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Please, No More Tourism to Cultlike, Repressive Dictatorships Like North Korea

June 26, 2017


We originally published this article on 2 January 2015.  At that moment, there were no Americans in North Korean custody, thanks to an embarrassing and expensive mission by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to retrieve the last two American prisoners in late 2014.  Thus, we implored the American traveling public to adopt a New […]

Revisiting and Re-Living: the Beginning of the End of European Tolerance?

November 16, 2015


Extremism threatens everyone, but ordinary citizens who happen to be Muslim have the most to lose. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, we wrote the following piece.  Now, following the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday, it seems more relevant than ever.  Extremist violence in Europe is escalating, and nowhere is this more […]

Donald Trump: Dangerous Rhetoric

August 24, 2015


Trump’s brand of intolerant, divisive rhetoric is mightily reminiscent of a certain historical figure. Four years ago, in 2011, Donald Trump was crashing around the Presidential campaign like an obscene bull with Mad Cow Disease.  This is what we wrote at the time (go to the link for the full text): Donald Trump has thrown […]

Enough “Trigger Warnings” and “Safe Spaces.” Grow Up, or Step Aside.

June 8, 2015


We are supposed to be ready for full adulthood upon graduation from high school. Instead, our best universities now act like nurseries for weak-minded, simpering crybabies. We are doomed. There is a dangerous – yes, dangerous – and growing tendency to insulate college students from the least bit of stress, controversy, mental discomfort, or any […]

Crossing 4 of 9 Planetary Boundaries on the Way to Doom: It’s the People, Stupid

January 23, 2015


Perversely, our worshipful attitude toward human procreation and human life will end up killing billions and destroying humanity’s best accomplishments.   For climate-change naysayers and others with their heads in the sand: a study published last week indicates that the Earth has already crossed four of nine (44%) “planetary boundaries.” The Washington Post has an […]

Clash of Civilizations: Will Long-Term Peace Require Segregation?

January 19, 2015


Are conservative Islam and Western liberalism fundamentally incompatible? To understand what is really happening in Europe now, and where it is likely headed, I urge everyone to read two articles: Samuel Huntington’s 1993 article in Foreign Policy, “Clash of Civilizations?“, and Damon Linker’s current piece in The Week, “Can Islam Ever Make Peace With Liberalism?” […]

“I Am Charlie” May Signal the Beginning of the End of European Tolerance

January 12, 2015


Extremism threatens everyone, but ordinary citizens who happen to be Muslim have the most to lose.   The extremist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo staff and a Kosher grocery in Paris mark a tipping point in Europe. It has been building for years: ethnic Europeans have become increasingly frustrated and angry with escalating intrusions of […]

New Year’s Resolution: Please, No More Tourism to Cultlike, Repressive Dictatorships Like North Korea

January 2, 2015


Now that “The Interview” has been released, woe unto any American snared by North Korea. North Korea has a well-known history of imprisoning Americans (see the summary of recent cases at the end of this article), sentencing them to hard labor, and then – after weeks, months or years – granting the American’s release only […]

Nurse Amber Vinson and the CDC: If These are Medical Professionals, We Are Doomed

October 17, 2014


Is it just me, or does anyone else out there have the déjà-vu sensation that we are watching a bad horror movie unfold? Twelve Monkeys, or Z Nation, or Contagion, perhaps? At any rate, we are trapped in that sort of horror movie where the characters all do patently stupid things just to move the […]

Ebola Doubling Every 20 Days: Quit Placating the Public and Take it Seriously

October 3, 2014


I don’t worry about known Ebola patients coming to the US under controlled conditions. I worry about unknown incubators traveling here and then becoming ill among the general population. It’s already happened.   So the news came this week that a man flew from Ebola-stricken Liberia to visit relatives in Dallas, TX, and now he […]

Immigration Crisis: Why Should Honduras Get Special Consideration?

July 25, 2014


Perspective: the fact that a “refugee” can walk to our border does not make him more deserving of asylum than other sufferers around the world. Now, with an unmanageable flow of underage, unaccompanied illegal immigrants overwhelming US facilities near the border, the Obama administration is thinking about screening thousands of children and young adults in […]

A SWAT Team for Every Home!

April 25, 2014


Back in September, around the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attack, we pondered the nation’s dangerous slide into a mentality of sacrificing some of our freedoms – so hard-earned back in the 1770s – for a little temporary security, and not even very good security at that. One of the worrisome developments we noted was […]

Boston Marathon Security: Going About it All Wrong

February 28, 2014


It’s time for America to stop letting terrorists win. The Boston Marathon this year will feature new security rules in response to last year’s bombing near the finish line.  No backpacks, no handbags, no strollers, no bulky clothing, no fluid containers over one liter, no large flags or signs, nothing at all larger than an […]

If Terrorists Attack the Games in Sochi, Don’t Evacuate. Play On.

January 27, 2014


So they want to scare everyone into stopping the Games?  Don’t let them. Amid concerns about terrorism and security at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, on the coast of the Black Sea in Russia, both the US and Canada have contingency plans in place to evacuate their athletes in the event of an attack […]

Dennis Rodman and North Korea: Playing With Fire

January 10, 2014


He was naive.  He should never have gone to North Korea in the first place.  But human-rights activists expecting him to free an imprisoned American are expecting far too much. Dennis Rodman first traveled to North Korea under the auspices of Vice Media, which was filming a documentary there and used Rodman and several members […]

The Common Denominator in Mass Murders Isn’t Guns. It’s Psycho-Social Isolation and Hostility.

December 27, 2013


The question isn’t how to lock up all the guns.  The question is how to get people to come forward with their misgivings, and act on that.   After every Columbine, every Newtown, every Aurora or Virginia Tech, there is the outcry over guns.  Pundits and politicians debate limiting magazine capacity, or banning semiautomatic weapons… […]

Joan Larsen’s Tales of Very High Adventure: Start the Revolution Without Me

October 30, 2013


By Joan Larsen   As we have all come to know, it is a single phone call that is often responsible for changing the direction of our lives – for good or for bad. Rarely do I recall dancing around the room after a call… in fact, never.  But this time – when the phone […]

How the NSA Intentionally Weakened Our National Security

September 19, 2013


Maybe you are in the camp that reasons, “Hey, I’m not doing anything wrong, so it’s no big deal if the NSA tracks my information.”  Even if you don’t care about your privacy, it is a big deal, it does impact you personally, and here’s why. First:  Your financial institutions, your water company, electric company, […]

A Little Temporary Security: Not Worth the Sacrifice

September 10, 2013


Michael Grunwald, writing in Time magazine, argues in favor of sacrificing his liberties in favor of a little temporary security.  Count me out. Tomorrow is the twelfth anniversary of 9/11.  We were in Germany at the time, and two things happened immediately:  1) There was a huge outpouring of support and expressions of sympathy from […]

Syria: For Once, Congress is Asking the Right Questions

September 2, 2013


Maybe the 10-year Iraq War, too eagerly launched based on faulty intelligence, no clear national security threat, and no vision of an end state, is too fresh in American minds. On Saturday, President Obama asked Congress for approval to launch military operations against Syria.  He claims the authority to act on his own (and recent […]

Syria: Why Are Chemical Weapons More Horrible than Conventional Ones?

August 29, 2013


There are valid reasons for and against US involvement in Syria, but I don’t think the use of chemical weapons should be one of them. Frida Ghitis, writing for CNN, lists some reasons in favor of US intervention in Syria.  Personally, I’m against it, I think intervention risks broadening the war, I don’t think any […]

Xbox One, by Big Brother

June 28, 2013


Think the NSA collecting your personal phone data is an intrusion?  You might want to reconsider that Xbox One purchase. Video gaming in your living room is just awesome these days!  Take something like Microsoft’s Xbox One, which is way beyond the mere legions of games that can be played solo or online; no, this […]

“War on Terror” Humor: An Untapped Niche

May 20, 2013


Why is there no sitcom about bumbling terrorists and counterterrorism agents? Last Thursday, I wrote about the rather cartoonish arrest of Ryan Fogle in Moscow.  To illustrate that cartoonishness, I settled on Maxwell Smart from the 1960s sitcom Get Smart, but I also ran across this image of Boris and Natasha with a big bomb […]

The Age of Fear and What to Do About the Next Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013


Yesterday, bomb blasts shattered the excitement and exhilaration of the home stretch of the Boston Marathon.  Two killed.  Dozens injured.  The President promised the “full weight of justice” against the perpetrators. But then what?  How will America’s leaders, bureaucrats, and administrators respond? Our country has had a worrying trend lately toward zero tolerance for just […]

It’s Official: “Terrorist” is the Most Inappropriately Over-Used Word in American English

January 25, 2013


Time to retire this useless and harmful word ter-ror-ism, noun \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\  :   the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. —ter·ror·ist   adjective or noun —ter·ror·is·tic   adjective The word “terrorist” has a definition, but how we apply it has always been a little fuzzy.  Scholars and professionals might argue the finer distinctions among […]