"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." ~ John Adams
Neil D. is a recovering republican (to be used in the same context as "recovering alcoholic"). He thanks Erik P. from Penn State for taking the first steps to help him free his mind.
I live in San Diego, California, but that is not my home. It is only a temporary place to keep my things and to provide a semi-permanent residence for my far-less-transient-than-me wife. I don't know if I even have a "home" anymore.
By day, I travel to exotic locales and repair exotic scientific instruments. By night, I play whatever electronic game has captured my interest recently, or read all those books that I was supposed to have read when I was in school.
Chemistry (B.S. 2005, Pennsylvania State University, M.S. 2008 University of Pittsburgh).
I learn things recreationally, despite not being very good at it.