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Pbs’ Ghostwriter Show Identity Revealed

↳ Posted on January 13th, 2014 by Ben Spera

ghost-writerMost anyone who was a kid in the 90s will remember PBS’s TV show Ghostwriter. The show was about a bunch of kids who tried to solve mysteries with the help of some ghost that could rearrange the words they wrote in a notebook. It doesn’t sound like much of a plot but it was interesting for  a young kid in the 90s. I had horrible handwriting as a kid and the show was very frustrating for me because all the kids had neat, legible handwriting. Read more…

Comment » | Nostalgia, Sidetracked

Public Enemy No 1: Fear

↳ Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Ben Spera

windowblindsAmerica’s number one enemy? Fear. Not an exclusive fear of terrorism, crime or anything inherently scary. Just fear of everything. Fear of going outside, fear of traveling, fear of exploring and learning new things. Fear of simple fundamentals like communicating with your neighbors. Fear of making decisions. Fear of believing in something, and more importantly: fear of standing up for that belief. This culture of fear has soaked through the fabric of our country and has become a more frequent trait Americans find in-common than liberty and freedom.

I’ve watched the recent news coverage of this “knockout game” that some teens are playing. I can’t believe this is really news! Adults in America are living in fear of children. That is how weak our nation has become. The subject here is not Russia, communism or even an alien invasion. Our country is now living in fear of its own children. It’s an undeniable testament to just how weak Americans, as individuals, have become.

We are America. The land of freedom fear. Read more…

Comment » | Government, History, News, Nostalgia, Police, Politics, Religion

hqdefaultSomething this Christmas season reminded me of this kid’s movie series I always watched when I was young called McGee and Me. My parents and grandma got me all the videos and I watched them a lot. Now I wanted to rewatch the old movies again in the worst way. But there was a problem: my old videos were long gone and I had absolutely no idea where they went.

In an apparent inspiration by McGee and Me’s moral themes, I detoured from my normal move of heading straight to The Pirate Bay. I tried Focus on the Family and Tyndale House Publishers’ websites and couldn’t find anything on the series. This was a pretty popular series so I don’t understand why it just faded into the darkness like this, but I couldn’t find anywhere to buy them on DVD. Read more…

Comment » | Movies, Nostalgia, Sidetracked

A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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President Reagan Began Tradition of Returning Military Salutes

Posted on June 26th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Reagan-salutesNow days, when you see the President of the United States pass a U.S. Marine or another service-member you’ll see a quick exchange of salutes. Most don’t know that this tradition was only recently established. Prior to 1981, the service-member would salute the President, but it was never reciprocated until President Ronald Reagan began the custom. As you can probably imagine, even this seemingly innocent change didn’t come without it’s critics. Read more…


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