Your Right to Remain SILENT. Keep Thy Mouth Shut.

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"Silence," it's Highly Under-Rated.

Why do we have the right to remain silent? Taken from the Miranda Warning, this question regarding our constitutional right to remain silent is not taken literally nor even seriously enough by the vast majority. While you may be confident you would not make the deadly error of spouting off to law enforcement at the wrong time for all the wrong might want to reserve that thought. It's not that simple. Consider if you will, just a few of the numerous reasons for this behavior based upon basic human nature.

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye....
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Psst....Did I tell you....?
How  about a Big Toe Cookie?
How about a Big Toe Cookie?

FREEDOM OF SPEECH, Everyone's Favorite Right!

Human beings love to talk. Everyone has an opinion, an idea and unsolicited advice to offer. Furthermore, people want to be heard. Their way is the right way. Their facts are the most accurate. People seek attention and what better way to get it than to make some noise?

"Listen to me." "Don't interrupt me." "Excuse me, I have the floor." "Hey, let me finish my sentence!" "Hear me out." .............

I get it. Do you? Aside from breathing, humans do nothing more frequently and continually than talk, speak.....vocally communicate.

Our ability to speak is highly valued. Hell, it's necessary. It is doubtful we're able to imagine a life without the ability to vocalize. Words are magical. They make the world turn. Speaking up is the way we explain what may not be obvious to the eye. It is how we make ourselves clear and clean up any misconceptions, defend our actions or apologize for unintended offenses.

How many of us are truly aware of the importance of knowing when to shut up. We don't even like the way that sounds. Responsible parents teach their kids not to use the term, "shut up." It's rude. Fine. I'll be the rude one here. Just for now, to hell with political correctness. That term makes me shudder anyway.

Ideally, you'll never have to heed this warning, but should you find yourself in the midst of a heap of legal trouble, face to face with the law, repeat this mantra ......Don't say a word beyond your name, answer not a single question, keep your mouth shut tightly except to ask for an attorney. Should you feel the urge to speak, remember these words,
"Shut up."

Talk to the Nice Policeman.  He'll help you
Talk to the Nice Policeman. He'll help you

In a Civil Society, we strive to cooperate and accommodate

Can't we all just get along? Cooperate with your fellow-employees, be respectful to those deserving and accommodate your loved ones. Without being blatantly disrespectful, you are not required to be either cooperative nor accommodating,nor must you participate in conversation with... the police. Please understand, in certain situations, the Policeman is not our friend. (I would hope it is needless to note... I direct this to adults and would not advocate such a statement within earshot of children.)

Maybe you can determine what the magic number is in terms of how many true tales of Police misconduct and brutality must be publicized before we get it through our thick skulls? Cops are people capable of all things human. Cops can be and have been known to be dirty in more ways than a few. Let's just be big boys and girls and grasp a piece of the real world. It's a damned jungle out there. And not all the baboons are in the zoo. The best I will offer at this point is a concession that the bad cops may be few and far between.

Law Enforcement Officers can and do lie, manipulate, threaten, harass, trick and otherwise push, pull and may even offer "candy," in their crazed effort to their job of protecting and serving.

But I've done Nothing Wrong. I Have Nothing to Hide!

Personally, I'd have a tendency to believe you until there was reason or proof enough to think otherwise. But I'm not the one you need to convince. Nor is it your Mom or friends or the people who think you're a really great person!"

If you've been escorted to the Police Station to answer questions, you can bet your butt you are suspected of something and it isn't necessarily anything good. The new and improved, "politically correct," term these days, person of interest. Pssst....that's just another way to insult the intelligence of the public. Will it never stop?

No more preaching to you about protecting yourself or exercising your rights. I'm pretty sure anyone reading this will never find themselves in need of the information here. But, someone you care about may be in this precarious position one day. You'll be all set to help them out.

Everything and anything that comes out of your mouth, in any tone of voice, with or without the least bit of accompanying body language, can and will be used against you in a court of law,.... or any other place for any reason, by whomever was present when you spoke (or maybe not present.) You are not in a nice place, surrounded by nice people with good intentions, using fairness and kindness to clear you of any wrong doing. At that moment, there is one person on your side. You. What little control you have is limited to using your common sense, requesting legal counsel and one more thing......remaining silent In simple but hard-core, no-nonsense English......just shut up.

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I remember Chip & Dale, the adorable, yet feisty chipmunks. I'm not that young. Just refuse to grow up :)

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You're not old enough I guess, to remember the cartoon show of Chip& Dale...2 adorable and very well-mannered little chipmunks.... go ahead google them.

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Uh oh. We have new names...Chip & Dale. I like Chip, actually potato

chips :)

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

We can't all accomplish our goals instantly. Some take a steps. Besides, How the heck am I supposed to survive without your chattering?? How would Dale go on without Chip??

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Haha! Two years ago I commented that I'm trying to keep my mouth shut, BUT it's been a bit of a problem...I can't, "zip it!" I'm like a chattering chipmunk! Haha!

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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

hey soul sistah... i like ripping 'em a new one, too!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

OH WOW!!! BRAVO, my good woman!!! I applaud you! A woman after my own heart. All these years I've been "dressing down" tons of assholes...and the whole time I just thought I was ripping them up one side, down the other and then making chopped liver out of them!!

You are my SOUL sister girlfriend......thank you for the education in phrasedom!!!! I like you already shea!!

Excellent dressing down of the F****ing cop!!

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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

well, the other day I was driving by a crosswalk (i have a certain undying respect for crosswalks as my son was almost killed in one once by a distracted driver)... anyway, I was driving up to the crosswalk and, of course, stopped. There was a cop on one side of the road and he didn't signal me to remain still. As a matter of fact, I didn't think he noticed me at all. I was completely stopped, and I started to move through the crosswalk when the cop, like a crazy man, ran up, slapped the hood of my car and yelled at me. He said, what do you think i'm doing out here, tap dancing? Well, i gave it to him with both barrels. I said, how dare you speak to a taxpayer and law abiding citizen like that. What is your problem Mr. Hyde? Do you really think I would have started moving if you or any other person was in the crosswalk area or in danger at all? I said, I'm going to pull over right there and you can write me a ticket for whatever crime you think i've committed and I will see you in court! I said, you need to get your eyes checked Barney Fife! and I pulled over. I waited ten minutes and glared at him the whole time. He wouldn't even look at me because he knew he was wrong. That, my good friend, is dressing down an @$$hole!!!!!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

shea duane....thanks for stopping by ...however, I'm afraid I simply don't understand the phrase "dressing down an a**hole?" Sorry....don't mean to sound dense, because I'm certainly not. I'd be most grateful if you might tell me what you are saying here? Hope you don't mind. Thanks.

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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

Great hub... but I must say that dressing down an @$$hole always makes me feel warm inside... no matter who he is. 8-)

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Till....Yes, I'm glad you stumbled upon an old hub. I'm always happy to hear from you, no matter what the occasion.

I guess we must continue to teach our little ones that the police are our "friends" because as children that's important. Then, we can keep our fingers crossed and pray like hell that they don't find themselves with much interaction with the "police" for the remainder of their lives!! Thanks Till!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I missed this hub probably due to the HP snafu with following you or whatever that mess is. Anyway, glad as always I did find it. I have a favorite little prayer, "Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth."

Only you could write a serious matter in a humorous way. I agree that we are now guilty until proven innocent and need to keep our lips zipped. What a pity fear has replaced trust when it comes to police officers. We still teach our kids the police officer is our friend, but we know that's not always the case.

Voted up, useful and interesting AND SHARING with my followers.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

OMG...Linda, you are one of the funniest women I've ever known (next to my sister, God Rest her soul)...

It's gotten to where I can sense when you are creeping around ready to pounce out at me!.....Like now, when I saw you had left a comment on this hub! I just KNEW, GF.

I thought to myself...."Oh boy, Sunshine is up to her tricks....." I Love you

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I have a problem keeping my mouth shut...sometimes I just have a tendency to flap too much. Like now. I'm so excited that tomorrow (April 10th) is your birthday!!!

Happy (one more day until your) Birthday Effer!!! :)

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Mmargie1966...You're comment is so typical. Most of us have that tendency to TALK. It can be uncontrollable. When your freedom is at stake, things get a little scary!

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Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

Oh Boy, did I need to read that! Now if I can only do it! I have a background in Law Enforcement, and I know this....ugh, and here I go again...on and on.

Thanks again, fpherj48!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Vinaya...I am always interested in the various customs and traditions of other cultures. Speaking up for yourself and certainly in healthy debate, as you have come to understand, is necessary. I'm sure you are aware of the "remaining silent," I am referring to in my hub! Thank you so much for visiting me. I appreciate your comment.

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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I my culture to remain silent when in the company of elders is consider a good manner. Since childhood I have been taught to remain silent and not debate, but as I grew up I knew I must speak and silence is cowardice.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Martie...So nice to see you! I loved your interview. You made So. Africa sound so inviting, I want to visit. Your new profile pic is quite cute, should pick up a new group of male followers!! I'm really a she-devil, you know! I can cause trouble where ever I wander.... Take care and will see you soon, my firend!

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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

"... not all the baboons are in the zoo." LOL!

I so love reading your hubs, fpherj48, and always grinning. Your sense of humor is delighting.

I tend to talk too much. I hope I will be able to keep my mouth shut the day I get arrested for killing a baboon.

I wish I can spend an entire day in this corner of yours to catch up with all your hubs I have not yet read. Heaven knows a day/night just does not have enough hours for me... 1:00am now, and I better drag myself out of here and straight to bed...

I've voted 'Shut Your Big Mouth' up and it went all over the globe...

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Robert Pummer 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

Great Hub ... loose quote of John Lilburne, to whom the roots of the right to silence is traced in the Miranda decision, "... a man ought not answer against himself in matters criminal, or pretended to be so ..."

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

mikeydcarroll...almost sounds like you may have been a witness in court. Although I did not address this in my hub, since it's another hub in itself....NEVER give "extra" info when answering a question if you're on the witness stand. If the answer calls for yes, no or I don't recall....that's ALL you say. Attorneys get paid big bucks to ask questions. Make them work for it.

mikeydcarroll67 4 years ago

I think its best to keep your answers short and sweet (without giving out any more information than necessary). Additionally, avoid consenting to anything that could potentially land you in a big hole.

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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Too true! Just continue giving your advice; it'll save more than one person digging themselves a big hole!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

annart.....We can all find ourselves at the mercy of others without ever intending to. Have you ever witnessed a situation where someone continues to talk in an effort to explain something and seems to dig themselves in deeper, each time they speak?? This is why I repeat the advice above!

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annart 4 years ago from SW England

I'm sorry to say that this applies equally in Britain, more and more in fact. 'Guilty until proven innocent' - what a shame. Our press are guilty of this (they're certainly not innocent!) and it seems in our modern society that people are all too quick to criticise, accuse and condemn. Where is tolerance? Where is trust? Where is kindness? I know it's there but all the negatives come to the fore and (as Billy would say) we need to get rid of them. I agree whole-heartedly with what you say here. I've never been in such a situation, thank goodness, but I know someone who opened her mouth too much in front of the law (standing up for a friend) and landed herself in a police cell for the night! Well written hub, hard-hitting and totally necessary. Voted up, useful and awesome.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

DoItForHer.....As I have said a couple of times, my target audience ae those who are NOT guilty nor even connected to a crime, but dragged in through the numerous ways this can and does happen.

Sine I am not a Defense Attorney, I don't give advice to "guilty" individuals. They are at the mercy of the courts and all it's misconduct and injustices.

"No Comment," works. People are not read their Miranda Rights UNTIL being placed under arrest. PRIOR to this, law enforcement will go to great lengths to have you TALK!!!

DoItForHer 4 years ago

I love what aquasilver said! Instead of, "just shut up," I prefer to replace it with, "No comment." As you stated, we cannot shut up. It is impossible for many of us. The full force of a cop trying to manipulate you into giving up your inalienable right to remain silent, especially when you are guilty, is tremendous. Do not underestimate that!

It's a shame that law enforcement doesn't do more to encourage us to use our god-given rights. Most of the time they strongly discourage us- and they are very good at it. They get lots of training to do just that while we get very little training on how to protect ourselves from an interrogation. That's why the Miranda Warning is so important.

Don't fall into feeling bad about not cooperating with someone whom we are trained to obey almost without question. Enjoy the opportunity you have just received to exercise your inalienable rights! Fill yourself with pride about using that 5th amendment!

No comment? Darn right!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

UnnamedHarald.....everything the British say, sounds extremely civil, no matter how grotesque the intent! lol But I do love the accent....and Australian and Scottish too.

aguasilver......"No comment." You can say that as much as you like!!

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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

no comment... safest thing to say!

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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

This is a very sensible hub. I've never been in a situation with the police where I've had to worry about what I said-- so I'm the kind of person this hub is for, since I don't know "the system". Everyone else around a "person of interest" knows the ins and outs and, unless you've been a frequent "guest", you don't. So watch your mouth. Speaking of euphemisms, I'm particularly fond of the British "so-and-so is helping police with their enquiries". Sounds so very civil, doesn't it? Voted up and useful.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

chanroth and Jlava73.........Thank you for stopping by. I truly appreciate your interest in my hub as well as your comment.

Wes....This hub is not meant to be directed to anyone who knows they are complicit. I'm not concerned with whether they speak to the police or they don't. My intention is to reach those individuals who find themselves pulled into a situation they have no connection to.

What is important to me, is that people cease to cling to the false notion that there's no way in hell that an innocent individual can be caught up in the midst of a nightmare and possibly charged with a crime they had nothing to do with. Those who continue to beieve this is an "impossibility," should know the stunning reality of the number of innocent people who spent years behind bars until PROVEN INNOCENT ALL ALONG & those still incarcerated, awaiting justice, as the precious minutes of their life ticks by.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Well, I should have went longer winded....It is definitely a bad idea to speak to police at all when you are clearly a suspect in a crime.

ESPECIALLY is this true if you know anything about the crime.

At the same time...if you ARE, maybe, guilty of something, then you can't get any of the police discretion love if you don't do some talking...and at that point it really comes down to a person's instinct, i.e., sometimes you can just tell that an officer is somewhat sympathetic to you and whatever the situation might be.

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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Well said!

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chanroth 4 years ago from California, USA

Very well said! I applaud you for writing this hub!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wes.....Thanks so much. I would imagine you've got some stories to tell.....(the FBI are spooky as hell. I challenge anyone to figure out how their minds work!) Thanks for passing on the videos

Aguasilver........LOL ..good to see you John....Not much to say, HUH? lol

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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Nice hub, normally I'd spout lyrical but in view of your advice.....


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Absolutely right. That "if you've nothing to hide you have nothing to fear"...that bit doesn't sit well with cops if you're filming them from somewhere close, they attempt to justify the hypocrisy and such by saying that someone is "interfering with an investigation.

Oh sure....If I went around filming cops all day every day - maybe in ten years I've have one truly awful police deed on camera....

But of course you already got the point...

The single best thing for John Q. Criminal here, is police discretion. A police officer can choose to ignore some things....even when he well knows that he could peg you with a felony that you didn't need, instead of a misdemeanour.

I think I'd tend to talk to cops whenever I really ain't no part of nothin', but that, of course, within reason and my own discretion.

I talked to the FBI for four hours one day....I didn't just waltz in and decide to chat...I was invited!!!

No bother, never heard back from them - and I knew that I wouldn't

LOL! My dad spent twelve hours with the same crew...after a bit he caught on and said, "why don't I just get you a copy of every file in my office, and every file on my computer!


Here's Willie, my friend from years ago on Myspace. He wrote a hub page on this topic, and it has some really good videos on the topic.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author who knows me well, would never accuse me of being shy. You can't be a victim's advocate and involved in Project Innocence if you are the least bit "shy."

Also, if this is the first of my hubs that you have read, my tone may have shocked you. When I mean to get a serious point across, I just do it.

Thanks for visiting my site, for the comment and "fan mail" as well! Always nice to meet a new fellow-hubber....

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Healthy Pursuits....first I would like to tell you how sorry I am that you lost your Dad at such a young age. Sounds to me like your Dad was not only a nice guy and well-liked, but a really cool UNCLE!!

Before "Miranda," obviously people (especially law enforcement instincively knew it is wise to not speak.

Thank you for stopping by.

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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut

Nice hub. Don't be shy with your next one, I mean don't hold back LOL :)

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Healthy Pursuits 4 years ago from Oregon

My father was a cop in a small town, and well liked by everyone. He told me when I was a child that I should trust the police to get me back home. He died when I was 12,so I didn't see what advice he would have given me as I grew up.

However, one of my cousins had been arrested by my dad for drunk driving and running into a parked car downtown. He said that my dad told him in the police car to keep his mouth shut and not to talk to anyone when they got to the police station. This was in the 1950s, before the Miranda rights. My cousin always appreciated that his uncle has watched out for him, even if he did have to arrest him.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bev....Eliza....Dex....& Ruchira....Welcome one and all! You are masters of the art of silence and I'm proud of you.

I am pleased to see there are fine, upstanding & law-abiding citizens amongst us who realize that even WE are not protected unless we are informed and prepared!!

Mum's the word! Thank you for your input! Peace.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

well said indeed. Words once spoken cannot be taken back and needless to say the effect it can have on people...gosh!

Gotta learn the Art of Silence :) Great minds think alike :) it and voted away :)

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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Hi Fpher! Well said! Well said! My mother used to say, "Don't let your mouth write a check that your behind can't cover!" Wise words that, in other words, mean "shut up!"

Voted up, up and away!

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ElizaDoole 4 years ago from London

Great hub with your wit and humour shining through.

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kingmaxler 4 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

I am often the dingbat that says the wrong thing and believes in the honesty and goodwill of others including those in authority. I loved what you wrote. I am still learning the lesson that it teaches. Thank you.

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks suzette....Yes, it is important for people to know...but more important to remember, should it be necessary! are too damned funny....crack me up! "shutting up now..." lmao

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

As a matter of fact they are my rays of sunshine, all three of them. Faith included. Ok I'm shutting up now.

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Good advice for everyone!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

No...GF....It's something you should NOT say, under certain daughters are very smart young it because they are rays of sunshine?? Me thinks this is it! Thank you for reading and enjoying..... Glad you day turned out well!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Was it something I said?! LOL Oh my I love this hub! When I was younger my daughters taught me one simple thing ... "Think before you speak" and I've stood by that. Yes, I said that correctly, I think it's even on my HP profile that my daughters taught me that! Haha! I've learned when to shut up and when to keep flapping until I get my point across. The best of both worlds?! Haha! You got me in a mood to keep talking now! Fun hub, nice surprise after my adventure today!:)

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bill, I realize I must not be so subtle, but, you know, that's how I roll, dude.

Having been at all tmes, of the "Angelic-type" and on the right side of the plight is for the genuinely innocent individuals of this world, who have gotten kicked around (literally & otherwise) by the overly-zealous badges.

What never ceases to amaze me, as well as frustrate me is that people, in general, STILL cling to the fact, that IF YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING can't POSSIBLY be accused, much less arrested, charged and ultimately found guilty. HOW could this happen???

Well, perhaps I needn't elaborate for a well-informed person such as yourself. Surely you're aware that this not only CAN happen, it does....all too often.

As for the sleeze bag, career criminals who are of no benefit to society in the slightest, I have no heart. None. I chose long ago to devote my time and energies to the good guys in the white hats. The ones who too often suffer and pay debts they do not owe.

I am less than amused by some of our fellow-men who like to spout "statistics" and point their fingers in every cock-eyed direction, but toward fact and truth.

Sorry for my lack of passion. I'm a bit flat today. Thank you for stopping by. I've been too lengthy again, haven't I? Oh well......Adios, Amigo

I actually am swimming in friends & family in law enforcement....they agree with all of this.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Sheez, why don't you quit beating around the bush and just say what you mean? hahahaha...baboons? not in the zoo? police might be corrupt? These are pretty revolutionary ideas you are spouting Oh Wise One From New York. I have couple friends who are cops and even they tell me that if I should ever find myself suspected of anything to turn mute immediately and forget how to speak the English language.

Great hub, brought to us in that lovely style that only Paula can deliver.

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