Cosby, Drugs & Rape

I believe that what Bill Cosby did to all those women is despicable. I must admit it was difficult to convince me that he was guilty, but now I realize he did some horrible things.
However, let’s put this in proper perspective.

I saw a man on TV tell a joke. The man said that God made wine to increase a man’s courage and decrease a woman’s inhibitions. Millions laughed, but not me. What the man was implying was rape. Indeed, such a thing is very close to what Cosby did.
Bill Cosby used Quaaludes. The so-called joke suggested alcohol. In the end, it has the same results, though ludes are stronger and more effective.

My first question is why does such a man get away with telling a joke like that and thousands of men actually practice such a thing while Bill Cosby has the book thrown at him.

In truth the one is rape just as much as the other. The only difference is the choice of drugs. To be sure, Cosby was also guilty of using an illegal drug, but in effect, both are guilty of rape.

Again, I do believe that Cosby is a monster and should spend the rest of his life in prison.

However, while we are at it, maybe we need to throw a few others in prison who have done the same thing, but used alcohol instead.

Of course, it can be said that the woman gets drunk with the intention of implying consent. The truth is, how do we know without something in writing? She can imply consent and claim she didn’t. On the other hand, she can withhold consent and the man can claim she implied consent.

The same thing can, of course, be said about Quaaludes. Did the women take the drugs, knowing and consenting to what followed? It truly creates a horribly murky swamp of legality and mores.

By the way, Bill Cosby is not the only one with such morality. As far as I know, Cosby is not even accused of sexual assault. Regardless, it is a well accepted fact that Bill Clinton is likely guilty of several cases of assault and rape. We are told, of course, that it was private and we had no business considering it.

Indeed, his wife became his primary defender to the point that she managed the so called “Bimbo eruptions.” To be sure, his method of defense was to attack his accusers.
John and Teddy Kennedy are held in high esteem by the democrats and yet we are pretty certain that each killed at least one woman. With their money and power, much of it was covered up. Even then, some of it seeped out into the public, though the media cooperated in the cover up.

There is another question that comes to mind about Cosby, or more accurately it is an observation. For decades, there was nothing said about what Cosby did. Apparently, the efforts to keep it quiet were successful. I wonder if the reason was that no one wanted it to come out, including the victims.

I know it is a horrible thing to suggest. Yet, it was not until he started telling young black men to be more responsible that the complaints started occurring.
It is not a suggestion. As I said, it is only an observation. Yet, it does make me wonder if he would have ever been accused of anything had he kept his mouth shut.

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Abuse of Power

From 1977 to 1997 a man often called B1 Bob (Robert Dornan) held seats in the House of Representatives in three districts, first Los Angeles then Orange County.  I was actually brought up in a city in Orange County and I am very familiar with the area.

I can remember watching him speak on C-Span for five minutes a night.  Though he was Republican, he angered some from both sides of the aisle.  It was considered one of the most conservative parts in California.  Indeed, it was one of the most conservative districts in the country.

The Democrats got tired of hearing his remarks each night so they moved a bunch of Hispanics into the district.  Some might argue the point, but they can’t argue the facts.  Among other facts, the year he was voted out of office there were 624 illegal Hispanic votes that they were able to find.  Knowing the area, I would suspect that it was far worse.

So, the Dems pushed him out of office and silenced his voice.  No matter what anyone may say, I believe it to be illegal and an abuse of power.  It is the way the Dems and media work.  If someone raises a voice against them, they silence them.  It is something they learned from the communists.  Now, people are reluctant to say anything that is not politically correct, lest they lose their job, position or political standing.

On or about 1996, I sat down and started writing my first book, “The Ring.”  My motive was to sell a million copies and stop thousands from using drugs.  Hopefully, it would stop some from starting to use them and get others to stop using them.

It never happened.  Mostly, it was because it wasn’t a very good book.  The grammar was bad and the story wasn’t any good.  Over the years, I have made corrections and enhancements to it.  One of my readers was a technical writer and provided a very good grammar correction.

Someone else decided to use my title in their book.  I didn’t like their book, though it was commercially successful.  To keep my book from being confused with the other, as well as the movie that followed, I changed the name of my book to “The Secret of the Ring.”  I decided it was a much better title and I am very glad I made the change.

It brought out an aspect of the book I hadn’t considered, the concept of power.  While Scott Williams, the main character of the book gained a great deal of power; though he had the desire to use the power only for good, in the end, he realized he didn’t use the power properly.  Hence, though he learned the secret of the ring, he had not yet learned the secret of the use of the ring.

Now, it is not just a book about drugs, but also about the use of power.

It brings a question to my mind.  If I were given a great deal of power, would I use it properly?  I certainly would like to think I would.  I would certainly want to use it properly, but would I have the wisdom to go along with the power.  I would like to think that I would use it to help others, but I wonder if I would do something stupid and use the power to hurt others.

I look around me and I see people misuse power all the time.  To be sure, many of them might actually think they are doing good.  On the other hand, there are some that obviously use their power for themselves and to hurt others.  Certainly Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and their bunch did not have the well-being of others in mind.  They obviously abused their power intentionally.

I look at people like Rep. Pelosi and quickly form an opinion.  I try to give her a little consideration, but the woman seems to be full of egotism.  What good can she ever hope to accomplish when she used her power to devise a healthcare system that currently costs me over a thousand dollars a month, more than half my social security?  Apparently, she thinks of a thousand dollars as crumbs, but I don’t.  Moreover the vast majority of us don’t share her values.

Nonetheless, I wonder, does she abuse her power because she wants to or does she really want to accomplish something good?  Regardless, her damage is great and widespread.  Sometimes well-meaning people can do more damage than those whose intention is destruction.  They do more damage through ignorance than intent.  Then again, she might really intend to do the damage.  Is she really that ignorant or is her abuse on purpose?

I have no doubts about the Clintons.  Both of them have made it clear that they intend to abuse power and you dare not get in their way.  If you doubt it, ask the women who were dealt with as “bimbo eruptions.”

I heard Mrs. Clinton say that she was Methodist and that she believes in faith and works.  I don’t share her beliefs, but if what she said is true, she is some very serious danger.  Actually, if she maintains that belief, the Bible makes it very clear that she is in deep trouble anyway.  She is accusing Jesus telling a lie.

Either way, they certainly did their share of power abuse.  If she had won the election, she would have done far more.  (Sort of scary to think how close she came to it.)

I looked overseas and saw doctors refusing to let a child go to another country in hopes of helping the child.  This is at least the second time it has happened.  The only reason I can think of such a mindset is so that the doctors will not be proven inept.  Then, what really scares me is that the doctor’s word is final.  There was no intervention from the government.  I am sure that one word from the prime minister would have been enough to put the child in a plane to Italy, but Prime Minister May did not let out so much as a peep.  Tell me that is a proper use of power, please.

Money is often the source of abuse of power.  (If you do as I say, I will make you rich.)  Then again, sometimes it is a trade.  (As the saying goes, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.  It is, so to speak, a trade in favors.)  The problem is, they trade, we suffer.

The Bible speaks of bribes once or twice.  It causes those in authority to make poor decisions.  You don’t believe the Bible.  Look at the example.  Obama care was passed because of a multi-million dollar bribe made to a Louisiana senator.  (maybe representative, can’t remember for sure, same difference)

I’m told there are thousands of people who have offices on K Street who have legal jobs of bribing government representatives.  That’s right.  It’s legal.  In banana republics, they might bribe public officials, but at least it isn’t legal.  We permit the bribery.  We just call it lobbying.  (I don’t know where that word came from.  What does a lobby have to do with bribery?)

And, of course, the end result is abuse of power.  Indeed, it is the way our government works.  Not only is it accepted.  No national government representative can succeed without it.  Once I finished studying The Constitution and found out how our government really works, I wonder how the US has survived as long as it has.

The worst part about it is that nothing can be done to stop it.  I am not sure that even an amendment will stop it.  I suspect that such an amendment would be impossible.  Even if such an amendment was passed, it would not take long to find a way around it.

As I said, if I was given great power, I would hope I would not abuse it.  The problem is that the abuse of power has become so common place that it has become the norm.  No one who gets into government has any hope of avoiding abuse of power.  No one in government has any ethics.  If anyone with ethics does try to wiggle his way in, he gets trampled by those who don’t.

Pelosi said we need to pass Obama Care so we can find out what is in it.  It is not the statement of an honest person.  It leads me to believe that she is certainly one of those who like to abuse her power, along with most of the Dems.  Moreover, she and they seem to also like to abuse people.  They are hungry for power.  They want to tell us what to do and what to think.

It seems to me that someone wrote a book about that.  Oh, yes.  It was called 1984.  Well, maybe the prophecy was a little late, but certainly accurate.  Given a few years, and people like me will no longer be able to express my opinion.  A few years more and there will no longer be people like me.  Opinions like mine will no longer be allowed.  We will be told what to think and what not to think.  Those who step outside the boundary will quickly be penalized by the thought police.

Fear

Fear can be a good thing, or not so good.  It can keep us from doing stupid things and it can cause us to do stupid things.  Sometimes when we face fear, we become heroes, sometimes cowards.

I don’t mind telling you, I faced my times of fear.  In 1968, I got off a bus in San Diego and put my feet on some yellow foot prints painted on the asphalt.  …and I was afraid.  I spent a year in Vietnam.  While there, I had my moments in fear, even before the plane landed in Da Nang.  I don’t guess I need to tell you, I was not alone in my fear.

Recently, we all saw what happens when two parents fear for the life of their child and a government fears for a revelation of a substandard health care.  It would appear to me that the English government had but one reason for not allowing a child to go outside the islands for possible care; Italy’s doctors might have succeeded where British doctors didn’t.  They feared that it would uncover that they might have done something wrong.

…and so it was that an innocent three-year-old child died at the hands of substandard health system that is being run by a substandard government.  Though the Prime Minister had nothing to do with the death, she must share the guilt.  There is no doubt in my mind that she could have done something, but, instead she ignored the situation, as if she never read or heard about it.

My guess is that she was acting, or perhaps more accurately, not acting out of fear.  After all, she might lose votes in Parliament if her government were to be exposed for their fear.  Certainly, the last thing Parliament wants is to have the world find out that their wonderful health care system isn’t all it is supposed to be.

I don’t know if anything could have been done for the child.  I do know that it shows a pattern.  It is not the first time it has happened and I am sure it won’t be the last.  To me, it sounds like a good reason to avoid going to London on holiday, especially if you have children.  If your 2 year-old gets sick while there, you just might not be able to get him out of the country.

More-than-that, we will never know what was wrong with the last child.  No one outside of the country will be able to look at the body.  No one will be able to tell the world that some mistake was made during his diagnosis or his treatment.

It is but one small reason that a nation’s government should never manage healthcare.  Just think, if we had national healthcare, that poor child might be yours one day.  He will lie at death’s door.  Even if you know a way to bring him back to good health, even if you know a doctor who can heal your child, there will not be one thing you will be able to do.  The healthcare system will be afraid that you just might prove them wrong and they can’t afford something like that.

If your child does die because of some blunder by a state doctor, who is there to find out?  Certainly not the state.  They have too much to fear to do something like that.

I once heard someone say, “If you think healthcare is bad now, just wait until it is free.”  It is one one of my greatest fears.  You see, I lived under single provider healthcare while I was in the Corps.  My oldest son almost died of tonsillitis though he was treated by Navy doctors for a week.

Finally, I went to a civilian doctor who said he was barely able to breath because his tonsils were so swollen.  I really hate to think of what might have happened if I didn’t have that option.  Just remembering how close I was to losing him makes me more afraid than I ever was in Vietnam.

 

A Little Privacy

When I was selected for grand jury duty decades ago, I learned a great deal.  I would suggest that one and all, if you are given the chance, take it.  It is a very enlightening experience.

First, it will open your eyes to the sort of people that are in this world.  Believe me, they are not all good.  Second, it will help you to realize that what you read in the paper is not always as it appears.

Indeed, there are many things it will teach you.  However, the one thing I learned on the first day is something they should teach in school, but don’t.  To the best of my knowledge, no one ever taught me one thing about grand juries or their purpose in all my twelve years of going to school.

Fortunately, the district attorney told us about them.  They actually serve three purposes.  They can perform investigations.  Indeed the grand jury I was on did perform a small investigation.  Primarily, the district attorney presents evidence and on the basis of that evidence, they vote, true bill or no true bill.

The interesting part about this is that if a true bill is returned, no one knows but the district attorney (and his team) and those on the grand jury.  The one being charged does not get a chance to pack his bags and head for Mexico, which he could do if he was forewarned.

Also, if a no true bill is returned, nothing happens.  Not only does the suspect not find out about it, but none of his friends, neighbors or family find out about it either.  It is one of the great parts about our justice system.  If the DA can’t get a true bill, he can’t ruin your reputation.  This is especially good, because if the DA can’t get a true bill against you, your boss will never know you were under investigation.  Neither will your girlfriend or boyfriend.

Moreover, it has been commonly held that any investigating body should keep things private for that reason.  In general, police do not go around telling the world that they are investigating John Doe until they have sufficient evidence to charge him with something.  I think everyone can see that this is a good practice and should be carefully followed.

Knowing this, I was surprised that when the southern US district court judge gave out the name of person “number three” when the demand was made by the an attorney representing The New York Times and some news channel.  She should have refused.  The man was not being charged and wasn’t even being investigated.  He wasn’t even a suspect.  Apparently, what he was guilty of was holding a few conversations with a friend, an attorney who also represents President Trump.

So, the Judge ordered the name be made public and we all now know he is Sean Hannity.  In this case, it did no harm.  However, it could have.  As it was, Mr. Hannity had to defend himself before Fox News, though he did nothing wrong.  Had it been something that he wanted kept quiet, too late now.

One of the things our justice system is supposed to do is protect the innocent people from being railroaded by over zealous investigators.  The judge, at the least, should be censured.  Yet, we have not heard one peep from the Bar association.  We have not heard a complaint from any official.

This of course means, if you are conservative, the justice system will not protect you.  Indeed, you need to be careful who you talk to.  You will need to be wary of what you say.  You will need to take care at hiring a lawyer.  Else, if you don’t, your name might appear on the front page of one of the best known newspapers in the world.

On the other hand, if you are a liberal, don’t worry about it.  It will never happen to you, that is, unless all the newspapers and media suddenly become conservative.  Then where will you be?  No need to worry.  That will not happen in our lifetime.

An Excerpt From “Wolf”

The following is  a passage from “Wolf,” one of my favorite books.  It might be a little bit of a spoiler, but if you don’t plan on reading the book, it won’t hurt to read the passage.  On the other hand, you just might want to read the book after reading the passage.

Just to set the stage a little, Darrel is the villain and is trying to force Gail to marry him.   As the passage opens, they are both armed, but Gail does not have her gun out.  She is on a ridge overlooking a travel trailer.

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I need to give it just a little longer.  Maybe they’ll give up and I can get the GPS.  Gail lowered herself to a prone position so that she could just see the rangers.  I’ll wait fifteen minutes, not a minute more.  Then I’ll go.  Then she thought about the wolves.  We’ll go.  If nothing else, we can make it to the road.

After ten minutes she heard a familiar voice behind her.  “I always did like your looks.  It is particularly nice from this point of view.”

Gail knew Darrel had been there at least five minutes.  It was the sort of thing he did.  It made her feel even worse than being found.  Darrel said, “Just so you’ll know, I have a big handgun pointed at you.  You try any tricks and I’ll use it.”

“You would shoot me?” she called back over her shoulder.

“At one time, I wouldn’t have, but you’ve picked up some bad habits.  Now stand slowly.”

Once she was standing, she got an idea, but before she could do anything, Darrel said, “You need to get rid of that mean little weapon you have.  My shoulder is still sore from the last time.”

“I would hope you’ll let me get my purse.  It’s just inside the trailer.”  If I can just press the button for the horn.

“Not that you need it, one of the rangers can get it for you.  I don’t think I want you inside that trailer for a second.”

So much for that idea, thought Gail.  Then she yelled as loud as she could, “Wolf!  Wolf!”

Darrel laughed hard.  “Do you really think I’m going to fall for that trick?  That one is older than my grandma.”

He paused.  “Just the same, I think you need to stay quiet.  If you….”

He never finished the threat.  He felt a tremendous shove on his back almost giving him whiplash as he fell forward.  Gail turned and saw Wolf on Darrel’s back.  She was snarling at him and bearing her teeth.

Gail cautiously pulled the gun out and she moved up next to Darrel.  Softly she spoke, “It’s alright now, Wolf.  I have him.”

Wolf continued to growl, and it was clear she meant it.  “Wolf!  It’s okay!  Get off of him.”

Though Wolf got off the man, she remained vigilant.  Gail said, “If I were you, I’d not make any fast moves.  You try something and I might not be able to control her next time.”  She paused slightly.  “By the way, her name is Wolf.  I wasn’t warning you.  I was calling her.”

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It Would Appear the Democrats Are Stuck on Stupid

Even before President Trump became President Trump, the Dems have been working overtime trying to get him out of office.  They act as if, by destroying the man, they can reclaim the office of presidency.

News item… it doesn’t work that way.  First, I don’t think they will drive him from office.  Even if they impeach him, it takes 2/3 of the senate to convict him.  That is just not going to happen.  Moreover, if they took a few minutes to think about it, they would know it.  When a crook frames someone and gets caught at it, it’s the one doing the framing that suffers.

However, assuming they did drive President Trump from office, it would just make matters worse for them.  That would mean Vice President Pence would become President Pence and, from what I can tell, his ideas are far more conservative than President Trump’s.  Moreover, VP Pence has legislative experience.  He knows how the system works and likely will be able to make it work better.

I don’t know everything about such things, but if I were one of the Dems and I wanted to raise taxes and bring a bunch of illegals across the border to vote for me, I don’t think it would be such a good idea to let VP Pence ascend to the presidency.  Not only is he more conservative, but he has strong Christian values.  It would be much more difficult to find skeletons in his closet.

If he became president, all you would be able to do would be to wait and hope to beat him in the next election.  Given his record and the will and desires of the people of the flyover country, I don’t think that will happen.  Moreover, VP Pence is younger and would be able to spend ten years in The White House, not just eight.

It sounds like a pretty stupid plan to me, but if you Dems insist, go ahead.  You won’t be hurting the Republicans and you just might help us conservatives a little.

(By the way, he just might be able to find Clinton’s E-mails and send her and Obama to prison.  Not likely, but it is a thought.)

Compromise

I seldom want to quote Bernie Sanders, but I just heard him say something undeniably true.  “What was once considered radical is now mainstream.”

Sounds like a good reason not to compromise to me.  If he has his way, we will compromise all the way to communism.  As he said, we are already over half way there.  On the other hand, liberals never want to compromise when it means moving toward being more conservative.

As Lady Margaret Thatcher once said, (No matter how slow it is going, why get on the train if it’s going the wrong way?)  Notice I used parenthesis instead of quotes because it is a paraphrase.  I heard her on TV one day and I am not sure of the precise words.

I agree with what she said, but I think I would have said that doing such a thing is, “Crazy Nuts,” if I may quote the title of one of my own books.

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