GETTING CLOSER TO SAYONARA

 

 

Spurred on by the upcoming launch of the second printing of four of my novels–(See cover pix above)The Maxwell Vendetta, The Second Vendetta, Bonita, and You Can’t Keep Her–I decided it was time to update ye olde WriterWorking/carlrbrush.com website. It’s faults are many, but it’s been so long that I hate to see it go. No, wait a moment. After further investigation, I’m not at all sorry. I was pretty happy when it first went up, but it began to wear on me. I couldn’t manipulate the fonts, especially the post-title fonts the way I wanted to. The search functions were pretty lame. I couldn’t easily add elements. That’s the short list. That’s all I have the energy for, and certainly more than most readers would care about anyhow. On to the future.

I turned to a nephew, a professional web guy. I didn’t ask him for help in the beginning because I was afraid he would be too expensive, and you know how tangled these family/money things can get anyhow. Now, however, I have a bit of money to spend, and I’ll go ahead and pay whatever it takes to create a beautiful and efficient site. Maybe that will encourage me to post more and post in more interesting ways. I’m trying to gather ideas about how to make the content more compelling. Mostly I’ve done book and movie/theater reviews along with the occasional political or personal commentary. Seems like a hodgepodge. So how do I make the whole thing more coherent and worth tuning into, especially considering the available choices. 20 million viewers might be nice (though I doubt it) but I’d be content with a couple of hundred regulars. Or even 20, come to think of it.

I’ll post progress reports and let the world in on how it goes, and they ( the world) will make the final judgement.

 

So long for now.

CRB


WAGGING THE DOG

From the beginning, Der Neufuhrer has disparaged and disregarded U.S. intelligence reports. Now, suddenly, he decides that the data are so frightening, the prospects of attack so imminent that he must explode one of the most brutal figures in one of our most brutal enemies. What changed? Easy. Impeachment. The title of this piece refers, of course, to the classic film Wag The Dog about a president who starts a war to divert criticism of himself.

It’s working, of course. Now everyone is talking about war instead of the “I” word. We’ve seen the movie before. We spent the whole 2016 campaign talking about what he just did or said or was about to. You don’t have to be right about an issue or a collection of issues, you just have to control the conversation. So much for health care and corruption and all the other needs of wethepeople.

So now, the intelligence folks are the new heroes who have pointed the way to fiery death for a whole bunch of soldiers and even more “collateral damage” civilians. I was born in 1941. My entire life has been attended by one war or another. We lurched from WWII (the good war?) to the Korean War to Vietnam to Desert Storm to Iraq to Afghanistan. In a way, I don’t blame Mr. T for this latest round of hostilities any more than I blame Obama or Bush for the conflicts before this moment. Several feckless congresses have refused to stand up and be counted. They’ve allowed the 2001 resolution to serve the purpose of a declaration of war, which it is not, and which it shouldn’t have been allowed to stand as an excuse for all the military misadventures since 9/11. Only the heroic Barbara Lee had the guts to speak for me. To his credit, Obama asked several time for congress to define his powers and boundaries when it came to places like Afghanistan. Silence. So he went ahead. A lonely choice, and it hasn’t worked out so well. In truth, I suppose that the Trumpster wouldn’t have paid any more attention to whatever congress thought on this subject than he has paid attention to any other of their resolutions, subpoenas, or even laws (witness his refusal to enforce the Russia sanctions they passed nearly unanimously). But at least there would have been a record and a clear violation.