Interview with Tom Ufert, Author of Political Craps

Good morning everyone! Today I’d like to take a second to introduce a new guest on the Bialog, Tom Ufert. Take it away, fellas!

Thanks for joining us today, as we start the second stop of the Tom Ufert, ´Political Craps´ book tour. Today Tom has taken some time out to answer a few questions about himself and his newest book, Political Craps.

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  • Tell me a little about yourself?

After many years of coping with personal adversities—a broken home, family turmoil, 5 divorces in my immediate family, a disabled mother, her attempted suicide, the resulting “adoption” by close family friends, juvenile sexual abuse, conflicts over sexual identity, alcohol/drug/sex addictions, and 3 disabilities—life’s trials and tribulations have definitely made me a stronger person.  My positive attitude and intrinsic faith in God have made the difference between coping and capitulation.  My excellent education and professional experiences have provided me with a unique perspective in dealing with people and society’s systemic mechanisms to achieve great success.  Since my youth I have been drawn towards public service and living a fulfilled life of making a difference.  People have generally referred to me as inspirational and unrelenting in my efforts to serve a higher purpose.  Personally, I am humbled by those bestowed accolades for it has always been my contention that I am who I am…dedicated, honest, loyal, and patriotic.  I’ll grant you, many of those attributes have become more genuine as I’ve grown older and certainly because life has forced me to come to terms with my faults and inequities.

  • Political Craps is very different to your first publication, what drove you to write it?

Definitely, Political Craps is a far cry from my first book, Adversity Builds Character!  In that first book I sought to lay bare with stark honesty many of the personal struggles my life has had to endure in a bold effort to demonstrate that life is naturally hard, but the human spirit is uniquely capable of rising above the fray and reaching great heights.  Intransigence, dysfunction, and partisan gridlock in the American political landscape over the last several years threaten to unravel the core foundations of America’s democracy.   Public tolerance and civic apathy are at the heart of why I am deeply concerned that this intolerable status quo is seriously in danger of becoming the norm.  As long as I have a breath to speak out and the mental capacity to formulate an opinion, my quest to instil in others a yearning love for this country and what we stand for shall not die.  Political Craps is my personal call to action for my fellow citizens to stem the tide of America’s potential fall from grace as the world’s defender of democracy.  Action must begin at home and a renewed sense of civic pride is paramount lest we forget from which we came.  Failure to address America’s paltry and increasingly unresponsive leadership class through informed civic participation insures our doom to become hypocritical has-beens in the trash heap of history.  That is why I wrote Political Craps—Americans NEED to #GIGI (Get Informed Get Involved) and STOP the #Crapsification of their rights!

  • In Adversity Builds Character you talk very openly about your life and the way you were heading. Had the events not unfolded as they did, would you still be involved in politics today?

Let’s be perfectly honest…I’m still involved in politics, just not on the front lines or in the field as I once was!  Certainly, had the triple play of my physical challenges in 1992 not seriously crippled my healthful wellbeing, I’d probably be heavily involved in the daily activities of American politics first hand, maybe even as a candidate for public office.  Even after the onset of my disabilities I was heavily involved in former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk’s U.S. Senate campaign.  That just goes to prove my point…if I can do it from a wheelchair, anybody can and there’s no excuse.  The reality is that because of periodic onsets of fatigue my personal integrity and concerns for my health prevent me from misleading the voters that I could adequately serve their needs as an elected official.  Therefore, I’ve been granted an alternative outlet for my civic participation through public speaking and writing.

  • In your mind, what is the biggest fault with US politics today?

There is no single fault but rather a caustic combination of developments that are contributing to America’s current political dilemma.  Career politicians, the massive increase of unregulated campaign contributions, the intransigence of partisan gridlock, the decline of moderate political partners, and a transitional economy from industrialization to Informationalization are all factors that have created a combined sense of disparity and ineffectiveness in the American electorate.  Voters today feel less connected and incapable of making a difference than they did only a generation ago.  Magnifying this trend is the societal adherence to individual greed instead of community service.  Today’s society is more focused on “me the person” rather than “We the People.”  In many ways economic struggles to make ends meet have forced people to turn insular rather than cooperate together for change and reform.  Political correctness that concentrates on demographic singularities such as “African-Americans,” “Hispanic-Americans,” “LGBT/hetero-Americans,” etc…erodes the communal concept that first and foremost “we’re Americans!”  In the end this country is in serious need of a reality check!

  • What message are you hoping people take away from reading Political Craps?

THEIR VOTE COUNTS and only by getting informed and involved (#GIGI) can they guarantee that concept is a reality and not just a dream!  I spent six months on the internet gathering 230 sources of books/reports/articles and 73 images/charts/graphs/photos to illustrate the fact that excuses of ignorance and apathy are unacceptable in this, the information age.  Furthermore, not only do citizens have an obligation to hold candidates and elected officials accountable, but as voters they have to hold themselves accountable!  If you’re pissed off and dissatisfied with the way things are today, then get off your butt and do something about it!

  • “A government by the people, for the people.” What does this mean to you, and what needs to change to make it so.

This is the core foundation of what America is all about, what we as a nation stand for, and what the rest of the world admires us for.  It infuriates me when people moan and complain about how rotten our political system has become and yet do absolutely nothing to change it.  WE HAVE THE POWER AND WE NEED TO EXERCISE IT AT THE VOTING BOOTH!  I specifically set out to write Political Craps to hammer this point home as the nation approaches the midterm elections in November.  Recent public opinion polls by CNN and the NY Times show that “this congress is the worst in our lifetime!”  This begs the question “what will you do on election day?”  Will you send the same do-nothing lackeys back to Capitol Hill, vote for change and reform, or sit on your butt and do nothing?  On November 12th, the day after the election, whatever the results, will be of our own making.  It will either be “a government of the people, by the people, for the people” or another two years of “elected representatives” that emulate the will of the nation—we just don’t give a damn!

 

AUTHOR’S BIOGRAPHY

Tom Ufert

Tom Ufert “is an inspirational voice in our troubled times.” He received his bachelor of arts in political science and history as a scholarship recipient from Centenary College of Louisiana. Tom is a former Rotary International graduate Fellow who attended Australian National University in Canberra, ACT, specializing in East Asian political affairs and was a White House Fellow nominee.  He is a former Lyndon Baines Johnson Congressional Intern and constituency aid for two former United States members of Congress.   His past services for 11 political campaigns on both sides of the aisle were highly valued by former Louisiana Governor Charles “Buddy” Roemer, Henson Moore the former assistant chief of staff to U.S. Vice President George H.W. Bush, and the recently retired U.S. Trade Ambassador, Ron Kirk.

At age 23 he was the youngest artistic Board Chairman in the United States as head of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival. Mr. Ufert has served as a member of two other 501(c) three charity boards including his beloved fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as well as the community advisory board for his former rehabilitation hospital.  Over the years he has acquired extensive customer service experience in the food and beverage, hotel, insurance, home security, and pharmaceutical industries.  His professional memberships include Phi Alpha Theta, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Worldwide Who’s Who. In recent years he has worked tirelessly as a volunteer fundraiser for numerous AIDS charities in his community and served briefly as the community affairs liaison for Legacy Founders Cottage.

 

Tom Ufert, a native of Louisiana, now resides in Texas.  He is an Amazon Best Selling Author for his second book On The Roll Again, his first book, Adversity Builds Character received high acclaim with numerous 5 Star reviews, as has his newest release Political Craps.  In fact all three books and several of his essay booklets have garnered distinction as Amazon’s Top 20 Best Sellers.  Perhaps Mr. Ufert’s greatest claim to fame is that every book he sells contributes directly to charity through his charitable book entity Stand Strong For Others.

 

 

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The Poetry Corner presents, The Question by Alex Katt

Good morning and welcome to this week’s Poetry Corner. Please welcome the talented Alex Katt!

The Question by Alex Katt
“Can I ask you a question?”
Well, I suppose you already did.
“There’s something I forgot to mention.”
Was it a secret that you hid?
“It’s not a secret, exactly.”
Then what is it that you’re saying?
“It’s something you’ll never ask me.”
What game do you intend on playing?
“Oh, it’s not a game, you see.”
Then just get to the point.
“My heart is always whispering to me.”
Pray tell, what does it speak?
“My heart say I should love you…”
Why were you so afraid?
“I didn’t know what you would do.”
I have loved you all my days.

Thank you so much for sharing, Alex. Please, check out below where you can find Alex Katt online and show her some support.

Author Bio:

I am a writer, focusing primarily on my novel but poetry is definitely
another passion of mine. I love reading, my favorite author being John
Green. I also enjoy art and playing the clarinet. I begin college in
January as an English major.

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Cover Reveal for Angela Fattig’s The Heart Won’t Lie Book 2 of The Broken Series

Good morning everyone and welcome to our cover reveal for The Heart Won’t Lie Book 2 of the Broken Series by Angela Fattig. Please, sit back and enjoy. :)

 

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Title: The Heart Won’t Lie Book 2 The Broken Series

Genre: Erotic Romance

 

Blurb

The storm is coming and it will not be stopped. Chase will see red and Jaden will be cast back into the darkness.

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The past and secrets have been revealed. Jaden and Chase believe they are finally free to love. However, the past has different plans.

When Jaden and Chase have a chance encounter with Jaden’s mom and sister their world is spun out of control.

Dory Smith has a plan and it involves destroying her oldest daughter, again. However, this time her plans involve murder.

Are Jaden and Chase strong enough to fight back and hold on to the one thing they so desperately want, need?

Will Dory win and finally have what she believes is hers?

About the Author

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Angela Fattig spent most of her childhood reading any book she could find. That’s when her passion of writing was born. When she was 10, she started writing short stories and poems and kept quite a collection.

In 1998, she met Paul and they have shared a life together for 15 years. In 1999, she introduced the world to her first born, Brandi, and again in 2000, Sarah.

Today, when she is not doing what she loves, writing, she spends time with her beautiful family and the addition of two dogs named Izzy and Herly.

Angela’s inspirations have always been Stephen King, E L James, and Poe.

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Doctor Who, Series 8: A New Era

Originally posted on CultureShock:

WARNING: This post is going to contain spoilers. If you are spoilerphobic, please don’t read past the cut. You’ve been warned! With the fifth episode about to air, I thought I would talk a little about what we’ve seen so far and what I am enjoying about the new Doctor. Let’s rank them in order of my favorites….

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Being a Multi-Genre Author

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I got to write a guest post for the Florida Writer’s Association. :)

Originally posted on Florida Writers Conference Blog:

By CP Bialois

CP Author PhotoHello everyone!

Being a multi-genre author is a topic that’s been one of the most discussed topics in the writing groups I’m in, so I thought I’d throw my two cents in and share my thoughts.

As many of you know, I’m a multi-genre author. For me, it’s a simple choice since I have an interest in just about everything and anything. I love sci-fi and fantasy, action adventure and horror, so it’s easy for me to have ideas and stories in all of those that I want to explore and share.

Sounds simple, right? Not so fast.

There are many arguments against being multi-genre and some of the most vocalized cons of doing so I’ve heard are: “Your readers won’t know what to expect from you”, “You need to make it easy for your readers to find you”, and “It’s easier to brand your books if…

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Before Time Cover by Xunaira J. Reveal

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covergifTitle: Before Time
Series: The Time Series # 1
Author: Xunaira J.
Audience: NA
Genre: Tragic Romance
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Xunaira J.
Editor: Michelle Browne
Expected Date of Publishing: 20th November 2014
 
 

 

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His eyes told her what his tongue could not.
Nineteen-year-old Onaiza Shahid is a loner and a dreamer, bookish and socially isolated. A chance ramble into chatting software changes everything. The words of a stranger compel her. Addicted and falling fast, their secret love changes her life. But will the idealistic teenager get her happily ever after?

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clip_image006Born on October 17, 1990 in Islamabad, Pakistan, to a government officer and a homemaker, Xunaira J, as a child dreamed of being a writer.She always loved writing short stories and has been active on Helium (www.helium.com) as a creative writer. She has been a blogger and been writing articles on relationship and family for a long time.When she was young, she used to write for US Magazine. Currently, Xunaira is doing her Bachelors in Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing and writing at the same time. The name of her first book on Amazon Kindle is “The Cursed City” while her second book is a book of collective short stories which will be published in October, 2013. Meanwhile, She is working on another Mystery/Romance novel which is almost reaching completion. She is anticipating to publish it sometime next year.

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A Little Help

Hello everyone!
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As most of you know, I’m working toward releasing the third book in The Sword in the Flame series, The Lightwalker, in November. To help pave the way, I’m attempting to set the first book in the series, The Forging to perma-free on Amazon.com and I would really appreciate your help.

All you have to do is:
1. Go here: http://www.amazon.com/Sword-Flame-Forging-CP-Bialois-ebook/dp/B007PK6NTU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1408314311&sr=8-3&keywords=cp+bialois
2. Scroll down until you see the link that says “tell us about a lower price.”
3. Click “Website (online)”
4. Enter this URL: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sword-and-the-flame-cp-bialois/1114910320?ean=2940044476516 and mark the price at $0.00.
5. Click “Submit feedback.”
If you would be so kind, please repeat step 4 once using each of the following links:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-sword-and-the-flame-the-forging

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Let me just say ahead of time that you all rock! Thank you so, so much! :)

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