Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-30-2012: The Crescent and the Scimitar [OregonMuse]


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Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to the slanderous, but not-yet beheaded Sunday Morning Book Thread.


Islam and Free Speech

Following ace's brilliant and insightful post earlier this week on the normative power of law , I went to look for books that extolled the virtues of not fapping. No, not really. But it brought to mind the time when I tried it, and we're talking back when I was a much younger man, 30-35 years ago. I put myself on a strict "no pr0n/no fap" regimen and it lasted about a month. Toward the end, I found myself writing letters to women I used to know in college, nothing sexual or propositioning or anything like that, the letters were just hi, how are you, haven't seen you for awhile, I'd like to see you again, etc. And then I couldn't hold out any more and then afterwards, I felt silly for having written those letters, even though at the time, it seemed like a perfectly healthy and natural thing to do. It was very unsettling when I realized that what I had thought was a purely physical act could have such a profound effect on my thought processes.

But, I digress. That's probably way too much information for a book thread. But if ace really has been "exercising a little restraint" all month long, I think I know what he's going through.

I didn't look for books about the evils of fapping, but rather books that explored the collision between the religion of Islam and American traditions of free speech and 1st Amendment rights, that have lately been under assault. There's lots of books about the Islamic concept of jihad itself, but not so much specifically on this sub-topic, which is relatively new (although if I were a Christian evangelist in Dearborn, Michigan, I suppose I might disagree). I am afraid that there have been many similiar incidents, where some aspect of Islamic law gets enforced by proxy, that have flown under the radar and so I an unaware of.

And I think those evangelists eventually sued the city of Dearborn for constitutional rights violations and won a crap ton of money

Robert Spencer's Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs may be as close as we have right now on this issue.

The Al Qaeda Reader: The Essential Texts of Osama Bin Laden's Terrorist Organization by Raymond Ibrahim (Forward by Victor Davis Hanson) is a good way to get it directly from the horse's mouth, so to speak. B&N has used copies for $0.79, so this may be the deal of the year.

Of course, if you really want it from the horse's mouth, try Milestones by Seyyid Qutb. Qutb was an Egyptian academic who vusited the United States in 1948-50 and was scandalized and appalled by the American way of life, and by that I mean unchaperoned females, sock hops and jazz music. These things spurred him on to become one the architects of jihad. He never personally planted any bombs or murdered any innocent civilians, but his books provided the theoretical background for those that did and do. He is said to be the main influences on Osama bin Laden. Qutb was jailed and eventually executed by Nasser's government in 1966. The Kindle edition of Milestones is < $7, so I'm kind of tempted to pick this one up myself.

And for promoting jihad, there's nothing like having a bloated Saudi oil tic sue your ass for libel in a British Court to stop your book about the sources of jihad funding from continuing to be published -- and succeeding.

Of course, how could I forget the indispensible Mark Steyn, whose book America Alone got his ass sued in Canada, or rather, the usual stooges of political correctness, allied with Canadian Islamic Congress, tried to get it declared a "hate crime". Hell, they probably wanted to get Mark Steyn declared a hate crime, but I don't suppose they were able to. Steyn is selling it along with a pamphlet by the New Criterion called, appropriately enough, Free Speech In An Age Of Jihad which includes contributions from a variety of authors such as Stanley Kurtz, Andy McCarthy, Ezra Levant and Ibn Warraq. This is from 2008, and I can't seem to find it on the New Criterion website. Although audio from the conference upon which it is based on is available here.

On a side note, it is grimly amusing to me that the same rat bastard commies, and commie stooges, and commie lickspittles who spent the entire Cold War justifying and running interference for Soviet Union (and its various "mini-me" regimes in Cuba, North Vietnam, Nicaragua, etc.) are doing pretty much same thing even now -- only this time the knobs they're fervently gobbling belong to jihadi thug terrorists. Gee, it's like they hate the West or something.

From the Mail Bag

A recommendation from moron "Hitch Aride" of a book by a truly amazing man. Reach for the Sky: The Story of Douglas Bader, Legless Ace of the Battle of Britain:

Douglas Bader was a legend in his lifetime. After losing both legs in an air crash in 1931 and being dismissed as a cripple by the Royal Air Force, he fought his way back into the cockpit of a Spitfire to become one of the great heroes of the Battle of Britain. This inspiring biography of the famous World War II fighter pilot, first published in 1954, has a following of faithful readers who come back to the book time and again to re-read, share with their children and pass along to friends. Not many books have made such an impact on people's lives. Bader's story is so extraordinary that no one would dare invent it, and Brickhill succeeds in matching the excitement of Bader's war deeds with the triumph of his greater battle over a severe handicap. Told he would never walk without a cane, Bader learned to dance, swim, golf, and play tennis. Told he would never fly again, he became not only one of the RAF's top combat pilots but a squadron leader and innovator of fighter tactics that helped win the Battle of Britain. Among the thrilling incidents chronicled in the book are Bader's first successful encounter with an enemy plane, his own shoot down, and his succession of escapes from German prisons.

The balls on that guy. Seriously.

As always, book thread tips may be sent to aoshqbookthread@gmail.com

So what have you all been reading this week?

Posted by: Open Blogger at 11:02 AM



Comments

1 Finished half of William Shirer’s Rise and Fall of The Third Reich. It got so dry I found myself skimming so I stopped and moved on to some entertaining stuff for a while. It started out good but just bogged down. He is really a poor writer and he is a hard core liberal.


The stuff I am reading now is just re-reading because there is some new stuff I want but they are still charging far too much for the Kindle version and I refuse to pay for it. It’s their right to charge all the market will bear and its my right as part of the market to slow down what it will bear.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:04 AM (YdQQY)

2 Debates like these get settled by war.

It is inevitable.

Posted by: eman at September 30, 2012 11:05 AM (Wp4rQ)

3 First?

Posted by: akornzombie at September 30, 2012 11:05 AM (RTRO5)

4 Gorramit!

Posted by: akornzombie at September 30, 2012 11:06 AM (RTRO5)

5 We should expel every Muslim from the US. Isabella and Ferdinand had it right. If they refuse to leave then burn them at the stake.


Declare Islam a subversive political movement because that is what it is and get rid of them. Also remove ourselves from every country that has adapted an Islamic theocracy.

And I gather this is not going to be much of a book thread this week.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:09 AM (YdQQY)

6 Read "Sophia's War" by Avi last night. Pretty good and I appreciate the historical accuracy. Pretty sure he's a flaming lib, but he does write some good stuff for the younger set. I read more kid's/young adult stuff than grown up books, but I did pull out my copy of "The American Revolution" last night to reread the chapter on Arnold and John Andre after I was done.

Posted by: Ruby at September 30, 2012 11:12 AM (vt4Ip)

7 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at September 30, 2012 11:13 AM (6o4Fb)

8 Since the meme this week is to have a babe for every topical thread must have a hawt librarian for the book thread. (SFW)

http://is.gd/OBvTv2

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:15 AM (YdQQY)

9 True story about Bader,one of his wooden legs was smashed in bailing out over enemy territory.The Germans called the RAF and allowed them to air drop a replacement leg.

Posted by: steevy at September 30, 2012 11:15 AM (6o4Fb)

10 ya know I think I really do have to get a Kindle Fire one of these days

Posted by: chemjeff at September 30, 2012 11:16 AM (d/5qf)

11 5 Completely agree Vic and have been saying as much myself for years.

Posted by: steevy at September 30, 2012 11:17 AM (6o4Fb)

12 5 yeah I'm kinda done with Islam. The supposed moderates just wanna take over demographically. Once they have the numbers it's the same as the violent jihadis. Tired of the bull shit. They can take their shit hole religion and culture back to Fuckoffistan.

Posted by: Honey Badger at September 30, 2012 11:17 AM (Vdd8W)

13 And I gather this is not going to be much of a book thread this week.


Vic, still reading the Winston Churchill WWII series you reccomended.


Yes, still on The Gathering Storm


*hangs head*

Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 11:17 AM (z9HTb)

14 Vic, still reading the Winston Churchill WWII series you reccomended.



I may have said something about him writing it, but I am probably not the one who recommended it since I have never read it myself.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:19 AM (YdQQY)

15 Reposting this from the open thread


319 Hey Beto if the Dempsey Bio A Flame of Pure Fire isn't on your reading list it should be.

In the 70's when the neighborhood around Dempsey's restaurant was in decline two punks saw a well dressed old gent get out of a car near the restaurant. They saw easy pickings and confronted the old man. The old guy hit them so hard they refused to get up until the cops arrived.

Posted by: Tmitsss at September 30, 2012 11:19 AM (qTeeA)

16 1940's England - Douglas Bader

2012 USA - Preznit Master (race) Baiter

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at September 30, 2012 11:20 AM (+tqYo)

17 Well I started that "Malice of Fortune" this week. What do you get when you mix Machiavelli , Leonardo Da Vinci, Cesare Borgia and a former Roman courtesan ? A surprisingly suspenseful tale about a very nasty killer roaming the Italian countryside.

Posted by: Tuna at September 30, 2012 11:20 AM (M/TDA)

18 Ruby, Avi has a special place in my heart because he got me interested in historical fiction as a child. I also just assume he's a flaming lib, but he has that uncanny ability to transport a reader back in time, so I'm pretty sure my kids will be reading his books too.

As for Islam, pretty much anything by Robert Spenser will be a valuable read. It's mostly dry and fact based, but well researched and chilling. I found his take on the Crusades especially informative given the massive misinformation I was taught in school.

Posted by: Lauren at September 30, 2012 11:20 AM (wsGWu)

19 Not A Good Day To Die by Sean Naylor is a great book about Operation Anaconda. It goes into painstaking detail about the planning and the failures in the planning of the operation. But when it gets to the actual battle it's pretty breathtaking. I know there's a wide range of beliefs around the HQ but something was watching out for a lot of those guys because it could have been much worse than it actually was casualty wise.

Posted by: Adam at September 30, 2012 11:21 AM (/YJYi)

20 It was very unsettling when I realized that what I had thought was a
purely physical act could have such a profound effect on my thought
processes.


Yeah, fapping can really become an addiction just like booze or drugs.

Posted by: chemjeff at September 30, 2012 11:21 AM (d/5qf)

21 So we want a book on fapping huh?

http://is.gd/lYTJkg

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:24 AM (YdQQY)

22 @5 I'm up for a little auto-de-fe on Saturdays!

Posted by: Katy Beth at September 30, 2012 11:24 AM (h0lvD)

23 Seriously though, throughout history, the islamists destroy everything they come into contact with. There is nothing that will stop their march short of violent pushback.

Posted by: Katy Beth at September 30, 2012 11:26 AM (h0lvD)

24 I found a dead tree version of Miracle at Philadelphia by Catherine Drinker Bowen for a few dollars so I'm mired in the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787.

She references a book by John Adams, A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, Volume I, (London, 1787), and when I could not find it at Gutenberg I looked on Google Books. Turns out there are three volumes, all free in pdf format. At this rate I'll have to live forever to get through all this reading.

Posted by: Retread at September 30, 2012 11:27 AM (zxitI)

25 What pisses me off is that until recently they were almost non-existent in the US. Thanks to our insane immigration laws we are being overrun with them and illegal Mexicans.


It really is time to do some "reform" and I do not mean more damned amnesty.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:28 AM (YdQQY)

26 I recommend a book for ages 10 and up called shadow on the mountain by Margi Preus. It is historical fiction about a teen in Norway in WWII and how he was part of the resistance. More globally the book is about how while Norway was invaded by nazis the people of the country did all sorts of things to show they resisted nazi rule. While it is a mid grade book I think even adults would find it a good read.

Posted by: Paranoidgirlinseattle at September 30, 2012 11:29 AM (RZ8pf)

27 Posted by: Retread at September 30, 2012 11:27 AM (zxitI)


If that is the one I am thinking about our library had it and I read it. Great book.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:29 AM (YdQQY)

28 I may have said something about him writing it, but I am probably not
the one who recommended it since I have never read it myself.



You mentioned it as a cheap download for Kindle. $11.94 for the six volume set. Looks like it is back up to $6.59 for just one.

Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 11:30 AM (z9HTb)

29 In the fiction side of the topic of Islam vs Western civilization, how are Tom Kratman's novels?

Specifically, I'm thinking of his novels "Caliphate" and "A Desert Called Peace"

Posted by: BornLib at September 30, 2012 11:31 AM (zpNwC)

30 In the "theme" (just a guess based on the post title, picture, and sheer conjecture on my part) of the whatever, here is a good one.


Beyond the Dar Al-Harb

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-The-Al-Harb-Gordon-Dickson/dp/0812535502

Posted by: s☺mej☼e at September 30, 2012 11:32 AM (HNn1q)

31 Oh, also Neal Stephenson's new book " ReamDe" deals with Islam in a thoroughly satisfying manner, although it is much more Thriller than SciFi.

Posted by: Lauren at September 30, 2012 11:33 AM (wsGWu)

32 You mentioned it as a cheap download for Kindle. $11.94 for the six volume set. Looks like it is back up to $6.59 for just one.


Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 11:30 AM (z9HTb)

Oh OK, one of their daily/weekly specials. Yeah, I don't always get those myself. Although I did get that Rise and Fall book on a daily deal for $1.99. So even if I don't finish it it will not bother me too much.
Not like those two G.R.R. martin books my wife got me at $25 apiece which I couldn't get past first few chapters in book 1.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:33 AM (YdQQY)

33 Why is GOP so silent on this subject?

Posted by: Temper Tantrum at September 30, 2012 11:33 AM (AWmfW)

34
Debates like these get settled by war.

It is inevitable.


******

If only we could change the ROI's we could win that war!

Posted by: Infidel at September 30, 2012 11:36 AM (k7biU)

35 14 I may have said something about him writing it, but I am probably not the one who recommended it since I have never read it myself.

--------

You mentioned it as the Kindle daily deal a while back. Picked it up myself, but haven't started into it.

Just finishd "Fallen Angels", mentioned here a lot lately. Kindle version. Good fun, but riddled with typos.

Posted by: Anachronda at September 30, 2012 11:36 AM (c16IJ)

36 Uhhhh why leave out the commie regime that was in Afghanistan ? Those commie lovers here never wanted to support the brave mujahadin that received our billions. Hey???? what ever happened to them anyway? And yeah those Nazis were sure some commie fighters

Posted by: occam at September 30, 2012 11:37 AM (hgDJr)

37 29 Caliphate is a free ebook at the Baen site.I wasn't overly impressed with it.

Posted by: steevy at September 30, 2012 11:38 AM (6o4Fb)

38 I recommend a book for ages 10 and up called shadow on the mountain by Margi Preus.


Oh that is good! I haven't read it for years but I remember liking it because the Nazi invasion of the far north countries is more or less completely ignored now.


I've been reading Grave Mercy, pretty much your standard YA kick ass heroine book. It's very interesting though because it's set under the late 15th century and the background is the wars between Brittany and France. What's really striking is how *young* everyone is. It makes sense because the life span was what, 40s, maybe, so a 20 year old was middle aged. It's still strange to read about all the political intrigue and whatnot trying to get a political marriage set up for a 13 year old.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. We're not worthy. at September 30, 2012 11:39 AM (Gk3SS)

39 Finished half of William Shirer’s Rise and Fall of
The Third Reich. It got so dry I found myself skimming so I stopped and
moved on to some entertaining stuff for a while. It started out good but
just bogged down. He is really a poor writer and he is a hard core
liberal.



Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:04 AM


I think you're being a little rough on Shirer, Vic. A great wordsmith he was not, but he managed to put a lot of stuff into a relatively small book. At least he did not suffer from the Ayn Rand Syndrome, in which every thought was beaten to death through endless repitition.

But I recommend that you find his Berlin Diary, which chronicles the rise of Hitler up to the beginning of WWII. A better read, IMO, and a more personal story of what was going on.

He can't touch the John Toland books about WWII, though.

Posted by: MrScribbler at September 30, 2012 11:40 AM (ZgX/g)

40 Oh yeah, I got an old ipaq pocket pc for my reading pleasure, for $10 including new battery*, I love it.


*

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ7Aif5aXlQ

Posted by: s☺mej☼e at September 30, 2012 11:40 AM (HNn1q)

41 The Progressive Left is in favor of anything that pisses off or kills Christians. The explanatory power of that statement cannot be overstated.

Posted by: OCBill at September 30, 2012 11:40 AM (MiSre)

42
@Vic,

You mentioned Churchill's series on WWII was on sale at the Kindle store for $1.99 each. I grabbed them up as well.

Finished the first, and yes, fluffy, it's a long read. It seems like Winston is retelling events at the same pace I'm which they happened. Very interesting, though.

Then I picked up the first two Sackett novels and and almost done with the second, To The Far Blue Mountains. Reminds me of The Walking Drum, which I loved.

Probably my favorite Louis L'Amour book was his autobiography, Education of a Wandering Man. Not only did he lead an amazing life, he recounts his constant love of reading, and lists the books he was reading during his constant travels. Worth picking up.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 30, 2012 11:41 AM (JDIKC)

43 Uhhhh


Hey????



Posted by: occam at September 30, 2012 11:37 AM (hgDJr)
Keyboards are fun toys, it seems.

Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 11:42 AM (z9HTb)

44 Ugh. ROE's. MOAR coffee.

Posted by: Infidel at September 30, 2012 11:43 AM (k7biU)

45
Sorry for the clumsy sentence. Wife was walking by in jeans and bra.

Damn.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 30, 2012 11:44 AM (JDIKC)

46 Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 30, 2012 11:41 AM (JDIKC)


I have ever book ever written by him. What a huge loss when he died.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:44 AM (YdQQY)

47 Reamde did do a satisfying job on Islamists. I liked that book. It was a relief that he was back to his snow crash type story after slogging through anathem.

O/t but taken 2 is pg-13? Was the first one? It seems like a lot of violence for pg-13.

Posted by: Paranoidgirlinseattle at September 30, 2012 11:45 AM (RZ8pf)

48 Vic, were you ever a Zane Grey fan? Him and L'Amour were my grandpa's favorites. Never would have heard of Lamour without him.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 30, 2012 11:47 AM (JDIKC)

49 Can we haz pointed elbowed cheerleaders now?

Posted by: Billy Bob, psuedo intellectual at September 30, 2012 11:47 AM (wR+pz)

50 I have indeed boldly forged into the last decade! Fear my ridicule; for I am become pathetic; The bumbler of memes!

Posted by: s☺mej☼e at September 30, 2012 11:48 AM (HNn1q)

51 O/t but taken 2 is pg-13? Was the first one? It seems like a lot of violence for pg-13.


Yup, Taken was PG-13. They push the line but it doesn't cross the line on saying fuck and it's within the guidelines for violence but not showing blood.


I was poking around comingsoon the other day and there was a what movie are you most looking forward to seeing poll and Taken 2 was in the lead by a lot. Apparently the plebes don't give a shit about how racist and bigoted the first one supposedly was.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. We're not worthy. at September 30, 2012 11:50 AM (Gk3SS)

52 Probably my favorite Louis L'Amour book was his autobiography, Education
of a Wandering Man
. Not only did he lead an amazing life, he recounts
his constant love of reading, and lists the books he was reading during
his constant travels. Worth picking up.



One of the cobs mentioned it earlier this week. You've convinced me.


You can pick it up used on Amazon for $0.30. Bastids want the same price for a Kindle download so I am making them ship and handle a paperback.

Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 11:50 AM (z9HTb)

53 45

Sorry for the clumsy sentence. Wife was walking by in jeans and bra.

Damn.


PICS!! Time for a nooner?

Posted by: Billy Bob, psuedo intellectual at September 30, 2012 11:51 AM (wR+pz)

54 Vic, were you ever a Zane Grey fan? Him and L'Amour were my grandpa's favorites. Never would have heard of Lamour without him.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 30, 2012 11:47 AM (JDIKC)

Yes, big fan when I was younger. I went back after getting my Kendle and downloaded a bunch of the free ones but it just didn't seem like it was the same after reading LL.
BTW I have downloaded some of my favorite LL books for the Kendle. Most of what I have are in paperback and my old eyes have problems with those now.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:51 AM (YdQQY)

55 >>Can we haz pointed elbowed cheerleaders now?

Sorry. That's Haram.

Posted by: Your Muslim Overlord at September 30, 2012 11:51 AM (kCXjW)

56 Da Elbows!




http://tinyurl.com/9k29h48

Posted by: Guy who says "Da Elbows!" at September 30, 2012 11:52 AM (/YJYi)

57 Empire of Jeff is dead!

But who will run his blog?!

Posted by: andycanuck at September 30, 2012 11:53 AM (vDl/w)

58 Pic fail!

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:53 AM (YdQQY)

59 >>Sorry for the clumsy sentence. Wife was walking by in jeans and bra.

I blame Brooke Shields.

Posted by: garrett at September 30, 2012 11:53 AM (kCXjW)

60 55
>>Can we haz pointed elbowed cheerleaders now?



Sorry. That's Haram a harem.

Posted by: Your Muslim Overlord at September 30, 2012 11:51 AM (kCXjW)

FIFY.

Posted by: Billy Bob, psuedo intellectual at September 30, 2012 11:53 AM (wR+pz)

61 Besides, I gave you a librarian, what more do you want?

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 11:54 AM (YdQQY)

62 Linky no worky. I blame the trolls. Carter still won, in his mind.

Posted by: Billy Bob, psuedo intellectual at September 30, 2012 11:55 AM (wR+pz)

63 Take yourselves and your "kindles" and get off my lawn.

Posted by: s☺mej☼e at September 30, 2012 11:55 AM (HNn1q)

64 Yeah,lot of Zane Grey available free online.

Posted by: steevy at September 30, 2012 11:55 AM (6o4Fb)

65 There's actually a book on the subject of Islamist lawfare (I know because I published it):

LAWFARE: THE WAR AGAINST FREE SPEECH http://tinyurl.com/9x6vxnw

It's at Amazon. It includes all the background you'll want on this issue. It was launched as a helpful guide for journalists who write about jihad and terrorism-- but, as things are moving in an advanced way these days, it pretty much now is applicable to everyone.

AND IF YOU'RE MORE THE VIDEO-WATCHING TYPE, former Pentagon intel analyst Stephen Coughlin has a series of videos on the nexus between Islamic law and terrorism. http://tinyurl.com/934jzgw

He explains the 'Milestones' process of Qutb and the Muslim Brotherhood in a video that's really brilliant. In another, he outlines the "Days of Rage" we are seeing now.


Posted by: Dave at September 30, 2012 11:56 AM (ulcUa)

66 Empire of Jeff is dead!

But who will run his blog?!



AllenG has always wanted a blog.

Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 11:57 AM (z9HTb)

67 Since this is an anti-fapping thread, with our Muslim overlords watching, I had to hide some cheerleaders in the link in my name.

Thank me later...

Posted by: prosqtor at September 30, 2012 11:57 AM (V0bLd)

68 I haven't gotten to do much reading this week, but I'm going to take this opportunity to point out two things:

1) Obama is a stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable tyrant, and so are his palace guard media; and


2) There are 37 days until we vote his scrawny, commie ass out of office.


That is all.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO Supporter at September 30, 2012 11:58 AM (CA2NO)

69
Off to Mass, sinners. Be good

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at September 30, 2012 11:58 AM (xYgm6)

70 OT Be my baby by the Ronettes - great song

And Islam sucks ass.

Posted by: Honey Badger at September 30, 2012 11:59 AM (ZFXqT)

71 I still have close to all of Louis L'Amour's books that my father collected.


I always hated westerns and never finished reading even one of them. [nonexistent emoticon]

Posted by: s☺mej☼e at September 30, 2012 12:00 PM (HNn1q)

72 Or maybe not, let's try doing it the right way.

Posted by: prosqtor at September 30, 2012 12:00 PM (V0bLd)

73 This is a good site for free ebooks.
http://manybooks.net/

Posted by: steevy at September 30, 2012 12:00 PM (6o4Fb)

74 re: Douglas Bader's biography. It is a very good read.

When Bader was shot down, it was the most amazing incident. Unless compared to other parts of DB's life then its just average. An Me-109 collided with Bader's kite, cutting the tail off. So there's Douglas in half a plane and one of his tin legs gets hung up as he is trying to bail out. Finally aerodynamic forces part Bader from his leg as the leather straps parted. Then he had to pull the cord for his parachute and land on his other tin leg. So naturally the Krauts capture Bade and are amazed at him being one-legged. And as Bader is in the hospital, the Luftwaffe radios London that they can send Bader a new leg via the Red Cross. Desiring to avoid a PR win by Jerry, the new leg is packed in a box with goodies and then dropped out of a Blenheim during a bombing raid.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:01 PM (tCEP4)

75 Oh hell, I quit.

Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/9zaahar
I was busy with work this week, so I read very little. I started Hunter Thompson's "Hell's Angels" and am looking forward to it but most of my reading has been later at night and his writing is difficult to read when tired.

Posted by: prosqtor at September 30, 2012 12:02 PM (V0bLd)

76 10
ya know I think I really do have to get a Kindle Fire one of these days


Posted by: chemjeff at September 30, 2012 11:16 AM (d/5qf)

You should get one, I love mine and you can read books on them too!

Posted by: Killerdog at September 30, 2012 12:02 PM (CZrbJ)

77 74 See my post way back at 9.Was going from memory so my details were slightly off.

Posted by: steevy at September 30, 2012 12:03 PM (6o4Fb)

78 Project Gutenberg Australia has almost all of Zane Grey's books. Our here has a lot but not near as many due to the difference in lenght of copyright laws.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 12:06 PM (YdQQY)

79 I pulled 4 boxes (the 14x14x14 size, about 50 lbs each) of paperback books down out of a relatives garage attic a few days ago when I went to attend a funeral. The boxes had been there since I went away back in July of '67. I was tidy back then and didn't leave messes around for others to clean up just in case I didn't come back. Anyhow, I will let you know if I come across any treasures as I check them on EBay and the rest of the net. My comics from that same storage process have gone awol thought. That's what I get for labeling the boxes andneglecting toput warnings about death and dismemberment that the nephews and nieces that came along later would understand. Mostly SciFi and war novels, since you were wondering, and the covers are brilliant but the pages are a little crispy feeling..

Posted by: and irresolute at September 30, 2012 12:08 PM (JvklE)

80
Bader was a tremendous guy. But "his" tactics might have lost the Battle of Britain. He was an advocate of the "Big Wing" theory where fighters would hold back and wait until there were a very large number so they could attack all at once and devastate a bomber formation. Interesting idea but the command and control wasn't sophisticated enough to make it work.

There was a big controversy about Big Wing. That book gives Bader's side. Other books give the other side. Having read both I rule against Bader! (also, historical evidence tends to support the anti-Big Wing).

Another Bader story.

When he was a prisoner, before being shipped off to prison camp, he was popular with the German fighter pilots. He was interested in the 109 and they let him sit in a cockpit to try it out. Bader didn't know that, while he was in the cockpit, there was a German pointing pistol at the back of his head in case he tried something. I think there's a picture of this either in Bader's or Galland's book.

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at September 30, 2012 12:09 PM (il+Xn)

81 I'm reminded by this topic also of all the flack Dan Simmons caught back in April 2006 for a short story he wrote about Islam called "The Time Traveler's Tale"

http://tinyurl.com/9yz4fmx

Writers like him aren't allowed to use words like "dhimmitude"

Posted by: BornLib at September 30, 2012 12:09 PM (zpNwC)

82 As if man-about-town AllenG would ever have time to run a blog. Pshaw!

Posted by: andycanuck at September 30, 2012 12:10 PM (vDl/w)

83 Steevy, I was going from memory also. It's just that scene and many others have firmly wedged themselves into my brain. The man's life is simply amazing and inspiring. He could have been a thug but he was taken under wing and helped to become a great man. After he lost his legs, he could have accepted his fate. Instead he fought his disability to walk without canes, to golf, and finally his great passion to fly again.

I look at Bader's life and how he would golf 36 rounds on tin legs. Then I look at that golfing loser who sued so him and his two flesh legs could use a cart. My respect for Bader goes way up.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:10 PM (tCEP4)

84 then dropped out of a Blenheim during a bombing raid


Deliberately chosen by the grandson of the Seventh Duke of Marlborough, no doubt.

Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 12:14 PM (z9HTb)

85 The controversy over the Big Wing might rage for awhile yet. Tossing single squadrons of Spitfires at a whole raid of HE-111s escorted by Bf-109s and Bf-110s was not conducive to the lifespan of RAF pilots.

The tale of him in the cockpit is recounted in the book. There is no picture in the paperback. Never seen a hardcover version of the book.


Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:14 PM (tCEP4)

86 The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is excellent. Huge world and excellent characters. I have read (listened) to the book 3 times. If you go audio, the narrators are amazing.

I have also recently the Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne. Very amusing and interesting spin on fantasy.

Posted by: MAJ O at September 30, 2012 12:14 PM (TwbSE)

87 Vic, 1, good to know it's not just me. The way that Shirer keeps trying to make distinctions between flavors of collectivism so that his preferred flavor is good and Hitler's is bad, bad, bad, bad, baddy, bad, bad, bad is truly painful to read.

Posted by: Tonestaple at September 30, 2012 12:15 PM (gvVlx)

88 I've got the whole set of Durant's The Story of Civilization I've been sampling.

Since civilization seems to be wrapping up these days, a little bit of reminiscing about the glory of what we were seemed to be in order.

Posted by: @PurpAv at September 30, 2012 12:15 PM (LPHGB)

89 Well Tom Holland's history of the rise of Islam, which he gives the same skeptical look that he does to the two other faith's was very good, As is the BBC series, that was based on it, of course Perfidious Albion, had it cancelled, And reading the English language Arab papers, like Al Sharq they hated it as much as 'Innocence'

One of the funders, behind much of this Salafist cultivation, is all but named in Daniel Silva's the Messenger, under another name, to avoid the lawsuits.

Posted by: archie goodwin at September 30, 2012 12:16 PM (ctjsq)

90 As my nic implies, I am into post-apocalyptic fiction. I put one on my Kindle and started it last night, "The Pesthouse."

This one is pretty bleak, but not nearly as bleak as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road."

If you can take McCarthy, and some cannot, try reading his western "Blood Meridian." More godawful blood and violence packed between two covers that most have ever seen.

Who amongst us is an old enough fart to have seen Frank Zappa in concert with the Mothers? And can remember it?

Posted by: The littl shyning man at September 30, 2012 12:17 PM (PH+2B)

91 The Arab Mind Patei
History of Jihad Boston
Jerusalem book by Dore. Gold.
Autocorrect and tiny screen makes this ridiculous.
All Robert. Spencer, Andrew Bostom, and check out online Quran and ahadith. Jihad has its own section in hadith collections. Read Sura Nine in Quran.

Posted by: Beagle by phone at September 30, 2012 12:17 PM (sOtz/)

92 Historian Eugene Genovese has died. He started out as a Marxist and ended up (along with his wife Elizabeth Fox-Genovese) as a conservative Catholic. I read his book "Roll, Jordan, Roll: the World the Slaves Made" in college and highly recommend it, although it was written when he was still on the left. The book is largely based on interviews conducted with ex-slaves in the1930's. Genovese hated slavery, but he refused to see the South in simplistic PC terms; a Brooklyn boy, he developed a love of the South. I remember reading articles Genovese wrote in the '80's which were extremely critical of the Left and wondering how on earth he could still call himself a Marxist - well, after a while he couldn't and came out as a conservative in the '90's. RIP Prof. Genovese.

Posted by: Donna V. at September 30, 2012 12:18 PM (dcIHW)

93 I was busy with work this week, so I read very little. I started Hunter Thompson's "Hell's Angels" and am looking forward to it but most of my reading has been later at night and his writing is difficult to read when tired.
That's an interesting read. The last chapter really sums up the kind of people he's dealing with, though.
An interesting followup, if you're interesting in the whole biker gang thing, is Under and Alone by William Queen. Queen was an ATF agent who infiltrated the Mongols. The writing's much worse (Queen's not a professional writer, obviously) but the story is still interesting.

Posted by: Secundus at September 30, 2012 12:18 PM (t2Zxt)

94 So I posted this, http://tinyurl.com/9l6rvkjfrom Theodore Dalrymple at City Journal, on my Facebook page this morning with the comment, "Go ahead and arrest me for blasphemy" on one of my regressive friends couldn't understand what I was talking about. Living in Seattle makes me feel hopeless sometimes, and it's definitely not the weather.

Posted by: Tonestaple at September 30, 2012 12:19 PM (gvVlx)

95 Is that graphic a reference to Pam Geller and her battle against the savage and their enablers? What next, you'll be admitting Michelle Bachmann was right?

Posted by: uncivil & right at September 30, 2012 12:19 PM (Bxl+g)

96 Holy shit I cannot believe that Rory nearly missed his tee time. You would think that someone would be tasked to making sure everyone knows what time it is locally.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. We're not worthy. at September 30, 2012 12:20 PM (Gk3SS)

97 Was at the library and saw a copy of Annie Jacobsen's _Area 51_.

I had heard and read that this book is laughably bad. Sometimes you have to verify these things for yourself. I grabbed it.

Oh, my stars and garters. It is so unbelievably, profoundly, astonishingly bad that I began to worry everyone else in the house, who heard my groans of pain every time I turned a page. I finished it only out of a grim sense of wanting to determine in detail just how colossal a trainwreck it is, and wishing to count every obvious error I could find. (Lost count.) Probably one of the wretched books ever written and one of the worst I've ever read; a waste of time on an absolutely epic scale.

There's a whole fascinating history of secret U.S. military aviation development during the Cold War years, at Area 51 and elsewhere. Stories that should be told. Jacobsen found and interviewed a bunch of retired people who are now at liberty to talk about their formerly classified work on programs like the U-2 and SR-71.

Except she didn't understand the history and the technology very well to begin with. Elementary misunderstandings of elementary fact pervade the entire book.

And so Jacobsen ended up taking what should have been an inspiring tale of heroic American engineers and pilots quietly working their asses off to create new capabilities to protect their country from its totalitarian adversaries, and mashed it up with an utterly ludicrous farrago of nonsense about Stalin and Dr. Mengele and fake UFOs and genetically engineered midget "aliens" at Roswell.

You have to ask: where was such an utter ignoramus of an author educated?

Prithee, at Michelle Obama's alma mater, Princeton University.


Posted by: torquewrench at September 30, 2012 12:20 PM (ymG7s)

98
Beenreading Kengor's The Communist, a bio of Frank Marshall Davis. More readable IMO than Kurtz' Traitor in Chief. Chilling. This racial schtick has been a commie theme for a long time. Interesting info on the Scottsboro Boys case and the ILWU in Hawaii. [I think the Dems release the "he's a muslim" meme, because they prefer defending it to the "he's a communist" meme.]
Will be taking the advice of you morons and downloading some Louis L. Read some samples and enjoy his writing. I readmostly non-fiction [politics] and frankly can't take it anymore. Problem is that when I read fiction and its not crap, I always want to "get to the end of the show." In other words, I end up staying up reading when I should be sleeping and next day's work product is shit.
Also picked upa couple by Bishop Chapot on Kindle. Might be interestingeven for the non Catholics andheathens and infidels.Will report once I get into them.

Posted by: The Poster Formerly Known as Mr. Barky at September 30, 2012 12:24 PM (4FZvG)

99 brb, gonna go see a matinee, Bruce Willis in "Looper."

Posted by: The littl shyning man at September 30, 2012 12:25 PM (PH+2B)

100 I couldn't find the photo of Bader in the ME-109 but I did find this very interesting one linked in my sock.

Posted by: andycanuck at September 30, 2012 12:25 PM (vDl/w)

101 And I gather this is not going to be much of a book thread this week.

What made you think that? I think you're wrong.

Posted by: OregonMuse at September 30, 2012 12:26 PM (C4mFS)

102 Troll in old thread spamming a Horrifically bad Columbus Dispatch poll

Posted by: Evilpens at September 30, 2012 12:27 PM (ck76k)

103 Reached 100: Tonight there is a special edition of the show "Aquí y Ahora" on Univisíon about Fast and Furious. Doing the work American media won't do.

Posted by: Gordon undead Ramsay at September 30, 2012 12:27 PM (9HhTH)

104 Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 11:17 AM (z9HTb)

So glad to know it's not just me who had a hard time getting through that. I thought maybe it was because I was trying to read it during John's cancer treatments and just wasn't in the right frame of mind.

The information is interesting, and disturbingly similar to today, and Churchill's known for his witty quips so I'm not sure what makes it so hard to get through the book.

Posted by: Polliwogette: Teahada hobbit at September 30, 2012 12:28 PM (ucTQD)

105 Posted by: Tonestaple at September 30, 2012 12:15 PM (gvVlx)


He kept switching back and forth between conservative and liberal and socialist so much wanted to scream. Everyone he was talking about was either a socialist or a communist.


He tried at one point to call Hitler conservative - right.
This when Hitler had "socialism" in the title of his party.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 12:28 PM (YdQQY)

106 So a new poll from the Columbus Dispatch with Obama up 9. Normally I don't like to dismiss polls out of hand, but this one I will. a Plurality of people in this poll said they voted for Ted Strickland in 2010. Ted Strickland lost in 2010. So whatever the people of Ohio might be thinking right now, that poll is not representative of it.

Posted by: Rich at September 30, 2012 12:28 PM (pnHKr)

107 O/T, but is anybody else seeing the sidebar ad on the main page showing the blond in the purple suit?
Would someone please feed her before she drops dead?

Posted by: Secundus at September 30, 2012 12:28 PM (t2Zxt)

108 What made you think that? I think you're wrong.


Posted by: OregonMuse at September 30, 2012 12:26 PM (C4mFS)

So far it has been good. I was surprised because I thought everyone would jump on the Islam stuff.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 12:29 PM (YdQQY)

109 Actually fluffy, a Bristol Blenheim was a twin-engined RAF light bomber.

Torquewrench, a far better book is Paul F. Crickmore's Lockheed ST-71 Blackbird as part of the Osprey Air Combat series.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:31 PM (tCEP4)

110 Via Kindle for iPhone, reading Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That Conspiring to Islamize America.

Getting ready for church; going to hear the Word of the Living God while it can still be preached. And it isn't as if He didn't warn us.

Watch, pray, plan, not necessarily in that order.


Posted by: baldilocks at September 30, 2012 12:31 PM (7nwJ6)

111 I haven't been there or done that, but I just bought the T-shirt.

https://anthemstudios.net/product_info.php?
cPath=7&products_id=51

Posted by: rickl at September 30, 2012 12:32 PM (sdi6R)

112 Posted by: Rich at September 30, 2012 12:28 PM (pnHKr)

D.M. Hawkins @HawkinsUSA 18m
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Posted by: Evilpens at September 30, 2012 12:32 PM (ck76k)

113 Off to mass. have a good one morons -

Posted by: Katy Beth at September 30, 2012 12:33 PM (h0lvD)

114 geez... ST? wow SR you silly wanna-be blogger and writer..

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:33 PM (tCEP4)

115 Morning, all. Just popping in from this damned homework to offer an excellent old(er) book for those who like 'Nam fiction.

Body Count by William Turner Hugett (Putnam, 1973) is far and away my favorite book about that war, and probably in my to 5 fave books of all time. Dad got that for me when I was home sick probably shortly after it was published, so I have an old dead tree version, probably an original, although I'm too lazy to go look it up.

Here is a link to the reviews at Amazon: http://scoamf.us/zP

This comment to a review pretty well sums up what you will find:

"This reply is in direct refrence to the post "by A Customer" Lt .Huggett's book was a personal and largely factual account of his tour in vietnam. If it seemed far wacked to you,"then you were never in vietnam,the war was wacky,heart breaking,and filled with acts of selfless sacrfice and bravery unfound in civilian life.I served proudly under Lt .Huggett during the last major battle in the book,it really happened". sadly he died from agent orange induced cancer in 2004. SImper Fidelis."

I just finished reading it for probably about the two-dozenth time, and it seemed like a good choice for a smart milblog.

And in unrelated news, Obama is a stuttering clusterfuck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: Boomer Redneque knows Mohammad was a goat-fucking kiddie-raper at September 30, 2012 12:33 PM (eQnzo)

116 Posted by: Rich at September 30, 2012 12:28 PM (pnHKr)

The Dispatch is a lefty rag just like the rest of them.

They occasionally endorse a Republican just to put on an air of impartiality but they're a bunch of socialist cocksuckers.

Posted by: ErikW at September 30, 2012 12:33 PM (G8pWk)

117 I re-read The Fellowship of the Ring last night.
It's been at least 7 years since I read the trilogy. Figured it was time I got those movies out of my ead.

Posted by: garrett at September 30, 2012 12:33 PM (kCXjW)

118 O/T, but is anybody else seeing the sidebar ad on the main page showing the blond in the purple suit?

No. I run Firefox with the AdBlock add-in. I see no ads.

Posted by: OregonMuse at September 30, 2012 12:34 PM (C4mFS)

119 The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright was a good look at what led to the formation of Al Qaeda and the September 11 attacks. It covers Qutb, the Sadat assassination, the Arab Mujahadeen(even mostly dispelling the myth that they were funded by the west) and Bin Laden's time in the Sudan. Well researched and worth a read, even if Wright is a crazy left-wing loon.

Seriously, all respect I had gained for him for his book was lost once I saw his HBO special. He was the one that "exposed" the Bush administration for spying on civilians. His evidence? An FBI agent mentioned his daughter in a conversation with him. The ***ONLY*** way he could have known about her was to listen in on a phone call, dammit! Never mind the fact that he was constantly talking to radical Islamists in England that were known terrorists/terrorist sympathizers and that they were probably listening to their lines when he called. Whatever, he's a fucking asshole.

Posted by: FPW at September 30, 2012 12:34 PM (BDNF5)

120
D.M. Hawkins @HawkinsUSA 18m
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Well and that's not even right from my research. He won ohio 51-47 in 2008, not 53-46.

Posted by: Rich at September 30, 2012 12:34 PM (pnHKr)

121 I see a blonde with long hair, and from the lipstick and pink/purple suit color I presume it's a girl. No tits and no hips, built like a 17 yo boy

Posted by: Boomer Redneque knows Mohammad was a goat-fucking kiddie-raper at September 30, 2012 12:35 PM (eQnzo)

122 Football up

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 12:36 PM (YdQQY)

123 The topic of jihad brings up the eternal question: Why are there no arabs on Star Trek?

Posted by: Minuteman at September 30, 2012 12:36 PM (O80gU)

124 120 so another totally worthless poll. These people truly are shameless.

Posted by: Honey Badger at September 30, 2012 12:37 PM (0SHei)

125 I see a blonde with long hair, and from the lipstick and pink/purple suit color I presume it's a girl. No tits and no hips, built like a 17 yo boy

Posted by: Boomer Redneque knows Mohammad was a goat-fucking kiddie-raper at September 30, 2012 12:35 PM (eQnzo)

Guess she never made the cheerleader tryouts so went radical chic...

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:37 PM (tCEP4)

126 Back onto books.
Moron horde members! Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wonder what the most depressing book in history is. I have enjoyed myself entirely too much recently, and I want to read something which will destroy any remaining faith I have in the human race and make me want to immolate the world in nuclear fire!!"
Well, wonder no longer! I have the answer. The book is Commandant of Auschwitz by Rudolf Hoess. Bad writing, horrendous evil and craven excuse making and self justification are never more than a page turn away in this literary excrescence!
The edition I bought is all proceeds to Holocaust survivors. My dad asked me why the hell I would read it, and I guess I've got two reasons: I was curious, and I think it's important to remember who these people were and what they did, in detail. Stalin said a million deaths is a statistic, but at the end of the day someone made that statistic happen.

Posted by: Secundus at September 30, 2012 12:38 PM (t2Zxt)

127 And one other thing: The future doesn't belong tobastard afterbirth of a commie whore who says the future doen't belong to those who insultthe murderous pedo Mohammed.

Posted by: Minuteman at September 30, 2012 12:39 PM (O80gU)

128 I think all of the state polls from now on should ask respondents how they voted in 2008 and 2010. Makes it far easier to get a sense for how legitimate the poll is.

Posted by: Rich at September 30, 2012 12:39 PM (pnHKr)

129 Ordered Dakota Meyer's Into the Fire. I'm eager for it to come.

Posted by: Pecos at September 30, 2012 12:39 PM (2Gb0y)

130 From the June, 1931 issue of Astounding Stories -

The Clayton Standard on a Magazine Guarantees

That the stories therein are clean, interesting, vivid, by leading writers of the day and purchased under conditions approved by the Authors' League of America;

That such magazines are manufactured in Union shops by American workmen;

That each newsdealer and agent is insured a fair profit;

That an intelligent censorship guards their advertising pages.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:43 PM (tCEP4)

131 That Dispatch poll is so obviously bad, I doubt even Axlerod would have the stones to mention it.

Posted by: @PurpAv at September 30, 2012 12:43 PM (LPHGB)

132 Well OM, I think we both spoke too soon.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 12:45 PM (YdQQY)

133 a Bristol Blenheim was a twin-engined RAF light bomber.


By that time, it would have probably been used mostly as a night fighter, and second line at that.


First Duke of Marlborough, Churchill's ancestor was famous for his role at the Battle of Blenheim, defeating the Bavarians. Not sure, but he probably got his title as a result.


Very symbolic action.

Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 12:45 PM (z9HTb)

134 47 "Reamde did do a satisfying job on Islamists. I liked that book. It was a relief that he was back to his snow crash type story after slogging through anathem."

That's good to hear. I'm reading Snow Crash for the first time right now and I am enjoying it immensely.

Posted by: BornLib at September 30, 2012 12:45 PM (zpNwC)

135 Hey, a little determined Googling found a .pdf version of Alms for Jihad. You're welcome:

http://tinyurl.com/96l3ght

And I'm kinda biased, because I consider the author a close friend, but from a plot and writing perspective, Caliphate is NOT LTC Kratman's best novel. The future history segment in the middle is brilliant, and the whole concept is great, but the plot and dialogue isn't his sharpest. He was trying to pack too many informational vignettes into the plot. Was the second novel of his I ever read- Watch on the Rhine with John Ringo being the first.



Posted by: SGT Dan at September 30, 2012 12:45 PM (Gy7db)

136 Since many of you are interested in history, I came across a book I highly recommend. "A Voyage Long and Strange", by Tony Horwitz.

Basically, he covers the history of exploration and settlements of the U.S. that tends to be ignored by regular history books. The Vikings, Spanish, French, etc.

For instance, I already knew a lot about the Coronado Expedition, but he adds more details that surprised me. And I had no clue about DeSoto, who roamed throughout the whole South basically destroying and pilliging.

Great thing is the author travels the routes of what he's covering, and talks to local historians, park rangers or whomever. Gives you a feel for what happened in the past still effects us today.

Well written, and full of stuff you may never have heard of.

Posted by: HH at September 30, 2012 12:48 PM (v+ExF)

137 Not sure where Hawkins is getting his numbers, but when I did the math I came out with 52.5% of respondants voted for Obama in 08 while 40% voted for McCain. Which, to me, makes it even worse because I'm of the opinion that Romney is basically guaranteed to get every single voter McCain got in '08, and McCain got 47% of Ohio in 2008.

Posted by: Rich at September 30, 2012 12:49 PM (pnHKr)

138 This one is pretty bleak, but not nearly as bleak as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road."



If you can take McCarthy, and some cannot, try reading his western
"Blood Meridian." More godawful blood and violence packed between two
covers that most have ever seen.



Who amongst us is an old enough fart to have seen Frank Zappa in concert with the Mothers? And can remember it?

Posted by: The littl shyning man at September 30, 2012 12:17 PM (PH+2B)


McCarthy's books are extremely violent; "Child of God" is pretty fucking weird too. "The Road" is one of the few page-turners he's produced because his other stuff is incredibly dense and uses a lot of local Southwest dialect in books that are set there.

As for what I'm reading I'm still slogging my way through "I the Supreme" by Augusto Roa Bastos (page 282 out of 433) although for a slog it's very entertaining. I'm a slow reader to begin with but I'm not making much progress for a number of reasons. First, it uses a lot of made up words in a Joycean manner (the translator deserves combat pay for what she's done) which gets compounded in an amalgamation between English, Spanish and Portugese so I can't figure out what the fuck is being said many times (and running a google on some of the words brings up a reference to the book itself). Second, Paraguay isn't the most interesting country in the world; in fact the book makes it sound like a hot smelly shithole. Finally it's the story of somebody who's pretty fucking insane so you always have to figure out how the prose relates to reality. Despite what those caveats may sound like, I really like it.

I'm also going through three books on the group The Band which I decided to investigate after Levon Helm died. I really liked the group, fairly unique in popular culture, and through reading the account of different perspectives you can get a pretty clear picture of what happened; ie fame went to their heads and only a couple of them dealt with it effectively (not surprisingly the 2 that are still alive). Late in 1999 I saw Rick Danko appear at a local microbrewery's stage and I left before the first set was over. It was embarrassing seeing this formerly skinny bass player turned into this enormously bloated tub of goo barely able to wheeze his way through a song. About a week later he was dead of a heart attack. The body of work they produced was and is outstanding and should stand the test of time.

Posted by: Captain Hate (more dagny and less curious) at September 30, 2012 12:51 PM (enXB1)

139 'Snow Crash' and 'Diamond Age' are two of my favorite books. YT and Hiro Protagonist. Rife and a robo guard dog thinking doggy dreams and YT.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:53 PM (tCEP4)

140 Still working on P.J. O'Rourkes synopsis of Wealth of Nations, many thanks to whoever it was here who mentioned that, and Breitbart's Righteous Indignation. Can't read much of that at a time because of the stroke-inducing rage the history of the Frankfort School produces.

Other than that, it's been HQ and Twitter. My G-d does Twitter take a lot of time. I've come to almost hate it but it's an important tool in getting information out and linking like-minded people up.

Posted by: Polliwogette: Teahada hobbit at September 30, 2012 12:53 PM (ucTQD)

141 Polliwogette, take a break before you burn out. Still got a month and change to go. Remember what Judah Ben-Hur said to one of the horses, "Nine lives Antares" That the race is not won on the first or third circuit of the circus, but on the ninth.

On an OT note picked up at a small comic convention some neat things. A how-to book on digital manga for $10, a decent intro book on anthros that even talks about the anatomy on how to draw them by Christopher Hart for $10, and Manga Studio 4 Debut for $35.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:59 PM (tCEP4)

142 I'm one of the few people who did slog their way through Anathem. Once you get through the slogging part and the endless expeditions to the glossary and get your mind situated in the world he created it's pretty good.

Posted by: Tuna at September 30, 2012 01:11 PM (M/TDA)

143 I have been lead to Robert Graves' The Nazarene Creed. Any morons have an opinion? I do enjoy Graves' sort of speculative 'make it logical' reworking of myths and religious stories. Homer's Daughter, a rewrite/explanation of the Odyssey is my fave.

Posted by: csprof on the phone at September 30, 2012 01:13 PM (RR3e1)

144 Posted by: Captain Hate

What books are those about The Band? I'd be interested in reading them.

Not even gonna think about how many times I've watched 'The Last Waltz'.

Posted by: HH at September 30, 2012 01:13 PM (v+ExF)

145 Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at September 30, 2012 12:59 PM (tCEP4)

I was avoiding Twitter for several weeks until the Libyan thing (mostly the instantaneous attack on free speech). I figured it was important to start working again to get everyone networked together as much as possible.

Posted by: Polliwogette: Teahada hobbit at September 30, 2012 01:14 PM (ucTQD)

146 "And I'm kinda biased, because I consider the author a close friend, but from a plot and writing perspective, Caliphate is NOT LTC Kratman's best novel."

Possible bias notwithstanding, which of LTC Kratman's novels are his good ones in your opinion SGT Dan?

Posted by: BornLib at September 30, 2012 01:27 PM (zpNwC)

147 No. I run Firefox with the AdBlock add-in. I see no ads.


Posted by: OregonMuse

You can whitelist = allow adds on a per site basis. Usually the AoSHQ's ads aren't a lot of trouble. I don't want to actually pay for all that Valu-Rite and pudding removal via subscription.

Posted by: DaveA at September 30, 2012 01:28 PM (wcjj2)

148 HH,

Across the Great Divide: The Band and America by Barney Hoskins


This Wheel's on Fire: Levon Helm and the story of The Band Levon Helm and Stephen Davis


A Musical History The Band (book/5 cds/DVD) Robertson had input to this


Helm had a lot of issues with Robertson that negatively impacts his book imo. Nobody is blameless except for Hudson who keeps his yap shut throughout all this and is, imo, an extremely nice person and incredible musician, even by the high standards of the others. Manuel was a sad soak who happened to have a great singing voice and was good on other instruments; no surprise when he killed himself. I recommend reading and listening to them concurrently.

Posted by: Captain Hate (more dagny and less curious) at September 30, 2012 01:28 PM (enXB1)

149 Thanks much, Captain H.

May go out and look for them when I'm next off.

I came to The Band late, but indeed they were unique.

Posted by: HH at September 30, 2012 01:33 PM (v+ExF)

150 You're welcome, HH. Are you active duty? I nabbed them all at the local library. I'd imagine you could find the 2 books cheap on Amazon. The musical history has some great pictures of the group (one of a young Danko on an "in memory" page is absolutely haunting) but the cds have mostly available stuff on them and could've been whittled down to a 2 cd rarity collection. I haven't watched the DVD but I'm sure it's very good.

Posted by: Captain Hate (more dagny and less curious) at September 30, 2012 01:44 PM (enXB1)

151 I am reading "The Origin of Satan" by Elaine Pagels.

Very interesting. I am currently in a chapter discussing the idea that the pagans were/are controlled by demons.

Wow, you could substitute "muslim" for "pagan" and it would still be just as valid.


Posted by: Bart who lurks with SMOD 2012 and is Master of his domain at September 30, 2012 01:50 PM (he2LC)

152 I've long been looking for a copy of "The Revolt," an inside account of militant Zionism. It was used as a handbook for terrorism by the IRA. Supposedly, it was one of the books found in Osama's hideout. It's been out of print for a while... $50 on Amazon used.

Posted by: Jordan at September 30, 2012 01:55 PM (RSG1I)

153 [24] She references a book by John Adams, A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, Volume I,
(London, 1787), and when I could not find it at Gutenberg I looked on
Google Books. Turns out there are three volumes, all free in pdf format.
At this rate I'll have to live forever to get through all this reading.

There is an easier to read version at The Online Library of Liberty. http://tinyurl.com/8cay52v. (I just searched for it, I haven't read it.)

Posted by: microcosme at September 30, 2012 01:58 PM (Yl7b3)

154 I am not going to buy any more books until my credit card is paid off. You heard it here first. I will get books at the library but I cannot afford to buy any more books, monetarily or mentally. I have too many to read in one lifetime and I have to stop this now. I am not going to buy any more books.

Posted by: Tonestaple at September 30, 2012 01:59 PM (gvVlx)

155 La-la-la...

I'm buying books!

La-la-la.

Posted by: Alternative Timeline Tonestaple at September 30, 2012 02:03 PM (G9qZk)

156 Posted by: Captain Hate

Nooo, not active duty.

Good idea though of going thru Amazon.

Kind of depressing what you mentioned about Danko, although even at the end of 'The Last Waltz' one wonders if he could make it on his own.

Posted by: HH at September 30, 2012 02:04 PM (v+ExF)

157 Posted by: Tonestaple at September 30, 2012 01:59 PM (gvVlx)

I've been doing a lot of samples on my Kindle. I'm hoping that will help me not spend as much over all.

Posted by: Polliwogette: Teahada hobbit at September 30, 2012 02:04 PM (ucTQD)

158 Those damn Kendles make it too easy to buy books. I have made a vow to not buy any over $10 now and concentrate on the DD's and 3.99 ones. Plus what ever I can find free.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 02:07 PM (YdQQY)

159
I think Pam Geller attacked subconsciously the whole noble savage idea of Rousseau in the academically-brainwashed minds of our so-called elites. I wish I could remember the name of the book which discussed the probable number of casualties suffered by our pre-modern ancestors in fighting wars with their neighbors basically. I think it was 20% casualties just in the course of doing business and life.

Hard to imagine anything more "savage" than Beslan in the history of humanity, though it's tied with countless other things. Beslan was 'justified'through jihad and the desire for Islamic government instead of Russian rule. Does anything in the modern world incite as much violence as jihad, except possibly socialism in its many flavors?

Posted by: Beagle at September 30, 2012 02:13 PM (sOtz/)

160 #146, I think Watch On The Rhine and Yellow Eyes, his two contributions to Ringo's Posleen War universe, were brilliant. Should you not want to be bound by a larger universe, he's got others.

A Desert Called Peace and the first sequel Carnifex are an awesome read. He lays on the allegory with a shovel, in the whole "history does repeat itself" idea, but the idea that the UN will eventually devolve to a corrupt hereditary aristocracy is entirely too plausible. You can stop with those two, though I personally enjoyed the continuation of that universe in The Lotus Eaters. The Amazon Legion, the fourth in that universe, is a side trip off the main plot. That actually began as a nonfiction essay on how to make female infantry units called The Amazon's Right Breast that's in one of the Baen compilations and I tracked down online. I actually cribbed bits from it, properly footnoted, for Military History 551 ("Race and Gender in Military History") at Norwich. And with the essential destruction of the Islamic threat after the first two books, the enemy then becomes the UN. Good reads, all.

His last three have been in a series called Countdown. These have been The Liberators, M Day, and H-Hour. There will be more after that. These are not sci-fi, they're near-future military thrillers/tutorials about a small multinational private military corporation assembled for one task and who stayed together to battle our world's visible slide into barbarism. In the afterword to H-Hour, Tom said "People ask me if I believe the world is going to get as bad as it is in this series. No. It's going to be much worse." Those three are the ones I believe would appeal most to the Moronosphere. Because the subject material is the nearest and dearest to Tom's heart, I think it's his sharpest. The research is incredible, particularly in terms of what's available on the world's surplus market on any given week. Even Viktor Bout makes an appearance under a recognizable pun of a pseudonym.

http://www.baenebooks.com/s-66-tom-kratman.aspx

Posted by: SGT Dan at September 30, 2012 02:20 PM (0Yr25)

161 The Kindle edition of Milestones is < $7, so I'm kind of tempted to pick this one up myself.

Why pay for it and give money to anyone associated with this drek when you can get free versions online? If you're interested in reading this piece of shit (and Westerners should see and understand the enemy's ideas) get a free version.

While qtub is the "intellectual" father of modern jihad (as much as there is anything intellectual among one of the most illiterate and savage populations on Earth) it was really the Nazis and arafat's uncle, the grand mufti, who got the idea of a modern jihad restarted as part of WWII tactics.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at September 30, 2012 02:26 PM (X3lox)

162 who got the idea of a modern jihad restarted as part of WWII tactics.

Pretty much. Early 20th century return to the holy land type "Zionists" seemed to get along with their Arab neighbors fairly well with few incidents.

The whole Arab hyper-rage against "the Jews" is a relatively new wrinkle.

Posted by: @PurpAv at September 30, 2012 02:32 PM (LPHGB)

163 You mean the "hyper-rage" is new, PA, or the Jew-hatred? I hope the former because the latter has been part of Islam since day one. Although I guess Mighty Mo comes across as a good bit calmer about hating Jews than some today.

Which reminds me, I have aNew Pet Peeve: Non-muslims referring to Mighty Mo as "The Prophet Mohammed." It should, at best, properly be "THEIR prophet Mohammed." One should never acord Mo the respect that Muslims never give to anyone else's religion, all their squawking claims to the contrary notwithstanding. Or really, one should never acord Mo any respect at all, given his penchant for crimes against anyone who came in his orbit.

Posted by: Tonestaple at September 30, 2012 02:43 PM (gvVlx)

164 One reason for calling Muhammad "The Prophet Muhammad" is that it does distinguish him from the other billion guys with that name. Think of it as a surname.

Posted by: Trimegistus at September 30, 2012 02:46 PM (AHM0q)

165 It should, at best, properly be "THEIR prophet Mohammed." One should
never acord Mo the respect that Muslims never give to anyone else's
religion, all their squawking claims to the contrary notwithstanding.



Their prophet Mo. Let the raging begin.


"What? He's not my prophet."

Posted by: fluffy at September 30, 2012 02:46 PM (z9HTb)

166 My imageshop of the Pink Censorship cartoon.


http://tinyurl.com/8m95k9s

Posted by: 13times at September 30, 2012 02:51 PM (h6XiD)

167 Early 20th century return to the holy land type "Zionists" seemed to get along with their Arab neighbors fairly well with few incidents.

The whole Arab hyper-rage against "the Jews" is a relatively new wrinkle.

Posted by: @PurpAv at September 30, 2012 02:32 PM (LPHGB)


I wouldn't go that far. Early Zionists were sold the shittiest swamp lands by the local shieks, who thought they were ripping the Jews off. When the Jews imported eucalyptus trees, drained the swamps, and turned the land into highly productive farms the local shieks felt as though they had been ripped off, since, as arabs tend to do, they thought of the now highly-productive land as if it had been in the same condition back when they held it and never even truied to use it for anything. So, even though they had sold it outright, the shieks told their peasants that the Jews had stolen the good land from them and whipped them up into frenzies, which exploded in serious terrorist attacks with increasing frequency. This was the real start of the local problems but was pretty much divorced from islam or even much of a pan-arab motivation.

With the Balfour Declaration, the defeat of the Ottomans, and the transfer of the arab world to the West's "care", the arabs went into much more serious attempts to thwart the Jews (though there were still various local arab-jewish alliances in the palestine mandate, at that point) but it was still more of a nationalistic arab drive than a muslim one. The arab world itself was highly nationalistic with pan-arabism (generally opposed to islamism) having taken it until the Iranian revolution started to reintroduce pan-islamism into the arab world through hezbollah and other islamist proxies in the arab world and then the later emergence of sunni islamist jihadis (pan-islamists) such as hamas, which even forced the pan-arabist fatah to develop its own al aqsa martyrs brigade (even though most of the West never held fatah responsible for their islamist arm ... Chinese wall and all ... fuckers).

The original arab terrorists weren't jihadis but secular pan-arabists which included arab christians, such as the PFLP-GC and its leader George Habash. Of course, this was back in the days when most arab terrorists and arab states were supported by the Soviets during the Cold War.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at September 30, 2012 02:58 PM (X3lox)

168 I meant "original arab INTERNATIONAL terrorists" above. There has always been arab terrorism (it's how they fight, always) but they took it international in attempts to hit uninvolved third parties (which used to be the essence of arab tactics) from the 60s and 70s with Soviet support and help.

Posted by: Ike Turner at September 30, 2012 03:17 PM (X3lox)

169 Friggin sock mishap ...

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at September 30, 2012 03:18 PM (X3lox)

170 160

Thanks SGT Dan.

Posted by: BornLib at September 30, 2012 03:23 PM (zpNwC)

171 Christian ministers were also scandalized by young Americans, hell they still are.

Posted by: occam at September 30, 2012 03:25 PM (71sq+)

172 #154
Is there a 12 step program for bookaholics ?

Posted by: Tuna at September 30, 2012 03:25 PM (M/TDA)

173 Posted by: Tuna at September 30, 2012 03:25 PM (M/TDA)

Yeah, but it has to be read to you...

Posted by: HH at September 30, 2012 03:28 PM (v+ExF)

174 # 90

Me, for one - It was at the Hollywood Bowl, fall of '72 I think. with his big band. My dad took me for my 13th birthday...

Heh....I was expecting more of a "Live at the Fillmore" show with Flo n Eddie - instead, what what I got was an education in Big Band/Fusion Jazz

And Dad actually enjoyed the show....and I had to say "no thanks" to the joints being passed around a buncha times

A few years ago, when he was telling the story yet again at a family gathering, I mentioned that to my recollection, the crowd was straight out of the Star Wars Bar Scene...and now he always adds that description of the crowd as well

Posted by: Bacon Industry at September 30, 2012 03:33 PM (xUMoc)

175 Is there a 12 step program for bookaholics ?

Posted by: Tuna at September 30, 2012 03:25 PM (M/TDA)

Well I know buying a Kendle sure as hell isn't in it.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 03:34 PM (YdQQY)

176 Vic is right, 172, but it's too late for that, so I will make one up. Be back later on some thread or another.

Posted by: Tonestaple at September 30, 2012 03:41 PM (gvVlx)

177 Someone's blocking my ads?
Dick.

Posted by: toby the beagle's pudding removing service at September 30, 2012 03:44 PM (vDl/w)

178 One reason for calling Muhammad "The Prophet Muhammad" is that it does
distinguish him from the other billion guys with that name. Think of it
as a surname.

Ever read any mainstream news source ever, anywhere use the phrase "the Prophet Joseph" for Joseph Smith? Face it. It's to suck Islamic dick and polish their "we're multiculturalists! yeah for us!" bona fides.

Posted by: andycanuck at September 30, 2012 03:50 PM (vDl/w)

179 #90 Saw Zappa in Philly. The Mothers were astonishingly good live. Lots of the audience were stoned, but Frank ran the band like he was playing for people who truly appreciated their musicianship. Unforgettable.

Posted by: Doug at September 30, 2012 04:01 PM (IPuCy)

180 Ok, I realize that I am joining this party wayyy late, but I wanted to put in a recommendation for a book I am currently reading "Unholy Night" by Seth Grahame-Smith, the guy who wrote " Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter". Its a twist on the story of the 3 wise men, and Mary and Joseph's flight into Egypt to escape Herod. No spoilers,just this recommendation.

Posted by: DaveinNC at September 30, 2012 05:29 PM (/NgNT)

181 Its a twist on the story of the 3 wise men, and Mary
and Joseph's flight into Egypt to escape Herod. No spoilers,just this
recommendation.

Posted by: DaveinNC at September 30, 2012 05:29 PM (/NgNT)

Is it anti-religion?

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 05:52 PM (YdQQY)

182
Vic-
No; Balthazar is an unbeliever (more like an agnostic than an atheist), but Mary and Joseph are not presentedas zealots or anything, but more like 2 frightened people trying to make sense oftheir circumstances, while being pursued by Herod and the Romans. I think Grahame-Smith does a very nice job inportraying a "what if" scenario.

Posted by: DaveinNC at September 30, 2012 06:41 PM (/NgNT)

183 sigh. I always miss the books thread when I have actually read books.

Oh well, here goes.

Sort of on topic, I recently started "Does Mohammad Exist" by Robert Spencer. Very very thought provoking look at the historical, scholarly, and archeological evidence for the existence of Muhammad. I mentioned this in a book thread a few weeks ago.

this week I finished up "The Blade Itself" by Joe Abercrombie, which seems to me like a very moron/military friendly fantasy type novel. It's gritty and also engaging. I'm waiting impatiently for the library copy of the sequel to get to me.

I started China Meiville's new one, Railsea, which is sort of a scifi/fantasy/steampunk take on Moby Dick, set in a post-apocalyptic world where instead of an ocean there is a vast tract of dirt crisscrossed by railroads and inhabited by giant moles that are hunted for their fur and fat.

So, I hate Meiville's politics and I thought his first novel ended on a nihilistic note that left me so cold I never picked up another one of his till now. But I forgot that he can actually write and so I was dragged through half the novel without even realizing it while I was still in the "I wonder if I should read this?" mode.

Finally, I'm reading Siblings Without Rivalry because my boy children are trying to kill each other all the time. I realize they are probably just "wrestling" or whatever, but still, it's driving me crazy. I actually like a lot of the suggestions for talking to your kids, and I find them effective in general, but the fighting, it continues.

maybe I'll actually be on time with the book thread next week.

Posted by: elizabethe mostly lurks at September 30, 2012 06:44 PM (q7Aum)

184 Sounds interesting. I'll see if I can find it. Thanks.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 06:46 PM (YdQQY)

185 maybe I'll actually be on time with the book thread next week.

Posted by: elizabethe mostly lurks at September 30, 2012 06:44 PM (q7Aum)

Last year these things ran well into the night. They have been getting shorter lately though.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 06:47 PM (YdQQY)

186 Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 06:47 PM (YdQQY)

ah. Maybe there should be a Monday morning update book thread, since no one posts content until 1:00 anyway.

Posted by: elizabethe mostly lurks at September 30, 2012 06:52 PM (q7Aum)

187 DrewM has been posting stuff lately.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 06:54 PM (YdQQY)

188 Time to pack it in for tonight.

Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 07:09 PM (YdQQY)

189 This poster specifically calls JIHAD "savage"; if liberals equate "savage" with ALL Muslims, who's the REAL "racist"? If CAIR equates "savage" with ALL Muslims, who are we to argue with them?

Posted by: Aslan's Girl at September 30, 2012 07:13 PM (KL49F)

190 DrewM has been posting stuff lately.
Posted by: Vic at September 30, 2012 06:54 PM (YdQQY)

thats true, i was jk.

Posted by: elizabethe mostly lurks at September 30, 2012 07:51 PM (q7Aum)

191 @ 115 Boomer Redneque

Thanks for the tip on Body Count. It sounds like a lost gem. Am looking forward to it.

I ordered a copy via Abebooks, which has several copies much cheaper than currently available on Amazon.

Posted by: shoeless hunter at September 30, 2012 09:19 PM (9196u)

192 152 I've long been looking for a copy of "The Revolt"

- There are several copies under $30 at Abebooks.com

Posted by: shoeless hunter at September 30, 2012 09:47 PM (9196u)

193 90 I went to a Mother's concert in '72 or '73 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County field house. No fixed seating, just lots of folding chairs. We all sat politely thru the opening act, Dion, all by himself, with an acoustic guitar; not half bad actually.
When Frank and the boys came on stage, the entire audience snatched up their chairs and moved toward the stage - it was move with the crowd or get trampled. My buddies and I ended up about 20 feet from the stage, dead center. The music was great... and really LOUD. My ears rang for a week.
The best concert I ever went to.

Posted by: Not that Chuck at October 01, 2012 02:09 PM (snAa9)






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