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The RCJ provides RSS feeds from well-respected news organizations, giving our readers a convenient portal through which to stay abreast of world events and issues. Use the links provided. The following are on the RCJ Front Page Report homepage (scroll both columns to the right).

The New York Times

The Huffington Post

The Economist


These are provided on other pages within this site:


Politics Daily

Wall Street Journal

Ezra Klein's WonkBlog - Washington Post

Nuclear Threat Initiative




Rolling Stone


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.






A Brief Sampling of Modern Art

The RCJ offers an entertaining and relaxing 8 minutes of artistic pleasure to the music of Thomas Newman. 




MORE ON PAUL CAPONIGRO: The extraordinary photograph at the left is shown with permission from Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc., of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who is the primary representative for Mr. Caponigro's work. To learn more about Paul Caponigro's work, and view more of his exquisite images, follow these links for a look at his exhibitions presented by Andrew Smith Gallery:

■  Aluminum

■  Cornucopia

■  Fifty Years

■  Still Lifes

Paul Caponigro, "Brewster, New York," 1963 copyright Paul Caponigro



Elizabeth Kay

The daughter of two writers (one a long-time professor of literature at the University of South Florida), Elizabeth Kay was raised in an intellectual environment that promoted discernment and a "distanced" perspective on things. (I can say this with authority because I knew her parents and have known Liz since she was a kid.) It shows in her work, which has ranged from paint to lithography to pencil drawings. She seems focused on the inner lives of her subjects, their yearnings and desires, actual motivations. You don't think this way without some early exposure to Socratic dialogue that pushes back and demands strategic views. Most people's songs, for instance, are about their own feelings. Liz, in her art, is more inclined to explore "the other," and she typically does it with humor and whimsy.

Elizabeth wrote a book a few years back that explored the folk traditions of Native American and Spanish Colonial settlers of the Chimayo, New Mexco area. Her paintings, which she does on commission and as part of a folk art series, turn those traditions in on themselves to humorous effect as she mirrors the humanity of her subjects, who in some cases are her clients. Her work is by turns subtle and ornery and funny. It has been showcased at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of
American History and cards of her paintings have been distributed throughout the U.S.

Liz's other passion in life is music. There she tends toward ancient folk and languorous ballads, again the vista being space. That said, she and I used to do a mean version of Delaney and Bonnie's "Never Ending Love For You," so she's not beyond rowdy drinking songs. She plays guitar and piano and writes songs, but she's not typically confessional, more inclined toward arcane folk of another time. She, by the way, is a trained martial artist who has kicked my ass on numerous occasions. 

The Very Good Book Fairy

Our Lady of the Not So Barren Tree




Elizabeth Kay (captured on film by John Boland) at the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico


East Virginia - Accompanied on bass and guitar by RAR

The Poplars - Consider it a literary mashup of tragic poet William Cowper (1731-1800) and '60s icon Donovan 


Copyright © Elizabeth Kay. All Rights Reserved.


Santo Pinhole

Santa Rita Casita

Our Lady of








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