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  • John McCain memoir, The Restless Wave, coming in April

    10/20/2017 12:14:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    AP ^ | October 20, 2017 | Hillel Italie
    An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first decided to write it. The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations is scheduled to come out in April, Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Friday. The publisher quietly signed up the book in February, without any formal announcement. In July, McCain disclosed he had been diagnosed with brain cancer and last month he said the prognosis was very poor.
  • Word For The Day: assiduous

    10/20/2017 6:41:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 10/20/2017 | Red Badger
    Definition of assiduous: showing great care, attention, and effort :marked by careful unremitting attention or persistent application assiduous planning an assiduous book collector She tended her garden with assiduous attention. assiduously adverb assiduousness noun First Known Use: circa 1552
  • Jefferson told lawyers to read these; now they'll be online

    10/18/2017 2:18:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 10/18/17 | JESSICA GRESKO
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Thick tomes on the laws of England. Half a dozen legal dictionaries. Books on Roman law and maritime law. Those are some of the books Thomas Jefferson thought aspiring lawyers should be reading or using as reference. The University of Virginia has been working to make the hundreds of books on Jefferson's legal reading list available to the public through an online library. The book list goes back to the creation of the University of Virginia, a project Jefferson took on after he finished serving two terms as America's third president. A voracious reader himself, Jefferson believed...
  • Leon Uris's the Haj, Part 1, Chapter Nine [Some things never seem to change]

    10/13/2017 9:46:59 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 22 replies
    My hardback book ^ | 1984 | Leon Uris
    Part One, Chapter Nine Autumn 1929 Haj Amin al Heusseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, assumed the pulpit. The mosque stood on a great plaza that had been the Temple Mount of Solomon and Herod. Since Islam it had been the site of Al Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, where Mohammed made his legendary ascension to heaven. Known now as the Haram esh Sharif, the Most Noble Sanctuary, it was considered the third most sacred site in all of Islam. "The criminal Jews are going to take the Haram esh Sharif by a signal of a ram's horn...
  • Word For The Day - CONTUMACIOUS

    10/13/2017 6:35:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies ^ | 10/13/2017 | Red Badger
    width =55%> =================================================================================== con·tu·ma·cious ˌkänt(y)o͝oˈmāSHəs/ adjective Law archaic adjective: contumacious (especially of a defendant's behavior) stubbornly or willfully disobedient to authority. Origin: late 16th century: from Latin contumax, contumac- (perhaps from con- ‘with’ + tumere ‘to swell’) + -ious adjective 1. unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving: a stubborn child. 2. fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute: a stubborn opponent of foreign aid. 3. obstinately maintained, as a course of action: a stubborn resistance. 4. difficult to manage or suppress: a stubborn horse; a stubborn pain. 5. hard, tough, or stiff, as stone or wood; difficult to shape or...
  • Who bombed black Wall Street?

    10/13/2017 2:46:59 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 21 replies
    Most blacks believe that Rosewood and Tulsa bombings were done by white supremacists intent on destroying black financial independence. However, these fit the other attacks during this time that were done by avowed communists. Is there any information that could prove communist involvement?
  • AD732, Charles Martel led the Franks against Muslim invaders near the city of Tours

    10/11/2017 12:08:37 AM PDT · by Djl3668 · 34 replies
    On this date, in AD732, Charles Martel led the Franks against Muslim invaders near the city of Tours and turned back the tide of Islamic advance at the Battle of Tours (sometimes called the Battle of Poitiers).
  • Cuban Communism, in Fact and Fiction

    10/09/2017 9:45:41 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2017 | Nelson DeMille
    A Yale tour group visits a Havana restaurant in The Cuban Affair, the new novel by Nelson DeMille. As the Cuban handler expounds on the blessings of socialism, several of the Yalies nod in thoughtful agreement. If they spent an hour in a kennel, theyd probably come out barking, quips Mr. DeMilles narrator. So much for an Ivy League education. The point is made and the scene moves onbut during a conversation over coffee at Chicagos Four Seasons Hotel, where Mr. DeMille is staying during a nationwide book tour, the author muses on the root of the problem. His mind...
  • How the Abortion Pill Works (BARF ALERT)

    10/06/2017 9:08:05 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Teen Vogue ^ | October 5, 2017 | Sammy Nickalls
    How does the abortion pill work? Melissa Grant, chief operations officer for carafem Health, explains that the abortion pill is actually a combo of two different medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, which can be provided by your doctor and used at home within the first 70 days of a pregnancy to safely end it. When these medicines work together, they block progesterone, a hormone your body needs to keep a pregnancy going. Its actually like having a period. By blocking progesterone, the uterine lining where a normal pregnancy resides begins to shed, Dr. Kecia Gaither, double-board-certified physician in OB/GYN...
  • Word For The Day - refractory

    10/06/2017 7:48:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | 10-06-2017 | Red Badger
    REFRACTORY re·frac·to·ry rəˈfrakt(ə)rē/ adjective formal adjective: refractory 1. stubborn or unmanageable. "his refractory pony" synonyms: obstinate, stubborn, mulish, pigheaded, obdurate, headstrong, self-willed, wayward, willful, perverse, contrary, recalcitrant, obstreperous, disobedient, difficult; More informal balky; archaic contumacious, froward "their refractory children" antonyms: obedient 2. resistant to a process or stimulus. "some granules are refractory to secretory stimuli" Medicine (of a person, illness, or diseased tissue) not yielding to treatment. "healing of previously refractory ulcers" Medicine rare (of a person or animal) resistant to infection. technical (of a substance) resistant to heat; hard to melt or fuse. noun technical noun: refractory; plural noun:...
  • Rush Limbaugh Makes it onto the TNT action series, The Last Ship!

    10/04/2017 4:04:44 PM PDT · by Rybashka · 9 replies
    The Last Ship ^ | September 24, 2017
    Rush Limbaugh made it onto Episode 7 of the current Season 4 of the TNT action series, The Last Ship! In a shot from the Commanding Officers wardroom, which is a key location in the series, one can clearly see Rushs book, See, I Told You So. When the season started, I was concerned that the series might start falling prey to politically correct writing (e.g., a female member of the Kenyan Navy flirting with a female crew member in the first episode). If word gets out, well see if someone removes the book for next season. I love to...
  • If You Fell Asleep in 1961 and Woke Up Today

    10/01/2017 7:22:20 AM PDT · by Mafe · 110 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2017 | Michael Brown
    Its been a beautiful spring day in the suburbs of Pennsylvania on this Thursday, June 7th, 1961. You just got home from work and your wife is almost finished preparing one of her typically delicious dinners. Your kids, a boy and two girls, aged 15, 13, and 9, have been out all day riding their bikes around the neighborhood and playing with friends. Now everybodys hungry and ready to sit down for the family meal. Last night was game night, and you barely emerged with a victory in Monopoly. Your kids are getting good, and your wife, normally the more...
  • 'Blade Runner 2049' Review: An Overlong, Underwhelming Sequel

    09/29/2017 12:54:26 PM PDT · by dennisw · 75 replies
    FORBES ^ | 9 29 2017 | Scott Mendelson
    Blade Runner 2049 takes forever to go nowhere special. The picture, filled with intriguing sights, low-key performances and a few interesting ideas, is drawn out to the point of self-parody. Like the first Blade Runner, it masks a thin story and little in the way of momentum with towering visuals and self-seriousness. But the filmmaking world has changed in 35 years, and the mere ability to put incredible sights and sounds onscreen is no longer in itself a pass for deficiencies elsewhere. It is a true sequel to Blade Runner, warts and all. While it doesnt require a firm knowledge...
  • Word For The Day - ABNEGATION

    09/29/2017 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 09-29-2017 | Red Badger
    ab·ne·ga·tion ˌabnəˈɡāSH(ə)n/ noun noun: abnegation; plural noun: abnegations the act of renouncing or rejecting something. "abnegation of political lawmaking power" synonyms: renunciation, rejection, refusal, abandonment, abdication, surrender, relinquishment, repudiation, denial; formal abjuration "a serious abnegation of their responsibilities" self-denial. synonyms: self-denial, self-sacrifice, abstinence, temperance, continence, asceticism, austerity, abstemiousness "people capable of abnegation and unselfishness" Origin: Middle English: from Latin abnegatio(n-), from the verb abnegare (see abnegate). ==================================================================================================== Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day........
  • A Modern Collaboration With Mark Twain In 'Prince Oleomargarine'

    09/28/2017 12:47:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 09-27-2017 | Mary Louise Kelly
    This week Mark Twain has a new book out. Yes, we know. He's been dead for more than a century, but that hasn't stopped him or more accurately, his collaborators from publishing a children's book, called The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine. It's based on 16 pages of notes, handwritten by Twain and discovered in an archive, in Berkeley, Calif. Philip and Erin Stead took it from there; the Caldecott Award-winning author-illustrator duo picked up Twain's trail and finished the story. "It was never entirely clear to us if there was never an ending, or if Twain just never...
  • Why Obamas former speechwriter calls him the most Jewish president ever [barf]

    09/24/2017 5:44:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | September 19, 2017 6:27pm | Gabe Friedman
    He was just 24, but speechwriter David Litt had already become President Barack Obamas go-to guy for anything considered kishke-related. In Litts parlance, that meant he wrote the presidents speeches aiming to connect with Jewish Americans on a gut level things like holiday and anniversary commemorations, but not, say, Israel or foreign policy. That explains Litts presence one Friday night in the White House library in April 2012. A jet-lagged Obama had just returned from a trip to Asia and the last thing on his schedule was to record a video greeting for Passover. All right, Obama said grumpily...
  • LeBron James says Trump is a 'bum' after president disinvites Steph Curry, Warriors from White House

    09/23/2017 11:48:02 AM PDT · by dennisw · 38 replies
    businessinsider ^ | September 23
    LeBron James responded Saturday to President Donald Trump's comments on the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry by calling Trump a "bum" and suggesting it was no longer an honor to visit the White House. Trump tweeted Saturday morning that he had "withdrawn" his invitation to the Warriors to visit the White House and celebrate their 2017 championship win. "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!" Trump tweeted.
  • Saudi textbook recalled due to photo of Yoda next to King Faisal

    09/22/2017 1:02:20 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 22, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    A social studies textbook in Saudi Arabia was recalled for including a photo depicting a Star Wars character next to a king. The black and white photo, by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, features the small, green Jedi Yoda seated next to King Faisal as he signed the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945. Saudi education minister Ahmed al-Eissa apologized for the mistake and said measures were being taken to correct the error. "The Education Ministry regrets unintentional error that appeared in the picture of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations Commission on social studies...
  • Word For The Day - vitiate

    09/22/2017 6:33:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | 09-22-2017 | Red Badger
    vi·ti·ate ˈviSHēˌāt/ verb formal verb: vitiate; 3rd person present: vitiates; past tense: vitiated; past participle: vitiated; gerund or present participle: vitiating 1. spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of. "development programs have been vitiated by the rise in population" 2. destroy or impair the legal validity of. Origin: mid 16th century: from Latin vitiat- ‘impaired,’ from the verb vitiare, from vitium (see vice).
  • SFWA President Appears To Break Org Rules In Escalating Feud With Hispanic Author

    09/20/2017 9:48:25 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 22 replies
    Jon Del Arroz blog ^ | 09/20/2017 | Jon Del Arroz
    The politicization of science fiction became apparent to the public with the social justice requirements added to the decision making for the Hugo Awards, of which Sad Puppies was a push-back. Now the Science Fiction Writers Association is openly penalizing and shaming conservative writers like Jon Del Arroz for pointing out its active discrimination against male writers.