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Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
by Gary J. Byrne
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31 of 293 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crisis of Integrity, June 28, 2016
Before I got this book, I was a little suspicious about the motives of the author, so I decided to put a checkmark on each page where there was either, 1) a claim that is demonstrably false and easily debunked, 2) a claim that is unsubstantiated by anyone else, 3) a claim that is paradoxically opposite to the claims of others, or 4) a claim that sounds like bull manure. By the time I was done with the book, I had a checkmark on every single page. After seeing the results, I suppose I could have simplified this exercise simply by putting a checkmark on any page that contained ink, but I wanted to make this at least a little bit challenging.

And thus we have this crisis of character--not on the Clintons, of course, but rather on the author, Gary J. Byrne. Did he write this book to depict an honest account of his experiences with the Clintons? I doubt it. You see, in the Constitution, the 6th Amendment begins, "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial." And why is this the case? You see, because when people make accusations, their memories tend to be best and most accurate when the events are fresh in the minds of the accusers. The Clintons have been out of the White House for almost 16 years, which is ample time for right-wing operations to plant seedlings in his mind, for Byrne to imagine things that never happened, and for the desperate hacks in the GOP to offer Byrne enough cash to compromise his integrity.

Of course, the fact that this book is completely vacant of facts will not stop the right-wing teabillies from eating up this crap like the dung beetles they are. The only thing they hate more than the Clintons is America itself. Oh yes, that's right…conservatives hate America. They hate it so much that they are willing to put a racist, sexist, xenophobic know-nothing like Donald Trump as their presidential candidate, and because of that, folks like Gary J. Byrne are suffering from a crisis of integrity.

For the bargain shopper, I suggest you wait until November 9th to buy this book. You will be able to find it at every dollar store in town. In a couple of months, you can buy almost 20 copies of this book for the price of one book being sold today!
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The Day the President Was Shot: The Secret Service, the FBI, a Would-Be Killer, and the Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan
The Day the President Was Shot: The Secret Service, the FBI, a Would-Be Killer, and the Attempted Assassination of Ronald Reagan
by Bill O'Reilly
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1.0 out of 5 stars It could have been a great day in history, June 21, 2016
Oh, what could have been! Had John Hinckley Jr been successful in his assassination attempt, he would have a national holiday named after him. You see, there's a fine line between genius and insanity--genius makes connections that nobody else can make, while insanity makes connections that don't exist. Well, in this case, I suspect Hinckley made the connection between Ronald Reagan and evil, and he tried his best to stop it. (It was also a genius move to plead insanity during the trial, by the way.) Alas, he failed, and our nation suffered because of it, but it was an heroic effort nonetheless.

But Bill O'Reilly doesn't see it that way. Instead, this book reads like a lazy attempt to revise history and turn the hero into the villain and the villain into the hero. Reagan was a brainless, heartless snake whose policies needlessly inflicted harm on those who were the most vulnerable. He turned a blind eye to the AIDS epidemic to appease the hateful and bigoted evangelical Christians. He promoted racial division, gave huge tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the poor, and exported millions of good-paying American jobs through awful trade deals, thereby destroying dozens of cities like Flint, MI. He routinely engaged in criminal and treasonous behavior, including Iran-Contra, Grenada, and selling arms to both Iran and Iraq during their conflict. Never once does O'Reilly mention that a successful assassination would have spared the country of all of these national and international embarrassments.

The happiest day of my life was June 5th, 2004--the day Ronald Reagan died. I turned on the TV and heard the news. I said to myself, "Finally! This man will never be able to do harm to anyone ever again!" It came 23 years too late, but better late than never.
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Hillary the Other Woman: A Political Memoir
Hillary the Other Woman: A Political Memoir
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34 of 125 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An exhibition of truthiness, June 5, 2016
There's an old scenario that goes like this: a man asks a woman, "Would you sleep with me for a million dollars?" The woman says, "Yes." The man then asks, "Would you sleep with me for $20?" The woman replies, "Heavens no! What kind of person do you think I am?" The man says, "We've already established what kind of person you are. Now we are just negotiating."

Now, we have the right-wing political machine (i.e. Fox Newz, talk radio, and other hack websites and publications) that has issued this very proposal to Dolly Kyle. Would she be willing to lie and and pimp herself out for $20? Probably not. But because these right-wingers are so hateful toward Hillary Clinton, they've upped the ante significantly, and now Ms. Kyle is willing to say anything whether it's true or not. She's like a jailbird who is willing to testify for the prosecution in order to get a reduced sentence, and you can't believe the testimony because you know that the only reason she's saying what she says is because she's going to get something in return. Those of us who are trained in pointing out baloney when we see baloney know that for every kernel of truth in this book, there's a whole bushel full of lies.

I'm not exactly a fan of Hillary Clinton, but I will defend her or anyone else who is falsely and viciously attacked, smeared, and besmirched. In this case, the right-wingers and movement conservatives are completely aware that if they lose this election, the Republican party is over. They are deathly afraid of having their conservative "arguments" and "principles" demonstrably proven to be ineffective and harmful to the country, all while Mrs. Clinton can show that government can work as long as the Republicans keep their dirty little fingers out of the machinery. Dolly Kyle's book is just one last-ditch effort by the movement conservatives to keep the wool pulled over the eyes of the American people regarding the Republican party. It's like a couple's last Christmas with their kids who still believe in Santa Claus--they know the day will come when their kids will learn that Santa doesn't exist, but they want to delay it for as long as possible.

I know that the movement conservatives will slam this review and claim that I didn't read the book, and that's because for the movement conservatives, much of this book contains elements of what Stephen Colbert called "truthiness"--a quality characterizing a "truth" that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively "from the gut" or because it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts. I would advise anyone who is reading this book to take it with a grain of salt. The biggest opportunist in this whole saga isn't Hillary Clinton--it's Dolly Kyle.
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The Long Game: A Memoir
The Long Game: A Memoir
by Mitch McConnell
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1.0 out of 5 stars A great shame, May 31, 2016
There are people who are pretty low. Those people include petty thieves, deadbeat dads, and cutthroat business people. Then there are people who are lower than low. Those people include rapists, murderers, terrorists, and Nickleback fans. And then there's another level even lower than that. Those people include Mitch McConnell and just about every other Republican in elected public office. You see, McConnell has spent decades getting people from his state to vote against their own self-interests, and even worse than that, he's used the power of his office to spread this pain and suffering across the whole country. He is an obstructionist and an opportunist, and whenever he has an opportunity to do the just, right, and moral thing, he chooses to do the opposite.

So what are we to learn from the contents of Mitch's memoir? Nothing new for those of us whom have paid attention to this hack's career over the past 30 years. Sure, there are a few behind-the-scenes stories that he tells to try to make himself appear like a living, feeling human being who is capable of feeling emotion, but one thing he is completely incapable of feeling is shame. He and the rest of the Republican party have shamelessly and proudly become the American Taliban. They fundamentally seek the destruction of the American government and long for chaos and panic in the streets. Their vision of America is one where the ultra-wealthy control everything while everyone else suffers needlessly, where the "I've got mine, screw you!" philosophy reigns supreme. Mitch McConnell is a leader in a major political party that thinks that Jesus wrote the Constitution, that climate change is a hoax, and that evolution is just a "theory."

Mitch McConnell is a national embarrassment, and his book does little to save him from being a stain in the Senate. His political philosophy more closely aligns with the Ayatollah in Iran than with anyone in mainstream America. He knows that no matter who wins the Presidency this year, this is the end of the road for the Republican party, so he wanted to get this book out there before he and his party become a footnote in the history books.

In brief, "The Long Game" is a great shame.
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Broken But Unbowed
Broken But Unbowed
by Greg Abbott
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10 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken and unbecoming, May 17, 2016
This review is from: Broken But Unbowed (Hardcover)
While many find Greg Abbott's story inspiring and compelling, I don't. To borrow a phrase from Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, "I like people who don't get hit by oak trees." But my dislike toward the man has nothing to do with the fact that he's a cripple, but rather because his ideas are crippled. They are the same warped right-wing policies that cause damage and chaos wherever they are implemented.

But that's par for the course for Republicans. They aren't guided by facts, logic, or reason, but rather by the same strange delusions that makes them think that Jesus wrote the Constitution and that the legalization of same-sex marriage would cause our society to implode. Of course, they are wrong on these fronts and every other front. They are wrong on taxes. They are wrong on social issues. In short, they are wrong on everything, and the solutions that Abbott proposes in this book are the same recycled garbage that do nothing to improve the well-being of society.

I, for one, would love to see Texas secede from the Union, and while they are at it, I encourage them to take all of the southern states who are mooching off the rest of us. They could start their own country together, and we could see just how well their conservative policies would work out. Greg Abbott could be the President of Texasistan, a land where all school children would take guns to school, church would be mandatory, all non-Christian religions would be banned, and non-religious people would face forced conversions. A land that has a giant wall all along its entire southern border, where environmental and safety regulations don't exist, and where the poorest citizens are denied health care and basic needs for survival.

And since these are the things Greg Abbott is fighting for, I will kindly pass on Texas and his book. His ideas are broken and unbecoming.
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Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable
Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What We Wanted Made Women Miserable
by Andrea Tantaros
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33 of 102 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Knots" knot kworth kreading, April 26, 2016
Before I repost my original review, let me disclose that numerous people commented on it, and I clearly upset some people. I hear that the truth hurts sometimes, and upon hearing these painful truths, they accused me of not having read the book and left some of the most vile and outrageous comments I've ever seen. But that's par for the course for the right-wingers, and now that Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for President, I expect the comments to become even more outrageous and poisonous. At any rate, dear reader, here is my original review that is 100% accurate.


One thing that I've learned in life is that some people will never be happy and can never be satisfied. And it's not because they have elevated cerebral capabilities that make them see all of the misery in the world, and not because they have some capacity to empathize more for their fellow man. No, but rather it's because they themselves are miserable people. Andrea Tantaros is exactly one of those people.

Andrea Tantaros is the kind of woman who would complain even after having just received the best lay of her life. Wolfgang Puck could make her dinner and she'd whine about it. All she does is complain, complain, complain. Whine, whine, whine. In fact, studies have shown that there isn't enough cheese in Wisconsin to pair with all of her whine. It makes me wonder if anything at all makes her happy, and after checking out this book, I've come to the conclusion that the answer is a resounding 'NO'.

After all of the progress that we have made as a society when it comes to women--voting rights, respect in the workplace, Title IX, reproductive rights, and countless other instances, Tantaros somehow thinks that women used to have it so much better. She seems to be longing for an era like the 1950's where blacks and women "knew their place." And maybe things *WERE* better for women back in the 1950's, but if it was, I'll attribute it to the fact that federal income taxes on top wage-earners was 91%, a fact that right-wingers like Tantaros start to boo and hiss about when anyone reminds them of an historical fact. Complain, whine, boo, hiss…sounds like a real pleasant person to be around, huh?

I'm not sure in what galaxy Ms. Tantaros is living, but I'm guessing it's somewhere between Insanity and Delusion. To claim that the progress that our society has made in treating women like actual human beings is a bad thing is crazy talk, but it's the very kind of talk you can expect from someone who appears on Fox Newz. And I'm sure that her Teabagger audience will eat up this crap like the dung beetles they are.

But for those of us who live in reality, we recognize that come November, the ultimate glass ceiling will finally be broken when Hillary Clinton is elected President. And things will continue to get better in this country, much as they've gotten better under President Obama, and even though things are getting better and our nation continues to make progress and becomes a more perfect union, we'll have people like Tantaros who will complain about it.
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Scalia's Court: A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents
Scalia's Court: A Legacy of Landmark Opinions and Dissents
by Antonin Scalia
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1.0 out of 5 stars No justice would have been better than this injustice, April 2, 2016
Antonin Scalia was a miserable and loathsome man who, for far too many decades, repeatedly subjected Americans to his warped right-wing ideology. When I learned of his death, I did a little dance and cracked open a beer in celebration.

Antonin Scalia's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is—and is often the only—protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy. No right-wing President should be able to impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would have been better than this injustice.

Also, I look forward to the next President, either President Clinton or President Sanders, appointing several non-Scalias to the Supreme Court. We will save our country after all.
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American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption
American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption
by Matt Katz
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful American Governor, January 26, 2016
When we look at people whom we admire, we often do so because they possess a variety of virtuous qualities--humility, empathy, intelligence, dignity, compassion, and many others. Sadly, because Chris Christie possesses none of these virtues, and instead of earning the respect and admiration of his fellow citizens, everyone hates him. And that's where the thesis of Matt Katz' book is automatically debunked. There's no redemption when you haven't taken any steps to better yourself. Instead, Christie has doubled down on every one of his character flaws and sells it as leadership. For the conservative lemmings in the GOP, however, being a horrible person only used to be a preference when deciding on a presidential candidate, but now it's a requirement. And so that's why Christie is where he is--right in the thick of things. And I mean, THICK.

Chris Christie supporters should follow in the footsteps of Chris Christie's lap band and just give up on him.
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Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party
Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party
by Dinesh D'Souza
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dinesh D'Souza: conservative convicted criminal, November 17, 2015
In his latest thoughtless rant of a book, D'Souza uses his experience as a bona fide felon to somehow blame liberalism as the cause for his criminal behavior. And even though he, as a conservative, is the felon, he likens liberalism and the government to the gangs alongside whom he served his time. And remember, it was the conservative Dinesh D'Souza who was the criminal. So how is it that liberals are the criminals when he, D'Souza, is the *REAL* criminal? Why doesn't D'Souza, who champions the conservative and Republican call for "personal responsibility," take responsibility for his own criminal actions. How are liberals responsible for his criminal behavior?

Of course, the movement conservatives who will be purchasing this book are only helping a certified criminal pay his legal bills. And these same people will also be voting Republican in the upcoming election, and therefore will be voting against their own best interests.
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Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again
Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again
by Donald Trump
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1.0 out of 5 stars Crippled Conservatives, November 3, 2015
Only in the warped minds of the movement conservatives has America somehow become a third world nation. They have a vision of this country being something that it never was, and they want to return to that time. That mythical country is a hybrid of the 1950's and today, a time when blacks and women knew their place and when it's nearly impossible for the middle class to get ahead. Of course, all of the stuff from the 1950's that the movement conservatives hate--a 91% top earning income tax bracket, strong unions, and a thriving middle class--are replaced with what they've fought so hard for, including stagnant wages, a decimated middle class, and bottom to top income redistribution.

So how do Trump, his supporters, and the other movement conservatives define a great country? They don't really know, but they do know that it's only possible if a Republican is President, despite the fact that this country routinely does better when Democrats are in power.

Jesus himself could descend from the heavens and show up at the Republican debates and recite his famous line to GOP voters, "Forgive them, for they know not what they do." The movement conservatives, however, would have none of it. They have drunk the Kool Aid and have been voting against their own self-interests for decades. For the movement conservatives, they know what they know is true, even if it isn't. And if the facts and evidence point to the contrary of what they know, they blame the liberal media.

I am begging, groveling, and pleading with the movement conservatives to continue supporting Trump and the rest of this madness. I recently purchased stock in Orville Redenbacher, and with the Republican clown car making its way through a town near you, I anticipate a huge increase in popcorn sales.
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