The Battle Between Warriors and the Public

IMG_8889-2In the middle of the morning, the 911 calls flooded in reporting a man at busy shopping center frantically waving a butcher knife.

When the officers arrived, the Hispanic man was yelling while holding the knife against his own throat.

The cops stood back and tried to talk the man down.

Hostile crowds started to form and they launched into the usual anti‐police rhetoric.

The police did not create the incident, but they were forced to deal with it. They were in a no win situation.

Ignoring the man would leave the public at risk, but to communicate, the officers had to enter the deadly 21 foot range – a distance the untrained public knows nothing about.

The public dismisses the dangers of knives, but cops know the fatality rates of stabbing and shooting victims are similar.

The police were always split seconds behind, forced to play defense as they aimed a mixture of firearms and less‐lethal bean bag weapons.

The officers patiently negotiated until he started wildly stabbing himself with the large knife. Continue reading “The Battle Between Warriors and the Public”

Police Beatings: Balancing Anarchy and Tyranny

A Seattle police officer punched a woman in the face during a jaywalking stop.

The officer tried to detain the jaywalker, but she pulled away and started yelling, which agitated the hostile crowd that began to circle the officer.

A second woman entered the scene. She pushed the officer to help her resisting friend escape.

The officer immediately punched the second woman in the face, removing her from the picture as he continued struggling with the first woman.

The crowd got angry and so did Bill O’Reilly who is often pro police.

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Is the Hunger Games Based on a True Story?

Eerily, The Hunger Games took on a perspective more closely resembling reality than fiction. I first heard of The Hunger Games after the movie was released but had no idea what it was about. I wondered why all the craze.

How can you miss the 6404 5‐star average reviews in Amazon. If you’re a writer, you can’t ignore that. I immediately ordered it having no idea what it was about. Anything that popular must be doing something right and there’s likely something to learn from it–at least from a writing/promotional perspective.

I still hadn’t cracked the book (how do you say that with a Kindle?), but then I read an email from my friend and estate planning attorney Martha Hartney.

I enjoy Martha’s writings because we often share similar views on raising kids. We both question motives behind those who make rules for out kids’ education. Sometimes, you are better off if you do not listen to authority, or at the very least, you ought to consider questioning it. Continue reading “Is the Hunger Games Based on a True Story?”

Spanish Class Rip Off: Is it Worth it?

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Are Spanish classes the fastest way to learn a new language?  Many people try to learn Spanish and wonder if books, CD’s, college classes or a private tutors are best.  After trying everything to learn Spanish, here is what you need to consider before investing your time and/or money in a Spanish college class or private lessons.

After I finished my MBA several years ago, I had two feelings: first was the satisfaction of finally completing my education and earning some initials after my name to stroke my ego a bit.  Second, was a bit of dissappointment Continue reading “Spanish Class Rip Off: Is it Worth it?”