San Jose Police’s action on Phuong Ho was justified – 11/24/2009

San_Jose_PoliceEvery time law enforcement is doing its job properly, their is always a cry of “police brutality” that follows. The latest involves San Jose Police arresting SJSU student Phuong Ho back in October.

Ho was arrested by SJPD for making a threat to his room mate. Apparently the room mate spilled some soap and Ho threated him with a knife in response. When SJPD attempted to arrest Ho (rather then cooperate), went for his glasses and provoked the incident.

One could already sense that the SJPD acted appropriately and that Ho is greatly to blame for the beating that he received.

For one, he threated to kill some one on a school campus. Schools have a zero tolerance for such actions. Why? Because of Columbine. Remember the murders made a few death threats that were largely ignored until they came to school with an intent to kill. Second, because he over reacted to a trivial accident just shows how violent or unstable he is.

Hence, his room mate just tipped of the campus administration along with law enforcement to a possible time bomb and now they prevented a future massacre from happening.

As for the excuse about his glasses, common sense indicates when the cops are after you then you should just get on the ground and cooperate. Ho may have been going for his glasses, but the officers had to assume it was a weapon. Cops have to deal with street gangs and drug dealers who pull the same stunt only they try to pull out a knife.

So rather then for all the community groups, activists and opportunists to start crying about “police brutality”, its wise to look into the issue for a view point the involves common sense rather then primitive reaction.

Written for Examiner.com
11/24/2009
Original Article: San Jose Police’s action on Phuong Ho

Mike Betancourt at the Sonoma Chicken Coop – 11/11/09

DECIDING on a career in comedy took some soul-searching for standup Mike Betancourt, who headlines “A Special Night of Comedy” this week at Sonoma Chicken Coop. Betancourt, who was born and raised in San Jose, served in the Navy from 1999 until 2004 on the USS Theodore Roosevelt during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. After the Navy, he attended West Valley College for two years before switching to Sacramento City College for a semester. When he finished college, he chose to begin a career in comedy instead of going to UC-Davis. “The decision between comedy or school was not easy; it took me two years to make my final ch oice,” says Betancourt.

Since then, Betancourt has been performing comedy for five years at venues in the Bay Area along with a few tours in Washington and Oregon and a stop in Reno. He is recording his appearance this week to use on a comedy album that he will produce independently; it will be distributed through CD Baby on iTunes and XM Radio by next year.

The night will also feature Bay Area comic Sean Stryker, along with Scotch Wichmann and KayDee Kersten from Evil Twins Comedy. Stryker has been performing for seven years and was a semifinalist at the Avalon Comedy Competition in 2004. Wichmann was a semifinalist at the 2009 Battle of the Bay comedy competition and has toured with Kersten.

MIKE BETANCOURT performs A SPECIAL NIGHT OF COMEDY on Thursday (Nov. 12) at 8pm at the Sonoma Chicken Coop, 200 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell. Tickets are $5. (408.866.2699)

Published for Metro Silicon Valley
11/11/2009
Original Link: Mike Betancourt at the Sonoma Chicken Coop


South Park opens up about the other “F-Word” – 11/4/2009

South Park has gone off and said what many people for some time have felt, using the other” F Word” dose not always refer to anyone who is LGBT.

First, anyone can agree that people who ride motorcycles with loud engines are just the most unbearable human beings in the world. They just can’t get a clue that the engine noise is borderline ear rape.

For this they became the safe target when Trey Parker and Matt Stone decide to break the taboo that clouds the other “F-word”.

It has been used since the 20th Century as a derogatory slur toward the LGBT community. But as times have changed so too has the symbolism of the word. Today we privately use it to describe an individual that act extremely ridiculous or obnoxious and are inconsiderate of others with in their surroundings.

Think about it? How often dose a sane individual uses the word “fag” to describe a person with an unbearable ring-tone, anyone who raises the volume on their car stereo, or someone who cries about an issue that is redundant. Obviously all these scenarios involve an action that is obnoxious and inconsiderate from the guilty party.

Yet we still have a taboo of not to use the word because its felt to be the equivalence of the N-word. The difference however is that the definition of the N-word has not changed since its creation while the other F word’s meaning has changed overtime.

To no surprise, crossing into such territories is not new for Parker and Stone as they showed audiences how as time has passed, the defenition of the other ” ‘F’ word” has changed.

Written for Examiner.com
11/4/2009
Original Article: South Park opens up about the other “F-Word”