Dear Republicans, You’ll Be Blamed For Shutdown/ Don’t Tell Democrats Which Child They Can Save

All about the government shut-down.

Gronda Morin

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The Republican Donald Trump and fellow republicans in the US Congress are using people’s lives as bargaining chips. On January 19, 2018, the USA budget has not been finalized by the US Congress to where the government will not have the funds to continue doing business and so all governmental non essential services and personnel will  be shut down after midnight.

Republicans have been partisan in much of their legislation but they have also failed to deliver on their one major obligation, to establish a budget to fund the US government. So even though the republican party is in the majority position in both houses of the US Congress and they have their man in the White House, they have failed to deliver on their number 1 obligation but they did manage to overcome all odds to pass the partisan, republican 2017 trickle down economics tax cuts in…

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Finally, A New Book From Don Massenzio

Don has a new book, BLOOD MATCH. It can be pre-ordered.

Author Don Massenzio

blood match front cover2017 was a tough year. My blog grew by leaps and bounds and I finished two books, but didn’t get either one edited or published. Most years I’ve published 2-3 books, but in 2017, I published none.

But, enough of that doom and gloom. My latest book, Blood Matchis now available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be formally published on February 2nd.

You might remember that this book was a Kindle Scout candidate and it performed well lasting on the Hot List for 209 of 720 hours or some part of 11 out of 30 days with over 4,000 views.

Here is a blurb about the book:

Intelligence analyst Jake Balrich boards his Monday morning flight, as he has so many times, for routine field work. When the plane lands, a passenger fails to wake up. Jake soon realizes that the death was not accidental and is…

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General Kelly Muddied The Waters For US Congress To Pass A DACA/ Border Security Deal

This administration is so confused it’s confusing everyone else.

Gronda Morin

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By now, most followers of the news have figured out that it was the republican President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff General John Kelly who muddied up the waters this past week with regards the US Congress making progress towards passing a bipartisan fix on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in addition to plans to okay funds for additional border security. On January 9. 2018, the president with legislators in the same room, stated that he was ready to sign any bipartisan proposal. On January 11, the lawmakers who had scheduled a meeting with the president to share their ideas, arrived only to be greeted by a wall of opposition whereupon the president proceeded to refer to countries with peoples of color, as shxtholes.

The turn around on the president’s attitude can be laid at the feet on General Kelly who does not have a good handle on this…

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Photo Copyright: J. Hardy Carroll

Here we are this week gathered in an amusement park sitting in a picnic area. We’ve gathered to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneers group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us, and anyone who would like to join us, this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and be inspired by the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by J. Hardy Carroll. Thanks, J. Hardy.

To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

19 January 2018

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


It’s always the same–the amusement park by myself surrounded by loud music and food smells; screaming, laughing, crying, singing, chanting people; clanking and creaking machinery.

There’s Randy, my boyfriend with Beth, my best friend. Feeling both angry and ill, I follow them onto the roller coaster, sitting directly behind them, making sure they don’t see me.

At the highest point, I lean forward, grab Beth’s ponytail, and unclick her safety belt. Randy tries to stop me but I, not Beth plummet downward. Now I’m being punished by having to relive it again and again.


















It’s a jungle out there


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Sid was a petty criminal who’d had many run-ins with the law. He needed a job, but because of his record, no one wanted to hire him. Then a pal tipped him off that the local zoo was hiring, and that they had a good record of hiring people in Sid’s situation, so he went to check it out.

The zookeeper told Sid that he needed someone to impersonate a gorilla. “Our gorilla was our main attraction,” the zookeeper said. “But it died a few days ago, and it will be months before we can get another one. All you’d have to do is wear this gorilla suit and eat bananas and keep the visitors entertained.”

The job sounded easy, and the pay wasn’t bad, so Sid agreed. He put on the costume and did his best to act like a gorilla, beating his chest and climbing trees and swinging…

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Hats Off to Senator Cory Booker

Senator Cory Booker’s impressive speech.

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More than once in recent months, I have pondered who would make the best democratic candidate for president in the 2020 contest.  Elizabeth Warren?  Probably a bit too controversial, but certainly qualified.  John Lewis?  Sadly, too old, for he would be nearly 81 years of age when he took the oath of office, though he would otherwise be my first choice.  And then I keep coming back to Cory Booker.  I have a project list, and Senator Booker’s name is on it, but I just hadn’t gotten to him yet.  Today, something happened that raised him even higher in my esteem and I have bumped him up on the list.

At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, claimed that she couldn’t remember what word Trump used to describe Haiti and African nations in an Oval Office meeting last week. Now, we…

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Secretary Tillerson Blocked Ambassador Haley From Cutting Aid To Palestine/ Yemen Story

State Secretary Tillerson has been working with the President and getting things done.

Gronda Morin

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The President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently prevailed in an internal battle within the White House between himself and the UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, in making sure that US aid to Palestinians continues. Ms. Haley had been insistent in wanting to cut off all funds to Palestinian refugees, as form of retaliation because of Palestinian officials’ refusal to engage in a still-nonexistent peace process.

Recently, the US State Department was also instrumental in making it possible to have 4 American mobile cranes arrive in Hudaydah, Yemen, where the cranes were used to offload food and other aid supplies from ships at port. The city had been blockaded from receiving aid by a Saudi-led coalition,

It seems that despite all the predictions that the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would have left State Department by now, are moot. It looks like he is here to stay.

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Democrats, It’s Time For A Government Shutdown If Republicans Don’t Support A Clean DACA Bill

The shifting decisions and infighting at the Capital.

Gronda Morin

Image result for photos about 1/11/18 meeting with trumpUntil recently, I was truly desirous of the Democrats working with this president and fellow republicans colleagues, even if it meant that Democrats would have to cave by giving the president a win with funds for his Wall in order to pass real immigration reform.

My thinking hardened when the republican President Donald Trump chose to blow up a bi-partisan plan worked on by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Lindsey Graham and 4 others, to fix the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and other immigration issues, at a Thursday morning meeting (1/11/18). Senators Durbin and Graham were prepared to present their proposals, but the president chose to renege on earlier commitments by referring to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as shxtholes,

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I had been one of those foolish to believe the president when he held an earlier meeting with congressional lawmakers on 1/9/18, to work on…

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