Monday, December 22, 2014

Obama's Anti-Police State

Science Fiction or Dystopian novels, such as George Orwell's 1984, will strike fear in the hearts of readers by suggesting a suffocating police state where freedom is outlawed.

Obama's dystopian vision is the opposite. You could plot what has happened over the past 6 years as if it were a deliberate strategy:

  • Call the police "stupid"
  • Encourage anti-police protests under the guide of marches "against police brutality"
  • Visit protesters and tell them to stay the course
  • Use restrained language when condemning violent protest behavior
  • Sit back and remain silent as anti-police protests grow around the country with the attendant violence
  • And then, the predictable outcome: 2 policemen assassinated in New York as "revenge" for someone killed by police

Before Obama, police were the Good Guys and criminal thugs were the Bad Guys. Obama has succeeded in turning that equation upside down, and it is now the police in the crosshairs.

The mainstream media, led by the New York Times, has printed loving portraits of the protesters, describing them as regular folks pushing baby strollers and forming "spontaneous prayer groups. Yet protesters were heard to call for the killing of police officers. I'm not sure if any of them were pushing baby strollers at the time.

Obama's language and statements after the police killings have remained eerily restrained, as if they are voiced because they are expected and necessary but not heart-felt. Have any thugs heard him?

Obama needs to condemn the anti-police marches. He needs to apologize to the police for his antagonistic attitude which has led to the violent anti-police climate in which the country now suffers.

Will Obama man up and admit he is responsible for social chaos and the hatred of police which has blossomed under his administration? No, he won't, because that was the goal all along. Obama's own hatred of the police is clear to all by now.

Obama owes the police. Yet he refuses to say what needs to be said because that would subvert his intentions. Does he have any interest in mending his relationship with them or taking the heat off them from criminals and thugs who look up to him? No.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Obama Responsible for Anti-Police Climate

Before Obama was elected, was there anything resembling an anti-police climate in the country?

No.

Has Obama done enough to curb anti-police sentiment and support law enforcement?

No.

Overly-restrained language is the hallmark of Obama's comments whenever "supporting" police and "condemning" violent behavior. Clearly, no one in the entire country has listened to his ineffectual words. Is that the intent?

Obama's anti-police attitude began soon after he was elected by claiming Massachusetts police "acted stupidly" when arresting a black Harvard professor. That phrase has followed Obama through the entire length of his administration and here we are today with marches around the nation supporting thugs and threatening police. Obama, having said "A," the marchers now say "B."

If Obama has any problem with those marches and the sentiment behind them, no one is aware of it. He met with demonstrators in Missouri to urge them on, not quiet them down.

Congressman Peter King (R-NY) has called on Obama and the news media to stop the "cop bashing."

Does Obama feel any need to go to greater lengths to support the police? No. He is currently in Hawaii saying he "condemns" the killing of the New York police. And what effect is that supposed to have on those who are learning it's okay to hate the police in a very public way?

The "bad guys" are winning in today's world because that's what the leaders of prominent nations are, including our own.



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hollywood Already Bans Anti-Obama Movies

One of the biggest news stories this week (there were many) was Sony deciding to cancel the movie "The Interview" after a terrorist threat from the hacker group "Guardians of Peace" that leaked a vast cache of Sony's data.

The US has now blamed North Korea for the hack, perhaps with a little help from their friends the Chinese.


The movie mocks North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and he is assassinated at the end.

Actors such as George Clooney were outraged that a dictator decided if the public could or couldn't watch a movie.

Fears of a "chilling effect" on the freedom of the movie industry are already being voices. Supposedly another movie in the work has been canned as a result of the hacker threat.

But the odd part of all this is the longstanding and unstated ban on movies mocking and criticizing US President Barack Obama. Before the Sony hack, it was easy to make a movie attacking Kim, but where are the movies making fun of Obama? Rush Limbaugh recently pointed out the improbability of actors such as Clooney defending an anti-Obama film but would instead demand that it be cancelled just like the Kim film. Actors demand that the anti-Kim film be seen, but it's likely they would demand an anti-Obama movie be shelved and hidden from view.

Will there be any attempt from Hollywood to "push back" from the Sony debacle and make some movies that mock world leaders including Obama? The fears of hacking, terror, and political incorrectness shout a resounding No.



Obama's Solution to Maintaining Relevancy: Go Rogue

Obama has solved the problem of a second-term president struggling to remain relevant in the last two years of his presidency.

The answer: Go Rogue!


No one ever saw the issue on a ballot, but immigrant numbers have doubled since 1990. And Obama's heavy-handedness in increasing that flow have shocked even some on his side of the political aisle. Obama is deliberately tearing apart the social fabric of the US and causing social chaos. No one will ever call him "The Great Uniter."

  • Bringing in illegal teenagers and depositing them all around the country
  • DHS aiding illegals in entering the country
  • Dramatically cutting back on illegals deported
It was never on a ballot, but Obama decided if something "isn't working" then it need change:
  • Trade deal with repressive rogue regime Cuba
  • Exchanging spies with Cuba to the outrage of survivor families
It was never on a ballot, but who are the good guys, the CIA or Al Qaeda terrorists?
  • Obama approved the Feinstein/Democrats' CIA 'Torture Report' with the expected result that the bad guys around the world can portray the US as torturers and the heat is off them.
It was never on a ballot, but who are the good guys, the police or criminal thugs?
  • Obama did little to stop riots and protests resulting from the death of thug Michael Brown at the hands of a policeman he assaulted. He never said what he knew he needed to say to stop the protests because he never wanted them stopped and always desired a mid-level of street chaos. The Commander in Chief is now hated by most police and military.
Two years remain on Obama's term as president. He has the power to keep the fires burning and even start newer, bigger conflagrations. Anybody care to see the issue on a flash ballot vote and check the results?



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Democrats Are Now the Party of the Bad Guys

With the release of the Senate Anti-CIA Report, The long-term political strategy of the Democratic Party has emerged.

After their drubbing at the polls in November, the Democrats have doubled-down on their strategy of amassing voter blocks from the edges of society.

A rundown of some of the groups Democrats court:

1. Anti-CIA and therefore Pro-Terrorist
2. Anti-Police, Anti-Military, Pro Rioter
3. Anti-Citizen, Pro-Illegal Alien
4. Anti-Christian, Pro-Atheist, Pagan, etc.

President Obama and the Democrats, bizarrely, has been publicly wringing their hands over the "torture" of al Qaeda terrorists responsible for 9/11 and who desire to destroy the United States and everything it stands for. The CIA's interrogation methods were "unconscionable." But are Americans joining Obama in shedding tears over the treatment of terrorists?

The release of the Senate Democrats' Anti-CIA Report comes on the heels of a massive Republican victory at the polls in November. The CIA report is the Democrats' attempt to get their mojo back by blaming Bush for "torture." But does the "Bush's Fault" narrative still play? Is it a wise political strategy?

Americans feels increasingly alienated by the Democratic Party because it no longer serves their interests but those of others that are at odds with traditional American values.

After the "shock" value of the CIA report wears thin, questions will emerge demanding answers. Why was the report a strictly Democratic partisan effort with no input from Republicans on the committee? Why didn't they complain when briefed numerous times? Why didn't their investigators interview past CIA directors? Why endanger American lives for no reason? And how are Obama's drones that kill from afar any more ethical than interrogating terrorists?

The Democrats see the CIA report as a means of righting their ship, but is it the event that will capsize it in due time? Can the Democrats continue to spit on those who protect us from terrorists? Can they continue to support illegals over citizens? Rioters over police? 

Where does the Party of the Bad Guys go when the good people revolt?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Would Obama Riot If He Weren't President?

Ever since Obama kicked off his presidency by stating his opinion that police acted "stupidly" by arresting a black Harvard professor, his relations with law enforcement can be defined as closer to adversarial rather than collaborative.

Obama's speeches on the Ferguson riots seem designed more toward implicating police rather than what he described as a "handful" of protesters breaking the law.

His words of advice to avoid committing violence seem overly lukewarm and half-hearted, as if he doesn't want the riots and law-breaking to stop, he merely wants a level of rioting somewhere between the polar opposites of no riots and the entire country burning down.

If Obama weren't president, would he be out there in Ferguson rioting, throwing stones and whatnot at the police?

His sympathies are never far from protesters no matter who is to blame and for what, and he can never resist getting in his little digs at law enforcement who are tasked with protecting law-abiding citizens; in other words, non-rioters.

Obama plays a role akin to a "conquering general" who leads an invading force against the indigenous population. Often he takes this role when talking about illegal immigrants, favoring them over citizens, but in this case he is the "leader" of the rioters.

Race relations, if anything, are worse than when Obama took office, and he was supposed to usher in a post-racial society. Yet many have the feeling that civil unrest is a linchpin of Obama's underlying domestic agenda, with no lack of evidence to back that up.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Photo That Defines the Obama Presidency

If there is one photo that can define a presidency, it is this one. A split-screen TV screenshot. Obama is pontificating on one side while the Ferguson riots are on the other.

Several media outlets noted that Obama tried to "calm" the situation, yet his words seemed half-hearted as he continued to suggest the police were at fault, just as he has always faulted the police since he was elected.

Earlier, he had told the Ferguson protesters to "stay the course." He has no real problem with the protests. His hatred is reserved for the police. What needs to change in the future? According to Obama, the police, not violence against police.

Obama's election was supposed to dispel racial issues yet now we see that he presides over them and refuses to use his influence to stop racial violence in its tracks.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kids Revolt Over Michelle Obama's Revolting School Lunches

School kids are on twitter posting pictures of their revolting school lunches with the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama.

The kids are doing the job the mainstream media refuses to do: truthtelling to power. It's a good lesson for the kids to see that those in power love to control others despite their own ignorance of both problems and remedies.

No one elected Michelle Obama as the nation's food czar, yet there she is, dumping her lack of wisdom on other people's children. Meanwhile, the Obamas' own kids eat cheesesteaks at their DC school. Rules are for other people.

The kids have learned a lesson not to silently accept mandates served on their plates accompanied by dishonest reasoning that it's for their own good.

Those in power, like Barack and Michelle Obama, have no clue about problems and solutions.

President Obama has been serving "school lunches" to the country for six years, and now we are all revolted at his ignorance and misguided ideas. And just like the kids, we shouldn't just silently accept what he serves us when we know he's a lousy chef.



Friday, November 14, 2014

CNN's Small Captive Audience

Recent TV audience numbers reveal CNN with about one-third the audience of Fox News. My only recent experience with CNN is as an unwilling, captive viewer.

When I go to an airport, CNN is on all the TVs in the passenger waiting areas. You can't change the channel to Fox News, or anything else, sadly. If you want TV, you are held captive to the CNN channel, and some of their shows can be painful to watch, even for a short while.

My other CNN experience is on the way to work in the morning at Crystal City in Arlington, VA. In the underground shopping mall, a few large-screen TVs are set up in two common areas. In the first, there is one TV and it is turned to CNN, and, as usual, you can't change the channel. In the other area, there are 3 TVs screens roughly 5 feet apart from each other. Two of them are turned to CNN while, amazingly, the one on the far end is tuned to ESPN. No, you can't change the channels. 

How much of CNN's small audience is due to their captive audiences in airports and malls that force customers to watch?

I think the continued leftward drift of CNN contributes to a smaller audience as well. Over the years, it has shifted from somewhere near the middle of the political spectrum to somewhere closer to the fringe. And the fringe enjoys many players, MSNBC among them. And when you move to the fringe, you lose a lot of people who notice you're no longer in the realm of the political center and its environs.

Without question, Fox News speaks to many more Americans than CNN or MSNBC combined. I think Fox News gives viewres a sense that they are somewhere in that middle area--on the right side of it, but still within the environs of the political Middle. CNN isn't. And it needs hardly be said MSNBC isn't either.

Expectations of CNN are different from expectations of radical leftist websites, such as Daily Kos. CNN, in the minds of Americans, isn't supposed to be a radical news and opinion outlet, yet it seems more like it all the time. 

As for airports and shopping malls, I wish they'd turn the channel to something like the Food Network or A&E. Or maybe even America's news choice, Fox News.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Building My Online Empire

I'm planning on reviving a website of mine from the late 1990s as it seems it would be useful as a foundation for my online empire and conglomerate. It would tie together several of my current websites. I'm considering starting up other "channels" that would fit in with the overall concept.

Working on the "Tom Clancy/James Bond" thriller novel. It would be the first installment in a projected series. Stay tuned.

I'm planning a nonfiction book on "The Year in Espionage News 2014" or some such title/concept as a companion piece for the thriller novel.

Still working on finalizing the anthology of classic short stories with my groundbreaking ranking system.

*****

Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Thriller Novel Coming Soon

I'm working on a new thriller novel. Hope to have it done by December 2014 or January 2015.

It's in a vein similar to Tom Clancy or James Bond.

Other upcoming projects:

My anthology of classic American short stories. But this isn't like the typical anthologies. I am ranking the stories based on scholarly activities, readership, etc. Don't see where anyone has done that.

Putting together a 2014 world espionage news roundup that should go well with my thriller novel.

Afterward, novels upcoming include Attack of the Manikins, The Elevator, The Sucker List, The Warning Bird, the second book in the thriller novel series, etc.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My New Book: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories

My new book, "Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories" is now available as a Kindle ebook on Amazon. The print edition will be online soon.

Table of Contents:

Foreword

Notes on writing short stories and the ideas behind this chess-themed collection.

Queen of the Chess Cult

The search for a beautiful queen who presides over a cult with a sacred book listing the moves of the perfect chess game.

Pawn Storm

Falling from the sky are snowflakes like chess pieces.

A Wasted Life

A man gives up chess but is continually reminded of it to his chagrin.

Klooster

A sunny day at a lake house reclining in beach chairs with chess, sandwiches, beer, and a pretty girl.

The Chess Plague

A mysterious plague devastates a town and especially its chess players.

A Bowl of Stew

A man and woman enter a cafe and discuss their personal interests while waiting for their dishes to arrive.

City of a Thousand Chess Clubs

A town with many unusual chess clubs unlike anywhere else.

A Dimly-Lighted Cafe

An old man waits vainly for chess opponents at a cafe.

A Legacy for Jim Zorn

A chess player from the 1970s dies in a small Ohio town and the locals recollect what they knew about him.

The Prisoner's Tale

Terrorists capture a prisoner who explains his life story to his cellmate using chess pieces instead of words.

The Screaming Cry of the Chessbird

A giant bird terrorizes a metropolis.

The Unwrapping

Friends unwrap gifts at a Christmas dinner.

The Infinite Chessboard

This world is a chessboard whose squares change in size, number, and color.

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Upcoming Book "Queen of the Chess Cult"

My upcoming collection of short stories called "Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories" should be ready in a month or two. Here is a listing of the stories with a short summary. I'm still finalizing some of the titles. I could add or subtract one or two stories but this is the likely lineup for the book. No knowledge of the game of chess is needed. The stories are literary with aspects of other genres such as detective, science fiction, horror.

  • Introduction
    My ideas on the art of short story writing.
  • Queen of the Chess Cult
    The search for a beautiful queen who presides over a cult with a holy book listing the moves of the perfect chess game.
  • A Bowl of Stew
    A man and woman count down the progress of their dishes as the chef cooks them.
  • Klooster
    A sunny day at a lake house reclining in beach chairs with chess, sandwiches, beer, and a pretty girl.
  • Pawn Storm
    Falling from the sky are snowflakes like chess pieces.
  • The Chess Plague
    A plague devastates a town and especially its chess players.
  • The Old Player's Estate
    A chess player from the 1970s dies and his house and belongings are examined.
  • The Prisoner's Tale
    Terrorists capture a prisoner who explains his life story to his cellmate using chess pieces instead of words.
  • City of Chess Clubs
    A town with hundreds of distinctive chess clubs unlike anywhere else.
  • A Dimly-Lighted Cafe
    An old man waits vainly for chess opponents at a cafe.
  • The Man Who Gave Up
    A man gives up chess but is continually reminded of it.
  • The Screaming Cry of the Chessbird
    A giant bird terrorizes a metropolis.
  • The Unwrapping
    Friends unwrap gifts at a Christmas dinner.
  • The Infinite Chessboard
    This world is a chessboard whose squares change in size, number, and color.
  • Afterward
    My notes on the stories, their inspiration and so forth.

You Might Also Like:

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Writers Don't Need a Quiet Place to Write

Famous authors counsel aspiring writers to "find a quiet place to write."

I've been searching for this proverbial quiet place my entire adult life and haven't found it. That's why I stopped looking for it.

Most people, like myself, live in big cities, and therefore so do most writers. Noise is a common feature of modern city living. Many people live in apartments and condos. People live in close proximity to others. Noise is a common feature no matter where you go.

Who has an isolated log cabin in Vermont 50 miles from your nearest neighbor? Who has a soundproof room? Or an anechoic chamber? Very few.

Noisy surroundings are the daily reality of the modern city dweller and writers must adapt or simply stop writing except when you find that elusive quiet you "need" to write "your best."
The lack of a quiet place can be just an excuse not to write. You need to wait until you enter that rare environment where you have a bit of silence, otherwise you just can't write.

How can you be a writer if you only write when it's quiet? Writing while it's noisy allows you more time, more places, and more opportunities to keep writing. You aren't confined just to your "quiet den" at home, if you are one of the few who can claim to possess such a thing.

How much more writing can you accomplish if you wordsmith in a public place like a cafe, on public transportation, in a noisy apartment building or business office?

Every morning I write at various cafes around the DC areas, usually Starbucks. These cafes are always busy and people usually sit at the tables right next to me and converse with each other, yak on their cellphones, play music and whatnot. Yet I do most of my best writing right there in the midst of the noisy chaos. Most of the time I couldn't tell you what the people around me have said. That's the difference between listening and hearing. I hear all of it but listen to nothing but the words in my head.

I don't "wait" for quiet because, like Godot, it never arrives. I don't need quiet, and my advice to any writer today is you need to train yourself to write under noisy conditions because otherwise you won't write nearly as much if you wait for silence.

I've become immune to noise around me. It doesn't affect the words I put on the page. You create a "zone" for yourself despite the outside distractions. The point is to not be distracted by any type of noise. Anyone can do this. It takes the acceptance that the noise isn't going away and you need to spend time writing, and that means writing often while you are inundated with noise.

Train yourself not to be distracted or defeated by noise. Remain victorious over it. Write your best while people are shouting all around you.

Buy my short story collection I mostly wrote in cafes: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel, written mostly in cafes: Murder at the Library Conference:



You Might Also Like:













Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Top 10 Things Never Say to a Bird

  • 10. What lovely plumage. You come here often?
  • 9. It's not you, you're fine. It's your friends.
  • 8. Can you not do that when I'm under you?
  • 7. Do you want a bread crumb or can you do without?
  • 6. The shower curtain at the bird bath is broken.
  • 5. I have a nice comfy bird cage in my house. Wanna try?
  • 4. Didn't I see you in the shopping mall the other day?
  • 3. I'm an ornithologist and I'd like you to take part in my study.
  • 2. Want to say hi to kitty?
  • 1. Don't you know any other songs?

Take a look at my short story collection: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Take a look at my novel: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bestseller Or Literary Mode As a Writer?

Do readers and buyers of bestselling books want literary prose? Or do they prefer fast-paced writing without the frills and the deep thoughts?

Do readers expect good writing inside bestselling books? In most cases, I don't. There are some on the bestseller lists who are superior writers. But I would say most aren't.

A writer makes a choice. You write one way or the other. You Write with a different mindset when writing a bestseller as opposed to a work of literature. Combining the two is what passes through most writers' minds. You want both! High quality and high sales!

Great books have been bestsellers. But when I look at the top of the bestseller lists I don't see many that likely will stand the test of time. They will sell a lot of copies soon after publication but eventually will be all but forgotten.

Genre fiction demands that you write in a bestselling mode rather than literary mode, doesn't it? It seems literary prose can work against the necessities of a genre story. Or is it simply that not many writers have the skill or desire to pull it off? Most writers would rather sell a lot of books rather than great writers if that were the choice, wouldn't they? Most fiction that is published was written with the intent of selling a lot of copies, not being great writing and damn the sales.

But that's how most writers acquire an agent and a book deal. The potential for sales.

Do writers consciously make a decision in their minds, while they write, to go for lower-quality prose in the interests of potential sales? Isn't there a sense that if you write too well you are subverting genre fiction and your chances of sales decrease?

Some great writers became famous and therefore their books sell well. Writers like John Updike, John Irving, Vladimir Nabokov. Their fame translates to increased sales, despite their literary intentions.

Is it a good idea to start with bestselling manuscripts, go for genre fiction, and then later write literary fiction, if desired, when you've already built an audience? Is it harder to develop and audience if you start with literary prose as opposed to bestselling prose?

Some writers no doubt could never help themselves and always wanted a career as a literary author. They started that way because that was always their interest. Can someone move from bestseller mode, become famous, and then switch to literary mode? Who has done that? Don't all great writers start out writing literary fiction?

Imagine if Robert Ludlum had suddenly stopped writing thrillers and published literary fiction. Wouldn't that be odd? The sales of famous authors are ties to the type of fiction they produce. If they stop and switch to something else, most of their audience would leave them, wouldn't they?

Could it be I'm unfair to bestsellers? Are they written on a higher level than I think? Should I have a higher opinion of the literary quality of the top sellers in mysteries, thrillers, romances, science fiction? To me, the quality doesn't measure up to the likes of Bellow, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Cheever and all the gang.

Bestselling authors aren't trying to be literary. It's all about intent. It's all about the choice you make as an author. Bestseller or litterateur?

Buy my short story collection I mostly wrote in cafes: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel, written mostly in cafes: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:















Monday, March 24, 2014

Malaysia Flight MH370: Indian Ocean Fate

It was announced today by the Malaysian Prime Minister that the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 went down in the south Indian Ocean, far from any possible landing site, and all aboard are presumed dead.

The fate of the plane is based on Inmarsat satellite data. The plane is believed to have gone down about 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.

What the plane was doing in that remote place and why has not yet been discovered. Either it was taken there deliberately by one or both of the pilots or the aircraft flew on autopilot until it ran out of fuel.

I speculated last week that the pilot Zaharie Shah deliberately flew the plane to a remote location as a result of his own emotional trauma. There is still no compelling reason to believe the pilot wasn't responsible for the crash.

Retrieving the plane's black box is considered crucial to discovering the true story of the plane's fate. The US Pacific Command is sending a black box locator to the south Indian Ocean in case a debris field is located.

**********

You Might Also Like:

Friday, March 21, 2014

Top 10 Things Never Say to an Artist

  • 10. I have one just like that at home!
  • 9. You follow that popular YouTube video just like everybody else!
  • 8. It's like Norman Rockwell through the eyes of a child
  • 7. This painting explains to me why artists starve
  • 6. I've got that paint-by-the-numbers book, too
  • 5. Did you run out of paint, or what?
  • 4. I'll buy it but I really only want that magnificent frame!
  • 3. Do you have anything with zombies?
  • 2. My 6-year-old paints too and hers look just like yours!
  • 1. Isn't that upside down?

Buy my short story collection: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Emotional Trauma Theory

If Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the south Indian Ocean somewhere off the western coast of Australia, it raises the question why anyone would fly there.

Such a route would mean:

  • There is no destination
  • No intent to crash the plane into a building
  • No intention of landing on a remote airstrip and hiding the plane

The point is to evade radar and "disappear" so no one knows where the plane is. The pilot deliberately headed south toward Antarctica until it ran out of fuel and crashed the plane in a part of the world no one monitors closely. That was the point all along.

It's a childish action, a tantrum, that is the result of emotional trauma. Assuming the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Shah did this deliberately, why would he be on edge psychologically?

  • Flight simulator at home with data recently deleted
  • Attended trial of his political pal (and distant relative as well) Anwar Ibrahim and was upset at the result
  • His family reportedly estranged and moved out of his house days before the flight

That's quite a lot of evidence in just a very short period of time suggesting a problem inside the head of Shah. There is no evidence the co-pilot had any particular issues prior to the flight. There is too much strangeness to chalk it up to coincidence.

Shah's friend, the opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim, was convicted of homosexuality and sentenced to several years in jail. It must be asked what role, if any, the subject of homosexuality played in Shah's meltdown. Is it a sensitive personal issue for him, despite his wife and children? To crash a plane with 239 people over a court ruling of someone who was supposedly nothing more than a political friend? Were they closer than that? 239 lives suggest so. Would Shah have crashed the plane over the jailing of any other person, including his wife and children?

The point of all this was to hide from the world, to create a public relations disaster for Malaysia, which would be held up to ridicule and its airline business hurt because it lost a jumbo jet.

The pilot had no concern for his passengers, which included many Muslims, like himself, though the majority were from China and presumably didn't share the same religion. There is nothing logical about the plane's flight. It can only be understood in terms of emotion and psychological trauma.

How did Shah incapacitate the others on the flight? Did he have access to a gun or knife in the cockpit? Will any of the crew or passengers be found with bullet or knife wounds?

**********

You Might Also Like:

  1. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: The Tintin Theory
  2. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: The Xinjiang Theory
  3. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference: A Comedy
  4. My Twitter Page
  5. My Amazon Author Page
  6. My Goodreads Page

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Top 10 Things Never Say to a Comedian

  • 10. How come all your jokes are on the internet?
  • 9. Do you pay the club or do they pay you?
  • 8. That didn't sound like a joke. Was it?
  • 7. Do you have your own laugh track for live performances or does the club provide it?
  • 6. It looked like you were lip syncing your jokes.
  • 5. I thought it was funny but that just wasn't a quantum physics kind of crowd.
  • 4. How much do you typically pay for your jokes?
  • 3. Do you have a website where you explain your jokes?
  • 2. You'll need to keep in mind they use a Vaudeville hook at this club.
  • 1. I thought girls loved funny men!

Buy my short story collection I mostly wrote in cafes: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel, written mostly in cafes: Murder at the Library Conference:


  You Might Also Like:
  1. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Dead Author
  2. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Librarian
  3. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Bestselling Author
  4. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Poet
  5. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference: A Comedy
  6. My Twitter Page
  7. My Amazon Author Page
  8. My Goodreads Page


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Top 10 Things Never Say to a Dead Author

  • 10. Everybody has forgotten you...except me.
  • 9. You should've tried to create a memorable character.
  • 8. It's as if you never wrote anything.
  • 7. I asked the librarian if anybody wrote a biography of you and she almost died laughing.
  • 6. They found someone to complete your last unfinished novel. Justin Bieber.
  • 5. Thank god you can't write any more books--oh wait, you're Robert Ludlum, never mind.
  • 4. You know those famous authors you had literary feuds with? They're still alive.
  • 3. I can't find any of your books at the library. Amazon doesn't have any either.
  • 2. No one seems to have been influenced by you.
  • 1. At least you don't need to worry about more bad reviews.

Read my short story collection: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:
  1. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Librarian
  2. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Bestselling Author
  3. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Poet
  4. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference: A Comedy
  5. My Twitter Page
  6. My Amazon Author Page
  7. My Goodreads Page


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: The Tintin Theory

Satellite data suggests the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was pinpointed somewhere in the Indian Ocean south of Indonesia.

The advantage of that route would be a lack of radar to detect the presence of the plane.

It would suggest the plane veered westward from Kuala Lumpur, through the Malacca Strait, then further west and then south of Indonesia in the Indian Ocean, where presumably it could travel back eastward between Australia and Indonesia undetected.

The destination would then be either in the Indonesian islands of Nusa Tengarra, or North to Borneo and East Malaysia.

In the Adventures of Tintin, volume 22 is called "Flight 714" (1968) and the plot concerns a hijacked airplane taken to Nusa Tengarra.

But why would anyone hijack an airplane and take it to that area? To land in a remote area, refuel, and then use the plane as a missile, like on 9/11?

But as time goes on, chances increase that the plane would be discovered and the plot thwarted, so that is unlikely. It seems more likely the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean.

In the Tintin story, a millionaire was kidnapped with the intent of stealing his money. That seems not a possibility in this case.

It remains to be seen whether the Chinese passengers were selected for any particular purpose, such as a statement about Xinjiang, or if they were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.

**********

You Might Also Like:

  1. My Twitter Page
  2. My Amazon Author Page
  3. My Goodreads Page

Friday, March 14, 2014

Top 10 Things Never Say to a Librarian

  • 10. How come y'all so damn ugly?
  • 9. Do I have to return these?
  • 8. Is it true you librarians are a bunch of radical commies?
  • 7. Can I sleep here overnight?
  • 6. Do you ever clean these CD cases?
  • 5. You needed a master's degree for a job like this?
  • 4. Do you have any Rush Limbaugh books?
  • 3. Did you know the books are out of order?
  • 2. Can you direct me to the section of the library without any bums in it?
  • 1. This book isn't on the shelf and it isn't checked out. Where is it?
Buy my short story collection: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Every librarian should buy my novel: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:
  1. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Poet
  2. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Bestselling Author
  3. What If Everyone in the World Wrote a Book?
  4. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference
  5. My Twitter Page
  6. My Amazon Author Page
  7. My Goodreads Page


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Top 10 Things Never Say to a Poet

  • 10. What do you do for money?
  • 9. Shakespeare would vomit...but I like it.
  • 8. You're planning to teach, right?
  • 7. Plath, Sexton, Berryman...and now you, in their footsteps.
  • 6. Are you trying to sell these or just give them away?
  • 5. Whenever you find your unique voice you'll be amazing.
  • 4. How about that! You didn't use one word I didn't immediately recognize!
  • 3. I'm compiling an anthology of doggerel and I want to feature your poetry.
  • 2. My friend's therapist recommended he write poetry, too!
  • 1. Isn't that supposed to rhyme?
Buy my short story collection: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:
  1. Top 10 Things Never Say to a Bestselling Author
  2. What If Everyone in the World Wrote a Book?
  3. How to Get Comfortable While Writing
  4. How to Write a Novel Holding a Full-time Job
  5. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference
  6. My Twitter Page
  7. My Amazon Author Page
  8. My Goodreads Page


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Top 10 Things Never Say to a Bestselling Author

    10. Are you as surprised by your success as I am?
    9. Must be heaven to know you can publish anything and people will buy it!
    8. Have you heard from John Grisham's lawyers yet?
    7. Great job with that plot and characters you stole from J.K. Rowling!
    6. Did an intern ghostwrite your last book?
    5. Shouldn't you credit Robert Ludlum as a coauthor of your new thriller?
    4. Have you thought about writing a book with an original plot?
    3. Stephen King! Great to meet you! Oh no, wait...who the hell are you?
    2. You must have one heck of an editor!
    1. I love the way you write for money and to hell with quality!

**********

You Might Also Like:

  1. What If Everyone in the World Wrote a Book?
  2. How to Get Comfortable While Writing
  3. How to Write a Novel Holding a Full-time Job
  4. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference
  5. My Twitter Page
  6. My Amazon Author Page
  7. My Goodreads Page

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What If Everyone in the World Wrote a Book?

My twitter feed is filled all day every day with tweets from people who wrote self-published books wanting to sell them. I do that too.

It's fun to go to tweetdeck.twitter.com and watch all the tweets scroll by with hardly any slowdown. Some of these books must be good, I'm convinced. Many are likely not, just as many books published by traditional publishing houses are not very good either.

Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing has opened the floodgates and authors no longer need to rely on agents or publishers and can do the job themselves. It's as if everybody in the world has written a book and it is available in Amazon's kindle store. Think of all the book launch parties going on!
But the process of separating the wheat from the chaff hasn't been perfected yet, not even close. Suppose every person in the world wrote a book. 6 billion books and all of them on Amazon. Which are good and which are bad? How would you know? How would you find out? Who's going to read those books? Who is going to post an honest review of all the books on Amazon?

I'm not sure there is any answer to the question, other than each author himself going out and "proving" that he is a good writer. The dreaded "platform." Can you judge a writer's quality by his online author platform? His website, his social media, his author pages, his own reviews. Is the answer to judging books reviewing and judging authors first?

The Answer to All Questions Is Data Mining

2 possibilities:

  1. Data mining database of books
  2. Data mining database of authors
Can a database accurately "review" books? Can we put all books into a database and it would tell us which are the best and which are just average? How to make qualitative judgments? I find this less likely than a hypothetical author database.

Data mining of author info may allow us to create a giant database of authors, their online activities, and produce a "score" for each, based on what they've said, what sites they frequent, etc. Could such a hypothetical database accurately rate authors and their worth?

Maybe a small test could be performed on known high quality bestselling authors. Construct a database of their works, their online activities, and see how to make sure the top writers get top scores, and then add unknown writers. Which of the unknown also get top scores? Then look at their books. Are they really top shelf?

Read my short story collection: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel, written mostly in cafes: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:
  1. How to Get Comfortable While Writing
  2. How to Write a Novel Holding a Full-time Job
  3. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference
  4. My Twitter Page
  5. My Amazon Author Page
  6. My Goodreads Page












Monday, March 10, 2014

What Will We Do With The Moon?

Colonization of the moon has been proposed recently by countries such as France, Russia, Japan, and the United States.

But what will we use the moon for? What is its ultimate role in serving the people of the earth? A safe hiding place in case earth should become uninhabitable?

My initial impulse was to believe it will eventually be used as a dumping ground for getting rid of things we don't really want on earth:

  1. Garbage dump
  2. Radioactive waste dump
  3. Cemetery
  4. Jail

I no longer see any of these in the long-term future of the moon. Instead, it will become a playground and getaway place for the rich and famous.

The moon offers a relatively short space trip allowing the rich to get away from the people and stresses of the earth, and then return when ready.

The moon is much closer to us than anything else in the solar system, including Mars. Another planet would be too far away for any purpose except to leave earth with the intention of never returning. The moon, by default, will play the role of a short and temporary escape, like a vacation.

With this in mind, it can't be a dumping ground or a jail if it is to appeal to the rich. It must be a desirable luxury destination, and economically feasible. Imagine a resort with casinos, golf course, sports stadium, hotel, and health spa.

Travel to the moon will become cheaper as technology advances. The space elevator and skyhook, for example. Within the next 100 years?

**********

You Might Also Like:

  1. 20 Reasons to Take a One-Way Trip to Mars
  2. My Twitter Page
  3. My Amazon Author Page
  4. My Goodreads Page

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: The Xinjiang Theory

Terrorism seems the likeliest explanation for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 at this time. The obvious target is China.

Most of the 239 people on board were Chinese. Only a few were US citizens. This was a flight from Malaysia to Beijing. The US is not the target of the attack.

Of the 227 passengers, 153 were Chinese. The attack was directed either at Malaysia or China.

Malaysia would be an odd choice of attack for an Islamist group. That nation has been in the news recently for its increasing radicalism and Islamization.

For example, Malaysia is refusing to allow all non-Muslims from using the word "Allah."

On China's end, only last week, the Kunming knife attack by Xinjiang separatists, which killed 29 people, was called "China's 9/11." Authorities have promised a firm crackdown on Xinjiang as a result.

At least 100 people have died in outbreaks of violence in Xinjiang over the past year. The region is heavily Muslim. Militants have been blamed for a recent suicide attack in Tiananmen Square.

China blames outside groups for instigating violence. It's not so hard to imagine a "Go" signal was recently given, resulting in Kunming last week and now the aircraft disaster.

Experts dispute that Kunming was part of global terrorism, citing the simple knives that were used, but that seems besides the point. The attackers were suddenly riled up and used what they had available to them.

If the facts continue to lead in the direction of Islamist terror against China and its actions in Xinjiang, "China's 9/11" didn't end with Kunming. It merely began there.

**********

You Might Also Like:

  1. My Twitter Page
  2. My Amazon Author Page
  3. My Goodreads Page

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The Gareth Williams Spy in a Bag Case

Gareth Williams was an employee of GCHQ, a British intelligence agency, when he was found dead in his apartment August 23, 2010.

His corpse was found locked inside a large sports bag placed in his bathtub. Hence the phrase "Spy in a Bag" used prominently in the news media.

It is still unknown how he died, whether as an accident, a hit by a foreign intelligence agency, organized crime, or a sex game gone wrong.

Police believe it was an accident, while the coroner found that his death was likely the result of a criminal action.

Notes on these possibilities and evidence supporting each:

Evidence Suggestive of Murder (Foreign Intelligence Agency/Organized Crime:

  1. The coroner concluded Williams' death was likely the result of criminal action
  2. Difficult (but not impossible) to lock oneself in the bag without leaving prints
  3. No DNA on the bag locks
  4. The handles on the outside of the bag were fastened together with velcro
  5. Bag placed in the bathtub (evidence down the drain)
  6. No handprints or footprints in the bath
  7. Room heater on full blast (get rid of evidence faster)
  8. DNA found in bathroom too small to be analyzed
  9. Williams didn't have a knife with him to get out of the bag in an emergency
  10. A confinement expert believes it must have been murder
  11. No signs of a struggle to get out of the bag
  12. His family says he wasn't a risk taker
  13. Williams possessed rare skills hard to replace, he launched effective counterattacks to stop enemy computer hackers gaining access to UK banks
  14. His cell phone was wiped clean shortly before his death
  15. Williams made "unauthorized searches that left him open to blackmail"
  16. Evidence of at least 2 unidentified people in the apartment around the time of his death
  17. The front door could be opened through the mailbox by anyone, security problem
  18. Williams wasn't just an intelligence worker, he was a spy out in the field as well, traveling abroad
  19. He knew in some way the son of a billionaire Kazakh oligarch
  20. He likely met with spies at his safe house apartment and they or he may have been followed
  21. One of his jobs was tracking the flow of money between Russia and Europe

Evidence Suggestive of an Accident/Suicide:

  1. Police concluded it was likely an accident
  2. Williams had recently attended the DefCon conference, where attendees can learn how to escape from handcuffs, not leave traces, etc
  3. It is possible to lock oneself inside that kind of sports bag
  4. Williams apparently visited bondage websites on his computer
  5. His landlady once found him tied to his bed and he needed help, suggesting a propensity to restrain himself
  6. Williams had just been taken off a job (distraught, suicide?)

Evidence Suggestive of a Sex-Related Angle

  1. His landlady once found him tied to his bed and he needed help, suggesting a propensity to restrain himself
  2. Evidence he wore women's clothing
  3. Williams apparently visited bondage websites on his computer
  4. Williams visited transvestite/gay clubs (disputed?)
  5. Williams made "unauthorized searches that left him open to blackmail"

As you can see, so far I've tallied far more facts that point in the direction of murder than for any other explanation.

**********

You Might Also Like:

  1. Who Killed the Spy Gareth Williams?
  2. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference
  3. My Twitter Page
  4. My Amazon Author Page
  5. My Goodreads Page

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

How to Get Comfortable While Writing

Comfort while writing is essential, otherwise, how can you produce your best work?

The ideal position for writing depends entirely on the writer. Comfort for one is agony to another. I may prefer a leather executive chair while you want to recline on your sofa. But you need to find what is necessary to be comfortable. Otherwise how can you expect to ever challenge J.K. Rowling or Stephen King?

The home works for many. But it is a living hell for others. Do you need to get away somewhere?
You may prefer to venture out into the public arena in search of a comfortable writing place. Maybe it will give you a fresh perspective on the world as well as your manuscript. A cafe like Starbucks or Panera. But you may prefer to be waited on at your table. In that case, something like Olive Garden or Longhorn Steakhouse. The idea of typing on your laptop next to a plate crowded with a sirloin steak and a foil-wrapped baked potato topped with a gob of butter suddenly appeals to you. Who couldn't write something good in that setting?

Or you may prefer toting your iPad to the local dance club at midnight and write your next chapter while everyone around you is tripping to the loud pulsating beats. Can you type and dance at the same time? Is that what it would take to unleash something on the world never written before?
Have you been selected for an Amtrak writer's residency? Good for you. Writing on a train, bus, cruise ship, subway, or airplane may be just what you need to elevate your manuscript to Big 5 publishing house quality.

In a public place, you lose control of your local environment. Is it worth it? For some, yes. Anyone can walk in the door and start talking loudly next to you. Or maybe the lighting isn't right. Or the chairs don't work well with your anatomy. On the other hand, you may be one of those who require a public setting to compose your best prose. You draw inspiration from not knowing who or what will confront you when you step out your front door and into a restaurant, dance club, or library. The danger ignites your literary fire.

For most people, we can list standard apparatus needed for comfy composing:

  1. A nice chair or sofa.
  2. Something to drink.
  3. Something to snack on.
  4. Music or background white noise, such as that provided by a TV.
  5. A pleasant scene outside the window.
  6. Your favorite writing attire (you do have favorite writing clothes?).
  7. Your favorite laptop or mobile device.
  8. The heat/ac of your room properly adjusted.
  9. The absence of annoying things or people.
Buy my short story collection I mostly wrote in cafes: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel, written mostly in cafes: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:
  1. 20 Reasons to Take a One-Way Trip to Mars
  2. 5 Creepy Kinds of Starbucks People
  3. How to Write a Novel Holding a Full-time Job
  4. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference
  5. My Twitter Page
  6. My Amazon Author Page
  7. My Goodreads Page










Tuesday, March 04, 2014

20 Reasons to Take a One-Way Trip to Mars

The Mars One mission to colonize Mars will start blasting off with human crews in 2024. The trip is one-way. They're not coming back to Earth.

1,058 applicants have made it to the next round which will include rigorous simulations of space flight.

Why would someone want to leave earth forever? Here are 20 reasons for anyone thinking about taking the Mars plunge:

  1. Nothing else to do. 23% of applicants are unemployed.
  2. The wife. Some of the finalists are married.
  3. Think of the publicity. A reality show is planned.
  4. This is what you have to do to get noticed these days.
  5. You owe somebody a lot of money and can't pay it back.
  6. The grass is always greener on another planet, even a red one like Mars.
  7. You did something really bad, like murder, and would otherwise spend the rest of your life behind bars.
  8. Nobody cares if you're on this planet or not, so goodbye.
  9. Your life is agony and you need a permanent change.
  10. If it's broke and can't be fixed, run away.
  11. Because coming back to what you left would ruin what you did where you went.
  12. No more cable TV commercials.
  13. A great way to get into the history books if you have no skill or talent for anything.
  14. Leaving for good is the only way they will ever appreciate you.
  15. You're doing it for science, although the idea of leaving the people of this world pains you greatly.
  16. Mars is the new French Riviera.
  17. You'll spend the rest of your life with astronauts just as psycho and unqualified as you are.
  18. When the Earth blows up, you're safe.
  19. There's no intelligent life on this planet.
  20. Obama, Putin, Kim, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, China, Cuba, Congo, illegal people, Islamists, communists, serial killers, politicians, voters, criminals, wind farms, sharks, mosquitoes, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Hollywood, rain and snow.

**********

You Might Also Like:

  1. Why Are We Afraid of Great Leaders?
  2. 5 Creepy Kinds of Starbucks People
  3. How to Write a Novel Holding a Full-time Job
  4. My Novel: Murder at the Library Conference
  5. My Twitter Page
  6. My Amazon Author Page
  7. My Goodreads Page

Monday, March 03, 2014

Why Are We Afraid of Great Leaders?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, a sovereign nation, and the lackluster response from western leaders, must induce all of us to question the suitability of the leaders who rule our countries.

Vladimir Putin ignores Russia's deep problems while invading and threatening his neighbors, causing alarm throughout the world. European statesmen and President Obama make threatening noises but seem impotent during this latest international crisis.

Think of the zeal of millions of voters who rushed to the polls, stood in long lines, and enthusiastically voted for Obama. Judging from recent opinion surveys, many of those people regret voting for him. Yet it was clear during his first term that he was unsuited for the job.

I think of all the famous politicians currently in the US government on both sides of the aisle, and I ask myself, aren't there literally millions and millions of citizens who would make better leaders? McCain, Boehner, McConnell, Pelosi, Reid, Biden.

We elect those with nothing more than a prominent bloodline, like the Kennedys and the Bushes, as if this were a monarchy. And jokers like comedian Al Franken. All unqualified by any honest measure. Yet the prominent names are reelected over and over despite enormous supposed "disapproval" of Congress itself. It's not an accident. The promotion of mediocrity is deliberate.

We settle for individuals we know, deep down inside us, are middling, but probably lower than that. My conclusion is that we don't really want great leaders. We fear them. Bizarrely, what makes us comfortable are rulers like those mentioned above.

Are we intimidated by great leaders? Do we fear they will push things forward and we just aren't ready or up to it? It seems as if great leaders are an anomaly, an accident, and we didn't really mean to have them. But the world around us reflects their inadequacy.

**********

You Might Also Like:

5 Creepy Kinds of Starbucks People

How to Write a Novel Holding a Full-time Job

Murder at the Library Conference

My Twitter Page

My Amazon Author Page

My Goodreads Page

Friday, February 28, 2014

5 Creepy Kinds of Starbucks People

I see it all in the Washington DC area. At least no shootings yet, but that's more a McDonalds thing.

I could have made a list of 10 instead of just 5 without breaking a sweat, but that leaves plenty for a sequel down the road.

1. People Who Bring In Their Non-service Dogs
  • Always arriving with a phony, toothy smile
  • Often pretending it's a service dog when it clearly isn't
  • Always pretending others actually want their barking, crapping dog in the cafe
2. Mothers with Screaming Babies
  • Sit at communal tables right next to obviously annoyed readers and silent laptop users
  • Pretend they have a right to destroy the local atmosphere
  • "Inconsiderate" isn't a word in their vocabulary
  • Others should be honored they brought their genius baby with them
3. Bums of All Stripes
  • Squatter bums can annihilate a cafe's pleasant atmosphere and turn it from a go-to spot to a stay-away-from cafe
  • Customers of quality (read: girls) stay away from hobo-infested cafes
  • Smelly, drug addicts, mentally ill, and criminal records. Did I leave out anything?
4. Laptop Users Wanting the Plug at Your Table
  • They want you to move from your table so they can have it and the wall socket nearby
  • They arrive with a dead battery in their laptop (not to mention the dead attitude)
  • The important reasons they're here and needing priority: online games, chat and all other frivolous activities
5. Headphonophobes
  • Loud music and talk from the speaker of their laptop because they didn't bring headphones or earphones
  • They brought headphones but just don't feel like using them
  • Not inconveniencing anyone with my loud noise, right? You want to hear what I've got on my laptop, right??
Buy my short story collection I mostly wrote in cafes: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel, written mostly in cafes: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:
How to Write a Novel Holding a Full-time Job
Murder at the Library Conference
My Twitter Page
My Amazon Author Page
My Goodreads Page








Thursday, February 27, 2014

NYT's Nervous Breakdown Over @GSElevator's Book Deal

The Twitter account @GSElevator was recently revealed to be someone by the name of John Lefevre.

The New York Times has breathlessly informed us of this guy's true identity and that he never worked for Goldman Sachs, despite committing the cardinal sin of telling an NYT reporter he did.

The NYT has now published, yes, an editorial about @GSElevator and his six-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster.

The problem? NYT says Lefevre is a "liar" with no credibility. That's their stated issue with the whole thing.

But that's not the real problem and doesn't explain why the NYT is having a tizzy fit over an anonymous twitterer.

The real problem is the fact that @GSElevator regularly criticized Obama, therefore marking himself as an enemy of the NYT and its own frenzied political stance on the far left.

As a side note, the NYT dishonestly lives off a reputation for journalism it earned long ago. By "long ago," I mean World War II. That was over half a century ago. The NYT is now a newspaper that slants news stories in the direction of socialism. That started around, probably, the time of the JFK assassination or thereabouts. It ignores what it doesn't want to report though in theory it should, and what it does choose to report is based on its politics. I can't think of anything more dishonest in a journalistic sense. As honest journalism, the NYT doesn't have any credibility. It has a reputation that it no longer deserves.

As for Lefevre, suppose he were a typical liberal of today. In other words, a socialist/communist hiding behind words like "progressive" or "liberal" until it is socially acceptable to call oneself a communist. Do you think for one moment the NYT would have the slightest problem with Lefevre or his lucrative book deal?

If he had been singing the praises of liberals, the NYT would laud him as a hero and tell us about his "fresh approach," and yadda yadda yadda.

The NYT is in the process of writing so much copy on this guy, they could write their own book about it. The "chapters" are coming fast and furious!

To me, the scribblings of the NYT reveal more about its own failings and shortcomings than anything about @GSElevator or the book publishing business.

**********

You Might Also Like:

  1. How to Write a Novel Holding a Full-time Job
  2. Stephen Leary Refused to Return Our Repeated Phone Calls
  3. Murder at the Library Conference
  4. My Amazon Author Page
  5. My Goodreads Page

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stephen Leary Refused to Return Our Repeated Phone Calls

It's a commonplace in the mainstream newspaper media. Somewhere in the last few paragraphs of hundreds of news article:

  1. He did not return our repeated phone calls
  2. He declined to comment
  3. He did not return phone calls seeking comment
  4. He did not respond to a text message seeking comment
  5. He did not return an email seeking comment
I don't see much of these:
  1. He did not respond to our Twitter message seeking comment
  2. He did not respond to our Facebook friend request
  3. He ignored our LinkedIn friend request
  4. We left a comment on his blog seeking comment but he has ignored it
I would think it is understood that contact was attempted with the subject of a news article without stating it. There seems to be some implied condemnation of the person who did not communicate with the newspaper.

  Newspapers that built their reputations long ago, such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, feel that is is an honor to be contacted by them and it is a person's duty to respond since theoretically, the media is acting in the public good. But it almost goes without saying that newspapers don't practice journalism as it was understood decades ago but now slant everything to their political god.

It is a matter of time before a newspaper story is composed of nothing but a list of ways the reporter attempted to contact the main personage under review, without success.
I'm thinking this will be a new genre in news reporting. The genre of simply writing about how a reporter attempted to contact the subject of a proposed article in numerous ways but was completely unsuccessful. A literary short story is in there, I'm sure.

I'm eager for the day I read in a newspaper the title of this post, "Stephen Leary Refused to Return Our Repeated Phone Calls" because I can see myself doing that, depending on what they want and what I think they would do with the quotes I would give them, which is probably nothing too good, such is the state of the news media these days. Like many, I would judge whether it's something innocuous or, on the other hand, something they would consider in their minds a political opportunity.

I like the idea of mainstream reporters needing to contact me and me not needing to communicate with them. Surely a lot of famous people feel this way. Not so famous people as well, given the large number of news stories I've seen with that paragraph stating the reporter's frustration in achieving contact with the wanted person.

Buy my short story collection: Queen of the Chess Cult and Other Stories


Buy my novel: Murder at the Library Conference:


You Might Also Like:
  1. How to Write a Novel Holding a Full-time Job
  2. Why You Should Write Your Novel Out of Sequence
  3. Murder at the Library Conference
  4. My Amazon Author Page
  5. My Goodreads Author Page