U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is shown on Capitol Hill in this file photo. WASHINGTON -- Due to the success of Sacred Duty, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., can add another line to his resume: New York Times best-selling author. The book, Cotton's first, will debut at No. 8 on the paper's Sunday hardcover nonfiction list. It also appears on Publisher Weekly's latest hardcover nonfiction list at No. 10. Subtitled A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery, it highlights the role of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment at the famous burial ground and elsewhere. In addition to guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and serving as escort to the president, members of the "Old Guard" also stand watch as fallen soldiers and veterans are laid to rest. Last weekend, the lawmaker from Dardanelle had book signings in Little Rock and Bentonville. Next, Cotton heads to California to promote the book there, with stops planned at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley today and the Nixon … [Read more...] about Cotton’s chronicle lands on book lists
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To my journalist, healthcare, environmentalist and bioethicist contacts (and others) who are concerned about the serious chemical poisoning of highly vulnerable external environments but also intuitively know that the bodies and brains of our infants and children (and adults) can also be poisoned by hazardous chemicals: Be sure to first read the quotes at the beginning of the article, particularly keeping in mind Einstein’s bit of wisdom: “Condemnation before investigation is the height of ignorance.” Also keep in mind the concept of cognitive dissonance (the psychological discomfort felt when a person is confronted with a new truth that contradicts or disproves a deeply held belief.) And then consider the sudden appearance of the epidemics of neurologically, behaviorally and/or intellectually-disabled or impaired children that are now over-burdening our family, educational, healthcare and institutional systems. (Recall that these epidemics … [Read more...] about Adam Schiff, the Persecution of Anti-Over-Vaccination Activists and the Nazi Book Burnings of 1933
Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau UNLV running back Lexington Thomas gets a big hole against UTEP Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Sam Boyd Stadium. By Mike Grimala (contact) Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 | 2 a.m. Lexington Thomas has a complicated relationship with football. He’s fine with the game itself. The senior running back has proven that over his four years at UNLV, showing an innate ability to find the tiniest of creases and then speed toward the end zone faster than just about anyone in the country. He’s naturally graceful, determined and hugely productive. When he’s running, everything is right. Finding the open field is Thomas’s sole purpose. It’s the ancillary stuff that comes along with the game that tends to trip up Thomas more often than the flailing defensive linemen who swipe at his ankles as he hits top gear. Stuff like practice, school work, interpersonal relationships and accepting coaching — that all tends to take a backseat to the … [Read more...] about Enigmatic Lexington Thomas leaves his mark on the UNLV record book
It’s the final week of September, so that can only mean one thing: it’s Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event started by the American Library Association “celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the value of free and open access to information,” according to the ALA website. The ALA released their Top 10 banned books of 2016 for Banned Books Week and the list contains several LGBT-themed stories. The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom keeps track of attempts made by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries and school classrooms each year, then complies a list of the top 10 titles and reasons why they have been challenged. This year’s list can be divided into three categories of concern: sex, religion and LGBT. The third and forth spots on the list go to I Am Jazz and Beyond Magenta, both books about transgender teens. The only books ranking higher are Looking For Alaska and Fifty Shades of Grey, both … [Read more...] about Banned Book List filled with LGBT stories
You won’t hear Nico Walker on a book tour anytime soon because he’s serving two more years in prison for bank robbery. But don’t wait to pick up his lacerating new novel about the horrors of war and addiction. “Cherry” is a miracle of literary serendipity, a triumph born of gore and suffering that reads like it’s been scratched out with a dirty needle across the tender skin of a man’s forearm. The story of how this autobiographical novel evolved is almost as remarkable as the story of how its debut author survived. In 2005 and 2006, Walker served as an Army medic in Iraq, where he was commended for valor and saw many of his buddies blown to pieces. Returning to civilian life depressed and traumatized, he became addicted to heroin, a habit he funded with extravagant success by robbing 10 banks in four months. Cherry REVIEW “Cherry.” By Nico Walker. Knopf. August 2018. Hardcover. 336 pages. $26.95. In 2013, when Walker was … [Read more...] about Book review: Nico Walker is a convicted bank robber. ‘Cherry’ proves he’s also a must-read author.