• You Can’t Demonize Guns without Demonizing Cops.

  • Judge Rules Citizens Have No Right to a Vote to Ban Heroin Sanctuaries.

  • Pete Holmes: On Punching Nazis.

    Recently, a left-wing Seattle newspaper, the Stranger, staff interviewed the two candidates for Seattle city attorney, seeking their endorsement. The incumbent, Pete Holmes, and his challenger, Scott Lindsay answered questions. One subject, a recent downtown Seattle incident where, after being tracked down while riding a city bus by a social media posse, a vigilante sucker punched a Swastika-armband-wearing, apparent neo-Nazi heil-Hitlerian in his racist face. The Stranger asked the candidates where they were “on punching Nazis.” Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes began his comments this way: “If the Nazi is a police officer…” to read more, please click on this link for my article at OpsLens.com.

  • Campus Police Could Not Guarantee Professor’s Safety

  • The NFL is Tone-Deaf on National Anthem Issue.

    Yesterday, I was crushed when some of my beloved New England Patriots chose to hop aboard, or kneel aboard, that national flag and anthem disrespecting train. Whatever your political beliefs, supporting–hell, some management joining in–such a protest by employees, at work, when you know you are insulting millions of your customers, while disrespectful, also seems like lunacy.

    Watching on TV the crowd at Gillette Stadium, I was proud when I heard a full-throated chorus of boos replace the usual cheers, following our national anthem. Some teams, like the Seattle Seahawks (another team that is currently testing my affections) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (with the exception of former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva–I just bought his jersey) chose to disrespect the flag and anthem as entire teams. What are those athletes who disagree with the protests (you know they exist) made of that they could apparently compromise their beliefs in such a way? If they did it for “team unity,” well, there teammates and bosses certainly didn’t care about their desire to conduct business as usual and partake in this great, traditional American sports spectacle.

    I actually give more credit to those who knelt during the anthem due to their sincere, if misguided, convictions over those players who surrendered their integrity to other people’s political views. Disrespect our national anthem and flag because you feel our president said something stupid? Hell, I wouldn’t have stood a single time over the previous eight seasons, if I’d adopted the same parameters. I understand our flag and the national anthem have very little to do with any current occupant of the White House. The flag and anthem represent all of us and our history–flaws and all–who continue to work to create a more perfect union.

    Think about it: according to the protesters’ logic, since there will always be injustice to some degree–real and fabricated, can they ever stand again for the anthem or flag? Because our nation will NEVER be perfect–that’s why our founders wrote “more perfect”–that’s the most we can strive for.

    Today, various folks around the NFL tried to float the narrative that the mass protest was a “unifying” act by NFL players. Are you kidding me? They talked about the president and those of us troubled by the protests as the ones being divisive. Hey, the NFL started it all by letting Kaepernick get away with it in the first place. Of course he has a right to free speech, but what has that got to do with speech at a private company where he works? The 49ers and the NFL allowed this political protest while disallowing the Dallas Cowboys their “right” to a solemn demonstration (in this case, respectful). They wished to honor the five police officers slaughtered while protecting a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

    This final observation is admittedly anecdotal, but it makes me wonder if the NFL is committing suicide. This morning, my wife and I went for a walk at Green Lake, one of Seattle’s most popular walking paths. During our approximately one-hour walk, we saw only 1 person wearing Seahawks gear, an old, faded baseball cap. We saw no other people wearing Hawk’s gear when we normally see at least a dozen and often many more, especially during the season. Granted, today follows a tough loss, but seeing only one Seahawks hat shocked us in this formally Hawks-rabid city.

    The NFL should also take note that we did not see any other NFL teams represented among any of the Green Lake walkers, runners, and cyclists, INCLUDING US!

     

  • Hey, Mr. Goodell – How Would You Like it If Your Plumber Did It?

  • Nanny State Laws Enacted By Politicians Tarnish Public Perception of Police

  • Nazi Storm Troopers! In Seattle?

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    Illustration by, Levi Hastings

     

    Well, we can count the folks at Jewish in Seattle Magazine (JISM) among those who not only hold negative stereotypes of police officers, in this case, Seattle police officers, but also commit those stereotypes to print and illustration. It would have been bad enough if the repugnant image they used portrayed generic cops, but the officers’ uniforms have SPD patches. Doing so, they declare their ignorance of and contempt for Seattle’s police officers to the world.

     

    Now, before some leftie includes anti-Semite on the list of invectives we on the right endure whenever we attempt to express our opposing views, my recent Ancestry.com DNA results showed a smidgeon of “Eastern European Jew.” I had no idea. How did I receive this news? I embraced it with the same pride that I embraced my previously unknown “drop” of “African” blood, my unexpected modicum of Scandinavian and Irish extraction, as well as the other 90% of my white privileged, “European” heritage. Why should any portion of my racial and ethnic heritage offend me? It doesn’t change that I am 100% American!

     

    Please, join me in related digression. Bono, of U2 fame, said something sublime and perfectly applicable in a speech at Georgetown University, I’ll share it with you:

     

    “America is an idea. The idea that you and me are created equal. This country was the first to claw its way out of darkness and put it on paper, and God love you for it. Americans say they have a bit of the world in them… The family tree has lots of branches. The thing is, the world has a bit of America in it, too.”

     

    This is how I see the world and why I find the JISM article so deplorable (can I use that term with the left?). The article, Can Holocaust Education Help the Seattle Police Department?, and the accompanying illustration exceed insulting or offensive and venture into the absurd and defamatory. While Emily K. Alhadeff, the author of the article, doesn’t state outright she believes Seattle police officers might become a Nazi Gestapo, but she certainly alludes to it by advocating for such “training.”

     

    What sort of leftist bubble must she live in to believe Seattle cops would commit mass murder? Oh, right. Seattle. Does she really believe that American police officers of 2017 equate to German police officers of Nazi Germany? Does she truly believe Seattle’s men and women, sworn to protect their communities and uphold the U.S. Constitution, would obey an order to take the healthy men as slaves and then murder the rest along with their wives and children? Really? This is an example of academic, theoretical, historical (or hysterical) quackery.

     

    And what is she implying about who exactly might give such an order? Is there anything even remotely on the political horizon about the new Republican administration that would give, lucid, rational, and critical-thinking human beings the notion that such an order is conceivable?

     

    And speaking of critical thinking, I served Seattle as a cop for about 22 years, most of it on Capitol Hill, probably the most diverse neighborhood in the city. Of course officers use critical thinking on the job. A cop can’t operate properly without it. However, leftists characteristically reject critical thinking. That’s why some of them (see below) find it so hard to see it in others—especially cops. Their bigotry toward law enforcement won’t let them.

     

    Alhadeff’s quotes an SPD lieutenant:

     

    “When you’re a police officer, there are written rules for everything you do. If you think about that, over the years it causes the critical thinking to go away. Now we’re looking at individual biases, individual decision making. We’re not giving them [SPD officers] the exact takeaway. We want them to come away with the takeaway themselves.”

     

    Think about how elitist this sounds. It’s as if the lieutenant is talking about teaching kindergarteners, not professional, sworn police officers, making them feel accomplished because they managed to find the “correct” (according to the indoctrinators) answers all by themselves. The audacity is stunning.

     

    I remember this teaching philosophy was in effect when I was forced to participate in leftist political indoctrination. It was based on the PBS program, Race and the Power of Illusion.” While there was some valid information and factual history, the “training” conflates institutional racism of the past with today’s America, which they skew to fit their narrative of a currently uber-racist society.

     

    Regarding, “We want them to come away with the takeaway themselves,” I remember noticing the same thing while attending my political indoctrination day camp. In fact, soon after the training, I wrote about my experience. I phrased it something like this: I felt like we were cattle being herded toward predetermined conclusions (I’m speaking literally: They asked questions and then had us get up and gather into groups according to our answers). Whenever officers offered opinions that didn’t fit the narrative, our instructors would stop or deflect the discussion in another direction. So much for critical thinking.

     

    Jewish in Seattle Magazine should be ashamed of marginalizing the memory of the holocaust by attempting to make such a bizarre comparison as Nazis in pre-war Germany to Seattle police officers in modern America. Is it just me, or does anyone else believe JISM owes the good men and women of the Seattle Police Department an apology for insinuating they could become Nazi storm troopers?

     

     

     

     

  • Seattle’s New Normal

    One way to inoculate yourself against anything is to ignore it day after day until it becomes—as they say—a new normal. I wonder if this is how people who work and live in Downtown Seattle experience Seattle’s self-inflicted blight. My God! Does anyone truly think allowing people to live in this urban squalor helps anyone? Actually, it seems pretty mean to me. It doesn’t help those living in the filth, and it certainly doesn’t help the decent, law-abiding, and productive who have to drive and walk past the out-stretched-hand harassment and piss stench of the indecent, law-breaking, and unproductive.

    I had to make an unavoidable trip to Downtown Seattle recently. After slogging through the Democrat-made traffic snarl on I-5, and after completing multiple circuits of the area around city hall, marveling at the lack of bicycle use of the myriad parking-stealing, convoluted ribbons of bike lanes and sharrows, I finally found a parking space (I think somewhere south of Northgate). Ironic, since I’d just been in a parking lot on what they call a freeway. Perhaps, I should have just turned off my car, left it there, hopped the guardrail, and walked to my appointment at 5th/Cherry St. –it was a lot closer than from where I had to park!

    Trodding from my parking space, under the freeway, I swerved to avoid two charming gentlemen who were reclined, usurping half the sidewalk, and sharing a marijuana pipe. How Norman Rockwell.

    I’ve recently heard that Seattle is the fastest growing major American city. I was at first surprised because who would move to a place with such an onslaught of bums. Then I realized that maybe they mean the bums. Now, that would make sense. The layabouts are everywhere in Seattle. The thing about those two particular bums, getting high in broad daylight, illegally in public, under I-5 is they were two of the least offensive of those gathered nearby in tents and sleeping bags on the sidewalks and along the edges of the HOV commuter parking. At least they were minding their own business and not harassing passersby.

    Inoculation may be an effective liberal city survival strategy. But I’d encourage those who can to make a point of intentionally “seeing” just how bad this is. Liberals are always talking about the “rich” not paying their fair share. Shouldn’t we all do our fair share? If you had an able bodied person living with you and not contributing to your household, you’d boot them out, right? That’s normal. If normal people do not run their households this way, why should “normal” cities? Then again, that’s the point, isn’t it? Liberal Seattle is not normal.

  • Why Some Cops No Longer Carry Tasers.

    Charleena Lyles’ attack on two police officers, with butcher knives, which resulted in her tragic death, has brought up many issues. One of them is the use of so-called, less-than-lethal weapons vs. lethal options: Tasers vs. firearms.

    Many people have asked, “Why didn’t the cops tase her instead?”

    Facts people should know:

    • Seattle’s cops must carry a firearm and have an option to carry any of three less-than-lethal weapons: baton, pepper-spray, and/or Taser. An officer may carry one, two, or all three options. I carried a baton and pepper-spray.
    • In training, cops are taught that to properly deploy the Taser against a person armed with a deadly weapon, three officers should be present. One officer to deploy the Taser, a second officer for lethal cover (ready with a firearm should the Taser application fail), and a third officer to place the suspect in handcuffs. Routine calls, such as the (false) burglary report Ms. Lyles called in, normally require only one officer to respond. Her known criminal and mental health history made it so radio dispatched two officers (obviously, short of the three necessary).
    • When the Taser program started, many officers chose to take the training and become certified to use a Taser on duty.
    • As the program continued, community activists and groups criticized the police Taser use. Some even regularly accused cops of “torturing” suspects with their Tasers.
    • As criticism increased, policies began changing, making it so to use a Taser an officer needed nearly the same circumstances that would be needed to use lethal force.  
    • Several officers told me that due to these policy changes, they were turning in their Tasers.
    • Since a gun is much more efficient than a Taser in saving an officer’s life during a deadly encounter why would a cop put himself or herself in a position that causes hesitation? Hesitation kills cops.

    So, when cop-critics harangue police officers for not using a Taser, they can look in the mirror for why an officer didn’t choose to have a Taser as an option.