Friday Firesmith – Triskaidekaphobia

The world was a lot more superstitious when I was a kid. Spilled salt, walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, and stepping on cracked pavement were all events that either caused bad luck or some other malady. Black cats were bad luck and there were many people who tried to kill black cats for this […]


Friday Firesmith – Demanding More

Last week there was a lot of discussion about “Innocent until proven guilty” as far as accusing a football team of cheating. I maintained, and still maintain, that we were not discussing law but rules. If the rules of a game are such that innocence is presumed then we don’t have a lot to […]


Friday Firesmith – Bench The Patriots

About six months ago my television died. I looked around and flat screen televisions are pretty cheap compared to what they once were and good ones can be had at a price that doesn’t hurt like it once did. There was a time that a color television was something that only the privileged few […]


Friday Firesmith – Abortion Debate

When I posted this on my Facebook page I was expecting a lot of things but hardly the civility that broke out. I attribute this to my reputation for blocking and unfriending people who aren’t civil and the fact that everyone who was commenting was someone I know very well and they know each other. […]


Friday Firesmith – The Chinese Wal Martian Conspiracy Theory

Okay. We’re among friends here. We have all been to Wal-Mart and all of us feel that same sense of self-loathing for having done it. But maybe you were short on time and wanted to make just one stop or maybe you just had a frontal lobotomy or maybe you’re just one of them. […]


Friday Firesmith – Where’s My Flying Car?

So you think you want a flying car, do you? That’s been something I’ve heard about since I was a kid and was watching “The Jetsons” on Saturday morning. George Jetson would enter a packed field in space of flying cars and no one was getting knocked out of the sky by anyone […]


Friday Firesmith – The New Pirates

The idea of state sponsored pirating has been around as long as one group of people could steal from another. The English got rich stealing gold pirated from the Spanish who were raping an entire continent. The people who had the gold and silver to begin with didn’t have the ways and means to […]


Friday Firesmith – Torture

In case you were in a classroom of the American Public School system when you were growing up I have some surprising news for you; the American Revolution was a very nasty war. It was fought by men hoping to start a new nation with freedom and justice for all, but it was also […]


Friday Firesmith – Merry Christmas!

The odd thing about this time of year is it is very hard to get anything productive done. Everyone is leaning into those two days off they get next week and they’re cheating into it, taking an hour here and there, and lingering over a long lunch trying to sneak in some shopping in […]


Friday Firesmith – Tyger Tyger

I remember her from our old middle school. That was back when almost every kid who could rode a bike to school. I was fast, very fast, faster than even the older kids, and as I got older I just got faster. I remember looking down one day and there was a dog matching […]

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