Retail sales down, with one intriguing exception

4:19 pm January 8th, 2015

America’s remaining retailers were already pretty well shell-shocked after seven years of Great Recession administered by those geniuses from Goldman Sachs. But store owners got whacked again when they totaled up retail sales for the long Thanksgiving weekend — traditional start of the Christmas shopping season — and found they were down 11 percent from an already lackluster 2013.

Who would have expected otherwise? Investors in America today operate in a high-risk environment. Our overreaching federal government, run by socialist rabble-rousers who have never had to meet payroll in any enterprise as expansive as a corner yogurt stand, can now shut down any enterprise by deciding it endangers some previously unrecognized weed or bug, or somehow generates too much “carbon pollution.” (A term purposely chosen to make you think of black smokestack soot but which has now been redefined, a la George Orwell, to mean colorless, odorless, carbon dioxide — necessary to life on earth. Really. Every time you or the nearest cow exhale, it’s “carbon pollution.” The federal courts say so.)

Survival thus means knowing who to bribe. Of course, we’re not supposed to call it “bribery.” Let’s just say some big “campaign contributions” — and retaining a senator’s sons or sons-in-law to handle “lobbying” and “legal services” — might be wise.

If you wanted to encourage honest investors to open businesses and develop new products and build factories and thus create new jobs in this country, you might want to offer them a high rate of return to compensate them for these risks. Instead, the current policy of our Keynesian pals at the Federal Reserve is to keep rates of return on U.S. investments as close as possible to zero. Brilliant.

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E-book for $5.99

4:03 pm January 8th, 2015

A Kindle (e-book) edition of “The Testament of James / from the Case Files of Matthew Hunter and Chantal Stevens” is now available at .


Ebooks in other formats should follow shortly. As there are no immediate plans to bring out a softcover edition, it’s our hope that this will make the book available to those not yet ready to order the collectible, signed, hardcover edition.

‘The Black Arrow’ not forgotten

3:41 pm January 8th, 2015

Wally Conger, a California revolutionary market anarchist who remembers Ayn Rand, Karl Hess, and Jefferson Airplane — reportedly inspired by CW’s current “Arrow” TV series — was kind enough to post a favorable review of “The Black Arrow / A Tale of the Resistance” at , last month, finding it “an explosive, dizzying, libertarian cocktail of a story.”


Vin’s first, 2005 novel is still available here ; the signed, limited, numbered leatherbound here: .

Thanks, Wally.

Claire weighs in / Interview with Vin

11:12 pm January 3rd, 2015

Claire Wolfe, author of “101 Things to Do ‘Til the Revolution,” “The Freedom Outlaw’s Handbook,” and the ongoing chronicles of Hardyville, has weighed in with a review of “The Testament of James” at her Backwoods Home blog, here and (part II) here.

The review is followed by the first half of an interview with Vin on a range of subjects relating to his latest novel; the second half is promised for Dec. 5 or thereabouts.

2014 Vin Portrait

Reader comments always welcome here, or e-mail reviews or links to cat (at) .

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Here they come

12:06 pm December 31st, 2014


Even as we were proofreading the final draft, our old friend Ernie Hancock at Freedom’s Phoenix radio down in Arizona was good enough to chat with us on-air about the forthcoming novel back in August — .

By September, the redoubtable Claire Wolfe, blogging at Oregon-based Backwoods Home magazine, was advising folks that preliminary excerpts of “The Testament of James” had been posted here on the home site at ( .)

Coin-and-gun guy (and another old friend) Glen Parshall in Utah worked to keep folks up-to-date through the autumn at .

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Hilltoppers offer plenty of offense / ‘Testament of James’ is shipping

6:40 pm December 22nd, 2014

I suppose by now close observers have noticed the Great Swami’s crystal ball was clouded, a few weeks back, when it came to predicting the lineup for the inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, set to kick off at noon local time (closer to dawn, in civilized time zones) Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Tom Robinson National Stadium, somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle. I can only echo Rick Blaine, challenged on the claim he came to Casablanca for the waters: “I was misinformed.”

We had been unreliably informed the match-up would likely feature the Toledo Rockets (not the Mud Hens, that’s baseball) and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, but the Blue Raiders lost a final game to the mighty Florida International Panthers (who knew?) in late November, 38-28, slipping to 6-6. And there was no joy in Mudville, nor in Murfreesboro, neither. Goodbye bowl bids.

Things went the other way for the Rockets, who crushed Eastern Michigan 52-16 in the final game of their regular season. Suddenly Toledo was too hot a prospect to take the slow boat to Bermuda; they instead return to challenge Arkansas State of the Sun Belt Conference at another GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on Sunday evening, Jan. 4. The Arkansas State Red Wolves (hey, they’re all household names in this division), being the defending GoDaddy champions, are slightly favored.

As for the Bahamas rice-and-beans bowl, look for the 7-5 Central Michigan Chippewas to take on the 7-5 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. (Should we call it the “Barely Made It Bowl”?)

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Revisiting “America’s proud heritage: ‘uneducated, illiterate, barefooted, gun-toting hayseeds’?”

11:56 am December 11th, 2014

Has it really been five years — Thanksgiving of 2009 — since I posted a “readers respond” column under this headline?

For those who’d like another gander at what passes for reasoned, well-documented debate among the defenders of today’s mandatory government youth propaganda camps, I believe it’s still posted at .

I had the chance to vote “No” for more government-school bond sales — and ongoing taxation to retire them, with interest, of course — last month. Take yourselves hence, therefore, and do likewise.

“But Vin, while we all admit the public schools have their flaws, won’t you work with us to try and reform them?”

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OK, contestants: on to the intermediate round

10:45 am December 5th, 2014

As models on photo shoots generally go by their first names only, and the agency sending them out (“Ship us a redhead, a blonde, and a brunette, will you?”) would have little incentive to ask or keep track of the artist whose LP was in the process of being “jacketed,” I know of no definitive source of documentation for which models we’re looking at on these old record jackets. (See “These kids are going places!”, Nov. 18.)


Thanks to all of you who squinted at our last set of images and ventured a guess. (My computer ineptitude is legendary, but you MAY be able to bring up a larger version by double-clicking on these images.) Mary Tyler Moore and Doug McClure in the last group were pretty easy, I think, though I have no idea about Mr. McClure’s dance partner. I concur that the radiant face on “Day Dreams” could only be the future Princess Grace. Someone in Florida might remember the talented young lady who went water skiing with Lenny Dee in 1963; if so we’d love to hear a report.


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God made men and women. Colonel Colt made them equal.

8:36 am December 4th, 2014

The national media didn’t talk much about gun control as Barack Obama’s “irrelevant” opposition — the GOP that he saw no need to consult as he was forcing Obamacare down the nation’s throat — swept to a decisive victory in November.

No, Democrats and their handmaidens of the press prefer to pretend our elections are all about bad Republicans hoping to take away women’s access to birth control.

In Colorado, incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall, though backed with plenty of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control cash, was so devoted to this theme this election year that his opponents took to calling him “Mark Uterus.” Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels wrote that if the Udall-Gardner Senate race were a movie, it would have to be “set in a gynecologist’s office.”

The Post, Colorado’s biggest newspaper, in October endorsed Udall’s challenger, Republican Congressman Cory Gardner, complaining Udall had “devoted a shocking amount of energy and money trying to convince voters that Gardner seeks to outlaw birth control despite the congressman’s call for over-the-counter sales of contraceptives.”

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The Testament of James, sixth excerpt

9:18 pm November 27th, 2014

Added to the previous five excerpts, posted on this site in recent months, the following takes the reader through the first 20,000 words – the first third — of Vin’s new novel, “The Testament of James,” now on sale at . Only 650 copies of the numbered, signed, hardcover first edition of ‘The Testament of James’ will be sold, at an introductory price of $32.50, limit seven copies per delivery address. Amazon Kindle edition also now available here. This material is copyright c Vin Suprynowicz, 2014, all rights reserved.




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