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Books/Literature (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Imprisoned Mobster Writes Autobiography

    08/11/2012 5:29:36 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/11/2012 | Friends of Ours
    Gerard "the Frenchman" Ouimette, a former enforcer for the Patriarca family in Providence, RI, was sentenced to life in 1995 pursuant to the federal three-strikes-your-out law following an extortion conviction, and has used the time to write his memoirs What Price Providence? about the life as reported by W. Zachary Malinowski for the Providence Journal. The imprisoned mobster apparently has an ax to grind with law enforcement according to the book's description on Amazon: Readers will have difficulty discerning whose behavior is criminal, Gerard Ouimette's, the author, or the Government's. * * * This book tells the entire ugly truth,...
  • New York Frees Mob Hitman Kayo Konigsberg

    08/09/2012 7:21:55 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/09/2012 | Friends of Ours
    The New York Division of Parole has taken pity on mob hitman Harold "Kayo" Konigsberg, and it has released the 86-year-old killer who promptly scurried from his drab prison cell in the Empire State to a plush gated community in the Sunshine State as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News. The Genovese associate was convicted "for the 1961 contract killing of Teamsters big Anthony (Three Fingers) Castellito, on orders from union rival Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano," and further "suspected by the feds in as many as 20 other mid-20th century mob hit." Storied mob buster and retired NYPD...
  • Review-"Portrait of a Monster"-Joran Van Der Sloot, Murder in Peru, the Natalee Holloway Mystery

    08/07/2012 5:30:29 AM PDT · by Fishtalk · 9 replies
    The Pat Fish Blog ^ | 8/7/12 | Pat Fish
    This Kid Should Have Been Jailed Long Ago. What the Heck Was Aruba Thinking?
  • RINO Author Attacks the Religious Right

    08/06/2012 12:35:49 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 6, 2012 | JP
    Mike Lofgren used to be a Republican. Then he “retired” last year – so he claims – from a staff job on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee doing grunt work for GOP lawmakers. Nowadays, Lofgren gets paid to bash the party of Lincoln (and Reagan), which has been taken over by the “religious right,” he laments, in his just-published, oh-so-cleverly-titled book, “The Party is Over.” “Religious cranks ceased to be a minor political nuisance in this country in the 1970s,” writes Lofgren, “and grew into a major element of the Republican rank and file.” Today, he reckons, these “religious fundamentalists”...
  • Ayn Rand and Barack Obama

    07/30/2012 5:04:58 PM PDT · by Misterioso · 7 replies
    No more fake ^ | July 23, 2012 | Jon Rappoport
    This article will give greater meaning to Barack Obama’s outrageous declaration in Roanoke that, “If you own your business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” ( Obama’s minions in the press claim that highlighting the president’s Roanoke quote is ripping an incidental remark out of context or bungling his intended syntax. Taking together all the president’s actions since assuming the throne in the Oval Office, it’s easy to see his remark in Roanoke fits quite well with his agenda: ATTACK THE INDEPENDENT INDIVIDUAL. When people perceive their society is being infiltrated and taken over by Collectivism, how...
  • How Much are Movies Themselves to Blame for Aurora Massacre?

    07/28/2012 8:41:59 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 34 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 7/28/2012 | Moneyrunner
    If it's now coming out that the Colorado Killer, James Holmes, was obsessed with being a character in the Batman movie, shouldn't we be having a national discussion on how much Hollywood is responsible for this murderous rampage. And while we're at it, a lot of the other social ills like the sexualization of teens, out-of-wedlock births and gang violence, all depicted in living color on the silver screen? On Tuesday, Matt Drudge linked to a blistering attack on Hollywood by Charles Hurt of the Washington Times in response to the massacre at the midnight Friday showing of the new...
  • Marcia Clark: “O.J. Who?” – Former Prosecutor’s Books are Optioned to TNT for Series

    07/24/2012 4:42:34 PM PDT · by InHisService · 7 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 7-24-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    Yesterday, July 23, Clark made this annoucement on Facebook: GREAT NEWS! TNT has optioned my Rachel Knight series for a TV series as a one hour drama! I'm attached as an Executive Producer and Executive Producer/Showrunner Dee Johnson is writing the pilot and Executive Producer Nelson McCormick will direct.” In an email communication with yours truly, Marcia confirmed to me “We're in development on a one hour drama series based on the Rachel Knight series.”
  • Summer Reading List Ideas for a New College Conservative (Vanity)

    07/17/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT · by bushwon · 64 replies
    vanity~me | July 17, 2012 | Bushwon
    Interested in some ideas for a very basic basic primer to provide some foundation for a new college conservative going on a road trip...nothing too involved--just an easy-to-read basic first book that will provide basic information on politics, culture, economy from a conservative (or limited government libertarian) viewpoint.
  • Paul Kengor's book, "The Communist" in bookstores today.

    07/17/2012 11:02:59 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 4 replies
    Paul Kengor's book, "The Communist" about Obama's mentor Frank Marshall Davis is out in bookstores today. The book is published by Glenn Beck's emporium. There have been other FR articles about Kengor's book, but none of them have this link to his 3 minute video about the book. It's worth a quick look. Obama's speeches are parrot repetitions of Davis's communist orations. Davis thought that monopolies like GM needed to be controlled by the government. He hated big business and the "tentacled" rich men who ran them. He felt all Americans had the right to a "decent home." He wanted...
  • Liberal Clichés 101: Abstract Democracy and Unity

    07/12/2012 1:07:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/10/2012 | Bruce Walker
    Jonah Goldberg’s “Tyranny of Clichés: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas” provides a quick, enjoyable, highly readable analysis of the memes employed by progressive argumentation. Repeated often enough, these clichés seemingly have a ring of what faux conservative comic Stephen Colbert would call “truthiness.” Therefore, a field guide such as Goldberg’s is in order to better enable those who would identify and refute such liberal claims that either stall or prevent completely honest and open public policy discourse. Liberals or progressives or what-have-you aren’t the only portion of the political spectrum subjected to Goldberg’s opprobrium. Conservatives also take...
  • “Longmire” stars Robert Taylor on A&E – Big Sky country setting for modern western Longmire

    07/11/2012 9:48:38 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    Entertainment Today ^ | 7/8/12 | FRANK BARRON
    Of the dozen or so major productions Taylor has on his credits, Longmire is closest to his heart because he says he grew up watching American cowboy movies. “I’m from a rural part of Australia originally that’s not that far away from the spirit of the American cowboy.” “People from big, open spaces might have a different accent, but they have similar attitudes about they way they treat each other, the way they live their lives. Our similarities are far more striking than the differences.” And now Taylor feels like he’s sprung from the soil of Wyoming, although the series...
  • NYPD Corruption: Same As It Ever Was?

    07/07/2012 8:57:57 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 7 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 07/07/12 | Friends of Ours
    In 1970 the Knapp Commission investigated wide-spread corruption in the New York Police Department, and Michael Armstrong takes a look back at its work in his new book They Wished They Were Honest as reported by Sam Roberts for The New York Times: "Mr. Armstrong, a criminal lawyer, was counsel to the Knapp Commission and is now the chairman of the city’s Commission to Combat Police Corruption. At the time of the Knapp Commission, he recalls, Sydney C. Cooper, a police commander, was quoted as saying that the police brass 'used to sit around discussing corruption with all the enthusiasm...
  • PBS: Re-Educating America’s Schoolchildren

    07/05/2012 9:44:41 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | June 28, 2012 | Mary Grabar and Tina Trent
    When most people think of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s education programs, they remember the gentle Mr. Rogers welcoming children to his home, or documentaries offering exciting encounters with whales and other exotic creatures. These shows still exist. But CPB today produces lessons that glorify the Black Panthers and riots and protests of the 1960s, present rocker Patti Smith as a “patriot” for singing songs that condemn President George W. Bush, vilify Wal-Mart, and sanctify environmentalist Rachel Carson. Although their educational materials claim to be objective, the truth is that their unrelenting ideological slant that promotes the politics of protest...
  • Watergate Book: Richard Nixon Took Mafia Bribes In Plots To Assassinate Fidel Castro

    06/28/2012 6:20:20 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/28/12 | Friends of Ours
    Historian Lamar Waldron is out with his new book Watergate: The Hidden History which exposes Nixon's role as the liaison between the CIA and the Mafia in their failed plots to assassinate Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro, and it was files on this subject which the Watergate burglars were seeking as reported by Thom Hartmann for the Huffington Post: As one of the Watergate burglars admitted, and Senate Watergate Committee investigators indicated in their secret questioning of Mafia don Johnny Rosselli, Nixon was worried about a Cuban Dossier of CIA attempts to kill Fidel Castro. Those attempts began in earnest in...
  • Shameless Self Promotion, Vanity

    06/24/2012 1:24:18 PM PDT · by DC Bound · 13 replies
    Cold Quiet Country ^ | 11/13/2012 | Clayton Lindemuth
    A novel about justice. Set in small town Wyoming in 1971 and unfolding in a single day, Cold Quiet Country explores corruption, morality, and revenge. Published by MP Publishing from the Isle of Man. Edited by Guy Intoci. Please be warned, the novel's main theme is delivering justice to sexual predators, and the beginning is quite coarse. My hope is that by dealing with the subject matter honestly, I can increase awareness and encourage victims to speak out. If the introductory chapter piques your interest, please consider helping me expand my reach by recommending the page to others. I appreciate...
  • Rest in Peace, Mr. Hilmar von Campe

    06/21/2012 3:49:24 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 7 replies
    American Clarion ^ | June 21, 2012 | Gina Miller
    On Tuesday I got an e-mail from Kay Day, who is a Tea Party organizer in the Mobile, Alabama area, informing me that Mr. Hilmar von Campe had passed away on Monday night, June 18th, after suffering a massive heart attack on June 10th. Mr. von Campe, an 87-year-old native of Germany, naturalized American citizen and resident of Fairhope, Alabama, was a national American treasure who had a burden to warn this country of the danger we are in of repeating history—of walking the same path to totalitarianism that Germany walked. As he wrote in the foreword of his excellent,...
  • Book Review: "In My Time" by Dick Cheney. Who Knew Cheney Was So Liberal?

    06/21/2012 7:12:43 AM PDT · by Fishtalk · 28 replies
    Pat Fish's Blog ^ | 6/21/12 | Pat Fish
    The things about this book that astounded me: -the incident he DIDN't mention. -who he named as the dimmest bulb of all -the kindness with which he treated total boobs -what a really, really fine man he is
  • ---George Washington’s Military Genius------

    06/14/2012 7:10:43 PM PDT · by djone · 17 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/12/12 | Gen. David Palmer
    "In George Washington’s Military Genius, Gen. Palmer claims that Washington was a masterful strategist who brilliantly adapted to the changing circumstances of the war. The truth is that George Washington sent three very able British generals back to England, one of which, Gen. Charles Cornwallis, who went on to achieve great success commanding British armies in India. Washington’s strategy evolved throughout the war according to Gen. Palmer, and Washington’s strategy had four distinct phases. "
  • First Novel Published! (Complete and total vanity of joy)

    06/13/2012 2:45:49 PM PDT · by Anitius Severinus Boethius · 55 replies
    ASB | 06/13/2012 | ASB
    I apologize for the waste of bandwidth on this total vanity. I am writing under the pen name "Wilson Harp" and have just uploaded my first novel "Bright Horizons". It should go live sometime overnight on Amazon's Kindle store. I am just so relieved and excited to have made the final edit and be done with it. Now back to the business of this site, let's get Barack Obama out of the White House.
  • The Patriot Movement’s New Bestseller Tests Their Anti-Racism

    06/09/2012 7:07:21 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 108 replies
    The Daily Beest ^ | June 8th, 2012 | J.M. Burger
    Years after the racism of The Turner Diaries inspired Timothy McVeigh, the Patriot Movement has embraced a new bestselling series. J.M. Berger reads closely to see what they say about race and government in America. An American Nazi Party volunteer recently produced a three-minute online video promoting the group’s platform. It spotlighted issues like the national debt, gas prices, domestic oil drilling, and America’s wars. Almost as an aside, it mentions affirmative action. And despite some provocative imagery, the video never mentions the words Jew or black, or any related ethnic slurs. A white nationalist blogger praised the video for...
  • My Mother, Castigo Cay, and Matt Bracken (Travis McGee)

    06/08/2012 3:31:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 40 replies
    Vanity | 8 June, 2012 | marktwain
    A woman lay on the bed in a small house in the north woods. An old woman, her sight was gone, she could no longer walk, she could not hear well, her world had shrunk to this small house and a few of her children and friends. She was 97 years old. She hurt, her bones ached, she was tired and yet, her mind was clear. For a time, she lived in the Caribbean, rode fast boats, knew heroes, defeat, and victory. This woman is my mother, and she knew some of the joy of life again as I read...
  • Ray Bradbury, R.I.P.

    06/08/2012 3:31:23 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    Look for our editorial on Sunday, but until then, a few words about the passing of Ray Bradbury. Mr. Bradbury, who died at 91, was a champion of freedom. Through his fanciful lens, he had more to say about conventional reality than most conventional writers can muster. His imaginative tales revealed a world of new ideas, unbound by conventional limitations. It seems only appropriate that he didn’t drive or own an automobile. He operated in a different sphere, so to speak...
  • A Biblical Perspective and Book Review of Michael Savage’s Trickle Down Tyranny

    06/07/2012 8:01:36 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 13 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/7/12 | -
    My dear friends I just finished Michael Savage’s new book “Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America” and you will NOT be disappointed with this read. First of all let me state that I love Dr. Savage’s energy and passion for speaking out against the secular progressive Marxist movement of our day. No one is more blunt and honest in his evaluation of our nation and our day. Michael is a great light for freedom and a voice of reason in a day when our nation is in its very death throes. Dr. Savage’s insight,...
  • Help Me Write a Book, Will ya!

    06/05/2012 8:46:29 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 22 replies
    Revolting cat! | 06/05/2012 | Revolting cat!
    Will ya? For the past six months or so I have been meeting each week with a young Chinese economics scholar from mainland China, discussing life in the United States, and helping him with his English which is excellent as far as vocabulary and grammar, but rather dismal in the pronunciation department. This is my volunteer work contribution to the betterment of mankind, as I tend to avoid those typical volunteering activities such as "teaching children of prisoners to read", preferring instead, as has been my habit in other areas, to try to subvert the dominant paradigm. (Today, seeing a...
  • The Genocide of the Ottoman Greeks: The First Academic Publication on the Greek Genocide

    05/26/2012 2:15:18 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 17 replies
    Modern Tokyo Times ^ | May 6, 2012 | Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker
    Book Review of The Genocide of the Ottoman GreeksStudies on the State Sponsored Campaign of Extermination of the Christians of Asia Minor (1912-1922) and Its Aftermath: History, Law, Memory Edited by Tessa Hofmann, Matthias Bjørnlund and Vasileios Meichanetsidis ORDERS: Caratzas web site: BOOK REVIEW by Modern Tokyo TimesThe Genocide of the Ottoman Greeks ( is a book which digs deep into the deplorable actions of the dying embers of the Ottoman Empire and the foundation of the Turkish Republic which systematically annihilated various Christian communities. These various Christian communities were the indigenous people and suffered such brutality because of...
  • 50 Free self-reliant and preparedness books for your Kindle reader

    05/24/2012 4:17:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    Self Reliant Info Blogspot ^ | 5/24/12 | Atticus F
    Many of the free books are simply old books from the early 1900s that are in the public domain, but there a number of newer ones too. Of course, some of the older books are useful just because they often describe how to do things without complex machinery or modern processes, which is very helpful for the self-reliant do-it-yourselfer. Below is a list of 50 Kindle books that are related to self-reliance and/or preparedness, which are free to download (at least as of the time of this writing). By the way... don't have a Kindle e-reader? No worries. Don't forget...
  • First Republic Dead. Second Republic to Rise?

    05/24/2012 3:07:46 PM PDT · by OneLoyalAmerican · 16 replies ^ | May 24, AD 2012 11:19 AM MST | Ann Barnhardt
    Warren Pollock twisted my arm and I got myself hooked up with a Skype setup. Scary. Here is our first Skype interview/conversation. Warren wanted to go through the Constitution and show people how it is no longer a functioning document. We only got through the Preamble and the Bill of Rights. We didn't even get to the Articles and the subsequent Amendments. Maybe we can do a follow-up video and talk about the fact that Congress hasn't had a budget in over 1100 days in violation of Article 1, Section 8, and has essentially turned the U.S. Treasury over to...
  • The Last Days of the Media

    05/24/2012 4:17:28 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 5-23-2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The magazine business isn't what it used to be. In the last ten years, Newsweek lost 2.5 million readers, and its newsstand sales are hardly worth mentioning. A full-page ad in it costs less than the price of a luxury car. Sold for a buck to the husband of an influential Congresswoman, merged with an internet site, it survives only by building issues around provocative essays and covers. If you want to understand why Newsweek put a badly photoshopped picture of Obama with a gay halo on its cover or features Romney doing a number from The Book of Mormon,...
  • Kenyan Birth Claim “Just a Marketing Gimmick”

    05/20/2012 10:46:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 48 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 May 2012 | John Semmens
    The revelation that a promotional brochure produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s literary agency touting his “Kenyan birth” was called “just a marketing gimmick” by Press Secretary Jay Carney. “The president was trying to persuade a publisher to give him a book deal,” Carney explained. “Naturally, he wanted to make the sale, so the fact that he embellished his resume shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone. Come on, making yourself look bigger and better than you really are is standard procedure if you hope to survive in our competitive culture. I mean, is there anyone who hasn’t lied...
  • Crazy Birther Claims About Obama-Kenya Tie Get Booklet Support

    05/18/2012 3:34:16 PM PDT · by Marketfly1 · 16 replies ^ | May 18, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    The so-called fringe group, the “birthers” have now been vindicated. It seems it is not so crazy that so many Americans believe that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii. Yesterday, it was revealed by that the former literary agent for Barack Obama listed his birthplace as Kenya as far back as 1991. The notation was discovered in an informational booklet that promoted the authors associated with Acton and Dystel, an agency representing authors.
  • The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service (new book)

    05/15/2012 12:36:09 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 2 replies ^ | 5/14/12 | Henry Crumpton
    BOOK DESCRIPTION: "A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert tells the spellbinding story of his high-risk, action-packed career while illustrating the growing importance of America's intelligence officers and their secret missions "For a crucial period, Henry Crumpton led the CIA's global covert operations against America's terrorist enemies, including al Qaeda. In the days after 9/11, the CIA tasked Crumpton to organize and lead the Afghanistan campaign. With Crumpton's strategic initiative and bold leadership, from the battlefield to the Oval Office, U.S. and Afghan allies routed al Qaeda and the Taliban in less than ninety days after the Twin Towers...
  • Obama’s Aunt Complains of Abuse in Autobiography

    05/12/2012 1:22:41 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 36 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 May 2012 | John Semmens
    President Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango has recently published a memoir of her time in America. The book is titled Tears of Abuse. It alleges that her time in this country has been nothing but torment. Residing in the United States illegally from 2002 until she was granted asylum by the Obama Administration in 2010, Zeituni’s book complains of the “shabby accommodations” and “meager sustenance” she was forced to suffer through while on public assistance during that period. “I had to live in public housing amidst an agglomeration of the common riffraff,” Zeituni wrote. “There was no one to prepare my...
  • Help - Need a list of Obama Lies

    05/07/2012 10:18:03 PM PDT · by AGreatPer · 32 replies
    One of the problems I have when encountering the opposition is I can't seem to come up with the list of lies Obama has made during his years before and in office. It would be helpful if we all had a list.
  • Holding Pelosi’s Feet to the Water

    04/30/2012 4:34:41 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-30-12 | Wordsmith
    "They mislead us all the time," -Nancy Pelosi, 2009 Remember that? Covered here, here, here, and here (I'm sure I missed another dozen posts). The next week in anticipation of her weekly news conference, she avoids the topic and the press lets her off the hook. The press should have hung on to the story like a tenacious pit-bull until she either resigned or the truth outed. Instead, there she still sits...affecting our nation. Today, Marc Thiessen, in wake of the release of Jose Rodriguez's new book, Hard Measures, holds her feet to the water once again: In his new...
  • Obama Autobiography Revealed to Be Mostly Fictitious

    05/05/2012 1:27:13 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 May 2012 | John Semmens
    President Obama's putative autobiography—Dreams from My Father—is apparently mostly “made up stuff.” Nonexistent characters and imaginary events comprise the bulk of the content. The only verified content seems to be that the President was alive during the years depicted and that he must, therefore, have had a father—even though precisely who that might have been hasn't been confirmed. Press Secretary Jay Carney rebuffed criticism that the President's book is a work of fiction. “Look, the title says it all,” Carney defensively asserted. “It's pretty tame compared to my dreams. It has no space aliens, no naked clowns, and no spankings....
  • Video Response to Dan Savage, Along with a Challenge

    05/04/2012 8:36:03 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    Alpha & Omega Ministries ^ | 5-2-12 | Dr. James R. White
  • Online Guide to the Constitution

    05/01/2012 11:35:56 AM PDT · by thurmant · 6 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 4/13/12 | The Heritage Foundation
    An in-depth analysis of every clause of every section from the Preamble to the 27th Amendment.
  • Andrew Breitbart: Excuse me while I try to save the world.

    04/29/2012 7:07:23 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 31 replies
    amazon ^ | april 29 2012 | myself
    I kist finished Breitbarts book. 1. I miss him like a family member. 2. He was our supreme general and master strategist. 3. We must continue his work. Long live and love AB!!!!
  • Shari’a’s War On Women

    04/27/2012 7:45:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 27, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Share/Save There is a war on women but it is not being perpetrated by the Catholic Church. Rather, the religious aggression comes from an aspect of radical Islam that textbooks treat with respect, if they address it at all. “The guidance of the Qur’an and Sunna was assembled in a body of law known as shari’a (shah-REE-ah),” the McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin, World History – Patterns of Interaction informs students. “This system of law regulates the family life, moral conduct, and business and community life of Muslims.” “The textbook is correct in stating that Shari’a law is derived from the Qur’an...
  • 1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed

    04/27/2012 7:24:15 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 24, 2012 | HOPE YEN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge. Young adults with bachelor's degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example — and that's confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans. An analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press lays bare the highly...
  • Seeking opinions about Lee Child's Reacher novels

    04/23/2012 6:01:48 PM PDT · by hampdenkid · 51 replies
    Have any of my fellow Freepers read Lee Child's Reacher novels, and if so, did you feel like he had a political agenda? The first two I read seemed to have a definite bias against mid-America, but I thought maybe it was coincidental. The one I'm reading now -- "Echo Burning" -- goes out of its way to slam white people, Protestants, and Texans. If Child is a liberal bigot, I want ditch his novels. Anyone here have a feel for the guy?

    04/22/2012 10:55:06 AM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 7 replies
    WND ^ | April 19, 2012 | Kevin DeAnna
    School children, businesses, clergy, politicians and even the United States military soon will honor the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union. Of course, they will call it "Earth Day."
  • Windy City Watchdog Robert Wiedrich Dies

    04/21/2012 3:59:47 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/21/12 | Friends of Ours
    Robert Wiedrich, "one of the original watchdog reporters who went after Chicago's corrupt politicians and mobsters," died at the age of 85 last Saturday as reported by Erin Meyer for the Chicago Tribune. Wiedrich was born to investigate wise guys and dirty cops. The veteran reporter from The Chicago Tribune recently published his memoir Windy City Watchdog, and his nose for news was evident even as a boy growing up during the depression on the Near North Side when Al Capone still ruled the town. He recounts as a kid watching a steady parade of men using a back staircase...
  • The Other Obama Columbia Summit Debacle (w/ Argentina)

    04/18/2012 6:21:27 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies ^ | April 18, 2012 | netwmd Staff
    Does U.S. President Obama have a foreign policy or should we call it a "dangerous farcical policy." Is he even control of the White House? By now, most people have heard the story of how, "11 Secret Service agents" and "as many as 10 U.S. military personnel," hired prostitutes, drank alcohol, and possibly used illicit drugs -- all in "security preparation" for the president to attend the Summit of the Americas in Columbia. Besides the security debacle, Obama's diplomatic effort, "wasn't exactly smooth sailing." But there's a subtle clincher to Obama's ridiculous Columbia trip which belies his true incompetency, a...
  • The Occupy Handbook, coming next week (Written by the 1%)

    04/14/2012 4:04:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    AMERICAblog ^ | April 13, 2012 | Gaius Publius
    Via Paul Krugman, we learn about what promises to be an excellent new book of essays, background, and analysis — The Occupy Handbook.The work has 66 contributors include, including these luminaries: Paul Krugman Robin Wells Michael Lewis Robert Reich David Graeber Nouriel Roubini Matt Taibbi David Cay Johnston Martin Wolf Robert Shiller Peter Diamond Emmanuel Saez Amy Goodman Barbara Ehrenreich Plus a great many others. From the editorial description: The Occupy Handbook is a source for understanding why 1% of the people in America take almost a quarter of the nation's income and the long-term effects of a protest movement...
  • "Journalist" attempst to compare my books to the Turner Diaries

    04/13/2012 3:36:38 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 211 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | April 13, 2012 | Matt Bracken
    On Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM, J.M. Berger wrote: Dear Mr. Bracken, My name is J.M. Berger. I’m a journalist working on a story about the EFAD trilogy for the Daily Beast. I was wondering if you’d have a few minutes to discuss the book between Thursday and Sunday via phone or email. (My deadline is Monday and I am out of the office most of today.) I can be reached at this address or at 202-656-XXXX any time starting tomorrow morning. Best, J.M. — On Thu, 4/12/12, Matt Bracken wrote: From: Matt Bracken Subject: Re: Media query,...
  • Why Tom Clancy doesn't write literature

    04/10/2012 2:14:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Flaming Right ^ | April 10, 2012 | Paul Murphy
    Willa Cather wrote an American literary masterpeice - so did Fitzgerald, Bellow, and Mailer - but Clancy's Red Storm Rising is just commercial junk. Take a university English course offered under a summary like "The American Novel" or "A Survey of American Literature" and you find that before the 1930s the great American novel was written by people like Mark Twain, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Henry James - but literary greatness after that period devolved to people like Philip Roth, John Barth, and Paul Auster. So why is the Life of Pi great literature and Cardinal of the Kremlin just paplum?...
  • The Story of an American Love Affair

    04/09/2012 11:04:54 AM PDT · by LAConservatif · 6 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-9-12 | Jason Mattera
    While you probably haven’t heard of Noelle Nguyen, her latest project is quickly gaining steam, because it combines her powerful personal testimony with an e-commerce concept to boost American manufacturing at a time when local businesses are struggling to stay afloat amidst global competition… You see, as a child, Noelle and her family fled Saigon after the Viet Cong overran the city. To make matters worse, the boat that served as their escape vessel was raided by pirates. Noelle’s mother had swallowed her wedding ring to ensure that the jewelry wasn’t confiscated, and good thing she did – mom was...
  • CARTOON: The Fair-Share Hare

    04/05/2012 5:08:45 AM PDT · by daletoons · 4 replies
    Out of Order Blog ^ | 4-5-12 | Dale
    Easter day is dawning,in little Algaetown. The children there are smiling,'cause it's frowned upon to frown. Colored eggs and candy, piled high into a heap. The children there are hungry, to discover what they'll keep. Then the Fair-Share Hare arrives, late for goodness sake. The children there are helpless, to surrender what he'll take.
  • How to save a thousand lives (best EFAD review, ever.)

    04/02/2012 5:14:51 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 58 replies
    JEWS FOR THE PRESERVATION ^ | April 2, 2012 | Travis McGee
    Would you like to perhaps save a thousand innocent lives? Maybe more? I want you to read one book, and then, more importantly, make sure you circulate that book aggressively amongst your “birds of a feather” friends, family and neighbors. The book is Matt Bracken’s novel “Enemies Foreign and Domestic”. No, this isn’t some advertising gimmick. JPFO, because of this article, will not be selling Bracken’s book. (But we’ll link you to his website. HERE) What each of you out there has within reach is a means by which you can pull the rug out from one of the few...