This is…

Odd…

So, stocks were getting low on some of my titles (I usually have about 5 copies for sales, signed copies, etc. I orders enough to get my stock back to where I like it and this is what dribbled in over two days!

Seven boxes (there is one more underneath the big box in the foreground), five ‘packages’, all that for 45 books. Makes NO sense… Usually, that is either one large or two smaller boxes.

Anybody else seeing stuff like this? Oh, and it was flat rate shipped, so they lost money with all the boxes…

Finished another short today, now working on the next one, and flipping back and forth with the next Rimworld! Maybe a snippet in that next week!

Things…

Going on around here…

Turned in three of the now FIVE short stories due to various people, signed two contracts, and will be sending the western novella to the editor today.

Tina has come through, as usual, with an excellent cover for it!!!

Hopefully it will be out in a couple of weeks, Kindle only.

In other news, Dot has another book out in what has become her Combined Operations series- Blood, Oil, and Love

As always, click on the cover for the Amazon link!

The blurb-

In a colony world desperate for resources, a search for new reserves reveals a shadow war!

Lizzes Olsen is a newly minted petrogeologist researching the untapped potential of places on her planet even terraforming overlooked. Unfortunately, the site she’s found is deep in enemy-occupied territory. The same enemy is funding the radical eco-terrorism that turned her university toxic, and training terrorists to kill the Empire’s geophysicists and geologists. Between bombings at home and being hunted abroad, Lizzes’ career, and her life, are in danger.

On the other hand, she has the unlikeliest of allies: a fairy god-Gunny Sergeant, and a very determined Imperial Recon soldier named Twitch who’s out to make her his very own happily ever after. If it takes a hecatomb of her enemies to get her down the aisle, they’re going to make it happen…

I was a reader and ‘might’ have given a bit of input too… 😉

And John Van Stry has a new book out in a new series- Mihalis

The blurb-

Twenty years ago, his father saved the world. Or so the history books will probably say once someone gets around to writing them. All Mihalis knows is the world he has been raised into. It’s not a bad world, as things ago, he has a big and loving family, but there is the ongoing ‘war’ that promises to be on-going for a good many years to come.

Raised to the blade by his mother, and taught not only her ways as well as a good many of the ways of her people, but also the ways of his father’s other wives, as well as the ways of his magic, Mihalis has had a very thorough education. Even if a fair deal of that education is in the arts of war.

But all he really wants to do is to prove himself. To go out into the world and show that yes, he is his father’s son, and that yes, he is his own man, to find his own way in the world.

WARNING: “Mihalis” does contain many of those things that the previous series was known for: Bad jokes, poor modern culture references, obscure song references, violence, and yes, what you’ve all been waiting for: Sex. Now SOME PEOPLE don’t seem to UNDERSTAND that these warnings are done as much as a joke as a ‘Spoiler’ alert, to alert the PRUDES that yes, like all MODERN science fiction and urban fantasy stories, there is Sex in the story! Heaven forefend that these quivering fragile flowers should read any modern romance! I dare say they’d die straight-away from the non-stop kinkfest that is modern romance!
So SCREW THEM! YES! There is all sorts of sordid and kinky stuff that’s been done while I wrote this book and most of it was done by YOU! You Dear readers! So let us NOT go into this cold dark night alone or afraid! Because we know what that dreaded noise in the shadows is! That Moaning and Groaning and the rattling of chains! That noise is US!
(Have Fun).

And have a good weekend!

The chickens…

Are coming home to roost…

The Navy has admitted it cannot maintain AND upgrade all the ships currently on the books. Sequestration has come back to bite the congresscritters where they live… The Obama/Biden limits and the Dems refusal to cooperate with Trump has crippled the Navy Fleet through deferred maintenance, skipped upgrades, and lack of support for shipyard time to conduct the work, pushing ‘much’ of it back on reduced manning crews.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is considering requiring the U.S. Navy to better defend its requests to retire ships before the end of their expected service lives.

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With tight budgets during a decade of sequestration-related limits, and now with expected flat defense spending in the coming years, the Navy has made many requests to retire existing ships — which cost money to operate, maintain, man, arm and more — and free up money for other priorities, such as developing more modern weapons and platforms.

Full article, HERE, from Defense News.

As usual, this was the ‘Peace Plan’, at the end of the cold war. “We don’t need no ‘stinkin Navy eating our budget. There isn’t any requirement for all those ships now that we’re at peace with everybody”, yada, yada, yada, no study of history, or listening to the Intel folks.

I know a number of years ago, the determination was made that the Navy would ‘no longer’ plan on one major and two minor conflicts at the same time, as there were not ships/personnel available to ‘meet’ the requirements of the basic plans, much less any surge capability.

And now it’s even worse, and NOT getting any better, even as the congresscritters ‘try’ to point fingers at the Navy, saying it’s all THEIR FAULT… As the Russians and Chinese make MAJOR moves into various locations.

SMDH…

True colors???

Ran across this one yesterday…

Immigrant rights advocates said Monday that Democrats must change, ignore or overturn the Senate parliamentarian’s ruling that the law precludes adding an amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants to the $3.5 trillion budget bill.

But a growing chorus of voices said Democrats must ponder tougher measures, including voting to overturn her decision, upend 30 years of Senate practice and bully the amnesty through Congress.

Full article, HERE.

So, it looks like they don’t want to ‘abide’ by the rules (gee, what a surprise…NOT) when they don’t get their way. And now are looking at ‘taking charge’ and making this happen.

The outrage is…palpable…at least on their part, while the rest of us just shake our heads in wonder. And curiously, this is helping bury the rest of the main stories like the border, killing kids and an aid worker instead of ISIS-K in Kabul, and the disaster surrounding the whole Afghanistan pullout. And lets not forget Xiden’s ‘consolation’ speech at the UN yesterday…

Sigh… I need a drink (or a dozen).

And a hat tip to BJ for this one…

The donkey told the tiger, “The grass is blue.” The tiger replied, “No, the grass is green.” The discussion became heated, and the two decided to submit the issue to arbitration, so they approached the lion. As they approached the lion on his throne, the donkey started screaming: ′′Your Highness, isn’t it true that the grass is blue?” The lion replied: “If you believe it is true, the grass is blue.” The donkey rushed forward and continued: ′′The tiger disagrees with me, contradicts me and annoys me. Please punish him.” The king then declared: ′′The tiger will be punished with 3 days of silence.” The donkey jumped with joy and went on his way, content and repeating ′′The grass is blue, the grass is blue…” The tiger asked the lion, “Your Majesty, why have you punished me, after all, the grass is green?” The lion replied, ′′You’ve known and seen the grass is green.” The tiger asked, ′′So why do you punish me?” The lion replied, “That has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. The punishment is because it is degrading for a brave, intelligent creature like you to waste time arguing with an ass, and on top of that, you came and bothered me with that question just to validate something you already knew was true!” The biggest waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who doesn’t care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on discussions that make no sense. There are people who, for all the evidence presented to them, do not have the ability to understand. Others who are blinded by ego, hatred and resentment, and the only thing that they want is to be right even if they aren’t. When IGNORANCE SCREAMS, intelligence moves on.

Truth…

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words… From Michael Ramirez

But if you are interested in words, Larry Correia and Steve Diamond have a new podcast out called Writer Dojo, HERE. Well worth the 30-40 minutes of each episode. Straight skinny, no BS, and GOOD professional advice.

Sigh…

Soooo, the

‘J6’ rally in DC was apparently a colossal failure…

The most anticipated visit by right-wing activists to the nation’s capital since a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 ended with a whimper Saturday, as demonstrators supporting the rioters found themselves far outnumbered by police, journalists and counterprotesters.

The full article is HERE.

Even better, apparently ‘one’ of those arrested was actually and Fibbie who was ‘undercover’… sigh…

In other, more positive news… well, depending on your point of view, positive, space tourism is now here and will probably stay…

History will note that on September 19, in the year of our Lord 2021 (not sorry for offending atheist readers), 4 human beings returned home after a nearly routine journey to space. What made the journey more than routine was that none of the four humans were professional astronauts. The flight was privately funded and launched by the public/private space venture, SpaceX.

Full article, HERE.

So, if you’ve got a spare 100 million or so, you too can go spend a couple of days in space… Of course the question is, how many times can you see the same thing before it gets boring? And who hit what on the Garn scale on the flight???

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FenCon AAR…

Much smaller con this year, primarily due to the WuFlu… Good folks trying their best to put on a good little local con. Kudos to them!

Not many panels, but the ones I made were interesting, and the sidebars made up for it. Our little group showed up in spades, and I think everybody had fun and/or made contacts they were looking for.

I’m wore out, I’m too old to stay up that late… LOL

Back to regular blogging on Monday!

Gonna need more popcorn…

This one is…so far out of bounds it’s not funny. When courts conspire with the lawyers and guardian ad litems…

The Eastern District Court of Missouri has recused every one of its judges from a lawsuit alleging shocking corruption in the Missouri family court system.

Attorney Evita Tolu filed the lawsuit in the 21st Judicial Circuit Court of St. Louis against guardian ad litem (GAL) Elaine Pudlowski, psychologist Dr. James Reid, and therapist Jennifer Webbe VanLuven, alleging that the trio conspired to diagnose her with a fraudulent mental disorder and use her custody dispute as an opportunity to get rich while sentencing her children to life with their abuser.

Full article, HERE, and links to the previous investigative reports…

Don’t read this if you need BP meds… just sayin…

YGTBSM!!!

I ‘thought’ this was a joke… dammit…

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., sent a letter to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) archivist David Ferriero outlining his concern about the “blanket application” of a “Harmful Language Alert” on the nation’s pillar documents.

“Most disturbing is use of the alert for our nation’s founding documents, including the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights,” Lankford wrote in the letter exclusively obtained by Fox News. “It should be removed immediately.”

So I went and looked…

And yes, there is an alert…

So I went to their FAQ page, and there is an ‘explanation’ of what ‘may be harmful’…

Sigh… Full article, HERE.

As an OBTW, light commenting and possibly posting the next couple of days, off at FenCon in DFW.

TBT…

The things people throw away are sometimes… Interesting…

 

Based on the translation by a Japanese lady, this is an original WWII Kamikaze pledge flag, signed by over 100 Kamikaze pilots late in the war. The money at the bottom is two WWII 100 Yen notes.

The irony is, nobody knows who turned this in to be destroyed. It was in a bunch of US flags that were to be destroyed.

And I was given this by somebody who was going to throw it out…

This is a 1955 pilot’s computer for computing airspeed at various altitudes and temperatures. Of note, it does NOT have a Mach scale on it, because Mach speeds were still the province of the military, and very few (early F-100s and F-102) production aircraft were capable of it, and this computer was produced for airline pilots.