25 Oct 2014

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: John Jakes

It has been a while since I last read some of John Jakes’ works but there was a time in the ’70s and ’80s when I read just about everything as soon as it was published. I was still in college when I first started seeing a book titled The Bastard on the book racks around town. This book was shortly followed by The Rebels and The Seekers.

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25 Oct 2014

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: John Jakes

Please Note: When I began this series, it was to cover a lot of authors whom I have found personally influential, even though this may only be because I enjoyed the stories they have told in their books or short stories. I’m just fortunate enough and well read enough that

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24 Oct 2014

Whistleblowers, Protests, Investigations, OH MY!

Can you make a donation to help Firedoglake defray the costs of coverage and upgrades to the system? Twenty dollarsTen dollars?

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24 Oct 2014

Whistleblowers, Protests, Investigations, OH MY!

I am a US Air Force veteran. After I served in the Air Force, I worked for a couple of years for the Defense Logistics Agency then another ten plus years as a support contractor within the Department of Defense acquisitions universe. All through my years, the one group of

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18 Oct 2014

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Stephen R. Donaldson

I first discovered Stephen R. Donaldson early in my days in Hawai’i. I first picked up his book The Illearth War one afternoon at the Base Exchange because of the interesting cover. It wasn’t until I got back to the barracks that I realized that it was the second of a fantasy series. After that, I went back to the Exchange and picked up the first, Lord Foul’s Bane and third, The Power That Preserves of the original Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

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18 Oct 2014

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Stephen R. Donaldson

Please Note: When I began this series, it was to cover a lot of authors whom I have found personally influential, even though this may only be because I enjoyed the stories they have told in their books or short stories. I’m just fortunate enough and well read enough that

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11 Oct 2014

Pull Up a Chair: The Jackal’s Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth’s first novel, The Day of the Jackal was a New York Times best seller sensation and Edgar Award winner. I read it shortly after publication along with his next two novels. I’m not sure why I got away from reading his works, but it may have been as simple as just too many good books from too many other good authors.

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11 Oct 2014

PUAC: Saturday Art, Influential Authors: Frederick Forsyth

Please Note: When I began this series, it was to cover a lot of authors whom I have found personally influential, even though this may only be because I enjoyed the stories they have told in their books or short stories. I’m just fortunate enough and well read enough that

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04 Oct 2014

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: George Plimpton

George Plimpton just might have been the ultimate real-life Walter Mitty, an everyman fulfilling various fantasies on the sports field and elsewhere then living to tell the tale, no matter how bumbling his exploits may have been.

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04 Oct 2014

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

While the NFL has gotten the lion’s share of publicity recently, the NBA and Major League Baseball are not immune from the problems. Sports Illustrated did this article about the NBA Domestic Violence policy a couple of days ago. It looks like Major League Baseball has started making some attempts at updating their policy as well, going from this article in July decrying their efforts to this from a couple of weeks ago on Joe Torre’s efforts to formulate a new policy for MLB.

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