Category Archives: Writing

My New Book: Dancing in the Banana Factory

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front cover for my book Dancing in the Banana FactoryI now have a book and it has little to do with the political and social issue essays I write about here on Doug’s Views. It is a collection of short stories that have been taking up space on my computer, and in various notebooks, over the years. Late last year, I decided to finally self-publish the stories and the final product is available for sale.
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The 3 Blind Mice Of Congress

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Saw an image on another site of the three Republican leaders in Congress together at a press conference – Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) – and it gave me an idea for an image that expresses my frustration with the obstructionist GOP. Enjoy!
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September 11th – A Humanist Response 10 Years On

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Image of WTC before the attack with US Flag in backgroundToday is the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on US soil. The World Trade Center in New York was attacked shortly before 9 AM on a bright and sunny Tuesday in 2001. By the end of the awful day both towers were destroyed, the Pentagon had been hit, and people were killed in a fourth plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Five days later I wrote an essay about the attacks from my secular humanist perspective. I went through it this week and have posted it again – changed little from the day I wrote it.
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Hurricane dark humor

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First of all let me say I hate bad storms and I’m glad I have never and hope to never experience a Hurricane. But during a slow point at work the mind of a co-worker and my dark mind came up with some “funny” bits about Hurricane Ike coming ashore tonight in Texas.

Sometimes you have to try to laugh. The following is meant to be funny:

Why do they always name the storms after people? What if they sold naming rights to the storms? It would be a week or more advertising exposure.

Watch out Texas Hurricane Pontiac Solstice is on its way! – after the storm Pontiac gives away 50 free cars.

We could do sports teams too.

Take cover Dallas, Hurricane New England Patriots will hit you tonight.

How about TV shows?

You watched Hurricane American Idol pummel New Orleans now what it 5 nights a a week on the CW!

Local businesses could have contests.

If your home was destroyed between 5 PM and 6 PM you get a coupon for dinner for 2 at Red Lobster.

The money charged for the naming rights and other marketing parts would be used to pay for the storm recovery.