With some in the media pouring out their hearts for outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner and attacking his critics as far-right and extremists, it reminded me of something written by newspaper man HL Mencken many years back called Syllogisms a la mode.
On July 3, Yahoo News let it all hang out. The caption under the unflattering photo of Donald Trump read, A level of idiocy I havent seen in a long time--quoting someone named Alfonso Aguilar, a person unknown to 99.9% of the American public, but, apparently someone Yahoo News holds in high esteem.
Almost 800 years ago to the day, on 15 June 1215, some English barons and clergymen met on a field known as Runnymede and watched the king of England put the royal seal on a document known today as Magna Cartaa document limiting the power of the king and granting rights to ordinary citizens. It was one of those rare times in history, when brave men stood up to a tyrant and changed the world for the better.
It doesnt matter what the Republican base wants or whom the well-known pundits like. The fact is, the so-called independent voters of New Hampshire are likely to pick the next Republican nominee for US President.
Putin vs the West. That was the cover story a week ago of the left-leaning British news magazine The Economist. But is that what is really happeningis Putin against the West? Or would it be more accurate to say, The West vs Putin?
As we approach 2015, I worry about the future of America and the free world as I have never worried before. Americas President, Barack Obama, is carefully and deliberately dismantling the Constitutional structure of the country and removing all vestiges of western civilization. He has shown dictatorial tendencies and is supported by party loyalists and sympathizers in government, academia, and the media.
Lying is routine for evil governments.
Starting in January, Republicans will no longer be, in the formulation of House Speaker John Boehner, one-half of one-third of the government. They will have control of the entire Congress, the one-third of the government which the Founding Fathers deemed should be solely responsible for matters of immigration and citizenship. As such, they will have the power to reverse the Presidents Amnesty Declaration and send back the thirty million illegal aliens who are currently in the US. How should they proceed?
Our opposition stems from culture and the rule of law, not race.
People sometimes ask, Why didnt the Germans do something about Hitler? or Why didnt the Russians do something about Stalin? Or Why dont the North Koreans overthrow their regime?
At the end of October, the Bank of Japan went stark raving Keynesian.
I remember sitting on a bench in a park near the Votivkirche back in the 80s watching some children play and thinking, how lucky they are to be able to grow up in Vienna.
That was in January 1967. In other times, with a different America, they might have quit, or, at least, taken a long break. But, Americans at that time, many with fresh memories of World War II, were a hardier people and they did not quit or take a break.
?On this one-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War I, we have a chance to look back with a historian’s eye at the assassination in Sarajevo, at the people involved, and the broader meaning of the incident for the world today.
April First is just around the corner and that means the feeble growth of the Japanese economy is about to come to a grinding halt. On that date the consumption tax (Japan’s national sales tax) will rise from 5% to 8%, meaning ordinary consumers will have to pay more for anything they buy.