So is another short war in the Middle East. Nobody is sure which side won, so let’s call it a draw. Even before Israel started to build up troops along the Gaza border fence phone calls and emissaries were to-ing and fro-ing, voices were rising in protest and Israel was being labeled as the aggressor by the world press. All because the people of Israel just got fed up with having Hamas’ rockets dropping by the dozens onto their heads and were determined to fight back. I truly hate the stink of hypocrisy in the morning, and there is plenty of hypocrisy to go ‘round on this one.
You’re probably highly incensed with me right now. This is supposed to be a blog about writing, and the business of writing, and even the writing business on occasion. I know that. But I did warn you that I would occasionally break down and blurt out my opinions on politics and other truly obscene things people do to one another. This IS my blog, after all (some of the voices in the back of my head were screaming to have their say, and I just could not continue to ignore them).
So what else has happened recently? Retailers here in the States have broken the “Black Friday” barrier; this year they started their big sales period the very minute folks got up from their turkey dinners Thursday evening (it’s being called “Grey Thursday”). Retailers are very happy with the results, but the turkeys are extremely disappointed.
Big Labor is almost as disappointed as the turkeys. Wal-Mart should have been crippled by strikers and protestors outside their doors on Black Friday. It seems that many of the folks who should have been striking and protesting decided to take advantage of all the bargains inside. Good for Wal-Mart; for now, anyway. Some day soon the unions will win and Wal-Mart as we know it will disappear. Wal-Mart’s business plan depends of low wages and inexpensive goods (most but not all of which are produced in China); when the low wages are raised to union levels the company will effectively disappear. So will lots and lots of jobs (about 1.35 million jobs).
But Big Labor did have one incredible win recently; they managed to utterly destroy Hostess Cakes and move another 18,000 workers (a mixture of Union and non-union workers) out of their jobs and onto the public dole. Actually, even Big Labor couldn’t call that one a win; that’s 18,000 people who will never be paying dues to the unions, and untold numbers of Twinkies the labor bosses (or anyone else, for that matter) won’t be enjoying with their coffee and baloney sandwiches during their lunch breaks. Not that I believe a single union boss ever ate a boloney sandwich; or ever took a lunch break unless someone else was buying.
Personally, I never liked Twinkies. The Hostess chocolate cupcakes with the vanilla filling were okay, though. And their white bread was pretty good.
I did manage to get my little rose primer published recently. It is available on Amazon (www.amazon.com) in Kindle format only, at $2.99:
In December I will be doing a one-day free download promo for it, so do check back if you’re interested in growing roses. Lots of great information in a short little book. If you do take advantage of the promo deal, please write a review for me.
We still have the rest of this year to get through; let’s try to do that quietly, if you don’t mind. I’m working out some details on my next novel in preparation for January (right after the New Year celebrations are over) when I have to begin writing. That’s a year with my head down over the keyboard, barring interruptions, of course.