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Communities and the Police

May 31st, 2015 at 06:06 am » Comments (0)

Appearances can be deceiving and policing is not different – both involve human beings – except for the explanation that nothing exists in a vacuum.

Yet, Expansions should not be used as an Excuse. A frame of reference, perhaps grounds for forgiveness, but never a reason for bad behavior (mine or another’s ) – If your gut reaction is to read no further in fear of unpleasant observation – please do stop. But, if you want to think about Solutions instead of Excuses, let’s consider talking about it.

Earlier this week we watched the premiere of the TV series Aquarius – and shortly after the evening news featuring sensational TV personalities interviewing residents of “inner City” Baltimore – the jury is still out on the show – I do not know where the writers plan to take this, but they are certainly setting a background and based on my life experiences, possible accurate – it is going to be about how they choose to use it – Explanation or Excuse.

The character building most certainly brought back memories and they were not all good – but you might be surprised where I found “something to hope for”

An explanation possibly worth examining in the interview was my gut reaction to the “situation” the presented as each garnered their 15 seconds of fame, the residents presented a startlingly clear picture of what is wrong and maybe even how to fix it.

Lining and working primarily in the NY Metro area in the 60’s and 70’s (and well pretty much all my life) – growing up in a typical working class neighborhood undergoing change – read that moving from a balanced (based on census data) mostly white moving to mostly black and finally today it remains so with pockets of Hispanics.

Among the things I learned in life is that God always finds a way to give us what we deserve.

In the interview, and by way of explanation – anyone individual living there who said anything else would have to be suicidal – but reference to the “Code” and how “You don’t help the police”

Well, any cop with half a brain in their head and a decent Training officer from rookie to chief knows you do not solve crime without leads, and you cannot protect with out cooperation.

So here is one of the surprises – I am an admirer of Malcolm X and consider his assignation one of the greatest losses to best long term interests of the Black community than Martin Luther King.

Certainly I did not agree with all of Malcolm’s recommended solutions and his plans to achieve those goals – but certainly he had ideas and ideals worth examining. I am so sorry that more of today’s angry young men of all races are denied by divisionist race baiters from knowing more than entertainment TV masquerading as “news” makers and reporters allow.

Why? well if you watched Aquarius, you saw the same thing he did – YES there was distrust between the Black community and the “man” – that did not mean you threw out the baby with the bath water.
or better yet in his words:

No… Before you come asking Mr. Muhammad does he teach hate,
you should ask yourself
who taught you to hate being what God made you.

Malcolm recognized that teaching hate instead of self-respect – encouraging blame was not a solution or a justification.

It is no accident that members of the Nation of Islam, as portrayed fairly accurately were always well-dressed, well-spoken – no street jive, no pride in poor grammar, and most of all no excuses. They expected their community to cooperate with them. AND, they expected members of the community they served to have enough self-respect and responsibility to maintain personal standards of decency.

They did not “go along to get along” they were proactive in seeking and obtaining results and choosing their battles. And quite frankly they did not much care who the “bad guys” were – if you were black and engaged in any form of criminal behavior you suffered the consequences. You were held responsible for their actions. Street Justice is often Blind Justice – maybe not the easiest to accept.

As a young blond white woman, I would have had no trepidation living in any of the housing complexes where the men who adhered to the Code of Behavior set forth by Malcolm. There was a time when I did and when that sense of community pride ceased to exist in favor of leaders who preached hate and disenfranchised the community by taking step infanticize its members, I moved.

Next stop was an area of the East Village – controlled by the Hell’s Angels, I had more issues with their style than that of Malcolm, but they also looked out for their neighbors. The life lesson learned during that time was that so long as you did not as a woman “join the culture” and become a passenger, but rode your own bike, you were reasonably safe. (well, it helped to have a “hollow leg” and a healthy dose of “control freak” so an aversion to drugs)

If a community choose to cooperate and take a proactive approach to solving its problems – the perception will be it gets better policing – not the reality that law enforcement does not exist in a vacum, and there are insufficient numbers for Cops to fill the void.

If a community refuses to cooperate in its own best interest – actually living by some sort of misguided street code encourage by divisionist – they get the chaos.

If the police are not TAUGHT to develop sources and then how to PROTECT – those sources cannot cooperate and it is not reasonable to expect them to do so.

It is no accident that NYC was spared some of the rioting of the 1968 – when Mayor John Lindsay walked his “white Irish Ass” into Harlem – the message was clear – he wanted to help better not oppress but to accomplish that the community had to trust him and he had to know he could trust them. I have always wondered if he wore, instead of a ring of body guards (yes they were there but very low key) or a “vest” but an adult diaper

And the community responded – its preacher did not seek to divide their community but preached for a greater long term good – it was an era when informants abounded in ALL the communities in NYC and as a result more of the real bad guys were taken off the streets.

NYC emerged – not unscathed – but certainly less so. Our courts certainly have a part to play and those who control the correction system need to do more than maintain calm. Society needs to again understand that infanticizomh leads to crime and corruption = teaching how to truly build self-respect and in turn how to keep it, giving respect when needed.

There is a lesson to be learned – bad things can happen to good people, but less so when the Police are allowed to do their job and when the Cooperation between Community & Cops makes the difference.

In his speech to the SNCC just weeks before his death –

“If I can’t live in the house as a human being, I’m praying for that house to blow down, I’m praying for a strong wind to come along.” “But,” Malcolm concluded, “if we are all going to live as human beings, as brothers, then I am for a society of human beings that can practice brotherhood.”

I am forever grateful for parents who did not condemn based on color but on performance and for the wonderful example set by our neighbors the Reverend and Mrs Seton and the conversations we had, and the people they introduced me to that so shaped many of my views on possible solutions.

I sincerely believe that were he with us today – Malcolm would identify the enemy as those who use oppress by “letting them eat cake” and not those who would prefer to enable not infanticize.

looking forward (I think) to your thoughts and maybe how you think each of us can act in our long term best interest to begin to make the changes needed.







Support what you believe in –

October 6th, 2013 at 06:29 am » Comments (3)

A few days ago, a craft group that had been politics free changed when the group owner wrote a message well because he could – his group his decision about the rules. And I am really okay with that – or I was until the discussion showed many disagreed with his point of view and so, again, a decision that is his to make, decided that all those writing in response were now wasting their time, it would be moderated and not put thru to tho group.

Since this started I have downloaded my email with dread – but I am not the list owner and this was his decision.

Anyone who follows me pretty much anywhere on the internet is likely to know I have pretty strong feelings. And, as someone with very very painful FIRST hand experience on the changes occurring, I can’t decide if I want to air my grievances or ask this be shut down before there is irreparable harm.

I believe my experience as a guardian, parent and grandparent means first hand experience with the horrendous feeling that nothing is more heartbreaking than to be helpless in helping our children.

It is amazing to me that in today’s world when we know every intimate detail of celebrity and political psuedo-celebs lives that people are so blinded by skin and greed.

More than anything, the best thing we can do for our children is to be patriots and to really look at our situation – The measures being taken at the direction of the chief executive are so obviously punitive and directed at those who don’t vote Democrat – it boggles the mind trying to see why.

Why is there money to close down open areas, streets and parking facilities that are not manned? But not to fund the NIH.
Well, because the executive branch can order a law enforcement officer under federal command to do so. And who is hurt.

NIH, the Military, and pretty much everything except a program that is already devastating what is still, but almost not, the best health care system in the world.

And yet, we continue to see a “Let them eat cake” and if they don’t like, then they will eat $#!+ instead.

I am bored with of the vicious and deliberate lies of an ethically, morally and legally corrupt executive branch taking advantage of its position to stamp its feet and get its way.

I am bored with people too engrossed in their own current situation to take the time to look at the fact. If you must make it by party line, The House is sending bills, which the Senate is not even being allowed to discuss – so obviously Mr Reid is not really all concerned with those 1,000 people at Nellis any more than he is those in need of services at NIH.

I am bored with people branding others racists for no reason other than disagreeing with a POLICY that will help a few today and harm the many for generations to come.

I am bored with those who think it is okay to expect others to work and they should just, because they breath, be allowed to take the fruits of the workers lobar.

I am bored with those unable to have an intelligent discourse, with a goal to solving problem, that their only response is to disagree with them is to be racist or other – Anyone who actually knows me will tell you I am one of those people who has always been inspired by Dr King and others of that generation to judge, as does the Lord my God, by action and deeds.
It is NOT the Republican in either house of congress blocking funding,

I am bored with people too blind by self interest to take an honest look at what is being offered and how it is will harm our country, ourselves and the generations to come all to satisfy the ego of an executive cabal, in league with others only interested in their personal gain beginning with Mr Reid.

I am bored with parents so lazy and self indulgent they do not teach their children the value of human life and so we have senseless violence and if you think that person should be punished for their actions you are branded racist.

I am bored with love of country being cause to be branded terrorist.

I am bored with those who were not taught that actions speak louder than words.

I am bored with those who claim to be Pro-Choice but only so long at it means you blindly choose their choice of genocide – exactly as Ms Sangor hoped.

I am bored with those who would negate the Bill of Rights, the very document that allows them to spew their hate against those who would protect ALL Life, Liberty and condemn us all to the Pursuit of Mediocrity.

I am bored with those who are too selfish to understand cause and effect – need an example, look at the effect of taking away tax deductions from corporation who used to be extremely supportive of the arts and arts programs – yes they got a tax advantage but we got private funding for musuems, libraries, research having nothing to do with their company, and more – now lost.

If you are still reading, maybe instead of whining in public forums where your opinion is pointless, you should be doing something constructive.

This is republic and your elected officials have a duty to God, Country and their constutients.

There is a MUCH bigger picture to be considered. The only thing ACA is likely to solve is the amount of people currently coming of the USA for health care they cannot get in a timely way in their own country.

Decide which is most important to you.

If health care is a priority, find out how that bill will really effect you. Me – nearly my entire social security – money that I earned from many many years of paying my “premiums” aka/Social Security Deductions, and as a self employed person I also paid TWICE that of any employee because I also paid the Employer paid portions. I know you will love how the price of medications you need to continue to live are now going to be at least trippled and in my case, generics are now going to cost 19 times as much. So maybe like Don, I will be dead in the not too distant future as a direct result of the changes occurring under the AFC.

Get the facts on how AFC will really effect you, THINK and decide if it really is going to help or harm. After all what good will it do us to reopen a study at NIH if those with the disease are deemed to expensive and in the immortal words of Ms Sibilas, some live, some die. NO respect for Life.

Get on the phone and call your congress critters and tell them you elected them to do what is best for the country.

If that means those who elected a childish, disrespectful, self-indulgent individual have to learn the lessons so many parents never taught their children about working for what they have, may suffer a bit, well it is their choice to not only be the problem but refuse to even consider a less selfish solution.

My mother once said that only boring people are bored. She went on to say, if you are bored, go find something interesting to do.

What could be more interesting than to find every possible way to save the country that allows me to write this note, and to ensure that my children, grandchildren and every other citizens of these United States can enjoy their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness without extreme interference of the type their forebears fought to protect us against.

Fully understanding it may well be the death of me, now I have had my say, I really hope each of us will decide to put aside their own immediate self-interest and choose for the long term best interest of us all.

Thank you for listening.

Wheat







Things Seniors DoNot and Do –

April 16th, 2012 at 14:10 pm » Comments (0)

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took

The melody out of music,

The pride out of appearance,

The courtesy out of driving,

The romance out of love,

The commitment out of marriage,

The responsibility out of parenthood,

The togetherness out of the family,

The learning out of education,

The service out of patriotism,

The Golden Rule from rulers,

The nativity scene out of cities,

The civility out of behavior,

The refinement out of language,

The dedication out of employment,

The prudence out of spending,

The ambition out of achievement

or

God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerancefrom personal relationships and interactions with others!!

And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism,

and remember (and respect) those who have fought and died for our country.

Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts!

YES, I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN!

I’m the life of the party….. Even if it lasts until 8 p.m.

I’m very good at opening childproof caps….. With a hammer.

I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.

I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that’s just my left leg.

I’m beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.

Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life!

Now if I could only remember who sent this to me, I wouldn’t send it back to them, but I would send it to many more too!

Spread the laughter
Share the cheer
Let’s be happy
While we’re here.

And, MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA
AND MAY AMERICA BLESS GOD!!!

And Wheat Does Write:

Go Green in November 2012

ReCycle The Executive Branch, and quite a bit of the Congress as well.







Evil Condoned Is Evil Accepted

September 2nd, 2010 at 10:58 am » Comments (9)

There are very few times in my life when I have been truly ashamed to be a New Yorker. Mayor Bloomberg has managed to make that happen.

So in case you were interested in my opinion …

I cannot think of a better way to promote anger, resentment and hate towards those of the Muslin faith than the proposed Mosque at “ground zero”.

Bloomberg’s actions can only be explained as a result of possible malpractice at his Bris with a cut somewhat closer to the body.

This plan is akin to saying we need a memorial to Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich adjacent to the Holocaust Museum in DC.

Evil accepted is Evil Condoned –

Wheat







WHO Decides WHAT Is Offensive and WHY

October 27th, 2009 at 09:22 am » Comments (2)

To quote a friend:

“I don’t think that you have to be a member of the “offended” group to be offended or have an opinion.”

Amen, but let me explain and add a bit of context, I was raised Terminally Catholic with equal influence and exposure to both the Roman and Russian Orthodox theology. Into the mix, toss the fact that the only way the family of my best friend could get her into Hebrew School was if I “kept her company” so one of my first religious realizations was to understand how closely tied all the worlds religions which have not been altered to suit the needs of lunatics are “much the same”

After that, it may be worth knowing I grew up in what was a working family neighborhood, extremely racially and religiously and ethnically mixed.

Quite simply, good and evil exists universally and without regard to race, religion or country of origin.

Each of us decides what offends us. It is ONLY when we seek to impose that decision on others that we all run into trouble.

I generally CHOOSE to hold the thought that MOST people are basically good and if I just look a little harder I will find that they are not evil – unless they are part of that small percentage that really is not just evil but intent of spreading their evil deeds among us.

Our strength is not in one perspective, it is our diversity AND the Right and Responsibility to hear and be heard on the issues – not busily attacking personalities. The entire “if you are not at the table, then you are on the menu” mentality is so completely offensive that I cannot “get” why we do not understand what is being done to us – INCREMENTALLY.

For example. In my opinion, MOST of those who died on 9/11 were *not* heroes,

They were VICTIMS – Yes far too many who died where those who CHOOSE to risk their lives to benefit others (Fire, Police, and other members of the NYC Uniformed Services.) Just as every one of us who lost family or friends or colleagues or who went for even an hour not knowing if one of our own was coming home that night.

So yes, I am offended that ANYONE should “decide” that instead of honoring those who served, those who serve and as importantly their families – should have that sacrifice minimized.

Are many of these victims among the heroes – yes they well may be. It is, after all, VERY NORMAL for Citizens of the Free World to help in a catastrophe ( and we see it every time there is a disaster both here and at home from a neighbor in need to a volunteers from within and without the scene of a natural disaster)

Most of those who perished are, in their own home and communities, a different kind of hero. Men and women who got every day and went to work so that their families would not be forced to join the ranks of those feel their are “entitled” versus those willing to earn. That dying breed brought up to believe that what is worth having is worth working for.

Those who suffered under the irrational dictatorships of Russian (both Czarist & Communist), China, The Middle East or Africa and increasingly by that segment of USA society that is bent on reducing the rights and freedoms on which the USA was founded and built; those who were victimized by those pogrom, jihad or just plain inhuman insanities – should NEVER AGAIN be minimized.

Those who died under Hitler’s rule in the Halocaust, were VICTIMS, their memory should be honored by each of us committing to NEVER AGAIN giving into the likes of Hitler – The heroes were the mostly VOLUNTEER members of the Armed Forces and those in the various Resistance movements who CHOOSE to risk their lives to benefit others.

OR, more importantly, Neither the Victims OR Heroes should be demeaned by either revisionist Dictators or wanna be Dictators who would prefer to control your thoughts through any means possible INCLUDING taking away the value of the acts of the Heroes, Those Who Serve – Now and in the Past.

We have a responsibility to those whose memory we honor to do whatever is possible to see that never again is such tragedy allowed to happen to any race, religion or people.

Again, yes, I am offended that ANYONE should “decide” to ignore the unique memory of all involved by placing come thick bland distraction on the true meaning of the day of the deaths of victims or heroes.

But mostly I am offended by those who insist they have the right to change my beliefs simply because they do not like them. So long as our individual pursuit of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness does not harm another. You are entitled to disagree, but not to dictate.

Wheat







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