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Maybe there is something in the water in Chicago besides the green dye that will soon turn the river green for St. Paddy’s Day.

Chicago is infamous for having the most powerful and unassailable Democrat political machine in the nation.  When I heard that after the election of our most liberal President, a favorite son of the Chicago machine, two network television shows would be set in Chicago I thought “Here we go…”

I did not expect that both would portray the Chicago machine as corrupt, elitist and hopelessly liberal.

We have given The Good Wife plenty of press for its general fairness toward conservative characters and points of view; and while there was a bit of a brouhaha last week in which a Tea Party member was the hero of the show and that still wasn’t good enough for some conservatives, the new cop show The Chicago Code last week took down Billy Ayers.

Oops, I mean our hero, Detective Jake Wysocki, took down David Argyle, a 1970s radical whose associates did all the hard time, and who escaped prosecution for a series of bombings, is now a celebrated author, adored by the media, and an expert on “education reform.”  How could I have gotten that mixed up with Bill Ayers?

Now think about how ex-campus radicals were glamorized on Law and Order…

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It was only a matter of time. I’m surprised it took this long. Michael Moore has finally added his shrill voice to the cacophony of thugs in Wisconsin.

“Right now the Earth is shaking and the ground is shifting under the feet of those who are in charge,” said Moore…

“America is not broke … Wisconsin is not broke,” Moore said. “The only thing that’s broke is the moral compass of the rulers(…)”

Repeatedly saying “America is not broke,” Moore said “the country is awash in wealth and cash … It has been transferred in the greatest heist in history from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.”

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Throughout the history of popular fiction, the New York Times Book Review and the literati have done their best to focus public attention on writers of the Left. Nevertheless, readers have confounded them by tending to choose heroes with a more traditional, pro-American outlook and a decidedly un-nuanced view of good guys and bad guys.

So while Fletcher Knebel was cranking out critically acclaimed hardcover political thrillers like Seven Days in May from the Left, he and his ilk were being vastly outsold by paperback writers like Donald Hamilton, Mikey Spillane, Edward S. Aarons and other pulp paperback writers who featured he-man heroes.

In a more modern era, Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz and Vince Flynn have all dominated the bestseller list, leaving series like Sara Paretsky’s ultra-feminist private eye, and James Lee Burke’s (excellently written but decidedly left leaning) series in the dust.

So, here, in somewhat chronological order, is volume two of my series on 18 of the best heroes to star in their own series of mysteries, thrillers, and espionage novels.  Some are not overtly political, but none are politically correct—still others deserve mention because they swam upstream against the prevailing literary trend of the time.

To read volume 1 (heroes 1-6) click here.

Note: Such stellar authors who definitely lean to the right as Dean Koontz, Andrew Klavan, Ralph Peters, James W. Huston and Joseph Wambaugh, are not included because they primarily write stand alone novels, and their work is not primarily identified with a dominant hero.

This week: The British dominate the fiction of the Cold War, until an insurance agent puts American military technology on top; and a psychologist takes the psychological thriller away from the Freudians.

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This popular post was originally published March 3, 2011.

The last time NewsRealBlog checked in on Natalie Portman, the actress was selling some new, decidedly-PC ideas about sex and love. But since her appearance at the Academy Awards accepting the Best Actress award for Black Swan, Portman has found herself on the other side of the feminist divide. LifeNews.com reports that part of her speech didn’t sit well with everyone:

After thanking fellow nominees, her parents, and the directors past and present who guided her career, Portman saved her concluding praise for “my beautiful love,” dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

Then, as if to underscore how the bright and promising career and the accolades she’s received up to that very moment paled in comparison, a visibly pregnant Portman thanked Millepied for giving her “the most important role of my life.”

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This popular post was originally published March 1, 2011.

When the lamestream media blindly runs phoney talking points by Media Matters, we call them out.  Now, we reluctantly have to do it with Fox News and Newsbusters.

On Friday I challenged Newsbusters for running an out of context clip worthy of Alan Grayson to charge that Prime Time CBS Drama ‘The Good Wife’ Impugns Tea Party as ‘Racist Organization’.  At the time, I was hoping that Bret Baker was operating on incomplete information, and would make things right.

By Friday afternoon, the estimable Megyn Kelly was hosting debates on Fox with two people who had never seen the show (3 including her) based on this false charge.  Ironically, Megyn made the very point left out of the clip when she said all parties, including the Democrats had racists in them!

But despite being shown the whole context of the clip, Baker is unrepentant.  He even ignored comments posted on his blog by one of the co-writers of the episode in question!  Here’s a great quote from writer Robert King (more later in this post):

ROBERT KING, WRITER FOR THE GOOD WIFE: A character in the episode (in fact, an opposition lawyer and a bad guy) impugned the Tea Party, and he did it for a reason (defending a cop-killer) that was clearly unsympathetic.  In fact, the Tea Party was strongly defended by the sympathetic characters on the show.  This was in a section of the episode you didn’t include (except in an edited transcript).

To say “The Good Wife impugns the Tea Party as ‘a Racist Organization'” is logically similar to saying “The Gospels impugn Jesus for being a Deceiver” because those words are actually in the gospels; they just happen to be in the Pharisees’ mouth.

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