What started out as a bit of a lark for fishing and hunting friends, has blossomed into a cottage industry for author Tim Murphy. On the one-year anniversary of his first book, "Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook," Murphy has released his eighth title in his "Cookbooks for Guys" series called "Flannel John's Hearty Bowl Cookbook - Soup, Stew, Chili & Chowder" (7.95). This book features over 100 pages of warm bowls of comfort food.

"I wrote the first 'cookbook for guys' for friends. They would show up at deer camp or the fishing cabin with beef jerky, a block of cheese and a case of beer. Aside from the olfactory assault and possible heart-stopping properties, the camp needed food with more substance. They needed dishes that were easy and quick to make from breakfast and lunch, to dinner, snacks and sides. Now "Flannel John's Hearty Bowl Cookbook" continues the simplicity for this year's deer camp. Guys can make tasty, filling, basic meals with a pot and a ladle."

Two other books were released this past fall in the series, "Flannel John's Tailgating Grub & Couch Potato Cookbook" ($9.95) and "Flannel John's Single Guy Cookbook" ($7.95).

"The Tailgating book is for football fanatics. It's great food for the stadium parking lot or man-cave recliner. 'The Single Guy Cookbook' is aimed at recent grads, single dads or guys kicked out of their parents' basement. Every recipe in that book is six ingredients or less," said Murphy.

And who is Flannel John?

"Flannel John is a character based on a few old hunters I knew from Michigan's upper peninsula. I wanted to honor their spirit and what they taught me. He is essentially part Babe Winkelman, Ted Nugent, Red Green, Grizzly Adams and crusty mountain man. They were the inspiration for these books. I've written seven Flannel John books with another dozen planned. The next book, "Flannel John's Winter Cabin Cookbook" will be out in November.

The first book, Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook, cracked Amazon.com's "Top 1%" Sales" category within a month of release.

Subsequent releases included Flannel John's Woods and Water Cookbook - Critters, Fritters, Chili and Beer in February 2013, Flannel John's Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers in April 2013 and for the backwoods, rustic soul there was Flannel John's Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods in May 2013.

Murphy also released his first "non-Flannel John title this summer called "The Tube Steak Boogie Cookbook - A Celebration of Hot Dogs, Sausage, Brats & Kielbasa."

"That book was a tribute to the hot dog stand of my youth, and adulthood, in the south suburbs of Chicago called Willie's Wee Nee Wagon," said Murphy.

Why cookbooks for guys?

"I didn't see anything written for men, especially beginner and novice cooks," said Murphy. "The first book covered basic comfort food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts and drinks. It was aimed at hunters and anglers but it's great for campers and RVers. After the first title, I kept discovery new themes and new recipes. So now we have books for seafood, fish, pioneer recipes and a lot more. I have a dozen new titles slated to rollout over the next two years including the first non-food title. That's going to be "Flannel John's Outhouse Reader and Emergency T.P. Book."

Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University. This 23-year radio veteran spent

17-years hosting morning radio shows in Laramie, WY, Stevens Point, WI and several Michigan cities including Holland (92.7 The Van), Muskegon (Z108), Traverse City (Double Rock KLT), Saginaw (WIOG-FM) and Houghton (The Wolf). Murphy has had a long career as a freelance and comedy writer. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Porcupine Press U.P. Magazine, National Lampoon, The Traverse City Record Eagle and ABC Radio Network. He lives in Seaside, Oregon with his wife LisaMarie Costanzo and vacations at his cabin near Bergland, Michigan.

All eight books can be found at Amazon.com and at www.flanneljohn.com. They are $7.95 except for the Tailgating book, which is $9.95. For additional information on the books, to interview the author or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or at shamrockarrow@gmail.com or like "Flannel John" on facebook.

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Rock Island, IL - In October sessions of the 16th Annual Frieze Lecture Series at Rock Island Library, Augustana College professors considered the generational impacts on how people perceive their ethnic identity and shown how Western artists perceive African art, and how African cultures use ceremonial objects and textiles to reinforce social lessons, spiritual connections and status.

The two remaining lectures in November will explore global connections in literature. Lectures begin at 2:00 pm in the Rock Island Main Library Community Room, 401 19th Street, and are free and open to the public. This year's theme,  "It IS a Small World After All: Globalism's Impact on Literature, Art and Culture" was chosen to illustrate the global connections between the humanities.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, visiting professor Dr. Benjamin Mier-Cruz, of the Augustana College department of German and Scandinavian, will speak on the exploding popularity of the Swedish Crime Novel. From works such as "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by the late Steig Larsson to the Wallander novels by Henning Mankell, what is behind the huge popularity of violent crime fiction in a relatively tranquil national culture? Novels by Camilla Läckberg, the Swedish author of "The Hidden Child" and "The Lost Boy" have been translated into 33 languages.

In the final Frieze Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Prof. Katie Hanson, from Augustana's Education Department, will speak on one of Britain's foremost authors, Japanese-born Kazuo Ishiguro. Hanson will consider how the author's background as somewhat of a cultural outsider have informed or influenced his perceptions of the Western world. Ishiguro has become one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, receiving four Mann Booker writing prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel, The Remains of the Day. His 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go, also nominated for the Mann Booker prize, was chosen by Augustana's faculty as the common summer reader for this year's entering class.

The annual adult program partnership between Rock Island Library and Augustana College is dedicated to the memory of late library board member Ruth Evelyn Katz, who created the Frieze Lectures in 1998  to recognize the Rock Island Public Library's 125th anniversary. The series takes its name from an architectural feature of Main Library building.

For more details about events at the Rock Island Library, call 309 732 -7323 or check the online calendar at www.rockislandlibrary.org.

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A Look at the 'One State' Vs. 'Two State' Solutions

US Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly requested the support of Israelis, Palestinians and Americans - especially Jewish Americans - in reviving the moribund Israel/Palestine peace process. Negotiations began again July 29 after being shelved for nearly three years.

With the Middle East in the throes of upheaval from Syria to Egypt, this step toward stabilization has become even more urgent.

"Kerry views an Israeli/Palestinian peace agreement as a vital American national interest, and many Israelis view a stable two-state solution as a vital Israeli national interest," says Michael J. Cooper, (michaeljcooper.net), author of the award-winning history-adventure novel "Foxes in the Vineyard," set in 1940s Israel. Cooper, an Israel-educated physician, regularly returns to that country for volunteer medical missions in Palestine.

The two-state solution - establishing an independent Palestine -- has been the focus of negations since Israel and the Palestine Authority agreed on it in principle in 2007. Now, there is growing support for what is called the "one state solution."

Those who support ongoing settlement by Israelis in Palestine and oppose the current peace process prefer a single bi-national state between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, Cooper says.

Cooper offers a brief analysis of the problems associated with this solution.

With the "single-state," solution Israel has a stark choice: to grant or not to grant citizenship to the Arabs of the West Bank at the same level enjoyed by Israeli Arabs.

"If Israel were to incorporate the West Bank, it would become approximately 56 percent Jewish and 44 percent Arab," Cooper says. "With the higher birth rate among Palestinians and the rate of Jewish emigration from Israel, there would be a demographic shift in the future that would find Israel without a Jewish majority.

"Simply put, Israel would cease to be 'Jewish.' "

If Israel were to incorporate the West Bank without granting the basic rights of citizenship to Palestinians?

"Israel would cease to be a democracy," he says.

The only viable option is the two states, Cooper says: an independent Palestine and an independent Israel.

"There is no middle ground - one is either for the process or against it," Cooper says. "One is either for the ever-expanding settlement enterprise throughout the West Bank or against it."

About Michael Cooper

Michael J. Cooper emigrated to Israel after graduating high school in Oakland, Calif. Living in Israel for more than a decade, he studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and graduated from Tel Aviv University Medical School. Now a clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and a practicing pediatric cardiologist in Northern California, he returns to Israel several times a year, volunteering on medical missions under the auspices of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund. Cooper's novel, "Foxes in the Vineyard," historical fiction set in 1948 Israel, was the 2011 grand prize winner of the Indie Publishing Contest. A second novel, "The Rabbi's Knight," is due out soon.

DES MOINES - Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison was recently elected to the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) Board of Directors. The election was held during NCSHA's 43rd Annual Conference, October 19-22 in New Orleans, LA.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve on the NCSHA Board of Directors to support their exceptional work in communicating the importance and far-reaching benefits that affordable housing programs have all across the country," said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison. "Affordable housing is central to thriving neighborhoods and communities as it provides many economic benefits and provides families with a stable place to call home, often resulting in higher educational achievement for children, proud neighborhoods and strong communities."

The National Council of State Housing Agencies - known as NCSHA - is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan association that advocates on behalf of housing finance agencies (HFAs) before Congress and the Administration for affordable housing resources. It represents the HFAs of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, New York City, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Membership also includes more than 300 affordable housing industry partners.

"I look forward to working with Dave Jamison, Executive Director of the Iowa Finance Authority and the other Board officers and directors as we continue our efforts on behalf of all of our members to protect and strengthen federal housing programs in response to the wide range of housing needs HFAs serve," said Barbara Thompson, Executive Director of NCSHA.

Prior to being appointed Executive Director of the Iowa Finance Authority in 2011, Jamison served as Story County Treasurer for sixteen years. Jamison is an Iowa native, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of Iowa State University, where he received a BBA in Management.  He also holds a Finance Master certificate from the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurers and Finance Officers (NACCTFO) through the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

While Treasurer, Mr. Jamison was President of the Iowa State County Treasurers Association, Co-Chair of the ISCTA web site task force that established the IowaTreasurers.org web site for all 99 county treasurers and Chair of the Education Committee for NACCTFO.

The Iowa Legislature created The Iowa Finance Authority, the state's housing finance agency, in 1975 to undertake programs to assist in the attainment of housing for low-and moderate-income Iowans.

 

NCSHA Board of Directors

President

Brian A. Hudson, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

 

Vice President

Thomas R. Gleason, MassHousing

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Grant S. Whitaker, Utah Housing Corporation

 

Immediate Past President

Gerald M. Hunter, Idaho Housing and Finance Association

 

At-Large Executive Committee Member

Richard L. McQuady, Kentucky Housing Corporation

 

Board Members

Stephen P. Auger, Florida Housing Finance Corporation

Anas Ben Addi, Delaware State Housing Authority

Dean J. Christon, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

Kim Herman, Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Dave Jamison, Iowa Finance Authority

Mary Kenney, Illinois Housing Development Authority

Douglas A. Garver, Ohio Housing Finance Agency

Ralph Perrey, Tennessee Housing Development Agency

Dennis Shockley, Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency

Raymond Skinner, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

Mary Tingerthal, Minnesota Housing

Cris White, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

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Iowa lenders recognized for outstanding efforts in advancing homeownership

(Des Moines, Iowa) - The Iowa Finance Authority recently recognized 27 outstanding lenders from throughout the state for their efforts in advancing affordable homeownership through the Iowa Finance Authority's programs in calendar year 2012.

"I want to commend the effort of our hard-working local lender partners, and their success in making the dream of homeownership a reality for more than 1,200 Iowa families last year through Iowa Finance Authority programming," said Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Dave Jamison.

The Leading Lender awards recognize Iowa Finance Authority Participating Lenders who have excelled in the number of Iowa Finance Authority loans generated and/or the dollar amount of loans closed. Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation was named Top Lender, and Wells Fargo was named Outstanding Lender for 2012.

The following institutions were recognized as Leading Lenders:

Lender

Location

Contact

American Bank & Trust

Bettendorf

Theresa Mann, 630-799-7721

Compass Mortgage

Bettendorf

Tom Simmons, 630-836-2534

Boone Bank & Trust Company

Boone

Becky Trotter, 515-432-6200

BankIowa

Cedar Rapids

Layne McDowell, 319-654-9444

Liberty Bank

Cedar Rapids

Jodi Hitzhusen, 319-298-2345

Academy Mortgage Corporation

Cedar Rapids

Chris Waters, 801-233-3757

Ruhl Mortgage, LLC

Cedar Rapids

Liz McGarry, 414-362-4520

First American Bank

Clive

Nicholle Thovson, 515-440-9897

Valley Bank

Clive

Kari Manning, 515-453-2265

Great Western Bank

Clive

Marlin Hupka, 402-473-6143

Residential Mortgage Network

Coralville

Rick House, 319-354-7501

American National Bank

Council Bluffs

Rhonda Humpal, 712-242-3393

American Trust & Savings

Dubuque

Gary Keleher, 563-582-1841

Dubuque Bank & Trust Company

Dubuque

Kevin E. Ciesielski, 563-589-2162

Premier Bank

Dubuque

Cindy Olberding, 563-588-1000

MidwestOne Bank

Iowa City

Peggy Doerge, 319-356-5850

Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation - Top Lender

Johnston

Nathan Smithey, 515-286-4228

Bank Iowa

Oskaloosa

Dan Adams, 641-673-7400

Community 1st Credit Union

Ottumwa

Laura K. Sheely, 641-683-6407

Peoples Bank

Sioux Center

Cindy VanRegenmorter, 712-722-0101

The Security National Savings Bank of Sioux City

Sioux City

Julie Schmidt, 712-277-6785

Farmers Trust & Savings Bank

Spencer

Rita Hoffman, 712-262-3340, ext. 139

Northwest Bank

Spencer

Kay Lamport, 712-262-4100

U.S. Bank

Statewide

Lisa Ekstrom, 952-876-5057

Wells Fargo Bank - Outstanding Lender

Statewide

Nadine Lambert, 909-658-0745

Veridian Credit Union

Waterloo

Chris McGovern, 319-236-5600

Bank 1st

West Union

Derek Heins, 563-422-3883

The Iowa Legislature created the Iowa Finance Authority, the state's housing finance agency, in 1975 to undertake programs to assist in the attainment of housing for low- and moderate-income Iowans. Since then, the Iowa Finance Authority's role has grown to include nearly 40 affordable housing and water quality programs. The Iowa Finance Authority is a self-supporting public agency whose mission is to finance, administer, advance and preserve affordable housing and to promote community and economic development for Iowans. 

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A Look at the 'One State' Vs. 'Two State' Solutions

US Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly requested the support of Israelis, Palestinians and Americans - especially Jewish Americans - in reviving the moribund Israel/Palestine peace process. Negotiations began again July 29 after being shelved for nearly three years.

With the Middle East in the throes of upheaval from Syria to Egypt, this step toward stabilization has become even more urgent.

"Kerry views an Israeli/Palestinian peace agreement as a vital American national interest, and many Israelis view a stable two-state solution as a vital Israeli national interest," says Michael J. Cooper, (michaeljcooper.net), author of the award-winning history-adventure novel "Foxes in the Vineyard," set in 1940s Israel. Cooper, an Israel-educated physician, regularly returns to that country for volunteer medical missions in Palestine.

The two-state solution - establishing an independent Palestine -- has been the focus of negations since Israel and the Palestine Authority agreed on it in principle in 2007. Now, there is growing support for what is called the "one state solution."

Those who support ongoing settlement by Israelis in Palestine and oppose the current peace process prefer a single bi-national state between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, Cooper says.

Cooper offers a brief analysis of the problems associated with this solution.

• With the "single-state," solution Israel has a stark choice: to grant or not to grant citizenship to the Arabs of the West Bank at the same level enjoyed by Israeli Arabs.

"If Israel were to incorporate the West Bank, it would become approximately 56 percent Jewish and 44 percent Arab," Cooper says. "With the higher birth rate among Palestinians and the rate of Jewish emigration from Israel, there would be a demographic shift in the future that would find Israel without a Jewish majority.

"Simply put, Israel would cease to be 'Jewish.' "

• If Israel were to incorporate the West Bank without granting the basic rights of citizenship to Palestinians?

"Israel would cease to be a democracy," he says.

The only viable option is the two states, Cooper says: an independent Palestine and an independent Israel.

"There is no middle ground - one is either for the process or against it," Cooper says. "One is either for the ever-expanding settlement enterprise throughout the West Bank or against it."

About Michael Cooper

Michael J. Cooper emigrated to Israel after graduating high school in Oakland, Calif. Living in Israel for more than a decade, he studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and graduated from Tel Aviv University Medical School. Now a clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and a practicing pediatric cardiologist in Northern California, he returns to Israel several times a year, volunteering on medical missions under the auspices of the Palestine Children's Relief Fund. Cooper's novel, "Foxes in the Vineyard," historical fiction set in 1948 Israel, was the 2011 grand prize winner of the Indie Publishing Contest. A second novel, "The Rabbi's Knight," is due out soon.

Monday, September 23, 2013

 

Senate Judiciary Committee Members Call for IG Review of Surveillance Authorities

Senators Request "a full accounting of how these authorities are being implemented across the Intelligence Community"

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of nine Senate Judiciary Committee members, led by Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley of Iowa, sent a letter Monday calling for the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community to conduct a full-scale review of the use of surveillance authorities and make public the findings.

Specifically, the senators are asking for detailed information on the surveillance of Americans under FISA and Patriot Act authorities and any misuse of these authorities over the last three years. Other Senators who joined the letter include : Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

"We urge you to conduct comprehensive reviews of these authorities and provide a full accounting of how these authorities are being implemented across the Intelligence Community," the senators wrote. "The IC Inspector General was created in 2010 for this very purpose.  Providing a publicly available summary of the findings and conclusions of these reviews will help promote greater oversight, transparency, and public accountability."

The bipartisan letter is part of the Judiciary Committee's continuing oversight in this area.  The committee held a high-profile hearing in July featuring testimony from top administration officials. The committee will hold an additional hearing next week featuring testimony from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency.

A copy of the September 23 letter to the IG of the Intelligence Community is below.

 

September 23, 2013

The Honorable I. Charles McCullough III

Inspector General of the Intelligence Community

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Washington, DC 20511

 

Dear Inspector General McCullough:

Recent disclosures about classified government surveillance activities have generated significant public discussion about the breadth of these programs, many of which are conducted pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and the need for appropriate oversight and checks and balances.

In particular, concerns have arisen about activities conducted under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of FISA, which was enacted as part of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.  Recently declassified documents appear to reveal numerous violations of law and policy in the implementation of these authorities, including what the FISA Court characterized as three "substantial misrepresentation[s]" to the Court.  These declassified documents also demonstrate that the implementation of these authorities involves several components of the Intelligence Community (IC), including the National Security Agency, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, among others.

We urge you to conduct comprehensive reviews of these authorities and provide a full accounting of how these authorities are being implemented across the Intelligence Community.  The IC Inspector General was created in 2010 for this very purpose.  Comprehensive and independent reviews by your office of the implementation of Sections 215 and 702 will fulfill a critical oversight role.  Providing a publicly available summary of the findings and conclusions of these reviews will help promote greater oversight, transparency, and public accountability.

In conducting such reviews, we encourage you to draw on the excellent work already done by the Inspectors General of several agencies, including the Department of Justice, in reviewing these authorities.  But only your office can bring to bear an IC-wide perspective that is critical to effective oversight of these programs.  The reviews previously conducted have been more narrowly focused - as might be expected - on a specific agency.

In particular, we urge you to review for calendar years 2010 through 2013:

·         the use and implementation of Section 215 and Section 702 authorities, including the manner in which information - and in particular, information about U.S. persons - is collected, retained, analyzed and disseminated;

·         applicable minimization procedures and other relevant procedures and guidelines, including whether they are consistent across agencies and the extent to which they protect the privacy rights of U.S. persons;

·         any improper or illegal use of the authorities or information collected pursuant to them; and

·         an examination of the effectiveness of the authorities as investigative and intelligence tools.

We have urged appropriate oversight of these activities long before the problems with the implementation of these FISA authorities became public.  We believe it is important for your office to begin this review without further delay.

Please proceed to administratively perform reviews of the implementation of Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and Section 702 of FISA, and submit the reports no later than December 31, 2014.  Thank you in advance for your efforts to ensure a full accounting of the implementation of these surveillance authorities across the Intelligence Community.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

PATRICK LEAHY

Chairman

Senate Judiciary Committee

 

 

 

CHARLES E. GRASSLEY

Ranking Member

Senate Judiciary Committee

 

 

 

CHUCK SCHUMER

United States Senator

 

 

 

MIKE LEE

United States Senator

 

 

 

SHELDON WHITEHOUSE

United States Senator

 

 

 

TED CRUZ

United States Senator

 

 

 

CHRIS COONS

United States Senator

 

 

 

JEFF FLAKE

United States Senator

 

 

 

RICHARD BLUMENTHAL

United States Senator

What started out as a bit of joke for some fishing and hunting friends, has blossomed into a cottage industry for author Tim Murphy.

"I wrote 'Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook' for my friends. They would show up at deer camp or fishing with beef jerky, cheese and a case of beer. Aside from the olfactory assault, the camp needed something a bit more substantial. The guys needed ishes that were easy to make that wouldn't take long to prepare. Let's be honest, we (men) can lack patience and focus."

Since October 2012, Murphy has written seven "Cookbooks for Guys." The two latest titles are "Flannel John's Tailgating Grub & Couch Potato Cookbook" ($9.95) and "Flannel John's Single Guy Cookbook" ($7.95).

"The Tailgating book is for the football fanatic. It's great food for the parking lot at the stadium or the recliner in the man cave. It's also the biggest I've written in terms of recipes. The Single Guy Cookbook is aimed at recent grads, single dads or guys just kicked out of their parents' basement. Every recipe in that book is six ingredients or less.  It's perfect for the beginning cook," said Murphy.

But is Flannel John the co-author?

"Flannel John is a character based on a few old hunters I knew. I wanted to honor their spirit and what they taught me. He is also part Babe Winkelman, Ted Nugent, Red Green, Grizzly Adams and crusty mountain man. I have written six Flannel John books with another four planned.  The next one, "Flannel John's Hearty Bowl Cookbook - Soup, Stew, Chili & Chowder" will be out the first week of October.

The first book, Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook, cracked Amazon.com's "Top 1%" Sales category within a month of release.

Three more Flannel John titles followed the debut including Flannel John's Woods and Water Cookbook - Critters, Fritters, Chili and Beer in February 2013, Flannel John's Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers in April 2013 and for the backwoods, rustic soul there was Flannel John's Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods in May 2013.

He also released his first "non-Flannel John title this summer called "The Tube Steak Boogie Cookbook - A Celebration of Hot Dogs, Sausage, Brats & Kielbasa."

"That book paid tribute to the hot dog stand of my youth, and adulthood, that I visited frequented for over 30 years.  It was in the south suburbs of Chicago. The comparable dining spot I've found  is a fish & chips spot in Astoria, Oregon called the Bowpicker," said Murphy.

"Willie's Wee Nee Wagon was always my first stop when I came home from college or returned for the holidays to see family. In 2009, Willie's acquired a new owner, a new name and a different brand of hot dogs. I went there once and it just wasn't the same.  But I have some great memories. Willie's had been around since 1955, first a metal food trailer, then they constructed a building in the late 1970's.  I am a bit of a fanatic about the place. I still have two of the paper bags from old orders. They must be ten to fifteen years old. One is framed and hangs in my kitchen, proudly emblazoned with Willie's motto  - We Relish Your Bun."

Why cookbooks for guys?

"I didn't see anything written for men, especially beginner and novice cooks," said Murphy.

"The first book covered comfort food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts and drinks. It was aimed at hunters and anglers but it's great for campers and RVers."

Future releases include "Flannel John's Winter Cabin Cookbook" in late October and a rock and roll themed title, his tenth book, called "You Cook Me All Night Long" in November.

Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University. This 23-year radio veteran spent 17-years hosting morning radio shows in several Michigan cities including Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, Saginaw and Houghton plus Fargo, North Dakota, Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Ketchikan, Alaska. Murphy has had a long career as a freelance and comedy writer. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Porcupine Press U.P. Magazine, National Lampoon, The Traverse City Record Eagle and ABC Radio Network. He lives in Seaside, Oregon with his wife LisaMarie Costanzo.  

All seven of his books can be found at Amazon.com and at www.flanneljohn.com. They are $7.95 except for the Tailgating book which is $9.95. For additional information on the books or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or at shamrockarrow@gmail.com or like him on facebook.

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WASHINGTON - Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is asking the Inspector General of the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide additional information about the intentional and willful misuse of surveillance authorities by NSA employees. He's also asking the Inspector General to provide as much unclassified information about these cases as possible.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has oversight jurisdiction over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the intelligence courts that fall under the act's authority.

"The American people are questioning the NSA and the FISA court system.  Accountability for those who intentionally abused surveillance authorities and greater transparency can help rebuild that trust and ensure that both national security and the Constitution are protected," Grassley said.

The text of Grassley's letter is below.

 

August 27, 2013

 

Dr. George Ellard, Inspector General

National Security Agency

Office of the Inspector General

9800 Savage Road, Suite 6247

Fort Meade, MD 20755

 

Dear Dr. Ellard:

I write in response to media reports that your office has documented instances in which NSA personnel intentionally and willfully abused their surveillance authorities.

For each of these instances, I request that you provide the following information:

(1)               The specific details of the conduct committed by the NSA employee;

(2)               The job title and attendant duties and responsibilities of the NSA employee at the time;

(3)               How the conduct was discovered by NSA management and/or your office;

(4)               The law or other legal authority - whether it be a statute, executive order, or regulation - that your office concluded was intentionally and willfully violated;

(5)               The reasons your office concluded that the conduct was intentional and willful;

(6)               The specifics of any internal administrative or disciplinary action that was taken against the employee, including whether the employee was terminated; and

(7)               Whether your office referred any of these instances for criminal prosecution, and if not, why not?

Thank you for your prompt attention to this important request.  I would appreciate a response by September 11, 2013.  I also request that you respond in an unclassified manner to the extent possible.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley, Ranking Member

cc:  Honorable Patrick Leahy, Chairman

Nearly 500 Expected to Attend 2013 HousingIowa Conference Sept. 4-6

CORALVILLE - The Iowa Finance Authority will host housing professionals from throughout the state at the Coralville Marriott for the HousingIowa Conference Sept. 4-6. Attendees will hear from national housing experts, discuss local housing issues and network with housing professionals from throughout the state. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the housing industry. The registration fee is $175. More information is available at www.IFAMeetings.com.

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4 - FRIDAY, SEPT. 6

WHAT: 2013 HousingIowa Conference

REGISTRATION: $175

LOCATION:   Coralville Marriott, 300 East 9th St., Coralville, IA

MORE INFORMATION AND FULL AGENDA:  www.IFAMeetings.com

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