What we need to understand.
I have long been in favor of the Kurds having an independent state. The Kurds have been the most reliable ally to the US military in the US war against ISIS.
The important cliff notes about the Kurds are: Their army, Peshmerga while ill equipped are extremely competent, fierce and effective to where they make the Iraqi army look amateurish in comparison; the Kurds are a minority Sunni population in Iraq; they have a record of governing more democratically than the other factions; from 2014-2015, they have successfully taken back areas of Iraq which were under the control of ISIS; the Kurds have been asking for independence since 1984, but this is counter to President Trump’s current policy; the Kurds were sitting on supplies of oil which they could export but they are being blocked by the United States and the Iraqi government; Turkey (our ally) has a history of being an…
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Latest on Kawanee’s surgery
Prayers for safe travels and good results would be appreciated. 🙂 So far, not freaking out or pre-surgery jitters… I’m doing okay. Headed to bed…
At last, some of our Congressmen are speaking out.
SENATOR JEFF FLAKE
In addition to the republican Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake’s speech questioning the republican President Donald Trump’s fitness for office on the floor of the US Congress, he has written an opinion piece for the Washington Post.
Here’s the post…
On October 24, 2017, Senator Jeff Flake wrote the following op-ed piece for the Washington Post, “As I contemplate the Trump presidency, I cannot help but think of Joseph Welch.”
“On June 9, 1954, during the Army-McCarthy hearings, Welch, who was the chief counsel for the Army, famously asked the committee chairman if he might speak on a point of personal privilege. What he said that day was so profound that it has become enshrined as a pivotal moment in defense of American values against those who would lay waste to them. Welch was the son of a small prairie town in northwest Iowa, and…
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Good people doing good things.
Hello Friends!!! As I do every Wednesday, I went in search of good people who are doing good things, and I think your hearts will go out to these people … I know mine certainly did.
Meet Ben Carpenter. Ben, age 33, is a single gay man living in Shepley, West Yorkshire. What makes Ben unique? He has adopted four very special children, children with special needs, and provides them with a wonderfully loving home.
Ben began his journey some eleven years ago, in 2006, but it took him four years before he was able to convince the authorities that he was serious about adopting and could be a good dad. “I only ever wanted one child when I started on the process of adoption,” says Ben. But fate had other ideas …
Each of the children has special needs: 10-year-old Jack is autistic and has autism-related OCD. Ruby, 7…
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A jazz-age story by Teagan Geneviene.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Welcome back to Jazz Age Wednesdays. In celebration of Halloween, I have another new 1920s tale with Pip and company. This time I let search engines guide me to three random things to drive this story ― first Google, then Yahoo, then Bing. I typed in “Halloween,” hit enter, and used the first thing that caught my eye at each. The three things are: candy, fields of fear, and children holding hands.
Pip in the Field of Fear
People’s Home Journal, November 1924
As an autumn breeze whistled through the trees as I left the candy store with a white bag of lemon drops. A young man with a motorized bicycle caught my eye. I couldn’t see his face, but I knew only one person who had a contraption like that ― Hank Hertz. He had a passion for all things electronic, especially…
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A character profile from Don’s well-constructed crime/thriller series.
This is the second in a series of posts that I decided to put together to introduce the main characters from some of my work. I hope you enjoy this feature and that it gives you some insight into the process of coming up with characters that I’ve used.
The first character I’d like to profile is Clifford ‘Jonesy’ Jones. Jonesy is the sidekick to private detective Frank Rozzani and was introduced in my very first novel, Frankly Speaking, the first in a series of five books and one short story (so far) featuring this character. He is also featured in my upcoming book, Blood Match, as he crosses into another series in my writing universe. Here are some of Jonesy’s vital statistics.
Full Name – Clifford Jones, III
Age – Early to mid 30s
Appearance – About 6’2″ with wavy blond hair and blue eyes. He is thin and looks…
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This could explain why we haven’t met other intelligent life.
Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. The photo comes from Roger Bultot.
Copyright Roger Bultot
Dre’gar viewed the scene before him through his suit’s plexiglass visor. Beautiful. Oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere. Water. This would make an excellent planet. Once the indigenous life – human – was extinguished, of course.
He raised his visor, savoured real air and began typing his recommendation for invasion.
Then hacked. Coughed. Vomited. And dropped dead. His body liquefied and oozed out of his suit.
Belatedly, his bargain-basement toxicity sensor began to beep.
Toxins detected! Carbon monoxide. Lead. Nitrous oxide. Sulphur dioxide. Lethal levels. DO NOT REMOVE HELMET!
His scout ship, receiving the information, dropped a plague beacon in orbit and left. Never to return.
John has advice on hiring a contractor.
The inspiration for this list has been a number of discussions held with contractors lately. Hope you like it.
10 Do not say to a contractor, “I’m in no rush.” If you do, at best the job will take longer than you could conceive. At worst, you’ll be on the bottom of the list of clients and your job might get done before you retire. (The fact that you are only forty is not comforting, Desmond.)
9 Do not say to a contractor, “I want your best price.” If you do, at best the bid will only be ten percent more than it would have been. At worst, your bid will come out somewhere North of what you expected to pay to rebuild the house let alone do repairs. (Hang on to that defibrillator, Dalton. You may need it when the actual bill is presented given all the change orders.)
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Kawanee got some great news.
I went to the dentist today. While that might not seem like a big deal, it is when you haven’t been in over 30 years. I know… I know… Teeth are important and stuff and I really wanted to go and get a cleaning and do all the normal things people do.
Trouble is, I didn’t have insurance and other things are important as well.
The deal is, I have insurance now (until the 30th) and since I’m unemployed at the moment, I had the time to go and found someone to take my insurance. WOOT and YAY!!
I feared for the worst, cavities galore, gum disease and other…
Not one cavity. Not one. How in the heck did that happen? Yes, there’s some tartar buildup and I need a deep cleaning to help with my gums… and I have a wisdom tooth they want to pull, but all…
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