Ray Bradbury died today.


When I was young, I was addicted to the writing of Ray Bradbury, and I never got over it.  I would read his short stories; the magical, strange sci-fi ones, and the all of the rest.  The prose was mind-expanding, and I have never read a better storyteller.  There would be a twist in the plot, and I tried to predict what would happen next before I turned the page.  I always lost.  He had the ability to invite you into another world, and in a few words, to transform you.

The Terriers of Political Discourse

                                                                                     The backside of Mt. Rushmore

     In a recent interview, Cornel West, self-described Bluesman, author, professor, and activist in the Occupy movement, expressed his dismay with Barack Obama, saying he’s “obsessed with being on Mount Rushmore” and is focusing too much on his “legacy.”“I think at this point he’s obsessed with being on Mount Rushmore, he wants to be a great figure in the pantheon of American presidents,” West told the Financial Times. “If you’re thinking about Mount Rushmore, you’re thinking about your legacy, your legacy, your legacy. Puh-lease.”

Buy American

 If you remain unconvinced that the Obama administration is quietly selling  American jobs to foreign interests, take a look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement that is being negotiated with China and several other Asian countries.   Historically, American businesses have been given preferential treatment in the bidding of federal contracts, in the interest of awarding those bids to American businesses.  If it is not apparent to Mr. Obama, the awarding of Federal contracts to Americans keeps American workers working.  But a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement gives all members of the partnership the same privileged status as American businesses.  That means that Americans will be bidding against the Chinese for the same contracts.

Mark Becker’s Book Blog

This is my first blog.

For you to want to read the second one, I need to capture your imagination.

I have thought a lot about this.

I write political thrillers, but they aren’t really political.

My books, two so far, are titled, At Risk of Winning and No Corner to Hide.

They are the first two novels in the Max Masterson series, which will probably end up being about a dozen novels, but I intend to keep writing until my gnarly cold fingers are pried away from the keyboard.  That may be awhile, because we Beckers tend to live until our brains wear out.

Why Politicians Should Never Eat Corn Dogs in Public

 I’m from Michigan, and last time I checked, it’s still a part of the   Midwest.

There is a prank we Midwesterners play on politicians coming to visit our part of the country, and at risk of giving it all away, I need to talk to you Americans who haven’t been privy to our private joke.


Whenever politicians show up to convince us that they are vote-worthy, we play

The Corndog Card.

At risk of being expelled from my status as a natural-born Midwesterner, I have to warn those unsuspecting Northeasterners and those Lone Texans who have the ego to venture to Iowa or the rest of God’s Country for a political event.

Florida Has Voting Orangutans, But No More Chad

In the year 2000, I was a mediator working in a courthouse in Tallahassee, Florida.  You remember that place.  It was the stage on which America chose a President through the courts.  I worked on the same floor as the courtrooms that hosted the legal battles that determined the course of our nation, and for twenty-eight days, the Great State of Florida was the center of our national destiny.  I was immersed in it.  The insanity of that time was an unwelcome intrusion, though, and the past two weeks leading up to and following the 2012 Florida primary  have brought those memories roaring back.

Finger Pointing and Fault-Finding

Obama claims it’s all Bush’s fault.  Romney claims it’s Obama’s fault.  Before then, Reagan blamed Carter.  The only change is the direction of the finger and the intended target. It has been happening since the United States of America was a colony on the edge of the explored world.  Finger –pointing and fault-finding are an American way of life, and if we don’t steer away from the bickering, our nation will founder in cynicism and despair.