January 30, 2012

Rick Santorum On “Rape Babies”

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 8:18 pm

“I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you.” –Rick Santorum

January 28, 2012

2012 Edgar Award Nominees Released

Category: Books — jerry @ 9:10 am

From PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY:

Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction and nonfiction. The winners will be announced at a gala banquet on April 26 in New York.

Best Novel: The Ranger by Ace Atkins (G.P. Putnam’s Sons); Gone by Mo Hayder (Atlantic Monthly Press); The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (Minotaur Books); 1222 by Anne Holt (Scribner); Field Gray by Philip Kerr (Marion Wood Books).

Best First Novel by an American Author: Red on Red by Edward Conlon (Spiegel & Grau); Last to Fold by David Duffy (Thomas Dunne Books); All Cry Chaos by Leonard Rosen (The Permanent Press); Bent Road by Lori Roy (Dutton); Purgatory Chasm by Steve Ulfelder (Thomas Dunne Books).

Best Paperback Original: The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit Books); The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle (Felony & Mayhem Press); The Dog Sox by Russell Hill (Caravel Mystery Books); Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley (Harper); Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis (Random House Trade Paperbacks).

Best Fact Crime: The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins (Crown); The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge by T.J. English (William Morrow); Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (Doubleday); Girl, Wanted: The Chase for Sarah Pender by Steve Miller (Penguin Group); The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter by Mark Seal (Viking).

Best Critical/Biographical: The Tattoed Girl: The Enigma of Steig Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer and John-Henri Holmberg (St. Martin’s Griffin); Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran (HarperCollins); On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda (Princeton University Press); Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates (SUNY Press); Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds and Marnie by Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick (University of Illinois Press).

Best Short Story: “Marley’s Revolution” – Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by John C. Boland (Dell Magazines); “Tomorrow’s Dead” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by David Dean (Dell Magazines); “The Adakian Eagle” – Down These Strange Streets by Bradley Denton (Penguin Group USA – Ace Books); “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies” – Down These Strange Streets by Diana Gabaldon (Penguin Group USA – Ace Books); “The Case of Death and Honey” – A Study in Sherlock by Neil Gaiman (Random House Publishing Group – Bantam Books); “The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Peter Turnbull (Dell Magazines).

Best Juvenile: Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger (Abrams/Amulet); It Happened on a Train by Mac Barnett (Simon & Schuster); Vanished by Sheela Chari (Disney-Hyperion); Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby (Scholastic Press); The Wizard of Dark Street by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (Egmont USA).

Best Young Adult: Shelter by Harlan Coben (Putnam); The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Putnam); The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall (Knopf); The Girl Is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (Roaring Brook); Kill You Last by Todd Strasser (Egmont USA).

The Simon & Schuster – Mary Higgins Clark Award: Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur Books); Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron (William Morrow); Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick (Minotaur Books); Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry (Crown); Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely (Thomas Dunne Books).

January 25, 2012

Quiet Signs Of Love

Category: Movies/TV,Music — jerry @ 12:12 pm

This “remix” of an Australian short is getting some buzz on the Internet lately. I really enjoyed it:

…with the original version hosted here:

Quiet Signs of Love from ikonfilm on Vimeo.

January 23, 2012

iPhone Manufacturing

Category: Money & Investments,Technology — jerry @ 11:44 am

From the NY Times:

When Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley’s top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president.

But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States?

Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas.

Why can’t that work come home? Mr. Obama asked.

Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back,” he said, according to another dinner guest.

The president’s question touched upon a central conviction at Apple. It isn’t just that workers are cheaper abroad. Rather, Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that “Made in the U.S.A.” is no longer a viable option for most Apple products….[Rest of article]

Good Luck, Gabby…

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 12:06 am

January 22, 2012

What You Missed In Church Today (Ninja Turtle Edition)

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 5:38 am

January 20, 2012

So A Bunch Of Fans Decided To Remake STAR WARS…

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 10:10 pm

This is SO not what SOPA/PIPA would allow:

January 19, 2012

SOPA/PIPA Explained–By Khan Academy

Category: Technology — jerry @ 12:11 pm

January 18, 2012

Stock Picks–Jan. 18, 2012

Category: Money & Investments — jerry @ 5:02 pm

I’m interested in three different stocks this time around, so I’ll be taking smaller than usual positions in all three.

First up is a thinly-traded but hopefully-on-the-rebound Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. (SMBC). Nice low price/earnings ratio and with the economy settling down (because, frankly, I don’t think there will be any significant difference between how Romney or Obama handle it over the next four years–hence, no “uncertainty”), I’m hoping financials get strong again. We’ll see.

Another pick is Littelfuse, Inc. (LFUS), which makes, of all things, little fuses. Since I believe the penny coin is going to be “phased out” in upcoming years, this should be good for the fuse industry.

Lastly, I’m picking Keynote Systems, Inc. (KEYN), which has something to do with “the cloud”. If the movie THE GRADUATE was being made today, the advice to Benjamin to get into “plastics” would likely now be to invest in “the cloud”, so, by golly, that’s what I’m going to do.

I hope that my usual in-depth analyses have given you confidence to follow my lead and purchase these fine investments.

Good luck!

January 17, 2012

The Gay Rights Movement

Category: Opinion — jerry @ 9:12 pm