Monday, March 1, 2021

MEMORIES OF MONACO...

 




...where even the President of France was corrupt, offering ministerial jobs in Monaco as a bribe.


Conversations wiretapped on these phones led prosecutors to suspect Sarkozy and Herzog of promising Azibert a job in Monaco in exchange for leaking information about another legal case, known by the name of France’s richest woman, L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.


France's Sarkozy convicted of corruption, sentenced to jail


This was just the kind of thing I was trying to prevent as Prince Albert's spymaster.

No wonder the French wanted me gone.

I was lucky to get out of there alive.



Saturday, February 20, 2021

IN MEMORY, HUNTER S. THOMPSON (GONE 16 YEARS AGO TODAY)

 

Speaking at American University, Washington DC, late 1975


That's me, front row, far right



About 40 years later, me again, occupying HST's favorite spot inside Woody Creek Tavern.






Although Woody Creek was HST's favorite hang, his spirit lingers at the old bar in Aspen's Hotel Jerome where in 1970 he ran his campaign for sheriff.








"Buy the ticket, take the ride."


Friday, February 19, 2021

FORESIGHT

 




I am cognizant of the fact that there are powerful forces in this country that would dominate us, substituting a kind of regimentation for the competitive system that has made America great among nations.

They would attempt to destroy individual thinking and initiative, cherished ever since our Pilgrim Fathers established the country in defiance of Old World tyranny.

I believe that we must continue to retain the wealth of spirit of our forefathers, for if we don't we shall find ourselves dominated in everything we do by a mighty few and shall become serfs in fact if not in name.


Claude M. Bristol

The Magic of Believing

1948



Friday, February 12, 2021

PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND!

 


Pen & inks by Papa Duke




In 1951, C.M. Kornbluth wrote a futuristic novella called The Marching Morons.

In 2006, Mike Judge turned Kornbluth’s novella into a movie called Idiocracy.

Neither Kornbluth nor Judge might have imagined woke and the flumdummery of so-called "progressives."


San Fran warned over renaming schools honoring so-called racist figures



Long live monuments and schools that honor the memory of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.










Monday, January 18, 2021

WILLIAM MOLONEY ON BOOK DRIVE

 



As the top “Road Warrior” of contemporary American fiction Robert Eringer—like the hero of the iconic Willie Nelson song—is happiest when with his friends he is “On the Road Again," and in his latest and best novel—Book Drive—he takes his readers on yet another trip they will long remember.

As in his well-regarded earlier Road Novels—Motional Blur (2016) and Last Flight Out (2019)—Eringer uses the device of a journey to tell a riveting story about believable and appealing characters whose travails illustrate some larger truths concerning the human condition.

The journey in question is taken by an elderly once famous writer—Christopher Lathom—as a promotional tour for his first novel in thirty years. 

Proceeding along the scenic coastal route from L.A. to Seattle a series of misfortunes overtake Lathom which provide striking insights into a dysfunctional legal system, a declining publishing industry and the inanity of political correctness, which collectively compel this memorably-rendered protagonist to confront the utter bleakness of his mismanaged life.

Eringer’s gift is his ability to make you care about this dyspeptic and querulous character. 

Through an ingenious series of plot twists and turns there emerges a painful but moving tale of human redemption through the power of love and family.

To say you can’t put this book down and you won’t forget it would greatly understate its excellence.

 

William Moloney’s reviews have appeared in the Wall St. Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Times and The Hill.