free login bwin correct score prediction_Welfare offer home casino?movie_login bonus william hill casino club promo code vip https://www.google.com//8f4 Avid Readers, Occasional Bloggers Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:33:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 11284985 Quick Take: One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt https://www.google.com//8f4/2019/01/23/quick-take-one-fatal-mistake-by-tom-hunt/ /8f4/2019/01/23/quick-take-one-fatal-mistake-by-tom-hunt/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:25:56 +0000 /8f4/?p=25923 A little torn on One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt. It turned out to be the fast paced thriller I was looking for when I grabbed it from NetGalley. But I was left cold by the ending. Everything went barreling toward a climax and then it just kind of ended.

When eighteen-year-old Joshua Mayo takes a man’s life in a terrible accident, he leaves the scene without reporting the crime to the police. He hopes to put the awful night behind him and move on with his life. But, of course, he ends up telling his mother, Karen, what happened.

Karen has raised Joshua on her own in Cedar Rapids, Iowa–and she’d thought they’d finally made it. He was doing well in school and was only months away from starting college at his dream school. After hearing his dark confession, she’s forced to make a choice no parent should have to make. A choice that draws them both into a web of deceit that will change their lives forever–if they can make it out alive.

The story is an interesting exploration of how things can go horribly wrong in a flash and how these intense moments, and a fierce dedication to loved ones, can make moral decision making difficult.

A fast and entertaining read but didn’t stick the landing, IMO.

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Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion by Edward G. Lengel https://www.google.com//8f4/2019/01/07/never-in-finer-company-the-men-of-the-great-wars-lost-battalion-by-edward-g-lengel/ /8f4/2019/01/07/never-in-finer-company-the-men-of-the-great-wars-lost-battalion-by-edward-g-lengel/#respond Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:37:15 +0000 /8f4/?p=25893 Next to the Korean War, World War I is the twentieth century’s other forgotten war in the United States. Many do not know of the large number of American casualties suffered in relation to the short duration of American involvement. If Americans remember anything of the war, it is of the exploits of Sergeant Alvin York. However, Edward G. Lengel highlights the heroic stand of the “Lost Battalion,” an American unit surrounded and almost annihilated, in his book Never in Finer Company.?

Lengel tells the compelling stories of Major Charles Whittlesey, Captain George McMurtry, Sergeant York, and Damon Runyon during the battalion’s encirclement. After describing their lives before the war, Lengel describes each man’s path into the military (or, in Runyon’s case, his path to covering the war) and their lives leading into battle.?

Unlike many books on explaining the exploits of fighting men, Lengel goes beyond the battlefield when looking at the men. He compassionately describes the struggles and trials of the men as they deal with the horrors they experienced in war. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was not a term used, but Whittlesey, McMurtry, and York all exhibited classic symptoms of the Disorder. As Lengel explains, Whittlesey may have suffered the most as he agonized over the deaths of his men.

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The writing is phenomenal and engaging. Lengel is balanced in his criticism and praise of each of the men. He also rightly criticizes the American generals’ incompetence (especially General Pershing and General Alexander – the Lost Battalion’s Division commander) in planning and executing the battles. Alexander was a bully and should not have been retained in command due to his demeanor and lack of touch with the front lines.

Lengel’s book is a great tribute to those who fought in the Lost Battalion.

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Donald Trump & Character https://www.google.com//8f4/2019/01/03/donald-trump-character/ /8f4/2019/01/03/donald-trump-character/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:25:20 +0000 /8f4/?p=25885 Continue reading ]]>

Trump¡¯s inability to hold onto cabinet secretaries of quality; his determination to shrink his political coalition; his refusal to do the minimum due diligence to understand and thereby explain his policy preferences; his incapacity to let insults, real or perceived, go unanswered; his relentless prevarication and insurmountable narcissism; his insistence on denigrating allies; his penchant for conspiracy theories and his unwavering pettiness: All of these things are reflections of his character, too. And they will have consequences for Trump, the GOP, the conservative movement, and the country.

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The Sorrows of Work (The School of Life) https://www.google.com//8f4/2019/01/02/the-sorrows-of-work/ /8f4/2019/01/02/the-sorrows-of-work/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2019 01:31:32 +0000 /8f4/?p=25876 The Sorrows of Work in The School of Life Series is a short book that explains why so many of us are miserable at work.?

The book attests that our misery is because of several factors:?specialization, socialization, commercialization, scale, competition, collaboration, equal opportunity, and meritocracy.

Each of these reasons is fully explained in its own chapter. The explanations are very succinct.

The book’s conclusions are a little depressing, but true.

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Artemis by Andy Weir https://www.google.com//8f4/2018/12/19/artemis-by-andy-weir/ /8f4/2018/12/19/artemis-by-andy-weir/#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 14:45:23 +0000 /8f4/?p=25861 I stumbled on Artemis when searching for reading material for my Kindle.? As is so often the case, I had purchased and borrowed a number of non-fiction books but found that my appetite did not match my ability to read “serious” books; particularly when busy and stressed.

I was able to grab Artemis for three bucks and decided to dive in.? I had heard of the movie, The Martian, but not read the book. Oh, well.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself¡ªand that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

What I liked:

  • The world building and conceptualization of life on the moon; the politics, the economics, the culture, etc.? It was entertaining to think about how this might all work.
  • And the characters were interesting as well.? Jazz and her father, her friends, coworkers, and various Artemis leaders were plausible and brought something to what is essentially a heist plot.?

Not so much:

  • Weir had a tendency to get into the technical details of things like welding and engineering a bit much; slowed the plot down at times.
  • Jazz and other character’s snarky attitude and general immaturity seemed a bit over-the-top after a while.? The one liners and sophomoric humor starts out OK but just gets old at some point.? Could be this is just not my style.

Bottom line:

All in all, it served its purpose in that it kept me entertained while not requiring much deep thought on my part.? But I have to say it didn’t make me want to run out and buy The Martian.

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General Lee¡¯s Immortals by Michael C. Hardy https://www.google.com//8f4/2018/12/18/general-lees-immortals-the-battles-and-campaigns-of-the-branch-lane-brigade-in-the-army-of-northern-virginia-1861-1865-by-michael-c-hardy/ /8f4/2018/12/18/general-lees-immortals-the-battles-and-campaigns-of-the-branch-lane-brigade-in-the-army-of-northern-virginia-1861-1865-by-michael-c-hardy/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:19:15 +0000 /8f4/?p=25849 The vast majority of my Civil War reading has been either objective or from the Union perspective. I decided to read a book from the Confederate perspective in free vegas slotsGeneral Lee’s Immortals: The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 by Michael C. Hardy.

It took a bit of an adjustment to view the war from the Confederate perspective, but the writing helped with the transition. With a few editing issues, the book is excellently written. Although written in a straight narrative of events, Hardy writes in a manner that is easy to read. He easily incorporates direct quotes from the participants into the text.

Hardy shines a much-needed light on the deeds of the Branch-Lane Brigade. The officers and men made their mistakes during the war, but in a number of battles their actions saved the Confederates from a crushing defeat. Unfortunately, the Brigade is best known for a crippling blow to the Confederacy – the wounding of General Jackson. Men from the Brigade accidentally fired the shots that wounded Jackson (although Hardy makes it clear that it was not the Brigade’s fault).

Another strength of the book is Hardy’s intermixing in the narrative various chapters on a soldier’s life. Hardy addresses issues that many unit history’s do not discuss –? medical care, plight of prisoners, and crime and punishment. Most people know that medical care greatly improved as the Civil War progressed, but it was still poor compared to modern standards. More men died from disease and infections than from battle. As part of this discussion, Hardy looks at the Brigade’s dearth in qualified medical personnel. This deficiency caused undue hardships to the men of the brigade.

As with most good war books, Hardy includes plenty of maps and photographs of the men who served in the Brigade. The maps are especially helpful so that the reader can easily follow the action described in the text.

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Brookhiser on Bob Dole’s Salute & Custom https://www.google.com//8f4/2018/12/18/brookhiser-on-bob-doles-salute-custom/ /8f4/2018/12/18/brookhiser-on-bob-doles-salute-custom/#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2018 21:00:36 +0000 /8f4/?p=25844 Continue reading ]]>

But we have customs that train us in how to behave, curbing our emotions and memories. Every conservative writes about them: Don¡¯t tear down the great English oak unless you know why it was built, etc. etc.

Sometimes the customs go wrong, sometimes very wrong. Then people stir, wise men think, demagogues shout ¡°Drain the swamp!¡± But often customs help us do and think the right thing.

So the 95 year old man was hoisted out of his wheelchair, flicked away the hand supporting his usable left arm, and raised its fingers in a salute to the casket of the 94 year old man.

At ease.

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Conservatism: wracked by the collision of different tectonic plates https://www.google.com//8f4/2018/12/17/conservatism-wracked-by-the-collision-of-different-tectonic-plates/ /8f4/2018/12/17/conservatism-wracked-by-the-collision-of-different-tectonic-plates/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:35:47 +0000 /8f4/?p=25841 Continue reading ]]>

?Conservatism is being wracked by the collision of different tectonic plates. The need to celebrate the leader of the tribe is smashing into the need to defend not just ideological commitments but traditional notions of leadership and decency. The desire to push back on the left is crashing into the need to remain intellectually consistent. The subsequent earthquakes aren¡¯t just on display on screens but in our own heads. And sitting motionless in the hope that will all be over soon, like Mike Pence in the Oval Office, won¡¯t get anyone through. The process is just going to have to play itself out. My only hope is that we¡¯ll have more than rubble to build on when it¡¯s all over.

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Opening paragraph of the year candidate https://www.google.com//8f4/2018/12/13/opening-paragraph-of-the-year-candidate/ /8f4/2018/12/13/opening-paragraph-of-the-year-candidate/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 19:29:57 +0000 /8f4/?p=25836 Continue reading ]]> What a brilliant start to this free vegas slotsKevin Williamson post in The Corner at NRO:

Eric Levitz of New York magazine has written a long-ish post that is mostly about my political views, which he gets mostly wrong. This is not entirely his fault. Levitz operates under two heavy disabilities: The first is that he¡¯s stupid, and the second is that he¡¯s dishonest. Paul Krugman seems to have put in a lot of work in his transition from respected economist to trifling partisan rage-monkey, but Levitz seems to have been born dumber than a catfish. So it¡¯s only his dishonesty I¡¯ll fault him for.

Devastating. And beautiful somehow …

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Quote: Tumbling down an existential staircase … https://www.google.com//8f4/2018/12/07/quote-tumbling-down-an-existential-staircase/ /8f4/2018/12/07/quote-tumbling-down-an-existential-staircase/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 21:30:00 +0000 /8f4/?p=25823 free vegas slots]]>

Being Busy can be likened to tumbling down an existential staircase: stimulus, reaction, stimulus, reaction.? This frenetic cycle of reactivity holds our attention hostage, limiting our ability to recognize opportunities for love, growth, and purpose.? These are the things that add value to our lives, yet they’re easily obscured by the rush of our busy lives.?

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