Friday, August 31, 2018

Walmart Offers eBooks Online

Good news for ebook authors -- Walmart and Kobo have teamed up to offer ebooks on Walmart's online website. Walmart supplies the platform and Kobo supplies the six million plus ebook database. The really exciting part about it all is that Thomas Stone's books are all there! I know because I checked. Kobo is still selling ebooks at their website but the new offering at the Walmart site is likely to sell thousands of books. Exciting, eh? Here is the address.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Song of the Elowai

They're here and they mean to exterminate humanity! Extraterrestrial invaders target the teeming billions on earth. For a wild ride of alien invasion and the ensuing war, download a copy of Song of the Elowai today. Ebooks offered at most ebook retailers -- Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and more.

SONG OF THE ELOWAI takes place in a future fifty years distant when an over-populated Earth has no choice but to reach out into the solar system in search of new resources and living space. In so doing, an alien species is discovered, but unfortunately, it is a species whose sole purpose is the annihilation of the human race. SONG OF THE ELOWAI is a classic invasion tale packed with intrigue and global adventure intended for general audiences.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Humor Me

From time to time, I guess I get a little too serious about things in general. Like that time I bet $600 on three NFL games because I thought they were a lock. Yeah, right, a lock to lose. The thing is, I was broke when I made a bet to a professional bookie in Fort Worth, Texas. That was right before I moved to Dallas.

Likewise, I get serious about freedom, government, bullies, thieves, liars, my animals, my property, and my person. Someday I'll die and I won't have to keep up with all that stuff anymore but until then I will probably repeat the same mistake; that is, care about stuff I have little to no control over.

You've got to have a sense of humor these days. Crazy behavior is being normalized all around us and all you can do is hope you don't offend someone. I do not know how anyone operates out in the business world anymore. There are so many ways to get in trouble via some politically correct misstep and I am the king of social ineptness. So, I'll try to keep my sense of humor in an effort to stave off my own craziness.

Sure seems like bunches of my fellow citizens are living off their own anxiety. We're just like lemmings. We drive each other up the proverbial walls for no good reason at all. Hey look at me, America! I've got a blog and unrequited anxiety. For your own safety, please stand back.

Friday, August 10, 2018

People Do Not Read Anymore

I am coming around to the fact that people do not read for pleasure as much as they once did. Television has taken the place of books and magazines. Television is easier, less of a strain, less imaginative, plus it feels good to sit back and let the networks decide what you should think about.

Oh, there are still a few readers out there -- I make a few book sales each month amounting to enough earnings to buy me a double-double at Whataburger but not much more. Additionally, with all the political correctness out there, publishers have turned away from white guys from the southern US. They will not publish us unless we are gay or a dedicated globalist or anti-Trump or... well, you get the point.

Reading is too much trouble for the new generation. They say they can get everything from Youtube videos, in any case. History, science, global warming, it's all there on an internet platform owned and operated by Google just like this blog I'm using -- Google owns it too.

It should make those same people leery of getting all their data from one monolithic source, but it doesn't. They go to Youtube for news just like they go to Facebook for ego gratification. The state and global corporations now control the flow of information. They control who has a platform to speak and who does not. They set the limits of truth and define what is right and wrong. They tell us what to think, how to act, and who to vote for.

And just think, it's all because people have grown too lazy to read and research for themselves.

If you want to change the direction your mind is headed, try some new reading material. I would suggest something by Thomas C. Stone. You can find Stone's ebooks on Smashwords.com, Barnes and Noble (.com), Amazon.com, Apple ebooks, and other fine online ebook retailers.

Open your mind to a thrilling new reading experience! Read a book by Thomas Stone.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

I Am the Walrus

Semolina Pilchard


Semolina Pilchard, 
climbing up the
Eiffel tower
Elementary penguin singing
Hare Krishna
Man, you should have seen them kicking
Edgar Allan Poe

from  "I Am the Walrus" [Lennon/McCartney]

Norman Clement Pilcher (1935-2011) was a former British police officer. After a transfer from the Flying Squad to the Drug Squad in 1967, Norman ("Nobby") Pilcher became notorious for the vigor with which he pinned possession of drugs charges on pop stars and hippies, and for the dubious methods employed in his undercover operations, which included paying off informers with drugs.

He became infamous for arresting a number of celebrities during the 1960s on drug charges, such as Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Donovan and also two members of The Beatles, George Harrison and John Lennon. Eric Clapton only escaped being arrested on drugs charges by Pilcher at The Pheasantry, who rang the doorbell to announce "postman, special delivery", by escaping from the rear of the building.

Several celebrities complained that Detective Sergeant Pilcher had framed them, or was only carrying out raids and arrests to satisfy the tabloid newspapers. As is evident from reports in the alternative press and histories of that time, it was widely believed that Pilcher was frequently planting the drugs his victims were convicted of possessing, though this has never been proven.

Pilcher's reputation was damaged in the early 1970s, after it was claimed during the drug smuggling trial of Basil Sands, that the defendant (who had been caught red-handed) was innocent, and had been working with the police. After the judge directed the jury to discount any private belief they might have that Pilcher's superior, Victor Kelaher, was at the center of a drug smuggling ring, since this was something that should be addressed at a subsequent trial, Sands was convicted and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

On 8 November 1972, Pilcher was charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after it was alleged he had committed perjury. He resigned from the police force before the case came to court. In September 1973, Pilcher was convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment, with the judge admonishing the disgraced ex-policeman, “You poisoned the wells of criminal justice, and set about it deliberately.”

Pilcher was the subject of the 2003 Primus song Pilcher's Squad. In The Guardian Alan Travis wrote that it is widely believed that the lyric "Semolina Pilchard" in The Beatles' song "I Am the Walrus" refers to Pilcher. Monty Python lampooned him as "Spiny Norman" in their Piranha Brothers sketch; in another Python sketch, Graham Chapman's police chief character tells a man that he's under arrest and must come with him to the police station because "I'm charging you with illegal possession of whatever we happen to have down there." In Eric Idle’s 1978 Beatles pastiche The Rutles, he was satirised as "Brian Plant".

Monday, August 6, 2018