“Tail of the Dragon’s” New Facebook Page: Following the book across the finish line

When I made the announcement the other day that I had just approved the cover design for my new novel Tail of the Dragon from my publisher, I thought the process was completed. So far my experience with American Publishing has been nothing but extremely good. While other publishers might have rushed through the various phases of the production process after accepting a manuscript, American Book took their time at every aspect of development. At times I wondered if that was the correct path, but my experience with the editors has been extremely good and everybody brought something to the table to really tighten up the story into the breakneck, concise narrative that it ended up in the final proof. But I really didn’t know what to expect from the cover until I received another proof after the acceptance of the first that revealed how the entire book would look, and how the cover art designer Jana Rade fantastically tied the two together with continuity unique in the world of book cover design. I was so excited upon seeing her final art proof that we created a Facebook fan page for the book to start satisfying the interest that is mounting prior to the final steps of delivering to the bookstores. I revealed that new site in the video below.

Jana with very little input from me came up with the design you can see up close in the accompanying picture. She managed to capture the folklore of the actual Tail of the Dragon, and articulate that this is not a fantasy story about dragons, but in fact a book that involves a car driving down a road that looks like a dragon’s tail. It’s simple enough to not be overbearing, yet all-encompassing in many metaphorical categories capturing the philosophy explored in Tail of the Dragon, and that is the philosophy of freedom. The lone car riding along on the tail of some maniacal beast disappearing off the page and emerging onto the back cover works on many levels, and I think is a world-class work of art that merges contemporary art with tradition in a wonderful way.

American Book has now moved into the production phase which involves sending galleys out to readers, and picking up reviews, as well as registering at all the distribution outlets, which is normal, and takes about 12 weeks. Although an official date has not been set yet, it looks right now to be right at the end of summer, which places it well before this year’s presidential election, which was a goal because the Tail of the Dragon among many sub plots is about running for President of the United States. So we certainly wanted to get it out by-election season.

So we’re getting closer, which is why we now have a Facebook page. So stop by and “LIKE” the page, “Friend” us there, and “PASS” the site along to your friends in your network and help us get the word out. Seeing how the cover captured so wonderfully the events of the book in such a dramatic, yet subtle way, my excitement for bringing this very exciting story to the public is greater than ever. The more people I can share it with, the better, because the message behind Tail of the Dragon is one that has meaning to each and every person living. The more people who have the opportunity to share in it, the more of an opportunity for someone to enjoy a unique novel that offers a fresh perspective on an age-old problem—what is the meaning of freedom, and what should we do as a society to maintain it. These are the intense questions that are dealt with in Tail of the Dragon and are nothing short than the life or death message for America’s future and the state of the entire world. So come with me on a journey that could change your life and that journey for you can begin over at the new Facebook page. Click here to visit. http://www.facebook.com/tailofthedragonbook

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Rich Hoffman
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Communist China Honors Lakota: Dean Hume and baseball for the “Spark Magazine”

The reason I have very little respect for the modern educator, and specifically, the public education employee is because they have a tendency to support open communism even if they aren’t aware that they are.  Communism in America has gained a foothold through intellectual educator types, which Barack Obama, Lyndon Johnston, and Woodrow Wilson all advocated.  They called it progressivism so to make it appear that The United States was not following the path of their rival the Soviet Union, who was still considered an alley until the 1950’s.  During that entire time, communism seeped under the doors of our borders through our intellectuals’ infatuation with Europe and the concepts of socialism spreading there under the work of Karl Marx. 

I was reading through the West Chester Buzz the other day and I noticed a picture of the outgoing principal of Lakota East Keith Kline sitting at his desk with a flag display of the American flag with the Red Chinese flag and I had to check my eyes.  Then I read the article, which you can see for yourself here. 

http://westchesterbuzz.com/2012/05/22/chinese-students-to-learn-english-from-spark/

The article was about how Lakota participated in a principal exchange program in April where Kline went to China’s Jingman NO. 1 High School in the Hubei Provinceas the Chinese principal Yuan Ye came to Lakota East.  Yuan Ye was amazed at the creativity of the Lakota students and decided he wanted to take 100 copies of the Lakota East’s Spark Magazine back to China for students there to analyze and figure out how to emulate.  This had Dean Hume, Lakota East journalism teacher and Spark advisor elated saying, “I think it is a grand slam in the 9th inning with two outs for the English department.”  Apparently for Dean, it’s very important that a school in China wants 100 copies of the Spark Magazine.  You can see that magazine for yourself here:

http://www.lakotaeastspark.com/

I personally like some of the kids who work on that magazine quite a bit, both present and former.  They are intelligent kids full of ideas, and I thought about them as I let my feelings about what Dean Hume and Keith Kline said wash over me.  Last September I gave a 3 hour interview with one of the Spark reporters just prior to the election, and the story was pulled—it appears by Hume so not to give the side of the story of the No Lakota Levy, which sounded like censorship to me.  It made me very angry because I had granted a very detailed interview that was very personal, and the story was shelved because the school wanted to pass the levy.  Several students reported to me that Hume would spend entire classes talking about me to his students and what a right-winged nut job I am, so to discredit me.  One student was so upset that they went to see Keith Kline about the smear campaign.  When I became enraged about it, some of these Spark students wrote to me and told me I had it all wrong, that Hume was a very fair and balanced teacher and that he treated me fairly in his classes.  I felt that they were just covering for their very radical leftist journalism teacher, but I listened to their comments out of respect for them. 

Knowing now a bit more about what Hume, and Kline thinks is a successful endeavor their behavior during the last election makes a lot more sense. China, being a communist country participates in excessive amounts of censorship, and has built their entire society around the concept of collectivism.  The individual does not matter in China.  This is why students are required to begin at 6 a.m. and stay in school until 10 p.m. with only a 3 hour break at 11:30. China does not care about the well-being of their students, only that they serve Red China as cells in a great collective body.  This is precisely why principal Yuan Ye was so shocked that the American students exhibited so much creativity, because in America individuality is still valued, and creativity comes from the individual thoughts of a sovereign soul.  Yet Hume thinks it’s wonderful that communist China wants 100 copies of his magazine so they can study it in a vain attempt to mimic the creativity of the American students, which of course they will fail miserably. 

Kline stated in the West Chester Buzz article “If I could marry their work ethic with our instruction there would be no stopping us.”  That statement alone indicates what educators all across the country have thought for over 100 years looking toward communism as the solution to the worlds problems.  In education circles China is the shining example in the world as to how society should be governed because they are a communist society, and education officials are in love with communism termed in their language as progressivism.  In communist societies, the collective serves the institution, property is “shared,” and censorship is enforced to keep outside ideas from corrupting the communist culture with crazy thoughts of independence and individual sovereignty.

The reporter who interviewed me on that hot September day before the election of 2011 acted as an individual and as they walked me through the halls of Lakota East many teachers and administrators peered at me with anger, since I represented the realization of another failed tax levy and future pay increases for their greedy labor requirements.  Yet the reporter handled the situation with a lot of class, and even as I gave the interview, I suspected it would never see the light of day, because the institution itself at Lakota East is attempting to become more like Communist China in it’s methods.  Kline himself stated, “The Chinese are trying to focus more on critical thinking skills, creativity, and teamwork, and want to get away from their test-driven structure, which is huge for them.  It is interesting because our country seems to be going in the opposite direction.”  He’s right about that.  American educators have been chasing China as the shining example of how to conduct society, and they have been doing it for so long, they don’t even see that it is communism that they are teaching students, not capitalism—the life blood of the American economy. 

There is a reason that China does not produce great films that the world craves to see, or produces music that is on our top 40 music charts—it’s because they lack creativity because they are a communist society serving the needs of the collective.  That is why they will always fail when it comes to creativity.  Their work ethic is fantastic because they have no sense of self—as a culture.  They do not value individualism, and it shows. 

This is the path of even great schools like Lakota East, as the Chinese flag flies proudly on the desk of an American high school principal.  Educators and politicians want communism in America and they are teaching it to our youth.  The evidence is everywhere particularly among the attitudes that the educators exhibit.  For Dean, I’d be more proud if a school in Georgia wanted copies of the Spark to show their students in a world of competitive ideas, not a communist country where even a color photograph would impress them.  That’s the difference.  For an educator to be recognized by their idols in the education system of Communist China is a high honor indeed, and the focus of what they plan to spend our hard-earned tax money on—a path toward Communist America lead by the education elite and their censorship of those who oppose them.

It must be terrible to be so easily impressed.  For more info on China and how it got to where it is, CLICK HERE.  You will see our own future as it’s happening right now because of employees of public education. 

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This is what people are saying about my new book–Tail of the Dragon

Just finished the book and am sweating profusely. Wow, what a ride !!!  Fasten your seat belts for one of the most thrilling rides ever in print.

While you wait for Tail of the Dragon, read my first book at Barnes and Nobel.com as they are now offering The Symposium of Justice at a discount which is the current lowest price available.

Rich Hoffman
https://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/ten-rules-to-live-by/
http://twitter.com/#!/overmanwarrior
www.overmanwarrior.com