Are All NYPD Cops Cowards?

To say that would be absolutely wrong, however, the Officers in these videos need to find another career…..and fast!

Unless you have been locked up in a jail cell with no TV privileges, you have undoubtedly seen the videos of water being thrown on the NYPD Officers. You have also then seen the Officers sheepishly walk away from the punks that are dousing them with the water, (and thereby ASSAULTING an officer of the law) without so much as saying a word.

For every Police Officer in the country it physically hurts to watch these videos. They are now a rallying cry for every cop-hating criminal in the country. It’s basically a recruitment video for thugs and punks. If you don’t believe me, 2 MORE videos have hit the airwaves today of Officers having water thrown on them in different neighborhoods. In one, a bunch of people are throwing water at two female NYPD cops, who then just walk away. You can see that one below.

And in the next video, a man throws a green bucket of water on an Officer’s head and then some small children start shooting them with water guns. They are already training the kids to disrespect law enforcement! At the end of the video, you see a woman being soaked over and over again with buckets of water while two of NYPD’s finest sit in their squad and do nothing. You can see that video here.

The sickening part in all of this is not that the people have no respect for the officers. It’s not that the crowd stands around encouraging them on. It’s not even the images of the small kids shooting the officers with water guns. We have all come to realize that society is breaking down at it’s core and people now act like animals and uncivilized hoodlums more and more every day. We have accepted that. The real sickening part in all of this is that the officers have simply given up. They no longer proudly wear the badge of the NYPD. They no longer strive to honor the oath that they took to uphold the laws of this country. They simply come to work, walk around for 8 hours, and go home. They are defeated.

These officers can no longer perform their duties in that neighborhood, or any adjoining neighborhoods, because they have been branded as cowards, and trust me, word travels faster than the speed of light when it comes to condemning a cop.

Now, there are many, many great Officers with NYPD and you cannot judge all of their officers by the actions of a few (otherwise we would be just like most of the citizens of this country!). However, I sincerely hope that the ball is rolling to do something with these men who probably shouldn’t be wearing badges any longer.

Cops Cannot Win in America Anymore.

We have allowed a select few groups to impose their every whim and will onto our law enforcement agencies without any support or resistance from the overwhelming majority of our police leadership. The end result, if the current war on cops continues, will be our society living out an M. Night Shyamalan movie.

The number of Police Officers in the United States is dropping, Law Enforcement Academy enrollment is at an all-time low, and it’s time to ask the question; What happens when there are not enough cops?

JOB OPENING:

  • We need people that would love to come in and deal with the nastiest, dirtiest, most evil people that society has to offer each and every day, but you must do it with a smile, without hurting the devil himself’s feelings, and without putting your hands on him in any kind of manner that may be deemed offensive by him.
  • We need you to be able to regularly see disfigured bodies, severely abused babies, and mutilated corpses without it affecting you in any manner.
  • You will be required to place handcuffs on men and women that are twice your size, who are out of their minds on drugs, who may or may not have a hidden gun or knife on them, some of whom will have Hepatitis, AIDS, or any number of other contagious diseases, and you must be able to do this while they try to kill you; Oh, and you must do so without pulling your weapon because that would not be fair to the suspect.
  • You will be recorded every second that you are on duty by your body-worn camera, your in-car camera, and every citizen with a cellphone so you must always be a perfect person. You may never curse, even though you will be cursed at multiple times, every day. You may not smile, grin, or laugh at any time, that any person may find inappropriate, even if that person does not have all of the information regarding what you are smiling, grinning, or laughing about.
  • You must be able to tell a real gun from a toy gun, a BB gun, or any other type of realistic simulated firearm, in the dark, instantly, while chasing a fleeing armed robbery suspect, or any other person. Failure to do so, if you end up shooting the suspect, will result in you possibly going to prison for the rest of your life, being dragged through the court system for years, and being tried and found guilty in the media, as well as being hung out to dry by your city and (most likely) your department.
  • You must have never, ever, EVER, at any point in your life have posted anything on social media that includes ANY of the following: foul language; nudity; semi-nudity; comedic content that offends any person, group, or foreign citizen; your personal opinion on any matter; your personal religious beliefs; photos of beer, boobs, or butt-crack; ANYTHING that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t like or agree with; anything that is pro-trump; anything that might possibly offend the vegans, environmentalists, or the ACLU; any comments indicating that you wish a comet would fall out of the sky and land on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or any other politician (because that could be construed as a threat that you intend to make that happen), nor any cartoons involving harm coming to any person such as Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown and making him fly through the air, as that could offend anyone wearing a yellow shirt with a black stripe that is not very good at playing sports.
  • You must report for duty each and every day and do everything the way you were trained to do it, but still expect to be publicly criticized and ridiculed for doing so.
  • You will miss holidays, birthdays, vacations, and time with your family so that you can spend those times helping people that will neither be thankful, nor appreciative.
  • Although there will be people trying to kill you on a regular basis, you cannot let that affect the way you appear, and/or act, in the presence of tax-paying citizens.
  • You will not be allowed to have any “bad days” or days when you just aren’t working at the absolute peak of professional performance. This would be completely unacceptable.
  • You cannot drive too fast, or too slow; take more breaks than the city councilman that happens to be driving by thinks you should; or spend too much time at any one call for service, lest citizens may start to think you are just hanging out with friends.
  • You must be willing to smile and be courteous to the person, or persons, that will interrupt each and every one of your meal breaks to ask you for directions, or to tell you about their brother-in-law’s best friend’s cousin who is a cop in Idaho.
  • And as a BONUS, you will be paid just above the poverty line (in most cases) for the privilege of doing this job.

SO……………..Who’s first to request an application?

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder…… I Hope!

My family and I have been gracing the beautiful community of Sanibel Island, Florida with our presence for the last week and, much to the pleasure of those fine people down in Southwest Florida, we have finally returned to our home base.

Once I get caught up on everything; chores, sleep, honey-do’s, and the latest gossip, I hope to get back to writing more. I really enjoy writing for the most part, all except that whole “coming-up-with-something-to-write-about” thing. Hopefully, vacation will jump start the brain-waves and send those little electrical sparks to the tiny little author part of my brain. I’m not sure if that’s in the frontal lobe or somewhere around out back, but we will see how it goes.

Vacation is a wonderful thing. I highly recommend that everyone participate in the activity as much as possible, but if you do then you need to do it right. See, I opened my eyes and suddenly learned that I have never vacationed the right way. I knew that one was supposed to “relax” while on vacation, however, I just thought that was a myth, something for the travel brochures. I didn’t think that people actually did it! But now, I think that some people really do relax while on vacation.

All of the vacations I ever took in my life were filled with long distance driving with a car load of fighting kids, worrying about getting to the hotel at a certain time, then worrying about keeping the kids busy, or the wife happy, and running here, there, and everywhere constantly because what else are we supposed to do…….WE ARE ON VACATION!!

The Black Family Vacation

This trip I made up my mind to do my very best to just “go with the flow” and not worry about every little thing. I worked very hard to not care whether or not we were stuck in traffic, or if we were a little late going to dinner. I tried hard to realize that it’s okay to not plan something for every minute of every day and just simply do-whatever-we-dowhenever-we-do-it and guess what………? I did it!

Well, I did it enough to make me realize that I can do it if I continue to work at it. There were a couple of times when I caught myself stressing out about something ridiculous or unimportant, but then I would decide that there was absolutely no reason to be worrying about it and I would just let it go.

The last day we were at the condo, I woke up and made the executive decision that I did not want to run, run, run that day. I just wanted to lay on the couch and read my book and not do anything. So that’s exactly what I did. But then something weird happened. I observed something that I had never seen before while on vacation. My wife started stressing out!

Mrs. Black does not have the same issues that I have when it comes to being anxious and worried and stressed while on a trip. She is always as calm as a conch shell when we are traveling but suddenly, there she was…….fidgeting around, restless, and anxious. It seemed the more I was relaxed, the more her stressed meter rose up into the red zone!

The way I have it figured, there is some requirement that at least one adult must be stressed at all times while on a family vacation! I knew there had to be a reason for it, and now the answer had appeared right in front of me like a Virgin Mary in a piece of toast.

I decided to test my theory so I finished my book, jumped up and declared that we had to go do something. I couldn’t just sit around any longer! I began being my old self and started worrying that we weren’t milking enough out of this trip and we must go do something!

Mrs. Black’s eyes rolled back in her head, she took a deep breath, and suddenly she was as relaxed as if she had been doing goat-yoga for the last 3 hours.

Maybe on our next vacation I will gradually work my bride’s stress level up a few hours at a time so that she doesn’t go into heart-attack level stress mode all at once. I may even test the limits and relax for an entire morning!

Headed For Trouble

We are headed for the perfect storm.

Try to imagine if you will, a country with no Law Enforcement Officers. Try to imagine a country that is patrolled by, and laws are enforced by, the military, or National Guard. Try to imagine a country where lawlessness is a regular way of life. Where good people must build fortresses to protect their families from the killers, rapists, and gangs that control the streets.

This may all sound like some sick fantasy of some “dooms-dayer”, but is it really that far from reality? Take a look at some of the things that have happened just recently and decide for yourself.

In the afternoon on Sunday June 23rd North St. Louis County Police Officer Mike Langsdorf was shot inside a store after he responded to a man trying to pass a bad check. As this hero laid dying on the floor, the cashier supervisor KASHINA HARPER didn’t try and stop the bleeding. She didn’t try to comfort Officer Langsdorf. Kashina Harper thought it was more important to LIVESTREAM a dying Police Officer’s last few moments of life on Facebook for her friends to watch.

What makes this even worse is that shortly after she broadcasted her movie to her Facebook friends, she sent it to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper immediately posted the livestream video on their website. Officer Lansgford’s family had not even been notified of his death yet and here is a media outlet rushing to broadcast the video of a man dying that a sub-human piece of crap stood there and recorded instead of helping the man. You can read the story on Law Enforcement Today

You can tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper what you think about them right here if you want to. I did.

On Wednesday, June 19th Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan was murdered by a man who had barricaded himself in a “nest” and waited for responding officers to arrive. The hero Officer never stood a chance. The coward continued to fire at Officers with automatic weapons, preventing them from getting to Tara and helping her. It took 45 minutes for them to finally make it to her, but it was too late. Now for the truly sick part of the story. During the 45 minutes the Officers were pinned down, the crowd of people can be heard on video laughing, cheering, and celebrating the fact that an Officer lay dying on the ground. Members of this “community” can be heard shouting that she “got what she deserved”.

On May 5th in Biloxi, Mississippi a 19 year old coward walked 8 miles to the Biloxi Police Department with the sole intention of killing a Police Officer. As Officer Robert McKeithen stood talking to 2 women, this coward walked up behind the hero officer and shot him 9 times from behind. He is on video arriving at the Police Station with a big smile on his face just minutes before the shooting. After the shooting, 2 of the coward’s brothers, and 3 other people helped him hide from Law Enforcement. (All 5 have been charged with Accessory After-the-Fact to Capital Murder).

After being arrested, the coward told Officers they should “respect the shooter”, and laughed and giggled as he was being escorted in the Biloxi PD. At his preliminary hearing, the coward giggled, laughed, and shook his head as a Detective testified as to how the murder unfolded.

Coward smiling as he walks into the Biloxi PD just minutes before murdering Officer McKeithen.

Earlier this month, students at Portland State University rallied at a board meeting demanding that all Police Officers be unarmed. This stemmed from an incident on campus where a coward pointed a gun at officers and was shot and killed. The students stated that if the Officers had been unarmed that this poor, innocent young man would still be alive. Nevermind that at least one cop would be dead. That’s not important because they chose that job so it’s their fault they’re dead.

In May and June at least 72 Police Officers were placed on suspension for posts on their personal Facebook pages during the last few years. A group decided they would scour the internet searching for posts that they were offended by and then published those posts for the public to see. Several Police Departments, including the Dallas PD, couldn’t run fast enough to suspend officers. The Plain View Project is the name of the group (which of course was started by a lawyer) and you can view the “Offensive” posts for yourself here. Some of these posts include nothing more than the Spartan Helmet image that a lot of cops like to use. Some of them are simply cops applauding the fact that a crime victim fought back and won. Now I am not going to stand here and tell you that there are no posts that are offensive and cross a line, there are, however, many of them are absolutely not and those officers will be punished for them because they offended “someone, somewhere”.

On May 6th a coward was recorded getting on top of a police vehicle and urinating on it outside a movie theater. In the video you can hear the crowd cheering him on.

On Wednesday June 12th in Memphis, Tennessee members of the Gulf Coast Regional Task Force attempted to arrest a coward for felony warrants. The coward got into his car and began ramming the officer’s vehicles. He then got out of his car with a gun and the officers solved his problem for him. A large crowd gathered and began throwing bricks, bottles, rocks, and everything else at the officers. More than 30 of them had to go to the hospital for treatment. The crowd damaged police cars and a Fire Station that was nearby.

(Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)

Memphis police officers were called in to help with crowd control as word of the shooting spread on social media. As more protesters showed up, more Memphis officers and Shelby County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene. The situation then escalated, and officers donned protective riot gear as people threw rocks and bricks. Police cars and a nearby fire station were damaged, Rallings said.”

In April of this year, mobs of hundreds of teenagers swarmed the city’s streets on more than one occasion. Experts said the mobs aren’t just disturbances caused by crowds of teens with nowhere to go. They’re actually diversions to serve as a distraction so crimes can be committed. Groups of teens connect on social media and make plans to bombard downtown areas together. “Some of the organizers on social media are doing this intentionally,” one Alderman said. “They’re trying to get large groups together so they can hide behind these groups and commit these criminal acts.” He continued, “People are getting hurt. They’re being struck. Punched in the face. Older people are getting pushed to the ground. Purses are being stolen.”

NBC Chicago

The stories go on and on of people attacking Law Enforcement Officers and then cheering and celebrating when an officer is hurt or killed. There is very, very little respect for police in America in 2019. Parents are teaching their kids to hate police. They are teaching them that we are the enemy.

Injured Officer in Sydney, Australia. They are dealing with some of the same issues of anti-law enforcement sentiment.

There are also stories all over the internet about Law Enforcement Agencies that cannot fill empty positions in their departments. Just this past week the Portland, Oregon Police Chief announced that he was relaxing standards in order to get applicants. Suddenly, in Portland, you can have tattoos up your neck and on your face, but as long as you have a High School Diploma, or a GED, you can be a cop. And Portland is just the latest in a long list of agencies to relax their hiring standards.

The point of this story is that we are speeding down a road to bad things happening.

  1. The bottom has dropped out of the “Respect for Law Enforcement” bucket.
  2. Police agencies all over the country are begging for police applicants, leaving less and less officers to work the streets.
  3. When you have less officers working the streets you get officers working many hours of overtime and getting more and more stressed, with little to no time off to decompress.
  4. When you have officers working too many hours and they don’t have a chance to decompress they start making mistakes. Mistakes cause bad things to happen.
  5. When departments cannot get any police applicants, instead of working harder to find a way to recruit applicants, they are simply lowering their standards of what they will accept just to fill a vacant position.
  6. When you hire, and give a gun to, a substandard officer applicant, and you send him out into the public with all the power and authority of a Police Officer, how can you be surprised when it goes bad?
  7. Once they hire a new officer, it is perfectly fine for them to have tattoos all over their faces and wear nasty looking beards, but they danged-well better not post a cartoon of a cop kicking a criminal in the butt on social media!

Police Officers in this country are waking up by the dozens every day and realizing that they cannot do their jobs anymore. They are realizing that they are in a no-win situation. Now, not only do you have to worry about going home alive at the end of the shift, but they have to worry equally as much whether or not they are going to go to jail by the end of the shift. All it takes now is for the officer to be recorded taking a suspect to the ground and that video hits the internet going 8 million miles per hour.

There is no way, absolutely no way, that I can recommend for anyone to go into law enforcement as a career. YOU CANNOT WIN! No matter what you do, you will eventually lose. You will lose your family life, you will lose financial security, you will lose your health, you will lose your freedom, or you will lose your life, but you will lose. If you want to help people for a living, go be a Firefighter.

I know there will be people out there saying that I am just an old, bitter cop with a bad attitude, and that is okay. But I am not telling anybody to take my word for it, here are the facts, go decide for yourself. I would like to hear from anyone in the internet universe who can convince me that this pattern is going to turn around. In the meantime, I’m standing firm.

To all you Officers out there, be safe, be vigilant, and always do the right thing, even if you think nobody is watching!

It’s Time To Show Them.

It’s time to give them a taste of what they are asking for.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I made the mistake of sitting down and flipping through social media and ended up exactly where I knew I would…….. in a little place called Angryville!

More and more people are running around slamming ALL Law Enforcement Officers. Every cop, in every city, is suddenly a racist, black-people hating cop who does nothing but beat the crap out of, and kill, sweet little innocent misunderstood baby boys.

We see it on the news every day now…..5 minutes after every single shooting….wait….. 5 minutes after every single shooting that involves a black person, the local “Reverends” in the community start screaming “SHOW US THE TAPE!”. I mean really, 5 freaking minutes after…….the Coroners Office hasn’t even arrived on scene yet and they want to see the tape!

But then something happens…..the Chief shows them the tape. Every person in the world with a computer can now see that the poor, innocent, misunderstood little boy CLEARLY has a gun in his hands. Every person in the world with a computer can now see that the poor, innocent, misunderstood little boy CLEARLY points the weapon at Police Officers who are telling him over and over and over using loud, clear, simple words that 4 year-olds can understand to DROP THE WEAPON. Every person in the world with a computer can now see that the poor, innocent, misunderstood little boy CLEARLY gets the crap shot out of him because of HIS decisions. His choices. His actions.

Is that good enough for Reverend John Q. Public? OF COURSE NOT! What fun would that be? If they step back and say “You know what? That stupid idiot should have dropped his gun and he would still be breathing” then they couldn’t get their 15 minutes of fame in front of the news cameras! If they did that they couldn’t convince the family of poor little junior to hire their brother-in-law, the attorney, to sue the city for every dollar that has ever crossed into the city limits. And naturally, after all is settled out of court, the Rev’s church will get a little “bonus” in the offering plate.

You think I’m wrong? You think I’m making this up? It happens all the time people.

Suddenly in 2019 everybody has decided that all cops are nothing but murderers who drive around everyday hoping for their opportunity to murder an innocent black man. Oh, and do you think it makes a difference if the cop is black!?!?!? HELL NO IT DOESN’T! “He’s been working for the police too long and he ain’t black no more!” YES this has been stated on camera!

But things are changing rapidly, and not for the better. A few days ago some members of a U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force was FORCED to shoot a man, who happened to be African American. You can read about it here.

Jim Weber/Daily Memphian via AP

Immediately, the Officers on scene started getting assaulted by cowards throwing rocks, bottles, bricks, and anything else they could get their hands on. At least 36 officers and deputies suffered injuries, including six who had to be taken to the hospital, according to the Memphis Police Department. So lets take a look at this situation.

A man had placed an ad on Facebook for a vehicle and had been negotiating with the coward who was killed by authorities in Memphis, identified as 20-year-old Brandon “Coward” (I will not give this piece of crap any notoriety). On June 3, douchebag traveled to Hernando, where he and the victim took the car for a test drive. The douchebag then allegedly told the victim that he wanted to see what the car could do, and after the victim got out of the car, douchebag shot him five times. The victim is alive but is still in the hospital.

Mr. Douchebag

Mr. Douchebag had warrants issued out of Hernando, Mississippi, for aggravated assault, conspiracy and armed robbery. Not to mention a criminal history so long that you could wallpaper a house with it.

Because Mr. Douchebag was considered armed and dangerous, Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service were called in and attempted to stop Webber as he was getting into a vehicle outside a home in the Frayser area of north Memphis on Wednesday night. He then rammed the car multiple times into the officers’ vehicles and then got out holding a weapon. The officers fired at Douchebag , solving all of his problems.

Okay, now that you have the picture, tell me what all of those pissed-off rock throwers wanted the cops to do? How do they believe the cops should have handled the situation? Just let him go? Apologize and ask nicely for him to go to jail? Consult with his momma’s reverend before making a decision on what to do?

Maybe all law enforcement agencies in the United States should be forced to always ask a suspect’s family preacher to bring him to the jail before being allowed to try and make the arrest themselves? Maybe they should be forced to make a Youtube video explaining to the suspect why he should turn himself in to authorities and post it for a mandatory 30 days before being allowed to go after him?

It’s time to give them what they want people! It’s time for these communities to get a taste of what they are asking for!

I am proposing that every single cop in the country call in sick on the same day. EVERY COP. From the Chief down to the brand new rookie, NOBODY puts on a badge for 24 hours. Give them exactly what they want, NO COPS.

Now, we won’t advertise the date that this would take place, no need in giving the douchebags of the country a heads up. It will be a happy surprise for them. “911 what is your emergency? Oh they are shooting up your house? Oh okay, sorry, I don’t have any Officers to send you but thanks for calling.”

That is what it is going to take for the law-abiding citizens of this country to start defending and supporting law enforcement. That’s what it is going to take for the law-abiding citizens of this country to start telling Black Lives Matter and the rest of them to sit down and shut the hell up.

Something’s gotta give.

The Kaufman Police Association’s 16th Annual Kids Blue Gill Fishing Tournament

This tournament for kids was started 16 years ago by a few of us that were involved in the Kaufman Police Association. It has been such a huge success every year so I wanted to tell you a little about it. This year’s tournament is June 15th starting at 7 a.m.

Every kid comes away with a prize and they have a very good chance at taking home a trophy. The association has a ton of great raffle prizes as well. They feed everyone hot dogs and chips, they have drinks and it is just an absolute great time! I promise you, you and your child will never forget this day.

The tournament is held at a private fishing lake on the Star Brand Ranch between Kaufman and Crandall, just off of Highway 175. The tournament is usually over around noon, before it gets too hot.

Kaufman Police Association members Robin Smith and Joel Norris work on this tournament for months getting donations and prizes and they do an amazing job!

Contact Robin at 972-932-3094 for more information and to register you and your child for the tournament. The $25 per team fee is absolutely nothing compared to what you will come away with, I promise.

It’s Summertime……already?

Yep, it is. It’s summertime and school is out. That means the beautiful little children are at home……………… all day ……………………….every day ………………with me………………….Yay!

I’ve learned something about kids in the few days that they have been at home with me……….kids are a lot of freakin work! They are always wanting something, or wanting to go somewhere, or fighting with each other, or otherwise just being a pain in my ass!

Don’t get me wrong, I adore my babies, I really do. The thing I like most about my kids is that they are hilarious. They do stuff that just makes you laugh out loud and think “how did they think of that?”.

A Perfect example is this morning. I am in the bathroom taking care of the morning business when I start hearing this noise in the kitchen. It sounded like someone was opening and closing the silverware drawer really fast. This went on for like 20 minutes! (Yes, I take my time on the throne barring a fire or nudity on television).

So after I finish my business, I go in the kitchen to find out what the heck all the noise is when I see my two children sitting ON TOP of the island in the kitchen playing Foosball on a portable Foosball table! They’re not on the giant coffee table in their game room, no sir, they are in the kitchen on top of the counter playing freakin Foosball. And you wanna know what the sad part is?? I didn’t even ask them WHY they were on the kitchen counter playing Foosball. I just chalked it up as normal and went on about my business.

I mean let’s face it, if they aren’t painting the dog or rappelling off the ceiling fan, then I consider it a successful day.

How long before school starts again?

Being Dumb Is Hard.

I know, I’ve got a lot of years of experience under my belt.

So I bought myself a CNC Router Machine. For those of you that don’t know, it is basically a computer controlled drill bit that let’s you carve designs and other things into wood, plastic, and other materials.

I have wanted one for a long time, however, I am scared to death of this machine.

Allow me to explain.

You see, a few years ago I got a bee in my bonnet to buy a Laser Engraver, which is just a CNC Machine that uses a laser instead of a drill bit. It took me months of high blood pressure inducing practice to get it to actually do what I wanted it to do! I never could figure out where the damned thing would start engraving. So I had to get it all set up and start it, then wait to see where it would move to and start the project. Then I would have to stop it, replace the wood (because when it started to engrave it would mark up the wood that was in there), and then try to position the new piece of wood at the exact place where I needed the engraving to start. This machine was evil!

During that time, I realized that one must understand g-coding and vector images, and other technical terms that I am just too damn dumb to comprehend. Well to shorten this up a little, along about then is when we moved to a new city and the Laser Engraver sits up on a shelf in the garage, shooting me the finger every time I walk in there. Taunting me………..daring me to try again…………………..mean ass machine.

Anyway, so over the past couple years I have become more and more interested in getting back into woodworking and this machine called the “X-Carve” caught my eye and I have been stalking it on the computer ever since. Each day I am on there checking it out, wondering………… maybe ……. just maybe I could figure this thing out.

Well about 6 weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought one. I found a guy in Grand Prairie that had one the size I wanted and he was selling it, and all the extra stuff he had bought with it, for a great price.

It’s been sitting in my garage flipping me the bird ever since I brought it home. It knows I’m scared. It senses the fear in me, the self-doubt, the lingering feelings of defeat that the Laser Engraver dished out to me like a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. I think they’ve been talking.

Anyway……… I finally gathered up enough courage to give it a try. I woke up this morning determined that I was going to conquer this machine! I was going to hoist the trophy of victory over my head and show that damn machine who is boss!

I’ve been on the computer now for 2 hours trying to figure out why I can’t get a drill bit to go in the router.

Sorry Son of a @$#%

The agony of defeat.

NOT AGAIN………

Y’all are going to have to forgive me for the words that I am about to type into this post. I’m just going to put it out there right up front so if you keep reading it’s on you.

Another baby has died after being left inside a day care van, this time in Florida. You can see the news report here.

This has got to be the single most preventable tragedy that ever takes place, and it keeps happening! How the hell do you forget a baby in a vehicle!?!? This is such total bullshit. Are daycare centers hiring people that simply cannot count? I mean it’s absolutely simple; you pick up 6 kids, you make sure 6 kids get out of the damn van! 6 on, 6 off, it’s pretty fucking elementary people!

I have some serious problems with this particular murder, and you’re damn right, that’s exactly what it is, a cut and dry HOMICIDE!

Why was a 4-month-old baby placed in the 3rd row of the van anyway? An infant should ALWAYS be strapped in right behind the driver. This would fall under….what are the words….oh yeah, COMMON FUCKING SENSE!

The daycare, and I use that term only because that is what they were SUPPOSED to be, never even notified the state that they transported children! You know why?…….Because it costs a little extra money to have that privilege approved by state regulators, that’s why.

My next question is this; why isn’t the news reporting the arrest of the baby’s Daddy? Because I promise you one damn thing, they would have had to send the entire Sheriff’s Department to get me off that sorry son-of-a-bitch. That’s not bravado, it’s just me stating what I know would have happened. I would have lost my mind, just like I know these parents have.

Why, why, in this country where the elected criminals work to regulate every damned tiny facet of our lives, have they not mandated a warning system be installed in every vehicle that alerts you if you shut the doors with the engine turned off and there is still a child in the car?!? They have the technology people! The only reason they have not done so is because the government is going to have to supplement the cost of having the system installed in older cars. All it would take for every single new vehicle produced or imported in this country to have the system is legislation enacted, and we all know the bastards in Washington DC love to enact legislation don’t we!

Ooooh but wait…….it would interfere with Pelosi’s and Schumer’s self-promoting, ridiculous war on Trump in order to take the time to get this legislation passed wouldn’t it!

Why can’t some of these wealthy, dead-braincell-having, assholes that are out here paying 91 million dollars for a 3-foot tall metal rabbit, get out there and get behind a project like this and get it done???

Some pathetic idiot, Steve Cohen, just paid 91 million dollars for this ridiculous rabbit.

Why can’t rich people like the stupid-ass moron that paid 1.1 million dollars for a solid red painting get out there and do something worthy like this?

Or how about the pathetic Richie Rich who paid 86.5 million dollars for a painting that is just orange and red splotches? Why can’t they get out there and actually do something good with the money they are dying to throw away?

Or how about my favorite example of the level of stupidity of some wealthy individuals…..2.2 million dollars for this thing that any child in the world could draw….

I just don’t get it. We have babies dying every other day, but the most influential people in this country do not give a damn about it. Oh sure, they throw a few dollars to a charity here and there, but they are not doing anything near what they can, and should, be doing.

And I know there is going to be some smart-ass out there who is going to ask “well what the hell are YOU doing to help?” Well let me tell you asshole; I have written about two dozen letters to various legislators, including those that represent me, and those that don’t, pleading for them to take this problem seriously. I have sent emails to Ford, Chrysler, GMC, and Toyota executives trying to put pressure on them. When I was an active cop, I created pamphlets and social media posts trying to bring awareness to this issue. I know it’s not much, but I am doing what I can to try and prevent one more child from dying like this. You can find your Senators here. And you can find a list of top company executives here.

As for those people who defend the parents, daycare workers, or anybody else who “forgets” a child in a car, to those who defend them by saying stupid bullshit like “sometimes people just get too busy and forget”, or my favorite “the dad was going about his regular routing and forgot he was supposed to drop off the baby at daycare” I say this…..at what point did ANYTHING become more important than your child? When, exactly, did work, or “routine”, or ANYTHING ELSE become a viable excuse for killing your own child? You work on that and get back to me.

I hope the bastard gets life in prison without the possibility of parole. The death penalty would be too good for his sorry ass.

There Are Too Many Bad Police Chiefs Out There.

UPDATE, THEY FIRED HIM TODAY!!!

Great Job Fort Worth, Texas!

More Oversight Is Needed On These People.

It’s time that citizens step up and demand better from the people chosen to run their police departments.

The Chief of Police of the Fort Worth Police Department was kicked out of CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas). So he did what any professional, highly-visible Chief of a very large department would do…………he waited until he got to Washington DC for National Police Week, where fallen Officers are being honored, he waited until he got into a ceremony, where 2 fallen Ft. Worth Officers were being memorialized, and he started a heated verbal confrontation with the President of CLEAT.

This is not hearsay, this is not rumor, this happened in front of many witnesses, INCLUDING the wife of Officer Garrett Hull who was one of the fallen Ft. Worth Officers being remembered. Real Classy Chief!

One of the witnesses was Manny Ramirez, the President of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association.

From the Ft. Worth Star Telegram article;

Ramirez said Thursday evening that Fitzgerald had warned him earlier in the night that he planned to confront Harrison. Ramirez said he asked the chief not to do so at the prestigious event where two Fort Worth officers were to be honored. Ramirez said he was later trying to usher people onto the stage for a photograph when he saw Fitzgerald moving quickly toward Harrison with his eyes fixated on the man. “I placed myself in his path because I know there’s going to be a confrontation given what he told me earlier in the evening,” Ramirez said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I thought it better to prevent any type of contact.” Ramirez said when he blocked Fitzgerald, he hollered “Todd!” and said, ‘I’m going to talk to you now or I’m going to talk to you in the courtroom.’” “He kept loudly repeating, ‘You messed up! You messed up!” Ramirez added. Ramirez estimated there were about 40 people on the stage and 300 people still inside the ballroom when the confrontation occurred. He said the chief’s actions were inappropriate at a time and venue when the focus should been on honoring Matt Putnam and David Jwanowski — Fort Worth officers who received the National Top Cops Award from the National Association of Police Organizations. The officers had been involved in the take-down of suspected robbers on the night Cpl. Garrett Hull was shot and fatally wounded. Hull’s widow, Sabrina Hull, was among those present when the confrontation took place.

You can read the entire Star Telegram article here.

There is a big problem in this country with city leaders appointing people with zero leadership ability, people who have criminal records, and people who have proven over and over again with disciplinary actions that they should not be wearing a badge, much less a Chief’s badge.

So why does it keep happening? In this April 2019 article, USA Today digs into this issue. But even when a Police Chief proves that they are not fit to lead a department, city leaders often refuse to get rid of them until something bad happens and they, the city managers, look bad.

Smaller departments are the absolute worst at letting bad police chiefs destroy a department before they finally remove them, if they ever do. The reason is simple……there is very little real oversight of smaller departments.

Most of the time, the only information that city councils and city managers receive about their departments are in monthly reports that just throw out numbers and percentages. Very, very few city managers ever take the time to speak to the officers and employees about what is really going on in their police departments. Most city managers have the diluted mentality that “he’s the Chief so he will tell me if there is something wrong”. This way of blindly allowing bad police chiefs to self-report is absolutely ridiculous and it is time that it changes.

I am not 100% in favor of “Police Oversight Boards” when it comes to these people, who know nothing about law enforcement, having any kind of say in how police work is done. I am, however, 110% FOR some kind of civilian police department command-staff evaluation process. This process must include confidential feedback from, and interviews with, all police department employees. This is the only way that citizens and city councils will get the truth about what goes on in their police departments and how they are being managed, or mismanaged.

Bad Chiefs
Another large city example.

There are police chiefs out there protecting bad cops. I know, I have experienced and fought this battle with a past chief. The problem is that the city leaders absolutely refused to listen to anyone but the Chief of Police, simply because he is the chief. Have you ever heard of anything more ignorant than that? That is how things were done in the past, and citizens need to start demanding better from city management!

This is an older article (2014) from PoliceOne.com, but it accurately describes the harm that poor police leadership can cause.

Some police chiefs are worse than others of course, but even if they do not break the law under the color of their gold badge, a bad chief can do severe harm to a department and it’s officers. None more so than those who lead smaller departments.

You can find stories like this all over the country.

Like many other cities around the country, Fort Worth needs to throw this unprofessional clown out into the street and say “BYE FELICIA!” Hell, he has spent most of his time as Chief looking for a new job anyway.

.As for all of those who live in small towns, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your police force using current, updated practices and procedures?
  • Is your Chief of Police moving the department forward, or is he keeping the department sitting stagnant and operating by the old “We’ve always done it this way” method?
  • Are your police officers professional. Do they look professional, act professional, and are they involved with the community?
  • Do you constantly hear bad things about a particular officer or the chief?
  • Does your chief have a working knowledge of updated computer technology, grant submission, and social media practices?
  • What is the turnover rate for officers at your department?

If you do not like the answers to these questions then you need to start speaking with city leaders and probably start submitting some open records requests at your PD. If you don’t know what to request send me an email and I will help you decide what you need to look for.