Experience

Without a doubt, we can say that the wise person learns from his experience.  However, as for me, I like to profit from the experience of others.  Mostly, it costs me less.  Then again, maybe I am wrong.  After all, I am hardly one to give advice.  I am basically living off my Social Security at 72.  (Some retirement)

Nonetheless, I have no bills other than insurance, utilities and taxes.  Unless some unforeseen disaster comes along, I’ll do just fine.

Then I look at all these cities governments that want to do away with their police.  OK.  Fine.  I don’t think it is such a good idea but if that’s what they really want, it is their decision to live with.  Even so, I suggest they hold off for a month or two.  When the other cities meet with disaster, then the cities that hold back will be able to learn from the mistakes of the others.

On the other hand, if your city officials launch right out and do away with the police right away, then the other cities will learn your mistake and so will you.  Then, all the police you did have will be gone and reorganizing a new department will take far too long, not to mention the time it will take to replace all the police officers.

By the way, in this case, the cost of the experience might be more than money.  It will very likely cost lives as well: black, brown and white.  It will likely hit the blacks worst of all.  That would make the lesson very expensive for you and even more for your constituents.  Then again, I have been wrong a time or two.  It just might cost you far more than you would ever have ever thought.

Then, we all will be able to file this under dumb ideas.  The tragedy is that still won’t learn.  It is the nature of dummycrats.  They keep trying the same old things and expecting something different.  The fact is, there are some folks who are bad and need to be locked up, for their good as well as society.  To do this, we need police, district attorneys and courts.  Without them, even some honest people break the law.

Unplanned Results

Just because you don’t intend to help the communists, that doesn’t mean you aren’t.  The communists, the Russians and the Chinese love the riots.  The rioters do all the damage that the communists would do if they could, but can’t.  So they just stand by and watch.

Actually that’s not true.  The commies cheer and, whenever they get a chance, they provide a little help.  Why not.  The rioters are helping them.  They would be stupid if they didn’t take advantage of the situation.  By the way, they are not stupid.

Nothing would make them happier than for the rioters to bring down our government.  Then, to take over, all they need to do is step in and take the reins.

I would really like to tell the rioters that but for two things.  First, they wouldn’t understand.  Second, they wouldn’t care.  Third, they would likely become angry.

Then one day when they wake up under a government like that in China, they will wonder what happened.  They will care then but it will be far too late.  Oh! …and by the way, communists regimes don’t permit riots.  Actually, they don’t even permit demonstrations.  Their definition of free speech is when you say what they want.  Anything else and you will get more than a hand slap.  Likely, you will get more than a day or two in jail. Then it won’t much matter what the people want.  It is a feudal state by another name, but worse.

The Facts

Fact 1: People who steal are thieves.

Fact 2: People who needlessly burn down businesses are arsonists.

Fact 3: After all is said and done, hundreds, perhaps thousands of businesses will never return.  Some will move; some will simply fail.

Fact 4: The values of the properties in the areas will be depressed for decades.

Fact 5: The only people who will gain from the riots are the instigators.  Those who live in the area will suffer.  To be sure some will leave.  Some will have to settle for lesser jobs or no job at all.

Fact 6: Those who will suffer the most are the minorities, especially the African-Americans.  They will be the ones who will live in the depressed neighborhoods.  By the way, many of the merchants who will lose their businesses are African-American.

Question: Where is the justice for those who will lose their businesses and/or homes?  I know it is a dumb question.  Everyone knows that they will receive no justice.

The fact is… the whole idea of rioting was and is a bad idea.  The fact is, every one of the cities where there were riots were run by dummycrats.  How is that working out for the minorities?

Open Question for One and All

Former UN Ambassador under Obama (Samantha Power) requested the unmasking of several people (around 7 if memory serves me properly) who were in the Trump campaign.  My question is simple, Why?  What purpose did it serve?  Certainly, it can’t have had anything to do with Russia.

I cannot imagine that her job would involve any need to unmask anyone.

For me, it would seem to shoot a hole in their logic that all the unmasking was justified.

I mean Samantha Power, seems a nice woman.  Of all those on the Obama administration, she seemed to me the least objectionable.  So far, I have no idea who she unmasked and, of course, I have no idea why.

Naturally, I don’t have a list of duties for the position, but, as near as I can tell, she was not much more than a mouth piece for Obama and, hopefully, the United States.  So, if anyone can give me a reason that she had for unmasking anyone, please let me know.

Personally, I have about come to the conclusion that all permission for unmasking should require the president’s explicit signature.  That way, he would not be given that wonderful “plausible deniability” that Obama has relied on.  It would seem every time someone asks him about any of it, he claims he had no knowledge of it.  Either he is lying or his staff kept a lot of secrets from him.

Moreover, it displayed how little the Obama crew respected the law and the incoming administration.

Don’t You Just Love Lawyers?

I saw a commercial the other day that floored me.  The lawyer said that we should never feel bad for the other driver.  The other guy’s insurance will pay, not the other driver.  If the other guy doesn’t have insurance we won’t sue him.

Dah!

Now that makes sense.  The lawyer just might be rather smart but, clearly, he thinks I’m dumb.  Just what kind of lawyer will go after someone who has no means of paying the judgment?

The truth of the matter is that there is one thing that the lawyer is interested in, his forty percent.  Therefore, he will only sue someone with money or someone with insurance.  It would be stupid to go after someone who has no way to pay.  If he did, then even if he won, he would still lose.  He would be out the time and legal expenses.  …and his forty percent of nothing would still be nothing.


I have nothing to back it up with, but my best guess is that one of the biggest causes of the increase in insurance are lawyers.  Indeed, if you take the lawyers out of the settlements, the cost of insurance would likely decrease by a third, maybe more.

Certainly, this is true about auto insurance, but maybe even truer in other things as well.  Consider the doctor.  He must carry insurance to cover all suits, especially those that have no basis.  Most suits are settled to prevent the larger court costs.  The doctor says, “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

His insurance company says “It doesn’t matter.  Settle or you are on your own.”

It happens every day.  The doctor does nothing wrong and the lawyer walks off with 10 or 20-thousand dollars.  In most cases, the lawyer knows he has no case but he sues anyway, knowing the doctor will settle.

Do you think this doesn’t affect you?  Think again.  A big part of those doctor’s fees goes to pay the malpractice insurance.  Every time you pay a doctor, or the health insurance premium, some of it goes to those lawyers.

Every time you buy a somewhat dangerous product like a lawnmower or even a toaster, some of what you pay is going to go to line the pockets of those lawyers.  Every time you buy medicine, guess what.  Pharmacies must pay for insurance too.  Sometimes, they don’t have enough insurance and they go bankrupt paying the judgments.

Lawyers continually go in search of prey, just as a tiger shark.  Then, when they find it, you see the ad on the TV the next day.  They dare not delay.  They know if they do, some other lawyer will beat them to the pay dirt.

On the other side of the coin, some companies knowingly do things wrong.  Well, actually it isn’t the company.  It is some person or persons within the company.  So, the big corporation goes bankrupt and all the employees are without jobs.  Meanwhile, the character who truly caused the problem retires with a million-dollar golden parachute.  The only people who walk away unscathed are the lawyers, both sides, and the culprit who took the short cut to save a dime or two in the manufacturing process.

By the way, the public loses too.  The product that was being made was a good one.  Now we must do without it.  Don’t you just love lawyers?


By the way, the main reason it works this way is that it is mainly lawyers who write the laws.  They write the laws to benefit the laws, not the folks like you and me.

The Question Not Asked

Over the years I’ve noticed a pattern when politicians are interviewed.  Frequently, when they are asked a question they don’t want to answer, they reply to a question not asked.  The reply is often a reply to a question to which they would rather reply and it invariably is far more wordy than necessary.  That way, they only talk about what they want to and it minimizes the time for other questions.   …and by the way, no question is ever answered yes or no.  The reply is far too brief allowing for more questions.

For instance;

Q: On a clear day, is the sky blue?

Politician’s reply: Science is an important subject and we should all pay attention to…  and so on and so on.

A proper reply: Yes.

Color Me Disappointed

My oldest brother was in the Army Signal Corps.  My second oldest brother repaired TV’s and then became an engineer for a big radio station.  My third oldest brother had a degree in electronics and a master’s in math.  He designed computers.  It only made sense that I would become involved in electronics.

Unfortunately, I was somewhat dyslexic, though I was never diagnosed with it.  By definition, dyslexia is not caused by trauma.  Because I had two traumatic events in my early childhood, I might not be dyslexic, even if I meet the criterion otherwise.

That eliminated college.  I am prone to mistakes when I write and I can’t type.  I simply cannot complete a term paper.  Also, I would have never been able to complete college English.  I have this problem with homonyms.  I know the difference between there and their, but, for some unexplained reason, I occasionally use the wrong one.  Worse yet, I have a problem with spelling.

Nowadays, we have word processors that help somewhat.  Still, even after checking and rechecking my work, mistakes get by me.

Still, I did get into electronics.  I went into the Marines and completed a 16 week electronics course in thirteen weeks.  I graduated second in the class.  (I think the other guy cheated)

The last week of the course was on computers.  In 1969, computers were still somewhat new.  Many banks just began using them.  Most TVs used vacuum tubes and transistor radios had just come into their own.

So, at that time, there was little time spent on computers in the school.  However, and this is the whole point of my post, the instructor said something about computers that I still remember, “The only reason for computers is to save time.”

Though one of my brothers designed computers, the thought really surprised me.  Over the years, I thought about the statement many times.  To some degree, the statement is still true.  However, today we have at least three more reasons for computers, graphics, entertainment and saving space.

I don’t think I need to explain the first two, but saving space might not be so obvious.  We used to use fiche.  Now we use disks.  A few optical disks can replace thousands fiche.  Besides, going back to the first reason for the computer, the disk is much faster.

Unfortunately, some have found another reason for computers, keeping track of employees… or citizens.  Today, computers are being used for the BIG BROTHER effect.  Instead of the computers being used to help the employees work more efficiently, they are being used to keep a thumb on the employees to make sure they don’t make too many keystrokes on their keyboards (for example).

For a person who studied computers from my youth, it is a great disappointment.  Instead of being an aid, it allows the boss to spy over the employees shoulder.  It allows the governments to track its citizenry.

Today I am disappointed in the way computers are used.  They are used for games.  All right.  I admit it.  I do play more solitaire than I should.  Still, we have simply overdone it.  Pseudo football games are played on which people gamble, by the millions.  Some are addicted to the games to the point they ignore everything else.

Then, of course, there are those who use the computers to steal.  Some folks have lost their homes to those who know how to use the computer for this purpose.  Then, when the deed is done, almost nothing can be done to make it right.

I have seen the good that computers have done and I have seen the bad that they have done.  Like any other tool, they can be used for good and they can be used for bad.  Seeing the bad I find it very disappointing.  No one seems to care, not even a little.

If I am a computer salesman, I don’t sell to the employee.  He doesn’t control the purse strings of the company.  So, if I hope to sell the computer, I need to show the CEO how the computer the benefits management.

Now, which will have the most successful outcome?  If I explain how I can help the employee or if how easy it makes it to spy on the employees.  And so it is that the computer is abused and will continue to be abused.  I see no way to stop it.

 

So, just color me disappointed.  Instead of the computer helping to free men, they have been used to enslave them.

Now, as near as I can tell, the communists seem to have discovered computers can be used in taking over a country.  It can be used for finding the individualist.

By the way.  How can I forget one of the most obnoxious abuses of computers… Robocalls!

Free Kindle Book

Don’t know why, but Amazon is listing one of my books for $30, one that I am selling for for less than seven dollars.  Well I can’t do much about the paperback version that someone else is selling, but I can give away copies of the Kindle version.

Half of the reason that I am doing this is to make sure that people can order my copies.  For some reason, if you go to my author’s page, the $30 version is listed first…hiding my less expensive versions.

I would like to know if any of my readers are having difficulty ordering the less expensive books.

As a side note, apparently, someone thinks the paperback is worth $30 dollars.  Maybe I should raise my price.  At any rate it would seem to make this even better for you, a thirty dollar book for free.  (actually, this is the Kindle version that I am normally selling for $1.98)

The book is about a former L. A. detective, Mitch, who lost his wife in a car accident.  Because the driver of the other car jumped bail, he acquires most of the other man’s fortune.  So, though rich, he goes through times of mental and emotional trauma.

As the story opens, he is a private investigator meeting one of his few clients.  Being a wealthy P. I., he is vary selective of his clients.

You will find the book on my author’s page:

amazon.com/author/story_teller

Please note the underscore between the y and the t.  Unfortunately, entering the URL does not always work.  It is supposed to take you to anther one that is a about half a mile long.  Sometimes that doesn’t happen.  I know this because it has happened to me a time or two.  If it does happen to you, please just go to the Amazon.com website and do a search for me, Ben Rhodes.  I have found that it works better than a search on the book title.

Also, if you have a problem, with either method, please drop me a short note at KAAY@att.net.  Some folks don’t like writing reviews.  I understand that.  Because I do treasure honest feedback on my work, you can use the same email address for your remarks, especially if they are critical.  All I ask is that you keep keep them short and free of profanity.

The fee Kindle book will be available May 23&24, 2020.  Tell your friends, your relatives, business acquaintances and all.  It is even all right with me if you tell your enemies.  I won’t mind.  I promise not to complain.

Revisiting Old Posts

I made two posts ages ago; don’t know exactly when.  I do believe I should revisit them, considering recent events.

In one of the posts, I suggested that we maintain a steel and aluminum industry within our country for security.  The last thing we need in a war wherein we must, beg or steal our steel and aluminum from the enemy.  I made the suggestion before President Trump required it and now it appears I was far more correct than I thought.

In light of recent events, I might suggest that the thought be broadened.  With the recent virus outbreak, we almost had to beg supplies from China.  That would not be a good thing.

Maybe what we ought to form a committee and establish a list of things that we must maintain for security purposes.  Also, maybe we should reestablish our space program so that we no longer need to hitch rides with Russia.  If they say HET (Russian word for no, pronounced nyet) we would have a new meaning for the expression “up the creek without a paddle.”


In another post, I suggested that our senators and representatives remain in their own state or district and perform their business through tel-conferencing.  I gave a long list of reasons why this would be a good idea, not the least of which was that it would make it more difficult for the lobbyists to bribe our congressmen.

Again, it would appear that I was more right than I thought.  If they had taken my advice then the virus would have not hindered their business.

On the other hand, there are some who would say that slowing their efforts just might be a good thing.

Either way, I can’t imagine what might have happened if we had an epidemic break out on the floor of either the House or Senate.  If several were to become badly sick, or even die, it might have caused real problems, maybe panic.  It is no wonder that they have all decided to hide out in their own homes.

Well, that may not have been the real reason at all.  Maybe it was a decision made of cowardice.

Regardless, the switch to computerized meetings would be simple to implement and security would be easy to manage.  Just make sure all their computers ran off ROM.

 

Definition of a Lie

We now have proof that the dummycrats knew there was no collusion.

We also know that, from the beginning, they have been preaching that there was colluding by candidate Trump and then President Trump.  The two things are mutually exclusive.  Both cannot be true at the same time.

To me, that sort of looks like lying.  Maybe they have their own definition, but, if we go by the dictionary, we must say that the dummycrats have been lying.

Then again, we could try to cover it up a little.  We could say they told a little fib.  On the other hand, we could say they have been a little less than truthful.

Personally, I call it a whopper.  Moreover, had Clinton won the election, the lie would have been accepted as absolute truth, at least, by most.  On the other hand, to the mass media, it is historical fact.

Of the liars, Schiff, has to be worst.  He knew there was no proof and yet he insisted he had some.  Moreover, he misrepresented the phone call.  Worst yet, when confronted face to face with the truth, he refuses to admit the lie.

Though I can’t prove it, I believe Obama was the originator of the lie.  For this, I refer you back to one of my earlier posts, the one about incarcerating a president.  I see no need to rewrite it here.  Regardless, even if we had a ton of proof of his wrongdoing, Obama won’t go to prison.  At worst, he and many of his cohorts will be put under house arrest.  The earned imprisonment is simply impractical.

In such a situation, the secret service agents would take on a second task as prison guards.  If I weren’t so old, it is something I would eagerly volunteer for.  They wouldn’t even need to pay me.