April 2009 Blog Posts (75)

Fair Tax really fair?


It's 2 am, and I just woke up with what could very possibly be a revelation, and need some help thinking some stuff through.

So the other day, I'm driving to Radford, and listening to Neil Bors talk about the Fair Tax system. He's going on about how Income Tax would not be collected, instead a higher tax paid on everything that is purchased, and the IRS would no longer be necessary. He said something that kind of scared me at the time, and I've been ruminating on it… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on April 30, 2009 at 5:13pm — 2 Comments

War Crimes worth Prosecuting?

“Treat them with humanity, and let them have no reason to complain of our copying the brutal example of the British Army in their treatment of our unfortunate brethren. ... Provide everything necessary for them on the road.” So spoke George Washington of the 1000 Hessian captives he took at the Battle of Trenton. (Kennedy, Robert F.) This simple statement and the all that it entails in the matter of humane treatment of prisoners and human rights set the bar for American behavior during wartime.… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on April 30, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Potential Solutions for the Healthcare Problem

America; Land of the Free, and home of the ever-increasing Healthcare costs. I have stated previously that I do not feel Healthcare should be a for-profit industry. As things currently stand with the economy, such as the valuation of the dollar, and the credit crunch, not to mention the so-called “Rescue Plan” that took more of our tax dollars and wasted them in a pointless attempt to shore up the economy that has only allowed the government to buy into an industry it regulates, not to mention… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on April 30, 2009 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Manly Skill: Basics of operating a tractor.

I thought for fun I would post about my new toy, a Massey Ferguson 2605 utility tractor. Nothing will make you feel more manly than sitting in the open air and surveying your own personal kingdom from the top of your tractor. A tractor is fairly simple in theory, being not much more than an engine, transmission, and four tires, but one look at the array of levers, knobs, and pedals facing you with very little labeling to tell you what their purpose is… Continue

Added by Brian Jackson on April 30, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

"Dad... I Love You".

Why can't we say what we feel? Do we not feel?

My dad never had an encouraging word for me. In fact, if he communicated at all, it would be to criticize. And, I NEVER heard the words "I love you".

As soon as I could feel a sense of control, and autonomy in my life, I vowed I would NEVER be like my dad. (I'm sure I concluded, that by being the opposite of him, I would have a better chance of ending up having a happy and successful… Continue

Added by thehuhman on April 29, 2009 at 8:16pm — 12 Comments

French Women Don't Sleep Alone

Jamie Cat Callan has just written a wonderful little book called FRENCH WOMEN DON'T SLEEP ALONE. I've written a review of it and posted it at http://hubpages.com/hub/French-Women-Dont-Sleep-Alone. It's the kind of book that everyone here should appreciate. Jamie has nailed the difference between how French women date and how American women date. The French way is far more civilized. Check out my review. I think it's the kind of thing that really fits in with the Art of Manliness philosophy.

Added by Eric B. Ruark on April 29, 2009 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Advocating "Manly" (Classic/Traditional) Wet Shaving

I admit it. I'm a raving advocate for classic/traditional shaving. I shaved with an electric razor for 30+ years until one day I got an old-style barber shave. The results were so dramatic, literally life-changing, that I immersed myself in the "hobby." I even started producing videos on how to shave properly. I received many, many comments thanking me (yeah, and a few snarks and hates too). I almost feel like a "born again preacher" trying to… Continue

Added by mantic59 on April 29, 2009 at 1:24pm — 2 Comments

Should Healthcare remain a For-Profit Industry?

Healthcare should not be a For-Profit Venture

“Am I my brother’s keeper?” is the question that Cain asked before he was cast out for killing his brother Abel over a petty argument. I hear an argument very much akin to this question in the debate of Healthcare Reform today when it is suggested that the government be involved in providing healthcare for American citizens. Currently, America has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, and does not offer a level of quality… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on April 29, 2009 at 2:24am — 3 Comments


I am Tom Joad, and I am Harrison Bergeron.

I am William the Brave, and I am The Sons of Liberty.

I am the flame that Socrates said burns within a man's soul...

Forged in the flames of Revolution,

Honed over centuries to a razor's edge.

Polished with the blood, sweat, and tears, of countless good men and women,

Refined until my essence is irrepressible,

and culminating in a document written and signed by 56 men,

I am Freedom!

I shall not… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on April 29, 2009 at 2:21am — No Comments

Waterless Urinal

I recently went on a road trip to Oklahoma. I haven't traveled much inside the US, having covered mostly California's border states and not much else. Being from California, one would think that what I am going to describe would be something I had seen before. Interestingly enough, it was in Arizona that I discovered the waterless urinal. "A waterless urinal?", you may ask. "How does that work?" I was unsure, so I looked it up.

Before I go into the mechanics of the… Continue

Added by Jared Padgett on April 29, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

The State of the Nation

I know I may sound like a pessimist a lot of times. I tend to discuss the things that are wrong, rather than acknowleging what is right. And though I may do this on paper, it is not in my heart. What's in my heart is a yearning for peace and understanding between all men and women. With that being said, I will once again turn my pessimestict eye to what's wrong with our country. Do I know how to fix the problems? Yes. But my solutions are only my opinions and may not work for everyone. That's… Continue

Added by Willy McGhee on April 28, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What is a sucessful man.

With the recent post about quitting I was reminded of something a college profesor told us once about being sucessful people, basically what makes someone be ordinary and extraordinary. As I recall an ordinary person is someone that just gives 100% while someone extraordinary gives 200% and sacrifices himself (or herself) to achive his (or her) goals, and it's achiving goals that defines true sucess. We, as a society, have been told that a sucessful man is someone who has a nice car, a nice… Continue

Added by Carlos Infante on April 28, 2009 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment


What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been. My sons continue to provide blog fodder, yet they also contribute to my lack of time to actually post to the blog. I would of course rather spend the time with them. Rather than write multiple entries about what they keep doing, I figured I would sum up a few of the highlights.

Liam, the 6 month old, is going through some developmental changes lately. He has been teething non-stop for a few months, so hopefully a few of them actually… Continue

Added by Jared Padgett on April 28, 2009 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Pocket knifes

April 27, 2009:

Boy today email and the Case pocket knife giveaway really struck a chord with me. Recently, I lost one of the most precious, and one of the few,items I had of my Dad’s - his pocket knife. Losing this knife has hit me harder than I really want to accept.

My mom and dad started dating in high school. It must have been about 1938. The first Christmas present my mom gave my dad was a small pen knife. It was about 3 inches long. It had 2 blades, a long one and short… Continue

Added by Michael McClellan on April 27, 2009 at 8:40pm — 1 Comment

Cast Iron Cookware

Nothing beats a well seasoned cast iron skillet for cooking. It beats all that mamby-pambly Emerial-Wolfgang disposable cookware you get at the department store.

There is nothing more tantalizing to the manly palate than that oval of black crust where that floured chicken leg rested on the bottom of that hot iron whilst floating in a cauldron of bubbling shortening.

I inherited a set of cast iron from my great grandmother that has logged twice the hours of cooking than I… Continue

Added by Chad Brooks on April 27, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Hi All,

New A.O.M. community member here and wanted to share a tale of my weekend adventure and a little thing I learned.

One of the things most men are afraid to do is to ask for help. However, more often than not when I refuse to ask for help I end up needing help anyways and making the task much worse for every party involved. Refusing to get help from a friend (or even in some cases a stranger) is not manly. It's stubbornness and something that should be avoided… Continue

Added by Tony Ashworth on April 27, 2009 at 7:14am — No Comments

Loyal Opposition

I’m going to discuss a concept that has been lost over the past 30 years (I know, because I’ve been around for all 30 of them), and it’s called “The Loyal Opposition”. See, the original idea was for many ideas and opinions to create a single policy for America, from which we could all be happy. There would, of course, be areas in which we had to compromise somewhat but ideally everyone was satisfied.

Now, before I go further, let me make a few things clear. I am not a reporter. I am… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on April 27, 2009 at 1:17am — No Comments

My Grandfather got to meet my son

I was looking around, and stumbled over this journal entry I wrote back in January of 2008. It seems appropriate for the site, so here you go. My Grandfather is one of my heroes, and I'm doing my best to build my life and base it on things that I think would have been important to him. It's not easy, but I'm trying.

"So my grandfather got to meet his great-grandson last night. Admittedly, it was only in my dreams, but I have no doubt that he got to meet Zachary. Today is January 25,… Continue

Added by Joseph L. Rogers on April 27, 2009 at 1:15am — No Comments

Test Post / Homage to 'Full Metal Jacket'

This is my first post. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My post is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it, as I must master my life. Without me my post is useless. Without my post, I am useless. I must post on my blog true. I must type straighter than my enemy who is trying to post more than me. I must post him before he posts me. I will. Before God I swear this creed. My post and myself are defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviours of… Continue

Added by Sam Roberts on April 26, 2009 at 6:52pm — No Comments

"AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH" Did it help or hurt the cause for our "planet in peril"?


More than a movie, more than any one man... this phenomenon (packaged as a documentary film, and presented by former Vice President Al Gore) has proven, if nothing else, to be a wake-up call to America, and to the world. It's all about solving the climate… Continue

Added by thehuhman on April 25, 2009 at 1:15pm — No Comments

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