Bob Belvedere

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About me

Gender MALE
Occupation Cynical SOB
Location Northeast, United States
Introduction I like to describe myself as an 18th Century conservative. I am not an ideologue and, therefore, do not subscribe to any 'ist' or 'ism'. I want to be left alone. I believe the Federal Government should not be allowed to take any actions not permitted by The Constitution. State and local governments should, likewise, be bound by their constitutions and charters. Life is absurd. Any man who does not have at least one vice should not be trusted. The 17th Amendment should be repealed [and possibly the 19th]. Thomas Jefferson was a blackguard. I am a DHS-Certified 'rightwing extremist'. I am a Renaissance Man striving to be A Man For All Seasons. I am currently at work on a projected multi-volume, unauthorized autobiography [Make Then Think You're Stupid... (...And They'll Leave You Alone)].
Interests Architecture, film direction and cinematography, woodworking, graphic design, the paintings of the Masters, and amassing large book and music collections. AREAS OF HISTORICAL STUDY: Western Civilization, Russia from the reign of the last Tsar through the fall of the Bolsheviks; American history up to the fall of the Federalists; the decisions of John Marshall; Dark Age/Medieval England; the Roman Republic and Empire; the military history of World War II; the American Civil War; the Cold War.
Favorite Movies The Godfather, The Godfather II, The Lord Of The Rings, 1984, A Night To Remember, Damn The Defiant!, Ben Hur, Patton, Dirty Harry, 1776, My Fair Lady, The Lion In Winter, The Last Waltz, Upstairs Downstairs, The Pallisers, Mannix, Baretta, Deadwood, Rome, I Claudius, Churchill: The Wilderness Years, House Of Cards, Dragnet
Favorite Music Frank Sinatra, Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, Richard Wagner, Bill Haley And The Comets, Black Sabbath, Muddy Waters, Bunny Berigan, Robert Johnson, Rainbow, Rush, Deep Purple, Dean Martin, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Clash, The Rolling Stones, J.S. Bach, P.D.Q. Bach, Pre-1990 Bruce Springsteen, Louis Armstrong, Julie London, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, New Order, Bauhaus, Ultravox [with John Foxx], Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, The Band
Favorite Books Fydor Dostovevsky, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Trollope, Bernard Cornwell, James Ellroy, Mark Steyn, Jonah Goldberg, Whittaker Chambers, Edmund Burke, Quin Hillyer, Robert Stacy McCain, Andrew McCarthy, Michael Ledeen, Victor Davis Hanson, John Derbyshire.