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Volume 1-2016


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Politics Daily

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Other sites worth visiting:

Political Punch (ABC News Blog)


9-11 Liberals and Salman Rushdie

Police Force "Bombing" in Iraq

Anatomy of a Screwing

Fix America Now

Iceberg Economy: How the Supply Siders are Sinking the Ship of State

Bloomberg Illustrates Dodd-Frank Regulations for Investors

DAVOS WEF Points Out Single Points of Failure in the New Global Economy

Soulless Possession of Santo Niño

What Keeps NBC's Chuck Todd Up at Night?

"King of Bain" - Documentary on Mitt Romney's Private Equity Firm Bain Capital

Robert Smigel's Lost Ode to the Evil of General Electric

Riddle This: Do Our Governmental Systems Hinder Mitigation of Harmful Influences to Our System of Government?

The Achievement Metric - Time for a New Way of Determining Public Policy and Positioning Revenue Spending

Hide Your Brains! Matthews from the Left! Gingrich from the Right! Blowhard Attack! Or, more to the point...book reviews of "JFK Elusive Hero" and "Valley Forge"

Art Sampler - An RCJ Review of Art in the Modern Period

Benicia, California Case Study in Traffic Engineering and Growth Management

Everyday Heroism - The Penn State Debacle

How to Keep Things Lousy in the USA

How Being a Socialist Became a Negative

Are You A Slave? A Brief History of the Subject Suggests "Probably"

Moses, Wall Street, Human Nature and Grover Norquist

Concepts of Resistance - The RCJ Provides a Road Map for the OWS Movement

Lance Henriksen - World's Greatest Actor in Reflective Mode

Conspiracy - A Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the New World Order

Elections 2012

What Does it Take to be President?

Rating the U.S. News Readers

The Antidote to Michelle Bachman

Ship of Fools - Why Won't We Save Ourselves?

White House Solar Bomb

What Is Happening to Us?

The Cloud - What It Is

Background on Afghanistan

Economics 101

Global Economic Risks

Islamic Definition

Middle East

Second Amendment Remedies

Sam Broussard - Republicans


Why All the Zombies?

Gun Rights

Leadership Chronicles


Rick Alan Rice (RAR) Literature Page


CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel











I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.



If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves at NOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


TURN OF THE SCREW                              

1  JFK - It Takes A Village 

Fifty years after the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 59 percent of all Americans believe that there was a cabal behind the murder, while only 24 percent believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Why does it matter in 2013? Was it that the murder protected and further ensured the continued development of that "New World Order" so coveted by Adolph Hitler and the people who have controlled the U.S. government for the last 60 years and counting? Not to ruin the surprise, but it all began with bankers. READ MORE

2  The Truth About the Truth 

You ever wonder why those mainstream media journalists, around in 1963 and thereafter, have held fast to the idea that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone? Because if the truth is otherwise, all of their careers have been sham. READ MORE

3  Mind Games                       

Compelling large swaths of the public to believe in and react to certain things and to respond to certain triggers has developed under various names. Madison Avenue calls it advertising, public relations, and marketing. Militaries worldwide call it psyche warfare. It is the only thing that keeps the status quo in place. READ MORE

4  Universal Caring            

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is rolling out better in those states that created their own portals for insurance shoppers, rather than leaving it to the Federal Government to do it for them. Progressives are calling this a win, as are some otherwise uninsurable customers. The big winners? The existing insurance providers and their stockholders, of course. READ MORE

5  Revisionist Theory       

Oliver Stone's Showtime series on the "Untold" history of America is of a piece with the tide of books contesting the truth of all that has happened, anytime, anywhere. The RCJ wonders if this is going anyplace? READ MORE

6  The Classless Society       

Most Americans have grown up believing that they are members of the Middle Class, though few have given any real thought to what a class system in America even means. America, after all, has promoted itself as a "classless society", which is a pretty treacherous boast, intended to say something noble about the character of the average Joe. We give everybody an even break, a fair deal, regardless of race or religious affiliation, or other such considerations. Or at least, that's what we Americans like to think. One wonders about the downsides of that in a world in which crazy economic imbalances have reached historic proportions. READ MORE

7  Is Fidel Castro the 20th Century's Greatest Figure?      

Americans will sometimes fall in love with a Vaclav Havel, or maybe briefly with a Mikhael Gorbechev, but what of a communist who gives organized crime the boot, provides universal health care to the people of his nation, and somehow manages to stay in power for a half-century and counting without being overthrown by reformers? READ MORE

8  Can You Hear Me Now?      

Americans and citizens around the world quickly embraced "smart phone" technology, touted for the new world convenience it provided: online banking, directions-finding, shopping, games playing, personal GPS, detail of everything they've done for every minute of every day, detailed personal preferences, present location, identifying features, ethnic profile... Hey, wait a minute! No wonder this year's word-of-somebody's-year is "Selfie"! We did it to ourselves! READ MORE

9  The Warren Report        

Is Elizabeth Warren positioned to finally sink, once and for all, Hillary Clinton's presidential aspirations; to deprive her of the historical first she clearly desires? READ MORE

10  Generational Awareness        

To many in the Baby Boomer Generation, the 1960s seemed like the dawning of the age of Aquarius; one of those backwards churning 2,150-year (roughly) astrological cycles that season the universe with certain qualities or characteristics. The Age of Aquarius, which may or may not have begun already, is projected to be a period of enlightenment and understanding. Young people come of age in the 1960s gave themselves, for the obvious reasons, to the notion that they were the avatars of this age of humanity and spiritual advancement. That worked pretty well on cultural and social levels for a brief time, until the hippies and those who adopted their fashion sense had to get jobs in the 1970s. The whole facade collapsed within itself at that point and the same Baby Boomers who embraced the counter-culture went on to develop the most predatory brand of capitalism the world has yet known. It might lead one to wonder if the constellations have lost their authority. READ MORE
































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