Lev & Clive

Gumshoe was initially gonna title this article “Jeremiad” simply because of today’s state of affairs here in the U.S. of A. However, my two late fellow writer friends . . . (Surely if Gumshoe had met them at “Dunkin Donuts” over a cup of hot Jo and a fresh crawler.)

. . . Russian Count, Lev (Lee) Nikolayevich Tolstoy and British writer, Clive Staples (C.R.) Lewis, who both changed Gumshoe’s mind.

Both of these distinguished writers in all probability never did meet over a pastry.  Too bad, they shared similar perspectives.

To wit:

Leo Tolstoy once was sent out by his employer to report on a local animal slaughterhouse and describe the rendering process. Leo was undoubtedly affected by this “bloody” experience.  He then later wrote this memorable line:

“We cannot pretend that we don’t know these things”.

Likewise, C.S. Lewis made his wizen statement:

“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind”.

Okay, now dear readers, Gumshoe challenges each of you good citizens to take a good hard “eyeball” look around our nation.  Do it as you recall Tolstoy’s and Lewis’s quotes.

Scary truth!

Gumshoe firmly believes that Leo and Clive’s astute observations would be titled a “jeremiad” for today.  They beat Gumshoe to it!

. . . Now back to that tasty bear claw.

Always remember to love the ones who love you, and really try to love the ones who don’t.


Danny Pitocco
Danny Pitocco
RETIRED (as a Detective with the Snohomish County Sherriff’s Department, Washington State), Danny has over forty years of law enforcement experience across city, county, state and federal levels of government, including service as a Special Agent for the DEA, US Department of Justice. He’s a decorated law enforcement veteran, and recipient of the "Detective of the Year" award for Snohomish County, Danny is a certified composite artist and has testified as an expert witness in the field of narcotics and modus operandi of particular crimes in state and federal courts in California, and has given testimony before federal grand juries. Danny served four years of active duty in the US Marine Corps and loves Jesus as his personal savior.

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  1. Gumshoe, I am happy that I waited one day to respond as the Durham Report was just released. I have always said that the FBI was highly weaponized since the days of J. Edgar Hoover. That guy had dossiers on both John and Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and god only knows how may others. He ran that Department like his own personal kingdom. I know that there are many good agents in the Bureau yet those in the upper ranks are still running the Bureau without any oversight or consequences for their actions. The DOJ is a joke. They are targeting Catholics as domestic terrorists. They targeted the parents in Virginia for speaking up at their school boards. This current administration has little or no regard for the rule of law which is evidence by what is going on at the Southern Border. They are doing nothing to protect Pro Life organizations, the spike in antisemitic crimes that are continually occurring against the Jewish population. If it doesn’t affect BLM then it doesn’t matter. They have little regard for Law Enforcement unless it’s a Police involved shooting that before the facts come out the police are crucified.
    Is it no wonder that people are now taking the law in their own hands? You got a guy on a subway that is acting out in a threatening manner, a passenger who feels that lives may be in danger and steps in and unfortunately the home less man who had numerous arrests for similar acts dies. Guess what card is played?
    Children are being kicked out of School GYM’s in NYC in favor of housing illegal immigrants. The Dem’s continually fall back on January 6th. Although I still am disgusted by what happened that day can anyone explain to me how 500 idiots with bats and whatever was going to overthrow our government?

    One more thing as far as I know no one was ever held accountable for the May 2020 riots in which many businesses in many cities including our Nation’s Capital were burned to the ground.
    In my opinion the only way this changes is at the ballot box and with new blood running for office, not the same old(and I mean old) politicians running for office.
    I know that God (yes I believe in God) is looking down, shaking his head and thinking what have I done?
    I still believe this is the greatest country in the world but like Rome unless something changes everything that is going on in this country will be our downfall.
    Thanks again Gumshoe for allowing me to get some my frustations.
    Semper Fi

    • You have said it all and then some my friend Tom. Yes, I do believe in God and I know that He is just shaking His head about the evil that continues to percolate throughout our nation (leaders, education, media, entertainment, courts, prosecutors, clergy).

      Sooner rather than later, God will pull the plug, “Game Over!”

    • Well my friend, Gumshoe calculates 250 years for these United States to be in 2026 for our expiration date. Plenty of time to learn Mandarin or at least Espanol.

  2. I was pondering a reaction to this when John Wesley provided it for me: “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”
    Best we can do is, with God’s empowering and direction, impact in a positive way where we can given our circle of influence……and pray, pray, pray that the Christian church as a whole will do what it can to meet God’s requirements to heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). Nothing is beyond His power to do so no matter how hopeless it seems! Thank you for your writing Danny.

    • Amen Brother! As the late President Ronald Reagan said: “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, we will be a nation gone under”.

  3. Every day I see what seems to be deterioration of our country and see more and more evil seeping into society. It’s as though Satan is having his way because he knows time is short. But the destruction of the family, our country and our children are frightening to say the lest, not to mention belief in God seems also to be fading.

    • Absolutely do I hold onto hope and trust in What God Can Do!. The thoughts that come to my mind after reading this article just were there to express that evil is here, fight the good fight and win the race.. 2 Timothy 4:7

    • You’re correct my dear Nightingale, we are a nation under attack by evil forces. Please look forward to my next article that will address this issue in more detail.

  4. I’m with you Ken. Our nation is destroying itself from within. Funny, in Ancient Rome, the emperor at least offered “bread and games” to satisfy (distract) the people to Rome’s self-inflicted suicide. We only have a 24-hour news cycle to watch our national self-inflicted demise.
    Thanks my friend for your comment.

  5. I am appalled when I look at the state of our country. The economy, inflation, the Southern boarder mess, the idiotic rush away from fossil fuels, to….well the list is just too long to put in this post. It is downright depressing. Actually, what is most depressing is that so many citizens actually support the political and bureaucratic idiots that made these messes and continue to make them worse.

    The only way I see to begin fixing this fiasco is to unveil the powers behind the talking heads, and elected puppets and take them out of the equation. Then, and only then, can we make America great again.