So much for “Fifty Shades”!

So-called ‘fan fiction’ or ‘fanfic’ is a big thing nowadays.  The bestselling ‘50 Shades of Grey‘ began as a fanfic ode to the ‘Twilight‘ series.  However, there’s another fanfic ode to ‘Twilight’ that’s less well known . . . but hysterically funny!  Courtesy of Lawdog and my lovely wife, here it is.  (Beverage alert – don’t be drinking anything while listening, for fear of accidents!  Also, this isn’t the most moral of fanfic pieces.  If that might bother you, don’t listen.  I don’t mind it, because it’s satirical rather than theological.) Toooo funny! Peter

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Independence – not just a state of mind

When our forefathers declared independence from Britain, 240 years ago today, they “mutually pledge[d] to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor”.  That’s what it would take to make their Declaration of Independence stick.  Nothing less would do. As we celebrate this anniversary, let’s think about that.  Does independence mean that much to us?  We live in a society that largely celebrates the opposite.  There are millions upon millions of people in this so-called “land of the free” who are not, in fact, free.  They are enslaved by dependence on government handouts (without which they could not

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Going viral?

For some reason my post about the erroneous CBS poll about gun ownership in the USA appears to have gone viral.  Starting in the small hours of this morning, there have been well over 5,000 visits today to that post alone.  There’s no indication of where they’re all coming from.  Can anyone tell me? Regardless of the source, a hearty welcome to all my visitors!  Thanks for dropping by.  I hope some of you will stick around and join the fun here. Peter

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Yeah, it’s hot in northern Texas!

At 6 pm this evening in my area: Note the “Feels Like” temperature.  Add humidity to heat like this and that’s the Heat Index.  (I might add that it’s much less humid here than it was in Nashville during the summer.  Anywhere west of the Mississippi is usually much less humid than east of the river.) Thank heavens for air-conditioning! Peter

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Complete and utter crap about gun ownership

The Washington Post, reporting a CBS News poll, claims:  ‘American gun ownership drops to lowest in nearly 40 years‘. According to the survey, which was conducted among 1,001 Americans in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub shooting, 36 percent of U.S. adults either own a firearm personally, or live with someone who does. That’s the lowest rate of gun ownership in the CBS poll going back to 1978. It’s down 17 points from the highest recorded rate in 1994, and nearly 10 percentage points from 2012. . . . But gun purchases, as measured by FBI firearm background checks, are

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“Brings The Lightning” is now available on Kindle Unlimited

Castalia House has just released my latest novel, “Brings The Lightning“, on Kindle Unlimited, Amazon.com’s subscription e-book service.  This means that those of you who are KU members can now read the book without paying another cent.  Just go to its Web page and download it while logged into Amazon.com. That makes four methods by which the book can be read;  hardcover or paperback in dead-tree editions, and purchase or KU subscription as an e-book.  I hope that all my future releases through Castalia House (they’ve contracted with me for several more) will follow that pattern as well. Peter

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If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas

I wonder how much this news had to do with Turkey’s sudden desire for rapprochement with Russia? Tuesday’s deadly gun and bomb attack on Istanbul airport – in which at least 43 people were killed – was the latest manifestation of a war that has gripped Russia’s southern Muslim republics for more than two decades. According to Turkish government officials, the three attackers who stormed the airport’s lower-level arrivals terminal came from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The authorities believe the trio carried out their suicide mission on behalf of Islamic State. On Thursday Turkish newspapers identified the alleged ringleader as Akhmed

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100 years ago today, the Battle of the Somme began

The Battle of the Somme ran from July 1st until November 18th, 1916.  It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western front, and cost over a million casualties.  It’s considered to have been one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The Telegraph sums it up: The first day of the 141-day campaign, July 1 1916, was and still is the deadliest day in the history of the British Army. Almost 20,000 British Empire soldiers lost their lives in just 24 hours. . . . The battle was planned to end months of deadlock on

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