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Clip & Save! Your Handy Wonkette Review Of (Part Of) Dana Loesch’s New ‘Book’

An armed society of intelligent cats is a polite society of intelligent cats.
We were planning to review for your enjoyment Amazon’s free preview of Dana Loesch’s new book-like substance, Hands Off My Gun, because who doesn’t want to spend a nice afternoon slogging through a piece of writing that is one step removed from the crude etchings some Neanderthal left on the wall of a cave ten thousand years ago. It would be impossible to be more generous than that to Dana even if we didn’t already think she is an insane ball of white-hot derp. Read more on Clip & Save! Your Handy Wonkette Review Of (Part Of) Dana Loesch’s New ‘Book’…
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It’s Banned Books Week. Go Read Something Subversive!

Seems fitting for weekend of the Values Voters summit...
Can you believe that Banned Books Week is almost over? But you don’t have to fear — people are always trying to ban something, somewhere, so you can still enjoy a banned book at your leisure. Here’s a shopping list from the American Library Association’s list of the 10 most banned or challenged books of 2013 — and if you buy using the links here, a chunk o’ the purchase price goes to support Yr Wonkette! Read more on It’s Banned Books Week. Go Read Something Subversive!…
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A Review Of The Free Amazon Preview Of Katie Pavlich’s New ‘Book’

Today is D-Day for one of the most anticipated events of the year around yr Wonkette’s newsroom, for it marks the release of Katie Pavlich’s book-like substance, Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women.We’re so excited! Not excited enough to actually spend $25 on the goddamn thing and help Katie’s book-like-substance sales, or make the trek to the library, or download a copy to our Kindle. Then we might find ourselves feeling obligated to read the entire thing and risk falling into an abyss of self-loathing and despair over our career choices. But we can read the free preview on Amazon and review that, which is about as much attention as this thing deserves. We know we’re in for some good reading just looking at the list of chapter titles: Lynching the GOP; Barack Obama: The Most Anti-Woman President Ever (this is the same Barack Obama who signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and put coverage of contraceptives for women in his massive health-insurance reform bill, right?); The NRA: America’s Real Pro-Women’s Group… Good thing we’re not reading the book, because the material could not possibly be funnier than these titles. Katie, you’ve already peaked! But let’s read the rest of this free preview anyway. Read more on A Review Of The Free Amazon Preview Of Katie Pavlich’s New ‘Book’…
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The First Electric Chair, Or The Time Thomas Edison Helped Light A Man On Fire

Just when we think we have absorbed the terrible details of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, a new story pops up that adds something to make our sphincter clench tighter than Wayne LaPierre in a Quaker meetinghouse. We cannot add anything to the outrage that others have expressed so eloquently. Instead, the news drove us to pull a book off our shelf that we first read at least a decade ago. Executioner’s Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair is a history of the first execution by electrocution in 1890, a story some of you might be familiar with. Flipping through it, we were struck by how much the arguments about jurisprudence that led to the chair’s invention mirrored the arguments that are popping up again in the wake of Lockett’s death. Read more on The First Electric Chair, Or The Time Thomas Edison Helped Light A Man On Fire…
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Sundays With The Christianists: In Great Artist Jon McNaughton’s Novel, Wingnuts Finally Win Every Argument

Sternums up, everybody! Time to wrap up our visit to the mind of Great American Artist Of America Jon McNaughton, as revealed in his teen novel Knight of the Superstitions. It’s a stirring tale of a young Mary Sue named Josh Knight, who with the help of his guardian angel Nathaniel becomes adept at seeing and defeating the surprisingly boring demons and other evil influences that plague our world. Last week we looked at Josh’s spiritual journey, such as it is; this week, we’ll take a look at the book’s very insightful political content, although we suppose McNaughton would say there’s no difference. So strap on your Spiritual Armor — we recommend strong coffee or maybe a Bloody Mary — and we’ll watch Josh strike a blow for liberty against the oppression of liberal education. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: In Great Artist Jon McNaughton’s Novel, Wingnuts Finally Win Every Argument…
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Sundays With The Christianists Special Report: Great Artist Jon McNaughton Wrote A Novel About God, Angels, And Good Posture

We’re going to take a short break from our American history textbooks for homeschoolers, because Alert Reader “Blanche” tipped us off to a self-published booklike object that we somehow missed when it splashed into the internet in late July: Great American Artist Jon McNaughton has written a novel that does for Teen Fiction what Christian Rock did for music. McNaughton took a little time away from painting Patriotic Classics like “Jesus Hands Washington the Constitution,” “Obama Burns the Constitution,” and “Bro Shames Democrat Preznits By Holding Up The Magically Unburnt Constitution,” so he could write a book. A book for young people, full of magic and imagination and wonder, with all the subtlety of McNaughton’s art. It is called Knight of the Superstitions, and it is easily the equal of the “Harry Potter” books, in that it contains words and can be purchased as an e-book. It’s getting rave reader reviews* on Amazon, which means that a whole bunch of homeschooled teens are going to have it dumped on them, poor things. We read it so you won’t have to. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists Special Report: Great Artist Jon McNaughton Wrote A Novel About God, Angels, And Good Posture…
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Wonkette Book Club: We Are All Gay For Rachel Maddow’s Book

One nice thing about writing for Yr Wonkette is that we don’t even have to pretend to hide our raging nerd-crush on Rachel Maddow, or pretend that we don’t just melt in fannish excitement when she acknowledges the existence of our little mommyblog — she’s called Wonkette “profane and excellent” on air…twice! (Squeee!) So we also won’t pretend that we weren’t already predisposed to like her book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, published last year but newly released in paperback. But unlike so many books by TV/political people — even pretty good ones, like Al Franken’s Lies And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them — Drift isn’t just a series of riffs that make some excellent points while giving you some larffs. It’s a sustained argument about what’s gone haywire in America’s use of military power, with the kind of keen dot-connecting that works so well for Maddow in her on-air commentaries. And it starts with a dedication that you know is from the heart: “To former vice president Dick Cheney. Oh, please let me interview you.” Read more on Wonkette Book Club: We Are All Gay For Rachel Maddow’s Book…
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Wonkette Book Club: This Al Capp Bio Is A First-Rate Book About A Real Jerk

When Kid Zoom was a wee lad of about 4, his favorite bedtime story for a while was Yr Doktor Zoom’s extemporaneous retelling of Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight. No idea how we stumbled on that narrative as a bedtime story; maybe there was a hope that the part about Lindbergh barely being able to stay awake as he flew low over the waves might influence a hyper little boy (nahh). And then, of course, several years later, we had to revisit Lucky Lindy and talk about his less than heroic later years as a racist, anti-Semite, isolationist, and pal of the Nazis. Lesson learned: People can do impressive things and still be awful human beings. Which brings us to the impressive career of “Li’l Abner” creator and human trainwreck Al Capp, as covered by Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen in their biography Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary. This is the first full-scale biography of Capp, who died in 1979, and the decades since “Li’l Abner” was a daily newspaper feature give Schumacher and Kitchen a healthy distance to assess both Capp’s career as a creator of comics (yep, kind of a genius and definitely an innovator) and his character as a human being (“seriously flawed” might be too generous). Read more on Wonkette Book Club: This Al Capp Bio Is A First-Rate Book About A Real Jerk…
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E-Book Review: Presidents Are Expensive. Why Won’t Obama Work For Free?

Conservatives have a hard time deciding what to find more shocking: the suspension of White House tours because of the sequester, or the insanely outrageous cost of having an Executive Mansion in the first place, especially if the hired help puts their unworthy feet up on the furniture. Today’s review looks at an e-book that falls in the latter camp, John F. Groom’s The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House, which was actually published last September but continues to be fodder for whining by NRO and moronic speeches at CPAC, so we will call it “timely.” Make no mistake about it: this e-book is one terrible little waste of electrons. We mourn for the senseless slaughter of ones and zeroes that otherwise could have gone into a video of a cat jumping into a box. But since this thing exists, let’s give it the mockery it so richly deserves. Read more on E-Book Review: Presidents Are Expensive. Why Won’t Obama Work For Free?…
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Serious Book Club Live Chat No Poop Jokes Allowed: The Arab Spring, Social Media, And Them Damn Twitters

Coming up at Noon, EST: Andy Carvin is joining us in the Sekrit Wonket Chatcave for a Livechat until he gets sick of our questions / poop jokes. Please leave your questions in the comments section; we will copy the best questions into our live chat, then bloog the answers below! One of the most dangerous things for a dictator, supposedly, is the free flow of information. That belief is certainly reinforced by Andy Carvin’s book Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution, an engaging and sometimes jaw-dropping record of how activists and ordinary citizens used social media technology to overthrow oppressive governments in several countries in the Middle East during 2010 and 2011. Carvin rejects the notion that these were “Twitter Revolutions,” because as with any revolution, it was the people who ultimately brought about change. But there’s little doubt that Facebook and Twitter provided the revolutionaries with tools that enabled them to organize and communicate more effectively with each other, and with the outside world. And somehow, in a surprising turn of events that American political figures may wish to study, the activists of the Arab Spring managed to make use of the new technologies without even once (as far as has been documented) forwarding racist cartoons or sending photos of their junk out to their followers. Read more on Serious Book Club Live Chat No Poop Jokes Allowed: The Arab Spring, Social Media, And Them Damn Twitters…
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Your Forty-Third Reminder Of Inaugural Wonket Book Club Livechat With Author & NPR Guy Andy Carvin Tomorrow!

Mark your colanders, Wonkers, because the inaugural online meeting of our awesome little book club will be tomorrow (Tuesday 3/5/13) at Noon EDT. We’ll be discussing Andy Carvin’s Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution; our book review will go up at about 11:45, and then author Andy Carvin will join us for a live discussion of his book from noon to 1 EST. As an unabashed NPR fanboy, Yr. Doktor Zoom was initially a little worried about going all Chris Farley for this event — “Hey, remember how you said social media is revolutionizing journalism and stuff? That was really awesome!” — but in an email sent while we were scheduling this thing, Mr. Carvin suggested “One good way to mask it – ask me tough-ass questions. I can take it.” Sounds like a challenge to us, so no softball questions, OK? (Also, Eeeeee! We totally got email from NPR’s Andy Carvin!!!) Read more on Your Forty-Third Reminder Of Inaugural Wonket Book Club Livechat With Author & NPR Guy Andy Carvin Tomorrow!…
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Wonkette Book Club Update: We’ve Scored A Livechat With Author, NPR Guy, And New Puppy Owner Andy Carvin

Just a quick reminder, Wonkeratti, that you have a bit over a week to get ahold of and read our Book Club’s first selection, Andy Carvin’s Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution. Carvin became something of an Interwebs phenomenon in 2010-11 when his familiarity with a number of prominent bloggers in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, his position as NPR’s Social Media director, and his mad Twitter skillz all combined to make him one of the main conduits of information between participants in the Arab Spring and the western media. In Distant Witness, he explores how new media helped people organize and communicate with each other and with the outside world; he also looks at some of the challenges involved in using social media as a form of journamalism. We’re pretty chuffed to announce that Andy Carvin has agreed to join Your Wonkette for a livechat — we’re still nailing down a day and time, but we think it will be early the week of March 4th, which gives you lucky bibliophiles a bit more time to grab and read a copy of the book. Not sure if you’ll have time to receive a dead-trees version, but the e-book is available for virtually any screen you already read Your Wonkette on. Read more on Wonkette Book Club Update: We’ve Scored A Livechat With Author, NPR Guy, And New Puppy Owner Andy Carvin…
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Your Wonkette Book Club Will Now Dominate Your Media Diet With This Book About Covering The Arab Spring With A Smartphone

As we mentioned last weekend, Your Wonkette is starting a book club thingie, because why wouldn’t we? Here’s the dealio: pretty much every month, we will select a book, announce that selection, and give the Wonkettariat some three weeks or so to read it, followed by a review and a nice long discussion. Unlike a real-world book club, we will not be able to meet at a coffee shop and enjoy baked goods while we talk about the book. On the upside, you will not have to leave the house or wear pants. Read more on Your Wonkette Book Club Will Now Dominate Your Media Diet With This Book About Covering The Arab Spring With A Smartphone…
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Does Fox Nation (The Website) Lie As Much As Fox News (The Cable Channel)? Probably!

When Americans think of “lying Rupert Murdoch-owned filthyweasels spewing rightwing talking points,” they of course think of Fox News. But There’s a whole ‘nother arm of the Murdoch Bullshit Machine that operates semi-independently of the Fox News domain, and that’s their terrible stinky community website, Fox Nation (motto: “We’re The One That Allows Comments”), which basically is a news aggregation site whose unidentified editors take stories from other sources, slap inflammatory headlines / summaries on ‘em, and then presumably spend the rest of the day drinking heavily, which is perhaps the only thing they have in common with Yr Wonkette. While the main Fox News operation is the monster that gets most of the attention from critics like Jon Stewart or Media Matters, Fox Nation is its pimply younger brother, always trying to keep up and usually in need of a shower. Blogger Mark Howard, of NewsCorpse.com, has addressed this inequity by devoting time on his site to a regular feature called “Fox Nation vs. Reality,” and has collected 50 of his favorites into an e-book, Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Community’s Assault On Truth (for Amazon’s Kindle, but also readable with an app for computers & smartphones). Shall we now review this e-book? Yes, we shall. (We shall also announce our coming Wonket Book Club! You probably definitely want to read that.) Read more on Does Fox Nation (The Website) Lie As Much As Fox News (The Cable Channel)? Probably!…
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Wonkette Book Club: Should The South Just Go Ahead And Secede?

Well, duh. Hell, we’ll help ‘em pack. God knows that every time Your Wonkette runs a story about some new idiocy coming out of a former state of the Confederacy, incredulous commenters have to ask “Why did we even let them rejoin the Union?” Travel writer Chuck Thompson decided that the question was worth exploring beyond the level of snotty blog comments (not that there’s anything wrong with those*), and the result is Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession. Thompson argues that despite getting back together after that big tiff a while back, the North and South just aren’t that into each other, so maybe it’s time to talk about divorce. He also insists he’s quite serious about all this, even if he’s grinning. But yes, he says, let’s take the Rick Perrys at their word: One way or another, the social, political, and economic gridlock that’s paralyzing this country has got to be broken… [No political candidate] is bold enough to acknowledge the Rebel elephant in the room. None is willing to consider the possibility that breaking up the country through peaceful secession might be the most sane and effective way of saving it. I am. Read more on Wonkette Book Club: Should The South Just Go Ahead And Secede?…
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Will You ‘Quit Money’ On U.S. Tax Day, Like ‘The Man Who Quit Money’?

American Tax Day is an unhappy time for most people, as we realize how little money we made during the previous year, or how much we’re paying in taxes, or how those good tax credits don’t apply for one reason or another, or how awful it is that we live in a country where the government extracts whatever it wants from our earnings and then spends it all on horrible bat-wing robot murder monsters soaring the skies over Afghanistan and Iraq and even right here in the U.S.A., while American kids go to bed hungry and teenagers with no education and no income are compelled by law to give birth to offspring they cannot possibly care for, and that the government will also not care for, because that violates Freedom. The culprit in all these crimes is Money, and a lovely man named Daniel Suelo has succeeded in quitting money altogether while living a rich and varied life. Read more on Will You ‘Quit Money’ On U.S. Tax Day, Like ‘The Man Who Quit Money’?…
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What Can Vaclav Havel Do For You?

And now Vaclav Havel is dead. Absurdist playwright, passionate essayist, beer connoisseur, deep thinker about humankind’s place in the cosmos, non-violent fighter for human freedom and dignity, political prisoner of his country’s totalitarian communist regime, and then the post-Velvet Revolution president of Czechoslovakia (and, after the nation split, president of the Czech Republic). What do his writings have to offer us, here in the U.S. of States, on this December day in 2011? Does a disheveled anti-authoritarian haunter-of-theaters-and-pubs have anything to teach us in Earth’s Most Exceptional Country? Let us see. Read more on What Can Vaclav Havel Do For You?…
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Do Novels Cause Old Person Terrorism?

A bunch of decrepit rednecks fantasizing about mass murder is a common enough occurrence in North Georgia (your Wonkette bookman knows this from lifelong experience). What’s different about the alleged plot by this AARP IRA is that they had the misfortune to run into an FBI informant who actually challenged them to put their brain-damaged program into action. Thus, a “bucket list” of gubmint/corporate/media folk to kill, plus an imaginary Knight Rider car that spits ricin all over I-85. It’s good to know that novels can still inspire people to change the world Read more on Do Novels Cause Old Person Terrorism?…
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Author Exposes U.S. Gov’t Cluelessness, Gets Persecuted by U.S. Gov’t

The U.S. State Department has been known to make noise about protecting free speech around the world. Writers and bloggers, the department says, should be allowed to publish their opinions even if they conflict with government dogma. But these freedoms are granted to humanity by the State Department under the strict condition that the people practicing the free speech live in a distant land, and that the government they annoy is just some bearded bogeyman religious regime like in Iran, or an inscrutable oligarchy like in China. Tell uncomfortable truths about U.S. policy, or so much as mention “Wikileaks,” and the American Authorities will hound you like a furious baboon (a furious baboon-hound, we mean). Hence the current jihad against Peter Van Buren’s We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People. We have read and reviewed this delightful book! Read more on Author Exposes U.S. Gov’t Cluelessness, Gets Persecuted by U.S. Gov’t…
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Remembering America’s ‘Remembering 9/11′ Columns

Just one day over a decade ago, 9/11 changed everything. It did. But we got through it, because after all are we not Americans — that’s what we do, “get through” a constant sewage stream of economic and moral disasters. It was 10 years ago. Certain authors remember it well. “9/11,” they say, sitting down to tap out think pieces about that fateful day, “I remember it well. It changed everything. But is not America still, after all, America?” Let’s skim through some of these poignant “remembering 9/11” columns and incisive “how has this horrible decade affected Things on Earth?” essays, and compare and contrast, as a terrible beauty is born. Read more on Remembering America’s ‘Remembering 9/11′ Columns…
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Why Must Barack Obama Have His Own Taste in Books?

What does one say when confronted with a president who reads books while he’s on vacation? Surely something like “Why must you, President Smarty Pants, follow your interests when the time comes to select reading material? Why can’t you read something I would like to read? Why aren’t you me? After all, I am secretly a very important man/woman.” At least that’s what we should think, according to various opinion pieces recently posted on the wretched Internet. Read more on Why Must Barack Obama Have His Own Taste in Books?…
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A Wonkette Guide To Political Summer Reading (Ha, Not Really!)

It’s been a while since the last installment of Wonkette World o’ Books, and heavens how the world has changed since that time of economic chaos and meaningless violence here and abroad. Oh, we’re kidding, for there is nothing new under the sun (which is known to feast on human hearts). But as a blind Argentinian (not Diego Maradona, that’s more like a blinG Argentinian, ho ho!) once wrote, “The world is inexhaustible.” In that spirit, let’s take some quick looks at a few books. In nooks, with cooks. Read more on A Wonkette Guide To Political Summer Reading (Ha, Not Really!)…