Monday, May 19, 2014

A Dishonest Rewrite

"If you're trying to change minds and influence people it's probably not a good idea to say that virtually all elected Democrats are liars, but what  the hell." TRKOF&S

A Dishonest Rewrite of the Duke Lacrosse Case

On an author's publicity tour, he's even more explicit in trying to taint the students who were falsely accused. (by Dorothy Rabinowitz)

"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?… Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?…The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness." - 1984
In the outpouring of praise for William D. Cohan's new book "The Price of Silence"—a work, remarkably enough, being celebrated as a model of evenhandedness, scrupulous objectivity, etc.—one essential has gone overlooked. Namely, the central point of this tale about the Duke lacrosse case and accusations against three players of rape and assault at a house party. It takes no close reading to see that the book is meant to recast the story so as to nullify the outcome Americans thought they knew—that the players were exonerated and had been falsely accused. In Mr. Cohan's portrayal, the workings of decency and justice were undone by malign forces—among them, it would seem, the ability to hire defense attorneys.
No surprise the accused beat the charges, Mr. Cohan is regularly at pains to make clear: These were white sons of privilege, from families who could pay for their excellent defense lawyers.

In Mr. Cohan's revisionist history we find a new moral hero—none other than Mr. Nifong, the prosecutor who brought the case and was disbarred for his actions during the investigation.  [The Full Rabinowitz]

Forget the details? Case refresher

Truth today is what people can be made to believe, or feel unsure about; a concept introduced to the U.S. body politic by Bill Clinton, and a willing media who held him in awe.  Muddy the waters; divide. There is of course the peculiar Liberal Duke culture.

Breath of Life

Oh My


Hope Springs Eternal

Castle Keep

Castle Keep
Some have asked what I'm going to be  doing in retirement...

Well, I applied for a building permit for a new  house. It was going to be 100 ft tall and 400 ft wide, with 12 gun turrets at  various heights, and windows all over the place and a loud outside entertainment  sound system that was going to entertain the whole neighborhood.

It would  have parking for 200 cars, and I was going to paint it snot green with pink  trim.

The City Council told me; “Forget it...IT AIN'T GONNA  HAPPEN!”

So, I sent in the application again, but this time I called it a  'Mosque'.

Work starts on Monday.

I love this country. It’s the  government that scares the crap out of  me.

Ron "I Metzger in St. Louis"

One Man's War

I've been making it a point to walk/run 5 miles everyday since that activity is logged by fitbit, and I am contested by MoSup who, as a matter of course, walks 10 miles a day just shopping, and taunts me for being a laggard.  I've found that listening to audio books is a great way to kill two birds with one stone, and make me forget how much I hate walking.  I just finished One Man's War.   I can't imagine that any man I know wouldn't find it fascinating.  (and there is a love story for the ladies who like adventure).

Re: audiobook. Narrator Patrick Lawlor reads this book like a cheerleader or the teacher's pet in an eighth grade English class. His tone is overzealous and maudlin; it dilutes the dark moments and nearly ruins the whole experience. Fortunately, the story transcends all and will stay with you for years (as it has in my case).
Tommy Lamore was a gunner on a B-17 that was shot down over France, and the book recounts amazing his adventures through 1945. 

I thought the narrator was terrific, and among the best I've heard.  Not everyone will agree of course; you can listen to a sample here. If you're not into it, I believe it will be a real page turner. 

The best part is that I didn't pay anything.  I got a library loan using the
Overdrive Media Ap.  There was no waiting list. 

Here are a few more reviews:

When I first read the dust jacket and saw all the things that Tommy LaMore had to endure during his tour of duty in WWII my first thought was "this must be fiction". Well, it is all true and truly amazing. I have read many personal memiors about WWII and I compare all I read to the two best one: "The Forgotten Soldier" and "With The Old Breed". This book is witout a doubt in that class. I don't say that lightly. Mr. LaMore goes from being a tail gunner on a bomber, to being shot down, to the French underground, to the Soviet army approaching Berlin. Along the way, you will meet some really unique characters. My favorite is the Soviet commander who takes a liking to Tommy and tries to keep him safe until he can be turned over to the British. You will also meet the love of his life when he encounters a womens concentration camp and discovers a beautiful polish surviver. Their story alone is worth the price of the book. Outstanding! I won't tell you how it ends but please, please, get this book. You will remember it long after the last page is turned.

I have read numerous accounts of men in war and until I read this one, I never had a doubt about the truth. However, this book reads like fiction. I hope I'm wrong but I thought I was reading a Jack Higgins novel. I gave Tommy LaMore the benifit of the doubt and decided to research the man. I was unable to find one written word about him. If his exploits are true, I would love it if someone could point me in the right direction and find a independent biography on him.

Since I couldn't find so much as a photo of Tommy LaMore, I'll side with  it being a fictional account.  Doesn't matter. USA UAS USA!

On topic, from Marc Miller:
Today is Armed Forces day, btw...
To quote Obammie, "Who rah?"

Media Driven Culture

Culture War                        

Has our culture devolved to the point that the private statements of an NBA owner draws more outrage than the lies and deceit of the President of the United States? - Col. Allen West


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