Ducks at Sunset

Picture taken on coast of North Carolina by a friend of mine. Copyright Him. I love living here. ducks at sunset on coast north carolina carteret county decoy


The Page by Mark Halperin | Bachmann Iowa Chair Ditches Her for Paul

The Page by Mark Halperin | Bachmann Iowa Chair Ditches Her for Paul.

I really like Sen. Sorenson’s synopsis of what it means to be a true conservative in the vein of Congressman Ron Paul. Sometime I have a problem with the way Ron Paul articulates his ideas; he is a very intelligent man who has spent his life in politics and contemplating politics theory, but I don’t think he realizes he has to explain some things a little more plainly sometimes. Sen. Sorenson lays it out plain and simple.

His ideas on Iran are fairly consistant with what most specialists and insiders say, though it has taken him quite a long time to really articulate that. It was as if the entire argument unfolded over the course of several debates.

Also, Sen. Paul often seems weak against some of his opposition because he fails to be specific on some things. However, to a true conservative, this is a strength. Firstly, as far as economics are concerned, it is hard to be specific because a laissez-faire economic policy admits forthright that as an individual it is impossible to have enough information to plan out an economy. Secondly, as Sen. Sorenson addressed, he leaves a lot of concrete policy decisions to legislators on the state level. A core component of leadership philosophy states that the farther away from those being led the leader is the less in touch with the specifics of this situation he or she is.

Gender: Socialized or Inherent?

I tend to think that gender is mostly a socialized concept, but at the same time I cannot resist believing there are some portions of our gender that are simply inherent. It is simply genetics. It is a case of X and Y chromosomes.

Having said that, gender is a socialized concept because our ideals of what is womanly and what is manly are almost completely arbitrary. As women have gained political, social, and economic rights, the world has seen many capable women performing duties that were only seen as capable by someone with “manly” virtues. Just the same, as women have begun to leave the home, men have found their way into roles only previously occupied by women.

These types of households do not suffer as a result. They are not dangerous aberrations. They are just different than our standardized normal. As a human being – not a man or woman – living the type of life that is fulfilling and will bring one happiness shouldn’t be restricted by predefined social constructs.

Also, the video is really cute.

Merry Christmas!!!

Good morning, everyone. It is Christmas. You might have forgotten.

I thought about starting off with some cliche statement about how this morning I was reminded of my childhood and some sort of lesson I realized as a result of the comparison of memories to reality. Or warning against our crass and rampant consumerism. However, I decided not to do that. I just figured I would wish everyone (and by everyone I mean my zero current readers) a Merry Christmas.

This morning H opened his train set – which was his “big” present – first, which was a mistake in some regards. He still has unopened presents because he won’t stop playing with his trains. H is a big fan of trains, so this gift is a hit. Sometime next week I’ll have a review of the KidKraft Bucket Mountain Train Set, as well as the table we bought for it, the Melissa and Dough Activity Table.

Merry Christmas,


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Who else is super excited about The Hobbit movie?

When I first heard that Peter Jackson was interested in directing a movie based on The Hobbit, I was like a giddy school kid. Then I began to hear rumors that they were recasting Orlando Bloom as Legolas and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel. At first I was disappointed, thinking that they were going to ruin the story just to sell some more tickets.

Now, I’m a little more receptive to the idea. Peter Jackson is a great storyteller. Plain and simple. Even if he adds or subtracts here or there, I have no doubt that the final product will be a delight to all but entrenched Tolkien purists.


Panthers beat Buccaneers, 48-16

Tampa Bay had four turnovers in what quickly became a Carolina rout.

As the season comes to a close, the Panthers are finally starting to play complete games. Last week against Houston, they never trailed and withstood a fourth quarter surge from the playoff-bound Texans. Today, Cam Newton went a respectable 13/17 for 171 yards while breaking Peyton Manning’s rookie passing yards record, but they relied more on a thoroughly dominant ground game. Stewart, Williams, and Newton had long runs of 32, 22, and 49 respectively.

Next year, with the return of defensive stalwart Jon Beason, Carolina should be a force not just in the NFC South, but in my mind are a lock to make the playoffs. They will return seven players on each side of the ball, our many rookies will finally have a training camp, and our many rookies will have another year under their belt.

My only worry is that Rob Chudzinski is whisked away by someone with a lot of money.


Hello, Internet!

Back Into the Cave is a rather pretentious title, but I do fancy myself a spreader of knowledge and wisdom.

Here you’ll get a glimpse into my wonderful life. I am a father, a husband, and a student. I’ve decided that I will no longer spend my time aimlessly wandering the internet, but rather I will contribute content. I read, try to watch movies when I can, actively involve myself in the political process, dabble in do-it-yourself projects. I’ll also do a bit of toy review if I’m inspired by anything my son acquires.

I begin this blog during Christmas vacation, 2011, as I sit on my in-laws’ couch. Let’s see if I can keep this going for a whole year. Once a week, I will do my best to contribute something worthwhile to humanity. Look out for a review of A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles.