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Bought and Paid For: The Hidden Relationship Between Wall Street and Washington
Bought and Paid For: The Hidden Relationship Between Wall Street and Washington
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent job in pulling aside the curtain to expose the ..., June 2, 2016
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Excellent job in pulling aside the curtain to expose the kabuki theater that is relationship between political figures and Wall St.. While banging the drums decrying income inequality and declaring their loyalty to Main St., politicians of both parties rub shoulders and party with the K Street big shots, all while working to enhance their power and wealth at the cost of the taxpayer. For those wondering why several Wall ST. CEO's did not go to jail after the 2008 crash, Gasparino explains why that would probably necessitate opening an equal number of cells for members of Congress who were complicit in the disaster.


Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up
Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up
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4.0 out of 5 stars federal agents and hundreds of Mexican citizens due to the deliberate funneling of weapons to the Mexican drug cartels by the DO, July 19, 2014
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A cogent and detailed explanation of exactly what happened that led to the deaths of two U.S. federal agents and hundreds of Mexican citizens due to the deliberate funneling of weapons to the Mexican drug cartels by the DOJ who were obviously trying to set up American gun shops as the bad guys for an obvious political agenda. Attorney General Holder testified that he knew little about it but when pressed by Congress claimed "executive privilege". Strange how Holder insisted he knew little about it now hides behind he can't talk about it because he discussed it with the president who also said he knew little or nothing about it. A blatant crime covered up by the most transparent administration in history.


Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas
Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas
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3.0 out of 5 stars The only reason I give this work three stars is ..., July 19, 2014
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The only reason I give this work three stars is because so much of the information is from anonymous sources. That, of course, is inevitable considering that the those closest to the Obamas and Clintons have reason to consider retribution from two powerful families. That aside, so much of it is perfectly understandable and believable and when weighing the reputations and history of the Obamas and Clintons versus Mr. Klein, I give the call to Mr. Klein.


Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets
Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Schweizer Must be the most Hated Man in Washington D.C., February 16, 2014
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Based upon his prior book "Throw Them All Out" and now this excellent expose of political corruption, Peter Schweizer deserves a Medal of Freedom. One would think he would worry about starting his car each morning for fear of an explosion. He does his usual thorough and well researched job of shining a light on the cockroaches in the kitchen feeding off the public. The imaginative ways in which politicians find different means to extract money from industries and lobbyists including setting them against each other and pressuring them to hire relatives and cronies always stays one step ahead of efforts to pass laws to thwart them. This is a must read for all citizens regardless of political persuasion because Schweizer's wrath does not shy away from either party since there is plenty of sleaziness to go around. The common wisdom has long been that it is private industry and lobbyists who are the ones going after our elected officials to seduce them to the dark side. As Schweizer clearly shows, the role of predator is actually being filled by the side that can legally use force to compel compliance.


Memories From The Land of The Intolerant Tyrant
Memories From The Land of The Intolerant Tyrant
by Gus Venegas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shining a light on a fraudulent "liberator", June 24, 2013
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An excellent family album presentation of Cuba pre and post Castro. While the Batista government was corrupt its crimes were dwarfed by the totalitarian slave camp institituted by Castro. A division of services offered to tourists and Communist officals and those offered to the average Cubans was created. Cubans were made to be second class citizens in their own country. Ration cards, mandatory "volunteer" work by children. jail sentences for those daring to speak up and neighborhood snitch programs are never brought up by the parade of Hollywood celebrities traveling to Havana to fawn over "El Commandante". For anyone getting nostalgic about the eventual passing of this individual this book is a good reminder of what a Stalinist dictatorship in the Americas looks like.


Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army
Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army
by Meirion Harries
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4.0 out of 5 stars The lives of hundreds of thousands of people fell to Japanese Miltary Imperiasm., March 4, 2013
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I always wondered how this happened since history showed Japanese culture focused on discipline. Why did they descend into this insanity? This excellent book which I read in hardcover several years ago details the road to Hell designed by idealists who imagined a world filled by people who either believed or obeyed. No one else would be tolerated.

You must admire their courage and weep at their suicide. It was the slavery of culture over the freedom of reason. How different would the world be if the hundreds of thousands of the best of Japan had lived to build rather than die.


American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tragic Ending, February 3, 2013
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The book is all the more important with the news today of the death of Chris Kyle. Apparently Chris and his friend were shot to death at a gun range in Texas by a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome that Chris was trying to help through his private foundation to aid veterans with physical and psychological injuries from war.

It is tragically ironic that he survived four tours of duty in combat only to be killed in his home state by another veteran he was trying to help. Up to the end Chris gave everything in service to his country and his fellow warriors. Keep this in mind when reading this book.


Catching Our Flag: Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Impeachment
Catching Our Flag: Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Impeachment
by James Rogan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will We Ever Have Representatives Like This Again?, February 2, 2013
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Jim Rogan was also my Congressman. When I cast my vote for him in the election after the impeachment I knew he was doomed to lose. He knew what was awaiting him as a representative in a liberal state when he took the lead on the case of impeachment of Bill Clinton. It reminded me of the acquittal of impeachment charges against Andrew Johnson after the Civil War. Radical Republicans were enraged by what they thought was his generous treatment of the conquered South which culminated in the removal from office of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Johnson was saved by the votes of seven Republican Senators. One of them, Edmund Ross of Kansas, wrote in his memoirs about how he felt just before he cast his vote that he "looked down into my open grave". He too knew he was politically doomed.

This book is written by a brave and decent servant of the people that we see very little of on either side today.


The Idiot Vote: The Democrats' Core Constituency
The Idiot Vote: The Democrats' Core Constituency

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4.0 out of 5 stars Preaching To The Choir, February 2, 2013
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I bought the book expecting it to be the humorous essay on the culturally and political obvious that it was. However, I also rightly predicted from the title that it was not made to sway those who either had doubts about its premise or had never even considered it before.

I feel it's more beneficial to refrain from ad hominem language even though I may actually agree with the description because the other side uses the same tactic as well and as a result those on the fence or who are unaware yet intellectually honest end up tuning out. I think it's more productive to ask if the Progressive's positions actually make sense, are there alternatives, and if not, why not and finally what is the cost? I believe the main difference between the right and left is the right recognizes life contains trade offs and the left refuses to accept that and still demands Utopia even though there is not a civilization in history which has achieved it. There is a reason for that and it is called reality.

While Stein's support of some of our Founder's opinions on who should be allowed to vote is harsh any serious person has to be greatly concerned about the blithering ignorance of history, economics and personal accountability prevalent among our youth. Should they be voting for our future when they know nothing of our past except the biased myths that have been spoon fed them by Progressive elites.

I also agree with a prior reviewer about the story of Andrew Jackson's inauguration. It's hysterical. His drunken frontiermen supporters trashed the White House stealing and breaking much of the property inside leaving it to taxpayers to pay for it. Occupy White House?


Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left
Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific Left
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leveling the Playing Field, January 17, 2013
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There should be a lot more books like this if only to offset the one sided smear of the left that only the right has proposed unscientific positions. The argument that the left has more than its share of irrational beliefs cloaked under the hood of pseudo science can most effectively be made by scientists.

The authors take great pains to make it clear that there are those on the right that are guilty as well of politicizing science but they are emphasizing the left in this book only due to the relative absence of any criticism of the other side of the spectrum for the same practice.

Having said that my thoughts on:

THE GOOD

Berezow and Campbell just don't say some positions of the left are anti scientific but precisely why they are. The definitive study that completely debunked the connection between vaccines and autism. The clean energy produced by windmills is offset by its inefficiency and amount of land it takes up. Electric cars are quiet and clean but where do you put the toxic dead batteries? Fracking has been used since the 1940's and once was promoted by enviromentalists until it actually became workable, cheap and plentiful. Then it was too dangerous to use. The goal of all of this opposition is a perfect world ( in the eyes of the left) where there are no risks, limited energy, limited population and limited thought. All of this enforced by government rather than left to individual choice because it is essential that life be sustainable (i.e. controlled) because they feel that is the only solution and they will tolerate no disagreement

THE BAD
The author, unfortunately, slip into some ad hominem attacks by calling some of the more extreme leftist positions as crazy and stupid. I'll admit I sometimes thinks of these adjectives when I read and hear some of the more bizaare lines of thought regarding these issues but I would not use them when forming a rebuttal because they are not only are these types of observations counter productive, they are irrelevant. The are merely subjective opinions and the way to look and comment on scientific issues are through objective facts. Once we recognize and agree on the facts then we can honestly and productively debate the interpretation of those facts.

Note that most of the negative reviews of this book are directed not at disputing the factual claims of the authors but are more likely directed at their tone and, therefore, suggest they had a biased political agenda. No one love humerous ribbing more than I but if it's kept good natured rather than condescending it makes your critics have to work harder to produce an effective critique.

THE BAD

I was with the authors all the way when they called out the right on some of their poorly supported positions. Then they brought up the issue of them being wrong on global warming. I have done a lot of reading on this and personally feel that the theory of man made climate change is a hoax perpetrated by con men like Al Gore who are making millions on the speech and book tours and his investments in his government backed green energy enterprises. Upon reading the author's apparent contrary position my first reaction was " Hey, maybe these guys aren't that smart. Maybe they have an agenda either political or financial"

Then I stopped short and realized I was doing exactly what Berezow and Campbell were opposing. Reaction based upon bias and emotion blinds you to the truth. After reading their work I respect their honesty, clarity and candor and if someone who earns your respect disagrees with you it should motivate to ask them why. Because who knows? Maybe they can prove to me I'm wrong. And, if I really do care about the truth, what's wrong with that?


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