No More Excuses

Looting.  Rioting.  Arson.  Assault with Intent to Kill a Peace Officer.

These and many other things are occurring nightly in Ferguson, Missouri.  I understand the desire for justice and how the reluctance of police to release everything they know as they know it can feed into our imagination’s need to fill-in-the-blanks with our own prejudices.

18 year old man, 6’4″, 300 lbs, lies dead in the street of multiple gun shot wounds.  A police officer admits pulling the trigger and claims it was in self-defense.  It just happens that the dead man is black and the police officer is white.  A thorough crime scene investigation is conducted at the scene of the shooting and then the rumors begin (thanks to another 18 year old man who happened to be at the scene – more on him in a minute).

The white cop had it out for the black guy.  Racism! 

He executed him!

And that’s how the ball got rolling.  Our imaginations are powerful things.  When we don’t know the full story, we can imagine many plausible instances to fill-in-the-blanks of what we don’t know.  This is how conspiracy theories begin. 

I will admit that I understand the desire for justice. I want justice in every instance.

If the officer did in fact act wrongly – either by escalating a normal confrontation unnecessarily or by acting in malice, then he deserves to face a judge and jury.  However, if the officer acted correctly in defense of his life against a larger, aggressive man bull-rushing him after fighting him moments earlier, then his use of lethal force to end a threat to his life is fully justified under the color of law.   You see, more facts have come out since the initial few days that further complicate this situation for the deceased. 

He was walking home after roughing up a shop clerk of a local convenience store after stealing a box of Swisher Sweets (thin cigars used to conceal marijuana and allow it to be smoked in public as “blunts” with plausible deniability).  What began as shoplifting turned into robbery when he was confronted and physically assaulted the shop clerk.  He then began walking home in the middle of the street, evidence of his crime in hand, with his accomplice (the aforementioned man above).  They were acting in a manner that obstructed traffic and in a manner that could cause a traffic accident that would harm someone else or themselves by walking down the middle of the street. 

While the officer involved had not yet heard of the robbery moments before, these two individuals had no way of knowing that.  The deceased likely believed that he was about to be arrested for his crime.  As a thoughtful person, consider that the deceased may have decided in that moment to resist arrest thinking himself larger and stronger and able to do to the smaller officer what he had down to the shop clerk moments before.  That mindset could have been the primary cause of everything that then occurred culminating in the gunshots fired that ended the incident.

The situation has been used by race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to further highlight their purported platforms and to keep themselves relevant in the eyes of the nation.  The situation has been exacerbated by the national news media through endless reporting, speculation, and glamorization of violent acts through their broadcasts of such to the world.  The situation has been used by anarchists, criminals, and looters in order to provide cover for their actions within Ferguson.  Buildings have been burned to the ground.  People have been shot.  The police have suffered repeated assaults via bottles, rocks, molotov cocktails, and many other forms of abuse. 

And the politicians, legal authorities, and law enforcement officers in charge have excused this behavior by saying that there are rifts in the community that have been exposed by this situation.

What?  Let me explain.

I am not going to render judgment on the officer or the deceased actions and neither should anyone without all of the facts, yet the calls for justice have been used as an excuse for illegal, harmful behavior and that has highlighted the bigger problem that has been exposed in this instance.

What is white guilt?  White guilt is the faulty belief that white people, regardless of their economic circumstances, have more privileges due to their skin color.  This belief, paired with the equally race-based belief that black people have less privileges and are subject to greater fear, scrutiny, and suspicion in every instance when compared with someone with a paler skin tone, have led many to pardon the behavior of the protestors and rioters in Ferguson.  Those beliefs though are far more insidious than that.  These beliefs permeate the very fabric of society from race-preferential college selection, scholarships, government employment applications, and general societal attitudes toward African-Americans. 

Are we so racist to believe that blacks cannot pull themselves up on their own?  Are they inferior to whites or other skin tones because they happen to be a darker shade?  Are we doing African-Americans any favors by saying that they only have to be 75% as good as whites in order to get a job or get into college?  Are we promoting cultural evolution or are we segmenting that portion of the population and giving them an excuse to not improve by rewarding below-average behavior? 

Were Italians given an excuse for mafia behavior in the early 20th century?  They had just emigrated from Italy due to the Italian Civil War. 

Were the Irish given an excuse for their drunkenness and brawling after having fled Ireland due to a terrible famine and centuries of British occupation?

I could go on and on asking the same question of every race, creed, and color of people that has come to the shores of America.  Chinese?  Japanese?  Arabs?  Vietnamese?   Every type of person regardless of color, nationality, or religion has faced discrimination in these United States.  We are not perfect, but we always are seeking to improve in order to forge a more perfect union.  Until the press for affirmative action and the lowering of standards for blacks, the impetus to strive for better was there for that entire community, but in an effort to socially engineer full integration due to the falsehood that is white guilt our society has told the entire black community that they are not good enough or smart enough to “make it” without our help. 

I will say it again – because of a perceived advantage by whites over blacks within our society, whites have had pity on blacks and lowered the standards that are expected of everyone else in order for this class of people because it’s supposedly impossible for them to do anything with their lives without a subsidized advantage.

That is racist and it must stop right this very minute or we will never kill and bury racism within our society.

The excuses that white America makes enables the behaviors that led to the rioting in Ferguson and it generates a standard below that which the average American is expected to meet. 

Until we encourage a truly level playing field where all are equally expected to behave there will be no justice because the black community will not clean itself up.  Without an incentive to do better, why should they?

It worked pretty damn well for the Irish-Americans, German-Americans, Italian-Americans, Greek-Americans, Hungarian-Americans, Polish-Americans, Chinese-Americans, Lebanese-Americans, Syrian-Americans, Korean-Americans, and Cuban-Americans.  Every group faces prejudice and setbacks, but rose to the challenge presented by this country to contribute greatly and become part of the whole because our standards for them were not lowered.  It is time to do the same and it should start in Ferguson.

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Tremors

This must stop.  This is nothing short of murder on the part of the doctor.  Whoever issued his medical license should immediately revoke it as he is clearly violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the Hippocratic Oath.  So is this.  

To see someone so casually discussing what is, to most people, murder of a defenseless infant (not an embryo, not a fetus, an INFANT – born and alive outside of the mother’s uterus), is absolutely vile and disgusting (not to mention ILLEGAL). THIS. MUST. STOP.  There are few things in the world that anger me so much, but this casual discussion – this frank, evil speech, angers me because it is not just sinful, it is not just callous, as a father, as a son, as a man – THIS IS EVIL.  There is no explanation that can do away with how terribly evil this is.  The people in the videos have been so immersed in it for so long that they do not even realize how tragic it really is. 

On another issue at the forefront of Constitutional Rights…

THIS

SHELTER-IN-PLACE

CRAP

MUST STOP NOW.

Shelter-in-place is a new euphemism for the old term “martial law.”  Now, is this full-blown martial law – not yet (emphasis on yet), but it is a step in that direction.  Of the linked examples above, we’re talking about domestic criminals – murderers, rapists, but no different than the murderers and rapists of a year or two ago where good old-fashioned investigative police work is usually the key to a conviction that not only the people want and support, but is essential to community-based policing.  This shelter-in-place crap has the potential to quickly be abused and get out of hand.

 

 

 

 

 

Panic (More Analysis)

I have a great amount of respect for the amount of reasoned thought that Karl Denninger puts in to every article he writes.  I tried to take a tactful approach to the cop-killer on the loose in California this morning, but Karl really needled the issue perfectly and I can’t recommend more highly that you go read Pay Attention America.

If the police that fired on “similar vehicles” to the one allegedly driven by the cop-killer, subsequently wounding two women, are not tried for felonious assault with a deadly weapon, then the justice system of this country is toast.

 

 

 

Panic

When people panic, they make poor choices.  When police officers panic – people can die.

As I watch the drama unfold in southern California yesterday and today with a former LAPD officer on a tear of vengeance against those he feels wronged him, I can understand how those officers that are targeted must feel.  They feel vulnerable.

How earth-shaking it must be to feel so vulnerable.  One of their own turned against them.  What makes it worse is that he seems to be, at least in some capacity, fully “with it” in terms of planning and execution.  Usually people that engage with other armed and similarly trained individuals do not have much sanity left as the playing field is mostly level and the police force has the advantage of numbers and citizen alerts to help them close the noose around a suspect.

However, all of those advantages that the police have against a lawbreaker go out on proverbial window when one of their own takes those advantages and operates inside of their OODA loop.

That is why those police officers feel so vulnerable.  They don’t know who is next on this guy’s list. They don’t know where or when he will strike, because they simply can’t figure out where this guy is.  The end result – panic.  They fear for their lives – it’s completely understandable, but the problem is… when the police panic, innocent people suffer – in this case, from overly aggressive offensive force completely violating one of the cardinal rules of gun handling – be sure of your target.

I don’t know how valid this guy’s complaints are against his department, but he was pushed past his breaking point, seems to at least have his operational faculties still under control, and has shown to be highly competent and disciplined.  While I don’t agree with his manner of exacting vengeance, this scenario is interesting nonetheless.  A single man, with detailed knowledge, some tactical prowess and discipline has the entire state of California’s police forces in a panic.

Safety and security are an illusion preached by those that want to control your life.

 

 

 

Defenseless Victim Zones

I ran across a statistical analysis done of gun free zones efficiency.  Concealed carry advocates no longer need to rely on hyperbole or semi-rational arguments without data to back up their summarizing statements.  This is a great read by Michael Menkus.

The simple fact of the matter is that police, fire, paramedics are SECOND responders, not first responders.  You are the first responder (or the first victim).  You are the one on scene when the shooting starts, the fire ignites, or the 70 year old man in front of you collapses to his knees clutching his chest and sweating buckets.

It’s not that police, firefighters, and paramedics aren’t sacrificial men and women doing a terribly difficult job day in and out, but the simple fact of the matter is that they are your backup, not your first line of defense or aide.

While you wait for them to arrive to help, whether they are one minute or twenty minutes away, you have to stay alive while you wait or keep someone else alive if you can.

stuff happens

Are you prepared to put down an active shooter at your work?  your school? your church?

Are you prepared to charge into a raging inferno with a fire extinguisher in order to hold back the flames and give others time to flee a burning building?

Are you prepared to clamp down on an arterial bleed with nothing but your hand?  Are you prepared to use your belt as a tourniquet to a coworker that just lost his hand in a high speed lathe?  Are you prepared to dive into a swimming pool and pull out your neighbor’s kid after they cracked their head on the diving board an fell in unconscious?

Do you think I’m being extreme?

What did Christ Himself say was the second-most important command of God?

To love your neighbor as yourself.

How can you say you love your neighbor if you won’t run to their aide in their moment of greatest need?

YOU are the first responder.  The lives of your family, your friends, your coworkers, even strangers walking down the street depend on you being ready and able to come to their aide immediately and not by calling 911, but by rolling up your sleeves and diving into the fray.

If you wait for the backup to arrive, people WILL die.

This former Boy Scout still believes and lives the Scout motto “Be Prepared.”  Do you?

plan B

 

 

 

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