Friday, July 27, 2012

Never Give up

Were I as so arrogant to assume the ability to mobilize the English language and send it into battle, I would do so without apology. Never give up on being a better writer.

We have, for now, free speech. It is as free as you take it. Free speech is not given to you. Try to say something against the popular grain such as: “Dr Martin Luther King was a Republican” and the flummoxed faces will soon shout indignation and spew hatred for you no matter your color. I know this as I see the hate for conservative blacks promoted by what used to be the main media. The main media is quickly faltering. I have watched it lie for twenty seven years as of this post, July of 2012. Never give up on finding every facet of truth.

I have policy disagreements with Liberals. They have, on average, poor grasp of business. What they do understand is that education and qualification are of paramount importance. I have no argument with that. They do, shout down, anyone they can who is not qualified to “speak”. Never give up on your rights.

I am not writing today to make a declaration or turn the tide. I would simply remind those who hold power, for now, that all glory is fleeting. Notice the little people holding a golden crown of thorns above your head. The only real legacy anyone should care about is the truth. The truth will outlast everything we are and build. Be careful of self importance fueled by any form of adulation. Arrogance has brought down empires. Never give up your freedom.

I have been called a racist for not wanting Obama reelected. I would vote for Dr Condolezza Rice. Mmm, am I covering several Liberal bases here? Never give up on self determination.

The most important aspect to success for an individual is their Emotional IQ. They can gather others to forward an idea or make a big project happen. Be careful of the politician who is merely good at making you feel like your being listened to. Most important, be careful what you demand with your protesting and petitioning of the government. Any government big enough to give you everything, is also big enough to take everything. Never give up on your innovation.

I think protests are awesome. Please, protest at will. Just do your cause and my nose a favor. Do not take over the lawns of public places and leave feces and trash all over. That is what the public will really remember about what you are. Not what you stood for. You see, a trash pile and hazardous waste clean up is the final sound bite of everything you were trying to do with the occupy movement. A sound bite destroyed any message you could have had. All glory, and fame, are fleeting. Never give up your soul.
He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle to steady his fellow countrymen and hearten those Europeans upon whom the long dark night of tyranny had descended.
Edward R. Murrow, American journalist, on Winston Churchill, 1954

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Normally one thinks of someone in a hospital as a healer. I have met many Doctors who are just punching through the numbers, some who care about what they do, some truly interested in the process of returning someone to full function. Detectives come in all of these flavors.

Overworked is not just some idiot thing I spew when it comes to the detectives I have gotten to know. Some, out of pure frustration become 'by the numbers only' administrators of overstrung resources. These detectives have learned to do the job without straining the system that never has enough people and equipment to solve every crime that comes along. If what I said sounds cruel I am truly sorry. Not every crime gets full blown attention. I was telling a story of four teenagers shot up in a car at a housing project on a Sunday afternoon. There was no media and the thousands of people who were out milling around didn't see anything. In the right neighborhood, say like a nice suburb, their would be national attention. I did get the hint from the Officer In Charge that the teens were selling drugs where they were not supposed to. I was told to take the photos and then the officers could all leave. I did and we all left. I wondered if someone would report what happened later.

Most detectives fall into the category of really loving what they do. They like being surrounded by the staff of experts a department like LAPD has and they are genuinely happy about seeing me on scene. They gather evidence while walking with me knowing that every nuance of procedure they follow today helps the case they have, and probably cases in the future. Good police work has allowed the cold case unit to solve murders that are more than fifty years old.
The true healers, the ones all other detectives look up to are so very rare. They have what it takes to be a great detective, and a great mentor. The joy of every process and the way they embrace every member of the team is palatable. You want to be like them in all ways. I have seen them solve cases with only a few interviews. They contrast the first kind, the administrator who figures 'without DNA there is no case.' I am amazed how the healers, like great doctors can get the invisible dots illuminated, and then connected.

I had a chance to talk about what I do this weekend. I met Dr Tess Gerritsen the author of “The Surgeon” who's work has been turned into the popular television show Rizzoli and Isles. It is obvious to me she is a healer, someone who takes what they do to the highest level it can be.
Doing your best, then doing it again makes you better, never get put down by your first effort, or get too hyped by early recognition. Make yourself open to new learning and points of view. Doing this will make you the healer so admired.