Fergusonian Follies

Posted in Humor, Politics, Society on August 21st, 2014

In truth, watching and reading about the still-ongoing with no end in sight racial protests, rioting, looting, and general (un)civil unrest in Ferguson, MO is a lot like watching some Dystopian reprise of the Ziegfeld Follies. It certainly has all the pageant and all the lack of meaning or plot that the Follies always had.

Ferguson Protest
The Shit Show That Is The Ferguson “Protests”

The Fergusonian Follies certainly have a dark, gritty reboot of the variety acts that were central to the extravaganzas were conceived and mounted by Florenz Ziegfeld. Nowhere will you find a better a darkside minstrel show than in Al Sharpton’s and Jesse Jackson performances…and they don’t even need blackface. :lol:

And that’s just the players – or is it “Playa’s” – at the local level. You can’t and should forget the guest star, Eric Holder aka Raceman and his backup cast of “Peacekeepers” who’ve been dispatch by Obama to Missouri to ensure that Darren Wilson is indicted, tried, and convicted on some set of charges or another and that similar reprisals are levied against the state and local police forces who’ve been trying to contain the damage from the protracted race riot.

Eric Holder aka Raceman
Nana Nana Nana Nana Nana Nana Nana Raceman!

You can almost hear Holder chuckling and saying, “Everyone expects the Kenyan Inquisition.”

But hey! It’s sort of interesting that reality TV has grown to point that it can produce such grandiose, Ziegfeldian production numbers. ;-)

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Watch and Learn

Posted in Politics, Society on August 20th, 2014

One of the tropes that has come out of the shit show that is Ferguson, MO is the call for all police to have to wear cameras on the persons that record all their interactions with people. This is a far less than stellar idea, especially if those video records are accessible by the public or, worse, the agenda-driven MSM.

Simple put, don’t necessarily believe your possibly lying eyes – as you might be able to see after watching the video presented below.

Police Brutality or Legal Use of Deadly Force?

For most observers it’s blatantly obvious. The police officer ordered the suspect to put the weapon down, and then shoots him as he is complying with the officers command. That’s police brutality in a general sense and an “execution style” murder in the more specific.

Such would certainly be what the average, untrained, inexperienced on the streets observer would see. It’s certainly what so many of the anti-police crowd and the ethnoguiltists would expect to see. It’s also what the MSM would definitely portray, especially since it involved a White officer and a Black perp.

And yet, this is wrong. If that’s what your eyes saw, they were lying to you, either due to a combination of lack of training and experience and perspective or due to observer-expectancy effect.

In actuality, the perp had a pistol in the back of his waistband and was reaching for it in order to shoot the police officer as he was lowering his rifle to the ground. The second officer, who had circled the building and came up behind the perp, saw it, called, “Gun!” and the first officer put the perp down with three rounds to center of mass.

No single GoPro camera footage is going to show the whole of the facts of the encounter. Nor is likely that bystander’s camera phone footage would either. Hence, demanding or endorsing the use of such devices or such behavior as the recent trend in people thinking it’s right to film the police in the normal course of their often unpleasant and dangerous duties a particularly good thing overall.

Remember this lesson whenever you’re shown a video of a police officer supposedly behaving badly or with excess force and/or aggression.

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It Has A Familiar Look

Posted in Politics on January 4th, 2014

A photo by George Roelofson of WTHN showing a long line of Connecticut residents waiting to register their guns and ammunition to avoid the state from declaring their legally purchased property illegal contraband has gone viral and is rightly sending chills down the backs of some gun owners.

CT Gun & Ammo Registration Line
It Has A Familiar Look

The unhappy shades of Weimar Germany seems to be haunting Connecticut, warning any and all who can remember that sad period in history of just what such registrations can lead to. Given America’s current economic straits, which also bear some resemblance to the Weimar Republic, and the current Regime’s vilification of certain propertied classes and groups, such warnings may well be such as to be heeded by the wise.

Yep, We’ve Seen Queues Like That Before

History has already given us a stark lesson in how one sort of government mandated queue can easily lead another, worse sort. First it’s the registration and restriction of citizens’ firearms; later it’s possibly the registration of “undesirable” citizens.

Police Beating
The Consequence Of Unchecked Authority

Even if one chooses to deny that “it could happen in America,” it’s very hard to deny that a disarmed and cowed citizenry consolidates power in the form of force in the hands of the State and its enforcers. We certainly don’t need to run afoul of Godwin to warn of where that can lead. US and world history as well as both domestic and international news and currents events should be enough to make it clear that the police, when left unchecked, are as dangerous to society as the criminals they are meant to deal with.

So yes! There’s plenty of reason for Roelofson’s photo to both “go viral” and to strike a chord of fear and worry in the hearts and minds of freedom-loving Americans.

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