Archives September 2013

PROFILE, PROFILE, PROFILE

     Everybody profiles. Whether people will admit it or not, it’s human nature.
     In 1999, after I’d published a Miami Herald article justifying the act of profiling in some circumstances, I was interviewed by ABC’s John Stossel who was doing a 20/20 program on the topic. I soon realized he was formulating questions designed to make me seem racist. I was telling him that, in certain circumstances, profiling is a necessary element for effective police work.  I turned the tables and posed a question back. 
     “John, when you first heard about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, what was the first thing that came into your mind?”
     His eyebrows lifted.  “Arabs,” he said. 
     “John, you just profiled.”
     The producer shouted, “Cut!”
     The interview never aired. But I had made my point.
     Sometimes, suspicion can be hard to define. Body language. Dress. Movement. Yet, suspicion is, and should be, an integral part of policing.
     A car weaving across lanes of traffic after midnight is a profile for drunk driving.  A parade of shoddy looking men and women frequenting a tenement apartment at all hours of the night is a possible profile for drug activity. A derelict, any color, stumbling around filthy and half-dressed in an upscale housing development is a profile, a sign that something is out of place. Two teenage kids cruising around in a $70,000 car, where ninety-nine percent of the residents are another ethnic/racial make-up, is a profile.  Sorry.
     If crimes have been reported describing a Mid-eastern looking male, black beard, mid-east accent, should we stop and frisk all redheads, pimple-faced teens and one-legged war veterans, just to be fair?
     George Zimmerman’s neighborhood had been victimized by a number of thefts and break-ins. Judging by those who had been apprehended and/or under suspicion, the profile of the perpetrators were young black males.
     In 1979-81, Atlanta’s serial child killer was profiled by possible witnesses to be a young black male. The cops used that profile to pursue the investigation. That’s good police work.
     In order to appease the Islamic world, American airports routinely grope and search little grandmas from Iowa, wheelchair cripples, girl scouts and even celebrities to show how the authorities are not profiling Muslims or mid-eastern people. Yet, in truth, 97 percent of all international terrorism is rooted in Islam.
     We could be adopting the model of the safest airline system in the world; El Al. Israel makes no apologies. They do not grope or X-ray every man, woman and child. They follow a few simple rules:
     1) Agents ask passengers a short series of questions — four or five — to determine origin, nationality and other factors, then observe the physical manner and characteristics. Though unspoken, yet in truth, Muslims and/or Arabs will get a second look before non-Muslims. If there is any doubts about a passenger, they X-ray or search further.
     2) An armed Air Marshal is aboard every flight. Terrorists know this in advance. It changes the game plan for terrorists knowing that armed security is on board.
     Israel is hated throughout the Arab states. Yet, El Al has never had a terror attack.
     Bottom line:. Profiling works. Israel profiles passengers, especially Muslims. Why? Because Islamic radicalism is the profile for international terrorists.
     Indiscriminate profiling based on race is absolutely unacceptable. But when a series of crimes have been linked to a certain description, which includes race, police would be remiss in doing their job if they did not profile. Profiling solves crime, prevents crime and makes our community safer. That’s the job of security and police.
     Police officers and security personnel of the 21st century walk an insidious tightrope, teetering between doing their jobs and protecting their butts, “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”  I subscribe to the old adage: Better safe than sorry.  Better to harass a few people now and then if it translates to protecting innocent people from rape, robbery and murder.  Isn’t that what a cop is paid for?  
     People who are fast to accuse and put cops on the defensive are not serving their communities. They are contributing to law enforcement paranoia and their reluctance to be proactive.
     Meanwhile, the airport experience could be streamlined and made more efficient. Homeland Security and the TSA could learn a lot from the success of others.
     No. That would be intelligent.
Click here: The Safest Airline – CBS News

PROFILE, PROFILE, PROFILE

     Everybody profiles. Whether people will admit it or not, it’s human nature.
     In 1999, after I’d published a Miami Herald article justifying the act of profiling in some circumstances, I was interviewed by ABC’s John Stossel who was doing a 20/20 program on the topic. I soon realized he was formulating questions designed to make me seem racist. I was telling him that, in certain circumstances, profiling is a necessary element for effective police work.  I turned the tables and posed a question back. 
     “John, when you first heard about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, what was the first thing that came into your mind?”
     His eyebrows lifted.  “Arabs,” he said. 
     “John, you just profiled.”
     The producer shouted, “Cut!”
     The interview never aired. But I had made my point.
     Sometimes, suspicion can be hard to define. Body language. Dress. Movement. Yet, suspicion is, and should be, an integral part of policing.
     A car weaving across lanes of traffic after midnight is a profile for drunk driving.  A parade of shoddy looking men and women frequenting a tenement apartment at all hours of the night is a possible profile for drug activity. A derelict, any color, stumbling around filthy and half-dressed in an upscale housing development is a profile, a sign that something is out of place. Two teenage kids cruising around in a $70,000 car, where ninety-nine percent of the residents are another ethnic/racial make-up, is a profile.  Sorry.
     If crimes have been reported describing a Mid-eastern looking male, black beard, mid-east accent, should we stop and frisk all redheads, pimple-faced teens and one-legged war veterans, just to be fair?
     George Zimmerman’s neighborhood had been victimized by a number of thefts and break-ins. Judging by those who had been apprehended and/or under suspicion, the profile of the perpetrators were young black males.
     In 1979-81, Atlanta’s serial child killer was profiled by possible witnesses to be a young black male. The cops used that profile to pursue the investigation. That’s good police work.
     In order to appease the Islamic world, American airports routinely grope and search little grandmas from Iowa, wheelchair cripples, girl scouts and even celebrities to show how the authorities are not profiling Muslims or mid-eastern people. Yet, in truth, 97 percent of all international terrorism is rooted in Islam.
     We could be adopting the model of the safest airline system in the world; El Al. Israel makes no apologies. They do not grope or X-ray every man, woman and child. They follow a few simple rules:
     1) Agents ask passengers a short series of questions — four or five — to determine origin, nationality and other factors, then observe the physical manner and characteristics. Though unspoken, yet in truth, Muslims and/or Arabs will get a second look before non-Muslims. If there is any doubts about a passenger, they X-ray or search further.
     2) An armed Air Marshal is aboard every flight. Terrorists know this in advance. It changes the game plan for terrorists knowing that armed security is on board.
     Israel is hated throughout the Arab states. Yet, El Al has never had a terror attack.
     Bottom line:. Profiling works. Israel profiles passengers, especially Muslims. Why? Because Islamic radicalism is the profile for international terrorists.
     Indiscriminate profiling based on race is absolutely unacceptable. But when a series of crimes have been linked to a certain description, which includes race, police would be remiss in doing their job if they did not profile. Profiling solves crime, prevents crime and makes our community safer. That’s the job of security and police.
     Police officers and security personnel of the 21st century walk an insidious tightrope, teetering between doing their jobs and protecting their butts, “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”  I subscribe to the old adage: Better safe than sorry.  Better to harass a few people now and then if it translates to protecting innocent people from rape, robbery and murder.  Isn’t that what a cop is paid for?  
     People who are fast to accuse and put cops on the defensive are not serving their communities. They are contributing to law enforcement paranoia and their reluctance to be proactive.
     Meanwhile, the airport experience could be streamlined and made more efficient. Homeland Security and the TSA could learn a lot from the success of others.
     No. That would be intelligent.
Click here: The Safest Airline – CBS News

PROFILE, PROFILE, PROFILE

     Everybody profiles. Whether people will admit it or not, it’s human nature.
     In 1999, after I’d published a Miami Herald article justifying the act of profiling in some circumstances, I was interviewed by ABC’s John Stossel who was doing a 20/20 program on the topic. I soon realized he was formulating questions designed to make me seem racist. I was telling him that, in certain circumstances, profiling is a necessary element for effective police work.  I turned the tables and posed a question back. 
     “John, when you first heard about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, what was the first thing that came into your mind?”
     His eyebrows lifted.  “Arabs,” he said. 
     “John, you just profiled.”
     The producer shouted, “Cut!”
     The interview never aired. But I had made my point.
     Sometimes, suspicion can be hard to define. Body language. Dress. Movement. Yet, suspicion is, and should be, an integral part of policing.
     A car weaving across lanes of traffic after midnight is a profile for drunk driving.  A parade of shoddy looking men and women frequenting a tenement apartment at all hours of the night is a possible profile for drug activity. A derelict, any color, stumbling around filthy and half-dressed in an upscale housing development is a profile, a sign that something is out of place. Two teenage kids cruising around in a $70,000 car, where ninety-nine percent of the residents are another ethnic/racial make-up, is a profile.  Sorry.
     If crimes have been reported describing a Mid-eastern looking male, black beard, mid-east accent, should we stop and frisk all redheads, pimple-faced teens and one-legged war veterans, just to be fair?
     George Zimmerman’s neighborhood had been victimized by a number of thefts and break-ins. Judging by those who had been apprehended and/or under suspicion, the profile of the perpetrators were young black males.
     In 1979-81, Atlanta’s serial child killer was profiled by possible witnesses to be a young black male. The cops used that profile to pursue the investigation. That’s good police work.
     In order to appease the Islamic world, American airports routinely grope and search little grandmas from Iowa, wheelchair cripples, girl scouts and even celebrities to show how the authorities are not profiling Muslims or mid-eastern people. Yet, in truth, 97 percent of all international terrorism is rooted in Islam.
     We could be adopting the model of the safest airline system in the world; El Al. Israel makes no apologies. They do not grope or X-ray every man, woman and child. They follow a few simple rules:
     1) Agents ask passengers a short series of questions — four or five — to determine origin, nationality and other factors, then observe the physical manner and characteristics. Though unspoken, yet in truth, Muslims and/or Arabs will get a second look before non-Muslims. If there is any doubts about a passenger, they X-ray or search further.
     2) An armed Air Marshal is aboard every flight. Terrorists know this in advance. It changes the game plan for terrorists knowing that armed security is on board.
     Israel is hated throughout the Arab states. Yet, El Al has never had a terror attack.
     Bottom line:. Profiling works. Israel profiles passengers, especially Muslims. Why? Because Islamic radicalism is the profile for international terrorists.
     Indiscriminate profiling based on race is absolutely unacceptable. But when a series of crimes have been linked to a certain description, which includes race, police would be remiss in doing their job if they did not profile. Profiling solves crime, prevents crime and makes our community safer. That’s the job of security and police.
     Police officers and security personnel of the 21st century walk an insidious tightrope, teetering between doing their jobs and protecting their butts, “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”  I subscribe to the old adage: Better safe than sorry.  Better to harass a few people now and then if it translates to protecting innocent people from rape, robbery and murder.  Isn’t that what a cop is paid for?  
     People who are fast to accuse and put cops on the defensive are not serving their communities. They are contributing to law enforcement paranoia and their reluctance to be proactive.
     Meanwhile, the airport experience could be streamlined and made more efficient. Homeland Security and the TSA could learn a lot from the success of others.
     No. That would be intelligent.
Click here: The Safest Airline – CBS News

PROFILE, PROFILE, PROFILE

     Everybody profiles. Whether people will admit it or not, it’s human nature.

     In 1999, after I’d published a Miami Herald article justifying the act of profiling in some circumstances, I was interviewed by ABC’s John Stossel who was doing a 20/20 program on the topic. I soon realized he was formulating questions designed to make me seem racist. I was telling him that, in certain circumstances, profiling is a necessary element for effective police work.  I turned the tables and posed a question back. 

     “John, when you first heard about the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, what was the first thing that came into your mind?”

     His eyebrows lifted.  “Arabs,” he said. 

     “John, you just profiled.”

     The producer shouted, “Cut!”

     The interview never aired. But I had made my point.

     Sometimes, suspicion can be hard to define. Body language. Dress. Movement. Yet, suspicion is, and should be, an integral part of policing.

     A car weaving across lanes of traffic after midnight is a profile for drunk driving.  A parade of shoddy looking men and women frequenting a tenement apartment at all hours of the night is a possible profile for drug activity. A derelict, any color, stumbling around filthy and half-dressed in an upscale housing development is a profile, a sign that something is out of place. Two teenage kids cruising around in a $70,000 car, where ninety-nine percent of the residents are another ethnic/racial make-up, is a profile.  Sorry.

     If crimes have been reported describing a Mid-eastern looking male, black beard, mid-east accent, should we stop and frisk all redheads, pimple-faced teens and one-legged war veterans, just to be fair?

     George Zimmerman’s neighborhood had been victimized by a number of thefts and break-ins. Judging by those who had been apprehended and/or under suspicion, the profile of the perpetrators were young black males.

     In 1979-81, Atlanta’s serial child killer was profiled by possible witnesses to be a young black male. The cops used that profile to pursue the investigation. That’s good police work.

     In order to appease the Islamic world, American airports routinely grope and search little grandmas from Iowa, wheelchair cripples, girl scouts and even celebrities to show how the authorities are not profiling Muslims or mid-eastern people. Yet, in truth, 97 percent of all international terrorism is rooted in Islam.

     We could be adopting the model of the safest airline system in the world; El Al. Israel makes no apologies. They do not grope or X-ray every man, woman and child. They follow a few simple rules:

     1) Agents ask passengers a short series of questions — four or five — to determine origin, nationality and other factors, then observe the physical manner and characteristics. Though unspoken, yet in truth, Muslims and/or Arabs will get a second look before non-Muslims. If there is any doubts about a passenger, they X-ray or search further.

     2) An armed Air Marshal is aboard every flight. Terrorists know this in advance. It changes the game plan for terrorists knowing that armed security is on board.

     Israel is hated throughout the Arab states. Yet, El Al has never had a terror attack.

     Bottom line:. Profiling works. Israel profiles passengers, especially Muslims. Why? Because Islamic radicalism is the profile for international terrorists.

     Indiscriminate profiling based on race is absolutely unacceptable. But when a series of crimes have been linked to a certain description, which includes race, police would be remiss in doing their job if they did not profile. Profiling solves crime, prevents crime and makes our community safer. That’s the job of security and police.

     Police officers and security personnel of the 21st century walk an insidious tightrope, teetering between doing their jobs and protecting their butts, “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”  I subscribe to the old adage: Better safe than sorry.  Better to harass a few people now and then if it translates to protecting innocent people from rape, robbery and murder.  Isn’t that what a cop is paid for?  

     People who are fast to accuse and put cops on the defensive are not serving their communities. They are contributing to law enforcement paranoia and their reluctance to be proactive.

     Meanwhile, the airport experience could be streamlined and made more efficient. Homeland Security and the TSA could learn a lot from the success of others.

     No. That would be intelligent.

Click here: The Safest Airline – CBS News

TOP TEN MOST ADMIRED – LAST 100 YEARS

     This article presents the author’s opinion of the Top Ten Most Admired figures of the 20th and 21st centuries, on a global level. (in alphabetical order) It was tough job narrowing it to ten. My views are based on those people who I believe set the highest of standards, role models, sacrifices and accomplishments in the face of great adversity and overall contribution to the world or the society they served. While we might not totally agree with political views, their brave and selfless contributions to doing good cannot be denied.

      TEN MOST ADMIRED PEOPLE – LAST 100 YEARS (Alphabetical)

 *    Ayaan Hirsi Ali

This woman personifies struggle to be free and the courage to speak out. Somali born in 1969, Ali was victimized by Islamists, subjected to female circumcision at age five, eventually fled to the Netherlands at age 23 to avoid an arranged marriage. In the face of great peril, became an outspoken critic of global Jihad and oppression of women through Islam. A prolific and courageous author and speaker, Ali was one of Time’s most influential women of 2005, but has to live in hiding for fear of retribution for speaking out to bring awareness of the threat of radical Islam. She is a huge voice for protecting rights and dignity of women around the world.

Click here: Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

*      Sammy Davis Jr.

A giant of a little man. Arguably, the greatest entertainer of all time, the master of dance, singer, comic, prolific stage and movie actor, impersonator, great friend to the greats, and enormous role model for people of color. Starting from childhood, Davis was a natural on stage who could do anything but be white, which — like millions of other blacks in those days — was his cross to bear. Though he was made to use servant’s entrances at major hotels and separate bathrooms from whites, he never let it hold him back, as the “show must go on.” He personified “non-conventional.”   An early accident left him blind in one eye; He married a white actress from Sweden when interracial marriage was considered taboo; He became a Jew, and etc. Dancing great, Gregory Hines, while on stage in 1988 and dancing a tribute to the cancer-ridden super-star, dropped to his knees and kissed the shoes of Sammy Davis Dr.

Click here: Sammy Davis, Jr. – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

*    Thomas Edison

Probably the most important inventor in history prior to the age of cyber technology. A simple man born of humble beginnings in Ohio, Edison’s genius and unharnessed energy let to 1368 patents in his lifetime, though he had become deaf since childhood. His most famous inventions including the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, motion pictures, stell alkaline battery and hundreds more. During WW I he assisted the government with twenty-one new inventions including devices for locating guns by sound ranging, detecting submarines using sound, underwater searchlights, airplane detection and etc. No single person in history had as much impact on technology as it applies to human life.

Click here: Thomas Edison – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

*     Albert Einstein

Set the bar for the term “Genius.” A German-born, Jewish physicist who rose to prominence for developing the Theory of Relativity, but known for countless other developments and discoveries in the fields of mathematics, space and time, and for promoting free expression during a time when communist and Nazi oppression was running rampant in Europe. He was offered the position of President of the new State of Israel, to which he declined though he had been a major influence in its development and survival. Few know that he also played the violin. Upon preparing to die he said, “It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share. It is time to go.”

Click here: Albert Einstein – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here is Einstein playing a Mozart Sonata:

Click here: ? Albert Einstein NEVER BEFORE HEARD: Plays Violin – Mozart Sonata in B-flat KV378 – YouTube

*     Dwight D. Eisenhower

American general who led the nation to victory over Nazism in Europe and later a two-term U.S. president or our country during a time of relative peace, including overseeing the end of the war in Korea. He also served as an infantry lieutenant in WW I. Not enough credit is given this man who faithfully served his country from early adulthood undtil his death at age 78, one of the most dignified and patriotic Americans our nation has ever known. Besides military accomplishments, his achievements would include the creation of the  Interstate highway system, the admission of two more states to the union, a rarity called “peace” and an unpolitical style of honesty. In the twilight of his last term, he prophetically warned us all to beware of the military industrial complex.

Click here: Dwight D. Eisenhower – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 *     Mahatma Gandhi

Whenver we hear the phrase “non-violent” protest, we forget where it orginated. That single movement may be responsible for the prevention of thousands of lost lives, of which we’ll never know nor be able to count. Numerous (but not enough) world leaders have adopted the standards set by this humble Indian man who ditched his London law degree to sacrifice the good life in order to serve his countrymen from which he lived a life of abject poverty serving the poor. Gandhi was the preeminent leader in a nation at a time of struggle for independence from British rule. The most famous of Gandhi’s non-violent protege’s was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, both of whom — ironically — died violent deaths by assassination.

Click here: Mahatma Gandhi – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

*    Bill Gates

This man personifies what talent and brains can accomplish, now considered one of the wealthiest men in the world. His niche: Microsoft, which he developed and launched to become to most powerful influence in the computer industry. The entire world of Internet communication and business development owes their thanks to Bill Gates for bringing technology into the 21st century. While he best known for his wealth, little is known about his philanthropy, having donated over $28 billion to charity, as of 2007. He and his wife have pledged to eventually give 95 percent of their income to charity.

Click here: Bill Gates – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

*     Helen Keller

 99.999 percent of us will never know what it is like to live in a sensory vaccuum, unable to see or hear. Helen Keller lost her senses of sight and hearing at the age of 19 months, raised as a completely disabled child as though a piece of meat with a beating heart. Then came her teacher, Anne Sullivan who changed her life, teaching Helen to communicate with hand-touch signals and encouragement that she could still matter. Helen grew into a national figure of monumental proportions, a speech maker, an author of twelve books and a political activist who helped  form many organizations, including — of all things — the ACLU. She was a staunch socialist, which might otherwise have excluded her from my list. But her accomplishments rising above unthinkable adversity is more than amazing. She had been a role model and symbol of hope for millions of disabled people. Keller died at age 88, having lived a productive life despite her sensory vaccuum.

Click here: Helen Keller – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

*     Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 The leader of leaders who is rightfully credited with righting the wrongs of racial discrimination in America. This simple preacher, with his mighty oratory skills, guts and fierce determination in the face of hate and adversity, dedicated his life to leveling the playing field for blacks in America and for minorities in general. Figures like Barack Obama, Condaleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Herman Cain, Oprah Winfrey and so many more blacks who have risen to power and prominence, owe much of those kind of opportunities to Dr. King. He is revered as a saintly figure not only among blacks, but most Americans in general. His “I have a dream” speech in Washington D.C., in 1963, is considered the most important and moving in history.

 Click here: Martin Luther King, Jr. – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

*     Mother Teresa

Though there have been many others in the world who have sacrificed equally, tending to the poor, no one set the bar higher than this Roman Catholic nun who was born in Albania, but best known for her service to the needy in India. This woman was a dedicated human being who walked the walk, personifying the term “unselfish service” leaving a legacy for aiding the hungry, the sick, the disadvantaged like no other. Her order established hospice, centers for the blind, the aged and disabled (lepers included) all of which led to her well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.  “Spread love everywhere you go,” she said. “Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Click here: Mother Teresa – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia