgingly switched to 3rd Edition, and later happily made the jump to Edition 3.5. However, after skimming the new 4th Edition books, I seriously doubt that I'll be making the move to the new game.
I'm also a fan of White Wolf pen & paper RPG's set in the World of Darkness, especially Vampire: The Masquerade and Vampire: The Dark Ages. I haven't had the opportunity to play the latest incarnation of Vampire (The Requiem), and after perusing the sourcebook, I have very little interest in doing so. I have recently fallen in love with the Serenity RPG.
I am weird and quirky by normal standards, and at times I am nuttier than squirrel turds. I am stubborn and often bull-headed. I am a Jersey boy, born and raised in Cape May County (that's way down there in south Jersey, by the way), exit 25 on the Garden State Parkway, for those other Jerseyans. I've been told that I'm exceptionally long winded by numerous individuals, my wife most significantly.
I am a corvidophile. I have an obsession with crows, ravens, magpies, jackdaws, and pretty much all other corvids. This love may be genetic, as my six year-old daughter has told me that she wants a raven as a pet.
I am a card carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), although I am perpetually and increasingly frustrated by their antics. Nevertheless, they are a useful organization to some extent and they do some good in the world.
I am a movie geek, a music geek, a D&D geek, a random trivia geek, a firearms geek, a wiki geek, and possibly many other _________ geeks, and thanks to wikipedia and google, I am a retroactive expert on every subject known to man.
Vi veri veniversum vivus vici!
I am also known as the Irreverent Pope Ignatius Muskrat the III, Keeper of the Sacred Chao, Grand High Episkopos of the Cabal of Concerned Worms for Mayor, Bishop of the Missing Twisty-Tie, Ordained Priest of the Paratheo-anametamystikhood of Eris Esoteric (POEE), and Legionnaire of Dynamic Discord. (Or not.) I am a ULC minister, and I am here for your spiritual well-being, really. I am Genuine and Authorized, so please treat me right!
I am entitled to the following privileges, my card says so:
1 - To invoke infallibility at any time, including retroactively.
2 - To completely rework the structure of the Erisian Church.
3 - To baptize, bury, and marry (with permission of the deceased in the latter two cases)
4 - To excommunicate myself and others, to de-excommunicate myself and others, to re-excommunicate myself and others, and to de-re-excommunicate (no backsies) myself and others.
5 - To perform all rites and functions deemed to be improper to a Pope of Discordia.
Then again, every man, woman, and child on Earth is a Pope (or Mome, if you prefer) of Discordia, so I'm not much special in that regard.
I am a career U.S. Coast Guardsman, and habitually weird out my co-workers without much effort. I have sizable portions of my body covered in ink, and I am somewhat interested in breaking into the field of tattoo design and artistry at some point.
I am an unapologetic gun owner, and will never give them up. ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ!
My wife tesoro_cattiva and I are in a polyamorous relationship as stated below, and we are each (individually) interested in friendship and potentially intimate relationships with other poly-friendly persons in the NJ / PA / DE / NY vicinity. If there is a *click* who knows. We discuss all such things with each other.
*** NOTE *** In the interest of clarification, this does not mean we are looking to add a third person to our existing relationship, only that we are both consensually exploring the potential for intimate (not necessarily or exclusively sexual) relationships outside of our marriage. (would it have been less complicated to say that from the start? Yes, probably...)
DISCLAIMER: All apparent arrogance, self-righteous behavior, and/or megalomaniacal tendencies are entirely for the author's amusement. Objects (especially those resembling sticks) may be residing further up your intestinal tract than they appear. No manimals, specifically beige and khaki sheeple were harmed (much) in the making of this profile. (physically, at least). A few cabbages were made into coleslaw, however.
I tell you: One must still have chaos in one to give birth to a dancing star.
I am quixotic, liberty-loving, and tilts-at-windmills