A Modern Day Game of Thrones [PODCAST]

Have you ever played chess? I have and I just don’t get it. It’s like trying to jump into the middle of the season of Game of Thrones and trying to figure out the beginning and the end without really understanding what the heck is going on. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Game of Thrones series. But, in order to figure out the next move on the chessboard we’ve got to try and look at a few things.

In 1789, Richard Price said:

“Another expression of our love to our country is defending it against enemies. These enemies are of two sorts, internal and external; or domestic and foreign. The former are the most dangerous, and they have generally been the most successful. I have just observed, that there is a submission due to the executive officers of government, which is our duty; but you must not forget what I have also observed, that it must not be a blind and slavish submission. Men in power (unless better disposed than is common) are always endeavouring to extend their power. They hate the doctrine, that it is a trust derived from the people, and not a right vested in themselves. For this reason, the tendency of every government is to despotism; and in this the best constituted governments must end, if the people are not vigilant, ready to take alarms, and determined to resist abuses as soon as they begin. This vigilance, therefore, it is our duty to maintain. Whenever it is withdrawn, and a people cease to reason about their rights and to be awake to encroachments, they are in danger of being enslaved, and their servants will soon become their masters.”

How does all this fit into a modern day game of thrones? Well, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress and touched on something I don’t think I have heard anyone else say. He made reference to the power struggle in the Middle East between Iran and the Islamic State. To better illustrate his point, I laid out the pieces to a game of chess to more fully understand how complicated this is.

Lost & Found

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has a love for history. He’s admitted that he’s been infatuated with WWII since he was a kid. So, for the last few years he’s been out trying to find an old sunken Japanese war ship called Musashi. At the time it was considered an engineering marvel due to all the technology they put into it. Well, even with all the technology and armor plating, it couldn’t withstand an estimated 19 torpedoes and 17 bombs that it took to sink it on October 24, 1944.

Who Said That?

One word: Farrakhan. That name gets my blood boiling for some reason. Probably because he is out there spewing hate and vile like this. You’ll just have to have a listen for yourself, because I’ve already given this guy more attention than he deserves.

Hitting the Links