No, this isn’t in Chicago or even Marion Berry’s D.C., but those are good guesses.

Upon reflection, I think there’s a certain honesty in this. It’s a straight out bribe. It isn’t veiled with names like “middle class tax cuts” or “economic stimulus” or “White House Initiative on Educational Excellence  for African Americans.” I don’t like politicians bribing the people with their own money. It’s much cleaner to bribe them with drugs that can be sold and the money used to replace the expired unemployment benefits.

image of cocaine from National Archives, public domain

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

I love seeing people using their talents to help others. Karen DeLabar was stricken with Toxic Shock Syndrome. To assist with her medical bills, authors are contributing stories for an anthology to sell on her behalf. Please consider contributing to the Orange Karen Tribute Anthology.

My baby girl went to her first homecoming dance last Saturday so this post by Kenzie Dodd at Jillian Dodd’s blog definitely caught my eye. All That Glitters: Homecoming Dresses

Here’s one for all of the Apple product junkies out there. From Natalie Hartford, Urban Word Wednesday: Macturbate.

image by Glenn Fleishman at wikimedia commons

Great interview from Ellie Soderstrom with best selling author and three time Jeopardy! champion Meg Gardiner. Meg Gardiner: WRITERMOM, Chocolate Lakes, and Ransom River

The power of dance. Jenny Hansen asks Can One Person Make a Difference?

Have you ever done something stunningly stupid? Heather Konik confesses. A Tale Told By an Idiot (Me) My thanks to Heather for having the Superhero Hunger Games. My nominee, River from Firefly, took the prize. No power in the Verse can stop her. 🙂

Celestial Seasonings is celebrating 40 years of Sleepytime Tea with a contest. Sing Your Way to Sleepytime. I’m possibly the only writer on the planet who drinks Sleepytime instead of coffee.

image from Celestial Seasonings

In case you missed it, yesterday was International Day of the Girl. Tameri Etherton wishes us a Happy International Day of the Girl and gives us some terrific links to resources.

Catie Rhodes, author of all things serial killer, paranormal and just plain creepy, welcomes Kimberlee Edgar to her blog today to tell about her experience with a type of Appalachian folk magic called The Blood Verse.

Juliette Terzieff  and Walking Dead star IronESingleton send out an urgent alert. The chapel from Night of the Living Dead is going to be demolished without our help. ZSC Special Alert: Fix the Chapel

My thanks to Awesome Dipped in Glitter Best Selling Author and founder of WANA International Kristen Lamb for the following video. I’m guessing we all know these people.

And for our Campaign Style Poll Daddy of the week . . .

All the best to all of you for getting your money’s worth out of your politicians.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse