Archive for the 'History' Category

The Testament of James, second excerpt

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Added to the first excerpt, the following takes us through the first 5,900 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” published by Mountain Media on Dec. 16, 2014. In all, six excerpts are posted on this site: Go to the subject index and click “Fiction,” or click the link at the bottom for […]

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, first excerpt

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The following are the first 3,600 words of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” published by Mountain Media on Dec. 16, 2014. In all, six excepts are posted at this site, taking the reader through the first 20,000 words of the mystery. Click “Fiction” in the index, or click link at bottom to read […]

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 […]

The ‘government shutdown’

Monday, October 21st, 2013

My mom called me the other day to ask whether I thought the “government shutdown” would impact some state program or other. I can see how the thought arose, given that there are hardly any independent “state programs” any more (most having fallen victim to the siren call of “supplemental federal funding,” which leaves them […]

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 […]