The Autumn wind is a Raider/ Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you around and upside down / And laugh when he's conquered and won.
-Steve Sabol, NFL Films. (HT: The Bleacherreport.com)
The Oakland Raiders are at it again. They threaten to pillage, they threaten to destroy. They threaten to loot, rampage and burn. .
No, not the dysfunctional family headed by Al Davis. The NFL Oakland Raiders are good for 7 wins in a best-case scenario. (Assuming they expand the regular season to 18 games.)
No, when I say the Oakland Raiders are set to pillage, I mean that anyone who wants to orchestrate mayhem in Oakland, CA is free to do so, as long as it stays tame and petty. This is the opposite of Broken Window policing. It’s Anti-Giuliani Time in Oakland.
The list of formerly criminal behaviors that 911 now considers a joke follows below…
Here's a partial list: burglary, theft, embezzlement, grand theft, grand theft:dog, identity theft, false information to peace officer, required to register as sex or arson offender, dump waste or offensive matter (BP has its ideal new corporate HQ!), discard appliance with lock, loud music, possess forged notes (Oakland can now host the North Korean consulate!), pass fictitious check, obtain money by false voucher, fraudulent use of access cards, stolen license plate, embezzlement by an employee (over $ 400), extortion (The “Reverend” Jesse Jackson has a new ideal corporate HQ!), attempted extortion, false personification of other, injure telephone/ power line, interfere with power line, unauthorized cable tv connection, vandalism,....and if you’re still stuck for amusement, that list is not complete. (HT: NBCBayArea.com)
The Oakland Chief of Police Anthony Batts claims he does this in response to budget shortfalls. Chief Batts reports that this will result in 80 officers being furloughed, therefore he lacks the police force to pursue petty crime. I would sympathize deeply over the major pay cut that he and his HQ cronies took, except that they haven't taken one!
Oakland is $32.5M short of a municipal budget. They have asked the police to pay for more of their own pensions. The police said they would, if OPD declared a three year moratorium on layoffs. This did not happen. Now 80 officers are getting laid off. This is direct retaliation by Oakland's municipal bureaucracy because it did not get the money they wanted. This money could be saved just as easily by getting HQ staff down to essential personnel only.
This will never happen while government is considered sacrosanct. The OPD is not acting in the interests of the population of Oakland, because no one is able to make them. They are punishing the people for not giving them an extra $32.5 million to fund their continued sloth and indolence. When the bureaucracy doesn’t get it’s swag, they extort the people to get mad at the politicians and force them to fork over the money.
The OPD has just told the citizens of Oakland that they will give up more money. If, you know, they want to call 9-1-1 and not have a computerized voice say “Bwank! Thanks for playin’!” This extortion is on a level of the aforementioned “Reverend.”
If the average citizen of Oakland started carrying a MAC-10, because the local police officers were too heavy, those policemen would be back on the street pronto sweeping for firearms. Power matters to government bureaucrats, the welfare of the citizenry does not. A helpless, disarmed citizenry desperately needs a strong police force to enforce against everything on the 9-1-1 LMAO List that Chief Batts just put out. It helps make the extortion that much more effective.
This is what the Federal Government does when they get made to cut budgets as well. Who can forget President Clinton’s engineered government shutdown- the one that was engineered to inflict as much pain on as many people as possible. We can expect that sort of behavior from President Barack Obama every time he gets forced cut programs instead of taxing “The Rich™”
There is one way to make this approach more difficult. Vote Democrats and Liberal Republicans out. Vote against them for Senate, vote against them for Congress, vote against them for all state and local offices. Vote against the b------ if they run for Dog Catcher. To free our Republic from bondage to its government, the Democratic Party must be destroyed!
In closing, I recommend a good motto for people wondering what to do this Fall, in Election 2010. Steve Sabol’s poetry in full. This November, let The Autumn Wind be a Raider.
The Autumn Wind is a pirate / Blustering in from sea
With a rollicking song he sweeps along / Swaggering boisterously
His face is weather beaten / He wears a hooded sash
With his silver hat about his head / And a bristling black mustache
He growls as he storms the country / A villain big and bold
And the trees all shake and quiver and quake / As he robs them of their gold
The Autumn wind is a Raider / Pillaging just for fun
He'll knock you around and upside down / And laugh when he's conquered and won."
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