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I asked a techie friend about it elsewhere (facebook) and some said "sequel," some said "ess queue ell," and then people started going at it a little bit. It cracked me up because the damndest things can stir up s~#%.
Like, in school they told me to pronounce "finance" like "shark's fin" instead of "dang but Jo Bob's old lady sure is fine," also I was cautioned about "new kyew lurr...."
So I was just wondering and all.
Freehold DM wrote:
That's sort of a hard one there. I personally don't trust anybody I don't know, and a police officer usually has a gun, so I essentially start at point zero with most folks and go from there.
I'd say that there are a good number of those; I've met some really good people who wear a badge as well.
I think that, all and all, pretty much 60 to 70% of people are just a~+%%s in general.
Fake Healer wrote:
I have to question whether or not that is entirely at the crux of the matter.
From an earlier post, in Wisconsin in 129 years, there was a grand total of ONE unjustified shooting. Either the police there are very well vetted and very very lucky, or the buddy system is firmly in place. In a hypothetical "post racial" world that I hope we actually see one day, this statistic still flies in the face of reality for me. In a world where racist police officers are extreme statistical outliers, which I have no opinion based in readily available evidence one way or the other at the moment, you still have a buddy system that threatens the existence of a good and just law, which is (I'm hoping I can speak for everyone, but every time one does that one runs a risk) what we all ultimately want.
No. I talked to the officer a few years after the incident. He told me to "come over here," to his car, which I did, and then answered some questions for him regarding a certain individual who was habitually truant from school. After the incident the officer in question was extremely reticent to leave his vehicle.
However, the state of the officer in question's continuing existence was completely out of his hands and in the hands of the other gentleman, who decided that cold blooded murder wasn't on the table that day. That's kinda an iffy position to be in.
I have a friend who, in our younger days, could routinely and easily knock people senseless with his fists. One punch, they're staggered and pretty much incapable of fighting back. Some people have this knack, others don't. He was/is pretty strong, but nowhere near the size of the person involved in the unfortunate incident.
The whole Dungeons and Dragons "subdual damage" thing doesn't apply to everybody on earth just because they're not a "monk."
Freehold DM wrote:
I am waiting for the what I consider to be inevitable video of the incident. I think there's at least a 40% chance that somebody got it on video.
Combining that with the maxim "snitches get stitches," though, and feel free to draw your own conclusions.
I want to couch what may seem to look like "beating around the bush" on my part here though......I've done some personal reflection, and I believe that if my actual skin color was black, I would have a criminal record by now, again draw your own conclusions from that i.e. I think that after being questioned/frisked/what-have-you an average of once a month for however many years (I just read that Eric Holder got pulled over and said to himself "WTF! I'm a prosecuting attorney for f's sake") I would at least be to the point where I would see a cop and immediately get pissed off. Adrenaline kicks in. Adrenaline is its own master, and 18 year olds aren't usually wise enough to know how to deal with it in the best way.
So, I think that it might be within the realm of possibility that the officer in question had a legitimate concern for his continued living and breathing, he AND Michael were trapped in a world that they never made, and regardless of whether or not this act was justified, we do have legitimate problems that need addressing.
I am somewhat leery of Eric Holder's ability to be impartial and unbiased, but somebody outside of Missouri's system needs to investigate it (this is based on my previous post regarding the case from Wisconsin and the history there of absolutely ZERO unjustified shootings in the last 125 years), but somebody has to do it, and I'm hoping that Eric Holder impresses me and proves my concern wrong.
"We did our research: In 129 years since police and fire commissions were created in the state of Wisconsin, we could not find a single ruling by a police department, an inquest or a police commission that a shooting was unjustified. There was one shooting we found, in 2005, that was ruled justified by the department and an inquest, but additional evidence provided by citizens caused the DA to charge the officer. The city of Milwaukee settled with a confidentiality agreement and the facts of that sealed. The officer involved committed suicide."
Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
also, regarding a bystander caught on cell phone video....
Supporters of Wilson, however, point to a videotape taken by a Ferguson resident showing Brown's body lying in the street. In the background of the video a man's voice can be heard saying, "Police got out and ran after him. The next thing I know he's coming back towards the officer. The police had his gun drawn on him."
That would conflict with witnesses who said Brown was standing still with his hands raised when Wilson shot him.
Freehold DM wrote:
Indeed, a lot of what Dutta says sounds more like "obey or die" and less "please cooperate".
It's pretty much what I took to heart from reading The Anarchist's Cookbook.
I put both of my hands out of my driver's side door window any time I'm pulled over and await instructions.
My aim is to get to the bottom of the gravity well and cover my head if need be, but I acknowledge that being middle aged, caucasian, and I'm never even inebriated in public or up to anything [edit}any more[edit....damn I was a mess in my youth], so it usually doesn't come to that.
My dad (being the same thing....old white guy out and out and about at midnite with insomnia) had some trouble once, though, because he refused orders to place his saxophone down on the concrete. To my father, "put that thing down" means "stop blowing in it and leave it hanging on your neck," instead of "put this thousands of dollars musical instrument down on the concrete..." so......the cop got kinda dicky with him.
Freehold DM wrote:
Has any evidence surfaced on the cop being injured? Pro-choice sources say he had anything from a black eye to a missing eye to a cracked orbital brim the fight that broke out in or near the car.
Some sources seem to say that the officer suffered an "orbital blowout."
My wife just got a teaching job. This is bountifully true.
She does "decide what," but it is bounded by major structural constraints which can get in the way.
There are so many things wrong with that statement in so many ways that I'm just going to cut my losses and do something more productive with my evening.
Like hit yourself in the head with a bedroom slipper over and over or count the tile on the ceiling again. Or both at the same time.
The problem ain't parents disciplining their kids anymore. It's dumbasses who let their kids run wild like little savages anymore.
We were at the bakery.....this is a sad story. There was a glass display case of desserts, and naturally the kids go up to it. So I tell my kids "keep your hands and faces off of that glass, some poor guy has to clean all that stuff! Think about other people once in a while!"
And the people working there were mystified. They'd never heard anybody tell their kids to not touch the glass.
Sad commentary really. I don't know if it's stupidity, selfishness, or a sad mixture of both.
I'm not the bookburning type, but it's all my s+*+ til you get out of my house and get your own house and get your own crap that you bought with your own money. See, this is because kids, although they think they know everything, don't actually know much of anything, and have to learn before they turn into adults that don't know anything and go around popping off about crap they really don't know about. They don't know what the hell they're doing, I do, and if they are using their crap to do dumb crap then I'm taking control of it, up to and including destruction or liquidation if need be. Plain and simple. This is why, frinstince, my kids can't have a motor bike, even though the dumbass next door bought his son one and he's already broken his leg riding it. I don't let my kids have bee bee guns either, and I don't have firearms in the house, although if I need one for some reason I will go and acquire one. They aren't old enough to make smart choices yet, and so by default I am the custodian of all of their physical property. If my son came home with a bee bee gun next month that he bought with his own money, I would take the bee bee gun away from him. I would not write him an apology letter, and if he called the police they would tell him to listen to his father because he knows what he's doing.
Now, if you bought my kid a tablet, I'd look at you really strange. Frankly I'd wonder if you were a child molester. You also have to understand that if my kid is using the tablet to do stupid crap, or stay up all night and not getting enough sleep because he's playing with his tablet, or god knows what else, then yes; he's not getting his tablet for a while, and.....well.....if you bought it for him, I'm not going to ask your permission in the matter. I guess I'd give you the tablet back: this is why I don't accept expensive gifts from neurotic people who think they've bought me with material objects.
Regarding religion; I don't think anybody knows if there's a god or whatever, and I really don't care what anybody thinks. My kids want to go to Sunday school they can, if they don't want to go I wouldn't force them to. It's not nearly as big a deal as freaked out atheists on the internet would have you believe. My son's a bible thumper and doesn't believe in cavemen even, my daughter's probably an atheist, and my other daughter, god only knows; she'll probably prove or disprove the existence of god once and for all. Next year it'll probably all change.
I figure druids can be liches or vampires, so it's okee dokee.
I'm used to Slaine: The Horned God's Weird Slough Feg
If you capture all the fey in a valley and suck their souls out to give to a demon lord......yeah, that's "lose your powers" time.
Bit O' trivia - apparently, one of the earlier scripts for Aliens had Ripley and Newt come across a cocooned Burke. He tells them he can feel the chest burster moving around inside him, and begs them to help him. Ripley gives him a grenade and walks away.
they also had them a little whippet dog to play the baby alien in the first movie; it didn't look scarry enough though.
Legion Janus wrote:
It's really all just a matter of what's interesting or cogent.
For example, in Indian reckoning of history, there was absolutely no mention or record of Alexander the Great invading them. He failed there, so they really didn't give a s+#& one way or the other to even remember him.
There was this thing I call the "F$#%ing 1,945 Year War" in Europe, and we went over there and put the Kybosh on it in 1945 for the most part.
The Lord Auxmaulous wrote:
Stanislav Petrov, hero of the Cold War and real life savior of the planet.
Way I figure, the more bobo's that end up getting nukes, the closer the chances of something like a flock of seagulls beginning armageddon approach 100%.
There will be no sides, no lines,
Then, we can have The Road, and the starvation, and the redneck cannibals with shotguns.
I also predict that, within 20 years, we will see the first nuclear exchange brought about by a discussion on twitter.
I know what you're trying to do, but it won't work. He doesn't have the gumption to pull it off.
He probably b%#*+$!*ted the numbers, because selling a 3000 mile trip is easier than selling a 12000 mile trip.
Backers are kinda useful, and if they're not hip to Eratosthenes, you oughtta tell them that Cipangu is 3000 miles thatta way instead of 12000 miles......
Or, as Bob told Nadine in Drugstore Cowboy, "Next time you step into the middle of one of my deals to help me with my arithmetic, I'll sell you to the first one-eyed carnival freak I can find for a pack of chewing gum!"
Tom Brevoort calls out the naysayers who think the changes will revert by the time these characters next movies come out...
I will bet him ten times that that Thor won't be played by a woman in Age of Ultron.