Pot that is Hot
a shadow of a doubt the greatest culinary discovery I chanced
upon on following my arrival in Harbin is Chinese Hotpot
could sense that something was wrong but I did not have the courage
to ask what was happening.
Jacket Puffs: Judging a Book By its Cover
phrases must leap out at the casual browser. Review quotes are
chosen to be snappy, eye catching and bold. And very persuasive.
But how useful really are the quotes?
Spain is in a mess and can only get worse as unemployment
Change and the Missing Conversation
are you Barack Obama? What are you reading? Who are you listening
Berlin: 20 Years On by Nate Barron
long is twenty years? For the city of Berlin, it is both Augenblick
and Ewigkeit: an instant and an eternity.
I ever considered the miles a book may have travelled before it
reaches my hands
Marianne de Nazareth
in Nepal recognize that Climate Change has become possibly the
greatest development challenge of our times...'
is a spiritual month, serving to in-gather Muslims worldwide for
a higher existential being, the one that cant be touched
or seen but is everywhere
Marianne de Nazareth
Rajendran and Neeta Dutt, a mother/ daughter duo have turned the
sari into an art form, in their venture named Sakhi.
Stop that! You're going....." too late, the glass of water
top heavy with my water color brushes had already tipped onto
my therapy painting for today.
2009 A wish fulfilled
the first Salat Al Fajr a realization struck me: In that huge
crowd of Muslims from everywhere, speaking all sorts of languages
but praying together in Arabic, it felt like Yaum al Qiyama
steps to Gladrags
There was no point to sticking around Montreal any longer. It was 1982
and the economy was in the tank. I put all my things in storage,
packed up my best clothes and my design portfolio, and caught
the Montrealer express train to New York
John M. Edwards rogue ancestor, Aaron Burr, shot Alexander Hamilton with a Hoss-pistol
from a mere ten paces awayand got away with it. Happening
upon Hamiltons gaudy mausoleum in New York City, Edwards
says our foppish former Treasury Secretary deserved it!
What do you get when you combine the extreme adventure sports
of whitewater rafting, riverboarding, and skydiving? It¹s called
the ultimate adrenaline rush and Millinocket,
Russian For Two Weeks
David Russell in St Petersburg
had made arrangements to live with a Russian family in St. Petersburg
for two weeks fostering "better understanding among people".
Lips and Earthquakes: Concert Going in Chiba, Japan -Jeffrey
it like attending a big summer music festival in Japan? One Sunday
evening in August, I got my answer
am not here to debate the merits of universal health insurance.
That is a given. I am complaining about the lunatic fringe of
society loudmouth sociopaths who are being bussed around
the country and paid cash money by insurance companies to scream
I have this reoccurring dream. I am always happy to have it but distinctly unhappy to wake up and discover it wasn't real.
first time I met Vaishali was in Madison, where my seven classmates
and I took Tamil in preparation for our year in Madurai.
hadnt been here in forever. The biting wind made my eyes
water as I watched my breath drift away and disappear into the
morning air. Sniffling to fight off a runny nose, a familiar feeling
came over me while I listened to dead leaves dance atop the asphalt.
It was definitely November in Minnesota.
Gloom & Doom
regional government announced yesterday with great pomp and circumstance
that our city will be connected with Madrid by high-speed train
no later than the year 2015.
Art of Timeshare
story starts with a sailor landing on a lush Mexican beach. He
comes across a sun-bronzed Canadian cowgirl living in a palapa.
The cowgirl joins the lucky sailors crew, and in the time
it takes to down a bottle of tequila, the pair falls madly in
Jackson's Quest for Paradise Lost
passing of Michael Jackson played out like a Shakespearean tragedy
and was a timely reflection on how not being true to ones' self
ends in an early demise.
economic recession has hit me right in the groin, and if my failed
attempts at employment continue, I stand to get hit in the groin
over and over again.
new normal contains vast amounts of erroneousness, and it is becoming
harder to know who or what to trust
San Suu Kyi turns 64
19th June, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will turn 64 years old. Instead
of being amongst loved ones and the millions of people in Burma
who revere her for standing up for human and civil rights, she
is in isolation
letter to my Wife: Part Two
A Continued Apology Ten Years In The Making
send this missive to press on the tenth anniversary of our marriage
from a hotel in Barcelona, Spain,
Influence of Orwell on Writers Workshops
following investigation and first hand experiences is into the
particular practices of a single writers workshop/discussion site
of a Backpacker
Dan Cann in Australia
was on holiday and it really felt like it with the sun on me now
feeling totally carefree. I did not have to be anywhere, go to
a job, get stuck in traffic, go shopping, or keep an appointment.
Values and the World of Sport
never tire of pointing out the ancient Olympians exemplified the
Greek ideal of mind and body. By comparison, they depict contemporary
athletes as pampered money-mad celebrities elevated to God-like
Flaherty documentary exposes Ethiopias political vulnerability - David Calleja
May 2005, the ruling Ethiopian Revolutionary Patriots Democratic
Front won elections amid allegations of electoral fraud and a
campaign of intimidation against opposition groups.
bookshop as a museum: when is a bookshop no longer a bookshop?
Or bookselling the chain store way: the advent of the lifestyle
- New York
couple of months ago after years of knowing of this historical
novel, I had Naked Lunch in my backpack. Waiting for a
subway in Queens I opened this novel and read the first few pages...
and the Valuation of And
It defies definition, deftly evades categorization and will put
lastingly before the reader Ands derivative value
The Red Sea in 1980
we agreed to take on the project, we had serious internal conversations.
What we were about to embark on was a process never done before
with such a limited "commercial" budget and time constraint.
There: Sunland Racetrack and Casino
wranglers paired with pointy cowboy boots, a big round belt buckle,
and a matching cowboy hat, little, old ladies sitting at the tables
with binoculars trying to read the TV.s with racing numbers...
John M Edwards
decided to enter the forbidden zone. Whence I was immediately
greeted by a stunning woman with long black hair and wide friendly
eyes who acted like a member of an evangelical church welcoming
a walk-in with a rhubarb pie.
is the second part of my adventure into learning all about professional
writing at Falmouth College of Arts, meeting up with a whole new
bunch of characters and revisiting an area of the world I had
known decades ago; an event that would open up a new phase of
A Long Farewell to Oz 2009
Landing in Australia I knew immediately there was a special
voyage ahead of me. I didn't expect myself wanting to be there
longer than nine months, maximum. I already had my flight booked
for home by a specific date! But that was back then.....
Some New Concept of Home
We ended up together in Madrid from different schools, for
different reasons. Some of us to escape our university campuses,
some to seek adventure, others to find a place away from America,
away from the familiar and banal.
Sessions with Sigmund
It was to Freuds Vienna home/office that in October
of l934, a 28 year old American psychiatrist, Doctor Joseph Wortis,
came to begin a 4 month "didactic psychoanalysis" (teaching
analysis) with the 77 year old Freud.
Humanity or Bust: Why
the Carbon Footprint Threatens More Than Just the Future
Before I get to the nub of this article, I would like to declare
that it is a statement of personal opinion and not a carefully
deducted and objectively reached conclusion.
That Kid could sure eat
We were headed from Los Angeles to Islamabad, Pakistan, with
a planned stop in Manchester, England, to share a long weekend
with our daughter Mara
The Bodyguard of Aung
San Suu Kyi
Since I know injustice takes place in Burma every day, I know
that I am safe in Australia, but I cannot forget what has happened
Should the Aid plug to
Africa be pulled out?
A critical response
Lately in the African literary and development circle, Dambisa
Moyo with her new book Dead Aid: How Aid is not working and
how there is another way for Africa, has become a 'star'.
Putting in Earth Time
Its the night after Easter weekend, and while we started
off Friday evening enjoying an amazingly professional concert
of sections of the Brahms Requiem performed by the local Methodist
church choir and island musicians, my main spiritual practice
this past weekend has been largely focused on gardening.
Art of Timeshare
My story starts with a sailor landing on a lush Mexican beach.
He comes across a sun-bronzed Canadian cowgirl living in a palapa.
The cowgirl joins the lucky sailors crew, and in the time
it takes to down a bottle of tequila, the pair falls madly in
With everything closed in the city and a light snowfall, its
no wonder I ended up drunk in the slightly dodgy section of Barbés
A Brush with local history
"You like painting dont you? Come and look at this."
Their brains are just different
Learning a new language rewires your brain. Could learning
a new language make you crazy?
Tony R. Rodriguez
Maybe I shouldnt be driving 85 on a 65 MPH freeway when
the roads saturated with the rain from last night
Master in the Cage
Master Hisams hands are huge and swollen, as hard as
rocks. In demonstrations, he uses them to smash granite slabs
Its over ladies, put those multi-packs of crisps in
the bin, chuck the chocolates away, and get used to salad
Over, Get Used To It.
Its funny how the programme Friends does
not provide the best backdrop to one of those defining moments
in teenage life.
It must have been him. Hes the reason I sit here now,
dazed and a bit confused. Im known to confuse even myself
A few years back my parents began hosting foreign exchange
students who came to live in our house for a few months
O Braonain Interview
Discussion with Fiachna Ó Braonáin
From Hothouse Flowers to Prenup
Kon Tum's Ethnic Villages & Orphanages
The ethnic minority people, the Bahnar, Jolong, Rongao and
Sirang, are kind and hard working. All we wish for is to be as
I used to drag all my little school friends upstairs before
tea and hide in the airing cupboard.
Have Won One Million Dollars
Norman A. Rubin
One serious drawback of the Internet and of e-mail is that
it makes it quite easy for nefarious villains to steal your money
and your identity.
of a Friend
When I saw José Martínez for the first time,
he was coughing up a lung outside my neighbors front door.
Shopping is a hunters job but no one has told
the shop assistants who is the hunter and who the hunted
The woman would materialize out of the background for just
long enough to put out her hand, be ignored and recede back into
the stone so that if you werent looking carefully, you wouldnt
have notice her at all.
Languages in your PJs
I set up a rigid schedule of watching TV. Over several weeks,
I saw my listening and speaking grow by leaps and bounds.
Havent you been watching the news lately? Seen
whats happening to the stock markets the world over?
God We Trust
When I am ranting and raving over the state of the universe,
usually directing my verbal abuse during conversations with my
wife, she never says a word.
It's tricky to say at the exact moment I thought I was going
to die; perhaps the moment I buried my head into my hands
John M. Edwards
I was standing at the bar at the Jolly Trolley, staring at
my beer when I decided I was so drunk I would indeed have a hangover
in the morning
God's golden fingers break the diaphanous, misty morning veil
that drapes the landscape
a flash of electric blue of a
little-blue kingfisher, lilies break into bloom on cue from the
bling-bling is watching you!
There are, contrary to what many people might think, many
different kinds of people in Paris.
Forgotten Author in Beijing
I arrive at Beijing's Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery just
after ten o'clock on Sunday. The gate guards look at me strangely.
"Can you tell me where this foreigner is buried?"
showdowns in Southeast Asia
You meet a lot of other travelers and backpackers while on
the move. Some are outgoing, adventurous and independent others
are understandably not as confident
Fulfilling Prophecies of Greed, Fear & Doom
In the beginning, the money orientated greed god said; let
there be greed and yay, it was good. Well, maybe not good, but
it sure felt good to the housing cartel of owners and estate agents
who were feasting on an upward spiraling market.
Lies, Truth and Opinions
Must politicians lie? Niccolo Machiavelli thought if politicians
did not lie they would surely fail because lying was fundamental
to politics. Not to lie ignored reality
Banquet For Phnom Penh's Rubbish Dump Residents - David Calleja
SOM CHO BEIE JOUR!
The limits of my Khmer are obvious to everybody in sight, but
I am still able to obtain laughter from those who seek another
type of medicine
A Positive Outlook For
Life: A Partner in Compassion
it is difficult to go anywhere in Sramouch He without finding
a person who does not have a family member or friend affected
A Goth club, Mexico City
how or why we had booked a gig
there, I have no clear recollection, but los goticos might still
enjoy our Mexican-rock-and roll-viva-las Zapatistas type music
for a change.
with Mom (I should've known better)
I mightve guessed what I was getting myself into.
Gordon Ray Bourgon
Her name is Jane Doe.
Banking Debacle Explained
I wrote this piece just to explain in simple terms, how a
bank can become insolvent because of poor credit policies and
It is that time of year when were all reminiscing about
holidays. Sitting by the kitchen window looking at the boring
rain falling as you eat.
Life is too short to work a full year with no holiday, and
sick days just dont do the trick.
Winds of October
Eric D. Lehman
waves at Hammonasset grasp at the tufted dunes, driven forward
by a stiff wind from the southwest. My wife Amy and I wander along
this windswept beach, trying to catch a sunset on the Sound,
When I travel, I like to do so quickly, quietly and comfortably.
But these days I find that achieving this simple wish is becoming
increasingly more difficult.
At my age if I can start the day by not falling over when
pulling on my y fronts, I reckon its a good
omen. If, when approaching my computer I find that I've remembered
to put the mouse on charge overnight, and not left it languishing
on the desk, dead, thats even better.
James C Clar
Something else that attracts me to Waikiki is the fact that
its still the haunt of all sorts of engaging and exotic
characters, many of whom are willing to pour out their lifes
story at the slightest provocation.
Stadia (Shea Dreams)
Maybe, if you're lucky, there are a few places you can say
you've frequented for a lifetime; places experienced through the
eyes of a child to young adult to adulthood and so on
Something is Better than Doing Nothing
Since earliest childhood I had the dream of being a movie
star. I wanted to be rich and famous. When I read that Elvis had
to rent out an amusement park, just so he wouldnt get mobbed
by his fans, I said, "that is exactly how famous I want to
be." I am still not there.
of the Meditteranean Lifestyle
As an American freshly residing on the serene Grecian isle
of Mykonos, there is a certain notable discrepancy between the
sets of traditions and priorities existing in the respective cultures
of Greece and America upon the significance of which I would venture
Today I spent a sunny morning doing a bit of housework, picking
flowers from the garden to brighten up the house, then walking
down to Parangha Beach, Mykonos, Greece for a brief and chilly
swim and a little time to myself for reflection.
Road to Branson
Leaving as planned for 'The Natural State ' Arkansas. We
had been invited to spend the week at K's aunts house and drive
back my mother-in-law, who had been vacationing there for the
Al Zains Palestine Post 9/11 debunks myths of Palestinian
terror, Dr Marwan Asma
As the world remembers the anniversary of 11 September, Osama
Al Zains feature documentary Palestine Post 9/11 becomes
ever more relevant
Best $5.00 Meal I Ever Had In Spain
In the middle of the tables sat a huge bubbling cauldron,
positioned over burning wood logs. I learned that fire never went
out. And the fish soup in the cauldron never stopped bubbling.
On one wall was a chart in color with exes, he said, marked the
fish he caught.
Night with Casanova
On a business night in Paris, I chose to take associates to
dinner at the famed La Coupole restaurant, which I had no way
of knowing was now a nightly yuppie mob scene and so upscale I
couldnt recognize it from the La Coupole my wife and I had
eaten at 30 years earlier.
Purgatory for the brain - the delightful bliss of being nowhere
at all flying over the Atlantic Ocean: how places shape
the way you think, be, type, eat, view the world in its entirety.
Should Not be an Olympic Sport
Sure there are standards like the 360 flip, but there is also
an almost artistic range for creativity in the sport, and various
styles. Standardization would ruin that, to give riders a list
of rules and tricks to abide to. Olympics does that to sports,
Suicide without Frills
Once upon a time, not too long ago, in a world almost completely
forgotten by the 21st Century, airline travel was a pleasant adventure.
The crew actually served food and drinks gratis, and passengers
even had enough space to store legs and other needed bodily parts
comfortably during the flight.
The Marcus Garvey Library,
Ronald Elly Wanda
I first discovered The Marcus Garvey Library at Philip Lane
in Tottenham over a decade ago and have remained a frequent visitor
ever since. It is host to a number of controversial books and
many activities that other public libraries dare not entertain.
It is, to say the least, Radical.
Did an oil slick
inspire Monets Paintings?
Looking at his body of work, it would seem that everything
he saw that was water related found their way onto his canvases:
boats, ports, shorelines, stormy and calm waters; with obvious
palette changes as he matured.
Its Rude to be Polite
I dont realize Ive allowed my Israeli passport
to expire until I pop over for a family wedding last month
Summer in France
So, meanwhile back in Hasparren, seems I am also, in addition
to being vulnerable the cold virus, allergic to chickens and sheep.
Cat is a bit off with me despite carrying out specific feeding
Towering over the polluted chaos of one of Cairos main
flyovers is a huge advertising billboard. Sandwiched between colourful
posters for Pizza Hut, Coca Cola and Doritos, the billboard features
nothing but a giant red question mark, accompanied by the words
Wait For It.
Puff of Smoke
James C Clar
Natsuko was reading Paul Therouxs The Happy Isles
of Oceania. She found the author somewhat arrogant and mean-spirited
at times but Oh how he could write. And, she had to admit, he
did have a wonderful feel for the Polynesian mentality.
Today we are in Iran. Tomorrow we fly back to England, but
first I have a promise to keep. I am waiting for Shahyar. From
here I can watch for his arrival.
I've felt the need to write and re-write and write again.
The feeling is getting stronger. I think I'm almost ready to move
forward with my own, personal story/stories. Is anyone out there,
though? Is anyone listening? Am I ever going to get paid for this?
Uruguay on a Bus
I was sitting on a city bus late one Sunday night in Montevideo,
Uruguay, with no idea where I was, only a vague idea of where
I was going
For over a half century George Denis Patrick Carlin was the
standard bearer of the principles on which this space was founded:
Nothing is Sacred and Truth Need Not Apologize
The Irish have this word, craic, which has no direct translation
in the English language. Generally speaking, it describes
a good time. But it's not just any good timee...
Goghs Spicy Little Secret
"Thats been so done. You're wasting your
time!", was the not so subtle reaction reaction to a Van
Gogh story idea I had, "Following Van Gogh". It was
a specific photograph taken in Arles, that sparked my thought
Dr Marwan Asmar
is written in an easy style, one that gets you very quickly involved
from the first page, even first word, sentence, and paragraph.
Dementia (The Emigrant's Fate)
Remembering how I have changed
These are only a few of the things that I suppose I can remember
having changed after coming to Germany, in a cultural sense. See,
after so long in a foreign culture, you forget what has changed
and what hasn't,
a hap-hap-happy day
No matter how bad things are around the planet, Spain, its
government and its people always look on the bright side
went a courtin on the Web
While carelessly perusing the Internet the other day, I stumbled
across a creepy, new phenomenon in Internet chatting called Camfrog.
Dr Marwan Asmar
The resemblance is eerie. He is the same and the same and
Training in the Big Stadium in Chiang Mai
Ten in a row on each side. Said the coach.
If he had been talking about punches I might have been OK. But
it was the last few minutes of grueling, two-hour training session,
and he was talking about kicks.
the storm on Wisteria Lane
I guess it can only mean a few things. The cast has fallen
out. The budget has dried up. The creator has a mental block.
Basically 'How to Kill a TV series.'
When my daughter visited us a few months back, as my wife
and I were watching a video of Dirty Dancing
her first remark was, arent you a bit old for that
kind of movie?
wants to Retire? Not me
Retirement is a dirty word. It means the end of a working
life, the down turn on the usefulness marketing cycle
a Long Walk Down a Short Pier
Rawai Pier - Function over Form
Down and Start Editing
All I knew was the ability to speak and write English and
use the computer when I started long ago
Winning at Portsmouth
1-0: Who really loses Cardiff or non-football fans?
Alex Hillman examines Portsmouths reaction to the FA cup
John M Edwards
Back in the days when I ate TV dinners in a partially flooded
basement, watching, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
and Land of the Giants, while my folks played the
board-game Acquire upstairs and guzzled frothies,
Suffering Continues in Burma
New unconfirmed figures from the UN have the death toll, possibly,
at 216,000. The junta still hasnt allowed any aid
workers into the country.
Jay Caauwe goes in search of a beer
The uneasy look on our drivers face ... he had conscripted
with three Chicagoans embarked on a Saturday morning drinking
Writer on Seven Years in Asia
Antonio Graceffo turns 40
Until someone asked me I had no idea that it had been seven
years since I had quit my job on Wall Street and come to Asia
to be a full time adventure writer.
Pure Russian Spirit with English Translation
(June 5th-10th in London)
Festival is a wonderful and exciting Literature occasion literally
packed with interesting events readings, competitions,
workshops and, of course, inspiration
brief history of the worlds first telecommunications company
Marianne de Nazareth
The rustle of Spring and new life!The trees are leafless.
Standing like sentinels against the grey, rainy skies.
Compared with English, Arabic is an easy read if it is written
of Destruction, my friend
Man is the only animal that trips over the same stone twice,
or a dozen times!
Fools on a Hill
Darren Skelton in Haxey
Round our way you see Hood Day is bigger and better
than Chrsitmas Day itself
Fighter to Paramedic
Graceffo in Manila EMS school
Having spent most of my life learning to end life, it is a bit
of a change learning to save it.
Adventures in the Minor Leagues
Brett A Padelford
A 3,250 mile trip through the American West experiencing minor
league baseball in its many forms
Florentine Affair to Remember
My night started out like any other: a dinner of risotto, accompanied
by the finest bottle of Chianti that five euros could buy.
you May Know
A few days ago Im lackadaisically browsing Facebook, when
out of the corner of my eye something interesting pops up
Kurtz - Mercanaries in
Anyone fighting today should be doing it for free
& turns of an Arab traveler
Dr Marwan Asmar
We Arabs differ from Europeans, Arabs generally dont have
the must holiday spirit on their calendar list, despite
the fact things might be changing
Family on the Block
New Life in Germany
The Home Buyer Be Aware - Fast Track to poverty
Are you considering buying a home right now?
I awake only to move to the couch. And there I stay, rising only
to down a Paxil.
Opinions on Linguistics held by failed Language Learners
There are a number of urban myths, commonly held misconceptions,
about the way we learn and process language.
Nature Through the 12 Senses
Most beings here - plant or animal - are melded into this
spacious and soul-purifying landscape.
Amman is our pride-of-place, it is a local city yet so cosmopolitan
in character. We need to make it greener in the next decade
Marianne de Nazareth
I have been here in Swansea for almost eight months and it has
rained and been dreary and depressing for most of those months.
There is a small fishing town tucked away in a miniscule
bay on the north Atlantic on the southern coast of Galicia, Spain,
Elastic Always Gives Up
I had gathered up a garment bag of clothing and shoes for my friend
and neighbor who had wrecked her car.
I dont know how I ever lived without It. I think back to
when I was so alone, without even the sound of its beautiful tone,
its insistence that I be with It,
Ekland and Me
The world is void of mass cynicism and instant gratification,
of needless complexity and lingering apathy.
If you drop me in a junction and ask me to find out the way on
my own, I would naturally take the wrong direction! It's on my
York City has got the loudest, pushiest women in the world
economic, buyout plan of the United States government is made
with the thought that the New Deal of Roosevelt ended the depression;
but the unemployment during the "New Deal" only worsened
during this period
in the UK
Summit Sends The Euro-Masses A-Riotin'
Nothing jacks my adrenaline like a good old-fashioned protest
lot of people are very unhappy about our border with Mexico. A
couple of years ago the complaint was about Mexicans sneaking
into the U.S. in search of jobs. Now there are no jobs. Feel better?
Pitch Forks & Torches, La Spring Chic
is cheap currency these days. It's a full-out poll-to-poll pogrom
on both the rich and powerful and the poor and disenfranchised.
Bankers to welfare moms, stockbrokers to inside traders are all
on the block.
- The Other Shoe 21.03.09
you believe that this is the end of endlessly shoveling money
into the AIG black hole, think again. The other shoe has yet to
thing I particularly enjoy is reminding people of inconvenient
things that they have done that they would prefer to ignore. Everybody
screws up, but they shrug it off in the interest of "going
is a subject I talk about incessantly with colleagues: What is
news? In other words, what should be something we know about nationally...
in the Clowns 14.03.09
For two consecutive weeks, the shenanigans of a radio talk show
commentator and a Comedy Central satirist infused their will on
the vox populi.
End of the capitalist error in East Africa?
Ronald Elly Wanda
can almost smell the fear. Collapse, catastrophe and calamity
this time round seemed to be dominant of all subjects financial.
Great leap of Faith
a mere month in office, the president of the United States placed
his nearly two-year, almost robotically orchestrated rise to power
on the slimmest of reeds
Update - New York
solution advanced by Obama is akin to a blood pumping machine
that replaces the heart and pumps energy to the rest of the body
until a new banking system can be constructed and grafted on
have you gone Muhammad Ali? - James Campion
miss Muhammad Ali. I miss his defiance, elegance and grit.
is transpiring throughout the world economy is about survival
now. It is not about ideology or theory or political one-upsmanship.
There is no longer room for heroes, only villains
What the dickens...it's
I saying that whereas English has evolved throughout the centuries,
adapting itself to changes within society, renewing itself constantly,
Spanish has remained static?
The Change Express
Obama Presidency Under The Microscope
What Barack Obama walks into now is beyond anything Jack Kennedy
had to experience
Writers and Progress
in East Africa
Ronald Elly Wanda
history of contemporary political ideas of Africa is a neglected
field in the continent and more so outside of it.
Activating Your Foreign
that I am a teacher, I understand what the nuns were saying back
in grade school. They were saying, Children learn by listening,
not by speaking."
So long Captain Shoo-In: Our Bedeviled Boy Howdy
final epitaph to the tenure of our 43rd president is that he was
far more adept at procuring the job than actually performing it
many people ruin their lives by blind faith in one way or another?
Burris Goes to Washington
the case of Roland Burris the next time some prickless dink prattles
on about Founding Fathers and the almighty Constitution, or God
given freedoms and the law-abiding exquisiteness of The System.
Meaning of Social Justice
whole is more valuable than the sum of all the parts. Social organization
always drives back to this original concept.
Transmetropolitan - A Spirit of our Times
New Year is a unique time, it allows us to gaze longingly back
into the past, and to look hopefully to the future. To leave behind
the mistakes of the old, and get ready to make entirely new ones
0h-Nine: The Year of the Guilty
James Campion + Readers letters
nine will be the year of The Guilty. Exoneration is in the air.
Free rides. Hard promises. Credentials for all; particularly those
who don't deserve them
The Bogus Battle for Christmas
just in: Christmas has nothing to do with religion. Around here,
and by around here I mean America, it is the granddaddy of consumer
Curioser and curioser!
The forces of curiosity and imagination pull us towards pleasure,
expansion and integration with the rest of the world. Together
they form a character profile in each of us.
The Nationality of Hot
In Defence of German Culture
After endless discussions and lots and lots of hours spent
churning and burning inside about all the terrible torturous things
in U.S. history you begin to see the points of the very analytical,
drilling and more than direct German students and their criticism
of the U.S. and its role in the world
Thomas Hobbes School of Driving Like a Carioca
My husband and I almost died the other day. Again.
We were driving a car in Rio de Janeiro, so near death experiences
are just one of the costs like gas and wiper fluid.
Muay Lao, the forgotten
art of kickboxing
You can gain extra power on your kicks by throwing your
kicking arm down, but you need to protect your face with a cross
arm defense. Explained Adjarn Ngern, at the national kick
boxing stadium in Vientiane, Lao.
Dan Crossen is looking for a Hero
Heroes is a television show that that uses this fear
of the unknown to entertain and to explore the human mind
I cant stand it when someone yells at me. It really
doesnt matter who it is-
Career Choices in
A student asked me what jobs will go in this recession. Im
still thinking about it. It's not just the recession is it. That's
too easy. This is all about the digital revolution. Big changes
Bad Trips: The Art of
Travail in Travel Writing
Our writer surveys the New Travel Writing field and finds
the only good trips are bad trips, especially when even our guidebooks
are survival kits.
My First Kiss
Curiosity. Why are boys so drooly? I never wanted a boy to
kiss me my entire life.
The Death Road
Biking the Worlds Most Dangerous Route
J. Malcolm Garcia
"Its not compulsory that you die today, okay?"
Breakfast at Mannys
(New York City)
John M. Edwards
Anyway I flubbed my audition recently @ Mannys, the
legendary guitar shop on 48th "Avenue" (a bit more famous
abroad really than even Sam Ash!)not that anyone was really
Alas one reaches the countdown age. According
to statistics, Ive got about 8 years to go
The '78 Revolution in Afghanistan
Larry Clinton Thompson
“I believe,” Pat said calmly, as the tanks rumbled by. “We should take cover inside.”
Now and Then
How life changes. You think you've got it all figured out
but you haven't.
Rachael Pettus in Turkey
For security, convenience, and economy, not to mention more
than a touch of the colour and camaraderie, time and again we
found that highway fuel stations were the best places to sleep.
Everywhere I go, everybody’s got his face stuck in a cell phone.
The Masterly Art of Stupidity
We live in a stupid world, filled with oceans of stupidity
Fighting against the stigma of mental illness
The trend in today’s society is that shame and stigma still exists around the global issues of mental health. It is imperative that all of us fight for the dignity for sufferers of mental illness.
Talking to Native Speakers
The Worst Way to Learn a Language
In the apartment complex where I live, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, there is a Cantonese speaking woman who seems to know everyone.
The Consul and the Serpent Part 1
Its been two years now since I resigned as Honorary
British Consul in this north-western part of the Iberian Peninsula
The Consul and
the Serpent - Part 2
A Lighthouse Mourns
The storm was in full swing; the sea as rough as ever.
It was that time of the year. Dawn was about to break on another
bleak November morning in the north-western coast of Galicia,
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Norman A. Rubin
Pakistan covers an area larger than Texas (311,000 square miles)
Is there anything more amusing than watching the decline of an empire? Even if you’re a part of it, you can’t help but cheer for the Earth opening up and masonry crumbling into the abyss.
Phuket's Annual Ritual of Pain
It may be known as one of Thailand's top tourist spots. A place to escape to the beach, drink cocktails and party the night away, but Phuket also has a more spiritual side.
John M Edwards
Coming to literary loggerheads with a blood relative of your dad’s favorite writer seems too serendipitous a sendup to actually be true. . . .
I didn't notice the egg cartons at first. It was only when an Iranian friend pointed them out that I saw them
Fruit for the Gods
Michael Chacko Daniels
Fuyu, I sink teeth
into and eat skin and all.
Hachiya, I gulp.
Penny Lane: Why can't the day trippers just let it be?
Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes everyday. I live there, and always have, beneath a seldom blue, but admittedly suburban sky.
Some questions just shouldn’t be asked. And some people should be allowed to fly
On Being Homeless
Yesterday I learned a lesson I hope I don’t soon forget. It has given me a feeling that’s been bothering me all day - nagging me and ridiculing me
The darkness in the country is darker than the darkness in the city.
In the summer of 2010 I volunteered at the Jewish Museum in Camden Town, London. It was an exceptional experience prior to taking up a psychology degree in the UK.
Adventures in Vietnam Banking
Tough Regulations & Terrible Advice Abound
The benefit of being around the ex-pat community in any country is,
ostensibly, that we all have to overcome the same hurdles such as visas
and work permits
Gender Equality & African Women
Respect and Rights cause divvy
Practical Applications of the General Theory of Non-Existence
I have long believed I do not exist. The future has yet to exist, the past no longer exists.
Spelling Words with Words
Here is a linguistic exercise for you. Try to spell the name of a famous person, using English words, rather than letters. For example Michael Huntington would be “my call hunt in ton”.
Money, Fraud and Moral Fibre
the old saw goes, Whom the gods would destroy they first make
We're All Fine + Readers
Reflections On US Economy South Of The Border
looked desperate, claiming to have been forced to dock an ill-conceived
marlin expedition when two local fishermen brandished a pistol and
summarily ordered the Gringos to "hand it all over".
Obama and the phenomenology
Ronald Elly Wanda
thing that fascinated me the most about Americans was their extraordinary
sense of appreciation for newness- a factor that has
so vividly been demonstrated by the outcome of this years
Beggars and Choosers
Promises On The Road To Automotive Welfare
The American Auto Industry is weeks from going belly up in an already
eroding economic slog
The Changing of the Guard
will be guided by President Jefferson's sense of purpose, to stand
for principle, to be reasonable in manner, and above all, to do
great good for the cause of freedom and harmony...'
Insanity of Short Selling in a Recession
Would you send your children to a nursery that was run by cannibals?
Then why allow short sellers to crucify stock prices when they are
at their weakest?
missing population in the island paradise
New Yorker, Collusion and All That
New Yorker building sits at 4 Times Square in New York City. If
a writer or artist were to come before this edifice, what would
he or she see?
Open Apology to America
Despite my hard-line skepticism, serious doubts, and relentless
cynicism born from over two centuries of recidivistic dementia,
you did not elect a middle-aged Anglo-Saxon,
from McCain country
Obama elected president; crowd indifferent
Sports Bar. 7:00 p.m. The Phoenix-Calgary game is playing on two
of the television sets
Worth Voting For
by James Campion
Final Demented But Well-Meaning Overview From The Middle Ground
- Better fare hard with good men, than feast
it with bad. - Thomas Paine
James Campion - Exploring The Death Rattle
Of Modern Conservatism. No money. No
McCain is correct about one thing; he is not George W. Bush. Bush
won. Twice. McCain is not going to win.
Cool Down the Stretch
James Campion 10.18.08
Pushes McCain to the Brink
The American electorate is about as angry with government as it
has been in over a generation.
to the People
Candidates Scramble To Keep Up
The American people have spoken loudly and the presidential candidates
had better be listening. Congress sure listened.
to the People's Republic of America
Over The Ashes Of Free-Market Capitalism In The Age Of Avarice
It became frighteningly apparent these past weeks the gang running
for high office knows even less about this than you
Shape of Things To Come
not going to play dummy and pretend I dont know whats
going on, just so I can fit in with mediocre conformity. What we
are witnessing here is an epic Republican meltdown of historic proportions,
just like I pictured it. This beats 1974, 1932 or anything else
you can name.
Long and Short of it
can the world financial system allow a trillion dollars to
written off within the last few months? How can oil jump from
less than $12 four years ago to $147 this summer and then fall down
to $91 in a couple of weeks? What kind of manipulation is this?
It sounds like an economic war.
Total Eclipse of McCain
Palin Into Driver's Seat
is no point ignoring it any longer; John McCain's brief stint as
the focal point of the Republican ticket for president of the United
States is over. Sarah Palin is in charge now. The polls, the press,
the people, and the opposition party's obsession with confronting
her at every turn have spoken; it is all Palin all the time. McCain
is simply in the way now.
Palin Overshadows McCain
one fell swoop the McCain camp galvanized a flaccid base, challenged
the gender/generational voting gap, and put some historical wow
into a comatose candidate fronting a damaged brand.
Democrats Make Mile High Noise and History - James Campion
are only two aims of achieving success at a major party's national
convention; define/redefine the candidate while skewering his opponent
and bridging any chasms widened by primary overzealousness, power
positioning, and/or the expected special interest harangues.
shines in Gail's Universe
days before the Ohio and Texas primaries, Gail Sheehy shook hands
with Hillary Clinton. It was, ". . . a full five-knuckle handshake-one
of the strongest I've ever felt." She was tough, manly tough,
and Gail Sheehy wants everyone to know it.
Letter to Barack Obama
the chin up and the hands clean and we might survive this weird
experiment until mid-September with a puncher's chance.
Olympics: Let Pestilence Ring!
This is what comes from being in debt to monsters. For the best
manifestation of this please refer to either video of the president
dancing like an imbecile at the Olympic opening ceremonies or the
later chapters of Brett Easton Ellis' sophomoric novel, Less
in the Uphill Part1
from his world tour as media darling, Barack Obama, Democratic nominee
for president and political rock star extraordinaire, looks invincible.
He is charismatic, youthful, and one of the most consummate orators
this country has produced in decades;
IN '08 Parts I & 11
Internet influences every dimension of the political and campaign
process. In fact, its driving many campaign professional out of
their minds. They no longer have complete control over their message.
I know that's a long answer, but I feel very passionate about it.
Bye, Miss American Pie
Barack Obama Buries The Boomers
is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past.
Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we
face.' Senator Obama
Crossroads in Serbia
downtown Belgrade all eyes are on an orator whos words I do
not understand in a literal sense, but whos meaning I percieve
and Safety in New York
never safe in New York. My downstairs neighbor when I lived
on 83rd St. got hit in the head by a flying chunk of a luxury condo
under construction on 85th St., which knocked her out cold.
McClellan wants to go to heaven now. He thinks writing a book confessing
his sins will get him there. Dick Nixon and Bill Clinton tried it.
Chuck Colson and Ed Meese too. George Tenet, Richard Clarke and
Paul O'Neill gave it a shot recently, and some may have forgiven
them for it, but God is not likely to be counted among them.
the Real John McCain stand up
has to distance himself from the currently doomed Washington atmosphere
and rally the very troops who stand accused of screwing everything
to Pop The Oil Bubble
essential commodities are no longer traded in a free market that
relies on supply and demand new legislation
James Campion on Election'08
Race, Gender & The New Frontier
cultural landslide that has sprung from the 2008 Democratic primary
race is nothing short of historic. Nothing about it can be measured
by the past.
Make A Deal
James Campion - Election '08
unrecognizable stench of bitter and lasting defeat draped the air.
And for the first time, deep inside Campaign Fantasy Camp, everyone
understood the initiative had changed.
are not safe times to call oneself a thinker
Bryan Blake on US politics
to me like I need to improve upon the cubicle fort Ive recently
built to keep out the babbling idiots and social golems of the office
in Derived Hell
would think after the Enron scandal and the dot com bust that human
financial infamy and shamefulness would cease...well think again.
Barack Obamas Inability To Bury The Clinton Ghost Dooms November
Fun Part - continues
monied interests reacted with dismay at Clintons huge victory.
Oil Crisis? 04.23.08
up Oily Propaganda
no attention to Pennsylvania consummate fundraiser Governor
Ed Rendell has the state locked down,
of an Elitist 04.19.08
am repeatedly, and in many ways, revoltingly astounded how utterly
stupid most people are, and by most people, I mean anyone but me.
- The New Iran
Petraeus Hands Bush A Tehran Surprise ...the most important phrase
uttered by the man was "malign influence"
Dean Borok on Election 2008
Its Chinatown. Youll never get to the bottom of
Party v The Machine
The Scenes Of Madam Shoo-In's Last Stand - desperate are the times
for the doomed Hillary For President campaign
Speech + Readers Letters
James Campion on Obama
To Our Bitter Demons & Better Angels
Democrats are Burning
unabated immolation of the Democratic Party, has now officially
become a raging firestorm.
Emperor's New Factory Girl
The Madam Shoo-In Shuck Jive Express
is only one book ever written worth a damn on the subject of politics
Fun Part 03.07.08
comes the fun part." Hillary Clinton at the initiation
of her campaign to "define" Obama
Cheesehead Victory Lap
seconds after the Associated Press had called the Wisconsin primary
for Barack Obama, the young senator stood at center stage grinning
from ear to ear.
has crossed the divide of this polarized nation than the quickly
emerging, highly influential, and increasingly mighty Independent
Madam Shoo-In & Master Barack Draw
one party has managed to rubber-stamp a presumptive nominee, John
McCain, whose right-wing obstinacy and an abject rejection from
the south has all-but gained him a seat on the big ride.
has straddled the border between East and West since the 4th century,
when the Roman Empire was torn apart by a schism that would last
over a thousand years.
Then There Were Three
McCain Seals Deal/ Dynamic Duo Cage Match
in the late hours of 1/29, George Will, Bill Bennett, Rush Limbaugh
and the rest of the faux conservative Republican voices in and out
of the party came to fully understand, once for all, the jig was
Spains history is riddled with rebellions, coupes,
military dictatorships, monarchies, civil war, and finally a consolidated
democracy that permitted its entry into todays modern world
Its obvious after the South Carolina primary that
Chicago politician Barack Obama has the lock on the African-American
& Soul of Party Politics - Part
Democrats At The Crossroads 2008
Standing at the crossroads of revisionist hard-sell,
old-fashioned populism, and disenfranchised symbolism are three
wild-card presidential candidates.
Heart & Soul of Party politics
- Part One
Republicans Define Internal Battle For
Despite dismal approval ratings, second-term numbness, and a celebrity
fatigue worthy of the latest Britney Spears meltdown, George W.
Bush is still the president of the United States
Hampshire: Same Song & Dance
Shoo-In Weeps To Upset/Mac Is Back & Rudy Exhales. Momentum
Halted. Freight Train Derailed. Revolution stalled.
Rises, Hillary Skids/GOP Field Swings Wide On A Holy Huckabee Blip
theres a bullet riddled trawler being towed into Georgetown!
Cubans, Gov! There must be about 40 of them.
My Year of Living
Year's Resolution: three words that simultaneously inspire and terrify
me, like Hilary Rodham Clinton or competitive eating contest.
Death in Pakistan
The assassination of Benazir
Bhutto again throws US diplomacy into a tailspin
Deluge - US Election Analysis 2008
Clinton has the same appeal for me as German chancellor
Angela Markel, not exactly a fashion plate herself. Clinton looks
as though she will protect American interests in world markets
has been a lot of discussion lately, about the merits or otherwise
of a return to the grammar school system. This seems to me to be
about as relevant as a discussion about what colour to paint the
Titanic. Surely the first thing to do is to alert the crew and passengers
that the whole damned ship is in danger of sinking.
Mother Earth - A
9 Billion Souls by 2050
and the Arabs in the Parisian book world
Arabs were right to boycott the Paris book fair
Sucks -I'm Fine but you're screwed
The way we speak drives me crazy! Well, it doesnt
really drive me anywhere, nor causes me to have a psychotic
break, but it can be intensely frustrating.
Galician Ganja Trail
Weve got a real potpourri of world problems
going on at the moment with a whole sleuth of experts in all fields
trying to solve them.
for One Houses - Make Me an Offer
'What is a bubble? I looked up
the meaning of the word the old fashion way.
Beverely Birch Interview
Finding myself sitting in front of a woman with 43 books in her
name and the power to make and break young writers dreams is rather
Aroma of Value Investing
Well, there is no doubt that we are in a recession right now
and it may get worse in the coming months
Beginners Guide to the Idylic Life in Small Towns of the Prairies
you dream of living in a small town because you are tired of the
stresses of big city life? Dream on, dream on.
Town Crap Part Two
Getting Established for Acceptance
You are willing to take the risk
of being rejected, and dont mind if you are shunned and isolated.
Or you are confident you can play by the rules well enough to fit
in and be accepted.
Town America - Crap Towns Pt Three
Expect the Unexpected
When you arrive at your new town on the prairies, make it easy
on yourself -stay in a motel
in the Philippines
One week with the Pinoy 'red punks'
My new friend Joy and I reach for the wet steel bars
over the window as the jeepney rattles and bounces over the potholes
on the decaying city street. Its my fifth day in Manila and
the pounding monsoon rains have hardly let up for a minute.
every reporter killed, there is a lost report, a lost dispatch and
a lost message
coming up crazy
Arriving in LA I had one pressing issue that needed to be addressed:
finding a place to live.
Loves Vince; The Queer subtext of The Mighty Boosh by
'Thats what this is all about me and you
the arguing, the bitching...'
On To Illusions
I explained to her how fear is an illusion of the mind, even
though it be a persistent one
& Cooking Food in Spain
Frankenstein squid and shops the size of wardrobes
Brown, Skag, Smack,
Junk, Gear, Shit, Dope,
H, Horse, Curry & Rice;
never once was the word heroin mentioned. Wayne first
chased the dragon at the age of twelve ...
Kindness of Strangers - a true story
"Hello, Hello!" I yelled louder and louder
hoping someone would respond. My face was pressed up against my
tiny bathroom window.
A Prog Rock Tale
For many music lovers, Prog is a dirty word, an era best
forgot. But to those who accept, admire and wish to address prog
rock, then look no further than Falcon.
Like it or not we are cultural receivers, and I dare
say, if western audiences were exposed to "our culture,"
the influence would be much more balanced
D. Borok on banking
Far be it from me to impugn the integrity of the French
banking establishment, but something about the story of one trader
single-handedly causing €5billion inlosses to Société
Sometimes the visionary can overcome the boundaries of
concrete reality, where most of us are more or less condemned to
dwell, and fly to the moon.
Obama: A Middle East
The world is watching Barrack Obama, the up-and-rising African-American
Senator as he bids for the highest office in the land of dreams
Country for Aches and Pains
Many people, when they retire take up a new hobby, or they go
back to college to study
Majestic Camphor Shadows
The stone fox watching moths in moonlight
kab - I think I
could have found my way to Mitaka by myself. I had, after all, found
my way to the Sagano forest in Kyoto
I Ought to be as a Writer
Who knows where I am going to end up at? I cant predict anything,
all I can do is love the words on the page and the language and
everything that makes me feel good and go from there.
Encounters of the Third World Kind
Here are 10 tips to speed you through the confusing congestion
of customs and weird freeways of the extreme sport of
foreign food eating
Defying the Burmese governments ban on journalists,
I crossed the border under the protection of the Shan State Army,
and began filming interviews with IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons)
within the war zone.
Spanish National Anthem debacle
Here in Spain they have just had a competition. The Spanish
Olympic Committee decided it would a good idea if the Spanish national
anthem had some words written for it.
The Circle Unbroken
Spitzer did a good thing going after all those structured finance
thieves on Wall Street.
Post-Womens Day Thought
No one forgot Womens Day
Families & teachers
Growing up in a coastal "liberal" family, most of my friends
shared similar, ignorant views on what those strict parents in the
so-called "heartland" were all about.
Technology & Other Animals
When I retired as Honorary British Consul I lost my fax machine,
my high speed digital line, my mobile phone and my PC. I had to
to make sense in the Caribbean
John M. Edwards
next day I spotted the General wearing only shorts running down
the beach like an Olympic athlete on steroids, closely pursued
by two policemen, who tackled the General and handcuffed him.
As they hauled him away, he bawled out, "Im innocent!"
Through Martial Arts
" I look at myself as a martial arts anthropologist,
and if we lose it, were losing one more aspect of the culture,"
declares creator of the web TV show Martial Arts Odyssey, Antonio
Redcloud and Sunshine
The woods have always been my playground. When I went to college
in Colorado the Rocky Mountains were a natural extension for my
love of the outdoors
The Sky Is Not Blue in
Although more than 6,000 individuals in Burma's prisons have
been released as part of a "goodwill gesture" by the
military junta, let's not kid ourselves.
Today, at most ad agencies, you're either a Writer or a Producer.
But, in my days, being a Hyphenate was not unusual.
The trouble is that no Spanish government official has dared
to mention the forthcoming financial Tsunami despite the warnings
from the tour operators and travel agencies
Last of the Mohicans
I asked my wife if she thought going back to college in the
UK was a good idea. Send me a postcard, she answered
On President Barack
Hope is still there. Are we going to let our fire get put
out by this Recession, Depression or whatever Financial Crisis?
I say, hell no.
de Dom Pedro IV
The lovely square called Praça de Dom Pedro IV has
for centuries been one of the most popular squares in Lisbon and
the center of much of Lisbon's activity.
Balkan parties reflect the new face of a city which is more
and more stamped by its immigrant populations, and they offer
something techno cant: soul, pathos and hot-blooded Balkan
Bringing Aung San Suu Kyi
Into a Cambodian Classroom
Raising awareness of the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi among
students through music in rural Cambodia leaves a song in their
She must wonder why I look like this. I am not wearing
matching pajamas, a robe, or even slippers
Ballet Without a Programme
Some would argue that ballet and opera are no longer living
arts. That is, they do not affect the cultural landscape in the
same way films or other media do.
The Peter Pan Wannabe
My So Called Life
I wish tomorrow wouldn't come. I just need today to last that
little bit longer because today is just about right. Tomorrow
is dripping with negative connotations
The gift of tears
She kept them in her eye. There were a few of them, six who
stayed always, about eleven who came and went.
Loi Tailang Tigers
For the hundreds of orphans residing within the male dormitories
at Loi Tailang Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Shan
State, Burma, football is the fantasy escape from the memories
Single Fathers Advice: The At Home Dinner Date
Chef Jeffrey Allen Kaufman
Its not just about food
What Restaurant Owners Should Know
Chef Jeffrey Allen Kaufman
The one thing that can slip in and destroy your image, and customer base is a food born illness of any kind.
Tabitha Towe Goes Detox
12 Days to get a clean liver
Will she make it
Teaching in China Part Two
I started sweating nervously on the way to my first class of second graders, because I really had no clue what any of the names meant
Phantom Elephants, Rhino’s and Coca Cola:
Searching for the Elusive Wildness
“I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself” wrote D.H. Lawrence. Likewise, I met people who didn’t feel sorry for themselves yet suffered like no one I had ever seen before
It feels like winter in September and the sky are just supposed to be pieces of blue sky; instead they’re slate grey with the beckoning, darkening rain clouds not yet completely rinsed out of them. My sister and I do not have a perfect relationship.
Singing For My Supper - The Greatest Self Help Book Ever Written - Phillip E. Hardy
Con men come in all shapes and sizes, from the street hustler offering 3-card Monte to the high flying investment guru masking a pyramid scheme.
Eating High On the Hog
David Russell on a memorable journey to the USSR
My First Car
Sitting in Finck's Tire waiting area the first you notice is all the magazine's are about hunting.
Sins of Pakistan
How Sovereignty & Absinthe Will Defeat The Taliban
victory in the fight against terrorism is in fact a guarantee
for the security and protection of our coming generations. - Pakistani
Prime Minsiter Yusuf Raza Gilani
U.S. press corps is pathetically myopic. They have the depth and
consistency of processed cheese slices, knowing nothing of American
history and even less than nothing about the lessons of world
afraid of History?
other day, as I was idly surfing channels, I chanced upon a historical
film about the British invasion of Zululand.
Joe Cool's Honeymoon Epilogue
James Campion on Obama's 100 days
have ten fingers and ten toes, therefore we make its denominations
our benchmark; a decade, a century, a millennium, etc. But it
wasn't until FDR that we are now expected to judge the honeymoon
period of a new president by his first 100 days.
Words on the United States of Torture
usual, everyone has this torture thing wrong. The Right conveniently
paints it as "special tactics to ensure security" and
The Left predictably sees it as "indefensible war crimes"