Kevin Moriarity

I Don't Want to be the Voice of Doom and Gloom, but Sometimes I Can't Help Myself

American Writers Museum Coming to Chicago!

I read that the American Writers Museum is opening in Chicago in March of 2017. How cool!

 

Introducing the American Writers Museum from American Writers Museum on Vimeo.

New Blog & Podcast for You!

My friend Jenny Scott launched her blog today: Beyondpen.com! Go check it out. Be very sure to go to the Podcast page and listen to her and her brother Jon talk about events of the day. They are a hoot!

Trump & the Intelligence Community

“I think that the president-elect has expressed his very sincere and healthy American skepticism about intelligence conclusions.” – Mike Pence.

I think many of us wished that President Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld also had a very sincere and healthy skepticism about the non-existent Iraqi WMDs. But there is a very large difference between having a healthy skepticism and Tweeting disparaging remarks about the US intelligence agencies in an extremely public manner for the whole world to see. I think Trump should show more discretion, but I won’t hold my breath.

New Book from D.C. Brod Available on Amazon Now: Getting Taken!

While freelance writer Robyn Guthrie settles into her new home, which came with a few surprises, she learns her mother Lizzie, drama queen of Dryden Manor Assisted Living, has one of her own—a new boyfriend, Lionel. When he dies suddenly, leaving a pulp fiction novel in Lizzie’s care, Robyn and Lizzie soon realize he was not all he appeared to be. Lionel’s mysterious past is buried in the book along with a last, desperate clue that may lead to the location of an expressionist masterpiece missing since World War II. Aided by a handsome art historian, Robyn and Lizzie attempt to decipher the clues, unaware that someone else has joined the race—a cold-blooded killer whose raison d’etre is the revenge he has sought for more than sixty years.

“Brod’s mystery Getting Taken bubbles with charm and intelligence—the literary equivalent of a great lost Thin Man movie, with Nora Charles sparring with a wise-cracking mother. On full display are Brod’s trademark crackle, her smart-talk, and her bull-whip plotting. Highly recommended.” – Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion and Lucid.

I played a small part – I did the interior formatting for the paperback and Kindle versions. The stunning cover was done by Tom Lichtenheld.

New Book by D.C. Brod: Getting Taken Available Now on Amazon!

While freelance writer Robyn Guthrie settles into her new home, which came with a few surprises, she learns her mother Lizzie, drama queen of Dryden Manor Assisted Living, has one of her own—a new boyfriend, Lionel. When he dies suddenly, leaving a pulp fiction novel in Lizzie’s care, Robyn and Lizzie soon realize he was not all he appeared to be. Lionel’s mysterious past is buried in the book along with a last, desperate clue that may lead to the location of an expressionist masterpiece missing since World War II. Aided by a handsome art historian, Robyn and Lizzie attempt to decipher the clues, unaware that someone else has joined the race—a cold-blooded killer whose raison d’etre is the revenge he has sought for more than sixty years.

“Brod’s mystery Getting Taken bubbles with charm and intelligence—the literary equivalent of a great lost Thin Man movie, with Nora Charles sparring with a wise-cracking mother. On full display are Brod’s trademark crackle, her smart-talk, and her bull-whip plotting. Highly recommended.” – Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion and Lucid.

 

I played a small part – I did the interior formatting for the paperback and Kindle versions. The stunning cover was done by Tom Lichtenheld.

Spreading Fake News: Guilty as Charged

Today I shared a few posts about the phenomena of fake news. Those of you who read my dribble, or follow my posts, know that I have, more than once, had to retract and apologize for sharing material that turned out to be false.

Why did I do it?

I am as partisan as the next person. I wanted to believe that what I read was true because it supported my mood (probably anger) at the time.

I was lazy. I didn’t take the time to check snopes, politifact, or factcheck to see if what I had read had already been debunked. It takes a few minutes and sometimes the meme is so new it isn’t in the fact-check world yet and I have to wait. Waiting to post something? Unheard of in our day and age.

So yes, I’ve screwed up too. I have spread misinformation because it confirmed my bias and I was lazy. I promise to do better, slow down, and try harder to not be a part of the problem.

More Republican “Campaign Devices”

Remember, during the campaign, all the consternation about the debt? How the debt was so dangerous to our future? I think they’re right, the debt is a danger to our future. But apparently that was yet another “campaign device.”

From the article:

“Back in the day when President Obama was drafting the budget, these Republicans were arguing that the national debt threatened the well-being of our children and grandchildren. They claimed to view deficit reduction as a sacred cause.

Well, we’re about to see a religious conversion of world-historic size as the Republican Party, and its congressional leader Paul Ryan, convert from deficit hawks to big spenders. With Donald Trump in the White House, we’re going to discover that they think large deficits are just fine …

We can be sure that the Republicans will deny that their tax cuts will lead to large deficits, claiming that they will be offset by faster growth. In economics, this is called “lying.” There is a massive amount of research on this point. There is no reason to believe that the incentives created by lower tax rates will have a substantial impact on savings, investment or work … there is zero reason to think that additional growth from tax cuts will offset the lost revenue to any noticeably effect. We know this based on both careful economic research and two real-world experiments. This means when our Republican deficit hawks claim that their tax cuts for the rich won’t add to the deficit because of the additional growth they will produce, they know they are not telling the truth.”

Read the entire article.

A Little Bit of Festivity

Coffee Tastes Better in a Train- Geek Mug!

Hard at Work at Waterline’s November Event

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