ideation / Perception

Sum-it-up Sunday: Captain America, Electoral Criteria, and Bathroom Thinking

This week is my inaugural “Sum-it-up Sunday”, in which I hit briefly on a few things that have been going on lately…


Captain America has been a symbol to many people about what’s right about America since he first appeared in a comic in 1941. He is only a fictional character, but even as that, he has a certain code, and a way of thinking and behaving that has been a role model for millions, as well as a positive representation to put forward to the rest of the world. Now, Marvel Comics has decided to change the character – he has ALWAYS been a Nazi spy? Really? Let’s set aside from the fact that it makes no sense from a character story standpoint when analyzing 70 years of public and private patriotic heroism.
So why do it, then? Is there an agenda here? Some ulterior motive to tear down a positive symbol? How would I know – I’m not the thought police. But regardless of motive, that’s what they’re doing. I can feel it (and I don’t even read comic books.)


People seem to have all sorts of criteria for deciding who would make a good president. Are they polite? Who has the best hair? What’s their gender? What color is their skin? Do they dress well? Who would you want to have a beer (or burger) with?
This isn’t supposed to be a popularity contest, but I guess that’s what it’s turned into. We might as well let high school students vote now – they already think that way.


So now the same masterminds who so effectively brought us Obamacare and the Iranian Nuclear Enablement deal have now decided that they know best which restrooms we should all be using. Why am I neither surprised or impressed?

Just saying…


CannabisAlienusCoverThis week’s Smashwords coupon is for “Cannabis Alienus ‘alien dope’”:

Be careful what you smoke.
L.D. had always been an unapologetic pot-head, but something has gone wrong and he’s fallen off the radar. Eric returns home for what he thinks is going to be a simple intervention, but turns into… something else.

This story was based VERY loosely on something that really happened to me about 40 years ago (I’m not going to tell you which part, so no spoilers here; read the story and see if you can figure it out.) Use coupon code TW56C to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until June 4th. Here’s the link:
“Cannabis Alienus ‘alien dope’” is also available in the collection – Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind.


Collection7eBookCoverThe preorder campaign continues (5 days to go) for More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND (short story collection #7.) It contains the stories:

Finding Sanctuary
Dredging Things Up
Behind the 8-Ball
Saturday He Fed the Cat

Release date is June 3rd, but you can preorder now at a REDUCED PROMOTIONAL PRICE at all the usual places, including (but not limited to):

The collection will also be available in paperback form on CreateSpace.


William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest ePub “Solid People”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri


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