All of us listen to the same news, get the same information and yet have varying opinions on what happened in Ferguson, MO, the night Officer Wilson confronted Michael Brown. None of us know what we would've done in this situation. If you say you do then you're a liar. We know what we want to do, or hope we would do. Those of us in law enforcement rely on what we're trained to do.
A split-second or less is the approximate amount of time we have to make life or death decisions based on minimal facts, visual observations, training, and experience. These decisions are accompanied by adrenaline dumps. Adrenaline, as defined by MedicineNet, is a stress hormone produced in the adrenal gland that quickens the heart beat, strengthens the force of the heart's contraction, and opens up the bronchioles in the lungs. It's not uncommon to temporarily diminish your sense of hearing and touch, but also heighten your sense of smell and slowing your perception of time. The secretion of adrenaline is part of the human 'fight or flight' response to fear, panic, or perceived threat. (Perceived is another good vocabulary word to understand: to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses: I perceived an object looming through the mist. 2. to recognize, discern, envision, or understand [Dictionary.com])
How often do you think the average person experiences these physiological changes then go through it again and again with little to no time for recovery in between? Two or three times in a month, a year? Law enforcement officers experience this daily, if not multiple times a day depending on the call for service. From neighbors arguing over a dog crapping on the lawn to shots fired with multiple victims, we respond to every call with the same expectation...we go home safe at the end of shift.
I was saddened by the public outcry for an indictment of Officer Wilson, and angered by their reactions to the grand jury's decision. They didn't want justice, they were gathered like a lynch mob wanting a public hanging.
The celebrity reaction didn't surprise me: "Celebrities expressed sadness, frustration and disappointment across social media Monday after a grand jury in Missouri declined to bring charges against police officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown." Then the articles drone on with tweets and postings from the Hollywood liberals.
The media continues it's pot-stirring and racial divide with their use of "unarmed black teen". Face it people, Michael Brown was of age to fight for his country and vote, which is what we call an ADULT. But that just wouldn't be newsworthy, would it? I don't care if he was blue with red polka dots. I don't care if he had a cell phone or an UZI in his waistband. Michael Brown was no child, no "teen" without direction, no victim of a hate crime. He was an adult who made a decision that cost him his life.
What vexes me with this case isn't the the actions of the suspect or the officer's reaction to the perceived threat, it's not even the protesters and political asshats showing up for their 15 minutes of fame. It's the combination of: 1) the public's sense of entitlement and lack of common sense, and 2) that we rely on a biased media to tell us the truth.
Had it been a female officer of any race, her skills and abilities would have been questioned based on gender and the story would've died within 24 hours.
Had it been a black male officer, the political jackhats would've said "tisk tisk, more black on black violence" and this case would've never made national news.
Had Michael Brown been an "unarmed white teen" or a female of any race, it may have been aired once on a local station then forgot about because frankly it just doesn't pull in the ratings. Go ahead, disagree. Then you can just stand there in your wrongness and be wrong.
We cry for justice then denounce the very system we put in place to decide it. We cry for help, then condemn the men and women who respond to provide it. "To change the hearts and minds of men you must learn to listen; otherwise your words will fall on deaf ears, for the opinions of fools are always louder. ~L.S. Buckley"
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
***PERMISSION TO FORWARD***
The deadline is nearing! September 15th is the last day to submit entries for the Space Coast Authors of Romance writing contest, 2014 Launching A Star.
The contest is open to any author unpublished in book-length fiction, or any author who is not considered PAN-eligible under current RWA rules, or has not been published in the romance genre in the last five years.
There are eight categories: Historical, Fantasy/Futuristic/Paranormal, Series Contemporary, Single Title (Contemporaries, Women's Fiction, Romantic Elements, etc.), Young Adult, Romantic Suspense (ST), and Inspirational (ST).
Follow the link to view the complete contest rules: 2014 LAUNCHING A STAR.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
This weekend as we celebrate our freedom please take a moment to thank those who are still on the front lines, both foreign and domestic. Happy Fourth of July!
Little bit of history:
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
STAR (Space Coast Authors of Romance) has been a part of my life since 2008. Being away due to career and personal changes, I've noticed the lack of motivation in my fiction writing. About a month ago I dusted off my works-in-progress (WIP) and red-inked them until a few bled to death. Only one or two survived.
Looking at the lifeless manuscripts I knew it was time to get back to what challenged and motivated me. I found my muse, but didn't realize it until I started plotting and reinventing characters. Today, I returned to the monthly STAR meetings and just in speaking with a few members about my current WIP I was able to scratch out 2700 words towards another chapter.
Just like any good relationship, with your family or friends and with God, it takes daily work to keep it strong. Thanks to my STARs I can build a better relationship with my writing. The critique groups, Deep Dish reads, guest speakers, online forums, conferences, and contests are a few things that help keep me on track.
A good romance never hurt any book, so regardless of your writing genre you should attend a STAR meeting as a guest. Go ahead...I dare you!