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Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
by Mark R. Levin
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Companion to the Constitution, July 16 2010
For all of our Democrat-installed appeals court justices who don't seem to understand the limitations of their power stated in the U.S. Constitution, this is the book for you. It is also for the millions of Americans who are too young to remember the 1930s or didn't study it. We are going through a process of rapid deconstruction and destruction of the U.S. Constitution, and very few seem to see this rapidly passing by as the principles upon which our successful nation were founded are stomped flat as the Constitution is disregarded by anyone with a square yard of power around their fiefdoms.

If you don't understand the simple 10 Amendments to the Constitution--read this book. Read why you don't have to fear anything from your neighbor who may shout profanities in his backyard, or harbor a few firearms to protect his homestead from the free flow of undocumented aliens flowing across his property night and day.

Mark Levin is an accomplished attorney who can speak plainly, and does. This is a rarity in itself in my experience. Moreover, he lays out the quite simple and effective design of our Nation founded upon the principle of individual liberty, a totally new concept in the 1700s, which produced a great nation that beat back the foes of liberty worldwide in a short 4 years. Yet today, more and more "native Americans" have no understanding of why millions left their families and workplace to engage in this worldwide crusade, at peril of horrible death or injury, without question, in 1941-1945.

This is THE book to fill out your understanding of our Constitution. It will help you understand why centrally controlled government is inferior to individual liberty for a nation fundamentally grounded in its BORDERS, LANGUAGE, and CULTURE (nod to Dr. Savage here). You can start to understand what it means to be and AMERICAN here. If you have any doubts about a world government, read this book!

The Psychic Battlefield: A History of the Military-Occult Complex
The Psychic Battlefield: A History of the Military-Occult Complex
by W. Adam Mandelbaum
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Always Out on A Limb: Remote Viewing in Context, June 9 2004
There is a place for this book in the library of one interested in the paranormal, psychic intelligence, possible extra-terrestrial intelligence, and most significantly, remote viewing as it was called by the U.S. Military during the period it funded research in this area. Art Bell fans, take note.
This is not a definitive piece. However, it contains well-documented events (e.g., acts of espionage based on Nostradamus by U.S. Intelligence during the Second World War). Madelbaum attempts to place Remote Viewing (final U.S. intelligence report appearing on the World Wide Web in 1998) in a context going back through the history of warfare. And today, a new generation is becoming familiar with the concept of PSYOPS or Psychological Operations, which has been a facet of the War on Global Terrorism and is not likely to vanish from the scene anytime soon.
Some readers will recall Bill Murray's portrayal of Dr. Venkmann who used negative reinforcment (shock) to attempt to "train" fictitious experimental subjects to become more "psychic". In the mid-80s, I watched that film as my own work became perhaps one of the last officially (IRB) sanctioned "threat of negative reinforcement" experiments in the annals of experimental psychology....
I found the book interesting, with good references, not a bad read at all. No secrets of Freemasonry are revealed, nor are some of the "special tactics" of the Schutzstaffel (SS), Gestapo (Geheimstaatspolizei), Israeli intelligence, the Mossad, or the global terrorist movement.
It is a book within a context, and "Remote Viewing" still has its fans. Even on the back cover (paperback version, 2000 imprimatur) is states..."With the flavor of fiction, yet with its foundation in fact, The Psychic Battlefield is the complete history of this use of man's extrasensory poweres in search of the information needed to win wars--hot and cold." Change "the complete" to "an historical exploration" and you've got it.
You can get it cheap, and that's not bad either. The author is an attorney, "practicing psychic" (perhaps the two concepts create an oxymoron), and former intelligence officer. I think that provides ample context.

Enemy at the Gates (Widescreen)
Enemy at the Gates (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Jude Law
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why You Can't Always Get a 5-Star Rating, May 23 2004
For those who might think I only review things I'm wildly enthusiastic about, I have to rate this DVD a 4. Why? It is in English.
When it comes out in German, or Russian, with English subtitles, I may offer a different opinion. However, all I know about the Battle of Stalingrad, which I won't pit against a professional historian, suggests that some of the themes dealt with in this movie, cannot be dealt with in English.
To wit, I include:
1. What it meant to be a Jew in Stalin's Wartime Soviet Union. No matter how beatiful the Jewess, she should be heard in Russian.
2. No matter how evil, no matter how great the actor, a German major top sniper should speak German. I think Ed Harris is among our greatest actors. He does a magnificent job here, even hanging the young Russian boy who has acted as a double agent, appearing to be sympathetic to the German sniper sent to eliminated the great Soviet hero.
3. Stalingrad was more than mud. This movie somehow bypasses the absolute worst period of the Battle of Stalingrad. See the German film of 1992, titled, "Stalingrad." The winter defeated the Germans, not the Russians. This movie bypasses the period from November, 1942 to February, 1943, when General Paulus' Army surrenders. In addition, the position and personager of General Paulus, who committed high treason by surrendering, is given rather short shrift here.
4. This is just NOT a great battle or historical film. The known actors have not invalidated that. It is all just too "easy" (such as the Major "hearing" the snipers approaching a known pathway through pipes in a nearly silent factory, at a time when there could nearly have been no such silence. In addition, the impression is given that German fighters followed the Major as he stalked the heralded Soviet sniper, and to my knowledge, ther is no evidence this happened. Those sequences simply are too "computer graphic."
5. War is a great backdrop for a love story, but Stalingrad was no love story. I refer the reader back to the German film, Stalingrad. Whether historically accurate or not, this simply is too romanticized a version of a Jewish woman falling in love with a Ukranian peasant, spurning her "true" beloved, the Jewish political officer. The ending of the film Stalingrad, in which the surviving "whore" of of the German officers is killed trying to save surviving Germans, is more believable.
6. Convenience. Glass "falling" so that antagonists can see one another in deadly confrontation, went out with "Father Knows Best." It decries the suspension of disbelief needed to be impressed by such a confrontation.
7. So, I suggest, see this film, but understand its weaknesses before you invest precious time. Otherwise, I recommend "Stalingrad" (the German film), which is worth seeing, even if you are multitasking.
8. It is never as simple as, "shoot soldiers to get them to fight" or "give them hope" or "give them a reason" (see Gettysburg, to wit). Here, we're led to believe that Khruschev was easily enticed from one philosophy to another. I doubt it greatly.
Get it? I hope so.
Cheers to my readers....

20 Good Reasons to Study the Civil War
20 Good Reasons to Study the Civil War
by John C. Waugh
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Hornbook!!!, May 21 2004
For anyone who doesn't understand the fascination of so many with the American Civil War, this book will in short order put your mind at ease that it is worth the years of study that so many put to it, from re-enactors, to college professors. John C. Waugh, in a most easily read fashion, will in less than 100 pages set you on what may become a lifelong passion. He shows how this 1400 Day War brought forth all that is important about the human drive to define its civilization, how so many could risk their lives for idealistic causes (including protecting their own homes and hearth, to paraphrase Cicero)....
The reader will easily see how this short 4-year period turned the nation into the great object of desire for peoples world-wide, because it defined a nation of people in which anyone could aspire to accomplish as much, to define life as broadly and grandly as imaginable.
True, this conflict did not resolve all conflicts, but it brought the underlying conflicts left unresolved in our founding documents out from behind the curtain for all the masses to see, and the blood shed, the pain endured for lifetimes by many more, really set the course we saw America follow for another century to come and more.
Highly recommended!

Sam Bell Maxey and the Confederate Indians
Sam Bell Maxey and the Confederate Indians
by John Waugh
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Western Theater: An Intriguing Story, May 21 2004
Having the good fortune of hearing John C. Waugh at the Austin Civil War Roundtable, I discovered this series "Civil War Campaigns and Commanders." They tend to be rather short, an evening's read...on less frequently treated topics that are quite intriguing. This volume tells the history of battles and participants in the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the War of Northern Aggression, with an emphasis on the participation of the "civilized" Indian tribes, mostly located in Oklahoma (Indian Territory), their commanders, and the passing through western commands of many "failures" in eastern theatres of the war.
This book includes brief biographies (about 1.5 to two pages) of many interesting officers (Stand Watie, Sam Bell Maxey, Albert Pike, Douglas H. Cooper)--many who were born early in the 1800s, some West Point graduates prior to the beknighted Class of 1846 (which included Thomas J. Jackson), some of whom lived until late in the 19th century and saw America go from the ascendancy of the cotton gin to the Industrial Age!
With great accompanying photos, clear maps, and great storytelling, this book will leave you wanting to learn more about this rather neglected region of the war, but one no less important in many regards for the defining of the nation's future than the more well-known battlefields of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Highly recommended!!!!

DVD ~ Tom Berenger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Layer Upon Layer, Improves With Age, May 20 2004
This review is from: Gettysburg (DVD)
Having viewed this film several times, and compelled to see it in 70mm on the Big Screen a dozen more, I suppose you could say I am entirely enthusiastic about it. And you would be correct. There are few films that parallel in quality the book upon which they are based..."Gettysburg" does the Pulitzer Prize-Winning "The Killer Angels" justice...and then some. On first viewing, one cannot help but be amazed by the scope of the drama, supported as it is by thousands of Civil War re-enactors without whom such a feat would not be possible.
This film brings all that is important about the great struggle to define our nation, through the bloodiest conflict in American history, and on our on soil, into a sharper focus. It covers major issues and personalities, as does Michael Shaara's book, and shows how men could be so devoted to a struggle on such a grand scale, and face it with seeming fearlessness.
If this is just your start in considering the Civil War, or a waystation on your way to try to understand why it continues to compel many to study, or try to experience some face of it, you'll do well to direct your personal journey through this film.
At one point, two academics (Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Strong Vincent, of Bowdoin and Harvard Colleges), are face to face, and Vincent says, "Now, we'll see how professors fight." It was that kind of conflict. All of America was involved, in some way, and while we are now involved in a greater conflict, one seemingly more abstract at times, this great film will bring the reality, the glory, the horror of armed conflict into closer focus. It happened here, on American soil, and men who felt as brothers sometimes found themselves just a short distance across from one another, commanding men under them to certain death to make a point--that there would be henceforth one nation, or two.
There is hope in this film...and when you find it, you will have more of a sense of what it means to be an American--and it will change what you thought or felt.

The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing
The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing
by Jayna Davis
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Time Coming, May 13 2004
At tremendous personal risk to self and family, and with support of her 41 year old female editor, Jayna Davis has sought out information supporting the potential link of the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in April, 1995.
So much of the official version doesn't "add up" and while one may quibble with the accuracy of Ms. Davis' speculations, what does shine through is the absolute and ethical dedication of an investigative journalist on the track of a tremendously important story, which was "wrapped up" in a rather amazingly quick fashion. Timothy McVeigh would not speak of any other terrorists until his death. His conspirator received life in prison. In the world of this kind of terrorism, we are becoming accustomed to the "need to know" methods of international terrorists. There is little doubt the McVeigh knew such individuals intimately, and that this sort of terrorist will gladly die without revealing further information. We are learning more about this at the time of this writing.
Perusing other "customer reviews" I'm not surprised by the black and white thinking of many of them. Some easily will denounce anything having to do with the former FBI director. We have to face one thing, you don't become FBI director without many contacts, and abilities to manage a huge organization, whether appointed by a Democrat or a Republican. This former director has much positive to say about Ms. Davis, but he's rather neutral on her conclusions--as he'd have to be. Much of the information Ms. Davis accumulated was admittedly attained illegally (through taping interviews surreptitiously) and I have little doubt that this occurs on a rather routine basis. Those implicated are not indentified except by pseudonym, but this hardly detracts from the story.
That there are internal "enemies" who will conspire with disgruntled invididuals, even those who have "served" in our military, will come as a surprise to no one. That the FBI or other organizations might not pursue an identified individual, hoping that surveillance will lead to identification of other, more dangerous and higher-level conspirators, also comes as no surprise.
This book is a page turner, and will leave the reader wanting to know more. It casts complete doubt upon the "lone actor" theory but is much more substantive than typical "conspiracy theory" tomes. I highly recommend it.

The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War
by Michael Shaara
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Study War Anymore: Echoes of Preceding Generations., May 11 2004
My title is a takeoff on a 60s-70s chant--"We will study war no more." Michael Shaara's book, which won a Pulitzer in 1974, shows why we SHOULD study war. He has taken his vast knowledge of the Civil War in general, and Gettysbury in particular, and shaped an historical novel, not exceedingly long, than delves into the lives, motivations, thoughts, feelings, and goals, of many types of people who participated in this great struggle for definition of what it is to be American, to be a citizen of the United States (which, after the war, noted Shelby Foote, a singular noun).
In my opinion, and knowing personally about Europeans' interest in our Civil War, this book belongs in the Canon of the Literature of Western can I say this? It isn't just because I'm interested in the same topic.
On a recent airline flight, I had the opportunity to spend about an hour explaining "To Kill a Mockingbird" to a young European woman who was assigned that book to read in a high school in Texas....she was in her senior year, with a father in the oil business.
Four months later, I received an e-mail, thanking me for that time, and she commented that her teacher was amazed that she had understood the book, and the issues (the enduring prejudice against blacks in the South long after "Reconstruction."
Why is it relevant? We think we "reconstructed" Europe after World War II--and she realized we hadn't. The same problems we have 140 years after the spring campaigns of 1864, we also see in Europe only 60 years after the dawning of D-Day. We have International Courts, the EU, common currencies, almost instantaneous communication worldwide, and what progress has been made?
A reading of the Killer Angels will stay with you, cause you to think, and demand that YOUR children study war. And so help us, the more who understand it, the better.

Taking Charge: Overcoming the Challenges of Long-Term Illness
Taking Charge: Overcoming the Challenges of Long-Term Illness
by Irene Pollin
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Charge: No Alternative, May 10 2004
As a person who has seen chronic illness from both sides of the physician's white coat, I highly recommend this book. This book will be useful not only to the afflicted, but also to those family and friends who must also cope with the "elephant" in the room--which begins to take up a larger and larger portion of the free space around the patient as time goes by, and as the physician(s) become more and more distant, letting you know that the are gradually withdrawing emotionally after the condition becomes one of those within medicine that, frankly, fill most of the charts on the walls of medical records offices.
It is much to easy to succumb to the incipient blaming that comes as you repeatedly seek assistance and find little relief, or, worse, manipulation and financial and emotinoal rip-off throughout the health care system. You know it isn't the people...but it gets harder and harder.
This book was first published in 1994, but is no less relevant today than then...and highly recommended. The subtitle: Overcoming the challenges of long-term illness....belies the secret greatest obstacle facing many patients in our "modern" to achieve a sense of meaningful life in a society in which we are barraged with the illusion of youth, immortality, health-promotion with little scientific basis, and stereotypes of physical beauty.
I would like to see comparisons to those who are "treated" in health-care systems that approach chronicity differently...

Fallen Guidon
Fallen Guidon
by Dr Edwin Adams Davis PH.D.
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honor By Deeds: A Confederate View, May 6 2004
This review is from: Fallen Guidon (Paperback)
General Jo Shelby's Final Review is re-enacted yearly in Chatfield, a small town near Corsicana, about 45 miles southeast of Dallas, Texas, in April. Shelby was the commander of the Missouri Cavalry Division in what was known as the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War. His men distinguished themselves, often outnumbered, in battle after battle with the invading Yankees.
What is not well-known is that General Shelby did not surrender his forces to swear allegiance to the United States. Rather, he asked, "who will go with me to Mexico?" and led his men south of the Rio Grande, to uncertain futures in a post-Confederate world. These non-political soldiers were weary of the years of deprivation in the Lost Cause. This book chronicles some of their adventures, first told to the author as part of oral familial history of the Iron Brigade. The author met several people in Mexico City in the 1940s who claimed to have witnessed the Last Review.
Those who fought under "Old Jo" intended to maintain their sacred honor and "hatred of oppression" brought about by the invasion of the Southern states by what they felt was a mercenary army--and strangulation through blockade by an distained navy that deprived their countrymen, women, and children of basic necessities of life.
This is very interesting reading to any student of the American Civil War. General Shelby and his men finally found themselves caught in a political situation--the desire of Mexico to maintain peace with the United States after a victory over the French--commemorated yearly in the festivals of Cinco de Mayo (recalling May 5, 1862) across the southwestern U.S.
Their services refused, Shelby's last review was held in Mexico City, the Rebel Yell last heard amongst the ghosts of the Conquistadores, the Cavalry Guidon lowered, the battle flag having been buried somewhere on the border.
These last Confederates dispersed, many going to colonies of expatriates in foreign lands, from Brazil to China. Many could not reconcile to live under the domination of what they considered a foreign occupation, politely called Reconstruction.
A classic belonging in the library of any Civil War enthusiast.

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