About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Police Officer Shaquille O’Neal's Basketball Court Lesson

Last month Officer Bobby White of the Gainesville, Florida police department responded to a noise complaint – only to find it was a group of neighborhood kids doing what they do best – play basketball.  Officer White joined in, shot a few hoops, & organized a pickup game for the next day saying he would return with backups for his team.
The video of Officer White shooting hoops went viral to the point that Shaquille O'Neal saw it & asked to join the pickup game saying he wanted to meet Officer White & help.
As many readers know Shaq has been interested in police work since he was a teenager – two of his uncles were policemen & his stepfather who raised him was an Army sergeant.  In January 2015 Shaq was sworn in @ a private ceremony as a reserve police officer in the Doral police department mostly doing community work & serving as a role model.  (Shaq originally applied for the job four months prior to being sworn in.  He went through the entire application process including a background check.  He will not receive a salary & will pay his own insurance costs.  His ultimate goal is to be a police chief or sheriff in Florida – but first he wants to work his way up.)
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Click here to enjoy the highlights of the fun of the pickup game but please listen closely to Shaq's words @ the end of the video – it is the reason he rolled into this neighborhood to play ball.