All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed, they must rely exclusively on force.

– George Orwell

By Dr. Jim Ferguson

I just received a Christmas gift at Halloween! A shipment of my new novel, “Mantis,” just arrived by UPS, so I decided to use the “seasonal” cover of the book instead of my picture, and give my readers a rest from my mug. The book cover may be Halloween-esque, but the novel is not macabre. It is a story of redemption.

“Mantis” is a science-based fiction and my second novel in the Stellar Trilogy. The story takes place 400 years in the future when humans learn that we are not alone in the universe. Check it out at Amazon or The yarn is available now at or Amazon’s Kindle e-books. All outlets will have the book in December, but showing interest NOW with an Amazon “click” is helpful and appreciated!

As a youngster one of my favorite nights was Halloween. But that was when you could roam the neighborhood streets at night, ring doorbells and trick or treat. Mostly it was about collecting treats because I didn’t have many tricks up my sleeve. Parents now worry that it’s too dangerous to allow their younglings to roam, and therefore resort to church-vetted “trunk or treat” events. I am sympathetic to Knoxville parents. And I can’t imagine what it would be like for kids to trick or treat in New York City or San Fran-sicko.

I’ve never been a fan of ghouls or monster movies. Perhaps I was scarred for life at Cub Scouts when shown the movie “The Creature from the Black Lagoon.” And this movie certainly seems mild when you consider modern zombie apocalyptic movies or the chainsaw murder genre.

I am a fan of the old Seinfeld show. And when nothing else is on TV, Becky and I still get a laugh watching the antics of neurotic New Yorkers. The Kramer character is one of my favorites and, surprisingly, he is terrified by clowns. Clowns can be a bit creepy, but like ghosts or mountain haints, none are real. However, I am creeped out by perps on the street, psychos I have encountered in the ER and Democrat zombies.

Who could have imagined we would be in such a desperate state of affairs? I’ll admit that for the first 30 years of my life I was focused on getting an education, starting a family and developing my medical practice. But for the last 40 years, I’ve paid close attention to events and I have never witnessed such a breakdown of common sense. And since I do not believe that leftists are stupid, I can only surmise that they are anti-American, perverse and pernicious.

The latest debacle of Joe Biden’s apocalyptic presidency is the log jam of cargo ships at American ports. Evidence is the empty shelves at the grocery and the warnings by Kommie Harris not to expect timely Christmas gifts this year. Perhaps Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg should be managing this crisis, but he’s still on paternity leave with his partner and their two adopted children. However, it wouldn’t matter if he was “working “because he couldn’t fix potholes as the mayor of South Bend Indiana. Nor has Kommie Harris attended to the border crisis in the macabre Biden regime.

And then there’s Attorney General Merrick Garland who has declared parents, at school board meetings, domestic terrorists. Thank God that Garland did not get on the Supreme Court or we might all be labeled domestic terrorists. All the while his Department of Justice settled a lawsuit against Andrew McCabe who lied to Congress, (a felony) and then reinstated his FBI pension. And, have you heard about the rogue US District judge, Tanya Chutkan, who is giving long prison terms to January 6 protesters, while the DOJ ignores BLM, Antifa and the recent climate change rioters at the Department of the Interior?

The big geopolitical and science news of the moment is China’s hypersonic missile which is nuclear capable. Sound travels at 1125 feet per second or 767 miles per hour. A jet surpassing the speed of sound (Mach 1) produces a sonic boom. A hypersonic missile travels at speeds greater than Mach 5 and there is supposedly no defense against such weapons. But, move on folks, there’s nothing to see here; iPOTUS and General Milley have things under control and will protect us.

Two friends of mine just published a book focused on “non-kinetic warfare.” The word kinetic derives from the Greek word kinetikos (moving). Their book is really about artificial intelligence and cyber warfare since missiles are not necessary to hack a computer system and take down the power grid or the Pentagon. The former chief software officer of the Air Force just resigned and blasted our bureaucratic protectors, stating the cyber war with China is over and we lost. It’s hard to know what to believe anymore, but someone should tell Ol’ Joe that China is not our friend. And yet I read that iPOTUS just made TikTok (a Chinese Communist Party supplicant) a sponsor of an upcoming cyber conference. But then Fauci, Hunter and, therefore, Biden are owned by China.

A liberal friend of mine recently surprised me by pointing out “we are experiencing the left’s new McCarthyism.” Senator Joseph McCarthy, in the early 1950s, sought communists in the government, academia and Hollywood. McCarthy violated the civil liberties of Americans, was finally censured and ultimately died disgraced. We should have learned about the abuses of power, but that was 65 years ago and John Q. Public seems to forget the proverbial “absolute power corrupts absolutely” (William Pitt, Lord Acton and George Orwell).

But let’s conclude on a higher note. It is my belief that all writers wish to be read and therefore I shamelessly offer “Mantis,” a unique science-based fiction that explores novel means of communication and more. In the book, I use scientific concepts like FTL (faster than light) travel and communication through quantum entanglement. And unique for this genre is an overlay of spirituality. The first novel in my Stellar Trilogy was “Epiphany,” and I am at work on the third concluding novel, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, it helps me if you go to Amazon and search “Mantis” by James V. Ferguson MD. Check it out and help the Doc!