Imagine this. A little girl is getting ready for school. She has her lunch, her latest work of art, a jacket if it’s cold…and her No Suicide Contract.
America, have you lost your collective shit?
I’m looking specifically at you, Alabama. Yes, I am about to throw you collectively together as a state. Right, wrong, or indifferent.
Why am I singling out Alabama? Because a public elementary school in Mobile made a 5-year-old sign a “No-Suicide-Contract.”
You read that right.
This is so epically and foundationally stupid as to be offensive…but I guess when you’re the 5th worst in the country insofar as education is concerned, we shouldn’t be so surprised. When less than 70% of your high schoolers actually graduate, it’s hard to back you up.
Let’s look at the ineptitude surrounding this situation:
When I originally posted this column on PoliceOne.com, there were a lot of comments and questions about how a guy that made some much money could muck it up so badly.
What follows is my response:
In my last post, I monitored reader comments on Facebook.
It seems a few of you took issue with the amount of money I made and the wildly lousy way I spent it.
I don’t disagree with the latter sentiment (at least how I did it five years ago); however, let’s go a bit deeper with the numbers. After all, I purport to be a financial coach on top of a motor officer.
There is an elusive beast in the world of traffic enforcement. I can count on one hand the number of times I have bagged the creature.
I have seen glimpses of it from time to time, but they were too small to be keepers. What you are looking for is the full-grown adults. The more aggressive and egregious, the more likely they are to capture your attention.
I’m talking about the tricky Twofer.
This past week, I had occasion to not only spot one, but I nearly took it to the taxidermist to have it mounted on my wall.
Warning: A Twofer is a dangerous beast and should be treated with caution. Provoke a Twofer too much and you risk any number of negative outcomes.
This post was originally published on PoliceOne.com. It is posted here with permission.
In 2009, I was earning $100,000 per year as a top-step patrol officer and I was living paycheck to paycheck.
I was working an average of 30 to 40 hours of overtime a month just to pay the bills. That’s two-and-a-half months of additional work per year and an extra week per month.
That kind of output is unsustainable if the rest of your life is to be at all bearable.
Folks, it’s practically an epidemic! Seemingly nary a day passes when the news isn’t reporting on some poor, defenseless man being gunned down by maniac, loose-cannon cops.
I broke out the British swears for this one.
Let me explain something to those of you that buy into this kind of reporting.
This minute’s “unarmed man” is the next minute’s armed man.
“But, MC,” you say. “How is that possible?”
The last few weeks have found me quite busy what with two weeks off and then the kick off for Kilted to Kick Cancer.
But fear not, my faithful friends, I have not forgotten you!
Quite the opposite, in fact. A few weeks ago, I sent out a survey to my email subscribers and was happy to see a majority of you wanting to see new interactions here on the blog.
Specifically, a return to The Crossover Show and a video feature as well. I beg your patience on these as I am busy working on the eBook for my email subscribers (There is no shortage of areas for you to sign up for a FREE copy of my upcoming eBook…it won’t be free for long) as well as conducting my Kilted duties.
That being said, however, I was able to find some time to install a new feature many of you asked about in the comments of the survey.
That’s right, I am bringing back Ask MC. And just what the hell is that, you ask? For those of you that have been around for awhile, it was a feature from back in the day where I would answer email questions from readers. Now, though, I have a tab on the right side of the page. Click on that sucker and you can leave me a voice message.
I will compile them and answer them in a new, short-form podcast called, of all things, Ask MC. You can also send me a message via the Facebook page as well!
Thanks for your continued patience during the Kilted month.
As per usual, you are the best readers on the planet and I am overcome with gratitude for the lot of you!
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We addressed it in our own special Kilted way.
The #IceBuckets have had their time. September belongs to Kilted to Kick Cancer.
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