2009 E-Mail Editorials

Subject:  Israel and the Liberals
Sent:  26 Jan 2009

In Thomas J. Friedman's NY Times column (25 Jan 09), he alleges that diplomacy must force Israel and the Palestinians to become two separate political states because, "If Hamas continues to obtain and use longer- and longer-range rockets . . . .", things will get worse for Israel. That justification for legitimizing relations is absurd. If the Palestinians are permitted their own de jure state, it will be even easier to bring longer range rockets into play. The NYT and the Obama administration fail to recognize the obvious: Currently there is a de facto two-state system - Israel and their dependent neighbors (the ones not smart enough to figure out how to do anything themselves).
Sixty-Minutes, in a single blurb, got it right (25 Jan 09):
Israel has three options.
1) Democracy: However, in a few short years the Arabs will out number the Jews and, by popular vote, Israel will cease to exist.
2) Apartheid: (a minority rules the majority). It was the way of life in South Africa for generations. Democracy has thrived because the African blacks didn't wish to "push the whites into the sea".
3) Ethnic Cleansing: This self-preservation tactic could be the battle of good vs. evil as touted in the Bible.
Israel is the only under-dog the world loves to rail against: The unrealistic media is against them; the liberal media is against them; the Islamic children are taught to be against them; oil consuming countries, i.e. France, et al, are against them; and now we will see the American socialistic administration turn against them.
Islam is the modern day conqueror. If Israel falls, the Muslims will use that as proof that Allah is great thus inspiring them to continue their quest of forcing all infidels (especially the Christians and Jews) to convert to Islam or die.
Chuck Klein

Subject:  Change?
Sent:  5 Feb 2009

Is this the change we were promised? Makes you wonder how many appointees "with problems" slipped through. I'm not saying Republicans are any better, but I expected better from a man who championed "change".
From Republican Jewish Coalition, 5 Feb 09
Timothy Geithner was confirmed despite serious tax issues;
Nancy Killifer and Tom Daschle withdrew their nominations for similar problems.
Bill Richardson's appointment as Commerce Secretary went south because of a grand jury investigation into corruption in New Mexico.

President Obama's Secretary of Labor nominee, Hilda Solis, may be the next one to fall. Hans A. von Spakovsky at the Weekly Standard explains: "Not only was she involved with a private organization that was lobbying her fellow legislators on a bill that she has cosponsored, but she apparently kept her involvement secret and failed to reveal a clear conflict of interest."

Chuck Klein

Subject:  2nd - 28th Amendment
Sent:  11 Feb 2009

If ever there was a time . . . .
From the 2 Jan 09 Huffington Post  by Adam Winkler (Prof of Law, UCLA):
"So far, the victory (Heller) hasn't turned out exactly as the gun rights folks had hoped.
"To date, the lower federal courts have ruled in over 60 different cases on the constitutionality of a wide variety of gun control laws. . . . The courts have upheld every one of these laws.

Since Heller, it's Gun Control 60, Individual Rights 0."


If we don't act soon to muster a new amendment, time might be against us - the pendulum is beginning to swing the other way.

The Proposed 28th Amendment does NOT repeal the 2nd Amendment - it supplements, fortifies and enhances it. By taking the offense we will force the opposition to expend their resources on defending against this new Amendment rather than them continuing on the offense by proposing new controls on us. " (http://www.chuckkleinauthor.com/28th_amendment.html)

Chuck Klein, author of Guns in the Workplace, et al.

Please send this to your political representatives, local newspapers and your list of pro-gunners.


Subject:  Self-Evident Truths
Sent:  27 Feb 2009

Four score and 140 years finds an obese and incestuous government so entrenched its elected and bureaucratic officials, can twist, spin, violate and ignore with impunity the mandate: "SHALL BE BOUND BY OATH OR AFFIRMATION, TO SUPPORT THIS CONSTITUTION."
Four score and 140 years makes clear "THE BRAVE MEN [and women], LIVING AND DEAD, WHO STRUGGLED HERE," and in Iraq, Vietnam, over-there twice and everywhere else, surely have fought in vain.
Four score and 140 years bears witness the socialistic and tyrannical provisions, never intended by those who pledged ". . . ALLEGIANCE TO . . . ONE NATION UNDER GOD . . . ."
Four score and 140 years and self reliance has evolved into protect-us-from-ourselves laws criminalizing all who stand their ground for "UNALIENABLE RIGHTS." 
Four score and 140 years realizes the concept: ". . . TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION . . . AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY," has faultered.
Four score and 140 years - sans a Revolution - "THIS NATION, SHALL . . . PERISH FROM THE EARTH."
Chuck Klein


Subject:  Fear of Flying
Sent:  19 Mar 2009

Like/need to fly? This should get your attention!
(CNSNews.com) – ". . . the Obama administration [is] quietly seeking to end the program that allows pilots – after special training -- to carry guns in the cockpit. . . .
"In an editorial on Tuesday, The Washington Times noted that the administration recently diverted some $2 million from the pilot training program. Instead, the money will be used to hired more supervisors to conduct field inspections of pilots, the Times reported.
“'This looks like completely unnecessary harassment of the pilots,' the newspaper opined."
(Excepted from: http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=45236)
The question is: From whom do we need protection, the skill of pilots, such as being able to land on a river, or the thousands of terrorist/crazies out there?
Chuck Klein

Subject:  Fixing America
Sent:  7 Apr 2009

New Constitutional Amendment(s):
1) Term limits shall apply to all elected positions.
2) Once elected to any office, that person is forbidden from holding any bureaucratic, elected or appointed government-funded position for ten years.
3) The President and the Governor of each state shall have line-item veto powers.
4) Other than Social Security, there shall be no pension or retirement plans/programs or post-term health care for any bureaucratic, elected or appointed government-funded positions.
5) For every new law, edict, statute, decree, executive order . . . two shall be repealed.
6) Until America is out of debt - No more aid - including, but not limited to, weapons, food and medical supplies to any foreign entity. 
7) All government-funded agency, bureau or department employees, including elected officials, shall be individually liable for injury resulting from any person being restricted from the ability to defend themselves while under the jurisdiction of that agency, bureau or department.
Chuck Klein

Subject:  Confidential: For My Short List
Sent:  21 Apr 2009

The Homeland Security report, "Right Wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" (7 April 09), scares me. This government report interchanges the words terrorist and extremist and defines them as: "Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are . . . mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority . . . [and] may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."  In other words, I, a former police officer and current police author/trainer, am now labeled a terrorist because I support local and state government and I'm dedicated to the single issue of the 2nd Amendment. In still other words, our government doesn't trust any of us. (Use Google to find and read the full report  or try this link: http://www.gordonunleashed.com/HSA%20-%20Rightwing%20Extremism%20-%2009%2004%2007.pdf)

Are we witnessing the fall of the American empire? Is this the biblical end of times? Prophets, soothsayers, pundits, politicians and everyday people have been extrapolating the “signs” for eons. I don’t believe the end is near . . . but near is a relative term.
Survival depends upon paranoia becoming prudence long before pogroms and flying bullets."

Chuck Klein




Subject: Gear Heads
Sent:  23 Apr 2009

Dear Fellow Gear Heads,
I've come across a book that is truly amazing, INFRASTRUCTURE, A Field Guide To The Industrial Landscape, by Brian Hayes, copyright 2005. I bought it thinking it would be some light-weight picture book, I could share with my g-kids. Wrong. this is a 500 page, 10 x 10 tomb that has more words than photos (most of which were taken by the author). Mr. Hayes, who took 15 years to put this together, is a senior writer for American Scientist.
Not only does he accurately and completely cover the subjects such as, Waterworks, Oil & Gas, Power Plants, Bridges & Tunnels, to name a few of the 13 chapters, but the work is very well written.
Excerpt from the Railroad chapter: "The trickiest part of designing an electric railway is getting the power from the stationary source onto the moving train. Dragging a cord is not an option. One answer is the catenary-and-pantograph system. The idea is to string up an overhead wire (the catenary), centered over the tracks at a height of 18 to 20 feet, and suck in the power through a sliding electrical contact (the pantograph). But for this arrangement to work reliably, the overhead wire has to be at a constant height all along the rail line, and that's hard to achieve. No matter how tightly a wire is stretched, it always sags somewhat between . . . ."
I bought my copy from Edward. R. Hamilton, bookseller (http://www.edwardrhamilton.com/) at $15 new (hardcover). It is also available via Amazon (www.amazon.com).

Subject:  Red Lights
Sent:  28 Apr 2009

Recently, on a rainy day trip to the "big city," I noticed the difficulty of picking out the Red Traffic Control Lights from all the other signs, lights and distractions. It seems to me Red Traffic Control Lights should be made to pulse or flash. With the exception of these unblinking Traffic Lights, a flashing red light universally means stop:
Railroad warning lights,
4-way stop intersections
emergency vehicles
all display "flashing" Red Lights - why shouldn't the common Traffic Control Light?
I'm sure we've all witnessed (or experienced) a vehicle drive right through a Red Traffic Control Light without even slowing down. When I was a police officer, many times I heard the excuse, "I didn't see the [Red] light." How many accidents occur each year because of this non-attention getting steady red light?
The technology exists to economically retrofit Traffic Control Lights so that when the Red Light is displayed, it either flashes or pulses (strobe). It might be a life-saving change.
Please forward this on to your state congressional representative.
Chuck Klein

Subject:  Supreme Court Moot?
Sent:  3 Jun 2009

Appeals court upholds Chicago ban on handguns
Mike Robinson (LawOfficer.com)
2009 Jun 3
CHICAGO A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld ordinances barring the ownership of handguns in most cases in Chicago and suburban Oak Park, finding a Supreme Court ruling in a District of Columbia case doesn't apply.

Last year the Supreme Court struck down a District of Columbia handgun ban, ruling that the Second Amendment entitles people to keep handguns at home for self protection. The appeals panel agreed with U.S. District Judge Milton I. Shadur's decision that the high court's ruling dealt with a federal gun ban and the Second Amendment could not be used to overturn local ordinances. Full story:

In other words, according to these unAmericans (what else are they?), local law trumps federal law as well as the U. S. Constitution. In still other words, if your city/burg wishes to ignore U.S. constitutional search, speech, jury rights, et al, then that's okay. Is the Supreme Court moot? Does anyone honor the rule of law?
Chuck Klein


Subject: New Scam
Sent: 9 Jun 2009

I got this from my cousin Ben and immediately thought of scam. Though anyone can make a spelling error, no one born and educated in America would spell favor, "favour." I called him on the phone and sure enough someone had gotten into his address book and sent the below message out. Beware!!
Chuck Klein
  How are you doing?
I am sorry, but I travelled to England for a Seminar and I am stranded here. I need a favour from you because i was robbed by a taxi driver who drove off with my bag where my money,and other valuable things were kept. I hate to bother you, but i will like you to assist me with a loan urgently of about $2000 to sort-out myself back home.I will appreciate whatever you can afford and i'll pay you back as soon as i return,Kindly let me know if you can be of help? so that i can send you the Details to use when sending the money through western union or moneygram since that's what works here in England.
Ben Klein


Subject:  Sleep Aids
Sent:  12 Jun 2009

Most everyone over 40 experiences sleep issues. These, not being able to fall-asleep/stay-asleep aggravations, seem to worsen as we age. To counter this condition we tend to create tricks or mind games to help in the slumber process.
Please send me what methods you use and I'll put something together to share. Rest assured your name and e-mail address will be kept confidential. Please keep it short. Reply to: cklein@chuckkleinauthor.com
Chuck Klein
P.S. If you know someone who you think might also benefit/help, please forward this on.


Subject:  Sleep Aids: Results
Sent:  18 Jun 2009

To those who responded (even those with lame jokes), thanks. Unfortunetly, many just listed the medication they were taking as opposed to the requested "tricks and mind games" used. As to these medications, a number wrote to tell of benefits of the non-prescription, Melatonin:
"I use melatonin, 3mg per night.The rule of thumb is to take 1mg beginning at the age of 40 and increase 1mg every 10 years. It takes maybe 20 or 30 minutes to feel the relaxation and drift off to sleep. Melatonin is produced in the body and as we age it produces less and less, so this supplimentation helps. It is also reported to assist in fighting cancer. There are no known side effects. I've been using it for about 10 years."
"As you age, less and less is produced. Itis available in the vitamins & minerals section of Krogers or Walgreens. No prescription is needed. I'm 71 and it helps me sleep better & longer."
Below are some of the comments from those who stuck to the subject:
*    "I found that reading for a half hour or so before getting into bed is most beneficial."
*    "One thing I do is I usually go to bed at the same time every night between 9 and 10 PM and I get up between 5 and 6 AM Every morning. That very seldom varies. I think your body gets used to a rhythm or cycle of a sleep pattern. "
*    "When I turn on my side to go to sleep, I say my prayers and then 'talk' to my guardian angels."
*    "1)Lavender oil - comes in a very small bottle, - available at most any natural food store - which is good because you only use a small amount. Put it on the balls of your feet and on your pillow, then relax, breathe deeply, and sleep.
2) Close your eyes and think of nothing but black. Just think of basically nothing, breathe deeply.
3) For those of us who need some sort of sound, there are, of course, tapes & CDs of waterfalls (Careful! You may have to pee a lot!) and birds chirping and the like. For those who don't want to buy those, turn the TV on VERY LOW, so low that you have to be perfectly still to hear it. Concentrate on relaxing while listening, breathe deeply, relax.
4) Then the relaxing-only method: while breathing deeply (seems to work in every option!) concentrtae on relaxing every muscle in your body. Start with your feet - concentrtae on totally relaxing every muscle there starting with your toes. Then move up to your lower leg, then your knees, then your thighs, etc. When you get your face - if you get that far- concentrate on relaxing your jaw muscles, then yout mouth, etc. This does work, sometimes as a last resort.
5) Stretch before getting into bed to start the relaxation process. Stretch every muscle you can without hurting yourself. Then (here it is again!) breathe deeply and concentrate on relaxing.
That's what I got, and what I use every night. Not all the methods every night, but occasionally 2 or more."
*    "I try to make a story/movie in my head. Generally about something pleasant. I try to get into minutia type details and build a pleasant restful area that would be like a fantasy. Probably bores me to sleep."
*    "I always read in bed before going to sleep."

*    "For me, what works best is to lie in bed on my back with no part of the body touching any other part.  Relax, and concentrate on your toes, telling them over and over that they are relaxed while making yourself as limber as possible---then work your way up to the heels, the ankles, and so on.  Do not think about anything else--just concentrate on relaxing those areas.  I've never made it past my hips."

*    "Best method I've found is to recite the words to a favorite song."

*    "I start on back, just relaxing, then turn to my right side for a few minutes and finally to my left side. Repeat if necessary."

I hope this is of some help, thanks for your reply.



Subject:  Reality Check
Sent:  25 Jun 2009

Time for another reality check:
1)    With budget cuts front and center, many communities are looking at two options:
    a) Place the obligation on the public to directly fund certain functions by use of the ballot - where the voters decide. This way politicians won't get the blame if the money isn't there. Libraries and fire departments are prime victims of this scam.
    b) Making cuts and layoffs on highly visible government departments. Here, instead of cutting white-collar political appointees and unseen bureaucrats the governments lay-off or reduce swimming pool staff, park personnel, trash collectors, police patrols, firefighters, EMTs . . . .
SOLUTION: Smaller government. Education, police and other necessities are possible with a significant reduction in non-essential services/studies/bureaucracies.
2)     There seems to be a lot of auto insurance ads on TV lately promising lower premiums. If they lower premiums, they have to make it up in reducing claims. If your agent is employed by the insurance company, his incentive is to reduce/dishonor as many claims a he can get away with. Whereas if you contract through an independent agent his/her duty is to you. Thus if you have a claim, the independent agent is truly "on your side" whereas the company agent represents the company.
SOLUTION: Pay attention; you get what you pay for.
3)     As state budgets get crunched, gambling comes up again as a method of raising funds. The problem is: Funds from this source don't increase funding to the targeted activity. For example: The state promises all money received from the new gambling/lottery/tax shall go toward "education." What the state doesn't tell is that they will reduce general funds to the "education" account by the exact amount of the new income. In other words, if the state had been spending - from the general fund - $5 billion on education and the new gambling/lottery/tax revenue produces $2 billion, the state will stop transferring $2 billion from the general fund to the "education" account. In still other words, this new $2 billion will indirectly go to the general fund where politicians can use it for what ever they please. Final word: This form of funding will never increase funding to a targeted activity - only replace funds from the general fund while relieving politicians of any responsibility by placing it squarely on the voter.
    SOLUTION: See Solution to #1 above.
4)    Health Care, a la socialized medicine. The main problem is not the cost, but government (monopoly) refusing to treat life-style choices that result in medical issues. For example: If you smoke and get cancer, the government health care system will not pay to treat you (this is already happening in England where they've had socialized medicine for years). If they can refuse treatment for smokers, they can refuse to cover other life-style induced medical needs such as: over-eating, alcohol related illness, accidents from non-professional sporting injuries (skiing, swimming, boating, fishing, football, basketball etc.), etc., etc. Of course the same government that outlaws suicide and assisted suicide will soon refuse treatment due to old age . . . and guess who decides the age?
    SOLUTION: Eliminate taxpayer paid health care and retirement funding for government workers and elected officials - they should have to sign up for private HC and SS like the rest of us. No where in our Constitution is it mandated to provide cradle to the grave everything for everyone - especially politicians and bureaucrats.
Chuck Klein


Subject:  Class War
Sent:  5 Aug 2009

We are in the midst of a class war. No, I don't mean black vs. white, rich vs. poor, Judeo-Christians vs. nonJudeo-Christians, police vs. civilians or even the industrio-military complex vs. everyone else. Though those "wars" are significant they pale in comparison to the impact the "real" war:

Politicians and Bureaucrats


America and Americans

Politicians and Bureaucrats are our biggest threat because:
1) The P&Bs have the power to alter the course of the other "wars".
2) They have exploited their powers by - just to mention a few - granting themselves extensive vacations, junkets and a retirement program that greatly exceeds the Social Security the rest of us commoners receive.
3) Now, these self-empowered controllers are poised to force upon us a system that subjects us commoners to their definition of health care - WHILE EXEMPTING THEMSELVES.
SOLUTION: We need a Conflict-of-Interest amendment to say:
Compensation for elected and appointed officials shall be subject to a vote of the people.
Only those not directly or indirectly employed by the government shall be allowed to cast a vote.
Chuck Klein

Subject: Jew Watch.
Sent:  19 Aug 2009

Dear Fellow Jews,
The web site, http://www.jewwatch.com, is certainly offensive, but I'd rather have the anti-semites in the open where we can see what there're up to.
New, is this link, http://www.petitiononline.com/rjw23, to petition Google to delete the listing. I'm not ready to toss the 1st Amendment, so I won't be signing it unless someone comes up with a compelling reason.
Chuck Klein


Subject:  Enquirer Shame
Sent:  31 Aug 2009

Re. Sunday's Forum, 30 Aug 09.
It appears The Cincinnati Enquirer has hit a new low: No Letters to the Editor.
Though the once great Enquirer had plenty of coverage and editorials about the health care issue, the paper failed to raise one significant question: If the Obama health plan is so good, how come he doesn't include the Presidency and the Congress in it or allow us commoners to subscribe to their plan?  
Now, the little man's voice can no longer be raised to the big shouter; the ordinary man is refused a voice against the common government. Shame.
Chuck Klein


Subject:  Latent Meanings
Sent:  9 Sep 2009

Military strategy is hidden in latent meanings.
Recently, conservative columnist and master of the two-dollar word, George Will, has turned around and now champions pulling all our troops out of Iraq. How can this be?
First a little history: Immediately after 9/11, Bush said, "We can fight them over there or we can fight them over here." The "them" is, our enemy, the Islamic Muslims.  WMD, democracy and get-rid-of-the-despot were all prima facie reasons - the latent explanation why we started the war in Iraq was to keep the enemy so busy fighting our trained troops over there, they wouldn't have the resources to bring the war to our shores.
Obama, realizing the Bush plan had been working for eight years, needed something to appease his followers and thus he promised to remove the troops from of Iraq. Once in office, he began pulling the troops while escalating the war in Afghanistan - on the pretext of get-the-Taliban (or whatever name the Islamics are using).
It doesn't require a lot of extrapolation (that’s a two-dollar word George Will said I could use) to see that by having a national columnist tout the get-out-of-Iraq mantra, we are saying: "okay you win, we are leaving your country." Of course, at the same time we ramp up in Afghanistan so we can continue to snooker them into fighting us over there - instead of over here! In other words, they think they forced us out of Iraq and thus if they continue the same campaign in Afghanistan they can toss us out of there also. And, maybe in six or eight years of keeping the war away from America we can do it again in the country of ????
Chuck Klein


Subject:  Bear Sited
Sent:  23 Sep 2009

Tonight at dusk  (two minutes before 8:00 p.m. 23 Sep 09), I stepped outside to empty the dehumidifier bucket startling two deer on the near side of the lake. I walked about ten yards into the grass, and while pouring the water, I looked up to see a dark shape across the lake (about 100 yards). It seemed too dark and low to the ground to be a deer and far too big to be a dog. As I started back toward the house, this dark shape began to move laterally away. It moved like a bear - slow and lumbering. There is no question in my mind this was a Black Bear. By the time I got my field glasses the bear was gone.  Cool!! CK


Subject:  Supreme Court/2nd Amendment
Sent:  1 Oct 2009

The City of Chicago is saying, contrary to the 2nd Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court, they have the right to ban guns in their city. Therefore, if the Supreme Court agrees with them, they (and all other cities/states) will have the right to ban speach, religion or any of the other inherent and constitutional laws.
The Second Amendment Foundation, who is funding this case, is the organization that funded my case, Klein vs. Leis (the 2003 Ohio Supreme Court case that forced concealed carry statutes in Ohio). Chuck Klein


Subject:  fw: Obama & Jews
Sent:  12 Oct 2009

An interesting observation from a different perspective. This is from a (gentile) friend since grade school. CK
----- Original Message -----
From: DHR5@aol.com
To: cklein@chuckkleinauthor.com
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 1:06 PM
Subject: Obama & Jews

It amazes me that people never really listened to Obama. He has never hidden his agenda. My notion is that he is filled with hatred, particularly for this country, for whites, and Jews.
I am trained in and practice hypnosis...it is my observation that he has a large segment of the population in a trance...when you listen to his words, and particularly his cadence of his speeches, he has a very hypnotic style.
The similarities to Hitler are really scary...not calling him a Hitler, just the style is similar.
Dan Robertson

Subject:  Follow-up: Obama & Jews
Sent:  13 Oct 2009

The observations of hypnotist Dan Robertson seemed to have touched a nerve as I got quite a few responses, including his additional comments. As a retired private detective and as a law enforcement trainer, I have always been of the school of reading people by their body language and what they don't say. Mr. Obama, to me, does not come across as forthright.
Excerpts from responses (the link with Dr. Dahlman's comments is most interesting):
One of the "truths" about hypnosis is that all hypnosis is self hypnosis. We go into our own trances, and if someone does not want to go into trance, they won't. The difference is when you don't know that someone is putting you into a trance, (covert hypnosis) as I believe Obama is doing. Dan R.
What has he been smoking?  He is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off.  If Obama hates Jews, why is he surrounded by them in his cabinet and his staff? J
I'm not surprised by your friend's observations. Too many people drank the "Hope and Change" juice. Hope is an emotion, not a plan. Jay

What a spin!  Generalizing that none of us listen to (or hear) President Obama.  I "hear" something VERY different than your friend.  His Notion and his observation are what scare me! D.
His hypnosis comment is interesting as there has been quite a bit of discussion about Obama’s technique in giving speeches...the use of very specific phrases and his cadence. Experts at a technique called NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) have written long articles analyzing Obama’s use of the techniques they teach. See video at:  http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message649781/pg1
. . . about Jews at 2:50 into the video. Dr. David Dahlman, DC, Hyde Park Holistic DrDahlman.com

Chuck Klein


Subject: Police Ethics: Stay Ethical
Sent:  15 Oct 2009

Published 12 Oct 09 in Law Officer News:
American Police Ethics

Chuck Klein

The term "Be Safe" or "Stay Safe," as a closing comment or sign-off,  has become ubiquitous. Officers use it among themselves, trainers finalize sessions with it and police columnist end their writings with this same line. Not that this is wrong or not good. To the contrary, looking out for the well being of fellow officers is one of the requisites of being a police officer.

Wishing one to be safe can also apply to other professions as well. We surely hope all firefighters, truck drivers and pilots conduct their details in a safe manner. There are very few livelihoods where "safe" is secondary to the profession. Law enforcement is one of those where ethical being trumps safety. Police officers, by their every nature, are charged with not only putting themselves in harms way for the physical protection of society, but must be the stalwart, the guiding beacon of honesty and integrity - the last line of defense against violence as well and moral decay. Should an officer lose his or her moral compass, all who witness - or learn - of his lack of ethics, will begin the break down of society.

The story has often been told of the Jewish boy who is punished for using the dairy towel to dry the non-dairy dishes. When he questions his father about such an archaic law, the elder explains that the dietary laws have always been in effect and if you break one law and allow it to go unpunished, all of society begins to break down. It is difficult to argue with this reasoning as the Jews have been around for almost 6000 years.

We have often heard the line, when relating to American police officers, "our country's last line of defense." This has usually been in reference to physically standing guard against enemies intent on committing violence. A truer meaning has not been tendered. But, seldom espoused is the underlying definition of the American police officer - he and she stand for the epitome of civilized society. America's very existence depends upon the rigid blue line never wavering in the face of outrageous criminal conduct, civil riots or political trickery run amok.

The American Police Officer: A balance of benevolence to the community with enforcement of the law, in concert to the Constitution, all the while adhering to highest moral and ethical ideals

However, when it comes to wishing the best for our guardians of the future, there might be a better term we can use: "Stay Ethical." Here, the speaker is not only acknowledging the audience is already ethical, but is encouraging/reminding them to continue to place ethics in the forefront of their world. USA police officers are the envy of the world and it's not because they are safe. It is due to their professionalism, a qualification that generates, exudes and is based on a high ethical and moral standard.

Ethics - ethical behavior - is defined as a set, or system of, moral values and principles that are based on honesty and integrity and have been accepted as professional standards. To a cop that means, no lying, no cheating, no stealing - no exceptions, no excuses.

It is surely every LEO's daily practice to live safely, to protect and serve, to stand beside and back-up fellow officers and . . . to always do the right thing. Safety is mostly a matter of practicing rules of common sense. There is little temptation to violate safety procedures. Not so, ethical matters.

Temptations abound to subvert those of power to commit lapses in discretion for the gains of favor.

 Police officers are in the business of ethical behavior. This is their stock-in-trade, forte', signature, persona, identification and what differentiates them from other professions. When one police officer violates this trust, this code of honesty, all are tarnished. Adherence to, or practice of, any voids-of-integrity is counter to the code of ethics that is part of each officer's sworn duty - his existence for being.

Law enforcement trainers find it most difficult to teach common sense, likewise ethical behavior. All LEO instructors can and should set the moral example while always being on the lookout for those badge wearers who might be subject to temptations.

Next time you sign-off with a fellow officer, consider acknowledging the exclusivity that this LEO is an honest, trustworthy person and that you wish him/her to remain so.

Stay Ethical,


Chuck Klein is a former police officer, retired Licensed Private Investigator and author of Instinct Combat Shooting, Defensive Handgunning for Police, Lines of Defense, Police Ideology and the Constitution and other firearm and police related books. He may be reached through his web site: www.chuckklein.com


Subject:  Slanted News?
Sent:  28 Oct 2009

I watch ABC Evening news. I selected Charlie Gibson because he gives a more balanced report and was not afraid to criticize a Democrat administration. Until Tom Brokaw retired (legitimately), I watched him for the same reasons.
Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather all tend/tended to lean to the left. Now comes the announcement that Diane Sawyer is replacing Charlie. There have been no claims that ratings are slipping and, after only three years as anchor, Mr. Gibson seems far too young to retire (http://abcnews.go.com/WN/charles-gibson-retires-diane-sawyer-replace-gibson-abc-news/story?id=8471429).
Since that announcement, I have noticed Mr. Gibson's distinct shift away from faulting anything Obama or his administration says or does. I find this most troublesome.
Chuck Klein
Georgetown, OH


Subject:  Obama Speach 12-1-09
Sent: 2 Dec 2009

Obama refuses to do what every President before him has done - identify the enemy. In WWII no one hesitated to label a Jap a Jap or a Nazi a Nazis. Back then, if a German citizen didn't repudiate the Nazis, he was the enemy.
Okay, so BO called them extremists. But there are a whole lot of "extremists" such as global warming/cooling extremists, animal rights extremists, pro/anti-abortion extremists etc., etc.. Our enemy - the  people who have sworn to convert or kill us - are Muslims. Today, after every terrorist attack (such as the Ft. Hood incident) a Muslim spokesperson will always issue a carefully worded statement deploring violence (a lie) - but never diss the person or the person's stead as a Muslim. Any Afghanistani/Iraqi/Pakistani/Iranian who does not denounce those who preach the convert-or-kill pogroms of the Koran are the enemy. Period.
Obama made it very clear that he is perpetuating  the same (successful) Bush strategy:  To keep Americans safe "we can fight them over there, or we can fight them over here."? In other words, and contrary to BO's promise to bring the troops home or his so-called exit strategy,"We must keep the pressure on al Qaeda" by fighting over-there for the foreseeable future. 
" I make this decision because I am convinced that our security is at stake in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the epicenter of the violent extremism practiced by al Qaeda. It is from here that we were attacked on 9/11, and it is from here that new attacks are being plotted as I speak. This is no idle danger; no hypothetical threat. In the last few months alone, we have apprehended extremists within our borders who were sent here from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan to commit new acts of terror. This danger will only grow if the region slides backwards, and al Qaeda can operate with impunity. We must keep the pressure on al Qaeda" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/01/obama-afghanistan-speech-text-excerpts_n_376088.html)
Solution: #1 We need an exit strategy also: Get the Muslims out of America. What? You say! Violate their 1st Amendment rights? The right to hide behind a mosque in order to support a religion that openly encourages a convert-or-kill mentality is not what the First Amendment is all about.
Solution #2 Keep fightin' 'em over-there.
Chuck Klein

Subject: House Licence
Sent 30 Dec 2009

 It seems the recently passed Cap and Trade Bill (H.R. 2454, passed by the House of Representatives and being considered by the Senate) includes provisions that require home owners to secure a LICENSE FOR THEIR HOME before being allowed to sell.

One year after enactment of the Cap and Trade Act, you won't be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act. Guess who defines "standards"? You got it, non-elected bureaucrats. In other words, if your single-family dwelling doesn't meet current (can change with the wind or a whim) energy efficiency standards, then you won't be issued a license (called a Label in the Act). Without a license (must be posted in a conspicuous place) you won't be allowed to sell the property. The Act does not say this is a permanent license. Thus, home owners may be required, after the compulsory inspection, to secure a periodic (yearly?) renewal - with, of course, an inspection fee.
Google links: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=A+License+required+for+your+home-+Cap+and+Trade&btnG=Google+Search

The Bill: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-2454
Text of the Bill in .pdf: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h2454pcs.txt.pdf
November 2010 can't come soon enough for me!

Chuck Klein