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The following is an excerpt from my novel, Year of the Songbird, written in 2012 that I felt extremely relevant to what is currently happening in the world today. The story takes place several years in the future and follows a young blind girl who is lured away from her home with the promise of sight, only to learn about the horrific history of what lead to World War III. I wrote the novel based on the political climate at the time and where I thought things might go if nothing changed.
CAUTION: The following speech/account is made by a character in the novel who is meant to be a hard-core racist, bigoted SOB (one who only became this way after watching what happened to his family during the war for which he speaks). It includes language that may be inappropriate for younger readers, as well as derogatory terms and generalizations that, taken out of context with the entirety of the novel, may feel insensitive to some.
READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED!Read Excerpt
This week in my World Chaos News Roundup, I discuss the exit of a dancing scream queen, the unnecessary plan to provide adults with more “free” education, and the omissions of both a beloved film from the biggest award show and a politician from the biggest march in French history.
With a new year under way, I wanted to try a little something new for my blog. Along with Movie Mayhem and the continuing adventures of Write A Novel With Me, I’m going to add a new weekly (or bi-weekly in some cases) post with my thoughts on events and news items that sparked my interest — or in some cases, my ire — as well as anything exciting that is news-worthy as it relates to my life and career. I don’t know how long this will last, or if anyone will even find it interesting, but it’s worth a shot. And please, whether you agree or disagree, don’t hesitate to leave your thoughts on these items in the comments section below.
In this, the first full full week of 2015, I will discuss the drop in movie attendance, the picks for Hall of Fame induction and a couple of movie-related items.
With the most recent rampage that occurred last week in Santa Barbara, once again we’re being presented with as many excuses as humanly possible for the reason it took place. From guns to knives to Hollywood, it seems as if everything in the world is at fault except for the actual person who committed the crimes. What everyone is overlooking, though, is the root of the problem, which has nothing at all to do with any outside influence, including the possibility of mental illness. The real problem lies in the cultural shift our country has taken over the last couple of decades, due in part because of the erosion of leadership on all levels. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
What does it say about our country when we allow someone who is blatantly breaking our laws to acquire a license to practice that same set of laws in our country? Talk about barefaced hypocrisy. Nothing against Sergio Garcia (who was brought here by illegal parents when he was really young), but if he really loved this country and wanted to practice law in the U.S., don’t you think the first thing he should have done was to do everything he could to become a citizen of this country? After all of the schooling he received to attain the skills to pass the bar, he must have learned (or in the very least, have known) how to apply for citizenship—and he had plenty of time to do so in order to become legal before seeking a license to practice law. Doing so would have at least proven that he actually believes in the law he has been licensed to protect.
Way to go, California. Your willingness to protect and support those who continually and knowingly skirt (or break) the laws by giving them anything and everything they want is truly astounding (and not in a good way).
Isn’t it better to look up to and/or respect a man (real or fictional) who is completely unbiased against race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation (and whatever else you want to throw out there), than to claim such a man should be considered different to different people? Of course I speak of this inane Santa Claus controversy, in which some feel that the representation of Santa should be some weird amalgamation of everything, to which he appears one way for one person and another for someone else so that the one who feels they themselves are “different” won’t feel bad about themselves (or some such nonsense). Don’t Stop – There’s Plenty More
It’s pretty disconcerting to realize that the federal government is more interested in marketing than they are in governing. With the government takeover of GM, the “deals” being offered to get more people on food stamps, and now the constant push to sell the Affordable Care Act (marketed, of course, as Obamacare), politicians (and more importantly, President Obama, who seems to do nothing but run around the country like a corporate shill) are much more interested in promoting, marketing and selling their products than they are in creating laws that help and protect the citizens of this once great country.
I mean, you have to know there’s something wrong when the federal government has “products.” We should not be shopping on any government website; the federal government is not Amazon. If we continue to do so, we can probably look forward to this slogan:
The United States federal government: If we don’t have it, you don’t need it. Anything else is illegal.
To begin my discussion on what I believe is the right (and best) way to “fix” health insurance, I wanted to go a little deeper into some of President Obama’s key points about his own (inevitably) disastrous ideas to do just that. The following are excerpts from President Obama’s campaign speech from October 30, 2013 in regards to the Affordable Care Act and the opposition against it (with my thoughts/translations in parenthesis): Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
For as long as there have been “intelligent” humans, there has been corruption, bribery and blackmail in all levels of society. But no more prominent has it been than in the areas of organized crime and politics, which, if I didn’t know any better, seems to have become one and the same. Politicians, much like a mob boss, have made a business out of using such tactics to get things done. The difference is, most mob bosses, to a certain degree, hold a high level of integrity, whereas the majority of politicians have none whatsoever. And yet we continue to support them, even though it completely undermines and sours the meaning of compromise, negotiation and debate, the true cornerstones of any free republic. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More