Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Phone scams)

They keep on calling me. The phone calls are labeled “Scam likely” and they call me now about 3 or 4 times a day. I almost always hang up on them. A few times I actually answered them. On some occasions I would get a recorded voice saying that I need to lower the interest rate off of my credit card. The recording never gives the number or identifies the card ever. After the recording then the phone hangs up. ALL my cards are in great standing and I don’t have a problem with any of them. On a couple of other occasions a live man would answer the phone. He would say one sentence and then hang up the phone before I got to say anything. I do realize that I have to learn how to block this particular number so that I won’t continue to get harassed. I am not sure what these people want from me but they keep on calling. Maybe they feel they can obtain private information from me if I answer enough phone calls. In that case they should be pleasantly surprised when I figure out how to block them entirely. There are “tons” of people in the world who will try to con you out of your money. I talked to someone the other day who knew of a woman that got a ransom call about her son. They told her that they kidnapped her boy and she would have to pay a lot of money to see him alive again. Right after the phone call her son walked through the door safe and sound. The scam game is very much alive. If you don’t want to be a victim then you need to recognize the traits. If someone calls you and tells you that your card payments are late make sure to ask them what card they are talking about. Make them give you information. Then find that card and call the number “on your own” to be sure. NEVER give out your card information to anyone who accuses  you of being delinquent. There are many other signs of a scam that you need to take note of. Be suspicious of everything. That can save you from possibly being ripped off.  I will check into this number and see if I can stop it permanently. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly at sound check with Lalah Hathaway and Kim Burrell (in yellow and black)

Lalah Hathaway and Kim Burell

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A moment taken from last night at my Wednesday Night event)

As I have said before, we have so much fun performing at my Wednesday Night Event (at the Crab Tavern, 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA). The crowd is usually always packed, and the people ask for requests all the time. We like to play “everything” (and I mean that). Last night, someone requested this song. This is one of the funkiest songs that I know of. The song is by Graham Central Station and I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Bill Cosby gets sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison)

This situation has a lot of mixed emotions to it.  For many years, Bill Cosby was America’s dad, a father figure to many, an advisor and mentor to so many people. At one point he was probably more popular than anyone. What happened? Well, it appears on the surface that he allowed his fame to make him think that he was above the law. It is a crime to sexually abuse women. If anyone wants to to be in defense of Cosby they need to take into account that Cosby’s own deposition (on tape) showed that he liked to drug women. I believe that Cosby said it was all consensual (but if it was consensual then why would these women want to press charges against him?). Mr. Cosby loses a “lot” because of this. Here is an article detailing some of his losses:

https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2018/09/25/bill-cosby-loses-another-honor-after-being-sentenced-to-prison-for-sexual-assault/23541975/

There are so many questions that still remain unanswered. Why did it take so long to bring these charges to trial? If the victim was already paid 3 million dollars for a settlement then what was that settlement for? Most people would think that any type of settlement meant that these charges would never be brought up again. On what grounds would Mr. Cosby appeal the verdict? Is it quite possible that some sort of “dementia” caused Mr. Cosby to engage in these acts? Was any kind of test administered to determine if he was indeed in his right mind? Does it matter? What is going to happen to all the “other” men accused in the “Metoo” movement? Will they now stand trial since Cosby has been found guilty? If so, what about the charges brought out for the President? Is he above the law? There is a lot we all should learn from this, but there is also a lot that we still don’t know. The one thing that is most certain is that Bill Cosby is in jail. That is a far jump from where he used to be. Time will tell the eventual outcome. In the meantime, let’s see what follows this case. I have a feeling some interesting things are about to happen. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The Whispers in concert with Brett Jolly on Bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Today is the day for Bill Cosby’s sentencing: If you were the judge, what would you do?)

The long awaited sentencing for Bill Cosby is today. We will find out just how much jail time he will get (if he gets any). For those of you who didn’t know, Mr. Cosby was found “guilty” of drugging a woman and raping her.  Due to the statute of limitations, only one case was fresh enough for him to stand trial. Normally anyone found guilty of this infraction would experience jail time. For his crimes Cosby “should” be placed in jail, but if you were the judge, how would you sentence him? First off, here is the article on Cosby’s situation:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cosbys-day-reckoning-comes-3-sex-assault-case-053629600.html

The big problem here is the fact that Cosby is 81 years old. Sentencing him to jail time would probably be the same thing as sentencing him to death. I highly doubt Cosby could survive the experience behind bars at that age. Of course, he could be placed in a minimum security environment but even that might be too much for him to endure. If he is to get jail time, would it be better to sentence him to death? Please keep in mind that Cosby has done “great things” for people, and he has given lots of money to charities and has been a great role model for a lot of people. I realize that none of this excuses what he did though. When you commit a crime you should do the time. If I were the judge for this case I would be very wary of how to handle it. Jailing any 81 year old man is a sensitive issue. Either way, we will learn today what fate awaits him. Let’s see how some of the “other” men accused  of sexual impropriety are handled. With the “Metoo movement” a LOT of prominent men are awaiting their trials. This could set off a tidal wave of indictments for other prominent men accused of bad sexual behavior. Let’s see what happens…. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Patti Labelle in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

Patti Labelle and Brett

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (I know it’s the law, but…)

My father is 85 years old. In fact, he will be 86 this October.  He cannot walk, he cannot stand up, and he is now bed ridden. He owns an old white Cadillac car that has not been driven in quite some time. It has been parked in front of our house collecting dust. Well, last week I came home and discovered that his car was “gone.”  The car couldn’t even run. It needed a jump start just to turn on, but obviously someone felt the need to take the car.  At first we thought the car was stolen by thugs preying on the neighborhood, but I told my brother that if they wanted to steal a car, they could have chosen a much better model then my father’s car. We called the police and discovered that my father’s car had been labeled “abandoned” and the Philadelphia Parking authority had it “towed and impounded.” There were “no tickets and no warnings at all” in regards to the car. They just “took it” and brought it to their lot (where they can charge daily for it). If the police had not been called, we would have had no way for knowing where the car even was (or who took it).  I understand Philly law has to work the way it does, but shouldn’t there be “some consideration’ for special circumstances? My father can no longer drive the car. Shouldn’t we (at least) have gotten some kind of warning that they were coming to take it?  Right now I feel as though they were laying in wait to prey on my 85 year old father so that they could get some money. I might be wrong, but that is “exactly” the way I feel. My brother and I had to fork out money and go to the lot to pick up my father’s car. We also had to buy a new battery just so that the car could make it back home. I personally don’t like the Philadelphia Parking authority. These people have “absolutely no souls and no compassion at all for people.” They are vultures and inhuman at best. Now we have to park my father’s car in the driveway so that these vultures cannot get it. It is a shame to have to go through all that just so they can no longer extort money from us.  I know of other people who have gone through terrible stories with them as well. If the place ever burns down I will have no compassion for them. I realize this sounds strong but it is honestly the way I feel. If I were the Mayor of Philadelphia I would close this authority and make something with more humanity in it’s place. This is a real dark spot for Philadelphia. My brother and I are glad to have the car back, but we are sorry that we had to go through these circumstances just to get it. Please forgive if I sound a little harsh today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The Emotions (“You got the best of my love” and “Boogie Wonderland” with in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar)

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A song segment from our Wednesday night event last night)

Our Wednesday night event is doing really well. We had another packed house last night at the Crab Tavern (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania). This gentlemen had heard about our event and traveled from the Baltimore Washington area to be with us (about an hour and a half). As we usually do, we featured him and the crowd loved it. His name was Drew and he said he enjoyed himself immensely. We hope you enjoy his segment as well. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.