We thank Comrade Xi Jinping for letting us use his favorite funny jokings for our new book, The People’s Collective Most Funny Joking Book. Everybody laughs with great uproar at all his jokings! Here is a sample of perplexing funny riddles!
Q: What did the saddle say to the horse?
A: Nothing! (Ha, ha! Very funny, yes!)
Q: Why wasn’t the cowboy hungry?
A: Because he just ate. (Ho, ho!)
Q: What is the difference between a broken leg and a ham sandwich?
A: Shut up, you racist! (Never fails to get oodles of laughings.)
Q: Why did the lawn ornament Garden Gnome go to the doctor?
A: To get his COVID shot, it is Mandate! (Hee-hee-hee!)
See many more funny jokings in our book, The People’s Collective Most Funny Jokings Book! If you would like to give it to your friends as a most amusing present for a holiday, just send $400.95 (plus $75.49 shipping and handling) to President Comrade Jobydin!
In the 1970s and 80s, a fad for horror swept the world of publishing. Readers wanted horror, couldn’t get enough of it. I got four books published, horror novels.
They couldn’t meet the demand, so y’know what they did? They published anything that they could get away with calling “horror.” Including a multitude of really bad books, written by wooden effigies, the kind of thing that makes a reader curse out loud and kick the book across the room… And suddenly no one was buying horror anymore.
Yesterday my wife asked a hard question: “All these people who say they want communism–don’t they see what communism does?”
Also yesterday my editor, Susan, suggested I revisit R.J. Rushdoony’s Politics of Guilt and Pity. So I opened the book, which I’d last read at least 20 years ago–and wow!
“Many persons do not reveal their personal masochism, but they do participate in mass masochism through political and economic views and activities (!) calculated to fulfill the urge to mass destruction” (Pg. 4-5, 1995 edition).
Rushdoony wrote that line in 1970. Yes, 1970, over 50 years ago.
So the answer to the question is, Yes, they do see what communism does–police state, economic stagnation, gulags and all–and that, whether they realize it or not, is what they desire: because they are tormented by guilt that cries out for atonement; but having separated themselves from Jesus Christ, our only Savior, they find this atonement impossible to achieve. They expect the state to achieve it for them, but it can’t.
I’ve got to read this book again: I’m 20 years readier for it than I was the first time.
Today I offer up one of my own favorite series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and a reader recommendation for a fantasy novel by George MacDonald from 1872.
For ages 12 and under–or over
A Princess of Mars and its sequels, by ERB–his justly famous novels of earthman John Carter’s adventures on Barsoom, the planet that we know as Mars.
These ignited my imagination as a teenager, and I still enjoy them today. My favorite is No. 5, The Chessmen of Mars, in which a barbaric nation devotes itself to a game of Martian chess played with real warriors who have to battle it out on the chessboard. This weird creation is simply fantastic; but all ten novels in the series are good.
Recommended by Heidi (I haven’t read them yet, but I can’t wait to do so, once my own book is finished), The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, and other works by him–these sound like real winners. MacDonald was a huge influence on a lot of fantasy writers–and not just fantasy writers, either. G.K. Chesterton had very high praise for The Princess and the Goblin. It sounds like a work of truly unfettered imagination.
This is a book by our friend and colleague, Michael Riemer. I review a lot of books, and something about this title, Reindeer Don’t Fly, kept telling me that this was one of them. And lo, there it was on the Chalcedon website.
As I was growing up, “evolution” was a thing that went without saying–literally. I was out of college before I heard a single word against it. Heck, everybody “knew” that evolution was true, Darwin got it right–everybody knew that! You either had to be crazy or incredibly ignorant to believe otherwise.
Well, that’s changed.
Michael’s book will give you quite a few reasons to doubt the truth of Darwinism. Once upon a time, no one doubted it (trust me, I was there). Now there’s a great deal of doubt.
Once upon a time progressives, aka twits, who believed in Darwinism got away with passing themselves off as The Smartest People In The World. They still need taking down a peg–several pegs, actually–and Reindeer Don’t Fly certainly does that.
For one thing, the guy was not a social scientist. He was a free-lance illustrator of books about dinosaurs. For another, the “scientific journal” in which he published his findings was very far from being major league. And for another, his findings were ca-ca.
My report is a little long, but it’s thorough and I hope you read it. I think it does show what we’re up against.
To wit, lies and flim-flam.
Looking back on it, I’m amazed by the candor with which the Times reporter, Ruth Gledhill, answered all my questions. Today I’m afraid they’d just call me a Hater-Biggit and double down on their lies. But in 2005 there was still some vestige of professionalism left in nooze reporting.
I’ll be adding to this from time to time. I just finished reading a book that I’ve got to add to the list.
Ages 12 and Up. The White Nile, by Alan Moorehead, combines exotic and exciting history with superb storytelling. I first read this book in high school: 50 years later, it still delights me. Discovering the source of the Nile was the centerpiece of Victorian exploration; nothing matched it until expeditions started racing for the poles. What a cast of characters! Stanley and Livingston, Burton and Speke, “Chinese” Gordon and the Mahdi… What a story!
Reader recommendations always welcome! Some of you have actually done homeschooling, and we can all benefit from your experience. I can use your help in recommending books for readers under 12. Come on, tell us–what were some of the books you thought were really great for your children when they were under 12? I mean, I read a lot of my father’s books, left over from his childhood–but I hardly think they’d be easy to find today.
You couldn’t hear my podcast? Well, that’s because I forgot to type in the link! I was in a hurry to get to the grocery store, and so this vital ingredient of the post was left out. I have just put it in; now you should be able to hear the podcast.
What a swell time I had at the store. Coming out, the wind snatched my list and blew it away. As I tried to catch it, the cart full of groceries went zooming off toward Route 1. As I turned to chase it, my leg gave out under me and I had a fall. I didn’t get hurt, but passersby thought it looked pretty awful. Thank you, years and years of judo training.
Look at this–almost one o’clock already. I have to get to work on my book and hope I can catch up blogging later.
Let’s face it: public education has always been a loser. “One size fits all” just doesn’t work for humans or any other living things. But now, with the social media and smartphones and stupidphones added to the mix, it’s worse than ever. By several orders of magnitude.
So we’re talking it over, and here it is for your edification and enjoyment.
America needs very badly to snap out of its digital stupor. No schiff–our electronic “smart” doodads are making us dumber. Loss of concentration, inability to think straight, inability to distinguish truth from poppycock–these are very serious problems, and if we don’t solve them, we will lose our country. Note I didn’t say “can.” We will lose our country and we will lose all our liberties.
Because ignoramuses don’t even know what liberty is.