Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Well this is a breath of fresh air. A court in El Paso, TX has been set up sepcifically to deal with returning vets who have gotten themselves into trouble. It is taking into account the effect that combat has had on them and working to provide peer counseling and other ways to keep them from simply going to jail. They do not automatically excuse crimes, but look at the entire picture of each person and if they seem to have been affected by their service they offer help. h/t Dawn Patrol.
"It's based on drug court, where there are immediate consequences, with a lot of heavily supervised probation," said El Paso County District Judge Ron Crowder, a two-star general in the Colorado Army National Guard, a former paratrooper in Vietnam and holder of the Distinguished Service Medal.
Crowder is developing the court with a group that includes mental-health counselors, court administrators and veterans advocates.
I hope this concept catches on and provides another safety net for those who have done the right thing and then been hurt while doing so. We have to work in every part of society to get these folks help not punishment. This is a great piece of that puzzle.
And this, which is a touch long and I think I'll post a link instead of the whole story, but it's a story about winning in the face of adversity which should make you think, your life isn't so bad after all.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
That having been said, the security troops were definitely in the wrong. In Michigan, a Security Guard's authority stops at observe and report. Since the videographer was not being in any way impolite, unprofessional or aggressive, they were committing assault to have any physical contact with him or his camera person.
You can see the uselessness of Dearborn's police department as they took no apparent action to view the video and then start arresting people.
Here's the problem as I see it. America goes way too far out of her way to avoid offending anyone even to the point of becoming offensive to her own citizens. This kind of thing needs to stop.
Now, the group that was doing the filming has a blog here. I will post the video from Dearborn below but it is also on the blog post. The video the group shows definitely supports their version of the story. If the story is true, this is a horrifying example of what the future holds for America unless she finds the testicles she lost over the last 20 years or so.
The question becomes, what exactly do we do about this? Perhaps a few e mails to the Mayor? I looked on the City of Dearborn website http://www.cityofdearborn.org but I was unable to find a link to the City prosecutor. I think perhaps we should e mail Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly Jr (email@example.com) and ask him if he plans to have his Police Department pursue assault charges against those "security guards" and send a little message that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution or Article 1 Section 5 of Michigan's Constitution basically "Shall not be infringed".
I also intend to contact the group responsible for the video to attempt to ascertain the content of the pamphlets they were given. Hopefully, there will be an update.
You know, the more I read it, the more I like Michigan's Constitution...there's no BS in it, it's just straight to the point.
I did e mail the videographer and asked him to pop over for some discussion. I really hope he does, he may have a very interesting opinion on this and I would welcome the discussion.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Folks, if we don't act in a decisive manner and quickly, we are going to wind up with this. This is a bit of a long load but very worth the time to look at it.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
If you agree with anything Obambi is doing, read it twice and commit it to memory as it may come back to bite you in the ass later.
When you're done, go read this.
If you agree with anything Obambi is doing, read it again, carefully, word for word. Just saying.
H/T David Codrea & KABA
Friday, July 03, 2009
I do say that I have to disagree with Howard Fineman on this though. I believe that Sarah is quite intelligent. Any issues she had last election were brought about by having to play things McCain's way. On her own, I think the libs will find her very formidable.
She likely has more knowledge of foreign affairs than Obambi does, and she certainly won't be alienating our allies and bowing to Saudi Kings.
Washington "insiders" have put this country where it is now, she has to be better than they are, she doesn't have the ingrained sense of "this is how it's done" to keep on fucking it up like they do.