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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 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 . . .
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.
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.
I was able to see it late last night, Saturday, at the very final showing at a local theatre. With the assistance of my Wifely Wife and her sister, the knee scooter was loaded into the Kraut Kar and off we went.
Essentially, the film and the book make liars and fools out of Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The team’s CIA station chief told the Washington Post the stand-down order “is fiction and the film is flat-out wrong.” Further, the CIA says that the film is “shameful and a distortion of the events and people who served in Benghazi that night.”
What is sad is that American journalists yuck it up over the deaths of four Americans in Libya. Somehow Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Officer Sean Smith and former SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods get forgotten. [Watergate brought down a presidency where no one was killed. Contrast and compare this to Benghazi, and its lies then and now.]
When I wrote this post initially a few weeks ago, three of the actual operators who responded to the Benghazi call for assistance, Kristian “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegen, and Mark “Oz” Geist were interviewed on the Megyn Kelly show. They unequivocally stated that they were told to stand down by CIA representatives.
These GRS (Global Response Services) employees, former soldiers and private security contractors hired as security elements, provided protection in austere and high-threat environments for the Central Intelligence Agency.
“This is the true story you were never told.”
Part of what you didn’t know is that the six GRS contractors were at the CIA annex, less than a mile from the Benghazi consulate. You saw that clearly illustrated in the film “13 Hours.” They could hear the distress calls over the radio. The CIA station chief at that annex told the GRS contractors repeatedly to “stand down.”
All three operators interviewed on The Kelly File specifically remembered the CIA station chief pointedly telling them, to their faces, to “stand down.” A deputy chief, chief of base and a team leader saying “stand down.”
“If you guys don’t get over here, we’re all gonna fucking die,” radioed the State Department people at the Benghazi, Libya consulate to anyone who was listening.
The contractors decided to “buck orders and we left.”
All the operators testified to this in DC.
Do the operators believe the men who died would be alive today if the US had responded appropriately from the beginning? They expected assistance from the US government that never came. Why do they think four Americans paid the ultimate price?
First, they were looking for air support. Instead, an unmanned drone was sent. And the drone footage was useless because it was 30 seconds behind what was occurring in real time on the ground. Do you remember the issue regarding staffers watching the drone over Benghazi as the assault occurred?
ALL of the operators believe everyone would be alive today had they been allowed to respond when they were asked. Unequivocally. They all said it in front of Megyn Kelly.
When told the CIA response was they were never told to stand down, the operators said “that’s just silly.” “Somehow they don’t want to believe that we were told to stand down. They believe everything else.”
Megyn Kelly asked: “Do you have a political motive?”
They said the politics is what prompted them to go public. The lies and the disinformation and the obfuscation.
Hillary Clinton is denying once again that she told family members of Benghazi attack victims that a video was to blame for the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks — leaving only the possibility that the families are either lying or grossly mistaken about what the then-secretary of state told them in private.
The family members have publicly disputed Clinton’s claims, saying that the then-secretary of state explicitly blamed the film that day and said that she would go after the maker of the film, which many Muslims considered offensive.
Hillary Clinton blamed the non-existent “protests” and consulate attack on a ridiculous internet video. This was wrong but Hillary Clinton went there anyway, in her official statement.
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.
Susan Rice carried the absurdist video meme to all the Sunday news shows following the Tuesday 9-11-2012 attack. Judicial Watch discovered:
A newly released email collected by Judicial Watch in response to a FOIA request shows the White House pushed Ambassador Susan Rice to promote the idea that an internet video mocking Islam, not President Obama’s foreign policy, was responsible for attacks in the Middle East, including the one in Benghazi.
Despite the fact that Hillary Clinton already knew the attack had nothing to do with a video.
“I believe to this day the video played a role.”
Obama and Jay Carney blamed the Benghazi attack on a poorly-produced video. Obama knew this was false.
Clinton’s official statement was belied by an email she sent to her daughter the night of September 11th and a phone call she made to the Egyptian prime minister, where she said the attack was perpetrated by al Qaeda.
Diane Reynolds, by the way, is an alias for daughter Chelsea.
This was a naked attempt by the administration to make Americans feel guilty about their concerns involving Muslims. A distraction built upon American guilt.
Hillary Clinton made her first statements already knowing there were no protests and that the video had nothing to do with the assault.
That filmmaker was Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, creator of “The Innocence of Muslims.” He spent time in prison because of Obama and Clinton’s false accusations, on a parole violation.
“Someone is lying here, Mrs Clinton; who is it?”
Hillary Clinton: “not me.”
Further, she was fully on board with hanging the blame for the shabby video “The Innocence of Muslims”
Megyn Kelly: “How true to life is the film?”
Paronto: “It brought home a lot of the truths that we went through. I’d go back there in a heartbeat.”
We think that perhaps someone like an Ed Gein or a John Wayne Gacy or a Richard Daumer or a Hannibal Lecter is a sociopath?
I submit that Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama are both damaging, violent psychopaths. Sociopaths. They both have American blood on their hands.
And why? This?
The American Media Maggots have done their level best to minimize and denigrate the validity of this movie which means, by extension, the AMM mean to minimize and denigrate the sacrifices of our Sheepdogs. In order to protect their Leftist Masters.
All for political ends.
Meaning: in the true end, those four men who died in Benghazi were nothing more than little chess pieces moved about the ObamaLand board during his eight year attempt to kick America in the slats.
I am so glad I was able to see the film before it left theaters.
Every American should see the film if for no other reason than to realize that, yes, American is truly exceptional and, yes, there is true domestic evil in the world.
Finally: would you like to help our special operators like SEALs, Delta, Green Berets and the like? Go to ShadowWarriorsProject.org, started by “Oz” and please donate.
I retired a few months ago after having 41 years in law enforcement, working for the FBI, being a sworn US Marshal, and serving two local Fornicalia agencies. If I had a son or daughter considering law enforcement I’d tell them to look elsewhere and to become a nurse, a plumber, an electrical contractor, mechanic, electrical engineer or programmer — a job that cannot readily be replaced by a robot. And I’d stay away from law enforcement because more and more the job involves politics not service, and you have fewer rights than the citizens you serve. That trend is growing, not receding.
Including freedom of speech.
People eschewing law enforcement will occur in any event, because Millennials are not used to or desire to serve, sacrifice or have their freedoms of speech curtailed. The small group of Millennials who do understand about sacrifice and service for a higher goal or greater good are former military personnel — but their ranks are thinning as well.
Portland police officer removed from street after Twitter message about Black Lives Matter
by Maxine Bernstein
A Portland police officer who wrote a Twitter message complaining that he’d be stuck late at work Friday night “to babysit these fools,” referring to a planned Black Lives Matter-Not Black Friday march at Lloyd Center, has been taken off the street while an internal investigation proceeds.
Portland police Acting Chief Donna Henderson, filling in for Chief Larry O’Dea who is off until next week, announced the investigation Tuesday afternoon in a news release.
“I am highly offended, and I think other people should be,” said Teressa Raiford, a community activist involved in Don’t Shoot Portland. “I think it’s very unprofessional, especially someone in his position.”
Officer John Hurlman, a 24-year bureau veteran, removed the post from his Twitter feed, but a screen shot was caught by others.
His message read, “Black Lives Matter is planning to protest at Lloyd Center on black Friday. Oh joy, stuck late again at work to babysit these fools.”
Further, the story doesn’t immediately reveal this salient fact: the officer produced that message on his own time, off duty, with his own account and not utilizing government resources.
But because of the community it serves, the ball-less Portland Police Bureau circled its own little Leftist wagons and, realizing that if a sympathetic take wasn’t promptly expressed, the BLM activists would soon be torching the sycophantic little purple-skied territory of Portland itself. Precisely because BLM “activists” couldn’t give a fuck. It ain’t their property they’d burn and loot and destroy. BLM “activists” enjoy embracing lies for the “common good” of themselves only.
It isinteresting, however, to read some of the comments below the article I linked, which include some of the following:
Why aren’t black lives matter going door to door where black people live spreading their message not to kill black people?
So does this mean if a neo-nazi group were to march, only those police officers who agree with the neo nazi’s could work the neo-nazi march that day?
Oh yes, such a peaceful community group that chants:”What do we want, dead cops, when do we want ’em. NOW!” and “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!”
Nothing like stomping on the man’s First Amendment Rights… What’s next from the “Thought Police”? Lie detector tests for anybody accused of having an alternative viewpoint or perspective contrary to the Left’s? Give me a break…
You are assuming that somebody being called a fool should lose their job? Does that mean I should lose my job by calling you an idiot? Just trying to understand your perspective of justice and equality…
Office Hurlman was correct in his personal opinion description of BLM as fools, and I would submit that the even bigger fool is acting like a moron chief Donna Henderson. Calling someone a fool is speech protected by the 1st ammendment. The officer did not threaten or encourage any one to threaten or harm anyone. The Portland PD admin is wrong on this one and should publicly admit such.
So I guess you feel that the officer has to take responsibility for expressing a personal opinion on a personal twitter account? A personal opinion that did not threaten anyone? Is that what you are trying to say? If so, you are one misguided soul.
These comments mostly reflect a rational response to ridiculous political correctness being exercised by the Portland police chief. The sane ones among us look at the BLM fools and state the obvious. The BLM fools falsely perpetuate the myth that Michael Ferguson had his “hands up” when he was killed, when the forensic evidence shows he did not. Even the Obama administration’s Justice Department investigation concluded he was justifiably killed by a police officer defending his life. But the BLM fools refuse to believe it and agitate for the sake of agitating. They, and you by extension, can’t be reasoned with. You’re too blinded by your grievance ideology.
There are more than 1,000 additional comments.
I spoke over the air earlier this week on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show to retired Congressman John Campbell (R, CA, 45th & 48th Dist) who was admirably filling in for Mr Hewitt. The topic concerned the rise of homicide rates and overall crime in major cities and elsewhere.
I indicated there were any number of factors for this rise, but one of the major factors now is the lack of what law enforcement calls “self-initiated activity,” which translates to getting in there, digging, knowing your beat, district, precinct, area, community, and seriously working it. Looking for crime, turning over the rocks and getting actively involved. In other words, proactive vs reactive law enforcement.
Certainly, cops won’t shirk their calls for service. Whenever the laptop or terminal beeps, or the radio beckons, cops will attend to their assignments. But once there, it exists in their minds that they too could be another Darren Wilson. Being “right” isn’t enough. Being “lawful” isn’t enough. And what law enforcement, the public and courts will soon realize: having a video body-cam isn’t enough. Video is another tool — it is not the end-all panacea just as having the melanin-count match the neighborhood isn’t an end-all panacea. Just ask Baltimore or New York or Chicago or LA, some of the most mixed race departments across the nation if not the planet.
Cops talk about officer survival. The mindset that, “no matter what happens to me, I will prevail during a given critical incident. I will survive to see another call, to help my partner, to see my family and fight another day.”
A few years ago in 2009 and 2010, besides officer survival my deputies faced budgetary survival. My department eliminated over two-hundred deputy positions.
Cops are having to additionally consider political and career survival.
They are having to ask: just how deep into this call do I want to go? Just how far do I want to dig into my beat or district or precinct? Particularly in terms of political survival or career, officers are now asking: what is my career worth? Where is the line where I’ll even remotely consider jeopardizing my family’s future? The security of my wife or husband, my children, my retirement?
Even more important to officers is this: does my department have my back if I acted in good faith and within the “reasonable officer” mantra?
Darren Wilson was proven correct, he was completely acquitted on any number of levels by any number of investigative resources and separate agencies including — literally — one hundred FBI agents swarming over Ferguson and the case itself.
Yet Darren Wilson had to physically leave his department, had to take his family and physically leave the town where he was employed and, truly, will forever be unemployable by any law enforcement agency in the US. He and his family received very serious death threats and his department had little interest in supporting or providing security for him.
You ask why crimes, homicides and the like are starting to increase? The so-called “Ferguson Effect” is most definitely a factor no matter what any police administrator or spokesperson says. I know this because my own deputies tell me so. Quietly. They are constantly having to weigh these thoughts on their calls. They are doing the “balance test.” How do I do my job while not jeopardizing myself, family or future?
And that is the truth.
Portland, Oregon is certainly the locus of Leftist thought in Oregon, right there with Seattle, and the Portland PB isn’t radically different from the Leftards it protects.
Ladies and gentlemen, Leftists, Demorats and Progressives alike, if you don’t like cops — they’re too judgmental — but instead wish to be involved in a Robocop future, monitored and arrested by mechanicals, you are well on your way. You won’t care for it one bit when the human element is eliminated. You can’t argue or reason with a robot.
Perhaps you’d just care to do away with your civilian police protection altogether. Make sure, however, that if this is your choice you likewise surrender all your firearms, defensive or offensive materials such as slingshots, baseball bats, rocks and any sort of edged weapon. Hell, any weapon whatsoever. Live by your code. Be honest and live your honesty. Mark or placard your car, your house, your apartment, your tent as a WEAPONS FREE ZONE. Be proud of your philosophies and take a real stand. Show some courage.
There is a problem however: when you have fewer and fewer persons who desire to be Sheepdogs, your society is in greater and greater jeopardy from within and without. Because the wolves, you ignorant and complacent sheep, are not reducing their numbers.
Your job is already being targeted for elimination by robots, Mr and Ms Millennial. Your life, property and sense of security is already being target by criminals whose philosophy is generally “what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine unless you have the strength to stop me.” Gosh. Just like Islamists or China or Russia. Or any bully.
You think that won’t or can’t happen? Just you watch.