New Feature at MCPD! Ask MC is Back!

The last few weeks have found me quite busy what with two weeks off and then the kick off for Kilted to Kick Can­cer.

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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.

Ask MC!

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!

I See Your #IceBucket and I Raise You #DunkYourJunk

Kilted to Kick Can­cer made the deci­sion to address the #Ice­Bucket videos you’ve seen inun­dat­ing your feeds of late.

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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.

 

Visit Kilted to Kick Can­cer for more information.

…and don’t for­get to #DunkY­our­Junk!  You can add your own video to our FB page (fam­ily friendly, of course)!

Get Kilted!  Get Checked!

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Want to See/Hear More of MC? Help Me Win A Killer Toolkit!

Recently, I pub­lished a sur­vey.  I’ve got­ten some great feed­back!  A cou­ple of the ques­tions were about the kinds of con­tent you’d like to see and they way in which you’d like to see it.

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Turns out, quite a lot of you want to see and/or hear me.  Which is why I’m reach­ing out today.

I have become quite a fan of Pat Flynn and his pod­casts, Smart Pas­sive Income and Ask Pat.  He has part­nered with App­Sumo to do a give­away of some incred­i­bly high-end and amaz­ing pod­cast­ing equip­ment.  I have already entered to win, but I am eli­gi­ble for mul­ti­ple entries through a vari­ety of means.

Here’s where you come in.

If you go to the give­away and enter, I will receive three addi­tional entries.  Now, it’s true, you will also be entered to win.  It may seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive, but it’s actu­ally fairly dia­bol­i­cally genius and a win/win for both of us.  If you win and pod­cast­ing inter­ests you, I get the sat­is­fac­tion of hav­ing helped you.  Maybe you could have me as a guest on your show and we can begin our plans for world dom­i­na­tion.  If you don’t care about the equip­ment, you could always donate it to, oh I don’t know, your favorite Crusher of Souls.

See?

Win/win.

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Heatstroke Deaths of Kids: Why is this Even a Thing?

There are three MClets run­ning around MCPD.  They are won­der­ful and I love them beyond my abil­ity to artic­u­late the full­ness therein.  They are not, how­ever, with­out chal­lenges.  Being a par­ent is the most dif­fi­cult (and dan­ger­ous) job in the world.

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I’ve lost count of the num­ber of times I’ve raised my voice to pre­vent seem­ingly immi­nent dan­ger.  Whether they are tee­ter­ing from a precipice and nearly falling to their doom (read: stand­ing on a chair) or charg­ing into the street with­out regard for poten­tial haz­ards (read: vehi­cles that mas­sively out­weigh them), sim­ply ris­ing to the chal­lenge of keep­ing them alive and rel­a­tively unscathed is not for the faint of heart.

Con­se­quently, when I see sto­ries and sta­tis­tics of yet another defense­less and vul­ner­a­ble child left in a hot car, I basi­cally lose my shit.

Dis­claimer: This one is going to sound harsh to some.  To that, I say, “Per­fect.”  Maybe my seem­ing insen­si­tiv­ity will be on your mind when you arrive at your des­ti­na­tion and remem­ber your kid is in the car and you don’t leave him or her to die.

I’ve recently seen a few videos on-line where grown adults will sit in a vehi­cle with the doors closed, the car off, and the win­dows up to demon­strate the dan­gers.  On the sur­face, I get the sen­ti­ment behind it.  On the other hand, I can’t help but think of the lunacy of the appar­ent neces­sity of such a video.

Hey, I know heroin will end up killing you, but don’t expect to have me upload a video of me slam­ming junk to make the point.

But, I digress.

Recently, the Santa Clara County Dis­trict Attorney’s office decided not to file charges against a father that left his 9-month-old son in a car all day.  You can read the details here.

Ini­tially, I was pretty pissed off at the deci­sion.  But the DA made the right call.

Why?

PC 273a.  (Spe­cific to CA, mind you.  And on a side note, 30 states in this coun­try of ours don’t have any laws at all regard­ing leav­ing chil­dren in an unat­tended vehicle.)

273a. (a) Any per­son who, under cir­cum­stances or con­di­tions likely to pro­duce great bod­ily harm or death, will­fully causes or per­mits any child to suf­fer, or inflicts thereon unjus­ti­fi­able phys­i­cal pain or men­tal suf­fer­ing, or hav­ing the care or cus­tody of any child, will­fully causes or per­mits the per­son or health of that child to be injured, or will­fully causes or per­mits that child to be placed in a sit­u­a­tion where his or her per­son or health is endan­gered, shall be pun­ished by impris­on­ment in a county jail not exceed­ing one year, or in the state prison for two, four, or six years.

Notice the key word “will­fully”.  The father was allegedly “exhausted” after get­ting only four hours of sleep.  He for­got that he hadn’t dropped off his son at day care.  He didn’t will­fully leave his son in the car.  Thus, no charges because there was no intent.

But his child is still dead…the vic­tim of heat­stroke (if not negligence).

I’m sure there’s more to the tale and what appears above is only the Cliff’s Notes of the Reader’s Digest of what hap­pened.  I have no doubt that the Santa Clara DA’s office spent a lot of time talk­ing about every aspect of the case.  Let’s assume they made the right call based on cur­rent law.

Real quick, let’s look at some sta­tis­tics sur­round­ing this issue:

  • Total num­ber of U.S. heat­stroke deaths of chil­dren left in cars, 2014:  20
  • Total num­ber of U.S. heat­stroke deaths of chil­dren left in cars, 2013:  44
  • Total num­ber of U.S. heat­stroke  deaths of chil­dren left in cars, 1998-present:  626
  • Aver­age num­ber of U.S. child heat­stroke fatal­i­ties per year since 1998: 38

(Stats obtained from ggweather.com)

Some­thing else to keep in mind, of those stats listed above, only 49% had charges filed.

Now, I’m obvi­ously no lawyer.  But, I am a dad.  You know what I’ve never done?

Left my kid in a car for hours on a hot day.  I can’t even con­cep­tu­al­ize it.

I’ve worked back-to-back 18-hour shifts.  I’ve been drop dead tired.  I’ve felt like a walk­ing zom­bie.  I’ve had sleep­less nights.  But, if I step away from my com­puter and look in the other room, you know what I’ll see?

Three beau­ti­ful MClets.  All alive and well.

So, what do we do?

Is it time to write a new law that removes the “will­fully” part of PC 273a?  Should a law be enacted that specif­i­cally address leav­ing kids unat­tended dur­ing times of extreme weather (be it hot or cold)?

Lis­ten, I get that it’s been deemed a tragic acci­dent and this man has to live with this knowl­edge for­ever.  Is that enough?  Is his “mis­take” enough to stop this com­pletely pre­ventable death from con­tin­u­ing to occur?

I’d say it isn’t.

The Santa Clara County DA announced their deci­sion on Mon­day, July 28, 2014.  On August 1, 2014, an 11-month-old in Utah died.  From being left in a hot car.  As of this writ­ing, the inves­ti­ga­tion is ongo­ing and no charges have yet to be filed.

Ques­tion: What do you think is the solu­tion to this ter­ri­ble trend? You can leave a com­ment by click­ing here.

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“Emergency Money Management”
by Scott Kier, @MedicSBK

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A cou­ple of weeks ago, I was fea­tured on an EMS pod­cast.  Before all my fel­low law enforcers get wrapped around the axle about cavort­ing with the “other side”, let me remind you of two things:

1. Despite what you like to bitch about around the PD, we are, in fact, more alike than you’d like to admit.

2. My best friend is a freak­ing Para­medic Cap­tain.  How have you not been pay­ing attention?

At any rate, Scott Kier (@medicSBK) and Sean Eddy (@medicmadness) were kind enough to bring me into their realm to talk about some­thing near and dear to my heart: Per­sonal Finance and First Responders.

Sean is actu­ally one of my first clients at GPS Finan­cial Coach­ing.  His story is absolutely inspir­ing and will hit close to home if you’ve ever had an inkling of trep­i­da­tion with regard to your finances. The progress he has made in the last twelve months is incred­i­ble and he has made me extremely proud.

Take a listen!

Ques­tion: What wor­ries you most about your finances? You can leave a com­ment by click­ing here.

Com­ing Soon! Sub­scribers will receive a FREE copy of MC’s upcom­ing eBook!

 

#BestCopTVShow Giveaway Winners!

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Once again, con­grat­u­la­tions to one of the longest, if not the longest, run­ning cop shows ever: COPS.  All of you should remem­ber a cou­ple of things.  First, your votes got COPS to the top.  Sec­ond, South­LAnd got fur­ther than The Wire.  Because it’s a supe­rior show.

Boom.

And now for the win­ners of our var­i­ous prizes!

Many of you com­mented on every. sin­gle. post.  Con­se­quently, I have got­ten incred­i­bly good at typ­ing your names and will rec­og­nize you imme­di­ately should our paths ever cross in an offi­cial capacity.

Seri­ously, though, I loved see­ing the con­sis­tency in vot­ing!  It kept me moti­vated to continue!

The runner-up win­ner of the PoliceOne prize pack­age is: AJ PARENTE

The runner-up win­ner of the Élite Espan­toon, cour­tesy of Dave Set­ting with Police Car Page is: RON BANTA

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER of a 16GB iPhone 5S from Uni­form Sto­ries is: KRISTEN KARVOSKY

Con­grats to all our winners!

If the win­ners would be so kind as to drop me an email or FB mes­sage includ­ing your address info, I will begin the facil­i­ta­tion of the recep­tion of your prizes!

Thanks again to the kind­ness and gen­eros­ity of Uni­form Sto­ries, Dave Set­ting, and PoliceOne!

Now…who’s ready for the #BestCopMovie?

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And the Winner of the #BestCopTVShow Tournament is.…

After three-and-a-half weeks of con­sis­tent vot­ing and com­ment­ing, we have reached the end of  the #Best­CopTVShow tournament.

Before I announce the win­ning show and the win­ners of our var­i­ous prizes, I just want to say thank you. I had a blast putting this together.  It was quite a bit of work and I dialed in on the fly as we pro­gressed.  I appre­ci­ate your patience when duty called and delays occurred.  I sin­cerely hope you enjoyed your­selves as much as I did.

If you haven’t already, I’d like your assis­tance in fill­ing out a quick, four ques­tion sur­vey so I can con­tinue to improve!

And now, to the win­ner… (more…)