Archive for January, 2012
Friday, January 27th, 2012
Hello Bloggers/Readers, normally I would be writing a blog post about something more on a social and/or political subject matter. But there comes a time when a real life personal experience occurs, that forces all of us to recognizes the importance of life. My sister-in-law Sandy recently advised my family that my brother Michael Tucker passed away a couple of days ago. Death is something all of us will have to come to grips with at some point. That is the way life is now and the way it is going to be in the future. We will all deal with it in our own way!! A good friend, Peggy, reminded me of a short poem that I would like to share with you. I hope it helps anyone who has or will face this experience:
GONE FROM MY SIGHT
By Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
And that is dying…
Keep blogging and keep communicating!!!!
Friday, January 20th, 2012
Hello Bloggers/Readers, as you all know I have released my second book “The Complex” and I am now sending out information regarding my career in Law Enforcement and how it impacted the writing of my novel.
Turf wars between the FBI, local, and state law enforcement have become legendary and movies have even depicted the issues and strife that occurs. What is often forgotten, however, is just how serious the lack of cooperation really is and how it can ultimately lead to innocent people being killed. After 9-11, the Department of Homeland Security was created in part to foster in a new era of cooperation between agencies. Whether or not the department has actually met its goals is debatable, especially since some Law Enforcement Agencies were not included in this process and should have been. It makes the DHS a lion without some teeth!!
In my novel, The Complex, I offer an interesting perspective on just how often petty squabbles between law enforcement agents sometimes spiral out of control. While the book is a fictionalized account of four effective agents who’ve been reduced to a random variable within the system, it can’t simply be dismissed as mere fiction. Before I became an author, I was the special agent in charge at the Secret Service office in Arizona. Because of this experience, I am able to offer authentic insights about how trust sometimes breaks down and law enforcement becomes ineffective.
In the book, the four agents uncover a conspiracy while attending a seminar in Dallas. At first, these agents are seemingly unable to make any headway with their investigation as they’re stonewalled at every turn by various agencies within the government. The Complex, which is the name of the building where the seminar is held, is ironically designed to improve inter-agency communications. Instead, as the heroes of the book discover, the expanded powers afforded to federal agencies after 9-11 may be used for something else entirely. That is the nightmarish aspect of The Complex. What happens when agents with vast amounts of unchecked power uses the privileges afforded to them in ways average Americans could never fathom?
Ultimately, the message of The Complex is that the only way to combat law enforcement abuses is with good men and women from agencies – local, state, and federal – having the courage to call out corrupt officials. While The Complex is a cleverly written fiction novel, it also effectively shows readers why inter-agency cooperation is important and why it can’t simply be purchased with a larger budget.
Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Hello readers/bloggers , just here to share that the article that I previously posted on the Penn State issue has been published in The Daily Collegian. Below is the article as it appears on the Penn State website. Please feel free to comment on it, and as always Happy Blogging.
Penn State ‘too big to fail’
Is maintaining the prestige of an institution more important than the innocence of our children, or is it too big to fail?
I am sure you have all been sickened by the child abuse stories coming out of Penn State University.
How and why did these horrendous acts occur, and why weren’t they reported to the proper authorities?
Yes, the offending coach is the main culprit and has been arrested, but the alleged cover-ups, the lies and the seeming willingness to sacrifice the safety of our children, over the prestige of the university is beyond belief.
This is an example of “too big to fail,” because it clearly identifies how the interests of a major institution may have trumped the need to protect our children from sexual abuse.
Just look at what has happened in the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandals. There are countless stories in the media of Catholic priests who have been engaged in sexual abuse of children for years and have been protected by the church without any legal ramifications.
Read The Daily Collegian
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
As we enter 2012 and begin to focus on making our lives better, having good health, hopefully getting jobs and much needed financial security, the current political campaign will probably be one of the most important, if not the most, political choice of our life time. The next occupant of the White House will be responsible for making decisions that will effect all of us for another four years. The economy, jobs, Supreme Court appointments, and national security, to name a few, will be important decisions that will hopefully continue to make this the greatest country on earth. So, between now and November 2012, stay focused, communicate, carefully assess and analyze each candidate and VOTE, whether you are a republican, democrat, libertarian, independent, old or young person or even if you are a legal immigrant, this is YOUR constitutional right. Don’t waste it!!!
With that said, my concern during this campaign season, is the continued rhetoric regarding racial, ethnic and class stereotyping by some of the current political pundits. Two candidate’s have had no problem accusing black people of preferring to be on food stamps and getting handouts instead of seeking jobs!! Some have even suggested that it would be good for our society to have different classes of people and getting a college education may not be as important as having a menial job that makes them some money. Some, although not a minority, have even suggested they have the experience and knowledge to tell minorities how to live their lives.
Are we not entitled to a political campaign, without having to be subjected to candidate’s intentionally using vitriolic and hateful statements, thereby pandering to their base just to get elected??? What’s even more upsetting is that some of the comments are obvious fabrications of the truth. Example, Black people are not the primary recipients of food stamps in this country. White people are receiving 34% of food stamps, Blacks 22% and Hispanics 17%. These candidate’s know these figures, but they still use these lies to get the support of their base. These statements will historically produce anti- racial and anti- ethnic opinions in some people and influence attitudes. I just read an article about a third grade teacher in the Atlanta, Ga area, who gave her young students a so called math test, using slavery and child beatings as math test examples. One question was ” Each tree has 56 oranges, if eight SLAVES picked them equally, how much would each pick?” Another example, ” If Frederick got two beating per day, how many beatings did he get in a week?? UNBELIEVABLE, ABSOLUTELY!!! I’m talking about third graders.
I am having a difficult time understanding how an allegedly educated teacher and school board could come up with any statement of fact, to defend this situation. But, they are actually are trying to justify this teaching method by stating,” we were trying to teach the kids some history of our country along with Math”. WHAT!! Math is Math, Science is Science, Reading is Reading and Writing is Writing. Why would someone in the education system attempt to use such horrible analogies to teach third graders???? The kids took the Math test home to their parents, questioning their parents about the meaning of the test. Naturally the parents were livid and complained to the school!! Who can blame them??? I don’t know how this is going to turn out, the the school has apologized but has never mentioned why they didn’t explain to the third graders the intent of their HISTORY LESSON. I previously mention the impact vitriolic comments have on attitudes and I think this is a classic example of how genetic negative racial believes can re-surface from the depths of our society when ignited by certain statements.
After the Penn State debacle, how can someone not have the necessary sensitivity, to think first of the welfare of our children, before using child beatings to explain a Math problem. This political season is all about the cultural and political diversity in this country and statements of this type needs to change or has our political process become TO BIG TO FAIL. I hope the subject of religion is not the next subject matter to be attacked. Bloggers/Readers keep communicating!!