Some interesting new arrivals

7:07 pm 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 clothes and fabric at the Charleston Antique Mall, next to Arizona Charlie’s casino on Decatur Boulevard in downtown Las Vegas (within a mile of Amber Unicorn and Las Vegas Fine Books — formerly Greyhound’s — which string out to the south along Decatur), and that in between work on the next novel Vin pitches in, stocking a few bays with used and collectible books and records.

A few interesting titles have turned up of late, now available as part of our 1,200-title Online stock at
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sortby=0&vci=51238921 , where the new flatbed scanner even allows us to show pictures!

A selective sampling:

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Gun grabbers continue to shoot themselves in foot

10:43 am February 4th, 2014

Over the objections of a majority of Colorado’s chief law enforcement officers, Democrats pushed three “gun control” bills through the state legislature last year, wringing their hands and ridiculing those who refused to “do something to protect the children” from mass shootings like those at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. and an elementary school in Connecticut.

Republicans predicted the measures — banning new sales of magazines of more than 15 rounds, and requiring background checks on private gun sales — would prove unenforceable and would do nothing to prevent such incidents, both of which were carried out by lunatics.

And they were right.

Even the gun-hating New York Times now acknowledges the “unenforceable” part.

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Often Wrong

2:49 pm January 31st, 2014

Perusing the memoirs of 20th century book dealers and collectors can provide some useful perspective on what’s been collected over the years, as well as an idea of the (often jaw-droppingly low) prices people used to pay for things the average person could hardly dream of stumbling on today – inscribed copies of Dickens and Mark Twain, original hand-written manuscripts by James Joyce or Joseph Conrad, the works.

(You have to correct for inflation, of course. A dollar in the 1930s was made of silver, an ounce of which will cost you $40 today. And a single pre-1933 $20 gold piece can now set you back $1,400 in today’s Washington Monopoly money.)

The reason such literary artifacts are rarely encountered today is that the wealthy American collectors of the teens and ‘20s bought them up, often from England’s threadbare aristocracy, and then sold or donated them en bloc for the tax deduction to institutions – the rare book collections of university libraries, for the most part.

(Thanks, Mister Taxman!)

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Hey, it was just an innocent question

12:56 pm January 6th, 2014

The Brietbart Web site reported Dec. 5 that Barry Greenfield, an elected Selectman in Swampscott, Mass., “is pushing a measure to give police the
authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms.”

The site reports Greenfield said “State law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable.” There are “600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott],” and the selectman “wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance.”

The statist Boston Globe had already raced to the selectman’s defense by then, of course, whining on Nov. 13 that the poor fellow was being singled out for abuse by gun nuts after an innocent inquiry.

“A brief discussion during a meeting last week of the Swampscott Board of Selectmen has sparked outrage among gun-rights proponents and turned one selectman into the target of vitriolic e-mails, threatening phone calls, and online petitions from across the nation calling for his resignation,” the Globe reported.

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Reducing crime without more ‘gun control’

1:23 pm December 6th, 2013

By Vin Suprynowicz

It’s the holiday season, when we’re reminded to give thanks. Indeed, we risk going into a tailspin if we concentrate only on our problems, without remembering to be thankful for health, for friends and loved ones, for living in a country where we can stand up for our liberties by speaking and reading and writing pretty much as we please.

I almost said “where we can STILL read and write as we please,” but recall that before 1962 Americans faced jail sentences if they tried to send birth control information through the mail (even to married couples!) or to publish such books as “Ulysses” or the works of Henry Miller, then deemed “filth” but which are now considered among the cornerstones of straight-talking modern literature. (Read a lot of Anthony Trollope, lately?)

So, to start with, let’s give thanks that our sworn enemies for life, the forces of gun confiscation, are still led by such incorrigible idiots.

Mind you, idiots can do a lot of damage if they’re allowed to prey on a populace dumbed down by an institution as destructive as our current government schools, which far from teaching young minds to discern logic from propaganda instead concentrate mostly on DISHING OUT propaganda — see “global warming,” “carbon dioxide as a pollutant,” and “We’d be safer if all guns were seized and melted down.”

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Those nasty guns still causing people to go crazy

8:37 am November 5th, 2013

I see where there have been a couple more “mass shootings,” leading not to questions about why so many black men seem to feel trapped, frustrated, and unneeded in the wonderful new multi-generational welfare state we like to call Obamaland, but rather to the usual recycled, croaking calls for more “gun control.”

For the record, we should always note the death toll of these predictable psychotic explosions among the quasi-literate and otherwise unemployable graduates of our youth propaganda camps, desensitized as they are after years of blow-’em-up video games, remain infinitesimal compared to the purposeful massacres of their unarmed subjects by such champions of socialism as Hitler, Stalin and Mao.

Also, unfortunately for the gun grabbers, the most notable mid-September shootings (the press now ignores all the “routine” weekly massacres of scores of urban minority Americans by scores of other other urban minority Americans, shot while sticking up bodegas and the like, unless the toll of a single incident mounts over half a dozen) occurred in Washington D.C. and Chicago, jurisdictions which have long imposed some of the  most Draconian “gun control” regimes in the nation.

Law-abiding Americans from other parts of the country aren’t even allowed to carry their lawfully owned self-defense weapons INTO Chicago or Washington D&C for their own protection — despite the guarantee of the 14th amendment that none of the states be allowed to deprive “U.S. citizens” of any constitutional right. So if “gun control” worked, surely a child’s park in gun-banning Chicago would be the safest place in the land . . . right?

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The ‘government shutdown’

1:58 pm 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 about as independent as if they were accepting short-term loans from your local Mafia.)

“Mom,” I asked, “there’s a federal prison not that far from you, in Danbury. Are you worried about all those federal prisoners wandering the streets, now that they’ve let them out?”

“What?”

“Of course you’re not worried about federal prisoners roaming the streets.” (Not that anyone WOULD worry, since federal prisoners don’t tend to be violent rapists or robbers or murderers, most of those guys being handled by the state court systems. Federal prisoners, rather, are mainly people caught up in the web of arcane, unpredictable, largely unconstitutional federal “regulations,” like that guy down in Georgia who got convicted of “conspiracy to manufacture marijuana” because he sold light bulbs at his light bulb store that some of his customers used to grow marijuana at home) “That’s because none of that has happened.

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Unintended Consequences

11:50 am October 1st, 2013

In the fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty’s father fails to follow the common-sense course — sending soldiers to arrest the evil fairy, warning her that if any harm comes to his daughter through that malevolent curse concerning sewing needles, said fairy would have her wings plucked and find herself locked up in a dark place for a long time.

Instead, the king attempts to ban all sewing needles from his kingdom. Brilliant. We all know how that worked out.

Yet today’s politicians continue attempting to solve their problems — an unwillingness or inability to identify, treat, or lock up dangerous lunatics; a generation of spoiled, jobless, quasi-literate youth who amuse themselves playing endless blow-off-their-heads video games in dark basements — by attempting to ban various sorts of firearms, a 500-year-old technology now so well developed that cheap automatic rifles are widely stamped out in Third World countries in factories originally designed to produce typewriters and license plates.

They might as well try to ban people from using telescopes to look at the planets.

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Attack ‘Stand Your Ground’, turn out the black vote

6:46 am September 1st, 2013

So now a unanimous citizen jury has agreed with Sanford, Fla. police chief Bill Lee (fired for resisting political lynch mobs and refusing to file baseless charges — http://tinyurl.com/l5bch6w) and the state prosecutor who first investigated neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman’s fatal 2012 shooting of black teen-ager Trayvon Martin.

The jury listened to the eye-witness, considered the corroborating physical evidence, compared that to a set of prosecution witnesses that left defense attorneys with little to do but raise their arms and shout Hallelujah, and ruled no crime was committed by the 28-year-old resident of the gated Twin Lakes community.

Novelists and screenplay writers would be told to come up with something more believable if they tried to invent a prosecution “star witness” to rival young Martin’s hefty girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel, a 19-year-old high school senior whose ebonic accent and vocabulary often proved incomprehensible to those in the courtroom, and whose charming tweets on the subject of being unable to pass the Florida state high school competency test (http://tinyurl.com mlmo7jl) I decline to copy verbatim, even here.

As to the substance, it was all over once the fat lady sang. Miss Jeantel admitted on the stand she had not told police Martin — in his cell phone call to her shortly before his death — had said he was being followed by a “creepy-ass cracker.”

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Who’s too crazy to own a gun?

5:45 am August 1st, 2013

I see where retired astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, brain-damaged former Arizona Congresscritter Gabrielle Giffords, are criss-crossing the country, traveling with an extended staff “resembling that of a political campaign” in private planes and helicopters, trying to stir up state-by-state support for more laws designed to make it harder for law-abiding Americans to buy and keep guns — part of a planned $20 million fund-raising effort by their “Americans for Responsible Solutions.”

Yes, I know those crying for ever more rigorous “background checks” and other permits and fees say making things harder for law-abiding gun owners is not their goal.

And if you believe that, be sure to also write your name on your luggage when you leave it behind to board the cattle cars at the train station, so they can forward it to you in the “resettlement” camp.

To a wealthy white person, it sounds like no big deal to be required to take a $100 “safety” course offered at your local suburban gun store, then drive to some police facility during business hours to get fingerprinted and pay another hundred bucks apiece for “permits,” “background checks,” etc.

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