Daily Archives: November 16, 2010

PC PDX PO PO **updated With Captain Kruger’s Mandatory "Tolerance Camp"

If you’re a WWII war buff you won’t be able to join the Portland Police Bureau. Especially if you’ve got something nice to say about the Germans. Eleven years ago. Here.  And [Captain Mark Kruger] has been suspended for two weeks without pay for doing something that looks like he’s being nice to German SS soldiers. Here’s his penance.
***UPDATED: In an account of the story today in the Zero here, Captain Kruger —and other Portland cops—must now adhere to the Chief’s and Mayor’s standards of what’s acceptable:

The chief said he expects Kruger never to engage in conduct that “denigrates others or their differences”  on duty or off duty, and that he participate in a “mentorship arrangement” that the chief and mayor have not yet defined, but will last at least six months to up to two years. [emph added]

Adams “Mentoring” Breedlove

Geez, I hope the “mentorship” program isn’t like the one Sam Adams conducted with Beau Breedlove [here]. Now in order to make sure Kruger doesn’t engage in conduct that “denigrates others or their differences” and to comply with the Chief and Mayor’s standards of  “what’s acceptable,” Kruger’s headed to tolerance camp:

Hours after firing a cop, Portland police Chief Mike Reese Tuesday suspended Capt. Mark Kruger for 80 hours without pay and ordered him to take “Tools for Tolerance” training …

The “Tools for Tolerance” course can be a one day thing or a four day affair. Among the things trainers try to do is deprogram students:

By utilizing a variety of adult learning modalities including interactive technology, personal testimonies, video presentations, and small group discussions, the programs present an educational experience created to engage participants on many levels. Presentations are inclusive, geared toward both uniformed and civilian personnel in all law enforcement specialties and at every level from recruit to commander.

Isn’t it intolerant to not tolerate Captain Kruger’s intolerance, if indeed that’s what it is? Oh, that’s right, we must adhere to Sam Adams‘ idea of what’s acceptable and tolerant behavior. So that includes driving drunk with your pants pulled down; hitting three cars after jumping a curb; predating on a teenager; “mentoring” said teenager; lying about having sex with a teenager; lying to voters; profligate spending of taxpayers’ funds (who needs a sewer when you can have bike paths?) AND last (but not least) not paying your bills. Glad we cleared that up.

This thing started because Lawyer-to-the-Protesters, Alan Graf, identified Kruger as a cop who roughed up anarchists during their poop on the flag protests and street blocking–the planned ‘black bloc’ protests of yore. Graf decided to do oppo research on the cops to take our attention away from the poopers, law breakers and traffic snarlers, and found some teenage era friend of Captain Kruger who claimed Kruger was a fan of German soldiers during WWII. I’m no fan of Nazis, but if you’re the PPB, don’t you at least ask the question if your guy has ever demonstrated Nazi like behavior on the job or is doing your job being a Nazi? I get confused. They found out that Kruger erected a public tribute to five Nazi-era German soldiers at a city park while employed by the Police Bureau.
One of those “Nazi-era” soldiers turned out to be a war criminal. I wouldn’t pay homage to war criminals on an “Honor Tree” as Captain Kruger calls it, but apparently war buffs do this sort of thing all the time. See here.  And considering that the name “Kruger” is of German derivation [see here], I suppose he had a more than passing interest in the war involving Germans. The tolerance crowd wouldn’t stand for it. 

“Your conduct, the publicity surrounding it, and negative perceptions about its nature raise legitimate questions about your ability to be effective in your job,” Reese wrote in his disciplinary letter to Kruger.

Kruger apologized in a letter (linked above):

“Why did I take such an action? I did so as an expression of my interest in military history; many military historians have erected similar remembrances all over the world,” Kruger wrote. “What I didn’t think about was the misperception that could occur if this action became publicly known. I deeply regret this action and apologize for the poor reflection this has caused for the Portland Police Bureau, the City of Portland and my community.”

I don’t know what’s in this guy’s heart and neither do you. However I have one more observation: if we’re going to get rid of all the real or perceived anti Semites involved with the City of Portland, then why don’t we start with all the war protesters who want America to stop fighting avowed Jew haters, Al Qaeda; the Taliban; Iran’s Shia 12-ers and the like. Why don’t we start with all the “Anti Zionists” who populate the boards, commissions, and organizations with which the City of Portland does business?
Oh, that’s right, THAT would be intolerant. Now where’s the number to that tolerance camp…

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Cop Fired in Aaron Campbell Shooting by PDX Police

The Chief just announced it here. 
The Chief and Mayor both claim that the actions are “out of the Bureau’s policy.”
Odd, the Grand Jury didn’t think so. Former Multnomah County Sheriff, Bernie Giusto, believes the City has opened the door for more culpability on the part of the taxpayers in the federal civil rights lawsuit which has been filed in the case. He’s confused also about how the grand jury could say the shooting was within the bounds of training but the Chief and Mayor could find otherwise.
After speaking about it on the air today on KPAM 860 11-3pm, I received a call from a guy named Tom. He identified himself as a former Bureau training officer. Frashour was one of his trainees.

“They’re creating a dispirited and neutered police agency there.” Officer Ron Frashour’s training officer.

“[This is part of the reason] why I pulled the pin and got out of the Bureau.”

On the possibility that police officers will be reluctant to do their jobs because the Bureau doesn’t have their back:

Is that we want on the thin blue line? Is that what we between us and the savages–uniformed eunuchs?”

Before you castigate him for the use of the word ‘savages,’ you might want to visit the jail. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Baird Plans to Move and Run For Congress in Wa First CD????

Oh, my, outgoing Congressman Brian Baird has certainly made waves getting ready to retire from his gig as 3rd Congressional District Representative. In an exit interview of sorts with McClatchy news service here, Baird announces that he’s no longer a good fit for the 3rd CD:
Baird said the 3rd District has become increasingly conservative as Californians fleeing high taxes and illegal immigrants settle there, especially in Clark County.
But the real surprise? He’s moving to Edmonds where he’s considering a run in Jay Inslee’s seat in the First Congressional Seat:
The 1st Congressional District would be a more comfortable fit politically for Baird…

Baird is moving to Edmonds , in the 1st Congressional District north and east of Lake Washington currently represented by Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee. If Inslee were to run for governor in 2012, as many expect, the congressional seat would be open.
Baird has $450,000 left over in his Congressional war chest. Good seed money for a run for Congress.
On Nancy Pelosi’s leadership he claims he wouldn’t vote for her for leadership again because she’s a big bully.
She (Pelosi) does not listen to other people. She only listens to people she agrees with unless she needs your vote.”
Now more than ever it should be worth noting how our elected representatives choose to vote on the party leadership positions. It may be the most important vote they take of the session.

 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

PC PDX PO PO **updated With Captain Kruger’s Mandatory "Tolerance Camp"

If you’re a WWII war buff you won’t be able to join the Portland Police Bureau. Especially if you’ve got something nice to say about the Germans. Eleven years ago. Here.  And [Captain Mark Kruger] has been suspended for two weeks without pay for doing something that looks like he’s being nice to German SS soldiers. Here’s his penance.
***UPDATED: In an account of the story today in the Zero here, Captain Kruger —and other Portland cops—must now adhere to the Chief’s and Mayor’s standards of what’s acceptable:

The chief said he expects Kruger never to engage in conduct that “denigrates others or their differences”  on duty or off duty, and that he participate in a “mentorship arrangement” that the chief and mayor have not yet defined, but will last at least six months to up to two years. [emph added]

Adams “Mentoring” Breedlove

Geez, I hope the “mentorship” program isn’t like the one Sam Adams conducted with Beau Breedlove [here]. Now in order to make sure Kruger doesn’t engage in conduct that “denigrates others or their differences” and to comply with the Chief and Mayor’s standards of  “what’s acceptable,” Kruger’s headed to tolerance camp:

Hours after firing a cop, Portland police Chief Mike Reese Tuesday suspended Capt. Mark Kruger for 80 hours without pay and ordered him to take “Tools for Tolerance” training …

The “Tools for Tolerance” course can be a one day thing or a four day affair. Among the things trainers try to do is deprogram students:

By utilizing a variety of adult learning modalities including interactive technology, personal testimonies, video presentations, and small group discussions, the programs present an educational experience created to engage participants on many levels. Presentations are inclusive, geared toward both uniformed and civilian personnel in all law enforcement specialties and at every level from recruit to commander.

Isn’t it intolerant to not tolerate Captain Kruger’s intolerance, if indeed that’s what it is? Oh, that’s right, we must adhere to Sam Adams‘ idea of what’s acceptable and tolerant behavior. So that includes driving drunk with your pants pulled down; hitting three cars after jumping a curb; predating on a teenager; “mentoring” said teenager; lying about having sex with a teenager; lying to voters; profligate spending of taxpayers’ funds (who needs a sewer when you can have bike paths?) AND last (but not least) not paying your bills. Glad we cleared that up.

This thing started because Lawyer-to-the-Protesters, Alan Graf, identified Kruger as a cop who roughed up anarchists during their poop on the flag protests and street blocking–the planned ‘black bloc’ protests of yore. Graf decided to do oppo research on the cops to take our attention away from the poopers, law breakers and traffic snarlers, and found some teenage era friend of Captain Kruger who claimed Kruger was a fan of German soldiers during WWII. I’m no fan of Nazis, but if you’re the PPB, don’t you at least ask the question if your guy has ever demonstrated Nazi like behavior on the job or is doing your job being a Nazi? I get confused. They found out that Kruger erected a public tribute to five Nazi-era German soldiers at a city park while employed by the Police Bureau.
One of those “Nazi-era” soldiers turned out to be a war criminal. I wouldn’t pay homage to war criminals on an “Honor Tree” as Captain Kruger calls it, but apparently war buffs do this sort of thing all the time. See here.  And considering that the name “Kruger” is of German derivation [see here], I suppose he had a more than passing interest in the war involving Germans. The tolerance crowd wouldn’t stand for it. 

“Your conduct, the publicity surrounding it, and negative perceptions about its nature raise legitimate questions about your ability to be effective in your job,” Reese wrote in his disciplinary letter to Kruger.

Kruger apologized in a letter (linked above):

“Why did I take such an action? I did so as an expression of my interest in military history; many military historians have erected similar remembrances all over the world,” Kruger wrote. “What I didn’t think about was the misperception that could occur if this action became publicly known. I deeply regret this action and apologize for the poor reflection this has caused for the Portland Police Bureau, the City of Portland and my community.”

I don’t know what’s in this guy’s heart and neither do you. However I have one more observation: if we’re going to get rid of all the real or perceived anti Semites involved with the City of Portland, then why don’t we start with all the war protesters who want America to stop fighting avowed Jew haters, Al Qaeda; the Taliban; Iran’s Shia 12-ers and the like. Why don’t we start with all the “Anti Zionists” who populate the boards, commissions, and organizations with which the City of Portland does business?
Oh, that’s right, THAT would be intolerant. Now where’s the number to that tolerance camp…

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Cop Fired in Aaron Campbell Shooting by PDX Police

The Chief just announced it here. 
The Chief and Mayor both claim that the actions are “out of the Bureau’s policy.”
Odd, the Grand Jury didn’t think so. Former Multnomah County Sheriff, Bernie Giusto, believes the City has opened the door for more culpability on the part of the taxpayers in the federal civil rights lawsuit which has been filed in the case. He’s confused also about how the grand jury could say the shooting was within the bounds of training but the Chief and Mayor could find otherwise.
After speaking about it on the air today on KPAM 860 11-3pm, I received a call from a guy named Tom. He identified himself as a former Bureau training officer. Frashour was one of his trainees.

“They’re creating a dispirited and neutered police agency there.” Officer Ron Frashour’s training officer.

“[This is part of the reason] why I pulled the pin and got out of the Bureau.”

On the possibility that police officers will be reluctant to do their jobs because the Bureau doesn’t have their back:

Is that we want on the thin blue line? Is that what we between us and the savages–uniformed eunuchs?”

Before you castigate him for the use of the word ‘savages,’ you might want to visit the jail. 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Baird Plans to Move and Run For Congress in Wa First CD????

Oh, my, outgoing Congressman Brian Baird has certainly made waves getting ready to retire from his gig as 3rd Congressional District Representative. In an exit interview of sorts with McClatchy news service here, Baird announces that he’s no longer a good fit for the 3rd CD:
Baird said the 3rd District has become increasingly conservative as Californians fleeing high taxes and illegal immigrants settle there, especially in Clark County.
But the real surprise? He’s moving to Edmonds where he’s considering a run in Jay Inslee’s seat in the First Congressional Seat:
The 1st Congressional District would be a more comfortable fit politically for Baird…

Baird is moving to Edmonds , in the 1st Congressional District north and east of Lake Washington currently represented by Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee. If Inslee were to run for governor in 2012, as many expect, the congressional seat would be open.
Baird has $450,000 left over in his Congressional war chest. Good seed money for a run for Congress.
On Nancy Pelosi’s leadership he claims he wouldn’t vote for her for leadership again because she’s a big bully.
She (Pelosi) does not listen to other people. She only listens to people she agrees with unless she needs your vote.”
Now more than ever it should be worth noting how our elected representatives choose to vote on the party leadership positions. It may be the most important vote they take of the session.

 

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

How Far Is Too Far?

In light of the outrage over pat-downs of citizens at airports and the use of x-ray scanners revealing intimate body parts, just how far is too far in the claims of safety? How about 6th graders being banned from having pens and mechanical pencils in school out of fear they can be used as weapons?

This is a real letter sent to parents of children at North Brookfield Elementary in Massachusetts. Fortunately, parental outrage was such that the principal intervened and children may once again have free use of writing utensils and not be reliant on government issued pencils.

Michael Graham 96.9 FM

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com