BLM

Black Lives Matter

I suppose it’s my job to comment on the racial discrimination issue that has taken over public discussion. It is difficult because each time the English language opens a door it becomes like British soccer fans fleeing a match gone bad. The door is plugged with complications.

Personally, I’ve witnessed police brutality. Having long hair in Orange County, California was my choice. Long hair meant I wanted to cut profits for the defense (?) industry. I was like a temperance advocate on Bourbon Street.

When I went to Hawaii after logging in Alaska all summer I didn’t intend to blow all my savings to support their tourism industry. It was the first time I witnessed true racism. Although mild compared to other accounts, it hit home and made me realize that walking that mile in those shoes is the only way to know what it is like.

When I read and see videos about the three events that led up to the recent chaos, I ask why, and seek solutions. I suppose I’m not alone.

Black Lives Matter has been at the forefront of organizations concerned about the role of police regarding race. I went to their website to find what they propose. There’s a lot of the typical love thy neighbor talk, same as me. Then their main focus is on dismantling police departments and moving that cash to social programs.

My ideas would create a more sustainable peace.

If we are to reform the systemic racism at the heart of what happened to George Floyd and the other victims, we need to look at the basic role of government. To simply “dismantle the department” will be cause for celebration for rapists, murderers, burglars, and robbers.

Police with a specific mandate of protect and serve shouldn’t be required to babysit. They should only protect us from the aggressive behavior of others. Police departments mandated to regulate drug use, prostitution, gambling, and other activities between consenting adults get spread too thin.

Now we get to the reason Derek Chauvin and other officers like him are policemen. He’s a bully. Law enforcement is important work; too important to be polluted with people like Chauvin. But the fact that law enforcement’s job, through all this social engineering nonsense, allows and even encourages them to beat up on people attracts them. Then police unions protect their jobs and reinstate them after the smoke clears.

The next part of Black Lives Matters’ agenda requires some outside-the-box thinking. Am I a racist for pointing out that the Black community has a bigger problem with crime than the white community? I think it is compassion. But there is still an element of fear because statistics show a reason for it.

The transfer of police funding to social programs is misguided. Intact families produce better citizens. Social programs have reduced the need for fathers. But they don’t fulfill the role that a family with a father and mother fill. The correlation between the breakdown of families to crime statistics is irrefutable.

This quote from the Black Lives Matter website regarding their origins should reinforce my opinions:

The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.”

Society today has become addicted to this welfare/police state. But if we really want to do something about the violence, we need a weaning process.

Letter to Smithsonian Magazine

Dear Editor,

In the Smithsonian June 2020, Prologue / American Icon by Rahawa Haile calls Navajo beliefs “mythology.” It seems disrespectful to me to call anyone’s belief system untrue without citing evidence to that effect.

The article assumes that public land is better cared for or preserved than land in private hands. This mythology can be debunked simply by looking at private yards and public thoroughfares. Do you see trash among the shrubs and lawns of private residences? Do you see litter lining the streets?

On a scale more relevant to the article, managed grazing has been proven to be beneficial to open spaces on private land where the owner has a stake in preserving value. Grazing on leased government land has shown devastation because the responsible parties are just doing a job, rather than caring for something that is theirs.

As someone who has logged public land in the past and farms private land today, I see preservation through public ownership as more of a myth than the Navajo religion.

Love, Fritz

Brewery layoffs in Germany

German authorities are despondent at the prospect of lost revenue as 9,500 U.S. servicemen are leaving their country.

Trump will prolly offer aid to the Germans to compensate them for the lost brewery jobs. I’m glad my good friend Roger was there to buy his Carmen Ghia before this disaster hit.

If these draconian measures continue Americans may accually get to invest more of their earnings here in the USA. Will the Russians run Germany more efficiently than Merkel and friends?

Astronauts return to Earth, Angela Merkel drinks a beer and Oscars ...

Dismantling…

The Minneapolis Police Department. Ah! Now we are getting somewhere.

Everyone get a gun and a dog. One adult per household stays home to protect their property (and raise the kids). The unions can evaporate into thin air so individual employees compete and bad cops seek employment cleaning toxic waste sites.

Looters and thieves subject to self defense principles would lead to real law and order.

Interesting how so-called liberals worship the state and then want to dismantle it. Oppose gun control and then want the ones who they want to have guns to give then up.

There sure are a lot of contradictions.