Sometimes You Must Be a B.A.D. Man

In the 1990′s, Hollywood made a movie “Kiss of Death” about a gangster, named “Little Junior Brown.”  Little Junior, played by a bulked-up Nicholas Cage, built an urban criminal empire based upon a simple personal credo:  “B.A.D.”

Balls.  Attitude.  Direction.

Little Junior was a uniquely American persona.  Indeed, his credo was not terribly different than America’s own self-image through the better part of our nation’s history.  Whether it was crossing the frontier or fighting world wars, Americans didn’t back down — they had confidence in themselves and in their nation’s destiny.

What the hell has happened?

This week, the communist dictatorship of North Korea — a backwards nation led by the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man — prevented the premiere of an American movie by “hacking” the Sony Corporation’s computer network and making vague threats against potential moviegoers.

In a truly shocking display of cowardice and un-American weakness, a number of theater companies canceled the premier of the movie.  What a joke.

The crumbling of our film industry would be humorous if it wasn’t so pathetic.  It’s especially infuriating for those who escaped North Korea and eventually arrived in northern Virginia.  One of those persons is my father-in-law, but his story is hardly unique.  I remember years ago, at a Korean-American reception, hearing from a D.C. business owner about the Communist soldiers coming to his village in the 1950′s — and searching for his family, who attended Catholic church.  He told me about the soldier’s bayonet jabbing a haystack in which he was hiding, but not finding him.  He survived, came to the USA, and started a successful business.

So a teenage boy can defy the North Korean army but our movie industry folds up like a  pup tent when someone publishes some embarrassing emails?

There’s been a lot said (probably too much) in the last fifty years about American pride and hubris.  But let’s at least stand up for our own freedoms, the foremost of which is freedom of speech.

At some point, you have to be a B.A.D. Man.

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Weekend Warrior

This Friday at 4 pm, I left the office and headed to the Town of Vienna for their annual holiday party.  A couple hours later, I was picking up my wife Sharon (looking fashionable as always) and we were headed to a reception at the house of President Angel Cabrera and the George Mason Board of Visitors.  We finished the evening with a late-night dinner in “Koreatown” (a/k/a Annandale).

Saturday morning, I rode the “Santa Express” with my daughter Ida Grace (3), from the Burke VRE station to Manassas and back.  After the ride was over, we drove out to Centreville and joined the Sully Democrats in their brunch with Santa.

Saturday afternoon, we went and picked out a tree from the Knights of Columbus (St. Leo’s Parish) and set it up in our living room.  I then stopped by Congressman Gerry Connolly’s volunteer “thank you” party at Old Town Hall.  After bringing home my son Thomas from basketball practice, I hit the gym and worked out until 7 pm.

So it wasn’t until now (8:30 pm) that I had a chance to publicly call for the resignation of Del. Joe Morrissey (D-Henrico) following his conviction yesterday.

What’s your excuse?

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Who Shot John?

Here’s the story.

Fifteen months ago, John Geer was standing in the doorway of his townhouse in Springfield, Virginia.  A single shot from a Fairfax County police officer left him lying in a pool of blood.  He was there for an hour, untreated.  Nobody called an ambulance.

He died that day, leaving behind two teenage daughters.  To this day, they have no answer to the following questions:  who killed their father and why.

You may not have heard of John Geer.  Nobody protested his death.  No celebrities have taken up his case.   LeBron James doesn’t wear his tee shirt.  He was just an ordinary homeowner in Springfield, Virginia, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Now he’s dead.

Amazingly, Fairfax County does not feel the need to release the details of this case, which involves a County police officer shooting a County resident.  Instead, it has fought every attempt to uncover the details of the case — even objecting to requests by the family’s attorney to simply see the police report.

There is a Federal grand jury looking into this case.  (If recent events are any indication, that may not mean too much).  Regardless, this is a truly chilling story.

What is somebody was shot and killed by the law and everybody knew about it …

And nobody cared enough to disclose the facts?

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