Video ~ Nadra Enzi, aka Cap Black
by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer
As a dreamer, I fully admit inpractical visions have beguiled me for a lifetime. One of them I call, “my crazy public safety dream.” In it, citizen crimefighters like Adam West iconic Batman – minus costumes, in most cases ( lol ) – and caring cops seen in CHIPS and Andy Griffith Show reruns unite as a public/private united front.
Obviously, real-life smoke from Ferguson and Baltimore blow aside dreamy mists. Some would assume being a Gen X Black man automatically spells !cop hater.’ While negative experiences abound, so do positive ones, accrued firsthand as an advocate and security professional.
As bad as it seems in some respects, there exists real opportunity for partnership despite bleak projections from Black Lives Matter and some politicians. Necessity alone can bond inner citizen and urban officer against mutual violence. This necessity will spur culture change where cops and concerned Black citizens patrol troubled streets together.
Potentially weaponized youth will witness that police aren’t the enemy. The Hood isn’t the suburbs and requires a boots-on-the-ground approach, instead of sidelines-bound stakeholders with input confined to monthly meetings.
If US armed forces fought and died beside “civilian irregulars” in the former South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, is it unimaginable for police to work with inner city stakeholders?
That’s my crazy public safety dream, brothers and badges together, instead of against each other.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Urban Safetyist and presenter of the speech, Two Reasons Blacks Shouldn’t Hate Blue!
A few hours from now (PST), we bid goodbye to 2015 and ring in 2016. As we look to the New Year, an election year, we hope to welcome a Republican president to the Oval Office – a worthy individual with experience, wisdom, integrity and the ability to govern a nation. As we undertake this somber responsibility, let us be guided by Thomas Jefferson’s words, which inspired this website’s name, and boldly pursue truth and knowledge … to whatever results they lead. Happy New Year from The Bold Pursuit ~ Clio, Publisher
A special ‘thank you’ to our contributing writers: Robert Arvay, Nadra Enzi, John Wayne Tucker, Jim Mullen and DTC, as well as our guest bloggers. Thank you for sharing your voice, your talent with The Bold Pursuit ~ Clio
by DTC, Guest Contributor
While vetting Donald Trump FROM THE RIGHT, I often wish I could reach through my computer screen and choke the mindless minion who was coached to say, “Reagan was a liberal democrat too.” Instead, I fruitlessly try to reason with them by saying, If anyone is going to USE Reagan to defend Clintonista Trump, they should get their facts straight.
Reagan switched parties in 1962, which is 5 years before he was elected Governor of California (YES… Reagan was a politician). Before that, Reagan’s views changed in the 1950’s, as he endorsed the presidential candidacies of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956, as well as Richard Nixon in 1960. Reagan gained national attention with his “A Time for Choosing” speech in support of conservative presidential contender Barry Goldwater in 1964. Even then, he didn’t immediately run for POTUS, but a lesser office to prove his credentials matched his rhetoric.
In stark contrast, Trump supported the candidacy of Bill Clinton, TWICE… and credits Slick Willy as the best president in the last 20 years. He supported John Kerry’s presidential run in 2004, he supported Nancy Pelosi as Speaker in 2006, he supported and said Marxist Hillary would make a good president in 2008, he supported Obama and his policies (aka. Obama’s Stimulus Package, auto bailouts, foreign policy, etc) from 2008-11, he supported Harry Reid’s Senatorial campaign over Tea Party favorite Sharon Angle in 2010, and he didn’t change his supportive views on Obama or flip flopped on some liberal positions (abortion and gun control) until March of 2011, when he first ran for POTUS as a Republican.
Can you imagine Reagan endorsing McGovern or saying Carter would make a good president before running himself? He would have never won.
While Reagan boldly fought against Socialized Medicine in 1961, Trump STILL supports a Canadian style Socialist single payer system that is to the left of Obamacare.
Reagan was the “Great Communicator” who artfully conveyed a vision of American Exceptionialism to the masses…
While Clintonista Trump uses Twitter to break Reagan’s 11th commandment and vent his inner foul-mouthed juvenile…
“Look at that face! [Carly Fiorina] Would anyone vote for that?” ~ Donald Trump
“Ben Carson is a complete and total loser.” ~ Donald Trump
“Not a lot of evangelicals [Ted Cruz] come out of Cuba…” ~ Donald Trump
“I don’t think he’s [Ted Cruz] qualified to be president, look at the way he’s dealt with the Senate, where he goes in there like a — you know, frankly like a little bit of a maniac. You’re never going to get things done that way.” ~ Donald Trump
The fraud even insulted Reagan in his book, “The Art of the Deal.”
Reagan was a God-fearing Christian man, while at best, Trump is a deist who says, “I’m not sure I have ever asked God’s forgiveness. I don’t bring God into that picture.”
While the creep doesn’t ask forgiveness for supporting baby murder and baby murdering democrats most of his life, he has the nerve to criticize the faith of his GOP opponents, and use a Bible as a prop at the Values Voter Summit.
Please STOP comparing the fraud to Reagan. It’s an insult!
by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
Dear University Presadent;
This letter is to inform you that I, a student, have recently been offended, and I demand that you do something about it.
While I do not recall all the exact details of the incident, they do not matter. What matters is that I got offended, and its you’re job to do something about it, which I hearby demand that you do.
Therefour, I herebuy demand that you fire all the white, straight professors in this university, to make sure that somebody is held responsible for my hurt feelings. Even if they did not do this one particular thing that offended me, that does not matter. What matters is that somebody pays, and it should knot be a member of a minority group, because they are all oppressed by white people. And even though I am a Caucasian, and I should be punished, well, now I’m getting confused, so stop it, and just fire them.
If not, then I will demon straight, and get others to do so.
And after you do that, resign in disgrace.
by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer
The toxic interplay between police and Black communities have at least two reasons why it shouldn’t be so. Reason number one is necessity. Black hostages in urban war zones can’t unilaterally harm, kill nor imprison reigning criminals without incurring swift arrest and prosecution. Necessity dictates transcending mutual mistrust to become partners against those endangering residents and ( first ) responders.
When partnerships become the norm, complaints, law suits and federal consent decrees cease to profilerate. It also spurs inner city culture change where hostility and even assault upon officers are customary. By necessity, Black stakeholders and police are actually allies against the same violent opposition.
The second reason is similarity. Police and American Blacks are minorities, relative to the general populauion. The blue (or other color) uniform of law enforcement sets one apart from peers. It subjects one to heightened scrutiny, potential criminal sanction and prosecution.
American Blacks have also experienced heightened scrutiny, potential criminal sanction and prosecution. It’s ironic how similar claims of discrimination sound when said by police unions and civil rights groups. Black activists and police advocates both feel targeted and unfairly treated by society.
Embracing this overlooked similarity can end old hostility and build new community between factions whose contentious dynamic sets the tone of civil liberties and public safety for everyone.
Black folks and police have alot more in common than is apparent at first glance. When each side applies necessity and similarity to the other, they inevitably realize they’re on the same side.
Nadra Enzi, aka Cap Black, Hostage Who Fights Back! Presenter of speech, “This Black Doesn’t Hate Blue!” for MLK Day, Black History Month or any occasion.
Updates @ http://www.gofundme.com/capblack
All of us at The Bold Pursuit wish our friends and visitors a blessed holiday
by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
Whenever someone asks the question, what is the most significant event in history, they should be answered by being asked in return a simple question: what year are we in?
The standard calendar used by the world is the Gregorian calendar, which has the year, one, calculated to coincide with the birth of Jesus. Years which came before the birth of Jesus are denoted by the initials, B.C., or, Before Christ. 10 B.C. is the tenth year before Jesus was born.
Attempts have been made, and continue to be made, to replace the initials A.D. and B.C, with C.E. and B.C.E. The letters C.E. are taken to mean, Christian Era, or more sternly, Common Era.
These attempts, however, do not change anything. The calendar remains based in the year, one, and the reason for that is, that was the year which was calculated to be the year when Jesus was born. There is no avoiding that fact. (Some consider it unfair.)
The teachings of Jesus remain the most influential teachings in all of history. Even the apostles, steeped in the traditions of the Hebrew, Greek and Roman milieu, were astonished at His teachings. They were perplexed by them, and sometimes even hostile.
The Golden Rule is perhaps the most famous, and most revolutionary of Jesus’s teachings, along with the phrase, “turn the other cheek.” There are also many others that are embedded in modern law and ethics. For example, the concepts of mercy for wrongdoers, the requirement to forgive their trespasses, and to “let him without sin cast the first stone—“ these are but a few of the many, many influences on human thinking that have lifted the world from the practice of cruel and unusual punishment, to the practice of justice tempered with mercy, and the effort to rehabilitate those criminals who will repent.
If any one teaching of Jesus is central to His ministry, it may well be His concept of love, the love of God for all His children, and His command that we should love God, and love each other, even as much as we love ourselves.
The command to love even our enemies is utterly alien to most people, and is sometimes misunderstood to mean that we should stand aside while evildoers persecute the innocent.
Understanding the teachings of Jesus is not easy, nor is it meant to be. Such understanding requires much soul searching, much prayer and much practice. Those teachings transform souls.
Such understanding, however difficult, is possible. It is possible for the scholars of scripture, but it is equally possible for kings and shepherds alike.
Come. Let us adore Him.
by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
In India, there is an ancient game similar to chess, but which involves not only skill, but dice-rolls as well. Both skill and luck play their roles in determining the outcome of the game. What has this to do with the issues of conservatism or liberalism?
There are two types of people. We are defined by our locus of control. Some of us believe that we control our own destinies, and others of us believe that our destinies control us.
Of course that is a wild overstatement, but is that really my fault? Yes, it is.
In fact, few if any of us are at either extreme end of the scale. Most of us are somewhere in between. For some of us, our perceived locus of control is internal. We believe that we control our own destiny, at least to a large degree. To us, life is a chess game. For others of us, our perceived locus of control is external. Such people believe that their outcomes in life are mostly beyond their control. To them, life is a roll of the dice.
The question here is not who is right or wrong, but rather, how do we perceive our lot in life? How does that perception affect our outcomes? How does it affect our voting choices?
To be sure, we begin life in circumstances completely beyond our control. That’s the dice-roll part. As we get older, we attempt to take charge of our lives— at least some of us do. That’s the chess part.
In reality, we are playing Indian chess. Some of us focus on the strategy, others of us blame luck if we lose the game. The most successful players will make the best use of their luck by applying their skill. They may not always win, but the player who relies entirely on luck will almost always lose.
Studies (yes, the infamous “studies”) show that liberals tend to look at life more as a game of dice, less as a game of chess. That is why their tendency is to favor bigger government. While they may recognize that hard work, discipline and sensible life choices are important, they place far less emphasis on these than they do on factors beyond their control. In their view, big business is to blame for poverty, crime, and other social ills. As proof, they point to the many hard-working, honest people who live in poverty.
Conservatives recognize that there are major factors beyond our control, but we also recognize that, unless we can somehow take control, there is little point in complaining. We do what we can, and accept what we cannot control. We cannot control the weather. Nor can the government. (Is it not a deep irony that climate is the one thing that liberals think they can control?)
As a (mostly) conservative, the one major factor I have come to recognize as being beyond my control is the fact that so very many people are duped by liberalism. Even so, I won’t give up. This commentary is part of my effort to persuade them to stop blaming luck.
by Nadra Enzi, Contributing Writer
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu is racing against the city’s impending 300th anniversary to crown himself a Southern “Great Emancipator” (Imitator is more like it). Yesterday’s 6-1 vote to deem prominent Confederate monuments as nuisances hastens eventual removal, while accelarating racial tension at warp speed. I would be remiss not to also factor in the 2016 presidential election cycle and his prospects should a Democrat become our next president.
The success of either proposition rests upon manipulating Black – and White – pain into a political propellent which would make master manipulator Lyndon Baines Johnson green with envy.
Landrieu is banking on becoming a new “Great Emancipator” in these turbulent times, whose halo will blind inquiry into an autocratic legacy which, oddly enough, is racist toward Black autonomy and repressive regarding blue (police) sovereignty. The fact that mayor Mitch Landrieu is a monumental manipulator is one which we’ll rue as New Orleanians turn upon each other after transparent hubris ripped open old scabs better left untouched.
Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black is a hostage who fights back! He warns, “Every Confederate Monument Opponent Isn’t My Ally- Nor Every Confederate Monument Supporter My Enemy!”