Nocturnal Lives

Musings from the mind of Amanda S. Green – Mother, Writer, Possessed by Cats

Date: June 2, 2017

Hypocrisy in action

We’ve all seen the images of Kathy Griffin, the so-called comic, posing with the mock severed head of Donald Trump. It was graphic and it was over the line. Way over the line. Voices from both sides of the political divide stood up and condemned Griffin for what she did. Approximately 24 hours later, she issued an apology — of sorts.

Of course, that apology does little to negate the fact that, during the filming of her “stunt” she made a comment to that showed she knew she was crossing the line. She joked about how this was going to get her in trouble.

Now, poor widdle Kathy has hired Gloria Allred’s daughter and is claiming that Trump, his children and wife are trying to ruin her. She cried in a press conference today and is playing the victim card. And why? Because she went well over the line and got caught.

But she doesn’t want to suffer the consequences. After all, according to her, she doesn’t deserve this. She has helped people. That’s right. She’s a nice person and the evil Donald is out to get her.

The truth is she started believing her own PR and thought she could get away with an “act”, for lack of a better word, that went beyond being horrible. If a conservative comic had done something similar with Obama or Clinton, they would have been pilloried and Griffin would have been one of the first to condemn them. But now that the shoe is on the other foot, she doesn’t want to play.

“A sitting president of the United States, and his grown children, and the first lady, are personally – I feel – personally trying to ruin my life forever.” That’s one of the allegations made by Griffin in her press conference today. Gee, you’d think she can’t understand why the Trumps would be upset about what she did. Or that she didn’t consider the fact that Trump’s 12-year-old son might see her “joke”.

Here’s the thing. Griffin didn’t think the tide would turn against her. She didn’t think there would be any backlash and she sure as hell didn’t think CNN would fire her. CNN, the bastion of liberal think, wasted no time letting her go. They were right to do so. She tarnished their brand with her attempt at humor — except I’m not convinced she was trying for humor. She was, in my opinion, trying to score point on shock value alone. Well, the points were scored and their were not on her side of the tally sheet.

“As much as we might dislike an elected official, this is not a joke. If Kathy Griffin had been in our room at CIA seeing this type of horrifying murder take place, I doubt she would have made the mistake she did. I also think she should have known this without even having to see an actual event take place. I think the description we tried to invoke is clear.” This is from an op-ed piece by Lisa Chambers, a former CIA public affairs officer who does stand-up comedy after finishing her day job.

Griffin is a self-serving liberal who clearly thought she was above public outrage. She did something she would have screamed to high heaven if we had done it to one of her political idols. Why? Because she could and because, like so many of her ilk, she thinks she is above the rest of us. Her apology, which began with something along the line of “after I got up this morning and saw the feedback”, was not something she would have done had there not been pushback.

Sorry, Ms. Griffin, but you are not the victim here. You started this by what you chose to do. No one held a gun to your head and forced you to stand there and have your picture taken with the mock head, replete with blood. You made that choice. Now you can live with the consequences.

She can yell and scream that the Trumps are out to get her but I’ll tell you this. If someone had done that to me when my son was 12, my one mission from that moment on would be to make that person’s life miserable. There are just some things you don’t do and purposely taking action that can traumatize a child is one of them. So, screw you, Kathy Griffin. You made your bed, now lie down and wallow in it.

Here’s the thing. I have no doubt Griffin wants to use this to try to smear the Trumps as much as she can. But it is also a smoke screen. How long until we see that she and CNN have either come to some sort of “understanding” or she files suit against them for wrongful termination? Is there anyone else thinking this has all been a move to make sure she doesn’t lose any bookings or endorsements or other income opportunities because she fucked up?

Quit playing the victim, Griffin. You knew what you were doing. Now you need to pay the consequences.

Friday thoughts and reading recommendations

Just a quick post today. I’m doing my best to stay away from politics — my blood pressure thanks me as does the mush of what calls itself my brain. Why is it that the first few days after finishing a book are lost when it comes to accomplishing much more than getting out of bed and vegging for the rest of the day?

Monday, I start the final review of Nocturnal Challenge and then it is off to the beta readers. Yay! Of course, Myrtle the Muse is already hitting me with more stories, including more detail about what the next Nocturnal Lives book will be. I’m going to try to make a few notes today so I don’t lose the thread. That’s important since this next book will tie up the final threads of the current story arc. Myrtle, being the evil muse that she is, has also given me the threads for the next arc for the series.

I’ve spent the last two days doing things that needed to be done — cleaning my office. It’s amazing how much stuff I accumulate while writing a book. Everything from slips of paper with notes on them to research materials to who knows what. I’ve also been reading. That’s always my reward for finishing one novel. Before moving on to the next, I get to hit my very large TBR stack. I’ll post some reviews over the next few days.

In the meantime, Next up are a short story (possibly a novella) in the Eerie Side of the Creek universe as well as the next Honor and Duty novel. It looks like I will be working on them at the same time — we’ll see how that works. But both are being very loud right now.

In the meantime, here are a few good books to try if you haven’t already. Oh, there may be one or two of mine in the list as well.  😉

Dipped, Stripped & Dead

by Elise Hyatt

A Dyce Dare Mystery

When she was six, Dyce Dare wanted to be a ballerina, but she couldn’t stop tripping over her own feet. Then she wanted to be a lion tamer, but Fluffy, the cat, would not obey her. Which is why at the age of twenty nine she’s dumpster diving, kind of. She’s looking for furniture to keep her refinishing business going, because she would someday like to feed herself and her young son something better than pancakes.

Unfortunately, as has come to be her expectation, things go disastrously wrong. She finds a half melted corpse in a dumpster. This will force her to do what she never wanted to do: solve a crime.

Life is just about to get crazy… er… crazier. But at least at the end of the tunnel there might be a relationship with a very nice Police Officer.

Tom

by Dave Freer

Tom is a cat in trouble. The worst possible kind of trouble: he’s been turned into a human. Transformed by an irascible old magician in need of a famulus — a servant and an assistant, Tom is as good at being a servant as a cat ever is. The assistant part is more to Tom’s taste: he rather fancies impressing the girl cats and terrorizing the other toms by transforming himself into a tiger. But the world of magic, a vanished and cursed princess, and a haunted skull, and a demon in the chamber-pot, to say nothing of conspiring wizards and the wickedest witch in the west, all seem to be out to kill Tom. He is a cat coming to terms with being a boy, dealing with all this.

He has a raven and a cheese as… sort of allies.

And of course there is the princess.

If you were looking for ‘War and Peace’ this is the wrong book for you. It’s a light-hearted and gently satirical fantasy, full of terrible puns and… cats.

The Chaplain’s War

by Brad Torgersen

The mantis cyborgs: insectlike, cruel, and determined to wipe humanity from the face of the galaxy.

The Fleet is humanity’s last chance: a multi-world, multi-national task force assembled to hold the line against the aliens’ overwhelming technology and firepower. Enter Harrison Barlow, who like so many young men of wars past, simply wants to serve his people and partake of the grand adventure of military life. Only, Harrison is not a hot pilot, nor a crack shot with a rifle. What good is a Chaplain’s Assistant in the interstellar battles which will decide the fate of all?

More than he thinks. Because while the mantis insectoids are determined to eliminate the human threat to mantis supremacy, they remember the errors of their past. Is there the slightest chance that humans might have value? Especially since humans seem to have the one thing the mantes explicitly do not: an innate ability to believe in what cannot be proven nor seen God. Captured and stranded behind enemy lines, Barlow must come to grips with the fact that he is not only bargaining for his own life, but the lives of everyone he knows and loves. And so he embarks upon an improbable gambit, determined to alter the course of the entire war.

Nocturnal Origins

by Amanda S. Green

Some things can never be forgotten, no matter how hard you try.

Detective Sergeant Mackenzie Santos knows that bitter lesson all too well. The day she died changed her life and her perception of the world forever.It doesn’t matter that everyone, even her doctors, believe a miracle occurred when she awoke in the hospital morgue. Mac knows better. It hadn’t been a miracle, at least not a holy one. As far as she’s concerned, that’s the day the dogs of Hell came for her.

Investigating one of the most horrendous murders in recent Dallas history, Mac also has to break in a new partner and deal with nosy reporters who follow her every move and who publish confidential details of the investigation without a qualm.

Complicating matters even more, Mac learns the truth about her family and herself, a truth that forces her to deal with the monster within, as well as those on the outside.But none of this matters as much as discovering the identity of the murderer before he can kill again.

Vengeance from Ashes

by Sam Schall

First, they took away her command. Then they took away her freedom. But they couldn’t take away her duty and honor. Now they want her back.

Captain Ashlyn Shaw has survived two years in a brutal military prison. Now those who betrayed her are offering the chance for freedom. All she has to do is trust them not to betray her and her people again. If she can do that, and if she can survive the war that looms on the horizon, she can reclaim her life and get the vengeance she’s dreamed of for so long.

But only if she can forget the betrayal and do her duty.

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