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Subject: Criminal Fears
 
Date Sent: 6 Dec 2022
 
Violent acts by gang members are a result of fear - not of police, death or prison, but ostracization by fellow gang members. Disease, war, financial crisis and social conflict have always been with us, but youthful, vicious, drug gangs have proliferated exponentially over the past 50 years. Losers with nothing to lose don’t fear retaliation from the victims of their viciousness nor do they fear incarceration. American prisons have become a hierarchy move in the criminal world. Mass shooters seem to have no concept of death, prison or being shunned by peers. 
 
Therefore, the crime rate would surely decline if our political leaders reinstitute prisons as punishment centers … and the justice system actually sentences these criminals to a place that humbles, denigrates and creates a fear factor rather than maintaining what has evolved into a status-enhancing environment for promoting career criminals. 
 
In addition, our primary and secondary schools, augmented by public media support, might find promoting a dread of real and spiritual world punishment more productive than psychiatric/bully counseling. Facing the Great Depression and WW2, FDR said: “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” Today: We have everything to fear except fear itself.  
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: PBS Shame
 
Date Sent: 29 Nov 2022
 
The 1952 movie, High Noon, is greatly acclaimed for its grit, cinematography, theme song … and message of police integrity. Here, the Town Marshall (Gary Cooper) learns a man he sent to prison is returning bent on revenge. The Marshall’s concerns for his own personal safety, marriage and the townsfolks are over-ridden by his ingrained fear of being a coward. The bride (Grace Kelly) leaves, forsaking her wedding vows as Tex Ritter wails the watchwords of police officers of all time:
 
"I do not know what fate awaits me,
I only know I must be brave,
for I must face the man who hates me,
or lie a coward, a craven coward,
or lie a coward in my grave.” 
 
The bride returns and blows one of the gang members away; the Marshall then out-draws the ex-con. In real life, sometimes the perp wins and sometimes the spouse doesn't come back, but to a police officer either of those outcomes is preferable than being a craven coward. 
 
Recently, PBS produced a documentary, Inside High Noon, where liberal Hollywood touted wokeness and PC du jour while totally ignoring the movie’s core theme - why a LEO willingly faces death. Shame on PBS. 
 
Chuck Klein, author
https://chuckkleinauthor.com
 
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Subject: Giving Thanks
 
Date Sent: 22 Nov 2022
 
For the Value of a Teacher, a Student Was Saved.
For the Value of a Student, Knowledge Was Saved.
For the Value of Knowledge, Truth Was Saved.
For the Value of Truth, Justice Was Saved.
For the Value of Justice, Freedom Was Saved.
For the Value of Freedom, The Nation Was Saved.
For the Value of The Nation, Faith Was Saved.
For the Value of Faith, Humanity Was Saved.
For the Value of Humanity, a Teacher Was Inspired. 
 
For All These Values, Dear Lord, Thank You. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Post 2022
 
Date Sent: 15 Nov 2022
 
Most people are essentially honest, but not basically smart as in the definition of stupid: Doing the same thing and expecting different results. In other words, those who voted for Democrats (the party in power) must be expecting something different from the status quo of high crime, rampant inflation, excessive gas prices; Russia and China pushing us around; illegal immigrants inundating our open borders and political gridlock? 
 
On the other hand, perhaps it was a message to Republicans that Trump backed candidates, though winners in primaries, were not welcomed by most voters. I’m no Trumper, but allowing the Democrats to continue the same direction will not Make America Great Again. If the Republicans are smart, for 2024 they will do something different – unite around realistically-conservative anti-Trump candidates. For Democrats, it might be best to acknowledge progressivism and politically motivated investigations will not MAGA.  
 
Regardless, the 2022 election is over and done and it’s time to move on and embrace “smart” political decisions. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: G*N CONTROL
 
Date Sent: 8 Nov 2022
 
No, not government controlling g*ns, but you controlling your own g*ns. Many states and the federal government have/are planned/ing to pass Red Flag Laws. The RFL is a mandate for LE to confiscate g*ns of persons who could be a threat to themselves or others. This proceeding can be instigated by a court, a loved one OR anyone who signs an affidavit swearing a particular person is a threat. 
 
The first problem is the definition of threat to oneself or others – a very subjective criteria for infringing on a constitutional right. The second problem with such laws is allowing anyone to swear that another person is such a threat. In other words, suppose a mentally challenged neighbor, fellow worker or political/financial enemy doesn’t mind lying in order to have you locked up and made g*nless (blackmail?). Reclaiming your fire*rms could take years – if ever. 
 
The solution might be a National Fir*arms Act Trust whereas all of your g*ns are placed (on paper) in trust. This precludes anyone – police included - from possessing them without you, the trustee, granting permission. Be sure to contact an attorney who is experienced in this matter. Email me if you want my attorney’s contact info.
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Priorities
 
Date Sent: 1 Nov 2022
 
Devastating forest fires, approaching hurricanes massive snow storms generated this realization: Suppose these climate related events in addition to a home fire, gas leak, carbon monoxide – catastrophic conditions compel you get out now. In other words, if you have the time in those few moments before the train leaves the station any plan beats even a good case of regrets. My suggestions: 
 
1) Make sure all humans are safe;
2) Save your pets;
3) Have on your person: cell phone, keys, self-protection, glasses; wallet w/ID and list of contact’s phone numbers in case your cell dies or is lost; 
4) Medications;
5) Family heirlooms (use clothing, such as underwear, to wrap fragile items);
a) Irreplaceable paintings;   
b) Photo albums;
c) Laptops;
d) _________.
 
A) Formulate a plan, write it down, go over it – visualize it – post it on the frig. 
B) Keep a stash of boxes that can be utilized to pack your stuff in – but not so heavy or big that you can’t carry or it won’t fit in your car;
C) Maintain a emergency kit in your car to contain water, food, clothing, blanket, pee bottle; 
D) Full tank of gas.
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: The Test
 
Date Sent: 25 Oct 2022
 
Can you pass this recently published test?
 
Sample Question: You are with your daughter/granddaughter in the hospital when she awakens from a coma after having been brutally beaten and raped. She tells you the perps name and where he lives. Do you:
a. Drive to his house while calling 911;
b. Call 911 with this information;
c. Drive to his house, seek him out and shoot him with your legally carried firearm;
d. Withhold this information and tell her to also not tell anyone as the perp or his family might seek retribution.
 
Answer: 
a. Wrong. Nothing good can come of being present at his home; 
b. Correct. This is a police matter and withholding information is a criminal offense. 
c. Wrong. As tempting as exercising an "eye for and eye" is, it will not return your daughter/granddaughter to her previous state and you will be facing murder charges;  
d. Wrong. This is most difficult inasmuch as your granddaughter will have to relive the attack for police reports and possibly court room trials. Not tendering information to LE, might allow the perp to victimize others. 
 
Take the complete 20 question test here (page 76): Dillon Test
 
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Subject: I Believe?

Date Sent: 18 Oct 2022

This may come as a shock to some, but I have joined the Democrat Party because I now firmly believe:

1) Using strategic oil reserves to lower the pump-price of oil by a few pennies is a good use of our emergency supply;

2) Fist-bumping Saudi Arabian leaders was the right thing to do;

3) Resurrecting the Iranian deal will make America, Israel and the world safer;

4) Hiring 87K IRS agents is better than hiring 87K LEOs;

5) Looters, during political riots, should never be criminally charged;

6) Our borders should be open to all;

7) Joe Biden is a great President;

8) Police officers should be unarmed;

9) Arrested felons should immediately be released;

10) Beginning in 2017 and continually going-after Trump is honorable and in the best interest of the nation;

Oh yeah, in case you forgot, today is opposites day! Have a lousy day :

Klein Chuck

https://chuckklein.com

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Subject: Democracy, Not

Date Sent: 11 Oct 2022 Democracy is NOT: 

*Disavowing the results of a bona fide election.

*Rioting. Harassing public officials in restaurants.

*Criminally protesting in front of SCOTUS justices’ homes.Prosecuting Attorneys failing to prosecute crimes. 

*Failing to secure the borders to our nation. Divisive rhetoric and childish name-calling by leaders. PC, Wokness, Cancel Culture being taught in public school. 

*Conducting criminal and economical investigations for political purposes. 

*Circumventing a SCOTUS rulings, for example: The court has clearly determined the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms in public means just that. However, some  states and cities have subsequently passed laws negating the unambiguous wording of the court by requiring subjective parameters to qualify to carry a firearm, restricting of the carrying of guns in public parks, streets, and even on private property (unless the property owner specifically allow guns). Democracy is based on decisions of a high court that can only be changed through Congressional action, not via state law, city ordinances or executive orders.  I

t’s not China or Russia that will spell the end of our republic and democracy as we know it, but a continuation of these anti-democracy actions.

Chuck Klein

https://chuckklein.com

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Subject: Multiple Questions
 
Date Sent: 4 Oct 2022
 
The goal has been for police agencies to be a composite of society. Wouldn’t it be better if the community's objective were for society to emulate LEOs? In other words, shouldn’t society aspire to be more like American LEOs, i.e., honest, law-abiding, physically and morally fit? 
 
The Washington Post, et al., headlined, “Supreme Court terms begins amid questions about its legitimacy”. We, Republicans/conservatives, can relate inasmuch as for decades we disagreed with SCOTUS rulings when liberals held the majority … but we never called the Court illegitimate. Which camp is the threat to democracy? 
 
A pandemic induced, work-from-home migration from the big cities to small towns and counties has generated lesser populated locales to say: We don’t want you and your liberal culture, wokeness and police-defunding attitudes; unless, of course, you’re just visiting to spend tourist money. Would city-dwellers welcome an invasion of those who drive pick-up trucks, carry guns and are in your words, “deplorable”? 
 
Putin’s dilemma: humiliating retreat or nuclear war. If 100M barrels of oil plus 100M conventional weapons had a greater negative impact on climate change/pollution than one nuclear bomb; would the use of such a weapon be justified on the basis of saving the planet? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Watchdog?
 
Date Sent: 27 Spe 2022
 
It began with the FBI’s arbitrary rules-of-engagement at Ruby Ridge (1992). Then in the mid-1990s, FBI Special Agent Greg Dillon blew the whistle on the Nation’s Watchdog’s by outing the agency’s practice of falsifying affidavits (full story in his 2022 book: The Thin Blue Lie: An Honest Cop vs. The FBI). His lone-wolf claims and their denials continued for 20 years, culminating with a Federal Court jury trial that confirmed his accusations. 
 
This was followed by Hillary/Billery/Comey embarrassments during the 2016 election and then continuing with the Mueller report exposing FBI bias in the Trump/Russian Hoax and further top-cop-agency breaches of trust discovered during Durham’s Steele Dossier investigation. 
 
Now comes the FBI, again acting on sworn statements, with search warrants claiming “Top Secret” documents were contained at Mar a Lago. To add insult to questionable acts, they refused to divulge the contents of these files and are resisting judicial review. What’s to prevent this all-powerful, biased, integrity-compromised agency from planting evidence among the seized material to substantiate their sworn affidavits thus maintaining this pattern of illegal conduct? Insofar as no one is watching the Watchdog, perhaps the FBI Director should be subjected a two-year term - by the voters.  
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: By The Numbers
 
Date Sent: 20 Sep 2022
 
1) Distance from Earth to Sun
2) Speed of Light
3) Weight of one gallon of water
4) 1” = __ Millimeters 
5) Speed of sound 
6) Temperature at which book paper burns
7) Ream of paper
8) Circumference of Earth at Equator 
9) … --- … Morse Code
10) MCDLVII Roman numeral 
11) MLB Distance between the bases 
12) NFL Distance between goal posts
13) Number of feet in a mile
14) U.S. household voltage
15) 100 degrees Celsius = ____ degrees Fahrenheit  
16) How many axles on an 18-wheeler semi-truck
17) Year man landed on the moon
18) Year WW2 ended
19) Degree tilt of the earth’s axis
20) pi 
 
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Answers
 
1) 93 million miles
2) 186,000 miles/second
3) 8.4 lbs
4) 25.4
5) 1087 ft/sec
6) 451℉
7) 500 sheets
8) 25,000 miles
9) SOS
10) 1457
11) 90 feet
12) 120 yards
13) 5280
14) 120 VAC
15) 212
16) 5
17) 1969
18) 1945
19) 23.5
20) 3.14 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: Political Reality
 
Date Sent: 13 Sep 2022
 
Regardless of what a congressional candidate promises, he/she will vote the party line. Solidarity is what politics is all about - today. There are no Mr. Smith Goes to Washington mavericks. Witness, Senator Joe Manchin (D. WV) who held-up the Build Back Better Bill for months, but in the end, he voted with his fellow Dems. 
 
Regardless of the sounds-good rhetoric a candidate spouts, he/she will not only lack individual power, but will receive the rath of their party if they fail to vote the party line when their vote is needed. Witness: Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R. WY), who bucked Trump and promptly lost her primary to another Republican. Though presidents have limited powers to make changes via executive orders, Senators and Congresspersons can only alter events by voting en bloc. 
 
Regardless of a party’s label – conservative/right-wing/fascists or liberal/left wing/communist – there are only two choices: Vote to continue the directions and paths of the party in power or vote for the other party’s candidates to change these objectives. Modern day elections are not about a person, but the party that promotes what you believe is best for the nation. Parties have absolute rules and the party in power rules absolutely. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject:Latest LE Tactics  
 
Date Sent: 6 Sep 2022
 
Apps for smart phones to enable the phone to also be used as a body camera worn in a special holder on the officer’s body armor/vest. 
 
Repuls is the new Mace. It causes involuntary closure of the eyes. What it doesn’t do is create respiratory problems or impact anyone not directly subjected to the spray. It’s also easily deactivated with water. 
 
Artificial intelligence coupled with machine learning is helping LE in the battle of web warfare where extremist using the Dark Web, post personal contact information of public figures and government officials. These posts – called doxing - are to encourage others to harass the targeted persons with emails, text messages, robocalls, posted lies. 
 
Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) are now capable of reading plates under poor light (night) and during rain. This new generation ALPRs utilize solar power allowing them to be used in remote locations and easily moved about. This, coupled with ubiquitous private surveillance cameras, further dissolves 4th Amendments expectation of privacy. 
 
LE is usually a step behind technology, but when they catch up – they gotcha. Do you say: Thank you LE for keeping us safe; or do you say: Hello 1984? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Political Fear
 
Date Sent: 30 Aug 2022
 
According to a recent poll, “American’s greatest fear is the threat to Democracy.” I think most of us will agree. But, what exactly, who and what do we fear? 
 
Democrats/Liberals, per se, tend to be those who fear: Their endless investigations of Trump will be for naught; Donald Trump will become King/Czar/Dictator of America; Taxes for social programs are not high enough; Republican resistance to cancel culture, wokeness and critical-race-theory is taking America in the wrong direction; Republicans will start WW3; A conservative SCOTUS; Open borders will not produce more Democrat voters.  
 
Republicans/Conservatives, per se, tend to be those who fear: Liberal policies will lead to economic collapse, rampant crime, and foreign control of America’s military and cyber space capabilities; Taxes for social programs are too high; Continued divisive, vindictive attacks by Democrats; The education system and main-stream media are being subverted by the left; Democrat appeasement will lead to WW3; Oppressive gun laws; Open borders will produce more Democrat voters. 
 
The traditional definition of Democracy: Government by the people. The threat is when those in power believe it to mean: government by “their” people. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Mass Sh**tings
 
Date Sent: 23 Aug 2022
 
Two simple factors may be a key aspect in reducing mass shootings – especially by youth. 
 
1) In just the past 25 years modernizations including, but are not limited to: social media, internet, on-line violent games, cell phones… have had an impact on young male aggression. Losing out to these non-physical endeavors is the traditional H.S. Physical Education class. PE classes allowed for all students to partake of a variety of basic activities (sports) such as dodge-ball and skins & shirts games not ordinarily available in the non-school arena - especially in cities. We can offer all the anti-bulling counselling, lock-down drills, SROs, gun laws, but still the inability for senior-high boys to discharge pent-up anger, anxieties and hostilities will remain without a means of release. Senior-high Boys need to be boys - it’s not girls that are committing mass shootings. 
 
2) In personal correspondence from police agencies, including, but not limited to: FBI, ATF, L.A. Sheriff’s Department and Cincinnati P.D., I have learned that LEOs are NOT required to carry a concealed handgun while off-duty. Perhaps, if all 900K+ USA sworn officers were required to pack heat while off-duty, the number of mass shooting victims might be lessened. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Re-Evaluation
 
Date Sent: 16 Aug 2022
 
Six years ago, I voted for Donald Trump because he represented the goals, aspirations and ideals of what I believed America should be. During his tenure as POTUS, he came through with his promises of national security, border control, constitutionally correct judiciary, energy independence….
 
For the past 7-years the Democrats have impeached, scrutinized, investigated, witch-hunted, sued, besieged, harassed, subpoenaed DJT - all without convictions - and still they continue fishing expeditions. The Mar-a-Lago FBI raid where they took boxes of papers brings up the question: What was to prevent the “whistleblower” or the FBI, in desperation, from planting evidence? 
 
In 2020, though I was dismayed at his demeanor and negative campaign, I voted for him, again, for the same reasons. Then along came Jan 6 and I was among his early detractors and am on record saying I wouldn’t vote for him in the primary if he decides to run in ’24. Now, however, I’m more fearful of the woke Democrats and the liberal mainstream media they control than I am of him. In other words, their continued persecution doesn’t pass the smell test. With apologies to Mr. Shakespeare: “The liberals doth protest too much, me thinks.” 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest
 
Date Sent: 9 Jul 2022
 
Dumb: Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, is charged with misdemeanor DUI and has pled NG (same as calling the arresting officer a liar). It would be really dumb if he doesn’t change his plea to guilty and apologizes for his conduct which will only result in a slap on the wrist and the DA will be precluded from upping the charge to a felony due to double jeopardy. 
 
Dumber: The hypocritical Dems brag about taking out a 9/11 fugitive in Afghanistan while being on record condemning Russia, Saudi’s, China for assassinating their enemies on foreign soil. Terrorist attacks in America, post 9/11, are almost non-existent. Offing one terrorist might provoke them to suicide-bomb 10+ of us. In other words, if we leave them alone – especially since exiting Afghanistan – they’ll leave us alone? 
 
Dumbest: Nancy’s visit to Tiawan – against POTUS wishes - has generated a threat from China. The PRC now must make good on this threat, but timing will be everything. If they retaliate after the mid-terms, if might signal they would rather have dovish Dems in power rather than hawkish GOPers. If nothing else, it has given them more in common with Russia and Iran – the new Axis. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: The 1st Amendment
 
Date Sent: 2 Aug 2022
 
"Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This says the Federal Government (state governments are included under the 14th Amendment) cannot pass a law to keep you from complaining about your government to your government. However, nowhere in the Constitutional or in any statute is there any requirement for the "government" to answer, react to, or otherwise acknowledge your petition.
 
This was recently confirmed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (case No. 04-1211 2007). Here the court ruled that just because the government failed to respond to the plaintiff's complaint, it was no reason for the plaintiff to be granted a favorable judgement against the government. Thus, even a DEFAULT judgement is not possible when the government fails to respond to a suit filed in compliance with all laws.
 
In other words, though one has a right to complain to the government - that doesn't mean the government has any statutory, constitutional, or even judicial obligation to respond to one’s "redress of grievances." In still other words, Government to complainers: suck an egg.
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Acronym Test #3
 
Date Sent: 26 Jul 2022
 
Answers below:
 
1) HVAC – System for Enclosures 
2) EV –Automotive
3) IBEW – Labor group
4) AT&SF – Railroad
5) NCAA – Sports
6) SHAEF – WW2 
7) SAA – Colt’s most famous revolver 
8) ACA – Government program
9) BOLO – Police
10 FOB – Shipping term
11 LOL – Text slang
12) alt – Keyboard function
13) www - Internet
14) POTUS – Government Position
15) NATO – World Power
16) ICBM – Weapon
17) UNLV – University
18) DJIA – Stock index
19) CDC – Government Agency
20) GOOGL – Stock Symbol
 
Answers Acronym Test 3
 
1) Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning
2) Electric Vehicle (such as Tesla)
3) International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
4) Aitchison Topeka and Santa Fe
5) National Collegian Athletic Association
6) Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (Ike’s HQ)
7) Single Action Army (the cowboy gun) 
8) Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) 
9) Be On the Look Out (for ___)
10) Free On Board
11) Laugh Out Loud or Lots Of Laughs
12) Alternate key 
13) World Wide Web
14) President Of The United States
15) North Atlantic Treaty Organization
16) Intercontenental Ballistic Missile 
17) University of Nevada at Las Vegas 
18) Dow Jones Industrial Average
19) Center For Disease Control
20) Alphabet A (Owns control of Google)
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Winning Defense
 
Date Sent: 19 Jul 2022
 
Nations have a history of losing wars (not battles) by fighting on the defense. One would think when defending your homeland, it would be advantageous as there is great incentive in protecting what is dear to you. A winning-defense is an oxymoron, to wit: The South lost to the invading North; during WW2, Poland lost as did France with its Maginot line; Germany and Japan, though initially were on the offense, lost when it came to defending their native soil…. 
 
Today, Ukraine has been locked in a defensive and limited (no nukes) war where, even if they win, their country’s infrastructure, economy – civilian population - will be in shambles. With huge materiel stock piles, fuel depots and bivouacked troops just across their border, why doesn’t Ukraine target these Russian facilities? Perhaps, it’s because their military needs USA armament … and if American bombs and missiles explode in Russia, even those deployed by Ukrainian troops, Russia will believe we are attacking them and thus a de facto war with us.
 
A limited war between two nuclear powers is sorta like two Olympic boxers fighting under the Marquess of Queensberry rules while their seconds point ICBMs at each other. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Who's The Slave
 
Date Sent: 12 Jul 2022
 
Perhaps a solution to the illegal immigration issue could be found in the 13th Amendment. Ratified in 1865, the 13th says: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime . . . shall exist within the United States . . . ." 
 
Thus, to punish illegitimate aliens convicted of the crime of unlawfully entering our country they could be: Forced (involuntary servitude) to work on state/local road gangs and/or enslaved by the government for picking crops.
 
Whoa … before you hop on a PC, liberal, bleeding-heart horse please consider what they've been doing to us. I call it slavery when American tax-payers are forced to pay the health care, welfare, education, etc., for illegal aliens criminally in this country. You can call it charity, humanitarian or compassionate aid - with your money - but when you monetarily punish me without my committing any crime - that's involuntary servitude. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Democracy Endinge
 
Date Sent: 5 Jul 2022
 
It began in 2020 with the riots in Portland, Minneapolis and other Democrat controlled cities where the police were restrained and prosecution of rioters ignored. Inspired by this lack of criminal charges, the Jan 6 rioters invaded the Capitol as Trump touted The Big Lie. These Republican rioters, failing to realize D.C. is all Dems, are arrested. 
 
Next came Senator Chuck Schumer who said of Justice Kavanaugh, “He’ll pay the price,” if he rules to over-turn Roe v. Wade, thus spawning an attempt on the Justice’s life and non-enforcement of protest laws. Then POTUS - on an international stage - trashes SCOTUS for rulings he doesn’t like. Now comes the State of NY thumbing their noses at SCOTUS by passing legislation banning the carrying of guns into public places after the Court ruled citizens have this right. 
 
America is (was) a nation held together by the rule of law. If citizens don’t like an act, law or governing, they have the right and ability to make changes via the ballot box – not by mob rule, legislative disobedience or criminal actions. The slide down the slippery slope is now somewhere south of mid-point. Is this how the Crusades, KKK, brown shirts… started? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Legislative Power
 
Date Sent: 28 Jun 2022
 
America was founded on the Constitutional basis of three branches of government:
1) Legislative makes laws;
2) Executive enforces laws;
3) Judicial decides constitutionality of laws.
 
Problems arise when any branch over-steps its bounds, to wit: POTUS refuses to enforce laws by requiring his AG to arrest persons violating the federal law of protesting in front of Supreme Court Justices’ homes. Legislative violates their duty when empowering bureaucrats to create rules that have the effect of laws. The Judicial branch disregards its authority when it makes laws such as legislating women had specific constitutional rights to an abortion. Over-turning Roe v. Wade was based on the fact that the right to abortion is NOT in the Constitution. This is consistent with their ruling in tossing out NY’s requirement to show cause for a permit to carry a concealed firearm – the right to keep and bear arms IS in the Constitution. 
 
The 2022 SCOTUS ruling correctly states that the decision to ban or support abortion is up to the states, a la, the 10th Amendment that says States, individually, … or the people (by referendum or via their elected federal representatives), can legislate laws (to ban or permit abortion). 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Sanctions
 
Date Sent: 21 Jun 2022
 
Economic sanctions Biden placed against Russia as a deterrent to their attack on Ukraine doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect. These sanctions appear to have hurt the West by causing record inflation and shortages of essential petroleum products, but helped Russia gain new trading outlets. In other words, we’re suffering due to sanctions that are intended to cause Russia to suffer. 
 
Joe should have learned from his predecessor when the embargos against Iran led this rogue nation to institute ways to get around them by utilizing middlemen and strengthening trading ties with non-Western sources. Putin, however, has learned. According to a feature article in Air Force Magazine (15 Jun 22), "Sanctions haven’t affected Russia’s ability to export oil and gas, and that it’s even found new or expanded markets in places such as China, India, and Turkey … the Russian state doesn’t look as though it’s going to run out of funds soon.” Are you listening, Joe?
 
Heretofore the world was dominated with the guns backed by the Euro, Dollar, Yen and Pound. Today, it seems, we’re headed, not only for a military two-tier world, but also a financial challenge by the Ruble, Yuan and Rupee 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Unintended Consequences
 
Date Sent: 14 Jun 2022
 
The Democrat controlled Jan 6 committee has been showcasing its case against Trump same as they did with the Mueller investigation and all the other claims, accusations, falsehoods and even truths. Yeah, the Donald was no choirboy, but he kept us out of messes like the Biden Administration has led us into. 
 
Okay, so DJT’s tactics were wrong about his handling of the 2020 election, but most important, the Jan 6 Committee is proving the system worked inasmuch as multiple sworn personnel confronted and refused to do the bidding of an out-of-control President when they believed his demands were unconstitutional. This was an American shining moment when an oath to the Constitution trumped allegiance to Trump. 
 
Biden, Schumer and Pelosi continue to divide the nation by championing attacks on SCOTUS members and additional “deplorable” acts/words. However, the Jan 6 issue is re-unifying the Republicans not so much because of the Pelosi’s refusal to allow the Republicans to pick their representatives to the committee, but because many ardent Trumpers are now seeing how their hero was wrong thus they will be re-joining mainstream Republicans to further the Trump agenda while not supporting Trump the man. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Who Decides?
 
Date Sent: 7 Jun 2022
 
AMENDMENT IX: The Enumeration In The Constitution Of Certain Rights Shall Not Be Construed To Deny Or Disparage Others Retained By The People.
 
Enumeration: List of rights.
Certain: Fixed, settled.
Rights: That which a person has a just claim to. 
Shall: Mandatory. 
Construed: Interpreted.
Deny: To refuse to accept the existence, truth or validity thereof. 
Disparage: To lower in rank, reputation, depreciate, tamper.
Others: Rights not listed in the Constitution.
Retained: To keep in possession, hold secure or intact. 
People: The citizens of the United States of America
 
Some other unlisted rights are the right to: 
 
Be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Own personal and real property.  
Be left alone.
Protect oneself, property and family.
Inheritance and bequeathal.
Live where one chooses. 
Vote in secret to elect one’s government representatives. 
 
SCOTUS will soon decide if one of these “other rights” is a conditional or unconditional woman’s individual right to abort or the people’s right (by referendum) to restrict/allow abortion ... or the State’s right under the 10th Amendment (The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people). 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Evil
 
Date Sent: 31 May 2022
 
 
Normal humans have all experienced evil thoughts, it’s part of the learning process, but the ones who act on these musings might be inspired by – the Devil? Who is the Devil? If G-d is an inner belief and acceptance that there is a higher power as part of the soul, then might the Devil also be a higher power and in competition for the soul? What about child abusers - especially teachers and men of the cloth … did the Devil invade their souls? Are Islamic Jihadist who force ‘convert or die’ upon infidels honorable or evil as they practice what they believe is truth? 
 
SCOTUS Justice Potter Stewart said about obscenity: “I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.” Perhaps this applies to evil: “The virtuous can’t define it in words, but they know it when they see it – ofttimes too late.” 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckkleinauthor.com  
 
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Subject: Rights & Wrongs
 
Date Sent: 17 May 2022
 
There are only two kinds of rights: Conditional and unconditional. The right (not to be confused to ability) to protect oneself and one’s family is unconditional – there are no restrictions or conditions – it is absolute, fundamental and inalienable. The right to free speech is conditional inasmuch as the condition against yelling fire in a crowded theater when there is no fire…. Even the right to life is conditional; state/federal governments can take the life of a person who commits certain crimes and, of course, one’s right to life is conditioned when trying to take another’s life who’s exercising their right to self-defense. 
 
There have been only two kinds of Wrongs; Malum In Se, from Latin, for wrong in and of itself. We don't need laws telling us it’s wrong to murder, steal or repudiate an oath, whether we have laws against those offenses or not. All other wrongs, from failure to acquire a building permit to bribery, are Malum Prohibitum, also from Latin, meaning, wrong because, we, society says it's wrong and have labeled specific measures to be against public policy. 
 
The problem: Humans, being politicized, opinionated and/or biased, interpret, define and enforce/ignore all rights and wrongs including G_d’s commandments. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckkleinauthor.com
 
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Subject: Abortion
 
Date Sent: 10 May 2022
 
Ninth Amendment: Acknowledges existence of other rights in addition to the rights listed in the Constitution. Is abortion one of these unlisted rights? Is one of these other rights a right not to be taxed to support unwanted children? 
 
Tenth Amendment: Powers not reserved to the federal government belong to the states. Since abortion is not specifically noted as a federal power, does this mean a state may allow/forbid abortions at any time and for any reason? 
 
Viability: When Roe v. Wade was decided (1973) medical capabilities allowed a fetus to live outside the womb at x weeks from conception. That number continues to drop. What if it becomes possible to create a human being from a fertilized egg – would it be abortion to destroy that egg?  
 
Theologically: Does life begin at conception, detectable heartbeat/brain activity or the undeterminable point at which the fetus/child obtains its soul? 
 
Crime: Should a woman and/or an abortion provider be incarcerated for terminating an unwanted pregnancy? If so, is it a felony, a misdemeanor or does it depend upon viability, state/case law, or theology? 
 
Insofar as nothing is perfect, it might be best to leave Roe v. Wade alone until all questions are conclusively answered. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Opportunity
 
Date Sent: 3 May 2022
 
America could be missing a once in a century opportunity - not for Ukraine to win its war, but for The United States to crush Russian aggression. Russia has most of its troops and weapons on its western border and has expended a significant portion of its munitions, supplies, personnel and raw materials in this war with Ukraine. Therefore, while claiming to be a military exercise, we should be massing our troops in Alaska – Russia’s eastern border. This would send the message that an invasion is imminent. Financial sanctions are crippling Russia creating a weak position to fight a two-front war.
 
As we flex our power in the Bering Sea area, we would be threatening an invasion unless Russia withdraws all troops from Ukraine and begins to dismantle their nuclear weaponry. Of course, they could react by unleashing nukes against Ukraine, EU or even us. But as sanctions and Ukrainian resistance saps their “opportunities” they may unleash them anyway.
 
President Biden should continue with his official position: “We are not attacking Russia” while, for all intents and purposes, we prepare to. Victory favors not the weak or the strong, but the opportunist. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: The Primary
 
Date Sent: 26 Apr 2022
 
Donald Trump did what the Republican voters wanted him to do during the first 3 ½ years of his administration - promote the Republican agenda/platform by securing borders, re-creating a strong military, confronting China, returning energy independency, supporting law enforcement, appointing constitutionally correct judges, developing a government/private sector joint effort to combat an unprecedented pandemic, halting Wokeism/Cancel Culture/Critical Race Theory that was being propagandized to our children … making America great again. 
 
However, he stepped out of character - lost his bearing - when he began verbally attacking his own people, suggesting a subversion of the election process and claiming the voting structure was corrupt – a system that elected him and he failed to fix during his term of office. Mr. Trump’s inability to admit these errors has destroyed his creditability. 
 
For the May 3rd Primary Election, it is imperative that Republican voters differentiate between Donald Trump the person and those loyal to the Republican agenda/platform and not to an individual. Candidates that challenge him and/or refuse his endorsement are the best bet to win their offices and Return American Greatness Again (RAGA).  
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckkleinauthor.com
 
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Subject: Four Score
 
Date Sent: 12 Apr 2022
 
For my 80th Birthday the gift I requested of each child and grandchild was to write a short essay of their best or worst memories of me and/or their experiences on the farm. I told them: Look at it this way: A) You’ll have a eulogy ready for my funeral – assuming you out live me. B) It’s cost free – no shopping or money to spend. C) What else would you expect from a writer? All 19 responded. Some were entertaining, some emotional, some enlightening, and each was greatly appreciated. Memories are the best gift of all.  
 
As to attaining 4-score, changes are becoming evident: The chainsaw seems to have gained weight, the tractor’s clutch has gotten stiffer, closed-captioning and TV headphones are a necessity. But hey, I can still do what I did when I was 25 … if only for about 10-minutes. 
 
On the plus side: My obit hasn’t been published; I now fully acknowledge Klein’s Law: The secret to life is the ability to adapt to change; and I end each day with this thought: Life don’t get no better. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: The Bluff
 
Date Sent: 5 Apr 2022
 
Two years ago; foreclosed, contiguous property became available. After submitting my bid, the listing broker indicated I would have to up the ante (my offer) plus she demanded an extra 15% ($566) commission (the raise). I told my agent to pay whatever was necessary as I really wanted the property (the call). I won the hand (winning bid) and the 15% was deducted from my agent’s commission - for which I reimbursed her.
 
After closing, I told the listing broker to return the 15% or I would file a complaint with the Ohio Board of RE. She refused, surely believing I was bluffing. I wasn’t. A full investigation by the Board found her guilty of violating Ohio’s statutory ethics laws resulting in a $500 fine, community service and attend ethics classes (all this in addition to her attorney fees). 
 
Inasmuch as she still owed the $566, I told her to return the money or I would file a civil suit. Having once called my “bluff” and lost, she apparently didn’t want to take the chance again and paid up. Knowing that I probably didn’t have standing to sue … the civil suit threat was a bluff. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: Escalation
 
Date Sent: 29 Mar 2022
 
Though I’ve sent this out a few years ago, it might be apropos considering today’s world situation. 
 
ESCALATION
© 1983 Chuck Klein
 
Trust not Gates
Gates before Fences
Fences before Barriers
Barriers before Threats
Threats before Guns
Guns before War
War before Death
Death before Dishonor
Dishonor before Annihilation?
 
Trust is long gone Gates and Fences have been trampled, we’ve installed Barriers (sanctions), made Threats (to Russia and China) and issued Guns (to Ukraine); we're surely at War as witness the Deaths of many innocents. Thus, I’d place us at Death before Dishonor. Are we ready to surrender our Honor (distinction/integrity) as upholder so the rule of law and world peace? 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: Mistakes
 
Date Sent: 22 Mar 2022
 
Putin’s biggest mistake was in not paying attention to history. The most successful military assaults are sneak attacks, e.g., Pearl Harbor, Nazi blitzkriegs on Poland and Russia, et. al. Putin’s month’s long staging of troops on the pretext of a training mission on the Ukrainian border, allowed his target – and the target’s allies – time to prepare with arms and a sanctions plan. Post WW2, was it a mistake not to listened to our generals who wanted to invade Russia; thus, we would not be facing them now?
 
Biden, on the other hand, has not made any mistakes … it’s the voters who made the mistake of electing a person who had spent his life as a member of a committee (the Senate) or as second in command (VP), yielding no leadership experience or abilities. Today, we witness Congress having to prod him to act on matters well after he should have taken action. 
 
However, Democrat voter redemption might occur if … if the rest of the world remains united forcing Russia’s unconditional surrender. Anything less would be a mistake as it would leave a despot still in control of a nation with a whole bunch of nukes. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: If & So
 
Date Sent: 15 Mar 2022
 
If: Putin throws in the towel and pulls the troops out it would trigger reparations and war crimes trials – He ain’t gonna let that happen – Death before dishonor. 
 
So: Biden stops imports of Russian oil when he should have continued to receive the fuel - but not pay for it. Thus, we would fill our bellies with free oil and Russia experiences another monetary loss - Bad planning. 
 
If: There is a brokered peace the most probable outcome is Russia gains an occupied country and NATO gains more member nations - and it’s back to business as usual. 
 
So: Biden has again released oil from our Strategic Oil Reserves for the purpose of saving a few pennies on a pump price of $4+/gal thus reducing the quantity available should we ever really need this emergency oil – Really bad planning.
 
If: Russia unleashes tactical nukes against Ukraine, a NATO nation responds in-kind causing … Putin’s assassination? Russian revolution? WW3? All of the above? 
 
So: China has indicated they are allied with Russia, but they would rather see Russia lose the war in Ukraine because then there would only be two super powers – China and the U.S.  
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: De-Power
 
Date Sent: 8 Mar 2022
 
Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address reversed the Democrats defund-the-police as the knee-jerk reaction to the George Floyd incidents. They wanted to reduce LEO numbers by reducing financial support. The non-distributed funds would then go to subsidizing social programs.
 
Amid an escalation in violent crime - especially deadly assaults on LEOs - Democrat politicians, however, have not given up their anti-police agenda. The new scheme is to DE-POWER the police. Under this projection, cops would have limited crime-fighting capabilities. We’ve already witnessed this agenda taking place in multiple communities, e.g., restricting LEOs from enforcing minor traffic violations, vandalism, jaywalking, car chases…. 
 
This is the opposite of the broken-windows approach formulated under NYC Mayor Giuliani and Police Commissioner Bratton in the 1990s. The broken-windows methodology is best defined as policing practices that target petty crimes such as graffiti, loitering, public drinking … to create an atmosphere of order and lawfulness. NYC’s violent crime rate dropped by 56% during that time period. Vote for Democrats if you want report-takers and social workers patrolling our streets – or support Republicans if you believe fully-empowered cops are best for America. 
 
Chuck Klein
https://chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: Semantics
 
Date Sent: 1 Mar 2022
 
The Yiddish word, putz, means a person is not nice. Suppose your car over-heats and you knock on a door asking the guy who answers if you could borrow his hose to fill your radiator. If he says, No. He’s a putz. If he says, No, get off my property. He’s a prick. If he says, No, get off my property and he threatens violence. He’s an asshole. If he says, No, get off my property, threatens violence – and he doesn’t know he’s being an asshole, he’s a schmuck. 
 
The Yiddish word, schmuck, really has no precise meaning other than the worst you can think of someone who doesn’t know that he’s being an asshole. People can go from being a saint to a schmuck with one incident. Putin was a savior to the Russian image right up until it his troop build-up on the Ukrainian border. Then he refused Ukrainian sovereignty (use of the hose), ignored international condemnation (no hose – get off), invaded Ukraine (no hose – get off – or violence) … then when the tide began to turn and he refused to accept it, he became a schmuck. 
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Duty & Power
 
Date Sent: 25 Feb 2022
 
In the trial of the 3 ex-Minneapolis LEOs the judge told the jury: “it violates the Constitution for a police officer to fail to intervene if he had knowledge the force was unreasonable and had the ability to help.” In other words, if a police officer has knowledge (unsubstantiated evidence) the on-scene, ranking officer is using unreasonable force this subordinate officer has the duty to warn the senior officer (Junior will surely face disciplinary action). If the senior officer does not heed this warning, the junior officer’s duty is to use his power to intervene, i.e., physically assault his superior. (Junior will be terminated and face felony charges of assaulting a police officer). 
 
Suppose a private in the military over-hears his commanding officer ordering an attack that the private believes to be unreasonable. Should the private shoot the CO if the CO fails to heed the private’s warning? How ‘bout if a Secret Service agent believes his CO (POTUS) is about to issue unreasonable orders to send troops…. 
 
Solution: Change the law to read: The burden of proof must be on the prosecution to prove intent when a LEO is alleged to commit a crime in his/her official capacity. 
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: The Blinker
 
Date Sent: 22 Feb 2022
 
Putin, understandably, doesn’t want Ukraine to become a member of NATO whereas the West could then place military bases on his border. Now that he has successfully invaded Eastern Ukraine, he will continue to take Ukraine piece by piece.  Biden’s ineffectiveness at halting this imperialistic move has created a new threat – an emboldened China will feel most confident as they begin annexing Taiwan piece by piece. To paraphrase Adolf: “Today, a piece of Ukraine/Tiawan, tomorrow the world.”
 
America’s Plans might best be:
 
Plan A: Counter Putin’s massive troop buildup on his western border by conducting our own military “exercises” on his easter border (Alaska), thus Putin would be very vulnerable on his east side. He knows Biden doesn’t have the balls to invade Russia, but he also knows Joe might be out of office in 3-years and the next President….
 
Plan B: Perhaps, a compromise could be arranged whereas NATO would offer a Class B (lower level) membership that precludes military bases within an agreed distance inside member nations. That way, NATO gains base locations and Russia gains a buffer zone. 
 
Kennedy and Khrushchev went eyeball to eyeball. Khrushchev blinked. Biden and Putin went eyeball…. Biden blinked.
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Kiwanis
 
Date Sent: 20 Feb 2022
 
As a 30+ year member of Kiwanis International (est. 1915), I’m please to share the opportunity to learn about this global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time through local Kiwanis clubs. Their mission includes sponsorship of: K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; Circle K clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities.
 
Amy Zimmerman, fellow Cincinnati Club member and Treasurer of the Kiwanis Children’s Fund (Kiwanis International Foundation), will conduct a virtual tour around the world of our grants and the impact they make. Please join on your computer or mobile app the Microsoft Teams meeting *** TUESDAY, 22 Feb 2022, 6:30pm – 8:30p EST *** Click here to join the meeting: Click here to join the meeting 
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
chuckklein.com 
 
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Subject: Sanctions
 
Date Sent: 15 Feb 2022
 
Biden has threatened severe sanctions against Russia if they invade Ukraine. Come on, does he actually believe Putin hasn’t anticipated the ramifications of his warning? Does anyone think Putin doesn’t have a plan A (much less a B, C, D….)? Putin has said the troop buildup adjacent to Ukraine is an exercise that will terminate 20 Feb. If the Reds live up to their promise, Putin will gain creditability while Biden’s face turns red. In addition, Putin will know exactly how Biden will respond when Russia does invade (plan B). 
 
Russia and China are becoming the world’s biggest economy and are trading between themselves more than with us. In other words, they don’t need us, i.e., sanctions will encourage more trade and reciprocity between our enemies, thus making them stronger and us weaker. 
 
A generation or two ago, Democrats FDR, HST, JFK, LBJ were not perceived as weak. Beginning with Carter and continuing through Clinton, Obama and now, Biden, these nouveau pseudo powerbrokers have not lived up to their forerunner’s mettle. As Joe cowers in his “basement” one can see Putin and Xi as they conquer the world mimicking the High Sierra bandit: “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges”. 
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Scapegoat
 
Date Sent: 8 Feb 2022
 
Certain segments of society have always needed a scapegoat – someone to hate and blame for civilization’s ills – to draw attention away from their own inadequacies. The Democrat platform has been to enslave Blacks with monetary handouts. This created a victimization mindset that they (Blacks) were inferior and voting Democrat will continue the freebees. Now, however, Blacks, in many aspects, know they are superior. 
 
Many Blacks are still vocal about having been subjected to employment, social mistreatment and 1000s of lynchings for the past 200 years. I’ve had Blacks tell me: “Jews don’t know the meaning of discrimination because they can pass for white while black skin cannot be hidden”. Somehow, for the past 4000 years the antisemites have been able to distinguish “whites” from Jews resulting in enslavement and murders - in the millions. 
 
No one or no people are perfect and there will always be discrimination, loathing and oppression – a need for scapegoats - because those who believe they are loftier and grander (conscious or subconscious) are pseudo realistic. It took the Holocaust for the Jews to learn self-sufficiency by developing their own welfare systems, hospitals, country clubs … nation. 
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Primes My Load
 
Date Sent: 1 Feb 2022
 
1) Media sound-bites of whiny-cryie victims of crimes and/or catastrophes – a muted picture is worth a 1000 sobs. 
 
2) Tributes bestowed upon deceased/retired politicians because they “served” the country/community (after using other peoples’ money to get elected). Come on, they didn’t “serve” any more or less than tax-paying burger-flipper/truck-driver/factory-workers struggling to put food on his/her family’s plate while donating time and money to put the politician in office in the first place. 
 
3) The obese who receive food stamps and free-food at food banks while their plump children suck on colas. 
 
4) Voters who just don’t “get it”: Biden might be a loser … but regardless of whether the election was unfair, rigged, stolen or hacked - Trump lost. Get over it. 
 
5) Sports announcers who keep talking stats and BS while the play is on-going, sometimes not even noting a foul or penalty. I miss the play-by-play guy/gal. 
 
6) People who don’t accept the truth: If they're ever in a situation where another person is about to murder them, at that moment, they'd trade all their worldly possessions for a firearm. And, if that threat was to kill their child or grandchild, they’d sell their soul for a gun. 
 
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: 1,2,3,4
 
Date Sent: 25 Jan 2022
 
1. Biden’s Build Back Better plan includes the incentive of free tuition for college students. This will produce more “college educated” voters that will have been indoctrinated into the socialist mindset of the overwhelmingly liberal college professors. In other words, more Democrat voters (brilliant long-range thinking). Perhaps, once the Republicans re-gain political clout, they will require colleges receiving government funding to have a politically balanced teaching staff – same as they are required to balance race/religion admissions. 
 
2. Putin might be massing his troops on the Ukrainian border to create economic chaos (foreign nations fear of doing business with a country that might soon be at war) so as Russia can claim they are entering (not invading) for reasons of humanitarian aid. The requests for “entering” could be in the form of hacked/fake electronic messages disseminated by social media. 
 
3. The question no one seems to be addressing: What are the long-term consequences of wearing a face mask, e.g., breathing more of your own carbon dioxide? 
 
4) America has placed economic sanctions on Iran, Nko, China, Russia. Now, with Biden’s threat of stronger sanctions against Russia, who will we (the West) have left to trade with? 
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: Exquisite Insults
 
Date Sent: 18 Jan 2022
 
In a twist from my usual Tuesday editorial, I’m forwarding these beguiling insults are from an era "before" the English language degenerated into 4-letter words …
 
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
 
"He had delusions of adequacy ." Walter Kerr
 
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." Winston Churchill
 
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow
 
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." Moses Hadas
 
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
Mark Twain
 
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." Oscar Wilde
 
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one. " George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
 
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one." Winston Churchill, in response
 
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." Stephen Bishop
 
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." John Bright
 
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." Irvin S. Cobb
 
"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." Samuel Johnson
 
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." Paul Keating
 
"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." Charles, Count Talleyrand
 
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." Forrest Tucker
 
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
Mark Twain
 
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." Mae West
 
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go." Oscar Wilde
 
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
 
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." Billy Wilder
 
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it."  Groucho Marx
 
 Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
 
 
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Subject: It Worked
 
Date Sent: 11 Jan 2022
 
It seems clear that President Trump was complicit in the Jan 6, 2021 riot (insurrection if you’re a Dem). Yes, we’re humans and humans are not perfect, but the system worked – Biden was sworn in on time and the rioters, a miniscule portion of the 84M Republicans who voted for DJT, were irresponsible, foolish sheep, and are being prosecuted. 
 
We are a nation of honorable humans and when the highest official in the country was attempting to circumvent the laws, principled people – including family members - stood up to him urging him to call-off the rioters while others refused his demands to illegally intervene. To reiterate: the system worked. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." (MLK, Jr. 1963) 
 
Too bad there aren’t honorable, principled members of the current administration to stand up to unlawful border crossings, legislative hostage-holding, inflationary government spending, troop withdrawals…. We don’t need new laws or endless investigations (a la Mueller) when a system based on decent law-abiding citizens works.  
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com
 
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Subject: 2022 Thoughts
 
Date Sent: 4 Jan 2022
 
1) If EVs will begin out-selling fossil fueled vehicles in the next 6-8 years
the bottom might fall out as replacing and disposing of the used batteries will render used EVs more of a liability than a trade-in asset.  
 
2) Life’s too short to drive boring cars. Connoisseurs do not drive vehicles because they are economical, comfortable or sensible – they operate classic machines that, to them, are economical, comfortable and sensible because they are connoisseurs. 
 
3) To protect the public, it’s mandated that you must have a license to operate a motor vehicle in the public domain. There is no consequence for not securing a license, but if you are caught, penalties apply. Perhaps, mask/vaccine mandates could be handled in the same vein: Fail to comply - no problem – unless you contract the virus that infects others and/or requires tax-payer paid treatment. 
 
4) If lack of viability defines when a fetus can be terminated, would that also apply to older persons, e.g., 100-year-olds who cannot function on their own … a 40-year-old? Where is the line drawn? 
 
5) Water pollution, salt and fresh, will trump climate-change as the greatest threat to the planet. All are the result of over-population.  
 
Chuck Klein
Life Don’t Get No Better
https://chuckklein.com