Friday, June 22, 2018

RIP: Charles Krauthammer - A Life That Mattered

Living Bravely

I didn't always agree with his views, but by any standard Charles Krauthammer (March 13, 1950 - June 21, 2018) lived an inspiring life. Left paralyzed by a diving accident in his first year at medical school at Harvard, he nonetheless, after more than a year of hospitalization, continued his medical studies and became a board licensed psychiatrist.

His true calling was in politics, as a conservative thinker and writer. He had a brilliant career, earning many awards and accolades, but what sets him apart is the example of his courage, tenacity, and fortitude, in always fighting to live his fullest life regardless of fate threw at him.

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics is a collection of selected previously published essays that span his entire career and cover a multitude of subjects.

Here's the blurb:
From America’s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer’s essential, timeless writings.

A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades daz­zled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer’s intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume.

Readers will find here not only the country’s leading conservative thinker offering a pas­sionate defense of limited government, but also a highly independent mind whose views—on feminism, evolution and the death penalty, for example—defy ideological convention. Things That Matter also features several of Krautham­mer’s major path-breaking essays—on bioeth­ics, on Jewish destiny and on America’s role as the world’s superpower—that have pro­foundly influenced the nation’s thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused re­flections on everything from border collies to Halley’s Comet, from Woody Allen to Win­ston Churchill, from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist.

With a special, highly autobiographical in­troduction in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy, this indispensible chronicle takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies, the tragedies and triumphs, of the last three decades of American life.

My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of this extraordinary man. Rest in peace, Dr. Krauthammer.
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day! [Special Banned Edition]

Happy Father's Day to All the Dads!

A big thank you to all the dads out there. Your strength, your courage, and your leadership, and your corny jokes are what your kids need at every stage of their lives.

For this Father's Day we are talking about Banned Books.

Scholastic Books is the latest target of Leftist censors. One of the newer volumes of their Rookie Biographies, a series aimed at first graders, is on President Donald Trump. (An earlier one was on President Barack Obama.)

DailyWire explains what happens next:
Predictably, liberal parents, authors and teachers called it “dangerous” and said that Trump should be described as a “rapist,” “Nazi,” and “wife-beater.” The book was also labeled as “pro-Trump propaganda” by the uber-Left group Think Progress.
The children’s biography, according to a book review from Social Justice Books, a part of the Leftist group Teaching for Change, “ignores acts of resistance, and, crucially, excludes any reference to the words and deeds of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and misogyny that have defined Trump’s campaign and presidency.”

President Donald Trump is written by Joanne Mattern.

Here's the blurb:
Meet Donald Trump. He made his fortune in real estate development and later gained fame as a reality TV star. Trump changed the face of American politics in 2016, when he was elected president. He became the first U.S. president who never before held a political office or served in the military. Learn all about Donald Trump's interesting life-and history-making election-in the pages of this book.

How dare Scholastic treat President Trump like any other president? That's!

P.S. And Happy Father's Day to President Donald Trump, as well!

Friday, June 8, 2018

De-Policing America: A Street Cop's View of the Anti-Police State by Steve Pomper

A Look Behind the Badge

De-Policing America: A Street Cop's View of the Anti-Police State by retired Seattle cop Steve Pomper is a comprehensive look at how the Social Justice movement is destroying Law Enforcement from within.

Officer Pomper explains what a police officer's job entails day to day, and how pressure from the Left, filtered through superiors, puts them in the position double-guessing their actions, to the detriment of public safety.

He also talks about his view of what the police should be doing, how they can and should work to fix this, and how the public can support them. The author has an engaging style of writing, and I enjoyed reading his book. I felt his conviction and passion for the subject.

In this age of NFL Kneelers, everyone should read this. That includes, especially, the entire Eagles team organization.

Here's the blurb:
In this age of political indoctrination leftist politicians won’t let cops do their jobs: what you need to know about what, how, and why cops do what they do.

“De-policing” isn’t about police apathy—it’s about leftist antipathy toward the police. Cops and society’s confusion about police work have collided as progressives try to replace equal justice for all with social justice for some.

De-policing is the phenomenon where cops avoid pro-active patrol, meaning, will a police officer respond when you are having the worst day of your life? Will the cops in your town hesitate to act out of fear of being fired, or worse, going to prison just for doing their jobs?

Anti-police groups have fabricated a myth that cops are wantonly slaughtering innocent minorities. They cite the number of suspects killed by police vs. cops killed by suspects as if it’s supposed to be a fair fight. But is there another profession where more people claim to know how to do it better than those trained to do it? Why, despite evidence exonerating officers of wrongdoing, does anti-police fervor too often flare into violence? Defending cops does not mean police abuses don’t occur, but with millions of interactions every year, they are rare.

How does Steve Pomper know about all this? He knows because as a retired cop, he’s dealt with this subject repeatedly in what has become one of the most protest-ridden cities in America: Seattle. De-Policing America is one street cop’s view of the destructive effects of social justice indoctrination and the demonization of law enforcement today.

We rarely hear from those directly affected by bad politics—the cops. It’s time for that to change. Learning what cops do, and why, and how their leftist leaders are attempting to brainwash them, is the beginning of understanding.

De-Policing America is Steve Pomper's fourth book to date.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

May Booknado! New Releases and Dollar Deals plus a FREE Book!

CLFA Booknado

Check out the May New Releases and Dollar Deals from the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance.

This month we have a dozen books to check out from freedom-loving, non-PC writers across a slew of genres.

New Releases!

Media Satire
60's Historical
Historical Fantasy
Poetry Collection (Illustrated)
SF Mystery
Conspiracy Thriller
SDF Paranormal #5
Children of Valor #3

99c Sale and a FREE Story!

Each of these great books are just 99c today and tomorrrow only!

SF (Through The Fold #1)
Urban Fantasy (Locke #1)
A Novel of Ugandan War
FREE! Horror Short

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: The Mountain Throne by A. M. Sterling

Interesting Characters in a Well-Crafted World

I am really impressed by The Mountain Throne (Sindathi Twilight Trilogy Book 1) by one of our Horde writers by A.M. Sterling. It's a well-told fantasy story, with layered characters who act in understandable and human, if sometimes frustrating, ways. The heroes are sometimes petty and short-sighted, and the villains act from logical motivations and not for the sake of being villanous. Bad things happen to both heroes and villains, and they react in keeping with their personalities.

The world-building is highly detailed, and the author even has a link to a whole wiki on it called Everdeep. The wiki has maps and details on the world. It's a cool extra that gives the setting a lot of solidity.

If you like lovingly crafted fantasy with interesting characters and a lot of exciting action, give this a read.

Here's the (rather long) blurb:
The Mountain Throne is the first book of the Sindathi Twilight trilogy, set in the fantasy world of Urrael. Two decades in the making, this world is well-developed and realistic, with histories, languages, calendars, professions, and cultures that bring it to life.

The Plot: Aged Emperor Thelden III Arrigar's last days are approaching and the Empire's leaders are taking sides in a struggle for power between rival heirs. Blood runs in the streets and the nights are thick with intrigue.

Drake Arrigar, bastard prince and half-blooded sorcerer. Darius of Lorradon, foreign-born Initiate of a holy order of warriors sworn to the Empire. Leasha, senior maiden and chief spy for the Emperor's daughter. These three unlikely friends must navigate the coming storms as plots, violence, and unholy barbarians tear their lives apart. Their trials, failures, and triumphs will have far-reaching consequences, for their people and for their own futures.

Characters and Theme: As rich as the world is, the story is ultimately about its characters and their choices. The book follows three protagonists, each with distinct themes.

Drake's story is one of self-mastery and discovery, of unlocking the arcane secrets that only one of his kind can understand and struggling to come to terms with an unrealizable birthright.

Darius's is one of internal conflict, investigation, and corruption. As a Champion of Ryack, patron deity of the Empire and defender of the weak, what sacrifices is he willing to make to support and protect his Emperor? What deaths are acceptable? What crimes? And at what cost to his own immortal soul?

Leasha's is a tale of treachery: secrets, lies, and espionage. A young woman trapped as a pawn of courtly intrigues, she must use her wits, beauty, and ruthless political mind to extract herself and wreak vengeance upon those who wrong her.

The World of Urrael: It is a world where sorcerers obtain their powers by stealing it from the divine realm and channeling it through their own souls. They pay for this by suffering persecution by priestly powers for their blasphemous theft and by hearing strange disembodied voices in their minds, spoken by demons of the other world through their tainted souls.

The continent upon which the story focuses, Terryth, is dominated by a great empire that arose by conquest, but is now weakened by decadence, mismanagement, and corruption. Barbarians, rebels, and enemy nations test its defenses, waiting for the Imperial dynasty to stumble. Its defenders must decide what crimes they are willing to commit to save it, or abandon it to the chaos of revolution or civil war.

The uncertainty in the Empire feeds intrigues as powerbrokers and political rivals fight for the greatest shares of power. Falsehoods, betrayals, and poisonous plots abound and even maidens of the court cannot escape.

The Mountain Throne is free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you want to see if subscribing is right for you, can get a Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

FREE: A Scientist in Search of God by Stuart Fickler

Science and Judaism

One of our dear Horde regulars emailed me about this book. Ibguy writes:
Last summer, a dear friend and mentor passed away. Stuart was a physicist and student of theology, interested in exploring the relationship of science with religion, particularly Judaism. For many years, he had talked about publishing his writings, but never got around to it. So to honor his legacy, I have (with permission from all involved).
The book is titled A Scientist in Search of God.

Here's the blurb:
Collected works of Dr Stuart Fickler. Melding science and religion, Dr Fickler brings physics and Judaism together. A noted scientist on a lifelong search to reconcile his rational, scientific self with his spiritual side. Written in a variety of (online) media, these essays reflect his journey, and his passion. This book’s purpose is to serve as his written legacy.

The PDF version is FREE and there is also a print version available at cost, both on Lulu.

PS. Our sympathies and prayers to Ibguy and family on the passing of his sister Joyce.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

99c SALE! The Hidden Truth by Hans Schantz

On Sale Through May 20

One of my favorite Book Horde books is on sale through Sunday! The Hidden Truth by Hans G. Schantz is only 99c all this week!

Check out my review,

From the blurb:
They subverted science, rewrote history, and corrupted society. Now he knows. And he'll prove it, if they don't kill him first.

Read the amazing new science fiction techno-thriller about the conspiracy corrupting the world and the young man who rallies his friends and family to fight back.

After you read The Hidden Truth you will want to check out the sequel A Rambling Wreck.

These books are free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. If you want to see if subscribing is right for you, can get a Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.