Wednesday, November 23, 2016

“An Ounce of Prevention” is free

My scifi story “An Ounce of Prevention” is free to download for Kindle from today through Sunday, November 27.  Here’s the blurb for it:

Like most people, Jason Fisher wanted to make the world a better place, but he doubted he would ever have the chance to make much of a mark. Then a “woman” came to him, asking his help to save humanity by threatening it.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thoughts on a Trump presidency

I expect it to be rather short, as in, I expect him to do something that will get him impeached.  But why would a Republican congress impeach him you ask?  Well, the Republican congress is made up of Republican politicians.  Would they have an easier time dealing with a fellow Republican politician in the White House like Pence, or a diva?  And if Trump starts doing things that make the Republican brand look bad, what do they have to lose?  But what about the anger of all the Trump supporters you ask?  Well, once Trump is gone they could repeal Obamacare, build a wall, do all the campaign promises Trump made that were just hot air.  Again, what do the members of the Republican congress have to lose?

Of course, a Trump impeachment worries me.  I think the thing that may save us from Trump's insanity is his incompetence.  I half expect congress to pass a bill declaring war on Iran and Trump will just leave it on the Oval Office desk expecting some flunky to take care of it for him while he goes golfing.  Yay?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Register to vote

One of the more disturbing elements of the election last week was that roughly half of the eligible voters in the US didn't vote.  There are several possibilities for this.  There could have been long lines or people were unable to take the time to go vote.  That's a problem that needs addressed.

Probably a bigger reason many people didn't vote is the feeling that the Republicans and Democrats just don't care for them.  There are two answers for this.  The first is that there are other parties than the Republicans and Democrats.  Are you saying that none of the dozens of other parties in the US share your goals or values?  But the other, more practical, answer is that why would a candidate come out in support of the ideals of Group X if Group X won't vote?  The way to get politicians to listen to you is to start voting.

Now there are registration drives every election year, but why wait?  If you're just turning eighteen, or never bothered to register before, or are unsure if you're registered, do it now and beat the rush.  There are places like and the League of Women Voters that can help you register.  Or, if you’re uneasy using a third party website, you can also use your state website, which is usually your state

Registering to vote is the necessary first step to voting, which is the necessary first step to having a democracy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Get out and vote

Regardless of your political leanings or your personal feelings about the candidates, I encourage all of you to go vote.  I try to ignore people who bitch and whine online about the state of the country, but if I know that they didn’t vote then there really is no reason to listen to them. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Rejoice, the 2016 Election is almost over!

Of course, the years of bitching about the outcome are about to start, but let’s leave that until Wednesday.

The real point of this blog is that – as with elections for the past few years – the Kindle version of Political Pies, my collection of forty stories with a political theme, will be free to download today through Election Day.  So grab it now and it will give you something to read while you wait in line at your polling place, or reward yourself with a free ebook after voting.  The choice is yours.