Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Walkout

Unlike so many other union jobs across the country, Police Officers are generally not allowed to stage a walkout, or take any other form of action in order to express their upset with the job. If things suck, if the politics are against you...if you have a mayor of a big city who is supposed to be your advocate but generally does not have a clue...there's not a whole lot you can do on the face of it.
You go to work; you serve those who least deserve your time and effort, you deal with endless public scrutiny, and then you go home and allow your family to provide you with a soft place to land.
Of course, when Police Officers across America are getting slaughtered left and right, you deal with a level of frustration that most of us---at any job---rarely have to deal with.
It occurred to me yesterday that most Officers probably feel that their hands are tied. Where is their voice, as another Officer outside of Chicago makes the ultimate sacrifice?
Wouldn't it be great if the bloviating politicians of the day chose to make a statement, and come out hard and say "NO MORE?"
Wouldn't it be a revelation if every single security detail of every single politician in America declared a massive walkout, leaving these people that we have elected left to fend for themselves?
Wouldn't it be fabulous if Lt. Charles Joseph "Joe" Gliniewicz was not shot dead yesterday? Wouldn't it be amazing if this man was not the twenty-fourth law enforcement death this calendar year?
Wouldn't it be a different world if police were in fact allowed to police?
What would the day look like? Would it be different if four boys woke up today to an intact family, instead of planning their father's funeral?
I bet it would. I bet any amount of money that if Blue Lives Mattered...really mattered to those who are supposed to have the back of yours and mine...I bet that we wouldn't need the slogan to begin with...and that our world would be a better place today.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Chaos Reigns Supreme

It began with a march---in his honor---and ended with a protest, that eventually led to gunfire.
That was Ferguson, Missouri yesterday.
Last weekend, there were ten shooting incidents in the City.
That was New York City, in case you hadn't heard.
If you seek out the Officer Down Memorial Page, you will find that there are already 71 Line of Duty deaths recorded for the year 2015.
Seventy-one.
And although some of those were vehicle-related accidents, there are far too many attributed to gunfire.
When chaos reigns supreme, this is in fact the result.
And I for one find it disgusting and disheartening. Where are the politicians, standing up for those who stand in the line of fire? They're busy worrying about their image...or the next election...or what will sound best, parsing their words in the politically correct world that we live in today.
And until everyone is sick enough...nothing will change.


Officer Down Memorial Page: 
https://www.odmp.org/search/year

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Spartan UP!


For those of us interested in full-on Fitness...expanding both body and mind, and taking your race to new levels...perhaps the Spartan Race is for you!
Check out the action at:
http://spartanracemedia.com

I can't say enough about how important it is for First Responders to stay fit, and I know there are a whole lot of spouses out there who need to burn off stress...so check it out! You might be glad you did! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

About Last Night

Photo by Me

Old friends
Hot air
Cutting swiftly
through
Times Square
Selfie sticks are on the rise, tourists almost paralyzed, NYPD doing their best, can't take in all the rest
I'm catching that damn train
Summer scenes
In a flash
Great night out
Lots of laughs
The City, you are my Best Friend
Fashion forward
Setting the trend
At a crosswalk
I take a snap
Look over my shoulder
No looking back
I smile at a stranger
"It never gets old."
I laugh and let
The night unfold
It's me, it's in me, it's who I am
No question
No answer
No demand...it's easy on a Summer night
Amidst all of the shining lights
To love my friend, my City, my joy
My heartbeat, pulse, soul
To know you know
That you shaped my fate
And somehow
I am whole.
 
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