The Chicago Meetup with Mike Cernovich And What I Learned.

About a week and a half ago, I had the privilege of interacting with Mike Cernovich  from Danger & Play in person at a meetup he held in Chicago.  I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to take the train all the way down to the City – specifically Union Station and then hike my way to the Godfrey Hotel where the meetup was at. (Note I’m at the Fox Lake station which is the start of the line so I literally have to ride all the way to end of the line.)

I had never heard of the place before which was about a 30 minute walk from Union Station. The Godfrey Hotel was draped in the aesthetics of modern decor.  It felt rather more comfortable then fancy.  (I should have taken some pictures besides the two I did of Mike and co.) Needless to it had the flavor and semblance of a restaurant/bar, but I still felt like I was on a rooftop loft – perfect atmosphere.

Seriously, look at this place. I feel poor.

There wasn’t necessarily any organized agenda besides getting us to meet other like minded people and network.  Those of us there talked amongst ourselves as well as with Mike about every different topic under the sun. If you weren’t there, you really missed out. That as well as good food and the amount of Sangria that kept pouring forth onto our table.

Something that can’t be stressed enough is how down to earth Mike was.  People – SJWs in particular – might not realize how humble he actually is.   When I was chatting with him there was something he said that really sticks with me about how to deal with past mistakes made online,

“You’re right.  See what I write in the future.”

Hopefully my memory serves me correct for that quote, but that was in regards to having made statements, tweets, ect in the past that we wish we hadn’t.   When this happens the responsible thing to do is to own that history and demonstrate by what you write in the present and future who you are and what you stand for. People are afraid to admit past mistake, and with the internet nowadays I can understand why.  As Mike would say, “Own Your Name.”

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However, the mistakes are there. You can’t really bury them. You must simply admit them and move on. This has nothing to do with apologizing to SJWs – merely that if there are mistakes in your past – you simply acknowledge them and move on.  Alas, you do not back down.

I think this is something Mike realized through #GamerGate.  He is not technically a gamer and has criticized them to some extent before, but he realized the importance of what #GamerGate is to that is  has become the most recent struggle in the culture  wars.

Mike has realized that people are afraid to speak up. To show their disagreement and insist that they as gamers are not dead.  Some of those in Gamergate might not be willing to risk speaking out, but Mike is that champion who is willing to do such themselves and can stand up to the SJW onslaught and twitter mobs.

I must admit, sometimes I lack motivation like a gazelle lacks the ability to escape a lion. It sucks. However, I can’t make excuses as it doesn’t actually solve anything – no matter how valid the excuses may be, the situation has not changed.  Something I’ve realized; surround yourself with motivated and passionate people and you will start to become motivated yourself.   Iron sharpens Iron.

Improving Your Situation Always Starts With You.

On my WP feed, an important post was made on a blog I follow called , “A Holistic Journey“. The blogger, alohaleya, recently wrote a post, My Fiction Put Me In Debt, in which she talks about the effects of resentment in her life toward her father as well as feeling shame for holding others responsible.

What specifically caught my attention was the following:

“I’m the one who’s chosen to interpret my life events as I have. I’m the one who’s assigned deep meaning to old memories…and this meaning no longer serves. For years, I viewed my dad in a certain way because I’d trained myself to see only what supported my stories.

Often we get stuck in this kind of rut that resembles our own personal bubble which we alone shape.  We end up forming a narrative that specifically is based off what we allow ourselves to focus on.  This isn’t something to be judged for as much as its just a fact of life for every individual.  What alohaleya did here is to recognize it. The sooner we recognize this, the sooner we can actually attempt to take control of our lives.

“But I am ashamed of how I’ve held others responsible for the situations I’ve created. I’m now seeing the power I have to choose and to create differently.”

For those of us willing to admit it, we have all gone through this.  I have realized something however; it’s important to take responsibility for the situations we are in, because even if we can lay the blame 100% squarely on the shoulders of someone else – even if they are completely fault – you are still in that nasty situation regardless of who is at blame.”

It doesn’t magically get better or go away, even if we feel better if someone else takes the “blame”.   Our society – particularly in America – teaches us to blame someone else and use that blame to appeal to others for help.  In other words, you are forced to depend on others to make your life better.  Will doing that actually improve the situation that you are in? (Not just financially, but your life in general?)

I find her post inspirational.  Life is short. Very short. I came across the story of Lauren Hill, a girl whose dream to play basketball, will ultimately be ended by her brain cancer which gives her only a few weeks to live.  Put yourself in a situation where you only have a few weeks to live. Would you hold on to the problems of the past? Or move on to the future?  Stay strong alohaleya and keep growing.

“To Move On, Is To Grow.”

Why Voting 3rd Party Can Change History: The Election of 1924

I often browse the blog of economist and author Aaron Clarey who goes by the name, Captain Capitalism for his blog.  His post, Conservative Idiots Who “Protest the Vote” about this upcoming election misses an important lesson from history where voting 3rd party changed the results of an election.

History – for those of us who actually read it instead of watching Netflix – can teach us all sorts of fun things that internet comment brawls can’t.

Voting 3rd party can push a main party in a specific direction. Don’t believe me?

Take for example the presidential election of 1924.   Calvin Coolidge crushed his main democratic opponent, but his election win helped reveal a noticeable split had occurred in the democratic party.

The democrat nominee for president was John Davis.  During the election, he was considered by the growing progressive movement of the time to be too conservative.  Just think about that.  One only wonders what being considered too conservative by the Democrat party meant back then. Note the populist influence on progressives of the early 20th century.

The progressives that usually supported the democrat party – even though it didn’t exactly completely and utterly yet emanate their views – bolted from the party in protest and voted in favor of the 3rd party progressive candidate Robert M. La Follette from Wisconsin.  This represented a deep fragmentation in the party that had finally manifested on a national level of impact.

The Election of 1924

It was a landslide election, particularly in the electoral votes for Coolidge. However, the popular vote totals are very important.

1.  Calvin Coolidge receives 15,723,789 of the popular vote thus 54% of it.

2. John W. Davis receives 8,386,242 of the popular vote thus 28.8% of it.

3.  Robert M. La Follette receives 4,831,706 of the popular vote thus 16.6% of it.

The end result of the 1924 election for the democrat party is that the party embraced the ideal of the progressives on their party plank and the party was forever changed.  The party had secured the future votes of Progressives, but the conservative element of the party would move into a decline that is evident of the party today.

As a pessimistic libertarian, imagine if the Libertarian party cost the republicans 16% of the popular vote in a presidential election.

Yes, the “evil” Democrats would have even more of a free reign to destroy our lives than they usually do, but the Republican Party would have to change its positions if it wanted to again be a party capable of winning major elections.

We Need A System Implosion

Honestly, the Republican party is in trouble. It has been for some time just due to simple demographics. It needs to change, and it needs to change now if it wants to slow the decline.  Perhaps a widespread deviation from the party by libertarian voters who are usually forced to pick between the best of two evils is taser to the nipples that the party needs.

Even if it doesn’t work in this hypothetical future situation- even though history has shown its worked in the past – the decline of the country will happen even faster.  I’ve always been leaning toward the conclusion that the country is doomed.    As Stephan Molyneux has one said, “The experiment in limited government has been a failure.”

I  am now to the point where I strongly believe the system can’t be saved.  It needs to implode and restart. We need to let the car wreck of today happen instead of pushing it off with “The Republican Party” of the trainwreck of 50 years from now.  Either it’s gonna hurt now, or alot more in the future.   The recent riots we’ve seen in Ferguson and now Baltimore are only the beginning.

Reading through Aaron Clarey’s (Captain Capitalism) book on the incoming decline of the country has re-affirmed and reinforced my conclusion. It is because of his views on the country’s future as a whole that I find it confusing as to why he wants to delay socialism or simply setback the incoming trainwreck through voting.  I’d much rather have it happen now.  (Granted I’m newly only 26, single, and have no kids.)

Now you can still be pessimistic, but you still get everything back from our robbing thieving government and enjoy life and the decline as it happens. If they are going to rob you, its time to use the welfare system to rob them back. I highly suggest Aaron Clareys: Enjoy the Decline: Accepting and Living with the Death of the United States.

Note the very conservative viewpoint of the book, but economics and our massive bureaucracy doesn’t lie.  You can’t sustain a system in which there are more people who don’t work vs those that do.

Cheers to all my fellow vagrants.

5 Ways To Eat Healthy and Cheap on The Run

I live like a homeless person.  I can sometimes grab food when I stay at my friends house or at my parents, but often I end up sleeping in my car to save gas.    This means that the free cheap meals can be hard to attain.

One of the biggest expenses that I, many college students, and many of my friends have in general is eating out.  Unfortunately that usually includes crappy fast food which you know is bad for you, but you don’t have the time to cook a meal.   Welcome to my world.

Well it’s time to stop cramming those Mcdoubles down you mouth and save yourself some money – while eating some cheap healthy food of course that will help you lose that weight destroying your self-esteem.

1. Stop at a Jewel, Marianos, Walmart, ect and pick up some fruit.  You can also often get baby carrots for dirt cheap.  Bananas and Apples are your close friends.  Ideally, you want to focus on produce that you can eat while you drive.

2. You can stop at places like Dollar General, Family Dollar, ect and get nuts.  Avoid the roasted and heavily salted nuts if possible. Almonds, peanuts, and cashews make very good sources of protein that will help fill you up.

3. DRINK MORE WATER.  It’s a known fact that water not only will decrease your appetite and thus your desire to eat food, but it’s very important to your overall diet.  Something like 70% of American’s are dehydrated.  That’s bad, M’kay?

4. Don’t buy food at gas stations if possible. If you have no choice, settle for nuts of some kind.  They will at least fill you up.  Also, refrain from drinking soda. It will dehydrate you and its no secret that its actually bad for you.

5. Avoid fast food like the plague. It often won’t fill you up – your body knows – and its that consistent dollar here and there that start to add up to that 100$+ a month spent on crappy food. Don’t be that person.

I can not strain this enough: Places like Dollar Tree and Dollar general are your friends as they will allow you to attain nuts for a cheap price providing your source of protein.   You could easily drop about 10$ and have enough nuts to hold you over for the week – assuming you throw some fruits and basic veggies into the mix.  Trader Joes is known to have one pound bags for about 2$.    Simply stop at a grocery store for the rest and you have your apples, pears, plums, bananas, and baby carrots for easily under 20$ that can last you the rest of the week.

One of the key ways to losing weight it so simply eat less – something that you can accomplish without starving yourself to death. You can reduce your overall appetite through carefully eating small meals – an apple here and some nuts there – over the course of the day.

Eat cheap and well my friends.

How to Shave and Trim like a Man and Mount That Facial Stubble

The three greatest inventions ever know to man are pretty damn obvious. They include the electric shaver, the urinal, and the internet.   Okay, semantics aside dogs aren’t actually men’s best friend; the electric shaver is.  Two things to consider:

1. You DONT have to be clean-shaven. You can even grow a massive beard.  Even if your job bans facial hair or has strict guidelines about it, there are always ways around. Example: Go to your local mosque, tell the Imam you want to convert to Islam, and bring the proof of your conversion to your work.  They won’t hassle/ try to fire you later as no one wants to get sued for workplace discrimination against Muslims.  Then just go about your business like you did before. 

2. Stubble and heavy stubble is your friend. There are plenty of studies out there to show that women often prefer at least a good/heavy degree of stubble.  Even man-hating site Jezebel agrees with me! Do it.

Do you want to make attaining this degree/length of stubble easy?

Now guys who dove headfirst into their dawning of facial hair- that started at 16 for me – were first enjoyed and enthralled. I remember seeing the hairs growing and feeling almost like I had won the lotto, asserted my dominance, and gotten the girl.

Only two years later, I was getting fed up with razors and the constant irritation covering my face where ever I had shaved. Yes, I used aftershave which is a must if you want to reduce irritation afterwards. I only had slight acne a few years back, but it’s enough to dampen your confidence when you realize that girls prefer a face that doesn’t look it’s been rolled around in Poison Ivy.

It was then that invested in my first electric shaver.  I noticed immediate results.  My face wasn’t getting cut. The irritation was much less, if not non-existent. The shave was much faster and easier.    Of course, I always used aftershave afterwards – never neglect that finish.

As time as gone by, I’ve realized that it is still difficult to get that semi-heavy stubble look I’ve been desiring as of late. I had a full beard that made me look like I was from Iran, (I have ancestors who live in an adjacent country to Iran.) but I decided it was time to try out that stubble look which I could only seem to manage well very rarely with my shaver.   I went out and got another shaver that had guards with three different lengths.

Shaving my full beard down to that semi-heavy stubble was actually made very easy with the guards. I got an easy all around and consistent stubble that was actually very fast.  Results?

My stubble now after getting rid of my “terrorist” beard.

If you are trying to get any kind of stubble look which you can easily maintain every two-three days, I highly suggest getting a cheap electric shaver from Walmart which is good for the getting the real close stuff – your cheek for instance – and a reasonably priced shaver which comes with at least three guard sizes for facial trimming and “sculpting.”

Your facial time is now. Carpe Diem.

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This stubble. You know you want it. 

Ann Coulter’s Futbol in Mouth

About two months ago during the World Cup, that nothing thing ruins a nation’s identity like kicking a ball around. That’s what Ann Coulter is desperate to have us believe and acknowledge this. I’m not exactly one of her haters nor one of her admirers, but when I see bullshit, I mention it.

Why this late? Because its early into the EPL season and I’ve seen some great games and shocking results already.   Arsenals loss to Southampton, 1-2, was a pleasure to watch.  (Especially if you root for Southampton after their supposed confinement to a relegation battle this season.)

Backstory: I was converted into a soccer fan in about 6th grade. I not only played the sport, but the video game, Championship Manager, got me into the EPL and the basics of the game.  Football Manager escalated that enjoyment into actual regular attempts to get up to watch EPL games on early Saturday Mornings. (That time difference means the first game is at 6:45 central time in the morning.)

One thing I do like about Coulter is she will say whatever is on her mind. It pisses plenty of people off, but at least she has balls.   Right now though, she needs a kick in those balls.

First off, one of the most exciting goals I’ve seen in the “boring” sport of soccer came in the World Cup, and the situation and context of tying a team like Portugal made the goal all that much more exhilarating.

Second, this countries identity has been ruined for a while.  You know what ruins a nation?

Concepts like hate speech.  Conservatives and Liberals who endorse the Police State as necessary for our security. Crippling national debt. 80% of created jobs being part time.  Being taxed on every last damn thing in addition to property, income, federal taxes, paycheck taxes, ect.

As for the research that liberals are more likely to watch “soccer”, hogwash. Soccer is my favorite sport, and I despise the ideals of modern day progressive liberalism.

The growing attraction to the beautiful game may be partly because of growing immigration from south and central America, but easier access to streaming sites to watch the Champions League, EPL games on NBC Sports, the pussification of major sports with the exception of Hockey, and the fact that the NFL is suspending players because of “incidents off the field” because of their worry about PR and image is what causing people to look elsewhere.  At least the MMA is still all about the fighting.

Granted, England, which has arguably the most competitive league in the world – The English Premier League – has insane rules about just about everything thanks to FIFA.  The condemnation Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere received for smoking a cigarette was ridiculous. The fact you can get suspended and possible jailed for “racist” arm gestures on the pitch is also absurd.

One primary criticism of soccer is the diving and flopping.  It does happen. Players go down to easy, embellish the impact of a foul, ect.  There are two important things to point out about that.

– Getting your foot stomped on while running full speed can bring you to the ground. It’s hard to run through that.
– Divers and floppers get heckled badly on the pitch from the stands. Fans let you know how much they despise you.  It’s more damaging to a player’s form on the pitch then you may think.

Regardless, I still dislike players who go down to easily. Yea, I’m talking about you Sergio Busquets.  However, it doesn’t subtract from the beauty and physical demands of the game.  As long as normal American sports keep getting worse, world sports like soccer will start to replace them. At least our men’s soccer team has actual competition on a world level – unlike the world basketball championship.

These highlights from the ageless classic British highlight show, Match Of The Day, might give you an idea as to what you are missing.  Also, Southampton. All the way.

Liquored Up, Broke, and Hungover: The Poor and the Promotion of Video Gambling.

When it comes to trying to use every possible method to trick people into losing their money, the decrepit and morally bankrupt state of Illinois is right up there.  It’s citizens – myself included – have been treated like a piggybank, but apparently the state needs to garnish even more of our money to feed the machine that is billions in debt.

Illinois has been actively encouraging people through commercials, online media, ect to play the Illinois Lottery. Hell, there is now even a new official app you can play the Lotto through to make losing your money even easier as you watch you the game.  What they don’t tell you is that the real lotto winners are the ones who snag a public sector job in Illinois. You can bet your ass it won’t be part time either like 90% of the jobs offered in this cespool.


Apparently people still weren’t coughing up enough money in the mega jackpots that the local poor and homeless never seemed to win after years of trying their luck.  Even being the first state to allow online lottery sales still isn’t generating enough revenue. So what else can be done?

Historical Flashback: October 9th, 2012 marked the first day of legalized video gambling in bar, pubs, and “drinking establishments” across Illinois.  As a radical libertarian, I’m not opposed to legalize gambling on principle, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize that alcohol and video slots are a great way to keep pulling the lever instead of walking away.

Who profits? The bars, the state, and the local government.  This is why the state actively encourages both the lotto and the gambling regardless of who it hurts.  I’m still pissed that they are blowing tax dollars – even though thats pretty damn normal in Illinois – on promoting the Illinois Lotto on TV and Cable.  Hell, how is that even in the budget? I guess that “investment” really does turn a literal sick profit. 

In every game where there are devious winners, there must be distraught losers. Those losers are the local patrons who walk away with even less money. Note that the place, Jesters, is in Waukegan which is one of the poorest areas in Illinois whose residents now have 70,000$ less to put toward bettering their lives.  You can’t walk the streets without people asking you for “bus money” that they can gamble away, use for drugs and liquor, ect.  But yes, lets encourage them to spend their money poorly instead of on their families!

Besides the morning after hangover, throw in a terrible and shocked look on your face when you realize how much money you lost last night.  I live in Fox Lake – about 10 minutes from the Wisconsin border – and we have ALOT of bars.  This now means people gamble their money away at much more of an increased rate then they did two years ago. The Reverse Robin Hood Effect is in full display.

I’ve seen it all.

– My former, now evicted neighbor, already drank his unemployment money away at one of the local Fox Lake bars, and with the slot machines, it became even worse.

–  The local poor hobbling lady at the gas station wasting away what money she has buying lotto tickets.

– The homeless people roaming the streets buying as many lotto tickets as they can hoping to strike lucky and maybe land a warm place to stay when our nasty winter hits.

Now I’m not calling for video gambling in bars to be banned or even moderated any more than it is. I’m just simply pointing out the blatant bullshit of this state in promoting and encouraging people to do it.  Seriously, just imagine if this state was encouraging people to smoke cigarettes. The uproar would be incredulous.

But yes! Let’s encourage all these people to play the lotto instead of investing that money in ways to get them out of the rut they are stuck in.  At least the school, infrastructure, and “public” projects will reap the rewards.  All for the greater good right?

Wrong. The ends – especially in this situation – don’t justify the means.  I just wish my corrupt state run by self-proclaimed caring liberal democrats stood by their supposed allegiance to the poor, downtrodden, and less fortunate in Illinois instead of actively promoting and encouraging new and revised ways to trick them out of their money. (At least Pat Quinn tried.) Hypocrites, the lot of them. Seriously, fuck this state.

The actual compassionate, fair-minded, and justice seeking liberals who control the state of Illinois should be outraged to see articles from publications like Businessweek with headlines like, “How Poor Families Fund College for Wealthy Students“.  Let that article soak in.  Seriously, justify this bullshit with excuses like, “It funds the schools!” or “It helps fund important social welfare programs! I dare you. I dare you to be consistent with your ideology for once.

A Review: Opinionated Man – Harsh Reality

Jason Cushman is a proud Asian man who literally doesn’t give a fuck. In his own words:

“My goal with this blog is to offend everyone in the world at least once with my words… so no one has a reason to have a heightened sense of themselves. We are all ignorant, we are all found wanting, we are all bad people sometimes.”

He posts what he feels, when he wants, and in a very unique style in the blogging community. It is the primary reason why he stands out – his blogging style is specifically his own.

His blog, Harsh Reality, directly encourages bloggers to consistently interact with each other and he frequently features guest posts by other bloggers to promote this ambition.   His, “WordPress Meet and Greet” is another example of attempting to get bloggers to actually interact with each other and based on the feedback he has gotten, I’d say its been very successful.

The most important message I have seen reflected from Cushman is admonishing of fellow bloggers to carve out their own unique style.   If you desire an actual breath of fresh air and a writing style that you won’t see elsewhere, his blog is a must follow. (I’ve been following him for several months now.)

Let’s get real. In today’s blogging world, many bloggers are still very afraid from posting what they actually think because of possible backlash from dissident opinions.  Jason doesn’t care and he shouldn’t.  Disagreements are an inevitable part of daily life and that is manifested to even more of an extent online and in the blogging world.   Remember, life goes on. 
Usually there is very little moderation on his blog in a direct attempt to promote feedback – something I applaud.  State your piece, and he will state his.   One of my personal favorites is, “Women are Crazy (The way to lose your female readers)” .   The original post of it had over 2k comments.  It’s yet again evidence that when it comes to blogging, all publicity is good publicity.

I highly suggest his blog for people who are looking to improve their own as he won’t bullshit you with “easy steps”.  There is no shortcut for the time investment and gradual building of your blogging network – something he has repeatedly pointed out.

A quick golden rule for bloggers: Don’t spam and selfishly promote on others blogs if you wouldn’t approve of it happening on your own.  Opinionated Man’s, “WordPress Meet and Greet” however is an opportunity for all of us to self-promote in the right way. Try it some time.

Toddlers, Perspective, Drugs, and Flashbanging Swat Raids.

My family is a diverse  and divided one, and I love it.  Not just racially, but politically and on all those “controversial” issues which you aren’t supposed to bring up at the dinner table at family parties.  Well I’m a true rebel and I bring up that crap anyway.  So I somewhat… started up a huge debate on gun control with my family. (My aunt for a while was of the opinion that we didn’t need guns because the cops would always be there in time to protect people. Note I live about 50 minutes from Chicago.)

It ended up in everyone shouting, my Uncle putting my Aunt in an armlock, my Uncle yelling at my Grandpa for bailing him out of jail – I didn’t even know that happened – my Dad yelling about my Aunt being a cop and it distorting her perspective. It literally looked like something out of a movie.  Wait.  Right there, that magic word – Perspective.

Me and my Dad both hold rather “anti-cop” views – according to cops that is on PoliceOne – the site where if a cop blows up kittens on public television – the use of that force must somehow be justified.  My aunt is a cop and tends to view things from their point-of-view, even if the video evidence is pretty damning. She points out that there are always two sides to the story. I’m not sure what other “sides” to the story there can be in some of the headlines over the years that I have seen – and the one’s I’ll list are just three out of the hundreds.  So just for background:

1. The Kelly Thomas beatdown – that homeless man in Seattle who they literally beat to death as he called for his dad for over 10 minutes.  Seriously, watch the video. It’s sickening and disturbing. I’m EXTREMELY manly, but it made me cry.  Image

2. A “no knock” recent swat raid on a house in Georgia where they “suspected” drugs were located. It’s “unclear” whether they found drugs or not – That means they did not – but they did throw a flashbang in the house that melted off part of the face of a two year old toddler, burned a hole in his chest, and now has him in a coma.  It reads like something out of a movie where everything goes wrong for a family, but the video of the kid really shows how – fucked up – this really is.

3. An 80 year-old man killed in his own bed in a swat raid where the police were looking for Meth. They didn’t find any and were forced to change their story after bloodstains in the man’s bed indicated that he had been sleeping.  “Put the gun down!” apparently was shouted after the six shots were fired… not before.  What side could the deputy who pulled the trigger have to justify his actions?

Sidenote: Below, courtesy of Cato is a map of many botched Swat Raids. It should trouble you. Their site has the “interactive” map for you to scour through.

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I list those three examples specifically because of the perspective on the other end toward what happened.  The perspective of the district attorney and the GBI (George Bureau of Investigation) emphasized by the County Sheriff (Terrell) on the injured Toddler story mentioned above blew my mind.

“I’ve talked to the D.A., I’ve talked to the GBI,” Terrell said. “I’ve given them the whole information and they say there’s nothing else we can do. There’s nothing to investigate, there’s nothing to look at. Given the information given, GBI’s SWAT team would have done the exact same thing – they’d have used the exact same scenario to enter the house.”

As Radley Balko points out in his article on the Washington Post about this story and the SWAT policy for raids:

If your drug cops conduct a raid that ends up putting a child in the hospital with critical burns, and they did nothing that violates your department’s policy, then there’s something wrong with your policy.

However, I’ve seen cops defend this burned toddler pointing to the perspective of the SWAT team, notably at the fore-mentioned PoliceOne facebook page where what I assume is mostly officers exchange stories of “winning”. Note some of these perspectives:

  • “As sad as this is this is not the fault of the Police. The scum bag mother is to blame here.”
  • “WOW, REALLY? I CAN’T BELIEVE THE NUMBER OF “SO CALLED” OFFICERS ON THIS THREAD THAT ARE BLAMING THE POLICE ON THIS ISSUE! DID YOU READ THE ARTICLE?  THIS WAS NOT THE INJURED CHILD’S HOME. THE FAMILY WAS VISITING FROM OUT OF TOWN. THE PROBLEM IS THEY WERE SLEEPING IN A DRUG PUSHER’S HOME!!!!SAD, YES, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. THE CHILD SUFFERED FOR HIS PARENTS STUPIDITY. DON’T BLAME THE OFFICERS WHEN THE RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE ADULT PARENTS IN THIS SITUATION!” –   (What is this Tumblr with the all caps?)
  •  “They did nothing wrong. Don’t take a infant to a drug house and this would not happen.”
  • ” Here’s an idea. Don’t sell drugs and cops won’t throw flashbangs into your house.”
  • “Dont commit crimes and things like this wont happen…..yeah blame the police for doing their jobs arresting POS criminals. This is the families fault this baby is injured. NOT the police.”
  • “Meanwhile, keeping a toddler in the home of violent felons, meth labs, dangerous criminals walking in and out on a daily basis high on dope, and complete disregsrd for any care for a toddler is ignored. Charge the parents an extra felony for the innocent childs suffering.”

The Facebook posts to the article go on and on.  What’s fascinating is that the drug fiend they were looking for was the husband’s brother who didn’t even live there, nor was there at the time when the raid occurred.  Essentially, we all better hope that none of our friends or family does, partakes, deals, ect – with or without your knowledge – and come’s back home for Thanksgiving because a SWAT team could bust through the door and toss military grade hardware your way.

What this all boils down to is that no matter who gets hurt, the cops they will justify whatever happens because from their perspective, it appears to be us vs. them; they are first and we are a distant second.  I love my Aunt dearly, but she said something that has disturbed me in conversations over things of this nature, “I will do whatever I need to do get back home safe to my family.”  I understand that, but imagine all the other cops who think like this. I hope I’m not deemed an obstacle to said safety from their perspective.

I don’t have a particular vendetta, even though my aunt believes I do. I have no criminal record, though I am still perturbed at some of the bullshit traffic tickets I’ve gotten. I won’t pretend to say I don’t have a bias, but when I see injustice like this excused it angers me. When a toddler has part of his face burnt off, a hole in his chest, and is in a coma in what is essentially an appeal to “safety” for the SWAT team by flashbanging without knocking or investigating to see if children were present, we have a deep problem.

Seriously. Justify it. I dare you. Look at it from “their perspective” and justify the botched raids and what happened to people like Kelly Thomas.  Even if “use of force” is/was justified, their deaths certainly were not.

We need to be deeply worried about the prevalence of this assumption among Law Enforcement that “resisting” arrest automatically means it’s acceptable to use lethal force to subdue a “suspect.”  I seriously don’t give a fuck if the suspect is resisting or not. It doesn’t mean you need to kill them or use excessive force. 

I strongly suggest LEO’s would be less likely to endorse excessive force of they or their families were subjected to their all too common playbook.

Everyday there is a story of excessive force by the police, brutality, mistaken shootings. We need to address this growing epidemic of state sponsored brutality before we, our families, and are friends become suspects and subject to this treatment.

 

 

 

 

I’m Coming Out… As a Flexitarian

So I’ve realized that when it comes to my daily chow down, I am actually a “flexitarian.” What the Hell is that? Like everyone else, I love complicated labels most people haven’t heard of that I get to explain the meaning of to people. Gives me a feeling of superiority.

In my infallible understanding, Flexitarian is similar to semi-vegetarianism in that they consume meat very occasionally – usually 10-5% or less of their weekly food intake. In my case that applies to dairy products as well.

Unfortunately it means that I can’t claim a moral high ground over other people now with my very small percentage of dairy/meat consumption. I always find it interesting how many vegetarians and vegans forget that people choose that “lifestyle choice” – oh damn is that a buzzword these days – because of the dietary implications rather then a save the animals plea.

Will I become a vegetarian and vegan eventually? Despite my respect  and understanding for their food choices – quite healthy – when you think about it , I don’t think I can give up deep dish cheese pizzas quite yet.  

One thing to admit is that living with my parents – both vegans – makes being a flexitarian very easy considering I have to eat out to get any meat or cheese. Considering I like to save money on food, oatmeal, fruit, vegetables, and rice/beans are phenomenal food choices.

Parting thought: You either pay your grocer or your doctor. I definitely lean toward the former.