After a little bit of a hiatus, I’m back on the wagon!
Some of you may have heard of a little novella entitled Taeren of Teutoberg.
/me waits expectantly
No? Well, it’s time to fix that then!
Taeren of Teutoberg is yet another of my forays into Historical Fiction, this time focused on the repercussions of the Battle of the Teutoberg Forest for one man sent as an envoy from the Germanic tribes. The story is from his point of view and starts with a somewhat rambling monologue like this:
Strangely, I do not remember the day that my wife bore my first child – I do not even recall my children’s names. I still know mine, Taeren; I know this because Augustus knew this, but I only remember from the boat.
Go get it!
Oh, and enjoy the cover art… I made it myself.
Many thanks go out to the folks over at Wikipedia who provided the Roman Military Banner logo under Creative Commons! Woohoo!
Below is a Facebook post I put up in response to the Syracuse Government’s recent amendment affecting Secondhand Dealers of goods. Below is the link to that Facebook article where there are a few comments included.
“Okay… The Sound Garden. Ahem.
Sorry for the length. I was looking around and seeing a lot of complaining, but no one was really pointing out what was wrong with this amendment. Overall, I *DO* think this is a proper advancement of the current sitting law, but the points below are so drastically and fundamentally ridiculous that I felt the need to argue them in favor of secondhand dealers like The Sound Garden.
Here it is:
ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 9, ARTICLE 9, ENTITLED SECONDHAND DEALERS, OF THE REVISED GENERAL ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF SYRACUSE, AS AMENDED
Below follows a point by point discussion of the issues with several pieces of this amendment.
Section 9-102 Amendment:
C: “Every secondhand dealer shall request Identification from the seller and compare the photographic image to the seller to verify the identity… the secondhand dealer shallrecord the name, date of birth and address… of the seller…. If the acquisition occurs within the physical place of business, the secondhand dealer must make a photocopy of the… identification:” Required Submission of Identifcation (and photocopying) during a sales/trade transaction: Requesting ID for Sales Purposes is a violation of basic human rights. This, in practicality, excludes patronage by those that do not carry identification. NOTE: It is not a requirement in the United State to carry ID on your person. This was made clear in California a few years back, when a man was arrested for failure to produce ID. Turns out he was right.
D: “Any secondhand dealer shall allow any records… to be examined… by any member of the Syracuse Police Department”: Disclosing private records without a warrant or probable cause–i.e. a dead body in the hallway–is illegal.
E: “Every secondhand dealer shall… report each article purchased using a computer program approved by the Syracuse Police Department”: So… this program needs to be provided if it is mandated.
H: “Improper recording or failure to record merchandise acquired will be presumptive evidence that the property has been stolen”: In America we are Innocent until proven Guilty. This directly contradicts this statement. Guilty until proven Innocent. This also pushes guilt immediately onto the business owner, not the original consignee.”