The Crossover Show — 018

Ask MC Part I

crossover showIn this episode, the Happy Medic brings back an oldie, but a goodie: Ask MC.

With no prepa­ra­tion, HM rat­tles off ques­tions to MC in quick suc­ces­sion and with­out a break…except for the part where we get so long-winded we had to break the nearly hour-long episode into two parts.

This week is Part 1

Bonus Content/Breaking News:

MClet #4 has arrived! Curi­ous? Well if you lis­tened to Episode 17, you already know. Didn’t listen? Now is your chance!

Do you have ques­tions for an Ask MC or Ask HM episode? Send the guys an email!

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Kilted to Kick Cancer

It's (almost) September!

Kilted to Kick CancerAh, Sep­tem­ber.

Kids back in school. Sum­mer fad­ing away. Thoughts of pumpkin-flavored every­thing start­ing to coa­lesce in your mind’s eye.

One sea­son is giv­ing way to another. I’m not talk­ing about Sum­mer giv­ing way to Fall, though.

I’m talk­ing about bifur­cated cloth­ing (read: pants) giv­ing way to the Kilt! That’s right…September is all about Kilted to Kick Can­cer.

For those of you new to the blog, my trusty side­kick, Happy Medic, and I co-founded a char­ity a few years back and last year we offi­cially became a 501c3. For the entire month of Sep­tem­ber, when we aren’t in uni­form, we wear kilts every­where we go.

Every­where.

You may be ask­ing your­self why the kilt.

I shall answer your query with one of my own. Have you ever seen a guy with facial hair and talked to him about your PSA level? What about some­one wear­ing pink sneak­ers? Ever ask them about your risk factors?

The Nine Types of Drivers You’ll Meet on a Traffic Stop

A Uniform Stories Post

Uniform StoriesThis post orig­i­nally appeared on the Uni­form Sto­ries web­site and is reprinted here with their permission.

In my capac­ity as a law enforce­ment offi­cer and, more specif­i­cally, as a motor offi­cer, I con­tact a lot of folks. Pri­mar­ily, my inter­ac­tion occurs dur­ing an enforce­ment stop. You may call them “traf­fic stops”. Either moniker will do.

Over the last 8 ½ years in my cur­rent assign­ment as a motor offi­cer, it has occurred to me there are a finite amount of the kinds of peo­ple I will speak with dur­ing a stop. It wasn’t until recently, though, that I decided it would be amus­ing to offi­cially cat­e­go­rize them.

What fol­lows is by no means a com­pre­hen­sive list of the kinds of folks one may encounter dur­ing traf­fic stop. How­ever, these are my expe­ri­ences. If you are a fel­low enforcer of the law, you may have crossed paths with some of these folks. I invite you to add to the list in the com­ments below.

The Crossover Show — 017

Slow the F#$^ Down.

crossover showIn the episode, MC and HM talk about Code 3 vehi­cle operations.

As you can imag­ine, it basi­cally boils down to “Slow the F#%$ down”. That’s obvi­ously a sim­pli­fied ver­sion, but remem­ber, code 3 is dif­fer­ent from pur­suit dri­ving. Code 3 merely means hav­ing one’s lights and siren operative.

MC and HM offer some tactics/strategies to con­sider when you are oper­at­ing your vehi­cle, be it a patrol car, motor­cy­cle, rig, or ambulance.

BOLO:

We talk Out­lander and argue Star Trek ver­sus Star Trek: Next Gen­er­a­tion ver­sus J.J. Abrams reboot.  We also dis­pel some Ital­ian stereo­types.  Why, you ask? #BecauseMCLetNumberFour

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Politics: The Inescapable Frustration and Art of Ignorance

Surprise! The thing for which you thought you were voting wasn't actually the thing you thought it was!

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This is often what I think of politics.

As we near yet another pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that will find me hid­ing innu­mer­able peo­ple in the social media sphere so I don’t have to lis­ten to their con­stant blath­er­ing about how this can­di­date will save us all or that can­di­date is a moron, I am reminded that pol­i­tics never ceases to irri­tate me.

What’s worse are the peo­ple who vote with no idea about that for which they are vot­ing. Now don’t get me wrong, I sup­port the notion that we all have the right to vote, but I think per­haps we should be required to pass some kind of com­mon sense test before they allow us to enter the vot­ing booth.

Case in point: Prop. 47 here in CA.

This propo­si­tion was voted into law in Novem­ber 2014. The com­bi­na­tion of the igno­rance of the pop­u­lace of this state and the under­handed shell game of the pur­vey­ors of Prop. 47 have worked together to sig­nif­i­cantly under­mine the safety of the state of CA.

You may be won­der­ing (par­tic­u­larly those of you out­side the state of CA) what the big deal is. I mean after all, a sim­ple google search will tell you the title of Prop. 47 is “The Safe Neigh­bor­hood and Schools Act of 2014”.

Who in their right mind wouldn’t vote for safer neigh­bor­hoods and schools?! Which is why it was called that in the first damn place, I suspect.

Prop. 47 does the fol­low­ing accord­ing to the Offi­cial Voter Infor­ma­tion Guide :

Ferguson, Race, and Why We as a Society are to Blame

A Uniform Stories Post

Uniform StoriesI orig­i­nally wrote this post a year ago for Uni­form Sto­ries right after the Fer­gu­son débâ­cle.  A year later, things haven’t improved. I think the argu­ment can be made that things have dete­ri­o­rated even further.

What I wrote a year ago is even truer today than it was then.

This post orig­i­nally appeared on the Uni­form Sto­ries web­site and is reprinted here with their permission.

Hon­estly, I thought about mak­ing this post about four words. Some­thing akin to “just knock it off”.

Some of you would get it imme­di­ately, but that demo­graphic is infin­i­tes­i­mal and you’d prob­a­bly also live in my house, so let me expound.

I was on my sec­ond day of a two-week vaca­tion when the Fer­gu­son, MO inci­dent hap­pened.  I was glo­ri­ously unplugged for about two weeks.  Con­se­quently, when I returned and caught up on cur­rent events, I saw that first Fer­gu­son and then the coun­try lost its col­lec­tive minds.

Let me make a cou­ple of things straight at the out­set of this piece.

The Crossover Show 016

A medic's dream

crossover showIn the lat­est episode, our intre­pid hosts ful­fill a life­long dream held by Happy Medic…kinda.

See, it all involves CA Penal Code Sec­tion 148 and the designees therein. In The Crossover Show 015, we talked about Penn­syl­va­nia v Mimms and the case of San­dra Bland. We  briefly dis­cusses 148 and what it means from the per­spec­tive of Johnny Law. Keep in mind 148 is the CA sec­tion, but there are sec­tions just like it all over this great land of ours.

Towards the end of the show, Happy is a wee bit morose about his lack of abil­ity to take part in hold­ing folks account­able for delay­ing him. But is that really the case?

Here’s the skinny:

148.  (a) (1) Every person who willfully resists, delays, or obstructsany public officer, peace officer, or an emergency medical
technician, as defined in Division 2.5 (commencing with Section 1797)
of the Health and Safety Code, in the discharge or attempt to
discharge any duty of his or her office or employment, when no other
punishment is prescribed, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding
one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail
not to exceed one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

Did you catch that bold bit, there?

Yeah…it’s got Happy quite a bit hap­pier than usual.

After that encounter with glory, we devolved fairly rapidly into a level of shenani­ganry even we rarely achieve. Not to men­tion, it would appear that the entire EMS sys­tem is noth­ing more than a Ponzi scheme.

BOLO

Arthur Vines. Lis­ten very care­fully to this warn­ing. The man drops more f-bombs than nearly any man should…but it is hilar­i­ous. Plus, he’s British, so it’s cute, too.

Also, HM believes in ancient aliens.

I don’t get it either.

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