July 10th 2016 Newsletter
How I Wish we Were Wrong Last Week
In this business you know when you hit a nerve as the emails and sometimes phone calls will flood in. Generally you don’t hear a whimper when the stories aren’t controversial. Last week’s crop of emails was no different believe it or not, only one two sentence email accusing us of anti police bias was received so the vast majority of our reader were not shocked or upset about our article stating that more police killings would be coming as we had reached a tipping point.
Sadly that turned out to be true, the morning news brought us the details of the Baton Rouge shootings where a rather disturbed black man from Kansas City traveled to Baton Rouge to kill and wound police officers. Three dead, three wounded, with one or more facing life threatening injuries. This guy was also ex military, hopefully not the panty snatching pervert that the Dallas shooter turned out to be according to news stories. But the guy wasn’t well prepared and you have to wonder how he racked up the deaths given that he was walking down the side of a road carrying a rifle and wearing a mask.
We did get one interesting letter to the editor on the “Only One Sniper on the Rooftop?” story and it was worth sharing:
“There are still a lot of socialization analysis that needs to be understood as society seeks unbiased recognition of how we got here as a society, but you have made some very objective summations of the police/citizen challenge that we are having to address in the wake of these recent acts of violence involving law enforcement officers.
I see that you have done your homework and identified that the victims were making every effort to avoid being viewed as a threat which is characteristical in most police involved shooting of citizens who are otherwise complying with lawful orders which have been given by the police officer (excluding subjects who discharge firearms at police officers)
As a constitutional conservative, I appreciate the tone of your article as it relates to the rights of ALL law-abiding citizens’ constitutional right to bear arm... and I commend you for having the courage to say that in the cases included in your article, these citizens should not have experienced a fatal encounter.
Good and honest reporting sir... may our country's tomorrows be made better by the things that you have done on this day!!”
We don’t have to like what needs done but we do have to do it if we want to live in peace and safety. We as citizens, legislators, and human beings need to hold our police, the trainers, and the politicians supervising the police to high standards. Things have reached a tipping point and people are lashing out, people that have not been personally gored by a particular act of violence by the police, but people that are unhappy with their lives and upset with the shootings, so much so that they are willing to lay down their lives to settle the score.
Some public statements call the attacks on police “cowardly” but really these attacks are a thousand things more but hardly cowardly. We as a society need to avoid making statements that dismiss these deranged shooters as that is indicative of us not understanding that the shooters were responding to police violence and more than willing to lay down their own life to make a statement or gain their 15 minutes of fame or infamy. Call the attacks unconscionable, brutal, uncalled for, but cowardly just doesn’t fit.
We as a society don’t have to believe all of what the BLM organizers are trying to feed us because they are viewing things through their own set of optics that distorts much of the facts and we covered them in last week’s article. Black men are not killed more than other races; American Indians actually take that dubious achievement. Far more whites than blacks are killed because far more blacks commit more and more heinous crimes. Blacks are looked at as threatening because the statistics confirm that you are more likely to be a victim of black men. Unfair, I know, but such is life and the black community has as much blame in these police shootings as the police, their trainers, and the politicians that ought to be holding these murderers accountable.
But what we had better accept from the BLM organizers is that things need changed and we are past the tipping point. People are willing to die for change and it is going to be impossible to stop small groups or even single individuals from taking out cops without turning America into an even harsher police state.
As the Muslim in Nice France, and there is no need to preface that with the word terrorist, has shown us there are plenty of ways to commit mass murder and terrorism so we need to start dealing with the root of the problems instead of trying to lock down all possible avenues and weapons. Declare the Muslim ideology and the adherence to Sharia Law acts of terrorism and deport ALL Muslims just like we would deport enemy non combatants in time of war. Don’t take their property and put them in camps like we did the Japanese; just send every man, woman, and child back to their country of origin and when the day comes that Muslim terrorism is gone then we can talk about letting the best of them back into the country.
Face it, cops have a tough and brutal job and we are so lucky to have men and women that are willing to take on the task. But they aren’t fans of accountability as we saw the OKC police union reject the body cameras. But they are our employees and we are in control, not the police union. Make the wearing and use of body cameras mandatory and punish any instances of tampering with the devices and make 100% of the video public record just by visiting a website. That in itself would weed out the handful of bad cops present in a force, the power mad, the bullies, the sadistic. Make the killing of a citizen a mandatory criminal case if there is no weapon that actually belongs to the suspect.
If the citizen is practicing his Constitutional right to bear arms that ought to be no excuse to being murdered in cold blood but if the suspect actually points a weapon at a cop then the suspect will get his just reward. Set up citizen review boards for acts of police violence but make those boards follow existing Supreme Court dictates as they can’t be star chambers. Pull the reviewers out of the jury pool that gathers at the court house each Monday morning so the folks are varied and fresh.
Do these things and it might become safe to be a cop again. That thin blue line is all there is between a lot of very bad people and polite society and we have to support our police and recognize that they do a tough, thankless job that takes the human scum off our streets so we can all be safer. That is a weapon for freedom but like all weapons if not used with common sense and humanity it will brutalize segments of the population and breed terrorism.
Gary Richardson to Speak at Southside Republican Club August 9th
Tulsa attorney and former gubernatorial candidate Gary Richardson will speak about the corruption of the Turnpike Authority that the Southside Oklahoma City Republican Club on the 2nd Tuesday of next month, August 9th. Doors open at 6:30 pm, program starts 7 and ends around 8pm. More time for mingling til 8:30.
Nasty Politics Foretells a Nasty Politician
By the Watchman
There are several run off races for party nominations for office in November that are coming up next month. A few of them are some of the alleged Education Caucus against regular citizens running for office and some aren’t. One article has caught our attention because it clearly shows the dangers involved when an ideology gets control of a system. The writer is brave enough to claim “Tulsa area teacher, educational consultant and general inspirer of minds young and old. Everything I say is so wise even I can hardly believe it. Feel free to concur.” You can find that quote on his blog at wwww.bluecerealeducation.com/blog.
What brought our attention to this particular race was this article
. We get the opinion from the article that he is for the “Education Caucus” candidate. That’s his prerogative and we will defend to the death his right to say so. What we cannot defend is his blatant attempt at smearing a candidate without submitting any actual reference material to substantiate his claim. Doing things like that are the ways of a person who has no real facts to support their claim. His blog is so hateful that it presents an actual danger to his students and raises the question of whether or not he uses this type of material in the classroom.
This week we are going to give you information that the article above failed to mention about Pastor Paul Blair. Next week we will do an article that will include the same format as we use here on the other candidate in the run off for the Republican candidate for District 41.
We began by going to the campaign web site for Paul Blair at www.paulblairforok.com
to see what information was available there. The first article we found there was this About Paul — Paul Blair for State Senate 41
. Paul Blair has a long history of being in Oklahoma and a part of District 41. He’s a former OSU football player and played in the NFL for several seasons. He’s also a businessman. He’s not living off anyone’s dime. He lives off his own income. He’s everything one would expect from a self-made individual success story of the American Dream.
We took a look at his issue page here Issues — Paul Blair for State Senate 41
to see where he stood on the issues. He is correct in saying that Oklahoma has been a primarily agricultural and oil and gas based economy. The state does need to diversify more. The lack of doing so is the primary reason that Oklahoma is now considered by the federal government as being in a recession.
We feel that his stance on the Federal Government overreach and Regulation is justified. Most people think that we are a democracy because that’s what they are taught in school, but we aren’t. We are a Republic. Those in Washington, D.C. would do well to remember that they are not our bosses, but it is the other way around. They work for us. Even Oklahoma needs to elect stronger, more Conservative legislators to both the State House and the Federal delegation.
Blair has a good stand on education that most people can agree with. He is correct when saying we need to educate our children to be ready for the emerging 21st century market. What are needed are not more administrators, but better quality teachers. To do that you need to pay them. As so indicated by the Tulsa Public Schools this last year you don’t fire 200 administrators and 142 teachers and turn around and give the remaining administrators, not counting the Superintendent, a total of $293,000.00 in pay raises.
The next article of interest we found was this Paul Blair (Oklahoma) - Ballotpedia
. This article gives a breakdown of the election held on June 28, 2016. But it goes much deeper than that. It also shows that he ran against Clark Jolley in 2012. Many of you are completely unaware of it, but Clark Jolley was a Senator that was owned and operated by the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. In fact most of the Senate and House legislators have been for decades. Paul Blair is out to change that.
The next article of interest we found was this Blair running for Senate District 41 | News | edmondsun.com
. This was the announcement of Paul Blair running for Senate in District 41. He gave a full interview to the paper and it appears that the paper didn’t hold anything back. This was unlike some of the lame stream media reports to get in the larger papers or the news station these days.
We next went to Paul Blair’s campaign finance reports. What we found there was unusual to say the least. We found no donations from any political action committee, union or major corporation. All of his donations have been individuals. What this tells us is that should Paul Blair be elected, he will work for the people of District 41 and the State of Oklahoma. Not the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. This is the type of change Oklahoma needs.
In closing we will say that the blog article that prompted this report is deceitful, lacking of verifiable facts and very partisan. The author is full of conceit and raises serious questions about his ability as a teacher in the Tulsa Public Schools. It would behoove the Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools to identify this individual and ensure that his personal feelings and his blog information is not being transferred to the students instead of the course material they are supposed to be learning. If he desires to keep teaching his Marxist believes, let him transfer to California where they believe in them.