Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.
- The Dhammapada, Buddhist Collection of Moral Aphorisms (c. B.C. 300)
Signs of the Times
This is Rock Hudson. He was a bit before my time and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie he starred in, but I do remember very clearly in 1985 when news broke that he had died of AIDS, and that’s when I first became truly aware of the real story of who Rock Hudson was and the secret life he had lived.
Thirty years ago, when I was a teenager, my first reaction was, “He was gay! That’s so gross!” Anyone who tells you that most heterosexuals in America back in the eighties didn’t have that same knee-jerk repulsion to gay people is lying. Back in the day, if someone were to seriously call you out for being gay, almost any straight guy would be willing to fight to prove you wrong. That’s just the way it was.
So yeah, I’d be less than honest not to admit that back then, my first thought was, “Ewww, that Rock Hudson guy was a fudge packer,” but even at that young age after hearing about the sham marriage and the straight persona he had to put on, I can also remember thinking, “That sucks he had to pretend he was straight just to land acting roles.”
How much the world has changed in thirty short years! Sure, in the cultures where macho and false bravado rule – I’m speaking of a good portion of blacks, Hispanics and rednecks – things still are the same as they were decades ago where the surest, quickest way to start a fight is to accuse a man of being gay, but we live in an America now where 60% of Americans support same-sex marriage, so the debate is pretty much over. Give it up anti-gay crusaders, you will never tip the scales back in your favor.
I think of being the teenager I was in the 80s and how it used make me shudder with revulsion to think of what gay people do, but now I feel even more heterosexual than I was then because now I know who I am with complete assuredness, so the thought of two men buggering each other affects me not one iota.
Here’s the one thing that’s really starting to grate on my nerves, though – I’m happy for the gays, hurray for them, but I’m getting very tired of the fact that the former Bruce Jenner is getting an award from ESPN for having a sex change when the born-a-he, now-a-she hasn’t competed as an athlete in almost 40 years while double-amputee Iraq war vet Noah Galloway is killing it in 58-hour death races and basketball star Lauren Hill raised money to fight cancer before dying and somehow they were both deemed lesser heroes than a guy who did nothing more than opt for sex change surgery.
I’m getting tired of the fact that every fifth or sixth commercial now has to feature a gay couple, I’m getting tired of the fact that just about every TV show and movie has to have a gay character or some “shocking” scene with two girls kissing each other.
It’s all become completely played out.
True equality for the 2.3% of LGBT in America will have really arrived when the shrinking minority of gay haters are completely ignored. True equality for the LGBT will be when every sitcom no longer feels they need to add the obligatory gay character. True equality for the LGBT will be when it’s not even worth mentioning the next time some pro athlete or celebrity comes out.
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You can tell a lot from the day of the week that a child was born . . .
Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
So which child are you?
Of course, if you were born on a Sunday, you might be more inclined to believe this fortune-telling nursery rhyme than if you were born on a Wednesday, but it’s interesting to check it nonetheless.
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The Obama administration thinks body cameras can prevent future Fergusons and will dedicate $263 million to increasing their use by law enforcement agencies. The funding includes $75 million over three years to help police buy cameras, in addition to support for better training and oversight.
For people who support putting cameras on cops, this is a very big deal. The White House plan is intended to outfit 50,000 officers with cameras, which would almost double the number of cameras in use in the country. There are currently two major U.S. companies selling body cameras: Vievu, which has sold more than 40,000 cameras to 3,900 police agencies, and Taser, with 30,000 cameras in use by 1,200 agencies. The $75 million earmarked to purchase new body cameras is over seven times the total revenue Taser earned from selling the devices in 2013.
It’s a tentative step, but I couldn’t agree more with President Obama on this.
When you consider all the witnesses who flat-out lied and testified that Michael Brown was shot in the back, it took weeks for three different autopsies to come back and prove these scumbags were lying to try to start a race war. Had a body cam video been released immediately, confirming the indisputable evidence that proved Michael Brown was reaching into Wilson’s police car trying wrestle the gun from the cop, all this “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” garbage would have been nipped in the bud and there would have been no riots in Ferguson.
If every cop in America was mandated to wear a body cam, every false witness in America accusing an innocent cop of murder would be stupid beyond their own stupidity to make those false statements knowing the cop’s body cam video would show it all.
As it is in any profession or any walk of life, there are going to be bad apples in every barrel and bad cops in every department, but imagine this – if trigger-happy cops knew that the whole incident and the suspect’s every move was being recorded, how many less police shootings would we have? How many less incidents of lethal force would we have from back in the day when every “they said / I say” situation meant the police officer could craft a police statement that would be the final word? This will be a great step forward to the legal system, which typically favors the police in any incident where lethal force usually relies on the police statement and the side of law enforcement?
Every cop in America should have a body cam. That’s just common sense. The body cams are coming, but if you’re an investor, don’t feel like you’re coming late to the game. Even with President Obama’s proposal of 50,000 additional body cameras on top of the 70,000 in existence, 120,000 body cams is still just a small fraction of the 780,000 police officers in America. Yes, the initial announcement has been made, but it’s nothing more than a small step forward. Mark my words, we will see legislation passed where every police officer in America is issued a body cam as part of their standard gear.
It will be great for justice, but it also makes for an incredible opportunity for those of use who are looking for the next best investment opportunity.
There are a few players in the game, so you have to do your homework, but I can promise you this, someday in the not too distant future, there will be body cams on every cop in America.
With the tentative steps forward being made by President Obama, the swell is starting to rise, but there’s a big wave a comin’ and I encourage you all to ride it.
TASER International is on NASDAQ as TASR.
L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) acquired a small company named Mobile-Vision, a pioneer of in-vehicle recording devices, or what we now call “dash cams.” Today, L-3 Mobile-Vision manufactures digital in-car recording systems, motorcycle-mounted recording systems, interview-room recording systems, license-plate recognition systems, and the VIEVU body-worn video camera system.
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Poor New Jersey. That state is the Rodney Dangerfield of the fifty states. I have never witnessed a state so slighted and ignored in the way that New Jersey has been treated in the run up to the Super Bowl. As just one brief example, check out Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol during a Super Bowl press conference referring to his days as the coach of the Jets:
“I’ve always loved to play in New York,” he said. “To have a chance to be a head coach in New York is an extraordinary honor, because of the history and the following and that goes along with that.”
Minutes later, however, a retired Jersey City cop, in a distinctive “r”-less Jersey voice, piped up from the back: “Coach, I just want to say something. I’m Rich Boggiano with the city council. You said yowah glad to be back in New Yawk. I just want to remind you, yowah in New Jersey. Awlright?”
“You’re right, my bad,” Coach Carroll sheepishly replied. “I’m talking to all the people on the West Coast who don’t care about that. But you’re right.”
Uh no, Coach Carroll, that’s the same New York bias that’s being transmitted from coast to coast. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard people in the media talking about the “Super Bowl in New York”, I could probably afford front-row tickets to the game, especially when you consider how ticket prices are dropping as steadily as the plunging temperatures.
Part of me wants to laugh at New Jersey as the poor, neglected stepchild to New York’s fraternal grand eminence, especially when I think of the kind of blue collar rock Jersey has belched onto the American scene through acts like Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen – especially Bruce Springsteen – God, how I despise that kind of Joe Six-Pack working class rock, but to be fair, the Garden State was also the fertile soil which sprung forth Count Basie and Frank Sinatra.
Music aside, I can identify with the people of New Jersey having to suffer insult from the sports world because as a lifelong resident of Orange County, I witnessed in my own backyard the most ridiculous name change in the history of sports when the Anaheim Angels became The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? Seriously, Arte Moreno? You can slap the label of L.A. on the team all you want, you’re not fooling anyone. No one in L.A. considers the Angeles a Los Angeles team and for the people of the O.C., the snub is undeniable, for both the people who have supported the team to a guy like me who’s not even a fan. So I know what it’s like to see a city insulted by it’s very own sports team.
When it comes to New Jersey, it was the Giants and the Jets who, in 1976 and 1984 respectively, chose to flee the oppressive taxation of New York to have their teams play just across the border in New Jersey. The fact that both teams decided to move but still keep the New York in their names? That to me is like giving their new home state a backhand, year after year after year.
The Jersey Giants? The Jersey Jets? Even the names had a ring that lent themselves to adopting the name of the new home state. Heck, New York Mayor Ed Koch was so upset with the teams moving that he threatened to force them to drop the New York from their names, but still the teams managed to keep pretending they were from New York, denying New Jersey any credit for hosting their games.
Poor New Jersey . . . when it comes to Ellis Island, the historic entry point for 40% of our nation’s ancestors, even that great landmark was commonly known by almost everyone outside of Jersey as a New York landmark for nearly one-hundred years until the Supreme Court finally set things right in accordance with an 1834 compact between the two states and still, even today, most people still think of Ellis Island as being in New York.
In what would be a proud moment for most states, when New Jersey lands a Super Bowl, the entire NFL and the media apparatus have endlessly spoke of the big game as being played in New York. Even the artwork on the program cover and the tickets for Super Bowl XLVIII is bordering false advertisement, enough to lead someone who didn’t know any better to believe that the game is actually being played in Downtown Manhattan.
Poor, poor New Jersey. That state just can’t catch a break. No respect, I tell ya, no respect.
Now for the obligatory Super Bowl prediction – everything is the first of my 2014 predictions to come true so I’ll double-down on it and tell you that Peyton Manning will lead the Denver Broncos to victory this Sunday. It’s kind of weird for a lifelong Raider fan to find himself rooting for the Blue and Orange of the Broncos but honestly, I could never root for a football team that dresses in neon green. Sorry Seahawks fans, but that day glow green just has to go, there’s nothing manly about wearing neon colors.
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Let’s review a little history of government shutdowns, because none of this was mentioned anywhere across the Obama State Media:
- During the Ford presidency, a Democrat-controlled Congress started the history of government shutdowns with a 10 day shutdown from Sept. 30 to Oct. 11, 1976
- The Democrat-controlled Congress shutdown the government during the Carter presidency FIVE TIMES.
- Congress shutdown the government EIGHT TIMES under President Reagan, the first six under split houses, the last two with . . . you guessed it, a Democrat-controlled Congress.
- Democrats shut down the government once again during George H.W. Bush’s presidency.
- Then came the two previously most recent shutdowns in Clinton vs. Gingrich I and II.
For those of you not keeping count, that’s seventeen government shutdowns since 1976.
But then something interesting happened on the eighteenth government shutdown . . .
It happened during Obama’s presidency and suddenly, for the first time in 18 shutdowns, we were told OH MY GOD, IT’S RACISM!
Obama zombies like Robert Redford speaking on CNN, Chris Noth appearing on MSNBC, Joyce Jones of BET, Roger Simon of Politico, Zack Beauchamp of Think Progress and Salon’s Joan Walsh (just to name a few) these people can’t resist pulling the race card any more than the lab rat can resist a cocaine pill: