15 Mar 2015

Why an Iran with Nuclear Weapons May Be the Best Hope for Peace in the Middle East

All of the fearmongering about the dire consequences of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons sounds very familiar to me. Back in the 1960’s the same thing was said about India and then Pakistan, or how a nuclear war between those two countries would be inevitable if they obtained them. I think

01 Mar 2015

On John Kerry, Tamerlane, and Genghis Khan

On ABC’s This Week today, American Secretary of State John Kerry said that the recent destruction of priceless Assyrian works of art by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq(ISIS) was a “rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.” Tamerlane? Genghis Khan? Wow. These ISIS guys must be really bad ass. But

17 Feb 2015

Obama’s Push for a Shiny New War

Remember just a year and a half or so ago when Barack Obama reluctantly asked Congress for Authorization for the Use of Military Force(AUMF) against the Assad government in Syria after the American people loudly wondered why the British Parliament got to vote on such a thing and voted it

16 Feb 2015

The Barbarian’s Book Review: The Opium War, by Julia Lovell

It had been a long time since I had read up on any Chinese history, and way too long for someone who comments on world events, so I went to my favorite socialist institution, the local public library, and got very lucky by finding this book within a few minutes.

07 Feb 2015

When Semantics Matter: Just Exactly What IS a Terrorist Group?

Recently, the Obama Administration, frantically trying to deflect right wing criticism for negotiating with terrorists following the prisoner exchange that resulted in an American soldier held by the Taliban in Afghanistan coming home, tried to have it both ways. They claimed that the Taliban are an “armed insurgency,” and “not

29 Jan 2015

Reflections on Charles De Gaulle, and Why Americans Are Told to Hate the French

I recently read a book by an apparently popular English author, Douglas Boyd(to any Brits out there, correct me if the jacket was wrong) called De Gaulle: The Man Who Defied Six US Presidents. It was a quick read, but I was not all that impressed. Boyd does have an

22 Jan 2015

Disgusted in Euclid’s Response to Bob Dylan–Take That, Ignorant Rich Man

My wife, Disgusted in Euclid, saw a post on Facebook about Bob Dylan’s assertion in Rolling Stone that billionaires create jobs, not the government. “The government’s not going to create jobs,” Dylan said.  “It doesn’t have to. People have to create jobs, and these big billionaires are the ones who

03 Jan 2015

Jeb Bush: The Next, and Maybe the Last, Emperor of the American Empire

In a move fueling a frenzied ejaculation of self-important speculation by our corporatist political pundit class, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, of the aristocratic House of Lancaster, er, make that Bush, resigned from all of his positions on corporate boards this week.  Clearly, his powerful House wants to have a third

24 Dec 2014

“The Interview” for Christmas: Where is the Inquisition When We Need It?

I never had any intention of seeing The Interview after seeing the commercials for it. It seemed like Dumb and Dumber go assassinate the Most Ridiculously Insane Dear Leader Ever. I couldn’t even sit through Dumb and Dumber, so I just dismissed it from my mind as a moviegoing choice this

21 Dec 2014

20 Reasons(to start) I Hate Christmas; 1 Reason I Like It

1. I see people on the road this time of year that I don’t for the rest of the year, and they can’t drive worth shit. Makes driving more dangerous, it does. 2. Piped-in Christmas music in stores and some workplaces. 3. The Chipmunks. 4. The constant clamoring to give