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  • 'Drugstore Cowboy' author James Fogle dies at 75 in US prison while serving time for holdup

    08/24/2012 9:57:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    AP via The Vancouver Sun ^ | August 24, 2012
    James Fogle, who wrote "Drugstore Cowboy," an autobiographical crime novel that led to an acclaimed 1989 film starring Matt Dillon, has died. He was 75.
  • Five Reasons Ayn Rand Is Bad for Business

    08/24/2012 7:24:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8-20-12 | Geoffrey James, INC
    1. Rand focuses employees on money. Rand practically worshipped the almighty dollar, seeing the acquisition of wealth as a goal worthy in and of itself. Unfortunately, when that attitude spreads throughout an organization, a higher salary becomes the only motivation that really works. That means top workers will, of course, leave the moment they get a better offer elsewhere.
  • Teddy Roosevelt on American debt

    08/23/2012 10:05:23 AM PDT · by GreatestGuyIKnow · 2 replies
    The Strenuous Life ^ | 1900 | Theodore Roosevelt
    "No country can long endure if its foundations are not laid deep in the material prosperity which comes from thrift, from business energy and enterprise, from hard, unsparing effort in the fields of industrial activity; but neither was any nation ever yet truly great if it relied upon material prosperity alone." Page 5
  • Mickey Cohen’s Colorful Life of Crime

    08/22/2012 9:13:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | August 22, 2012 | JONATHAN KIRSCH
    Meyer Harris Cohen was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in imperial Russia, immigrated with his family to the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn and reached Los Angeles’ Jewish point of entry in Boyle Heights in 1915. Up to this point, the spare details of his biography are unremarkable. But Meyer was later nicknamed “Mickey,” and his name still echoes with the larger-than-life reputation he acquired on the mean streets of Los Angeles in the 1930s and 1940s. “By the end of the 1930s, the view from the top of Hollywood Hills seemed unlimited,” Tere Tereba writes in her rich,...
  • Bracken: Night Fighting 101

    08/22/2012 4:49:46 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 65 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | 8-16-12 | Matt Bracken
    So how do you become a self-taught deadly warrior of the night? You begin in the daytime. Lay out a walking path through your neighborhood “Area of Operations,” a path with plenty of transitions across all types of urban, suburban and rural terrain. Culverts, gullies, overgrown chain link fences, woods, meadows, railroad tracks, bridges, power line right-of-ways, abandoned commercial properties and fallow fields will be your classroom. To begin, mark your route every twenty or thirty yards. Small torn rags stuck on fences and tree branches look fairly natural, and won’t be noticed. Walk and crawl through thickets, under fences,...
  • Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama (Coulter's New Book)

    08/22/2012 1:22:47 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 10 replies ^ | September 25, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    This title will be released on September 25, 2012
  • 'Justice League' #12: DC reveals Superman's new leading lady... and it's a doozy - EXCLUSIVE

    08/22/2012 11:15:02 AM PDT · by Bratch · 61 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | Aug 22 2012 | Jeff Jensen
    When DC Comics rebooted its entire line of superhero titles last year, the publisher did away with Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane to pave the way for a new romance. Without further ado, EW can exclusively reveal that Superman’s new partner in love is no mere mortal, but a superhero icon in her own right: None other than Wonder Woman. herself. Their next level relationship begins in the pages of Justice League #12... The comic, which goes on sale Aug. 29, culminates months of flirty foreshadowing. Writer Geoff Johns hints that some event — possibly tragic — will impact every...
  • ‘Imperfect’: Jim Abbott faces tough question about his birth defect in book excerpt

    08/22/2012 10:22:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | By Jim Abbott and Tim Brown
    Ella is my youngest. She has my hair and eyes and her mother’s smile. The timing is distinctly hers. She was five when she asked, quite publicly, “Dad, do you like your little hand?” My what? Do I like it? I had come to her preschool’s Career Day bearing baseball cards for her classmates. In the morning rush getting the girls through the front door and into the car, I’d packed into a gym bag a couple familiar baseball caps, an Olympic gold medal and a baseball glove. I had come first as a dad, and then as a former...
  • George Orwell is 'too Left-wing’ for a statue, BBC tells Joan Bakewell

    08/21/2012 11:31:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:00PM BST 21 Aug 2012 | Anita Singh
    When the George Orwell Memorial Trust proposed a statue of the writer for outside the BBC’s new headquarters it expected an enthusiastic response. However, not everyone appeared enamored of the plan. According to Baroness Bakewell, who is backing the campaign, Mark Thompson, the Corporation’s outgoing director general, said the statue could not be erected on BBC premises because Orwell was “too Left-wing”. … Orwell worked for the BBC’s Eastern Service from 1941 to 1943, producing broadcasts to India designed to counter Nazi propaganda. … His experience at the BBC became unlikely source material for Nineteen Eighty-Four. Orwell is said to...
  • Solo sailor Jessica Watson's story to be made into major movie

    08/21/2012 12:54:13 PM PDT · by Oztrich Boy · 10 replies
    News, ^ | August 20, 2012 | James Wigney
    THE life of round-the-world sailor Jessica Watson is to be turned into a major movie that will be filmed in Sydney and the Gold Coast next year. Watson, who was 16 when she became the youngest woman to unofficially circumnavigate the globe solo and unassisted, will be immortalised on film in True Spirit, due for release late 2013. The movie will be made by the same production team behind Soul Surfer, the hit biopic of Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack and returned to be a champion. American producer David Brookwell said he had been looking...
  • Does this libtard have a point? Better Off without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

    08/21/2012 8:12:12 AM PDT · by teflon9 · 73 replies
    Powell's Books ^ | August, 2012 | Chuck Thompson
    Lets talk about secession. Not exactly the most suitable cocktail party conversation starter anywhere in the country, but take that notion deep into the heart of Dixie and you might find yourself running from the possum-hunting conservatives, trailer-park lifers, and prayer warriors Chuck Thompson encountered during the two years he spent traveling the American South asking the question: Would we be better off without em? The result is a heavily researched, serious inquiry into national divides which is unabashedly controversial, often uproarious, and always thought-provoking. From a church service in Mobile, Alabama, where the gospel entertainer announces "Islam is upon...
  • Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder

    08/20/2012 6:52:23 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 11-28-2008 | Dr. Michael Savage Classic Doc Savage clip posted in '08 discussing the mental disorder known as liberalism.
  • For Those Who Want to Lead, Read

    08/20/2012 7:01:25 AM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 24 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | 15AUG12 | John Coleman
    When David Petraeus visited the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009, one of the meetings he requested was with author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Petraeus, who holds a PhD in International Relations from Princeton, is a fan of Team of Rivals and wanted time to speak to the famed historian about her work. Apparently, the great general (and current CIA Director) is something of a bibliophile. He's increasingly an outlier. Even as global literacy rates are high (84%), people are reading less and less deeply. The National Endowment for the Arts (PDF) has found that "[r]eading has declined among every group of...
  • R.I.P. Harry Harrison, creator of the Stainless Steel Rat, Bill the Galactic Hero, and Soylent Green

    08/15/2012 9:20:19 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    io9 ^ | August 15, 2012 | Charlie Jane Anders
    If Harry Harrison had only created "Slippery" Jim DiGriz, the roguish hero of the Stainless Steel Rat books, he would deserve a high place in science fiction history. But he also wrote dozens of other novels, including the hilarious Bill the Galactic Hero saga, the proto-Steampunk classic A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!, and the novel that became the movie Soylent Green, Make Room! Make Room!.
  • Tortured and haggard: Helena Bonham Carter is a convincing Miss Havisham

    08/15/2012 6:01:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2012 | Sarah Fitzmaurice and Lara Gould
    At 46 she's considerably younger than her character, the decrepit Miss Havisham. But Helena Bonham Carter can be seen looking haggard and tortured as the heiress locked in the past in the new trailer for the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations. The English actress is seen sporting huge bags under her eyes, a grey pallor and a wretched look on her face.
  • Joe Kubert Dies at 85; Influential Comic-Book

    08/13/2012 8:03:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 13, 2012 | By MARGALIT FOX
    Joe Kubert, a titan among comic-book artists whose work stretched from the Golden Age of the superhero to the gritty realism of the graphic novel, died on Sunday in Morristown, N.J. He was 85. The cause was multiple myeloma, his son Adam said. Mr. Kubert, who first plied his trade as a teenager in the 1930s and continued drawing in the hospital during his final illness, was among the last of the generation of comic-book illustrators whose work helped define the genre in the years before World War II. “He’s the longest-lived continuously important contributor to the field,” Paul Levitz,...
  • So What Does The President Read ?

    08/12/2012 12:25:38 PM PDT · by djone · 20 replies
    instapundit ^ | 12Aug12 | Glenn Reynolds
    It's Fareed Zakaria's book " The Post-American World " ---“This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s blockbusting bestseller on the United States in the twenty-first century. How can Americans understand this rapidly changing international climate, and how might the nation continue to thrive in a truly global era? (Amazom,com)
  • Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him: Synopsis

    08/12/2012 10:40:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Amazon ^ | Release Date: Aug 21 | Richard Minter, Book Author
    Book Description Publication Date: August 21, 2012 Barack Obama has never been fully vetted—until now. In Leading from Behind, New York Times bestselling investigative journalist Richard Miniter presents the first book to explore President Obama’s abilities as a leader, by unearthing new details of his biggest successes and failures. Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, Leading from Behind investigates the secret world of the West Wing and the combative personalities that shape historic events. Contrary to the White House narrative, which aims to define Obama as a visionary leader, Leading from Behind reveals a president who is indecisive,...
  • David Gelernter's America Lite

    08/12/2012 6:30:05 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Hugh ^ | August 10,2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    David Gelernter is one of those amazing people whose lifetime productivity across so many fields simply dazzles if it doesn't completely diminish your sense of self-worth. Now this Yale professor (computer science) has written an explanation of how the country came to be where it is, a book so riveting and beautifully written that you may finish it in a single sitting. It is America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats.)
  • Liza Klaussmann: 'I Reread Moby-Dick and Thought: Where Was Your Editor?'

    08/11/2012 7:31:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Guardian | Saturday 11 August 2012 | Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy
    Liza Klaussmann: 'I Reread Moby-Dick and Thought: Where Was Your Editor?'