Late Saturday Open Thread and Book post

I really did mean to post more today, but after a double workout at the dojo this morning (I was having too much fun to stop), followed by housekeeping, shopping, chauffeuring the kids, and cooking dinner, I just ran out of steam.  Right now, I’m not Superwoman, I’m “hanging on by a thread woman” — much less exciting, but equally courageous!

Please consider this an open thread and (something I haven’t done in a while) an opportunity to post about good books you’re reading.  I was reading a good book, but I’m too tired to think what it is right now.  When it comes back to me, I’ll send in a link.  :)

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  • Earl

    Hugh Hewitt interviewed C.J. Box recently, and we’ve been getting his novels from the library.  Great stuff!!  I’ve finished the first, and Gail has read two, now.  Kind of formulaic, at least so far, but well-crafted and absolutely stand-up-and-cheer values!  Great conservative read – so far.  Can you tell I’ve been burned, before?  But, I trust Hugh, and he’s read them all.
    Another – although I’m not done with it, yet.  Here, There, and Everywhere by Jay Nordlinger.  A compilation of earlier pieces from National Review and elsewhere, plus some shorter stuff from NRO.  Jay and I are of an age, so I get a lot of his references, and besides that, we see eye-to-eye on an awful lot of stuff.  But, it’s good solid writing, and wonderful reminders of people, places, and events from my lifetime.  Terrific.
    I’d also like to recommend a magazine – a journal, really – to all who have an interest in spiritual things.  Touchstone, A Journal of Mere Christianity, is something I look forward to every month…although they only publish 6 times/year now.  The crash hurt their support from contributors, and they’ve cut back, as they don’t have the wherewithal to print money.  (I’m afraid I believe that what they do is more important than almost anything Tim Geithner runs the presses for.)  Anyhow, you can read samples, and subscribe, by going to the homepage here (  Here are links to a couple of recent articles I found stimulating:
    It’s not for everyone, but if it’s for you, it’ll be worth my posting the links.

  • Charles

    I just finished reading Rawhide Down by Del Quentin Wilber. It is a detailed telling about the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan,  It seems to be well researched and it is clearly well written.

    SPOILER ALERT!  Reagan lives!

    Okay, we all knew that already; But, seriously, I did learn a lot about some of the details of what happened that day.  I couldn’t put the book down.

  • Charles Martel

    Just saw a video of the Sarahcuda giving ’em hell in Madison. Dang, I love her. Obama is too self-absorbed to feel scared by her yet, but if I were Nancy Boy of the United States, I’d be donning my brown pants.

  • Earl

    For those who are interested, here’s the link for the Intro of Breitbart, Breitbart’s Intro of Sarah (including when he tells the union thugs to “Go To Hell!”) and then our girl’s entire speech.

    She is on FIRE!!
    And I do believe she will run for the Republican nomination, against everyone (on both sides) who says she isn’t a credible candidate.  I’m old enough to remember when they said that Reagan was a lightweight without any real grasp of the issues, so I’m prepared to let the chips fall where they may.  If she is the nominee, I will pull the lever for a candidate from a major party for the first time since 1968…and I will do it with great joy – for Sarah Palin (and hopefully, John Bolton).


    In lieu of a book recommendation, how about a worthy quote:
    “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright moron.”
    H.L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)

  • David Foster

    Recently finished “Daughter of Texas”, a historical novel about the Texas revolution written by the blogger known as Sgt Mom. My review is here.

  • Tonestaple

    Earl, I’m reading the first C J Box novel and so far, so good.  None of the characters is immediately set up to be so dislikable as to be instantly marked as the bad guy.  The only one who has really annoyed me so far is the gossipy dispatcher at the sheriff’s office.

    I finally read Ghost and I have very mixed feelings about it.  The first adventure was good with Ghost directing the rescue, and actually involving the girls.  The second seemed to be there just for the porn effect and the girls were mere adjuncts intended to get Ghost’s rocks off.  And the third caused me to dislike Ghost because, here he is going around making the world safe for democracy, and he’s making use of sex slaves.  None of those prostitutes he visited were there because they wanted to be; that’s not how it works.  So I’d say the book went downhill, and most disappointingly, the reasons for Ghost’s sexual predilections were never made clear, just presented as a fait accompli never to be questioned.  So it started off really well but steadily went downhill.

    Next will be Gardening in the Shade by someone who lives in the same area as me, so I’m expecting her to have more ideas than just hostas.

  • bizcor

    Thanks for the link Earl. Sarah is one powerful woman. She will definately have something to do with the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election. Either by running herself or backing a candiate she believes in.

  • Ymarsakar

    Reading Galaxy Angels: Moonlit Lovers

    Which is a continuation of the story from just GA. The whole premise is that the protagonist of the story is aided by and supported by 5 heroines, each a pilot of an Emblem Frame, a fighter craft made from Lost Technology. Lost Technology, like it is with most of these science fiction stories, is said in much the same fashion as a 12th century Italian would speak of Ancient Roman technology. Old, but superior nonetheless.

    The plot then proceeds in two layers. The first layer consists of the close and personal nature of the Angels and their particular quirks and personal challenges. The second layer consists of the plot which affects the entire empire. What links the two together is the nature of the Emblem Frames, which become more powerful the happier their pilots are. This allows the protagonist to achieve better results in battle, with better results for the Transbaal Empire.

    So to answer the age old question of what soldiers fight for, here they fight for an abstract ideal, the Empire, that is embodied in the importance of their fellow shipmates. The actual face to go with the abstract ideal.