Jim Werbaneth's Blog – April 2009 Archive (8)

Some Immodest Proposals to Save the American Defense Establishment

America is trouble. I read it in the New York Times, so it has to be true. And after minutes of careless deliberation while inebriated, I think I know the reason.

We are let down by those who establish our defense policy. These policies just don't reflect the realities of a modern world, reflecting a kind of Neanderthal, pre-2009 reality that many people would like to forget, and others never knew a damned thing about.

Therefore I've come up with some really good… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 29, 2009 at 2:27pm — 7 Comments

ConsimWorld and Blue Oyster Cult in the Classroom

I continue to use ConsimWorld as a classroom resource in my undergraduate history and political science classes. Today I finished off a series of classes on terrorism and 9/11, and wanted something to grab peoples' attention and get the discussion going.

I started things off with Blue Oyster Cult's song Divine Wind. It was written for the Iranian Hostage Crisis and released in the summer of 1980, then in 2001 an online… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 27, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

The iPod Goes to War

Apple is a real industry leader when it comes to design, and the appeal of the iPod and iPhone is undeniable. Even a PC person like me has to admit that they aren't just incredibly cool, but highly functional. The Coke bottle was once the icon of American design, but I think in time people might recognize the iPod as the quintessential design of this generation.

Now Apple's better products are heading to war. There's nothing inherently military about an iPod, but it's a civilian… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 21, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Could This Be Progress?

In some ways, Baghdad is starting to sound more relaxed and enlightened than some of our more puritanical American cities, if you can believe this story, originally from The New York Times.


Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 19, 2009 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Line of Departure Issue 64 Is On the Way!

I'm putting the finishing touches on Line of Departure Issue 64 right now. The lead review is of GMT's Chandragupta, marking a continued commitment to the Great Battles of History series in the pages of the… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 13, 2009 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

The Liberation of Paris - Forgotten Veterans

The BBC News web site ran a story today about an under reported episode of World War II. France was liberated by heroes, but not all were recognized during the victory march through Paris. Read the story and get the story:

Paris liberation made 'whites only'

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 6, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

And Now a Moment of Silence

Three Policemen Dead, Two Wounded in Pittsburgh Shoot-Out

This happened in one of those neighborhoods where people can truly say "This stuff doesn't happen here." Stanton Heights is a middle-class neighborhood with a long tradition of being heavily Jewish and intellectual; the actor Fritz Weaver is from there, as is the conductor Lorin Maazel. Now, it has a heavy concentration of police, fire and… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 4, 2009 at 10:15pm — 7 Comments

Just So Nobody Misses the Spammers

Hey, check this out! Hot Russian girls at my Canadian pharmacy want to sell your realistic Rolex watches that offer all-natural male enlargement.

Unfortunately my father-in-law, General Francis Mbuto Klepto, recently died soon ago, leaving upwards of £15000000 dollars in a Swiss bank account, but the Nigerian authorities will not allow Switzerland to release it without a small down payment from a reputable American party. Since you look honest, may I ask you to help out a poor widow… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 1, 2009 at 2:17pm — 3 Comments

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