Saturday, April 18, 2015

What's a hero?

A columnist in one of the (free) weekly tabloids here was lamenting, as usual, how tragic policing is in the United States...and how "we" kill people at a rate which far exceeds any other (real) country. As most leftist columnists, he used what I now call "skew-tistics" to back up his claims, one such claim being that this country has killed more civilians in the last month than the UK has in the past 115 years. Wow...


He has been on this diatribe for numerous weeks, traversing between Trayvon, Michael, and now Walter...I haven't checked their on-line edition (yet) but I fear it's running a loop of the officer shooting Walter Scott in the back, oh I would say, going on 100,000 times now (and that's not counting the nightly news, which has run the video no fewer than 10,000 times themselves). Our neighborhood columnist even went so far as label the young man who videotaped the shooting as a hero. Double wow...


No doubt it took some bravery to film this incident...I mean, the cop just shot (and killed) an unarmed black man in the back and then tossed a taser at his feet so as to attempt some sort of justification for his criminal act. The young man was rightfully hesitant to pull out his phone and record this act because what's to stop this thug from turning his gun on the young man. I get it. Bad cop. Bad deed. He deserves the death penalty. I'll even pull the switch (or whatever). But then appearing on national television and saying he thought of erasing the tape to avoid harassment? I don't think so...avoid being a hero, maybe...


But I'll tell you MY definition of hero...my definition of a hero is a young woman I spoke to this morning. I travel to my local fitness center most mornings to attempt to give myself the impression that I haven't totally given up just yet...and as I was leaving, there was a young woman at the front desk and she had a copy of a police exam booklet. I couldn't help myself. I had to ask her what she could possibly be thinking, considering the bad press, etc.


She couldn't have been more charming...she told me she was a single mom and needed some security for herself and her 2-year old daughter. She said working as a personal trainer here in our small community wasn't quite as profitable as where she had lived most recently (Southern California). I again queried, "why law enforcement?" She revealed her father is a Sergeant in Riverside County and it could be in her blood...although her father won't talk very much about what he does (fearing as I do that his daughter much like my own might try to enter this most unappreciated line of work)...


During our discussion, she also mentioned attending college for several years and being a semester or two away from a Bachelor's Degree, but that she felt she needed to work hard toward a career in law enforcement for the betterment of (both) her family and society as well. We talked about what I had experienced during my 26-plus years with multiple agencies and what I felt were needed attributes for any entry level officer. I stayed away from the "thankless" aspects of the field although I would have probably done her a huge favor if I'd steered her away from ever attempting to wear a badge...


But after ALL the media ravings (and even painting all cops with the same scarlet paint brush they accuse officers of using every day)...and all the bemoaning and lamenting about bad cops and racist institutions and murdering poor black men under the color of authority, she is STILL studying during the wee hours of Saturday morning in order to attain of one of the most hated jobs in the history of this, ahem, Democracy? Just for her family and, oh yeah, society? THAT, my friends, is a hero...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thank you...and good night!

For regular readers of this blog, both of you, I have been a regular critic of the state of California and their inability to embrace the entire population...in other words, while Governor (Jerry) Brown has placed out the welcome mat for the world's disadvantaged or disaffected, he simultaneously tossed aside the core population who've actually made California work.


Granted, these are changing times...we've gone from a production-based society to one that is essentially consumer driven. Even when it comes to Silicon Valley and the tech sector, the collective eye has most definitely been on the consumer...even the product, at least the hardware, is produced in other countries, specifically China, Singapore, and (even) Mexico...


But, have no fear, the agricultural base in California is still strong and produces over half of the food consumed in the US and nearly a quarter of the entire world's food source...but wait a minute, aren't we in the midst of a 30-year "man-made" drought, the result of our polluting the planet ever since the industrial age started? Well, of course "man" has contributed...


Which brings us to Carly Fiorina, the one time failed candidate for California governor (figures) and future contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination (fat chance)...Fiorina, ironically (or not)  the one time CEO of Hewlett Packard, based in the Silicon Valley, agrees that the super-drought in California is the result of man's actions, however she attributes it to the environmental activists who have "made a bad situation worse."


According to Fiorina, the "liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single water conveyance system over decades during which time the population of California has more than doubled." The plain speaking Fiorina (after all she IS a Republican) also cited that due to the lack of proper rainfall storage systems, the vast majority of rainfall, especially in Southern California, goes straight into the Pacific Ocean.


So, what to do, what to do? Seeing that I was more part of the problem than solution (well, at least that's what the media keeps hammering home), I have relocated to Nevada...in fact, after selling our California home and divesting ourselves of most contents, we have now purchased a home here (the Washoe Valley). No, we haven't totally removed ourselves from the drought-affected region of the country, nor will we be able to avoid the increased costs, restrictions, regulations, etc. brought forth by the powers in Sacramento because as the saying goes..."as California goes, so goes the nation."\


But, California, you've managed to do what many, many others have tried (to do) and failed...shown me the door and held it open wide...and it appears I'm not alone...although it's been happening for years (many people here call it the "Gray Train," and no, they're not happy about the arrival of many Californians who attempt to bring the Golden State with them here upon arrival in the Silver State).


But, I'll always have a soft spot for where I grew up (from 3rd grade on)...unfortunately while in CA, the soft spot was on the top of my head and growing everyday...plus, I've always thought I would go home someday (actually, I'm from the state of Washington) and this way, I can go back and forth between Nevada and Washington, depending on how moist I want to be...oh, wait...global warming might cause torrential flooding up north...oh well, no matter...the media will still say it's my fault...




Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Media Madcap Misadventures

The media is at it again...

 keeping alive the University of Virginia "rape" story as reported in Rolling Stone, which led to suspension, restriction and nationwide condemnation of college fraternity life, despite being completely debunked...

 * perpetuating the "hands up, don't shoot," narrative from the Ferguson, MO, shooting, even though found entirely non-existent by the Eric Holder Justice Department...

 * fully supportive of the White House condemnation of the 47 Senators who posted a letter (on a web site) to Iranian leaders all the while applauding the President's similar televised address...

 * condemning those same Senators (i.e. words hurt) while simultaneously saying absolutely nothing about the Ayatollah's "Yes, Death to America," statement shortly thereafter...

 * standing (and applauding) Hillary Clinton as she continues her obfuscation, obstruction and lack of transparency, which they would condemn if practiced by any other politician, Republican or (even some) Democratics (they hate it when you call them Democrats)...

 * not leaving out the sports media, and their condemnation of Pete Rose betting on baseball while simultaneously promoting nationwide betting on Major League Baseball...

 * hypocrisy being nothing new for baseball writers as they are the same entity who turned their collective backs on steroid use in the game when it suited their purpose, only to condemn it years later after the tides turned...

 * and of course, the national media's obsession with Global Warming and calling out those who disagree (even to a degree) as being deniers...as if there can be no varying degrees of Climate Change...

 * and last, but not least, since the media "cause du jour" appears to be Global Warming and how man can only contribute to destruction and not reparation (that is, unless you buy Al Gore's carbon offset scam)...here's my favorite take on the subject...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjmtSkl53h4



Friday, March 20, 2015

Eeeeee-ventually? Sure...but first, another award...

All right, all right...I'll get to it...eventually...that is, my post defining the motives behind the Left's full-speed-ahead charge into this warped Capitalism/Socialism hybrid and MediaCopp's prescription for helping each of us survive this imminent (and what I believe to be detrimental) change...but there's too much happening right now. We have the Republican Party's disrespectful end around the President in order to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political soapbox...and NOW, President Obama's own (I'll show 'em, I show 'em all) speech to the Iranian people.


I know exactly what I would say if Bush (I didn't bring him up, the President himself has blamed Bush for the rise of ISIS)...if Bush did something like this to a Democrat-controlled Congress...I would say, "stop crying and start leading." Of course I can't say that today, lest I be labeled a racist hater. So instead, I will again, tell the GOP to take the high road. If...and that's a big IF...if your way is the correct way, it'll be known (to all) sooner rather than later if...another big IF...if you stop your obstructionist ways. GIVE THE PRESIDENT WHAT HE WANTS!!!


"What the hell are you talking about? He wants to give Iran the bomb! You know, a nuclear bomb...and the Iranians have said more than once they want to fly their flag over the White House." Buck? Is that you? Come on, Mr. Conservative, even you understand hyperbole...the Iranians would be bombed back to the Stone Age if they set off a nuke on ANYONE. We would never allow that to happen...you know it, they know it, and the world knows it...


"Yeah, but the president himself said there are factions in each country (US and Iran) who don't want negotiation and would rather have war." Wait a minute, Buck? Wait, Norm, is that you? Norm, you should crawl back in your UC Davis classroom...I don't know about Iran, but I don't think you'd find too many people opting for war over trying to negotiate a good deal, including sanctions, etc., should the Iranians not negotiate in good faith.


"So that's it? That's your brilliant post for the week? Support our president? What are you, some sort of commie-sympathizer?" Norm? Buck? No? Goldberg...it's my old friend Goldberg. I know you believe the President is leaving you hanging out there...but come on, you were born in Queens, not Tel Aviv...our President and newly re-elected PM Netanyahu will find a peaceful two-state solution to end all mid east problems. No, no...don't say it, Goldberg...don't say it...


All right...I will...a Nobel Peace Prize for everyone!




Friday, March 13, 2015

MediaCopp? For Net Neutrality? Nooooooo...

I really have no idea what to write this week...I am sad...very sad for this country...I believe we are more divided than ever and I don't see how we can ever come to any sort of resolution...well, actually, I do...but I wonder if we are at a stage where we'd be willing to put in the hard work. I don't see how more marches are appropriate, as our president mentioned in his Selma speech last weekend...especially not after two more police officers were shot (non-life threatening, thank God) just last night as they stood in Ferguson, MO to protect the peace during another demonstration.


I'm not even sure if it's appropriate to articulate my ideas for bringing the country together...I fear it will be ill-received by both sides. Actually, that's the main problem...both sides...there needs to be ONE SIDE...until we understand that, I fear even my musings will be as ineffectual as our president's. However, not being one to shy away from presenting my point of view, I will continue...


First of all, the media...the media needs to stop stoking the flames of hatred and division.  There are ways to sell your "product." But there are also ways to present facts without "product." Maybe THAT should be the government's job...there are PIO's (public information officers)...who present facts in a non-partisan, non-opinionated way...just put it out there WITHOUT any commentary. Then, at the same time, ALL other "news" outlets become entertainment programs (they pretty much are anyway), with NO HARD NEWS OF ANY KIND.


Why should CBS, NBC, ABC, etc. be given ANY sort of credibility over or above any other entity? Same goes for CNN, PBS, Fox New, or (even) MSNBC...they aren't news sources. At least as a country, we can agree on this, can't we? Now, many would say I'm putting the cart before the horse; that the media is simply a reflection of our divisive society. Maybe 20-30, even 40 years ago, that might have been true...but in this (instant) information age, I think it's media outlets which form, even conjure, the news to fit their own agenda.


"Agenda? What the hell kind of agenda would a bunch of cub reporters have?" Buck, this isn't the Daily Planet and these "reporters" aren't Clark Kent and Lois Lane. These are multi-national, multi-faceted mega-corporations who answer solely to their investors and stockholders, with little if any regard for truth, let alone public information. They will not be dissuaded from continuing their agenda driven, hyperbolic-laden content until we ALL...COLLECTIVELY...decide they are no longer news, but simply entertainment...


There's that word again...collectively...I know I've railed against our loss of individual freedom and autonomy in deference to the collective...but here's your chance to show me how wrong I am...and how collectivism is the way to go...even Net Neutrality...if it's truly a means of removing ideology from information, who could be against that? Unfortunately, when government gets involved in picking winners and losers in the name of fairness (and in this case neutrality), they usually end up making things far worse.


Even I, me, myself, have several friends with whom I regularly exchange ideas, discuss topics, etc. through Facebook, Twitter, even this blog. For the most part, these discussions are lively, oft-times heated, but generally respectful. I believe THIS passes for news better and more efficiently than what is called "news" today. At the very least, they (we) should be on the same plane, with no more legitimacy and certainly no less legitimacy than the networks...oops, there I go again, talking about the individual...sorry...




Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jon, you'll never have to say you're sorry ever again...

It seems as though I've tried to write about the word, "eventually" for several months now...I've given my word to try and help my readers navigate our "new" economy; however, each week, something seems to get in the way. Some of it is self inflicted (my vacation in Mexico), others because of my variety of interests (I just can't write about what bores me), and still other times it's because something happens in the news which I simply can't ignore...this week, that's certainly the case...


Today, I want to give highly regarded kudos to the abrupt retirement of the Daily Show's Jon Stewart. He will be missed and, even though his comedy was very politically partisan, he was usually able to keep comedy ahead of politics. As you know, Stewart is stepping down after 16 years at the helm of the four-times-a-week, half hour comedy (fake news) show on Comedy Central cable/satellite television network.


Many have said I'm envious of Stewart (and to a lesser extent Stephen Colbert, the former Comedy Central host soon to take over the Letterman gig), because people care what they think. No, that's not why...yes, I am envious...you bet... they get to do what I and almost every blogger would love to be able to do...give your opinion and, if everyone agrees, it's all good. If they don't, just give a quick wink and a nod and say, "hey, I'm just a comedian." But, even though it would be nice; that is, to get away with what they do, well, it's just too easy...and I get bored easily...


Could I do what Stewart does? Probably not...number one, I don't have that elitist mind set...and...I don't attempt to sway any person or group to my way of thinking...or to join my elite group. Many would say it's unfair to categorize Stewart as intentionally setting out to convert others, however I never claimed it was intentional. On the contrary, when Stewart took over the Daily Show , I'm sure he had no idea the show would become such a Cult of Personality.


Stewart is no Jim Jones...although quite frankly, a huge part of his audience DOES drink the Kool-Aid...and while Stewart is funny and thought provoking, he all too often goes for the easy laugh... I always imagined being a writer on the show must be, well, a lot of fun for sure, but also one of the easiest gigs imaginable. I'm sure the formula goes something like this...#1a, go for the "wink and a nod," for anything liberal and; #1b, go for the jugular if it pertains to conservatism...if the requisite laughter is not elicited, then #2a, re-emphasize your faux-outrage (and disappointment) or; #2b, blame the Republican Party...then if the response is still not up to standards; #3a, blame Fox News and; 3b, blame Fox News...


On more than a few occasions, Stewart has had to apologize for allowing his ideology to overtake his comedic purpose. He has even appeared on Fox News, and insisted "it's just a little comedy show," all the while ignoring that Fox News is just cable news and nothing compared to the major networks. Most of all though, if Stewart's show is just a little cable comedy gig...and his purpose IS only comedy, why would he have to apologize? After all, the magic of liberalism IS never having to say you're sorry...




Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Maybe we ARE turning it around...

Just got back from two weeks in Merida, Mexico...and yes, a good time was had by all, especially my readers (both of you) since I really didn't have time to put together a post. Well, I suppose I could have, but I didn't feel like it. First, I didn't bring my lap top, just my I-phone...second, I wanted to avoid any semblance of media, social or otherwise...and lastly, I was just having too good of a time.


Where's Merida? It's in the state of Yucatan, the peninsula area just off the Gulf of Mexico...the closest resort city would be Cancun, a place we avoided like the plague. About the closest we came to sunglass wearing, Birkenstock clad tourists was at Chichen-Itza, the Mayan ruins, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We attempted to get there early, but soon the tour buses rolled (in).


We also went to Uxmal, another set of Mayan ruins, where you could actually walk among the ruins and not just among a bunch of tourists behind roped off partitions. We were lucky to go there because in a few years, I fear it will be much like Chichen Itza and overrun by tourists. The rest of our trip was exploring small towns and villages, including the Yellow City (Izamal) and beach communities, Celestun and Campeche, the latter being located in the adjacent state/province of the same name.


We rented vehicles to explores these towns and countryside...and yes, we DID look like a bunch of tourists and therefore were soon singled out by any number of "law enforcement professionals." The Mexican government doesn't mess around...they "mad dog" every passing vehicle for any sign of "non-native" passengers or content and if you don't "appear" to belong, or fit the, ahem, "profile," you are soon "encountered." Their weapons are a bit intimidating, however, for the most part, if you're cooperative and happen to have a few thousand pesos, you're soon on your way.


Like I said, they don't mess around...we DID have to get our wallets out a few times and only came close to being turned back (Campeche) once, but overall you've got to believe, if this is what our own (US) government wants; that is, to be just like and certainly no better than any other country, well, it might not be such a bad thing. For instance, here's what you NEED to apply for a temporary resident visa in Mexico:


Original and copy of statements as proof of investments or statements of bank accounts with a monthly average balance equivalent to twenty thousand days of general minimum wage in Mexico City (67.29 MXP for 2014), approximately $103,500 USD for the past twelve months


                                                                        OR


Original and copy of bank statements with a monthly income or pension (free of liens) greater than the equivalent of four hundred days of general minimum wage in Mexico City (67.29 MXP for 2014), approximately $2,100 USD for the past six months.


Like I said, THEY don't mess around...




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