March 31, 2013

Sunday Morning Book Thread 03-24-2013: The Empty Grave That Changed the Course of History [OregonMuse]
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Alleluiah

Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to the Sunday Morning Book Thread here at the award-winning AoSHQ.

First, An Apology

For all of you who are reading this but are unable to post comments due to the aggressive anti-spam rules that have been put in place, my sincere apologies, and I hope it will be changed soon. For what it's worth, I (still) can't post comments, either. I've e-mailed Pixy several times over the past month about this, and he assured me he was going to fix it, but it hasn't happened, yet, and I don't know when it will.

But, a few days ago, Pixy showed up in a comment thread and posted the mu.nu "help-line" e-mail address:

help@mu.nu

So, for those of us who are unable to post comments on this blog, I would encourage you to send a quick note to Pixy. And please keep it civil, Pixy's a good guy.

This should give him an idea of the extent of the problem, if he doesn't know already.

And now down to business...

A few weeks ago when I did a thread about noted ex-slave merchant and Christian author John Newton, someone posted a comment late in the thread complaining about me posting about religious views he didn't agree with. This caught me a bit by surprise, because I had always figured that if people don't like the book thread, they would just skip it and go on to the next thread, no big deal. I'm not going to apologize for posting on spiritual topics, although I do keep in mind that the AoSHQ readership includes people of many faiths, or no faith. So even though this won't turn into some sort of religion round-up, I will post on such topics as the occasion warrants.

So with that in mind, fair warning, here comes another spiritually-oriented thread.


He Is Risen!

OK, so when it first dawned on me that the best way to live my life was to consciously follow Christ, I had all kinds of questions and doubts and fears and stuff about what I was getting into. In retrospect, a lot of it seems a bit silly, but back then, it was A Very Big Deal.

Josh McDowell's Evidence That Demands A Verdict helped out a lot. It brings together much of the archeological evidence for the accuracy of the historical events recording in the Bible. It doesn't necessarily prove the Resurrection, but it testifies to general historical trustworthiness of the Scriptures. The link is to the version I read many years ago. Since then, it has undergone many revisions and updates since it was originally published.

I've heard that Lee Strobel has also written books on these historical topics, but I haven't read them, so I can't comment on how good they are.

Then my best friend (RIP, and I hope God allows us to meet again) gave me a copy of C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, and suddenly it all makes sense. The text is taken from talks given my Lewis on BBC radio, and include discussions of faith, the necessity of the Atonement, the Trinity, the nature of virtue, and other topics. Lewis had the ability to translate difficult concepts into ordinary language so anybody could understand what he was talking about. So if you read only one book about Christianity (other than the Bible, of course), this is the one I would recommend.

Again, He is Risen!!

And history is forever altered. Not by the sword, or by military conquest. By the time of the Emperor Constantine, the new faith had spread throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. A fictional account of how this happened is seen in a book I've mentioned before, Quo Vadis. One of the main characters is a Roman general and nobleman, close to the Emperor, and he is all about honor and Roman pride and crushing his enemies, even those who merely insult him. But then circumstances bring him into contact with the (mostly underground) Christian church in Rome and he hears the preaching of the Apostle Peter. This Roman patrician can't believe what he's hearing: Thou shalt not murder? What? Forgive your enemies? How absurd! Whoever would think such a thing? He hates it, he think it's foolishness, but he just can't get it out of his mind. Of course, he's madly in love with a beautiful girl who happens to be a Christian, and this happy convergence helps to remind him of the foolishness he would rather forget. And then, toward the end of the book, his household slaves misbehave in such a way that is going to result in them being brutally punished, as is traditional. But just as he is about to enforce the sentence, he discovers that he just can't bring himself to do it. What he has always done in the past no longer seems to be appropriate, at least, he finds that no longer wants to do it. And so he simply forgives them. when I read this part, I remember thinking what a wonderful illustration of the way the Holy Spirit works in people's lives, and not just believers. When the gospel goes forth, not only will there be converts, but the effects will go beyond the community of believers (the church) and out into the culture as a whole. A little bit of yeast causes a whole big wad of dough to rise.

Books For Morons

Moron author George Milonas (My Last Testament, The Warrior of God) e-mailed me a couple three weeks ago to recommend The Last Centurion by John Ringo. He says:

I'm writing to let you know I read a phenomenal book. The last centurion by john ringo. He's a conservative sci fi writer. The book is so good it actually scared me at how plausible it was. I consider it prophecy and should be a must read for every moron.

From the Amazon description:

In the second decade of the twenty-first century the world is struck by two catastrophes, a new mini-ice age and, nearly simultaneously, a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as “Bandit Six” an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland—despite the best efforts of politicians both elected and military. The Last Centurion is a memoir of one possible future, a world that is a darkling mirror of our own. Written “blog-style,” it pulls no punches in its descriptions of junk science, bad strategy and organic farming not to mention all three at once.


This video always cracks me up:




"I'm here to kick ass and hide Easter eggs... and I'm all out of Easter eggs."

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So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, rumors, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at aoshqbookthread@gmail.com.

So what have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as we all know, life is too short to read lousy books.

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Easter blessings test?

Posted by: imp at March 31, 2013 05:57 AM (fWmmW)

2 What the....

Posted by: Whatev at March 31, 2013 06:02 AM (A7Wh1)

3 Me and imp, the only ones not banned. Yep, thats some piss poor banning software.

Posted by: Whatev at March 31, 2013 06:03 AM (A7Wh1)

4 Finished The Way of Kings and moved on to Citizen of The Galaxy which is an old one by Heinlein.  Now working on Lord of The Rings.  They had the whole three volume set for about $10 bucks and it is about a 1,000 pages.  


Also I noticed that Jeff Wheeler’s series starting with the Wretched of Muirwood is still running for $2.99.  That is a pretty good series, especially for $2.99.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 06:04 AM (53z96)

5 "God's Battalions" by Rodney Stark establishes a case that the Crusades were a reaction against Moslem aggression and expansion.  In the case of Islam, you'll find that nothing much has changed.

Posted by: Libra at March 31, 2013 06:05 AM (q5QAW)

6 Test

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 06:05 AM (3xF8P)

7 Yay!

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 06:06 AM (3xF8P)

8 Lyrics are kinda like books: Save the Country Come on, people! Come on, children! Come on down to the glory river Gonna wash you up, and wash you down Gonna lay the devil down, gonna lay that devil down Come on, people! Come on, children! There's a king at the glory river And the precious king, he loved the people to sing Babes in the blinkin' sun sang, "We shall overcome" And I got fury in my soul Fury's gonna take me to the glory goal In my mind I can't study war no more Save the people! Save the children! Save the country now! Come on, people! Come on, children! Come on down to the glory river Gonna wash you up and wash you down Gonna lay the devil down, gonna lay that devil down Come on people! Sons and mothers! Keep the dream of the two young brothers Gonna take that dream and ride that dove We can build the dream with love, I know We could build the dream with love We could build the dream with love, I know We could build the dream with love And I got fury in my soul Fury's gonna take me to the glory goal In my mind I can't study war no more Save the people! Save the children! Save the country! ~ LAURA NYRO - SAVE THE COUNTRY LYRICS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJNo9iIPa98

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2013 06:07 AM (XYSwB)

9 I've been reading Vertical re-release of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Origin manga. Hope they don't drop it in the middle like Viz did when it was coming out.

Posted by: The dude at March 31, 2013 06:08 AM (vJdyz)

10 >> someone posted a comment late in the thread complaining about me posting about religious views he didn't agree with. That's some Grade-A douchebaggery right there. Those comments belong early in the thread so proper beatings can be administered.

Posted by: Andy at March 31, 2013 06:08 AM (OZPoa)

11 Why not try switching to something like Disqus?

Posted by: William Teach at March 31, 2013 06:08 AM (vRNdo)

12 someone posted a comment late in the thread complaining about me posting about religious views he didn't agree with.


That had to be one of our trolls. I'm gonna have to go see who it was.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 06:10 AM (53z96)

13 Happy Easter everybody- I'm off to Village Inn to pick up a pecan pie, then lunch with me dear old Mum (it's just a coincidence that her garage houses my motorcycle, and gee it's such a nice day today...) And remember- on this day in history Jesus woke up and scared the hell out of everybody -in a good way!

Posted by: Jones in CO at March 31, 2013 06:10 AM (8sCoq)

14 One of the most inspirational and moving accounts of someone turning to God and faith that I have read. Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices http://tinyurl.com/bt6bhlo Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status . . . and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader. In Son of Hamas, Mosab reveals new information about the world’s most dangerous terrorist organization and unveils the truth about his own role, his agonizing separation from family and homeland, the dangerous decision to make his newfound faith public, and his belief that the Christian mandate to “love your enemies” is the only way to peace in the Middle East.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2013 06:10 AM (XYSwB)

15

Why not try switching to something like Disqus?

 

Splitter!

Posted by: People's Front of Judea at March 31, 2013 06:11 AM (BAS5M)

16 I'm still struggling with Michener's Texas.  It just refuses to hold my interest and I always find myself distracted by something else.  Bah.

Posted by: DangerGirl @deadlyestrogen at March 31, 2013 06:12 AM (GrtrJ)

17 Easter Blessings to you all!

Posted by: ChristyBlinky at March 31, 2013 06:12 AM (baL2B)

18 April 1st is the start of this year's first Camp NaNoWriMo.

So who else is going to give it a whirl?  Well besides me and Merovign.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 06:13 AM (k9TQr)

19 I finished "A Reliable Wife" last week. It turned out to be pretty good. There is a theme about the power of love and forgiveness underpinning it.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 06:15 AM (3xF8P)

20 Hey The Dude, what did you think of Mikimoto's crack at Gundam?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 06:16 AM (k9TQr)

21 I'm reading the Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, which someone mentioned in some other thread. I'm also rereading (and jumping around a lot) Heaven, by Randy Alcorn. I can't stand his fictional prose, but his non-fiction writing is much better. The book is extensively footnoted with references to the source passage in the bible, and overall extremely interesting and encouraging. The two main things I took away from it is 1. Jesus' act of redemption was an actual act of full redemption, not the mere snatching of a few souls from the fall. It starts the restoration of the universe, of which everything and one will be a part (or should be, rather) unless they reject Christ and redemption. 2. That Heaven is not our destination nor our home--the New Earth is. Which is tied to the notion of actual redemption and restoration of creation, rather than a mere life-boat faith which only saves a couple into a meager existence while everything else false into utter decay and destruction. It also has profound implications for that future life, mainly that it will be an actual life with physical things and people and places. It will be what this was intended, and improved on besides. But taking life on a morally perfect earth as your starting point for understanding provides a more accurate picture of the biblical description than does some unsupported notion of boredom and inactivity in an ethereal existence.

Posted by: .87c at March 31, 2013 06:18 AM (bLOzA)

22 Comments pro or con ( if reasonably civil ) should be welcomed by open minded people of all persuasions. Ck my blog for a note to those who seem unwilling to tolerate contrary views. http://edwardcropper.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Edward Cropper at March 31, 2013 06:18 AM (Lt3vg)

23 Happy Easter everyone, from your in house non-believer libertarian.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2013 06:20 AM (HDgX3)

24 I disagree with something in this post. No, no, I will not move on to another post. Harumph

Posted by: RWC at March 31, 2013 06:20 AM (sqp6o)

25 Happy Easter, my friends!

Posted by: Peaches at March 31, 2013 06:21 AM (8lmkt)

26 Did someone stick an Easter egg up RWC's exhaust port while RWC was passed out from too much chocolate flavoured Valu-Rite?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 06:22 AM (k9TQr)

27
The 2013 Hugo and Campbell Awards nominees have been released:

BEST NOVEL

Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Redshirts, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz)

and a score of other categories.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2013 06:22 AM (kdS6q)

28 OK, found the post.  Some asshole that is not a normal poster here.  Most likely a troll. That is the first time I have ever seen that name here.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 06:24 AM (53z96)

29 I vote for Captain Vorpatril's Alliance.  Scalzi can still go copulate with a damnthing for what he did to the Fuzzy universe.  Others forget it, never even heard of them.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 06:24 AM (k9TQr)

30 Anybody else notice the NatGeo channel graced us on Good Friday with the non-stop airing of The Judas Gospel?

Posted by: Ed Anger at March 31, 2013 06:27 AM (tOkJB)

31 Google's doodle today is Cesar Chavez. Bing's is Easter eggs.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2013 06:27 AM (HDgX3)

32 Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 11:22 AM (k9TQr) LOL. I hope you know i was kidding. And it was chocolate-marshmallow Valu-U-Rite. (holiday splurge) Happy Easter all. Can't wait to see the ratings for 'The Bible' finale.

Posted by: RWC at March 31, 2013 06:27 AM (sqp6o)

33 Just checking to see if I can post.

Posted by: WalrusRex at March 31, 2013 06:28 AM (VlXYw)

34 Hmm the empty grave that changed history. First thing I thought of was frank lautenberg. I mean when they open up the hearse and find him missing they're gonna be pissed.

Posted by: Berserker at March 31, 2013 06:28 AM (FMbng)

35 Expressing a believe in God is an infringement on my constitutional right to make you behave the way I want you to. It is an evil just like lynching or segregation or sell 32 oz. sodas.

Posted by: Anne A. T. Este at March 31, 2013 06:29 AM (7x9pP)

36 Atheists: hating God, hating believers, and hating the First Amendment.

Posted by: Dirty Old Man at March 31, 2013 06:29 AM (L/BUh)

37

Happy Ham Day, everyone!!

I don't like to proseletyze. Faith is personal

...but

I am a believer, now more than ever. He is risen.

I posted this the other evening when I got home from the hospital. I was feeling bluesy and thought it would pick me up. Did it ever..

Even if not religious, if you're not moved by this you're either a mindless zombie, or an Ogabe supporter...but I repeat myself

http://tinyurl.com/3pqt5f3

 

Posted by: Albie Damned at March 31, 2013 06:30 AM (Yhu4q)

38
Also on the 2013 Hugo noms, I noticed that:

BEST NOVELETTE

‘‘In Sea-Salt Tears’’, Seanan McGuire (Self-published)

So another nod for roll-your-own publishing.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2013 06:30 AM (kdS6q)

39

"He Is Risen!"

 

Dang bold... can't turn it off either.</B>

 

Anywho... I have not set foot in a church since the last time one of my friends died, or was married. This does not mean I do not believe, just that I choose to keep my beliefs to myself.

Posted by: Gmac - Waiting for the revolution at March 31, 2013 06:30 AM (IanLz)

40 I vote for Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. Scalzi can still go copulate with a damnthing for what he did to the Fuzzy universe. Others forget it, never even heard of them. What did Scalzi do? I thought his Old Man's War series was pretty good, and have been contemplating dropping a few bucks for Redshirts.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 06:31 AM (eyJh9)

41 I read an interesting book: Uncle Tom Andy Bill; A story of bears and Indian Treasure. Published in 1908, kindle freebie. Cool tale of when Indiana was a frontier in the early 1800s. I had downloaded it and left it until our snowy weekend, liked it so well I looked up other books by Charles Major.

Posted by: PaleRider at March 31, 2013 06:31 AM (ql12X)

42 Cesar Chavez, who art in heaven....

Posted by: some Google idiot at March 31, 2013 06:31 AM (Yhu4q)

43 Well RedShirts, is very dead pan in it's humor, as to why things are happening.

Posted by: luigi vercotti at March 31, 2013 06:33 AM (Jsiw/)

44

Meh, type one thing, see another after it posts.

 

I would also like to add that I will never denegriate someone's religious beliefs, unless they are so clowinish as to begar the imagination.

Posted by: Gmac - Waiting for the revolution at March 31, 2013 06:33 AM (IanLz)

45 He is risen!

Posted by: Happy Easter from chique d'afrique at March 31, 2013 06:34 AM (4hQC8)

46 Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 11:16 AM (k9TQr) Like all of his work, okay with the humans besides their faces and too impressionist for the mechs

Posted by: The dude at March 31, 2013 06:34 AM (vJdyz)

47 He is risen indeed!

Posted by: Velvet Ambition at March 31, 2013 06:34 AM (R8hU8)

48 The only beliefs I denigrate are the muzzies. I do not consider theirs a religion.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 06:34 AM (53z96)

49 Vic,

Did you read "The Hobbit" yet?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2013 06:35 AM (0zDXv)

50

Happy Easter,   y'all. Enjoy the day and remember why we celebrate Jesus's victory of life over death.

 

I'll be doing something enjoyable myself: playing  music with my friends. Gotta start getting ready here in a few minutes.

 

Y'all have fun and try not to trash the place, 'k?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at March 31, 2013 06:35 AM (+z4pE)

51 I like to make fun of Breatharians....you know, before they die of thirst/starvation.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 06:35 AM (eyJh9)

52 Her Oregon Muse, what say you for an open world Moron written anthology to be published as e-book on say Amazon.  Objective is to keep ace in hobos, pudding, and Valu-Rite.  All authors agree to give up all rights to royalties for this noble effort.  And in return they can write under assumed names, though Alan Smithee is right out forbidden. 

The world in question takes place near Hannover Germany where in an old salt mine the Germans have stored medium to low level nuclear waste.  The location is called Asse.  Well the waste has leaked and made its way to a stand of spooky old Linden trees that are arranged in a circle, 8 trees with a larger one in the center.  Well the waste makes these trees birth nymphs.  Radioactive powered nymphs who are not restricted to their trees.  They also have attract humans readings off the scale, 11 squared lets say.  Male, female, bi, neuter; all go zing.  And if multiple original nymphs have sex with a human, that human is transformed into a sex crazed nymph with a random mutant super power.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 06:35 AM (k9TQr)

53 Did you read "The Hobbit" yet?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2013 11:35 AM (0zDXv)


Yes, I have all 4 of those in paperback (used to have in hardback and someone borrowed never brought back).  I am rereading now on the Kindle.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 06:37 AM (53z96)

54 Is there a waiting list for bunks today? I figure with the Mooch doing yoga in tights the morons will be filling the bunks to capacity.

Posted by: RWC at March 31, 2013 06:38 AM (sqp6o)

55 Loved WC Loop's Warrior Of God. I read it long before I knew he was a moron. Reading A Soldier Of The Great War now. A book to be savoried slowly.

Posted by: Trainer @ LIB at March 31, 2013 06:39 AM (y5n9/)

56 Testicle. 1 2.

Posted by: Jack Meov at March 31, 2013 06:39 AM (cvrr4)

57 Google is now just purposely tweaking conservatives.  Cesar Chavez on Easter Sunday?  Are you kidding me?

Conservatives need to start using Bing.  I honestly think it's a better search engine anyway.

Posted by: Jeepers at March 31, 2013 06:44 AM (XDRsa)

58 I like to make fun of Breatharians....you know, before they die of thirst/starvation.

Thermodynamics - its not just a good idea, its the law.

Posted by: @PurpAv at March 31, 2013 06:45 AM (/gHaE)

59 Bladdy bladdy bladdy.

Posted by: Pious Agnostic at March 31, 2013 06:47 AM (PpLfy)

60

Testicle. 1 2.

 

*Checks testicle area*

 

*Sigh*

 

Still 0.

Posted by: Douchebag poster from a few weeks ago at March 31, 2013 06:47 AM (vN7SY)

61 Conservatives need to start using Bing. I honestly think it's a better search engine anyway.

Bing has been my first choice for over a year now.  It was kinda lame at first compared to the evil one, but its gotten much better.

Posted by: @PurpAv at March 31, 2013 06:47 AM (/gHaE)

62 Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 11:37 AM (53z96)

I was going to be very jealous. I thought it might be your first reading.

Oh well....still loads of fun.

"Frodo failed! Obama has the ring."

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2013 06:47 AM (0zDXv)

63 Conservatives need to start using Bing. I honestly think it's a better search engine anyway. I stopped using Goog a couple years ago, and Bing is a great replacement. My only complaint with Bing is that they allow optimized sites to dominate their search results....like ehow, which sucks.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 06:48 AM (eyJh9)

64 I concur with recommendations for "The Last Centurion" by John Ringo.  It is an excellent read.


Posted by: Maj O at March 31, 2013 06:48 AM (TwbSE)

65 Scalzi decided to do a writing exercise.  He went and rebooted H Beam Piper's Fuzzy book.  His agent read it and talked him into putting it into print.  What he did was turn a book about human contact with an alien intelligence into a courtroom drama set on another planet.  Jack Holloway is transformed from a rugged individualist sunstone miner into this shady shyster of a lawyer.  About half the characters from the original stories are deleted while book length doubled.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 06:48 AM (k9TQr)

66 Bing is far superior. Agree with @purpav, it was a bit clunky starting but now it's great.

Posted by: RWC at March 31, 2013 06:49 AM (sqp6o)

67 Found all three of Barry Hughart's fantasies (Bridge of Birds, Story of the Stone, and Eight Skilled Gentlemen) in ebook format--it's taken two weeks of bus rides to get through them, and missed my stop twice because of it.

Posted by: kali at March 31, 2013 06:49 AM (G1/pm)

68 I have noticed lately that a lot of young writers keep using the word "smirked" for a facial expression all the time, it seems to be their only description about the activity on someone's face. What the hell? Did some creative writing textbook come out and is being used in colleges and instructs the students to "make sure you use the word "smirked," when you describe the facial expression of your character."

It is like liberal teaching 101 seeps though the pages with just the mindless and inappropriate use of the word "smirked."  Can someone tell young writers that the human face can do more than smirk?

Posted by: Jehu at March 31, 2013 06:51 AM (cSD32)

69 Bing is good. Google is too damn nosy about what you look at, then delivering ads based on your search history, or content of your e-mails. I like privacy. If Bing goes down the same path as Google, I'll find somebody else.

Posted by: Regular Moron [/i] at March 31, 2013 06:51 AM (feFL6)

70 Way OT, But I knew Lagertha the Shieldmaiden would clean up very nice. But wow. http://tinyurl.com/cfy2qjc

Posted by: RWC at March 31, 2013 06:52 AM (sqp6o)

71 Posted by: Jeepers at March 31, 2013 11:44 AM (XDRsa) re bing & google, I cannot figure out how to safely delete the crap that google seems to keep loading on my computer w/o asking and having it hidden so that normal software deletion programs don't see it as an optional program.

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2013 06:52 AM (Cnqmv)

72 Testes: 1, 2.

Posted by: yam at March 31, 2013 06:53 AM (CbC5p)

73 As for title for that anthology, forgot to mention it.  The Scintillating Nymphs of Asse.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 06:53 AM (k9TQr)

74 Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at March 31, 2013 11:47 AM (0zDXv)


Oh the first time I read them was many many years ago while I was still in High School.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 06:53 AM (53z96)

75

It is like liberal teaching 101 seeps though the pages with just the mindless and inappropriate use of the word "smirked." Can someone tell young writers that the human face can do more than smirk?

 

We'll get right on it.

Posted by: Billy Ayres Smirking Mugshot at March 31, 2013 06:54 AM (BAS5M)

76 +1 for Bing. I still use Google maps, but that is all.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 31, 2013 06:54 AM (4Mv1T)

77 Anyway I need to get going.  Everyone please have a great and pleasant day.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2013 06:55 AM (k9TQr)

78 80% through "The Complete Sherlock Holmes". It was free on Amazon, but you can now get it for $2.99. Also the Honorverse novel "Crown of Slaves". And Sig Hansen's "North By Northwestern".

What? Doesn't EVERYBODY read three books at one time?

Posted by: Trelawney Hope at March 31, 2013 06:55 AM (ylG8S)

79 Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 31, 2013 11:54 AM (4Mv1T) yahoo maps are pretty good.

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2013 06:55 AM (Cnqmv)

80 Google vast only vollowing orders... President Barack Obama released a statement in 2011 proclaiming March 31 “Cesar Chavez Day,” declaring, “I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor Cesar Chavez’s enduring legacy.”

Posted by: Regular Moron [/i] at March 31, 2013 06:56 AM (feFL6)

81 That vid made my day.

Posted by: Beefy Meatball at March 31, 2013 06:57 AM (i7B17)

82 I have noticed lately that a lot of young writers keep using the word "smirked" for a facial expression all the time, it seems to be their only description about the activity on someone's face. What the hell? Did some creative writing textbook come out and is being used in colleges and instructs the students to "make sure you use the word "smirked," when you describe the facial expression of your character." I've noticed that as well....and while it's bad enough in published works, it's even worse on amateur writing sites, and used most often by people who obviously don't even understand what the word means.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 06:58 AM (eyJh9)

83 Posted by: Regular Moron at March 31, 2013 11:56 AM (feFL6) And anyone should have been able to beat Barky I, but didn't.

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2013 06:58 AM (Cnqmv)

84 Wee, Auto Trader. Ooh August, I don't got this one.

Posted by: Joe Dirte at March 31, 2013 06:58 AM (tOkJB)

85 Found an interesting book that really got me thinking about "be careful what you wish for", unintended consequences and all that. "Down by the River", by Charles Bowden. It's about the drug war, Mexico and the US. Mexico's economy is heavily dependent on drugs, far more than oil, manufacturing and everything else put together. Even those not directly involved benefit from remittances (huge) from out of Mexico. If the drug trade dried up, according to the author, overnight half or more of Mexico would be so impoverished they'd be heading for El Norte,  probably be a revolution down there too. Corruption, out of control crime, it's all there. I'm only about half way through it, I don't know what the author sees as a solution, but 50 million or more new illegal immigrants storming the border doesn't sound like a good outcome of giving up on "the war on drugs".

Posted by: JHW at March 31, 2013 06:58 AM (B38OD)

86 Good morning, all!    To those who celebrate, may you have a blessed Easter.   To those who do not, may you have a wonderful     last Sunday of March.  



Tomorrow's April Fool's Day.   I think the cruelest prank anyone could possibly play on the HQ would be giving us the vain hope that someday -- someday soon -- we'll be able to have multicolor fonts again.  

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit [/b][/i][/u] at March 31, 2013 06:58 AM (CA2NO)

87 Lawrence Auster of 'Amnation.com' died two days ago on Good Friday


Il miglior fabbro..........rest in peace, brother

Posted by: Mono from Mono Lake at March 31, 2013 06:59 AM (Dll6b)

88
And in the Goverment hates you and your books news:

the New York Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state’s affiliate nexus law passed in 2008. Late last week the U.S. Senate voted 75-24 in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act amendment (S.336) to the FY 2014 budget resolution.

Under the N.Y. law, remote retailers that do more than $10,000 in affiliate sales have to collect and remit sales tax. In a 4-1 decision, the court dismissed claims by Amazon.com and Overstock.com, which argued that the law is unconstitutional.

PW



So, if you happen in live in a state that isn't collecting sales tax on your online purchases, including books, enjoy it while it lasts.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2013 07:00 AM (kdS6q)

89 smirk [smurk]  verb (used without object) 1. to smile in an affected, smug, or offensively familiar way. noun 2. the facial expression of a person who smirks.

Posted by: HeatherRadish drinking heavily at March 31, 2013 07:00 AM (hO8IJ)

90 I posted this the other evening when I got home from the hospital. I was feeling bluesy and thought it would pick me up. Did it ever..
Even if not religious, if you're not moved by this you're either a mindless zombie, or an Ogabe supporter...but I repeat myself
http://tinyurl.com/3pqt5f3

Posted by: Albie Damned at March 31, 2013 11:30 AM (Yhu4q)



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That's beautiful, Albie.  Thanks for posting.  So glad you are out of the hospital and  with us this Resurrection Sunday.

Posted by: mama winger at March 31, 2013 07:01 AM (P6QsQ)

91 Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2013 11:52 AM (Cnqmv)


Get your free copy of Ccleaner from here

http://www.piriform.com/

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:03 AM (53z96)

92 More on smirking.  It has gotten so bad that when I am reading a new book and the idiot writer has his main character start smirking I can no longer read the book. As HeatherRadish points out it is descriptive of an annoying, smug and patronizing demeanor. I am now supposed to relate to your annoying and smug main character?  Creeping idiocy all around.

Posted by: Jehu at March 31, 2013 07:05 AM (cSD32)

93 44. Gmac, depending in your precise definition of denigrate, I think I disagree with you. I would refer you to my soon-to-be-forthcoming article arguing in favor of mocking religious beliefs, but I haven't found an outlet yet. Basically, I believe that religious beliefs must be in the category of things which can be mocked. They claim (real ones do anyway) to be describing reality. The only way to get all reverent about everyone's "deeply held beliefs" is by first demoting it from the realm of reality to opinion--a more profound insult I think.

Posted by: .87c at March 31, 2013 07:05 AM (bLOzA)

94 A fine Easter Sunday to all of you.....

Posted by: Capt. Dick of the Night Watch at March 31, 2013 07:06 AM (lvXJi)

95 He is risen .. Alleluiah

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at March 31, 2013 07:06 AM (e8kgV)

96 Hopefully Amazon will take it to the real Supreme Court.  They ruled long ago that States can not charge sales tax on out of State purchases unless the company had a physical presence in the State.


The latest rub with Amazon has been States like CA saying they had a physical presence in the State because they had affiliate merchants that were in the State.


So what did Amazon do?   The closed out all the affiliate merchants from CA on Amazon.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:08 AM (53z96)

97

86

That was the "De-Facto" EPIC  thread...........most fun I've had  posting since "Crazy String!!"

Posted by: Capt. Dick of the Night Watch at March 31, 2013 07:10 AM (lvXJi)

98 Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 12:03 PM (53z96) CCleaner doesn't get to the executables (and i use it regularly)

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2013 07:10 AM (Cnqmv)

99 Can't wait to see the ratings for 'The Bible' finale.

Posted by: RWC at March 31, 2013 11:27 AM (sqp6o)



History channel just starting from the 1st one 10 mins. ago....if anyone missed any of them.



Happy Easter all!

Posted by: Tami[/i] at March 31, 2013 07:10 AM (X6akg)

100 On Easter Sunday, I always make it a point to listen to Medieaval Baebes rendition of "Swete Sone"   (http://youtu.be/zwOyBPGrzyg).       It's    in the original    Middle English, but the lyrics translated are as follows:



Sweet son, have pity on me,
And break out of your bonds.
For I think I see,
Through both your hands,
Nails have been driven into the tree;
So painfully you hang there.
It would be better if I fled now,
And abandoned all these lands.


Sweet son, your beautiful face
Is dripping with blood,
And your body beneath
Is bound to the cross.
How will your mother's heart
Endure such a sweet child
That was born most blessed of all,
And was the most goodly of all?


How will your mother's heart
Endure such a sweet child
That was born most blessed of all,
And was the most goodly of all?


Sweet son, have pity on me,
And deliver me from this life.
For I think I see
Your death approaches quickly.
Your feet have been nailed to the tree;
Now I may never prosper.
For without you, all of this world
Can never make me happy.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit [/b][/i][/u] at March 31, 2013 07:11 AM (CA2NO)

101 CCleaner doesn't get to the executables (and i use it regularly)

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2013 12:10 PM (Cnqmv)



Does Bing install executables?

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:11 AM (53z96)

102 Pixy is a guy?!?!?!

Posted by: Elizabethe at March 31, 2013 07:11 AM (qPCAa)

103 98 Hrothgar, how about Revo Uninstaller? Would that work?

Posted by: JHW at March 31, 2013 07:12 AM (B38OD)

104 Also no disquis. Please.

Posted by: Elizabethe at March 31, 2013 07:12 AM (qPCAa)

105 History channel just starting from the 1st one 10 mins. ago....if anyone missed any of them.

Happy Easter all!

Posted by: Tami at March 31, 2013 12:10 PM (X6akg)


They are coming out on DVD and Bluray April 2.  I plan on getting it there so I can watch it w/o the network.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:12 AM (53z96)

106 #96

Which in turn meant that the affiliates were no longer paying CA income tax on their earnings from the affiliate program. Some analysts believe this was at least equal or larger that the sales taxes CA expected to reap from cornering Amazon and got none of. So the whole situation made the state deficit that much worse and severely impacted the income of those doing well in the affiliate program.

It was a fairly significant amount for at least a couple of people I know. Possibly going over five digits annually if allowed to continue.

Posted by: epobirs at March 31, 2013 07:13 AM (kcfmt)

107 Young hares and rabbits are dying of cold in the icy weather this Easter, a German Wildlife Foundation has warned. It's not just the snow that is making their natural habitat more perilous. The removal of hedges through modern farming is depriving them of protection. Some are opting to move into the city.

Posted by: Al Gore at March 31, 2013 07:13 AM (e8kgV)

108 Pixy is a guy?!?!?!

Posted by: Elizabethe at March 31, 2013 12:11 PM (qPCAa)


Yes, and in LOR land (NZ)

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:13 AM (53z96)

109 I'm reading The Complete John Thunstone by Manly Wade Wellman.Wellman is a treasure if you have never read his stuff.I recommend these and his John the Balladeer stories.Thunstone is a rich guy with vast occult knowledge who battles evil(and perhaps is descendant from a Saint himself,St Dunstan).His frequent foe is an evil sorcerer named Rowley Thorne(based on Aleister Crowley).  

Posted by: steevy at March 31, 2013 07:13 AM (9XBK2)

110 HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! Have a beautiful love filled day.

Posted by: Snarky the Bear at March 31, 2013 07:13 AM (/b8+5)

111 John RIngo. Heh! His Ghost series is truly a Moron friendly romp. Minus the Value-Rite and hobos of course.

Posted by: Prepositions Fists And A Beginners SMOD Kit at March 31, 2013 07:14 AM (3gtAk)

112 More on smirking. It has gotten so bad that when I am reading a new book and the idiot writer has his main character start smirking I can no longer read the book. Same here. It destroys the story when out of context, out of character 'smirks' are salted liberally throughout the book.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 07:14 AM (eyJh9)

113 It was a fairly significant amount for at least a couple of people I know. Possibly going over five digits annually if allowed to continue.

Posted by: epobirs at March 31, 2013 12:13 PM (kcfmt)



I feeling is that Democrats (95% of CA politicians) would rather lose revenue than do w/o a tax.  Obama even said that once. Its about "fairness".

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:15 AM (53z96)

114 #92

I blame that board game commercial from a few years back. "If you can wear a frown I can wear a smirk!" It got more attention from the kids than anything they had thrown at them in school.

Posted by: epobirs at March 31, 2013 07:15 AM (kcfmt)

115 Tomorrow's April Fool's Day. I think the cruelest prank anyone could possibly play on the HQ would be giving us the vain hope that someday -- someday soon -- we'll be able to have multicolor fonts again.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at March 31, 2013 11:58 AM (CA2NO)



No way anyone would buy that prank, gotta start with something believable. Like promising ampersands or a comment box toolbar that isn't just a decorative decal.

Posted by: mugiwara at March 31, 2013 07:16 AM (6BnTn)

116 "Ah, yes, Easter...well." Obama smirked "I hereby and henceforth declare March 31 to be Caesar Chavez Day. "Now, lettuce pray." Obama smirked again as Her Serenity, Michelle, went through an order of chili cheese fries like a wood chipper on steroids. A smirked quirked the chili ring round her mouth.

Posted by: Smirky Smirkington at March 31, 2013 07:16 AM (G9qZk)

117 Having brunch with my 90 year old mom and dad today, something I am so grateful that I can do. I will not take any "medication" or consume any alcohol before or during the brunch, and I will conduct myself as a proper human being. Happy Easter to all!

Posted by: MoeRon at March 31, 2013 07:16 AM (xrGeT)

118 Sales tax wasn't a big deal for mail order items until the States started jacking it through the roof.  When I first moved here sales tax was 3 cents on the dollar. It is now 10.5 cents on the dollar.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:20 AM (53z96)

119
And this week Amazon acquired Goodreads.com, a "social reading" web site featuring user book reviews.  In response -- the usual internet hue and cry among site regulars.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2013 07:20 AM (kdS6q)

120 Happy Easter!

Posted by: kawfytawk at March 31, 2013 07:21 AM (qdzWt)

121 "I've heard that Lee Strobel has also written books on these historical topics, but I haven't read them, so I can't comment on how good they are."

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Strobel is a lawyer and former journalist for the Chicago Tribune, an atheist who started investigating the claims of Christianity back in the '80s I believe.  As a result of his studies, he became a follower of Jesus.  He went on to become one of the pastors at my sister's church. I picked up his book "The Case for Christ" a couple of weeks ago in a thrift shop.  I haven't started reading it yet.  I've heard him speak though - he's pretty good.

Posted by: mama winger at March 31, 2013 07:21 AM (P6QsQ)

122 In the morning thread someone mentioned switching to Ixquick.com  for their browser.  AKA, Startpage.com .  Looks interesting.  http://tinyurl.com/6tmm9hy

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 31, 2013 07:21 AM (A9na/)

123 "Why not try switching to something like Disqus?"

Uh, no socks? Requires registration, etc.

Posted by: Sock at March 31, 2013 07:21 AM (KqmXZ)

124 I put the My Fair Lady soundtrack on (Rex H. and Julie A.) and dance around the house for my exercise. Am I gay?

Posted by: LoveChildofMaxineWatersandJesseJacksonJr at March 31, 2013 07:22 AM (xrGeT)

125 500 flash mob gansters riot in Chicago Mag Mile last night.  Many tourists were victim of the knock out game. Nice job Murder Mayor.

Posted by: tony redenzo at March 31, 2013 07:24 AM (1MsBy)

126 >>>http://tinyurl.com/3pqt5f3

Posted by: Albie Damned


Wow. Beautiful. Mrs. Road had to reapply eye make-up after watching that.

Off to the Easter lunch with the in-laws AND the outlaws, (in-laws' inlaws)

Pray I hold my tongue. Ifin' I don't, I'll get my hindquarters handed to me by my cute little petite spouse when we get home.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at March 31, 2013 07:24 AM (4Mv1T)

127

I've mentioned The Last Centurion a couple of times here in the past.  Personally, I find the middle section of the book (which details the protagonist's exploits across the Middle East) to be somewhat silly.  But the first part of the book and much of the last part of the book are a good read and are scary in how easy they could come to pass under the right circumstances.

 

For those who are interested, the first part can be found on the Baen Books official website as sample chapters.  The sample ends just as the narrative is about to stop providing background info (i.e. all of the stuff that's going wrong in the US) and shift over to the protagonist.  The entire book as a whole can also be had for free, LEGALLY, on the Fifth Imperium website (do a search for Baen Fifth Imperium).  When Baen releases a brand new book, they often include a CD with the text of dozens of previously released books.  It's legal to distribute those CDs, and the guy running Fifth Imperium has (with Baen's knowledge and blessing) uploaded zip files of the contents of all of those CDs.  Find a CD zip file with the book you want (in this case, The Last Centurion), download the file, and read away.  And then go find a way to throw some money at Baen as a way of saying thanks.  Not only are you supporting a cool move on Baen's part when you do so, but the company also tends to publish conservative sci-fi/fantasy authors with a conservative tilt.  Two worthy causes to support in one!

 

Posted by: junior at March 31, 2013 07:25 AM (A9dYV)

128 No way anyone would buy that prank, gotta start with something believable. Like promising ampersands or a comment box toolbar that isn't just a decorative decal. The BBC does some nice pranks from time to time. Migrating penguins was pretty damned funny. It made me smirk.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 07:25 AM (eyJh9)

129

Currently reading The Lives of the Caesers. 

 

I hate Ringo's writing.  I tried reading his Posleen series long ago and threw it away. 

Posted by: Colorado Alex at March 31, 2013 07:25 AM (lr3d7)

130 This is a test.

Posted by: Daybrother at March 31, 2013 07:26 AM (+paCV)

131 A book I recommend is called Paul Among the People. It interprets the writings of Paul in the context of Roman civilization and really shoes just how brutal and terrible some of the culture of pagan Rome was. Like IIRC it was perfectly ok (as in not a crime) for older guys to grab little boys on the way to school and rape them. so much so that wealthier households had a slave specifically assigned to guard young boys. it wad very mich a might makes right culture. Especially if you hate Paul and consider him the backward oppressive anti gay anti woman guy you should read this.

Posted by: Elizabethe at March 31, 2013 07:26 AM (qPCAa)

132 When I first moved here sales tax was 3 cents on the dollar. It is now 10.5 cents on the dollar. You want to see a liberal blow their mind (evidence that they actually have a mind noticeably lacking)? Get out a piece of paper and show them a list of all the taxes you pay to local tax agencies, state agencies, and the Feds. Liberals just simply can not believe that 'everyday' middle class taxpayers can be paying nearly half of what they earn in taxes. I can believe it. I can prove it. It hurts, painfully so. Liberals don't believe it, and when you show them the proof it hurts their heads.

Posted by: Regular Moron [/i] at March 31, 2013 07:27 AM (feFL6)

133 Since I'm not on one of the blocked floating IPs I also read and enjoyed Ambrose Prince of Wessex, Trader of Kiev by Bruce Corbett. Similar style to the Bernard Cromwell books, not quite in the same league IMO. Also set back when the Vikings (Rus) were sailing the huge rivers in Russia and the Ukraine trading and colonizing and Corbett takes free rein to fictionalize as he describes the general period and events. And on the sci-fi/fantasy front: Legon Awakening by Nicholas Taylor. Evil magical race the Iumenti, good magical race the elves and both sides trying to use humans as weapons to overwhelm the other. I enjoyed both books but neither sucked me in to the point of buying more books by the authors right away.

Posted by: PaleRider at March 31, 2013 07:27 AM (ql12X)

134 I strongly endorse the book The Last Centurion by John Ringo.  I think any Moron would like it.

In it, the world is hit by a double whammy: global cooling, and a pandemic that kills a whole lot of people.  These problems are made drastically worse by bad decisions from government at all levels, but especially at the top (the President is a thinly disguised Hilary Clinton, and she makes some really bad ones).  The protagonist narrator is one of a tiny handful of soldiers left behind in Iran when all US forces are recalled home; his immediate future looks like he and his soldiers will be overrun and die or worse.  They do something else instead.

Posted by: mr_jack at March 31, 2013 07:27 AM (P0N+7)

135 The "religion offends me", "dead guy on a stick"trolls have been everywhere the last week. I mean far more than usual. Gaystapo®Industries LLC has them on overtime this weekend. Happy Easter, All! Christ is risen. If that offends you, Fuck You. I don't turn the other cheek or love my enemies. I travel to their exotic foreign lands and kill them. That is, after I drink a shitload of their beer.

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at March 31, 2013 07:27 AM (1lhyE)

136 Let's talk about God baby, let's talk about you and me The last taboo subject.

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2013 07:28 AM (CWDPH)

137 I like John Ringo's stuff.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:29 AM (53z96)

138 maybe we'll be told tomorrow (April Fools' Day) that the Obama regime has all been a joke

Posted by: kelley in virginia at March 31, 2013 07:30 AM (5mNIB)

139 Dear Oregon Muse, I have read one book by Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ. It's where I took the thought about how men would not be willing to give their life for something they know to be a lie I posted earlier this morning. I highly recommend it for those who seek truth no matter where it leads.

Posted by: teej at March 31, 2013 07:30 AM (M7Cfv)

140 On the subject of spewing anti-religious stuff on here I think it should be treated the same as racist stuff. Ace with throw the banhammer in a heartbeat for racist stuff.  If someone comes on with sacrilegious stuff it should be treated the same way.  And that is because that is just as offensive to most religious people.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:33 AM (53z96)

141 The Last Centurion is the one he wrote when it looked like Hillary was going to be the next President right?

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:35 AM (53z96)

142 140 On the subject of spewing anti-religious stuff on here I think it should be treated the same as racist stuff. Ace with throw the banhammer in a heartbeat for racist stuff. If someone comes on with sacrilegious stuff it should be treated the same way. And that is because that is just as offensive to most religious people. Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 12:33 PM (53z96) Oh, brother.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 07:35 AM (3xF8P)

143 Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at March 31, 2013 12:11 PM (CA2NO)

Thank you. Easter blessings!

Posted by: ChristyBlinky at March 31, 2013 07:36 AM (baL2B)

144

AnnaPuma wrote:

 

"where in an old salt mine the Germans have stored medium to low level nuclear waste. The location is called Asse"

 

That explains Jim Carrey!

Posted by: Donna V. at March 31, 2013 07:37 AM (R3gO3)

145 Happy Easter to all out there. Except those pot-lucking, gelatin-abusing Lutherans

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 07:38 AM (3xF8P)

146
So even though this won't turn into some sort of religion round-up, I will post on such topics as the occasion warrants.




Ed Morrisey over at HotAir has spent the last month pretending to be Father Guido Sarducci. National Review has a hotline to the Vatican. Hewitt posts on religion all the time -- and so on.

Seriously, the odd God Blog over here isn't going to raise an eyebrow.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2013 07:38 AM (kdS6q)

147 I don't demand everyone believe as I do. I do insist they not demand I believe as they do. IMHO, atheists are the biggest offenders. It is a weak belief that requires opposing views not be discussed

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2013 07:39 AM (CWDPH)

148 147 I don't demand everyone believe as I do. I do insist they not demand I believe as they do. IMHO, atheists are the biggest offenders. It is a weak belief that requires opposing views not be discussed Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2013 12:39 PM (CWDPH) Militant atheists piss me off, too. Pick a finer brush, perhaps?

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 07:41 AM (3xF8P)

149 Well folks time to go to MIL's for Easter Dinner.  SIL will be there.  She is a super-libtard Obamanite.  But this is a command performance.


Be good.

Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2013 07:42 AM (53z96)

150 Happy Easter to all out there.

Except those pot-lucking, gelatin-abusing Lutherans

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 12:38 PM (3xF8P)


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Hey now. 



Posted by: mama winger at March 31, 2013 07:42 AM (P6QsQ)

151 thunderb: atheis[m]... is a weak belief that requires opposing views not be discussed

Vic: On the subject of spewing anti-religious stuff on here I think it should be treated the same as racist stuff. Ace with throw the banhammer in a heartbeat for racist stuff.

What does this say about the strength of Vic's beliefs?

Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at March 31, 2013 07:43 AM (QTHTd)

152 Yes of course militant atheists, which DE.and faith never be discussed

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2013 07:43 AM (CWDPH)

153

Happy Easter everyone! Death has been swallowed up in victory!

 

Speaking of John Newton, "Amazing Grace" the biography of William Wilberforce is only $3 on Kindle.

I finished reading it a couple of days ago and have to say that it was amazing.

Posted by: 29Victor at March 31, 2013 07:43 AM (ES9R7)

154 Bother....which "demand" not DE. Phone fingers

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2013 07:44 AM (CWDPH)

155 Happy Easter, morons and ettes. Christ is risen and I am now going to enjoy Easter brunch. My sister in law being Lutheran, I am sure there will be much gelatin.

Posted by: Donna V. at March 31, 2013 07:45 AM (R3gO3)

156 I hate my phone. Demand. Not DE

Posted by: thunderb at March 31, 2013 07:46 AM (CWDPH)

157 Ban check one. OMG someone disagrees with my religious views!!!1 Seriously?

Posted by: Beagle at March 31, 2013 07:51 AM (sOtz/)

158 wait. Pixy is a PERSON?!

Posted by: elizabethe at March 31, 2013 07:51 AM (qPCAa)

159 132 When I first moved here sales tax was 3 cents on the dollar. It is now 10.5 cents on the dollar.

You want to see a liberal blow their mind (evidence that they actually have a mind noticeably lacking)? Get out a piece of paper and show them a list of all the taxes you pay to local tax agencies, state agencies, and the Feds.

Liberals just simply can not believe that 'everyday' middle class taxpayers can be paying nearly half of what they earn in taxes. I can believe it. I can prove it. It hurts, painfully so. Liberals don't believe it, and when you show them the proof it hurts their heads.

Posted by: Regular Moron at March 31, 2013 12:27 PM (feFL6)


___________

Part of the problem is the 10 cents on the dollar phrasing. 10 cents? Pfft what's the big deal? Raise it to 11, whatever.


Now how about phrasing it like this


What's the sales tax in the state? It's $1000 dollars on a $10,000 car? It's $2000 on a $20,000 car. It's $3000 on a $30,000 boat. That's real money, not 10 cents on the dollar.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2013 07:53 AM (HDgX3)

160 I didn't know Pixy was a person. I was socking the shit out of him the other day.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at March 31, 2013 07:56 AM (jucos)

161 I am still reading the Metaphysical Club.

Chicago, 1890's, Pullman Car Company is where all the thieving bastards got their start.

Posted by: sTevo at March 31, 2013 08:00 AM (VMcEw)

162 I think all idiots should be banned. And jerkoffs who sockpuppet like little faggots with names like "Ombudouche" Yeah, you guys were in rare form the other night.

Posted by: Christopher Dorner at March 31, 2013 08:02 AM (eHNxr)

163 Last Centurion is a great book. Love the little sanitized subtle references to Fred Thompson and Hilary Clinton.

I own Scalzi's Old Man's War. It's a good book. But the guy is a liberal hacktivist who's trying to apply his point of view to the sci-fi genre as a whole, so he will no longer get any of my benjamins.

Posted by: Emile Antoon Khadaji at March 31, 2013 08:04 AM (BVTtz)

164 I saw the exact moment that 2 people went from life to death this week when the pickup truck that they were in was struck by an RV that couldn't stop in time on the interstate (we had glass from their vehicle on ours, it literally happened right next to us).

My prayer this Easter is that people choose to go from spiritual death to life and put their faith in Jesus. 

Posted by: Memories at March 31, 2013 08:07 AM (y674u)

165 > 69 ... Google is too damn nosy about what you look at, then delivering ads based on your search history, or content of your e-mails. I like privacy. If Bing goes down the same path as Google, I'll find somebody else. Posted by: Regular Moron at March 31, 2013 11:51 AM (feFL6) startpage.com = a layer between you and google, returns search results without google knowing anything about you, the searcher.

Posted by: easter bunny at March 31, 2013 08:09 AM (cfbff)

166 160 I didn't know Pixy was a person. I was socking the shit out of him the other day. Posted by: Truck Monkey at March 31, 2013 12:56 PM (jucos) Don't fall for the trick. Pixy is a mischievous AI.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 08:10 AM (3xF8P)

167 "...someone posted a comment late in the thread complaining about me posting about religious views he didn't agree with. " What?? Dick

Posted by: mare at March 31, 2013 08:11 AM (A98Xu)

168 I'm   on   the   Google!    Suck   it,   Jesus!

Posted by: Zombie Cesar Chavez at March 31, 2013 08:11 AM (wIgpo)

169 Sen Kay Hagan NC is up for reelection of 2014 and has come out for SSM. Quite a gamble in a state that just voted to ban it. Why'd she do it? 1. To prevent a primary loss. 2. She's counting on low turnout by Republicans in 2014.

Posted by: Chocolate Soothsayer at March 31, 2013 08:11 AM (E7Qlq)

170 Plus, Hagan knows that the Court will impose SSM across the nation, thus most Republicans will simply accept the radical leftward change and move on.

Posted by: Chocolate Soothsayer at March 31, 2013 08:14 AM (uaJ2E)

171 103 98 Hrothgar, how about Revo Uninstaller? Would that work? Posted by: JHW at March 31, 2013 12:12 PM (B38OD) Looks interesting. Zsoft uninstaller doesn't do it, and the CCleaner uninstall option doesn't either. Example: under programdata>google>google toolbar>update>gtb3CE9.tmp which has properties of an appplication (exe). Don't know how many of these little addons are present.

Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2013 08:15 AM (Cnqmv)

172 Insty has a disturbing post about a guy wanting to know when is the best time for him to dump his stroke-disabled fiancée . Ironically, it is the best thing he could do for her.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 08:15 AM (3xF8P)

173
the guy is a liberal hacktivist who's trying to apply his point of view to the sci-fi genre as a whole
Posted by: Emile Antoon Khadaji




That's been one of the sea changes in SF/Fantasy over the last few decades.  There have always been liberal authors in the genera.  Heck, I think Asimov was an actual paid-up card carrying commie at one point in his life.

But there were at least an equal number of rightward writers, abet often of a libertarian or technocratic bent, to offer a different perspective. Nowadays, hard to find someone on the right, or even someone non-political, on the booklists.


Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2013 08:18 AM (kdS6q)

174 betting on a low turnout among Republicans in 2014 is stupid


it's like betting on a low turnout among Republicans in 2012


uh, wait...

Posted by: Mono from Mono Lake at March 31, 2013 08:20 AM (Dll6b)

175

eman  @ 172

 

I read that, as Insty said  "modern relationships"

 

And of course "Prudence" at Slate had advice about stroke recovery, etc.  She was his "soul mate", but then she had stroke.  So the great "soul mate" sex was over, and now he wants to ditch her. And he was also worried about the effect on his child - so yeah, it is for the children, too. Check that box.

 

 

What a repellant self-centered dick.  And you're right too,  she would be better off without him

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes more nonsens.. at March 31, 2013 08:22 AM (Md8Uo)

176 5 God's Battalions is excellent; a counter to the nonsense about the Crusades being simple adventurism by the Christians.



For Catholics, a similar read is Triumph by Harry Crocker III. Very pro-Church and very much a debunking of many of the exaggerations of the Church's flaws.

Posted by: typo dynamofo at March 31, 2013 08:23 AM (WVMUQ)

177 I own Scalzi's Old Man's War. It's a good book. But the guy is a liberal hacktivist who's trying to apply his point of view to the sci-fi genre as a whole, so he will no longer get any of my benjamins. Oh, he's a lefty, no doubt about that. A quick perusal of his blog is all that it takes to discover that. But, in his defense, he treated both sides of the political spectrum fairly in Old Man's War, and even wrote that series with more than just a hint of libertarianism. The religious bigot early on was balanced against the obvious liberal politician later in the book, (the one that was chopped up when he attempted to make peace with the aliens). An over-reaching, and repressive government is more of a bad guy than the various aliens that appear throughout the series. I haven't read his other stuff, but based on Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, and Zoe's Tale, I didn't detect any overt, or covert attempt to push a liberal point of view.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 08:23 AM (eyJh9)

178 You should not have to apologize for writing on books on Christianity, Open Blogger. If it's meaningful to you there are surely others here would appreciate it and if not, they can-as you said-go to another thread. "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." C.S. Lewis

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2013 08:24 AM (4nopz)

179 #173

The most intensely anti-communist folks in the SF community, like many other fields, are those who had a period in their youth when they were attracted to leftism and were repulsed when they got to see what its advocates were like up close. Jerry Pournelle had such a period in his life after getting back from Korea in the 50s.

Posted by: epobirs at March 31, 2013 08:24 AM (kcfmt)

180 Happy Easter All! Finished 2nd book of "The Milkweed Triptych" by Ian Tregillis, "The Coldest War". The first book "Bitter Seeds" is a an alternative version of WWII where a German doctor has surgically created, battery powered Nazi supermen with psychic/psychokinetic powers versus English warlocks who bargain in blood with Cthulian powers. You may be rolling your eyes at this point, but actually it's very well done with some nice unexpected developments and great characters. The character writing is honestly very good. The book I just finished "The Coldest War" moves the action to 1963. The characters who survived WWII are now involved one way or another in a Cold War conflict. The WWII conflict changed their lives for ever and not necessarily to the better for in this story there is always a price to be paid. Again great character writing and development, great action, interesting story that comes down to a smashing end which sets up the next book and finally reveals the why's surrounding Gretel's actions. She's one of the Nazi superwomen, a precog who has been playing God with the characters lives. I definitely recommend both books. The third book, "Necessary Evil" comes out at the end of April. And I've already pre-ordered it. Hopefully, the third and final volume lives up to and maintains the quality of the first two. Check them out.

Posted by: naturalfake at March 31, 2013 08:25 AM (G9qZk)

181 174 betting on a low turnout among Republicans in 2014 is stupid


it's like betting on a low turnout among Republicans in 2012


uh, wait...

Posted by: Mono from Mono Lake at March 31, 2013 01:20 PM (Dll6b)


_______________


It's relative. There will be low GOP turnout in 2014 but there will be even lower liberal turnout. The party that doesn't control the WH is always more motivated in mid-terms. And with Obama doubly so. The Obama is a a rock star voters of 2008 didn't show up in 2010. They showed up in 2012 but won't show up in 2014.


Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2013 08:25 AM (HDgX3)

182 Oregon,

I didn't write to you. Sorry, love you and all that, but 'twas not me.

Nor am I an author, yet.

Sheesh, this is like a soviet exercise in self-denunciation. Thanks a lot.

Posted by: weft cut-loop [/i] [/b] at March 31, 2013 08:25 AM (mN8D3)

183

Yeah, but Scalzi mocked Heinlein once, so he's right out!!   

 

 

I'm not sure that Asimov was ever a card - carrying Commie, but he and Harlan Ellison used to give each other verbal tongue baths.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes more nonsens.. at March 31, 2013 08:26 AM (Md8Uo)

184 Yeah, but Scalzi mocked Heinlein once, so he's right out!! He mocked Heinlein? Geez...the more I discover about this guy. I may just skip on Redshirts.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 08:34 AM (eyJh9)

185 Soon the NYT will attack asteroid mining as despoiling the pristine Solar System.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 08:35 AM (3xF8P)

186 Can I post?  Yes I can.

Posted by: Dang at March 31, 2013 08:36 AM (R18D0)

187 Lee Strobel's book on the resurrection is called "The Case For the Resurrection". Here is a short video (about seven minutes) on Strobel's website talking about the historicity of the resurrection: http://www.leestrobel.com/videoserver/video.php?clip=strobelT1184

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2013 08:36 AM (4nopz)

188 184 Yeah, but Scalzi mocked Heinlein once, so he's right out!! He mocked Heinlein? Geez...the more I discover about this guy. I may just skip on Redshirts. Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 01:34 PM (eyJh9) Redshirts was lame. It was no better than fan fiction.

Posted by: eman at March 31, 2013 08:37 AM (3xF8P)

189 I have read that book, "Amazing Grace" on Wilberforce. He was an amazing man.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2013 08:37 AM (4nopz)

190

I have never read any of Scalzi's books, but I read his blog from time to time a few years ago, and he made fun of Heinlein's ideas of raising children, based on something a Heinlein character said in one particular book.  Something about the child needing a wrap on the head about something, or whatever.

 

And actually, having read a lot of non-fiction by RAH and about him,  and things that others have said about him (such as Philip Dick), he was a very generous and gentle man,  who was always kind to children, and was very disappointed that he and Virginia could never have children.  Philip Dick, who was diametrically opposite Heinlein's politics, thought he was a great guy, because Bob had helped him out when he was in dire straights.

 

But if Scalzi is a good writer, read his stuff anyways.    Like a lot of people in the world, (such as me too) , he is sometimes full of his own bullshit.

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes more nonsens.. at March 31, 2013 08:41 AM (Md8Uo)

191 banned..?

Posted by: mallfly at March 31, 2013 08:45 AM (bJm7W)

192 A smirk is the only kind of smile a cynical hipster douche makes. It indicates they "get" the meta joke/ironic twist/stealth pop-culture reference of whatever they're responding to.Plain old smiles are for the stoopid who are easily amused.

Posted by: Sock at March 31, 2013 08:50 AM (KqmXZ)

193

A smirk is the only kind of smile a cynical hipster douche makes

 

That's hipster douchebag.

 

*smirk*

Posted by: Hipster Douchebag at March 31, 2013 08:52 AM (vN7SY)

194 Philip Dick, who was diametrically opposite Heinlein's politics, thought he was a great guy, because Bob had helped him out when he was in dire straights. Heinlein sent him something like 500 dollars at one particularly rough point in his life, and this was back when 500 dollars was a lot of money, and pulled some strings to get him published. He was friends with Asimov too, early on...Asimov wrote about this in the first part of his autobiography, "In Memory Yet Green". Asimov was apparently uncomfortable by Heinlein's insistence on showing him pictures he'd taken of his wife naked, (his first wife).

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 08:54 AM (eyJh9)

195

Happy Easter.  You big bunch of Morons.  

 

Now,  off to my Mothers for a delicious non traditional Easter roast.  Yum. Yum.

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at March 31, 2013 08:58 AM (zzYzl)

196 For Catholics, "Diary: Divine Mercy in my Soul" by Sister [Saint] Faustina is a remarkable and inspiring book. I mean *really* remarkable, *really* inspiring. Heck, even one of my "Bible Christian" friends enjoyed it.

Posted by: shoeless hunter at March 31, 2013 08:58 AM (dY+4R)

197 But there were at least an equal number of rightward writers, abet often of a libertarian or technocratic bent, to offer a different perspective. Nowadays, hard to find someone on the right, or even someone non-political, on the booklists. Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2013 01:18 PM (kdS6q) this. this this. I knew I was not the only one.

Posted by: elizabethe at March 31, 2013 08:59 AM (fdrxo)

198 I'm and atheist. I enjoy the posts on religion. It's history, the culture we live in, and deeply important to a lot of people. If an atheist can't handle that, they should really, truly go fuck off.

Posted by: Amos at March 31, 2013 08:59 AM (5th2q)

199 Failed inspection comments:

The rise and run of those stairs are in violation of minimum Imperial Roman Building Code, not to mention the sagging doorway and lack of wheelchair ramp. A Holy Spirit could hurt Himself in egress.

Correct issues and schedule re-inspection before occupant's return, but not before resubmitted plan approval by the second Triumvirate, with doubled fees paid in full.

Posted by: Judas of Code Enforcement at March 31, 2013 08:59 AM (I88Jc)

200

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 01:54 PM (eyJh9)


wonder if Asimov ever met Theodore Sturgeon in a private setting

Posted by: The Dude at March 31, 2013 09:00 AM (vJdyz)

201 Lee Strobel's books (the first one being, "The Case for Christ") are overall very good apologetics works. He was a self-described agnostic journalist, who decided to practice actually honest investigative methods to uncover for himself the "real truth" about Christianity, and became a convert in the process. Normally, I would add that anyone who did so with openness and honesty would do so as well, but theologically I'm too far down the Reformed path to make that broad a claim anymore. Another great book to read along such lines is J.P. Moreland's "Love God WIth All Your Mind," his "Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview " is also great and goes much further down that same philosophical pathway, but is heavy going at times. Moreland himself says that Dallas Willard's "The Divine Conspiracy" is a must read, in order to grow from the merely philosophically sound belief to one of true discipleship. He's right, this was a life-changingbook. About the nasty late comment, those sorts who feel the need to say such are worthy of pity, not anger or irritation. Christ fills those called by His name with the Spirit, the Evil One takes away all that everyone else has or ever will have. The saddest comments I've ever heard are those who say things along the lines of, "at least I'll be partying with all my friends in Hell." Satan is in each and every aspect the dead opposite of God's love and mercies, why would anyone think that he would allow any trace of such kindnesses in his own eternal kingdom?

Posted by: John the Baptist at March 31, 2013 09:01 AM (xeqNY)

202 i've been reading Lee Childs "Jack Reacher" books (Tom Cruise notwithstanding)-- they're great to breeze through and are real page turners... just the right mix of action and procedural... also Richard Starks' "Parker" books-- good, fast stuff...

Posted by: tomc at March 31, 2013 09:04 AM (avEuh)

203 wonder if Asimov ever met Theodore Sturgeon in a private setting I've got the second half of Asimov's autobiography on Kindle....I'll give it a search.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 09:07 AM (eyJh9)

204 I adore "The Divine Cospiracy" by Dallas Willard. That is one of the best books on Christianity i have read and have read it several times since the first reading

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at March 31, 2013 09:07 AM (4nopz)

205 I accidently opened up the Gamer thread for the gamy Gang of Gamer Morons! and was overpowered by the stench of halitosis, cheetos and dirty socks. Quite a collection of zeroes in that mental masturbatorium. The chick that wore here Starfleet uniform to jury duty left this comment: "whoa, what a bunch of geeks!"

Posted by: Minuteman at March 31, 2013 09:14 AM (dSE0q)

206 I went to college with John Scalzi.  We were vague acquaintances, and though I can't say I knew him well, I can tell you that he's a good guy.

Check out his piece, "I hate your politics":

http://tinyurl.com/6hfd3d

What I can also tell you is that he was the editor of the school newspaper, and instituted a pretty cool change.

To wit, there had existed a particular dedicated left-wing section of the paper called the "Grey City Journal".

Out of a sense of fairness, John added a dedicated right-wing section called "The Fourth Estate" - you can verify this by looking up The Chicago Maroon on Wikipedia.

My guess on his actual politics is that he's a left-leaning centrist.  Full disclosure: personally, I consider myself a right-leaning centrist


Posted by: Lewis at March 31, 2013 09:17 AM (UB1pV)

207 One of the harder books I have read was C.S. Lewis' book "Miracles". He sets out, point by excruciating point the logic of the Christian metaphysical viewpoint. I don't recommend it unless you want to put yourself through some mental calisthenics, which is a worthy goal in itself.

Posted by: Minuteman at March 31, 2013 09:19 AM (dSE0q)

208 If you want sci-fi/fantasy that isn't pushing progressive, liberal crap seek out our own Sabrina Chase on Amazon. Also that Nicholas Taylor author I mentioned up thread.

Posted by: PaleRider at March 31, 2013 09:20 AM (FYUWS)

209 With the tricks my migraines play on my eyes, it is often to difficult to read. That said, I fully intend to make the effort to read the books mentioned in this thread. Thanks for the suggestions.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at March 31, 2013 09:22 AM (piMMO)

210 With the tricks my migraines play on my eyes, it is often to difficult to read. That said, I fully intend to make the effort to read the books mentioned in this thread. Get you yourself an e-reader that's comfortable. Kindles are nice, and I imagine Nook's are too...anything with e-ink displays, which are really easy on the eyes.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 09:26 AM (eyJh9)

211 If you want sci-fi/fantasy that isn't pushing progressive, liberal crap seek out our own Sabrina Chase on Amazon. Also that Nicholas Taylor author I mentioned up thread. What do you mean by 'our own'? Is Sabrina Chase one of the 'Ettes? P.S. Oh....obligatory smirk.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 09:28 AM (eyJh9)

212 .......

Posted by: Meremortal at March 31, 2013 09:30 AM (1Y+hH)

213 Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2013 11:07 AM (XYSwB) *** My brain has been so thoroughly warped that the moment I saw "C'mon people" I thought of the South Park 'Smug' episode. C'mon people. C'mon people now. People drive hybrids, now.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at March 31, 2013 09:33 AM (piMMO)

214 Get you yourself an e-reader that's comfortable. Kindles are nice, and I imagine Nook's are too...anything with e-ink displays, which are really easy on the eyes. *** Thanks for the suggestions. It's funny that I can read the computer more easily than a book.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at March 31, 2013 09:34 AM (piMMO)

215 My brain has been so thoroughly warped that the moment I saw "C'mon people" I thought of the South Park 'Smug' episode. Randy smugly smirked a lot in that episode.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at March 31, 2013 09:35 AM (eyJh9)

216 Reading 'The Nature of Order' by Christopher Alexander. Very good so far!

Posted by: RiverC at March 31, 2013 09:36 AM (KTytI)

217 I've almost given up on decent sci-fi lately, but Belarus and Enemies by Lee Hogan are quite good. The premise is a planet colonized by a Russian family that tries to build an improved pre-revolutionary Tsarist world and runs into a sinister hidden race. Some of the concepts in these books are very imaginative and excellent world-building.

Posted by: JHW at March 31, 2013 09:37 AM (B38OD)

218 Wicket I didn't think you were so new. Yes Sabrina is an 'ette and posts here some. She is not pushing conservatism in her books IMO - they are just free of any push for modern liberalism. Last Mage Guardian was very refreshing, set in a world where earning/making your way in the world was just how life is for everyone.

Posted by: PaleRider at March 31, 2013 09:51 AM (FYUWS)

219 5 "God's Battalions" by Rodney Stark establishes a case that the Crusades were a reaction against Moslem aggression and expansion. In the case of Islam, you'll find that nothing much has changed.



The Crusades (at least the first couple) were kinda a perfect storm situation.  Islam had taken effective control over everything in Asia Minor east of the Bosphorus, all of N. Africa, and Most of Spain, which put Christendom by and large under attack.  On top of that, Medieval Warm Period led to a surplus of crops, which boosted population beyond anything Europe had known since the collapse of the western Roman Empire, so they needed to find something to do with the surplus population.  Particularly nobles, who had the economic incentive of send the second sons on down over to seize land for themselves instead of fighting for it at home.  Plus the other economic incentive of loot.

That said, the reconquest of Spain and part of France are treated as totally separate things by the vast majority of our historians and instructors.  Looking back at the time, this seems to not so much be the case, since the same spiritual rewards were granted by the Church for fighting the Moors in France/Spain as were given to those going on "armed pilgrimage" and fighting the Saracens.  It just seems like less of a deal than the stuff in the Middle East because it's a shorter trek to occupied Spain (plus, you know, occupied), so the lib whiner types can't screech about how it was totally unfounded to go so far to do such horribad/biggoted/evil/religious oppressive things (nevermind that both sides did that stuff, and both sides also had their inclusive groups too).

Posted by: Ranba Ral at March 31, 2013 10:03 AM (G99e4)

220 #41  The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major was read by Mr. Greathouse to every 5th grade class who passed through Southport Grade School.

Set in the area around Shelbyville when Indiana was a territory.

It was a really good book.

Posted by: Miss Marple at March 31, 2013 10:05 AM (GoIUi)

221
The following link gives a pretty good rundown of why Scalzi is a goober, while not going into a lot details. He's not real popular from everything I gather . . . Google Scalzi and SFWA and you'll end up with a lot of hits. It's not even so much conservative authors, a lot of authors who've made right-leaning statements have been subjected to public shunning or ridicule. Elizabeth Moon, Orson Scott Card, etc. Follow along with the groupthink or pay the consequences . . .

http://tinyurl.com/bsnyno9


Posted by: Emile Antoon Khadaji at March 31, 2013 10:21 AM (BVTtz)

222 "A little bit of yeast causes a whole big wad of dough to rise."

That struck me when I first read it this morning.  Then later, in Mass, they actually read that Bible passage and it all made sense.

Amen, brother.

Posted by: Aquaviva at March 31, 2013 10:32 AM (2BlSh)

223 Reading "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt. It explains everything I knew was true about markets but not why.

Posted by: EC Hackett at March 31, 2013 10:49 AM (9JS/n)

224 Sarah Hoyt and her gang (full disclosure, I'm one of them) are trying to get the "Human Wave" SF movement going. It's intended to be an antidote to the grey goo "humans are evil" progressive literary standard that permeates so much alleged science fiction these days. We've got plans to do more to promote Human Wave authors and let people know about it. I don't think H. Beam Piper (totally Human Wave) would be too happy with what Scalzi did to his Fuzzies...

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at March 31, 2013 11:10 AM (wfSF5)

225 If you want Google search power without the intrusiveness, there's always Startpage. I haven't used the main Google page to search ever since I discovered it.

Posted by: Saber Alter at March 31, 2013 11:43 AM (mMtFx)

226 Oh my, I love Heinryk Sienkiewicz. There is a Polish (i think) version of this book done rather recently that you can get through Netflix. I highly recommend it. Also his trilogy, "The Deluge" (my all time favorite) simply wonderful. It really shows the importance of faith in the life of a nation and its people. No wonder it was (is?) second only to the Bible itself in sales within Poland. With books like this Communism never had a chance. And then, Ah Jezu, a Polish Pope who exclaimed, "Be not afraid!" for our Lord is a risen Lord, Hallelujah. Who is so fortunate as we, to have our God so near to us!

Posted by: Prince Yerimi at March 31, 2013 12:12 PM (PvP+E)

227
I'm not sure that Asimov was ever a card - carrying Commie
Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch




He was a young Jewish New York intellectual in the 1930s.  I think they automatically enrolled you.

I think I read about his Party card in his extended multi-volume bio.

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at March 31, 2013 12:46 PM (kdS6q)

228 Aloha and Happy Easter Morons

Posted by: kimoloka at March 31, 2013 12:57 PM (VVQM9)

229 As a Jew, I think all of you for worshipping one of us

Posted by: trump at March 31, 2013 01:03 PM (F8Lnm)

230 Thank you and Happy Easter to all! I have been reading the Bible (as always) and Dr Ben Carson's America the Beautiful. Both great books!

Posted by: WTF at March 31, 2013 01:07 PM (WJ5S1)

231 Happy Easter to you all and thank you to my risen Lord, who took away the sting of death. And to all you morons out there, remember Isaiah 7:9: If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.

Posted by: Average Jen at March 31, 2013 01:32 PM (hCSwT)

232 He is risen indeed! Been enjoying anything by Jeff Shaara.

Posted by: nfield4 at March 31, 2013 02:00 PM (c+ehv)

233 Really enjoyed The Last Centurion. I haven.t had the time to read lately, but the new Robert Krais and the latest Kinsey Millhone entry are on the wait list.

Posted by: still sleepy from brunch at March 31, 2013 02:18 PM (zw+pb)

234 Up from the grave He arose!  With a mighty triumph o'er his foes.  He arose the victor o'er the dark domain, and he lives forever with his saints to reign.  He arose, he arose!  Hallelujah, Christ arose!

Posted by: Outspoken Red at March 31, 2013 04:09 PM (lzwBD)

235 Keep bearing that flame on high.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.
Alleluia!

Posted by: Beverly at March 31, 2013 07:51 PM (lv9+u)

236

In the spirit of the day I got my Corvette Z06 out of storage today for the first spin o the year under beautiful sunny skies after a full day's work. That's right: work. Which I love.

Others ate a big-ass chocolate bunny, making it that much harder to reach their Obamaphones.

Posted by: YFS at March 31, 2013 10:36 PM (zTBag)

237 Anyone here ever jam to JS Bach's St Matthew Passion? It's long but it's amazing Easter music.

Posted by: fastfreefall at April 01, 2013 02:10 AM (dS5nN)

238 All these open grave pictures I see in various places look like places zombies would come out of. Ever since I first thought of that, whenever I see pictures of Jesus wearing a robe or a shroud or some such thing, it makes me think of a believer coming upon him in an afterlife-like situation, it's a misty place, golden light, there's a figure wearing a white shroud standing with its back toward the person, the person approaches, overjoyed, the shrouded figure turns slowly, slowly, the person is near, ready to embrace his lord, and the shrouded figure is fully turned around and can be seen to be a rotting stinking corpse with empty eye sockets, wearing this beautiful white glowing shroud that is completely clean only on the outside, still animate, leaning in for the kiss. So I have real trouble now viewing Christianity as something other than a necromantic zombie cult.

Posted by: Rollory at April 01, 2013 04:18 AM (5iwPC)

239 ________________________________

Test comment.


Posted by: _Dave_ at April 01, 2013 09:28 AM (J+Q+d)

240 I hope Ace gets saved one of these days. He is funny and I would like to listen to his jokes forever.

Posted by: Jesus at April 01, 2013 07:56 PM (HCwvj)

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