Thursday, February 25, 2010
good buddy ski let slip sometime back that i am in law enforcement. i put a skill uncle sugar taught me (after trading 4 solid and 1 partial year of my life) to good use. it has had it's ups and downs, just like everything else in life, and i have never had to worry about being laid off. overall i'd say the city i work for and i are about even.
one of the things that really sticks out about the job, is that people want to talk about the use of force by cops in general, and guns in particular. because we carry, people think we know something they don't about firearms. some of us do, most of us don't. i think i fall in the do category, based on my indentured servitude with uncle sug, and some training i have sought out on my own dime, and because i also used to be a hunter safety instructor.
people will usually ask questions after a high profile incident such as a shooting or a suspect taking a solid ass kicking like, "why didn't the cop shoot the perp in the hand or leg?" or "why did they hit that guy so many times with their billy clubs?" i usually take the time to explain, to the best of my ability, what the reasoning is for not shooting to wound, or why someone got "beat up" by officers who were trying to take a criminal suspect into custody.
during these times i often find that the citizen asking the questions has never fired a handgun or been involved in a serious fight. that their perception of how things work when everything goes to shit is based off tv, movies and newspaper articles written by other people who have never been there.
a case in point is an article, here, that ski forwarded to me back in august, that he was looking for my take on. well, here it goes. seems the usual suspects are at work in this article, blaming the cops for not only for the color of their skin, but also the race of the suspect they were called to check on. who it turns out, was, as reported, armed with a rifle, or, more accurately, carbine.
if he only needed someone to talk to, where was dad and girlfriend? is girlfriend the same woman who won't let him see the kids? dad says he would have put the gun down if asked, but girlfriend and a neighbor say the gun was already put down when the evil jack booted thugs mowed him down. a word of advice to the reporter and editor who allowed this shit to hit the fish wrap. at least try to show a bit of objectivity, and try to lock down your witnesses stories a little better. maybe interview whoever made the 9-1-1 call about the fight over the gun. they might not be as emotionally attached to the "victim" as dad and the current squeeze, and could give better insight into what really transpired that july night.
some will say i'm standing behind the blue wall of silence. was i there? do i really know what happened? no. but i have been involved in enough stuff to know people add and subtract what they want from stories to paint themselves, or their friends, in the best possible light. i also know that i have never met a cop who comes to work looking to off a minority, or anyone else for that matter. think about how far-fetched the idea that the story writer and the naacp is proposing is.
somewhere between 1 and 6 of these guys respond to this call, actually find a guy with a long gun, who dad says is essentially just lonely, and just looking for a shoulder to cry on, and then kill him. according to girlfriend and neighbor, they then conspire to cover it up, cause he wasn't armed or a threat.
try this sometime. get out the kids nerf guns. set it next to you on the couch or table or porch. next arm your buddy with a similar nerf gun. stay within the effective range. you are the" bad guy" he is the "cop". have him hold the nerf gun down to his side or behind his back or something, to simulate being nice and attentive, and in the holster, while you tell him your tale of woe. without warning, pickup your nerf gun and try to shoot him. i bet you hit him before he gets off a shot. why? because action beats reaction every time.
next, do the same thing with 6 other dudes, armed with nerf guns, who you let "surround" you. but tell them that when they sense that you have the ability and opportunity to cause them great bodily injury or death, and that they feel, by your actions, that their lives or any of the other "officers" are in jeopardy, that they can apply deadly force to you. let me know if you survive, and how many times you got hit.
i've been holding this back for sometime, but with all the recent murders of cops all across our great republic, i can't any longer. there has been something like 9 or 10 cops shot in the seattle area since halloween, 6 of whom i believe died. 3 killed in the oakland/san fran area. 3 in pittsburgh. a week ago a female pittsburgh officer was nearly killed by an armed robbery suspect she was trying to take into custody. his gun jammed, hers did not. today, a fresno, california detective was killed and two other officers were shot by someone they were looking to question. i could go on and on.
here is the point. don't jump to conclusions the next time the media reports the police brutalized some guy who was minding his own business, or swiss cheesed some dude because he was a different race than they happened to be. there is always more to the story than the editor allows to be printed. if the officers were wrong it will come out, everyone has cameras today. remember these officers have families they want to go home to, and are not societies punching bag.
to those of you who support us, thanks.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
most of you, my loyal readers, i believe, are conservatives, or like me, independents, with strong conservative values. most of you are very good at expressing your thoughts and ideas on the current events which are shaping our lives, and i enjoy reading your works. today, i would ask you to take the time and read the MOUNT VERNON STATEMENT, and if you agree, sign the statement. i think it captures all of our beliefs and concerns and is worthy of our support.
i of course heard about it on evil talk radio, because the drive-by's never report anything positive about conservatives. ED MEESE, one of the original 80 signatories, was interviewed on the MARK LEVIN show tonight. i can't remember everything that they discussed, but it was enough to get me on the computer when i got home late. as you read it, remember that the founders pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, to form our great REPUBLIC. millions of AMERICANS have died to preserve it, and isn't it about time WE stand and say NO MORE, to the agents of change for the worse?
Saturday, February 6, 2010
that's big brother obama, in the tree, making sure you use CFC bulbs and drive a prius.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
the news today makes me laugh. first from the detroit free press, news that the swedish olympic hockey committee is pissed, because Red Wing JOHAN FRANZEN plans on playing 9 february. FRANZEN is a power forward, and one of the NHL's premier players. FRANZEN has been out 4 months after sustaining a torn ACL that required surgery. apparently team sweden is being criticized because they have left FRANZEN off the roster, and according to FRANZEN have not even contacted him. in addition, FRANZEN feels he would not be at 100% for the olympics and therefore does not want to play in them. team sweden is directing it's ire at the Red Wing organization, saying that the team is bringing FRANZEN back too soon due to fluctuating between 7th and 9th in the western conference. to this i say, maybe. but when has team sweden's doctors evaluated FRANZEN, and just how much of FRANZEN's $43 million dollar contract are they on the hook for? until you start paying the bills, shut it and be glad the guy was honest enough to not take up a roster spot and give someone else a chance.
next, i see SCOTT BROWN was sworn in today to the senate. the guy he is replacing, Paul Kirk, said the the division in the senate needs to end, "there needs to be a climate change in the senate." what the fuck, over? i thought climate change was bad. rising oceans, dead polie bears, drought, famine, all the other bullshit. hey paul, look outside and get the shovel ready, cause DC is fixin' to get up to 2 feet of snow. also, please explain again why it is important for us all to get along when during W's administration all your party did was obstruct?
and finally, i could not make this shit up. NBC's cafeteria is honoring black history month with a special menu that includes; fried chicken, collard greens, smoked turkey, white rice, black eyed peas, jalapeno cornbread and who knows what to drink. got to love the diversity over a 1 rockefeller center. if you don't believe me, go check out the article in the new york magazine:
Monday, February 1, 2010
the deaths of 3 fine young men as a result of a traffic accident in zelienople, pennsylvania. volunteer fire fighters ELIJAH LUNSFORD and SAM BUCCI as well as their friend trevor barkley, drowned when the vehicle they were traveling in left a snow covered road and ended up in an ice covered pond during the last week of the month. they were reportedly headed to a training session when the accident occurred. i can think of lots of things 18 year old boys get into, but volunteering for potentially hazardous jobs in their communities isn't at the top of my list. for that reason alone, i consider them heroes, and role models to their peers also.
mans best friend.
11 year old AUSTIN FORMAN went into his backyard in boston bar, british columbia, to get firewood on 2 january accompanied by his dog ANGEL. as AUSTIN turned to investigate a sound approaching him from behind, he saw a cougar leaping at him. ANGEL sprang into action, jumping the cat and gave AUSTIN the opportunity to retreat inside.. the big cat had the dog by the head and neck and was in the process of strangling ANGEL when police arrived and shot and killed the puma. ANGEL had surgery and is expected to recover, after nearly laying down her life, to protect her boy.
last, but not least, i would like to recognize the people of the super liberal enclave of massachusetts, for having the guts to partially break their nearly 50 year addiction to leftist leaders, by electing SCOTT BROWN, to fill the bar stool TEDDY SWIM MEET used to hold. your courage to look outside the box for answers has not gone unnoticed.