E-Mail Editorials 2020

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Subject: Baseball
 
Date Sent: 26 May 2020
 
To create greater entertainment, perhaps MLB would consider the following changes:
 
Runners left on base after the last out, return to their respective bases at the start of their next inning. In other words, say, at the bottom of the 7th, there are runners on 2nd and 3rd when the third out is made. Normally, at the start of the bottom of the 8th, there would be no runners on base, but under the new rule, the runners who were on 2nd and 3rd at the teams last at-bat, return to their previous places. 
 
This would allow for the possibility of more runs, double plays, grand-slams and tactical moves such as squeeze plays – all generating a more exciting game. To make it even a greater challenge, any team starting their half-inning with more than one player on base will only be allowed two outs for their time at bat for that inning. 
 
Finally, introduce a pitch clock. Akin to the basketball shot clock and footballs play clock, the pitcher must make a pitch to the plate in a limited time. This should decrease fan-boredom time allowing for a return of the double-header, thus shortening the season. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: Key Words
 
Date Sent: 19 May 2020
 
No one, nobody, including but not limited to: politicians, scientists, military brass, judges, media pundits … can predict the future of anything – there are no exceptions. The Pandemic is an unprecedented event for which everything connected to it is new with no guidelines further hindering extrapolations. In other words, there is no way for any of the above to know what to do, when to do it or how to do it – it being controlling, surviving the pandemic and the economic fall-out.  
 
Listening to many of these highly educated “experts” reveals a common word: MAY. What they are saying is: if thus-and-so happens or doesn’t happen, so-and-thus MAY or MAY NOT happen. Yes, there MAY (MAY not) be a: second wave/vaccine/cure/shortages…. Well, duh, we know that, but the media doesn’t seem to accept this reality. 
 
The question no one seems to be asking: Is Trump’s handling of the health and economic crisis better, worse or about the same as any other nation? If you can tender proof (meaning it doesn’t contain words such as MAY, might, coulda, woulda, shoulda), pro or con, I’m sure the voters would be most interested in your revelations. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: De-Policing
 
Heretofore there were only two types of police officers: Pro-Active and Re-Active. Then, about 15-years ago a third evolved: De-Active. De-Active is defined as: fear of doing one’s job results in indeterminable consequences. This condition is the product of the conscious or subconscious acts of those with the power who, for their own political agenda, undermined policing abilities. 
 
Examples include requiring LEOs to become de-facto medics, hand-holders and to strictly enforce nanny-laws (laws that protect you from yourself) and then blaming the officers when things go sideways. Couple this with court rulings against stop & frisk, common sense patrol tactics and restrictive use-of-force/self-defense and cops become gun-shy at pro/re-active policing. 
 
Liberal academia has produced PC elected officials utilizing latent tactics of oppression that have brought about undermining the authority and purpose of law enforcers. Author of De-Policing In America, retired Seattle P.D. officer Steve Pomper, in coining the term, De-Policing, says it best: "It's sad when governments shackle Americans with soft tyrannical laws, but pathetic when American's vote for their own bondage.” Is De-Police a precursor to lowering morale which leads to lowering standards which leads to ineffective policing which leads to society breakdown which leads to…?
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Book Marketing
 
Date Sent 5 April 2020
 
There are a bunch of book publishers out there, but Author’s Niche of, Edge City Limits, is unique inasmuch as the utilization of their specialty: Title Trailers - a book promotion they pioneered. Title Trailers features original music written and produced by Faze II and set to the theme of the highlighted book. These ear-candy instrumentals stimulate the browsing experience by enhancing the visual rendering of the book.  
 
They are a small, traditional book publisher with an in-house literary agency, marketing/graphic design group and musician to promote books and music via their social networking venues and their website. I have been fortunate to have been selected as one of their featured authors (click on ReadMe Books). 
Headed by Loretta Ferche, a novelist, who spent much of her career as an Estimator/Project manager for the Commercial Building Industry before beginning work as a reporter for small newspaper. That experience grew into a design and layout position eventually leading to the purchase of the newspaper and finally followed by book publishing. 
 
American ingenuity, ain’t it grand - give ‘em a look/listen.  
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: New & Old
 
Date Sent: 28 April 2020
 
Suppose there is no election in November due to a resurgence of Covid-19. Therefore, on January 20, 2021, Trump and Pence will be “unqualified” to hold office and the next in line (Presidential Succession Act 1947) is the Speaker of the House – unless the speaker will also be unelected (Pelosi will be), which means the President Pro Tempore of the Senate (a Republican) becomes President. Of course, the Dems,  prior to January, may replace Nancy with a House member who is not up for re-election in 2020. 
 
Predictions: 1) Democrats will mount a draft Cuomo campaign. 2) Americans will re-elect Trump because they want results not PC or decorum. 
 
In the middle of this national emergency, I heard a CNN reporter ask the President: “… will you now level with the people….” These “gotcha” questions are all too common of the biased media framing a question in a negative manner. That’s like the old police interrogation question: “Do you still beat your wife?” Republicans have claimed for years – decades – that the mainstream media is biased against them. The Democrats have never asserted the media is prejudiced against them. Is there any more conclusive evidence? (gotcha).
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: EVs
 
Date Sent: 21 April 2020
 
If there is a plus side to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s the noticeably lower amount of air pollution such as in NYC and LA where they can actually see a blue sky. Is this what things will be like when electric vehicles (EV) replace internal combustion (IC) powered cars and trucks?
 
EVs have come a long way in increasing usable travel distance in addition to out-performing IC cars on many race tracks. However, there are still some significant issues even the EVers won’t or can’t address: Advertised travel distance doesn’t account for times operating with your AC, wipers, headlights and multiple passengers. ACs are a big drain on an EV battery, but require little fuel of IC powered vehicles.
 
Then there’s the matter of what to do with all those old toxic batteries once their usefulness is used up.  Finally, if we are only a few extra-hot days from brown/blackouts (add global warming) where will the electricity come from to charge all these high-voltage, juice-consuming EVs? Yeah, I know we are more efficient now … but there are more of us and we have more electrical stuff.
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: The Free Lunch
 
Date Sent: 14 Apr 2020
 
Unemployed workers during this financial crisis yield no sales/withholding taxes and can’t pay rent, thus landlords can’t pay their real estate taxes. Cities, counties and states that can’t meet their emergency services payroll, due to this loss of revenue, will need federal funding. 
 
Congress has authorized over $2.2 Trillion to persons and businesses to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. This is added to the national debt of $20+ Trillion. Where does this money come from? Who pays and who owes? Turns out, no one – it’s the proverbial free-lunch, to wit:
 
When the federal gov wants to spend/give-away more money than what it takes in, it merely adds to the national debt by printing additional currency and/or issuing electronic credits. In other words, it’s like running-a-tab or putting it on a credit card that never has to be paid. A higher national debt makes our dollar worth less (lower international buying power and higher inflation). However, during this world-wide crisis, if all the other nations are in the same boat, it washes – makes no difference - as the other country’s debts are also higher and will need to, likewise, “print more money”. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: For-Sure
 
Date Sent: 7 Apr 2020
 
No matter the source: main-stream/social media, other nations, MDs, politicians ... the message is the same: No one knows anything for-sure – now – anymore than they knew in January about the spread of Covoid-19.
 
Common sense tells, for-sure, if mitigation (6-foot distance, quarantine….) is successful in slowing the spread of the virus, then removing these mitigations – sans a cure/vaccine – will surely bring a return of the spread. In other words, a prolonged quarantine or early release from mitigation might yield worse conditions such as: Martial law enforced by a military that is infective due to its infection rate … or China/Russia  has/will develop a vaccine and then refuses to share it with the rest of the world while they take over. 
 
On the plus side: Giant American pharmaceutical corporations utilizing profits from the sale of their drugs, are pouring money into research for a vaccine. These are the same pharms the Dems want to nationalize because they make huge profits – the very same profits that are and have been used to create treatments for what ails us – for-sure.
 
Suggestion: Allow everyone – except the high-risk (for-sure) – to return to work while utilizing masks and social distancing, no later than 1 May. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Abortion
 
Date Sent: 31 Mar 2020
 
The 1973 SOTUS case, Roe vs. Wade, divided the court as well as the nation by defining pregnancy in a trimester framework, to wit: During the 1st 3-months any law that interfered with abortions would be presumed to be unconstitutional. The second & third trimesters involved the mother’s health and MDs opinion based on individual state laws. This doctrine stood until 1992 when the court changed from the trimester basis to fetal viability. 
 
Medical science has evolved to where some extremists say viability begins at conception and abortion at any stage including a douche, morning-after pill or a test-tube-baby is murder; while a prophylactic or birth-control pill could be considered attempted murder. Extremists on the left say a woman’s right to terminate – including late-term/partial-birth - is paramount even for such reasons as hair/eye color, physical/mental traits. 
 
As SCOTUS again reviews the issue (decision due in June), they might rule this is a federal matter and not up to individual states to decide – the consequences of which could result in a future ruling that death sentences are also federal domain. In other words, the court might be, for all intents and purpose, nullifying the 10th Amendment.
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: The Virus III
 
Date Sent: 24 Mar 2020
 
Panic stock-sellers might be over-looking the fact they could owe capital gains taxes on these sales … an unexpected boon for the government.
 
Conspiracy theorists: China - after secretly developing an antidote and/or vaccine - purposely introduced and spread the Coronavirus to create a world-wide pandemic/panic. This would allow them to freely exercise their imperialistic powers believing the world’s police force (us) will be overwhelmed and unable to militarily respond. Perhaps Russia planted the virus in China (very few cases in Russia) to put America and China at odds while they execute their goals of invading contingent nations? Think it’s not possible? History is full of state-sanctioned doctors of death: Japan’s Dr. Ishii, Nazi’s Mengele, Iraqi’s Hussein…. Maybe a “Stepford Wives” type vaccine will be mandatory once the aged and infirm are culled? Oh wait … it’s the billionaires who are behind this so they can scoop up stocks at bargain prices?
 
Disposable face masks are promoted as such to increase sales – hopefully some enterprising American will come up with a disinfectant to wash the masks. Seems to me, just dipping a mask in alcohol, then allowing it dry, should suffice – seems to work for me.  
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: The Virus II
 
Date Sent: 17 Mar 2020
 
Tests: Just because you test negative today, doesn’t mean you won’t be infected by contact with a positive-testee tomorrow. Of course, this implies that one should be tested daily – for which there are not enough test kits, money or persons to conduct the tests. 
 
Briefings: As a writer I’ve learned the importance of capturing the reader’s attention with the first few lines. When leaders/experts spend their opening remarks thanking endless co-whatevers, they have lost the attentiveness of many. In other words: preface, details … then offer congrats. 
 
Politics: There are no guidelines or standards for this unprecedented pandemic. Whether our president is doing a good or poor job will be left up to future pundits where Repubs will tout Trump did a masterful job of keeping the infection/deaths low while Dems will claim even one life is too many. However, now is not the time to question his leadership. 
 
Reality: Some leaders propose constructing massive facilities to house/treat infected patients – but none claim to know where the (virus-free) staff and internal equipment will come from. America was not established to guarantee protection of all persons from all things at all times. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: The Virus
 
Date Sent: 10 Mar 2020
 
We might be entering a major depression, not due to the Coronavirus, per se., but because of the FEAR of this virus. The failure of banks and corporate values (stock prices) were only the symptoms of the crash of 1929 – the root cause was the fear that these bedrocks of our society were about to crash. We all know the flu season comes and goes, but the fear is this new virus could be continuous and a vaccine will never be discovered. 
 
Today, ticket holders to large capacity sporting events, sea cruises, mass-transit are staying away out of fear from catching the virus and/or having to endure a quarantine. Most healthy people who contract the virus survive – many not exhibiting any symptoms. This risk, actual or not, is no different than any other international or even a local catastrophe inasmuch as those who fare best are well-prepared. In other words, a 2-week supply of the essentials – food, medicine, fuel, disinfectant, ammunition and water - is essential.
 
Best case: there are/will be some bargains in the stock market. Worst case is terror becomes panic, that generates fake-news implying certain ethnic factions are responsible, that leads to…. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Primary Time
 
Date Sent: 3 Mar 2020
 
Because I’m not a registered Democrat, there are no choices for me in national primaries. Therefore, if you are a Democrat, I’d really like to know who you will/did vote for – and why. 
 
After watching the debates, I see this: Bernie sends a subconscious message of insecurity by voicing: “We must, we will….” rather than, “I will”. Ditto Bloomberg’s ads in the 3rd person - “Mike will get it done”. He seems to lack warmth and sincerity while ignoring the unions. Voters want their President to be personally involved and do things – not expect them do it for themselves. Biden has the best chance to win the general – if he can win the nomination. 
 
The Democratic platform seems to be about: 1) Health care - yesterday’s news; 2) Beating Trump – as a goal - not for the reason of improving the nation; 3) Income Equality – bring the poor up and the rich down to middle class. Americans have never aspired to be middle class; they want for themselves and their children/grandchildren to be millionaires just like Bernie, Joe and Mike - with 3-homes and a private jet. In other words, it’s not the rich who buy lottery tickets. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Tipping Point
 
Date Sent: 25 Feb 2020
 
The husband & wife authors, both paleontologists, of Tipping Point for Planet Earth (2016), describe the various conditions that will tip the planet earth over the edge into catastrophic conditions ending life-as-we-know-it. The book is contemplative and well written. With the exception of the final chapter there is little whining, crying and we-must-do-isms. 
 
The gist is that over-population, need for non-essentials, climate change, food production, drinking/crop water, toxins (pollutions) disease and war might – individually – terminate human existence. However, the nexus or domino effect of all of these factors will most likely bring about the end of times.
 
What they do not explore is the inner planet itself such as: sea level/temperature changes caused by the possibility of vast voids under the plates – exposed by an earthquake - that could inhale huge amounts of ocean water causing sea levels to drop. We’re expending our resources exploring outer space while we have yet to discover what’s more than 6-miles below our feet. 
 
They are betting on technology and pie-in-the-sky wishes of everyone pulling together to solve all problems in a timely manner without giving sufficient credence to the strongest and most devastating factor: politics.
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Constitution Handbook
 
Date Sent: 18 Feb 2020
 
In light of the ever-present challenges referencing our Declaration and Constitution, my recently published handbook, AMERICA’S FRAMEWORK FOR FREEDOM, a Simplified Easy to Understand Look at the Constitution, is now available on-line and in print.  
 
I have annotated theses most sacred documents line-by-line (sometimes word-by-word) in a concise reference. This is not legalese or filled with two-dollar words, but plain-language explanation of our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. 
 
Excerpt: “…among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 
...among these (meaning that these are not the only inalienable rights) are life (the right to live), liberty (freedom from a tyrannical government) and the pursuit of happiness (the right to lead a life of your choosing, such as the right to worship as you believe). 
 
Some other inalienable rights are:
The right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The right to own personal and real property.  
The right to be left alone.
The right to protect yourself, your property and your family.
The right of inheritance and bequeathal.  
The right to live where you choose.
 
Sales are aimed at bulk buyers to make donations to 501c3s, thus yielding a tax deduction. Suggestions appreciated. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Recap
 
Date Sent: 11 Feb 2020
 
John Bolton: He said, she said … ‘nuff said.
 
Mitt Romney: Free air time by going against the tide to repeat over and over his faith in faith – for the purpose of securing the Mormon vote? 
 
Mitch McConnell: Impressive utilization of power, control, guts and patience.
 
Nancy Pelosi: “Trump will always be impeached”.  She might wish to re-take Jr. Hi. Social Studies to learn the definition of Impeachment: “…it is similar to an indictment in criminal law, and thus it is essentially the statement of charges against the official” (Wikipedia). Yes, The Donald WAS impeached … but having been acquitted, he is no longer impeached. In other words, to say that a person who was indicted and then found not guilty, that that person is still under indictment is, at best, slanderous. 
 
POTUS: Suppose a quiet, verbally inoffensive person with a PC demeanor such as, V.P. Mike Pence, were to become President - but had the same goals and aspirations of border fence, conservative judges, foreign trade, no nukes for Iran/NKO, etc., would you allow him to conduct the business of the office of the Presidency without endless investigations … or would you become a Never-Pencer/Republican? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: POLICE ETHICS and Lethal Force....
 
Date Sent: 4 Feb 2020
 
Excerpts from my feature article in the current issue of THE POLICE CHIEF, the official publication of the National Association of Chiefs of Police:
 
Though courts have been hesitant to convict police officers of excessive force, this reluctance may change as ubiquitous cameras continue to witness use-of-force by our LEOs when that power is sometimes, at best, questionable. The conditions that contributed to this pattern may be a result of ….
 
…one police chief wrote: "Most officers have families, just like everyone else. Their main goal is to get home safely at the end of each shift….” Police officers are not "just like everyone else" they are the only ones with a sworn duty to protect "everyone else". "[T]o get home safely" might be a great concept for sanitation workers or lawyers, but contrary to what this top cop espoused: the "main goal" is to ensure that those the police officers are swore to protect “get home safely”.
 
Police officers are in the business of bravery, honesty and integrity. This is their stock-in-trade, forte', signature, persona, identification and what differentiates them from other professions. 
 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
 
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Subject: Political Reality
 
Date Sent: 28 Jan 2020
 
The Dems have introduced multiple amendments to subpoena huge amounts of documents and witnesses. Why? All are being rejected, en bloc, by the Republican controlled Senate. Why? Perhaps, the Dem leadership wanted a quick Impeachment in the House so they could tout that fact up to the 2020 election. They knew if they challenged Trump’s Executive Orders in court, judicial proceedings could extent past the 2020 election, thus they wouldn’t be able to claim DJT was impeached – only still under investigation. 
 
However, now that the case is before the Senate, the Dems do want to extend – keep the case going – in order to claim DJT was impeached. In other words, if they are successful in getting even one shred of additional evidence or one new witness, they can open a Pandora’s Box – question, probe and stall – the Senate trial until after 2020 election. 
 
The Republican party leaders realize that allowing even one iota of evidence/testimony it will open the door to endless request for more – thus pushing the trial’s conclusion beyond November. It’s all tactical politics and has nothing to do with truth. If it was about the truth, the Dems would have challenged the EOs during their inquiry/investigation.  
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Trustworthy
 
Date Sent: 21 Jan 2020
 
Complex matters sometimes can be simplified by adhering to a standard – a personally established criteria, such as: when conducting business or putting trust into a person or enterprise the question is: Did they do what they said they would do, when they said they would do it and for the cost they said it would be?
 
For example, when purchasing a car, the honor of the salesperson is gauged on this issue. This salesperson might have attributes that I find distasteful, such as hair/clothing/manner, but that is not what is being judged – only the person’s honesty. Thus, if I want a red, SUV, with unique accessories and that’s what is presented to me at the agreed price, I won’t hesitate to ink the long green. One might not like my choices, but the integrity of the salesperson has not been compromised and I wouldn’t hesitate doing future business. 
 
DJT might be characteristically unappealing, but he is doing what he said he would do, when he said he would do it and at the cost he said it would be. Therefore, he is being true to the promises he made to get elected - ergo, he’s trustworthy. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: Life's Options
 
Date Sent 13 Jan 2020
 
Option #1 is from my good friend, Jerry Addington of Houston, TX. He ends his emails: “Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, and shouting . . . holy cow what a ride!" 
 
Option #2 is depicted in one of my favorite WSJ Salt & Pepper cartoons. It shows a decrepit, old man lying in a hospital bed connected to tubes, wires and machines. The caption of the doctor standing next to him: “You know all those extra years you were going to get by living a clean, sheltered, healthy life ... these are it”.
 
Everyday there seems to be another study that contradicts a previous finding, such as caffeine, beef, sugar, dairy … is good/bad for you. My father’s favorite meal was a Big Mac with a Nutty-Buddy for a snack. He never exercised a day in his life, except the 12 years when he was in the National Guard. He lived to be 97. 
 
Life Don’t Get No Better
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Definitions

Date Sent: 6 Jan 2020
 
Assassinate: To kill one’s enemy in any place other than your own country or your enemy’s nation. What James Bond did everywhere … oh wait, he was fictional. However, what the Russians did in London when offing persons whom they believed were traitors; the NKos did in Asia with contact poison, what we did to Bin Laden in Pakistan and to General Suleimani in Iraq … and what the Romans did to Jesus in Jerusalem is not fiction.
 
Stupidity: Declaring a military/political move when there is more to gain by remaining silent and just doing it, i.e., Iran opting out of the nuclear accord. Now, evidence of non-compliance is not required for the EU to impose their own sanctions and/or…. 
 
Quid Pro Quo: We provided Israel with state-of-the-art weaponry for their defenses and moved our embassy to Jerusalem. To keep the US out of a shooting war with Iran/Russia, might we not expect them to conduct a unilateral strike against Iran’s nuclear capabilities? 
 
Results: Direct or indirect consequences from acts of aggression, or the lack thereof, are politically subjective. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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