December 01, 2013
— Open Blogger
The Old Thanksgiving
What Are You Thankful For?
Me, I'm thankful to God for my wife, the lovely Mrs. Muse, my children, and the fact that He has caused us to live in a prosperous, secure country. Even in these days where we're thinking that it's all falling apart, our lives are still more prosperous, comfortable, and secure than 99% of the people who have ever lived. Oh, there might have been a Pharaoh or two who had it better, but when I look at the sarcophagus of a long-dead king who the archeologists tell me died of an infection caused by an abscessed tooth, I realize we have something that all the mighty Pharaohs did not: dentistry.
Fat, Drunk, And Delusional Is No Way To Go Through Life, Son
OK, so I assume nobody's reading this because you're all out buying Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked by Chris Matthews, and can't wait to get it home to read it. Me, I think it's funny when I see those who call themselves "progressives" yearning for the supposed glories of a bygone golden age. But apparently Matthews couldn't lay off the scotch long enough to do the writing, because the book is a giant load of poo, at least according to this lefty professor who reviewed it for the NY Times, and really, if your book sucks so bad that even the true believers over at the Times can't stomach it, shouldn't you start thinking about packing it in?
Also, it always cracks me up when I hear lefties like Matthews bemoaning "incivility", as if their side didn't invent it, didn't expand it, and didn't propagate it at every opportunity. They think all the disgustingly vile rhetoric they've hurled continuously at every conservative starting with Goldwater and continuing on through Nixon, then Reagan, Gingrich, Bush, Palin, etc. has been flushed down the memory hole. I think what they mean by "incivility" is really "conservatives talking back".
And those of you who just can't get enough of Tingles will be pleased to hear that all of his books (and he's written more than I thought) have been bundled into one big, corpulent, wheezing, drunken Kindle collection, a complete steal at $69.99.
Thanks to moron commenter 'ontherocks' in last week's book thread for the tip.
The New Thanksgiving
(I stole this week's artwork from http://www.mardecortesbaja.com)
More On Phreaking
A few weeks ago, I recommended the book Exploding the Phone, which is a history of the original phone hackers (or 'phreaks' as they were called back then) who figured out how to work the telephone system and make phone calls all over the world without paying for them. The book has a companion website including a download section that contains a number of the original technical articles the original phone phreaks used to learn how to hack the system.
The phreaking activity caught the attention of Ã¼ber-hippie Abbie Hoffman (author of Steal This Book) who started to publish the "Youth International Party Line" newsletter, which was packed full of tips and tricks to hack the telephone system. Unfortunately, the Exploding the Phone website doesn't have any copies of this newsletter, which I think is kind of odd, given the wealth of information it does have.
But, not to worry, a moron spent some time scouring the internet and discovered that some has scanned all the issues of this newsletter into one big PDF file. It is available here. (Or, here is the direct link to the PDF file itself).
That ought to keep you nerds busy for awhile.
Thanks to 'Hank Curmudgeon' for tipping me off to this, and for the links.
Books By Morons
I should have taken care of this last week, but alas, I have been remiss to mention that Celia "Sgt. Mom" Hayes' new book was released a few days ago. She describes the story as "a sort of adventure western, about two young Englishwomen, coming to Texas in 1876" or, if you will. "Mrs. Gaskell meets Zane Grey". The Quivera Trail is available on Nook and on Kindle, either one for $4.99.
I received an email this week from a moronette who requested that I mention her husband's book, All American: Two Young Men, the 2001 Army-Navy Game and the War They Fought in Iraq by Steve Eubanks has been published. The 2001 edition of the annual Army-Navy football game, due to the 9/11 events, was the most watched ever, and the book describes how two young men, West Point cadet Chad Jenkins and Naval Academy midshipman Brian Stann, played against each other that day, and how they then met again ten years later in Iraq.
That other smart military blog, Blackfive.net, rates this book very high.
A few months back, I mentioned the 'Dream' series by authorJ.J. DiBenedetto about a young girl and her adventures that result from her extraordinary ability to see into other people's dreams. All five novels in this series have been wrapped up into one Kindle package along with a new 'Dream' short story, for $7.99. Of course, the individual novels (Dream Student, Dream Doctor, Dream Child, Dream Family, and Waking Dream) can still be purchased individually.
So that's all for this week. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at aoshqbookthread, followed by the 'at' sign, and then 'G' mail, and then dot cee oh emm.
What have you all been reading this week? Hopefully something good, because, as I keep saying, life is too short to be reading lousy books.
Posted by: [/i]andycanuck[/b] at December 01, 2013 06:04 AM (ZyZIo)
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Posted by: blaster at December 01, 2013 06:08 AM (4+AaH)
And I am thankful that I am retired and have more time for books.
Posted by: Vic at December 01, 2013 06:08 AM (YowqD)
Posted by: [/i]andycanuck[/b] at December 01, 2013 06:11 AM (ZyZIo)
Posted by: JackStraw at December 01, 2013 06:12 AM (g1DWB)
NaNoWriMo concluded last night. Pretty sure Gregory and Merovign crossed the finish line with words to spare.
I managed to finish at 50,548 words with 30 minutes before midnight. Had also written 5,295 words on last day. So a winner. *yay*
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Posted by: NCKate at December 01, 2013 06:14 AM (X/4E9)
Posted by: NCKate at December 01, 2013 11:14 AM (X/4E9)
No, I haven't seen my Wofford contact in quite a while.
Posted by: Vic at December 01, 2013 06:15 AM (YowqD)
There are two big book discount coupons expiring today.
BN.com [Barnes and Noble]
Discount: 30% off 1 item
Free ship on $25 order
Discount: 30% off 1 book. $10 maximum discount
Free ship on $35 order
Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at December 01, 2013 06:16 AM (kdS6q)
Posted by: [/i]andycanuck[/b] at December 01, 2013 06:18 AM (ZyZIo)
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Posted by: BornLib at December 01, 2013 06:19 AM (zpNwC)
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 01, 2013 06:19 AM (GDulk)
Oh, there's also a printable version of that Barnes and Nobel coupon if you want to use it instore:
Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at December 01, 2013 06:20 AM (kdS6q)
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Posted by: BornLib at December 01, 2013 06:21 AM (zpNwC)
Posted by: Vic at December 01, 2013 11:08 AM (YowqD)
Sure it is and if you check your e-mail you'll find you now have it.
Posted by: Tunafish at December 01, 2013 06:22 AM (l1SJO)
Two outta three's OK, right?
I've been reading a fictionalized treatment of the life of St. Paul by Walter Wangerin, a Lutheran minister and professor (never took any of his classes). The story is being told from the perspective of several of his friends, and I'm struggling a little bit trying to follow along because there's a different narrator every six pages (why is Barnabas bitching about Barnabas? Oh, this chapter is James...), but it's been interesting. When you read through the letters you don't really think about the food or the realities of the travel...
Posted by: HeatherRadish™ at December 01, 2013 06:23 AM (hO8IJ)
Posted by: fluffy at December 01, 2013 06:23 AM (Ua6T/)
And by "read" I mean, "translated from German and edited" (bitchez!):
Background: there's a lot of Arabic poetry running around the 600s and 700s AD; and some of this parallels the Qur'an. This is particularly true of Umayya's poems, which might even have provided material that the Qur'an
In the attempt to hash out the Koranic allusions, Ibn Warraq collected a bunch of classic essays into his book, er, "Koranic Allusions"; and about a third of the book concerns Umayya. But Ibn Warraq omitted these two essays - and his own essays #6 and #8 need them as context.
Ideally Schulthess's collection itself would be republished and re-edited in German and English, but that would take effort.
Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at December 01, 2013 06:23 AM (Nsoq9)
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 06:25 AM (XIxXP)
Posted by: BornLib at December 01, 2013 06:27 AM (zpNwC)
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 01, 2013 06:27 AM (GDulk)
Ben Bova thought the world of Robinson but I'm not seeing why. I suppose "Saloon" was Robinson's debut, and those generally have hiccups, but Robinson wrote, what, half a dozen of these "Callahan" books.
Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at December 01, 2013 06:27 AM (Nsoq9)
Posted by: BornLib at December 01, 2013 06:28 AM (zpNwC)
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 01, 2013 06:29 AM (GDulk)
Anyhoo, I've been reading fantasy almost exclusively. The latest was "Seraphina" by Rachel Hartman. It is set in a world where dragons can assume the shape of humans and both coexist in a tenuous peace. Seraphina is a half-breed whose very existence threatens that peace. I quite enjoyed it. I also read Kelly Armstrong's latest. I had trouble getting into it, but it was worth sticking with it after the first forty pages.
Posted by: no good deed at December 01, 2013 06:29 AM (HsJeN)
Thanks. Where are you finding these at?
Posted by: Vic at December 01, 2013 06:30 AM (YowqD)
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 06:30 AM (XIxXP)
Posted by: RightWingProf at December 01, 2013 06:32 AM (ceOhI)
Posted by: fluffy at December 01, 2013 06:33 AM (Ua6T/)
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Posted by: Vic at December 01, 2013 11:30 AM (YowqD)
I honestly don't remember exactly where. I have a usenet subscription for $8/mo that pays for itself 1000 times over. I also am a member of a trading forum.
Posted by: Tunafish at December 01, 2013 06:34 AM (l1SJO)
Makes us look positively sane. And we are in the same racket.
I think sushi and watching The Book Thief at the cinema are in order today. Reward for all the writing this past month. And to break the leftovers cycle.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at December 01, 2013 06:35 AM (ofljX)
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Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 01, 2013 06:38 AM (GDulk)
I also have The Elenium, The Malloreon, The Tamuli series. Whenever you're ready. I haven't read any of them, but I have a very long to-read list.
Posted by: Tunafish at December 01, 2013 06:39 AM (l1SJO)
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Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 01, 2013 06:41 AM (GDulk)
Read the first Crosstime Saloon book (based on recommendations here) and decided that was more than enough!
Posted by: Hrothgar at December 01, 2013 06:41 AM (XdnQT)
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Posted by: Lizzie at December 01, 2013 06:42 AM (C11Oz)
In the meantime, I have begun reading the House of Niccolo series about a brilliant and ambitious dyer's apprentice in 15th century Europe by Dorothy Dunnett. Lots of intrigue and action and the history is fascinating. I am reading her novel of MacBeth, "King Hereafter" and it is as excellent as the others have been with a lot of rich detail and humor.
Posted by: huerfano at December 01, 2013 06:43 AM (bAGA/)
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 01, 2013 06:43 AM (GDulk)
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 06:45 AM (XIxXP)
Posted by: huerfano at December 01, 2013 11:43 AM (bAGA/)
I've been reading The Hangman's Daughter series by Oliver Potzsh. Takes place in Germany/Bavaria around 1660. I'm liking them (or else I wouldn't be on the third book)
Posted by: Tunafish at December 01, 2013 06:47 AM (l1SJO)
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 06:49 AM (XIxXP)
Posted by: Kreplach at December 01, 2013 06:50 AM (hmUex)
I searched Amazon and they didn't have any on the Kindle for David Eddings. I am beginning to wonder about them.
Posted by: Vic at December 01, 2013 06:50 AM (YowqD)
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 06:51 AM (XIxXP)
From what I've found on the internet, de Fontaine is a Special Forces legend. He fought as a volunteer with the British SOE in France and served with MACV-SOG in SE Asia during the late 1960s. If the stories in "Slaver's Wheel" are true, that man has ice water running in his veins (yeah, he's still alive and is apparently is pretty good shape for a guy in his upper 80s.) This is the kind of book I didn't mind spending the money for just due to the fact that it allows me to show my appreciation to a truly great American (who just happened to be born in Belgium, not his fault, right?)
I had known a little about what happened in the Congo in 1960, but this book really opened my eyes to what was going on in the Third World back in the day. Sadly, Congo is still paying the price for the arrogance and incompetence of the UN, Belgium and, most of all, the so-called "leaders" of the Congolese people. Of course, it seems that people are starting to forget why Communism was rightly considered an "evil" ideology during the 20th century, so stand by for repeats of the Congo experience as more socialist demagogues grab power around the globe....
Posted by: Pave Low John at December 01, 2013 06:51 AM (mhmeG)
As Beijing became determined to stamp out cults such as Falungong, several Christian groups found themselves labeled as an "evil religion" by the government.
For example there is Eastern Lightning which describes itself as a Christian sect. It posits that Jehovah and Jesus left the job undone. And a new Messiah who is Chinese and a woman is going to sweep away all corruption. This sect is very militant as it attacks official Catholic churches and underground Catholic churches, official and underground Christian churches, has engaged in kidnappings, and even murder. So not a sect but a genuinely scary cult.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at December 01, 2013 06:54 AM (ofljX)
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Posted by: andycanuck at December 01, 2013 11:11 AM (ZyZIo)
Some interesting trivia about the movie The Great Escape.
Steve McQueen did not do the motorcycle jump scenes, they were done by his stunt double Bud Elkins (who also did some of the driving in Bullitt). McQueen played both Hilts and the German on the motorcycles during the motorcycle chase scenes. So he's chasing himself.
McQueen's character Hilts is partially based on USAAF pilot David M. Jones (as well as other POWs). Jones was one of the Doolittle Raiders. Shot down December, 1942 in North Africa and taken prisoner, he would get sent to Stalag Luft 3 and was appointed to the escape committee and took part in the tunnel digging. He and the other Americans in the camp were moved before the actual escape. Apparently he was as much a pain in the ass to the Germans in real life as in the movie.
Canadian pilot Wally Floody was POW in Stalag Luft 3 and was an advisor for the movie.
Posted by: ExSnipe at December 01, 2013 06:55 AM (57ubW)
Posted by: JHW at December 01, 2013 06:56 AM (OKpSE)
Posted by: Just Some Guy at December 01, 2013 06:57 AM (Q8Wa9)
Thanks, OM - much appreciated the mention! (Late to the game here, as this is the busiest time of the year - either I am doing book and craft events, or resting up between them! Next Saturday, Christmas on the Square in beautiful historic downtown Goliad, Texas! Yay - three hour drive to and from, but I have a book to flog and fans to meet, and anyway, for the Goliad Christmas parade, Santa arrives riding on a tame longhorn...)
I am about done with Howard Blum - Dark Invasion, subtitled 1915-Germany's Secret War Against America. It's pretty good, about the German WWI secret squirrel activities aimed at disrupting American commerce and aid to the Allies during the time that America was 'technically' neutral. Lots of sabotage aimed at shipping out of the port of New York, and the scary part was that it was aided in a large part by resident German nationals in the US, some of whom had been here for a very long time and were thought to have been assimilated. The ostensible hero of the book is the head of the NYPD bomb squad, who rather backed into doing some secret squirrel stuff himself, and rather effectively too.
A Kindle collection of Chrissie 'Tingles' Matthews' commentaries for 69$??? Is his publisher out of their collective minds?
(Goldilocks @40 - enjoy Summer of 1927 - I read it last month and loved it!)
Posted by: Sgt. Mom at December 01, 2013 06:57 AM (Asjr7)
I got this from a note dropped in a book thread, that it was available for free on Kindle. I downloaded this then; got around to reading (most of) it on a 'plane.
Huffman has a real knack for action sequences with maybe even a nose for horror. The Leviathan is wet-your-pants scary. He also does well at building this youthful world. He is clearly a disciple of Robert Howard, the gold standard of raising up unholy monsters for heroes to beat down.
The world, in this case, is the world of the Book of Watchers (1 Enoch 1-36) supplemented with related material, of which I detect the Dead Sea Scrolls and especially the so-called "Book of Giants". (Gilgamesh is one of the nephilim before the Flood in "Giants" and "Antediluvian"; in the canonical Akkadian tablets, he's afterward, and goes to interview Noah at one point.)
Accordingly, here, because this is when the word was new, there are potatoes and moas and dinosaurs right here in the ancient Near East. I take it that these dispersed to the Americas, New Zealand, and, er, Sheol as a result of the flood (I didn't get this far). Also everyone here seems to speak a similar language, which I assume is baseline Semitic.
Also angels. The point of the Enochian cycle is that, before the Flood, God charged angels to watch over us. They got corrupted and taught evils (like sorcery), and corrupted the whole planet. I'm not sure how this'll play out, but the fallen angels and their nephilim spawn are pretty formidable.
So I suppose one could complain that it is all "fundamentalist propaganda" or something. Well, phooey on that. Back to Howard, no-one is using the Hyborean Age as a school textbook. There is no reason you should either. Just enjoy the story.
(P.S. Some mistakes crept in: "nephilim" is a Canaanite plural, so Huffman really shouldn't use the singular.)
Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at December 01, 2013 06:57 AM (Nsoq9)
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 06:58 AM (XIxXP)
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Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 01, 2013 06:59 AM (GDulk)
Posted by: typical delusional statist moonbat at December 01, 2013 07:02 AM (5ikDv)
Posted by: Thunderb at December 01, 2013 07:03 AM (zOTsN)
She'll ruin you for other books for a while since her writing is so good. She makes you work but it's well worth it.
Do you know her Lymond Chronicles series? It may be slightly spoilerish to say but the two series tie together.
Posted by: Retread at December 01, 2013 07:03 AM (IiAs3)
Steve McQueen was a dude. The last of a breed of actor that wasn't always acting.
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 11:58 AM (XIxXP)
I know this is the book thread, but what the heck. The motorcycle documentary "On Any Sunday" has McQueen riding bikes along side normal folk, which he seemed to be as well.
Posted by: ExSnipe at December 01, 2013 07:04 AM (57ubW)
Posted by: Paul at December 01, 2013 07:04 AM (5fGoS)
Posted by: OregonMuse at December 01, 2013 07:05 AM (fd0Pp)
Don't get me wrong, there are some things I enjoy about his work. Eddings always give the reader happy endings (heh) and he has likeable characters, so that puts him ahead of George M.F. Martin in my book.
Posted by: Pave Low John at December 01, 2013 07:05 AM (mhmeG)
David M. Jones. Pilot for Plane #5 of the Doolittle Raid.
A snippet from my NaNoWriMo
Yuki shakes her head as she has no time for being sentimental and transforms right there. Gone is the kimono or any traces of humanity. A celestial fox of blond fur with silver highlights stands on all fours beside the low table. Her tails fully fan out and almost touch the ceiling. While her muzzle opens to reveal pointed canines, fox fire seems to dance around her tails as she turns to face the front entry. The wards she crafted repulses the gaki's first attempt.
"Oh Inari-sama and Akomachi my mother, help me in this battle."
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at December 01, 2013 07:06 AM (ofljX)
Posted by: no good deed at December 01, 2013 07:06 AM (HsJeN)
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 07:08 AM (XIxXP)
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Posted by: Pave Low John at December 01, 2013 12:05 PM (mhmeG)
I like Eddings and I could not stand Martin. My wife got me the first two of those Game of Thrones books in hardback. It was a waste of money. I wound up giving them to the library.
Posted by: Vic at December 01, 2013 07:10 AM (YowqD)
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 07:11 AM (XIxXP)
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Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at December 01, 2013 07:13 AM (GDulk)
Posted by: RightWingProf at December 01, 2013 07:15 AM (ceOhI)
Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Rounding Error Extraordinaire at December 01, 2013 07:18 AM (ftUE1)
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Posted by: Insomniac at December 01, 2013 07:20 AM (UAMVq)
Posted by: Paranoidgirlinseattle at December 01, 2013 07:21 AM (RZ8pf)
Do you know her Lymond Chronicles series? It may be slightly spoilerish to say but the two series tie together.
Posted by: Retread at December 01, 2013 12:03 PM
I haven't read the Lymond Chronicles, but I plan to do so when I finish the Niccolo books. I did read her wiki bio and did know the series were linked, no worries on the spoilers. She was a wonderful writer.
Posted by: huerfano at December 01, 2013 07:21 AM (bAGA/)
Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at December 01, 2013 07:23 AM (KsM/z)
My father used to race with him & said McQueen was capable.
Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at December 01, 2013 12:12 PM (p/lW3)
No way! (and then you'll say, Yes way!) That's neat. There's a neat website The Selvedge Yard that has a bunch of McQueen pages.
Posted by: ExSnipe at December 01, 2013 07:25 AM (57ubW)
Posted by: Blacksheep at December 01, 2013 07:25 AM (bS6uW)
Well PGiS I am about to go watch a matinee showing of The Book Thief. I see Rotten Tomatoes is giving it a 47%. Plus reviews that love it and others that hate it.
Catch everyone later.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at December 01, 2013 07:25 AM (ofljX)
Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at December 01, 2013 07:26 AM (p/lW3)
Yeah, I have just about everything Larry Correia has ever written (I'm thinking of ordering one of these "MHI" patches for Christmas, too.) What's really funny is that my wife loves his books and she is most definitely not a gun nut (too loud) or libertarian (completely bored by politics).
That's probably the mark of a good writer, when people that you wouldn't think of as being members of your core audience still love your books.
Posted by: Pave Low John at December 01, 2013 07:26 AM (mhmeG)
Posted by: bebe's boobs destroy at December 01, 2013 07:29 AM (p/lW3)
I got the opposite impression:
Posted by: boulder toilet hobo at December 01, 2013 07:30 AM (Nsoq9)
Posted by: Oldsailors Poet Palin/Bolton 2016 at December 01, 2013 07:30 AM (XIxXP)
Posted by: Richard McEnroe at December 01, 2013 07:32 AM (XO6WW)
I'm a big fan of historical fiction of the medieval variety
Posted by: huerfano at December 01, 2013 11:43 AM (bAGA/)
You might like the Cadfael series. It's about a 12th century Benedictine monk who solves mysteries.
Posted by: Ook at December 01, 2013 07:36 AM (FBkKA)
Posted by: OregonMuse at December 01, 2013 07:43 AM (fd0Pp)
Posted by: Tuna at December 01, 2013 07:46 AM (M/TDA)
Posted by: baldilocks at December 01, 2013 08:01 AM (GiUnc)
The loss rate for SOG operatives was terrifyingly high. I am still stunned that men continued to volunteer to take those missions once the risk profile became clear.
SOE in World War II were inserting operators into the French countryside where there were lots of places to hide, relatively easy access to food, and where there weren't that many Nazi soldiers about. The maquis had a relatively well developed support infrastructure from which SOE benefited, and ran concealed rural camps in which to lay up.
SOG were dropping patrols in the middle of nowhere in the wilderness with battalion sized North Vietnamese regular army units infesting the whole place. Damn few hiding places, no friendlies and not a lot to eat.
Posted by: torquewrench at December 01, 2013 08:03 AM (gqT4g)
Posted by: [/i]andycanuck[/b] at December 01, 2013 08:15 AM (ZyZIo)
"This week I read a very entertaining, interesting and titillating book called Writers Between the Covers: The Scandalous Romantic Lives of Legendary Literary Casanovas, Coquettes, and Cads." That sounds like a fun read. Many famous writers had really f'ed personal lives.
I intend to order Daniel Hannan's new book about the Anglosphere and how it basically created freedom.
Posted by: Donna V. at December 01, 2013 08:16 AM (R3gO3)
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Posted by: Lizzie at December 01, 2013 11:42 AM (C11Oz)
After WWI ground to a halt, the "scholarship" on the subject, especially in the West, focused primarily on fixing all of the blame for the start of the war on Germany and Austria-Hungary. As Winston Churchill once said "History shall be kind to me, for I intend to write it." Hastings is a traditionalist in this regard, and ignores a lot of information in order to continue to toe the time-honored British party line. Germany and Austria were by no means innocent, but they had a lot of help in getting the ball rolling.
As far as Hastings' multi-front narrative goes, I believe that you are correct that he attempts to cover too much ground in one volume, and would have been better off with three books, one on the diplomatic run-up to war, one on the West Front and one on the the East Front. That might have been hard to sell to a publisher, however, even in the run-up to the centennial.
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Posted by: NCKate at December 01, 2013 11:18 AM (X/4E9)"
That book is not a complete waste of time. There is a part in that book where Matthews talks about how a reporter he thought was a friend betrayed him by publishing something that he thought was part of a friendly conversation causing Matthews some significant embarrassment. Matthews goes on to write about how early in the career of every reporter successful enough to be in Washington they are sent to the home of some poor victim who has just died in some horrible fashion and required to come back with a tear stained photograph to be published. If the reporter cannot put aside all human decency and wheedle, deceive or browbeat the grieving family into providing the photograph, that is essentially the end of the reporter's career. If the reporter makes his or her bones with the picture, it is on to bigger and better things.
I often think about people that Chris Matthews finds to so depraved as to be remarkable whenever I see a panel of distinguished journalists talking about their ethics.
And whenever somebody like Chris Matthews laments the loss of civility in politics today, I am tempted to send him a "Sarah Palin is a cunt" coffee mug and t-shirt set which are still available for sale on the internet.
Posted by: Obnoxious A-hole at December 01, 2013 10:44 AM (BcCwi)
Given that French President Poincarre was in Moscow during the time that the diplomatic dispute between Austria and Serbia transitioned into a hot war and that Poincarre hoped that France would reclaim the provinces of Alsace and Lorraine that it had lost in the Franco-Prussian War if another European war broke out with France allied with Britain and Russia and given that when Poincarre returned to Paris boasting, "This war, I did that!", it seems that perhaps the theory that World War I was entirely the fault of Germany and Austria might be an inadequate explanation.
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I'm glad to hear that. I bought the Kindle version this morning and am looking forward to getting immersed.
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Lee Marvin & Keenan Wyn also rode for fun and competition.
Catalina Grand Prix - http://tinyurl.com/ny6mh78
Posted by: K,tnx,bye at December 02, 2013 09:23 AM (RPDkq)
Reading the comment about dentistry, I beg to differ, if you have medical, at the present time dental insurance for permanently disabled adults is NOT covered! Additionally hearing benefits for same have been severely cut! Does this mean that disabled adults will go the way of the Egyptian kings? What does obamacare do for them? Also under medical there is a limit of six different prescriptions per month. Any extra prescriptions require time consuming approval including antibiotics.Those who cannot provide for themselves are stepped on and ignored because not only are they hard of hearing they are mute. If Medicare and medical benefits will not serve our neediest Americans how much will the poor really benefit?
Posted by: terri durham at December 02, 2013 08:07 PM (+lc1X)
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