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Channelling Heinlein

November 30, 2014 | By KevinC | Comments Off on Channelling Heinlein | Filed in: Books, Crime, Current Events, Guns, History, Kevin, Military, politcs, Politics, Quotes, War On Terror.

“With national governments in collapse at the end of the XXth century, something had to fill the vacuum, and in many cases it was the returned veterans. They had lost a war, most of them had no jobs, many were sore as could be over the terms of the Treaty of New Delhi, especially the • Read More »

Three Old Books for the New Year

December 28, 2012 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Books, Economics, History, Kevin, Politics, War On Terror.

I’m finding these days that I’m recommending the same three books over and over again to people who want to learn more about the where conservatism is and where it’s going. So without durther afew, here they are.  The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright. Exhaustively researched well-written, it lays • Read More »

The Manliest Man That Ever Wuz.

October 26, 2009 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Books, Jon.

The Dos Equis pitchman just relinquished his title as “The World’s Most Interesting Man.” Long-time ExLg fans might remember our post on the exploits of real-life action hero, Max Hardberger. (Even his name’s out of central casting!) Here’s a recap: NEW ORLEANS — If repossessing a used Chevrolet can be tricky, consider retrieving the Aztec • Read More »

Hot off the presses!

June 1, 2009 | By admindude | Comments Off on Hot off the presses! | Filed in: Books, Economics, Jon, Politics.

Jonah Goldberg brings us the news that his must-read book, Liberal Fascism, is now available in paperback! So for all of you who wouldn’t spend the coin for the leather-bound, gold-edged edition (with FDR’s words in red), here’s your chance. For ExLg’s review of this indispensible tome, mash here.

Book review – Contact Charlie

December 1, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Book review – Contact Charlie | Filed in: Books, Canada, Kevin, Military, War On Terror.

Mark Bowden’s tale of the Battle of Mogadishu, “Blackhawk Down“, should be on the bookshelf of everyone interested in how the current war on Islamic radicalism, and right next to that should be a copy of David Bellevia’s “House to House” about the battle of Fallujah. And for an understanding of how NATO is faring • Read More »

The sleeping man

October 27, 2008 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Arizona, Books, Kevin.

I owe much of my love of this state to Tony Hillerman’s Joe Leaphorn / Jim Chee novels. His vivid descriptions of the beauty of the Four Corners area and the complexity of Navajo life made me realize just how special Arizona really is. And now he’s left us. His books got a tad reptitive • Read More »

Steyn 1, Orwell 0.

October 10, 2008 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Books, Jon, Law, Politics, War On Terror.

Mark Steyn shares some great news out of Canadistan. Their Marsupial Majesties at the British Columbia “Human Rights” Tribunal have dismissed El-Mo’s complaint against Maclean’s and voted unanimously to acquit the hatemongers: The panel has concluded that the complaints are not justified because the complainants have not established that the Article is likely to expose • Read More »

In the mail

October 8, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on In the mail | Filed in: Books, Canada, Kevin, Military.

“Contact Charlie: The Canadian Army and the battle that saved Afghanistan.”

Has Obama ever seen a fair election?

September 29, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Has Obama ever seen a fair election? | Filed in: Books, Jon, Politics.

David Freddoso, author of The case against Barack Obama, explains how Obama won his first election: [H]e threw all of his opponents off the ballot on technical grounds, by challenging all their petition signatures. He had his campaigners go in and do this. They would update him nightly on their progress and tell him how • Read More »

Re: Fascism

July 3, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Re: Fascism | Filed in: Books, Kevin, Politics.

Great review, Jon, and thanks for the links, Jonah. (May I call you “Jonah”, or do you prefer “Mr. Goldberg”)? I’m about halfway through Amity Shlaes “The Forgotten Man” myself, and the parallels between it and Jonah’s book are quite striking. One thing that comes out in “The Forgotten Man” is how FDR’s programs killed • Read More »

What is fascism?

July 3, 2008 | By admindude | 14 Comments | Filed in: Books, Jon, Politics.

Politics is a field where terminology tends to obsfuscate more than illuminate. Most “Liberals” want to conserve the Welfare State while most “Conservatives” want to liberalize it through private enterprise. We have “pro-lifers” supporting the death penalty, “pro-choicers” wanting mandatory taxpayer funding of abortions, “peace activists” using violence against the military, and on and on. • Read More »

Top Ten Surprising Revelations in Scott McClellan’s ‘Tell-All’ Book

May 28, 2008 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Books, Humor, Jon, Politics.

Washington is abuzz about former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s scathing  “tell-all” memoir about his years in the White House. But there are many more revelations yet to be reported by the MSM. 10. Karl Rove’s weather machine wasn’t powerful enough to cause Katrina, but it did add to the general mugginess afterwards. 9. • Read More »

Wednesday Book Blogging: Gastroanomalies.

May 7, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Wednesday Book Blogging: Gastroanomalies. | Filed in: Books, Food, Jon.

After spending several weeks reading through my long backlog of dense non-fiction, I needed some lighter fare. After a few too-short hours I had finished James Lileks’ latest paean to classic American cookery, Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations from the Golden Age of American Cookery. As with Lileks’ many other mini-masterpieces, he simply reproduces odd pages • Read More »


May 6, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Sayonara. | Filed in: Books, International, Jon.

Paging Mark Steyn! The thesis of America Alone continues to be proven correct: TOKYO, May 5 — Japan celebrated a national holiday on Monday in honor of its children. But Children’s Day might just as easily have been a national day of mourning. For this is the land of disappearing children and a slow-motion demographic • Read More »

I’m a prude and proud of it.

April 25, 2008 | By admindude | 3 Comments | Filed in: Books, Family, Jon, Men.

As a dad to two very young girls, I often wonder how to respond to the Bratz-doll world that surrounds them. Blogger John Hawkins interviews Carol Platt Liebau about her new book Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too). Looks worth a read. I didn’t get married until my early 30s, so • Read More »

The Professor vs. The Warrior?

April 3, 2008 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Books, Jon, Politics.

Michael Barone has a ridiculously detailed, but eye-opening take on Democratic primary politics. He doesn’t characterize the candidates by the white/black or male/female media templates, but rather academic vs. Jacksonian. Academics and public employees (and of course many, perhaps most, academics in the United States are public employees) love the arts of peace and hate • Read More »

Life imitating Parker

March 11, 2008 | By admindude | Comments Off on Life imitating Parker | Filed in: Books, Current Events, Kevin.

I’m a huge fan of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Pay no attention to the poorly-written TV show, the books themselves crackle with crisp dialogue and memorable characters. (Though I will admit that casting Avery Brooks as Hawk was *perfect*. I digress.) The details of the Emperor’s VIP Club, Elliot Spitzer’s home away from home, • Read More »

Another good one gone

January 3, 2008 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Another good one gone | Filed in: Books, Kevin.

George MacDonald Frasier has left us. (via The Corner). If you’ve not read them, I *highly* recommend the Flashman series. Rollicking, bawdy, and funny as all get out, they’re the best way I know to learn 19th century history.

Merry Christmas, Part the Third

December 25, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Merry Christmas, Part the Third | Filed in: Books, Kevin.

“The Trapper’s Christmas” by Robert Service The Trapper’s Christmas EveIt’s mighty lonesome-like and drear.Above the Wild the moon rides high,And shows up sharp and needle-clearThe emptiness of earth and sky;No happy homes with love a-glow;No Santa Claus to make believe:Just snow and snow, and then more snow;It’s Christmas Eve, it’s Christmas Eve. And here am • Read More »

150+ years of progress

December 16, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on 150+ years of progress | Filed in: Books, Environment, Kevin.

… has brought us from this, “At last the dinner was all done, the cloth was cleared, the hearth swept, and the fire made up. The compound in the jug being tasted, and considered perfect, apples and oranges were put upon the table, and a shovel-full of chesnuts on the fire. Then all the Cratchit • Read More »

Quote of the Day, 8/20 Edition, Part The Second

August 20, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Quote of the Day, 8/20 Edition, Part The Second | Filed in: Books, Kevin, Religion.

“(when you run for political office) – you must conform your life to your political message as much as you are able. You must be the embodiment of the message that you are selling. Any small deviation or inconsistency – regardless of how irrelevant it objectively is – gives your opponent the opportunity to characterize • Read More »

Quote Of The Day, 8/13 Edition

August 13, 2007 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Quote Of The Day, 8/13 Edition | Filed in: Books, Kevin.

“A nation,” he heard himself say, “consists of its laws. A nation does not consist of its situation at a given time. If an individual’s morals are situational, that individual is without morals. If a nation’s laws are situational, that nation has no laws, and soon isn’t a nation.” – From William Gibson’s Spook Country, • Read More »

Pride and Prodigy.

March 28, 2007 | By admindude | 2 Comments | Filed in: Books, Family, Jon.

I spent Saturday going through my mom’s house to determine what should be kept, sold or tossed. I ran across a small drawer in her bedroom containing a few memories of our childhood. One of the items was a series of stories I wrote for Mr. Mulvahill’s third-grade class at Indian Bend Elementary. Ladies, gentlemen • Read More »