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BOHICA, Bend Over Here It Comes Again

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In Junior High School “Shop” class, aka Industrial Arts, our teacher Mr. Sawrie was known for giving “licks” with a paddle to any student who misbehaved. Those were the days when corporal punishment, spankings, were normal and widely accepted as OK. It wasn’t “OK” with the recipients, but our parents seemed to believe it worked and so they didn’t interfere.

He’d call the offending student to the front of the shop and say, “Bend over and grab your ankles.” Then he’d administer the appropriate number of whacks to their backside. His paddle was about 2 feet long, 6 inches wide and about 1 inch thick. There were holes drilled in it to increase its speed and the pain of impact. When Mr. Sawrie gave you “licks”, you didn’t go back and sit down right away. I was the recipient of the blows on a few occasions. My behavior quickly changed after each encounter.

That was then.

Today Mr. Sawrie would be jailed for his disciplinary practices. Parents would be aghast and demand his firing. But somehow, what they won’t tolerate at schools, they willingly accept from their government agencies. No, they don’t paddle us, but their economic and regulatory blows seem never-ending. Each time we read or hear the news we should exclaim, “Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!” (B.O.H.I.C.A.)

Today it is Dr. Fauci being caught in lies, yesterday it was President Biden going back on his promises, a few years ago it was Barack Obama saying, “If you like your Doctor and your plan, you can keep them.” Kamala Harris was recently challenged as to how she could insult and berate Biden during the campaign only to later join him as VP. She said, “It was a debate!” As if that made lying OK, or the change of face justifiable. The only politician in recent memory who kept his promises was Donald Trump.

Under Fauci’s guidance, we were told that masks weren’t necessary, but then we were told to wear masks, maybe even two of them against Covid. Then we learn (again) that Covid easily passes through masks. They do no good against this disease. Regardless, we should wear them outdoors, between bites, etc. All was hype and theater. Yet, millions persist in bending over to these fears. Now we are getting scary news about the after effects of the vaccines.

BOHICA.

When Texas Governor Abbott opened up the state, he was accused of “Neanderthal Thinking” by President Biden, but then, time proved Abbott was right. No apology followed,  just a new policy out of the White House. Biden wears a mask sometimes and not others. Sup? Dude. And did China really leak the virus from a weaponizing lab? When Trump said it, it was a vicious lie. Now it’s a viable possibility. Huh? What are we to believe? Is any news report true anymore?

They tell us that guns kill people and we must confiscate the legal guns in order to reduce violent crime among the gangs and criminals who use illegal guns mostly. 60% of gun crime is suicide, yet there’s no outrage. Chicago has violent crime and murders at a rate that Hamas would find impressive, yet the national outrage is about isolated events, such as the insane guy who killed massage parlor workers. And, while we are there, 8 were killed of which 6 were Asian. So they conclude that this was a “hate crime against Asians” and there’s a national trend of this? What about the other 2 who were also murdered by that guy? Was their MURDER not hateful? Was their race not important?  Did their “Lives Matter”?

BOHICA.

On that subject, how are we to interpret the news that BLM’s founders have become rich by inciting violence, including murders in cities across America, and yet lifelong criminal George Floyd’s murder gets White House support and sympathy? His family gets invited to meet with the President, a public plaza dedicated to him, marches and legislation in his name and more. But the police officers killed by the BLM/Antifa thugs and the millions in private assets lost while they burned city after city, none of those get public sympathy. Ashli Babbitt was unarmed and shot to death by a Capitol Police officer during the January 6 protest, but no outcry to avenge her murder. No memorial, no protest, no legislation, no public park or monument. However, the violent protests of that day are projected to be the act of “White Supremacy” in an insurrection.

Consider, none of the protestors on Jan. 6 were armed. Some of the hired activators who instigated the violent behavior were found to be BLM rioters from other recent incursions, and again, they were paid and equipped to be there so that the Trump supporters could be blamed. One person died from the riot that day and she was shot by Capitol Police. An officer died the next day from unrelated causes. No harm was done to the defenders of the Capitol and none of the protestors were armed. Criminal trespassing and vandalism were the only crimes of the day. But we’re supposed to believe that this was a violent uprising to “overthrow our Democracy” and it was done by White Supremacists at the encouragement of Donald Trump. Bull! We know it is not true. There’s proof that it isn’t so. Yesterday our President announced that White Supremacy is the major threat being faced by America today. I guess the climate change concept wasn’t getting enough “likes.” BOHICA.

Border, what border?

Under President Trump there was a border. The world knew it and respected it. The Democrats attempted an invasion but Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy, increasing border wall, and other policies stemmed the flow. People stopped coming. Now there are kids in cages, border chases and mass migrations every day. Though the entire wall was funded and the supplies to build the rest of it were on the ground and ready, Biden cancelled it. No new money required, no new plans, no extra supplies, just let the people do their jobs. Nope. Go home and wear a mask. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of “Biden, Let Us In” tee shirts were magically printed and distributed to the overweight undereducated people at the border. Despite bringing nothing to our country to make it better, they presumed that dependency and desperation were good causes to become Americans. They demanded to be allowed into the USA without following the “path to citizenship” that has existed for generations and been trodden by millions who are now legal new citizens here. What’s wrong with these pictures, videos, cages, policies and leaders?

Daily we are asked to suspend logic and reason. Just trust the politicians. Really? I mean, really? Isn’t that like adopting cancer as a pet?

Well, I say stop bending over! I don’t care if they are swinging a bigger bat. If we stop bending and bowing to their commands, then we will start regaining control. Stand Up!

Stand Up and it will end.

When enough people say “No More!” then things will change. This has been true throughout history. But you must have a justifiable cause if you want to endure. BLM was a just concept with corrupt leadership. Antifa is a just concept with violent and criminal leadership. Illegal immigration is not a just concept and so it requires a constant refresh of its power. They have to reassert old lies, make up new ones, test out various slogans until one catches on, highlight pathetic stories and downplay real ones that show the evil of their intent.

Mainstream media chose not to feature the poor 5 year old boy abandoned at the border this week. He was caught on camera crying out “don’t leave me!” by members of the French media covering the scene. Fox News featured it but MSM, not so much. The problem was, it illustrates the corruption and misery caused by illegal immigration trafficking. Instead the Left wants to highlight the neediness of the intrepid invaders, I mean immigrants, who trekked hundreds of miles to get a free ride in America.

No More Lies! We are not bending over anymore. Let’s elect truth tellers, rational thinkers, patriotic Americans, financially responsible citizens, and good parents. Elect them to the School Board, City Council, PTA, Neighborhood HOA, State and City Offices, US Congress and everywhere else you can. Displace the sad, philosophical, hate-mongers and “social justice” warriors. Throw the bums out. Let’s make America good again.

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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Don’t Let Control-Freak Politicians Diminish Your Well-being

We can self-diagnose and act upon what ails us more effectively than any generation before us.

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In the last 18 months, we have witnessed how mayors and governors, particularly in Democrat strongholds, seek to control our lives. They take great, well-disguised joy in telling us when to come and go, what to wear, and how to act, while personally flouting their own edicts. Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan; Gavin Newsom, hanging on as governor of California; and Bill deBlasio, mayor of New York, immediately come to mind.

A bit of what they’ve decreed is benevolent and makes sense, but much of it extends beyond their duties and jurisdiction. Even in these challenging times, and despite intentional government interference, ours is the first era where people can effectively take charge of their own health.

Due to an abundance of information resources, available primarily via the Internet, we have the opportunity to diagnose and to act upon what ails us, more often and more effectively than any generation before us.

Unquestionably, doctors play an important role and always will. We never want to substitute legitimate medical observation for what we conclude on our own. Still, what we can research and discover as a result of our comprehensive reading, increasingly, represents reasonably sound information.

Natural Cures Abound

In some instances we can avoid having to pay for expensive visits to doctors, outpatient services, clinics, or labs: Today, for whatever ails you, it’s possible to find potential natural remedies and to avoid ingesting pharmaceuticals. And why not? For tens of thousands of years prior to our recent history, people communed with nature and they gleaned many health-enhancing gifts that nature had to offer.

Untold numbers of herbal remedies, and plant and flower extracts were discovered through the ages, passed on to offspring, and are available to this today. One can search online and find potential natural cures for this affliction or that. Food is a remedy in many cases, as are legitimate supplements.

When else has humankind had the capability to learn so much, so easily, that could be of value to one’s health? Rather than endure a surgical procedure that, say, as recently as one score ago was often regarded as your only option, alternatives might well abound. Undertaking the exploration is worth the pursuit. Thereafter, if surgery is the most prudent path to take, with the advances in surgical procedures, it’s likely to be to your benefit.

The Array of Options

No matter what edicts a Kathy Hochul or a Bill DeBlasio levy in the name of ‘protecting’ us, ostensibly from ourselves, we have an array of options. We can find useful information to help lower blood pressure, stave off headaches, or reduce stress.

Meditation is effective as a stress reducer and immediately comes to mind. If you’ve never tried it, try it. Medical journals now discuss the multitude of benefits that accrue to regular meditators. The physical manifestation of meditation, namely yoga, is also beneficial to your health. Yoga is proving to be a physical “elixir” of sorts that can help you in ways that normally one wouldn’t presume.

Stretching can work wonders. The older you are, the more likely you need to be stretching on a regular basis. You can buy books on stretching, read articles on stretching, and view YouTube videos on the topic. You can gather a variety of key illustrations and carve out for yourself a program that could last for months or years. Even doing simple stretches yields amazing results.

Exercise, of course, is vital to effective mind-body functioning. Exercise offers you greater mobility, enhanced mental sharpness, better sleep, better digestion and elimination, and much more. As with meditation, yoga, and stretching, a host of web resources are available to guide you.

Supplements, Yes; Pharmaceuticals, No

As you assume greater charge of your health, you’ll encounter information about supplements. They will show up in your reading. Many people are confused between vitamins and food supplements, versus pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs.

Vitamins and supplements are the extracts of a larger volume of food. The best have no additives. They offer you the benefits, in part, that the original source would provide. Pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs, such as those in a pharmacy, are chemical compounds manufactured in a laboratory, to achieve a specific outcome within your body.

Pharmaceuticals are not natural and generally include a host of additives and preservatives. The list of ‘side’ effects issued at a rapid pace on TV commercials are the direct effects of ingesting artificial substances and abdicating control of your body in the hopes that such ‘magic pills’ will ‘fix’ you.

Work in Tandem

Enlightened doctors recognize the importance today of working with you. So, discover as much as you can about your situation before your appointment. Then, let the doctor know what you have uncovered, suspect, and conclude. It’s all grist for your personal health mill.

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We Each Need to Keep a Clear Head

We can dial down the level of complexity that otherwise surrounds us in order to maintain effectiveness and have more of a life

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The Leftist news media has society in a stranglehold, and contorts reality every single day. Even in the case where if you actively choose to ignore political events, the spinmeister media has a way of reeling you back in, through soundbites, captivating headlines, and lurid photos. Juggling all of our personal and professional responsibilities, along with the ever-represent ‘requirement’ to stay informed adds up to a world of complexity, which can confound and debilitate us.

Complexity is frustrating. It causes us to spend untold numbers of hours paying attention to what could be summarized in minutes or avoided altogether, and countless sums of money to diminish or undo what perhaps didn’t need to be done at all.

Complexity Keeps Showing Up

How does complexity show up in our lives? You’re frazzled by the staggering amount of technology already in your life. You need to find a manual to understand the manual that came with your computer.

You constantly find yourself immersed in a sea of technical terms, such as data relay, encryption, USB debugging, and CPU usage, that you would greatly prefer to not have encountered at all. You have no chance of understanding the two-dozen buttons on the remote control devices that come with your television set, DVR, DVD, Tivo, Dish, DirecTV and Roku.

Merely because you were born in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s and are a functioning member of society, the relentless drumbeat of complexity continues every day. Yes, the world is complex, society is complex, and your life is complex, but antidotes that offer relief are available and they are within your grasp.

Designed with Intelligence?

Any product or service that you acquire, any piece of technology, or anything you add to your professional or personal life comes with instructions, options, and features that someone else – an engineer – designed before it ever made its way to you.

As author Vance Packard told us 60+ years ago in The Waste Makers, when it comes to operating a gadget, what we think represents our own shortcomings is often erroneous. The manufacturer made many decisions before the product was ever shipped from the plant, involving the quality of materials to be used and the design and layout of the various switches, buttons, and dials that adorn the appliance.

The intelligence with which engineers design a product dramatically impacts how easy or difficult it will be for the typical consumer to use it effectively. Consider clothes dryers, microwave units, blenders, radio/alarm clocks, and DVD players. Some of them, mysteriously, have instructions too complicated and confusing to fathom, while others are easier to operate. Did you luck out, or did the engineer/designer back at the plant have something to do with it?

Hereafter, seek products designed with intelligence. Recognize that having fewer switches, buttons, or dials does not necessarily mean that the product is less sophisticated or offers fewer benefits or features. Quite the opposite might be true!

Simplicity, rather than complexity, is your product preference among items that otherwise are relatively equal in terms of cost, durability, expected life cycle, and warranty. If one item has dozens of features, while another has only a handful (namely the ones you need!), choose the latter and don’t fret about a possible upgrade later.

You Are the Boss

You’ve personally acquired most of what surrounds you and are largely responsible for your immediate environment. Purchasing items with excessive instructions and complex operating procedures invites complexity into your life.

Less, quite often, can be more in terms of the favorable impact on your life, peace of mind, and quality of leisure time. In an age where a satellite dish can bring 60,000+ programs per month to your television set, ask yourself, would 4,000 or 5,000 programs be sufficient?

When I face a technical challenge, I give that task to a younger person – someone who has grown up with technology and to whom it is second nature.

The Wise Owl

By making basic but effective purchases and identifying needed helpers, we can keep complexity at bay. We can dial down the level of complexity that otherwise surrounds us in order to maintain effectiveness and have more of a life.

Exercise your power to acquire fewer television channels, subscribe to fewer publications, select products with a greater ease of use, and remember who is in control. You are! Not the government, not the media, and not some unseen force.

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