Education

I has been said a number of times that experience is a good teacher, but fools will learn by none other.  You take for instance, a man goes in a bar and has 4 drinks.  Then he successfully drives home, not even one near accident.  From this, he has just learned that he can drive while intoxicated.

Not everything that we learn from experience is good.  How many times do we do things we know we shouldn’t do.  We learn we can successfully do them repeatedly.  Then one day, we learn we can’t.

Diane Feinstein has learned from her experience.  If she can’t stop good men any other way, she can use accusations to delay progress for weeks.  She now knows it works even if the accusation is completely baseless.  Now she will continue as long as she lives, or until it fails.  It will not bother her that it will ruin lives.  Her only concern is for the advancement of the establishment, what I call, the controllers.

To be sure, she has likely failed at her main goal of keeping Judge Kavanaugh from being confirmed this weekend, though I must admit she did come very close.

Unfortunately, there were others that have learned as well.  Many will learn from Dr. Ford’s experience.  Dr. Ford suffered even more than Judge Kavanaugh and it Senator Feinstein doesn’t care one little bit.  Dr. Ford’s trust in her was betrayed and now her life will never be the same.

Feinstein says she never leaked anything about the letter.  To Dr. Ford, it makes little difference.  Her life was ruined… and not by any Republican.  They didn’t even have the letter, or even her name.

I Like Spinach

When I was a child, I did not like spinach, not one bit.  They used to have to force it down me.  As I grew a little older, I tried to dress it up some by adding things to it.  No good.  The stuff just had a horrible taste.  Whenever I tried to force it down, it made me gag, literally.

Then, one day, I was eating a salad.  I had it half eaten when I asked the waitress what the green leaves were.  She said, “It’s Spinach.”

Can you imagine my surprise.  I ate half the spinach in the salad and guess what?  I liked it.  It actually had a nice flavor to it.  It was then that I came to realize that they ruin it when they can it.  I ate the salad, spinach and all, leaving nothing but a little of the dressing.

I should have suspected as much.  I don’t like carrots, cabbage or Brussels sprouts when they are cooked.  On the other hand, I really like raw carrots and raw cabbage a lot.  I don’t now about raw Brussels sprouts.  Haven’t tried them yet.  However, I also prefer my celery raw too, though I can also eat it cooked as well.

There is one odd thing about cabbage.  I really like egg-rolls.  I can easily eat four or five of them at once.  Guess what, their major ingredient is cabbage.  Go figure.

At any rate, this might be a good clue to parents who can’t get their kids to eat their veggies cooked.  Try feeding them to your kids raw.  Who knows it might work.  …and by the way, they are more healthy that way.  …and by the way, it takes less time and effort to prepare them.  …and by the way, they make good in between snacks.

There is one more side benefit.  Your kids will like you more.

Unfortunately, now that I like spinach, I can’t eat it.  The doctor told me to avoid it.  Now isn’t that a kicker?

What’s Real? What’s not?

Two of the biggest complaints I receive about my books is the grammar and realism.  I apologize about the grammar, really I do.  I just can’t afford a professional editor and I do have my problems.  However, I do believe that my plots are good enough that many will enjoy them, in spite of the errors.  Unrealistic as they may be, they do provoke thoughts on real things.

As for for them being unbelievable, I used to agree with my critiques, some of which are in my own family.  However, these days, in light of what has happened in Washington, D.C., maybe those who call my stories implausible owe me an apology.

Well, maybe my books do go beyond reality.  After all, a golf ball being thrown through walls?  People defying gravity.  I must admit that sort of thing just doesn’t happen.  On the other hand, with all the new technology, who would lose a big commercial airplane?  No doubt in my mind, had I written a story of a disappearing jumbo jet a couple of decades ago, it too, would be called ridiculous.

I don’t write this to make light of any such a disappearance, but I spent nine years in the Marines working on navigation equipment.  I know a little bit about it.  I understand how it works.  What I don’t understand is how anyone can let a couple hundred people walk onto a big commercial airliner and disappear, apparently forever.

By the way, if you are looking for an unbelievable book, one without any cursing or adult passages, you just might want to check my author’s page:

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

Note: there is an underscore between story and teller, though some might not notice it.

Also, you can log onto Amazon.com and look for Rhodes under author.  I would prefer you use my author’s page.  There are not as many distractions there.

My best seller is “The Prepper.”  The Mitch Series is good too.  “Mitch” and “The Prepper” are both almost realistic books.  The Floater Group and the Ring Series contain the books that are well outside the realistic. I do have one book that is totally Christian, though Catholics might not like it.  If you are an atheist, you still have my permission read it; I won’t mind.  I promise, the book is not meant to convince anyone of anything.  I wrote but for two purposes: to entertain and to provoke a little thought.  Oh, by the way, there are a few Christians that have read it and found it and thought it thought provoking as well.

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.