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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mother Seuss

What happens when Dr. Seuss meets Mother Goose:


Hillary dillary dock
The shit is about to dock
The lies were a ton
The truth was no fun.
Hillary dillary dock.

One wish
two wish
three wish
four wish.

Squash the wish
Wash the wish
Lost the wish
Veto the wish.

This one cancelled from afar
Oh look a nice car
Say! What a lot
Of dreams there are

Yes! Some were new.
Some were old.
Some were progressive.
Oh what to do!

Why are some good and new and fun?
I do not ever have a clue
But I know they are all done.

Veto! Rewrites! Squish them like a bug.
I'm Hillary, dammit, actin' like a thug.

From there to here and from here to there
Trounce the common, handouts everywhere!

Monday, November 23, 2015

READ THE CONSTITUTION and then apply the "GASP TEST"

Sometimes I get sensory overload from news. I have to gaze or glance at multiple sources on either side to find "few" facts. Facts remain to be found. Or truth. Where is truth?

I think I know truth most times but I have no idea where to find it in news anymore. Will we ever know 100% truth? Ever? That's a good question. I have some doubts. Plus you throw in perspectives and whee! (roll, bounce) truth gets a little skewed. Local stations are supposed to be neutral and have sanctions against them if they go left or right. Not sure about that reliability either. I guess that is why this generation questions everything.



Today I found some articles interesting. Here are the quips I got from the various sources (now I am paraphrasing so don't hate the blogger):

1. Millenials favor socialism because they have never captured the feeling of the American Dream, make less than their parents do at that age, and have an astronomical debt from student loans. They also overemphasis equality at all levels. Does this mean everyone should make millions or live on the poverty level? (Ok. That was a Fargo joke)

This all stems from the after effects of the last recession as per the views of the writer. 

Geopolitics also shape their views such as looking at Norway and Sweden, thinking all socialists live in happy bliss and harmony. Studies show that as millenials climb the ladder of success, they start to think more conservative in their values. (*shudder* say it isn't so)


2. "Democrats are squishing free speech by over doing the PC policing in America." 

Ok. I have to help the unknowning peeps here because FREE SPEECH IS FREEDOM FROM UNWARRANTED PERSECUTION OR CENSORSHIP FROM YOUR GOVERNMENT. It has nothing to do with walking down the street talking to your neighbor or being at work or saying something to a group of people...UNLESS YOU ARE CENSORED OR JAILED OR RESTRAINED BY THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU SAID. Also...speaking out does not mean it doesn't come without consequences. So if Ethel Justice decides you suck or you offended someone and makes it go viral and people point at you or picket outside your home AND YOU WANT TO SUE FOR MONEY, it is not a violation of the First Amendment. ERG. This drives me crazy. Know your constitution. 




So...this is my perspective and interpretation of a right SHIFTED article is that the writer feels political correctness is endangering people's ability to feel free saying things without repercussions all the time, THUS, changing how we interact with each other and creating a lot of division. Whew. At least that is my interpretation. That we have gone so far one way to deter offensive language that we are making it ridiculous and then "offensive language" becomes overkill and division become the forefront. Just think...when I was a kid...almost anything went out your mouth (except cursing) without frownie faces.



Now things come out your mouth have to pass the "GASP TEST." In other words if the average, reasonable person would GASP IN HORROR because of what you are about to say...maybe rethink that and see if it is still OK to GASP or NOT OK to GASP with repercussions or frownie faces. Now I would agree in some sense that the open discussions have been squished and people don't FEEL free to express themselves as much or talk about hot topics. This makes me sad. Why? Because we need to talk about things in order to get better and not worry about being called a hater or a racist or a fascist.

I think we are entirely too sensitive. It makes me want to high five people in the face.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

And I Help!

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Is this thing on?

Hello?

Ok. Well here goes...

Hell, fire, and damnation!

Or as we Heartlanders say...

Nuts, rats, and possums!

The Heartland is good for my cursing problem. Most times. At least in public, anyway.



Hey! Can you hear my thoughts? No. It's probably a good thing.

I'm feeling a Little Big Town today and they are in my headphones at work. Just so you know. It NOT a rap day thus far. I'm sure Beel will be happy to hear that. I'm not 100% ghetto all the time.

Today's post is my reflection which I hope sparks your reflections of your thoughts and hopefully those thoughts will ooze down through some comments. It's getting quiet in here.

It's really about silly issues which become bigger issues within our minds and thought processes. It's not about guns. Those are not silly. It's not about finding a faster gun, but maybe we all should. For all those inclined to do so, please do. For all others...here is another way to find a faster gun.


Now some social science...
So several of my friends have discussed or posted that filtering your profile is stupid and does nothing to help the problems of the world. Many are downright mad about it. I found this one quite humorous from THE UNNATURALS...

Come on, this is funny even if it is cynical.


I totally snorted water up my nose when I saw this. Several friends shared the post and even commented about their own thoughts. I don't disagree with any of them. I just have a broad array of ideas. So of course, you can imagine a barrage of comment wars ensued...not just on one or two friends' pages, but several. So why is everyone so passionate about our stances on social media that we can't even have a conversation without burning our best friend at the stake. Egads, people. I'm starting to think South Park is got this one. At least you know they will offend someone on purpose and we can all laugh like when we tell bad blond jokes. So sensitive we are.

Here's my take and not that it matters, but I think it is interesting to hear all takes on the world views:

I'm not helping fight the thugs overseas. Obviously, I'm too old and broken down. I always wished I had served in the military and once thought about the National Guard in my 40s. It never came to fruition because I decided to marry a serial killer instead. It sounded like a good idea at the time. I wouldn't pass with my broken neck and arm now and so those ideas are shooting blanks. 

I can voice my opinion, speak out, and send money. That's about it and number three is scarce. In fact, it might be on the endangered list. BUT...there are other ways. Many of us (egads I think I am admitting I am disabled) are doomed to sit and watch without the capability to physically assist. I am armed at my home for any threat I might incur, but I'm not marching across waters to stand in France or go to Syria. I suppose you could join the Red Cross efforts but then who pays the bills and takes care of the kid and homestead? See where this goes? Nowhere. I'm stuck. I can voice my opinion, speak out, and send money. That's about it and number three is scarce. In fact, it might be on the endangered list. BUT...there are other ways. 

A simple gesture is we can show respect and solidarity through whatever means possible even if it is a simple acknowledgement of support. Even if it is a post, a comment, a pic, a profile filter. Believe it or not if you start talking, it draws attention. ISIS might even target you, especially if you favor crosses. We can talk to our government...get things heated up. Motivate our Congress? It is possible but not an easy task. I just think you need to keep hitting them with sound bites. OR..we can stomp around and break our crayons. It worked for Mizzou. 

In all seriousness, if I saw world profile pics with USA all over their faces, I would think it was cool. 

So does your opinion differ? Why or why not? What do you think is a better idea? Do you actively seek to make positive change? How can we unite the nations?

Or we could say "FUCK IT" and listen to some more Little Big Town....


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Coffee With An Author

Traffic was really conjested with several cars slowing to a crawl as the snow fell on the roadway.  I felt sweat beading up on my forehead. Fretting about being tardy, I thought to myself, "How rude would that be?" It was a great honor just to have the coffee invite accepted by such a great author and award winning screenwriter. Perhaps the cafe had a roaring fire inside. I had requested my favorite table which was located close to the warm amber glow when it was lit. Mr. Whitehill would surely scold me if I was late. 

*record scratch*

Not really. I really just had coffee by myself. 

However, Robert Blake Whitehill, author of several great books including the Blackshaw series, graciously agreed to answer my questions which I think are quite exciting to share. I just finished Geronimo Hotshot. It's a great read and my favorite of the series thus far. 



Without further ado-here is what every Blackshaw fan wants to know. Enjoy! 


What inspired you for the story line in Geronimo Hotshot?

Devoted “Blackshaw Series” readers are always my most important inspiration. They demand a new Blackshaw mission every year now, and I would hate to disappoint them.  In the Geronimo Hotshot mission, I wanted to ramp up the level of conflict far above anything Blackshaw’s handled before, creating a central nexus where several very different factions are smashing together to create an explosive critical mass. Think of Tolkien’s chapters on “The Battle of the Five Armies” in The Hobbit. I wanted that feel of an embattled landscape and disparate cultures are ripped apart, but in our dimension, in our country, and not in Middle Earth.

Any coincidence your books are inclusive of current events and hot topics in law enforcement?

There is no coincidence that Blackshaw tilts at windmills built from the timbers of current events. Blackshaw is not some hyper-violent berserker, killing willy-nilly. He responds and reacts to things that are happening directly in front of him. Whether he is protecting his home from bloodthirsty, corrupt rogue operatives, like in Deadrise, or sabotaging a coup in South America, as in Nitro Express, or settling the hash of sadistic human traffickers running an on-line snuff site, like in Tap Rack Bang, or hunting down murderous White Supremacists, as in Geronimo Hotshot, there is always an aspect of today’s most poignant, grievous ills underpinning the story. These true-to-life tragedies might not always be found on the front page, above the fold, but they do haunt the inner pages of our times. Blackshaw stories are built around bad people causing big problems. Maybe as an author, I start out each mission acting as a clipping service for today’s troubles.

like how you include the real thought processes in police officers struggling with good and evil-i.e. the darkness issues. Tell me more about that and how you bring it into Blackshaw's character. 

Thank you so much Momma Fargo!  Snipers are keen observers. Mythic accuracy at shooting gets all the attention, but SEALs are often deployed for reconnaissance to gather intelligence before they ever put the crosshairs on a target.  They survey the area, and understand the battle space as much as possible, using a detective’s intellect to interpret input from all their five senses. So, let’s say I know a chapter conclusion that Blackshaw needs to reach for the plot to move forward. I begin with that, and then work backwards, thinking about all the clues that I can put into Blackshaw’s sphere for him to see that will lead him where I need him to arrive next. He has a high emotional IQ to complement his strategic awareness and tactical skills. Like the real life Sergeant York, and the late hero American Sniper, Chris Kyle, Blackshaw was raised as a rural hunter. A character with inspirational smarts and skills like this is unstoppable. He can read signs, spoor, clues, and human behavior to get to the next conclusion, just like a detective.


When you have to injure or kill off a character, what goes on in your mind while you are writing those story lines? Do you get emotionally attached to your characters? What decides their fate? (I know you do, but as the story develops...what's going on in the writer's mind?) Or do you think more so how the reader is going to be affected and how it develops plot twists?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, at one point, killed off both Sherlock Holmes and his arch enemy, Professor Moriarty. He tossed them off a cliff into a massive waterfall! His audience was so pissed-off that after suffering a few years of reader invective, Conan Doyle resurrected his most famous character to unravel more cases. With that in mind, let me say that I injure and kill characters with great deliberation. One time, there was a character who was well and truly killed in an early draft of a story (I won’t say who, or when so please don’t ask.) When I showed the manuscript to trusted readers, I caught an incredible volume of flack about it. How could I do such a thing to such a beloved character? The anger, even the angry tears, they were quite persuasive, I’ll put it that way. It used to be that every character’s boo-boo, and every fatality used to serve my initial concept of a given story. Now, from the very first draft, I know to size up every character’s emotional value, and the impact of that character’s termination on a very real, profoundly invested readership. I respect my readers.  I serve them, and their rightful wish for emotional satisfaction, but I don’t baby anyone.

The thing is, I’m not Blackshaw’s pal, even though he is the focus of the series. I am really best buddies with every last one of his enemies. I conspire with them to make Blackshaw’s life a living hell. The more awful, grotesque, sadistic, calculating, and irrational Blackshaw’s opponents, the higher Blackshaw has to rise to defeat them. We might like a hero’s ways, but deep down, we revere him because of the unmitigated monstrosity of the enemies he destroys.  We want that guy on our side.  We want to be him.

What is next for Blackshaw?

In Blackshaw’s next mission, entitled Dog and Bitch, he is forced to confront an earth-shattering relic from his time as a SEAL. The honor of his former team is at stake.  Shadowy, brutal government forces have coopted a crucial mission to the point that, if the devastating secret were revealed to the public, it could phase-shift world politics into a wholesale holocaust. The problem is that these days, Blackshaw hates secrets…

What do you want your readers and Blackshaw fans to gain the most from your series? 

The most important thing I want Blackshaw fans to take away from each book is that the 56 thousand irretrievable heartbeats a reader invests in devouring the work has been one hell of a terrific ride, and could not have been better spent in any other way. I hope the takeaway from the Blackshaw Series as a whole is that Blackshaw is a good, relatable, ordinary man battling his way through extraordinary times while still managing to march to his own drumbeat. If one reader can be inspired by Blackshaw’s actions to do the unusual thing, especially if it’s the right thing, then crafting the characters and events of all these adventures will not have been in vain.

When and where do you write? Do you have to have a special location? Inspiration? (for example)

I am very fortunate in that I can write anywhere, most anytime. That said, these days, what with writing the Blackshaw movie scripts, I cannot afford even the minimal travel time to a local cafĂ©, or to a rented office to do my writing, no matter how refreshing a change of venue might be. It cuts into the time I need to spend making every line of the story sing or sock you in the gut. Nowadays, I wake up, maybe I exercise, but then I throw myself in front of the computer at home and dive into the manuscript. Working at home keeps it real. I am right there in the house with the mortgage my writing helps pay off. I can see my son, for whose education I have to save. There is no faking the urgency of sustaining one’s family. So, it isn’t a flowery, uplifting kind of inspiration with Celtic music playing softly in the background. As a writer, I either deal with a gun to the head, or face the wolf at the door.

Do your characters ever take on different directions than your original creative ideas as you progress through a book as you write?

My characters are so ornery!  I plot, I plan, I think I know exactly where a day’s writing will lead, and then these imaginary beings I’ve created veer off in some unforeseen direction, or say the most outrageous things!  It happens more than once every day. These characters are ungovernable, and unpredictable. It keeps things fresh for me as their employee, that’s for certain.

What is the most annoying thing about the writing process? Most satisfactory?

The most satisfactory moment of the writing process is when something so exciting, so explosive hits the page, that I have to get up and tell my wife. Then she asks what the heck I’m talking about, specifically. This brings me to the most annoying part of the writing process. I can’t tell her what I just wrote. We have reluctantly agreed that I will save it all for the moment I can hand her the finished draft. This really bugs us both, this temporary limbo of secrecy, but we both agree it’s worth the wait.


Anything you would like to add?

I want to thank you, Momma Fargo, for taking the time to craft delightful, provocative questions that have been so much fun for me to answer. I also want to thank the Blackshaw fans, because they always push me to do better. The feature film adaptations are in the works for them.  As a more immediate thank-you, e-book readers who are new to the series can take the plunge with the Ben Blackshaw Box Set: The Alpha Missions, which includes the first three books for the price of one!  It’s not only a great value, but it gets a reader primed and ready for the fourth book, Geronimo Hotshot, which is also available now. This is a good place to say I truly welcome emails from readers anytime.




Thank you so much, Mr. Whitehill!

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You can check out Robert Blake Whitehill's collection on his website above, amazon.com, or other book sites! I encourage you to pick up his Blackshaw book set at that price! What a great deal!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Buddha Would Not Be Happy

Because of my kindness and lack of life events, I become handy for those in need of a ride or a road trip to shopping or just a transport. I respond. I come quickly. Post haste. I'm nice like that...



See? Nice Person



 I drive to the location of the pick up. No, it is not about drugs or contraband.

My luck it goes like this...

"Whatcha doing?"

"Damn vehicle. Not running. Cost me lots of money."

"Been there. I know how you feel. Let's go."

"Ok. Thanks."

DRIVE. DRIVE.

Car chatter. (Chatter within the compartment of the interior of the vehicle)


Scrreeeeeeechhhhh....


"FUCK!"

Look of Shit Thee Pants


slide...

"WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?"

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"What the hell?"

"I just hit a fucking possum!!!"

"So? It's just a possum."

"It probably took out the underneath of my car. It was a big mother fucker."

"You are exaggerating."

"I am not."

DRIVE.

clink clink clink clink clink clink clink clink clink kkkkkkkkkkkkk

"See. Hear that noise? Fucker don't believe me."

"It's your brakes. You slammed them to where you need new ones."

"How high are you? That's either a possum underneath the car or parts dragging."

"Probably a possum stuck under there. Wouldn't it be great if you looked under there and he said, "Oh, hello! Could you kindly detach my ass from your kick plate? Screech!" Yeah. Then hiss at you. Scare the shit out of you. You piss you pants and hit your head on the bumper." (sarcastic laugh)

"What the fuck is wrong with you?"

"You can't say fuck. You are not a cop anymore."

So, I stop the car, look underneath, and sure enough, the undercarriage is screwed, dragging shit down there.

"I guess I will be a man and put that back up for you so it will hold until you get it fixed."

Patiently wait.

Of course, being a woman, I have to double check the man's work. So, I get my shirt all ratty to double check a man's work.

"Really? You didn't secure that."

Pound, pound. Slam, slam.

"Fixed now. You know, my other cop friends would have done this all for me and I would not have had to double check it. I want to be a princess again. Damn it."

"Oh, sure, you have to pull out your man card and show me up, then insult me with my other friends are better than you."

"Well, fix it right. Go ahead and tell me I was right."

"Nope."

"We should go back and bury that possum."

"Why the fuck for? It's a possum."

"He didn't deserve to die like that."

"For all you know, he committed suicide by crossing the road. You can't get into the mind of a possum. It's a fucking possum."

" Buddha would be displeased."

"If you were a Buddhist you would have avoided the possum and killed us in the ditch."

"Good point."


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Skewed Nation

The grumpy, mean stomp to the ring might be the way she amps herself up, but it was all show last night. Taking a time out from the Paris terrorist attacks, we decided we couldn't miss some Ronda Rousey. She went down like a ton of bricks. In fact, I don't think she really was in the game. She looked pudgy and slower (OK I know I am being way critical) compared to her former physique and appearances. Sure, she got in some good air hits. She is kind of a brutal force with her personality ranging all over the map from downright asshole to some surprise nice moments. I still like her.


Who can't embrace ghetto success? She is a fitness phenomenon.

Well, her personality can be off-putting. You know how I roll. I have to adore the unique and greatness in anyone who can accomplish what she has in several sports arenas.

However, I like Holly Holm better. She was almost flawless.


And she is personable to her fans and nice. Cut, lean, fast, and strategic. She had it all together. Plus she was humble. Who can't like her?



Yeah. She is a better role model than Rousey for teens or anyone for that matter. In my household, Bug likes both sides of the spectrum because she sees what they have accomplished in a mostly man dominated sport. Now...they sell out more stadiums and draw more people, driving them to the top of the entertainment ladder...bypassing their male counterparts' popularity. Perhaps their earnings will climb as well. Who am I kidding? It's all about cat fighting. Everyone likes a good cat fight. These happen to be the best. I would do 31 seconds in a ring for $500,000.

Heck, I would take one punch for $100,000.

Ok. They might be able to talk me down a little more. I am flexible.

I'm ready for a rematch. It's coming. After my fights are scheduled and I walk away with a couple of black eyes and a broken nose with my greenbacks in hand...

*hey hey hey wake up*

Boy, I guess I could paste pics of Rousey or Holm on my boxing bag in the garage. It's close to the real thing right? That bag swings hard I tell  ya.

Back to business: Rousey v. Holm rematch next year...brace yourselves.

I would be all about reaching that fitness level just to be healthy and tough. For a moment, all the world's problems did not exist. It took me into the early morning hours of this day, but it gave me a much needed break from reality. UFC gets the clap on this one.

Squirrel... earlier in the evening...

How about that Michigan/IU game? Damn. It would have been nice to have had IU win that. I haven't gotten that excited about football in quite some time.

Plot twist...

Then I was back to Paris updates. My heart felt the same sunken feeling as 911. Another war is brewing. All the Facebook profiles changing in support of France have blanketed the Internet along with news streams. I think it is time to destroy some mo-fos.

Meanwhile, Hillary hosted Biden in an evening chit chat adorned with cookies and milk while they watched re-runs of Honey Boo Boo and Trump photoshopped into an episode of Green Acres. She extended her gratitude to Biden for not entering the presidential race, but rejoiced in the anguish the hype caused Republicans. The two laughed like Mr Ed together in harmony. Obama gave a short word on the Paris terrorist attacks and scheduled a luncheon with the Mizzou protestors. On the other end of the world, Pope Francis entered political leadership by warning the world that all the nations are entering into WWIII. That will teach those trying to take Jesus out of politics. Those Christians...if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be in this mess.

That's a lot of skewed nation.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Common Sensical Is Magical

I could get wordy and super explanatory, but I like to keep it real simple.

I think our country has some how diverted off the rails. Refer to my handy dandy flow chart above. See...I am not opposed to raising the minimum wage. I think it is years behind progressing with the nation's economy. Perhaps raise it from $7.25/hr to $8.45/hr. The minimum wage was never designed to be a livable or sustainable wage for raising a single person, let alone a family. Jobs also have different wages based upon skill sets, education, and experience.

See... minimum here...(it's my forum)... means mimimum wage given for no experience, no specialized skills, no training. For those who need defining, this is defined as the starting point for anyone who has nothing but a body, a working brain... and some limited physical, social, and/or communication skills...basic 8th grade levels.  So...the minimum wage jobs are stepping stones to other job opportunities. Once a minimum wage job worker gains experience and/or education/training, other opportunities or promotions to climb the ladder appear. That's how it works.

We are not a socialist country. Yet.

When did we all start thinking that the minimum wage was the minimum required to raise a family in a certain region of the nation? I have no idea. It just appeared as a brilliant idea...like magical...one day...like the Starbucks cup fiasco. Beat me.

Everyone is so angry and offended.

This includes myself at times.

When I get derailed, it's a good thing I go upside down to shake some sense back into me.

When did we all become fascists and anarchists? I thought that subsided with the 60's and 70's. I think we need to bring marijuana back to calm the masses. If you look at history, years with "7's" are peak years. Like, for instance,  1790, 1970...egads...2017 is coming up!

Calm yo-selves. My daughter says, "Calm Your Tits." I hate that phrase. I don't even understand it. I banned it. She gets soap in her mouth. Incoming.....


Remember, minimum wage does not equate to livable/sustainable income to raise families. Well, that is unless, you plan on supplementing it with welfare and government subsidies.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fargo Frippery

REMEMBER VETERAN'S DAY!!! Thank you to all veterans for your service!



Waa-how! (That's an over-enunciation of "wow").

I might resemble an angry American today. Or not. But maybe. I'm not really an angry person, just frustrated.  A lot lately. I think and write in blips and incomplete sentences. Then I need to get distracted with wine. It's a weird type of therapy.

What do you think of...

The state of the Union? (The Union being the United States)

Starbucks cup designs dominating our moral standards on religion and Christmas spirit? 


The GOP debate?


Missouri U? (Misery U) 


The Russians?


The War on Cops? Racism and Cops?


All these topics scrambled in my head give me a migraine. I can answer all the jaw dropping questions with my awe-inspiring opinion in short responses.

Why? Because I have a migraine.

Argument: Drink more coffee.

Rebut: All the coffee in the world can't cure this head throb.

See...I can debate myself.


1. The state of the Union.

I am concerned. I feel heavy ladened with anxiety about our future and direction. 

2. Starbucks cup design war?



(A#)*$Y)($(Q@#4A#*()0 Symbol cursing at the stupidity. It isn't the Holy Grail. 



3. The GOP debate?

It's too diluted with a bunch of candidates. Narrow the field. Chop. Chop.

4. Missouri U?

We let kid fascists and anarchists rule the world? You don't say? Whiskey-tango-foxtrot. 

5. The Russians?

Putin takes a time out from his war field matters to talk to the coach about doping. I have no words but...ODD. Will the coach go amissing? No fly zone with the plane crash? Yeah. It's getting heated. He's like a ping pong ball...all over the place. Things are going to happen. Observers beware. 

6. The War on Cops? Racism and Cops?

Let me share this video...some food for thought...


So here I sit, sipping on my coffee medicine and I am ready to tackle the day's events. Maybe. After I have more coffee and less headache.

Feel obliged to leave any comment or discussion. These are only my opinions today. They are only guaranteed as that for today, for tomorrow I might change my mind. Why? Because I can and because I am a girl. Freedom! 'Merica!

I will leave you with some of my sentiments of America's current social issues contained within this loverly video below brought to my attention by JC and shared here with you...Enjoy.

( You have to be logged into your personal Facebook account to view the below video. )



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Monday, November 9, 2015

Geronimo Hotshot by Robert Blake Whitehill-Review

Have you ever wondered about the travels of a book? How about the places it will go-Indiana, Canada, Germany, Greece? Books are like old friends.

Robert Blake Whitehill's newest release, Geronimo Hotshot, traveled with me to many countries this last few weeks. In between flights and on rainy days, I found the book to keep my interest and cause me to stay up late because I had to know what was on the next page. The last Blackshaw novel I read was Tap Rack Bang and as you may recall, it was also a page turner. 


Geronimo Hotshot doesn't hold back any action with it beginning in the first chapter. Blackshaw finds himself in a pickle of problems with his wife's life on edge in a coma and a falling out with his best friend. To my liking, this all happens with a western flair, occurring in the western half of the United States-where my heart is, of course. Whitehill's 4th in the series involves a storyline with white supremacists and unique characters added to the mix. 

It keeps you on edge. 

Whitehill adds many things for Blackshaw to figure out and includes twists and turns to keep you reading. Any avenue of police work, hot current topics, or specialty police assignments appear at different places in the book. You will be intrigued with issues such as immigration, murder, racial tensions, WMDs, and the complication of working with multiple agencies and unlikely partners. 

The creation piece I really liked the most is when Blackshaw questions himself. Most officers do question themselves possibly more than once in their careers. Police keep the darkness at bay and fight for the greater good. But what if the darkness gets too close?

Blackshaw is bound by his conscious keeping him in check, but with all the personal tugs and criminal elements pulling at him, he gets edgy. Of course Blackshaw has many reasons to question his thoughts and deeds. In this instance, Blackshaw has a case which turns into multiple which keeps leading him to linked crimes. It takes him on a journey which most of us would call a "dream case" involving danger, mystery, intrigue, and the thin blue line. 

If you like graphic details, then this is for you. Whitehill paints a clear picture. 

Not only is Geronimo Hotshot a mystery with many pieces to the puzzle, but it is a mission of survival and righting many wrongs. The topics are right in line with today's current events. I highly suggest you pick up the Blackshaw series. Each one gets better. 

Bravo, Mr. Whitehill for another success!

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About the Author:

Robert Blake Whitehill is a classically trained actor, a critically acclaimed novelist, and an award-winning screenwriter. He has earned film festival wins at the Hudson Valley Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival, and has written many highly rated episodes of the Discovery-Times Channel’s “The New Detectives,” “Daring Capers” and “The Bureau.” 

Whitehill is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant winner for his feature film script U.X.O. (Unexploded Ordinance), and he served as the vice president of independent film acquisitions for the groundbreaking Centerseat.com, developing and managing their independent film channel. 

He lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife and son, and when not cruising on the Chesapeake, or knocking around the sky over Tangier Island in a Cessna 152, Whitehill blogs and posts on Twitter about his home waters, and has crafted a number of articles for Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

Check out his website: http://robertblakewhitehill.com/

Friday, November 6, 2015

It's Raining Cats~

I feel pretty much like a ton of bricks.

It's not scale weight. It's the weight of the world.

What the erpie derp?

First, I am not a fan of working in the office with a bunch of catty women. Today, I am suffering an immense headache and wrinkle exposure from frowning. It's a crisis. 

Really.

I miss working with the men in blue. Even the administration bullshit was better than catty women. Whisky-tango-foxtrot. 



Secondly, the world is imploding in front of my eyes!

For instance, the deceased Lt.Gliniewicz. This case gives me a headache. It appears to me by reports that he wasn't disciplined enough in the past on his inappropriate behavior and wrongful doings. In fact, had he worked at my department and was accused of what is being discussed openly in the media, I believe he would have been fired. I am quite surprised these personnel issues are being publicized as they are usually sealed internally and kept as personnel matters. Only criminal acts which are charged usually reach mainstream media. It makes me wonder if all this was in the works, why did they have a funeral with police honors? Cases like this anger me. No one likes a dirty cop. 

I'm pretty much sick of his crap dominating the news. Disgraceful. 

Politics. It's mostly just a smear contest. Where are the issues?

Terrorism on the rise. We do nothing. Thumb twiddlers. 

Thirdly, my personal life is pie crust. I want the filling. 

There is some good news on the horizon! Watch for a great book review coming...you'll want to check it out and put it on the must read list! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Blues

The news of a possible suicide in the death of Fox Lake's Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz has the town and country stumped.  

As the investigation unfolds, we may become privy to more details but we now just have bits and pieces. I really don't know what to think. It bothers me to think an officer would stage such a theatre piece and cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lt. Gliniewicz did not appear to be the kind of man to stage something like this nor to take his life. But do we really know our husband, wife, brother, colleague, friend, neighbor as well as we beleive? We would all like to think so and we would all like to think there is no place for dark thoughts in the minds of those we love. Happiness can be just a front. How do we know if their happiness is real? Good question. 

Cops are supposed to be rocks, shields, armor! 

Sure, some police officers have fragile psyches and at times we may never see these things on the outside.  Yet for others, it is on the forefront of their irrational thoughts both internally and externally in the changes in behavior.  We call those outcries or cries for help. 

There are those who keep it a dirty little secret. Until the end. It's a plot twist. 

But it is rare to have an elaborate death scene staged for a suicide. Not unusual or unheard of, but rare. Most of the police suicides I have seen or heard about have been silent deaths. No matter if the officer was a friend, colleague, or stranger, law enforcement suicides hit everyone in the heart. We, as cops, don't want to believe it and it is something we rally against daily in our duties. Suicide calls are common and how many times do we talk someone off the ledge?

So what happens when the darkness permeates beneath the blue suit? 

Here is an article posted in 2013 on police officer suicides...

Back to Lt. Gliniewicz. So this sparks mystery and puzzles for all those paying attention to the story. Of course, there are those in his community who are outspoken and refuse to believe the released findings. Yet, there were signs of a struggle at the scene which puts doubt in the minds of the public. Yes, this, too could be staged. 

Here is one question out of many...

1.Why don't they release the details when they are intact, in whole, not snipits, but in length as much as they can be for a case like that to give closure without jeopardizing the investigation. I am certain they wanted to ease the minds of those in the area that there were not three cop killers on the loose and they could rest easy.  But, still. Snipits are not helpful and then there are those conspiracy theorists.

Another question...

2. If so, then why? What happened to a man largely upheld as a fixture in his community and of good character? We may never know. Some people are good at disguising their anguish. 

Number three...

3. If the conspiracy theorists are correct? Wow. Then all we know to be true is not. Hmmm.

What do you think? Wager to take a guess?

It might be like trying to figure out Donald Trump's hair or Hillary's motives...

In any event, it is surely a tragedy and an unnecessary death. I hope the nation is watching.

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And not long after this posted...we get an update...