Saturday, September 07, 2013

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

Enraged mom beats the crap out of kindergarten teacher

Here's the Plot for your Next Big International Thriller

French consulate worker arrested at Israeli border with 69 pounds of gold and $2 million in checks 

Why Do They Call It Trinidad AND Tobago?

Why Do They Call It Trinidad AND Tobago? 

Song of the Day

▶ Bing & Gary Crosby-Moonlight Bay - YouTube:

The 7 Most Gloriously Stupid Crimes Ever Attempted

The 7 Most Gloriously Stupid Crimes Ever Attempted 

Today's Vintage Ad

Jeff Meyerson Will Have to Report on This for Us

Mystery Chunks Crash Into Brooklyn Streets, Residents Think It Was Ice 


Tommy Lee Jones Writing & Directing ‘The Cowboys’ Remake

IHat tip to the Tainted Archive.

Mine Is Next Door to One

Half of the U.S. lives in these 146 counties - is yours one of them?


A. E. Van Vogt, The Silkie, Ace, 1969

Paris Hilton Update

Paris Hilton goes shoe shopping before running into the arms of her beloved boyfriend River Viiperi

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson. 

I Want It

The 1970s Cold War Era Home built 26 Feet Underground

The Origin of the English Alphabet

The Origin of the English Alphabet

Top 50 scenery chewing acting moments

Top 50 scenery chewing acting moments

Alvin, Texas, Not Included

The Top 10 Literary Landmarks of the South

Roger Ebert: The Last Critic Who Mattered?

Roger Ebert: The Last Critic Who Mattered? 

Link via the Hugo-winning SF Signal.

Union Pacific


Friday, September 06, 2013

99 Cents for Kindle for a Limited Time Wolf Creek: Bloody Trail eBook: Clay More, James J. Griffin, Troy D. Smith, James Reasoner, L.J. Martin, Cheryl Pierson, Ford Fargo, Western Fictioneers: Kindle Store: Welcome to Wolf Creek.

Here you will find many of your favorite authors, working together as Ford Fargo to weave a complex and textured series of Old West adventures like no one has ever seen. Each author writes from the perspective of his or her own unique character, blended together into a single novel. In our first adventure, the town of Wolf Creek is assaulted by a small army of former Confederate guerrillas, who rob the bank and leave dead innocents in their wake. Sheriff G.W. Satterlee and his posse must overtake the outlaws before they reach Indian Territory—but the chase is complicated by the secret pasts of several posse members…

Appearing as Ford Fargo in this volume:
Clay More
James J. Griffin
Troy D. Smith
James Reasoner
L. J. Martin
Cheryl Pierson

About the author: Beneath the mask, Ford Fargo is not one but a posse of America's leading western authors who have pooled their talents to create a series of rip-snortin', old fashioned sagebrush sagas. Saddle up. Read ‘em Cowboy! These are the legends of Wolf Creek.

Dead Man's Road -- Joe R. Lansdale

Let me say right off the bat that I have a sad feeling inside when a character named Crider is killed off.  (The Mertz character deserved it, though.)

The Reverend Jebidiah Mercer first showed up in Dead in the West one of Joe Lansdale's earliest works, a zombie western that was way ahead of its time and that became highly influential.  Deadman's Road contains a considerably revised version of that novel to kick things off, and the novel is followed by four fairly long stories about the Rev.  As you'd expect, they're all grim, hilarious, outrageous, and entertaining.  I heard Lansdale read one of them at a convention, and it's too bad that all of you can't experience that treat.  But, hey, you can read them, and I'd suggest that you do.  This is great stuff.

Yes, I Watched Ragin' Cajun Redneck Gators . . .

. . . and it was awful.  And not in a good way.  Let us never speak of it again.


10 Books Every College Freshman Should Read

Ann "AC" Crispin, R. I. P.

Boing Boing: Ann Crispin -- science fiction writer, crusader against scams, Star Trek novelist, and nice person -- has died. She wrote of her own impending death, "I want to thank you all for your good wishes and prayers. I fear my condition is deteriorating. I am doing the best I can to be positive but I probably don’t have an awful lot of time left. I want you all to know that I am receiving excellent care and am surrounded by family and friends."

Song of the Day

▶ Billie Holiday - All of me - YouTube:

Western Fictioneers: Wolf Creek previews

Western Fictioneers: Wolf Creek previews

Today's Vintage Ad

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

335-Pound High School Football Player Doubles As Cheerleader

And Seepy Benton Smiles in Agreement

Americans Grade Math as the Most Valuable School Subject


Manly Banister, Conquest of Earth, Airmont, 1964

He Doesn't Need a Date

The Man With 6,000 Barbies Can’t Get A Date Because Women Feel Competitive With His Dolls  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Way Ahead of the Curve

Iran Aggressively Recruiting ‘Invisible Army’ of Latin American Converts to Infiltrate U.S. Through ‘Soft Belly’ of the Southern Border

Philip K. Dick on Reality, Media Manipulation, and Human Heroism

How to Build a Universe: Philip K. Dick on Reality, Media Manipulation, and Human Heroism

I Can Hardly Wait

The Paris Hilton / Lil Wayne Collaboration Is Actually Happening: It seems her song Stars are Blind wasn’t actually the end of her music career. Paris showed off some behind the scenes photos of her music video for her new song GoodTime featuring Lil’ Wayne. Looking forward to it?

Fossil Jackpot

News24: Under the rich Venezuelan soil, palaeontologists have found treasures rivalling the bountiful oil: A giant armadillo the size of a Volkswagen, a crocodile bigger than a bus and a sabre-toothed tiger.

Another Forgotten Book

Vintage Treasures: The Best of Jack Williamson

Yet Another Forgotten Book

Vintage Treasures: The Shapes of Midnight by Joseph Payne Brennan

Lisa Tuttle's top 10 mould-breaking fantasy novels Lisa Tuttle's top 10 mould-breaking fantasy novels From alternative histories to legendary countries, time travellers to haunted houses, here are the best fantasy books for people who don't like dragons or sexy vampires

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

First date ends with police chase: A first date ended in a dramatic police chase when a man snatched a woman's phone as compensation after she refused to go Dutch on drinks.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Forgotten Books: Nightmare Age -- Frederik Pohl

The recent death of Frederik Pohl sent me to my bookshelves, and the first book by him that I saw was the anthology he edited in 1970.  I thought it would be a good one to remember today because of Pohl's interest in the environment, an interest that continued right up until his death.  (Some of his very last blog posts were about fracking.)  Many of the stories will be familiar to readers of this blog, as a glance at the table of contents will reveal.  Maybe the most surprising name to appear there is the first one.  The predictions in his contribution (including the death of the ocean in 1979 and the presidency of Edward Kennedy) haven't come true, but conditions haven't really improved much in the last 43 years.  Some of you might be thinking that we're indeed living in the age of "The Marching Morons," but then I remember hearing Howard Waldrop proclaim that to be true about 30 years ago.  And that's the scary thing about this book.  These stories, all of them well over 40 years old and some decades older than that, seem just as fresh and as frightening as they were long ago.  As I said about Ehrlich's "Eco-Catastrophe," things haven't improved.  Somehow, however, that doesn't mean the stories are depressing.  They're bracing reading.  If you happen to run across this anthology, pick it up and read a few of the stories.  It's worth your time.

The Houston Story


Thursday, September 05, 2013

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest Ladies Night (Fight Card) eBook: Jill Tunney, Jack Tunney, Carol Malone, Paul Bishop: Kindle Store: Los Angeles, 1954 ... Gangsters, crime, boxing – and romance ... 

Jimmy Doherty, a hard-luck orphan from the south side of Chicago, was mentored in the sweet science of boxing by Father Tim Brophy, the Battling Priest of St. Vincent's Asylum for Boys. Jimmy’s fists were good enough to take him to LA where he has begun his rise up the local fight-cards. He has big plans to be a contender and even bigger plans for Lindy – his trainer’s only daughter, who's sweeter than apple pie and harder to resist. 

But when Lindy is arrested for killing a boxer with ties to gangster Mickey Cohen, Jimmy is forced to join forces with the arresting detective – who would like to do much more with Lindy than put her in handcuffs – in a desperate search for the real killer. 

Love can be murder – in the ring and out ...

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Brave Texas teens rescue kidnap victim who mouths ‘help me’ from back of stolen car   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

Dad arrested after grammar lesson turns violent

Jack Nicholson Update Jack Nicholson is not retiring from acting at age 76

Ask Not -- Max Allan Collins

If you've read Bye Bye, Baby and Target Lancer, the two previous novels in Max Allan Collins' Nate Heller series, you've probably been looking forward to this one as much as I have.  And if you've read them and still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman, well, this may be the book that convinces you he wasn't.

(A personal aside, a little story that's part of our family lore.  When it was announced that JFK would be visiting Dallas, my great uncle, Ben Jackson, said, "He's crazy.  If he comes to Dallas, LBJ will have him killed."  So my family has always been a little ahead of the conspiracy curve.)

The JFK assassination is pretty much old news as the book opens.  Heller's interest in the case is at first purely personal.  Someone attempts to run him and his son down as they're leaving a Beatles concert in Chicago, and Heller recognizes the driver of the car as one of the men involved in the conspiracy laid out on Target Lancer.  Heller thinks someone's trying to get rid of loose ends, and he determines to put a stop to that.  (Lots of other loose ends connected to the assassination died in odd ways later on, as the novel makes clear, so Heller is right to be concerned.) 

Heller travels all over the country, from Chicago to L. A. to New Orleans, before winding up in Dallas, where a reporter (based on Dorothy Kilgallen) gets him involved with her investigation of the Kennedy assassination.  

Once again Heller's involved with all sorts of historical characters, from Jack Ruby to Robert Kennedy.  Most of them are given their real names, though some, like the reporter I mentioned above, are not.  Collins tells you all about them in the novel's afterword, which also demonstrated the impressive breadth and depth of his and George Hagenhauer's research.  

This is a fast-moving and fascinating account of what might have happened, and it makes for irresistible reading.  Collins had once thought that Heller's career might end here, but the good news is that he's considering moving on the the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.  I'm sure he'll have some new angles and insights on these crimes, and I hope he carries out his plans.

Song of the Day

▶ THE CRAMPS / Swing The Big Eyed Rabbit - YouTube:

I Miss the Old Days

 Astrodome Groundbreaking

Nobody breaks ground like Texans.

Today's Vintage Ad

Will The Persecution Never End?



Why Did Pirates Wear Eye Patches? 


Ross Rocklyne, The Men and the Mirror, Ace, 1973

I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere

Bill Condon To Direct Ian McKellen As A Retired Sherlock Holmes

Top 20 Overused Movie Lines

Top 20 Overused Movie Lines

Rabbit-swinging Watsonville woman arrested

I think "Watsonville Rabbit-Swinging Woman" would be a great name for a country song.  Rabbit-swinging Watsonville woman arrested 

4 Innovative Libraries Transforming Lives Around the World

4 Innovative Libraries Transforming Lives Around the World 

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

Oakland Man Guilty Of Murdering Friend During Argument Over Existence Of God

Croc Update (Training Edition)

How to become a crocodile trainer 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

WINNERS: 2013 Chesley Awards

WINNERS: 2013 Chesley Awards - SF Signal

Ancient Egypt Update

BBC News - New timeline for origin of ancient Egypt

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

Fred the ferret goes on hour-long rampage attacking residents in block of flats

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Gator Update (Soccer Edition)

(97) Alligator in Boca: On 9/3/13 officers responded to Lake Wyman Park, 1500 NE 5th Ave, in reference to an alligator in the park on the soccer field.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Man with the Steel Whip


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Pulp The Classics

Pulp The Classics: 5 Pulp Versions Of Classic Novels

“L’shanah tovah!” to those who celebrate this holday

Rosh Hashanah 2013: The Jewish New Year Explained

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

Waterloo Village judge attacked with toilet tank lid outside of court

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest

Killing Custer (A Wind River Mystery): Margaret Coel: 9780425264638: Books: The whole town of Lander has turned out for the big parade celebrating the start of the new rodeo season. The main spectacle this year is the appearance of Colonel Edward Garrett—a spot-on impersonator of General George Armstrong Custer—and a troop of men acting as the ill-fated Seventh Cavalry. 

The problem is they are being followed by a group of Arapaho warriors from the Wind River Reservation, who proceed to encircle Garrett and his men in a “dare ride” just to remind them exactly who won the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But when the ride is over, history seems to have repeated itself: Garrett is dead in the street with a bullet hole in his chest. 

No one is sure what happened, but public sentiment quickly turns against the Arapaho—and the prime suspect is Colin Morningside, a descendant of Crazy Horse. When a local attorney connected to Morningside disappears, the accusations only grow stronger.

Father John O’Malley knows in his heart the Arapaho are not guilty. And Vicky Holden finds herself professionally and personally compromised from getting involved. But what begins as a murder soon reveals itself as a conspiracy that neither Father John nor Vicky could have foreseen. And someone wants to ensure that the truth they discover will die with them…

The 25 Most Memorable Moments in TV History

The 25 Most Memorable Moments in TV History

“Call for Michael Shayne”

“Call for Michael Shayne” (by Mark Evan Walker) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN

Song of the Day

▶ If I could see you just one time by Don Gibson - YouTube:

Real Clown Or Horror-Movie Clown

Real Clown Or Horror-Movie Clown

Today's Vintage Ad

Keep Off His Lawn!

Missouri man faces new charges after shooting canoer he caught urinating on property line 

Scorpion Update

The Australian: A 350-million-year-old fossilised scorpion discovered in South Africa is the oldest known land animal to have lived on Gondwana, part of Earth's former supercontinent, a university said today.


Eando (Earl & Otto) Binder, Menace of the Saucers, Belmont, 1969

Easy Riding

Hollywood Legend Jack Nicholson Retires From Acting

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

Alabama High School Football Coaches Brawl After Game

Key quote: "Soon, the melee was on."

I Miss the Old Days

All The Great 1960s Volkswagen Ads

Tune In Tomorrow!

Ragin Cajun Redneck Gators | Syfy Movies | Syfy 

Hat tip to Seepy Benton.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Reads John Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale"

F. Scott Fitzgerald Reads John Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale"

The 20 big questions in science

The Observer: The 20 big questions in science From the nature of the universe (that's if there is only one) to the purpose of dreams, there are lots of things we still don't know – but we might do soon.

I, of Course, Can Quit Any Time I Want To

Pennsylvania hospital to open country's first inpatient treatment program for Internet addiction

Harold Teen


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest Running Cold (The Mick Callahan Novels) eBook: Harry Shannon: Kindle Store: Media psychologist Callahan is a failed Navy Seal, a recovering alcoholic and a loyal friend. He's also a man with a hot temper and a talent for getting himself into trouble. In this brand new adventure, the fourth book in the popular series, Callahan finds himself up against an angry young soldier just home from Afghanistan. Wes McCann's father is a compulsive gambler and one of Mick's clients. His brutal murder sets these two dangerous men on a collision course.

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest THE BLOOD WHISPERER (9781909344327): The uncanny abilities of London crime-scene specialist Kelly Jacks to coax evidence from the most unpromising of crime scenes once earned her the nickname of The Blood Whisperer. Then six years ago all that changed. Kelly woke next to the butchered body of a man, the knife in her hands and no memory of what happened. She trusted the evidence would prove her innocent. It didn't. Now released after serving her sentence for involuntary manslaughter, Kelly must try to piece her life back together. Shunned by former colleagues and friends, the only work she can get is for the crime-scene cleaning firm run by her former mentor. But old habits die hard. And when her instincts tell her things are not as they appear at the scene of a routine suicide, she can't help but ask questions that somebody does not want answered. Plunged into the nightmare of being branded a killer once again, Kelly is soon fleeing from the police, Russian thugs and a local gangster. Betrayed at every turn, she is fast running out of options. But Kelly acquired a whole new set of skills on the inside. Now street-smart and wary, can she use everything she's learned to evade capture and stay alive long enough to clear her name?Zoe Sharp: Books 

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee . . .

Sam Schauer accused of smashing windshield while nude 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Richard III Update

They just can't leave this guy alone: Richard III had intestinal worms

Uh-Oh or OK?


Uh-Oh Hercule Poirot gets new lease of life, 38 years after being killed off Belgian detective who met his end in Curtain to follow in footsteps of Bond and Holmes after Agatha Christie estate commissions Sophie Hannah to write new Poirot novel

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

Amazon: Get cheap e-book versions of real books you already own

The program starts in October.  Amazon: Get cheap e-book versions of real books you already own 

What Will They Put There Next?

Cops: Perp Had Loaded Derringer Stashed In Butt 

Possibly NSFW photo at link.

This Is Why I Don't Own A Jag

London skyscraper accused of melting Jaguar 

Hat tip to Art Scott.

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest

Murder of a Stacked Librarian: A Scumble River Mystery: Denise Swanson: 9780451416506: Books: There’s no place like Scumble River at Christmastime, and this year, school psychologist Skye Denison has twice as much to celebrate—and to do. In addition to the usual holiday frenzy, Skye’s wedding to police chief Wally Boyd is less than a week away—that is, if the groom isn’t too busy working to attend. The town’s sexy new librarian, Yvonne Osborn, has just been murdered, and the list of suspects is piling up faster than late fees on an overdue book. 

Yvonne’s strict sense of right and wrong annoyed some townspeople and infuriated others. Did her high standards lead to her death? Skye is distracted by worries about what havoc the crazy Dooziers will wreak on her wedding day and whether she’ll fit into her dress. But Skye can’t afford to leave any page unturned because unless she works quickly to expose the scheming killer, her happy ending may be put on permanent hold.…

I Miss the Old Days

The '60s at 50: Tuesday, September 3, 1963: U.S. minimum wage

Song of the Day

▶ Ann-Margret - I just don't understand (1961) - YouTube:

Paging Kathleen Turner

Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day? 

Need Extra Cash? Feral Hog Bounty Goes Up This Week!

Need Extra Cash? Feral Hog Bounty Goes Up This Week!: Everyone knows feral hogs are a nuisance, which is why some counties pay folks to kill 'em, but we thought we'd pass along a tip that you may not have heard about: Hays and Caldwell counties "are more than doubling the bounty" on the beasts, according to KEYE.

Today's Vintage Ad

8 Ruined Cities That Remain a Mystery to This Day

8 Ruined Cities That Remain a Mystery to This Day

Movie-Style Posters For Every Original ‘Star Trek’ Episode

Movie-Style Posters For Every Original ‘Star Trek’ Episode


Richard S. Prather, Find this Woman, Gold Medal, 1967

Archaeology Update

The search for Suleiman the Magnificent's heart

I Found a Penny Last Week

Orlando Sentinel: Most treasure hunters go a lifetime and never take home a single piece of silver. But one Sanford family is now among the divers who struck gold — and a lot of it. 

The treasure-hunting Schmitt family uncovered this weekend what could be $300,000 worth of gold chains and coins off the coast of Fort Pierce.

Gator Update (Giant Edition)

Record-breaking gators -- one right after another   

Photo of giant gator at the link.
Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Latest "Getting Away with Murder" now Online


More Forgotten Movies

20 of the Greatest Silent Horror Films You Can Watch Right Now 

Elvis Presley filming Viva Las Vegas

Elvis Presley filming Viva Las Vegas

A Further Discussion of a Classic

Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas 

Overlooked Movies -- Viva Las Vegas

Maybe there's no such thing as a good Elvis Presley movie, but this one comes close, and not just because it costars Ann-Margret at the top of her powers.  It has a lot more going for it, too.

Not the plot.  That never amounts to much in an Elvis movie.  This time he's in Las Vegas to compete in a road race.  His car needs a new engine, though, so he works as a waiter to raise the money.  He also falls for Ann-Margret, and who can blame him?  Did you take a look at the trailer?

What it does have is Las Vegas in the '60s in Technicolor.  And Ann-Margret.  Or did I mention her already?  Okay, maybe I did, but in this movie she and Elvis have real on-screen chemistry, something that was lacking in a lot of the other Elvis flicks.  Check the trailer again if you don't believe me.  And it even has a pretty good soundtrack, something that was sorely lacking in most of the King's films, which were usually filled with duds.  

I never recommend Elvis movies to anybody.  Most of them are pretty bad, and they got steadily worse as his movie career started to wind down.  But this one is a lot of fun.

Viva Las Vegas

▶ Viva Las Vegas Official Trailer #1 - Elvis Presley Movie (1964) HD - YouTube:

Monday, September 02, 2013

Croc Update (Golf Edition)

Crocodile bites off golfer's fingers in Cancun bunker 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Frederik Pohl, R. I. P.

Frederik Pohl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Frederik George Pohl, Jr. (November 26, 1919–September 2, 2013) was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy-five years — from his first published work, the 1937 poem "Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna", through the 2011 novel All the Lives He Led and articles and essays published in 2012.[1]

Kasey Lansdale Update

Kasey Lansdale – Restless - Music News Nashville

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest

The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star: Susan Wittig Albert: 9780425260586: Books: National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s—where the Darling Dahlias, the colorful ladies of a garden club, are anything but shrinking violets when it comes to rooting out criminals…

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest THUGLIT Issue 7 eBook: Joe Clifford, Edward Hagelstein, Christopher E. Long, Marie S. Crosswell, Justin Ordonez, Ed Kurtz, Benjamin Welton, Michael Sears, Todd Robinson: Books: Adjust your jockstraps and tighten your panties, Thugketeers—because another issue of THUGLIT is here with eight fresh stories that'll kick you right in the literary cojones…or whatever the Spanish word is for lady parts that wouldn't enjoy a kicking—literary or otherwise. 

You get my point. What you WILL enjoy, however, is the best damned crime fiction mag on the freakin' planet—IT'S THUGLIT, BABY!!! 

 MOUTHBREATHER by Joe Clifford PEGLEG by Ed Kurtz THE LAST JOB by Justin Ordonez TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN by Christopher E. Long CINDERS by Marie S. Crosswell QUIET DELL, 1914 by Benjamin Welton THE NEIGHBOR'S DOG by Edward Hagelstein CHUM by Michael Sears

Song of the Day

▶ Warren Zevon - Veracruz - YouTube:

20 Haunting Images of Abandoned Amusement Parks

20 Haunting Images of Abandoned Amusement Parks 

Today's Vintage Ad

Frontlist Features

Top Suspense Group: FRONTLIST FEATURES: MONSTER by Dave Zeltserman

Worst Cliches: 13 Expressions You Shouldn't Be Caught Dead Using

Worst Cliches: 13 Expressions You Shouldn't Be Caught Dead Using

16 Vintage Photos of Labor Day Celebrations

16 Vintage Photos of Labor Day Celebrations 


Stewart Sterling (Prentice Winchell), Nightmare at Noon, Dell, 1953

Soon to be a SyFy Movie of the Week

Monster crocodile traps tourist on Australian island

Where 11 Beloved Novels Got Their Names

Where 11 Beloved Novels Got Their Names

11 reasons why we should still love listicles

11 reasons why we should still love listicles

Hat tip to Fred Zackel.

I Miss the Old Days

The '60s at 50: Monday, September 2, 1963: 'CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite'

The History of Labor Day

U.S. Department of Labor - Labor Day 2013 - The History of Labor Day

New Poem at The 5-2

The 5-2 | Crime Poetry Weekly Gerald So, Editor: Robert Cooperman ON HEARING THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING AGAINST THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

2013 Hugo Awards

2013 Hugo Awards | The Hugo Awards: Presented at:LoneStarCon 3, San Antonio, Texas, August 29-September 2, 2013

Without Reservations


Sunday, September 01, 2013

PimPage: An Occasional Feature in Which I Call Attention to Books of Interest Overture to Disaster (Post Cold War Political Thriller Trilogy) eBook: Chester D. Campbell: Kindle Store: It's a thriller right out of today's headlines, though it took place in the early nineties. 

The theft of Soviet nerve gas weapons as the Cold War ends and the fate of a Special Operations helicopter mission to Iran set the stage for a thrill ride across continents as international chicanery gone wild seeks to restore dictatorial rule in the former Soviet republics. Can a disgraced Air Force colonel, a Belarus investigator framed for murder, and a spymaster suddenly left in the cold stop a disaster that will paralyze Washington?

Pro-File Barb Collins a/k/a Barb Allan

Ed Gorman's blog: Pro-File Barb Collins a/k/a Barb Allan



Song of the Day

▶ Tanya Tucker When I Die - YouTube:

The Art of William Faulkner

The Art of William Faulkner: Drawings from 1916-1925 

A Sidekick’s Little-Known Leading Role in Lacrosse How [Harry] Smith, a lacrosse star of the Six Nations of the Grand River, became Silverheels, an actor who despised his own portrayal of an Indian, is a story that spans a continent and an era. But few realize that what put him on the path to Hollywood was the invention of indoor lacrosse — box lacrosse, as it is called in Canada and western New York. 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Today's Vintage Ad

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

 Mail Online: The 50 funniest one-liners ever


Herbert Gold, Room Clerk (aka The Prospect Before Us), Signet, 1955

6 Things Movies Get Wrong About Swords

6 Things Movies Get Wrong About Swords (An Inside Look)


The Education of a Pulp Writer: Free For All: Guns, Pulp, & Celebrations

Will the Persecution Never End?

Paris Hilton goes bra-less in thin T-shirt before jetting out of LA with boyfriend River Viiperi

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

I Miss the Old Days

Rolling Stone: The Most Awesomely Eighties 1980s Music VideosFrom big hair to big budgets, remember the kinds of gems that ruled the age of MTV

Sir David Frost, R. I. P.

Metro News: Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died aged 74, his family has announced. 

Sir David died of a heart attack while on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, where he had been due to give a speech. 

The presenter fronted a number of popular programmes, including That Was The Week That Was and The Frost Report.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Schoolgirl's hand-drawn maps of the United States

Frances Henshaw: The schoolgirl's hand-drawn maps of the United States

Iron Mountain Trail