vic fortezza
3 min readSep 22, 2023

Here’s why I hadn’t said anything about the writers’ strike, although my instincts are almost always anti-union. Headline from nypost.com: “Same old story: Striking WGA union spent big on sushi, 5-star hotels and cash for Dems — while begging public to give money for writers.” Hollywood’s richest — actors, producers, directors, agents — should fund medical coverage for those at the bottom of its totem pole. As for work itself, find a job and write at night, as I did.

Headline out of Dallas from foxnews.com: “Dem mayor of one of America’s largest cities turns Republican, touts ‘law and order’.” Kudos, Sir.

NJ senator Bob Menendez has been charged with corruption a second time. In 2019 he said President Trump’s alleged corruption regarding ties to Russia “keeps me up at night.” I’m sure he believes he’s innocent, simply doing what many politicians do. Of course, one wonders if he’s being thrown under the bus to distract from the Bidens’ corruption.

This is why it may not make a difference if a Republican wins the presidency in 2024. According to an FN op-ed piece by Betsy McCaughey: “95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates give to Democrats… 4,000 are presidential appointees. The rest stay in their jobs, from one administration to the next, protected by rules that make it nearly impossible to discipline or replace them… Some federal workers in high positions slow-walk or even derail a Republican president’s agenda — and get away with it.” The swamp is entrenched. I doubt that will change. “In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order that federal workers who make policy should be reclassified as at-will employees who can be terminated.” Of course, Quid Pro Joe put the kibosh on that. Cartoon by Tom Stiglich:

What’s with the brawls at sporting events? Is it another sign of American decay or simply a temporary uptick?

Excerpts from an FN article by Jon Michael Raasch: “Cartels are collectively Mexico’s fifth-largest employer… employ some 175,000 people, according to a study published in the journal Science.” Anyone surprised?

Only two customers on this beautiful day at the floating book shop, but both went big. My thanks to Kim, who overcompensated me for the second and third parts of the wildly popular The Hunger Games series: Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, and Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Duggard; and to the woman who purchased three large kids’ books, The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer by Harvey Karp; Suze Orman’s Action Plan: New Rules for New Times; The Four Temperaments: A Fun and Practical Guide to Understanding Yourself and the People in Your Life by Renee Baron; Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan; Sleeping with the Enemy by Nancy Price; Frozen II: Forest of Shadows by Kamilla Benko; and to the lovely elderly lady library volunteers, who donated a bunch of kids’ books and two hardcovers in Russian. And now it looks like a big weekend blow is headed to NYC, ending the two-day winning streak.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.