And so the Book Bomb for John C. Wright has come and gone. The results were pretty good for somebody of my meager influence. There were several reports of people who intended to buy the book a second time not being able to. And despite not getting a lot of feedback here at the blog, I did get notifications from several people that they had participated.
But, I will let the screen shots speak for themselves. As you can see from the screenshots below, the ranking of the book moved from #156,519 in Paid Kindle Books to #31,082. Which isn’t bad at all (not that I’ll be attempting to claim “Kingmaker” status any time soon).
The Boycott of TOR books is now in full swing. Throughout this event, it has come to my attention that the Social Justice Warriors at TOR books have gone so far as to deny the personhood of those who disagree with them in that they claim that those who took the time to actually write to TOR to express their offense at the unprofessional comments made by senior TOR staff were not really people, but merely spambots.
All of this has been covered nearly endlessly over the past few months so I will not rehash it here. However, this leads us to the subject at hand.
1) It has been implied that we are not real people, and it has been shown that certain groups are all talk and no action
2) John C. Wright as an author published by Tor books will be unfairly affected by the boycott
I do hereby announce the Book Bomb for John C. Wright will be held on Monday, June 29. We will be purchasing his book City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis published by Castalia House.
The purpose of this book bomb is two-fold. First, to help offset the losses that Mr. Wright will incur from the boycott. And secondly, to demonstrate to Tor/Macmillan that not only are we real people, we are real people who Actually Spend Money On Books (as opposed to those who just tweet about it) which is why I am linking to Amazon instead of Castalia House directly so that it can be clearly demonstrated that we are actually spending money.
Should any of you care to forward your order confirmations from Amazon to me at flannel_avenger (at) robertleeray.com on Monday or comment here with your participation I will keep a tally of those participating and publish the results (and keep the proof available should the need arise).
Merry Christmas. Today we celebrate Christ coming to earth to redeem mankind from our sin.
Our hope is in Him. The Victory is His. He gave up everything to give us everything.
Jesus, being God, came to earth as one of us. He lived a perfect and sinless life, then willingly went to the cross to atone for our sins, to reconcile us with Him. He laid down His life of His own volition, and then He took it up again on the third day, of His own power. He is the Savior of the world. And in the end, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess His righteousness.
On the Obamacare front, WRAL gives us the story of a man who has tried to get insurance through healthcare.gov 14 times. If it wasn’t a law it would be hilarious. Well, it’s still hilarious but sad for the victims at the same time.
Miller says he called Blue Cross Blue Shield and was told that his application has not been forwarded to them. He says he calls the Healthcare.gov helpline about every other day and regularly spends two to three hours on the phone waiting for and then talking with service representatives and their supervisors who are unable to tell him his status or how to proceed.
“It’s extremely frustrating. I can’t imagine that any organization can work treating people like that without having answers, without having anybody you can turn to to get an answer,” Miller said.
Miller, who owns a small roofing business and is Internet savvy, says he does qualify for a federal subsidy, which is why he’s going through Healthcare.gov. Yet, when he calls the help line, he says their default answer is to start a new application, which he has done 14 times.
Miller says he plans to be back on the phone Thursday, trying to get answers about his family’s health insurance coverage.
And we have the results of the lightbulb ban coming in to effect
Government regulations taking effect Wednesday stop businesses in the United States from manufacturing or importing 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. It’s all part of a 2007 federal law requiring light bulbs to meet higher energy efficiency standards. In the past few years, 75-watt and 100-watt bulbs were phased out.
This is also utterly ridiculous. This is a choice consumers should make, not the government. Incandescent light bulbs dim far better than CFL or LED. Incandescent bulbs also put out more heat (hence their larger energy consumption). In addition to crippling the easy bake ovens of thousands of little girls, it also creates a dilemma for those of us in geographic locations where things occasionally freeze and can be saved by the application of a regular old lamp with a 60 watt light bulb. The bottom line: If CFL’s and LED’s are so great, they will naturally dominate the market, it shouldn’t take a government mandate.
Although I think we can all agree that it’s delightful that these things have heavy metals in them and the government is always telling us how safe those are… oh wait…
And so the State of North Carolina continues to dig their hole. In addition to having a very nice, very expensive stretch of road that nobody drives on, and now they’re raising the rates. Which will further discourage anybody from driving on the blasted thing. When the tolls they’re collecting don’t even cover the cost of running the turnpike authority itself, never mind paying down toll debt.
WRAL tells of of the story of a man who simply forgot to pay a $0.45 cent bill for driving on The Monument to Fiscal Irresponsibility.
The fine consisting of pocket change turned into a $37.45 bill, thanks to monthly fees and civil penalties
$37.00 worth of fines. Fines that can…
The agency has set deadlines between Jan. 31 and March 31 (depending on how much is owed) for residents to pay.
Not doing so will result in their bill being sent to collections, which could affect their credit scores. Their tax refunds will also be garnished starting April 1. In addition, North Carolina drivers will have their vehicle registrations placed on hold until payment is made.
And they’re raising the rates.
The NC-540 Toll Road Experiment has thus far been a complete failure. I see no reason to believe it will not continue to be a complete failure. It’s time to suck it up, end the turnpike authority, and start managing the states resources in a responsible way.
It’s funny how a guy who is famous for making duck calls can stir up such a spectacle simply by providing a Biblical answer to the question of what he considers to be sin.
I’m not a big Duck Dynasty fan, I prefer flannel to camouflage. But this has turned into a major skirmish in the “culture war”. I think that Mark Steyn has pretty well summed it up (he would know, the Canadians tried to throw him in jail for not toeing the politically correct line in an ill fated anti-free speech crusade).
I’m well aware of that, thank you. In the early days of my free-speech battles in Canada, my friend Ezra Levant used a particular word to me: “de-normalize”. Our enemies didn’t particularly care whether they won in court. Whatever the verdict, they’d succeed in “de-normalizing” us — that’s to say, putting us beyond the pale of polite society and mainstream culture. “De-normalizing” is the business GLAAD and the other enforcers are in. You’ll recall Paula Deen’s accuser eventually lost in court — but the verdict came too late for Ms Deen’s book deal, and TV show, and endorsement contracts.
Up north, Ezra and I decided that, if they were going to “de-normalize” us, we’d “de-normalize” them. So we pushed back, and got the entire racket discredited and, eventually, the law repealed. It’s rough stuff, and exhausting, but the alternative is to let the control-freaks shrivel the bounds of public discourse remorselessly so that soon enough you lack even the words to mount an opposing argument. As this commenter to Mr Steorts noted, the point about unearthing two “derogatory” “puerile” yet weirdly prescient gags is that, pace Marx, these days comedy repeats as tragedy.
Marriage is a divinely ordained institution between a man and a woman. The Bible is very explicit regarding homosexuality. It is not an issue that Christians have any room to compromise on.
And more hilarious laughter. Kay Hagan is flipping out after losing a 17 point lead against the generic Republican in next year’s elections. I don’t usually put too much stock in polls against a generic Republican or a generic Democrat because there is a certain amount of the personality contest going on. But seeing that much of a swing against the same generic Republican means that something is going on.
This has been going around a lot, but it’s just too good not to post here (from the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank):
Well, her problem begins with Obamacare, ends with Obamacare and has a whole lot of Obamacare in between.
Hagan hosted a conference call for reporters Tuesday morning to discuss the problems with the health-care law’s rollout, and the Q&A session was so painful that the senator should qualify for trauma coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
So, I am enjoying the Priceless Schadenfreude. With the only caveat being that I can’t help but wonder how much stronger the GOP’s position would be had John McCain and Lindsey Graham managed to keep their mouths shut and obey Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment. Shutting the government down to stop this train wreck doesn’t seem like such a bad move now, huh? Wouldn’t it be nice to hang THAT albatross around Obama’s neck too? But those two idiots had to run out and apologize for the crazy tea partiers every chance they got. At the very least, it’s time for Graham and McCain to face some serious party discipline for their malfeasance in this regard.
And in the blog business category, I have added a Kay Hagan category where I can keep track of little anecdotes about the villainess who is unworthy to sit in the same seat once held by Jesse Helms.