To Prosecute or Look Away

America the Beautiful

Alan Zendell, January 24, 2021

George Conway is a conservative Republican lawyer who was on the short list for two positions in the Trump administration in 2017. He did not receive the appointment as Solicitor General, and subsequently withdrew his name from consideration as the Director of the Civil Division of the Justice Department. At the same time, his wife of more than twenty years, Kellyanne Conway, was appointed senior advisor to Trump, a position she served in until shortly before the 2020 election.

While Kellyanne was one of Trump’s chief defenders and enablers throughout his term, George quickly became disillusioned with what he viewed as the president’s constant attacks on the Rule of Law. A staunch member of the Federalist Society, George Conway founded The Lincoln Project, a PAC whose only purpose was to defeat Trump’s bid for re-election, in December 2019.

Throughout Trump’s term, the Conways’ opposing…

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Martin Luther King Jr Day–2021

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”

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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and I would like to offer a few of this extraordinary American’s quotations as a tribute to him. He was one of the finest, most decent, and empathetic people in the history of the United States of America. We should all remember him and honor his teaching, his legacy, and his call for justice for everyone.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“We must live together as brothers or…

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THIS IS NOT AMERICA

Words cannot convey how upset I am at the events that took place in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

As our country’s leaders met to confirm the electoral vote, protesters rallied outside. But this wasn’t a peaceful event. Fueled by the words of a man sworn to defend our democracy and the constitution of the Unites States, this unruly mob attacked the police, vandalized and broke into the capital, and disrupted government proceedings.

The instigator is man who has repeatedly spouted false claims of election fraud, despite lack of evidence. Even after his own attorney general and election officials declared Biden president-elect, this man announced that he will never concede the election. All this while official met to confirm the winner.

In case you are not clear:

  • Peaceful protesters don’t carry weapons, especially into an area where it is a federal crime to do so.
  • Peaceful protesters don’t assault police officers.
  • Peaceful protesters don’t knock down barricades.
  • Peaceful protesters don’t bring pipe bombs and molotov cocktails to a rally.
  • Peaceful protesters don’t break doors and windows.
  • Peaceful protesters don’t force their way into federal buildings and assault federal employees.
  • Peaceful protesters don’t destroy public property.
  • Peaceful protesters don’t disrupt government officials as they perform their civic duties.
  • Peaceful protesters don’t try to force the stop of the peaceful transition of power.
  • Peaceful protesters don’t bring tasers to a rally and used them on public servants.

This was a planned riot intent on disrupting our democracy and causing harm to its citizens and property. It was an act of domestic terrorism.

All participants in this travesty, including those who people who encouraged them, should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

“The words of a President matter, no matter how good or bad that president is. At their best, the words of a president can inspire. At their worst, they can incite.”

President Elect Joe Biden

We’ve yet to hear condemnation for this assault on our democracy from the man who started this riot. I don’t expect we ever will.

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Beginning of 2021 Self-Promotion Party!

What a great way to start the new year. Hello 2021. Take a look at these reads.

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Maledicus

I thought it would be interesting to do a book promotion party by giving not only the name of your book and what it is about but also the opening paragraph.

I offer the following from Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 by Charles F. French:

“Lucius Antony Caius exalted in his good fortune. He was in complete control of his destiny, of his place in the world. Not for him was the belief in the three sisters of fate–they would not measure and cut his string of life. Caius, also known as Maledicus, as he was called because of his odd lisping voice coupled with the grating sound of sandpaper grinding on coarse wood and with his personality, believed he controlled the world. And his evil persona caused others to fear him. He didn’t look like the image of a strong Roman–he was short and fat, with…

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SHROUDED: December 2020

SHROUDED – December 18, 2020

Back on June 27th, I unveiled my sculpture, SHROUDED.

This evolving installation is dedicated to those lost to Covid-19.

The plan is for the plants to envelope the sculpture, enrobing in in a natural shroud.

Sadly, the death toll in the US has risen above 300,000.

SHROUDED

But Not Forgotten

View the updated video here.

#covid #video #artist #artwork #art #photography #fineart #contemporaryart #sculpture #sculptureart #installation

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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December Self-Promotion Party!

Hey folks. It time to help each other out.

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It is now almost Winter, and it is time once again for a book promotion party!

I want to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This encompasses fiction, poetry, plays, and non-fiction. If I have neglected to mention a genre, please consider it to be included.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books. I will continue to do these parties every few weeks.

Thank you for participating!

Promote…

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How to Prepare the Perfect Mate

How to Prepare the Perfect Mate

There’s a new kid in town and she’s getting ready for the date of her life.

How to Prepare the Perfect Mate

This gal is available on t-shirts and sweatshirts in a variety of colors.

Go ahead. You know you want one.

And they make great gifts.

A L Kaplan’s Redbubble Shop

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200+ Ways to Say “Surprised”

Helpful hints.

Musings

😮 Are your characters “surprised” too often? 😲

👉 Try these alternatives.

https://kathysteinemann.com/Musings/surprised/

Words #WritingTips #WritingCommunity #WritersLife

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Review: Indies Unlimited 2018 Editors’ Choice Flash Fiction Anthology

Take a look at this wonderful review of Indies Unlimited 2018 Editors’ Choice Flash Fiction Anthology On Big Al’s Books & Pals

http://booksandpals.blogspot.com/2020/11/review-indies-unlimited-2018-editors.html

Available on Amazon

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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Con-Tinual Short Takes Holiday Reads: Episode 2

ConTinual: The Con That Never Ends

Con-Tinual’s Short Takes Holiday Reads, Episode 2 is now live at https://www.facebook.com/james.nettles/videos/10223852658287951/ and will be posted on the ConTinual You Tube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCfpcIrCCkb2bmb_OswEWKw) in a few days.

Holiday Themed Author Readings, featuring Jeanne Adams, Michele Tracy Berger, Samantha Bryant, A.L. Kaplan, Darin Kennedy, Bobby Nash, and hosted by Jean Marie Ward!

#HolidayStories #AuthorReadings #Novels #ShortStories #ChristmasCarol #Romance #Fantasy #UrbanFantasy #SciFi

STAR TOUCHED

Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

WOLF DAWN

A Hidden Past – A Deadly Secret

Gifted with the ability to wolf-talk, Kara has lived with the wolves since she lost her memories eight years ago. Now at sixteen, snippets of her past send her searching for answers.

But the warm welcome she receives in the human village hides more danger than life with the pack.

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