Editing… @#%*&!!!

I know it’s necessary, and I’m VERY thankful for my alpha and beta readers, but I #@%!) HATE editing. Especially when they point out that yes, maybe ‘I’ knew what a particular comment/description/paragraph meant, but they damn sure didn’t. And you can spel chek all damn day and it won’t catch mis-wordings. Is that even a word?

And expansions to explain something means searching through the entire story/novella/book to make sure ALL of the changes make sense (which of course they don’t, so you end up fixing multiple things).

And once all THAT is done, you send it back out to the beta readers, who once again beat you up for (insert issue here). Which leads to another round of edits…

Then the editor gets her hands on it, lather, rinse, repeat… Sigh…

It would also help if I was a good writer, and hadn’t spent 40 years doing technical documents and briefings where punctuation didn’t have to be perfect… Grrr… And yes, I can spel Oxford comma, even if I don’t know how to use it, them, whatever… 🙂  That’s why I put a bunch of them at the end of the story and tell the alpha and beta readers to put ’em where they want to.

Along with this, I’m dealing with the cover art, and blurbs, and trying to fight off the muse that wants to add EVEN MORE STUFF to the story… Which is already about twice as long as originally planned…

And it’s a month late, because of the extra writing.

Writing is fun, the rest of it, not so much, and before any more people ask, I will not be doing Cronin’s time in Vietnam. There are plenty of stories out there on ‘Nam, written by much better than I.

Damn…

Just…damn…

No words for this horror.

B.C. man with ALS chooses medically assisted death after years of struggling to fund 24-hour care.

Full article, HERE from CBC News.

IS THIS what is in store for us?

Book Promos…

Well, we ‘finally’ got Wayne off his ass… So feed some starving writers!

Wayne Whisnand has his first short story out, Here There Be Pirates.

As always, click on the cover to go to the Amazon page.

The blurb-

A short story about an inter-dimensional assassin who is hired by a group of pirates to eliminate a local government official.

I was a reader for this one, and I think he did a damn good job, but since this is his first, we gave him this… So be gentle… or not… 🙂

And Joe Collins has a new book out too! Dauntless: The Pirate Wars

The blurb-

Dauntless, the United Confederation of Planets’ most powerful space based warship ever built by mankind, is on a training mission when she’s abruptly directed to an anomaly out past Mars. An unknown life force appears to be spreading mayhem and annihilation without pause.When she and her crew investigate, Dauntless finds herself in a horrific life or death battle. Not only her survival is at stake, but the 1,200 spacers, Marines, pilots and support staff’s lives are on the line. Dauntless fights with everything she has, reaching over and beyond the simple but life changing concepts of “Duty, Honor, and Selfless Commitment.” “I am Dauntless,” however, might not be enough to save Dauntless and all she represents against the overwhelming destruction facing her and her crew.

A I must say ‘we’ (that being us starving writers) DO appreciate the shekels you pass our way. We do work hard to write stuff that people want to read. We know we’re not big fish, hell, we aren’t even little fish… We’re more like minnows, and the competition is pretty stiff.

A long winded way of saying THANK YOU!

Done!!!

The Grey Man- Down South is out to the alpha readers… 🙂

And Tina has been working on a cover for it, and we’re just about done with that. Also, I’m in another anthology!

It will be released 14 September, and I’m very happy to be in this august company, which also includes Monalisa Foster! 🙂

And late yesterday afternoon, I was told a story I submitted to yet another anthology was accepted! Woo hoo!

NOW back to writing on the final Grey Man- Sunset. It’s at almost 68k words, so a couple of months to release it, I hope before Christmas.

TBT…

GB’s post, HERE, brought back some bittersweet memories…

Years ago I was with a good friend at his table at Wanenmacher’s gun show at Tulsa. I had on a Navy ballcap with a P-3 on it, and this guy wandered up, wearing a flight jacket with all kinds of pins hanging off it, (Now we didn’t wear pins, other than maybe a 2500/5000 hour Lockheed pin, and the patches were our histories of our service).

He proceeded to tell me he was a veteran, was in VP-47, and did all kinds of things that I knew the P-3s had never done. He doubled down that he was there when the Mayaguez was rescued, and ‘his’ airplane got hit by AAA from the Cambodians.

I just smiled at him and nodded occasionally, until he finally realized I wasn’t going to engage him, and he made some smart remark and wandered off down the aisle. Bill just shook his head and asked my why I didn’t call him on his BS, since Bill knew I had actually been on those missions and had told him the story, including VP-17 taking one round in the tail from a 50 BMG. on the Swift boat that was tied up alongside the Mayaguez. My answer was it wasn’t worth the hate and discontent, because he’d get irate and call me a liar.

Bill disappeared for a bit, and when he came back he was chuckling. I asked him what was up, and he said he’d talked to a couple of other folks about this guy. It wasn’t until the next day that I found out he’d told Mike Carter, a Vietnam vet Marine, and two other veterans about this guy. Apparently Mike went after him tooth and nail, and ended up getting the guy arrested for theft of the flight jacket (don’t ask me how he did that), as stolen goods.

There has been a lot of stolen valor out there, and as we continue to see, it goes on and on everyday. This guy got his comeuppance, but he was one of how many?

Those old guys sitting quietly in their rockers at the old folks homes, or in some cases still out there working, didn’t steal anything. They EARNED every medal they got. Just like William Crawford, HERE. And they didn’t and still don’t broadcast what they did, because they didn’t do it for the glory, but for those they shared the foxholes, ships, or airplanes with.

Point to ponder…

In our rush to keep up with the Jones, or the bills or whatever we’re sometimes forgetting the important stuff…

I don’t know who wrote this, but it IS worth thinking about…

Can I borrow $5?

A woman came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find her
5-year old son waiting for her at the door. 

SON: ‘Mummy, may I ask you a question?’ 

MUM: ‘Yeah sure, what it is?’ replied the woman.. 

SON: ‘Mummy, how much do you make an hour?’ 

MUM: ‘That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?’ the woman said 
angrily. 

SON: ‘I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?’ 

MUM: ‘If you must know, I make  $20 an hour.’ 

SON: ‘Oh,’ the little boy replied, with his head down. 

SON: “Mummy, may I please borrow $5?” 

The mother was furious, ‘If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard every day for such childish frivolities.’ 

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.. 

The woman sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money? 

After about an hour or so, the woman had calmed down , and started to think: 

Maybe there was 
something he really needed to buy with that $5 and he really didn’t ask for money very often.The woman went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door. 

‘Are you asleep, son?’ She asked. 

‘No Mummy, I’m awake,’ replied the boy. 

‘I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier’ said the woman. ‘It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $5 you asked for.’ 

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. ‘Oh, thank you Mummy!’ he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. 

The woman saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. 

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his mother. 

‘Why do you want more money if you already have some?’ the mother grumbled. 

‘Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,’ the little boy replied. 

‘Mummy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow.

I would like to have dinner with you.’

Edit- As the commenters have said, Cats in the Cradle…

Here we go again???

Came over the transom over the weekend from the mil email net…

Seventy- two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston.

National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction.
Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.
Speaking after the clash, Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.
Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” just issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.
The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.
Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.
One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.
During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.
Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.
Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.
Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.
Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order.
The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.
Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.
And this is how the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775.
Lest we forget…
And an excellent post from Aesop, HERE, about ‘patient men’….
What the left doesn’t understand is that ‘violence’ isn’t a rheostat they can turn up at their whim to make a point, then turn it back down. Those patient men have an off/on switch, and their hands are on the switch now.

One to think about…

This is a interesting perspective from an anonymous nurse, but definitely bears consideration…

I am a member of America’s most statistically trusted profession: nursing. I work the night shift on call position in one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, covering four counties, as a hospice nurse. I go where the patient is. That means that if a patient in the inner city is in distress at 2am, that’s where I go. If a patient death occurs at midnight in a trailer park with a known meth issue, I’m off to the trailer park. I work in every weather condition and have driven over an hour in a blizzard to reach a patient. I work holidays. I work when there’s civil unrest in an area. I also work alone. I have a team that I can contact if needed for some issues, but I’m the only nurse for well over 100 patients spread out over a huge geographical area, and I have had several incidents of putting over 400 miles on my car in a single night.

I have long considered the police to be on the same team as me. I’ve been notified of patient deaths and issues by the police. I’ve had them stay with a grieving family until I could get there. I’ve had them help me lift a patient off the floor. I know that there are a lot of really good and extremely dedicated police officers in the country, and I really do appreciate their efforts. The officers that I’ve interacted with, both personally and professionally, have mostly been professionals doing a difficult job. That said, I can no longer support qualified immunity as a policy. 

There are a lot of valid reasons why the policy was passed to start with. Police officers are often in dangerous and complex situations in which there is a good chance that they will have to use deadly force in a completely appropriate manner. Criminals making false claims of rights violations happens frequently. People suing for utter nonsense happens all the time, and there’s no penalty for filing a baseless lawsuit. Having officers be sued personally for acting reasonably in the course of their duties is disruptive, time consuming, and theoretically acts as a deterrent that keeps talented individuals from entering the field. On the face of it, it makes sense that qualified immunity would be extended to police officers just as much as judicial immunity and legislative immunity is granted to lawmakers and judges. At one time, I agreed that it was necessary. Given the degree to which it’s been expanded and abused, however, that time is long past. 

Philip Brailsford played the world’s highest stakes game of Simon Says with the intoxicated but completely innocent Daniel Shaver, who lost the game and his life after being shot five times at short range by Brailsford. No reasonable person could consider Brailsford’s actions justified after learning the details of the case. Yet he was protected by qualified immunity from civil lawsuits. He was not arrested and charged criminally, despite the fact that his actions and words leading up to the shooting are a very clear indication of premeditated murder. Instead he enjoys an early retirement in the amount of $2,500/month in taxpayer dollars. 

Michael Vickers fired his weapon at a dog that displayed no signs of aggression in an apparent attempt to kill the family dog in front of the children he had forced to lay on the ground while other officers searched for a fleeing suspect. Instead, he shot a ten year old boy fewer than 18 inches away in the knee and then forced the child to lay on the ground with a bullet in his knee for an extended period of time rather than immediately calling for medical assistance. The injury required surgery, will require ongoing physical therapy, and will very likely be a source of lifelong pain for the child. Vickers was protected by qualified immunity from civil lawsuits and he was not arrested and charged with any of the myriad crimes that apply to recklessly shooting an unarmed and completely harmless child. Any other citizen would have been.

These cases are both horrific abuses. They’re far from the only ones. It seems that there’s thousands of them floating around. The police department or city can be sued, resulting in the taxpayers being on the hook for whatever settlement was reached or whatever judgment was awarded. This doesn’t even take money from the police department’s budget. The officers are completely protected from facing the consequences that any other person would when they violate the rights of others. They’re rarely charged, and they can’t be sued. 

Compare that to my job. I am liable for criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits, personally, for actions taken while on the job. Should a patient or their family ever sue me, I will have to go to court and defend myself at my own expense unless I carry malpractice insurance. Should I ever make a mistake that results in injury of a patient, I face the very real possibility of going to prison. I will almost certainly be fired and lose my licence to practice. I work long hours, often on little sleep. I frequently end up skipping meals or being so busy that I don’t have time to stop at a gas station and empty my bladder between patients. This is all standard for nurses. We work in high stress situations, which are almost always the worst days of someone’s life. We are frequently attacked and insulted by patients and/or their families and friends. We are not permitted to carry a gun for protection in hospitals or in care facilities. If we’re lucky, we may have security available to secure a patient who has gotten violent. I, personally, do not. I am entirely reliant on the good will of the communities I serve while I am out and about seeing patients. Despite all of that, we are called upon to provide the highest level of care to each and every patient. And if we fail to provide adequate care, we face very real consequences. 

Consider the case of Jeff Payne, who took emergency room nurse Alex Wubbels into custody when she refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient in complete violation of the law. Let me reiterate, she was manhandled and taken into custody for refusing to break the law. The former officer in question was fired, though there is some recent indication that he will be allowed to return to work. The city reached a settlement with Ms. Wubbels, paying her with the money they extorted from taxpayers. The officer, however, was personally protected from civil liability by qualified immunity. He was not charged with false arrest, battery, or assault; all of which he clearly did commit against her. He was not charged with deprivation of rights under color of law, which he also clearly committed. Ms. Wubbels would have committed criminal battery if she had drawn that blood, and she would have been personally liable in any civil action the patient or his family wished to bring against her later.

Police officers are not required to actually know the law. This has been well established by case law, and they can enforce their own “reasonable” idea of what the law is even when they’re wrong. In far too many cases, their victims end up charged with something unrelated to the situation anyway, or ticketed, to justify the officer’s illegal intervention in their lives. This problem is rampant in cities across America. Even when the victim is released afterwards, they’ve still been arrested and had their lives disrupted for the crime of doing absolutely wrong. I am required to know every facet of my job, and be an expert in my field. It is my professional responsibility to stay abreast of the law and ignorance of the law is not a defense if I break it. This too is established by case law, and any number of people find themselves charged with and convicted of crimes without having previously known that their actions were illegal. Yet those we charge with enforcing the law are not even required to know what it is. 

Even aside from the civil and criminal penalties for a mistake, my patients and their families rely on me to know what to do in their moment of crisis. They trust me to act in an ethical manner, and to put their care ahead of myself and my own interests. It is truly a privilege to be trusted so much, and I seek every day to live up to that. It is also a heavy responsibility. The trust that we place in police officers is even more important to the health of a civil society. If people stop trusting nurses, they may delay care or become even less compliant with medications and needed lifestyle changes than they currently are. When people stop trusting law enforcement, social bonds are damaged to the detriment of everyone. Police officers have a vast amount of discretion and an enormous amount of power over average citizens.

I still respect the vast majority of law enforcement officers. I appreciate the difficult job they do, the long hours they work, and the extraordinary professionalism most of them show. As I said before, we’re on the same team out there in the community. The level of abuse happening in that field is simply too high. There are too many perverse incentives and not enough accountability. Bad officers are protected and the good are marred with the lack of public trust that protection is causing. It is high time that police officers face the same personal accountability in the course of their duties that I face in the course of mine. That is the proper first step for drumming out the officers that are damaging public trust and restoring the trust that has been lost.

I have heard similar comments from PP, and others in the medical field over the years. The ‘dissatisfaction’ if you will, has increased with the militarization of the LEOs, by both professionals and John Q. Public. The sad part, in my mind, is that the few bad apples are dragging down the entire profession. Especially when you see these LEOs get their jobs back, and go right back to what they were doing before.

I also know LEOs who are dead set on weeding out the bad apples in their departments, and are constantly on the lookout for ‘attitudes’… I wish more did this.

And I sadly have to agree with the nurse, it’s time to do away with qualified immunity.

Your comments/perspectives are appreciated.

Isn’t THAT interesting…

Corrected to update various things.

The first tranche of documents dropped in the Epstein case Friday, naming names of the first round of chomos that had sex with underage girls in conjunction with Epstein/Maxwell. Article HERE. And of course Trump’s name was in the article, however the woman never said Trump had sex with any of the underaged girls.

Here is a video of another one of the girls Epstein lured in.

There were, as expected, immediate denials, yada, yada, yada. There were ‘hints’ of a more complete list to drop quickly, and the possibility that Epstein had turned and was going to cooperate with law enforcement.

Early Saturday morning, Jeffrey Epstein was found ‘unresponsive’ a little after 6 am in his cell. Article, HERE.

And now there is a report that he was NOT on active suicide watch, and oh, the cameras didn’t show anything, HERE.  VERY interesting if true…

Edit- Riddle me this… Epstein was on an active suicide watch, which included video. Based on my experience, they pretty much take away anything one can use to harm themselves… How did he do that, why was he not seen?

Apparently in Federal custody, active suicide watch is only 72 hours. He had apparently been removed some time earlier.

Could the guards have just screwed up? Sure. Could someone have been paid enough to make it look like a suicide? Possible? Probable?

Are they NYPD Feds really ‘that’ incompetent? Or were there outside ‘influences’… Clintons?  Maxwell? Others? No suicide note? Clinton was long rumored to be a ‘player’, and had accompanied Epstein over a dozen times on his airplane, the Lolita Express, according to reports, maybe with or without USSS agents accompanying him. Those records are out there in the wild.

Now that Epstein is gone, my guess is there will be a lot of stomping on the carpet to flatten it back out as the evidence of crimes committed by the connected and powerful that were in danger of being publicized by Epstein will quietly disappear into the ether again.

Step by step…

Closer and closer…

Death camps for Trump supporters (Oh, but we were just joking) HERE. But celebrities support this kind of crap…

In his tweet Monday night, Castro wrote: “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump — the owner of @BillMillerBarBQ, owner of the Historic Pearl, realtor Phyllis Browning, etc. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”

But he doxxed them anyway, HERE. And when confronted about it, says he didn’t mean anything by it… But anybody that supports Trump is raciss… And white patriarchy, and anti LBTQEIEIEO and killing the planet, and OMGELEVENTY!!!

Yeah, right. Pull the other one, it’s got a bell on it.

And we have a ‘new’ movie coming out, The Hunt. And it’s about guess what? Hunting deplorables.

“Did anyone see what our ratfucker-in-chief just did?” one character asks early in the screenplay for The Hunt, a Universal Pictures thriller set to open Sept. 27. Another responds: “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.”

Article, HERE. And this is now being passed off as a ‘horror movie’…

Background checks, red flag laws, a new non-sunset AWB, outright confiscation… Pick one, pick them all. But I’m noting no one is saying anything about increased mental health reporting requirements, actual long term treatment, etc. It’s ALL about the EBIL GUNZ… Not the PEOPLE who actually commit these horrific crimes.

A good article, HERE lays out the real pros and cons of Red Flag laws… And another from ammo.com, HERE. And a friend and old time LEO, now retired said this.

As an old cop, I’ve seen things I hoped to never have to see, and man and woman’s inhumanity to each other knows no bounds. These red flag laws will allow every disaffected ‘other’ to take down someone for little or no reason. The ex-whatever is ticked off, the neighbor who doesn’t like your kids, the criminal who’s been scouting the neighborhood, your boss, your co-worker, your family, ad infinitum. UNLESS there are real felony punishments for anyone who falsifies the information for a red flag alert. And I hope that the laws will include real, investigatable behavior or proof of actions/etc. Otherwise, this will not end well, and people really will die, either by the hands of the police, or those who cause the individual to lose their guns. Sadly, this has turned into a political game, when lives are actually at stake.

I REALLY don’t want to live in interesting times again, but I’ll be damned if I can see a way out of it, the way things are going. The media is at least complicit, if not actively fomenting the divide and hate and discontent, gleefully pandering to the left, yet shutting down anyone on the right who has a counter or is being threatened, as happened with Mitch McConnell’s Twit account, HERE. Because somebody was literally calling for him to be stabbed in the chest.

EVERYBODY needs to back up, take a deep breath, and knock this shit off, before there really is a civil war started. These PC games are starting to take a toll on a lot of folks that, regardless of ethnicity, just want to get on with their lives without them being interrupted.

Oh, and I wouldn’t advise Antifa to show up in Texas again. Much less in El Paso next month. You REALLY don’t want to do that, it’s not Portland. And if you thought you got treated badly in Austin, you really don’t want to go there.