Book Mention: A River in Darkness . . .

. . . One Man’s Escape from North Korea is the memoir of Masaji Ishikawa, born in Japan in 1947, taken to North Korea by his parents at the age of thirteen, who survived, to escape in 1996.

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Otto Warmbier’s treatment and death resulted in this summit

From Breitbart: President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the death of American hostage Otto Warmbier led to the summit with Kim Jong-un taking place.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the death of American hostage Otto Warmbier led to the summit with Kim Jong-un taking place.... [Read More]

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Presidential Libraries: Locations and Ephemera

I’ve had the opportunity to visit several Presidential libraries, homes and historic places.  Most of the ones I have visited are centered around a home. Visiting Spiegel Grove, Rutherford B. Hayes’s home in Fremont, Ohio, is a quiet affair…a lovely home, a library for research, his final resting place.  Mount Vernon, the magnificent home and final resting place of George Washington, has a sprawling museum and estate and has been lovingly cared for by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association since the 1850s.  Other homes include those of Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and FDR.

Some Presidential libraries lack a home, but have outstanding museums and artifacts.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL tends toward the Disney-esque, with life-size dioramas and high-tech holographics along with a rotating display of artifacts in a more traditional portion of the museum.  The outstanding Library is across the street from the museum; Lincoln’s home, operated by the National Park Service, is across town and his tomb is also nearby.... [Read More]

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The Right Stuff

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

There are few people I admire more right now than our president who is not afraid to play hardball. I had expressed some private concerns to a fellow member that I was adamantly opposed to even a handshake between POTUS and a homicidal maniac who allowed his people to starve to death and lead such desperate lives.

Perhaps I was wrong because Trump may be strategizing to strong-arm a dangerous ego while making the Dear Leader feel like a major player on the world stage. Trump may even be plotting to make Kim Jong-un believe himself a reasonable man for saving the world from nuclear destruction. In any case, I think that in addition to imposing severe sanctions, Trump has planned a highly complex psychological approach.... [Read More]

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Kim Jong-un and the Hotline to Peace

“The call quality was very good and we felt like we got a call from our next-door neighbor,” South Korea’s director for the Government Situation Room, Youn Kun-young, told reporters after the four-minute call.

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