Wishing You a Peaceful Christmas….

I’ve put on a pound or maybe a pound and a half.  Not too bad considering it felt like all of us at work did nothing but eat last week, and I’ve made fudge and cookies for my family.  I am planning on buckling down the first three days this week, and on Friday.  Christmas day I’m not going to worry too much about it.  I think I am finally kicking this cold and it will feel great to get back to the gym and be able to work as hard as I want. I missed only one day at the gym due to the cold, but my wind was hampered so I couldn’t go as hard as I usually do.

I think I may stop watching the news.  I just can’t stand it.  Two families in New York City and one in Florida will always think of Christmas as the time they lost a husband/father/relative/friend because someone decided to shoot a police officer, without warning and unprovoked.  This is tragedy enough, but these families also have to hear the comments spouted by Al Sharpton and others associated with the civilian deaths in Ferguson, New York, and Cleveland.

Was there anything wrong with what was said?  Technically, and literally, no.  All the correct words were used – tragedy, reprehensible, sympathy, etc.  If Sharpton and others had left it at that it wouldn’t be so bothersome.  They just didn’t know when to quit.

First, a gut reaction.  Did I believe Sharpton meant what he said?  No.  Frankly, it sounded like a lot of CYA.  Can you spell LIABILITY?

My gut reaction was supplemented by what came after the initial statements.  The statements I heard and read proceeded to make it all about Eric Garner (and Michael Brown, etc.).  After a quick expression of sympathy it was all about, “We do not support violence;” “Do not associate the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown with violence;” “Violence is not the way to seek justice for Eric or Michael.”

1. I’m glad they figured that out.  Too bad they didn’t know this in Ferguson because…

2. It’s too late.  It may or may not be deserved, but those names are already associated with street violence; not because of what they did but because of the reaction of some of the “protesters.”

I hope Al Sharpton and those like him realize it is a little late to be trying to disassociate themselves from the chaos they helped create.  And I hope they realize the events of this weekend are not about them, no matter what they say to the media.  This is about three good cops and three devastated families.

May your Christmas be full of joy and peace; and free of negative energy.

Until next week….

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