Japan Golden Temple Kyoto Kinkaku-ji
World

Random thoughts regarding my visit to Japan

This is my last post about Japan, and it contains a few random thoughts tied to my visit to Kyoto and Osaka. And when I say random, I do mean random…. Japan is exquisite — and its people compulsive. There are a few obvious things to say about Japan. It [Read More]

Culture

The Time I Took my Wife to Meet the Girls at Manos

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills You already know the story of my first visit to Manos, the Russian spy-restaurant in Tokyo. It was 1972. It was run by two brothers from Pittsburgh, former OSS officers during WWII, and within shouting distance of the Soviet embassy, where, at the end of every visit, I’d [Read More]

Donald Trump

Face

Vassar Bushmills Donald Trump has a habit of heading down a rabbit hole where only he knows he hopes it will lead. He keeps friend and foe alike guessing, so even when he comes out of that hole smelling like a rose, no one can be sure whether he just [Read More]

School Shooting Florida
Guns & 2nd Amendment

The shooting in Florida — open thread

The horror in Florida hasn’t shattered my faith in the Second Amendment. Let me explain why — and please join in the discussion. I came home from a scintillating talk by Evan Sayet (which I’ll write about later) to find awaiting me the news that there was a shooting at [Read More]

Donald Trump

CNN Fake News from Tokyo

President Trump is in Japan and CNN Fake News. is working overtime to manufacture lies about it. The frenetic reach by CNN for ratings from an ever-shrinking anti-Trump base embarrassed the Washington Post to the point where Aaron Blake called the nutty network out. The first was a feeding frenzy literally. [Read More]

Bookworm Beat Wolf Howling
Politics

The Bookworm Beat 10/23/17 — the world is both sad and surreal edition

For a different perspective, today’s Bookworm Beat arrives at your computer thanks to Wolf Howling, who likes serious news with a touch of the surreal. Arab construction worker writes “good morning” on FB in Arabic. Facebook auto translator translates it as “attack them.” Israeli police arrest him before noting the [Read More]

Pop culture

Japan’s New Growth Industry – Gigolos And Male Escort Clubs For Women

Japan has a new growth industry that would have made the Samurai lose  their composure totally…clubs and agencies featuring what amounts to male geishas for lonely women! There are a growing number of wealthy,  successful Japanese women that have all but given up on  traditional dating and would rather spend [Read More]