ROSCOE’S Weak-End Review
And we ain’t givin’ up till we get some feedback. As promised, here’s the Roscoe mini-survey, designed to test what’s working and what’s not:
1. What do you like best about The Roscoe Daley Report?
2. What do you like least?
3. Would you miss it if it were gone?
4. Your opinion on “Roscoe’s Weak-End Review.”
5. Your opinion on “Ask Roscoe.”
6. Would you like less humor or more?
7. Less serious commentary on events in the news or more?
8. Less on the Middle East, Islam and the War on Terror or more?
9. Less on the foibles of the mainstream mediocracy or more?
10. Other suggestions and general comments.
Go ahead and respond in the Comments section. If old Roscoe doesn’t get feedback, that will be an answer in itself. In that case, we’ll give more serious thought to redirecting this time to other pursuits.
Prayers for the Assassin concluding thoughts
A couple more points about author Robert Ferrigno need to be made. (See Thursday and Friday’s posts.) And if he responds to our questions—nothing as of Friday—we’ll revisit it yet again.
Point 1: As a Christian, we need to note that this is R-type content with rough language and more sex and violence than we’d prefer. Think Elmore Leonard and maybe Stephen King.
Point 2: From the novel itself, it wouldn't be hard to get the idea that Ferrigno is soft on Islam. In fact, he is walking a fine line here, one that could get him a Salman Rushdie-type fatwa. We don’t expect that to happen, though, with his careful study of the subject and expressions of respect for Islam and Muslims. In fact, a Turkish publisher has taken on his book, which certainly should help his situation in the Muslim world. Yet, it’s also clear from some of Ferrigno’s other writing that his heart is in the right place.
We would point, for example, to his position on the 2004 presidential election, as National Review Online quoted from Slate:
Mark me on the Bush side of the ledger, a lonely side for this survey, I'm certain. Most novelists live in their imagination, which is a fine place to be until the bad guys come knock knock knocking. I don't agree with Bush on shoveling free meds to granny and grandpa, or his antipathy to fuel conservation along with opening up the arctic reserve, but this is small stuff. I'll be voting for Bush because his approach to stopping the people who want to kill my children is the right one, i.e., kill them first. Kerry will dance the Albright two-step with Kim Jong-il, consult with Sandy Berger's socks, and kowtow to the U.N. apparatchiks who have done such a fine job of protecting the Cambodians, Rwandans, and the Sudanese. No thanks. No contest.