Navy Jack Flag

March 27, 2021 Leave a comment

March 27, 1794 — The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy


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Book Review: The Sins of the Fathers

March 25, 2021 Leave a comment


The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder Mysteries Book 1) by [Lawrence Block]

They’re all damaged goods—the Private Investigators, that is, aren’t they?  Matthew Scudder’s cross to bear is as tragic as it was unavoidably accidental. So, now he’s a hard-drinking  former NYC detective who makes ends meet by doing “favors” for folks who show their appreciation with “gifts,” so he can avoid the whole official P.I. stereotype.  In this case, it’s a father trying to make sense of his daughter’s death and the suicide of the boy who lived with her and brutally murdered her.  As Scudder methodically unravels the mysteries of the “why” for the father, he discovers the open-and-shut case holds other mysteries that he judicially deals with in the end.  A good, gritty noir story that doesn’t follow the usual paths. (4 of 5 Stars)
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Clear and Present Dangers……James Patterson

March 22, 2021 Leave a comment

“You see, one of the best things about reading is that you’ll always have something to think about when you’re not reading.”

~James Patterson





Irish Flag

March 20, 2021 Leave a comment

March 17, AD 461 — St. Patrick died


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The Analects of Mudcat: Mainstream Media

March 18, 2021 Leave a comment
“They pretend to report the facts and we pretend to watch the news.”
~M.T. Bass

Clear and Present Dangers……Lawrence Sanders

March 15, 2021 Leave a comment

“Writing is the most important thing in my life – above marriage.”

~Lawrence Sanders





Cleveland Indians Flag

March 13, 2021 Leave a comment

March 9, 1897 —The Cleveland Spiders signed Louis Sockalexis, a full-blooded Penobscot and the fans began calling the team “Indians” (in 1915 becomes official.)


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Clear and Present Dangers……Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

March 8, 2021 Leave a comment

“I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.





Alamo Flag

March 6, 2021 Leave a comment

March 6, 1836 —The siege of the Alamo ended.


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The Analects of Mudcat: Words are Violence

March 4, 2021 Leave a comment
“When all your life is nothing but Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts, confusing words with violence is pathetically inevitable.”
~M.T. Bass

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