• How Did the GOP “Court” Latino Voters? With Honesty and Better Ideas

    Originally published at TatumReport.com

    The ABC News caption read, “GOP Push to Court Latinos in Texas.” How did the GOP “court” Latinos? Simply by telling the truth and offering policies and holding traditional values that make sense. Coming off a week where America watched a university professor ask a U.S. senator if he believed a man could have a baby. And when the senator said, “no,” she berated him as “homophobic.” All people need candidates they can vote for who make sense.

    The Democrats are cynical when it comes to voter identity. In fact, William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, wrote, “The Democrats had a plan. They called it ‘Demography is Destiny.’ Democrats were going to ride race and ethnicity to permanent power, to pigeon-hole Republicans as the party of the shrinking elite whites.”

    But that’s not what happened. Without much official outreach, Hispanic voters are swarming to the GOP, not because of some swampy leaders still infecting the Party in Washington but, because of the liberty-loving ideas of traditional American patriots of all races and ethnicities who want to return to Trump’s America Biden is destroying.

    As the National Association of Hispanic Journalists told DOCTOR Jill Biden, “We are not tacos.” They’re also decidedly not “Latinx,” because it’s stupid, but also because they’re proud of their rich Spanish, gendered, language heritage.

    Hispanics and Latinos are also religiously traditional, many being Catholic. They tend to oppose abortion, and they really oppose really stupid Democrats who’ve exploited them, lied to them, and taken their votes for granted for decades.

    Legal Insurrection also notes “The Great Realignment: Democrats increasingly the party of elite whites, Republicans increasingly racially-diverse and working class.”

    Now Americans are being treated to Democrats, such as in The New York Times, warning Hispanics and Latinos to beware of “Republican Far-Right Latinas.”

    While the Democrats have their “Karens,” conservative Republicans have strong Latinas such as Mayra Flores, Monica de la Cruz, and Cassy Garcia. If they are successful, according to ADN America, they “stand to become the first Hispanic women and the first Republicans to represent South Texas in the United States Congress.”

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  • The Outrage of January 6th, 2021: A Stolen Election Takes Hold in America: The Coup is Complete.

    Last night we turned in early because my wife hasn’t been feeling well since a few days after Christmas. The Chinese Communist Party virus, perhaps, who knows? Government officials and bureaucrats have been lying to us from the start. Our illustrious Governor/Emperor Jay Inslee the Incompetent has put the state back into Phase I lockdown—for zero scientific reasons. He’s destroying our state except for government and a few large corporations at the top (some folks call them big political donors).

    Anyway, because of the Gov’s renewed lockdowns and the set up at the Capitol, I had a tremendous time trying to get to sleep last night. Yesterday, whoever may read this in years to come, people may easily remember the date. It was on this day that some 200,000 – 250,000 Trump supporters descended on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. They were there to express their rage over the Democrats stealing the 2020 presidential (and other) election (I’ll let you read the history books for the specifics).

    Regardless, the day may be memorable because of a tragedy that occurred. But first, let’s set up the situation. During a truly mostly peaceful protest, unlike the raging infernos and violence occurring behind mainstream media reporters reporting BLM and Antifa riots for most of 2020, a group described as 100 or more people separated from the peaceful crowd and swarmed the Capitol grounds, which had been closed to the public.

    Just based on the typical makeup and behavior of a pro-Trump crowd, violence, and disrespect for law enforcement is anathema. The anomalous rioters fought with the police and breached the Capitol. During one of these attempted breaches at a locked/barricaded door, these thugs were attempting to break in the door, when a law enforcement officer from inside shot through the door window and killed a person.

    Reportedly, a law officer shot a woman from California, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, in the neck who died within minutes from her wound. An independent journalist at the scene who said he’d spoken with the woman only minutes before, said she was not being violent and seemed to be just a peaceful protester. He said there was also an overt agitator at that door, yelling and screaming and banging on the door. The reporter said he could see Sen. Chuck Schumer inside, being escorted by officers, indicating the cops at the door were tasked with protecting Congress members who were being evacuated. Was the radical man described above the officer’s target? Perhaps. Investigations may determine that.

    Either way and as much of a tragedy as this was, obviously, especially for her family, what was she doing at a door with people trying to break in and breach the U.S. Capitol. As a military veteran, she had to know how wrong that was, even if she was not the one causing damage. What was that poor young woman thinking?

    So, because my wife went to bed early, I retired with her. I was not interested in staying awake in a world where the Democrats stole an election from me, President Trump, and at least 75 million other Americans, and swampy Republicans helped. It was 10:00 when I first tried to sleep, and after 11:30 when I last looked at the clock. I finally fell asleep but awoke to look at 3:11 staring me in the face. My head turned back on, and my rage returned.

    Our government has abused us for too long, even those who were supposed to be on our side. Those of us living in states with tyrannical governors and mayors have it even worse. Yesterday, my daughter told me that at least if life was normal here, this government abuse is bad enough, but being able to have her kids in school, or taking the kids to hockey and gymnastics practice would provide a context in which to better deal with the stolen election. But that’s not the case in Democrat-run states.

    As I mentioned, our state of Washington is back in a Phase I lockdown, the strictest. And our overlord has told us he will decree from week to week who can be open, who is essential, and who is not. Both my son and my son-in-law work in construction at various levels. Currently, they are building schools, so they are “essential workers.” Other private company construction folks are locked down as “non-essential workers.”

    Think about that. Emperor Inslee, for most of last year, and now into the new year, mandated in-person schools close (even though kids are essentially immune from the virus, and even his scientists say asymptomatic transmission is not a problem), but the people building schools are essential. While the people who would construct buildings that people would actually use are non-essential. Don’t look for logic anywhere near a Democrat (and many Republican) politician or bureaucrat.

    I wrote an article recently, asking what Trump supporters who strongly suspect (know) with a massive amount of evidence that the Democrats stole a presidential election from us are supposed to do with our outrage. Yesterday was the last day any viable avenue to remedy the situation occurred. After some fine U.S. representatives and senators put up a good fight, the feckless, spineless soon to be former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his spineless entourage relented and certified an illegal electoral vote count.

    Did it matter that state legislatures admitted there were problems with their certifications after they’d sent them to Congress and wanted their slate of electors back? No. Seems the establishment Republicans, sadly, including VP Mike Pence, felt fealty to the Constitutional process was more important than fealty to Constitutional law. While saying they had to follow the Constitution’s ceremonial process for “counting” the electoral college vote, they completely ignored the Constitutional requirements states must follow when conducting and certifying national elections in their states.

    So, the Democrats get away with a successful coup in the United States of America. And with their staunch allies in the press, academia, corporate America, Hollywood, pro sports, and the deep state (Democrat and Republican), the attempted takedown of America continues and at least 74 million Americans are left to wallow in the toxic aftermath of such a pillaging of traditional America.

    I’m at least optimistic enough to say “attempted takedown” because, learning history while teachers could still teach it in America, there are lessons we learned that can give us hope. I think about what our first President, Gen. George Washington, endured during seven years of war, having to deal with a similarly feckless Congress. During an early major military action, the nascent American Revolution very nearly died in its infancy. If Washington had not escaped from New York with his Army, we’d all be speaking English right now…. Okay, forget that part, but you get the picture.

    Add to this the long-suffering winter at Valley Forge, where even Martha Washington reportedly darned socks for soldiers, many of whom had no shoes. And there were the other defeats, major and minor, during the war, yet Washington and his army persevered. Then America went through the War of 1812, another we should not have won. If not for Gen. Andrew Jackson, we would not have. Of course, after the Revolution, the Civil War is the most grueling conflict on American soil. Yet, America, literally, soldiered on, and we not only kept the union, but we also ended the national disgrace of slavery. Neither WWI nor WWII was a guaranteed win. Many times, in both conflicts, it looked like Germany might prevail. But it didn’t.

    And last but not close to least, divine intervention, has played a part in America’s history. There are threads woven throughout American history that tell an otherworldly story of what the religious would attribute to divine intervention. The non-religious have a more difficult time describing these history-changing events often relying on simple coincidence. Maybe, but it sure seems like a sentient hand had a part in some of our history.

    For example, George Washington. Just a few stories about him alone are hard to dismiss. As an officer, first fighting for a British militia in the French and Indian War, then as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, the man suffered barely a scratch in combat. During the former conflict, Indian forces reeled as they saw their bullets sail perilously close to but harmlessly past Washington, inflicting only wounds to his coat.

    During the Revolution, Washington had multiple horses shot out from beneath him while he remained unscathed. Arguably, his death could have meant the death of the American struggle. During that early action in New York, mentioned above, the only reason Washington got his troops out of New York was because of an unusual and persistent thick fog that provided cover while the Army escaped. Divine intervention or coincidence? Either way, it is eerie to consider. We could use a bit of that about now.

    So, though these examples from history seem like thin threads to hold on to, today, when we put them together and in perspective, they comprise a taut, thick rope we can hold on to as we plunge into an uncertain future. Recalling what American Revolution patriots endured to provide us with the freedoms and liberty we still, for the time being, enjoy, getting aroused from sleep by an unsettled mind at 3:11 a.m. isn’t even close to suffering.             

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  • De-Escalation: Why is it Always the Cop’s Fault When it Doesn’t Work Out?

    There’s a lot of talk about de-escalation these days as if there’s an incantation officers know that can calm any person no matter how under-the-influence or psychotic he or she is. If an incident requires an officer to use force, these folks deem the officers failed to “de-escalate.”

    But there are some things that these people never consider. It’s too easy to watch a use of force, whether in person or on video, and decide “I would have done it better.” Doing things in your mind always works out perfectly. In my mind, I can quarterback a game better than Tom Brady—ever has—in his entire career. In my mind.

    And there are other things people don’t consider. We all can learn techniques that are broadly accepted as likely to defuse potentially violent situations. Also, some of us are naturally better at de-escalation than others. That’s just human diversity. Otherwise, everyone could sing like Freddie Mercury.

    And then some incidents just don’t fit into a neat category. A call I responded to illustrates an aspect of de-escalation hard to categorize. It involves firefighters; you know, heroes (as my firefighter wife likes to remind me—often). My beat was filled with mental health facilities and public housing where many of these clients lived.

    I got a call to assist the fire department with an aggressive but not yet assaultive man with mental health issues. Mental health professionals had called them to deal with a man with a head wound outside their facility. When I arrived, I saw a man sitting by a tree, with two firefighters talking to him. Then the man began banging his head against a tree, causing bleeding.

    As I approached, he paused. He spoke Spanish, which we didn’t, and he said he was from Puerto Rico. Partially calmed, and not willing to come with us peacefully, rather than go hands-on, risking injuring him more, the firefighters came up with a plan to de-escalate (I should have known things had gone terribly wrong at that moment).

    A firefighter still at the station, which was only a few blocks away, happened to be originally from Puerto Rico. So, aside from the fact he spoke Spanish, he and the man hailed from the same place.

    He arrived, and you could tell we all thought the situation was in hand—about to be de-escalated. The man had calmed and was now only thumping his head lightly against the tree, but not enough to cause injury. Then the firefighter approached and spoke in Spanish to the man. The man replied and seemed to bristle. The firefighter said something else. The man replied, this time, angrily. The firefighter said one other thing, and the man exploded.

    He began screaming something in Spanish and was ramming his head against the tree. No choice; we had to go hands-on. We restrained the man, and I put my handcuffs on him. We got him on a gurney, into four-point restraints, and fire transported him to the hospital.

    The firefighters in the ambulance drove off, while the Puerto Rican firefighter and his partner who’d arrived later remained. I asked him what happened. He explained to me that the man was from a different part of Puerto Rico. He said, “He could tell by my accent I was from a place where people he didn’t like lived.”

    I’d never thought much about it because Puerto Rico is relatively small. However, just like here on the mainland, it happens. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, a small state where, generally, the accents are different in Boston than in Worcester than in Springfield.

    The point is, there are so many factors that go into de-escalation some people don’t consider. Some people will not de-escalate no matter what you do. Could another officer have de-escalated an agitated person? Sure. Just like another officer might de-escalate a situation that, that officer could not. With de-escalation, sometimes it seems more art and chance than math and science.

    So, the next time you hear someone accuse an officer of “failing to de-escalate,” think about this story. And, think about all the stories you don’t know that show the same thing: if an officer uses force, it doesn’t automatically mean they failed to de-escalate. Again, some people just refuse to cooperate with our neat little plans. As the Yiddish adage goes: Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht. Man plans and God laughs.

  • America’s Baghdad Bob Media Culture: Legacy vs. Integrity News.

    What happens when Baghdad Bob becomes our nation’s news anchorman. Well, we don’t have to wonder because it’s happened. First, you remember him, right? Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf. He was Saddam Hussein’s spokesman during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He’d give a “news report” that everything was fine, and the Allied troops were nowhere in sight. This, as American news outlets, juxtaposed Baghdad Bob’s version of events with images of U.S. Army tanks rolling down Iraqi streets.

    Americans appreciated the unintended comfort of humor he provided during an otherwise serious time. Like when he said, “God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of the Iraqis.” There has been no confirmation about what happened to the dictator’s mouthpiece. However, as Peter Lucas wrote in the Boston Herald when making a similar comparison, “there is no truth to the rumor that he now runs CNN.” Likely, true, but I wouldn’t put money on it.

    As a cop, I became accustomed to people lying to me. I remember in the academy our crime scene investigation/interrogation instructors taught us that, as we grew experienced on the streets, we’d one day realize we possessed two finely tuned bullshit detectors. They were attached to the sides of our heads.

    I understand having to use this high-tech advantage at work but at home, watching the nightly news… really? But that’s what’s happened, hasn’t it? I’d list all the media outlets in on the let’s-help-the-Democrats-win-at-all-costs media cabal, but I’d far exceed a manageable word count. What we have now is the legacy media vs. the integrity media.

    Think about it this way: The other day I was talking with my wife and I said, “You know how I know we have integrity on our political side (conservative/libertarian)?”

    Used to my rants, she humored me and asked, “How?”

    I said, “because the legacy media (ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times, etc. and their cohorts, now, including the FOX News-corporate), only provide their audiences with limited, redacted, biased information, or they just censor it. Their audiences only know, at most, a biased half of the story on any issue.

    The integrity media (Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Dan Bongino, Newsmax, The New York Post, The Boston Herald, etc. and their allies), by comparison, provide the entire story on issues. They also admit their political bias when necessary, and they do not limit, redact, or censor the news. In fact, they are most fond of admonishing their audiences not to believe them but to do their own research and make up their own minds.

    I cannot count the number of times I see news happening—real, undeniable news stories reported in the integrity media that just don’t show up in the legacy media. For a recent example, a massive gathering of President Trump supporters swarmed into Washington D.C. last weekend. Supporters organized the MAGA demonstrations to show the President support and to vent frustrations over an obviously contaminated election by commiserating with fellow patriots who love America.

    After the event, Antifa and BLM supporting thugs attacked peaceful Trump supporters. In one particularly heinous incident, the mob verbally and physically attacked a young couple walking with their children, mom pushing a stroller. They were wearing not only Trump gear but also police supporting attire (insert blood-chilling scream here).

    The looks on those children’s faces, scared to death, were distressing to watch. The fact the family appeared to be of mixed race made the incident all the more incongruous. I guess that black mother and her children’s black lives don’t matter. The Democratic Party’s Brownshirts descended on them and other innocent victims like a sandstorm on a Middle Eastern city.

    The brutes harassed and assaulted the family for supporting the current (and hopefully continuing) Republican President of the United States. President Trump rightly referred to these criminals as, “ANTIFA SCUM!” The President also asserted Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser wasn’t doing her job. Something I, as a retired police officer, wondered about. How could she possibly not have seen this coming and adequately staffed the event? It’s not as if leftist goons don’t attack Trump supporters all the time. Or… Madame Mayor is this what we get for supporting someone you don’t like?

    These attacks are not isolated. Although you’d never know it by watching the legacy media. Antifa and BLM thug “medics” attacked another Trump-supporting young couple and their children during the D.C. event. The mob terrorized them, including pouring an unknown liquid on them. Also, back in October, BLM and Antifa thugs threw rocks and attacked a “Jews for Trump” rally.

    Interestingly, police arrested 11 people during the Jews for Trump rally. And while I do not support so-called “hate crimes” (because they punish thoughts, not just actions), but the Left supposedly does. However, the story says the suspects were charged with a variety of crimes, including assaulting a police officer, with no mention of any “hate crime.” Remember, they targeted a Jewish group. Anyone think any group attacking a Muslim march wouldn’t have been slathered with hate crime charges?

    So, hearing about the attack on that mixed-race family in a text from my son, where could I go to find more news about the incident? ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, etc. No, if I went to any of those sources, I’d wonder why my son was lying to me.

    Violent attacks on peaceful, innocent people, simply walking back from a political gathering in our nation’s capital is a legitimate news story, right? But just like Joe and Hunter Biden’s corrupt business dealings, including in Ukraine, Russia, and China, attracted little to no curiosity from the legacy media, or it got outright exoneration, neither do political barbarians warrant coverage for attacking young families. No. If you don’t want your news provided by Baghdad Bob, you’ll need to watch the integrity media. Just like millions of Americans are now doing.