Telling Stories

I’m a storyteller.  Most people can tell my stories are fiction, but just to make sure I precede all my stories with a disclaimer.  You know what I mean.  (The story you are about to read is fiction.  Any resemblance to real events are completely by accident, etc, etc and so forth.)

The primary reason for the disclaimer is legal.  As farfetched as my stories are, someone just might get the idea that I have written about something real.  Oddly, I guess there are a few people who might.

After watching most of Agent Peter Strzok’s stories, I came to the conclusion that he should have issued a disclaimer.  I am sure most of us can figure out that it is fiction, but maybe not everyone.

Misplaced Empathy

From what I’ve been told, humans are about the only species that feel empathy, a close relative of compassion. When someone hurts, especially someone close to us, we hurt too. Oddly, most of us feel empathy for animals too. Contrary to what all the scientist tell us, I don’t think I am related to apes and such. Yet, when my cat got his paw hung in the chain link fence, I still went over and cut the fence to get it out of his paw. …and by the way, he appreciated it so much that he sunk his teeth over half way through my finger.
I didn’t blame him for it. He thought I was trying to hurt him. Actually, I am sure I was. The wire had gone right through his foot and there was no way I could help him without causing him some pain.

At any rate, afterward, he went to the vet and I went to the doctor. Both of us were in pretty good shape in spite of it all. I got an antibiotic shot and the cat did have some minor problems the rest of his life with one of his claws.

Sometimes, people try to help us, knowing that they will likely hurt us. Many of these people are called doctor. I know I had a hard time remembering this the time I had a dislocated finger and the doctor had to straighten it. (After, the poor woman jumped back. She was convinced that I was going to hit her.)

Sometimes we humans direct our empathy in the wrong way. There are those who would encourage illegal immigration. By putting the welcome mat out, they aid and abet the drug cartels. As a result, people die on the way. The women are raped and the boys are conscripted into gangs.

If they make it into the US, many girls are forced into brothels. Both men and women can end up working in sweat shops for little or nothing. Then, if they are caught, they frequently get sent back to their own country.

If they do manage a safe arrival into the US, they live in constant fear of being found. If they are abused, they are afraid to say anything. If they become sick or injured, they are afraid to go to a doctor or hospital. If they labor in the fields, they are frequently paid a small salary. Then, if the owner of the ranch decides to, he refuses to pay them at all.
Invariably, they use false documents so to allow them to work. Then, if the cartel decides, they use them for whatever purpose serves them.

I would say that it is a mistake the Dems make. The truth is…they likely know all this and they don’t care. They likely have no compassion for the illegal immigrant. When they die, they don’t shed any tears. When the girls are raped, they likely have little interest in it. When a man is stiffed for a day’s wages, I doubt they have any concern.

The fact is, the illegal immigrant serves but two purposes. They provide a mallet with which to hit President Trump and they provide a possible way to increase the number of democrat voters. It is the way the Dems work. They can’t come up with any good policies so they stuff the ballot boxes… or import more voters.  It’s apparently something they learned from the communists.  I can’t remember who it was, but one of the commies said, “He who counts the ballots rules the country.”  …or something to that affect.

Finally, walls stop trucks.  Right now, there are places where a vehicle can just drive over the border.  I don’t know about you, but it sounds to me like a convenient way to smuggle drugs, or about anything else… maybe even an atomic bomb or two.  The wall is a good idea even if we didn’t have people flooding over our borders.

Cleared? Really?

I sat and watched Hillary Clinton (on TV) say that she was cleared of any guilt.  Really?  I don’t believe it. Comey fired salvo after salvo at her; things she definitely did or had done.  As I listened to the report, I was convinced she was going to spend the rest of her life in prison.

It appeared that Comey saved her from incarceration in two ways.  First, he changed a few words in the report.  Second, he said that she didn’t mean to do it.  (Really?  I do find that hard to swallow.)

For crying out loud, she was Secretary of State.  That tells me that either A. Obama appointed a dumb Secretary of State, or B. Comey was doing what he could to keep Hillery out of prison.  Very likely, it was both.

Regardless, he certainly didn’t clear anyone with that report.  He did have two accomplishments.  First he did keep a criminal out of prison and make himself look like a fool.  It is something that will follow him beyond the grave.  There is no undue function for that mistake.

Well, there is one more he accomplished.  It did wonders for the reputation of his law school and college, maybe even his high school.  If his prior schools are proud of him, it makes them look even worse.  I only have a high school degree and I could see the woman was guilty.  His report made it obvious to a sixth grader, maybe a fifth grader.

Finally, there is one more thing I should point out.  If Hillary destroyed all that info on her server, it shouts one admission; that she could get in more trouble from the info than by destroying it.  Naturally, now, this side of eternity, very few will know it.  …and they ain’t talking.

My Mistake?

I made a mistake. I know. It is a big disappointment for you.

Before I explain what the mistake was, let me take a minute to repeat a story I heard from the late news and commentator, Paul Harvey. It seems there was an armed bank thief that decided to hold up a bank one afternoon. He walked up to a teller, handed her a note and pointed a gun at her. To his dismay, she broke into a hard laugh. Finally, the confused would-be thief turned to see the reason for her outburst. The lobby was full of men pointing guns at him. You see, the would-be thief chose to rob the bank across the street from the local FBI office. Worse yet, it was payday.

Yeah, you can file that one in the really dumb criminal file. One would think that even a dumb thief would know better than that. After all, the building was well labeled. I don’t know how FBI agents are paid; maybe it’s twice a month or maybe once. It might have been the first of the month or the fifteenth. Then again it might have been the last day of the month. Then too, it might have been Fridays. Regardless, if you have plans on holding up a bank anywhere near any law enforcement office, you might want to check on normal paydays.

Not that it matters much to the story or my mistake, but the guy just might get away with it today. Most everyone has a direct deposit these days. I know I do. The fact is, tellers are getting kind of rare. Between ATM’s and electronic banking, there isn’t nearly the need for tellers. The place I go rarely has more than two tellers, one on the drive through.

At any rate back to my mistake. I should have gone to Yale or Harvard. I have recently learned it is quite easy to graduate from one or the other or both. Then I could have gone on and become a lawyer.

I am sure you are confused. You likely think it is difficult to graduate from these well known institutes of higher learning. Some of you may have even gone to one or the other of these universities and found it difficult. I simply can’t understand why anyone should have any difficulty at all.

Let me refer you to my story of the dumb thief, a criminal incapable of putting two thoughts together. He too could have graduated from one of the Ivy League establishments. He certainly has something in common with some of the graduates. I would expect that the former director and assistant director of the FBI likely went to one of these most respected schools. Then too, Agent strozyk and his lover each other likely have law degrees, though they might have had to settle for a less respectable college. Either way, someone should have told them about emails and the internet. After all, they did use emails. I think the dumb bank robber would have known better than that. Then there is the agent who is identified only as FBI agent 2.

Then, of course there is Hillary. I understand she has a law degree too. Boy! Did she do some dumb stuff. Fact is, she should be wearing one of those orange jump suits. She would be if real FBI agents investigated her. Then too, I guess it would also take a mediocre prosecutor. If it weren’t for the need of a law degree, anyone who finished his first year of law school would do.

They all believed they were going to get away with it. Then again, they never in the world figured that Hillary was going to lose the election. It was supposed to be a slam dunk. Now, if I might use the politically incorrect phrase, they just might be in heap big trouble.

…and, by the way, the colleges that they graduated from, they just might want to do what they can to disown them. Then again, maybe not. Given what they teach nowadays, they just might be real proud of them. If that is true, I don’t guess I made a mistake after all. I just thought I did. I don’t think I would want to tell anyone that I graduated from Harvard. I don’t think I would want anyone thinking I am that dumb. (If you graduated from any of these schools, you might want to hide or rid yourself of anything that remind you of it.)

Words of Deception

Over the years, I have noticed there are a few terms that are frequently used in deceptions.  I figured that I might include them below for you.

The children.  Usually, when a politician uses this term, the children benefit the least.  If money is involved, it usually goes to some other purpose and often into someone’s pocket.

Comprehensive.  The first time I heard this word was “Comprehensive immigration bill.”  It was supposed to solve all the woes of immigration.  However, after studying the bill, it became obvious that it solved everything but illegal immigration.  Actually, it encouraged it.  Then they were upset because the people all got in an uproar and made them vote it down.  Ever since then, they complain about it.  Now and then, they bring it up again, in hopes that maybe they will catch us napping, or maybe we’ll tire of fighting it.  Needless to say, comprehensive or a similar term is used from time to make other expressions:  Healthcare, crime bill, education, mass transit, etc.  Unless you don’t mind getting deceived, keep your eyes open.

Environment.  It is the new home for the communists.  Those  that like to use the word want to make sure we all ride around on bicycles while they go around in limos and jets.  it is the same concept the communists have.  A few people in control telling the rest of us what to do, where to go, and of course, what to think.

Prejudice.  This word and a few synonyms are used whenever a person with common sense gets in the way of the powers to be.  Naturally, it is a term that has been used frequently to disparage President Trump.  It has caused the the controllers no end of grief that it hasn’t worked.  Maybe one reason it fails to work on him is that the term has been abused and overused so much that the public has become immune to it.  In a sense, we have been inoculated to it.  The bad thing is that the people who truly suffer prejudice are ignored.  I heard a story about that one time.  Let me see.  Oh yes.  It’s the story about the boy who called wolf.  Most of us know the disaster the befell the boy that made that mistake.

Lobbying.  Also known as bribery.  The problem with a government or its representatives accepting bribes is that it usually benefits the one doing the bribing.  To be sure, bribes are illegal in federal, state and local governments.  However they are still common place.  More than that, lobbyists bribe representatives all the time and it is legal, as long as the money goes to a campaign.  However, offers in kind are often collected after the politician retires and goes back into private life.  It makes it next to impossible to enforce.  Besides, its an acceptable practice.  Its a retirement plan.  Certainly, much of the bribery comes in from unions, especially the National Education Association (NEA).  (The National Endowment for the Arts (also NEA) also makes bribes, though they are greatly financed by the federal government.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds improper.  They are using government money to bribe government officials.)  I don’t know anything that can be done about lobbyists.  Corporations and unions do have an ethical right to representation.  However, I do believe all such money should be published.  Nowadays, with the Internet, that shouldn’t be a problem.  The government official and the those lobbying the officials should post the financial info on web pages and kept there for a reasonable time.  That way, when I get ready to vote for someone, I will know where they get most of their contributions.  Also, it will let me keep an eye on those doing the lobbying.  As for the art outfit: that’s just wrong.  It ought to be illegal, though I don’t think that will happen.  Those receiving the funds are not likely going to vote against it.  It’s sort of like expecting our representatives to vote for term limits.  It’s just not going to happen.

I’m sure there are many words I’ve left out that you can think of.  If you like, I welcome your suggestions.  Let’s just keep it clean and reasonable.  Invariably, the terms are easy to see, provided you take a minute to think about it.  Mostly it is a matter of making sure you understand any law involved and determine who would benefit the most.  This is usually the person who uses the euphemism.

I G Report

Now that the inspector general’s report is out, I am sure the whole world is waiting to know what I have to say about it.  I don’t believe it, not for a minute.  The FBI and Justice Department has had 2 weeks to modify it.  Moreover, the I.G. was well aware that his report would have to go through both gauntlets before its release.

The truth is that all my books are more believable than this report.  Those who have read my books, or even read the synopsis will know that this is really saying something.  It also says something about those who have read it.  Not only are they dishonest, they aren’t so smart if they expect the public to believe such intentional deceit.

Perhaps we will learn a little more after the House and Senate hearings.  His words will not be subject to editing by Justice.  I suspect we won’t learn much though.  It would seem some unknown person, persons, organization or organizations are behind the scenes controlling it all.  I know it sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it is the only explanation I can think of.

I guess one thing we can say for sure is that Comey was a bad director and he surrounded himself with prejudicial and poor quality personnel.  I might even go so far as to say some were criminal.  How else can you define someone using his position to change an election based on his own politics.

Naturally, the current FBI director came out to throw in his two cents.  Unfortunately, I missed most of his speech, but from what I gather, most of it could be summarized as follows:

We didn’t do anything wrong.

and

We won’t do it again.

I do not believe the first statement and, given the current director, I certainly don’t believe the second.  It sounds like something a child would say after he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar right up to his elbow.  …and I might add, with his mouth full of cookies.

Well, maybe the whole world won’t know my beliefs on the subject.  If you agree with what I have written, you might tell your relatives and friends.  Actually, I won’t mind you telling others, even if you disagree with me.  Also, I do welcome reasonable comments, as long as they don’t contain any profanity.

Finally, I would appreciate it if you browse my author’s page.  I have over thirty-five books there for you to choose from.  Most are well within the PG rating, though a few do have some violence.  As long as you can put up with a few grammar mistakes and typos, I think you will enjoy them.  All are available on Kindle, and hence many other devices too, including PC’s.  Some are on paperback as well, though, of necessity, they do cost a little more.  (By the way, Amazon does a very good job of printing paperbacks.  Other than the cover, they are every bit as good as hard cover books.)

The URL for my author’s page is:

http://www.amazon.com/author/story_teller

You can also log onto Amazon.com and look up my name Ben Rhodes (not to be confused with the communist that worked for Obama).  That will work too, but you might be distracted by some inferior books written by someone else.  I assure you, you will want to ignore all the ones by the other writers.

 

A Few Words About Deceit

Some time ago, I heard a public service announcement (PSA) that 50% of all car accidents involving fatalities were caused by a drunk driver. More recently, I heard another PSA that it is now 30%. Given this info and only this info, a person might suggest that we get all the sober drivers off the road. They are causing almost three-fourths of fatal accidents.

I call it flawed logic, where a person makes a decision based on incomplete information. The information, as such is correct, just not complete.

I once heard a preacher say, “Deceit and the truth cannot coincide.” Certainly what he said was and is true. Where the problem comes is when part of the truth is withheld. It is on this that deceivers base their craft. Over time, I have formed four rules for deceit.
1. The person easiest to deceive is yourself.
2. To deceive someone else, you must keep at least part of the truth from that person. (The same goes for a group of people.)
3. People are egotistical. When you tell a person how wonderful they are, they are more likely to believe you. Besides, they are more likely to like you.
4. Lies are not required for deceit. Notice, in the above example, I did not lie to you, but I did leave out an important part of the truth. Therefore, I convinced you to keep the sober drivers off the road. (Hopefully, you had enough common sense not to swallow that one.

Yet people are deceived every day by things just as obvious. Many years ago, New York wanted a lottery to pay for the schools. They managed to pass the law by saying that it would be completely for the schools. The deceit lies in a little word, fungible. That means, once the government has our money, they can use it for what ever they want. It’s just a matter of bookkeeping. Today, they aren’t even trying to fool anyone. They have come right out and admitted it. The schools, of course got very little of it. Now they get none of it.

Nowadays, there are people who would like us to believe that a wall on our southern border will not help. Never mind our common sense. Never mind the fact that people put fences around buildings all the time to keep people out. Guess what? It works. Moreover, the walls are permanent. An election won’t erase them.

It is, of course obvious that torture doesn’t work. Guess what? It does. Ask the Russians. They have a lot of experience at it. Do I advocate torture? Only when the lives of thousands of people are at risk. A little discomfort for one verses the lives of millions… not a difficult choice. By the way, telling the enemy I don’t torture is probably a bad idea.

Now, after our president held a meeting with Kim, the bulk of the media are trying to make it sound like a failure. It might end up being a failure. The president himself said so. That is no reason for the vast majority of the media to rain on his parade. If nothing else, it undercuts the chances of success. Then again, the media does not want him to succeed. For them it is the worst of all possibilities. If it should succeed, it would guarantee his re-election. It would also mean the big blue wave would turn red.

I do find it absurdly humorous the contortions the news anchors go through to make the effort look bad. It is casual to the most obvious observer that what happened is good and they are doing their best to make it look bad. I look forward to seeing what they do should they get rid of the atomic weapons and build hotels along the beachfront of North Korea. Maybe the best thing for them to do would be to go and rent a room at one of the new hotels and spend the rest of their lives there. If they stay here, they might still have jobs, but no one will listen to them.

On the other hand, if the effort fails, they will be sure to make the most of it. After all, failure is what they want, even if it means the loss of millions of lives. I do find this a little ironic. They don’t like a little torture, but all those lives mean so little to them.

It is time to look beyond the deceit and use a little common sense. It is time to look at all the facts, not just the ones that are convenient to the media.