Delete Doc released

For you fans of medical doctor, private pilot, straight shooter, and civil war reenactor a new problem arises.

California doctor Henry “Hank” Houston thought the ugly past was behind him, but he and his wife Jennifer are soon pulled right back into turmoil and danger. He becomes focused as never before after Jennifer is abducted by agents of what the media refers to as the “deep state.” Shifting through layers of federal security forces and secret biochemical laboratories, searching for Jennifer, Hank worries about what she is going through. He knows exactly what the federal contractors and workers in hidden agencies are capable of—with his memories of illegal detainment and chemical torture. With people disappearing every day, including agency workers like his once old friend Doctor Terry Graff, Hank’s deepest concern is that what he has learned is all too true…

This book is available everywhere: Black Opal Books – blackopalbooks.com -, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Amazon, Kobo, Kindle, All Romance, PDF.

Product details

Paperback
Publisher: Black Opal Books (October 28, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162694783X
ISBN-13: 978-1626947832
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
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The ATTACK painting prints

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Now that the court case has been settled, prints are available of this painting.

Last year several people requested how to get a poster of the Confederate painting. It is now on Etsy and the title of the offer is “Tim Desmond designed poster” There is more information there.So, if you know someone who said that they wanted a poster of it, it is now available

The poster is on 24 pound paper and is 24 x 25 inches.

Last week, when this was first advertised, it was up at ETSY as only one print available. There are now twenty [20] prints in stock at ETSY. The site is at:

https://www.etsy.com/search?q=Tim%20Desmond%20designed%20poster

Tim
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California Confederate Flag Law Settlement

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It seems a long time since the painting was finished two years ago first shown at the Sorenson Studios & Gallery’s 2015 Black & White show. It was shown there for all of May 2015. For the October 2015 Big Fresno Fair Art exhibit, it was not allowed. That prompted advice from a friend to contact CIR – Center for Individual Rights.
Yesterday, May 2, the settlement and stipulation was finalized with the attorneys at California Department of Justice. Below is the KCRE 3 Sacramento Facebook posting based on the AP release about the case.
AP had requested a photo of the painting from me for their release. There may be another piece released about this.
Here is that May 2 posting below …..

May 2, 2017
“SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —
California’s ban on displaying the Confederate flag doesn’t apply to individuals even if they are on government property, state officials said this week in settling a free speech lawsuit.

Fresno artist Timothy Desmond sued after his painting depicting the flag was barred from the 2015 Big Fresno Fair. His painting shows Confederate soldiers fighting in the 1864 siege of Atlanta, led by a soldier carrying the battle flag.

California’s 2014 law says the state cannot display or sell the Battle Flag of the Confederacy or any similar image unless it appears in a way that serves an educational or historical purpose. Fair officials used that law to ban Desmond’s painting a year later, but they let him display the painting during the 2016 fair.

The settlement signed by the state attorney general’s office on Monday says that the ban applies only to the state government and not to private individuals. Individuals are still free to carry, display or sell the flag on private or government property.

“The First Amendment is clear: the state may not ban the expression of certain points of view simply because some find them distasteful,” Center for Individual Rights President Terry Pell said in a statement Tuesday. “Freedom of speech has costs, whether in the form of hurt feelings of those who are forced to listen or the cost of police necessary to protect against the riots that sometimes result.”

The nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based center represented Desmond in the lawsuit.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office referred requests for comment to the state Department of Food and Agriculture, where the media office was not accepting messages after business hours.

Desmond himself wasn’t commenting on the lawsuit or the settlement, a spokeswoman for the center said. The center’s website describes him as a retired high school science teacher who regularly entered his paintings in local art fairs.

It says his relatives fought for the South during the Civil War, so he became interested in their lives and the battles in which they might have fought. He found that his great-grandfather’s brother may have fought in the battle for Atlanta.”

Tim

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Confederate Painting

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The Attack

The Confederate Flag painting and 2016 law suit made George Will’s opening item in his Washington Post column about the past year. The rest of his piece is great reading as well.

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/opinion/20161229/george-will-good-riddance-2016

Tim

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Pappy on a Roll

Art - final cover by Jack - Pappy Butler & His Zero Time Theory
Cover by JACK at Black Opal Books

Today’s interview was the second time for the novel PAPPY BUTLER & HIS ZERO TIME THEORY on Central Valley Talk studio in Fresno, California. It ran longer than planned as two other guests in the hour did not show. Besides the talk about the Pappy Butler story for any new viewers, I told a little bit more about Pappy’s theory. The other thing mentioned was the upcoming sequel to THE DOC novel, with answers to loose ends from that book. Called DELETE DOC, it is scheduled for release in May or June. There is no cover design yet. There is more on …….. Enough. The interview is on YOUTUBE at:

Let me know what you think.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
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151st Anniversary Battle of Franklin

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THE ATTACK

Today this painting is presented to commemorate the November 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. Buried in history are the stories of so many and their valor on the Carter farm. As this is not meant to be a lengthy history with this posting, here is a poem about it too.

“That 30 November Thing”

We’d awakened to
Morning cold Fires
Dried wet wool
Cotton soaked dew

Smoke floated smell
Coffee weak hot
Cartridge issued
Cheered boys well

Night moves true
Rumor we’d heard
Blame went ‘round
Union got through

Smoke floated smell
Coffee weak hot
Cracker issued
Cheered boys well

Officers call told
First Sergeant with me
Plans licked hard
Orders on hold

Smoke floated smell
Coffee weak hot
Cracker issued
Cheered boys well

Columns on road
Division formed
Northeast all day
Cleburne near rode

Smoke floated smell
Company into line
Charge order issued
Cheered boys well

Artillery hot attack
Federal works reached
Orange flashes roar
Into night black

Smoke floated smell
Company at the works
Liquid red issued
Boys fought well

I woke up sickly
Morning fire cold
Dried red wool
Cotton blood sticky

Lieutenant I asked
Company take now
First sergeant killed
Command my last

Cleburne now gone
Generals five others
Gave their all too
Before this dawn

Death bloated smell
Survivors formed up
Marched southwest
Boys not well

They left bloated smell
No coffee now
The field they fled
Called Franklin’s hell

Tim

THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
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Art Banned in California State Venues

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THE ATTACK

3rd Confederate Infantry Regiment in Cleburne’s Division in late Atlanta Campaign 1864.

On Thursday, September 24, the artist was called to pick up the painting with the explanation that under California’s state law, the local fair district cannot hang the painting to be shown. California’s fair districts are a state run entity and fall under the 2014 law AB-2444 and cannot sell or display Confederate flags and symbols.
As a consolation, the artist was told, “the painting was allowed to be judged” and, “ had it won a place or prize, those would have been awarded to the artist.”
The fair people the artist talked with were sympathetic and showed the June 2015 letter from the State of California that was mailed to all fair districts and to all vendors and concessionaires who are operating their business at California fairs. The artist asked if he was considered a vendor or concession as he was not selling the painting. The reply was no, that the fair cannot display it. He asked for a copy of the letter and was told that they would mail him a copy. He was also told that the fair people had petitioned by telephone call to the California Fairs Director in Sacramento, that the painting depicted an historical scene, and also contacted the state Attorney General. It seemed that everyone’s hands were tied by the legislation. At some point someone in Sacramento had to have decided that the historic depiction did not matter.
Here is the law:

Assembly Bill No. 2444
CHAPTER 538

An act to add Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to the Confederate flag.
[Approved by Governor September 25, 2014. Filed with Secretary of State September 25, 2014.]

legislative counsel’s digest
AB 2444, Hall. Confederate flag: sales: government property.
Existing law regulates the sale of certain merchandise, including political items and sports memorabilia.
This bill would prohibit the State of California from selling or displaying the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, or a similar image, or tangible personal property inscribed with those images, unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 2.9 (commencing with Section 8195) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
Chapter 2.9. Confederate Flag
8195. (a) The State of California may not sell or display the Battle Flag of the Confederacy, also referred to as the Stars and Bars, or any similar image, or tangible personal property, inscribed with such an image unless the image appears in a book, digital medium, or state museum that serves an educational or historical purpose.
(b) For purposes of this section, “sell” means to transfer title or possession, exchange, or barter, conditional or otherwise, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, for consideration. “Transfer possession” includes only transactions that would be found by the State Board of Equalization, for purposes of the Sales and Use Tax Law, to be in lieu of a transfer of title, exchange, or barter.

As well as the legislature not understanding the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution, notice also, that the law erroneously refers to the “Battle Flag” as the “Stars and Bars.” In the painting is the “Second National” Confederate pattern.

This is the “Battle Flag:”
Art - Blog photo - Battle flag

This is the “Stars and Bars” which is the First Confederate States National Flag:
Art - Blog photo - 1st national flag

While many may discredit Wikipedia as a source, there is a good discussion of this there at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America

The black and white painting was done for a local art show called “Black and White Show” in May 2015. Red was added to the Confederate States’ Second National flag’s canton in June.

Tim

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THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
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All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

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War or not …..

Art - photo for blog - Aug 7 - 2015

Perhaps the national turmoil is getting to me. Cyber threat if tied with global economy, makes me wonder.

Tim

Timothy J. Desmond
THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond

Cover Design by Jackson Cover Design
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Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1
Timothy J. Desmond

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Other Author 4

Art - Cover - Vengeance is Mine
Gary Wayne Walker cover

This is for author Gary Wayne Walker and his novel Vengeance is Mine released, I believe summer of 2013. He sat at a table with me at the Book Barn event last July. This is a great “noir era” story set in North Hollywood and San Bernardino.

How far is too far when it comes to revenge? In Gary Wayne Walker’s debut thriller, “Vengeance Is Mine,” the answer slowly unravels as families are torn apart and alliances are made. The year is 1949, and Los Angeles is the playground on which Mickey Cohen and his mob have chosen to play.

ABOUT
Prominent divorce attorney Everett Taylor takes on his first murder trial despite his wife’s impassioned pleas to the contrary and is immediately plunged into an underworld from which there is no escape. The case, in which a woman shot and killed her husband upon discovering him in bed with his lover,
quickly throws Taylor’s life into turmoil, bringing him toe to toe with Cohen’s mob while drudging up his own dark past in St. Louis with his first wife. Crippled by polio as a small child, Taylor is now faced with other health issues, mental and physical, along with an increasing tumultuous relationship with his family, including a daughter left behind in St. Louis.
This is a story where loyalty is tested and no one is as they seem. Most importantly, it reveals how the desire for vengeance can ruin the vengeful while inflicting unimaginable collateral damage on innocent bystanders.
“If you’re searching for mystery and intrigue and enjoy fast-paced thrill rides, then buckle up and enter Gary Wayne Walker’s world of Vengeance. His storytelling prowess will captivate your imagination and have you sweating bullets right along with his fascinating cast of characters.”–Armen Bacon, author of “Griefland– An Intimate Portrait of Love, Loss and Unlikely Friendship.”
“Gary Wayne Walker weaves his characters with intricate precision through a meticulously crafted plot. This suspenseful page-turner will leave reader eager for a sequel.”– Janice Stevens, Writing Professor and author of nine California history books.

ISBN-13: 9781483962085
Publisher: Create Space Publishing
Publication date: 7/5/2013
Pages: 370

Tim

PS: The “Triggered Book Study” is still going on. As they say, “Hang in there.”

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THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
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Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Timothy J. Desmond
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Art at: http://artbydesmond.wordpress.com

Madera Local Authors Day

Madera Local Authors Day is on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Madera County Library at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Those authors to be there are: Glenna Jarvis, J. Guibor, “Paul & Marcia,” Carol Wolf, K. Adler, Joe Ozier, Lucille Apcar, Marilyn Meredith, Jennifer Moss, L.G. Flores, Doug Hansen, Tim Desmond.
If there are others there also, I did not get the information. These dozen are supposed to be paired at six tables. Too, there is unfinished construction on the main entrance, so the side street door may be the location to enter.
I was told by another author that this is a good gig.

If you have more questions, please contact Ellen Mester, Madera County Librarian.

Ellen Mester
County Librarian
Madera County Library
121 N. G Street
Madera, CA 93637

559-675-7871

Tim

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THE DOC ~ Revised Edition
Copyright © 2014 by Tim Desmond
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All cover art copyright © 2014
All Rights Reserved
Print ISBN: 978-1-626941-44-1

Rifling Of Old Cannon, View On The Inside

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