NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio proves he despises his NYPD

NYPD and others in law enforcement turn their backs to NY Mayor de Blasio as he speaks at NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu’s funeral after he and his partner Rafael Ramos were assassinated in their car on December 20th, 2014. De Blasio has consistently sided against his officers now and during his political campaigns.

And all other law enforcement officers in the United States.

Not so in Europe, however.

From FoxNews.com:

De Blasio skips slain NYPD cop’s vigil to praise police in Germany

By Gabrielle Fonrouge and Laura Italiano

Mayor de Blasio flew all the way to Hamburg, Germany, to praise that city’s police in a speech — while cops back home continued to mourn, without him, the assassination of one of their own in The Bronx.

“Our right to protest is directly related to the fact that our police protect us,” Hizzoner told a crowd of thousands at the outdoor Hamburg Shows Attitude rally protesting the G-20 summit Saturday. “So help me by joining in applause and thanks for the police,” he said as the crowd cheered.

“There have also been great acts of bravery and restraint,” he said. “Remember, our police are working men and women, too.”

De Blasio’s insult is not the newest of stories but it has taken me this long to process the act and acquire the patience to write a post which, by the way, I’ve started and deleted twice prior, without it containing nothing but expletives and venom.

And back home, the mayor missed an evening vigil honoring slain NYPD Officer Miosotis ­Familia at the 46th Precinct station house where she worked in The Bronx.

Familia, 48, a mother of three, was shot in the head early Wednesday by a cop-loathing ­parolee as she sat in a police command vehicle.

“It’s disgraceful that the mayor is anywhere but at this ceremony right now,” vigil attendee Maria Rinaldi, 53, of University Heights, told The Post.

“I get where he’s at right now,” said precinct neighbor Caesar Montez, 61. “But this is your city. You need to be here when a tragedy like this happens.”

De Blasio gave two speeches Saturday during his all-expenses-paid junket to Hamburg.

I also believe Greg Gutfeld should weigh in, a bit more pointedly.

The New York Police Department’s Sergeant’s union head Ed Mullins said:

“New York City is right now mourning the loss of a police officer who was dedicated to the City of New York, and we have our mayor who has just gone to Germany to join protesters. Is this the type of city we want to live in?”

“We have a very anti-police atmosphere. We are not seeing any kind of leadership that comes out and explains the facts that are out there are not true—the police are not your enemy.”

This is, of course, all in reference to NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia, a 48-year-old mother of three (to include a 20-year old daughter and 12-year-old twins, a boy and a girl), having been literally assassinated, last Wednesday, July 5th, when she was shot in the head by a black male parolee whose social media was riddled with violent anti-police writings, and who was convicted in 2001 for assaulting and injuring an officer with brass knuckles. I’m sure the suspect, Bonds, gave that officer the same chance he provided to Familia; that is to say, none at all. The terrible irony is that Bonds, who is black, killed a black female. But that didn’t matter to him; all he knew or cared about is that she represented the blue.

Familia was shot — I’m sorry, assassinated — in an unprovoked fashion just as NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were likewise assassinated in cold blood in 2014 as they sat in their vehicle.

Discontent between the NYPD and de Blasio isn’t new, as the NYPD believes — rightly so — that it has been totally betrayed by de Blasio and his Leftist cadre in city hall. He felt just a fraction of that scorn in 2014 following the Liu and Ramos murders.

The only good news in the entire tragedy is that the suspect in Familia’s execution was chased down and himself shot and killed by responding officers.

That said, here is what the quite brave New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to hear in the environment under which his officers must operate.

The same day that de Blasio reveled in the Leftist love heaped upon him in Europe, as NYPD Detective Familia’s vigil was being held in New York, Mexican “comedian” George Lopez thought this graphic would be a grand statement on Twitter.

Right. Perfect. Let’s deport cops.

This is as amusing and humorous as watching an ISIS video in which throats are cut and heads are placed on bleeding bodies in the surf. Ha ha. Damn. That’s so funny George. You must have attended the Kathy Griffin School of Comedy.

But wait. Isn’t it Mayor Bill de Blasio who benefits from his own well-armed City of New York Police Department taxpayer-paid personal security contingent (ten of them, none of whom are Caucasoid) and driver (in a convoy of three very large gas-guzzling black SUVs) every hour of every day whilst at work (and whose security detail Sergeant must be black)? Why yes, he does. De Blasio benefits from firearms and from NYPD officers. But that’s okay. He’s better than you are and, obviously, more deserving of protection and security. You commoner, you prole, you serf, you groundling, you unwashed rabble.

Here, Mayor de Blasio speaks to Mexican Leftist racist “journalist” Jorge Ramos of Univision; of course, to whom one bestows interviews bespeaks volumes about the message one wishes to convey. Here are two Leftists embracing shared memes in their bromance.

Note to de Blasio and Leftists and NYPD haters. Garner failed to cooperate. Therefore, when anyone fails to cooperate you would rather NYPD officers back off and go away? Good to know. When you, a Leftist, are being beaten by an individual and they fail to cooperate with the police it is clear the police should transition immediately into Spectator Mode. Again, good to know.

If Mayor de Blasio hates his officers, and I believe he does, I suspect the feeling is mutual.

The bottom line is this: we all have choices to make in life and, in politics, those choices are frequently even more carefully crafted to align with personal agendas whilst simultaneously sending messages sometimes clear, sometimes not so clear.

To whom do cops go for support or help?

Mayor de Blasio intended to send a message with his decision in terms of action and timing. His message was as subtle as a white-hot piece of rebar rammed up the ass of an enemy: his NYPD and all other law enforcement officers and Sheepdogs throughout the United States. The utter disdain and contempt with which he holds his own officers cannot be contained no matter how hard he tries.

But it wasn’t just Detective Familia’s vigil at the 46th Precinct station house that de Blasio chose to avoid. He also missed the swearing-in ceremony for 524 NYPD academy recruits, officers ready and willing to throw down their lives for the citizens of New York City — and to “Hizzoner” as well.

To Mayor Bill de Blasio cops are essentially immaterial unless they can be useful as tools in terms of various forms of political fodder when necessary.

This is a defeatist and corruptive path which guarantees no security or efficacy for the citizens of New York City.

The funeral for NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia occurred this afternoon. It was attended by Mayor de Blasio. Again, hundreds of officers turned their backs to him as he spoke.

I said it 35 years ago and I say it now.

You get the kind of law enforcement you deserve.

BZ

P.S.

By the way, this is how you back your troops, as NY Police Commissioner James O’Neill illustrates at the funeral for Detective Miosotis Familia.

 

BZ’s Berserk Bobcat Saloon, “The Aftermath,” Thursday, July 6th, 2017

My thanks to the SHR Media Network for allowing me to broadcast in their studio and over their air twice weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as appear on the Sack Heads Radio Show™ each Wednesday evening.

On this very special extra edition of the Berserk Bobcat Saloon, I note that CNN apparently wishes to commit seppuku; I will gladly be their “second” and hand them their blade, then step back in anticipation.

Tonight in the Saloon:

  • Happy stories: woman in wheelchair defends herself with a gun against burglars;
  • Anjeleh Johnson goes to the Nail Salon;
  • Prayers for Dan Butcher, the High Plains Pundit: get well soon, Dan and Jane!
  • President Trump stops in Poland on the way to the G20 summit;
  • Poland his historically loved America, and America loves Poland;
  • “Does the West have the will to survive?” asks President Trump;
  • President Trump states “the west will never be broken”;
  • President Trump states “our values will prevail”;
  • President Trump states “our civilization will triumph”‘
  • Leftists all throughout the EU are grinding their teeth, losing flecks of enamel;
  • Brussels, Merkel, Macron et al all despise President Trump for his nationalism;
  • Linda Sarsour plays the Taqqiya Muslim Victim Card, or TMVC;
  • Then says she wants a Jihad against President Donald Trump. Literally;
  • Sarsour also states: as Muslims we will not assimilate; to assimilate is to cede power which Islam will never do for anyone;
  • Sharia Law uber alles;
  • Why do Leftists embrace Muslims and Islam? This is totally incongruent;
  • Muslims are now fighting against the Leftist elements of Starbucks in Indonesia;
  • Chicago = downtown Baghdad on the July 4th weekend.
  • 14 people killed, more than 100 people shot in Chicago over 4th of July weekend;
  • Jersey Joe is god-like and super-human in his radio abilities;
  • Jersey Joe is now the hallowed INTRO to the Berserk Bobcat Saloon every Tuesday and Thursday on the SHR Media Network;
  • I examine CNN in-depth. “It’s mostly bullshit right now.”

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CNN’s fake news: for clicks, eyeballs, money and agenda

President Trump might Tweet many things that may involve hyperbole, but one thing he’s written that’s absolutely true is this: CNN is most certainly fake news.

Biased news. Lazy news. Incurious news. Unprofessional news. Languid news. Impotent news. Selectively-outraged news. Haughty news. Elitist news. Ambiguous news. Entitled news. Agendized news. Self-absorbed news. Narcissistic news.

And these days: frightened news. Cowardly news. Bleeding dollars, laying off staffers, hemorrhaging readers. They are losing power, control and money. They are in Desperation Mode and, as with anyone who is desperate, they are not thinking straight. But could they ever?

Just as we learned despicable things about Planned Parenthood, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas is uncovering despicable things about, finally, the American Media Maggots in the guise of CNN.

You need to see these videos and hear these videos because, naturally, CNN will not even address them on-air. Likewise other media groups will eschew them. But James O’Keefe has done nothing but prove over and again in how much disdain and contempt CNN holds you, the viewer and news consumer.

Jeff Zucker and CNN believe you to be — and in many cases you are, save the bulk of my readers — completely ignorant dupes. They expect you to buy their bullshit because of the long and careful crafting of their brand which, now, is beginning to unwind and literally fall apart despite their so-called “best efforts.”

Their first video features a CNN Supervising Producer named John Bonifield who readily admits that the Russia theme regarding President Trump is, first, unmitigated bullshit and, second, a theme pushed by CNN CEO Jeff Zucker over and above most everything else.

Then, this second video from Project Veritas.

The third American Pravda, CNN video.

And the fourth American Pravda CNN video.

Why are these videos named “Pravda” you ask? After the Russian newspaper whose sole job during the Cold War was to act as nothing more than an arm and organ for the Soviet government and Communist party. Nothing more. It literally trotted out the Party Line. Just as CNN does for the Demorats and Leftists.

Remember, if you will, that it was CNN who told us it was illegal for us proles, us commoners, us groundlings, us serfs, us rabble to actually look at Wikileaks when, on the other hand, it remarkably was not so for CNN.

Right. Because only they have the lock on real news. Only they can determine what is appropriate for us to see and hear. Only they possess the wisdom and authority to truly vet what can be considered as actual news for the masses, thoroughly prepped, sifted, edited and   as it were, for consumption by CNN’s lessers — namely, us.

Let’s watch and listen — from CNN’s own video footage — how the network somehow managed to “lose” or cut off reporters when the information got too close to actual facts or negative impressions involving Hillary Clinton.

Having been exposed as fake news by a president who is a bare-knuckled brawler, and having taken some very serious hits himself from CNN and all makes and models of other news outlets since his first hour in office, the video below was Tweeted by Trump this past Sunday, July 2nd.

Creative, yes, but horribly offensive? Worse than bear scat? Not hardly. In fact, it was creative and amusing. Did I larf out loud? No, but I rarely do that these days.

However, instead of taking a large cup of shut-the-fuck-up, CNN did the one thing they really ought not to have done. It made a huge deal of the video and said, in essence, that CNN and reporter’s lives would be lost and the earth would stop rotating on its axis due to this video, not unlike the one which clearly predicated the Benghazi attack in 2012. Howard Kurtz explains by way of Bret Baier.

Even CNBC wrote this about the video and CNN’s reaction.

CNN faces backlash over handling of doctored Trump video

  • The network said late Tuesday it had identified the Reddit user who originally posted an old WWE video of Trump “roughing up” pro wrestling maven Vince McMahon
  • CNN said online that it had decided not to publish the user’s name because he is a private citizen who apologized

CNN says safety concerns led to its decision not to reveal the identity of the man behind a doctored anti-CNN video. Yet the way the decision was explained and deep distrust of the network among President Donald Trump’s supporters provoked a backlash Wednesday.

The network said late Tuesday it had identified the Reddit user who originally posted an old WWE video of Trump “roughing up” pro wrestling maven Vince McMahon, superimposing the CNN logo over McMahon’s face. Trump tweeted a link to the video, with some modifications, and it has become the president’s most-shared social media post yet, according to Twitter.

Blackmail indeed by a corporation worth billions of dollars and having a massive cadre of attorneys on tap against one citizen whose privacy was violated so that CNN could save a modicum of face. I ask one thing: look at 18 USC 241 below. Then ask yourself if the section could be applied to CNN.

18 U.S. Code § 241 – Conspiracy against rights

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same.

Is CNN also exposed for prosecution under a New York law, PEN § 135.60, regarding “coercion in the second degree”?

One of my favorite hosts, Tucker Carlson, weighs in on the CNN blackmail issue.

Even the Associated Press can sack up and admit it made mistakes. From Breitbart.com:

Associated Press Admits It Published Fake News About President Trump and Russian Ties

by Penny Starr

The Associated Press issued a “clarification” on Friday regarding articles it published on multiple days, from April through the end of June. Those articles claimed 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that Russia not only tried to influence the 2016 presidential election but did so to benefit Donald Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The clarification read:

WASHINGTON (AP) — In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency – and published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.

Do you see? Do you understand? This information became accepted as patently true, beginning and continuing the meme recognized today by Leftists and certainly many on the right, to include Michael Medved, that all 17 alphabet agencies signed off on the Russian idea. When in fact they had not.

An article the Associated Press (AP) published on June 22 not only gave false information about the number of intelligence agencies cited in it but criticized Trump for questioning the reporting. Trump also pointed out that if any Russian hacking into the election took place, it took place when former President Barack Obama was in office.

But what is CNN instead doing? It is doubling down on “we’ve done nothing wrong.”

Dr James Mitchell responds.

Of course, once CNN opened the door many people walked through it. Ahem. They crowded through it.

I suppose CNN is going to “out” these people as well?

Perhaps CNN will target this man?

Maybe CNN will go after Canadians?

Would CNN dare to enter the Matrix in search of a lawsuit?

And what of John Nada?

Or the swamp itself? Will CNN attempt to “out” the swamp? I think not.

It was Russia Russia Russia. But here’s what the American Media Maggots, to include CNN, are not covering with regard to Russia: John Podesta’s involvement.

Then this from Breitbart.com:

CNN Losing to FX, Nick-At-Nite, TLC as Scandals, Controversies Take Toll

by Adam Shaw

CNN, rocked by a fake news scandal and accusations of blackmail, is taking a significant hit in its primetime ratings, losing not only to Fox News and MSNBC, but also to FX, TLC, The Discovery Channel — and even children’s TV network Nick-at-Nite.

It appears the network is suffering in the ratings as a result. As first reported by The Federalist, cable ratings for June 26 — July 2 show that while Fox and MSNBC occupy the first and second slots for ratings 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., CNN is in 13th place.

This means that the “most trusted name in news is being beaten by Fox News, MSNBC, HGTV, USA Network, TBS Network, the History Channel, ESPN, the Discovery Channel, FX, TLC, Nick-at-Nite, and Investigation Discovery.

CNN is nothing like an impartial, objective network. They are everything but. They have done their level best to get balcony seats in the theater of their own demise. It wasn’t easy. It was long, hard, difficult work. But they’ve finally broken through to the point where more and more people are truly beginning to realize that CNN is in fact fake news.

Sights are now being set on other networks and media organs. Trust me on this.

Oh hell, wait. I can’t publish this post without including a final CNN parody.

Now that one made me larf out loud. Ahem. I continue.

Yes, CNN allowed three reporters to “resign” over fake news, the result of a retracted Russia story. But they have obviously not seeing the light. I don’t believe they can.

Let’s be honest. CNN is acting just like Hillary Rodham Clinton for the exact same reasons. They both can’t admit that November 9th ushered in a new president. Neither of them can admit they may be even the slightest percentile responsible for their current plights. They are the victims. It’s always someone else’s fault. Never theirs.

They complete lack the ability to conduct introspection. To possess insight. To focus their own incredibly-critical and judgmental eyes inwards.

There is a new paradigm shift coming for the American Media Maggots.

Oh wait; I don’t mean for the better.

BZ

P.S.

Okay, okay, I couldn’t pass this one up either. Again I actually had to larf out loud.

 

BZ’s Berserk Bobcat Saloon, Tuesday: not the 4th of July show you anticipated

My thanks to the SHR Media Network for allowing me to broadcast in their studio and over their air twice weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as appear on the Sack Heads Radio Show™ each Wednesday evening.

Instead of the standard fare for a July 4th show, I woke up with a new impetus and a new take on this date in history.

Tonight in the Saloon:

  • The fabulous Reaver of Common Sense, Jersey Joe, is my new SHR lead-in show;
  • This is the 4th of July show you hadn’t wanted to hear but needed to hear;
  • President Trump: our rights are given to us by God;
  • Obama’s Pastor, Jeremiah Wright says: “God damn America”;
  • Who keeps me up at night? Brain-glazingly stupid American voters;
  • Leftists & Obama damn our extreme nationalism;
  • Leftists: 4th of July be damned; it’s time for outright Socialism;
  • Obama: we must accept constraints;
  • Obama: we must give up some freedom of action;
  • Obama: ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs;
  • Obama: we must bind ourselves to international rules;
  • Obama: the order of progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign;
  • Phil Schlaumberg: the last man killed at Iwo Jima at the end of the war;
  • Jerry Yellin served in WWII, one of 16 million;
  • Lt Col Dave Grossman: Sheepdogs vs Sheep vs Wolves

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As ever, thank you so kindly for listening, commenting, and interacting in the chat room or listening later via podcast.

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July 4th, 2017

“Down the rabbit hole.”

That was the first phrase that came to my mind on this 4th of July, 2017, as I awakened to light starting to leak into the bedroom early this morning. I had to check the temperature of the house because it’s been hot during the day but cooling off at night. The whole house fan ran at night and it was time to button up.

“Down the rabbit hole.”

That doesn’t sound very patriotic. Very 4th of July-ish. This won’t be your father’s 4th of July post. It wasn’t the post I wanted to make, but it was the post I had to make.

Maybe Obama is right. We need to knock of this patriotic crap on the 4th of July. Maybe we’re just overdoing it.  From the AmericanMirror.com:

Obama warns Americans about too much patriotism — on July 4th weekend

by Kyle Olson

While most Americans are gathering with family and community this weekend to celebrate the most exceptional country in the history of the world, Mr. Hope and Change is halfway around the world talking doom and gloom — and criticizing his successor.

Barack Obama visited Indonesia this weekend, and in a series of appearances, attacked love of country and the policies of Donald Trump.

The Guardian reports:

The former US president said some countries had adopted “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and “increased resentment of minority groups”, in a speech in Indonesia on Saturday that could be seen as a commentary on the US as well as Indonesia.

“It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads. At an inflection point,” Obama said, telling a Jakarta crowd stories of how much the capital had improved since he lived there as a child.

This is our former president who, had it been up to him  would have ignored the 22nd Amendment altogether if for no other reason than the purity of the entire planet, the US be damned. Because, of course, it should be damned due to its colonialist and evil past and current course of unstoppable evil.

There’s just too much damned patriotism in this damned country. Let’s call it what it is: jingoism. Any -ism. Name one of them. Name all of them. America is guilty of it.

But he said that increased prosperity had been accompanied by new global problems, adding that as the world confronts issues ranging from inequality to terrorism, some countries – both developed and less developed – had adopted a more aggressive and isolationist stance.

“If we don’t stand up for tolerance and moderation and respect for others, if we begin to doubt ourselves and all that we have accomplished, then much of the progress that we have made will not continue,” he said.

It’s time, insists Mr Obama, for the end of sovereignty and the increased support of and greater power placed into the intellectual superiors of the United Nations, not unlike Europe placed into the enlightened, capable the erudite hands of Brussels.

“What we will see is more and more people arguing against democracy, we will see more and more people who are looking to restrict freedom of the press, and we’ll see more intolerance, more tribal divisions, more ethnic divisions, and religious divisions and more violence,” Obama asserted.

And with that we know that Mr Obama continues to shed and shine the light of tolerance, peace, freedom and fairness for all.

As one of my college professors used to say, please “contrast and compare” the statements of the former president to our current occupant, President Donald Trump.

“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our Creator. Our rights are given to us by God, and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is transferring power out of Washington and returning that power back where it belongs — to the people,” Trump said.

“Our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence,” the president said. “Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer. Inscribed on our currency are the words: ‘In God We Trust.’”

As you can see, clear and rampant jingoism.

But alleged extreme nationalism, jingoism, xenophobia, flag-waving and chauvinism aside, listen to the people who possess the power of the vote. These are the people who keep me up at night.

These are the people who keep me up at night.

These are the people who keep me up at night.

These are the people who keep me up at night.

These are the people who keep me up at night,

These are the people who keep me up at night, and who diminish our ability to protect ourselves at home and abroad.

These are the people who keep me up at night, and who diminish our ability to protect ourselves at home and abroad.

We have gone, in the course of three generations, from God-fearing and country loving to the base excoriation of the nation itself.

We are in the process of relinquishing the very rights, freedoms and sacrifices made by men like this.

And men like this.

And men like this.

And men like this.

What do we tell these past souls that we’re doing with their deaths? How do we tell them that their deaths meant, as far as people are concerned now, nothing? How do we square this equation?

Is this how we honor their sacrifices?

This is July 4th of 2017, 241 years after our adoption of the Declaration of Independence from the British.

Too many Americans cannot even quantify the meaning of the date but, further, seem altogether too willing to surrender the rights and freedoms upon which this country was not only founded but supported by the bloodshed of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers throughout our history.

The Sheepdogs of our country — both in the military and in law enforcement.

Perhaps it’s time for a reminder of the meaning of the word “baa.”

After reading the following everyone should ask: are we sufficiently thankful for the American Sheepdogs in this world? Further, what is the true nature of good and evil?

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (RET), author of “On Killing.”

Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? – William J. Bennett – in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997

One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me:

“Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

“Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.”

If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen, a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath, a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.

Let me expand on this old soldier’s excellent model of the sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools.

But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are thousands of times more likely to be killed or seriously injured by school violence than fire, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their child is just too hard, and so they chose the path of denial.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, can not and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheep dog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.”
Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.

The students, the victims, at Columbine High School were big, tough high school students, and under ordinary circumstances they would not have had the time of day for a police officer. They were not bad kids; they just had nothing to say to a cop. When the school was under attack, however, and SWAT teams were clearing the rooms and hallways, the officers had to physically peel those clinging, sobbing kids off of them. This is how the little lambs feel about their sheepdog when the wolf is at the door.

Look at what happened after September 11, 2001 when the wolf pounded hard on the door. Remember how America, more than ever before, felt differently about their law enforcement officers and military personnel? Remember how many times you heard the word hero?

Understand that there is nothing morally superior about being a sheepdog; it is just what you choose to be. Also understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed right along with the young ones.

Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference.

There is nothing morally superior about the sheepdog, the warrior, but he does have one real advantage. Only one. And that is that he is able to survive and thrive in an environment that destroys 98 percent of the population. There was research conducted a few years ago with individuals convicted of violent crimes. These cons were in prison for serious, predatory crimes of violence: assaults, murders and killing law enforcement officers. The vast majority said that they specifically targeted victims by body language: slumped walk, passive behavior and lack of awareness. They chose their victims like big cats do in Africa, when they select one out of the herd that is least able to protect itself.

Some people may be destined to be sheep and others might be genetically primed to be wolves or sheepdogs. But I believe that most people can choose which one they want to be, and I’m proud to say that more and more Americans are choosing to become sheepdogs.

Seven months after the attack on September 11, 2001, Todd Beamer was honored in his hometown of Cranbury, New Jersey. Todd, as you recall, was the man on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania who called on his cell phone to alert an operator from United Airlines about the hijacking. When he learned of the other three passenger planes that had been used as weapons, Todd dropped his phone and uttered the words, “Let’s roll,” which authorities believe was a signal to the other passengers to confront the terrorist hijackers. In one hour, a transformation occurred among the passengers – athletes, business people and parents. — from sheep to sheepdogs and together they fought the wolves, ultimately saving an unknown number of lives on the ground.

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.          – Edmund Burke

Here is the point I like to emphasize, especially to the thousands of police officers and soldiers I speak to each year. In nature the sheep, real sheep, are born as sheep. Sheepdogs are born that way, and so are wolves. They didn’t have a choice. But you are not a critter. As a human being, you can be whatever you want to be. It is a conscious, moral decision.

If you want to be a sheep, then you can be a sheep and that is okay, but you must understand the price you pay. When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you. If you want to be a wolf, you can be one, but the sheepdogs are going to hunt you down and you will never have rest, safety, trust or love. But if you want to be a sheepdog and walk the warrior’s path, then you must make a conscious and moral decision every day to dedicate, equip and prepare yourself to thrive in that toxic, corrosive moment when the wolf comes knocking at the door.

For example, many officers carry their weapons in church.? They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs.? Anytime you go to some form of religious service, there is a very good chance that a police officer in your congregation is carrying. You will never know if there is such an individual in your place of worship, until the wolf appears to massacre you and your loved ones.

I was training a group of police officers in Texas, and during the break, one officer asked his friend if he carried his weapon in church. The other cop replied, “I will never be caught without my gun in church.” I asked why he felt so strongly about this, and he told me about a cop he knew who was at a church massacre in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1999. In that incident, a mentally deranged individual came into the church and opened fire, gunning down fourteen people. He said that officer believed he could have saved every life that day if he had been carrying his gun. His own son was shot, and all he could do was throw himself on the boy’s body and wait to die. That cop looked me in the eye and said, “Do you have any idea how hard it would be to live with yourself after that?”

Some individuals would be horrified if they knew this police officer was carrying a weapon in church. They might call him paranoid and would probably scorn him. Yet these same individuals would be enraged and would call for “heads to roll” if they found out that the airbags in their cars were defective, or that the fire extinguisher and fire sprinklers in their kids’ school did not work. They can accept the fact that fires and traffic accidents can happen and that there must be safeguards against them.

Their only response to the wolf, though, is denial, and all too often their response to the sheepdog is scorn and disdain. But the sheepdog quietly asks himself, “Do you have and idea how hard it would be to live with yourself if your loved ones attacked and killed, and you had to stand there helplessly because you were unprepared for that day?”

It is denial that turns people into sheep. Sheep are psychologically destroyed by combat because their only defense is denial, which is counterproductive and destructive, resulting in fear, helplessness and horror when the wolf shows up.

Denial kills you twice. It kills you once, at your moment of truth when you are not physically prepared: you didn’t bring your gun, you didn’t train. Your only defense was wishful thinking. Hope is not a strategy. Denial kills you a second time because even if you do physically survive, you are psychologically shattered by your fear helplessness and horror at your moment of truth.

Gavin de Becker puts it like this in “Fear Less,” his superb post-9/11 book, which should be required reading for anyone trying to come to terms with our current world situation: “. . .denial can be seductive, but it has an insidious side effect. For all the peace of mind deniers think they get by saying it isn’t so, the fall they take when faced with new violence is all the more unsettling.”

Denial is a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract written entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level.

And so the warrior must strive to confront denial in all aspects of his life, and prepare himself for the day when evil comes. If you are warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be “on” 24/7, for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself . . .

“Baa.”

This business of being a sheep or a sheep dog is not a yes-no dichotomy. It is not an all-or-nothing, either-or choice. It is a matter of degrees, a continuum. On one end is an abject, head-in-the-sand-sheep and on the other end is the ultimate warrior. Few people exist completely on one end or the other. Most of us live somewhere in between. Since 9-11 almost everyone in America took a step up that continuum, away from denial. The sheep took a few steps toward accepting and appreciating their warriors, and the warriors started taking their job more seriously. The degree to which you move up that continuum, away from sheephood and denial, is the degree to which you and your loved ones will survive, physically and psychologically at your moment of truth.

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My father passed away in 2009 but even in the intervening eight years I suspect he would not find our country totally familiar. I find this aspect both sad and disturbing. He was a Sheepdog but would seldom if ever speak of it.

These are tumultuous times for the United States of America. But I fear the times are soon to be even more so. I am convinced there is upheaval coming, if for no other reason than the Left does not know when to stop pushing, and because they do not know when to cease their continuous attempted dismantling of the very soul of our nation.

This is not the post you anticipated. Nor had I. But it is the one I was forced to write because, in reflection, everything is at stake now. Our freedoms, our rights, our very way of life.

I write that “I am pushback.” That means this: I am not going away and I am not giving up in the face of such naked undermining and violence on the part of the Left.

I am of sufficient age that I have the perspective necessary to say this: we are the frogs. The pot is just beginning to boil. The hands of Leftists, Demorats and the American Media Maggots are on the burner.

They have to be pushed away and stopped.

BZ