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Friday, September 21, 2012

How K9 Officer Brad Fox's Murder Could Have Been Prevented, Philly Hero Thrill Show, A Vote For Obama Is a Vote For Increased Violence.

Wednesday, September 19, K-9 Plymouth Township Officer Brad Fox was laid to rest after being shot to death by a piece of crap career criminal who should have been sitting in a jail cell. He was killed by Andrew Charles Thomas a former key suspect in the 1999 disappearance of his fiance and was currently on probation for theft and had assaulted a cop in his past.

As a former paramedic who worked closely with cops, I have insight into what daily life is like for them.

I can say with 100% complete conviction that because of bleeding heart liberals, our cops, our friends, and our family, are not safe.

Liberals care more about the rights of criminals than they do victims.
It is disgraceful.

Liberals are soft on crime - believing this will reform criminals.
It doesn't work.
Case in point: When cops arrest criminals from Philadelphia - they freak out because they were caught in Montgomery County and know they will be going to jail. Montgomery County is a bit tougher on criminals (though still not as tough as they could be).

Every cop killed in the last 10 years has been killed by a career criminal.

On November 17, 2006 - Sgt. Timothy Simpson was killed by William Allan Foster, a junkie, career thief from Levittown. In August of 2006, 3 months prior to Simpson's murder, our own Magisterial District Justice Robert Gaffney of New Britain allowed bail  after Foster's Aug. 7 arrest of assaulting a police officer.

What's the solution?

1. Justice for the Victim - The focus of the criminal justice system should be to obtain justice for the victim. Our current criminal justice system has increasingly viewed the crime's victim as irrelevant to the justice process. When it comes to sentencing,  the first goal should be to make the victim whole while holding the criminal responsible for his deed. The criminal justice system should place emphasis on restitution. Other appropriate goals, such as deterrence and punishment, are secondary. Restitution recognizes crime as "an offense by one individual against the rights of another." The victim has suffered a loss. Justice consists of the  offender making good the loss he has caused."
Approximately 35 states currently have some form of victim restitution requirement, but they are seldom enforced. Even when courts order restitution, the state typically makes little effort to compel payment, or the defendant has few assets.

We can correct the former problem by a vigorous commitment to enforce restitution. Solving the latter problem calls for the institution of prison-based industries and prison-based labor, requiring a prisoner to work to pay restitution to his victim. Restitution should always be a condition of probation or community release.

2. End Prohibition

Our criminal justice system fails to render justice to the victims of crime because it spends an inordinate amount of resources on "crimes" that do not directly harm the person or property of another. More than 350,000 Americans are in jail today for victimless (or consensual) crimes, such as gambling, drug use, ,  etc. An additional 1.5 million are on parole or probation. The annual cost of arresting and punishing people for consensual crimes is more than $50 billion. That figure will grow even larger if politicians succeed in adding smoking tobacco to the prohibited list. No wonder we are so short of resources to protect victims of real crimes like robbery, rape and murder.

Of all our current law enforcement strategies, none has failed as dramatically -- or with such devastating results -- as the "War on Drugs." By attempting to solve America's drug problem through the criminal law, the government is repeating the same mistakes made 75 years ago during alcohol prohibition. Just as alcohol prohibition gave America Al Capone, the mafia, drug prohibition has brought us the Crips, Bloods and Jamaican Posses. At the same time, drug prohibition has failed miserably in its primary goal -- curbing drug use.

The correlation between drug prohibition and violence can no longer be doubted. America saw its highest murder rate during the years of prohibition. In the years after prohibition's repeal the murder rate steadily declined. Only after the beginning of the crackdown on illegal drugs in the 1960's did murder rates begin to edge back up. Today the murder rate again resembles the prohibition years. While other factors, such as the breakdown of the family and the rise of the welfare state (and Obama is increasing the welfare state drastically) contributed to this rise, a vast body of evidence links the "war on drugs" to increased violence and crime.

3. Get Tough on Real Crime

In part because of the diversion of resources to fight victimless crime (see above), real criminals increasingly escape punishment. The cost a criminal can expect to pay for committing a crime has declined for 20 years, while crime rates have steadily increased.

People should be held accountable for their actions. This includes immediate and just punishment for those guilty of committing violence or fraud against others.

But today, criminal sentences seldom mean what they say. On average, a criminal will serve only 37% of any sentence imposed. As a result, 51% of all violent offenders are released from jail after serving two years or less, and 76% were released after serving four years or less.

When a Judge imposes a sentence, the criminal should serve that sentence. Parole and other forms of early release should be severely restricted. Virtually every study on the subject has shown that parolees have a high recidivism rate.

One deeply disturbing trend is the increasing tendency to excuse individuals from responsibility for the crimes they commit. But isn't this trending in every area of life? Even Obama continues to blame Bush for his failing policies, almost four years later.

4. Protect the Right to Self-Defense

Americans have always viewed the right to self-defense as fundamental. Our Founding Fathers enshrined it in the Second Amendment. Yet, now, not only is the government failing to protect us, but it seems increasingly determined to disarm law-abiding Americans, thereby preventing them from exercising this fundamental right. Not only is the right of private citizens to keep and bear arms protected by the Constitution, it reduces crime and victimization.

While opponents (mainly Democrats) of the right to keep and bear arms frequently cite studies showing that individuals are more likely to kill an innocent person than protect a potential victim, those studies are seriously flawed. In reality, as many as 75 lives are protected by a gun for every life lost to a gun. Moreover defense with guns is one of the safest responses to violent crime. Defense with a gun results in fewer injuries to the defender (defender injured 17.4% of the time) than resisting with less powerful weapons (knives, 40.3%; other weapons, 22%; hands, 50.8%, and evasion, 34.9%). In fact, defense with a gun is safer than not resisting at all (24.7%). This is particularly important to women, the elderly, the handicapped, the weak and infirm, those most vulnerable to an attacker.

The right to self-defense also means the right of a community to organize private security for its protection. Numerous private residential subdivisions, neighborhood associations, mobile home and resort communities, hotel and apartment complexes, have already established private security forces. Existing legal barriers to community self-defense and private security arrangements should be repealed.

5. Address the Root Causes of Crime

The root causes of crime are no mystery. As Peter Greenwood, a criminal justice expert with the RAND Corporation explains, "We know the risk factors for violence and what creates it. Kids being born into poverty, to parents who can't take care of them." It is our current social welfare system that has created the risk factors that breed crime.

Nearly all social scientists agree that there is a direct link between out-of-wedlock births and social problems such as crime and drug abuse. For example, one study found that children raised in single-parent families are one-third more likely to exhibit anti-social behavior. Another study found that, holding other variables constant, black children from single-parent households were twice as likely to commit crimes as black children from a family where the father was present. With the rate of out-of-wedlock births now over 22% among white women and over 60% among blacks, increased violence and crime is virtually inevitable.

At the same time, social scientists link the skyrocketing rate of out-of-wedlock births with the availability of welfare. The Department of Health and Human Services found that a 50% increase in welfare benefits led to a 43% increase in out-of-wedlock births. A second study found that an increase in welfare benefits of $200 per month per family increased the rate of out-of-wedlock births among teenagers by 150%.

Consider another factor: government schools that fail to provide young people with the skills to earn a living in today's world. The statistics on American education are bad enough overall, but in America's inner cities public schools have failed completely -- dropout rates exceed 50% and those who complete school are often unable to read their diplomas. The public schools are "monopoly bureaucratic institutions, politically controlled in districts so large as to be virtually immune from political pressure, certainly pressure from uneducated and unorganized parents."

While wealthy and middle-class parents can escape failed school systems, either moving to better school districts or sending their children to private schools, poor parents and their children are left behind. Only by guaranteeing every parent the right to choose their child's school can we improve the opportunity for inner city children to get the education and skills necessary to have a future besides crime. - This means Vouchers.

But, even with adequate skills, poor inner city youth often cannot find work because government tax and regulatory policies have so limited the opportunity to start a business or create jobs. We must offer inner city youths hope for a future other than crime. This means repealing regulations and taxes that stand in the way of entrepreneurs who seek to open new businesses or expand existing ones.

Poverty, poor family structure, and lack of educational opportunity are not excuses for crime. But, we would be hopelessly naive to believe that we can solve our crime problem unless we act to alleviate those conditions.

No one denies that crime is a serious problem in America today. But, rather than protecting us and keeping our streets safe, current government policies are the primary reason the crime problem is growing worse.

The government is failing to protect us from violent criminals, while squandering the taxpayer's money on drug prohibition and similar activities. The government pushes victims aside in the criminal justice system, and threatens to create new victims by disarming law-abiding Americans. Meanwhile government welfare, education, tax and regulatory policies create a breeding ground for new criminals. It is a recipe for disaster.

A vote for Obama, is a vote for increasing violence.

In closing - this weekend the Philadelphia Hero Thrill Show will be on Saturday, September 22 from 12-5 pm. Tickets are 10.00 per person or 25.00 for more than 2 people. The money they make goes to the children of fallen police officers, like the incredible K9 Officer Brad Fox, who survived 2 tours in Iraq, but was slain by a career criminal.
Visit for more information.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Politics For Stoners!

An odd thing happened while shooting my video today - the first time we shot it, it became very cloudy and faded in and out. It's never done that before and I probably would have just chalked it up to a hiccup in the camera. HOWEVER- some crazy things have been happening in our house, making us think it's haunted...and our Flip Camera started wigging out...!! Creepy!!!

We shot is a second time, and it was perfect. If our plates start flying around the room - I'm totally outta here!

The first video is the "good" one - the one below is the foggy/creepy one. If anyone is familiar with the flip Cam and has an explanation - I'd love to know before calling in a priest to chase the spirits away!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

FEARLESS - The ART of Breitbart

September 1st marks the sixth month anniversary of the untimely death of Andrew Breitbart. The man who inspired me to take action and to be FEARLESS. Andrew was known as a "connector" - introducing people who had similar ideas - or people who needed each other (one had an idea, a talent, the other could put that idea/talent into motion). 
So, really, is it any surprise that even in death, Andrew would still be a connector? 
Enter Jimmy Arone, an actor (you've probably seen him in movies) and a good friend of Andrew's. Jimmy reached out to me just by chance (though it was BECAUSE of Andrew - thus, my observation, even in death, Andrew is still a connector!)  and we've become virtual friends. (Read about Jimmy and Andrew here). 
The other day I was having a down day after the RNC powergrab (read about the powergrab here). What did I get in the mail? Two "FEARLESS" Breitbart buttons from Jimmy. Serendipity? I think so!
After Andrew died, Jimmy was inspired to "Paint Hollywood FEARLESS" and so he took to the streets, leaving reminders and inspirational art of Breitbart all around Hollywood. 
I can't think of a better day to tell this Jimmy's own words, here it is: 

Some background into the artwork which was created after my friend, Andrew Breitbart, passed away...

Jimmy Arone: Breitbart Street Art
Upon hearing the news that morning, I was in a state of shock and didn't quite know what to do. However, after attending the memorial service for Andrew, days later, I decided to throw myself into creating a number of art pieces, inspired by the man, as a way to honor his memory.

One of the first things I did, was to create a collage from the front and back covers of his book 'Righteous Indignation'. A new piece that was pure Breitbart. It had energy. It had humor. I titled it FEARLESS.

Close up of shot shown below
Then, I decided to steal a page from the book of Shepard Fairey. Late one night, a few weeks after his death, I took to the streets of Hollywood and plastered Andrew's mug with the word: FEARLESS on as many walls, around town, as I could. I had a good time with that.

Andrew, clearly understood the importance of pop culture in today's society and how it relates to the world of politics. And how, for the most part, art is controlled by those on the Left. As far as I was concerned, it was time for a change. What I did with my FEARLESS street art, is something I know he would have applauded and enjoyed. Some dark night, I hope to go out there and do it again.

The red square is the FEARLESS artwork

The FEARLESS T is another thing I came up with. Using the same collage, I found a woman who made a killer silk-screen and printed the T's for me. She did a great job. The result is a very cool and one of a kind T-shirt (click here for info about Breitbart T-shirts) . It's something, I believe, Andrew would totally dig.

It would be great, one day to see thousands of people, who loved and were inspired by Andrew wearing one. To a Tea Party event (having a good time), to an OWS event (Behave Yourself!) going to the movies, on a trip to a museum or hell, just knockin' around the house on a beautiful summer day. We shall see...
----Jimmy Arone

In closing, Breitbart inspires me to not just be FEARLESS (in everything I do in life) - but he inspires me to be a person that will be talked about when I'm gone. That will be a positive influence - that will leave people motivated to carry on the message of being FEARLESS and standing up for the little guy, standing up for freedom, standing up to intolerance. As someone once said, "Andrew may be physically gone, but We Are All Breitbart Now."