Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-21-2019

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Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, and everybody who's holding your beer. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, writing, and publishing by escaped oafs who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which are just baaa-aa-aa-aaa-aa-aaa-ad.


Pic Note

You're going to want to click on the photo to see the larger version. The woodwork is magnificent.


Bad Library Jokes & Puns:

I think Muldoon may have written some of these:

I asked the librarian where to find a book of patriotic American songs. She said “Over there.”

I asked the librarian where to find books about paranoia. She whispered, “They’re right behind you.”

I asked the librarian for a book about Pavlov’s dog and Schrödinger’s cat. She said it rang a bell, but she didn’t know if it was there or not.

I asked the librarian for a book on engine lubricants. She said to look in the nonfriction section.

I asked the librarian to recommend an author who wrote dinosaur novels. She said, “Try Sarah Topps.”

I asked the librarian for a book about Stockholm Syndrome. She told me the first few chapters were horrible, but by the end, I would love it.

(h/t Bluebird of Bitterness via mindful webworker)



It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

ABSUMPTION is the process of gradually destroying something.

Usage: The Democratic Party's Feast of the Absumption falls on May 1st this year. Of course, it falls on May 1st every year.

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Down the Memory Hole

Last week, in the discussion on the unavailability of Tommy Robinson's book, Mohammad's Koran: Why Muslims Kill For Islam, I neglected to mention the name of Tommy's co-author, Peter McLoughlin, who has written his own book, Easy Meat: Inside Britain's Grooming Gang Scandal, which really sounds quite depressing:

Peter McLoughlin spent years believing the Leftist narrative, namely it was 'a racist myth' that organised Muslim groups in Britain and the Netherlands (‘grooming gangs’ were luring white schoolgirls into a life of prostitution. But in 2009 he first encountered people who said their children had been groomed like this. These informants had non-white people in their immediate and extended family, and were thus unlikely to be racists. So McLoughlin dug deeper and what he found shocked him...He also came across references to incidents where any proof had since vanished. McLoughlin spent several years uncovering everything he could and documenting this scandal before the evidence disappeared. He demonstrates that the true nature of this grooming phenomenon was known about more than 20 years ago.

McLoughlin argues the authorities will continue their cover-up of this scandal...McLoughlin's book is an attempt to get the public to wake up, for them to demand civilised solutions, because if the social contract breaks down, people may turn to vigilante justice as the prostituting of schoolgirls continues unabated. The book documents...how Sikhs in Britain have already resorted to vigilante justice. The book exposes how political correctness was used to silence potential whistle-blowers...Every layer of authority in the British state comes under detailed examination to expose their part in the scandal. McLoughlin leaves no stone unturned, and at 130,000 words in length, it is likely to be the most detailed critique of this scandal for years to come.

There are three levels of crime here. The first is the actual crime, the victimization of thousands of young girls. That's pretty outrageous in and of itself.

The second, which in some respects is even more outrageous, is the authorities, whose sworn duty it is to protect its citizens precisely from precisely these sorts of predators, did not do so. Not that they couldn't do anything about, or were unable to do anything about it, but they refused to do anything about it. Even though they knew full well for decades that the sexual predation was going on. Just typing those words fills me with blind rage. What the hell good are the British police if they can turn a blind eye to this?? ( *types* )( *deletes* )( *must not advocate violence on somebody else's blog* ) Let me put it this way: if a father of one of those raped girls stalked and murdered the British police officer or administrator who knew and did nothing, and they caught him and put him on trial for murder, and if I were on the jury, I would vote to acquit. Automatically. I would not be interested at all in anything the Crown prosecutor had to say. I don't know how "justifiable homicide" works in British law, but that's exactly what this would be. And the fact that the dead guy is a representative of the Crown would mean nothing to me at all.

But the third level, while not as horrific as the first two nevertheless has the worst effect in the long-term, and I'm referring to the disappearance of evidence that these crimes had ever occured. In this way, McLoughlin is a bit like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, frantically recording the names, places, and dates of horrific criminal acts that the authorities would like to pretend never happened.

For example, on the Grooming Gangs Jailed vs National Cover-Up page, McLoughlin says this:

Below is my record of these gangs as they are convicted (indicating which of the rapists have Muslim names, and highlighting those named after the founder of Islam). Since there is no record of these convictions tabulated by the agencies of the state nor the controlled media, it is clear that neither have any interest in this data being known to the public. Interspersed with the conviction details are significant events which the state and the controlled media wish to keep from the public.

Peter is doing the work that the Crown is steadfastly refusing to do. His website is a wealth of information, including updates to his book.

This eradication of evidence is particularly important in view of things like this:

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It's kind of creepy to know that even though the government is not mandating the wholesale destruction of books for ideological ends, it is not hard to find those who are willing to undertake the task themselves.

Note: Library Journal, no doubt realizing how royally it had beclowned itself, deleted the original tweet so I had to go looking for a screenshot of it. But I was amused when I was looking for it to observe its apologists frantically motte-and-baileying themselves all over the place trying to make excuses for it: "Gee whiz, all she wants is more library diversity. How could you be against that?"


Moron Recommendations

21 Just came across a great title at Amazon: "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death"

Posted by: Frau Doktor Professor All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 14, 2019 09:20 AM (kQs4Y)

AHE didn't specifically recommend this book, but I went and looked it up, and it does sound like it might be interesting:

Best-selling author and licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition.

Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut’s body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral?

In the tradition of Randall Munroe’s What If?, Doughty’s new book, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, blends her scientific understanding of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five urgent questions posed by her youngest fans. Readers will learn what happens if you die on an airplane, the best soil for mummifying your dog, and whether or not you can preserve your friend’s skull as a keepsake.

Featuring illustrations from Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? will delight anyone interested in the fascinating truth about what will happen (to our bodies) after we die.

36 illustrations

I'm especially interested in the 36 illustrations. Unfortunately, there's no preview and the book (Kindle and hard copy) won't be released until Sept. 2019.

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And speaking of death:

380 Another book that is amusing and informative for fans of murder mysteries and legal thrillers - A Miscellany of Murder: From History and Literature to True Crime and Television, A Killer Selection of Trivia. Executed by The Monday Murder Club. 2011.

The reader will not only be shown Lizzy Bordon taking a few whacks at her parents but also the story of Jane Toppan who liked to climb in bed with her victims. Three movies that the American Bar Association likes. Inept crime labs including one in Broward County, FL. Or how blood splatter thwarted Henry Beattie Jr as he tried to rid himself of a wife. Plus great lines from PIs like Philip Marlowe along with Alfred Hitchcock quotes.

The epilogue is a real killer (SWSDT? -OM) that provides a checklist of things you should try to avoid while trying to hide/bury a body.

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 07, 2019 12:16 PM (AfyLj)

Also, chapters on the most puzzling unsolved murders and who's really gotten away with murder (maybe OJ?). A Miscellany of Murder: From History and Literature to True Crime and Television, a Killer Selection of Trivia can be had on Kindle for $10.99.

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And yet more skullduggery:

As a pallet-cleanser, I read Rocket to the Morgue by Anthony Boucher; it is a locked room mystery that features writers of the Maņana Literary Society (one of them is Robert Heinlein under a pseudonym) that are suspects in the attempted murder of a particularly unpleasant heir to a literary estate (modeled after Adrian Conan Doyle's handling of the Sherlock Holmes estate). A lot of fun and Boucher even puts himself in the novel -- he originally wrote it under the pen name of H.H. Holmes. Boucher does a nice bit of misdirection and finished with some neat twists. Boucher also gives some interesting glimpses of the "scientifiction" scene of the 1940s. Heinlein (AKA: Austin Carter) also talks about a story plot he was considering in which California becomes a Socialist republic and 2nd American Civil War takes place! Rating = 5/5.

There's a bit more detail in the Amazon blurb:

Legendary science fiction author Fowler Faulkes may be dead, but his creation, the iconic Dr. Derringer, lives on in popular culture. Or, at least, the character would live on if not for Faulkes’s predatory and greedy heir Hilary, who, during his time as the inflexible guardian of the estate, has created countless enemies in the relatively small community of writers of the genre. So when he is stabbed nearly to death in a room with only one door, which nobody was seen entering or exiting, Foulkes suspects a writer. Fearing that the assailant will return, he asks for police protection, and when more potentially-fatal encounters follow, it becomes clear to Detective Terry Marshall and his assistant, the inquisitive nun, Sister Ursula, that death awaits Mr. Foulkes around every corner. Now, they’ll have to work overtime to thwart the would-be murderer—a task that requires a deep dive into the strange, idiosyncratic world of science fiction in its early days...Reprinted for the first time in over thirty years, the book is a must-read for fans of mysteries and science fiction alike.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 14, 2019 09:37 AM (5Yee7)

The Kindle edition of Rocket to the Morgue is available for $9.99.

Also:

Came across a curious little book: "Fighting Words: From the Greeks for Today's Struggle, by Kathleen Freeman (trans. and ed.). Published in 1952, it consists of excerpts from the writings of the Ancient Greeks that can be used as critiques of Leftist political philosophy. Very interesting if your curious about what a bunch of dead white guys thought over 100 years ago about the human condition. Rating = 5/5.

This book is out of print, probably for many years. There's a used copy on AbeBooks for $20.

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Books By Morons

From an e-mail I received earlier this week:

My illustrated book, Doctor Deplorable’s Political Characters A to Z, will “officially” launch on April 18. 2109.

Two decades ago, when my children were young, I read to them every chance I could. My favorite read-aloud books entertained and educated my kids, contained interesting illustrations and had text that tickled my adult funny bone. The best of them raised questions and prompted conversations between reader and listener. The very best occasionally sent me looking for my own dictionary.

I was (and am) a libertarian-leaning, well-educated, conservative dad, with little patience for those who would pollute my kids’ minds with arrogantly-held, economically illiterate, beliefs. Combing through the children’s departments of local bookstores, I would search for intelligent, fun-filled books and try carefully to avoid those that were full of what I have come to think of as TUSC – the usual socialist crap.

I began work on this book about six months ago, hoping to give Deplorable parents like myself something fun to read aloud to their children. A send-off on the traditional alphabet primer, the book is written by “Doctor Deplorable” (a bald eagle with red, white and blue design elements and a stethoscope hanging around his neck) and then “translated” by me from the original Deplorable. The illustrator is a talented libertarian from Canada, Kyle Fleming.

I think you will find Doctor Deplorable’s Political Characters A to Z to be enjoyable, funny, and more than a little subversive. (think Yertle the Turtle meets Mad Magazine.)

The book is available for purchase at www.doctordeplorable.com, where you can also check out sample pages and FAQs.

This is an 'ABC' teaching book. Meaning, there are books you give to your kids to read, and there are books you read with your kids. Doctor Deplorable’s Political Characters A to Z is one of the latter. Each page is meant to encourage conversation between parent and child.

Amazon says it's not available, but you can buy it directly from the author's website.


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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, bribes, insults, threats, ugly pants pics and moron library submissions may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at the book thread e-mail address: aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.

What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as you all know, life is too short to be reading lousy books.

Posted by: OregonMuse at 09:00 AM




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1
Read a bunch of old Louis La'Amore books this past week. Now retrying Ben Hur which I had tried from Gutenberg years ago. I re-downloaded it from Amazon so I could get the real cover to the book.

Posted by: Vic at April 21, 2019 09:01 AM (mpXpK)

2 Tolle Lege
And Happy Easter

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 09:02 AM (BbGew)

3 You're going to want to click on the photo to see the larger version. The woodwork is magnificent.

I wish my living room where all my books are at looked like that.

Posted by: Vic at April 21, 2019 09:03 AM (mpXpK)

4 Bad Library Jokes & Puns:

I never heard of library jokes. They're really good!

Posted by: t-bird at April 21, 2019 09:05 AM (gHCnG)

5 Finally ordered Hell in a Very Small Place about the French at Dien Bien Phu. I read this as far as I can remember in 9th grade and was a influential book so wanted a copy and read again.

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 09:05 AM (BbGew)

6 Recommended here several times, I read Serena by Ron Rash. The title character has to be one the the greatest bitches in literature. An amoral lumber baroness, Serena slashes through the hills of North Carolina and through the people who stand in her way of her goals. Set in the early 1930's, this book offers a look at lumber camps of the time. Excellent book.

Posted by: Zoltan at April 21, 2019 09:05 AM (Zgezk)

7 I read The Marble Forest by Theo Durant (pseudonym); published in 1951, it is actually the product of 12 mystery authors writing separate sections. The novel is about a small-town doctor searching for his kidnapped daughter buried alive in a cemetary. A bit disjointed, the book uses the interesting feature of having dead people tell the reader about the town's seamy side. I found it to be a non particularly successful experiment; rating = 3.0/5.

While reading Rocket to the Morgue, the character modeled after Robert Heinlein mentioned a book titled If, or History Rewritten while explaining the concept of alternate time-lines to the detective. Published in 1931, the book contains essays by Winston Churchill (the future Prime Minister, not the American author), G.K.Chesterston, Hailaire Belloc, etc. I tracked down a copy and started reading it.

Churchill's essay, "What if Lee Had Not Won the Battle of Gettysburg" takes the interesting viewpoint of a fictitious historian hypothesizing of the effects if the Confederate victory had not taken place; Churchill touts the virtues of a world-wide English Speaking Alliance. Phillip Guedalla's essay, "If the Moors in Spain Had Won," is quite entertaining and quotes 'historical' documents that ends with a British-Granadine alliance and Kingdom of Granada fighting on the side of the British in WWI. I still have to finish the rest of the book.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 21, 2019 09:05 AM (5Yee7)

8 love the library jokes!

booken morgen horden!

Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 09:06 AM (dm05u)

9 Happy Easter fellow Book Threadists. I hope everyone had a great week of reading.

Love that photo of the library. Aside from the craftmanship, it is one comfortable looking room for reading. Needs more book shelves though.

Posted by: JTB at April 21, 2019 09:06 AM (bmdz3)

10 First the eyeballs. Then the testicles.

Posted by: Cat at April 21, 2019 09:07 AM (xLZRe)

11 When did T. Boone steal my perfect reading nook?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 09:07 AM (kQs4Y)

12 Those pants are fine.I would wear them to barbeque in my back yard.

Posted by: The Abdomial Snowxan at April 21, 2019 09:07 AM (UdKB7)

13 I'm listening to the Audible book Hi Bob!
It's Bob Newhart in conversation with a number of contemporary comedians. The conversations mostly turned to classic older comics I.e. Don Rickles, Jack Benny an Bob and Ray.

I'm enjoying it.

Posted by: Northern Lurker, irritable, so very irritable. Have I mentioned I'm irritable? at April 21, 2019 09:08 AM (JgA4k)

14 i asked the librarian for a book on kinky sex. she said "o".

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 21, 2019 09:09 AM (Pg+x7)

15 Read "Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America" by T.J. Stiles.

Except for MacArthur I can't think of an American military officer that's more polarizing than George A. Custer. To many he's either the dashing Boy General of the Civil War and the best and most experienced Indian fighter in the west, or a cold blooded homicidal maniac. This book is a good and seemingly accurate account of Custer's life from boyhood up to the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Most of what's in this I have read in other places, so it's nice to have it all in one book. It also includes post war Reconstruction, the policies and treatment of the Indian tribes and their treatment of each other (they did everything to each other that the government did to them, including taking their lands).

I'm not a fan of Custer. Due to his lack of a small unit command during the war and especially his messed up personality he was not a good commander which became evident after the war.

Custer had what he and others called "Custer's luck". He's lucky he wasn't expelled from West Point, that he survived the war, that he wasn't kicked out of the army due to the troubles he got himself into after the war. He just always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to be seen by the right people, and to be saved by his enablers.

It's as if the gods of fate were keeping him around for a spectacular demise, which he got June 25, 1876 on a hillside in Montana.

Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 21, 2019 09:10 AM (TDyHc)

16 Love that library but then I'm a sucker for coffered ceilings

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 09:10 AM (BbGew)

17 Palate cleanser. Not pallet. This is book thread.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at April 21, 2019 09:11 AM (EZebt)

18 (... get it? "the story of o" by pauline reage.)

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 21, 2019 09:11 AM (Pg+x7)

19 the link to drdeplorable goes to youtube

Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 09:12 AM (dm05u)

20 Didn't make it to the EMT, so I am posting this here and hope OM will forgive his sister in Christ.

Please pray for the pastors and staff and church musicians today. It's one of the two cyclical 'high stress" days in the church-Easter and Christmas. You want everything to go smoothly, want to present the Gospel in an enlivening, engaging way so that new people will come back next Sunday when it's "low Sunday" the lowest attendance" of the year, and insteadmake a meaningful new commitment to the Christian faith . The musicians want to give forth their best in glory to God. We all need the Holy Spirit so we can give it all to God and that the risen Christ will work through the gifts talents given to us.

Blessed Easter!

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at April 21, 2019 09:13 AM (FSPNP)

21 I were on the jury, I would vote to acquit. Automatically. I would not be interested at all in anything the Crown prosecutor had to say.
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I think we're going to see this happening, here and overseas, a lot. Just how much trust do you put on evidence furnished by the FBI, for instance?

And I don't think it's a very close analogue to the old "jury nullification" of capital crimes. There, it was simply the disproportion of the penalty that was at issue. Now it's a question of (a) whether the matter is an actual crime, and (b) trusting the prosecution at all.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:15 AM (VaN/j)

22 I'm reading this in bed because of a cold, which will keep me from church. But I do need to tend to the dog soon.

Posted by: Northern Lurker, irritable, so very irritable. Have I mentioned I'm irritable? at April 21, 2019 09:16 AM (JgA4k)

23 I love the Pickens library! Comfy chairs, two levels of floor to ceiling books, and all that wonderful woodwork!
And a nice bit of Western art over the fireplace...
I got through two of the Longmire books this week, and was so tempted by the sample chapter at the end of the second, that I broke my own rule about e-books and bought a third. Sigh. My rule is - nothing over $5, and the Longmire books are more than twice that. And worse - there don't seem to be many inexpensive used paperback versions around, which would indicate to me that people really, really like the series and don't often dispose of their copies ...
One more market next weekend, and then I am back to working on the next Luna City volume. Readers seem to love the series, but I can't write them fast enough or sell enough of them that I can buy a room like Pickens library. *sob*

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at April 21, 2019 09:16 AM (xnmPy)

24 Happy Easter everyone!

I have BIG NEWS!

Someone bought a copy of Scorpion's Pass. [Gasp!]

I know, right? I think that's the second copy I've ever sold. No one reads that book. It's an orphan in my collection. I can see why, everything else is pretty solid sci-fi or sci-fi horror and there's that odd romance thing sitting there.

Anyhow, could have knocked me over with a feather. Thanks to whoever bought it, if they frequent these here parts.

In reading news, I'm still hammering away at Gibbon, who has his moments when the narrative moves but then - just when we're making good time - has to go and show us he is the Smartest Guy Ever and Religion is Dumb with often hilariously incorrect asides.

Two more stupid volumes to go, but I'm going to finish dammit.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:17 AM (cfSRQ)

25 7

If, or History Rewritten while explaining the concept of alternate time-lines to the detective. Published in 1931, the book contains essays by Winston Churchill (the future Prime Minister, not the American author), G.K.Chesterston, Hailaire Belloc, etc. I tracked down a copy and started reading it.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 21, 2019 09:05 AM (5Yee7)
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That's a lot of fun. I don't recall the author's name, but to me the surprise hit was "If Bacon Had Written Shakespeare". Among other things, the author gets GKC's style down pat.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:18 AM (VaN/j)

26 Like Zoltan, I finished Serena this week. My book group planned it as a four week read but I said fuck that shit and tore through it. There's something about Rash's writing that I find extremely compelling in terms of creating a tension or imbalance that has to be resolved; in this case Serena was an outlying point in a position of responsibility in which she changed everything in the given way of doing things. Plus Rash writes as an insider of the sticks of western North Carolina with a great knowledge of dialects. He writes in a sparse early Raymond Carver style which for me is like a hot knife through butter in terms of readability. I've already got Above the Waterfall.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 21, 2019 09:19 AM (Jp5jt)

27 I took off for the coast Thursday night since the kid had a holiday from school for Good Friday (small town Texas middle school-public school. The elementary schools still put on a patriots day performance and invite the local army base to participate. That's why I still allow her to attend public schools. But I digress) I found a copy of Gai Jin by James Clavell in the condo where I'm staying. I've been sitting on the sand reading it when I wasn't freezing my ass off in the surf. I had forgotten how nice it is to escape into a good story. I haven't missed the outside world at all. Trying to block out the fact that it starts again tomorrow.

Posted by: Drc at April 21, 2019 09:19 AM (S3oyF)

28 I got a copy of the "Old Farmer's Almanac Sampler" that MP4 mentioned acouple of weeks ago. The thing is a delight. The editor divided it into various topics and the excerpts are arranged by date, starting in the 1790s going through 1956. Many of the pieces are clever, some are bitingly acerbic, or hilarious and a surprising number are still pertinent 200 years later.

The older excerpts are the most interesting to me. They show a strong sense of Stoicism without using the term: focus on what is truly important, don't be distracted by the expectations of others, apply yourself to the task at hand, and so on. There are also several amusing warnings about giving credence to newspapers and local gossip. Fake news is not a recent matter.

Posted by: JTB at April 21, 2019 09:20 AM (bmdz3)

29 Hola Nerdos y Nerdistas!


I did a bookish thing this week. No. 1 Nerdson came home from CA and we went to the Tolkien exhibit at the Morgan in NYC.

It was small and quite crowded, even with timed admission periods. Quite fascinating to see so many things in his own hand, notes, chronologies, the art for the book jackets, and best of all the maps.

My favorite bit was the Christmas notes he'd send to his children as Father Christmas. He drew Father Christmas and then penned very long letters about his adventures at the North Pole and goblins ("we have goblins the way you have rats, except that goblins are so very much worse").

I do wonder whether the kids were fooled for an instant since Father Christmas' art, handwriting, and storytelling were identical to JRRT's.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 21, 2019 09:20 AM (fuK7c)

30 (... in my yout i found "story of o" to be a compelling and, yes, erotic read. i tried it a few years ago (it's available online) and found it disgusting. fwiw)

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 21, 2019 09:22 AM (Pg+x7)

31 I think we're going to see this happening, here and
overseas, a lot. Just how much trust do you put on evidence furnished by
the FBI, for instance?


Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:15 AM (VaN/j)

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Their whole culture of "we don't tape interviews, we just take notes" is dead.

The release of the Flynn 302s will be the final nail in the coffin.

You wonder how people can be so stupid, but Holy Week shows us that not much has changed. The Bible is chock full of people wrecking their lives and their nations through laziness, greed, excess ambition, etc.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:22 AM (cfSRQ)

32 Won't be around so long as usual, but I wanted to raise two points my wife and I were talking about yesterday.

1. You know the dramatis personae that is standard before the text of plays and operas? I've noticed that, while not usual, it's not uncommon either in mysteries. Perry Mason, Philo Vance, and Judge Dee are examples. (It really helps with Dee, since Chinese names can be hard to keep track of.)

Anyway, she said it was also sometimes used in romance novels. I wonder if there are other modern usages. And where it would be helpful. I've read some mysteries without them where I wished they were present, as the author seemed to choose similar enough names to confuse.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:22 AM (VaN/j)

33 Europes governments have the problem of admitting their immigration is a disaster and that isn't going to happen.

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 09:23 AM (BbGew)

34 27 But I digress) I found a copy of Gai Jin by James
Clavell in the condo where I'm staying. I've been sitting on the sand
reading it when I wasn't freezing my ass off in the surf. I had
forgotten how nice it is to escape into a good story. I haven't missed
the outside world at all. Trying to block out the fact that it starts
again tomorrow.

Posted by: Drc at April 21, 2019 09:19 AM (S3oyF)

I didn't like Gai Jin. Loved Shogun.

Posted by: Vic at April 21, 2019 09:24 AM (mpXpK)

35 It's not a book, but I'd like to recommend "Risen" for folks who haven't seen it. Our family watched it Friday night and it's holding up well to repeated viewings.

It's also more spiritual than "Passion of the Christ." That film is very visceral, but doesn't really deal with the question of a doubting unbeliever that way "Risen" does.

People who know the scripture will pick up the references, but they're not as in-your-face as in Gibson's film, which is actually more rewarding, IMO. We could ask our kids if they got the references, whereas with "Passion" you're basically sitting through the readings.

Highly recommend.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:25 AM (cfSRQ)

36 17 Palate cleanser. Not pallet. This is book thread.
Posted by: San Franpsycho at April 21, 2019 09:11 AM (EZebt)

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Pallet cleanser: Valu-Rite on sale.

Posted by: Blake - used vacation salesman at April 21, 2019 09:26 AM (WEBkv)

37 2. The other point we got talking about is the overlap of genres. She points out that many romance novels have mystery-type plot in them. And of course the reverse is true.

There is also a clear overlap of mystery with ghost stories. Plus some sci-fi (e.g., Vance's Moon Moth) are really mystery stories. For that matter, some of the Potters are too.

Curious just how much that happens.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:26 AM (VaN/j)

38 Everybody pray for the 207+ people killed in church bombings in Sri Lanka. 450+ wounded. Worst news to wake up to on Easter. Praying for everyone.

Posted by: JuJuBee at April 21, 2019 09:27 AM (aBR7R)

39 Good morning & happy Easter, Book Horde. I'm planning on going to the Morgan Library in NYC this coming Saturday to see the J.R.R. Tolkien exhibit.

Posted by: josephistan at April 21, 2019 09:27 AM (Izzlo)

40 You want everything to go smoothly, want to present the Gospel in an enlivening, engaging way so that new people will come back next Sunday when it's "low Sunday" the lowest attendance" of the year, and insteadmake a meaningful new commitment to the Christian faith .

..............

Catholics recite the Apostles Creed at Easter Mass. It is sort of re-commitment of faith.

http://tinyurl.com/y3xcm4y7


Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at April 21, 2019 09:27 AM (438dO)

41 Good morning & happy Easter, Book Horde. I'm planning on going to the Morgan Library in NYC this coming Saturday to see the J.R.R. Tolkien exhibit.
Posted by: josephistan

..............

I'm jealous! Let us know how you liked it.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at April 21, 2019 09:28 AM (438dO)

42 Also tourist hotels bombed. Just sickening. The media is barely covering it before going back to Mueller report. Very different from New Zealand. Nobody has mentioned Islam yet.

Posted by: JuJuBee at April 21, 2019 09:30 AM (aBR7R)

43
g'mornin' again, 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at April 21, 2019 09:30 AM (KCxzN)

44 1. You know the dramatis personae that is standard before the text of plays and operas? I've noticed that, while not usual, it's not uncommon either in mysteries. Perry Mason, Philo Vance, and Judge Dee are examples. (It really helps with Dee, since Chinese names can be hard to keep track of.)

Anyway, she said it was also sometimes used in romance novels. I wonder if there are other modern usages. And where it would be helpful. I've read some mysteries without them where I wished they were present, as the author seemed to choose similar enough names to confuse.
Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:22 AM (VaN/j)

The novels in the old Star Wars Expanded Universe often had a dramatis personae. I wish more history authors would use them, especially when the subject involves people with non-Western, or even non-English, names.

Posted by: josephistan at April 21, 2019 09:30 AM (Izzlo)

45 Good morning & happy Easter, Book Horde. I'm planning on going to the Morgan Library in NYC this coming Saturday to see the J.R.R. Tolkien exhibit.
Posted by: josephistan

..............

I'm jealous! Let us know how you liked it.



So I guess I wrote #29 in invisible pixels.

*sulks*

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 21, 2019 09:32 AM (fuK7c)

46 44
1. You know the dramatis personae that is standard before the text of
plays and operas? I've noticed that, while not usual, it's not uncommon
either in mysteries. Perry Mason, Philo Vance, and Judge Dee are
examples. (It really helps with Dee, since Chinese names can be hard to
keep track of.)



Anyway, she said it was also sometimes used in romance novels. I
wonder if there are other modern usages. And where it would be helpful.
I've read some mysteries without them where I wished they were present,
as the author seemed to choose similar enough names to confuse.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:22 AM (VaN/j)

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At the suggestion of my wife, A Man of Destiny has a list of major players in the front of the book so people aren't as confused by all the names. After the first book, I assume people have figured out who people are.

I will probably do that same thing in future books using that setting (yes, I'm building notes on another series in the Commonwealth).

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:33 AM (cfSRQ)

47 Book title: "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?"

Spoiler alert: You damn right it will!

Posted by: Publius Redux at April 21, 2019 09:34 AM (SvFRL)

48 45 - Sounds really good, I've been looking forward to this since the exhibit was first announced last year. I need a nice day trip like this.

Posted by: josephistan at April 21, 2019 09:34 AM (Izzlo)

49 I thought assumption was when you got an umption on your ass.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 21, 2019 09:34 AM (oVJmc)

50 31
Their whole culture of "we don't tape interviews, we just take notes" is dead.

The release of the Flynn 302s will be the final nail in the coffin.

You wonder how people can be so stupid, but Holy Week shows us that not much has changed. The Bible is chock full of people wrecking their lives and their nations through laziness, greed, excess ambition, etc.
Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:22 AM (cfSRQ)
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Like the press, I don't think the culture is dead yet, though probably it received a mortal wound. And how much damage will it do in its death throes?

BTW, read your Claudius article. Very good. My only disappointment was the two clips included - I wished both had gone on longer. ; )

It did convince my wife to rewatch. unfortunately she wants to do Rome first. Not that the latter is bad (better than GoT, anyway), but it's not Claudius. OTOH, it does make chronological sense, and there is always the case for watching the better after the lesser.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:35 AM (VaN/j)

51 So I guess I wrote #29 in invisible pixels.

*sulks*
Posted by: Bandersnatch

...........

I did! Refreshes will do that..

Thanks! Sounds great.

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at April 21, 2019 09:35 AM (438dO)

52 I started Nabokov's first full length work, Mary, and am about halfway through it (it's not very long). Even though it's an early work dealing with emigres it still contains Nabokovian unique descriptions of settings, odd obsessions and shifts of perspectives. It's much more readable than some of his earlier short stories; since it was written in 1925 but not translated until 1970, with Vlad overseeing Misha Glenny, I'm wondering if he took some creative liberties in the translation. Since I'm reading this in conjunction with his biography, maybe the author will have some insight. In any case this has me eager for his other early works.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 21, 2019 09:35 AM (Jp5jt)

53 I did miss that, I meant..

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at April 21, 2019 09:36 AM (438dO)

54 I started the first Fu Manchu novel this week. Shades of Holmes and Watson, H. Rider Haggard, and a dose of Poe. It was published in 1912 and still uses that Victorian era style of never let a sentence end without at least three commas, which I enjoy. Somehow, those detailed sentences don't get in the way of the pace and action. Also it is delightfully non-PC with the Yellow Peril and mysterious Orientalism. It's set in a time of transition: hansom cabs are everywhere but a well-to-do Londom home might well have telephone service and electricity.

This is just fun if inconsequential reading. I should do more of it.

Posted by: JTB at April 21, 2019 09:36 AM (bmdz3)

55 In honor of Easter, I recommend to the book hoarders The Case for Christ which was much better than I expected it to be. It's a collection of leading interviews with scholars about the historical Jesus and the historical case for the resurrection. Of course, there's plenty within it to criticize, but, like I said, I was surprised.

If you want a general defense of Christianity, I recommend Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli.

Posted by: Jim S. at April 21, 2019 09:37 AM (ynUnH)

56 Military history enthusiasts should note that Naval and Military Press in the UK is having an Easter sale, 20% all titles, including other sale & clearance books. I just placed an order, even with shipping from the UK, I got some good bargains

www.naval-military-press.com

Posted by: josephistan at April 21, 2019 09:38 AM (Izzlo)

57 I finished Brian Aldiss’ “The Long Afternoon of Earth”, about a remnant population of humans living in the savage greenery of a dying earth. It ended on a kind-of optimistic note: our young protagonists stopped being just passive occupants reacting to their crazy environment and learned to take back control, and were determined to raise a family for a few generations before the sun goes nova. For New Wave British sci-fi, that’s positively positive.

It was kind of episodic; I learned Aldiss cobbled it together from some short stories.

Now I like a lot of the New Wave writers, who wanted to bring the same literary flourishes and social commentary to SF that were sweeping through the rest of fiction. My favorites are Varley and Delaney, who explored new societal structures brought about by space travel and technology. But these two are pretty upbeat and individualistic, for all the freaky-deaky that goes down in their stories.

The classic New Wavers were of a socialist bent and it shows in their writing. People are swept up by forces beyond their control. There’s a lot of victimization in it. I now see why there is a Human Wave to counteract it.

Moorcock is elegant but fatalistic. It’s a world of beautiful decay. I guess the post-war European experience and the Cold War would lead one to a dystopian bent.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Wave_science_fiction

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 09:39 AM (kQs4Y)

58 BTW, read your Claudius article. Very good. My only
disappointment was the two clips included - I wished both had gone on
longer. ; )



It did convince my wife to rewatch. unfortunately she wants to do
Rome first. Not that the latter is bad (better than GoT, anyway), but
it's not Claudius. OTOH, it does make chronological sense, and there is
always the case for watching the better after the lesser.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:35 AM (VaN/j)

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Glad you liked it! I posted a link yesterday to an article about "Quo Vadis," which is also appropriate for this time of year. It also picks up where I, Claudius ends, which is nice.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:39 AM (cfSRQ)

59 Wow. I'm wearing pants this morning. And there are pancakes!

Posted by: hogmartin invites you to the summer MIMoMe (link: nick) at April 21, 2019 09:39 AM (8xZLz)

60 Vic,
The book chose me, but I'm enjoying it. The setting and circumstance has a lot to do with it, I'm sure, but still...

Posted by: Drc at April 21, 2019 09:42 AM (S3oyF)

61 I read Coontz's Liberty's Last Stand, that was recommended here a week or 3 ago. It was fast paced and entertaining. I could have seen that play out under sotero...

Posted by: lin-duh at April 21, 2019 09:42 AM (UUBmN)

62 56 Military history enthusiasts should note that Naval and Military Press in the UK is having an Easter sale, 20% all titles, including other sale & clearance books. I just placed an order, even with shipping from the UK, I got some good bargains

www.naval-military-press.com
Posted by: josephistan at April 21, 2019 09:38 AM (Izzlo)
________

Thanks for that, since my birthday is less than a month away. And I even have a little cash for a change.

Went straight to the naval section, and was relieved to see a lot that I've already got, at the pricey end.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:43 AM (VaN/j)

63 Happy Easter to all!
Christ has Risen!!

Posted by: The Man from Athens at April 21, 2019 09:43 AM (QMwOT)

64 Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 21, 2019 09:20 AM (fuK7c)

Bander, I loved the Father Christmas letters and have them in a book somewhere around here.

Well now I have to dig that up.

So, how was Nerdson's friend? Was it less of a trial than you anticipated?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 09:44 AM (kQs4Y)

65
...The musicians want to give forth their best in glory to God. We all need
the Holy Spirit so we can give it all to God and that the risen Christ
will work through the gifts talents given to us.

- FenelonSpoke

Yes, we do. We're supposed to make a joyful noise unto Him, and in my case the operative word is "noise."
Anyway, here's the beginning of the 33rd Psalm where we musicians are encouraged to play well...

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy says #PurgeProgressivismBAMN at April 21, 2019 09:44 AM (HaL55)

66 Good morning and blessed Easter Morons, 'Ettes, and all your pets.

I read this short book where an innocent guy went railroaded by a kangaroo court and got executed, but even death couldn't keep him down. Intriguing book. Been trying to remember what that was...

Posted by: mindful webworker - Matty, Marky, Lucas, Jack, one of those at April 21, 2019 09:44 AM (ECLlc)

67 59 Wow. I'm wearing pants this morning. And there are pancakes!
Posted by: hogmartin invites you to the summer MIMoMe (link: nick) at April 21, 2019 09:39 AM (8xZLz)
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You're a winner in life!

Now I'm going to make pancakes.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 09:45 AM (kQs4Y)

68 Happy Easter everyone!

I have BIG NEWS!

Someone bought a copy of Scorpion's Pass. [Gasp!]Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:17 AM (cfSRQ)

I purchased a copy of "Scorpion's Pass" a few weeks ago....along with another Moron author's book "The Scent of Metal" by Sabrina Chase.

I gave "Scorpion's Pass" to my Mother who read it and gave it back to me to read...then....we'll discuss it a bit....

She seemed to like it by what she said when I last saw her.... I really should have read it by now as I'm going out to her place for Easter dinner...

I'll try to read it this week so I can talk to her about it next Sunday dinner....

I'm taking a nice hand cut wooden puzzle as a gift to my Mother's today that we'll put together after dinner (roast beast).

She LOVES the hand cut wooden puzzles...but, they are crazy expensive by most everyone that makes them...so she only gets them on Christmas, Easter and her Birthday from me...


Happy Easter everyone! ....and thank you OM for the weekly book thread. It's a true pleasure to read every Sunday!



Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at April 21, 2019 09:46 AM (udU2n)

69 Many book threads ago I praised Eric Metaxas for “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty”, in which he discusses the concept of the Golden Triangle of Freedom: Freedom depends on virtue; virtue depends on faith; faith depends on freedom.

Here he is on Book TV:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?432270-1/depth-eric-metaxas

That man knows how to rock a pocket square.

Also, happy retirement, Brian Lamb! Thanks for C-SPAN.


Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 09:46 AM (kQs4Y)

70 So, how was Nerdson's friend? Was it less of a trial than you anticipated?


It was less of a trial than I'd anticipated. I'd have preferred a father/son only experience, but he's only back East for a couple of days so it made sense to squeeze in as much as he could.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 21, 2019 09:47 AM (fuK7c)

71 Nice library.

Posted by: Insomniac - Founder, Farmer Liberation Front at April 21, 2019 09:49 AM (NWiLs)

72 Bander, I am so jealous! You got to see some of his hand-drawn maps. As a maphead, this is the holy grail.

So how was the gift shop?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 09:50 AM (kQs4Y)

73 Also, happy retirement, Brian Lamb! Thanks for C-SPAN.


Oh!

*holds cigarette lighter aloft*

I just loved his interviewing style. No ego at all.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 21, 2019 09:50 AM (fuK7c)

74 Currently working my way through Hitchens' "Why Orwell Matters."

May have been a lefty, but the man could write.

Also finished "The Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1943."

Pretty good book. One anecdote stood out, though: An armed merchantman fought two German raiders for three hours, and, while eventually sunk, left one raider so badly damaged it had to be sunk.

Anyway, reading through that book, and what men had to endure when convoying to Britain or, even worse, Russia, gives one chills.

Posted by: Blake - used vacation salesman at April 21, 2019 09:50 AM (WEBkv)

75 Oh, jeez, we forgot about the gift shop.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 21, 2019 09:51 AM (fuK7c)

76 63 Happy Easter to all!
Christ has Risen!!
Posted by: The Man from Athens at April 21, 2019 09:43 AM (QMwOT)

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Amen!

Posted by: Blake - used vacation salesman at April 21, 2019 09:52 AM (WEBkv)

77 Gai Jin by James Clavel

-
I watched the movie version of Clavel's King Rat the other day and quite liked it. I had seen it many years ago and didn't care for it. It's a movie for adults. Based on Clavel's experiences as a POW.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 21, 2019 09:52 AM (+y/Ru)

78 A priest, a pastor and a rabbi walk into a library . . .

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 21, 2019 09:53 AM (+y/Ru)

79 Religion of peace strikes in Sri Lanka on Easter
8 explosions in churches and hotels, over 200 killed...

Posted by: saxon at April 21, 2019 09:54 AM (FxPzo)

80
23rd Psalm for Bassists

The Lord is my drummer, I shall not rush
He maketh me to lay out in tasteful places
He leadeth me beside cool meter changes
He restoreth my "one"
He leadeth me in the right repeats
For His Name's sake
Yea, though I read through the trickiest road maps
I will fear no train wrecks
For Thou art with it
Your ride and your snare, they comfort me
You setteth up a solo for me in the presence of mine guitarists
You annointeth my lines with drive
My groove overflows
Surely good feel and swing will follow me
All the tunes of each set
And I will dwell in the pocket
The whole gig long

Posted by: BackwardsBoy says #PurgeProgressivismBAMN at April 21, 2019 09:55 AM (HaL55)

81
Amen!

Amen!

Posted by: BackwardsBoy says #PurgeProgressivismBAMN at April 21, 2019 09:56 AM (HaL55)

82 I am pretty sure the mortician lady is the same one who has a youtube channel that Thor loves. It's usually extremely interesting; she put up one a week or so ago about the Donner party that was really good.

Posted by: Red-headed 'ette at April 21, 2019 09:56 AM (5Q+j+)

83 The first season of Rome is great pulp, with historical insight. The second got rushed because the budget wasn't going to be there.

Claudius is a great stage play, filmed for TV, based on a great book.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 09:57 AM (1UZdv)

84 He Is Risen! Happy Easter!

Posted by: phoenixgirl at April 21, 2019 09:58 AM (0O7c5)

85 ~~~ I asked the librarian if she could tell me where to find the self improvement books and she said, do you really think that's a good idea?

~~~ I asked the librarian if she had any books on shelves and she said all of our books are on shelves. ~~~ I asked the librarian if they had the book "Constipation". She said "It hasn't come out yet."

~~~ I asked the librarian if she had any books on conspiracy theories. She said "They're all around you."

~~~ She said "Yes we do." I asked the librarian if they had any books on extra sensory perception.

~~~ I asked the librarian if she had any books on conspiracy theories. She said "They're all around you."

Posted by: Jonah Kyle at April 21, 2019 09:58 AM (SH7Tr)

86 the first link to dr. deplorable goes to a youtube.....the second link works

Posted by: phoenixgirl at April 21, 2019 09:59 AM (0O7c5)

87 I purchased a copy of "Scorpion's Pass" a few weeks
ago....along with another Moron author's book "The Scent of Metal" by
Sabrina Chase.



Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at April 21, 2019 09:46 AM (udU2n)

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Ah, that would have been the *other* copy.

Let me know what you think. One side effect of low sales is I have no idea if it's any good. I wrote it for my wife as a Valentine's Day present years ago and published it to buff up the catalog. That's my eldest daughter on the cover, btw.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:59 AM (cfSRQ)

88 OM complains about the cops not doing their job but others go above and beyond:

FBI ARRESTS LEADER OF GROUP STOPPING ILLEGALS IN NEW MEXICO

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 21, 2019 10:00 AM (+y/Ru)

89 The Amish traveled by horse and buggy to sow terror in Sri Lanka.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at April 21, 2019 10:00 AM (LEHKq)

90 Well, bye for now. Have a joyous Easter.

Christus Victor.

Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 10:01 AM (VaN/j)

91 [If, or History Rewritten is] a lot of fun. I don't recall the author's name, but to me the surprise hit was "If Bacon Had Written Shakespeare". Among other things, the author gets GKC's style down pat.
Posted by: Eeyore at April 21, 2019 09:18 AM (VaN/j)


J.C. Squire wrote that essay. I have not gotten to it yet; I'm in the middle of Chesterton's essay and he has some uncomplimentary things to say about Islam in the 1600s.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 21, 2019 10:01 AM (5Yee7)

92 Okay, time to get ready for mass. I'll drop by after.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 10:01 AM (cfSRQ)

93 Put in a good word for me, A.H.!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 10:03 AM (kQs4Y)

94 FBI ARRESTS LEADER OF GROUP STOPPING ILLEGALS IN NEW MEXICO
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 21, 2019 10:00 AM (+y/Ru)
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Found the article, made me see red. Jackass governor is proclaiming that law enforcement should be left to professionals.

She evidently, or doesn't care, that law enforcement isn't doing the job they are supposed to do.

The article is on msn.com, if anyone wants to find it.

Posted by: Blake - used vacation salesman at April 21, 2019 10:04 AM (WEBkv)

95 86 the first link to dr. deplorable goes to a youtube.....the second link works
Posted by: phoenixgirl at April 21, 2019 09:59 AM (0O7c5)


Fixed, thanks.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:04 AM (jrTqB)

96 Paypal and GoFundMe kicked the NM out as well, cuz...FASCIST!!

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at April 21, 2019 10:05 AM (FiUMj)

97 Morning readers and Happy Easter!

If you ever get a chance, you owe it to yourselves to seek out The Saint John's Bible - widely know for the hand drawn illuminations and lovely calligraphy. I'm pretty sure you all are familiar with the story contained so I won't go into that here.

The copy with which I am most familiar is at George Fox University in Oregon. A high school buddy is very involved with the project there so I've been following it for quite some time.

It is magnificent!

http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/

Posted by: Tonypete at April 21, 2019 10:05 AM (Y4EXg)

98 I would love to see that Tolkien exhibit but I will not go to NYC or any other major city if it can be avoided. (Hint: I hate big cities.) Also, I probably have much of the material in the many books about Tolkien on my shelves.

If you can get a copy of his Letters from Father Christmas, they are absolutely charming.

Posted by: JTB at April 21, 2019 10:06 AM (bmdz3)

99 76 63 Happy Easter to all!
Christ has Risen!!
Posted by: The Man from Athens at April 21, 2019 09:43 AM (QMwOT)


He has risen indeed!

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:07 AM (jrTqB)

100
OK, B'Gal is awake, gotta help her achieve operational status.

Y'all have a Happy Easter. He is Risen!

Posted by: BackwardsBoy says #PurgeProgressivismBAMN at April 21, 2019 10:08 AM (HaL55)

101 It's not a book, but I'd like to recommend "Risen" for folks who haven't seen it. ...
[The movie deals] with the question of a doubting unbeliever ....
...
Highly recommend.
Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:25 AM (cfSRQ)


Yes, excellent film. Starts out as a police procedural with the Roman Centurion investigating the disappearance of Jesus's body after his crucifixion and then explores that Centurion's spiritual journey.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 21, 2019 10:10 AM (5Yee7)

102 Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at April 21, 2019 09:46 AM (udU2n)

Thank you for your kind words.

( *blushes* )

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:11 AM (jrTqB)

103 I(f) were on the jury, I would vote to acquit. Automatically. I would not be interested at all in anything the Crown prosecutor had to say.

The Bundy cases are illustrative. Thirty years ago, the feds would have had slam dunkers; now no sales.

There's a price for lost trust -- A lot of bad people are gonna walk too.

Posted by: GnuBreed at April 21, 2019 10:11 AM (Z4rgH)

104 A.H. Lloyd

Read the first 3 books of the Commonwealth series. Fourth on the way.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 21, 2019 10:11 AM (u82oZ)

105 Back to chores.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 21, 2019 10:12 AM (u82oZ)

106 Sunday Morning Shows today are a tell that Media won't give it up. Rudy and Kellyanne rebutting that Trump should be impeached because he ordered Mueller to be removed.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 10:13 AM (1UZdv)

107
The Bundy cases are illustrative. Thirty years ago, the feds would have had slam dunkers; now no sales.

There's a price for lost trust -- A lot of bad people are gonna walk too.
Posted by: GnuBreed at April 21, 2019 10:11 AM (Z4rgH)
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Thirty years ago, government would have been able to cover up all their lies.

Posted by: Blake - used vacation salesman at April 21, 2019 10:13 AM (WEBkv)

108 Happy Easter, y'all! We hit the first Mass this morning, and I made lemon blueberry pancakes with fresh whipped cream when we got home. The sun is shining, and it's going to be a sunny day. I am taking full advantage of it.

Posted by: no good deed at April 21, 2019 10:14 AM (uTY3H)

109 In reading news, I'm still hammering away at Gibbon, who has his moments when the narrative moves but then - just when we're making good time - has to go and show us he is the Smartest Guy Ever and Religion is Dumb with often hilariously incorrect asides.

Two more stupid volumes to go, but I'm going to finish dammit.
Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at April 21, 2019 09:17 AM (cfSRQ)


I think Eddie's great narrative abilities were the most overrated things the "smart set" tried to con me with before the unmeasurable intelligence of Cock Curious. Yes he has his moments, usually sarcastic, surrounded by paint drying dullness. Good luck going forward; it has its own unique rewards. Kind of...

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 21, 2019 10:14 AM (Jp5jt)

110 There is an huge and venerable organization called the Romance Writers of America, and it has also fallen to the SJW army.
The membership nominates books for the annual awards, and this year the nominations weren't diverse enough, so the President sent out an email scolding the membership for not being woke. One of the possibilities was to cancel the awards altogether, because the nominees should not be recognized for their work if they are not the right color or sexual orientation. Which is racisim straight up, of course, but apparently the irony is lost.

Posted by: artemis at April 21, 2019 10:18 AM (AwPyG)

111 106 Sunday Morning Shows today are a tell that Media won't give it up. Rudy and Kellyanne rebutting that Trump should be impeached because he ordered Mueller to be removed.
Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 10:13 AM (1UZdv)

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Of course they won't give up. The left never gives up. Which is why they win all the big battles in the long run.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at April 21, 2019 10:21 AM (FiUMj)

112 Thirty years ago, government would have been able to cover up all their lies.
Posted by: Blake - used vacation salesman at April 21, 2019 10:13 AM (WEBkv)


What was the last massive government f*k-up (domestic) where they were able to get away with covering it up?

I'm thinking Waco.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:21 AM (jrTqB)

113 Even if it's these pants, which are just baaa-aa-aa-aaa-aa-aaa-ad.


***********

Creepy Crawlies - a limerick

There was a young man from Belize
Who once wore some pants such as these
He couldn't stop twitching
Due to the itching
The darn things were crawling with fleece

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 10:22 AM (m45I2)

114 Just stopping by to say Happy Easter (and Passover) to the 'rons and 'ettes!

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V. at April 21, 2019 10:22 AM (d6Ksn)

115 I just ordered that "Miscellany of Murder" book from Amazon's website, and whenever I can, I order from other sellers, and not Amazon directly.

Just because.

It used to be they listed from where the items would be shipped, so if there were multiple sellers, I could select one in a state that is not overrun with leftists.

Not anymore.

Can't find that info. So I just have to assume Amazon doesn't want me to have that choice. Sooner or later, I'll be done with Amazon altogether. I hate authoritarianism, in all its manifestations. No pun intended.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 10:24 AM (cY3LT)

116 Dang T Boone thats a shipload of bound Hustlers.

selling his "ranch" for 250 Million,well it's no Notre Dame and Oklahoma State doesn't stand a chance.

4 WIFIES! now that is some WILD CATTING right there.!!!

Posted by: saf at April 21, 2019 10:24 AM (5IHGB)

117 I asked my librarian if she could find a copy of "Great Expectations", she said, "Probably, if you can tell me who in the dickens wrote it!"

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 10:24 AM (m45I2)

118 There is an huge and venerable organization called the Romance Writers of America, and it has also fallen to the SJW army.

Posted by: artemis at April 21, 2019 10:18 AM (AwPyG)


Since the SJWs like to call everyone who disagrees with them Nazis, you could make their tiny little heads explode by telling them that no woman ever had a fantasy of being ravished by a liberal.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:25 AM (jrTqB)

119 What was the last massive government f*k-up (domestic) where they were able to get away with covering it up?

I'm thinking Waco.
=====

The New Waco (biker meeting) as well. Just somehow disappeared.

Posted by: mustbequantum at April 21, 2019 10:26 AM (MIKMs)

120 There is an huge and venerable organization called the Romance Writers of America, and it has also fallen to the SJW army.

While frustrating, and along the lines of the Chinese "librarian" that wants to remove books for Bad Think, I think this behavior is ultimately self-defeating. The Leftists perceive the window of opportunity for Transnational Socialism (AKA, ComIntern) is rapidly closing due to growing resistance to their bull$h!t. The Tranzis promised utopia and instead have delivered murder and abuse of their [putative] fellow citizens at the hands of illegal aliens and/or Mohammadans.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 21, 2019 10:26 AM (5Yee7)

121 117 I asked my librarian if she could find a copy of "Great Expectations", she said, "Probably, if you can tell me who in the dickens wrote it!"
Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 10:24 AM (m45I2)


'Bout time you weighed in.

I asked our local librarian if they had any books on bowling and she told me, "I've got one here that is right up your alley."

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:27 AM (jrTqB)

122 Buona Pasqua

Posted by: Regular joe at April 21, 2019 10:29 AM (6/uwW)

123 The left is blatantly trying to recreate Mao's "cultural revolution" right here in the USA. They are succeeding in many ways....sad.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 21, 2019 10:29 AM (UUBmN)

124 This week I read "How to Be a Victorian," which I enjoyed very much. It's written by Ruth Goodman, a British historian who takes a very hands-on approach to her research. Besides reviewing many primary sources from the period (letters, diaries, etc.) she actually lived the way the Victorians would have lived--food, fibers, sewing, personal grooming, etc. Apparently she had a show on British TV where she lived on a Victorian farm for a year to show what it was like.

The two things that jump out at you about Victorian times are cold and hunger. Houses were always cold; even in upper class houses, fires in bedrooms were usually only lit when the inhabitant was ill. In typical Victorian fashion, they thought it was a sign of weakness to desire too much physical comfort.

The Victorian poor were actually hungrier than the poor of previous generations. (Average height DECLINED during the period due to widespread malnutrition.) The reason was that earlier generations of poor had been able to grow at least some of their own food because they lived in agrarian areas. After they moved to the cities due to industrialization, they had to buy all of their food and simply couldn't afford much. Upper class children were also typically hungry, another aspect of the Victorian urge to toughen them up.

Goodman also has a book about How to be a Tudor, which I may try sometime.

Posted by: Art Rondolet of Malmsey at April 21, 2019 10:30 AM (S+f+m)

125 Ignoramus #106:
Sunday Morning Shows today are a tell that Media won't give it up. Rudy and Kellyanne rebutting that Trump should be impeached because he ordered Mueller to be removed.

Wrote this, decided it wasn't bookish so didn't post, but since you brought it up...

Milady and I are down at Mom's today to celebrate Easter and to meet our new 3wk-old granddaughter.

This is Mom's 99th Easter. I just went back to her room to check on her, she's up, getting dolled up for the day, and has the TV news on: Meet Depressed.

One big, bold, blatant b.s. lie after another after another about Trump's working with the Rooskies. All delivered as fact. I rage a bit.

"I don't even listen to it," she says, "It's just background noise. Fine for her. I don't usually expose myself to the FakeNews and I'm not so inured. My BP doesn't go up reading JJ's Morning Reports, but this video assault seriously bothered me.

Okay, apologies, rant off. Enjoy your books and have a good Easter.

Posted by: mindful webworker - Matty, Marky, Lucas, Jack, one of those at April 21, 2019 10:30 AM (ECLlc)

126 Went to church yesterday so today I get to clean and do a mountain of laundry...

Posted by: lin-duh at April 21, 2019 10:31 AM (UUBmN)

127 The Leftists perceive the window of opportunity for Transnational Socialism (AKA, ComIntern) is rapidly closing due to growing resistance to their bull$h!t.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 21, 2019 10:26 AM (5Yee7)


And also Donald Trump. But mostly Donald Trump.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:31 AM (jrTqB)

128 Happy Easter to all the Book Horde-ian Morons!

In honor of Lent/Easter, I've been reading Scandalous Mercy: When God Goes Beyond Boundaries
by Sister Emmanuel Maillard. It was a rec from a young woman who facilitated a recent retreat on Divine Mercy. There's some interesting stuff in there, from an interesting perspective. Some of the good sister's examples are a tad simplistic, though. Still recommended.

As for another liberry joke, "I asked the clerk if she could point me to the self-help section. She said that would defeat the purpose."

Off to Mass. BBL

Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 21, 2019 10:31 AM (tGSHk)

129 Happy Easter, y'all!

JTB, I'm with you on cities. The Tolkien exhibit is one of the few things that *might* tempt me to brave NYC--if I had the money and the time (and were well enough for air travel). Ah, well, glad other people get to enjoy it.

Also glad to hear I'm not the only one to use dramatis personae! I think it was my dad's suggestion to start adding it with Loyal Valley: Bystanders, but I figure it's useful for a series like mine, and all the more so with Diversion since it's been so long between books. (Ugh, life.)

Seconding A. H. Lloyd's rec of Risen, but I don't recommend the novelization. Clavius' girlfriend was dropped from the screenplay, and adding her back for the novelization detracts from the overall story, IMO.

Not reading much except for class prep at the moment, as life continues to be utterly bonkers. (For those who missed the prayer list Wednesday: my landlords have sold the house I've been renting; meds aren't doing enough to break my current ulcerative colitis flare; and work is very hectic but still pays peanuts, which makes looking for a new place rather challenging.) Maybe once I can catch my breath, 'long about October....

*waves to all and sundry*

Posted by: Elisabeth G. Wolfe at April 21, 2019 10:33 AM (R3HPb)

130 I asked my librarian if they had any books on self-motivation and she said, "I'll have to help you with that."

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 10:33 AM (m45I2)

131 117
I asked my librarian if she could find a copy of "Great Expectations",
she said, "Probably, if you can tell me who in the dickens wrote it!"

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 10:24 AM (m45I2)


Available on Gutenberg free.

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1400

Posted by: Vic at April 21, 2019 10:33 AM (mpXpK)

132 They are like the Terminator....they will never quit.

Adam Shit: "Ample evidence of collusion in plain sight"

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at April 21, 2019 10:34 AM (FiUMj)

133 They are like the Terminator....they will never quit.

Adam Shit: "Ample evidence of collusion in plain sight"
Posted by: Lurking Lurker
----
Why should they stop when there are absolutely no consequences???

Posted by: lin-duh at April 21, 2019 10:36 AM (UUBmN)

134 @BreakingNLive

BREAKING: Church in Munich, Germany attacked by man with fireworks, injuring at least 24 people. The attacker reportedly shouted 'Allahu Akbar' and was soon after arrested.


Dang Lutherans.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:36 AM (jrTqB)

135 110 There is an huge and venerable organization called the Romance Writers of America, and it has also fallen to the SJW army.
The membership nominates books for the annual awards, and this year the nominations weren't diverse enough, so the President sent out an email scolding the membership for not being woke. ...

Posted by: artemis at April 21, 2019 10:18 AM (AwPyG)
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Nothing that brings pleasure shall escape their scrutiny: Fashion, sports, literature, nothing.

I love science fiction, but when I look at the Nebula Awards nominees for best novel, I ask myself "Who the hell are these people?" The Hugos are a little better, maybe.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 10:37 AM (kQs4Y)

136 'Bout time you weighed in.
Posted by: OregonMuse

********

Slept in this morning.


I asked the librarian if they had any how-to books on harvesting hay, she said, "They're in the stacks."

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 10:37 AM (m45I2)

137 Great...now Easter terrorism is a thing...

Posted by: lin-duh at April 21, 2019 10:37 AM (UUBmN)

138 Nothing that brings pleasure shall escape their scrutiny: Fashion, sports, literature, nothing.


If any form of pleasure is exhibited,
Report to me and it will be prohibited.
I'll put my foot down; so shall it be;
This is the land of the free!
--Rufus T. Firefly

Posted by: Elisabeth G. Wolfe at April 21, 2019 10:39 AM (R3HPb)

139 We're gonna need a lot of pig blood. And crop dusters.

Posted by: Burger Chef at April 21, 2019 10:40 AM (RuIsu)

140 The left never gives up. Which is why they win all the big battles in the long run.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker at April 21, 2019 10:21 AM (FiUMj)


I think it will soon be "used to win" because the Left was promising utopia on the cheap and a lot of what they were espousing was attractive. But now the bovine feces is hitting the rotating blades of the cooling device because, suddenly, there are real costs. People are being murdered and abused by foreigners and rather than protect their citizens, these Leftist governments are advocating for the invaders. Additionally, racial hatred against white people is being preached by the Leftists.

This can not continue. Conflict is inevitable. That is why you see the growing radicalization of the opponents of collectivism. Tranzis refuse to understand that President Trump is their last change to avoid the tumbrels hauling them to the "National Razor."

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 21, 2019 10:40 AM (5Yee7)

141 Wondering why Churchill would have written something called "What if Lee had not won the battle of Gettysburg?", since Lee had not won the battle of Gettysburg.

Posted by: Sharkman at April 21, 2019 10:41 AM (smc0A)

142 Wait...I got more

~~~ I got fired from my job as a librarian for putting women's rights book in the fiction category.

~~~ A bloke walks into a Glasgow library and says to the prim librarian, 'Excuse me Miss, dee ye hev any books on suicide?' To which she stops doing her tasks, looks at him over the top of her glasses and says, 'Fook off, ye'll no bring it back!

~~~ Did you hear about that librarian who bumped her head? She had no one to blame but her shelf.

~~~ I asked the librarian for the latest book on erectile dysfunction. She tapped the keys to her computer keyboard and said, "It's not coming up!" I said, "Yeah! That's the one!!

~~~ What did the trans-textual book say to the librarian? "Did you just assume my genre?"

Posted by: Jonah Kyle at April 21, 2019 10:41 AM (SH7Tr)

143 The Leftists perceive the window of opportunity for Transnational
Socialism (AKA, ComIntern) is rapidly closing due to growing resistance
to their bull$h!t.


Unfortunately, it's my belief that the majority of that resistance is coming from the older segment of the electorate. The young'uns really seem to be enthralled with the notion of massive redistribution of wealth.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at April 21, 2019 10:42 AM (EgshT)

144 Via a commenter at Insty's and the Times of India reporting similar...

According to AFP, an alert was sent out on April 11 by Sri Lankan Police
Chief Pujuth Jayasundara, stating: "A foreign intelligence agency has
reported that the NJT (National Thowheeth Jama'ath) is planning to carry
out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian
high commission in Colombo."

The outlet adds that the NJT is "a
radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka." The information regarding the
terrorism warning allegedly comes from "documents seen by" the news
agency.

Posted by: andycanuck at April 21, 2019 10:42 AM (Dh1wo)

145 lin-duh - Muslims never need a excuse to go jihadi and force people to their death cult.

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 10:43 AM (BbGew)

146 ~~~ I asked the librarian if she could tell me where to find the self improvement books and she said, do you really think that's a good idea?

~~~ I asked the librarian if she had any books on shelves and she said all of our books are on shelves. ~~~ I asked the librarian if they had the book "Constipation". She said "It hasn't come out yet."

~~~ I asked the librarian if she had any books on conspiracy theories. She said "They're all around you."

~~~ She said "Yes we do." I asked the librarian if they had any books on extra sensory perception.

~~~ I asked the librarian if she had any books on conspiracy theories. She said "They're all around you."

Posted by: Jonah Kyle at April 21, 2019 09:58 AM (SH7Tr)


I asked the librarian if she had any books on short term memory loss. She said "yes."

I asked the librarian if she had any books on short term memory loss.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 10:43 AM (cY3LT)

147 I asked the librarian if she had any books on short term memory loss. She said "yes."
I asked the librarian if she had any books on short term memory loss.
Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 10:43 AM (cY3LT)


I asked the librarian if they had any books on nostalgia, and she said no, but they used to have some really good ones.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:46 AM (jrTqB)

148 The Grooming Gang cover-up is Exhibit A for why I have nothing but contempt for the Brit royal family. Every last one of them is a pompous, bigoted, galactically proportioned Piece. Of. Shit...Especially Her Prim and Proper Saintliness Kate Middleton, who turns a blind eye to the depredations being visited on her country's children.

Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 10:46 AM (zcT9k)

149 I asked my overly sentimental librarian if she could look something up in the card catalog for me and she got all dewy-eyed.

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 10:46 AM (m45I2)

150 "the true nature of this grooming phenomenon was known about more than 20 years ago."

yeah, are the cops being submissive and fearful, or are they partaking in bribes or even the sex itself?

Knowing of the pedophile island thing, and the use of "honey traps" (women usually, seducing men for intel or kompromat) ... it seems likely the graft/corruption has saturated much the law enforcer community. Prostitution may be the oldest profession, but a corrupted "government" participating/profiting/protecting it came shortly thereafter.

Posted by: illiniwek at April 21, 2019 10:48 AM (Cus5s)

151 I've been selling off all of my old text books because, frankly, I haven't needed them since I finished my Doctorate nearly 20-years ago.

Thinking of taking those proceeds and building a nice library full of the 'whiteness' the library association no longer finds any value in other than 'taking up space'.

Oh, and the only usefulness to Willard Mitt Rmoney taking-up a Senate seat is that it's 6-years I get to tell the NRSC to FOAD with a smile on my face.

Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 10:50 AM (FDRTI)

152 Today is suppose to be a day of joy and hope... I will see y'all later. HE HAS RISEN!!!

Posted by: lin-duh at April 21, 2019 10:50 AM (UUBmN)

153 I asked the librarian if she had any audiobooks.

She said "If you mean books on tape, then yes. I'm a stickler for such things."

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 10:51 AM (cY3LT)

154 I hope Beet-o went to England to present Galactic Fraud Princess Kate an Easter basket filled with baby shit 'avocados'. Perfect tribute to that prissy phony.

Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 10:51 AM (zcT9k)

155 A tipsy patron came into the library, pounded his fist on the counter and said loudly: "Can I get a beer?"

The shocked librarian said "Sir! This is a library!"

The patron says, "Oh, sorry." Then he leans in and whispers " Can I get a beer, please? "

Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 10:53 AM (dm05u)

156 Thinking of taking those proceeds and building a nice library full of the 'whiteness' the library association no longer finds any value in other than 'taking up space'.

I'll believe that they are serious about their contempt for "whiteness" when they divorce themselves of all the things that were discovered, invented or otherwise improved by those suffering from acute "whiteness".

Posted by: Blue Bird of F'ing Joy at April 21, 2019 10:53 AM (lD3vL)

157 My only book news this week is finally finishing the Jolrhos Field Guide, a gaming supplement I've been working on for three years. So many delays and setbacks. Still at Hero Games being approved for official licensing but should be on the shelf very soon.

I'm currently reading The Guns of Navarrone. The most interesting part to me is that its about a kind of obscure part of WW2 involving battles over control of Greek islands. The guns in question never existed but something like them did and the fight over these little islands definitely took place.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 21, 2019 10:53 AM (39g3+)

158 I asked my librarian if they had anything by Hemingway and she asked me if I was being earnest.

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 10:53 AM (m45I2)

159 I just read the second book in Richard Galbraith's (aka JK Rowling) detective series. Career of Evil.
It's ok

Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 10:55 AM (dm05u)

160 I asked the librarian to give me directions to the books on obsessive compulsive disorder.

She said "go up those 9 steps on the left, come back down 4 times, and go back up 4 times, turn around 6 times, check your watch 9 times, go back up and down those steps 3 more times, then walk backwards to the section on the right, but only if it's Tuesday. Otherwise, you have to leave the library, go home, and start the process all over again."

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 10:55 AM (cY3LT)

161 I asked the easily confused librarian which aisle the Shakespeare was on and she said "2B...."


...or not 2B"

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 10:56 AM (m45I2)

162 Rudy kicked Chuck Todd's ass. A preview of the counter-attack to come.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 10:56 AM (1UZdv)

163 Off to bask in the sun like a housecat and continue with my Flavia de Luce mystery.

Her older sister discovers a severed finger in her wedding cake, as one will. Flavia and her late father's manservent, Dogger, are soon on the case.

"So then", I said, "The first official act of Arthur W. Dogger & Associates is to be a trip to Brookwood?"

"It would seem so," Dogger said, rewrapping the finger in a napkin. "Did you know the London Necropolis Company has its own railway? They still run the occasional train from Waterloo."

Why have I not heard of this? I wondered. Who has been shielding me?

"A railway for the dead?" I asked. I could scarcely contain myself.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 10:57 AM (kQs4Y)

164 I'll believe that they are serious about their contempt for "whiteness" when they divorce themselves of all the things that were discovered, invented or otherwise improved by those suffering from acute "whiteness".

Posted by: Blue Bird of F'ing Joy at April 21, 2019 10:53 AM (lD3vL)


They have an answer for this.

Anything good that 'whiteness' has produced was stolen from brown people. Either by theft or by cultural appropriation. So a woke person is just restoring it to it's original owner.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:57 AM (jrTqB)

165 Boy the FBI is johnny-on-the spot if someone is doing something about border security.

Posted by: Blago at April 21, 2019 11:00 AM (UfkIY)

166 Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 10:57 AM (kQs4Y)

that sounds like a fun book!

link?

Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 11:00 AM (dm05u)

167 162 Rudy kicked Chuck Todd's ass.
Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 10:56 AM (1UZdv)


Maybe so, but how hard can that be? It's Chuck Todd, fercryinoutloud...

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 11:00 AM (jrTqB)

168 Great...now Easter terrorism is a thing...

Had a couple different vehicles suspiciously circle the parking-lot well after the service began last Sunday. One scruffy dude dressed head to toe in black, driving a beat-up Ford parked out of view on the campus and started his way to the door. He was intercepted and gave some lame excuse of needing fuel for his truck. Was given $5 and pointed to the service station at the corner.

Yeah, I'll be doing perimeter patrols today.

Posted by: Blue Bird of F'ing Joy at April 21, 2019 11:01 AM (lD3vL)

169 Has the NYT inserted the obligatory quote from CAIR that this murder of 215 Christians raises concerns of an anti-Muslim backlash in America?

Have they already justified the bombing as a response to Christchurch?

Maybe this time they will at least let the bodies be buried before blaming America and Christians?

Posted by: RoyalOil, Vicroy Canadian Territories at April 21, 2019 11:02 AM (TN1P5)

170 The guns in question never existed but something like them did and the fight over these little islands definitely took place.


*********

As I've previously shared on this blog, my dad was in counter-battery artillery at the Anzio beachhead and one of their big targets was the two giant German railroad guns collectively known on the beachhead as "Anzio Annie". He even had the opportunity to examine a dud shell thar bueied itself on the beach without exploding.

I used this as the basis for my whimsical novelization of Dad's WWII diary - "To Save Us All From Ruin - a Muldoon Adventure"

It's got hamsters.

And pie!

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 11:02 AM (m45I2)

171 Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 11:00 AM (dm05u)
---
VoterMom, you must begin at the beginning, with Alan Bradley's "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie":

https://tinyurl.com/yxvvnm33

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 11:04 AM (kQs4Y)

172 I'll believe that they are serious about their contempt for "whiteness" when they divorce themselves of all the things that were discovered, invented or otherwise improved by those suffering from acute "whiteness".

Posted by: Blue Bird of F'ing Joy at April 21, 2019 10:53 AM (lD3vL)

They have an answer for this.

Anything good that 'whiteness' has produced was stolen from brown people. Either by theft or by cultural appropriation. So a woke person is just restoring it to it's original owner.
Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:57 AM (jrTqB)

Yep, these people truly believe that Wakanda would have been real and the entire continent would be paradise on Earth if only the dirty pink people had left Africa alone.

Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:05 AM (FDRTI)

173 141 Wondering why Churchill would have written something called "What if Lee had not won the battle of Gettysburg?", since Lee had not won the battle of Gettysburg.
Posted by: Sharkman at April 21, 2019 10:41 AM (smc0A)

it's one of those clues that you're in a new reboot of the Matrix

Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 11:05 AM (dm05u)

174 I asked the librarian if she had any books on how to learn and use statistics differently.

She said "none of any significant consequence."

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 11:05 AM (cY3LT)

175 Enjoyed Muldoon's book btw

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 11:06 AM (BbGew)

176 Chuck Todd is smarter and slipperier than most of these talking heads. He has the advantage of being the interlocutor and so can frame the discussion to his ends.

Rudy framed "who investigates the investigators." More to come.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 11:06 AM (1UZdv)

177 it's one of those clues that you're in a new reboot of the Matrix
Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 11:05 AM (dm05u)
---
Like when Alan Sherman burned down Atlanta!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 11:06 AM (kQs4Y)

178 One scruffy dude dressed head to toe in black, driving a beat-up Ford parked out of view on the campus and started his way to the door. He was intercepted and gave some lame excuse of needing fuel for his truck. Was given $5 and pointed to the service station at the corner.

Yeah, I'll be doing perimeter patrols today.
Posted by: Blue Bird of F'ing Joy at April 21, 2019 11:01 AM (lD3vL)


Everyone who has ever come to my church after the church service asking for money has been a grifter or scammer.

Every.
Single.
One.

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 11:07 AM (jrTqB)

179 Sharkman: That's the point. Churchill wrote it from the viewpoint of a historian in a world where Lee did win the battle.

There was a great SF writer hiding inside Winston Churchill. It's a pity he seldom let it out.

Posted by: Trimegistus at April 21, 2019 11:08 AM (Q5Q0N)

180 I asked the librarian if they had any engineering books specifically about crossing rivers and she said, "No, all of our books are unabridged."

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 11:08 AM (m45I2)

181 Eris, looks like my library has it! awesome

Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 11:09 AM (dm05u)

182 "No, all of our books are unabridged."


********

I said, "Oh kwai me a wivver!"

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 11:09 AM (m45I2)

183 Like when Alan Sherman burned down Atlanta!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 11:06 AM (kQs4Y)


Now that sounds like faddah for a story!

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 11:10 AM (cY3LT)

184 Yep, these people truly believe that Wakanda would have been real and the entire continent would be paradise on Earth if only the dirty pink people had left Africa alone.
Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:05 AM (FDRTI)


"Ice people."

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 11:10 AM (jrTqB)

185 I hope Beet-o went to England to present Galactic Fraud Princess Kate an Easter basket filled with baby shit 'avocados'. Perfect tribute to that prissy phony.
Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 10:51 AM (zcT9k)


Good to see my contempt for the royal frauds isn't an isolated case.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 21, 2019 11:10 AM (Jp5jt)

186 On topic, I'm in the midst of a pretty good read - Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts. It's over 1000 pages in hardcover, so it's not a one-night read, at least at my pace. Fascinating to see how strong the appeasement crowd was in Commons and Lords and how Winston managed to form his WWII coalition despite their yammerings.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at April 21, 2019 11:12 AM (EgshT)

187 141 Wondering why Churchill would have written something called "What if Lee had not won the battle of Gettysburg?", since Lee had not won the battle of Gettysburg.
Posted by: Sharkman at April 21, 2019 10:41 AM (smc0A)

I haven't read it, but from what I gather it's an alternate-alternate history. Churchill imagines a world with a Confederate victory, then from there imagines what that world would be like without it.

Posted by: josephistan at April 21, 2019 11:12 AM (Izzlo)

188 Notorious BFD- heard his interview on Dennis Prager show, thinking of getting that.

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 11:15 AM (BbGew)

189 I have a pretty good military history library, and I have been focusing on small wars, and secondary theaters of the big wars. Now I want to fill in the gaps and start getting some books on the major campaigns of the big wars, such as WWII. What are some good books on Wake Island, Midway, and D-Day?

Posted by: josephistan at April 21, 2019 11:15 AM (Izzlo)

190 185 I hope Beet-o went to England to present Galactic Fraud Princess Kate an Easter basket filled with baby shit 'avocados'. Perfect tribute to that prissy phony.
Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 10:51 AM (zcT9k)

Good to see my contempt for the royal frauds isn't an isolated case.
Posted by: Captain Hate at April 21, 2019 11:10 AM (Jp5jt)

Not hardly. One of the signs of our stupid times is the absolutely pathetic state of our so-called "elites", the "Royals" chief among them.

Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:15 AM (FDRTI)

191 Sharkman: That's the point. Churchill wrote it from the viewpoint of a historian in a world where Lee did win the battle.


There was a great SF writer hiding inside Winston Churchill. It's a pity he seldom let it out.
Posted by: Trimegistus at April 21, 2019 11:08 AM (Q5Q0N


I will have to get If, Or History Rewritten. H. Beam Piper wrote a number of alternate history books, besides the Paratime series. I wonder if this was his inspiration.


Fortunately, Worldcat indicates there are a number of copies in my library district.

Posted by: Kindltot at April 21, 2019 11:16 AM (TN7xY)

192 The building engineering student the librarian where the skyscraper section was.

She said "sir, this library only has two floors."

He asked if she had in books on ceilings.

She said "no, we keep them on shelves."

He asked if they had any books on floors.

She said "no, I put the books back on their shelves each night. Do I look like I'm not thorough to you?"

He said "yes, you do, because you're not living in the woods."

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 11:16 AM (cY3LT)

193 Better get going to Mass early to get a parking spot. Have a blessed Easter, I'll see you later

Posted by: josephistan at April 21, 2019 11:19 AM (Izzlo)

194 During the campaign, Team Trump wanted to get the 33,000 e-mails that Hillary destroyed. Had they been exposed, they would have proven no end of crimes, which is why Hillary had them destroyed despite their being under subpoena. i.e. Team Trump wanted to reverse Hillary's obvious obstruction.

This gets conflated with the fruits of the DNC hack, which weren't as earth shaking, because Media can tie their provenance to the Russkies.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 11:19 AM (1UZdv)

195 Notorious BFD- heard his interview on Dennis Prager show, thinking of getting that.

I think you'll find it money well spent, Skip. Politically, WC was the proverbial cat with nine lives. Even his enemies admitted during and after WWII that he was "the right man for the right time". Pretty good stuff.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at April 21, 2019 11:19 AM (EgshT)

196 Not hardly. One of the signs of our stupid times is
the absolutely pathetic state of our so-called "elites", the "Royals"
chief among them.
Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:15 AM (FDRTI)


I see that Charles and Camilla went to Cuba to demonstrate to the Cuban people that the oldest, most stable and traditionally the greatest guarantor of liberty in history will in no means support them against their oppressive and tyrannical government, so the British royals have done that much for the dictatorships of the world.

Posted by: Kindltot at April 21, 2019 11:20 AM (TN7xY)

197 During the campaign, Team Trump wanted to get the 33,000 e-mails that Hillary destroyed. Had they been exposed, they would have proven no end of crimes, which is why Hillary had them destroyed despite their being under subpoena. i.e. Team Trump wanted to reverse Hillary's obvious obstruction.

This gets conflated with the fruits of the DNC hack, which weren't as earth shaking, because Media can tie their provenance to the Russkies.
Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 11:19 AM (1UZdv)


Why, it's almost as if this whole "Russian collusion" thing had been a 2 1/2 year ruse to bury and keep anyone from looking into the Hillory email thing.

Almost.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 11:23 AM (cY3LT)

198 I see that Charles and Camilla went to Cuba...
Posted by: Kindltot at April 21, 2019 11:20 AM (TN7xY)

The Cubans would have done the world a wonderful service had they thrown these two morons into one of their many gulags. Alas.

Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:24 AM (FDRTI)

199 Looks like the Dems will go down Impeachment Avenue after all. Nancy knows it's probably not a good idea, but Nancy isn't the leader of the party any more.

Interesting times ahead.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at April 21, 2019 11:24 AM (FiUMj)

200 The Royal Family is supposed to be the most moral and conservative bastion in the UK, but instead all the kids are leftist immoral trash. I mean the family has long been corrupt morally but they kept it quiet but they were always very staid and traditionally founded. No longer.

They need to end the whole thing with Elizabeth's death and just end on a high note.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 21, 2019 11:25 AM (39g3+)

201 Not hardly. One of the signs of our stupid times is the absolutely pathetic state of our so-called "elites", the "Royals" chief among them.
Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:15 AM (FDRTI)


What have you got against Kansas City baseball??

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 11:26 AM (jrTqB)

202 My librarian's name is Conan.

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 11:26 AM (m45I2)

203 Looks like the Dems will go down Impeachment Avenue after all.

Yeah I thought their leadership was smarter than that, but they are really gonna pull that plug on their 2020 election chances.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 21, 2019 11:27 AM (39g3+)

204 What have you got against Kansas City baseball??
Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 11:26 AM (jrTqB)

I was wondering how long it would take to get a baseball joke out of that?

Aside from awful starting pitching there's not much to not like about KC this year. And wow are they fast on the bases.

Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:28 AM (FDRTI)

205
Yeah I thought their leadership was smarter than that, but they are really gonna pull that plug on their 2020 election chances.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 21, 2019 11:27 AM (39g3+)

___

Their official leadership - Nancy, Steny, etc - is smarter than that. The unofficial leadersip - AOC, BroFo, etc - is dumber than a bag of rocks.

Posted by: Lurking Lurker at April 21, 2019 11:29 AM (FiUMj)

206 Sorry if this shouldn't belong here but it looks like the EMT is dead.

Alot of Sri Lanka coverage here. Warning: graphic photos of the aftermath.

https://twitter.com/nickmon1112/status/
1119983005941010437

Also shows MFM crap about the terrorist attacks too. Don't say "Islamic", "Muslim".

Posted by: andycanuck at April 21, 2019 11:29 AM (Dh1wo)

207 I asked the librarian, "Do you have any books on echolalia?"

and she said, "Do you have any books on echolalia?"


Posted by: naturalfake at April 21, 2019 11:29 AM (CRRq9)

208 200 The Royal Family is supposed to be the most moral and conservative bastion in the UK, but instead all the kids are leftist immoral trash. I mean the family has long been corrupt morally but they kept it quiet but they were always very staid and traditionally founded. No longer.

They need to end the whole thing with Elizabeth's death and just end on a high note."

It's interesting to note how these things go around in circles. In the 1830's, after the reigns of George III (who was insane) and George IV (the most notorious drunk and opium addict in the kingdom) the Royals were in total disrepute and Britain was just about ready to dump the entire idea once and for all. The primary reason behind the big drive under Victoria to institute very strict standards of public morality was to counter the reputation that had been earned by all of the Royals who preceded her - she saw it as the only way to save the Institution of the Monarchy.

so, today, they're reverting back to form.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 21, 2019 11:30 AM (V2Yro)

209 Too bad the Hillary campaign didn't get a Mueller proctology exam.

The real October surprise was Pussygate. NBC had the tape but couldn't legally use it because it was recorded in CA, a two party consent state. So they gave it to WaPo to publish. This nearly killed Trump, until he countered.

Team Hillary surely knew of this in advance, so they could plan accordingly. But it made them over-confident in the last weeks.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 11:32 AM (1UZdv)

210 I doubt the Democrats will go for impeachment, but they will keep the saber rattle up just to drive the upcoming election their way.

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 11:32 AM (BbGew)

211 205
Yeah I thought their leadership was smarter than that, but they are really gonna pull that plug on their 2020 election chances.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 21, 2019 11:27 AM (39g3+)
___
Their official leadership - Nancy, Steny, etc - is smarter than that. The unofficial leadersip - AOC, BroFo, etc - is dumber than a bag of rocks.
Posted by: Lurking Lurker at April 21, 2019 11:29 AM (FiUMj)

Yeah and we're about to see who's really in charge in the Dem party. The rad left is going to force this entire thing into being the biggest shitshow in the history of this country.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 21, 2019 11:34 AM (V2Yro)

212 I asked the librarian if she had any books on baseball, and she said, "Sorry, you've struck out."

Posted by: naturalfake at April 21, 2019 11:34 AM (CRRq9)

213 190. It's bad enough that the British people prop up that Clan of Royal Parasites as something to be admired...but when Americans jizz themselves over those pretentious wastes of cellular matter - it's heartbreaking.

Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 11:34 AM (zcT9k)

214 The Democrats won't impeach.
They'll fundraise to the hilt on impeachment, beacuae they have literally nothing else.
Failure Theater isn't reserved for the GOPe these days.

Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:34 AM (FDRTI)

215 good books on Wake Island, Midway, and D-Day?

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IMHO, the best Midway book is Shattered Sword by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 21, 2019 11:37 AM (+y/Ru)

216 I asked the librarian if she had any books on farming and she said, "We've got several that are out standing in the field."

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 11:38 AM (m45I2)

217 The Democrats won't impeach.
They'll fundraise to the hilt on impeachment, beacuae they have literally nothing else.
Failure Theater isn't reserved for the GOPe these days.
Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:34 AM (FDRTI)


Win win for the Democrats. They don't have to impeach, they just get to send their lunatic fringe out there to scream and shout about it. Then the leadership can look "reasonable" by comparison, for not pursuing, while the loony base gets to do what they do best: scream and shout.

An example of how doing nothing can be good for a party. Which works if you're not controlling the White House and both houses. Not so much when you are.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 11:38 AM (cY3LT)

218 Failure Theater isn't reserved for the GOPe these days.
Posted by: DocJ at April 21, 2019 11:34 AM (FDRTI)


With Eddie Munster's band of quislings gone, they may not even mount a serious challenge. Oh who am I kidding?

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 21, 2019 11:40 AM (Jp5jt)

219 214 The Democrats won't impeach.
They'll fundraise to the hilt on impeachment, beacuae they have literally nothing else.
Failure Theater isn't reserved for the GOPe these days.

What I think they're going to do - and this is from thinking on different things Nadler and Schiff and other who support have said - is that they're going to open impeachment hearings, and then they're going to demand Trump's tax returns as "Evidence in a Criminal Case". Trump will deny them, since it's not a Criminal case, it's a Political Case, then Nadler will declare that is Proof of Obstruction of Justice, and demand a vote for Impeachment on that basis. The House Dems will most likely go along, the Senate won't, and the 2020 Election will be fought nationwide on those grounds.

It'll be a true Winner Take All election - whichever side goes down, goes down hard and stays down for a long time.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 21, 2019 11:41 AM (V2Yro)

220 I asked the librarian where to look for books on autopsies in Arizona or New Mexico and she said, "Try over in the far southwest coroner."

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 11:42 AM (m45I2)

221 I asked the librarian if she had any books on illegal immigration.

She said "in the student section, we had several come in, nobody ever checks them out, and they never seem to leave. Otherwise, there's a guy who brings van loads of them in through the back door. Nobody knows how many we have."

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 11:43 AM (cY3LT)

222 Now that Brian Lamb is retiring, how long before C-SPAN becomes another commie propaganda outlet?

Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 11:44 AM (zcT9k)

223 Sofia Leung needs to fuck right the hell off back to China, so she won't be oppressed by all those white people books.


And no, I don't give a shit if she was born here.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at April 21, 2019 11:44 AM (0OWcv)

224 Sharkman: That's the point. Churchill wrote it from the viewpoint of a historian in a world where Lee did win the battle.

There was a great SF writer hiding inside Winston Churchill. It's a pity he seldom let it out.

Posted by: Trimegistus



Ah so desu ka.

I need more coffee.

Posted by: Sharkman at April 21, 2019 11:45 AM (smc0A)

225 IMHO, the best Midway book is Shattered Sword by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully.

Seconded.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at April 21, 2019 11:45 AM (EgshT)

226 I asked the librarian if there were any popular books on one night stands. "They come and go."

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at April 21, 2019 11:45 AM (0OWcv)

227 Now that Brian Lamb is retiring, how long before C-SPAN becomes another commie propaganda outlet?

Seconds

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 21, 2019 11:46 AM (39g3+)

228 Like when Alan Sherman burned down Atlanta!

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Hello mudda, hello fadda
Here I am at Plantation Tara

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 21, 2019 11:46 AM (+y/Ru)

229
I got nuthin' today, except-

True Detective Pikachu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=160&v=fFzj14bpMu4

Posted by: naturalfake at April 21, 2019 11:47 AM (CRRq9)

230 Wondering why Churchill would have written something called "What if Lee had not won the battle of Gettysburg?", since Lee had not won the battle of Gettysburg.
Posted by: Sharkman at April 21, 2019 10:41 AM (smc0A)


In a book containing essays about alternate time-lines, that essay was written from the viewpoint of a time-line in which Lee DID win at Gettysburg. I knew that Churchill wrote history (and own some), I had no idea that he wrote fiction as well.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 21, 2019 11:50 AM (5Yee7)

231 I asked my librarian if she could look up something about intestinal polyps and she referred me to a proctologist.

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 11:50 AM (m45I2)

232 The best way for Trump to fight the move for Impeachment is to launch very strong counterstrikes of his own, against the players who started all of this. I think he will, he won't be like GWB who just sat on his ass and said nothing while his enemies were planning to wreck everything he did.

The 2020 election very well may turn out to be the most bitter American election since 1860.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 21, 2019 11:50 AM (V2Yro)

233 All right. I'm done. Don't blame me, Oregon Muse started it.

Endeavor to persevere!

Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 11:51 AM (m45I2)

234 Asked the librarian where the books on Napoleon were
She said there was a short section over there

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 11:51 AM (BbGew)

235 In America it's all pretty straight forward. Democrats are willing to destroy our country to get Latin American voters, and Republicans are willing to do it for the cheap labor.

But the EU and its constituent national governments are highly undemocratic and voting matters very little. Moreover, Muslims are lazy in any country. Very workshy at a cultural level. In the West, they are also resentful of working, as they view their hosts as a natural underclass, who should be working for them, not the other way around. Very few will do much beyond go on the dole.

So, IOW, it's not that the Europeans are willing to ruin their countries to satisfy their greed and lust for power like Americans are... the destruction of Europe seems to be the goal itself.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 21, 2019 11:52 AM (5aX2M)

236 I asked the librarian if she had any books on Kennedy conspiracies.

She said "we're drowning in them. They're back and to the left."

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 11:52 AM (cY3LT)

237 I mentioned impeachment and looming indictments yesterday.

Do the Dems proceed as indictments are dropping directly related to this attempted coup?


Imagine high level FBI and intelligence agency officials being arrested as impeachment hearings are in progress.


Or if indictments drop first, the Dems file impeachment articles?

Posted by: HA at April 21, 2019 11:53 AM (MAstk)

238 I asked the librarian for a book on blindness and she said she hadn't seen any.


Posted by: naturalfake at April 21, 2019 11:53 AM (CRRq9)

239 Well at Mass the priest didn't offer prayer for the victims of the church bombings today, that was special.

Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 11:53 AM (zcT9k)

240 I asked my librarian if she could look up something about intestinal polyps and she referred me to a proctologist.
Posted by: Muldoon at April 21, 2019 11:50 AM (m45I2)


I went to the medical school library, told the librarian I was a student and asked for books on female anatomy.

Little did I know she was a radiologist and could see right through me.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 11:54 AM (cY3LT)

241 The 2020 election very well may turn out to be the most bitter American election since 1860.

I'm afraid you are spot on. Barring any "surprises" between now and then, it could very well determine the destiny of the Republic. That may be a bit of hyperbolic license taken on my part, but it's a strong gut feeling I have.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at April 21, 2019 11:55 AM (EgshT)

242 I am halfway through re-reading The Expanse Series by James SA Corey. Best Sci Fi Space Opera I've read.

Leviathan Wakes

Caliban's War

Abbadon's Gate

Cibola Burn (just about finished with this one)

Nemesis Games

Babylon's Ashes

Persepolis Rising

Tiamat's Wrath (came out March 26).

Last book of the series will be out probably in December 2020.

Great story, deep, well-written characters, Galaxy wide action, alien mysteries.

I will be sad when the last book finally drops, but this is a series I will read many times in the future.

Posted by: Sharkman at April 21, 2019 11:56 AM (smc0A)

243 The 2020 election very well may turn out to be the most bitter American election since 1860.

...

We may see more similarities with 1860 too.

Posted by: HA at April 21, 2019 11:57 AM (MAstk)

244
Private Library of T. Boone Pickens



He was really good in Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 21, 2019 11:57 AM (3SqE8)

245

The 'weird parallels' between Vice President Mike Pence and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg

https://outline.com/9Fud3G

Buttigieg is one of the most common last names in Malta, where his father was from.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 21, 2019 11:58 AM (aKsyK)

246 I asked for a book about pointing out the obvious, and the librarian said, "We don't have one, but maybe you could do one when you retire from football! Because I'm realy good at it!"

Posted by: BEN ROETHLISBERGER at April 21, 2019 11:59 AM (8AONa)

247 At churching today, the priest said that in the Eastern Orthodox Church they don't say Happy Easter, they say "Christ is Risen!" and the response is "Truly; He is Risen!".

So I learnt something today.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 21, 2019 12:00 PM (Z+IKu)

248 Other Midway books -
Incredible Victory by Walter Lord
Miracle at Midway by Gordon Prange
The Big E by Edward Stafford
Midway by Okumiya and Fuchida
The Ragged Rugged Warriors by Martin Caiden
United States Destroyer Operations in World War II by Theodore Roscoe
At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy by Robert J. Buckley Jr

More obscure books
The Flying Guns: Cockpit Record of a Naval Pilot from Pearl Harbor to Midway by Clarence E. Dickinson
A Ship to Remember: The Saga of the Hornet by Alexander R. Griffin
Rendezvous at Midway: USS Yorktown and the Japanese Carrier Fleet by Pat Frank and Joseph Harrington

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 21, 2019 12:00 PM (x0NgC)

249 245

The 'weird parallels' between Vice President Mike Pence and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg

https://outline.com/9Fud3G

Buttigieg is one of the most common last names in Malta, where his father was from.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 21, 2019 11:58 AM (aKsyK)

MALTESE HOMOS STOLE OUR TECHNOLOGY!!!

Posted by: Al Sharpton at April 21, 2019 12:00 PM (NWiLs)

250 Three Sri Lankan cops killed in explosion at suspect's house in Colombo.

Posted by: andycanuck at April 21, 2019 12:00 PM (Dh1wo)

251 Buttigieg is one of the most common last names in Malta, where his father was from.

I suspect it's fairly common in Turkish bathhouses, as well.

Posted by: Notorious BFD at April 21, 2019 12:01 PM (EgshT)

252 With Eddie Munster's band of quislings gone, they may not even mount a serious challenge. Oh who am I kidding?

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 21, 2019 11:40 AM (Jp5jt)



Mittens: You rang?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at April 21, 2019 12:01 PM (3SqE8)

253 The sado-masochist foot fetishist went to the library and asked for books on kinky sex.

Not realizing the librarian was into the same things he was, she said "we sure do!" They both got a kick out of it.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 12:02 PM (cY3LT)

254 I listen to a jazz station that is an NPR affiliate. Their newsbreak did report the carnage in Sri Lanka but I don't think they mentioned Religion of Pieces. They did feature the statement of Commie Pope, who after the boilerplate condolences, advised that we should 'build bridges, not walls-

Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 12:02 PM (zcT9k)

255 On this day in 1836 Sam Houston beat the Mexican army into a bloody pile in 18 minutes. Then he tore off Santa Anna's leg, beat him with it, and crammed it up his bean-hole!


Happy San Jacinto Day!!

Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at April 21, 2019 12:04 PM (+7uO0)

256 Impeachment may be an attempt to forestall indictments and arrests. You know, "you gotta recuse everybody and drop all investigations as we are impeaching you for collusion and obstruction. Arresting our witnesses for fraud, treason and federal felonies committed in trying to frame you is prima facia evidence of obstruction, you know!"

Posted by: Kindltot at April 21, 2019 12:04 PM (TN7xY)

257 Also tourist hotels bombed. Just sickening. The media is barely covering it before going back to Mueller report. Very different from New Zealand. Nobody has mentioned Islam yet.
Posted by: JuJuBee at April 21, 2019 09:30 AM (aBR7R)

Sri Lanka is weird. Might be revanchist Tamil Tigers, not muzzies. Has anyone claimed responsibility?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 21, 2019 12:04 PM (TfwlC)

258

Multnomah County in Oregon has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who claimed the county fostered a racially insensitive workplace after she complained about a co-worker who pinned up a "Blue Lives Matter" flag.

Karimah Guion-Pledgure claimed in her January lawsuit that the flag "demeans" and "denigrates" the Black Lives Matter movement. But some co-workers didn't agree, and Guion-Pledgure claims they harassed her for it - leading her to suffer debilitating stress and health problems, the suit said.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 21, 2019 12:05 PM (aKsyK)

259 I ordered two books for Spring reading : "Faith and Politics" by Pope Benedict XVI and (thanks to Mr. Sefton for his Schall link last week) "The Regensburg Lecture" by Fr. James V. Schall. "Faith and Politics" arrived yesterday and "Regensburg" is arriving shortly. Huzzah!

Posted by: mrp at April 21, 2019 12:07 PM (Pqytn)

260 https://tinyurl.com/yyvychyz
National review of the Tolkien exhibit

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 12:08 PM (BbGew)

261 The Doctor Deplorable book is now available on Amazon. It costs a little more there than it does on my website and I fulfill the order anyway so why not save a buck and deprive Jeff Bezos of any proceeds. Oh, and thanks SO MUCH for the kind mention on this illustrious blog!

Posted by: Doctor Deplorable at April 21, 2019 12:08 PM (6aI1M)

262 Buttigieg is one of the most common last names in Malta, where his father was from.
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I suspect it's fairly common in Turkish bathhouses, as well.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at April 21, 2019 12:01 PM (EgshT)


The population in Malta is going down...

...

Cuz they Malta in the mouth (and buttgig), and not in their handmaidens.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 21, 2019 12:08 PM (cY3LT)

263 Happy San Jacinto Day here, too! I have my Texas flag out in celebration.

Posted by: Art Rondolet of Malmsey at April 21, 2019 12:09 PM (S+f+m)

264 Noted off my FB feed... preview of the 2020 race.

https://youtu.be/MwWgmGS5bB4

Yeah, I know violence and Easter shouldn't go hand-in-hand (sub-human muzzies not withstanding), this too funny (and too true) not to post.

Posted by: CPT. Charles at April 21, 2019 12:10 PM (W+kMI)

265 LOL. American media is not mentioning Islam except to talk about Buddhist attacks on Muslims last year. That includes Fox. They're all beyond absurd.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 21, 2019 12:10 PM (5aX2M)

266 LOL: "Moses was the first person to download data from the cloud to a tablet."

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 12:10 PM (kQs4Y)

267 See Hotel Mumbai. Taut thriller with a political subtext

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 21, 2019 12:10 PM (qIdWr)

268 Multnomah County in Oregon has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who claimed the county fostered a racially insensitive workplace after she complained about a co-worker who pinned up a "Blue Lives Matter" flag.



This county's attorney needs a kick in the ass.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 21, 2019 12:11 PM (oVJmc)

269 Sri Lanka is weird. Might be revanchist Tamil Tigers, not muzzies. Has anyone claimed responsibility?
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Cops have been watching Moslem terror group for weeks. See #104 and #206.

Posted by: andycanuck at April 21, 2019 12:11 PM (Dh1wo)

270 Oh, geez. Roger Stone has gone full Stormy.

Broke Roger Stone Speaking for Money at Strip Club...

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 21, 2019 12:12 PM (+y/Ru)

271 In a book containing essays about alternate
time-lines, that essay was written from the viewpoint of a time-line in
which Lee DID win at Gettysburg. I knew that Churchill wrote history
(and own some), I had no idea that he wrote fiction as well.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 21, 2019 11:50 AM (5Yee7)

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Winston Churchill made his living writing, writing, writing. Countless magazine articles, essays, lectures, multi-volume histories and biographies (like "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples"), newspaper columns, etc., etc.,)

Posted by: mrp at April 21, 2019 12:14 PM (Pqytn)

272 Was stuck on a plane for a while, so managed to work a little and read a little as well.
Read the new CJ Box novel with game warden Joe Pickett called Wolf Pack and liked it a lot. The parallel stories dove tailed very nicely together (and in a fewer of the later books the storylines seemed forced a bit). The characters are not standing still- they are growing up and experiencing new things and it is shaping and, in some cases, reshaping the characters. The books was helped by engaging, well drawn villains. The Feds have a plan that should benefit society, but their good intentions put some individual characters in jeopardy (I could say more about this, but do not want to spoil the plot). Box had moved out of my list of authors that I buy their stuff new when it comes out and I actually found this copy used. This book moves him back onto that list.

Had picked up City of Thieves by David Benioff which is the story of two young Russians that are given a pass out of jail during the Nazi siege of Leningrad to find a dozen eggs so that the daughter of one of the Russian generals can have cake for her wedding. Great characters and essentially a road trip book, except that the characters walk most of the way. Since it is a road trip, unlikely things happen, but the story moves along quickly.
Also read Loren Estleman's book titled Port Hazard, which is a western. I had read many of his mysteries, but never one of his westerns so I wanted to try one. Picked this one up used- glad I read it. Will keep on a lookout for other westerns used, but will not go out of my way to order one now to read.

Posted by: Charlotte at April 21, 2019 12:14 PM (iDRg8)

273 241 The 2020 election very well may turn out to be the most bitter American election since 1860.

I'm afraid you are spot on. Barring any "surprises" between now and then, it could very well determine the destiny of the Republic. That may be a bit of hyperbolic license taken on my part, but it's a strong gut feeling I have.
Posted by: Notorious BFD at April 21, 2019 11:55 AM (EgshT)


I'm sure Soros and his merry band of globalist billionaires are working out the perfect timing for a financial collapse as we speak.

Posted by: rickl at April 21, 2019 12:16 PM (sdi6R)

274
This is way O/T, but B'Gal and I just had our hearts warmed.

I usually go to McD's on Sundays because biscuits. When I get back to Casa Backwardio, there's a big paper grocery sack on the front porch all stapled shut and "Happy Easter" written on it in a child's hand. It contained an Easter basket with some sweet goodies, a couple of dyed eggs and two Peeps.

There's only a few young'uns nearby, so I hope I can discover who gave us this most adorable Easter gift ever. That was so sweet that it's starting to get dusty here at stately Casa Backwardio.

We now return to your regularly scheduled Book Thread. I just thought I'd share that with y'all.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy says #PurgeProgressivismBAMN at April 21, 2019 12:17 PM (HaL55)

275 I just completed a scholarly bio of Toulouse-Lautrec. Here are some things I found interesting that I never knew before:

The artist was the scion of a very ancient, noble family. (They had money too, but held it in ways that seem bizarre & completely unfamiliar to an American reader 125 years later.)

Had HTL outlived his father, he would've been Count Henri. His family had profoundly ambivalent feelings about HTL's career as an artist. His father asked him to sign his paintings with a pseudonym, to safeguard the family name from scandal. All those working class/Bohemian dives he painted, don't you know? A lot of HTL's early paintings ARE in fact signed with various pseudonyms, i.e., "Treclau."

The artist was a genuinely funny, likable human being.

Posted by: mnw at April 21, 2019 12:18 PM (Cssks)

276 You fight off a government with endless funds and see what you do for money.
One of the famous pundits wrote Mueller's report is one of the most expensive in history at costing 30 million for 400 pages.

Posted by: Skip at April 21, 2019 12:18 PM (BbGew)

277 Backwards Boy, that is so sweet! Write a note and stick it on your door or mailbox.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 21, 2019 12:20 PM (kQs4Y)

278
Gotta love those wacky socialists:

https://tinyurl.com/y3ol4njj

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 21, 2019 12:20 PM (5aX2M)

279 265. despite Gaslight Inc. best efforts to create a permanent halo of innocence around ROPs, Joe and Jane 6pack's common sense hasn't totally abandoned them. I know Hillary voters who are convinced ND Cathedral fire was set by the muz.

Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 12:20 PM (zcT9k)

280
Gotta love those wacky socialists:



Let's review the record of socialism, shall we?

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 21, 2019 12:22 PM (oVJmc)

281 Also shows MFM crap about the terrorist attacks too. Don't say "Islamic", "Muslim".

Posted by: andycanuck at April 21, 2019 11:29 AM (Dh1wo)

NOT ON MY WATCH!! NO SIR, NOT GONNA SPECULATE OR CAST ASPERSIONS ON MY MUSLIM COMRADES!!!!

Posted by: Shep Smith at April 21, 2019 12:22 PM (0Ntuf)

282 I know Hillary voters who are convinced ND Cathedral fire was set by the muz.
Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 12:20 PM (

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My Leftist boss thinks so. It's the only place she seems to have any skepticism of the Left.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 21, 2019 12:23 PM (5aX2M)

283 269 Sri Lanka is weird. Might be revanchist Tamil Tigers, not muzzies. Has anyone claimed responsibility?
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Cops have been watching Moslem terror group for weeks. See #104 and #206.
Posted by: andycanuck at April 21, 2019 12:11 PM (Dh1wo)

#144 and #206

Posted by: m at April 21, 2019 12:25 PM (5AuVV)

284 The artist was a genuinely funny, likable human being.
Posted by: mnw at April 21, 2019 12:18 PM (Cssks)

The Jose Ferrer version of Moulin Rouge (1952) makes that point very well, I think. If you haven't seen it, you should, especially now that you've studied Toulouse. The later film version of Moulin Rouge has almost nothing in common with the original, other than the name.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 21, 2019 12:26 PM (V2Yro)

285 BTW, I hope you goyim are having a great Easter!

My dad got to be home with my mom and us on Easter for the first time in six years, so that's pretty great.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 21, 2019 12:27 PM (5aX2M)

286

Backwards Boy, that is so sweet! Write a note and stick it on your door or mailbox.


That's a good idea, AHE.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy says #PurgeProgressivismBAMN at April 21, 2019 12:27 PM (HaL55)

287 Thank you, m, for correction! On a tablet not p.c. -- that's my excuse at least.

Posted by: andycanuck at April 21, 2019 12:27 PM (Dh1wo)

288 There is PLENTY of overlap between "Tamil Tigers" & "jihadis."

I loved the way the Sri Lankan govt handled the Tamil Tiger insurrection-- defeated it in detail & ignored U.N. entreaties for mediation-- until there was nothing left to mediate.

Posted by: mnw at April 21, 2019 12:27 PM (Cssks)

289 Cops have been watching Moslem terror group for weeks. See #104 and #206.
Posted by: andycanuck at April 21, 2019 12:11 PM (Dh1wo)

Got it. My first thought was muzzies, too, but then I figured, "hey Sri Lanka, Tamil tigers".

They have a plethora of assholes. there.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 21, 2019 12:27 PM (TfwlC)

290 284 Servo

I saw the film 50 years ago. I don't remember it very well, though. I never saw the second version.

Posted by: mnw at April 21, 2019 12:30 PM (Cssks)

291 287 Thank you, m, for correction! On a tablet not p.c. -- that's my excuse at least.
Posted by: andycanuck at April 21, 2019 12:27 PM (Dh1wo)

; )

Posted by: m at April 21, 2019 12:32 PM (5AuVV)

292 Corgis! Nood

Posted by: Duke Lowell at April 21, 2019 12:32 PM (gC2IV)

293 Let's review the record of socialism, shall we?

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AMC has been running a documentary series about Jim Jones and The People's Temple. Last night was the Kool Ade finale. They talked to a number of the survivors. Several of them were still on about how wonderful their socialist town in the jungle was and how the world was deprived of a model for the future because Jim went off the rails. Their main thing was virtue signalling. Yeah, boy, the anti-racist, anti-capitalist pro-collectivist paradise was better than us mucking about in the mud.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 21, 2019 12:33 PM (+y/Ru)

294 285. good to hear YD! I hope your holiday was blessed.

Posted by: kallisto at April 21, 2019 12:33 PM (zcT9k)

295 They talked to a number of the survivors. Several of them were still on about how wonderful their socialist town in the jungle was and how the world was deprived of a model for the future because Jim went off the rails.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 21, 2019 12:33 PM


Well, their choices are:
1) Wow, I really screwed up believing that People's Temple BS. And my belief in that led to my child, wife, and friends dying in a horrible manner. It's all my fault.

2) Nah. The world is to blame.

Choice 2 is easier.

Posted by: Chuck C at April 21, 2019 12:40 PM (zCabI)

296 Don't think Wake Island counts as a major campaign, or a campaign at all. Though the story of its resistance to the first Japanese attack ("send more Japs"), and the controversy about the relief mission that was scrubbed, is worth reading about. Unfortunately no particular book comes to mind.


Agree with those who reco the Parshall and Tully book on Midway. For D-Day, that one sets me back because I haven't read on it for years, and now can't recall my favorites.


If you're moving towards major theaters and campaigns, don't forget the biggest/bloodiest. Eastern front. There I can strongly recommend Robert Citino's "Death of the Wehrmacht", and mildly recommend his follow-up, "The Wehrmacht Retreats". David Glantz's books are comprehensive but more like reference books than narratives, for the most part. For a key battle, "The Battle of Kursk" (just started) looks promising, it has a co-author. John Erickson's two massive books cover everything from June 22, 1941 to the Victory Flag being hoisted over the Reichstag.


For a major campaign, Clay Blair's "Silent Victory" about US submarine operations in the Pacific is good. Also for the Pacific, Ian Toll's series, or Hornfischer's "Fleet at Flood Tide". Hornfischer's Leyte Gulf/Samar book "Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" is good for that portion of the Leyte Gulf story. For the Battle of the Bulge, try "Snow and Steel" by Peter Caddick-Adams.

Posted by: rhomboid at April 21, 2019 12:40 PM (QDnY+)

297 Posted by: mnw at April 21, 2019 12:30 PM (Cssks)

How ya been man?

Used to post with you over at the HHR.

Posted by: HA at April 21, 2019 12:43 PM (MAstk)

298 I asked my libertarian if there were any books on setting up a good government and she said, "No."

Posted by: pouncer at April 21, 2019 12:44 PM (L/ssi)

299 good to hear YD! I hope your holiday was blessed.
Posted by: kallisto at April 21

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Indeed it was. And the old man is one of just a handful of Christians on the island where he works, and the only Catholic, so this is his first Easter Vigil in a long time.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at April 21, 2019 12:45 PM (5aX2M)

300 Jonestown had a lot in common with an antebellum plantation in Mississippi-- all the managers were white & all the starving workers were black.

I read a long account of her Jonestown experience by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). She was an assistant to Rep. Leo Ryan at the time, & went down there with him, as part of the Congressional delegation. She was shot multiple times & survived (barely) by playing dead.

She noted the obvious similarities to a plantation immediately. She also noticed the tremendous aura of violence in the air, which Rep. Ryan did not. Ryan thought no-one would ever dare to attack a Congressional delegation, so he had arranged no security whatsoever.

Posted by: mnw at April 21, 2019 12:50 PM (Cssks)

301 297 HA

Fine, thx. I still post there. What was your HHR screen name, & why did you quit? There are a lot of good reasons to quit, btw!

Posted by: mnw at April 21, 2019 12:52 PM (Cssks)

302 Ryan thought no-one would ever dare to attack a Congressional delegation, so he had arranged no security whatsoever.
Posted by: mnw at April 21, 2019 12:50 PM


To be fair, attacking a Congressional delegation would be suicidal.

Posted by: Chuck C at April 21, 2019 12:54 PM (zCabI)

303 All Midway from the Japanese side runs into the same problem - sparsity of documentation. It was a war after all, ships sank taking their charts and orders with them. American bombers destroyed paperwork. And even the Japanese at the time of surrender also engaged in document destruction. So what is left? Some scraps and the faulty recollections of the men who survived. Even in war-time recollections can be screwy as recounted in Queen of the Flattops of Wildcat pilots tangling with ME109s.

Col. Devereux in his book The Story of Wake Island was very pissed over that "send more Japs" thing because he never sent it.

It was acting PACFLT CinC Admiral Pye who scrubbed the relief mission to Wake. For the crews on the carriers who were almost there, it was a morale destroying order that made many weep.

A book I forgot to mention earlier is Edwin P. Hoyt's How They Won the War in the Pacific: Nimitz and his Admirals.

Do not depend solely on Hornfischer's book on Leyte because there are a few goofs. Plus he lets slip his musings on things not germane like Halsey chasing after Ozawa was the reason Halsey only got a ship named after him while Spruance got a whole class of destroyers named for him. Or using a fictional character from one of Herman Wouk's novels to criticize Halsey's decisions.

Posted by: Anna Puma at April 21, 2019 01:00 PM (x0NgC)

304 Hello and Happy Easter to all.

Still in Afghanistan with Flashman. He's just escaped an ambush.

Haven't had much time to read this past week. Blame my lack of willpower to skip Horde comments on Ace's numerous essays. Are phones supposed to have 55 tabs open most of the time?

Also have another book on the making of "Star Trek," this one by its producers Robert Justman and Herb Solow. I've been cherry-picking anecdotes in preparation for settling down and starting on Page One. Frankly, I find it amazing that the show lasted as long as it did. Shatner's jealousy of Nimoy's popularity, Roddenberry's sexual quirks -- including his practice of casting the female roles from among his sex partners -- the general resentment of Shatner on the set, and the frequent last-minute rewrites ... Sheesh. Any one of these could have done it in.

Makes me wonder how many other shows had this much discord but didn't have anybody writing about them.

Posted by: Weak Geek at April 21, 2019 01:20 PM (QMthn)

305 What was the last massive government f*k-up (domestic) where they were able to get away with covering it up?

I'm thinking Waco.
Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 10:21 AM (jrTqB)
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I think you're probably right.

Sorry for the delay, was in church celebrating the resurrection.

Gives me chills to think Christ went to the cross, doing the will of His Father, even though He knew what was in store for Him.

Posted by: Blake - used vacation salesman at April 21, 2019 01:21 PM (WEBkv)

306 "Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle" by Richard Frank is superb.

Posted by: mrp at April 21, 2019 01:30 PM (Pqytn)

307 So, about Islam, and Tommy Robinson's book. Here's the thing that has bothered me since I first knew about Islam.

What in hell is the reason for any woman to be Muslim? Of what benefit is any of that for her?

I'm pretty sure that I get a deep understanding of what it truly means to be a woman from my Catholic faith, not to mention the path to heaven and rivers of grace and love, but what do Muslim women get?

Nobody has ever given a satisfactory answer other than "if she leaves Islam, they will kill her." Seems to me that might be preferable to the slavery and rape, but I could be wrong on that account. Then there's sending her kids to be blown up for the cause.... I just don't see it.

Posted by: tcn in AK at April 21, 2019 01:42 PM (vVOK2)

308 Captain Hate, Im here to confess that even though I said I wouldnt, I gave up on Winters Tale after the section on Jesse Honey. I decided that if I want to read about characters who are too stupid to live, Ill go with some old skool romance.

Re Ron Rash, Ive had a sample of Above the Waterfall on my Kindle for a while. I may buy it and read along.

I am considering starting a read through of all Barry Hannah. Im on a long term survey of southern and southern gothic.

Posted by: MMcK at April 21, 2019 01:56 PM (xHxJf)

309 260 ... Skip, Thanks for that link to the Tolkien exhibit. Brief but nicely done.

Posted by: JTB at April 21, 2019 02:02 PM (bmdz3)

310 Artemis, related to your RWA comments, I scan through Smart Bitches Trashy Books regularly for romance recommendations. It seems like most of the reviews now are preoccupied with listing all the things that various readers may find offensive in the book. Highly annoying.

Posted by: MMcK at April 21, 2019 02:02 PM (xHxJf)

311 I second the recommendation of "Rocket to the Morgue," which I read a couple of weeks ago. I can't help wondering how mystery enthusiasts reacted to Anthony Boucher's representation of organized science fiction fandom, which had existed only a few years before the novel came out. As a former fan who edited a fanzine and attended a lot of cons in the '70s, I know fandom was well off the radar screen of the mass media even then. Boucher, incidentally, was a co-founding editor of The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, commonly known as FSF.

Posted by: Outside Adjitator at April 21, 2019 02:03 PM (NvFiZ)

312 Posted by: MMcK at April 21, 2019 02:02 PM (xHxJf)

I don't see why SJWs should be allowed to read romances at all, since they are pure patriarchy propaganda /sarc

Posted by: vmom superior, order of sweet merciless ninjas at April 21, 2019 02:07 PM (dm05u)

313 272 ... "Also read Loren Estleman's book titled Port Hazard, which is a western. I had read many of his mysteries, but never one of his westerns so I wanted to try one."

I prefer his westerns to the mysteries, which are still good. Dear to my heart is that Estleman, along with David McCullough, Larry McMurtry, and a few others, all do their drafts on manual typewriters. I've long believed that manual typewriters are the ideal tools for a first and second draft.

Posted by: JTB at April 21, 2019 02:13 PM (bmdz3)

314 Oops, the ampersand disappeared. The nickname of Boucher's mag was FSF.

Posted by: Outside Adjitator at April 21, 2019 02:20 PM (NvFiZ)

315 (307) Brainwashing of the children is crucial. You will believe anything before age 9. Anything.

Posted by: Burger Chef at April 21, 2019 02:21 PM (RuIsu)

316 Also read Loren Estleman's book titled Port Hazard, which is a western. I had read many of his mysteries, but never one of his westerns so I wanted to try one.

I recommend any of his Page Murdock books, but really almost anything he wrote. He's quite good with his westerns, still retaining the flavor but cutting back on the romance that too often arises in the genre (and by romance I mean romantical notions of the time, rather than love stories).

What in hell is the reason for any woman to be Muslim? Of what benefit is any of that for her?

Off the top of my head I suppose the main draws are:

1) strong men, no soy bois
2) very rigid, exact society without those pesky decisions to make and murky areas requiring discernment and thought
3) being protected and cared for like a child
4) certainty of thought, rather than doubts and questions

There is a certain comfort in rigid absolute tyranny, for those who fear liberty and its troubles.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 21, 2019 02:50 PM (39g3+)

317 21 There's quite a lot of jury nullification going on already. The most common kinds today are probably jurors who don't consider the charged crime to be a crime at all (for instance selling marijuana to adults), and jurors who consider the accused to be victims of persecution for political reasons (such as jurors who buy into the Black Lives Matter agenda).
While I see the first reason as good behavior by jurors and the second as bad, the fact that nullification is necessary at all tells me that the country is doomed unless it partitions itself while doing so peacefully is still possible. Because sooner or later the country will be faced with potential conquest, and I don't see today's civilian population uniting behind the government as happened 80 years ago.

Posted by: jdgalt at April 21, 2019 03:02 PM (3SFo/)

318 316
Also read Loren Estleman's book titled Port Hazard, which is a
western. I had read many of his mysteries, but never one of his westerns
so I wanted to try one.



I recommend any of his Page Murdock books, but really almost
anything he wrote. He's quite good with his westerns, still retaining
the flavor but cutting back on the romance that too often arises in the
genre (and by romance I mean romantical notions of the time, rather than
love stories).

Christopher Taylor-
This was a Page Murdock book- have any recs on which other Murdock books I should read?

Posted by: Charlotte at April 21, 2019 03:44 PM (iDRg8)

319 There is a certain comfort in rigid absolute tyranny, for those who fear liberty and its troubles.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 21, 2019 02:50 PM (39g3+)


At least a third of the people of this country would prefer to be ruled and only pretend to want complete freedom. Freedom is messy and fraught with downsides which risk averse people want to avoid.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 21, 2019 04:02 PM (Jp5jt)

320 Even though it's an early work dealing with emigres it still contains Nabokovian unique descriptions of settings, odd obsessions and shifts of perspectives[/i

So perceptive. Nabokov taught an English class to my mom and the first thing he did with each new book was to diagram the settings of each major event in the book.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, going mobile at April 21, 2019 04:19 PM (jXsEz)

Posted by: Huck Follywood, going mobile at April 21, 2019 04:21 PM (jXsEz)

322 Happy Eeaster from Springfield, OregonMuse!

Posted by: insert clever name here at April 21, 2019 04:38 PM (V8Q7b)

323 322 Happy Eeaster from Springfield, OregonMuse!
Posted by: insert clever name here at April 21, 2019 04:38 PM (V8Q7b)


Happy Easter to you, neighbor!

Posted by: OregonMuse. AoSHQ Thought Leader & Pants Monitor at April 21, 2019 06:26 PM (jrTqB)

324 Happy Easter OM.


As always, thanx for da books

Posted by: weirdflunky at April 21, 2019 07:26 PM (GwY6O)

325 This was a Page Murdock book- have any recs on which other Murdock books I should read?

I've not read all of them but they've all been great. The final one is Wild Justice. I think Port Hazard is the best of them, mostly because of the fascinating linguistic elements and setting.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 21, 2019 08:11 PM (39g3+)

326 I missed the Book Thread,

Duh !

Posted by: JT at April 21, 2019 08:51 PM (QzCyC)

327 I asked the librarian where the book on speed reading is and she told the last guy to check it out hasn't returned it yet.

So I asked where the book is for improving one's memory and she said in the Self Help section. No, wait, it's in the psychology section. No wait, wait, it's in the Science section. No wait, wait, wait, it's in the puzzles section. She asked me who wrote it and I'm all, "I forget."

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