Sunday, May 03, 2015
Some Friendly Advise
Serving in both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, she was the First Lieutenant on the USS Flint before becoming the Executive Officer on board the USS Tortuga and eventually CO of LSD 47 Rushmore. Admiral Howard went to serve in various senior command positions before making the rank of Admiral and assume her present duties as Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Frankly, I don't see where either her gender nor her race has anything to do it. I'm no fan of Obama, but let's give credit where it's due. Ms. Howard is a extremely smart, well educated and highly dedicated and qualified individual.
Condoleezza Rice, "Condy" to those who know her, served as President George W Bush's Secretary of State, was only the second woman to serve in that role (the first was Madeline Albright). Ms Rice had previously served as President Bush's National Security Advisor, following a stint on the National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush. Ms. Rice also served as a Fellow on Public Policy at the renown Hoover Institute. And just one more thing, not only were these individuals high achievers, none of them came from "money". So what's my point?
The first thing to do is stop hanging around with thugs and losers. This garbage about being smart or educated is "acting all white",
There's another issue I want to address here, and that's the riots and lootings in the wake of those like Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Timar Rice, or Travon Martin. Some were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some were already headed down the wrong track, but none of that excuses what happened to them. Still, with the possible exceptions of Rice, who was an 11 year old child playing at a public park, where was the common sense here? Never assault or act aggressively toward a cop. Despite how they portray themselves, they're likely just a nervous as you are. Never run from a cop. They can generally run faster than you think you can, plus there's more of them and they have a whole lot more resources than you do. As scared as you may be, pay attention. Do as you're told. This is not to excuse any wrongful behavior or sweep any real or perceive biases they may or may not have under the rug. It's just a fact of life. I was stopped once by a drunk female cop who was actually on her to way to work and (apparently) was running late; she was itching for an excuse. Be calm. Keep your hands in plain sight. Be polite---no matter how much they try to provoke you (and she was trying pretty hard). Pay attention. Remember names, patrol car numbers and badge numbers if you can. Some try to film the incident. If you think you can do so safely, it's your call. If they want to bring you in---fine. Cooperate as fully as possible. No smartass comments and don't resist. It's better to get your day in court than end up in the ground.
Lastly, I wish someone would please explain to me how looting (which is nothing but unarmed robbery), burning down businesses,
As I recall, Ferguson was only recently on the upswing thanks largely to an influx of immigrants who moved in and were investing in