Book Recommendations: Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: Learning Curve 1907-1948 by William H. Patterson
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Vol. 2- The Man Who Learned Better, 1948-1988 by William H. Patterson
This wonderful two-volume authorized biography of the great writer was passed to me by Ron Pittenger, a close Marine buddy since 1964. I became a veracious reader as a child, and many writers have influenced my world view and values: Leon Uris's war novels, Kipling's poetry and Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm series among others. But no writer, maybe no person has had a greater influence on me than Robert A. Heinlein. I discovered his juveniles when I was in 8th grade, and from then until after his death I read everything that Heinlein wrote that I could find. Starship Troopers and Time Enough for Love are still my favorites, but I never read anything by Heinlein that I didn't like. He developed the fiend of Science Fiction into what it is today, but his novels grew beyond SF into the mainstream. I still miss him, though I'm glad he cannot see the state of his beloved country and the world today. Heinlein called me once, about 1987, to urge me to support Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick for president. I agreed--one does not say no to Robert Heinlein. We had corresponded through Ginny since my time in the state senate, and I continued with her until her death in
Florida. We received a call from her caregiver that she had passed. Heinlein was a political activist, first as a liberal, but when the Democrats moved left to become statists, he found himself supporting Republicans. He was seminal in the development of our space program, and took a lead in modernizing the blood collection services in the US. I was interested to read of the intricacies of the writing business and his many struggles with editors. I guess I naively assumed that anyone who was that great a writer simply sent in the ms. and it was published. His continuing sales, long after his death, suggest that his views on publishing and what the public wanted were correct. I was also interested to learn of his many health challenges--and inspiration for anyone dealing with the similar problems. Reading this bio--you must read both books!--drove me to pull the uncut version of Stranger in a Strange Land from the bookshelf where it had languished for years. I'm reading it as I write. If you haven't read Heinlein's fiction, I recommend it to you. If you have, you will find this bio deeply moving.
Must Read: The havoc that Trump wreaks — on his own party. By George F. Will
Understanding War: “Now Read This! Now Read This!” By Tom Kratman
“Now Understand This! Now Understand This!” Military Reading List Part 2. By Tom Kratman
(Tom Kratman is a retired USA LtCol, an occasional contributor to this blog, and an outstand author of military science fiction, including the A Desert Called Peace series. http://www.amazon.com/Desert-Called-Peace-Carrera-Book-ebook/dp/B00B5HJOFY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426715332&sr=8-1&keywords=Peace+Kratman ~Bob)
That Time Donald Trump Had A Meeting With DREAMers And Said “You Convinced Me” On Immigration
White Lives Matter? Suspect in 2 murders on live TV has shot himself
Black shooter, white victims, no riots or looting, no flags to take down. The only reason it is getting media play is because they were journalists; average citizens, even cops, would have been dropped by now. Or troops killed in
Straight Lives Matter? Black, Gay Reporter Murders Straight, White Journalists — Media Blame The Gun
Excerpt: Williams is black. Parker and Ward were white. Williams is gay. Parker and Ward were straight. None of which would be relevant, except that Williams . In a 23-page rambling letter sent to ABC News, Williams wrote that the
Charleston church shooting in June should have provoked a race war: “Why did I do it? I put a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…What sent me over the top was the church shooting…You want a race war (deleted)? BRING IT THEN YOU WHITE …(deleted)!!!”
Did you see this in our media? 'He was the human tape recorder': How TV murderer was criticized by bosses for appalling journalistic standards and reprimanded for wearing an Obama badge to report on elections
Excerpt: He was also censured for wearing an Obama sticker while recording a segment at a polling booth during the 2012 US Presidential Election - a clear breach of journalistic impartiality.
Suddenly Media Worried Over Reporting Race-Based Motive Of Killer Of White Reporters
Both Dylann Roof and Vester Lee Flanagan suffered from RDD. But the media was hot on the racist motive of Roof for the church shootings, have been tiptoeing around the racist motive of Flanagan. Because Roof was pictured with a Rebel Battle Flag, it had to be banned. Flanagan was pictured with an Obama button... ~Bob
The Virginia Shooter Passed a Background Check. by CHARLES C. W. COOKE
Excerpt: They want an “assault weapons” ban; they want a magazine-size limit; and they want background checks on private sales. And, clearly, they are quite happy to point to this incident in order to make their case. But, as we now know, this shooting has nothing to do with any of these things. The killer used a Glock 19 handgun, which is not an “assault weapon” in any universe. He fired eight shots in total. And he bought his gun legally from a dealer. In other words, he did nothing that even intersects with their coveted laws. Once again, one gets the horrible impression that the gun-control movement is in possession of a laundry list of desires, and that they bring it out whenever anything bad happens, relevance be damned . . .
The Virginia Shooter as Grievance Collector. By Jim Geraghty
: Days of Future Past. By Jonah Goldberg Reading
Evidence mounts that soon-to-be flush
Iran already spurring new attacks on Israel
WITHOUT CRYSTAL BALL NOR TAROT CARDS NOR READING THEIR PALMS, FORECASTING THE GOP'S TOP 17 CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT
Judge Joe Donald
Running for the
Wisconsin Supreme Court.
7TH CIRCUIT COURT: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAVE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS TOO
But do they have to show an ID to buy one? Isn't that racist? ~Bob
THE CRIMINAL ARROGANCE OF HILLARY CLINTON
Most of Donald Trump's Political Money Went To Democrats — Until 5 Years Ago
Woman sees Donald Trump in a tub of butter
Give me a break. ~Bob
IF NOT FOR PEOPLE WITH UNREALISTIC PLANS? By Andy Weddington,
USMC (Ret) Col.
Trump-mania may burn itself out. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Morning Jolt is well worth subscribing to. And it's free. ~Bob
: Joe Biden Is the Anti-Hillary ─ and that Should Worry Republicans. By Jim Geraghty Reading
GENERALS, ADMIRALS WARN:
DEAL WILL LEAD TO WAR IRAN
Letter from about 200 retired Admirals/Generals opposing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with
Iran. My name is included. --Geoffrey Higginbotham, MajGen, USMC (Ret)
Black Minister To Black Lives Matter׃ ‘Why Are You Not Cleaning Up Your Own Community?’
GUNMAN WAS AN ELIZABETH WARREN SUPPORTER MANHATTAN
Perdue rips Obama at conservative summit
Obama's chicken to debate him. ~Bob
Ben Carson Slams ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ #BlackLivesMatter ‘Lunacy’ In Scathing Op-Ed
ISIS recruit to rehab, not jail
Obama: Reid and I ‘Figuring Out How We’re Going to Deal with the Crazies’
Is Obama taking Hillary out? By Monica Crowley, PhD
Exclusive: Hillary Email Storage Firm Employs Top
Ya think? White House concerned
deal could boost terror — top official Iran
Worth Watching: Putting Up The Flag
Caitlyn Jenner Facing Male Or Female Prison?
Traitor Senators Took Money From
Iran Lobby, Back Nukes. By Daniel Greenfield Iran
3 Federal Laws Hillary May Have Violated By Using Personal Email Accounts for State Business
Aide Sent Hillary Classified Info From DIA, NSA, And NGA [VIDEO] Clinton
World Map of Anti-Semitism
Nasty, mean, intolerant Uncle Sam comes in pretty low! ~Bob
Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert
Where Paychecks Stretch The Most, And Least
Obamacare Gives Big Windfall To Insurance Companies As Quality of Healthcare Declines
Lt. Gen. Frank Petersen, the first African-American Marine aviator, died at the age of 83.
Have not seen anything yet in the drive-by media; successful, patriotic black Marine--it doesn't fit their narrative. Semper Fi, General. ~Bob
70% of the women who gave birth at
in the first three months of 2006 were illegal immigrants. Parkland Memorial Hospital
ESPN Owes Curt Schilling, and
, an Apology America
Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Curt Schilling and the Death of Free Speech
Obama: Many more in US die from gun-related incidents than from terrorism. By Robert Spencer, JihadWatch.org
Excerpt: Just as with the recent “study” that purported to show that “right-wing extremists” were more of a threat than Islamic jihadists, in saying this Obama is probably leaving out 9/11. And if even a fraction of the foiled jihad plots had come to fruition, this would be an even more risible claim than it is.
FOOD STAMP FRAUD RING BUSTED IN
(Black) Detroit Police Chief James Craig encourages residents to pack heat. The result? Crime in the city is down significantly.
Iraqi priest: “There’s no such thing as moderate Islam…
ISIS represents Islam one hundred percent”
Islamic State using Facebook to hunt down, exterminate all gays in the Middle East
WaPo Fact Checker: Why you shouldn’t retweet Sanders’s claim that Hitler ‘won an election’
Sanders, whose campaign did respond to a query, brought this up in the context of being Jewish and what that had taught him about politics. But while there were many elections held in
Germany in 1932, Hitler was a loser when he appeared on the ballot. He mostly gained power not through the voting booth but through violence, intimidation and deceit. Calling it “an election” devalues the traumatic history of the era, and Sanders should clarify the record — especially when legions of his fans are repeating his flawed history lesson all over the Internet. Four Pinocchios
. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
A simple proposal: To stop
Iran’s nukes, use our own nuclear option. Scrap the filibuster, pass a resolution declaring the Iran deal a treaty that requires Senate authorization, introduce the text of the Iran deal, and vote it down. Remember, , arguing that GOP obstructionism was interfering with the president’s constitutional authority to make judicial appointments. The Constitution requires Senatorial consent to treaties. The administration claims the Iran deal isn’t a treaty because they think it has ““ to pass a treaty in the Senate. Do you think Iran will honor its side of the agreement? Probably not, right? Even if they do, do you think Iran will attempt to build a nuke quickly when the deal expires? Certainly, right? Do you think that if Iran gets a nuke, they will use it? Pretty darn likely, right? So, congressional Republicans . . . what are you willing to do to prevent a mushroom cloud either in the Middle East or closer to home?
COMPARING MURDER RATES AND GUN OWNERSHIP ACROSS COUNTRIES
The ‘saddest bride I have ever seen': Child marriage is as popular as ever in
Mohammad married his youngest wife at 6, consummated the marriage at 9, according to the sacred hadiths. And he is the perfect example of conduct for all Muslims. ~Bob
Ministers Demand Smithsonian Remove Bust Of Planned Parenthood Founder
Before Trump or Fiorina, There Was Wendell Willkie
Short video of the discovery of the first tunnel dug by Hamas
. by JAMES LYONS AMERICA
Excerpt: Never in my lifetime, did I believe I would witness our great country being taken down and withdrawn from our world leadership role by our own administration. The latest example is the flawed agreement with
Iran on their nuclear weapons program. This needs to be seen as another manifestation of President Barack Obama’s goal to fundamentally transform America. All of the known concessions made by our administration to Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism that has been at war with us for over 35 years, and has caused the loss of thousands of American lives, including the key support to the 9/11 hijackers without which that terrorist attack could not have been carried out, humiliated us before our friends, allies and most importantly, our enemies. We have been sabotaged from within. ...
Uniformed Texas Sheriff’s Deputy Ambushed, Killed While Pumping Gas
Harris County sheriff’s deputy was ambushed and executed while he was pumping gas at a Chevron convenience store near Houston late Friday.
TEXAS DEPUTY EXECUTED DAYS AFTER BLACK RADICAL GROUP CALLS FOR KILLING COPS
Any statement from POTUS or the DOJ about this racial hate crime? ~Bob
BLACK ACTIVISTS CALL FOR LYNCHING AND HANGING OF WHITE PEOPLE AND COPS
Democratic challengers launch attacks against Clinton, party leadership
I keep saying: Morsi had lunch with Obama in the WH, passed through US security carte blanche. He left saying he wanted the Blind Sheik released from jail and Obama said, "Up to Holder." Still think the ambassador was supposed to be kidnapped for exchange, not raped with a bayonet and sodomized and killed, but radical Islamists don't like gays....Barb
Defense Secretary Tells Marines They’ll Be Protected from ‘Few Troubled Losers Who Are on the Internet Too Much’
Prop. 47 looking like well-intentioned blunder: Thomas Elias
Excerpt: This was the ballot measure that turned some “minor” felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the crowding in state prisons and many county jails. It has unquestionably helped some ex-felons rebuild their lives.
But as crime statistics for the first half of this year pour in from around the state, this measure looks worse and worse, on balance. The numbers are bearing out warnings Proposition 47 opponents made in their official ballot argument against the initiative before it passed by a whopping 60-40 percent margin.
Train Gunman ‘Ashamed’ Of Being Stopped By Airman, National Guardsman Paris
Satire: Second Annual
If you can spot the errors, thank a teacher...from long ago.