April 23, 2008

Well, my unannounced and rather lengthy sabbatical from writing is, hopefully, over. School is winding down and I will make a pointed effort to regularly get new content up on the blog. thanks for the patience.



March 14, 2008

I’m cutting my scheduled hiatus by two days and returning today. A big thank you to Ben and Lance for their invaluable contributions.


Need one say more?

An Introduction

March 10, 2008

Good morning readers.  My name is Ben Shepard, and I will be filling in for Sam during his absence this week along with Lance.  Very briefly, I plan to attend the University of Louisville this fall as either an English or History major.  After that, I plan to pursue a post-graduate education in Constitutional Jurisprudence. 

I like to be upfront with my readers so any bias cannot be said was intended to mislead or misinform.  Therefore, I’d like to clarify a few issues.  Modernly, I identify myself with the Republican Party.  I did not actively support McCain during the primary season, but this November, my vote will be cast for him out of necessity rather than any earned allegiance.  Historically, however, I consider myself a Strict-Constructionist and, in some measure, a Jeffersonian-Democrat.  The federal government was enumerated powers by the Constitution for the sole reason that it was not to overextended the said powers; and that government is best which governs least.

All this being said, I hope that you enjoy the following week as much as I will.  Thomas Paine once theorized: “It is but seldom that our first thoughts are truly correct…” and in consequence of such, I am counting on you, the reader, to promote and intelligent discussion on the issues.  Do not forgo your intellectual and political duty, and remind me not to forgo mine, either.

 God Bless.

Virtue and Liberty

March 10, 2008

Two quotes by a favorite president of mine, John Adams.

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net.”

“Liberty can no more exist without virtue and independence than the body can live and move without a soul.”

A hiatus

March 9, 2008

I’ll be taking this week off from the blog to focus on school and other things. My good friend Ben Shepard has graciously agreed to keep the blog going. He’ll be posting and I should be back next Sunday.

Updated: My friend and boss over at Political Inquirer, Lance, has also agreed to post this week. There should be no shortage of awesomeness this week.

In my view

March 8, 2008

I thought it would be a neat addition to the blog if I occasionally posted some photographs of my surroundings. I hope you enjoy these attempts to make staring at a computer screen a little more beautiful.


Louisville, 6:00 p.m.


Some notices

March 4, 2008

School has been particularly demanding lately, and I have yet to get back into a blogging grove. Slowly but surely, I plan to get back in it.

I changed the name of the blog, simply because I thought “Thoughts and Phrases” was a little too random and I became bored of it. The template is also different. Your thoughts on either of these is welcome.

a few changes

February 18, 2008

i’ve changed (as you probably have noticed already) the template, at least temporarily. So far I really like it, but a couple things are different. Top bar navigation is gone, so the links to the About and Essays pages are on the sidebar widget.

Also, if I post anything longer than a couple paragraphs, it’s going to be split off with a “Read More” divider. This is essentially to keep the look of the site clean and not so claustrophobic.

One more thing: Again, I apologize for the scarcity of new material. This week should see a return to a several posts a day routine, with only mild activity on the weekends. I appreciate your patience as I try to sort my schedule out.

The heartbreaking news out of Northern Illinois University this afternoon is a solemn reminder of the depravity of man, the fragility of our own lives. Not much can be said, except to weep with those who weep. I offer thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims.

With that said, I would like to petition the media with a request: Please do not, as you did with the killer at Virginia Tech, parade the name and picture of this killer around the television and internet. Please do not make him a celebrity. Resist the lure of juicy tidbits and bigger Nielsen ratings and more newspaper sells. Stand on principle; respect the fact that some people will harm anyone to be on TV. Have integrity, and may no one hear this man’s name or see his face. Make him an example to others who would consider his ways.

Do not make killers to be stars. They are not; they are thieves of life and joy. Shun them, and do not honor them.