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Girl Genius

Posted in Books & Reading on November 8th, 2014

Girl Genius
Adventure, Romance, MAD SCIENCE!

I have no earthly idea who this young woman is but for some reason she looks a lot like Agatha Heterodyne from Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius series of comics or, at least, she does to me. And hey! While I’m not one to dabble in watercolors, I like that look a lot.

And what’s not to like? The character, Agatha Heterodyne is a strong, vibrant female protagonists. She goes far beyond the realm of “perky” or “plucky.” She’s both possessed of strong physical prowess and is a multi-talented genius, hence the series’ title. She’s also far less waifish of vampish and far more robustly curvaceous than is the norm for women in graphic novels.

Girl Genius is now a web comic or, if you’re like me and like a good book, you can get the omibus edition. Either way, this comic series is a lot of fun and has a different sort of cast of characters and plots than is the norm.

It’s billed as Gaslamp Fantasy as opposed to Steampunk because it combines magic with big, clanking, Victorian-style steampunkesque tech, old-fashioned clothes, Frankenstein monsters, and airships – lots and lots of airships – to create a new whole and a new genre.

More importantly, it’s a rollicking good read.

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This Is Obama’s America

Posted in Books & Reading, Movies, Politics on January 24th, 2014

This is Obama’s America – An “America” with a would-be tyrant who loathes both the Constitution and any who dare to speak against hi as its President; an “America” where Separation of Powers more often than not means separating we, the People from power.

2016 Obama
2016: Obama’s America

The 2012 documentary 2016: Obama’s America was produced by Gerald R. Molen. D’Souza and John Sullivan co-directed and co-wrote the film, which is based on D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage. It seems that, despite its only moderate box office success, it pissed off Obama’s people – pissed them off enough that they had the FBI charge him with making illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign.

Federal authorities accuse D’Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton but lost to now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Long, though, is not mentioned in an indictment obtained by THR on Thursday.

Insiders say D’Souza has been friends with Long since they attended Dartmouth College together in the early 1980s. According to the indictment, D’Souza donated $20,000 to Long’s campaign by aggregating the money from various people and falsely reporting the source of the funds. But Gerald Molen, a co-producer of 2016, says the charge is politically motivated.

While neither Mr. D’Souza nor his attorney seem to be arguing the particulars of the charges, it seems very suspicious and frightening that the FBI would target someone donating $20,000 in bundled funds in an election where the winner, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), had a warchest of well over $36,000,000.

In a chilling and dishearteningly similar fashion to Obama’s IRS specially targeting Conservative non-profits, this very much seems to be a case of oppression through selective and targeted enforcement of the law.

When it came to the Obama Regime targeting Americans because of their dissent against Obama and his policies, I asked when the Inquisition would begin. Now we know.

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Obama’s America

Posted in Books & Reading, Politics on November 9th, 2013

Dinesh D’Souza, in his blockbuster follow-up to The Roots of Obama’s Rage, shows how Obama is applying his anti-colonial ideology to unmake America and turn it into a country our Founders would hardly recognize and would be both saddened and horrified by.

This is because America as we know it – wealthy, powerful, assertive – is not what Obama wants. Obama wants a smaller America, a poorer America, an America unable to exert its will.

To Obama, the hated “1%” isn’t just wealthy Americans; it is America itself, most likely because, out of the necessity of his privileged upbringing, he’s sublimated his racial hate and angst into a hatred for America as a whole.

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