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Tuesday

Unexpected Danger! 2016 Drivers Traffic Stop Protocol




Common Sense and Courtesy
By J.B. Blocker
  With all the furor generated on the social media concerning the shooting of a man during a traffic stop, it occurred to me that many don’t seem to know how to behave if they are stopped! 
  To me it seemed that logic and courtesy were all that was necessary in order to make the stop as safe and painless as it could be considering the circumstances!
  
  I began my research by calling the ‘Best of the Best’ to help me get this right. These friends have served for years in several branches of Texas law enforcement. They include Sheriff Harold Eavenson the VP of the National Sheriffs Association, Carrollton Chief of Police Rex Redden, Director of the Texas Border Sheriffs Association Don Reay, Senate Candidate and past Top Texas Game Warden Peter Flores, Kirk Launius the GOP candidate for Dallas County Sheriff, Howe Chief of Police and License To Carry instructor Carl Hudman, and former Texas Highway Patrol/Texas Ranger Lee Young and Sheriff David Byrne to help sort out what rules have been approved and practiced by their various departments.
  Of course I might add that when Game Wardens and Texas Rangers make a stop, it is rarely for a traffic or vehicle violation.
  I did a lot of listening as they guided me through not only the regulations but also the reasoning behind the suggested actions for the officer and the driver. With their help I have compiled a 2016 Drivers Traffic Stop Protocol that should be an aid to the well being of the driver and officer alike.
Ranger Lee Young simply added common sense=less problems. Peter Flores and Don Reay each said in their own West Texas styles, It really boils down to common sense and courtesy. To which I respond, “Common sense seems to be a missing ingredient to a lot of people. Especially when they are being pulled over!”

  Since I took my license exam in the 70’s, I wasn’t really sure what the rules are on a Texas Driver’s License Exam. So let’s start there! 

Texas Driver Handbook 2014 revised pg. 66

If you are stopped by law enforcement it is suggested that you:
1.Move the vehicle safely to the right of the road as soon as possible and stop

2. Place the vehicle in a parking position, set the emergency brake, turn the engine off, and activate the hazard warning lights

3. Remain in the car, lower the driver’s window, and wait for the law enforcement officer to give instructions

4. Follow the instructions of the law enforcement officer

5. Require passengers to remain in the car unless other instructions are given by the law enforcement officer

6. Give the appropriate signals and safely return to the proper lane of traffic when released by the law enforcement officer.

What if you are carrying a weapon? Every LTC instructor in Texas is required to impart this to their students during their class.
A.      Have your driver license and LTC immediately accessible.
B.      Do not make quick movements especially when the officer is present or approaching.
C.      Have your hands on top of the steering wheel as much as possible.
D.     If at night, turn dome light on and roll down windows if tinted.
E.      Open window(s) for communication

    
    
            Drivers Traffic Stop Protocol:  
          by Lone Star Reporter
  
 The first thing is to realize that one of the most unpredictable duties of an officer is the common traffic stop! 
 
  1. Turn on hazard warning light to acknowledge to the officer that you are aware of them and intend to comply
  • Park with ample safe space between the road and your vehicle 
  • It is permissible to drive far enough to have room to safely avoid traffic. 
  • It is permissible to drive to a well-lit location 
  • It is permissible to take a safer side street to avoid heavy traffic.
  1. Place vehicle in park, set emergency brake
  2. Turn off engine if practical based on weather condition (heat and air)
  3. Turn on dome light if the conditions are dark
  4. Make no sudden moves
  5. Roll down driver’s window. All windows if they are dark tinted!
  6. Remain in the vehicle and instruct passenger to do the same
  7. Place your hands on the steering wheel and keep them there until instructed otherwise
  8. Be Polite and wait for officer to give further instructions
  9. If you are carrying a weapon, announce it to the officer and tell them where it is located, do not point or reach for the weapon
  10. Tell the officer where permits, license, insurance, and registration are located
  11. Do not reach for anything until you have been granted permission
  12. When released give the appropriate signals and safely return to the proper lane
  13. DRIVE SAFE, Don’t litter, and wave at people you pass. You are in TEXAS!  jb
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Former Dallas Police Officer Kirk Launius, the 2016 GOP candidate for Dallas County Sheriff, gave an insight that civilians don't consider.
"One of the most dangerous situations on a daily basis a peace officer faces is a traffic stop. You literally don't know what to expect. The dark tinted windows are especially concerning. Officers have been shot through the windows conducting a stop."

It is prudent to know the training basis for law enforcement training. On a national basis the common curriculum is known as
The 7 Step Violator Contact  Rules of Engagement.

Monday

"HONOR THE FLAG!"


Dad taught me well!
  As a teen, I gained possession of a 48 star American flag that was as big as a wall in my bedroom. I proudly put it up, saluted it and said the pledge every day for my dads sake. It stayed there until.....

   My father, Master Chief Charles Abraham Blocker was a 30 year Navy man and lay minister. He finished his career as the highest ranking enlisted man. At age 17 he lied about his age in order to join his older brother Uncle Jimmy in 1942 and made the Navy his career.
   I was always fascinated and proud of his chest of medals including the Navy Cross.  After those 30 years of traveling the Seven Seas, WWII, Korea, and many other assignments he came home straight from Vietnam. I was 15 and spent the entire day in the front yard in order to be the first to welcome him home.
  When he saw the flag covering my wall, he immediately stopped in his tracks. Without harsh words but rather with solemnity, he took it down with care. He carried this 12 foot flag reverently to the living room where we respectfully folded it. He then had mom find a clear wrapping for it and placed it on my dresser.
  Looking back, I am sure that the 48 star flag meant much more to him than I will ever know. He had defended and saluted that flag during his prime.
  I guess the fact that it was an out dated flag made me feel it was OK to make it a wall dressing. I was proud to own it and to look at it.
  The lesson stuck with me. 

Tuesday

Gazpacho! You are welcome!



Gazpacho w/Shrimp
By J.B. Blocker
   I have been craving fresh veggies. Guess my constant pushups when I want a cigarette has something to do with it. When my eat healthy gene or sensibility kicks in I have a tendency to go on auto-pilot when I grocery shop around the produce section.  
  This happened to me recently. There I was, looking at my cart filled with asparagus, avocados, cucumbers, various peppers, celery, romaine, red onions, and tomatoes without realizing I had spent nearly an hour in the fresh produce section. The problem is, I only really went to pick up beer, eggs, milk, and butter.
  Back at home, I am looking at my sink filled with veggies and I am thinking of what I am going to do with them.
  That’s when the spirit of my recently passed chef mentor, the great French Master Chef Jean La Font spoke to me.
  “Gazpacho”, he whispered!

Thursday

Chef Ewald Scholz: Meeting a Legend




Meeting a Legend 
 by J.B. Blocker
  Ewald Scholz has brought elegance to the madness of perfection. Ask anyone. Perfectionist is always mentioned. 

  He is energized and driven by the soul of hospitality. The great chef is 'Front of House', 'Back of House', and all points in between. He proved to be a mentor and guide from a young age. No detail escaped him. He lived his historic culinary carrier with a whip and a rose. I have seen it in the many ways. 
  He has traveled the world of cuisine like Marco Polo and then presented what he has learned with thoughtful elegance. He has influenced thousands and charmed thousands more.
 
  I was visiting chef a few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon. Chef and I were standing on his back patio when the doorbell rings. His story is so big that an inadvertent team has formed. Dotty Griffith and Gay Prewitt have joined Pete and myself to revel in the names and places that have been woven into his tapestry.
 Chef Pete Nolasco and his video recorder have arrived. Without hesitation he virtually sprints across his living room, kitchen, and foyer to get to the front. He doesn’t want the guest at his front door to have to wait to be greeted.
  “This man is ’83, undergoing chemo, and he has been waiting on my every thought since I had parked.”  50 yards away, he had walked to me in a hurry to open the gate for me.  He minds our seating and comfort. He allows me to make coffee but still provides iced water and searches for other possible needs.
  Much later, Chef Pete attempts to clear the table after a snack of perfectly chopped onions, thinly sliced salmon, a serving of mixed crackers and cheeses and a very nice wine. He curses, “Damn it! Leave that alone!” I mentioned this to one of his longtime friends a few days later who’s response is, “That probably offended him! He is the consummate host don’t you know!” 

  We had met a few other times but having only lived in Dallas for the past 24 years, I wasn’t part of his glory days. Actually, I was. I didn’t realize it until only recently.

  My 1st fine dining experience wasn’t until 1986 at the restaurant at the Stoneleigh. It was Ewald’s!



Dining at Ewald's

  One of my best friends (crazy wealthy) was celebrating his SMU Doctorate and flew me in from Amarillo. The special diner was being prepared by a famous chef and Richard had a room for me at the Stoneleigh. (my 1st stay in a motel with elevators)
  The tables were set for a movie scene. All the glasses, utensils, choreographed like a piece of art.
 

Friday

The Andrew Principle John 1:40-43



The Andrew Principle
Campaigning 101
jb blocker

  You don’t hear much about Andrew the apostle. We know he was one of the first to be chosen with James and John. Later in the Bible, he brings the boy with the fish and loaves that feeds thousands. He is also at the resurrection. But he is also mentioned for one other thing that has resonated throughout the ages. He took his brother Simon to meet Jesus! Simon became Peter!

John 1: 40  One of the two who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas" (which is translated Peter).

  Now that’s some really good recruiting! That’s like finding Babe Ruth and introducing him to baseball.
  I call it ‘The Andrew Principle’. Remember to acknowledge everyone you can. Look for the wall flowers. Make contact. Write down names, exchange contact information. and give each person the courtesy of being important.
  I feel bad if I realize there was someone I didn’t get to from the valet, to the servers, to the guest.
  You never know if the exchange might not lift someone. You never know how that person might matter to you sooner or later. Or how you might matter to them more that you will ever know.  And remember, everyone can use another friend.

Wednesday

LIZ BROWN @ BONNIE RUTH'S

Come and get your love!
jb blocker at the NDT and Lebanon in Frisco

League of Extra Ordinary Reviews
  I am sitting on the bench at the entry to  Bonnie Ruth’s on the sun side waiting for a friend. It’s Sunday morning and the brunch crowd has filled almost every one of the seating areas. ­­I want to sit in the garden so I tell Liz Brown that I will wait out front.

  Do you know Liz? You want to! Liz Bivona Ianace comes from the New York tradition of Vinny’s, and Anthony’s, and Joey’s. Now that’s Italian. Her bakery features a Euro Comfort flair and flavor.
  Her grandparents on both sides owned bakeries and restaurants. She was passing out menus and busing as a teenager. Miss Liz found her calling early in life.
  Liz is a hostess! A natural hostess who uses food as the lure! She is a greeter, a hugger, and she lives for smiling happy guests who come back for great food and courteous service. Her restaurant is considered the “Cheers” of Frisco. Where everybody knows your name.
  
  Couples, families, groups are coming in and out smiling in both directions. I tip my hat to the ladies and make sunny comments to young and old alike. It dawns on me! Literally and figuratively. The east facing entry is now bright and welcoming.
  This is a place where everyone goes in Frisco! I am witnessing an incredible rainbow of Frisco humanity. And they have come in colors and cultures with grandchildren, friends from churches, and couples dressed up and down.
  It’s not just that there is something for everyone. You can physically feel the warmth that comes with Sunday Brunch.

Rockwall Sheriff Harold Eavenson 2017's National President of the NSA

Rockwall County Sheriff
Harold Eavenson,
   The seasoned statesman will become the 76th President of NSA in June 2017. With this high honor he becomes the 5th Sheriff from Texas to serve in this position, and the first in almost twenty years. There are 3,088 Sheriffs in the United States.
   Sheriff Eavenson assumes the mantle at a time when the nation needs to better engage and coordinate with the National Sheriffs Association. They serve the heartbeat of our nation. Rockwall County, the State of Texas, and the Nation all gain a respected voice.
  Rockwall County citizens are very fortunate to have such a respected leader as their guardian of law and order.


Sheriff Eavenson is Chairman of the Resolutions Committee  Serves on the Executive Committee 
The Immigration and Border Security Committee
The Audit Committee for NSA. 
He has served as Chairman of the Technology Committee of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas (SAT) for the past five years and also served on the Board of Directors of the SAT.

   Eavenson has been the Sheriff of Rockwall County since January 2001, and has served in the following capacities since being elected:

Tuesday

LISA HENDRICKSON and HB 554


HOW LAWS GET CHANGED
jb blocker

What a Texas Lady!
Lisa Hendrickson's perfect combination of grit and intelligence now protects every other Texas holder of concealed handguns from unintended consequences. Add Lisa's grace and humility and she's a wonderful candidate for Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party. I'm most honored to support her.”
Cathie Adams  President, Texas Eagle Forum

 Joshua is 15 years old. His mother is about to teach a valuable lesson in bravery, leadership, and how the system is supposed to work.
  Over a 6 month period from Feb. 24th to Sept. 1st of 2015 he and his family witnessed the wheels of legislative change up close and very personally. But first he would have to watch as his mother set off alarms and gather the attention of DFW airport’s security.
  Lisa Hendrickson and her son had caught a break. The politically active mother from Denton County was taking her teenager to Washington D.C. to participate in CPAC. The Conservative Political Action Conference for 2015 featured a who’s who of the nation’s GOP leadership. It convened on the 26th for three fully scheduled days.
  They had to really rush to catch an available flight 7 hours earlier. They scrambled to pull everything together and the family of four got to DFW where Jon (dad) and big sister Julianna had dropped them off.
  When the alarms went off at the security check point, it very quickly dawned on Lisa that her purse with a side zippered access held her hand gun!