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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The Testament of James, second excerpt

7:15 pm August 5th, 2014

Added to the first excerpt, posted last month, the following takes us through the first 5,900 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.


“James was the brother of Jesus?” Chantal asked.

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Just what do they mean by a ‘school shooting’?

9:30 am August 4th, 2014

I see where the Victim Disarmament gang have been up to their old tricks, caught red-handed ginning up bogus statistics to try and convince low-information voters that America’s government schools are now little more than shooting galleries.

(“But if only we could ban the guns!” they cry, ignoring the curious shortage of attacks on police stations.)

The domestic policy goal of financier and propagandist Michael Bloomberg, who finally stopped dodging term limits to step down as Mayor of New York this year (and who now works for U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon proselytizing the established state religion of Global Warming), is to make sure every American has the same right to a self-defense weapon as the average civilian of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union (which is to say, none.) And thanks to his deep pockets ($34 billion), many now consider Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety” group to be the nation’s largest and most effective Victim Disarmament lobby, outpacing even the time-honored Brady Bunch.

Most importantly, Mr. Bloomberg has used some of that loot to position himself as a “news supplier.” As he feeds information to them through Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg View, and Bloomberg Businessweek (the magazine he bought from McGraw-Hill in 2009) — and since his statist gun-control agenda matches theirs, anyway — the nation’s big newspapers and television networks see little need to check out anything Mr. Bloomberg sends them.

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

11:16 am 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 year from August of 1966 without releasing any album other than some oldies compilation.

“The music papers had been saying, ‘What are The Beatles up to? Drying up, I suppose,’” Mr. McCartney smiled.

So they called the press conference, June 1, 1967, and asked “What do you think of this, then? We’re calling it ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’”

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