In Soviet Russia, The Billionaires Make Better Policy Than The Government

Being of Greek descent, one of the things “my people” have given humanity is a reminder every four years to get together and have a little competitive fun.  Drink a little wine.  Be civilized.   Be naked and participate in bath orgies.  Okay, maybe not that one so much these days, but Greek Philosophers WERE(okay, me included, ARE) unarguably some of the world’s best thinkers, and a lot of credit is due to Greeks for their contributions to society.

My grandfather served his community as a market owner who gave food to “those people” in “that neighborhood” in Chicago because they were hungry and he had to get rid of food before it spoiled and served nobody.  So he drove it down himself.  At his funeral, you wouldn’t have known a Greek person had passed away.

My father does his own contributions, too many to list here.  Greeks as a people are quite generous in the large spectrum of society, and have many instances of documented humanity in history.

One of them being the Olympics.

So to the hard-working athletes, I apologize ahead of time, but I won’t be tuning into the Olympics this year.  It’s not your fault, but it’s a point of principle that doesn’t allow my actions to contribute to some serious issues that I may even share with many of you.

Russia, this year, has taken that beautiful gift, our Communal Crystal Vase of Excellence, reached out with a velvet glove in front of every nation, and taken and COMPLETELY SMASHED that whole concept and sent the world back about 50 years.

With the recent Gay Rights violations, I’m almost surprised that Russia hasn’t also considered not allowing women to participate.   I mean, if you’re going to go back in time and make some laws, don’t half-ass it.  Go all out and show your entire inability to allow progress and equality to be a staple.

Even Google, and their usual left-of-center politics felt the need to make a point to Russia, and they do a wonderful job.  I hope you bigots in Russia are getting the point.  And you know Google attention doesn’t come easy.  There’s usually some unheard of inventor or NPR-esque tribute to a little-known contributor to society on their homepage.  So when you get their attention, it’s for a reason.

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Fine, we Greeks didn’t allow women to participate initially in Ancient Greece.  You could make that argument in a lame attempt to “trump me” into some feigned fairness bicker where you’d still lose.  But we needed women to judge the races at the finish line.  If you’ve ever met a Greek woman, you know that once she sees something, you’re not going to argue with her because her mind is made up.  Every Greek woman makes the perfect referee.  You’re going to lose if you contest a Greek woman, and you’ll lose every time, and if you don’t ante up, she’ll pull your ear, spritz your eyes with Windex and drag your ass around until you concede.  No good Greek man dares object.

This is how the Olympics worked until people want to get all digital and put cameras everywhere.  Then one year, we invited the Chinese, and they showed up with crates and outfitted everything with electronics – digital timers, photographs of the finish line, buzzers…..  And the rest is history.

I’m kidding.  Lighten up.

Women DID compete in 1900 (Paris, if memory serves correctly), and that was still far ahead of most women’s rights movements.  With the addition of women’s boxing to the Olympic events, the 2012 Games in London were the first in which women competed in all the sport events.  Again, some countries are still waiting for that, and women worldwide should have that equality.  As should all groups.

I’m going to assume that the ancient Greeks weren’t exactly all monogamous, and it’s quite possible that a few were… you know… teetering on their sexuality.   So let’s finally get with it.  If we’re going to exclude someone from the Olympics, its because they don’t deserve to be there FOR THEIR PHYSICAL ABILITY, and not ANY other reason.  

The Gay Rights issue is one good reason I’ll be boycotting.  Shame on you, Russia, for not allowing a qualified participant under the Olympic Committee have safety and freedom from harassment.   If you can’t handle this as a national issue, DON’T HOST THE PEA-PICKIN’ OLYMPICS!   Your biggest LGBTQ consideration should be if someone qualifies to be in the MENS ROOM or the LADIES ROOM, and even then, THEY get to choose their identity, and your job… quite frankly… .is to make sure that facility is clean enough.

But it doesn’t even end at human abuses.

I just read this article from the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/06/sports/olympics/racing-to-save-dogs-roaming-around-sochi.html?_r=0

The other issue that rips my Jockeys is the horrendous abuse as far as the euthanasia of street dogs.   Can I use the term, “genocide” in this?  Is that fair?  Genocide is defined as, “the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national, racial, political, or cultural group.”    Okay, so “species” isn’t included, but you get my point.

Here’s what one of those exterminators had to say:

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

No.

What’s a disgrace is that your country is so ass-backwards that it has no “Spay or Neuter” program for citizens – that is, until the last minute when they all must be “rounded up”.   Not all countries have a management program, but to nail them down like you’re doing so that “it doesn’t look bad?”   That’s what I find MOST inhumane.
What’s a disgrace is that your construction industry promotes this problem without a responsibility for cleaning up.  Sterilization is not promoted, and animal abuse isn’t against the law.
What’s a disgrace is that you shoot them with poison that suffocates them after painfully disabling them until the compound finally shuts down vital organs.
What’s a disgrace is that it takes TOURISM DOLLARS and an INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY for you jackholes to wake up and address a problem of stray, hungry dogs, and the only “solution” is a government funded program to “round them up and kill them” for $25-35. each.

Yet,  you vacant-headed marmalukes think that a “dog entering the stadium” is a black mark on your country?   Are you kidding me?

From a CNN Report:  (Footage of dying dogs on video – you were warned)
http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/05/world/europe/russia-sochi-stray-dogs/index.html

“At first I thought someone beat the dog,” she recalled. “The dog jumped up and started running around in circles. Then she fell down and started spitting up … I called the veterinarian. He said there is a 100% guarantee the dog was poisoned.”

Krasova filmed the dying dog with her cell phone. So did Irina Gutnik, another Sochi resident.

Gutnik said she encountered a dog convulsing and barking in fear and pain in Sochi’s Bitka neighborhood in December.

“They always poison the street dogs here,” Krasova said. “But in December it got terrible … they began poisoning the animals terribly before the Olympics.”

And get this:  A BILLIONAIRE – one of those “Ritchey Rich ONE Percenters”, famous for International hate and scorn and anti-adornship, yet one with a heart…  STOOD UP and made a makeshift shelter for ALL of the dogs, while animal activists are trying desperately to save every possible pup.

Clearly Russia’s millionaires have a little more class than some of America’s millionaires.  Instead of buying boobs or “vagina tucks” or buying countless cars and mansions to the point where they lose count of how many they own  (Like Senator John McCain, R-AZ)…  RUSSIA has a BILLIONARE –  one uses their money for good, giving back to their community and at least appearing to be a humanitarian, if not an animaltarian.   (Yeah, it’s a word now, and if you disagree, I’ll tell a Greek woman that you said she was ugly.  Good luck with that.)

The Russian Government appears to not have moved forward much, but their people have, and that gives me hope.   To the nameless person in Russia, please know that many of us tip our hats with respect to you.  You’re “doing it right!”.

This is not the Olympics the Greeks gave you – one with kinship, and a competitive-yet-equal community.  Other countries have managed to at least get a “C+” in regards to human rights.  Not this year.  This is the Ruble-lympics, made so Mother Russia can pontificate their country’s “Great Favor of Nations” in a nation that is broken, intolerant to both humans AND animals, and one where the dollar – and short term reputation – comes first.

This is a farce, and barring any appearance by the Scorpions performing,  I’m not participating by watching, supporting or donating until we can find a host country that has a modicum of decency, or the Olympic Committee starts doing a better job of choosing cities.   This isn’t something that just “popped up” in recent “weeks”.  This was a serious oversight that should have disqualified Russia if anyone had bothered to walk around the area to see if it would indeed interfere.

Good luck to the competitors.  I’m sorry you have to compete in a backwards-ass country for your hard-earned moment of glory.  You deserve better as professional athletes, but I can’t send a dollar in this year to this bad decision.

If that’s not bad enough, there are unconfirmed rumors that Putin’s girlfriend will be lighting the Olympic torch:
http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/02/06/report-putins-girlfriend-may-light-sochi-olympic-torch/

I didn’t realize that “Presidential ****-Sucking was an Olympic Torch Qualifier these days.  I should really get with the times.

Wait.  THIS is Putin’s girlfriend?   How YOU doin?

I know what YOU’RE really good at!  Gymnastics!

(No seriously, she is.  In 1998 at 15-years-old, Kabaeva won the European Championships in Portugal.  That’s a fact.)

Sorry.  I was distracted.  Back to the point:

The Olympic Committee needs to step up and punish the wrongs of both human rights, animal rights, and favoritism happening this time, and work diligently to make sure it doesn’t happen again at any other place or time.

The treatment of the Olympics, of people, of animals and favoritism by the government is unacceptable.

I’m tuning out.   Good luck American athletes.  Go get em’.

–ANP

Edited to add:    While Greece is not immune to the social ills described above, we’ve taken preference from other countries for less.  It’s time to make sure equality is judged in performance, rather than anything else.  The country’s anthem is played to honor the nation and the athlete.

Edited AGAIN to add:  The Scorpions are German.   Wow, I’m going to send MYSELF to the corner with my head down for 10 minutes of QUIET TIME for that blunder.

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Letter to Walgreens CEO #1

PLEASE READ FIRST, THEN VOTE!  Thanks! –ANP

 

February 3, 2014

AnthNoPology
(Address removed for the crapbats who send spam and hate mail. lulz.)

Gregory D. Wasson
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
108 Wilmot Road
Deerfield, Illinois 60015

Mr. Wasson;

I reach out to you in frustration and concern, and hope you can inform me of your corporate policy.

As a Block Watch Captain and volunteer neighborhood advocate in my Phoenix, AZ neighborhood, we’re working hard to keep our community safe for our residents.

Recently, we came across some prescriptions of Codeine (for “Drank”, a popular street drink), filled by Walgreens, being openly sold on some Facebook and Craigslist pages where people sell guns, drugs, spray paint and trade for dogs.    While the seller usually blocks out their name, they usually forget to block out the RX number on the bottle – key information that identifies someone if the pharmacy is willing to act.

When we reach out to your competitor, CVS, they are happy to accept a picture, click a link we send, investigate, notify the doctor and even call the police so we aren’t targets for reporting it.   One CVS Pharmacist has even given me her cell phone number so that when we come across prescriptions being sold by CVS locations, I can just snap a picture of my screen and send it to her.  I get a “thank you” and a follow-up phone call letting me know that our partnership is appreciated and that action was taken.   Too often, those medicines end up in our neighborhood, or traded for drugs or guns.   CVS “gets it”.

Out of 2 stores and 4 Pharmacy employees, I’ve learned that Walgreens does NOT “get it”.   At all.

This came from your store on 3502 West Camelback Rd, Phoenix AZ.  The RX number is [redacted] and this picture is currently on Facebook, though they usually get deleted after they’re sold:

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[Anthnopology:  (The picture I sent lists the RX number)]

I was told by the pharmacy that actually filled the prescription that, “It’s not really our problem, see,  it’s probably a police matter”.    Well, sure.   I have volunteered with the PPD for several years here in Phoenix and do ride-alongs monthly with officers in my area in their patrol units.  I can tell you firsthand that none of the 5-7 officers on duty at any time in my precinct are exactly equipped to drop what they’re doing for a single drug felony when I can only provide an RX number.  I can’t even provide a name – though, Walgreens CAN.    But Walgreens isn’t interested in doing that.   Do you see why this concerns me?

The difference here is that CVS saw a concern that could negatively affect the surrounding community they do business in.  They took action, they took responsibility, they called the doctor, flagged the person in their system and they put the community at ease.   That’s what good stewardship looks like.

In contrast, Walgreens ignored my request, begrudgingly “took what information I had” with a very uninterested “We’ll look into it, I guess” attitude, gave me no reason to believe that they even care, and then told me that if [you] are *really* concerned, “go call the cops”.   With what?  An RX number?!

It takes me 4 hours with the police – as a community partner even – to do what a Walgreens Pharmacist can do in 5 minutes on the phone, and in that time, they can even contact the prescribing doctor to inform him or her.   I can’t do any of that.   My question is:  Why won’t Walgreens do that?  CVS does, so clearly, it’s not so much that Walgreens can’t do this… but is unwilling to do this, unaware to do this, and uninterested in doing this.

On 1-30-2013, I called your Customer Care Department and asked what the policy is when a customer reports that prescriptions filled are being sold illegally online, and there are pictures to prove it.  Surely your customer care would know what to do in this situation.

“We don’t know to do in that situation”, says the customer care agent.   NOBODY knows what to do, except “maybe call the police”.     “But our Customer Service Manager will review your question and return your call in 24-48 hours.   And if we don’t return your call, please call us back and give us your phone number as your reference number”.   Seriously?  Your call center can’t even commit to calling ME back?

Now get ready, Mr. Wasson.  You’ll be as shocked as I to learn that they didn’t call back, (at the time of this letter, it’s going on 60 hours now, not even counting weekends) and I really don’t believe anyone can handle this except someone at the Executive Level.   I have no faith in the Pharmacists or Technicians in the stores in my neighborhood, but I have faith that someone at the top MUST care about this.   Surely there’s a policy to report felony distribution of controlled substances!

Please send me your company’s policy so that I can either go into a Walgreens location near me and build a relationship with a Pharmacist near my zip code who will actually do the right thing on the occasional occurrence that this sort of thing happens, or make a program that makes reporting this easy, confidential and actionable (read:  believable and accountable) on Walgreens’ part.

I welcome a partnership, and look forward to seeing Walgreens step up to the plate.  It takes nothing but minimal time and effort to contact the prescribing doctor and flag someone for abusing controlled substances for them to either stop, or to make it more difficult for them to do so.  In fact, it takes more time and effort for me to find the information online in the first place than it takes your people reporting it.   So how about we meet halfway?

I’d like to see your company’s policy on this matter, please.  My address is above.

I appreciate your time and look forward to your reply.

–AnthNoPology

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Walgreens – Seriously, step up to the plate.

Every now and then, you find that a company you trust has a bad policy. Not just a little “oopsie” or “moral disagreement”, but a serious lack of ethics and borderline neglect that makes you stammer, “…. w… w.. wait, WHAT?!!!”

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This has nothing to do with birth control pills.  I don’t want you to have kids if you don’t want them.  So we can all agree on that.  Let’s just get that out of the way.

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I find – as I often do – kids selling guns or drugs online.   More recently, I’ve found prescription drugs (codene for “drank” – Google it up if you don’t know…)  and most doctors and pharmacists are happy to assist in limiting or stopping the drawing up of prescriptions for people who abuse the system by selling medicine instead of using it.

Here, check out the hazards section:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_drank   and see why I’m concerned.  It’s a problem.  There’s no argument on that.

Particularly if they then sell or trade the prescription meds for money, drugs, spray paint or pitbull dogs (which unfortunately here can end up in fight rings by the same element) – as is common on Facebook or Craigslist.

A few months ago, a kid was dumb enough to post his bottle online, and our neighborhood group contacted the CVS drugstore who was happy to give me a number to text a picture of the page, or a link, and they would personally contact the doctor, put a note in the file and if it happens again, contact the police and stop the person from filling prescriptions.   Hey!  How about that?  You take responsibility for where your products end up, and if it’s an illegal situation, you get involved and take information and do the right thing.

Nice job CVS.   You set the bar, and did what you should have done – the RIGHT THING.  THANK YOU.  They even contacted me to thank me, and let me know what they did.  That’s pretty awesome.

I called Walgreens with a similar expectation.   But alas, not so.   I called the number where it was filled, and the pharmacist technician – who had difficulty transferring me to the pharmacist’s line (yeah, that builds confidence, thanks!) finally got me to “”Mr. Pharmacist in Phoenix (name withheld)”.    He had NO CLUE what to do if someone was selling their prescriptions online.

Let me repeat that, and I paraphrase pretty closely here:  “I don’t know what to do in this sort of situation.  Could… you know, could you maybe call the police?  They could handle this”.

Yes, because one of the 5 on-duty officers currently will drop what they’re doing and start an investigation based on a citizen concern of a Facebook post.   It carries much more weight when you have a doctor reporting a medical fraud or distribution problem.

See what I’m getting at?

He said that he’d take the information, and “think about what to do, and maybe figure something out”.   No.  Your incompetence already tells me everything I need to know.  You, Pharmacist at Walgreens….  You… are… USELESS.

I was a bartender.   You know what I did when people misused what I served or got drinks that I didn’t serve?   I GOT THEM A F****** CAB!    Why?  Because I CARE about my community and I HAVE A RESPONSIBLITY  to do that for those around me. 

“Hey, that guys drunk.  Call the police!” would be just as useful in THAT situation too!

This is not Tylenol Extra Strength.  This is friggin’ codene which is regulated because of a specific misuse popular with kids – much like why they put Ephedrine products behind the counter because people were making METH out of it.  This is why the FDA and DEA have imposed strict limitations on the quantities that can be purchased and dictate that products containing this ingredient must be kept under lock and key.     So yes, THAT level of problem of misuse.

So I’m surprised to find little ol’ me – common regular guy – more in tune with the street drugs than my average Walgreens pharmacist.  THEY should be calling in reporting someone illegally selling CODENE because it’s an alarming situation that requires some sort of responsibility and action.

So I called my NEARBY Walgreens – clearly I ran into an idiot who was clueless at that location downtown.  It happens.   So let’s get someone competent to handle this situation.

So I spoke to another Pharmacist Technician who argued with me that “we don’t really care what people do after the medicines are sold”.    I couldn’t believe it.   I realize, my life is normally pretty good, and I consider myself a pretty “common man” kind of guy.   But who SAYS THAT to a customer that called up EXPRESSING CONCERN that something actually ILLEGAL took place that their place of employment is not only responsible for lawfully, but morally for the community?

So #2  “Pharmacy Technician” telling me “It don’t matter”.   Time to talk to Head Pharmacist #2.

I spoke with ANOTHER pharmacist who concluded that “it wasn’t her concern” that her company was issuing controlled substances and turning the other way when people openly and publicly resold their prescriptions, even when faced with proof.   “It’s a matter for the Police to handle”, they told me.

So let me translate that for you.    They just don’t care.

No wonder it’s rampant.

So I called Walgreens’ Customer Care (800-WALGREEN) and asked for them to review their company policy and prepare a response – written or emailed – for me.   It’s outrageous that COMMON SENSE doesn’t tell Walgreens that if someone reports that their establishments are:
1.  Breaking the law
2.  Turning away from someone reporting an illegal activity
3.  Not taking responsibility for products they distribute under law
4.  Telling concerned customers to “you know, you deal with it.  It’s not our problem” when it is.

It tells me that Walgreens doesn’t care.

So I’m going to post this and encourage people that when they have the option, choose CVS or an independent pharmacist that would care if someone was misusing or distributing controlled substances.   This response from 2 Walgreens locations is not only surprising, but offensive.

For what it’s worth, their customer service person did apologize (for me being offended, mind you, rather than the actual obvious problem).  But they get crapped on a lot and I appreciate their job.   So I’ll let this be between the “Pharmacists” and the Walgreens Management.

Walgreens has lost my business until I can call ANY location and make a report that will be taken seriously by a staff member who respects both the law, AND the community they serve.   If I have to meet with my local Councilman to get this done, I’m going to.   He’s a Firefighter (even as a Councilman), and I’m sure served in his own fair share of impaired drivers.   Certainly he has an opinion on this.

Shame on you, Walgreens.   Man up and own the problem, and take responsibility.

So you with me?

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January 31, 2014 · 5:18 am

In Support of Villa de Paz Residents

This is my original letter and response to the West Valley View.  Tonight, a City Council meeting is taking place that – unfortunately I can’t attend because I have a funding contract due for a City Grant for the Trailwood Neighborhood this evening.   This requires me to be at the Phoenix Mountain View Precinct.

That said, the article I’m referring to was written took facts only from one side.  Here’s a link to the original article.
http://www.westvalleyview.com/articles/2013/11/12/villa-de-paz-golf-course-set-close

Sometimes when you fight a losing battle that you truly believe in, you still have to do the right thing – that thing which you believe to be true, which may still end up futile.  That’s what separates the people who do from the people who simply wish.  You work until the battle is no more, and you don’t stop until then.  Because even if you lose, you gave them a hell of a run for the win, and forced them to recognize the power of your ideas, and they will have to think of why they savor that victory so much every time.

I fight because these people deserved it.

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From: Anth
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:31 AM
To: xxxxxxx
Cc: xxxxxxxx
Subject: Villa De Paz Front Page

Mr. [Editor] and [Assistant Editor]

I read in dismay the article and the complete “miss” on the front page of the West Valley View yesterday in regards to the Villa de Paz golf course.   The article was written from the perspective of Mr. Lazarus, the lawyer and lobbyist on behalf of a Canadian property investor.  It’s almost as if he wrote it himself, handed it to a reporter, and you guys decided to get a single quote from “resident Paula Dee” to “round out the article”.

As a Community Leader for the Trailwood Neighborhood in the neighborhood next to Villa de Paz, I have watched – and joined – as no less than 60 tireless residents that I’ve met and talked to  – most of them senior citizens in this older community – fight *EVERY DAY* for that community against an investor who bought the property, tried to change the rules in the dead of night, took credit for things the Residents did (like the improvements on 107th, which was strictly resident  and Block Watch organized),  and now proclaims that the golf course being removed is “already going to happen”.   It is NOT going to happen, since the stipulations prohibiting it are in place, and the residents are fighting to keep those stipulations in place.  The headline is WRONG, and the story leads your readers to believe everything the lawyer wants them to read.

Even the promise by Mr. Lazarus, “The houses would be similar in construction to surrounding ones, already built in the Villa de Paz neighborhood” is false since those plans don’t even exist yet.  These homes are 40 years old.   He’s going to build similar floorplans of 40 year old homes?

Further, I have personally and proudly joined about 60 people in protesting and raising awareness that the golf course is actually in danger in the neighborhood.  Why?  Because this is happening and even the Villa de Paz residents are unaware.    Attached is a picture of the protest several weeks ago that we invited the media to (nobody came).    The injustice is that your article severely kicked the hopes of those fighting, and some have no idea there’s even a fight taking place.

Photo included:

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I’m 40 years old.  But these are older people in their 60s and 70s and even older – who have worked their whole lives for a view of the golf course that they were promised would always be there.  According to Zillow, their homes are barely worth 100k, and they are coming together to fight with what little energy and PR smarts they have to save just that.   This is a human rights story if I ever saw one.   Your paper should be covering THEIR stories!

Mr. xxx and Mr. xxxxx, I respectfully request that you give serious consideration to affording one of those community leaders in Villa de Paz the opportunity to correct your article’s doomsday destination and at least give the community a fighting chance against a well-funded lobbyist, well-funded lawyer and rich investor who has promised lots, but is required to deliver little to a community of people, many who can’t fight the way younger people can fight.

Please respond and I’ll be happy to put you in charge of one of the Community Leaders of Villa de Paz who can give you the counter-arguments and the perspective this incomplete story lacks.    With all due respect, this article is all about the developer, and I don’t blame you.  Their PR people are paid top dollar to tell a great story.  You even posted their free “Survey Monkey” website link giving the community the option to choose between “Holy crap, this choice sucks” and “Holy crap, this is even worse!”.   I can’t think of a better way to illustrate to a community that nobody gives a darn what they think than to shuffle together some “This or That” solution on a free website as part of “reaching out to the community”.  Nobody is buying that.  And based on the numbers, the residents also question the figures on the golf course losses that have been claimed.  It doesn’t add up.  It doesn’t seem like Mr. Lazarus is being very transparent when our only “dialogue” is limited to clicking a multiple choice option on a website that he put together, does it?

This is PRECISELY their response to the community outcry, and the people in the community deserve to be heard, also.  At least more than this article layout of “lawyer said… lawyer said… lawyer said…  resident speaks… lawyer disagrees… lawyer says… lawyer gives website link”.

You have a very real and very local human events story on your hands that real people would be interested in.  If you grab it, this could get really interesting.

No other news outlets were interested when we were gathering, protesting or meeting.   But Mr. Lazarus gets a front page article quoting himself all over it and counter-pointing only a single opposing view?  That’s not right.    I implore you to give the people who have lived in this community for upwards of 3 decades or more a chance to be heard.

Let’s discuss.

**Anth

Anth

12 Year Resident and Full Time Employee

Captain, Trailwood Neighborhood Block Watch

Coordinator, G.A.I.N. Trailwood Neighborhood

Chairman, Architectural Committee, Trailwood HOA
http://jphxprd.phoenix.gov/NSDAssoc/view-assoc-details.do?assocId=1554

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From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:24 PM
To: Anth
Subject: RE: Villa De Paz Front Page

Mr. [Anth]

It is my understanding that stipulation or not, the golf course is closing. That is a fact. The golf course has lost about $2 million. I do not understand why Villa de Paz residents are under the impression that they can either force a business that is losing money to stay in business and continue losing money or sell to another golf course at a major loss. It’s as if the residents feel they’re owed something by the private business. It seems to me that there is nothing personal going on, it’s truly just business. The only question seems to be whether the property will become an empty dirt lot (for the time being anyway) or have houses built on it.

We are planning on having a reporter and photographer at tonight’s meeting and will continue to report on the story as it progresses.

(name)
Managing Editor
623.535.8439 x
1050 E. Riley Dr., Avondale 85323

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From: Anth
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:19 PM
To: xxxxx
Subject: RE: Villa De Paz Front Page

Mr. xxxxx,

Thank you for responding so quickly.  That shows a lot of class and integrity.

I’m thrilled to hear that you’re covering this, and that’s what my request ultimately was:  a chance to have a public dialogue with both sides represented.  Two guys presenting tonight will be Ken xxx and Jeff xxxx.   They’ve been at the lead on this on behalf of the residents, and I hope your reporter gets to spend a little time with them to get the perspective I think is relevant.   In fact, I hope you go.  See what those guys have to say.  Their case is very compelling, and I only saw the preview.

I don’t believe that the residents are reacting out of “feelings”, but instead fighting for what they were promised when they purchased the properties in a residential golf course neighborhood, and some at a premium lot price for their golf-course backyard.  Lots of people bought legitimate real estate in Villa de Paz for the golf course view in their backyard, and are standing their ground after paying for their property –  that’s also “just business”.   In that respect, they are indeed “owed” what was advertised and sold, and approved by the City with stipulations that protected that.

Any business deals with profit or loss.   So the developer selling the land at a “major loss” is also part of “just business”.  Why this particular developer thinks he should ram 1100 more cars and homes into a single square mile against the will or knowledge of people already living there so he can realize a profit on property that has limited use when he bought it is bad business.   Maybe he should sell it to someone who can manage a golf course.

And that’s my parting viewpoint.  I’ll be happy to give you the last word.

Thanks for your time, and I look forward to reading the results and submitting some “Letters to the Editor”.   I appreciate the time you’ve afforded me and my views, and I respect yours, even if they continue to differ.    It means a lot to me, and I’m sure the residents, that you’ll be covering this.  I thank you for that.

Respectfully yours,

**Anth

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Mr. [Anth],

I completely understand where the residents (especially the ones who paid a lot premium to be on the golf course) are coming from. However, if their real estate agents promised them that their lot premiums would ensure golf course views forever, then they were either unscrupulous (as many are, just ask people living in Dreaming Summit or Wigwam Creek what city they live in, plenty will tell you Litchfield Park because that’s what their agents told them) or naïve. I’m sure there was nothing in their contracts that said they were guaranteed golf course views forever. The bottom line is nobody can force a private business to stay in business. And nobody can force a private business to sell his business at a loss.

But we will continue to cover the issue and it sounds like there are quite a few more steps to go through before anything is finalized. However, I did speak to David Leibowitz who is representing the owner this afternoon and he assured me that the golf course is indeed closing.

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Managing Editor
623.535.8439 x
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Good luck tonight, residents of Villa de Paz.   Send them packing!

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Christopher Dorner Manifesto (Uncensored)

Read Murder Suspect Chris Dorner’s Online Manifesto About Slayings

Feb 6, 2013 10:40 p.m.

Chris Dorner

at Feb 4, 2013 9:14:04 AM Last Resort

From: Christopher Jordan Dorner /7648

To: America

Subj: Last resort

Regarding CF# 07-004281

I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders and have taken drastic and shocking actions in the last couple of days. You are saying to yourself that this is completely out of character of the man you knew who always wore a smile wherever he was seen. I know I will be villified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name. The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions.

The question is, what would you do to clear your name?

Name;
A word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to.

Name Synonyms;
reputation, title, appellation, denomination, repute.

A name is more than just a noun, verb, or adjective. It’s your life, your legacy, your journey, sacrifices, and everything you’ve worked hard for every day of your life as and adolescent, young adult and adult. Don’t let anybody tarnish it when you know you’ve live up to your own set of ethics and personal ethos.

In 8/07 I reported an officer (Ofcr. Teresa Evans/now a Sergeant), for kicking a suspect (excessive force) during a Use of Force while I was assigned as a patrol officer at LAPD’s Harbor Division. While cuffing the suspect, (Christopher Gettler), Evans kicked the suspect twice in the chest and once in the face. The kick to the face left a visible injury on the left cheek below the eye. Unfortunately after reporting it to supervisors and investigated by PSB (internal affairs investigator Det. Villanueva/Gallegos), nothing was done. I had broken their supposed “Blue Line”. Unfortunately, It’s not JUST US, it’s JUSTICE!!! In fact, 10 months later on 6/25/08, after already successfully completing probation, acquiring a basic Post Certificate, and Intermediate Post Certificate, I was relieved of duty by the LAPD while assigned to patrol at Southwest division. It is clear as day that the department retaliated toward me for reporting Evans for kicking Mr. Christopher Gettler. The department stated that I had lied and made up the report that Evans had kicked the suspect. I later went to a Board of Rights (department hearing for decision of continued employment) from 10/08 to 1/09. During this BOR hearing a video was played for the BOR panel where Christopher Gettler stated that he was indeed kicked by Officer Evans (video sent to multiple news agencies). In addition to Christopher Gettler stating he was kicked, his father Richard Gettler, also stated that his son had stated he was kicked by an officer when he was arrested after being released from custody. This was all presented for the department at the BOR hearing. They still found me guilty and terminated me. What they didn’t mention was that the BOR panel made up of Capt. Phil Tingirides, Capt. Justin Eisenberg, and City Attorney Martella had a signigicant problem from the time the board was assembled. Capt. Phil Tingirides was a personal friend of Teresa Evans from when he was her supervisor at Harbor station. That is a clear conflict of interest and I made my argument for his removal early and was denied. The advocate for the LAPD BOR was Sgt. Anderson. Anderson also had a conflict of interest as she was Evans friend and former partner from Harbor division where they both worked patrol together. I made my argument for her removal when I discovered her relation to Evans and it was denied.

During the BOR, the department attempted to label me unsuccessfully as a bully. They stated that I had bullied a recruit, Abraham Schefres, in the academy when in reality and unfounded disposition from the official 1.28 formal complaint investigation found that I was the one who stood up for Abraham Schefres when other recruits sang nazi hitler youth songs about burning Jewish ghettos in WWII Germany where his father was a survivor of a concentration camp. How fucking dare you attempt to label me with such a nasty vile word. I ask that all earnest journalist investigating this story ask Ofcr. Abraham Schefres about the incident when Ofcr. Burdios began singing a nazi youth song about burning jewish ghettos.

The internal affairs investigation in the academy involving Schefres was spurned by a complaint that I had initiated toward two fellow recruit/offifcers. While on a assigned patrol footbeat in Hollywood Division, Officers Hermilio Buridios IV and Marlon Magana (both current LAPD officers) decided that they would voice their personal feelings about the black community. While traveling back to the station in a 12 passenger van I heard Magana refer to another individual as a nigger. I wasn’t sure if I heard correctly as there were many conversations in the van that was compiled of at least 8 officers and he was sitting in the very rear and me in the very front. Even with the multiple conversations and ambient noise I heard Officer Magana call an indivdual a nigger again. Now that I had confirmed it, I told Magana not to use that word again. I explained that it was a well known offensive word that should not be used by anyone. He replied, “I’ll say it when I want”. Officer Burdios, a friend of his, also stated that he would say nigger when he wanted. At that point I jumped over my front passenger seat and two other officers where I placed my hands around Burdios’ neck and squeezed. I stated to Burdios, “Don’t fucking say that”. At that point there was pushing and shoving and we were separated by several other officers. What I should have done, was put a Winchester Ranger SXT 9mm 147 grain bullet in his skull and Officer Magana’s skull. The Situation would have been resolved effective, immediately. The sad thing about this incident was that when Detective Ty from internal affairs investigated this incident only (1) officer (unknown) in the van other than myself had statements constistent with what actually happened. The other six officers (John Carey, Gary Parker, Jacob Waks, Abraham Schefres and names I have forgotten) all stated they heard nothing and saw nothing. Shame on every one of you. Shame on Detective Ty (same ethnicity as Burdios) for creating a separate 1.28 formal complaint against me (Schefres complaint) in retaliation for initiating the complaint against Burdios and Magana. Don’t retaliate against honest officers for breaking your so called blue line. I hope your son Ryan Ty, who I knew, is a better officer than you, Detective Ty.The saddest part of this ordeal was that Officer Burdios and Magana were only given 22 day suspensions and are still LAPD officers to this day. That day, the LAPD stated that it is acceptable for fellow officers to call black officers niggers to their face and you will receive a slap on the wrist. Even sadder is that during that 22 day suspension Buridios and Magana received is that the LAPPL (Los Angeles Police Protective League) paid the officers their salaries while they were suspended. When I took a two day suspension for an accidental discharge, I took my suspension and never applied for a league salary. Its called integrity.

Journalist, I want you to investigate every location I resided in growing up. Find any incidents where I was ever accused of being a bully. You won’t, because it doesn’t exist. It’s not in my DNA. Never was. I was the only black kid in each of my elementary school classes from first grade to seventh grade in junior high and any instances where I was disciplined for fighting was in response to fellow students provoking common childhood schoolyard fights, or calling me a nigger or other derogatory racial names. I grew up in neighborhoods where blacks make up less than 1%. My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school in Norwalk, CA. A fellow student, Jim Armstrong if I can recall, called me a nigger on the playground. My response was swift and non-lethal. I struck him fast and hard with a punch an kick. He cried and reported it to a teacher. The teacher reported it to the principal. The principal swatted Jim for using a derogatory word toward me. He then for some unknown reason swatted me for striking Jim in response to him calling me a nigger. He stated as good Christians we are to turn the other cheek as Jesus did. Problem is, I’m not a fucking Christian and that old book, made of fiction and limited non-fiction, called the bible, never once stated Jesus was called a nigger. How dare you swat me for standing up for my rights for demanding that I be treated as a equal human being. That day I made a life decision that i will not tolerate racial derogatory terms spoken to me. Unfortunately I was swatted multiple times for the same exact reason up until junior high. Terminating me for telling the truth of a caucasian officer kicking a mentally ill man is disgusting. Don’t ever call me a fucking bully. I want all journalist to utilize every source you have that specializes in collections for your reports. With the discovery and evidence available you will see the truth. Unfortunately, I will not be alive to see my name cleared. That’s what this is about, my name. A man is nothing without his name. Below is a list of locations where I resided from childhood to adulthood.

Cerritos, CA.
Pico Rivera, CA.
La Palma, CA.
Thousand Oaks, CA.
Cedar City, UT.
Pensacola, FL.
Enid, OK.
Yorba Linda, CA.
Las Vegas, NV.

During the BOR an officer named, Sgt. Hernandez, from Los Angeles Port Police testified on behalf of the LAPD. Hernandez stated for the BOR that he arrived at the location of the UOF shortly before I cuffed the suspect. He also stated that he assisted in cuffing the suspect and that’s old the BOR he told me to fix my tie. All of those statements were LIES!!! Hernandez, you arrived at the UOF location up to 30 seconds after I had cuffed Mr. Gettler. All you did was help me lift the suspect to his feet as it was difficult for me to do by myself because of his heavy weight. You did not tell me to fix my tie as the BOR members and everyone else in the room know you lied because the photographic evidence from the UOF scene where Gettler’s injuries were photographed clearly shows me wearing a class B uniform on that day. A class B uniform is a short sleeved uniform blouse. A short sleeved uniform blouse for the LAPD does not have a tie included. This is not Super Troopers uniform, you jackass. Why did you feel the need to embellish and lie about your involvement in the UOF? Are you ashamed that you could not get hired on by any other department other than port police? Do you have delusions of grandeur? What you did was perjury, exactly what Evans did when she stated she did not kick Christopher Gettler.

What they failed to mention in the BOR was Teresa Evans own use of force history during her career on the LAPD. She has admitted that she has a lengthy use of force record and has been flagged several times by risk management. She has a very well known nickname, Chupacabra, which she was very proud to flaunt around the division. She found it very funny and entertaining to draw blood from suspects and arrestees. At one point she even intentionally ripped the flesh off the arm of a woman we had arrested for battery (sprayed her neighbor with a garden water hose). Knowing the woman had thin elastic skin, she performed and Indian burn to the woman’s arm after cuffing her. That woman was in her mid-70’s, a mother and grandmother, and was angry at her tenants who failed to pay rent on time. Something I can completely understand and I am sure many have wanted to do toward tenants who do not pay their rent. Teresa Evans was also demoted from a senior lead officer rank/position for performance issues. During my two months of working patrol with Teresa Evans, I found her as a woman who was very angry that she had been pulled from patrol for a short time because of a domestic violence report made by Long Beach Police Department because of an incident involving her active LAPD officer boyfriend, Dominick Fuentes, and herself. Dominick Fuentes is the same officer investigated for witness tampering. She also was visibly angry on a daily basis that she was going to have to file for bankruptcy because her ex-husband, a former LAPD officer and not Dominick Fuentes, who had left the department, state, and was nowhere to be found had left her with a tax bill and debt that she was unable to pay because of a lack of financial means. Evans, you are a POS and you lied right to the BOR panel when Randy Quan asked you if you kicked Christopher Gettler. You destroyed my life and name because of your actions. Time is up. The time is now to confess to Chief Beck.

I ask that all journalist investigating this story submit request for FOIA with the LAPD to gain access to the BOR transcripts which occurred from 10/08 to 2/09. There, you will see that a video was played for the BOR members of Mr. Christopher Gettler who suffers from Schizophrenia and Dementia stating that he was kicked by a female officer. That video evidence supports my claim that Evans kicked him twice in the upper body and once in the face. I would like all journalist to also request copies of all reports that I had written while employed by LAPD. Whether in the academy, or during my 3 years as a police officer. There are DR#’s attached to each report (investigative report) that I have ever written so they all exist. A FOIA request will most likely be needed to access these at Parker center or at the Personnel/Records. Judge my writin/grammar skills for yourself. The department attempted to paint me as an officer who could not write reports. Even though Sgt. Joel Sydanmaa a training officer who trained me stated for the BOR panel that there was nothing wrong with my report writing and that I was better than all rookie/probationer officers he has ever trained. Officer David Drew stated the same but refused to testify as he did not want to “get involved” with the BOR’s. Contact Sgt. Donald Deming ,(now a Captain at Lompoc PD), Sgt. Thaddeus Faulk, and Sgt. Ed Clark. All will state that my report writing was impeccable. I will tell you this, I always type my reports because I have messy handwriting/penmanship. I never had a single kickback/redlined report at Southwest division and Sgt. Faulk and Sgt. Clark can testify to that. I never received an UNSATISFACTORY on any day or week. The same can be said within the U.S. Naval Reserves. All commanders will state that my report writing was always clear, concise, and impeccable. Even search my AAR (after action reports),chits, Memorandum’s, IIR’s (Intelligence Information Reports) which were written in the Navy. All were pristine.

I had worked patrol at LAPD’s Harbor Division from 2/06 until 7/06 when I was involuntarily recalled back to active duty (US Navy) for a 12 month mobilization/deployment to Centcom in support of OIF/OEF. I returned back to LAPD’s Harbor division on 7/07 and immediately returned to patrol. I worked at Harbor division until 11/07 where I then transferred to Southwest Division. I worked At Southwest division until 6/25/08 when I was relieved of duty.

I have exhausted all available means at obtaining my name back. I have attempted all legal court efforts within appeals at the Superior Courts and California Appellate courts. This is my last resort. The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now lead to deadly consequences. The LAPD’s actions have cost me my law enforcement career that began on 2/7/05 and ended on 1/2/09. They cost me my Naval career which started on 4/02 and ends on 2/13. I had a TS/SCI clearance(Top Secret Sensitive Compartmentalized Information clearance) up until shortly after my termination with LAPD. This is the highest clearance a service member can attain other than a Yankee White TS/SCI which is only granted for those working with and around the President/Vice President of the United States. I lost my position as a Commanding Officer of a Naval Security Forces reserve unit at NAS Fallon because of the LAPD. I’ve lost a relationship with my mother and sister because of the LAPD. I’ve lost a relationship with close friends because of the LAPD. In essence, I’ve lost everything because the LAPD took my name and new I was INNOCENT!!! Capt Phil Tingirides, Justin Eisenberg, Martella, Randy Quan, and Sgt. Anderson all new I was innocent but decided to terminate me so they could continue Ofcr. Teresa Evans career. I know about the meeting between all of you where Evans attorney, Rico, confessed that she kicked Christopher Gettler (excessive force). Your day has come.

I’m not an aspiring rapper, I’m not a gang member, I’m not a dope dealer, I don’t have multiple babies momma’s. I am an American by choice, I am a son, I am a brother, I am a military service member, I am a man who has lost complete faith in the system, when the system betrayed, slandered, and libeled me. I lived a good life and though not a religious man I always stuck to my own personal code of ethics, ethos and always stuck to my shoreline and true North. I didn’t need the US Navy to instill Honor, Courage, and Commitment in me but I thank them for re-enforcing it. It’s in my DNA.

Luckily I don’t have to live everyday like most of you. Concerned if the misconduct you were apart of is going to be discovered. Looking over your shoulder, scurrying at every phone call from internal affairs or from the Captains office wondering if that is the day PSB comes after you for the suspects you struck when they were cuffed months/years ago or that $500 you pocketed from the narcotics dealer, or when the other guys on your watch beat a transient nearly to death and you never reported the UOF to the supervisor. No, I don’t have that concern, I stood up for what was right but unfortunately have dealt with the reprocussions of doing the right thing and now losing my name and everything I ever stood for. You fuckers knew Evans was guilty of kicking (excessive force) Gettler and you did nothing but get rid of what you saw as the problem, the whistleblower. Gettler himself stated on video tape ( provided for the BOR and in transcripts) he was kicked and even his father stated that his son said he was kicked by Evans when he was released from custody. The video was played for the entire BOR to hear. Tingirides, Eisenberg, and Martella all heard it. You’re going to see what a whistleblower can do when you take everything from him especially his NAME!!!

Look what you did to Sgt. Gavin (now lieutenant) when he exposed the truth of your lying, racism, and PSB cover-ups to frame and convict an innocent man. You can not police yourselves and the consent decree was unsuccessful. Sgt. Gavin, I met you on the range several times as a recruit and as an officer. You’re a good man and I saw it in your eyes an actions.

Self Preservation is no longer important to me. I do not fear death as I died long ago on 1/2/09. I was told by my mother that sometimes bad things happen to good people. I refuse to accept that.

From 2/05 to 1/09 I saw some of the most vile things humans can inflict on others as a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the streets of LA. It was in the confounds of LAPD police stations and shops (cruisers). The enemy combatants in LA are not the citizens and suspects, it’s the police officers.

People who live in glass houses should not throw stones. How ironic that you utilize a fixed glass structure as your command HQ. You use as a luminous building to symbolize that you are transparent, have nothing to hide, or suppress when in essence, concealing, omitting, and obscuring is your forte.

Chief Beck, this is when you need to have that come to Jesus talk with Sgt. Teresa Evans and everyone else who was involved in the conspiracy to have me terminated for doing the right thing. you also need to speak with her attorney, Rico, and his conversation with the BOR members and her confession of guilt in kicking Mr. Gettler. I’ll be waiting for a PUBLIC response at a press conference. When the truth comes out, the killing stops.

Why didn’t you charge me with filing a false police report when I came forward stating that Evans kicked Mr. Christopher Gettler? You file criminal charges against every other officer who is accused and terminated for filing a false police report. You didn’t because you knew I was innocent and a criminal court would find me innocent and expose your department for suppressing the truth and retaliation, that’s why.

The attacks will stop when the department states the truth about my innocence, PUBLICLY!!! I will not accept any type of currency/goods in exchange for the attacks to stop, nor do i want it. I want my name back, period. There is no negotiation. I am not the state department who states they do not negotiate with terrorist, because anybody with a Secret or TS/SCI has seen IIR’s on SIPR and knows that the US state department always negotiates by using CF countries or independent sovereign/neutral country to mediate and compromising.

This department has not changed from the Daryl Gates and Mark Fuhrman days. Those officers are still employed and have all promoted to Command staff and supervisory positions. I will correct this error. Are you aware that an officer (a rookie/probationer at the time) seen on the Rodney King videotape striking Mr. King multiple times with a baton on 3/3/91 is still employed by the LAPD and is now a Captain on the police department? Captain Rolando Solano is now the commanding officer of a LAPD police station (West LA division). As a commanding officer, he is now responsible for over 200 officers. Do you trust him to enforce department policy and investigate use of force investigations on arrestees by his officers? Are you aware Evans has since promoted to Sergeant after kicking Mr. Gettler in the face. Oh, you Violated a citizens civil rights? We will promote you. Same as LAPD did with the the officers from Metro involved in the May Day melee at MacArthur Park. They promoted them to Sergeant (a supervisor role).

No one is saying you can’t be prejudiced or a bigot. We are all human and hold prejudices. If you state that you don’t have prejudices, your lying! But, when you act on it and victimize innocent citizens and fellow innocen officers, than that is a concern.

For you officers who do the job in the name of JUSTICE, those of you who lost honest officers to this event, look at the name of those on the BOR and the investigating officers from PSB and Evans and ask them, how come you couldn’t tell the truth? Why did you terminate an honest officer and cover for a dishonest officer who victimized a mentally ill citizen.

Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant race of a species and they inadvertently take kindness for weakness from another individual. You chose wrong.

Terminating officers because they expose a culture of lying, racism (from the academy), and excessive use of force will immediately change. PSB can not police their own and that has been proven. The blue line will forever be severed and a cultural change will be implanted. You have awoken a sleeping giant.

I am here to change and make policy. The culture of LAPD versus the community and honest/good officers needs to and will change. I am here to correct and calibrate your morale compasses to true north.

Those Caucasian officers who join South Bureau divisions (77th,SW,SE, an Harbor) with the sole intent to victimize minorities who are uneducated, and unaware of criminal law, civil law, and civil rights. You prefer the South bureau because a use of force/deadly force is likely and the individual you use UOF on will likely not report it. You are a high value target.

Those Black officers in supervisory ranks and pay grades who stay in south bureau (even though you live in the valley or OC) for the sole intent of getting retribution toward subordinate caucasians officers for the pain and hostile work environment their elders inflicted on you as probationers (P-1’s) and novice P-2’s. You are a high value target. You perpetuated the cycle of racism in the department as well. You breed a new generation of bigoted caucasian officer when you belittle them and treat them unfairly.

Those Hispanic officers who victimize their own ethnicity because they are new immigrants to this country and are unaware of their civil rights. You call them wetbacks to their face and demean them in front of fellow officers of different ethnicities so that you will receive some sort of acceptance from your colleagues. I’m not impressed. Most likely, your parents or grandparents were immigrants at one time, but you have forgotten that. You are a high value target.

Those lesbian officers in supervising positions who go to work, day in day out, with the sole intent of attempting to prove your misandrist authority (not feminism) to degrade male officers. You are a high value target.

Those Asian officers who stand by and observe everything I previously mentioned other officers participate in on a daily basis but you say nothing, stand for nothing and protect nothing. Why? Because of your usual saying, ” I……don’t like conflict”. You are a high value target as well.

Those of you who “go along to get along” have no backbone and destroy the foundation of courage. You are the enablers of those who are guilty of misconduct. You are just as guilty as those who break the code of ethics and oath you swore.

Citizens/non-combatants, do not render medical aid to downed officers/enemy combatants. They would not do the same for you. They will let you bleed out just so they can brag to other officers that they had a 187 caper the other day and can’t wait to accrue the overtime in future court subpoenas. As they always say, “that’s the paramedics job…not mine”. Let the balance of loss of life take place. Sometimes a reset needs to occur.

It is endless the amount of times per week officers arrest an individual, label him a suspect-arrestee-defendant and then before arraignment or trial realize that he is innocent based on evidence. You know what they say when they realize an innocent man just had his life turned upside down?. “I guess he should have stayed at home that day he was discovered walking down the street and matching the suspects description. Oh well, he appeared to be a dirtbag anyways”. Meanwhile the falsely accused is left to pick up his life, get a new, family, friends, and sense of self worth.

Don’t honor these fallen officers/dirtbags. When your family members die, they just see you as extra overtime at a crime scene and at a perimeter. Why would you value their lives when they clearly don’t value yours or your family members lives? I’ve heard many officers who state they see dead victims as ATV’s, Waverunners, RV’s and new clothes for their kids. Why would you shed a tear for them when they in return crack a smile for your loss because of the impending extra money they will receive in their next paycheck for sitting at your loved ones crime scene of 6 hours because of the overtime they will accrue. They take photos of your loved ones recently deceased bodies with their cellphones and play a game of who has the most graphic dead body of the night with officers from other divisions. This isn’t just the 20 something year old officers, this is the 50 year old officers with significant time on the job as well who participate.

You allow an officer, Thaniya Sungruenyos, to attempt to hack into my credit union account and still remain on the job even when Det. Zolezzi shows the evidence that the IP address (provided by LAPFCU) that attempted to hack into my account and change my username and password leads directly to her residence. You even allow this visibly disgusting looking officer to stay on the job when she perjures (lies) in court (Clark County Family Court) to the judge’s face and denies hacking into my personal credit union online account when I attempted to get my restraint order extended. Det. Zolezzi provided the evidence and you still do nothing.

How do you know when a police officer is lying??? When he begins his sentence with, “based on my experience and training”.

No one grows up and wants to be a cop killer. It was against everything I’ve ever was. As a young police explorer I found my calling in life. But, As a young police officer I found that the violent suspects on the street are not the only people you have to watch. It is the officer who was hired on to the department (pre-2000) before polygraphs were standard for all new hires and an substantial vetting in a backround investigation.

To those children of the officers who are eradicated, your parent was not the individual you thought they were. As you get older,you will see the evidence that your parent was a tyrant who loss their ethos and instead followed the path of moral corruptness. They conspired to hide and suppress the truth of misconduct on others behalf’s. Your parent will have a name and plaque on the fallen officers memorial in D.C. But, In all honesty, your parents name will be a reminder to other officers to maintain the oath they swore and to stay along the shoreline that has guided them from childhood to that of a local, state, or federal law enforcement officer.

Bratton, Beck, Hayes, Tingirides, Eisenberg, Martella, Quan, Evans, Hernandez, Villanueva/Gallegos, and Anderson. Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over.
Suppressing the truth will leave to deadly consequences for you and your family. There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep. I will utilize ISR at your home, workplace, and all locations in between. I will utilize OSINT to discover your residences, spouses workplaces, and children’s schools. IMINT to coordinate and plan attacks on your fixed locations. Its amazing whats on NIPR. HUMINT will be utilized to collect personal schedules of targets. I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours. Quan, Anderson, Evans, and BOR members Look your wives/husbands and surviving children directly in the face and tell them the truth as to why your children are dead.

Never allow a LAPPL union attorney to be a retired LAPD Captain,(Quan). He doesn’t work for you, your interest, or your name. He works for the department, period. His job is to protect the department from civil lawsuits being filed and their best interest which is the almighty dollar. His loyalty is to the department, not his client. Even when he knowingly knows your innocent and the BOR also knows your innocent after Christopher Gettler stated on videotape that he was kicked and Evans attorney confessed to the BOR off the record that she kicked Gettler.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants-TJ. This quote is not directed toward the US government which I fully support 100%. This is toward the LAPD who can not monitor itself. The consent decree should not have been lifted, ever.

I know your TTP’s, (techniques, tactics, and procedures). Any threat assessments you you generate will be useless. This is simple, I know your TTP’s and PPR’s. I will mitigate any of your attempts at preservation. ORM is my friend. I will mitigate all risks, threats and hazards. I assure you that Incident Command Posts will be target rich environments. KMA-367 license plate frames are great target indicators and make target selection even easier.

I will conduct DA operations to destroy, exploit and seize designated targets. If unsuccessful or unable to meet objectives in these initial small scale offensive actions, I will reassess my BDA and re-attack until objectives are met. I have nothing to lose. My personal casualty means nothing. Just alike AAF’s, ACM’s, and AIF’s, you can not prevail against an enemy combatant who has no fear of death. An enemy who embraces death is a lose, lose situation for their enemy combatants.

Hopefully you analyst have done your homework. You are aware that I have always been the top shot, highest score, an expert in rifle qualifications in every unit I’ve been in. I will utilize every bit of small arms training, demolition, ordnance, and survival training I’ve been given.

Do you know why we are unsuccessful in asymmetrical and guerrilla warfare in CENTCOM theatre of operations? I’ll tell you. It’s not the inefficiency of our combatant commanders, planning, readiness or training of troops. Much like the Vietnam war, ACM, AAF, foreign fighters, Jihadist, and JAM have nothing to lose. They embrace death as it is a way of life. I simply don’t fear it. I am the walking exigent circumstance you created.

The Violence of action will be HIGH. I am the reason TAC alert was established. I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty. ISR is my strength and your weakness. You will now live the life of the prey. Your RD’s and homes away from work will be my AO and battle space. I will utilize every tool within INT collections that I learned from NMITC in Dam Neck. You have misjudged a sleeping giant. There is no conventional threat assessment for me. JAM, New Ba’ath party, 1920 rev BGE, ACM, AAF, AQAP, AQIM and AQIZ have nothing on me. Do not deploy airships or gunships. SA-7 Manpads will be waiting. As you know I also own Barrett .50’s so your APC are defunct and futile.

You better have all your officers radio/phone muster (code 1) on or off duty every hour, on the hour.
Do not attempt to shadow or conduct any type of ISR on me. I have the inventory listing of all UC vehicles at Piper Tech and the home addresses of any INT analyst at JRIC and detachment locations. My POA is always POI and always true. This will be a war of attrition and a Pyrrhic and Camdean Victory for myself. You may have the resources and manpower but you are reactive and predictable in your op plans and TTP’s. I have the strength and benefits of being unpredictable, unconventional, and unforgiving. Do not waste your time with briefs and tabletops.

Whatever pre-planned responses you have established for a scenario like me, shelve it. Whatever contingency plan you have, shelve it. Whatever tertiary plan you’ve created, shelve it. I am a walking exigent circumstance with no OFF or reset button. JRIC, DOJ, LASD, FBI and other local LE can’t assist and should not involve themselves in a matter that does not concern them. For all other agencies, do not involve yourself in this capture or recovery of me. Look at the big picture of the situation. They (LAPD) created the situation. I will harm no outside agency unless it is a deadly force/IDOL situation. With today’s budgeting and fiscal mess, you guys can not afford lose several officers to IOD or KIA/EOW. Plus, other officers should not have to take on the additional duties and responsibilities of dead officers. Think about their families, outside agencies, Chiefs/Directors.

Outside agencies and individual officers on patrol. If you recognize my vehicle, and confirm it is my vehicle thru a dmv/want warrant check. It behoves you to respond to dispatch that your query was for information purposes only. If you proceed with a traffic stop or attempt to notify other officers of my location or for backup you will not live to see the medal of valor you were hoping to receive for your actions. Think before you attempt to intervene. You will not survive. Your family will receive that medal of valor posthumously. It will gather dust on the fireplace mantel for years. Then one day, it will go in a shoe box with other memories. Your mother will lose a son or daughter. Your significant other will be left alone, but they will find someone else to fill your void in the future and make them just as happy. Your children, if you have them, will call someone else mommy or daddy. Don’t be selfish. Your vest is only a level II or IIIA, think about it.

No amount of IMINT, MASINT, and ELINT assist you in capturing me. I am off the grid. You better use your feet, tongue and every available DOD/ NON-DOD HUMINT agency, contractor to find me. I know your route to and from home, and your division. I know your significant others routine, your children’s best friends and recess. I know Your Sancha’s gym hours and routine. I assure you that the casualty rate will be high. Because of that, no one will remember your name. You will merely be a DR# and “that guy” who was KIA/EOW or long term IOD/light duty in the kit room. This is exactly why “station 500” was created. Unfortunately, orphanages will be making a comeback in the 21st century.

If you had a well regulated AWB, this would not happen. The time is now to reinstitute a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30 round magazine for hunting? Why does anyone need a suppressor? Why does anyone need a AR15 rifle? This is the same small arms weapons system utilized in eradicating Al Qaeda, Taliban, and every enemy combatant since the Vietnam war. Don’t give me that crap that its not a select fire or full auto rifle like the DoD uses. That’s bullshit because troops who carry the M-4/M-16 weapon system for combat ops outside the wire rarely utilize the select fire function when in contact with enemy combatants. The use of select fire probably isn’t even 1% in combat. So in essence, the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle is the same as the M-4/M-16. These do not need to be purchased as easily as walking to your local Walmart or striking the enter key on your keyboard to “add to cart”. All the firearms utilized in my activities are registered to me and were legally purchased at gun stores and private party transfers. All concealable weapons (pistols) were also legally register in my name at police stations or FFL’s. Unfortunately, are you aware that I obtained class III weapons (suppressors) without a background check thru NICS or DROS completely LEGALLY several times? I was able to use a trust account that I created on quicken will maker and a $10 notary charge at a mailbox etc. to obtain them legally. Granted, I am not a felon, nor have a DV misdemeanor conviction or active TRO against me on a NCIC file. I can buy any firearm I want, but should I be able to purchase these class III weapons (SBR’s, and suppressors) without a background check and just a $10 notary signature on a quicken will maker program? The answer is NO. I’m not even a resident of the state i purchased them in. Lock n Load just wanted money so they allow you to purchase class III weapons with just a notarized trust, military ID. Shame on you, Lock n Load. NFA and ATF need new laws and policies that do not allow loopholes such as this. In the end, I hope that you will realize that the small arms I utilize should not be accessed with the ease that I obtained them. Who in there right mind needs a fucking silencer!!! who needs a freaking SBR AR15? No one. No more Virginia Tech, Columbine HS, Wisconsin temple, Aurora theatre, Portland malls, Tucson rally, Newtown Sandy Hook. Whether by executive order or thru a bi-partisan congress an assault weapons ban needs to be re-instituted. Period!!!

Mia Farrow said it best. “Gun control is no longer debatable, it’s not a conversation, its a moral mandate.”

Sen. Feinstein, you are doing the right thing in leading the re-institution of a national AWB. Never again should any public official state that their prayers and thoughts are with the family. That has become cliche’ and meaningless. Its time for action. Let this be your legacy that you bestow to America. Do not be swayed by obstacles, antagaonist, and naysayers. Remember the innocent children at Austin, Kent, Stockton, Fullerton, San Diego, Iowa City, Jonesboro, Columbine, Nickel Mines, Blacksburg, Springfield, Red Lake, Chardon, Aurora, and Newtown. Make sure this never happens again!!!

In my cache you will find several small arms. In the cache, Bushmaster firearms, Remington precision rifles, and AAC Suppressors (silencers). All of these small arms are manufactured by Cerberus/Freedom Group. The same company responsible for the Portland mall shooting, Webster , NY, and Sandy Hook massacre.

You disrespect the office of the POTUS/Presidency and Commander in Chief. You call him Kenyan, mongroid, halfrican, muslim, and FBHO when in essence you are to address him as simply, President. The same as you did to President George W. Bush and all those in the highest ranking position of our land before him. Just as I always have. You question his birth certificate, his educational and professional accomplishments, and his judeo-christian beliefs. You make disparaging remarks about his dead parents. You never questioned the fact that his former opponent, the honorable Senator John McCain, was not born in the CONUS or that Bush had a C average in his undergrad. Electoral Candidates children (Romney) state they want to punch the president in the face during debates with no formal repercussions. No one even questioned the fact that the son just made a criminal threat toward the President. You call his wife a Wookie. Off the record, I love your new bangs, Mrs. Obama. A woman whose professional and educational accomplishments are second to none when compared to recent First wives. You call his supporters, whether black, brown, yellow, or white, leeches, FSA, welfare recipients, and ni$&er lovers. You say this openly without any discretion. Before you start with your argument that you believe I would vote for Obama because he has the same skin color as me, fuck you. I didn’t vote in this last election as my choice of candidate, John Huntsman, didn’t win the primary candidacy for his party. Mr. President, I haven’t agreed with all of your decisions but of course I haven’t agreed with all of your predecessors decisions. I think you’ve done a hell of a job with what you have been dealt and how you have managed it. I shed a tear the night you were initially elected President in 2008. I never thought that day would occur. A black man elected president in the U.S. in my lifetime. I cracked a smiled when you were re-elected in 2012 because I really didn’t think you were going to pull that one off. Romney, stop being a sore loser. You could’ve exited graciously and still contributed significantly to public service, not now. Mr. President, get back to work. Many want to see you fail as they have stated so many times previously. Unfortunately, if you fail, the U.S. fails but your opponents do not concern themselves about the big picture. Do not forget your commitment to transparency in your administration. Sometimes I believe your administration forgets that. America, you will realize today and tomorrow that this world is made up of all human beings who have the same general needs and wants in life for themselves, their kin, community, and state. That is the freedom to LIVE and LOVE. They may eat different foods, enjoy different music, have different dialects, or speak a second language, but in essence are no different from you and I. This is America. We are not a perfect sovereign country as we have our own flaws but we are the closest that will ever exist.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time an authoritative figure has lied on me.

Mr. Freid, assistant principal, Cypress HS. Remember when you lied to my mother and the police officer in your office about stating that you never stated to me in a private conversation that you know the theft suspect (Miranda) stole my watch. Let me refresh your memory. A physical education teachers assistant, a student, stole the list of combination codes to peoples lockers, from the P.E. teacher. That student then opened many of those lockers and stole students personal property. My watch was taken in that multi theft an I reported it to you. A week later you discovered that the theft suspect was Paul Miranda, a student. You stated to me in private that you know for a fact he stole my property. When I attempted to retrieve my property from the suspect. Campus security was called and you lied and stated that you never stated to me that you “know he stole my watch”. You sat there and lied to their faces right in front of me. You said it with such a deliberate, stern face. I never forgot that and was not surprised when 13 years later I was lied on again in the BOR by Teresa Evans. maybe you can confess to your family at the very least in the private of your own home. After that, contact my mother and apologize for lying to her in 1996.

If possible, I want my brain preserved for science/research to study the effects of severe depression on an individual’s brain. Since 6/26/08 when I was relieved of duty and 1/2/09 when I was terminated I have been afflicted with severe depression. I’ve had two CT scans during my lifetime that are in my medical record at Kaiser Permanente. Both are from concussions resulting from playing football. The first one was in high school, 10/96. The second was in college and occurred in 10/99. Both were conducted at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in LA/Orange county. These two CT scans should give a good baseline for my brain activity before severe depression began in late 2008.

Sure, many of you “law enforcement experts and specialist” will state, “in all my years this is the worst……..”, Stop!!! That’s not important. Ask yourselves what would cause somebody to take these drastic measures like I did. That’s what is important.

To my friends listed below, I wish we could have grown old together and spent more time together. When you reminisce of our friendship and experiences, think of that and that only. Do not dwell on my recent actions the last few days. This was a necessary evil that had to be executed in order for me to obtain my NAME back. The only thing that changes policy and garners attention is death.

Luis Sanchez, greatest friend, Marine officer, aviator, and an even better father and husband. I Couldn’t have had a better big brother than you. Your spoken wisdom was always retained by me, you old salty Mustang. You sternly told me that no matter what I accomplish I will always be a ni#%er in many individuals eyes. At the time, I did not comprehend your words. I do now. I never forgot the quote you state below. I love you bro.

I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever feeling sorry for itself. -D.H. Lawrence

Jason Valadao, greatest friend, Naval officer, aviator, Great Father, husband, doctor, and even better human being. I always strived to live my life parallel to your similar values and personal disciplines. Danika is lucky to have found a man like yourself, and you are fortunate to have married an irrefutable imperfect woman. Always focus on your IMMEDIATE family as they are the ones who have loved you unconditionally and always been their to support you in difficult times. I always lived my life as WWJD (what would Jason do). Danika, take care of this guy. Jason, I’m sorry I missed your wedding and you had to find another best man. I’m sorry my predicament with the department stopped me from watching you and Danika get married and arguing with you about issues that were insignificant when I was really angry at the LAPD for what they did to me. I’m deeply sorry and I love you guys.

James Usera, great friend, attorney, father, husband, and the most cynical/blatant/politically incorrect friend a man can have. Best quality about you in college and now is that you never sugar coated the truth. I will miss our political discussions that always turned argumentative. Thanks for introducing me to outdoor sports like fishing, hunting, mudding, and also respect for the land and resources. Us city boys don’t get out much like you Alaskans. You even introduced me to PBR. A beer, that when you’re a poor college student is completely acceptable to get buzzed off of. I’m sorry I’ll never get to go on that moose and bear hunt with you. I love you bro.

Kinta Smith, greatest friend, accountant, entrepreneur, and even better Human being. You are probably the most well balanced person I’ve ever met and the most driven for success. In college, and after graduation, I was inspired by your personal drive. Never settle. When you make your first million, promise me you won’t forget to enjoy it a bit. I know your first reaction will be to invest it somewhere else. Spend a little, just a little. I love you bro.

Jason Young, great friend, entrepeneur, husband and father. You showed me the importance of fatherhood and friendship. Love you bro.

Suzie Clark Cunningham, Kassandra Harrell, Melinda Yates, Cal Jackson, Ryan Smith, The Rebelledos, The Banks, Ben Bines, J. Work, Bill O’neill, Jeremy Fletcher, and Rob Harriston.

You guys were all important and very special to me. Don’t be angry with me. I missed some of your weddings and unfortunately, some of your funerals. This was a necessary evil.

Some say it is my fault that I was terminated. Yes, DDX, I remember you stating this to me in an angry fit. You said that I should have kept my mouth shut about another officer’s misconduct. Maybe you were right. But I’m not built like others, it’s not in my DNA and my history has always shown that. When you view the video of the suspect stating he was kicked by Evans, maybe you will see that I was a decent person after all. I told the truth. It still hurt that you abandoned me in my time of need. I hope you’re happy, that’s all I ever wanted for you.

Sgt. Leonard Perez, you meant well but you should have known with your time on the job that the department would attempt to protect someone like Evans because of her time on the job, personal friendships, and ethicity. I’m not angry with you, but you should have known as an IA investigator.

Sgt Maggie Faust LPPD, Ofcr John Thomas LPPD (ret), and Chief Eric Nunez LPPD, your guidance and mentoring as a young police explorer was second to none and invaluable as a young man, police officer, and naval officer. Sgt Faust, you forewarned me long ago about joining LAPD as they were “different” and operated differently from other modern law enforcement agencies. I now know it was your humbleness and respect for all who wear the badge and protect their communities that you didn’t just express what you wanted to say, that they lack values and basic ethics as law enforcement officers. Chief Nunez, your fucking awesome. Thanks for the long talks over the years when I was an explorer, college student, Naval officer, and Police officer. Your are a great leader and carry your heart on your sleeve. Your son will be a great Air Force officer with the upringing you provided. John, what can I say? Your just an awesome person and my first exposure to what law enforcement was really about was on our ride alongs. Your realistic approach and empathetic approach to treating all people as humans first is something I carried with me daily. Thank you, every one of you.

Dr. Funahashi, thank you for the superb surgery you performed on my knee on 7/98 in Irvine, CA. I never had the opportunity to thank you for allowing me to live a life free of knee joint pain. Thank you.

CM1 Bissett (Ret.), I learned more from you about leadership than most of my own commanders. You lived by a strict ethos of get it done, and get it done right. I wanted to attend your retirement, I really did. But because of my predicament I was unable to. Hope you and Ritchie are still together. I’ve always held you in high regard.

Sgt Maj. Kenneth “Rock” Rocquemore USMC, Thank you for the intense instruction and mentorship and time spent forging me into a never quit officer. You were challenging as a DI. You made sure the vicious and intense personality I possess was discovered. On a lighter note….Don’t feel humbled you never broke me. I made it a personal goal to never give up years before. The Corp is lucky to have you at the front. Your leadership is essential and needed for all marines, especially staff NCO’s and mentorship and advisement to company grade officers. You are the epitome of a US marine and never forget that.

I thank my friends for the awesome shared experiences. I thank the unnamed women I dated over my lifetime for the great and sometimes not so great sex.

It’s kind of sad I won’t be around to view and enjoy The Hangover III. What an awesome trilogy. Todd Phillips, don’t make anymore Hangovers after the third, takes away the originality of its foundation. World War Z looks good and The Walking Dead season 3 (second half) looked intriguing. Damn, gonna miss shark week.

Mr. Vice President, do your due diligence when formulating a concise and permanent national AWB plan. Future generations of Americans depend on your plan and advisement to the president. I’ve always been a fan of yours and consider you one of the few genuine and charismatic politicians. Damn, sounds like an oxymoron calling you an honest politician. It’s the truth.

Hillary Clinton. You’ll make one hell of a president in 2016. Much like your husband, Bill, you will be one of the greatest. Look at Castro in San Antonio as a running mate or possible secretary of state. He’s (good people) and I have faith and confidence in him. Look after Bill. He was always my favorite President. Chelsea grew up to be one hell of an attractive woman. No disrespect to her husband.

Gov. Chris Christie. What can I say? You’re the only person I would like to see in the White House in 2016 other than Hillary. You’re America’s no shit taking uncle. Do one thing for your wife, kids, and supporters. Start walking at night and eat a little less, not a lot less, just a little. We want to see you around for a long time. Your leadership is greatly needed.

Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you’re a vile and inhumane piece of shit. You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook. You deflected any type of blame/responsibility and directed it toward the influence of movies and the media. You are a failure of a human being. May all of your immediate and distant family die horrific deaths in front of you.

Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite’s lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they’re your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.

Willie Geist, you’re a talented and charismatic journalist. Stop with all the talk show shenanigans and get back to your core of reporting. Your future is brighter than most.

Revoke the citizenship of Fareed Zakaria and deport him. I’ve never heard a positive word about America or its interest from his mouth, ever. On the same day, give Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card. Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws but you must understand that your critics will always have in the back of their mind that you are native to a country that we won our sovereignty from while using firearms as a last resort in defense and you come from a country that has no legal private ownership of firearms. That is disheartening to American gun owners and rightfully so.

The honorable President George H.W. Bush, they never give you enough credit for your successful Presidency. You were always one of my favorite Presidents (2nd favorite). I hope your health improves greatly. You are the epitome of an American and service to country.

General Petraeus, you made a mistake that the majority of men make once, twice, or unfortunately many times in a lifetime. You are human. You thought with your penis. It’s okay.I personally believe you should have never resigned and told your critics to shove it. You only answer to two people regarding the affair, your wife and children, period. I hope you return to government service to your country as it is visibly in your DNA.

General Colin Powell, your book “My American Journey” solidified my decision to join the military after college. I had always intended to serve, but your book and journey motivated me. You are an inspiration to all Americans and influenced me greatly.

To all SEA’s (senior enlisted advisers), you are just as important if not a greater viability to large and small commands. It’s time you take a more active role in leading your enlisted and advising officers. These are not your twilight years or time to relax. You can either strengthen the tip of the spear, or make it brittle. You decide.

Pat Harvey, I’ve always thought you carried yourself professionally and personally the way a strong black woman should. Your articulation and speech is second to none. You are the epitome of a journalist/anchor. You are America.

Ellen Degeneres, continue your excellent contribution to entertaining America and bringing the human factor to entertainment. You changed the perception of your gay community and how we as Americans view the LGBT community. I congratulate you on your success and opening my eyes as a young adult, and my generation to the fact that you are know different from us other than who you choose to love. Oh, and you Prop 8 supporters, why the fuck do you care who your neighbor marries. Hypocritical pieces of shit.

Westboro Baptist Church, may you all burn slowly in a fire, not from smoke inhalation, but from the flames and only the flames.

Tebow, I really wanted to see you take charge of an offense again and the game. You are not a good QB by todays standards, but you are a great football player who knows how to lead a team and WIN. You will be “Tebowing” when you reach your next team. I have faith in you. Get out of that circus they call the Jets and away from the reality TV star, Rex Ryan, and Mark Rapist Sanchez.

Christopher Walz, you impressed me in Inglorious Basterds. After viewing Django Unchained, I was sold. I have come to the conclusion that you are well on your way to becoming one of the greats if not already and show glimpses of Daniel Day Lewis and Morgan Freeman-esque type qualities of greatness. Trust me when I say that you will be one of the greatest ever.

Jennifer Beals, Serena Williams, Grae Drake, Lisa Nicole-Carson, Diana Taurasi, N’bushe Wright, Brenda Villa, Kate Winslet, Ashley Graham, Erika Christensen, Gabrielle Union, Isabella Soprano, Zain Verjee, Tamron Hall, Gina Carano, America Ferrara, Giana Michaels, Nene, Natalie Portman, Queen Latifah, Michelle Rodriguez, Anjelah Johnson, Kelly Clarkson, Nora Jones, Laura Prepon, Margaret Cho, and Rutina Wesley, you are THE MOST beautiful women on this planet, period. Never settle, professionally or personally.

Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” is the greatest piece of music ever, period. Hanz Zimmer, William Bell, Eric Clapton, BB King, Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Metallica, Rob Zombie, Nora Jones, Marvin Gaye, Jay-Z, and the King (Louis Armstrong) are musical prodigies.

Jeffrey Toobin and David Gergen, you are political geniuses and modern scholars. Hopefully Toobin is nominated for the Supreme Court and implements some damn common sense and reasoning instead of partisan bickering. But in true Toobin fashion, we all know he would not accept the nomination.
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John and Ken from KFI, never mute your facts and personal opinions. You are one of the few media personalities who speak the truth, even when the truth is not popular. I will miss listening to your discussions.

Bill Handel, your effin awesome. For years I enjoyed your show.

Anthony Bourdain, you’re a modern renaissance man who epitomizes the saying “too cool for school”.

Larry David, Kevin Hart, the late Patrice Oneal, Lisa Lampanelli, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK, Dave Chapelle, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Dennis Miller, and Jeff Ross are pure geniuses. I’m a big fan of all of your work. As a child my mom caught me watching Def Jam comedy at midnight when I should have been asleep. Instead of scolding me, the next night she let me stay up late and watch George Carlin, Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor comedy specials with her for hours. My sides were sore for days.

Larry David, I agree. 72-82 degrees is way to hot in a residence. 68 , degrees is perfect.

Cyclist, I have no problem sharing the road with you. But, at least go the fucking speed limit posted or get off the road!!! That is a feasible request. Livestrong you fraudulent assholes.

Cardinal Mahoney, you are in essence a predator yourself as you enabled your subordinates to molest multiple children in the church over many decades. May you die a long and slow painful death.

If you continuously followed me while I was walking at dusk/night I would confront you as well. Too bad Trayvon didn’t smash your skull completely open, Zim. While Trayvon’s body erodes to bones 6 feet under, Zimmerman has put on no less than 40 pounds while out on bail. Zimmerman was arrested for battery on a Peace officer and avoided jail/prison because he completed a diversion program. Thats a history of being an asshole. Zimmerman couldn’t get hired by a LE agency because of poor credit/and a history of violence/restraining orders with women. So what does he do? Designate himself, neighborhood watch captain and make complaints to his city council about the horrible work ethic and laziness of the officers patrolling his neighborhood. Good one Zim. How classy that your father attempts to use his veterans status “disabled veteran” during your bail hearing but doesn’t state what his disability percentage is. Prior service personnel know it can be 5% disability to 100%. You and your attorneys always avoid mentioning your fathers occupation as a magistrate/judge because I’m sure he’s utilized his position to get you out of way more jams then the public has discovered and that your family is not indigent. Oh, tell your wife to stop perjuring herself in court.

KCCO

Anonymous, you are hated, vilified, and considered an enemy to the state. I personally view you as a culture and a necessity that brings truth to a cloaked world. Forge ahead!

Charlie Sheen, you’re effin awesome.

My opinion on women in combat MOS’, Designators, Rates, and AFSC’s. I wish all of you who attempt to pursue combat occupational roles the greatest success in completing, graduating, and qualifying in their respective schools/courses. Many want to see you fail. Remember, everyone of you is a pioneer. There was a time when they didn’t allow blacks to fight the good fight. This is your civil rights. Don’t quit!!!

It’s time to allow gay service member’s spouses to utilize the same benefits that all heterosexual dependents are eligible for. Medical, Dental, Tricare, Deers, SGLI, BX, Commissary, Milstar, MWR, etc. Flag officers, lets be honest. You can’t really give a valid argument to as why gays shouldn’t be eligible as every month a new state enacts laws that allow same sex marriage.

LGBT community and supporters, the same way you have the right to voice your opinion on acceptance of gay marriage, Chick Fil-A has a right to voice their beliefs as well. That’s what makes America so great. Freedom of expression. Don’t be assholes and boycott/degrade their business and customers who patronize the locations. They make some damn good chicken! Vandalizing (graffiti) their locations does not help any cause.

Mr. Bill Cosby, you are a reasonable and talented man who has spoken the truth of the cultural anomalies within the black communities that need to change now. The black communities’ resentment toward you is because they don’t like hearing the truth or having their clear and evident dirty laundry aired to the nation. The problem is, the country is not blind nor dumb. They believe we are animals. Do not mute your unvarnished truthful speech or moral compass. Blacks must strive for more in life than bling, hoes, and cars. The current culture is an epidemic that leaves them with no discernible future. They’re suffocating and don’t even know it. MLK Jr. Would be mortified at what he worked so hard for in our acceptance as equal beings and how unfortunately we stopped progressing and began digressing. Chicago’s youth violence is a prime example of how our black communities values have declined. We can not address this nation’s intolerant issues until we address our own communities morality issues first. Accountability. We need to hold ou….

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The Constitution During Tragedy: Part 2

I still continue to be saddened by the tragedy.  The names were released yesterday, collages of the young faces are being shared on Facebook and Twitter today, and it’s just heartbreaking.   I did something nice for my own son today – grateful to still have him – even if he is not young anymore.

Here’s a collage that just broke me.

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Take a moment and mourn.  What a loss.  😦

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Back to the Constitution, we’re starting to see leaders emerge into the debates, and it’s the usual suspects.  I’m sure while Wayne LaPierre of the NRA will be mailing me on how guns could have stopped this earlier with someone packing,  Harry Reid, Chuck Shumer and even the Pro-Gun Democrats are being targeted for quotes that will politicize this debate quickly.   .

So how does the Constitution hold up in the wake of tragedy?  After all, that’s the point of this blog mini-series here.  The answer is:  Not so well.

Charles Shumer told Anti-Gun Avocates that we “Have to admit that there’s a 2nd Amendment“.

“We’ve been gridlocked,” he said on CBS’s Face The Nation. “We need a new paradigm because both sides are in the corner and they could come to the middle. Those of who are pro-gun control have to admit that there is a Second Amendment right to bear arms… once we establish that there is a constitutional right to bear arms we should have the right admit, and maybe they’ll be more willing to admit, that no amendment is absolute after all.”

See what he did there?

If we admit that the 2nd Amendment is a legitimate Amendment (in which nobody in their right mind was denying this), then we’ll make THE OTHER GUYS admit something too, and then we’ll chisel away at those staunch bigots and their nearly impossible to bastardize 2nd Amendment rights that we can’t seem to spin!

In other words – we’ll admit a little something, and then berate them until they inch our way.

In other OTHER words – “Once we, as a group, openly admit that there’s a Constitutional Right and smooch their asses a little bit, and then suggest that Amendments aren’t absolute, we’ll then make our argument that the 2nd Amendment isn’t absolute, and that your right CAN’T be infringed – EXCEPT by this NEW LAW designed by us to….  

(wait for it….)  

PROTECT YOU!!!”

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Do you know why the Preamble exists?   Here’s why:

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See, if you believed in the Constitution in the first place, you don’t give this gum-flapping about “Amendments aren’t absolute”.  They’re absolute, and if not, they ARE ABSOLUTELY ABOUT TAKING POWER FROM POLITICIANS, like Senator Chuck Schumer who would limit the powers granted to citizens.

This is precisely why I’m not only saddened by history-ignorant Americans saying this sort of stupid stuff,  but because our LEADERS are saying it while openly strategizing on how to get PARTISAN LAWS PASSED that they think will get them re-elected!

Two words for you, Chuck:    Sell out!

No wonder Americans are repeating this stuff.  They hear a ridiculous claim, like:

  • FBI/NCIS system should be mandatory.   Wouldn’t have helped in this situation.
  • Banning Automatic Rifles should be mandatory.  Wouldn’t have helped in this situation.
  • Banning Semi-Automatic Rifles should be mandatory.  Wouldn’t have helped in this situation.
  • Banning Assault Rifles should be mandatory.  The guy shot kids with handguns.
  • Banning handguns should be mandatory.   Right, so law abiding citizens can just mosey down the street with a musket, because clearly, that’s what the Founding Fathers wanted.  Don’t be stupid.
  • Where was the background check?  He would have passed it.
  • Schools should be a Gun Free Zone!  Yeah, it sure was, wasn’t it?   Except for two.
  • Maybe if there was an education on Guns, this wouldn’t happen.   Schumer is finally admitting that they EXIST and we have a right to bear them.   You want the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program in schools?  OK!  I’m good with the message of “If you find it stop, don’t pick it up, run away from it, tell an adult”.
  • Let’s hold the gun owner responsible.   She is – her poor judgment got her the death penalty.
  • This is because of Gun Shows!  Nope, not here either.
  • Let’s make a law not allowing mental patients access to guns.  Already a law.

So with all this, I have very little hope that rational, normally educated people would be able to handle a conversation on this topic.   But I went into NPR’s Facebook page and tried to dialogue peacefully and respectfully – and usually NPR listeners are rational, reasonable and respectable, as am I.

I was told that I was an idiot, and should end up dead like “other gun owner jerkoffs like David Koresh”.   I simply made the point that when heroes use a gun, they’re heroes.  And when villains use a gun, they’re still villains.  That was it.  That was the sum total of my offering, and my response was comparisons to religious crazy mass-murderers who kill their followers.   I guess I should be happy that the person didn’t Godwin me straight to Hitler or Stalin-like status.

At least they mix it up a little, I guess.  “Hooray for small gifts”, I’ve since decided.

I thought I would take a quick look at WhiteHouse.Gov to see what kind of petitions are going on – after all, that’s kind of a good indicator of ideas and attitudes.  I did this to sort of gauge the average American’s thought process to see how capable we are of solving this dilemma, and what ideas generated the most amount of agreement. This could show us how people gravitate towards intelligent ideas and compromise.   Or how doomed we are with polarization and bigotry and sound-bytes.

Let’s take a look at the whole snapshot at this moment, and then we’ll address each one.

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Well, I was hoping for a better selection with more inflammatory mish-mash, but this is pretty moderate, even for WhiteHouse.gov standards.  So let’s jump in with both feet on this:

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Free mental health care.   Well, THAT didn’t take long.

Well, we’re lucky to get treatment with insurance for anything other than a yearly checkup with ObamaCare as it is.  You can argue if that’s better than nothing, but at the growing costs and (SURPRISE!  Recent additional tax of 63 bucks for preexisting conditions – that’s a bummer)  I’m betting that this is fiscally impossible.  Seriously, if we can’t get people cancer treatment, or eyeglasses or X-Rays or two ailments in one visit on the government plan, do you really think we’re going to risk the entire program on adding expensive and unproven mental health sciences as a generic solution?   I’ll answer that now: No.  We aren’t.

Banning the sale on “assault rifles” (I’ll go into that later)  and “high capacity magazines”.  We saw this with the Brady Bill, and it didn’t stop criminals.  Rather, it empowered them to have a better weapon than the police who might come to stop them, and it created an underground enterprise.  Those who legally had high capacity magazines made a fortune selling them on Ebay to strangers.   Remember my analogy where prisoners make weapons out of envelope glue, and broken parts of kitchen utensils?   Hate + Rage + Time = Tragedy.   I believe you’re truly delaying the obvious by thinking that not selling high capacity magazines is going to instantly stop certain crimes, but no research available today suggests that.   And high capacity magainzes, of which there are millions in distribution through both legal and illegal means is no way going to stop:

a)  anyone from getting one
b) anyone from using it
c) a criminal from modifying a legal one to an illegal one anyway, even if every one was collected and destroyed – which will never happen – there is simply not enough manpower to do this.

I guess you can try if you’re hell-bent, but if I want to carry 20 rounds and you only allow 10 round magazines, I can carry 2.   Now how does that save anyone’s life?

Okay, here’s some more citizenry brain-busters on how to solve this problem:

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These schools are overcrowded, on a budget, and barely have enough money to enact legislation to rob Peter to pay Paul down the line.   What we need is more teachers, more buildings, and more resources.   This is not simply “moving funds from one account to another”, this is “creating an account and funding it”.   You just created a bigger, less efficient and more expensive government.   You can’t fund armed guards at every school, and even if you could, wouldn’t the shooter take that person out first, and leave you in the same position?  Kids can be dumb, but they’re not stupid, and kevlar vests don’t protect your face.

Besides, I’m not sure I want recent ex-military returnees to be hanging out with kids and guns without a serious psyche evaluation.  Guys, these people are sometimes struggling to function normally in a world where their lives aren’t being threatened.  Hand them a gun and put them on a junior high campus?   Yet 700+ people think this is a splendid idea.

Then we have the one on the right.  UNBELIEVABLE.   This White House will not “ensure” ANYTHING when it comes to the 2nd Amendment.  The Constitution ALREADY ENSURES that citizens cannot be limited for that very reason.    My guess is that this is someone’s idea of appealing to the White House to “Remember the 2nd Amendment” like a “Remember the Alamo” type of statement.  At least, I hope so.  Please tell me that people know that we ALREADY HAVE THIS RIGHT, and don’t need approval from the WHITE HOUSE to say yes or no on an AMENDMENT.   If you give the government the idea that they can take something away, tax it, or stick a law on it when it’s NON-NEGOTIABLE, then they start thinking, “Hey, we can change this shit up a little”.   STOP DOING THAT.   If you trumpet the 2nd Amendment, understand that this is not granted to us BY the Government.  It’s granted to us to deny the government powers that they don’t deserve because they can’t deny you from having that power.   THAT’S WHAT A RIGHT *IS ALL ABOUT*.

im3Okay, I don’t care about those other issues at the moment, so we’ll carry on with what holds merit on this topic.

A show of hands.  No, really.  How many people think that an “investigation into the relationship of psychiatric evaluations and school shootings” will produce anything but “further results (and funds) are needed to become more aware, educated and produce accurate data”?

I have some data.  Of the last 5 school shootings, “No Gun Zones” or “permission required ahead of time for carrying a gun on school property” were requirements on 100% of campuses.  Of the last 2 mall shootings, those also were “Gun Free Zones”.    Hey, that’s free, and easily searchable.

Are we suggesting that we can profile – and systematically disarm people based on psychiatric assessments on if they’ll bring a gun to a school and kill people?   I mean, what’s the end result?

Here’s another free idea:  If you’re required to take psychiatric drugs, then admit yourself to a facility and get healed.  Don’t allow people to stop their meds and shoot guns, or drive cars into busses, or run naked through malls.  There are ALREADY LAWS against people with mental diseases owning firearms.

Whoever wrote “Stronger gun control” was just lazy, and you got a lot of votes with no substance.  Congratulations, 10,000 people agreed that blaming guns is the answer.   Good going!   Because criminals follow the laws, this will surely stop them if we pass the “magical right law”.

I’m starting to wonder if Americans understand their own Constitution.

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I don’t want a gun in every classroom, and nobody should be forced to carry as a mandate of employment.  I have high regard for teachers, and I believe if they want to, they should have one.  No teacher should be forced to have a weapon they are scared of, unable to control, unwilling to use, or could be taken away by a student or other perpetrator.    I also believe that kids will not respect an adult, even with a gun, and this may compound the issue if a student attacks a teacher, who would then defend themselves with lethal means.

To the guy who wrote about ending violence committed by assault weapons, the only person who was shot by a rifle was the perpetrator’s mother, and we don’t even know yet if it had the three Federal parts attached that would designate it as an “assault weapon“.  But don’t wait for that information to be made available – let’s just jump to conclusions.  Because, you know, “we think”.   All the kids and school administrators were shot with handguns.  If you’re okay with disarming the public because you don’t like certain guns, AT LEAST BLAME THE RIGHT GUNS.   I mean, that’s like saying, “let’s ban lock-picking tools when criminals are using crowbars to smash and break car windows.  Because that will stop cars from getting stolen!”  Really, idiot?   How does it solve the problem when you have failed to IDENTIFY the very problem you claim to have a solution for?

This situation and reaction requires reading, comprehension, analysis and organization of thought.  THEN an opinion, and delivery of said opinion.   If you can’t handle that, please don’t write petitions on WhiteHouse.Gov, and for pete’s sake, don’t sign to enact laws against a weapon that wasn’t used.

No, seriously.  Silence yourself and put your emotions aside for a moment.   Learn something about a topic before speaking.   Because when you’re stupid and write stuff like this, serious people can’t take you seriously.

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I’m actually okay with designating WBC as a hate group, except that they aren’t killing anybody.  They’re simply using free (albiet distasteful and divisive) speech.   But nobody is clamoring to abolish the 1st Amendment because it’s being misused and trampled on by unmentionables and derelicts.

So you see, why would we abolish the 2nd Amendment?

So top left:  Ahh yes, “in the wake of a tragedy, make a knee-jerk decision based on the fact that tragedy and emotions are running high”.   It only counts when people can see victims on TV.   Let’s also interview some kids and find out “exactly how scared they were”.

Besides repeating some of the same points I made before, did anyone else notice how many posts were made with either poor or no punctuation?  How do these same people expect others to believe that their opinion is educated when they can’t even be fucked to use basic grammar, capitalization and punctuation?

This is why I don’t believe that most Americans really understand the Constitution, or the history – or quite frankly, the point of the documents that most define our country.   Free Speech allows for more than war protesting and saying the now-allowed word,” shit” on Network TV with FCC approval, or having parades and 99% Rallies and I’m truly concerned that few think it applies to anything else.   Thankfully, at least the people who champion free speech have at least tried to understand the concept, contradictions and consequences of free speech because simply put, ‘They say it because they can!’.   Some also think Free Speech means telling a cop to go copulate himself, and usually find that this specific flavor isn’t necessarily supported when being given a choice to comply with law enforcement – although it usually is to the credit of fine police officers who have more patience than I and can overlook that misuse.   I celebrate that.  THAT is the beauty of having Constitutional rights.  You can pretty much say what you want, when you want, where you want and nobody can say much otherwise.

Would you take that away because 9 idiots from Westboro are ugly?  Me either.  So don’t take my guns because someone else flips out and plays the fool.

Rather, people seem to have decided that individual liberties can be sacrificed in exchange for some safe-net of temporary controls enacted by the government, thereby rendering criminals weak, and everybody safe if they petition and get “the democratic majority” to agree, and based on this website and some of the comments made by our President about Constitutional issues, if this is a legitimate concern.

I would quote the President on some of his quotes, but he’s doing what Presidents do.  Trying to identify with us, mourning, talking about more talking, blah blah BLAH.   This sort of tragedy will not happen to you, Mr. President.  You are surrounded by the best fully automatic-switchable-to semi-automatic assault rifles the world knows, and some of the best shooters our military has produced with orders to kill anyone who threatens you.  Your kids are safe beyond reason.  Don’t talk to me about improving safety with new gun laws and making it harder for me to stop a criminal trying to hurt my family from the viewpoint of your perch, sir.  No, not fair.

So my question is really not to disrespect the President.  He has been utterly useless now as far as grabbing guns, and I’d like to see that continue.   He’s done a great job at doing NOTHING about gun control, and I, for one, am thankful.

Rather, my question is to the thinking citizen:  What would you give up to feel safe?  To feel that your kids are safe?  I hope you don’t say your liberties and your rights.   I really hope we aren’t going down that road as a country.  Are you willing to get tough?  Make a stand?  Be vulnerable until others also take a stand?  Do the right thing, rather than the ‘feel good’ option?   I hope so.

Soldiers risk their life so you can be protected by the Constitution, and back home, our leaders who won’t bring our troops home are telling the population that,  “Oh, those Constitutional Amendments?  Yeah, those are kinda-sorta interprety and stuff….”.

I very much hope this changes.

Part 3 coming sometime when I get to it.  This is time consuming and draining, but would love to hear your thoughts below.

Peace and love to you this Christmas Season.

–ANP

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The Constitution During Tragedy: Part 1

In reading some of the responses on the Connecticut tragedy, I’m saddened on two fronts.

First, for the families and victims.  They were just kids.  New to the world, ignorant to their little futures and just learning to be independent and live in peace with those around them. Parents made lunches that they hoped would give their little ones nutrients, bathed and clothed their kids, and assumed that at the end of the day, they’d tuck their little ones in bed, repeat until high school, driving privileges, and maybe college and a successful career.

And it will never happen.  I’m pretty good with the English language, but even words are eluding me because it hurts to just think about.  I don’t even want to think about how lucky my son is 21 in a few months and made it through childhood alive.  This world sure doesn’t seem to cater towards the innocent and vulnerable, as evidenced by how the coverage of these stories place the limelight on the killer, rather than the victims.

Maybe that’s why I think we have to change – that is, get back to basics – as a society, and nothing is more basic than the Constitution.   And that leads me to the other front that saddens me:

Second, I’m reminded how out of touch people are with the Amendments of the United States Constitution.  And it’s frightening how instant-gratification and knee-jerk reactive Americans have gotten – and how people use a tragedy to push their agendas for political purposes as if such a quick reaction would “fix” a problem.  It’s like trying to dress an amputation with a Band-Aid because a Band-Aid is the most available item in the First Aid kit.

“But the tragedy just happened.  We need to heal.”.

Too early?  No.

For the families, yes – let them bury their dead.

You know, for the rest of us, it’s NOT too early.  It’s too LATE if people are actually suggesting that we need an overhaul of the Constitution when a tragedy strikes less than 24 hour prior.  “We need new rules”, people are saying.

“But they were just kids.  This is horrible!”

It’s absolutely horrible.  But the ages of victims isn’t a legitimate argument to nullifying the 2nd Amendment, or placing more restrictions on law-abiding gun owners, of which there are millions of them in the United States.

And I’ll spare you the “ban cars for drunk driving” one-liners I’m sure many of you are used to, although I personally believe that there’s a logical merit to such a comparison.   But here, let me give a few examples from people in my own Facebook circle that I disagreed with:

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Allow me to make a few points here.

1.  Disturbed people will make weapons when nothing is available.  For instance, prison stabbings and shanks are made over long periods of time by people who have access to no weapons, but have anger, hate, rage, revenge and no morals.  That’s right.  People who want to hurt others will take weeks or months to plan an attack with minimal resources.  They might bend off a piece of fence, wrap it in a mattress cover and stab someone in the neck so that they either choke on their own blood, or their organs eventually fail from internal injuries.  But the end result is the same.

And here’s a guy who just walked into a hospital with his gun, and was shot dead as he drew on officers:
http://www.cbs42.com/content/localnews/story/Suspect-killed-in-shooting-at-St-Vincents-Hospital/8pYa9a7o-EKtx0drjCn6Tg.cspx 

Here’s a student in Oklahoma who tried to get others to help him lock students and shoot them dead, and use explosives on police:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20121214_11_0_BARTLE641724&r=2512

Making “guns more illegal” won’t stop these situations.

2.  A grenade would have done more harm faster than two handguns.  The Colorado Gunman had 30 grenades set up in his apartment, along with 10 gallons of Gasoline hoping for maximum damage.  Gun laws deal very little with grenades and explosives, and could do similar damage that you CAN’T outlaw:   http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/24/justice/colorado-theater-shooting/index.html
These were all legally purchased items, assembled carefully to do maximum damage to the largest amount of people.  Unless you want to outlaw bleach. Or muratic acid for pools.  Tinfoil.  Plastic soda bottles.  Etc.

The guy didn’t need a gun.  He had time, and hate.

3.  China does not have guns.  China DOES has a history of abusive human rights violations.   This is precisely what an unarmed populace who doesn’t even have the freedom to choose their own religion looks like.   You know the news you hear about China?  You hear it only because it has been approved by the government’s censorship committees and passed government scrutiny.  Those citizens will never be able to stand against their government for their abuses.  That should be a warning, not something we strive to be similar to.

4.  In Japan,  the Japanese society’s attitude toward suicide has been termed “tolerant,” and in many occasions suicide is seen as a “morally responsible action”.  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11013-008-9108-0

In that instance,  I actually agree that guns don’t belong in a society where suicide is socially acceptable, but that also makes it a non-comparison for U.S. related “gun death” comparisons.  Life is more valuable in the U.S. than the value this particular culture gives it, and guns would likely be misused in that environment.   Not that jumping in front of a train is better, but you can’t train jump in self-defense, and you can use a gun in self-defense.

Why DOES a person need 3 guns?  Excellent question, and I’ll answer why on my next installment.

The other post that I thought was note worthy:

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This is brilliant.  We just need someone who can identify “nutjobs” in the supermarket, at the DMV and at the gun stores so that they don’t buy too much lighter fluid, don’t run people over and don’t buy guys to kill people.  I don’t possess such a trait or skill, and venture to guess that nobody else does either.    Guns are currently regulated with more laws than automobiles, and the penalties for misuse are far stiffer.

Further, a Bushman .223 is not an “automatic”, at least without serious modification.   It’s semi-automatic.   I realize pointing this out will be the fodder for anti-gun friends to claim that I’m being insensitive at this time, but stop before you start.  Automatic means multiple rounds per pressing – think mobsters and machine guns.   Semi-Automatic means that you need to pull the trigger 1x for 1 bullet.   Everything else you have to load 1-at-a-time.   This kid did not have an “automatic” weapon, and it’s posts like this that really set me off as people would look at this and deduct that “more rules for automatic weapons would have saved those kids”.   Arizona is the state with the most lax gun laws, and even we can’t have Automatic weapons without registering with the government and agreeing to ridiculous legislation, including the ability for them to search the premises where it will be stored.  Further,  any Full-Auto in the U.S. civilian sector is a pre-1986 or illegal, and costs thousands of dollars based on supply and demand.  This kid didn’t have that.  End of story.

And since I’ll never have an automatic, you can go ahead and make all the gun laws banning them that you want, but realize that doing so doesn’t change anything.  Only a select few even have access to that sort of weapon without modifications, and then the penalties are stiff if you modify and you can’t exactly hang out at gun ranges and pop those off without ATF rolling by to offer you some salutations and wanting a closer look.

Just as ridiculous would be someone who claims “If Obama didn’t allow the Gun Ban provision to expire, this wouldn’t have happened”.  Nonsense.  This gun was bought a while back, according to recent reports, and likely prior to any grandfather clause.  So  in reality, that “automatic gun” variable doesn’t even exist since he had a semi-automatic, which still allows for large capacity clips, flash suppressors and hand grips – and which was left in the car.  Not that this will stop people from demanding it anyway, “just in case”, I suppose.

Finally, since we were discussing China earlier, and some people have made the point that killing people couldn’t happen “as easily without guns”, let me put that MYTH to rest by sharing a story out of China about Zhang Minsheng, who killed 8 children at a school with a knife, some in front of their parents, until someone was able to hold him for police.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1269387/China-executes-Zhang-Minsheng-stabbed-8-schoolchildren-death.html

China gave him the death penalty.  Ironically, he was shot to death by firing squad by the government, but was able to take out 8 people with a knife.

Finally, for those who would be mad at the “gun types”  or “enthusiasts” or “members of the NRA”, let’s clear the air here.   These three groups are the largest PROPONENTS for stiffer sentences for criminals, criminal wrongdoing and harsher penalties for firearm misuse.  We already know you want to pull our firearms, and don’t say that you believe in “tighter regulation“.  That’s just fancy-footwork keywords for “More laws that disqualify citizens from owning”, and you darn well know it.  You either believe in preserving gun ownership, or you believe in removing gun ownership.  We know this, and obviously we don’t want criminals who don’t subscribe to adhering the law to be lumped in with those of us who DO adhere to the law, and follow it without compromise.   Rather, gun grabbers tend to see us all as potential shooters who would shoot our mothers in the face and then go on a kid-killing spree, and then champion other countries that ban guns, but then trample human rights.  I don’t understand that.

Yes, there are always PR issues with any advocacy lobby or group, but to say that anyone who advocates for firearm ownership is happy, or okay with the shooting of children, or sees what happened on Friday as acceptable couldn’t be further from accurate if they tried, and shame on you for even going there.

Many of us with guns would have pulled a trigger on the gunman after the first person was shot, and would have been justified to save lives both by law, and morally.  That’s exactly how that punk Jared Loughner, who shot Rep. Giffords in Tuscon, was apprehended – by an armed citizen.  The reporters always seem to forget when that happens, since that usually doesn’t make it in the news.

Except nobody would have been armed in this scenario.  Schools are “gun-free zones”.  Criminals don’t usually follow the law, so this is us trying to point out that rules, laws and enacting harsh limits only works when people are willing to follow those laws in the first place.

When people hate, they will kill.  It will take time, and effort, but they will do it.
When people love, they will heal.  It will take time, and effort, but they will do it.

Part 2, coming soon.

–ANP

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