Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Black Cloud Seems Inheritable

My son took the physical for the NYPD about 2 months or so ago. He failed because he is color blind. They said 100%, his eye doc said 50%, he was fighting it. The he went to another doc for a sore throat and got some antibiotics. Took them and got severe tendinitis from it. Then returned to his regular doc for that and the doc prescribed a steroid to help ease the pain from the tendinitis that was caused by the anti-biotic. Turns out that the particular steroid worsens the problem of the tendinitis as per the official website of that particular anti-biotic. I had been talking to him about maybe suing both the drug company that produced the anti-biotic and the doctor. Turns out, as per what I have read, that the lawyers are refusing additional clients in a major lawsuit against the drug company that makes the antibiotic as are other lawyers in smaller lawsuits against same. I am wondering if he can sue the doctor.

Do not get me wrong; I am not a law suit crazy kind of guy I have been involved in two law suits in my lifetime. One against someone who caused an auto accident I was in in which I was injured. I got a whopping $750 out of it. The other was one at work, when we sued over back overtime pay that was owed us. I got a good amount in that one, helped on the down payment on my house. I am not one to sue at the drop of a pin or when I fall over my own two feet trying to blame someone for a crack in their sidewalk. I do think though that, my son is owed something for his misery, especially since it is robbing him of employment opportunities and even a career in the military (they do not care about color blindness for most military jobs) and since there is no known cure, no known treatment to lessen it and it may be permanent.

I can only wish that my black cloud would stop raining down on him as if it has found a new guy to get wet. Well, I have one more wish, that Brendan never sings this regularly:

Well, I've had all that I wanted,
of a lot of things I had
and a lot more than I needed,
of some things that turned out bad.
(Wanted Man, written by: Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan)

 By the way, I meant I hope he does not get stuck singing that one verse over and over again as a repeating theme of his life, especially the last two lines. If he winds up being wanted by that many women as are in that song - well, that would be a good thing, don't ya think!

All the best,
Glenn B

Police Officer and Lone Driver Reportedly Both Shot Dead By Same Thug

A highly decorated Nassau County Police Department Officer was shot and killed during a car stop of what was believed to have been a vehicle that had been involved in a hit and run accident. Not many details out yet, even though this happened yesterday, but it seems the officer approached the bad guy's vehicle and spoke to the bad guy and a moment or two after that, the bad guy gets out of his car and blasts the officer in his chest (or from other reports: the bad guy charged at the officer, exchanged words the started firing).

The officer, who was not wearing body armor, was killed.

The alleged bad guy reportedly gets back in car and drives away. The officer's partner, who was later treated for shock, tried applying first aid to his/her downed partner. There was nothing mentioned, in the piece I read at the time I saw it, about the partner returning fire or taking any other action to stop the bad guy. Seems there was sufficient time to react/act with some sort of action against the shooter especially since the car he was driving was driving on its rims and they suspected it had been involved in a hit and run accident earlier. In other words, I would tend to think the officers should have expected anything. I am sure there will be a lot of questions about that but I am not about to Monday morning quarterback; I will just wonder what in hell happened on this one for now!

After the alleged bad guy reportedly fled the scene, of the cop shooting, according to at least two reports I saw, he reportedly somehow pulled another car over - a third report I saw said the driver of that car had pulled over to talk to his daughter on the phone. Whichever way it happened, the bad guy then reportedly dragged the driver of that car out of the vehicle and shot that man dead, and drove off in that man's car. What a sad state of affairs for a guy just driving along minding his own business and talking to his little girl (no matter how old she may be) on the phone.

These are truly senseless and sad losses. Senseless because had the officer been wearing his body armor, I think chances are he would have survived and maybe even stopped the bad guy. Senseless even more so because the bad guy probably did not have to shoot the other driver to take his car,. Pointing a gun at an average New Yorker, who would most probably be unarmed, would have been more than enough to have him give up his car in most cases. Sad because - well, that should be obvious to everyone.

The NCPD does not have a mandatory body armor policy. The young officer only had 8 years on the job. I wonder when they who bash cops, by way of their blogs, any time one has an accidental discharge of his or her firearm, will write a blog post about this officer, and others like him, being the only ones. Only ones - but in a positive light. You know, as being one of the only ones who would do a the job of trying to protect you and yours, from thugs, rapists, psycho-killers and the like, while putting their lives in potential jeopardy every day they go to work. (Yes I know we should all be armed to protect ourselves but there still would be a need for the police to protect us just as well.) This fallen officer was, in the way I just described, an only one, and he lost his life because of it. The other victim, he was an only one too of a sort - he was a loving father. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the fallen.

The alleged bad guy has been captured after an intensive manhunt but not really because of it. A call to 911 of "shots fired" in Queens, NY had the New York City Police department respond. An NYPD officer found the suspect, in a vehicle, with an apparently self inflicted gun shot wound to his shoulder. I can only hope it was not self inflicted but came from the gun of the fallen officer's partner during the initial confrontation. I imagine if he did shoot himself, either it was accidentally o a bad shot in a suicide attempt. Of course, maybe he did it to garner sympathy, thinking if he had been shot someone would feel sorry for him. How anyone could feel sorry for that guy, who in my opinion - if he is actually committed those killings - is a no good useless piece of shit, is beyond me.

Nassau is the western of two counties that make up Long Island (well actually there are sort of 4 counties on LI but no one here really admits that the western two - Brooklyn and Queens are really part of 'the island' with both of them being in NYC).

This was all too close to home, not because of the nearby location so much but because I am pretty sure I have met the officer before. That would either have been when I was on the job or maybe at a local pub or maybe just seeing him out in a patrol car. He sure looks familiar and I do not easily forget faces although I usually cannot recall where I saw a face before or the name that goes with it. It is even closer to home for my wife because she indeed did know him having met him at work, she works for the NCPD.

All the best,
Glenn B

If I Were Wishing For More Bullshit Claims of Racism...

... to be spread by the Mud Slinging Media, I would hope that the shooter, written about in the linked article, was white. Her alleged assailant was black. It just happened recently, so not much on it yet. You see, I imagine that if she, the shooter, is white, the news reports will soon be out about claims that the family believes she had enticed the man, likely to be described by them as their little angel (reportedly a convicted felon and registered sexual offender), into her home under the pretense of a good time just so that she could shoot. Why? My guess would be because they will say she is a racist - why else! You will probably also hear that stand your ground does not apply because she ran and was not standing her ground and she could have kept running (well maybe not but maybe so). We also are probably destined to see pictures of the alleged criminal looking like an altar boy, complete with a halo over his head and to see pictures of the shooter looking like a redneck. Bear in mind, all that applies only if she is white (or maybe of Asian decent).

I may wind up surprised - maybe the shooter will be white but the alleged criminal's family will be righteous and look beyond that to actually say something like they think he was a no good, low down, dirty rotten scoundrel who lived a life of crime and it would be good riddance if he dies from his wound. Somehow, I doubt it.

Hat tip to Sharp As A Marble and Corned Cat - Scratching Post.

All the best,
Glenn B

Cornered Cat - Scratching Post

The latest edition to my blog roll is the: Cornered Cat - Scratching Post over on the right under the header: TAKE A SHOT WITH THESE SHOOTIST BLOGGERS, Not At Them.

All the best,
Glenn B

Bernie Marcus Speaks Politics

Do you know the name Bernard 'Bernie' Marcus? Do you have any idea who he is? You should know who he is, and I should have known too. Heck, I shop at his stores more than often enough, in a business that he built (yes Obama, he had help, he was only the co-founder, but did a heck of a lot more than you ever did or will do to create jobs). He was a cofounder of Home Depot and was its CEO through 2002 when he retired. Yet, I had never heard of him until today as far as I can remember. Then a friend sent me an email with the following video in it. This man knows his subject matter. I highly recommend you watch, listen and vote for Romney:

A Hat tip to Pat S. for sending me the video.

All the best,
Glenn B