For 48 hours on weekends C-Span 2 has Book TV. Book TV has 48 hours of programming about non-fiction books. You can watch book events at bookstores, think tanks, and universities.
It is programming for literates unlike the old movies, sports events, and tired programs on the other stations.
I find the range of books is a happy one.
On the first Sunday of every month Book TV does a three hour interview with an author. They have had David Horowitz, Christopher Hitchens, and Tammy Br
Paul Tibbets was the man who commanded the planes that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Thhere are some libertarians who call him a war criminal and murderer.
I don't agree. Paul Tibbets was rather a man who saved millions of lives. Both American and Japanese.
He never regretted dropping the bomb and he was right. I'm glad he lived to be 92.
Today is 60th anniversary of the Hollywood Ten hearings. Turner Classic Movies is going to show some of the Hollywood Ten movies today.
The blog Powerline links to a post about the whole subject which is very informative. TCM does not tonight acknowledge the the Hollywood Ten were members of the Communist Party. The Hollywood Ten tried to put Communist propaganda into Hollywood movies. They also did a very good job of keeping anti-communist movies from being made by the Hollywood studi
Porter Wagoner died today. He was 80 and had cancer.
He was a big name in country music. He wrote and sang Green, Green Grass of Home.
His biggest claim to fame was he discovered Dolly Parton. Dolly's was his girl singer on TV show. Dolly wrote I Will Always Love You when she left his show.
Dolly was always grateful to Porter and helped him out when he was going through a rough patch.
Porter Wagoner was always a little to twangy for me but he was a class act.
Dolly is pretty go
Earlier today I attended a memorial service for my friend Fred Litwin. It was a marvelous occasion.
Fred had a long life. He died in September of this year. He had retired and closed his wonderful furniture store in 2003.
The memorial service showed the full range of his friends and his life. All of the people in attendance got to remember Fred's insults and banter. They heard about his great love for his wife and daughters. They heard and remembered his being an honest businessman
Instapundit and Hit & Run had a link to a Christian Science Monitor story by the editor of the Jena newspaper. The story debunked the coverage of the Jena incidents. Hit & Run linked to an analysis of the Monitor story with critical analysis yesterday.
I urge my readers to look at both of the commentaries.
I must add the House committee hearings broadcast by C Span seemed to have more heat than light. Some of the congressman were disgraceful.
It's really true that they are closing.
Back in the 70ths I worked for Books for Libertarians which Laissez Faire bought out. Roy Childs originally wrote reviews for BFL.
I knew some of the people mentioned in some of the post on OL. It will be missed.
Louisiana has elected Bobby Jindl who is the first non-white governor of the state. He probably received very few black votes. He received a strong majority of white voters. Here is my question does the vote in Louisiana mean that white voters are willing are thinking less about race than black voters.
Perhaps Louisiana white voters are more interested in honesty and ability.
One should remember the tremndous incompetence shown by the current governor along with the incompetence of th
I have not seen this movie recently. I saw it when it came out in the early 50ths. It had Rome burning. Christians being thrown to the lions. Emperor Nero being totally off the wall. It also had a love story which being only eight I completely ignored.
When I saw the movie later in life I found I could still ignore the love story between Marcus and Lygia. I could not ignore the love store between Petronius and Eunice.
Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr could be ignored. Leo Genn could
I just saw a report that Deborah Kerr died. She was an English movie actress in the 50ths & 60ths who got nominated six times but never won an Oscar. Many OL readers will remember her in The King & I but my favorite role was the hen-pecked daughter in Separate Tables. She has the great line "I'm going finish my dinner." I hope TCM will show some of her films in the next couple of days.
Duke University has a long learning curve. They are being sued again by their fired lacrosse coach. After they had settled Duke continued to make comments about the coach. They weren't supposed to. They will probably have to pay more money. The broad of trustees should start firing people.
It was great to watch the program again. There were some minor glitches. Doug Ramsussen was misidentified as Ed Hudgins. There was link to ARI not TAS. The audience looked great. There are many great looking Objectivists.
According to DIW the city of Durham is not going to settle.
If I were a Durham taxpayer I would not be happy. The city will probably lose. A lot of material is going to come out on discovery that will be embarrassing to the city.
The biggest item the players want it procedures that will prevent this happening to some other defendant. I think the players would accept a lower amount with changes in police procedures.