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Odds and Ends, April 2014 Version

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Well, folks, as usual, I’ve been so busy the past week that I have barely had enough time to turn around.

Whenever I get this busy, I don’t blog much, I don’t do much other than what must be done first — editing, in this case, and glad to have the work — and everything else basically takes a backseat.

This is why I didn’t review anything last week at Shiny Book Review (SBR).

This is why I didn’t write a follow-up blog regarding the two elections that the Koch Brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity group threw a lot of money into . . . and it’s also why, despite the Milwaukee Brewers’ impressive sweep of the Boston Red Sox, I didn’t get back here to write about that, either.

That being said, here’s a few quick hits regarding the odds and ends I left open last week:

  1. The elections in Iron County, WI, and in Kenosha County for the Kenosha Unified School Board seemed to be largely unaffected by the huge amount of money Americans for Prosperity threw into the races. The folks in Iron County basically said in a number of televised interviews that they disliked interference from people who didn’t live in Iron County — so the money that AFP threw into the election seems to have gone by the boards. And the people in Kenosha County didn’t change their minds regarding their candidates, either . . . so it does appear, as my late friend Jeff Wilson once put it, that there is a monetary ceiling to an election where a group (or groups) can spend whatever they like, but after a certain point, people just tune out.
  2. The Brewers going into Boston and sweeping the Red Sox was completely unanticipated, at least by me. After only scoring four runs in three games and losing two out of three at home in the Brewers’ own opening series, it was particularly impressive that the Brewers could go into Boston, win all three games (including an 11th inning thriller), and actually have some clutch hits in games that mattered.
  3. What a shame that Wisconsin lost to Kentucky in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. I’m glad the Badgers did so well and got to the Final Four — that’s the one thing I got right in my NCAA bracket — but I wish they’d have had just one more game in them. (C’est la vie.)
  4. Normally after turning in a really big edit — as I did on  Saturday morning — I’d take a few days off. Right now, I can’t, because I’m looking over my master file for AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE. There is a reason for that: The e-book will be up on Amazon and most other major dealers on April 15 — so if you’ve ever wanted to find out what the deal is with regards to my Elfyverse or my character Bruno the Elfy, now’s your chance to set your clocks.

Later in the week, I should have at least a bit of time to get a review or two in over at SBR, and I hope to be able to talk more about baseball, or politics, or maybe even the recent decision by the NLRB arbitrator in Chicago who ruled that Northwestern University’s football players should be able to form a union, as they are employees like any other (as that last really intrigues me, but I haven’t had enough time to do justice to the subject as of yet).

But for now, all I can do is please ask you to let people know that AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE is coming soon . . . and if you think anyone will be interested (or even if they aren’t), tell them that my late husband Michael B. Caffrey’s two stories of military science fiction about his excellent character Joey Maverick, a quiet and responsible man who is nonetheless every bit a hero, are available now at Amazon (here and here).

Even with my own novel coming out, it still matters a great deal to me that Michael’s stories find their audience, especially as, years ago, Michael had hundreds of people who said they wanted to buy them as soon as he was willing to put them out. (I don’t know where these people went, mind you. But maybe at least a few of them are still alive, and if so, perhaps they’ll discover the stories one of these years. Hope springs eternal, and all that.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

April 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

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  1. I’m completely slammed at work and neglecting my blog as well, so I can relate. Nevertheless, I’m glad to hear that somewhere in the country, the Koch brothers and their machinations lost one. Leaves me feeling a bit more hopeful.


    April 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    • Yeah, same here.

      I think they mainly lost in Wisconsin because they were shamelessly manipulative and were also extremely obvious about it, too. This combination is something that helped the people up in Mercer (which is where the taconite mine is that Gov. Walker wants, and Walker is an ally of the Koch Brothers, who also want it as the guy who wants to come up there and operate the mine is also apparently a friend of theirs) throw off this sort of nonsense.

      I hope your work will level off, so you can go back to writing some more blogs, Eurobrat. I have always enjoyed what you write. 😉

      Barb Caffrey

      April 8, 2014 at 3:17 am

      • Well, thank you so much 🙂 I’m hoping for the same, but it turns out the Affordable Care Act is no joke! What a transition this has been for us in the health care industry.


        April 8, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      • I completely understand.

        BTW, according to “The Ed Show,” two candidates for school board _were_ ousted because they’d voted for the union contract to get ratified. So unfortunately the Koch Brothers’ money did work there; it did *not* work, however, in Iron County, WI. So there’s a split verdict . . . it’s also possible that if more people had realized what was at stake in the school board race, the two people would not have been ousted. (In Iron County, everyone knew what was going on and they didn’t like it. Turnout was high for a “minor” election at 45 or 50%, perhaps a bit more.) In Kenosha County, I believe less than 25% of the eligible voters actually went out to vote, so it’s possible that’s the main difference between what happened there.

        Mind, the reason I didn’t think it had made any difference was because the ones who got in there were not the ones Americans for Prosperity was hoping to get. So they didn’t exactly get everything they wanted — but they did manage to oust two of the board members they didn’t like. 😦

        Barb Caffrey

        April 9, 2014 at 1:21 am

      • Well, it’s still a pleasant surprise that our modern day oligarchs don’t get their way all the time, even with all those oodles of cash at their disposal. Also, I’m genuinely impressed with that turnout in Iron County…wow!


        April 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      • Agreed, Eurobrat. Agreed. 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        April 11, 2014 at 1:25 am

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