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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Artwork Partnership On Protostar With Artistic Chaos Studios!

Hello, friends, I’ve got exciting news!

As I gear up for my next novel release – my first in all too many years! – I’d like to announce that I’ve asked Artistic Chaos Studios, led by the amazingly talented Cecelia Ivy Price, to take the reins of the artwork for the sequel to my 2011 National Novel Writing Month project Protostar:  Memoirs Of The Messenger, aptly titled Protostar:  Automatic Apocalypse!

The next installment of the Protostar series, also written during National Novel Writing Month (2013, this time), is set two years after the first novel.  Captain Lahira Ocean, the star of our particular space opera, wakes up from a two-week coma to find she can barely remember how she got on board a medical station.  After being informed that she had been suddenly disconnected from her space ship’s computer during the Battle Of Gagarin, she is greeted by a high-level member of the Human government as well as an ambassador from the Automatons.  Her memories are crucial to solving an interspecies incident, but the more she remembers about the battle, the more damning evidence piles up.

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When Do Some Fathers’ Days Mean More Than Others?

In 1908, Anna Jarvis created the de-facto American Mother’s Day, and she was soon followed by Grace Golden Clayton in creating a Father’s Day.  The modern-day commercialization of these holidays is sarcastically best symbolized by the miles-long line to the mall, but at the bottom of the arbitrary nature of holidays is, unmistakably, love for our parents.  Whether they are still with us or they’ve moved on, most of us love our parents.  True, I have friends who have no love for one parent or another (and for damn good reasons), but most of us can say they’ve at least had a good relationship with their parents.

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A Touch Of Justice

Hello!

Today, I happened to be in the Long Island town of Lake Success, at an intersection I won’t specify given that this story involves my presence as an almost-involved observer, a cop, and a guy/gal driving a beautiful Lexus.  It also includes an often-absent substance called “justice for traffic violations.”

I was approaching a major traffic artery, what I believe was the Northern State Parkway.  Immediately before this highway’s entrance ramps, on my right-hand side of a single-lane-each-way street, there is a small avenue which leads to some residential neighborhoods.  It’s more than just polite to leave some space between your car and the one in front of you in the event you cannot clear the whole gap:  It is a requirement of the law.  I did exactly this, leaving some space between the fellow ahead of me and myself.  This was all well and good, and in fact quite normal.  Someone coming towards us from the other direction (in America, that’s on my left-hand side) would be able to turn left into the side-street if necessary.

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Website Redesign!

Hello, friends!

In anticipation of some articles and book announcements, I’ve decided to revamp my website a little bit.  Truth be told, it is sort of a step backwards in time as I’m using an older WordPress theme.  That said, I’ve nailed down most of the annoying “random text in here” and “ad placement across the entire site” issues.

Hopefully you’ll join me on Facebook or on Twitter, and let me know what you think of it!