Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-02-2016: Off the Reservation [OregonMuse]

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This is a great library. Anytime you need a ladder to get to the books in your library, it's a great library. Click on the pic for a larger view. And thanks to Tantumblogo, who posts too infrequently, for the photo.


Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornados, hurricanes, IRS audits, and getting in the path of getaway cars driven by overweight Venezuelan pr0n stars, and special snowflakes do not last. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these gawdawful things.


Addendum on Submitting Library Pics

Many thanks to all you 'rons and 'ettes who have sent me photos of their home libraries. Please continue to do so, I think this has been fun. A few suggestions:

1. Multiple shots are good so I have a selection, but I will generally use only one out of the bunch. There may be exceptions to this, but that's been my general practice.

2. I have received more than one blurry photo. I can't use those. Make sure the pics you send are nice and sharp.

3. Don't worry about the size. My photo-fu is weak, but I do know enough to easily resize them. In fact, I prefer larger size photos, because the detail is better. I can post the reduced pic to conform to AoSHQ posting guidelines and, if need be, I can always provide a link to the full-sized photo. Like I did today.


Appropriate This

I've never heard of Lionel Shriver, but she is an author who has apparently wandered off the reservation:

Taken to their logical conclusion, ideologies recently come into vogue challenge our right to write fiction at all. Meanwhile, the kind of fiction we are “allowed” to write is in danger of becoming so hedged, so circumscribed, so tippy-toe, that we’d indeed be better off not writing the anodyne drivel to begin with.

And out comes the clue bat:

My parents went to Mexico when I was small, and brought a sombrero back from their travels, the better for my brothers and I to unashamedly appropriate the souvenir to play dress-up...But what does this have to do with writing fiction? The moral of the sombrero scandals is clear: you’re not supposed to try on other people’s hats. Yet that’s what we’re paid to do, isn’t it? Step into other people’s shoes, and try on their hats.

The rest of her speech, which she gave at a writers' festival in Brisbane, Australia, is just full of clear-headed reasoning and common sense. Naturally the progressive snowflakes hated it:

The kind of disrespect for others infused in Lionel Shriver’s keynote is the same force that sees people vote for Pauline Hanson. It’s the reason our First Peoples are still fighting for recognition, and it’s the reason we continue to stomach offshore immigration prisons. It’s the kind of attitude that lays the foundation for prejudice, for hate, for genocide.

This is such a typical lefty response, i.e. emotion, name-calling, and ad hominem on stilts. I'll bet Ms. Shriver had no idea that by wearing a sombrero, she was actually coming out in favor of genocide.

But back to Shriver:

I am hopeful that the concept of “cultural appropriation” is a passing fad: people with different backgrounds rubbing up against each other and exchanging ideas and practices is self-evidently one of the most productive, fascinating aspects of modern urban life.

I have no idea what Ms. Shriver's politics are. I assume that merely by virtue of her being a member of the "literati", they're most likely diametrically opposed to mine. But when it has to do with something that she knows about and is close to her, i.e. the craft of writing, she is very much opposed to what the progressives are demanding she should think. She knows that if the progressive rules on "appropriation" were followed consistently, the results would be nothing but barrenness and sterility. She has angered the progressives by saying no, I prefer fecundity and abundant life. But progressivism is the exact opposite. Everything it touches dies. It has come to bring death, that we all might have death more abundantly.

Go To Jail, Citizen

Here's a bit of old business I'm just now getting around to:

PSS Read Three Felonies A Day, if you'd like to know how close each and every one of us is to prison ourselves. On the wrong side of the bars. Unless your name is Clinton. If you've ever noticed someone 'of interest' getting arrested for something completely different than the interest, that there is a clue that there is ALWAYS something they can charge you with.

Posted by: GnuBreed at September 05, 2016 12:08 AM (gyKtp)

He's talking about Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey Silvergate, a book which

...reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior. The volume of federal crimes in recent decades has increased well beyond the statute books and into the morass of the Code of Federal Regulations, handing federal prosecutors an additional trove of vague and exceedingly complex and technical prohibitions to stick on their hapless targets.

This was one of the many injustices written about by Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago, that is, Soviet "law" was such that everybody was guilty of something, because what the all-powerful State feared most of all was an innocent man.

And another aspect to this problem is that many, if not most, of these laws are not debated and passed by the legislature, but rather come to us in the form of "regulations" written by unelected bureaucrats in state and federal agencies.

Here's my latest fantasy: a Constitutional amendment that restricts the number of laws a legislative body may pass to 50 or 100, or some low number. And if they've fill up the entire 100 and want to pass another one, they'll need to first decide which law they want to repeal in order to make room for the new one.

And in this way, Congress and state legislators will learn to set priorities.

Yeah, right.

Naught for nothing did Gideon Tucker write that "no man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session."

And speaking of books about the Soviet Gulag, while grabbing a link to Solzhinitsyn, I came across this one, I Speak for the Silent Prisoners of the Soviets by Vladimir Tchernavin. One reviewer said:

This book is an eyeopener, although I did know about the concentration camps in Russia, this book explain how the Communists, in their ignorance and hate for the educated and wealthy people, destroyed their country by eliminating all those with knowledge and education. This had such dire effect and led to mass starvation, loss of businesses, loss of property and dignity of the people. One can only wonder why such ignorant 'bullies" even was able to take over the country. It is an exellent book and there is a second book that I will have to order, it is the continuation to this one.

I think the "continuation" book referred to is the one written by Tchernavin's wife, Tatiana: Escape from the Soviets, about which another Amazon reviewer wrote:

The two books give the most comprehensive view of USSR history I have read anywhere. For sheer understanding of the lives of ordinary citizens surviving such times, these books cannot be surpassed. And this family's escape is so exhilarating, and so many miracles occurred in so many places and ways, that it is almost unbelievable.

I hope many people will read these books and remember the price of freedom.

And what's amazing is that both of these books are available for 99 cents(!) each on Kindle. Naturally, I bought them both. At that price, it would almost be a crime against the people not to.


British Mysteries: Caveat Emptor

I guess people can make money on the internet by collecting public domain stuff, repackaging it, and then selling it to people who may not know the material they just bought is actually in the public domain and there's free copies of it around on the internet somewhere if only they'd look. The guys who do this, their profit margins approach 100%. I was looking at these British Mystery Multipacks trying to gauge potentential Moron interest, which I thought would be moderate to high, then I started looking at the material and I thought "you know, a lot of this stuff appears to be public domain texts." Then I noticed that the Kindle editions were being sold for 99 cents each, and that's when I concluded that most likely *everything* in these multi-packs is public domain.

NTTAWWT.

So the added value is the re-packaging. Yes, you can find these novels and short stories for free elsewhere on the internet, but if you don't want to spend the time hunting them down, you can pay the buck and have the work done for you. Or you can pay 11 bucks and get the British Mystery Megapack, which is all 12 of the multi-packs bundled together.

If you do a search for "megapack", you'll see a boatload of mult-pack and megapack bundles for various other genres; mysteries, science fiction, romance, westerns, and the like. It's a safe bet that they're all public domain, too.

NTTAWWT.


Moron Recommendations

On ace's book recommendation thread back in June, Anna Puma recommended The Dragon Never Sleeps by Glen Cook.

For four thousand years, the Guardships have ruled Canon Space—immortal ships with an immortal crew...But now the House Tregesser has an edge: a force from outside Canon Space offers them the resources to throw off Guardship rule...Kez Maefele and a motley group of aliens, biological constructs, and scheming aristocrats find themselves at the center of the conflict. Maefele must chose which side he will support: the Guardships, who defeated and destroyed his race, or the unknown forces outside Canon Space that promise more death and destruction.

Anna says that the universe of this novel is "interesting in all the details."

I've never read anything by Cook, but he's written a ton of science fiction and fantasy books, and is perhaps best known for his Black Company series.


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Also from that thread, El Kabong recommends the 'Witcher' series by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin...His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world....But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good... and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

El Kabong describes it as "Dark gritty fantasy where everyone is awful and no grand destiny will save the kingdom. Kind of like reality, only with boobs and monsters."

I thought "Boobs and Monsters" was the title of one of the original Gygax D&D rule books.

Oh, and here's an opportunity for me to tell my Gygax story:

This is all second-hand stuff from a friend of mine, so you can take this however you will, but when I was in college for the first time in the mid-70s, that was the time I first became acquainted with Dungeons and Dragons, and I wasted spent many hours with ruled paper, multi-sided dice, and those little figurines. We had the Gygax rule books, but if you tried to play D&D *exactly* by those rules, it really wasn't playable, so we introduced extensive modifications. And I thought that was one of the good parts about D&D, i.e. if you didn't like a rule, you didn't have to follow it, or you could modify it to suit you. So one of my friends in that group was an even bigger nerd than I was, and he told tales about his going to D&D conventions in Southern California, including seeing and meeting Gary Gygax at more than one of them. So he said that Gygax' was a completely disorganized dungeon master so the campaigns that he ran were total clustersfs. In addition, Gygax was just huge, he must've weighed about 950 lbs., an immense mountain of flab, and before he sat down, he would go to a vending machine with a bagful of quarters and empty it of every Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, no matter how many there were. Thus equipped, he would then run his disorganized dungeon and chow down on Peanut Butter Cups all night into the morning hours.

True story.


Books By Morons

Moronette lurker 'krukke1' (pixybanned) has just published a new volume of her short stories, Glimpse vol. 4 - Dark Side, about which she describes as "...what the outcome would be if Poe and Twain got drunk watching a Tim Burton movie then sat down to collaborate."

So, come to the dark side where painting your room really DOES make it come alive; zombies clock in at the office, and those creepy clowns you fear finally confront you.

Here's a one-minute promo video that's delightfully creepy.


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Moron author naturalfake's 4th and final installment of his 'Wearing the Cat' series, The Black Room, is now available for purchase on Kindle.

In “The Black Room”, Part Four of “Wearing the Cat”, McGill comes face to face with death.

Though a Jumper of Flaming Hoops, a Burner of Bridges willing and able to wangle himself out of any and all circumstances, McGill finds himself trapped.

Still, there is one person who might save him.

“Wearing the Cat” reaches its stunning climax, where everything comes together and all is revealed in “The Black Room”.

As always, the introductory price for the first week is $0.99.


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Don't forget the AoSHQ reading group on Goodreads. It's meant to support horde writers and to talk about the great books that come up on the book thread. It's called AoSHQ Moron Horde and the link to it is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/175335-aoshq-moron-horde.

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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.

What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.

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1 Working on a re-read of David Weber and Linda Evan's "Hell's Gate" in the Kindle format. This was not one of my favorite books by Weber, but then again, it is another co-authored book. It has been a while since I read it and it appeared that he had abandoned the series but he had finally came out with a third book this year 8 or 10 years after the second one. I really struggled getting back into this book.


It is very difficult to keep up with one group of the protagonists over the other. He uses obscure names for both principle opponents and doesn't indicate which group he is staging at the beginning of changing episodes. You almost have to build a document with the names of the principle players (and there are a LOT) of each of the warring empires to keep up with who the book is currently featuring. At some point you have to question whether the book is worth all the effort it takes to keep up with it. It is not one I would recommend as a starting novel for David Weber books.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 08:55 AM (mpXpK)

2 Library of Moron Lurker Tantumblogo


Now that's a library. He needs a Kindle bad.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 08:56 AM (mpXpK)

3 Good morning Book Threadists!

I’m currently going back and forth betwixt two books, one for edification and one for rock-em-sock-em pleasure: If You can Keep It, by the dapper Eric Metaxas, and Ben Coes’ thriller Power Down.
Eric realized that the key principle of our founding, the Golden Triangle of Freedom, Virtue, and Faith, had eluded him entirely. Not taught and been forgotten, like a thousand other things, but eliminated from his otherwise above-average education. And he realized that if several generations of people had never heard what previous generations understood, how could America, a nation and people founded on an idea, continue much longer? “If these ideas had essentially evaporated from our national consciousness for forty or so years, weren’t we unwittingly but unavoidably becoming Americans in name only—if we hadn’t already?”
So far a very good and thought-provoking read.
My other book has what may be the manliest paragraph ever written, about the love of a man for his knife: “Dewey looked down at the old weapon. Probably his most valued weapon, certainly more so than any gun he’d ever owned. More for sentimental reasons than anything else. He couldn’t remember all the times he’d used it, but there had been many. In the jungles of Panama, cutting the head off a fer-de-lance, then slicing away the poison sacs and storing the rest for food. Slicing a fresh piece of cheese bought at a roadside market in the south of France during his honeymoon. Killing an Iranian diplomat in the dead of night in a seaside bungalow on the coast of Thailand as the man slept by his side…”

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 08:58 AM (jR7Wy)

4 Tolle Lege bookworms

Posted by: Skip at October 02, 2016 08:58 AM (ofpt4)

5 My Kindle has been wonky as fuck since that last update.

Posted by: garrett at October 02, 2016 08:59 AM (N0qDx)

6 Still working on Dean King's A Sea of Words, a dictionary of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels

Posted by: Skip at October 02, 2016 08:59 AM (ofpt4)

7 Libraries so yesterday! (until the next magnetic storm wipes out everything)
I have a relative who lives in Vermont who is unmarried, and her house is full, and I mean full of romance novels. Rooms full of shelves with mostly paperbacks.

I told here my nook (with enough memory cards) could have all the books in just a tiny space, she wasn't amused.

Posted by: Colin at October 02, 2016 08:59 AM (du8ty)

8 This week was the first Muirwood trilogy (Wheeler?) and Book 4 of the 9 Princes of Amber.

Posted by: garrett at October 02, 2016 09:02 AM (N0qDx)

9 I've been reading a book called _A Burglar's Guide to the City_, which is a fun but kind of scattershot book about the intersections between architecture and crime. There are a lot of fun "I can't believe they did that!" anecdotes about crooks coming up with ways to get into buildings.

Posted by: Trimegistus at October 02, 2016 09:03 AM (sRhZB)

10 OM on the multi-pac issue I did pay 99 cents for a huge collection of the ERB Tarzan books that I "knew" were probably available on the Gutenberg site, but .99 cents O'Bama money is really nothing now anyway.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 09:04 AM (mpXpK)

11 Just finished State of Disobdedience recommended on the book thread last summer. Meh.

But the appendix had an interesting list of possible amendments to the constitution, like Levin's book.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at October 02, 2016 09:04 AM (EZebt)

12 I am so envious of Tantumblogo's library.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 09:06 AM (jR7Wy)

13 I always figured from Shriver's books that she was a flaming lib.

Posted by: nckate at October 02, 2016 09:08 AM (C6GTp)

14 Had promised to send in picures of library reading room I'm working on but just started on hand rails Friday. The painting is supposed to go up next weekend or before. I will take my tablet in and get a few pictures. Was reading about this painting been moving around, its 19 1/2 feet mural painted by Piettro da Cortona who died in 1669. I had no idea it was that old.

Posted by: Skip at October 02, 2016 09:08 AM (ofpt4)

15 perhaps the greatest tool for the abridgment of freedom by the federal government is the commerce clause as broadly defined in the twentieth century.

restrict the commerce clause and may liberty exuberate!

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 02, 2016 09:09 AM (WTSFk)

16 ... and luxuriate!

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 02, 2016 09:11 AM (WTSFk)

17 Thought this was funny and am wondering if there's something between the two authors:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/gn4kfyc

Is it possible James Patterson has finally run out of book ideas? They did this plot in possibly the first episode of "Castle," for Pete's sake!

Posted by: Lizzy at October 02, 2016 09:11 AM (NOIQH)

18 Ah, the book thread.

Have you ever read something that so alters your perceptions that you notice the disconnect between reality and what you just experienced? I've had movies do that to me. I walk out of the movie theater so engrossed in the fantasy world of the movie, that I have difficulty returning to reality.

“James Jesus Angleton, Was he right?” by Edward Jay Epstein did that to me yesterday. First Epstein claimed he had interviewed high level Soviet defectors, and high level CIA officers. Then he went on to describe the world of intelligence gathering, counter intelligence, and all the rest of the psychological games played. It wasn't the juicy tidbits that made the story interesting to me. Instead it was the 'head games' being played trying to make you believe or disbelieve some one thing or another. Then, you realize these 'head games' are not just aimed at the counter intelligence investigator, but are aimed at heads of state, and are often successful. That is when your connection to reality is broken, because there is no way to know for sure.

This adventure through Alice's Wonderland of information and disinformation immediately followed my reading of “The Forgotten Man” by Amity Shales, and the two books together is what really made reality blurry. In “The Forgotten Man” it became obvious to me that the leftist 'long march through the institutions' did not begin in 1968 or 1972. It started long before then. We've been played. Obama and Hillary are the proof.

(Three felonies a day. That was what happened in the '30's with all the new regulations and regulatory agencies. Jewish chicken butchers in Brooklyn took it to the Supreme Court, and some rich guy went to prison for taking a legal tax deduction that was legal in the year he filed, and declared illegal years later.)

And so, to pimp my newest book, “Congratulations, you have been chosen.” (AISN: B00RKO4AUU) What happens if extra terrestrial aliens invade and no one notices? Or one guy notices and no one believes him?

And the nanowritmo prep begins. I can feel the word spew building. I just hope I can hold it back until November. Or I could just cheat and start spewing now; who would know? Who would care?

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at October 02, 2016 09:13 AM (4jm34)

19 I saw Overweight Venezuelan Pr0n Stars open for the

Hindu Love Gods at the Cow Palace in 1985.


Good morning, Morons and Ettes!

Book Thread!

Posted by: naturalfake at October 02, 2016 09:15 AM (9q7Dl)

20 Vic, there is a third book in the Hell's Gate series but without Linda Evans as co-author. It is even more confusing with a whole rasher of new characters to get the reader confused.

Dragon Never Sleeps is my second favorite Glen Cook probably because Cook is venturing into Cherryh territory of complicated almost alien characters even though it seems the basic driving motive of a lot of the characters is to get an edge to gain power.

As for cultural appropriation, it is not a new thing at all. Look at what Alexander of Macedonia did by spreading Greek culture across the known world. Pax Roma was enforced by legions equipped with Gladius Hispanicus and from the Parthians cataphracts. Smart cultures adopt and adapt things that work better or into the dust bin they go because or they marinate in stagnation much like the Middle Kingdom of China has done.

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 09:17 AM (RS+gs)

21 This is slightly off-topic, but only slightly:

What's the deal with _Hamilton_?

I listened to the cast recording disk; it's entertaining but not any more so than _1776_ or _No No Nanette_. It's nice to see AH getting some pop-culture love and it may have saved us from having Malia Obama on the $10 bill, but . . .

Seriously, what's the deal? Why has this competently-done musical become such a phenom? Is it a weak field of competition? Liberals sublimating their vestigial patriotism? Liberals reflexively praising anything that airbrushes white people out of American history? Anybody have any theories?

Posted by: Trimegistus at October 02, 2016 09:19 AM (sRhZB)

22 I read Life And Death In Shanghai by Nien Cheng. It was previously recommended here by OM and others. It did not disappoint. It is an excellently written memoir of a woman who lived through the Red Guards and Cultural Revolution in China. She spent over six years in the No. 1 Detention House in Shanghai. When she was finally released, she learned that her daughter had committed "suicide". It took an additional seven years for the political wind to change and she was declared rehabilitated. She was approved for a passport to visit the U. S. and she moved here permanently.

I read another book previously recommended here, When Breath Becomes Air, written by Paul Kalanithi. This small book delivers a big impact. Paul earned a BA and MA in English literature and a BA in human biology from Stanford University. He attended medical school at Yale and returned to Stanford to do his residency in neurological surgery.

Nearing the end of his residency, Paul is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. The last year of his life he spends writing his story; his journey until his diagnosis and his incredibly brave reckoning with his cancer. It is a story that is both heart-breaking and up-lifting.

Finally I read Rain Storm by Barry Eisler. This is the third book in the John Rain series. Rain is a Japanese-American assassin . The stories of his contracts are interesting, but I particularly like the descriptions of the exotic locales. In this case, Macau, Hong Kong, and Rio.

Posted by: Zoltan at October 02, 2016 09:19 AM (JYer2)

23 Okay, now I'm quivering in my safe space.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, who has to use a stepstool to fetch top shelf books at October 02, 2016 09:19 AM (9mTYi)

24 The Forgotten Man is really one of my favorite books. It provides absolute proof that even in a rich country like the USA socialism as espoused by people like FDR simply will not work.


Even as locals were warning the feds that their practices on the prairies of OK and North TX would be a disaster they went ahead and did it, thus creating one of the worst ecological disasters in history and also one of the worst economic disasters as well.


It was also a truly sad book. It made you want to cry it was so sad for those poor people who were destroyed.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 09:19 AM (mpXpK)

25

Technically this is about reading and books


Bill Clinton has a swinging presidential library in Little Rock. With a penthouse apartment. That he brings women to. He is entertaining the ladies at hus penthouse presidential library aprtment.

Posted by: ThunderB at October 02, 2016 09:22 AM (qS5F2)

26 "Cultural appropriation" is a kafkatrap dreamed up by Marxists.

If I write a book about a white American doing white-guy stuff ("write what you know" we're told) then I get criticized for too much whiteyness.

If I say fine, screw it, and put in sone non-white, non-American characters to satisfy those carpers, they can then accuse me of "appropriation."

Posted by: Trimegistus at October 02, 2016 09:22 AM (sRhZB)

27 At the NYPOST. Very new stuff

Posted by: ThunderB at October 02, 2016 09:22 AM (qS5F2)

28 20 Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 09:17 AM (RS+gs)


Yeah, I mentioned the third book above. Which is why I went ahead and forked over $7 for the first one done in a Kindle even though I still had the original paperback that was done.


I though maybe I would give the third a try after I went back through the first two. I am not so sure I want to do that now, even though Weber is one of my favorite authors.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 09:22 AM (mpXpK)

29 I would like to say the Witcher is also a good video game, to give you a good idea, there is one scene where Soldiers are negotiating with Villagers for grain, the Soldiers try to be nice and buy some of their grain instead of taking it all and the villagers give the soldiers rotten grain, the Captain turns to the Witcher and says this is what you get when you try to be nice, so the soldiers take all the grain and whip the Mayor for trying to give them bad grain.


It's made by a small video game company in Poland.



Well me and my son are off to the AirForce museum, they are having a WWI centennial celebration with all kind of air craft and even some cars.

Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at October 02, 2016 09:24 AM (dKiJG)

30 Still reading "Hollywood Party" and progressives are communists are disgusting human beings, in case you hadn't heard. There's a paragraph about anti-Semitism in the USSR featuring Paul Robeson who just blithely ignored the whole thing - I really don't know how these people can sleep at night.

And reading "Rome Sweet Home" by Scott and Kimberly Hahn. Scott Hahn is, to me, coming across as rather condescending and manipulative in this book. I have listened to some of his lectures on CD but this really personal stuff has a flavor to it that makes me glad I'm not married to him.

I've read a good bit of Russian history so I will be interested to read the two books mentioned in the post about the USSR.

I need to organize my Kindle so I can just read the next five books that come up: The USSR ones, the Eric Metaxas one, and the "Three Felonies a Day". After that, I should be thoroughly depressed about the inevitable fate of our beloved country at the hands of the Free Shit Army.

Posted by: Tonestaple at October 02, 2016 09:25 AM (VsZJP)

31 Mornin folks --Pancakes, bacon and coffee--GREAT start to the day.

Posted by: rld77 WAY down south at October 02, 2016 09:26 AM (2fEj9)

32 He wanted a rooftop pool at his presidential library so he could have naked pool parties

Posted by: ThunderB at October 02, 2016 09:26 AM (qS5F2)

33 Been researching for a little something - maybe just a short story or two, maybe something more - my son wants me to write for him. Taking my customary liberties, the Count of St. Germain makes an appearance during the Russian Civil War. Fun so far, even if he's the only one who'll ever read it.

Posted by: Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, Still Accepting Harem Applicants at October 02, 2016 09:26 AM (9EVOm)

34 Yay book thread!

I just posted my September wrap up post - check to see if you missed any book reviews or news.

Speaking of news, we are reading Christopher Taylor's A Life Unworthy in November on goodreads - congrats Christopher! It's a really good book.

This month we are reading Camp of The Saints - coolbreeze posted a link to a free pdf of it.

So wander over to goodreads later, when the book thread winds down.

Posted by: Votermom the deplorable @vm on Gab at October 02, 2016 09:28 AM (Om16U)

35 Greetings Horde. Insanely busy at work so I haven't done much reading but I am about halfway through Salvation Belongs to the Lord by John Frame, which is basically an introduction to Reformed theology.

Posted by: joncelli at October 02, 2016 09:29 AM (1FhAQ)

36 Razorfist on YouTube thinks the Witcher books plagiarise the Elric character from Moorcock' s work.

Posted by: Boulder terlit hobo at October 02, 2016 09:29 AM (qvB5U)

37 I've mentioned this before, but there is an excellent graphic version of The Forgotten Man with illustrations by Chuck Dixon.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 09:29 AM (jR7Wy)

38 Library of Moron Lurker Tantumblogo

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I officially have bookcase ladder envy now.

Posted by: Votermom the deplorable @vm on Gab at October 02, 2016 09:29 AM (Om16U)

39 I'm reading a anthology of Stewart Holbrook's articles on the history of the Pacific Northwest, Wildment, Wobblies Whistle Punks.

Holbrook was an article writer, writing for various magazines including Mencken's Mercury, but was something of a fussy writer with the tendency towards purple prose. He was also used as a resource for various other writers like Ralph Friedman.

Anyhow, stories about Portland's floating brothel on the Willamette, how Governor Oswald West sent his secretary to Eastern Oregon to close down the Brothels and gambling hells in Copperfield, Big Fred Hewitt's Saloon and museum in Aberdeen Washington, and the "Original Nature Man" Joe Knowles who conquered the Maine woods and the forests of the Siskiyou Mountains - probably.

Posted by: Kindltot at October 02, 2016 09:29 AM (KOBAq)

40 Also I love how some shelves are messy - just like mine.

Posted by: Votermom the deplorable @vm on Gab at October 02, 2016 09:30 AM (Om16U)

41 Rereading Moby-Dick. I love some of the quotes. It's better the third time around.

Posted by: freaked at October 02, 2016 09:31 AM (BO/km)

42 I wanted to comment on the Lionel Shriver discussion, but first, this line struck me:

"One can only wonder why such ignorant 'bullies" even was able to take over the country."

In reference to how the brutes could take over in the Soviet Union? What does the reviewer think is ANY different from our own country, at this time?

Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 09:32 AM (Pz4pT)

43 Even as locals were warning the feds that their practices on the prairies of OK and North TX would be a disaster they went ahead and did it, thus creating one of the worst ecological disasters in history and also one of the worst economic disasters as well.
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Every time that someone suggests that the 'Government ought to do something', I reply 'Oh. You mean the government that introduced Kudzu? That government?

Sorry, slipped off topic. Last week I mentioned the current reads and mis-identified one. The two current reads are: 'Onward We Charge: The Heroic Story of Darby's Rangers in World War II' by Jeffers, and 'The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies' by John R. Lott Jr.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, who has to use a stepstool to fetch top shelf books at October 02, 2016 09:32 AM (9mTYi)

44 I have a step stool. Now I just need a library. Aw who am I kidding, my toilet tank lid is my library.

Posted by: Corona at October 02, 2016 09:32 AM (ragzU)

45 I have had a hard time getting into books the past ten years or so. Maybe blogs are ruining me

I have been trying to read Gibson's The Peripheral for about 2 months now. Last night I got through a big chunk, and it is getting really good.

There is a global warmist subplot but you know it's no worse an apocalypse than zombies as fiction goes.

I have written before it took me a while to get into Gibson's writing again not sure if he started out dense to force you into the milieu or if it has been that long since I read him that it took me a while to adjust. Also not sure if he has de-densified it as he goes along or if I have just adjusted.

But about 2/3 in, it's really good. Longer than a lot of his stuff, maybe he has been hanging out with Stephenson.

Posted by: blaster at October 02, 2016 09:32 AM (ACqhm)

46 OK --I get tired of authors who want to inject bullshit into their story lines,i.e.
Our military carrying out domestic assassinations on journalists.
The impact WE humans have on global warming.
Our (U.S.) brazen mistreatment of smaller nations.
How good ole country boys ruin the political conversation of the more intelligent class.

I could go on and on--but those authors--get crossed off my list.

Posted by: rld77 WAY down south at October 02, 2016 09:33 AM (2fEj9)

47 Also I love how some shelves are messy - just like mine.
Posted by: Votermom
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:-) Me too.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, who has to use a stepstool to fetch top shelf books at October 02, 2016 09:33 AM (9mTYi)

48 Those with a good murder mystery already well in hand might want to take a gander at this contest put out by St. Martin's Minotaur. Seems on the up and up but still checking it out.

http://mysterywriters.org/about-mwa/st-martins/

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 09:33 AM (RS+gs)

49 The caveat emptor thing - some repackagers do add value by making sure there are no OCR errors and such, or by including (public domain) illustrations.
Always check the reviews first.
Although Amazon idiotically lumps a lot of different kindle versions together so the reviews can be chancy too.

Posted by: Votermom the deplorable @vm on Gab at October 02, 2016 09:33 AM (Om16U)

50 Posted by: freaked at October 02, 2016 09:31 AM (BO/km)

Clearly, I'm some kind of retard because I've tried a couple of times and I just can't read it. I guess I'm missing something in not reading Moby but I can't tell what.

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at October 02, 2016 09:34 AM (5zGip)

51 I always figured from Shriver's books that she was a flaming lib.
Posted by: nckate at October 02, 2016 09:08 AM (C6GTp)


I suppose it depends on how one defines one's terms, but it can be, and to me it almost always is, true that there is very little overlap between a "liberal" and a "leftist."

Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 09:34 AM (Pz4pT)

52 I enjoyed Moby-Dick, even the digressions into cetology that drive others mad as Ahab.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 09:35 AM (jR7Wy)

53 The Far Arena by Richard Ben Sapir

I mentioned this book a couple of weeks ago as I was beginning it. I have now finished it. I thought it was a great book with two possible flaws. The ending is a little weak and there is no humor (although I did enjoy one character telling off his SJW daughter). I'm not sure humor would even be appropriate but this is a pretty grim book.

Now for the things I liked. The characters begin a little cardboard but develop depth to the point I bled for them. One of the characters is Christian, a nun, but, although not perfect, is not stupid, crazy, evil, or hypocritical. This book has moments of profundity. There is some philosophy and political and economic philosophy, although that's not the focus. Mostly it is about imperfect people trying to do the right thing and get by in an imperfect world. I also liked the history.

The story concerns the discovery of a frozen body at an Arctic oil exploration dig by a geologist looking forward to a modest retirement. The geologist stumbles into the potential PR catastrophe of a spare body which he attempts to solve by donating it to a Soviet cryonics expert in Norway who manages to revive it. The problem is it may be an Ancient Roman gladiator who "died" 2000 years ago. They get a nun fluent in Latin to evaluate the situation. And that's when the trouble starts.

I see the author has written a few other Christian-themed novels, The Body, about the possible discovery of Jesus's body, and The Quest, about a contempoary search for the Grail. Both are now on my reading list. The author has clearly done his historical research although he also engages in informed speculation and I look forward to reading them.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 09:35 AM (Nwg0u)

54 A PROMISE IN BLOOD, I really like this book, it has a very French Revolution vibe with Sorcerers and Powder Mages who get their power by eating gunpowder. The King is Currupt and he has bankrupted the country so he makes a treaty with the rival Kingdom that more or less makes it no longer a country. The Military finds out and launches a Coup. Then the trouble really begins.

Posted by: Patrick from Ohio at October 02, 2016 09:36 AM (dKiJG)

55 OT but flipped past Fox this am Wallace had Claire McCaskill on to prattle on uninterrupted and unchallenged about Trumps war on women.

You might think the opposition network might ask even one question about Hillarys treatment of women.

Posted by: blaster at October 02, 2016 09:36 AM (ACqhm)

56 I should stop using the word "various"

Posted by: Kindltot at October 02, 2016 09:37 AM (KOBAq)

57 The Powder Mage books are good ones.

Posted by: garrett at October 02, 2016 09:37 AM (N0qDx)

58 Here's my latest fantasy: a Constitutional amendment that restricts the number of laws a legislative body may pass to 50 or 100, or some low number. And if they've fill up the entire 100 and want to pass another one, they'll need to first decide which law they want to repeal in order to make room for the new one."

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It would do no good. As you pointed out earlier, most of the "law" passed these days is done by "rules" passed by unelected bureaucrats. That is what has to stop. We need a rest. Virtually all such rules and regulations should be struck down. and replaced with one that says no agency may pass a rule that exceeds it's congressional mandate in any form. Give House authority (not the Senate) to strike any rule with a simple majority vote, not subject to veto.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 02, 2016 09:37 AM (GOUHc)

59 Imperatrix?

Uh oh All Hail Eris has the hob-nailed boots out today.

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 09:38 AM (RS+gs)

60 "James Jesus Angleton, Was he right?" by Edward Jay Epstein did that to me yesterday. First Epstein claimed he had interviewed high level Soviet defectors, and high level CIA officers.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at October 02, 2016 09:13 AM (4jm34)


I'm currently reading Circle of Treason by the two principal CIA analysts who ferreted out the traitor Aldrich Ames and their take is that Angleton had his head firmly lodged up his ass. FWIW.

And do you have a link for the Epstein piece?

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 09:38 AM (o1sfH)

61 Just finished Empires of the Sea. Good history of siege of Malta and sea battle at Lepanto.

Posted by: WOPR - Nationalist at October 02, 2016 09:39 AM (8TBsz)

62 I just showed that pic of the Moron library to wifey. She said "I'm jealous".

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 09:40 AM (mpXpK)

63 Thanks for the bounty of 'rons hitting Amazon Kindle last week for Luna City and my other books! We topped off this week with a long afternoon at the Boerne Book Festival, on the grounds of the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne - a splendid new building, sent in a park with a performance amphitheater and landscaped grounds. There were about forty other authors there, with our books, and Alan of the Texas Association of Authors had a large booth. Business slacked off after about 2 PM, but I had a very nice time and sold a pleasing number of print copies of my own books - which was quite reassuring after the last two book events. Conventional wisdom is that the last three months of the year are the BEST for selling books, in anticipation of Christmas.

Right now, I am finishing up "The Golden Road" which is a picaresque adventure set in 1855-1858 - a young man's wandering through Gold Rush California - doing with with a massive re-reading of various source materiel, to pull out any more interesting details, persons and locations. (Anyone want to beta read, for a print copy and thanks in the dedication? E-mail me at clyahayes-at-gee-mail-dot.com)

Whiling away the brief recreational reading time with Fred Gipson's "Savage Sam" - the sequel to "Old Yeller." Was someone here a few weeks ago asking for recommendations for adventure books for teen and tween boys? "Savage Sam" would do very nicely.

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at October 02, 2016 09:40 AM (xnmPy)

64 Uh oh All Hail Eris has the hob-nailed boots out today.
Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 09:38 AM (RS+gs)
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Today?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 09:41 AM (jR7Wy)

65 I see we are drifting off into unrelated politics on the book thread again.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 09:42 AM (mpXpK)

66 Regarding the Shriver thing, some years ago I had the occasion to be in the middle of a conversation with two African-American gentlemen. Myself and one of them knew each other well, and the other guy, the other two of us just met.

So the topic of music came up, and these two gentlemen started talking about the segment of "black" music that included blues and 60s era soul. All through the conversation, the unspoken statement being made to me was "us black folk are talking now, you should shut up and listen."

Well, I did speak, and although I don't care for the way I had to do it, I had to "brag" about some of my music collection, and even genuflect in front of the topic by way of saying something to the effect of "of course I can't fully appreciate the whole of this musical genre because I'm not black, but..."

I don't have a problem with people needing to "protect" what is theirs, and belongs to their culture, I don't even mind a bit of snobbery about it, but recognize that leaving a door open to outsiders CANNOT be a bad thing. It's often the best and possibly ONLY way for us to be able to start understanding each other.

Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 09:42 AM (Pz4pT)

67 Bill Clinton has a swinging presidential library in Little Rock. With a penthouse apartment. That he brings women to. He is entertaining the ladies at hus penthouse presidential library aprtment.

Posted by: ThunderB at October 02, 2016 09:22 AM (qS5F2)


I remember when Rush used to talk about the "Bill Clinton Presidential Library and Adult Bookstore."

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 09:42 AM (o1sfH)

68 >>>>I enjoyed Moby-Dick, even the digressions into cetology that drive others mad as Ahab.<<<<<

A lot of the Life Aboard a Whaler tidbits are interesting.

"Toes are scarce on the flensing deck..."

Posted by: the guy that moves pianos for a living at October 02, 2016 09:42 AM (x3uSY)

69 An interesting viewpoint from that Ms. Shriver, and I can see why the SJWs would get their panties in a wad over it.

But boys and girls, I got to tell you, at this late date, after spending the past 50+ years living and working around people of every race, creed, color and hat size, not to mention having this "multiculturalism" crap rammed down my throat, I was left underwhelmed and unimpressed.

After all these years of "exposure" to all these other cultures that the Demoncraps are bound and determined to impose on this country, my conclusion (as I've said here before) is that as far as I'm concerned, our culture, the American culture, based as it is on the precepts of Western Civilization and the Judeo-Christian tradition, is superior to all others. And anyone who does not like that sentiment can kiss my ass.

Oh sure, they all love coming here from Asia, Latin American, Africa, wherever, and making use of the infrastructure those evil white people that they hate so much designed and built. Oh yes, they love the things like indoor plumbing, electricity, modern medicine, modern technology like telecommunications, roads, cars, trains, aircraft, computers and other electronic devices, engineering and construction techniques, etc, etc.

But they are going to keep their language, cultures, barbaric religions and so forth, and to hell with the people who have been living here for the past few hundred years. We don't count.

But this is what the Dems say we MUST have, multiculturalism uber alles. Balkanize the country at all costs, which is exactly what is happening. Well, when it all comes crashing down, and those very same Dumbocrats are the first ones up against the wall to be shot by their precious "persons of color", whether it's the Muslims, the La Raza crowd or whomever, assuming I'm still around (which is doubtful), I'm just going to laugh and say "Well bitches, there is that old saying about reaping what you sow, enjoy your reaping. I know I will..."

Posted by: The Oort Cloud - Deplorable Source of all SMODs at October 02, 2016 09:43 AM (2pIEi)

70 I'm ready cricket for dummies which isn't dummy enough for me. Still a mystery.

Posted by: nckate at October 02, 2016 09:43 AM (C6GTp)

71 That is an awesome library, that ladder and that chair....that chair looks so comfy! Thank you for sharing!

I've been reading Fr Robert Barron recently, he writes about the catholic faith and we do his workbook series at our bible study too. He truly has the gift to distilled complicated thought provoking theological doctrines into such insightful and understandable language.

Posted by: IC at October 02, 2016 09:44 AM (vBpiM)

72 Besy books about Soviet gulag are Varlaam Shalamov books. Kolyma story is trandlated to English

Posted by: Redmonkey at October 02, 2016 09:45 AM (ntMM4)

73 "I have no idea what Ms. Shriver's politics are."

Although she was born in America she's essentially a mainstream British Consrvative, which means she's a center-left social democrat but not a complete nutcase.

Posted by: jic at October 02, 2016 09:45 AM (1RrDj)

74 Sorry Vic but I did make a book post first and I did label as OT. Saw that on TV and figured you lot would appreciate my complaint.

Anyway, "flipping past Fox" seems like good advice.

Posted by: blaster at October 02, 2016 09:46 AM (ACqhm)

75 Here's my latest fantasy: a Constitutional amendment that restricts the number of laws a legislative body may pass to 50 or 100, or some low number. And if they've fill up the entire 100 and want to pass another one, they'll need to first decide which law they want to repeal in order to make room for the new one."

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It would do no good. As you pointed out earlier, most of the "law" passed these days is done by "rules" passed by unelected bureaucrats. That is what has to stop. We need a rest. Virtually all such rules and regulations should be struck down. and replaced with one that says no agency may pass a rule that exceeds it's congressional mandate in any form. Give House authority (not the Senate) to strike any rule with a simple majority vote, not subject to veto.
Posted by: Curmudgeon at October 02, 2016 09:37 AM (GOUHc)


While I don't have a problem with talking about how things SHOULD be, or to use OM's wording, considering it "my fantasy," I have to say, these sorts of solutions are NOT going to occur in THIS universe. They just won't. It might be nice if they did, but they won't.

Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 09:47 AM (Pz4pT)

76 From what is currently the first five-star review of "When Breath Becomes Air":

"Stunned because of the realization that someone as prodigiously talented and eloquent as Dr. Kalanithi was taken from the world at such an early age."

Does anyone else get the feeling that some amazon reviewers think they are auditioning for magazines? I really wish people would just say the two things about a book that need to be said: what the book was about and what you thought of it. So not interested in your purple prose about your feelings. And did the idiot who wrote this not read the dust jacket, because it's obvious he dies. And since when are "prodigious talents" exempt from dying young? It's so annoying: we already know what the book is about so just state your opinion and try not to look stupid.

Posted by: Tonestaple at October 02, 2016 09:47 AM (VsZJP)

77
Although Amazon idiotically lumps a lot of different kindle versions together so the reviews can be chancy too.


Mrs. Krebs and I were discussing that yesterday as practiced on DVDs. We both check the lowest reviews rather than highest because the lowest point out problems or deficiencies in the product. However, when one says "the (DVD) format that we received was wrong" and it is clear from reviews that multiple formats have been discussed, which was the wrong format and does this review apply to what is being sold here?

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Deplorable Cycling Stars (TM) at October 02, 2016 09:48 AM (fOgSR)

78 That is a good library. I did an appraisal for a library that took up two stories - the top floor was just for reference books.

I just finished reading "Batavia's Graveyard" by Mike Dash. It's a true story about Jeronimus Cornelisz, who plotted a mutiny aboard the Dutch East India Company's "Batavia" but the ship wrecked off the coast of Australia before he could carry out his plan. So while the skipper & lead representative of The Company sailed to Java to get help, he seized power among the survivors & ran a micro-tyranny on a coral atoll, killing nearly 200 people in his two month reign of terror. It's a fascinating look at the Dutch Empire in it's Golden Age, the "wooden world" of sailing ships & survival in an uncharted corner of the ocean. I highly recommend it

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 09:48 AM (7qAYi)

79 I believe the whole cultural appropriation foofaraw, like it always does with the Left, simply boils down to money.

And who gets it.

The Brits and Americans have been so successful because a cultures they were tremendously open to adopting the technology, language, cultural aspects of other countries,

if they proved valuable, interesting, tasty, or just plain better. And then improved on them in every way.

But, the Left needs to cram everyone into little boxes so it can set one group against another in endless power games for fun and profit.

At the base of Cultural Appropriation Arguments is the unspoken "if I can never understand you as a person or even human being because your skin is different than mine and you can understand me then we need gov't to mediate all things so you don't screw me over and I can't screw you over".

It's a ridiculous idea that human beings because of different beliefs or skin color are, in fact, like totally different species in endless competition.

That this whole thing appears to have started in the music industry, where everyone steals everything from one another is ridiculous.

Yes, yes, you're the first person to set rap to polka. You're a genius. Like the guy who discovered penicillin or something. So, you should have on endless patent forever on Polka Rap.

Posted by: naturalfake at October 02, 2016 09:49 AM (9q7Dl)

80 Mrs. Krebs and I were discussing that yesterday as practiced on DVDs. We both check the lowest reviews rather than highest because the lowest point out problems or deficiencies in the product. However, when one says "the (DVD) format that we received was wrong" and it is clear from reviews that multiple formats have been discussed, which was the wrong format and does this review apply to what is being sold here?
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Deplorable Cycling Stars (TM) at October 02, 2016 09:48 AM (fOgSR)

They could be referring to DVD regions - different DVDs can only be played in their appropriate players: region 1 for US & Canada, for example.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 09:50 AM (7qAYi)

81 Does anyone else get the feeling that some amazon reviewers think they are auditioning for magazines? I really wish people would just say the two things about a book that need to be said: what the book was about and what you thought of it. So not interested in your purple prose about your feelings. And did the idiot who wrote this not read the dust jacket, because it's obvious he dies. And since when are "prodigious talents" exempt from dying young? It's so annoying: we already know what the book is about so just state your opinion and try not to look stupid.
Posted by: Tonestaple at October 02, 2016 09:47 AM (VsZJP)


Yes. Often it's an exercise in going through reviews like Goldilocks. This one is tooooo long! This one is tooooo short!! Oh, now this one is juuuust right!!!


I don't need to read the beginning of YOUR novel, and I sure as shinola don't have any value of your opinion that goes "this book sux, I didn't get past page 10." Shut up, idiot.

Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 09:51 AM (Pz4pT)

82 So All Hail Eris, you wear such boots every day? To work even?

And I am getting that sinking sensation this thread is about to go off the rails which means I should get back to writing after I feed myself and feed the cats.

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 09:52 AM (RS+gs)

83 Love that library photo. But where would I put the other 70 percent of my hardcopy books?

Posted by: JTB at October 02, 2016 09:52 AM (V+03K)

84
From what is currently the first five-star review of "When Breath Becomes Air":


Five-star reviews are written by pretentious fanboys.

Three youths, another adult and I were judging a cooking contest and one kid was going off on flights of Food Network-inspired babble about "mouth feel" and the like. I finally had enough: "We're not auditioning here. Which one did you like (dammit!)?"

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Deplorable Cycling Stars (TM) at October 02, 2016 09:53 AM (fOgSR)

85 I'm re-reading The Road to Serfdom, only this time I've read: the Editorial Forward, Introduction, Preface to the Original Edition, Forward to the 1956 American Paperback Edition, Preface to the 1976 Edition, and yet another, final Introduction.

And that amounted to 64 pages of "intros" for a 173 page book. LOL.

Posted by: Deplorable IrishEi at October 02, 2016 09:54 AM (eM2Uz)

86
Edward Jay Epstein's book about Angelton has an Amazon ID of B005LPE5SC. $5 for the kindle
He wrote a lot of stuff as a journalist, about the Warren comission and the Kennedy assination.

Angelton has detractors, I know. It is difficult to write, just off the cuff, about the whole deal because so many books have been written, and it is impossible for an ordinary schmuck like myself to judge truth from fiction.

Search the amazon kindle store for the author's name to see his other books.

Also recall Bob Woodward's claim that he inteviews CIA Director Casey while Casey was in the hospital and dying. I forget what Woodward claim that Casey said just minutes before he died.

I have another on my to read list about sabotage at the CIA, analysists who deliberately sabotaged the CIA product. Remember George HW Bush and some of the leaks that came out?

As Jay Leno would say, "Things that make you go hhmmm."

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at October 02, 2016 09:54 AM (9P7n/)

87 and I sure as shinola don't have any value of your opinion that goes "this book sux, I didn't get past page 10." Shut up, idiot.
Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 09:51 AM (Pz4pT)

Goes back to staring at page 9 of Moby-Dick and claiming"I finally get it, it's awesome!".

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at October 02, 2016 09:54 AM (5zGip)

88 Mrs. Krebs and I were discussing that yesterday as practiced on DVDs. We both check the lowest reviews rather than highest because the lowest point out problems or deficiencies in the product. However, when one says "the (DVD) format that we received was wrong" and it is clear from reviews that multiple formats have been discussed, which was the wrong format and does this review apply to what is being sold here?
Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Deplorable Cycling Stars (TM) at October 02, 2016 09:48 AM (fOgSR)


Not just formats, but often different versions. Same applies to books, but with dvds it's more common to be reading a review of the 2 (or more) disc version, and some review says "the disc didn't include any extras."


Eh, thanks.

Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 09:55 AM (Pz4pT)

89
Love that library photo. But where would I put the other 70 percent of my hardcopy books?
Posted by: JTB at October 02, 2016 09:52 AM (V+03K)


In boxes in various corners and closets like the rest of us.

Posted by: Kindltot at October 02, 2016 09:56 AM (KOBAq)

90 Nice library. I always meant to have bookshelves like that installed in one of my bedrooms, but never got around to it. I wonder mow much it costs?

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at October 02, 2016 09:56 AM (sdi6R)

91 I just bought a book called The Tacos of Texas through ace's amazon portal.

Also, on this day in history, the battle of Gonzales was fought, giving us the motto Come and Take It.

@officialAlamo is live tweeting the battle.

Posted by: stace at October 02, 2016 09:57 AM (ct0K5)

92 One can only wonder why such ignorant 'bullies" even was able to take over the country.

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Progs value lies over truth, conformity over liberty, ignorance over knowledge, violence over deliberation, chaos over the rule of law, and privilege over equality. Ignorant bullying is exactly what they aspire to.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 09:58 AM (Nwg0u)

93 Happy birthday to the Bell P-59, America's first jet plane, which first flew on this day in 1942.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 09:58 AM (7qAYi)

94 SNL brought out Tine Fey again and Alec Baldwin as Trump and they "destroyed" him apparently.

Posted by: steevy at October 02, 2016 09:59 AM (fA75F)

95 Heh. I can recognize Churchill's history of WWII from the photo.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 09:59 AM (7qAYi)

96 So the topic of music came up, and these two gentlemen started talking about the segment of "black" music that included blues and 60s era soul. All through the conversation, the unspoken statement being made to me was "us black folk are talking now, you should shut up and listen."

Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 09:42 AM (Pz4pT)


Too bad you didn't have the chance to explain to them how the 70s funk artists borrowed heavily from the European techno-beat genre, i.e Kraftwerk. It would have been interesting to see their reaction.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:01 AM (o1sfH)

97 76 Does anyone else get the feeling that some amazon
reviewers think they are auditioning for magazines? I really wish
people would just say the two things about a book that need to be said:
what the book was about and what you thought of it. So not interested
in your purple prose about your feelings. And did the idiot who wrote
this not read the dust jacket, because it's obvious he dies. And since
when are "prodigious talents" exempt from dying young? It's so
annoying: we already know what the book is about so just state your
opinion and try not to look stupid.

Posted by: Tonestaple at October 02, 2016 09:47 AM (VsZJP)

I gave up on Amazon book reviews a long time ago. You simply can not trust them.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 10:02 AM (mpXpK)

98 For you military history geeks, was WW 2 called WW2 while it was happening?

No reason to ask other than the question popped in my head when I read josephistan's comment.

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at October 02, 2016 10:02 AM (5zGip)

99 I also see Tantumblogo has the run of International Air Power Review & Wings of Fame like I do. I like this guy, he should post more often.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:03 AM (7qAYi)

100 Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 09:42 AM (Pz4pT)

Too bad you didn't have the chance to explain to them how the 70s funk artists borrowed heavily from the European techno-beat genre, i.e Kraftwerk. It would have been interesting to see their reaction.
Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:01 AM (o1sfH)


Heh, well first I would have had to KNOW that 70s era funk is heavily influence by Euro techno, which I don't, because I don't give two sheds about 70s era funk... but that's just another element of my musical snobbery rearing its ugly head, so...

Posted by: BurtTC at October 02, 2016 10:04 AM (Pz4pT)

101 Good morning my fellow Book Threadists. Since this week was rather bleak and drear although not chilly (my favorite reading weather), I continued with LOTR. I expect to read Return of the King later this fall.

I'm re-reading "The Everlasting Man" but this time I'm going slow and savoring the language as well as the concepts. And Chesterton had a sense of humor. Several times I started laughing out loud. I have several other Chesterton books such as "Orthodoxy", "Father Brown", and a collection of his poetry lined up. Apparently, I'm in the mood for exquisite writing. (Should add some Wodehouse to the queue.)

Posted by: JTB at October 02, 2016 10:06 AM (V+03K)

102 I've been reading Benjamin Wallace's Duck and Cover series, and this guy is really good at developing characters almost immediately.

And he HATES SJW's. The third book in the series features post-apocalypse town named Tolerance built in the ruins of a college campus. And it's probably the most loathsome location in the series.

They're cheap on Kindle, and good popcorn reads.

Posted by: Chupacabra at October 02, 2016 10:07 AM (kL1bp)

103 Heh. I can recognize Churchill's history of WWII from the photo.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 09:59 AM (7qAYi)

Looks like he has a complete collection of Marshall Cavendish WW2 books too.

Now you got me looking for more.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois at October 02, 2016 10:08 AM (d76uN)

104 97, Vic, yes, they're not particularly trustworthy but I will check the one- and two-star reviews because they will at least tell something truthful (unless it's a political book by a conservative in which case ....)

And I see that Tantumbloggo has one full shelf of what I think are Nancy Drew mysteries. I approve.

Posted by: Tonestaple at October 02, 2016 10:09 AM (VsZJP)

105 Also recall Bob Woodward's claim that he inteviews CIA Director Casey while Casey was in the hospital and dying. I forget what Woodward claim that Casey said just minutes before he died.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at October 02, 2016 09:54 AM (9P7n/)


It was some nonsense that supported whatever narrative Woodward was flogging to sell his books at the time, and was so totally out of character for Casey that conservatives, including Casey's immediate family, called bullshit on it, i.e. Woodward just made stuff up and pretended it was Casey who said it.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:09 AM (o1sfH)

106 Life and Death in Shanghai is a great book. Glad that it's being read.

I'm working my way through "The Book of Mysteries" by Jonatan Cahn. A devotional written by a Messianic Jewish Rabbi. I devoured the first 20 days, then realized that I might get more out of it of it if I pace myself - just read one a day. If you like knowing more about the Hebrew meanings of words, the context of verses and the history behind them, you would probably enjoy this book.

Also work on Siddhartha Mukerjee's "The Gene - an intimate history." He wrote the biography of cancer in "The Emperor of All Maladies" - an outstanding book. Mukerjee has 2 uncles and a cousin who were schizophrenic. As a cancer researcher he has had to come to a deep understanding of how genetics work. This book moves deftly between the personal , the historical and the scientific. Excellent read so far.

Posted by: Jade Sea at October 02, 2016 10:10 AM (mDx7A)

107 103 Heh. I can recognize Churchill's history of WWII from the photo.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 09:59 AM (7qAYi)

Looks like he has a complete collection of Marshall Cavendish WW2 books too.

Now you got me looking for more.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois at October 02, 2016 10:08 AM (d76uN)


And this is exactly why I like getting larger-sized photos. It's always fun to peruse another moron's library.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:11 AM (o1sfH)

108 BOOK BLEG!

A huge thanks to all of you reading "Wearing the Cat".

This has been a long road and everyone of you make all the long hours of "butt in chair/fingers on keyboard" worthwhile.

If you have enjoyed reading "Wearing the Cat",

please go to Amazon and leave a nice starred review, plus a few choice words.

A simple drive-by sentence is fine.


Two reasons for this:

First, of course, Amazon only pays attention to books with over 50 reviews. And I need all the help I can get.


Second, we're now working on the covers for the Dead Tree version of WTC-

and I would like to have a "What Readers Are Saying"
set of blurbs on the back cover.

That's right! Your review words on shiny processed wood pulp for all to see.

So, if you've you are enjoying your read of WTC, please leave a review on one or more of the volumes of "Wearing the Cat".

Thanks.

And for those reading, I think you're going to enjoy this final volume a lot. Stunning climax and all that.


Posted by: Hd Woodard - "Wearing the Cat - Part Four: The Black Room" at October 02, 2016 10:11 AM (9q7Dl)

109 104
97, Vic, yes, they're not particularly trustworthy but I will check the
one- and two-star reviews because they will at least tell something
truthful (unless it's a political book by a conservative in which case
....)


Posted by: Tonestaple at October 02, 2016 10:09 AM (VsZJP)




Just for SnG's go over and check the flood of 1 and 2 star reviews for Michelle Malkin's "In Defence of Internment". (which I thought was a good book even if it did defend FDR)

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 10:13 AM (mpXpK)

110 I'm in a holding pattern, so that means re-reading Heinlein again. Right now it's I Will Fear No Evil, which isn't my favorite, but is a solid work from his early later years.

I just got done reading all the Lazarus Long stuff I could get my hands on. To Sail Beyond the Sunset was better than I remember, although the ending is blatantly rushed, like he saw the page count and said "Nobody's gonna read any more of this, time to wrap it up!"

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at October 02, 2016 10:14 AM (ASSjT)

111 Since this is the Book Thread & this is a Smart Military Blog, is there a definitive guide to the Sherman tank, with illustrations of all its myriad variations?

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:14 AM (7qAYi)

112 "But this is what the Dems say we MUST have, multiculturalism uber alles.
Balkanize the country at all costs, which is exactly what is happening.
Well, when it all comes crashing down, and those very same Dumbocrats
are the first ones up against the wall to be shot by their precious
"persons of color"
by the oort cloud

Balkanizing is just to enforce their divide and conquer technique. SNL last night mocked Trump supporters "you trump supporters ... no shoes, no shirt, no service".

Of course we know the commies took over Hollywood long ago, "The Naked Communist" pointed out their tactics, and their "just call them ignorant racists" strategy has been effective. Pretty incredible that in Orwellian fashion, they declare all other cultures supreme, and they must be protected, but the one culture that cannot be protected is "Americanism".

And the last racism that is still approved is racism against whites. Hillary is actually running on calling whitey a racist, barely acceptable as a people even if we apologize constantly for white privilege. But any proud of their American heritage are deplorable. And now the Bernie fans are basement dwellers ... so just who does this Hillary really represent?

Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 10:16 AM (n6rAX)

113 OT but flipped past Fox this am Wallace had Claire McCaskill on to prattle on uninterrupted and unchallenged about Trumps war on women.

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F. Chuck Todd is having Michael Moore on with Glenn Beck to represent elites attacking Trump from left and right. Nice bedfellow you've got there, Glenn, but at least you are now an elite.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 10:19 AM (Nwg0u)

114 Hello all. The cultural appropriation thing is a direct attack on the melting pot ideal of America.

It's intentional. They want us all subdivided into our little boxes so that they can stoke hatred between Box C and Box D and use the anger to keep themselves in power.

I refuse to play.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:19 AM (ZklN1)

115 Finished listening to "Crucible of Empire" the second book of Flint and Wentworth's Jao Empire series. It certainly made the long exercise sessions at the gym fly by. The second book gave the reader a bit more info on the homicidal Ekhats whose goal is to rid the galaxy of all other sentient species. I started reading the just released 3rd volume written with a new coauthor. No audible version yet. Darn! Enjoying it very muc though. Great escapist reading. Now listening to the 2nd in the "Hard Luck Hank" series. Good ole' Hank Is guaranteed to make you smile.

Posted by: Tuna at October 02, 2016 10:21 AM (JSovD)

116 The Democrats are planning to slice another group off the "white" category, "MENA" (Middle East and North Africa). Like they did with Hispanics. It will be "illegal to discriminate against" MENA which means every workplace will have to accommodate Islamic law.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at October 02, 2016 10:22 AM (Xk4Hx)

117 113
Saw on Drudge that Barbara Bush the younger partied away the night with Huma Abedin at a Paris fundraiser for Cankles. What a bunch of idiots the Bushes are becoming.

Posted by: Tuna at October 02, 2016 10:25 AM (JSovD)

118 "The Democrats are planning to slice another group off the "white" category, "MENA" (Middle East and North Africa). "

Super duper. Ancestry.com's DNA test tells me I'm 2% middle eastern. So THERE.

STOP OPPRESSING ME

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:27 AM (ZklN1)

119 The Democrats are planning to slice another group off the "white" category, "MENA" (Middle East and North Africa).

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Prog ideology tells us that were all equal but not all that equal.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 10:28 AM (Nwg0u)

120 Your friend with the Gygax story? He's a compulsive liar.

Gary was a bit paunchy but not over 230 lbs. He was kinda short (5' 8" or so) so it kind of looked heavy on him.

He was no way disorganized - disheveled, yes at times, but always had a haircut. He did smoke when I met him in the early '90s. Don't know if he continued. But his organization for his games was excellent. I never got to play his games but did sit in and listen to a session.

In short, the story was made up.

Posted by: Inspector Cussword at October 02, 2016 10:30 AM (c1VpD)

121 I just read "The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran" by Andrew Scott Cooper. It was deja vu all over again reading about the close political partnership between the Red and the Black, namely the Communists and the mullahs. The parallel with today's love affair between the Left and Islam is striking: same lies, same slogans, same tactics by both sides. The Reds were full of Iranians who'd spent time studying in the U.S. in the sixties, picking up the bad habits of the violent little revolutionary special snowflakes of that era. Once the shah was gone the Reds found out the hard way the Blacks had no intention of sharing power. Today's lefties would do well to remember this.

Posted by: JuJuBee at October 02, 2016 10:31 AM (JAvsW)

122 Having put together a list of book suggestions for 20-something nieces and nephew and reflecting on my reading preferences lately, I realized that most of my choices are 60 to well over 100 years old. Haggard, Verne, Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Churchill's WW I history, Chesterton, Lewis, Tolkien, etc. You get the idea. If it wasn't for VDH, Thomas Sowell, Michael Dirda, Patrick O'Brian and a few outdoor writers and mystery authors, I would despair of most things written in my lifetime.

Anyone else feeling this way? Maybe it's just getting older and less tolerant. (I wasn't all that tolerant to start with.)

Posted by: JTB at October 02, 2016 10:32 AM (V+03K)

123 111 Expensive but exhaustive.Not much about operations except where they caused requirements

http://tinyurl.com/htz9quq

Posted by: steevy at October 02, 2016 10:34 AM (fA75F)

124 OT but flipped past Fox this am Wallace had Claire McCaskill on to prattle on uninterrupted and unchallenged about Trumps war on women.
-
F. Chuck Todd is having Michael Moore on with Glenn Beck to represent elites attacking Trump from left and right. Nice bedfellow you've got there, Glenn, but at least you are now an elite.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at

October 02, 2016 10:19 AM (Nwg0u)


It's kind of scary how united the media is in their hatred of Trump. That's why I want him to win - I want to see the entire NYC-WashDC media corridor littered with exploded heads.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:35 AM (o1sfH)

125 About limiting the number of laws a Congress can pass. A friend and mentor of mine, way back in the 70's came up with a simple rule. For every new passed, you must repeal two existing on the books.

To me Regulations in acted by a bunch of idiot bureaucrats are what is killing the very thought of America. All bureaucrats should be castrated.

It is a good starting point...in my opinion.

Posted by: Paladin at October 02, 2016 10:35 AM (T/yV2)

126 "Does anyone else get the feeling that some amazon

reviewers think they are auditioning for magazines?"

I like the good ones ... some are serious and try to build a fan base it seems ... I ignore them if they are just preaching their own platform, but some will write a little about points that stood out to them ... helps me with books I won't read, but would like to extract their most salient points.

But being able to discern good and evil on the internet is an art. But reading some reviewers (that have actually bought the book) is often better than reading the hand picked professional reviews, that lean toward invalid praise.

Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 10:35 AM (n6rAX)

127 123 111 Expensive but exhaustive.Not much about operations except where they caused requirements

http://tinyurl.com/htz9quq
Posted by: steevy at October 02, 2016 10:34 AM (fA75F)

Cool, I've added to my wishlist.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:35 AM (7qAYi)

128 Carl Spitzweg, "Bookworm"

http://www.art.co.uk/products/p10032543-sa-i664284/posters.htm

I actually have a signed litho this

Posted by: plum at October 02, 2016 10:36 AM (vzZKT)

129 "Anyone else feeling this way? Maybe it's just getting older and less tolerant. (I wasn't all that tolerant to start with.)"

There are definitely some modern writers that I enjoy, but there's also a definite drop in quality when you read a classic vs almost anything today.

We do Charlotte Mason homeschooling and she's very big on reading things that aren't "twaddle" (although considering the time she lived, I shudder to think what she considered poor reading)

So, though I am not completely heartless, I do try to guide my kids towards literature with merit and not a steady diet of Magic Kitten.

Although, truth be told, those sparkly pink books are shockingly dark.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:37 AM (ZklN1)

130 127 123 111 Expensive but exhaustive.Not much about operations except where they caused requirements

http://tinyurl.com/htz9quq
Posted by: steevy at October 02, 2016 10:34 AM (fA75F)

Cool, I've added to my wishlist.
Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:35 AM (7qAYi)

Though I am disappointed that, according to the reviews, not much attention is paid to the Israeli variants. That's what got me thinking about the topic - the back page of this months Fine Scale Modeler has ad for two different Israeli Shermans, and an Egyptian version too!

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:38 AM (7qAYi)

131 ""Does anyone else get the feeling that some amazon

reviewers think they are auditioning for magazines?"


That goes for reviewers of everything from books to sparkplugs.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:38 AM (ZklN1)

132 Saw on Drudge that Barbara Bush the younger partied away the night with Huma Abedin at a Paris fundraiser for Cankles. What a bunch of idiots the Bushes are becoming.

Posted by: Tuna at October 02, 2016 10:25 AM (JSovD)


Whenever I hear stuff like this, I always remember one of my favorite quotes:

"There's a club. We're not members. They make the decisions. We live with the decisions that are made. It's as if they are an incestuous nest of rat-spiders who spin a web, and we're all caught in it.

Posted by: grammie winger, watching the fig tree at October 23, 2015 09:03 AM (dFi94) "

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:38 AM (o1sfH)

133 Lionel Shriver rightly takes on cultural appropriation, but she also mentioned the Catch-22 of these new social/cultural rules that tie in to "Three Felonies a Day."

"And here's the bugbear, here where we really can't win. At the same
time
that we're to write about only the few toys that landed in our playpen,
we're also upbraided for failing to portray in our fiction a population
that is sufficiently various."


SOP for the progressives: You just can't win. Ever.

Posted by: Lizzy at October 02, 2016 10:40 AM (NOIQH)

134 As for cultural appropriation, it is not a new thing at all. Look at what Alexander of Macedonia did by spreading Greek culture across the known world. Pax Roma was enforced by legions equipped with Gladius Hispanicus and from the Parthians cataphracts. Smart cultures adopt and adapt things that work better or into the dust bin they go because or they marinate in stagnation much like the Middle Kingdom of China has done.
Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 09:17 AM (RS+gs)

What about cultural appropriation when non-whites adopt Western genres? Yo Yo Ma plays Western classical music. It's not part of his heritage. Jessye Norman is a black opera singer. Should she be allowed to do that? I'm reading Camille Paglia's "Glittering Images" and one of the artists she highlights is a early 20th century American black named John Wesley Hardrick, who was inspired by the Impressionists. I had never heard of him before, but his portrait painting, reproduced in the book, is quite good. Shouldn't he have been making tribal masks instead?

And I'm waiting for the leftist to turn on rock music, which is a mongrel hybrid drawn from both the blues and country western. How dare the Stones and the Animals cover old blues songs! And the Police, with their reggae songs and Sting singing in a fake Jamaican accent, are clearly no different than Al Jolson performing in blackface.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 10:42 AM (P8951)

135 OT
New Mexico: Clinton 35, Trump 31, Johnson 24


T should throw over to Johnson and deny H the EV's.

Entire poll conducted after the debate.

Posted by: UGH at October 02, 2016 10:42 AM (TwnkX)

136
"SOP for the progressives: You just can't win. Ever"

Yep. They will eat their own with gusto just to earn an imaginary point in the Great Victimhood Race.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:43 AM (ZklN1)

137 So, though I am not completely heartless, I do try to guide my kids towards literature with merit and not a steady diet of Magic Kitten.

Although, truth be told, those sparkly pink books are shockingly dark.
Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:37 AM (ZklN1)
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Holy cats, these things are real. The eyes stare right into your soul.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 10:43 AM (jR7Wy)

138 "Holy cats, these things are real. The eyes stare right into your soul."

The eyes follow you. Waiting. Always waiting.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:44 AM (ZklN1)

139 What about cultural appropriation when non-whites adopt Western genres? Yo Yo Ma plays Western classical music. It's not part of his heritage. Jessye Norman is a black opera singer. Should she be allowed to do that? I'm reading Camille Paglia's "Glittering Images" and one of the artists she highlights is a early 20th century American black named John Wesley Hardrick, who was inspired by the Impressionists. I had never heard of him before, but his portrait painting, reproduced in the book, is quite good. Shouldn't he have been making tribal masks instead?

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If intellectual consistency was something they cared about, "Hamilton" wouldn't be the hit that it is. An all black cast performing a show about the Founding Fathers? Cultural appropriation, reverse-blackface - their heads ought to explode.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:44 AM (7qAYi)

140 I realized that most of my choices are 60 to well over 100 years old.

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I think at least two factors contribute to this. First, there is such a great increase in the number of titles. The easier it is to be published, the more dreck will be published (although wading through dreck is a price I'm willing to pay for greater access to niche interests). Second, the rise of personality cult celebrity authorship and biographies. It is now common to see biographies and autobiographies of twenty-three year old actors, comedians, and rap stars who will be forgotten as soon as a new wave of celebutards comes over the horizon.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 10:45 AM (Nwg0u)

141
Mrs. Krebs and I went to the annual Lewes Public Library used book sale yesterday. The selection was disappointing to say the least. I picked up six of the softcover 4"x5" Golden Guides - Trees, Weather, Insects, Butterflies and Moths, Flowers, and Weeds - for $1.00 each. I find it funny that no matter how many other field guides that I have used, I can still identify an unknown tree fastest using the Tree GG.

The Weeds entry is far newer than the others, but since we have so many around I figured, "Eh, why not?"

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Deplorable Cycling Stars (TM) at October 02, 2016 10:45 AM (fOgSR)

142 136
"SOP for the progressives: You just can't win. Ever"

Yep. They will eat their own with gusto just to earn an imaginary point in the Great Victimhood Race.
Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:43 AM (ZklN1)

Which illustrates the great paradox of our age - there's no one more powerful than a victim.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:45 AM (7qAYi)

143 Was the printing press a cultural development which came out of the African continent?

Asking for a friend?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 02, 2016 10:46 AM (J+eG2)

144 122 Anyone else feeling this way? Maybe it's just getting older and less tolerant. (I wasn't all that tolerant to start with.)

Posted by: JTB at October 02, 2016 10:32 AM (V+03K)


If you expand to SF/Fantasy there are some good conservative writers out there today. However for young people I would avoid John Ringo's Paladin of the Shadows series (not really SF but he writes a lot of that too). That series is borderline porn.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 10:46 AM (mpXpK)

145 If intellectual consistency was something they cared about, "Hamilton" wouldn't be the hit that it is. An all black cast performing a show about the Founding Fathers? Cultural appropriation, reverse-blackface - their heads ought to explode.

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We ought to do an all white history of the rise of Motown.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 10:47 AM (Nwg0u)

146 Long time lurker first time poster (I sensed a theme lately... a theme of desperation for more posters).

Since we've a book thread on our hands let me heartily recommend the much underrated space trilogy by C.S. Lewis. It can be read many ways, and especially for this ungodly horde I would suggest skipping the more theologically laden books one and two, and beginning with the anti-scientism/anti-totalitarianism core of book three. It can be read as a direct retaliation against H.G. Wells' scientific utopianism of the early-mid 1900's (Lewis cheekily dedicated book three to Wells). If you are interested then return to books one and two for Lewis' theological underpinnings of the whole thing.

See also: anything by or about Dietrich Bonhoeffer for a real-life example of ecclesiastical anti-totalitarianism.

And always remember the immortal words: "resist we much, we must, and we will much, about that. Be committed."

Posted by: LurkI_AM_YourLurker[DarthLurker] at October 02, 2016 10:47 AM (kQezX)

147 Too many federal laws: 2/3 vote to enact, simple majority to remove. no bureaucratic created rules or regulations allowed. our reps have shirked their law/rule making job for far to long. they need to get into the nitty gritty. I know they don't like it, they can get out.

Posted by: talgus at October 02, 2016 10:47 AM (UaPF2)

148 130 Yeah,Israeli variants are outside the scope of the book.
This might be helpful.

http://tinyurl.com/zlgxlfx

Posted by: steevy at October 02, 2016 10:47 AM (fA75F)

149 It's kind of scary how united the media is in their hatred of Trump. That's why I want him to win - I want to see the entire NYC-WashDC media corridor littered with exploded heads.
Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:35 AM (o1sfH)

Gallup shows that only 32 percent of Americans trust the media - but at the same time, the public appears to be buying their nonstop propaganda.

I've told my #Nevertrump nephew that the media jerks the American public around like puppets on a string. They are not about informing us, if they ever were, but about manipulating us. And the "highly educated" are the most easily manipulated.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 10:47 AM (P8951)

150 I'm waiting for a library picture that's just a screenshot of a library file with thousands of documents

Posted by: Bigby's Ouija Board at October 02, 2016 10:48 AM (U0lQa)

151 in light of "three felonies a day"

the quote I don't quite remember.

"show me the man and I'll find you the crime".

I think that was a Russian write, not sure. Anyone could be prosecuted ... thinkers that escape Russia and the gulags seem most clear on how we are surrendering so much freedom to these leftists, dictators in the making. They've known it since Orwell ... but the march through our institutions continued apace.

Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 10:48 AM (n6rAX)

152 >>Yep. They will eat their own with gusto just to earn an imaginary point in the Great Victimhood Race.

See Tim Burton who is now being raked over the coals for mostly white cast of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" and - gasp! - saying he doesn't buy into diversity casting for its own sake.

Posted by: Lizzy at October 02, 2016 10:48 AM (NOIQH)

153 "there's no one more powerful than a victim. "

Have you seen the latest season of Portlandia?

They have a sketch where the yippie couple break their legs and end up temporarily disabled. And they actually say something like "babe, we are finally being oppressed!"

It's pretty funny.

Of course, that brings us to the hilarious situation where the real feminist bookstore that hosts the Women and Women First sketch is Super Duper Offended You Guys and are pulling their support.

If you can, you should go read their letter. It's beyond parody.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:49 AM (ZklN1)

154 What about cultural appropriation when non-whites adopt Western genres? Yo Yo Ma plays Western classical music. It's not part of his heritage.

Posted by: DonnaV. deplorably brandishing ampersandsso there at October 02, 2016 10:42 AM (P8951)


Remember in the early 60s the progressive left was all about "tolerance" and "free speech"? Although it was denied at the time, and ever since, what they really meant was "tolerance for just us" and "free speech for just us". They never had any intention of giving to anyone else the things they insisted on acquiring for themselves.

This "one-way morality" has been a hallmark of the progressive left since the beginning.

It's the same with cultural appreciation. It's OK for Yo Yo Ma to play Western classical music, but not for me to put my glorious hair into dreadlocks. That would be wrong.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:49 AM (o1sfH)

155 103 Heh. I can recognize Churchill's history of WWII from the photo.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 09:59 AM (7qAYi)

Looks like he has a complete collection of Marshall Cavendish WW2 books too.

Now you got me looking for more.
Posted by: Tim in Illinois at October 02, 2016 10:08 AM (d76uN)

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104 97, Vic, yes, they're not particularly trustworthy but I will check the one- and two-star reviews because they will at least tell something truthful (unless it's a political book by a conservative in which case ....)

And I see that Tantumbloggo has one full shelf of what I think are Nancy Drew mysteries. I approve.
Posted by: Tonestaple at October 02, 2016 10:09 AM (VsZJP)



He.. or she? Or maybe it's a family library.

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at October 02, 2016 10:49 AM (sdi6R)

156 Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Deplorable Cycling Stars (TM) at October 02, 2016 10:45 AM (fOgSR)
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The Golden Guides are the easiest to search and have the best illustrations, and there is something "cozy" to the writing. I grew up on them.

Herbert Zim knows everything about everything.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 10:49 AM (jR7Wy)

157 New Mexico: Clinton 35, Trump 31, Johnson 24

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Blithering idiocy has been very, very good to Gary Johnson.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 10:50 AM (Nwg0u)

158 I'm trying to remember a book that was mentioned here once. A man creates worlds (or maybe virtual reality) where ppl can go live in TV universes, i.e., live in Seinfeld's building, or work for Michael Scott. This makes the man the richest in the world/universe and he leaves his whole fortune upon his death to the person who can find it in one of these worlds. He leaves Easter eggs as clues. I can't find the name of the book but I want to read it. Any ideas? Thanks!

Posted by: 2ndAmendmentTexan at October 02, 2016 10:50 AM (lQ1lO)

159 Two books I just picked up:
The Wrath of Cochise by
Terry Mort and
A Nefarious Plot by
Steve Deace


Not sure which to start first. Probably be Nefarious.
As usual, now that I have been seduced by e-books, the library grows bigger of stuff I have bought and I have not read...yet.
I kind of feel like the Burgis Meredith character in that famous Twilight Zone episode.
I tend to go thru my Library and go "Oh I remember buying that." rather than surfing what they "recommend" I read. Most of what they recommend is crap I would not even consider... Obvious Thought Control by "They...that is Them"

Posted by: Paladin at October 02, 2016 10:51 AM (T/yV2)

160 It's OK for Yo Yo Ma to play Western classical music, but not for me to put my glorious hair into dreadlocks. That would be wrong.
Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:49 AM (o1sfH)
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So that was you in the tie-dye and psychedelic zubaz!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 10:51 AM (jR7Wy)

161 And the "highly educated" are the most easily manipulated.

Posted by: DonnaV. deplorably brandishing
ampersandsso there at October 02, 2016 10:47 AM
(P8951)


I think it is even worse than that.

The educational establishment considers compliance to be their number 1 goal. Teach the kids to do what they are told, and the teachers' jobs will be easier.

But that lesson follows these poor kids into the real world. They are far more comfortable being told what to do by government than we are.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at October 02, 2016 10:51 AM (Zu3d9)

162 149 It's kind of scary how united the media is in their hatred of Trump. That's why I want him to win - I want to see the entire NYC-WashDC media corridor littered with exploded heads.
Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 10:35 AM (o1sfH)

Gallup shows that only 32 percent of Americans trust the media - but at the same time, the public appears to be buying their nonstop propaganda.

I've told my #Nevertrump nephew that the media jerks the American public around like puppets on a string. They are not about informing us, if they ever were, but about manipulating us. And the "highly educated" are the most easily manipulated.
Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 10:47 AM (P8951)

They may not trust the media, but they believe any facebook meme or twitter post. You too can be an expert in climate, nutrition & history by reading a 50 word post that someone liked!

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:51 AM (7qAYi)

163 " I'm waiting for a library picture that's just a screenshot of a library file with thousands of documents"

Hahaha. That reminds me though! If you have kids, you have to check out Epic. It's $5 or month or so and gives you access to a huge library of digital kid books. We use it on our kindle fire, but I think it probably runs better on an ipad. It's great though.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 10:52 AM (ZklN1)

164 >>>I've never heard of Lionel Shriver, but she is an author who has apparently wandered off the reservation:


Larry Correia should reach out to her. Sounds like a potential Sad Puppy. I tried watching a movie based on one of her books "We Have To Talk About Kevin", but couldn't make it through. It was just disconnected and unpleasant.

I keep waiting for this hyper-PC madness to burn itself out, like some Ebola like epidemic. Sounds like Shriver has survived and has the antibodies, so maybe she can cure others.

Posted by: Yuimetal at October 02, 2016 10:52 AM (dtWKK)

165
Reading "The Westies" by T. J. English, the story of the eponymous Irish-American mob that reigned on Manhattan's West Side in the 70s. Violent and crude behavior abounds and most will be dead or in jail before it's over, I'm guessing.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Deplorable Cycling Stars (TM) at October 02, 2016 10:53 AM (fOgSR)

166 And I'm waiting for the leftist to turn on rock music, which is a mongrel hybrid drawn from both the blues and country western. How dare the Stones and the Animals cover old blues songs! And the Police, with their reggae songs and Sting singing in a fake Jamaican accent, are clearly no different than Al Jolson performing in blackface.
Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 10:42 AM (P8951)


It's already started. I saw articles years ago claiming Elvis "stole" rock and roll from African-Americans. 'Scuse me? Little Richard? Chuck Freakin' Berry??? Yeah, I know, people no one ever heard of...

/s

Posted by: The Deplorable Captain Whitebread at October 02, 2016 10:53 AM (rJUlF)

167 I've never been guilty of cultural appropriation. My art speaks to all mankind...er...humankind!

Posted by: Le Petomane at October 02, 2016 10:54 AM (97XyN)

168 "Gallup shows that only 32 percent of Americans trust
the media - but at the
same time, the public appears to be buying their
nonstop propaganda.
I've told my #Nevertrump nephew that the media jerks the American
public
around like puppets on a string. They are not about informing
us, if they ever
were, but about manipulating us. And the "highly
educated" are the most
easily manipulated.

Posted by: DonnaV.

It is like support for congress is 12%, yet they still get charmed by their own congressman.
The "highly educated" have more concern about their status, so Hillary is scripted to call Trump supporters swine. I'm told some of the Vietnam grunts would occasionally toss a grenade into an ineffective/dangerous "highly educated" commanders tent, since he'd get the "lowly educated" killed.

Maybe that was just rumor, but it seems fitting for the current vanity obsessed elites that look down on the proles that produce all their niceties. Middle America should invest in their own communities instead of running everything through NY/DC.

Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 10:55 AM (n6rAX)

169 As an old school gamer, I'll share my Gygax story.

The Dragon Magazine was the premier Role playing game journal of the day, and in it leaders in the industry would write articles. Gygax was one of them, and in the Dragon he insisted that if you played D&D with any rules variations or changes then you were no longer playing D&D. His rules were the only possible choice without exception, pure and exact.

He also got into a huge argument with letter writers that Dwarven women have beards, which is why no females are ever mentioned -- to the outsider, they look the same as males. Why this was so important to him, I have no idea.

It was very odd. The guy struck me as a colossal jerk.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 10:56 AM (39g3+)

170 Off to get my dog's nails trimmed.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:57 AM (7qAYi)

171 It's OK for Yo Yo Ma to play Western classical music,

-
An example of my own narrow thinking: I love Ma's Japanese Album but when I first heard it the first thought that raced through my head was essentially, "What's this honky doing playing Jap music so well?"

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 10:58 AM (Nwg0u)

172 I'm reading Kurt Schlichter's "People's Republic". It's a good action-based novel, though in spots it reads more like one of his columns (NTTAWWT).

There are also some descriptions of the blue-state regime that pull me out of the book, thinking "that couldn't possibly happen"...then I remember news stories I've read in the last couple of years, and I realize, "Yes, it could", because the Progressives are indeed that power-hungry.

Posted by: The Deplorable Captain Whitebread at October 02, 2016 10:58 AM (rJUlF)

173 He's talking about Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent by Harvey Silvergate, a book which reveals how federal criminal laws have become dangerously disconnected from the English common law tradition and how prosecutors can pin arguable federal crimes on any one of us, for even the most seemingly innocuous behavior.

It's not just felonies. The FBI has been seizing assets of businesses who make totally innocuous transfers of funds, just because they exceed a certain limit (remember the law that Denny Hastert was accused of trying to avoid in his payoffs). Then the companies have to sue to get their own money back, having done nothing wrong.


Posted by: Yuimetal at October 02, 2016 10:59 AM (dtWKK)

174 D et D was ultimately about rules. And who could be the best table lawyer.

You have rule variation and you have ANARCHY!

If you want your own rules, play some GURPS, you philistine.

Posted by: Chupacabra at October 02, 2016 10:59 AM (kL1bp)

175 My problem with this Lionel Shriver is that she sounds like a good liberal who is suddenly shocked by the turn things have taken. "Hey, I've been a supporter of 'diversity' and gay rights and trannie rights, but hey this has gotten ridiculous." You can see the same reaction in the Guardian comments: "I've championed the rights of the oppressed all this time, I don't like the nasty racist white males any more than you do and now you're telling me I'm a racist for eating sushi?"

They're appalled that the racist brush is being used to tar them. They're being lumped in with the deplorables and they don't like it.

Well, I'm tempted to say: your bed, go lie in it. In every leftist revolution the more moderate leftists end up being eaten alive by the radicals. Why do literate people, who presumably have read history, think this time it will be different?

Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 11:00 AM (P8951)

176
He also got into a huge argument with letter writers that Dwarven women have beards, which is why no females are ever mentioned -- to the outsider, they look the same as males. Why this was so important to him, I have no idea.

It was very odd. The guy struck me as a colossal jerk.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 10:56 AM (39g3+)
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Didn't Tolkien write that this was a misconception that humans had about dwarf females?

Anyway, I always fudged the rules because they became so restrictive. Even jumped ship to Tunnels and Trolls.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 11:01 AM (jR7Wy)

177 If ya need a LADDER to read your books you have small hands........

Posted by: saf at October 02, 2016 11:01 AM (+zN6H)

178 "
It's already started. I saw articles years ago claiming Elvis "stole" rock and roll from African-Americans."

My grandpa's cousin lived in the same crappy apartments that Elvis grew up in and they played music together with the other kids, some of whom were black.

Of course, since they were all neighbors they were obviously in the same socioeconomic bracket but...you know, whatever.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:01 AM (ZklN1)

179 I should add that Yo-yo Ma is half Chinese, half French, and all American.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 11:01 AM (Nwg0u)

180 He.. or she? Or maybe it's a family library.

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at October 02, 2016 10:49 AM (sdi6R)


I think so. I don't know this for sure, but I'd guess it's the library of a home-schooling family.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 11:02 AM (o1sfH)

181 If you want your own rules, play some GURPS, you philistine.

That was Gygax' attitude. You roll up characters with 4d6 and throw out the lowest die? Heretic! you let Dwarves learn illusionist magic? Get a rope!

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 11:02 AM (39g3+)

182 Can Amazon reviews qualify as fodder for the AoSHQ Book Thread?

Some of them are almost long enough to be considered short stories..

And these are the classics...

http://wp.me/p2sPFm-jM8J

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 02, 2016 11:02 AM (J+eG2)

183 he insisted that if you played D&D with any rules variations or changes then you were no longer playing D&D. His rules were the only possible choice without exception, pure and exact.

++++

dirty secret is, it's absurdly easy to write rules for an RPG, so he had to be purist to sell anything. also, the insistence on official, latest rules, authorized miniatures, approved everything

Posted by: Bigby's Ouija Board at October 02, 2016 11:03 AM (U0lQa)

184 And, funny story just because.

Said cousin once invited my grandpa, a very talented guitarist, to come play with him and "this great kid in my building."

Grandpa had been pushing my mom around all day at the zoo and replied "I'm tired and ain't got time to play with no kid."

And so it goes.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:03 AM (ZklN1)

185 If you could cite something from Dragon magazine, we'd call it an allowable variance.

4D6 was like awakening from the Matrix, it made the game so much more fun almost instantly.

Posted by: Chupacabra at October 02, 2016 11:04 AM (kL1bp)

186 Off to get my dog's nails trimmed.
Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 10:57 AM (7qAYi)


Heh. This sounds like a lame excuse to skedaddle, kind of like "oh, I've got to sort my sock drawer."


Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 11:04 AM (o1sfH)

187 Pouff Diddly and Wycliffe Jean have a habit of "sampling" or covering music by Caucasian artists. Someone should ask them what they think about "cultural appropriation".

Posted by: Yuimetal at October 02, 2016 11:04 AM (dtWKK)

188 12345566677

Posted by: runner at October 02, 2016 11:05 AM (c6/9Q)

189 don't mind me folks, talk amongst yourselves, just testing something here

Posted by: runner at October 02, 2016 11:06 AM (c6/9Q)

190 Cultural appropriation is okay if it's being used to crush "white" culture.

This is a dim conclusion that I've been avoiding coming to. I'm now convinced, in this case, the Stormfronters are right.

Posted by: Chupacabra at October 02, 2016 11:07 AM (kL1bp)

191 I read several books at a time. I've been dipping in and out of "Titans" a collection of short bios of influential people throughout history. Fascinating. When Bryon lived in Venice, he'd go home after parties by swimming in the canal, guided by a candle mounted on a board he pushed in front of him.

Just finished "Girl on the train" - meh.

BTW, an essay of mine will be in a book published later this month. Feel pretty good about it.

Posted by: vivi at October 02, 2016 11:07 AM (11H2y)

192 112
Pretty incredible that in Orwellian fashion, they declare all other cultures supreme, and they must be protected, but the one culture that cannot be protected is "Americanism".

And the last racism that is still approved is racism against whites. Hillary is actually running on calling whitey a racist, barely acceptable as a people even if we apologize constantly for white privilege. But any proud of their American heritage are deplorable.
Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 10:16 AM (n6rAX)


I also find it interesting that whites are apparently the only race that is not allowed to have an "ancestral homeland". The La Raza types tell us, "This is our land. You gringos go back to Europe", while the Europeans have thrown open the floodgates to Africa and the Middle East and are on a course to become minorities in their own countries.

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at October 02, 2016 11:08 AM (sdi6R)

193 Cultural appropriation is one of those leftist causes that is getting zero traction in the popular culture. you hear people sort of half-heartedly mention it, but 99.9% of the mentions are mockery and satire. It just is going nowhere, for now.

But the more radicalized the schools get, like sending out that white guilt checklist in the Portland area school, the harder its going to be for future generations to see clearly why its so stupid and wrong.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 11:08 AM (39g3+)

194 Can Amazon reviews qualify as fodder for the AoSHQ Book Thread?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 02, 2016 11:02 AM (J+eG2)


Even though most of the classic ones aren't for books, I've mentioned the humorous Amazon reviews a few times before on the Book Thread. They're pretty funny. Like the ones for Tuscan Whole Milk and the 3-wolf moon T-shirt.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 11:08 AM (o1sfH)

195 amazon book reviews of hillary's book were treasures...now gone

Posted by: runner at October 02, 2016 11:10 AM (qz4/O)

196 "They're pretty funny. Like the ones for Tuscan Whole Milk and the 3-wolf moon T-shirt."

And the classic "Sugar Free Gummy Bears"

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:10 AM (ZklN1)

197 Gummy bears are the explosive diarrhea reviews, aren't they?

Posted by: Chupacabra at October 02, 2016 11:11 AM (kL1bp)

198 Reading "The Westies" by T. J. English, the story of the eponymous
Irish-American mob that reigned on Manhattan's West Side in the 70s.
Violent and crude behavior abounds and most will be dead or in jail
before it's over, I'm guessing.

That was a good quick read.

Posted by: Infidel at October 02, 2016 11:11 AM (AEqJh)

199 It's not just felonies. The FBI has been seizing assets of businesses who make totally innocuous transfers of funds, just because they exceed a certain limit (remember the law that Denny Hastert was accused of trying to avoid in his payoffs). Then the companies have to sue to get their own money back, having done nothing wrong.


Posted by: Yuimetal at October 02, 2016 10:59 AM (dtWKK)


Hastert was trying to structure payments below the amount, It's $10K. Many a small business has been fucked over by the IRS or whomever because they drop off smaller than $10K regularly out of a desire not to have too much cash on premises.

If it's at or above that amount banks have to report it, then you get extra attention because too much money. If the Eye of Sauron decides you're fishy, they'll seize your assets under civil forfeiture.

Posted by: Jeff Weimer at October 02, 2016 11:11 AM (ASSjT)

200 Well, I'm tempted to say: your bed, go lie in it. In every leftist revolution the more moderate leftists end up being eaten alive by the radicals. Why do literate people, who presumably have read history, think this time it will be different?
Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 11:00 AM (P8951)

Progressives: Always expecting to stand on the Kremlin Wall, always surprised to find themselves in the Lubyanka.

Posted by: Kodos the Executioner at October 02, 2016 11:11 AM (H8ioO)

201 perhaps the greatest tool for the abridgment of freedom by the federal government is the commerce clause as broadly defined in the twentieth century.

restrict the commerce clause and may liberty exuberate!
Posted by: musical jolly chimp at October 02, 2016 09:09 AM (WTSFk)

Mark Meckler gave a rundown of the simulated Convention of States held in Williamsburg, VA, last weekend. One of the goals of the real convention is the GUTTING of the rewritten SCOTUS version of the Commerce Clause and restoration to the Founders' version. That would effectively gut the EPA and NEA as well as a myriad of other alphabet kleptocracies in DC.

Posted by: SMOD 2016! at October 02, 2016 11:11 AM (YeKKY)

202 "the story of the eponymous
Irish-American mob"

Ahem. I find Irish-American to be offensive. I haven't come up with a good alternative yet, but when I do, you had better use it!

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:13 AM (ZklN1)

203 A case might be made that the most oppressed in America today is the lower class white man. "White Guilt" is a plank of the Democrat platform.

Hillary will not even represent these deplorable irredeemable "racist" creatures. SNL freely mocked them, Megyn early on mocked Trump supporters ("who would vote for this?" as she was damning Trump as misogynist, racist)

And they get pushed out of scholarships or school entrance, as blacks get 280 points added to SAT scores to ensure diversity of race/ethnicity ... no diversity of politics, and only PC Religion allowed.

Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 11:13 AM (n6rAX)

204 "Gummy bears are the explosive diarrhea reviews, aren't they?"

Yep.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:13 AM (ZklN1)

205 I wanted something light after the week of politics and "Women in cabin 10", supposed to be some light pop reading. Well, it was awful, awful, awful. Whiny female, drunk and her life is a mess gets involved in some mystery. I stopped after chapter 3. It reminded me of "Girl on a Train" that everyone told me to read because it was so good. That was horrible too. So I'm moving on to something else. My TBR stack is nearly over my head, so I'll find something.

Posted by: Abby Coffey at October 02, 2016 11:14 AM (HBU7W)

206 144 ..borderline porn.

Ringo has publically (on his website) called it flat-out pornography and was totally surprised Baen published it. I found it revolting.

All of his other stuff is decent to great reading. Pro-tip: make sure there's (1) aliens, or (2) empires, or (3) armageddon(s) in the Ringo book you pick up. If it's just about a single dude shooting dudes, avoid it. It's rape porn.

Posted by: Inspector Cussword at October 02, 2016 11:15 AM (c1VpD)

207 193 Cultural appropriation is one of those leftist causes that is getting zero traction in the popular culture. you hear people sort of half-heartedly mention it, but 99.9% of the mentions are mockery and satire. It just is going nowhere, for now. "

For now. I remember people - and not just conservatives- joking about PC and "differently abled" and "persons of color" back in the early 90's. Didn't stop the spread of PC one bit.

Gay marriage was "going nowhere" 15 years ago. The idea that men who say they are women would be able to use the ladies room was not even on the radar 10 years ago.

Granted, I think "cultural appropriation" will be a tougher sell because white radical college professors like to eat burritos and sushi and hummus too. The people who would object the most to the idea of that we have to stick our own kind are the Indian and Chinese and Thai restaurant owners who would go broke if they sold only to their own kind.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 11:18 AM (P8951)

208 Ahem. I find Irish-American to be offensive. I haven't come up with a good alternative yet, but when I do, you had better use it!

Ameripaddies?

Gummy bears are the explosive diarrhea reviews, aren't they?

The sugarless ones, yes. Any of the sugarless candies that use the sugar alcohol stuff will blow through you like a cannon if you have very many of them. Its a very unpleasant side effect, but a useful restrictor.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 11:19 AM (39g3+)

209 And the classic "Sugar Free Gummy Bears"

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:10 AM (ZklN1)


Heh.

( *shart* )

Heh.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 11:22 AM (o1sfH)

210 Good morning everyone. The next time a liberal gets huffy about cultural appropriation, tell them to stop eating Thai food and no more pot smoking.

Posted by: Meremortal.... at October 02, 2016 11:22 AM (3myMJ)

211 He wanted a rooftop pool at his presidential library so he could have naked pool parties
Posted by: ThunderB at October 02, 2016 09:26 AM (qS5F2)

Who knew a double-wide could accommodate a rooftop pool?

Posted by: SMOD 2016! at October 02, 2016 11:23 AM (YeKKY)

212 Hillary will not even represent these deplorable irredeemable "racist" creatures. SNL freely mocked them, Megyn early on mocked Trump supporters ("who would vote for this?" as she was damning Trump as misogynist, racist)

Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 11:13 AM (n6rAX)

Reminds me of the Eloi, the soft decadent rulers vs. the Morlocks.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 11:23 AM (P8951)

213 I am reading "When Hearts Become Flame" by Stephen muse who had been a Presbyterian minister but converted to Orthodoxy and became a priest and who is a pastoral counsellor. It is about pastoral counseling in the Orthodox tradition but extrapolated to pastoral counseling in general. It is not the kind of book you race though-It is deep and profound. My colleague at the Orthodox Church gave it to me. I told him I was glad he didn't give me, "Everything You Wanted to Know About the Orthodox Church but were Afraid to ask" (There probably is such a title) or "Orthodoxy for Dummies."

Posted by: FenelonSpoke, redeemed and redeemable at October 02, 2016 11:24 AM (EnGQE)

214
206
144 ..borderline porn.



Ringo has publically (on his website) called it flat-out pornography
and was totally surprised Baen published it. I found it revolting.



All of his other stuff is decent to great reading. Pro-tip: make
sure there's (1) aliens, or (2) empires, or (3) armageddon(s) in the
Ringo book you pick up. If it's just about a single dude shooting dudes,
avoid it. It's rape porn.

Posted by: Inspector Cussword at October 02, 2016 11:15 AM (c1VpD)








And the classic review of the Paladin of Shadows series which popularized the phrase "Oh John Ringo No!"

http://hradzka.livejournal.com/194753.html

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at October 02, 2016 11:25 AM (LuZz8)

215 He wanted a rooftop pool at his presidential library so he could have naked pool parties

It sounds like a US presidential version of King David-"Go get that woman (Bathsheba) whom I can see bathing from my rooftop and bring her to me."

But David was a great poet, a great leader and "a man after God's own heart". Clinton, probably not so much-not yet anyway.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke, redeemed and redeemable at October 02, 2016 11:26 AM (EnGQE)

216 "I also find it interesting that whites are apparently the only race that
is not allowed to have an "ancestral homeland". The La Raza types tell
us, "This is our land. You gringos go back to Europe" rickl

Brimelow wrote "Alien Nation" back in 1992 or so. He is talked of in a NY Times editorial just today I think, along with Coulter on the "send them back" stance of Trump (even though that is now revised to only the criminal elements for now, and monitor visas). Times calls Brimelow a "White Nationalist". He says no, he is an American Nationalist.

They have tried to frame those vdare academic type guys as racists. It is indeed largely about the WASPy foundings, but they fully accept the blacks, or any that have since legally come here.

But the common law roots, the self reliance protections, state rights rule except for those power specifically given to feds ... are fundamental to stopping the cultural Marxists, whose roots are actually in the Stalinist commie types that actually have infiltrated deeply.

They now feel they have critical mass to run on racism against whitey and that WASPy Americana culture. The MSM is fully on board with putting down the Trump inspired uprising of the masses.

Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 11:28 AM (n6rAX)

217 With 'literary' porn there's always been a double standard. A collection of Penthouse Forum stories is not to be read in public, but women lie on the beach reading straight out porn with a very thin veneer of romance novel and its perfectly fine.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 11:28 AM (39g3+)

218 Ugh, mixing singular and plural, need more coffee.

Posted by: Meremortal.... at October 02, 2016 11:28 AM (3myMJ)

219 182 Can Amazon reviews qualify as fodder for the AoSHQ Book Thread?

Some of them are almost long enough to be considered short stories..

And these are the classics...

http://wp.me/p2sPFm-jM8J
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 02, 2016 11:02 AM (J+eG2)


Those are hilarious. I've seen some of them before, but it's nice to have a compilation like that.

But it didn't include one of my favorites:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/gn5bwt7

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at October 02, 2016 11:29 AM (sdi6R)

220 Sorta OT. Now that we are back from Wisconsin, Mrs. JTB asked if I was going to try NaNoWriMo this year. I haven't done it for a couple of years; something always seemed to interrupt, but those matters are over. Perhaps this is the year to do it again.

Anyone else thinking about it?

Posted by: JTB at October 02, 2016 11:29 AM (V+03K)

221 I have a step stool. Now I just need a library. Aw who am I kidding, my toilet tank lid is my library.
Posted by: Corona at October 02, 2016 09:32 AM (ragzU)

Honesty is a vastly undervalued virtue.

I salute you, Sir or Madam!

Posted by: SMOD 2016! at October 02, 2016 11:29 AM (YeKKY)

222 A case might be made that the most oppressed in America today is the lower class white man.

+++

commies figure their mistake all this time was eliminating the intellectual class. so now it's the proletariat that must go.

Posted by: Bigby's Ouija Board at October 02, 2016 11:30 AM (U0lQa)

223 169 ...
He also got into a huge argument with letter writers that Dwarven women have beards, which is why no females are ever mentioned -- to the outsider, they look the same as males. Why this was so important to him, I have no idea.


It was because Tolkien had been explicit about dwarves in his setting. That was (the beards thing) what Tolkien said in more than one interview - that the species had beards like certain reindeer all have antlers male and female.

Gygax explicitly took the Tolkien influence and said "This is where I took my dwarves from, so here's the rest of the description." Issues with elves? That was in "The Hobbit" - and the root cause was part of the Middle Earth lore. Dwarven attitudes trending towards surly? Also in The Hobbit. Ad infinitum.

I have to lay down, my nerd gland is all sprained.

Posted by: Inspector Cussword at October 02, 2016 11:30 AM (c1VpD)

224 There is a definite difference between the classics and the dubious product being pushed by the mainstream legacy publishers today. And the only thing the media (either in bed with or desperately wanting to be in bed with legacy publishers) will deign to talk about is that dubious product. Do not descend into despair! They lie about everything, sometimes from malice but just as often from pure bone-headed ignorance.

These are the people who loudly state ebook sales are plummeting because look at the statistics from the big publishing houses! Proof! Having scrutinized the ground under the streetlamp and found no car keys, they wander off triumphant. Meanwhile, in the dark alley, a shadowy indie figure furtively exchanges yet another ebook for filthy lucre, and the customer tucks it in an inside pocket and slinks off.

Yes, the SJWs are trying to take over everything. But when they do, it all turns to crap and people stop reading/going to movies/watching TV. People don't know there are scads of writers, like me, writing the GOOD stuff again because the media can't, or won't, look out of their comfortable bubble. Places like the Book Thread are invaluable to writers and readers alike because it gets the word out. We need more broadcast towers to help bring down the media blockade--I don't know how to do that, but this is a fine start.

Don't give in to despair. These people lie; it's what they do. Look for movements like Human Wave and Noblebright. Leave Amazon reviews that mention "this is like the good stuff they stopped publishing for some strange reason--it's FUN!" Remember, those idiots would stare in incomprehension at the Moron library pics because "those people don't read". They lie. About us, and about what people are actually reading.

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at October 02, 2016 11:31 AM (SuJIo)

225 Ooooh, Glen Cook! Never read "The Black Company", nor the sci-fi series mentioned, but as a teen I discovered his "Garrett, P.I." novels and have been a fan of those ever since. They are stories about your standard hard-boiled detective, who just happens to live in a fantasy world. Think ancient Rome with slums full of dwarves and dark elves and ratmen... Odd stuff, but I enjoyed it.

Not technically a book, but I just binge-watched the first half of the tv show "The Last Kingdom." If I didn't know it was based on books by Bernard Cornwell, I probably could have guessed it, since the stories follow the exact same model as the Richard Sharpe stories that were also written by Cornwell. Seriously, the exact same story structure...

Posted by: Castle Guy at October 02, 2016 11:31 AM (7aeqx)

226 It's already started. I saw articles years ago
claiming Elvis "stole" rock and roll from African-Americans. 'Scuse me?
Little Richard? Chuck Freakin' Berry??? Yeah, I know, people no one
ever heard of...



/s

Posted by: The Deplorable Captain Whitebread at October 02, 2016 10:53 AM (rJUlF)


Little Richard and Chuck Berry basically made their bones by tailoring jump blues for a white teenage audience. Go back a generation, and listen to the music of Jimmie Rodgers, aka "The Singing brakeman", who died in 1933 of TB. He did many tunes that were straight-up country blues.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at October 02, 2016 11:31 AM (o9m/V)

227 He wanted a rooftop pool at his presidential library so he could have naked pool parties

It sounds like a US presidential version of King David-"Go get that woman (Bathsheba) whom I can see bathing from my rooftop and bring her to me."

But David was a great poet, a great leader and "a man after God's own heart". Clinton, probably not so much-not yet anyway.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke, redeemed and redeemable at October 02, 2016 11:26 AM (EnGQE)



That pool should be glass-bottomed above the lobby so if you look up you can see all the naked shenanigans going on.

That way, the Clinton Library would be just like the Clinton Presidency.

If you wanted to know what was going on with Clinton, you could.

If you were a Progtard and wanted to pretend that all was fine and dandy, and wanted to ignore all of Clinton's grotesquery, you could stare straight ahead at all the fawning exhibits and such.

Posted by: naturalfake at October 02, 2016 11:32 AM (9q7Dl)

228 "Anyone else thinking about it?"

I am! I've failed twice, but maybe third time's the charm. I've been pestering ace to have a Moron NaNo competition team to keep us all motivated, but I think it might be something we all just create on our own and then tell him about later.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:32 AM (ZklN1)

229 "Meanwhile, in the dark alley, a shadowy indie figure furtively exchanges yet another ebook for filthy lucre, and the customer tucks it in an inside pocket and slinks off.
"

Haha I love it.

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:34 AM (ZklN1)

230 Posted by: naturalfake at October 02, 2016 11:32 AM (9q7Dl)

Man has psychological problems the size of California. So does Hillary for that matter No amount of sex or money or power is going to fill the massive hole in his heart because fundamentally it's, IMO, a spiritual problem. I wonder whether anyone has tried to tell him that seriously-I dont count Jesse Jackson or whether they are just too frightened of being bumped off. for "speaking truth to power."

Posted by: FenelonSpoke, redeemed and redeemable at October 02, 2016 11:36 AM (EnGQE)

231 The "Last Kingdom" books are excellent reads, and they are more complex than the Sharpe books but have a similar sort of pattern: start out lowly and grow to combat greatness under a great leader. But that's about it for the similarities.

Almost everything from Bernard Cornwell is very well done though. he's only had a few misses, such as his latest Sharpe books where it looks more like he has contractual obligations or house payments to make.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 11:37 AM (39g3+)

232 Sorry to keep posting, but y'all.

I was just looking at an article on a parenting site, and they had a video ad that was teaching parents how to teach their children how to throw a Frisbee.

Is this what we've become?

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:37 AM (ZklN1)

233 Started book IX of Marius Mules - PAX GALLICA last night.

Legate Fronto is back leading a mixed veteran legion into the Pyrenees mountains. Sadly I'll finish the book too fast to really savor it.

Posted by: Octiparan at October 02, 2016 11:38 AM (cn2r5)

234 >>With 'literary' porn there's always been a double standard.

Heh. Had to read "The White Hotel" for a college lit class. First 30+ pages is a dream-like porno fantasy. It was better than the book's ending, though...

Posted by: Lizzy at October 02, 2016 11:38 AM (NOIQH)

235 Apropos of nothing, this weekends' TV viewing consisted of 2 big 0s movies, Reds and Chariots of Fire.

Reds is interesting, if you (1) view it from modern times and understand that every single thing the characters believed in (free love, communism, glorious revolution, that they champion the individual and are against eeevil capitalism...) was absolutely, positively DEAD WRONG and (2) that everything we see today has been done before, only with less of a MFM bullhorn, the proggies have been at this for a evry, very long time. Some pretty inconvenient truths too, like how the revolution turns into a murderous bureaucracy worse than the czars and most workers don't really want to be mobilized with the masses, they want to be rich too. So do the agitators, who weep and cry when the US deports their treasonous asses. Chariots of Fire, one of my all time favorite movies ever....what can you say but where is THAT Britain and where are THOSE men these days? Enough to make you weep.

Posted by: Goldilocks at October 02, 2016 11:38 AM (pOgVG)

236 Sorry, meant Big 80s movies. All lily white casts too, I might add. You would NEVER see Chariots of Fire made today, it would be all white guilt and virtue signalling.

Posted by: Goldilocks at October 02, 2016 11:40 AM (pOgVG)

237 Gygax explicitly took the Tolkien influence and said "This is where I took my dwarves from, so here's the rest of the description."

+++

Tolkien was an influence, arguably not close to central, in D and D. Middle Earthisms always came across as tacked on. The books in Appendix N were the heart of the matter.

Posted by: Bigby's Ouija Board at October 02, 2016 11:41 AM (U0lQa)

238 >>I was just looking at an article on a parenting site, and they had a
video ad that was teaching parents how to teach their children how to
throw a Frisbee.


Is this what we've become?


I look it as the video-makers are idiots for assuming that parents can't handle this, and that it is really all about *them* needing to feel needed. Kinda like all those young Women's Studies degree feminists who make youtube sex tutorials. It's about them being "experts," not filling a need.

Posted by: Lizzy at October 02, 2016 11:44 AM (NOIQH)

239 Safe Halloween costume:

Cut armholes and a head hole in the bottom of a white plastic trash bag. Pull it over your head and use the built in ties to cinch it up just above your waist. Done.

What are you?

White Trash.

Posted by: Meremortal.... at October 02, 2016 11:45 AM (3myMJ)

240 Plowing through TWA 800, the new book by Jack Cashill. Well documented and depressing, to the point it is like wading through jello (not a criticism).

Four points keep hitting home:

(1) The blatant coverup (right down to high level FBI involvement) to accommodate a favored politician is similar in a number of aspects to the very recent "exoneration" of the lady in waiting. Not the least of which is that the Clintons are involved - a couple of decades apart.

(2) No, absolutely no, trust in government. The corruption and duplicity to salvage careers and promote political ends is staggering and far too deeply embedded, and at the very highest levels of the government.

(3) The seemingly clearest things - eyewitness testimony of hundreds of witnesses in the TWA case, and a clear reading of the law and any logical moral compass in Hilary's e-mail case - can disappear in a fog if the apparatchik needs it to be so.

(4) Nothing will happen. The TWA case is stunning in the breadth of the duplicity. Heads should roll. And they won't.

It's important and well done. You should read it. But it is not a happy or fulfilling read. These people that have enormous power over the fates of our country are soulless.

Posted by: RM at October 02, 2016 11:46 AM (U3LtS)

241 Is this what we've become?

Posted by: Lauren at October 02, 2016 11:37 AM (ZklN1)

Sad but true. I long for the days of my childhood where parents were heard but not seen so much. Mine did not realize they were supposed to handle us with such care that it crippled us...

Posted by: T-Squared at October 02, 2016 11:46 AM (VkAIj)

242 where is THAT Britain and where are THOSE men these days?

Sued for some "community cohesion" offence or other, and wasting their life savings trying to stay out of prison. You know, like here.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at October 02, 2016 11:47 AM (6FqZa)

243 from appendix n

"The most immediate influences upon AD&D were probably de Camp & Pratt, R. E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, H. P. Lovecraft, and A. Merritt; but all of the above authors, as well as many not listed, certainly helped to shape the form of the game."

Posted by: Bigby's Ouija Board at October 02, 2016 11:48 AM (U0lQa)

244 But it didn't include one of my favorites:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/gn5bwt7

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at October 02, 2016 11:29 AM (sdi6R)


Heh. That's... demented.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 11:48 AM (o1sfH)

245 They now feel they have critical mass to run on racism against whitey and that WASPy Americana culture. The MSM is fully on board with putting down the Trump inspired uprising of the masses.
Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 11:28 AM (n6rAX)

And remember, most members of the MSM are white themselves.

Again, they somehow think their own heads will escape the axe.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 11:49 AM (P8951)

246 frisbee throwing is maybe overkill ... but I have learned a lot from YouTube explaining mundane things to me. My PTO on my tractor was stuck ... diagrams helped, but the video of things to try if it is stuck, worked like a charm. Other things I mostly knew how to do, I learn some good tips, that might make my woodsplitter last twice as long, for instance.

But yeah, dad, go play catch with your kid, don't send him a link.


Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 11:50 AM (n6rAX)

247 Cultural appropriation is like bad, mmmmkay? but cultural subjugation by Islam is perfectly fine.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 11:50 AM (Nwg0u)

248 BTW an argument can be made that because many of these authors are considered passe now and not read that the original rules as published feel both inconsistent and ill suited to the type of role play gamers now seek.

Posted by: Bigby's Ouija Board at October 02, 2016 11:52 AM (U0lQa)

249 I've also posted here about Jack Cashill's new book on TWA 800 by Jack Cashill. I've gotten far enough to be convinced that the investigation was spiked to ignore hundreds of eye witness accounts that differ 180 degrees from the official account.

With most of the book still to go, I can see that one of the takeaways is that the Clintons wanted to bury whatever the real cause was in the run-up to the 1996 election. So they got away with this, then they got away with a lot of other things. They must believe themselves invincible.

Posted by: Ignoramus at October 02, 2016 11:52 AM (bQxkN)

250 Do some leftist men have a sneaking admiration of the amount of sex Bill has been able to have. Long before the Pedo express was remarked on I had a friend who was a Democratic voter who loathed Bill's antics in the Oval Office because he said, "Bill's self centered stupidity" gave us George Bush as President so not everybody thinks Bill is some sort of stub-not even Liberals. he was a pastoral counsellor and though BJ was had NPD.

I passed a house with a flag flying today. The flag said "Trump 2106. No more bullshit" it was the first time I had seen a flat for a political candidate

Posted by: FenelonSpoke, redeemed and redeemable at October 02, 2016 11:54 AM (EnGQE)

251 Little Richard and Chuck Berry basically made their bones by tailoring jump blues for a white teenage audience. Go back a generation, and listen to the music of Jimmie Rodgers, aka "The Singing brakeman", who died in 1933 of TB. He did many tunes that were straight-up country blues.
Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at October 02, 2016 11:31 AM (o9m/V)


Rodgers certainly took inspiration from those who came before him, too. If we're wise, we learn from those who came before, keep what works, and improve upon it. But noooo, SJWs and Progressives (BIRM) think The Current Year is all that matters.

Posted by: The Deplorable Captain Whitebread at October 02, 2016 11:54 AM (rJUlF)

252 "Not technically a book, but I just binge-watched the first half of the tv show "The Last Kingdom." If I didn't know it was based on books by Bernard Cornwell, I probably could have guessed it, since the stories follow the exact same model as the Richard Sharpe stories that were also written by Cornwell. Seriously, the exact same story structure..."

Excellent series. Well worth your time. Next in the series coming out in November. Uhtred is "da man".

Posted by: Tuna at October 02, 2016 11:55 AM (JSovD)

253 stub=stud.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke, redeemed and redeemable at October 02, 2016 11:55 AM (EnGQE)

254 About twenty years ago the MereWife took a rafting trip in Nepal. Deep in the forest some children came down to the river bank to shyly visit one of their camps.

The kids saw a Frisbee being thrown and it scared the crap out of them. At first. They got a quick lesson and were completely enthralled. A Frisbee stayed with them when the rafters moved on.

Namaste!

And...cultural appropriation.

Posted by: Meremortal.... at October 02, 2016 11:56 AM (3myMJ)

255 249
With most of the book still to go, I can see that one of the takeaways is that the Clintons wanted to bury whatever the real cause was in the run-up to the 1996 election. So they got away with this, then they got away with a lot of other things. They must believe themselves invincible.
Posted by: Ignoramus at October 02, 2016 11:52 AM (bQxkN)


I haven't read that book, but I clearly remember talk in 1996 that Clinton was sweeping the "terrorism" thing under the rug because the election was coming up.

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at October 02, 2016 11:56 AM (sdi6R)

256 Gygax when he wrote the D&D rules with Dave Arneson borrowed heavily and joyfully from a lot of different sources and it shows. And there's nothing wrong with any of that, its part of what makes those games fun: I'm part of those books! This is me in Lothlorien! This is me fighting alongside Fafhrd and Elric and Cuthbert!

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 11:57 AM (39g3+)

257 Sad but true. I long for the days of my childhood where parents were heard but not seen so much. Mine did not realize they were supposed to handle us with such care that it crippled us...
Posted by: T-Squared at October 02, 2016 11:46 AM (VkAIj)

There was an article in the WaPo yesterday about a snowflake who is bringing up charges against the Marines because they were very mean to him in basic training.

The comments were divided among vets who basically said man up buttercup and liberals (especially women) who said, those nasty Marines shouldn't treat "children" so badly. One asinine woman actually said, "How would you feel if your child was treated so poorly?" The reply of course, was "Lady, Marines are not children and the Corp does not need mommies."

Just wait, under Hill, they'll put in a safe space at Parris Island for abused boots to go eat cookies and milk and sob because the DI yelled at them. You know, just like ISIS does with the people they capture.

Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 11:57 AM (P8951)

258 I wonder what will happen as more people become aware of their mixed genetic heritage through the DNA sites, as well as when racial intermarriage becomes so common that we no longer remark on it. What will the SJW's accuse people of "appropriating"? After all, if everybody is a bit of everything, then will we be allowed to be whatever we want?

Posted by: macleod at October 02, 2016 11:59 AM (5NEuS)

259 252
"Series" meaning books not the television show.

Posted by: Tuna at October 02, 2016 11:59 AM (JSovD)

260 Excellent series. Well worth your time. Next in the series coming out in November. Uhtred is "da man".

Some background for that series:

Bernard Cornwell was adopted. He decided not that long ago to find out who his real father was, and dug about finally discovering the real guy, and when he began looking into this family's history, he discovered this Uhtred guy (he's a real historical figure, very major warlord at the time of Alfred the Great).

So he started to write stories about the guy, taking what historical information he could from the time.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 11:59 AM (39g3+)

261 *wanders back in*

Lauren your reference to Portlandia and breaking legs to get an advantage.

In Prisoners of the Japanese in some of the camps along the railway of death there was a very cold calculus of about injuring oneself. And there were people who would break that appendage for a fixed price.

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 12:00 PM (RS+gs)

262 Just wait, under Hill, they'll put in a safe space at Parris Island for abused boots to go eat cookies and milk and sob because the DI yelled at them. You know, just like ISIS does with the people they capture.
Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 11:57 AM (P8951)

Cookies and milk!? Jesus H. Christ! Are you allowed to have chow in the barracks, Pyle? Are you allowed to have cookies?! You are a disgusting fatbody, Private Pyle!

Posted by: Gunner Sergeant Hartman at October 02, 2016 12:00 PM (0mRoj)

263 Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 12:00 PM (RS+gs)

I got my first introduction to Japanese prisoner of war conditions by reading Baa Baa Black Sheep by Pappy Boyington as a kid.

Posted by: Meremortal.... at October 02, 2016 12:02 PM (3myMJ)

264 Watching a movie I borrowed - Eye in the Sky.
Mainly because it had Alan Rickman & Helen Mirren.
I thought it would be lefty anti-war stuff but it's actually pretty good.
Not action though.

Posted by: Votermom the deplorable @vm on Gab at October 02, 2016 12:02 PM (Om16U)

265 Just wait until the soldiers are constitutionally allowed to talk back to Drill Instructors and Drill Sergeants.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 12:03 PM (39g3+)

266 "Playing the victim" - Munchhausen ja?

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 12:04 PM (RS+gs)

267 265 Just wait until the soldiers are constitutionally allowed to talk back to Drill Instructors and Drill Sergeants.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 12:03 PM (39g3+)

You will not speak unless spoken to! And when you do, the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be sir!

Posted by: Gunner Sergeant Hartman at October 02, 2016 12:04 PM (0mRoj)

268 I'm sitting in church at the moment, but just had to say that's an awesome library.

Posted by: Country Boy - Deplorable and proud of it at October 02, 2016 12:05 PM (9yFog)

269 "They must believe themselves invincible."

It's twue! It's twue!

Posted by: James Comey, G-Man at October 02, 2016 12:06 PM (97XyN)

270 260
I remember reading that in, I think, was the afterword of the first book. I think Uhtred is very close to his desired goal now. I'll be sorry when the series ends.

Posted by: Tuna at October 02, 2016 12:06 PM (JSovD)

271
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 11:57 AM (39g3+)

the thing people have a hard time with is getting their heads around the fact that Tolkien was not the giant he is now. that was Howard and Tarzan, John Carter, and de Camp, Anderson. it wasn't until the 70s that Tolkien really took over the field along with Lewis to a much lesser extent. then came Sword of Shannara and ruined everything

Posted by: Bigby's Ouija Board at October 02, 2016 12:06 PM (U0lQa)

272 Voter Mom I had seen trailers for that and it seemed interesting. Especially when they bring out the 'the bomb is ticking' trope and the more 'sensitive' types are having spasms over collateral damage.

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 12:06 PM (RS+gs)

273 I think Uhtred is very close to his desired goal now. I'll be sorry when the series ends.

Me too, its been a triumph, his best work so far. While he sticks to low tech war, I'd love to see him do one about British Commandos.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 12:07 PM (39g3+)

274 Gack!

Work, work, work.

During the Book Thread again.

Ah well.

Posted by: naturalfake at October 02, 2016 12:07 PM (0cMkb)

275 Heh. OT, but some SF doofus who ran onto the baseball field last night with flowers was body slammed to the ground by outfielder Angel Pagan.

Vin Scully said "a flower child, like the 60's. Only in San Francisco."

Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 12:07 PM (P8951)

276 219
182 Can Amazon reviews qualify as fodder for the AoSHQ Book Thread?



Some of them are almost long enough to be considered short stories..



And these are the classics...



http://wp.me/p2sPFm-jM8J

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at October 02, 2016 11:02 AM (J+eG2)



Those are hilarious. I've seen some of them before, but it's nice to have a compilation like that.



But it didn't include one of my favorites:



http://preview.tinyurl.com/gn5bwt7

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at October 02, 2016 11:29 AM (sdi6R)

I am RITFLMAO on some of those reviews and they are obviously fake. And yet I actually had a review rejected by Amazon because it "failed to meet their guidelines" which I have never seen anywhere. But what I did do was question the idiotic copyright regulations fostered in the US that allowed Amazon patrons in the UK to buy Kindle books by Modesette and one by Anne McCaffery in the UK and not the US. I alluded that it was because of those Mickey Mouse copyright laws and there was a conflict over who owned the copyright in the US.
Since the Party who approved all those Mickey Mouse laws was the Democrats it did not meet their guidelines.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 12:08 PM (mpXpK)

277 and nood

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 12:08 PM (mpXpK)

278 268 I'm sitting in church at the moment, but just had to say that's an awesome library.
Posted by: Country Boy - Deplorable and proud of it at October 02, 2016 12:05 PM (9yFog)

Boring sermon?

Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 12:08 PM (P8951)

279 I just read "The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran" by Andrew Scott Cooper. It was deja vu all over again reading about the close political partnership between the Red and the Black, namely the Communists and the mullahs. The parallel with today's love affair between the Left and Islam is striking: same lies, same slogans, same tactics by both sides. The Reds were full of Iranians who'd spent time studying in the U.S. in the sixties, picking up the bad habits of the violent little revolutionary special snowflakes of that era. Once the shah was gone the Reds found out the hard way the Blacks had no intention of sharing power. Today's lefties would do well to remember this.

Posted by: JuJuBee at October 02, 2016 10:31 AM (JAvsW)

Oh yes. Saw an example of this back in 1979. I had a job working for a private security patrol company, and one of my accounts was a housing area adjacent to the University of Houston. One night I get a dispatch to this place over an illegally parked car (the sort of call I'd often get in places like this). I get there, and have no idea who owns the car. Then I notice a lot of cars parked in the street and a steady flow of people into this big house across the street.

Thinking it's some college party, I go there to check if anyone owns this car. I knock on the door and the first thing I notice is that it's damned quiet for a bunch of college kids partying. Then the door opens, and it's some Iranian girl, complete with hijab and all.

In fact, it turns out this house (that had no furniture that I could see) was packed with Muslim students. Oh, there was one bit of "furniture", if you want to call it that. Hanging on the wall, facing the front door, in matching frames, were two photographs. One was Vladimir Lenin, the other the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Seems I had busted in on a meeting of the local Iranian Communist party, and they were none too happy about it.

This occurred just before their little revolution and the overthrow of the Shah, etc. But what is interesting is that most of those Islamocommie douchebags are still living here in Houston, unfortunately. They never went home, because it seems they got the word about how once Khomeini got power, he had all the Communists in Iran rounded up and thrown off a cliff...literally.

Posted by: The Oort Cloud - Deplorable Source of all SMODs at October 02, 2016 12:09 PM (2pIEi)

280 Re: Flight 800

I also remember a theory at the time that the missile came from a U.S. Navy training exercise that was being conducted, and that the shootdown was a terrible accident. Former JFK press secretary Pierre Salinger was an exponent of that theory.

I haven't heard much about it in recent years, but it was being discussed at the time. Presumably it is one of those cases where so many people were involved that someone would have to have talked by now.

Posted by: rickl the deplorable at October 02, 2016 12:10 PM (sdi6R)

281 . So they got away with this, then they got away with a lot of other things. They must believe themselves invincible.

Posted by: Ignoramus at October 02, 2016 11:52 AM (bQxkN)


Still waiting for all of those FBI agents who said they would resign if Comey refused to recommend indictment for the FAB to actually resign.

Posted by: OregonMuse at October 02, 2016 12:10 PM (o1sfH)

282 There was an article in the WaPo yesterday about a snowflake who is bringing up charges against the Marines because they were very mean to him in basic training.
Posted by: Donna&&&&V. deplorably brandishing ampersands&&&&so there at October 02, 2016 11:57 AM (P8951)

Snowflake, cupcake or buttercup are words that should never be used in the same sentence when describing the XY population - ever! What is wrong with my XX gender?


But I guess all those "stay at home daddy's" doing laundry commercials is having an effect after all.

Posted by: T-Squared at October 02, 2016 12:11 PM (VkAIj)

283 "Just wait until the soldiers are constitutionally allowed to talk back to Drill Instructors and Drill Sergeants."

Battalion commander friend of mine said many soldiers now feel they're perfectly within their rights to question the simplest of orders. An officer trying to enforce what used to be considered "good order and discipline" will have IG investigators living in their underwear permanently.

I hope we don't have to go to war any time soon, because we'll lose.

Posted by: Cloyd Freud, Unemployed at October 02, 2016 12:11 PM (97XyN)

284 "But progressivism is the exact opposite. Everything it touches dies. It
has come to bring death, that we all might have death more abundantly." Truer words have not been written. I am from the generation when we had thought and freedom to think, which stands in stark opposition to the orthodoxy of the so-called progressives. My generation knew that imitation was the sincerest form of flattery. More so, we knew that imitation is innate human behavior and has been practiced since humans took their first step.

I am not going to go into it beyond noting that the so called progressives engage in self loathing and hate humanity. They twist and pervert everything, including love. They are Death, the destroyers of worlds.

Posted by: Locke Common at October 02, 2016 12:12 PM (e9+ZG)

285 I am not going to go into it beyond noting that the so called progressives engage in self loathing and hate humanity.

They are of their father, the Devil.

And I'm not exaggerating.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 12:16 PM (39g3+)

286 If you want to curb the out of control federal laws, you must first remove the incentive for people to enrich themselves via federal office. This must include removal of all compensation and benefits. Return it to service truly being a public benefit. Compensation and benefits have given us the professional politician. I prefer the amateur.

Posted by: Locke Common at October 02, 2016 12:18 PM (e9+ZG)

287 272 Voter Mom I had seen trailers for that and it seemed interesting. Especially when they bring out the 'the bomb is ticking' trope and the more 'sensitive' types are having spasms over collateral damage.
Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 12:06 PM (RS+gs)

Yes, the politicians are typical politicians, passing the buck. And it shows the emotional cost to the drone operators.

Posted by: Votermom the deplorable @vm on Gab at October 02, 2016 12:19 PM (Om16U)

288
And the classic review of the Paladin of Shadows series which popularized the phrase "Oh John Ringo No!"

http://hradzka.livejournal.com/194753.html

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at October 02, 2016 11:25 AM (LuZz
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Just came up for air after reading this. Cringeworthy and hilarious. And really Ringo's are all variations on a theme; it's just a matter of degree. How many of his novels have kingdom-building and gun-toting tweener valkyries down for a bit of nasty? Pretty much all of them.

I get the urge to carve out your own nation. I've wanted to since reading The Man Who Would Be King as a teen.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 12:23 PM (jR7Wy)

289 Good early afternoon! Somehow, I got a weekend off, and I stayed up too late and drank too much wine and watched too much football. So, here I am, pretending it's morning.

Abby Coffy, do you like the mystery/detective genre? Tana French's books are fascinating. I pretty much can't put them down once I start.

Posted by: Deplorable April at October 02, 2016 12:24 PM (e8PP1)

290 Saw something Saturday? maybe, seems a Marine DI has been General Discharged for hazing. Made the specials sing the Marine Corps hymn.

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at October 02, 2016 12:25 PM (5zGip)

291 Also, natural fake, I finally left an amazon review for WTC.

Posted by: Deplorable April at October 02, 2016 12:26 PM (e8PP1)

292 I alluded that it was because of those Mickey Mouse copyright laws and there was a conflict over who owned the copyright in the US.
Since the Party who approved all those Mickey Mouse laws was the Democrats it did not meet their guidelines.

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How is it that Mickey Mouse became a synonym for trivial bullsh*t?

Posted by: Vlad the Impaler, whittling away like mad at October 02, 2016 12:31 PM (dIc3Q)

293 Tana French's books are fascinating. I pretty much can't put them down once I start.

I'll have to give them a try. I've not yet found a female mystery writer I like. I really enjoyed the Poirot TV show, but Agatha Christie just doesn't work for me in print. And stuff like VI Warshowski and those alphabet mystery books are just not good.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 12:31 PM (39g3+)

294 Posted by: The Oort Cloud - Deplorable Source of all SMODs at October 02, 2016 09:43 AM (2pIEi)

Enthusiastic golf clap.

Posted by: SMOD 2016! at October 02, 2016 12:31 PM (YeKKY)

295 "Still waiting for all of those FBI agents who said they would resign if Comey refused to recommend indictment for the FAB to actually resign."

Some of it has passed into hilarity, so we at least have that.

Guys at Platte River writing work tickets to track their billable time filling in the subject line with "Clinton cover-up operation."

An e-mail that slipped through the cover-up operation: Jake Sullivan forwarding a secret State department assessment about Greece's finances to the Foundation, which Chelsea was running, presumably to give it her husband to help his speculating on Greek bonds, butthe shithead still lost all his investor's money.

It's comedy gold, Jerry!

Posted by: Ignoramus at October 02, 2016 12:31 PM (bQxkN)

296 Read Shakespeare's Othello, where jealousy, racism and envy lead to the inevitable conclusion where Everyone Dies. Excellent characters and writing, enjoyed it.

Also read his King Lear, or as the Oxford edition calls it The History of King Lear from 1608, which apparently is notably different from the 1623 Folio version which they have dubbed The Tragedy of King Lear. It's the usual story where Cordelia can't tell her Dad she loves him so we get the ending where Everyone Dies. Good stuff, will have to try to find detect differences with the 1623 version.

Posted by: waelse1 at October 02, 2016 12:39 PM (DXrCk)

297 292 How is it that Mickey Mouse became a synonym for trivial bullsh*t?

Posted by: Vlad the Impaler, whittling away like mad at October 02, 2016 12:31 PM (dIc3Q)

I have no idea how that got started historically but I have heard it originated with GI's in GB during WWII.

But in reference to copyright laws it refers to Disney studios somehow being able to get the copyright laws in the US extended for many more years every time the copyright on Mickey Mouse comes up to expire. IIANM the US now has the longest copyright periods in the world.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 12:39 PM (mpXpK)

298 Looking at v that library picture and thinking about the fact that I'll be moving again in two weeks.
Reminds me of a move or two back when a friend of mine was helping me hall book boxes.
He said, "you know, it's a lot easier to move people who don't care about educating themselves"
or people who read ebooks, i replied.
Amd then there are the records....

Posted by: Sugar Plum Fairy #176-671 at October 02, 2016 12:40 PM (Mb5QW)

299 I've seen the reassembled Flight 800 in the NTSC facility. The blast definitely originated from inside. Beyond that I'm not prepared to speculate.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at October 02, 2016 12:44 PM (AY9O7)

300 224 ... Sabrina, I should have listed you by name as one of the exceptions for modern writers. (I have a number of your books but haven't read many of them yet. Damn.) The list I gave to the young people include the Lensman and Skylark series and your books have that same enjoyable factor. And 'fun' is one of the descriptions I use for my Amazon reviews.

Posted by: JTB at October 02, 2016 12:47 PM (V+03K)

301 Christopher, one thing I like about Tana French is that all of the stories are very different. Also, each one features a different detective as the main character (sometimes male, sometimes female), and the stories are independent of each other. They can be read in any order.

Posted by: Deplorable April at October 02, 2016 12:50 PM (e8PP1)

302 292 How is it that Mickey Mouse became a synonym for trivial bullsh*t?

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Mickey Mouse money (Disney dollars)

Posted by: Votermom the deplorable @vm on Gab at October 02, 2016 12:55 PM (Om16U)

303 I'm working my way through "The Book of Mysteries" by Jonatan Cahn. A devotional written by a Messianic Jewish Rabbi. I devoured the first 20 days, then realized that I might get more out of it of it if I pace myself - just read one a day. If you like knowing more about the Hebrew meanings of words, the context of verses and the history behind them, you would probably enjoy this book.


Posted by: Jade Sea at October 02, 2016 10:10 AM (mDx7A)

Recently saw an interview with him and found his comments on the Hebrew and Greek translations fascinating. This is on my list of hardbacks to get and keep. Rabbi Cahn, a former atheist, thinks we're in "the last days." Then again, he ties the 1948 founding of Israel one of the first signs of that, so it could go on for a while.

Thanks for posting your review.

Posted by: SMOD 2016! at October 02, 2016 12:58 PM (YeKKY)

304
"With most of the book still to go, I can see that one of the takeaways is that the Clintons wanted to bury whatever the real cause was in the run-up to the 1996 election. So they got away with this, then they got away with a lot of other things. They must believe themselves invincible."

As with Benghazi, as with the e-mails. Loretta Lynch has a private meeting, guarded by the FBI, with Bill Clinton, just before Comey made his pronouncement. And all of it is already receding into the fog. I'm not sure they are not invincible.

Posted by: RM at October 02, 2016 01:02 PM (U3LtS)

305 "seen the reassembled Flight 800 in the NTSC facility. The blast definitely originated from inside. Beyond that I'm not prepared to speculate. "

Respectfully, I highly recommend this book before you set your opinion in stone.

Posted by: RM at October 02, 2016 01:04 PM (U3LtS)

306 Morning, fellow morons. Currently a little over halfway through John C. Wright's "Somewhither." I can best describe it as Dean Koontz's prose while he was possessed by the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft. It took a little bit to get into, but I'm trucking along now and enjoying it quite a bit.

As a personal note my own novel "A Place Outside The Wild" will be on a Kindle Countdown deal beginning October 14 for the low, low price of $1.99. If you haven't bought it, give it a whirl when it's on sale. If you HAVE bought it, thank you, and please leave a review. If you've done both, you rock.

Posted by: Emile Antoon Khadaji at October 02, 2016 01:12 PM (rvzMR)

307 There is some very good Soviet/Russian dissident literature. And they are very instructional for today's Amerika, imo. It was an area study specialty for me. Learned alot. One can never be too prepared. Might want to hunt up some old mimeograph machines.

Upside -- maybe our Siberia will be Wyoming or Montana or Alaska. Cold, but beautiful. And maybe our time too will produce some very good even excellent writing . And when the thaw comes....Maybe there will be movies! Like Dr. Zhivago. Maybe we can star in them. So many possibilities.

Posted by: gracepc at October 02, 2016 01:15 PM (OU4q6)

308 @305: RM, as I said, I'm not prepared to speculate further. I'd done quite a bit of research before I saw the remains of 800, and I even got into a bit of a "discussion" with one of the original investigators. Does the whole thing still sound fishy to me? Yes. Am I prepared to say definitely what I think happened? No.

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at October 02, 2016 01:18 PM (AY9O7)

309 Also, natural fake, I finally left an amazon review for WTC.

Posted by: Deplorable April at October 02, 2016 12:26 PM (e8PP1)



Thank you very much, April, for your review.

Posted by: naturalfake at October 02, 2016 01:18 PM (0cMkb)

310 I get the urge to carve out your own nation. I've wanted to since reading The Man Who Would Be King as a teen.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 12:23 PM (jR7Wy)



You've got a whole danged planet.

You're punching downward, Eris.

.

Posted by: naturalfake at October 02, 2016 01:22 PM (0cMkb)

311 Welp, work went surprisingly fast.


Aaaannnnd, I'm all alone on the Book Thread.


Hmmm.

Posted by: naturalfake at October 02, 2016 01:23 PM (0cMkb)

312 I'm still here!

Posted by: Emile Antoon Khadaji at October 02, 2016 01:24 PM (rvzMR)

313 Recent discussion here I think of Thomas Merton led me to revisit. One that I really enjoyed is short and just really Reflections. Henri J. Nouwen Encounters with Merton: Spiritual Reflections.

Because of the "times" it is difficult for me to center. This helps me find my God in life -- people, nature, conversation etc. Anyway, handy little thing for when I want to reach out and wring the hag's neck and am beyond reason. Or just be grateful.

Posted by: gracepc at October 02, 2016 01:25 PM (OU4q6)

314 @312
Finally got around to leaving you a review. Working on the sequel yet?

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at October 02, 2016 01:26 PM (AY9O7)

315 Whenever I see a reference to, "Three Felonies a Day," what comes to mind is the prosecutorial misconduct in the federal case against against Tommy Chong: http://tinyurl.com/jcyock3. This is one of the few problems I have with Baby Bush -- other than his slag daughter, Barbara, partying in Paris with Hillary's Hum(a)(idor): http://tinyurl.com/hdo499f.

Posted by: Marooned at October 02, 2016 01:27 PM (XhyuK)

316 @ 314 . . . working on plot ideas at the moment. I'm writing the start of a different series but it should be MUCH shorter. Hope to start on book two of "Wild" around March-April.

Posted by: Emile Antoon Khadaji at October 02, 2016 01:31 PM (rvzMR)

317 Native Americans culturally appropriated the wheel and a written language....,

Posted by: cicero Kaboom! kid at October 02, 2016 01:32 PM (SgUT6)

318 FWIW, if you get all of the Aubrey Maturin series and stack them up in order (plus "A Sea of Words"), it's a scary prospect, but I'm determined to read this entire opus in order. Figure I'll be done by Christmas, but not sure which year.

Thanks OM for all your work, this remains one of the highlights of my week!

Posted by: Hrothgar at October 02, 2016 01:39 PM (wCEn4)

319 " And all of it is already receding into the fog. I'm not sure they are not invincible.

Posted by: RM

it looks more and more like the investigation was all a charade from the get go. No FBI agents retiring as promised with fake outrage, just Hillary cackling at any suggestion she'd be prosecuted.

Maybe it is we that are clueless about the depths of the corruption, going back to the Clinton 90's or earlier. The tea party was maybe the greatest grassroots movement in decades, and it ended with top R establishment calling us wackobirds, McConnell cursing us, Hillary calling us deplorable racists as her platform.

The DC Cartel got bailouts for billionaires ... we the people get slammed as racist wackos. Our last hope is that Trump can stay on message, and that he is not "one of them", when push comes to shove. If we get Queen Hillary I contend Congress must put in a bid to the Foundation for her favor. The oath is worthless, money talks.

Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 01:40 PM (n6rAX)

320 I'm still here!
Posted by: Emile Antoon Khadaji at October 02, 2016 01:24 PM (rvzMR)



High Five then, fellow writer of books!

Posted by: naturalfake at October 02, 2016 01:41 PM (0cMkb)

321 The oath is worthless, money talks.
Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 01:40 PM (n6rAX)

The love of money is the root of all evil.

Said by some guy like 20 years ago or something.

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet at October 02, 2016 01:43 PM (5zGip)

322 Happiness! Was in a used bookstore t'other day and picked up a complete set of the Aubrey/Maturin novels in great condition, three for a dollar!

Posted by: Richard McEnroe at October 02, 2016 01:54 PM (Kucy5)

323 JTB, you are a scholar and a true Moron :-D

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at October 02, 2016 01:54 PM (SuJIo)

324 I'm pretty sure Gary Gygax was never morbidly obese.

Posted by: Svejk at October 02, 2016 01:55 PM (e3qhC)

325 "The love of money is the root of all evil.

Said by some guy like 20 years ago or something."

Posted by: weirdflunkyonatablet

we won't change Hillary's "love of money/power" wickedness ... so in this case we'd pay the terrorist Hillary, or she will do pay to play with our enemies (as her nature is). Life is full of compromises with "evil". Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's ...?

Posted by: illiniwek at October 02, 2016 02:01 PM (n6rAX)

326 And speaking of our insane copyright laws and the squabble over who inherits them among the family of the deceased I thought of something else that came up in the past year or so.



Who inherits "mom's" old 1950s vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook is now a source of contention.


Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 02:04 PM (mpXpK)

327
Who inherits "mom's" old 1950s vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook is now a source of contention.


Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 02:04 PM (mpXpK)
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The real fight will be over Dad's 1950's vintage Betty Page cookbook.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 02:07 PM (jR7Wy)

328 Reading The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is a non-fiction book written by Daniel James Brown.

An incredible book so far and reinforces that they were the greatest generation indeed. What these young man had to endure without any safe spaces is incredible. Who knew a book about rowing would be so interesting?

If you liked Unbroken, then you will like this book.

Posted by: RGallegos at October 02, 2016 02:14 PM (59GQk)

329 The real fight will be over Dad's 1950's vintage Betty Page cookbook.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 02:07 PM (jR7Wy)

My wife's sisters are squabbling over who gets her mom's Betty Crocker cookbook and she hasn't even died yet..

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 02:15 PM (mpXpK)

330 Okay laptop is powered up and story has a blinking cursor beckoning to me to get some writing done.

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 02:18 PM (RS+gs)

331 My wife's sisters are squabbling over who gets her mom's Betty Crocker cookbook and she hasn't even died yet..
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 02:15 PM (mpXpK)
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I joke, but I'm happy to be getting Mom's 50's edition. I spent many a happy evening flipping through it as Mom made something wonderful.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 02:19 PM (jR7Wy)

332 Vic, if they can't get their mother's they can get a 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook at Abe Books.

Of course, it's not really about the book, is it?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 02:23 PM (jR7Wy)

333 His copy of Churchill's History of the Second World looks exactly like mine

Posted by: Davo at October 02, 2016 02:27 PM (sMLEE)

334 Heh. I can recognize Churchill's history of WWII from the photo.

Posted by: josephistan at October 02, 2016 09:59 AM (7qAYi)

Looks like he has a complete collection of Marshall Cavendish WW2 books too.

Now you got me looking for more.

Posted by: Tim in Illinois
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Heh. I got nothing but "Eisenhower", am uncertain of the author.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, who has to use a stepstool to fetch top shelf books at October 02, 2016 02:36 PM (9mTYi)

335 F. Chuck Todd is having Michael Moore on with Glenn Beck to represent elites attacking Trump from left and right. Nice bedfellow you've got there, Glenn, but at least you are now an elite.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at

October 02, 2016 10:19 AM (Nwg0u)

Having a hard time seeing how someone not only rooting for but campaigning with the most-hated man in the GOP is now an "elite."

He personally is not voting for either member of the uniparty and is not advocating that his audience follow his lead. They're both taking you to the same place; one's just going faster than the other. Trump/Bannon have both sworn they will take down anyone who disagreed with the Trump campaign. I'd have to grudgingly give Cankles a plus one on not spewing that kind of totalitarian garbage.

Posted by: SMOD 2016! at October 02, 2016 02:38 PM (YeKKY)

336 332
Vic, if they can't get their mother's they can get a 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook at Abe Books.



Of course, it's not really about the book, is it?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 02:23 PM (jR7Wy)

Yes, you can go out and buy those old cookbooks. I didn't check Abe's but did search Amazon for them for people selling them through Amazon. They're out there but the sellers want an arm and a leg for them. I even saw one like the one I bought back in the 70s. They wanted more for it than what I paid for mine when it was new.

But to answer your question, yes it is about the cookbook.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 02:40 PM (mpXpK)

337 Vic, Abe Books has one for about thirteen bucks (scroll down to number four):

http://tinyurl.com/zbckq3y

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 02:43 PM (jR7Wy)

338 Native Americans culturally appropriated the wheel and a written language....,
Posted by: cicero Kaboom!
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Not to mention horses... and guns. For the sake of topicality:
'Wild Horses of the West
History and Politics of America's Mustangs'
By J. Edward de Steiguer

Posted by: Mike Hammer, who has to use a stepstool to fetch top shelf books at October 02, 2016 02:46 PM (9mTYi)

339 Mike Hammer, the Eisenhower book is by Carlo D'Este.

Also if you look one bookcase to the left and two shelves up from D'Este's book all those with the dark gray spines should be the Time Life Books series The Epic of Flight.

Posted by: Anna Puma at October 02, 2016 02:52 PM (RS+gs)

340 This book by Tchernavin is currently available in Kindle for 99 cents; I just snarfed a copy.

Posted by: grayishpanther at October 02, 2016 03:12 PM (ty9Ew)

341 337
Vic, Abe Books has one for about thirteen bucks (scroll down to number four):



http://tinyurl.com/zbckq3y



Posted by: All Hail Eris, Imperatrix Siculus at October 02, 2016 02:43 PM (jR7Wy)

I sent that to wifey.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 03:13 PM (mpXpK)

342 Yo-yo Ma is incredibly versatile. Best known for so-called classical music be has done bluegrass, jazz, all sorts of world music, and, just this morning, I heard a Yo-yo James Taylor collaboration. Maybe next Yo-yo does the Sex Pistols. That's right. He's one culturally appropriating mothertrucker.

P.S. Yo-yo illustrates another principle. He'll try anything. In my opinion, they are not all successes but his courage to go boldly where no cellist has gone before has created some great music even if there are some clunkers in there, too.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Now With More Je Ne Sais Quoi! at October 02, 2016 03:23 PM (Nwg0u)

343 "'I'm in a holding pattern, so that means re-reading Heinlein again. Right now it's I Will Fear No Evil, which isn't my favorite, but is a solid work from his early later years"

I just re-read that in the spring. It was more depressing than I remembered. Maybe I was paying more attention to the background society this time.

Posted by: Laura M at October 02, 2016 03:32 PM (YcesW)

344 "Multiculturalism" always meant to me that you enjoy and learn from each others' cultures, and adapt portions of them into your own life. Like language or Mexican food. My mother traveled a lot and had international friends, so I learned this early on.

But noooo! It turns out that is not what leftists mean at all! They mean for us to exist in isolated little enclaves, and get all pissy when someone (always only white someone's) might wish to use or celebrate or enjoy something from another culture.

Imitation is the highest firm of flattery, but they want to stomp on all that and make us feel guilty for liking something from another culture.

May they roast in hell.

Posted by: Alana at October 02, 2016 04:50 PM (C006N)

345 As for the three felonies a day, my defense has always been two-pronged:

(A) Keep my head down. Hope they don't notice I exist.

(B) If they do notice me for some reason, or if I have to be noticed (usually for something simple like trying to change my last name on my driver's license, for instance), I become totally charming, super-nice, more-than-necessary deferential, and apparently somewhat slow and unintelligent, in order to get done whatever governmental thing needs doing. Because in my experience, they most certainly will try to find some way to not do it.

Kind of cowardly, I suppose, but it makes life easier.

Come the revolution, though, I plan to be there with bells on.

Posted by: Alana at October 02, 2016 04:57 PM (C006N)

346 343
"'I'm in a holding pattern, so that means re-reading Heinlein again.
Right now it's I Will Fear No Evil, which isn't my favorite, but is a
solid work from his early later years"

I just re-read that in the
spring. It was more depressing than I remembered. Maybe I was paying
more attention to the background society this time.




Posted by: Laura M at October 02, 2016 03:32 PM (YcesW)

That was written in his declining years and it was among the few that I did not care that much for. I think the only one written in those last years that I thought that was good was Friday.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at October 02, 2016 04:59 PM (mpXpK)

347 And there are the Hardy Boys to the right of the Nancy Drew books.

Wonder whether the kids read them, or -- as in my case -- they are too cherished to be sent to another home.

Posted by: Weak Geek at October 02, 2016 05:16 PM (zqUhc)

348 @158 - 2ndAmendmentTexan - if you're still checking in, I think the book you're looking for is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Fun read!

Posted by: Croaker at October 02, 2016 08:04 PM (p/F+I)

349 Old cookbooks - the good ones, basic ones - are great for several reasons:

-They cook from scratch, not prepared stuff thrown together. There's no cream of mushroom soup, you make your own white sauce.
-They avoid modern trendy ingredients and boutique stuff like kosher salt and endive. Its just basic stuff done well.
-They're what your grandma made and mom learned from, so its going to be very familiar and comfortable
-They have recipes now out of style or forgotten that you can definitely enjoy

But you have to stick to the really good ones, Meta Given's, that kind of thing. Not Kraft Cooking Recipes or Jell-o Gelatin Cook Book, because that's where the monstrosities come from.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 08:16 PM (39g3+)

350 Hai.

I post on other threads but not often here, despite the fact that I am an author. Applied for the Moron GR group, so thought I would poke my head in here.

Reading "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" right now, whilst watching the programme on Netflix. Some adaptations made for the series I like better, but some parts of the book are superior to the series. Good read so far, (~650/830 pgs in).

Posted by: atomicplaygirl (Gab: atomicplaygirl) at October 02, 2016 08:46 PM (Gim9y)

351 Time/Life books?!

Posted by: derit at October 02, 2016 09:03 PM (n+/OT)

352 But you have to stick to the really good ones, Meta
Given's, that kind of thing. Not Kraft Cooking Recipes or Jell-o
Gelatin Cook Book, because that's where the monstrosities come from.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at October 02, 2016 08:16 PM (39g3+)

I have a decent cook book selection - Julia Childs, Joy of Cooking, Sauces, The Herbfarm Cookbook, several good ethic based ones... just ordered Given's 1959 two volume edition from Amazon - thanks for the suggestion! Really excited to get it.

Posted by: atomicplaygirl (Gab: atomicplaygirl) at October 02, 2016 09:34 PM (Gim9y)

353 Loved the Gygax story.

My reading this week is an Australian book that some of you may like. It is called Death Sentence by Don Watson and it discusses the decay of public language. Highly recommended.

Posted by: Adam at October 02, 2016 09:35 PM (7L85l)

354 I have to second Anna Puma's recommendation of Glen Cook's "The Dragon Never Sleeps." I've been reading SF/Fantasy for about 60 years and that might be my favorite of all time (right up there with Roger Zelazny). I also highly enjoy reading his Black Company books (all 10 or 12 or however many there are). I read somewhere sometime that the original manuscript for Dragon was considerably longer but his publisher made him cut it back. If that is true I would surely like to see the original someday.

Posted by: Suds 46 at October 02, 2016 11:16 PM (3booC)

355 "One can never be too prepared. Might want to hunt up some old mimeograph machines."

Might want to hunt up some wax stencil sheets, brush-in-cap correction fluid, and quart cans of black mimeo ink? GOOD luck. Not to mention you'd probably have to hand-make replacement felt mats, you know the machines were put away dirty.

Posted by: grayishpanther at October 02, 2016 11:49 PM (ty9Ew)

356 From the post: "I'll bet Ms. Shriver had no idea that by wearing a sombrero, she was actually coming out in favor of genocide."

Why do these atheists think that genocide is wrong?

Posted by: David at October 03, 2016 09:43 AM (iFCFD)

357 Hi Fellow Morons: I've got my fourth book coming out on October 11th and would love to get some reviews. If you're willing, I'd be happy to buy you a book, so I could get a verified review. The link to the book is

https://www.amazon.com/Mexican-Trick-Blackfox-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B01LYI8HON

Posted by: Tim ONeil at October 04, 2016 03:45 PM (GcQVh)

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