Category Archives: Terrorism

We need to know the facts

July 11, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

On the wall behind me is a shadow box frame that displays various memorabilia from my days as a law enforcement officer. While I only served in two sheriff’s offices, I also served on three different task forces made up of officers from several other agencies. As such, I carried credentials from other agencies, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration. I also had “special deputy” status from a number of sheriff’s from around Colorado.

 

I have been out of the law enforcement game for as many years as I was in it, but I still have a special sense of brotherhood with those who are employed today. I do not know many of them personally, nor do I need to. I know that times are different now than they were 20-plus years ago. I know that I probably do not understand all the nuances of today’s officers, but I still believe I understand enough to know they are in a very difficult position.

 

I knew people who carried a badge that probably should not have been carrying one. I knew a couple of bad cops. I knew a hell of a lot more that were very dedicated to their profession, and when I see that five police officers were gunned down in the streets of Dallas, I know that the odds are that they were among those dedicated to doing right by the citizens of Dallas.

 

When I see the organized efforts of people involved in Black Lives Matter and in the (New) Black Panthers to belittle, degrade and even murder police officers, it makes me physically sick.

 

When I see various news sources describe black people killed by officers as part of a “body count,” and see those same news sources describe the killing of five white police officers as “a shooting following a peaceful protest,” I have to wonder who are the real racists.

 

When I see the president of the United States jump to conclusions every time a black man is killed by a police officer, and never mention the carnage taking place in the inner cities of places like New York and Chicago, I have to wonder who is the real racist.

 

When I see the attorney general of the United States literally mandating the policies of local law enforcement as it relates to their treatment of people of color and open civil rights investigations when a white officer kills a black person, but not even mention civil rights when the tables are turned, I have to ask, “Who is the real racist?”

 

Last April Heather MacDonald gave a speech at Hillsdale College. The text was printed in the college’s Imprimis newsletter, which I get a copy of each month.

 

MacDonald pointed out how the statistics of fatal police shootings are manipulated by those who have an agenda. Now, MacDonald likely has an agenda too, but I happen to believe she is an amazing author and speaker. She has a B.A. from Yale, an M.A. in English from Cambridge University and a J.D from Stanford Law School, so her credentials are very impressive. Immediately following the first and often slanted coverage of the Dallas shootings, I went looking for my copy of the April Imprimis. It can still be found at hillsdale.edu and I encourage all of you to read it in its entirety. Here is one paragraph of the speech. Remember, this was last April:

 

The number of police officers killed in shootings more than doubled during the first three months of 2016. In fact, officers are at much greater risk from blacks than unarmed blacks are from the police. Over the last decade, an officer’s chance of getting killed by a black has been 18.5 times higher than the chance of an unarmed black getting killed by a cop.

Again, please read the whole speech. I do not have permission to reprint it here, otherwise I would. More importantly, digest what MacDonald says. It is important that we understand the whole picture and not rely only on what is vomited out by largely biased news organizations.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016

 

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What is the alternative?

November 16, 2015

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

I have allowed Coxnotes to become some sort of obligation on my part. If I am late getting it out I find myself fretting a little. Frankly, what I put on this page is as much for me as it is for my readers. Sometimes I just need to get a few things off my chest and I need to feel like someone is listening. Thank you all for being the listeners.

Those damned Islamic terrorists did it again. This time they terrorized Paris. Now I hear that they have another attack in mind for the U.S. Sometimes I feel that we are in a hopeless situation.

France has certainly not been one of our best allies over the years, but they are certainly closer on all levels than the likes of Al Qaeda, and ISIS. What happened to the innocent people in Paris should not happen to anyone, and certainly not for the reasons adopted by the sub-human Islamist that perpetrated the attacks.

I do not want to see any more of our young people killed on foreign soils and I do not think they have much of a chance of succeeding in any endeavor while serving under the current Commander-In-Chief. I came to the conclusion long ago that Barack Hussein Obama is one of the worst, if not the worst, thing that has happened to this country in a long time. Everything he does is in direct conflict with everything this country has long stood for. He is systematically tearing apart our constitution and putting us further and further behind in nearly every aspect of our very existence. The problem is that he still has several months to continue on his pathway to U.S. destruction.

No, I do not want to see more lives lost, but I cannot see the alternative. We can fight using trained men and women or we can surrender our innocent citizens in another 9-11-style attack. We can turn more terrorist loose to return to the planning rooms of ISIS or we can bring them onto American soil and treat them like they are U.S. citizens, protected with our constitutional rights while our real constitutional rights are being taken away. What kind of choice is that?

I am lucky enough to live in an area that is probably a relatively low priority on the attack list of the Islamic Extremists. For that I am thankful, but I think back to that day the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked and I realize that we all knew people who were directly impacted by that day. We live in a very mobile and connected society. These threats are not threats against just anyone; they are threats against our children and loved ones. The threats are not some imagined theoretical plot, they are real and likely to happen at any given time. I can only wish we had leaders that could stand up to their responsibilities.

I long for the days of Ronald Reagan when this country was strong. Being strong prevents so many problems. The radical goofballs did not need to be bombed, they only needed to know that we could bomb them and that, given the right provocation we would do just that. It is a simple concept called deterrence. We no longer have that, thanks to a series of leaders who have not kept us where we should be. Building back is going to be difficult and I am afraid we are going to suffer along the way.

God bless those French people who have now suffered the barbaric actions of the radical Islamic nut cases. And God help us (U.S.) get through this.

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

Bob

© Robert R. Cox 2015