Friday, January 2, 2015

Mourning for All

I am sick of this sympathy we have for cops in this country. I do not condone death on anyone and I feel all deaths should be treated equal. Cops know that the job they perform is dangerous. So when a cop is killed on duty we should not be forced to grieve for them simply because of their title. People who work much more dangerous jobs and die as a result of it are never mentioned on the news. People don't go change their Facebook profile picture to an airplane when a pilot dies, so why do they do it when a cop dies? I don't see sports reporters wearing an iron workers union hat every time one of their people die on the job. Cops work a dangerous job, but there are much more dangerous jobs out there. If tragedy strikes and a cop dies, while very unfortunate, it is the facts of life.

[via Karl Denninger, http://market-ticker.org]
 
Here are the facts.  There were 126 on-duty deaths reported among all officers in 2014.  There are approximately 1 million sworn officers between federal, state, county and local government entities (and another couple of million employees who are not sworn; that is, they are not officers and do not have arrest powers, such as dispatchers and clerks.)

This is a rate of fatality of 12.6 per 100,000.  Sounds bad, right?

Wrong.

If you’re a logger, you have a fatality rate ten times that of a cop.

A fisherman?  Almost time times — 117 per 100,000.

A pilot?  53.4 per 100,000.  Yes, really — it’s about four times as dangerous to fly a plane or chopper than be a cop.

The guy who puts your roof on?  40.5 per 100,000 — about three times as dangerous.

How about iron workers — you know, the guys who put up the buildings you work in?  Yeah, those dudes.  Three times the risk of a cop in dying, most from falls, being crushed by heavy materials or welding accidents.

Your garbage man has a risk of death twice that of a cop.  Why?  He gets hit by cars or crushed by heavy equipment (yes, it would suck to get caught in that trash compactor in the garbage truck!)

How about the lineman that repairs your power lines?  Slightly less than double the risk of a cop, and of course the means by which they die are falls and electrocution, mostly.

Truck drivers?  Close to double the risk, most from traffic accidents.

Farmers?  Same risk, roughly; getting caught in a combine is a ****ty way to die.

Or you could just be a construction laborer.  Your risk in that profession is materially higher than that of a cop (17.3 .vs. 12.6) as well but nobody cheers for you.  Never mind that without said laborers you wouldn’t have a house or an office to work in.

So let’s cut the crap, eh?  Being a cop isn’t particularly dangerous as occupations go.

Sworn officers are in fact officers of the court.  Lying is unacceptable among both them and any organization that represents them.  That means this butt-clown as well as the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in NYC and Patrick Lynch, their President.  Pathological liars are worthy of the middle finger, not respect, no matter who they are.

Further, these organizations are not going to get any sympathy from me as long as we have cops arresting anyone for “DUI” when they choose to sleep off their alcohol in a parking lot rather than drive, nor are you going to get to claim “valor” without a loud pushback from people like myself as long as there is even one cop who reaches a settlement for his alleged attempt to create pornography with the intended target being solicited as a means to void an alcohol possession citation.  That’s official corruption and if I pulled something like that I’d be prosecuted instead of being able to slough off the “settlement” on the taxpayers of the town.

NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.

So either 94% of the stops and summonses were never justified in the first place, in which case the entire NYPD is nothing more than a band of felons committing armed robbery by the tens of thousands a week or this “action” constitutes acting as an accessory to crime after the fact.

Either way these are not cops they’re crooks.  In either case every single one of these “officers” deserves to be arrested and thrown into prison for decades; odds are it’s the first of the two possibilities, by the way, which means that this “action” is as close as you’re going to get to an admission of tens of thousands of armed robberies committed by the cops each and every week.

If law enforcement officers want respect they can start by deserving it and that means cutting the crap — including false claims of “outrageously dangerous” working conditions that in fact are less hazardous on a statistical basis than the guy who picks my household trash, an immediate and complete cessation of false arrests on bogus charges and full prosecution of each and every member of such an agency who is alleged to have abused someone in the line of their duties.

Let me know when that happens and at that point my middle finger will be retracted — but not one second before.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Un-American




There will be more people attending and watching NFL football games this Sunday than the total number who went to vote on Election Day. There will be more people who will get up at the crack of dawn and go shopping on “black Friday” than those who got up and voted. This is the new reality we live in America. Americans much rather enjoy their entertainment and spend money they do not have than go do the one deed that the founders fought so hard to establish. Voting is, or should I say was, the most American thing one could do. We wake up every day in the greatest country known to man and we have a choice regarding who represents us to keep it that way. But we have swayed so much off the beaten path that voting is considered a waste of time because of the system of political parties that are in place. Many people simply do not vote because they feel all politicians are the same and do nothing to represent them. Unfortunately this logic is what political parties want you believe. Low voter turnout paired with political party followers who do vote are the deciding factor in modern elections. I am here to tell you that if you do not vote you are doing more bad than good.

“Voting is a waste of time” is a common answer I get when I ask my fellow citizens if they voted. Their reasoning is sound when you consider political parties have been the downfall to our system for a long time now. But what gets me is the lack of understanding people have when it comes to voting. They are brainwashed into thinking they only have two choices. They believe that when they go to the ballot box they are forced to choose a ‘D’ or an ‘R’. But it makes sense when you consider the commercials and advertising is all focused around two people that continually bash one another. Millions of dollars from big corporations and rich donors are poured into the two party candidates. What people are missing is the exposure of the so called “third party” candidates who are also running for election and whose names will be on the ballot. These candidates are everyday people like the rest of us. They are not mega rich elites who are backed by a big corporation with their own interests. They work normal jobs and live normal lives. They run because they are like the rest of us and want to change things to better us, not corporations and governments. 

I have given up on the two party system years ago. I have always supported a “third party” candidate and will continue to do so as long as I can get out and vote. But it amazes me that those that vote with the status quo view me as an enemy. Both sides hate me because I am supposedly taking away votes from their candidate. I do not vote a “third party” candidate because I am trying to sway an election. I choose not to vote for someone who is the lesser of two evils. I used to be a Republican, but since the Republican Party has shifted away from their Conservative roots, they are no different than the Democrats they run against. Essentially both parties are the same and share a common interest in being in it for themselves and their corporate donors. They have no interest in helping us little people who continue to lose on a daily basis. I have supported Libertarian candidates for many years now. Again, the Libertarians share my beliefs and I vote for them for that reason, not to take votes away from either of the two party candidates. Do I support everything a Libertarian candidate may represent? Of course not, but at least they stick to their beliefs and not change because some big money donor influences their interests. The same goes for other “third party” candidates. I do not support the Green party because they tend to be very left swing socialist for my taste, but I respect someone who votes for them over some two party sellout. 

I cannot tell someone they have a duty to go out and vote (even though they do). But I will do my best to educate people on the election process and to show they truly do have a choice. There are a lot of good people who run for election that consider it a blessing to even get a few thousand votes when it is all said and done. But it is us that can give them the votes to win. The average American adult male can name most of the players on their favorite football team, but not be able to name all of the candidates on their town’s ballot. They know their team because they watch it every weekend. So how do we get them to know their candidates? Well they should use the power of the internet, but unfortunately that may not strike their interest. I fault the media for this problem more than anything. They focus on the big name candidates and constantly air their commercials, yet leave out the good guys. I hope someday our own law makers can change our election system to be fair for all candidates. A system where there is a cap on the amount of money each candidate has, or better yet equal share amongst all. A system where debates are required whereby all candidates have an equal say on their goals. Where they can sell themselves to the American voters. A system where no matter how rich a candidate is or how much corporate interest they may spark, they have no more of an advantage over anyone else. But for now it is up to us to find the good guys on our own. Unfortunately as we are forced to continue to do that the two party system will continue to dominate.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Copf*cks Strike Again


 

Well another day another shooting of an unarmed man by a copf*ck. I am very vocal about my hatred of law enforcement. I do not have anything against the individual person. As a matter of fact I have found most cops that are in normal dress attire and "off duty" to be decent people. The problem is once that uniform is on and they are doing their "duty" their personal side completely disappears. Now I can also admit there are some good cops in uniform that do good deeds, but for the most part cops are power hungry, crooked, macho wannabe soldiers. Their job title gives them almost any kind of power they desire. They can pull anyone over for any reason at anytime. On top of that they can give you a ticket for almost any number of laws at their disposal. To make matters worse they can make any attempt to violate your 4th Amendment rights by demanding a search of your vehicle. They can violate your 5th Amendment rights by demanding identification or face arrest. Essentially with todays police presence everyone is capable of being a criminal and if an officer sees fit to carry out his "duty" he will be sure to get you.

Not wearing a seatbelt? Well you could be shot by a copf*ck on the spot! Some people are defending this officer saying the individual should not have gotten out of his vehicle. Just to clear things up this guy was out of his vehicle before the cop even showed up the scene. He was not being pulled over he was already parked. Furthermore, he went into his vehicle to get his ID after the cop asked him to do so. So are we now supposed to put our hands up every time a cop stops us. They say it is good practice to place your hands on the steering wheel when a cop stops you, but it is not law and no one is forced to do so. Finally, this man was black and the cop was white. It is no coincidence that this occurred the way it did since white cop on black citizen shootings are getting worse. This man was by no means a thug. He was very polite even after he was shot. He has a job and what appears to live a normal live of an every day American. He handled himself very well. I can't say I would do the same and if armed I most likely would have shot back at the cop in sheer self defense.

This cop deserves to not only lose his job but also become a felon and serve time for attempted murder. No one is above the law and that includes cops. Until the next incident...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

No one needs a sniper rifle to kill a deeyaah!!

And Then They Came For The Bolt-Actions

So some dude goes and takes out a couple cop fucks with a bolt action rifle and now there is a call for restrictions on them. These so called "sniper rifles" are dangerous and as such should be heavily restricted from "civilian" use. Lets completely disregard the fact that rifles are used in less than 700 murders a year. Ironically that figure includes "assault rifles" which the AK-47 falls under, a rifle this dude ditched as he went into hiding. No one needs a sniper rifle to kill a deeyaah...end the madness now!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Those Tax Dollars Pay...

We live in a country where working class people are forced to pay taxes. Those tax dollars pay....
...politicians to pass mostly nonsensical laws that only serve a purpose to suck money out of us
...police to enforce those useless laws "for the people"
...an attorney that works for "us" to prosecute the "law-breakers"
...a government appointed attorney to defend the "law-breakers"
...a judge to carry out the "due process of law" - aka pay your fines or else
...to "rehabilitate" someone sent to jail for "breaking the law"
...benefits to the "law-breakers" when they get out of jail because they can't find a job

You see the term "We the People" really does mean something. We bitch everyday about high taxes and fines "they" force "us" to pay, yet we are the only ones that can stop it. By simply not paying our taxes we will bring this corrupt system to its knees. It only takes 10% of the middle class to accomplish this. Will you sacrifice what you have to do it?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day

Out of all of the holidays we have in America, Labor Day is one that only certain people should be allowed to celebrate. This holiday is for us working class people who get up at the same time every morning and work 8+ hours to earn a pay check. It is for the elders who worked 40 years to be able to enjoy the last days of their life in retirement. For the college kids who are going into debt so they can join the rest of us working class after they graduate. For the parents who are raising their young with the work ethic they have so they too can enjoy life in the future.

Those that have no right to sit down at a barbecue and celebrate this day are the ones who do not work for what they have. Those that have children without a solid source of income and expect the taxpayers to take the burden. Those that scam disability because they are too lazy to want to work. Those that feed off the backs of others who have to go out and work everyday.

So for those of you who work hard for what you have - take a break and enjoy the day. Happy Labor day!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Scenario: Lights Out!

It is the middle of winter in the north east and things are looking bad economically. You just faced the grocery store scenario (below) and return home to gather your family and find food so they can eat. After a while the electricity just goes out. You try to call the service provider, but the phone lines are also down. Your heating service depends on the electricity to run and you are now faced with the problem of freezing to death. With no one to answer to this problem, you are now in a situation of life and death. What now?

When chaos hits the first thing to go are the municipalities that we depend on in our daily lives. These include electricity, water (city), gas, and telephone (including Cellular). These municipalities are run by a workforce that may strike. The company who provides the service may be forced to shut down because of economic issues. We depend on electricity so much that we never sit back and think about the consequences of not having. Forget the fact that our televisions, computers, and other electronic gadgets become pretty useless. You should be focusing on the more serious consequences such as having no ability to heat your home and keep your food items from spoiling. The overall solution to this problem is to be prepared to live without power for the long term. It can be done with some adjustments to your lifestyle. The electronic gadgets we have come to depend on may become simple bricks, but you can still live life and keep your family safe. Below are the steps to take to be prepared if you lose electricity.

Generator (short term): A generator is an obvious solution for power outages, but only temporary. Generators depend on fuel to run and the availability of fuel is very questionable when chaos hits. You can keep fuel on reserve, but such fuels like gasoline cannot be stored long. I suggest a diesel generator for a lot of reasons. Diesel can be stored for a long period of time. Most diesel generators can also be converted to run bio-diesel and even vegetable oil. Older diesel generators can even burn used motor oil and basically any other kind of oil. Even with a diesel, generators can only last for so long with the fuel available. I suggest only using a generator certain times of the day to run a refrigerator. Running a generator all day so you can operate a television and computer is simply wasteful.

Solar (long term): For less than $10,000 you can get yourself a decent solar panel kit which includes panels, charge controller, and inverter. These units will not power a whole house, but will provide enough juice to run a small refrigerator and other appliances that only need temporary electricity. For more money you can also get batteries to store the electricity so you can use it at night. Batteries do only last so long though. Solar panels themselves are good for at least a decade if taken care of well.

Woodstove (Heat): The problem with oil furnaces/boilers is that they require electricity to operate. They also require fuel, which again the availability of is questionable when chaos hits (see the scenario for that). A woodstove is a very standard and economic form of heat. If you own enough land you can get the wood every year and season it for use during the winter months. You are always guaranteed to have heat with a woodstove, with or without power.

Essential Items: Candles are nice to have around. You can buy candles in bulk. Lanterns are also nice, but most require fuel. Crank flashlights are very nice. You can be creative and get lights that are powered by such things as riding an indoor pedal bike. There are a variety of solar powered items such as radios and small televisions. Laptop computers are much more economical with power and can be used with a decent solar panel kit mentioned above.

Life can go on without electricity just as long as people are prepared for it. We should not take things like electricity for granted at all. It is worth the investing in items that make it easier to live off the grid.