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Groundhog Day…Again and Again

Image result for jake tapper unhingedThis will be a short one.  Last week the lame-stream media went nuts over President Trump’s press conference…actually they became unhinged.  Perhaps taking a page from el Rushbo, President Trump predicted how the media would portray his performance at the press conference and did EXACTLY as he predicted.  The liberal PR department that is CNN became unglued during and mostly after the event.  The most egregious comments coming from Jake Tapper who is usually the most reasonable.  I guess CNN is rubbing off on poor ole Jake?  They just don’t like having their bias and fake news rubbed in their faces.


Book of the Night

“One thing was clear to him:  never again could he return to Lohenfels Castle.  The grand inquisitor had pronounced his death sentence.”

In Book of the Night by author Oliver Pötzsch, we meet young Lukas Lohenfels as he is celebrating his thirteenth birthday…before everything changes.  His family is ripped apart and Lukas finds himself alone in the wilderness running for his life.  His journey leads him to a lost family member and the man responsible for all of his troubles.  When they meet, Lukas is no longer a young child playing with swords, he has become a man fighting with swords though not much time has passed for the young man.  His life has forced him to mature.


Hard Impact

“That’s how he spent his life.  At the service of whichever high-ranking official needed him.  Sent across the globe, dropped in the middle of war-zones.  A combat operative for one of the most secretive and exclusive government departments on the planet.  Black Force.”

In Hard Impact, operative Jason King is dropped into the middle of the Amazon rainforest to try to rescue three hostages from a gang of drug runners.  Essentially King is one against a couple dozen heavily armed drug cartel members.  Oh, and if he is successful, he really doesn’t have a way out of the jungle.


In The Market For Murder

In the Market for Murder is a “Lady Hardcastle Mystery” and like the first Lady Hardcastle and her “servant” Florence Armstrong are tasked to solve a murder mystery as the local constabulary are busy with other, more pressing issues.  Set in the early 20th century, the sleuthing is rudimentary, but that’s what makes these mysteries interesting and quaint.  Setting off to find the killer before they even know for sure that the man was murdered.  They come to find plenty of people who have motive and pretty much every person that they interview reviled the victim.


The One Minute Entrepreneur

In this “story”, authors Ken Blanchard and Don Hutson allow us to follow the fictional journey of a young man and his wife as they start a successful business and most importantly keeping the business. The One Minute Entrepreneur is subtitled as “the secret to creating and sustaining a successful business.”

The dialogue is a little bit awkward at times, but as advertised, there are a great many tips to starting and running a business;



Fool Me Once

In Fool Me Once, author Harlan Coben brings us into the life of Maya Burkett who, in the opening paragraph, has just buried her husband.  She finds herself alone with her 2 year-old daughter and while she has friends and family she feels alone and anxious to find the identity of the murderer.  Maya is a retired military pilot who suffers from PTSD, though still seems to long for the “action” of life deployed.  Life at home seems no better;


Build A Bare

New York City:  Hoping to cash in on the seemingly endless whining after President Donald Trump’s historic election, iconic franchise, Build A Bear, will be featuring a new line of “bear” products, Build A Bare.  “These Bares will allow the many victims of the Trump Presidency cope with their grief and having lost so spectacularly in November.” said marketing VP, Madonna Judd.  She went on to explain that “we probably won’t be selling these in stores throughout the country, but will focus on the larger cities like Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Hollywood.  That’s where are market seems to be and we expect to make a killing.” Madonna Judd noted.  “I have thought a lot about this product blowing up.”


A Quiet Life in the Country

Lady Hardcastle and her “maid” Miss Armstrong move into what they believe to be a quiet country setting.  On one of their first walks into town they discover something that is anything but what they expected in this quaint little town.  They both dig in to solve the mystery…

“I have christened it the ‘crime board’, she said ‘Let me show you.’  She stood and collected a sheaf of papers from the sideboard before crossing to the blackboard.”


News Flash – Onion VS CNN

Washington, DC:  The Leek News Service has learned that the “fake news” service, The Onion, has filed a federal lawsuit against CNN for infringement on their long-standing fake news practice.  The lawsuit alleges that CNN has violated The Onion’s news genre of fake news by continually spreading fake news.  “CNN’s continued use of fake news in its broadcasts is a clear infringement on our schtick” offered an unnamed Onion source.  “CNN’s fake news has damaged our ability to write our fake news and makes it hard for our readers to really know which of our stories are fake.”