Sunday, September 30, 2012

I don't know much, but I know football....

Back in 2006, the Houston Texans had the overall number one draft pick due to their dismal 2-14 season the year before. They had a new head coach in Gary Kubiak, and the person they chose was an unknown by the name of Mario  Williams. At Six Foot Six Inches and weighing 292 pounds, he was chiseled like a Greek god and was fast, quick, strong and had all the athletic potential to be a beast as a defensive end.

Still, I was skeptical. I did a little research on the guy and quickly decided he was definitely not worth the 40 something million they contracted him for. In fact, as a numero uno overall I hated the pick. At the time, Houston had so many holes to fill on both sides of the ball, especially on offense, it was beyond me why they would take a chance on this guy.

Even the vaunted Houston Texans expert with the Houston Chronicle, John McClain, belittled me on his blog over and over when I would rant about Williams' inconsistencies, his taking plays/quarters/halves and entire games OFF. Others on the blog would rail at me when I would point out that he was constantly injured here and hurt there and had bo-bo's in numerous places every single  year. I was slammed for not knowing what I was talking about and labeled an idiot or worse.

Then, last year, he got hurt again early in the season and was gone for the year. And guess what? The defense melded together and began to play like a unit. JJ Watt and Brooks Reed (two rookies), stepped up and began to make plays, sack the quarterback, punish running backs and break up passes. For the first time in Texans' history they won their division and won a playoff game. Without the great blunderbuss of a bust named Mario Williams.

Suddenly, the Houston coaching staff, management and owner decided they didn't need Mario Williams anymore and let him sign with the Buffalo Bills for 100 million dollars. I laughed out loud when I heard the news. First, I laughed with joy because they finally got rid of the underachieving, lazy no-good. Second, I laughed that Buffalo would be taken in by this dismal failure of a football player.

But, let's back up to the 2011 draft. In the first round the Texans had the 11th pick. They chose JJ Watt out of Wisconsin. He was about the same size as Williams at Six Foot Five and 295 pounds. As before, I hadn't heard of this guy and did a little research. I was immediately impressed. Not only did this guy have a motor, but he had heart. JJ Watt is the kind of player that won't be defeated and has no 'quit'. There is no such mind set in this guy to 'take plays off' because he might be a little tired. I gave the pick a thumbs up.

Now, I don't know what JJ makes, but since he wasn't a numero uno overall pick, I know Houston ain't paying him a hundred million dollars or even forty million dollars. Yet, he's only in his second year and Williams is in his seventh year. Experience should mean that Mario has learned all the tricks of the trade and should be putting up Reggie White, Bruce Smith or Lawrence Taylor numbers. Right? Let's compare the two so far in the first four games of this year.

Mario Williams has registered 7 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1 pass defended. In four games, this is what a hundred million dollars has been purchased by the Bills.

JJ Watt, in his second season as a pro, mind you, has registered 15 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 7.5 sacks and 5 passes defended. Oh, and he's also recovered a fumble.

And, by the way, this year? Mario hurt his wrist before the season even started, so he has an excuse for his poor play...just like he has every single solitary year that he's played. And JJ? He dislocated his elbow before the season started and is wearing a brace since it still isn't 100%.

I don't have to wait until the end of the season to see how all this plays out. I've been watching 'Super' Mario since 2006. The man has no heart. JJ Watt, on the other hand, has the heart of winner that beats so strong that Mario isn't good enough to carry JJ's dirty jock strap. I know how this season is going to end up. JJ will have better stats, better performances, and far more game changing plays than Mario could buy with his hundred million dollars. And how do I know this? Because I don't know much...but I know football. And, the stats don't lie that I was right all along about this one hundred million dollar bust named Mario Williams. He was a dud when he was picked. He's been a dud since being in Houston. And he's a dud now that he's in Buffalo.

And that's just the way it is.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Back from the Bahamas

If you can afford to go to Staniel Cay Yacht Club in the Exumas, DON'T MISS IT!!! We had a wonderful time and every day was an adventure. Swimming Pigs, huge iguanas, underwater caves, snorkeling, boating, swimming with the sharks and relaxing on some of the most pristine beaches to be found anywhere. Wherever you went it was like being in a gigantic swimming pool. The water was so clear and always inviting. The weather was fantastic with almost no rain and the seas were calm during the entire trip.

We were fed like kings and the people who served us were overly friendly. Our cottage was right at the edge of the water and the accommodations were sterling. We made many new friends from all over the U.S. and plan on meeting there again next year if God is willing.

For someone who is fast approaching sixty, seven days was enough. I had to come home to rest. But I will never forget the best vacation I have ever had.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Vacation Time

Flying to Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow and then on to the Bahamas Thursday morning. We'll be staying at Staniel Cay, one of the small out islands of the Exumas. If you go to there website you can see the cottage we rented. It's the Lime Green one. It has its own 13ft Boston Whaler we can boat around in when the water's not too rough. The airstrip is almost as big as the island itself. There are only eight bungalows to go with the yacht club and marina.

We're hoping for good weather, a relaxing time, and a little bit of fun. I promised not to take my computer so this will be the last post for several days.

I've been working on my murder mystery and will hate to leave it for so long. I'll have to read what's already been written to catch up on my thought processes for the story line. If we happen to get eaten by sharks, lost at sea, taken captive by pirates, or some other such mishap, it's been fun. Well, not so much...but there have been many good times. LOL.

I'll post some pics when we get back. Bye for now.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Musings

Nothing like a fresh cup of coffee and looking out the window on a beautiful day. If you woke up alive and are healthy, be thankful for that. A lot of people can't say the same thing.

I am working on a new book and have finished the second chapter. It's a murder mystery set in 1965 and based in Hardin County, Texas. Hardin County is where I spent a good portion of my life and I know the area well. Not only that, I know what the people are like there and I believe this will help me bring a good bit of realism to the characters I create. The towns and geography are factual, and there may be a few characters that have a twinge of real people in them that I have known, but I will keep that a secret.

So glad that football season is finally here. My Texans have started out 1 and 0. They will be in Jacksonville today and hopefully can come out the gate at 2 and 0. However, Gary Kubiak has a history of not being able to get these guys motivated, as was witnessed last week when they went 24 minutes without even sniffing the end zone against Miami. We'll see.

If you haven't seen the British comedy, Hot Fuzz, you've missed some of the best humor the Brits have to offer. Funny, funny movie. I rarely laugh at 'movie' comedies, but this one had me rolling places.

Getting ready to go to the Bahamas this week for the final vacation of the year. We'll be going to the Exumas, which is a group of 360 tiny islands. The one we're going to only has eight bungalows on it and each one comes with its own boat so you can putt putt around to some of the closer islands. One of them is uninhabited except for a bunch of pigs that have become famous in the area for swimming out to meet boaters, begging for food. We definitely plan to go see the 'swimming pigs'. I won't be taking a computer, so I will be incommunicado for over a week.

I've already sold a few copies of Evil Most Holy and The Grove of Akkadia. The radio campaign in Austin is still going strong, promoting my book The Keeper's Dare. Have been seeing some good sales from that. It would be great if one of these were to really take off. Oh well, I guess this kind of thing takes time.

I'll be glad when the Presidential election is over. At this point, I don't care who wins. The country and world is in such a mess there isn't any one person that can turn this thing around. Facebook is a battleground between the Conservs and the Libs, of which I have been a part, but it is growing tiresome. I know I have offended some and for that I am truly sorry. I've decided to trim it back some and mostly sit back and watch.

I hope you all have a great Sunday and get to do whatever makes you happy, as Marvin Zindler used to say. For me, I'm going to enjoy some football, good food, a little writing time and for right now...go get me another cup of coffee. Take care.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Do Not Fear

From the late 1970's I started a journey of study. I began to search Biblical scripture concerning latter day prophecy. Now, before you leave the blog expecting this to be a 'preacher' tirade, please give me the benefit of the doubt.

I read all of Hal Lindsey's books. I know that Lindsey has been labeled a Zionist, among other things, but even if you are diametrically opposed to the Bible and conservative interpretation, it might be in your best interests, then, to see what your enemy is saying. Right?

There are many things I gleaned from my studies over the years that I now see playing out on our news programs. It's as if I have been taken back in time where I can see myself sitting at the desk with the dim reading light. Open books surrounded the Bible and I am vigorously taking notes.

For example, back in the '70's the prevailing thought was that America would have to decline economically before the end times could occur. Back then, it was believed this would happen over the course of the next hundred years. After all, America was the strongest country the world had ever known. Its vastness and industrial might, along with it being separated from the rest of the world by two massive oceans, kept us safe. However, in 2008 America was listed number one as the most economically competitive country in the world. Since then, in just four short years, we now rank seventh behind such countries as Sweden and The Netherlands. This according to the World Economic Forum. If sequestration occurs, where the United States military sees a massive reduction in fincancing, our Air Force will be reduced to the smallest its been in our history. Our navy will be reduced to its lowest level in more than forty years. The ability to extend our reach on a global level will be drastically cut back. With the country now in debt to the tune of 16 trillion dollars and counting, where we owe more than we are taking in, there can be little doubt that no matter who wins the Presidential race in November, our nation is in a steep and almost unstoppable decline. What this does is allow countries like China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and the muslim world to rise to dominance over us. It allows Europe to seize the initiative on economic might. All of these countries are the enemy of Israel, and without America having the ability to sustain a wall of defense around them, it creates the opening for the whole world to come against them. Just as the Bible has predicted.

Another prevailing thought was the ten nation confederacy, as predicted in the Bible, would be the Revived Roman Empire with its seat of power stationed in Rome...or, more the Vatican. As times have moved on from the 70's, I now think this was wayward thinking. The most prevailing religion in the world is Islam. This is even the fastest growing religion in the United States. Islam is taking the world by storm. Muslim populations in France, Germany, Holland, England, Norway, Sweden, Belgium...among others...are growing at exponential rates. France is starting to see the influx as a cultural danger to the French way of life, but has started to fight back too late; in my estimation. The Bible predicts a one world religion will take power over the planet, and this religion will kill all who do not convert to it. What religion on earth presently has in its holy book a stage for such a practice, if not historical precedence? The ultimate religious leader will have his headquarers in Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock is the second most holiest site in the Islamic faith, with Mecca being number one. The Dome of the Rock is purportedly where Muhammed ascended into heaven with the angel Gabriel. Where else would an Islamic Caliph place his throne but in the universally accepted center of the world?

In the '70's, we were already seeing a decline in the Christian church. Today, it is so weak that even one of the major political Party's in our country did not want to mention the Christian God in their platform. While our government finds all things anti-muslim as reprehensible, it is open season on Christianity's people and beliefs. Churches across Europe are shutting down. I, myself, have seen the abandonment of the church in Great Britain. Some have been re-opened as bars, restaurants and even casinos. I have seen this with my own eyes. While the Islamic faith is surging forward with its fanaticism and legalistic religious policies, the Christian church is merely a shadow of what it once was. This is what MUST occur for end time prophecy to come true. Jesus said the church would be the salt of the earth. Salt is a preservative that keeps corruption from food. When the salt is gone, evil can prevail. When the salt has lost its savour, then corruption comes in like a flood. Biblical prophecy says that first...before the end times can begin...there will be a great 'falling away'. This has not only begun to happen, it is near the completion of happening.

The Bible predicted a rapid advancement in technology prior to the end times. Think about it. The 20th century saw a massive surge in technological advancement unprecedented in the history of mankind. You could say that only a century earlier we were still just a stone's throw from relying on the horse for our power and travel on the seas was still powered by wind or not at all. From Henry Ford rolling out his first car to man landing on the moon was less than seven decades. How remarkable. In the book of Revelation, it speaks of the two witnesses who were killed in Jerusalem and left to rot in the streets. It says that every eye in the world saw them lying there. Up until just the 1970's, this was thought to be a preposterous statement. But thanks to the internet and satellite TV, it is now possible. The Apostle John spoke of seeing great destruction with fire and brimstone that killed hundreds of thousands. You must understand that this man was thrust 2000 years into the future and told to describe the things he saw. He could only do that with his 1st century mind and with terminology he understood. In his time, a volcano was the most destructive force known to man, and many writers of the day described these eruptions just as he did in Revelation. However, we now know that the most destructive force is nuclear weapons. If unleashed with their full potential, it is easy to conclude the prophet was seeing this and not a volcano. The stage has been set with the advances in technology to ruin civilization as we know it. It exists and stands primed to bring about the apocalypse spoken of in the Bible. For the first time in man's history, we can bring about the devastation that was recorded more than 2000 years ago.

It has also been prophesied that the people of the earth will clamor for their leaders to save them, protect them, provide for them, and turn their eyes from God and to man. Eventually, they will turn to one dictator...who will seem to have all the answers. Far fetched, you say? Look at how the people still support Obama when everything he has done is contradictory to what he has said when trying to get elected and then re-elected. The masses don't care and still shout his praises when there is no evidence to support he deserves them. Obama is the harbinger of things to come. There will be another who will come onto the national stage and in the beginning it will seem like he has all the answers. Just as Hitler came on the scene and captivated a nation to worship him to their very destruction, so will another come. Only, he won't captivate a nation, he will captivate the world. We are already seeing the downfall of individual soveriegnty of countries. Borders are blurred, even here. Cultures are mixed. Multi-culturalism is winning the day. Soon, and perhaps in my lifetime, we shall witness the the emergence of a great power under one man. It is being set up as we speak by the elitists of the world.

Yet, we as Christians should not fear these things. In fact, we should welcome them. We live in an exciting time as we see the pages of the Bible unfold before our very eyes in the real and in the now. Jesus said the evidence of him being who he said he was came in the fact that he had told his disciples certain things would happen before they occurred. In other words, the ability to see into the future is the bonafides that God is the real God and that there is no other. Do not fear. Take comfort when you see the world going down a path to its own destruction. It has been foretold this would happen. It has been predicted. Do not delight in it. For there will be hundreds and hundreds of millions deceived and who will die without God. This is the great tragedy. But, those of us who are eternally safe should not fear or worry. None of what is happening has taken God by surprise. After all, he said all this would happen...before it started happening.

Friday, September 14, 2012

In Remembrance

In lieu of Smorgasborg Friday, I thought it best to simply do this.....

Ambassador Chris Stevens
Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith
Security Officer Tyrone Woods
Security Officer Glen Doherty

Thank you for your service, your patriotism, and the pride in serving your country you left behind for us to cherish. Those who are real Americans salute you. May God Bless your families who must go on without your positive influence in their lives.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Libya / Egypt....And, We Will Do Nothing....

The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was savagely killed along with three other Embassy Staffers in Benghazi, Libya. The reason they were killed is because someone in America made an obscure movie that I and literally millions of other Americans didn't know anything about. The movie, allegedly, degrades the 'prophet' Mohammed so...of course....Americans must now be killed. Our embassy in Cairo was also attacked and the mob took down our flag and tore it to pieces, replacing it with the black muslim flag. At least in Egypt there were no shots fired.

Our flaccid response in Egypt was to apologize for America's disregard for the feelings of muslims. Our flaccid response about Libya was this was not reflective of the Libyan government or the majority of its people, but that of a small fringe group of highly extremist views about Islam and that we stand behind the Libyan people.

Really? I mean...really?

In other words, the United States will do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Would to God we had Teddy Roosevelt in the White House. In case anyone is confused about what happened in Libya, this was an act of war. Plain and simple. Every arab nation knows that the U.S. is considered evil and the great satan for its support of Israel and the fact that we've been killing muslims at a rapid rate now for over ten years. These governments, no matter how small or great, MUST realize that their people any moment...go nutzoid and do something stupid. They HAVE to always have beefed up security around our embassies with orders to 'shoot to kill' these extremist dirt clods that go crazy every time poor little ole Mohammed is insulted. The fact they don't, is clearly a lack of respect for our sovereignty and the lives of our people and can be concluded as an accessory to the act of war.

Here's what I would do. I would send a carrier task force into the Med and park it right off the coast of Libya. With this task force would be about 3000 marines. These marines would be used to board all of Libya's offshore platforms and turn off the spicket. Then, we wouldn't allow any ship to leave its coast, stopping every one of them, boarding them, and then turning them around to go back where they came from. This I would do until there were about 1000 well armed, well trained Libyan soldiers surrounding our embassy with everything from machine guns to RPG's to tanks to cannons with a promise they would stay there PERMANENTLY and sworn to die in the defense of our embassy and its people. I would demand this in writing. Every other day or so, I would send some jet fighters into their air space just to see if they felt like fighting. If they shot one missile, I would drop two, 500lb bombs to send them back into the stone-age. Believe me, that's all it would take.

America cannot afford to look weak...AGAIN...where arab cultures are concerned. Do you not see that it takes a strongman like Quaddafi and Saddam and Assad and Mubarak to keep these people under control? That's all they've known since before the time of Christ. You expect them to change overnight? Plus, they HATE us. They H-A-T-E us. And, they always will hate us. There are only two things that will make them love us. First, we have to send every nuke we have into Israel and destroy the jews completely. Second, we all have to convert to Islam. Then and only then will they not hate us. So, since we all know that is not going to happen, why do we continuously try to befriend them and be nice to them and give them money and military and humanitarian assistance??? It boggles the mind. Those are things we could give to our own selves or to those who are REALLY our allies.

Obama has been real good about drone striking small groups of terrorists. But he has been abysmal when it comes to dealing with COUNTRIES. It's time to walk softly and carry a big stick. We cannot afford another Tehran like in 1979. Act like a Superpower....or be doomed to never be one again.

Newest E-Book Available on

My latest novel is of the HORROR genre and I pulled out all the stops on this one.

The setting is England, 1590, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First. Enidor Fox is a depraved witch hunter traveling the southern countryside in search of wealth, not witches. Even though he is a priest, it is in name only. He partners with Lords and Nobles in the counties, falsely accusing persons of witchcraft and having them summarily tried and executed. Once they are dead, the Lords confiscate the deceased's property and grants Fox a kickback for his trouble. He soon finds himself in Wokingham of Berkshire County to work his evil again, but this time he stumbles upon a real coven of witches who are not happy to see him and his entourage of cutthroats invade their territory. The two forces are soon joined in mortal combat and only the evil most holy will win the day.

Extremely graphic content of torture, sexual situations and violence. NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH OR THE EASILY OFFENDED!!!! Enter at your own risk.

This is an e-book available on's Kindle store. I have priced it at .99 cents. If you do purchase it, please provide a review on Amazon, good or bad. I love to hear from my detractors as much as my fans. Thanks.

Monday, September 10, 2012

New E-Book Available on

Just wanted everyone to know that my latest novel is now available on

The setting is modern day and revolves around a patch of jungle deep in the Amazon Basin rain forest. Several unexplained deaths have occurred there and no surveillance technology known to man can penetrate the affected area. After several soldiers go missing, the Brazilian government realizes they need help. A European montage of scientists have been invited by Brazil to go in and determine what is causing the turmoil. A team of agents from the highly trained U. S. Bureau of Diplomatic Security are charged with their protection. Sam Harradin, the leader of the team, has explicit instructions to find the technological anomaly, capture it, and smuggle it out of Brazil and into the CIA's hands. Meanwhile, an elite commando unit of Chinese Agents are trying to beat the westerners to the prize and have orders from Beijing to be as ruthless as it takes to claim success. Unknown to them all, a de-frocked priest is bent on finding out the secret before anyone else and if he will mean the end of life on earth as we know it. The main problem for them all is the jungle is highly motivated to keep its secret from being discovered, regardless of the body count.

This book is available on Kindle and I have it priced at 99 cents. If you do purchase it, please post a review on Amazon, good or bad. Thanks.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Houston, Texas

I like to call myself a native Houstonian, even though I was born in Pasadena, Texas. For the vast majority of my life I have lived in and around Harris County. I have called Houston my home for many years and most of my professional life has been played out here.

The Houston Oilers were my NFL team, and now it is the Houston Texans. I have attended plays, the symphony, and visited the museums here. Our city is home to the best food you can find in any restaurant anywhere in the world. I should know, since I have visited every continent save for Australia and tasted the cuisine of many cultures.

Houston is the home of the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Astrodome. Houston was the first word spoken from the moon and is home to the Johnson Space Center. It boasts a beautiful skyline at night and has some of the best people in the world to be associated with.

This town is the fifth largest city in the United States, and whenever there is a recession we have never been hit as hard as the rest of the country. This is due to its economic diversity, the pride of its people, and the willingness to forge ahead in the face of adversity. Houston is the planetary center of the Oil and Gas Industry; home to Red Adair and the best and brightest engineers in the world.

My first child was born here and cared for during her short life by the greatest medical center in the world. If you can't be saved in Houston, you can't be saved. We have the best doctors, best nurses, best technicians and best equipment money can buy.

This is a city of great opportunity. It has put food on my table, a roof over my head, cars in my garage, and clothes on my back for the greater portion of my life. In 1979 I started as a hydraulic test technician making six dollars an hour, testing control systems for blow out preventers, among many more types of equipment. Soon I was a quality control inspector and then a supervisor over the test department. Today I am a senior project manager/consultant in the oil and gas industry and make a lot more than six dollars an hour.

I have lived in London, England for nearly four years and fell in love with the city and Great Britain as a whole. I fell in love with its culture, its history and its people. But when you compare London with all its grandeur and old world style, it can't compare to Houston, Texas.

Like any other city, Houston has its problems of crime, poverty, traffic congestion, etc. But, in my mind, it stands out above the rest. God has blessed me beyond measure by placing me here. It could have been much different. I could have been born in Detroit or Iowa. I'm sure people from those places will take offense at that, but those are just two areas I shudder about when thinking where else in America I could have originated from.

I have seen Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Mexico City, Caracas, Lagos, Paris, Tangiers, Tokyo, London (as mentioned), Stavanger, Edinburgh and many points in between. All great cities in their own right with much to offer its citizens and visitors. But in my my my soul....the greatest city in the world is Houston, Texas. And thus will it always be so.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Smorgasbord Friday

Two fishermen on Lake Ontario discovered a floating suitcase and brought it to shore. Inside was the severely decomposed torso of a dismembered woman. One of the officers said they had been finding a lot of dismembered remains in the area of late. My suggestion is to stay away from Lake Ontario.

A Houston man...naked....tried to break into someone's home last week. As most of us would do, the homeowner grabbed his trusty shotgun and blasted the intruder, sending him on his way. The bleeding man ran to his car...still naked...and sat inside of it and probably screaming in pain and calling for his mommy. It wasn't long until the police arrived, and ordered the naked, bleeding, screaming, would-be burglar to come out of the car. Well, he did. And he decided to come out fighting. In about one nano-second, the gentleman was tased with 50,000 volts of electricity. Normal people would then say, "Okay, I think I've had enough." But not our Naked Burglar Guy. He keeps on fighting. From what I understand, it took about four, big, burly Houston coppers to physically subdue the man. He is now in the hospital having shotgun pellets plucked from his body with tweezers. I hope they're doing it without anesthia.

In another part of the world, four burglars broke into a home in Leicester, England. The homeowner, thinking he lived in Texas where you can do such things, grabbed his shotgun and blasted two of them. Both of the wounded men ran away. The unwounded men decided that was a good idea and also ran away. The men who were shot immediately went to the hospital bleeding, screaming in pain, and most likely calling for their mommies. All four were eventually arrested and charged with burglary. The sticking point in the story is that in England you can't 'stand your ground' or even fight back to protect your property, much less your life, when someone is breaking into your house. The husband and wife who fought back against these four, upstanding young citizens....were arrested for causing grievous bodily harm. Go figure.

An 83 year old woman was swimming in a Wisconsin lake. Why, I don't know and am glad I wasn't around to see it. Anyway, a beaver decided that 83 year old women should not be swimming in his lake and began to attack her. It bit and clawed at her all the way back to shore, causing severe injuries to the old bird. A bystander grabbed a stick once she made it to shore and began to beat the beaver. The beaver took umbrage with this and attacked the stick wielder. Luckily, the man was able to steer clear of the large teeth on this tree killer/dam maker, and it was finally subdued and killed. The 83 year old woman will now have to submit to several shots as it was discovered the Mad Beaver was just that...rabid. She did say one thing that I think will please those who live around that area. She advised reporters that she was never going to swim in that lake again. Thank God.

The Dallas Cowboys played the New York Giants in the first football game of the 2012 season. Dallas won 24-17. I hate Dallas.

The Party conventions are over. YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

Drew Peterson, the one-time Chicago police officer, was found guilty in the death of his third wife. His first wife was Carol Brown, his high school sweetheart. She divorced him after learning of his infedility. Victoria Connolly was his second wife who has alleged, with corroboration from her daughters, that Peterson phyically abused her during their ten year marriage. Kathleen Savio was his third wife. They found her in a dry bathtub with blunt force trauma to the head. When his fourth wife, Stacey Peterson, went missing, they dug poor old Kathleen Savio up and took a closer look, deeming her death a homocide. Now, they don't have much more than hearsay evidence against this pillar of society, and I don't know how they got a conviction. But, you ladies out there need to be a little more discerning when selecting a man. Look into his background. Don't go missing or be found dead in a bathtub simply because you're lonely. Loneliness is better than death. At least, that's what some living people tell me.

Are you tired and lonely in that itty bitty cell in a prison somewhere in Texas. Well, don't you worry about it. If you're white...hate all non-whites...have no compunctions about committing murder, dealing drugs, or any other crime apart from child molesting and rape (those are two BIG no-no's), then all you have to do is fill out your Form 12 application to join the Aryan Brotherhood. That's right folks, you have to let the leaders of this gang that permeates the Texas Prison System in on all your past bad deeds. If you're bad enough, evil enough, tough enough and know how to take orders without hesitation, then you're the kind of guy they are looking for. Oh, and by the way, once you're can't get out. Membership acceptance is for life. Isn't it good to know that these people in our prisons are doing all they can to be rehabilitated so they can flawlessly enter society again once they are released? Just kind of makes you feel good all over. Doesn't it?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I Love A Good Debate

People have a tendency to think I get mad or angry with people who have different political, religious, or societal views than me. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have a lot of fun with my liberal and moderate friends. They rile me up, and I like to rile them up (even though they would never admit it).

It reminds me of a time several years ago where a couple we were befriending came over to visit one evening. The wives retreated into the dining room while us husbands enjoined in political conversation in the living area. As usual, my passion runnethed over and the projection of my voice traveled into the dining room. After they left, my wife was giggling. I asked what was so funny and she told me that when the other lady heard me speaking she leaned over to her and said, "My, your husband is angry." My wife touched the woman's arm and shook her head, saying, "No honey. That ain't mad. I've seen the man mad. This isn't even close."

I will be the first to admit that 'embellishment' is one of my forte's. I love to push the envelope and sometimes burst it open. I've been accused of annihilating people, excoriating them, dissecting them and brutalizing them....all verbally, of course. I've done no such thing. What I've done is entered into a debate with as many weapons as I can carry in order to win. I'm somewhat crazed in that respect. I don't enter into ANY game unless I plan and play to win. I never play for the sole enjoyment of the experience. Never. I suppose that is one reason why I was a well-above average chess player.

I'm a conservative capitalist. I'm a Christian. I have certain absolutes in my brain that cannot and will not be subverted into another line of thinking. I can afford to be close minded because where the fundamentals are concerned...I'm right. It is infuriating for some to debate with me, for I refuse to accept even outer fringes of liberalistic, socialistic, communal thought that bleeds from their ears.

I do not need the Democrats to tell me I need to be a member of the community. I already am. Not only that, I'm a contributor to the community on several levels and I have decided that my participation in this community has now maxed out. I want someone in office that can directly affect my life that will tell me they are in agreement. I am contributing enough.  However, I digress.

No matter what you believe, we are Americans. When 9/11 happened, a friend of mine asked why I was so upset. He said, "You don't like yankees, why are you so mad?" I responded, "Yankees are like my little brother. I can kill 'em, but nobody else can."

I am not angry with those who disagree with me. I just love a good debate and I play to win.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Government...what???

The DNC opened with a video. Nothing wrong with that. But the video proclaimed that 'The Government is the only thing we all belong to.'  Yes, COMRADE, we belong to the government if you believe the Democratic Party. Kind of reminds me of days like this....

The Democratic Party, after making that kind of statement at their convention, should not get one more vote on any level. Does not anyone on that side of the aisle understand what such a statement means? Do those who STILL support Obama not now know what these people are that run the Democratic Party?

It seems to me that Obama did NOT mispeak when he said 'You didn't build that!'. The Democratic Party is not democratic at all if they believe that we all belong to the government. The only people that belong to the government are our soldiers. That's why they call them G.I.'s....short for Government Issue. George Washington...remember him????  George Washington said: Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

Is that what you want to belong to? Do the majority of Americans WANT to belong to the government? If Obama is re-elected, then the answer will be yes. And that will be the message the Democratic Party will take and there will be nothing to stop them from truly binding us to their will.

Liberals around the country will poo-poo the statement and laugh and shake their heads like it will be impossible for our real liberties and freedoms to be taken away...and you know what? They are right. They won't be taken away. The voters of this country will have given those liberties and freedoms to the Obama's and Pelosi's of Washington. And once the government has them, it will take another civil war to regain them. But I fear this country has been so pussified by political correctness, and being told not to offend anybody, and having warning signs put on everything from a popsicle stick to a Q-Tip and having lawyers sue everybody for farting wrong that there will be no great uprising when our freedoms are no more and we actually DO belong to the government. I fear there aren't enough real men left in this country to make a decisive difference if and when our freedoms and liberties are subjugated by the ignorance of the American voter. If there isn't an outcry now, on a national scale, about such an adverse and hostile statement regarding the core of what this country was built on, then the silence will result in the drastic ideological change of this government from representation to dictatorship. Will it happen tomorrow, or the moment Obama is re-elected? No, but it will happen. And it will happen sooner than later.

Not only was this statement an absolute outrage, but the fact that God himself has been removed from the Democratic platform only doubles the outrage. Christians, you better stand up and take notice. Black, white, asian, purple....take heed. George Washington had something to say about that, too. "It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
If you don't believe that, then shame on ya. As a Pope said hundreds of years ago to one of his protege's: Do you not know my son with what little wisdom the world is ruled? In other words, it might behoove us to get on our knees every now and then and ask for Supreme guidance.

The Democratic Party is so arrogant they don't believe they need 'the opiate of the masses' anymore. They have them so hypnotized on the trinkets and crumbs they're throwing to them that they will follow them anywhere. And so they might.

Government is your god, now. Government is to whom you belong. So says the Democratic Party. And yet, Americans will go to the polls and vote for this tripe in droves and droves. I never dreamed in all my life that I would witness such a day. A day when one Party in the United States of America would openly and publicly declare that Government was our master, and that God did not matter. Not only that, we will witness millions of people affirm that stance when they go to the polls in November and possibly empower those in Washington to truly take possession of us all.

Yes, Comrade....if Obama wins....we are headed for disaster. Absolute disaster.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Novel and Publishing Update

Just a personal note on what's going on in my novel writing world.

The action/adventure novel I finished will be coming out on in the next few weeks. I'm going to go through it again to fine tune it and I have to get a cover design done and dusted. It will be an e-book available on Kindle. The setting is modern day where an anomaly in the Brazilian rainforest has so disturbed the government there that a special team of scientists and Diplomatic Security agents have been sent in to find out what is jamming the best technology the world has to offer. Another group of agents from China are trying to beat them to this 'new' technology. The intrigue and plot twists takes the characters on a wild ride of danger, betrayal and a look into the unknown that they all wish they hadn't seen. The title of this book is 'The Grove', and it will be on sale for .99 cents.

What a lot of people don't realize is that you don't have to own a Kindle to read the e-books available. All one has to do is download the free Kindle application on your computer, ipod, ipad, etc and voila! You have access to Kindle e-books.

I am on the downhill slide on my horror novel. Presently, it consists of 75,000 words and I am on the last chapter. This book will not be for the squeamish or the easily offended. Several days of study went into the Elizabethan era torture tactics used on those accused of being heretics and/or witches. The implements depicted in the book and how they were used to destroy the human body (mainly women) are factual and extremely graphic. The setting is 1590 England where a depraved witch hunter and his men are terrorizing southern England with accusations of witchcraft being levied at several prominent people. He doesn't believe in witches or the supernatural, even though he is by name only, a priest. Being in league with some lords and nobles, he accuses land owners of witchcraft and has them executed so the resident lord can confiscate the property. In so doing, the witch hunter receives a kickback for his services. When he arrives in Wokingham (a village I lived in for a year while working in England), he discovers an actual coven of witches and soon gets an education on the power of witchcraft and the supernatural. It becomes a battle royal with casualties on both sides as evil meets evil....and only the 'Evil Most Holy' will win the day. This is definitely an Adults Only book. I am working on a cover design and when finished it will be offered on as an e-book for .99 cents.

Once these two have been downloaded for sale on Amazon, my other two books, The Keeper's Dare and The Last Medal will also see their prices reduced to .99 cents. So, for a summary, here's the novel offerings that I will soon have on Amazon:

1.  The Keeper's Dare: A true crime story about my uncle who shot and killed a deputy sheriff in 1939 and never saw a trial. The book is about what led up to the shooting, what happened afterward, and how he got away with it.
2. The Last Medal: A fictional whodunit based in Houston, Texas. Anson 'Giz' Morley is the most decorated cop on the Houston Police Force and their best homicide detective. When he's assigned a high profile case, it doesn't take long for the bullets to start flying. This is a fast paced book with many twists and turns that will keep you guessing right up to the end if Morley is headed for his last medal...or not.
3. The Grove: Action/Adventure as described above.
4. Evil Most Holy: Horror as described above.

My Western, 'Hell's Gunman', has been picked up by Whiskey Creek Press and we have a signed contract with them. Soon, an editor will be assigned to me, as well as a book cover design artist, and we will start the process of getting that one on the market. At present, it is scheduled for release in July, 2013 and will be available in paper back and on all the major e-readers. I'll keep you posted on the progress there.

Next up is undecided. I am working on the outline for a Sci-fi but am also leaning toward another Western. I have an additional outline I'm working on, but the subject matter for that one will be kept on ice for now. If you're interested about other books I have available, apart from those listed on this blog, please go to You can find the ones presently available on that site. You can also follow me on Twitter @RCowardAuthor.

As always, if you purchase any of my work, it is much appreciated and I thank you. Please post reviews on Amazon, good or bad, when you are through reading. It helps a great deal to see your feedback.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend, and I hope your path in life is better than my own.