To quote the venerable NWA, "fuck tha police." And with that said, here's a giant DISCLAIMER: I do NOT advocate violence against the officers of the law, or anybody for that matter. In fact, I condemn violence in all forms, although recognize it's necessary function in gettin' rid of terrizts and commies. Just because the cops whom I will condemn in this post are seemingly bastards, one must remember that Police officers are a necessary organ in a healthy, free society. As a libertarian, I also support the idea of government managing national defense, law enforcement, infrastructure, and I take moderate positions on many other things. Ok, my disclaimer is out, now for the outrageous outrage.
Our first subject, something that looks like it's straight out of Chappelle's Show, but let me assure you this is real life. I urge you to follow the link, read the short article and watch the video. Choice excerpt for the lazy:
So smoking pot = “child endangerment.” Storming a home with guns, then firing bullets into the family pets as a child looks on = necessary police procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.
Best comment in response found here:
"Do we really want to live in a country where when someone busts into your house at night you're supposed to assume they might be cops?"
The Atlantic's editor Megan McArdle has a great article in response right here. Choice excerpt:
This is our nation's drug enforcement in a nutshell. We started out by banning the things. And people kept taking them. So we made the punishments more draconian. But people kept selling them. So we pushed the markets deep into black market territory, and got the predictable violence . . . and then we upped our game, turning drug squads into quasi-paramilitary raiders. Somewhere along the way, we got so focused on enforcing the law that we lost sight of the purpose of the law, which is to make life in America better.
Now for item two! Video can be found here. The cops involved (both incidents) are a bunch of bullies, and I hope they are brought to justice by the system they made a mockery of. These officers need to be reminded that they're here for OUR protection, that they get paid by us to protect us, and that's the bottom line. I understand the pressures of a job where your life is on the line, but as you can see in these videos, that's certainly not the case.
Nanny President warns against the dangers that PS3 and XboX pose to our democracy! And remember, citizens, always eat your vegetables, do an hour of reading a book for every half hour you spend on the video games, and wait 30 minutes after eating before you go for a swim! I think our President was using the Chewbacca Defense... Ladies and gentleman, it does not make sense! Good luck getting the youth vote again with the anti-iPhone, anti-XboX platform, sir. Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but seriously, I'm not sure what the angle was on that comment. At the very least, it's amusing to poke fun at.
The Must-Read of the day: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is interviewed by British newspaper the Guardian. I'd pull some choice excerpts, but there are too many to choose from. Really good stuff though, with the main idea being, "Why are Muslims so hypersensitive?" A good question, I think.
I saw Iron Man 2 last night and thought it was pretty great, didn't exceed my expectations but it didn't fall short either. Not as fresh as the first one (it's a sequel, duh) but I'd wager to say that it's about as good. Don Cheadle as Rhodey is actually pretty good, and despite my admiration for Terrence Howard, I think Cheadle might have done just as well in the role. Scarlett Johansson was smokin' hot, and RDJ was awesome as always. Some fun little references to other superheroes too. I specifically like the political undertones... basically, go capitalism, suck it congress, and commies are bad! I'd see it in theaters, definitely worth the admission price.
I leave you with the most useful invention since the Snuggie, narrated by Iago from Aladdin.