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Killing Reagan

killing reaganSome might be confused by the title of the latest of author Bill O’Reilly’s non-fiction books featuring the “killing” of famous figures.  So what does Killing Reagan have to do with killing or murder?  Ronald Reagan died after a prolonged fight with Alzheimer’s disease;  Not exactly “natural causes”, but nowhere near a murder.  The authors subtitle; “the violent assault that changed a presidency” is their way to look into whether the assassination attempt affected President Reagan’s health…especially his mental health.

Killing Patton

killing pattonThis book is “the strange death of World War II’s most audacious general.”  In Killing Patton Bill O’Reilly and co-author Martin Dugard dig into the circumstances behind the unusual death of General George S. Patton.  The authors provide copious background behind the characters who would have loved to see the prominent general no longer around and they list doesn’t just include Germans and Russians.  If you are a history buff you’ll have the added pleasure of getting a good dose of WWII information.  If you are not a history buff, there is not too much, but maybe you will become one of us.  You really should!

Bullying the Bullied

arrestWhen I heard this news item from a local school district I almost hurt my neck shaking it.  The article describes a young man who attends a local high school.  He has some emotional and learning issues and to make life even more miserable there were students taunting/bullying him.  He did the right thing and went to his folks who did the right thing and went to the school officials who did nothing (allegedly).  The taunting continued so the young man took his iPad to school and recorded what happened to him during a math class.

Bloviating

bill_oreillyAnyone who has watched Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly knows that he eschews bloviating which is intriguing as he is a serial bloviator.  After the President’s State Of The Union speech on Tuesday the topic of minimum wage has been hotly debated.  And Billy O was kind enough to invite the requisite opposing pundits to discuss the issue.  As he can often do, he proceeded to interrupt the conservative pundit (sorry I don’t remember her name) as she offer the usual proof regarding the FACTS that a minimum wage actually, historically, and truthfully hurts those who are just starting out. Obama with O’Reilly’s blessing wants a minimum wage of around $10.10/hour.

Killing Jesus

killing jesusWhat a subject to take on by authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  The life and death of Jesus Christ!  First off this is NOT a religious novel and I think O’Reilly has taken great pains to reiterate that this is in fact a historical account of the murder of Jesus of Nazareth.  If you are looking for that type of book there are plenty out there for you to read.  This just isn’t one of them.  The authors give a detailed historical background of the time before Jesus’ birth to give a sense of the brutality of the times and the complete domination of the Roman empire though in decline at the time of Jesus.

Killing Kennedy

I was nearly three when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I don’t remember where I was when I heard the news, but I seem to have a memory of watching the funeral on television. Authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard fill in a lot of blanks for me and provide background and information about the events of JFK’s brief presidency, his many enemies, his many faults, his many physical disabilities, and his many accomplishments. If you are looking for an “Oliver Stone-like” conspiracy book Killing Kennedy is NOT for you. If you are interested in the facts and small details lost through the years this book will excite you.

Killing Lincoln

“The first one or two [death threats] made me a little uncomfortable,’ Lincoln has admitted to an artist who came to paint his portrait, ‘but they have ceased to give me any apprehension.  I know I am in danger, but I am not going to worry over little things like these.’  Rather than dwell on death, Lincoln prefers to live life on his own terms. ‘If I am killed I can die but once,’ he is fond of saying, ‘but to live in constant dread is to die over and over again.’  While the war still raged he told the writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, ‘Whichever way the war ends, I have the impression that I shall not last long after it is over.”

Yahoo Sweet Sixteen

I have no idea how old Yahoo is, nor do I care.  This post started rather innocently as I often peek at the Yahoo headlines sometime during the day.  Sometimes I even get an inspiration from one of the headlines as with Life Unlock on January 24th.  I started paying attention to the headlines and found a trend with their home page…disturbing to me, but not surprising.  I think this is a GREAT illustration of the liberal bias that the mainstream media and even many new media outlets adhere to. 

Before I continue with sixteen “candles” of Yahoo bias here is a basic rundown of their position:

TSA TNA

“Don’t touch my junk” has become as famous as “don’t tase me man” in the American culture as the Transportation Security Administration increased the level of “scrutiny” at airport just prior to the busiest travel weekend of the year.  The words of interrupted traveler John Tyner went viral as a symbol of the frustration many people feel with the new screening at airports.  Mr. Tyner decided not to travel rather than be subjected to an intrusive body search.  As usual Charles Krauthammer perhaps had the best take on the story in a recent column;

N.Y.T. – Not Your Truth…anymore!

Times1“The New York Times. There is no news organization that is more influential with the so-called mainstream media. If The New York Times went on strike tomorrow morning, the CBS Evening News wouldn’t know what to put on the air tomorrow night. Everybody takes their cues from The New York Times. And under the leadership of its publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., and its executive editor, Bill Keller, this once great newspaper, liberal, great newspaper has just descended pretty far down the list… But the problem that I have with The New York Times is that they’ve adopted a view of conservatives that is prevalent on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and that is that conservatives aren’t simply wrong, conservatives are morally inferior. So that if they disagree with you on, let’s say immigration, Bill, you become a racist.”