The New York Times – paper of record, Needs to Stick to the News, not Political Comment

See “How the N.Y.P.D. Is Using Post-9/11 Tools on Everyday New Yorkers”, by Ali Watkins, a news article turned political commentary turned advocacy.

The article describes the post 9/11 surveillance, facial recognition and other technologies being converted from anti terrorist surveillance to anti crime surveillance. Much similar to England, France, and oh ya, the rest of the world.

She comments New Yorkers are now subject to near constant surveillance – a burder that falls more heavily on people of color.

WHAT??? Are she suggesting the cameras can distinguish race or creed and turn themselves off when a white person walks by?

It is this type of journalism, or lack there of, that turns people off to the NY Times. Rather than being the paper of record it should be, it is viewed as a liberal woke propaganda daily.

She goes on further to cite Amnesty International’s comment that a person protesting on the public streets from Washington Square Park down to Sixth Avenue would be viewed / recorded on the NYPD’s cameras for about 80% of the time they were marching. Let’s examine that. If you ARE IN PUBLIC you DON’T HAVE PRIVACY. As such, I am missing what the complaint is here. Is she suggesting the cameras on in place to spy on people? To what end? To me, the cameras are much like radar. They are deterrents. If you know someone is watching, you are less likely to smash windows and steal merchandise, etc. Am I missing something?

She ends her piece with this quote, “But without the proper checks and balances, anything that’s good can also be used for bad reasons.”

You mean sort of like news reporting and journalism.

Indeed.

Politicians are NOT Soldiers

There was an interview with General Norman Schwartzcopf shortly before he died. He was originally hesitant to accept the role as commander in chief of the forces involved in the Desert Storm (the 1st Gulf War). Eventually, he came around and told Colin Powel he would take the job but “he would call them when it was over”. Essentially, he already lived through the nightmare that was Vietnam when the day to day minutiae of fighting a war was coming from the Whitehouse. He said all he needed was the general orders – what did they want him to do. Nothing more. He wasn’t going to run the war from a telephone cord back to Washington D.C.

When you think about it, it is a very concrete philosophy. How can some clown in a blue suit, sitting on a sofa in Washington D.C. understand what the soldier sitting in a humvee, in 122 degree heat, facing hundreds of the enemy needed to do?

More recently, during the Obama Administration, we had the full hands on mess that was Bengazi. Another example of too much hands on and not enough listening to the folks in the field.

And now, we have the absolute waste of a loss of 13 soldiers during a pull out because the day to day orders were coming from Washington D.C. by a bunch of people who never served, who had no clue as to what the ground situation was or simply didn’t believe it, had no tactical skills what so ever, had no experience in military pull outs, and (we’ll find out in years to follow) either didn’t listen to the intelligence during the daily briefings, or simply disregarded it.

Lesson: tell the military what to do in terms of your goal and then get the fuck out of the way.

ARIZONA GOP DEMANDS ACCESS TO MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT SYSTEM, DATA, AND PASSWORDS FOR THEIR VOTER BALLOT AUDIT

So, this is what we got….. The Arizona GOP, in the “course of its audit” OF AN ELECTION is seeking data from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. It wants this data sent to their “independent auditor”. Why does it need information regarding ongoing investigations; interactions with other law enforcement agencies; access to equipment and passwords – let me emphasize that for clarity, PASSWORDS. Sounds rather Nazi Regime-like to me.

We should wonder – what do LAW ENFORCEMENT RECORDS have to do with a ballot audit? Is the GOP worried that former felons were voting? Perhaps. Even if true, I wonder how many actual former felons actually voted or tried to vote. Let’s be generous – 100?? Wow, there’s the smoking gun we’ve all be looking for. Let’s review Biden: $1, 027,269 and Trump 980,494. Let’s take away those 100 from Biden, I’ll even go better, take them from Biden and give them to Trump. Guess what, TRUMP STILL GETS HIS ASS KICKED.


What should I and all the rest of you be afraid of? First of all, although my record is spotless, I have occasion to have interacted with Deputy Sheriffs over the past 17 years. All have been great encounters but my name is in the system as a complainant for a variety of reasons: locating 4 escaped prisoners from a van and reporting it; calling on behalf of an abused neighbor; finding a 2 year old toddler in an empty parking lot; assisting in a DWI arrest on the highway, etc. The point is now anyone who was on the adverse side of those complaints now has my personal information. Now, how about those less fortunate citizens who were on the wrong side of a 911 call. Now their “personal issues” are exposed to the public for gawking and criticism.


For all you GOP stalwarts who are big into privacy issues and “keep the government out of my business”, you need to now stand up and say something. Otherwise, you’re just full of shit.