PANDEMIC PANIC

I fault no one for their concerns over Covid-19. The globally dominant virus has creeped it’s way across the globe and leaving governments shut down along it’s path. This virus, carried on the backs and lungs of all it touches, has proven that even the most advanced nations are ill prepared to effectively weather the storm. While the news cycles seem to be filled with nothing but the doom and gloom of Corona, there exists a bright ray of light and that is in knowing we will prevail when all is said and done.

Along this fight stand brave unsung heroes, some who have always been there and some who most never paid attention to. From physicians pulling double shifts with inadequate PPE to the first responders, answering the call, delivering the sick to the appropriate care facilities. Then there are the heroes nobody has really paid attention to, the forgotten many that paint a backdrop of hope in trouble times. The delivery driver clad in brown who makes sure you precious package from Amazon get delivered to the 18-year-old desperately trying to stock the shelves with everyone’s necessities, and the over the road truckers busting their backsides and burning rubber to get supplies and groceries out of the distribution centers.

But in the middle of a national emergency, a true global pandemic comes what could actually be the dumbest tweet of all time. Fake media digs in to it’s dirty soul and let’s one rip with the absolute grace of a bull in a china shop. Newsday wants to hear about the CoronaVirus from those with loved ones in prison. They want to explore the heartache that people have, heartache because their miscreant family members are paying their debt to society. A debt they owe for violating the rights and freedoms of others, one placed upon them by a jury of their own peers.

Carl McGowan and Michael O’Keeffee have little interest in reporting on the Army Corp of Engineers who put together 2,900 beds in just under 3 days, the doctors from Cuba that volunteered to aid in Florida, the nonprofit organization LEO Weekend who is raising money to feed first responders stranded at work away from their families. Instead, they want to focus on the families of criminals and hooligans, who are no doubt believed to be innocent and merely imprisoned by the “system”, and how difficult this quarantine will be without them. Yes, those that are locked away to protect society and offer little if anything to that society are the main story for good ole Newsday.

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PANDEMIC PANIC

I fault no one for their concerns over Covid-19. The globally dominant virus has creeped it’s way across the globe and leaving governments shut down along it’s path. This virus, carried on the backs and lungs of all it touches, has proven that even the most advanced nations are ill prepared to effectively weather the storm. While the news cycles seem to be filled with nothing but the doom and gloom of Corona, there exists a bright ray of light and that is in knowing we will prevail when all is said and done.

Along this fight stand brave unsung heroes, some who have always been there and some who most never paid attention to. From physicians pulling double shifts with inadequate PPE to the first responders, answering the call, delivering the sick to the appropriate care facilities. Then there are the heroes nobody has really paid attention to, the forgotten many that paint a backdrop of hope in trouble times. The delivery driver clad in brown who makes sure you precious package from Amazon get delivered to the 18-year-old desperately trying to stock the shelves with everyone’s necessities, and the over the road truckers busting their backsides and burning rubber to get supplies and groceries out of the distribution centers.

But in the middle of a national emergency, a true global pandemic comes what could actually be the dumbest tweet of all time. Fake media digs in to it’s dirty soul and let’s one rip with the absolute grace of a bull in a china shop. Newsday wants to hear about the CoronaVirus from those with loved ones in prison. They want to explore the heartache that people have, heartache because their miscreant family members are paying their debt to society. A debt they owe for violating the rights and freedoms of others, one placed upon them by a jury of their own peers.

Carl McGowan and Michael O’Keeffee have little interest in reporting on the Army Corp of Engineers who put together 2,900 beds in just under 3 days, the doctors from Cuba that volunteered to aid in Florida, the nonprofit organization LEO Weekend who is raising money to feed first responders stranded at work away from their families. Instead, they want to focus on the families of criminals and hooligans, who are no doubt believed to be innocent and merely imprisoned by the “system”, and how difficult this quarantine will be without them. Yes, those that are locked away to protect society and offer little if anything to that society are the main story for good ole Newsday.

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THE INCOMPETENT COMMANDER

As dawn begins to breaks on Monday morning, the CO of the NYPD’s 66 Pct (Deputy Inspector James King) gathers a select crew of his finest for a daring mission. Like most missions of this type, there are inherent risks and uncertainties but all involved know that their duty calls for such acts of bravery. On the given order of D.I. King, these brave officer charge into the dark streets of Gotham in the heart of the 66 Precinct to unleash their fury upon unsuspecting truckers…

Parked along a deserted mixed-use street in the wee hours of the morning lay truckers. Over the road truckers who have been working nonstop the last few weeks in a desperate attempt to win shelf space in stores to prevent the American people from going without. Truckers sleeping in their rigs to catch a few moments of rest before pulling out to take loaded trailers to their next destination. Trailers full of water, diapers, baby formula, and the ever-elusive toilet paper. Trailers that will now go undelivered and further set back the fight to keep good flowing to stores so that the citizens of the United States have what they need.

As the sun slowly begins to crack just over the elevated subway station, a crack comes over the radio signaling the beginning of “Operation Cluster Fuck”. An operation spearheaded and ran by no other than Long Island native, Deputy Inspector James King. Like the brave soldiers on Omaha Beach, members of the 66 Pct and the NYPD Traffic Enforcement Division charged the block and risked it all to wake sleeping out of state truckers. Luckily, this time, the waters would not turn red from the blood of slaughtered patriots risking their lives to save an enslaved nation halfway across the world but it would mean people not getting what they need, while sitting in quarantine during the largest global emergency since the deadly Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918.

Knowing your worth

There is no shortage of organizations and companies assisting veterans with locating work and launching second careers.  Programs subsidized by Veterans Affairs make an attractive offer for these companies to prepare and transform our nations best for what lays before them when exiting the service.  Tax breaks make it attractive for corporations to embrace the opportunity to hire these brave men and women as it should be.  When our service members exit the military the least we can do for all the sacrificed is every opportunity to rebuild themselves, repair themselves and reinvent themselves.

A search of available services for our Veterans returned no fewer than 500 companies. Some nonprofit, some state-run and many of them private sector but all more than happy and qualified to help.  The same search, conducted for services for our nation’s finest or law enforcement showed a staggering 0 companies geared to handle the subtle nuances of our subculture. While plenty of private companies are available to charge inflated rates and provide basic boilerplate resumes it certainly leaves little more than a bad taste in most mouths.


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DNA soon to be DOA

In a move clearly concocted by those to the left of lunacy, NYPD is getting set to purge their system of DNA and drastically change how it uses and collects future samples.

The department will begin an audit of 10’s of thousands of samples in it’s Local DNA System that is at least two years old; if the sample is not linked to a continuing case or conviction it will be flagged for their removal.

In regards, Bob Barrows, NYPD director of legal operations stated “We don’t want to saturate the database with profiles that aren’t yeilding any results.”. A comment and logic that can only come from the NYPD’s Puzzle Palace, One Police Plaza.

As a retired detective, I wanted as much DNA in the system as you could throw at it. Hits on DNA can take years to come back connecting criminals to their crimes and providing justice to the victims. Often times a single DNA hit could close out several rapes, pattern burglaries, and even cold case homicides. Removing the DNA after a two-year window provides yet another win to the criminal element of Gotham and another major blow to justice.

Between 2011 and 2017 the backlog of DNA testing had nearly doubled nationally, this is based off of records maintained and recorded by the FBI. In April of 2017, the NYPD itself had 42,578 kits in their custody dating all the way back to 1980’s. What we need is more testing and detailed documentation of results from both kits and comparison samples submitted.

In 2008 a rape kit was submitted as evidence in a sexual assault case that took place at Berkeley, CA. The kit sat in cold storage at the State of California Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services DNA Lab. On Friday March 8th, 2019 Mr. Keith Kenard Asberry was arrested for the 2015 murder of Randhir Kaur of Albany, CA a dental student at the UCSF School of Dentistry. Kaur was found raped and shot in her 2nd-floor apartment making her the city’s first homicide victim in more than a decade. Nearly eight years earlier (2008) a 19-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Berkley, while evidence was gathered and packaged for submission to testing the kit sat untested till an investigation by the Chronicle in 2016. Had the kit been tested the case investigators could have matched the assailants DNA to that of Asberry’s DNA, which was in the national database since he was convicted of a felony gun crime in 2005.

Deoxyribonucleic acid, a self-replicating material which is present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It is the carrier of genetic information.

Above is just one of thousands upon thousands of examples as to why we need to expand funding in search of a simplified system to test and catalog every sample of DNA submitted. Removing DNA from databases weakens our justice system and again empowers the criminal element just as bail reform has done.

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MARCHING THEM OFF TO THEIR DEATH

The news was absolutely horrific, the depravity of the circumstances appalling. A local school superintendent had falsified and withheld reading conducted at a site after major demolition was performed. The ordered air quality results mandated by state and federal regulations were manipulated so that the school facility would remain active and open. For over a year children and staff entered into the area concerned and had been exposed to toxicity levels that at times had been one hundred times the absolute maximum by the most liberal of readings. Now that children are getting sick with rare cancers, neurological disorders and other long term chronic health care issues has the truth comes out. These children and the school staff were intentionally exposed to concrete, mold, dust, glass, neon, freon, argon, plastic, asbestos and steel particulates. Nearly 15 years have passed since this had taken place and only now has the superintendent apologized for perpetrating such a fraud against the school community. 15 years later and not one single legal action was taken against her, even though several affected have since passed from illnesses contracted that would possibly have been avoidable had the information been released as mandated. To add insult to injury, the superintendent is still frequently in the news, labeled by the media as an expert on school policies and has even as of late taken on local political commentary, bashing local office politicians on their thoughts, beliefs or handling of school issues.

I hope you’re all as angered as I to hear this nonsense. How have we allowed an individual so void of conscious and character to be followed and revered as an industry or subject expert? To allow them to be thrown in the faces of those who’s lives were turned upside down by a lack of action and duty? Allowed to comment on the process and procedures of schools across our country, including that of our children’s welfare, to gloss over the intentional dereliction of duties due to possible political connections?

What if everything above was only half true? What if I told you that it was actually far worse than what you were led to believe? What if I told you it wasn’t a school superintendent but the head of the EPA? Now what if it’s the World Trade Center and not a local school?

In the immediate aftermath of September 11th, Christine Todd Whitman who ran the Environmental Protection Agency had repeatedly assured the public and first responders that the air around the World Trade Center was safe. Many first responders and others who lived and worked in the vicinity of lower Manhattan have since been diagnosed with chronic respiratory illnesses or cancers related to their exposure to toxins at Ground Zero. “Whatever we got wrong, we should acknowledge and people should be helped,” Whitman said in an interview with the Guardian for a report that had published for the 15th anniversary of the attacks.

Toxic smoke rising from ground zero exposing thousands of first responders and civilians.

“I’m very sorry that people are sick,” she said. “I’m very sorry that people are dying, and if the EPA and I in any way contributed to that, I’m sorry. We did the very best we could at the time with the knowledge we had. Problem is, as agency head and the one who personally reviewed results with then-Mayor of NYC Rudolph Giuliani she knew exactly what was in the report, what the toxins were and how elevated of a threat the risk of exposure was. Her reports were reviewed and then the results provided at the numerous press conferences held in conjunction with the Mayor and Department heads of NYC. Her pressure held on the outskirts of the shadows cast by the rubble of what was once the World Trade Center as I and countless other first responders dug for rescue and then recovery of our nation’s loss. Her words, as the head of the EPA, rang with authority as for days we became exposed to life-altering toxins that would later cause us to watch our friends, our families and even ourselves slowly wither away like the last autumn leaves on a once-mighty oak. As recent as December of 2015, Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman said that Donald Trump’s comments in regards to immigration bans from key Muslim countries sound like the ones Hitler used in the run-up to World War II. Then again on October 16th, 2019

Former NJ Gov. and former head of EPA Christie Todd Whitman stated that she stands by a tweet she deleted in which she compared President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The tweet that was a screenshot for the sake of history (picture below) stated that Hitler “has nothing on” Trump.

October 15 tweet by Christine Todd Whitman comparing Trump to Hitler.

The fascination held by this former politician and overall asinine miscreant for Hitler is absolutely disturbing, to say the least. To live the last four years with the name of that monster on the tip of your tongue must have made you delusional. Perhaps the constant thought of the mad man consuming you was more euphoria and pleasurable, perhaps the likeness of intentionally walking first responders into their death at ground zero, like how Hitler walked so many to theirs. made you feel like the obvious role model you frequently referred to. Your attempt at an apology in 2015, as bullshit as it was, has done little for your conscious. I rest easy in knowing that someday, you will rot in hell reflecting on your Godless soul. You have destroyed countless lives, forced so many to end their suffering by their own hand and devastated countless families. Your damage, so huge and certainly immeasurable by any calculation, could in no way be lessened in knowing that you’re suffering unimaginably. However, I wish for you the absolute best of health and wellness. As a matter of fact, I wish you an extremely long life, filled with the demon and monsters you have personally planted in the heads of thousands, during your tenure as EPA Chief.

TRIFECTA OF TRAGEDY IN TEXAS

How is it even possible that an agency head has gone to such great lengths to bury his own? How can it be that those responsible for running an agency have set it up for huge financial loss before an intent was even filed? How is it that someone who is to serve with honor has failed to honor those that serve?

At a press conference, Police Chief Edward Kraus stated that “This incident has eroded the trust that we have built with our community, and we must now work even harder to ensure that trust is restored.” Odd to bring up trust, considering he clearly has no trust in his officers, to make such a call prior to an investigation being concluded. Perhaps it’s his trust in being elevated from interim chief to full-time chief that he has more trust in, and that was more the reason for the call. Wonder if that’s what went on during that long, mainly one-sided, phone call he had leading up to the conference.

Kraus said that there is “absolutely no excuse” for the incident, and Dean will be held responsible for his actions. However, according to information that’s been coming out, it would seem there is an excuse. Interim Chief Edward “Kubla” Kraus is no different than his cartoon namesake, ruling ignorantly with an iron fist. Forcing an officer to resign after a situation like that and prior to the investigation being concluded is asinine. Accepting blame and fault prior to the investigation, even getting up to speed is a civil attorney’s wet dream. I think I’m going to air on the side of caution and put my weight behind the claymation character.

Later on, in his press conference, he asked the Fort Worth community to not allow the incident to reflect poorly on the entire police department. I would second that and assure the people of Fort Worth, TX that the majority of their department are proud men and women who serve with honor and integrity, along with a great big helping of intestinal fortitude, unlike the Chief that they have the great misfortune to serve under. Let not your heart be troubled, the Chief absolutely has interests at heart, his own.

“The officers are hurting,” Kraus said. “They try hard every day to try to make this city better.” But from mumbling coming out of the department, morale is devastated and those officers hurting are for reasons other than you think. Manpower is down and the department is barely able to keep up with attrition, response times continue to increase as crime (violent and non-violent) continues to inch up. Just this past February, Kraus stated that the department was shy 69 officers from a year prior and that his new budget was looking to add some 35 to 50 new officers. He stated, “Our goal is to get officers out there where they can proactively patrol the streets, trying to prevent crime before it happens or responding to calls for service.”

In a published report issued by “Fears Nachawati Law Firm” in February of 2019, the following was prepared by Vanessa Hernandez. “While Fort Worth is known as a great place to live, the area has some of the highest violent crime rates in the country. With 100 being the safest on the crime index, Fort Worth ranks as an 11. That makes Fort Worth safer than only 11% of the cities in the nation. The crime rate per 1,000 residents is 5.26 for violent crimes, and 33.17 for property crimes, making the crime rate 38.42 per 1,000 residents total. Fort Worth’s crime rate of 5.26 per 1,000 residents is higher than the 4.34 per 1,000 Texas average. The chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Fort Worth is 1 in 190.”

In the above graph (provided by CityRating.com) of property crimes published in early 2019, you can see that from 2000 to 2016 Fort Worth, Texas not only lead the Texas average but the national average. Additionally, the following was posted on the same page in regard to Fort Worth, TX. Fort Worth crime statistics report an overall downward trend in crime, based on data from 17 years, with violent crime increasing and property crime decreasing. Based on this trend, the crime rate in Fort Worth for 2019 is expected to be lower than in 2016. The city violent crime rate for Fort Worth in 2016 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 32.54% and the city property crime rate in Fort Worth was higher than the national property crime rate average by 34.72%.

Long story short, things in Fort Worth, Texas are not exactly squeaky clean, and while the department does try to ease the concerns of it’s public, it’s hard to do with a less than solid command staff. Your backbone as a leader is what motivates your men but also instills in them the confidence to complete the mission at hand. A weak leader not only makes his staff more susceptible to rogue acts against the greater good of the department but weakens the community’s faith in your agency. To take such aggressive and obviously self beneficial action as was done in the press conference weakens your entire agency and all the work that has taken place prior. There comes a time when you need to be an example and lead with heart and authority. This was blown by your act of self-perseverance in the face of the very pressure you’re charged to handle by your very job description. In the words of the great General Douglas MacArthur, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

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