A Tepid Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

Hello, everyone.

This election cycle has pushed all Progessives to and beyond our breaking points. It’s time to take a look past the grand spectacle of the presidential election and focus instead on what we can do to further improve our already ‘great’ nation, and – whether we like it or not, no matter how much I might have wanted to see it be Bernie Sanders – the only way that will happen is with Hillary Clinton as our next President. To that end, I encourage reading to support her candidacy on November 8th; I realize that is a huge thing to ask, given her questionable track record, so I will try to address some of the most prominent questions to the best of my abilities. I know I won’t convince everyone – and I know some people might call me a sell-out, or worse – but I hope you’ll take a second to consider it. I might not have a laser-like precision, but no decision this grave is carried out without some generalization in mind. The goal is to avoid oversimplification and to prove a case for her earning your vote.

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Thoughts on the “Russians Manipulating Elections” theory!

I kind of want to offer some thoughts about the Trump-Russia-Wikileaks connection for a second. It’s a little complicated and a bit conspiratorial, but I think I have a handle on what’s going on and I would like some thoughts. Spoilers: It ain’t good for Donny.

First off, as annoyed as I am with Clinton about some of the Wikileaks revelations, the fact is that there’s nothing new that I’ve seen – and I spent a good while watching Jordan Chariton of TYT read through these illegal obtained e-mails. I don’t think they change anything, they only confirm that if (when) elected, Clinton will need to be held accountable to the kind of progressive congress we have an opportunity to build.

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Speaking at Decisions 2016 (Adelphi University, October 6th, 7-9PM!)

Hello, friends!

Time a pretty big, if brief announcement! I’m speaking at my alma mater, Adelphi University, at an event sponsored by the History Club called “Decisions 2016: Why your vote matters in all races!” We’re going to be joined by Jamie Diamond, an old friend of mine and a major factor in the Bernie for Buffalo movement (Now called the Liberty Union Progressives) this Presidential cycle. She’ll be sharing some of her experiences, while I’ll be talking about some of the highlights of my time writing The Weekly Freeporter, my old Hyper-Local journalism blog, and how that relates to what we’ve seen this year.

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A decade’s reflection.

August 29, 2006: My mother passes away after a thankfully short battle with Small-Cell Lung Cancer. She never got to see me publish an article on living with Asthma at an online magazine, a war she helped make sure I was properly treated to survive. She never got to see this website. She never got to see me start teaching children about America’s history. On August 29, 2016, I’m writing a sentimental piece because I don’t know what else to do.

I suspect that time has healed this wound. When I visited her grave today, where my grandmother was all-too-recently interred to rest with her husband who went there when I was young, I said my prayers with a level of acceptance that she is gone and that her pain is over. She struggled raising a child who was often sick, mildly learning-disabled, and occasionally prone to foolish decisions. She had a loving husband and a supportive family around me, which I’m constantly thankful for because there’s really too many people who unfortunately don’t have my luck in that area. When I was at the grave, I felt pain; my fiancee hugged me and I felt better. I visited her parents as well (They’re down the street a few rows at this cemetery), offered my well wishes, then went off. We went to a nearby Nathans; not the one my mom took me to when I was little, the one I would later take her to as we tried to convince her to eat in spite of her sickness, and while I felt tears well up when a song about childhood came on the radio I fought them back and felt alright.

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My thoughts on the film “Clinton Cash.”

My immediate gut-reaction opinion on “Clinton Cash w/a few quick fact checks, perhaps with some consideration as I write.

The film as a whole speaks to a perceived pattern of ethics that has been significantly reinforced within the last 24 hours. The appointment of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as an “Honorary” anything for her political movement, merely hours after she was evicted from the DNC for illicitly steering Clinton the nomination, is perhaps the most prescient example I can think of. It no longer feels like wild-eyed conspiracy-porn to suggest, “Well, DWS was put their after she helped Clinton in 2008 specifically to make sure she won the nomination in 2016, then got a parachute out of there into Clinton’s camp, directly.”
  That lens, my friends, can transform happy coincidence into deliberate-appearing allegiances. That sustained suggestibility is what the film relies on to convey its message. Does it do so effectively? Extraordinarily so. There is very little question in my mind whether or not anything illegal happened – of course it didn’t, the reigns of legality were firmly in the hands of the ones trusted to reign illegality in! If I were a juror I would honestly be unaware as to where to even begin to untangle this mess. Odds are, the cries of “Lock Her Up!” from the RNC will go unanswered for some time as investigators consider the arguments against the Clinton Foundation and how best to approach them.   However…Recent behavior displays a drastic continuation of the dubious policies of the Clinton Foundation, especially with regard to those considered “The Clinton Orbit” by this film.   The movie was most definitely biased against Clinton from the get-go, however it is biased not on the facts of its case, but largely in its (oftentimes violent) imagery and use of shorter, easier-to-substantiate claims. Sometimes context is difficult to find or follow, and at least once I found myself saying, “Well, you haven’t quite proven these two were even in the this particular place at the same time; few clearly-in-context photos lending me to find few perfect agreements on the ground-floor facts.”  So, it was flimsy at times, and relied significantly on the vulnerabilities of the ones it criticized to create suspicion as to whether or not their particular claim is true.

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A Second Edition of Jesse Pohlman’s “Pillars of the Kingdom” Volume One, is now available for Kindle!

Greetings, travelers!

The other day, after months of work and many edits, I’ve decided that I had done a worthy job of revising my very first novel, the Sci-Fi/Fantasy thrilled Pillars of the Kingdom:  Volume One, “The Forming” (POTK1).  This revision was was originally intended as an after-a-decade effort, but family difficulties and career responsibilities held up its release until this week.  Nevertheless, with cover art that serves as a helpful map of the Kingdom of Emor and honors the original artwork by the talented Jennifer Souza, this book promises to be a much neater version of the first – or, at least, I promise you that it is!

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Song of the Sisters, Book One

About four years ago, in May of 2012, I made the last modification to an Epic Poem I was developing.  Because of an imminent shoulder surgery and other obligations, I never returned to work on it.  Today, I’m releasing the first chapter of it just as sort of a, “how does this sound to you, dear reader?” type of thing.

It’s very different than any of my previous work, or any of my work since for that matter, so check it out and let me know what you think!

Book One
Wherein the Sisters escape from the Tower. They are pursued,
but are unsure whether it is by friend or foe. They determine
how compromised the Tower they built is, and must decide
who they can trust with their vow to reclaim it.

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Protostar: An Automatic Apocalypse, available on Amazon’s Kindle!

Greetings, friends!

I know this is a bit overdue, but technical circumstances can be a pain.  At the start of December, and just in time for the Holiday season, I released the second novel of the Protostar series, An Automatic Apocalypse!   It is the direct sequel to my best-selling novel, Protostar:  Memoirs Of The Messenger, and besides being a kick-ass sci-fi story it also explores themes important to the human mind:  What is a “soul,” and can machines have them, too?  What makes for a “just” war, or a “just” imprisonment of someone who cannot remember her crimes?

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Today’s conspiracy theory – Larry David and Hillary’s Assault on Donald Trump!

So, uh…Bear with me, here, because this is a bit nuts, but it’s worth considering.

This website (www.DeportRacism2016.com) was promoting this ridiculous idea of paying any random person $5,000 to interrupt Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. Seems like a dumb stunt that can get you in some moderate amount of trouble with SNL Security and trespassing laws, right? Really dumb, but the kind of dumb that enough people heard it that it must have gotten to SNL itself, yeah? ‘Cuz Larry David interrupted him to claim the $5,000!  But who came up with this silly scheme?

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Protostar: An Automatic Apocalypse Updates! (Nov 2015)

Greetings, friends!

It’s been a long time since I hit this website with an update, but it’s high time I do so.

The Protostar Indiegogo!

First of all, and quite unfortunately, the Indiegogo campaign to raise money for my next novel, Protostar:  An Automatic Apocalypse, failed rather painfully.  Part of the issue was that I started a new job and didn’t have the time to promote it properly, but that’s how these things go.  The money raised will be going to pay my partner Cecelia over at Artistic Chaos Studios, who most definitely deserves something for the effort.  This is an especially bitter defeat going into November, when National Novel Writing Month is in full effect.  Previously I’d been doing one-year-off, one-year-on with NaNo, and I’d been writing new Protostar books, but…I just don’t have time with this new job.  I want to, and I have some days off where I very well could sit down and write five to eight thousand words a day and be done with it all…But that’s not realistic.

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