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“Stand Your Ground” Law Invites “Fight To The Death”!

BY Wallace J. Allen, Publisher
    Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, the one that has been used to justify the shooting of Travon Martin, will probably be in the news again very soon.  The idea that a person only needs to “feel” that his/her life is threatened, (please read out loud for full effect) “feel that their life is threatened”, to justify killing the person representing that threat, almost  guarantees a soon-to-be-killing!
Any Black man that happens to get in the same elevator with a paranoid “Zimmerman” is a target because Zimmerman’s life has been threatened enough by people who are just “talkers” to have him legitimately able to say he “feels” threatened and thus, is justified in shooting you… And you don’t have to be Black now that he is really scared.   However, if you are a Black man, you might also “feel” threatened by the presence of Mr. Zimmerman, or someone who unfortunately looks like him, and decide to shoot before he shoots.
    The other situation that almost assures another Florida shooting is the road rage that simmers at every Miami intersection.  People angrily blowing their car horns, is the norm, and with the fresh Zimmerman verdict reminding people of their right to kill, I expect some of the drivers to leave home “ready for bear”.
    Anyone that thinks I am a little overboard has not driven in Miami and is probably not an “experienced” Black man.

How To Police A Bankrupt City…

Publisher’s Commentary by Wallace Allen
If I were in charge of a bankrupt city that was concerned about providing police servicing in a high crime situation, I would replace half my police force, on a 4 to 1 ratio with police academy interns (4 interns for each officer replaced). The unformed interns would more than make up for their lack of experience with numbers. The general public will notice the difference and their reaction to the police presence with prove it again… Just as drivers slow down when we see a police car. The officers that are kept on the force should be those who have the experience and attitude necessary to provide the professional example that would keep police academies lined up to have their candidates complete their training on the streets of my city. The interns will receive a financial stipend and be happy for the experience.

I know that there are a thousand objections to this thought, but if someone will list the objections, I am willing to seek the a means to dismiss them. If the city formed a police academy, most objections would become mute.

Please agree or disagree via this post.

BOTTOM LINE – Redevelopment Agencies Move Lots of Money (Now That Jerry Wants It For His Kids)

Publisher’s Commentary by Wallace J. Allen, IV -
Edition – Thursday, July 7, 2011 – Volume 25 No. 45

The Question: Is It Money Well Invested Or Simply Spent? – How many projects have been funded by Your City Redevelopment Agency in the last five years? – How much money was funded per project? – How many contracts and subcontracts were involved per project? – How many Contractors and Sub-Contractors were involved per Project? – How many Contractors and Sub-Contractors were used in total? – How many Contractors from Your City were used? – How many Sub-Contractors from Your City were used? – How many jobs have been created by Your City Redevelopment Agency in the last five years? – How many jobs that were created by RDA funded projects, were filled by residents of Your City? I am sure that someone, somewhere in the RDA Agency in Your City has the answers to these specific questions. I think those answers will tell you a little more about who benefits when RDA Agencies spend or invest your tax dollars by the tens of millions. My Answer: If you are one of the people collecting a check… Contractors, Suppliers, Sub Contractors and Workers including Your City Staff’s Earned Wages… You probably think the money was Well Invested! On The Other Hand, (The One That Did Not Get A Finger In The Money Pie)… The Contractor seeking contracts, unemployed job seeking, tax paying stakeholders, that live in Your City, probably think the money was Simply Spent!