Sunday in the Sun, 19 March ’17

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Well, well, well. I’m wrapping up the last ‘images’ as we speak, so to speak, and it should post as soon as I find a way to add a couple more grammatical errors. A few ins and out, twists and turns in this one, parts quite hard to write, some real close to home.

I’ve heard it said, and more than once, too, that police work is ninety five percent boredom and five percent sheer terror. And to that I say: Bosh. The only person who’d say something like that hasn’t been there, hasn’t done that.

If you’re a cop and you’re bored, you ain’t doing something right, and if you’re terrified, well, you really done something wrong. Being a cop is all about concentration, it’s about living in the moment – with one eye on the suspect and another on experience. One informs the other, and these sketches are all about my experience of that life. In the moment. It’s an emotional job, but that emotion doesn’t hit you while you’re on the street. It hits you in your sleep. It buries you years later. It’s combat, yet very few people realize that’s what it is. When you see that menacing expression on a cops face, try to remember the human being on the other side of the badge. Try to remember she or he cries too. Just not where you’re likely to see it happen.

The other thread running through these images is how quickly things change out there on the street. How you go from sunny blue skies to raging storms in the blink of an eye. You never know what’s out there, what around the next bend in the road, just waiting to catch you unprepared. How adept he or she is to change is, to a large degree, what separates a good cop from a dead one, and I’ve tried to convey a little of that, too.

These images, as written, will NOT appear in Out of the Blue. I put these to paper (!!!) as a kind of parallel narrative, so you might catch a glimpse of the coming arc, but that’s about all you’ll find in common. Please do recall my earlier story, The Dividing Line, the tale about Ed MacCarley and Sarah, the street waif? You’ll catch a brief, fleeting reference to Eddie in these images, but he plays a much larger role in the novel. If you recall The Secret Life of Wings you’ll find other pieces of the arc, as well.

So, next up. Sunset at the Pink Water Café.

Look for the next chapter mid-week, the final chapter next weekend, sooner if I write real fast. The third part promises to be funny, yet really mean. The conclusion? Who know? I ain’t done wrote that yet.

So, Out of the Blue. I suspect summertime and, assuming an agent doesn’t call me up tomorrow, I’ll probably self-publish through Amazon. But more as, and when, that happens.

A word to two about ‘word of mouth.’ I of course do not advertise, yet somehow word spreads about these stories, and I thank those of you who’ve helped me along. Even so, there’s a weird pattern emerging. When the anti-war Predator series popped up, readers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories showed up for the party, the Ukraine and Russia, too. After Trump’s election and I posted Blood, readership in Germany and The Netherlands increased. After the adventures in Bhutan? Vietnam, Burma and Australia spiked. I’m clueless, of course, but it’s interesting to me. Gratifying, but interesting, too.

So, more gnews from the Alternate Universe that is Trumptopia (and yes, you Breitbart reading denizens can close this window now, go on your merry way, ’cause it’s gonna get ugly…).

This thing called the alternate universe? Just who is behind all this? Hard to tell, but here’s a glimpse:

bias chart

Thanks to reader ‘Ricco’ for passing along this insightful article, from which the above graphic was taken. Highly recommended article, even if you are a Breitbart fan and you haven’t split yet. Here’s another great one for dissecting the ‘alternate facts’ we’re besieged with, from The Atlantic.

I’ve been concerned about the Democratic Party’s chances in the 2018 election – and beyond. Here’s an OP-ED that summarizes some serious concerns. Breitbart fans will love this one. See, aren’t you glad you hung around?

How are people being treated entering or exiting the United States these days? Well, read this one to get a good mental image of the process.

From The Onion: It’s Unclear Whether Opposition From Every Sector Of American Society Will Have Any Effect On Healthcare Bill Passing… (okay, I get it, but you should too)

“Strange things have been happening in the news lately. Already this year, members of US President Donald Trump’s administration have alluded to a ‘Bowling Green massacre’ and terror attacks in Sweden and Atlanta, Georgia, that never happened.” Curious yet? Nature has the answer.

From the Fox Guarding the Henhouse Journal, there’s this: “President Donald Trump has nominated Scott Gottlieb — a conservative pundit, physician and venture capitalist — to head the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).” More draining the swamp, I see.

Mitch McConnell dropping acid? hah!

WASHINGTON—In an effort to address concerns about the affordability of coverage, Republican congressional officials advised Americans Monday to set aside the income from one of their jobs to pay for healthcare costs under the newly introduced American Health Care Act. HAH!


So, life in Trumptopia just gets better ‘n better. Stay tuned for next weeks installment of acid induced inspiration. Or perspiration, as the case may be.

Happy trails, and we’ll see you around the campfire. Thanks for stopping by. Aa

16 thoughts on “Sunday in the Sun, 19 March ’17

  1. Interesting graphic. I’m a little surprised to see the Guardian so high on trusted with the NY Times so close to not trusted. I’d have put the Guardian right next to the NYT.

    Anyway, since I don’t say it enough — thank you very much for all the wonderful writing that you do. I read everything and am always so happily surprised when your next submission shows up in my inbox (I subscribe). You are a fantastic writer and I’m very appreciative. Please put me on your notification list if you decide to self-publish on Amazon as I’ll surely buy it.

    Best regards, Jeremy

    Sent from my iPad



    • Yes, that’s exactly what I thought. The Guardian? Leftist, often extreme, but the focus on that graphic is on environmental reporting. Maybe The Guardian’s environmental reporting is more, well, maybe it keeps closer to orthodoxy a little more diligently?
      So, yes, however this works out, self-publish or whatever, you’ll hear about it first right on these pages.
      And Thanks. Appreciate the thoughts.


  2. Crap, its Sunday already. Out of the Blue has made me think a lot about my neighbors. In our development of about 18 households, we have three State Troopers, a Sheriffs Deputy, a local officer, and a Conservation Officer.


      • None that I’ve ever heard of. The three state troopers live next to one another. They throw one hell of a Fourth of July party (usually before the actual holiday). Their fireworks show rivals that put on by the local towns.


      • I reckon not. A friend of mine was sleeping during the day, (he worked deep nights) and he heard a window breaking – about two feet from his head. He sat up in bed and watched a burglar slide in through the window, with a 41 magnum in hand. When the guy was all the way in the room he said “Hi there,” and shot him, once, then rolled over and called it in. Breaking into a cop’s house is not a highly recommended activity.


  3. I’m working in the swamp known as DC this week. The spring sun is warm and direct, as opposed to the cold rain I had when I was here last year. It still smells the same though.


  4. You would think that draining a swamp would have some benefit, like make the air smell better, or at least cut down on the number of biting insects.


  5. “Trump won by making promises that he’ll never be able to keep under the current circumstances. The main promise was to restore the standard of living enjoyed in bygone decades by former industrial workers and clerks. His promise was based on a misunderstanding of history: the notion that the industrial organization of daily life was a permanent part of the human condition. You could detect by the early 21st century that this was not so anymore. That was exactly why we tried to replace it with an economy of rackets. When there’s nothing left, a lot of people are going to try to get something for nothing, because there’s nothing else to do.

    “Hence, the financialization of the economy. In the 1950s, finance made up about five percent of the economy. It’s mission then was pretty simple and straightforward: to manage the accumulated wealth of the nation (capital) and then allocate it to those who proposed to generate greater wealth via new productive activities, mostly industrial, ad infinitum. It turned out that ad infinitum doesn’t work in a world of finite resources — but the ride had been so intoxicating that we couldn’t bring ourselves to believe it, and still can’t.

    “With industry expiring, or moving elsewhere (also temporarily), we inflated finance to nearly 40 percent of the economy. The new financialization was, in effect, setting a matrix of rackets in motion. What had worked as capital management before was allowed to mutate into various forms of swindling and fraud — such as the bundling of dishonestly acquired mortgages into giant bonds and then selling them to pension funds desperate for “yield,” or the orgy of merger and acquisition in health care that turned hospitals into cash registers, or the revenue streams on derivative “plays” that amounted to bets with no possibility of ever being paid off, or the three-card-monte games of interest rate arbitrage played by central banks and their “primary dealer” concubines.”



  6. Sigh. I remember asking the question, years ago, “how can a Mortgage Backed Security (MBS) based upon 10 year interest only loans in southern California be considered AAA rated? The answer? “Everyone knows that Southern California real estate only increases in value. They can just refinance if they get into trouble.” We now know how that worked out.


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