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LIVE AT FIVE: 11.17.14

Posted on | November 17, 2014 | 5 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
US Officials Confirm Murder Of Islamic State Hostage

American aid worker Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig in the Bekaa Valley, 2013

Obama called the former Army ranger’s death “an act of pure evil”
Kassig remembered for dedication to refugees
Islamic State beheads American aid worker



Narendra Modi Fever Grips Sydney
Over 16,000 Indians expected to pack Allphones Arena to greet India’s PM; 500 Sikhs, considerably less excited, will greet Modi with a protest

US Cities Brace For Protests Stemming From Ferguson Decision
Police departments readying for protests after grand jury decides whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson



POLITICS
Lame-Duck Democrat Senate Majority Finally Going To Vote On Keystone Pipeline

Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Transparent last-ditch attempt to save Sen. Landrieu unlikely to survive promised Obama veto


Report: 1 In 30 US Children Homeless



State Dept. Shuts Down E-Mail System After Suspected Hack Attack

Obama Denies Gruber Three Times: “We Didn’t Deceive Anyone To Pass ACA”

Hagel Says US Speeding Up Training Of Iraqi Forces

Arizona Democrats Look For Lessons In Electoral Defeat

States Working To Fix Healthcare Websites

Sarah Palin Joins Bill Cassidy At Monroe Rally



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Asian Crude Drops After Biggest Gain In Two Months On OPEC Speculation: WTI $75.33, Brent $78.80
Nikkei Posts Biggest Drop Since August On Surprise Recession
Money Flows To Mainland As Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Link Opens
Australia, China Sign Free Trade Deal
Japan’s Toray To Supply Carbon Fibers To Boeing In $8.6 Billion Deal
Washington State’s First Pot Auction Brings In $600K
Amazon Moves To Extend Cloud-Computing Dominance
AT&T Kills The “Permacookie”, Stops Tracking Customers’ Internet Use (For Now)
Facebook At Work On Site To Rival Microsoft Office
When Is A Company’s Facebook Post Not An Ad?
AT&T Puts Fiber Installs In 100 Cities On Hold While Feds Mull Over Net Neutrality



SPORTS
Patriots’ Ground Game Crushes Colts 42-20

Tom Brady shakes hands with Andrew Luck after the blowout

Jonas Gray runs wild for the Pats: 4 TDs, 199 yards


Kevin Harvick Clinches Chase Title

#4 Alabama Upsets #1 Mississippi State #rolltide

Blackhawks Rally To Whip Stars 6-2


Harden’s 19 Points Leads Rockets Past Thunder 69-65

Eagles Crushed In Sanchez’ Second Start, Packers Cruise To 53-20 Win

Warriors Hammer Lakers 136-115 Despite Kobe’s 44

Wings Fall To Habs 4-1

Bucs Rout Redskins 27-7

Supersub Frandsen Agrees To One Year/One Million Dollar Deal With Nats



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Taylor Swift Explains Why She Gave Up On Men

Opens up to US about why she stopped dating

NTTAWWT.

Amanda Bynes Reportedly Makes Tapes Threatening To Kill Her Parents

Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson

Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott Headed For Split

Johnny Depp Gives Drunk Speech At Hollywood Film Awards

U2 Backs Off “Tonight Show” Residency After Bono’s Bike Accident

Evan Rachel Wood And Gal Pal Katherine Moennig Split

TV Producer Glenn A. Larson Dies, 77

“Mockingjay” Director Refused To Use CGI For Philip Seymour Hoffman Scenes

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” Script Stolen

Bill Cosby Canceled By David Letterman

Sister Backs Unspeakable Armenian’s Decision To Pose Completely Nude

Keith Richards’ Drug Use Scared Mick Jagger’s Kids Straight

Kate Upton And Justin Verlander Tackle The Flying Trapeze



FOREIGNERS
Global Economy To Suffer As Putin Leaves G20 Early
Ethnic German Mayor Wins Romanian Presidential Election
American Tourist Tries To Express Ship Baby Parts From Bangkok To US
Female Afghan MP Survives Suicide Attack; Three Others Killed, 20 Injured
Fire In China Food Plant Kills 18
Jewish Israeli Stabbed As Tension Rises In Jerusalem
Putin Rebukes Ukraine For Severing Ties With Rebellious East
Okinawa Elects Governor Opposed To US Bases
Burkina Faso Names Interim President After Military Takeover
Colombia Suspends Talks With FARC After Kidnapping



BLOGS & STUFF
Crashr: Obamacare – Brought To Us By Forrest Gruber (Crashr -the website formerly known as The Looking Spoon)
First Street Journal: Why Can’t Congress Meet Via Skype?
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: The Invisible Hand Delivers A Beatdown
American Power: Mitt Romney On “Face The Nation” – Obama, Dude, You Lost The Midterms
American Thinker: Smug Filled Rooms
BLACKFIVE: Muslim Brotherhood Agitating In Ferguson, MO
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin’s 2014 Post-Election Scorecard
Don Surber: Compliment Of The Day
Jammie Wearing Fools: Clueless Obama On Gruber Videos – “I Just Heard About This”
Joe For America: Obama Justice – Ferguson “Protesters” Put Bounty On Darren Wilson
JustOneMinute: Not The Headline Team Obama Was Looking For
Pamela Geller: “Moderate” Muslim Medical Student Now Devout “Jihadi John” In Beheading Video
Protein Wisdom: Feminism – Vagina Warrior Outrage Brigade Takes Another Scalp
Shot In The Dark: Dear Liberals
STUMP: Obamacare Watch – Get Ready For Tax Season 2015
The Gateway Pundit: Hitler Finds Out Gruber’s Been Spilling The Obamacare Beans (Downfall Video)
The Jawa Report: Weekend War Pr0n
The Lonely Conservative: Obama Denies Misleading Public On Obamacare
This Ain’t Hell: Cubans Vs. Cubans In The Congo
Weasel Zippers: Scientist’s Shirt That Gave Feminists The Vapors Now A Sellout Hit
Megan McArdle: A Cheaper, Simpler Obamacare Plan


‘I Suffer From Oppression’

Posted on | November 17, 2014 | 108 Comments

So says @JaclynArcher in a column for Eastern Washington University’s student newspaper, The Easterner:

What is oppression? According to the Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology “Social oppression is a concept that describes a relationship between groups or categories . . . of people in which a dominant group benefits from the systematic abuse, exploitation, and injustice directed toward a subordinate group.”
I suffer from oppression. I am black, I am a woman. I am bisexual. I am an atheist. Various systems, including a flawed justice system, the patriarchy, institutional heteronormativity, and Judeo-Christian philosophical dominance (in the United States) actively marginalize and repress my experience and limit my social freedom, to the benefit of others unburdened by these characteristics.
These various oppressions interact with one another in distinct and various ways. As a woman I am more likely to be sexually assaulted than a man, however, as a black woman I am statistically more likely to be sexually assaulted than a white woman.
Because I am a black woman I am more likely to be perceived as unprofessional, promiscuous, or having “an attitude.”

There you go, eh? The first and most important lesson college students learn in the 21st century is exactly how oppressed they are.

Honestly, I think half these kids claiming to be “bisexual” are just looking to up the ante in the Texas Hold ‘Em Oppression Tournament.

Sexual abnormality is like hitting an ace on the river. Somebody goes all-in expecting to take the pot with three of a kind — say, a female Hispanic afflicted with bipolar disorder — and then . . . “A-ha!”

Here is Ms. Archer with a full house of oppressions: Black female atheist and — what luck! — she gets the bisexuality card on the river.

Not even a pansexual genderqueer could beat a hand like that.

Of course, atheist bisexuals aren’t really oppressed in America. At least 30% of the Obama White House staff are bisexual, and let’s not even mention the gossip about Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin, OK?

Heck, it’s 2014. There’s not a sorority girl in America who hasn’t at least once posed for a selfie kissing her girlfriend at a frat party, but most of them don’t “go Kappa Phi Omega,” IYKWIMAITYD.

Queer is the New Normal. Progress ruins everything it touches, and now they’ve even taken the fun out of sexual deviancy. It used to be you had to be weird and wild to do this stuff, but 21st-century progress has made it commonplace to be a perverted freak. Kinky has become boring. It’s us married Christian conservatives who are the weirdos now. My wife and I have six kids. Procreation is a far-out fringe fetish in 2014.

“You mean, you even did . . . PIV? Without protection?

Yep. PIV barebacking. Multiple times. Consensually. On purpose.

While feminists recover from that shocking idea — I probably should have included a “trigger warning” — I’ll point out that escaping patriarchal oppression is so easy it’s become a journalistic formula: Turn queer and you get your own Salon.com column.

When people ask how Sam and I met, I almost never tell them the entire story — that I was Sam’s big sister in a sorority. I still feel ashamed of that detail, as if I did something wrong by falling for her, or I took advantage of her in some way. So I keep my answer simple. I tell them we met in college.
I never planned to pledge a sorority. I went to Emerson to be around nerdy artistic kids in an urban setting . . .

(This is what we used to call a “euphemism.”)

. . . but I arrived to find the small liberal arts school lacking in a party atmosphere of any kind. … I missed my friends from back home. So when a girl from my dorm asked me to go to a sorority rush event, and I found myself in a roomful of girls who talked about parties and boys and looked so comfortable together, I desperately wanted to belong. I attended more rush week events, hoping to meet a few girls I could call my friends. I never thought I’d meet the girl I’m going to marry.

(Music cue: Darlene Love.)

Before Emerson, my closest encounter with lesbians was kissing a friend on a drunken dare. I’d only ever been interested in guys. My teenage years as an insecure and unsophisticated Long Island girl — who was not only a foot taller than most boys in school, but who spent much of my time listening to Enya and writing in my journal — didn’t prove to be particularly fruitful when it came to getting noticed or falling in love. . . .

(Yeah, being “a foot taller than most boys in school” is another one of those euphemisms, like “varsity volleyball.”)

But the sorority didn’t just offer me dining companions. I now had a group of girls I could hit the bars with. Our sorority was 100 percent boy-crazy. (Well, maybe not 100 percent.) . . .

(Bah-da-BOOM-crash! She’ll be here all week, folks. Try the veal.)

I’d never been in a real relationship, and at 19, I was scared of being vulnerable. . . .

(Fear and Loathing of the Penis is rampant these days.)

I met Sam at the start of my sophomore year, my first time holding rush events as a full-blown sister. Sam was a transfer student from Florida who’d experimented with boys, girls and drugs, and she was paired with me as my Little Sister. On the surface, we didn’t have much in common: She had too many piercings and a lack of respect for the sisters. But I knew there was something different between us. . . .

(“I see,” says the therapist. “Please continue.”)

After a few months of being around her I knew that I didn’t feel the same around Sam as I felt around the other girls. When Sam touched me, my skin burned. When she looked at me I felt completely exposed, and the lingering scent of crisp fruits and fresh florals from her perfume — Ralph Lauren Cool — made me dizzy.
The old college cliché of girls experimenting with girls exists for a reason, but I didn’t want to experiment with Sam. I didn’t want to be anywhere near her, because my attraction to her terrified me. When a group of us went out to a bar one night, Sam went home with one of my suitemates. Sam tells me that it was casual, and that she knew I wasn’t ready. But I felt like she was making a bold statement. When I arrived back at the dorms, terrified and full of vodka, I pounded on the doors. Sam says I kissed her. I say she kissed me. But in all my years of kissing nothing had ever come close to this bipolar feeling of comfort and panic. I didn’t tell a soul.
Gossip soon ran rampant throughout the sorority. . . .

Yeah, you can read the rest of that, if you’re interested, but these stories — “Omigod, I Suddenly Discovered I’m Queer” — are beginning to bore me. Never thought I’d say that. However, after months of researching radical feminism, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only reason girls insist that their parents pay to send them to a “small liberal arts school lacking in a party atmosphere” (Emerson College annual tuition, $37,350) is so they can get a Salon column out of it.

And also marry a lesbian with too many piercings.

Give it a few years, and maybe she’ll write another Salon column — perhaps “Omigod, My Lesbian Wife Dumped Me Because I’m Not Queer Enough for Her” — but my point is that (a) the sapphic bildungsroman is swiftly becoming a journalistic cliché, and (b) it is therefore absurd for Jaclyn Archer to say she is oppressed by “institutional heteronormativity” at Eastern Washington University.

“We’re here! We’re queer! And it’s hopelessly boring.”

It’s like those drug-addict stories we read about in junior high. Nice kid smokes a doobie and, two pages later, he’s murdering people to feed his heroin habit or flying out a window on LSD. Then we got to high school — it was the 1970s — and everybody was on dope.

Mostly it involved toking up, turning on a blacklight in your basement rec room and listening to Pink Floyd. We wasted a lot of time and nearly flunked out, but very few of us turned into murderous junkies or took acid-induced suicidal leaps from tall buildings.

There weren’t any tall buildings in Douglas County, Georgia, in 1975, but watching “Romper Room” on purple microdot? Wow, man.

Fortunately, nobody ever told us we were “oppressed.” The Democratic Party didn’t have a Teenage Dopehead Caucus, so there was nothing political about our situation. Nor is there anything truly political about Jaclyn Archer’s bisexuality, except she has been told so.

“In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.”
William F. Buckley Jr., Up From Liberalism (1959)

How naïve are these kids to believe so fervently that they are oppressed? Oh, look, another bisexual college student. I’m shocked.

No, I’m not shocked, not at all. Do these kids believe they invented deviant sex or something? You’ve got no idea, kids. No idea.

At least three guys I went to high school with in the 1970s died in the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. I could name them, but that would serve no purpose. One of those guys played first clarinet in band, which gave him the privilege of sitting next to Kelly Goldsmith, a privilege I envied him, from my distant seat back in the (all-male) trombone section.

Some days Kelly wore halter tops, and when she turned a certain way you could see — well, quite a lot, but Mr. First Clarinet was rather obviously not interested in girls that way.

Nobody gave a damn. Forty years ago in Georgia, gay people were known to exist. They didn’t need a ideology to do so. It wasn’t until Ronald Reagan got elected president, then re-elected by a landslide, and the AIDS epidemic broke out that suddenly sodomy ceased to be a private amusement and became a Democrat Party issue.

There are now only two reasons to vote Democrat, sodomy and abortion, and Wendy Davis got 38.9% of the vote in Texas on that basis.

Having lost friends in the AIDS epidemic (the clarinet guy was never my friend, but a couple others were) I’m tired of being accused of homophobia and tired of watching young people wallow in confusion and misery while claiming to be “oppressed” — by me!

That’s it, you see? Married, white male Christian father of six — I’m the demonized oppressor in this political morality tale these kids are taught. I’m so heteronormative it’s probably a hate crime.

How the hell did I become so powerful that college kids thousands of miles away are victims of my patriarchal oppression?

And why do I find myself diagnosed by complete strangers who insist that anyone who votes Republican must be suffering from a mental illness — homophobia, an irrational fear of gays — when my fearlessness in that regard is quite nearly notorious. I am not sexually “repressed,” nor am I “ignorant,” and neither my Christian faith nor the fact of my rampant heterosexuality are symptomatic of insanity.

You Can’t Out-Crazy Stacy McCain™ — you have my guarantee on that — and who else would even try to make sense of the radical feminist theory being taught in Women’s Studies programs in 2014?

What has happened is that the whole world has gone so crazy in the past 40 years, no sane person could possibly hope to understand it.

In crazy times, the Madman becomes the Prophet.

And hey, just because I’m hetero doesn’t mean I’m normative.

Blame it on that purple microdot.

 

 

New Word: “Grubado”

Posted on | November 16, 2014 | 18 Comments

by Smitty

Instapundit was noting that ‘gruber‘ is now a verb. Surely, though, the pile of hooey that is ObamaCare has room for a little more coinage as the ooze flows about, engulfing Progressive dreams in fetid sludge.

Grubado: noun. A portmanteau of ‘Gruber’ and ‘bravado’, this is that special panache with which a sociopath politician suddenly disavows a formerly prominent advisor.

Two great examples of grubado are Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.

Let this be a lesion to all of their other thralls: once you’re a liability, your principle-free Progressive masters will un-person you with great grubado.

FMJRA 2.0: Day Late & A Dollar Short (Interstellar Remix)

Posted on | November 16, 2014 | Comments Off on FMJRA 2.0: Day Late & A Dollar Short (Interstellar Remix)

— compiled by Wombat-socho

Rule 5 Sunday: Flowtation
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot
Average Bubba
Batshit Crazy News
Animal Magnetism
That Mr. G Guy
Regular Right Guy
Proof Positive
Ninety Miles from Tyranny
A View from the Beach

A Lesbian Theory of the Penis
Battleswarm Blog
That Mr. G Guy
Cragin Media
Batshit Crazy News
A View from the Beach
Instapundit

To Say the Very Least
Regular Right Guy
The Pirate’s Cove

‘Broken People,’ Cats and Prozac
Samizdata.net
Scoop.it

The Anti-War Movement Isn’t Dead; It’s Just Restin’
A View from the Beach

Signs Of Pending Apocalypse: DewItos
Batshit Crazy News

Sum Ting Wong At CNN
Regular Right Guy
Batshit Crazy News
That Mr. G Guy
A View from the Beach

FMJRA 2.0: Day Late & A Dollar Short, Pre-Veterans Day Edition
Batshit Crazy News
The Pirate’s Cove
That Mr. G Guy

LIVE AT FIVE: 11.10.14
Batshit Crazy News
Regular Right Guy
Brian J. Noggle

Rush Limbaugh Will Rape the DCCC
Batshit Crazy News
Regular Right Guy
A View from the Beach

Sex Trouble: Feminist Androgyny and the Polymorphous Perversity of ‘Queer’
Fighting The Long Defeat
Batshit Crazy News
That Mr. G Guy

In The Mailbox – Veterans’ Day 2014
That Mr. G Guy

And Let All God’s Children Say ‘Amen’
That Mr. G Guy

Go, #GamerGate, Go!
Regular Right Guy
Batshit Crazy News

LOL! Time Magazine Suggests Ban on Word ‘Feminist,’ Freakout Ensues
Cragin Media
That Mr. G Guy
Batshit Crazy News
Instapundit

In The Mailbox: 11.12.14
That Mr. G Guy
Batshit Crazy News

In The Mailbox, 11.13.14
Batshit Crazy News
Regular Right Guy

L.A. Schools Argue Girl, 14, Legally Consented to Sex With Teacher, 28
Batshit Crazy News
First Street Journal

LIVE AT FIVE: 11.14.14
Batshit Crazy News

Hard-Boiled And Hard Core
Batshit Crazy News

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  2.  That Mr. G Guy (9)
  3.  Regular Right Guy (8)
  4.  A View from the Beach (5)

Thanks to everyone for their linkagery!

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‘Got Issues? Lube! Lube! Lube!’

Posted on | November 15, 2014 | 48 Comments

Chicago schools are having what is called a “controversy,” a word that means parents found out what their children are learning:

Parents at a Near West Side school say they are “shocked” and “horrified” after viewing a new sex education curriculum intended for fifth-graders, saying the way the information is presented is over the top and not age-appropriate.
During report card pickup Wednesday at Andrew Jackson Language Academy, the school hosted several parent workshops, including an afternoon meeting on Chicago Public Schools’ newest sex ed curriculum. . . .
At one point, parents could view materials intended for students. A binder labeled as the curriculum for students in fifth grade touted the benefits of female condoms for extending sex and increasing pleasure and encouraged using lubrication.
The chairwoman of the Local School Council, Angela Bryant, called the way the information was to be presented to students “appalling” and not age-appropriate. . . .
In a statement Friday afternoon, CPS officials said that the objectional material presented at Jackson was a mistake. . . .
But a slideshow posted on another school’s website, the Waters Elementary School, includes all five of the objectionable slides in a Powerpoint presentation. According to the school’s website, the slideshows contain lessons and handouts presented to students in April 2014. . . .
Under the new sex ed guidelines, 5th grade students are typically taught about contraception, [CPS spokesman Bill] McCaffrey confirmed. The discussion includes use of female condoms, he said. . . .
[S]ome of the information disturbed parents at the meeting, leading one to snap photos of five pages in the binder that included a lesson plan for fifth-graders.
One of the pages, titled “Feel Good Reasons to Use FCs [Female Condoms],” included how to make sexual intercourse last longer and read: “Once you pop, you don’t have to stop!”
The page included a drawing of a woman lifting up a 1950s-style house dress next to a smoking grill and read: “Feel the heat! FCs adjust to your body temperature, so you and your partner can both feel the heat.”
Another page reads: “Got issues? Lube! Lube! Lube!”
Bryant said she was “offended” and horrified” that the “obscene” curriculum was intended for the school’s fifth-grade children, who are typically 10 or 11 years old.
“The curriculum is appalling,” Bryant said. “The language to me was the most offensive part initially. Pop and lube, lube lube, and those kid of things. … [It] serves to rob many of our children of their innocence.”
“The language for me is very much concerning to me as a parent. The content goes beyond what I feel is age-appropriate for a fifth-grader,” said Bryant, who has two children who attend the school, which has 565 students.

What unionized government-certified indoctrination experts do to taxpayers is often quite painful. “Got issues? Lube! Lube! Lube!”

 

L.A. Schools Argue Girl, 14, Legally Consented to Sex With Teacher, 28

Posted on | November 14, 2014 | 88 Comments

Love and lawyers and “education” in the 21st century:

Los Angeles Unified School District lawyers fighting a civil lawsuit argued in court that a 14-year-old middle school student was mature enough to consent to having sex with her 28-year-old teacher, and that she bore some responsibility for what happened. The district’s attorneys also introduced the girl’s sexual history into the trial as part of their defense strategy. . . .
Last November’s case involved a math teacher at Thomas Edison Middle School in Southeast Los Angeles who in December 2010 began a six-month sexual relationship with a girl who went to the school. The teacher, Elkis Hermida, was convicted of lewd acts against a child and sentenced in July 2011 to three years in state prison.
The girl’s family filed a civil lawsuit against L.A. Unified, claiming the district was negligent and the experience had emotionally damaged the girl, endangering any future romantic relationships she might have.
During the three week civil trial, district lawyers denied that L.A. Unified had any knowledge of the relationship, argued the girl knew what she was doing when she chose to have sex with Hermida and suggested the girl was to blame for her situation, not LAUSD.
“She lied to her mother so she could have sex with her teacher,” said Keith Wyatt, L.A. Unified’s trial attorney in the case, in an interview with KPCC. “She went to a motel in which she engaged in voluntary consensual sex with her teacher. Why shouldn’t she be responsible for that?”

(Hat-tip: Yid With Lid.) Today’s lesson is brought to you by the letter “L” for “lawyer.” Remember, L rhymes with Hell, which is where evil liberal lawyers — and the selfish unionized perverts who run public schools — have been leading our society for many years.




 

Hard-Boiled And Hard Core

Posted on | November 14, 2014 | 31 Comments

— by Wombat-socho


This week was spent reading a lot of naval history – Morison’s The Two-Ocean War, of course, because it’s enormous, and James Hornfischer’s The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, an excellent recounting of the Battle of Samar, in which half a dozen escort carriers with their puny screen of destroyers and destroyer escorts managed to meet and defeat a Japanese battleship task force. Samar doesn’t get much mention among the great battles of the Pacific War, partially because explaining how it came about is terribly embarrassing to the Navy and one of its heroes, Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, but heroism like this deserves to be remembered, and Hornfischer does an excellent job of telling the tale of Taffy 3 and its desperate struggle in October of 1944. This book won the Morison Prize, and rightly so; Hornfischer is every bit as good a storyteller as Morison, while incorporating the more modern historians’ trope of including the stories of the crewmen who served the guns, armed the planes, and died in the hundreds when the Japanese gunners finally found the range.


I’ve been noticing a trend in science fiction and fantasy lately, where an author writes what seems to be a fantasy at the beginning, but as the story unfolds it turns out that Clarke’s Law is at work, and what you thought was magic is just technology we haven’t mastered yet. This is definitely the case with The International Lord of Hate’s Grimnoir trilogy, which begins with Hard Magic. Correia adds additional goodness by making his hero a stereotypical hard-boiled private eye straight out of Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett, but unlike the classic noir P.I.’s Heavy Jake Sullivan has an additional talent: he’s a Gravity Spiker, one of those rare people who can manipulate the pull and intensity of gravity. When we first meet Jake, he’s being strong-armed into helping the federal Bureau of Investigation, which arranged to have him released from prison in return for helping them chase down and capture other Actives. This time, they want him to take down an old girlfriend, and that’s far from the last thing to go wrong. As usual, Correia does a great job of delivering lots of action along with serious thought about how the world would be changed if 1% of the population acquired magical abilities. I am waiting for a copy of Spellbound to become available through the county library, but in the meantime, since I had a copy of Warbound, I read that too – and all I can say is WOW. The stakes are huge, Jake Sullivan is surrounded by allies of questionable loyalty, and he’s going straight into Shanghai on what looks for all the world like a suicidal attack on the Chairman of the Imperium. He’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, though, to say nothing of friends in low places. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a novel this much since finishing Correia’s Monster Hunter Nemesis, which is saying quite a bit. Not sure if you’ll like the Grimnoir novels? Have a taste with the short story “Detroit Christmas”.


Speaking of hard-boiled, perhaps the most iconic of the hard-boiled detectives isn’t a fictional private eye, it’s Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, played by Robert Stack in the Desilu/Quinn Martin TV series The Untouchables, and later by Kevin Costner in the Brian DePalma movie The Untouchables. Chicago is just the beginning of the Eliot Ness story, though, and Douglas Perry brings you – in true Paul Harvey style – the rest of the story. In Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero, Perry continues the story through Ness’ brilliant career as Cleveland’s Director of Public Safety, in which he cleaned up an infamously corrupt city police force and broke the local mob – for which he became much better known than his exploits as a T-man working against Capone, since after all (in contrast to the movies) it was the IRS that actually nailed Capone for tax evasion; Ness and his prohibition agents were more of a sideshow and backup operation in case the tax charges couldn’t be made to stick. After Cleveland, though, the story of Eliot Ness is a less happy one, but you can read about that yourself. A good book that does an excellent job of offsetting all the Hollywood hoopla surrounding a genuine hero.


LIVE AT FIVE: 11.14.14

Posted on | November 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
Obama To Announce Ten-Point Immigration Plan Via Executive Order As Early As Next Week

Listening to the Americans who didn’t vote, i.e. the voices in his head

More “deferred action”
Up to five million illegals to be shielded from deportation
Boehner vows to fight Obama on immigration
Job market to be flooded with three million illegals

Nebraska Medical Center Prepares For New Ebola Patient
Surgeon is Sierra Leone national with permanent residency in US

Narendra Modi Arrives In Brisbane For G20 Summit
Bilateral talks with Australia’s PM Tony Abbott also on the agenda



POLITICS
General Dempsey: US Forces Could Fight Alongside Iraqis Against Islamic State

The chairman of the JCS testifies before Congress as SecDef Hagel looks on

“…any expansion of that [existing forces in Iraq] would likewise be modest.”

Report: Poor Secret Service Training Allowed Fence Jumper

Pelosi: Jonathan Who?

Dingy Harry Chosen As Senate Minority Leader; Fauxcahontas Joins Leadership

Hagel Orders Nuke Force Overhaul To Fix Failures

Gone Missing: $420 Million In Weapons, “Sensitive Items” In Afghanistan

Outgoing Arkansas Governor Calls For Delay In Tax Cuts

Retiring Rep. Stockman Acknowledges Subpoenas

Feds Using Airborne Fake Cellphone Towers To Gather Data



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Asian Crude Near Four-Year Low On Glut, OPEC Worries: WTI $74.41, Brent $78.10
Asian Stocks Dip After China’s Soft Data
Dow At Record High But S&P Flat As Energy Weighs
Walmart Encouraged By Sales Uptick But Only Cautiously Optimistic For Holiday Season
Halliburton, Baker Hughes Consider Merger
Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Buys P&G’s Duracell
Dreamworks Deal Math No Boon For Hasbro Stockholders
Amazon, Hachette Bury The Hatchet – It’s Just Not Clear In Whom
One Of The Hottest Video Games, “Assassin’s Creed: Unity”, Has Some Hilarious Glitches
Facebook Using Animated Dinosaur To Explain New Privacy Policy
Video Game Sales Flat In October, But Downloads Continue To Grow



SPORTS
Ryan Tannehill Leads Dolphins Past Bills 22-9

Throws two late TDs to rally Dolphins

Breaks three-game slump against Buffalo

Habs Rout Bruins, 5-1

Bulls Escape Toronto With Win

Jets Stop Hurricanes’ Surge

Mike Trout Finally Wins The MVP

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Calls For Legalized Sports Betting

Flames Scorch Coyotes 5-3

FBI Reportedly Stepping Up Investigation Of FIFA Corruption

Sens Edge Oilers 4-3 In OT



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Michelle McLaren In Talks To Direct “Wonder Woman” Movie

Not Michelle McLaren.

“Breaking Bad” producer/director to direct Gal Gadot flick?



A “Duck Dynasty” Musical In Las Vegas?



Honey BooBoo’s Mom Claims Child Molester Hotel Pic Is Fake

Bono Cheats Death After Learjet Door Falls Off

Poppy Montgomery, It’s A Boy!

Casey Wilson Is Expecting

Brooke Shields Still Feels Guilty About Dean Cain Popping Her Cherry

Richard Simmons Speaks Out After Depression Claim



FOREIGNERS
David Cameron: UK Jihadis To Be Made Stateless If They Join Islamic State
World Leaders, Protesters Descend On Brisbane For G20 Summit
Moscow, Kiev Trade Accusations; US Warns Russia Against Escalation
Pope Francis To Build Showers For Homeless At The Vatican
India/US Deal Paves Way For Global Trade Pact
Overseas Indians In Australia Seek Dual Citizenship
ISIS, Al-Qaeda Agree To Ceasefire, Unity Against Opponents
Is Turkey Heading For A Train Wreck With The West?
Argentine Judge Summons Justin Bieber



BLOGS & STUFF
Doug Powers: Nancy Pelosi Was For Jonathan Gruber Before She Never Heard Of Him
Twitchy: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Decries Justice Department’s “Culture Of Misinformation”
American Power: The Demise Of The White Democratic Voter
American Thinker: ANSWER Coalition Not Letting Ferguson Crisis Go To Waste
BLACKFIVE: Anti-War BS At Concert For Valor
Conservatives4Palin: Governor Palin, Duck Dynasty To Rally In Louisiana For Bill Cassidy
Don Surber: Facts Blow Away Charles Blow’s “Negrophobes” Theory
Jammie Wearing Fools: Thanks, Obama! Penalty For Not Signing Up For Obamacare Scam To More Than Triple
Joe For America: Dems Desperate For Diversity – Fake Indian Moving To Leadership
JustOneMinute: Root, Root, Root For The Home Team
Pamela Geller: Shocked NC Mom Calls TV News Station After Reading Answers On Child’s Islam Worksheet
Protein Wisdom: “Drunk Girl In Public” Video – Another Fake But Accurate Production
Shot In The Dark: Trulbert! Part XXIII – Redemption’s Handmaiden
STUMP: Detroit Bankruptcy – It’s Over, But It’s Not
The Gateway Pundit: SMOKING GUN VIDEO – Gruber Admitted Obama Was In The Room When “Cadillac Tax” Lie Was Created, White House Logs Confirm
The Jawa Report: Jawas Are Not Surprised That Turks Are Assholes
The Lonely Conservative: Senate Democrats Create Special Leadership Post For Elizabeth Warren
This Ain’t Hell: “Hail Mary” Landrieu
Weasel Zippers: Watch 2008 Obama Make The Case Against 2014 Obama’s Executive Amnesty
Megan McArdle: Big Data Goes To The Dogs


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