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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jason Bourne With A Carcano Rifle / JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary / Signed Book Giveaway

A Secret Order
[Update 08/07: All 15 books have found happy owners. Offer closed for now.]

This November 22nd will mark 50 years since President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination. I was less than two months shy of my seventh birthday...

The highly entertaining Bourne novels and movies tell the tale of an intelligence asset who begins, in disconnected fragments, to recall committing a dark deed, or deeds, on behalf of interests other than his own. This begins a spell of self-loathing that animates the riveting drama of a man who simply will not be left alone, and who turns the black arts that have been soaked into his very DNA against his tormenters.

He "goes rogue."

Saturday, June 15, 2013

JFK Assassination 50th Anniversary / Signed Book Giveaway / Author's Recommendations

A Secret Order
[Update 08/07: All 15 books have found happy owners. Offer closed for now.]

This November 22nd will mark 50 years since President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination. I was less than two months shy of my seventh birthday - nonetheless, that day is seared in my memory as it is in most peoples' who were alive on that day.

At my age, it was the trauma of the adults around me that marked it, of course. The tearful school principal announcing the event on the intercom - of a K-6 grade school. My Irish-Catholic mother's grief when I got home. The endless dirge of television coverage in the days following, including the oft-looped footage of Lee Harvey Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby, two days later.

A seven-year-old became a very serious person that day, and it irrevocably fixed his attention on the cornucopia of upheaval that characterized the current events in the years that followed.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hunger In America: What You Really Think

Soup Line
Image from Feed our Vets

In the May 30th broadcast of Democracy Now!, Juan Gonzalez and Amy Goodman interview Smita Narula of the International Human Rights Clinic at NYU’s School of Law, co-author of "Nourishing Change: Fulfilling the Right to Food in the United States" (pdf). The interview begins at the end of that day's broadcast, at around the 47:00 minute mark.

Amy introduces a clip of Congressional Republican Steve King: