The latest from the Fainting Couch Brigade, they go after Uncle Timmy

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Since the Social Justice Warrior contingent of sci-fi fandom is on a quest for perpetual outrage, here is this week’s stupidity. A convention, Archon, had a guy many of us know and love, Tim Bolgeo, scheduled to be the fan guest of honor, until an anonymous internet pussy alleged that Timmy was racist, so Archon immediately folded and disinvited him.

Fellow warm beige Author of Color, Jason Cordova has more: http://jasoncordova.com/2014/05/20/uncle-timmy-and-the-thought-police/

Most authors know him as Uncle Timmy. He’s helped out so many new and aspiring authors to get their work out in front of the fans that it is ridiculous. Uncle Timmy is the go to guy in southern and midwestern fandom to meet people. You know the guy who knows a guy? That’s Timmy.

First off, anybody who has ever talked with Tim Bolgeo knows this allegation is crap and Archon is being stupid.  Uncle Timmy is no…

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Here is my interview with Jack William Finley

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Name Jack William Finley
Age 46
Where are you from
Indianapolis Indiana-USA
A little about your self `i.e. your education Family life etc
I never know how to answer questions like these. I suspect I need an editor when answer such question as much as I ever do.
I grew up in the 70’s on a diet of Cop shows and war movies and House of Mystery, House of Secrets and Sgt Rock comics.
I spent my childhood pretending to be a soldier or a policeman. I suspect I started out something of an Arthurian Romantic. I’m not sure how well that served me. I did a poor job living up to my own standards and when at an older age when the reality clashed hard with my romantic visions of it my world became much darker, a lot more Horror fiction, more villains, more scars and more ghosts. I…

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Crossraods on a Long And Broken Road

I’ve been looking around lately, at all the things other people have done and seen, famous people who have passed on I would have given near anything to meet.  Thinking about the chances I’ve missed.  All the choices I could have made or made better and didn’t.

I have led a life of self imposed exile for the most part, living at the fringe, on the edge,  in the shadows watching, listening, but rarely if ever participating.  It’s not that I don’t have opinions.  I have opinions on almost any subject you can imagine and many you can’t but I never imagined anyone much valued them, so I kept quiet…in the shadows…on the fringe.

That’s a choice that’s harder to unmake than you might think, when and if you come to regret it.

It’s not all bad, nothing ever is if you look at it long enough and hard enough. There are things I know, things I’ve learned things I understand, wisdom I might never have gained any other way.

My regret, the real one, the one that matters, is that I have not yet capitalized on these things the way I could have, should have, planned to, and time grows shorter every moment-every minute every day.

I suppose the time to put up or shut up passed a long long time ago, but I am stubborn and I have not quite given up just yet.

I still haven’t a clue if anyone anywhere gives a rat’s ass what I have to say.  The wisdom I could share Ideas that may not have crossed their minds regardless of their questionable value.

And so what if they don’t?  Is the wisdom any less wise for that and that alone?

My life has been a series of cross-roads, paths taken and untaken.  I imagine that’s true of anyone and you can never really truly judge the merit of the road map you left behind until you stand at that very last cross-road, make that very last choice and look back on a life, well lived or not.  Was it all worth it…or not?

There’s a lot of fog on the road these days, fear and doubt wondering if I choose the right path or wondered too far in to the dark wood.  Even as I write this, I’m getting older, closer to the end of the story and it’s getting easier and easier to envision a dark ending.

The time has come to embrace the path right or wrong to move forward with bold strides and see what comes in the misty lands ahead.  I think I’ve passed the point of no return.

 

Write, write and write some more.  Write until your fingers bleed and your soul weeps its very last tear.

 

And if the world doesn’t give a damn, so be it.

I make no claims to greatness, not now, not ever, but how many great men and women lived to see their own greatness embraced in their lifetimes.  For those who did not, did there greatness shine any less bright in the final analysis when the future world looked back on them and wondered from their own cross-roads if the life of a great thinker, great artist or humble servant of the people was worth it?

I shall resolve to stride  forth boldly  pen in hand and try to make  more noise than a quiet  little mouse in the shadows waiting for the world’s applause.

And will the world be better for this that one man, scorned and covered with scares still strove to make the world a slightly better place?

Perhaps.  Perhaps not.

But my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest a few less regrets to weight it down when they come to measure its weight against a feather.

Where do we go from here?

So I was just browsing Face Book and a friend asked in a post, “Can’t we just agree to disagree and leave it at that?”, and sadly these days the answer seems more and more to be no.

A couple weeks ago a local newscaster asked about Ted Nuggent on FB.  She was wondering did anybody get why he was the way he was.  I wanted to respond at the time but just couldn’t distill what I wanted to say down to the kind of bite sized nugget that typical gets attention on the internet.

I know, or am at least acquainted with, lots of people, Gay, straight, Christians, Atheists, guys, girls, Republicans and Democrats, all kinds of people of many races, both sexes and then some.  I get along fine with all of those people as long as they leave me be to live my life the way I want to live it and don’t try to make me more like them than I am comfortable with.

Unfortunately, more and more that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Maybe I just don’t have a good memory but it seems to me people are digging in these days and are more anger and intractable in their views than ever before.  I pretty much missed the 60’s being born in 1967 and maybe it was as bad back then as it is now.  Certainly NOT the good old days.  These days’ people seem to be clinging more adamantly to their views and less and less likely to listen to someone else’s.  It could be it’s just the internet giving pulpits to the loud ones who were easier to ignore in the past but I fear it may not be that simple.

I see North Carolina ban gay Marriage constitutionally and it makes me ashamed to be an American-but that’s a whole different can of worms and I’ll wait and see if anyone cares about this one before I even think about going down that road.

Here’s the problem as I see it, the world is changing, or certainly seems to be changing more and faster than ever before.  I doubt they will ever admit it, because it would mean admitting how close they think defeat might be, but I think a lot of these people are just scared.

I see people doing and saying things that make me as angry as I have ever been in my life.  Things that make me wonder if the whole world has gone insane.  Why are Ted Nuggent, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter The way they are?  Why are Michael Moore and his gang of intellectual thugs the way they are?  I think they are terrified.  I’m not sure if there really is a culture war in this country, maybe it’s just progress, just natural social change but it certainly does feel like a war to many people and I think an awful lot of them on both sides feel like their side is losing.

I feel it myself.  I feel like what makes this country better (and I do think it’s better in most ways than every other country in the world) is that it in theory it still recognizes individual achievement.  Everything in life that matters starts with an individual or relatively small group of individuals making individual choices.  NOTHING of value ever starts at the group level.  It may be developed there, but it never starts there and this seems to be the last place on Earth where we truly value the importance of an individual over the state or the group or whatever and more and more I see people in this country trying to change that, make us like all the other places that think only governments or gods and religions or majority rule can make the world a better place.  I think dragging this country down that path is a death sentence for everything I ever believed in.  And I’m scared that there will be no place left for me and the few who remain who think like I do in this new country, new world we are building.

There was a joke when I was growing up about defensive driving.  We used to say the best defense is a winning offense.  I think more and more people are adopting that as a social philosophy.  I don’t know where that will lead us, but I don’t imagine I will like that place much.

I wish I knew how to stop it, or at least slow it down.  I wish I knew how to make people stop and listen, to accept the other side’s point of view but the truth is I don’t even know for sure how to do that myself.

I can’t make myself believe in a god who cares what someone’s sexual preference is.  I can’t make myself believe it’s OK to punish the rich because some people aren’t.  I can’t make myself believe that it ok to say individual achievement doesn’t matter, choices don’t matter, the government or the majority will fix it all for us.

I fear bad things on the horizon.  I think people are scared and I think they do crazy, desperate things when they are sacred.  When they see the world they know changing and going away.  They cling to what they know with a desperation that borders on fanaticism.

It’s such a short trip from scared to anger, hate and rage.  The atmosphere feels far too charged with all of those things these days and I am as guilty of it as anyone.

“Can’t we just agree to disagree and leave it at that?”

Oh how I wish I knew the answer to that question…

Your right’s end where another persons rights begin.  Do unto others as you would have done to you.  It doesn’t sound that hard.

So how did we end up here?

Where do we go from here?

So I was just browsing Face Book and a friend asked in a post, “Can’t we just agree to disagree and leave it at that?”, and sadly these days the answer seems more and more to be no.

A couple weeks ago a local newscaster asked about Ted Nuggent on FB.  She was wondering did anybody get why he was the way he was.  I wanted to respond at the time but just couldn’t distill what I wanted to say down to the kind of bite sized nugget that typical gets attention on the internet.

I know, or am at least acquainted with, lots of people, Gay, straight, Christians, Atheists, guys, girls, Republicans and Democrats, all kinds of people of many races, both sexes and then some.  I get along fine with all of those people as long as they leave me be to live my life the way I want to live it and don’t try to make me more like them than I am comfortable with.

Unfortunately, more and more that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Maybe I just don’t have a good memory but it seems to me people are digging in these days and are more anger and intractable in their views than ever before.  I pretty much missed the 60’s being born in 1967 and maybe it was as bad back then as it is now.  Certainly NOT the good old days.  These days’ people seem to be clinging more adamantly to their views and less and less likely to listen to someone else’s.  It could be it’s just the internet giving pulpits to the loud ones who were easier to ignore in the past but I fear it may not be that simple.

I see North Carolina ban gay Marriage constitutionally and it makes me ashamed to be an American-but that’s a whole different can of worms and I’ll wait and see if anyone cares about this one before I even think about going down that road.

Here’s the problem as I see it, the world is changing, or certainly seems to be changing more and faster than ever before.  I doubt they will ever admit it, because it would mean admitting how close they think defeat might be, but I think a lot of these people are just scared.

I see people doing and saying things that make me as angry as I have ever been in my life.  Things that make me wonder if the whole world has gone insane.  Why are Ted Nuggent, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter The way they are?  Why are Michael Moore and his gang of intellectual thugs the way they are?  I think they are terrified.  I’m not sure if there really is a culture war in this country, maybe it’s just progress, just natural social change but it certainly does feel like a war to many people and I think an awful lot of them on both sides feel like their side is losing.

I feel it myself.  I feel like what makes this country better (and I do think it’s better in most ways than every other country in the world) is that it in theory it still recognizes individual achievement.  Everything in life that matters starts with an individual or relatively small group of individuals making individual choices.  NOTHING of value ever starts at the group level.  It may be developed there, but it never starts there and this seems to be the last place on Earth where we truly value the importance of an individual over the state or the group or whatever and more and more I see people in this country trying to change that, make us like all the other places that think only governments or gods and religions or majority rule can make the world a better place.  I think dragging this country down that path is a death sentence for everything I ever believed in.  And I’m scared that there will be no place left for me and the few who remain who think like I do in this new country, new world we are building.

There was a joke when I was growing up about defensive driving.  We used to say the best defense is a winning offense.  I think more and more people are adopting that as a social philosophy.  I don’t know where that will lead us, but I don’t imagine I will like that place much.

 I wish I knew how to stop it, or at least slow it down.  I wish I knew how to make people stop and listen, to accept the other side’s point of view but the truth is I don’t even know for sure how to do that myself. 

I can’t make myself believe in a god who cares what someone’s sexual preference is.  I can’t make myself believe it’s OK to punish the rich because some people aren’t.  I can’t make myself believe that it ok to say individual achievement doesn’t matter, choices don’t matter, the government or the majority will fix it all for us. 

I fear bad things on the horizon.  I think people are scared and I think they do crazy, desperate things when they are sacred.  When they see the world they know changing and going away.  They cling to what they know with a desperation that borders on fanaticism.

It’s such a short trip from scared to anger, hate and rage.  The atmosphere feels far too charged with all of those things these days and I am as guilty of it as anyone.

“Can’t we just agree to disagree and leave it at that?”

Oh how I wish I knew the answer to that question…

Your right’s end where another persons rights begin.  Do unto others as you would have done to you.  It doesn’t sound that hard.

So how did we end up here?

Where do we go from here?

So I was just browsing Face Book and a friend asked in a post, “Can’t we just agree to disagree and leave it at that?”, and sadly these days the answer seems more and more to be no.

A couple weeks ago a local newscaster asked about Ted Nuggent on FB.  She was wondering did anybody get why he was the way he was.  I wanted to respond at the time but just couldn’t distill what I wanted to say down to the kind of bite sized nugget that typical gets attention on the internet.

I know, or am at least acquainted with, lots of people, Gay, straight, Christians, Atheists, guys, girls, Republicans and Democrats, all kinds of people of many races, both sexes and then some.  I get along fine with all of those people as long as they leave me be to live my life the way I want to live it and don’t try to make me more like them than I am comfortable with.

Unfortunately, more and more that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Maybe I just don’t have a good memory but it seems to me people are digging in these days and are more anger and intractable in their views than ever before.  I pretty much missed the 60’s being born in 1967 and maybe it was as bad back then as it is now.  Certainly NOT the good old days.  These days’ people seem to be clinging more adamantly to their views and less and less likely to listen to someone else’s.  It could be it’s just the internet giving pulpits to the loud ones who were easier to ignore in the past but I fear it may not be that simple.

I see North Carolina ban gay Marriage constitutionally and it makes me ashamed to be an American-but that’s a whole different can of worms and I’ll wait and see if anyone cares about this one before I even think about going down that road.

Here’s the problem as I see it, the world is changing, or certainly seems to be changing more and faster than ever before.  I doubt they will ever admit it, because it would mean admitting how close they think defeat might be, but I think a lot of these people are just scared.

I see people doing and saying things that make me as angry as I have ever been in my life.  Things that make me wonder if the whole world has gone insane.  Why are Ted Nuggent, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter The way they are?  Why are Michael Moore and his gang of intellectual thugs the way they are?  I think they are terrified.  I’m not sure if there really is a culture war in this country, maybe it’s just progress, just natural social change but it certainly does feel like a war to many people and I think an awful lot of them on both sides feel like their side is losing.

I feel it myself.  I feel like what makes this country better (and I do think it’s better in most ways than every other country in the world) is that it in theory it still recognizes individual achievement.  Everything in life that matters starts with an individual or relatively small group of individuals making individual choices.  NOTHING of value ever starts at the group level.  It may be developed there, but it never starts there and this seems to be the last place on Earth where we truly value the importance of an individual over the state or the group or whatever and more and more I see people in this country trying to change that, make us like all the other places that think only governments or gods and religions or majority rule can make the world a better place.  I think dragging this country down that path is a death sentence for everything I ever believed in.  And I’m scared that there will be no place left for me and the few who remain who think like I do in this new country, new world we are building.

There was a joke when I was growing up about defensive driving.  We used to say the best defense is a winning offense.  I think more and more people are adopting that as a social philosophy.  I don’t know where that will lead us, but I don’t imagine I will like that place much.

 I wish I knew how to stop it, or at least slow it down.  I wish I knew how to make people stop and listen, to accept the other side’s point of view but the truth is I don’t even know for sure how to do that myself. 

I can’t make myself believe in a god who cares what someone’s sexual preference is.  I can’t make myself believe it’s OK to punish the rich because some people aren’t.  I can’t make myself believe that it ok to say individual achievement doesn’t matter, choices don’t matter, the government or the majority will fix it all for us. 

I fear bad things on the horizon.  I think people are scared and I think they do crazy, desperate things when they are sacred.  When they see the world they know changing and going away.  They cling to what they know with a desperation that borders on fanaticism.

It’s such a short trip from scared to anger, hate and rage.  The atmosphere feels far too charged with all of those things these days and I am as guilty of it as anyone.

“Can’t we just agree to disagree and leave it at that?”

Oh how I wish I knew the answer to that question…

Your right’s end where another persons rights begin.  Do unto others as you would have done to you.  It doesn’t sound that hard.

So how did we end up here?

Words

     Call me old fashion but I miss them.  Yes a know, they’re still around, but they seem to matter a lot less than they used to.  Mostly I’m talking about written words, but it applies in many ways to all words.  More and more people are communicating with symbols and emotion Icons and all this other crap and for those people words aren’t important anymore.  Words should matter more.  Communication should matter more.  We live in a word were spelling and grammar are a vague after thought.  I’m as guilty of it as the next person and it makes me sad.  It starts with slang and street talk being just as common and respected as proper Language, and now with all this text message and internet shorthand…I looked some of this stuff up recently.  Basically this crap means whatever the person who wrote it says it means.  Yeah fine there are some that are common enough everybody gets it, but there are just as many that mean practically anything.  That isn’t language and it isn’t communication.  It’s a lot of best guess and hope and faith that the person on the other end knows what the hell you’re talking about.

     It’s the new way of communicating.  Text the person across the room and E mail the neighbours which is fine but when you do that instead of talking to people face to face is it really better?  More convenient sure but it’s a long way from better.

     I’m old, I’m tired and I miss face to face conversation and I miss words.  Because I’m old enough to remember when words really mattered.