Are Police the new Lobsterbacks?

laquan-mcdonald-shot-killed-by-chicago-police-jason-van-dykeThe video of the Chicago Police shooting a man in the street is both disturbing and instructive. When we consider the history of the powers of policing in the country, we can quickly see that something is amiss today. What is that something?

The British never fully understood the American Revolution, nor our claim that we were oppressed. In their view, they were simply providing for the safety and security of the Colonies by using police powers to maintain good order and safety.

Even today, Americans tend to proclaim government oppression, but is it really? Or is it more, like the Revolutionary Patriots, a forward looking understanding that a failure today to limit government acts that are oppressive in nature will lead to further tyranny and abuse?

As we give thanks for our nations and our blessings, let us also consider how we can each help restore a spirit of virtuous citizenship in our country.

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Kennedy, Russia and Irrational Actions

What’s the second fastest way to piss people off? Mention that you think that you believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone. The whole Kennedy thing is a great example of both 151124-jet-fire-jpo-515a_3968ef9e01369fdaf08c350aaf663b72.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000Inductive Reasoning and the Cognitive Bias.

Turkey shoots down a Russian jet, pilots get killed, rescue chopper gets shot down.  Is it August of 1914 all over again? Does Article V of the NATO Treaty mean that our sons and daughters will now go off to fight in Turkey against Russia? Starting a war is an irrational act. Is Putin “irrational?”

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Breaking Down the PLRI

Allah_logo.svgOne of the big mistakes that we in the western world make is to presume that the PLRI is one giant, monolithic, homogeneous group of people who all have the exact same values and interpretations of their Holy Scriptures. As it turns out, Islam has a great deal in common with another major world religion that also is not a giant, monolithic, homogeneous group of people who also do not all believe the same thing or interpret their Holy Scriptures the same way.

A small, relatively unknown sect of the PLRI is the Sufi, which believes that it is destined – by its actions – to bring about the return of Jesus and the end of the world. Everything they do, as it turns out, is dedicated to this aim – to bring about the end of the world. They know that according to their prophetic beliefs, all but a few thousand of them will die in the effort. Nevertheless, they are totally dedicated to the cause of bringing about the end of the world.

Unlike some claims of late, they ARE Islamic. They share many beliefs and many of the same interpretations as say, the Saudi’s. What sets them apart from the rest of the world of Islam, is their dedication to bringing about the end of the world. And – again – EVERYTHING that they do, serves that singular purpose. It makes no sense to anybody else, Christian, Jew or Muslim, if you don’t look at what they are doing through that single goal and purpose.

Christianity certainly has it’s “crazy” offshoots, and there is nothing in the world that will get people to change their own interpretation of their beliefs faster than being attacked.

So, you can call ISIL a “Zebra” all you want, it’s still Islamic in it’s nature, beliefs and actions. But that doesn’t mean that every Muslim is a Sufi, nor that every Christian is a “warrior.”

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Other stuff that Dave won’t get to on the Show today:

The Chicago Bears played a game yesterday which they lost by exactly 2 points. In that game, the Bears received zero penalties, but benefited from 118 yards of penalties on their opponent, including 64 in the last five minutes of the game. Oddly enough, the Vegas line on the game was…. 2 points. Coincidence?

Meanwhile, Rams starting QB Case Keenum was hit in the head and obviously hurt, but was NOT removed from the game for a concussion protocol. On Monday night last, Bryon Hoyer was not hit in the head, had no obvious symptoms of a concussion and was removed from the game, three series after the alleged hit, for concussion protocols and did not return to a game in which his team was the underdog but proving to be better than the odds. The difference? Aside from Vegas odds, it is unlikely that anyone- or that at least very few people – started Case Keenum as their QB on DraftKings yesterday.

On Friday, 49er’s QB Colin Kapernick was placed on IR, his season, and presumably his career in San Francisco, over. You need to understand this – that doesn’t happen. Backup QB’s are NEVER placed on IR on Friday, when the game plan is already in and the equipment is packed for the trip to Seattle. It doesn’t happen. But as we learn later, by IRing, Cap, the 49ers ‘save” more than $1 Million in roster bonus they would have owed him. In other words, this was gigantic “F**K You, Colin Kapernick. we hate you!” to the guy who had them literally one play from the Super Bowl win and one play from the Super Bowl a second time. Look, I said it then and I still say that the 49er’s made a mistake in going to Cap and getting rid of Alex Smith. This type of QB play in the NFL never lasts and is ultimately almost never (save Seattle?) successful. It’s sand lot football and professionals don’t like to be shown up by kids. I still think that Cap has potential, but NOT as a QB, and NOT in San Francisco. The problem is, what is some team going to give SF in a trade for a guy that they know is NOT a fit for their offensive system? Very little would be my guess. Which is why kids should take  notice here, $164 Million contracts, don’t mean much if you aren’t winning. Look for the Jets or the Eagles to pick him up…

Look, I love football and the especially the NFL. But there is a whole lot of hanky-panky going on when it comes to injury reports and how concussions are handled. Problems that have always excited, but with the rise of on-line gambling (especially fantasy football) have exposed these issues for what they are – potential areas where unscrupulous and dishonest people can make a lot of money from the unsuspecting fan. frankly, if you feel the need to gamble on the NFL, just send the money you were going to play with to me. You’ll come out the same, and I will put it to better use than they will.

The overall reaction to Friday’s show (one of the biggest downloads ever), has been generally positive. I want you to understand that I do not dislike Homeless people. I spent, as I said, much of my life working with and supporting and even befriending them. If I were honest with you I would even tell you that at one point in my life I dated a homeless gal. But that doesn’t mean that boorish and stupid behavior isn’t boorish and stupid. Mr. Schutnecht is a great example of that – he is homeless by choice and now he wants money for his choice. I continue to believe that if Cities would stand up to this type of shakedown, that the Courts might indeed find that they (the Cities) do have the right to limit obnoxious behavior, the kind demonstrated over and again by Mr. Schutnecht. Unfortunately, the system is such that it would be very expensive and time consuming to the Citizens, while the plaintiffs sit back and laugh their way through the case, knowing that even if they lose they have no accountability or responsibility for the costs.

Schuknecht’s Suite

Dave grew up serving the Homeless in Denver and Ogden. when he was just a young lad of eleven, some of his best friends were winos. Later he worked in the Social Services bizz, as it were, working with homeless and even being a prime member of the group that opened the D Street Shelter in Modesto.

So he knows a bit about homeless and the services to them.

In Manteca, the City Council last year passed an ordinance to ban camping on public grounds, including Library Park in Manteca, which had become a virtual “No-Zone-Go” (listen to the podcast, you’ll get it then) of homeless drug addicts and Parkinson’s Law.

Manteca Bulletin

Robert Schuknecht – Manteca Bulletin

Now, four of the Manteca Homeless, led by Bob Schuknecht, have filed a lawsuit against Manteca, claiming that the ordinance is “unconstitutional” and that Manteca has essentially outlawed “being homeless.” The truth is that this will most likely never go to Court, but it would be interesting to find out why Mr. Schuknecht is homeless, given his rather impressive claims about his qualifications for work…

Want to enjoy watching the NFL with Dave? You can’t go to his house, but you can follow along with his stream of consciences as the games unfold

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Constitution Thursday – “No Religious Tests…”

Breaking both the timeline and the 4th Wall, the debate of religion and government in the United States has taken on a new and particularly partisan tone in recent days, as the Nation tries to decide what to do about the Syrian Refugee problem. Oddly enough, the debate has taken on religious tone, as some say that “as Christians” we must accept the refugees, while others say that we must not. Scripture is quoted to both support and defy the idea of bringing in the refugees.

thumbs_intelligent_design_church_state_science_and_a_large_high_wallBut as Dave so often says, people do not change. The do the same things for the same reasons usually with the same results, throughout history. Indeed, as we have already seen, they even have the same arguments.

As the debate over debate the ratification of the Constitution continued, one of the ideals bubbled to the surface – religion, and the lack thereof in the proposed Constitution, came to the front and center. But you might be surprised as to who was on which side of things, and why. And how it shows that all these centuries later, we are still debating the same questions as those who debated the Ratification of the Constitution.

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