“The Auschwitz Escape” debuts at #11 on the New York Times bestseller list today.

NYT_home_bannerThanks so much to all of you who have purchased a copy of The Auschwitz Escape, and to all of you who have been telling your family and friends about the novel through Facebook, Twitter, your blogs and in all kinds of other ways.

The book debuts this morning at #11 on the New York Times hardcover fiction best-seller list.

As many of you know, I usually write political thrillers about worst case scenarios that might happen in the future. This is the first time I’ve written a work of historical fiction, inspired by true stories that happened in the past. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how this one would be received. But on behalf of Lynn and our boys, and the Tyndale House publishing team, let me say how deeply grateful I am — how grateful we all are – for your support and enthusiasm over this book!

As you know, I’ve been in Israel this past week, doing a series of meetings and interviews about the book.  It has been a wonderful time. I return to the States on Tuesday for more interviews and several speaking opportunities in New York City. Here are a few of them. I’ll keep you posted on more when I get back. Thanks.

>> Please join me Tuesday, April 1st, at a synagogue in Manhattan for book tour event with an Orthodox Rabbi. RSVP today. We’d love to have you join us.

>> On Wednesday, April 2nd, I’ll be speaking in Old Bridge, New Jersey — please join us if you can.

>> On Sunday, April 6th, I’ll be speaking at a church in Manhattan — please join us if you can.


Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

Larwyn’s Linx: Desperate Times, Desperate Dems

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Nation

Desperate Times, Desperate Dems: Tom Blumer
Will any 2016 Republican hopeful stand up for a strong defense?: Hugh Hewitt
Democrat Mark Begich now trailing in polls for Alaska Senate: FAM

John Boehner Must Be Ousted From Office To Save the Republic: Jen Kuznicki
McConnell said to press GOP Senators ‘to Join Harry Reid’ on Vote: Blaze
Internal probe clears Chris Christie in Bridgegate, Democrats freak out: WyBlog

Pew’s Activist Obamacare Poll: Ace
School’s asks if first-graders have sexual identity issues: EAG
Idaho Governor Signs Federal Gun Law Nullification: VictoryGirls

Economy

Indiana is the first state to pull out of Common Core: ConTrib
Literacy Is Knowledge: City Journal
US labor participation rate falls below UK’s (for first time in 36 years): Unyielding

Scandal Central

Obama to Kill Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs: WFB
No Justice Dept. Charges Against Woman Who Voted 6 Times for Obama: Adams
Operation Something Bruin: Herschel Smith

SEIU joins federal safety inspectors on visits to non-union businesses: DC
Minneapolis Restaurant Hosts 7th Annual Nazi-Themed Christmas Party​: TR
Pro-Israel Students Called ‘Kike,’ ‘Dirty Jew’ at University of Michigan: WFB

Climate & Energy

What Kind of Fool Am I?: Mark Steyn
Much-touted 2006 Polar Bear survey used to list them as ‘threatened’ …now invalidated: WUWT

Media

MRC Study: Network TV Buries ObamaCare’s Bad News: MRC
“Female Temple University student, 19, is hit in the face with a BRICK by gang of children”: Protein Wisdom
200 teens RIOT in Louisville Sat night robbing, assaulting people: Scoop

Republicans and Blacks: Thomas Sowell
Rick Klein: Drudge ‘Was Right’; AB Stoddard on the White House: ‘Not Good to Use the Word ‘Liar”: Breitbart
Dem Rep Wants Democrat Party to Come Out For Repeal of Second Amendment: Bearing Arms

World

#FullCommunism — Carton Of Eggs In Venezuela, Now 23 Dollars American: WZ
Information Warfare: The Chinese Police Join The Cyber War: StrategyPage
Hiding in Plain Sight: Jihadi Activism on Twitter: PJM

Jimmy Carter Calls Jewish Settlements In West Bank An “Israeli Invasion,” “Occupying Troops”: WZ
New Anti-Semitism Tailored for Evangelicals: Gatestone
The Muslim Agenda: Gates of Vienna

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

A thin lifeline for XP users: New Malwarebytes suite will support the older OS: PC World
High Speed Click Fraud: Over One Third Of All Internet “Traffic” Is Fake: ZH
Judge: IP address ain’t a person, dude: TorrentFreak

Cornucopia

Manly Obama pictures released to counter shirtless Putin: Cube
The Obamas Abroad: Looking For the Secret Trap Doors: MOTUS
World Trade Center daredevils release video showing their incredible 1,776-foot leap: The Week

Image: MOTUS
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QOTD: “The issue on which Democrats are most vulnerable, and have the least room to maneuver, is school choice. Democrats are heavily in hock to the teachers’ unions, who see public schools as places to guarantee jobs for teachers, regardless of what that means for the education of students.

There are some charter schools and private schools that have low-income minority youngsters equaling or exceeding national norms, despite the many ghetto public schools where most students are nowhere close to meeting those norms. Because teachers’ unions oppose charter schools, most Democrats oppose them, including black Democrats up to and including President Barack Obama.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent cutback on funding for charter schools, and creating other obstacles for them, showed a calloused disregard for black youngsters, for whom a decent education is their one shot at a better life.

But did you hear any Republican say anything about it?” –Thomas Sowell

Doug Ross @ Journal

PERJURY: House Oversight Committee Says Lois Lerner Lied to Congress at least Four Times

It would appear that former IRS executive Lois Lerner could soon be held in contempt of Congress and — as an added bonus — charged with perjury.

[The House Oversight committee report] states that [former IRS overseer Lois] Lerner made false statements to committee staff on various occasions.

During a February 2012 briefing, Lerner told committee staff that the criteria for evaluating tax-exempt applications had not changed. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), however, Lerner directed in June 2011 that the criteria used to identify applications be changed.

As Moe Lane observes, Lois Lerner now faces a very serious life-decision:


I don’t think that Darrell Issa is contemplating contempt charges. I think that he’s letting Ms. Lerner know that she has to decide soon whether it’s going to be her scalp that goes up on the lintel. House Oversight has no real reason not to put a former Director of IRS Exempt Organizations in jail for a few years, particularly if they can also convict a suitable number of subordinates: it would be nice to get the people in the Executive Branch who gave the orders, but putting the fear of God and Congress into those who got the orders will also pay dividends.

But, obviously if Lois Lerner is not the biggest fish in this investigation then Darrell Issa would like to get his hands on the one who is. That is Ms. Lerner’s only real bargaining card right now; I look forward to seeing her next play.

The House Oversight Committee summarized Lerner’s role as follows:

Through e-mails, documents, and the testimony of other IRS officials, the Committee has learned a great deal about Lois Lerner’s role in the IRS targeting scandal since the Committee first issued a subpoena for her testimony. She was keenly aware of acute political pressure to crack down on conservative-leaning organizations. Not only did she seek to convey her
agreement with this sentiment publicly, she went so far as to engage in a wholly inappropriate effort to circumvent federal prohibitions in order to publicize her efforts to crack down on a particular Tea Party applicant. She created unprecedented roadblocks for Tea Party organizations, worked surreptitiously to advance new Obama Administration regulations that curtail the activities of existing 501(c)(4) organizations – all the while attempting to maintain an appearance that her efforts did not appear, in her own words, “per se political.”

I don’t care whether the President is Republican or Democrat. The politicization of the IRS is inexcusable and should be grounds for impeachment.

Furthermore, an example should be made of Lois Lerner. A very painful example.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal