ISIS Capital of Raqqa Captured

By |October 18th, 2017|

Raqqa Captured by U.S.-backed Forces FIRST CAME Mosul, now Raqqa. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic state leader, has lost valued territory and now controls only a teeny tiny space in a land he'd planned to rule. What has been left behind is a city in complete ruin. From the New York Times BEIRUT, [...]

Sexism, Hollywood, and Novels

By |October 13th, 2017|

Sexism, Hollywood and Novels The cascade of revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s allegedly terrible and lewd behavior has unearthed plenty of victims—scores of them, in fact. But the story may have revealed other, different kinds of casualties, as well: similar, unnamed men in powerful positions who prey upon the less powerful, and their allies, [...]

Trump’s Twitter Tantrum Distraction

By |October 13th, 2017|

Trump's Twitter Tantrum Distraction TRUMP savors misdirection, confusion and chaos. The First Amendment threat is no joke. Mr. President:Are you recanting of the Oath you took on Jan. 20 to preserve, protect, and defend the 1st Amendment? pic.twitter.com/XLB7QXM3bQ— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) October 12, 2017 Trump Tweets are bait to keep us occupied away [...]

Sexual Harassment Allegations Hit Harvey Weinstein

By |October 6th, 2017|

Sexual Harassment Allegations Hit Harvey Weinsteinphoto via Deadline In interviews, eight women described varying behavior by Mr. Weinstein: appearing nearly or fully naked in front of them, requiring them to be present while he bathed or repeatedly asking for a massage or initiating one himself. The women, typically in their early or middle [...]

October Meet & Greet Giveaway

By |October 2nd, 2017|

OCTOBER MEET & GREET GIVEAWAY IT'S A fall giveaway that runs all of October. Here are the details... Enter the October Meet & Greet Giveaway Fall is finally here, so it’s time to enter our October Meet & Greet Giveaway–the fifth month in our Ultimate Reader summer series, where our subscribers get to [...]

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Puerto Rico Catastrophe Unmasks Trump

By |October 1st, 2017|

Puerto Rico Catastrophe Unmasks Trump The one thing we can say for sure is that it’s essentially inconceivable that the next objectively difficult crisis that Trump fumbles will be more in Kelly’s wheelhouse than a disaster requiring a military response in the Caribbean. We’re witnessing the Trump administration at peak performance and it’s [...]

Russia, Social Media and Democrats

By |October 1st, 2017|

Russia, Social Media & Democrats "We know that the US got caught asleep at the wheel on this... That's the truth of it." - Keir Simmons, NBC News [Deadline White House] FINALLY, someone who's an expert on something beyond partisan fervor says what needed to be said a long time ago. Part of [...]

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Hugh Hefner, and Me

By |September 28th, 2017|

So Long, Hugh Hefner photo: August 9, 2000 "Life is too short to be living somebody else's dreams." - Hugh Hefner FLASHBACK... and that time I shared the "Living" section of the LA Times with Hugh Hefner and President Bill Clinton. No need to regale you with what Mr. Hefner did. Less is [...]

Banned Books Week, Top 100 Challenged Books

By |September 25th, 2017|

#BannedBooksWeek IT IS a worldwide phenomenon. Anywhere in the world, people find objections to what writers write. Forbidding authors to write what they feel isn't possible, so people want to wipe out books. Ideas prevail. Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling 2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds [...]

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N.F.L. Takes a Knee, Stands Up to Trump Attack

By |September 24th, 2017|

N.F.L. Takes a Knee, Stands Against Trump Attack screen capture, BuzzFeed In the midst of an eighty-minute speech intended to heighten the reëlection prospects of Senator Luther Johnson Strange III, Trump turned his attention to N.F.L. players, including the former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and asked a mainly white crowd if “people like [...]