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I have long said that I have a philosophical problem with the way we do policing in this nation. Every time that I say that people assume that I mean that I do not “support” Law enforcement, whatever that means. Obviously, I do not have an “I Support Law Enforcement” sticker on my truck or a “Blue Line” flag on my house. Neither do I have an “I Support the Troops” display. Do you believe for one second that I do not “support the troops?”

Your sticker or flag or your Punisher decal do not prove in any way that you “support” Law Enforcement at all.

Now, that said, I have long asked the question as to whether or not the use of police forces by governments in this country have essentially replaced the “Lobsterbacks” of 1773? The militarization of police Forces over the past twenty years simply lends gravitas to the question.

Then we come to Parkland, Florida, where a former Deputy who was fired after the School Shooting there has been arrested and charged with child neglect, culpable neglect and, for good measure, perjury. He is being held on a $104K bond and if released he must wear an ankle monitor.

The general feeling in the legal community is that these charges are problematic. Moreover, were he to be found guilty on the charges, it would open up an entirely new situation, one that I believe that LEO’s do not actually want, where Law Enforcement would, in fact, become “military” and as such become subject to the UCMJ. I guarantee that Police Unions everywhere are dead set against that and will fight this tooth and nail…


Feres Declined

Yesterday, it was announced that the Supreme Court had declined to hear a case which was challenging the Feres Doctrine. This is a long-standing SCOTUS ruling that military personnel are not permitted to sue the Government for medical malpractice or in the event of injury, illness or even death.

Many, including two sitting Associate Justices, have criticized the Doctrine for its unfairness. But is it really unfair?

Influence For Money

Somebody explain to me why a Russian buying $150k worth of ads on Facebook is bad, but an ex-Congressman who spent $84,000 tax dollars to settle his own sexual misconduct charge getting hired by a Texas Port Authority (salary $160,000.10/year) to take “part in an organized attempt to influence legislators” is just fine and dandy?

Seriously, what is it about disgraced Congressweasels that makes them adept at “influencing” legislators?

Do you know what the real problem with PEDs in sports – particularly Baseball – is? It really isn’t the athletes ingesting or injecting themselves with potentially harmful substances. Frankly, it’s their choice, right? The problem is that is messes with the integrity of the game. Idon’t mean that in the way you think that I mean it. It’s not the “cheating” angle to which I object. It’s the fairness of it in which I see a basic way to treat MiLB players even worse than they already are treated.  Let me explain…

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