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The Conservative Menace, Part 2

As a follow-up to Jay Lake’s response to my most recent post in this space, I wanted to specifically address something Jay wrote: I want certain things for myself and all my fellow citizens, including: 1) equality of opportunity 2) … Continue reading

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The Conservative Menace?

My colleague Jay Lake put up a rather interesting post at his blog, explaining why he spends a fair amount of time banging on about the ills of Conservativism in the United States: why he thinks it’s not just wrong-headed … Continue reading

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Saying no to Newt, and yes to Mitt

Some of my current friends may not know this, but I voted Democrat through much of my 20s. Having initially been swept up by the independent furor of Ross Perot, I more or less settled into an idealist “stay the … Continue reading

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Military science fiction, and the subject of women in combat

Preface: these comments originally appeared in this very interesting discussion over at the TOR.COM web site. Baen author and US Army infantry veteran Lieutenant Colonel Tom Kratman figures prominently in the back-and-forth. I chipped in with my own thoughts, being … Continue reading

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Oh noes, Mitt Romney likes to fire people!

(Note: my response, as recaptured from a thread at Scalzi’s blog) I am sympathetic to those who’ve lost work. No, really. I’ve been fired 4 or 5 times in my 21 years in the work force, and I’ve been laid … Continue reading

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I despise Cronyism, but that doesn’t mean I have to like Occupy Wall Street

It’s Monday, arguably the least-favorite day on the working calendar, for any American. I’m a weirdo, though. I like Monday. Monday always brings with it the promise of a fresh start, new gas in the tank, a brand new 7 … Continue reading

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Truckwads and House Knaves?

Only, the words being used aren’t that nice. The E-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing war (of words) between genre writers, continues to heat up. Is this a good time to make an appeal for cooler heads? How come we’ve gotten to … Continue reading

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9-11… Ten Years Gone

…THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS REPOSED SPECIAL TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN YOUR PATRIOTISM, VALOR, FIDELITY AND ABILITIES. IN VIEW OF THESE QUALITIES AND YOUR DEMONSTRATED POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED RESPONSIBILITY, YOU ARE, THEREFORE, PROMOTED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing at the Awards Table

As long as I’ve been paying attention to the pros in this business, I’ve been warned against giving too much credence to literature industry awards — of any sort. The systems used to bestow those awards are not perfect, and … Continue reading

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Portlandia is comedy gold!

My wife alerted me to the fact we get IFC free for a month, and she did it by showing me Fred Armisen’s project, “Portlandia.” Honestly, I have not laughed so hard at a half-hour comedy program in many, many … Continue reading

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