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  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 6-26-17)

    06/26/2017 2:32:08 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies ^ | 6-26-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Netflix Begins "Choose Your Adventure" Programming

    06/24/2017 6:24:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    If you don’t like the way a story ends, why not change it? That’s exactly what Netflix is encouraging viewers do with a brand new children’s show called “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale.” As the show progresses, kids get to make a series of choices to move the story in any direction.
  • High School Summer Reading List Canceled Over Conservative Authors

    06/23/2017 3:49:19 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 6.22.2017 | Trey Sanchez
    A teacher at a public high school in Alabama sent his students home with a summer reading list chock full of conservative authors from which to choose, including Ann Coulter, Ronald Reagan, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, and libertarian John Stossel. But parents became concerned that it leaned too far right and so now, the kids don’t have to read anything over the summer.
  • Word for the Day - INVEIGLE

    06/23/2017 6:15:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | 06-23-2017 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". INVEIGLE Verb (used with object), inveigled, inveigling. 1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into): to inveigle a person into playing bridge. 2. to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually followed by from or away): to inveigle a theater pass from a person. Synonyms 1. induce, beguile, persuade. 2. wheedle. ORIGIN: 1485-95; variant of envegle < Anglo-French enveogler, equivalent to en-...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 6-19-17)

    06/19/2017 3:50:01 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies ^ | 6-19-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Dallas Theater Company Gets Hate Mail Over Production It Didn't Put On

    06/16/2017 11:26:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jun 15, 2017
    Shakespeare Dallas was getting ready for opening night of the Shakespeare comedy, 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' this week. So when emails started arriving Tuesday – some of them threatening in nature – there was surprise. "It was shocking," said Shakespeare Dallas Executive and Artistic Director, Raphael Parry. "I think it was a case of mistaken identity." Earlier this week, Shakespeare in the Park in New York stirred up controversy with its contemporary take on Julius Caesar. It featured a President Trump look-a-like who was stabbed to death. Shakespeare Dallas is not affiliated in any way, and is not even...
  • Little Girl Thinks Bride Is the Princess in Her Book, and it’s the Cutest Thing Ever

    06/16/2017 10:46:55 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 15, 2017
    There have been several adorable stories of little girls mistaking women for princesses lately. But this one might just take the wedding cake. Pictures posted to Imgur Wednesday show a little girl and her mother coming across a bride in Ballard, Washington. The bride was in the street taking wedding photos, and the little girl immediately stopped, according to KCPQ. “The little girl thought my beautiful wife was the princess from her favorite book (the one she’s holding),” Imgur user Skizzotrobzface said. The photos show the child’s eyes light up as a smile of complete adoration spreads across her face....
  • Word For The Day - DILETTANTE

    06/16/2017 6:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 06-16-2017 | Red Badger
    DILETTANTE dil·et·tante noun noun: dilettante; plural noun: dilettantes; plural noun: dilettanti a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge. Example: "a dilettante approach to science" synonyms: dabbler, amateur, nonprofessional, nonspecialist, layman, layperson Example: "there is no room for the dilettante in this business" antonyms: professional archaic: a person with an amateur interest in the arts. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day........
  • The Tan Books: Modern Wars Are a Nightmare for the Army's Official Historians

    06/14/2017 3:13:05 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 14 replies
    Atlantic Magazine ^ | June 14, 2017 | Adin Dorbkin
    The researchers compiling the U.S. Army’s accounts of Iraq and Afghanistan have an unprecedented—and overwhelming—volume of material to work through. When Major Spencer Williams was ordered to “shut down shop and move out” of Afghanistan in 2005, he closed his final message from the field as he always did—quoting a long-dead historian. “Plant yourself not in Europe but in Iraq; it will become evident that half of the roads of the Old World lead to Aleppo, and half to Bagram.” Williams made up one-third of the U.S. Army’s historical field staff in Afghanistan—a team directed to cover the breadth of...
  • Anthony Horowitz: I Was Warned Off Including Black Character

    06/14/2017 1:07:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Author of Alex Rider novels was disturbed to be advised against creating a black character because he was whiteBestselling author Anthony Horowitz has said he was warned off including a black character in his new book after being told by an editor it would be inappropriate. Horowitz, best known for his Alex Rider series of novels, said he found it “disturbing” that he was being advised against a white writer creating a black character. He told the Mail on Sunday: “This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 6-12-17)

    06/12/2017 3:20:24 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies ^ | 6-12-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Word For The Day: SEDULOUS

    06/09/2017 7:02:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 06-09-2017 | Red Badger
    SEDULOUS [sej-uh-luh s] adjective 1. diligent in application or attention; persevering; assiduous. 2. persistently or carefully maintained: sedulous flattery. Origin: 1530-40; < Latin sēdulus, adj. derivative of the phrase sē dolō diligently, literally, without guile; replacing sedulious (see sedulity, -ous ) Related forms: sedulously, adverb sedulousness, noun unsedulous, adjective unsedulously, adverb unsedulousness, noun Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day........
  • C.S. Lewis: "Mere Christianity" (audio book at youtube)

    06/06/2017 11:17:44 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies ^ | C.S. Lewis
    Video LinkIf you want to skip the Preface and Foreword, the first chapter starts at the 16:25 mark.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!(Week of 6-5-17)

    06/05/2017 3:15:33 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies ^ | 6-5-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Making socialists out of college students

    06/02/2017 5:59:40 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Making Socialists Out of College Students: A Story of Professors and Other Collegians who Hobnob with Radicals I don't need to say much about this, except this: Read this book! But, do pay attention to the publication date. 1920. It's out of copyright and free to download from the public domain. To our friends who believe that all evil begins in the 1960's, I emplore you. Please look back further. To our friends who believe that all evil begins in the 1930's, I emplore you. Please look back further!
  • Word for the Day - DOGGEREL

    06/02/2017 6:22:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 06-02-2017 | Red Badger
    WORD FOR THE DAY! ======================================================================== In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day........ DOGGEREL [daw-ger-uh l, dog-er-] adjective 1. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure. rude; crude; poor. noun 2. doggerel verse. Origin of doggerel: 1350-1400; Middle English; see dog, -rel; cf. dog Latin British Dictionary definitions for doggerel: noun...
  • Baltimore Book Festival boots Rachel Dolezal after backlash

    05/31/2017 5:36:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    AP ^ | May 31, 2017 | Kasey Jones
    Organizers of the Baltimore Book Festival have disinvited Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who led others to believe she was black. The decision Tuesday by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts came days after defending its choice to have her there. Dolezal recently published a memoir, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.”
  • A Lost Work By Edith Wharton Rediscovered

    05/30/2017 4:47:00 PM PDT · by Tax-chick · 22 replies
    Acculturated ^ | May 30, 2017 | Editor
    In February of 1901, Walter Berry, a lawyer and member of élite society in New York, expressed a regret in a letter written to his close friend Edith Wharton. “How I do wish I could run on to see the first rehearsal of the Shadow,” he wrote. At the time, Wharton, who was thirty-nine years old, was not yet a novelist, having only published shorter fiction and poetry, as well as co-authoring, with Ogden Codman, “The Decoration of Houses,” an 1897 book about interior design. But she was a budding playwright, and, as two scholars have just deduced in an...
  • Why Is the Edward Albee Estate Afraid of a Black Virginia Woolf?

    05/30/2017 10:25:52 AM PDT · by Borges · 25 replies
    Vulture ^ | 5/30/2017 | Mark Harris
    You have to give Edward Albee credit: Fifty-five years after its Broadway debut, and less than a year after its author’s death, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? has once again become the most controversial play of the season, thanks to a production nobody will ever see. The 35-seat Shoebox Theater in Portland, Oregon, doesn’t feel like the natural epicenter of a flare-up involving artists’ rights, race, and intellectual property. But earlier this month, when the Albee estate denied producer Michael Streeter the rights to Woolf over his decision to cast a black actor, Streeter, “furious and dumbfounded,” took to Facebook,...
  • National Assoc. Of Scholars Recommended Book List

    05/30/2017 4:13:27 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    Here are 115 books the NAS recommends for colleges and universities with common reading programs. The first list contains 80 books appropriate in level of difficulty and length for any college freshman. The second list contains 30 more ambitious choices... Recommended Books for More Ambitious College Common Reading Programs MATTHEW ARNOLD – CULTURE AND ANARCHY (1869) The point of culture is the pursuit of perfection; the uncultured are mere Philistines. Arnold eloquently articulates the High Victorian ideal of culture as singular and normative—a valuable corrective to the modern view of culture as plural and descriptive. Students will learn to consider...