Dr. Jack Wheeler
I just returned from an extraordinary exploration of Central Asia. I’ll be going into more depth of what we learned and experienced in Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan in the near future – but right now I’d like to share with you just one exquisite experience.
It’s a hidden unknown wonder tucked into the Fann Mountains of western Tajikistan called the Seven Pearls of Shing.
The Shing River flows through a high narrow valley dotted with small villages of Mountain Tajiks who have lived here for thousands of years. Thanks to ancient rockfalls eons ago damming up the river in stages, there is a series of seven stepping-stone lakes in the Shing Valley, each of uniquely breathless beauty.
Here’s what we saw. All the photos are mine, with none photoshopped or have the saturation jacked up. The colors are real.
Burma is a hidden country, sandwiched between India, China, and Thailand, along with a bit of Bangladesh and Laos.
During the Cold War under a Soviet-aligned Military Marxist dictatorship, guerrilla rebellions broke out. In the 1980s as a private operative for President Reagan’s strategy to terminate the Soviet Empire, I clandestinely crossed from Thailand into Burma on more than one occasion with Karenni and Karen guerrillas.
The military junta resisted, even changing Burma’s name to "Myanmar," Rangoon to "Yangon," and moving the capital to an empty plain called Nay Pyi Taw in 1989.
Twenty years later the junta began relenting and freeing up the country, so much so by 2015 I was confident enough to take a small group of friends to explore the country. We had a wonderful enlightening time.
Now I’m thinking of doing this again next year, as a number of you have asked if I would. What I’d like to show you is a small sample of what we saw – just a hint, a taste of all there is in this extraordinary land. All the photos are mine.
Hard to imagine the depth of Dem abysmal gloom over this, compounded by the fright and panic overwhelming them, explained by Kim Strassel today (5/03) in For Fear of William Barr. Which brings me to the Forum. Here we go with another great HFR!
I answered, “We’d love to, but it has to be an adventure to really cool places in Italy that folks who’ve been to Rome-Venice-Tuscany don’t know about and would love to go to if they did. It has to be to the real authentic Italy for a true experience of a lifetime.”
Our friends smiled – to us and each other. “We’ve been exploring just those places for years – it’s our hobby. We’d start in the Apennines of course, Italy’s mountain spine, to Abruzzo…”
And that is how, after many months of exploring and planning, Rebel and I with our Italian friends created the unique and extraordinary adventure of Authentic Italy. I’d like to invite you to experience the Italy you’ve dreamed of and you’ll never ever forget.
At the end of this month, April 2019, the lesson is clear: We need a New Christian Crusade against the enemies of Christendom, Western Civilization, and the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence.
Since the start of 2019, countless churches in France have been vandalized, looted, desecrated, and set on fire. The libtards of Newsweek reported it thus (3/21): Catholic Churches Are Being Desecrated All Over France – and Officials Don’t Know Why.
Right. Just like every official in France can’t still explain how Notre Dame’s roof and spire burned down April 15. The latest from yesterday’s (4/25) New York Times: Notre Dame Fire Investigators Focus on Short-Circuits and Cigarettes.
Right. Any cockamamie excuse will do in order to ignore the unmentionably obvious – arson set by Moslems.
That’s just the start of a chock-filled HFR. We’re off!
Happy Good Friday! This is a day of celebration for all Christendom – as the ancient Catholic catechism says, on this day, “Christ showed His great love for man, and purchased for him every blessing.”
And tonight, Passover begins for Jewish people around the world. Pesach Sameach!
Coincidentally, this is a good Friday for America, as proclaimed on the cover of today’s (4/19) New York Post:
All right, I confess. I am a nesophile. I’m addicted to nesophilia. It’s not on any list of psychiatric disorders, however. The term was invented – a “neologism” – by one of the 20th century’s most eminent philosophers, Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) in 1938 while in Ireland.
When there, he combined the Greek word nesos – island, with philia – love, and declared he was a nesophile – a lover of islands. That’s me.
I suppose that’s obvious by now – for I’ve lost count of the number of islands I’ve written about on TTP
And there are so many more to go! Yet I’ll be writing only about ones that are interesting, not even if they’re famous. I just got back from Majorca and Ibiza, for example. Nice enough, pretty enough – but, frankly, boring. There’s no real there there, as Gertrude Stein said about Oakland, California.
So let’s take a quick look at some islands that would blow Gertrude Stein away – such as the one that has the bed Napoleon died in.
“It’s fun to watch Democrats cannibalize each other,” noted Jack Kelly in “The Hit On Creepy Joe” on Wednesday (4/03). Biden certainly has earned his sobriquet with all his pedophilic sniffing and groping on repeated YouTube display. There’s something mentally wrong with this guy.
That seems to be an occupational hazard of many if not most professional politicians. Since age 26, Biden has been nothing but – elected a City Council member in his local Delaware town in 1969, then a Senator in 1972 until Obama’s VP in 2008.
He’s never earned a real paycheck in his life. Instead, he’s spent his whole life trying to control other people’s lives. That’s what attracts people like him into politics, for there’s something not right with them mentally to begin with.
Yesterday (4/04), Patricia McCarthy explained that “The 2020 Democrat Candidates Are Psychotic.” To be psychotic is to be so delusional that you can’t determine what is real and not, and to lack any empathy for other real human beings.
If you have psycho delusions of grandeur, feeling you’re more important than anyone else with a compulsion to control other’s lives since you know what’s good for them and they don’t, what do you do? Become a politician.
[Today we introduce a new feature of TTP: on Mondays, my column on Adventure & Exploration. Each Monday we’ll explore some astounding but little known part of our world. Our initial exploration will be across the Sahara Desert. It’s an experience unlike anywhere else. I hope you enjoy it. – JW]
A Trans-Sahara Expedition, crossing the remotest heart of the world’s largest desert, has always been one of the truly great explorations possible on our planet.
Unfortunately, it’s far too dangerous to do today, with banditry and terrorist attacks on travelers. Someday this will cease. So I thought I’d show you what an extraordinary experience it was to cross the Sahara when it was safe back in 2003 – for it will be again.
In the center of the Sahara is the country of Niger. We’re going to cross it from one end to the other to find one of our world’s special places, of achingly lonely beauty, of fascinating and friendly peoples, and mysterious lost cities, hidden oases, and camel salt caravans.
We’ll end by exploring on foot an astounding region where Niger, Libya, and Algeria come together – it will blow you away.
Welcome to the Cornucopia HFR. Pelosi caving is just the start of it this week. It’s not just that she blinked – so did Schiff and Nadler.
With the collapse of Bobby Mueller in failing to find any evidence of Trump-Russia “collusion,” the Dem Witch Hunt that Schifty and Fatso were planning to perpetuate with endless subpoenas and investigations has collapsed also. As CTH explains in Failure to Launch (3/11), they’ve surrendered.
We’ve barely begun reveling in this cornucopia week. Saddle up, let’s go….
For the past two weeks in our exploration of the greatest mountains of the Himalayas, we’ve learned the route to Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyo, and that to Makalu and Kanchenjunga. This week we explore Manaslu and Annapurna.
We first note that the five “eight-thousanders” (over 8,000 meters high) we’ve been to so far are on Nepal’s borders, while Manaslu and Annapurna (along with Dhaulagiri, we’ll get there next week) are entirely within Nepal. (Shisha Pangma is in Chinese Tibet.) So we get to go completely around them.
We ended our experience with Kanchenjunga by returning to our home base in Kathmandu, the famed Yak & Yeti hotel. We’re up at dawn the next morning to board our ultra-high altitude AS 350 B3 Eurocopters and head north for Manaslu. Here’s the trekking route around the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters/26,781 feet.
How cold is it? It’s so cold that, the New York Post joked about “AOC “(Alexandria Occasional-Cortex) on its cover yesterday (1/31):
It’s so cold that this morning’s headline (2/01) is for real: Lake Michigan Has Completely Frozen Over.
Nonetheless, Occasional-Cortex and her Fascicrat ilk went bananas in rage (is there any other emotion they feel?) when POTUS made fun of their religion:
Yet their demented Warmist fanaticism is merely one path of many in their descent into madness this week, in which Democrats have become a party of Psychotic Fascism. No longer a political party but a criminally evil gang bereft of any morality, just thuggish hate and lust for fascist power.
The question of the moment then becomes: What will the President do about this in his State of the Union Address four days from now this Tuesday (2/05)?
Look at his eyes. There is no fear in his eyes. That’s the reason for the pathological hate. Nick Sandmann is our Rosa Parks.
Just as she became an icon of resistance to the anti-black racism of the Democrat Jim Crow South in the 1950s, The Sandmann is now our icon of resistance to the anti-white racism of the Fascist Democrat Party and the Fascist Media today.
Look at his fearless eyes. Look at his pleasant smile. It’s not a “smirk” – it’s an expression of a friendly kid, who’s confidant in himself. He’s saying silently, “It’s okay to be white, I have no apologies for who I am, and I refuse to sit in the back of your anti-white racist bus.”
This morning (1/25) we published Nick Sandmann’s statement, What Happened at the Lincoln Memorial. Obviously a must-read.
On Wednesday (1/23), young Nick was interviewed by Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s Today show. She started right out asking Nick to apologize and admit the episode was his fault. He refused, saying “I had every right to stand there,” and “I cannot say I’m sorry.”
This 16 year-old boy has more spine than the majority of Republicans in Congress put together. Here’s the lesson Nick Sandmann has to teach all of us who love America against those who hate us and it:
For example – Pelosi’s taxpayer-paid junket was unannounced, the public knew nothing about it, so when POTUS blew the whistle, he exposed it but waited until the Dems were in the bus on the way to Andrews:
None of us is getting younger – the arrow of time only flies in one direction. Before you know it, the adage is staring you in the face: “I thought getting old would take a lot longer…” If that hasn’t happened to you yet, it soon enough will.
As the years fly by, we keep saying to ourselves, “Someday, I’m going to…” And that someday never comes. So how about your someday coming this year – making 2019 an adventurous year doing what you’ve dreamed of?
This is going to be a busy year for Wheeler Expeditions, too much to put into one TTP article. So I thought I’d give you a heads-up on just three. Why don’t you let me know if any of them get your juices flowing? Hopefully, you’ll be able to join me on at least one, or they’ll spark ideas of yours. Let’s all look forward to An Adventurous 2019.
Theirs is indeed, “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Here’s the Pelosicrats’ theme song entire, as composed by William Shakespeare:
Hold on to these words as you see the Dems strut and fret their hour upon the stage of Capitol Hill. Their lives are but walking shadows lit by a brief candle, from whom we will hear no more soon enough.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury Signifying nothing.
Here we go for 2019.
Until funding for food stamps runs out in about three weeks or so, and Dem voters start sending death threats en masse to Upchuck Schumer saying they’re going to die without them so better him to die instead.
You thought 2018 was crazy? 2019 will be an Al Jolson year because you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. So we bid a non-fond adieu to a frying pan year as we step into the fire of the next.
The Fascist Dems and Media will continue their War on Trump not just unabated but on steroids. The real question is, can POTUS hold his base? How many Trumpers will fight to the knife for him, how many will just give up and retreat, how many will go over to the Dark Side?
On that, America’s fate depends.
If we want to save our country from the Dem Fascisti, we must give Trump what he needs most: tough love, not blind support. So welcome to the Tough Love HFR at the end of 2018.
It’s a Christmas Present to America from the entrepreneurial heroes of America’s fracking industry and the US Geological Survey (USGS).
A lot going on this week. Here we go…
When I first saw this Treason Meme all by itself on Drudge ereyesterday (11/28), I thought it was a funny spoof. Then I checked Trump’s twitter feed and my jaw dropped. POTUS himself posted it! Whoa, Nellie. This is deadly serious, no spoof. And about time.
That’s quite a lineup. Two former presidents, one of their execrable wives with her girlfriend Huma and hitman Pervert Podesta, both of Zero’s Attorneys General, his Intel and FBI chiefs, plus the Evil Duo of Mueller and Rosenstein. The President of the United States is saying they all belong behind bars.
Which they do. And so many others. Where’s “Commie John” Brennan? Slimy Andy McCabe? Where’s Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey? Guess there was no room for them in the meme, not to mention the reporters and editors CNN, WaPo, New York Times, and others of the Fascist Media.
It’s going to be a very crowded jail cell. Okay, here we go….
Kathmandu, Nepal. I’m back from Wheeler Expeditions’ 6th Himalaya Helicopter Expedition – a mind-boggingly memorable experience all of us will treasure for the rest of our lives.
I was hoping that this week’s news might be better than that of the last. That hope has been dashed to the degree it’s given me a wide-awake nightmare. Let’s start with how last week’s HFR (11/09) began:
“Obviously, the majority of voters failed their IQ test on Tuesday (11/06). My initial reaction is: forget all the silver lining, Trump-really-won Pollyanna happy talk. This turned out really badly.What we’ve got at the end of this week is the realization of just how much we have to fight to avoid that submission, how deeply entrenched the cultural and moral corruption of the Left’s Fascism has become throughout our country.
It shouldn’t have been close, it shouldn’t have been remotely close. The Left, the flat-out Fascism that has taken over the Democrat Party, needed to have the hell beaten out of it electorally. Now a preponderance of voters – your fellow citizens – gave the green light for that fascism to flourish.
And of course, whenever it’s close, the Dems will use every filthy trick they know to cheat their way into victories they didn’t earn. Already provisional ballot boxes are being discovered in the trunk of someone’s car, recounts are demanded, suddenly losers like Arizona’s Enema surge ahead, and in many other states as well.
What do we do? We fight. There is no other choice, other than submission to being slaves of the Left.”
Kathmandu, Nepal. Welcome to the World Freedom Day HFR! And to my 75th HFR!
Here is President Trump’s Presidential Proclamation on World Freedom Day. November 9 is a US federal government official observance celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent liberation of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Colonial Empire from Communist tyranny. It is a special day for me, as I was privileged to play a substantive role in helping President Ronald Reagan achieve this.
Today is also a very special personal day for me as it is my birthday – my 75th birthday in fact. I call it my Himalayan 75 that I told you about last September, as I embark once more on Wheeler Expeditions’ Himalaya Helicopter Expedition.
And best of all, both of my sons, Brandon and Jackson, are here in Kathmandu with me. We’re operating two HHEs this fall season, and Brandon just finished leading the first, while Jackson is co-leading the second with me starting tomorrow. What better birthday present could I have than my two sons joining me to make Wheeler Expeditions a family business?
Being in the Himalayas is isolated from the world. So tell me – did anything important or interesting happen in the US or elsewhere this week? Didn’t we have some kind of election? How’d that turn out?
Okay, seriously, folks, here we go.
The lead article on Breitbart this morning (10/31) is: “Ten Races Could Determine Who Controls House After Midterms.”
One of the ten is California CD 48:
“CA-48: Incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-48) now has a two point lead in this Orange County district over his Democrat challenger, Harley Rouda, in a poll released by Monmouth University last week. While still a statistical tie, a poll earlier this month showed the two candidates in a dead heat, 48 percent to 48 percent.The Left has always hated Dana for his key role in getting rid of their idol, the Soviet Union, for being so unapologetically conservative across the board – for 30 years the ACU Ratings of Congress has given him a well over 90% conservative score (latest ranking 94.42%) – and now so totally pro-MAGA.
For more than half a century, Orange County was the strongest Republican county in California. This district, however, has been moving slowly left for some time. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the district by two points.”
The difference is that this year, the Left and the Dems have been pouring money into the campaign of Dana’s opponent, a carpetbagger from Columbus, Ohio named Harley Rouda, Jr. His father, Rouda, Sr., was a self-made entrepreneur who built a very successful business from scratch (HER Realtors in Ohio).
Harley, Jr. is an all too-typical child of inherited wealth, who having never earned his money resents and apologizes for it by embracing socialist-fascist anti-capitalist left wing causes and politics. So he moved to California and is trying to buy a seat in Congress and join Nancy Pelosi in trashing America.
As reported by Breitbart (10/12), Rouda supports every far-left position there is, open borders, amnesty for illegals, sanctuary cities, pro-abortion, the entire Pelosi-Bernie-Antifa agenda.
So far, Dana’s popularity has been able to fend Rouda off. But just now, radical left-wing billionaires have suddenly flooded Rouda’s campaign coffers with millions.
On October 25. The Orange County Register reported that Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Spends $4 Million to Back Rouda and Defeat Rohrabacher, Making CA-48 the Priciest House Race in the US.
Almost 80% of the $18 million-cost of the race comes from radical lefties like Bloomberg and Soros to defeat Dana.
Dana can fight back and triumph, but he needs our help to do so.
Jerusalem, Israel. We’re in the middle of Hidden Holy Land II with a wonderful group of TTPers. It’s dawn here, meaning it’s just past midnight in DC, and still yesterday in California. By the time I wrap this up, Friday in America will have barely begun, so if any October Surprise happens today, it will have go unmentioned here.
It is extraordinary to be here at one of the great crossroads of history on the eve of America’s crossroad of history just 25 days from today. First however, let’s reflect on what a momentous week this has been in the history of Western Civilization. In particular, yesterday and today.
Yesterday, October 11, we celebrated the 1,286th anniversary of the Battle of Tours in 732 AD, when Charles Martel (686-741), forever known as The Hammer, and his 30,000 Christian soldiers crushed an invading horde of 200,000 Moslem Jihadis in what is now central France.
Today, October 12, is for celebrating the 526th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America, for on this day in 1492, the Great Admiral landed on Guanahani (now known as San Salvador or Watlings) island in the Bahamas.
But we’re just getting started. We’ll go from when the first human culture began ca. 40,000 years ago to where Abraham in buried to why Dems have become as demented as Palestinian terrorists to a genius pro-Trump rapper in the White House yesterday. Let’s go.
You’ve seen it in a hundred movies or more. It’s a plot device used over and over. You know who the good guy is, but you’re not sure who the bad guy is. You have your suspicions but maybe it’s someone else. Then comes the defining moment of confirmation – when a character commits an act of irretrievable evil.
He (or she) has done something for which there is no excuse, it is irretrievable, there is no hope of recovery or salvation. No more suspicion, the plot is now fixed and must lead inevitably towards the hero destroying the villain in a climactic confrontation.
We are living this movie right now. We are one month away from its climax.
Most all times in our lives as individuals or those of a country, an issue is not black and white. There are arguments on both or various sides, and we must choose where the preponderance of good lies, choose which side has more assets than liabilities.
Not this time. Not this election on November 6. The Democrats’ criminally deranged and morally disgusting behavior towards Judge Kavanaugh and his family is irretrievable. They have proven beyond doubt to be an evil that must be extinguished electorally.
There is now no moral excuse for voting Democrat. Are you an American or a Democrat? On November 6, you cannot be both.
So there you have it. You can’t get clearer evidence of this than current Dem demagoguery with Brett Kavanaugh. Dem dirtbags have no morality whatever as any normal person has. All they care about is gaining power over you and me, and will commit any lying, cheating, stealing, and smearing it takes to get it.
But really – we all know this, which must include Republican Senators. While the Dems are called the Evil Party for good reasons, it’s not true that the GOP is the Stupid Party, for no one can be that blind and dumb. No, the GOP is the Coward Party, and right now that fatal flaw may result in their extinction.
There are so many lessons and good things to know this week. Let’s go…
Countdown to launch – 53 days to go until November 6. First thing to do is watch and read then-candidate Trump’s historical battle cry in late October 2016, posted on TTP this morning: We Are At The Crossroads of History Again.
His election was a great battlefield victory in the war against the Hate America Left – but that war is far from won. The next great do-or-die battle looms before us on November 6.
Also posted this morning on TTP is Michael Walsh’s soaringly eloquent, Rage, Rage Against the Dying of the Dream. The founding literature of Western Civilization is Homer’s Iliad, composed from centuries-old oral traditions around 700 BC. It indeed starts with Homer’s immortal lines, which Walsh compares to the self-destructive rage of the Democrats today.
That’s just for openers. This was an intense week, really bad for Google, Dems, the global libtard media, and good for the good guys. Let’s go…
Among the Queen of Soul’s many memorable songs, the one most remembered is her massive 1967 hit, Respect. Take a moment to enjoy:
Yesterday (9/03), the Associated Press ran a story carried around the world: Aretha Franklin’s Family Says Eulogy Was Offensive.
Well, of course, one would think, that must be the “very, very distasteful” eulogy delivered by a sociology professor infamous for being a hate-filled anti-white racist, Michael Eric Dyson. But no, they took offense not at the worst eulogy to Aretha, but the very best.
That’s the theme for the HFR this week. We’re adapting the motto of the RENAMO Anti-Communist freedom fighters of Mozambique (where Portuguese is the lingua franca) in the 1980s, A Luta Continua, The Struggle Continues.
Now, enjoy the motto of the Democrat Party-Libtard Media Complex: A Masoquismo Continuo! The Masochism Continues!
Last week’s HFR explained why Trump Derangement Syndrome is causing the Dems’ and their media poodles’ death wish. It’s that all the passions of the Left are frenzies of masochism.
One of the behavioral rules of lefties – such as they always lie and always project – is that they always double-down. This week, true to form, they doubled-down on their masochism. So settle in your most comfortable chair with a full glass of a full-bodied red, and let’s have some fun.
I’m exercising all my will power to stay calm and not hyperventilate – and I hope you will do the same. I’m up at dawn since writing the HFR is an all-day marathon, checking the British papers as it’s still too early for those in the US.
London being five hours ahead of New York, much of the US Lying Swine media get their clues on what to morning-headline from their Limey Lying Swine counterparts. You need to brace yourself for this. It’s not satire. This is the actual “news” headline in the London Independent this morning:
So we come to an extraordinary teachable moment for all Americans. Teachable for what? It explains why Trump Derangement is causing the Death Wish of the Democrat Party. Here is the explanation in a nutshell. There’s so much more in this HFR. Here we go…
In the middle of August when the primary concern of most folks is whether the inside of their forearms is as tanned as the outside, instead we’re up to our eyeballs in unhinged news. Feel free to say what you think we missed in the Forum.
It’s been a Wacko Week, so much so it’s hard to know where to begin. Might as well begin the most wacko of all, CNN’s latest heartthrob even dumber than Stormy Daniels. How dumb? She titled her book after herself, not PDJT: Unhinged. Let the fun begin.
On Wednesday (3/16), Megyn Kelly interviewed Ted Cruz.
At 4:25 Cruz explains why Trump is the one candidate Hillary can beat. At 7:30 he explains how he’ll get a majority of delegates and avoid a contested convention.
But in case there is, here’s a neutral solution for avoiding it. Plus a slew of convincing reasons (beyond Cruz’s) why Trump has no chance of beating the PIAPS in November.
We have to get out of here, however, so we see what’s happening with Putin, and bad news in China. The Hero of the Week will surprise you, yet you may cheer nonetheless.
Marco scored home runs in the Miami debate last night, but does he have a chance to win Florida on Tuesday? Cruz obliterated Trump, so how will he do on Super Tuesday 3? What advice did Jeb Bush give Rubio, Cruz, and Kasich in private meetings yesterday?
What is a far greater worry than a brokered Pub convention to both Trump and Hillary? You’ll get the chills finding out.
What’s killing the whales dying en masse on English Channel beaches? Why are so many Iranians converting to Christianity? Who’s the hot young blonde that the HFR Hero of the Week? You’ll laugh your head off seeing what’s she’s done.
This plus videos and pics in this week’s Half-Full Report!
This question is in no way meant to disparage Rubio’s core patriotism. He obviously loves America, means it no harm, is a good decent moral person who’s solidly conservative in most ways (albeit his fatal error on Gang of 8 Amnesty).
If he were the GOP nominee I would vote for him without the slightest hesitation. He would be light years preferable to the PIAPS or Crackpot Bernie or SlowJoe.
But that’s not the issue at hand. For the reality is that, after last night (3/08) winning a total of 0 delegates – zip, zero, nada – in Michigan, Mississippi, Idaho and Hawaii, Rubio is a dead man walking towards the nomination. His candidacy is a busted flush (defined as “something worthless that had great potential”).
Trump, on the other hand, is a four-flusher. A phony vulgar scam-artist braggart, all hat and no cattle whether in political principles, business acumen, character and integrity, or plain moral decency. His stubby little fingers cannot – cannot as a mortal necessity – be allowed access to the presidential codes for launching nuclear weapons.
Marco Rubio is not going to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016. It is now his patriotic duty to do whatever he can to prevent Donald Trump from being that nominee instead. That means it is his patriotic duty to do the only thing to stop Trump.
Port Blair, Andaman Islands. Welcome to the most interesting islands on earth for an anthropologist, as they are home to the world’s only Paleolithic people, untouched and uncontacted since they arrived here 40,000 years ago.
We don’t even know what they call themselves. Since they live on North Sentinel Island (out to the left of South Andaman in the map, we call them Sentinelese.
In the HFR of February 1, 2013, they were the HFR Heroes of the Week for being the world’s greatest example of sustained defiance of external authority over their liberty. The relevant excerpt of that HFR is appended at the end below.
Who might be the HOTW today? Figuring that out is the task at hand. First however, I must express my deep appreciation and gratitude to my buddy Rod Martin for writing such a wonderful series of HFRs while I’ve been in India. From all the many kudos expressed in the Forum, my opinion is shared by many TTPers. Thanks, Rod!!
My opinion on Trump, however, is not shared by all TTPers. But that’s the deal here – I get to say what I want, and you get to disagree if you want.
Thus I was overjoyed to see Trump get sliced and diced last night in Detroit. The most revelatory moment came right at the start, when out of the blue he gratuitously informed the entire planet exactly why he has such a massively boastful yet paper-thin ego:
Bangaram Atoll, Laccadive Islands, India. Welcome to the Strangled Paradise. Sure looks beautiful doesn’t it?
Thatch huts under swaying palms, perfect white sand beach, crystal clear water of translucent turquoise. Do you wish you were here?
The picture is real – I just took it. This place could be a real dream-paradise, but it’s not. And there is a very clear reason why.
The Laccadives are a microcosm for India. It’s critical for the world it not be.
Cochin, Kerala, India. Welcome to India’s Malabar Coast, known as the Garden of Spices for 5,000 years.
Trade routes for black pepper and other spices were established with ancient Sumer by 3,000 BC, and continued with Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome. By 573 BC, there was a flourishing Jewish merchant community here.
In 52 AD, St. Thomas the Apostle, one of Jesus’ 12 Disciples, arrived in Cochin to establish one of the very earliest Christian churches, which continues to thrive today, the St. Thomas Christians.
After Vasco da Gama’s pioneering a sailing route from Portugal around Africa to here in 1498, the Portuguese made Cochin the center of their spice trade, ruling here for 163 years and further cementing Christianity.
They were followed by the Dutch, then the British, thus after almost 2,000 years, it is little wonder that there are Christian churches of various denominations everywhere and devoutly attended – from huge centuries-old cathedrals to modern glass temples: [see photos in main text]
Thus it is also little wonder that Kerala is India’s most prosperous state, with many people living very well:
But where there is prosperity, there is envy. So it is little wonder too that Kerala is the bastion of the Communist Party of India (CPI), and of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI(M)) for whom the CPI isn’t sufficiently filled with envious hate:
The Hammer and Sickle is ubiquitous:
Bernie Sanders would feel right at home.
It’s a proverb of the Ancient Greeks so old it predates their great poets such as Sophocles (496-406 BC) who quotes a version of it in Antigone. They applied it to individuals, especially kings.
Yet it applies with equal force to countries, societies, nations, and civilizations. Turn the pages of a historical atlas to see the evidence, as they emerge, rise, flourish, subside, then vanish from history – century after century for thousands of years, all over the world.
This terrible truth is being applied to America today. There is a now-famous quote – attributed to many but its author is so far unknown – that observes:
"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.
The Greeks if observing today would note that this quote applying to Zero could apply equally to Donald Trump.
I woke up this morning to a deluge of Forum comments on my Trump Derangement Syndrome yesterday. A large number of them were from Trump supporters who strongly disagreed with me.
They did so with courtesy and grace, with reasoned arguments rather than schoolyard insults. Trump could learn a lesson from them. I can’t thank them enough. We can continue to agree to disagree, and do so with mutual respect. I am so proud of my TTPers.
Which brings me to my gratitude for Rod Martin. Rod has been a dear and close friend of mine for more years than we both care to admit. Ours is a mutual admiration society. And of course, he’s an avid TTPer. Read his bio in the link, and you’ll quickly be excited to know Rod will be manning the HFR helm in my absence. Thanks, Rod!
Here’s the full text of the GOP candidate debate last night (1/29). It was glorious to have a real debate without Trump in the way, a clear demonstration of how much better the whole Pub primary campaign would have been without him.
Trump made a disastrous mistake in wimping out of the debate, afraid of a girl. The Fox debate last night dwarfed Trump’s egomaniacal competing rally, 4.5 times as many, 12.5 million vs. 2.78 million viewers. In fact, the headline is: Debate Without Trump Got Better Ratings Than Last Debate With Trump.
Cruz took advantage and closed the deal with Iowans with what Carl von Clausewitz called the schwerpunkt, the decisive point. At least, that’s what I think will happen Monday. We’ll see.
The GOP prez race came into sharp clear focus this week with Trump overtly morphing into an American Juan Perón.
100 years ago, Argentina was in a race with America to be the most successful economy in the world. Its GDP per capita was higher than Germany’s, France’s, or Italy’s. That was long ago, for thanks to a succession of demagogic populists, stretching back to Juan Perón (1895-1974), the country is a wreck.
That’s The Parable of Argentina, The Economist’s warning to any country tempted to embark on its version of Peronism – that it risks becoming “the Argentina of the 21st century.”
This is precisely what America risks with Donald Perón. On Tuesday (1/19) in Iowa, he abandoned the slightest pretense of being anything other than a crony capitalist wedded-to-the-establishment populist vote-panderer.
What more could it possible take for Trumpkins to wake up from their hypnotic trance, to realize they have been suckered by a charismatic demagogue like Juan Perón, a mentally imbalanced narcissist like Obama, who only wants fame-power-adoration without principles or mercy?
His election would be the death of conservatism in America and of any chance to regain our freedom or Constitution. Because conservatives will have abandoned every single conservative principle they claim to possess in selling their souls to him.
Beyond the fireworks and one-liners, however, was a useful lesson in morality and patriotism….
Meanwhile, I’m breathing easier this morning with Cruz looking like he’ll win Iowa after all. Trump lied last night when he said he was leading in all the latest Iowa polls. Plus this bleak story Wednesday (1/13) in the NYT about how lousy Trump’s ground game is in Iowa. Then there are the two Gallup polls released Wednesday…
Now that’s all out of the way, let’s get to the best news of the week: The PIAPS is going over the edge. Here she is on Tuesday (1/12) equating “white terrorism” and “police violence” with ISIS…
We’ll also have some fun, explain why food prices are sky high, reveal a wonderful Hero of the Week, and close with a personal thank you from me.