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A Short Political Reading List

-In Defense of Freedom- Frank Meyer
-Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto- Mark Levin
-Rules for Radicals- Saul Alinsky
-The Essential Works of Lenin
-The Radicalism of the American Revolution- Gordon S. Wood
-Liberal Fascism- Jonah Goldberg
-The Moulding of Communists- Frank Meyer
-Democracy in America- Alexis de Toqueville
-Common Sense- Thomas Paine
-Civil Disobedience- Henry David Thoreau
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I've Named my Mosin Nagant + Might Include Pics

I used to think that only lunatics named their weapon anything. After hearing about how the USMC, US Army, and other world militaries urged their recruits to name their weapons as a way to motivate them to take better care of them, I decided that it wouldn't be a bad idea for the same reason. I came up with a list of names: Mosy, Emancipator, Narsil, Caliburn, Simo, Ivan, Sasha, Voting Machine, Gunhilda, Betsy, Galatine, Mjolnir, Sky Piercer, Liberator. In the end I decided to name my mosin nagant, Durandal/Durendal(I haven't decided which spelling to go with), after the sword of Roland from the Song of Roland.
I'm still unsure of whether it is a good idea or not to post pics of Durandal/Durendal. I will have to reread the site's rules and guidelines before I come to a conclusion.

update: I've decided to go with the spelling, "Durandal".
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V is for Victory

Operation Congratulations was an oustanding success far beyond my expectations. Not only was the look on my little brother's reaction to the end of the series absolutley priceless (the expression on his face was absolutely priceless), he is now an avid fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Afterwards, he asked me to borrow the series which he rewatched two times, then he watched End of Evangelion, Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0, and the first three volumes of the Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga(I'll give a review of that one at a later date, my reaction to it is mixed).
A bit of backstory. I originally saw NGE back when it was on Adult Swim, I think I was around seventeen at the time. It was an amazing series and then I forgot about it. Several years later, I'm driving in the car with my little brother from Thanksgiving Dinner, and we were reading the Troper Tales section of What Do You Mean It's Not For Kids on my phone, and then we start watching clips of disturbing animes on youtube. My little brother<> voices his skepticism that any anime could be disturbing as the troper tales people made it out to be. I express how even I find some animes disturbing. He continues to act tough, so I take out my trump card, the pinnacle of mindfuckery, Neon Genesis Evangelion. (I had watched End of Eva on a whim a week beforehand.) I show him a clip of it from youtube. Unfortunately, it's only the first minute of the first episode. Needless to say, he is unimpressed. As I begin searching for other clips, he says to me, "It just looks like your regular giant robot anime." My brother loves to test fate: "What is the worst that could happen?", "Wouldn't it be great if we were suddenly attacked by zombies/the Well/the Wahrwolf(don't ask)?", etc. However, this time he tested Fate once too far. The very next day, I went out and bought the entire series on dvd(platinum edition, fyi). It actually rekindled my own love of NGE, and I ended up buying the Shinji Ikari Raising Project Manga(After watching End of Eva for the first time, SIRP can be very cathartic.), and Eva 1.0<>.
If you're a fan of the Eva series, I recommend It is a site where Eva fans try to figure out what the hell they just watched.

Also, Scott Brown won in Massachusetts.
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Internet Challenge Addition

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Story Idea

Mad Science as Magic Kung Fu, imagine the techniques:
Flying Rays of Death
Unstable Molecules, Clanking Robot
Flux Capacitor Palm Strike
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Crappy News

I was planning on planning a family trip to the Soviet Sub Museum in Rhode Island only to find out the sub sunk, then was restored, and then was destroyed. Farewell, K-77:Juliett 484.
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Internet Challenge Cont'd

And the Internet Challenge continues, with Shimmersplash in the lead, but it's not too late. If you want to join this great and mighty challenge that shall be remembered in all the Internets and the gratitude of some random fellow on the Interwebs, go here:

and click on "I'd like to read this book on kindle", preferably on any and every computer you can access. It won't cost you anything, but if they get enough requests, the publisher will make a kindle edition for In Defense of Freedom.


And do the same thing for this one too, please:


To get things moving I will offer a reward for whoever gets the most kindle requests (take a picture for each computer you use; if you are using a laptop in various internet cafes, just make it sure it is clear that the laptop is in a different place), the person with the highest tally, wins Five print books from my personal library.
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Review: Devil May Cry (Anime)

I've recently watched the sub for the Devil May Cry and there are only three words to describe it: "Titties and Violence". This series is delightfully void of any artistic integrity, just a whole lot of pleasing aesthetics. I loved every minute of it. The only thing more unthinkingly macho than this series was a russian beer commercial where a man and a tiger (an actual tiger) fight off a bunch of mooks and then jump into a hot tub with some models. I highly recommend it for mindless fun.
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Commentary from an Armchair Strategist/Military Otaku/whatever it's called

I've been studying military strategy as research for my novel, But ever since then I've gotten into it as a hobby. My favorite books so far have been Infantry Attacks by Erwin Rommel, Mao Tse-tung's On Guerilla Warfare, Special Ops: 1939-1945: A Manual of Covert Warfare and Training, and the US Army Ranger Handbook. My only problem is I cannot find Tables 5 and 6 of Mao's On Guerilla Warfare(Yu Chi Chan), and that makes me a sad panda :(