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About This. About That. About the Other. About Everything.

 

Blood

Mexican

English

 Irish

 

Family

Mother's Side: Fought with Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. Related to Andrew Jackson.

Father's side: From somewhere in Mexico, possibly Chihuahua.

 

Education

BA History

BS Political Science

Graduate work in History, Political Science and Spanish

Teaching Certifications

 

Religion

Orthodox, Traditionalist Catholic

 

Passions

Teaching 

Classical, World and Latin American Music

Solo backpacking

Bicycling

Camping

Books

Ancient Historians

Bread Baking

Cooking

 

Favorite Foods

Kung Pao Chicken

Enchiladas de Pollo

Aji de Gallina

Beans and Rice

 

Favorite Book

Mere Christianity

 

Favorite Theologians

C.S. Lewis

G.K. Chesterton

Fulton Sheen

Michael Voris

Dietrich von Hildebrand

Chad Ripperger

 

Favorite Painters

Goya

Norman Rockwell

Ilya Repin

Jacques-Louis David

 

Favorite Movies

Tombstone

Casablanca

The Searchers

Troy

Alexander

The Big Sleep

 

Favorite Composers

Saint-Saëns

Ravel

Debussy

Rachmaninoff

Liszt

 

Favorite Operas

Cavalleria Rusticana

Prince Igor

 

Favorite Ballet

Copelia

 

Favorite Symphony

Mozart's 40th

 

Favorite Guitarists

Danny Gatton

Johnny Hiland

Raphael Rabello

Forrest Lee, Jr.

Atahualpa Yupanqui

Ewan Dobson

Nicola Hall

 

Favorite Authors

H. W. Brands

Will Durant

C.S. Lewis

T.R Fehrenbach

Frank McLynn

 

Greatest Physical Accomplishments

Crossing the Darien Gap

Backpacking Alone to Choquequirao

Solo 1600 Mile Bikepacking Journey

Solo Descent from Yumal Pass into Gran Vilaya

 

Favorite Amendment

The Second

 

Best Country

    The United States of America

 

Freest US State

Oklahoma

 

Least Free US States

California

New York

Illinois

Maryland

Massachusetts

New Jersey

 

Cool Places to Hang Out

  Peru

   Guatemala

  Chile

    Argentine Andes

 Brazil

Colorado Wilderness

 

Most Wicked Regimes

China

North Korea

Cuba 

Iran

Zimbabwe

Sudan

South Africa

Syria

Burma

Saudi Arabia

Venezuela

 

Recent Arrivals in Hell

Fidel Castro

Ted Kennedy

Hugo Chavez

Helen Thomas

Nelson Mandela

 Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Maya Angelou

Mario Cuomo

Fr. Richard McBrien

Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz 

Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

 

Most Influential Civilizations

Sumer

Ancient Hebrew

Classical Greece

Ancient  Rome

Medieval Catholic

English

American

 

Most Beautiful Women

Argentina

Israel

Persia

Brazil

Venezuela

 

Most Admired Organization

US Marine Corps

 

Most Depsised Organizations

United States Congress  

United Nations

World Bank

IMF

The Republican and Democrat Parties

European Union

United States Supreme Court

 Planned Parenthood

Federal Reserve

US State Department

US Department of Energy

US Department of Education

US Department of Justice

Greepeace

Sierra Club

Southern Poverty Law Center

NSA

La Raza

CAIR

FBI

CIA

IRS

DHS

ATF

DEA

TSA

EPA

ACLU

PETA

 

The Greatest Evil in the World

Abortion

 

History's Greatest Medical Discoveries

Penicillin

Aspirin

Ether

Vaccination

 

History's Greatest Physicians

Hippocrates

Galen

Harvey

Edward Jenner

Jonas Salk

Joseph Lister

Carlos Finlay

Ignaz Semmelweis

Louis Pasteur

 

History's Most Complete Human Being

 Julius Caesar

 

History's Most Inexplicable Human Being

Joan of Arc 

 

The Last Great Catholic Pope

Pius X (1903-1914)

 

History's Most Memorable Anti-Christs

Annibale Bugnini

Lenin

Stalin

Mao

Hitler

Nero

Diocletian

Caligula

William the Conqueror

Decius

Julian the Apostate

Ashurbanipal

Timur

Kim Il-Sung

Kim Jong-Il

Nebuchadnezzar II

Khufu

Idi Amin

Antiochus IV Epiphanes

Herod the Great

Karl Marx

Pol Pot

Rasputin

Maximillian Robespierre

Margaret Sanger

Henry VIII

Elizabeth I

Ahuitzotl

Ivan the IV "The Terrible"

Voltaire

Alfred Kinsey

Ted Kennedy

Marquis de Sade

 

Anti-Christs Among Us

Ahmadinejad

Fidel Castro

Peter Singer

Eric Holder

Kim Jong-Un

Evo Morales

Hugh Hefner

Robert Mugabe

the Clintons

Valerie Jarrett

the majority of the American and European ruling, media and entertainment classes

 

History's's Greatest Murderers

Mao---100,000,000

Stalin---80,000,000

Hitler---60,000,000

Planned Parenthood---50,000,000 and counting

Genghis Khan---38,000,000

Timur---17,000,000

 

History's Greatest Slaughter

The Muslim Conquest of Hindu India (1000-1525): 80,000,000 killed

 

Languages Worth Speaking

American English

Latin American Spanish

Brazilian Portuguese

Arabic

Latin

 

Finest Writer in the English Language

V. S. Naipaul

 

Cultures That Have Produced The Finest Romantic Poetry

Hebrew

Persian

 

America's Greatest Poet

Emily Dickinson

 

The Poet

Homer

 

The Poetess

Sappho

 

CultureThat Has Produced the Finest Short Story Writers

Russian

 

Culture That Has Produced the Finest Dancers

Russian

 

Culture That Has Produced the Finest Composers

Russian

 

Culture That Has Produced the Finest Classical Musicians

Jewish

 

The Finest Creation of the Human Mind

Summa Theologica

 

America's Greatest Dead

George Washington

Ben Franklin

Patrick Henry

Alexander Hamilton

James Madison

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams

Sam Adams

Andrew Jackson

Sam Houston

Abe Lincoln

Calvin Coolidge

James K. Polk

George Mason

John Hancock

US Grant

Pershing

 

America's Worst Presidents of the 20th Century

Both Roosevelts

Wilson

Hoover

JFK

LBJ

Nixon

Carter

Bush I

Clinton

 

America's Greatest President of the 20th Century

Coolidge

 

America's Greatest Presidents of the 19th Centrury

Andrew Jackson

Lincoln

 Polk

 

America's Greatest President

George Washington

 

America's Most Despicable Ex-presidents

Nixon

Carter

Wilson

Clinton

 

America's Greatest Diplomat

John Q. Adams 

 

The Most Momentous Assassinations in History

Caesar

Lincoln

Archduke Ferdinand

 

The Greatest Trials in History

Christ

Socrates

 

The Greatest Singer of All Time

Frank Sinatra

 

The Greatest Actor of All Time

Lawrence Olivier

 

The Greatest Actress of All Time

Vivien Leigh

 

The Greatest Poet of All Time

David

 

The Greatest Artist of All Time

Michelangelo

 

The Greatest Sculpture of All Time

Michelangelo's David

 

The Greatest Painting of All Time

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel 

 

The Greatest Violinist of All Time

Paganini

 

The Greatest Dancers of All Time

Nureyev

Margot Fonteyn

the Nicholas Brothers

Fred Astaire

Gene Kelley

Cyd Charisse

 

The Greatest Musical Genius of All Time

Mozart

 

The Most Influential Opera of All Time

Carmen

 

The Most Influential Symphonic Piece of All Time

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

 

The Greatest Political Philosophers of All Time

Plato

Aristotle

Augustine

Aquinas

Hobbes

Locke

Ibn Khaldun

Montesquieu

Bodin

Madison

Jefferson

Hamilton

Hayek

Friedman

 

The Most Wicked Political Philosophers of All Time

Marx

Rousseau

Machiavelli

Nietzsche

Voltaire

Ayn Rand

 

The Greatest Gathering of Political Philosophers of All Time

The Constitutional Convention of 1787

 

The Greatest Political Documents of All Time

The Twelve Tables of Rome

The Articles of Confederation

The US Constitution

The Declaration of Independence

The Federalist Papers

Locke's Two Treatises of Government

Aristotle's Politics

Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws

the Gettysburg Address

Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address 

the Emancipation Proclamation

Washington's Farewell Address

 

The Greatest Poltical Statement of All Time

Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin

 

The Greatest Prophet of All Time

Daniel

 

History's Most Overrated Artists

Picasso

Van Gogh

Da Vinci

Gauguin

 

History's Most Overrated Writers

Norman Mailer

Gabriel García Márquez

Boccaccio

Sartre

Melville

Mark Twain

Hemmingway

 

The Most Important Novel Ever Written

1984

 

History's Most Overrated Guitarist

Jimi Hendrix

 

History's Finest Guitarists

Les Paul

Chet Atkins

John McLaughlin

Segovia

Pepe Romero

Danny Gatton

Al Di Meola

 

The Greatest Slide Guitarist of All Time

Duane Allman

 

History's Most Bizarre Civilizations

Maya

Sparta

Moche

Olmec

 

History's Most Bizarre Writers

Kafka

Borges

 

History's Most Expansionist Civilization

Islam

 

History's Only Successful Examples of Socialism

The Inca

Egypt under Joseph

 

History's Only Successful  Examples of Communism

Ur III

Sparta

 

History's First Philosophical Description of Communism

Plato's Republic

 

History's Greatest Stupidities

Darwinism

Communism

Socialism

Atheism

Market Failure

the Enlightenment

Liberation Theology

Social Justice Theory

Sexual Liberation

Multiculturalism

Sustainability Economics

Coexistence

Multilateralism

World Government

Relative Morality

Overpopulation

 

History's Greatest Lies

Piltdown Man

Global Warming 

Peak Oil

La Leyenda Negra

Predictions of the Apocalypse

Melting Ice Caps

 

Present Day Idiocy

Anthropomorphism

Recycling

Earth Day

Disappearing Polar Bears

Metrosexuality

Transgenderism

Political Correctness

Diversity

Climate Change

Transhumanism

Feminism

Hate Crimes

Gender Studies

Micro-aggression

 

The Greatest Cataclysm in History

The Eruption of Thera (c. 1400 BC)

 

Greatest Cities of the World

Paris

Seville

Rio

Cuzco

Rome

Istanbul

 

Greatest  Cities in History

Republican Rome

Constantinople

Granada

Classical Athens

Abbasid Bagdad

Tenochtitlan

Alexandria

Babylon 

Thebes and Memphis

Nineveh 

Kiev

Carthage

Cuzco

Ctesiphon

 

America's Most Depraved Cities

Washington, DC

Las Vegas

Chicago

New York

San Francisco

Seattle

Portland

Atlanta

Hollywood

Los Angeles

Philadelphia

Detroit

Baltimore

Birmingham

Austin

Boston

 

Most Horrific Civilizations of the Past

Aztec

Nazi Germany

Assyria

Imperial Japan

Soviet Empire

Khmer Rouge

 

Greatest Road Builders in History

Ancient Rome

Pre-Colombian Peruvians

America

Ancient Persia

 

The Greatest Historians of All Time

Moses

Herodotus

Toynbee

Tacitus

Cassius Dio

Spengler

Will Durant

Gibbon

Polybius

Paul Johnson

Ibn Khaldun

Thucydides

Michelet

Victor Davis Hanson

Huizinga

Burckhardt

Livy

 

The Greatest Biographers of All Time

Boswell

Plutarch

Seutonius

 

Things Worth Studying

History

Philosophy

Mathematics

Physics

Theology

Music

 

Greatest Gunfighters of the American West

John Wesley Hardin

Wild Bill Hickok

Doc Holliday

Wyatt Earp

King Fisher

Clay Allison

Luke Short

Dallas Stoudenmire

Bat Masterson

Ben Thompson

Kid Curry

 

The Fastest and Deadliest Gunfighter of the American West

John Wesley Hardin

 

Greatest Gunfights of the American West

Gunfight at the OK Corral

Hickok - Tut Shootout

Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight 

Luke Short - Jim Courtright Duel

 

Greatest Criminal Gangs in the American West

The James Gang

The Daltons

The Wild Bunch

The Youngers

 

Greatest Indian Fighters in American History

 Andrew Jackson

Ranald Mackenzie

 

Greatest Knife Fighter in American History

Jim Bowie

 

Greatest Indians in American History

Pontiac

Tecumseh

Sitting Bull

Geronimo 

Sacajawea

Osceola

Sequoyah

Crazy Horse

Victorio

Black Kettle

Metacomet

Red Cloud

Quanah Parker

 

Most Ferocious American Indian Tribe

Commanche

 

Greatest Killer of Americans in History

U.S. Grant

 

Greatest Bank Robbers in American History

Harvey Bailey

Willie Sutton

John Dillinger

Pretty Boy Floyd

Jesse James

 

Greatest American Criminal

Al Capone

 

Greatest Criminal of all Time

Pablo Escobar

 

History's Most Lethal Militaries

Sparta

 Rome

Spanish Conquistador

America

Assyria

Macedonia

Mongolia under the Khans

 

History's Greatest Captains

Napoleon

Alexander

Caesar

Genghis Khan

Scipio Major

Hannibal

Lucullus

Pompey

Scipio Minor

Sulla

Subutai

Genghis Khan

Marius

Joshua

Cortés

Richard the Lionheart

Thutmosis III

Belisarius

Timur

Wellington

Nelson

 

Greatest Living Captain

Tommy Franks

 

History's Most Overrated Captains

Robert E. Lee

Montgomery

 

History's Most Underrated Captains

Epaminondas

George Washington

George Armstrong Custer

Hamilcar Barca

Phormio

Jan III Sobiesky

José de San Martín

Thrasybulus

Tiglath-Pileser III

Charles XII of Sweden

William Tecumseh Sherman 

Shaka Zulu

George Patton

Heraclius

Clive

Darius the Persian

Marlborough

Winfield Scott

Zachary Taylor

Andrew Jackson

Pershing

Ogodei

 

History's First Modern Military

Assyria

 

Civilizations That Have Produced the Greatest Captains

American

Roman

Assyrian

Mongolian

Byzantine

 

History's Most Impressive Military Achievements

The siege of Tenochtitlan by Hernando Cortez (1520-21)

The siege of Alesia by Julius Caesar (52 BC)

The destruction of the armies of Republican Rome at Lake Trasimene and Cannae by Hannibal (217-216 BC)

The destruction of the Spartan army by Epaminondas at the Battle of Leuctra (371 BC)

Alexander's siege of Tyre (332 BC)

The Battle of Lepanto (1571)

The Taking of Babylon by Cyrus (539 BC)

The destruction of the British army at New Orleans by Andrew Jackson (1815)

The Bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese (1941)

The destruction of the Japanese Imperial Navy by the Americans at Midway (1942)

The defeat of Persia by Athens at Marathon (490 BC)

The destruction of the Persian navy by Athens at Salamis (480 BC)

The defeat of the Canaanite coalition by Thutmosis III at Megiddo (1457 BC)

The Defeat of the South by the Union at Gettysburg and Vicksburg (1863)

The Destruction of the Khwarezmian Empire by Genghis Khan (1219 - 1221)

 

History's Most Impressive Military Defeats

The annihilation of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae  (480 BC)

The defeat of the Byzantine army by the Turks at Manzikert (1071)

The siege of the Alamo (1836)

Napoleon's march from Moscow (1812)

The extinction of the culture of slavery in the US South by Sherman (1864-1865)

Hitler's defeat at the hands of the Soviets at Stalingrad (1943)

The destruction of the entire class of French nobility by English king Henry V at Agincourt (1415)

The Defeat of the Huns by Rome at Chalons (451)

The Destruction of the Army of the Eastern Roman Empire by the Goths at Adrianople (378)

The English surrender to the Americans at Saratoga (1777)

The destruction of the Muslim armies at Tours by Charles Martel (732)

The destruction of Nineveh by the Chaldeans, Scythians and the Medes (612 BC)

The Defeat of the Athenians at Syracuse (415 - 413 BC)

The Defeat of Russia by Sweden at Narva (1700)

The Destruction of the Roman Army of Crassus by the Parthians at Carrhae (55 BC)

The defeat of General Custer at Little Bighorn by the Plains Indians (1876)

 

The Greatest Land Battle in History

Stalingrad (1942-43) 

 

The Greatest Sea Battle in History

Ecnomus (256 BC)

 

The Greatest Air Battle in History

 Battle of Britain (1940-41)

 

The Greatest Cavalry Battle in History

Leipzig (1813)

 

The Greatest Invasion Force in History

Hitler's Invasion of Russia (June 22, 1941)

 

The Greatest Loss of Life in a One-Day Infantry Battle

Battle of Cannae (216 BC): 70,000 dead in four hours

 

The Greatest Loss of Life in a One-Day Naval Battle

Battle of Salamis (480 BC) 

 

The Largest Land Empire in History

Mongols

 

The First Global Empire in History

16th Century Portugal

 

The Most Powerful Man in History

Phillip II of Spain

 

The Most Religiously Tolerant Empire in History

Mongols

 

The Largest Empire in History

Imperial Spain

 

The Richest Man in History

Alexander  III of Macedon ("The Great")

 

The Men With Strongest Wills in History

Napoleon

Andrew Jackson

Julius Caesar

 

The Most Common Type of Government in History

Tryanny

 

The Most Common Condition of Man Throughout History

Slavery

 

History's Finest Cavalries

The Numidians of Northern Africa (300 BC - 100 BC)

The Plains Indians of the American West ((1730 - 1880)

The Mongols (1200 - 1550)

The Parthians (250 BC - 200 AD)

The Huns (250 - 450)

 

The Most Terrifying Military Machines on Earth

The USS Carl Vinson

US Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

The Most Terrifying Military Machines in History

The Macedonian Phalanx

The Spartan Phalanx

The Roman Legion

The cavalry of the Mongolian Khans

The Medieval Knight 

B-52

The Timurid Army

The Assyrian army

 

Greatest Empires in History

Ancient Rome

The New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt

Inca

Assyria

Mongolia Under the Khans

Imperial Spain

British

Byzantine

Austro-Hungarian

Ptolemaic

Seleucid

Neo-Babylonian

Ancient Persian

Islamic Andalusia

Abbasid Caliphate

 

History's First Empire

Akkad under Sargon the Great (c. 2250 BC) 

 

History's First Polyglot and Multicultural Empire

Assyria

 

History's Longest-Lived Empire

Rome---1400 years

 

History's Longest-Lived Republic

Rome (509-27 BC)

 

History's Longest-Lived Civilization

Ancient Egypt---3000 years

 

Ancient Egypt's Last Pharaoh

Cleopatra

 

The Strongest Government Known to History

Ancient Rome

 

History's Most Useless Creation

the Pyramids

 

Greatest Explorers

Henry Morton Stanley---Africa

Richard Burton---Africa, Asia

John Hanning Speke---Africa

Magellan---the Oceans

Cook---the Oceans

Cabeza de Vaca---the Gulf Coast

Coronado---the American South West

Cândido Rondon---Brazil

Hiram Bingham---Peru

Percy Fawcett---Bolivia, Brazil

Marco Polo---Asia

Samuel Baker---Africa

Gene Savoy---Peru

Christopher Columbus---the Caribbean

Federick Catherwood and John Lloyd Stephens---Central America

Francisco Orellana---the Amazon

David Livingstone---Africa

Roald Amundsen---the Poles

Mungo Park---West Africa

James Bruce---the Nile

Alexander Humbolt---South America

Lewis and Clark---the American northwest

Hanno the Carthaginian---the African coast c. 600 BC

Pytheas of Massilia---England c. 325 BC

Ibn Battuta---Northern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East, Asia

Ed Stafford---the Amazon

 

Favorite Beer

Pearl

 

Favorite Rum

Zaya Gran Reserva

 

Favorite Whiskey

Maker's Mark

 

Favorite Adult Beverage

Absolut Kurant Vodka and Tonic with a hint of lime and a touch of bitters

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