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September 28, 2012

Michelle Obama’s Food War Should Start in the Teacher’s Lounge

The recent hoopla over Michelle’s Obama’s campaign about school lunches is an appropriate response to a failed attempt to inflict hypocritical expectations on a captive audience (the students).  She should have started in the teacher’s lounge.

Schools are supposed to be places of learning.  That’s what’s advertised.  After all, “it’s for the children.”  But the curricular mush that’s offered in today’s government/union schools is a far cry from the great notions once taught about the wonders of Western Civilization.  These schools seem to spend most of their time on politically-correct issues that decry the fundamentals like reading, writing and arithmetic.  If they did spend their time with those fundamentals, the national test scores would reflect it.  As it is, current testing shows a demonstrable failure.  And it’s getting worse.  Kids get “A’s” in feeling good and political naiveté, but they still can’t read at the 12th grade level.

The best way to influence character is to demonstrate it, model it and teach common sense. But as Voltaire once said, “Common sense is the least common of all the senses.”

Obesity is a problem in America.  But the cause is not the school lunch program.  It’s the very culture that is promoted in schools to begin with.  Have you noticed your child’s “physical education” programs recently?  Only two years of a four-year curriculum are required.  Sports participating can be used in lieu of any PE requirements.  But that’s sports.  Students can take a six week course during the summer to offset requirements during the (10 month) school year.  Options out.  Options out.  Options out.  The curriculum just doesn’t cut it either.  If you keep giving students excuses and opt-outs, no wonder they wonder

There’s a culture on which focus needs attention.  In schools, that culture starts with the example provided by the instructors.  If students see you lie, they lie.  If students witness cheating and fraud, they learn that it’s ok as long as you don’t get caught.  When they witness adults defaming one another, students learn that it’s ok to slam another with no repercussions.  And they surely see a lot of that on most of the media today.   And it comes from the top down.  Case in point: seventeen teachers and administrators were caught red-handed changing test scores in order to falsify gains made.  What happened to them?  Nothing.  Did they loose their teaching licenses and pensions?  No.   What’s a student to do?

When the government instituted the famous D.A.R.E. programs, they also instituted the now infamous Drug-Free Schools campaign.  It was simple: no drugs are allowed on this campus.  It made sense.  It seemed simple enough.  But did it apply to the caffeine-laden Pepsi’s and Coke’s, coffee, tea or cigarettes in the teacher’s lounge?  Of course not.  “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Now Michelle Obama wants to impose standards to the kids that don’t apply to the teachers.  Note the picture of the recent teacher’s strike in Chicago.  The teachers’ union should impose regulations about the health and well-being of their teachers BEFORE they preach to the students.  Ben Franklin once wrote, “A good example is the best sermon.


Public schools become abortion mills

It has been reported in several sources that at least 13 New York City schools are now in the abortion business.  It seems that Planned Parenthood has its dream come true. They’ve gotten to kids as young as 13 and provided them with the means to kill their own offspring.  And they can do all this without their parents’ knowledge and/or permission.

Some New York City schools are providing their student-wards with morning-after contraceptives. This euphemistic descriptor really means that the pill provided destroys any possible human embryo within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.  Imagine that: 13 year olds having sex outside of marriage.  But the school condones this behavior.

If a parent sent aspirin to the school for a child to take during the day, the school would require a signed note from the parent and, in some cases, a signed note from the child’s physician. The school even needs a signed parental permission slip for a so-called field trip. It seems the school cannot act in loco parentis without a parent’s signature in these cases.  And, yet, these same children are being taught that it’s ok to commit murder on their unborn child and they don’t need to tell mom and pop.  How low you can go.

The school folks say it’s part of an integrated Health program.  Since abortion is considered by them to be part of a “health” regimen (it’s not very healthy for the unborn child) it’s natural to include the day-after pills.  All of this falls on the heels of a previous policy to distribute condoms to students; they say that parents can opt-out of this program by signing a form at the beginning of the year.  So, Johnny can’t participate because his parents said “no.” So Johnny asks Juan to get him a couple because Juan’s parents didn’t bother to read or sign the opt-out forms.

School nurses have been given cause to prove inoculations of contraceptive “medications” that last up to 90 days.  Parent permission?  No.  Doctor’s note.  No.  How in the world can a school board justify this Mengele-type experimentation with children?  Have these so-called “health professionals” checked for potential allergic reactions of their wards (students)?  Have they informed their wards of the potential long-term effects of these measures?  What if the suspected pregnancy is the result of rape?  Have they reported child abuse as is required by law?  Their policy seems to be “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”  But these are children’s lives.

Condoms and contraception are not the business of the government (union) schools.  Murder should not be part of their curriculum as well.

September 26, 2012

Obama’s Flag: Here today… gone Tomorrow!

Filed under: Civics,Elections,Government,Obama — by Robert @ 10:09 am
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Obama’s Flag:  Here today… gone Tomorrow!

While the title is factual for this “flag”, it might also be a metaphor for things yet to come.

Up until this past weekend, the “Our Stripes: Flag Poster” (shown to the right) was posted on the website.  On the link where it was posted, one gets “an error page” notice now.  That says a lot.  While I don’t recommend shopping there for anything, a visit is worthy of note.  What you’ll see is a lot of typical political paraphernalia: buttons, other posters, t-shirts etc.  But when you look a little deeper you’ll be told a story about division, disharmony, and delusion.

When presidents take office they swear to the following: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

While a flag in itself may seem insignificant in the greater scheme of things, it does represent one’s history, beliefs and worldview.  America has had a flag for over 236 years. The roots never changed, the stripes remain constant.  While the goals have always been the same, the field of participants (stars) has grown over time.  In good times and bad it has been one constant in this Constitutional republic.

Obama has demonstrated public disdain for the American flag.  He chooses not to salute as it passes in parade.  There’s a famous photo of him on the campaign trail in New Mexico standing with arms almost akimbo as the National Anthem is played.  His disdain for the symbol seems to echo his hatred for what and whom it represents.  In our American flag:

  • 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies
  • Red stripes represent valor and white stripes represent purity and innocence
  • The stripes themselves signify the sun’s rays of light
  • Stars are for each state in the union. (1st flag had only 13) They are a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has
  • Blue is the color of vigilance, perseverance and justice

These all say a lot about a people.

Let’s compare our flag to Barry Barrack Hussein Sotero Obama’s flag.

First, there’s a vague background.  There are no white “stripes” of note.

Second, the blue block in the corner once with stars has been replaced with a Big O.  The building blocks of America have been replaced with the “Big O.”  It’s not the states that are united anymore, it’s that we’re all under the “Big O.”  It’s like states don’t matter. So much for history.  America is no longer 50 laboratories of democracy, we’re one Big O.  No stars equals no heavens.  No heavens equals no divine inspiration or aspiration.  All roads lead to and from the Big O.

Third, the dark blue field behind the stars, representing vigilance, perseverance and justice, is also gone.  The events with Fast and Furious, the Middle East and his minions’ actions to tear down everything American seen to live up to this fact.

The 13 colonies are no longer represented; again, so goes our history.  Everything is new with the Big O.

Last, we come to the five strokes.  They’re really not stripes.  Their as vague as trying to nail jello to a tree. But each symbol on a flag means something.  What could these five strokes signify? Let’s explore:

  • The five names the Big O goes by? (Barry, Barrack, Hussein, Soetero, Obama)
  • Five of the 14 tenets of Nazism?
    • Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
    • Controlled Mass Media
    • Obsession with Crime and Punishment
    • Rampant Cronyism and Corruption
    • Fraudulent Elections
  • Five of the 10 tenets of Communism
    • Abolition of private property
    • Abolition to all rights of inheritance
    • Centralized control of communication & transportation
    • Government ownership of factories
    • Free education for all children in government controlled schools
  • The Five Commandments of Obama
    • The Big O is your God and you will have no other gods before me.
    • Thou shalt not take my name in vain
    • Honor me, not you mom and dad, you are a child of the state first.
    • Thou shalt not steal; that’s reserved for the government.
    • It’s okay to lie, cheat, steal, suborn, and fake documents to get what you want.
  • The Five tenets of the Big O’s America
    • All things and all people belong to the government
    • Free speech is speech allowed
    • Private ownership of arms is prohibited
    • The government controls all media
    • The government control of all production
  • The Five Pillars of Islam

Many families throughout the world still live under their family flag.  It’s a practice we could all learn a lot from. Define what you believe. Define your roots.  Define who you are.  Whether it’s on a flag, a shield, a coat of arms, these all speak volumes about you.

And even though this particular item was taken off the website, it still speaks volumes about the Big O.  Don’t be fooled about its absence, however; the flag lies in waiting for the opportunity to spring it on the American public.  When that flag flies, Americans will be subjects, not citizens.

September 24, 2012

Suleiman the Sad

Filed under: Civics,Elections,Government,Obama — by Robert @ 9:45 am
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America’s Muslim Heritage?

Have you ever been to a Muslim hospital…

… heard a Muslim orchestra

… seen a Muslim band march in a parade

… witnessed a Muslim charity

… shaken hands with a Muslim Girl Scout or Boy Scout

… seen a Muslim Candy Striper in a hospital

… or seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?

The answer is no, you did not.

Just ask yourself WHY?

Barack Obama (a Muslim by education and training and personal admission), during his Cairo speech, said: 
 “I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s history.”


Dear Mr. Obama:

Were those Muslims that were in America when the Pilgrims first 
 landed? Funny, I thought they were Native American Indians.

Were those Muslims that celebrated the first Thanksgiving day?

Sorry again, those were Pilgrims and Native American Indians.

Can you show me one Muslim signature on the United States 
 Declaration of Independence ?
 Bill of Rights?

Didn’t think so.

Did Muslims fight for this country’s freedom from England ?  No.

Did Muslims fight during the Civil War to free the slaves in America?
 No, they did not.

In fact, Muslims, to this day, are
still the largest traffickers in human slavery.  Your own half-brother, 
 a devout Muslim, still advocates slavery himself, even though Muslims of Arabic descent refer to black Muslims as “pug nosed slaves.”

Says a lot of what the Muslim world really thinks of your family’s “rich Islamic heritage,”
 doesn’t it Mr. Obama?

Where were Muslims during the Civil Rights era of this country?


There are no pictures or media accounts of Muslims walking side by side with Martin Luther King, Jr. or helping to advance the cause of Civil Rights.

Where were Muslims during this country’s Woman’s Suffrage era?

Again, not present.

In fact, devout Muslims demand that women are subservient to men in the Islamic culture. So much so, that often they are beaten for not wearing the ‘hajib’ or for talking to a man who is not a direct family member or their husband.
 Yep, the Muslims are all for women’s rights, aren’t they?

Where were Muslims during World War II?

They were aligned with Adolf Hitler. The Muslim grand mufti himself met with Adolf Hitler, reviewed the troops and accepted support from 
 the Nazi’s in killing Jews.

Finally, Mr. Obama, where were Muslims on Sept. 11th, 2001?

If they weren’t flying planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon or a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people on our own soil, they were rejoicing in the Middle East.  No one can dispute the pictures shown from all parts of the Muslim world 
 celebrating on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other 
 cable news networks that day.

Strangely, the very “moderate” Muslims who’s asses you bent over backwards to kiss in Cairo, Egypt on June 4th were stone cold silent post 9-11.

To many Americans, their silence has meant 
 approval for the acts of that day.

And THAT, Mr. Obama, is the “rich heritage” Muslims have here in America.

Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot to mention the Barbary Pirates. They were Muslim.

And now we can add November 5, 2009 – the slaughter of American soldiers at Fort Hood by a Muslim major who is a doctor and a psychiatrist who was supposed to be counseling soldiers returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

That, Mr. Obama is the “Muslim heritage” in America.


Muslim Heritage, my ass.

America’s only Muslim heritage is you, Mr. Obama.  Advertently, you are fast becoming Suleiman the Sad.

September 11, 2012

It’s time that students and their parents strike!

Teachers can strike.  Cafeteria workers can strike.  Janitors can strike.  Support personnel in schools can strike.  Why not the students?  What happens when students don’t show up?  Who really gets hurt in a strike?

These are the worst of times, to quote the bard.  There is no best.  Because no matter what, no matter if there is a settlement, no matter when, students are hurt irreparably.  The effects cannot be undone; it’s like a lifetime scar.  You see most kids are in second grade only once (save for a few).  And when asked about it in the future, some of these strike victims will have to say, “Second grade was the toughest two years of my life.”

The energy and momentum of a new school year cannot be regained.  It’s unconscionable for these adults to pull this kind of a stunt in September.  It’s effective as a political tool, I’ll grant you that.  But it’s immoral.  It violates every ethic of their profession.  If I were the mayor I’d immediately set up a hot line to seek other teachers willing to work for the $75,000 pay.   I think he could fill those spots in a second.  Since the union broke its own contract, I’d leave them on the street.  Time for a new cast of characters really dedicated to kids.

I think it’s about time students go on strike for better teaching, better learning opportunities, more challenges, less fluff in the curriculum, competent administrators, and guarantees in their educational outcomes like those promised by the teachers’ union to their minions.  Do students have clout?  You betcha.  Schools are paid on what is called ADA, Average Daily Attendance.  If your child is not in school, schools don’t get paid.  If schools don’t get paid, teachers and staff don’t get paid.  And the longer you’re out of school the more it begins to hurt.  So let’s organize and get going, because nothing is going to improve because of this strike.

I have to note an interesting article I found over the weekend where police types were concerned about the possibility of rival gang members being placed in the same school.  They were doing all that they could to make sure this didn’t happen.  Imagine that, criminals get choices in education that law-abiding kids can’t.  Go figure.  Break the law and get school choice.

One of the major stumbling blocks, according to the union representatives, is job security.  Keeping your job is a function of your competence and nothing else.  If you can do the job and do it well—you keep it.  If you don’t, find another job.  That’s like saying to a kid, no matter what you do in four years, no matter your grades, just for being there you get to graduate.  Wait, I’m sorry, that’s what a diploma measures today.

Out of the mouths of babes: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said, “We must do things differently in this city if we are to provide our students with the education they so rightfully deserve.”  She’s right.  But the “differently” doesn’t include the union.

I’ve often wondered about teacher picket lines in front of schools.  Whom are they picketing? Students? Parents? Other teachers who disagree with the strike? Administrators?  While they make an impression on them, it can’t be the students.  They’re just the little widgets on the assembly line that they manipulate from 8:00 to 2:30 p.m.  about four days a week for nine and half months a year.  It might be the parents because a strike is a political act.  Maybe they’re trying to influence these parents to support them no matter what.  It might be the administrators, but then, they might have to work with these same folks at the conclusion of the strike.  But, heck, that didn’t mean anything before the strike and it shouldn’t be different after; you see, the union steps in between the administration doing their duty and the teachers doing theirs.  And when things don’t go right, whom do they blame? Administrators, that’s right.  They should fire the union instead.  It must be the other teachers who don’t agree with the strike.  All that energy expended to disallow First Amendment freedoms.  That’s shear thuggery.  Oh, I forgot, this strike is in Chicago.

Even wonder why “some schools stay open” during a strike?  Cash flow.  Remember that ADA figure above?

The second stumbling block, according to the union, was teacher evaluations—it was tied to student performance. Let’s see, Johnny starts this year at 3.1 as a third grader.  At the end of the year he’s grown to a 4.1.  He’s gained 10 months of growth for 10 months of work.  Some would say that’s par for the course.  But if a teacher has 20 students and their average only 3.2 months of growth for 10 months work, what do you think the school should do?  And the union is fighting over student progress…

The Machine—on unions.  Here’s a short piece that explains the unholy, immoral and un-American status of teachers’ unions.

By the way, did you know that 39% of the Chicago teachers have their own kids in private schools.  When they say, “It’s for the kids,” maybe they’re confusing their own for the ones in front of them.  In order to clear up this confusion, I think there out to be a law that says that if you work for the government, especially as a teacher, that your own kids have to go to government schools only.  That should clear up the confusion about loyalties.

Well, what’s a student to do?  Strike.

September 9, 2012

It was a Lot to Do about Nothing

Filed under: Civics,Elections,Government,Obama — by Robert @ 4:41 pm
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A major disconnect occurred at the Democratic National Convention last week.   There was a disconnect between President Obama, the majority of US citizens, and his own Democratic Party members in the persons of their platform committee.  You see, after public criticism started to seep into the DNC inner sanctum about its obvious omission of any mention of God in their stated platform (let alone the intentional omission of any mention of the fact that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel), delegates to the platform committee were hurried into the hall for a vote to vote for God and Jerusalem, at least that they be included in the official platform.  President Obama specifically sought the actions.

Before we advance to far into this mess, let’s settle on some facts that are undeniable:

  1. Jerusalem was named capital of Israel between 1010 and 970 BC, the reign of King David.  It was confirmed again on December 14, 1949.
  2. The planned (original) DNC platform made no mention of God or Jerusalem.
  3. There are at least four references to God in the Declaration of Independence
  4. God has been God forever. For those who don’t believe, it’s a lot to do about nothing; for those who do believe, no proof is necessary.

According to a recent Gallup poll, more than 9 of 10 Americans believe in God.  The DNC left any mention of God out of their platform (agenda).  An early release of their platform generated criticism that finally reached the Charlotte contingent.  President Obama requested the procedure to amend the party platform.  Here’s where it gets interesting.

Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, was called on to oversee the procedure to seek an amendment to the platform.  Three times he called for a voice vote to alter the platform.  The crescendo of nays grew with each subsequent vote.  Only a fine forensic analysis could give an answer to which vote carried, but many spectators indicated that they just weren’t sure which way the vote went.  The problem for Villaraigosa was the seeming factual vote against the idea was contrary to what Obama wanted.  Indeed, the television images captured showed delegates in strong opposition to both ideas.  But the vote carried.

Villaraigosa indicated that this was “a lot of ado about nothing.”  When confronted by reporters that they just didn’t hear the necessary 2/3rds vote in support, his response was a terse, “That’s nice to know.  I was the chairman and I did, and that was the prerogative of the chair.”

In essence, Villaraigosa said that he didn’t care about the vote of those citizens in the arena—he had a different agenda.  Surely both he and Obama realized the political implications inherent in a yes vote. 90 percent of the American people have a faith and it wouldn’t do well to run up against them.  But Obama’s own followers expressed their opinion; but it too wasn’t heard.  The chair overruled.  If the facts don’t agree with reality, change the facts.

Villaraigosa was also saying that in his world, might makes right.  He’s the chair and he’ll arrange the data, challenge the impressions, or even lie about the results in order to please his lord and master.  He got the job done.  He was actually proud of the “decisive way (I) he handled that.”  Facts are selective to him.  According to him, truth is relative to the power of the chair.  Imagine taking a vote on God!  What temerity.

I feel sorry for the people of El Pueblo Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula.  I felt sorry for the vast numbers of California citizens when Villaraigosa exercised these same Chicago-style tactics when he was Speaker of the Assembly.

“It was a lot of ado about nothing,” Villaraigosa ended.  The platform? The inclusion?  The process?  God?  Except for God, maybe he’s right.  All of these words, all of these promises, all of these platforms mean absolutely nothing.  If the chair can alter a vote on his own say-so, imagine the government in the mind of his party leader.

City Employees Exempt from Fines for Running Red Lights

Filed under: American,Civics,Good Administration,Government — by Robert @ 1:03 pm

 A recent article in the Rochester, NY, Democrat and Chronicle noted that Rochester city employees seem to have a serious tendency to run red lights. But when cited, the city argues that the individuals “may be disciplined” but are exempt from paying fines.  The article is of note for it outlines the beginnings of a slippery slope that will evolve into chaos on the streets and further distance “government employees” from the citizens they are sworn to represent.

Wrong.  Bad policy.  Back the red-light truck up.  Don’t do it. Let the consequences fall. 

The offenders included folks working in public works, solid waste or refuse, building services, cemetery, library vehicles, animal services, police vehicles, including the police chief himself.

I might consider some variance for police officers in the performance of their duties, but public works, solid waste, building services, cemetery, library and animal services—definitely not.

I used to admire our state highway patrol officers.  They were the “barons of the boulevard.”  They were highly trained, honest, moral citizens with a badge.  They didn’t flaunt that badge in your face.  They served the public (citizenry) well.  On one rainy night in Oakland, California, while I waited in traffic for a serious accident ahead of me, I watched one of these “barons” pull off a miracle.  Six lanes of traffic were to be merged into one and this officer had to place flares on the rain-slick overpass.  Rather than step out of the protection of his cruiser, he dropped the lighted flares from his window as he crossed three lanes.  Once he got to the end, he proceeded in reverse and, using his mirrors, he gently “popped” each flare with the right rear tire to scoot it across the concrete to exactly the right spot to merge the upcoming traffic.  I was impressed.

But I’ve noticed since then how sloppy our government employees drive.  I’m told that police are allowed a five mile-per-hour speed over the posted limit without the use of their red lights.  In other words, they can break the law up to a point.  But this “grace” doesn’t include red lights.  Weaving in and out of traffic with no red lights. No signals.  Speeding in excess of five mph over the legal limit, again with no lights.  Tail-gating.  I won’t even get into a comparison with the want-to-be, pretend, Napolitano-nympho TSA agents

The law of the land in New York is if one runs a red light, one pays a fine.  Period.  And that’s the way it should be; Richard Nixon taught us all that NO ONE is above the law.

Did you know one can perform a citizen’s arrest on a police officer who breaks the law?  I wouldn’t recommend it because of the retaliatory potential of an armed group of individuals, but it is possible.  But this is my point.

The one thing we all have in common when we’re on the highways is that we’re all citizens.  We’re all doing what citizens do—supposedly obeying the laws.  There are private citizens and pubic citizens commissioned to protect and serve.  If a citizen breaks the law there are consequences and those consequences must fall; otherwise, we start sliding toward tyranny and then anarchy.  After all, if a government employee doesn’t have to pay a fine for breaking the law, what should anyone else?

The Rochester article does give a couple of clues as to the real problem.  Here are just a couple of tidbits to consider:

“But Sheppard said most do involve emergency responses, and typically are rolling stops on right turns.”

If they are an emergency response, then red lights should be on.  How do we know this isn’t just a mad dash to the donut shop?  These “rolling stops on right turns,” sometimes referred to as a “Hollywood stop,” are still a violation of the red light ordinance.  Sheppard is making excuses for a lack of discipline. “Most involve emergency responses?”  How does he know when he cannot remember what he was doing when he was cited.  No, this is kind of like saying it’s a matter of national security—which is another way of saying “butt out.”

“There also was a stretch in April when city employees recorded 24 violations in 27 days.”

Common Sense tells you why. They got away with it. If there’s no consequence, the behavior continues.

“Two vehicles – one in animal services and the other in solid waste – were ticketed four times. The data doesn’t show whether the same employees were driving each time.”

I know ignorance is bliss, but I’m sure they have a check-out system that tells them exactly who was driving the vehicles in question.  If not, they’d better design one real quickly.

“He said some employees already have faced discipline, which can escalate from a note in their file to suspension to termination. The disciplinary process varies by bargaining unit, Redon said. Those terms allow for assessment of damages up to $100 but do not address monetary fines, said Mike Mazzeo, president of the police union, who suspects any discipline will need to be negotiated.”

This is the most troubling part of the report.  This says that the law of the land can be trumped by a union contract, kind of like how the teacher’s union operates.  The disciplinary process is the prerogative of the employer.  But the consequences of the law still stand.  Run a red light and you pay a fine.  Do it enough and you loose your license/privilege to drive in addition to whatever your employer demands.

The union already is upset that public safety aides, not police officers, review violations to determine whether tickets should be issued. And Mazzeo questioned the value of cameras, as intersections with cameras have yet to show a noticeable decline in violations.

This is a classic case of demonizing the messenger when we don’t like the truth in the message.  Citizens should be making these reviews, not police officers.  These citizens are just as capable to determine if someone breaks the law.  Likewise, the union officials can’t see the value of these cameras in the first place because, according to them, they don’t show a decline in violations.  Of course they don’t, especially when the greatest offenders get off scot-free.  But they sure catch a picture of the violators!

Union officials are NOT arbitrators of the law.   Run a red light and you pay a fine.  The only exception is if your red lights are flashing and you are on an emergency.

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