11/23/2015

Blaming the wrong people

We all remember the "Clock Boy" incident where a young,` yes Muslim,high school student disassembled an alarm clock threw it in a shoe box then took it to school? Though technically he didn't "build" anything, he took something partially apart and put it in a different box. He did absolutely no electronic assembly what-so-ever. even I could disassemble a clock and throw it in a metal box and say I built new clock.It had wires coming out of it and it did look weird, though I wouldn't have called it a "bomb" Of course in this day in age the school thought it looked suspicious when he showed the clock to the teacher, the teacher warned him having something like that might concern people. It did and he was sent to the principal's office where the principal said the "invention" looked dangerous and called the police. This was after he was given plenty of time to explain to school officials what the device could do, and refused. Let's be absolutely clear here  the school called the police and described the device looked like a bomb  to them. The police arriveed and again gave "Clock Boy" a another chance to explain, he refused and they arrested him.  It took a long time for "Clock Boy" to finally explain himself, The charges were dropped the same day with an apology, if they were ever even officially filed.

Within a few days news spread with the usual twist, police 'profiled" another Muslim for just using his "gifts".Once again the "police acted stupidly" and now the City or Irvine Texas has to pay. They trampled on the constitution.President Obama invited "Clock Boy" to the White House to show off his "?invention". Clock Boy got calls from tech companies and colleges, all for disassembling a common digital alarm clock. However I need to point something out here, the school should be the focus of the lawsuit, not the police. Of course the lawsuit is filed against "The City of Irvine" which incorporated both the school and the police, but let's be clear going after the police is much more attention grabbing than going after  than school district. The police protocols are under attack, not how the school reacted. The picture of  "Clock Boy" being taken away in handcuffs will be center stage, because there are no pictures of him being questioned by the principal. We often lecture how we should never "blame the victim" however I believe a number of the school "incidents" don't get the attention until the police get involved. That way if something goes wrong we can always blame the perfect scapegoats.....the police

11/17/2015

Apply the WMD test

 Democrats insist the ongoing problems in the Middle  East can't be solved b y the United States, especially with military actions. The insist defeating ISIS is just one big game of whack-a-mole and we need to pull out and let the fire burn itself out. They said the Iraq war was a mistake from day one and they best thing to do is to leave the area completely. People against the war seem to think while Saddam was a brutal dictator, he did keep some stability in the region. Some claim since he didn't have WMD's, even though years later Bush was actually proved right, didn't pose a threat to the United States proving to some the entire war was one big mistake and it did the opposite of the main goal, made the world less safe The problem is because nobody knew if Saddam definitely had WMD. However people in Iraq are living better, they are having elections and yes they are better of without Saddam, it has just taken a longer time than anyone expected and there's still a very long way to go. George Bush warned of the danger of leaving Iraq too early, virtually all of his predictions came true We thought we learned a valuable lesson from the Iraq war, never meddle in international affairs without a grasp on the ramifications. We didn't learn our lesson and we're heading down a similar path in regards to= Syria

A wise president would have studied Bush's mistakes in Iraq and applied them to the current troubles in  Syria. Bush stressed the urgency of ridding the world of Saddam and Obama is pressuring the country to open its doors.. He  says the refugees coming to the  United States will be vetted, we can't even vet people crossing over the Mexican border properly. Obama says we must use our resources to help the international community, this is like  George Bush claiming the troops goings into Iraq would be seen as "liberators" which in the end it did happen, Iraq IS free for the most part better  off. However he greatly miscalculated what it would take in human life and treasure. That  caused a chain reaction that created  ISIS and as a result the Iraq liberation is seen by   some as one of the worst military debacles in history. They  have their points. So why can't Obama slow down and let things play out more. We have allies in between  the US and Syria,, why can't  they start taking some refuges and we'll follow. Obama is good from leading behind, maybe he should stick to it?

The Syrian crisis has the potential to be a lot worse because we don't know what we're getting into by allowing these refugees into the country.  The unknowns are horrifying, the Boston bombers had ties to Syria, if you play the odds, if we  let masses into this country chances are there will be another attack. It's just a matter of time

11/08/2015

7th Annual ALPCA Garden State Region Meet

Well another successful Garden State Meet  has come and gone! Once again 
American Legion Post 157 opened its doors to   just shy of 50 collectors 
coming from as far away as  Arizona joined members from up and down the 
eastern seaboard for another wonderful day of collecting. Setup began 
just shy of the official start time of 8AM, by the time official trading 
began, the hall was filled with activity. Adam Garstka not only served 
as the official photographer for the meet, he brought a wonderful 
display of early Connecticut plates and licenses. He was accompanied by 
Dave Kuhen, always wonderful to see Dave in New Jersey.  We had some new 
faces at the meet this year including brothers  Jon and Phil Leib, both 
with encyclopedic knowledge of New Jersey license place history. I wish 
we had more time to chat Convention Chairman Ned Flynn urged members to 
make their reservations for the 2016  ALPCA Convention in Fort Wayne. 
Jason DeCesare was  one of the most entertaining auctioneers  with Jack  
Hollingsworth assisting  as runner.. Co-host Ed Butler once again 
managed all of the financial transactions and kept the meet running  
smoothly. He also picked up a 1907 New Jersey Prestate for his 
collection! After the meet a group of us made our traditional pit stop 
at  Charlie Bloods in Garfield for a late lunch arranged by Ed Natale.. 
Hungry collectors traded stories of the day in between bites of food 
while catching college football games on TV .
Please join us next year, October 22,2016 at the American Legion Post 
157 in Elmwood Park for another wonderful day of collecting!!!!
Respectfully submitted by Justin Mattes ALPCA#6748