Sponsored Content

Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!

Recent Entries
Absent Friends
Bandersnatch 2024
GnuBreed 2024
Captain Hate 2023
moon_over_vermont 2023
westminsterdogshow 2023
Ann Wilson(Empire1) 2022
Dave In Texas 2022
Jesse in D.C. 2022
OregonMuse 2022
redc1c4 2021
Tami 2021
Chavez the Hugo 2020
Ibguy 2020
Rickl 2019
Joffen 2014
AoSHQ Writers Group
A site for members of the Horde to post their stories seeking beta readers, editing help, brainstorming, and story ideas. Also to share links to potential publishing outlets, writing help sites, and videos posting tips to get published. Contact OrangeEnt for info:
maildrop62 at proton dot me
Cutting The Cord And Email Security
Moron Meet-Ups

Sunday Morning Open Thread | Main | Sunday NFL Football Thread
October 07, 2012

Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-07-2012: The Great Debate [OregonMuse]

broken chair.jpg

The Results of the Debate

(stolen from Bill Whittle on facebook)

Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to the cantankerous, querulous, and hotly debated Sunday Morning Book Thread.

Nothing To Debate

Certainly not about the outcome. I haven't seen a drubbing like this since-- well, since the first Reagan-Mondale debate in 1984. It wasn't that Mondale was so masterful, but Reagan was clearly off his game. Reagan looked like the liberal caricature of Reagan: a confused, doddering old man, out of his depth and ignorant of everything. I was dismayed by this, but fortunately, he bounced back and did very well in the rematch. Ultimately, it didn't matter, because Reagan's victory over Mondale was so total and complete that today it's Mondale who is most remembered as a hapless boob.

Fun fact: Maybe some of you didn't know this, but as the famous Kennedy-Nixon debate was broadcast on both television and radio, those who saw the debate on television thought Kennedy won, but to those who listened to it on the radio, Nixon won. It's all in the power of the visual image.

Also, my estimation of debate moderator Jim Lehrer went up after I read his comments quoted in an earlier thread defending his "laissez-faire" (so to speak) approach to managing this week's debate. He's moderated so many of these debates that he's written a book about them. Also, according to his mini-bio on Amazon, Lehrer has written twenty novels, two memoirs, and three plays. I never knew this. I thought he was just a journalist. Has anyone ever read a novel or seen a play authored by Jim Lehrer?

Here's another book about the presidential debates.

What I'm Currently Reading

Run for it! by Tom Bender is a thriller that has two teenaged witness what appears to be a gangland slaying in the suburbs of Chicago in 1939. They are forced to run for their lives across the country to the East coast. It's a fast-paced, fun read. And the Kindle edition is only 99 cents, which makes it even better.

I've just completed Louis L'Amour's Last of the Breed. What a fine, well-written book, good to the very end. It's on my list of books that should have been made into movies, but haven't. Also, the last paragraph of the book suggests that L'Amour was anticipating a sequel, but unfortunately, there isn't one.

I finished Caliphate by Tom Kratman, an ePub freebie from Baen Books. It was OK, nothing really great.

I'm also working on Memoirs of Bernal Diaz del Castillo, which is a first-hand account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Central America as told by a soldier in Cortez' army. Several morons recommended it on earlier book threads, and it reads sort of like an adventure story. It's available for free in various eBook formats.

Books By Morons For Morons

Sometime moron commenter "John the Baptist" wants us all to know that his book has just been published: "Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Georgia History", which he thinks would go down well with the AoSHQ crowd. I am inclined to agree:

The lives of notorious bad guys, perpetrators of mischief, visionary--if misunderstood--thinkers, and other colorful antiheroes, jerks, and evil doers from history all get their due in the short essays featured in these enlightening, informative, books. Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Georgia History features 15 short biographies of nefarious characters, from wicked pirate Edward Teach to John Gatewood, a ruthless Confederate guerilla fighter during the Civil War.

Sounds like fun. History is full of jerks. In fact, JtB probably should have named it "Jerks, Douchebags and Ass Clowns", but I'm guessing the publisher probably wouldn't go for it.

As always, book thread tips may be sent to aoshqbookthread@gmail.com

This book thread is brought to you by:


So what have you all been reading this week?

digg this
posted by Open Blogger at 11:02 AM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "[i]Imagine an alternate TV world where that pilot ..."

Idaho Spudboy: "did we manage to get through an entire book thread ..."

rhennigantx: "Sen. JD Vance SCORCHES Mitch McConnell: “You ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "What gets me about most actors who have played Arc ..."

Bertram Cabot, Jr.: " [i]Poul Anderson did a good series of time trave ..."

All Hail Eris: "" Signed by Tucker to I forget whom, with the comm ..."

OrangeEnt: "Imagine an alternate TV world where that pilot bec ..."

OrangeEnt: "Hmm, looks like the Book Thread ended a bit early ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "[i] Now, imagine Archie speaking like James Kirk. ..."

Sharkman: "*The "fabric" of space-time appears . . . * Or, ..."

Just Some Guy: "Weren't they always going on about string theory i ..."

Just Some Guy: "Used book shop finds were often delightful. I no ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64