n. – A dish, of eastern European descent, usually made of ground red meat, tomatoes, flour, cabbage, and perhaps bacon grease.  Add water, prepackaged gravy to taste.  Cook over stove.  Serve with bread.

Variations of this recipe are widespread and encouraged: that’s the rule, not the exception.  To that end, machunka (pronounced, “mu-CHON-ka”) is a term that has taken on many meanings over the years – especially within my own family.  I consider machunka to be synonymous to any sort of hodgepodge, not exclusively related to food.

In practice, that means this blog will dabble in a bit of everything: something I just threw together.  As some guidance I will say, my primary interests lay in politics (American and British; French sometimes too), economics (public finance, political economy and the current “crisis”), the law (property rights, constitutional), sociology (race relations, Generation Y and individualism), religion (particularly its role in politics), food and wine (machunka, of course), and sometimes technology (personal, like the iPhone).  Politically, I am an Oakeshottian conservative.  I suspect this blog will help refine and sharpen my ideology.

I hope you find my punditry thoughtful and nuanced.  I want nothing else than to hash out my carefully considered thoughts in a public forum, such as this.  In doing so, I hope to heighten the level of discourse.  I encourage comments, and will most likely respond to them, along with any email (