Syria – Bad Analogies Lead to Bad Decisions

Syria is not Iraq or Afghanistan.  Detractors of a strike on Syria (on both the left and the right) draw illusions to  recent military interventions and try to convince us that those pasts will inevitably repeat themselves.  That is foolish.The use of US military force has, in the past, been an effective, targeted tool to … Continue reading Syria – Bad Analogies Lead to Bad Decisions

Cheaters – Once Decided, They Act Fast (or Do They?)

A study by shows that their average members has a physical affair with someone within 36 hours of posting a profile on their website.For those not familiar, is a website catering to those who want to have affairs.  It is similar to any other adult dating or hookup site but its target audience … Continue reading Cheaters – Once Decided, They Act Fast (or Do They?)

Chuck Klosterman discussion questions

A few friends and I were having a discussion around Chuck Klosterman's insane conversation questions.  One asks: you need to have your home repainted. You get multiple quotes and there is one that is definitely the best quality and the best price.  The only quirk is that the painter who submitted the quote said: I … Continue reading Chuck Klosterman discussion questions

The Casanova Cocktail

looks yummy

Tales of the Cocktail brings brands from all over the world into one city. With the makers and brand ambassadors present, there cannot be a better place or time to become acquainted with and fall in love with these amazing products. This year, much of our amor goes to The Spirit of Italy.


  • ¾ oz. (22ml) Varnelli Anice
  • 1 ½ oz. (45ml) Pear-flav. Vodka
  • ½ oz. (15ml) Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz. (30ml) Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 Dashes Creole Bitters
  • 2 Wedges of Bartlett Pear


In a mixing glass place the pear wedges and muddle them. Add the rest of ingredients and shake with ice. Double strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish: Dehydrated pear slice and star anise floating atop.

The Spirit of Italy is an organization of eight companies that it was founded in 2011 by some of Italy’s finest producers
of Spirits, Amari, Liqueurs and Aperitifs…

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Swingers have lower divorce rates and higher relationship satisfaction

I really like swingers.  They tend to be fun, happy, non-judging - overall great folks to be around.  Well,  research seems to back up my belief -- swingers are happier.  Check out these figures from a study out of Bellarmine University, on 1092 swingers that found "swingers bond better in a relationship than monogamous couples". A … Continue reading Swingers have lower divorce rates and higher relationship satisfaction

New Percy Jackson movie – wildly underrated

At my daughters' insistence we saw the new Percy Jackson movie this weekend.  I was not expecting much as it had received about a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Maybe my expectations were low, but I really enjoyed it.  The characters were very likeable, the story made sense and flowed well and the effects were great. … Continue reading New Percy Jackson movie – wildly underrated