Freedom / ideation / news

Sum-it-up Sunday: Inconsistent, Inscrutable, Independence

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law that tries to regulate abortion providers. Texas wanted to require abortion providers to comply with safety regulations that are applied to other medical procedures (hospital privileges for doctors, clinics operating under hospital standards.) It is hard to argue that this made women LESS safe, but the clinics did it anyway, and SCOTUS bought it.

I’m puzzled. I thought one of the arguments for legalized abortion was to keep women from engaging unregulated practitioners in less than medically sound environments (thus the euphemism of “back-alley abortions”.) I guess safety in “Women’s Health” isn’t really all that important…


This week Turkey gets hit by terrorists. Then Bangladesh gets hit. Both are moderate Islamic countries who seemingly cannot spot the jihadists and extremists in their midst. So if they can’t get a handle on it and vet them, how are those of us who aren’t Muslim supposed to know the difference?


Tomorrow is July 4th, which for us Americans is the celebration of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Funny how patterns repeat in history – they’re freeing themselves from the distant, oppressive EU while our God-given, Constitutionally protected rights are being eroded. There are a barrage of attacks on speech and language, religion and freedom of thought, gun ownership, states rights, parental rights, due process, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and probably everything else I haven’t thought to mention from a remote, overbearing Elite. Perhaps it’s time to reDECLARE our INDEPENDENCE.

Just saying…


TheRedBarrensCoverThis week’s personal Smashwords coupon is for “The Red Barrens”:

“You have been found by this court to be a vagrant in violation of Proteus ordinance 2071-043, and will be remanded to civil authorities for placement.” This pronouncement following her husband’s death from Agent Purple exposure puts Mabel Jeffers on the colony’s Edge, where she’s forced to play her part in terraforming a resistant planet with that same Agent Purple. But there are things that are worse than death – things that could drive her over The Edge and into The Barrens.

This one started simply with the double entendre of the title and grew from there. Use coupon code BE25C to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until July 2nd. Here’s the link:

“The Red Barrens” is also available in the collection – And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.


I’m  participating in Smashwords’ site-wide Summer/Winter Sale promotion – for the month of July, all of my collections are 50%-off with a coupon (the coupons is listed on the individual page for each book – it’s SSW50 in case you have trouble finding it.) The coupon applies to my seven OUT OF MY MIND collections, plus my Herc Tom Collection Cats of War I and the Detective Jimmy Delaney collection Broken Down.

All the collections can be found on my Smashwords author page at:


William Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND, 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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