Archives : Aug-2006

Why study History? I ask every new student this question. How about asking it of adults? Why study History? Most adults abandon whatever habits they had toward study and books once they get married and begin the usual life of mature adulthood. This is in the normal run of affairs. I took to reading as … Read more

One year ago Hell in the form of wind and wave was unleashed upon the city of New Orleans. Right after that disaster I wrote the essay below. I would not change a word. Here is a short take: New Orleans is a dead city. It will not be rebuilt. The reasons are political and … Read more

International Politics is a game. A great one, played across continents and oceans and skies. The rewards for winners can be magnificent, and are measured in power and glory. The punishments for losers can be terrible, and are measured in blood and survival. This is one game that is played for keeps.  It resembles 3-dimensional chess in … Read more

The dictator of Libya must be a secret web surfer. He somehow spotted some of my old posts—or at least he channeled a few. Ok, maybe the Arab despot never even heard of me—which might be a good thing—but his latest opinions sure are cool. To begin, here is Qadahfi speaking of his fellow Arabs: We … Read more

The best laid scemes o’ mice an’ men/ Gang aft agley. So wrote Robert Burns. Alas, my ‘theme scheme’ followed exactly Burns’ prediction. It seems that Grimelda does not work in FireFox. Also, Windows pre-XP has a hard time with it. So I have switched to the Boxy But Gold theme by Kaf Oseo. It … Read more

I have settled on a (more or less) permanent theme for this blog. Called Grimelda, it was designed by an 18 year old lad named Mathias Bynens. You can read his bio here. He is typical of his type: technically astute and wordly foolish, a brilliant and immature child. No matter, his design is gorgeous. … Read more

The first empire that had the elements of a world religion with a desire to convert the world was Persia (ancient Iran) under Darius I (521-485 BC). His faith was Zoroastrianism, which was—and is—a montheistic religion. Darius conquered an empire the size of which the world would not see until the great Alexander (336-323 BC). … Read more

Those two Fox journalists were freed by their Palestinian captors. And so what that they had to claim that they had converted to Islam? Their families and friends have them back and that is a good thing. Yes, I know there was a bit of Stockholm Syndrome. I want to thank everybody. I am happy … Read more

Though always a superb read, The American Thinker is in rare form this Sunday afternoon. Two articles have appeared there about the Lieberman race against Lamont in Connecticut. One asks that Republicans support old Joe and gives a bunch of reasons why. The other disdains such support and claims that the Republicans should be ashamed … Read more

It has been over two years since I left the jungles of Central America. My four months there in 2003 and 2004 were at the tail end of my year-long sabbatical, which I have modestly called My Year Of Living Dangerously. Sure, at times I did things that could have ended rather badly, but the … Read more