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Friday, June 13, 2014

A few random things



I've got a few mostly unrelated things on my mind this evening. None of which I want to make a whole blog post on so I'm lumping them in all together.

This evening there's a SWAT team in my old hometown neighborhood. A woman came into the police station complaining of a domestic assault. Okay, that's serious. The police wanted to talk to her partner. Makes sense. In the past one or two cops would go talk to the guy. Now they send in a whole SWAT team to search the apartment. This is in a town of 10,000 people. If cops have a SWAP team, by golly they are going to find an excuse to use it. Makes me wonder about all the crazy situations police departments are going to get into now that so many of them now have former military equipment. They will find some excuse to roll out the tanks.

Then I was thinking about homelessness. Having a place to call home is the cornerstone of being in control of one's life. With a secure place to live it's then possible to get one's act together. Society should embrace any alternative housing options that make it possible for people to get off the streets. Instead, the whole mortgage/taxes, apartment/landlord, models are rigorously defended. People who try to live in micro housing have great difficult finding sites where they can put them. Mobile living can be hard. It's not that hard to convert a bus into a home. Finding a place where one can park long term for free can be difficult indeed. People living on old boats are harassed to move on. They spoil the view. Authorities even bulldoze the tents of homeless people. They can't even have that.

Another thing that got the gears turning is the extreme technological leaps that were made during WWII. The US had the Manhattan Project to harness the power of the atom. German had a whole string of innovations: Jet planes, rockets, massive guns -whole programs for inventing super weapons. Japan had huge submarine aircraft carriers that could have bombed the US mainland. They were deployed too late in the war to see combat,but they were built. Now if only that kind of will was put to bear on peace time problems. Amazing solutions could be found in very little time. Perhaps we lack the sense of urgency a war provides. Maybe when we find ourselves with our backs against the wall solutions will be found.

If there's any link at all between these things, besides residing in the same twisted mind, is that concern the problems of the human condition. It's how we approach the world, how we solve problems, and what we focus our energy on.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. The world won't make any real sense as long as mankind is in control, because mankind doesn't have enough sense not to soil its own bed.

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  2. I do my damnedest to keep shut of those SWAT boys and LEO's in general. They been getting itchy trigger fingers and and shooting up the place at the slightest provocation. Sooner than later they come across a "real" vet, From a "real" war, with more training than they can hope to have. Every thing they been trained to do, from flash bangs, tear gas, and all that shouting, just put's the trained operator on danger ready. The first man through the door, donates his firearm to the operator inside after getting shot with it. The rest of the entry team dies in the next few seconds and the operator goes on the offensive to mop up the rest of the granny killers. Or dog shooters if you prefer. The only difficulty is the designated marksmen ( 2), but they will be in the best vantage point around, by the book, and they join their comrades in a few minutes after the fracas got started. And I'm allowing for the operator to be dead asleep at the get go. His training and muscle memory will account for the first half of the entry team casualties before he's even awake. That's the kind of troops I served with. Now with all those folks out there with Jerry Springer attitudes, they got a rude wake up coming when the call 5-0 jack boot thugs, Even if you call them, they trash your house and search for guns, drugs and such contraband. Everyone is a suspect according to these clowns. I never call 911. Ever. I don't advise folks going Johnny Rambo, I advise SERE. Fade, Don't play the game and never play by their rules.

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    1. SWAT team members stand the highest chance of being shot by other members.

      Your last sentence is excellent advice.

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  3. Good post, and Bubba, if your mind is twisted then mine is pudding.

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  4. I am not going to comment in fear of being politically incorrect. . .

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    1. Okay Dizzy . . . I don't have a problem with political correctness.

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  5. Domestic Violence is horrible anyplace. A man who lost a decent job he had for many many years went ballistic on his wife and kid and killed the dog to boot..He shot himself and killed himself, he left notes to his son he almost killed and others too..He was depressed off his medications and at his wits end no one would hire a 49 year old seasoned worker he was talented, likeable never missed a day of work in his 30 years at this company, they closed up shop, locked the place and did not tell a damn person until they showed up for work. He tried so hard got unemployment and did jobs for his church nothing came around for him, he got into a big argument with his wife who did work and boom he went nuts, he meant to just kill himself in the family backyard and be done with life, how very very very sad, I think he could have not done anything if someone would have given him a job..now his family is gone the 23 year old is critical, the dog gone..How horrible our country is in terrible shape! Just because he did not take his depression medications he never even had a traffic ticket, married since he was 18 to the same lady and wonderful children to boot, a big tragedy!

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  6. I think that the reason many people just lose it is they don't think of tomorrow because they have lost hope..It is no reason the fellow killed his wife, almost his 23 year old child the family dog and himself..He just lost hope..I pray for his family there was a young son who was visiting a friend and not at home, he lost his entire family one day when the dad just gave up hope..sad sad and more sad..I think the SWAT TEAM WAS excessive THEY surrounded the house after the fact, acted like a real shoot out the dad, mom and kid (almost dead) and the dog dead, they busted thru the doors and boom rescued the 23 year old who was barely alive, they used more force than was truly necessary thinking the fellow was still alive he was dead by then for many hours..horrible!

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