Sunday, April 11, 2021

Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo By: Jo Koy

I love Koy.  I have watched all of his comedy shows..... multiple times.  He is extremely funny.  I am going to check out the Audio book to see if he narrates it.  I love how he does the Filipino accent.  This memoir is both serious and yet still funny.  Koy talks about his schizophrenic brother and his estranged  father.  

Koy writes about his challenges of growing up with his mom and estranged father for most of his adolescent life.  His struggles to find himself and his talent.  His story is a quintessential rags to riches story of someone determined to make it at all cost.  Along the way, he has a life altering event that made him look back at his childhood and shaped him to become the dad he is today.  Him and his then wife Angie had a baby boy.  Although the relationship fell apart, they remained friends and today they co-parent Jo jr.  

Although the book is written by a comedian and contains many Koy'isms, it also teaches a good life lesson about goal setting and attainment as well as parenting skills.  Koy is a very funny guy.  If you have never seen him in one of your specials, I recommend jumping on Netflix and give it a gander.   

Jo Koy's M 

Jo and his mom at the buffet

Publisher : Dey Street Books (March 23, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 006296996X
ISBN-13 : 978-0062969965
Item Weight : 1.1 pounds 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple By: Jeff Guinn

 I have always hears and used the term "Drinking the Kool-Aid" however it was not until my adult years did I get the reference.  Sadly, I think today many people do not know its origins.  The reference is to the situation in Jonestown, Guyana (Guy-Yana) where Jim Jones and his cult, over 900 died of a mass suicide. 

Jim Jones grew up in Indiana with an alcoholic, abusive father and a mentally challenged (IMHO) mother.  His mother was not really interested in his upbringing.  He grew up with concern neighbors that brought him to religion in earnest.  

Jones was an avout Socialist.  He "preached" a distorted version of Christianity and prayed on Blacks and low income folks at first. His trajectory mirrors many of the Socialist tyrants we have seen in history.  It is disturbing to see his mindset when he acted like he really cared for the downtrodden and fought for equality when in reality, it was just means to justify the ends which in his case, was tyrannical power over people.  I was not surprised to see the chummy relationship Jones had with Willy Brown, corrupt California politician who is said to be the Sugar Daddy of the current Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris.  The constant Quid-Pro-Quo (QPQ) by Brown, Moscone and other in California is ironic since in 2016, the current other California politicians finally got a moral compass.  Unfortunately, the moral compass was short-lived and in late 2020, the reverted back to their old ways.  Hmmmm.  That was awkward.  

I have read about 30 books on Scientology and sadly, you see Jone's version of Christianity morf into the same framework as Scientology.  The People's Temple would disown those that did not follow "Father" (the moniker Jones took on during his "ascend").  They only wanted member to associate with other "believers",  all financial assets should go to the "church", sex and relationships were controlled by "father", etc.  

Socialism is a cult in my opinion.  As most of the Socialist leaders, they live by a strict code "Socialism is for the people NOT the Socialist".  Jones partook with fornication even though he preached against it, he consumed alcohol although he preached against it, he used church money on him self which he punished other for doing, he watched new release movies even though he preached against it.  That is but a tiny fraction of Jones dichotomous behavior.  For instance, he talked a good talk about Black people not being treated equally, yet only 1 black person was in his inner circle.  The Socialist seems to pray on Blacks in this country.  Sadly, they are effective in their doings.  As we are seeing today, the way to keep people supporting a fake narrative is to control the information the people are getting.  To block any dissent towards the narrative.  We see this today.  In the past, you would be able to voice your opinion on anything you wanted to without the fear of anyone silencing you.  Today, you cannot even mention irregularities in the elections of 2020, yet you can STILL repeat at-nausium the "Russian Interference" and "Russian Collusion", essentially any negative information about Donald Trump, true or false is always welcomed in the public square.  However if you dare speak about COVID, Election Fraud, Biden's mental health, etc, you are immediately silenced by the Socialist technology arm, AKA Big Tech, the media does not cover anything negative about the Biden administration..... pardon me, the "Biden-Harris" administration. 

Guinn writes how the Temple starts to lose its luster and people start to see through the lies.  Jones becomes a daily drug user and his conscious time is less and less.  Things start to unravel as they start to see legal action from parents wanted access to their kids now in Jonestown.  Jones' health also starts to deteriorate and people start to doubt his powers.  His weight gain shows people he is losing control of his life.  I say this because I am also overweight, and when I lost 150 lbs, people took me much more serious (don't get offended 😁). In the end, Jones and his followers died for no reason other that Jones' twisted and demented ideas.  Socialism has never worked and never will.  The problem is that Socialism is for the people NOT the Socialists.  

            Ironically, Jonestown would have been very cozy with a Socialist neighbor of Venezuela. 

Here is a link to the people who died in Jonestown.  Sadly, it includes children's name

Publisher : Simon & Schuster; First Edition (April 11, 2017)
Language : English
Hardcover : 544 pages
ISBN-10 : 1476763828
ISBN-13 : 978-1476763828
Item Weight : 1.73 pounds

Dimensions : 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Be the People: A Call to Reclaim America's Faith and Promise By: Carol Swain

What a refreshing book to read.  I normally shy away from books with too much religion as I have my own faith, and much like my politics; it does not fit neatly within the confines of a party or a religion as it were.  However this book is a different kind of book.  Ms. Swain is a very smart woman.  She dropped out of school and obtained her G.E.D. (General Education Degree).  She, however was encouraged by co-worker to return to school which she did.  She later became a professor at Princeton and later at Vanderbilt.  

In this book, she weaves through a Christian and Constitutionalist perspective.  She is well versed in both subjects and gives you an even exposure to both.  The book, although originally published a decade ago, still hold true to the Constitution and addresses things that now in hindsight, could have been avoided.  Her view coming from a black woman, that grew up in poverty, was able to go back to school and become a tenured professor at two of the most prestigious universities in our countries, who was a Democrat, Independent and a Republican, is extremely educating and worth paying attention.  She has a unique position to see things from a perspective not had by some other activist authors.  

Swain covers everything from abortion to racism and everything in between.  Her perspective is that the only chains that bind the different races are in the mind.  We now see mixed race marriages more than ever before.  We have seen a black President of the United States, a black Vice President of the United States, Congressmen/women, Senators, Governors, Mayors, entrepreneurs, millionaires and billionaires, men and women, all PoC (People of Color), yet today race is the cudgel used to defeat any thought or speech that differs from ours.  We now see blacks self-segregating.  This is insane.  Its like we are going backwards and not forward which is ironic since the "progressive" movement is the one behind this new self-racism phenomenon.

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a rational view of the issues affecting us today in this country.  And although we have seen a retrogression from the time of its original publishing, it can help in normalizing the insanity we are living in today.  It has become meaningless to be called a racist today.  That pejorative is thrown around when people are arguing without facts and want the other side to stop.  It is meaningless now.  I equate it to someone calling me dumb.  

Publisher : W Publishing (November 30, 2020)  (Originally Published in 2011)
Language : English
Paperback : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 0785253122
ISBN-13 : 978-0785253129
Item Weight : 12.3 ounces 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The True and Detailed Racist History of the Democrat Party: 1830-2020 By: Robert R. Zerfing

This was a great "book" (more like a pamphlet) pointing out the Democratic Party's racist foundations in the past and how that has mort'd into the version of racism we see today.

The facts are that the Democratic Party has been on the wrong side of history most of their existence.  Any grade school Democrat will parrot the "Dixiecrat" lie which states that the two parties switched, however this is a complete fallacy.  Only one member of the Democratic switched parties.  Sadly, the "Fact Checker" web sites are completely false.  They left likes to "white wash" their hands from the travesty of humanity they are sadly known for.  This is why you see the insatiable lust to remove all history where well-known Democrats are identified.  The Democratic Party was the party of Slavery, Jim Crow, KKK, they were 100% opposed to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and anywhere else where they should have either opposed or supported.  Even today, the Democratic Party supports and pushes self-segregation.  The Left's dream to continue to segregate people and with their constant identity politics, this has worked for them.  

Columbia University just announced that they will be holding separate graduation ceremonies for blacks, whites, latinos, etc.  Think back to the 50's, who would have rejoiced from got it, the Democratic Party.  They still are enjoying and rejoicing today for the same thing.  

Political Parties are the most putrid thing we have in this country.  It forces weak-minded people to follow destructive means just so they support the party.  The parties, don't care about the people insofar as the want the votes.  Buck the system, become an independent.  Make them work for your vote.  

I read a book recently and it talked about how the Black community has thrived in sports and music.  The point was that a young black child will go to the basketball court and he might suck.  His peers, parents and those around him will instruct him that he needs to practice more and "put in the time".  However if that same youth is struggling in school, they will tell him/her that it is because there is racist powers around them trying to keep them down.  That they are incapable of doing well because of the "white privilege" and systemic racism that is making them a victim.  This is crime that has been yet again committed against the black race.  Rather than support and affirm that with hard work, anything is possible, the left continues to let the black community know that the Whites are superior to them and that they will NEVER be to the same level with the grace of the white people ALLOWING them to.  I don't know about you, but to me, that is so offensive on so many levels.  Yet we allow it to happen. 


2034: A Novel of the Next World War By: Elliot Ackerman and James Admiral Stavridis USN

I read this book on a recommendation by a trusted friend.  Sadly, I was not impressed. About half way through the book, I wanted to quit the book.  I pushed through though.  The book advances the narrative of the inequities and failures of the United States.   I do not ascribe to that narrative.  

The book covers a future "war" where India plays a role in trying to contain a possible larger incident by engaging both sides.  Although I do fear China and the coziness this current administration has with them, this book was not what I was looking for.  

Publisher : Penguin Press (March 9, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 1984881256
ISBN-13 : 978-1984881250
Item Weight : 0.035 ounces

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York By: Matt Palumbo

This was a great book.  Andrew Cuomo reminds me of Michael Avenatti; an American attorney, best known for his representation of adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Donald Trump, and for his felony extortion conviction involving sports apparel company Nike. Avennatti was CNN and MSNBC's pretty boy.  He was The Chosen One and there was talks about him running for the big seat.  Of course we learned later on and frankly, just in time that he was a piece of crap, criminal with little to no moral compass.  De Blasio is just a communist activist posing as a mayor.  Under De Blasio's control, New York City has devolved into a cesspool.  Anyone with the means have performed a mass exodus from New York.  De Blasio is actually worse for New York City than Cuomo is to New York the state.  

Make no mistake, Andrew Cuomo should be in prison today.  If only for the COVID response.  The irony is that Cuomo himself is responsible for the lack of ventilators and PPE for HIS state.  He made comments about how the Federal Government, or better yet, The Trump administration for not being prepared.  That was mighty rich of him.  Then when the Floyd riots are in full swing and Cuomo and De Blasio refused to act, Trump threatened to bring in troops to quell the violence.  This is where Cuomo says that "Trump has not authority". So authority to step in with hospital ships and centers, PPE and ventilators, because Cuomo lacked the leadership, but not to control the violence and deaths caused by the Democratic's private street army of BLM and ANTIFA.

Now reports of sexual improprieties by Cuomo have been released, over 6 as of this writing.   Of course there is no outrage by the MeToo movement since Cuomo is a useful idiot for the Democratic Party.  I have not even spoken about the cover up by Cuomo and his people to reduce the number of deaths that he was already responsible for.  He should have received an award for being the most prolific serial killer killing more than 7,000 people.  

If I have learned one thing during these past 20 years that I have somewhat followed politics, when someone is pointing their finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at them.   This is a short book packed with even more reasons to hate Cuomo and De Blasio. 

Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes By: Ira Rosen

This book covers a lot of ground.  The first half of the book could have been called "How much I hated working for the Wallace family".  Rosen goes on and on about Mike Wallace and his son Chris.  It does validate a lot of the rumors and assumptions I heard and made about some of the people he worked with and for.  I think he could have been more critical on the Clintons but you expected it based on the tone of the book being left leaning, albeit covertly vs overtly for the most part.  

Rosen's career behind the scenes has been incredibly fulfilling for him I would imagine.  He was involved in covering many of the huge scandals our nation has seen.  Some of them, I remember watching from the other side as a viewer.  It is very interesting to see what went into producing a great show that at least I enjoyed.  I am never disappointed when I read these books to find that some of these folks are great friends with some people you would never imagine.  For instance I read a memoir from Tommy Davidson from In Living Color and one of his close friends was Michael Bolton.  

In typical liberal attack, no book is complete without a thorough lashing of Trump.  Obviously Rosen has an axe to grind with Trump because of Trump purchasing multiple country clubs where Rosen was a member.  It is sad because although I agree that Trump can be obnoxious and rude, I think he did a good job as POTUS.  Rosen writes that there was no wire tapping against Republicans, this does not make it true.  Devon Nunez and other Republicans were in fact wiretapped.  Additionally, known false information was provided by FBI and other government agencies to the courts, and Trump and his campaign were 100% spied on.  The fact that the courts approved it based on false information is irrelevant.  The fact that knowingly false information was provided, and provided by a political rival that was under investigation is chilling and should have landed all parties involved in prison.   Of course he mentioned Charlottesville.  Anyone worth their salt, would know that this is a bogus allegation and if you have an inch of integrity and read the entire transcript and in context, you would see the same.  

I think the most comical things he said was the he thought Trump had the beginnings of Alzheimer's.  Curiously absent was any comment on Biden and his cognitive decline.   His comment about anti-fascism and saying "I wonder if she was thinking about Trump" in Chapter 33, Is comical since it is known that ANTIFA uses Fascism to force their "Anti-Fascism" rhetoric.  

The book is great.  I enjoyed it and recommend it.  

Publisher : St. Martin's Press (February 16, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 336 pages
ISBN-10 : 1250756421
ISBN-13 : 978-1250756428
Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.21 x 9.56 inches

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era By: Shelby Steele

 This was truly a great book.  The perspective of this author is precisely what has been in my head, but could never really articulate it.  Steele is able to, obviously in a more eloquent way than I ever could.  The issues we have today, in my opinion, is that people do not use critical thinking and too much emotion is included when making decisions.  

This book reminds me of a Tweet by Candice Owens "Phrases like "white privilege" are just a modern twist on white supremacist ideology.  Asking me to believe in "white privilege" means asking me to accept "black inferiority" - to look at a white person and recognize that I am less than them in this world."

When I was younger, (many moons ago), I tried our for the Hialeah Fire Department.  When I filled out the information and the form, I was told that because of "affirmative action" I would not need to score an 80% like white people and would only need to score a 70%.  I remember feeling offended.  The fact that "they" thought that I was incapable of scoring 80% because of where my parents were born was humiliating to me.  Another example of this type of belief is in the 1997 movie "GI Jane".  In the movie Demi Moore is the first Navy Seal candidate.  She wants to be treated as an equal and does not want accommodations.  In one of the obstacles courses, there is a step for her set up as an accommodation for her being as a woman.  She kicks it away.  The point is equality is just that; equal under the law and under God.  Although we have had some semblance of this since the 13th amendment, today and quite frankly (per Steele), since the 60's, this has been attained at the cost of White Guilt.

Remember, Money and Power is in the fight, NOT the results.

The book is extremely engaging and I finished it in a couple of days even though I had a busy week. 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles -- and All of Us By: Rana Foroohar

 Very interesting book about "Big Tech" and how they are harming the country and more importantly, the citizens.  Aylin Foroohar is an American business columnist and an associate editor at the Financial Times. She is also CNN's global economic analyst.  This book was published in November of 2019 so she missed even more egregious "Big Tech" overreach during the 2020 Election and even worse yet, what has happened AFTER the election.

Although Foroohar speaks about the $300K Russians spent to sway the 2016 election, she missed the amount of money spent by the leftists to beat Trump in 2020 even though they pushed a feeble man that as of today, is a laughingstock all over the world.  God bless Biden.  I hope he lives a long life. However, this man's administration released a statement saying that Biden "calls a lid" at 7:00PM.  This is insane.  I am in Information Security.  I can tell you without a doubt that I am on call ALL THE TIME.  I do not get to bed until 1:00AM regularly.  The fact that a man that is running the country is going to sleep at 7:00PM is disturbing.  

What we have seen during this COVID pandemic that the big tech companies have enriched themselves and have become literally more powerful than our own government was.... which was too powerful for my  liking.  And it seems there is no one willing to take them on.  The Democrats were suppose to be the ones looking to break them up and as it turns out, as long as big tech is funding their party, they are more that eager to turn a blind eye.  I think there is enough content just since before the 2020 elections to write two more books.  

I do not necessarily agree with all of her suggestions to "fix" the issue we face today, but to be honest, I would like to see action.  I have gotten off of most social media platforms save for LinkedIn, Instagram and Parler.  I have closed all my Twitter accounts, I have closed all my Facebook accounts, I have stopped purchasing Nike, Coca Cola, stopped 90% of my Amazon purchases, cancel Netflix, Disney+ & Hulu.  My new way of approaching this cancel culture and big tech dictatorship is to purchase and support everyone that gets canceled (e.g. and stop watching movies of useful idiots that "pretend" for a living, and companies like Coca Cola that have a prejudice for ANYONE based on the color of their skin.  I think it today, and did forever that discriminating against Black people was wrong.  I feel equally strong about what is happening to White people.  It is not the color that bothers me, rather the act. 

I found it amazing that these tech giants do not allow THEIR children to be on the very platforms they have developed.  It is telling.  We should be compensated for the value of our data and be given the opportunity to opt-out of the selling of our data.  I would rather pay a premium to use a service so long as they do not collect or sell my data.  With the amount of data being collected on us these days, I cannot imagine folks running for President 30 years from now and these tech giants having enough info on them to derail any candidate looking to run.  They are way too powerful and need to be stopped.  Ironic coming from someone using a book purchased on Amazon, on a server run in AWS and a mirror to be posted on a company purchased by Amazon, but nonetheless, these companies need to be reined in and fast.  

Great book, I recommend it. 

Publisher : Currency (November 5, 2019)
Language : English
Hardcover : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 1984823981
ISBN-13 : 978-1984823984
Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
Dimensions : 6.31 x 1.28 x 9.52 inches

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Perfect Marriage By: Jeneva Rose

 What is up with Adam?  The guy does not know when good enough is enough.  The book started off as a great concept.  I did enjoy the book but found myself wanting to shake Adam and beat him in and about the facial region.  


The book describes a married couple; Sarah and Adam.  Sarah is a high powered defense attorney and Adam is a one-hit-wonder author suffering from writers block.  Adam starts a 16 month affair with Kelly Summers.  Sarah and Adam purchased a vacation home.  This house was the location where Adam and Kelly had their rendezvous.  After a romp in the vacation home where Adam and Kelly had rough sex all night, Kelly is savagely murdered in her sleep.  Adam is accused of her murder.  Sarah his wife ends up defending him in the murder case.  

Quite frankly, the book seems as though it ended abruptly and then... the kicker.  Sarah was a real bitch.  She could have done something else.  She could have had him sign off all marital assets and then shown the Sheriff's DNA that would have shown doubt and he could have walked.  Kelly would still be dead and Adam would have nothing.  Instead she killed him.  Then again, she DID kill her mother.   

Publisher : Bloodhound Books (July 3, 2020)
Language : English
Paperback : 342 pages
ISBN-10 : 1913419657
ISBN-13 : 978-1913419653

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy By: Andy Ngo

Andy Ngo is a openly-gay journalist that started his career in Portland Oregon.  He has been covering ANTIFA for quite some time now.  [Engage Sarcasm Font] The ever centrist "Southern Poverty Law Center" paints a narrative espoused on the "centrist, non-partisan" platform of Wikipedia of Ngo being chummy with Patriot Prayer group during one of the rallies he was reporting on.  Seems to me that to the crazy ANTIFA supporters, you are either with them attacking people or you are against them.  Maybe, just maybe, Ngo did not feel he was in danger and felt more at ease standing around.  But that is an assumption on my part.  

It boggles the mid how Main-Stream Media, and Leftist Politicians and supporters are perfectly comfortable labeling Proud Boys and MAGA people a terrorist organization.  Even as so far as continuously asking former President Donald Trump on numerous occasions to disavow Proud Boys, which he did.  Proud Boys literally started as a literal joke by Gavin McInnes when a feminine co-worker that they hazed about being gay (even though he was not),  and they joked about the Disney Movie song (see link of Joe Rogan show)
Tim Pool and Joe Rogar grill Twitter on bias banning and "Proud Boys"

Essentially, it became political when they responded to ANTIFA attacks against conservatives.  Ironically the clip in the link above, shows the toxicity of Twitter where they have canceled Proud Boy Account while allowing ANTIFA to remain on the platform and organize events on the same.

Ngo uncovers the inter-workings of the terrorist organization of ANTIFA.  They are absolutely organized and not an "idea" as the supporters like to described them as.  None of the existing Democratic politicians have publicly disavowed ANTIFA and quite frankly BLM since they have allowed ANTIF to hijack their movement.  In fact, you have Alexandra Ocasio Cortez and other cohorts actively collected and posted on social media for the bail funds of ANTIFA people being arrested, regardless of the crimes they had committed to get arrested.  The message was, regardless of what you did, murder, assault, arson, etc.  We don't even care.  ANTIFA and BLM are the Democratic Party's private military.  Imagine for one second that Proud Boys did what ANTIFA has done and Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Matt Gaetz set up and Tweeted a fund to pay for the bail of the arrested Proud Boys, what do you think would have been done?  You would have seen a sham impeachment of all those involved as we saw with Trump's post POTUS impeachment butt-hurt revenge game.  He was rightfully acquitted.  If that stands, then we can go back and impeach Obama for what was proven he did with HIS "peaceful transition of power".

Ngo gives the historical timeline of ANTIFA from Europe and describes the meeting places, and the training syllabus for prospective new members.  These "troops" are trained as military soldiers are.  They are taught hand-to-hand combat, shooting skills, physiological warfare and much, much more.
Andy Ngo on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
Video of Andy Ngo getting attacked

ANTIFA and their off-shoots are dangerous.  They use technology to DOX people, they surveil and attack people.  Now more than ever, the second amendment is of the upmost importance.  I never leave my house without two guns and my AR15.  Love that I live in Florida where stand-your-ground is a thing.


Publisher : Center Street (February 2, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 154605958X
ISBN-13 : 978-1546059585
Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
Dimensions : 6 x 1.45 x 9 inches

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle by Jonathan Horn

George Washington is one of my favorite Founding Fathers.  He was a Freemason.  When I became a Freemason, while going through my initiation, the one thing that kept running through my mind was “George Washington went through this very initiation hundreds of years ago”.  He was a flawed man as we all are.  His owning of slaves is a dark spot on his history.  However, these days, we do compare people of the past based on the insanity we have today.  I am curious to see 30 years from now, how all these people will be able to escape the ever-changing “standards” of the time.  Progressivism does not stop to see if what has been done is enough.  It is more concerned with continue to “progress” regardless of its success or failures.  During that time, slavery, sadly, was normal accepted.  Similar to anything that is legal today and acceptable that later on becomes frowned upon.  I think it was abhorrent, but the fact is that many men during that time paved the way for what eventually and thankfully became outlawed.  

Washington was a man that measured his words.  Due to his oral issues, he rarely smiled and was an astute listener.  I practice the same today; “Listen to understand, not to respond”.  I do believe his Masonic teachings dictated many of the good qualities we read about so often.  The book goes into a narrative I personally have not read about before.  I always knew there was tension between Washington and Adams, but this book goes deeper into the relationships and feelings of his opposers.  In my opinion he was harsh at times when it came to Washington. 
Washington was not a proponent of political parties and regretted the fact that people who in the past worked together, no longer even spoke.  I guess the adage about history repeating itself is absolutely true.  We are the same today.  
As most will know, Washington’s death was a freak accident of sorts.  What one would take a ZPAK for today, killed one of the most influential people in our history.  The book is short but interesting.  I love Washington and feel I have a connection with him above and beyond the founding of this country, so I hesitate a bit with they paint him in a negative light.

This Masonic apron was made in France and is believed to have been presented to Brother George Washington at Mount Vernon in 1784 by the Marquis de Lafayette, a former General and close friend of Washington’s, who was also a Freemason.  The apron features Masonic symbols, such as compasses and a square, together with the crossed flags of the United States and France, all exquisitely embroidered in silk and gold and silver-wrapped threads with metallic sequins.

Publisher : Scribner (February 11, 2020)

Language : English

Hardcover : 352 pages

ISBN-10 : 1501154230

ISBN-13 : 978-1501154232

Item Weight : 1.1 pounds

Dimensions : 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches

Monday, February 1, 2021

Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism By: Sharyl Attkisson

Long gone are the days when a journalist had the zeal for their profession.  Where the "character" of the unrelenting, "report the facts at all cost" persona played in Hollywood has sadly passed away.   My son and my money are going to journalism school. My son is one of those "let the chips fall where they may" kind of thinkers. After reading this book, I feel he has an uphill battle. 

This book is precisely what I have been talking about for a decade or more now, but put into a concise book.  The author is a Trump supporter, or at least she may be, but the book is not necessarily about Trump insofar as the decline in journalism since he became president. If you want to read a great book about how the industry has devolved and can put aside someone not parroting the played out narrative about orange-man-bad then I recommend this book. She not only covers the Trump phenomenon with the press but other stories like the Harvey Weinstein, NBC, debacles, etc.

The book covers how the journalists have allowed themselves to be nothing but a propaganda delivery system. When I was younger, you could not tell party affiliation of most journalists both on air and in print. The news was delivered as facts and the viewer/reader could form their own opinions. This is no longer the case. 

The author gives specific example in her tenure of inexplicable canceling of stories that were fact-based and outed corruption at all levels, all parties and all people.   She discusses the language that has become acceptable by reporters that would have never been allowed in the past such as liar, no proof, etc. 

Journalists have become nothing but political pundits with zero integrity and zero respect for their craft.  She discussed the devolution of CNN under Zuckerman's rein as well as other previously respected news outlets. This is not partisan either. Viewers and readers from both parties are disillusioned with media today.  

I came out of the book having a much better knowledge of the "narrative game" and how it's played. It's bitter sweet because knowledge is indeed power but ignorance is bliss. Knowing that it's all a sham is disheartening and a sad day for us as people wanting to see/read news based on facts and not propaganda.  I would love to see a media outlet purchase the failing CNN and have a policy to report the news based on facts. No opinion shows, just facts. Any journalists that lets their biases show or wears there party on their sleeves will be asked to resign or put on stories that have zero political spin such as baby alligators born in a zoo.  I assure you that network would crush everyone out there. 

I hate authoritative dictators trying to tell me what I should be feeling. I am a libertarian and sometimes I like what one party does and sometimes I like what the other party does. 

A very interesting portion of the book is how social-media is able to manipulate real media because of the mob mentality we have allowed to take root in this country.  All speech, yes even hate speech, heck hate speech more so than non hate speech should be protected. The media should report the facts regardless of corporate sponsors and political connections.  I despise what social-media has become. It has become a bully pulpit for a small group of loud people that force others to act like they want or suffer the wrath of the mob. I would hope and think that every American wants to be free to voice their opinion as hurtful, offensive, or misinformed as it may be.  No one person or group is the aborter of speech. What is offensive to you, may not be to me.  What is hurtful for you may not be for me. I would not assume to know what is best for you, I don't want you controlling me based on what YOU feel is best for me. 

Amazing, Amazing book and very apropos.  

Here is a great YouTube Video by Attkisson

  • Publisher : Harper (November 24, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062974696
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062974693
  • Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1.05 x 9 inches

Resist and Evade / Protect and Serve By: Lee West

 Finished the final two books.  It was OK however a little anticlimactic.  Would have liked to see more elaboration.  It seemed that the final book was pushed.  The series is OK.  I would read another series from  West but need to give it some time.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Erasing America: Losing Our Future by Destroying Our Past By: James S. Robbins

 This book was a great read. Even though the content is disturbing. We have become a society of cancel and mob rule. Gone are the days of the 1st, 2nd and 4th amendments. The only speech allowed is the speech de’jour based on a small group of very loud instigating terrorist that use fear of cancel, boycott etc to bludgeon everyone to think and act like them.

Although I finished this book 2 weeks ago, we are a week past the Capitol “take over”. Although I disagree with violence, it’s funny how the “defund the police” advocates immediately called the police. The “anti-National Guard” were caliing for National Guard. Those that attacked and labeled people who used the word “mob” to describe the BLM and ANTIFA riots, looting and destruction where now eager to use it. Every left wing (redundant statement) media outlet used “mob”.

Now we see the power of big tech. The infringement of the first amendment is unprecedented. It is such a dangerous move by the media companies. Even countries with awful human rights records are calling tech companies out. It makes me wonder what they think he is going to say. Why are they so scared?

At any rate, this book goes over the insanity that has become the new norm. If we don’t get back to a semblance of sanity, we will have a tyrannical government by the end of 2021, if not sooner.

    Publisher : Regnery Publishing; Illustrated edition (August 21, 2018)
    Language: : English
    Hardcover : 256 pages
    ISBN-10 : 162157816X
    ISBN-13 : 978-1621578161
    Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
    Dimensions : 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches

Survive and Escape: The Blue Lives Apocalypse Book 1 By: Lee West


Interesting book. Not so much on the technicality of the EMP specifically but good in preparation of the social breakdown and some scenarios to prepare for. I believe that if we continue divided as a country they way we are, it’s only a matter of time that a real enemy will take the opportunity and attack us. Maybe not in the typical way we expected but an EMP is easily created and can cripple the entire country which would make us extremely vulnerable. I think that if the incoming administration and their supporters get their way in removing weapons from people, an EMP is very, very plausible. I am not a full-fledged prepped but I have made certain preps for different scenarios. One of the best advice I can give is “don’t plan for a particular scenario”. You never know what could come; natural disaster, pandemic, social unrest, government tyranny. Sadly these have all been experience by the US in 2020

    Publisher : Independently published (December 15, 2016)
    Language: : English
    Paperback : 279 pages
    ISBN-10 : 1797409077
    ISBN-13 : 978-1797409078
    Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
    Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.7 x 8 inches