Courtesy to an MS-13 Gang Member

 By Harry M. Covert

Nov. 10, 2015

It’s a nice feel good story. A Frederick County, Maryland, deputy sheriff used great restraint. During a broad morning light he took a slugging in the face and neck from an illegal MS-13 gang member.

There on Key Parkway in Frederick investigating a minor traffic matter, Deputy First Class Greg Morton restrained himself. After the physical assault he didn’t resort to any deadly reaction. He could have, probably should have.

In times past assaulting a deputy or other sworn officer was a major no-no. No question about it. Deputy Morton did his duty and subdued his assailant. He did threaten to use a taser before cuffing Jose Misael Reyes-Reyes, 18, who shouldn’t even be in Frederick.

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Señor Reyes-Reyes was arrested locally in May and June of his year. Even though he was illegal he was released on an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) bond while awaiting a deportation hearing.

No matter how you cut it, he’s a dangerous fellow with a record of carrying concealed deadly weapons, assaults and felonious activities. Frankly he’s a lucky man. He probably should have been knocked out cold, flattened and beaten to a bloody pulp.

Alright, I’m not being nice here. But, such restraint by Deputy Morton is to be lauded and praised. The duty of such deputies is not to be a social worker but a protector of citizens and the law.

Once a few miles down the road, a Virginia magistrate was faced with a young 18-year-old stone sober speeder. As the traffic officer was presenting a summons, the student spit twice in the policeman’s face, real messy globs.

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The officer got the brat out of the car, cuffed him and placed a “spitter’s mask”on his head and face.

The magistrate was taken aback. “A beekeeper?” the judicial officer asked. “No sir, a spitter!”

At once the magistrate told the policeman to remove the mask and if he spits again, “belt him in the mouth, knock his teeth down his throat.” True quote, by the way.

Obviously the policeman wouldn’t do that but the driver wimped out and started crying. “Don’t let him do that.”

The magistrate held the boy for assault on a policeman and jailed him without bond for the weekend.

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The point of this is simple. The utter disrespect for authority has gotten out of hand. Law enforcement has a tough task and the perilous job continues daily. Those living on the edge may think it’s okay to attack deputies and police officers, even threaten them but its serious business.

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” The Shadow may know but law enforcement always finds out after the fact.

Because bleeding hearts mean well is no excuse to continue to condone disrespect of authority figures. Lawlessness on the streets, in the schools, in shopping centers and downtown stores and everywhere is rather rampant across the county, the state and the land. Let’s be serious.

My admiration for Deputy Morton of Frederick is sky high. He is a credit to and an example of the quality people in the local Sheriff’s Office.

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Had Señor Reyes-Reyes done such a thing to an officer anywhere else in Latin America it would have probably been fatal.

The matter of violent illegal immigrants is real, not to be pushed aside and made a minor miscue. No matter how nice legal authority tries, the meanness and criminal activity of illegals is threatening. The alien gangs are evil and prevalent.

MS-13 gang members are vicious as local, state and federal crime fighters are well aware. Thankfully prosecutors and courts are diligent in jailing them.

It is rather easy for do-gooders to criticize police agencies for rare violations by a sworn officer. When there’s a failing the incident makes good reading whether fallacious or salacious. But, the truth remains law enforcement is vital to our towns and communities.

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BACK TO DEPUTY MORTON and Señor Reyes-Reyes.

Let us honor the deputy.

Let the circuit court adjudicate the illegal who is a felonious criminal. In all probability he will spend a long time in a tough Maryland prison. It is highly doubtful the so-called House of Corrections will be effective before deporting him once and for all.

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Patriotism is Not a Ca$h Sport

By Harry M. Covert

Nov. 5, 2015

This was written in advance of Veterans Day celebrations, especially in Frederick and Sunday’s Nov. 8, 2015 activities in Walkersville and Brunswick, Maryland, the plan was to extol the virtues of all the soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and auxiliarists that have protected the nation.

In fact the idea was to compile a list of all the heroes locally. They are truly easy to find but most of them prefer not to talk about their military derring-do because they are not publicity seekers. They are indeed patriots who did their duty.

There is no need to list all of the men and women who have made and continue to make the world safe. One day perhaps that will occur. They are not forgotten though. The stories are awesome, personal and worth historical remembering.

Lots of people will be wearing poppies and various hats in commemoration of their honored service. Frederick’s Memorial Park will be a privileged place tomorrow.

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The story broke recently that all of the patriotic fervor by the professional sports teams, baseball, football, basketball, et al, truly was a cash deal. Other organizations attempting to encourage national interest, wearing pink to battle breast cancer, were also caught up with the sporting commitment of good deeds.

It was exciting to see the fighter jets flying over stadiums, snappily uniformed men and women of all services parading on the playing fields, flags flying and all sorts of plaques and honors bestowed.

Who in the world would disagree with such showing of loyalty and nationalism? These festivities lifted the pride and spirit of every citizen, sports fan and parents of serving offspring.

Smack in the middle of the disastrous help for veterans, lacking of medical and financial assistance, the announcement comes that the billionaire sports teams were paid millions of dollars for their patriotism. Think for a moment of those wounded warriors, those men and women who suffer from devastating war wounds and their private thoughts about a grateful nation.

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By all rights this story and other stories today should be identifying heroes and heroines. It is no fun commenting on the money the government in the form of the defense department exhibits no shame in paying for accolades.

Just listen to the television, radio and print people use the word “great, greatest and incredible” describing the athletic prowess of the professional competitors.

Yes the nation is a bit gaga over sporting achievements, records, which beat who or who did or did not achieve or the names of teams. This list of never ending “supposed good stuff” is miserable.

Think of the emotionally spent men and women today attempting to rebuild their lives after losing limbs, eyesights, families and all sorts of other infirmities while the business of business on the athletic fields grows and grows.

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There is no shame from the pro leagues because they are money makers. According to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, the Pentagon spent $53 million on marketing and advertising contracts with sports teams between 2012 and 2015, $10 million of which went to clubs in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer.

Somehow the value system is out of kilter big time. Where is the conscience when that veteran can’t get into a VA hospital or see a VA doctor immediately?

And, national figures in government, the media and politics feign ignorance and don’t have a clue as to why Americans are “mad as h–l.” All right, let’s spell it out—“mad as hell.”

The next time a pro sports executive decides to cash in on the nation’s veterans and patriotism – heroes – , they should have to visit the military hospitals and have a good look at those wounded men and women.

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The next time sports fans go to a game and spend $10 for a beer, $7.50 for a hot dog and other exorbitant concessions or tickets, think about the limbless, blinded and infirm veterans.

Let’s laugh, guffaw and chuckle when our favorite player gets a $210 million contract or the commissioner of the NFL gets a raise from a $43 million yearly salary.

It is not funny when that soldier or sailor or marine or other veterans suffers and can’t get immediate help for pain, family matters, and financial troubles.

Patriotism priorities must be real, not for sale. If anything the money-grabbing sports leagues leave a lot to be desired. And the Pentagon apparently needs a kick in the head.◄◄◄◄◄

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