Otto Otepka is not a name that automatically rings bells in the minds of most Americans, even those Americans with a historical understanding of the role of communism in suborning our government. Yet as William Gill relates in his magisterial work, The Ordeal of Otto Otepka, often lonely individuals guided only by their patriotism, their conscience, and their faith have been the Horatio at the Bridge, protecting the rest of us from evil.
The artificial ideological line that presumably places Hitler and Mussolini on one side of a mythical ideological spectrum and which places Stalin and Mao on the other side of this spectrum is pure bunk. Barry Goldwater famously said at the 1964 Republican Convention: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
The University of New South Wales in Australia has published the results of a study of 1,200 women who were 60 years or older. What were the findings? Women who have children live longer than women who do not have children. Even more salient, the more children that women have, the longer their life expectancy. Women who had at least six children were 40 percent less likely to die during the follow-up period of the survey.
Can man alone make Heaven on Earth? That has been the theme of secular collectivists for more than one hundred years. But as Pope Benedict XVI stated in his Easter homily this year, without God the scientific and technological advances of man are as much a curse as a blessing:
A new study published in the medical journal Neurology provides a strong case for the connection between moderate physical activity and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s. The four-year work, part of the ongoing Memory and Aging Project at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, limited participants to those who did not already have evidence of dementia. It found that those who were ranked in the bottom 10 percent in terms of physical activity were more than twice as likely to develop the disease.
The Organization of American States (OAS) calls itself the “world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, held in Washington, D.C., from October 1889 to 1890.” There were several interim organizations like the “International Union of American Republics” and then the “Pan American Union” before the current OAS organization was formed on April 30, 1948, with the signing of the Charter of the Organization of American States in Bogotá, Columbia, with the organization coming into force in December 1951. There have been subsequent amendments to the protocols of the organization a number of times since then. The membership of the organization has grown as well and currently there are 35 members.
In November 2010,The New American reported that United Nations peacekeepers had introduced a deadly strain of cholera to victims of earthquakes and related disasters in Haiti, even while the UN was denying the accusation. A massive earthquake occurred almost exactly two years ago, on January 10, 2010.
Two big agencies operating under the umbrella of the United Nations will not make public how they spend their money. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is intended to benefit poor children around the world and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is intended to provide for global population control. The agencies had $3.2 billion in cash in 2009, and yet they refused to tell the consulting firm IDC hired to prepare a study for the Norwegian development agency called “NORAD” how that money was spent.
On Thursday, July 14, 2011, a young Cuban who tried to stow away inside the landing gear of a Spanish airliner died during the nine-hour flight from Havana to Madrid. It was, ironically, Lenin who invented the term “voting with their feet” during the Russian Civil War to describe people moving into areas controlled by the Communists. Collectivists have never found occasion to use that term again.