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 $104K bond and if released he must wear an ankle monitor.
The general feeling in the legal community is that these charges are problematic. Moreover, were he to be found guilty on the charges, it would open up an entirely new situation, one that I believe that LEO’s do not actually want, where Law Enforcement would, in fact, become “military” and as such become subject to the UCMJ. I guarantee that Police Unions everywhere are dead set against that and will fight this tooth and nail…
So Conservatives awake today to the reality that your choices for Governor in November are now NEEL KA$HKARI OR JERRY BROWN. The traditional, “Neel loves freedom, Jerry doesn’t” line has already begun from the GOP and here’s the thing, they don’t just believe, they expect that Conservatives WILL vote for Ka$hkari in November. It won’t be enough to win, but they will gain two things: keeping the Conservative candidate off the ticket and getting you to vote for the moderate. This may also be the one election where it simply doesn’t matter. There is no way Ka$hkari wins and the GOP knows that. So even if Conservatives stay home or undervote, it won’t effect the outcome of the Governors race. There will be a lot of Initiatives and other races on the ballot in November, so it’s not time to quit.
Looks like I was wrong about Pat Withrow pulling the upset. He had a lot of support in the rural and southern ends of the County, but despite a lackluster – some might say “non-existent” campaign – Steve Moore retains his seat as Sheriff by quite a wide margin.
Statewide, 287,000 people (and growing as late ballots are counted), enough people to put him into 3rd place in the Secretary of State race, voted for Leeland Yee. When people ask you “What is wrong with California?” There’s your answer right there. Read the rest of this entry