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I shot a couple of kids, one accidentally.

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/5 11:49:14 (1016 reads)

I was sitting across from the high school yesterday in my squad car, finishing a report when a got a call about a shooting in progress in the school. The suspect was described as a teen-aged black male, wearing a grey sweatshirt and jeans. First on the scene, I went in with my weapon drawn, trying to locate the shooter. Hallway after hallway were filled with bodies of students with gunshot wounds, lying in pools of their own blood.

Eventually, I quietly came around the corner of a small classroom where I saw the shooter with his back to me, brandishing his handgun at a handful of students, standing in a semi-circle on the opposite side of the room.

With my H&K automatic, I took aim, but it had been years since I practiced with a handgun, and he was in front of several students who I didn't want to accidentally hit. I stepped back behind the door frame for a second to take cover and re-evaluate. Still unaware of my presence, the shooter turned left and moved in front of a gap between the students that was only about 3 feet wide at the most, with maybe 20 feet between me and him. I sent up a little prayer, then took the shot. As he jerked around, I took another shot, but as he fell, I noticed that there had been a girl behind him, now visible to me as he fell. My heart sank and my adrenyline surged. Officer Pedigo was behind me and yelled "What the hell was that? Why didn't you shoot him the first instant you saw him? What if those were your kids? He could have killed them all!"

As I realized I was shaking, my only thought was "what if that was my kid behind him on that first opportunity to shoot?". As we checked the wounds, we found that I had shot the perpetrator in the right shoulder, and the girl in the left elbow.

The scenario, of course, was a simulation in the tactical simulator of the Lewisville Police Department. My H&K was modified to shoot only a harmless laser beam at a video screen on the wall in front of me. I was never in any danger. But the adrenyline was real. I'm not the kind of person who plays video games.

Last night was my first night in the Lewisville Citizens Police Academy. It sure was a good demonstration of the amount of expectations we put on our police officers. I look forward to the rest of the class.

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Got a sore ass?

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/2 18:49:47 (714 reads)

Ha! Just sitting here watching coverage of the Republican Convention on MSNBC and guess what commercial comes on: Preparation H. I wasn't even paying attention until Mamask8z started laughing...

It will be interesting to see what other commercials come on.

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Thoughts on the Sarah Palin Choice

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/9/2 14:46:27 (651 reads)

I've been short on time as of late, but hoping to have something meaningful to add on the Sarah Palin choice discussion.

As you know, on Friday John McCain announced his choice for his Vice-Presidential running mate: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Most of the day, I was puzzled about that choice, and honestly, I sort of still am. I halfway expect that this is some sort of Rovian trick, where they float this name, get the Democrats to attack, then announce at the convention that they've changed their minds.

So, anyway the blogs and emails have been flying over the weekend, with literally hundreds having found their way into my email inbox. As you may have heard, there is some discussion in the media about Palin's teen-aged daughter being unmarried and pregnant.

I want you to know, for the record, that I've not seen a single email from the Democratic side going after the daughter, or making any kind of moral judgement on her. I think it's pretty much a given that this kind of thing just happens. News flash: TEENS HAVE SEX. This just in: Unmarried young women get pregnant!

While I think most reasonable folks would agree that teen unwed pregnancy is an incredible burden to be avoided if possible, I think we can all appreciate that this young lady has an exceptional and loving family to help her out. Her life may get derailed for a few years, but she'll make out okay.

For many young women, especially in Texas, with the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, things are quite a bit tougher. Because of this basic truth, all sides can agree that we all need to work on ways of reducing teen pregnancy. Unfortunately, some folks - Sarah Palin among them, think that instruction on contraception is tantamount to giving teens permission to fool around. It's a theory that is just not supported by the facts here in reality-land.

So because of that, many folks have a certain schadenfreude with regard to Mrs. Palin's situation, having to face up close and personal, the results of unrealistic expectations on a teen daughter.

But honestly, none of that has a bearing on what kind of vice president she would make. It's more along the lines of "nana nana booboo", and "I told you so."

Palin seems from all outward appearances to be an fairly intelligent woman who has sought the spotlight of being a "big fish in a small pond". And she has a little bit of executive experience at the municipal and state levels.

But I'm just not impressed. Alaska is a different place. They receive a lot more federal money than what they pay in. So it's easy for their politicians to go begging to Washington, and end up with plenty of budget without the tough choices involved with raising their own tax revenue.

Palin's city of Wasilla is purported to have some 6000 residents. That's about equivalent to one precinct in Lewisville, TX. And though I joked a good bit about supporting whichever Democrat would pick me for their VP choice, I really wouldn't have thought that being a precinct chair would qualify me.

The State of Alaska is said to have about 600,000 residents. That is a smaller number than a lot of U.S. cities, and definitely smaller than the 26th Congressional District and most Texas Senatorial Districts.

But, assume for the moment that having a few years of executive experience at the local and state levels did give one useful experience for assuming the Presidency - which she would be a heartbeat away from doing, if John McCain were elected, that's only a small part of what is required.

From my point of view, the Executive needs 5 main characteristics: Vision, Connections, Experience, Knowledge, and Judgement. Well, one out of 5 ain't bad... Who am I kidding, that is bad. Lets talk about some of these characteristics:

Vision - This is the strong sense of what our nation can become after policies are implemented, and they work as desired. Barack Obama has been very good at articulating a vision of a country in which the government works for its people. Neither McCain, nor Palin, nor anyone on the Republican side has articulated a vision. Rather they've demonized Democrats and every other perceived enemy, painting an unrealistic picture of what might happen if "they" get control.

I suppose if Republicans wanted to paint a vision based on the policies they support, like getting rid of taxes for the wealthy, and shrinking government, they would have to envision hyper-inflation and runaway government debt, and a falling dollar, widespread poverty, corporations getting away with grand larceny. I suppose an alternate but incompatible vision would have a big government that lets corporate thieves run scot free, but employs morality police to visit bedrooms all over the country and enforce a Talibanic style Christian theocracy.

Connections - A president has to be able to draw upon their vast network of colleagues for talent in staffing a new administration. Both John McCain and Barack Obama will do just fine with this, based on McCain's years in the Senate, and Biden's years in the Senate - and to a lesser extent Obama's rolodex. Since Palin was fairly unknown to many Republicans before Friday, I'd have to guess that she brings very little to the table in this regard.

Experience - Having experience in life, as well as in Washington or as an executive in government are all good things, but none of it alone is enough to prepare someone for the toughest job in the world. The mechanics of how to run the executive are by now nearly incomprehensible to a single person, after 230 years of tradition and Congressional mandates, and treaties. Being able to handle a tough schedule day after day without cracking has got to count for a lot more here than having a job title. McCain, Obama, and Biden have all proven they can pretty much handle it because each of them has run a tough campaign. Palin is a mother of 5, and that counts for a lot.

Knowledge - Knowing the workings of Washington, even as messed up as they are, is an asset. A couple of weeks ago, Palin dismissed a question about her as a VP choice by asking just "what is it that a vice president does every day?".

Judgement - This encompasses all sorts of things. To me, it's not just being right or wrong on certain issues, but also the way in which you approach an issue in trying to understand it and judge it.

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Next Neighborhood Meeting on Gas Drilling - Sept 6th

Oil and Gas
Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/31 17:50:00 (1196 reads)

We have another meeting scheduled to discuss gas drilling in the Central Park area neighborhoods of Lewisville.

When: Saturday, September 6th at 6:00 PM
Where: First Christian Church
880 Fox Avenue
Lewisville, TX (Behind Lakeland, Elementary)
Why: Learn more about how to protect our neighborhoods and get a better deal. If you have been to either of the previous meetings, we'll be covering the same topics, but with a few new details.
Who: Anyone who lives near either of the drill sites in Lewisville.
Agenda: Coming Soon
More Information: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WillowGrove/

Map to meeting:

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ONLINE AUCTION: Breast Cancer 3-Day Fundraiser

Get Involved! - Rise to Your Higher Self
Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/31 17:01:16 (812 reads)

Bodum Coffee Service

Bodum coffee set. Includes decanter, creamer, sugar cup, 4 coffee cups, stirrers, measuring scoop and a cork coaster for each. New and never used.

Opening bid: $15.00
Auction closes: 8:00pm CDT, Thursday, September 4, 2008

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All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Thank you and happy bidding.

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ONLINE AUCTION: Breast Cancer 3-Day Fundraiser

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Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/31 16:57:35 (766 reads)

Longaberger Basket

This Longaberger basket is a handsome, handmade collectible. It was originally purchased in 1998, and is not currently available on their website, adding to its value - originally paid $30. Rarely used.

It is 5"X7" on the top tapering down to 3"X5" on the bottom.

Opening bid: $25.00
Auction closes: 8:00pm CDT, Thursday, September 4, 2008

Local bids only (DFW area). Items will be delivered to winner.
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All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Thank you and happy bidding.

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Why McCain Picked Palin?

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/8/31 11:20:50 (1105 reads)


Haven't had time to write anything intelligent about this yet, but I thought the above video was funny as hell. Watch McCain's eyes...

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Freedom from Religion

The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
Posted by Kit on 2008/8/30 16:00:00 (1024 reads)

Some thoughts in response to the lady that has been selected by McCain. I tend to think of vice presidents as always being a moment in time away from the White House. McCain
has chosen a woman who is so committed to the ideas of religion that I doubt she could ever be trusted to act in the best interest of the country at large. This is not just a simple issue, we are clinging to the ideals of a democracy and each election need to remember that there are those who would happily make this country into a theocracy. That goes far beyond simply how one chooses to view god, but rather how we will be allowed to live our lives. Does it really matter if the fundamentalist is Christian or Muslim? The end result is the same. We lose the ideals of freedom.
This is far beyond being an issue of republican v democrat. This has become about our basic freedoms. Are any of us ready to let go and surrender to someone else's vision of what is all right to think or say? A person's religion is a personal matter and none of my business, till it crosses the line and then becomes my business - my issue.
"True, people of faith have always tried to bring their interpretation of the Bible to bear on American laws and morals ... it's the American way, encouraged and protected by the First Amendment. But what is unique today is that the radical religious right has succeeded in taking over one of America's great political parties. The country is not yet a theocracy but the Republican Party is, and they are driving American politics, using God as a battering ram on almost every issue: crime and punishment, foreign policy, health care, taxation, energy, regulation, social services and so on." (Bill Moyers)

How did this happen? Voter apathy is key to the phenomenal ascent of the theocratic right in the U.S. government.

“With the apathy that exists today, a small, well-organized minority can influence the selection of candidates to an astonishing degree” (Pat Robertson, The Millennium, 1990).
If you think this is just another election and that your vote doesn't count, I believe you may be very wrong. After the last eight years we know how miserable and unchangeable the results of an election can be. We also know that the machinery of politics can make a decent heroic American look as if he were our worst nightmare, conversely a coward can be made to seem a hero. I keep hearing that people cannot vote for a black man, whether you are white, black, Mexican, a member of one of many different oriental backgrounds, or any other background the face of this country is your face. We cannot be embroiled in decisive racial issues when the question of whether our not this country will even survive is at stake. I have heard all the nonsense being perpetuate by certain so-called news networks, I am asking you to look beyond rumors and innuendo and discover the man behind the black face that so scares you. In fact, I challenge you to do just that, become informed about whom these people are and the real agenda will be. This is not about one issue, as in abortion, it is about your rights to be truly as free as the Constitution envisioned for all of us. We need only to look at things happening today to know that we can easily lose all that has been paid for with blood.

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ONLINE AUCTION: Breast Cancer 3-Day Fundraiser

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Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/29 11:51:33 (842 reads)

Polar Express Gift Set

This is a Polar Express gift set. It includes the hardback book written by Chris Van Allsburg, a CD of the story, a cassette tape of the story, and a souvenir bell from Santa's sleigh.

Opening bid: $25.00
Auction closes: 8:00pm CDT, Thursday, September 4, 2008

Local bids only (DFW area). Items will be delivered to winner.
Remember to bid by choosing this post's "comment". If you have any questions about the item, please send those to me at jcs (at) whosplayin (dot) com

All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Thank you and happy bidding.






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Opinions from an 8 year old pundant

Zen by Jen
Posted by mamask8z on 2008/8/28 22:22:41 (1032 reads)

At my house tonight, three members of my family waited anxiously for Obama to give his historic speech. One of us three didn't make it and crashed during the opening video. But from the two that were left, well...

Ike, my 8 year old had this to say regarding Mr. Obama's speech:

"I don't agree with everything he said. I disagree that parents should tell their kids when to turn the TV off," he giggled.

And as Obama was discussing health care and his mom dealing with insurance while ill, Ike inquired, "Mom, why would someone vote to make it hard to get sick people well? They must be hypnotized or stupid or something."

Hypnotized. Or stupid. Or something.
Maybe lost.

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