What is going on?

No story is ever written in a vacuum. Current events. politics, changes in lifestyle, religion and health all affect an author's words. This is the blog where I will express my point of view. Some of my rants may make you think, you might disagree with others. I sincerely welcome your comments.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Mama Grizzly's Cubs

Mama Grizzly's Cubs

Sarah Palin's Radical Right "Tea Party" protégées, Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell will both be running as the Republican nominees for Senate in their respective states, Nevada and Delaware.

The disturbing trend of shooting from the hip without considering the welfare of all the citizens of the United States, begun by Ms. Palin, continues.  In both states for these candidates, "We the People" means fundamentalist white Christians who want to repeal Roe vs. Wade even in case of rape and incest, dismantle the social security system, turn back the clock on health care reform, and put religion squarely into the governmental mix.  Although the candidates, including Palin who may be looking at a White House Run in 2012 are physically appealing, their positions are repellent. 

Most citizens of the United States put their money in private mutual funds and investment instruments suggested by people like Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, or in 401Ks through their jobs that were managed by investment groups.  These investments lost thirty-three percent of their value due to the bank debacle.  I suggest that Ms. Angle, the most vocal candidate on the proposed demise of Social Security, if recent retirees wish they had more money in the stock market.

sarah_palin_800112201.jpg Sarah Palin image by drive_the_nation Perhaps the young female victim of incest or rape would like to speak to Ms. O'Donnell about abstinence, in a situation where she had no choice and is now about to bear the child of her abuser.  

Do we want to go back to the era where you lose your job, run out of Cobra and find exclusions in your new health care policy for pre-existing conditions.

I think that the Original Mama Grizzly is out padding her own cave and is busily carrying Sarah Clones on her back, so they can later support her in her own run for the presidency.  I also believe that if the electorate of Nevada and Delaware do their homework and check the positions of Sarah's cubs, they will find that their stump speeches have been sanitized by the Republican Party to appeal to the less radical element of the party.  A candidate whose stump speech needs to be cleaned must hold views that even the party of "no" finds offensive.  Bear that in mind when you pull that lever.

I am the author of A Matter of Trust from XOXO Publications at www.xoxopublishing.com and Shattered Glass, my newest novel from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com.  Please check out my blogs at www.ackattsjournal.blogspot.com; my website at www.ackatt.com.  I also can be reached on Twitter, Facebook, Live Journal and Google Buzz.

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Watch for the re-release of my first novel, The Sarran Plague, from Captiva Press.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Don't Ask, Don't Tell...

The United States Senate is about to consider repeal of the Don't
Ask, Don't Tell policy on gays in
the military.

The Senate is somewhat behind the power curve. California U.S. Federal District Court Judge, Virgina Phillips, has declared that the ban violates free speech and due process rights.

Some Senators like Senator John McCain, (Republican - Arizona) "Unambiguously maintains tha
t open homosexuality within the military services presents an intolerable risk to morale, cohesion and discipline." (From Earth Times - April 16th Letter from McCain to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network).

If that is so, the countries of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,
Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Uruguay disagree with him. All of the countries listed have successfully integrated homosexual and lesbian citizens into their armed services.
I am disappointed with my government. We used to lead the world in the liberties granted to our citizens. We now straggle along, not only in the area of gay rights, but in healthcare, education and standard of living. The country that used to be first, now places in these critical areas, below the top ten.

When we deny other citizens their rights we live with the potential that someday, someone, somewhere will pick on a minority group in which we hold membership and discriminate against us. They will only need to cite precedent.

It is time for all of us who value human rights to band together and lobby our congressional representatives and senators to immediately grant gay citizens all of the rights and privileges including service in the armed forces and marriage to the person of their choice. If we don't, who is next? Hitler also discriminated against gays.

I look forward to your comments and opinions. Come and visit my website at www.ackatt.com, my book blogs, www.ackattsjournal.blogspot.com and www.ackattsnips.blogspot.com. I also have a facebook page, a Yahoo and Live Journal Blog and videos on YouTube. My latest book is Shattered Glass, a story about gay rock musicians. It is available from Captiva Press at www.captivapress.com.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pointing the Gun...

The Reverend Terry Jones down in Florida has cocked a loaded gun. Unfortunately, the weapon is pointed directly at the head of members of the United States Military and Foreign Service Personnel serving abroad.

To understand the enormity of the insult of his proposed book burning to adherents of the Islamic faith, one has to understand that to Muslims, the Koran is not only a holy book, but is also viewed as the highest form of the Muslim art of calligraphy.

The western equivalent of this act would be the burning of Leonardo's "Last Supper" along with a incredibly rare copy of the Hebrew Torah and a copy of Guttenberg's original printed bible. This one crazy man's act is the equivalent of declaring war on Islam, not on radical terrorists, but on Islam itself.

Book burning in itself is a hideous act. Books are the means by which this civilization passes the knowledge of our past to future generations. I am reminded of Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451. In this classic novel, the government burned all books and to preserve the knowledge, individual memorized books to pass on to future generations.

Exactly what is Terry Jones trying to accomplish? Will burning the Koran make the United States safer from radical Islamists? No, it will actually make it easier for that militant faction to recruit new terrorists by convincing young men that we, in the United States, are looking to eradicate their religion and culture. Will the burning of the Koran make terrorists less likely to attack the United States? No, according to the Pentagon, the State Department and the President of the United States it is an act guaranteed to bring retaliation upon our own vulnerable troops posted throughout the Middle East. Will this bring us better relations in the Arab world? No, it will make relationships with the allies we do have in that area of the world more fragile.

The only persons who benefit from this proposed horrendous act is the Reverend Terry Jones, the head of a small community church with less than fifty congregants and the sly politicians who want to ride his coattails. This mail order minister is looking to make a name for himself by putting his country at risk and making a mockery of the intent of first amendment rights. It is one thing to call fire on a street corner. It is quite another to yell fire in a crowded theater.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Why Does An Author Do a Political Blog?

Taxes, Global Warming, Unemployment, Jobs Shifted Overseas, Social Security, Healthcare, Wars, Poverty, Discrimination...

Every writer, whether they write fiction, non-fiction, romance, poetry or erotica has a point of view substantially influenced by the world around them. I write GLBT erotic romance. Because of what I write, politics influences my work. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," gay marriage rights, fundamentalist parents reactions to gay children, prostitution, job discrimination-- all of these factors play a part in my novels, whether the novel is a contemporary novel about rock and roll bands like Shattered Glass, or a SciFi novel like The Sarran Plague.

However, there are situations that I don't get to write about going on in this country. In this blog I will discuss these issues both large and small. Last week I heard a news item on both radio and television that struck me as incredulous. They made an action figure out of Dexter, the character from the Showtime show of the same name. If you are not familiar with the character, he is a serial killer who murders other serial killers and then proceeds to butcher them in his basement. Personally, I'm not fond of the show. It is too bloody and nasty for me. However, it is a popular series.

I don't object to the doll, however bizarre I think it is to sell an action figure of a serial killer as a hero. What I do object to is the hypocrisy of the retail outlets that have it for sale. Most of the time, if you wish to read a gay erotic romance, you have to download the item from the publisher on line. If it is presented in paperback, you still have to order it and have it shipped to your home. Erotic novels contain sex and romance. GLBT erotic novels describe sex between men, between women or between males plus a woman or females plus a man. In the general context of erotic romance, the sex leads to love and what writers call HEA (Happily Ever After). The market for these books is not limited to to gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgendered persons. Ordinary American men and women buy, read and enjoy these books. The problem is, they are not available at most retail outlets.

Can someone please explain to me why a romance book that contains sexual acts leading to commitment and, if they live in the right state, marriage, is so bad it can't find a place on a retail shelf or even on the shelf in a mainstream bookstore? Yet some of these same stores put dolls exploiting the TV notoriety of a serial killer in the toy aisle, complete with fake blood, saw and plastic bag of sawed off body parts. Does this mean that a loving relationship between two people of the same gender is, in fact, worse than idealizing a serial killer? This country is more comfortable with horrific violence than it is with sex. Very strange...