Thursday, July 20, 2017

Get National Parks Senior Pass before 8/28/17

If you are 62 and don't yet have a U.S. National Parks lifetime pass, you'll want to get it before August 28, 2017. On that date the cost of a lifetime pass increases from $10.00 to $80.00.  Yes, you read that correctly. The new fee for a lifetime pass will be $80.00.

You can buy your lifetime pass for $10.00 in-person, by mail or online. There is a $10.00 surcharge for online orders.

For information, visit and scroll down to Senior Pass.

If you have the Golden Age Passport, see information on the NPS website about its continued validity.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sheriff Speaks Out

How would you like to be represented by this sheriff?

Sheriff Jim Matthews of Kershaw County, South Carolina (northeast of Columbia) tore a new one for Circuit Judge Alison R. Lee (South Carolina 5th Judicial District, Columbia) this week, after she got played by a defense attorney representing a criminal in her court.

Sheriff Matthews labeled the judge as a "bleeding heart judge".

You can read the story here:

The prosecution and defense attorneys had agreed to a deal of 4-8 years in prison for the defendant. But in court the defense attorney pulled out his violin and played a tune for the judge that made her cry, and she sentenced the defendant to three years' probation. The punk walked out of court. Read the story for a history of his crimes.

I wasn't in the courtroom, but it appears that the Assistant Prosecutor got sandbagged when the defense attorney flipflopped. The prosecutor should have done his homework on that attorney. I'll bet it's not the first time that defense attorney has done that.

What do you notice about the physical appearance of this sheriff? And if you saw a photo of the Richland County Sheriff, Leon Lott, you'd notice that he too is professional appearing and slim. As is Milwaukee County's David Clarke.

Then recall McHenry County's good ol' boy former sheriff. I hear he is headed back to McHenry County. Guess the Florida heat did not agree with him. Will he stay retired? Or will his cronies ante up and find a job for him near Krispy Kreme? Or maybe Bill Prim will hire him for security at the courthouse?

Friday, June 30, 2017

Customer (Dis)service at Sears

NOTE (7/7/17): The cover of this book has been changed and the text has been re-formatted. What can I say? Lesson learned.

When I worked at the Sears, Roebuck and Co. headquarters in Hoffman Estates, one of my favorite jobs was handling complaints. Actually, I wasn't supposed to handle them personally; I was supposed to farm them out to one of the four call centers. But some of the senior executives found out that I liked handling complaints. If a complaint got through all the filters and was headed to B-6, I got it - with directions not to pass it on.

I was lucky. I didn't have a supervisor standing behind me with a clipboard and a stopwatch. When the complaint got to me, I called the customer right away.

Read about the woman who was sold a used wedding band. The store wouldn't take it back or exchange it.

Read about the man who was a customer for 48 years and whose drill bit broke the first time he used it. He got roughed up so badly that he custom-made a wooden casket for that broken drill bit and sent it back to the home office.

And then there was the customer who bought $6,000 worth of home appliances and had them shipped to his home in the Bahamas. He couldn't get them out of Customs, and the store in Miami wouldn't return his phone calls or fax him the right paperwork, because calls to him were international calls!

You'll find this book (Kindle version) on for $1.99. I hope you'll pick up a copy for yourself and also gift copies to anyone you know who worked at Sears or who has their own Sears customer service story.

After you read it, please leave reviews on and


OK, I'm heading out to my mailbox now to wait for the royalties to roll in!

Freedom's Safety Place - NRA ad

This is last year's NRA Freedom's Safest Place. Gabby Franco from Venezuela speaks about the importance of guns in a free society.

The NRA has released a new Freedom's Safest Place one-minute ad featuring Dana Loesch. As soon as it's up on YouTube, I'll provide it here.

In the meantime, listen to what Gabby has to say.

There are numerous similar videos on YouTube. Just go there and search for Freedom's Safest Place. I spotted one by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and I'll listen to it today.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fake news - trust it?

Be sure to view this week's offering from Prager University, called Fake News.

After you view it, please post your comments below.

And be sure to sign up for Prager U's free emails with new videos.

Donald Trump - off his rocker?

Is Donald Trump nuts?

What do you think an accurate mental health diagnosis would be of Donald Trump?

Whoever heard of a President of the United States acting the way he is? He is acting like a little spoiled brat with his Twitter account. Obviously, there is no one around him with enough influence to persuade him to stop using it.

If he doesn't like the Morning Joe show, then don't watch it.

Maybe The Donald should check into Walter Reed's psych ward for two weeks. Let Mike Pence steer the ship. Give Donald a few days of ECT and bring him back out.

If he has come to his senses (whatever those are), then maybe he'll be fit to be POTUS.

Y'all know that I voted for Trump. Anybody - even Mickey Mouse - would have been a better choice than Hillary Clinton. And we only had two choices.

But does he have a screw loose? Maybe more than one? We'd better find out sooner than later.

Added at 1:45PM CDT.

According to the Washington Post, "And just Tuesday (June 27, 2017), White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump’s tweets are “considered official statements by the president of the United States.” 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Beth Bentley - missing 7 years

In May 2010 Benedetta (Beth) Bentley, Woodstock mother, wife, neighbor, employee, friend of many, took a road trip with a girlfriend to Mount Vernon, Illinois. And vanished.

She left on a Thursday night with her friend. They reportedly drove overnight to Mount Vernon. Her friend returned on Monday without her. Beth was reported missing on Monday night to the Woodstock (Ill.) Police Department, and that department claimed the lead in the investigation, in spite of being more than 300 miles from where Beth was last seen.

There was much speculation at the time. Did she just run away? Did she run off with someone? Was there a "party" at the house outside the city limits in Mount Vernon that resulted in an incident that precluded her return to Woodstock? Was she dropped off at the Centralia Amtrak Station on that Sunday?

Her body was never found and so there is no "proof" that a crime was ever committed. It is, of course, impossible to search every cave, mine shaft and well in southern Illinois.

Is Beth dead or alive? Did she die near (or in) Mount Vernon that week-end?

Nothing has persuaded me that she didn't die that week-end in southern Illinois. I believe that a number of her "friends" know exactly what happened to her.

There is a Presumption of Death statute in Illinois. See 755 ILCS 5/6-20. Presumably, Beth had a Will. After all, her husband was a lawyer and she worked in his office. She had minor children. Why wouldn't she have a Will? Will a Will be filed soon in McHenry Circuit Court?

There were rumors of substantial life insurance on Beth. As a former life insurance agent, I know that there are some companies that will issue extremely high amounts of insurance popularly known as Wife Insurance. Insurance death benefits pass by beneficiary designation, not under a Will. But an insurance company will expect a death certificate. If a claim for insurance benefits is made, will the insurance company undertake an investigation?

Were Social Security benefits applied for, for the minor child at home?

What will it take to uncover/discover exactly what happened to Beth? Are Woodstock Police still investigating? What about Mount Vernon Police and the Jefferson County (Ill.) Sheriff's Department? Did the Illinois State Police (Investigations) ever really get involved?

If you vanished, would you want people to just forget you? I don't think so.

On this blog you can search for "Bentley" and find many articles.