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  • Newspaper Refuses to Print ‘Not a Murderer’ in Veteran’s Obituary (Vietnam Vet)

    12/08/2016 3:45:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    KFOR ^ | DECEMBER 8, 2016 | K. QUERRY
    The family of a Vietnam veteran says they are upset after they feel their loved one is being disrespected. The Vietnam War was controversial, and a lot of the soldiers were met with disgust when they returned to American soil. David Ryan was one of those veterans. Ryan’s daughter says when he returned back to the United States, a man called him a murderer and a ‘baby killer.’ Those words stuck with her father for the rest of his life. In his obituary, Ryan wanted to clear the air and put to rest those hurtful words from decades ago. However,...
  • Marine Whose Story was Documented in HBO Series Reflects on World War II

    12/07/2016 3:36:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 12/7 | Julie Fine
    Retired Marine Sgt. R.V Burgin, of Lancaster, documented his service in World War II in the book "Islands of the Damned." The 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks brings back vivid memories for a North Texas retired Marine sergeant. R.V. Burgin was in Dallas that day, but he says the attacks influenced his decision to join the military. "I remember the radio. I was listening to the radio and that was all that was on: Pearl Harbor," Burgin said. Burgin began his military service a short time later, in 1942. And he spent much of his time in the...
  • Bernie Madoff Talks Crime in Rare Audio Recording

    12/07/2016 3:29:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Now you can hear Bernie Madoff try to rationalize the biggest Ponzi scheme in history. Eugene Soltes, an associate professor at Harvard Business School who wrote white-collar crime book “Why They Did It,” has released a rare audio clip from his phone interviews with the jailed Ponzi schemer. “You start out, at least in my part, not exactly sure what I wanted to do in life, other than being a success,” Madoff said in the audio clip posted on Business Insider.
  • Sight-Words: the Kudzu smothering K-12

    12/07/2016 1:18:21 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 82 replies
    Education Views ^ | Oct. 20, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    [A few words about America’s two biggest parasites--] if you’ve driven on southern interstates, you know kudzu. It’s that leafy vine that can cover the tallest trees. Finally, motorists see nothing but kudzu, which has earned the nickname, “The vine that ate the South.” Kudzu envelops everything and eventually destroys everything. In short, kudzu is exactly like Sight-Words. Kudzu, indigenous to Japan, was touted as an ornamental shade plant at US expositions in 1876 and 1883. During the 20th century, government agencies promoted kudzu as cattle feed. The Department of Agriculture also recommended “kudzu to help control erosion of slopes...
  • How Just 8 Flavors Have Defined American Cuisine

    12/06/2016 10:33:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 388 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/6 | Alan Yu
    Sarah Lohman has made everything from colonial-era cocktails to cakes with black pepper to stewed moose face. She is a historical gastronomist, which means she re-creates historical recipes to connect with the past. That moose-face recipe dates back to the 19th century, and it wasn't easy. She recalls spending hours trying to butcher the moose from Alaska in her kitchen in Queens, New York. She tried scalding the face in hot water to remove the fur, but it didn't quite work and her apartment stunk of wet moose. But "at the end of the day, people showed up and ate...
  • If you can keep it Eric Metaxas

    12/06/2016 9:23:16 PM PST · by rey · 11 replies
    Has any body read Eric Metaxas "If you can keep it; The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty"? What did yo think of it? thanks
  • Upcoming Hospital Stay - Need Book Recommendation (Vanity)

    12/06/2016 6:28:58 PM PST · by Veggie Todd · 157 replies
    Me | Today | Me
    After surgery, I'll be in the hospital for about five days. Not sure how much lucid time I'll have, but I want to take a good book. I like Nonfiction, History, Autobiographies, and of course, America.
  • The Spooky Pearl Harbor Mystery That Remains Unsolved

    12/06/2016 5:17:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Time ^ | 12/6 | Lily Rothman
    Nobody knows who placed the ad, but it appeared to have been a warning With 75 years having passed since the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor—the surprise air raid by Japan that precipitated the U.S. entry into World War II—most of the aspects of that day have been thoroughly explored: the military strategy, the political maneuvering, the personal tragedies, the moments of heroism. And yet mysteries do remain. And one of them, in particular, is downright spooky. Here’s how Craig Nelson describes it in his new book Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness: On November 22 [of 1941],...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (12-5-16)

    12/05/2016 1:29:51 PM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 12-5-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Political Correctness Run Amok — Literature Must Not Be a ‘Safe Space’

    12/04/2016 3:12:33 PM PST · by JayGalt · 32 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/ ^ | 12/4/2016 | Adrienne Ross
    Adrienne Ross: Political Correctness Run Amok — Literature Must Not Be a ‘Safe Space’ The inclination to coddle young people and protect their fragile sensibilities is growing by the day, and now, it has hit home in a way that bears further criticism. We are traveling down a road in which anything that is politically incorrect, deemed dangerous, or simply makes one uncomfortable must be eliminated. Add race to the mix, and we lose our collective minds. A dangerous mindset it is, and as it has affected a Virginia school district, leading to its decision to ban two American literary...
  • What It's Like To Drive The Worst Car In The World – Jason Drives (Funniest. Video. Ever.)

    12/04/2016 6:09:50 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10-8-2015 | Jalopnik
    Jason Drives is a show about Jason Torchinsky driving the weird, the wonderful, and the downright insane. The Hoffmann is at least two of those things.
  • Book "How Trump Won" out in Jan; Other tidbits/updates

    12/02/2016 12:11:52 PM PST · by LS · 59 replies
    self | 12/2/2016 | LS
    As many of you know, I started working on a Trump book last summer when something told me that he would win the primary, easily. It picked up speed last November when I became convinced he would win the presidency . . . easily. My original manuscript was very historical in nature, putting Trump in the context of other candidates across our history. Along the way, however, I became a participant, partly because I knew Trump's campaign manager and partly because many of you here were active in doing research into state party registrations, then later, absentee voting, and so...
  • Google celebrates the 184th birthday of Louisa May Alcott with Doodle

    11/29/2016 6:33:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | November 29, 2016 | Sheri Elfman
    Google is celebrating what would be Little Women author Louisa May Alcott's 184th birthday with a new doodle. Released Tuesday, the doodle, created by artist Sophie Diao, portrays the book's characters Beth, Jo, Amy, and Meg March, as well as Jo's best friend Laurie.
  • J.K. Rowling Sends 7-Year-Old Aleppo Fan Harry Potter Books

    11/29/2016 2:46:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 27, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    Author J.K. Rowling has provided a welcome diversion for a 7-year-old girl living in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, sending her eBooks of the entire Harry Potter series. Bana, a young Syrian girl with over 100,000 followers on Twitter, said she likes to read “to forget the war.” She regularly posts videos that capture the sound of bombing, appealing for help as the Syrian regime steps up its assault on the besieged city. More than 300 people have been killed in Aleppo’s eastern districts since the regime resumed heavy bombardment last week, in what rescuers have called the most intense bombing since...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 11-28-16)

    11/27/2016 7:38:09 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 11-28-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Scorched Earth, a Book Review

    11/23/2016 12:38:10 PM PST · by tbw2 · 3 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 09/15/2016 | Tamara Wilhite
    "Scorched Earth" is Michael Savage's latest non-fiction book outlining how the US can undo the damage done by Obama and the Democrats. What are the pros and cons of this book?
  • Amazon flooded with negative reviews of Megyn Kelly’s memoir

    11/23/2016 5:54:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    AP ^ | November 23, 2016 | Staff
    Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump have flooded Amazon with negative reviews of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s new memoir. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/2fop8fn) over 100 negative reviews of Kelly’s “Settle For More” appeared on the online retail giant’s site within hours of its release Tuesday. The newspaper reports many of the negative comments came from a link from a pro-Trump Reddit forum.
  • Jony Ive’s design book is much more than an ego trip

    11/18/2016 8:44:07 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | NOVEMBER 18, 2016 • 5:30 AM | BY LEANDER KAHNEY
    Apple's Industrial Design team has published a book of its work over two decades: Designed by Apple in California. Increasingly, some Apple fans think Jony Ive has lost it. He’s killing ports and headphone jacks left and right. The latest MacBooks value form over function. He’s designing gold watches for the 1 percent. And now his glossy new photo book, Designed by Apple in California, looks like a $300, linen-bound ego trip. The iconic PowerMac Cube. The giant, 300-page book is a retrospective of the products developed by Ive’s celebrated industrial design team. Filled with 450 photos of Apple products,...
  • Long Island's 'Amityville Horror' house is being bought

    11/18/2016 4:42:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2016 7:39 AM EST
    The Long Island home that served as the inspiration for the book “The Amityville Horror” and the subsequent films of the same name is being bought. […] Before gaining fame with the release of the original movie in 1979, the house was where 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his parents and four younger siblings in 1974. …
  • MAKING AMERICA WHITE AGAIN

    11/17/2016 10:19:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    New Yorker [Link Only] ^ | November 21, 2016 | Toni Morrison
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  • Will Digital Newspapers Edge Out Print?

    11/16/2016 1:18:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    San Diego Reader ^ | Nov. 16, 2016 | Don Bauder
    How much money has been wasted on digital newspapers?"Get a horse!” From 1900 to the 1920s, those were the words that made a comedian out of every American who shouted them. Those bellowed beratings were, of course, aimed at people who had purchased one of those newfangled things called “automobiles” and were stuck in the mud, repairing a flat tire, bemoaning a broken-down engine, or cranking a starter. The expression eventually died. Automobiles triumphed. The population of American horses plunged from 26.5 million in 1915 to a mere 3.6 million in 2012. Now there is a different rivalry. Readership of...
  • J.K. Rowling’s Latest Is Really About Gay Liberation

    11/15/2016 9:01:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 15, 2016 | | Kyle Smith
    J.K. Rowling’s latest fantasy blockbuster explores a clandestine world of stylish, secretive creatures who live undetected among an oblivious, mistrustful majority in New York City, and have their own cool underground bars. That’s right: “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” is a gay-liberation epic. It might be the gayest superhero movie since “X-Men: First Class.” “First Class” hit theaters in 2011, a time when the gay-marriage debate was feverish, whereas today gay rights seemingly aren’t much in jeopardy.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 11-14-16)

    11/14/2016 2:35:32 PM PST · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 11-14-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Thank A Veteran

    11/11/2016 11:13:46 AM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 28 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 11/11/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Say "thanks" to a Veteran here. Thanks, Pop. Combat Engineer, US Army, Korean War Veteran
  • LISTEN UP MARINES!

    11/11/2016 6:44:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Vanity | 11/11/2016 | Gamecock
    This morning I attended the 8th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast hosted by the President of the University of South Carolina. It was a great event with probably 600 people in attendance. One of the speakers was the Dean of University Libraries who told us that the University is the recipient of 10,000 reels of film from Quantico chronicling the Marine Corps in the 20th Century. Snippets of film we saw included scenes from Boot Camp, WWII, Vietnam and many other clips. The University has the films safely archived but they want to do more than that! The vision is to...
  • Rock Legends – the Asteroids and Their Discoverers

    11/10/2016 7:48:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Once people realized that there more than just a few asteroids out there, they took to identifying and classifying them. The book takes a loosely chronological look at this classification and at our increasing knowledge of the orbits, sizes, densities and composition of these space wanderers. Fortunately this book doesn’t just simply list discovery dates and characteristics. Rather, it includes significant amounts of its contents on the juicy human story that tags along, especially with the naming. It shows that originally these objects were considered special and refined and thus deserved naming with as much aplomb as the planets; i.e....
  • Ann Coulter Appreciation Thread

    11/09/2016 12:18:54 PM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 33 replies
    Thanks Ann!
  • Civil War Diary Connects Casper Family to Past

    11/09/2016 9:02:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The small book lay closed with its cover flap fastened around it. Brown showed through the worn corners and in cracks and tears of the black leather. Rosalie Nelson found the book in desk drawer at her parents’ house, while she was packing their belongings after her father died. Tiny script fills the three sections on each yellowed page for every day of the year. That year was 1864. Private John Stuart Nelson had just reenlisted for duty in the Civil War and started a diary Jan. 1, at the age of 24. “Very cold. I nearly froze,” he wrote...
  • Longtime pal: Bill Clinton not sure he wants Hillary as prez

    11/08/2016 10:06:37 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 7/27/2016
    WND EXCLUSIVE Longtime pal: Bill Clinton not sure he wants Hillary as prez 'Hillary The Other Woman' author takes on DNC speech-making Published: 07/27/2016 Dolly Kyle knows Bill Clinton almost better than anyone. She was his childhood friend and eventually his romantic partner. She was there before Hillary Rodham became part of Bill Clinton’s life and carried on an affair with the future president even after his marriage. So when Bill Clinton spoke at the Democratic National Convention this week, she knew what he would say. She also suggested what he said in support of Hillary Clinton may not be...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 11-7-16)

    11/06/2016 5:51:48 PM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 11-7-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Trump wins next Tuesday - He built the wall as well. Update on post a few days ago

    11/05/2016 3:39:19 PM PDT · by tony75034 · 7 replies
    C.K. Sheldon ^ | 11/5/2016 | C.K. Sheldon
    I had subscibed and the author sent me this today. At this link http://www.cksheldon.com/victers-maps type in Victersmaps as the passcode. You can see the island that is named Robinson and also some cities. Drudge has an island continent and Breitbart 2. I read the first 2 books and was impressed. Trump wins the election and there are two Trump Presidents.
  • Robinson, Drudge, Hoft, Breitbart and Trump Save America - this was fun

    11/04/2016 9:04:03 AM PDT · by tony75034 · 23 replies
    behungrybiz.com ^ | 11/4/2016 | Jennifer Gunara
    If you love Trump, Breitbart and even this site - you have to check this out. I lurk here and use the site like I sue Drudge, for the links mostly. Jim Robinson who started this site is named in this book as one fo the people that saved America. Seriously, Drudge, Breitbart and others are named as helping too. There is one article I read on it that shows maps that have Robinson and Drudge with continents named after them for the colony world in the book. I will find the link so you don't have to join the...
  • ‘Fightin’ Preacher’ Is Back in Publication

    11/03/2016 7:37:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Village News ^ | October 30, 2016
    Sherry Cowling, a new resident of Bonsall, helped her father, Colonel Logan E. Weston, US Army (deceased), when he wrote a book about his experiences in three wars, World War II, Korean and Vietnam. For the first time in almost 15 years that inspiring book, “The Fightin’ Preacher,” is now available. It is the true and extraordinary story of an ordinary young man drafted out of Bible school. Weston was a heavily decorated true American hero who was recommended for a Congressional Medal of Honor. He was also one of the first inductees into the US Army Ranger Hall of...
  • From Franklin to Epstein (A semi-vanity)

    11/03/2016 6:48:44 PM PDT · by UCANSEE2 · 47 replies
    The Franklin Scandal ^ | 2009 | Nick Bryant
    The FRANKLIN SCANDAL is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. The ring’s pimps were a pair of political powerbrokers who had access to the highest levels of our government. Nebraska legislators attempted to expose the network in 1989 and 1990, but the legislators' efforts were followed by a rash of mysterious deaths and the overpowering responses of federal and local law enforcement, including the FBI and Justice Department, which effected an immaculate cover-up of the trafficking network. (the link provided is to the website for the book. Just...
  • Candidate Risk Assessment, Scott Adams Blog

    11/02/2016 4:55:33 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 9 replies
    Scott Adams blog ^ | 11/1/2016 | Scott Adams
    Scott Adams gives his opinion as to why Trump is rising relative to Clinton.
  • We Spoke To Ruth Bader Ginsburg About Nabokov And Legal Writing

    11/02/2016 10:32:24 AM PDT · by Borges · 6 replies
    The Culture Rip ^ | 10/22/2016 | Simon Leser
    In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Vladimir Nabokov’s first English-language novel, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg answered a few questions about her former professor. Before championing women’s rights and becoming the most popular Supreme Court Justice of her time, and even before she went to Harvard Law School to begin her storied law career, Ruth Bader Ginsburg studied a diverse range of subjects at her undergraduate alma mater, Cornell University. Among them was a class on European literature taught by none other than Vladimir Nabokov. “He was magnetically engaging,”...
  • 'Tuck Everlasting' Author Natalie Babbitt Dies at 84

    11/01/2016 12:15:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Natalie Babbitt, author of the beloved children's novel Tuck Everlasting, has died after battling cancer. She was 84. Babbitt, who also was an illustrator, had been diagnosed with lung cancer recently and died at her home in Hamden, Conn., on Monday, said her husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt.
  • The Empress's New Perfume

    10/31/2016 7:01:35 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 3 replies
    An Old Fairy Tale | 10/31/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Once upon a time there was an Empress named Hillary. She thought she was really cool. She decided she needed a new perfume. She didn't want to smell like anyone else. She just wanted to smell. Well, the royal perfume mixer was all out of fragrant new smells. What could he do? Empress Hillary had a reputation as a foul-mouthed killer. Suddenly, he had a brilliant thought! He would give empress Hillary a really stinky perfume because nobody would dare tell the old skunk that she stunk. So he gave her some really rotten stuff. It reeked. Empress Hillary put...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 10-31-16)

    10/31/2016 2:33:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 36 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 10-31-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • (Vanity — Halloween Tradition) The Landlady's Tale

    10/31/2016 12:45:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Swordmaker | October 31, 2000 | Swordmaker
    I've posted this on Halloween, as a FreeRepublic tradition on Halloween. The characters are real, as are the events. The Landlady's Tale By SWORDMAKER copyright 2000 Preface The following story was told to me by the woman who rented my parents their first home in California when they moved to Sacramento in 1939. A devout Catholic (so much so that although she had been divorced by her husband, she did not consider the divorce valid and did not remarry until her husband died many years later) the landlady swore on her Bible, in front of my sister and me after...
  • The SAS: Who Dares Wins

    10/29/2016 3:54:45 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 28 Oct 2016 | RODERICK BAILEY
    It is the story of their exploits in World War II that he tells in “Rogue Heroes.”.. Those selected were a distinctive and diverse lot—they included a hotel porter, an ice-cream maker, an amateur boxer and a tomato farmer—united by their ability to think and act as individuals. “I always hoisted onboard guys who argued,” Stirling later recalled. Their training began under the demanding gaze of his second-in-command, Jock Lewes. Some were killed while learning to parachute... . One raid in July 1942 saw a massed attack by 18 jeeps, each wielding four machine guns, that smashed through the perimeter...
  • Rest in Peace: John Zacherle a.k.a. Zacherley, The Cool Ghoul

    10/28/2016 8:24:07 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Dread Central ^ | October 28, 2016 | Steve Barton
    What we have here is the end of an era. One of the few remaining famed original horror movie hosts, John Zacherle, known affectionately to fans as Zacherley, The Cool Ghoul, has passed on at the age of 98! That's quite a run and we're all a lot creepier as a result of his illustrious career! Zacherley was an American television host, radio personality and voice actor known for his long career as a television horror host broadcasting horror movies in Philadelphia and New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Best known for his character "Roland/Zacherley," he also did...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 10-24-16)

    10/24/2016 1:57:07 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 10-24-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Nobel academy member calls Bob Dylan's silence 'arrogant'

    10/22/2016 7:26:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 22, 2016 2:50 PM EDT | Jan M. Olsen
    A member of the Swedish Academy that awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature to Bob Dylan says the American singer-songwriter’s silence since receiving the honor is “impolite and arrogant.” Per Wastberg said Dylan’s lack of reaction to the honor the academy bestowed on him last week was predictable, but disrespectful nonetheless. “One can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is,” Wastberg was quoted as saying in Saturday’s edition of the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. …
  • Homicide detective's book describes 'How the Police Generate False Confessions'

    10/20/2016 2:12:03 PM PDT · by BBell · 26 replies
    If you have an interest in fairness, justice and preventing wrongful convictions, then the new book "How the Police Generate False Confessions," by former Washington, D.C., homicide detective James Trainum is an important read. It takes you inside the interrogation room to see how investigators extract admissions from innocent people, and how the justice system can fix this persistent problem, seen in high profile cases such as the Central Park Five, the Norfolk Four and the teenaged suspect from Wisconsin in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer." It's a phenomenon that remains, understandably, incomprehensible to many. Someone "admits" to a...
  • Nobel Committee Has 'Given Up' Trying to Contact Bob Dylan About His Prize

    SNIP The Swedish Academy admitted Monday that it has "given up" trying to reach Bob Dylan to inform him about his Nobel prize in literature. "Right now we are doing nothing," academy secretary Sara Danius told Swedish state radio SR. "I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough." Beyond informing the songwriter of his momentous achievement, the Nobel prize committee had hoped to invite Dylan to their Dec. 10 banquet in Sweden. But Dylan's mum on that too, leaving organizers to wonder if he'll stand up King...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 10-17-16)

    10/16/2016 4:21:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 10-17-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • K-12: Teaching Knowledge vs. Teaching Ideology

    10/15/2016 2:21:21 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 24, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    In 1974, Jamie Escalante took a job at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, California. He found himself in a challenging situation: teaching math to Hispanic students at a rundown school known for violence and drugs. While many dismissed his students as unteachable, Escalante pushed them to reach their potential. He started an advanced mathematics program with a handful of students. He was so successful a testing service accused his students of cheating. They weren’t. Hollywood made a fine movie out of the story called “Stand and Deliver” (1988). Escalante’s students were the last ones expected to succeed academically...
  • 'Greatest living poet' Bob Dylan wins Nobel literature prize

    10/13/2016 12:16:57 PM PDT · by Hostage · 97 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 13, 2016 | Reuters
    Bob Dylan, regarded as the voice of a generation for his influential songs from the 1960s onwards, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that made him the only singer-songwriter to win the award. The 75-year-old Dylan — who won the prize for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" — now finds himself in the company of Winston Churchill, Thomas Mann and Rudyard Kipling as Nobel laureates. The announcement was met with gasps in Stockholm's stately Royal Academy hall, followed — unusually — by some laughter. Dylan's songs, such as "Blowin'...
  • ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Author Kevin Kwan On Asia’s Nouveau Riche

    10/11/2016 2:53:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Nextshark ^ | August 10, 2016 | Benny Luo
    Kevin Kwan is a Singaporean novelist best known for his book “Crazy Rich Asians”, a fictional story inspired by his childhood growing up with the rich elite in Asia. Since its release in 2013, “Crazy Rich Asians” has become both a national and international best seller while being translated into 12 languages. Its success has spawned two sequels, “China Rich Girlfriend”, which was released in 2014, and “Rich People Problems”, which he’s currently working on. While Kwan doesn’t consider himself a crazy rich Asian, he did grow up in a privileged upbringing. His great grandfather was one of the founders...