Dear Paul,
I really enjoyed the mixtape and think your hard work really shows. The mixtape is of very high quality. Your beats were all from really good songs, but you were able to add your own flavor to them (no pun intended).

I do have some thoughts however that could make your future gangsta rap endeavors even more awesome than this one:

A. I was never mentioned or given a shout out. You should do this. One suggestion is to reference Mario and Luigi (you know why), and to talk about chicken nuggets filled with cheese.
2. You should put in some Spanish lyrics like we did in high school (Como lo quieres, como te sientes). Hov did do that, so hopefully you’ll consider going through that.
D. When a team wins more Super Bowls than any other franchise and has an illustrious history unlike any other, they are meant to be hated, so I will consider your Steelers lyric a compliment.

I was also gonna comment that there were no cuss words, which I like, but then you addressed it so I will let sleeping dogs lie.

I also still have Del. Donoghue’s campaign sticker on the back of my car.

Anyway, good show and I look forward to more quality material from Grif5th in the future.

The mixtape can be found here.


One week ago, last Friday, I had what I think is the best beer I’ve ever had. It was a Dogfish Head 120 Minute Imperial IPA.


Here’s the story:

The six pack shop that I frequent, Packs and Dogs, posted on Facebook on a Wednesday that they would be stocking this rare small batched brew on Thursday. I definitely wanted to partake. The next day, I got home from work, and was doing my business when I realized that I might have missed out. So I finished up my business and rushed out the door to go to Packs and Dogs, and they had two bottles left in stock (which is what I wanted anyway because they cost $12/bottle).

After I picked my two bottles, the cashier brought out two more four packs, but that is neither here nor there.

Anyway, I had heard that this beer was overrated, and that it was undrinkable because of it’s high alcohol content (18% ABV). The name means that the mash of the beer is continuously hopped for two hours, which obviously gives the beer a bold bitter quality.

I poured the beer into a snifter, and started sipping. I am not a good reviewer of beers, and I am not going to do that today. The beer was an amber color, and the taste was not what I expected. The high alcohol was tasty and warming, not in any way undesirable. I also expected a punch in the face from the hoppy bitterness. However, the hops were more citrusy, and most of the flavor was like brown sugar. The complexity of the citrus bitterness, the sugary sweetness, and the booziness together is what I loved the most.

I was almost finished with is excellent brew until a f&@king horsefly flew into my snifter. I damned that fly, and though I was angry, I was glad to see it drown in the highly alcoholic liquid that it thought it stole from me.

And that was the most tasty brew I have ever had.

As for my second bottle, well this beer was meant for aging, and that is just what I am going to do with it. I am at my parents house right now, and I put in the back of their refrigerator in the garage because I will be too tempted and will probably drink it if I have access to it. I think I will drink it at Thanksgiving.

This is not a beer for a casual beer drinker, but if you appreciate unique beers, pick this one up if you can find it.

In this first post about my veterans in my family, I would like to talk about my great great grandfather, John Lynch.  He was born on May 7, 1839 in Fredericksburg, VA.

I am particularly interested in John Lynch since he is the second generation of my line of Lynches in America.  His father John Owen Lynch immigrated from Ireland (County Cavan) in the early 1800s and arrived in Philadelphia.  He then moved across the state and settled in Blair, then Cambria County.

John Lynch enlisted in the Union Army on April 15, 1861, in Company G, 10th Pennsylvania Volunteers.  On August 1, 1861, he re-enlisted as a 2nd sergeant in Company A, 55th Regiment of Pennsylvania.  On August 28, 1862, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. 

He was wounded in his side at the Battle of Drury’s Bluff (Proctor’s Creek, Bermuda Hundred Campaign) on May 16, 1864.  He received a military pension as compensation for this injury.  To acknowledge his brave service, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on February 24, 1865.  Despite his injury, he served until the close of the war, and was discharged on October 20, 1865.

After the war, he returned to eastern Cambria County, and worked in the lumber industry before retiring in 1877 as a result of his injury.  After this he engaged in public service in the Cresson area (school director, township supervisor, Summitville borough council member, and five terms of five years each as Justice of the Peace).  Not exactly a lightweight.

His first son James, my great grandfather was born on March 22, 1870.

Here is another picture of great great grandfather Lynch that I found in my basement.

He died in 1900.  Here is a picture of his gravesite at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Cemetery in Cresson, PA.

I was browsing about on the web, looking how to officially leave the Republican Party, and I found this statement on the Libertarian Party’s national website.  It sort of confirms what I said about the “Tea Party” in some of my previous posts.

Looking toward the 9/12 Tea Party events in Washington, DC, Libertarian Party executive director Wes Benedict issued the following warning to Tea Partiers: “Republicans are trying to fool you again.””There are two kinds of Tea Partiers,” said Benedict. “One kind is so blinded by its hatred of Obama and Democrats that it cannot see fault with Republicans. It’s the other kind the Libertarian Party is reaching out to.”

Libertarian Party staff and volunteers will participate in the Washington, DC Tea Party events on September 12. They will distribute flyers pointing out how the Top 10 Disasters of the 2009-2010 Obama administration mirror the Top 10 Disasters of the 2001-2008 Bush administration.

Benedict continued, “Libertarians have much in common with Tea Party goals of reducing government spending and taxes. While many Tea Party supporters will admit that George W. Bush’s administration grew government, Libertarians want to remind Tea Partiers about previous Republican administrations that loved big government.

“Republican Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America promised to eliminate the Departments of Education and Energy. Yet once Republicans took control of Congress, they failed even to reduce the spending on those departments.

“Republican President George Bush, Sr. remains famous for coining the phrase ‘Read my lips, no new taxes,’ and then raising taxes.

“Republican President Ronald Reagan grew federal government spending to the highest level it had reached since World War II. He also ‘saved Social Security’ by raising payroll taxes.

“Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole was a huge supporter of taxpayer subsidies for corn and ethanol.

“In 1971, Republican President Richard Nixon instituted wage and price controls. That made a group of free-market supporters so angry that they decided to form the Libertarian Party.

“Republicans seem to think we’re idiots. For decades they have paid lip-service to shrinking government, while consistently doing the opposite in office.

“Our fear is that Tea Partiers might say ‘This time it will be different.’ No it won’t. If you vote for Republicans this time, it will just reinforce the message that they can lie to you and grow government with impunity.

“Current Republicans are just as bad as past Republicans.

“This year, Libertarian Party co-founder David Nolan is running for U.S. Senate against Republican John McCain, who famously suspended his 2008 presidential campaign so he could rush back to Washington to bail out the banks.

“Republican leader John Boehner might end up as the next House Speaker, and he voted for George W. Bush’s huge 2003 Medicare expansion.

“John Cornyn, Republican senator from Texas, and current chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, voted for the TARP bailouts.

“Ron Paul is probably the only Republican congressman willing to point out the huge cost of America’s foreign wars and empire building. Other Republicans pretend that spending trillions on the military just doesn’t count as big government.

“With Social Security, Medicare, and military spending making up the vast majority of federal spending, you can’t cut significantly without cutting those. But Republicans refuse to touch them.

“Libertarians welcome the Tea Party movement’s focus on the problem of government growth. However, we are concerned that Tea Partiers might fall for the Republicans’ trickery.

“Republican leaders have brought up distractions like New York City mosques and gay marriage to distract voters from Republicans’ big-government track record. We hope that Tea Partiers will see through the smoke and mirrors.

“While our nation is declining dangerously right now, a turnaround could be straightforward and simple with Libertarian steps like these: 1. Bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan; 2. Stop rewarding failed companies with bailouts; 3. Cut taxes and spending and let the free market work.

“The Libertarian Party is fielding 168 candidates for U.S. House, and 20 candidates for U.S. Senate this year. Win or lose, a vote for a Libertarian sends a clear message for smaller government and more freedom. What message does a vote for John McCain send?”

For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.

The LP is America’s third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets and civil liberties. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.

Our President tonight announced that the last American troops have left Iraq, and that Operation Iraqi Freedom has officially ended after a little more than seven years.  View the full video of the President’s speech here:


I agree with the President’s decision not to keep troops in Iraq.  One of the topics that the Press mentioned about the speech is that the President did not mention “mission accomplished.”  I did not expect him to do so.  What mission is there?  I cannot answer this question, and I think this is the reason why the troops should have left.  America cannot afford to fight a war that has not clear cut mission, let alone a project of nation-building.

America will continue to fight Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, and hopefully they will succeed and we can leave in the near future.  I wish to express many thanks to all servicemen and women that have made so many sacrifices for the sake of freedom in America and abroad.

It seems to me that there are two vehicles driving toward the goal of limited government.

One is the Libertarian movement, and the other is the Tea Party movement.

The Libertarians advocate true liberty in the most consistent sense: maximized civil and economic liberty.  They advocate laissez faire economics and Classical Liberalism.  They have fewer ties to the political Left and Right, but rather they are their own entity.

The Tea Party Movement also advocates liberty.  However, it is often difficult to see which kinds they advocate.  They undoubtedly advocate the fiscal conservatism that the Libertarians advocate.  However, to me it seems that their stance on civil liberties is murky.  Unlike the Libertarian movement, the Tea Party appears to be a wing of the political Right, rather than being its own entity.  Therefore, the Tea Party might be a movement within the Right Wing to economically liberalize.  I am undoubtedly for that economic liberalization, though I may not agree with their stance on civil liberties.

I think it would help the Tea Party to become more organized rather than being a political guerrilla group.  Though the Tea Party seems to prefer the disorganization, I think it makes them look less than legitimate.  Like the Libertarians, they should advocate various ideologies that suit them rather than dressing as Founding Fathers.  Also, I think they should attempt to distance themselves from the far political Right and more toward the more moderate Libertarians, or else they will probably never be elected to political office.

Most often, I don’t know what to think of the Tea Party Movement.

I do believe in small, limited Federal government.

However, I reject Nativism in that I am generally pro-immigration.  I think that people that pledge allegiance to the United States of America and work a job to that end should be given citizenship.  I think that the Tea Party Movement rejects immigrants for the basic fact that they are immigrants.  I reject such hypocrisy because I am the great-grandson and the great-great-great grandson of immigrants from Slovakia (Austria-Hungary) and Ireland (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland) respectively.  I believe that if a person seeks to work and pay his way in America, then he should be allowed to work in America.

I do agree with many of the tenets and symbols that the Tea Party Movement embraces, such as the Gadsden Flag.  However, I do believe that the Tea Party Movement still advocates big governmental action in many personal issues areas with which I would not agree.

For instance, mainstream Libertarians would advocate gay marriage on grounds that is not the government’s role to regulate marriage.  Tea Partier’s might say that gay marriage is not ideal, and that is an aspect of live that the government should regulate.

Also, as people either fail or refuse to recognize, the Grand Ol Party professes to advocate small government but, in fact, does the opposite.  Republicans support the Bush White House’s actions, which increased the national debt by approximately $4 trillion.  This $4 trillion was used to strengthen strong central government.  For this reason, I believe the Tea Party should advocate a 3rd Party.  However, I don’t think it has been trying to advocate a 3rd party.

We have a two party system in America, and I think the Tea Party would naturally advocate the Republican party because of its ideological alignment.  However, I think they should not ally with the Republicans because of this $4 trillion hike in government debt.  I thought Conservatives were supposed to “conserve” and not spend on nation-building and programs that strengthen the Federal government and weaken state and local governments.

For these reasons, I think that the Tea Party movement is a misguided political force that needs to find direction.  I also think that the Tea Party should find an ideology and stick to it.  Saying that one is for Constitutional liberty, and then pushing to deny Muslims to build a community center is just hypocritical.  One is either an advocate of the Constitution, or not.