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Little Miss Princess ($3.10 Kindle), by Adam Hargreaves and Roger Hargreaves, is free from Barnes & Noble, courtesy of publisher Penguin.

Book Description
Little Miss Princess is true royalty, the daughter of a king and queen, and she’s always had servants to take care of her every need. She knows how lucky she is, and one day she decides to try to spread her luck around. But will she be able to help out with things she’s never even had to do for herself?

Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.


Bargain Book Roundup

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:52 pm
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Rumor Has It: In a town this small, a secret is hard to keep ($2.99 Kindle), by Jill Mansell [Sourcebooks Landmark]

Book Description
Would you be tempted?

Newly single, Tilly Cole impulsively accepts a job offer in a small town as a “Girl Friday.” Fun job, country house, fresh start, why not? But soon she finds herself in a hotbed of gossip, intrigue, and rampant rivalry for the town’s most desirable bachelor-Jack Lucas.

Rumors of Jack’s “love ‘em and leave ‘em” escapes abound, and Tilly decides to do the mature, sensible thing… avoid Jack at all cost. But the more time Tilly spends with Jack, the more the rumors just don’t make sense. Tilly doesn’t know what to believe… and Jack’s not telling.

All of the published novels in the Hayley Powell Mystery series by Lee Hollis are on sale for $2.99 or less, each including “seven delectable recipes” from Hayley’s kitchen. A few were on sale this Spring, but this is the first discount for others; Death of a Christmas Caterer comes out just over a month now…

Death of a Kitchen Diva ($1.99)

Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England’s most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss. . .

Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment–taking over the paper’s food column. Hayley’s not sure she has the chops–she’s an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley’s chatty first column is suddenly on everyone’s menu–with one exception.

When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley’s creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she’ll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim–and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.

Death of a Country Fried Redneck ($2.99)

Local food and drink writer Haley Powell thinks she’s done solving murders in scenic Bar Harbor, Maine. But when a taste of the South comes to New England, Haley’s following another recipe for disaster. . .

As a single mom, Hayley Powell already has a full plate–she’s got deadlines to make and a teenage daughter with eyes for an aspiring singer-songwriter. But when country music superstar Wade Springer rolls into town, Hayley spies an irresistible side gig: personal chef to her all-American idol. After he tries her home cooking, Wade’s so impressed that he hires her on the spot–and invites her to dine with him alone.

Hayley and Wade are hitting all the right notes. . .until a body turns up. Wade’s tour bus was torched overnight and a roadie named Mickey Pritchett came out well-done. But the real cause of death isn’t barbecue: Mickey was shot, his mouth stuffed with one of Hayley’s trademark chicken legs. An ornery drunk, Mickey had already made plenty of enemies in town, but Wade’s reputation is on the rocks. Hayley reckons it’s up to her to settle this mess–a charbroiled mystery with all the fixin’s.

Death of a Coupon Clipper

Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for Bar Harbor’s Island Times, is. . .well, kind of broke. So when she’s selected for that extreme coupon-clipping reality game show coming to town. . .

. . . she’s thrilled, especially when her competition is nasty nurse Candace Culpepper. But when Haley stumbles across a face-down-in-the-snow Candace–scissors gleaming between her shoulders–she knows the next thing she’ll be selected for will probably be a police line-up.

Meanwhile, though Hayley’s BFF Mona was only joking about “taking Candace out,” Bruce Linney, the Island Times crime reporter, definitely isn’t laughing. And what about the smarmy, cold-hearted host of the show, Drew Nickerson, who may have been having a steamy affair with the intentionally-iced nurse? Hayley needs to cut to the chase and find the killer. Everything may hinge on a stray coupon, but Hayley better keep her eyes on the real grand prize: staying out of permanent cold storage!

Death of a Chocoholic($2.99)

Food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell is not looking for love this Valentine’s Day. Of course she also isn’t planning on looking for a murderer. . .

Fed up with dating after a disastrous setup, the only thing Hayley wants to snuggle up to is a box of made-to-order chocolates from plus-sized, plus-mouthed chocolatier Bessie Winthrop. But when Bessie is found dead in her kitchen, only Hayley suspects that Bessie’s “heart attack” might actually be a candy-coated murder.

Turns out Bessie had more enemies than a boxful of chocolates, each one a suspicious flavor. It’s sticky business juggling a job, two teenagers and finding a killer, but it’s better than letting a killer find Hayley first. . .

The Black Isle ($3.99 Kindle, Kobo), by Sandi Tan [Grand Central Publishing / Hachette]; Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

Book Description
There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one…except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle’s bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle’s dark forces won’t let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island’s only chance for salvation . . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle’s radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic–a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.

The Wars of the Roses ($1.99 Kindle), by Alison Weir [Random House]

Book Description
Lancaster and York. For much of the fifteenth century, these two families were locked in battle for control of the British monarchy. Kings were murdered and deposed. Armies marched on London. Old noble names were ruined while rising dynasties seized power and lands. The war between the royal House of Lancaster and York, the longest and most complex in British history, profoundly altered the course of the monarchy. In The Wars of the Roses, Alison Weir reconstructs this conflict with the same dramatic flair and impeccable research that she brought to her highly praised The Princes in the Tower.

The first battle erupted in 1455, but the roots of the conflict reached back to the dawn of the fifteenth century, when the corrupt, hedonistic Richard II was sadistically murdered, and Henry IV, the first Lancastrian king, seized England’s throne. Both Henry IV and his son, the cold warrior Henry V, ruled England ably, if not always wisely–but Henry VI proved a disaster, both for his dynasty and his kingdom. Only nine months old when his father’s sudden death made him king, Henry VI became a tormented and pathetic figure, weak, sexually inept, and prey to fits of insanity. The factional fighting that plagued his reign escalated into bloody war when Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, laid claim to the throne that was rightfully his–and backed up his claim with armed might.

Alison Weir brings brilliantly to life both the war itself and the historic figures who fought it on the great stage of England. Here are the queens who changed history through their actions–the chic, unconventional Katherine of Valois, Henry V’s queen; the ruthless, social-climbing Elizabeth Wydville; and, most crucially, Margaret of Anjou, a far tougher and more powerful character than her husband,, Henry VI, and a central figure in the Wars of the Roses.

Here, too, are the nobles who carried the conflict down through the generations–the Beauforts, the bastard descendants of John of Gaunt, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, known to his contemporaries as “the Kingmaker”; and the Yorkist King, Edward IV, a ruthless charmer who pledged his life to cause the downfall of the House of Lancaster.

The Wars of the Roses is history at its very best–swift and compelling, rich in character, pageantry, and drama, and vivid in its re-creation of an astonishing, dangerous, and often grim period of history. Alison Weir, one of the foremost authorities on the British royal family, demonstrates here that she is also one of the most dazzling stylists writing history today.

Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends ($2.99 Kindle), by Shannon Hale [Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette]

Book Description
At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.

As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.

What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.

Caroline B. Cooney has three novels in her Fog, Snow, and Fire series and one stand-alone on sale for $1.99 each [Open Road Media Teen & Tween]. All four feature an illustrated biography and include rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.


Will Maine’s historic Schooner Inne Bed and Breakfast be a safe haven for the island kids boarding during the school year—or the end of them all?

Christina Romney is thirteen, with a personality that matches her unruly but charming tri-colored hair. She is about to start seventh grade, and for kids from Maine’s Burning Fog Island, that means leaving their little white schoolhouse for regular classrooms and life on the mainland. Everyone assures Christina it will be a fantastic year. Mainland school offers great advantages, after all: extracurricular activities other than boating and fishing, a gym, a cafeteria, and more kids her age. Best of all, this year the boarding students will live at the historic Schooner Inne, a former sea captain’s house (and now a bed and breakfast) recently bought by the school’s charismatic new principal and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Shevvington.

But Christina is apprehensive. She adores the wildness and excitement of her island life. Boarding with her island friends will surely help: Anya, a beautiful senior, fifteen-year-old Benji, the aspiring lobsterman, and his crush-worthy younger brother Michael. But Christina’s apprehension sharpens when Benji and Michael aren’t as friendly as they used to be on the island, and Anya starts acting so strangely it seems she is slowly losing her mind. Christina is increasingly certain the Shevvingtons are behind all of these changes. But no one else can see the Shevvingtons’ eerie behavior—not other teachers, not her parents, not even her fellow island kids. Is Anya the one going crazy in the Schooner Inne—or is it Christina?


Will Christina and her friends survive the winter at the Schooner Inne with their sanity intact?

The second book in the Fog, Snow, and Fire trilogy finds seventh-grader Christina back at the creepy Schooner Inne after a blissful Christmas vacation at home on Burning Fog Isle in Maine. Mr. and Mrs. Shevvington, the creepy principal and his wife, have everyone convinced that Christina’s dramatic stories of last semester were just far-fetched yarns. Michael and Benjamin, Christina’s fellow borders at Schooner Inne, still seem to have no idea what’s going on under their own noses. Worst of all, Anya has become a sad, quiet shell of her former self. Even Dolly, Christina’s best friend from the island, who is now living at Schooner Inne, can’t see what the Shevvingtons are up to. The creepy couple seems to be winning whatever sick psychological game they’re playing. But when a supernatural presence lures Christina down into the basement, will Mr. and Mrs. Shevvington’s destructive tricks become the least of Christina’s worries?


Will Christina finally escape the evil clutches of the Schooner Inne—or will she succumb to its fiery pull?

The final book in the Fog, Snow, and Fire trilogy finds Christina at the end of her seventh-grade school year—in just eighteen days the semester will end, freeing her from the terrible Schooner Inne and the Shevvingtons, her creepy hosts. In just eighteen days she’ll be back home on her beloved Burning Fog Island for the summer. And since the Shevvingtons may be moving out of town next year, Christina may finally be safe and free of them forever. But then Christina begins sleepwalking, and doing odd things like leaving lit candles around the house, carrying around pockets full of matches, and doodling flames into her textbooks—or so claim the Shevvingtons. Can Christina survive the Shevvington’s insane tricks until the school year ends? Or will the Shevvingtons use all eighteen days to make Christina’s life a living—and fiery—hell?

Night School

In the night class, attendance can be fatal

In a California high school, a signup sheet mysteriously appears on the bulletin board: NIGHT CLASS. No course description, no details, no clues. Four kids, each with their own individual problems and desires, write their names on the sheet. Andrew, the handsome, seemingly perfect jock, signs up first, hoping that the mysterious course will finally propel him into the life of fame he craves. Mariah’s intense crush on Andrew inspires her to follow suit, for a chance that her romantic fantasy will come true. Autumn, beautiful and popular but deeply dissatisfied, adds her name to the class list in an effort to escape the claustrophobic clutches of the cool clique at school. Ned, brainy, awkward, and insecure, signs up with a desperate dream of becoming popular. These students will discover whether the night class is a place where dreams come true—or where nightmares are made real.

Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit ($1.99 Kindle), by Dane Huckelbridge [William Morrow / HarperCollins]

Book Description
Popular history with a whiskey-soaked edge: Bourbon is Dane Huckelbridge’s artful and imaginative biography of our most well-liked, and at times controversial, spirit, that is also a witty and entertaining chronicle of the United States itself.

Few commodities figure as prominently or as intimately in the story of the nation as bourbon whiskey. Its primary ingredient was discovered by Christopher Columbus. Its recipe was perfected on the Western frontier. In 1964, Congress passed a resolution declaring it to be a “distinctive product of the United States.” First brewed by pioneers in in the backwoods of Appalachia, bourbon whiskey has become a modern multi-billion dollar international industry today. As Dane Huckelbridge reveals, the Kentucky spirit—the only liquor produced from corn is the American experience, distilled, aged, and sealed in a bottle.

In telling the story of bourbon, Huckelbridge takes us on a lively tour across three hundred years. Introducing the fascinating people central to its creation and evolution, he illuminates the elusive character of the nation itself. Interweaving the development of bourbon to America’s own rise, his engaging and unique study is popular history at its best, offering a lively and informative look at our past through a hilariously thick pair of whiskey-bottle glasses.

I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson ($1.99 Kindle), by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett [HarperCollins]

Book Description
The Autobiography of a Boy of Summer Who Became a Man for All Seasons

Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball’s stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is Robinson’s own candid, hard-hitting account of what it took to become the first black man in history to play in the major leagues.

I Never Had It Made recalls Robinson’s early years and influences: his time at UCLA, where he became the school’s first four-letter athlete; his army stint during World War II, when he challenged Jim Crow laws and narrowly escaped court martial; his years of frustration, on and off the field, with the Negro Leagues; and finally that fateful day when Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers proposed what became known as the “Noble Experiment”—Robinson would step up to bat to integrate and revolutionize baseball.

More than a baseball story, I Never Had It Made also reveals the highs and lows of Robinson’s life after baseball. He recounts his political aspirations and civil rights activism; his friendships with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, William Buckley, Jr., and Nelson Rockefeller; and his troubled relationship with his son, Jackie, Jr.

Originally published the year Robinson died, I Never Had It Made endures as an inspiring story of a man whose heroism extended well beyond the playing field.

Death Trap: An Alaska Mystery ($3.79 Kindle), by Sue Henry [HarperCollins]

Book Description
Up north,
the summers are brief –
and winter, like death,
is cold and long . . .

Recovering from knee surgery that will cause her to miss the upcoming dogsled racing season, champion “musher” Jessie Arnold feels empty and bored — so she grabs an opportunity to fill her days manning the Iditarod booth at the Alaska State Fair. But murder becomes an attraction here as well — an especially brutal one — when the corpse of a small-time hoodlum slain by a double-blade axe blow to the skull turns up on the fairgrounds. Jessie shouldn’t get involved, having already seen too much violent death in her lifetime. But strange connections are linking the killing with a child’s kidnapping . . . and with the sudden disappearance of her own beloved lead sled dog. Soon friends old and new will be pulled in as well when the unthinkable occurs: Jessie herself vanishes without a trace.

The Croning ($1.99 Kindle; $4.49 companion audiobook), by Laird Barron [Night Shade Books]

Book Description
Strange things exist on the periphery of our existence, haunting us from the darkness looming beyond our firelight. Black magic, weird cults and worse things loom in the shadows. The Children of Old Leech have been with us from time immemorial. And they love us…

Donald Miller, geologist and academic, has walked along the edge of a chasm for most of his nearly eighty years, leading a charmed life between endearing absent-mindedness and sanity-shattering realization. Now, all things must converge. Donald will discover the dark secrets along the edges, unearthing savage truths about his wife Michelle, their adult twins, and all he knows and trusts. For Donald is about to stumble on the secret…

…of The Croning.

From Laird Barron, Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of The Imago Sequence and Occultation, comes The Croning, a debut novel of cosmic horror.

An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo ($1.99 Kindle, Kobo), by Richard Davenport-Hines [HarperPress / HarperCollins]; WINNER OF THE POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS POLITICAL HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014

Book Description
Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Profumo scandal, An English Affair is a sharp-focused snapshot of a nation on the brink of social revolution.

Britain in 1963 – Harold Macmillan was the Prime Minister of a Conservative government, dedicated to tradition, hierarchy and, above all, old-fashioned morality. But a breakdown of social boundaries saw nightclub hostesses mixing with aristocrats, and middle-class professionals dabbling in criminality. Meanwhile, Cold War paranoia gripped the public imagination.

The Profumo Affair was a perfect storm, and when it broke it rocked the Establishment. In ‘An English Affair’, the author of the critically-acclaimed ‘Titainic Lives’ Richard Davenport-Hines brings Swinging London to life. The cast of players includes the familiar – louche doctor Stephen Ward, good-time girls Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies, and Secretary for War John Profumo himself. But we also encounter the tabloid hacks, property developers and hangers-on whose roles have, until now, never been fully revealed.

Sex, drugs, class, race, chequebook journalism and the criminal underworld – the Profumo Affair had it all. This is the story of how Sixties England cast off respectability and fell in love with scandal.

Dead Man Stalking ($0.99 Kindle), the fifth title in the Barbara Marr Murder Mystery series by Karen Cantwell [Boundless], is today’s Indie Bargain Book Pick. Just released yesterday, grab it quick, as the bargain price ends Sunday night.

Book Description
When Howard and the girls leave town, Barb thinks she’ll have some quiet, peaceful alone time. Of course, this is calamity-prone Barbara Marr. Her life doesn’t know quiet or peaceful. And forget alone. With her air conditioning on the fritz, Barb accepts an invitation from a famous thriller writer to spend a few days in a cool and comfortable lakeside house. There is just one problem: the house has a few odd characters lurking about. They aren’t after Barb, but that doesn’t stop her from becoming outrageously tangled in the lunacy and danger than ensues.

In this fifth installment of the Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series, Barb finds herself fumbling through another laugh-out-loud caper while making some new and interesting friends along the way

May be price matched at B&N, eBooks.com, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.


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Aug. 29th, 2014 04:41 pm
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I know [personal profile] karnythia already posted but some folks who are on my flist may not run in the same circles. If there's overlap, my apologies.

[personal profile] delux_vivens has died. Details are still forthcoming. I've been in touch with her mother, who had called to let me know earlier today.

For those of you who don't know of her, she ran Deadbrowalking: The People of Color Deathwatch on LJ. It's died down in recent years but when it was hot, it was hot.

That's all I have for now. When I know more, I'll put it out there.


Aug. 30th, 2014 08:08 am
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Oh dear, did anyone else watch the (Japanese only) Nintento direct? Or at least hear the news about what was announced yet? UGHHH. For a person of my gaming tastes, it was one of the most satisfying Directs I've watched. Though maybe that's just cuz I'm so biased. I mean, XENOBLADE!

Why you gotta do this to me, Nintendo )
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Posted by Camille Beredjick

Since 2011, Vanderbilt University has upheld an “all comers” policy when it comes to regulating leadership in student groups on campus. The policy says that no student can be barred from a leadership role on the basis of ideological grounds — namely, you don’t have to be a Christian to run for office in a Christian group.

When the policy kicked in years ago, 14 religious groups lost their organizational status rather than adapting to the new policy. One of them was Vanderbilt’s Graduate Christian Fellowship. And this week, one of their former leaders, Tish Harrison Warren, wrote for Christianity Today that her group was “kicked off campus for being the wrong kind of Christians”:

At first I thought this was all a misunderstanding that could be sorted out between reasonable parties. If I could explain to the administration that doctrinal statements are an important part of religious expression — an ancient, enduring practice that would be a given for respected thinkers like Thomas Aquinas — then surely they’d see that creedal communities are intellectually valid and permissible. If we could show that we weren’t homophobic culture warriors but friendly, thoughtful evangelicals committed to a diverse, flourishing campus, then the administration and religious groups could find common ground

But as I met with other administrators, the tone began to change. The word discrimination began to be used — a lot — specifically in regard to creedal requirements. It was lobbed like a grenade to end all argument. Administrators compared Christian students to 1960s segregationists. I once mustered courage to ask them if they truly thought it was fair to equate racial prejudice with asking Bible study leaders to affirm the Resurrection. The vice chancellor replied, “Creedal discrimination is still discrimination.”

Here’s the thing: Members of groups like Harrison Wilson’s are perfectly free to operate under leaders who best represent their goals for the group. The key is that they have to elect those leaders, and they can’t pull anyone out of the running for believing differently. Hell, they technically could elect someone with opposing beliefs — but why would they? Where are they seeing a threat?

Hemant has written before about student organizations who feared that open policies like this one would lead to infiltration by atheists or gays or some other non-ideal group, who would eventually take over. (As if we would. Ain’t nobody got time for that.) I don’t think that’s what is happening here, though. Harrison Wilson is perplexed by the notion that banning student leaders from expressing certain beliefs — because student groups are fundamentally forums for expression — is discrimination.

She is especially thrown by this because she perceived her group — and her faith — as “pluralistic,” valuing social justice, philosophy and diversity of membership:

The line between good and evil was drawn by two issues: creedal belief and sexual expression. If religious groups required set truths or limited sexual autonomy, they were bad — not just wrong but evil, narrow-minded, and too dangerous to be tolerated on campus.

It didn’t matter to them if we were politically or racially diverse, if we cared about the environment or built Habitat homes. It didn’t matter if our students were top in their fields and some of the kindest, most thoughtful, most compassionate leaders on campus. There was a line in the sand, and we fell on the wrong side of it.

Let’s flip this scenario around. Let’s say a person comes to a campus LGBT organization’s meeting and tells the group there calmly that he doesn’t believe in marriage equality. Can they debate with him? Certainly. Can the group president pull the person aside after the meeting and ask to have a one-on-one conversation about it? Sure. Challenging one another’s beliefs is a-okay.

But as long as s/he is not harassing anyone, that person cannot be asked to leave. Content-based discrimination violates the First Amendment, stifles discussion, and shuts out underrepresented groups.

Here’s Harrison Wilson’s misguided thesis:

In effect, the new policy privileged certain belief groups and forbade all others. [No... but the old policy did that.]

Religious organizations were welcome as long as they were malleable: as long as their leaders didn’t need to profess anything in particular; as long as they could be governed by sheer democracy and adjust to popular mores or trends; as long as they didn’t prioritize theological stability. Creedal statements were allowed, but as an accessory, a historic document, or a suggested guideline. They could not have binding authority to shape or govern the teaching and practices of a campus religious community.

Beliefs are not forbidden under this policy. Rather, freedom from creedal requirements encourages students to bring those beliefs to the forefront of conversation, comparing, contrasting, and counter-pointing; isn’t discussion so much more beneficial and engaging when there are different viewpoints represented? Colleges and universities, even Christian ones, are sites of inquiry and collaboration and exchanges of ideas. These processes cannot happen if individuals are mechanically shut out of the system on the basis of belief.

Atheists legally must be allowed to run for leadership positions in religious groups, but students aren’t required to vote for them. Clubs must uphold everyone’s right to free expression in their operation, but members are not obligated to denounce or hide their beliefs. The author is mistaking an inclusive organizational culture for a personal attack on her faith. This isn’t about being the “right” or “wrong” kind of Christian; it’s about leveling the playing field for every kind of Christian and non-Christian alike.

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Posted by Hemant Mehta

Last night, a representative from Prescott, Arizona’s Gospel Rescue Mission called the police because he saw someone burning something on the front steps of the building.

It turns out that 22-year-old Eric Minerault (below) was burning up and urinating on a wet Bible.

He was dressed in black and was wearing a long, black and red robe and a pentagram necklace… He said that he chose the mission because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians”. The officers asked him why and he said because he is the “Dark Lord”.

Minerault was charged with “Unlawful Symbol Burning” and put in a detention facility.

In case, like me, you were wondering how burning a symbol was a crime, this particular state law only applies when you’re burning a symbol on someone else’s property without their permission and with the intent to intimidate others. Makes sense.

What he did was stupid, whatever his reasons were. It’s one thing to desecrate a symbol in protest; it’s another to damage church property in the process.

Minerault didn’t immediately respond to my requests for comment. I’ve also reached out to the Mission to find out if there was any property damage and if they needed any help.

***Update***: A Mission official told me (via email): “the young man was never able to light the fire he wanted so there is no damage or need for clean up.” Glad to hear that.

(via The Smoking Gun. Thanks to Dave for the link)

Weekly Reading Meme

Aug. 29th, 2014 04:38 pm
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What I've Read

Black Projects White Knights by Kage Baker

Short story collection in the The Company 'verse. I've had Kage on the back burner while I work on my Martha Wells stack, but I think it's time to swap out again. This was a really fun collection of stories from people I have and haven't met beofere and it gives come cool glimpses of the bigger picture in some stories while others are just fun essays in being or knowing an immortal cyborg with knowledge of the future.

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There Goes the Neighborhood:Ten Building People Loved to Hate by Susan Goldman Rubin
Good pictures, good selection of buildings and opinions, not a treasure, but not half bad.

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Bootleg: Murder Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal

I feel SO BETRAYED by how much of this book was about the temperance movement and how little was about exciting criminal action. LIES. FALSE ADVERTISING. BAIT AND SWITCH. Buuut the narratives about al Capone and the little kid who helped with his parents' speakeasy et al. were pretty snazzy. Good job making stories about everything. Stories are memorable. (Totally was having 'how can I apply this to steve and bucky?' thoughts the whole book.)

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How They Croaked:The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg, Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley

Grisly, gore-y and disturbing, just as advertised! Good storytelling, fun facts.

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Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing by Ann Angel

Super lovely, sad ending <3

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Temple Grandin: How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

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Really super neat! Love inventor bio/stories. 

What I'm Reading

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Eeee, guys I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It's so vivid and the scenery is so (heh) ALIVE. And the CHARACTERS. OUR PROTAG IS WONDERFUL. Our supporting characters are FANTASTIC. I am a happy listener.

AND LOOK! In the author's blog, I found her entry of when she did the book recording and it had a Soundcloud of the first chapter!

Read, to feel podficcer-like feelings, listen to FALL IN LOVE AND JOIN ME IN LOVING THIS BOOK.

Soundcloud player under the cut! )

Also reading: The Life of the World To Come by Kage Baker

Only 30 min in, but it's got Mendoza! 

What I'm Reading Next

Kage Baker? Martha Wells? More YA Nonfiction??? 
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“A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”

Why is this one of the things recommended for me on my dash.

There’s so much wrong with this.

1. The quote is bullshit, and indicative of everything terrible about our society, which constantly puts the pain of the abuser above those they abuse. 

2 It also grossly furthers the idea that all victims are potential abusers. Which has real life ramifications, because this is actually something that survivors of child abuse fear and one of the reasons they do not always come forward.

3. Bucky has no goddamn business being in this set. He wasn’t a villain. He actually was a victim.

4. We saw Anakin’s story. We KNOW his story. Cool story, bro, but you still murdered children. You are not now and never shall be a fucking victim, but those babies were, so fuck you and fuck your defenders and especially fuck anyone who would think that you are a goddamn victim.

5. We know Magneto’s story intimately. It has been told often. He was a victim once. And then he decided that Genocide was okay. 

6.  Fuck Fake White Khan and we do in fact know Real Khan’s story. He did think he was a victim, but no, he was not. He was a complicated and amazing villain that went against the typical type of POC villains that we get - he was brilliant and clever and not just a “thug.” But he was not a victim (no, not even after the neighboring planet went boom.) 

7. We know Loki’s story too. It’s one of a whiny spoiled brat who keeps trying to commit genocide. 

tldr: Bucky has no business being in this set. The rest of these people are murderous terrible people. They are not victims, though some of them were once. 

I waited to reblog this, specifically for someone to express this^^. tumblr delivered.

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I am currently creating a website for “The Change,” the series of which Stranger is the first. Food features prominently in the series, and I’d like to have some recipes on the site.

Since I know a number of you cook, I invite you to create a recipe from the book. If you’re interested, pick an item (or as many as you like) from below the cut, create a recipe, ideally photograph the result, and write out the recipe. I will put it on the site and credit you under whatever name you like. I’m fine with multiple recipes for the same dish, so more than one person can pick the same dish. No payment, so only do this if it sounds fun. And please feel free to link if you have friends who might have fun with this.

Depending on how geeky you want to get, this is after the apocalypse in Los Angeles, so in the book, all ingredients are either locally grown or imported from the surrounding area. Rice is a rare delicacy, and tea is not available at all. (Coffee is grown in Santa Barbara, and is moderately expensive but widely drunk.) Local grains are wheat, corn, and barley. You can either ignore this limitation or work with it, up to you.

Note that one of the characters is an experimental chef, hence some of the weirder dishes.

All food mentioned in the book is below the cut-tag; spoilers if you think that’s spoilery. Read more... )

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Aug. 29th, 2014 06:42 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2796 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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Angry Reader of the Week: Oliver Ike

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:31 pm
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Posted by Phil Yu

"I can no longer eat cheap sushi and have a weird affinity for vending machines."

What is up, my friends? It's that time again. Gather 'round, because it's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Oliver Ike.

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Pod_Together 2014 Wrap-Up Post

Aug. 29th, 2014 06:23 pm
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Thank you to everyone for an excellent round of [community profile] pod_together. This was the smoothest round so far on our end! If you want to explore the whole 2014 collection, you can find everything here!

And because of the wonderful folks at [community profile] pt_lightning, you only have to wait until November for your next chance at a collaborative author/podficcer challenge. You can keep an eye out for their signups at [twitter.com profile] pt_lightning, [livejournal.com profile] pt_lightning, or [community profile] pt_lightning.

Every year, we make improvements to the challenge based on your feedback, so if you have a moment, we’d love to hear what went well for you and what could have gone better for you this year. You can comment here or send us an email at pod.together@gmail.com. We want to help everyone have a good experience, and we take all feedback very seriously.

Thank you again for being creative, inspiring, dedicated, and kind to each other. We look forward to seeing you next year.

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Oofuri chap 113

Aug. 29th, 2014 06:10 pm
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So I finally figured out why Share wasn't working! My router wasn't assigning the right reserved IP to my computer so my ports weren't open. T__T Finally fixed now, and the chapter download finally worked, so I read Oofuri chapter 113 and OH MY GOD.

spoiler pics of excellent baseball action )
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Me: Okay, it's 5am, so this episode will be the last episode for tonight.
Episode: *ends on cliff hanger*
Me: *deep, long sigh*
Me: Dammit *clicks next episode*

Me with fic


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