Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oh, Now, That’s It for Kathleen, Then

ON THE THREE O’CLOCK Fox news Wednesday, an item announced that HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sibelius (who, I learn to my hometown shame, is from Cincinnati — having graduated from a parochial school just around the corner from Casa d’Alger), has the full confidence of President Obama.

Watch out for that bus, Kate.

You Know We Don’t Talk of Unintended

CONSEQUENCES” HERE because, in reality, there is no such thing. The claim that negative consequences of an action are unanticipated or unintended is a dodge. A beg for an excuse. It’s a crock. You fucked up; own it.

That said, all these anecdotes we’re hearing, all the statistics we’re hearing about people losing their health coverage, being dropped by their carriers and losing their doctors… you have to know that these mean that, down the road, care is going to suffer. People’s health will suffer. It has to increase mortality. People are going to die off in huge numbers.

And you gotta believe that the people behind Obamacare knew that going in — no matter their unpersuasive denials. You have to understand that they meant for these things to happen. They mean for people to die behind this.

They’ll Make It Up

IN VOLUME? Somehow, my brain, on hearing about Smashwords’ Oyster program, keeps going there. As one author asks in comments, how does this do anything but lose money? I guess that Coker must have figured somehow that there’s a margin to be made, there, between the number of books read per month and the subscription rate. But I don’t see it. The whole buffet effect and all that.

I guess we’ll see.

Glenn Reynolds Says,

“PUNCH BACK twice as hard.” I gotta agree. Remember, when you square off to start, it may be ‘gainst the bureaucracy of the Leviathan state — at firstest — individual bureaucrats are legally liable — as citizens, with no sovereign immunity — for civil rights violations. And you can assert a Ninth Amendment Right to nearly anything. Useta think this might be something new. But, apparently, not so much.

Da Doll says — asserts/avers — to encourage each other, and officials like judges and legis-linklators, to remember that We The People run the country not the ‘crats. Them’s our servants. Who we get to bringem to heel when they get out of line.

And We’re Moving On

WHILE THERE WILL BE promotional work to be done, and — down the road, when the KDP Select enrollment has played out — a paper edition, I’m pretty much done with The High T Shebang. Now, it belongs to the reader and I move on to the next one.

The working title is vague. At the moment, it’s Discovery and I’m thinking of it as a sort of an origin issue. (To use the comic book jargon.) Except that it won’t be the only one. I’ll have several over the years, I’m sure.

This one picks up Dolly’s tale the morning after her Genesis and carries through, more-or-less chronologically, to Cally’s Genesis, passing along the way Dolly’s training in the Troll Guard at Camp Meander and the start of her relationship with Drummond as her being a Real Grrl. And those are the last spoilers you’ll get out of me.

I’m also intending to seriously buckle down and get my drawing chops back. I have a pencil. I have paper. I have a scanner. I have drawn in the past. I will draw again in the future.

Feng Shui

OVER THE NEXT however long, there will be changes around here. I suspect that this blog will be turned over to rants by Dolly in-character — mostly about politics and assholes, assholes and politics, and assholes in politics.

Then, the former Dolly Apocrypha site will become my artist’s site — about my writing, illustration, design, cabinetmaking, photography, and general things of joy in life and creation.

And then again, the site you probably haven’t seen (and there’s not much there there), which is the site for my publishing imprint, Dreamflower Works, will feature the works published by Dreamflower Works. At the moment, exclusively mine.

I will also be scarfing up domains that could be seen as belonging to various trademarks. More about that as time goes on, but they’ll probably mostly just be parked on pages.

I’m Amazed That People

APPARENTLY JUST DON’T get it that you don’t need insurance to go to the doctor. In fact, you might find it’s cheaper. What you need insurance for is in case you catch something or suffer a trauma that requires hospitalization or expensive therapy. And, even then, you could probably do better in the long run paying cash. It’s clear, though, that Megan McArdle doesn’t get that.

It. Is. Up.

I DON’T FEEL SO much like a poseur any more — talking a good game while not actually delivering. But, after 50 years of trying, I’ve finally published my first novel and it’s up for sale at Amazon. And, if you go and buy it by clicking the link at right, you help defray the costs of operating this site at no additional cost to you.

Everyone around Gabrielle Francesca East — Dolly to her friends — has an agenda. Mitchell Drummond, her lover, guardian, and Geppetto wants to wrap her up in bubble wrap and protect her from the world. Dolly just wants him to make her forget her name by making hot, monkey love with her. Her family resent Dolly’s fortune: a fortune they assert is rightfully theirs. Dolly? She just wants to shop. Half the Gods want to control her; the other half want her dead; Dolly just wants to party with her friends.

When clones of blonde, Hollywood starlets — probably from the same lab that made Dolly’s body — start showing up halfway around the world, Drummond and Dolly set out at the head of the Troll Action Team to find out what’s behind the clones. The answer will send shock waves through the whole shebang.

Growing out of a long series of email exchanges on The Center for Xena Studies, a Xena: Warrior Princess mailing list, The High T Shebang is the first volume of the long-awaited epic, the Dolly Apocrypha. See where it all began.

Truth in advertising disclaimer: Violence. Explicit and graphic sexual dialog and situations. Adults only. Parental discretion strongly advised. Not for children or young teens.

Coming in 2014, The Baby Troll Chronicles continue.

Also. Some time ago, I promised that anyone who became a member of my old blog site would get a free copy of my ebook. About a thousand responded. While this is a different book, I feel it incumbent upon me to honor that promise. As soon as I can figure out how to do it, if you are among that thousand-or-so, you will be receiving an email detailing how to get a copy.

Srsly?

PEOPLE ACTUALLY NEED a government-parasite organization to teach them how to get connected to the Internet? WTF, people! It’s not rocket science! Holy Jeebus in a rhebus!

Quote of the Day

[Obama’s] ‘victory’, if so it can be called, is the victory of a bankrupt who has compelled his relatives to mortgage the farm so he can return to his losing streak at the casino.

–Richard Fernandez, The Belmont Club

Oh, Shut the Fuck Up

CHUCK “CHUCKY” “CHUCK-YOU” SCHUMER

A Dollish Mini Manifesto

DA DOLL DEEPLY RESENTS the statist BS contention that a citizen must — must, mind you — pay attention to politics or suffer the consequences.

Exsqueeze me? Ex. Squeeze. Dafuck. Outta. Me?

I have to pay attention to all the natterings and concerns of a fucking rapist or he’s gonna permanently maim me?

Fuck. No.

Rapist comes after da Doll better bring it. I’ll cut his balls off — if I don’t kill him sooner.

Government is an assault. Oh, I’ll stipple-ate the concept that government is a necessary evil. There might be — might be — some function government serves better than all contenders. Not found one, mind, but I might not have encountered it yet’s all.

Military? Then why hire KBR? What’s up with Halliburton? Maybe because they’re not government and they’re ten Brazilian times more ‘fficient than the ossifer-fied, bureaucrat-party official military? We in the Troll Guard find it hilarious that, in the war colleges, they teach that conflicts are won by logistics, then the command authority farms out that very function.

Tell me again that a national military is vitally necessary to the security of a free state?

But, OK. So maybe it’s not the military. And, instead o’runnin’ down th’ list, I’ll just agree that there might be something government does better than th’ privates sector.

That doesn’t change the fact that government only does its job via assault. Force. Coercion. Threat. Injustice. So why should I pay it any more attention than is necessary to slap it down when it rears its ugly head?

‘Splain that to me. Please. I wanna know.

If it’s reasonable for me to have to pay attention to all the lies, tantrums, fits, and importunate behavior of government, then it’s entirely reasonable for me to react to government as though it were a clear and present threat to my safety and act accordingly.

It’s commutative. If one’s not reasonable, neither is the other.

Instead of trying to condition my reaction to governmental assault… Here’s a novel idea. Why not have the government adjust its behavior so as not to excite my defensive reactions?

What’s that? You say that’s how the government was designed to behave? Then, you say, the current government in power is not behaving according to its charter?

Hmmm. Doesn’t that kinda prove my point?

Da Doll Does Her Very Best Al Haig

SINCE HIS FIRST NOVEL is due to publish next week — or at latest, by the end of the month — Alger says he has the sense that he no longer has the time to devote to political blogging. Accordingly, da Doll will be taking over that aspect of this site’s output, while Alger, when and if he blogs in his own voice, will be blogging more about writing and art than about politics.

Do not expect we’ll be slacking off on that account. If anything, I might get sharper than he was in a lot of cases. Sometimes, I think he’s too nice to be a political blogger. Me, I’m a stone cold bitch, and I don’t give fuck. I’ll cut you if I’m so moved.

Fair warning.

Boehner Says, “We Lost.”

SORRY, JOHN, you’re wrong. You blinked. You only lose if you quit before you win. People who do that are losers.

Wronging Rights

IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE letters industry, you may be unaware of a local tempest-in-a-teapot that popped up here recently. Seems a bunch of seamy books, self-published, for the most part, but not exclusively, have been removed from public view — the aggregator claims temporarily, but with no assurance of the length of the temp involved. (Irish indie author David Gaughran posts.)

Much… well, some as been made of the contention that there is no right to free speech in the UK. Not true. The right exists, the state has merely chosen not to recognize it. We in the United States have what purports to be a constitutional guarantee, which guarantees seem by and large to be honored more in the breach. However, I contend, the defense of it does not go far enough.

You hear this all the time. I suspect the most frequent assertion of the mistake notions about rights comes from the political Right which says “There’s no right to abortion in the Constitution,” with the follow-on claim it therefor doesn’t exist. While I agree that abortion is, on balance, reprehensible — possibly even murder, albeit without a clear legal definition, not much more can be made of it — a right to access the procedure does exist. It must. At the same time, it must be made clear that the right to access a medical procedure (provided one possesses the wherewithal to compensate the providers) does not guarantee that said providers are obligated to — so to speak — provide it, whether compensated or not. “We don’t serve your kind in here,” is well within the most simple and primitive rights of the individual to assert and enforce. That some find it unaesthetic or inconvenient notwithstanding.

The right to freedom speech, expression, the press is free-standing and pre-exists any state. All a state can do is recognize or infringe upon it. And all an individual can do is recognize or infringe upon it.

And that last is where the crowd that says, “Private entities’ infringing upon freedom of speech is not censorship.” Bullshit. It most certainly is. And, it might be seen, such behavior from private individuals or corporations is MORE reprehensible than it may be from governments, as there never was any contemplation of granting private entities any let over the free expression of individuals. The right is free-standing and absolute. It inheres to the individual human being. NO actor may infringe. The right shall not be infringed — under law. (In a lawless state, an individual may do anything he can get away with; that’s the difference between anarchism and libertarianism. The latter acknowledges the possibility of a need for a state, however skeletal and minimal.)

The Constitution limits the state. As the 800lb gorilla of politics, the state must needs be set about with limits. It has too great a potential to damage fragile liberty. But that is not to say that the rights of the individual are not enforceable against infringing individuals or corporation.

Now, granted, there are private property rights and rights of free association — not to mention rights of commercial liberty — in possible conflict in the situation alluded to at the beginning of this post. A merchant has every right to choose what merchandise to stock. However, an entity — such as Amazon — which puts itself forward as the landlord (so to speak) of an open marketplace may be seen as operating a kind of a public accommodation. And, whatever your take on that principle, it is a recognized legal principle of our structure of civil rights.

Where we go from there, I do not know — or haven’t formed an opinion, yet — but it seems clear to me that Smiths, Kobo, Amazon, and the rest are engaged in censorship, are not blameless, and owe it to their suppliers, their customers, and the nation of Man at large to create a structure that meets the needs of everyone, even-handedly, not forcing offending materials on an unwilling public, nor allowing its access by the unprepared young, nor infringing on the freedom of expression of the authors using their marketplaces.

And most certainly, no one should respect the complaints of those who assert the right to infringe upon the rights of individuals for the sake of offense or convenience. Those deserve nothing but our collective (and individual) scorn.

If Any of Them Respond

cvr hi-t shebang1013THE HIGH T SHEBANG WILL BE going to the betas over the next couple of days and, one hopes, on sale next week. Wish us luck.

Update: in my fog of fatigue after mindight, I uploaded the wrong cover file. Oops. Fixed, now.

Pass It On, Make It Viral

THIS POST MAY BE MORE NOTABLE for who prompts me to write it than for its content. I have been asked to pass this along to twenty Americans via email. Since this blog has a few more than twenty readers, I calculate this is a superior method. But, make no mistake about it, it does deserve traction.

And, more heartening, this comes from a dear friend of many years whose political alignment can be winkled out from her habit of unironically calling her home “The People’s Republic of [Name of Town or State].” Yes, we do have leftist friends. Funny how the world works that way. My heartening comes from the fact that this idea could have come direct from the mouths of the oh-so-hated Tea Party.

[edited from original] Even if Warren Buffet doesn’t ask us to forward, it sure sounds like a good idea. My sentiments exactly…this would stop the mess we are in!

Winds Of Change

Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. At least 20 if you can. It has to stop somewhere!In three days, most people in The United States of America will have this message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2013

  • 1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office.
  • 2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security All funds in the congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose. [I’d prefer to see retirement “insurance” privatized, with tax exemptions if necessary, but whatever system, the idea that government officials don’t live by the same rules as the people is un-American and, as Glenn Reynolds writes, probably a violation of the titles and nobility clause of the Constitution. –Ed.]
  • 3. Congress [may] purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans [may].
  • 4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.[I suspect a better system might be to limit the entire operational budget of Congress to a certain percentage of the GDP (and specify that three or more independent entities must agree on the figure), but some limit must obtain. –Ed.]
  • 5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people. [There are those who claim that whatever Congress is setting up for themselves amounts to Obamacare. I have my doubts. But it illustrates the fundamental mendacity of all political animals. –Ed.]
  • 6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
  • [This should go without saying. That it needs to be said illustrates the present corruption in our government. –Ed.]

  • 7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/13. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. [Congresscritters like to claim that they represent the People and are going about the People’s business. Again with the corruption. -Ed.]
    Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Don’t you think it’s time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS! [All the same, good luck getting it past Congress without an Amending convention, as proposed recently by Mark Levin. –Ed.]

If you agree with the above, pass it on.

Quote of the Day

IT DOESN’T NEED attribution, because it’s the God’s-honest truth. But even so…

If you are in the minority of Americans not already unalterably opposed to Obamacare, keep in mind that the only reason the government is shut down right now is that Democrats refuse to fund the government if they are required to live under Obamacare.

Ann Coulter

Quote of the Day

The cartoon character is going to use evidence from within the cartoon to disprove the existence of the cartoonist.

–Heard in passing on a documentary on cable

I Used to Think It Was School Traffic

BUT NOW I WONDER… does anybody besides me notice how much nicer and lighter the traffic is since the .gov shutdown?

A-a-a-a-a-and… another thing. What’s with all the concern-trolling for .gov employees. (Love ya guys.) I mean, seriously? Since the Democrats took over in ought-seven, I’ve lost my health insurance, had my income cut by 30%, seen my debt climb some incredible number, my household expenses nearly double… And for what? Why should I feel sorry for somebody who gets a guaranteed COLA every year, has incredible job security, who WILL get paid for time off during this furlough — eventually, has the cadillac health coverage at no cost provided by tax money STOLEN from my paycheck before I ever get to see it — at the point of a gun, I’m bound to point out?

Whose mission in life appears to be to exert control over the lives of other citizens for no good reason at whim and at will, arbitrarily and capriciously without recourse? To — viciously — violate the constitutionally-guaranteed civil rights of Americans? To murderously invade home of innocent bystanders willy nilly, whether with warrant or not, to steal private citizen’s secrets from businesses who have no right or let to divulge even the presence of those secrets?

Give. Me. A. Fucking. Break.

Suck it!

So the Core Reason

THE WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT is so het up over the crises ongoing in that town — after all, those guys induced the whole mess, they must have known this was coming… What? Are they fronting?

The reasons they’re so het up go like this:

First, they’re afraid that, if they don’t “solve” or “avert” the crisis before it eventuates, and it does, we might learn we didn’t need them after all, that the whole scare was a paper tiger.

Second, they’re afraid that, if we slow down or get a breather from the constant drumbeat of whack-a-mole crises, we might learn a few facts, like: they’re not competent to do their jobs and we really should fire them, because their jobs are to not let this shit happen; they’re not competent to do their jobs, because they can’t really fix it, and they claimed they could and would, and their job consists entirely of making promises and keeping them, and if they can’t keep their promises, what good are they?

Third, (and this circles back around to First above) they’re afraid that, if the whole thing shuts down for real, or the government flat runs out of money and can’t borrow any more, or the whole house of cards collapses to the grouund… we might discover that we don’t really need them, that we’re better off without them, that they’re paper tigers and all their guns and tanks avail them nothing against an indifferent populace (let alone a hostile one), and that we really should jsut get rid of them. Or, at any rate, most of them.

I Have Bunches

OF FAVORITE AUTHORS. In science fiction, there is, of course, Robert Heinlein. And Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle Spider Robinson Orson Scott Card, et al. And C.J. Cherryh — A Wave Without a Shore should be required reading for the genre. In general fiction, there’s Mark Twain. In fantasy, yes, Tolkien, but also Charles de Lint and Emma Bull.

And in thrillers, the place that was once inhabited by Alistair MacLean has lately been taken over by Tom Clancy. From Red October to Red Rabit, his books have enjoyed pride of place on my shelves. And, I have no doubt, played no small part in the re-awakening of patriotic pride in America.

Now, it seems, we’ll have those books still in the pipeline, and then: no more. May God hold you in the palm of his hand, Clancy. We’ll miss ya.

If You Heard Barry Spouting All His BS

AT AFTERNOON DRIVE TIME Monday — what timing! — you’re not one of the low-information crowd, most likely. If you stood amazed that his tongue didn’t jump out of his mouth and run screaming down the street because of all the lies, fabrications, straw man arguments, an projection… Same thing.

Just a point? When he says “You can’t stop” the implementation of Obamacare today? He’s wrong. You can. Just stay away. In droves. Don’t go to the web site. Don’t try to sign up for exchanges that either don’t exist or aren’t ready. There’s plenty of low-information fools out there who’ll ably demonstrate just how not-ready the whole thing is.

No. What you need to demonstrate is how deeply unpopular this is with the productive types in the country. Me, I plan to pay the fine for the first two years at least, and figure that we’ll have a chance to vote out the bastards who sold us down the river on this, and then hold feet to the fire to really, actually repeal the whole obamination with veto-proof majorities in BOTH houses of Congress.

The Risibility Factor

OF THE IPCC REPORT — even before they take all the science out of it and publish the administrative summary (which is all the media will ever report on) – has exceeded a value of 1.0.

As a leading scientist from MIT notes.

One counter is particularly amusing…

“Germany called for the reference to the slowdown to be deleted, saying a time span of 10-15 years was misleading in the context of climate change, which is measured over decades and centuries,” the AP report said. “The U.S. also urged the authors to include the ‘leading hypothesis’ that the reduction in warming is linked to more heat being transferred to the deep ocean.”

It should be mentioned that, when noted Marxist agitprop and government “scientist” James Hansen first briefed Congress on the — scorn quotes — “crisis”, it had been less than three years since widespread predictions of a coming ice age were the accepted conventional wisdom. But that wasn’t a misleading time span in THAT context.

Let us have none of that nonsense.