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Photo that would be great book cover.

Photo that would be great book cover. If the book was a murder mystery or a sci-fi murder mystery.


Bush Urges Conservation as Retail Gas Prices Rise

There is an article in the New York Times with the title Bush Urges Conservation as Retail Gas Prices Rise

This means it might be a good idea for you to park your Hummer, Yukon, Denali, Armada, Navigator,Expedition, Explorer or anything else named after a mountain or fleet of ships.

Amazon Oddity


Someone sent me this email about a post I made in my journal that contained two poems by Ted Kooser. (U.S. Poet Laureate)
I feel uncomfortable with your publishing two complete poems of Ted
Kooser's on lisnews unless he has given you copyright clearance? Maybe
link to the poems he chooses to publish on his own website?


I took a picture of this mailbox near Union, Nebraska.


Some photos at Flickr. Most of the pictures are of a former Carnegie library in St. Louis. For the last number of years it was a book storage facility for the schools and currently it has been purchased by an artist to use as a studio. The library was the Divoll Branch (named after the founder of the St. louis library) currently there is a new Divoll branch because the building shown has been a book depository for at least a decade.

Netflix and Libraries

Commentary and idea about Netflix and Libraries at < a href=""> Both positive and negative feedback is sought.

Philadelphia Campaign

The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778
American fortunes were at a low point in the winter of 1777-78. The British had beaten the Continental Army at Brandywine and Germantown, seized the colonial capital of Philadelphia, and driven Washington's soldiers into barren Valley Forge. But, as Stephen Taaffe reveals, the Philadelphia Campaign marked a turning point in the American Revolution despite these setbacks.

Occurring in the middle of the war in the heart of the colonies, this key but overlooked campaign dwarfed all others in the war in terms of numbers of combatants involved, battles fought, and casualties sustained. For the first time, British and American armies engaged out in the open on relatively equal terms. Although the British won all the major battles, they were unable to crush the rebellion.

Taaffe presents a new narrative history of this campaign that took place not only in the hills and woods surrounding Philadelphia, but also in east central New Jersey and along the Delaware River. He uses the campaign to analyze British and American strategies, evaluate Washington's leadership, and assess the role of subordinate officers such as Nathanael Greene and Anthony Wayne. He also offers new insights into eighteenth-century warfare and shows how Washington transcended traditional military thinking to fashion a strategy that accommodated American social, political, and economic realities.

During this campaign Washington came into his own as a commander of colonial forces and an astute military strategist, and Taaffe demonstrates that Washington used the fighting around Philadelphia as a proving ground for strategies that he applied later in the war. Taaffe also scrutinizes Washington's relationship with the militia, whose failure to carry out its missions contributed to the general's problems.

Still, by enduring their losses and continuing to fight, the Americans exacted a heavy toll on Britain's resources, helped to convince France to enter the war, and put the redcoats on the defensive. As Taaffe shows, far from being inconclusive, the Philadelphia Campaign contributed more to American victory than the colonists recognized at the time.

Best Book Title

What do you think the best book title is? Regardless of the quality of the book what title do you find intriguing or interesting? Personally, I think the book Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the best book titles.

SUVs and gas prices

A friend sent me a funny PDF.
WARNING: If you own an SUV you might not find this funny. I drive a Honda Civic so I found it humorous.
Although I realize he high cost of gas for an SUV is made up for in safety.

One Million Homeless

News story that predicts the hurrican could leave one million homeless in New Orleans.
Quote from article ""We're talking about in essence having — in the continental United States — having a refugee camp of a million people," van Heerden said."
Another quote from the article: "In a few days, van Heerden predicts, emergency management officials are going to be wondering how to handle a giant stagnant pond contaminated with building debris, coffins, sewage and other hazardous materials.

Free Book

Free pdf download of the book "Revolutionary Days"
by Princess Julia Cantacuzene is available at the RR Donnelley website.

Bumper Sticker

Here is a great bumper sticker. You have to be of a certain science fiction persuasion to get the joke.


There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

St. Louis Public Library

I took this picture of one of the quotes on the side of the St. Louis Public Library. Do people agree or disagree with this quote? Or do you have a different take on the quote?


If you ever need direction in life here is a suggestion. Go this way.


The post office released a new set of stamps called American Advances in Aviation. A B-24 called the Black Cat is depicted on the stamps. The Black Cat was the last plane shot down in the European theater during WWII. There is a book called Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down over Germany in World War II that was written by the nephew of one of the men on the plane.


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