Monday, November 30, 2015

Return to Winter By Doug Schoen

Russia, China, and the New Cold War Against America

By Doug Schoen

In Fox News analyst Doug Schoen's new book, Return to Winter: Russia, China, and the New Cold War Against America, he tells us the U.S. is a nation in crisis. While Washington has been rendered nearly impotent by ongoing partisan warfare, we face an array of national security threats that America seems increasingly unprepared, and perhaps unwilling, to handle. Among these, none is more formidable than the unprecedented partnership developing between Russia and China, two former foes drawn increasingly close together because of a confluence of geostrategic, political, and economic interests - all of which have a common theme of diminishing, subverting, or displacing American power.

While America's influence around the world recedes - in its military and diplomatic power, in its political leverage, in its economic might, and perhaps most dangerously, in the power and appeal of its ideas - Russia and China have seen their influence increase. From their support and interventions on behalf of rogue regimes like those in Iran, Syria, and North Korea to their aggressive use of cyber-warfare and intelligence theft, Moscow and Beijing are playing the game for keeps. Meanwhile America, pledging to "lead from behind," no longer does much leading at all.

In Return to Winter, Doug Schoen and Melik Kaylan systematically chronicle the growing threat from the Russia-China alliance and argue that only a rebirth of American leadership in the world can counter the corrosive impact of this antidemocratic alliance, which may soon threaten the peace and security of the world.

Return to Winter outlines how Russia and China are now operating against American and Western interests in nearly every conceivable area:
  • * Russia working assiduously to build more nuclear facilities for Iran and ensuring Iran maintains "breakout potential" for a nuclear weapon - even as the West formalized its nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.
  • * Enabling the Syrian regime: making it possible for Assad to deploy chemical weapons against his own people, preventing U.S. interventions in Syria, forcing Obama to walk back his "red line," and, finally, deploying Russian forces to protect the Assad regime.
  • * Keeping the deranged North Korean regime afloat for years and enabling Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities - which have grown to be far greater than previous American estimates.
  • * Russia's plans to destabilize and annex territories in Europe - from Eastern Ukraine to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  • * China's expansionism in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, where they are flouting international law and making claims that would put one of the world's primary shipping lanes almost entirely under Chinese direction.
"Return to Winter puts on the table what many have preferred to ignore or wish away, namely that our current foreign policy is causing grave and systemic harm to American interests all around the world."  --John Bolton, Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations

The Future Looks Like Baltimore By Craig R. Smith & Lowell Ponte

The Future Looks Like Baltimore

American Dream vs. Progressive Dream

New book reveals keys to winning the battle for the future of the U.S.
As Baltimore braces for the first of the six trials sparked by allegations that six Baltimore police officers caused fatal injuries to Freddie Gray, a small-time drug dealer in this city where nearly one resident in ten uses heroin, we are reminded of the riots, looting and arson of last April, which injured 200 police, damaged 350 businesses, and set fire to 150 vehicles and 60 structures.  Is this what the future of America looks like?

According to monetary expert Craig R. Smith and futurist Lowell Ponte, it's a very real possibility if Progressives have their way.  In their new, THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE BALTIMORE, Smith and Ponte explore the sinister origins and roots of Progressivism - an un-American, anti-individualism and pro-collectivism, anti-free market and pro-socialist ideology - that shares common ideological ancestry with both Nazism and Communism.
In The Future Looks Like Baltimore, you will learn: 
  • The history of Baltimore and how it started out as a key destination for immigrants seeking the American Dream;
  • How Progressive politics took over cities like Baltimore replacing the traditional American Dream of equality under law, life, liberty, property rights, prosperity, and personal responsibility into government-run welfare dependents;
  • How Progressives have an elitist tendency to want the state to impose their values onto everybody else;
  • How Progressives believe that if science and state are given limitless power, they can create a new Eden and a perfect human species free from greed, want and war; and
  • About the leading Democrats in the 2016 Presidential campaign - Hillary Clinton, who advocates "toppling" the top one percent of income earners in America, and Bernie Sanders, a self-described Socialist who favors imposing an annual 90 percent income tax rate on the rich and up to a 65 percent tax on their estates.

According to a September 2015 Gallup poll, 49% of Americans say the federal government now poses "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." Why do so many Americans feel threatened by a Progressive-led government? Smith and Ponte detail how Progressivism is systematically killing the American Dream by undermining four of its cornerstones: 1) honoring property rights, 2) doing better than our parents via education, 3) working to earn our own way, and 4) achieving an independent, earned and secure retirement.
They also reveal how and why Progressives like President Obama are rushing America into a cashless, un-capitalist new economic system. Craig and Lowell show how Progressives hijacked the Democratic Party and, through anti-business taxes and regulations, are ruining the American economy through the fear of expropriation that businesses now feel about investing and hiring more workers as the Democrats stifle growth of the economy with endless regulations and new policies.
The mere existence of a major Progressive Party threatens, damages and weakens America's free market economy and future. The more it wins, the more our nation will resemble the bad aspects of Baltimore. Progressives are busy destroying the old American Dream and the Constitution that had kept government size and power in check.
In this, their sixth book, the authors show how readers can help protect themselves and their savings; and they suggest some things we can do to help reignite the American Dream and win this battle.  Craig and Lowell also reveal Baltimore's little-noticed seeds of greatness that could restore the American Dream. [more...] 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Culture Wars By David Horowitz

The Black Book of the American Left - Volume V
Culture Wars
By David Horowitz

New York Times best seller David Horowitz's new book, The Black Book of the American Left - Volume V: Culture Wars, is the latest in the series of his political odyssey.  In Culture Wars, Horowitz shows how today's Left uses culture as a battleground the way the old Communist Left used the economy.  He focuses on the attacks on American values that began in the 1960s and have continued since, an effort at a wholesale reshaping of the national culture to reflect the agendas of the liberal political elites.

In Volume V of The Black Book series, you will learn about:
  • The Progressive Party line;
  • Media culture and how the celebrated are defaming America;
  • The epidemic of sexual politics;
  • Feminist assaults and the war against love;
  • PBS and NPR - the government's left-wing networks; and
  • How left-wing politics fueled the AIDS epidemic.
Horowitz warns that the political elites have changed the cultural landscape in ways that have damaged America to its core.  With the triumph of "political correctness" and the pushing of multiculturalism comes a direct assault on the principle of e pluribus unum. 

By rewriting American history at the high school and college level, to transform it into a narrative of violence and victimhood; by conquering and controlling the mainstream media; and by making "identity politics" and "gender" into weapons of cultural aggression, the Progressives are succeeding at infiltrating American values and holding its people hostage with their own guilt.

About the Author: David Horowitz is the bestselling author of numerous books including Unholy Alliance (2004), The Party of Defeat (2008) and Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left (2014). His Art of Political War (2000) was described by White House political strategist Karl Rove as "the perfect guide to winning on the political battlefield."  David is the founder and chairman of the David Horowitz Freedom Center which is dedicated to the defense of free societies whose moral, cultural and economic foundations are under attack by enemies both secular and religious, at home and abroad.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

"Tough As They Come" By Travis Mills

By Travis Mills

"People often refer to me as a 'wounded warrior,' but I'm no longer wounded. I'm just a man with scars living life to the fullest and best I know how."
                                                                   -U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Travis Mills
On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne had what he describes as "a normal day at work that turned ugly." In TOUGH AS THEY COME (written with Marcus Brotherton, foreword by Gary Sinise), he shares his story of surviving "a simple act of war" that led to the 6'3", 250-pound man becoming one of only five surviving quadruple amputees from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Athletic, outgoing, and good-natured, Travis joined the military shortly after graduating from high school. He loved being a soldier and took his job seriously, though his natural ebullience always shone through. When his crew finished a patrol during which they'd had a firefight, Travis, nicknamed "Big Mills," would run ahead and sing the 82nd Airborne cadence, high-fiving each of his guys as they passed by. He was their fearless leader and their comedic relief.

After two deployments in Afghanistan, Travis could have opted out of a third tour, but felt he couldn't let his team go without him. So after promising his wife it would be his last deployment, Travis headed back to war. Six weeks in, on what was scheduled to be a day off, Travis and his team were called into action to sweep a local area for IEDs. After the initial sweep showed the area clear, Travis set down his backpack. That small act was all it took to change his life forever. Just five days before his 25th birthday, an IED instantly made him a triple amputee; his remaining arm was removed two days later.

Devastated by his injuries and made desperate by unbearable pain, Travis agreed to be put in a Ketamine coma, a controversial and extremely risky treatment to stop the pain. After experiencing terrifying and vivid hallucinations for days, Travis's mind cleared, and he was pain-free. For the first time, he felt a flicker of hope. "An enormous challenge lay ahead of me, yet the thought of that didn't dismay or repulse me anymore," Travis writes in TOUGH AS THEY COME. "The quest to succeed in the army had always been a challenge for me. My situation now as a quadruple amputee held out the same sort of dare to succeed. For higher reasons I would never know, I was being called to walk a new and unknown pathway." And so began Travis's arduous and miraculous journey of recovery-of his life, his faith, and himself.

Thirteen surgeries and hundreds of hours of rehabilitation later (it took a solid week of therapy just to learn how to sit up again), Travis can walk, drive, dance, skydive, hold his wife's hand and fix his daughter's breakfast. He now spends his time counseling others with similar injuries, giving motivational speeches at churches and corporations, and working for the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to showing wounded veterans and their families that they can overcome their physical and emotional challenges and find new purpose.

Monday, October 5, 2015

BIG MEDICINE By Dr. Elaina George

The Cost of Corporate Control and How Doctors and Patients Working Together Can Rebuild a Better System

In Dr. Elaina George's new book, Big Medicine: The Cost of Corporate Control and How Doctors and Patients Working Together Can Rebuild a Better System, she explains the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on patients and on America's healthcare system. Dr. George is not unlike tens of thousands of physicians who fight each day to preserve their liberty to practice not for themselves, but for their patients... all the while having to comply with the voluminous and intrusive nature of federal regulations, piled upon by state and local regulations. Here she offers a unique perspective from the practicing physician and gives an inside view of how and why the healthcare system became broken and discusses solutions on how to fix it.

Dr. George asks: Why did Congress, the President and the special interest groups that helped them write the ACA ignore the very people who could have provided wisest guidance - doctors who have a firsthand understanding of how federal health policy affects individual patients?  Why did they instead turn to academia and activists to write this law?
BIG MEDICINE describes the movement from individualized medicine to corporate healthcare which relies on population-based medicine - a one-size-fits-all approach at the expense of the doctor/patient relationship. Dr. George channels her knowledge and medical experience into her prescription: returning medical care to patient-centered delivery based on excellent care at a reasonable cost, maintaining medical privacy and individuality - the cornerstone of the patient-physician relationship. "We need to shift the paradigm back to the doctor and our relationship with our patients."
"We have been on the wrong track for many years: when we joined insurance panels; when we signed their contracts without reading them; when we added physician extenders to increase the patient volume in order to stay open; when we sold our practices to the hospitals in order to navigate the financial onslaught; when we let patients dictate the standard of care by requesting treatment by phone and prescriptions for the newest medications as seen on TV..."
In BIG MEDICINE, you will learn:
  • How the ACA affects patients and physicians;
  • How Obamacare has become the Trojan Horse for socialized medicine;
  • That crony capitalism can be hazardous to your health;
  • About the Administration's answer to high healthcare costs - rationing and cookbook medicine;
  • The healthcare system endgame: If doctors choose to put patient care first, they might look forward to fines or jail time;
  • How your medical information may be used against you;
  • Six ways your health insurers make it harder for your doctor to take care of you;
  • About the future of healthcare in the United States - what lies ahead; and
  • A practicing physician's prescription for healthcare reform.
Among Dr. George's prescriptions are:
  • Change the tax code to allow private physicians to write  off bad debt.
  • Change medical malpractice law through tort reform.
  • Allow Medicare and Medicaid patients access to cheaper drugs from other countries.
  • Refuse to mandate, as matter of licensure, that physicians must accept Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare health plans.
  • Solutions which include practical alternatives to Obamacare and new healthcare delivery systems.
  • Improve care for the indigent by paying physician malpractice premiums in turn for doctors providing care for those financially unable to pay.
Dr. George did not advocate for the outright repeal of Obamacare, although she strongly points to it as a main hindrance to a restored healthcare system. "We are being asked to become agents of the government - to give up our Hippocratic Oath and to work against the interests of our patients." BIG MEDICINE is a comprehensive litany of why Obamacare's good intentions - to cover the costs of the poor and uninsured - come at a great cost to the middle class, patients, doctors, and the nation as a whole.  Dr. George reminds us that the healthcare system cannot run without its doctors.  "We have a great deal of power - why don't we use it, and just take it back? It's time we move away from this system that works against the interest of the doctor/patient relationship."

Dr. Elaina George is a doctor in private solo practice for 17 years in Atlanta, Georgia and an expert on healthcare as well as Obamacare and its implications and controversies.  She is also a radio talk show host and is a popular expert commentator on talk radio and national television shows all over America.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Power of Relentless By Wayne Allyn Root

Bestselling author and serial entrepreneur Wayne Allyn Root reveals the secret to success

With his signature relentless enthusiasm, "Mr. Relentless" himself, Wayne Allyn Root, unlocks the secrets to supercharging your career, growing your business beyond your wildest dreams, and taking your life to a level you never imagined.

The Power of RELENTLESS: 7 Secrets to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial Freedom, and the Life of Your Dreams is about the most important traits of success. It's not enough to be highly effective and purpose-driven - you must be relentless. Using a unique three-part system - Relentless Rules of Success, Positive Addictions, and his one-of-a-kind daily structured game-plan Triad - Root teaches readers how to achieve unprecedented success.  

In this tough economic climate, it is easy to see why people - especially entrepreneurs and small- business owners - are so pessimistic about their financial prospects. But Root has found the key to thriving in the worst economy of our lifetime. Drawing from his own financial success, Root explains, "One thing, more than ever, separates the winners from the losers, the leaders from the wannabes, the dreamers from the succeeders... It is the Power of RELENTLESS!"

In The Power of RELENTLESS, the reader will discover:

·      Wayne's own personal Relentless Triad - the remarkable, incredible, magical scheduled daily action plan that will change your life by 9:00 a.m.;
·         The secret Wayne learned from his dying mother;
·         How prominent figures like Floyd "Money" Mayweather, "Broadway Joe" Namath, and Wayne used the magic of branding to turn themselves into highly marketable commodities;
·         Why Wayne threw his grandpa from a plane;
·         Three bonus Principles of Relentless, along with a bonus chapter on Relentless Wealth Protection and Appreciation; and
·         Wayne's twelve secret "Positive Addictions" that give him the nonstop energy to put the seven Principles of Relentless into action all day, every day - with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.

About the Author: Wayne Allyn Root - an entrepreneur, CEO, best-selling business author and speaker, small business defender, and crusader for smaller government, lower taxes and fewer regulations. Wayne is a nationally known TV and radio commentator on the topics of business, economics, entrepreneurship, and politics.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The First Family Detail By Ronald Kessler

Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

Ronald Kessler's THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents presents new revelations about the agency charged with protecting the president and gives readers an eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look at our nation's leaders.

Presidents, vice presidents and presidential candidates perform for the public and the media. What the nation's leaders - Republicans and Democrats - are really like and what goes on behind the scenes remains hidden. Secret Service agents have a front-row seat on their private lives and those of their wives and children. Crammed with new, headline-making revelations, THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL tells the often shocking, uncensored story.

Award-winning investigative reporter Ronald Kessler broke the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia. Kessler revealed that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner. More recently, a four-person panel appointed by the Department of Homeland Security to recommend Secret Service reforms consulted Kessler before issuing its report.

From observing Vice President Joe Biden's reckless behavior that jeopardizes the country's safety, to enduring Hillary Clinton's nastiness, to escorting Bill Clinton's blond mistress at Chappaqua, to overhearing First Lady Michelle Obama's admonitions to the president, to witnessing President Nixon's friends bring him a nude stripper, to seeing their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination, Secret Service agents know a secret world that Ronald Kessler exposes in breathtaking detail.

  • President Obama's decision to appoint veteran Secret Service agent Joseph P. Clancy as the new director of the agency guarantees that the Secret Service's security lapses will continue. 
  • Vice President Joe Biden regularly orders the Secret Service to keep his military aide with the nuclear football a mile behind his motorcade, potentially leaving the country unable to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.  
  • Secret Service agents discovered that former president Bill Clinton has a blond mistress who lives near the Clintons' home in Chappaqua, New York. Within minutes of Hillary Clinton's leaving, the woman - code-named Energizer by agents - shows up to be with Bill and stays every day while the presidential candidate is away.  
  • Because Hillary Clinton is so nasty to agents, being assigned to her protective detail is considered a form of punishment and the worst assignment in the Secret Service.
  •  The Secret Service covered up the fact that President Ronald Reagan's White House staff overruled the agency to let unscreened spectators get close to Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton, allowing John W. Hinckley Jr. to shoot the president.  
  • Secret Service agents have been dismayed to overhear Michelle Obama push her husband to be more aggressive in attacking Republicans and to side with blacks in racial controversies. 
  • Secret Service director Mark Sullivan diverted agents from protecting President Obama and his family at the White House and ordered them instead to protect his assistant at her home and illegally retrieve confidential law-enforcement records as a favor to her.
  • Secret Service agents were ordered to ignore security rules and allow the SUV carrying actor Bradley Cooper to drive unscreened into a secure restricted area when President Obama was about to deliver his speech at the White House correspondents' dinner.
  • Vice President Joe Biden has racked up costs to taxpayers of a million dollars to fly to and from his home in Delaware on Air Force Two. His office tried to cover up the costs of the personal trips.
  • Because the Secret Service refused to provide enough magnetometers at his campaign events, Mitt Romney regularly left himself open to assassination by giving speeches to crowds that had not been screened.
  • Vice President Joe Biden swims nude at his residence in Washington and at his home in Delaware, offending female Secret Service agents.
About the Author: Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the FBI, In the President's Secret Service, and The CIA at War. A former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post investigative reporter, Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards: one for national reporting and one for community service. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Page Six article.

Monday, July 20, 2015

John Casey: Earth is on its Way to a Thirty-Year Cold Spell

A scientist and the author of a book and new documentary that suggests the earth is on its way to a thirty-year cold spell thinks a recent claim of an upcoming mini ice age holds some merit. Dark Winter: How the Sun is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell, author John Casey says that Earth is headed for a cold spell, which is what researchers in the United Kingdom concluded in a study led by Valentina Zharkova.

"This is of course in stark contrast to the propaganda we've heard about manmade global warming since 1988 but the Zharkova team's research is very closely matching what we announced back in 2007 in terms of a new global cold era," says Casey who argues that climate change is a natural occurrence based on the sun's cycles. In other words, Mr. Casey and Miss Zharkova are scientists, not "political scientists" and hysterical frauds.

Climate change has been a volatile issue for years, even amongst leading scientists and researchers from other disciplines. Even the Pope has jumped on the climate change bandwagon. In his new documentary film, Dark Winter, scientist John Casey, a former White House national space policy advisor, NASA headquarters consultant and space shuttle engineer, tells the truth about ominous changes taking place in the climate and the sun. 

"What we're saying is strictly follow natural cycles of the sun, which is basically what Dr. Zharkova's team has come up with, looking at it from a different angle," Casey says. "For example, for eighteen years now we've had no global warming, yet that is an impossibility, according to the greenhouse gas theory. Yet, our theories of solar-driven climate research and that of Dr. Zharkova's team, they should be saying, 'the sun is really in charge, and using those models we have been over 90% accurate.'"

Science is the search for truth about the natural world around us and the cosmos above. Scientists make observations, collect data, and form theories to make sense of them. As additional observations are made and additional data is collected, scientists learn new facts, and they adjust their theories accordingly. That's the way science has traditionally worked, and how it's supposed to work, because otherwise we are not increasing our body of knowledge, but clinging instead to discredited superstitions. It's why they call them "discoveries."

The "greenhouse gas theory" of climatology has been discredited, debunked - exposed as the fraud it is and always was.  Yet greenstremists and their leftwing political patrons continue to cling to it and demand that modern Western civilization destroy itself and revert to the Stone Age (except for the leftwing party elites, of course) in obeisance to it. But, perhaps too late, perhaps just in time, scientific fact and truth is getting out, as the dire economic consequences have sunk in.

Not that we're thrilled about the notion of a mini-Ice Age, you understand.  But making large sacrifices to "save the planet" is a lot more palatable if the threat is actually real, and understood to be a force of nature and not a result of our own puny existence.  And the (partial) counter to an ice age - INCREASING greenhouse gases in the atmosphere - wouldn't require such huge sacrifices, and to the extent it did, we'd be much better able to afford them.

But we've lost a lot of precious time, as Mr. Casey said eight months ago: If Dark Winter is right, that means the nation is busily preparing for the wrong calamity. "We don't have ten years," Casey warns. "We've squandered during President Obama's administration eight years... and we didn't have eight years to squander."

The worst of the cooling cycle, Casey predicts, will hit in the late 2020s and the early 2030s. Food riots will break out, demand for heating oil will spike, and the failure of the corn crop will put the squeeze on ethanol. He even predicts the United States will ban agricultural exports to feed its own citizens. "My theory tells you when it will be cold... and it is the cold that kills."

About the Author: John Casey is the President of the Space and Science Research Corporation (SSRC), a leading independent research organization in Orlando, Florida. The SSRC specializes in the science and plan­ning for the next climate change to decades of cold weather, including its predicted concurrent ill-effects of record earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The SSRC is the pri­mary U.S. advocate for national and global preparedness for this next cold-climate era. Mr. Casey is a former national space policy advisor to the White House and Con­gress, a space shuttle engineer, consultant to NASA Headquarters, and consultant to or president of several leading-edge technology start-ups.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gun Control in the Third Reich By Stephen Halbrook

Gun Control in the Third Reich

The definitive yet hidden history of how the Nazi regime used gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate power.

By Stephen P. Halbrook

With all of the gun violence in recent history - Charleston, Baltimore and Chicago, to name a few - gun control is more than just a hot topic in America today. The Second Amendment - the right of the people to keep and bear arms - is key to the very foundation of our democracy. Gun control crusaders reject America's heritage of liberty as enshrined in the Second Amendment but they also ignore the lessons of history, according to GUN CONTROL IN THE THIRD REICH: Disarming the Jews and "Enemies of the State" by Stephen P. Halbrook, the first book to address the Nazi firearms laws and policies that disarmed German citizens, in particular political opponents and Jews.

Based on newly discovered secret documents from German archives, diaries, and newspaper reports, Gun Control in the Third Reich shows how disarming political opponents was a categorical imperative of the National Socialist regime. Nazi officials consolidated their power by disarming those they dubbed "enemies of the state" and ruthlessly suppressed firearm ownership by all groups the National Socialist regime disfavored.

Stephen P. Halbrook shows how Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Werner Best, Wilhelm Frick, and other members of the Nazi hierarchy were deeply involved in this process. National Socialist firearms laws and policies, together with hysteria created against Jewish firearm owners, played a key role in laying the groundwork for the eradication of German Jewry.

Gun Control in the Third Reich shows how the liberal Weimar Republic adopted Germany's first comprehensive gun control laws in 1928 and soon required registration of all firearms - followed by a campaign to confiscate unregistered guns. After taking power in 1933, the National Socialist Party seized firearms from political opponents and raided Jewish quarters. The Gestapo, the German secret police, banned independent gun clubs and denied firearm permits to Jews.

Halbrook shows how Hitler's 1938 gun control law benefitted Nazi Party members but denied firearm ownership to opponents of the National Socialist regime. Himmler decreed punishment of twenty years in a concentration camp for possession of a firearm by a Jew.

Gun Control in the Third Reich shows how the systematic disarming of Germany's Jews preceded the demolition of synagogues and businesses, and the incarcerations of Kristallnacht in November 1938. Halbrook poses crucial questions about events during World War II. Did the disarming of Germans prevent an armed partisan movement against Hitler?

Today gun control crusaders such as President Obama and Dianne Feinstein ignore the Second Amendment and exploit tragedies from Columbine to Sandy Hook to Charleston in order to promote their agenda of gun bans, restrictions, and registration regimes. Gun Control in the Third Reich provides a timely and long overdue historical perspective on the disastrous effects of disarming a population.

About the Author:
Stephen P. Halbrook is a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute who has argued and won three constitutional law cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Dr. Halbrook is the author of eight books. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Florida State University and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. His popular articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, San Antonio Express-News, Environmental Forum, USA Today, and Washington Times, and he has appeared on numerous national TV/radio programs. American Spectator review.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

From Fear to Freedom By Gary Sumner

From Fear to Freedom
WWII - Never Forget - Never Again
By Gary Sumner

"Compelling story, impeccable research, excellent writing."
--Brian Sussman, KSFO Radio Talk Show Host & bestselling author

In Gary Sumner's new book, From Fear to Freedom: WWII - Never Forget - Never Again, he tells the story of a prisoner who tried to escape one of Hitler's prison camps but disappeared. In both the Pacific and European theaters in WWII, prisoners who tried to escape were sentenced to severe punishment - even death. In From Fear to Freedom, his heroine, Nikki Brown, an investigative reporter, went on a quest to Germany to find out what had happened to a POW from WWII who her grandfather had told her about.

As history tells us, Adolf Hitler ruled with an iron fist during his horrifying reign. When the war was coming to an end, the Nazis in more than one case put POWs in barns and then set them on fire. The Nazis wanted no witnesses to testify against them. The dead, however, spoke loud and clear of the Nazis' barbarism.

Of the hundreds of Hitler's prison camps, Commandant Schmidt was in charge of the camp where a young Army Air Corps pilot, Captain James Hansen, was held. The Commandant had countless rules, each with its own punishment. Escape attempts carried the death penalty. Captain Hansen nevertheless tried to escape, and like the others before him, he failed. When he was marched back into camp, the Commandant greeted him with: "Welcome back, Captain. Care to take a walk?" The commandant gave those condemned to death a choice: the firing squad or an unknown fate, deep in the woods. When they came to a stop, Hansen realized the other choice was what he feared the most.

Nikki's grandfather Vince was also a POW in Commandant Schmidt's camp, where he witnessed Captain Hansen being led into the woods. The Captain was the only one who never returned to face the firing squad. Whatever was in the woods, Hansen chose the unknown. What was in the woods? Only Commandant Schmidt knew and he kept that a secret.

Many years later, Nikki's grandfather Vince shared his war experiences with his young granddaughter, gradually revealing more and more as she grew old enough to handle the truth and understand the valuable life lessons that history teaches. When she finally learns the story of the mysterious young Army Air Corp pilot, she sets out on a journey to find out who he was and his fate. It is a journey that led her across the United States to Germany where she discovered the terrifying power of fear, the inspirational power of faith, and the he healing power of forgiveness.

About the Author: Gary Sumner comes from a long line of patriots starting in the 1600s. The most famous was Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts. Senator Sumner was nearly beaten to death for his stance against slavery. He and Lincoln, were such good friends, when the President was shot, the Senator was allowed to stay with him during the night while he lay dying. Gary has dedicated more than thirty years of research on the courageous lives of dedicated Americans and pivotal events of our country's history. Gary has uniquely woven history with a twist of a mystery into an intriguing book, leaving the reader wanting to learn more.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Life Under Compulsion By Anthony Esolen

How to Raise Kids Who Can Resist Today's 
Life Under Compulsion
New Book Shows Parents How to Give Children Solid Foundations in an Increasingly Hostile Culture

"Esolen signals with this book his presence in the top rank of authors of cultural criticism."
--The American Spectator

How do you raise a child who can sit with a good book and read? ...who doesn't have to buy the latest gadget? ...who is not bound to the instant urge, wherever it may be found? Thoughtful parents everywhere ask these kinds of questions but struggle to find answers. But now the acclaimed author Anthony Esolen shows the way in his new book, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his influential Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child.

In Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, Esolen targets how contemporary life harms our children--Common Core, smartphones, video games, sex ed, travel teams, Twitter, politicians, popular music, advertising, a world with more genders than there are flavors of ice cream, and much more. We always talk about "freedom," all the while we're raising children who are slaves to compulsions.

Esolen reveals ten ways to destroy the humanity of your child:

  1. Keep children kenneled up in a school where they learn to be content with "life under compulsion"
  2. Ignore the true meaning of education and reduce it all to training children in meaningless "skills"
  3. Turn childhood into nothing more than preparation for a dull, lim­ited adulthood focused only on work
  4. Reduce language to Orwellian doublespeak that keeps them from thinking
  5. In the name of "freedom" and "choice," celebrate lusts, not love
  6. Insist that we should not judge anyone--but then judge harshly anyone deemed "intolerant"
  7. Ignore history except to justify your favored cause as "inevitable"
  8. Sever ties to home and put as much distance as possible between parents and children
  9. Teach kids to be comfortable in the mob--to look, think, and act like everyone else
  10. Deny the transcendent
Life Under Compulsion is an indispensable guide for any parent who wants to help a child break free from the shackles and enjoy a truly free and full life. It restores lost wisdom about education, parenting, literature, music, art, philosophy, and leisure. Esolen draws on great thinkers of the Western tradition, from Aristotle and Cicero to Dante and Shakespeare to John Adams and C.S. Lewis - to remind us what human freedom truly means: truth, beauty, goodness, love, faith, and virtue.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anthony Esolen is the author of Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization. He is also the translator and editor of the celebrated three-volume Modern Library edition of Dante's Divine Comedy. He is a professor of English at Providence College and a senior editor of Touchstone magazine.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

By the People By Charles Murray

Halt the Growth of Oppressive Government

Rebuilding Liberty without Permission
By Charles Murray

"A road map to recapture true American exceptionalism. With passion, brilliance, and a keen sense of the radical essence of what America means, Charles Murray dismisses what passes for political debate today and offers an audacious plan to restore the liberty our founders bequeathed to us."
--Edward Crane, President Emeritus, Cato Institute

American liberty is under assault. Whether we are trying to run a business, practice a vocation, raise our families, cooperate with our neighbors, or follow our religious beliefs, we run afoul of the government--not because we are doing anything wrong but because the government has decided it knows better. From The New York Times bestselling author of Coming Apart comes a provocative manifesto on how to turn back the assault on American liberties and rebuild our freedom from the ground up.

In BY THE PEOPLE: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, Charles Murray illustrates how the federal government has unilaterally decided that it can and should tell us how to live our lives. If we object, they threaten, "Fight this, and we'll ruin you." Free-market economists, conservative intellectuals, Tea Party evangelists, and libertarians alike extol the virtues of limited government. Never have so many coalesced behind a set of ideas so widely accepted and been so staggeringly far from political reality.

Political processes, meant to check federal power, have been broken. The Constitution has been neutered by the courts and the legislative process has become systemically corrupt, no matter which party is in control. Meanwhile, the federal government has grown at a dizzying rate in the last half-century, culminating in the current leviathan where federal spending accounts for 24% of GDP, the government lists 20 million employees, and federal funding comprises a quarter of all state and local revenues. Despite a sympathetic Supreme Court majority and a Republican Congress, the American ideal of limited government is on life support.

What has become clear to all supporters of the least government necessary to support individual liberty and free speech is this: the people must wrest back control of their own destinies or the American Project will fail. Amid these signs of a decayed civil liberties system, Murray has identified some good news from beyond the Beltway:
  • Tech­nology is siphoning power from sclerotic government agencies and putting it in the hands of individuals and communities.
  • The re-diversification of American culture is making local freedom attractive to liberals as well as conservatives.
  • People across the political spectrum are increasingly alienated from a regulatory state that nakedly serves its own interests rather than those of ordinary Americans.
With these strong signs of a shift in American socio-politics, Murray reveals an even more shocking truth that he believes Americans are ready to exploit. Despite its vast size, the federal government operates under a fatal assumption. For all its legal power and claims to authority, its daily survival depends on our voluntary assent to its laws. Civil disobedience backstopped by legal defense funds can make largeportions of the 180,000-page Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable through a targeted program that identifies regulations that arbitrarily and capriciously tell us what to do. Americans have it within their power to make the federal government an insurable hazard, like hurricanes and floods, leaving us once again free to live our lives as we see fit.

BY THE PEOPLE does not require that only libertarians and conservatives participate--Murray recognizes the need for varied perspectives in reshaping the nation. The book's hopeful message is that rebuilding our traditional freedoms does not require electing a right-thinking Congress or president, nor does it require five right-thinking justices on the Supreme Court. It can be done by "We the people," using America's unique civil society to put government back in its proper box.

About the Author: Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He came to national attention first in 1984 with Losing Ground and most recently in 2012 with Coming Apart.