Obese Police with War Toys

About two months ago I was riding my Kawasaki motorcycle to work one morning. I pulled over and stopped on the side of the road to adjust one of my rear view mirrors when a local Police car suddenly appeared. The officer rushed out of his car and came at me. I turned around to say “thanks for stopping, but I am ok, only adjusting one of my mirrors” but the officer was not interested in my safety only to look coldly at me and say, “I need your license and registration!”

Not happy with this police officers attitude toward me, when I was simply stopped on the side of the road, I said, “Why are you hassling me?” At this point he mumbled something into his shoulder mic and 20 seconds later another police car arrived with two officers wearing combat fatigues. A very nice spectacle, I felt like a criminal for sure, though I have a completely clean track record. After giving them my ID and registration, they could do nothing but look at me and say, “ok, you can leave.”  – very nice of them. I almost said, “I’m glad I gave you guys something to do this morning.”

I live in a small town with less than 10,000 people with very, very little crime. But like most Police departments these days they do have an armored vehicle and a lot of war toys – which they like to parade, and even walk around in combat fatigues. Add some boredom…and you get a very aggressive Police force. I really do sympathize with the Ferguson Protests. One thing I have also noticed, most of them in my opinion are overweight, for professional crime fighters. Maybe if they were in better shape, they would not need so many war toys to play with.

It is time to stop our Police Militarization Programs. These programs are a big waste of time and money. Lifting some weights and eating less is a much better idea I believe. Perhaps being friendlier to citizens would help too.

Obese Police with War Toys

Anthony Bourdain – a good American

AnthonyBourdainSo I know I am late to the party on this one, but I have been watching a lot of Anthony Bourdain this summer. Having had the great opportunity to travel most of the world extensively over the years, close to one million miles in the air. I now, do everything I can to avoid traveling…but do miss the incredible, life strengthening experiences that can only be gained by leaving home.

Usually I spend time reading the history of the places I visit, think about the people and culture as best as time permits. But instead I think focusing on everyday food is a better way to get to know a place and the people who live there.

Without wanting to travel anymore…but still missing it, it has been a great pleasure to travel again through Anthony. I love his outlook, the way he judges no one and studies both what the rich and poor eat. His incredible wit and down to earth self depreciating American style brings out a very warm and smooth character. One whom I enjoy traveling through and eating with on all his adventures. Thank you Anthony for getting me out of the house again.

Anthony Bourdain – a good American