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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Yin and Yang of Reading

Boy what a weekend. I read two books starting on Christmas Day and finished them last night. Each was at the other end of the spectrum from the other. I basically spend my Christmas weekend, alternatively laughing my butt off and being madder than hell.

The first book, "$#*! My Dad Says", by Justin Halpern was a result of his young man e-mailing friends on stuff his Dad, a Neuro-Surgeon (now retired), would say. This in turn, resulted in a web site, then this book, and now a Television series - which cannot be half as funny as the book. I had tears coming out of my eyes. My wife thought I was having a heart attack. This is a funny, funny book.

On the other hand, I also read "Broke", by Glenn Beck, which is billed as a plan to restore our trust, truth and treasure. I am very familiar with Glenn Beck and watch him almost daily, but his production of this book escaped me - I did not know it existed until my wife gave it to me for Christmas. I would suggest a different sub-title on this book as it is an exceptional history lesson on preceding presidential administrations and congresses. But to be fair, the last 30% or so of the book, is a plan and as with all success plans it begins in educating yourself and understanding the problems and issues in order to analysis the possible solutions.

"Broke" takes you through the founder's ideas on debt and freedom,....various Presidents and their view of the Constitution, debt and monetary policy including some very socialist Presidents who started us on this path of entitlements, debt and social justice. These princes of the liberal - socialism are of course, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Barack Obama. My wife was not too impressed,....Me: "Hey Sweetie, did you know that FDR raised the top tax rate to 88% on people making more than $200,000? What a Socialist scumbag!"........My Wife: "That's nice dear."

I read alot, much if which is western history, western novels and contemporary Cowboy and ranching books,.....but these books are must read - one for the sheer entertainment value which is sorely needed if you watch much of the news,...and the other a valuable history lesson.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, Christmas was a reading weekend and I've yet to get started. I received "Broke" from a friend of mine after a discussion we had of "culture of Corruption" by Michelle Malkin. Brother that was an eye opener. Anyway, long story short, I've subscribed to "NEWSMAX" magazine, which is owned by FOXNews. It has some very good articles of various concerns, mostly political though. My wife took a look at it and stated that it was one of the first news magazines that she read that ""Is very informative without all the media twist on issues. It's just straight up. I'm impressed." Of course my response was, "Yes, that's nice dear that’s why I bought a subscription." I'll send you a copy or two to look at if you desire. Now I’ve got to get to “Going Rouge;” Muslim Mafia;” and “The Gun,” by C. J. Chivers, which I’m sure you would like also. It’s about the gun, how we fight today and why we fight that way. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!