Monday, May 2, 2011
Monday's Odds and Ends
Obama and Osama - An amazingly quiet Sunday was hijacked by President Obama who held the entire Nation hostage for nearly two hours in a poorly planned public relations stunt to spin the elimination of Osama bin Landen.
No Doubt the removal of the 9/11 mastermind by US Navy Seals, (They should all be awarded the Navy Cross) brings many people great joy and closure. But the Obama administration just couldn't get its act together, at 9:50 EST six hours after the operation was carried out, the White House Press Office announced that a 10:30 PM statement would be issued by the president.
The time would be pushed back again and again as White House staffers tweaked his speech and fielded calls from around the country and the world. Despite months of planning, and knowing the day would come the Obama administration was poorly prepared.
Local televison stations are licking their wounds as the airwaves were filled with nearly a full hour of non-revenue airtime.
Let's hope White House Staffers have a better plan for dealing with the fallout that bin Laden was resdidning within earshot of Pakistan's Capital.
Twitter Universe - Cedar Posts like many who read this blog first learned something was up when CNN tweeted the unusal message that POTUS would give a statement with less than 40 minutes advance notice.
But half way around the world 33-year-old Sohaib Athar @ReallyVirtual was sending out live Twitter messages detailing a mysterious blast, shaking windows, and a helicopter hovering above Abbottabad, Pakistan, having no idea he was documenting the U.S. military attack.
At 3:58 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, which was past midnight in Pakistan, Athar tweeted, "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."
He went on to tweet about "a huge window shaking bang" and says "it was too noisy to be a spy craft, or a very poor spy craft it was."
At 4:48 p.m., Athar tweeted: "The few people online at this time of the night are saying one of the copters was not Pakistani." Then at 5:02 p.m.: "Since Taliban probably don't have helicopters , and since they're saying it was not 'ours,' so must be a complicated situation."
At 5:10 pm: "The Abbottabad helicopter/UFO was shot down near the Bilal Town area, and there's report of a flash. People saying it could be a drone."
CMPD Hola! - A Hat Tip to Clark Kent for pointing Cedar Posts to this story: Hola Noticia is reporting that CMPD staff will travel to Puerto Rico to recruit new officers.
Captain Gerald Smith, announced that a contingent of CMPD staff will travel the third week of May to Pourto Rico to test 500 candidates who have shown interest in becoming CMPD officers.
"Puerto Rico is part of the United States. They all speak Spanish and all are citizens, "said Captain Gerald Smith, director of recruitment of CMPD.
Smith says that another reason that motivated them to travel to the island is high unemployment. "Puerto Rico has a 16.9% unemployment is the highest in the country."
Added to this, he explains, the successful experiences of other country's police departments hiring Puerto Ricans.
Currently, 52 Hispanic officers are part of CMPD.
Cedar's Take: My sister in law is from Honduras and hates being called "Hispanic" only thing worse is being called a Mexican.
More From CMPD - Last year CMPD suspended Officer Rodd Pickler without pay last and recommended he be terminated after an internal review found that Pickler had been untruthful, improperly used evidence and wrongfully intervened in the investigation of Officer Martray Proctor's crash.
Proctor was speeding to assist Pickler on a call in 2009 when he slammed into Shatona Robinson's car as she turned left onto Old Statesville Road. Proctor, 27, resigned and pleaded guilty last April to involuntary manslaughter and was given three years of probation.
Pickler in his effort to back up a fellow office apparently crossed the line and was promptly fired for lying.
But didn't Marcus Jackson do the exact same thing months before he was arrested for sexual assault? Why wasn't Jackson given an "active suspension" and recommended for termination?
Care to guess the one word explanation?