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  • Bush's Western White House revealed: George W. opens the doors to his Texas ranch

    07/09/2014 3:55:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7-8-14 | Joshua Gardner
    Former U.S. president George W. Bush recently opened the doors to his gorgeous Texas ranch to reveal rooms where he once hosted world leaders and where he now bides his time painting them. Bush gave a tour of the Crawford home he completed just after becoming the nation's 43rd president in 2001 to Architectural Digest for the magazine's August cover story. It's a rare glimpse at the sprawling property where Vladimir Putin once rode shotgun in Bush's pickup and where the younger of W.'s twins, Jenna, held her intimate 2008 wedding. George and Laura Bush have retired to Dallas, Texas...
  • Brad Thor: Act of War

    07/08/2014 10:05:59 PM PDT · by reg45 · 26 replies
    07/09/2014 | Self
    I just spent the last nine hours reading Brad Thor's latest thriller- Act of War. It will definitely go down as one of his best. Five stars - Highly recommended.
  • Dinesh D'Souza's 'America' Book Now #1 on Amazon!!!!!

    07/08/2014 5:57:59 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    Amazon.Com ^ | July 8, 2014
  • One Hundred and Four Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile

    07/03/2014 2:58:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Amazon/ ^ | October 2013 published | Mandy Retzlaff (book author)
    Amazon description: There is little in this world that a family cannot endure, if endure they must. For we all have it within us to lose everything, absolutely everything, and still find strength in the most simple, beautiful things. Pat and Mandy Retzlaff lived a hard but satisfying farming life in Zimbabwe. Working all hours of the day on their sprawling ranch and raising three boisterous children, they savored the beauty of the veld and the diverse wildlife that grazed the meadows outside their dining room window. After their children, the couple's true pride and joy were their horses. But...
  • Hillary's Book Now #54 On Amazon (How Long Before It goes BELOW Top 100?)

    07/02/2014 9:21:22 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    Amazon.Com ^ | July 2, 2014 | PJ-Comix
  • Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014)

    06/30/2014 6:31:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Locus ^ | June 30, 2014
    Author, editor, and pulp magazine scholar Frank M. Robinson, 87, died June 30, 2014. Robinson lived in San Francisco and had suffered from health problems in recent years... His first novel, The Power (1956, filmed in 1967), was an extremely successful SF thriller — one of the first of that genre. In the ’70s and ’80s, he co-wrote a number of technothrillers (most with SFnal elements) with Thomas N. Scortia: The Glass Inferno (1974, filmed as The Towering Inferno) ...
  • 'Hillary fatigue': Poll shows Clinton's presidential popularity sliding as her book tour drags on

    06/30/2014 5:41:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 30, 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    The Clintons have been in the news for a different reason every day since Hillary's book blitz began in late May Much of the coverage about the former first family has not been favorable as both Bill and Hillary have stumbled over questions about Hillary's health and their wealth Now, Americans are getting what Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus calls 'Hillary fatigue' In hypothetical match-ups against other prospective 2016 presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton would beat Republican contenders, but by an increasing smaller margin Hillary Clinton's presidential popularity has dropped significantly since she launched a media blitz to promote her...
  • Kardashian complains of 'racist' Vienna (Let's all move to Austria)

    06/30/2014 4:33:23 PM PDT · by equalator · 95 replies
    The Local ^ | 6-30-2014
    American reality TV star Kim Kardashian has called her trip to Vienna to attend the Opera Ball “a true nightmare,” adding that “it was so racist”. Scenes from the trip were shown on Sunday night's episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Kim told her sister that “it's like we're honestly in a time warp. Racial insensitivity, everything from this trip, has just been a true nightmare.”
  • How a feral cat helped a homeless man turn his life around

    06/29/2014 11:31:27 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tricia Romano
    Who says only cats get nine lives? With the help of his feline friend, James Bowen has been given a few extra chances of his own. Just a few years ago Bowen was down and out, selling copies of The Big Issue, a magazine sold by homeless people, on rainy London streets, when his fortune changed forever. He met a stray orange kitten with an outgoing demeanor that he named Bob. The cat had an abscess on his leg, and Bowen cobbled together money for antibiotics and nursed the little kitty back to health. “When his treatments were done and...
  • The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook

    06/27/2014 8:43:12 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 51 replies
    Oxford Books ^ | June 10, 2014 | Francis Kennedy (Ed.)
    The ultimate historical traveler's guide to the American Revolution Nearly 150 chronologically arranged entries on everything from meeting halls to battlefields Includes contemporary accounts and the writings of leading historians, offering site-by-site details and an overview of the Revolution Written for the vast and ever-growing crowd of history tourists In 1996, Congress commissioned the National Park Service to compile a list of sites and landmarks connected with the American Revolution that it deemed vital to preserve for future generations. Some of these sites are well known--Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Fort Ticonderoga--and in no danger of being lost; others less so--...
  • What Are You Reading?

    06/27/2014 8:33:15 AM PDT · by Tax-chick · 269 replies
    Vanity | June 27, 2014 | Tax-chick
    What are you reading? There used to be a quarterly "What are you reading?" thread, but I haven't seen it for a long time. I got a lot of good book suggestions that way, and I miss it. So here's a thread! If you're reading something interesting you think others would like, or something boring you'd recommend we all avoid, jump in! If you have a ping list of FReepers who might be interested, ping them!
  • Are you an author? Care to donate a book to a new, all-volunteer library?

    06/26/2014 4:57:32 PM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 10 replies
    June 26, 2014 | ChocChipCookie
    I am working on a project to collect as many books as possible for a new library that opened on May 21 in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Tuttle is a tiny town of about 6,000 people west of OKC. This library is operated and funded by volunteers. To my knowledge, they receive no public funding.The volunteers have worked incredibly hard to raise money for their location, books, and services. If you're an author, or know of one, this would be a great way to get your book(s) on library shelves. Tuttle Public Library 305 W Main Street Tuttle, OK 73089 I...
  • Transgender Teen Writes Kids' Book to Help Others

    For as long as she can remember, Jazz says she felt different. The 13-year-old was born a boy, but loved all things mermaid, pink and princesses. "I felt like a girl and I felt uncomfortable in my body," Jazz said. Jazz, who goes only by her first name out of fear of threats, told her parents the moment she first could speak that she was not a boy. Ft. Lauderdale Backs Marriage Equality After Last-Minute Lobbying "After getting some professional support, diagnosis, they said, you know, she's transgender,” said Jeanette, Jazz’s mother. “Something difficult to come to terms with, because...
  • Fear of The Unknown: Lovecraft Documentary

    06/26/2014 9:19:48 AM PDT · by Borges · 44 replies
    A considerable documentary about the great horror writer available for free on YT. An impressive guest list too, Guillermo Del Toro, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman and others.
  • Queen Elizabeth Is Apparently a ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan

    06/24/2014 8:14:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    WBCO ^ | 6/24
    It seems everyone loves the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones,” – even real-life royalty. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth toured the show’s sets during a three-day trip to Belfast, Ireland. The 88-year-old monarch met many of the show’s stars on Tuesday, including Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, beside the show’s sword-covered seat of power, the Iron Throne. No word on how it compared to the one at her house.
  • Bill Clinton ‘Hates Obama More Than Any Man Who Ever Lived’

    06/24/2014 7:35:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    INN ^ | 6/24/2014, 4:21 PM | Ari Yashar
    A new exposé book reveals the great hatred that exists between US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on one side, and former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on the other. […] According to the book, Michelle would often sit with her adviser Valerie Jarrett while drinking Chardonnay during Hillary’s stint as secretary of state, and referred to Hillary as “Hildebeest”. Clinton for his part had harsh words for Obama, responding after Hillary’s loss to Obama in the 2008 Democratic nomination to allegations made by Obama that Bill was racist. “I...
  • Guaranteed to Make You Smile

    06/21/2014 11:19:45 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 18 replies
    Amazon ^ | 06/21/14 | Self
    Feeling down? Cheer yourself instantly by heading to and looking at the reviews of Hillary's book. Not only will it lift your mood to read the reviews, you will be filled with hope for the future of the USA.
  • Thomas Sowell -- Dismantling America (Video via You Tube from 2010)

    06/21/2014 10:52:56 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    Hoover Institution via You Tube ^ | August 19, 2010 | HooverInstitution
    Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell University, UCLA, and Amherst College. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is Dismantling America.
  • Shakespeare's Bloody Problem: Why the Tragedies Almost Never Work Anymore

    06/20/2014 12:35:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    One character, his torso already relieved of arms and legs, is tossed onto the barbecue. Another’s hands and tongue are severed to keep her from reporting a crime. (She’s then stabbed to death anyway.) Two more characters are beheaded; one behanded; one hanged. For those who like their violence more ironic, there’s this happy couple: the man left buried up to his neck to starve, the woman fed a pie made from the minced remains of her sons. The meal may give her heartburn, but it’s the subsequent stabbing that kills her. A Game of Thrones episode? No, it’s Titus...
  • Reading: The Con Continues

    06/20/2014 3:47:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 6-20-14 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Not much is certain in life, but here are two things you can take to the bank. If you want a child to learn to read, phonics is the way that works. Second, you can be sure that our Education Establishment will try to keep phonics at a minimum and force children to memorize the English language one sight-word at a time. Where reading is concerned, the nonsense never stops. In his famous 1955 book Why Johnny Can’t Read, Rudolf Flesch said he looked at all the research. There were 11 studies from 1913 to 1948; in all of them,...
  • ‘Oh snap!’ Hillary’s reaction when asked to sign copy of book to Christopher Stevens – gasp!

    06/20/2014 12:25:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies ^ | June 19, 2014 | Michele Kirk
    Daily Surge’s Jason Mattera is being hailed a hero Thursday for his “beautiful ambush journalism.” He caught up with Hillary Clinton and politely asked her to sign a copy of her new book “Hard Choices.” When asked who she should make it out to, he replied, “To Christopher Stevens. I think you knew him.” When she refused, he followed up with, “What difference does it make?”
  • Mayor Ed Lee Says He Would Ask Maya Angelou To Be a Muni Driver

    06/17/2014 10:31:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Jun. 16 2014 | Rachel Swan
    Crowds flocked to Glide Memorial Church to memorialize poet and activist Maya Angelou, who died May 28 at the age of 86. Around here, Angelou was remembered for being San Francisco's first African American streetcar conductor, a title she earned at the age of 16. Unsurprisingly, Mayor Ed Lee trotted out that historical tidbit on Sunday, while addressing the congregation. It led him to a strange, rather un-funny joke that later made the rounds on social media. "If she was still around, I would probably ask her to drive a Muni," Mayor Ed Lee said. One could see how this...
  • Publishing Source: Hillary Book a 'Bomb'

    06/17/2014 2:21:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/16/14 | Daniel Halper
    In an email this evening, a veteran publishing source calls the latest Hillary Clinton book...a "bomb." "They sold 60,000 hard covers first week and 24,000 ebooks." The publishing house was "hoping and praying for 150,000 print first week." "The 60k represents a less than 10% sell thru based on what they shipped,"
  • Hillary's book vs PHUSA

    06/13/2014 10:51:20 AM PDT · by LS · 4 replies
    self ^ | 6/13/2014 | LS
    Rush discussing the fact that despite $50 million in FREE marketing from the drive-by media, Hillary's book can't get above #4 on Amazon. When Patriot's History of the United States first came out, it got to #35 and stayed there for a while despite virtually no national publicity---and before Glenn Beck discovered it six years later. All it took was some mentions by Beck to take it all the way to #1, not just on Amazon, but on the NYTimes list, but my subsequent book "Seven Events that Made America" made the NYTimes list without much fanfare from Beck. Rush's...
  • Behold the Top 30 Most 'Hill-arious' Reviews of Hillary’s Book

    06/12/2014 7:36:12 PM PDT · by This Just In · 42 replies
    Daily Surge ^ | June 12, 2014 | Matt Fox
    With Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, on the shelves, it would behoove her to stay far away from reading the Amazon comments readers left for her. Although she has 142 five stars, she has 205 one star ratings and some of them are, well, not so flattering.
  • Eric Hill, creator of Spot the Dog, dies at 86

    06/12/2014 6:53:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | June 12, 2014 | Channing Joseph
    Eric Hill, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children's books that have sold more than 60 million copies, has died at his home in central California. He was 86.
  • Book Review: The West's Last Stand-a Review of The Camp of the Saints

    06/08/2014 9:42:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Book Review on American Thinker ^ | June 7, 2014 | Robert Klein Engler
    June 7, 2014 The West's Last Stand -- a Review of The Camp of the Saints By Robert Klein Engler All those engaged in the debate over illegal immigration should find Jean Raispail’s The Camp of the Saints a challenging summer read. Otto Scott calls it "one of the most famous of the underground books." Lionel Shriver believes it is a "novel both prescient and appalling." The book became so notorious that the December 1994 issue of the Atlantic Monthly investigated many of the questions it raised. The Camp of the Saints was published first in 1973 in France as...
  • Sending a Torah to the moon (Google Lunar X Project)

    06/08/2014 5:51:33 AM PDT · by equalator · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-4-2014 | Staff
    Last week, the engineering arm of the European Space Agency confirmed that it has been commissioned to test the space-hardiness of the capsule that would contain the Torah, the Post reported. The capsule must be designed to protect the sacred text from the moon’s harsh radiation and temperature changes for at least 10,000 years. The moon lacks an atmosphere to trap heat, and the surface temperatures can rocket to a daytime high of about 253 degrees and plunge to 279 degrees below zero at night.
  • Angelina Jolie takes Richard Dawkins to task for saying we shouldn't teach children about Santa

    06/06/2014 5:49:10 PM PDT · by windcliff · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6-6-14 | Sam Creighton
    As sparring partners go, a Hollywood actress and an evolutionary biologist would not appear to be a natural fit. However, Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie, 39, and controversial scientist Professor Richard Dawkins, 73, have found themselves inadvertently at loggerheads over whether children should be allowed to read fairytales. Miss Jolie, who plays an evil fairy godmother in her latest film Maleficent – a spin on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty – said fairytales play an important role in how she raises her six children, using ‘a little magic’ to impart important moral lessons. The other day, one of the kids lost...
  • Maureen Dowd's marijuana-induced freak out

    06/04/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4 June 2014 Last updated at 12:21 ET | By Anthony Zurcher
    Maureen Dowd travelled to Colorado in January, ate a bit too much of a marijuana-laced chocolate bar and proceeded to have a Valley-of-the-Dolls-style meltdown in her hotel room. Here's how she describes the experience in her Wednesday New York Times column: "I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn't move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the...
  • Father of girl who stabbed friend proudly shared her sketch of horror creature on DEADBOY Instagram

    06/04/2014 12:10:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 6-4-14 | Will Payne
    The father of one of the girls accused of brutally stabbing a school friend to pay homage to an eerie horror story character, apparently encouraged his daughter's sick obsession by proudly posting a sketch the 12-year-old drew of the scary figure on Instagram. Morgan Geyser, 12, drew the sinister stickman, inspired by an online ghost story about a ghoulish child killer called Slender Man, on a napkin and left it in the family home while she was out with her parents were out for dinner. But far from being alarmed by the disturbing sketch, Morgan's father Matt seemed to find...
  • Amity Shlaes on C-Span2 "In Depth" Noon-3 Eastern

    06/01/2014 7:47:04 AM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | June 1, 2014
    Author and columnist Amity Shlaes responds to viewers' questions and comments on such topics as Depression era presidents and current fiscal policies. She’s the author of four non-fiction books, including The Forgotten Man and Coolidge.
  • 23 Books You Didn't Read In High School But Actually Should

    05/30/2014 12:34:14 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 127 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | July 5, 2013 | Spencer Althouse
    You probably SparkNoted these books before, but now's your chance to read them.
  • O’Reilly book to examine George Patton’s death

    05/29/2014 4:35:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2014 11:02 PM EDT
    News host Bill O’Reilly’s fourth book in his multimillion-selling history series will examine the mysterious death surrounding famed World War II Gen. George Patton. Stephen Rubin, president and publisher of Henry Holt and Company, announced Wednesday that “Killing Patton” will be published on Sept. 23. Martin Dugard will be the co-author. …
  • Harlan Ellison turns 80 today

    05/27/2014 10:57:16 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 40 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | May 27, 2014
    The great writer Harlan Ellison turns 80 today. Ellison has won eight Hugo Awards, a shared award for the screenplay of A Boy and his Dog that he counts as "half an Hugo" and two special awards from annual World SF Conventions; four Nebula Awards of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA); five Bram Stoker Awards of the Horror Writers Association (HWA); two Edgar Awards of the Mystery Writers of America; two World Fantasy Award from annual conventions; and two Georges Méliès fantasy film awards. -- Wikipedia Ellison is known primarily to television viewers as the author...
  • One for the Road.

    05/26/2014 2:16:16 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 6 replies
    YouTube etc.. | A long tine ago | The Kinks
    I remember, when you were down. And you needed a helping hand I came to feed you But now that I need you You won't give me a second glance. Now I'm calling all citizens from all over the world This is captain America calling. -------------------------------------------- You've been sleeping in a field but you look real rested You set out to outrage but you can't get arrested You say your image is new, but it looks well tested You're lost without a crowd................. Misfit. -------------------------------------- This is the twentieth century, But too much aggravation It's the age of insanity, What...
  • 9 True Stories of Iraq and Afghanistan War Heroes Chronicled in New Book

    05/26/2014 9:28:48 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies ^ | May 26, 2014 | Havilah Steinman
    Mark Lee Greenblatt, family man and full-time lawyer, never expected to write a book. As a man with no military experience, he especially never expected to write a book on modern-day war heroes. But after attending events throughout the years at the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs, Greenblatt became intrigued by the stories of young men and women who served their country.
  • Take a Trip Down the Hobbit Hole: Lord Of The Rings Hotel Opens in Belgium

    05/20/2014 12:36:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 20th May 2014 | Sarah Barns
    Ever wished you were a hobbit? Well now you can experience how Bilbo and Frodo Baggins live by visiting Balade Des Gnomes, a unique hotel in Belgium. Near the picturesque town of Durbuy in Belgium, the wooden topsy-turvy rooms feature carved wooden beds that look like they are nestled in the hollow of a tree, a dining table perfect for goblin guests and a gothic, ornate bath. The Hobbit, travel, holiday, short breaksFANTASY: La Balade Des Gnomes is the perfect location for Lord Of The Rings fans [CATERS] The Hobbit, hotel, travel, short breaks, holidayCOSY: Wooden beds look like they...
  • Waving His Wand at ‘Beowulf’

    05/20/2014 4:40:26 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    There’s more to J. R. R. Tolkien than wizards and hobbits. The author of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” was also an Oxford University professor specializing in languages like Old Norse and Old English. “Beowulf” was an early love, and a kind of Rosetta Stone to his creative work. His study of the poem, which he called “this greatest of the surviving works of ancient English poetic art,” informed his thinking about myth and language.
  • The evolution of 007's handguns throughout the novels

    05/20/2014 4:15:53 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 29 replies ^ | May 20, 2014 by Emery Cormier
    Since the beginning, Fleming took great care in describing every detail of James Bond, and 007 greatly reflected his own image. However many people find that his choice of firearm, the 418 Beretta, was a poor one.
  • The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop

    05/09/2014 5:11:05 AM PDT · by JoeDetweiler · 15 replies
    Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.
  • Heinlein, Hugos, and Hogwash

    05/08/2014 7:29:55 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 104 replies
    Robert Heinlein could not win a Hugo Award today. If you are a fan of science fiction, you know how shocking that statement is. If you are not a science fiction fan, I salute you for having better things to do with your time than read stories about space princesses being rescued from bug-eyed monsters by stalwart and clean-limbed fighting men of Virginia; but please let me explain why this is shocking.
  • JFK: The Smoking Gun and Mortal Error...revealing presentations of investigation [vanity]

    05/06/2014 9:10:00 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 22 replies
    me | 5/6/2014 | self
    I just got done bookending a book with a movie (albeit documentary). I had missed prior threads here at FR here and here (I just got done hunting down whether this had been posted prior). Seeing the posts on the topic, I almost let it go. Then I read the comments. The absolute statements of derision and dismissive/dissension on a plausible explanation for all the (non-LHO/JR) holes in the Warren Commission floored me. I'm posting this as a "Recommendation": If you have any interest at all in the JFK assassination, no matter from what angle, and have an open mind,...
  • Hillsdale Great Books 101

    05/03/2014 10:42:22 AM PDT · by iowamark · 4 replies
    As you've heard, Hillsdale College is offering its newest free online course: Great Books 101! Will you register today and become a Hillsdale student? You'll be able to watch brief 35- to 50-minute lectures by Hillsdale's professors who will empower you with knowledge and insights from some of the greatest, most exhilarating stories in world history. And as with all of Hillsdale's previous free online courses, there's no need to worry about missing a lecture. All 11 course lectures are archived so you can view them at your convenience at anytime and anywhere on your computer or tablet And when...
  • Mrs. Clinton’s New Memoir

    05/02/2014 4:13:46 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 13 replies
    Wall street Journal ^ | 5/1/2014 | Peggy Noonan
    Yesterday on a panel on “Face the Nation,” we briefly discussed Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming memoir of her four years as secretary of state. It is called “Hard Choices”—they appear to be running low at the book-title store—and will be published June 10. The announcement of the title alone made news, which is a measure of how much interest the book, good or bad, will engender. Books are good and it’s good to write them; the always more or less beleaguered publishing industry needs bestsellers, and Mrs. Clinton has provided them, most spectacularly with her previous memoir, “Living History,” in 2003....
  • The Conspiracists (Book Review: Burning the Reichstag: An Investigation...)

    04/30/2014 5:09:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | Vol. 36 No. 9 · 8 May 2014 | Richard J. Evans
    The Conspiracists Burning the Reichstag: An Investigation into the Third Reich’s Enduring Mystery by Benjamin Carter Hett Oxford, 413 pp, £18.09, February, ISBN 978 0 19 932232 9 You are invited to read this free book review from the London Review of Books. Subscribe now to access every article from every fortnightly issue of the London Review of Books, including the entire LRB archive of over 12,500 essays and reviews. Conspiracy theories cluster around violent and unexpected political events. The sudden death of a head of state, the assassination of a government minister, a bomb attack on a building or...
  • Toronto library asked to shelve Dr. Seuss' 'Hop on Pop' because it promotes violence

    04/30/2014 6:22:48 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    upi ^ | April 29, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    TORONTO, Librarians at the Toronto Public Library were asked to remove copies of Dr. Seuss’ 1963 children's book "Hop on Pop” from the establishment’s collection because it allegedly promotes violence. A document detailing the seven books the library has been asked to remove over the past year was posted online on Monday. The book “encourages children to use violence against their fathers,” according to the complaint. In addition to apologizing to fathers in the Toronto area, the complainant also asked that the library “pay for damages resulting from the book.” The Materials Review Committee pointed out that the book is...
  • Marvel is killing off a major character (Wolverine)

    04/29/2014 3:13:30 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | April 25, 2014 | Darren Franich
    It’s been almost 40 years since Wolverine’s first appearance on the very last page of The Incredible Hulk #180. In comic book time, of course, Wolverine is much older: Over a hundred years old, a century-plus lifespan that has seen the man called Logan become a soldier, a samurai, a superhero, an X-Man, an Avenger, the amnesiac victim of horrific scientific experiments, a renegade, a teacher. This September, that’s going to end.
  • (Vanity) New Conservative Friendly Thriller TROPHY TARGET is Now Available

    04/28/2014 4:40:34 PM PDT · by AMitchum · 4 replies
    author website ^ | 4/2/14 | self
    I am pleased to announce the publication of my new thriller that may be of interest to the broader FR community (some members have already read it). It's called TROPHY TARGET and involves some conservative friendly themes, such as the consequences of not taking the threat of Islamic terrorism seriously. Below is a summary and link to more information. TROPHY TARGETtro·phy ['trō-fē] tar·get [ˈtär-gət] - A uniquely high value individual captured and used by an enemy as leverage for political, military or other strategic purposes Deep in the jungle of French Guiana, a once anonymous soldier of the French Foreign Legion...
  • Illinois Dems back off $100 million push for Obama library following outrage

    04/26/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/26/2014
    Illinois Democrats are backing off an effort to give $100 million in a push to land President Obama’s presidential library and museum -- following accusations of voting “shenanigans” and nasty Chicago-style politics, not to mention the state’s dire financial situation. A Democrat-led House committee approved the money last week at an out-of-town hearing in Chicago with no Republicans in attendance. They instead relied on a procedural move that allowed them to use votes from a previous meeting. “What they did last week was under-handed and sneaky and offers further proof that they no longer can be trusted with taxpayer money,”...