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   Blueline  Much has been made about the "militarization" of the police in recent months, particularly by the BLM and anti-police groups. From an officer:
It is somewhat true, and indeed, sad. I too prefer to see officers in the traditional "class A" uniform. I still wear it most every day. The "military" looking uniforms are typically worn by special-operations units (such as SWAT ) for several reasons; among them, the need for additional pockets for items we didn’t carry years ago, like tourniquets, trauma kits, and so forth. Frequently facing heavily-armed criminals, we also carry much more ammunition now than we used to, particularly during high-risk operations. The clothing is more durable and resistant to damage requiring its replacement. It is more comfortable and functional for the crawling, climbing, running, and movements associated with these duties.
Look at the pictures of these “militarized” police and their equipment; now make a list of items that are (1 ) defensive (providing protection for the officer ) and (2 ) offensive (meant to injure or harm another ).
In category one goes the ballistic vest (erroneously called “bullet-proof” – depends on the weapon used against it ), and ballistic helmet (see Orlando officer’s near-certain death prevented by his helmet ). The knee and shin pads are to prevent injury to the officer, as are the arm/elbow pads. The face shield is to prevent injury or incapacitation via the eyes, nose, mouth. Gloves? To protect the hands. Even the horrible-looking armored vehicles are used to prevent injury to the officers, and they are often used to save or evacuate citizens from “hot zones”. In short, almost all of the “military-looking” scary things criticized by everyone from Obama to the local news reporter is used to prevent injury to the officer.
Now to the second category, and weapons and ammunition. Years ago, none of us carried rifles; just a pistol and a shotgun. After the 1997 bank-robbery and shootout in N. Hollywood, CA, and incidents that followed, we realized we were severely out-gunned. We typically carried about 18 rounds of ammo (“bullets” ) with the revolvers; about 40 or less with the semi-auto pistols. The criminals were using (illegal ) fully-automatic rifles with hundreds or thousands of rounds. The police in that incident had to go “borrow” rifles and ammo from local gun stores to stop that criminal rampage. Having criminals armed with these types of rifles means that we must also have rifles to shoot accurately at great distances from them.
In short, friend, these “scary” changes in the appearance & equipment of your police officers have been necessitated by the changing threats we face; NOT a desire to wage war on our fellow law-abiding citizens (think: San Bernardino ). The criminals have launched the “war” on you. We stand between you and them.
July 7 at 11:47 EST .

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   Wilarrbie  12 hours later - how prophetic about that war. I weep for all of you in LE. My God - what have we done? You are in my prayers.
July 8 at 00:04 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I have said for years that the people who are railing about the "militarized" police don't know what they are talking about.

As best I can tell, the "militarizing" of the police began with the bank robbery/shoot out in North Hollywood, in February, 1997. The cops were waaaaay out-gunned. Two bank robbers in tactical gear and with heavy weapons, nearly set the LAPD on its butt.

This nation is more divided on all fronts, but none more than racially, than we've ever been in our history.

This thing of raising Blacks to believe they are victims is finally paying off for the Left.

Anyone who lives in or near a Big Blue City had better hope that the police force that is charged with protecting and serving their neighborhood is "Militarized," and has every tool and weapon at their disposal that it will take to defend you and your neighborhood.

In case anyone is not aware, the vehicle that was used to breach to nightclub in Orlando was a piece of surplus military equipment, a BearCat, an armored personnel carrier. If you're ever barricaded in a building with a killer, I hope your police force had that kind of tool to execute your rescue.

Given what police face --Dallas right now is the best example, I don't know what the citizens expect. Do they want the cops to go back to six-shooters?
July 8 at 07:33 EST .

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   Blueline  Thank you both. Please help others to understand the reality that's facing all of our communities. We need voices of reason at the voting booths to elect Mayors, Councilmen/women, and leaders that "get it".
The outcome in Dallas was a FAILURE by the police chief and administration to successfully secure the operational area these officers were working in. The criminals should NEVER have been able to occupy a position above the officers unchallenged. I believe the admin. did not do their jobs out of a fear that (1 ) the city administration would not allow the "heavy-handed" or "militarized optics" of helicopters, snipers, and armored vehicle(s ) in the area around the protest; and (2 ) the Chief/admin of the PD were themselves too afraid of the "optics" and criticism from the media/protest machine to do what was necessary to secure the area.
I'm having a hard time sorting through my thoughts right now, so I'll just leave it at that.
THANK YOU again!
July 8 at 10:24 EST .

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   Clipped wings  My thoughts take a slightly different angle here. I appreciate the upgrades to the police forces and understand the needs. I honor these men and women for their dedication and honorable service. I was disturbed to hear that in some places any police were resigning due to their safety concerns. We saw in Baltimore what happened when the police failed to show their presence in some neighborhoods. Without adequate law enforcement mob rule prevails, plunder, rape and murder are common. In light of this, I fear that in the absence of our regular police the gov't will decide we need a military type force to "protect" us. Maybe before November??? History has a way of repeating, right? Anyway, it will be a long, hot and riot filled summer. Expect more of this Dallas type activity at the conventions. Tell me I shouldn't have these fears...please.
July 8 at 11:35 EST .

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   Blueline  Sorry, Clipped, your fears are well-placed. I hope my fellow citizens will strongly resist further injections of federal control and influence into their local police departments. With what we've seen this week from the DOJ, do we want them to "protect" our communities? Again, it's time to fear...
July 8 at 11:51 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I just talked to my cousin about this. He retired at the rank of Captain after 31 years with the Lubbock Police Department. [I come from a whole big family of men who carry guns for a living.] He said the only thing that surprised him is that this hasn't happened somewhere before now, and don't be surprised if we see it again somewhere else in the nation, because it looks very organized to him.

He agreed with me that 0bama is responsible for every bit of it. Every drop of blood spilled is on 0bama's hands.

Clipped's post: "In light of this, I fear that in the absence of our regular police the gov't will decide we need a military type force to "protect" us." --speaks to what I was getting at several posts down.

That kind of talk is all over the internet today.

People are scared to death that the Mulatto is going to declare martial law, and call off the November election.
July 8 at 12:17 EST .

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   Surfhut  Thank you for your service, Blueline, and for this post. One of my nephews is a police officer in a very big city. He, you, and all law enforcement are in my prayers.
July 9 at 09:43 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  I was watching the North Hollywood bank shootout on TV from about a mile away. I had more hunting firepower in my gun cabinet than the police. I wanted to jump on my motorcycle and take my .300 Weatherby magnum with my elk load down to the police. It would have been a much shorter fire fight, but my new wife objected. With that gun and scope -- a beer can at 100 yards was a never miss.
July 30 at 20:26 EST .

   Blueline  This is my post from the Ldotcomm page story about the Minnesota police shooting:

This is indeed a tragedy, and it APPEARS that the officer MIGHT have acted wrongly. However, as a previous poster noted, before condemning all police officers, we might want to have the complete set of facts from the prior minutes in order to form an accurate conclusion about this incident or any other.
“…an average IQ well below the average”. “…jack-booted thugs just itching to …blast away…”. You should be ashamed. How about you do this: apply for the ride-along program with an officer in a crime-ridden area for a few nights, then amaze us with your brilliant Monday-morning QB skills. If you’re too afraid to do this, stick to a topic you know something about. The reality is this: officers deal with very real dangers and threats almost daily, and must respond in milliseconds. Sometimes, we make mistakes and tragedies like this happen; often the mistake involves our families getting a real nice funeral and a folded flag to remember it by. We are not perfect, so maybe we should leave the job up to geniuses making comments like those.
As to why there seem to be so many tragic incidents like this nowadays, I wish I knew for certain. I do see some things that might be a factor; increased numbers of parolees and those who’ve completed prison sentences from the 90’s and who’ve decided they are “not going back”; increased numbers of substance abusers including users of extremely dangerous synthetic drugs; a general widespread “police are the enemy, and I don’t have to do anything they say” attitude. I do NOT see any evidence of a more lawless, violence-loving, ill-trained police force. No officer I have ever known came to work hoping to have to shoot somebody that day. Those who I know who’ve had to use deadly force were emotionally devastated in both the immediate and long-term aftermath. If anything, we are more committed now to training and looking for ways to improve our ability to correctly judge the existence and level of a threat than at any previous time.
Remember this: each year, officers have MILLIONS of contacts with citizens, and the great majority of them end with NO use of any type of force whatsoever. The number of those which result in a tragedy of this type is very, very, very small. The police are NOT “out of control”, and you are misled if you believe that. Don’t be fooled by the cabal that tells us that the police are your enemy, and Hillary will make a great president.

A poster replied with concerns about the "military" appearance of police officers now, and I wanted to address these concerns here:
July 7 at 11:08 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Is it possible that we have another FBI Director who's been spotted parading around in a dress and high heels?
July 6 at 11:26 EST .

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   Gram77  You know the old saying; curiosity killed the cat. Well, my curiosity got the best of me and I gave in and logged in on one of those "ads" on Lucianne and boy did I screw up my computer! Shame on me. Why are those things on there anyway?
July 6 at 05:38 EST .

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   Tulsa  We have solutions to remove all the ads in Firefox and IE, if you're using Windows 7 and have ABP (AdBlockPlus installed )

Can't help if you're on a Mac or I-whatever. The solution for Firefox is just down the page. My post to WAN2.

The one for IE is under View all 30 Comments and is by Mildred.
July 6 at 09:09 EST .

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   Tulsa  Also Gram, if you're still having the ant problem, not laugh....20 Mule Team Borax. You don't need much.

You don't have 'crazy ants, do you?

You can always take an ant or several...dead or alive, to your local state agri extension and they'll tell you what they are and how to get rid of them.

The Suit sprays the perimeter of our home, the weep holes in the brick, inside the garage and the front and back porches with Ortho Home Defense Max twice a year and we've never had a bug.

The Ortho above will not hurt chirren or pets. Pick up pet food bowls before spraying.
July 6 at 12:20 EST .

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   Mildred  Every time I clear the cookies and temp files, the ads return. Just follow the instructions on the 'View all 30 comments' and it should get rid of the ads. Be sure to click on the red with the number so that no ads appear in the big box. I always exit internet explorer and then reload. It's easy but annoying. Good luck. I'll try to check in regularly so if you have any questions Gram, ask me and I will try to get you back to enjoying the site without ads.
July 6 at 12:59 EST .

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   Gram77  I have Windows 8. Speaking of ants, I am using Terro. I was at Ace Hardware and they guaranteed it would work. Boy it did! I knew we had an ant problem but I couldn't believe the ants this stuff drew out. It took about 4 days for the parade to stop but it sure was worth it. Thanks for your concern. I don't know if my ants are crazy but I was getting there!
July 6 at 15:50 EST .

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   Tulsa  How poster Mildred removed ads In IE: right click on ad and you get a long drop down list. Near the bottom click 'Inspect Element'. You should get a large panel at the bottom of the panel. Click on 'debugger' and then a number with an 'X'. You may need to click on the number next to debugger and then the number under that near the gibberish. Experiment. All the gibberish should disappear. X out of the panel and close Lucianne, any other sites you have open and finally IE. Reload IE and go to Lucianne

How I removed ads in Firefox: place your cursor On any ad at Luciannne and right click. When the box comes up click Adblock 'image'. Then another box comes up that is pre checked, click 'add' to lists and the ad should be gone. Repeat on each ad. If you have bars left under ads, place cursor on bar, right click and select the bottom line that says 'adblock bar'. And click add to list.

I lol at your crazy ant comment. They're a real thing infecting Texas and the Gulf coast and I hope somebody stops them.
July 6 at 17:29 EST .

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   Mildred  Tulsa, thanks for entering the instructions here. Hopefullly we can all enjoy ad-free reading. In IE I only right click on one ad and then click on the x that deletes all the other ads too. It's really funny because Lucianne is the only site with this problem. Anyone know why?
July 6 at 17:42 EST .

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   Tulsa  It's the only place I have ads too. I noticed when I viewed that code some of the ads said 'lucinane' and the rest said 'google'.

I had more steps to be rid of the ads than you did, but they are gone permanently. Maybe someone can tell us why clearing your browser cache brings the ads back in IE. ...Is there any way not to clear Lucianne cookies/history? If I can figure out how to ask a search engine this question, 'it' may have the answer.
July 6 at 23:09 EST .

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   Mildred  Tulsa: Don't know if you will scroll all this way but this morning I had to 'debug' the ads in IE. I'm still in the rehab facility (until Friday ) so I don't know if it's this connection or if I'll always have to delete the ads on Monday. I did not clear the cookies/temp files so that is probably not the cause.
July 11 at 12:25 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  The pirates had it right --- let John Roberts and James Comey walk the plank for traitorous actions against the state.
   July 5 at 11:39 EST .

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   Tulsa  Dr. Krauthammer had an interesting comment on Fox Special Report tonite. He said perhaps both Roberts and Comey chose not to be the ones to make history.

Dr. K. did not elaborate, but I believe he meant: Roberts case let Congress and/or the next President fix insurance and in Comey's case not changing the dnc party nominee at this late date.
July 5 at 23:45 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  The Battle Hymn of the Republic performed by the U.S. Army Chorus

Barbara Mandrel once said that if she could only hear one more song before she died, it would be the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

After watching this video, I might agree with her.
July 4 at 11:59 EST .

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   Gram77  I will never hear this enough and sadly it's not performed as much as it used to be.
July 4 at 12:50 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

   July 4 at 11:33 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks for the reminder - something those in power should be reminded of - frequently.
July 4 at 12:23 EST .

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The Ragged Old Flag

This is tradition for me on the 4th of July. It reminds me not to give up, no matter how bleak the outlook is for this Great Nation

To the ones who have written the obituary for America, I say piffle and rot!

   July 4 at 11:31 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hope everyone's weekend was safe, celebrate the 4h happily....
   July 4 at 02:28 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I keep seeing reference made to the fall elections being called off by the Mulatto Muslim, and martial law being imposed. That thought has been out there since 0bama’s first election: there are those who think he plans to declare himself dictator for life, and people are coupling it to things like the mass murder by the Muslim terrorist in Orlando, and the school shootings, etc., and talking about “False Flags,” which I admit, I do not understand.

If I had seen references like that eight or nine years ago, I would have told the poster to either get his tin foil hat adjusted, or up his meds. One of the other. Maybe both.

This day and age, I’m not so sure. I feel quite certain that the Mulatto does not want to give up the Spite House; he’s no where near through ruining the country. He hasn’t brought us completely to our knees yet, so he still has work to do.

There was an article a day or so back about all of the government agencies that are now “militarized” –armed to the gunnels. I remember several years ago when it was made public that the IRS had just purchased an outrageous number of new Remington shotguns. We hear all the time about the ammo that the government is buying up.

Does anyone have any thoughts about this. I don’t know how 0bama would think he could get away with it. On the other hand, look at what he’s done to our military. It’s completely homosexualized and feminized. Any top commanders we had left after Clinton’s purge, are now gone in the 0bama Purge.

I think I’ll go now and make an appointment with the Tin Foil Hat Adjuster . . .
   June 29 at 19:10 EST .

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   Safetydude  GOOGLE "obama suspends election".
720,000 hits.

Is it time to really arm up?
July 1 at 23:01 EST .

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   Tulsa  Wan2! Found my notes several pages back.

If you have ABP and you have Easy List, just place your cursor On any ad at Luciannne and right click. When the box comes up click Adblock 'image'. Then another box comes up that is pre checked, click 'add' to lists and the ad should be gone. Repeat on each ad. If you have bars left under ads, place cursor on bar, right click and select the bottom line that says 'adblock bar'. And add to list.

Pls forgive placing this info on main page. Poster needed help and all the info on blocking ads is here. Mildred has info on blocking ads in IE and my info is for Firefox.
June 27 at 10:30 EST .

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   Tulsa  scroll down, click 'view all 17 comments' to find instructions from Mildred for IE.
June 27 at 10:31 EST .

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   Mildred  Hi folks. Sorry I couldn't get back to help with ABP in IE but thanks Tulsa for re-directing Wan2 to my directions. I had a nasty fall on Monday morning and broke my ankle. I've had surgery and am now in rehab for the next 2 weeks. Not going any place so will try to check in from time to time. Happy July 4!
July 1 at 21:45 EST .

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   Tulsa  It's the 6th and I just saw your message. I'm so sorry about the break and surgery. I pray you heal and recover with incredible speed.
July 6 at 12:26 EST .

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   Mildred  Thank you Tulsa. It's not easy but I'm trying my best to do the work necessary to heal. Can't wait to go home and get back to doing the things I enjoy. As usual, everyone has been so helpful to me to get my computer ad-free so don't be shy--I'll help with any questions you have.
July 6 at 13:03 EST .

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