November 3, 2018

United States Bill of Rights

I wake up each day grateful to be an American. This is a letter to the 328 million of us that call the United States home. We can collaborate to make our country thrive.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

My view: Freedom of speech allows you the right to say what you want.

It does not protect you from judgement or public repercussions. Think before you speak and speak the truth. No newspaper or journalist has any obligation to you. Don't allow anyone to think for you, politicians or political parties included.

You are an original (and one of the only places in the world where you can be - without the constraints of oppressive regimes).

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

My view: All qualified Americans should be allowed access to a gun. We don't need strict gun laws; we need common sense gun laws.

Amendment III 

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV 

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

 My view: Your home is your castle.

Amendment V 

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI 

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII 

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX 

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X 

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

October 13, 2018

Short Story: The Great Reset

She waited outside the Kreuzberg bar nervously.

People were speaking Russian, German and English, but she couldn’t place the blonde girl as American or not.

“Entschuldigung,” was said quickly behind her and she was startled.

“Oh, sorry. Is English better?”

“Yes, please. I know my email was in Deutsch, aber Englisch ist meine Muttersprache.”

They went inside, ordered two drinks and sat near the large open window.

“How did you find us?”

“I pieced it together myself,” the American said nervously.

“At first, I was simply interested in the moon. So, I started to track its cycle. And then patterns seemed too coincidental. And then…”

That’s how it usually starts, the woman replied.

“And I suppose there’s no stopping it?”


"And this is endless, right? What number are we in the cycle?"

The woman wanted to confirm her beliefs.

“Who knows. But what we do know, is the best place to stay when the world goes offline."

The German woman paused.

"And we want you to join us."

May 26, 2018

Short Story: The Pawn Shop

"They got themselves into that situation by their selves, you know," she said.

"Huh?" Gary paused as he put on his boots, eager to get out into the San Francisco sunlight.

"I said, those folks coming into your little shop got put into that situation all by their own doing."

"Okay, thanks, Sally. What do you have planned today?"

"I'm meeting Jessica in Financial District, then I'm...."

He was tired of listening to her complain about the people who lined up outside his shop on Castro. Rather than telling her to shut up, he just slipped out the door, as he liked to be early anyways.

Towards the end of his day, he told the last customer that his brooch was beautiful and gave him $33, even though nobody would probably ever buy it.