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  • Sportsman Channel Renews ‘Amazing America with Sarah Palin’

    09/19/2014 5:05:19 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | September 19 2014
    Sportsman Channel has renewed its original series Amazing America with Sarah Palin for a second season. Produced by Pilgrim Studios for Sportsman Channel, the popular show will return to air in early 2015. Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2014/09/sportsman-channel-renews-amazing-america-with-sarah-palin/#ixzz3DlL3ucIv Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Follow us: @Ammoland on Twitter | Ammoland on Facebook
  • NY Times Book Review Banishes David Limbaugh From Rightful Place on Best-Seller List

    09/18/2014 12:20:04 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 9-18-2014 | NB Staff
    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner has been dogging the compilers of the formerly prestigious New York Times best-seller list for trying to deny best-seller status to conservative authors. First it was Dinesh D’Souza’s book America. Now it's David Limbaugh's latest book Jesus on Trial. He reports the Times crew has "banished conservative legal author David Limbaugh's latest, Jesus on Trial, from its upcoming best seller list despite having sales better than 17 other books on the list." According to publishing sources, Limbaugh's probe into the accuracy of the Bible sold 9,660 in its first week out, according to Nielsen...
  • 10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

    09/16/2014 8:05:57 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 14 replies
    io9 ^ | 9/16/14 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. 10. The Enemy of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend [snip] 9. The Top Guy Isn't Always the Problem [snip] 8. Sometimes Making Concessions Leads To Rebellion [snip] 7. Two Downtrodden Groups Will Usually Be Fighting Each Other [snip] 6. Never Neglect the Practicalities [snip] 5. New Regimes Come With Crazy Ideology [snip]...
  • Book Review: 'Robert the Bruce' by Michael Penman

    09/16/2014 2:10:48 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    wsj.com ^ | Sept. 12, 2014 | Barton Swaim
    It is one of the tragedies of recent cultural history that, thanks to Mel Gibson's preposterous movie "Braveheart," the world knows more about William Wallace's short-lived Scottish rebellion of 1296-97 than about Robert the Bruce. For it was Bruce who, after 18 years of plotting and war making, finally threw off the yoke of the English king and consolidated a sense of Scottish identity. "Never will we on any conditions be subjected to the lordship of the English," said the Declaration of Arbroath, a diplomatic letter commissioned by Bruce in 1320. "It is in truth not for glory, nor riches,...
  • A Book for the People of Ferguson -- And Oppressed People Everywhere (Book review & article)

    09/15/2014 2:59:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | September 14, 2014 | Peter Dreier
    Fred Ross's change-making Axioms for Organizers is updated for the Internet age, and for a new generation battling discrimination and police brutality.Most residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have probably never heard of Fred Ross, Sr., but they could use his help now. Ferguson's population is two-thirds African American, but the mayor, almost all members of the city council and school board, and 95 percent of the police department is white, and in last year's municipal election only 7 percent of blacks came to the polls. Ross—perhaps the most influential (but little-known) community organizer in American history—had a successful career mobilizing people...
  • The Sci-Fi Book Classics You Need to Read Before You Die

    09/12/2014 5:32:37 PM PDT · by Fzob · 199 replies
    Popsugar ^ | 09/06/2014 | NICOLE NGUYEN
    Happy National Read a Book Day! Celebrate with these essential sci-fi classics. Space, dystopian futures, robots, technology, aliens . . . what is there not to love about science fiction, a genre that stretches the imagination and offers a glimpse into what lies in a galaxy and time far, far away? Now that you've indulged on the most compelling, classic epic fantasy series, it's time to switch gears. Onward, futurists! We recruited our own POPSUGAR editors to help compile the ultimate list of geeky reads. And this week, we're showcasing the best sci-fi narratives, with all the traditional elements of...
  • James Bond Villain Richard Kiel Dies at 74

    09/11/2014 12:48:09 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 52 replies
    hollywoodreporter ^ | 09/10/2014 | Mike Barnes
    He played Jaws, the towering bad guy with the steel teeth, in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker' Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor who played Jaws, the James Bond villain with the teeth of steel, died Wednesday. He was 74. Kiel broke his leg last week and died in St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., according to several media reports. Kiel's signature character appeared in the Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).
  • Textbooks or Tablets? Some students say they learn better w/ physical text books.

    09/11/2014 12:49:14 AM PDT · by lee martell · 38 replies
    Sept. 11, 2014 | lee martell
    The matter remains unsettled, and probably will for quite a while. Many schools have gone with the flow of offering students a tablet or laptop computer that will contain all their most essential lessons. Many schools consider it a given, that within five to ten years, there will be no physical books at all. Every piece of study matter will be found on a computer owned or rented by the student. But wait, there is subtle pushback. Not so fast, say many of the students themselves. Most students, from elementary through grad school, have grown up surrounded with digital inventions,...
  • Leo Tolstoy: an epic Google doodle for novelist of 'astonishing scope and vigour'

    09/09/2014 6:58:32 AM PDT · by Borges · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9/9/2014 | Alison Flood
    ...Anna Karenina, is brought to life by Google with an image of Anna and Vronsky as they first meet ...His epic novel, War and Peace, is illustrated with Pierre Bezukhov, looking up at the great comet of 1812:
  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 6:29:29 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 179 replies
    OneHourSelfPub.com ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | Dave Bricker
    Discus­sions of English Language pet peeves pro­vide an enter­tain­ing forum for the expres­sion of ire. In fact, if a “pet” is some­thing we cher­ish, and a “peeve” is some­thing that annoys us, “pet peeves” are what we love to hate. Here’s a col­lec­tion of com­mon English solecisms—guaranteed not to lit­er­ally blow your mind:
  • How the growing generation gap is changing the face of fandom

    09/07/2014 3:36:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | August 25, 2014 | Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
    Earlier this month, two fan conventions came to London: Nine Worlds and the World Science Fiction Convention, commonly know as Worldcon. Worldcon is in its 72nd year, a huge old dinosaur (or perhaps an aging dragon) of science-fiction fandom. This year more than 10,000 people paid for memberships, which included entrance to the annual Hugo Awards. The official guests of honor were revered science-fiction and fantasy authors, editors, and illustrators, all of whom were in their 60s and 70s. Nine Worlds was smaller, younger, and catered to a more varied crowd including comics, TV, and fanfic followers. But since both...
  • Typos Spotted in San Francisco Rainbow Honor Walk Tribute to LGBT Heroes

    09/03/2014 1:06:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    Too bad there's no such thing as White Out for sidewalks. Turns out, after the organizers of the Rainbow Honor Walk unveiled 20 "heroines and heroes" of the LGBT communities in San Francisco's Castro District on Tuesday, several eagle-eyed copy editor types spotted two glaring typos cemented in the sidewalk. Playwright Oscar Wilde’s plate, for example, says the writer was “known for his bitting wit.” And Christine Jorgensen, the first widely known person to have sex reassignment surgery, is called the “first trangendered American” rather than “transgendered.” The CastroBubble blog was the first online site to point out the mistakes,...
  • Deep Frieze Meaning: What is the Parthenon telling us?

    09/02/2014 11:54:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/8/2014 | A. E. STALLINGS
    The Parthenon represents, for many, a golden age in human achievement: the 5th-century b.c. Greek flowering of democracy, sciences, and the arts. But what if its chief ornament, the Parthenon frieze, turned out to be not an embodiment of reason and proportion—of stillness at the heart of motion, quiet piety, and enlightened civic responsibility—but (or, rather, also) something darker, more primitive: a representation of the critical moment in an ancient story of a king at war, a human sacrifice, and a goddess’s demand for virgin blood? That’s the argument at the heart of The Parthenon Engima. The plot involves not...
  • Kirsten Gillibrand Gives Self-Help Book to Staffers

    09/01/2014 6:59:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 30, 2014 | Mara Siegler
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is a fan of positive-thinking self-help book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne.
  • ‘The Giver’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: How the Movie Adaptations Stack Up to the Books

    08/31/2014 4:44:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 30 | Mariana Marcaletti
    ‘The Giver’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: How the movie adaptations stack up to the books that inspired themDuring a panel moderated by The Washington Post’s film critic Anne Hornaday — Great Books to Great Movies on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. during the National Book Festival — authors E.L. Doctorow, Alice McDermott, Paul Auster and Lisa See, whose books were made into movies, will discuss and present in a multimedia exhibit clips from films based on their writing. But what happens when really good books fail to live up to people’s expectations in really bad movie adaptations? Or, the...
  • Will Self Attacks 'Literary Mediocrity' George Orwell

    08/31/2014 4:33:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2014
    Prize-winning novelist Will Self has launched a stinging attack on George OrwellThe novelist Will Self has denounced George Orwell as the "Supreme Mediocrity" of postwar literary Britain, in a piece written for the BBC Radio 4 programme A Point of View which aired on August 29. The thrust of Self's argument is that Orwell's famous 1946 essay, 'Politics and the English Language', in which he argues for simplicity and clarity in written English, is fundamentally flawed. In the essay, Orwell encourages the use of short words and everyday English, and the avoidance of cliché. But, according to Self, who is...
  • The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression

    08/31/2014 12:54:32 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    amazon ^ | Amity Shlaes
    An illustrated edition of Amity Shlaes’s #1 New York Times bestseller, featuring vivid black-and-white illustrations that capture this dark period in American history and the men and women, from all walks of life, whose character and ideas helped them persevere. This imaginative illustrated edition brings to life one of the most devastating periods in our nation’s history—the Great Depression—through the lives of American people, from politicians and workers to businessmen, farmers, and ordinary citizens. Smart and stylish, black-and-white art from acclaimed illustrator Paul Rivoche provides an utterly original vision of the coexistence of despair and hope that characterized Depression-era America....
  • 34 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About "The Lord Of The Rings" Trilogy

    08/31/2014 6:48:45 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    1. Nicolas Cage passed up the role of Aragorn because of “family obligations.” 2. Daniel Day-Lewis also turned down the role multiple times. 3. The same fight choreographer and fencer who worked on Lord of the Rings also worked on The Parent Trap and Star Wars. 4. And he said that Viggo Mortensen was “the best swordsman [he] ever trained.”
  • Who owns the Blues, today ?

    08/29/2014 8:45:47 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 59 replies
    me ^ | today | me
    I think there was a time in which the left owned the blues but things have come full circle to a point in which we own the blues. The Blues will never go away and conservatives need to push this into our culture. IMHO The "Blues" cuts to the core of virtually everything that matters. I will put forth my modern and somewhat obscure samples, as I hope to see yours.
  • Sheridan Le Fanu's gothic spirit lives on

    08/29/2014 8:48:47 AM PDT · by Borges · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/28/2014
    The latest Google doodle – a wispy, fanged blonde girl-head floating over a sleeping dark-haired woman – commemorates the 200th birthday of the Irish novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-73). The image honours his most famous story, Carmilla, first published in 1871 in a magazine called The Dark Blue, then incorporated a year later into the important collection In a Glass Darkly. The novella is notable for tackling a vampire theme decades before Le Fanu's countryman Bram Stoker wrote Dracula (which contains several deliberate echoes of Carmilla) and presenting an eroticised view of predatory female friendship which earns it a...
  • Katie Couric accused Diane Sawyer of trading sex for interviews, new book claims

    08/29/2014 5:02:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8-29-14 | Don Kaplan , Corky Siemaszko
    Sheila Weller’s forthcoming tell-all ‘The News Sorority’ claims to offer up details on the scandalous and sometimes catty escapades of noteworthy newswomen, including how some apparently hold strong disdain for each other. Katie Couric cultivated an “American Girl identity” but she was also a bully with a “chip on her shoulder.” Diane Sawyer strived to be “America’s Aunt” but she rode her staff hard and used “staged humility” to disarm critics. Christiane Amanpour was fearless in the field and would remind her bosses, “Do you know that I’m the world’s best-known foreign correspondent?” And, when feeling threatened, these pioneering, primetime...
  • Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic's Earliest People

    08/28/2014 4:40:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 8-28-14 | Heather Pringle
    The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for millennia before vanishing around 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today's Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region's first settlers. Inuit hunters in the Canadian Arctic have long told stories about a mysterious ancient people known as the Tunit, who once inhabited the far north. Tunit men, they recalled, possessed powerful magic and were strong enough to crush the neck of a walrus and singlehandedly haul the massive...
  • Vanity - November Man series re-released as Ebooks.

    08/26/2014 3:52:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Since the adulterated version of the "There are No Spies" by Bill Granger is being released Thursday as movie with Pierce Brosnan and the very attractive Olga Kurylenko , the republishing of the November Man series in paperback has become available through eBooks on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I have started to read "There are No Spies". It is a combination of Ian Fleming and Donald Hamilton. It is closer to tone and tenor to Donald Hamilton. The movie is getting beaten up pretty badly. It is a shamed because I really thought Brosnan did a decent job as...
  • ACTION COMICS #1 Sells Super Well, Breaks Single-Issue Record

    08/25/2014 1:55:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    Nerdist ^ | August 25, 2014
    One of the most important comics of all time became the highest-selling of all time this week: Action Comics #1 sold for $3.2 million dollars on eBay, nailing the record for the most expensive comic sold of all time. The sale beats the previous record holder, a 2011 auction for Action Comics #1 which went for $2,161,000, according to Business Wire. The comic – which looks good at 76 years old – is graded at a 9.0 with white pages. The issue is the first appearance of Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster creation Superman back in 1938. It also helped...
  • VICTORIA (a pretty good read IMHO. Free to read at the site)

    08/24/2014 5:36:06 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    TraditionalRight.com ^ | 2014 | “Thomas Hobbes"
    Was the dissolution of the United States inevitable? Probably, once all the “diversity” and “multiculturalism” crap got started. Right up to the end the coins carried the motto, E Pluribus Unum, just as the last dreadnought of the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Navy was the Viribus Unitis. But the reality for both was Ex Uno, Plura. It’s odd how clearly the American century is marked: 1865 to 1965. As the 20th century historian Shelby Foote noted, the first Civil War made us one nation. In 1860, we wrote, “the United States are.” By the end of the war, the verb...
  • ISLAM's TRUE EVIL : 2014 Christmas Gift List Suggestions for Your Family, Children and Friends

    08/24/2014 2:16:40 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 9 replies
    Patton@Bastogne | 2014-08-24 | Patton@Bastogne
    . 2014-08-24 2014 Christmas Gift List Suggestions for Your Family, Children and Friends ... ===================================================== Churchill -- The River War (Amazon link) ==================================================== The Arab Mind (Amazon link) ==================================================== Sharia Law for Non-Muslims (A Taste of Islam) (Amazon link) ==================================================== The Hadith -- The Sunna of Mohmammed (Amazon link) ==================================================== The Life of Mohammed (A Taste of Islam) (Amazon link) ==================================================== Factual Persuasion of Islamics (Amazon link) ==================================================== A Simple Koran: Readable and Understandable (Amazon link) ==================================================== The Political Traditions of Mohammed: The Hadith for the Unbelievers (Amazon link) ==================================================== Mohammed And the Unbelievers : A Political Life (Amazon link)...
  • Harsh and judgmental words drive people away from the pro-life movement

    08/19/2014 8:14:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Live Action ^ | Sarah Terzo
    Pro-choice author Anne Eggebroten, edited a book entitled Abortion: My Choice, God’s Grace which tells the stories of Christian women who had abortions. The book celebrates abortion as an acceptable choice and tries to justify it based on the Bible. There is one story in particular I want to comment on. It is a first-hand account of a pro-choice clinic escort who describes how she got involved in the pro-choice movement. I think what she said is worth considering: My participation in the pro-choice march was motivated by boredom and restlessness as much as by a desire to be of...
  • Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero

    08/17/2014 6:00:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08/17/2014 | Rich Goldstein
    Superman is as American as apple pie, in that both have their origins in the Middle East. Apples, because they are thought to have been first domesticated in Turkey, and Superman, because of his oftentimes overlooked Jewish heritage. Superman’s possible Judaism shouldn’t be a surprise. The hero’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, were the children of Jewish immigrants. The comic book industry, where they spent a significant portion of their young careers, was created in New York by Jews like Max Ginsburg, Bob Kahn, and Jacob Kurtzberg, who hid their ethnicity behind names like Gaines, Kane, and Kirby. Over...
  • Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

    08/16/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-16-14 | Kevin Burbach
    Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living. "Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography" — Wilder's unedited draft that was written for an adult audience and eventually served as the foundation for the popular series — is slated to be released by the South Dakota State Historical Society Press nationwide this fall. The not-safe-for-children tales include stark scenes of domestic abuse, love triangles gone awry and a man who lit himself on fire...
  • Iranian Couple Uses Taxi as Mobile Bookstore

    08/15/2014 4:15:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 15, 2014 | Aileen Graef
    "We just want to tell everyone that individuals can make effort to make the world a better place to live for everyone and we shouldn't judge each other according to the cover," said Sarvebaz.YezdanY and SarvebaZ HeraneR are making commuting in Tehran more enjoyable by providing a mobile bookstore in their taxi. There are 40 titles on display in the cab, all in Farsi. One of the favorites, Sarvebaz said, is George Orwell's Animal Farm. "We just want to tell everyone that individuals can make effort to make the world a better place to live for everyone and we shouldn't...
  • Honoring Ray Bradbury the goal of Waukegan group

    08/15/2014 12:26:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 12, 2014 | Dan Hinkel
    An effort is underway to honor one of Waukegan's favorite sons, the late science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury. Waukegan Public Library Executive Director Richard Lee said nearly all the details remain to be worked out beyond the basic idea -- a realistic statue or bust of Bradbury, who wrote evocatively of the fictional Green Town, a recognizable stand-in for his hometown. lRelated A history of Waukegan The effort echoes the push for a statue memorializing another Waukegan legend, comedian Jack Benny, a radio and early TV star honored with a downtown statue in 2001.
  • Legends- Book vs TV show

    08/13/2014 8:51:45 PM PDT · by RginTN · 4 replies
    Follows a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer’s Tales Continue to Lure Tourists to Canterbury

    08/12/2014 3:51:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 8, 2014
    Canterbury Cathedral, where Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed, is the city’s biggest tourist attraction with a million visitors every yearAfter nearly 1,000 years, murder in the cathedral is still luring visitors to Canterbury. It was in the Canterbury Cathedral in 1107 that Archbishop Thomas Becket was killed, viciously, by four knights who believed they were doing the bidding of King Henry 2. As a result, Becket became a martyr and the cathedral a place of pilgrimage to his shrine. The homicide was the subject of Murder in the Cathedral, a verse drama by T.S. Eliot, and was more famously immortalised...
  • Bond, Bourne and the CIA – the legacy of Ian Fleming (died 50 years ago today)

    08/12/2014 8:22:58 AM PDT · by Borges · 13 replies
    BT ^ | Last updated: 11 August 2014, 17:04 BST | Chas Early
    He’s best remembered as the creator of James Bond, but before he became a successful author, Ian Fleming was a man of many parts. Something of a playboy in his younger years, he was a traveller and a linguist before he worked as a journalist and a stockbroker in the 1930s. At the outbreak of war, Ian Lancaster Fleming was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Intelligence Division, and worked at the Admiralty directly under the Director of Naval Intelligence Admiral John Godfrey. It was a role he found he had remarkable aptitude for, and he was to...
  • Kangaroo Court In Australia

    08/11/2014 4:20:15 AM PDT · by idov · 4 replies
    I'm not sure if this is permitted, but if not the monitor can remove my post. I'm informing you about my book free on Kindle today, Aug. 11, because I believe it is in the public interest. The book is called: Injustice Hits Rock Bottom Down Under: The Vakras Case. Vakras and his girl-friend are non-Jews but they called out an anti-Semite on their Internet site referring to him as a left-wing Nazi. He sued and a brain-dead judge gave him $450,000 even though everything they said about him was true and their comments were virtually unknown among the public....
  • The 8 Superstitions Every Latino Grew Up Believing

    08/07/2014 3:58:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Latino Post ^ | 7/31/14 | Agelica Leicht
    Growing up in a Latino household meant that there were a lot of hardcore superstitions running rampant throughout daily life. Superstitious beliefs go together with Hispanic homes in the way that rice and beans and chanclas do. They just fit. From purses on the floor to itchy palms, we've gathered the top eight superstitions every Latino grew up with, and put them in a list, of course. And here they are. Don't Put Your Purse on the Floor Listen, you like your money, right? Well you won't have any if you put that purse on the floor. So pick it...
  • Paterno Legacy [review of Jay's book]

    08/06/2014 7:34:38 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 212 replies
    philly.com ^ | 8-6-14 | Stan Hochman
    IN HINDSIGHT, Joe Paterno wrote, the day after he got fired with a phone call, he wished he had done more. He had not committed a crime, he had not witnessed a crime, he had reported what sounded like a crime to his superiors. The haters jumped all over that sentence, like it was some kind of a confession that the legendary Penn State football coach had somehow enabled Jerry Sandusky to sexually abuse those kids, while he looked the other way. The haters spent a lot less time debating the note he scribbled on a pad before going to...
  • Syfy Adapting Futuristic Military Drama 'Ghost Brigades' (Exclusive)(John Scalzi book series)

    08/05/2014 1:01:24 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 46 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 8/5/2014 | Lesley Goldberg
    The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has put into development Ghost Brigades, a drama based on John Scalzi's Hugo-nominated Old Man's War universe book series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The NeverEnding Story's Wolfgang Petersen will oversee development on the project alongside Scott Stuber (Safe House), with Jake Thornton and Ben Lustig (Winter's Knight) on board to pen the first script. The drama hails from Universal Cable Productions, Petersen's Radiant Productions and Stuber's Bluegrass Films. Ghost Brigades follows John Perry, who at 75 enlists in the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man's expansion into the cosmos. Technology allows...
  • Mary Gresham’s grief over invalid son’s death echoes from 1865

    08/05/2014 11:01:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-5-14 | Michael E. Ruane
    Mary Baxter Gresham was 42 when her invalid son, LeRoy, died in June 1865. She had already lost two infant children and had just lived through the upheaval of the Civil War in Macon, Ga. But when 17-year-old LeRoy, know as “Loy,” died on June 18 in the house where he was born, she was devastated. “God has tried me often and in many ways but never has my heart been so wrung as now,” she wrote to her sister, Sallie, on July 12. “And yet the trial had so much mercy mixed with it that my soul swells within...
  • Author: ‘Clintons Are Incredibly Outlandish People,’ Bill a ‘Classic Narcissist’

    08/03/2014 10:43:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2014 - 4:02 PM | Barbara Boland
    Former President Bill Clinton is a “classic narcissist” who is “always faithful [only] to himself” and who may not want his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary, to realize her ambitions for the White House in 2016, Daniel Halper, author of the book Clinton, Inc., suggested today. When speaking to Clinton confidantes, Halper said he was initially skeptical of these rumors, but found that many sources independently confirmed each other, and, “All of a sudden it begins to make sense. [When] you start hearing [this] from multiple people, from multiple good sources, and you start to realize—this is a man...
  • The Quest to Find 12 Hidden Treasures From a 1982 Treasure Hunt Book

    08/02/2014 6:03:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The 1982 treasure hunt book, The Secret, has clues to 12 hidden gems. Only two have been found. James Renner is on a quest to discover the others, and he invites you to join the hunt.The Secret: A Treasure Hunt! first set its hooks in me when I was eight years old. My mother had taken me to the little library in Bedford, outside Cleveland, and in the stacks there, I discovered this small bound book with a strange painting on the cover that hinted at some fantastic mystery. I took the book home with me and read about the...
  • The Secret to Career Success? Enthusiasm

    08/01/2014 4:51:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/27
    In 1980, Morley Safer traveled to Dallas to uncover the multimillion-dollar industry that was making people richer, better, and happierThis week, Morley Safer reported on a job-training boot camp that places disadvantaged youth in positions at some of the country's most competitive companies. Nearly 35 years ago, Safer reported on another tool job-hunters were using to gain an edge in the workforce. The year was 1980 and Safer found himself in Dallas at a $900, three-day seminar where average Joes were being taught the secret to success: enthusiasm. The man behind the seminar, Ed Foreman, claimed he could make individuals...
  • On The Road with Lewis Grizzard

    08/01/2014 3:58:00 PM PDT · by mylife · 51 replies
    youtube ^ | Sometime in the 80's | Lewis Grizzard
    Follow the links for a good ol hee haw ☺
  • Peter Jackson On The Possibility Of A Silmarillion Movie

    With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies capping off The Hobbit trilogy - and finishing out what Jackson thinks of as a six-part set of films, that includes Lord of the Rings - it would seem that his time in Middle-earth is at an end. However, some fans wonder if there isn't one more work of Tolkien that Jackson could adapt to film. The Silmarillion, something of a history of Middle-earth that precedes both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, remains unfilmed.
  • Fellowship of the Ring 60th Anniversary: How the Masterpiece Reflects JRR Tolkien's WW1 Involvement

    07/31/2014 6:12:04 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/29/14 | Lydia Smith
    Although Tolkien vehemently denied the First World War had any direct influence on his fantasy masterpieces The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, fans and critics alike state otherwise. And albeit coincidentally, on the week commemorating the outbreak of the First World War, today marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece The Fellowship of the Ring, the first instalment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Hans Christian Andersen Letter Reveals Heartbreak

    07/31/2014 12:33:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2014
    A letter written to the brother of the poet's first love reveals that not even her marriage to another man could stop him from loving her. A new emotional letter written by a heartbroken Hans Christian Andersen indicates that the master of fairytales never got over his first love. Fyns Stifsidende reported on Tuesday that a letter written by Denmark’s most famous son to the brother of Riborg Voigt revealed that he remained in love with her long after she married another man. Ejnar Stig Askgaard from Odense City Museums estimates that the letter was written around Christmas 1832, when...
  • George W. Bush writes book about father

    07/30/2014 8:22:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 6:27 PM EDT | Hillel Italie
    His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the book, currently untitled, will be released November 11. In 2010, Crown published the younger Bush’s million-selling memoir, “Decision Points.” […] According to Crown, the book will cover the elder Bush’s whole life and his influence on his son, from George W.’s “childhood in West Texas to his early...
  • After Action Report Dinesh D'Souza's AMERICA at Costco

    07/30/2014 6:36:37 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 37 replies
    FR ^ | July 30, 2014 | RQSR
    Follow up to book sales Dinesh D'Souza AMERICA discussion of earlier this month.
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton gets early start at book signing

    07/29/2014 8:08:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    timesunion ^ | 7-29-2014
    Patrons had to buy the potential presidential candidate's new book, "Hard Choices," from the store in advance. A total of 1,000 people did. Clinton was to dash off her signature only, so no personal requests would be allowed and no other memorabilia signed, according to the bookstore's website. Children over age 6 were required to have their own book and ticket, and patrons were not allowed to bring bags or personal items into the store.
  • Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

    07/29/2014 2:42:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2014 3:48 PM EDT | Steve Karnowski
    A jury awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million on Tuesday in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle. On the sixth day of deliberations, the federal jury decided that the author of the 2012 best-selling book defamed Ventura in its description of a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle, regarded as the deadliest military sniper in U.S. history, wrote that he decked a man whom he later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.” Ventura testified that Kyle fabricated the passage about punching him....