March 19, 2017

Issue 10 – October 2008

By In Volume 5 2008

Recommended Reads

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,” click here.

 

My Angels Are Come
By Art Stump


www.clumsyducks.com
(Nonfiction)
Insightful and candid day-to-day journal of how the author dealt with and survived prostate cancer.

Ghost Tango
By Janeen Ledford


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Intriguing account of a female teacher in a male prison for violent felons.

The Declaration of White Independence: The Founding Documents of Transudationism
By Kyle McDermott


www.amazon.com
(Fiction)
Controversial examination of race, religion, and spiritual evolution.

The Naked Earth
By Jonathan Adam DeCoteau

mmpubs.com/catalog/the-naked-earth-book-p-174.html
(Fiction)
Award-winning story about an Iraqi-American photographer who seeks redemption after he commits a brutal crime against his fellow man in Basra.

Awaken and Arise!
By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D.


www.planetaryascension.net
(Autobiography)
Fascinating, mystical life journey devoted to spirituality, self-discovery and planetary ascension.

One Time in Paris
By Wade Stevenson


www.amazon.com
(Memoir)
&nbsp An engaging and passionate account of a young man’s adventures and romances in 1960s Paris.

The Prosecution of George W.
Bush for Murder

By Vincent Bugliosi


www.amazon.com
(Nonfiction)
&nbsp A powerful and convincing case against George W. Bush and his inner circle of advisors for the murder of over 4,0000 U.S. service men and women in Iraq.

The Eye of Icarus
By Michael D’Ambrosio


www.publishersdrive.com
(Science Fiction)
Exciting story of an ambitious young officer who embarks on his first space mission that sets off a chain of events that not only changes his life but much of the universe
as well.

Prodigal of the Pecos
By C.E. Edmonson


www.pecosbooks.com
(Fiction)
Gritty Western tale about a man who returns home after many years to find the land of his birth embroiled in a bitter and deadly
land war.

Dolphins Under My Bed
By Sandra Clayton


www.dolphinsundermybed.com
(Nonfiction)
Inspirational memoir of how two baby boomers transform their lives by quitting their jobs and living on a sailboat.

Hermetica
By Paul Kiritsis


www.paulkiritsis.com
(Poetry)
Thought provoking collection of personal myths, legends, and poems centered on Egyptian and classical mythology.

Stolen Fields
By Jean Boggio


www.jeanboggio.com
(Nonfiction)
Riveting account of a family that held out against the government’s eminent domain takeover of their farm and how it shattered their American Dream.

Eleven Roses

By Alexander Hernandez
www.myspace.com/elevenroses
(Fiction)
Passion-filled story about a high-powered attorney who is forced to make a decision between a successful career and the woman
he loves.

What the Hell Is a Liberal?

By David Truskoff
www.erols.com/suttonbear
(Nonfiction)
Hard-hitting and insightful assortment of progressive essays and observations about politics and life.

The Trail

By Natalia Prentice
www.natalia-prentice.com/buy.html
(Fiction)
Thrilling, fast-paced tale about a young financial journalist who leaves Wall Street only to get sucked into a web of violence and intrigue set up by the world’s wealthiest power brokers.

The Shadow Factory
By Paul West


lumenbooks@earthlink.net
(Memoir)
An illuminating account of a stroke victim’s experience with global aphasia told through the perception of his own aphasic mind.

Soaring Soul
By Sonja D. Szimon


www.RaiderPublishing.com
(Nonfiction)
Personal meditation on life’s meaning and attaining spiritual perfection.

A Cross Estate
By William Thomas Kinsella


www.publishamerica.com
(Fiction)
Heartfelt story of a young man who follows his parents’ wishes instead of his own dreams, which lead him to the Twin Towers and 9/11.  Read Review

The Woman Who Wrote
“King Lear”

By Louis Phillips


www.pleasureboatstudio.com
(Fiction)
A great collection of strange and unconventional stories in the tradition of Borges, Barth, and Barthelme.

Hot Issues, Cool Topics
By Sandra McLeod Humphrey


www.kidscandoit.com
(Nonfiction)
Insightful primer on schoolyard bullying and how kids and teens can understand and change this destructive behavior.

The Art of Conscious Creation
By Jackie Lapin


www.theartofconsciouscreation.com
(Nonfiction)
Inspirational manual on how to consciously create personal self- fulfillment and
global transformation.

Presidential Brainiac
By Randy Howe


www.kaplanpublishing.com
(Nonfiction)
Six hundred historical facts and trivia about America’s presidents and elections.

The Mental Environment
By Bob Gebelein


www.omdega.com
(Nonfiction)
Probing examination of how humans can overcome their social conditioning, change their values and beliefs, and transform
the world.

The Energy of Belief
By Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD
& Mary T. Sise, LCSW


www.energyofbelief.com
(Nonfiction)
Easy-to-read guide on how to use acupressure to overcome negative beliefs and achieve positive goals in life.

Definitions of Some Mathematical Terms
for 11-18 Year Olds

By Brainard Braimah


www.mathsshop.com
(Nonfiction)
Valuable resource for students, parents, and teachers to make mathematics simple and easy to learn.

 

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Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• Press Release Services: Submit Press Release, Online Distribution Services.
• LitPitch: Place to read books online for free and for authors to pitch book ideas and get feedback.
• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Books-in-Print.com: Registry of electronic publications
• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data
• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Published.com: Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Business.com: Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Book Sense.com: Family of bookseller Web sites
• Nospine.com: Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group
• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

 

 

Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Op/EdNews.com: “Progressive news and essays.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Buzzflash.com: Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• Brad Blog: Up-to-date progressive news & opinions.
• Radio Power Network: Listener supported, independent radio streaming progressive music and culture from around the world.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays
• Mother Jones.com: Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• TvNewsLies.org: A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

Didn’t John McCain or Sarah
Palin Learn Anything from
The Vietnam Experience?

By John F. Miglio

Patriotism is the last refuge
of the scoundrel.
— Samuel Johnson

Well, my friends, no one will ever accuse John McCain of downplaying his prisoner of war experience in Vietnam to prove that he is a hero and patriot. And no one will ever accuse Barack Obama or any other high-profile Democrat of not paying the proper homage to McCain’s military service at the beginning of their speeches.

But let’s put this in perspective. John McCain came from a military family and was expected to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Nothing wrong with that except for the fact that Vietnam was not World War I or World War II. And at the time, any veteran of either war with an ounce of sense knew it.

My own father, a decorated veteran of World War II, looked at me incredulously when I told him I was thinking of enlisting in the military after high school so that I could fight in Vietnam. After all, I had been raised on his war stories– and the war stories of my uncles– and it all sounded rather glamorous.

Fortunately, my father sat me down, told me the truth about the horrors of war and ended by saying: “This war in Vietnam is different than World War II. It’s not being fought for the right reasons. So stay out of it and go to college.” It was probably the best advice he ever gave me.

By the time I graduated from college, I had put aside my puerile fascination with war and was committed to putting an end to the Vietnam War and promoting peace.

Of course, I was not alone. By that time most thoughtful individuals, including many Vietnam vets who had returned from the war, including John Kerry, had joined the ranks of those of us who were protesting against the war.

Unfortunately, John McCain was not one of them. “Like a lot of Vietnam veterans, I believed and still believe that the war was winnable,” McCain has told audiences over the years. In other words, he has never seemed to grasp the reality of his own experience– that Vietnam was a tragic mistake, that we should have never been there to begin with, and that wars of imperialism don’t work and end up costing hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars. No wonder he believes we should stay in Iraq for “a hundred years” if necessary, and no wonder he still thinks we can “win the war in Iraq” rather than end an unnecessary and costly occupation.

The truth is, John McCain is not that much different from George W. Bush when it comes to brain power and critical thinking. He graduated fifth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy, he admitted that he wasn’t well versed in economics, and he still doesn’t know how to use a computer.

He’s also very similar to Bush in that he is not averse to lying about his positions or changing them whenever it suits him, and his campaign ads have consistently lied about Obama’s record and have been so vitriolic and unfair that even as Promethean a prevaricator as Karl Rove has admitted– McCain ads “have gone too far.”

And on top of all this, he chooses Sarah Palin, an inexperienced evangelical Christian who believes in the Rapture and the End of Days, to be his vice president, a choice that is not only cynical and politically motivated but downright dangerous. Imagine, for example, if McCain dies in his first year or two in office, and we have President Palin steering the ship of State in a future confrontation with the Russians: “Onward Christian soldiers!” I can hear her proclaim to a dumbfounded American public. “Let’s nuke those godless commie bastards and bring on the Apocalypse!”

To be fair to Palin, at least she “walks the walk” of a Ted Nugent-style, redneck conservative. She thinks it’s a kick to hunt and slaughter defenseless animals with high-powered rifles and has no problem with her daughter getting knocked up before getting married. She also believes in the righteousness of prolonging the occupation in Iraq. In fact, she has bragged about the fact that her own son is in the military and soon will be shipped to Iraq.

She has said that it was “his decision,” but I haven’t read anything about her trying to talk him out of it. In other words, she is so committed and blind to Bush administration propaganda– even in light of all the evidence that has come out about the lack of connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda and the failure to find WMD– that she still believes that invading Iraq was the right thing to do, a mandate imposed by the word of God. And she is willing to risk her own son’s life to prove it!

Is this anyone’s idea of a smart or compassionate mother? In this sense, she and McCain are like two peas (make that two pea brains) in a pod, since McCain also has a son in the military who is serving in Iraq and one more who may be going there in the near future. So like Palin, McCain is also “walking the walk” regarding military service, which at least is more than Bush or Cheney can say about themselves or their own kids.

If this were the beginning of the war in Iraq, when most people were still ignorant of the facts, perhaps one could make a case for encouraging one’s son or daughter to serve. But at this point, after all the public discussion and reams of evidence about the lies and deceptions Bush and Cheney foisted on the American people to sell their disastrous war in Iraq, only a dumbass or a fanatic would not do everything possible to stop his or her own son or daughter from joining the military and going to Iraq.

Then again, perhaps it’s not an either/or proposition. Perhaps the person could be both a dumbass and a fanatic– just like our current president. And look how swell he worked out!

 

Billions for Bailouts! Who Pays?

By Senator Bernie Sanders

The current financial crisis facing our country has been caused by the extreme right-wing economic policies pursued by the Bush administration. These policies, which include huge tax breaks for the rich, unfettered free trade and the wholesale deregulation of commerce, have resulted in a massive redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the very wealthy.

The middle class has really been under assault. Since President Bush has been in office, nearly 6 million Americans have slipped into poverty, median family income for working Americans has declined by more than $2,000, more than 7 million Americans have lost their health insurance, over 4 million have lost their pensions, foreclosures are at an all time high, total consumer debt has more than doubled, and we have a national debt of over $9.7 trillion dollars.

While the middle class collapses, the richest people in this country have made out like bandits and have not had it so good since the 1920s. The top 0.1 percent now earn more money than the bottom 50 percent of Americans, and the top 1 percent own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. The wealthiest 400 people in our country saw their wealth increase by $670 billion while Bush has been president. In the midst of all of this, Bush lowered taxes on the very rich so that they are paying lower income tax rates than teachers, police officers or nurses.

Now, having mismanaged the economy for eight years as well as having lied about our situation by continually insisting, “The fundamentals of our economy are strong,” the Bush administration, six weeks before an election, wants the middle class of this country to spend many hundreds of billions on a bailout. The wealthiest people, who have benefited from Bush’s policies and are in the best position to pay, are being asked for no sacrifice at all. This is absurd. This is the most extreme example that I can recall of socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor.

In my view, we need to go forward in addressing this financial crisis by insisting on four basic principles:

(1) The people who can best afford to pay and the people who have benefited most from Bush’s economic policies are the people who should provide the funds for the bailout. It would be immoral to ask the middle class, the people whose standard of living has declined under Bush, to pay for this bailout while the rich, once again, avoid their responsibilities. Further, if the government is going to save companies from bankruptcy, the taxpayers of this country should be rewarded for assuming the risk by sharing in the gains that result from this government bailout.

Specifically, to pay for the bailout, which is estimated to cost up to $1 trillion, the government should:

a) Impose a five-year, 10 percent surtax on income over $1 million a year for couples and over $500,000 for single taxpayers. That would raise more than $300 billion in revenue;

b) Ensure that assets purchased from banks are realistically discounted so companies are not rewarded for their risky behavior and taxpayers can recover the amount they paid for them; and

c) Require that taxpayers receive equity stakes in the bailed-out companies so that the assumption of risk is rewarded when companies’ stock goes up.

(2) There must be a major economic recovery package which puts Americans to work at decent wages. Among many other areas, we can create millions of jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and moving our country from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Further, we must protect working families from the difficult times they are experiencing. We must ensure that every child has health insurance and that every American has access to quality health and dental care, that families can send their children to college, that seniors are not allowed to go without heat in the winter, and that no American goes to bed hungry.

(3) Legislation must be passed which undoes the damage caused by excessive de-regulation. That means reinstalling the regulatory firewalls that were ripped down in 1999. That means re-regulating the energy markets so that we never again see the rampant speculation in oil that helped drive up prices. That means regulating or abolishing various financial instruments that have created the enormous shadow banking system that is at the heart of the collapse of AIG and the financial services meltdown.

(4) We must end the danger posed by companies that are “too big too fail,” that is, companies whose failure would cause systemic harm to the U.S. economy. If a company is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. We need to determine which companies fall in this category and then break them up. Right now, for example, the Bank of America, the nation’s largest depository institution, has absorbed Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage lender, and Merrill Lynch, the nation’s largest brokerage house. We should not be trying to solve the current financial crisis by creating even larger, more powerful institutions. Their failure could cause even more harm to the entire economy.

 

 

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Fooled Again
By Mark Crispin Miller


Every American should read this well-documented and comprehensive account of the nationwide election fraud that handed George W. Bush a second presidential election.

 

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Dream of the Dragon Pool
A Daoist Quest

By Albert A. Dalia


An unforgettable tale about China’s best-loved poet-adventurer that blends magic, myth, and occult powers with
fast-paced action.

 

Book of the Year
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Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.


A terrific inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2006)

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Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury


Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.

 

Book of the Year
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Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.


A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.

 

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Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan


A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.

 

Books of the Year
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The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

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The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed


Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

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Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert


Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.

 

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Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

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My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller


Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

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The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin


Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

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