At the WWI Memorial in DC

In just a couple of years, we'll be coming up on the 100th commemoration of the start of World War I. Whether you think of the 28th of June, 1914 or the 28th of July of that same year as its start, it was a war that left an indellible mark on Europe and on [...]

Violent games, war and PTSD

Within the last twenty years, I've seen video games get more violent. The graphics and the capabilities of today's games are mindblowing. They can portray blood and gore better than at any time before.  Violent games are also more popular than ever. One could even call them a rite of passage for kids. Everybody gets [...]

Let's recap where we are economically

A video compilation of various Peter Schiff TV appearances (2002-2009) is available on YouTube. The quality isn't that great, but the message is pure gold. He's been saying since 2002 that the US economy would collapse, and he gave solid reasons why it would collapse every time. His messages got more pointed with each appearance, [...]

Signs of overpopulation

Signs of overpopulation are virtually everywhere -- and can even be seen when it comes to the basics of life, like food and shelter. Besides the obvious signs, like crowded cities and roads, and rampant consumption of our natural resources, there are other signs that may or may not be readily apparent, depending on your [...]

George Bush is a dead ringer for Guinn Williams

I was watching Rafter Romance a few months ago, when I saw Fritzie, the cab driver with a supporting role in the movie, and my mouth dropped. There, on the screen, in front of my eyes, was GW, in 1933! It was almost the same man -- the resemblance was uncanny. There it was: an incredibly [...]

How pressure changes a man!

Take a look at these two photographs of President Abraham Lincoln. One was taken in the midst of the Civil War. The other was taken after the Gettysburg Address, and after North had won and managed to keep the country together. Slavery had been abolished, and the goals that had been set out at the [...]

Photos from Antietam Battlefield

Last weekend, on a fiercely hot Sunday, my wife and I visited the Antietam Battlefield, located near Sharpsburg, MD. It's quite easy to get to it from DC. You take 270-N to 70-W, then keep going on 70-W until you see the signs for Antietam. Once off the highway, you've got another 8 miles or [...]

The US has a negative bank balance of what?!

Stumbled onto this entry on Vinnie Lauria's blog, listing the bank balances of various world countries. At the bottom of the list... the US of A. Our bank balance: $ -829,100,000,000. Say what?! Yes, according to the CIA, so it's got to be true. How about the US Budget? How's that? Well, according to this [...]

The Fog of War (2003)

Just saw The Fog of War (2003), a documentary of Robert S. McNamara's time as US Secretary of Defense, and was blown away by the behind-the-scenes look at what goes on during troublesome times. What strikes me is how lonely, how isolated, these people who hold key positions of responsibility must feel. Sure, there are [...]

Has your fish tasted funny lately?

Just found out from a Congressional Report that the US Military disposed of chemical weapons in the oceans from World War I through 1970. The report is frank about the quantities and make-up of those chemical weapons. It's funny (in an ironic sort of way) how at first, they dumped them fairly close to shore, [...]