Saturday, July 28, 2012

Marines return to their Beloved 1911 Sidearm

U.S. Marines have placed a $22.5 million order for the tried and true model 1911 handgun. It’s been called the greatest handgun ever made, and it has barely changed since it was introduced in 1911. It was the standard-issue sidearm in the military for decades, until it was replaced by the Beretta M9 in 1985. Unhappy with the lack of stopping power of the 9 millimeter Beretta’s, the Marines are apparently braking rank with NATO and returning to the legendary .45

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Our Killing Fields

As a killing field, Chicago tops the list but Baltimore, DC, and LA are not far behind. When I first started this blog, it was the black on black homicide rate that motivated my doing so. The media showed no interest in exposing the shame. Black leaders found causes elsewhere and our government showed no interest in tackling the problem.

The media is now beginning to talk about Chicago. Let’s hope the exposure finally gets someone’s attention.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ninty-nine Cents for Mark Rollins Mysteries

In a previous post on my blog,  I wrote, “Like many other authors, I have come to realize that traditional ebook prices are too high.” It has taken a while for me to buy into the ninety-nine cent movement. First I reduced the price of the initial book in the Mark Rollins series as a test for getting new readers. Then I dropped the price of the other books in the series to $2.99. But, I finally came around, and now the ebook editions for all my books are priced at the 99 cent level:
99¢ for Mark Rollins’ New Career and the Women’s Health Club
99¢ for Mark Rollins and the Rainmaker
99¢ for Mark Rollins and the Puppeteer

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

There is more than one kind of casualty.  There are life and limb casualties—human beings murdered and maimed out of hate, greed, lust, jealousy, or for no other reason other than to simply to kill or hurt.   
There are other casualties—business casualties of lost wealth and wreaked dreams.  These are casualties of time and technology that clear the space needed to build the future—a process sometimes called “creative destruction”.
I’m an author, and I deal with both—murder and mayhem as a mystery writer, while as a as a business author I write about prospering where the only constant, change, is destroying whatever already exists.  Sometimes I combine both mystery and business survival into a single story.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

$.99: A 99 Cent Kindle Book,"Mark Rollins' New Career & the Women's Health Club"

To Introduce new readers to Mark Rollins mysteries, you can now buy the Kindle edition of the first Mark Rollins mystery, Mark Rollins' New Career & the Women's Health Club, for just 99 Cents!

Friday, October 29, 2010

U.S. cities are not suppose to be war zones

Four hundred and eight U.S. military members died in Afghanistan operations during 2010 as of October 29th. The combined casualty count for both U. S. and coalition members for the same period is 606.

During the same period 649 homicides occurred in just three of our U.S. cities. There were 370 murders in Chicago, 176 in Baltimore and 103 in D.C. As far as I know, our cities are not suppose to be war zones.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Honor lives—In our Millitary

Yesterday the Restoring Honor rally in Washington DC drew an impressive crowd. The rally was a reflection of the mood of the entire nation. We no longer trust our CEOs, or our government! We want a return to the core values of this county—faith, hope and charity. We want a return to HONOR.

Thankfully we still have the military to look up to. It is in the military where men serve out of a sense of duty rather than greed. It is the military that provides examples of honor and bravery. It is the military who we look to get the job done when the rest of the government fails, as was case with Katrina.

The year-to-date U.S. military losses in Afghanistan have now exceeded 300. The restoring honor rally raised millions of dollars for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. You can express your thanks to members of the military and honor the more than 300 who have died in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) by adding your donation to the cause. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation’s mission is to provide a college education to every child who has lost a parent while serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Special Operations. To donate click on Restoring Honor.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Afghanistan Safer for Military than Chicago

Forty seven brave U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan since my last post. The year-to-date death toll stands at 224. In the mean time, in Chicago 29 people were shot during the weekend preceding the Supreme Court’s finding that the city’s ban on hand guns unconstitutional. According to The Huffington Post, in the week end prior to that, “at least 52 people were shot between Friday evening and early Monday in Chicago.” Once again, we find that when guns are banned, only the bad guys have guns. The bad guys in Chicago “killed” 50 in June and if July 2010 matches last year’s totals you can expect Chicago bad buys will kill another 60 in July— Military personnel in Afghanistan are safer than if they were stationed in Chicago!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Facts and Facts Checking Bites the Dust

FACTS are a casualty of an irresponsible and lazy news media. MSNBC is running a new ad for the Dylan Ratigan show. In the ad Dylan explains he is a truth-teller at a time when the truth is in short supply. He compares himself to Teddy Roosevelt who he quotes as having said, "I don't give them hell, I just tell the truth and they think it is hell."

Teddy didn't say that. The quote belongs to "Give ’Em Hell” Harry Truman.

Don't you find it amazing that NBC's truth-teller didn't even bother to get the source of his quote correct? So much for his credibility! It is, deservedly, down the tubes.

I learned through personal experience over the course of my career, that a reporter asking for an interview had already written his story. All they really wanted out of the interview was a sound bite that they could use to support the story they had already written. I can also say that I never read a story written about me or any enterprise or activity I was involved with that was accurate. All of them included errors. Even very favorable articles included inaccuracies - often significant ones. Unfortunately, getting it right is not high on the priority list of reporters or news outlets. Truth is the casualty.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What time is it in Paris?

That is what my body would like to know. I am back in Tennessee after a nine day visit to the land of wondrous foods and great wines—research for my next book Mark Rollins and the Claret Murders.

Actually it was just short vacation. Claret is the English term for Baudaux Wines. Been there and done that. This time we were heading for the Rhone Valley—the land of rosé wines and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. As we sped through the French countryside on the upper deck of a double decker train from Charles de Gaulle International Airport to Avignon, I could not help repeating those famous words from the movie “French Kiss” —“beautiful, beautiful. Beautiful, beautiful!”.

Home base for most of our time in France was La Petite Colline de Roussiillon. La Petite Colline is our family’s French retreat—a charming two-bedroom with a pool and surrounded by forest, flowers, rosemary, and lavender outside. When not in use by the family, it is available as a vacation rental through JUST FRANCE.

What could be more pleasant—a morning attending an open air market in Bonnieux, lunch at Les Florets in Gigondas, a drive through the Lubéron Valley to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to browse the antique shops, home to Petite Colline for a dip in the pool, cocktails on the terrace, a twilight stroll under sky thick with stars followed by a chilled rosé from a local Côtes-du-Lubéron. And tomorrow? More soft breezes, sunshine, and blue skies.

We wrapped up our visit with two nights in Paris and then the grueling ten hour return flight to Dallas. That was followed by a dizzying trip through the lines in customs and a three hour layover before our hour and a half flight to Nashville.

My trip did expose another U. S. Casualty. It seems the shine is off of our President. He is a victim of his incompetence. The image of a boot on the neck of BP isn't setting well with the Brits. European newspapers and TV were portraying Obama as an amateur.

On the war front thirty-seven U. S. service men have lost their lives in Afghanistan during the last 23 days. The death toll is now 172 year to date.