Saturday, April 21, 2018

Review: The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama by Matt Margolis

Scandals the Media Suppressed

From Matt Margolis, the author of The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama, comes another encyclopedic volume of inconvenient truth in The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama.

Here's the blurb:
I’m proud of the fact that [...] we’re probably the first administration in modern history that hasn’t had a major scandal in the White House.”

So President Barack Obama boldly declared before leaving office, and numerous times since. But is it true?

Not according to Matt Margolis, bestselling co-author of The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. Margolis lays out the details of literally dozens of Obama administration scandals that have been ignored, downplayed, or covered-up by the mainstream media. From “Fast and Furious,” to the illegal IRS targeting of conservative groups, to the recent NSA spying outrage, Margolis makes a powerful case that the Obama years represented nearly a decade of lawless and abusive governance.

While Obama and his allies attempt to spin the narrative that his presidency represented a time of pristine politics, it’s critically important that Americans understand the truth—Barack Obama brought to Washington corrupt Chicago-machine politics of cronyism and corporate payoffs, combined with audacious Alinskyite tactics aimed at dividing Americans and destroying his opponents.

Obama’s legacy will be discussed and debated for decades. But in the early months after he left office, more scandals have been uncovered—most notably an illegal scheme of using the NSA to spy on his political opponents and the frightening decision to block the prosecution of Iranian-backed terrorists. Far from being a virtuous New Camelot, the Obama administration abused its power like few others.

This is a compendium of scandals during Obama's administration that most of us never heard of. If the media ever mentioned them, it was only as a minor news item, quickly buried.

Take, for example, the firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin of the CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service), a federal agency that acts as the nation's largest grant giver for volunteering and good works. Walpin was a respected conservative, and Obama used his endorsement of Sonia Sotomayor back in 1998 as a talking point for his nomination of her to SCOTUS in 2009. Nonetheless, less than two weeks later Obama fired Walpin for recommending criminal charges against Obama supporter Mayor Kevin Johnson for misusing $850,000 of AmeriCorps grant money. President Obama fired Walpin without giving him the 30 days notice and without a letter of explanation to Congress, which are both required according to a law Senator Obama co-sponsored in 2008.

This is just one chapter out of 27 chapters, each devoted to a scandal, every fact carefully annotated. It adds up to a picture of a shamelessly scoff-law and corrupt presidency, accountable to no one.

You know what's really amazing? That this book, which should be required reading for college students, was not written by a conservative think tank, or by an investigative journalist. Matt Margolis, as far as I know, is a former architect and a graphic designer. And yet he's put the media to shame, twice now, with his truth-telling. If anyone deserves a Pulitzer, it's this guy.

(For extra credit, follow this up by reading Secret Empires by Peter Schweizer and cross-reference the overlapping scandals. )

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

In Memoriam: Barbara Bush

Wife and Mother to Presidents

To commemorate the passing of Barbara Bush, my dear friend Denise suggested I make a post about this book. Denise, who I think has read every First Lady Memoir there is, says that Barbara Bush: A Memoir
...was probably one of the most fun books I've read on the First Ladies. It's pure Barbara Bush in her words, funny, historical, hysterical, gossipy and tells it like it is and the blowback she suffered from it.

My condolences to the Bush family. Barbara was one of a kind. May she rest in peace.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Review: The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon by Moira Greyland

A Tale of Truth and Courage

I've just read one of the most significant books of the decade: The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon by Moira Greyland.

Here's the blurb:
Marion Zimmer Bradley was a bestselling science fiction author, a feminist icon, and was awarded the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement. She was best known for the Arthurian fiction novel THE MISTS OF AVALON and for her very popular Darkover series.

She was also a monster.

THE LAST CLOSET: The Dark Side of Avalon is a brutal tale of a harrowing childhood. It is the true story of predatory adults preying on the innocence of children without shame, guilt, or remorse. It is an eyewitness account of how high-minded utopian intellectuals, unchecked by law, tradition, religion, or morality, can create a literal Hell on Earth.

THE LAST CLOSET is also an inspiring story of survival. It is a powerful testimony to courage, to hope, and to faith. It is the story of Moira Greyland, the only daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley and convicted child molester Walter Breen, told in her own words.

I've been meaning to read this ever since I heard that it was going to be published. MZB (Marion Zimmer Bradley) was one of the many SFF authors I first encountered as a kid, and I've read many of her books. When the news of the sexual abuse scandal surrounding MZB and her husband Walter Breen broke out on the blogs, I was shocked and saddened. So I wanted to know the whole story. Still when it was finally published last December I procrastinated, wondering if it would be too sad to get through.

I finally picked it up because it's a finalist in the CLFA Book of the Year 2018 Awards, and I needed to read before voting. Now I wish I had read it sooner! It is actually a very readable book which I had trouble putting down.

Moira is restrained but frank in telling her story, and is amazingly compassionate in telling the stories of her abusive parents as background. They were both abused by their families - MZB raped by her father, Breen was psychologically abused by his mother and seduced by a priest. I think Moira has grappled a long time in trying to understand why they turned into the twisted monsters they became.

Then she tells her story, and it's painful and horrifying and harrowing. It's the story of a child in circumstances no child should be in, a child you just want to swoop in and rescue. But it's also an incredible story of the survival of the human spirit. Not just survived, but against all odds remained untwisted, unbroken. A child who grew up to heroically save other children from her childhood monsters.

It is also a massively politically incorrect book, as Moira shows how the abuse is an inescapable consequence of the liberal omni-sexual culture. She grew up in Berkeley, where this culture incubated, and as it spreads across the country, so does the number of children that it preys upon.

Readers who are survivors of abuse will want to proceed with caution. But for everyone else, I highly recommend this book. It's a tale of truth, plainly told, of a child who survived Hell with her soul intact. A story that would have been easier left untold, but Moira knew that telling her story might help save other children from that Hell. So she found the strength and courage to write it. It is up to us readers to find the courage to read it.

This book is free 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, April 7, 2018

New Release! The Stars Entwined (The Aryshan War #1) by Jon Del Arroz

The Stars Entwined

Jon Del Arroz, one of our banned book writers, has launched a brand new series with his latest novel The Stars Entwined (The Aryshan War Book 1).

Here's the blurb:
The Aryshan Empire and Earth are on the brink of war!

The Stars Entwined is the first installment in an epic space opera series by multiple award-nominated science fiction writer, Jon Del Arroz. If you like Old Man’s War by John Scalzi or Rogue World by B.V. Larson, then you’ll love this epic adventure with action, intrigue, and an escalating interstellar war between galactic civilizations.

After several recent attacks along the border of Aryshan space, internal affairs agent Sean Barrows is brought to Palmer Station to ensure the Interplanetary Navy’s on the right track in their terrorism investigations. What he discovers could lead to the biggest war the galaxy has ever seen. Sean’s work leads him to his most dangerous assignment yet—into the heart of Aryshan territory as a spy.

Meanwhile, Aryshan Commander Tamar is being groomed by the Ruling Committee to one day assume leadership of her people. First, she needs to prove herself in warship command. As tensions increase with Earth, Tamar finds herself increasingly isolated as one of the few in opposition to the war. Her troubles deepen when she comes face to face with a new member of her crew, the most intriguing man she’s ever encountered.

Jon Del Arroz is also the author of For Steam and Country, which is currently a finalist for the CLFA Book of the Year Award. Vote for your favorite book right here!

The Stars Entwined 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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Vote for the CLFA Book of the Year 2018!

Vote for the CLFA Book of the Year

Voting is open to the public for the CLFA Book of the Year!

The voting period runs through April 30, so you still have time to read any of the finalists that look interesting before choosing. Or you could vote now for your favorite book among the 10 finalists.

Here is the CLFA post with the survey.

By the way, many of the finalists are part of Kindle Unlimited. If you want to see if subscribing is right for you, can get a Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.
Hidden Truth Book 2
The Psyche of War Book 1

Baron Von Monocle Book 1
Books of Unexpected Enlightenment 4
Revelations Cycle Book 4
The Dark Avenger’s Sidekick Book 1
Dragon Award Finalist
Torchship Trilogy #3

Vote for your favorite at the CLFA site before April 30!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

99c Sale! A Rambling Wreck by Hans G. Schantz & For Steam and Country by Jon Del Arroz

CLFA Finalist on SALE this Weekend

Good until Sunday, the CLFA 2018 Book of the Year Finalist - A Rambling Wreck by Hans G. Schantz is only 99c!

This is the sequel to The Hidden Truth.

Here's the blurb:
Off to college for the education he'll need to defeat the guardians of the hidden truth, Peter must infiltrate a deadly conspiracy, thwart an attempted social justice takeover of the school, save his professors from assassination, and somehow find time to study for finals.

The stakes are now higher than ever. To succeed, Peter must discover who burned down the Tolliver Library, find new allies in his fight, and secure the assistance of the legendary George P. Burdell himself.

Also currently on 99c SALE (I'm not sure until when) is another CLFA 2018 Book of the Year Finalist - For Steam and Country by Jon Del Arroz.

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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Couch Potato: Keep and Bear the Movie

Gun-Shy Guy Learns About Guns

This is where I just pick up the conversation as if I haven't been MIA for months. I watched the documentary Keep and Bear: The Movie for free on Amazon Prime.

Here's the blurb:
Californian filmmaker Darren Doane (Collision Unstoppable, Free Speech Apocalypse) packed up everything and moved his family to Idaho. One thing they didn't bring was a gun. That's because their family doesn't own a gun. Imagine their surprise when they arrived in Idaho only to discover that their new friends and neighbors were proud American gun owners, exerting their right to Keep and Bear.

It's narrated by the filmmaker, who describes himself as a 2nd Amendment supporter who is scared of guns. Yeah, he sees the humor in it too. I thought it was a good documentary, fun and informative.

Here's a link to the trailer (on vimeo, so I had trouble embedding it)

If you have Amazon Prime, check it out, it's free. You may be surprised at which gun he picks out in the end as his favorite for family defense.

If you don't have Amazon Prime you can try an Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial