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Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Last Samurai is a 2003 American film starring Tom Cruise and the Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, supported by an excellent cast of American and Japanese actors. The film's plot is based on the historic 1877 Satsuma Rebellion led by the samurai Saigo Takamori, who was opposed to the forced modernization of Japan under the direction of Western powers hired by the Imperial government.

The film takes place in 19th century Japan after the Meiji Restoration, established soon after by the gunboat diplomacy of the American Navy and Commodore Perry (1853 and 1854), which forced the opening of Japan to trade and subjected it to the influence of the West. This was under the U.S. Whig presidency of Millard Fillmore (1850-1853), and his successor, Democratic president Franklin Pierce (1853-1857).

The gunboat diplomacy and Western technological advances showed that the traditional samurai class, the military-warrior class of Japan that had protected the island from foreign invasion, was obsolete and could not oppose the modern military threat posed by the foreign invaders. Most of the samurai ruling class recognized the danger and the need for Western technology. In 1868 the...

Keyword(s): history, Japan


Friday, May 12, 2017

Western civilization and the American culture of freedom with responsibility face a serious challenge, and very few politicians have the courage and conviction to discuss and explain the nature of this emergent and unspoken crisis. True, we face Islamic jihad and repeated acts of terrorism on the one hand, and a resurgent China, politically, economically and militarily growing stronger, on the other.

We also face the unspoken crisis of quietly committing national suicide, slow death being brought about, not only by rampant illegal immigration and insecure borders, but also, and even more ominously, by a critical loss of population in Western countries and the United States. In short, the citizens of the West no longer seem to believe in their civilization, don’t care about its survival, and are no longer having enough children to sustain what they must consider their doomed Western civilization! At the same time, a cultural suicide is taking place as a result of an unjustified rejection of Western civilization promoted by the left-wing intelligentsia sitting in the ivory towers of academia in conjunction with the progressive, media elite.

And yet while fertility...



Monday, May 1, 2017

A recent column by Bill Ferguson, a Telegraph (Macon) columnist, discusses the art of the possible, certainly not in terms of mathematical probability, but in terms of historical political guesswork. Ferguson asks, “Could Trump be worst U.S. President ever?” One suspects wishful thinking in this act of political divination. Apparently, Ferguson thinks he has found a roundabout way to belittle President Trump (without appearing to do so) and make wishful-thinking prophecies based on irrelevant and biased history. After all, if memory serves me correctly Ferguson once described himself as a moderate Republican. But to ponder his question, let’s say that in politics as in everything else, as Benjamin Franklin admonished us, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” With that said, let me venture to answer Ferguson’s question by saying: Yes, this is possible, but highly unlikely. Trump may be narcissistic and bombastic, but he is a very smart man.

A better question though would be: Will Barack Obama surpass Jimmy Carter as the worst president within living memory? We have much more concrete data on those two completed...



Monday, April 24, 2017

Ultra-liberal Sweden is becoming a shell of its former self because liberalism has turned this once peaceful country into a chaotic, multicultural cesspool of violence and unrest.

Swedes have always taken pride in their open-mindedness, believing their good intentions and big hearts would overcome a collision of cultures when it comes to immigration without assimilation. Swayed by purely emotional thinking, they assumed their kindness and generosity would be reciprocated, believing their sophistication and universal outlook would elevate them above the consequences of what happens when Third World mindsets reside at First World addresses.

Now crime is on the rise and Swedish police officer Peter Springare has had enough. In a Facebook post that he openly admitted wasn’t politically correct, Springare said his “suspected perpetrators” for crimes that week came from: “Iraq, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Somalia, Syria again, Somalia, unknown country, unknown country, Sweden.”

Of course, Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven challenged Officer Springare’s claims, which quickly went viral.

Apparently, Prime Minister Lofven had a...



Friday, April 21, 2017

Each year, the Tax Foundation announces Tax Freedom Day, the day when average Americans stop working for the government and start working for themselves.

So far, this year Tax Freedom Day seems to be April 23, a day earlier than last year. It is a sign of how serious this problem has become that we rejoice at a one-day improvement. But wait — the new tax plan is still gestating. Like a baby elephant, it seems to require an extraordinarily long time before it is born. When it appears, we will know when Tax Freedom Day 2017 actually is.

In 2016, April 24 was Tax Freedom Day. This happy day came five days later than in 2015. That was the 108th day of the year. That is, we spent 29.6% of the year working to pay federal and state taxes. In primary school I learned that the essentials of life are food, clothing, and shelter. Yet Americans spend more on taxes than for these three essentials combined:


According to the Tax Foundation, we worked:

● 32 days to pay federal individual income taxes;

● 24 days to pay federal social insurance taxes:

● 12...



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Part 1 of Dr. Miguel Faria’s analysis of Vladimir Putin (photo, below) and the war in the Middle East, as with all his writings, is well worth reading and pondering deeply as it contains some excellent observations. I have been driven by new information to revise my original article on Putin and Russia, not so much on its basic thesis, but rather on Putin’s position. During my deep study and analysis on the subject, I have unearthed newer information and will need some time to digest it all. I look forward to the second part of Dr. Faria’s article on this issue. This is a very difficult subject and things are not always what they seem on a first look—as most of us well know. This is like an onion—one must peel back many layers before one finds the truth. The outer layers are stained with propaganda, lies, and carefully crafted deceptions. Only the inner layers, those not seen by the average superficial thinker and observer, come closer to the truth.

First, for the outer layer of the onion. It appears on the surface that President Donald Trump has fallen into the Power Elite's trap by attacking Syria and Bashar al-Assad. On first look, it is obvious that Assad had...



Saturday, April 8, 2017

I write these words and I shudder because as I read the BBC headlines and reports in the early morning hours I learned that President Trump ordered, and the U.S. has launched, a devastating missile strike on a Syrian airbase. The American attack is in retaliation for the Syrian chemical attack on a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria a few days ago in which at least 80 of their own Syrian people, including dozens of women and children, were killed. Here is how the BBC reported the U.S. missile launch:

Fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from two US Navy ships in the Mediterranean. Six people were killed, the Syrian army said. It is the first direct US military action against forces commanded by Syria's president. The Kremlin, which backs Bashar al-Assad, has condemned the strike.

Up until now Trump and Putin have tried to collaborate in Syria at least against the areas held by the terrorist Islamic Caliphate (IS). How Putin reacts to this American unilateral action, devastating for his protégé and main ally in the region, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad (photo, left: pictured with Vladimir Putin), may help decipher the long-term political and...



Friday, April 7, 2017

My studies of Vladimir Putin are continuing. I am trying to be careful not to jump to conclusions as I believe the truth is buried beneath many layers of deception, disinformation, and carefully crafted yet hidden dreams of empire building. My preliminary assessment is that Putin is a crafty fellow. I am not sure how much he does and says is real or is designed to attract the conservative Christians and Jews into his web of deceit. Thus far, I have seen that he is building close ties with the Asian world, while the West attacks him openly. What is not clear is this: Are these attacks real or more deception to make true conservatives believe that Putin has changed his spots?

For example, Putin has completely rebuilt the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (photo, left), which was destroyed to the last stone by Joseph Stalin and his henchman Lazar Kaganovich in 1931. Putin has also built 1,000 Christian churches across Russia. Many have suggested that Putin is a friend of Christianity. Yet, this may all be part of a grand deception. We know that under the Soviet regime the church patriarchs and priests were Soviet KGB operatives. Lenin wrote that the churches were an excellent...

Keyword(s): conspiracy, Islam, Russia, Soviets


Monday, March 27, 2017

There is an old saying that if the clock strikes 13, it casts doubt not only on that, but also on everything that went before. If we cannot believe the clock when it strikes 13, should we have believed it when it struck 10 or 11? Should we believe anything it ever did?

Some time ago, I saw a prominent criminal-defense attorney being interviewed on TV regarding his client, who was accused of a serious crime. The lawyer declared pompously, “I can’t say there is a shred of evidence against my client.”

This statement was literally true. Of course he couldn’t say anything implying that his client was guilty ‒ he would be disbarred, and even if he were not, no one would hire him. His career would be over. And it turned out that there wasn’t a shred of evidence against his client ‒ there was a mountain of evidence. The lawyer’s statement was the worst kind of lie ‒ a half-truth intended to give a wholly false impression to the listener.

What does all this have to do with the accusation that candidate Trump or his associates were surveilled, and that the contents of their communications were revealed to the Democrats and the media? Let me try to make...

Keyword(s): media, politics, surveillance


Monday, March 27, 2017

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on February 15, 2017, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona.

Vladimir Putin is a powerful ideological symbol and a highly effective ideological litmus test. He is a hero to populist conservatives around the world and anathema to progressives. I don’t want to compare him to our own president, but if you know enough about what a given American thinks of Putin, you can probably tell what he thinks of Donald Trump.

Let me stress at the outset that this is not going to be a talk about what to think about Putin, which is something you are all capable of making up your minds on, but rather how to think about him. And on this, there is one basic truth to remember, although it is often forgotten. Our globalist leaders may have deprecated sovereignty since the end of the Cold War, but that does not mean it has ceased for an instant to be the primary subject of politics.

Vladimir Vladimirovich is not the president of a feminist NGO. He is not a transgender-rights activist. He is not an ombudsman appointed by the United Nations to make and deliver slide shows about green...





Diary of Dreams performs at the 2016 M’era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany. M’era Luna, “one of the biggest dark music events in Germany,” is held each year on the second weekend in August. Close to 25,000 people attend the festival annually to hear gothic, metal and industrial music performed on two large festival-style stages.