(via my dear friend Rev. Paul)
With all the bad press aimed at police departments around the country – and sometimes bad things do happen – we don’t hear enough about the good things they do.
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Your child is off somewhere in the world without you and something goes wrong. With children who have developmental disabilities or mental illness, something is bound to go wrong at some point. So you craft action plans. You practice what to do. You get their care providers on the same page. You hope your action plan will work if and when needed. Many times it will. But there’s always the possibility that one time, in some ordinary place doing some ordinary thing, something will go awry. Then what?
The Anchorage Police Department has a volunteer training program to help its officers make the best possible decisions when encountering people with autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries, depression or any other condition that can affect a person’s behavior and how well he or she might respond to police.
For parents, the worst nightmare isn’t the meltdown. It’s how other people will react, and then how your child will react to them. Will the others — store clerks, passersby, waiters, managers — be well-meaning helpers who unknowingly muck things up even more? Or maybe they will be disrupters and increase stress and tension as they try to firmly get matters under control. What then? What if the police show up and rattle off a bunch of questions or issue orders at your child, who can’t handle being addressed in that way? Will your child run off? Lash out? What if an officer tries to put their hands on your child, who cannot tolerate touch?
The worst nightmare is that someone will get hurt.
Loren Holmes / ADN
Hamilton asked a friend, Angie Fraize, an Anchorage police officer who serves with her on the Governor’s Council for Disabilities and Special Education, what to do. Fraize helped coordinate a coffee date for Harley with her husband, Matt, who is also an Anchorage police officer. The goal? Get Harley to understand police as helpers, as safe people she can trust.
“The face of law enforcement is changing with the times. But we have to. We have to show people that we are human. That we are dads and moms,” Angie Fraize said over coffee last week. She grew up with an uncle who had Down syndrome, and one of her two daughters has the condition.
Matt Fraize, a large man who once played football for the University of Washington, showed up in uniform to the coffee date with Harley. He asked if he could sit with Harley and her mother, who suggested, “Harley would love for a handsome man in uniform to sit across from her.”
Harley hugged officer Fraize, beaming during the half-hour visit that ended with a ride home, without Mom, in the police car. During a second meeting, Harley tried to tickle officer Fraize, nuzzled his side, gave a friendly head-butt and a quick kiss to his right shoulder before they walked over to his patrol car, holding hands.
“A lot of us are parents of kids with special needs. And so we get it. We have the same fears for our children,” Matt Fraize said.
Heroes like Officer Fraize need all the good publicity they can get. This is a wonderful program.
I commented on Rev. Paul’s posting of the above story that news of a positive nature is not considered news. The dictum ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ came to mind.
I hope that most of the men and women in blue are of Officer Fraize’s mindset, rather than the stormtrooper/Gestapo/’us against them’ mindset. Too often, it’s only police misconduct that makes the news.
As the good Reverend said, this story needs to go viral! So I’m doing my .02 worth. 🙂
At a cost!
Vets told they can ‘buy back’ 2nd Amendment rights
‘This is illegal and is called extortion’
I’ve been having ‘problems’ for some time now with regard to the posting of commentary on others blogs and some folks seeing MY little blog and commenting, as well.
Seems WordPress has had some issues. I left Blogger a couple years ago, as THEY had some issues!
More than 100,000 WordPress websites have been infected with malware after attackers exploited a vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin called RevSlider. The attack turns the infected WordPress sites into unwilling distributors of yet more malware, this time aimed at visitors to the sites.
The malware campaign has been dubbed SoakSoak because it causes some infected websites to redirect visitors to a malicious website at soaksoak.ru. In an attempt to curb the infections, Google has blacklisted over 11,000 affected WordPress domains, according to Menifee, California-based security company Sucuri.
We get what we pay for!
I can’t afford to pay for a blogging platform – I certainly hope those are running without issue(?)
h/t Rev. Paul
Essentially, it describes a kind of malaise.
Why blog anymore?
Between Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook*, blogging is being re-defined as the ‘buggy whip’ of social media. Who blogs, anymore? I mean really…
For me, it returns me to why I began blogging in the first place, and what I expected to get out of it.
I began blogging because it gave me something
constructive with which to waste my time. A personal daily discipline. And the ability to share my politics, philosophy and history with family and friends. I had no expectations then, and certainly don’t now. And have been met with a wonderful community of friends I didn’t know I had until I began blogging! Some of whom have become friends and confidants off the Internet. In the real world.
Many folks have voluntarily or involuntarily removed themselves from the blogosphere since I began. And that saddens me. It means time is passing, and people have removed themselves from our lives. That is their choice. Or Fate’s.
Guffaw, your humble blogger, will continue blogging. At least for the time being.
Weather permitting. 🙂 (“They’ll be a rain dance, Friday night. Weather permitting.” – George Carlin, The Indian Sergeant) See, there’s always guffaw in there, somewhere. 🙂
*Facebook – Guffaw is on FB, in his real name. But, the more I blog, the less I am there. Guess I’m doing this backwards(?)
(I suspect I will be branded as such – as if I’ve not been already – after posting THIS! – Guffaw)
From Rev. Paul, in part…
While much attention has been paid to the administration’s announcement of further restrictions and infringements on that which shall not be infringed, we mustn’t forget that there are other forces at play. (…)
(…)Case in point: an Anglican bishop stated, in 2009, “”Many bishops prefer to turn their heads, to carry on as if nothing has changed, rather than face the reality that England is no longer a Christian nation.”
Meanwhile, in America, “40 Percent of US Muslim Voters Want Islamic Law, 12 Percent Want Death for Blasphemers“. (…)
(And these are persons rendered silent in a poll!)
(…)The Progressives are those who wish to “appease” the radical Islamists.
“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
–Sir Winston Churchill
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John Adams, 2nd President)
I edited out some of the other material presented, because I believe the material above is sufficient to warrant concern and discussion, without the necessity of religious overtone.
Obviously, to obtain the whole picture, or if your are traditionally religious, feel free to visit my good friend Rev. Paul’s blog to see the entire post. I don’t generally post religious stuff on this blog. (Sorry Paul)
Unlike government, we promote transparency here!
Thanks, Rev. Paul, for the reminder!
Reportedly, Senate Democrats are pushing more gun control, TODAY!
CALL CAPITOL HILL TODAY!
|h/t Rev. Paul, GOA|
Just got back from my favorite “Fun” store. They had their ATF inspection last week. Notable in that the two ATF compliance tax agents were female. One black and one white. What is notable about that? It seems to me as if they hired a bunch of anti-gun non shooting sports types to work for them. Also notable is that they mentioned that North Carolina has been “given” 20 additional compliance teams. Also noteworthy (especially) is the NEW additional part of the inspection.
The black tax inspector spent the entire time photographing every single 4473. She even photographed all of the deferred or declined 4473s. Registration is here in North Carolina. If you own any firearms that you bought in a gun store on a 4473, you had better start trading them around. Fortunately I do not. Now I shall have to see if this was done at work since we had ours last month. Did not occur to me to inquire as that is not my department. (m21308)
We heard about this in Alaska, wherein attention was brought to bear by contacting their Senators. Has it been happening elsewhere? I thought this was a direct violation of a couple of federal firearms statutes? (And the race and gender of the agents is of no concern to me! – Guffaw)
Re: the ‘anti-gun non shooting sports’ types, I was lead to believe one couldn’t be a gun rights advocate, sport shooter, hunter or firearms collector and work for the ATF, as that was considered a conflict of interest!
Has this changed?
Funny, one can own and drive cars and work for the DMV…
h/t Brock Townsend, m21308
In the United States the right to petition is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the federal constitution, which specifically prohibits Congress from abridging “the right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Although often overlooked in favor of other more famous freedoms, and sometimes taken for granted, many other civil liberties are enforceable against the government only by exercising this basic right. The right to petition is a fundamental in a Constitutional Republic, such as the United States, as a means of protecting public participation in government.(Wikipedia)
Way Up North (and now Tam) brought to our attention (in demure fanfare, as is their tradition) a movement regarding individual States of these United States petitioning for peaceful secession from the same!
I went to the All Petitions/whitehouse.gov website, and was amazed! First, that such a group of petitions existed and second, that ‘the government’ had allowed such behavior, given their track record on such things!
By my count, there 24 States, including mine, with listed petitions!
Is this treasonous, or simply the right to petition?
My friend Rev. Paul of Way Up North posted a remarkable post entitled Hatred, Intolerance and Obsession.
You should stop reading whatever it is you’re reading, including this blog, go to the link above, and read the post.
I’m not even posting snippets of it to ward you off and keep you here. Except this:
Rev. Paul recently commented on a blog post of mine suggesting stocking up on ammunition via cash means was an appropriate thing to do. This in response to the pending approval by the U.S. Senate of the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has content related to signatory countries internal control of small arms.
Kinda a slap in the face of The Bill of Rights and our sovereignty.
And the good Rev. is a clear thinking individual and good friend who normally doesn’t go off ‘half-cocked’ in such matters. I don’t see him hunkered down up there in the Frozen North, surrounded by out of date mil-surp equipment and Gadsden flags. He is a man of God and believes in the Rule of Law.
And, even though our courts have held Our Constitution is Supreme over any treaties which we join, there seems to be much consternation and gnashing of teeth over this one.
I remember prepping somewhat for Y2K, but increasing my arm and ammunition supply, and ‘prepping’ with those I loved. Just in case.
Is this kind of thinking out-of-bounds, or good, even if nothing untoward occurs? (I did use most of my Y2K ammo subsequently, for practice. Kinda wish I had it, now)
What do you guys think?