Since Oct 8, 2000

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Greetings, and welcome to my homepage here on Free Republic. FR is my cyber home away from home.

General Information:
I am an American by birth, a Southerner by the grace of God and, for a time, a NJ resident by act of Congress. (I have mostly forgiven the Congress.) I'm a happily remarried, 66 year old retrosexual male. If you want these or any other stories, Freep Mail me and I’ll tell you.

I am a retired systems engineer and talented amateur chef. If you can kill it, I can cook it.

I like to believe that I am well read and can carry on a conversation with almost anyone about almost anything. I am currently about 280K words into writing a Science Fiction novel. It is essentially an Age-of-Sail novel set ~1700 years in the future. I incorporate conservative principles in governing hundreds of star systems without instantaneous communications. I love bad jokes and a good play on words. I'm hard to handle but easy to hold.

LonePalm on Free Republic:

I joined FR on 8 October 2000. Shortly there after I made my first contribution and coined the phrase, "Broken Glass Republican." (A thank you to the Wayback Machine for archiving the post. JimRob says the FR database has been corrupted.) The term was picked up by Byron York who got it from his sister, a FReeper, over dinner and published in National Review. Peggy Noonan then used it in her article The Meaning of the Vote Democracy is a blessing--especially for "Broken Glass Republicans". It was also used repeatedly by Rush on the air. Attaching "Broken Glass" to some group name has become a reference to the intensity of that group's dedication.

This has become part of my primary signature block along with my family's motto, "Garde la Foi (Keep the Faith)." I have caught a lot of grief for having a French motto but if it is good enough for the Queen of England, who am I to complain? BTW - My family left France to invade England. They were successful.

I also coined the phrase "Political Black Ice" to refer to the way that George W. Bush was taking away the Democrat's issues in 2004. I thought that the President was "Political Black Ice" to the Democrats in that, like real 'black ice,' you never see it coming and once you hit it, there is NO TRACTION and NO WAY TO RECOVER.

I do get asked for advice on cooking and French. My cooking is better than my French.

I am in the process of writing a Science Fiction novel. If you would like to read and/or comment on my story line and background material, FReepMail me with your e-mail address.

I do song parodies when the muse strikes me. You can click on the links below see my offerings.
Al Sharpton Churls -- Parody of Fat Bottom Girls by Brian May
Be a Pest -- Parody of Be Our Guest from Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Bye Biden -- Parody of Bye Bye Love by the Everly Brothers
BOHICA -- Parody of Africa by Toto
Both Sides Now -- Parody of Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
California Recall -- Parody of California Dreaming by John Phillips
Comfortably Dumb -- Parody of Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
Delay -- Parody of Today by Randy Sparks
Democrats Tonight -- Parody of Comedy Tonight by Steven Sondheim
Don't Box Me In -- Parody of Don't Fence Me In by Cole Porter
Don't Fear The Freeper -- Parody of Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
Fairway to Heaven -- Parody of Stairway to Heaven by Plant and Page
Ghost Writers in Disguise -- Parody of Ghost Riders in the Sky
Hard Thing To Sell -- Parody of Highway to Hell by AC/DC
Here Comes the Son -- Parody of Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison
Hey Dean! -- Parody of Hey Jude by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
H. Dean Got Endorsed By an Al Gore -- Parody of Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer by Randy Brooks
Howard Dean -- Parody of Casey Jones by the Grateful Dead
Joehemian Rhapsody -- Parody of Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury
Just a Viet Vet -- Parody of Just a Gigolo
Kerry You're No Favorite Son -- Parody of Carry On My Wayward Son by Kansas
Knee Jerk State of Mind -- Parody of New York State of Mind by Billy Joel
Playin' Two Rounds -- Parody of Draggin' The Line by Tommy James and Bob King
Red Tide Rising -- Parody of Bad Moon Rising by John C. Fogerty
Rogaine -- Parody of Cocaine by J. J. Cale
Served in Vietnam -- Parody of Yellow Submarine by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Sharia -- Parody of Maria by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Smarmy Weather -- Parody of Stormy Weather by Billie Holliday & Ella Fitzgerald
Soundin' Way too Shrill -- Parody of Blowin' In the Wind by Bob Dylan
The Goodbye Hurl -- Parody of The Goodbye Girl by Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippel
The Times it Ain't a Changing -- Parody of The Times They Are A Changing by Bob Dylan
Those al-Qaeda Bums -- Parody of My Favorite Things by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Uncle John's Plan -- Parody of Uncle John's Band by the Grateful Dead
We Will Loot Ya -- Parody of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
What a Wonderful World -- Parody of What a Wonderful World by Theil Weiss
While My Good Friends Gently FReep -- Parody of While My Guitar Gently Weeps by George Harrison
Wishing We Had Won Florida -- Parody of Walking in a Winter Wonderland by R. Smith & F. Bernard
With A Little Help From Rich Dems -- Parody of With A Little Help From My Friends by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
The Wreck of the John F'n Kerry -- Parody of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot

Here is my tribute to the World Trade Center written 9/11/2003: Holes in the Air

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