Archive for the 'History' Category

With a little help from my friends (‘Why I may appear to have been writing less, of late,’ Part One of Three)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Friends and fans — if few in number then all the more cherished — have been asking why I seem to have been writing less this year. I hope I don’t take too much on myself if I’m reminded of Paul McCartney reporting the press reaction when the Beatles stopped touring and went almost a […]

‘Survival could not be expected’ (‘Why I may appear to have been writing less of late,’ Part Two of Three)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

1941. War came. The Navy, sometimes befuddled but even then the wisest of the services, made dad a radio man, on the little destroyer escort Raymond. As most 20-year-olds would, dad took the rigors of tropical service in stride, writing in his surviving notebook about the traditional ceremony of the pollywogs’ first crossing of the […]

The Testament of James

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The following are the first 3,600 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” set for publication by Mountain Media in late 2014. If having to wait some months to read the rest of the story will bother you, please don’t start. A request to friends and followers for help finding an appropriate artist […]

Some interesting new arrivals

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

As it was never our intention to present here only “gun-related stuff,” and since a number of readers raised their hands when asked not long ago if they’d like to see more “book stuff,” herewith an update of interest primarily to those seeking interesting and hard-to-find titles. Most of you know The Brunette sells vintage […]

Margaret Thatcher, freedom fighter, at 87

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

The discredited Left can find little to say, save that she was “divisive.” How refreshing, then, to hear the enthusiasm in the equally widespread reports that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at age 87, managed in her remarkable 11-year tenure at Downing Street to vanquish socialism and restore the free market […]

Taxing the poor, seizing the homes of accused ‘pimps’

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

It’s a well known doctrine of economics that what you subsidize you get more of, and what you tax you get less of. Thus, the United States government in its infinite wisdom subsidizes poverty and out-of-wedlock birth, along with unmarried women raising children without any man in the home, and gets more of all three […]

Desert tortoise shell-game continues

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Sixty desert tortoises, each equipped with a radio transmitter and trailing a small antenna, were released Sept. 21 at the southern end of the Nevada National Security Site, 60 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Researchers plan to track the critters over the next year as part of a $100,000 study ultimately aimed at increasing the […]

If you knew about this stuff, you’d only cause trouble

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

We’ve been discussing topics where today’s Internet readers complain the Mainstream Media appear to report only one side — The Government Line. Last week we dealt with 1) the Sept. 11 attacks, and 2) childhood immunizations. Here are more: 3) Inflation is routinely reported as “slight; under control” in terms of consumer prices, when the […]

The lies just cain’t be true

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

I was raised in a Democratic home in New England in the 1960s. The Kennedys were our heroes. Jack was so handsome and virile, he and his lovely bride brought such class to the executive mansion, Why, they had cello recitals there by Pablo Casals! Such a far cry from that dowdie Mamie Eisenhower and […]

Si, se puede

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

In twin op-eds in the Las Vegas Review-Journal of June 22, Patricia Vazquez, a professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada, and Fatma Marouf, co-director of the Immigration Clinic at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, argued that illegal immigrants should no longer be referred to as “illegal immigrants.” “Our country has a principle […]