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Book Publishers Refused Bowe Bergdhal Book Because It Would Hurt Obama

August 14, 2014 | Filed Under Afghanistan, Anti-Americanism, Army, Barack Obama, Books, Business, Censorship, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government Corruption, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Military, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again we get to see the how the powers that run our media establishment are sold out to the far left with this story of how some of Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal’s platoon mates were blocked from selling a book they’d written because it might make President Obama look bad.

We know the allegations about Sgt. Bergdahl, of course. We know that some of his fellow soldiers think he is a deserter, not a POW. We know that there were charges that he and his wacko father have been excusers of Islamist terrorism and critics of the United States. We hear that several American soldiers died trying to gain this guy’s freedom. And it appears that some of Bergdahl’s fellow platoon mates tried to write a book about their own experiences with Bergdahl.

A former team leader of Bergdahl’s platoon and one of those trying to shop the book said, “There was no way we were going to sit down and be quiet while Obama was calling him a war hero.”

The retired Sergeant, Evan Buetow, went on saying, “We’re just trying to tell the truth. It’s not my fault this would make Obama look bad.”
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Hillary’s Book A Monumental Flop

June 28, 2014 | Filed Under Bill Clinton, Book Reviews, Books, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Government Corruption, Hillary Clinton, Liberals, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, the stats are in and it is looking like Hillary’s book is such a flop that the publisher won’t even recoup the upfront money they doled out to her to “write” the thing.

In the book’s first week sales were not horrible, still they were nothing to get excited about. But by week two sales cratered and now it looks like “flop” is written all over this door stop. Sales fell by a whooping 43 percent in week two.

According to Becket Adams, “Excluding digital purchases, only 85,721 copies of Hard Choices sold in the book’s first week, and only 48,227 copies sold in its second week, according to Nielsen numbers.”
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Muslims Demand Des Plaines Library Muzzle Anti-Terror Group Meetings

May 27, 2014 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Books, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Illinois, Islam, Islamofascism, Koran, Liberals, PCism, Progressives, Religion, Sharia, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A group dedicated to warning America about the evils of radical Islamists and the growing wave of terror they commit is coming under fire in Des Plaines. The group meets at the city’s public library but now several Muslim groups are seeking to have government quash the anti-terror group’s right to use the public facility.

The group, ACT! For America, has been meeting at the Des Plaines, Illinois public library for months, but as they gear up to offer a screening of a film that warns of radical Islamism, several Muslim groups have started to illicitly call for the public library to ban the group.

ACT!’s local leader, Sara Schmidt, insists that their group is not about hate but is instead about informing the public of the dangers.

The DesPlaines Journal & Topics reports that Schmidt said, “We just simply try to educate the public about these terrible things going on around the world because of these militants.”
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Where I am Quoted in a Book on Islam

March 23, 2014 | Filed Under Books, Education, Islam, Koran, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

OK, here is something odd. I just found out I was quoted in the book “Islam without Extremes: a Muslim case for liberty” by Mustafa Akyol published a few years ago. (Norton Press, 2011)

The book is apparently an attempt to reconcile Islam with western ideals of liberty and freedom.

I found the quote through a review of the book by Gamal Nkrumah of Al-Ahram Weekly, a newspaper from Cairo, Egypt. Nkrumah notes that Akyol quoted me saying this: “We need to understand just how brutal Islam is in how it treats its most vulnerable members: girls and women.” (In Akyol’s book on page 31)

This quote of mine is from an article in which I was discussing the criminal act of female circumcision practiced by Muslims. (Muslim mutilation of little girl in Atlanta, Georgia)

Akyol said I was wrong to put female circumcision on Islam proper because, he says, it is a cultural idea not one prescribed by the Koran. Me, I don’t see a difference because practitioners say they are doing it in the name of Islam and until the practice is stopped (by Muslims) it is a integral part of their religious practices.

Anyway, I found it interesting that I was quoted in this book and that I was wholly unaware of it until now.

I know that I have had my work printed in two college textbooks, but it makes me wonder how many other books I appear in out there?

Not bragging. More like it amuses me.
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‘Color Purple’ Author’s New Virulently Anti-Semitic Book Draws Criticism

June 22, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Semitism, Books, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Israel, Liberals, Progressives, Race, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Alice Walker is most well known for authoring The Color Purple, a book on the African American experience that in 1985 became an award-winning film staring Oprah Winfrey among others. But Walker is also well known as a major anti-Semite and in her new book, The Cushion in the Road, Walker “sinks to new lows” of anti-Semitism.

In Walker’s new book 12 essays in a section titled “On Palestine,” a section that forms one quarter of the book, are replete with comparisons of modern-day Israel to Nazi Germany and proclamations that Israel should not be allowed to exist. The book also makes attempts to justify terrorism against Israelis saying Palestinians should not be blamed for terror bombings in Israel.

Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti Defamation League, slams Walker’s new book saying, “Alice Walker has taken her extreme and hostile views to a shocking new level.”

“Alice Walker has sunk to new lows with essays that remove the gloss of her anti-Israel activism to reveal someone who is unabashedly infected with anti-Semitism,” Foxman said in a press release.
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Batgirl Comic Character Comes Out as Transgender

April 13, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Books, Comic Books, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Ethics, Gay Marriage, Gays, Liberals, Magazines, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

DC Comics’ Batgirl number 19 has a little bit more in store for its readers than just crime fighting. This month readers also get a bit of controversy with their womp-slam-bang as a character introduced in 2011 comes out as both transgender and bi-sexual.

After DC rebooted its franchise in 2011 in an attempt to reconcile its decades of loose character arcs and confusing back histories, Batgirl’s alter ego (Barbara Gordon) moved out of her father’s home (Batman’s Commissioner James Gordon) and moved in with a roommate named Alysia Yeoh.

Yeoh was presented as an Occupy Wall Street-styled female activist, bartender, and fine artist. She was of Singaporean descent and sported an undisclosed secret. This month’s issue reveals that secret. In a face-to-face discussion, Barbara Gordon and her roommate have a serious chat in which roommate Yeoh reveals that she is really a he and bi-sexual as well.

So, Batgirl number 19 marks the debut as the very first “real-world” transgendered character in all of mainstream comics. By “Real-world” that means a character that is merely transgendered in the “real-world” sense, not changed via some sort of superhero-styled transformation.

Over the last few years, the LGBTQ community has been favored with a plethora of gay characters in mainstream comics, of course. There are also a whole raft of gay and transgendered characters in comics from smaller, independent comics publishers as well as adult-oriented titles. But this marks as the first transgendered character to come to mainstream, superhero comics.
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DC’s New Occupy Wall Street Comic Books Coming

February 12, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Books, Business, Comic Books, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entertainment, Free Trade, Jobs, Liberals, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Despite that the Occupy Wall Street movement is essentially dead, DC Comics–publisher of Superman and Batman–is launching two new titles that will make heroes of the “99%” and might present the rich as an evil as bad as the strongest super villain.

One of the new books, to be titled The Movement, is to be about “power–who owns it, who uses it, who suffers from its abuse.”
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Dredding: Making Another Comic Character Gay?

January 27, 2013 | Filed Under Art, Books, Comic Books, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gays, Liberals, Magazines, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In yet another example of the homosexualization of our comic books, an upcoming issue of the Judge Dredd was recently rumored to feature the titular character coming out of the closet as a gay character.

The comic portrays a dystopian future where the earth is made up of Mega cities and wastelands, where life is cheap and violence ubiquitous, and “judges” roam the many highways on motorcycles charged with dispensing “justice” on the spot, no courts necessary. Judge Dredd is the main character and is portrayed as an emotionless, incorruptible policeman/judge that is little else but a killing machine.

You might recall the 1995 movie based on the comic where Sylvester Stallone uttered one of his famous movie lines: “I am the law.”

Earlier this month a few panels of the next issue were leaked showing the Judge kissing a Mohawk-wearing thug in a gay bar. The panels sparked quite a lot of response from fans, much of it negative.
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RIP Ray: Sci Fi Giant Ray Bradbury Slams Obama’s Era of Big Government

June 6, 2012 | Filed Under Books, Entertainment, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

[Ed note: Ray Bradbury passed on last night. He was 91. In celebration of his life and work, I'll repost this article that appeared here in August of 2010.]

The L.A. Times has a heartwarming story of literary giant Ray Bradbury who at 90 is not afraid to tell everyone exactly what he thinks. A gathering of admirers got an earful of Bradburyisms on the verge of his Aug 22 90th birthday celebration in Los Angeles. Bradbury railed against the “too many machines” that we surround ourselves with, lamented that we hadn’t colonized the moon by now, and said that the U.S. is in need of a revolution because “there is too much government today.”

You have to hand it to this wizened sage. He hit the nail on the head with every statement. Bradbury is so right to point out that we are losing our American soul and character.

Here are his statements as reported by the Times:
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Comics Giant ‘Moebius’ Dies

March 11, 2012 | Filed Under Art, Books, Comic Books, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Jean Henri Gaston Giraud, better known by his nom de guerre Moebius, passed away in France after a long illness. He was 73.

Giraud was one of the most amazing comic book artists of the genera. His work inspired movies such as Tron and the Matrix trilogy. But I first ran across him in the 1970s a French magazine called Metal Hurlant. I don’t remember exactly how I came across the magazine, and I couldn’t read a word of it in French, but the artist going by the handle “Moebius” had the most amazing visual style I’d ever seen in comics. I ended up getting some 8 or 10 issues of the French book — still not being able to read a word of it.

Almost immediately, the magazine got its American counterpart, Heavy Metal and Moebius’ art was a prominent part of the early issues. I collected every one of HM’s issues for several decades before I gave up comics and sold the collection.
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Sh*t Batman Says

February 27, 2012 | Filed Under Books, Comic Books, Humor, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

No reason… it’s just funny.


Obama Fail: New Book Shows What Liars Liberals Are

September 20, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Books, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, President, RightPundits.com, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Talk radio is gaga over Ron Suskind’s new book detailing the mess that is Team Obama. The book, “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington and the Education of a President,” was released on Tuesday and features quite a few shocking displays of insubordination, crestfallen disappointment, and complaints about Obama from former members of Obama’s administration. But since the book has been released many of these former staffers and officials quoted in the book are denying the quotes attributed to them.

However, the Washington Post has a story detailing some of these denials and it seems that the denials are complete lies. As these people rush to the nearest reporter to deny they ever disparaged The Obammessiah in interviews for the book, other evidence show that they did, indeed, say the very things they are denying they said…

Read the rest at RightPundits.com.


DC Comics Turns Superman Against the USA

April 30, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Books, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Hollywood, Islam, Islamofascism, Journalism, Liberals, Magazines, Media, PCism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Superman has just flipped the United States of America a super powered middle finger. In an upcoming issue of Action Comics, DC Comics is to have Superman appear before the United Nations to renounce his American citizenship.

“Truth, justice, and the American way is not enough anymore,” Superman tells us. Screw you, America.

In a convoluted storyline, Superman is to decide that being a representative of the United States of America is just too gauche for an upstanding citizen of the world like Supes. It’s too restricting, apparently, to represent the freest nation on earth, the nation that gave birth to the modern world.

So, America, Superman just isn’t that into you any more.
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2010: The Entertainment Industry’s PC Year in Review

December 31, 2010 | Filed Under Books, Cable, Entertainment, Hollywood, Liberals, Magazines, Movies, Music, PCism, Society/Culture, TV, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

For the entertainment industry’s practitioners of political correctness, 2010 was another banner year. Even as conservatives have made deserved headway in La La Land and other areas of the industry, there still aren’t enough conservatives to bring much needed patriotism, logic, and common sense to the scene. Sadly, the industry is still filled with those slavishly dedicated to anti-American tropes, left-wing blather, and self-hatred. From comic books, to music, to radio, TV and movies, PCism still runs rampant.

Without further ado, here are just a few examples of PCism from 2010 in music, TV, movies, and publishing. Certainly there are many more and these are not necessarily a “top ten,” but these examples do serve to show that PCism is not dead despite the Tea Party uprising, the growth of the conservative new media, and the resulting Republican tsunami from the midterm elections.

(In no particular order…)
Movies and Actors

Who could forget the film Machette, starring Danny Trejo and directed by Robert Rodriguez? This one was a sort of pastiche of 1970s exploitation movies with a Mexican twist. The film was replete with White sherifs ruthlessly murdering pregnant Mexican immigrants, American businessmen working to keep Mexicans down, overpowering racism against Mexicans by white Americans and it all seemed intended to inflame militant Mexican nationalism and to goad illegal immigrants in America to put all the blame on white America. The creators claimed it was supposed to be just good, over-the-top fun but in the climate of racial tensions in America today it was as funny as a militant Mexican flavored attempt to start a race war.
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Batman’s Politically Correct European Vacation

December 23, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Books, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, France, Government, History, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Magazines, PCism, Religion, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 10 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Reality isn’t always very fun, granted. Because of that many people turn to comic books for a little escapism. But there’s escapism and PC indoctrination. Sadly, it appears that DC Comic’s Batman is angling for the latter and not the former. You see, Batman has decided to hire a Muslim to “save France.”

First the reality. The country of France is having serious domestic problems between its immigrant Muslim community and those natural-born, European Frenchmen. Immigrants have been rampaging across the country for several years now. Clashes between police and large groups of rioting Muslim youth have wrecked havoc on the Gallic nation. It is woefully common for hundreds of cars to be lit afire in these riots, dozens of arrests to be made, and violence is all too common. It has the country split and frightened.

It has gotten so bad in France that in some parts of its cities, those parts controlled by marauding gangs of Muslim youths, whites never enter for fear of their lives. Not only that but not even police dare enter these areas. This dangerous situation does not seem anywhere near being solved. In fact, it’s just getting worse.

Now for the fantasy: enter The Batman.

DC Comics recently launched a series called “Batman Incorporated.” Essentially, Bruce Wayne (well-known as Batman’s alter ego to comics fans) is cruising the world setting up a “Batman” for major cities across the globe. These Batman figures, though, will not be vigilantes. They will be sanctioned by whatever local police force is in charge of the area in which the new Batman is operating. In the case of Detective Comics number 12 (Part one) and Batman Annual number 28 (Part two), Bruce Wayne has come to Paris, France to find a “French savior.”

The story reveals to us a cult-like group that is assassinating France’s fringe political figures. The cult’s goal is to cause unrest and riots to be led by the murdered political figure’s followers. This group hypnotizes its members to kill and then to commit suicide so that the cult cannot be discovered.
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New Novel: Tales of the Dim Knight

December 9, 2010 | Filed Under Books, Entertainment, Humor, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Friend to the blog Adam Graham and his lovely wife Andrea have published a new novel that is an ideal Christmas gift. Titled Tales of the Dim Knight,” the book is a fun sci-fi romp.

Mild-mannered janitor and superhero fanboy Dave Johnson gets all his wishes at once when a symbiotic alien gives him supernatural powers. But what’s he to do with them? Follow his zany adventures as he fights crime and corruption while trying to keep his family together and avoid being sued for copyright infringement.

“A truly original premise, Tales of a Dim Knight is a light-hearted escape into the world of superheroes and villains with a thoughtful twist as to what matters most in life.”
–Jill Williamson, author of By Darkness Hid

Dim Knight is written in the same vein as the satirical “Your Average Ordinary Alien,” which was featured in Light at the Edge of Darkness ($14.95 US), a Lost Genre Guild Anthology published by The Writer’s Cafe Press and Edited by Cynthia MacKinnon. You can now read the first chapter online for free or download a sample to your Kindle or other preferred ebook platform.

Like Tales of the Dim Knight on facebook.

Order Paperback version from Splashdown Books $10.95 US (plus shipping)

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Purchase Kindle version Only $4.25 Note: Kindle books can be read on the ipad.

A Good Book for My Kids?

Read a bio of the authors.


Here is Why Philosophy is Often Filled With Pinheads

August 22, 2010 | Filed Under Books, Education, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

OK, you read that headline and assume I’m some anti-intellectual, backwoods rube, right? Don’t jump to conclusions yet. I am not saying that all philosophy is foolish, pointless, or idiotic. But often times people that study philosophy end up more interested in absurd postulations mounting on an always increasing scale until they are simply babbling nonsensically — but using big words to do it.

Take the so-called Sorites Paradox, for instance. Here is the claptrap that the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy lays on us to define the idea.

The sorites paradox is the name given to a class of paradoxical arguments, also known as little-by-little arguments, which arise as a result of the indeterminacy surrounding limits of application of the predicates involved. For example, the concept of a heap appears to lack sharp boundaries and, as a consequence of the subsequent indeterminacy surrounding the extension of the predicate ‘is a heap’, no one grain of wheat can be identified as making the difference between being a heap and not being a heap. Given then that one grain of wheat does not make a heap, it would seem to follow that two do not, thus three do not, and so on. In the end it would appear that no amount of wheat can make a heap. We are faced with paradox since from apparently true premises by seemingly uncontroversial reasoning we arrive at an apparently false conclusion.

This phenomenon at the heart of the paradox is now recognised as the phenomenon of vagueness (see the entry on vagueness). Once identified, vagueness can be seen to be a feature of syntactic categories other than predicates, nonetheless one speaks primarily of the vagueness of predicates. Names, adjectives, adverbs and so on are only susceptible to paradoxical sorites reasoning in a derivative sense.

This is an idiotically longwinded way to say that the Sorites Paradox tries to address this interesting question: at what point does a “heap” stop being a heap as things are removed from it?

Naturally the original question is not from our modern times. It is taken from the paradoxes associated with the ancient Greek philosopher Eubulides of Miletus, a contemporary of Aristotle.
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Sci Fi Giant Ray Bradbury Slams Obama’s Era of Big Government

August 17, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Books, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Government, Socialism, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The L.A. Times has a heartwarming story of literary giant Ray Bradbury who at 90 is not afraid to tell everyone exactly what he thinks. A gathering of admirers got an earful of Bradburyisms on the verge of his Aug 22 90th birthday celebration in Los Angeles. Bradbury railed against the “too many machines” that we surround ourselves with, lamented that we hadn’t colonized the moon by now, and said that the U.S. is in need of a revolution because “there is too much government today.”

You have to hand it to this wizened sage. He hit the nail on the head with every statement. Bradbury is so right to point out that we are losing our American soul and character.

Here are his statements as reported by the Times:
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The U.S. Department of [Social] Just Us

July 26, 2010 | Filed Under Ann "Babe" Huggett, Books, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Entertainment, Eric Holder, Government, Liberals, Magazines, Movies, President | Comments Off

-By Ann “Babe” Huggett

In the 2006 movie, Superman Returns, viewers were jarred out of their childhood memories when actor Frank Langella, as Daily Planet editor, Perry White, mangled Superman’s comfortingly familiar patriotism of “Truth, justice and the America Way” to “Truth, justice…and all that other stuff.” When confronted about this near-sacrilegious change in dialogue, screen writers Mike Doughtery and Dan Harris and Director Bryan Singer smugly blew off the outrage using the justification that Superman was an alien without papers, here to save the world, not just America and that the 1945 version of the “American Way” was irrelevant in a new century.

To them, Superman was a world citizen and transnationalist, here to make them a movie profit in Abu Dhabi as well as Peoria, IL.
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New Captain America Movie: Dear America, I’m Just Not That Into You

July 22, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Books, Children, Entertainment, Hollywood, Liberals, Magazines, Media, Media Bias, Movies, Patriotism, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few months ago I wrote an expose on Marvel’s Captain America comics number 602 in which the writers and artists of the book portrayed Captain America saying that Tea Party groups in America are racist and dangerous. It looks like the makers of next year’s Captain America movie in Hollywood have taken that Cappy-against-America theme for its new movie, too, because according to the film’s director this film will feature a Captain America that is “not a flag-waver.”

Comics fans have been eagerly awaiting the expansion of Marvel’s comics-based films with the ultimate fan dream of having a movie based on “The Avengers” comics — a series that teams Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and several other heroes into a single fighting force. To get to that ultimate comic movie extravaganza, filmmakers are working up to it by introducing characters in stand-alone movies first. Iron Man was the first step toward that goal, with Thor and Captain America coming next.
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Publisher’s Warning Label: That Constitution and Declaration is No Longer Valid Thinking

June 10, 2010 | Filed Under Alexander Hamilton, Books, Capitalism, Congress, Constitution, Democracy, Economy/Finances, Federalism, Founders, Free Speech, George Washington, Government, James Madison, John Adams, Liberals, Revolutionary War, Thomas Jefferson, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A Virginia-based publisher has decided that the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and other founding books are likely offensive and they want their readers to understand that these old documents are no longer valid ways of thinking. And so the publisher, Wilder Publications, has put a warning label on its reprints of America’s founding documents and books to shield American’s delicate sensibilities.

The warning label reads, “This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.”

The warning labels appear on copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federalist Papers, as well as other founding books and documents the company reprints.
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Democrats Force Captain America to Flee America

May 25, 2010 | Filed Under Books, Britain, Budget, Business, Canada, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Entertainment, Freedom, Government, Hollywood, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Movies, Regulation, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

California’s Democrats have forced the upcoming Captain America movie to be filmed in England. Why would that be, Buckey? Because it’s just too expensive to film the movie in California because of the Democrat’s punitive taxes.

For Yahoo Movies, Mike Ryan asks a seminal question: Should We Now Call Him ‘Captain England’? In his lament, Ryan worries over the U.S. film industry as movies and TV shows flee America, specifically California, for the cheaper production rates of Canada and England.

And now Democrats are so concerned with propping up union thugs, forcing themselves on the people at every avenue, and stealing as much money from the rest of us that they can that they’ve even chased Captain America away from America!
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A Tale of Two Book Banners: Palin Ripped, Kagan Excused

May 24, 2010 | Filed Under Associated Press, Barack Obama, Books, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Government, Huffington Post, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Newspapers, Republicans, TV News, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Comparisons are always a great way to show how differently the Old Media treats conservative and leftist politicians in America today and Obama’s nomination of the Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court gives us another opportunity to see the Old Media’s penchant to excoriate a Republican’s actions while soft peddling and excusing away similar actions by a left-winger.

In this case, it is instructive to see how the Old Media treated the claim that Sarah Palin banned books from the Wasilla library when she was mayor and today how it is treating the recently highlighted Supreme Court arguments made by Elena Kagan that the government could ban books under the McCain-Feingold Act.

After McCain picked Governor Sarah Palin for his number two slot during the 2008 campaign for president the Old Media lit upon a story that said Sarah Palin tried to ban books from the Wasilla library when she was mayor there in 1996. A list of the supposedly banned books was even bandied about by the left-wing blogs causing a ruckus in the media but it turned out the list had books on it published years after Palin had left the Mayor’s office. The list was a fabrication and was lifted from a website that detailed the books that had been banned at one time or another, in one place or another, over the last 100 years.

As it turned out the whole story came from another former Wasilla mayor. He claimed that Palin had asked a Wasilla librarian “how she could go about banning books.” No books were banned, no list was made and Palin said she was asked by a constituent to look into how a book might be removed for its “objectionable material.”
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Gay Archie Comic Character: My Channel 2 News Response

April 23, 2010 | Filed Under Books, Chicago, Children, Entertainment, Gays, Illinois, Media, TV, TV News, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Earlier this afternoon, Mike Parker long-time reporter from CBS 2 News, Chicago, gave me a ring and asked me to make a quick trip downtown Chicago — well, “quick” being relative with Chicago traffic at rush hour — to appear with him in a piece on the recent announcement by the good folks at Archie Comics that they intended to add an openly gay character to their Archie comic book series.

It was a bit unusual for me. Not to be on TV, but to have TV call me about an item I hadn’t yet written about. I saw this story this morning but thought I’d put off writing about it until later tonight or Saturday. Now, usually I get everyone mad at me after I’ve written about something, but it looks like Mr. Parker wanted to initiate a preemptive strike with this one! Ha, ha.

Anyway, Mr. Parker was quite correct that I had a thing or two to say about the matter and I hope that I was able to effectively convey those ideas in the interview that will appear tonight during the 10 O’Clock news on Channel 2.

What struck me about this Archie announcement is that it seems we’re about to lose yet another safe haven for kid’s entertainment. Introducing a gay character may be “realistic” but does Archie have to be realistic? Kid’s entertainment doesn’t have to “reflect the current world of Teens.” It doesn’t have to present harsh realities or controversy. It can just be about fun or fantasy and it doesn’t have to delve into every aspect of life whether it be provocative, even deviate. Will the Archies have a skinhead character? Will they have a Holocaust denier character? Or how about on the other end of the spectrum and putting in a strict Christian character? Will Archie get one of those? Likely not as it doesn’t fit the liberal agenda.
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Mark Twain Died 100 Years Ago Yesterday

April 22, 2010 | Filed Under Book Reviews, Books, History, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

An American original, Samuel Clemens aka “Mark Twain,” died 100 years ago yesterday. Twain, author of some of America’s most famous literary works (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court) passed away on April 21, 1910.

Twain was a taciturn man given to pessimism and the morose, but his works are cherished as American classics that talked about America in raw terms revealing its sense of humor and love of life.

In any case, we pause to recognize the 100th anniversary of the great scribe’s passing. RIP Mark Twain. 11/30/1835 – 4/21/1910.


Librarians Having Sex at Work… and Who Cares, Anyway?

April 21, 2010 | Filed Under Books, Morals/Sex, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

UPI published a quickie on librarians getting their Dewey Decimals dotted at work the other day. The story centered on a survey of librarians that was conducted in the 1990s out of which the saucy stories of sex among the stacks came to light.

The survey was full of all sort of salacious details about the sex lives of librarians at work. And after reading it one can only ask, “who cares”?

Seriously. Why should anyone care that librarians would pose nude for money, would like to have condom dispensers at work, or like to get their shelves rearranged at work?

Sometimes information like this really is not only meaningless, but useless.

Why is it that every aspect of life has to be turned into some sexual outlet as far as the Old Media is concerned?
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Obama Press Sec. Gibbs’ Challenging Reading Material: a Star Wars Pop-Up Book

March 28, 2010 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Books, Entertainment, Hollywood, Liberals, Movies, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Descending from Air Force One, Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs clutches his latest choice of reading material, the “Star Wars Pop-Up Guide.”

The captions write themselves, don’t you think?

We know the book was a gift from the president for Gibbs’ son, Ethan, of course. But the photo is just too delicious and the thoughts it brings to mind are many and varied.

From the low-grade, comic book choice of reading material revealing the “depth” of Robert Gibbs’ mind, to the idea of Obama as evil Emperor trying to create an evil empire, the allusions between the pop culture, bubble gum reading and the Obama administration are just too hard to pass up.

Let your mind wander through all the amusing possibilities, won’t you?
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Captain America Says Tea Parties Are Dangerous and Racist

February 22, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Books, Entertainment, Journalism, Media Bias, Podcasting, Publius' Forum, Taxes, Tea Party, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Here is this week’s Publius Forum Podcast. Yes,, it’s that piece that got all the attention these last few weeks, my expose of the Captain America comic book issue that presented the Tea Party movement as racist, dangerous, angry, white folks.


Hear Me on Brian Hancock’s Captain America Show Podcast

February 21, 2010 | Filed Under Books, Entertainment, Patriotism, Podcasting, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, this little issue with Captain America is still rolling inexorably onward. Last week I got another several thousand hits on my article about the Tea Party movement being attacked in Captain America issue #602.

On Friday last I was a guest on the Captain America Show Podcast, hosted by Brian Hancock. He tells me I was his very first guest ever on the show.

Mr. Hancock was a gracious host, asked some good questions and allowed me to actually answer unlike some show that like to ask questions that immediately start to badger people as they try to answer.

Go on over to the Captain America Show Podcast and take a listen. We are episode number 23 in the archives.


A Reply to Bill Reed

February 17, 2010 | Filed Under Book Reviews, Books, Entertainment, Magazines, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

I know you readers have tired of this comic book controversy, but a youngster wrote me another one of those “open letters” on CBR and he was much less unhinged than most of the folks over there. So, I’ll just post this reply to him here and move on. I promise that this will be the last word on this business… well, probably.

Bill Reed wrote his “A Really Open Letter to Mr. Warner Todd Huston” and this is my reply…

Mr. Reed,

Thanks for your letter and thanks for being the only one from the CBR site that even attempted to be even tempered and free of vitriol (unlike Carla Hoffman and all her sycophantic commenters). Unfortunately you make an awful lot of assumptions in your piece that shows a lack of greater perspective and this is a failure that most of your CBR folks are making. All this adds to your feelings about my “lack of courtesy, misconceptions about the comic book medium, and considerable errors of judgment.” In truth it is you and your CBR folks that are mired in these errors.

You begin by saying that you don’t want to “gang up on me.” I beg to disagree. If you didn’t you wouldn’t have bothered to write in the first place. In fact, one of the things I am amused at from your CBR fans is the constant refrain that they all don’t care what I have to say. “Who cares what Huston has to say,” is the oft heard refrain from you folks on CBR. Who cares? I submit that YOU guys care because of the many posts about me, the constant pot stirring, and the rehash seen here. If you guys truly didn’t care you’d have ignored the whole thing.
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