Bush is a hero

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Since: Jul 07

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#167178 Aug 24, 2013
WildWeirdWillie wrote:
Recently finished Russia At War by Alexander Werth, sort of the Eastern Front equivalent of Rise and Fall of the Third Reich; Afghansty (Russians in Afghanistan 79-89); and Napoleon III and His Carnival Empire by John Berman.
Now reading The Campaigns of Napoleon by David Chandler and plugging away at Iron Curtain (Crushing of Eastern Europe 45-56) by Anne Applebaum.
Not sure what's next.
Next for me looks like "Shiloh: Bloody April" by Wiley Sword - another thrift pickup. I'm on the lookout for a decent look at the Eastern Front. I feel like the Russian effort was far more important in the defeat of the Third Reich than I had realized previously.

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Since: Oct 10

With Established Harem

#167179 Aug 24, 2013
WildWeirdWillie wrote:
Recently finished Russia At War by Alexander Werth, sort of the Eastern Front equivalent of Rise and Fall of the Third Reich; Afghansty (Russians in Afghanistan 79-89); and Napoleon III and His Carnival Empire by John Berman.
Now reading The Campaigns of Napoleon by David Chandler and plugging away at Iron Curtain (Crushing of Eastern Europe 45-56) by Anne Applebaum.
Not sure what's next.
.. have you read THE AGE OF NAPOLEON by Will Durant? If not, it's a
'must read'..

.. it seems our reading lists are similar. You must be a liberal ..

“The future begins”

Since: Jul 07

every moment

#167180 Aug 24, 2013
Happy Lesbo wrote:
<quoted text>
.. have you read THE AGE OF NAPOLEON by Will Durant? If not, it's a
'must read'..
.. it seems our reading lists are similar. You must be a liberal ..
Your list reminded me of "Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States" by Trita Parsi. It seems a modern tragedy that America and Iran are fated to be enemies due to realpolitik. I've always suspected that our most natural ally in the region would be Iran were it not for the tangled web of regional issues.

“The future begins”

Since: Jul 07

every moment

#167181 Aug 24, 2013
Rider on the Storm wrote:
<quoted text>
Might I suggest:
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy........By Douglas Adams
;o)
Yes. In a similar vein of oddball English humor you might check out "Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch" by Pratchett and Gaiman.

"God moves in extremely mysterious, not to say, circuitous ways. God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players*, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time."

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Since: Dec 06

Lafayette IN

#167182 Aug 24, 2013
Rider on the Storm wrote:
<quoted text>
Might I suggest:
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy........By Douglas Adams
;o)
been there, done that

The answer is 42
;-)
I AM

Oakland, CA

#167183 Aug 24, 2013
Roberta G wrote:
<quoted text>Reported.
WHat's wrong little Roberta, don''t you like the DHS?...

Warfare is eminent, and in order for black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites — more than our Christian hearts can possibly count,’’ reads a 2010 post titled ‘‘Black Ethnic Cleansing: An Idea Whose Time Has Come.’’‘'Waging war against whites is at the core of the Afrikan warrior’s spirit. It’s the flame that drives our willingness to fight in the face of certain defeat and/or death.’’
http://www.boston.com/business/news/2013/08/2...
to this...
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/22/89...

and this...

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/teenagers-a...

With that one , the black boys [descendants of African-American slaves] said previously that they hate European-Americans.
Where is Jesse jackson and lil al sharpton with the Hate crime speil?
Mf'n boons.

I have even another here we have a black shooting a white infant in the head at point blank range.
Many, many of thenm.
You white people can't run forever.

Now maybe you would like to talk about the rodeo clown that was fired fopr wearing a Obama mask and the NAACP want to bring hate charges to the man,,hmm? hate crimes
I AM

Oakland, CA

#167185 Aug 24, 2013
Report all you like , but you cannot run from reality.
I AM

Oakland, CA

#167186 Aug 24, 2013
ARe you an Obama supporter roberta G?

Would you like to talk about him , his agenda and what he has been doing?
I AM

Oakland, CA

#167188 Aug 24, 2013
Whites will continue to ignore what you blacks are doing to them and continue to help you until you have killed them all.
I AM

Oakland, CA

#167189 Aug 24, 2013
Wuh..am I a racist now lil Roberta G?
I AM

Oakland, CA

#167190 Aug 24, 2013
BobinTX wrote:
<quoted text>
I pray they don't give him the death sentence. I want him to live the rest of his worthless life dependent on those that he has openly expressed his hate.
--

You know damn well that is a loaded post.

You also know that nadil hassan has been treated much better than those he left wounded.

Since: Sep 10

Long Beach, CA

#167192 Aug 24, 2013
WildWeirdWillie wrote:
Recently finished Russia At War by Alexander Werth, sort of the Eastern Front equivalent of Rise and Fall of the Third Reich; Afghansty (Russians in Afghanistan 79-89); and Napoleon III and His Carnival Empire by John Berman.
Now reading The Campaigns of Napoleon by David Chandler and plugging away at Iron Curtain (Crushing of Eastern Europe 45-56) by Anne Applebaum.
Not sure what's next.
My recent reads (I travel often, read voraciously on airplanes):

Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson (Human, compelling, wonderful book)

The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester (Murder, insanity, and the making of the OED)

The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco (great literature by an amazing intellect)

The Bastard of Istanbul, Elif Shafak (Turkey and U.S., Armenians and Turks, youth and aging)

The Ash Garden, Dennis Bok (Hiroshima bombing; three lives affected; riveting)

Dreams of my Russian Summers, Andrei Makine (Autobiographical novel, a symphony)

And last but certainly not least, a trilogy (can be read in any order) by my favorite living author, in my view one of the greatest minds today, brilliant writing by the most culturally literate person I have run into. All set in Barcelona in the 20th Century.

The Shadow of the Wind
The Prisoner of Heaven
The Midnight Palace

I read them in the Original Spanish, but the translations into English are excellent. The books are touching, tragic, thrilling, erotic, masterful, passionate, historically accurate. I can't say enough about the author, Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

“The future begins”

Since: Jul 07

every moment

#167193 Aug 24, 2013
Catcher1 wrote:
<quoted text>
My recent reads (I travel often, read voraciously on airplanes):
Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson (Human, compelling, wonderful book)
The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester (Murder, insanity, and the making of the OED)
The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco (great literature by an amazing intellect)
The Bastard of Istanbul, Elif Shafak (Turkey and U.S., Armenians and Turks, youth and aging)
The Ash Garden, Dennis Bok (Hiroshima bombing; three lives affected; riveting)
Dreams of my Russian Summers, Andrei Makine (Autobiographical novel, a symphony)
And last but certainly not least, a trilogy (can be read in any order) by my favorite living author, in my view one of the greatest minds today, brilliant writing by the most culturally literate person I have run into. All set in Barcelona in the 20th Century.
The Shadow of the Wind
The Prisoner of Heaven
The Midnight Palace
I read them in the Original Spanish, but the translations into English are excellent. The books are touching, tragic, thrilling, erotic, masterful, passionate, historically accurate. I can't say enough about the author, Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
just got The Prague Cemetery a couple weeks ago.

Since: Sep 10

Long Beach, CA

#167194 Aug 24, 2013
HipGnosis wrote:
<quoted text>just got The Prague Cemetery a couple weeks ago.
Eco, as you likely know, is a semiotician and philosopher who also wrote The Name of the Rose.

The only fictional person in The Prague Cemetery is the protagonist, a horrible character....

You'll be disgusted, but will enjoy the book.

“I'm here with bells on.”

Since: Jul 12

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#167195 Aug 24, 2013
bad bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Wrong as usual, but no problem in any case.
You, OTOH have no choice in the matter.
Now that' the bob I know and love - curmudgeonly, and quasi-quick, but Polite and reekoswavay.

Well done.

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Since: Jul 12

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#167196 Aug 24, 2013
WildWeirdWillie wrote:
Recently finished Russia At War by Alexander Werth, sort of the Eastern Front equivalent of Rise and Fall of the Third Reich; Afghansty (Russians in Afghanistan 79-89); and Napoleon III and His Carnival Empire by John Berman.
Now reading The Campaigns of Napoleon by David Chandler and plugging away at Iron Curtain (Crushing of Eastern Europe 45-56) by Anne Applebaum.
Not sure what's next.
I read Michener's 'Caravans' and Follett's 'Lie Down with Lions', and was incensed when we engaged Afghanistan. Is that wrong?

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#167197 Aug 24, 2013
HipGnosis wrote:
<quoted text>No, I know what you mean. I felt the same about Cannery Row. Steinbeck liked to write about the common Everyman, and really, that's just stories about us, yaknow? East Of Eden was worth sticking with it tho'.
confession:'East of Eden' was the first novel I read which struck me as containing 'pornography'.

That whole scene where Abel's ex-wife laid hold of her madam...and won the House...

I was on the edge of my seat...

But compared to 'The Bluest Eye','East of Eden' was tame as a guppy. JMO..

“I'm here with bells on.”

Since: Jul 12

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#167198 Aug 24, 2013
Rider on the Storm wrote:
<quoted text>
Might I suggest:
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy........By Douglas Adams
;o)
Read that at 11. My brother recommended it.(which basically means he left it open on the back of the commode, and I picked it up. Took me 2 days to read it, and 3 days for him to return to it.*wicked Ernie laugh*

Great book.

“The future begins”

Since: Jul 07

every moment

#167199 Aug 24, 2013
Catcher1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Eco, as you likely know, is a semiotician and philosopher who also wrote The Name of the Rose.
The only fictional person in The Prague Cemetery is the protagonist, a horrible character....
You'll be disgusted, but will enjoy the book.
Yes, enjoyed Rose, as well as Foucault's Pendulum, thus the pickup. The kind of writing you can enjoy again, layers upon layers.....whup, wifey wants to go get ice cream. Later..........

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Since: Dec 06

Lafayette IN

#167200 Aug 24, 2013
Sister Kathryn Lust wrote:
<quoted text>I read Michener's 'Caravans' and Follett's 'Lie Down with Lions', and was incensed when we engaged Afghanistan. Is that wrong?
It would be if our strategic goal in Afghanistan had ever been more than to stabilize the country enough to give them a fighting chance to make it on their own.

Much like Iraq, there ain't no guarantee that we're going to like what it looks like, either.

We have a poster here prone to lamenting that Obama didn't rubber stamp troop requests the way Brezhnev did in the 90s, or Johnson did in Vietnam, but Afghanistan is the rare circumstance where you really can have too much of a presence.

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