K T Cat 7/30/2015 12:12:57 PM ... don't seem much different from wars over anything else.Continuing on with Churchill's A History of the English Speaking Peoples, I'm into the reign of Queen Elizabeth where the wars between England, France and Spain were indeed Protestant vs. Catholic. However, the level of violence doesn't seem any different from that seen during the Hundred Years War where everyone was Catholic. Dittos for the wars between the Romans and the Britons or the invasions of the Vikings. The intrigue and plotting and scheming is the same regardless of the putative reason for war.Maybe humans are just aggressive, selfish creatures by nature.
K T Cat 7/29/2015 12:21:08 PM I'm currently listening to Volume 2 of Churchill's History of the English Speaking Peoples, The New World. In it, there's a phrase in his description of Magellan's voyage that jumped out at me.(A) Portgugese captain, in Spanish pay, Magellan, set out on the voyage to South America and across the Pacific that was to take his ship round the globe. Magellan was killed in the Philippines, but his chief officer brought his ship home round the Cape of Good Hope. The scattered civilisations of the world were being drawn together, and the new discoveries were to give the little kingdom in the northern sea fresh importance.I love the imagery of that phrase, as if there are invisible arms drawing the people of the world together. That[...]
Silvio Canto, Jr. Thursday, July 30, 2015 4:00 AM "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
(My new American Thinker post) Let me say two things about the movie Godfather II and Cuba: 1) It's a great movie; and, 2) It does not tell you the truth about the night Batista left. Yes, Batista fled Cuba in the wee hours of January 1, 1959. It happened as most Cubans were celebrating the New Year or sleeping. There were no Americans rushing to their boats or rebels ready to blow themselves up. How do I know this? I was a boy but my parents remember the events of that night rather well. They were on the phone for hours[...]
Wednesday July 29: A word about "Che merchandise" & US-Latin America stories of the week.... http://t.co/HCHuSCxD69 Silvio Canto, Jr. (SCantojr) July 29, 2015 Tags: "Che" merchandise, Mexico and El Chapo, Oil scandals in Brazil, Crime in Venezuela, US-Cuba talks To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the My View by Silvio Canto, Jr. Thanks
By Dean LLet me start by saying I am happy Trump is up in the polls because the media keeps telling people they should not like Trump since he's racist (not really) and disrespectful (maybe blunt with a hint of disrespectful) and a blow hard. People are reacting inversely to the media dictates. I love that. And Donald Trump so far is really only putting the boots to issues that the GOP 'nobility' have been refusing to address. John McCain is a squish and has done more for liberal Democrats than he has for conservatives, for the sake of stroking his own ego apparently. Lindsey Graham is a RINO, in South Carolina no less, a state that surely could proffer a more conservative senator.[...]
Mayor Faulconer appears to have played a weak hand badly with regards to negotiations with the Chargers, if his goal was to keep the Chargers in San Diego. Jeffrey Siniard has been covering the situation at www.boltsfromtheblue.com:Mistakes made by the City of San Diego:1. Mayor Faulconer and his staff got in over their heads the moment they didn't realize how much pressure the Chargers were under to make a deal, and assumed it was primarily an attempt by the Chargers to manufacture leverage.2. A better understanding of the situation by Falconer and his staff could have led to an earlier City/County partnership, earlier hiring of negotiating experts, who then could've worked with CSAG to produce a polished offer in[...]
In order to to not offend Muslims, the President has taken pains to try to distance himself from the idea that we are fighting a religious war, so as not to offend Muslim allies. This is understandable, but shows a lack of understanding of the true nature of the problem. His administration has taken to saying silly things such as ISIS is not truly Islamic. This could not be further from the truth, ISIS is nothing if not Islamic. Their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is believed to have a doctorate in Islamic studies and certainly speaks with the rhetorical flourishes characteristic of a learned Muslim scholar. Graeme Wood's excellent article in the Atlantic says this about ISIS' Islamic[...]
As any properly educated school child knows, democracy began in ancient Greece. In Athens, specifically; from whence it spread throughout the Greek world. It is therefore particularly ironic and yet historically appropriate that the Geeks show us the inherent problem with democracy.Which problem is both democracy's greatest strength and its Achilles heal: that everyone gets a vote.The governing principles in democracy is that the citizens govern themselves, voting on the issues of the day and thereby guiding the lives and deciding their own future. All of which sound very good in principle. However, allowing every citizen equal say in the affairs of state is not without consequences.Human beings, while perhaps created equal,[...]
In defiance of the wishes of the Obama Administration, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Saeed el-Sisiseems prepared to follow in the footsteps of Rameses the Great.Like that ancient warrior-Pharaoh, el-Sisi is preparing to smite the Libyans; or at least the DAESH (ISIS) elements controlling parts of Libya.Egyptian land and naval forces seem to be preparing to strike intoLibya; their target likely DAESH forces in eastern Libya; and atDerna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. In response, DAESH is reportedly rushing fighters from as far away as Iraq to counter any Egyptian moves.It is in Libya that DAESH has been carrying out the gruesome seaside beheadings of Christians seen over the last months.Such[...]
Rand Paul points out that Republican hawks created ISIS by arming the terrorists in Syria and supporting Hillbama's destruction of Libya.ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad which would have made ISISs job even easier. They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because the same hawks in my party loved Hillary Clintons war in Libya, they just wanted more of it. But Libya is a failed state and a disaster, Iraq really is a failed state or a vassal state now of Iran, so everything theyve talked about in foreign policy theyve been wrong about for 20 years and yet they somehow have[...]
Every once in a while a piece of legislation is introduced here in California that just completely makes me flip my lid. Now it has happened again. The piece of legislation that is creating more Nanny State and less Manifest Destiny is SB 8 offered by Bob Hertzberg of CA Senate District 18. This bill would tax services offered by small businesses. So just think, the myriad of Vaping and Hooka stores that have cropped in my neighborhood would now have to tax your experience. The small nail shop owner, the hairdresser you have been going to since you were in college, all of these services could potentially be taxed.The worst part of the bill is that Hertzberg actually believes this would enhance the states business[...]
At the end of this legislative session in California Governor Brown vetoed a few bills that, the legislature passed in Sacramento, which dealt with ethics. His reason was that he did not want to make the ethical practices the elected in Sacramento must follow to be made any more complex. Huh? Given that under his watch three separate Senators have been indicted on various federal and state charges ranging from voter fraud to gun running, how complicated are the current ethics rules?This gave me pause as to how complicated it must be already for these guys given their current legal troubles, so I went looking for the complex ethics one must follow if ever elected in our great state. Listed below are some of the ethical[...]
Dear Readers: Silvio Canto, Jr. and I wanted to invite everyone to join us for the 3rd annual Valentine's Day Show on Canto Talk (click HERE 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST for the live show or later for the archived podcast).The featured topic will be famous Television and Movie couples. After all the chaos and tragedy, I thought we needed a break from heavy history. We are also inviting listeners to call in with their favorites: 646-478-4933.My #1 Favorite TV Couple: Morticia and Gomez from The Addams Family.The Addams Family started out as a cartoon:The Addams Family is a group of fictional characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. The Addams Family characters include Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch,[...]
Dear Readers: I am thrilled to be chatting with Silvio Canto, Jr. this week on CANTO TALK. I will be on this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 (7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST). CLICK HERE FOR LIVE SHOW OR ARCHIVED PODCAST.One of the guests on the show will be an exquisitely beautiful artist I have connected with via Facebook, who plays like an angel. Joanna Mell is a Celtic Harpist, who renditions of traditional tunes have had a healing effect on my soul as I cover the chaos that has become the current news cycle.As I am a big fan of The Dresden Files book series about wizards, fairies, vampires, and other fantasy creatures, I wanted to feature this Carolan tune Si Beg, Si Mor (The Fairies of the Small Hill and the Big Hill).In fact, what[...]
Theres no denying that over the last few decades most all on-field rules changes made by the NFL have been exercises in increasing offense and scoring. This has created an arms race in a sense where the pendulum swings back and forth between the NFL offenses and NFL defenses whereby the offenses get aided by rules changes and the defenses counter with a combination of innovative schemes and superior athletes. To wit, for years, its been conventional wisdom that the best athletes in the world were in the NBA. Now days, we would add NFL defensive backs and possibly outside linebackers/rush ends into that mix (you dont think dudes like Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis and J.J. Watt can ball a little?).But[...]
*Youre loving this 4-team college football playoff format, arent you? Youve been loving the weekly unveiling of the top 4 teams every Tuesday night that was must-see T.V. for East Coasters and must-listen radio/must-interwebbing for us work-a-daddies on the West Coast, yeah? And you totally ate-up those semi-final games on New Years Day, didnt you? But youre a greedy one, right? We know what youre thinking, you dirty bird: Now, that youve wet your beak on this particular playoff format, youre of the mind that if 4 teams are good, 8 is better. Did we feel you on that?Well, pump the breaks, there, champ.There are certain logistical details within an 8-team format that need to be overcome, the chief[...]
Doo Doo Econ Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:06 AM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
This article is being written on the technical preview of Windows 10. It is impressive and exciting to see a real improvement aimed at desktop productivity.My motivation for reviewing Windows 10 on one of my Virtual Machine (VM) servers is to understand the future of Microsoft Windows Apps. Out of the gate, Windows 10 addresses my primary concerns. Apps tiles are now wonderfully integrated into the classic Windows Start button. The future of Windows apps looks bright. This new apps interface is terrific and a huge improvement over Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows apps now use their inherent responsive design model to resize throughout the desktop environment.The Windows 8 style[...]
Before beginning this timeline there are two alarming facts to keep in mind.This current enterovirus strain appears more severe than previous strains.If diseases were spread to American children through the Obama Administration's unilateral amnesty and relocation programs, enterovirus is just one of many pathogens in the exposure.Per USA Today:A dozen Colorado children have been diagnosed with polio-like paralysis, Wolk said. Although all of the children had a respiratory virus before muscle weakness set in, only four tested positive for enterovirus D68, he said. Most have gone home and are in rehabilitation."We're optimistic that a number of them, if not the majority, will gain some functionality back," Wolk said.This[...]
CALIFORNIA SENATE RACE TIGHTENS: Rep. Xavier Becerra will not run for the seat of retiring California Sen. Barbara Boxer, leaving Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez as the major Democratic players. Becerra will run for reelection in the House ...
They gave me some inhaler. After awhile, I had a hard time breathing. The asthma medication wasn't working," Corona testified at a California Senate Judiciary Committee meeting in April 2013. He is one of at least dozens of workers who developed a disease ...