Major survey of Patriot Act, Freedom Act, FISA provided to me by a reader of DADT II book chapter on terrorism


A company called Comparitech has sent me a link of a long article authored by Paul Bischoff, “A Breakdown of the Patriot Act, Freedom Act, and FISA,” link here.

The advice was sent to me based on an old broken link from EFF on my survey of terrorism on my legacy site, which I had put together after 9/11, and published in my DADT II book, “When Freedom Is Stressed” as Chapter 4   footnote 30.  (Please see the “how to purchase” link at the top of the blog; the easiest way is Amazon; Kindle is available).


This chapter was originally written Thanksgiving weekend of 2001, less than 90 days after 9/11, when I was still living in Minneapolis.

It’s important to put some perspectives on the writer’s recommendation at the end.  If you aren’t doing anything you shouldn’t be doing, you’re probably not likely to be a target of the NSA or FBI.  Yet, I wonder about some things.  It is likely that cloud backups of hard-drives, presumably totally private, could be scanned for some things (like digital watermarks for child pornography), and maybe later for various other legal violations (copyright).  People’s search and browsing habits can come under suspicion sometimes.  It’s not likely for the average person.  It may be more of an issue in a situation with roommates or children in a household.

(Published: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at 9:30 PM EDT)

This week: a day-of-week match for the 11th anniversary of my “online reputation” fiasco when substitute teaching


This week marks the eleventh anniversary of the “Internet” fiasco that I experienced in October 2005 when working as a substitute teacher with a particular high school in Fairfax County, VA (West Potomac High School), with the days of the week the same.  The forensic details of the incident are already described here on March 6. 2014.

I had resumed substitute teaching in early 2007 for one semester, after I discovered I was still on the list and had never been fired.  I was, however, “banned” from getting assignments from that particular high school.  In fact, the conversation I had with the substitute office in early January 2007 had suggested that they wanted to simply throw out the entire matter, and not count it as one of the “three strikes” that would lead to permanent removal, due to the ambiguity of the entire episode.

I was told by phone in early 2007 that the main reason for the school principal’s discomfort with my presence had been my mere mention of the fact that I had my “” website, available to public search engines (to another interning English teacher) when I knew that it contained one or more items that could have been viewed as self-incriminating.  Connecting all the dots, it could be imagined that, if I hadn’t been paid for the material or didn’t make a profit from it, then the only “purpose” would possibly be to tempt a student to follow the script of the screenplay I had self-published there (the short “The Sub”).  How is it self-incriminating?  Remember, whether fiction resembling real life can be seen as libelous (or self-libel) has been argued in court, and in courts in at least two states (California and Vermont) it has been ruled that it may be;  in New York State, it was not; in Virginia, the fact pattern has never been litigated to my knowledge.  But in the screenplay (and accompanying treatment) a male character who resembles me too much is “tempted” by an unusually charismatic, “Clark Kent-like” (out of Smallville) student into apparently illegal solicitation, and gets arrested at school and dies in jail, while the “Clark Kent” character performs one of his musical compositions after he dies.  I could say this is like the “temptation” in the New Testament;  it still need not be acted on.

It sounds improbable that school officials really would have found this material and interpreted it with the worst case scenario.  But several other coincidental events had occurred that year, unrelated (as explained in the 2014 posting).  Also, NBC had started its series with Chris Hansen “To Catch a Predator” and had aired one of the most disturbing sting cases (Rabbi David Kaye), which had been set up in northern Virginia in late 2005.  Authorities around the country were becoming much more sensitive to any suggestion of teacher misconduct, and the Internet had “matured” to the point where online reputation and employee “blogging policies” were starting to be discussed.  All of this was evolving very quickly at the time.

Two things have changed, however, since 2005.  For one thing, social media (specifically Facebook, Twitter, and probably Instagram) have overtaken the role of conventional blogs and conventional sites which, in combination with search engines, had just come to be viewed as relevant to personal and professional online reputation in the post-9/11 world of the early 2000’s.  Myspace was around then (and often a subject of Dr. Phil) but not yet such a big factor for online reputation.  But since just about 2005 or 2006, the role of cyberbullying on social networking sites has become more important.  The other important fact is that in 2005 Google allowed webmasters to see what search engine arguments had been met by specific IP address (like for FCPS) which allowed me to investigate from my own server logs what must have happened.  Since then, Google has removed the arguments from logs.

(Published: Tuesday, Oct.  11, 2016 at 11:45 PM EDT)

Sales taxes collection on my own DADT book traffic


Since setting up the capability to sell the three DADT books from home, I did get a Virginia sales tax license, and just got a “collection notice” in the mail that I had not filed a return for July 2016.

I think I’ve caught everything up by mail this morning (with a one day grace for the holiday).

My practice is to pay the tax on every printed copy (not Kindle) book sold or given away from my “home office”.   The tax (state and county) is based on the actual price charged, or on the publisher’s list (or specifically agreed discount) for a giveaway.

A “giveaway” is regarded as a sale and reportable income.  But then the income is immediately regarded as a charitable contribution for income tax purposes, so it is a wash.  But it will be reported that way.

Technically, then, there is no “It’s free”.  There is a price, and there can be a donation from me based on implicit income. However, all of this is totally transparent to my own customers, for whom implicit sales tax is included in the tape.  For books handled in other states or DC, tax will still be paid to Virginia.

All sales tax checks will be rounded up to the nearest dollar.

The results so far are:

July 2016  none

August 2016   1 (at Outwrite DC)

September 2016  3  (for archives)  (Total due through 2016/9/30, about $7).

October 2015 (to date)  3 (for archives)

I did actually get a sales tax license from Fairfax County in early 1997 before publishing my first DADT book (I was living in Annandale then);  then, you had to go to an office in the county;  today, it’s online with the state.  I moved to Minneapolis in September 1997.  I recall some sort of dispute where I owed Fairfax County something in 1998 after I had moved (a business license fee of some kind, about $100).  Now, in Virginia counties, the first $10000 of home-based business income is exempt from business tax.

(Published: Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3 PM EDT)

Would’ve, Should’ve, Could’ve (when “I’m Free”)


If gay marriage had been possible when I was of college age, could I have benefited from it , actually married someone with whom I felt I wanted to be “affiliated”?

It seems like trying to solve an equation with no real roots on an algebra test, only imaginary ones.  I simply didn’t grow up in a world where the idea was relevant.

I never did have the experience of being desired physically when I was a young man, by either sex.  But in an alternate universe, I could imagine having been “in love” even in college and wanting to move in with someone.  But I can’t really say whether it could last.

Could I really have married heterosexually, fathered children, nurtured a mother?  That may seem unlikely given the passionless experience of my heterosexual dating experience in 1971 (the story “Expedition” in DADT-3).  The lack of “drive” means that I would not have the opportunity to raise a “star” or possibly the risk of raising a loser.

The experience might have played put differently had I been “good” at doing “guy” things, though, if I could then expect others to do the same, as part of what made everything work.

To go in a different direction, did I have any desire to be female?  I saw women as privileged, being sheltered.  I did not understand the risks and dangers of childbirth when I was a boy.  I resented the idea that I was supposed to be fungible enough to protect women.

But that did not mean I wanted to be female.  I idealized men who were “superior” and wanted them to be a mirror of myself.

(Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 10:30 PM EDT)

Legal case by former veteran stationed at Fort Eustis looks to me (or my book) for historical information


I got an email from someone working with  veteran who was apparently harmed by a chemical spill at Fort Eustis, VA in June 1968.  But I did not arrive at Fort Eustis until September 1968, and was there until my active duty ended on Feb. 7, 1970.


My time at Fort Eustis is described in section 11 (“Safe Place for a Chickenman’s Revenge”) of Chapter 2 (“Sputnik, the Draft, and the Proles, 1968”) of my first book, “Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back“. The most direct reference online is here.  The previous section gives a factual account of my time in Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson.  In my 2014 book, “Do Ask, Do Tell: Speech Is a Fundamental Right, Being Listened to Is a Privilege“,  the first “Fiction” section, effectively Chapter 7, gives a more detailed but somewhat fictionalized account of my Basic Training with a Post name change (to a fictitious Fort Wilson, which could have been Fort Gordon, GA, which was doing BCT at the time; now it helps house the NSA, despite Edward Snowden).


(Published: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at 5:15 PM EDT)

Chess at Starbucks-Harris Teeter in Arlington VA


Yes, I played two five-minute games today outside the Starbucks at Lee Highway and Harrison St in Arlington VA.

There was a Cronus clock and we played no delay.

In the first game, I had White and faced a Slav.  The opponent gave up his queen bishop for my night and “won” a pawn, with his king stranded in the center.  But, while ahead in time,  I made an illegal move and lost.

In the second game, I played an accelerated Dragon and my opponent played the Alapin setup with PQB3,  He seemed to get some central control and file control, but allowed a cheapo and finally made an illegal move.

So I split the two games.  Black won both games.

(Published: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at 11:45 PM EDT)

Yes, my “Do Ask, Do Tell” books convey important LGBT history, which is getting forgotten by younger generations


Soon I will be contacting several museums that present LGBT history to see if they could benefit from having copies of my three “Do Ask Do Tell” books.  The last of these can be presented in hardcover.

First, I’ll mention and give links for a few of the major museums:

Fort Lauderdale, FL

New York, NY

San Francisco, CA

Washington DC

Since I live (at least for now) in northern Virginia, a visit to the DC and probably NYC venues should be simple;  the others would depend on how things develop.

There was also a push to build a Smithsonian style National LGBT Museum on the Mall.  The 2013 Slate  story by Hugh Ryan was removed, but there is a story in Washington Business Journal by Rebecca Cooper about interest in building one in New York City, link. 


Basic information about the books is on the “How to Purchase” page on this blog. But it’s convenient to give a quick summary of each book here.



“Do Ask Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes” back, was self-published with a print-run under my imprint, “High Productivity Publishing”, in July 1997.  Publication was transferred to POD at iUniverse in August 2000.

The book, in six chapters, makes a case, based on my own narrative, for libertarian approaches to the rights for personal adult sexual behaviors and values, regardless of arguments about immutability. I start the narrative with my own expulsion from William and Mary in my freshman semester of 1961 for “admitting latent homosexuality” to the Dean of Men under pressure.  I cover my “treatment” at NIH in 1962, repeated draft physicals, and eventual military service.  I then chronicle my own “second coming out” early in my information technology work career, then my involvement with the debate over “don’t ask don’t tell” for gays in the military in the 1990s and 2000s.  I describe a parallel between the arguments over “privacy” in the barracks and “unit cohesion” and my own experience in a civilian college. Later, I give a comparable account of how both job discrimination and “family values” play out I mainstream society.  I take the position that, over and above religious issues, some people feel that “gay” is a proxy for avoiding the commitments and personal psychological risk of raising a family, and that it is easier for “them” to do what they need to if they believe that everyone else has to do the same thing.  I finally propose a constitutional amendment centered around the right to personal privacy.

Some of the ideas (vintage mid 1990s)  in the book have indeed been outflanked by history.  I wanted states to be able to experiment on their own with the marriage issue, and we know that the “DOMA-like” arguments of the past are no longer accepted by the courts.

The backcover summary is here.



“Do Ask, Do Tell: When Liberty Is Stressed”, published by iUniverse as POD in December 2002, is a collection of ten essays somewhat motivated by the new existential threats to freedom posted by 9/11.  But the book also includes a proposal for a “Bill of Rights II”, as well as essays on conscription, gays in the military, the state of “gay rights” as of the immediate post 9/11 period under Bush, and psychological growth.  I also cover growing speech issues: the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), and my involvement as a plaintiff (which could have led to LGBT online censorship) , and the “perils” of self-publishing.  Original backcover summary is here.



“Do Ask, Do Tell: Speech Is a Fundamental Right, Being Listened to Is a Privilege: (February, 2014) is published POD by Xlibris. is in two parts, “Non-Fiction” and “Fiction” so it is a like a poioumenon.

The Non-Fiction part brings several topics up to date, especially the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” and gay marriage (through 2013). It covers the cultural divide between hyper-individualism and solidarity or communitarianism.  There is a lot of attention to the way the Internet has enabled “newbies” to become known for their views, but there is also coverage of how un-elected family responsibilities can affect people in the LGBT community, particularly with eldercare, particularly stressful for those who did not have children.  LGBT people (as I found out unexpectedly working as a substitute teacher) can find themselves suddenly challenged to take care of “OPC” (other people’s children), not to mention that same-sex couples raising children are gradually becoming more common.

The fiction part presents three stories.  The first is a detailed account of Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson SC in 1968, from an unpublished 1969 novel manuscript called “The Proles”.  The other two are parallel stories (time periods 1972, then present day) of two road trips.  The second takes place just as a national calamity is about to happen and involves an deeply wished erotic encounter.

Here is the text of the Book Summary from the back cover: “This book is the third in my series of Do Ask, Do Tell books. Is the libertarian view of hyper-individualism, so essential to modern human rights and equality, sustainable? Does “personal responsibility” necessarily incorporate contingent provision for others? If so, how is “marriage and family” affected? How is “free speech” and especially its self-distribution affected? When do people need to “step up” even if doing so costs something? If what people “own” sometimes derives from invisible sacrifices by others, is occasional payback unreasonable? Maybe “paying your dues” matters as much as “paying your bills.”

The author bio on the back cover reads as follows: “Bill Boushka was born in 1943 and raised as an only child in Arlington, VA. He became a good student and started piano at age 8. But he fell behind in physical and social development. He was expelled from college after saying that he was gay in late 1961. Nevertheless, he graduated from another school and earned an MA in Mathematics, and was drafted in 1968. When the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy emerged in 1993, he leveraged his own irony to become a writer and blogger.”

There is an earlier summary on this blog June 1, 2015.  This is a press release which summarizes DADT III on April 11, 2014.


The books are available at the William Mitchell Law School at the College of William and Mary in Willamsburg, VA. (Picture is Svem library, the only one I took, in Oct. 2011).

(Published: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at 6:00 PM EDT(

More about offering credit cards on your own as an individual merchant


I do have the ability to process credit cards by phone but have not yet implemented an interface on this site (it will be on the purchase page).

I got a statement from a company named “BlueSquare Resolutions” in Hagerstown, MD.   I believe the company is connected to BlueHost.  The capability will require an annual $9.00 Jeanie Network fee for prospective costs of debit card resolutions, and a total of $30 annually for Amex and Discover Dispute and Resolution.


There is a Small Merchant Security Program, whereby Visa will require merchants with fewer than 1 million transactions annually to undergo audits, as of January 31, 2017.  The source of companies that can do the audit is here at “Pci Security Standards”.

The statement also recommends another company to validate a merchant’s compliance with security standards, Firsdata, here.

It’s apparent to me that both the book self-publishing industry and web service hosting industry are becoming more concerned in the past that “speakers” with their own operations develop a legitimate commercial presence.  Traditionally the biggest concerns have come from people who use OPM, other people’s money (and possibly have to deal with the SEC).  But there is more concern than there used to be even with “self-funded” soapbox campaigns, that they could still be harmful to other authors who need to make a living on their writing, by creating unrealistic expectations with the public (the “It’s Free, It’s Free” problem). I’ve noticed this tone in companies increasing since about 2012, compared to how things were 10-15 years ago.   These companies are very concerned about the sustainability of their business models, and employees (especially sales people) are very concerned about having jobs and actually making a living from opinionated or loquacious authors.

There are several author projects of other authors / musicians / filmmakers with which I am aware, and it might be possible to join together to create a separate platform for selling, away from the attention of beancounters.

(Published: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at 10 AM EDT)


New advertising push for my third “Do Ask, Do Tell” book (and indirectly, the first two, too)


The self-supported self-publishing industry (print on-demand) is pushing authors much harder to sell books (not just Kindle) than it did four years ago, partly perhaps due to concerns over business model sustainability.

Anyway, I agreed to one Google marketing program on the third book.

Here are some of the answers to the questions:

On the search engine optimization (for the third book, not for all of my other websites): The 20 (metatag) keywords would be:   libertarianism, “filial responsibility laws”, “don’t ask don’t tell”, mainframes, “upward affiliation”, eldercare, “demographic winter”. “implicit content”, self-censorship, COPA, “Section 230”, “psychological polarities”, eusociality, hyperindividualism, “personal sovereignty”, GLTBQ, “social capital”, “social conservatism”, “short stories”, conscription .  The five subject areas are (1) individualism (2) inequality (3) “sexual orientation and gender identity” (4) “external conflicts or hazards” and (5) karma.

On the Goodreads (book sample giveaways on some campaigns)

Geographic areas are the US, Canada, UK (Brexit OK), Australia, France.  No specific age groups or minorities are selected.

The 100-word description comes from the book back-cover, viz:

This book is the third in my series of Do Ask, Do Tell books. Is the libertarian view of hyper-individualism, so essential to modern human rights and equality, sustainable? Does “personal responsibility” necessarily incorporate contingent provision for others?  If so, how is “marriage and family” affected? How is “free speech” and especially its self-distribution affected? When do people need to “step up” even if doing so costs something? If what people “own” sometimes derives from invisible sacrifices by others, is occasional payback unreasonable? Maybe “paying your dues” matters as much as “paying your bills.”

The 10 word slogan is

Personal responsibility is a very nuanced concept.

The genres are adult fiction, biography, literary fiction, fiction, non-fiction, politics, war, history, business, contemporary, memoir, philosophy.

Google Display Network

10 descriptive phrases:   hyperindividualism, social capital, eusociality, “don’t ask, don’ tell”, “marriage equality”, solidarity, Internet censorship, filial responsibility, eldercare, demographic winter

Add Belgium and Netherlands to preferred locations.

Add French, Dutch to languages

Target audiences: all

Topics:  Classical music enthusiasts, music lovers, political junkies, religion & belief, documentary & non-fiction TV fans

It would be nice to combine this with marketing of the first two DADT books, which would be on the iUniverse site.

As anyone can see, I don’t write for “niches” or to specific identity-groups of people.  And the third book is unusual in that it combines fiction and non-fiction, with narrative philosophy on top.  The first two books had combined memoir-style narratives with policy and social reflections and proposals.  These are more like “meta-books” or poioumena (Thomas Carlye’s “Sartor Resartus”, the bane of freshman English literature, is the notorious role model). The author is indeed self-indulgent, and more interested in his own unique and ironic narrative than in helping people with specific needs that create target markets that support other people’s jobs.

Some of the answers for the queries came from posts here June 2, 2015, Feb, 17, 2014 and April 11, 2014.

(Published: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2014, at 11:15 PM EDT)


Will Fort Jackson eventually move its valuable Basic Combat Training exhibit to civilian space (like the state museum downtown)?


I’ve recently checked up on the Basic Combat Training Museum at Fort Jackson, SC,

Note the text in bold at their website link.

It’s a silly catch-22.  Only a member of the public who “knows someone” with a military ID to accompany him or her can visit.


I spoke to them about this in 2015, and indeed there seems to be some long-term interest in moving the museum off-base to a privately managed non-profit space.  There is a little bit of BCT exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum in downtown Columbia.  There’s probably room to move other BCT exhibits to the second floor of the museum.  It would be nice to have a model of how the post looked in 1968 at the time of Tet — “Tank Hill”, and the “tent city” for Special Training Company.  A documentary film about training during the Vietnam era would be nice.  I visited the museum in September 2015 (just before the floods).

See earlier detailed post here Dec. 9, 2014.

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