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I've decided to give away my book by posting it online.

In 2009 I self-published U.S. State Names: The Stories of How Our States Were Named, which had been a labor of love for almost 12 years. Each chapter tells the story (not just the dictionary definition) of where the name comes from, how it came to label one of the states, and who got to decide.

For ten years I have done private sales of the hard copy (of which there are still many available), but decided recently to post the whole thing online. My reasons are many and varied, but chief among them is that I want the information out there. I did the research and wrote each chapter because I wanted to know, and I wanted others to know. So this is my attempt to give it wider exposure, and to make it available to everyone, not just those who buy the book.

So with that, heres the link:


There are only three chapters up so far, but Im working on getting the others up as fast as I can. It takes some time to format it all appropriately, and Im also using the occasion to fix typos and errors that made it into the hard copy.

I hope you enjoy it, and any mentions to friends and family who might be interested are greatly appreciated.

The new Randy Rainbow. That Don!

First on CNN: More than a dozen Saudi servicemen to be expelled from US after review of December sho

Source: CNN

More than a dozen Saudi servicemen training at US military installations will be expelled from the United States after a review that followed the deadly shooting last month at a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, multiple sources told CNN.

The Saudis are not accused of aiding the 21-year-old Saudi Air Force second lieutenant who killed three American sailors in the December shooting, two sources said, but some are said to have connections to extremist movements, according to a person familiar with the situation.

A number are also accused of possessing child pornography, according to a defense official and the person familiar with the situation. Spokespeople for the FBI and Justice Department declined to comment.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/11/politics/saudi-servicemen-expelled-december-air-force-base-shooting/index.html

I wonder if we'll take out a Saudi general now.


I like Eli Stokels line on Deadline.

"Trump doesn't do diplomacy. He does diplo-tainment."

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