Back when I worked @ TMCCC, they decided they would hire field investigators. Folks who would actually go out in the field to interact with the police, federal agencies, witnesses and suspects concerning our company’s credit card fraud.
Having been a licensed private investigator, process server and security guard, I felt I was ripe for such a job. The company dangled field positions over the we-call-center-interview-and-interact-via phone-folks for years.
Corporate then hired outside retired law enforcement as field agents! Quelle surprise.
Fortunately, most of them became good work friends. It was noted that corporate then ran their asses off, spreading their talents and abilities way too thin! Made us thankful we didn’t make the cut.
They did keep the guys pretty busy. Our office was responsible for accounts in the United States west of the Mississippi River, and I think we finally had four field agents! One alone for California.
One of the guys – I’ll call him John – when I met him was a short, round guy. Seriously. Round. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve had weight issues for years, but I’m 6′ 3/4″ (on my good leg) and have been 350 pounds! I’m now significantly less – 240 – ish.
But John was something like 5′ 5″ and maybe 300 pounds, on a good day!
John had worked for the Cook County Attorney’s Office, then was medically retired, as he had been shot.
A spherical, but genuinely nice guy. I think his excess weight saved his life.
THEN, I didn’t see John for about six months.
And John stops by the main office. The only way I recognized him was his large, brown mustache and beaming countenance.
He looked to be a ‘normal’ weight for someone his height!
I had to ask him, “Have you been ill?”
He responded no, he had stopped taking fat pills!
He further explained that as an Illinois State Investigator, he (like many of those in blue uniforms) developed an affinity for doughnuts! It had become more than a habit, it had become an addiction!
So he simply stopped eating doughnuts. Cold jelly.
And the weight just fell off him. He swore he would never eat another one.
I’ve not seen him since I left the company five years ago. I hope he has kept his promise.
Because I’ve not guffawed in a while, a humorous submission - Guffaw
stolen borrowed from The Political Commentator. For some reason, I was transported back to junior high and the infamous book 50 Yards to the Outhouse by Willie Makeit, illustrated by Betty Dont)
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Free Thinker commented on a recent article on ‘the oppressed’, particularly women, and their reactions to it.
Breda brought an utterly regrettable article to my attention via FaceBook some time ago that reminds me of many articles I’ve read elsewhere and of folks I’ve heard of speaking – claiming to represent the womens community or other “oppressed” communities – preaching the gospel of victimhood loud and proud. This particular special snowflake blurts forth:
“Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?” Sanchez continued, her voice full of frustration. “Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected.”
Perhaps Sanchez asks the wrong question. After decades of being told by the National Organization for Women and their fellow travelers that women are strong and intelligent individuals, worthy of respect and not needing the oppressive protection of men – just perhaps “Where are our men?” is the wrong question.
We’ve been told to go away. Repeatedly. That our services as protectors were neither required nor desired.
Is it any surprise that an awful lot of men went?
Gender politics has always amazed and confounded me. Obviously, women should have choices, not just accept conscription into wife/mother/caregiver/crone evolutionary status. Unless they choose that path.
I AM a product of my generation. A baby-boomer generation guy, raised in the 50’s/60’s. With largely traditional American values. Duty. Honor. Country. Stand when a women enters a room; hats are removed indoors; open doors for women and children; say “Yes ma’m and No sir – Please and Thank You”.
And treat women and girls with respect due their gender, as the potential carriers of life and less physically strong.
And as equals, as best one can. THAT’S my feminism. (Mine, too! – Guffaw)
Sadly, Feminism has taken the same path as the Democratic Party. In an effort to conscript more converts (more money for the cause) they have been compromised by the Progressive movement.
Feminists have become collectivists, thus eliminating part of their platform.
Women are strong – but guns are bad!
“God created Man, Col. Colt made them equal” Gender nouns aside, feminists need to get this, or they will lose the war against evil. Both men AND women. (end of thesis)
Thankfully, many women are embracing gun culture, in record numbers. It’s the card-carrying, N.O.W. member feminists that have the victimhood agenda. It’s all about raising awareness money for ‘the cause’, however ‘the cause’ is defined. Be it the feminists, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or The American Cancer Society. – Guffaw
If they win all the elections or cure cancer, they lose their power!
From Joel, in part:
‘Sovereign Citizen’ Terrorist Group May Be Growing in U.S.
American law enforcement officials view sovereign citizens as the No. 1 potential terrorist threat in the United States, according to a 2014 study.
For those who ask, “Uncle Joel, in your deep wisdom and experience, could you please explain the ‘Sovereign Citizen’ movement for your audience?” I must reply…
No. I really can’t. I’ve hung with these guys and I can’t tell you what it’s about. It’s sort of a cargo cult law-as-ritual thing where if you add this particular incantation to a legal document any judge in the land is forced to throw up his hands, exclaim “Curses, foiled again” and let you off to do as you will, and everybody knows about this one guy who did that and it worked. Somewhere. Fringes on flags in courtrooms have something to do with it. People have sat me down and tried very earnestly to explain it, but I’m hopeless as a lawyer. Or a whacko.
So Sovereign types as the #1 terrorist threat in the land? Having a hard time buying it. And the article’s narrative isn’t helping…
Certainly there are enemies of the Constitutional Republic. Both foreign AND domestic.
Remember the Sons of the Gestapo, who pulled off the train derailment of The Sunset Limited in Arizona a few years back? More like the Sons of the Pioneers!
Or perhaps the result of an agent provocateur in place, stirring up the faux-militia crowd. You know, a community-organizer sent by government to enrage the weak-minded of the patriot crowd.
Remember your Criminal Law – When the idea of the criminal act originates with law enforcement, it becomes entrapment!
We DO have enemies – both foreign and domestic, including those who would foment crimes to solve them to make their stats look good!
These government agents, too, are enemies of the Republic.
I just received an email from Ron Paul advising me his measure to Audit The Federal Reserve goes up for a vote this Thursday!
Seriously, why don’t ‘the powers that be’ want it audited? Shouldn’t all agencies linked to government be accountable in this era of the most transparent administration in history?
Please let Ron Paul and your congresscritter know you support auditing all agencies.
Not coincidentally, I’m sure, I found this elsewhere on the Internet…
The regal TAMARA (Yes, THAT Tamara) one of my blogmothers, has opted for making her weblog View From The Porch viewable with comments disabled, and is on INDEFINITE HIATUS! (Her words)
Someone repeatedly posted derisive commentary against which she felt the need to defend, and appeared (for lack of a better term) to be Internet stalking her.
Now, aside from her being a fine, intelligent person well-schooled in guncraft and history, she is also known world-wide as the Queen (or Mistress, if you will) of SNARK!
And the idea that she feels the need to insulate herself from the flotsam and jetsam of the Internet (and certain specific a$$h00l3s) only punctuates that the World in which we live can be impudent, unthinking and even rude. And perhaps even criminal and tortuous.
How sad that someone as beloved as she, who is welcomed electronically into thousands (probably millions) of homes daily feels the need to shut the electronic door.
Because someone else is apparently an electronic jackass, or worse.
This is a signpost of the world in which we live. No longer can people vehemently disagree in debate, then go out for a beer together afterward. Now, it becomes personal.
And all of us suffer.
Forgive them, Tam, they know not what they do. or, they do, and they don’t give a sh**!
Let’s not get so wrapped up in electronic media that we buckle to the idiots.
I STAND WITH TAM FOR HER TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT HER CHARACTER AND SANITY. Let’s hope this bastard just goes away!
And she makes the choice to return.
Until all our personal wealth is ‘shared’ (by force) with the less fortunate! It’s
Karl Marx’s, The President’s way…
Judicial Watch reports that the Department of Justice is giving liberal activist groups money from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America.The groups benefitting from the lawsuit, according to Investor’s Business Daily, are the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. The money also went to “delinquent borrowers” in Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Philadelphia, and other major “Democrat strongholds.”“This is a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a lawsuit,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told The Daily Caller. “And who benefits from the distribution? Interest groups the administration relies on, outside interest groups, allies and politicians in communities trying to benefit as well.”More @ Yahoo
There are some allegations so heinous, if someone already looked askance at one, it is assumed one is guilty. (Michael Jackson comes to mind)
And we all know about assuming…(Thank you, again Don Brown!)
There has been a ‘news’ story floating around the past few days regarding Will Hayden, formerly of The Discovery Channel’s Sons of Guns. His ex-wife (or girlfriend) is alleging Mr. Hayden repeatedly raped their minor daughter, starting at age 11.
It may be assumed (there’s that word, again) that Mr. Hayden has substantial assets ripe for the attachment, and that as his persona was that of a cool, somewhat likeable, no-nonsense hard ass on the TV show, that these allegations might be spurious.
Of course, who knows?
I’ve a good friend for many years who was sexually abused by both her father and uncle – both of whom were upstanding community leaders – and they never were brought to justice for their crimes. I also know two men who were childhood victims of relatives. One perpetrator was a woman.
No justice for these folks was ever found.
My point is we don’t know the truth, yet, about Mr. Hayden. The Discovery Channel has sought to distance itself from the TV show and Mr. Hayden.
Is this simply an evil woman bringing unfounded charges to gain wealth, or vengeance, or is the evil in Mr. Hayden?
Regardless of the truth, I believe too much of this kind of heinous crime occurs, without earthly consequence.
Perhaps there is other-than-earthly consequence for such evil persons?
I certainly hope so.
(While I believe in ‘the system’, and ‘due process’, persons who destroy the lives of children in this manner should be drawn and quartered – Guffaw)
Said Idiots spending the next quite a while trying every excuse possible for their screwups?
…Vanessa Guerena’s $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the four police agencies was recently settled for $3.4 million. Even with that extraordinary settlement, the police of Pima County, Marana, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita have been loath to admit fault.
Of course they have; taking lessons from the EffingBI, they NEVER want to just say “We screwed up, let’s make this right and learn from it”, oh no.I understand the widow being willing to take a settlement, but I have to say: I would have LOVED it if they’d taken this to a jury, and put every one of the incompetents involved under oath and in a witness seat. God knows what all would’ve come out.
Some of you may recognize the post title as the theme song to the film and TV show M.A.S.H. It’s ironic.
It’s obvious from the outpouring of emotion that the recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams touched many people. And caused THEM pain.
As a libertarian, I believe I’ve the right to do with my own body as I wish. You do, too. As long as it doesn’t affect other people negatively.
And there’s the rub.
I can eat more than is healthy, eat the ‘wrong’ foods, smoke or drink if I wish, watch ‘questionable’ videos, read unsavory material, and most of this doesn’t directly affect my family, friends, or former coworkers.
But, what if I choose to do something permanent…?
Why is it it appears the more artistic of us are the most tortured? Or is that a misconception based on the fact famous people get the media attention?
When I heard about Robin Williams, my first thought was he has children. And based on that fact alone, he should not have taken this path.
And then I thought of Ernest Hemingway, another artistic person with issues who ended his own life. And Vincent Van Gogh. And so many others.
If you have such issues, please get help! Know that there are people out there who care. And that the World would be lacking without you.
h/t The Actor’s Studio