Foreign Correspondent: The Secret Behind Chinese Trepangs

Reese Erlich is on assignment in Moscow. He offers this humorous memory about a long ago visit to that famed city. by Reese Erlich May 17, 2019 I was nineteen when I first visited the country, then known as the USSR, with my parents and sister in 1966. It was quite exotic for Americans … Continue reading

The DMV nightmare: Report and tips from the (long) lines

Tales from a three-hour wait: What you can do to avoid making it even worse. By Reese Erlich, 48 Hills, April 16, 2019 The DMV nightmare: Report and tips from the (long) lines Perhaps you’ve heard the horror stories of people waiting five hours to renew their driver licenses at the always friendly California Department … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Chairman John Bolton takes over North Korea

The US had no choice — after all, we couldn’t allow the people of the Korean Peninsula to solve their own problems BY  REESE ERLICH September 21, 2018 PYONGYANG –North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced today that he was resigning and appointing John Bolton as the country’s new supreme leader. Kim, apparently acting … Continue reading

Trump’s new plan: Arm theater ushers

It’s not enough to protect the schools; how about the movies? By Reese Erlich February 25, 2018, 48 Hills WASHINGTON DC — President Donald Trump announced new plans today to combat mass shootings: arming movie theater ushers. “When we’ve locked down schools by arming teachers,” he said at a Rose Garden press conference, “mass shooters … Continue reading

Foreign Correspondent: Death of a suitcase RIP Ralph, who survived the life of a foreign correspondent’s luggage for 30 suitcase years By Reese Erlich 48, December 26, 2017 Ralph died on an escalator in a foreign airport on Christmas Eve.I called my black, carry-on suitcase “Ralph” because he was almost like family. Ralph was 30 years old in suitcase … Continue reading

Why the Left Should Support Donald Trump

By Reese Erlich East Bay Monthly, May 2016   I know, I know, you’re thinking Erlich has gone crazy. But just hear me out. The U.S. political party system is in crisis. The Republican Party is fracturing into several parts. The Democratic primary has finally produced a real choice, but the establishment candidate will win. … Continue reading

Want to Find Terrorists? Check Out Your Church

TruthDig, March 20, 2015    By Reese Erlich         When are liberals going to see the connection between terrorism and religion? Many of the world’s terrorists carry out their slaughter of civilians in the name of one religion in particular. Yet liberals keep using euphemisms such as “extremism” to describe what is actually religious terrorism. That … Continue reading

From Surrender Monkey to Oldest Ally

Published on Sunday, September 1, 2013 by Common Dreams [updated version]  by Reese Erlich France is our new hero. Just over 10 years ago that beleaguered country of fine wine and soft cheese was vilified for not supporting the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Now Secretary of State John Kerry praises France as “our oldest ally.”¹ … Continue reading

The Difference between a terrorist and a man who flies into a building

  The Difference Between a Terrorist  and Someone Who Flies a Plane Into a Building Posted on Mar 12, 2010 By Reese Erlich There seems to be some confusion about who are the real terrorists these days. Allow me to shed some light on the issue. John Patrick Bedell was angry at the totalitarian federal government … Continue reading

Good Dictators and Bad Dictators

Published on Thursday, September 1, 2011 by Perhaps you are confused by U.S. policy towards Middle East dictators. The U.S. supports some, denounces others and launches missiles to overthrow another. Having reported from the region for over 25 years, I can explain what might otherwise seem to be an inconsistent U.S. policy.Qaddafi was bad before … Continue reading