It is safe to say that I’m a very voracious reader.  My primary passions, when it comes to fiction, are science fiction, horror, fantasy, and political thrillers.   I never discriminate when it comes to the political views of authors, even when their political views color their work.  Being a Libertarian, I much more closely identify with libertarian and conservative authors.  When I read books by liberal authors who infuse their views into their work I find myself debating with the author and the characters in my head as I read. This can be distracting, which is why I enjoy reading books by those on the right more.  Here are my favorite fiction authors that also happen to be on the political right:

Dean Koontz

Over the years I’ve read over thirty of his novels. There is no author whose work I enjoy more and there is no fiction author who I agree with more when it comes to political views.  Dean Koontz is very much a libertarian and those views permeate just about every one of his novels.  The heroes pretty much all expose libertarian views while the villains are most often progressives.  The central theme of most of the novels that I’ve read is– individual freedom will triumph over the forces of collectivism.

Here is how Wikipedia describes Dean Koontz:

Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author. His novels are broadly described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire.

I completely agree with that description.  His books are thrillers and horror stories.  He uses his political views to color his novels.  They are not works of political fiction.  Dean Koontz is a very vocal Catholic.  His Catholic faith also permeates his novels.  Good versus evil is very often a central theme.

If you are thinking about checking out Dean Koontz, I would very much recommend “Watchers” and “Strangers.”  Those are the two novels that first got me hooked.  His “Odd Thomas” series and his “Frankenstein” series are also fantastic, along with so many of his stand alone novels.

Tom Clancy

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread his Jack Ryan series.  It is probably north of a dozen times.  Tom Clancy novels are political and military thrillers. The main character in the Jack Ryan series starts off as an analyst for the CIA.  Tom Clancy was very much a Reagan Conservative and he lets that shine thru very clearly in all of his novels.  In the novel “Executive Orders” President Jack Ryan discusses his political views in great detail.  They are a mixture of Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan.  Tom Clancy was a Catholic and so was his main character, Jack Ryan.

Tom Clancy was a very prolific author who wrote many different series of novels.  I’ve only read the Jack Ryan series.  The first ten novels in the series were all fantastic.  After the novel “The Bear and the Dragon” this series was nowhere as good.  If you’re interested in starting the series then “Patriot Games” is the perfect novel to start with.  His standalone novel “Red Storm Rising” is one of my all time favorite novels.  This book is about a nonnuclear world war between the US and the USSR, which takes place in the mid 1980s.

Suzanne Collins

A few months ago I came across an article listing libertarian works of fiction.  Featured in this article was the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Before that article I had not given those books much thought.  I heard the name of the books but considered them to be just for young adults.   After reading the article I decided to give that series a whirl.   I’m not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed the series so much that I read it three times and have watched all of the movies.

The author of the article was correct about this series having a libertarian message.  The series is set in the future where the part of the world that used to be the United States is now part of a country called Panem.  This country is made up of twelve districts which are oppressed by an extremely tyrannical central government.  The main character, Katniss Everdeen, accidently ignites a rebellion then becomes a central figure in the rebellion.  Overthrowing an oppressive government and restoring individual freedom is the central theme.  During the third book Katniss overhears a discussion between two central characters about who should lead the government after the oppressive capitol is defeated.  Here is the answer

“Everyone,” Plutarch tells him. “We’re going to form a republic where the people of each district and the Capitol can elect their own representatives to be their voice in a centralized government. Don’t look so suspicious; it’s worked before.”

There is one line in the book that has a slight pro global warming message but no book is perfect.  The line mentions that a lot of the land has been flooded by rising seas.  There are no details. Man made global warming is never mentioned.  The series takes place in the distant future after many wars have been fought so this rise in the seas could have been caused by anything.  .

The political nature of the Hunger Games has been hotly debated by all sides.  Usually a few lines are pulled out from here and there to claim victory by a liberal or a conservative blog author.  After reading the entire series this libertarian stands firmly behind the conclusion that this series has a strong libertarian message.

There are so many other right leaning fiction authors I’ve read.  I may make this into a regular series of articles if there is enough interest.  If anyone would like to recommend an author please do so in the comments section.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I haven’t poured through the proposed Republican tax plan but I did get far enough to see that teachers will be losing their $250 per year tax credit should it pass unscathed.

The tax bill proposed by Republican leaders yesterday scraps a benefit that many teachers have come to rely on: the $250 “educator expense deduction,” which can be used to recoup the cost of classroom materials.

K-12 teachers who spend money out-of-pocket on books, supplies, professional development courses, and computer equipment and software for their classrooms can claim the deduction each year, according to the IRS. Health and physical education teachers can also use it for athletic supplies. Counselors, principals, and aides who incurred such expenses can claim the deduction as well. In 2015, Congress extended the benefit indefinitely.

Teachers spend about $530 of their own money on classroom items, according to a 2016 nationally representative survey from Scholastic. In high-poverty schools, they spend about 40 percent more—an average of $672.

As a teacher this irritates me.

I spend much more than that each year on my students to ensure they have the most basic materials necessary for class.  I venture to say that I spend $250 along just on notebook paper and pencils.  Every year before school starts I go online to the misprint pencil place and order four boxes of misprinted pencils and then I go on Amazon and order large quantities of notebook paper.  If I’m lucky these will last until the end of the year.

On top of that I buy boxes of Kleenix, pens, crayons, markers, colored pencils, art paper, and spiral notebooks.

Schools furnish none of these things.

In the past I have even used my personal blog to campaign for classroom sets of books and supplies.

I am fortunate to work for a district that will reimburse $100 of the money I spend on supplies.  That is at least something.

When there are so many areas of waste and so many entitlement handouts these days, why pick on the teachers?  We’re already the lowest paid people on the food chain.

Very disheartening, Republicans, very disheartening.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

…then there have been mass shootings by a member of the NRA.

What? You’ve forgotten about Alexandra and the attempt to mass murder republican members of congress? I’m not surprised, like the beating of Senator Rand Paul this weekend by another liberal never Trumper the media doesn’t think it’s all that newsworthy.

That is all

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In January of this year, North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson introduced his national reciprocity bill, a piece of legislation which would enable people with a state-issued concealed carry license to conceal a handgun in any other state that permits concealed carry, so long as the licensed individual complies with the other state’s gun laws.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn subsequently introduced a companion bill entitled the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act in the Senate. As Coryn said at the time, “This bill strengthens both the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and the power of states to implement laws best-suited for the folks who live there.

“This legislation is an important affirmation of our Second Amendment rights and has been a top priority of law-abiding gun owners in Texas for a long time.”

After Rep. Steve Scalise was shot by a demented liberal terrorist, Rep. Thomas Massie introduced his own bill, the Personal Protection Reciprocity Act. In a press release, Massie was quoted as saying, “To ensure public safety, we need to repeal laws that keep good guys from carrying guns, since not everyone has a personal police detail.”

The national reciprocity legislation seems to echo the sentiments that President Trump conveyed during his campaign. At the time, when discussing policy, the Republican hopeful said, “Concealed carry…is a right, not a privilege” and rallied for national recognition of the concealed carry recognition.

“The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway,” he explained. “That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states.”

But since then, the administration has been tight-lipped about national reciprocity, and the Personal Protection Reciprocity Act seems to have stalled. The blame appears to fall on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan who refuses to permit Congressional action on national reciprocity because he doesn’t think the time is right.

The logic to Ryan’s position on the bill is hard to grasp considering that the bill has no less than eighty cosponsors. But now is not the time for America to allow this type of legislation to die on the vine. On the contrary, it’s a crucial time in US history, a time when every American needs to protect themselves.

After all, the threat is no longer one that can be easily identified. The War on Terror is not a race war, it’s an ideological war and, as we’ve seen in recent years, more and more terrorists are proving out to be Caucasian American citizens.

The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund and The Center for Investigative Reporting have found that of 201 plots and attacks carried out between 2008 and 2016, 115 of those were by white militants, and 19 were meted out by left-wing ecoterrorists and animal rights militants.

With the enemy lurking on the home front instead of in some distant land, it is imperative that Americans retain their right to own and carry suitable handguns to defend themselves at home. And the issue of concealed carry is one that should be part of the country’s public dialogue.

Of course, not everyone agrees with this; Mayors and law enforcement officials from gun-restrictive states like New York and California have come out as staunch opponents of this legislation. They do not want a concealed carry permit to be treated like a driver’s license.

In a July, 2017 letter, California Police Chiefs Association president Edward Medrano wrote, “The bill would erode local control of issuing concealed carry permits, as the arbitrariness of the issuing authority rules would reduce the requirements for concealed carry to the lowest common denominator.

“Further, the lack of a national database for concealed carry permits makes it functionally impossible for a law enforcement officer in the field to determine the legal compliance of an individual carrying a concealed firearm.”

What folks like Medrano fail to understand, however, is the value that such a bill could have for many responsible gun owners.

My next door neighbor here in Upstate, New York is one such responsible gun owner. He took proper measures to obtain a concealed carry permit and stores his handgun in a biometric gun safe when it’s not holstered.

Despite this law-abiding citizen taking all proper safety measures with his gun and being in good standing with local law enforcement, he was held at gunpoint, handcuffed, harassed and thrown in a cell when he made the mistake of taking his handgun on a family vacation to Las Vegas.

He and his wife were pulled over on suspicion of contraband (my neighbor is a chainsmoker and the arresting officer mistook the plume of smoke billowing out his driver side window for marijuana) and asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle.

He told the officer that he had a concealed carry permit and had his handgun in a holster on the floorboard. That’s when the officer trained his side arm on my neighbor and everything went south.

My neighbor was let go after some interrogation, but he was ordered to turn around and head home as the state of Nevada has a permit policy which stipulates that out-of-towners must take an eight-hour concealed carry firearm permit course in order to be approved by the sheriff for a Nevada concealed carry license.

In August, another responsible gun owner sued his state after he was forced to give up his concealed carry privileges. He was forced to forfeit his right to concealed carry not because of a crime committed or any kind of permit violation but because he wanted to become…a foster parent to his grandson.

You read that right, one Mr. Bill Johnson, a resident of Michigan, was told that his home state prohibits foster parents from from carrying concealed weapons. Mr. Johnson and his wife were able to lobby the Legislature to alter the law, but they have been barred from reapplying under the amended rules.

The foster care rule sets a dangerous precedent when one considers the value that should be placed on safety and security, not only for the children in foster care but for the foster parents themselves. If the 2009 case of 16-year old Ashley Jewel and 15-year old Kelsey Beams taught us anything it’s that hard-luck cases can often turn into potential homicide cases, and foster parents should be able to adequately arm themselves against attack by unruly and disturbed foster children.

As for the larger issue of whether gun owners should be allowed to carry their handguns across state lines, many believe that this shouldn’t be a matter for federal debate, rather it should be one determined on a state-by-state basis.

In the words of Everytown for Gun Safety President John Feinblatt, “Federally imposed concealed carry laws interfere with states’ fundamental right to determine who is too dangerous to carry hidden, loaded guns in public.”

But as Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action has said, “The current patchwork of state and local laws is confusing for even the most conscientious and well-informed concealed carry permit holders.

“This confusion often leads to law-abiding gun owners running afoul of the law when they exercise their right to self-protection while traveling or temporarily living away from home.”

Cox’s stance on the issue is in keeping with the view of most of the 16 million concealed-carry permittees in the United States. The bedrock right to self-defense is not one that should be stripped away once a person reaches their state border.

Sam Bocetta is a retired engineer who worked for over 35 years as a defense contractor for the U.S. Navy, specializing in electronic warfare and advanced computer systems. He teaches in Ottawa, Canada as a part time engineering professor and is the ASEAN affairs correspondent for Gun News Daily.

Arthur Dent: Ford, if I was to ask you “where the hell we were?” Would I regret it?
Ford Prefect: We’re safe.
Arthur Dent: Ah good.
Ford Prefect: We’re in a cabin on one of the spaceships of the Vogon constructor fleet.
Arthur Dent: Ah this is obviously some strange usage of the word “safe” that I wan’t previously aware of. familial with.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 1981

The left and the media are on the warpath over the divisive actions of those critiquing the completely and utterly non-divisive NFL protests.

For example in New Orleans the team decided they wanted to honor a local vet and veterans advocate but surprise, surprise he declined:

“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation.”

“Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it,” he continued. “To do so would be hypocritical.”

We continue to be assured that the NFL protests are not divisive, but apparently if you are a disabled vet who takes offense at it, then the New Orleans Saints thinks YOU are:

‘Sad and divisive’: Saints respond to veteran’s refusal of award because of NFL protests

That’s the Washington Post headline, here is a quote from the Saints statement.

We will not allow Mr. Wells’ decision and subsequent media appearances to distract our players and organization from continuing to honor and support our military and veterans. We, as an organization, have decided to move on from this sad and divisive discourse and focus our attention on supporting our military and veterans

Oh so it’s Mr. Wells who has not moved on from the “Sad and Divisive discourse”.

But it’s not just Mr. Wells apparently while the NFL protests are not stoking the culture wars Republican Candidate Ed Gillespie “stokes the culture wars” by bringing it up in a flyer:

A Gillespie flier publicized on Twitter Friday bears an image of a kneeling football player, raising an emotionally charged issue on which Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam essentially agree.

“You’d never take a knee,” it says. “So take a stand on election day.”

…and the left is up in arms over it, while at the same time insisting that Gillespie’s position and his opponent Democrat Ralph Northam are pretty much the same.

By evoking the anthem protests, Gillespie appears to be making a play for Trump voters as well as moderates who see the players’ actions as disrespectful to the flag or the military.

Gillespie and Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, were both asked about kneeling players shortly after Trump weighed in. Both men supported the players’ right to free speech. But Gillespie made it clear he was offended by the protests, while Northam criticized Trump’s language.

“My view is that I find it offensive when people don’t stand for the national anthem and honor our flag and all that it stands for,” said Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, Washington lobbyist and counselor to President George W. Bush. “But one of the things it stands for is freedom, and you’ve got a right to be wrong in this country.”

Northam, a Virginia Military Institute graduate and former Army doctor who treated soldiers in Operation Desert Storm, hit a similar note but also called out Trump.

So let me get this straight. The NFL protests are not “Divisive” and they do not “stoke the culture wars” BUT if you object to them, or if you invoke them in any contest that doesn’t constitute praise, either in a campaign flyer or in an investor call saying they have hurt your bottom line, you are the worst kind of racist, bigot and a Divisive person stoking the culture wars to divide us.

As Indgo Montoya once said: “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”

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Timon: Let me get this straight. You know her. She knows you. But she wants to eat him. And everybody’s okay with this?

The Lion King 1994

Over at Yid with Lid old friend Jeff Dunetz writes about an interesting bit from Donna Brazile’s book:

According to Philip Rucker of the Washington Post who obtained an early copy of the book, after her 9/11 fainting episode, Brazile considered replacing Clinton and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, with then-Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Brazile writes that she considered a dozen combinations to replace the nominees and settled on Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), the duo she felt most certain would win over enough working-class voters to defeat Republican Donald Trump. 

Now it’s worth noting (as legal insurrection points out) that there were a lot more Clinton health episodes then this which prompted this discussion but from this quote alone two things jump out at me both pretty obvious, one minor one major.

The minor thing:  Why would you consider replacing Tim Kaine over Hillary Clinton’s fainting spell?  Kaine was duly nominated and approved as the Democrat Party VP pick.  No amount of sickness on Hillary’s part has anything to do with him.

Now granted the replacement of Kaine would likely not have raised much of a fuss, except perhaps in some parts of Virginia but still it seems odd to me and a violation of rules.

The Kaine business is interesting but the real major question is this:

Why would you replace an ill Hillary Clinton with Joe Biden who choose not to run for president instead of with Bernie Sanders who did and came in 2nd in the Democrat Primaries?


Forgetting the so called Democrat principle of letting every vote count does nobody get the irony of passing over someone who got millions of primary votes for someone who got none?

Furthermore could you imagine the uproar this would have caused among the Bernie Bros who already (correctly it turns out)  thought that the fix if the DNC chief (moreover a DNC chief who apparently knew and was shocked at the fix) replaced Hillary with someone other than Bernie?

The revolt would have been spectacular and epic and that’s not even taking into account candidate Donald Trump at every campaign stop and event talking about the Democrats screwing Bernie one more time.

I suspect a fair amount of Bernie Bros didn’t vote dem last time around but if Biden had replaced Clinton instead of Bernie I would not have been surprised if enough stayed home or voted green to give Trump Minnesota, New Mexico, Virginia, NH and maybe even Maine.  It would have been a spectacular disaster for Dems (although on the bright side it would have given them a more palatable excuse for their defeat and lessened the shock and embarrassment of the media on election night.

Closing Thought:  If you are a Bernie Sanders supporter consider this:  The head of the DNC during election 2016 has come out and admitted that the fix was in against you in 2016 and professed to be appalled by it, yet even with this knowledge if the chips were down she was ready to throw Bernie Sanders and you under the bus for her chosen ticked rather than right the wrong against you that she claims upset her so much. 

Next time the Democrats ask for your vote keep that in mind.

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