“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, December 09, 2006

One Tough Philly Cop, Frank L. Rizzo.

This picture is of a young Italian American when he was a motorcycle cop. That was Frank Rizzo, a man who would not be happy if he were alive today. Yesterday, on the net and in Philadelphia there were many tributes to another dead Philadelphia Policeman, Daniel Faulkner. Why after twenty five years are fair minded Americans talking about a dead Philly cop? It is after all twenty five years since Officer Faulkner was gunned down and murdered by the cockroach, Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Mumia is one of the icons of the psychotic left, Hollywood, French Intellectuals and American blacks who sing on the same side of the choir as those that went into joyous delirium when OJ shucked and jived away from "the man's" justice.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was tried and convicted for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and sentenced to death. He is guilty as sin itself. He is not dead yet and in fact has a street named after him in some part of Paris. Such is the state of American justice and the never ending shame of the radical left. Need more and if you can stomach it, try this.

The radical left, arch liberals and most, but not all, Philadelphia blacks have had an acrimonious attitude towards the Philadelphia police department. It is mostly racial but not totally. There is plenty of black animus towards black police officers, but no cop fired them up like the Philadelphia legend, Frank L. Rizzo.

Rizzo was born in 1920 in the Italian-American neighborhood of South Philadelphia. In 1943, like his father before him, he joined the Philadelphia police force and rose to became Commissioner in 1966. Rizzo didn't care much for the sixties. To him it was all about law and order and he had zero tolerance for those who acted otherwise. There may have been days of rage in other American cities, but Rizzo through high visible police presence was determed to repress violence and answered force with more force. Other American cities burned, not Philadelphia. Rizzo deprived the left and anarchists of all their fun.

The man was asymmetric in force and style. Look left at this photo. Check the nightstick from his sharkskin tux. This is Rizzo in 1969, Commissioner Rizzo. While attending a banquet he was informed on an impending riot. Still dressed in his tuxedo, he took charge. No delegating for Rizzo.

Rizzo went on to be mayor. He switched parties from a Democrat to a Republican was elected mayor in 1971 and 1975. No cultural ambiguity or political correctness from Frank. In his second campaign, referring to being tough on crime, he promised "to make Attila the Hun look like a faggot."

He was no angel. Once, after being accused of bribery by Democratic City Chairman Peter Camiel, and being challenged by the Philadelphia Daily News to a lie detector test Rizzo accepted and said, "if this machine says a man lied, he lied."
After the machine showed that Rizzo was deceptive, and he was asked about what he thought of lie detectors, he said, "that machine is full of crap."

Rizzo lived a modest life and was never charged with anything.

Frank Rizzo died 16 July 1991. He is gone and so is a lot else of that era. America has always had flaws and so has her leaders. The cynical cadre on the left side will always make a cause of tearing down America and the tough patriotic men who created and slowly improved her. They will forgive Mumia Abu-Jamal for murdering a cop and forgive nothing from those that oppose them.

The Left has seized the agenda and will set the agenda once again. They know what they are about and their leaders stay true to their cause. The never deviate form staying the course. Conservatives have not done well because of misplaced loyalty to those that call themselves conservative and are not. Given that, which side do you think will win?


  1. Mr Tomato, in Perfect Boston Brahmin English:
    "Where can I git me one of them "Cheesesteaks?"

    PHILADELPHIA — Bistec con queso? Not at Geno's Steaks.
    An English-only ordering policy has thrust one of Philadelphia's best-known cheesesteak joints into the national immigration debate.

    Situated in a South Philadelphia immigrant neighborhood, Geno's -- which together with its chief rival, Pat's King of Steaks, forms the epicenter of an area described as "ground zero for cheesesteaks" -- has posted small signs telling customers, "This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING `SPEAK ENGLISH."'

    "They don't know how lucky they are. All we're asking them to do is learn the English language," said Geno's owner Joseph Vento, 66. "We're out to help these people, but they've got to help themselves, too."

    Vento, whose grandparents struggled to learn English after immigrating from Sicily in the 1920s, said he posted the sign about six months ago amid concerns over immigration reform and the increasing number of customers who could not order in English when they wanted Philly's gooey, greasy specialty -- fried steak, sliced or chopped, in a long roll, with cheese and fried onions.

    Vento, a short, fiery man with a ninth-grade education, arms covered in tattoos and a large diamond ring in his ear, also sells "freedom fries" to protest France's opposition to the Iraq war.
    He rails against Mumia Abu-Jamal, the black man who was convicted of killing police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981 and has become a cause celebre among some death penalty opponents. Memorials to Faulkner are posted at his shop.

  2. That's Rizzo's old neighborhood.

  3. rizzo and his thugs were as bad as any other murderer..

    he should NOT be held up as an example of anything but vice...

    I lived through the rizzo hell.... glad he's dead and gone...

    as for the cockroach cop killer? just a piece of garbage that needs to be flushed

  4. Occupation:
    Were you there for -
    Hot Times in the MOVE Bunker? "It Looks Just Like a War Zone" -- May 27, 1985 -- Page 1
    A police raid in Philadelphia turns to tragedy. ... A blue-and-white Pennsylvania State Police helicopter arced in low over the roof-
    In These Times - The Battle of Philadelphia
    Stefan Presser, legal director of the Philadelphia chapter of the ACLU, announced plans to file a civil rights lawsuit against the city for the police raid...

    The Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police has been actively lobbying for years for Abu-Jamal's death, and for many Philadelphia officers the issue is personal. On the other side, a broad coalition of activists, black and white, has been working for years to keep Abu-Jamal's case in the international spotlight.

    It remains to be seen what impact these rallies, marches and more militant protest actions in Philadelphia will have. The number of demonstrators was considerably smaller than at the earlier protests in Seattle and Washington. The biggest protest this time was the Unity 2000 march, which probably had no more than 10,000 participants (even though rally organizers put the total at under 25,000). Unlike the WTO in Seattle or the World Bank and IMF in Washington, both clear targets of protest, the focus in Philadelphia was not so obvious. Unity 2000 organizers stressed early on that theirs was not an anti-Republican demonstration, but rather was aimed at a broad range of issues, from arms spending and government corruption to environmental protection and workers rights. Thus it was little surprise that not far from a contingent of marchers from the Socialist Workers Party was a group of veterans from the defeated South Vietnamese Army.

    If the protests in Philadelphia showed anything, it was that even with considerable advance planning, aggressive surveillance, overwhelming numbers and the arrest of more than 400 protesters, the police cannot expect to keep traffic flowing in the face of dedicated demonstrators willing to face arrest.

  5. The fire was the culmination of a drama that had long been fraught with danger -- and even the possibility of disaster.

    For more than a year the mostly black middle-class neighborhood residents had been pressing the city to act against Move.

    Founded in 1972 by a former handyman who changed his name from Vincent Leaphart to John Africa and gave his surname to all his followers,

    Move professes to be a back-to-nature movement but has always struck outsiders as an exotic cult enamored of rancid, anarchic practices.
    Membership has probably never exceeded 100. Move has pretended to reject modern technology, but has embraced it readily enough in the form of weapons.

    Move's beliefs have never seemed quite comprehensible, manifested as they are in an unfocused principle that natural processes should not be disturbed.
    Translated, that means anything from eating raw meat to forgoing artificial heat.

    The Move property on Osage Avenue had become notorious for its abundant litter of garbage and human waste and for its scurrying rats and dozens of dogs.

    Bullhorns blared forth obscene tirades and harangues at all times of day and night.

    Move members customarily kept their children out of both clothes and school. They physically assaulted some neighbors and threatened others.

  6. The Osage block association arranged a meeting with Move members on Mother's Day last May.

    "We were trying to give and take, and there wasn't any give and take," recalls Oris ("Buck") Thomas, 42, who lived not far from Move.
    "They said, 'If you do anything to hurt us, we're going to kill you. "
    The cultists said their aim was to win freedom for the nine Move members imprisoned for murder after the slaying of a policeman in a 1978 confrontation.
    Said Thomas:
    "They said they'd been through the courts but . - . . that the only way to get them out of jail was through confrontation."

    Added Donald Graham, 20, who lived down the street from Move:
    "I heard them say if they had to leave, their house wouldn't be the only one to go."

  7. Rizzo was a man's man and a gentleman. He knew when to be tough and when to be gentle. The liberal media has done and is still doing a thorough hatchet job on this man and his legacy. He kept this town afloat in it's darkest hours and never got any thanks, only constant harrassment and ridicule. He was a great guy and understood the "neighborhood system" here in Philly. If you look at Philly today, you can see that a need for a Frank Rizzo exists.

  8. My friend and I were recently talking about technology, and how integrated it has become to our daily lives. Reading this post makes me think back to that discussion we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

    I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside... I just hope that as technology further innovates, the possibility of transferring our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's a fantasy that I dream about every once in a while.

    (Posted on Nintendo DS running [url=]R4[/url] DS FFBrows)

  9. It's interesting to see just how permeant memory has become in our every day lives. It's like everywhere I turn, I see something with a card slot or USB jack, lol. I guess it makes sense though, considering how cheap memory has become as of late...

    Ahhh... I shouldn't be moaning and groaning. I can't get through a day without using my R4 / R4i!

    (Submitted from Nintendo DS running [url=]R4i[/url] NDSBro)

  10. I'm in a love/hate relationship with virtual memory because of how prices are always falling. I hate buying SDs for my R4 / R4i at (what seems to be) a cheap price only to see it become a whole lot cheaper a couple of months later.

    (Posted from Nintendo DS running [url=]R4i DS[/url] 6Post)

  11. There's no doubt, the dude is absolutely right.

  12. Hello. I could not find any contact info for you, so I am writing to you via this post. Please remove the image of Frank Rizzo on the motorcycle. Unless you have written consent to publish it, please remove since this is a copyrighted image. Thank you.