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Predictable to the Last Shot

Posted by heyrandy on October 17, 2017

Castigo Cay, Matt Braken, 2017

What’s a ex-Marine sniper to do? College did not work out because you had to drop out in exchange for the professor’s not pressing charges against you for slugging him to repel his advance. Next you go  to work for your uncle who is rebuilding a boat. You get the boat when he dies from falling off the scaffolding. Then you cruise the Caribbean.

Along the way you pick up a German-Argentinian doctor and a Vietnamese cook. To meet expenses you pull a con on a deserving mark. With the boat you look like you belong in the mark’s social set. The Venezuelan hottie on your arm adds to the image.

The hottie wants to go to Miami to get into the television news business. You can’t go because the IRS will seize the boat because of all the back taxes you owe. The hottie jumps ship to a billionaire’s yacht.

The hottie needs rescuing. It is a matter of honor. You promised her father that you would take care of her.  The rescue involves gold, a fast boat, and locals who owe you. This is not much against a nefarious billionaire who owns a U.S. senator, but it succeeds.

This book is guy lit. But it is also a social commentary. America–at least south Florida–has become a police state with local variations. There is contrast between Dade and Broward counties. Broward has little police protection, Dade too much. The world’s economy  is a mess. Inflation has caused prices to rise. But the black market is working. Two off the books hair cuts were $500. Cell phones cannot be bought in stores with cash, but if you know where to go….

The action ends as it should: with a gun shot. And the senator has a new owner. The boat is getting a real paint job on her hull. There may even be a new hottie. This one’s Dutch.


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A Go-Along, at Best

Posted by heyrandy on August 12, 2017

LBJ: the Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination, Philip Nelson, 2010

Who did it? According to the author the answer is obvious: the one who benefited. This is not a new theory. Nor does the author prove it. In 729 pages the author tells us a lot about Lyndon (a crude, lying, murdering thief), fails to make the case that LBJ was behind it all.

There is much about the assassination that we do not know. The Warren  Commission is criticized in this book. That much Nelson get right, but this is nothing new. What government investigation is not just a public-deceiving fraud? the Warren Commission is part of long tradition of reports that do not do what they say they do. The official 9-11 report is the latest piece of junk.

The major thesis is the CIA was behind the killing to keep the agency from suffering the wrath of Kennedy over the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Allegedly the agency feared it demise once Kennedy won re-election. So naturally they took the only reasonable course by killing the president in public. What other plan could they have?

The Warren Report is weak. But the alternative offered by Nelson is weaker. Multiple assassins with much better rifles shooting from much better locations is a difficult case to prove. It is also absurd. If you are going to blame a patsy with an inaccurate gun, why would you equip your assassins with different guns? Why would you equip your patsy with a junk gun? The crime would be investigated. The ballistics tests would prove there were at least two rifles since the bullets would be different even it the bullets were so damaged as to not allow testing to see if they were from different guns.

Why would the CIA worry about what Kennedy did? Yes, it would take a hit, but it would survive and regrow. Bureaucracies simply out wait politicians. Kennedy would have to go through congress to get the budget cut, the only thing that ends a bureaucracy. The CIA had many friends in congress. It had the goods on the others.

The book needs an editor. The book is repetitive, meandering, and full of irrelevant material.


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Vocabulary, vol. 5

Posted by heyrandy on August 7, 2017


Here is the latest volume in Hey Randy’s vocabulary discovery. As always, when evaluating this post score double points to any word you find here that I listed in previous posts.


abaft. nautical. adv., toward the stern

adipose, adj., of or relating to fat, fatty

ad loc., at or to the place

adytum, n., the sanctum in an ancient temple

affray, n., a noisy quarrel or brawl

agnate, adj. relate or descended from the father’s side

aliquot adj., of or relating to an exact divisor of factor of a quanitity, especially of an integer; n., an aliquot part

anker, n., a liquid measure in various countries of Europe.

arras, n., a wall hanging; a tapestry; a curtain or wall hanging, especially of Flemish origin

asper n., a former Turkish monetary unit

auctorial adj., of or relating to an author


baldric, n., a belt worn across the chest to support a sword or bugle

banns, n. an announcement of an intended marriage.

barracoon, n., a barracks in which slaves or convicts were formerly held in temporary confinement

batman, n. a British military officer’s orderly

besom n., a bundle of twigs attached to a handle and used as a broom

bouma , typography the shape of a cluster of letters

brio n. vigor, vivacity

burgh, n., a chartered town or borough in Scotland

Buridan’s ass, n. in philosophy an example intended to show the deficiency of reason. An ass standing equidistant from two identical heaps of oats starves to death because reason provides no ground for choosing to eat one rather than the other


cabtharides, n., plural of if cantharis, a diuretic and urogenital stimulant of irritant prepared form the dried bodies of Spanish fly. once thought to be an aphrodisiac.

cacique n., an Indian chief, especially of the Spanish West Indies and other parts of Latin America during colonial times. A local political boss in Spain or Latin America

camarilla, n., a group of confidential, often scheming advisers; a cabal

ce-devant adj., former

celadon, n. a pale to very pale green, 2 a type of pottery having a pale green glaze

charabanc n. an open top bus used for sightseeing

chignon, n., a roll or knot of hair worn at the back of the head

chicote, n., a whip made of twisted rhinoceros hide see sjambok

clamant, adj. clamorous, loud 2 demanding attention, pressing

clew, n., a ball of yarn or thread; clews, the cords by which a hammock is suspended; clewed, vt., to roll into a coil or ball.

clitic, n., an unstressed word that is incapable of standing on its own and attaches its pronunciation to a stressed word, e.g., ’em (I see ’em.)

coffle n. a group of animal, slaves, or prisoners chained together in a line

comitia, n. & n. pl., a popular assembly in ancient Rome having legislative or electoral duties.

constative, adj. relating to or being an utterance that asserts or states something that can be judged as true of false. n. an utterance such as an assertion.

cordillera, n., a extensive chain of mountains or mountain ranges, especially the principal mountain system of a continent.

cortege, n. a train of attendants, a retinue

coup de main, n., a sudden action undertaken to surprise an enemy.

culverin, n., an early crudely made musket

cuirass, n., a piece of armor for protecting the breast and back; the breastplate

cynosure, n., an object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration 2 something that serves to guide


deaccession v.tr., to remove an object from a collection, especially in order to sell it and purchase other objects

delandra est Carthago,  Carthage must be destroyed

demarche n., a course of action; a diplomatic representation or protest; a statement of protest addressed by citizens to public authorities

de minimus, of trifling consequence or importance; too insignificant to be worthy of concern; a reference to the phrase deminimis non curat lex (the law does not concern itself with trifles)

dingle, n., a small wooded valley; a dell

dirk, n. a dagger

dispositive, adj., relating to or having an effect on disposition or settlement, especially of a legal case or will.

donjon. n., the fortied main tower of a castle


ecesis n. the successful establishment of a plant or animal species in a habitat

eclaircissement, n., French, clarification; explanation; enlightenment

egestion n., a bodily excretion tr.v., egest

eldrich adj., strange, weird, unearthly

enclitic, n. a clitic that is attached to the end of another word

ephor, one of a body of five elected magistrates exercising a supervisory power over the kings of Sparta

epopt n., one enlightened in secrets ways

eucarya n., quondong trees

eupatrid, n. a member of the hereditary aristocracy of ancient Athens


factitious, adj., produced artificially, sham

fane n,. a temple

fanfaronade, n., gragging or blustering manner or behavior. a fanfare

flamen n., a priest of ancient Rome

Fashoda, a small town is SE Sudan the scene of a diplomatic incident (1898) in which French occupation of the fort caused a crisis between France Great Britain

firman, n., an edict of an Oriental sovereign 2 any authoritative grant of permission

fisc. n., the treasury of a kingdom or state

flinders, n., bits, fragments, or splinters

fontanel, n. the soft spot in a baby’s head

fustian, n., a coarse cloth; pretentious speech; pompous language. adj., pompous, bombastic, and ranting


gabble, v. intr. to speak rapidly or incoherently; jabber2 to make rapid low muttering or quacking sounds v. tr. to utter rapidly n., rapid, incoherent or meaningless speech

galere n., a group of people having a common interest, esp. a coterie of undesirable people; an unpleasant situation

gallimaufry, n., a jumble; a hodgepodge

gallipot, n., a small glazed earthenware jar formerly used by druggists of medicaments

gawp, intr. v. to gawk

gesellschaft n., a group of people held together by practical concerns

gemeinschaft n., a group of people held together by common beliefs or family ties.

gens, n. gentes, n.pl., a patrilineal clan of ancient Rome composed of several families of the same name claiming a common ancestor and belonging to a common religious cult

gotch n. an undergarment


haruspex, n. haruspices, n.pl., a priest in ancient Rome who practiced divination by the inspection of the entrails of animals

Hautgout, n., high relish or flavor; high seasoning

heterosis n., the increase in growth or othre characters in hybrids over those of the parents adj. heterotic

hummock, n. a low mound or ridge of earth; a knoll, also hammock, a tract of forested land that rises above an adjacent marsh in the southern US

hyperborean, adj., of the far north; Artic 2. very cold; frigid


impone v.tr., to wager

indaba n. south African tribal council

ingressive adj. involving an ingress; inchoative; ling., a word sound made by intake of air

inter alia, adv., among other things

intromission, n., the act of putting one thing into another; cannulation


jobbery n., corruption among public officials


kelson, n., variant of keelson. a timber or girder fastened above and parallel to the keel of a ship


Lacedaemon, the ancient city-state of Sparta

Laocoon n., A Trojan priest of Apollo who who was killed by two sea serpents for having warned his people of the Trojan horse

levee n., an embankment to contain a river; a reception held, as at a royal court

limgam, n., (Hinduism) a stylized phallus worshiped as a symbol of the god Shiva

lixiviate, tv., to wash or percolate the soluble matter from

luff, n., the act of sailing closer into the wind


mairie,  a city hall

manes or Manes, n. pl. the spirits of the dead, regarded as minor supernatural powers in ancient Rome

mantuamaker, n., one who makes dresses, cloaks, etc. for women; a dressmaker.

mare clausum, n., a navigable body of water that is under the jurisdiction of one nation and closed to all others

masque n., a dramatic entertainment performed by masked players

medina, n. the old section of an Arab city

medullary, n. the inner core of certain organs, 2, the pith of stems or roots of certain plants

melliferous, adj., forming or bearing honey

metapsychosis, n. reincarnation

meum and tuum, n., Lit. to fail to distinguish one’s own property from another’s; to be dishonest

mirk adj., dark, gloomy also murk

missish adj., like a miss, prim, affected

monstrance, n. in Roman Catholic Church the receptacle holding the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration. 2, proof by process of argument or a proposition proving an asserted conclusion

mudsill n,. the lowest point of a building upon which the foundation rests

muzhik, n. a Russian peasant

mutatis mutandis, adv., the necessary changes having been made

myrmidon, n. an ancient nation of Greek mythology. A dining club a Merton College, University of Oxford


nubbin n. a small or undeveloped part, a stunted part


offing, n., the part of the sea visible from the shore that is very distant or beyond anchoring ground

opisthography, n., a writing wpon the back of anything already written upon; the practice of writing on both sides of the object used as a surface

orthhogonal adj., relating to or composed of right angles; very different or unrelated, sharply divergent


palfrey n., a light saddle horse, esp. ridden by women

pantile, n., a roof tile with an S-shaped profile

parti pris, n., an inclination for or against something that affects judgment; a bias or prejudice

pasquinade n., a satire or lampoon; v.tr., to ridicule with a pasquinade

Penates, pl. n, the Roman gods of the household.

perturbative adj.,tending to cause perturbation; disturbing

peruke n., a wig

physiatrist n., a physician who specializes in physical medicine; a health care professional who administers physical therapy

physiognomy n., facial features; the art of judging human character from facial features; aspect and character of an inanimate entity

polemarch, n., a civilian official in ancient Greece

prepotent, adj., greater in power, influence, or force than another

phalanstery, n. a self-sustaining coperative community of followers of Fourierism

phratry, n. a grouping of clans or other social units within a tribe

pinchbeck, n., an alloy of zinc and copper used as imitation gold; a cheap imitation; adj., imitation

plangent, adj., loud and resound as in plangent bells; 2 plantive

point d’appui, n., a support or prop; the base or rallying point for a military unit

pontifex, n. a man on the highest council of priests in ancient Rome

primus inter pares, n., first among equals

proscenium, n., the area of a theater that is located between the curtain and the orchestra

puggaree n. cloth wrapped around the crown of a hat

purblind, adj., having poor vision; nearly blind

privative, adj., causing deprivation or loss

puttee, n., a strip of cloth wound spirally around the leg from ankle to knee 2 a gaiter covering the lower leg


quadrille n. a type of dance

qui vive, n., a sentinel’s challenge. Who goes there? (French)


Rabelaisian, adj. of Rabelais or his works; 2, characterized by coarse humor or bold caricature

refractory, adj., obstinately resistant to authority 2 difficult to melt 3 resistant to treatment

risorgimento, n., the period or movement for the liberation and political unification of Italy.

rodomontade, n., pretentious boasting; bluster; adj., pretentiously boasting or bragging; intr. v., to boast or brag.

ruction, n. a disturbance, quarrel, or row


sanative, adj., having the power to cure; a sanative environment

sangar, n., military: a breastwork of stone or sods

sannyasi, n., a wandering mendicant and ascetic

Sauterne n. a semisweet white wine

sauve qui peut, n., a state of panic or disorder; a rout

scud, intr. v., to run or skim along swiftly and easily; n., the act of scudding

sjambok, n., a whip made of animal hide see chicote

shrive, v., to hear the confession of and give absolution to a penitent. to make or go to confession.

souterrain, n., an underground chamber or passage

spermaceti n. a wax-like substance from the head of the sperm whale

spinney, n., a small grove; copse


taboret, n., a low stool without a back or arms; a low stand or cabinet; an embroidery frame

tarn, n., a small mountain lake, especially one formed by glaciers

taurobolium a part of an ancient religious rite involving baptism in the blood of a sacrificed bull. Also tauroboly

termagant, n,. a shrew

terpsichorean, adj., of or relating to dancing; n., a dancer

timocracy n. 1. a political unit of system of gov’t. in which possession of property  serves as the first requirement for participation in gov’t. 2 a political unit or system in which love or honor is deemed the guiding principle of gov’t.

tutelary, adj., being or serving as a guardian or protector


ulema, or ulama, pl. n. Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law.

ultra vires, adj, adv. beyond the legal power or authority of a person, corporation, agent, etc.


veridical, adj., truthful; veracious 2. coinciding with future events or apparently unknowable present realities

vesica piscis, n., a pointed oval shape used in medieval Christian art as an aureole to surrond a sacred figure


wimple. n., a cloth draped around the head  to frame the face




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Land of Hope and Thorns

Posted by heyrandy on August 5, 2017

Land of PromiseJames Wesley Rawles, 2015 Kindle Edition.

The world now has what it fears or needs, depending upon your presuppositions. An Islamic Caliphate has been established. Don’t worry, we have hope in a libertarian/Christian country established in the middle of a desert. The land is ceded by the countries of Sudan and Kenya.

Rawles has stated that he is finished with the previous series and has started a new series concerning the nation of Ilemi. The plot is the same as Rawles’ earlier novels: the crash has occurred, but there is a plucky band of… (readers of my reviews of Rawles’s other novels will be able to fill in the rest.) While there is the usual technical details about guns (guns, guys, guns!), the real issue raised is how does one start a country? The most recent attempt to do so without violence has been the Republic of Minerva. Bad location. But is the new location in the African desert any better?

The major presupposition of the novel is that such a thing can occur. Can land be acquired from countries without using guns or funds? What country gives away land? It is unusual, but not impossible. If we can have a Caliphate, why not? The Berlin wall did fall.

Rawles has asked the readers of his blog (www.survivalblog.com) for help in drafting the new republic’s constitution. Give him some ideas. We have a lot of experience with one that did not work. While you are there, thank him for the technical information on the US-built 4.2-inch mortar. Apparently the Israelis have a lot of these that they will sell on the cheap. Just the thing to practice with until he finishes the sequel.



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The Dark Side of the Story

Posted by heyrandy on August 4, 2017

Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery

Anne Farrow, Joel Long, and Jenifer Frank, 2005

We all have heard the story of how the South was so barbaric, backward, and benighted that it maintain slavery. The North, we know, was the civilized, progressive, and enlightened area of America. We know this is true because the schools teach it.

This book demonstrates that the north was not the morally righteousness one that is it is thought to be. Their hands are as dirty as any slave master’s .

While slavery was first abolished in (some of) the northern states, the northerners figure out ways to profit from the fruits of the southerner’s slaves. This story has been forgotten. The authors give it new life.

The genesis of the story was the authors’ employer, The Hartford Courant, publishing a story about the Aetna Insurance Company’s regretting its insuring slaves. The author began wondering about the Courant. The Courant was guilty.

So how did the north enrich itself via the slaves it did not own? Slavery was a giant industry. Such industries need the same services as any other industry. The north was the source of financing, insuring, and transporting slaves.

The northern banks, mostly in New York City, handled the loans that the southern plantation owners need to operate. The northern-based insurance companies wrote the insurance, and the northern shipyards built the ships to transport the slaves and the goods they produced.

The northern mill owners profited from the purchase of southern, i.e., slave-grown, cotton. This would lead to the Civil War because the northern manufacturers wanted high import tariffs to protect them from European competitors.

The real hypocrisy is revealed in the ending of slavery in the northern states–except for Maryland and Delaware.  The slave owners sold their slaves to the southerners. Why take a loss?

Even after slavery was abolished in the United States, the northerners still profited. Slavery was still legal in the West Indies. Here the product was not cotton, but sugar. Sugar was slave grown from the beginning. The sugar was shipped to New England to be convert into rum. The rum was traded in Africa for slaves. The slaves were sold in the West Indies and Cuba. Profits everywhere.

Many of those who profited from this trade were abolitionists. The authors give us no hint as to how these seemingly righteous ones could think this was right.

One area that was new to me was the force labor in the ivory trade. Native Africans were conscripted to transport ivory from the interior of Africa to the coast. This part of the book contains the only mention of the Arab Muslim slave traders. The eastern trade is otherwise ignored. This story is more horrible the what we know of the western slave trade. We have the descendants of the western trade with us, but where are the descendants of the eastern trade? The word ugly begins to describe the horror.

The book is worth the time to read. It tells of an ignored aspect of slavery that we all need to know.



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Posted by heyrandy on January 2, 2016

Liberators, John Wesley,Rawles. 2014.

He has done it. A new tale of a plucky band of the well-armed expel first the French then the Chinese. This time the action takes place in British Columbia. It is the Canadians’ turn to be brave, resourceful, and victorious. Fans of Rawles will like the book. I give it a C. Post-apocalyptic novels usually follow the same formula: crash, improvising survivors, victory. This is the case with Rawles’ latest. The details are there to give technical information to the readers. I did not find anything new.

One thing that I did find odd was Rawles’ description of the French occupiers as “Frogs.” He did not refer to the Chinese as anything other the Chinese.

The book does end on a positive note. Twenty-two years after the crash, a war story is corrected with a bloody nose. Last time it was ice cream. I guess the Canadians are different.

Rawles has a new book out. It is about a plucky band who are building a libertarian-cum- state in the no man’s between Sudan and Kenya. Review to soon follow.

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The Holy D9

Posted by heyrandy on November 8, 2014

Goliath Max Blumenthal, 2013

Blumenthal has given us a very clear account of the state of affairs in Israel. The Holy Land is full of very unholy people. The Israelis have become what they hate. The victims of the holocaust have now become the new persecutors. The Israeli government is now conducting the new holocaust. The victims are anyone who is not a persecutor.

The state of Israel has become a racist, murdering machine. And it is all legal. The process is an old one. The Palestinians are the primary target of this tyranny. The government seeks to purge the land of them. Routinely denounced in the Knesset, the Jews regard the Palestinians as vermin, worthy only of destruction. The Knesset accomplishes this by passing anti-Palestinian laws.

Blumenthal says that the new symbol of Israel is the Caterpillar D9 bulldozer. The Israeli government uses the machines, with added armor plating, to clear land of Palestinian homes. This allow the building of Jews-only settlements (or Jews-only roadways connecting those settlements.) The Palestinians have no say. Any resistance meets brutal force. Such is life in a total police state. Palestinians are often murdered by Israeli security forces. Justice for the victims? Never. They don’t count.

Blumenthal interviews a lot of people from all viewpoints. The only Israelis who are not total bigots are the very tiny dissenting groups. They are all pariahs, hated as much as the Palestinians. The favorite retort is “Holocaust denier.” This epithet has been applied to Holocaust survivors who object to the government policies.

Israel is now filled with recent immigrants from eastern Europe. These Jews, mostly Russian, view Palestine as their land which the Palestinians stole from them. The government encourages this thinking. This keeps the common people deluded. As long as the government panders to the populace, the populace will keep the government in power. Power is what it is about. This is why the book’s subtitle, Fear and Loathing in Greater Israel, is so correct.

The greatest power in Israel is the Israeli Defense Force. The IDF is the Church. It is worshiped. Woe to those who refuse military service. Woe to those who expose IDF wrongdoing. Woe to those who criticize “the only thing that prevents the Palestinians from murdering us in our beds.” It is that bad. The common attitude is that the Army is always right. It is impossible for them to lie. Blumenthal and a group of dissenters discovered how entrenched this attitude is. When dissent groups challenged the official story of the Israeli commando raid on the aid ship Mavi Marmara, the IDF retracted several official statements about the raid. The few news organizations within in Israel that ran the retraction story buried in the back pages. The television news did not mention the retraction.

Israelis do not just hate the Palestinians. They hate each other. The society is stratified. At the top are the Ashkenazi élite. Below them are the recent European immigrants. At the bottom are the African Jews. The only things lower are the detested Palestinians and the Sudanese refugees. Which of those two groups are hated more is determined by who is asked.

The big mistake Blumenthal repeats throughout the book is to equate democracy with freedom. Israel is a democracy. It elects its representatives to the Knesset to pass laws that hurt the Palestinians.

The book is very well worth reading. It will give you a perspective that you will not hear on the Israeli, or American, news.


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Foreigners and Domestics

Posted by heyrandy on January 11, 2014

Expatriates, James Wesley-Rawles, 2013

As he predicted the author has written another novel in his series about survivors of the financial collapse. This time the locales are the Philippines, central Florida, and Australia.The events are much the same. Plucky folk do what they have to do to stay alive. The same plucky one drive out the UN’s occupation force in America and a combined Indonesian and Malaysian army in Australia. Rawles did not explain how rival factions within Indonesia and Malaysia over came language and cultural barriers to make an effective combined fighting force. Minor omission.

I found the novel a little dull. The genre is limited. What can you really say? His characters are all thin. Every thing is too neat. Providence is always providing. The boat did not even run out of coconut oil fuel for its diesel engine until safely docked in Australia. They even had ammunition left over.

The book contains the usual technical details about firearms (.25-06? “Next time buy a .308.”), the admonition to have you supplies ready, and how to set a simple tactical ambush (it helps if your enemy is stupid and the defenders are so disciplined the no one fires prematurely, tipping off the attackers.)

In a recent interview the author has stated that he is in the process of writing another novel. I shall lie in wait, imaginary .308 at the ready.

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Sheriff Nate to the Rescue

Posted by heyrandy on January 3, 2014


The electrical power grids in America (we have three) are vulnerable to attack. There is not a lot that anyone can do to make them more secure. This is the theme around which Gridlock revolves. The book is an apocalyptic novel about international machination, the Internet, terrorism, criminal networks, and a county sheriff who saves all.

Nate Osborne, the one-legged sheriff of Obscure County, North Dakota is the man who keeps the lights on in America when America’s American-made enemies try their best shut off the current. It seems that Iran and Venezuela have decided to get back at the big Yankee idiot. They have hired a Russian killer and a stupid computer genius to do the work. The Russian is quite capable, the computer kid thinks that getting his Ph.D from MIT at age 14 makes him impossible to defeat.

The book is filled with the impossible. The trouble starts when the Russian shoots a high-voltage power line insulator. He uses a long-range gun, one that he recently acquired and has not test fired. I guess that the scope was perfectly adjusted since he made the very difficult shot of hitting the insulator with his first round. The scope must have kept inline even though the Russian used the barrel to bludgeon to death his first victim.

What is even more far-fetched is amazing coöperation of all the government agencies involved. The CIA borrowed an airplane from the U.S. Navy so the FBI could fly the sheriff to Amsterdam.

Key to the book is the Internet. By way of the internet we have intercepted phone calls and e-mails. (The Russian does it. The NSA had not yet been exposed.) The computer virus would of course come via Internet.

There is the usual technical babble about guns. You cannot have an action novel without guy stuff! There is also a totally gratuitous rape–sans details.

The women in the novel come out as the heroes.  Fighters all. The most silly scene is when the sheriff’s girl friend is standing behind the Russian, shotgun in her hands, but does not blast the Russian. She runs at him; he disarms her.

In the end all is well. The grid does not crash (Two 2.5 megawatt transformers are lost to saboteurs. Why bother?) The Russian returns to his ignorant wife whom he had planned to eventually kill but now decides to retire with her. She reveals that she knows he is not all he says. “I sell arms.” Must have been a side business to help in the lean times between killings. It would also give a good rate on ammunition. The sheriff keeps the trigger-shy girl. The Chinese whack the Doctor Stupid. Having your fingerprints surgically removed makes for a clean getaway.

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Vocabulary vol. 4

Posted by heyrandy on September 2, 2013

Here is the latest volume in Hey Randy’s vocabulary discovery. As always, when evaluating this post score double points to any word you find here that I listed in previous posts.


alienage n. the official status of an alien

anchorite n. a person who has retired into seclusion for religious reasons

anomie n. instability caused by the erosion of social ideals and values

antiquary n pl -quaries (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Antiques) a person who collects, deals in, or studies antiques, ancient works of art, or ancient times Also called antiquarian

apse n. 1. Architecture A usually semicircular or polygonal, often vaulted recess, especially the termination of the sanctuary end of a church. 2. Astronomy An apsis.

areata adj. occurring in patches or a circumscribed area

astrolabe n. a medieval instrument that was used to determine the altitude of the sun or other celestial bodies.

arriviste n. a person who has recently attained high position or great power but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart; a social climber; a bounder

autotelic adj. having a purpose in itself


Babbitt n. a narrow-minded, self-satisfied person with an unthinking attachment to middle-class values and materialism. After George F. Babbitt, the main characterin the novel Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Baignoire n. a box of the lowest tier in a theater.

bailment n.  The process of providing bail for an accused person. 2. The act of delivering goods or personal property to another in trust.

ballade 1. A verse form usually consisting of three stanzas of eight or ten lines each along with a brief envoy, with all three stanzas and the envoy ending in the same one-line refrain. 2. Music A composition, usually for the piano, having the romantic or dramatic quality of a narrative poem

banket n. a gold bearing conglomerate in South Africa.

biennale Italian. every other year.

brassage n. a fee charged for coining of money now called seigniorage


cannula n. A flexible tube, usually containing a trocar at one end, that is inserted into a bodily cavity, duct, or vessel to drain fluid or administer a substance such as a medication.

cession n. ceding territory to another state

chancery n. 1. Law a. A court of chancery. b. The proceedings and practice of a court of chancery; equity. c. A court of public record; an office of archives. d. One of the five divisions of the High Court of Justice of Great Britain, presided over by the Lord High Chancellor. 2. The office or department of a chancellor; a chancellery.

Cointreau (TM) n. a colorless liqueur with orange flavoring.

col n. a pass between two mountains

compurgation n. a form of trial where the accused could summon a specified number of people, usually 12, to swear to his innocence.

contrapuntal adj. music of or relating to counterpoint

copse n. a thicket of small trees or shrubs; a coppice

coryphaeus n. a leader of a Greek chorus, a spokesperson

coup de main n. sudden action


delator n. an accuser

delict n. A legal offense; a misdemeanor

dell n. a small secluded valley, a hollow

demimonde n. a class of women kept by wealthy lovers, prostitutes.

Deosil adj. sunwise, moving in the same direction as the sun; clockwise

dewlaps n. a wattle of a bird or loose skin on a person especially under the chin

doggo adv. in concealment eg. You should stay doggo.

doyen n. a man who is the eldest or senior member of a group

dressage n. the guiding of a horse through a series of complex maneuvers by slight movement of the rider’s hands, legs, and weight.

duple adj. Consisting of two; double. 2. Music Consisting of two or a multiple of two beats to the measure (from the definition of gavotte qv. infra)


eldritch adj. strange or unearthly, eerie

enchiridion n. a handbook, a manual

entail vt 1. To have, impose, or require as a necessary accompaniment or consequence: The investment entailed a high risk. The proposition X is a rose entails the proposition X is a flower because all roses are flowers. 2. To limit the inheritance of (property) to a specified succession of heirs. 3. To bestow or impose on a person or a specified succession of heirs. n. 1. a. The act of entailing, especially property. b. The state of being entailed. 2. An entailed state. 3. A predetermined order of succession, as to an estate or to an office. 4. Something transmitted as if by unalterable inheritance.

exiguous adj. meager, scanty


fanfaronade n. a bragging or blustering manner, fanfare

fin-de-siecle adj. of or characteristic of the last part of the 19th century, especially with reference to effete sophistication.

finikin adj. precise in triffles, idly busy. ex. a finikin lass.

firman n. 1. an edict of an Oriental sovereign 2. any authoritative grant of permission

folkmoot n. a general assembly of people in a town, district, or shire in medieval England

foramen n. an opening in the body to allow nerves, arteries, and veins to connect one part of the body to another

fisc n. the treasury of a kingdom or state

furuncle n. a skin boil involving a hair follice


gavotte n  A French peasant dance of Baroque origin in moderately quick duple meter. 2. Music for this dance (From Carly Simon’s Your So Vain)

glossator n. a writer of commentaries and glosses, esp. in the middle ages a interpreter of Roman and Canon law

good odor adj. to be in good repute vs. bad odor

graticulation n. The division of a design or draught into squares, in order the more easily to reproduce it in larger or smaller dimensions.

grawlix n. a group of characters such as @#$%^& usually used to indicate swear words


hyperborean adj. of or telating to the far north; Artic b. very cold; frigid

hypothecation vt. To pledge (property) as security or collateral for a debt without transfer of title or possession


intaglio n. a design carved into a surface as opposed to relief

integument n. a natural outer covering or coat, such as the skin of an animal.


Je nes sais quoi French. I don’t know.


kolkhozes n. In the USSR a group of peasants who voluntarily come together to operate large scale agricultural operations


latifundiun n. a great landed estate esp. of ancient Rome

leasow n. a pasture

lapith n. Greek Mythology One of a Thessalian tribe who at the disastrous wedding of their king defeated the drunken centaurs.


madrigals n. a. A song for two or three unaccompanied voices, developed in Italy in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. b. A short poem, often about love, suitable for being set to music. 2. a. A polyphonic song using a vernacular text and written for four to six voices, developed in Italy in the 16th century and popular in England in the 16th and early 17th centuries. b. A part song.

marquetry n. Material such as wood or ivory inlaid piece by piece into a wood surface and veneered to another surface.

meed n. a fitting recompense

metier n. calling; vocation; business; trade

metope n. any of the spaces between the triglyphs in a Doric frieze

mis-en-scene n. the arrangement of performers and properties on a stage for a theatrical production of before the camera in a film. b. a stage setting 2. Physical environment; surroundings

motet n. A polyphonic composition based on a sacred text and usually sung without accompaniment


nabob n. 1. A governor in India under the Mogul Empire. Also called nawab2. A person of wealth and prominence.

nark n. an informant

navvy n. n.pl. navvies a laborer, especially one employed in construction or excavation projects.


obelus n. n.pl. obeli the division mark

occasionalism n. The doctrine that God is the sole causal actor and that all events are merely occasions on which God brings about what are normally thought of as their effects.
Ossiann. A legendary Gaelic hero and bard of the third centuary A.D.
outre adj. passing the bounds of what is usually considered proper; unconventional; bizarre


paralogy n. false reasoning; paralogism

pediment n. a triangular gable between a horizontal entablature and a sloping roof

pelisse n. 1. (Clothing & Fashion) a fur-trimmed cloak 2. (Clothing & Fashion) a high-waisted loose coat, usually fur-trimmed, worn esp by women in the early 19th century

penetralia n. pl. the innermost pats of a building, especially the sanctuary of a temple. 2 the most private or secret parts; recesses, (the penetralia of the soul)

peristaltsis n. the wavelike muscular contractions of the alimentary canal or other tubular structures by which the contents are force onward toward the opening

pickelhaube n. a spiked helmet worn by German soldiers

pilcrow the symbol ¶ used to indicate a new paragraph

placer n. a glacial or alluvial deposit that has valuable minerals

poetaster n. a writer of bad poetry

punctilio n. a fine point in etiquette, precise observance of formalitites

porphyry n. An igneous rock containing the large crystals known as phenocrysts embedded in a fine-grained matrix

psychotogen n. a drug that produces psychotic manifestations.




satori n. Buddhism: a spiritual awakening sough in Zen Buddhism, often coming suddenly

scrim n. a durable loosely woven fabric used for curtains or upholstery lining. 2. A transparent fabric used as a drop in the theater to create special effects of light or atmosphere.

scry vi. to see or predict the future by means of a crystal ball. descry

solidus n. n. pl. solidi printing: a virgule; a slash

stygian n. gloomy, dark, infernal, hellish, 2 of the river Styx

suffragan n. 1. A bishop elected or appointed as an assistant to the bishop or ordinary of a diocese, having administrative and episcopal responsibilities but no jurisdictional functions. 2. A bishop regarded in position as subordinate to an archbishop or a metropolitan

supernumerary n. a person  with no function


Taborites n. Eccl. Hist.) One of certain Bohemian reformers who suffered persecution in the fifteenth century; – so called from Tabor, a hill or fortress where they encamped during a part of their persecution

tambour n. a drum or drummer

tangka n. an old Tibetan coin

telluric adj. of or relating to Earth; terrestrial 2. Derived or containing tellurium.

thegn also thane n. 1. (in Anglo-Saxon England) a member of an aristocratic class, ranking below an ealdorman, whose status was hereditary and who held land from the king or from another nobleman in return for certain services 2. (in medieval Scotland) a. a person of rank, often the chief of a clan, holding land from the king b. a lesser noble who was a Crown official holding authority over an area of land

trocar n. A sharp-pointed surgical instrument, used with a cannula to puncture a body cavity for fluid aspiration

tump vt. vi., to overturn



virid adj. green as vegetation, verdant

Voivode n. also called waywode Originally, the title of a military commander in various Slavonic countries; afterwards applied to governors of towns or provinces. It was assumed for a time by the rulers of Moldavia and Wallachia, who were afterwards called hospodars, and has also been given to some inferior Turkish officers.


Waywode see Voivode

wheal n. a small swelling of the skin as from an insect bite

widdershins adv. in the contrary or counterclockwise motion


Wyrd n. an Anglo-Saxon deity




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