Don’t Cop an Attitude with a Cop Who Has an Attitude

Not exactly what Sunil Dutta said in a Washington Post column a couple days ago, but the import is there. Dutta is a 17 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and has been an instructor in homeland security at Colorado Tech University. While the column is more even-handed than the quote below from Dutta’s column, it encapsulates the problem which this Views post is about–too many police officers have an attitude problem of their own:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

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How to Separate Peaceful and Violent Protesters

Law enforcement officials in Ferguson, Missouri are having a difficult time separating peaceful from violent protesters. As a result, the peaceful ones suffer from teargas and other unpleasantries.  From someone who has been there and done that as an antiwar protester during the Vietnam War, let me offer this advice–it’s not the responsibility of law enforcement, it’s the the task of the protesters themselves. Continue reading

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Michael Brown–Karma versus Justice

Throughout America, news reports suggest there is a problem with the use of excessive force by police. Often it is applied in the arrest or simply the stopping of young African American males. It should be noted that it is also a problem in dealing with mentally disturbed individuals. The former occurs in major part due to institutional racism still embedded in the American system–profiling young Blacks. They are stopped all out of proportion with their representation in the population and all  out of proportion to their actual criminality. Then, when they do not respond with the respect and deference that law enforcement officials would expect, they are beaten or killed. Continue reading

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Depression, Medication and Suicide

It’s always sad to lose an actor or comedian that brings so much enjoyment, so much richness to our lives. All the more sad when it comes as a result of suicide. I have never been bipolar as Robin Williams, but I have been depressed. I too have had issues with medication. Finally, I too tried the suicide route but made the luckily ill-informed choice of pills and had a brother who took me to the hospital. All the way back in 1971, following a divorce and then the split with a woman who had brought great joy to me over a youthful summer break from college, I felt I was a loser. With no hope, I rationalized that things would never get better, so I popped a bunch of Sominex. Continue reading

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ISIS or ISIL–It’s Their Actions That Make Them Unfit to Live Among Other Humans

People and groups that purport to know God’s will and attempt to force their supposed understanding are at best offensive. When they couple it with savage cruelty, again, in supposed concert with their interpretation of how God wishes them to establish His will, they become pathological lunatics. ISIS could as well be an acronym for Irrational Sadistic Islamic (self-identified) Savages. If they were an actual state, they would be chargeable with war crimes. As it is, they are simply organized, serial sociopaths. Continue reading

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New Edition of Eagle Peak Quarterly

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park, Canada

It’s here; it’s now–the August 1, 2014 edition of Eagle Peak Quarterly. In this issue:

  • An interview with Susan Zipp, involved with a whole host of NGOs working on UN related issues.
  • Another clip from Herbie Hancock’s Harvard lecture on Buddhism and Creativity. This is about the distinction between wisdom and knowledge.
  • Part 2 of the series on Buddhism and Pragmatism–this one is about the beginnings of Pragmatism
  • An illustrated poem–Parks
  • A short bit of prose destined to be part of a future story or perhaps a novel–”The Dragon and the Butterfly.”

 

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Ukraine–Russia; Gaza–Hamas–Israel; Where Lies Hope?

Missiles, artillery and bullets are easy; diplomacy is hard. So bloodshed continues. How did the Protestants and Catholics stop fighting in Northern Ireland (at least most of the time)? Well, it only took a few hundred years, but they eventually did. Mothers tired of sons dying played a major part. Outside mediation another part–by an American where America had no vested interest in an outcome favoring one side or the other. Continue reading

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Coming Soon–A New Blog Exclusively with Stories and Excerpts

It’s not ready yet. It will appear sometime in August. Not on this blog, on another one. It will feature excerpts from pieces I am contemplating incorporating into books. In the meantime, here is a sample of the type of writing to expect:

The path that Lily, my golden retriever preferred for her daily walks took us by the nearby retirement home. As much as I tried to steer her on a different route, three days out of four she would insist, in the retriever way with a gentle tug , that we go that way. So I yielded to her choice. With her stuffed plushie frog loosely gripped between her jaws and her bushy tail keeping up its horizontal metronome rhythm, she once again took me down that path. As we passed the retirement Continue reading

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Immigration Reform–Will Its Time EVER Come?

Lets be clear here, the number of  people crossing the southern border of the US has been steadily declining for several years, at least since the beginning of the Obama administration. At the same time, the numbers of Border Patrol agents has increased. The Obama administration has deported substantially more people during five and one half years than the Bush administration did in eight years. The US Senate has passed a bi-partisan bill to reform current immigration laws. The GOP led House has failed to take any action whatsoever and appears unlikely to do so any time soon. Only recently has the current crisis of children fleeing Central America into the US reversed the trend of border crossing. But that is NOT part of the overall issue. So what are the issues?  Continue reading

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