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Friday, January 27, 2006

New Rules: Polite Musings From A Timid Observer -- Bill Maher

One thing we can rest assured of in today's overly cautious world of pathetic political correctness: Bill Maher will not curb his tongue to be polite. And the man is anything but a timid observer, stating what is on his mind with surgical wit, cutting where the humorous incision must be made. New... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Why Animals Sleep So Close To The Road (And Other Lies...) -- Susan Konig

Susan Konig is a journalist. She has a husband and three children. When she started telling the story of selling her home, acquiring a new home, and moving away from the city, she had had only two children. So begins the modern story of Konig's personal 'white flight' (my words, not hers). And it is... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Holy War, Inc. -- Peter L. Bergen

In all the hype and sensationalist journalism that has surrounded the players and events of September 11, 2001, a library-ful of material has been produced about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda and the events leading up to said event, not to mention the aftermath and predictions for the future. There... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 1, 2005

The Road To Whatever -- Elliott Currie

Wonder just what the hell is wrong with middle-class America? Especially among the teenagers? Why are so many of them dropping out, getting stoned, becoming criminals and drug addicts, destroying their lives? Why are some going to the extremes of mass murder and suicide, overdoses and crime sprees?... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Unholy War: Terror In The Name Of Islam -- John L. Esposito

Noted Islamic expert John Esposito gives a clinical and objective slant on two topics that dominate the media and are sometimes presumed coexistent -- Islam and terrorism. In Unholy War, Esposito takes a look at the history of Islam, its perceptions of the West, the misconceptions of Islam in... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Bushisms -- Jacob Weisberg, editor.

I received a great book for Christmas. It's a collection of George Bush's hilarious misquotes, errors in oratory, and downright foot-in-mouth nonsense. Dubya couldn't write better comedic material if he tried. The book is subtitled: The First Term, In His Own Special Words. No more appropriate words... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 3, 2005

The Beast, The Eunuch, And The Glass-Eyed Child -- Ron Powers

This is an excellent tome on the dawning of the Age of Video that should be required reading for anyone interested in journalism, video journalism, and writing as a career. Despite the title, which sounds like a cross between a sleazy porn title and a children's cautionary tale, this book delves... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The Wilding Of America -- Charles Derber

The word "wilding" was coined to describe the indiscriminate and insensitive disregard for others and their sensibilities in a given situation. For instance, the wanton cruelty of raping and killing without remorse shown by many predatory rapists. Or the total disregard for fellow human life, today... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Chasing The Devil -- Sheriff David Reichert

Like many others, I am fascinated by true crime and the criminal mind that carries out the act. Of all criminal acts, two stand out as being terribly heinous: mass murder and serial killing. They are antisocial acts that pull at our incredulity, prompt us to search for reasons, hoping to find... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 1, 2004

Losing America -- Senator Robert C. Byrd

Here is a timely work that everyone should read before the election. It is an in-his-face indictment of the presidency of George W. Bush by a man who has been in the United States Senate for fifty years, has written a four-volume work on the history of the U.S. Senate, and is one of the foremost... Sign in to see full entry.

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