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  • NYTimes Moves Cruz Behind Jimmy Carter on Bestseller List Despite Selling 58% More Books

    07/23/2015 5:54:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 23, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    The latest New York Times bestseller list has Ted Cruz's A Time for Truth at number 8. Just above him is former President Jimmy Carter's A Full Life, coming in at 7. The strange thing, however, is that Cruz sold almost 60 percent more copies of his book last week than Carter. According to Bookscan, which tracks the number of books sold, Cruz sold 8,814 last week. Carter sold only 5,147. The New York Times list does not indicate either author's books were purchased in bulk orders. Cruz was left off the list the first week his book came out...
  • Printable graphs explaining compound interest

    07/22/2015 5:53:43 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    myself ^ | 7-22-15 | TZ
    I'm looking for printable charts that show how compound interest works to show young relatives the effects of saving and compare starting sooner rather than later and how having time on your side works. It would be helpful if it could be changed to various rates and ages to play with the numbers.
  • The Day John McCain Got Shot Down

    07/21/2015 5:33:49 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 67 replies
    Pythia Press ^ | 2010 | Zalin Grant
    The Day John McCain Got Shot Down Did He Show the Right Stuff? By Zalin Grant John McCain received mixed reviews from fellow pilots when he arrived on the USS Oriskany in 1967, a month before he was shot down and captured. Cal Swanson, commander of fighter squadron VF-162, was enthusiastic. Swanson thought McCain proved he had the right stuff by getting himself assigned to the Oriskany, an aircraft carrier sailing off the coast of North Vietnam in the South China Sea. The Oriskany had seen more combat and suffered heavier casualties than any ship in the Vietnam War. McCain’s...
  • British archives hiding royal family’s links to anti-Semitism in 1930s, says historian

    07/20/2015 3:32:38 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | JP O’ Malley
    LONDON — In April 1945, code-breakers at Bletchley Park, England, intercepted the following telegram from Adolf Hitler, who was then under siege in his bunker in Berlin: “The Führer attaches importance to the President of the Red Cross, the Duke of Coburg, on no account falling into enemy hands.” Karina Urbach, a German historian, believes that whatever information Hitler shared with Carl Edward, the Duke of Coburg — who was a grandson of Queen Victoria, and a close blood relative to the current British monarchy — it was damning enough to warrant an assassination request. Coburg, though, would manage to...
  • The Rebel Yell: The Seething Blast of an Imaginary Hell

    07/18/2015 7:24:12 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 32 replies
    Essential Civil War Curriculom ^ | 07/15/2015 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    “Then arose that do or die expression, that maniacal maelstrom of sound; that penetrating, rasping, shrieking, blood curdling noise that could be heard for miles and whose volume reached the heavens such an expression as never yet came from the throats of sane men, but from men whom the seething blast of an imaginary hell would not check while the sound lasted.” ~ Confederate Colonel Keller Anderson of Kentucky's Orphan Brigade There are few aspects of the Civil War which have been engrained in American culture and remembrance more than the Confederate soldiers’ Rebel Yell . . ."
  • Meghan McCain to Join Fox News Channel as Contributor (Exclusive)

    07/16/2015 10:47:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    Variety ^ | July 16, 2015 | Brian Steinberg, Senior TV Editor
    Meghan McCain, the political scion who has won public fame as a blogger, commentator and TV-show host, will join Fox News Channel as a contributor, Variety has learned. A spokesperson for the network confirmed the hire. McCain is expected to contribute to the network’s primetime and daytime programming. McCain, the oldest daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, a Republican, joins as Fox News Channel, like other news outlets, heads into a frenzied pre-season for the 2016 election for U.S. president. Already, more than a dozen different candidates for the Republican nomination have thrown their hat into the ring. McCain, who...
  • Atticus Finch's Summation

    07/14/2015 1:38:23 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 21 replies
    Genius.com ^ | 1960 | (Nelle) Harper Lee
    On the Occasion of the Release of Harper Lee's Second Book youtube.com/watch?v=-x6njs-cGUE[Scout (Harper Lee) and Dill (Truman Capote) return to court after Dill became emotionally overcome at the trial's mockery of justice; they have missed part of Atticus' summation.] "Gentlemen," he was saying, "I shall be brief, but I would like to use my remaining time with you to remind you that this case is not a difficult one, it requires no minute sifting of complicated facts, but it does require you to be sure beyond all reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant. To begin with, this...
  • On Ted Cruz Book, NY Times Needs to Put Up or Shut Up

    07/13/2015 12:29:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 13, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Last Thursday, The New York Times made a very serious allegation against a sitting Senator and presidential candidate. When asked by Politico’s Dylan Byers why Ted Cruz’s bestselling book “A Time for Truth” was kept of its bestsellers list, they alleged that “the overwhelming preponderance of evidence” was that someone (read: someone hired by Cruz) made “strategic bulk purchases” of the book. Essentially, Cruz was accused of using dirty tricks to try to get his book to the top of the bestsellers list. The next day, Cruz’s publisher HarperCollins has spoken out, saying they reviewed sales data and found “no...
  • One-Act Play Reveals Why The New York Times Kept Cruz’s Book Off The Bestseller List

    07/10/2015 4:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 10, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will not see his book “A Time For Truth” on The New York Times bestseller list. Even though the book sold 11,854 copies in its first week, ranking higher than 18 of the 20 books on the latest list, the Times told Cruz’s publisher HarperCollins that his book “didn’t meet that standard” to get recognized. The Times, which previously blocked Dinesh D’Souza’s bestseller “America” from getting on the list, later told Politico that they found evidence that “sales [for Cruz’s book] were limited to strategic bulk purchases.” While the Times has yet to show anyone...
  • HarperCollins disputes N.Y. Times on Ted Cruz book: 'No evidence of bulk sales'

    07/10/2015 11:45:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico's Dylan Byers On Media ^ | July 10, 2015 | Dylan Byers
    The publisher HarperCollins is disputing the New York Times' claim that Ted Cruz’s new book was disqualified from its bestseller list because its sales had been driven by "strategic bulk purchases." The On Media blog reported Thursday that the Times was keeping Cruz's "A Time For Truth" off of its forthcoming bestsellers list, despite the fact that the book has sold more copies in its first week than all but two of the Times' bestselling titles. In an email, Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy attributed that decision to an "overwhelming preponderance of evidence... that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases."...
  • 6/11/14: Prepper’s Underground Guide to Improvised Weapons! How to Protect Yourself W/out a Firearm

    07/05/2015 12:35:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    American Firearms ^ | June 11, 2014
    I think you'll be shocked by what you are about to read. If you believe we are heading for any number of wide-spread emergencies in the near future you may be making plans. Believe it or not, many people are making a fatal mistake by overlooking a serious component of their preparation. You may have plenty of stockpiled firearms and ammunition. But what will you do if you are under attack and can't get to your firearms? Whether you are planning for Armageddon, trying to win back control of your hijacked airliner from radical extremists, or just trying to stay...
  • The book Ted Cruz really wanted to write

    07/02/2015 3:22:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    ThePolitico's The KGB File ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kate Bennett
    He hoped to emulate Barack Obama's memoir 'Dreams from My Father', which left a lasting impression. With his new book out this week, Ted Cruz is doing what he does best: getting a lot of attention by attacking … just about everyone. But the political memoir that he’s calling A Time for Truth wasn’t really the book Cruz started out wanting to write, says a source close to the Texas senator and presidential candidate. In fact, Cruz was hoping to emulate the writing of a man he has called “lawless” and “an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists” (among other fine...
  • Essence Music Festival to Get Serious on ‘Black Lives’

    07/01/2015 9:17:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 1, 2015 | Maya Rhodan
    Much of the annual 4-day event will focus on the black lives matter movement.Civil rights leaders will join survivors of tragedy for a frank discussion on the black lives matter movement in New Orleans this week. The 21st annual Essence Music Festival, hosted every Fourth of July weekend, will take on a more serious tone during a series of daytime events at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. At the festival’s Empowerment Series, Rev. Al Sharpton will share a stage with Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, in conversations on injustices facing the black community....
  • Cruz to sign books at FoxTale (Woodstock, Georgia)

    06/30/2015 9:38:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Cherokee Ledger-News ^ | July 1, 2015 | Jessica Lindley
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz will be at FoxTale Book Shoppe in downtown Woodstock on July 3 to promote his new book “A Time for Truth: Reigniting The Promise To America.”Admission is $30 and includes a first edition copy of the book. The book-signing event begins at 10 a.m., and the store, located at 105 E. Main St., will open to the public after the event concludes. “The event ticket includes you and a guest,” said Ellen Ward, co-owner of FoxTale Book Shoppe. “You will have an opportunity to meet Sen. Ted Cruz and get your book signed.” As the son...
  • “Benjamin Franklin, an American Life”

    06/30/2015 10:12:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/30/15 | Ed Wood
    Sometimes the rigors of daily life just get too overwhelming, causing me to turn to other less stressful items of interest. So I am now reading, “Benjamin Franklin — An American Life,” by famed biographer, Walter Isaacson. Ben Franklin It is already an amazing story about an amazing man, and I am not half way through its 586 pages — small type, no pictures! Benjamin Franklin: author, inventor, scientist, politician, raconteur. But he considered himself, first and foremost, to be a printer. And would generally sign his name, “Benjamin Franklin, printer.” For in that Colonial period, a printer was a...
  • By the People, A Book Review

    06/27/2015 4:16:03 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 2 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 06/27/2015 | Tamara Wilhite
    What does Mr. Murray say we can do to take back our freedoms, when the legislature and courts do nothing?
  • 'Echoes of Apollo' is an action packed technothriller about the first space war

    06/27/2015 6:04:39 AM PDT · by Marcus · 4 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 27, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    “Echoes of Apollo” by George Thompson is the sort of space faring technothriller that Tom Clancy would have been proud to have placed his name on if he was still alive. The novel is a near future story of what amounts to the first space war between China and the United States. “Echoes of Apollo” not only involve the sort of cutting edge technological toys inherent in the genre, but also makes clever use of the technology of the past. The story also casts a new light on the ongoing debate as to whether or not to return to the...
  • Fahrenheit 451 (proven more prescient than ever)

    06/25/2015 10:44:38 AM PDT · by Mr. K · 16 replies
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ^ | 1953 | Ray Bradbury
    FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury This one, with gratitude, is for DON CONGDON. FAHRENHEIT 451: The temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns PART I IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BURN IT was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With...
  • You won’t believe how the co-author of one of America's biggest banking regulations cashed in

    06/25/2015 6:29:55 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 6 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-25 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Recently, the financial services company Signature Bank announced the appointment of a prominent new board member. Perhaps to the surprise of some, the individual receiving the board seat was none other than the co-author and namesake of one of the nation’s largest and arguably most significant pieces of banking regulation since the Great Depression, former Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank. How much can Frank expect to earn for his services? Fortune writes that Signature’s non-employee board members earned approximately $375,000 in cash and stock for their services last year. Rep. Frank was reportedly also granted restricted shares vesting in March...
  • Think the 2016 GOP primary process favors the establishment? Hugh Hewitt says it benefits Ted Cruz

    06/24/2015 8:08:51 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 13 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-24 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In February of this year – the “Reince Reforms,” the [Reince] Priebus rules — require that only four states vote, and those are Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. And Nevada is a caucus state that Rand Paul will win, but which will be dismissed because the Paul supporters there are deep and organized, and caucuses are really false positives, which is important. But he’ll win it. He’ll win some delegates. So the three races that matter are Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. And what really matters are New Hampshire and South Carolina. Ted Cruz has an enormous...
  • 10 years later, here’s what happened to the land seized and sold to developers in Kelo v New London

    06/23/2015 8:23:08 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 22 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-23 | Benjamin Weingarten
    As of early 2015, almost ten years after the Supreme Court upheld the Kelo condemnations, the properties that were the focus of an epic legal battle remain empty and undeveloped. Several plans to redevelop these lots have fallen through. The only creatures making regular use of them in the intervening years have been a colony of feral cats. These failures were not simply caused by adverse publicity resulting from the public backlash against the Supreme Court ruling or by the recession and financial crisis that began in 2008. As a 2005 New York Times article noted, the failure was a...
  • Do Americans hate their own founding principles? Economist Walter E. Williams says yes.

    06/22/2015 8:27:43 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 10 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-22 | Benjamin Weingarten
    in 1794, Congress appropriated $15,000 to help some French refugees, and James Madison stood on the floor of the House irate, and he said, and I’m quoting him: “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution, which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the [sic] objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” James Madison also said “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” Now, where the contempt comes in is that imagine that a presidential candidate … is running today, and he makes the same statements that James...
  • Hewitt: 5 bold reforms Hillary should champion to devastate the GOP and ensure a long ‘Clinton Era’

    06/16/2015 7:04:24 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 42 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-16 | Benjamin Weingarten
    1. A constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College and substituting in its place a direct election of the president by popular vote. 2. A constitutional amendment abolishing the two term limit on the presidency. 3. A constitutional amendment mandating that 5% of GDP be spent on the Pentagon’s budget, with safeguards that the money actually be spent on soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines and the equipment they need, and not on absurd “tack-ons” like “green energy” production for military bases. Rebuild the military and detach it from the GOP, and do so before a coup becomes a reality in the...
  • Brad Thor's message for Pamela Geller's critics: You are pansies

    06/12/2015 8:05:22 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 12 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-12 | Benjamin Weingarten
    The First Amendment exists to protect speech you don’t agree with. It actually is there — if all that was worthy of protection was speech everybody agreed with, we wouldn’t need the First Amendment. OK. So you don’t have to agree with what Pamela Geller is doing, but my G-d, Pamela Geller is doing more to help reform Islam than any pansy on the left or right who is criticizing her. And I don’t care who criticized her. I don’t care who it is: You are weak, and you’re a pansy for not standing behind her. It makes no sense...
  • Listen: Mary Katherine Ham and Guy Benson Check Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Privilege

    06/11/2015 9:55:04 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 4 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-11 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Guy Benson: In “End of Discussion” we have a really fun, very short portion of a chapter that deals with this whole nomenclature on college campuses of “trigger warnings” and “privilege” — there’s a whole list of them. “Microaggressions” is a big one. And towards the end of this chapter on academia we examine the very interesting case of Elizabeth Warren, who is a white woman. That is – the science is in, and she is a white woman. Yet for years, she identified, self-identified wrongly based on family folklore that she was a Native American. And she benefited tremendously...
  • JK Rowling wanted Gandalf and Dumbledore to get married – now it’s really happening

    06/06/2015 5:39:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Metro UK ^ | June 4, 2015 | Ann Lee
    Just before gay marriage was legalised in Ireland, JK Rowling tweeted that she was hoping Gandalf and Dumbledore would be able to get married. Now that’s set to become a reality this weekend with LGBTQ rights activist group Planting Peace staging a wedding between the fictional wizards. The nuptials will take place in their rainbow-coloured headquarters opposite the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. The church threatened to picket the wedding if it ever happened....
  • LISTEN: Ann Coulter exposes a gruesome but neglected double standard in the immigration debate

    06/03/2015 7:47:47 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 10 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-03 | Benjamin Weingarten
    I mean American women are about to realize American men were the best they ever had it. As I say in the book, even continental Europeans can’t compete. In de Tocqueville, writing about America, he commented on how women are treated with such respect and honor, and no crime is visited with greater severity of sanction then rape in this new country of America — contrasting America’s treatment of rape so severely unfavorable with that in France. Meanwhile, I mean part of the reason I concentrated on it is they’re just kind of arresting, keep you up all night stories...
  • Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice

    05/31/2015 8:59:23 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    A gruesome suicide, a likely murder, a tragic plane crash, wrongful imprisonment, and gripping courtroom scenes draw readers into this compelling story, giving them a frightening perspective on justice and who should be accountable when evidence is withheld. Licensed to Lie is the true story of the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power.
  • The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783-1789

  • How does a society that values rel liberty handle Islamic supremacism? Former fed prosecutor answers

    05/29/2015 9:12:32 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 10 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-05-29 | Benjamin Weingarten
    But the important thing from our perspective is it’s like every other political ideology that competes and has animus towards the west. And we have to see ourselves as in competition with it and needing to defeat it, rather than trying to figure out how we can accommodate it under the auspices of our commitment to religious liberty, because overwhelmingly it’s not a religious doctrine. The political element of it is overwhelmingly a totalitarian political doctrine. And we shouldn’t, just because it has a few religious elements to it, lose sight of the bigger picture.
  • Coulter Hates ‘the Browning of America’

    05/26/2015 9:37:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 26, 2015 | Lloyd Grove
    The motormouth claims the U.S. is being ruined by an influx of immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Is this performance art or is she for real?When it comes to Ann Coulter—the conservative blonde avenger, the loud-mouthed provocateur, the human hot-button of mass-media notoriety who is forever tossing turds into liberals’ punch bowls—people always want to know: Is she for real? Even the title of her latest book, ¡Adios, America!: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, is guaranteed to raise many folks’ blood pressure and strain their credulity. Does Coulter actually believe the...
  • Single White Female Meets Polygamous West African Shaman

    05/25/2015 8:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Huffington Post's Arts & Culture ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tim Ward, Author, publisher, teacher, and traveler
    In her sexy, stormy, spiritual memoir, Honey in the River, Marsha Scarbrough explores the contemporary relevance of ancient African wisdom teachings, wrapped around a love affair with a married African shaman. The mythology and metaphysics of Ifa, the indigenous religion of the Yoruba people of West Africa, is woven throughout her fast-paced tale that combines spiritual text with descriptions of her experiences in rhythm, dance and deep trance. As she blends archetypal drama and epic soap opera, Marsha reveals and befriends her personal shadow. I interviewed Marsha about her book and what it was like become so deeply involved with...
  • SEAL TEAM SIX - EXTORTION 17 "A COVER UP?" [youtube video of Tom Trento: Enemies of the State]

    05/24/2015 2:56:05 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    YouTube video of Tom Trento Iheart radio ^ | May 22, 2015 | Posted by The United West
    Streamed live on May 20, 2015 WOW, watch author Don Brown blow the lid off of the official government report about the tragic shoot down of SEAL TEAM SIX helicopter, Code Name - Extortion 17. On August 6, 2011—three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden—Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign "Extortion 17." The attack killed the Air National Guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and seventeen members of Navy SEAL Team Six—warrior brothers from the same Team that had killed Osama Bin Laden just ninety days prior....
  • Tried to quit writing

    05/15/2015 1:52:18 PM PDT · by LS · 26 replies
    Well folks, for about four years I haven't written anything, except a few movie reviews and some scripts. I had a strong calling to give up (I thought permanently) writing books. All that time, however, it kept nagging at me that the biography treatments of Ronald Reagan just were not satisfying. So, I feel "released" now to begin a new book project, perhaps my final book: a biography of our greatest 20th century president. I have already written a script that Arc Entertainment/Victory Pictures (who did the Palin movie) have agreed to produce called "The Lifeguard: Ronald Reagan and his...
  • Showing my true colors! zot

    05/14/2015 12:03:15 PM PDT · by yuffy · 131 replies
    5/14/2015 | me
    BURN LIBERTARIANS DROWN THE CONSERVATIVES ONLY THE LIBERALS AND FAPPINIST WILL SURVIVE BURN LIBERTARIANS DROWN THE CONSERVATIVES ONLY THE LIBERALS AND FAPPINIST WILL SURVIVEBURN LIBERTARIANS DROWN THE CONSERVATIVES ONLY THE LIBERALS AND FAPPINIST WILL SURVIVEBURN LIBERTARIANS DROWN THE CONSERVATIVES ONLY THE LIBERALS AND FAPPINIST WILL SURVIVE GOODBYE FOREVER FReaks and Rimjob I was actually a DAILY KOS SPY.
  • This policy has correlated with higher unemployment, more bankruptcies and greater inequality...

    05/12/2015 8:41:27 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 4 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-05-12 | Benjamin Weingarten
    "From 1947 when [the] Bretton Woods System really got operating to 1971, when the dollar was convertible into gold at a 35th of an ounce, unemployment in America averaged 4.7 percent. And then we got rid of the Bretton Woods system — we defaulted on it — we went to fiat money, and in the years from 1971 to today, unemployment has averaged significantly above 6 percent. Low unemployment: gold standard. High unemployment: fiat money. But it’s not just unemployment. The bankruptcy rate which Elizabeth Warren likes to focus on was one point something per thousand for years, and suddenly...
  • The case for conservative civil disobedience [Book Review]

    05/11/2015 5:33:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's Book Party ^ | May 11, 2015 | Carlos Lozada
    Review of "By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission" by Charles Murray.BY THE PEOPLE: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission By Charles Murray Crown Forum. 319 pages. $27. From the tea party to Occupy Wall Street to #BlackLivesMatter, America has spent much of this young century questioning its premises. And as the battles over federal spending, economic inequality and racial injustice continue, Charles Murray comes forward to identify another threat to the nation’s purpose and self-image: the rise of the regulatory state, a rapacious shadow government that has left us “at the end of the American project as the founders intended it.”...
  • Charlie Hebdo staffers: There’s “no comparison” between us and the Mohammed cartoon event in Texas

    05/05/2015 3:33:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 5, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Via Mediaite, this is a lame answer but not as lame as some commenters in Headlines are treating it, I think. They’re not backing away from the Pam Geller event because they’re afraid of being targeted by jihadis. These guys will be targeted forever, whether or not they continue to blaspheme Islam, and they know it. Jean-Baptiste Thoret, the magazine’s film critic and the man in the glasses here, told an audience a few days ago that the surviving cartoonist who drew the “Je suis Charlie” cover is now a de facto prisoner with constant armed protection even though he’s...
  • My first Series is finished (pure vanity)

    04/27/2015 6:13:11 AM PDT · by Anitius Severinus Boethius · 46 replies
    ASB | 04/27/2015 | ASB
    Just a plain and simple vanity. I have finally completed my first science fiction series. The third book of my Bright Horizons series is out and I am both incredibly relieved and a little wistful at the same time. It's been almost three years since I lost my job and decided to put out my first book to try to make ends meet. I have struggled with health issues, had to put the writing on hold to take a seasonal job as I refilled the cash tank, and had the other typical issues of life come up, but I just...
  • "Why reading IS phonics" (video)

    04/22/2015 1:48:12 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 21, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    This short graphic video explains why phonics is what matters, and almost everything else they add in the public schools is a waste of time. When possible, the Education Establishment will banish phonics on the grounds that it is irrelevant and doesn't work. But even when they admit some phonics into the schools, these malevolent ideologues will try to encumber the whole learning process to such a degree that children learn at half-speed, if they learn at all. All the phonics experts say they can teach almost all children to read in the first grade. That should be the gold...
  • Stephen King lets Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have it

    04/18/2015 9:22:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Salon ^ | April 18, 2015 | Staff
    In a brilliant tweet, the horror master perfectly sums up the state of the 2016 presidential race. Stephen King has unloaded on the Republican presidential field on Twitter — the horror master’s latest dive into savvy GOP bashing. This tweet takes on the nightmare that is the current field of right-wing senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Stephen King ✔ @StephenKing Cruz, Paul and Rubio, all running for President. Hey, I thought I was supposed to write the horror stories. 2:25 PM - 16 Apr 2015 In recent weeks, King has jumped into the debate over Indiana’s religious...
  • Many say "consumption" drives the US economy. This financial expert says that is completely wrong.

    04/16/2015 9:57:34 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 84 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-04-06 | Benjamin Weingarten
    If you listen to the news on the economy or financial markets, you have probably heard statements like “consumption drives the American economy,” or “consumption is 70% of the economy.” But in a new book out that follows in the footsteps of Henry Hazlitt’s classic “Economics in One Lesson” — though in a much more fun package — titled “Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics,” Forbes and RealClearMarkets Editor, and senior economic advisor to Toreador Research and Trading John Tamny challenges this and much other “conventional wisdom” on taxes, regulations,...
  • Jack Welch: We Talked about Brian Williams Replacing Jay Leno (Likes Ted Cruz)

    04/15/2015 8:43:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | April 15, 2015 | Brian Kilmeade
    Former CEO of GM Jack Welch and wife Suzy, authors of “The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career”, talked to Brian on Kilmeade and Friends about why they wrote the book.---snip--- (AUDIO-AT-LINK)On the 2016 GOP Presidential candidates, Jack Welch told Brian that he is taking a very interesting and deep look into Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) because he likes what he stands for, has guts, and does what he says....
  • We’re ALL Out of Africa

    04/14/2015 8:07:11 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/14/15 | Al Caruba
    Everyone is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race I think if we were honest enough to admit it, we are all bigoted in some way. Our gender or religion doesn’t really qualify us as superior to anyone else, but we tend to fall back on these identities and, consciously or not, assume they give us a reason to feel that we are not only in possession of a special truth, but that it grants us the privilege to feel better than others. When we examine the issue of race, however, the bigotry is inherent because racial groups are...
  • Why Hundreds of Thousands of Torontonians Supported their Conservative Crack-Smoking Mayor

    04/10/2015 8:33:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/10/15 | Judi Mcleod
    TEA Party Nation take heart: If Ford Nation could surmount all odds including a mainstream media ganged up against them, so can you! Columnist/ author Arthur Weinreb’s book, Ford Nation: Why hundreds of thousands of Torontonians supported their conservative crack-smoking mayor, is the one book that lets out of the bag, a secret the mainstream media never wanted out in public. People the world over know the story of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, whose admission to crack smoking on one of his drunken stupors, took him viral as the quintessential ‘digital mayor’. Though not written as a how-to book, Weinreb’s...
  • Bill Ayers Wants Palin's People to Call his People

    03/20/2015 1:14:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 20, 2015 | M. Catharine Evans
    Sarah Palin so completely traumatized Weather Undergrounder Bill Ayers in 2008, he is still talking about the former vice-presidential candidate seven years later. In a March 18 Publishers' Weekly interview at Hyde Park's Seminary Co-op bookstore, Ayers injected Mrs. Palin into the conversation. It seems he still can't forget a governor from Alaska who dared to expose his fellow traveler at a private fundraiser on October 4, 2008 in Englewood, Colorado:. VP Candidate Sarah Palin, 2008: Our opponent, though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough that he’s palling around with terrorists who would...
  • The Islamic War: Book review

    03/16/2015 12:14:55 PM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 16, 2015 | Dan Miller
    The Islamic War, Martin Archer, 2014The novel begins with a terror attack on a residential area in Israel, resulting in multiple causalities. It may, or may not, have involved members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Menachem Begin is the Israeli Prime Minister and Ariel Sharon is the Defense Minister. The story begins immediately after the (postponed?) end of the Iran - Iraq war in 1988. A massive armor, infantry, artillery and air attack on Israeli positions in the Golan follows the terrorist attack. The Israelis are outnumbered and suffer many thousands of casualties. Israel had anticipated a simultaneous attack via Jordan, so most Israeli tank, infantry and air resources are deployed there, rather than in...
  • History buffs -- a little "London" help please.

    03/05/2015 5:38:08 PM PST · by Lee'sGhost · 49 replies
    NA ^ | NA | Me
    Doing research for a novel. Can anybody tell me, what section of London would the families of merchantmen sailors have lived in during the late 17th century? All I can find on-line is "London." But I've got to believe that they lived relatively close to the docks in areas with specific names. And I suppose officers would live in a different section than that of common sailors.
  • What Whittaker Chambers Tells Us about the Age of Obama

    03/02/2015 8:59:31 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Jack Cashill
    I mourned the untimely passing of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman for the very personal reason that I hoped he would one day get to play Whittaker Chambers in a film version of Chambers’ 1952 masterwork, Witness. Short, heavy set, permanently rumpled, Hoffman would have made a near perfect Chambers to George Clooney’s Alger Hiss, the smooth, handsome, establishment golden boy. Chambers’ 800-page story of his life and their encounter remains the great political book of the twentieth century. Chambers was a deep thinker, a dazzling writer, and a reluctant participant in the most riveting political drama of the era. No...
  • "The Last Valley" Best Post-SHTF Movie Ever

    02/25/2015 5:50:51 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 119 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 25, 2015 | Matt Bracken
    "The Last Valley" stars Michael Caine and Omar Sharif, it's set in Germany in the 1640s during the Thirty Years War.I stumbled upon this forgotten masterpiece from 1971 a few days ago when I obtained some old VHS tapes from a friend. Just update the story line 400 years, change it to Christians vs Muslims, give everybody an AK-47, and this may be what the future is going to bring. The movie flopped at the box office for a number of reasons unrelated to its quality. The John Barry soundtrack alone is stunning. "The Last Valley" is now on Youtube...