Monthly Archives: July 2015

What to Do If Stopped by Law Enforcement

In our me, me society we make our demands and get agitated when our freedoms are perceived to be violated. We make it known by strength of voice, verbals, and body language. How you communicate this returns a favorable or disfavorable response back towards you. Some people especially law enforcement professionals are trained to read these indicators and act accordingly. Unfortunately our society as a whole no longer is taught how to appropriately use these indicators and which indicators return which response. I hear time and time again someone saying that they were treated a certain way and my gosh how could someone have treated them that way. We tend to no longer evaluate an interaction prior to communicating and speak right from the emotion instead of the logic.

Every interaction with another human being returns an interaction. That is communication. Effective communicators formulate their response and have already anticipated your return response and is already formulating the subsequent response. Not everyone is good at it, some are great at it, and some just have the ability to wing it. There are many training sessions regarding this in the work environment, church, and professional organizations. If you have never attended one, perhaps this may be a great opportunity to do so. These resources are available and most times are free.

Something to reflect on when we are treated a certain way or form our own conclusions from what we absorb from the media.
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What to Do If Stopped by Law Enforcement
August 31, 2011 at 1:25pm
From the Officer’s Perspective
Often, a person who has been stopped by a law enforcement officer forgets that the officer is under a unique and challenging set of circumstances. They are trying to enforce the law while at the same time attempting to ensure your safety as well as the safety of those around you.
When stopped by a law enforcement officer, the average citizen may become angry, fearful or nervous. The officer’s training and experience teaches them to look for and expect these same emotions from criminals they confront. These emotions are often an indication of criminal activity and may be precursors to flight from, or assault on, the officer.
If you are stopped and issued a citation, understand that it is part of the officer’s job. Officers have a duty to regulate traffic and enforce the law.
In all law enforcement encounters remember the Golden Rules
1. Do Not make sudden movements IE: for your wallet, coat, towards your waistband, etc.)
Until you have informed the officer of your intentions to do so and the officer has given approval.
2. Do Not carry weapons (Unless you have a permit) or make a joke about having
a weapon in you possession.
3. Do Not reach for or display your weapon if you are a CCW permit holder.
Comply with the officers orders. Advise the officer that you have a weapon and where it is located if you are detained.
4. Do Not touch the officer or invade his or her personal safety space (3 feet rule)
5. Do Not be argumentative, Being uncooperative will only prolong your encounter.
6. Do Not immediately demand an explanation. Comply first, and then seek an explanation from the officer or the officer’s supervisor.
How to ensure your safety if you are stopped while in your car
1. Pull over to the right immediately upon seeing the law enforcement emergency lights.
2. Remain in your vehicle while the officer approaches.
3. Turn on your interior light if stopped at night.
4. Keep your hands in sight – preferably on the steering wheel where the approaching officer can easily see them.
5. Give your license, registration and proof of insurance to the officer if asked to do so.
6. If you are a Carry Concealed Weapons Permit Holder (CCW), advise the officer “I’m a CCW permit holder and armed” then state where your weapon is located.
7. If you wish to inquire as to why you were stopped or offer an explanation, do so before the officer returns to his or her vehicle.
8. Do not touch, threaten or act in a disorderly manner toward a law enforcement officer.
9. If the officer asks you to step out of your vehicle, do so without any sudden or threatening movements.
10. Give the officer at least three feet of professional space to do his or her job.
11. Remain in your vehicle at all times unless told otherwise.
How to ensure your safety if you are stopped while on the street
If an officer should approach you on the street – it is not because he or she has any interest in upsetting you. If you are detained, keep in mind there is always a reason for which you are most likely unaware.
The most common reasons that cause an officer to stop a citizen are as follows:
1. You might be one of only a few people walking in the vicinity of a crime that has recently occurred.
2. Your clothing might be similar or identical to that worn by the perpetrator of a crime.
3. Someone may have called the law enforcement agency complaining about your presence or that you look “suspicious.”
4. Someone may have pointed you out to the officer.
5. You might be acting in a manner that the officer considers “suspicious” and you act even more suspicious after realizing that the officer is observing you.
The law enforcement officer does not wish to detain you any longer than necessary. As soon as the officer finds that you are not the suspect, he or she will often apologize for the inconvenience and quickly resume the search elsewhere.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/columbus-division-of-police/what-to-do-if-stopped-by-law-enforcement/277214132305598

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Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award

So Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and I have been pondering this and so am posting the definition.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award (sometimes called the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage or Arthur Ashe for Courage Award) is an award that is part of the ESPY Awards. Although it is a sport-oriented award, it is not limited to sports-related people or actions, as it is presented annually to individuals whose contributions “transcend sports”. Often these transcendent figures are also athletes who have been at the top of their sport, such as Muhammad Ali, Dean Smith, and Cathy Freeman.

“On the subject of why Jenner was selected for the Ashe Award, [Maura] Mandt said, ‘I think Caitlyn’s decision to publicly come out as a transgender woman and live as Caitlyn Jenner displayed enormous courage and self-acceptance. Bruce Jenner could have easily gone off into the sunset as this American hero and never have dealt with this publicly. Doing so took enormous courage. He was one of the greatest athletes of our time. That is what the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is about, somebody from the athletic community who has done something that transcends sport. One of the biggest platforms the Arthur Ashe Foundation has is educational, and I think in this choice we have the opportunity to educate people about this issue and hopefully change and possibly save some lives. I think that is why it was the right choice.’”

Source: http://www.si.com/more-sports/2015/07/12/caitlin-jenner-espnys-espn-adam-schefter-jason-pierre-paul

This helps me better understand how someone is selected for this award. As Maura Mandt spoke that Caitlyn Jenner displayed enormous courage and self-acceptance and therefore was selected but still was the Arthur Ashe Courage Award totally buried and did this award ceremony prove to be nothing but a Transgender Platform?

It will remain to be seen how Caitlyn continues her courage and how she will continue to educate and advocate for the Transgendered community. Myself I just want acceptance for all and hope for the day were it no longer has to be a high profile issue.

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Obama pushing broadband for low-income households

Obama pushing broadband for low-income households

Well, let’s just step in another pile of sh*t. I’m tired of seeing money moved into segmented populations when the same money can be used to provide internet access for all. Why not take that funding and make WiFi hotspots for entire populations. And just food for thought, I’d like to see the figures on how many low-income households already have connected paid service for their televisions. So in short these populations already have a form of cable paid service. Meanwhile myself I disconnected my paid TV services several years ago for financial reasons and have to pay MORE for my internet service because I’m not bundled. Yep, well bundle me into this program! I have to have internet as how else will you all hear my opinion on poop such as this?!?

Article Below:

By David McCabe 07/15/15 09:00 AM EDT
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/247965-obama-launching-internet-access-program-for-low-income-households
President Obama on Wednesday will announce plans to work with local governments, telecommunications firms and nonprofits to provide broadband service and digital training to more than a quarter million low-income households.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pilot program — dubbed ConnectHome — is designed to bring residents of public or assisted housing online in 28 communities.
The plan will bring broadband Internet service and training to close to 200,000 low-income children, the administration said.
“While many middle-class U.S. students go home to Internet access, allowing them to do research, write papers, and communicate digitally with their teachers and other students, too many lower-income children go unplugged every afternoon when school ends,” the White House said.
“This ‘homework gap’ runs the risk of widening the achievement gap, denying hardworking students the benefit of a technology-enriched education.”
The president will formally announce the program in Durant, Okla., the White House said. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro painted access to broadband Internet as an economic necessity for children and their parents.
“The stakes are clear: families living in the 21st century need 21st century tools to thrive,” he said.
Eight Internet service providers, including CenturyLink, Cox Communications, Sprint and Google Fiber, will provide low-cost or free broadband service to HUD residents in the chosen communities.
Companies and non-governmental organizations will also back programs aimed at bolstering residents’ digital literacy and technical skills.
The list of organizations involved includes some recognizable names. Best Buy plans to offer some residents technical training and support, including after school for certain students. GitHub, which developers use to manage coding projects and collaborate, has donated $250,000 to the pilot program.
In addition to support from the corporate and nonprofit sectors, the initiative will rely on the support of local governments.
“Mayors from Boston to Durham, and from Washington, DC to Seattle, have committed to reallocate local funds, leverage local programming, and use regulatory tools to support this initiative and the expansion of broadband access in low-income communities,” the White House said in a fact sheet.
Other than a small U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, the program uses no federal money, officials told reporters.
HUD will also be directed to take additional steps to make broadband a part of its assisted housing.
Castro said that the administration will evaluate the program’s success for possible future expansion.
“My hope is that it will demonstrate great results and will give us the opportunity in the future to think through how we could help expand it beyond this point,” he said. “But, right now, it’s a demonstration project in these 28 communities.”
“So we’re focused on getting this right, and doing this as a demonstration project allows us to make sure that we get it right.”
The Obama administration has made expanding broadband access a priority in 2015. Earlier this year, the FCC voted to move forward with examining a plan to expand a phone service subsidy program to cover broadband service.
–This report was updated at 11:58 a.m.

Columbus City Police Dispatch restricting calls based on officer availability and level of severity.

Columbus City Police Dispatch restricting calls based on officer availability and level of severity.

This restrictive run business is getting to be for the birds. Poor customer service and I will be complaining about it the next opportunity I get. Yeah not every incident called into the Police is of the utmost importance but seriously? Then give us a list of what calls will be taken for the day when we call in so we don’t bother. Oh and BTW let’s share this no response list with our criminals so they know what day to do what – Like department store sales.

Mon and Wed it’s ok to break into cars – no police action
Tue and Thur it’s ok to break into houses – no police action
Fri and Sat it’s ok to assault someone that lives – no police action.
Sunday well that’s the Lord’s day it’s ok to steal stained glass and air conditioner compressors.

Yeah right this needs to be addressed immediately with our CPD commander!

We can’t expect to educate our community to “If you see it report it” – If no action is going to be taken about it.

[UPDATE: 07/14/15] So been doing a bit of surface research and my concern just got magnified with this recent bit of information that there are contract negotiations in the works for Columbus to start dispatching Upper Arlington (UA) PD calls. It’s far from a done deal, while the issue is on the table. It’s my understanding that Columbus will NOT add any more dispatching staff should this happen — which will in turn, make Columbus dispatchers even more overworked with the added call volume. Many UA residents are against ‘losing’ their radio room and have started a small group. If Columbus starts dispatching for UA, that could potentially impact Columbus residents getting through even more! Apparently calls are already being transferred from UA dispatchers to the Columbus PD. So not only do we NOT have enough Police coverage, now we can potentially face longer hold/handle times when contacting the Columbus Police Dispatch unit. Definitely a heightened concern. I am researching further to solidly confirm my research.

http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/upperarlington/news/2015/02/24/city-seeks-911-dispatch-merger-with-columbus.html

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Virtual Customer Service Only at a Brick and Mortar Financial Institution 

So I’m at the Western Credit Union – Pathways Credit Union, Georgesville Rd and there are no more tellers. Instead you have to go to an ATM style device with a phone, monitor, and tube chute. 3 of these devices and you have to wait in line to get to them. I commented to an assistant that this was poor customer service and her reply was that a lot of banks are going to this. I replied then why bother coming in and just go thru the drive-thru. So I wait in line after speaking with an assistant first as to how to do what I needed to do and that was to move money from my other Credit Union into this one. I fill out two slips give them my government issued ID and my membership card and submit via the tube and wait. Finally the video monitor pops on and a smiling teller asks if I submitted my stuff yet which I replied yes. She responds she needs to go get it. I wait, she comes back on to inform me that their systems are down and that I would need my debit card to my other Credit Union (which I never use or carry). I respond to just give everything back to me. Curious as to why the only physical person I spoke to in the flesh couldn’t have shared with me that their network systems were down? I guess she wanted me to enjoy this “prison” experience.    

Free: American Dream?

Is our American dream still here? One that always taught that if you work hard, are honest, believed in being an American citizen without question or threat you would be rewarded with a comfortable living, a house, a car, and even time to enjoy your retirement years.

Or are we only free based on the second, third generations that have lived and evolved on public assistance, evolved so to the extent that it is considered America’s duly role that all comforts shall be provided for free what generations before us worked so hard for.

Do we live in an illusion that we are free in our pursuit of happiness or is our freedom solely based on what our government can provide to us for free, without work, without education, a sense of entitlement that all shall have housing, food, cable TV, cellphone, and demanding thereof as their right?

Sounds like socialism to me, socialism breeds complacency, complacency breeds status quo, status quo breeds to do no more than absolutely necessary to maintain that sense of entitlement.

The next time you are out and about, focus on what you see around you…. what do you see?

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