In 1998 I took a vacation to go fishing with my dad who had just retired.  For thirty-five years he worked as an intelligence operative.  When he retired he ran the Africa, Middle East desk which he took after running the former Soviet desk.  I got curious and asked him if he missed his job.  This was when “it doesn’t fit the political narrative” really sunk in and made sense to me.  It made me understand that the government deliberately lies through media proxies to mislead the population to drive political agendas.

He looked at me with that look, I knew he was trying to figure out how to reply.  So much of his life and work was classified and this made him careful of how much to say.



On Sept 16, 2016 I was surfing through the numerous news sights, mainstream and alternate when a story caught my eye.  The main gasoline pipeline that supplies the southeast sprung a leak and a state of emergency was declared.  I got a sudden feeling of deja vu.  September, the economy getting worse, and a gasoline shortage, the last this happened was 2008.

Instantly my brain switched back to thinking of 2008.  Everything had been running strong as the housing market collapsed.  People were spending freely and my choice to step out of management to return to waiting tables in a popular steakhouse seemed correct.  I worked twenty less hours a week and made about the same amount of money.  Smart people in the restaurant and bar industry picked places to work carefully.  In the right place, you could sell a few hundred thousand dollars a year and that equated to a healthy tipped income. Continue reading “DEJA VU, A SOUTHEAST GAS SHORTAGE AND THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED”


When I find time to sit down and write, I have the same struggle.  It is not a struggle to find a topic, but it is struggle to choose a single topic from the mountain of corruption surfacing in America today.  With the election looming in two months, I decided to take a look at recent and current events to ask a question.  Is the fix in?

The last fifteen months have been packed full of political drama.  The two biggest surprises came from Bernie Sanders on the left, and Donald Trump on the right.  The political pundits and talking heads scratched their heads on the rise of these two figures.  I’ve laughed at a lot of articles written stating confusion at Trump and Sanders popularity.  It was simple, the average America is tired of being lied to. article here Continue reading “IS THE FIX IN?”


Update 6/11/17.  I have noticed this article seems to get a bit of independent traffic.  I refuse to change the title, because at the time I wrote it, alt-right did not mean neo-Nazi.  The DNC changed the meaning by tying a small minority group in with independent journalists that were conservative and libertarian.  I now call it the alternative media or new media since the left has so tainted the term “alt-right._

For anyone paying attention to the news, Hillary gave the ultimate conspiracy theory speech a week ago.  One of her topics, the Alt-Right.  In stories written after the fact, many people expressed ignorance of the Alt-Right.  With that gap in people’s knowledge, I thought I could help.  I decided to put together a beginner’s guide to the alt-right media or as I consider it, the alternate media.

What is the Alt-Right Media?

That is a good question.  According to Hillary Clinton the Alt-Right is led by such nefarious pseudo-news websites as Info Wars led Alex Jones and Breitbart News which was formed by the late Andrew Breitbart.  Hillary went on to accuse them of a grand conspiracy to smear her good name.  Behind all of it is the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.  Yes, the evil Russians who have a GDP equal to the island of Manhattan, are orchestrating vile propaganda against the Democrats and Hillary.



It was a hot afternoon in early July of 2010.  I was still adjusting to returning to Neighbor’s Pub as the Service Manager only three weeks before.  Coming back to the company after four years, I quickly began to identify a number of small changes that needed to be made with the staff.  None were major, but proper cleaning became my most important goal. I changed the server scheduling to cut labor costs while increasing staff morale. Then I put together cleaning duty lists.  I called it curing laziness.

Continue reading “CURING LAZINESS”


I looked at my friend with amusement as he complained about the economy.  He blamed all the wrong people, greedy businessmen, Wall Street, and capitalism.  As he paused I decided to insert my opinion.  “Your wrong, what is destroying the economy is government over regulation and the Federal Reserve creating counterfeit money.  The problem is the free range slavery laws they passed a hundred and three years ago.  That socialist system has slowly bled all of the wealth out of our country.” Continue reading “FREE RANGE SLAVERY”



I sat down at one of my favorite bars in the late fall of 2012.  Looking at the TV, I saw a good college football game on for a Thursday night.  Something decent to watch while I had a good stiff drink or two was just what I needed.  I needed time at a bar that I didn’t run.  I enjoyed my job being the GM of Dark Horse Tavern and Neighbor’s Pub despite the stupidity of dealing with the owner, but I also liked time away from work.

“What are you having tonight Mike?  420 and a Jager?”  The bartender asked.

I smiled and shook my head.  “No, I’ll do a Maker’s on the rocks.”

Continue reading “MAKER’S MARK AND TAXES”


I stepped of the plane a day later as we arrived at B.W.I. airport in Maryland in May 1991.  I was seriously considering joining the military, college really didn’t appeal to me at the time.  My parents lobbied me hard to attend University of Maryland.  I had good grades and scored high on the SAT when I took it at sixteen years old, and they felt it would be a waste for me to serve as an enlisted man.  I finally caved to their pressure and decided I could make a decision of the military if I didn’t like college.

Continue reading “WAKING UP – PATRIOTISM BETRAYED pt2”


I just took seven months off of writing.  In January I realized I was not enjoying my writing because I was ranting.  Writing was a passion for me growing up because it was a creation of my imagination, or a well researched paper for a subject.  I stepped away from writing for twenty years to be drawn back to the keyboard and pen and paper to write about absurd and funny stories from my years as a bartender, server, manager, and GM in the restaurant and bar industry.  Once I started, I couldn’t stop, it was fun.  Writing and editing BARHOPPING: A Stumble Thru an Insane Industry was a blast for the first 80% of the book, and almost painful for the last 20%.  The final chapters showed the period of my life where I stopped laughing at the absurd and shrugging off the BS.

Continue reading “WAKING UP – INNOCENCE LOST pt1”


Tuesday President Obama announced his new executive action to increase the background checks of potential gun buyers not only to licensed dealers, but to individual occasional sellers.  By this, occasional sellers may now be forced to go through through the licensing process in order to sell a personal item (gun) to another individual.

As I watched the mainstream media act like this wasn’t a big deal, I became alarmed at this Unconstitutional action.  My first thought turned to the average gun owner and how this would punish him.  If you own a 9mm and you want to upgrade to a different handgun, but want to sell your old handgun to help pay for the new one, you might now have to be forced to become a licensed gun dealer first. Continue reading “HIDDEN DANGERS – OBAMA’S NEW GUN CONTROL”