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Books/Literature (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Free Speech and Liberal Education–Two Endangered Pillars of Society

    10/21/2020 6:47:51 AM PDT · by karpov · 1 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | October 21, 2020 | George Leef
    Fifteen years ago, American higher education was beset with serious problems, especially rising costs, politicization of the curriculum, the mania over diversity, and falling academic standards. At that time, however, few people would have said that among its problems was the threat to freedom of speech on campus. But one scholar who did see that freedom of speech was coming under attack was University of Wisconsin professor Donald Downs. His book Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus was an alarm bell in the night. He saw that the forces of intolerance and repression were gathering strength. Downs has now...
  • Black Tide Rising: Volume 1 Graphic Novel Indigogo

    10/18/2020 9:32:39 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 4 replies
    Indiegogo ^ | 10/01/2020 | Chuck Dixon
    New York Times Bestseller John Ringo's Epic Zombie Series, Adapted by Comics Legend Chuck Dixon!
  • DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Melania Trump Tell-All Book Author

    10/14/2020 10:15:35 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 7 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | October 14, 2020 | Tom Ozimek
    The Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former aide to First Lady Melania Trump, alleging that procedures around the publication of tell-all book she wrote violated a nondisclosure agreement. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, Justice Department lawyers said Winston Wolkoff failed to submit a draft of her book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady,” to a government review prior to its release. The book, which portrays the first lady in an unflattering light, was published 6 weeks ago. “The United...
  • They’ve Got to Get Rid of Western Civ—They Have To

    10/14/2020 4:49:10 AM PDT · by karpov · 17 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | October 14, 2020 | Mark Bauerlein
    For ten years I served on the GRE Literature Exam committee. The exam is one of the special subject matter exams separate from the regular GRE (with math, verbal, analytical sections), and several English departments require that applicants take it. Each year five of us would meet for several days at Educational Testing Service’s campus outside Princeton to pore over data on prior tests, review the performance of each question, and select new passages and craft new questions for the next administration. During my tenure, five years of it as chairman, the number of departments in the United States including...
  • The Millennials never had a chance at freedom: that is child abuse.

    10/10/2020 7:37:17 AM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 22 replies ^ | 10/10/2020 American time | Ozguy1945
    I feel sorry for younger people who have never known real freedom.
  • Ronald Reagan: A Time for Choosing (aka "The Speech") Air date 27 October 1964, Los Angeles, CA

    10/09/2020 5:40:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 4 replies ^ | 27 October 1964 | Ronaldus Magnus
    [AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below transcribed directly from audio (2)] Program Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, we take pride in presenting a thoughtful address by Ronald Reagan. Mr. Reagan: Reagan: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but unlike most television programs, the performer hasn't been provided with a script. As a matter of fact, I have been permitted to choose my own words and discuss my own ideas regarding the choice that we face in the next few weeks. I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently...
  • Sex & Sensibility: Amazon’s Nude Take On Tolkien

    10/07/2020 12:25:52 PM PDT · by LadyDoc · 43 replies
    The One Ring Net ^ | Oct 6, 2020 | Cliff Quickbeam Broadway
    Amazon Studios’ LOTR Series Heads Into Uncharted Carnal Waters with Casting Call for Nudity and an “Intimacy Coordinator” This might be a singularly surprising or even upsetting concept to present to Tolkien fans. If I were to address this reality to Star Wars, or Harry Potter, or even Miyazaki fandom it would raise eyebrows or outright alarm. But gather ’round the campfire and hear my tremulous words:“Prepare for a newly-sexualized version of your favorite fantasy world.”... Fact check: We can confirm Amazon Studios has hired Jennifer Ward-Lealand, a well-known New Zealand Intimacy Coordinator, for the Lord of the Rings production......
  • An Interview with Author Jeffrey Fortney

    10/02/2020 2:40:08 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 1 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 10/02/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Tamara Wilhite: Your “Arizona State Guard” series is set in the not-to-distant future, though I’m not sure I would call it science fiction. How would you describe it? Jeff Fortney: The “Arizona State Guard” series starts out in the same universe as “Chaos on Terra-Prime” following the same event that leads to a Second American Civil War. These are folks who DON’T go to Terra-Bravo, who remain behind to fight for their families and country. This series is very definitely military/action/adventure. The closest I get to science fiction with this series is one character from the “Terra-Bravo” series has a...
  • A Book with a Kernel of Truth—and a Grain Silo of Nonsense

    09/30/2020 4:01:28 AM PDT · by karpov · 2 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | September 30, 2020 | George Leef
    Every so often, a leftist thinker breaks free from the orthodoxy to point out that policies favored by “progressives” can have adverse consequences. When that happens, it’s worth paying attention. We have such an instance with the publication of The Cult of Smart by Fredrik deBoer, a writer and one-time academic whose work has appeared in leftist publications such as The New Republic and Jacobin. He proudly proclaims his Marxism, saying that what all good Marxists want is a better, more equitable world. While he sees a lot to complain about—America still allows capitalism, after all—his particular target in the...
  • Remembering Melville

    09/28/2020 10:12:03 AM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 7 replies ^ | 28th September 2020 American time | Ozguy1945
    I have shaped these thoughts like a tree. The trunk is the pursuit of truth. What flowers above includes recognition that war is so often horrific folly. I think both Donald Trump and an earlier America knew that. Is leftist PC mob rule the modern equivalent of Ahab?
  • Review of "You're hired", by Casey Mulligan

    09/27/2020 1:40:17 PM PDT · by karpov · 1 replies
    The Grumpy Economist ^ | September 26, 2020 | John Cochrane
    "You're Hired!" is Casey Mulligan's memoir of a year spent as Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisers. The book is pitched as an analysis of President Trump, "riveting first-hand accounts of President Trump’s engagement with policy and politics." I read it in part for that reason. Opinions on the current occupant generally reflect either kool-aid drinking, never-Trump disdain, or foaming-at-the-mouth derangement. Casey, one of the few remaining true-blue Chicago School economists, and an outstanding one who combines analysis and policy, is none of the above. I know him as a clear thinker and a straight talker. With an...
  • Book Review: 'The Perihelion' Duology

    09/27/2020 8:33:35 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 1 replies
    Owlcation ^ | Aug 22, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    “The Perihelion” is a book by D.M. Wozniak. “The Perihelion Complete Duology”. It presents a United States several decades after the Second American Civil War. The United States is divided between the blue core cities and the "redlands", each with their own laws and culture. But the legacy of genetic engineering and systemic oppression mean tensions are slowly simmering in the blue cities themselves ...
  • J.K. Rowling’s Books Burned or Banned Around the World Over Her Personal Views Of Gender

    09/21/2020 7:25:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Jonathan Turley ^ | 09/21/2020 | Jonathan Turley
    In Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore told the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Many are learning the truth of that line written by famed author JK Rowling as self-described progressives burn her books or ban them from shelves because she personally holds an opposing view of gender. Much like the boycott movement of Chick-Fil-A over comments by its CEO, people are seeking to punish Rowling through attacks on her literature. We previously discussed the...
  • BOOK RELEASE. Payton Finds His Purpose: A journey of spititual awakening and Christian rebirth (VANITY EXTREME)

    09/20/2020 6:56:01 AM PDT · by 07Jack · 2 replies
    Vanity ^ | 9/20/20 | Chip Conyers
    An adventure for folks of all ages! (Free E-book copies available)
  • Book Review: 'Still the Best Hope' by Dennis Prager

    09/13/2020 8:31:14 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Hubpages ^ | January 27, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    Dennis Prager is probably known for his 1998 book “Happiness is a Serious Problem” and similar titles, if not for his talk show. However, Dennis Prager's book “Still the Best Hope” can be described as an exploration of the world views literally fighting for dominance in the world.
  • Book Review: ‘The Next Millionaire Next Door’

    09/11/2020 6:58:58 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 31 replies
    Owlcation ^ | Jan 30, 2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    “The Next Millionaire Next Door” is a repeat of the landmark study from the classic book “The Millionaire Next Door”. Written by Thomas J. Stanley and his daughter Dr. Sarah Stanley Fallaw, it provides insight into the original work, addresses criticisms of it and a whole new data set. Yet the “next” millionaire next door book is not just an analysis of the original. It contains new information, and it builds on related works by others that borrow from the original millionaire next door book.
  • Woke Me When It’s Over

    09/11/2020 4:30:19 AM PDT · by karpov · 4 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | September 11, 2020 | David Clemens
    Many, perhaps most, Americans are just now waking up to the meaning of “woke.” What does “woke” have to do with looting, bricks, fires, and blood in Portland, Seattle, and Minneapolis? One asks oneself, “Am I woke (good)? Or not woke (evil)? How woke is woke, how much wokeness is enough, and who decides?” In short, woke implies a new state of elevated, more highly evolved moral consciousness. As such, wokeness requires a new vocabulary to express its new concepts. Woke language is full of terms such as “toxic” (even “catastrophic”) masculinity, “whiteness,” “white privilege,” “white fragility,” countless new pronouns...
  • Book Review: 'Economic Facts and Fallacies' by Sowell

    09/02/2020 7:24:51 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 6 replies
    Hubpages ^ | Nov 5, 2019 | Tamara Wilhite
    “Economic Facts and Fallacies” by Thomas Sowell came out in 2008, but like many of Thomas Sowell’s other books on economics, it remains a classic. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this book? How does it compare to his other major works?
  • Book Review: 'Government Zero' by Michael Savage

    08/31/2020 12:26:23 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 8 replies
    Hubpages ^ | January 25, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    Michael Savage has used the catchphrase “borders, language, culture” to define how a nation is defined. Savage says that borders, language and culture are what must be protected for a nation to survive. Michael Savage’s book title “Government Zero” refers to the government that has given up its most basic obligation to protect the borders, language and culture of the people. His premise is that it has in fact betrayed that obligation.
  • Win Bigly: A Book Review

    08/28/2020 9:13:37 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 5 replies
    Hubpages ^ | January 6, 2018 | Tamara Wilhite
    Scott Adams was one of the first people to predict President Trump’s victory in 2016. He was shunned by liberals and had events dropped for merely appreciating the “master persuader” skill-set though he disagreed with Trump’s politics. That Scott Adams was attacked online, his livelihood threatened, his girlfriend de-verified on Twitter twice as liberal Big Tech companies sought to punish him and those associated with him drove him to endorse Trump after endorsing Clinton for his literal safety. He later called these liberal bullies "Hillbullies." After Trump’s win and the confused liberal elites trying to figure out how it happened,...