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   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  Ok, who has seen it?

Wednesday at 06:02 EST .

   StormCnter  When I was a kid, the Tarzan and Robin Hood books were considered boys' reading. I devoured them, however. I want to see this film.
Yesterday at 17:07 EST .

   MeiDei  Alexander Skarsgård is Tarzan .. you Jane?
Yesterday at 18:41 EST .

   Gram77  Years ago there was a Tarzan movie made, Greystoke? I thought it was great. Hope this one is just as good and yes I want to see it.
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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Any Wall visitor a fan of political books? I've read a bunch, some good, some not so, over the years. I'm halfway through "Mutual Contempt", written about 20 years ago by Jeff Shesol. It's an analysis and study of the years-long feud (lasting through their deaths )
between Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy. It's really engrossing. I'm enjoying it.
June 27 at 14:47 EST .

   MeiDei  Yes. I read a book about Goldwater early last year that was very interesting, an auto biography. Title escapes me it's been sent out of State & in that persons estate : (
Tuesday at 11:07 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  A Texan Looks at Lyndon, J. Evetts Haley, Sr.

You and I are close in age, Storm, and we both would have been fairly young women when the book was published in 1964. I didn't read it then, but did read it years later. Long after LBJ was gone.

Like any publication of that kind, some praised it and some damned it. According to everyone I've talked to who knew him, Haley was an eccentric --to put it kindly. He was a Democrat, radical, ran for Governor of Texas a couple of times.

He did write a lot of history of this area, and one book in particular, The XIT Ranch of Texas [and Life on the Llano Estacado] I read years later. I think it was published in 1926, still in print.

When I was still working for the Cowboy Attorney, I ran across an ancient article on the internet, unrelated to what I was researching, regarding that book and the fact that Haley had been sued for slander because of it, but there was nothing in the article as to what the lawsuit was about. I got curious and started searching the internet, looking for the reason that a book that seemingly innocuous would get the author sued.

I could not find anything about it.

Later that day, my boss came back from the feedyard, and I asked him if he knew anything about it. The reason I thought he might know is that Haley's son, Junior, [Midland/Odessa] is involved in water conservation and my boss, at that time was working with the High Plains Water Conservation District and City of Lubbock on water conservation, and Haley, Jr. was serving the same purpose in Midland/Odessa.

So I asked him, “Do you know anything about that book, and what got Haley sued”?

“Ohhhhhh, yes,” he says. “Let me get me a cup of coffee and pull up a chair. I’ll tell you all about it.”

What it boiled down to is, there were two brothers who cowboyed on the XIT, who lived somewhere near Vega. There was a woman who worked for them, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, and apparently, the brothers shared he in other ways. She had a son and no one ever knew which brother was the father. They both raised him.

Haley recounted that in the book, and the son sued.

Come to find out –of course this was way before my boss’s time, our law firm, the oldest continuing law firm in Lubbock, represented Haley and the publisher in that suit. Little Brown was the publisher. They settled out of court for something less than $10K.
Tuesday at 14:52 EST .

   StormCnter  Thanks for sharing, FCG. I remember the furor about Haley's book very well. My own family had nothing but contempt for Lyndon Johnson. My grandfather's good friend was Governor Coke Stevenson, defrauded out of the senate seat he rightfully won by the Johnson mysterious 87 vote "landslide".
However much I disliked and distrusted LBJ, however, I highly recommend Robert Caro's series on Johnson. Each of them is very readable and informative. I liked the first one best, though, "The Path to Power".
Wednesday at 06:10 EST .

   StormCnter posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  This is another one that has been around a while, but maybe some will enjoy it again or for the first time.

June 26 at 05:25 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  For Iacta:

June 25 at 05:53 EST .

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   MeiDei  Storm - you are so thoughtful! I'm sure Iacta will enjoy.
June 25 at 09:53 EST .

   Iacta alea est  Thanks much Storm.....the show is on every nite on the "Heroes and Icons" 2 AM, but watching it makes my insomnia less boring. On Saturday night it is preceeded by "COMBAT!".....look close at my avatar!
June 27 at 18:14 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  An L-Dotter correspondent has told me he and his wife are enjoying Louise Penny's books, a mystery series set in Montreal. He cautions a reader should begin with the first one, not dip into a later book. Anyone else read Louise Penny? I confess I am unfamiliar with her, but have looked her up and am intrigued.

And now, I'm going to drop the level of book discussion to a new low. When my father was alive, he joined me for long driving trips to the ranch on the other side of Texas. We enjoyed listening to many audio books, but the "Hank, the Cow Dog" series was his favorite. I've sent "Hank" books as gifts many times. The books are a hoot. Anyone else ever listened to or read one? John Erickson is a serious writer with serious historical tomes on his resumé, but the "Hank" books are pure fun.
June 24 at 12:09 EST .

   MeiDei  I & my book swapping friend are HUGE fans of Louise Penny's books! I think I've read all of them & yes, it's best to start from the beginning. All centers around the fictional hamlet of Three Pines in a remote area in Canada.
You meet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his lovely wife, & daughter, and the residents of Three Pines: an artist couple, Ruth the poet, the owners of the Bistro (prepare to salivate )& B&B, the bookshop owner & others. The difficulty is waiting for the next book to hit the shelves.
June 24 at 12:52 EST .

   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  For Gram.

June 23 at 13:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  some trailers are just not long enough.
June 23 at 13:15 EST .

   StormCnter  I'm trying to decide if I can persuade any of the granddaughters to come with me. I want to see it, but I need a kid to make it look legit.
June 23 at 14:52 EST .

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   Gram77  Many thanks, Storm. I just gotta see this even I go alone. The mixer sold me!!
June 23 at 17:24 EST .

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   MeiDei  That one got me too Gram - gave me ideas as well : )
June 25 at 09:57 EST .

   StormCnter posted on Recipes  How yummy do these look?

June 23 at 06:30 EST .

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   MeiDei  Nothing better than a crispy onion ring w/a surprise inside! I'm checking my oil supply now or will bake.
June 23 at 07:16 EST .

   StormCnter posted on Computers &Tech Issues  On the main forum, L-Dotters sometimes run into a paywall or a limited access wall for a posted article. This can usually be avoided if you have more than one browser (just switch browsers if you get a paywall/limited access ), In addition, setting your browsers to clear tracks/cookies each time the browser is closed pretty much eliminates the problem.

Note: Neither of these fixes will work with the Wall Street Journal, but the WaPo, Weekly Standard, Commentary Magazine, NY Times, etc., are more successful.
June 20 at 07:36 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening  I often make a 900-mile round trip to far southwest Texas and audio books are essential. I had run out of anything current, so dug out an unopened, 12-disc, unabridged "All Creatures Great and Small". I've seen the television series, read the book and had heard the condensed CD set many years ago. But, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting James and Tristan and Siegfried all over again during the last two long trips. Give it a try even if the stories are familiar.
June 20 at 06:53 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Now that you've brought it to mind, I wouldn't mind reading the books again. I guess they are still in print.
June 20 at 17:46 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  For Mei:

June 19 at 10:46 EST .

   Gram77  These two remind me of my grandkids driving their mother crazy. Very funny
June 19 at 12:46 EST .

   MeiDei  You can't look at Dwayne w/out smiling back at him! Unfortunately, I can't get sound.
June 19 at 12:49 EST .

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   Safetydude  Who's Dwayne Johnson ?
June 19 at 18:13 EST .

   MeiDei  To wrestling fans (I'm not but I like John Cena ) he's known as "The Rock" - one of his characters in movies was the Scorpion King; a policeman in another + other roles.
June 19 at 19:35 EST .

   StormCnter  I'm sorry about your sound-deprivation, Mei, but I think this one was enjoyable even without it. Johnson and Fallon hammed it up pretty efficiently.
June 20 at 06:04 EST .

   MeiDei  Enjoyed it, trying to remember the name of the candy that popped & made crackling noises in your mouth -
June 23 at 21:04 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  He was also a good football player at U of Miami
June 24 at 17:21 EST .

   StormCnter  Mei, the candy is Pop Rocks and was the reason for Fallon holding the mike to his mouth. I saw an article the other day saying Dwayne Johnson "isn't ruling out" a political run, apparently in California.
Iacta, it's nice to see you.
June 25 at 05:50 EST .

   MeiDei  Pop Rocks, of course! : ) Remembering all the kids insisting you listen to their throaty poppings. They seem not to outgrow that joy in later years : )-nor should they while it still makes us laugh.
June 25 at 12:01 EST .

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