Framing the Dialogue

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Red Sparrow

red sparrowWith cover art reminiscent of a James Bond opening credits, Red Sparrow brings back an American “enemy” from the Cold War.  Instead of the USSR the spy game written by Jason Matthews pits American assets against the new Russia which is sort of like the old Soviet Union.  Matthews brings reality, or a least as much as he can divulge, as a former member of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

Stop START Stop

The Obama talking points for the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (“START”) sound worthwhile…reducing nuclear arms.  Like the manmade global warming fraud this treaty raises hackles on my neck.  I have not read START, but I trust Putin and the Russians about less than I trust Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.  Anytime a politician really pushes an agenda, really pushes an agenda we should be wary.  The good thing about America is that we generally play by the rules, but the bad thing is that others don’t.  No greater proof is our rules of engagement in Afghanistan. 

Stiki Wiki

There is a lot of furor over the latest release of stolen classified documents by Wikileaks and their subsequent publication by many media outlets including the New York Times.  No surprise that the NYT would publish classified documents that embarrass the United States as they have done in the past.  The surprise is perhaps that the documents diminish their lord and president, Barack Hussein Obama. 

News Briefs – Volume XVIII

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  I have been somewhat angry at the folks who run the WikiLeaks website as they have repeatedly released classified military documents of the United States.  I am all for daylight, but it seems that these folks care very little for the troops that may be affected (and by affected I mean killed) because of the information contained in the data dumps.  A recent story suggests that the WikiLeaks people are contemplating a similar dump of documents from the Russian government.  The Time Magazine writer coyly suggests that the “Russian reaction will not be as reserved as America’s.”  Duh!  It will be interesting to see if the WikiLeakers have the stones to take on Russia.  They might just end up on the wrong end of a ricin-tipped umbrella

Finish It – Volume 1

This series is a variation of the game you play with your fortune cookie by adding the phrase “in bed” after your fortune.  In this case the headline will be displayed followed by the phrase that should follow.  I hope that you enjoy.

Ahmadinejad says Iran may end enrichment…

It’s just cheaper to buy it from Russia

Texas ed board adopts resolution limiting Islam…

Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) promises to sue and that heads will roll

Feds join fraud case targeted at Mayo

Miracle Whip could not be reached for comment

State of the Union

“The Russians had made one fatal mistake – they hadn’t cleared their message through Scot Harvath, and he was going to be damned if those lying communist bastards caused the collective head of the United States of America to bow even a fraction of an inch in deference to the new world order they planned to unleash.  He’d been to Russia, and he’d seen what a shitty country it was.  As far as he was concerned, they’d gained too much prominence on the world stage, and it wasn’t time for the United States to step back, it was time for someone to shove the Russians the hell off.”

We The Living

In most of my reviews I try very hard not to betray the story and allow you to discover it on your own.  In fiction I rarely tell more than what you might read on the inside cover and usually even less.  The fact that We the Living was Ayn Rand’s first novel blows me away.  She admits that many of the characters were influenced by her life.  From her Forward;

News Briefs Volume VI

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  Obamagovernment dictates an increase in fuel economy of 10 mpg by 2016 (to 35.5 mpg).  Estimate are that this will only cost you another $1000 for your next car, but it will save you over $3000 over the life of the car.  If you use government accounting (i.e. Congressional Budget Office rules) they probably assume that the car will last you 25 years.  In order to achieve that mileage they will probably have to be plastic so they probably won’t rust.  The only real issue will be when some 90-something-year-old T-bones you at an intersection killing you and all of your passengers.  Plastic cars kill.  The way it works is that an auto manufacturer’s has to produce cars that average the new standards.  So all companies have to produce is a super high mileage car to balance the lower mileage cars that American consumers want to buy.

Tsar

If you like action/adventure novels Ted Bell is one of my favorite writers.  If you have already read Bell’s other adventures of Sir Alex Hawke, you will really love this one.  In my opinion Tsar was by far the best of Ted Bell’s novels.  It was very difficult to put down…literally.

I was so entranced with the story of Hawke trying to save the world from a resurgent and brutal Russia that I almost skipped July 3 fireworks.  Our town actually had their fireworks on Friday night.  I was tempted to stay home and finish the book, but I had promised the family that I would go with them.  I did finish when I got home that night.