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Night Fall

John Corey and his new wife attend a memorial service in remembrance of the victims of TWA Flight 800 which exploded shortly after take off from New York’s JFK International Airport.  Five years after the tragedy there are still open wounds and doubt about the official explanation of the events leading up to the explosion.  In Night Fall Corey opens and investigation as only he can and in turn takes some heat from members of the federal government who don’t seem anxious to have him looking into the events of that night.

Portrait of a Spy

About a month ago I get my edition of Costco Connection in the mail and was excited!  No there’s wasn’t a sale on batteries (actually there was), but news of the upcoming release of Daniel Silva’s new novel, Portrait of a Spy, feature heroic Gabriel Allon.  I fastidiously set the date on my Droid calendar and planned to drive to Costco on the release day to pick up my copy.  I arranged my reading plan so that I could start the book that night.  I was excited on the drive that day.  When I got there the book was no where in sight.  Frustrated, I rechecked my calendar and it was July 12 yet there was no book.  I used the power of my Verizon unlimited data package to search Mr. Silva’s website only to find out that I had gotten the date wrong and was a week early,

News Briefs – Volume XXV

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1: Never content to accept a win, special interest groups (perhaps the bane of our society) have already begun to dissect America’s victory when a team of soldiers killed Osama. The Onondaga Indian tribe released a statement criticizing the use of the code name “Geronimo” for bin Laden,

“Think of the outcry if they had used any other ethnic group’s hero. Geronimo bravely and heroically defended his homeland and his people, eventually surrendering and living out the rest of his days peacefully, if in captivity…Geronimo is arguably the most recognized Native American name in the world and this comparison only serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes about our people…Why would that be honorable to us? All they know is just cowboys and Indians, the stuff they saw on TV.”

The Black Swan

I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Black Swan.  It was recommended by an liberal acquaintance who shares a love of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged although we have a much different vision of Rand’s message.  Mine is right.

The black swan is a metaphor for unexpected events or as it is described as “the highly improbable consequential event.”  At one time all swans were white until someone found a black one.  All evidence proved that all swans were white.  No one saw the black swan coming…that’s the highly improbable.  Author Nassim Taleb has made his passion and his fortune trying to understand and look for the black swans.  Black swans can hurt, black swans can destroy.

GZM – A Few Thoughts

At the risk of having my head removed from my body I have a few thoughts on the GSM (Ground Zero Mosque) controversy:

  • I don’t see how Americans can look for legal means to stop the construction of the GZM.  If we are a nation of laws and the mosque meets the standards and rules then it should not be prevented.
  • I don’t see how Muslims who claim to be tolerant would in their wildest dreams would consider putting a mosque anywhere near the site of America’s greatest terrorist attack and carried out by Muslims. 

Luke Says “Go Snow”

One of my favorite cartoons as a youth was Underdog.  Have no fear, Underdog is here!  Of all of Underdog’s protagonists, none were more irritating than scientist/inventor Simon Bar Sinister.  One of his weapons was a machine that made snow.  I can still hear him running around wreaking havoc yelling “Simon Says Go Snow.” 

Separated At Birth – Whiplash/Holder

Whiplash - Holder

Snidely Whiplash was the tireless antagonist to Canadian Mountie, Dudley Do-Right, in the 1960s cartoon.  The tireless villain in the cartoon melodrama often made Nell Fenwick the object of his schemes where she often ended up tied to a railroad track.  Often foiled by Do-Right, Snidely never gave up his machinations to do evil.  Whiplash was portrayed as a bright yet evil man who was often beaten by a lesser Dudley.  One senses that the dual for “right” had been going on long before the series.