SPLIT SECOND, by David Baldacci

So, I was reading while substitute teaching during the kids’ test yesterday and came across a paragraph in this murder mystery which I felt I had to share;

“Bruno was a former iron-balls prosecutor, and he’d made a great number of enemies, only some of whom were currently behind bars.  His political planks were fairly simple.  He’d tell you he wanted government off the backs of the people and free enterprise to rule.  As for the poor and weak, those not up to the task of unfettered competition, well, in all other species the weak died and the strong prevailed, and why should it be any different for us?  Largely because of that position, the man had no chance of winning (for state congress).  Although America loved its tough guys, they weren’t ready to vote for leaders who exhibited no compassion for the downtrodden and miserable, for on any given day they might constitute the majority.    Oh, man…

SO….agree?   When can Conservatives who believe that humans will sort themselves out, that there will always be the poor amongst us, etc., every win again?  Yes, Trump did it…….but most candidates of ANY party are afraid of the MAJORITY.  And his new budget might completely destroy the balance of powers after the 2018 election.  That, and if the media can sell to the American people that Trump’s health care solution is SO MISERABLE (it’s not, but…).

The Massachusetts governor, Charlie Baker, is a Republican, surprisingly, a very popular governor.  Check THIS site out.  I stopped reading the site before it ever got around to mentioning what party he’s associated with.  (Governor Brown of California’s Wiki site lists his being a Democrat right away.)  ANYWAY, I heard that Baker’s afraid to talk openly about how immigrants are largely responsible for heroin and opioids in Massachusetts but runs around Boston bemoaning how so many of their citizens are dying from them.  Chicken to talk about IMMIGRANTS!  Afraid of who might become the MAJORITY!

That paragraph I typed above in italics really jumped out at me.   The book it’s from is about a political candidate who’s kidnapped.  It’s called SPLIT SECOND and  I’m barely into it but it’s very good so far.   (I just finished another mystery about the possibility of a sniper killing some heads of state at a G8 summit (“..afraid it might become the G6” was the way it was cleverly described) with a bullet from 1600 feet.  Yes, they can do that, but VERY few can shoot that well.    It’s called PERSONAL and it’s excellent, but most everything by Lee Child is.)

What did you think of David Baldacci’s paragraph?  How can any politician ignore that fact and act for America instead of only acting for his future, even if it involves endangerment to our country?

Z

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48 Responses to SPLIT SECOND, by David Baldacci

  1. It’s not germane to your post, but it reminded me of this:
    A formerly close friend of mine and I fell out of contact. I had embarrassed myself with a relationship with his sister in law.
    Years later, I was in his hometown, Jacksonville, FL.
    I called a dentist I assumed was an uncle of his. The man denied knowing Don. I was perplexed.
    A few years after that, I got a letter from Don. Pre Google, he had found me via Lexus Nexus.
    I replied about not locating him.
    He said he had become a State Prosecutor.
    As a prosecutor, he had been in a protection program. Relatives were to deny knowing him.
    He was no longer an atheist or a liberal, but a Christian conservative.
    He has since been elected a judge after years of private practice.

  2. Kid says:

    Yes, the only thing a politician is interested in is getting re-elected to they can keep stealing money and passing law that lobbyists write.

  3. Linda says:

    Love David Baldacci and anything by Lee Child. I’m sure I’m on the list for them at the library! We are getting more and more of the ‘minorities’! They have found out that if they yell loud enough and destroy enough, people, or the press, will listen to them. We really need more jails to lock ’em up!

  4. Re: Gov. Baker……..you already know my prescription. Stop immigration and decriminalize personal drug use. As Baldacci says, allow free enterprise to rule.

  5. What Kid said:

    Yes, the only thing a politician is interested in is getting re-elected to they can keep stealing money and passing law that lobbyists write.

    Career politicians are a plague upon the land!

  6. AOW, Right and from both parties. The Repubs are losing another opportunity to govern. They messed around with Obamacare to the point it became a joke, now the Senate may shove it to 2020. In short, they talk a good game, but when it comes to governing they choke. They’ll blow off tax reform, because all they care about is keeping their seats. Pelosi promised a $15 MW if they win. Dems suck at governing, but they’ll do or promise anything to get elected. Repubs are governing pansies.

  7. bocopro says:

    My first devastating crush in high school was on a girl who married a boy for political/economic reasons. He was uncomplicated and earthy, a bit rough around the edges, actually a Midwest farm boy, kinda like me. He could be loud, abrupt, indelicate, and unpredictable.

    At first she felt uncomfortable with him at parties or public events because of his lack of social sophistication, so she went to work on him. Within a few years she had taught him which fork to use when, how and when to speak, and generally how to behave like a refined gentleman.

    Their family properties adjoined, and they enjoyed growing prosperity, but eventually she grew tired of him . . . seems the veneer of civilization she had applied to his rough exterior penetrated into his behavior and stifled his barefoot charm and childlike innocence.

    She had transformed him into her concept of a politically correct gentleman, devoid of aggression, resolve, and spontaneity. No longer ashamed to be seen in public with him, the tradeoff was that she no longer wanted to be with him in the boudoir. His cultural renaissance complete, he was now boring and staid.

    It’s a theme I work into my stories from time to time – the woman who wants a strong, virile, commanding guy but then wussifies him into a well-dressed, boring, emasculated upper-class-twit with all the appeal of a storefront mannequin.

    In fact, in the story I’m working on right now, one of my two female protagonists is at this moment contemplating the death of her husband for that precise reason. She just can’t make up her mind yet whether he or his mother should be the first to go.

  8. Mal says:

    The vast majority of people everywhere are compassionate and wish to help the weak and disabled. Our problem is we tend to go to extremes in most everything, be it charity, food, sex, exercise, protection of environment, political correctness, etc. Perhaps if we solved this over-correcting, over-indulging extremism we’d all be better off.

  9. geeez2014 says:

    Ed..”As a State Prosecutor he was in a protection program” …because of threats made after a case he’d worked on? And now he’s out and living openly? Quite a story.
    And fascinating that he’s changed from atheist lib to Christian Cons….did he tell you what precipitated that change?

    Kid, Gianforte mentioned that in his acceptance speech last night…something like “I don’t know what they eat once they live in Washington and stop fighting as they’re promised…that’s why I’M not going to live there, I’ll commute!” !! He’s apparently going to fight for term limits. GOOD LUCK ON THAT.

    AOW…you for term limits, too? Of all walks of political life?

    Law and Order, the Dems might suck at politics, too, but they DO push their agenda HARD and FEARLESSLY and UNASHAMEDLY, right? Not US.
    HOPEFULLY, this mistrust of the media Trump has started exposing MIGHT work against the Dems…having the media in your pocket makes it MUCH easier to push an agenda.

    Linda! Glad you like these writers, too. I’m CRAZY about Lee Child. He’s the only writer who can write a lot about ammunition, guns, etc., and keep ME interested!

    Bocopro…..So, you posted this because Republicans CHANGE when they get to Washington and become too much the ‘typical politician?’ I say kill the mother first, far more interesting 🙂 And throws the police off. She kills the husband they’re all over the WIFE! ?

    CI, ya…drugs are really working for them in Boston with a hideous rate of deaths, huh? LET’S LEGALIZE THEM!~

  10. bocopro says:

    No, the point is that we’ve been inundated by a wave of rancid political correctness which has seeped into and contaminated our common sense reservoirs and — as the paragraph says — we’re afraid to go with the tough guy because it might offend someone’s delicate sensibilities. And when we finally waken to reality, we realize we’ve hitched our wagon to a shetland pony gelding with pink hooves and a multi-colored mane bedazzled with shiny stuff.

  11. geeez2014 says:

    bocopro…that was my understanding of what you wrote, the ‘tough guys’ fade into milquetoast once their shoes hit D.C. I think we’re saying the same thing but different ways; I suppose some of it is P.C., some of it’s also “CYA” and “Make me appealing to my constituents so I can stay in D.C.” Either way, we lose the rougher types we VOTED FOR, rough enough to stand tall, fight the freakin’ Left and start correcting the media lies, proudly and truthfully and IN THE OPEN.

  12. geeez2014 says:

    I still say kill the mother first.. just seems more sick and more provocative.!!

  13. bocopro says:

    You say tomayto and I say tomahto . . . .

    Ah, l’honnetete d’antan . . . .

  14. LET’S LEGALIZE THEM!

    Yep. We’re either free or we’re fooling ourselves……

  15. geeez2014 says:

    CI…GOOD! I believe that our kids deserve guidance and legalizing is tacit approval. But we’ve been thru this before and …whatever.

    Bocopro…yes, those images really say it ALL. So much there in those few words. It breaks my heart. You don’t fight indians and act like a cowboy,metaphorically (even back then no parents encouraged kids to KILL anybody) you’re not going to do much for your country or in your own life.

  16. edbonderenka says:

    All Prosecutors get that protection. Check either version of “Cape Fear” (or the Simpsons version).
    He read the Bible to be informed, much like I did.
    Most people don’t know what’s in it.
    Along those lines, I have a theory about the Word of God and people who read it.
    Sympathetic vibration is when two similar tuning forks are near each other.
    When one is struck, the other vibrates also.
    A clock would often be brought in for repairs and the resonance of the other clocks ticking would cause it to work while in the shop.
    People respond to the Word in the same way.
    It resonates with them in the cavity where God belongs.

  17. Baysider says:

    If you teach kids than any character flaw actually means they are part of the ‘downtrodden’ you will never run out of a downtrodden majority. What intelligent, well adjusted society would DO such a thing?

    I like that theory Ed! We see it at work all the time in our local bible study.

  18. geeez2014 says:

    Yes, Baysider’s right, Ed, we see it all the time at our large Bible study. I have not used the term ‘vibration,’ but I know for a FACT, without a doubt from my experience and things I’ve seen, that reading the Bible affects in ways other things simply do not.

    A pastor-friend’s bro-in-law was so doubtful, truly an agnostic. He was finally prodded to read the Bible. This is a scientist type who was WAY too ‘smart’ to fall for the Bible. He read it, and he read it again right away. He’s a total believer now…not necessarily a church-going man, but has NO doubts anymore. Did the words do that? Maybe. I believe it’s something ELSE.

    A friend’s brother, one of four kids from a home of bright, fun Christians, did nothing but get into trouble in school…drugs, minor offenses, bad friends…he went to jail for a more major offense about 20 years. He came out a Christian after being exposed to it again in prison, married a Christian gal and has 3 kids, and has never turned back. Was it the words? I believe it’s something ELSE.
    Yes, that ‘hole’ gets filled.
    Vibration, Holy Spirit, Predestination, God’s sheer insistence ? (smile)…..amazing.

  19. bocopro says:

    Well, Ed . . . I achieve resonance, or whatever it is, when I see a silver-haired athletic woman chasin a runaway on her quarterhorse, or an East Asian girl in a black gown ticklin a 4-string, or Milady preparing huge mounds of traditional Filipino food for our grankritters.

    Or maybe a flashmob in Spain or Italy or someplace doin “Ode To Joy” or “Bolero” or “Messiah.

    Smiles on the faces — Brussels, Hong Kong, Moscow, Taipei, wherever, ‘specially the old ones and das kinder:

    “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gww9_S4PNV0

  20. geeez2014 says:

    And Baysider…so true, your point about the DOWNTRODDEN, which is EXACTLY what our kids are taught. The Facebook dope gave a graduation speech and is now calling for everyone in this country getting income from the government. (As if they don’t already) I only heard it quickly and need to look into it again, but THIS IS THE RESULT of people taught that YOU CAN’T MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN, WE ARE ALL EQUAL, WE ALL NEED HELP, IF YOU’RE SELF RELIANT OR SUCCESSFUL YOU’RE A CRUEL EGOMANIAC…AND PROBABLY A BIGOT, TOO.

  21. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro…I think it’s a slightly different resonance and I’m actually very surprised at your comment.

  22. bocopro says:

    Hey, I believe God WANTS us to appreciate beauty in all its forms . . . humor, too.

    I am genuinely moved by spectacular sights in nature as well as man-made monuments. I stepped into that magnificent cathedral in Barcelona and couldn’t speak for several moments. In fact, I didn’t even want to . . . just felt like absorbing it all.

    When I hear the “March” from Aida or “Night On Bald Mountain” or “O Fortuna,” I honestly feel it in my gut. More visual and aural art has been created in the honor of religion than any other single activity, even war.

    And I really enjoy the pipes’ “Amazing Grace” or a Midwestern Methodist church congregation singing “Onward Christian Soldier” or a pre-adolescent doing the “Ave Maria.”

    Each in his own way, at his own speed. If called to account for vida mia, I will be ashamed of nothing; I just helped out where I could and deliberately brought harm to no one who didn’t need some correction.

    A greater-than-human creator who allows free will and doesn’t accept that isn’t exactly perfect.

  23. geeez2014 says:

    I JUST HEARD A BIT OF THE SPEECH BY PENCE AT A MILITARY GRADUATION TODAY AND IT DAWNED ON ME WHAT HE AND OTHER REPUBLICANS HAVE TO DO;
    Instead of just saying “we have your back and we’ll do all we can to put the military first..” they must say:
    “We have your back, no matter what other politicians might want, and we will put the military first if certain politicians will let us do what we need to do”.

    Voila. They tell what they CAN and WANT to do IF…IF the Left would just LET THEM. Put in the minds of listeners that it’s THE OTHER SIDE blocking good stuff.

  24. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro…except he IS perfect and so is His Word. I don’t want to get into it here, I hate sounding like some zealot banging people over the head…because I am not. But…suffice it to say it’s this weird, this unknown what I call ‘magic’ and Ed calls “resonance’, and impossible to describe. Unless you’ve felt it.
    The rub is that even when we HATE when our free will screws us up and we hate that He ‘allows’ illness and early and painful deaths (when it says even Jesus weeps over these things), even then, He’s GOD. With some plan.
    The other day I heard a believer in her mid twenties say “But MY loving God would NEVER allow bad things to happen..” and I thought “Have you read the OLD TESTAMENT!?” 🙂
    Ya, ….but one believes or one doesn’t. And it makes for fascinating discussions.

    I also believe hearing amazing music or seeing gorgeous natural sites, or not natural (cathedrals, etc.) can provoke great feelings!
    I went to a concert Tuesday night of Mozart’s REQUIEM….absolutely amazing….it’s so Christian I was a bit surprised that Santa Monica City College’s 100 or so voices were allowed to present The Requiem!
    What I loved hearing , and found fascinating, is that Mozart died before the last two parts and some say he did or did not realize he was writing his own requiem. Great stuff, the faith of early geniuses.

  25. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro; who finances OneAmericaNews? I think you said you watch or read it. No commercials! It definitely has a right leaning sentiment but you can really get STRAIGHT NEWS and not hear opinions, which I love.
    During the dinner hour here in L.A., there are two shows that ARE opinion and very smart, no shouting, just good interviews.
    I really like it.
    They’re offering $100K for any info on the Seth Rich case, the DNC staffer Rightwingers believe was killed….and why would anybody shoot someone and not take his wallet, an expensive watch, his mobile phone, etc…? And the police call it robbery!! BUT, no DNA from his attackers and there had been a scuffle. He’d been investigating the DNC email fraud stuff and was set to testify in Hillary’s investigation. Dead.

  26. …….and why would anybody shoot someone and not take his wallet, an expensive watch, his mobile phone, etc…?

    I have no idea what happened to Seth Rich, but the above is actually not all that uncommon. Most thieves have no intention on harming or killing anyone, but often, if that does occur, they freak out and flee as fast as they can. If you didn’t mean to commit murder…you certainly don’t want to be tied to any belongings of the victim. Just a possibility in this case.

  27. geeez2014 says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/mystery-ensues-federal-prosecutor-found-dead-florida-113604259–abc-news-topstories.html

    Ed, I guess prosecutors DO come up dead…Look at that HORRENDOUS story of a father of 3…SO SAD. He worked on passport fraud. MS 13?

  28. geeez2014 says:

    CI…what was not taken is the smallest part of this case. I just heard a huge list of things pointing to why the Left particularly would want this DNC worker dead. It was shocking and the mainstream media’s let the story die a sad death. His family has hired people to find out what happened. He was very involved in the Hillary email situation, ready to testify to uncomfortable things…too much for me to go into here.
    I will probably post on this soon.

    Ya, it’s not that unusual to be killed in a robbery attempt…..until one knows what many think happened …

  29. geeez2014 says:

    OH my…Rich’s parents thought it was a not a robbery and they, too, have changed their story. Donna Brazile has asked people why they’re “snooping” around the Rich story.
    I hope the guy doing this amazing report on Rich’s death is very VERY careful.

  30. geeez2014 says:

    OMG> A hospital resident who first saw Rich, who was alert, said he didn’t have wounds he hasn’t seen many survive…after he saw Rich he was told by the head doctor not to include Rich on his rounds again…Rich succumbed to his not-grievous injuries. .this head doctor has amazing ties to the top of the DNC.
    I may turn OAN off because this is literally freaking me out a bit 🙂

  31. geeez2014 says:

    bocopro…the gal OAN has giving news now is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier..”elegy” got pronounced as “ele-ghee’…. a group of graduates was pronounced as if they DID GRADUATES…’graduaaaates” oy.
    But boy, it’s nice to get news that’s not got people screaming…….and news that’s only slightly right leaning..seems just more honest to me.

    OOH, the doctor who stopped the resident from attending to Rich was a guest at the WH 6 times and is a friend of Podesta’s. Someone got the memo. Rich died. A Dem at the bar Rich left the night before he died was a guest at the WH 4 days before Rich died…in aprivate area of the WH.
    Heather Podesta, his former sis-in-law, is a bigwig in DC Police…
    This story is astonishing. No, it can’t ALL be ‘conspiracy theory’ but police still insist it was a ‘robbery go wrong’….but there is no evidence it was a robbery, either.
    Lots of gaps that don’t make sense…fascinating. The media calls it a “wild goose chase”…

  32. bocopro says:

    Who’s funding OAN?

    Donno. I know it’s a privately owned, family managed network which is carried on several major servers, which I assume pay at least something to the company from their subscriber revenue base.

    Otherwise, I’m guessing it’s mostly coming out of the Herring family’s assets. Here’s one of the best statements by Charles Herring, the founder:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/14/one-america-news-network-new-conservative-cable-channel-sets-launch

    What he says, from this and other interviews I’ve read, is that what’s missing in broadcast TV today is a straightforward, fact-based, opinion-free source of news with no innuendo, no butting in, no overtalking, and no opinion. “Cable networks, many of them, have blurred the line between delivering the news and information and delivering the personal views of the host,” he added. “Nothing wrong with either one, but we just believe that they should be separated, and we are going to do that.”

    The talk shows and opinion shows get some form of advertising (I think) and are unabashedly conservative. Of course somebody’s paying, and sooner or later the family will start to feel the pinch if they don’t start attracting big-cash advertisers. I’m just surprised it hasn’t happened yet.

  33. geeez2014 says:

    thanks, Bocopro…I haven’t heard of that family….yes, the opinion is definitely conservative. And smart people, too.
    So you’re saying Spectrum, DirecTV, etc., pay them from their revenues? Ya, probably.
    I just like watching it because it gives news that’s honest about both sides…until the opinion starts and that is definitely conservative.

    Brother, the Seth Rich stories they’ve uncovered are truly astonishing and not a little upsetting…SO many ‘coincidences’ you’d almost laugh at what you’d heard if the possible power of the CLinton DNC wasn’t SO strong and wide reaching…if even half of this is true, it’s something that must be revealed and could actually bring the Clintons DOWN….

  34. geeez2014 says:

    When I say “laugh” I mean one can’t really call things coincidences after enough facts are revealed. Like the guy said “if this is a wild goose chase, as the left calls it, there are a LOT of geese”

  35. Imp says:

    “well, in all other species the weak died and the strong prevailed, and why should it be any different for us?”
    It shouldn’t. Plus the strong shouldn’t interfere in allowing nature to prevail and take it’s course in many places on the planet too. Especially with the knowledge that it will ultimately wind up in failure as it has dozens of times before.

  36. geeez2014 says:

    I wonder if you all heard a College Professor on Tucker’s show just now saying that they’re telling all people with white skin to get off campus for a day..? Carlson finally said, at the end of a good discussion, “So I guess you are a professor so you voted for Hillary, but…” and the guy stopped him and said “I did NOT vote for Hillary, but I am a strong progressive and I’m getting a little worried about what’s going on with the Left right now.”

    Gad, there ARE progressives (I hate that term, as if they are for progress of any kind but socialism and otherwise bad things?) who THINK and might WAKE UP!?

  37. Kid says:

    Progs don’t wake up because it is a mental disease. They live in the land of unicorns and rainbows where everyone is such a nice person and there is no evil.

  38. Not true Kid. Some progs wake up. My friend Don, My friend alex who I argued with at work years ago reappearing as a conservative.
    As to prosecutors needing protection:
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/05/federal-prosecutor-investigating-fraud-found-dead-debbie-wasserman-schultzs-district/

  39. bunkerville says:

    I just saw Tucker as well.. We are talking total anarchy. Where will this end? How long can this continue? Think we are in the fourth quarter.

  40. Imp says:

    Yea Bunk…and they’re at 3 and 1 for the goal. And we don’t get a redo if that happens…then friends…it’s the Book of Eli for all of us.

  41. Kid says:

    Ed, Yea nothing is all inclusive, I just don’t put the qualifier in all the time – or maybe ever.

    Well, I’ve never seen one figure it out.

  42. geeez2014 says:

    Imp; I forgot what the Book of Eli was but think I saw it on TV…I thought you’d “enjoy” this part of the article on it “The fact that Eli is our hero, and sterling example of humanity, and his story arc is so steeped in Christianity put off a lot of viewers who believed the movie to therefore be too preachy to fit within Hollywood’s generally secular entertainment delivery system. There was also a discontent with the idea that The Bible would be the artifact that restored the world after the apocalypse; arguing that such a stance undermines the significance of other widely-held religions.”

    God, and we wonder why our college are SCREWED TO THE MAX?

    Kid, of course it DOES happen; just not often !!

  43. geeez2014 says:

    I’d be willing to bet that more libs become cons than cons become libs…is there a way we could KNOW that? I guess not, but Conservatives go back to values, what worked in America…and…maybe??!!

  44. Imp says:

    Z..yea…and the movie was so disliked that it made 3 times more in revenue than what it cost to make it. And Eli was Christianity’s arch, lone crusader in a world gone to hell…yet saved by his defense of the only book worth saving. The Bible. I think lot’s of people didn’t get the underlying message??? /sarc

  45. jerrydablade says:

    Hey Z, I am a huge fan of David Baldacci, particularly the Will Robie and John Puller series. And I have read all of the Reacher books by Lee Child. Throw in Alex Berenson’s ‘John Wells’ , Michael Connelly’s ‘Bosch’, and Preston & Child’s ‘Agent Pendergast’ series, and you won’t see me all weekend! 🙂

  46. geeez2014 says:

    Jerry, you’re a CHILD fan, too!? I believe I’ve read them all,too!! LOVING Baldacci’s SPLIT SECOND…kind of freaky to read about presidential assassinations at this time in our history, I have to admit…while Trump was over there, etc…
    Connelly, I know, too….I’ll have to look into the rest.

    A more ‘genteel’ murder mystery writer is Martha Grimes, all set in England….and I ADORE and have read them ALL. They’re such good escapes, aren’t they?!! Thanks for the other suggestions! And yes, I’ve been reading a LOT this weekend 🙂

  47. geeez2014 says:

    ED! Thanks for the timeline, I just now noticed it….i appreciate that!

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