Defunding the Police — Is this really the answer?

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Violence in some towns that results in injury or death and is attributed to law enforcement, today elicits the seemingly typical response from liberal-minded folks: “Defund the Police”. It’s a simple minded response. It’s stupidity. It’s a knee-jerk response based upon emotion and will result in more crime. This seems rather obvious it would seem, or it should be.

In western society, whether it’s medicine, law enforcement, or any other situational problem, the knee-jerk response by the citizenship and by government is:

  • throw money at the perceived problem, hiring teams of “experts” to produce stacks of paperwork to find solutions…

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

Have you ever asked yourself why you made certain decisions in life? I have, numerous times. Some of those still haunt me. Some decisions, especially one in my personal life almost 50 years ago, I have regretted. Sometimes we don’t always choose the right road.

Just out of high school, I wanted to work and attend a trade school, not a college. But according to my Dad trade schools didn’t offer a future. …

You will always be… just yourself.” Ernie Watts, Jazz Musician

An interesting quote that rings true, not only for musicians (though that’s what he was referencing) but for writers as well.

When writing, the words should come from within, just as the music comes from within for a musician.

“I’m me and I’m coming from where I come from. It’s about who I am” says Ernie Watts, discussing his performing live. This discussion is in Mark Schaefer’s book ‘Born to Blog’. It’s a seemingly defiant statement about being who you are today, now, in performing your music, or as a…

A Brief Summary of Everything …

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The News!

Some read it.

Some say they read it.

Most don’t. Most would rather cover their heads with it to keep the rain (or snow) off them because, as I have heard, it makes your hair frizzy in the winter.

No matter though, the news is a daily trap for those like myself who are addicted to knowing what’s happening around me.

And it never rains here in Apache Junction AZ at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Plus, I like crossword puzzles. Why I am not sure. Probably words… another addiction.

So without further ado, here are a…

Ever get a traffic ticket and it cost you a week's pay?

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Driving in Paradise Valley, AZ the other day, I was tooling along at the speed limit. Why? Because I know from experience that every road in that town is a speed trap. Allegedly this is because all the wealthy folk in their million dollar homes don’t like speeders.

Yet, I noticed something that before I had paid little attention to… the vehicles that were speeding. I was passed by a Lamborghini, several Lexus drivers, a Bentley sports convertible, and a couple of Mercedes.

The price tag for speeding…

2000 Miles to Peace and Normality

I know. The silence has been deafening.

It’s been a month or so since I’ve written anything, let alone even been on this site. That’s a long time for me. And that alone has been driving me nuts. But I have my reasons.

We are moving across the country, from the desert heat of Arizona to the cool and mild 4 seasons of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Georgia/North Carolina border… about 2000 miles.

This photo was taken in downtown Hiawassee, GA by me one morning, from my hotel room. This is what…

Our history of endless wars, devastating financial and human losses. We still haven’t learned.

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Viet Nam

Way before the Taliban and Afghanistan, there was Viet Nam. It has been estimated the United States military abandoned, left, lost … however one wants to portray it… over $5 Billion in weaponry and vehicles. Other estimates placed the losses at over $1 Billion.

An estimated list of weapons abandoned in Viet Nam is as follows: almost 10,000 aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs (3,744 planes, 5,607 helicopters, and 578 UAVs ) as well as millions in communications equipment, ammunition, and other weapons such as handguns, rifles, and mortars.

Now, one may ask how and why we left all these…

Here’s how the Federal Govt. will pay for it.

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The American Jobs Plan will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion over 8 years. This equates to $150 billion per year or $415 million dollars per day over 8 years.

From what the public has been told, which most assuredly is NOT an accurate number, the Federal Govt. has spent at least $2 trillion over 20 years on the war in Afghanistan. That’s $300 million dollars per day, every day, for two decades.

In other words, putting this in simplistic terms, approximately 75% of the cost of the American Jobs Plan may…

Nothing remains the same. But change isn’t always good… or is it?

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LinkedIn has changed. Or maybe it’s the people on LinkedIn. Maybe it’s our society that’s changed, reflected within the interactions on LinkedIn, and not LinkedIn. Possibly it’s both.

Over the past year, to me it seems the platform has mirrored society and devolved into something more remeciscent of another popular social media platform. LinkedIn is, to an extent, a microcosm of society.

Maybe it always has been. If so, then there is no arguement as to whether LinkedIn is what our society has become and is a reflection…

Where Is It?

Morning comes. No alarm needed. Waking to the light and reality dawns. Still no job, no income, no savings… just the promise and hope that the assistance comes soon. Rent is overdue and utilities have provided a short reprieve.

We keep hearing about the programs that are available to help. But have yet to see or hear about where to go, what to do, what is needed. Nothing. Heard something on the news the other night but being half asleep none of that stuck in my brain.

Over and over I keep wondering why there is no…

JD Adams

Writer ~ Blogger ~ Creative Non-Fiction Storyteller ~ Focus: Mental Health & Addiction, Craft Beer, Politics, Yorkies, Travel, Motorcycles, Photography & Me!

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