Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cop Who Shot Young Minority Male Sends Kaepernick Item He'll Never Forget

Retired police officer Chris Amos, a father of three, had the spotlight shone on him while he was still in uniform. Amos shot and killed a young minority male and was given paid leave.

He is exactly the type of police officer that Kaepernick spoke about when he said, "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."


However, Amos decided to show Kaepernick something that the NFL player didn't know: that they were more alike than he realized.


The open letter addressed to Kaepernick that Amos posted on Facebook was absolutely spectacular. See the full letter below:


An Open Letter to
Colin Kaepernick,

Dear Colin; I guess you have been pretty busy these last few days. For the record I don't think any more or less of you for not standing for the national anthem. Honestly, I never thought that much about you, or any professional athlete for that matter, to begin with. I've read your statement a few times and want you to know I am one of the reasons you are protesting. You see I am a retired police officer that had the misfortune of having to shoot and kill a 19-year-old African-American male. And just like you said, I was the recipient of about $3,000 a month while on leave, which was a good thing because I had to support a wife and three children under 7 years old for about 2 months with that money. Things were pretty tight because I couldn't work part-time. Every police officer I've ever known has worked part-time to help make ends meet.
You know, Colin, the more I think about it, the more we seem to have in common. I really pushed myself in rehab to get back on the street, kind of like you do to get back on the field. You probably have had a broken bone or two and some muscle strains and deep bruising that needed a lot of work. I just had to bounce back from a gunshot wound to the chest and thigh... Good thing we both get paid when we are too banged up to "play," huh? We both also know what it's like to get blindsided. You by a 280-pound defensive end, ouch! Me, by a couple of rounds fired from a gun about 2 feet away into my chest and thigh. We also both make our living wearing uniforms, right? You have probably ruined a jersey or two on the field of play. I still have my blood-stained shirt that my partner and paramedics literally ripped off my back that cold night in January. Fortunately, like you I was given a new one. Speaking of paramedics aren't you glad the second we get hurt trainers and doctors are standing by waiting to rush onto the field to scoop us up. I'm thankful they get to you in seconds. It only took them about 10 minutes to get to me. By the grace of God, the artery in my thigh didn't rupture or else 10 minutes would have been about 9 minutes too late. We also have both experienced the hate and disgust others have just because of those uniforms we wear. I sure am glad for your sake that the folks who wear my uniform are on hand to escort you and those folks that wear your uniform into stadiums in places like Seattle!

I guess that's where the similarities end, Colin. You entertain for a living, I and almost 800,000 others across this country serve and protect. Are there some bad apples within my profession? Absolutely, and they need to be identified and fired or arrested! But you know what, the
vast majority do the right thing, the right way, for the right reason. Did I mention that seconds before I was shot, an elderly African-American gentleman walking down the sidewalk, turned to my partner and I as we rode past and said, "Get them." Get who, you ask? The thugs terrorizing an otherwise good and decent neighborhood, home to dozens of good, decent African-American families trying to raise those families in communities not protected by gates and security guards. No these folks and families depend on America's law enforcement officers.

Colin, I have buried 7 friends killed in the line of duty and three others who have committed suicide. I have attended more funerals than I care to remember of neighboring departments who have lost officers in the line of duty, during my career. Law enforcement officers with different backgrounds, upbringings and experiences united by their willingness to answer the call to protect and serve their fellow citizens.


Colin, I am sorry for the endorsement deals you may lose and the dip in jersey sales, but please know you will NEVER lose what these men and women and their families have lost. And so whether you stand or sit during the national anthem means very little to me. As for me and the men and women on whose team I was privileged to serve, we will put on our ballistic vests, badge and gun, kiss our loved ones goodbye, for some tragically for the last time, and out into a shift of uncertainty we will go. We will continue to protect and continue to serve and we will be standing at attention, Colin, not just for the playing of our national anthem, but far more importantly for the playing of Taps.

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Real Reason Hillary Was Not Indicted.


All you smart people out there probably already knew this, but I had never seen it explained in quite this way until I chanced across this article by Andrew McCarthy in National Review.


Some Excerpts:

 
Hillary couldn’t be proven guilty without proving the president guilty as well.

 ‘How is this not classified?”

So exclaimed Hillary Clinton’s close aide and confidante, Huma Abedin. The FBI had just shown her an old e-mail exchange, over Clinton’s private account, between the then-secretary of state and a second person, whose name Abedin did not recognize. The FBI then did what the FBI is never supposed to do: The agents informed their interviewee (Abedin) of the identity of the second person. It was the president of the United States, Barack Obama, using a pseudonym to conduct communications over a non-secure e-mail system — something anyone with a high-level security clearance, such as Huma Abedin, would instantly realize was a major breach.

She recovered quickly enough, though. The FBI records that the next thing Abedin did, after “express[ing] her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym,” was to “ask if she could have a copy of the email.”

 
Abedin knew an insurance policy when she saw one. If Obama himself had been e-mailing over a non-government, non-secure system, then everyone else who had been doing it had a get-out-of-jail-free card. Thanks to Friday’s FBI document dump — 189 more pages of reports from the Bureau’s year-long foray (“investigation” would not be the right word) into the Clinton e-mail scandal — we now know for certain what I predicted some eight months ago here at NRO: Any possibility of prosecuting Hillary Clinton was tanked by President Obama’s conflict of interest.

As I explained in February, when it emerged that the White House was refusing to disclose at least 22 communications Obama had exchanged with then-secretary Clinton over the latter’s private e-mail account, we knew that Obama had knowingly engaged in the same misconduct that was the focus of the Clinton probe: the reckless mishandling of classified information. To be sure, he did so on a smaller scale. Clinton’s recklessness was systematic: She intentionally set up a non-secure, non-government communications framework, making it inevitable that classified information would be mishandled, and that federal record-keeping laws would be flouted.

 Obama’s recklessness, at least as far as we know, was confined to communications with Clinton — although the revelation that the man presiding over the “most transparent administration in history” set up a pseudonym to conceal his communications obviously suggests that his recklessness may have been more widespread. Still, the difference in scale is not a difference in kind.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Vampires


The ‘Legend of the Vampire” is that they once walked the earth as humans, but then traded their souls for a form of immortality.  The lust for human blood or life essence, however, was insatiable because it represented their prior life as humans and their sustenance for the future. 

Vampires have existed in virtually every culture but have their most modern representation in Eastern Europe where the history of Vlad Tepes, who became the ruler of Wallachia, was the model for the horror novel, Dracula.  Unfortunately, the inhumanity and soullessness of vampirism is found far too often in the beings of the left. 

The most recent example is Frederica Wilson, Congresswoman from the Miami, Florida area.  Her inhumanity involved a grieving widow, the President of the United States, and the President’s Chief of Staff.

As the story goes, President Trump made a telephone call to the widow of a soldier killed in a covert operation in Niger.  His purpose was to offer condolences and support, - and prior to doing so he asked his Chief of Staff, former Marine General Kelly, for advice on what to say.

Apparently, Congresswoman Wilson listened in on the conversation and decided to politicize what should of have been a very private and personal moment between the President and the widow.  Instead of a kind act of presidential thanks, Congresswoman Wilson turned it into a political circus.  In doing so, she lost not only her humanity but her soul.

The Congresswoman’s behavior so repulsed Kelly, a gold star father who had lost his son in battle but a few years earlier, that he responded to her behavior with an eloquent and poignant statement that condemned in no uncertain terms the political inhumanity of the Congresswoman.  I commend anyone to read what he said and to put himself or herself in the position of Kelly as a grieving father.

How did the Congresswoman react to Kelly?  She called him a liar, a racist and congratulated herself on now being a “rock star.”  She did not for one minute consider the pain she had inflicted.  Frankly, she rejoiced in it.  This is the lust of a vampire, sucking the very life essence out of all involved, to advance in this case a political position fueled by personal animosity.

To me, these actions by this Congresswoman reflect the great problem with socialism.  The State is more important than the individual, and the ends of the State justify any means no matter how repugnant. 

Congresswoman Wilson has sold her soul but still walks the earth.   Maybe some day she will return to the light and repent of her ways, but if the vampire legends are correct, she will self destruct before that can happen.

By R. Warren

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Self-Inflicted Crisis by Bob Warren


For at least the past decade, Americans have been treated to the horrors of “identity politics”.  We are not allowed to characterize ourselves as Americans, but as one of this or that or the other group.  Much of this bastardization of America started with the Civil Rights Act and then accelerated with hate speech laws and rules used to condemn, demonstrate against or violently oppose uncomfortable opposing ideas.  Freedom of speech itself, in Article 1 of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, has been called into question.

In Europe, hate speech laws are used by various governments to punish opposing views.  If you think homosexuality is a bad idea and you say something about it, you will be arrested, fined and even imprisoned as happened to a Swedish pastor who read from the Bible regarding homosexuality.  If you think Islam is dangerous, you will be quickly silenced.  A British citizen who mocked ISIS received a visit from the UK constabulary.  From my perspective, similar ugly things are happening in America.

Rather than try to cover the waterfront, let’s turn to the NFL situation.  Here is the most successful of the professional sport’s industries.  For some utterly unknown reason, they decided to get into the “identity politics” business with all of its grievance and victim minefields.  Missed, or more likely deliberately ignored, was the fan.

Here is my take on the American citizen fan.   During the week, the fan goes to work to serve customers, as that is how he keeps his job.  When he comes home from work, he has family responsibilities like shopping, kids activities, and more.  The opportunities to relax are rare.   When he turns on the news after dinner or before bed, he is besieged with “identity politics”, non-stop complaints about the unfairness of life, the cops, the military, President Trump and America.  Often, the only relief he gets during a seven-day week is to watch a mindless professional football game after church on a Sunday.

With infinite arrogance and in a typically condescending fashion, the NFL decided to impose upon the fans yet another “identity politics” grievance display.  They used the opening ceremonies of all the pro-football games to do this.  Not unexpectedly, angered fans rebelled.  Of course, excuses were quickly made.  (The players weren’t protesting, they were praying was one of my favorites although anybody with a brain knew that was a “crock of sewage”.)  Apologies, explanations, pleas for understanding, confusions and contradictions, embarrassments, insults, on and on were made in what appeared to be a mass panic throughout the NFL, their advertisers, and their sycophants in the media.  All such protestation basically dug the crisis hole deeper, and deeper, and deeper.

I studied and taught crisis management.  One of the key points in a crisis is things are never what they were before.  Good decisions suddenly become bad.  Bad decisions suddenly become good.  It is best to shut up and hold on until you actually see some “light at the end of the tunnel – which may not be a tunnel but the barrel of a shotgun”.   The NFL has a self-inflicted crisis that will make for numerous case studies in every business school in the country.

Is there a way out?  Well, in the short term, the situation is irretrievable.  The entire NFL management team needs to go.  This crisis is too big for a simple apology to the fans and a large scapegoat or group of scapegoats is needed.  (I suspect this mass firing will happen fairly quickly if the fan boycott hits the NFL as hard as I think it will.)  Second, a new NFL Commissioner with broad powers to remove owners from ownership, coaches from coaching, and players from the league will be needed.  You mess with the fans and you lose.  Or, as one rather sage individual has been quoted as saying “Rule #1:  The customer is always right.  Rule #2:  If the customer is wrong, see Rule #1”.

Is the situation irretrievable in the long term?  This is where it gets quite tricky.  A significant if not fundamental bond of friendship has been broken.  You may be able to repair the friendship somewhat, but there will always be a scar to remind everyone of what happened.   Time does heal wounds.  We will see what happens with the NFL.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DACA - A Perspective

A large percentage of the political class uses the argument that “The children should not be PUNISHED for the illegal behavior of their parents”.  The opposite argument that “The children should not be REWARDED for the illegal behavior of their parents” is conveniently ignored.  To me, this is the crux of the problem.

There is no question that the DACA children, many of who are now adults and many of whom know of their parents illegal actions, have received substantial benefit from the American taxpayers.  From schools, healthcare, housing, food, and welfare, they are far better off than they would have otherwise been.  In other words, they have reaped the reward of law breaking thanks to the American taxpayer.

Supposedly, we are a nation of laws and not of rulers.  At times, this means that tough decisions have to be made to right wrongs, even when those wrongs seem innocent.  By the way, try telling a judge “I didn’t know” as the response is likely to be “Ignorance of the Law is no excuse”.  Sadly, we had a president, Obama, who recognized he did not have the constitutional legal authority to grant some form of amnesty yet, as any imperial ruler would do, he did it anyway.  Moving on:

It is difficult to find out just how many DACA individuals are in the country.  The figures quoted for a total number of such individuals in America is about 800,000 but it could easily be a couple of million.  Nobody knows for sure, but the lower number favors amnesty because the political class will argue that it is but a relatively small number.  If the truth is in the millions, they will just “ho hum” and issue a “we didn’t know” apology that really isn’t an apology at all

The next question is how many work and how many are on welfare.  The numbers again vary quite a bit but about half seems reasonable based on an Internet search of a variety of sources.  Actually, the number could be quite a bit higher but 400,000 working DACA individuals seem reasonable.  However, to be honest, it could be half or less of that number (unless there are actually millions of DACA individuals in the country).

The next question is how many DACA individuals are skilled and how many are unskilled.   I am sure the Bureau of Labor statistics could provide some numbers but the definitions continue to change so providing a number would be misleading.  However, since most of the DACA folks are relatively young, it seems reasonable to assume that most are going to be unskilled.  Thus, they directly compete with American citizen children seeking a first job and entry level unskilled Americans who may try to get off welfare and into the workforce.

The final vexing question is what to do with the DACA individuals.  The conventional wisdom is they can’t be thrown out of the country.  This is, of course, quite untrue as it happened in the past after WW2.  One can argue about the effectiveness of the “Operation Wetback” but not about whether it happened.  At this point, the political class, against the wishes of a large percentage of the American citizenry, seems destined to either grant some form of legal presence for the DACA individuals, all the way from semi-permanent restricted legal status to outright amnesty.  Of course, being the champions of virtue that they are, the political class may just do nothing.

If Congress, in its infinite wisdom or lack thereof, creates a pathway to legality for the DACA individuals, there will almost certainly be wave after wave of future refugees who will eventually overwhelm the country as has happened in California and is now happening throughout Western Europe.  The USA of the future will likely lose its history, its constitution, and its individual rights.  (The seeds of historic destruction are being sown now in places like Charlottesville, Berkeley, Boston, and others.)

By Bob W. CARMA Member