27 February 2007

21 February 2007

Bum Wars

CNN reports that attacks on the homeless are on the rise. The article presupposes that this is a terrible tragedy by saying that this is a "disturbing trend".

We as police officers interact with homeless people all the time. You learn very quickly that these people are rarely worthy of your pity, much less your compassion.

The dirty secret that the media isn't telling you is this: Most homeless want to live on the street. They like to hang out, drinking until they're unconscious and live with no rules and no structure.

They're doing a slow burn down the road of perdition.

Should we give them more subsidies? Should we open Homeless Tent Cities in the area so that they can have a central location to drink, fight and pass out? Would throwing more money at the issue help decrease the number of homeless people?

No. Remember that what ever you subsidize, you get more of. That is an iron rule.

When they opened a Tent City near his home in Washington, Michael Medved made this comment about it -

Unfortunately, however, most of the people around the homeless are "enablers." There's little talk of responsibility or making hard choices with hard work... the communication tends toward the pity-party that elevates the homeless to a noble victim, which is generally bogus.

Just this week a handout starting making its way around the district which showed that "Skid Row cooties" are threatening first responders with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). It is a highly contagious strain of staph that is capable of infecting you simply by touching a surface 5 days after initial contact with the infected person.

Here's a picture from the LaWeekly article showig a staph infected abcess being drained:
abcess_drain

So forgive me if I can't generate any sympathy for people who wantonly stroll around a neighborhood, pissing and shitting in alleys, shamelessly begging for change, sleeping in restaurants and on the sidewalks, fighting with each other, spreading disease and getting angry with people who ask them to move along. It is especially agregious that the homeless do this with full knowledge and consent - no one is forcing them onto the streets.

If you're out dealing with these people, make sure you've always got a couple pair of fresh rubber gloves and some hand sanitizer with you. Bring some chlorine bleach wipes with you and wipe down your car, your cuffs and anything else that you come in contact with. And always wash your hands a few times during your tour, especially before you eat or drink anything.

Stay sharp out there!

20 February 2007

Police officer morale low

Just a quick hit on this beautiful Tuesday morning.

I was reading SecondCityCop's blog and saw this anonymous post. The officer's comments about morale within the rank & file hits the nail on the head.

Name the last thing the city did to try and boost the morale of its officers. The powers that be started "Operation Just Cause". [While] we, as police officers, are treated like these dogs on the street.

We have to worry about all these idiots out there, then come into the station and worry about an inspector or a boss trying to screw us. When something hits the news or a PO makes a mistake, "Operation Just Cause" is initiated on the rest of us.

Find legal parking going to jobs! Come in at 15 after the hour! Cameras in the car cause you can't tell Reverend Meeks to get back in the f.... car! (which anyone of us would of [done] including these asshole bosses), don't chase anybody in a vehicle! I can see it now....PO gets into a foot chase..bad guy knocks over some citizen.."BALANCE TEST" TO CONTINUE FOOT CHASES! That's why [I now] understand why people on this job don't want to do shit!!


He or she is completely correct. My biggest issue with the Chicago Police department is that their policies are completely reactive - never proactive. We aren't being run by police officers; we're being run by accountants and lawyers.

Whenever an officer uses deadly force, the press automatically assumes that it wasn't warranted. When some shitheads were running a robbery team downtown and the police chased them in a vehicle pursuit (because the criminals decided to drive away in order to defeat the arrest) and a woman was killed when the shitheads jumped a curb (because the criminals decided to drive fast and dangerously in order to defeat the arrest) then all of a sudden it was "the fault of the police" for the death of an innocent civilian. Therefore they changed our chase / pursuit policy which virtually ceased all vehicle chases because the directive was so prohibitive.

There is no way this is going to change because our brass won't confront the politicians and stand firm. When the aldermen send in "special attentions" or demand a street rollcall they should be told that we'll get around to it when our schedule allows it. When Reverend Meeks acted in his typical outrage and vitriol our Superintendent should have never met with him, at the very least. There should have been an arrest, not a meeting.

19 February 2007

Standing with Pride alongside the Terrorists

As promised, here are the 17 Senators who stood proudly on the side of the Terrorists and, whose actions say clearly that they do not support our Troops - nor their mission. The list is posted over here.

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Disapproving of the decision of the president announced on 10 January 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that:

1. Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and

2. Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W Bush announced on 10 January 10 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.,


Representative Michael Castle (DE)
Phone: (202) 225-4165
Fax: (202) 225-2291
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative Howard Coble (NC)
Phone: (202) 225-3065
Fax: (202) 225-8611
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative Thomas M. Davis (VA)
Phone: (202) 225-1492
Fax: (202) 225-3071
Email: http://tomdavis.house.gov/davis_contents/center/feedback/

Representative John J. Duncan Jr. (TN)
Phone: (202) 225-5435
Fax: (202) 225-6440
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative Philip Sheridan English (PA)
Phone: (202) 225-5406
Fax: (202) 225-3103
Email: http://www.house.gov/english/zipauth.htm

Representative Wayne Gilchrest (MD)
Phone: (202) 225-5311
Fax: (202) 225-0254
Email: http://gilchrest.house.gov/contact.asp?ContactType=Form

Representative Robert Inglis (SC)
Phone: (202) 225-6030
Fax: (202) 226-1177
Email: http://inglis.house.gov/contact.asp?content=sections/contact/write_inglis

Representative Timothy V. Johnson (IL)
Phone: (202) 225-2371
Fax: (202) 226-0791
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative Walter Jones (NC)
Phone: (202) 225-3415
Fax: (202) 225-3286
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative Richard Keller (FL)
Phone: (202) 225-2176
Fax: (202) 225-0999
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative Mark Kirk (IL)
Phone: (202) 225-4835
Fax: (202) 225-0837
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative Steven C. LaTourette (OH)
Phone: (202) 225-5731
Fax: (202) 325-3307
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative Ronald Ernest Paul (TX)
Phone: (202) 225-2831
Email: http://www.house.gov/paul/contact.shtml

Representative Thomas Petri (WI)
Tel: (202) 225-2476
Fax: (202) 225-2356
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative James Ramstad (MN)
Phone: (202) 225-2871
Fax: (202) 225-6351
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative Frederick Stephen Upton (MI)
Phone: (202) 225-3761
Fax: (202) 225-4986
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Representative James T. Walsh (NY)
Phone: (202) 225-3701
Fax: (202) 225-4042
Email: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Remember them.

Only two Democrats in the House stood with our country and our soldiers in Iraq:


Representative Jim Marshall (GA)
Phone: (202) 225-6531
Fax: (202) 225-3013

Representative Gene Taylor (MS)
Phone: (202) 225-5772
Fax: (202) 225-7074

The other 229 (and 17 Republican representatives) stood with the terrorists.

Don Markham for Alderman

UPDATE: The news is reporting today that Alderman Brian Doherty is shown leaving a bar and driving away, apparently intoxicated. The piece is posted at YouTube.



If the alderman has a drinking problem, then that would explain why nothing gets done up in our Ward. I don't think, personally, that this is a big deal. Everyone of us has driven after having had a couple "pops". And while I'm not condoning it, he didn't get in an accident and no one got hurt.





The other day I received a 4 page, full color, glossy campaign brochure from Alderman Brian Doherty (41st Ward).

I read it and held it up for my wife to see. I pointed at Doherty's picture on the front page and said,"Look honey - here's what our Alderman looks like!"

The joke is that we've never heard from or met our alderman - even though we've lived in the ward for quite a while.

Since our ward is pretty quiet, there's not much pressure on the alderman to make the rounds and shake hands with the citizens. His duties are probably fairly minimal. But when we got hit with all that snow last week, it took the streets and san department almost 2 full days to get around to plowing our street.

Another complaint is that our property taxes up here are going through the roof.

Reading the Doherty's list of accomplishments, I saw one item which scored big points with me ... he was the only one to vote No to slave reparations.

But he also listed "work actively with CAPS to reduce crime" as an accomplishment. That is a bunch of crap. So he sends one of his lackys over to a few beat meetings every month. W-o-w..h-o-o-o...!

This year I'm voting for Don Markham. Don is a Chicago police officer who has 12 years on the job and lives in Norwood park.

I think that Don would be a much more proactive alderman and would address issues that matter to the residents in the 41st Ward. He'd also wants to keep the money raised in the 41st ward kept in the ward.

Don's website is here.

Mark #54 on your ballot. It is easy to remember since it is Urlacher's jersey number.

And who knows - maybe Don can finally bring some commonsense to the City Council by repealing the Residency requirement, lifting the handgun ban and requiring Dorothy Tillman to remove her hat when in chambers!

Spread the word...

CAIR recruits National Review Mouthpiece

Robert Spencer over at Dhimmi Watch reported on this story, which appeared over at FrontPage magazine.

Serge Trifkovic's book The Sword of the Prophet was banned from National Review Online.

He writes: Jihadi activists gathered around CAIR claimed the book defamed Islam and its "prophet." When it did not get immediate satisfaction from National Review, CAIR instructed its partisans to pressure the Boeing Corporation to withdraw its advertisements from the magazine. Faced with the loss of revenue National Review briefly took down The Sword, but then quickly reposted it, under pressure from mainly conservative quarters.


It is now, perhaps inevitably, the turn of a phony conservative to join CAIR's ranks. In his latest book, The Enemy At Home, Dinesh D'Souza writes that,

"In order to build alliances with traditional Muslims, the right must take three critical steps. First, stop attacking Islam. Conservatives have to cease blaming Islam for the behavior of the radical Muslims. Recently the right has produced a spate of Islamophobic tracts with titles like Islam Unveiled, Sword of the Prophet, and The Myth of Islamic Tolerance. There is probably no better way to repel traditional Muslims, and push them into the radical camp, than to attack their religion and their prophet."

Two of the titles D'Souza finds so offensive that condemning them tops his list of "critical steps" are by my friend Robert Spencer, and "The Sword" is mine. D'Souza wants us, and presumably other similarly minded authors (Bat Ye'or, Ibn Warraq, Andrew Bostom, Walid Shoebat et al), to shut up.


A must read....click here to read the article in full...

President's Day

Happy President's Day.

Sadly it is just another holiday that less and less people know or even care about. Part of that apathy stems from the fact that leftist school personnel aren't teaching our children about the country's early history.

Add to that - The media pile on by highlighting only the most salacious tidbits. Story after story of Jefferson fathered children with his slaves and Washington was a slave owner. The press would have you believe that our first 10 presidents ran plantations and just kept a harem of slave women to satisfy their lust.

After dealing with 8 years of Slick Willy Clinton, I now understand why there is such deep cynicism.

But like all things, if you dig alittle you can find how the mainstream media is trying to force-feed their totalitarian agenda down your throats. Here are a collection of letters to and from General George Washington. Notice that he constantly writes about implementing a plan to abolish slavery.

If you're working, remember to turn in your holiday slip.

God bless the United States of America. Hell - today I'll even whisper a small prayer for Bill Clinton....at the very least I pity the man. He is a poor pathetic fool.

16 February 2007

Lie of The Day: "We support the troops"

The WSJ highlights, in their OpinionJournal, that the current congressional initiative to pull out funding the war and supporting the troop surge shows that our politicians are merely giving lip service to supporting our soldiers and have no intention of actually "supporting" them.

Worse yet, congress' actions will embolden our enemies. It shows the terrorists, in an exquisite manner, that their public relations campaign is working.

On present course, the Members will vote on Friday to approve a resolution that does nothing to remove American troops from harm's way in Iraq but that will do substantial damage to their morale and that of their Iraqi allies while emboldening the enemy. The only real question is how many Republicans will also participate in this disgrace in the mistaken belief that their votes will put some distance between themselves and the war most of them voted to authorize in 2002.

The motion at issue is plainly dishonest, in that exquisitely Congressional way of trying to have it both ways. The resolution purports to "support" the troops even as it disapproves of their mission. It praises their "bravery," while opposing the additional forces that both President Bush and General David Petreaus, the new commanding general in Iraq, say are vital to accomplishing that mission. And it claims to want to "protect" the troops even as its practical impact will be to encourage Iraqi insurgents to believe that every roadside bomb brings them closer to their goal.


As for how "the troops" themselves feel, we refer readers to Richard Engel's recent story on NBC News quoting Specialist Tyler Johnson in Iraq: "People are dying here. You know what I'm saying. . . You may [say] 'oh we support the troops.' So you're not supporting what they do. What they's [sic] here to sweat for, what we bleed for and we die for." Added another soldier: "If they don't think we're doing a good job, everything we've done here is all in vain." In other words, the troops themselves realize that the first part of the resolution is empty posturing, while the second is deeply immoral.



Rush nails it with his usual panache ....

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The only positive here in these debates, is that the House is showing they have the courage to show they have none.

They are demonstrating, for each and every one of us, that they have all the courage in the world to show that they have no courage whatsoever.

Do you know what courage would be here? Courage would be going against the polls and supporting the mission. Courage would be going with the polls and cutting off funds. Neither of these options are on the table for these people, because they don't have the courage to do either of those things. All they have is the courage to say, "We support the troops, Mr. Limbaugh! We support the troops," and that, my friends, is not support. It is the guidance of political consultants who tell 'em what to say.

But what message are they sending to our troops? What message are they sending to the enemy, and what message are they sending to Pelosi's children and grandchildren?



....and then names names....

A dozen Republicans arrived in the House chamber on Wednesday to set aside their party allegiances and lend their names to a resolution intended to rebuke President Bush for his Iraq policy. Representative Howard Coble of North Carolina said that Iraqis had their chance at freedom, but chose civil war. Representative Steven C. LaTourette of Ohio argued that troop buildup was a tactic that had already failed. And Representative John J. Duncan Jr. of Tennessee suggested that military contractors had profited mightily at the expense of the American treasury." These are Republicans joining Democrats in the resolution tomorrow, a total of 12 of them breaking ranks here. It's unbelievable.



After the vote today I'll report back with the tally. The congressmen who voted in favor of this ridiculous proposal should be ashamed of themselves. But I guess you can't go into politics if you have a sense of shame.

The real tragedy here is that the House is using this vote as a sound byte - the troops are merely pawns.

15 February 2007

Carnage and Culture

Victor David Hanson is a fellow at the Hoover institute, a professor and a brilliant writer. He authored Carnage and Culture in 2001.

Though an avowed Democrat, he voted for Bush in both the 2000 and 2004 elections. My favorite quote by him is this little gem: The Democratic Party reminds me of the Republicans circa 1965 or so—impotent, shrill, no ideas, conspiratorial, reactive, out-of-touch with most Americans, isolationist, and full of embarrassing spokesmen.

Recently he published a piece on immigration that is very well written and hits directly to the heart of the issue. The article, entitled How Will Illegal Immigration End? succinctly lays out what it'll take for us to get out of this illegal immigration morass.

Granting Mexico favorable trade incentives is cheaper in the long run than dealing with the social problems caused by illegal immigration and the economic consequences of billions of U.S. dollars being sent southward from Mexican
workers. The North American Free Trade Agreement, however controversial, has probably helped decrease Mexico's general poverty rate and increase its gross domestic product.

By closing the borders, the U.S. would stop subsidizing Mexican failure. At present, workers come to America not only because of higher wages, but also on the assumption that their cash income will often be untaxed and augmented by subsidized state health care, housing and education.

Tax evasion and American entitlement help to free up workers' dollars to be sent back to Mexico. In economic terms, that translates to the United States economy subsidizing millions of the unemployed in Mexico through $20 billion annually in cash remittances. This money weakens the incentive of millions in Mexico to seek employment or to demand government reform.

Finally, we need honesty about the problem. Mexico masquerades as a revolutionary socialist state, replete with flashy radical slogans that date back to the old days of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa.

In truth, Mexico City's creed is elitism and a fossilized cronyism. Its privileged few have hurt millions of their hardworking citizens who deserve far more humane treatment — and sometimes find it only here in America.


What he says is that we'd like Mexico to be more on par, as a neighbor, like we are with Canada. The problem that impedes Mexico is a ruthlessly corrupt political and economic system which is bereft of the values which have made The United States a world dominant superpower.

Illegal Immigration is articially supporting millions of Mexicans in Mexico and keeping the social structure in Mexico from advancing.

Hanson's vision is that when the wall goes up, illegal immigrants send less money back "home" and economic pressures in Mexico cause the politicians to look within their own ranks for reform, we'll see a more prosperous and politically stable southern neighbor.

Propaganda at heart of Global Warming debate

Thomas Sowell has a great piece over at National Review on the current push from the collective Left to get us all buying into the illusion that Global Warming is a man-made phenomenon.

Propaganda campaigns often acquire a life of their own. Politicians who have hitched their wagons to the star of “global warming” cannot admit any doubts on their part, or permit any doubts by others from becoming part of a public debate.

Neither can environmental crusaders, whose whole sense of themselves as saviors of the planet is at stake, as they try to stamp out any views to the contrary.

A recent and revealing example of the ruthless attempts to silence anyone who dares question the global-warming crusade began with a “news” story in the British newspaper the Guardian. It quickly found an echo among American senators on the Left — Bernard Sanders, an avowed socialist, and John Kerry, Pat Leahy and Dianne Feinstein, who are unavowed.

The headline of the “news” story said it all: “Scientists Offered Cash to Dispute Climate Study.” According to the Guardian, scientists and economists “have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report.”

It is a classic notion on the Left in general, and of environmentalist zealots in particular, that no one can disagree with them unless they are either uninformed or dishonest. Here they dispose of scientists who are skeptical of the global-warming hysteria by depicting them as being bribed by lobbyists for the oil companies.



Saviors of the planet? Yes. How else can you explain such irrational zealotry on the part of the Greens?

It comes down to the fact that the Liberals have been highjacked by their own extreme Left, with a healthy dose of Marxism thrown in for good measure, and now all they have is this pathetic notion of Global Warming to harangue us over.

As Dennis Prager said the other day on his radio show, the Liberal Left is just as insular as your typical Amish community. Liberals in Manhattan have absolutely no interaction with anyone who disagrees with their agenda. There is no debate, just daily slops at the NYTimes trough of misinformation.

Then again it seems that the Left will do anything to create hysteria.

Obama bitch slapped by Aussies

6-Meat Buffet has a quick-hit story about the current spat between Australia's PM John Howard and His Holiness Who Walketh on The Water Barak Hussein Obama.

OB wants us to schedule our troop withdrawal as fixed upon March 2008. Howard pointed out that if he was an Al-Queda commander, he'd circle that date on the calendar as the spot where operations would ramp up.

In the mind of the terrorists, PR and murder go hand-in-hand.

In the same post, the Czech Republic shows that they've got an intelligent and thoughtful president - who's also got a nice set of testicular fortitude.

He thinks man-made Global Warming is a farce.

How right he is....

Idiot busted posing as cop

The NYPost is reporting that a man was arrested for posing as a police officer. He was able to use his "police powers" to obtain at least 2 vehicles and an unknown amount of cash.

"He was doing police duties," said Tejeda, who witnessed Terry in action. "He would pull people over, but never wrote tickets."

In one encounter, Terry went to an area known for prostitution and staged a phony arrest of a man and a woman he caught together, Spota said. He let the pair go after allegedly shaking them down for $100.

He was outfitted as well as a real officer. His vehicle was the consummate cop car - a late-model Ford Crown Victoria complete with lights and sirens and a public-address system, neighbors said.

He also had 10 cellphones and a bulletproof vest, Spota said. The finishing touch as a clipboard with realistic forms on which he recorded, in detail, every time he allegedly pulled someone over.

Real cops found dozens of reports in Terry's documents.


fake_cop

The blue contact lenses are a nice touch. I'm sure this goof will get one year probation and court enforced psychotherapy.

The community is lucky he didn't do anything worse than commit larceny - who knows what the voices in his head would have started ordering him to do.

13 February 2007

Utah Mall Shooter a Muslim

It seems that the "youth" who shot up a shopping mall, murdering half a dozen people in Utah, was not just another digruntled Columbine-wannabe.

It may be the case that he was on jihad duty.

What the mainstream media is keeping tight-lipped about is the fact that the 18-year-old Bosnian refugee was a muslim. Police identified the shooter as Sulejman Talovic who lived in Salt Lake City.

You can be sure that Katie Curic won't be talking about the fact that we have Muslims here who are bent on murder.

What else would you expect from our 5th Column media?

Reasons Why Reparations are Bad for Everyone

Over at the Free Republic, they've published a piece on why reparations are bad for everyone; black, white or cerulean blue. Here are the 10 reasons cited - go to their site to read the explanation for each one.

There Is No Single Group Clearly Responsible For The Crime Of Slavery
There Is No One Group That Benefited Exclusively From Its Fruits
Only A Tiny Minority Of White Americans Ever Owned Slaves, And Others Gave Their Lives To Free Them
America Today Is A Multi-Ethnic Nation and Most Americans Have No Connection (Direct Or Indirect) To Slavery
The Historical Precedents Used To Justify The Reparations Claim Do Not Apply, And The Claim Itself Is Based On Race Not Injury
The Reparations Argument Is Based On The Unfounded Claim That All African-American Descendants of Slaves Suffer From The Economic Consequences Of Slavery And Discrimination
The Reparations Claim Is One More Attempt To Turn African-Americans Into Victims. It Sends A Damaging Message To The African-American Community.
Reparations To African Americans Have Already Been Paid
What About The Debt Blacks Owe To America?
The Reparations Claim Is A Separatist Idea That Sets African-Americans Against The Nation That Gave Them Freedom


While the race baiters in our society continue to taut the illusion of victimhood, most people recognize that reparations will do little or nothing to "repair" anything....what they would do is continue a cycle of the "where's mine?" mentality which is so prevelant in our nation right now.



As we painfully witnessed in New Orleans, millions just sat around on their hands, endangering themselves and their families by waiting for the "Magic Federal Government fairy" to come around and rescue them. That kind of thinking is a direct result of 40+ years of Welfare.

Personally, my opinion on reparations is that blacks have been getting welfare entitlements from the government since 1964. Those 42 years of payments are their "reparations" - they shouldn't get one penny more.

Rest in Peace Officer Vazquez

UPDATE: The Chicago FOP Website posted the following wake and funeral information -
Police Officer Jose Vazquez, Star # 13088, assigned to Unit 153, Special Operations Section, passed away on Monday, 12 February 2007.

Waked at Montblair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 W. Belmont, Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, 15 February 2007 from 1400 - 2100 hours. St. Jude will meet at 1900 hours.

Services at Resurrection Church, 2840 W. Nelson, Chicago, Illinois on Friday 16 February 2007 at 1000 hours. Interment private.




Officer Jose Vazquez, formerly of Grand Central but assigned to SOS, was gunned down and murdered behind his home in the 2500 block of west Harrison the other night.

He was coming home from his side job.

My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this impossibly difficult time.

Chicago-Police

The night that Jose was killed was the one year anniversary of the death of Officer Eric Solorio. Eric died after being in a terrible traffic crash, while in a vehicle pursuit.

Those of you who've tried to access my site or SCC's site know that right now you can't view any webpage that contains the URL ".blogspot.com". The department has actively disabled our access to that IP range.

The hypersensitive brass now see fit to censor the pages that they feel would hinder your job performance. They know that that isn't a valid reason for blocking the sites...they are threatened by the open channel of communication that the internet affords. Their justification for blocking us isn't clear because no one is talking down at HQ. It's all super-secret-squirrel stuff.

But their "smart filter" isn't being used because our blogs can't be categorized as sites that contain pornography, nudity or one of the other items that would constitute a site that is banned.

It is a terrible shame because now that one of our brothers is dead, CPD personnel can't access the blogs to get the latest on Jose's funeral and wake.

As the years go by it is more and more evident to me that our department is run by petty little men with fragile egos.

God bless the memory of Jose Vazquez - may the savage that did this meet the proper level of justice.

08 February 2007

Some thoughts

I find myself at a critical juncture: my wife and I just polished off a bottle of Cellar 8 cabernet, I had an Acid brand blondie cigar on the way home tonight and we just finished watching disc 3 of season 2 of 24 - I've got the Imperial March playing in the background as I type away, not a good combination.

Add to this that I just finished reading Faust by Goethe and began reading One Day in the Life of Ivan Desinovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn - I feel a trainwreck coming on!

Well it's quasi-official : the CPD internet webmaster has pulled the plug on any IP address that has www.blogger.com as a server. It's a DNS (domain name server) blocking action in which they don't have to actively "filter" the site - they just block access to the IP address...much cleaner, simpler and no mess.

It's a real shame - and I'm not saying that because I care one i-ota for hits to my blog. I couldn't care less about that. I never started this blog with anything but the purely selfish motivation of putting my thoughts down onto the keyboard and uploading to the server ... I don't care if I get 10 hits per month.

What really blows is that the brass think that they can quell the surging tide of knowledge that the internet offers as a networking tool. No more are the days in which each district is its own little "cost center" - now we can know what Sergeant Doofus and his girlfirend did in the 6th district at last night's crime scene. The blog allows us, as police officers, to share our collective experiences - those that transcend the thin confines of our individual districts.

It's a shame that our bosses at HQ can be so petty, superficial and self-righteous enough to cut off this resource from the rank & file.

What do they hope to accomplish? It comes down to nothing more than a dog & pony show - an empty gesture.

Well empty gestures is what we're used to : contract negotiations that go on for years, more and more tedious rules piled onto us in a feeble attempt by the City at keeping themselves insulated from lawsuits, meritoriously promoted sergeants who were incompetent blue shirts with about as much personality as a fruit fly who, through the magic of a phone call, get promoted over more deserving people, the fact that your slightest actions constantly get scrutinized and second-guessed...it all begins to wear on you after awhile. (ask a veteran)

Maybe Nietsche was right : the world does live on lies. Just think about all the nonsense that our city leaders feed us regarding crime statistics....hhhmmmmm.....

Well - Here's to the Liars of the world! May they inherit the underworld.

"I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous--a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite."

Salut!