Friday, April 18, 2008


Bill Ott at Booklist gives a great review to BREAKING COVER:

Like [Lee] Child, Rhoades dishes out one airtight action scene after another, mixing in just enough character-building moments and holding our interest in a full cast of nicely developed supporting players. All that, and a Sam Peckinpah–like bloody, bravura finale that will leave even icy-veined thriller fans panting for breath.

Compared favorably to Lee Child AND Sam Peckinpah in one paragraph...not too shabby. Thanks, Mr. Ott!

Tagged Again...

You've no doubt seen the "tagging" game where the one tagged must reveal, in this version, seven or eight unusual or unknown facts about themselves, then kick the ball to a blogger of your choice. Jon over at Crimespree just tagged me, so here we go:

1. When I was 13-14, I was a fundamentalist Christian.
2. I own and occasionally play a mountain dulcimer.
3. I actually like flying. I even find airports entertaining.
4. Cats really like me.
5. I'm very good at figuring out acronyms.
6. My favorite car is the Ford Mustang. I've owned one Mustang or another for the last ten years.
7. I used to be a pretty good shot with a bow. I haven't had it out of the closet for a while.
8. I majored in Radio TV and Motion Pictures in college. I once wrote a paper analyzing how the popularity of "The Beverly Hillbillies" revealed America's ambivalence towards wealth. I got an "A".

Oddly this is the second time I've been tagged this week, since a friend over at MySpace tagged me earlier this week. But I'm kicking the ball to Stephen Blackmoore at L.A. Noir.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Who Said It?

This quota deal they're gonna pull in the next election is the same old scam they've been pulling on us for decade after decade after decade. When their economic policies fail, when the country's coming apart rather than coming together, what do they do? They find the most economically insecure white men and scare the living daylights out of them. They know if they can keep us looking at each other across a racial divide, if I can look at Bobby Rush and think, Bobby wants my job, my promotion, then neither of us can look at George Bush and say, 'What happened to everybody's job? What happened to everybody's income? What ... have ... you ... done ... to ... our ... country?'"

Which "elitist" said this?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Two Phrases You Never Thought You'd Hear In the Same Sentence

Stacey Cochran-The Biggest Dick

The hardworking Stacey Cochran joins the political rantosphere with his new V-Log. Today's installment: Loud Lou Dobbs and the whole "bitter" thing.

Preach, Brother Stacey, Preach!

(and as for the title of this post: C'mon, dude, you're totally asking for it with that blog name. Probably get you a boatload of Google hits, though).