Sunday, August 14, 2011

Facebook as a solution to our political problems.

I am amazed at what Facebook has become. What started off as a way for us to interact and talk about our pets, and ex's has now degenerated into a way to spread hate, paranoia and social garbage.

I have deleted 31 of my FB friends this past week as they have truly shown themselves for what they are. Bigots, racists, and hate mongers. I am tired of seeing Islam and Muslims blames for everything. I am tired of hearing people cry and whine over our politicians, when they voted them in.

I know this is a book review blog, but I had to chime my opinion in here. It is a frightening thing when I see people demanding the deportation of Muslims, I have seen the demand for "removal" of them from our society. I have seen a HUGE demand for Islam to be banned due to it's "Un-Amercian" ways.

The problem is that my grandfather put it best last night when I was talking to him. He said that his sacrifices during WWII and his fathers sacrifices during WWI are now all for naught. He has seen this before. There was a time when... In America.. The land fo the FREE.... The land of the RIGHT for FREE SPEECH and FREEDOM of RELIGION....

  • Blacks were deemed dangerous and radical.
  • Japanese were interred into camps for our nations safety.
  • Germans had their windows broken, and had to post I AM AN AMERICAN in their windows due to fear.
  • Mexicans were arrested in the streets of LA due to how they "Dressed"
  • Indians were corralled and labeled "Animals."
We are committing the sins of the past, ones that are dangerous and also shameful to our flag and what it represents. Our Constitution and also Bill of Rights are no longer documents to be followed, they are to be referenced only when it pleases us, and proves a point.

There are horrible people in every religion and society. There in every society and religion those that are radical and practice hatred. I am a Christian and I hold my head in shame over what Timothy McVei did in the name of Christianity. However, I also am an American and am scared to see what those in our society are leading up to.

It will be the Muslims now. What is next? Yes you haters out there, get your way and lets throw em out, lets ban Islam, lets isolate every Muslim because of fear and ignorance. However, next time when it is YOUR religion. When it YOUR thoughts and beliefs that get you targeted do not complain.

For you were part of the movement. You were part of the wave that began it all. Ask a Jew who was in Dachau, or who was in Auschwitz what fear mongering can do. What a label of hatred could do. Go to the internet and search those two places, look at the faces of the victims of fear mongering.

I love my Country, however everyone needs to place the hate where it belongs. In the laps of the radicals who strive to hate. And by the way.

Those people are in EVERY religion.

The Duchess of Whimsy

This is simply a picture book, one that is wonderfully illustrated and colorful. The artist of this book is a well known illustrator and the pictures are colorful and clean.

The writer also is fairly well known, and this book proves an old adage I like that says, You cannot always judge a kids book by it's illustrations.

The story line although meant to be cute is frankly far above what a typical kid would be able to understand. The writing is meant to be fancy and follows almost a Shakespearean style.

Thus it uses concepts and words that the two kids I read it to (5 and 7) were confused over, and really did not get anything out of it except WOW cool pictures. The writer really did this wonderful job with the illustrations. However the writer cheated the illustrator with their arrogant sounding prose. This book gets 5 stars for the illustrator. However, due to the writers seeming attempt to impress and failing to do so. I give this book...


The Keeper Of Lost Causes

This book by veteran writer Jussi Adler-Olsen is at first glance a boring read, one that even though his list of writing awards is long, seems to bore and blither along.

However once I got past chapter two the book engaged me and took off in interesting and unexpected ways. The story which is designed to be from what I can gather the start of a series. Has it's problems like I said, however it does take off, and take off fast.

A washed up and emotionally screwed up detective who is the sole survivor of a shooting that took two of his comrades, and of course he blames himself. Finds out that a long though cold case involving a missing politician, is in fact deeper in its deciet and scope than first thought. While his comrades in law scoff at his interest in this cold case, he of course finds more.... Now don't let my seeming contempt there shake you. I want to say that this is where it gets good.

The author does a good job of keeping the reader interested and engaged. His storytelling is compelling and the editing is spot on. Some of the characters are a little over used, and are kind of cliche' however I think he does this on purpose. Overall this is an excellent book, and will kindle an interest in the world of Noir fiction that I think has been lost for years. This writer gets a firm...


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gordon The Goldfish

This new book by up and coming author William Middleton promises to enthrall the reader.

Big claims for a new book, so I am going to give my feedback on this book. The cover is cute, and the interior artwork is done in rich pencils. I normally do not like kids books with pencil in them, however the imagery is bright and crisp.

The story line works well with the imagery, and I found it engaging and fun. The author has nice plays on words, and the storyline flows smoothly.

Editing for this book is well done, and I found no issues. Overall the book is an excellent books for kids, and I hope the author continues with more. So this book gets a well deserved...