I recently attended a funeral for a friend’s father. Gene Chrysler was 94 year of age when he passed; wife, children and grand-children by his side. The hospice doctor and staff were amazed at the outpouring of love and care they saw from the family, never leaving his side until the end. The hospice doctor commented that there was little need for their presence.
As I listened to the children and grand-children speak at the service, there was a reoccurring theme.
Each person spoke about the happiness and strength they found only in each other. None believed they could have endured it alone, but truth is, all of them could have, given the strength and temerity they were bred with, but they didn’t have to because all of them were there for each other.
Through tears, they celebrated fond memories, milestones and tragedy past, all the time crediting each other and professing their collective faith in God. One speaker said it best when he exclaimed how his faith was the only thing allowing him to move forward, and wondered aloud how the faithless face such adversity.
In that little Baptist church in Marathon, NY, family weddings, baptisms and funerals punctuated the normal Sunday services of several generations of a loving, tight-knit family that wanted little more than to raise their kids, work their farm, celebrate each others triumphs and victories while supporting themselves when sorrow and hardship visited.
Gene and Wanda, his loving wife of 70 years set forth a road-map for how to make a family by demonstrating every day how to do it. Only their faith in God was stronger than their faith in each other. When you live your life with that kind of clarity of purpose and with that intensity of a focused objective, those around you can’t help but notice.
It was clear by listening to the folks speaking about Gene just what kind of man he was even if you had never met him. I had the good fortune to know him and his family for over 25-years and even though I knew all of the goodness, the graciousness, the quality of life reality they created, it was comforting to hear that his grand-children and his great-grand children will carry with them whatever was able to be transferred to them by word, deed and genetics.
Author and television news personality Tom Brokaw coined the term, “The Greatest Generation” in his book that told the stories of World-War II veterans. Gene fought in that war as well as the Korean conflict and he was indeed one of the best of the best from that wonderful group of men that snatched freedom from the brink of fascism. Rest in eternal peace my friend. It was my honor to know you. You set the bar very high, and hopefully within families all over this great country similar values will carry us onward on the backs of children forged into honorable men by warrior forefathers like you.
Joe Biden is a coward and like most garden-variety milksops, he is a loud-mouthed bully that embellishes everything in order to concoct what he dreamed he could have been in order to mask that which he actually is. Most indicative of this cowardess is the fact that Biden sacrificed human life in Afghanistan in order to meet a self-imposed deadline and to retain the ability to claim, on the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, that he had finished the job. American’s lives, Afghani’s lives, billions of dollars in U.S. military equipment now being used to kill innocents under the color of our left-behind vehicles, aircraft, armaments, uniforms, helmets, rifles and ammunition, all in the name of preserving the ceremony of Biden being able to take a victory lap on 9-11.
A scheme that discards and dismisses human life today while making political points on the corpses of those 2,996 people who died on 9-11 as well as the almost a quarter of a million people who have died in Afghanistan since 2001 is a misdeed of such epic proportions that only God in heaven can judge.
And like most hapless bullies, Biden used the platform of his post-exit from Afghanistan speech to yell at and intimidate listeners and viewers as he doubled-down on his decision-making, even using the word “wisdom” in self-describing his own, well, wisdom. Graduation from the U.S. War College is not a requirement to conclude that when winding down a war, you get the innocents out first, then you remove equipment, then you destroy whatever is left that could be used offensively, and then you get your troops out.
What has happened to the leadership of our military that this chain of events could possibly have happen? Not one high-ranking General had the balls to fall on his sword to prevent this from happening? Is this our new, “woke” military? It took some Lieutenant Colonel on Facebook to tell the world what everyone knew to be true: We were abandoning Americans and other friendlys’ in the name of optics and politics.
Biden yelling at the teleprompter in justifying his choices speaks to his own delusions, which are evident every day as this dazed old-man shuffles away from the podium, unable to answer questions. What kind of a leader, let alone the most powerful man in the world says this to reporters before a news conference?
BIDEN: Ladies and gentlemen, they gave me a list here. The first person I was instructed to call on was (pause) Kelly O’Donnell of NBC.
Or again at another news conference Biden says: “I’m not supposed to be answering all these questions”
Or this troubling exchange. BIDEN: I’m not — I’m not supposed to take any questions but go ahead.
REPORTER: Mr. President, on Afghanistan —
BIDEN: I’m not going to answer Afghanistan now. Okay.
REPORTER: — can you say if there’s still an acute risk?
BIDEN: Thank you.
Joe Biden is clearly suffering from cognitive decline. Agree or disagree with Biden’s politics, he is without question, incapable of being the President. Anyone who doubts this is either simply not paying attention, or is delusional to the observable truth.
Biden is a plagiarist, a liar, a principle-less adulterer and a pervert all easily verified by watching him steal a speech from Neil Kinnock, (fact) tell reporters about his law-school successes, ( multiple lies), how he had a well-documented affair with then-married-to-someone-else Jill Stevenson, (now his wife), and finally, well just scan the internet for the disturbing pictures of “Uncle Joe” sniffing hair and groping in ways that make normal people cringe.
How could a man like this become the President of the United States? Clearly the election was rigged. Not by ballot stuffing, or secret-agent nefarious poll-watchers, or any of the ordinary and popular theories of street-level wrong-doing, but by technology experts armed with keyboards, passwords, programs and software patches.
Average American’s may have their moments when it comes to sound decision-making, (think Carter and Obama), but no honest assessment of what seemingly magically happened on election night passes the simple smell test. Trump winning at 9PM on election night and Biden running the table in the wee hours of the morning with no news coverage? Almost 82 million votes, literally overnight? Take a whiff of that.
But now that we’re stuck with him, the question becomes, how did this happen, how do we ferret-out the bad actors, how do we assure American’s of the fairness of the voting process and most importantly, who is behind all of this? Who engineered this and who is calling the shots? Clearly Biden and Harris are at most useful idiots without a scant chance of hatching such a scheme, but simply place-holders, too dumb, and necessarily completely principle-less, in order to take orders, but from whom?
This is really the 6-trillion dollar question and until and unless we find this out, nothing else we do will really matter.
Like people needed another excuse not to succeed, US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles celebrates giving up as a virtue. It would be understandable if she retired in order to go out as one of the best ever, but she made the decision to train as a member of a TEAM representing the United States of America in the Olympics. As a member of that TEAM, she failed them as well as the American’s sponsoring and supporting her.
The timing is suspect.
Recently tennis Olympian Naomi Osaka made it OK to avoid questions from the press and then went on to lose in the early rounds of the Olympics based on her alleged fragile state of mind. After observing the fawning adulation and high levels of support for Osaka’s “bravery”, Biles found a new strategy; failure sold as strength.
Lincoln penned one of the greatest speeches ever written under the pressures of a civil war, a battle at Gettysburg with 50,000 casualties, his 11 year-old son dying only a year earlier, and a wife suffering from severe mental illness.
Imagine what the Gettysburg Address would look like had Biles, (instead of Harriet Beecher Stowe) been around to influence President Lincoln.
US Olympic hammer-thrower Gwen Berry generated wide-spread publicity this past week-end by turning her back on the US flag at the awards podium during the Olympic trials. Berry, a well known prejudiced race-baiting malcontent has acted out in the past, earning a sanction from the US Olympic Committee two years ago for her grand-standing at the Pan American Games, and she has also been suspended for violating the Olympic anti-doping regulations.
Berry has an absolute right to exercise her freedom to speak. She is free to say anything she wants to say any time see chooses to say it. That freedom however does not rule out consequences. The people and organizations that sponsor her, pay for her training, transportation, living expenses, food, medical care and the like have that same liberty to exercise their rights as well. Rights for example under the area of contract law. It may require that in order to compete in the Olympic Games as an athlete representing the United States of America, participants must agree to certain curtailments of those speech rights in exchange for accepting a position on the team. Berry better read the fine print on her otherwise free-ride to stardom paid for by her fellow Americans.
Let’s be real; obtaining the glamour shot as a hammer-thrower is unlikely, especially when you take one look at Berry. Her abundance of hate-filled attitude defines her image perfectly. Where a Sharapova in tennis or Biles in gymnastics serve as terrific athletes and role models that are also aesthetically pleasing click-bait, images of the snide and bitchy Berry won’t make most spam folders. Acting out may generate for her a Kapernick moment she might hope to ride into a gravy train but again, Berry is performing on a stage she doesn’t own, in a sport that doesn’t add one ounce of revenue or viewer excitement, (read advertising revenue) to the bottom line.
Hammer-throwing shouldn’t even be an Olympic sport. The only people throwing hammers are Olympians or those trying to become Olympians. This should have been thrown out of the modern Olympics long ago, along with the likes of Berry.
Although speech is “free”, so is speech in reaction just as free. Berry devoid of the Olympic stage is just another anonymous self-loathing; prejudice mean-spirited ugly human being looking to blame others for her miserable existence.
The next time 3rd place hammer-thrower Berry makes her throw, she might best be advised to attach to that hammer her crappy attitude and the gigantic chip on her shoulder and throw it all out into the cesspool of her own despair.
I believe that freedom loving Americans would rather lose an Olympic medal than to have it obtained by the likes of Berry. Her achievements would only taint the trophy case with her poisonous hatred of America and sully the goodness of her fellow athletes that best represent this great country. While Berry is hateful of America, she is slimy enough to use what she can from that which she hates for her own enrichment.
Before Berry ever competes again, the US Olympic Committee ought to drop the hammer on her.
The US population is more-or-less evenly split between men and women yet 90% of those incarcerated are men, according to FBI crime statistics. Nearly 75% of NBA players are black while 97% of professional golfers are white. From these FACTS it is reasonable to conclude that men commit more crime than women, blacks are better at basketball than whites and whites are better at golf than blacks. This isn’t sexist or racist, these are observable FACTS reinforced by reality and observable in the world around us.
The lunacy of the Left argues that prisons and professional sports are inherently racist because their numbers fail to match the demographic distribution of men and women or blacks and whites in society. The Left doesn’t seek equal opportunity for all; they seek equal outcomes regardless of talents, choices and ambitions. The Left doesn’t seek the level playing field they claim, but instead a scheme to fix the game and dictate the score.
Asians SAT scores are the highest of any race, blacks the lowest. 27.9% of Blacks are on food stamps. 7.6% for Asians. Black unemployment is 9.7%. For Asians, 5.6%. As a group, Asians are better educated, more employable and less likely to be on welfare than are blacks. Again, FACTS. Because of this, a certain segment of the black community hates Asians because in spite of similar histories, obstacles and prejudice, their overwhelming accomplishments and successes are an embarrassment by comparison.
Asian achievement begs the question to the black community; we did it in one generation, why can’t you seem to do in 5?
Blacks kill each other at a rate 10 times higher than they die at the hands of the police.
Those who find FACTS as racist are not thinking or rational enough to have an intelligent conversation. President Biden swerved into the actual truth of modern liberalism when he said in a speech: “we’ll take truth over facts.” The point of playing the race/sex/ card is not to encourage dialogue and consensus, but to censor and stop further discussion because on the facts, these arguments can’t be won.
When one finds FACTS as offensive, then the truth must be offensive as well. This way of thinking requires one to live in a world of lies. The many American’s who have failed themselves by clinging to ignorance while rejecting reality puts the future of the United States on a dangerous and self-destructive trajectory.
The United States of America isn’t made up of groups; she is made up from individuals. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are characteristics of people, individuals, each of us. We are all free to accomplish what our own qualities, possibilities and aspirations encourage us to pursue. These decisions come from within. Self actualization is a unique and wonderful gift to Americans, underwritten by a Constitution that guarantees our access to the possibilities as we see them for ourselves. Outcomes are not guaranteed but our ability to try is. Setbacks are certain, we learn from them. They make us stronger, more resolute, more determined and more grateful. Failure isn’t permanent or fatal; it is a part of a bigger and greater process as our lives go on and we build on our experiences.
Americans are a giving and generous people. We will help everyone who is striving as best they can to help themselves. What we do not do willingly is to suffer fools, the lazy or opportunists and the Left today is mostly made up from heavy doses of all three.
My company provides services to insurance carriers. Recently, a large, nationally operational third party administrator issued the following directive, excerpts of which I have included.
We wanted to send out a note regarding this, as the Carriers do not want to see the word “tranny” or “trans” manually entered when referring to a transmission or transmission fluid as it is a Political Correctness issue. We understand that it has been used for a while and is considered industry slang however, in today’s society it can rub some the wrong way and create legal issues. Please be make sure going forward you are not using these slangs on your estimate.
If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you.
After about 3-minutes of thoughtful consideration, I dashed off the following in response.
In a world of insane, hyper-sensitivity, wouldn’t the phrase “rub some the wrong way” also have sexual overtones for those sad people that have nothing better to do than see if they can figure out a way to be offended? Instead, normal, high-functioning people ought to rise up and tell that sad, 1% of the easily offended to go and piss up a rope. Tired of the PC BS.
Having been in business for over 35-years, I can afford to make such pronouncements in protest to a world gone crazy. I do so on behalf of all of the younger people and their fledgling businesses that are too afraid to stand up to this nonsense and fight back.
I hope I’m not alone in my quest to fight-off this oppressive fog of compulsive submission to unorthodoxy, but regardless; I’ll not be cowed into compliance from the fringes of a society that has lost its way.
This is what happens when we dismiss, discourage and dismantle the family and un-tether ourselves from God.
The following is an article published in the Binghamton University newspaper, The Pipe Dream, followed by my response. A glimpse into the mind-numbed world of woke, entitled snot-nosed brats pretending to know something.
As a predominantly white institution, BU has a responsibility to enforce strong consequences for racism on campus
During the second week of my sociology class this semester, our professor Joshua Price brought to the class’s attention a racial incident that had occurred in a discussion section. A student had said a string of slurs while referring to a teaching assistant (TA), who is a woman of color. My initial reaction was how horribly ironic it was that in a class devoted to the unpacking of patterns of oppression, a student would say such a disgusting and racially charged statement. I also wondered what consequences the student would face. Unfortunately, it is unknown whether the student has faced any consequences besides dropping the course.
Instead of briefly addressing the incident and moving on, Price, the TA and Gladys Jiménez-Muñoz — an associate professor and undergraduate director in the sociology department — contextualized the incident by discussing the racist history of Binghamton, the power of words and the discrimination that Black students and teachers face in predominantly white institutions (PWIs). Price shared that he was in the process of reaching out to resources on campus to seek guidance for further disciplinary action.
Price made it clear that racial harassment is not tolerated in class, and other professors should take note. The 2021 Binghamton University student handbook states that “the Binghamton University community does not condone the use of insensitive, discriminatory or other disrespectful comments.” On February 27, a B-Line News Addition following the incident emphasized that racist incidents will not be tolerated at BU, condemning racism as “antithetical to our core values.” However, when overtly racist incidents occur with no known consequence, racism is passively being tolerated. Subsequently, the University’s words become hollow.
I am embarrassed to admit that before our discussion in class, I was not fully aware of Binghamton’s racially charged history. From 1923 to 1924, Binghamton served as the state headquarters for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Because of pushback from the high immigrant population in New York City, the KKK traveled upstate for recruitment. At the time, Binghamton was the perfect place, having very few foreign-born residents and a highly conservative population. The KKK attained a headquarters space at the intersection of Wall and Henry Street — less than five miles from where BU’s campus now stands — but left Binghamton a year later because of conflict with the national organization over the space. Binghamton’s racist and conservative history should put extra pressure on the University to open up communication about the city’s past, which should be acknowledged and reflected on with students.
BU is a PWI, with a student body that, as of 2019, is 55 percent white and 4.75 percent Black or African American, according to Data USA. Prior to the 1950s, Black students were almost exclusively educated in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In the past few years, PWIs have begun conducting research into their history with slavery, finding that profits from slavery and related industries funded several prestigious colleges in the Northeast, including Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Princeton and Yale, and that students and teachers on campus were even served by slaves. The Princeton & Slavery Project found that there were slave auctions held on the Princeton University campus. Because BU is a newer school, it does not have such an intimate history with slavery, but it still has a racist history. The Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science is named after a publicly known Nazi sympathizer who Adolf Hitler honored in 1937, and the University has not made any effort to change the name. Additionally, Black staff and students at BU have repeatedly reported and endured racial harassment and discrimination on campus. BU’s ignorance sends a message that’s loud and clear — responding to racism is not a priority.
An open letter to Harvey Stenger on June 12, 2020 signed by over 200 faculty members, students and alumni stated that “67 percent of Black males, 57 percent of Black females, followed by 25 percent of Native American females reported that they have experienced some form of discrimination, harassment or incivility” on campus. The creation of the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship and refunding of the Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship, although positive, failed to address the issues that permeated the Black student body on campus. The staff and faculty expressed frustration with the lack of action and responsibility, writing “we remain gravely concerned, because these measures do nothing to address the pervasive racist climate on campus that has been on the rise and that students, faculty and staff have spent years telling you about.” Stenger’s inaction has also been a source of disappointment in the past, as he walked out of a meeting in March 2015 during which Students for Change questioned him about how he planned to respond to racism on campus, and racist pictures and slurs found on a campus whiteboard in 2017 were followed by an email where Stenger promised to react “forcefully” but no significant change was made.
How can students of color feel safe and comfortable at BU when there are no serious consequences for racial harassment and there has been no effort to educate students about the history of Binghamton and PWIs? Minority students do not get an equal educational or social experience to white students because they have to deal with the pressure and emotional trauma of racism. A majority of Black students report feeling alienated and discriminated against in PWIs. A phrase in the code of conduct condemning racism is not enough — BU’s empty words do nothing to protect minority students.
There have been some steps in the right direction, though, including a proposal by the Student Association (SA) Congress for a required race and diversity education program at student orientation. Hopefully, this course will distinguish itself from the performative actions of the University so far and thoroughly address the history of PWIs and racism in Binghamton. Additionally, it is crucial that BU publishes guidelines mandating and describing concrete consequences for racist acts so that when an incident occurs, the University and the perpetrator can be held accountable. BU should also make an effort to hire more diverse faculty members, as College Factual reports BU faculty as 71.7 percent white and only 3.6 percent Black or African American. The open letter to Stenger called for the resumption of a cluster hire initiative for professors of color that the University halted. Furthermore, counselors of color could provide extra support and guidance to students of color. The University of Maryland, for example, has a drop-in hour during which students of color can meet with counselors of color.
For now, BU’s overused statements of intolerance are just a formality. It is traumatic enough to be subjected to an act of racially charged hate speech, but to have the perpetrator face no clear serious consequence is painful for the victim and is not constructive for the perpetrator. Without any consequences, the student is just as likely to do the same thing again, because they have not learned from nor been impacted by their actions. As an institute of higher education, BU has the responsibility and the power to shape the minds and actions of students, affecting how they view and treat other people. When the University does not respond to racist incidents vehemently, it disempowers the victims and sends the message that acts of racism are of lesser importance. It is imperative that BU works to remedy the performative nature of its activism, and students reflect on their individual biases and the impact of their actions. As an institution where Black students have historically been excluded and are a minority, BU must respond to racism earnestly and productively.
It is amusing to me how many young white women have seemingly found their cause celebre by defining, defending and describing racism on behalf of others of another race. It is insulting to hear these mostly privileged white girls, (like yourself), drone on about oppression as if they themselves or you have experienced it. The je ne sais quoi of such assumptive drivel smacks of virtue signaling thinly veiled as actually caring. The insincerity of such nonsense is not lost on those folks who have actually suffered under such oppression. Settling for an iced latte creamy milk blended espresso from Dunkin Donuts because the Starbuck’s is closed for diversity training is not a hardship akin to the racism you pretend to understand.
The fact that a single student was alleged to have uttered racial slurs in class is hardly a call-to-action for accusations of campus-wide racism. You seem to be someone just looking for an excuse to be outraged. Linking KKK activity to this region from almost 100-years ago and comparing the founder of IBM as a Nazi sympathizer is a tired old trick of applying the moral high ground of 2021 progressive philosophy to the acts of our ancestors, as if that is intellectually honest. This form of comparative morality is patently unfair and proves nothing, other than your own explicit bias.
The author unwittingly exposes her prejudice when she conflates racists with conservatives in the following sentence: “Binghamton’s racist and conservative history should put extra pressure on the University to open up communication about the city’s past, which should be acknowledged and reflected on with students.”
I would gently remind this young un-declared under-graduate snowflake that the party of racism, Jim Crow, lynchings, slavery, segregation, the KKK and all of the resistance to attempts at achieving racial equality has come in every historical instance from the Democrat Party not from Republicans or conservatives.
If you’re going to twist history by overlaying your modern principles on judging the goodness of those actions, have the intellectual consistency to accept that the liberalism of which you are so proud and so woke with your enlightenment is the same liberalism that historically fought against the equality of the races every step of the way.
Hopefully, as your collegiate career progresses, you’ll have the good fortune to encounter a professor or two that is still interested in teaching you how to think instead of convincing you of what to think. Questioning all of your assumptions is a healthy exercise and if you’re truly interested in learning and growing, that is exactly what you have to do. I wish you well.
Major League Baseball, (MLB), decided to cancel the 2021 All-Star game that was scheduled to be played this July in Atlanta. Here is a portion of the official statement from the MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.
“Over the last week, we have engaged in thoughtful conversations with Clubs, former and current players, the Players Association, and The Players Alliance, among others, to listen to their views. I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft. Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”
This latest example of the “cancel culture” at work is a response to the Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, for the audacity he has demonstrated by drafting voting regulations that insure the integrity of the electoral system. As a punishment for this, MLB, along with Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, both headquartered in Atlanta, have expressed their disapproval by making public statements condemning the changes in the Georgia voting rules. The financial impact to Atlanta from the All-Star game and the MLB draft cancellation is estimated to be approximately $100 million.
Maintaining and insuring the integrity and accuracy of our voting processes throughout America is a fundamental requirement if we are to keep the United States the United States. If we lose credibility and it becomes clear that rules are not being followed and those not eligible to vote can indeed vote, then the country is gone because the full faith and credit of a rightfully elected slate of candidates that become leader’s, are now undermined by fraud, deception and lack of accountability.
Commissioner Manfred, manage your leagues. No one elected you to office and your opinion about political machinations that occur lawfully and legally throughout the country are outside your purview and pay-scale. Play ball and shut up. There isn’t a ballpark in America where you can go to the Will Call window for tickets and not show a photo ID in order to do so yet somehow, voting rules should be less robust than getting tickets to a game? You can’t control your players on the field so why would you look to you for any kind of leadership off the field. You are paid an exorbitant sum of money to manage a kid’s game. Do that sir and please, just shut up.
As for the two morons who run Delta and Coke, please continue to run your filthy flying buses from one city to another and keep making that brown sugar-water that rots teeth and contributes so nicely to the national epidemic of obesity, you two guys are the epitome of self-important jerks.
We go to sporting events to find respite from politics and from blowhards like you. All three of you, sit down, shut up and leave us alone.
Ithaca, NY resident Richard Rivera sits on a committee called “Re-imagining Public Safety” which is responsible for suggesting reforms to the Ithaca police department. Mandated by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, all 500 police agencies throughout NY were tasked with holding public meetings in order to gather input about how best to operate. The participants in the Ithaca initiative chose to basically disband the police department and replace it with a hybrid group of armed and unarmed de-escalation people that would replace the traditional way of policing.
56 year-old Richard Rivera is alive and healthy. He has a girl friend, a nice job working for a non-profit in Ithaca, NY and he also sits on the committee called Re-imagining Public Safety.
Robert Walsh is dead.
Walsh was a decorated, 12-year veteran police officer in New York City. He had four children and a wife in 1981 when he was murdered, execution-style by Rivera in a Queens, New York bar robbery gone bad.
Walsh had just finished his 3-11 tour of duty and was having a beer after work at the BVD Bar and Grille on Flushing Avenue when Rivera and several others entered the bar, guns drawn in the commencement of a robbery. As Walsh moved to thwart the men, Rivera shot him in the shoulder. The impact disarmed Walsh and put him on the floor writhing in pain and begging for his life. Rivera put the barrel of his gun to Walsh’s head and executed him on the bar room floor.
Rivera served 39-years in prison for murdering Robert Walsh. Rivera is alive and healthy. He has a girlfriend, a nice job working for a non-profit in Ithaca, NY and he also sits on the committee called Re-imagining Public Safety.
Robert Walsh is still dead. He was a father of four. They all grew up without their father. This is what one daughter had to say some 30 plus years later about her dad:
“Today is my Dad’s Birthday. What memories I have of you are never lost. If I try real hard I can still hear what your voice sounds like. I always think of how better my life would have been if I was lucky enough to still have you in it. I think of what kind of relationship we would have had. I know you have watched over Ella in her times of need. Thank you Daddy! I hope you always watch me and my family and keep us in your embrace. I will talk with you soon. Love you.”
Rivera is alive and healthy. He has a girlfriend, a nice job working for a non-profit in Ithaca, NY and he also sits on the committee called Re-imagining Public Safety.
This is what the New York City Police Commissioner had to say about this tragedy in 1981. ”It’s ironic that a cop can get a death sentence for being a cop,” Commissioner Devine added, ”but there are no death penalties for people who kill cops.”
Robert Walsh is still dead. By now he has a host of grand-children whose births he will miss, concerts never hear and graduations not attended. A family of children that he will never know, not influence, love or fawn over because he is gone, only a memory.
Rivera is alive and healthy. He has a girlfriend, a nice job working for a non-profit in Ithaca, NY and he also sits on the committee called Re-imagining Public Safety.
The City of Ithaca, NY is Re-imagining Public Safety with input from a convicted cop-killer. This is my version of re-imagined public safety. I believe that the public would be much safer if Mr. Rivera were dead and Officer Walsh was very much alive as a retired NYPD police officer, perhaps living in retirement in Ithaca, NY and being a member of the Re-imagining Public Safety Committee, with all of the knowledge and experience he would have brought to that endeavor. But unfortunately that is not the world in which we live.
The stark reality is that Rivera is alive and healthy. He has a girlfriend, a nice job working for a non-profit in Ithaca, NY and he also sits on the committee called Re-imagining Public Safety.
Those in Ithaca that support this, defend it, even celebrate it ought to be recognized for the vile, twisted human-beings they are but instead Ithaca, 10-square miles of insanity surrounded by reality, will forever more be the crack in their famous gorges that apparently allowed satan to escape to the Earth’s surface, in the form of those who believe that this is a good idea.
SUNY Broome President Kevin Drumm authored, A statement of solidarity with our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Drumm inaccurately ties the Atlanta, GA shootings to Asian discrimination when Atlanta police investigators say the motive was linked to the shooters sexually addiction issues and had nothing to do with race.
President Drumm goes on to back up his myth by telling us that a Pew survey says that 60% of American’s don’t believe racism against Asian Americans has increased since the pandemic began.
It is particularly telling about Drumm’s propensity towards seeing groups instead of individuals, when he couches his statement of solidarity in the terms of not only Asians, but including Pacific Islanders. What in God’s name to people from the various Pacific Islands have to do with this issue?
AAPI communities? Seriously?
Drumm is pandering. He should do his job and run the campus properly, within budget and with as little expense beyond tuition as is possible. Make sure students get a quality education and help to prepare them for the work force. That is his job. He should stick to that until he has exceeded all of those goals. Then and maybe then, he can seek the input of the Board of Trustee’s to gain permission to write opinion articles that tacitly suggest campus-wide endorsement of his own writing.
In his letter letter, he encourages anyone who has witnessed an act of bias to submit an online incident report. I will be doing so and I will include this letter and his as evidence of that bias he artificially created by his ridiculous letter.