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  • Stephen King Has A ‘Warning’ For Brits Ahead Of Trump’s U.K. Visit

    07/09/2018 9:51:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 9, 2018 | Ed Mazza
    Horror novelist Stephen King is going viral again with yet another slam against President Donald Trump. Trump is visiting the United Kingdom later this week after a NATO summit in Brussels, and is expected to be greeted by protests complete with a 20-foot “Trump baby” in a diaper blimp floating overhead. The best-selling writer tweeted: (TWEET-AT-LINK) King has been a frequent Trump critic on Twitter....
  • What I LEarned in the Gulag

    07/08/2018 10:16:49 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 32 replies
    Kolyma Stories ^ | 2018 | Varlam Shalamov
    For fifteen years the writer Varlam Shalamov was imprisoned in the Gulag for participating in “counter-revolutionary Trotskyist activities.” He endured six of those years enslaved in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most hostile places on earth. While he was awaiting sentencing, one of his short stories was published in a journal called Literary Contemporary. He was released in 1951, and from 1954 to 1973 he worked on Kolyma Stories, a masterpiece of Soviet dissident writing that has been newly translated into English and published by New York Review Books Classics this week. Shalamov claimed not...
  • MFG Aberdeen plant hiring again to support new wind blade order (60 jobs in South Dakota)

    07/02/2018 7:50:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    KSFY-TV ^ | July 2, 2018
    ABERDEEN, S.D. (KSFY) - Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) in Aberdeen announced Monday it will create about 60 more jobs after a substantial new order for wind turbine blades was confirmed. The company said the new order is part of a long-term agreement. “This new order is very good news for our teammates, the Aberdeen economy and MFG," Senior Vice President David Giovannini said in a press release. "In the context of challenging conditions in the wind energy market, we are very pleased with this win.” Back in early December, MFG announced plant would shutdown in February due to changes...
  • Any Book Suggestions for 4th of July Week?

    06/24/2018 6:43:19 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 74 replies
    Myself ^ | 6/24/2018 | Myself
    Taking a week off centered on the Fourth. Anyone have any good, current book suggestions? Subject matters of interest: History, Politics, Historical biographies. (No offense to anyone, but Bill O'Reilly's historical books are not of interest to me.)
  • Google does it again (Stop using it, please)

    06/22/2018 8:15:54 AM PDT · by Celerity · 40 replies
    google ^ | 6/22/18 | Celerity
    "By writing black female protagonists into science fiction, and bringing her acute appraisal of real-world power structures to bear on the imaginary worlds she created, Butler became an early pillar of the subgenre and aesthetic known as Afrofuturism. (Kara Walker cites her as an inspiration; and, as Hilton Als has pointed out, Butler is the “dominant artistic force” in Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade.”) In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time, Kellyanne Conway made a strong case for George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” when she used the phrase “alternative facts” and sent the novel to...
  • Australian company selects Huntsville for US manufacturing plant (200 jobs in Alabama)

    06/09/2018 4:37:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WAAY-TV ^ | June 6, 2018 | Sydney Martin
    EOS says in six to nine months the manufacturing plant will be in full production. Electro Optic Systems or EOS is an Australian company that's coming to the Rocket City. The company is based out of Australia but is now opening a United States Headquarters in Huntsville. The building will produce products of the company for the defense industry. Their United States President who has been a part of the defense industry in Huntsville for years told WAAY 31 about the products they will be manufacturing. "What you can do with this system is you can stay in the vehicle,...
  • Heather Mac Donald on Identity Politics, Klavan on Culture, Andy McCarthy on Jihadism (AUDIO)

    06/06/2018 11:57:06 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 2 replies
    Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten ^ | 6/6/2018 | Ben Weingarten
    Today Ben Weingarten launched a new podcast, Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten, of likely interest. Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten features compelling long-form conversations with exceptional thinkers and doers -- primarily though not exclusively of a conservative/libertarian bent -- on the most critical ideas and issues of our time, and all time. The podcast aims to inject a counter-narrative to the prevailing progressive orthodoxy, and elicit deep insights on fundamental questions ranging from national security to economics, and philosophy to culture – fostering timeless discussions on what really matters, rather than chasing the news cycle. Here are the inaugural episodes:...
  • The Doorbell Rang

    05/26/2018 4:44:32 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2015 | Rex Stout
    Given the lawlessness of the FBI in recent weeks this episode seems prescient. In case you don't know, Nero Wolfe is sort of the American Sherlock Holmes The Doorbell Rang
  • Why Trump Is a President Like No Other (Book Review)

    05/15/2018 6:52:56 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    American Greatness ^ | May 15, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Conrad Black’s erudite biography of Donald J. Trump is different from the usual in mediis rebus accounts of first-year presidents. He avoids the Bob Woodward fly-on-the-wall unattributed anecdote, and “they say” gossip mongering. Nor is the book a rush-to-publish product from former insiders of the Trump campaign or administration. Instead, Black, a prolific and insightful historian, adopts the annalistic method in carefully tracing Trump’s earliest years in business through his various commercial misadventures, financial recoveries, and sometimes wild antics. Black’s aim is to illustrate how much of what Trump has done since announcing his presidential candidacy in summer 2015 is hardly mysterious. Instead, Trump’s methods are fully explicable by what he has always done in the past—in the sometimes troubling, but more often reassuring, sense. Black is neither a hagiographer nor an ankle-biter. He seeks to understand Trump within the three prominent landscapes in which Americans had come to know their new president: politics, the celebrity world, and the cannibalistic arena of high-stakes Manhattan real estate and finance. Of the three, Black is most jaded about the anti-Trump hysteria within the first two, not because the real estate business is inherently a nobler profession, but because it more often lacks the moral preening and hypocrisies of both the beltway and tabloids. The result is an argument that the first president to have neither prior political nor military service nevertheless has his own demonstrable skill sets that are making his presidency far more dynamic than either his critics or supporters quite imagined. Black’s unspoken assumption is that it is more difficult to build a skyscraper in Manhattan than to be a career politician or an evening news reader.</p>
  • Book Review: The Red Chief by Ion Idriess, 1953

    04/27/2018 11:07:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
     THE RED CHIEF AS TOLD BY THE LAST OF HIS TRIBE by Ion L. Idriess,  ANGUS AND ROBERTSON SYDNEY - LONDON, 1953 226 pages. The Red Chief by Ion L. Idriess is about a legendary Australian aboriginal chief that lived from about 1650 to 1745, long before any European presence. His life and times were passed down in oral history, from what may have been the last full blood of his tribe, to Senior Sargent John P. Ewing, mentioned in Gunneday in 1886.  (1829-1911) The recounting of the stories about Cumbo Gunnerah were conscientiously written down from about a...
  • My Cheat Sheet to The Federalist Papers

    04/27/2018 1:39:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 16 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 27th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Long ago I made the mistake of wading unprepared into The Federalist Papers. In 1970 your humble blogger was a high school sophomore who bit off more than he could chew. I found Publius’ prose thick and rambling with incomprehensible sentences the length of paragraphs. Little did I know then that the style of the primary writer, Alexander Hamilton, is among the toughest for modern readers to comprehend. Unfortunately, Glenn Beck’s The Original Argument was forty-one years into the future. Had it been around in 1970, I would have devoured it.1 So, I tossed the Papers aside and didn’t revisit...
  • A Conversation with the Justice Clarence Thomas

    04/19/2018 10:49:14 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    youtu.be ^ | Apr 13, 2018 | LibraryOfCongress
    Gregory Maggs conducted a conversation with Hon. Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The conversation was held in conjunction with the Supreme Court Fellows Program Annual Events. Speaker Biography: A native of Georgia, Clarence Thomas was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to become an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and was seated on the Court on October 23, 1991. Speaker Biography: Gregory E. Maggs is a professor at George Washington University Law School.
  • Jonah Goldberg's Elephant in the Boudoir--Not "Sex", Perpetuo-Omni-Pseudo-Copulationism

    04/17/2018 2:46:39 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 15 replies
    Your Common Sense | 11/16/28 | Charlesoconnell
    Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould had a piano partially converted to a harpsichord, piano hammers removed, replaced with posts & quills. The harsh sound was described as "2 Skeletons Copulating on a Corrugated Tin Roof". An apt word cartoon to symbolize the motivation of end-stage Western civilization. Doing It with anything, everything, all the time, is not sex, which makes babies, creates the new world, unites couples and weaves the seamless fabric of the next society after this one winds down its inglorious suicide. Catholic sex tracker Mary Eberstadt considers it a new religion. She doesn't call it, its proper...
  • Tell-tale Backstabbers Destined To Follow Comey’s Memoirs

    04/16/2018 1:01:50 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/16/18 | Judi McLeod
    Laughing all the way to the bank Things we found out about in the James Comey ‘memoir’. Besides, that is that Comey’s the stand in for former MI6 British spy Christopher Steele, whose dirty imagination came up with the golden shower scenario in the debunked dossier for which Hillary Clinton paid big bucks. Steele, Clinton and the Dems tried to make people believe that the only way Donald J. Trump had to get even with lame-duck President Barack Obama was to rain golden showers on the same Moscow Ritz-Carlton hotel bed that Barack and Michelle Obama had once slept in.
  • Book Review: War Before Civilization

    04/09/2018 11:35:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    War Before Civilization; The Myth of the Peaceful Savage by Lawrence H. Keeley, 1996, Oxford University Press, paperback edition, 1997, 245 pages. War Before Civilization is one of those works that cause observers of the human condition to have an "Aha!" moment. I first read the book over a decade ago. I have recommended it to many, including my friend, Curtis Eykamp of Medway, Quirindi NSW, Australia. He ordered a copy, and while I was helping take care of his 100 year old father, Roy, I had the happy occasion to entertain Roy by reading to him. War Before...
  • Dare YOU face the orcs? 80s game books Fighting Fantasy return

    04/05/2018 6:18:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | April 4, 2018 | Alison Flood
    The role-playing adventure books sold 20m copies in the 80s, before being eclipsed by video games. Now they’re back with a new story by Charlie Higson, can they captivate the web generation?
  • Frederick Douglass vs. Karl Marx: who is worth celebrating, 200 years later?

    03/26/2018 12:44:32 PM PDT · by kocooked · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 3/23/2018 | Michael Cook
    It will come as no surprise that this year Hillsdale College has chosen to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass. Born a slave in Talbot County, Maryland, Douglass fled north to freedom in 1838. Eventually, he became a celebrated orator, and a leading figure in the abolition movement. Douglass also became a friend of Hillsdale College. He was twice an honored guest of the college. His first visit took place in January 1863, a few weeks after the final issuance of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. On that occasion, Douglass delivered an address entitled “Popular Error and Unpopular Truth.”...
  • Book Report : Secret Empires By: Peter Schwietzer

    03/26/2018 3:28:21 AM PDT · by JohnThree3to16 · 24 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | Peter Schwietzer
    Heard Buck Sexton interview with Peter Schwietzer talking about this book. Had no idea the Hunter Biden $1B deals??? Makes one wonder if all the Russia Trump accusations are intended to steer attention away from this book? I have not read the book yet but after hearing this interview it is on my list. If you have read it please post your review here.
  • Bubba Macbeth,ACT V SCENE I

    03/17/2018 10:10:32 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 15 replies
    Self | 17 March 2018 | COBOL2Java
    We're all expecting and anticipating Hillary's descent into madness. Given that, I'm thinking a tie-in to Lady Macbeth might be appropriate. No time soon, perhaps. Months, years? Yet madness will overtake her I think. With apologies to William Shakespeare... At the beginning of Act 5 of Bubba Macbeth, Lady Hillary, who has apparently dropped out of the story is brought back upon the stage that we may see how she too pays the penalty of her crimes. The strong will that enabled her to defy her woman's nature has broken down utterly; left alone in her castle while Bubba is...
  • Is "Black Mirror" Truly a Modern Twilight Zone?

    03/16/2018 12:56:22 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 44 replies
    You’ve surely gotten the memo by now. As a fan of The Twilight Zone, you’re supposed to be head over heels for Black Mirror. I wish I could join the chorus. I don’t mean the show is without merit. It’s well-produced, acted and directed. It has some intriguing storylines. But it’s no Twilight Zone for the 21st century. Sure, it’s an anthology with fantasy/sci-fi touches. But it’s also incredibly pessimistic...Yes, TZ had its share of downbeat endings (hello, Henry Bemis). And it’s true that Serling didn’t shrink from showing us the dark side of human nature (“The Shelter” and “The...