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Going to Pot: Why the Rush to Legalize Marijuana is Harming America
"Turning marijuana into medicine, making heroes and punchlines out of dealers of marijuana on television and in movies, legalizing its recreational use, refusing to enforce laws on it, having news reports …
The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office--In Your World
"Narcissists are corrupt public officials, and honest ones too; they are the criminals who fill the jail cells, and sometimes the police who put them there in the first place. They are in industry, in …
30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships and Marriage
"What the elders have that young people don't is something special: the view from the end. For them, it's no longer a mystery how everything will turn out--it's already happened. They know what became …
The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is In Your Hands
"We are embarking on a time when each individual will have all their own medical data and the computing power to process it in the context of their own world. There will be comprehensive medical information …
reviewed Hate Crimes. January 13
Hate Crimes
My rating of -5 is not for any particular "hate crime" but rather for the whole notion of "hate crimes". From the first time I heard this idea proposed I thought it was nothing more than another tool …
CVS Pharmacy 3 Blade Shaving System
Quite some time ago I received a Gillette Mach III razor to sample. For a variety of reasons I chose not to use it until several months ago when I finally gave it a try. I have to admit that I loved it. …
reviewed Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digi.... December 18, 2014
posted in Music Matters
Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again
"Immersing yourself in the environment of a real record store where music is celebrated and cherished adds real value to the experience of buying music. In some ways, that retail experience is as …
reviewed The Future of the Gun. December 09, 2014
The Future of the Gun
"There are two wildly different gun cultures in America--the freedom-loving, gun rights culture that upholds the responsible use of guns for hunting, sport, and self-defense, and the criminal culture …
reviewed A Race for the Future: How Conservati.... December 09, 2014
A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans
"The nexus is clear between family breakup and welfare use on one side and the creation of minority consciousness, protected classes, and ethno-linguistic groups with separate rights on the other. In …
reviewed Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath a.... December 09, 2014
Flight 93: The Story, The Aftermath and the Legacy of American Courage on 9/11
"The narrative that developed in the days and weeks after September 11 was that these were ordinary people who did extraordinary things in the face of unthinkable terror. But that piece of mythology, …
reviewed The Future, Declassifed: Megatrends T.... December 06, 2014
The Future, Declassifed: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action
"However you cut it, the West will increasingly be in a minority and in a much more power-diffuse environment. The health of the global economy will be increasingly linked to how well the developing world …
reviewed Rules for Radicals. December 06, 2014
Rules for Radicals
There is an old biblical expression "Know Thine Enemy". For years I have been hearing about Saul Alinsky's controversial 1971 book "Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals" and how …
reviewed Stop The Coming Civil War: My Savage .... December 06, 2014
Stop The Coming Civil War: My Savage Truth
"I fear the worst. Right now Americans are angrier and more divided than I've seen them since the 1960's. What fires this rage is that we've become a post-Constitutional society."    It …
reviewed The Essential Kinks. December 06, 2014
posted in Music Matters
The Essential Kinks
TRACK LISTING    Disc One  1. You Really Got Me (from You Really Got Me, 1964)  2. Stop Your Sobbing (from You Really Got Me, 1964)  3. All Day and All …
reviewed Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva .... December 06, 2014
posted in Music Matters
Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
I just finished sampling Aretha's highly anticipated new album "Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics". I take no joy in saying this but I found this disc to be painful to listen to from start …
reviewed Neil Diamond: Melody Road. December 06, 2014
posted in Music Matters
Neil Diamond: Melody Road
The Neil Diamond that I know and love was the gifted young singer/songwriter who recorded all of those great sides for Bert Burns' Bang Records back in the 1960's. It was pretty much just Neil and his …
reviewed Billionaires: Reflections on the Uppe.... December 06, 2014
posted in Politics Your Way
Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust
"I suggest that wealth flows from a combination of individual initiative, long-term vision, hard work, good timing, educational opportunities, social networking, and government assistance. Wealth …
reviewed Wildfire Loose: The Week Maine Burned. December 06, 2014
Wildfire Loose: The Week Maine Burned
"The fires that swept Maine in 1947 were the greatest disaster in the state's 127 year history, and as one native said in retrospect, `Everybody knew somebody who knew somebody else. It was a family affair'." …
reviewed The Glass Cage: Automation and Us. December 06, 2014
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
"Thanks to the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and other small, affordable, and even wearable computers, we now depend on software to carry out many of our daily chores and pastimes. We launch …
reviewed The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatr.... December 06, 2014
The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion
"The liberal argument posits an imperative for an American to constantly weaken his particularist attachment to his own spouse, children, siblings, parents, neighbors, community, coworkers and coreligionists …
reviewed My Dream Duets by Barry Manilow. December 06, 2014
posted in Music Matters
My Dream Duets by Barry Manilow
"Just what the world needs" I thought..."another 'Duets' album". I have never been a big fan of this concept but a few of the artists Barry Manilow chose to include in this project positively intrigued …
reviewed The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. December 06, 2014
posted in Politics Your Way
The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels
"This book is about morality, about right and wrong. To me, the question of what to do about fossil fuels and any other moral issue comes down to: What will promote human life? What will promote human …
reviewed She & Him: Classics. December 06, 2014
posted in Music Matters
She & Him: Classics
Prior to the release of "Classics" I was totally unfamiliar with the song stylings of the indie duet known as She & Him. The track listing sure looked promising so I decided that this was a disc that …
reviewed It's The Girls. November 04, 2014
posted in Music Matters
It's The Girls
As 2014 draws to a close a number of exciting new releases have grabbed my attention.  The latest is Bette Midler's first studio album in eight years.  "It's The Girls" celebrates …
Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department
"Eric Holder is most certainly the most liberal attorney general of the modern era, but he has also liberally bent the rule of law and established internal practices that harm the cause of justice.  …
The Fracking Truth -- America's Energy Revolution: The Inside, Untold Story
"In a very real sense, then, the fracking revolution isn't just benefitting America directly by upending its energy outlook in a very positive way; it also may do a lot to ease energy concerns …
reviewed A Nice Little Place on the North Side.... February 05, 2014
A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred
"In baseball, the difference between excellence and mediocrity is usually not the blockbuster signing of this or that free agent. Rather, it is the cumulative effect of management's attention …
reviewed 10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School. January 27, 2014
10 Things I Wish I Knew In High School
"What startles me is the number of students who simply go through the motions, are lost along the way, confused or perhaps even oblivious to the complexities they're up against." – page 10    Calling …
reviewed American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth.... January 25, 2014
American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton
"She had left her Episcopal community of prosperous, literate people for the congregation of poor, smelly immigrants. Leaving Trinity meant leaving behind all social status, all hope of prosperity and …
reviewed Windfall: The Booming Business of Glo.... January 17, 2014
Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming
At least in the short run there are going to clear winners and losers as a result of global climate change. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in places like Canada, Greenland and Russia, …
reviewed Respect Yourself: Stax Records and th.... January 06, 2014
Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion
"Artist after artist, song after song, Stax gave voice to the hearts and minds of a people too long silenced. And with that voice, Stax brought power to its artists and also to its audience. Stax had …
reviewed The Good Funeral: Death Grief and the.... December 25, 2013
The Good Funeral: Death Grief and the Community of Care
"For many bereaved Americans, the "celebration of life" involves a guest list open to everyone except the actual corpse, which is often dismissed, disappeared without rubric or witness, …
reviewed Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love an.... December 18, 2013
Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald's Assassination of John F. Kennedy
I was always on board with those who were firmly convinced that there had to have been a conspiracy in the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I had read a good many books about the subject …
reviewed The Dynamics of Disaster. November 20, 2013
The Dynamics of Disaster
"What drives natural disasters? If we understand the underlying dynamics, can we control them? Or at least mitigate their effects? Or will we remain powerless in the face of them? What can we do to live …
reviewed The Railroads of King of Prussia, PA:.... November 08, 2013
Although "The Railroads of King of Prussia, PA: The Past Leads to the Future" is a book clearly aimed at a mostly local audience, I had every reason to believe the story told by Michael Stefan Shaw would …
reviewed American Church: The Remarkable Rise,.... November 03, 2013
"Catholics of the United States have been preoccupied too long with the wrong question: What kind of Catholics should they be—‘American' or ‘Roman'? But Catholicism itself …
reviewed In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected Histo.... October 26, 2013
In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America
"In the earliest years, settlers trapped, snared, shot, netted, and feasted on venison, squirrel and lobster; pigeon, pheasant, and possum. But they wanted more. Civilized people ate civilized food: beef, …
reviewed Road to Avonlea: The Complete Seventh.... October 25, 2013
Road to Avonlea: The Complete Seventh Season
My wife and I got hooked on "Avonlea" during its initial run on The Disney Channel in the early 1990's. As I recall we were both very pleased to find a show devoid of all of the double …
reviewed Orr: My Story. October 25, 2013
Orr: My Story
"What I didn't foresee--what maybe no young man can foresee--was the way those injuries would accumulate and chip away at me. Throughout my career, I had assumed I was indestructible. I was only twenty-eight. …
reviewed Edison and the Rise of Innovation. October 21, 2013
Edison and the Rise of Innovation
Radio talk icon Rush Limbaugh loves to brag that he is "on the cutting edge of societal evolution".  Most historians would agree that in the years between the conclusion of the American …
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