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Still ... wouldn't it be nice to wake up on a brisk Saturday morning, set yourself down at the breakfast table, have a nice cup of coffee, open up the newspaper, and read all about some bank-robbin' P.O.S. getting popped, through-and-through by a well-trained and unflinching, determined, and resolved APD officer. Oh yes, that would be so very nice.
That said, most police officers in this country are simply unprepared for a rapid onset life or death situation. Colonel Jeff Cooper (God's eternal blessings be upon him) made the astute observation, Any man who is a man may not, in honor, submit to threats or violence. But many men who are not cowards are simply unprepared for the fact of human savagery.
Albany area lawmen are no exception - in fact, the officers hereabouts are generally quite worse off because they have for so long been hogtied and hobbled by the liberal BS criminal disresponsibility excuse makers and excuse takers arisen to prominent positions within the public (socially irresponsible media), political (ignorant, self-serving hacks), ecclesiastical (numbskull, effiminate, pantywaist preachers) and Criminal Justice Administrative (morally weak law enforcement command staffers) ranks.
The police are charged with the protection of the civil order. And about that, the bible records the erternally true observation that, "When a strong man, fully armed, guards his palace, his possessions are safe" Luke 11:21.
Regardless the reason why the officer did or did not shoot (and I would like to think it is because he could not due to environmental restraints, rather than would not because of the fear of political repercussions) ... god bless 'em all, each and every one of them, and make them strong for the evil what's coming.
We all stand behind APD Chief Proctor and the much deliberated initiatives that he is trying to implement against much resistance from within and from without.
Its really great to see APD getting all sharpened up in tooth and claw. The criminal element in Dougherty County simply does not FEAR the Albany Police. And they must fear them, because that is all that low-order predatory animals understand. Love don't work. Reason don't work. Morality and social responsibility don't work. Just plain old fear - the kind one gets from a really BAD experience, hurtfully applied and repeated over and over and over again until the remedy gets hold of 'em way down in their souls. Thugs is animals - and to do right, animals must fear. What Albany needs is good, strong folks with razor-sharp teeth and the courage to bite when necesssary.
Here in the land of abomination and desolation, has anyone taken notice of the glaring similarities between Albany, GA., USA ... and Monrovia, LIberia? Consider this carefully, and make a list of those areas in which we are actually different other than the merely geographical. The list would be short and depressing.
Wonder what the "least common denominator" is?
"To hate criminal gangsters and curse them usually has some sound basis in instinct." << Ezra Pound
"Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men [the police] stand ready to do violence on their behalf." << George Orwell
There can only be one gang (definition used here: an organized group of workmen) and that gang is the police, for they are the only ones whose sole reason for existence, in the United States of America, is to protect "The Rule of Law" and to establish and maintain order.
In Albany, GA, USA - what is very much needed is an organized, talented and resolved group of workman whose sole business is the removal from society of the criminal element, and who are honor bound to perfrom this necessary duty.
There can be only one, and let us demand this from our political leadership.
Great, an Albany teacher caught for peddling drugs. Imagine that. I give him an A+++ for betrayal of the public trust. This sort of thing seems to be all that a good portion of the DC population aspires to. Mores the pity.
Great, Murfree's gleeful, "Hey everybody, don't hold our dismal history of fiscal incompetence us.Just get on board for the ride to rock candy mountain."
After all of the embarassments, we would have hoped some folks might have gottem' a big ol' slice of humble pie - but this does not appear to be the case.
The investigation is still "going on," and when it is complete and the facts are presented, presumably to a grand jury, then charges should be filed against both her and her beloved co-thief (if he was complicit) for felony theft-by-taking. From a CYA standpoint, the school board has taken this medium-weight disciplinary step in order to best defend against future legal "actions" and political repercussions. Not to cold, not to hot, but just right - that should any of them come to face the axeman, he might be as lenient and merciful to them.
We would do well as a community to make the very most poignant, yet succinct examples of these two - and figuratively hoist their heads on pikes and display them at the city gates, to be picked apart by the carrion birds - for the profit of "general deterrence" upon calculating others who might aspire to do the same misdeeds and "specific deterrence" upon those two losers personally.
"The Rational Choice Perspective" from criminology/sociology adds weight to my observations that there exist, in large numbers, succeeding generations of Americans hereabouts who exercise not a shred of personal, social, parental, or organizational responsibility. Further, there is a secret hidden within certain cultural subsets of this nation who have have been so acculturated and acclimated, and in many cases actually so instructed, on how best to shamelessly "take the system for all its worth," in order to bring it down, to destroy it for its historical "sins."
Criminologist James Q. Wilson observed, "Crime is the price society pays for abandoning character," that "In the long run, the public interest depends on private virtue," and “The most important change in how one defines the public interest that I have witnessed . . . over the last twenty years has been a deepening concern for the development of character in the citizenry.”
Albany can still be saved: and I only say this because the old money has not as yet fled, the large commercial interests have not as yet fled. But when they do, this place will truly become the south Georgia branch of the pit of hell.
Thank you for the kind words. I do so enjoy the writing if for no other reason than for the mental calisthenics, the hand-eye coordination, and the anti-arthritis exercises. If all goes as I hope, I will soon become a regular on the AH & WALB editorial forums.
Bravo "Progressive." Very well said.
"Supersquawker," A quick (but very reliable) measure of another's "education" (and whether or not it "took") may be estimated by observing the spelling and grammar usage in a person's writing (and also, very arguably, in their speech). While we would all do well to be mindful of our common humanity and the tendency to err unawares (or at least unintentionally) being foremost among human frailties, we must all pay close attention to all things (the totality of circumstances) in order to make good decisions and to make wise judgments. That said, it has been my experience that most persons whose education has been provided by the PreK thru College "Public Education System" are operating well below their human capacity and potential. Public education is now and has always been a purposeful and intentional "dumbing down" process, an inexcusable offense put among the common man by an elitist oligarchy who hates them, and everything about them. And the educations provided by the HBCUs are even worse. They are the very epitome of "the tyranny of low expectation."
Please, Sir - do look up two things: "johntaylorgatto.com" ... and the "Dunning-Kruger Effect."
The proof is in the product: The common man is the product of system specifically designed, established and maintained to manage him from birth to death in a fashion whereby the status quo may go about their business unimpeded by a unthinking, unresistant populace.
The only hope we have to be able to compete, equally, with and against other members of society for "best position" is to acquire the best education possible. That said, an education received @ an HBCU is near useless. In the macro, HBCUs are simply an appeasement strategy designed to GIVE black folk the "feel good" of a college degree, while not providing them with genuine, powerful knowledge. But before we "go to hatin'," one must understand that the whole of the (PreK - College) Public Education System was designed for no other purpose than to provide a malleable product, from the masses of peoples of all colors, for the continuity of the corporate and governmental entities. It functions today exactly as it was ever meant to. See "johntaylorgatto.com"
Ask yourself this: As a graduate of an HBCU, why is it that I am not intimately familiar with the concept(s) of logic & reason and "Critical Thinking Skills?" If you respond, "Well I don't know," it is because you, none of you, were never meant to "get it." And again, this has nothing to do with what color one's skin is. It was all designed to benefit "the system."
In the public education system, an HBCU is the near the bottom of the higher education scale. Not many businesses want graduates of regular public-school universities, because the "products" are not very smart as a rule, distinctively dull-witted and undisciplined. Even less quality employers want graduates from HBCUs, except to fill race-based hiring quotas, because they are, quite generally, even "less smart." And nobody but an idiot would hire anyone with a degree from one of the "diploma mills."
Lets be brave and test the top graduates from an HBCU against those matriculating at the top of their classes in regular public-schools ... and then test them against top Ivy League grads. If one has a degree, yet cannot read, write, walk, talk, dress, drive, utilize appropriate social skills and good manners, form complex sentences and comprehend complex ideas, with ease, in order to function well within the complex larger society, then the whole point has been lost.
Having spent considerable time on the ASU campus, I can assure you that it is the case that most leaving this campus are simply unfit to join society as equal members. It seems the only thing HBCUs are good for is teaching folks how to party, play the race card, manipulate the system, utilize victim status, and how to make and accept excuses for intellectual incapacity. HBCUs are jokes. To be a student or a graduate of an HBCU is to be a loser. To be a professor at an HBCU is to promote "loserhood." The joke is a bad one, and it is on us.
The only hope for HBCU students to be able to compete in the market against students from the public schools is to lose that silly "special status" that HBCU affords them, and to step up, at the very least, to the standards of regular public school status.
"Merger" is good.
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