The United White States of America


The Associated Press is currently running this article. The New York Times picked it up today; I am sure others are to follow. Apparently, gun sales are up, as well are threats against those who support Barack Obama. It seems as if “Whitey,” and by Whitey I am lumping myself into that group simply because…

>Four Tiers of Growth and Prosperity


>Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn makes a good pitch in this recent article. Within, he describes the transition from our traditional First World, Second World, Third World mentality – which within the last decade or so has migrated towards High Income, Middle Income, Low Income nomenclature – to a new paradigm. The world now…

>More Typing, Less Griping


>I haven’t posted in a long while. Several reasons for that, the biggest is laziness, outside of family, coaching basketball and baseball, committee service, updating my website, getting computers to cooperate, and teaching World Geography. I am going to endeavor to improve this. Also, I will try to stick to more geographic-related rantings and less…

>They speak Kannada in Bengalooru


>India’s Bangalore city renamed Bengalooru – washingtonpost.com Now for a more traditional geographical topic – the renaming of a city. Why would India, or any place for that matter, want to change a name of a city, particularly the name of a city of some importance? They might feel compelled if the city’s name was…

Knock the French While U.S. Society Devolves


>WP: France devises a baby boom – washingtonpost.com Highlights – MSNBC.com People love to knock the French. We can’t have French Toast anymore; it’s called “Liberty Toast.” French fries? Nope – “Liberty Fries.” Why? Recall the events after 9/11 and how the French refused to support our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. History will be…

Uhoh-istan: Five Years in Afghanistan (2001-2006)


>Afghanistan: Is Victory Turning to Defeat? – Newsweek: International Editions – MSNBC.com It is hard to believe that five years have passed since the U.S. deposed the Taliban in Afghanistan. I remember when the Taliban came to power; the newsworthy anecdote of their ascendancy came when they demolished two 3rd Century A.D. Buddhist statues hewn…

>Pope’s comments on Islam


>Pope’s comments on Islam hit ‘civilization clash’ fault line csmonitor.com I recommend reading the Pope’s actual statement rather than reading any synopsis. Having said that, here is an analysis by Joshua Trevino (The Brussels Journal) and from the desk of Dan Murphy (The Christian Science Monitor). The irony of Muslim extremist calling for suicide attacks…

>The Dog Gets Humped by U.S. Marshalls


>FreeTheDog Andrew Luster is a sociopath. The heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune was convicted and found guilty of 84 acts of drugging, rape, and abuse of women over a 4-yr time period. He is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison. Thanks to Duane “The Dog” Chapman, the world’s most famous bounty…