How Cortés Conquered the Aztecs

Aztecs fighting Spanish

A relatively small band of Spanish conquistadores conquered the mighty Aztec empire. Or so the legend goes. The truth is, as documented in numerous sources including Wikipedia, Cortés made alliances with tributaries city-states (altepetl) of the Aztec Empire as well as their political rivals, particularly the Tlaxcalteca and Texcocans, a former partner in the Aztec Triple Alliance. Other city-states also …

When I Became a Nationalist

In every life, there are events in times and places that stand out as formative in one’s outlook on life, in one’s very core philosophy of existence. One of mine came as I walked across Spain on one of the Caminos de Santiago. I walked the Camino Catalan from Montserrat, a monastery near Barcelona. For …

That Race and IQ Thing…

Here we are in the land of the free and home of the brave in 2019 and there are ideas you are not allowed to think, much less vocalize.  Specifically, you’re not allowed to ask if there a measurable difference in average IQ between any two races. The visceral reaction to this statement, in our PC world, is that …

Okay, So I’m a Racist

Sarah Jeong racial tweet

Let’s set the scene: I can trace my ancestry to Medieval England and Spain. My lineage goes back to royalty (as does that of countless millions of others, ho-hum), so I have readily available information to allow me to trace my genealogy through Europe for many centuries. Prior to that, my ancestors were from the Middle East, …

You Need to Read These Books

What follows is a discussion of a very sensitive subject; in some European countries, I could be put in jail for writing these things. Here, on the Internet, I’ll probably have my social accounts suspended. Speaking the truth can get you in a lot of trouble — it has always been so. Topic: Muslim society and …

A Godsend from Bishop John Shelby Spong

Bishop John Shelby Spong

Originally published 9 September, 2014 I just completed a book by Bishop John Shelby Spong, Why Christianity Must Change or Die and found I’m a “believer in exile.” I had known that for some decades, but I wasn’t aware of the term. Here’s a short review I posted at Amazon.com. To paraphrase Tony Curtis’ character in “Some …

Jackboots

Some Facebook friends were apparently somewhat exasperated by my post of the image below. I suppose one could interpret the reference to “jackboot” as a little over the top. One might also read Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal For Preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and …

Living in Disneylandia

Flamenco in Granada

Originally published Saturday, November 15, 2014 Living in a tourist destination takes some getting used to. Even more so when you’re living at the poverty level, as an illegal immigrant, in the center of activity where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a restaurant, bar, or someone trying to sell you tickets to an …

For Everything There Is a Season

The Four Seasons

Originally published Sunday, October 20, 2013 Why should it be so difficult to figure out what you’re supposed to do?  Some people sail through life, seemingly without a care in the world. They pursue a career that they enjoy and through which they earn a decent living. They enjoy their family and friends, root for …

Spanish Lessons

Originally posted Thursday, October 13, 2013 It’s been a pretty boring time in the Pacific Northwest, where I find myself these days. Not much to write about. I get up and go to work every weekday, I take a guitar lesson every other Saturday, and I’ve begun sitting in on flamenco cante (song) lessons on Sundays. I …