The ‘Phony Soldiers’ Brouhaha

October 10, 2007


The best description of this story is probably: ”Much to do about nothing!” While it is truly laughable for those of us who are smart enough to check out the facts, it is equally sad to Read the rest of this entry »


More on Global Warming, part 2 of 2

October 1, 2007


It has to be said that the topic of Global Warming has been brought to the attention of almost everybody who has access to news, regardless of where they live on this planet. It has been debated ad infinitum for several years now and the main reason it is still on the front burner on a daily basis is because it has been disputed whether or not it is man made or a natural occurrence. While the scientific community Read the rest of this entry »

Man-Made or Natural – Part 1 of 2

September 26, 2007


As time is passing, it is amusing to see who else is getting on the bandwagon by making statements advocating Man – Made Global warming. In the latest group are such persons as Pope Benedict XVI who has called action on climate change a “moral obligation”, Read the rest of this entry »

The General versus Congress

September 14, 2007


The eagerly awaited opening statement and progress report to Congress by Four-Star General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on the status of the military and political situation in Iraq is history. The two of them briefed the members of the House of Representatives Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees on Monday, September 10 and on the following day the members of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees. Read the rest of this entry »

Impressions from Across the Pond, Part 1

July 20, 2007

A two and a half week long visit to Germany and the Czech Republic in June allowed my wife and me to get a more direct insight into the lives of family members, friends and strangers we met during our visit. The trip was a wonderful experience since we were welcomed everywhere and the weather played along perfectly. We even experienced a heat wave whereby temperatures reached into the 90’s and the experience was special in that we were coping with these temperatures while staying in homes and hotels without air-conditioning and window screens. But we had a great time and the trip gave us lasting memories to cherish for some time.

But this is not the purpose of this article. Our visit to those countries allowed us a glimpse into the major issues, lifestyles, and interests and concerns of the general population and of course, their political systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Impressions from Across the Pond, Part 2

July 13, 2007


While we focused entirely on Germany in our last article, we will enlarge our view to Europe as it looks today from a political point of view. Dreams and plans for a united Europe have existed ever since World War I, nearly one hundred years. Some were borne out of the United Sates of America model as history tells us, these dreams remained just that…dreams! Not until about six to ten years after the Second World War did some countries in central Europe take action. By signing the treaty of Rome in 1957, the six nations of Read the rest of this entry »

Nuclear Iran? (1/2)

June 15, 2007


One seldom gets to read an article that comprehensively deals with an issue of major proportion in a global sense as the one below that has been adapted from a speech given on February 13, 2007 in Fort Myers, Florida by Victor Davis Hanson. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor emeritus at California State University Fresno and a distinguished visiting fellow at Hillsdale College. His speech was given at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar on the topic, “National Security: Short- and Long-Term Assessments.” Due to its length, we will reprint this speech in two parts with the following proviso: “This reprint is with the permission from Imprimis, the national speech digest of Hillsdale College,”

The following is the first part of Victor David Hanson’s speech:

“The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. Read the rest of this entry »