Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pachelbel's Canon in D

My good friend, R.K. Grow, over at the blog RK Grow: Author in the Making asked if I would do an author interview and I gladly obliged. I recommend you go over to her blog and check it out. If you don't know already, my book is Middle Damned, an adventure in the afterlife.

To commemorate the occasion, I thought I would post a video of yours-truly playing the guitar. Now that I have watched said video a few times, I must say this is one of my more ill conceived ideas. But, that's never stopped me before, so why start second guessing myself now. So enjoy the music, or get a laugh, whichever.

Pachelbel's Canon in D (a work in progress)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Zombie Apocalypse is Here

With the craze going on over vampires and werewolves, wizards and demons; I got to wondering about the zombie apocalypse.   And, given the current political time of year it is, I realized that it has already arrived, and we didn't even know it.

It would be all too easy to spot if people turned white and gnawed each other's faces off. No, the apocalypse has manifested its self in a much more subtle way. It has arrived, but not in the mindless consumer allegory envisioned by George A. Romero in the original zombie classic, Dawn of The Dead. Instead, it has come in the form of Political Zombies catering to the whim of the amorphous masses, ready to change their stance on policies in any direction the latest polls blow. 

They all seem the the same to me, hungering for power, inching ever closer with their half truths and veiled lies, until elected when their ravenous hunger can be satiated by gnawing our faces off. 

The politicians are all zombies in disguise. They are all partisan, lining up in little rows on either side, pretending this ideal or that social issue belongs exclusively to them, when, in reality, its just a vast illusion to curry favor from the greatest number of people available. The desire for big government, or small government, states rights or centralized government isn't inherently tied to abortion or being pro-choice, gay marriage or the biblical definition of marriage, environmentalism or pro-drilling. But, like the zombies our elected officials are, they follow the party platform and vote accordingly. They don't even have the decency to be pasty faced, with blood dripping from their mouths.

But how do they get there in the first place? It wouldn't be an apocalypse without hordes of mindless flesh-eaters working collectively together. That's when I realized it. We have all been bitten, by every skewed statistic they've fed us, by every dollar spent by the super pacts, by every union or committee or think-tank seeking to impose their will over the air-waves.

So, we as a nation line up on either side and fight, when we should come together. And like every one else, I will go vote, and I will vote for either the incumbent or for a specific party if I have no idea who either person is. 

I have become a political zombie, and I disgust myself. It is too difficult to understand all the issues or really get to know the candidates. Besides, in the end, it has become more about winning than doing what's right. How about you?

A zombie's a zombie, no matter its color. 

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