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You ready?


What’s wrong now?

Don’t rush me.

You’ve had 66 years.

Goin on 67. Remember?

Like to do things your own way don’t you.

Hasn’t been that long.

Oh yeah I forgot.

Still getting used to it.

What’s the guitar for?

Got a tune rolling around in my head.

But you’re working on another article and a book.

My time is my own.

Don’t you lose your train of thought if you stop to play?

Actually I need to get it out of my system so I can concentrate on my writing.


But what about the reading you do? Your reading political and science while writing fiction.

What about it. The books are a theme and the reading becomes opinion pieces and short stories which are compiled into a book later on. A little poetry sprinkled in for some diversity.

But you watch the news.

I love the absurd.

And the TV shows. You know the westerns.

Brain candy. An escape. Entertainment pure and simple.

Hey! Knock knock. Wake up. News flash.


What’s up?

U.S imposing more sanctions on Russia. What? Why? What happened?

It’s in retaliation for Russia using that nerve gas against those spies.

That didn’t even happen here. What the hell.

True. But it was announced today.

Ok so Trump tells Putin to his face Russia didn’t intrude on the 2016 elections. Then after the backlash from the intel community and others he backtracks when he gets home. Then he insists Russia did interfere with the election which in essence calls Putin a liar to his face. Now the U.S. is increasing the sanctions against Russia. We’re increasing the sanctions against Iran and more to come in November. Increasing sanctions against North Korea for noncompliance. Trade war against China and possibly the EU. Recent news report by the US border patrol across the northern zone. About a possible influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico across the Canadian border. Drones (not US) being used in possible assassination attempt in Venezuela. Housing market on decline. Bailout to farmers caused by the tariffs. Worst wildfires in California history. Patriot Pray and Antifa clash in Portlad. Have I missed anything?


Any good news?

Yeah they caught one of the arsonists in the southern California fire. I think they named that fire the Holy Fire.

Anything else?

Yeah the extreme left wing and right wing idiots on Writer Beat are measuring their dicks again.

They haven’t caught on yet have they?

Nah total blindness and ignorance. Haven’t caught on yet that they are the problem with their constant trolling. History will dictate they were the ones to hold up the healing in this nation that is if we survive their insanity.


And Trump?

Didn’t vote for him.

You voted Clinton?

Nope. Couldn’t stand either one of them.

Do tell.

The election of Clinton would have thrown this nation further off its course not that Trump has proven any better. Another thing the election of Clinton would seem like a continuation of a Bush/Clinton dynasty. A monarchy so to speak. Follow that up with eight possible years of Jeb after Hillary’s eight and we just christened the merging of royal families and not Camelot. Not my cup of tea as they say.


And Trump?

Well I lived thirty to forty some odd years in Upstate New York and worked in the construction industry and there’s one thing I do know. You can’t be a success in New York City in the construction industry and be on the up and up. Wink wink nod nod.

You mean illegal stuff?

Just sayin.


Anything else you want to get off your chest?

Yeah this Comey thing.

What about Comey?

Seems he should be put in jail.

Why so?

Well all this ruckus about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

What about it?

Two weeks before the election he announces he’s reopening the Clinton email thing right?


Well by law he’s not allowed to do or say anything that could interfere with the election. So he does just the opposite of the law an as head of the FBI this throws a damper on the whole election. Talk about interference.

But he said he followed his conscience by doing that.

Even so interference is interference. He’s got to be prosecuted.

The head of the FBI?

No one is supposed to be above the law right?

Well that’s true.


You done?

Yeah, I think that’ll do for now. But remember Fridays usually the big news day.


It’s only Wednesday.


Ric Wells

Common Man



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