E-Mail Editorials 2022

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 These short, weekly editorials have been going out to my private list of 300 +/- readers for over 10 years. If you would like to be included please email: cklein@chuckkleinauthor.com

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