In this collection of thirty-eight chiseled short stories, George Thomas Clark introduces readers to actors, alcoholics, addicts, writers famous and unknown, a general, a lovelorn farmer, a family besieged by cancer, extraterrestrials threatening the world, a couple time traveling back to a critical battle, a deranged husband chasing his wife, and many more memorable people and events.
In compressed language George Thomas Clark presents Snapshots of Distressing Events. A distraught man confronts noisy neighbors, one couple is enveloped by infidelity, another’s destroyed by violence, drinkers and drug users have some fun but more trouble, people stumble in matters of money, medical destiny is determined by mishaps, malice, and chance, members of the media send strange messages, mass murderers and gun lovers disrupt society, those seeking liberation in religion are sometimes imprisoned, and from World War II to the present powerful people blunder.
Boxing is practiced by abnormally tough and determined men compelled to risk their health for a long chance at fleeting glory. In Uppercuts, George Foreman young and old knocks out almost everyone. Joe Frazier mauls Muhammad Ali, Ali destroys Frazier, and boxing ruins both. Jerry Quarry tells about his decline and that of his brother. Hector Camacho recalls the fire in his head. Emanuel Steward, Oscar Bonavena, Alexis Arguello, Archie Moore, Roberto Duran, Jack Johnson, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar de la Hoya, and other also lace on their gloves.
Joseph McCarthy says he’s a tough and dedicated guy in the boxing ring and U.S. Senate. Richard Nixon denies he’s an awkward, resentful, and paranoid president. Fidel Castro asserts he’s an appealing and inevitable historical character while embracing megalomania. And all three frigid warriors tell their stories as they fight again.
Category Archives: Al Qaeda
In cool darkness at this military base, just before incredible dawn, some of you are wondering why I, like Alexander the Great, am riding a white horse and waving a sword. I do so not to boast or campaign but tell you in sacred tones that my sword is the head of Osama bin Laden […]
I wish I could sleep better but feel almost awake hearing August 2011 was the deadliest month for our soldiers in our longest (but not bloodiest) war. It had to become our longest because during the 2008 campaign I proved I was as belligerent as opponents by vowing to escalate military operations in Afghanistan and […]
I’m not drugged. I’m taking medications to soothe my nerves and have for years. But many of our Libyan youths are drugged and now crazed followers of Jihadists and will have to be executed in accordance with Libyan law. My rule must be maintained or Libya will become an Al Qaeda base. I’m a bulwark […]
I can’t decide what to wear. At first I think I better run up to my private quarters in the White House and put on gym shorts over a reinforced jock strap that might weaken kicks from the renegade mixed martial artist, General Stanley McChrystal. No, I decide such attire might be provocative. Still, I […]
I bumbled by that smoking, manure-laden vehicle that didn’t explode in New York City last week and felt foolish I wasn’t the one who detected it and that I should have since I’ve spent my career analyzing wars but concede I’m only a historian, hiding in academia, who would’ve cringed at the sound of real […]
I hope you sensed during the 2008 presidential campaign I didn’t want to pound my rhetorical chest but if I hadn’t done so and declared we’ve got to march more decisively into Afghanistan and destroy Al Qaeda, I couldn’t have proved I was a patriotic American rather than a pacifist and wouldn’t have been elected […]
(Two days ago President Barack Obama sent an ultimatum to leaders of the Taliban in Afghanistan. We obtained this copy from a trustworthy source inside the White House.) To the Taliban, Given the decentralized, secretive, and chaotic nature of your leadership, I must address you as a group, and hope that your operatives will dutifully […]
I admire and respect our new president, Barack Obama, and am therefore willing to step up and explain, in a collegial way, that he’s a coward and traitor who will likely pull the United States of America into unspeakable disaster. Before you liberal weaklings and apathetic moderates order me back into retirement, understand that my […]
Dear President Bush and the Congress of the United States, We are writing to you, the once omnipotent leaders of the United States, to thank you for making possible the restructuring, growth, and fatal effectiveness of the Taliban. Following the Al-Qaeda led and Taliban-abetted assault on your country seven years ago, you counterattacked Afghanistan with […]
On this day five years ago I launched Operation Iraqi Freedom, a farsighted and generous commitment I knew would lead not merely to the liberation of Iraqis but oppressed people everywhere on earth. I can now state – as I incessantly have – what no one can creditably deny: we’re winning in Iraq. We’ve been […]
I just slapped on my morning lather and slid a sharp new blade into the razor and, admiring my smug mug, am thinking about my recent speeches of such strategic importance. I love what my speechwriters give me because they’ve written the feelings and visions of the world’s most important man and a guy who […]
Let me explain: counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke had many opportunities to tell us about his concerns during 2001, and he failed to do so. I stated that for the record and was later flabbergasted Clarke claimed he’d sent me an urgent memo on January 24, 2001, when I was National Security Adviser and responsible for […]
Many cowardly liberal isolationists are demanding I apologize for accusing Ned Lamont of helping “Al Qaeda types” realize their “bet they can ultimately break the will of the American people” and ruin our ability to “stay in the fight and complete the task.” I shan’t take that back nor my trenchant comment that the Democratic […]
We must all be thankful I am President of the United States. If a Democrat or lesser Republican were in office, we wouldn’t be so secure despite now facing threats more dangerous to this country than Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan combined. Be assured. I am preparing us very well for The Long War. We’re […]
I have just amended my speech, and will at times speak to you spontaneously and from the heart. I must do so now for I do not have long. Examine my face, once described by women of the Middle East as handsome or cool, and you will see that I am not a healthy man. […]
Last week, stern and righteous, I looked into the teleprompter and pronounced: “Tonight I want to discuss a grave threat to peace; the threat comes from Iraq. It arises from the Iraqi drive toward an arsenal of terror. We’re concerned about the link between Iraq developing weapons of terror, and the wider war on terror. […]