Tarantino Declares Cops Are “Murderers”
Note to Quentin Tarantino: Shut up.
I don’t ask my house painter to do my taxes. I don’t want my dentist involved in redesigning my bathroom and I certainly don’t ask my car mechanic to run my website. Everyone has their strengths in life, Mr. Tarantino, and while you may be a successful director of violent Hollywood films you are, by no means, an expert on our nation’s police force.
As I recall, your 1992 film, “Reservoir Dogs,” featured a terrifying scene in which a cop is tortured so we already know where you stand. A little research digs up information showing that you’ve been arrested for shoplifting, done jail time after ignoring $7,000 worth of parking tickets and, more recently, sued for assaulting a Hollywood producer. So, really, spare us your pontificating about the state of law and order in America. [click to continue…]
What Would He Think of Black Lives Matter?
Martin Luther King must be rolling in his grave.
After employing peaceful yet determined tactics he and other activists brought about the historic 1962 Civil Rights Act and systemically changed the way blacks and whites interacted in America. When Blacks were being indiscriminately murdered and denied the right to vote, get an education or move into the neighborhood of their choice Dr. King and his followers banded together in positive determination to change things. And they succeeded.
Flash forward 50 years and what do we have? The rabble rousing group known as Black Lives Matter, borne from the disturbing rash of unarmed Black men dying at the hands of police officers. I’m betting that a majority of BLM members have never studied what brought about passage of the Civil Rights Act. That’s too bad. They could learn a lot. [click to continue…]
Outrage Seems Mandatory These Days
The world has gone all topsy-turvy.
Citizens can no longer speak their mind and have a conversation about differing points of view. Facts don’t seem to matter much anymore. And, there seems to be this universally accepted idea that one must prostrate themselves while publicly apologizing if they utter something that might – possibly – be construed as upsetting to someone else.
And don’t get me started on why we fixate our national outrage at an American dentist who went hunting for big game in Africa and shot a lion rather than at the Planned Parenthood organization that admits to trading in countless baby body parts.
How did we get to this point?
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee put an underscore on the trend. Asked about the president’s pending nuclear deal with Iran Huckabee’s response got him in trouble.
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Suddenly, Agreement – But Have They Thought Things Through?
Seems like Washington is enjoying a rare political Kumbayah moment these days. Both Democrats and Republicans now agree that our justice system ran off the rails with overly burdensome, mandatory sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.
Convicts like Antwon Rogers of Cleveland Ohio who was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine — less than 5 ounces of the drug. But because Rogers had two previous drug convictions the mandatory federal three-strikes law kicked in and, at the age of 22, he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. He’s been there more than 20 years.
Francis Hayden of Loretto, Kentucky also got life after his conviction for possessing more than 1,000 marijuana plants, growing on a farm he managed. Hayden also had two previous drug convictions and that third one sealed his fate.
If space permitted I could cite thousands of these over-sentenced, non-violent drug cases. [click to continue…]
The Many Faces of Rachel Dolezal
~ Is it criminal to change one’s race?
There was hesitation in writing this column. I mean, by now, you’ve likely read enough about the bizarre saga of Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who passed herself off as African-American for many years. Her deceit exploded on the world stage.
But in all the discussion many have missed the point.
It’s not about the perplexing Dolezal family schism that went so public – families often fracture. It’s not about her darkening complexion or her exotic hair – women often change their looks. And it’s not about Dolezal’s claim on the Today Show that she is “trans-racial” because her biological son and her adopted son (who was originally adopted years ago by her parents) are African-American and therefore she needs to be too… [click to continue…]
Say What You Want … But Reactions Will Vary
The right to freedom of speech in America gives every citizen almost absolute permission to say whatever they think about a given topic. Even if the comments are offensive to the majority citizens have a right to express their opinion.
So, go ahead – say what you want. But realize, the law does not necessarily protect you from others’ reactions to your comments. And sometimes what people say is so damnably stupid they deserve some blow back. [click to continue…]
World Peace – Sadly, Not in Our Lifetimes
Don’t bother wishing for world peace in the year ahead. It is never going to happen.
There will always be pockets of turmoil and terrorism. Innocents will continue to lose their lives in places like Syria, Pakistan, South Sudan and, yes, here in the United States – in the violent, gang controlled neighborhoods we’ve ignored for too long.
For 2015, I’m going to wish for smaller miracles, things that could actually happen if we could only find the resolve to fix our problems.
I hope in the coming year law enforcement officers find themselves in fewer circumstances [click to continue…]
Law Enforcement on Notice
Note to Sheriffs and Police Chiefs: If you aren’t actively seeking ideas to foster better relations between your community and your officers you probably should resign.
If you are still operating under the illusion that social unrest could never come to your town you better think again.
If you don’t realize that a new day has dawned in law enforcement – a day where a growing number of citizens automatically mistrust cops – you might want to get back out on the street and walk a beat for a day or two.
There is now a nationwide, colorblind call demanding a change in the way law enforcement interacts with the people they have sworn to protect. [click to continue…]
Founding Father, Franklin
Following my recent column about racial tensions in America I got an e-mail from Gary L. Hoe, of Albuquerque, which made me re-think what our founding fathers had in mind when they established this country.
Hoe reminded me of a quote from Benjamin Franklin, attributed to the statesman as he left the secret confab which hammered out the U.S. Constitution. Asked by a woman what kind of government had been decided upon – a republic or a monarchy – Franklin replied, “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”
Somewhere in the 227 years since then many Americans have adopted the idea that we are a democracy not a republic. Nothing could be further from the intent expressed at that Constitutional Convention in 1787. [click to continue…]