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Thursday, May 7. 2015
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Woman to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test
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Cops, Prosecutors Disagree on Whether Freddie Gray's Knife Was Legal - How was he supposed to know?
Looks like an ordinary pocket knife to me
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Dr. Carson must have gotten affirmative action
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Can we just agree that they are crooks?
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"Woman to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test"
This is stupid and dangerous. This is the problem with women in the military and firefighting. They cannot do the job. What the NYFD should do is create an all women fire station and let the chips fall where they may. The women in firefighting are depending on and hoping that the male fire fighters do their job for them. They simply cannot pulltheir weight and people will die because of it.
The same thing is true in our military. You won't really see it because it is covered up by the brass but a front line unit with women has to have enough men to pull the extra load the women cannot. They need someone to carry her gear and help her through the tough stuff. It all makes no sense. It would be like requiring that the NFL put women on the line, then to make sure no one can see the problem they would need to make a rule that no one is allowed to tackle or rough up the woman and in addition all the team members must protect her. Wait a minute! Wasn't the purpose of the game to get touchdowns?
This is just stupid!
I recall a similar case back in the 1980s. IIRC, The SP railroad was forced to hire a woman who was not physically strong enough to do the work. When the woman hurt her back she sued the railroad and collected about a million dollars.
The woman hired by the the NYFD is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
I agree with both of you. Way back when I was in high school, there was one girl who MIGHT have been able to be successful in the military, law enforcement, or fire fighting. But even if she did pass the guidelines, does a woman take 5 to 7 days a month sick leave? Never could figure that out.
I would add that women must be in law enforcement if for no other reason then that women will be arrested and must be searched. But it would be unfair to assume a woman cop should or could break up a bar fight.
I also think women in the military makes sense for medical and clerical and perhaps even some other fields. The problem occurs when the camel's nose in under the tent and the activists start asking for more and more. Common sense never seems to enter the discussion.
Re: Freddie Gray's knife
Is it any surprise the the laws are so convoluted or contradictory that nobody knows exactly what's legal and what isn't?
But I don't understand why the knife was a reason to arrest him. Wasn't it clipped in his pocket? How could anybody see it to arrest him for it?
I also thought the original reason for the arrest was that he was spotted making a drug deal. That would be the reason for the arrest.
He had a history of small time drug activity. There does not seem to be any drugs involved in this incident.
I heard somebody say that they saw him doing a drug deal but at could be inaccurate. This description of the arrest from the Baltimore Sun doesn't specify if the police were initially suspicious before they chased him or because he ran:
Marc L. Zayon, the attorney for Baltimore officer Edward Nero, asked a judge to make the Baltimore state's attorney's office and Baltimore police turn over the blue pocket knife Gray carried to determine whether it's legal in the city of Baltimore. The knife was found clipped to the inside of Gray's pants pockets after officers took him down.
Police say the officers chased and arrested Gray because he ran from them without being spoken to or provoked. A police task force continues to investigate whether any other reasons could have contributed to their decision to stop him.
the question isn't whether the cops had probable cause to arrest him, the issue is whether the pursuit was made with reasonable suspicion. it likely was:
USSC in the decision Illinois v Wardlow
Respondent Wardlow fled upon seeing police officers patrolling an area known for heavy narcotics trafficking. Two of the officers caught up with him, stopped him and conducted a protective pat-down search for weapons. Discovering a .38-caliber handgun, the officers arrested Wardlow. We hold that the officers’ stop did not violate the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
the trial judge will decide whether the knife was legal or not, but this isn't what will determine whether the cops are liable for the death of that punk.
That's pretty much what I was getting at and what I was trying to say but as I say, I'm light on the law and accepted police procedures.
"The wicked flee when no man pursueth." -- Proverbs 28:1, Orange-Catholic Bible.
I would agree that his knife "should" be legal. I would also agree that the law should be clear and easy enough for everyone to understand it. But I do not think the arresting officers did anything wrong at all. The knife was discovered after he was in custody and then he was arrested for an illegal knife. The investigation and trial (if it comes to that) should find that the arresting officers acted totally correctly. What happened to Gray is being intentionally confused to fit an agenda. It appears he was OK when he was placed in the paddy wagon and was discovered to be injured when they went to remove him at the station. It appears that inbetween those times no one entered the paddy wagon. Also the other prisoner stated that Gray was banging himself around AND alsostated that there was no "rough ride". Today I read that the coronor was ordered to report that the death was homicide and his original report was death from unknow cause. The police are being thrown under the bus.
The clip is a giveaway. It may be legal or illegal. I have yet to read exactly what it was, the manufacturer and model. I have one assisted-opening knife.
RE: Why men won't marry you
these articles must be written by teenagers.
Today’s sitcoms and commercials routinely paint a portrait of the idiot husband whose wife is smarter and more capable than he.
a commercial did that? why would I ever take seriously anyone who lets himself be defined by a TV show?
2. Because there’s nothing in it for them
there might be a more immature reason for marrying, but I can't think of one offhand.
If I were a young man today, I would have to be crazy in love or something to get married. There seem to be an awful lot of negatives against marriage in today's culture. The search for a suitable candidate for a lifetime mate seems to be almost impossible.
a man shouldn't let the dude-bro or TV/movie culture define what marriage is. and if he does, he's not ready for marriage.
Count me in as part of the over 65 and still working group.
I like my job and I like having an income, and being part of the real world.
Re: Want millennials back in the pews? Stop trying to make church ‘cool.’
Whatever valid points may be in the article, just a heads-up that the writer Rachel Held Evans is a real wolf in sheep's clothing. Like a couple of others, she's seen there is mileage and money to be made by going over to the Dark Side and then purporting to lecture Christians, as a "former evangelical," they have it all wrong.
Thanks for the book link. My own small library feels puny but satisfying. And for the wanting to read the content I've found the 2nd or later edition to be even better, Thomas Sowell's Economics book for instance.