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CINCO DE REALIDAD Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 06 May 2013

By now, I hope you are recovered enough from too many cheap tequila margaritas celebrating "Cinco de Mayo" last night to handle a dose of la realidad - reality.

Cinco de Mayo is a phony tradition, a joke on los gringos, then exploited as a marketing gimmick by Mexican restaurant chains.  So at TTP, our tradition on or about May 5th is to explain la verdad, the truth.

Which is, to begin with: Nobody in Mexico cares about May 5th.  Only we, us gringos, pretend to.  For if you ask just about any reveler at the nearest Pancho Villa's Cantina or some such Mexican-themed bar anywhere in the US, just what is being celebrated on May 5th, you'll get either a blank stare or "It's their July 4th " ignorance.

So first the real history.  Then the reality - the horrific reality of how the fascists of the American Left are using Mexico to destroy their own country.  Their treasonous "Immigration Reform Bill" currently proposed by a Senate "Gang of Eight" is the latest example.
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FORBIDDEN SEAS AND BARBAROUS COASTS Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 03 May 2013

Two Boats Village, Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean.  "This is one of the strangest places on the face of the earth," observed William Burnett, Commandant of the HMS Ascension  in 1858.  It remains so today.

You might ask how an island can be formally designated a ship of the British Royal Navy, which Ascension was from 1816 to 1922.  Children born on the island were designated to have been born at sea, with their birth registered at the parish of Wapping, the sailors' district along the Thames' dockyards in London.

No one has ever been allowed to legally live here; there has never been an Ascension Islander.  People have been residing here for close to 200 years; some 900 people reside on the island today, with many born here as were their parents and grandparents, going to school and growing up here.  Yet all were or are here at the whim of the British Government. 

The people here have fewer rights than any other British citizens in the world.  One of the rights they don't have is private property.  The British Crown owns the entire island, and no private entity may own a square foot of it. 

Tourists would flock here to see hundreds of green turtles laying eggs on the beaches and vast numbers of seabirds, for world-class big game fishing and scuba diving - but the government makes it ludicrously hard to get here.
 
A friend of mine once gave me a t-shirt that says, "I love to sail forbidden seas and land on barbarous coasts."  I'm wearing it now.
 
For Ascension is a barbarous coast in a forbidden sea - thanks to its government making it that way.  It should be an object lesson to us, for Zero is intent on making America a barbarous government-run land, and one day it may be too late to prevent him.
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THE SAINTS WHO LOST PARADISE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 26 April 2013

Jamestown, St. Helena, South Atlantic Ocean. If you have ever heard of this little 47 square mile island lost in a vast sea, 1,200 miles west of Africa and 1,800 miles east of Brazil, it’s because here is where the British exiled Napoleon after Waterloo, and here is where he died.

The 5½ years of Napoleon’s exile – October 15, 1815 to his death on May 5, 1821 – dominate the island’s 500-year history. For the last 354 years, since 1659, it has been a British possession. Yet such is the grip of Napoleon that the Brits ceded the home and property of where he lived in exile on St. Helena – called Longwood House – to the government of France.

It is French territory, as is his original burial place nearby. Moreover, there is a Consul appointed by the French government, who lives in a diplomat’s mansion on the island.

Personally, I have no regard for a megalomaniac responsible for the deaths of millions of people. The Brits should have treated him as a war criminal, executed him by firing squad aboard a ship far out to sea, and dumped his body in the ocean.

But no. Instead...
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FREEDOM PARADISE FOUND Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 18 April 2013

Edinburgh-of-the-Seven-Seas, Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic Ocean.  Welcome to the most isolated community on the planet, on the world's remotest inhabited island.

Named after the Portuguese captain who discovered it in 1506, Tristão da Cunha, it is 1,736 miles from Africa, and 2,466 miles from South America.  The nearest inhabited land is the island of St. Helena 1,343 miles to the north, itself so remote that the Brits exiled Napoleon there.

It's not simply that Tristan is far away from anywhere else, it's amazingly difficult to get here.  We are the first passenger ship to land here since March of 2012.

Why bother?  Why brave often incredibly rough and dangerous seas for days or even weeks to come here on the off-chance that you can go ashore?  Just to be able to tell your friends back home you set foot on the world's remotest inhabited island?

Maybe for some.  For me, it was the opportunity to meet perhaps the most extraordinarily unique people on earth.  I came hoping to find a freedom paradise (more accurately, a conservative-libertarian paradise) - and I found it.  But before you start packing your bags, be advised:  there is, of course, a catch.
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ENDURANCE Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 12 April 2013

Grytviken, South Georgia Island, Antarctic Ocean.  It's a shame I can't transmit pictures where I am, but at least I can send this text for Miko to post on TTP.  Then again, there are no pictures that could do this place justice, for you can't put awe into a photo.  That's something you can only experience first-hand.

There is no place on earth I know of with more spectacular geology, geography, and jaw-dropping scenery, combined with such a hyper-abundance of wildlife it puts Africa's Serengeti to shame, than South Georgia.  Add to this one of history's most heroic sagas, the perseverance of one man to overcome odds that are beyond belief, which can serve to inspire us to surmount the travails our country faces today.

It is considered the most impressive accomplishment in the history of exploration.  Let me tell you the story - and the lesson we can learn from it.
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