I am currently reading Washington’s Farewell by John Avlon. From the book:
Hamilton harbored many of Washington’s concerns about demagogues and the way they could connive to divide the nation: “There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.” Hamilton even imagined how one could rise to power as a populist demagogue: “I would mount the hobbyhorse of popularity, I would cry out usurpation, danger to liberty etc. etc. I would endeavor to prostrate the national government, raise a ferment, and then ride the whirlwind and direct the storm.”
Wow. How well he predicted our times!
Here I am – looking serious most say. Of course, those who attended the event know I’m not always this serious. Perhaps this is my look as another cell phone went off in the crowd. I did forget to say something about cell phones in my opening remarks.
We recently hosted our 5th anniversary event at Waterline Writers. For 5 years we have hosted approximately 175 writers at Sunday evening events in Batavia, IL. We’ve had audiences ranging from 45 to 90 (our January event had 92 – our highest ever!). We present 5 – 6 carefully chosen featured writers per event – representing various genres and forms. Most events we also host an open mic after the featured writers. It’s a great time and if you’re in the Chicago area and you like literary events, check us out.
Trump conned the people who voted for him.
Geoff Burr spent much of the last decade as the chief lobbyist for a powerful construction industry trade group. Burr sought to influence a host of regulations of the Department of Labor, opposing wage standards for federal construction contracts and working against an effort to limit workers’ exposure to dangerous silica dust.
In the Obama administration, someone like Burr would have been barred by ethics rules from taking a job at an agency that he had lobbied.
In the Trump administration, Burr now has a top job at the Labor Department.
Burr is the first publicly known example of a former lobbyist who was able to take a job in the government as a result of President Donald Trump’s watering down of ethics rules in place during the Obama administration.
Read the entire article…
I deactivated my Facebook account less than an hour ago. I already feel less stress! The political posts just got me too riled up and that is not good for me. As I’ve posted earlier, I know I’m not going to change anyone’s opinion, so for me the whole process is just too pointless and frustrating.
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!
“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.
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.