Thursday, February 22, 2018

THE SUPREME COURT SEES THE LIGHT - WHISTLE BLOWERS (ORIGINALLY POSTED 1/2013)

I am seventy five years old.  I was a young boy during WWII.  It was commonplace to be exposed to stories about the Germans in which children were rewarded to come forward to snitch on their parents or family.  These young children were following the Nazi propaganda line.

Many adults looked in dismay as a country rewarded children for being whistle blowers.  It was considered an abominable breach of most American's ethics.

Now in America we reward, with substantial gifts, those who help our Justice Department and SEC prosecutors capture and then punish who are often their friends and colleagues.  Our sense of justice is to tell people if you whistle blow, you can get rich and if necessary go into the witness protection program.

As Americans we have actually come to accept this as an appropriate approach to the pursuit of crimes.

I have great difficulty understanding how we abhor the actions of the children of Germany, but find little ability to speak about whether we want such behavior in our own country.




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS - CLOSE TO HOME - PARKLAND FLORIDA (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JANUARY 2013

As they woke in the morning they turned off the house alarm and said good morning to Fido, then proceeded to breakfast.  On the way to work they pass either the superintendent, a doorman, a guard or a concierge or may open twenty different locking systems before proceeding out the door of their building.  There probably will be a cop on the corner or the next corner and they might pass a sheriff on the road and in smaller cities many often pass the police station.

Arriving at the office there is a bank branch in the lobby with a guard standing out in front. Security cameras are everywhere including the red lights on the road and the elevators in their office building and parking garage.  As it is Christmas time they may go to the local shopping center where signs immediately greet them "Patrolling Security".  The next day they may leave for vacation at the bus terminal or airport and security is extensive.  Everywhere the hypothetical person turns there is one form of advanced security or another. Everywhere but...

THEN THEY WENT TO THEIR CHILDREN'S SCHOOL.  THERE WERE FIFTY DIFFERENT WAYS TO ENTER THE SCHOOL, THERE WERE NO PANIC BUTTONS IN THE CLASSROOMS AND NONE IN THE HALLWAYS.  ANY ADULT COULD HAVE ENTERED, THERE WERE NO METAL DETECTORS, THERE WAS NEXT TO NOTHING KEEPING THE CHILDREN SAFE FROM INTRUDERS OR HARM. THERE WAS NO SECURITY...

Back in the day, schools were considered sacred ground.  The horror of that no longer being true.  Can you imagine the "horror" of using our children in political brinkmanship on the matter of guns? What type of security is required at schools is not only about guns but about many other issues.

Can you imagine the stupidity of President Obamas' proposal that you can have a ten bullet gun but not an automatic weapon.  I suppose that would allow a crazy person to sneak into the school with 5 handguns but not an automatic weapon.  What will this really accomplish?
 

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