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Political Pies

Posted in Books, eBook, Politics, Rant, Stories with tags , , , , on February 11, 2015 by oneoveralpha

NewPieEverybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? My attempt to do something about it was to collect forty of my short stories with a political element into my Political Pies anthology. The stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, my goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

Here is an example of such a hopeful rose.

“Is That How it Works?”

“Next question.”

A middle-aged gentleman walked up to the microphone at the front of the auditorium. He cleared his throat, then said, “Senator, on the campaign trail you have often stated that the rich and powerful – both individual and corporate – should receive tax breaks because they are the job creators.”

“That’s correct.”

The man took a piece of paper out of his pocket and unfolded it. “Sir, I’ve been unemployed for twenty months now.” He held the piece of paper up so everyone could see it was a check. “This is the last of my life savings.” He tossed the check up onto the stage about ten feet from the candidate. “I give it to you so that you – as the nearest I’ll get to the rich and powerful – now have all of the money that matters to me. Now give me a goddamn job!”


If you are at all curious, then check out the page for Political Pies on my website to find out where you can find it.


Download Political Pies for free!

Posted in eBook, Humor, Politics, Rant, Scifi, Stories with tags , , , , on November 2, 2014 by oneoveralpha

What’s scarier than all the ghosts and goblins at your door? There’s an election next week.

To try to blunt the horror of the season, I’m offering my anthology of forty, short, political stories Political Pies for free! You’ll be able to download it to your Kindle now through Wednesday November 5. Download it early, and you can read it while waiting in line to vote on Tuesday.

If “free” isn’t enough to entice you, check out the cover and blurb:


Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? Stephen L. Thompson’s attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of his short stories with a political element into his Political Pies anthology. His stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, his goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

So what are you waiting for? Download your copy now, you won’t get another chance until next year.

Stupid updates

Posted in Odds, Rant with tags on April 10, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

Earlier this afternoon, I had been hearing distant thunder for some time.  I checked the weather map, and there was a line of strong storms heading my way.  Just to be safe, I figured I’d turn my computer off.  I was finishing up a few things online when the rain started falling.  It was building up to a nice shower when I finally clicked to turn off my computer.  I was looking out my window and I happened to glance over at my computer where I saw “Installing 1 of 9 updates.”

“You’re doing that now!”

As the second update was going through, we were hit by a strong gust of wind that blew the rain sideways.  There was also an almost constant rumble of thunder, and I saw several bolts of lightning out my window.  During the fifth update, there was a short hail storm with quarter-inch sized hail.  The sixth update took five minutes or more, and by the time the updates were all done, it seemed the storm was over.  A few minutes later, a weaker storm moved through.

We didn’t lose electricity, but it was annoying.

Political Pies sequester sale!

Posted in eBook, Humor, Politics, Rant, Scifi, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy


Last year, I decided to try to promote each of my books for a month, starting with my anthologies and moving on to my other stories.  So I’m working on promoting my third anthology – Political Pies – during the month of March, when everyone is sick of hearing about politics because of the sequester.  Joy.  Now part of my promotions are a weekend where people will be able to download the Kindle versions for free, and for Political Pies that will be on Saturday March 9th, and Sunday March 10th.  So why am I calling it a sequester sale?  Because.  😀  Did you really expect a serious answer?

A Modest Proposal for curing Washington Gridlock

Posted in Humor, Politics, Rant with tags , on February 23, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy


I’m using the Roman meaning of the word.  If you can’t be bothered to follow the link to Wikipedia, basically, if a group of Roman soldiers were found guilty of cowardice or mutiny, they would be divided into groups of ten and they would draw lots.  The loser was then beaten to death by the other nine.  I’m just wondering if We the People could impose such a punishment on Congress.  If the average of five national polls found Congress with a 5% or less approval rating, they would be decimated as a sign to the rest to get off their ass and do their fucking job.  Just a thought.


Blogger’s note.  In case you can’t tell, I’m not fully serious about this, it’s just my frustration thinking out loud. While I do believe that murderers should be executed, that’s the only crime I feel warrants such a punishment.  Also, to be fair it would have to be applied to all members of Congress, even if it is only one party that is more at fault.

Challenge to truthers

Posted in Rant with tags on January 5, 2013 by The Prince of Pithy

Some time ago, I had a bit of an online back and forth with a truther.  I eventually stopped because I have better things to do, but my brain kept thinking on it.  It eventually came up with a question I don’t believe truthers will be able to give a convincing answer to.  They’ll try, but it will sound just like their other theories.

Now, I know with conspiracy theories there are always versions designed to weasel around inconvenient facts, so this is the general version the truther I was talking to was pitching.  Phase One involved an unknown group of people going into the Twin Towers in the weeks or months before 9/11 to place demolition charges.  Part of the back and forth was me asking – repeatedly – how much explosives would have been needed to bring the towers down.  I figured it’s a basic element of the truther case and they should have a ready answer.  The reason I had to repeatedly ask this question was because the truther seemed unable – or unwilling – to give an answer.  Eventually, they said that studies had been done and I could look them up, or something like that.  I felt like replying that studies have been done that show explosives were not needed to bring the towers down, but like inconvenient facts, truthers weasel around inconvenient studies as well.

Phase Two of this truther’s 9/11 theory, was the whole airplane thing.  The planes hit, and then after an hour or so of people evacuating from the buildings, the explosives set in Phase One are set off to bring the towers down.  People are then to believe that the planes – not the explosives – caused the collapse.  And Phase Three was some nebulous idea of Bad Guys using the wars and tighter security measures or whatever to make money.

The challenge I have for truthers is this, why bother with Phase Two?  Once they had the buildings wired, why not wait until they were full and then blow them?  I don’t know how many people were able to evacuate between the time the airplanes hit and the buildings were “blown,” but if you cut out that evacuation time, a lot more people would have been killed.  And if they wanted to kill as many firefighters or cops as they could, they could have blown one, waited until everyone showed up to it, then blew the other.  But you ask, Who would believe terrorists would be able to demolish a building?  Who believed they had the skill to pull off four, simultaneous hijackings and then fly the planes into buildings?  Why would that be more believable?  Why did they think they needed the diversion of the whole plane thing?  If the truther terrorists were able to sneak hundreds, maybe thousands, of pounds of explosives passed building security and plant it, then surely they could plant evidence to make it look like Al Qaeda did it.  Plus, the idea that there are nutjobs out there who would fly a plane into a building is terrifying, but the idea that there are nutjobs out there with the knowledge and skill to topple any skyscraper – and they are still out there – is fucking terrifying.

So, by dropping the whole plane thing, they could have had a smaller operation which means few chances of things going wrong or them being found out, as well as fewer people who might later come forward, they could have killed more people generating even more fear and hatred, and with the culprits not being caught any time soon, they could have pushed through even more draconian security measures for the Bad Guys to make money off of.  So, why fly the planes in?  What did they gain by it?

On a related note, is the whole “The Pentagon was hit by a missile,” thing.  A terrorist group with access to missiles is more terrifying than one that flies planes into buildings.  So why, from the truther point of view, would the conspiracy want the terrorists to seem to have fewer resources?  Unless the conspiracy is just a wheel in a bigger conspiracy that the ultratruthers are playing on the truthers.

The higher ups are idiots

Posted in Politics, Rant, Work on June 4, 2012 by The Prince of Pithy

A week or so ago, I think somebody at a Romney event suggested amending the Constitution to include business experience as a requirement to be President.  It will go nowhere, (and I think requiring military service would make more sense, but I’m not sure how I feel about that) but it was something that – like countless other seemingly worthless bits of information – ended up floating around in my head.  A couple of hours ago it collided with an observation I made years ago.  In all the places I’ve worked, I’ve always been at the bottom or maybe an inch up; you know, down where all the work is done.  Anyway, the observation I made was that it seems that the higher up the corporate ladder someone is, the more clueless they are.  We at the bottom would be working and some corporate schmuck would send out some new policy.  When it got to us down at the bottom, we’d take a look at it and say, “That’s fucking stupid.” About half the time we would just continuing doing what we had been doing – because it worked – and would forget about this new policy.  But if we were stuck with the new policy, we would work around it to make sure stuff got done.  Now, these may just have been my experiences, but I’d bet most of you think the people up the corporate ladder are idiots.  Getting back to the business experience Constitutional amendment, Washington is already full of out-of-touch idiots, why would we want to send more there?