Sep 30, 2012

Alasandra's Reading List ~ September

  1. Hell is Always Today by Jack Higgins - The Rainlover is killing women and Gunny (a cat buglar) has escaped from prison so the police have their hands full. When Grace Packard turns up dead everyone assumes she is just another victim of the Rainlover, but is she? and will the arrest of her killer put another woman in great danger? But most of all can the love of a good woman reform Gunny?
  2. Night Judgement at Sinos by Jack Higgins - Jack Savage is blackmailed into rescuing a political prisoner but when he discovers the "rescuers" aren't who they seem to be he risk everything to protect the rebels.
  3. Sam's Letters to Jennifer - very touching and sweet two incredibly romantic love stories.
  4. King Tut by James Patterson - A vulnerable teenage Pharaoh is murdered by those closest too him. A royal tomb is found and a author writes a book.
  5. Against Medical Advice  by James Patterson and Hal Friedman - The heartwarming story of Cory Friedman's battle with Tourette's Syndrome and OCD.  It really makes you think how blessed you are if you have your health and healthy children. And hopefully it will remind all of us to be kinder to those less fortunate then ourselves. 
  6. Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon - Ren has to keep Kateri alive long enough for her to reset the calendar and choose new gatekeepers or the world will end. But can he overcome the past and defeat his brother Coyote once and for all with the help of his friends. 
  7. Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon - only one person knows the "real" Darling Cruel, his best friend Maris. Everyone else thinks he is gay, even his closest friends. Zarya deeply in love with Kere, is shocked when her Resistance Fighters kidnap Prince Cruel but worried sick about the missing Kere she dismisses him from her thoughts. Believing Prince Cruel has done something to Kere she rushes to confront him only to discover that he has been tortured for months at the hands of the Resistance. As they are stormed by the Sentella she relizes the shocking truth that Kere is Darling Cruel. Driven mad by the torture Darling has set out on a path of destruction. Realizing that Zarya may be the only one who can bring him back Maris tracks her down and gives her to Darling. Convinced she betrayed him Darling still finds it impossible to turn his back on her and with the love of Zarya & Maris and the help of his friends Darling will start to put his Empire back together. And while Maris will never have more then Darling's friendship he is willing to follow Darling into danger to rescue Zarya and finds his own love in the process (So hope Maris and Ture will get their own book or at least play a large role in future books). 
  8. Artemis Fowl The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer - Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex a mental disorder induced by guilt. Unfortunately the symptoms are paranoia, split personality, and strange compulsions. Artemis is now terrified of the number 4. Artemis' illness makes it easy for Turnbull Root to put his plan to escape from Atlantis into action. First he takes advantage of the fact that Artemis sent Butler away convinced the bodyguard was out to get him to arrange an attack on Butler & Juliet. Then he arranges to turn Foaly's own probe against Holly, Foaly and Commander Vinyaya when Artemis arranges to meet them in Vatnajokull, Iceland in order to pitch "The Project" to them. With a little help from an unlikely hero (Mulch Diggiums) everyone is rescued and Artemis' alter ego Orion even manages to help bring Turnbull down. 
  9. The One You Love by Paul Pilkington - (free ebook) It took me months to read it. Really never cared about any of the characters in fact I would have been happy to kill a few of them off to end the torture or reading it. Emma is at her hen party when she finds out that her fiance never made it to his bachelor party. Everyone rushes to Emma & Dan's apartment where they find an unconscious Richard (Best-man & Brother of the Groom). The police believe that Dan & Richard fought about something and that Dan fled the crime scene and have little patience for Emma's insistence that he was kidnapped. Emma runs around trying to find clues about Dan's whereabouts with her friend Lizzie and brother Will (who hints that a secret in his past may be responsible for Dan's disappearance). First she tracks down a former stalker to see if he had anything to do with it only to discover he committed suicide years ago.  Then her ex-fiance (she seems to go through them like Kleenex) shows up and lets her know he wants her back. After she rejects him he commits suicide and the police find evidence he kidnapped Dan, but the real kidnapper has now taken Lizzie and if Emma doesn't unravel the clues soon it may be to late for them all. 
  10. Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer -  The Fowl Estate is Ground Zero in Opal Koboi's diabolical plot to destroy the human race and rule the fairies. Using ancient black magic Opal is able to bring the Berserkers back to life and they take over any available bodies on the estate; including the bodies of Juliet, and Artemis' twin brothers, Beckett and Myles. Loath to harm their friends and family Butler, Holly and Artemis must find a way to prevent Juliet, Beckett and Myles from killing them without doing them physical harm. But even more importantly they must stop Opal from opening the second gate and bringing Danu forth to destroy humans. With time running out and his options limited Artemis comes up with a brilliant plan to stop Opal, but it means sacrificing his own life. Can even Artemis Fowl cheat death?
  11.  Guilty Wives by James Patterson - I think it would have been better IF the readers hadn't know who set the wives up from the beginning of the book. But all in all it was a good read. Four wealthy women who are living in Bern Switzerland with their husbands plan a "girls only" get away to Monte Carlo. Unbeknownst to them the husbands are in Monte Carlo spying on them and they don't like what they see. After spending the night on a yacht with some rich playboys the wives are accused of murdering Devo and Luc. But unbeknownst to anyone but Winnie, Devo is the President of France who she has been having an affair with. He came incognito and with just one bodyguard, Luc, in order to spend time with her. Serena, Winnie, and Bryah break and are willing to admit to a crime they didn't commit but Abbie is determined to uncover the truth. After they are found guilty and sent to prison Abbie is tortured in order to get her to confess. When that doesn't work her cell mate Linette is killed and then Winnie. Realizing she will be killed next Abbie comes up with a daring escape plan using the jailers plans to kill her against them. On the run she is discovered by Christian (Winnie's husband) who gives her money, a fake passport and a plane ticket to Brazil but at the last minute she decides to say in France and fight to prove her innocence. Her conviction was in part caused by the actor Damon Kodiak (who she had a one night stand with on the yacht) lying about being there. As luck would have it his newest moving is premiering at a French Theater and she knows his secret. Using the secret to confront him alone she gets him to confess that Simon and Carlton were the masterminds behind the plot. But before she can use the confession to her advantage Simon and Carlton show up with plans to silence Abbie and Damon once and for all. Thankfully Christian shows up to right the injustice.   
  12. The Last Place God Made by Jack Higgins - Neil Mallory is setup by Sam Hannah who desperately needs a pilot. When Mallory finds out her refuses to stay in Hannah's employment. To get even Hannah frames him for diamond stealing. Sent to a "work camp" Mallory escapes on the way there and goes to confront Hannah. Hannah confesses all to the authorities but redeems himself when Mallory is stranded and attacked by Indians.
  13. Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper - very touching book, I highly recommend it to anyone who loves cats.

Sep 20, 2012

Bad Movies & Gina Miller

We have yet another rant by Gina Miller Because of a cheesy, anti-Islam video? Give us a break!  So when Christians throw a hissy fit because somebody insults their god it's OK, but everybody else is suppose to be cool with it, yeah right. Gina gets busy insulting Mohammad right off the bat I wonder how OK she would be if someone posted a You Tube video that "claims Mary was a prostitute and JESUS is a GAY Megalomaniac and they claim it's the truth about him? And YES, it's been done and No American Christians didn't start rioting but I am sure they were displeased by it. No one likes to have their religious beliefs mocked. Politics in the Middle East are complicated and throwing fuel on the fire of an already volatile  situation is STUPID.

Then she rushes off to insult THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Gina dear we all know how bitter you are that the Republicans LOST 4 years ago, but your childish insults and vitriolic comments show just how immature you and the other Republicans are. Instead of supporting our President and working with him to better America your party has bent over backwards to destroy America. In November what we are going to remember is that President Obama had a good plan to put Americans back to work but that Republicans stood in the way. 

Then because this is the party of nutcases and conspiracy theories she starts in with the paranoia.

Then, the news came out that Ambassador Stevens was a homosexual. This is stunning. Not that he was a homosexual, because the Obama administration is loaded with homosexuals, possibly including Obama himself, but that the brainiacs in this administration saw fit to appoint a homosexual as a United States representative to an Islamic country

Ambassador Stevens' sexual orientation shouldn't even be an issue. A man is dead but Gina and her ilk use the opportunity to attack homosexuals and the President of the United States, and they wonder why so many people are fleeing the Republican Party. Maybe they should try looking in a mirror sometime.

By all accounts Ambassador Stevens was well liked and preformed his job well

Every decent Libyan here in Tripoli is appalled. What has transpired in the American Consulate in Benghazi recently “will live in infamy.”

 A benighted and misguided group espousing twisted ideologies did not like the new face of Libya. They wanted to quell democracy in Libya in its inception.

The late American ambassador was the epitome of decency. Christopher Stevens was a modest man who attended local weddings and ate traditional food with Libyan friends. His rare diplomacy and sharp perspicacity helped Libya in its darkest hour. He was not allowed to finish his magnanimous mission. Alas, the Fates decreed otherwise.

Our condolences to his family and all Americans.
Onallah M. Mustafa 
Tripoli, Libya

But Mr. Mustafa's sentiments don't support Gina Miller's world view so it's not surprising she choose not to share them.

Then Miller starts going off on President Obama's treatment of our dear ally Israel.

He even went so far as to yank Jerusalem — the God-ordained capital of Israel forever — from the hellish Democrat platform, before it was grudgingly restored over the screaming protests of godless Democrats at the convention.

It is thinking like this that has gotten us into the mess in the Middle East. Israel is not deserving of our unilateral support. Israel's history of human rights violations is appalling and it is time we stop basing our Middle Eastern Policy on "Christian Bibical Beliefs" and start basing them on reality. The Palestinians have every right to be angry we stole their homeland to create Israel, can you blame them for wanting at least a part of it back.

The Real Story of How Israel was Created
In 1947 the UN took up the question of Palestine, a territory that was then administered by the British.

Approximately 50 years before, a movement called political Zionism had begun in Europe. Its intention was to create a Jewish state in Palestine through pushing out the Christian and Muslim inhabitants who made up over 95 percent of its population and replacing them with Jewish immigrants.

As this colonial project grew through subsequent years, the indigenous Palestinians reacted with occasional bouts of violence; Zionists had anticipated this since people usually resist being expelled from their land. In various written documents cited by numerous Palestinian and Israeli historians, they discussed their strategy: they would buy up the land until all the previous inhabitants had emigrated, or, failing this, use violence to force them out.

Finally, in 1947 the British announced that they would be ending their control of Palestine, which had been created through the League of Nations following World War One, and turned the question of Palestine over to the United Nations.

Zionists pushed for a General Assembly resolution in which they would be given a disproportionate 55 percent of Palestine. (While they rarely announced this publicly, their stated plan was to later take the rest of Palestine.)

The U.S. State Department opposed this partition plan strenuously, considering Zionism contrary to both fundamental American principles and US interests.

Somehow I tend to think European Americans would get a tad upset if the United Nations tried to force us out of America in order to return it to Native Americans. But Gina Miller and the rest of the Pro-Israel fanatics never want to admit the Palestinians have a legitimate grievance.

And Gina Miller has no problem defending criminals when it suits her purpose.

The maker of the video was hauled in for questioning in the middle of the night in Los Angeles. Why? How dare they detain him? On what grounds? This whole thing is outrageous. We are not Nazi Germany — yet!

What she fails to mention is he was detained because of possible PAROLE VIOLATIONS.

A California man (Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55) convicted of bank fraud was taken in for questioning on Saturday by officers investigating possible probation violations stemming from the making of an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests in the Muslim world.  

U.S. officials have said authorities were not investigating the film project itself, and that even if it was inflammatory or led to violence, simply producing it cannot be considered a crime in the United States, which has strong free speech laws.

Nakoula, whose name has been widely linked to the film in media reports, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, to be followed by five years on supervised probation, court documents showed.

He was accused of fraudulently opening bank and credit card accounts using Social Security numbers that did not match the names on the applications, a criminal complaint showed. He was released in June 2011, and at least some production on the video was done later that summer.

But the terms of Nakoula's prison release contain behavior stipulations that bar him from accessing the Internet or assuming aliases without the approval of his probation officer.

As well as the fraud conviction, Nakoula also pleaded guilty in 1997 to possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to a year in jail, said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

So basically Gina Miller is defending a drug dealer and thief.  But what else would you expect from a Rush wannabe.