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Raoul’s Two Cents: February 2, 2024

Modern Justice

Warning: Serious stuff. Please move to the jokes if you’re not in the mood.

Did you know that I am also a Property Manager? It was a week of legal mumbo jumbo for me. One of my people wanted to install solar panels on his roof against the wishes of the other residents. Another one is trying to game the insurance system — because of a burst pipe, he wants to replace all his floor tiles and repaint his whole house. We towed a car for illegal parking, the tow truck driver messed up and cracked the tire reams that cost a thousand bucks. Now the tow truck company doesn’t want to tow for us anymore. We had to return 2 sets of internet equipment because the units would not connect as advertised. A relative needed to evict squatters in her property and those people aren’t leaving quietly. They want to get paid.

Moving on to the world stage: Of course you must be aware of the legal circus featuring the politicians and the judges in New York. How about the standoff at the Texas border? Or how about the illegal refugees who are demanding better treatment even though they are already treated better than American citizens? Then there’s the famous entrepreneur losing $55 billion in a Delaware court. In Europe, the clash between refugees and citizens is growing. In France, the farmers are spewing poop on the streets defying the push for climate change and insisting on better wages. Ay, caramba!

Unrest is created when rules are obscure and/or not followed. Add impatience and entitlement and you’ve got violence.

Here’s a song I wrote more than 10 years ago. Reminds me of Bob Dylan’s angry lyrics. The tune was inspired by “Ride Like the Wind” by Christopher Cross. Warning: It’s a bit gloom and doom. That’s why I never recorded it.

Modern Justice

Verse 1
Take a look at the laws in this world today.
Do they represent what is right or wrong?
Do you trust —
a judge who says he’s fair?
Does he care if it’s fair?

Verse 2
We complain we’re all victims entitled for more
The loudest voice usually wins the war
Can’t you hear —
the greed inside our core?
Yes, we’re rotten to the core

Chorus
There’s a radical change from the world before:
No more fear of the Lord
When you throw God’s word out the door,
a reckoning’s in store.
We’re headed for war!

Verse 3
What do you say about Christ? Is he the Son of God?
Do you debate his existence?
Do you care?
Is it important at all?
Is salvation important at all?

Verse 4
We don’t seek the truth anymore.
We conjure things as we go.
It isn’t God’s justice anymore —
we pick and choose and ignore.
What’s RIGHT depends on who wants it more.
So, what are you waiting for?

Repeat Chorus

CODA
There’s a lesson from the book of Judges —
when Israel had no King.
They say the people did their own kinds of justice —
well, today’s the same thing …
Anarchy is king!
When some are more equal than others —
what a contradictory statement!
When someone’s justice is better than others,
there ain’t no justice at all.
No. No justice at all.

Repeat Chorus then fade

No need to panic. I believe God allows turmoil to remind us that true justice and security rest only in Him. Indeed, our hope always rests on the Lord. TGIF people!

Raoul

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
— John 24:27

JOKE OF THE WEEK

Thanks to Maling of New Manila. Philippines

Original art by Raoul Pascual.

Parting Shots

Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre, CA

The player’s name is Hu and Hu’s on first.

Thanks to Maling of New Manila, Philippines

Thanks to Tom of Pasadena, CA

I found these:

My good friend (and jokester) Terry and I came up with this.

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4 Comments

  1. Heather

    February 2, 2024 at 11:34 am

    Yep! It’s a -hit show out there. Where’s the integrity? In the Lost but NOT FOUND DEPT.

    Reply

  2. Ed from Tennessee

    February 2, 2024 at 11:35 am

    Those banjo jokes reminds me of my accordion.

    Reply

  3. Lee

    February 2, 2024 at 11:36 am

    Hi Raoul,

    You have clarified precisely why I never got into buying property to rent to others. I heard such stories as far back as thirty years ago and I had a close friend who was always trying to do the right thing with bad renters, but it was never a level playing field and is even worse now. Sorry you have had such a mess to clean up.

    Lee

    Reply

  4. Hilda

    February 2, 2024 at 11:37 am

    I was assistant property manager of a 180-unit apartment in Bellflower. I know a little bit about your stress.
    And the song? prophetic

    Hilda

    Reply

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