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False Accusations or The Truth? Does it Matter?

Posted by Thomas Ault on October 5, 2018 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)
It is against my better judgement to take sides in political discussions that usually have about as much substance as a grade school gang???s knowledge level. I am not going to choose sides on the debate over Kavanaugh???s abilities. I don???t know what is in his mind and no one else does either! I do think, however, that if these puffed-up senators, who actually believe they are more important and smarter than any other human in the world, would open their minds, close their mouths, and start acting like the people we thought we elected. The right questions for the job should be asked instead of trying to sling as much mud as they possibly can. They seem to forget, of course, it splashes back on the person that throws it. If you read the Bible, you will recall that Jesus was accused falsely, beaten, and murdered! It only takes one person to turn a crowd into a frenzy and it would appear that one person has been found by those who would ostracize this man, a man who has been a pillar of his community, a wonderful father to his children, as well as a husband to his wife. If you are part of the accusers, you should be pleased that you have destroyed a man???s life, home, and children. Can you imagine what would happen if every time you looked for a job a check was made into things you may have said or done, when you were in high school, grade school, or even in college? I don???t know about anyone else but I am sure there are things I really would not like everyone to know about. I may have done something, when I was young. That is the time we are allowed to err and hopefully learn from our mistakes! It is time to stop destroying someone because they are of a different party, a different race, or a different culture. We need to start acting like adults and if we have to get rid of all of the ???so called??? intellects that think they know how to run this country, let???s do it. It would appear most of them need to get a job that requires them to do something other than preen for the camera, look in the mirror and admire themselves!

Crime or No Crime

Posted by Thomas Ault on September 11, 2018 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)
TJA 08/09/2018 I assume that before I write this, backlash could be in the future. Are you sick and tired of the disgusting situation where people are not innocent even when there is photographic evidence of the crime, yet he/she pleads ???Not Guilty,??? as advised by an attorney who is abiding by an oath that is questionable, and it is accepted? Every day we see videos of criminals being shot for ???no apparent reason.??? The video left out the fact that the person shot was running away from a stolen car, an abused victim, or some other criminal activity that they have just committed. It doesn???t make any difference whether the person is black, yellow, red, white, or whatever color they claim to be; if they have committed the crime they should not expect leniency??? yet our courts are so afraid that they will be condemned for doing what they should do, that they do nothing at all or cave in to prefabricated criticism and set the criminal free while condemning the person who did what they should have; the one who had to decide in that split second of time what was right or wrong. Don???t misunderstand me! I am not saying that everyone does not deserve a trial by their peers. I do believe that they do. My problem is that too many times only the video, or an unauthorized picture, that depicts the criminal as the victim, is shown. Years ago, I handled some rental property. One afternoon, as my wife sat with a renter in her kitchen, a young man, who was the grandson of the renter, dashed through the house and lifted my wife???s purse. We found it an hour or so later down the alley in a garbage container, without any money of course! There was no investigation, no real concern for my wife???s loss, only concern for the poor young man who apparently needed our money more than we did. Of course we had to pay the property owner for the rent collected. After all, we were considered rich??? since we collected the rent. Perhaps you have never been a victim, and if that is the case, you should thank your creator for that! If you haven???t been a victim, maybe you should consider the complete picture instead of the one that is frequently presented??? without all of the facts. What do you think?

Tort Relief

Posted by Thomas Ault on September 11, 2018 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Tort Relief TJA 08/19/2018 From time to time, as most other folks do, I read something that requires an answer or at least a comment or two. Today is no exception. ???Church group???s opposition stuns advocates of tort reform??? has caused me to consider the ???tort??? situation. First and foremost, the word tort is defined ???A wrong that is committed by someone who is legally obligated to provide a certain amount of carefulness in behavior to another and that causes injury to that person, who may seek compensation in a civil suit for damages.??? People should be compensated, to a realistic degree. Looking at some of the crazy and unnecessary amounts of money being awarded is sad. For example, let???s say a person, on a yearly basis, earns $100,000.00. He/she is no longer to perform ???any??? kind of work. That person certainly should be awarded a sum equal to what they could be earning until the age of 67, or whatever retirement year is in vogue at the time. Let???s say the person is now 25, and has 42 more years of life expectancy before retirement kicks in, and is definitely unable to work. Assuming that the income will jump by 4% a year (this is not based on any factual finding) that would amount to more than $4,368,000.00. (Accumulative yearly increases is impossible to figure) The 1st year???s assumed income could be given the person, and the remainder put into an interest bearing account that would pay out each year according to the average wage of the time, for that income level. Of course if there was actual continuous medical treatment that would have to be taken into consideration. Today, we are rewarding many times that amount of money with a generous portion going to the law firm that represented the individual. The problem here is that if we award the $4,368,000.00 as a lump sum and the fee is 10%, (which I understand is way below the going rate) that firm, or that attorney, will receive a minimum of $436,800.00. Now I am not against anyone earning a reasonable buck or two, but if that took a year of work, that is still a pretty hefty bunch of money, don???t you agree? If you received that balance, in this case, $3,931,200.00, would you take it, put it in the bank, and never say another word? Let???s wise up!

Time to Grow Up

Posted by Thomas Ault on March 6, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Time to Grow Up and be Counted 3/6/18 /tja I was reminded today about how history, whether in the Bible, or just in memory, seems to repeat itself. The uninformed many have assumed that he/she has not fulfilled his/her obligations, and to some extent, while that assumption may be true, the question is, who is to blame? A good friend of mine pointed out that we continue to throw mud instead of roses. A case in point, whether we like our new president or not, he has been one of the very few that has tried to live up to his promises. We are experiencing the greatest, even though somewhat alarming, surge in the market place than at any time in history that I can remember. The out of work folks have become much more employed than in recent history, and the taxes of been slowed down, not just for the rich (as the news likes to preach to us), but also to us, the less fortunate, in the lower income brackets. If we truly look back at biblical history, we find such men as David, Saul, Moses, and a few hundred more that were not perfect by today???s standards, did do the will of the Christian God, and while what they did seems barbaric in today???s world, was something than needed to be done in the period of time in which they lived. Were they wrong? All of us, including those we consider to be perfect, have not always been perfect! Many of us did things that neither we, nor those that know us, would want to publicize, yet each day we see our elected officials pointing out every flaw in their opponents character, even if they are fabrications. They hire people to start unnecessary probes. They remind me of the investigator taking pictures of private family situations in an attempt to tarnish their character. We should overlook some of their promises that could only be accomplished with a bit of assistance from those that would rather wreak havoc instead of serve the people who elected them. It is my hope that one day our elected ones get over this juvenile attitude and start doing what they were elected to do. They would the not only earn our trust, but their pay!

THIN SKINNED

Posted by Thomas Ault on October 28, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 


 

Thin Skinned TJA 10/26/2017

It is difficult to not feel sorry for those people that need to have everything their way. They are missing out on one of the important things in life. It is called understanding. Today it’s almost a crime to enjoy a good joke. Every word must be carefully spoken lest someone find fault with it. Why do so many think that everything said has to portray some nasty connotation? Are we living in a world of evil minds?

We used to tell a joke, play a prank on someone, and even tease a friend. It was something we all took in stride and smiled about, even when the joke was on us. As a matter of fact, if we didn’t get picked on occasionally, we felt left out! We learned to “take it on the chin,’ then forget it, even if it hurt.

Face to face confrontation is no longer acceptable. We have kids being attacked on Facebook, and iPhones, and iPads, because that is what they see every day in the media or on television. Too many continue to make a “mountain out of a molehill.”

I look back at my childhood and smile because it was a great time. I lived with my mother and my grandmother. I didn’t know that we were poor; someone forgot to tell me! I had the opportunity to bag potatoes at the local grocery store in my preteens. I didn’t make much money, but by working there I got to fly in the Wonder Bread Blimp, and that was great! (My mother didn’t have to sign a dozen waivers, pay a fee, and check with an attorney first!)

Our back yard had some great holes that my friend and I dug and used for foxholes to fight off a make- believe enemy. We didn’t waste time plotting against one another. If there was a problem, we confronted each other and solved it, generally peacefully. Occasionally a bloody nose, hurt dignity, but always a mother’s tender care for both of the boys (or girls) without taking sides, always insisting on a shake of the hands and an “I’m sorry.”

We since have become a thin-skinned, none-caring, over-regulated group, waiting like vultures to pounce on our next prey! Let’s try to understand each other instead of being pushed by the media to believe the worst in our peers?

 

LOVE/HATE, A PROBLEM

Posted by Thomas Ault on October 2, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Today we live in a new world, a new concept if you will. Over the past century we have gone from loving everything to hating everything.

The fact is we tend to hate anything someone else has and we do not.

What is the meaning of hate and love?

First, HATE: “Described as an intense hostility and aversion usually driving from fear, anger or sense of injury.”. From the American Heritage Dictionary: “Intense animosity or dislike.” There are more definitions you can find under that title.

Second: LOVE: “An intense feeling of deep affection.” or “A variety of different emotional and mental states,” or according to The American Heritage Dictionary, “A strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship.”

God’s followers describe love as being that which all mankind should embrace, one for the other.

Today we have decided to hate! We hate our neighbors, we hate the republicans, we hate the democrats, we hate anyone that disagree with us because without searching out the truth, we lazily hate what we don’t understand.

The shooting in Las Vegas is still under the microscope. Is there an answer?

From the beginning of this century, we have heard more about hate than any time in the history of our country. The tearing apart of our wonderful country is underway, and those that believe “hate” is the answer, are responsible! For one, I do not condone hate! Do you?

What fools we all are. We now have more that most, even in the better neighborhoods, had in the 1930’s and 1940’s. There was one real thing we had and it was called love. We cared for our neighbors; we cared for the lonesome hobo that wandered the railroad tracks; we cared for the poor and needy by sharing what we had whether it was a coat we no longer needed, or a scrap of food left over. Sometimes we made sacrifices to provide for those who had less.

Today the world is filled with “me’s.” Those that say “I” am important, “I” am smart, “I” have more than you do. “I” come first. What a sick bunch of “namby-pambies” we have become!

Take a good look around you and see the greedy, self-indulgent, and just plain ungrateful bunch we are. We are pathetic! We could do much better for our country and fellowman.

 

Athletes?

Posted by Thomas Ault on September 26, 2017 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I guess I have missed out on something in my education. As I recall, the definition of athlete, is, according to The American Heritage Discionary, fifth edition:

One who participates in physical exercise or strength, agility, and endurance for success in sports,a contestest, one who contends. " Taking this a step further  we look at athletics and we find, "Activities, such as sports, exercises, and games that require physical skill and stamina", or/and, "The principles or system of training and practice for such practices."

I don't see a sentence there that says anything about activisit, intellect, thinker, intellectual, or politician. Did I miss something?

We are facing so many uncertainties in these days with the weather taking its toll whereever it lands with its devastation and without regard to man,beast, or plant. Complacent with the discovery of the atom...a thing that should and could have made a difference to people possibly providing clean water and maybe even the elimination of disease for many.. The probability of war with a tyrant who has no boundaries, the continuation of a world with famine in every country, including this United States of America, and yet we have lesser men who are supposed to be above average in scholastics, sports; men who should be men of integrity, honesty, setting themselves forth as roll-models for young adults.

What do we have? We have a facade of men who have placed themselves on pedestals, who actually believe the hype the press sounds off about them and have now such inflated bank accounts that match their egos, it is next to vulgarity.;

When people place man above God in worship, yes I said man above God, I am referring to those people in our population that are so involved in the sport teams of this country they cannot see beyond the end of their noses. Just imagine how wonderful it could be if the same amount of "sports enthusiasts" were "God enthusiasts." Would that not be wonderful?

Instead, we have overlooked drug addiction, rape, even murder, when it is a sports idol that has performed the act. If an ordinary person who happens to work 8 hours or more a day, who is trying to raise a family, who probably goes to church at least once month, and is desperately trying to meet his family's needs,was to do half of what these "sports idles" get away with, he would be incarcerated for life and have the key thrown away.

Take a good look at this new breed of sports heroes. You must be very proud to call them citizens of this great country. If they really cared about what is important, which they don't seem to have the intelligence to do, they would strive to make this country strong.;

This is not a race thing! If anyone thinks it is they are missing the point completely! We have become so stupidly involved in "race," "equality," "religious beliefs," and a multitude of other things, we have allowed the tyrants who wish to overthrown our great country the opportunity they have been working toward for almost a century. Are you really going to buy into this idiocy? Take a look around at the other countries of the world and discover how fortunate you have been and how fortunate you are! If you are going to imbibe in self-pity, ask someone of age what their young lives were like.Believe it or not, most of them didn't even know that they were poor! I was one of them. I celebrated my friendship with the black kids on my block, the Mexican and Italian kids on my block, the Catholic kids on my block...they were and still are my friends.

The New World

Posted by Thomas Ault on September 14, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A New World

 

The angry storms cannot be regulated. They are nature’s way of cleansing the earth. It is an uncontrollable environment we live with each and every day of our lives, never knowing where or when a catastrophic storm might occur.

Perhaps now, after being devastated by two hurricanes, the people who have been demonstrating, demolishing historical monuments, and harming each other will see what damage can be done by needless anger and discover what is really important.

Unlike weather, manmade storms could be eliminated if all people would follow what has been laid out for them for centuries. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” might be a good direction to consider. The weather cannot think, but people can, if they just would!

We have seen the manifestation of wind and rain. We have seen the destruction made by bombs and mortars. Why can’t we also see the damage made by words and actions? So often we lash out at things we don’t understand rather than face them in a rational way. The first reaction of us humans is to kill or disable something we don’t understand. We prefer to eliminate rather than investigate.

Imagine what it would be like, that if instead of spending billions of dollars every day on destruction, we spent, along with other countries, the same amount to make the world a better place to live in. It would eliminate worldwide poverty and restore dignity. Can you imagine enjoying the culture of a particular race of people? The African cultures, the Spanish dancers, Asian foods, or a host of other wonderful new things that could be experienced and understood? Wouldn’t it be exciting to visit another country and see those people living the lifestyles unique to their culture?

In this barbaric world, power and ownership have continued to be goals. We, as a world, are in a position to eliminate all poverty, misery, and hatred by eliminating greed and instilling that “do unto others” attitude. Every country has something to share with their neighbors if the fences were torn down.

It is possible, that through these tremendous storms in our and other countries where severe wind, flooding, and mudslides have taken so many lives, we could change our understanding of what is really important! We can, we should, but will we?

 

 

 

Presidential or Not Presidential

Posted by Thomas Ault on July 28, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

During the last election phase in our great country, we endured one of the most foolish periods that I can remember with respect to our "hopeful" candidates for president, who spent most of their time fighting among themselves, rather than concentrating on what was important to us, the voters.

Along came a man who said what he thought, and for the most part, I agreed with what he thought. I didn't necessarily approve of his tactics, but he did say what a lot of us were thinking at the time. Then the time came to cast our votes, and cast them we did. Will the true outcome of that voting ever be knoiw? I doubt it! Never the less, that man became our president.

We have elected a president that I hoped we could all get behind. Granted he came on strong trying to implement his ideas, but having no regard for the system, he has failed in many ways. Have we all made a mistake? Could we have done better? Perhaps, but we will not know for some time if the choice was right or wrong, but in the meantime, it should be our duty to get behind the president and help him do what he said he was going to do.The question now is, can we?

Unfortunately, it is starting to appear that we may have elected a man who touts himself as a great salesman, but all I see so far is a very well to do man, who started out life with a lot of money, has never had to get down in the trenches and worry about the next day's meal. The problem with this type of person ( and don't get me wrong, there is more than one of them in our hiearchy of government) is he really has no concept of how the rest of us live! He (they) can read about it, can converse about it, can watch others suffer through it, but they have not lived it!

I could be wrong, but it seems to me a president should be a solid leader, a person who works the system well, speaks clearly to his constituents, and thinks before he tweets. (Should I have said speaks?) There are many people who "tweet" these days, who use Facebook as a means of communication, and have all but forgotten how to carry on a conversation without those devices. While our president appears to think that this new communiation is the answer, perhaps he should consider it is more like a cloak to hide behind.

I want to know where the man I voted for went! Is he hiding behind all of those relataives and friends he placed in various positions where they have no business being placed in, sitting in a corner with his cell phone tweeting his annoyance around the world? Isn't it time for him to stop his childish ways, grown up, and be a president?

He has to make a choice, to be presidential, or  to continue to be  "not presidential!" LIke had been said in the past, "If its too hot in the kitchen, get out!"

Once Upon A Time

Posted by Thomas Ault on July 25, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Not so long ago, in the land of common sense and simplicity, there was a place you could buy needed drugs to ease pain and medicate the body as doctor recommended. During that time you rarely saw money wasted on advertising available drugs.

In those days, one could go to the doctor, meet the secretary/nurse/insurance clerk/doctor assistant, which was (believe it or not) one person. This one person generally knew you by name and had your name written down, or typed, along with the scheduled time to see the good doctor, it was called an appointment. An appointment meant that you would see and talk to your doctor at an elected time and date, and he was there. You could plan your day, because within a few minutes, he was there as he said that he would be.

Another wonderful thing in those days was that one could actually pay the doctor, in cash, on the spot! You could generally afford it! There was no up-front payment (co-payment) and no yearlong wait for another bill to come from people you can’t see or talk to. Frequently they request that you pay for a many medical codes that frightened you just to read them, let alone try to figure out what they mean…or for that matter, frequently left wondering if they were even yours.

Today, we pay for a few unseen things, none of which actually applies to the doctor/patient relationship.

1. Lobbyist: (804 in 2016) Works for the pharmaceutical industry. To influence lawmakers toward their goals.

2. Pharmacy Benefit Manager: Negotiates rebates and discounts, the pharmacy receives, in exchange for preferred placement on list of covered medicines.

3. Insurance Clerk: Establishes you have insurance, files claims, and submits the proper code number for the treatment and payment thereof. (hopefully)

4. Receptionist: Person who greets you, answers phones, frequently takes your money.

5. Computer: Programs required to handle claims, personal data, and your account.

6. Membership in the Medical Association which dictates how much he has to charge.

These are just a few of the things that the doctor gets the ‘cost blame’ for, and you, the person in need, gets to pay for. Is it time for a change so we, the average person, can live healthily?

 


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