Some of September’s new arrivals

8:54 am September 5th, 2014

By the way, in case you didn’t know, Cat’s Curiosities offers a careful selection of unusual vinyl LP records online — many autographed — as well as our online stock of 1,400 books, all hand-inspected and individually described. To see our online vinyl LPs, check out:

These are in addition to the 1,800 vintage LPs in our bins and glass display cases at the brick & mortar store, inside the Charleston Antique Mall, open 7 days a week next to Arizona Charlie’s at 560 South Decatur Boulevard, downtown Las Vegas, 89107. (Call 702-228-4783 for store hours and driving directions.) If it’s unusual, we might have it.

Meantime, the online store also features some interesting new arrivals in the book department, this month:

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Victim disarmament: the gift that keeps on killing

10:00 am September 3rd, 2014

Lots of folks remember the big shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. They should. The Army paid for the medical education of Nidal Malik Hasan, a radical Muslim born in this country of Palestinian immigrants. Hasan volunteered, of course. The Army even promoted him to major and gave him the responsibility of caring for his fellow soldiers. Instead he went to work one day and shot more than 40 of them, all unarmed, killing 13.

It’s not like nobody knew this guy was trouble. According to The Washington Post, Hasan made a presentation during his final year of residency at Walter Reed Army Hospital called “The Quranic World View as It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military,” which was not well received. He suggested the Department of Defense should allow “Muslims Soldiers” (sic) to muster out as conscientious objectors to “decrease adverse events,” which he listed to include refusal to deploy, espionage, and killing of fellow soldiers.

(Who knew?! Who could have guessed?!)

This guy had traded e-mails with radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. The FBI knew it. Retired Colonel Terry Lee, who had worked with Hasan, told Fox News that Hasan made “outlandish” statements against the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, that “the Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor,” meaning the United States.

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Driving the ranchers off the land, part 4 of 6

6:23 pm August 31st, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.)

Cliven showed me areas where he’d bulldozed dirt across an occasional wash, which then filled up and became a muddy watering pond not only for his cattle, but for the quail and other wildlife that subsequently thrived there in much larger numbers than had been seen before.

Left in its natural state, the salt cedar will move in and clog a spring till there’s no more surface water for wildlife or cattle, Cliven explained. Only the rancher has the incentive to dig the spring back to bedrock, install piping, and run the water to a tank where it can then be used by deer and wild sheep, as well as domestic stock.


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Vin chats with Ernie Hancock

8:45 am August 30th, 2014

Friday morning, Vin visited on-air for an hour with his old friend, Phoenix-based Libertarian radio guy Ernest Hancock. Vin’s Cliven Bundy piece in the current issue of “Range” magazine came up, as did his forthcoming novel, “The Testament of James.” Through the magic of modern electronics, those with speakers on their computers can hear most of the goings-on here:

The Testament of James, third excerpt

1:56 pm August 28th, 2014

Added to the first two excerpts, posted earlier this summer, the following takes the reader through the first 10,000 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.

This material is copyright c Vin Suprynowicz, 2014, all rights reserved.

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“You haven’t even talked about the main thing people claim was in the book, that they get all excited about,” Marian complained, though she still looked up from the floor only briefly.

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Testament of James – back jacket blurb

10:32 am August 25th, 2014

The manager of Books on Benefit has died under mysterious circumstances, and one of the rarest books in the world is missing — if it ever existed at all.

Did James the Just, oldest surviving brother of Jesus of Nazareth, write a book about the suppressed secrets of his brother’s ministry, and the plan to help him survive the crucifixion? The number of strange characters descending on the scene, determined to lay hands on the missing volume, indicate powerful forces believe it exists — and are hell-bent on making sure The Testament of James never sees the light of day.

Aided only by a small band of College Hill misfits, can the unorthodox methods of Matthew Hunter, tracer of lost books, find the Testament in time to keep the Forces of Darkness from condemning the Western World to yet another long, dismal night of ignorance and repression?

From the author of “Send in the Waco Killers,” “The Ballad of Carl Drega,” and “The Black Arrow” comes a tale of rare books, hidden history, and strange goings-on in one of America’s oldest cities. With plenty of cats.

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Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, Part 3 of 6

8:44 pm August 23rd, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.)


The clear implication of the BLM claims that this is all about Bundy simply refusing to pay “more than a million dollars in grazing fees” is that once this bad, “trespassing” tenant rancher and his “trespassing cattle” have been evicted from this piece of “federally owned” desert range, the BLM can and will go out and find some “better” rancher who’s willing to pay the grazing fees, and this vital source of income for “the taxpayers” will be restored, right? (Remember, it’s all about “a million dollars in grazing fees.”)

But that’s nonsense

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The Great Writers produced by the Federal Writers’ Project

10:31 am August 17th, 2014

My fellow booksellers in these parts were recently advised to research and stock books created under the auspices of the FDR-era “Federal Writers’ Project,” a tax-and-spend-and-elect outfit created in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration.

That’s good advice as far as it goes. Writers who later became well-known, from Nelson Algren to Richard Wright, from John Cheever to Studs Terkel to Ralph Ellison, were indeed at one time or another on the federal dole during the late 1930s, drawing pay from the aforementioned Writers’ Project to work on state-by-state guidebooks, or any other make-work schemes the New Deal bureaucrats could dream up. (Artists unable to produce works anyone would purchase voluntarily were even hired to do mosaics in subway stations, beginning a great tradition of forcing bad, urine-stained works of art on those who had been stripped of the right to refuse to fund them.)

Even though the contributions of these notables-to-be were generally anonymous, most of these guidebooks can be worth a few bucks; it’s wise to keep an eye out for them.

The Library of Congress started more than a decade ago digging piles of Writers’ Project material out of tax-funded warehouses and deciding what to do with it. This apparently included deciding which of it to make available to the public — an interesting role for a government agency to assign itself, given that all this stuff was funded by taxpayers.

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6:38 pm August 11th, 2014

Mom found the following 580-word piece in my dad’s papers, two-and-a-half handwritten sheets with a few cross-outs and corrections, with (but not part of) his autobiography. For geographic clarification, my folks lived the past 55 years on a wooded ridge in Marlborough, Connecticut — if you gaze north-northwest to the next ridge line, those woods are in the town of Glastonbury.

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I would never have noticed him but for the contrails. And there he was, all alone, three-quarters of a mile up. (It was a he because he was glad to be alone. shes are never happy alone.)

Let’s see, it’s December 17, so the others have already gone en masse. But never mind, if I get there fine, if not, we’ll I’ve enjoyed the going. Not lonely, but sole-ly.

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Driving the Ranchers Off the Land, part 2 of 6

1:01 pm August 6th, 2014

(NOTE: a condensed version of this report appears in the Autumn, 2014 issue of “Range” magazine, on newsstands now.)


Both Cliven Bundy and his friend Cliff Gardner, who ranches Nevada’s Ruby Valley hundreds of miles to the north near Elko and who also keeps getting hauled into federal court for refusing to comply with BLM “grazing plans” that have driven so many other Nevada ranchers into bankruptcy over the past 40 years, insist the Founding Fathers went to great pains to block the federal government from ever owning 86 percent of Nevada … 57 percent of Utah … 45 percent of the land mass of California … as Washington City now claims to do.

They insist they can find “no authority whatsoever” for the federal government to “hold and manage lands within an admitted State” aside from the power granted in Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which authorizes the federals to purchase specific parcels “by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards and other needful Buildings” -– a provision which would hardly seem to apply to the millions of acres of western grazing land.

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