Hands up...don't move!

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

The headlines read, “Man with hands up shot by police,” “unarmed black youth shot by police,” “NYC man choked to death by police,” etc.  During the past several months we have been bombarded by stories like this, and the media conveniently forget to discuss the obvious real issue, and they don’t interview police regarding what happens during confrontations.

The mayor of NYC, with the all too willing help of Al Sharpton, POTUS, and AG Holder fueled the fire of racism and hatred of police resulting in two NYPD officers being gunned down last month for no other reason except that they were cops.  At the funerals of these brave men, the vast majority of the officers assembled to pay their respect rightfully turned their backs on Mayor DiBlasio, and calls for his resignation continue.

As I write this, tensions in Ferguson, MO are probably getting ready to reignite because former officer Darren Wilson will most likely not be facing civil charges in the death of Michael Brown….because there is no evidence to suggest he did anything wrong.

And now there is this case from December 30, 2014 out of Bridgeton, NJ.  In a nutshell, a car was pulled over and there was a heated exchange between the officers and the occupants of the car. At that point it doesn’t matter the ethnicity of the officers or the alleged perpetrators, such incidents as this and those above escalate rapidly.  

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The very common sense lesson here is when confronted by any officer at any time is simple, obey the commands of the officers.  When an officer says “hands up” and/or “don’t move,” that means for whatever his/her reasons, you have crossed the line and the situation is dangerous for both of you, and is escalating rapidly.  All necessary force will be used to quell the situation as quickly as humanly possible.

In the story out of NJ, after observing a gun in the glove box, in no uncertain terms, the officers repeatedly ordered the suspects to put their hands up and to not move.  They did so because they saw a gun and had no way to know what else the suspects may have had in their possession, and when in the heat of a very tense moment the suspect in the passenger seat decided to ignore the command of “don’t move” and exited the car…push went to shove, and he is now dead.  Bad day for everyone.  

Just like Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many others…if they did not resist and simply complied with the officers, they would likely still be alive today.  Sure, they might have been arrested, paid a fine, possibly done some time, however they would probably be ALIVE.

I’m probably going to catch a lot of heat for this closing statement, but the bottom line is this.  Cops have a tough job, and yes there are some bad ones out there, however in the majority of cases, the day could end well for LEO and perp if the perps don’t resist.  I for one am fed up with the constant race baiting that goes on in these cases that have nothing to do with race and everything to do with obeying the law.

 

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Time for a real leader in the White House again

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and listening lately.  Like most Americans who are observant of the political landscape, I am very concerned about the direction our nation and the world are heading in, because while I really don’t care about myself, I am gravely concerned about my grandchildren and their generation.  

No matter which way one looks, we have created a colossal, chaotic mess, and it is becoming harder and harder to find any good in the world, and for all of the best intentions of a few people here and there, things are getting worse all the time.  In short, as I have said many times before and will continue to say until the day I die. I believe and know in my heart of hearts that there is ultimately only one answer to our problems.  That answer is Jesus, the Christ.

Now, having laid that brief ground work, I have reached an earthbound conclusion.  

My circle of influence is made up of many different people from different walks of life, with different faiths and philosophies.  While most of them are Christian, there are many Jews, agnostics, and others in the mix.  Many of them are uncertain of what is going on, but almost all agree that there is something very other worldly afoot in our nation and the world in general.  Regardless of their given faiths, most astute observers of world conditions agree or at least acknowledge that we are likely witnessing what is generally termed “End Times” prophecy being fulfilled right before our eyes on a daily basis.

Okay, while I have a lot of thoughts on that subject, I don’t want to go too far down that rabbit hole, because that’s a story for another day, however, I mention it for a reason.  None of us knows how much time is left.  Could be tomorrow or the next moment, could be hundreds of years from now.  My point today is simply this.  Just as it has been for every generation, it is incumbent upon us to live in the now and do our individual best to make our lives and those of our children as decent as possible in every area while we are waiting for His plans to unfold.  

My friends, I think everyone can agree that we as a nation are in a very bad place, on every level.  While time and space do not permit me going into all the details, the focus here is on our lack of leadership and what I think we can do about it….at least at the highest levels of government.

For my money, we have not had a real ‘top of the heap’ conservative leader since Ronald Reagan.  Love Reagan or not, there is no denying that he had and applied a lot of good, old fashioned, common sense and was a real leader that did what he knew was right for America, and followed the law, regardless of the shifting winds of public opinion.  

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Missing the Reason for the Season

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

What happened to Christmas?  Did the Grinch actually get successful and steal it?  Did some sort of switch get thrown to diminish it?  I don’t really know, however I do know that as I drive around at night, in the neighborhoods, shopping districts, and pretty much everywhere else, I’m seeing less and less of the lights, smells, and signs of what I used to identify with Christmas.  

I think that may be what bothers me the most…seeing less of the stuff that had/has nothing to do with Christmas.  When I was a kid, we didn’t even consider Christmas until sometime after Thanksgiving.  Those who remember back in the day when I was coming up will remember the start of the school year in early September; we weren’t even thinking about Halloween, because we were too busy trying to keep our new classroom schedules in order. It was sometime after we got that memorized that Halloween was upon us, and even then, Thanksgiving seemed a long way off….let alone Christmas.

In the ensuing years, as the commercialization intensified, Christmas started earlier and earlier, to the point that people stopped noticing that the whole Christmas blitz was beginning as early as July.

Here’s where this commentary is going to grow a little hair.  Let me start by saying that while I recognize they are really meaningless except to remind people to spend money, I like the pretty lights, the aromas of the special foods, the caroling, and the crispness of the winter air that many have come to associate with the season.

But here it is, the 17th of December…only eight days before Christmas and I’ve barely seen a Christmas tree in a window; except for Christian Stations, I hear very few Christmas songs on the radio; very few are talking about the season, and the luster of the event seems to be waning faster than the Dolphins chances of making it to the Super Bowl this year.  In fact, Halloween, a day that celebrates darkness, was a day that most people used to simply buy a few bags of candy for, has increasingly become more popular than celebrating the earthly birth of our Lord.  

And that’s the rub I think.  We, that is to say, you and me, all of us…we allowed all of the commercialism, all of the nonsense, to cloud the reason for the season.  It has come to the point that the ‘celebration’ of darkness has now become more prominent than a decidedly Christian event.  Said Christian event now being watered down and proffered using such terms as “winter celebration” and lots of other secular things that are intended to remove its actual meaning.

To be honest, the only thing I really understand about the way we celebrate the season is the giving of gifts. Because Christmas is about celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus the Christ, the manifestation of God’s love for us, that free gift to all of mankind…we give gifts to each other as a reflection of that unimaginable and undeserved gift of Salvation.

As far as the rest of it, while I still think it’s all very pretty and nice, part of me is at a loss as to the significance of such things as the Christmas Tree, the lights, Santa Claus and the elves, the whole North Pole and Reindeer thing, and all of the superficial stuff that became associated with the second greatest event in the history of mankind.  As important as it was and is, the greatest event was not the birth of Christ.  The greatest event was why He came and His work on the Cross, because without that saving sacrifice, His birth as a man is meaningless.

A moment ago, I said, “this commentary is going to grow a little hair” and “part of me is at a loss…”  Those comments deserve an explanation.  Simply put, I’m not really at a loss, because while I always did love the whole “Christmas” thing, I understand how and why all the meaningless stuff was added to the real story, so much so that over time, “the stuff” has overshadowed the real meaning and message of why He came.  

Folks, not for a minute am I suggesting that we shouldn’t observe and celebrate the human birth of our Creator and Savior, but I am saying that we need to sweep aside all of the stuff that the enemy has put in front of us to cloud and mask the true meaning of His “not of this world” birth.  

After all of the sales have ended, the gifts returned, and blah, blah, blah…we need to rethink the second most significant event in all of history.  That being the birth of Jesus the Christ, Emmanuel, (which literally means God with us) who was the fulfillment of God’s promise to mankind that He would bridge the gap created by the original sin of Adam.

My friends, the human birth of Jesus was not meant to be a reason to buy each other trite gifts, decorate trees with multi-colored lights, bake gingerbread cookies, or any of the other “stuff” we have been blindly led and misdirected by the enemy of mankind to do.  Instead, His human birth was meant for Him to lower Himself to become like us, so that His much more important sacrificial death on the Cross could become our only escape from eternal separation from God the Father, (that is to say…hell).

In the end what I’m saying is this, rejoice in the season and have fun with family and friends, but by all means never lose sight of the real meaning of His birth and more importantly His death on that Cross, and His Deity proving resurrection three days later.  

If you find yourself stuck for a gift to give, the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones today and forever is to accept His free gift and invite Him into your heart and life…right now, in your own words, at this very moment.  

Blessings my friends and have a very Merry Christmas.

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Selective Enforcement...heavy handed tactic

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

A tough day, lots of struggles, and a “selective enforcement” tap on the window.  In the perspective light of the many tragedies going on all around the world and the fact that I have too many friends and loved ones, if I only have one, suffering and dying…it wasn’t the end of the world. But I have to say, we have some bad traffic laws on the books in Florida and other places, and some of them need to be repealed…yesterday!

Here’s what lit my fuse.  Just over a month ago, I was taking a ride while plying my trade and minding my own business…not driving erratic, never speeding, not tailgating...nothing.  I slowed down and came to a proper stop at a red light, and was mindful of the traffic leaving lots of room in front of me.  Suddenly there was a tap on my passenger window which, since I was looking at traffic to my left, I thought might have been a homeless person looking for some help.  

Instead, I noticed right away that it was a deputy motioning me to roll down my window.  While I didn’t know why he wanted me to do so, I pointed to the rear window and rolled it down, (the front passenger window is and has been stuck up like a JAP for a couple of years).  He asked me for my license and told me to meet him by his “patrol vehicle.”  I asked why and he smugly stated that I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt.

So, troubled by this as I was, I obliged and pulled around.  Y’know, I have a lot of respect for LEO’s, and I know they are just doing their jobs, but this was and is a total invasion of mine and your privacy.  Not that I necessarily choose to, (because how come they ain’t required on school busses?) but I do wear my seatbelt 99% of the time…and like everyone else, I’m human; I have other things going on, and sometimes, SOMETIMES, I forget.  However, such a momentary lapse should not give the state or a county the right to have a deputy standing on the corner of any intersection just waiting for someone to pull up to a red light so that the county can generate revenues.  That, in and of itself, is criminal. 

If I was speeding, ran a red light, or was engaged in anything dangerous, I’d probably be okay with this.  But to simply ‘selectively’ stop people who are otherwise just going about their business; people who are struggling through tough economic conditions just trying to squeak by; people who are watching every freaking dime just for basic needs?!  Excuse me, but this is a law, $116.00 worth, that hurts people.  This is a law that takes food from the table, makes the rent late, and makes the day old bread and store brand peanut butter look like a deal.  It’s a law that maybe makes decent people respect certain LEO’s just a little less, or maybe a lot less.

Speaking just for me, smug “Deputy Dick” might just as well have pulled out his pistol and robbed me at gunpoint, or maybe done me a favor and shot me, because it hurt that much and had the same effect.  And I know there are countless others right now that would feel such a pinch the same way.  A verbal reminder would earn a lot more respect and community cooperation sometimes.

In any case, on behalf of a lot of Florida and other states citizens/voters, I make a plea to the legislatures of any state that allows such an invasive policy…in the name of fairness and justice, repeal these harsh laws.  To the Sheriffs I ask you in the name of empathy and decency to stop the practice of such “selective enforcement.”  This is government over-reach at its very worst.  

If however the PBSO is so freaking bored and wants/needs to bring in a few bucks where I live, might I suggest to Sheriff Ric Bradshaw that you have your deputies spend some time up in the Acreage addressing the speed demons that constantly threaten the safety of the people everywhere up here?!  Heck, the PBSO might wind up with a surplus of cash.  

For all the PBSO and State Trooper cars I see in driveways where they live around here, you’d think it wouldn’t be an issue.  But it surely is. 

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Still a disgrace...

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

Almost two years later and nothing has changed.  All of the same cheaters are in place, the machines are still rigged, and everything is ready for the continued screwing of America.  

Right after the last election and what I witnessed, along with several dozen other Patriots at the SOE’s in Palm Beach County and St. Lucie County, I had something to say about the issue of voter fraud and its effect, if only on one race that I was following in So. Florida.  That race was just one incidence, (albeit huge) in one race, in one area.  However, in spite of the left’s insistence that such fraud doesn’t exist or isn’t widespread, the facts and numbers speak for themselves in every area of the country.  

Sadly, and as always this issue got the normal treatment right after the smoke cleared and ever since that time, as not a whole lot was said or done about it…until now, just a handful of weeks before the all-important mid-term election, when it is too late to do anything about what will surely happen in November.  Will there be enough of a voter surge to over-come the expected fraud?  Time will tell, but a quick review of election-day history says not a chance.  Just look at what is blatantly happening in Georgia as I write this today!  And look at what came to my attention just before going to press.  

According to Fox News:  “A handful of tight races in states with quirky election laws make for the possibility that Election Day will come and go without deciding which party controls the Senate.

If that happens, brace for a fierce runoff election and possible recounts that could make for an ugly holiday season in politics and government.

The main reason for uncertainty: Louisiana's election laws. Strategists in both parties say a Dec. 6 runoff is likely because Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and top Republican challenger Bill Cassidy will struggle to exceed 50 percent on the crowded Nov. 4 ballot."

Where else is this going on unreported?  Suffice it to say, things are going to get very ugly.  

The bottom line is that apparently not enough people have been hurt sufficiently or are angry enough to really do anything about it yet.  Sure, there are groups like ‘True the Vote’ that are and have been doing their best on this issue, and it gets talked about in conservative circles; but no one in authority that really can do anything ever will.

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