Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Enjoy Capitalism

(This Is What I Believe)
by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, March 31, 2020
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“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am -- not stuck in the middle, but hovering above the entire farcical spectrum, weeping as I behold my fellow man's devotion to political illusion and self-destruction.”

America is like a car with low air pressure in its tires, a muffler dragging on the ground, broken back windows and of course the Engine Warning Light blinking incessantly.  What do most of us do?  We ignore the warning signs and most of all we ignore the light believing that if we ignore it long enough it will eventually either stop blinking or the light itself will burn out.  We have plenty of warning signs regarding America staring us in the face blinking madly away while we collectively ignore them.

The “political divide” in America has become as wide as I have ever seen it.  To validate that statement, I have lived thus far through 14 different Presidents.  I am old enough to remember when I believe the “divide” began to widen.  That would have been shortly after the JFK murder and after LBJ took office.  LBJ fought AGAINST the then pending civil rights bills that were going through Congress.  Then as if it were some form of awakening, he saw the handwriting on the wall that the bills were going to pass either at that time or in the very near future.  Like most politicians, LBJ wanted to be on the winning side so he changed course, he changed his heretofore personal bias against Blacks, he began to support the civil rights bills.  He eventually signed them into law. He realized that the bills having been passed while he was President, he would  get credit for “supporting the bills” when in fact he did not.  The result? The Democrat Party at that time was given credit (hate that word in this context) for passing the civil rights bills and the people who actually promoted it and fought for it, the Republicans, were not.  Was that fair?  No but it was a political fact of life.  Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans ever forgot what happened.  In this case the situation was exasperated when 90% or more of the voting Blacks in America switched from supporting Republicans to supporting Democrats  and that was one of several  “nails in the coffin” to political co-existence in America. 

This is just one person’s opinion of when the political divide began to widen in America.  Of course, I could be wrong, I am not an expert on history but I keep reading about our country’s history.  History is barely taught in our schools today; I doubt most people even remember what happened with JFK and then LBJ.  Most accounts of LBJ indicate he was nothing short of being a racist, yet as stated, he was given credit for passing the civil rights bills and that did transfer to the Democrat Party.

Given the current political divide in America I thought I would get my opinions and beliefs regarding America on the record for whomever wants to read them.  As a form of Disclaimer, I took an oath on September 20, 1965 that I would defend the Constitution of the United States.  If you look closely at that oath there was and is no expiration date; the oath still applies, at least in my mind.

"I, James Richard Brown, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States .

  I have a pocket size Constitution that sits on my desk and unlike so many Americans, I have actually read it, numerous times; IT’S ONLY 17 PAGES LONG!  When I explain what my beliefs and opinions are, they are based on my belief that the Constitution was and remains the greatest document ever written.  If you really want to understand how it came about, I highly recommend visiting Colonial Williamsburg and taking the guided tour.  Williamsburg is fascinating without the tour but when you take the tour you get into the minds of the founders of this country.  It is truly an amazing journey.

What do I belief?

I believe that the duties and authority of Congress and the President are well defined and should be followed: they have not been in some time.

I believe the Supreme Court was formed to determine if a law is Constitutional.  I do not believe that the Supreme Court Justices should be creating legislation or attempting to re-write laws from the bench.  An example of this occurred when the Court changed the language of Obamacare without requiring Congress to change the wording. 

I believe the Supreme Court was formed to settle disputes between Congress and the Presidency.

I believe that Congress was given very specific duties within the Constitution and that for as long as I have been alive, 75 years, I have seen Congress disregard and overstep their authority with immunity.  Read them for yourself and you decide  They are all contained in Section 8 of The Constitution:

1.   The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
2.      To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;
3.      To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
4.      To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
5.      To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
6.      To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
7.      To establish Post Offices and post Roads;
8.      To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
9.      To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
10.  To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;
11.  To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
12.  To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
13.  To provide and maintain a Navy;
14.  To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
15.  To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
16.  To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
17.  To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And
18.  To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Look at these 18 very specific authorizations.  Now look at what our Government actually spends money on and writes laws concerning and you will quickly see they have grossly overstepped their authority and continue to do what they have done for hundreds of years.
I believe in the smallest government possible.

I believe in a strong military force to protect our borders but not fight unexplainable foreign wars.

I believe Americans should be able to keep as much of their own money as possible.

I believe charity begins within the home, the community, and the State, NOT with the Federal Government unless there are no other alternatives.

I believe that businesses should be allowed to succeed or fail on their own without the input of the Federal Government.  The Federal Government has no business selecting winners and losers within the business community no matter what the size of the business.  Businesses should pay the price for their own inefficiency and failure.

I believe that the Federal Government has way overstepped its authority in regards to States Rights and what the States should be doing instead of the Federal Government.

These are my fundamental beliefs.  But there is one more belief that I strongly believe in and for the most part remains simmering beneath the surface of American politics.  This is easy to understand provided you actually read and study what follows. 

In the late 1950s The Communist Party USA, a branch of a world-wide Communist Party, concluded that America would never be overtaken through military or violent efforts.  They laid out 45 very specific goals and they made a conscious decision that achieving these goals would take time, a lot of time.  They realized that if the goals were achieved, they would not only take over America, Americans would become instrumental in the takeover.  Americans would become the “useful idiots” a term rightfully or wrongly credited to Vladimir Lenin.  The actual term means:

In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause's goals, and who is cynically used by the cause's leaders

In other words, Americans, given the mere suggestion of an idea that is repeated and repeated and repeated continually overtime will eventually come to believe what they have been told and/or taught it to be true or not.  In the end, the person or organization that repeats the lies gets what THEY want rather than what might be in the best interest of Americans.  Read the following 45 goals.  You decide if they have been achieved or not.  I have emboldened the ones that stand out to me and have added a note or two.  To determine if they have been achieved or not, look at America today in 2020.  In my opinion, most have been achieved; you can decide whatever you wish.  My mind has been made up.  Reference https://rense.com/general32/americ.htm to read the goals and related comments.

“Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America. At Mrs. Nordman's request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following "Current Communist Goals," which she identifies as an excerpt from "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen: [From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]”

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.  (Note, removal of the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools and public events.)

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the grounds that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.  (Note: Never has this been more prevalent than in 2019/20.)

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.  (Note:  This goes hand-in-hand with controlling one or both political parties.  Which Party has the most union support?  This is not difficult to understand.)

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.  (Note: Do you recall “It takes a village.”)

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.  (Note: Perfect example of this is ANTIFA.)

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

If you want to see this in a movie format, buy the movie, Agenda, Grinding America Down at . https://www.amazon.com/Agenda-Grinding-America-Curtis-Bowers/dp/B003Z3CZGG  It includes an amazing flow chart starting the Karl Marx and shows you the myriad of links to present day organizations like teachers’ unions, labor unions, movements like NOW and Climate Change; you won’t believe all the connections including to the Democrat Party and even some in the Republican Party.

I specifically refer you to #15 regarding the take over of one or both political parties.  I contend that there are those in BOTH parties that would subscribe to many of the 45 goals.  One Party has clearly demonstrated in the run up to the 2020 National Elections that it HAS Socialistic Goals for the party and that Party is the Democrat Party.  Deny if you wish but the truth is the truth.  Senator Bernie Sanders is a self-professed Socialist and is unashamed of that fact.  The other candidates seeing the success of Sanders in the primaries have all moved to the extreme left of the political spectrum.  Socialism is just one step removed from Communism.  If you don’t know your world history, that fact may come as surprise to you but it remains a fact.

I refer you again to Vladimir Lenin who said, "The goal of socialism IS communism."  This literally comes from the “horse’s mouth” himself! 

What I now believe in 2020 scares the Hell out of me.  America has been under attack by The Communist Party USA since 1958 and only a few of us have been paying any attention to the Check Engine Light.  Victor Hugo said, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”  A Gallop Poll found that 60% or more of Democrats have a favorable view of Socialism.  60%!  Now go back to #15 on the list of objectives and answer the question: have they succeeded in taking over at least one political party in America?  I believe they have, the Democrat Party!  If Victor Hugo is right and if the voters actually believe in Socialism and they become the majority, America as we know it will cease to exist.  That is what I believe; that is what scares the Hell out of me!

I know that what I have written will find a home for some and make others angry, very angry.  Those who become angry are entitled to their beliefs, after all this is America at least for the time being.  If America ever does succumb to Socialism, those types of ideas and free speech will then become prohibited by the State.  Some of those angry folks will be friends and even relatives and that is okay, that is their right.  Here comes the kicker; in my mind people who support the extreme left in America have become enemies of America and therefore they have become my enemies.  This is no longer just a political debate; it is a fight for the essence of America!  I don’t want to see my vision of America die and the Big Government of Socialism, a virus that is currently infecting the country, take over its citizens including me!  There was never such a glaring evidence of all of this than the failure to pass legislation in the Senate/House to help the millions of Americans in need because of the Coronavirus attack.  Legislatures put their own political far left agenda ahead of America and apparently a lot of Americans are okay with that – NOT ME!  To me it is proof-positive that the far Left in America is alive and well and their goal is to destroy Capitalism and thus destroy America!

My advice?

While we still have it!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Woe Is Me vs Hey...It's Me!

By Jim "Gymbeaux" Brown, March 27, 2020

I retired from the real estate business in 2012 after more than 33 years.  During that time, I was an agent, a broker/agent, a manager, a designated broker (multiple times), a broker/owner, a team leader and a trainer.  Of all those titles, trainer was the one I worked at the hardest and the one I was most proud of and like to be remember for.  I would often say to my agents, whenever you are caught in the middle of a problem and assume you can’t reach me for advice or guidance, imagine wearing a wrist band that read WWGDN.

WWGDN simply means, What Would Gymbeaux Do Now?  If you ask the right questions you often get the correct answers.  During my 33 years I ALWAYS, without exception, trained my crews to:

  • Be honest in all things
  • Follow the law in all things
  • Be ethical in all things
  • Treat people like you would want to be treated
  • When in doubt do something and do it as quickly as you can.  No  action is rarely the correct course of action.  The key word is action – always move forward and when you do, it requires action!

In 2020  you are faced with one of the more serious problems you will ever face in the real estate business.  You are not just faced with a down market, you are faced with a market that has almost been entirely closed off to listing and buying.  Even though I am retired, I can relate.  I got into the market in 1980 when interest rates were 20% or higher.  Still people bought and sold homes and land.

WWGDN?  That is a great question and I have given it a lot of thought.  Here is a list of those thoughts that I would strongly encourage my crew, if I had one, to be taking RIGHT NOW, NOT LATER!

Breath!  Stop whatever you are doing, take several deep breaths and calm yourself down.  It is very difficult to think clearly when your mind and body are in a state of stress.

Set aside time.  Time is the one thing you should have plenty of.  Work on your database of past customers and people you know.  You should also have a database of people you don’t know as well.  But start with the people you know.  Call every one of them, tell them you are calling to “checkup on them” to see how they are doing and if there is anything that you may be able to do for them.  If they answer you know you have the right person.  During your call slide in the question, “do you still live on (street name)?”  Now you know you still have the right phone number and they still live where you have them living in your database.  If you don’t have it in your database, at some point you want to also casually ask them “how long have you been living there?”  Why is this important to know?  Every study ever done by NAR while I was active indicated the average length of time people live in their homes before they sell.  When you know this, you also know that you should make a point of singling out those homeowners that meet that criteria and contact them more frequently.  Remember, the person on the other end of the line is probably also in a state of quarantine and has time on their hands and may be more willing to talk to you in general.  DON’T TRY TO LIST THEIR HOME OR SELL THEM A HOME OVER THE PHONE.  This is NOT why you are calling.  For you, you are using the call to update and verify your database.  For them you are performing a security check.  You are also asking them if there is anything you can do for them.  If they ask and you can’t do it, tell them so and why.  Otherwise, do it!  The point is, use this time to update and verify your database of people you know or past customers.  Point of emphasis:  My wife and I have lived in our home since 1985 and we are both retired.  In that time no real estate agent has ever called us and I can count the number of items received in the mail on one hand from REALTORS.  What does that tell you?  Timing.  Do not call during Breakfast, Lunch or Supper and never call after 8:00 pm unless it is because of a real emergency.  Do you like receiving calls at these times of the day?  Neither do the people in your database.

Be Prepared:  It is a time of emergency and people are in need.  Be aware of where people can still shop and the hours that those stores are open.  Be aware of restaurants in the area that are either open or who deliver or who do curbside pickup.  You should already have a list of local businesses that provide repair services like AC, plumbers, electricians, “handyman” type work, etc. Have ready a list of non-evasive questions that you can use to keep the conversation going – don’t wing it.  Know what you are going to say but keep it from sounding like a script even though it will be a script of sorts.

What do you do if no one answers the phone?  You make a point of calling again at a later time.  If you still get no answer, have a post card ready to mail simply stating you have been trying to reach them to see if they are doing okay given the current circumstances.  Include the last four digits of the number you have been trying to call them on and ask if it is still a valid number.  Here is the kicker!  My wife and I do not answer our phones when there are no caller IDs listed.  That is a result of the hundreds of calls we have received over the years from unknown parties.  We feel that if it is important, they will leave a message.  This is the second point, have a pre-determined message that you will leave IF the party has their voice mail turned on.  Tell them who you are and that you are calling to simply checkup on them to see if they are doing okay and then state you will try again but it would be helpful if they would add you as a contact in their phone directory so they will know for certain that it is you calling when you next call.  Just that one step if they do it is worth its weight in gold.  People will answer the phone when they know who is calling.  Make certain your phone is set up with caller ID to signify to the homeowner who is calling.

Follow Up!  Follow up is crucial – PERIOD!  If a homeowner asks you to do something and you agree to do it or asks for information and you agree to provide it – JUST DO IT AND DO IT WHILE THE IRON IS HOT!  DO NOT PUT IT OFF!  Follow up is crucial!

Time and Boredom:  It is easy to get careless when you perform one task over and over again non-stop.  Set aside time to work on your database and make calls.  Take breaks and stop when you have reached your allotted time to do what you want to accomplish.

Advertising.  It has been my experience with agents that they have always slowed down what they do starting with Thanksgiving and that slowdown lasted through New Year’s Day and in my area of New Orleans, some extended that slowdown through the Mardi Gras season.  Then they were behind the eight ball when they wondered why their business and income also slowed and they tried to restart their business.  The agents that were the most successful worked at their business even harder during the holiday seasons so that their flow of business never slowed down.  The same is true with the current self-quarantine period due to the virus.  Most agents, certainly not you, will typically feel that there is no need to continue advertising if there is no business.  But it will not always be like this and business will return, probably with a flourish.  You want your name recognition and your branding to be ever present on people’s minds and that will NOT happen if you stop doing the things you KNOW you should continue to do.  You can’t continue to get water out of a well if you stop pumping!  If you are one of the very few that continue to market themselves during times like this, you will stand out like a sore thumb when the time comes for people to buy and sell real estate.  You want to be that person who is in the position to help them.
Purge your files:  As you go through your database, purge your files of people you can no longer verify or who you can no longer find.

Unknown Database.  Everyone should have people in their database that they have never met but who you have contacted in the past.  Use this time AFTER you verify your KNOWN database of people, to contact as many in your UNKNOWN database as you can.  Once you make voice or even face to face with someone in your UNKNOWN database, move them to your KNOWN database.  Use this time to move as many as you can.  That will eventually be icing on the cake.

MAYBE THE MOST IMPORTANT TASK.  Whether you are a Keller Williams Realty agent or not, it does not matter.  USE THIS TIME TO NOT JUST READ THE MILLIONAIRE REAL ESTATE AGENT, use this time to STUDY it!  It so clearly is a plan for real estate agents and business in general for them to not just make money but more importantly create a profitable business.  Aside from working on your database, this is the most important task you could possibly perform at this time while you have more time on your hands than you would like.  I personally have read this book multiple times and have it on CD as well.

WORK FROM A DAILY TO DO LIST:  Knowing what needs to be done is only the beginning.  Make a list of what needs to be done, prioritize that list and then work each day to do what you KNOW must be done to ensure your business will continue to flow to you.

LIFE’S MISSION STATEMENT:  Everyone should have a really Big Ass Goal for their life.  That IS your Life’s Mission Statement.  Once you know what that mission is, you can at any point in your day, week, month, year, life ask this one question.  “Is what I am about to say or do consistent with achieving my Big Ass Goal (or Life’s Mission Statement)?”  If YES, say or do it.  If NO, DON’T!  By doing this you will find that you begin to question a lot of things you may have done in the past and realize that those things really didn’t need to be done at all or served no useful purpose by doing them.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Forget the Cures; Find the Cause

A book review written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, March 22, 2020
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I can see where someone may read this book and give it a negative review.  Why?  The book contains so much information that it can be overwhelming.  My advice would be to give each thought its own due diligence and you will most likely discover what Dr. Gangi has written to be true.  The overwhelming part kicks in when you consider ALL that Dr. Gangi has written about all at one time.  There is no doubt in my mind that it IS overwhelming.  I am confident that it was not Dr. Gangi’s intent to overwhelm anyone but instead just to get them to think.  Thinking is always good!  This book WILL make you think.

A doctor once told me when faced with no many life-changing ideas at one time, to pick and choose those ideas that (1) you know you can implement, (2) you know will be beneficial to you especially over time, and (3) that you know you will stick with them.  He then said that if you can commit to just 10%, at least initially, you will be light years ahead of most people who continue to do what they have always done (and expect different results – insanity – Einstein).

Some will read the book and choose not to make any changes and that will be their right to do so.  Others will attempt to do everything and I would be afraid that in short order they would stop do any of the recommendations.  The solution is as the Doctor advised me, start small but start with what is important to your health first!

Dr. Gangi’s book can change your health, there is no question about that.  The book is an excellent and in depth read about your body and what makes it work but it is written in plan English making it easy to understand for a non-medical person. 

Who should read the book?  Everyone seriously interested in improving their health
Would I read it again? Definitely parts of it; impossible to remember it all
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY; already have! 

Friday, March 20, 2020


A book review written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, March 16, 2020
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The author points out in the beginning of the book that this book is fiction but is it?  As you read, you quickly understand exactly who the author is writing about and you know that the events discussed actually happened or at the very least, some of them happened.  Is it really fiction?  I honestly don’t know and I think that was the intent of the author.  Most of the book is certainly plausible.

This may be one person’s “theory” as to how the infamous “Q” and “Qanon” originated and who the person behind the “Q” actually is.  My recommendation would be to read the book and you decide for yourself.

I may have been more fortunate than most as I have also read the book, Dr. Mary’s Monkey, a must read for everyone.  If you read the book with an open mind and understand that the book is a book of truth and history, you will most assuredly begin to have serious doubts as to how John F. Kennedy was actually murdered.  You may not know by whom but you will definitely have questions as to Lee Harvey Oswald’s actual participation or not.  If you then follow that book with Me & Lee, it will further create a doubt in your mind as to the events of that fateful day in our history.  Then if you read this book, well, you will have questions and you will have doubts!

There is another aspect of the President Kennedy murder that most people are simply unaware of.  There has been a government group titled The Majestic Twelve.  If you read anything about this group and what they have done, it will cast even further doubt as to Oswald’s participation and the more likely scenario that agencies within the Federal Government were responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy to prevent him from dismantling those sections of our government now referred to as the “Deep State.”.

This book really begins with the assassination of President Kennedy and the attacks on the Kennedy family. If you understand that, the book may make more sense to you and you may believe that the treat discussed may in fact be real.

With that said, does this book write history as it is unfolding before our very eyes or is it as the author suggests, fiction?  For the record, I read it in one sitting for two reasons, first it is a short book but secondly it is a fascinating book that holds your attention to the end, true or not.

Who should read the book?  Anyone interested in history and current events and politics and the JFK assassination..
Would I read it again? Probably not.  Very easy to follow and understand.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY! 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Profiles in Corruption

Abuse of power of America’s Progressive Elites
A book review written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, March 19, 2020
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I started this review before I have even finished reading the entire book; but I did finish reading the book.  I felt compelled to do so.  Why?  Glad you asked.

Schweizer focuses on “progressives” only in the book.  More specifically Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Eric Garcetti; I thought my head was going to explode.  I was deeply sadden because of the corrupt state of affairs in Washington and throughout the country AND I was extremely angry at what I was reading.  When I say angry, I mean no disrespect to the author or his writing, only the content of each profile of the featured politicians.  How can America permit this to continue?  The Washington corruption has been ongoing for over one hundred years but is more prevalent now than ever before in history.  Families are becoming EXTREMELY wealthy because of the elected political positions and the financial effect on member(s) of the politician’s family.  It should never be that way.  We taxpayers are paying for their wealth accumulation.  And while this wealth accumulation is happening the same politicians are creating legislation that favors the organizations that benefit the family members and their organizations versus what is best for the population in general.  In fact, in a lot of cases, the legislation opposes what would be considered to be in the best interest of the general population.

What really struck my nerve was that the public image portrayed by these politicians is in direct conflict with their private personas.  What we see is not really what we are getting.  The lesson learned by reading this book is that every voter should do their due diligence in vetting the candidates they support and/or vote for.

I was so angry that I could not sleep just thinking of the ongoing corruption.  This book was the cause of my sleepless night.  It was so bad that when I did go to sleep, I dreamed of this outrage to the point where my tossing and turning woke up my wife and my dog out of concern.

Three things SCREAMED at me off every page of the book.

  1. Where are the national reporters who should be reporting on this corruption?
  2. TERM LIMITS!  We need them more than ever!  The book did not mention term limits but that is what screamed at me on every page.  It would be more difficult for these politicians to put in place the tax evasion family programs they have with a shorter period of time in office but it could still and probably would be done.  Term limits would just make it more difficult.
  3. NONE OF THESE PEOPLE SHOULD EVER SEE THE INSIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE, U. S. Senate, U. S. House or any local government office!
 I know most people will NOT read this book and that will not only be their loss but also America’s loss because if you don’t know about what these people have been doing, they will continue doing it.  Even worse we will continue to elect them to even longer periods in office.  Pick any of the people featured in this book. If you would have voted for them BEFORE you read this book, I seriously doubt you would vote for them AFTER your read this book.  Some people will say the book is filled with lies.  To those people I suggest that if that were true, the author would already have been in court having been sued by any of the figures featured in the book.  For argument’s sake, let’s say that 80% is NOT true meaning that only 20% IS true.  The 20% should still be enough vile garbage to dissuade a serious open-minded reader from ever voting for these creeps.

Who should read the book?  EVERY AMERICAN!  Every person who wants to be an American!
Would I read it again? Definitely parts of it as some of these atrocities hopefully come to light.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!  Whether the recipient reads it or not, giving it as a gift sends a strong message of where you stand!  Where do you stand?
WHEN SHOULD YOU READ IT?  NOW, before the next Presidential Election.

Monday, March 16, 2020


A book review written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, March 16, 2020
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The author points out in the beginning of the book that this book is fiction but is it?  As you read it you quickly understand exactly who the author is writing about and you know that the events discussed actually happened or at the very least, some of them.  Is it really fiction?  I honestly don’t know and I think that was the intent of the author.

This may one person’s “theory” as to how the infamous “Q” and “Qanon” originated and who the person behind the “Q” actually is.  Read the book and you decide for yourself.

I may have been more fortunate than most as I have also read the book, Dr. Mary’s Monkey, a must read for everyone.  If you read the book with an open mind and understand that the book is a book of truth and history, you will most assuredly begin to have serious doubts as to how John F. Kennedy was actually murdered.  You may not know by who but you will definitely have questions as to Lee Harvey Oswald’s actual participation or not.  If you then follow that book with Me & Lee, it will further create a doubt in your mind as to the events of that fateful day in our history.

There is another aspect of the President Kennedy murder that most people are simply unaware of.  There has been a government group titled The Majestic Twelve.  If you read anything about this group and what they have done, it will cast even further doubt as to Oswald’s participation and the more likely scenario that agencies within the Federal Government were responsible for the assassination of President Kenned to prevent him from dismantling those sections of our government now referred to as the “Deep State.”.

You first have to understand that this book really begins with the assassination of President Kennedy and the attacks on the Kennedy family. 

With that said, does this book write history as it is unfolding before our very eyes or is it as the author suggests, fiction?  For the record, I read it in one sitting for two reasons, first it is a short book but secondly it is a fascinating book that holds your attention to the end, true or not.

Who should read the book?  Anyone interested in history and current events and politics.
Would I read it again? Probably not.  Very easy to follow and understand.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY! 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Only Ideas That Will Win The Future
A book review written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, March 5, 2020
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The problem is that most people right of the center point on the political spectrum line WILL love this book, a few might not.  The people right of center who do not like this book would best be classified as the Deep State people we hear about.  They prefer the old political status quo but that all changed in 2016.  Most people left of the center point will not even consider reading the book and that will no doubt be their loss.  They too have been satisfied with the status quo prior to 2016.

The book is a history book on politics prior to 2016.  It is a review of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  It is a book about America in the past and what it could be in the future. It is very well written and easy to follow and understand.

It IS a book about President Donald Trump.  One might even suggest it is a book about what makes Donald Trump “tick.”  What he believes in.  How he approaches problems.  How he ignores non-constructive criticism as compared to constructive criticism; they are not the same.

It IS a book about the Political Left as much as it is about the Political Right.  It is also about the “public appearance” of the Political Left as compared their contrary actions; not the same thing.  It IS also about the “public appearance” of the Political Right prior to 2016 as compared to their actions as well; not the same thing.  It is about perception as practiced by both political parties prior to 2016 and then after the 2016 election.
As a disclaimer – based upon the content, I could have written this book if I were as talented as Charlie Kirk which I’m not.  It espouses my personal beliefs about America and where we should be going as compared to where a lot of people with completely opposite views apparently believe.  I can think of no other country on Earth where I would prefer to live and I don’t want to see our principles and values flushed down the drain.  In that regard the book confirms that President Trump, Charlie Kirk and I are all on the same page.  Read it and see where you stand on the future of America.


Who should read the book?  EVERY AMERICAN!  Every person who wants to be an American!
Would I read it again? Probably not.  Why not?  I understood it the first time through and it is in line with my thinking and beliefs.  A subsequent read would serve little purpose.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!  Whether the recipient reads it or not, giving it as a gift sends a strong message of where you stand!  Where do you stand?

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Did You Ring The Cash Register Today?


Written by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, March 5, 2020
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The photo?  That is my uncle on my Dad’s side of the family, George Whitman Brown 1905-1972.  He was a bachelor his entire life not that it has anything to do with anything.  A Pharmacist who eventually opened his own Brown’s Drug Store in the days before the big chains.  He then opened another, and another until he ultimately owned five drug stores throughout the Youngstown, Ohio area.  His home store and office were across town from where we lived but he had one store established about a half mile from our home.  It was there I had my first taste of employment when at the age of 12 I started working there as a stock boy. 

My duties were as the title would suggest.  I stocked and restocked the shelves.  I also learned to work the soda counter where I made the World’s Best Milk Shakes, Sundays and Sodas all from real ice cream.  I also rang up sales.  One of my duties was to remove all the outdated magazines from the shelves and take them to the basement to wait to be picked up by the magazine sales person.  That was my first introduction to Playboy magazine which was quite an education for a youngster at the age of 12 in 1957.  I also learned how to make capsules for the Pharmacist, count out pills, make labels for the prescription bottles.  Another of my duties was to wrap boxes in plain brown paper.  What I wrapped were Kotex boxes and then using a magic marker I would write KR or KS for Kotex Regular or Kotex Super.  Why were the boxes wrapped?  To avoid any embarrassment by both men and women who would buy them so no one knew what they were taking out of the store as if no one knew; everyone knew.

On one Christmas Eve my uncle came to our home where alcohol was served and he had a drink or two.  He said he was going to lie down for a while.  He would then call me to “bring him another one.”  To this day I believe it was an act for my sake.  From that day, however, I started to refer to him as Uncle Booze.  The name stuck beyond belief.  Everyone called him Uncle Booze.  In some of his circles that may not have been very good for him.  He served on the Youngstown City Board of Education.  He did a lot of civic activities and while I am not positive, I believe at one point he served as Lieutenant Governor for the State of Ohio but I could be wrong on that one.

“Did you ring the cash register today?”  This is a question he would ask me every time he saw me or spoke to me on the phone.  “Did you ring the cash register today?”  For years I had assumed he was asking me if I made a sale that would ultimately lead to making a profit for the store.  It wasn’t until decades later that I realized he was teaching me a lesson that I could now only wish he had explained in much greater detail.  Yes, he was asking me if I rang the cash register because someone bought something.  But he was also asking me:

  • Did I learn anything of value today?
  • Did I read anything of value today (aside from Playboy)?
  • Did I meet new people today?
  • Did I make a difference in someone’s life today?
  • Did I add to my life experiences today?
  • Did I help someone in need today?
  • Did I resolve a problem today?
  • Did I make a sale today?
  • Did I make a profit today?
  • Did I ring the cash register today?

How many people can honestly say they rang the cash register today?  Can you?  What about yesterday?  What about tomorrow?  Did you and will you be able to say you rang the cash register of life?  I wish Uncle Booze would have actually explained to me much earlier in life exactly what he meant.  I suppose he thought that it would mean more if I discovered what he meant by ringing the cash register on my own.  Every time he would ask, I would respond, “Of course I rang the cash register today!”  I had no idea what he was really driving at – he was trying to be my teacher and my mentor and I was extremely slow on the pickup of what he was trying to do.

What made me think of this at this time in my life?  Glad you asked.  I am reading Charlie Kirk’s new book, The MEGA Doctrine.  About Chapter 4 I realized that President Donald Trump lives by the question “did I ring the cash register today?”  I have experienced Presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower.  As a 6-year old, he was definitely my hero.  Yet in all honesty, looking back at the ELEVEN Presidents I have come to know, I can’t say that any of them can measure up to President Trump’s desire to learn something new; to read something of value; to meet people other Presidents chose not to deal with like the leaders of North Korea, China and even Iran; to make a difference in someone’s life; to help someone in need; to resolve a nasty and lingering problem; TODAY!  Or in the words of Uncle Booze who also happened to be a businessman, did he “ring the cash register today?”  In my opinion and in spite of what the national news media reports and the opposition says, yes, yes he has rung the cash register every day he has been President.

There is a simple test that most people left of center and even some right of center are ignoring.  Are you better off today than you were just three years ago?  If people were honest it would be a resounding YES!  But that is not what you hear on the news or in the halls of Congress or now on the campaign trail.  Politics has become a truly ugly word, at least to me.  You?  People in the opposition party can do no right no matter how good the things they may have done are.  It just doesn’t make any sense.  If someone does good, they should be praised.  If they do poorly, they should be criticized or even punished.

The following is taken from Charlie Kirk’s book, The MEGA Doctrine.  They are examples of President Trump “ringing the cash register” and getting very little credit for the results from the national news media or the opposition party.  Read them.  You decide if he has rung the cash register for America; for you:

  • The Dow rises 7,000 points after being nearly flat around 18,000 the two prior years. Cha-Ching!
  • Consumer confidence surges to an eighteen-year high. Cha-Ching!
  • Black unemployment hits 5.9%, the lowest level ever recorded. Cha-Ching!
  • Hispanic and Asian-American unemployment also hit record lows of 4.5% and 2%, respectively. Cha-Ching!
  • Female unemployment is at the lowest rate since 1953 (3.6%). Cha-Ching!
  • Unemployment among the young is at its lowest in five decades (9.2%), among veterans the lowest in two (3%). Economic growth for the year nears 3% in 2018, for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis. Cha-Ching!
  • There is a freeze on new regulations, to the relief of American businesses. For every new regulation, about twenty-two are repealed. Cha-Ching!
  • Jobless claims are at their lowest level in five decades. Cha-Ching!
  • Job openings outnumber people looking for jobs for the first time on record. Cha-Ching!
  • The positive job-growth streak is the longest on record. Cha-Ching!
  • Job satisfaction is at its highest level in a decade and a half, and 85% of blue-collar workers think the country is “headed in the right direction.” Cha-Ching!
  • Some $5.5 trillion in tax cuts are instituted, with most families seeing savings as a result. The corporate tax rate is lowered as well, since it had been the highest in the developed world and was discouraging investment. Cha-Ching!
  • The president cleared bureaucratic obstacles to constructing the Keystone XL pipeline and withdrew from the onerous Paris Climate Agreement. Cha-Ching!
  • The president helped make the United States the world’s biggest crude oil exporter for the first time. Cha-Ching!
  • ISIS’s Iraq arm is effectively finished off. Cha-Ching!
  • The United States stops funding Syrian militias with terror ties, quieting that country’s civil war. Cha-Ching!
  • Military conflicts in other parts of the world are largely avoided. Cha-Ching!
  • NATO partner nations are successfully pressured into paying their fair share for the alliance, reducing the US burden. Cha-Ching!
  • Sentencing reductions for nonviolent drug offenders are achieved, a big, libertarian step forward for criminal justice reform. Cha-Ching!
  • Medical regulations are loosened to allow terminally ill patients to try experimental procedures if they so choose, approvals for affordable generic drugs are accelerated, and employers are permitted to create more flexible and varied health plans. Cha-Ching!
  • Veterans’ medical conditions are processed faster than ever before. Cha-Ching!
  • The president entered the Oval Office already a supporter of gay marriage, the first US president of whom that is true. Cha-Ching!
  • Two solidly conservative new Supreme Court justices are confirmed. Cha-Ching!
  • Over five million new jobs are created, a half million in manufacturing and over a hundred thousand in oil and natural gas transportation. 95% of manufacturers say they are optimistic the country is headed in the right direction. Cha-Ching!
Note:  I added the Cha-Ching for emphasis!
Kirk asks the question, what if Hillary Clinton had won instead of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had done all of these things listed or even half of these things; how would she be perceived by the national news media and the opposition party.  As Kirk suggests, she would be idolized; schools, parks and bridges named after her and statues erected.  She would have “rung the cash register.”  But since it was Trump and hot Clinton who did all these great things, he is vilified by the national news media and opposition.  It is truly a sad state of affairs in America when your only concern is preserving your own power by retaining your own office and other political offices such as the White House for your particular political party.

For the record, I am very proud to be an American.  I am proud of America.  I am proud of President Trump even thought I initially reluctantly voted for him.  I was obviously wrong in my initial opinion and I am not afraid to say it.  Of the ELEVEN Presidencies I have personally lived through President Trump is far and away the best at providing for the well being of America and should be so recognized. 

No President has ever rung the cash register as often and as successful as President Trump.  I salute you sir!  Cha-Ching!