cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The opinion page of today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured a piece by David Shribman who is the executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with a headline stating “Two winners, two losers” relating to the Iowa caucus day. Shribman went on to identify the two winners as Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and identifying the two losers as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. His cutting words transcend politics since he took care of both Democrats and Republicans.
Even our relatively benign Milwaukee, or so we might’ve thought, has entered the big leagues of terrorism possibilities with the arrest of Samy Mohamed Hamzeh by FBI agents yesterday. If it can reach Milwaukee, it obviously can reach anywhere. In this case the man accused was working on a plan to go through a downtown building killing everyone with machine guns equipped with silencers. He had what he thought were two accomplices but they turned out to be on the FBI side of the matter.
There are very obvious disconnects between intelligent life and human actions, and those rear their ugly heads when we take a look at the ‘stupid human tricks’ as performed by members of our species.
These stories just pop up from time to time, and I found this one very difficult to ignore, so…
The following list shows the impact just in the past few decades of Muslim-initiated deaths on America and its citizens. Given this history, why is it that we Americans are deemed to be racist haters if we insist that our authorities protect us against the latest threats?
The police officer in northern Illinois who caused a lot of work to be done and money to be spent looking for the suspects he said he was pursuing before he was found dead is in the news again, and is causing other things to occur. He, along with family members, is now believed by authorities to have been involved in an embezzlement scheme involving a youth group he oversaw over many years. He is believed to have committed suicide rather than to face the charges he felt were coming. The Fox Lake, IL area will be a long time recovering from this tragedy.
Why do people want to be law enforcement officers? We have but another example of why people really ought to think twice about becoming a law enforcement officer, and apparently ought to think at least three times before agreeing to an assignment as a school resource officer.
The Milwaukee Police Department is working on developing the first group of Community Service Officers (CSOs) who will be available to handle non-emergency situations such as following up at non-emergency accident scenes, talking with witnesses, etc.
My Blogs over the week-end had been touting the Labor Day evening ‘Support Law Enforcement’ prayer vigil which occurred at 7:00PM last evening. I am not gifted in the art of estimating crowd size but I would think there were from 125 to 175 people in attendance along with about 8-10 officers (obviously not on duty at the time) and Chief Pete Hoell. Given that this occurred at the end of a three day end-of-summer week-end, I felt the turn-out was quite good.
Chicago seems a city destined to close once all its citizens have been shot to death.
It seems that every time I am at something of a loss for the subject of a nearly-daily blog, there are two possibilities that seem to be omnipresent: The Wisconsin Supreme Court and the never-ending John Doe investigation. Actually there is probably a third, and that would be whatever is the current revelation concerning Hillary Clinton.
Germantown HS Basketball Coach Steve Showalter advised the players last evening of his decision to accept the position of assistant coach at Division II Linwood University located in St. Charles, MO. Today’s Journal Sentinel contains a piece by Mark Stewart discussing that decision.
This past Sunday’s Crossroads section in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured the headline: A violent spring in Milwaukee. We have all heard about and probably have all read about the increases in crime in the metropolitan area. It would’ve been almost impossible to have missed that news.
Trooper Trevor Casper is to be laid to rest today after being involved in a shoot-out at the end of his first solo day on duty. This has been a sad episode for his parents and friends, his community and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The flags flying at half-staff brought on an eerie feeling just knowing the tragedy he had driven into.
The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission upheld the firing of former officer Christopher Manney last evening. Was this a political decision or was it an apolitical decision? There are certainly two distinct camps when that question is raised.
Two cities and two very similar situations involving police shootings; seems almost surreal until you think about how we seem to be devolving as humans who feel that we are supposed to obey authority.
Buckle your chin-strap Milwaukee. The Dontre Hamilton non-announcement is set for 10:00AM this morning, and we now know that no charges will be issued. There are out-of-towners prepared to play games as the result.
Racial tensions in America seem as high as, or even higher, than has been the case for some time. We watch as a Grand Jury decision involving a shooting/killing in suburban St. Louis by an officer of the law is awaited by crowds of protesters. If he is exonerated, as I suspect he will be, we will almost certainly see a riot. Some among the group of protesters are imports in that they do not live in or near the locale where this is taking place and are simply present to take part in what they expect to occur. They’ve been there for weeks. There have also been the usual black leaders who seem to magically appear at all such events, since this is their way of prolonging their positions, to do more stoking than calming.
St. Patrick's Day resulted in less-than-expected incidents from the Germantown Police Department's perspective according to Chief Hoell. He described the activity level as "manageable but steady" throughout the day, but the department did have extra staff on duty using state grant traffic enforcement funding. There were officers held over from the second shift to the third shift given the number and magnitude of incidents escalating that night as could be expected.
"Can you even begin to imagine the size of the crowd cramming itself into Erin on this St. Patty's Day?"
I had the privilege to awaken at 3:30AM this morning, dress and present myself to CPO Ray Borden at the Germantown Police Department. Once there, I joined with a group of four other Citizen Police Academy graduates and a member of the Police Explorer post. Our reason? We were going to provide a "presence" at the local Wal-Mart Super Center from slightly before 5:00AM until the crowds had subsided as most of the specials were sold to the bare walls.
Among the potential cost-cutting changes suggested by at least one member of the Village Board was the elimination of the Germantown Police Department by replacing it with a Washington County Sheriff's Department contract. This was thought to be a way in which the budget numbers could be lowered without seriously affecting village safety.
The trustees came together last night as the Committee of the Whole to further discuss the budget for 2010. Department heads testified regarding their areas of responsibility and the potential cuts if a "zero increase" budget were to be approved by the Board. This was a confusing meeting; it was apparent that not all the trustees have a good grip on the budgeting process and that not all trustees are as concerned with some aspects as those in attendance seemed to be.
The Committee of the Whole (Village Board but not a formal Board meeting) reviewed the proposed budget for the coming year during a meeting this past Monday evening. Dave Schornack and Kim Rath presented the initial proposed budget that added increased costs to current levels and it came in at a rate increase of some 3.7%.
Guns are in the news, and seemingly have been in the news forever and a day. There are several things at work here, in my opinion.
Part of the budget bill is a requirement that police departments maintain a database of information concerning the race of drivers who are stopped for violations. That information would apparently be maintained at the state level. It is obvious that this is aimed at the issue of "racial profiling" by law enforcement agencies.
There seems a perpetual debate over the use of cell phones while driving. Likewise, there seems the general thought that a new law ought be devised to ban the use of cell phones while driving.
The Germantown Youth Futures organization is sponsoring a program that I previewed during my Citizen Police Academy experience last year.
I've mentioned, several times, the fact that I had been participating in the 8th class to go through the Germantown Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (CPA). Our group 'graduated' last night after our final session which involved Officer Jeff Schnell and Officer Bosco (who sure seems to be healthy in spite of a couple of shaved spots following his recent medical adventure...Bosco, that is; not Jeff Schnell).
Several things keep coming to mind this morning and I can't choose between them so...
Our Citizen Police Academy group went through the next to last week of education last evening and the subject was traffic stops. Officer Ray Borden had enlisted the aid of two graduates of earlier classes and they posed as drivers and/or passengers in vehicles that we were to stop in mock situations.
A story in the morning Journal Sentinel by Mike Johnson discusses a John Doe investigation ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez at the request of a Mr. James M. Hermann who was a Germantown resident at the time of his arrest.
Two different classroom experiences in the past two days have convinced me that I am too naive for my own good.
They never know just what to expect when a call comes in; in the case of the Mequon police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call yesterday, the uncertainty became a known very quickly.
Wow, voting day is finally here and my telephone will quit ringing so much, my mailbox will be less cluttered and I can either celebrate or cry in my proverbial beer. This election 'season' has seemed to go on forever. Several things are at top of mind this morning...
This Blog promises to be too long...and I apologize up front. BUT, this topic is critical, in my estimation, to the safety of our citizens and our property. While we're getting everything on the table, you should know by now that "I am in the tank" for our Police Department; I make no bones about it and I am unapologetic for that!
I had a shocking experience last evening courtesy of the Germantown Police Department. I have been, along with several other citizens, participating in the current Citizen's Police Academy offered by the department as a means of informing more people about the department, its duties, its tools and so on.
There will be two versions of the Village Buzz posted today given two relatively lengthy subjects each of which deserve a more detailed review.