FLORIDA TODAY OP-ED: TIME TO END DEATH PENALTY

This Op-Ed, by yours truly, appears in today’s edition of Florida Today.  

 

Frank: Time to put an end to death penalty

Marshall Frank, For FLORIDA TODAY12 a.m. EDT June 22, 2015

“To die, to sleep, perchance to dream. Aye, there’s the rub. For in that sleep of death what dreams may come…”

— Shakespeare: “Hamlet.”

What do we do when a little Chihuahua is old and suffering? We bring him to the vet and put him to sleep. We call it euthanasia, a humane act of compassion.

When a human being is convicted of murder, we bring him to the executioner to him put to sleep. We call that an act of justice.

What’s the difference? Same method, same result: relief to the afflicted.

Lester Bower Jr., 67, was put to death by authorities in Texas earlier this month. Was it an act of compassion or an act of justice? Bower was convicted of a 1983 quadruple murder, of which he forever claimed innocence. While questions remain about his guilt, we will assume Bower committed the dastardly crime. But, have we punished him, or

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FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT: A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY

If black folks thought that opportunity, conditions and lifestyle were going to improve under the first black president, they must be sorely disappointed. 

     The statistics are overwhelming.  Just about every economic, cultural, familial and criminal justice indicator points out that life is not better for blacks since Obama became president, unless you want to factor in the number of minority appointees he’s promoted into federal judgeships and other cushy government jobs.

     Lauren Burke, a black columnist for BlackPress USA, reported in her article of January 2015: During Obama’s first 6 years in office, average black unemployment soared to 14 percent, compared to 10 percent in January of 2009 when Obama took office. There’s more:

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, youth unemployment (ages 16-24), this time in 2014, was 14.3 percent. For blacks in that age group, it was nearly 25 percent.
  • Ninety-two percent of black males in Chicago, ages 16-19, are unemployed.
  • The Huffington Post reported that 72 percent of black babies in the U.S. are born to unwed mothers, i.e. fatherless homes. According to the Moynihan Report, that figure stood at 23.6 percent in 1965. So much for the war on poverty.
  • According to the U.S.
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DIRTY POLITICS JUST BEGINNING: RUBIO’S CRIME

Democrats and Republicans are squaring off to instill as much damage as possible against probably opponents in the next presidential field. Rather than going after a person’s credentials, or track record in public office/private enterprise, the key is to damage a candidate any which way you can.

     Remember Republican Herman Cain, in 2012, a formable business man who was high in the polls, who also happened to be black. Obviously, Cain was a threat to a sitting black president. And, he seemed very bright, successful and articulate. So, the Democrats dug up a pair of females who claimed Herman Cain flirted or sexually harassed them.  Never mind that one of those accusing women resided in the same apartment building as David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign chief. What mattered is that Cain’s political message was resonating.

     I guess it was okay for Democratic presidents like Kennedy, LBJ and Clinton – each lionized as heroes in the annals of the presidency – yet amassed a miserable record of philandering and cheating with women.

     With nearly 20 Republicans going after the Oval Office, watch for personal accusations against the front runners as the clock ticks. It’s already starting.

     Get this:  We now learn that

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POLICE OFFICERS DESERVE UNMITIGATED SUPPORT : FLORIDA TODAY

This Op-Ed appears in Florida Today, a Gannett newspaper serving the Space Coast of Florida.  I think it is an important message for all Americans, no matter which side of the fence you sit, pertaining to the current anti-police movement.  Cop haters and young people in particular, should read this article.

Frank: Police officers deserve unmitigated support

Marshall Frank, For FLORIDA TODAY12:05 a.m. EDT June 2, 2015

Show weakness in the face of evil aggression and evil will prevail.

We’ve seen this on the international stage, now we’re seeing in the domestic arena. Police are weakened, criminals are emboldened. Anti-police hate rhetoric is catching on. Criminals know that cops will likely back down and do nothing because they are under orders or they’re reluctant. As cops back off from proactive policing, criminals seize the moment and innocent victims suffer consequences.

I recently overheard a Denny’s waitress talking to two patrons at a table. Her husband was a veteran policeman with a short time to go to vest his retirement, but may not make it. He’s afraid, she said. He’s not afraid of criminals, he’s afraid of being the target of hatred; he’s afraid of leaders who will cower,

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THE DOWNSIDE TO POLICE UNIONS

Marshall Frank: The downside to police unions

Police unions are a valued entity for officers throughout the country. But there’s also a downside.

In the early 1970s, police officers were underpaid and understaffed. Corruption was perceived as commonplace, even if it wasn’t true. People thought cops were on the take. Working homicide in Dade County, my co-workers and I often logged 70-80 hours a week on whodunits and high-profile cases for the same small paycheck every two weeks. No overtime, no extra benefits. We might go to work on Monday and not come home for days.

Along came the Police Benevolent Association, which had been a law-enforcement fellowship. New leadership led the organization into a bargaining entity, without calling it a union. By 1972, Dade County politicians acquiesced to demands and police began receiving long-overdue benefits, including overtime pay.

That was a good thing. It also was good that the new union made sure officers’ rights were protected. The union staunchly defended cops accused of wrongdoing. But, they may have gone too far in some instances.

In the late 1970s, a small number of officers

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POLITICS: THINKING OUT LOUD

Most of my readers know that I strive to research and verify before posting facts and opinions. Once in a great while, a reader will come up with one of those “gotchas” which causes me to restudy a point of view.  The few times that has happened, I accept as a learning process by which to do even better.

     We all naturally harbor views and opinions that may not be completely verifiable, yet very possibly true. As experienced police detectives are aware, hard evidence is not always left behind, though the circumstantial body of information may point to conclusions that offer solid information and prime suspects.

     The following list of views and opinions are based on my own insights, research, a plethora of dot-connecting and plain common sense. This time it’s just me; Thinking Out Loud

  • I believe the global warming issue is a political sham. Indeed, some science reports espouse warming as a global problem, but the politicians on one end of the fence do all they can to cash in politically. Climate change is a natural phenomenon that has been on-going since the beginning of planet earth. It wasn’t man who created the ice age, nor other shifts
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BATTLECAT: A BLACK WOMAN SPEAKS OUT

Battlecat

She calls herself “Battlecat.”  Her name is Lena Pullum, apparently from Brooklyn. 

     She has something to say. She’s not a politician, not a marcher. She’s one citizen from the black community with a politically incorrect message.  She wears blue lipstick. She uses foul language and minces no words. She may be rough around the edges, but you can see she is intelligent.

     The two video links below are provided in a blog because no one needs to hear this from me, a white male career cop who leans right in most political issues.

     In link # 1 she talks for three minutes about the Baltimore rioters. Watch, listen. It’s worth the time.

     In link # 2 she talks about her view of the truth within the black community, mixed with some personal opinions about the 2nd Amendment.  This one is eight minutes.

     I hope this reaches Barack Obama, the Attorney General, the mayor of Baltimore, the New York Times and MSNBC. Don’t hold your breath.

     Remember:  If this was on a network TV show, you’d hear a lot of bleeps. Language is not for nuns.

Click here: Little Black Ghetto Bastards of Baltimore

Click here: Black on Black crime

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