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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Outlaw Galaxy 3: Hunter's Truth and Other Tales is LIVE!

So excited, just wanted to share that Outlaw Galaxy 3: Hunter's Truth and Other Tales is now live as an ebook. It is a collection of five Outlaw Galaxy short stories, about 18,000 words (would equal about 65 pages in a traditional paperback, reading time is about one hour). Just 99 cents!!



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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Telling the Truth is a Dangerous Thing

We live in a time of outrage and atrocity, where our leaders mock the very notion of decency and compassion towards our fellow man. We live in an era where our leader is a man who described a known child sex predator as a "great guy."

An evil man who has expressed indifference at the suffering he and his policies are directly inflicting on children who have done nothing wrong.

These are merely the most recent of his manifold offenses against decency and the law.

Trump is torturing and traumatizing children. There is simply no other way to describe it.

And those who support him are complicit and responsible by empowering him.

Millions of his followers profess to say that life is sacred. Unless, of course, it is the life of an innocent child from a foreign land. Or the child of a poor person. Many of those who speak so much about their faith and moral purpose in being "pro life" express profound indifference to the suffering of those "sacred" lives once the child is born, particularly if born, through no fault of its own, into a family in poverty.

They profess to respect every child's life and yet could not care less how much millions of children suffer so long as their taxes are cut and the flag is waived and the President professes to honor freedom and God, no matter how much his actual actions demonstrate that he is man only of falsehoods, not faith.

The Bible in numerous places counsels believers to show compassion and kindness to foreigners, the weak, the powerless. And yet Trump's supporters, Bible in hand and quick to quote verses that are convenient to them, turn their backs on the suffering of these strangers.

I hope they realize how hypocritical they are before it is too late and they face their final reckoning where Jesus turns his back and says to them, "You never knew me."

Political cartoonist Michael DeAdder raised a firestorm of controversy when he drew a cartoon that simply illustrated the truth of Donald Trump's depravity and cynicism and cruelty. He got fired.

 

He simply told the truth.

Telling the truth is and always will be God's work.

Monday, February 5, 2018

So, let's get Donald Trump's record straight:

Adam Schiff is a "big liar"

Journalists are the "enemy of the American People."

Democrats who didn't clap enough at the State of the Union address are "traitors."

He said that "Second Ammendment People" should step up to prevent a lawfully elected candidate from taking office should she win the election.

Nazis at Charlottesville who murdered a young woman are "very fine people."

Trump demands personal loyalty from his Justice Department officials in violation of the law.

The FBI, CIA and NSA are purportedly corrupt agencies conspiring against him.

These are not just words. Donald Trump is engaging in dangerous propaganda.

He is encouraging radical, fringe elements of society to strike out. He is a danger to civil society and the rule of law. He undermines the fabric of our civil society and our form of government on a regular basis.

Donald Trump is a disgrace to the Presidency. And those who enable him to continue in this farce without taking action should be ashamed of themselves.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

As we settle down with our families and take a moment to be thankful for all of the gifts we have been graced with this holiday season, it's good to take a moment to consider the priorities of the people in our lives.

For example:

(Courtesy of Kaivan Shroff)

This year, Trump has spent $91,655,424 of American taxpayer money on golf trips. For that money, Meals on Wheels could've fed 33,117 seniors FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. For that money, after school programs could've fed 635,936 poor kids FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. Trump First. America Last.

God bless us, everyone.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Seth Meyers Pierces Trump's Vainglorious Hideously Expensive, Utterly Ineffective Wall

So many things I'd like to say about the ongoing dumpster-fire-trainwreck in Washington ... but Seth Meyers really puts it a lot more eloquently than I ever could about what exactly how dumb and how much of a waste of money Trump's wall is:




Okay, here's the problem: Mr. Trump, have you learned nothing from Pacific Rim?

1) You're building the wall in the wrong place. Kaiju attack from the sea.

2) Walls don't stop Kaiju, they just make them angry.

Seriously, you're going to need a bigger wall. A MUCH bigger wall.

THE NARROW WORLD from Brent Bonacorso on Vimeo.


If link is bad, this is the short film The Narrow World by Brent Bonacorso, a couple of current links:

The Narrow World on Vimeo
The Narrow World on YouTube

Or, instead of wasting 8 billion ... no 12 billion ... no, 20 billion dollars building a wall that will be ineffective and that MEXICO IS NOT GOING TO PAY FOR, maybe you could show a little leadership and use that money to do something useful.

Maybe you could invest that money and help our neighbors to the south build vibrant economies with good wages, stable governments that respect human rights and provide a proper safety net, so that the people of Latin America feel that their homelands are nations of opportunity as well.

People don't want to leave the homelands and their friends and families. They do so out of desperation. They look at our ideals, the words we say, the inscriptions on the Statue of Liberty, and they have hope.

They think those words actually MEAN SOMETHING.

If we worked with our neighbors to the south, we could build a trading bloc that is the envy of the world ... not free trade, but fair trade. Working together for mutual benefit. Creating vibrant economies where America can export its goods for a decent profit, providing jobs to our people ... and helping the peoples of other lands create the lives they have always dreamed about.

You COULD do that, Mr. President. You could be a leader. You could set a grand example.

You could make the world a better place instead of wrapping yourself in patriotism and the flag and preaching fear and anger.

Of course, that would require hard work. It would require hard negotiations and working together, driving a good bargain where both parties benefit.

Maybe you know somebody who knows how to do something like that? Instead of, you know, making up imaginary terrorist attacks and calling anyone who dares to point out your failings an enemy of the American people.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thank you, Mr. Trudeau

Thank you, Justin Trudeau.

"To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength "

I find it heartening that the Executive of our closest ally and neighbor understands American virtues and values better than the current resident of the White House.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wanderers ... the most heart-soaring thing you will see today

Wanderers, by Erik Wernquist, brought to everyone's attention by io9.com is an amazing short film. This is why I love science fiction. Beautiful. Worth every second of the four minutes it will take to watch.



(Linked to Youtube because Vimeo is just flaky for me.)


Here's Erik's website