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This blog, and all of its contents, is the original work of a university-educated professional American soldier who has served his nation and the world in special operations and strategic clandestine human intelligence operations overseas continuously for decades.

I should point out that, as an American man, I was fortunate enough to participate directly and extensively in the great civil rights movements of the 1960s as well as to obtain a first-rate education at excellent universities – before I was asked to contribute my talents to my nation’s armed forces and their global role in protecting the nation’s security and that of many other nations.  I have also been fortunate to have been handed many interesting challenges by my government over a very long period, from combat zone foot soldier to cocktail circuit diplomat, plus many different endeavors around the world in between.  Still embracing challenge and actively contributing where needed, my only “disability” today is a tenacious independence; I seek nothing from anyone and expect only the same level of competent and responsible professionalism from others as I have always given them.

> Gaiscíoch na Maithe     –      Laoch na Fírinne <

So, I am an independent thinking Irish-American with a very broad world view who does not subscribe to any group’s dogma and who will just as easily give the finger to Republican idiots as to Democrat morons.  I like the idea of the Tea Party movement, mainly because it’s forcing a shake-up of the stupid establishment status quo in America that hasn’t accomplished anything positive for the past 40 years.  Such movements literally terrify establishment “elitists” – the same sclerotic establishment “elitists” who in their own self-interests have made such a colossal mess of the US and Europe since the mid-1970s – so they predictably attribute all sorts of apocalyptic consequences to such grass-roots stirrings as the usual knee-jerk reaction of dedicated self-preservation.  Established power never embraces challenges from others, even though mankind cannot move forward without such challenges.  Unchallenged power in American democracy is simply un-American.


I hold that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” – Thomas Jefferson


My university background was in social sciences – primarily sociology, psychology and sociocultural anthropology – but as a constant vanguard participant in the world’s trenches I picked up a lot of other interests, expertise and history along the way.


Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” – Albert Einstein


I could fill these pages with all sorts of stories about military and intelligence stuff, and am willing to answer specific questions on such matters, but there must be a million “experts” out there, with a wide range of real or manufactured experience and knowledge, doing this.  (If you wish to raise such matters, first see if you can master the basic primer I’ve posted in the article on “Purple Fingers.  Then try “Military Fruit Salad“.  And experts on European foreign affairs might try to answer “Is “NATO” Worth It?“.)  So here I try to limit such topics to instances where they can have broader applicability to my primary interests. (Besides, I often get the distinct impression that most such “experts” focus their attention on such things primarily to avoid having to focus on the far more difficult things right here at home in front of everyone.)  When raising military matters with me, please don’t use the royal “we” – when what you really mean is “someone else” expected to do the hard stuff so as to make “me” feel better for doing nothing, especially when the only times you don’t despise that “someone else” is when you need him to do the hard stuff.


“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, … who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”  – Theodore Roosevelt


I don’t offer bouncing baubles, pictures, or videos for the intellectually challenged or “shiny objects” for the “useful idiots”.  The real world is a lot more complicated than that.  So you won’t like this blog if you can’t read and comprehend good English; if you have an infant’s attention span not exceeding three minutes; if you are looking for short cuts, easy answers or quick fixes; or if you think “education” comes in a tweet and that “communication” comes in an epithet.  Here you will find “inconvenient truths” you may not wish to learn, and you will have to actually think to learn them.  Please do not expect to find your very own “Tailored Truth” on these pages; I don’t deal in self-serving fantasy.  Older folks who already know everything probably won’t find much here to reinforce their beliefs, either.  But even those who have an interest in Women’s Studies might find here some edifying material for adult consideration among some of the articles.

October 2017:  While I have not posted new articles this year, I have spent a considerable amount of time re-visiting previously posted articles in an effort to ensure their accuracy and continued relevance.

Most of my posts are rather academic, intended to have a long life, not bound by today’s fleeting interests.  The articles posted here now constitute carefully constructed chapters in basic English for at least five, perhaps six or seven, books of original material with similar or inter-related sociological themes, primarily focused on American society unencumbered by popular myth and propaganda.  As a flexible citizen-soldier personally familiar with much of the world’s human diversity, I welcome differing views that are intelligently considered, factual, rational and defended.  I remain actively engaged, very well informed, and I give considerable thought and time to what I post here, so please don’t make me suffer the barbs of blustery boobs who spout simplistic emotional nonsense from the sidelines.  If you post comments please try to avoid the bobble-headed group think that now seems to dominate everything in America depending on whether one is told what to think by their handlers on the left or on the right.  I try to write for quite smart senior high school and college students, generally with males in mind, so please try to avoid profanity, etc..  Thanks.  (The frequency of curse words in one’s discourse, of course, is inversely proportional to that person’s intellectual vocabulary, and I am definitely not interested in attracting the attention of morons.)

Note that the “Recent Posts” index in the right column will accommodate only fifty titles.  Some of my consistently more popular posts, such as “Why Are American Men So Dumb?” (March 2011) about US K-12 public schools; “Gymnastics Of The Mind” (May 2012) on gender bias in learning; “Irish In America” (March 2011) and its two companion pieces; the two articles on “Marketing And Propaganda” (March 2011); “Smiling Faces And Purple Fingers – And Egypt” (February 2011) and “Military Fruit Salad” (November 2012) (explains some military stuff, “war on terrorism”, etc.); “Women In Combat” (January 2011); Let’s Change The Rules!(April 2011); and the ever-popular piece about “Walt Kowalski”  (Gran Torino) (January 2011), are automatically shifted to “Archives” as I add new posts, albeit intermittently. 

The reader may use either the monthly archives or the site “Search” tool to find earlier posts, topics or terms that interest them.  (The WordPress search tool is not sophisticated. Select one critical key word and spell it correctly to find articles; then use your browser to search the article’s page for that word.)  And, please, no post should be considered “too old” to comment on; if I can no longer stand behind any of my posts, I would remove them entirely from the site. 

I do periodically update or expand some popular posts, mainly in an effort to keep up with readers’ on-going interests, while also trying to keep to my original objective of not making things overly complicated or too esoteric for most normal readers.

Although I make frequent use of mostly statistical data from respected open sources, the material contained here is strictly my own, and my overall thinking, reasoning and logic is not based on sources beyond that generally held philosophically by America’s Greatest Generation plus my own life-long education – at universities, in the US military, and from good teachers all over the world.   I write about things I know, not about things I think I know.  If you doubt any facts I present, please try, as I did, to verify them elsewhere before concluding that my facts are wrong. Most of what now passes as “intelligent discourse” in the US is in reality little more than  memorized group-think that rarely rises above the level of trite dogma.  Far too often I feel like I’m trying to converse with programmed puppets and fervently wish I could banish from Earth forever the entire American public school indoctrination industry serving only the loudest of special interest group lobbies.  Far too many of my very ignorant countrymen firmly believe that they brilliantly know everything. How is that even possible?  After a lifetime of dogged professional dedication to the unvarnished truth, I am only beginning to grasp how very much I don’t know.


If you’re a Baby Boomer born between 1945 and 1966, you might like to check out the post “Greatest versus Boomer” to see how you stack up against your parents.


For those of you who prefer not to post comments on public pages, my e-mail address is rjlavin@centurytel.net

Robert J. Lavin, US Regular Army (ret), Montana, USA (and occasionally found at various other locations around planet Earth).  This open e-mail address has been valid and unchanged for over thirty years; I can access it from anywhere at any time.


Surprised by Donald Trump’s election victory?  You shouldn’t be.

SeeBlaming The Messenger.




The true story, in three parts, of

St Patrick’s Day!!

Terrorist Or Freedom-fighter? Irish

Irish In America


I’ll bet that you don’t know 80% of this stuff.  It’s part of the “secret” history of Ireland, and America.

Terrified by ISIS?  Did you know that the British crown employed tactics against the Irish for over two centuries that were nearly identical to the ruthlessly brutal tactics employed today by ISIS – and that it was not so long ago, while the United States of America and its Constitution were being created?



Thought of the month:

Americans cowering in the corner while their government builds their own all-controlling prison, ostensibly to protect them from a potential few crazies with home-made bombs, are simply unworthy of defending.  These fearful and short-sighted little children literally vanish in the shadow of their Greatest Generation parents and grandparents who lived their entire lives under the constant threat of nuclear Armageddon, and they have no concern at all for the hell they are bequeathing to their children.  As its lemming citizens nonchalantly toss aside their rights and freedoms, America is rapidly becoming decidedly un-American.  

“… O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”


They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety.” – Benjamin Franklin.

A people who wage war out of fear have already lost the war. 
All they are doing is creating more enemies who sense blood in the water.

It’s even worse when it’s all done in secret, in the shadows, out of sight and mind of the very people in whose name it is conducted.  The only reason to conduct war in secret is for domestic political aggrandizement, to “control the narrative” for domestic gain.  When the end comes, and it will, those people, the royal “we”, will never know what hit them. 


(Proper Protocol:  It’s not complicated, really.  When the National Anthem is being played or sung, everyone present is supposed to stand, face the American flag and remain respectfully silent.  In our severely fragmented society, that flag and the nation it represents is almost the last thing that unites us all.  Those wearing an official US military uniform are supposed to render a proper US military salute to the flag.  Those not wearing an official US military uniform are supposed to place their right hand over their heart (which is considered a “civilian salute” to the flag).  Civilians are all those, including domestic police officers, who are not military.  Also, Memorial Day (last Monday in May) is for honoring dead soldiers (including their graves), while Veterans Day (11 November) is for honoring those who served or are serving with honor in the US armed forces.  And, yes, there is a Big Difference: Memorial Day pays solemn respect to those who sacrificed their lives in wars defending the nation.  Veterans Day is for thanking those few who step up for the tough stuff so the rest don’t have to.  Responsible adults used to teach this very basic stuff to kids in grade school, but the Baby Boomers clouded everything by turning these special days into holidays for shopping bargains.  “No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.” ― Bryant McGill.  But it helps if you first learn a few civil fundamentals so as to avoid putting your ignorance on public display.  Any American junior high or high school that does not require a full year course in American civics for all students has no business calling itself an American school, much less accepting US taxpayer dollars.  Civics is a balanced approach to American democracy and governance, to individual rights and responsibilities; it is NOT “whatever serves very special me best.”  There is no “special” in equal, and most especially in 21st century America.)



Those with the least invested in what America has to offer are always those most willing to just take it, waste it or give it away. 

Those with the most invested are always those most eager to improve its flaws while offering its treasures at a fair price.

             The greatest gift that America offers is opportunity, for all;                       it is NOT a free ride, for any.


                 Talk is the cheapest thing there is.                  Behavior easily trumps words. 

There is no such thing as rights without responsibilities.
And there is no “special” in equal.

Freedom has a price – to everyone.


For other bloggers:  I have a quite wide range of interests and expertise far beyond what appears here, but I am a novice at blogs.  One of my primary interests is understanding history and culture, and one of my primary objectives is to educate younger people with objective information and analysis within a good context uncluttered by emotional nonsense.  I’ve spent most of my life since college outside the US, so it’s difficult for me to discern what might interest thinking Americans.  I’ve noticed that, while quite a few people, including very many from countries other than the US, drop by to look over my posts or upload them to reading devices, etc., most decline to comment on site.  Let me know if you see similarities in my approach with your own, and perhaps we can share links to reach a wider audience. 
Group Membership.  In order to maintain my independent objectivity, I am not a member of, nor do I wish to be identified with, any special interest group, lobby, union, association, organization or political party, although I have nothing against bright young independent-minded political candidates trying to make a difference.  I am just a thinking male American soldier, a political independent who has a life-long record of voting in every election.  “We in America do not have government by the majority.  We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson.  I have zero tolerance for those weak minds who use emotion, fear, propaganda, “sexism”, “racism”, “misogyny”, “homophobia”  or similar labels to “make their argument” and shove it down my throat.  Those in America who insist on different rules for their own “special” group are just being too lazy, too stupid or too arrogant to live up to the standards of those who built America and handed it to them for free.  Those earlier Americans, who came from literally everywhere, did NOT create all this just so pathetic whiners and slackers could screw it all up.  I’ve been listening and adjusting to everyone else in silence all my life; it’s now time for me to share a little of what I have learned.  I deal only in fact and logic, and I do not need anyone else, or any herd, to do my thinking for me.  Since I value integrity and truth above fame or fortune, you will not find gimmicks or advertisers on these pages.  For the record, I have been a Regular Army “purple suit” officer (serving with all four military services and certain civilian agencies) for my entire unbroken career and have no experience with either the National Guard or the Reserves.  US government agencies with which I have experience, in Washington and abroad, include Defense, DIA, CIA, State and NSA and some of their foreign counterparts.
November 2013:  Ads.  I now understand that the Wordpress host may display ads at the conclusion of select articles for some visitors to see.  I do not see those ads, do not know what they are selling, and do not profit in any way from them.  They are solely an option of WordPress.  I invite readers to let me know if the ads are distracting; apparently I can pay WordPress to not display them.
Social Media:  The WordPress host enables links to social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit, etc., but I do not maintain accounts with any of those services, have little time to invest in them, and am wary of stampeding herds; feel free to use the links for your own constructive purposes.  (It would be nice if you sourced any material borrowed from my site to “Invincible Probity”.)  I also have an inclination to distrust those so lacking in character and integrity that they hide in anonymity.  Because I am not a needy insecure person who requires constant “connections” to manage his life and do his thinking, I also do not own a personal cellphone.  Having never taken a “Selfie”, I’m just not into self-promotion, so readers who are interested will come, and those who aren’t won’t.  (Expert technical help to improve my site would be appreciated.)  And I have never wasted time listening to any kind of American political talk radio.  I read.
For “Followers”:  I work without an editor, and usually while traveling in planes, so I often have to go back into posts later to correct typos or tweak a line or two. And sometimes I add or alter text to address comments and questions in e-mail from readers.  So it’s probably best to wait a few days before taking one of my posts to the bank.
If any American can present an intelligent defense of a view different from those I have presented here in any of a wide range of topics, then I strongly urge them to do so.  I am well aware of the excellence in thinking that many non-Americans can offer me, but it is my own countrymen who generally let me down.  The only thing I want, the only thing I need, is to be challenged by a good mind on the things that concern me most about the future of my country.
For high school and college students:  The only things about me that are important to you are that I am an honorable soldier with a good education; I am not some brainless two-dimensional avatar in a video game or Hollywood movie.  Furthermore, any total loser can scream orders to morons from the very safe rear; there is only one way to lead people worth leading, and that is from the risky front, by example, by actually doing things and convincing others to follow.  Talkers who don’t actually do anything join big groups and argue in the most useless of idle endeavors – politics, which anymore is mostly a selfish game of mobs forcing “someone else” to pay the bills, take the blame and do the hard stuff for “me”, a game that can be played by small groups up to whole countries.  Just be your own person, and use your brains.  Learn how to think; don’t ever let anyone, or any herd, tell you what to think. 
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead (1901-1978) American cultural anthropologist who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously in 1979.
The only way I occasionally track my visitors is by their home country.  Over the past several years, only about half are from the US, which, to me, is a good sign.  I am multi-lingual, but since English has become so predominant throughout the world, I think it’s important to offer everyone the English language according to proper rules of spelling and grammar – which is the first sign of an educated person who cares about communicating and understanding.  (Any teacher or student who does not strive to meet such an important basic standard has no business being either.)  However, no one anywhere should ever let their English limits deter them from writing to me.  Many who do write to me from around the world are surprised to learn that this American is, in fact, quite familiar with their home country and some of its people, from first-hand experience.  (I was born and grew up in Washington, DC., and roamed throughout the American South as a boy.  A few of the places where I have lived, from 1 to 5 year stretches or more, include Berlin, Hong Kong, Panama, Saigon, Rio, Tokyo, Helsinki, San Francisco, Sydney, Beirut, Munich and London.  I have also visited for extended periods, usually on business, many other places on six continents over the past half century.)  Just please think about how you express yourself before you send it; the more thought you put into your topic, the more you will get from me in return.  (Also, be careful when borrowing my work; some teachers now recognize my writing.)  Remember what every good soldier knows:  The only dumb question is the one not asked. 
In response to many e-mails asking the same questions:  People have been throwing stones and bullets, insults and curses, bombs and chemicals, laws and regulations, censors and restraints, at me constantly for my entire life, both in America and abroad, because of what I am.  Very rarely has anyone taken the time to learn who I am.  It just goes with the territory.  Among the jobs I had while attending an all-boys prep school and six years of college were: farm crew laborer, seasonal US Postal Service letter carrier, department store furniture and accessory salesman*, construction worker, Longshoremen dock worker*, Teamster driver and freight handler*, UPS distribution center sorter*.  (Those with an asterisk were full-time 40-hour-a-week jobs while also carrying a full-time college schedule.)  I was a card-carrying Longshoremen and Teamster union man.  I accepted no scholarships, grants or loans.  Unable to lean on my attractive looks, my helpless gender or my doting daddy while fending off the Draft and avoiding crippling entanglements, I worked.  (Male students had to maintain a constant “full-time student” status in order to retain their “student deferment” and avoid being drafted for the war in Vietnam, so dropping out for a semester to earn money for college was a very high-risk option, of no concern to female students.)  I also tutored a number of subjects in college, including English, American and European history, math and social sciences.  My worst subject throughout was French; I hate rote memorization exercises, but I eventually did learn enough French to work alone in Vietnam and elsewhere where the French left their former exploited colonies in dysfunction.


America is where you go to find the largest collection of eternally suffering human victims in the history of the world – all wallowing in the luxurious bounty that is the “Greatest Nation On Earth”.

(Go figure.  Who would have imagined that perpetual victimhood would become the nation’s principle industry, employing full time almost 80% of its pathetic whiny population?  “Never pass up the slightest opportunity to wallow in victimhood.  It positively nauseates the few remaining grown-ups among us.  And, no matter what, always make damned certain that your victimhood sounds worse than the other group’s victimhood.  That’s what wins the sympathy sweepstakes, and, of course, the biggest bucks from Big Daddy Government buying votes with other people’s money.”
Some advice for morons:  Whiners are losers, and losers lead no one.  Where winners compete, losers demand quotas.  And quotas only dilute, create mediocrity, and steadily lower standards.)
For all the many tens of millions of beneficiaries of powerful special interest lobbies in America protecting and championing our majority women and “minorities” for the past half century or more, an item of simple logic:  If all you want to hear is what you want to hear, all you will ever get are lies.  Our whole society now is based on absolutely nothing but stupid lies.  Almost nothing is really what it seems.  Look around you.  Can you provide any other rational explanation for why everything has gone to hell in a hand basket?  Intelligent members of a free and vibrant society do not censor open discussion, even if that discussion includes criticism of certain of its members and groups.  Know that I have reached a point in my life when I will no longer bow to the cheap bully tactic of applying despicable labels to guys like me solely to silence our valid criticism, our considered opinion, our true beliefs, our freedom of speech – as 99% of the other members of my group now do as a matter of lifelong enforced habit – solely because we have never had a lobby of our own.  (Now we shatter male icons like clay pigeons, once a week as sport it seems.  Isn’t it fun … not to have standards anymore?  Even a truly pathetic Harper Lee couldn’t rest until she destoyed the father, Atticus Finch, she had made iconic.  Her original work in 1960 was the last time an American woman wrote of a man without hatred or malice, so her 2015 sequel was always a foregone conclusion.)  You can always measure incredibly small people by the fervor they devote to tearing down icons whom they could never begin to match.
Just to be clear:  I am a member of a group in a democracy that is identified as Adult White Heterosexual Male – a minority group that constitutes all of about 15% of the American population; for every one of me, there are five others who are members of other groups.  For those who have difficulty with simple math, when you factor out females, other children, non-whites, LBGT people, and other “special” groups, you are left with the only unprotected minority group in America that is readily blamed for everyone else’s pathetic problems.  I am NOT responsible for your behavior, your choices, and I really really HATE picking up the tab for them.  (Yes, thanks to really huge herds of morons ending up actually believing their own self-serving propaganda, everyone thinks my group is that 95% of the American population that is always oppressing all the other poor tiny groups out there, but the sad truth is that we are just the only minority group without a lobby and are not granted any whines, excuses or dodges, so we HAVE to do things.  The most asasine of these “oppressed” groups is the enormously powerful women majority, whose incessant whining “me” votes have decided all elections in America since 1980 – and still can’t stop its infantile whining even as the country steadily falls apart trying to address all those whines.  (Every few months I have to check to make sure that the United States hasn’t become North Korea when no one was looking.)
For every waking moment of my entire life I have been a member of the only minority group in American that has been a completely safe target of ridicule, vilification, scorn, demonization, bigotry, you name it, and it hasn’t changed who I am one tiny bit.  Now, a person with brains would by now have asked themselves whether such incessant treatment has been designed to earn my admiration, or my contempt – and quickly reached the logical conclusion.  But people with brains who know how to use them have become very rare in my society.  Trust me: I keep it mostly to myself, but my contempt runneth over.  In America there is no acceptable excuse for such stupidity.  (The most pathetic bunch of born losers in America are those brainless cowards in my group who have run away from their own identity and joined all those useless humans complaining “on the other side” about all those inherently evil white men, mainly because, as with everyone else, it’s a lot easier to NOT measure up.)
After a half century as a white heterosexual male professional soldier, I can attest that this stuff gets really really tiring.  So today I live in the remote mountains of northwest Montana.  If you want me to fix your problem, describe the problem and request an appointment.  If I decide that your problem is worth my time and effort, I’ll let you know.  But don’t hold your breath.  Nine times out of ten, your problem is actually your problem.
Soldier’s Rule #1:  A person’s or group’s willingness to trash, waste or give away what America has to offer is inversely proportional to what that person or group has actually invested of their own in what America has to offer.  (Freeloaders, leeches, takers, slackers and other useless humans are easy to spot; all you have to do is listen to their demands of others.  There IS a point, of course, where such odious jerks become unworthy of defending.)


Here’s a small piece of insight for all you folks out there who insist that “society” (government) has a “responsibility” to take care of all the many tens of millions of “vulnerable” people out there who can’t take care of themselves – in America!  Over 90% of such pathetic people WOULD be able to take care of themselves if they had grown up, as I did, knowing full well that no one was EVER going to bail them out of their own problems.  You want to see people succeed?  This is America; simply deny any and all excuses for NOT succeeding.  And the FIRST measure of success is whether or not you ensure that your own children remain healthy, graduate from high school, and be able to communicate easily with every other American.  The simple key is to not grant anyone any excuses.  Just tell them, “Sink or swim, baby. You’re choice.”  If you need any lessons for very large groups, spend a little time studying the Famine-Irish-Americans from 1840 to 1940.  Or, if you need a more contemporary example, take a closer look at white heterosexual males.  Have you EVER heard anyone even hint that this minority group might need some help?  Of course not.  This is the group that everyone else needs to blame for their problems.  If this group didn’t exist, there wouldn’t be anyone to blame, and where is the benefit in THAT?  Our whole society would collapse in chaos in a few weeks.  If we didn’t have white heterosexual males to take the blame, pay the bills and do the hard stuff, there just wouldn’t be an America.  And yet the size of this group is declining faster than any other group.  The reason why America is falling apart today is that for the past two generations bigoted women have been purposefully “educating” this hated, ever shrinking, group to be ever dumber. 
The truly staggering numbers of perpetually whining “victims” in my country simply boggles the rational mind, but I nevertheless have been meeting your incessant demands every day of my entire life.  As a man of considerable experience who has fully earned his stripes on his own merit, I will no longer bow to your self-serving bigotry.  In America, no one is forcing anyone to do anything; your condition is solely a consequence of your own free choices, your own elective behavior.  There is no legitimate excuse for perpetual childish whining.  It’s been blatantly obvious for decades  that it’s all designed solely to enable whiners to dodge their fair share of the responsibility anyway.  If you don’t measure up, then you deserve to be told that fact, that truth.  Besides, since you’ve never offered me or my sons anything but grief, I’ve got nothing to lose, and it’s time for you to grow up.  You can’t whine and hide any longer; YOU are now “The Man”, everyone else’s hated target on the firing line.  (It comes with the territory.)  Like all those before you at the helm, ladies, your rights are no longer nearly as important as your responsibilities – for everyone else. 
Check out my three chronological articles on the Famine-Irish who became Americans in the 19th century to see where I get my standards, and why.  For 450 years, from 1500 to 1950, America got the bravest of each of the world’s many groups, people who risked literally everything to get here on a hope for a better future and then made it work with their blood, sweat and tears; it is today our responsibility, your responsibility, to live up to their magnificent example.  No one should ever take for granted anything that America offers; it could all be gone tomorrow, simply through irresponsible negligence and ignorant complacency.  Because the greatest danger to America today is a myopic, under-educated and self-interested female majority, and the tyranny it forces on others, America needs to be strenuously defended every day, right here at home.  My own ancestors were Famine-Irish serfs; although they never had a special interest lobby, there is no greater American legacy than theirs.

One of these mornings……”


WARNING FOR ALL:  I have a special passion for defending the rights of America’s boys against pervasive bigotry from their birth onward.  With almost everyone else either permanently cowed and castrated, or forever worshiping their glorious navels, all while whining ad nauseam about victim “me” stuck on “stupid”, those boys are The Last Hope for my nation’s future.              And get this loud and clear, all you “grown-up” idiots out there:                Boys do NOT “create themselves”.  YOU create them!

And it’s just incredibly stupid to ridicule your own crippled creations.

Don’t kid yourself.  It takes a Man to make a man.

To those women who profess to agree with the things posted here, know that, if you are not the biggest and loudest part of the solution, then you are an integral and supportive part of the problem.  There’s no one to blame but yourself.  It is NOT all about “me”; it is about “us” – ALL of us, including the boys and girls you “raise” and “teach” and warp, and send out into our world. Just check out “The Last Minority“.


A right is responsibility in reverse.”
– E.B. White (1899-1985) Greatest Generation American writer and author; awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963) and the Pulitzer Prize (1978).


Baby Boomers.  The reader may notice here and there a certain contempt for the American Baby Boomer generation, those born between 1945 and 1966.  Of course, there are always a few exceptions to the rule, but it’s difficult to praise something so huge that has proven so utterly worthless.  Generally, I regard Baby Boomer women as the most self-involved professional whiners in the history of humanity.  And if Baby Boomer men had brains and spines to match their big mouths, they would have done something decades ago.  This thoroughly corrupt mob of spoiled children has been steadily killing my country with a responsibility-avoidance dodge that is simply monumental.  This bunch of self-involved losers, refusing to make the sacrifices or take the risks or make the investments necessary to keep their lucrative government benefits coming for ever lengthening lifespans, even has to borrow the futures of their children and grandchildren, to import the future taxpayer babies and foreign-educated brains necessary to keep the magic cornucopia, handed to them for free by their Greatest Generation parents, barely sputtering along.  For a half century these 80,000,000 perpetual juveniles have done little more than worship themselves.  And, even worse, they’ve passed all that disgusting “me” crap on to their children.  Unless Generation Y, those born after about 1985, along with new immigrants, reject even more of the Baby Boomer dogma than the Baby Boomers rejected of their Greatest Generation parents, our society will not survive beyond mid-century.
After over sixty years of listening to the exact same stuff every single day, I’ve come to the conclusion that American women are permanently stuck in 1960, that no matter how powerful are the positions they fill, how much they dictate to every man in sight, how many elections they decide, how much others accommodate their every demand, how arrogantly entitled they become, the only thing they do better than anyone else is talk, and over 90% of that talk is whine, the same whine as in 1960.  “It’s what they do.”  It’s a maddening loop on perpetual auto-repeat.  American women are the most pampered, protected, promoted, privileged and powerful group on the planet, and yet the only thing they can do better than any other group on that planet is whine, incessantly.  This is because no one has ever demanded that they accept the responsibility parts of each and every one of all those rights they keep claiming for themselves.  Men are NOT responsible for the choices women make.  A half century is a very long time for such a really humongous and enormously privileged group to avoid coming up with an original thought, to avoid taking an initiative on behalf of someone besides themselves, to actually accomplish something worthwhile on behalf of all of us.  Talk is the most common and prominent characteristic of a self-anointed nobility class, serving itself and nothing else.  YOU  created this mess.  This is America; shut up and DO something!
Hey!  All you ignorant self-involved Baby Boomers and their spoiled descendents!  You do NOT “buy” your own Social Security and Medicare benefits with your monthly payroll taxes!  Your taxes pay for your parents in their retirement.  How well you do that will determine how well your children will pay for your retirement – provided, of course, that you’ve bothered to have and raise enough healthy and well-educated children to do that.  Social Security is a societal welfare assistance program; it is not a corporate pension plan.  It was based on a fundamental human concept of family that had stood since the dawn of civilization; only an incredibly self-involved generation of spoiled-rotten American Baby Boomers could ever have failed to grasp that simple universal concept.  The Greatest Generation had and raised a comparatively enormous number of such children, the healthiest and best-educated children in human history, and all on their own, so it was very easy for the Boomers to pay for their Greatest Generation parents in their very brief retirements (if they lived long enough to actually retire).  The fewer babies that native Americans have and raise, the more millions of Third World babies they have to import to take up the native slack.  And, thanks to the Boomers, Slacker Narcissism is now the name of the game in spoiled rotten America.  That’s why we are almost bankrupt.

Soldier On Vacation.  Just an average American guy who enjoys the breezy Baltic region, especially in summer.

People keep asking me about my favorite movies (more so than about my favorite books).  I have a preference for serious drama films with very intelligent scripts, especially those that try to accurately portray history within the social context of the time (rather than imposing today’s values on the past in order to make arrogantly “superior” judgments or revising past fact to serve contemporary self-interests) while also trying to explain why it was so.  Excellent films like “Girl With A Pearl Earring” (2003 Britain), “Everlasting Moments” (2008 Sweden), “Empire Of The Sun” (1987 USA), “The Last Emperor” (1987 China-Italy), “City Of Life And Death” (2009 China), “The Beautiful Country” (2004 Norway), “The Lives Of Others” (2006 Germany), “The Lover” and “Indochine” (1992 France-Vietnam) , “Lust, Caution” (2007 China-USA) and “Come See The Paradise” (1990 USA) fall into this category.   Another is “October Sky” (1999 USA), the story of how a dirt-poor West Virginia coal miner’s son left the mines forever to become a university educated US Army infantry officer in Vietnam, best-selling author, and NASA aerospace engineer.  Slightly earlier favorites include “Doctor Zhivago” (1965 USA-Italy), “The Sand Pebbles” (1966 USA) and “Lawrence Of Arabia” (1962 UK-USA).  *|*  I also like interesting films that present very difficult ethical questions, such as “The Island” (2005 USA), “Fight Club” (1999 USA), “Blood Diamond” (2006 USA) and “Sleepers” (1996 USA). 
Movies that America needs most are those like “Down To The Sea In Ships” (USA 1949), in which three generations of guys learn valuable things about life and manhood, from each other, without a single woman in sight to screw it up.  Good stories about American boys growing up, with a key male role model, like “A River Runs Through It” (USA 1992), “The Cowboys” (USA 1972), “Stand By Me” (USA 1986), “Good Will Hunting” (USA 1997), “Dead Poets Society”  (USA 1989), “The Man Without A Face” (USA 1993), “The War” (USA 1994), “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (USA 2001), “That’s What I Am” (USA 2011), “The Forger” (USA 2014) interest me, too.  (I like any film that has New Zealand’s Russell Crowe in it.  And put me down for just about any film with Australia’s Mel Gibson, too; even if the man himself, at times, can go a bit over the top, he still is defined by rare unapologetic masculine substance and conviction – and is not afraid to say so.) (And Steven Spielberg is America’s gift to boys.) 
I also like movies about military guys who are just being real men, such as those in “Saving Private Ryan” (USA 1998),  “Band Of Brothers” (USA 2001), “We Were Soldiers” (USA 2002), Kathryn Bigelow’s “K-19: The Widowmaker” (USA 2002) and “The Hurt Locker” (USA 2008) and, yes, “Source Code” (USA 2011), movies that avoid the usual hateful vilifying or ridiculous glamorizing of soldiers. 
I was also a big fan of the past TV series “Person Of Interest“.  I also like the TV series “Blue Bloods“.
But, if pressed hard to choose among modern American movies, I’d have to rate my two top favorites as “American Beauty” (1999 USA) and “Gran Torino” (2008 USA).  The former is about the complicity of the American Man in his own murder, recognized too long after the fact, while the latter is about the passing by the Silent Generation of the Greatest Generation’s baton of Responsibility, the baton rejected by the Baby Boomers and their children, to young Asian immigrants.  These two films, to me, speak huge volumes about contemporary America.  
Then again, I also like “The Race” (2009 Ireland-Germany), about an Irish farm girl who has the right stuff, and her beleaguered dad.
Mary Kensay (Niamh McGirr) in “The Race”.
Brief Bio (as requested):  My parents were both direct descendents of Famine-Irish immigrants.  My dad died at age 32 during the Korean War with a marginally negative net worth before I was ten, and I left home shortly thereafter.  My mom cared for my two younger sisters while she doubled down on her career climb in the Defense Department (NSA).  After a few years as a roving laborer, I stayed put long enough to skip a few grades and work my way through a private boys’ prep school in Maryland and two very good eastern universities.  The Pentagon then used the Draft as leverage to recruit me into military service during the 1960s, clandestine human intelligence/special operations training, and multiple consecutive tours in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.  Because the Defense Department usually accommodated my broader wishes, including additional formal education in the US and Europe plus global experience, I remained on continuous active duty as a clandestine operations (case) officer (strategic special operations) for the next several decades, was twice married (widowed and deserted), and kept on marching, almost always in tough arenas overseas.  I also served as theater-level senior operations officer in Europe and in Latin America and as national-level senior hemisphere desk officer for DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) in Washington.  And, yes, I served in America’s wars from 1967 to 2007.  Primarily a DIA/CIA “Cold” warrior type, today, although formally “retired”, I remain in service to my country on “Indefinite” military status, recalled when needed.  Often patched up for injuries, I have never applied for any benefits for any type of disability.  When home I live in a nice, well-maintained, five-bedroom house with  detached two-car garage and other amenities that I designed and steadily built myself over the years on 15 acres of northwest Montana Rocky Mountain timberland I also own.  I drive a new SUV and ATV, enjoy a very well-stocked classic library in my den, and travel extensively.  I am not rich, but I am comfortably secure.  I carry a small mortgage to maintain my credit rating, but I never once in my life accepted a single dime of assistance from any source.  I also never failed to meet any obligation to which I had committed.  Before he left, my dad had given me all the values I needed to become a responsible and honorable man – his own man.  “Never take before you have paid, and then only if you can’t do it yourself.”  I can’t remember ever failing to do it myself.  His values had definite merit, so it was good that I accepted what he taught, mostly by quiet example, and that his values became mine, too.  Beyond that there is only this singular mantra: Depend on no one.  My life has been solely a consequence of the choices I made along the way as a responsible citizen of the free country into which I was fortunate to be born.  I am beholden to no one, and no one owes me anything.  I have always had zero tolerance for illegal drugs, druggies, liars, excuses, parasites, crutches, freeloaders, stupid Americans, and, of course, whiners.  To me, trust is everything.  Competence, not rank or wealth or position, along with character, earns my respect.  I am an Irish-American Man who is satisfied that he learned the rules, mastered the process and beat the jerks at their own game – even while spending most of my life in service of my nation while “out-of-touch” abroad.  Perhaps I did so because I always assumed that I would die early, and would again have to face my dad.
Oh, yes: The trick is to never stop moving, never look back, and always stay at least one step ahead.


Behold a pale horse, and his rider was death, and hell followed with him.” – Rev 6: 7-8 (The Fourth Seal)


Imagine what a guy like me thinks about the “importance” of “children” being able to remain on their parents’ health insurance policies until age 26.  By the time I was 26, I had been on my own for a decade, worked my way through prep school and two college degrees, rented several apartments, bought and sold a succession of insured cars, entered the military, gotten married, served in war, been widowed, paid all my bills and debts, and became familiar with three other countries.  I never needed, requested or received anything from my family or my government after age 15.  Why would I?  I was born an American Man.  My nation gave me a wide range of rights – with the understanding that each of them came with responsibilities, including full accountability for the consequences of my own free choices, my own elective behavior.  Of course, when I was a boy I was also able to attend schools that were the best in the world, and they all taught very good American civics lessons.  When I was in school, childhood ended on your 18th birthday, when you had to register for the draft your availability to die in war defending the nation.  Today, thanks to American women, who have never been required or expected to do anything, childhood ends somewhere around age 30 for males, and around 45 for females, and the infantile whining never ends.  Whining, in fact, has become the national trait, that which best characterizes “Americans”, most of whom just want to marry Big Daddy Government and live happily ever-after while sucking their thumbs and contributing nothing but more whining.  Today the hardest thing to find in America is an actual adult.  And, no, I am not 400 years old.  I just came along right before the super-spoiled Baby Boomers drove the country to ruin.  Since I survived my war service, I could have used the G.I. Bill, which my service actually earned, to get a college degree, but I already had done that on my own.  Today, instead of serving in the military, everyone prefers running up humongous student loan debts, betting that government, faced with all those infantile whiners unwilling to assume responsibility for their own choices, their own behavior, will bail them out.  These spoiled children now owe a truly staggering $1.3 Trillion in such debt, and all they had to do was sign their name on a contract.  And still they are eager to have the next three generations of Americans pay for it.  None see the shame of passing on the consequences of their own irresponsibility to their children, and their children, without even giving them a say in the matter.
It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everyone else, and still unknown to himself.” – Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, author and skeptical father of the scientific method.

My greatest all-time rock concert ever:  21 July 1990, Brandenburger Tor, Berlin – Pink Floyd “The Wall”, audience: 450,000+.  (I’d rate in second place Neil Diamond’s ten sold-out concerts in August 1972 at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles – “Hot August Night.”)

As an Irishman it pains me to admit that my favorite singer year after year, decade after decade, was an Italian – Frank Sinatra, the consummate perfectionist who said, “If I can’t feel it, I can’t sing it.”  No one else could ever do so much for a good song, and his best songs reflected the man he was – his own man.  The boy from Hoboken did much more than cross the river and conquer the Big Apple; he did it all his way, with brains, drive and style that created his very own space far above the rabble.  Like so many others of his towering generation, Frank Sinatra set the standard very high indeed.  If only he had joined the Irishmen in World War II….

9 Responses to > About The Author <

  1. cruelone says:

    My god you are stupid. Painfully so. For someone who claims to use “logic and fact” your comments and posts are bristling with emotion and fallacies. Then you claim to be academic, but do not cite any of your outrageous claims. None of your writings on this blog would pass in a decent college. You’re old, but have the maturity and knowledge of an angsty teen. Shortsighted, emotional, non factual, and stupid. (I could only bare to read the american men are dumb article)

    Sociology, psychology, and anthropology could hardly pass for scientific.


    • Dear cruelone: Thank you for proving many of my points, but I don’t need such proof. If this moronic rant is the best you can do, then you rate the significance of a gnat on an elephant’s ass, which, typically, contributes nothing. Go away; spread your useless flatulence elsewhere. I’m back in another familiar (and stupid) war zone, and I just don’t have the time or patience to waste.

      Quoted from the page on which you left your stinking pile of dung: “… I welcome differing views that are intelligently considered, factual, rational and defended. I remain actively engaged, very well informed, and I give considerable thought and time to what I post here, so please don’t make me suffer the barbs of blustery boobs who spout simplistic emotional nonsense from the sidelines. If you post comments please try to avoid the bobble-headed group think that now seems to dominate everything in America depending on whether one is told what to think by their handlers on the left or on the right. I try to write for quite smart senior high school and college students, generally with males in mind,…. ” Etc..

      You, however, are just another slimy amoeba hiding anonymously in the shadows of sewers. And no one needs more of them.

      Today’s American male college students (and a few professors) never stop reminding me that all discussion of gender on campus, both inside and outside the classroom, is very heavily censored by the pervasive and ruthless feminazi Gestapo – that will tolerate absolutely no deviation from its mandated self-serving dogma. In America, you are allowed to tell women ONLY what they want to hear, regardless of how absurd is the nonsense. That’s why our women-dominated “education” industry, starting in K-12, no longer teaches our children how to think, but rather only what to think. When you’ve lived your whole life never challenged on your nonsense, you end up grotesquely believing your own propaganda, your own lies. You, for example, couldn’t even cite one single specific example in all the books of material posted here to support your sweeping all-encompassing opinion of the author. Only a comfortably unassailable dictator of marginal mental abilities would be so incredibly lazy. The Queen’s mandate: “I only want MY truth!!” Sorry, but I am an American man, and I bow to no self-anointed birthright entitled nobility.

      The most important thing about the articles posted here is that the author is an actual eye-witness who just happened to have all the right tickets to see past all the propaganda and historical revisionism. And now he just doesn’t have to keep telling all the infantile fragile freaks in his dying country only the utter nonsense they want to hear. He is ashamed of what the Baby Boomers and their children did to America.

      P.S. I was about to simply delete your comment so as not to irritate my intelligent readers, but decided instead to make an example of them for the benefit of others of your ilk. Perhaps I would not have done this had you shown even enough character to provide me a valid e-mail address. But, alas ….


  2. Fatally Curious says:

    I want to say that I love your blog. I’ve learned a lot from it. It’s refreshing to know that I’m not the only one that is disgusted by our countries politics. (My favorite post is “Marketing and Propaganda”.)
    I hope you don’t mind. I have a few questions for you.
    What is your opinion about the ‘Global Warming’ debate? At school, (I’m a college student) I hear about it constantly. But, I honestly think it’s just hysteria. It’s always the same tired old argument, “Studies have shown this,” “It has been proven that”. Nobody can name the scientists that have done the research, and all anyone can do is make claims about it. All of the ‘evidence’ doesn’t seem to hold up against scrutiny. It’s also kind of scary to know that all I have to go on is what I’m being told from the people promoting the hysteria.
    My other question is about propaganda. Is there anything on TV, or the internet, that isn’t propaganda? It feels like pulling teeth, when I try to watch the news.
    Now that I think about it, can you recommend a channel that actually reports news without bull, or bias?
    Thank you for your time, and the good reading.


    • Now of course I know that you are not trying to get me to write your paper for you, right? Just kidding.

      Global Warming

      I agree that it is often very difficult to separate fact from fiction in the global warming debate, especially for those not schooled in the specific sciences involved – which I am not. I’ve listened to both sides for years now, and all I can conclude is that our planet is, in fact, undergoing some major changes. As a man who has traveled quite widely around the globe for a long time, one of the changes that strikes me most is the shrinking polar ice caps and glaciers (and thawing Arctic tundra), and corresponding slowly rising water levels in places that are close to “sea level”. So something is going on.

      The question is, what is causing it? Is it a natural cycle or the result of human influence? There seems to be considerable evidence supporting both. Since I have a very strong sense of responsibility for the future, and especially for those who will follow us, and in the absence of a conclusive answer, I can only apply logic and recommend that we err on the side of caution. Earth’s population has grown really large, so it’s unlikely that such a huge population will not impact its environment in some way. It seems to me that it would be preferable to promote policies that reduce negative impacts and increase positive impacts on the environment by that population. Such an approach can’t hurt – IF we don’t overdo it, if we don’t go so far in the extreme that we shoot ourselves in the foot. Policies that are incredibly expensive and disruptive, that would undermine society’s ability to provide a thriving economy for its citizens, could end up being more harmful to mankind than any global warming that may be taking place. So policies that move gradually in the right direction – such as increased carbon fuel efficiency, alternative energy sources and reduced harmful waste – without exorbitant cost and stifling regulation, would quickly receive my support.

      A major influence on this problem, however, is human inertia. Global warming is not a “new” problem. The subject has been debated in various forms since the 1970s, for forty years, but we have certainly not done all that we could have done during all that time. (The same is true of a wide range of major problems in our society ever since the Baby Boomers started taking over during the 1970s.) It is this inertia, this lack of appreciable movement, that has caused the advocates of global warming to take ever more extreme and alarmist positions, and, yes, to employ various forms of propaganda. Modern propaganda, or “marketing”, is an extremely effective way to get large numbers of people to respond in ways the propagandist wants them to respond. Unfortunately, the use of alarmist propaganda has given rise to an equally strong opposition to it, so the net result is stalemate, just more inertia. This, to me, reveals a significant flaw in our contemporary culture (one that manifests itself in many other ways, as most of the other articles I’ve posted here demonstrate). Everyone waits for “someone else” to do something.

      There is also a fundamental problem with the proponent-opponent construct: It’s really idiotic to have people whose livelihood is safely and securely dependent on simply confiscating money from taxpayers standing there and lecturing those same taxpayers that they have to make more sacrifices for the environment. Why don’t we START by cutting in half the number of people dependent on confiscating money from taxpayers? THEN perhaps we can talk. After all, if they want to endanger MY job, MY profits, let’s see how they feel about losing their own job, their own profits, first.

      Now I could go into considerable depth at this point and bring into the discussion applicable elements of philosophy, psychology, sociology, economics, history, technology and politics – all of which shape our culture – but the bottom line is that, logically, I feel that one should err on the side of caution and move gradually and intelligently toward reducing mankind’s negative impact on its environment. This is at least smarter than doing nothing. So, to me, it all can be reduced to a matter of simple logic. At the foundation of that logic is my sense of responsibility for those who will follow me into a world I helped make. Logic and responsibility together in a good mind are far more powerful than any propaganda. So all I really have to do is ask myself, “What would I do if my kids were growing up in a situation that might possibly endanger their futures?” At that point, even with very small odds of the situation actually endangering the kids, it’s a no-brainer. I simply would not take the chance, gamble with their lives. Each of us is here for only a brief period, so we should view ourselves as stewards, not owners.

      Another major influence on such issues is the degree to which people now specialize. Americans seem to devote their lives to ever tinier pieces of the whole, making it increasingly difficult for them to view and comprehend the full picture, to mentally pull disparate pieces from different corners into a new picture. As a man with very wide-ranging interests, as well as teacher expertise in a half dozen major fields, I find such specialization quite frustrating. For an example of pulling information in from several different areas to form a new picture, and one which also deals with alternative energy sources, see my “From The North Pole To Moon Rocks, And Back”.

      Propaganda And News

      I am not familiar with any TV news that is not influenced by the bias of those retelling the story. (This excludes all those news opinion shows, which are meant to be biased.) Up until the 1970s, the best mainstream journalism strived to report factual information and let the audience make their own decisions. Mainstream journalism’s role was to find and report the basic objective truth to the people in order for democracy to remain reasonably honest. Any obvious editorializing in such venues was roundly criticized. This derived from the concept of the press being the “Fourth Estate”, the fourth column, that, along with the legislature, executive and judiciary branches or columns, held up a democracy on solid foundations in the interests of a fully informed citizenry. This was based on the fact that democracy only works as intended if those who cast their votes fully understand what they are doing when they vote. (Unfortunately, even this falls down when the voter is concerned only with “me”, rather than with “us”.) The role of the press was to keep the other three columns honest by accurately reporting to the people the activities of those columns.

      During the 1970s, journalism schools began teaching that journalism’s role was also to facilitate a “better world”, to “improve conditions for mankind”, but this concept introduced nebulous aspects into the equation that were easily subject to interpretation. Just what is a “better world”, by who’s definition, for what end, etc.? Once such thinking entered into the field of journalism, and at a very early stage in the process – before the information was even presented to the public – things became rather muddied, cloudy, emotional, subjective. Rather than objective conveyor of information, journalism assumed an activist role in society, seeking to shape opinion with information selected or slanted in such a way as to elicit a certain response from the reader. This made journalism wide open to interest groups, and to their propaganda. For example, I can almost always tell if an article was written by a women well before the end. Today we have the problem of a plethora of “news” sources, all of which employ various and sundry methods to draw and maintain audiences. News has become enormously subject to marketing. We even see that news can be tailored to specific audiences. Now it’s very difficult to get “The Truth”, but very easy to get “My Truth” – pre-packaged “news” tailored to conform to a certain audience’s pre-existing views. This steadily reinforces those views and makes them increasingly resistant to change, even when presented with reliable information that is opposed to those views.

      This is the world we live in. So how does one ever really get to the bottom of things? Well, it depends on the degree of importance an individual places on forming opinions based on the most reliable and objective information. If one is so inclined there are several techniques readily available. For example, most news shows are actually in the retail business – passing along stories in their own words that were provided to them by news “wholesalers” – news services such as Associated Press and Reuters, which try to avoid agendas and simply provide factual information to retail users. If a subject gets my interest, I usually try to go to the original source material as provided by such news services and compare it with what the retail source provided.

      Another approach is to remember that no worthwhile news story can be adequately addressed in 30 seconds. As an American intelligence officer, I have always been a firm believer in both an objective free press and quality investigative journalism, and the best investigative journalism for American television is conducted and broadcast by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) via their “Nova” and “Frontline” series. As with almost everything else in America’s “mainstream media”, however, you just have to recognize that the overall political slant of these products will be leftist, and adjust your conclusions accordingly. If you are determined to get your news from TV, then the “Nova” and “Frontline” shows are your best bet; they each tackle one topic in depth for an hour and usually do an excellent job. The “60 Minutes” approach is another possibility. Its experienced senior journalists provide just three stories in one hour, and journalists like Leslie Stahl, a member of the Silent Generation, learned the business when it was “old school”, and they still try to stick to such principles. You don’t have to agree with everything that “60 Minutes” provides, but it’s very difficult to fault its greater in-depth format. Despite having slipped a bit over the decades, “60 Minutes” (US Version) is still the TV news industry gold standard. A college student would do themselves a favor by carefully studying how “60 Minutes” presents an important story, piece by piece, remembering that the journalist will often imply a certain position in order to draw out revealing responses from those being interviewed, that that implied position does not necessarily represent their own view. These are talented people who set high standards, and they carefully select those who join the team. (I was not surprised that “60 Minutes” selected a rather young Lara Logan to join. Logan grew up and learned the business in South Africa and has more time in combat zones than the vast majority of professional American soldiers. Quite familiar with human intelligence activities, as well as trouble spots throughout the world, she fully understands the importance of objective and factual information and routinely employs “old school” techniques in her presentations. These two women are quite rare in America, so I hope that Logan eventually fills Stahl’s shoes and carries on her legacy.)

      After “Nova”, “Frontline” and “60 Minutes”, I guess I would go with BBC News (England) and Deutsche Welle (Germany), both of which still try to stick to “old school” rules. I also check in frequently with PBS’s Charley Rose to see who he is interviewing on any given evening.

      And if you are REALLY interested in getting straight data, the federal government now provides a truly enormous amount of factual information on-line. Most interest group lobbies selectively mine such data for factoids that support their position, so a skeptic would go to the same source in order to put it in proper context with a more complete picture. The United States Library of Congress, Department of Labor, Census Bureau, Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, etc., are very good sources. (I would not recommend agencies like the Department of Education or similar agencies that exist primarily to support specific industries or interest groups; most long ago lost their original mandate and have been effectively co-opted.) But be forewarned, the data available is so great that it is not easy finding precisely what you are looking for. You have to be really determined to get to the bottom of something. (Some smart guys are working on tailored search tools for these huge databases that would make things easier for citizens.)

      I myself rely heavily on the printed word to augment anything I see on TV, primarily that provided by six top US newspapers and weekly news magazines. I also usually go one step further and check with respected news sources outside the US to see how they are reporting a story, often in a more objective manner with greater detail. (After a lifetime as an intelligence officer with very extensive experience throughout the world, I also rely heavily on my own first-hand knowledge.)

      Obviously all of this takes time and effort, which very few are willing to invest. In the end it depends of just how fully informed the individual wants to be on a specific topic. If you rely solely on being force-fed your information, and especially by TV, you will never get a full, objective and balanced picture. But if you pick and choose your topics carefully, and then do your own research, you can be very well informed – if you want to be. All an American has to do is take full advantage of what his nation has to offer, keeping in mind that over half of what most Americans “know” is little more than interest group propaganda mass produced for lazy people. Never let anyone tell you what to think; just find a talented thinker who can teach you how to think. Here’s something that got me hooked in high school: Read everything you can get your hands on, and, after finishing each piece, whether it be a news article or a book, take just a couple of minutes to write a succinct summary in your own words of what you read (who, what, when, where, and why, etc.). This will serve you extremely well throughout your life. (Don’t think about passing tests; the idea is to train your mind how to think so that your knowledge and opinions are solid and supported.) Here’s another hint: As an intelligence officer, I know that the most important aspect of any story is the original source – his or her access, expertise, reliability, knowledge, motivations, self-interests, etc.. And never rely on just one source.

      Hope this helps.

      (P.S. Over 98% of the “education journalists” in America are women, and they all follow the despicable practice of women who run our school systems, women in the powerful teachers unions, and women in the US Department of Education to impose a total censorship on the academic performance of boys in our schools in literally everything they “report” to the public. This is one of the most self-serving herds of single-minded professional propagandists in the world. I wouldn’t believe anything these self-involved creeps say or write. To me, “education journalist” and “bigot propagandist” are interchangeable terms. All anyone has to ask is, “If they aren’t doing anything wrong, why go to such lengths to hide it?”)

      60 Minutes: in 2014 I have to add some appreciable reservation to this recommendation. The caliber of 60 Minutes reports has dropped considerably over the past year or so, falling well below standards of just a decade ago. (I think “60 Minutes” began its downward slide in 1995 after Mike Wallace and CBS News bowed to Big Tobacco and did not air the segment showing whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand’s testimony about the biggest health fraud conspiracy in American history.) I guess it’s a generational thing. The standards for everything in my society have fallen dramatically over the past thirty or forty years as everyone tries to accommodate even the marginal among us, to reach the lowest common denominator. Although a few stories still rise to the brand, most 60 Minutes reporting has shown in recent times a significant rise in emotionalism, in “fluff pieces” masquerading as investigative journalism, and political partisanship.


  3. Joanna says:

    Invincible Probity!…
    first of all…
    ….and secondly…
    thank you for your writing and opinions, comments sharing…
    …everyone would benefit from reading your articles!


  4. lucius accius says:

    I have read every post. I regularly read about five blogs a day in the evenings before doing serious reading. I have not watched television in years and find that I am better informed without it. The quality of your posts is extremely high. More impressive is the consistency. I am a former regular Air Force officer and a lawyer. While I do not agree with everything you write, each post makes me think and revise my opinions. One cannot ask for more than that. Please keep writing.


    • Thank you very much, lucius accius. It’s been a lot of years since anyone actually flattered me. (Now I’m sort of embarrassed.) But I would like to request a favor, especially of a thoughtful person who has taken the time to actually read through some of my articles: Please, when you find the time, try to verbalize some of your thoughts where you differ with me (and not just on matters of normal inter-service rivalry; I’ve spent most of my life in “purple suit” assignments, so I do understand more about other Regular military services than I sometimes let on.). I need good knowledgeable minds to help me keep sharp, to help me make sure I can defend what I’m saying, or to help me understand that I should alter my stance. I’ve been making such adjustments all my life, but the older I get, the less people seem willing to engage or challenge me. I’ve been kicking around the world long enough to know that’s not a good sign.


  5. Thank you, WD Fyfe.

    I realize that I’m up against “instant knowledge” via hand-held toys, etc., so I do find it gratifying when people, especially younger people, actually take the time to read through one or more of my pieces. There’s still hope.

    I think that the best I can do is provide some understandable context to the stuff that I know well, to share some of what I’ve learned in a way that makes sense.


  6. Wd Fyfe says:

    I’ve scanned through several posts. Read a couple completely. I am very impressed with your depth of thought and “individual” assessment. It’s good to find people who do indeed still think for themselves. You’ve gained a reader.


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