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Sum-it-up Sunday: Competence, Copouts, Constitution

News of the chaos of the Trump Transition has been greatly exaggerated – by the same people who told us how badly he was going to lose to Hillary.

Trump has now surpassed the appointments the White House’s current occupier had made at this point. He is also dominating the news cycle, and even getting a head start on the kind of changes he wants to make – having a positive effect on our stagnant economy, while our lame-duck continues to seem… lame.

I don’t know, Barack – maybe Donald really DOES have a magic wand…


There are plenty of cop-outs to be found for the Democrats losing the Presidency. Russian hackers. Fake news. Faulty polling. Echo chambers. Rudeness. Or they just didn’t dominate the media enough to drown out the opposition.

Maybe the party’s 8-years of failed policies, coupled with a candidate who was totally untrustworthy and unlikeable had something to do with it.


And of course, there’s always The Constitution. “If it wasn’t for that pesky, annoying collection8ebookcoverElectoral College, Hillary would have won”; that’s sort of like getting to the end of a football game and saying “We would have won if field goals counted the same as touchdowns.”

Both teams play the game under the same rules, with the same conditions for victory – you don’t get to change it after the fact. When we’re playing a game and at home and that happens, we call it cheating.

Just saying…


Next up for publication: Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND (short story collection #8); includes:

“The Pipes”:  Sometimes it’s the little things… An unexpected extraterrestrial visitation has an adverse effect on a Texas farmer’s well. Think twice before you drink the water – there’s something in the pipes.

“Good Luck!”:  Sometimes the best laid plans don’t quite work out. With the Zavian Empire bearing down on Earth, The Chairman gives a final speech on the value of having a Plan B.

“Ultimate Awareness”:  Omnius has relied on his Ultimate Awareness to dominate the city as well as any supervillain could, but an interview with a prospective sidekick casts doubt on both his own limits and his career path. How much does he really know?

“Mating Rituals”:  It’s been so long… Manti has only one night left on Cuniculus before she returns to Cesilli – why not spice up a paid hit with a little romance?

“Obsolete”:  When we leave Earth, will we forget what it’s like to be human?

Mr. Omega, the last unmodified “man”, stands trial for unthinkingly preserving his own life over that of a superior being.

“Endangered”:  Aliens create Hell on Earth in a plan to put Humanity on the endangered list. Sending in the park rangers to stop them may not be the best option – unless it’s the only one. Sometimes the best laid plans can be derailed by the smallest of things.

The release date is December 16th, but you can preorder until then for the reduced promotional price of only 99-cents for another 5 days (such a deal!) at the usual places, including:



loveunderstarscoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his most recent publication “L-O-V-E Among the Stars”, can be found in many places, including:
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• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri


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