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  • Strenger than Fiction / Jewish liberals from all nations, unite

    05/03/2010 7:15:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 590+ views
    haaretz ^ | 5/3/10 | Carlo Strenger
    Diaspora Jews around the world are realizing the time has come to reject the right’s dictate that being pro-Israel means that you need to support the policies of Israeli governments, no matter what they do. The failure of the Camp David summit in 2000 and the onset of the Second Intifada have in stages swung the pendulum of Israeli politics to the right to the current government that includes Avigdor Lieberman - one of the most anti-democratic ministers Israel has ever had, who is moving Israel ever closer to the brink of total international isolation - and the Shas Party...
  • The Parent Problem in Young Adult Lit

    04/03/2010 5:46:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies · 820+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 1, 2010 | Julie Just
    ... Judging from The New York Times children’s best-seller list and librarian-approved selections like the annual “Best Books for Young Adults,” the bad parent is now enjoying something of a heyday. It would be hard to come up with an exact figure from the thousands of Y.A. novels published every year, but what’s striking is that some of the most sharply written and critically praised works reliably feature a mopey, inept, distracted or ready-for-rehab parent, suggesting that this has become a particularly resonant figure. ... Sometimes the parents are very, very busy, and sometimes they’ve simply checked out. The husband...
  • Fiction writer Janet Evanovich promotes anti-gun agenda

    03/18/2010 7:19:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies · 558+ views
    Austin Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 March, 2010 | Howard Nemerov
    Sometimes it takes deeper analysis to sniff out an anti-rights propagandist. (WIkipedia) At the repeated behest of my wife, I sat down to read my first Janet Evanovich book, Plum Spooky. You may wonder what a fiction writer has to do with gun rights. Unfortunately, far more than you might think, because modern media has learned how to promote their anti-self-defense message in more and more subtle ways. Welcome to the fantasy world of Stephanie Plum, a female bounty hunter who tracks down criminals who skip out of court appearances and their associated bail. She doesn’t like guns, but her...
  • Marjah, the city that never was

    03/12/2010 8:33:00 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 7 replies · 631+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Gareth Porter
    WASHINGTON - For weeks, the United States public followed the biggest offensive of the Afghanistan war against what it was told was a "city of 80,000 people" as well as the logistical hub of the Taliban in that part of Helmand. That idea was a central element in the overall impression built up in February that Marjah was a major strategic objective, more important than other district centers in Helmand. It turns out, however, that the picture of Marjah presented by military officials and reported by major news media is one of the clearest and most dramatic pieces of misinformation...
  • My Daddy

    02/21/2010 6:41:56 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 10 replies · 652+ views
    Steve Newton ^ | 2010 | Steve Newton
    An Old Sergeant Story
  • The Day the Dollar Died Series - Chapter XVI: Where Shopping is a Pleasure

    02/10/2010 1:33:34 PM PST · by dynachrome · 7 replies · 723+ views
    johngaltfla.com ^ | 2-10-10 | "John Galt"
    “Our neighbors spoke with someone down the street who’s husband was taken away. She was allowed to visit him yesterday after two days with no visitors. Apparently this guy was active in the Tea Party movement and some of those right wing websites like Beck’s and Free Republic so they seized his computer, all of his guns, his two German Shepherds and his Jeep Cherokee."
  • What are your Favorite Adventure Books?

    02/05/2010 8:42:20 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 114 replies · 1,586+ views
    MtnClimber | February 5, 2010 | Vanity
    Was just wondering what the favorite adventure novels are for Freepers out there. Fiction or non-fiction.
  • The Mystery of Barack Obama Continues

    01/31/2010 9:16:28 PM PST · by narses · 135 replies · 3,639+ views
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | Steve Baldwin, Exclusive to Western Center for Journalism
    Most Americans don’t realize we have elected a president whom we know very little about. Pictured: Barack Obama’s Autobiography, Dreams from My Father. Researchers have discovered that Obama’s autobiographical books are little more than PR stunts, as they have little to do with the actual events of his life. The fact is we know less about President Obama than perhaps any other president in American history and much of this is due to actual efforts to hide his record. This should concern all Americans. A nation-wide network of researchers has sprung up to attempt to fill in the blanks, but...
  • I, SNIPER by Stephen Hunter

    01/13/2010 9:51:56 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 4 replies · 576+ views
    Myself ^ | 13 Jan 2010 | Rummyfan
    Just finished Stephen Hunter's lastest Bob Lee Swagger novel, I, SNIPER, and it is excellent. I highly recommend it to all Freepers and all Hunter fans. One excerpt that sums up the MSM these days:The narrative is the set of assumptions the press believes in, possibly without even knowing that it believes in them.... it's a set of casual, nonrigorous assumptions about a reality they've never really experienced that's arranged in such a way as to reinforce their best and most ideal presumptions about themselves and their importance to the system and the way they've chosen to live their lives....
  • SurvivalBlog.com – Prepared Individuals Living in Uncertain Times (Guns, food and ammo...)

    08/02/2009 7:09:20 PM PDT · by appleseed · 21 replies · 2,071+ views
    AmmoLand.com ^ | August 1st, 2009
    Somewhere West of the Rockies - -(AmmoLand.com)- AmmoLand.com’s featured Gun Blogger of the Month, for August 2009, is the SurvivalBlog.com. James Wesley, Rawles (JWR) is a survivalist author and lecturer. JWR is also the editor of www.SurvivalBlog.com. “I’m also a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, and now work as a full-time blogger and freelance writer. This blog reflects my interests. I’ve been an enthusiastic survivalist since my teenage years. I grew up in the Bomb Shelter era, and that mind set just never wore off” says James Wesley, Rawles. The first amazing thing about the SurvivalBlog.com is JWR has not...
  • Book Review: James Rawles "How To Surivive TEOTWAWKI"

    10/04/2009 1:16:12 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 68 replies · 2,544+ views
    SurvivalBlog.com ^ | October 4, 2009 | Travis McGee
    James Wesley Rawles is probably one of the foremost survival preparation experts in America today. His survivalblog.com website has more than 135,000 readers, he is frequently a guest on national radio shows, and he has been interviewed in many influential newspapers and magazines. The new reprint of his novel “Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse” has been hovering around the #100 mark on the Amazon ranking list for many months, which is a remarkable record. “Patriots” is a combination of a novel and a survivalism textbook, which made it difficult for the book to excel in both directions at the...
  • Survivalist Novel Patriots Rates High in Amazon, Not Libraries(Bitter clinger must read)

    04/30/2009 4:32:08 AM PDT · by appleseed · 18 replies · 1,392+ views
    Libray Journal ^ | 4/14/2009 | Lynn Blumenstein
    So, a title shoots to the top of Amazon.com’s sales ranking within days of its release and libraries are caught off-guard—only a handful have it on hand and another few wait for its delivery; it’s already on backorder at Baker & Taylor (B&T). This scenario occurred with the April 7 release of Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles, which hit #6 last week on Amazon but was #33 today. (The book, initially published as shareware and then by a Christian publishing house and POD house Xlibris, has been reissued by Ulysses Press, which...
  • Duck and Cover: It’s the New Survivalism

    04/05/2008 5:57:03 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 36 replies · 263+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6 April 08 | By ALEX WILLIAMS
    ...Preparedness activity is difficult to track statistically, since people who take measures are usually highly circumspect by nature, said Jim Rawles, the editor of www.survivalblog.com, a preparedness Web site. Nevertheless, interest in the survivalist movement “is experiencing its largest growth since the late 1970s,” Mr. Rawles said in an e-mail, adding that traffic at his blog has more than doubled in the past 11 months, with more than 67,000 unique visitors per week. And its base is growing. “Our core readership is still solidly conservative,” he said. “But in recent months I’ve noticed an increasing number of stridently green and...
  • J.W. Rawles to be guest on Laura Ingraham's show Monday(author of "Patriots")

    10/04/2009 10:31:10 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies · 608+ views
    www.survivalblog.com ^ | 10-4-09 | J.W. Rawles
    Sunday October 4 2009 Notes from JWR: I'm scheduled to be guest on the Laura Ingraham syndicated talk radio show tomorrow (Monday, October 5th), to discuss preparedness topics, from 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM Eastern Time (8:15 AM to 8:45 AM Pacific Time.) She is heard on more than 300 radio stations, on XM Radio, and on the Internet in both live streaming and podcasts.
  • GOD'S TWO WITNESSES: REVELATION 11

    12/30/2009 5:53:53 PM PST · by freedomyes · 3 replies · 528+ views
    Allvoices ^ | Dec 30 | J. Grant Swank, Jr.
    Jesus informs John that Gentile pagans will have their diabolical way in Jerusalem for the last half (42 months divided by 12 equals three-and-a-half years) of the about-seven year Tribulation period, the latter closing out the Church Age. The Church Age began with the First Coming of Christ. The Church Age will conclude with the Second Coming of Christ. The “trampling” includes the AntiChrist desecrating the next Temple to be constructed as well as laying low by his armies’ might the city of Jerusalem.
  • A Gun Rights Carol: Marley's Ghost

    12/22/2009 3:53:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 332+ views
    Cleveland Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 December, 2009 | Daniel White
    That Marley was dead there could be no doubt. All the papers carried the news, the coroner had performed a thorough autopsy, and Scrooge himself had identified the body and bore witness at the funeral. Was Scrooge certain in his identification? Of course he was! Scrooge and Marley had been friends for more years than either could remember and both considered the other to be family. In reality, each others’ only friend and the only family either cared to associate with. Marley was a long time politician spending many years at different levels of politics, holding the office of U.S....
  • Our First FReeper Book Club: Atlas Shrugged

    01/15/2009 10:32:08 AM PST · by Publius · 376 replies · 9,697+ views
    A Publius Essay | 15 January 2009 | Publius
    Over the past few weeks, Ayn Rand’s classic, Atlas Shrugged, has been mentioned in articles in the Wall Street Journal and among conservative and libertarian bloggers. Two questions are being debated by those who have read the book. Are we living in a time line that follows the book? What chapter are we in? Besides those who have read the book, there are FReepers with little awareness of Rand and her work. Some are turned off by the length of her works of fiction. Some of a more religious bent have problems with Rand’s atheism. Some wish she had left...
  • Dr Peter Watts, Canadian science fiction writer, beaten and arrested at US border

    12/12/2009 9:34:58 AM PST · by Hank Kerchief · 65 replies · 1,759+ views
    boingboing ^ | December 11, 2009 | Cory Doctorow
    <p>My friend, the wonderful sf writer Peter Watts was beaten without provocation and arrested by US border guards on Tuesday. I heard about it early Wednesday morning in London and called Cindy Cohn, the legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She worked her contacts to get in touch with civil rights lawyers in Michigan, and we mobilized with Caitlin Sweet (Peter's partner) and David Nickle (Peter's friend) and Peter was arraigned and bailed out later that day.</p>
  • Heart of the Assassin

    09/14/2009 11:11:44 AM PDT · by mrmystery · 24 replies · 1,127+ views
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 9-14-2009 | Dave Forsmark
    Perhaps the most anticipated popular fiction offering of the year for readers of this column is Heart of the Assassin, (Scribner, $25.95) Robert Ferrigno's final volume in his trilogy about a future America split by civil war and dominated by Islamic rule. http://frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=36278#disqus_thread
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    10/02/2009 8:21:19 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 167 replies · 3,198+ views
    10/02/09 | MplsSteve
    OK everyone, it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" survey. I always ask this because I consider most Freepers to be extremely well-read, possibly some of the more well-read groups on the Web. What you are currently reading can be anything - a technical journal, an NY Times bestseller, a classic novel, in short anything. Please do not defile this thread by replying "I'm reading this thread". It became un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading "The Approaching Fury: Voices Of The Storm (1820-1861) by Stephen Oates. This book covers the major controversies and...
  • Science Fiction literature thread

    10/21/2009 10:21:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies · 2,083+ views
    nachumlist.com ^ | 10/21/09 | Nachum
    I thought I would start a thread for all of you Science Fiction and Fantasy readers. I know it has been done in the past, but it seemed like a good time to run it again. If you have any favorite books or stories to recommend post it for others to share. I have received some excellent advice on some good reads. Maybe you have a good title or author to recommend.
  • THE OLD SERGEANT V. THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS

    10/12/2009 4:29:10 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 7 replies · 981+ views
    Author ^ | 2009 | Steve Newton
    “Sergeant could you please tell the Committee what your involvement was in the incident that took place outside of Kabul on August 1st of this year?”
  • What did Thomas Jefferson write to William Wilberforce about?

    10/03/2009 9:47:01 PM PDT · by ExGeeEye · 8 replies · 1,059+ views
    "Amazing Grace", film | me
    This is a Vanity. If it shows up in the wrong place, would some kindly soul remove it to a better place. I have recently seen the movie "Amazing Grace", with Ioan Gruffudd, about William Wilberforce and his efforts to end British participation in the slave trade. At one point, his friend, PM Pitt, tells him that one of the reasons he's having trouble is that it is rumored that WW was corresponding with Thomas Jefferson. Is it true? Does anyone know what they were writing about? Jefferson had slaves, and WW was against it.
  • Theodicy (2:18)

    09/02/2009 4:25:40 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 251+ views
    Youtube ^ | September 2, 2009 | MT
    Audiobook: In this episode, Father Stephen Keller tries to help a stranger with his social worker friend, Laurie, and fears he's fallen for a weird trap. Will he take the bait and go up to Ruthie's room alone? Watch video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NT9maMHSBE Constructive criticism appreciated.
  • The Surprise Party Was For His Priestly Twin Brother in "Father Beachem's Birthday Party"

    08/02/2009 2:12:43 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 2 replies · 411+ views
    Fine Fish Fiction ^ | 8/2/09 | Pat Fish
    Even though Father Beachem was his twin brother, the protagonist in this fiction short story helped arrange his twin's surprise birthday party which turned out to be a bigger surprise to the caterer and priest's brother than to the party's man of honor.
  • America Libre

    07/28/2009 3:20:41 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 37 replies · 953+ views
    raulramos.com ^ | 27 July 2009 | Raul Ramos y Sanchez
    "America Libre: A novel by Raul Ramos y Sanchez" "Time: The second decade of the twenty-first century. As the immigration crisis reaches the boiling point, once-peaceful Latino protests explode into rioting. Cities across the nation are in flames. Anglo vigilantes bent on revenge launch drive-by shootings in the barrios, wantonly killing young and old. Exploiting the turmoil, a congressional demagogue succeeds in passing legislation that transforms the nation’s teeming inner-city barrios into walled-off Quarantine Zones. In this chaotic landscape, Manolo Suarez is struggling to provide for his family. Under the spell of a beautiful Latina radical, the former U.S. Army...
  • White House Won't Name 'Colorado Woman' In Health Care Speech

    07/23/2009 11:02:23 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 45 replies · 2,139+ views
    DENVER -- President Barack Obama specifically profiled the plight of a Colorado woman failed by the health care system in Wednesday night's nationally televised address. But when 7NEWS started asking basic questions such as where is she from and what is her name, the administration that prides itself on being transparent wouldn't say a word. In Wednesday night's speech, Obama said, "This is about the woman in Colorado who paid $700 a month to her insurance company, only to find out that they wouldn't pay a dime for her cancer treatment, who had to use up her retirement funds to...
  • Barry, You Ain't no Abe Lincoln

    07/23/2009 10:06:53 AM PDT · by Dallas · 24 replies · 1,025+ views
    So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln, and you ain't Abe Lincoln." You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves. ......Abraham Lincoln
  • "The Slippery Slope of Marriage"-a Fictional, but Very Possible, Look At the Future of Marriage

    07/19/2009 2:05:49 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 2 replies · 679+ views
    Fine Fish Fiction ^ | 7/19/09 | Pat Fish
    It's fiction but it will someday be very true as the writer of the diary asserts. For now, it's up to Youtube to provide a scary but very believable illustration of how marriage will be defined in America's future.
  • MOSSAD'S KILLING MACHINE COMES TO BRITAIN

    05/17/2003 6:17:30 AM PDT · by ex-Texan · 127 replies · 6,376+ views
    GlobeIntel and GordonThomas.ie ^ | 5/15/2003 | Gordon Thomas
    MOSSAD'S KILLING MACHINE COMES TO BRITAIN A killing war between Israel's Mossad and Islamic fanatics came closer this weekend in Britain. The Israeli intelligence agency has sent four members of its kidon assassination squad to this country, to join fifteen other handpicked katsas, its relentless field agents. Their brief is to "disable" any of the "close to 50" British Muslims that the extremist Islamic group, Al-Muhajiroun, last week boasted were ready to carry out suicide missions similar to the one in Tel Aviv. Al-Muhajiroun spokesman, Asif Butt, said the 50 were "primed and ready to go". The threat was sufficient...
  • FICTION-"CAN OF PEAS"-A Simple Can of Peas Changes the Lives of Immigrants and Their Children

    06/14/2009 3:33:48 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 2 replies · 350+ views
    Fine Fish Fiction ^ | 6/14/09 | Pat Fish
    The protagonist of this story "Can of Peas" grew up believing that a humble can of peas saved her parents from certain death on the rocky immigrant boat of their passage from Italy to America. But was it a can of peas or something that sounds like a can of peas that saved the lives on that boat and changed the fortunes of the believers soon to be born of the survivors?
  • The Media Fall for Phony 'Jobs' Claims

    06/09/2009 12:49:45 AM PDT · by xtinct · 19 replies · 1,214+ views
    WSJ ^ | 6/9/09 | WILLIAM MCGURN
    The Obama Numbers Are Pure Fiction. Tony Fratto is envious. Mr. Fratto was a colleague of mine in the Bush administration, and as a senior member of the White House communications shop, he knows just how difficult it can be to deal with a press corps skeptical about presidential economic claims. It now appears, however, that Mr. Fratto's problem was that he simply lacked the magic words -- jobs "saved or created." "Saved or created" has become the signature phrase for Barack Obama as he describes what his stimulus is doing for American jobs. His latest invocation came yesterday, when...
  • Fiction-"Saving Mom From Uncle Guido"

    04/26/2009 3:14:09 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 212+ views
    Fine Fish Fiction ^ | 4/26/09 | Pat Fish
    "Saving Mom From Uncle Guido" is a fiction story from "Mystery and Mirth, excerpted for yon enjoyment. For the Micky Mouse head helped her overhear the murder plot and the door disguise helped her stop it in its tracks. It's short and a smile.
  • Extermination: The Last Holdouts

    04/23/2009 1:09:57 PM PDT · by GeronL · 96 replies · 1,802+ views
    Regions between the ears | April 23, 2009 | GeronL
    Paducah TX. The 32 delegates sat in a smal room around regular tables on metal folding chairs drinking from paper cups from jugs of sweet iced tea and bottles of soda. The speaker stood at the center where a small stage, hastily built from bricks and plywood sat in a clearing. "... as we face the final days of our lives I would like to say I am proud of what I have done. I am proud to be giving my life for the ideals of freedom and liberty. I know we all are, even if we are frightened....
  • Horror: Theodicy (2;17)

    04/14/2009 6:39:42 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 3 replies · 436+ views
    Youtube ^ | 4/14/2009 | MT
    Horror: Theodicy (2:17) Synopsis: In this episode, Chris plots revenge against Stephen by hiring an amateur adult model to lure him into a hotel room with a hidden camera. “OUR MARK HAS TO BE CONVINCED THAT YOU’RE RUNNING FROM A BOYFRIEND WHO WANTS TO KILL YOU. CAN YOU PERSUADE HIM TO GO UP TO YOUR HOTEL ROOM?” Watch Video.
  • Nine Words You Think Came from Science but are Science Fiction

    04/06/2009 1:18:34 PM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 14 replies · 1,006+ views
    Now That's Nifty ^ | 04 06 09 | Nick
    1. Robotics. This is probably the most well-known of these, since Isaac Asimov is famous for (among many other things) his three laws of robotics. Even so, I include it because it is one of the only actual sciences to have been first named in a science fiction story (”Liar!”, 1941). Asimov also named the related occupation (roboticist) and the adjective robotic. 2. Genetic engineering. The other science that received its name from a science fiction story, in this case Jack Williamson’s novel Dragon’s Island, which was coincidentally published in the same year as “Liar!” The occupation of genetic engineer...
  • Need Help Choosing an Audiobook for Long Trip - Vanity

    03/27/2009 11:40:18 AM PDT · by Yaelle · 71 replies · 1,179+ views
    self | 03/27/09 | self
    We are going on a long car trip, with kids in the back. There will be a long stretch of desert without much radio. We adults would like to listen to something interesting on the trip. We have already purchased the audio to Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny for the way there. On the way back, we'd love a mystery or something really gripping. Here is where you come in. Those of you who listen to audiobooks, or read mysteries, can you think of one that you loved, not too feminine please, got to please the guys, that does NOT...
  • Horror: Theodicy (2:16)

    03/11/2009 9:56:25 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 6,074+ views
    Audiobook: Horror novel adaptation on youtube. Constructive criticism welcome. Episode synopsis: In this episode, Chris returns home to face another ordeal as the voices torture him to make new concessions. Watch and rate here. Series synopsis: Part II introduces our story's reluctant heroine, Nicole, after an encounter with a mysterious stranger turns her life upside down, and she begins a quest to stop a terrorist cult.
  • Horror: Theodicy (2:15)

    02/16/2009 3:49:55 PM PST · by mft112345 · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Audiobook: Part II introduces our story's reluctant heroine, Nicole, after an encounter with a mysterious stranger turns her life upside down, and she begins a quest to stop a terrorist cult. In this episode, Nicole tries to prevent Carl from hurting himself in a church and confronts Chris with a warning to leave town.
  • Writing fiction with Dragon Naturally Speaking software?

    02/15/2009 3:51:24 PM PST · by StAntKnee · 18 replies · 1,131+ views
    Vanity | Today | St Ant Knee
    I've written several books using Dragon NaturallySpeaking software and have pitched to my agent a book on how to write a novel using the software. It'd be useful to hear how others have fared. Any experiences with the software that would contradict my very good experience?
  • Source of Moon's Magnetism Found

    01/15/2009 8:15:48 PM PST · by Gordon Greene · 46 replies · 1,170+ views
    Yahoo.com ^ | 01-15-2009 | SPACE.com Staff
    Moon rocks delivered to Earth by Apollo astronauts held a mystery that has plagued scientists since the 1970s: Why were the lunar rocks magnetic? Earth's rotating, iron core produces the planet's magnetic field. But the moon does not have such a setup. Now, scientists at MIT think they have a solution. Some 4.2 billion years ago, the moon had a liquid core with a dynamo (like Earth's core today) that produced a strong magnetic field. The moon's magnetic field would have been about 1-50th as strong as Earth's is today, the researchers say. The MIT team found evidence for the...
  • The Voice of Twentieth-Century Catholicism

    12/14/2008 2:59:16 PM PST · by Publius804 · 5 replies · 400+ views
    insidecatholic.com ^ | 12/13/08 | Christopher J. Scalia
    The Voice of Twentieth-Century Catholicism by Christopher J. Scalia Since the death of J. F. Powers in 1999, admiring reviewers (all of his reviewers have been admiring) have mourned not only his death, but the general obscurity of his novels and stories. Although his first novel, Morte D'Urban, won the 1963 National Book Award -- over the more familiar names of John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, and Vladimir Nabokov -- and his work was praised by such major figures as Evelyn Waugh and Flannery O'Connor (more on her later), he is not very well known, even among Catholics whose Church...
  • George Washington's Visions / Prophecies

    12/06/2008 6:31:18 PM PST · by this is my country · 18 replies · 1,357+ views
    George Washington's vision is recorded at the Library of Congress "This afternoon, as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire the cause of her presence. A second, a third and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes. "By...
  • Theodicy II (Episode 12)

    11/19/2008 9:54:46 AM PST · by mft112345 · 4 replies · 771+ views
    In this episode of our story about the end of the world, Chris invites demons to possess him and kills his first victim to appease the voices. (Please watch and provide constructive criticism.)
  • The Children Are Watching (Peggy's kneepads)

    11/06/2008 9:57:00 PM PST · by pissant · 89 replies · 2,828+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/7/08 | Peggy Noonan
    You're lucky to live through big history. And you're living through it. The explosion of joy in large pockets of the country Tuesday night was beautiful to see, and moving. For me, at the end of the evening, looking at live shots of the throngs in Chicago's Grant Park, I flashed back to 1960 and how it felt, as a child, to see that the grown-ups had elected a Catholic president. I can't say we stood taller—we were Irish, we already stood tall—but yes, there was a wave of feeling: "What a country," "What a development!" The other day, when...
  • I received an email from the future, Dated Feb 27th, 2009? (vanity/fiction)

    10/28/2008 9:08:33 AM PDT · by Scythian · 14 replies · 1,014+ views
    ... It's been 22 days since the President's court found the 2nd Amendment to be unconstitutional and things look bad outside Billings, many dead and wounded lying are in the streets, we've no time to bury them. Last night we ran dangerously low on ammo but we received a night drop from a group called Liberties Kids of which we were previously unaware. We were able to repel the Enforcers one more time but we are in serious doubt that we can withstand another assault. We hear other loyalists are dug in deep and well fortified in Coeur d'Alene and...
  • Redistribute the Wealth

    10/21/2008 11:51:22 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 51 replies · 4,585+ views
    email unknown | 10-20-2008 | Email
    Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama, I need the money." I laughed. Once in the restaurant my server had on a "Obama 08" tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference -- just imagine the coincidence. When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more...
  • Appraising 'The Jewel of Medina' [on Muhammad's childwife - potential excuse for Jihadi violence]

    10/19/2008 4:15:02 PM PDT · by Righting · 11 replies · 702+ views
    stratfor ^ | Oct, 2008 | Fred Burton and Scott Stewart
    Appraising 'The Jewel of Medina' “The Jewel of Medina,” a controversial work of historical fiction by American author Sherry Jones, was supposed to have gone on sale Oct. 15 in the United Kingdom. A series of events, however, have delayed its British release indefinitely. The book, which went on sale in the United States on Oct. 6, describes the life of Aisha, the young girl who became the Prophet Mohammed’s third — and according to many sources, favorite — wife. Some Muslims have labeled the book blasphemous and have branded the author an enemy of Islam. An associate professor of...
  • The Unified Country

    09/29/2008 1:04:51 PM PDT · by writer33 · 8 replies · 232+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 9/29/08 | Kevin Bennett
    “Anybody here?” No response. He scratched a balding pate. “WAITER!” A girl of sixteen with too much makeup applied in too isometric a fashion sauntered up to the podium, apologizing quickly: “Sorry about the wait. The Rex’s were in the grass-pool again. They had to remove an outside wall and wheel in a forklift—” “Fine. Just get me a table. Now.” “How many?” “How many does it look like? ME! C’mon…”
  • Reviews of Jimmy Carter's "The Hornet's Nest".

    09/20/2008 12:40:03 PM PDT · by incredulous joe · 18 replies · 282+ views
    incredulous joe
    Freeps. My son is a tremendous fan of history and devours books and media on the subject constantly. Today, while rummaging through some sale items at my local library I acquired a copy of "The Hornet's Nest" by former US president Jimmy Carter. The book is a fictionalized account of events in the south during the American Revolution. It is read by Edward Herrmann. I would not have purchased the CD had it been read by Carter. Has anyone read this book, or know anything about it? I'd like to just spin it up and listen to the story with...