The coronavirus pandemic is the backdrop for the arrests of well-known CRIMINALS like Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro!
Today the U.S. Justice Department announced that Maduro and several other government officials have been charged with “turning Venezuela into a narco-state by collaborating with a leftist Colombian guerrilla group that exported tons of cocaine to the United States,” according to the Miami Herald.
Their stated goal was to “flood the United States with cocaine.“
TONS OF COCAINE!
“Recent data from the U.S. interagency Consolidated Counterdrug Database (CCDB) indicates that 210 metric tons of cocaine passed through Venezuela in 2018. By comparison, the State Department reports that over six times as much cocaine (1,400 metric tons) passed through Guatemala the same year.”
DRUG TRAFFICKING AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAS RUINED OUR SOCIETY
Remember the song “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton?
“If you want to hang out, you’ve gotta take her out, cocaine
If you want to get down, get down on the ground, cocaine
She don’t lie, she don’t lie, she don’t lie,
I was 12 years old when this song came out in 1977. I remember hearing my classmates singing it at gym class. I was horrified that kids my age were singing about cocaine. It turned out that cocaine was the “cool kids” drug.
Tons of cocaine later, we are looking at countries devastated, lives ruined, families destroyed, and rampant human trafficking.
DEATH RATES KEEP RISING
Data from 2018 shows that deaths involving cocaine and psychostimulants are continuing to rise. Each year, tens of thousands of people die from drug overdoses in the United States. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine, psychostimulants with abuse potential (psychostimulants), or both substances combined increased 42.4% from 12,122 in 2015 to 17,258 in 2016.
HOLLYWOOD MADE DRUG USE LOOK AWESOME
Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Jodie Foster, Drew Barrymore… they all did drugs, and they all got busted. But look at them today—it didn’t really hurt their careers, did it?
As a kid growing up in the 80s, you were practically expected to do drugs. Movies and television glorified drug dealers and made it look fun to snort the white stuff up your nose.
We all need to stop idolizing Hollywood actors and people who make it look like taking drugs and having sex is the true essence of living. Drugs like cocaine have destroyed our society. The opioid epidemic made the problem even worse.
This is truly a time of world “cleansing“. Let’s do away with false idols, drug abuse, pornography, and staring at the world through the lens of a television.
There are countless stories in the news about dogs being run over by the mailman, but the tragic death of one little French Bulldog has been keeping his heartbroken owner in a constant state of turmoil one year later.
For Louisiana veteran Patty Weston, the story began in June of 2018. “Max became a family member when he was given to me by a friend whose cancer had returned, and he felt he couldn’t manage both,” recalled Weston. Max was an adorable little Frenchie with a charming, exuberant personality.
“Max was my constant at a time that was very dark for me,” said Weston, a Vietnam era veteran who has experienced homelessness. “He was the light that I so badly needed then.”
A few months later, Weston’s life changed. “I suddenly lost my home through unfortunate circumstances, and I had nowhere to go, due to my financial status, so I was basically homeless. A friend finally stepped up and offered me ‘the family camp house’ until I could get help. The house was old and worn, so out of concern for Max and Sammigirl, a 16 year old Emotional Support Animal, I thought it would be best if I could find foster care for them. I immediately found care for Sammigirl, but I couldn’t find anyone for Max,” said Weston.
She explained that the little dog was young, energetic, and had allergy issues, so finding him temporary care proved impossible. “Maybe it was because of his breed, but after running ads, reaching out to friends, and even calling the local vets for referrals, I had no choice but to keep him with me. I just wanted the best for him and I wanted him to be happy. I tried so hard,” she said.
A “FUR-EVER FAMILY” UNTIL TRAGEDY STRUCK
“I did all the right things for Max; obedience school, surgery to correct a birth defect, and I had him neutered. He had meds for his constant allergies and heartworm prevention, and I kept him current on his vaccines. He had his friends to play with, and he was always protected from the heat; which is important to his breed,” said Weston.
According to Weston, every day was a new adventure as she introduced Max to all the things Sammigirl enjoyed; swimming in the bayou, hiking at the nature park, cruising on the lakefront, and daily walks around the neighborhood. Weston enjoys photography so she would often take pictures and videos, documenting all of their adventures on film. In fact, the two dogs enjoyed getting selfies as much as she did, so that became a Sunday ritual.
And then, one day, the unthinkable happened.
“A friend was helping me with some things in the camp house, and mistakingly left a door open, so Max got out,” she recalled, adding, “I didn’t know. God, if only I had known.”
“I rushed him to a vet, thinking maybe they could save him, but his little chest had filled with blood,” Weston sadly recalled.
Still devastated a year after her dog’s tragic demise, Weston wants the country’s post offices to change the way such issues are handled. “On a personal, community, and management level, the post offices need to prevent these tragedies,” she stated, adding, ”When they do happen, there must be reports, documented statistics, and accountability. This information must be available to the public upon request.”
“Mr. Cox’s only statement to me at the scene afterwards was, ‘I saw the dog sitting on the road. I didn’t intentionally run over it’”, Weston recalled. “I was literally in shock, sitting there on the gravel, crying like a baby, holding Max in my lap as I waiting for my friend to return with the car. I didn’t even know who this man was, and everything from that point on is like a blur to me. Witnesses on the scene told me what he had said.
“It’s the same statement I had gotten from his wife, co-worker and Post Master. It’s as though they were reciting a phrase from a playbook. Are those words suppose to make it all better?”
Prior to adopting him, Max was a serial car-chaser, so Weston had to train him to stop that bad habit. Looking back, she now feels that Max was lonely. “He might have run after the mailman that day to make friends with him,” she said, adding that her poor little dog was killed upon impact. She said she learned after Max’s death about how the mail carrier would often speed down that particular road.
CHANGE IS CRUCIAL
Weston stated that the post office must develop a policy on these types of tragedies, which rural contractors must also comply with. There must be accountability when they do harm or kill a pet.
“Grief counseling should be offered and made possible at the expense of the agency when they are at fault” she noted. “Vehicles must be equipped with up-to-date technology, including those who hold contracts, and especially on vehicles used in rural areas. The post offices must have safety classes for every driver, including those on contract, and disciplinary action should be taken when drivers are reported for breaking the rules of the road.”
She states, “It is not enough to simply change a driver’s route after the driver harms or kills a customer’s beloved pet”.
PET LIVES MATTER
President Trump recently passed bills pertaining to the health and welfare of animals, because in today’s society, pets are recognized as family, and they deserve protection just as humans do. “My pets, my companions, are family to me and my most valued treasures,” said Weston.
She recalled the idyllic life she had with Max and Sammigirl until it was tragically cut short on March 11th, 2019.
“I miss his nite-nite kiss before going into his kennel to sleep. He was was my baby. He was Sammigirl’s baby, too.”
SEEKING ANSWERS…AND CLOSURE
“There should be regulations to guide mail carriers on proper procedure to follow when a pet is injured,” Weston pointed out. She’s been upset with the way the mailman who hit Max refuses to discuss the incident with her.
“Since he won’t tell me anything else, I can only assume that Max did not run out in front of him. I think that maybe Max ran up to the next house further down the road, to meet the mailman. He was very social and loved meeting new people.”
The thought of her sweet little dog trying to make friends with the mailman on the day he was killed breaks Weston’s heart. She explained, “I feel like I let him down, because of the acute depression I was suffering through at the time. My heart is so broken that I can’t even describe how difficult the pain is… or how I’m haunted at night. The loss of Max has deepened my depression.”
Weston said that postal workers must be more alert and cautious while driving through neighborhoods. “How does someone see a dog sitting on the road, and then drive right over it? Max showed no sign of an injury—no broken bones, and no blood. However, there were tire tracks left on his little white belly and chest…and the awful smell of rubber.”
Weston later learned that the mail carrier would sometimes speed through the rural area. “Also, his co-worker stated to me that it’s necessary that they take their eyes off the road to read the addresses on the mail. She then justified it by saying all drivers do. What if a child had been sitting on the road?
“Mr Cox could have been my hero that day. He could have gotten out of his vehicle and walked up the neighbors’ driveway with Max to ensure his safety,” Weston said, noting that the mailman had just pulled away from a delivery when Max was run over. “Is it possible that Mr. Cox pulled off too abruptly and startled Max, disabling his reaction time? Why would there be tire tracks on his body and the smell of rubber? I can only assume that Mr. Cox was in too big of a hurry to get his route done.”
In the year since he ran over poor Max, Mr. Cox has not once reached out to Weston to follow up on her letter or repeated phone calls. “It seems he has been hiding behind his wife’s shirt tail rather than speaking to me. She is his boss. How do I find closure? What are they hiding? I have so many questions still, but haven’t gotten any answers.”
SEEKINGJUSTICE FOR MAX
To this day, her grief and panic episodes are relentless. “My sleep is constantly interrupted with thoughts of Max, while tears stream down my face. That is, if I can get to sleep. I sometimes think I should get another dog, but the pain of losing Max is too overwhelming.”
Sammigirl has not been the same since her little brother died. “I know she misses him too, because she sometimes looks for him when we return to the house we had shared together. She seems to have lost interest in doing most things, and mostly sleeps now as her health declines. A year ago, she was very active, running around and playing with Max, talking long daily walks, and hiking like a young dog, even while wearing her own backpack. But now, she’s different.
Max and Sammigirl were my family, and my only support. Losing Max was the most devastating thing that I have ever experienced.”
I WAS ACCOSTED LAST NIGHT I was dancing at Aruba Beach Cafe in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea when the man in this video became very interested in my MAGA hat.
I left the bar with a friend a few minutes after I had finished my live Facebook show, called the BEACH REPORT. This man apparently followed me out. As I started to get into my friend’s car, he suddenly appeared from out of nowhere and lunged at me as though he wanted to put his hand over my mouth and drag me away! I whipped my head back and screamed! The dude ran away. The police were called, and they did catch him….
MY EYESIGHT AND MEMORY FAILED ME
The police officer Drove me down the street to the area where they were holding the suspect. They had caught him walking down the street with his wife!
Well, his photo and his video are now out there. I urge you all to share it on social media. Perhaps if we shame this guy, he and others like him will refrain from attacking innocent people simply because we have different political opinions.
I would also like to urge everyone out there, men AND women￼, to stay very aware in public. Know your surroundings. Make sure when you leave any establishment that you are not being followed. And, most of all,￼ don’t let any of this stop you from wearing your Trump gear!￼
WINNING! Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann defeats fake news by hitting CNN in the wallet! The propaganda-spewing media outlet has agreed to settle his $275 million case against them—for an undisclosed amount.
FAKE NEWS ABUSED THIS BOY
The Sandmann lawsuit against CNN was filed in March and stated: “CNN brought down the full force of its corporate power, influence, and wealth on Nicholas by falsely attacking, vilifying, and bullying him despite the fact that he was a minor child.”
NEXT UP: NBC and the Washington Post. Sandmann’s lawyers have said they will also go after Gannett, which owns The Enquirer.
It’s difficult to let good talent go, but experts agree that counter-offers are not usually the answer to a bombshell resignation. The experience should instead serve as a lesson for employers who value their best producers.
Author’s Note: This blog post is being published today in honor of a great businessman and father, Jack Roseman. Mr. Roseman died in hospice on Monday. He was 88.
The Pittsburgh Business Times called him a “pioneer of Pittsburgh’s tech community as an entrepreneur, investor, advisor, educator and mentor.” But to me, Jack Roseman was a friend; and kind of a father-figure.
I grew up in the Roseman household as his daughter Shari’s BFF. Today, his eldest daughter, Laura, is one of my dearest friends, despite having started out as one of my babysitters.
Our moms were also besties; along with our dads. I’m getting emotional just thinking about the reunion that’s going on in Heaven right now! Days like this make me miss my parents.
Anyway, I wrote this article several years ago for a Human Resource industry magazine. Jack was my go-to CEO!
In honor of his memory, I plan to publish a series of business articles I’ve penned over the years for various magazines, newspapers and websites.
This series will eventually become a book, so stay tuned…
A LETTER OF RESIGNATION
If a valuable employee – one of your best revenue producers – tells you that they’re leaving your company for better compensation, should you try to tempt them to stay with a counter-offer?
A study conducted by England-based Communicate Recruitment Solutions reveals that most employers have never made a counter-offer; and most employees would not accept one.
Jack Roseman, director of the Pittsburgh-based Roseman Institute; which provides coaching, mentoring and negotiating assistance to CEOs of growing enterprises, says that employers must seek out the underlying truth from an employee who says they’re resigning over deficient compensation.
“There are good reasons and there are real reasons; tell me the real reason,” is the proper response for an employer to give to the employee who says they’re leaving over money,” says Roseman.
“People don’t usually leave for more money. In most cases, it’s because they’re unhappy with the company, and it’s the job of the employer to find out why they’re leaving and if they have a legitimate gripe.”
Roseman suggests that an employee who is particularly valued in a company be asked to stay and work things out with the management. “it’s not really how much you make today, it’s what happens over the continuum of time,” he explains, adding that even during those instances when a real injustice occurs, it’s still ill-advised to give an immediate raise or counter-offer.
“Instead, you say, ‘Let’s see if things can get better over time.’ A counter-offer opens the door for blackmail, but maybe you can create an atmosphere they would be happier in? Pay can always be fixed over time if the employee has faith in you and faith in the company,” says Roseman.
“They make employers and their companies look needy and should never be relied upon for long term success,” says Lock, adding that the best way to retain high performers for as long as possible is to ensure that their compensation, recognition and culture are as good as they can be.
“Then, when they do resign, you know you haven’t done anything wrong and it is simply the right time for them to move on; which is often a personal decision as much as a professional one,” says Lock.
Employers should resist the urge to react impulsively to a star employee’s announcement.
“When considering a counter-offer, ask yourself whether you would be offering the employee a pay rise or increase in responsibilities if they hadn’t resigned,” says Lock, adding that there is actually an opportunity in every resignation.
“Bringing someone with new ideas and different qualities on-board is an exciting prospect, particularly when you can dictate the level you want them to work at and a remuneration package you can afford. Good bosses should realize that personnel change is all part of the ebb and flow of running a business.”
“Under no circumstances should an employee be tempted to stay once they have tendered their resignation,” he says, pointing out that doing so will not solve the dilemma of having to fill a vacancy and re-train a new staff member.
“Good business leaders tackle issues head-on and do not delay them until a more ‘convenient’ time.”
“Going to great lengths to retain one employee can send the wrong impression to everyone else. They will question why preferential treatment is being shown to one individual and resent their colleague being cut a special deal, especially when they had one foot out the door.”
Thomas de Freitas
The success of any business relies on the sum of its parts.
De Freitas warns, “Don’t risk the relationship with your staff for the sake of one individual.” Communicate’s study drives this point home, because it showed that most employees who do end up staying for a counter-offer will leave within six months anyway.
“Key employees should be under contract instead of under an at-will policy, because it defines the terms of the employment and the terms under which employment could end. This way, supervisors won’t go around making reckless decisions; they must follow a cause standard in the contract to get out of it. So, if you have a good definition of cause, the employer can protect himself.”
Phelps believes that a high rate of employee turn-over stands in the way of a company’s success. Phelps is one of the oldest independent communication agencies in Southern California.
“Our longevity is due to doing what’s right for the client and having a good, solid team that’s not always turning over,” he says. “When the CEO changes, it’s so frustrating, and it’s the same with lawyers and insurance people.
“Finding good people and keeping them is the key to keeping good clients. Do what’s right for your employees, and it will come back and help you.”