CACK SHOT French police sniper accidentally injures two onlookers with a single shot after his gun goes off from rooftop 300ft away during President Hollande’s speech
H/T to Uncle.
H/T to David.
Second in his Bad Times series. It another time travel novel. This time they are off to the ancient Mediterranean to find lost pirate treasure, and, again, things go not as planned. I liked it. So I'm hooked, and already reading #3 in the series.
“Since 2009, the US and other governments have undertaken actions with respect to global climate that are not scientifically justified and that already have, and will continue to cause serious social and economic harm — with no environmental benefits,” said Mr. Lindzen, a prominent atmospheric physicist.
Even though the seating of Neil Gorsuch will not change the ideological balance of the court from what it was when Antonin Scalia was there, the Democrats are clearly prepared to go to the wall and gum up the works as much as possible in order to prove to their base how “tough” they are. This is the new normal, so we might as well just invoke the nuclear option now and be done with it.
SEALS killing terrorists. Well done. I liked it. Truth to tell a lot of this kind of stuff is on the market now. Some good and some not so good. This was one of the better ones. I like Dixon's writing and I'll read the rest of the series in time. No hurry though.
Are the stories amazing? Yes, they are. Do they teach you things about yourself? Do they illustrate great truths of human nature? Do they stir the soul to great deeds? Of course they do. But in this sad, debauched age, where men’s spirits hang low, and honor is thin, you must read the classic works for another reason. It’s mundane, and boring, but critical. You must know whether you are being lied to.There's lots more to it and I'm only just dipping in.
It's takes place in one of these worlds where the supernatural and mundane exist side by side with the mundane mostly ignorant of the supernatural. It falls smack dab in the middle of the fantasy genre that Corriea and Butcher do so well. It is the first n a series. Small town overrun by demons and a mysterious stranger arrives to clean 'em out. The story is OK, but nothing new here. The characters are much the same. The presentation is above average. So, I liked it. I'll definitely pick up the sequel, but I got other things to read so it may be awhile.
I’m reminded of the scene in ‘Patton’ where he is standing on the hill overlooking the battlefield and shouts, “Rommel, you bloody bastard, I read your book!”. Alinskyites, take note.H/T to John
Not long after Andy and I met, we were driving down Pennsylvania Avenue and encountered some or another noisy pinko demonstration. “How come,” I asked Andy, “whenever something upsets the Left, you see immediate marches and parades and rallies with signs already printed and rhyming slogans already composed, whereas whenever something upsets the Right, you see two members of the Young Americans for Freedom waving a six-inch American flag?” “We have jobs,” said Andy.
“We have jobs,” said Andy.
- P. J. O`Rourke, from the introduction to Parliament of Whores
Appears to be from a French edition so no idea who the artist is or when it was published.
[UPDATE] From the comments:
"Tarzan of the Apes #163
Cover: George Wilson "
The cover is reprinted from the above edition.
There may be some short fiction I've missed, but I've read every published novel. Every one of them is top notch and this is no different. Spencer has built a world where magic and the normal coexist and, of course, the battle of good vs. evil rages. The story is fine but the joy is in getting to know the characters. I want more please.
Now, without further ado, If by Rudyard Kipling, and if you don't like it. Don't read it.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!
H/T to Sebastian
Bob dies, is cryogenically frozen, then wakes up 100 years later inhabiting an AI. He is placed aboard a Von Neumann probe and sent out into the great beyond to explore and reproduce, and that he does. There is a humorous tone to the story that appeals to me and that's what carries me through. Don't get me wrong. The story and writing are fine, but that's true of a lot of books. It's the humor that carries the day. It does end abruptly but there are two more on the way and I'm looking forward to them.
Dr. John Bates, the former principal scientist at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., told the Daily Mail NOAA’s 2015 study was meant “to discredit the notion of a global warming hiatus and rush to time the publication of the paper to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy.”That's called fraud.
Bates said NOAA scientists made a “blatant attempt to intensify the impact” of global warming to eliminate the “pause” in temperature rise since 1998. The Daily Mail claims Bates showed it “irrefutable” evidence NOAA’s study relied on “unverified” data.
Bates’ objections to the paper were ignored by his superiors, who let scientists make “decisions and scientific choices that maximised warming and minimised documentation” in advance of a major United Nations climate summit in Paris, France.
Third maybe last in Forstchen's John Masterson series. This one wraps the series quite well. The people of a small town in Western north Carolina first battled against nature and bandits after an EMP destroys the technological society we live in. In the second they face off against a bureaucracy trying to reassert control. This addition to the series continues that tale. If you like the first two you'll be pleased with this one. Highly recommended.