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:: Sunday, July 20, 2014 ::

Detective Novels on Audio Books 

:: Posted by Edward Cline at 2:48 PM


I'm proud to announce that all the Chess Hanrahan detective novels, as well as most of the Cyrus Skeen period detective novels are on sale as audio books, print books, and on Kindle. Presence of Mind, a Hanrahan novel, and The Black Stone, have been approved by Amazon ACX and will be on sale soon. A narrator has been contracted to read The Head of Athena and The Daedâlus Conspiracy, both of which should be completed by the end of August and by September respectively.

All the novels are also available in Great Britain, Canada, and Europe.

The Sparrowhawk series, republished under the The Patrick Henry Press imprint after the original publisher, MacAdam/Cage, defaulted on most of its contracts and filed for bankruptcy last December, is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If thinking of purchasing a title from this series, be sure to look for The Patrick Henry Press edition as print books and on Kindle.

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:: Thursday, July 17, 2014 ::

Obama's Middle Finger to America 

:: Posted by Edward Cline at 5:36 PM



From day one in his first term of office, President Barack Obama has given America his middle finger. I'm surprised so many people haven't noticed it. Here's a State of the Union address he'd never dare make, but I'm sure he would like to, just to let his hair down. It would probably be written by his good pal Bill Ayers, or his proxy mom, Valerie Jarrett. Or by the fired press secretary Jay Carney, on a consultation basis for a handsome fee.

"Folks of America, my pals in Congress and the Supreme Court, and my pals overseas and across the border:

"As you all well know, I'm going to transform this country, whether or not Americans like it. If Congress and the states won’t help me, I'll do it myself with my executive powers. Americans are just going to have to eat it. Do I intend to turn this country into a third-rate country like Mexico? Yes. It's about time it was knocked down to size.

"How am I going to do this? I will further bankrupt it with more TARP-like financial boondoggles, industry bailouts, costly subsidies to companies not likely to succeed, increasing the powers of government surveillance on ordinary Americans, recruiting the EPA to enforce rules guaranteed to drive coal and oil out of business, imposing a healthcare insurance scheme on the country that will really hurt Americans in the pocketbook, and forcing everyone to kowtow to the government and its programs whether or not they like it. Oh, there are so many ways to screw this country!

"Don’t like it? Tough.  Eat it. Your senators and representatives – generations of them – voted government those powers and now we're going to use them like there's no tomorrow. After all, it's doubtful I'll have a third term. It's our hope that that harridan, Hillary, will pick up where we leave off, if she's nominated and runs for election. We can fix that election, too. She's for what I'm for, although she's not as good a dissimulator as I am. Dissimulator? Me?? Using a five-syllable word! Shame on me! Sounds like a thing that processes nuclear fuel in Iran!

"You know Michelle and I really hate this country. It isn't black or brown enough. So I've reached an understanding with Mexico and several Central American governments to send their diseased and pliable mosquitoes north across the border. Trainloads of them. This is necessary because it's assumed that these otherwise useless people will express their gratitude by voting Democrat in every future election, local, state and national.

"That's the plan. And they won’t need Attorney General Holder's New Black Panthers to make sure they do vote the right way. They won’t need super-sized, gun-toting Colombian or Mexican drug cartels (Eric's special program to discredit private gun ownership)  to ensure it, either, or any of the Central American criminals and gang members we're bringing in with their colorfully tattooed faces and chests. Mexico is being very cooperative – even eager, they're so envious of the U.S. – in funneling all these Central American mosquitoes through its country right up to our borders. A truly "In Your Face" example of international cooperation! Like crap through a goose, they'll come, as General Patton once put it, although I can't recall the context and I'm not really certain who he was.

"You know, those gang members, they're a lot like those Maori morons in New Zealand, who tattooed their faces and stuck their tongues out when they fought the evil white settlers in their country. Funny!

"Shssh! Don’t tell anyone, but it's an open secret that this was all a manufactured crisis. Tailor-made by yours truly. A rescue operation for my pals the Democrats. Even if we must stoop to really dirty tricks to preserve their power over this country, this is what they're willing to do. As am I, to use correct English! Swamp the country with newly baked registered – or unregistered, if you will – Democrats.

"We've also made arrangements to put the mosquitoes up in fine quarters you middle class folks probably can't afford any more – and you'll pay for it, too!

"We've also established an understanding with Islam's finest representatives in this country to let Muslims pour in, too, and we'll be resettling them in the unlikeliest place – right on your doorstep and those of countless other Americans. Don’t like it? Eat it.

"You people are going to have to learn how to obey my commands and fit into my agenda without protest or criticism. Just move along, there's nothing to see here. You're going to submit, dhimmi-style, as they'd call it in Islam – or else.  I'm doing good, don’t you see?  It's the altruistic thing to do. I command, you sacrifice.  It meshes very nicely with my agenda to transform this country.

"Don’t bother me with Constitutional issues. I'm not interested. Some people claim I'm tearing up the Constitution. Wow! They finally noticed! That moldy piece of paper was written by a bunch of rich white guys (and, by the way, I hate the British, too!). It's time all those rights and protections and guarantees were replaced with populist principles recognized by Progressives as right and true to create a more just society, a more equitable society, a fairer society.

"And, it's only fair that these newly minted citizens have a right to send your hard-earned taxed dollars back to their home countries to keep their governments afloat and in power. These new citizens don’t ever plan to return to their countries of origin, but that's your problem, not mine.

"I don’t want to hear any back talk – in town hall meetings, on the sides of buildings, or anywhere – about the immigrants or where we settle them or what damage they do to your communities. One peep out of you racists and we'll send SWAT teams after you. Or file a "hate crime" or "hate speech" suit against you.

"You folks in the news media: Thanks for all your help! Love you guys! Except when you ask questions I'm not prepared to answer…truthfully, anyway. Then you're in hot water, as you already know. Drone time! (chuckles) Otherwise, keep up the fine job of believing everything I say and sharing my vision! And stop giving my press secretaries such a hard time! They become stuttering train wrecks and I might need to hire a fourth before I boggy out of the White House!

"So what if Somalians and Pakistanis and Afghanis Iraqis and Mexicans and Hondurans haven't a clue to why they're here. So what if they kill each other and go on crime sprees and play the "knockdown" game on you whites and Asians who all think you're so special because you say 'you built it' and those poor losers didn't. You've had it coming, and I'm the master of ceremonies. And if you protest and call me a racist or a communist or some other derogatory or libelous name I'm going to get the IRS and DHS and the DEA and EPA or the HHS to target you for special attention and work to haul your asses to jail or just make your lives miserable.  Just like that stupid Copt was who made that defamatory video about Muslims.

"My staff passed on to me a really scurrilous comment by some blogger about what I'm doing to his country (pardon the chuckle!), captured by the NSA. Here's what it read:

'No borders, no standards, immigrants going wherever they want, by the tens of thousands, or where the government sends them – ours  is no longer a country as an identifiable entity with lines of delineation, but a region open to all comers who have nothing but 'squatting rights' to claim, and in a former country with no law to back up their claims and no government to defend citizens against the squatters. Currently, under the pillaging Democrats, this is premeditated, state-managed anarchy.'

"Now, that's one bright fellow! Nailed my method down with six-inch nails! Come the Revolution that's in process, we're going to have to take care of him. You know what I mean. Can't have him blabblin' all over the country! Wrote a lot of novels. My staff tells me they're blasphemous against Islam, treasonous in politics, and don’t have very many minority characters in them, either. You won’t find them in my library!

"I commend all my Jewish friends who are in lockstep with my agenda: Ben Bernanke, Rahm Emanuel, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, David Axlerod, Alan Dershowitz, Elena Kagan, Michael Bloomberg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, George Soros, and Thomas Friedman – to name but a few. The rest of you Jews, go suck an egg! Shoe a goose! Wail against your stupid Wall!

"That goes for Israel, too! You go, Hamas! Kibosh their kippahs! And you guys are truly altruistic by asking your friends and relatives and children to act as human shields against Israel's bombs! You're to be patted on the back! The Pope ought to donate some of the Vatican's treasures just to keep you in cash. I think he wants to, in the name of democracy! (Faint sound of raspberries off-mike)  Hope you kill as many of those damned kikes as you can! And, don't worry: We'll keep sending you millions in aid until you accomplish your end and erase that scabby country from the face of the earth!

"Folks! Just get used to the idea that I'm the Boss. Not that cracker Bruce Springsteen with his twangy music, even though he seems to be on my side. I'm the Boss! The Boss is me!

"You'll have to excuse me now. I have a golf date at Boca Pointe Club in Boca Raton. A really amazing place. It suits my lifestyle, defines my experience as a lousy golfer, as its ads say. You're paying for it, folks, as you've paid for all my outings. I have a Secret Service guy following me around as my caddy. I'd prefer a Marine, but that umbrella stunt in the Rose Garden was enough of a humiliation for that outfit.  And those Marines keep saluting me! The joke's on them!

"All my friends and foolish supporters out there – Latinos, Muslims, Blacks, Leftards, friendly Jews – Keep on truckin'! Vote early and often, as a true boss man once said. Obama for America is there to help you with voter registration and false documents.

"All you others, go fly a kite! Cling to your guns. Frame your Constitution. Wave your flags! You won’t have them for long!

"Good night, folks! And, to borrow a phrase from my lovable former Chicago pastor: God Damn America!"

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:: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 ::

The "Jewish" Question 

:: Posted by Edward Cline at 2:15 AM


These ongoing pogroms, anti-Semitic attacks, the noisy and often violent demonstrations, and the individual attacks on Jews in Europe and elsewhere, apparently occur in cycles. But they especially explode when Jews fight back and take steps to trounce their tormentors. As Israel is doing now against Hamas in Gaza. How dare they?

Now, as an atheist, I have no special regard for any religion. The one I hate – and I hate it because I fear it, and fear that it is making inroads in my Western culture, because it is a malignant, death-worshipping, nihilist evil – is Islam. All the others, including Judaism, don’t worry me, because not a one of them is telling me to defer to it, walk on the other side of the street, or threatens me with death. All those others exist on the periphery of my consciousness and of my concerns. I try to imagine an Amish farmer in a suicide vest. It doesn’t compute. The idea is laughable. Although I suspect that if Muslims try to collect jizya from the Amish, I think Amish pacifism will come to an end, and Islam will have a problem. I especially look forward to the Quakers' reaction to submission.

But, I am otherwise indifferent to religion. I was raised in a Catholic household without having become a Catholic. The contradictions, arbitrary restrictions, hypocrisies, scandals, and corruption prevalent in that creed alienated me permanently from any species of mysticism.

Jews? I don’t even regard them, collectively, as a "race." In my mind, Judaism is a religion, first and foremost. Anyone can become or be a Jew: Caucasians, Latinos, Blacks, Asians. I wouldn't know a Jew on a street unless he wore his religion on his sleeve, as Hassidic Jews do.

But it is also true of Islam, that it isn't reserved to a specific race. Except the difference is that Judaism isn't seeking rabbinical hegemony over the globe. Jews are not telling me that I'd better convert and wear a kippah, or lose my head, or see my daughter raped, or my son's hands chopped off.

Jews just want to be left alone, and, incidentally, to benefit the rest of the world with their work and humanity.

But no one wants to leave them alone. Jews are the one-size-fits-all historical scapegoats for whatever miseries or catastrophes have beset mankind or brought about on himself. History abounds with instances of how Jews have benefited man, yet were banished or subjected to riotous murder. They have loaned money to bankrupt princes and spendthrift governments, yet were snubbed, insulted, or worse. They have excelled in medical and scientific research and technology, and in business and finance. They are generous to a perilous fault, such as the foolhardy supplying of their enemies in Gaza – and that includes all the hapless shnorers, Hamas's human shields – with medical supplies, food, and other necessities.

Jews can also be foolish, such as the American ones who oppose Israel, and the ones in Israel itself who subscribe to the fantasy that Hamas and Gazans and Muslims of whatever suasion can be pacified and made tolerant of Jewish and Israeli existence. I don't know where their heads are, and I'm so fastidious in some respects that I don’t even want to explore their self-evident delusions. They don’t seem to realize that if Israel were ever destroyed, they, the helping-hand Jews, would be among the first to be exterminated. Islam does not tolerate "but-you-said" complaints. The same goes for the leftards in this country who have "allied" themselves with Islamic supremacists simply because Israel contradicts . They'll be among the first to be sent to the wall or over the cliff, come an American caliphate. Except for the ones who have mastered the art of groveling.

The world owes Jews and Israel an incalculable debt for everything they've done for it, yet our response is to stab them in the back, betray them, and tell them to parley for peace with killers who do not want peace, who are certifiable psychotics who want to kill for the sake of killing, and act and exist for no other reason.

The world owes Jews and Israel that incalculable debt, and, rather than create a pitifully partial list of their achievements here – achievements which improve and advance man's existence – I offer here links to various sites that itemize everything they've done. Readers may peruse the lists at their leisure:

Inventions:

Nobel Laureates (191, in all categories):

A collection of achievements:

Israeli medical achievements:

The Israeli high-tech industry:

The Methodist Friends of Israel:

What have been Muslim contributions to man's condition, to increase his happiness and well-being,  other than the inculcating a neurosis of terror, and developing weapons with which to kill Jews, attack Israel, and slaughter infidels?  For 1,400 years, not much, except, perhaps, to filch algebra from the Indians and also what are called "Arabic" numbers. The tally of Muslim Nobel Laureates comes to an underwhelming eleven: Seven Peace Prizes, two in literature, one in physics, and one in chemistry.

What can explain this virtual absence of Muslim achievements? Aside from the mind-numbing nature of Islamic ideology, which I've discussed in past columns, one Muslim offers this credible and honest explanation for it:

…Today’s common Muslim mind, including the intellectual Muslim mind, is quite insular, and is focused on protecting an “Islamic” (and quite closed) mental sphere from influences from the outside world. The result is a defensive culture that refuses to engage with the ideas of “the unbelievers,” and therefore only repeats what it has learned from its own forebears. If we Muslims want more Nobel Prizes – and all the knowledge, sophistication and success that they imply – we must begin with challenging this closed-mindedness, and strive to have more open minds. 

I don’t think this fellow is a true, practicing Muslim. If he were, he wouldn't have been able to write those words.

Hamas? Hamas is a pint-sized Goliath challenging a towering David.  What can explain its determination to engage in combat with Israel, which, if it took off its humanitarian "what-would-the-world-think-of-us" gloves, would annihilate it? The answer is simple: A nihilistic death wish. David P. Goldman, in his July 15th article on PJ Media, "Hamas Is the Norm, Israel is the Exception,"    offers this very appropriate explanation: "

Hamas wants to die, obviously and visibly. That thought horrifies Westerners. As a number of Israeli commentators observe, Hamas doesn’t particularly care about having a Palestinian State. It wants to destroy the Jewish State and is willing to die in the process. It wants to die in such a way that Israel will die, too. There is something utterly surreal to Hamas crowding civilians around military targets, and Israeli pilots declining to attack them. It recalls the joke about the sadist and the masochist. The masochist says, “Beat me!,” and the sadist says, No…suffer.” [Italics mine.]

Hamas, to be sure, proposes to die in an accelerated time frame and a particularly disgusting fashion, but it should be kept in mind that self-willed extinction is the norm.  

Yes, they want to be "martyrs." They wish to die. The Blaze in November 2012, reporting during another conflict between Israel and Hamas, quotes one Islamic terrorist group's motto:

“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: The Al-Qassam Brigades love death more than you love life.”

That comports precisely with David Goldman's explanation of Hamas's nihilistic death wish: If we can't live, we don’t want you to live, either.

I say: Grant them their wish. Extinguish Hamas, once and for all. Down to the last miserable "martyr." 

Hamas's solution to the "Jewish Question" is the same as was Hitler's: Kill all the Jews. We envy the Jews, can never hope to match their achievements and determination to live, and not merely "survive," we are but mere manqués pretending to live. We have no purpose in our existence but to kill, kill, kill. We have no values but the sight of Jews in pain and writhing in death.

The vicious ideology of Islam gives Hamas a specious rationale for their chosen psychosis.  Israelis have proven in virtually every realm of human endeavor that they are pro-life men of reason.  Reason, too, is what Hamas, ruled by an anti-life philosophy, wishes to extinguish.

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