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Cop Killers
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-07-16 10:45:00

I got my black shirt on
I got my black gloves on
I got my ski mask on
This shits been too long

I got my twelve gauge sawed off
I got my headlights turned off
I'm 'bout to bust some shots off
I'm 'bout to dust some cops off

I'm a cop killer

(from "Cop Killer" by Body Count)


It's been 23 years since Rodney King brought to light the problem of Driving While Black in Los Angeles. The video of the police brutality, followed by the subsequent acquittal of the cops who unleashed their frustration on that poor man unleashed a torrent of anger and frustration by a black community that had been dealing with institutionalized bigotry for decades.

The song "Cop Killer" came out the following year. In the 2 decades since of discussion and innumerable cellphone videos that show police still have a problem with maintaining an appropriate level of response, we've gotten to a point that seems a little scary. What was once considered marginal, criminal and somewhat theoretical (and 1st Amendment protest) seems to have become a political movement. I am referring, of course, to the Three Percenters.

The name of this movement refers to the historical notion that our country was formed because 3 percent of the colonists were the force that fought the British to secure our emancipation from royal rule. I can't vouch for the historical accuracy of that, but rooting one's actions in the bedrock of our American democracy is a sure-fire way to absolve oneself of any criminal wrongdoing. If it was good for the Founding Fathers, it's certainly good for the self-styled "patriots" who declare themselves emancipated from the very laws that were created via the mechanisms put in place by the Constitution that our Founding Fathers created. If that seems contradictory - it is. One cannot declare themselves a patriot while simultaneously flouting the laws that were created by the Democracy that one ostensibly is trying to protect.

It has often been said that we are a nation of laws, not a nation of men. Certainly that is the ideal, and certainly we often fall short of that ideal, but nonetheless we have a legal infrastructure in place to ensure that we abide by those laws. That is our flawed criminal justice system, with police as the front line sworn to protect and uphold the law. There will always be those who abuse the authority, but the alternative is an anarchy that most of us would rather not contemplate. It may not be the best system, but it's better than anything else out there.

That is why we should all be deeply concerned with the ever-increasing assaults on the force of underpaid soldiers for the citizenry. To be fair - I have had my own run-ins with the law, most of which were my own fault. Every line of work has jerks, assholes, and psychopaths, and when they have a position of authority, it's that much worse. But let's be fair - the bad ones get all the attention. The good ones get killed in the line of duty, a public funeral, and quickly forgotten. The bad ones get the cellphone video replayed ad nauseum on the evening news.

It's a problem, though, when an officer gets killed by someone who wants to be famous for killing a cop. It's a problem when two cops get killed eating lunch by two nut jobs who think they are starting a revolution against the government. It's a problem when cops have to worry about an organized effort to kill them. It's a problem when gangs essentially put a bounty on any cop's head.

Yes, police brutality continues to be a problem. It will not be resolved by declaring Open Season on police any more than more bombing in a foreign country will result in less death, violence, and destruction. We have mechanisms in place to deal with the rotten apples, and it would do well for police to recognize they are doing themselves no favors by protecting the rotten ones that end up spoiling the rest of the bushel.

The Cliven Bundys of this country think they are taking this country back from a federal government that has overstepped its bounds. They think of themselves as patriots, and the cops and sheriffs as enforcers of a fascist regime. The reality is that they are traitors to a government that was elected into power via a democratic process by a majority of voters. They call themselves the Three Percenters, but they are a much smaller percentage than that. They are a tiny minority of selfish violent idiots who think their small corner of the country speaks for the rest of us, and will save our ungrateful asses for us.

They do not. They may as well be burning the flag. Most of us appreciate that the police keep the order and dissuade the Ids of the general public from running amok. Otherwise, we would be sliding into Lord of the Flies territory, and we'd all be Piggy. What role do you suppose the Three Percenters would be playing in that nightmare?

UPDATE: I just came across this story which adds more evidence to this looming problem.

45 comments (Latest Comment: 07/16/2014 21:44:55 by Will in Chicago)
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Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 11:56:14
good morning.

Sobering blog is all I have to say.

Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 12:12:45
OMG. This man is just a stupid dope. HE makes a word salad that is almost palinesque… and then that happened.

Comment by BobR on 07/16/2014 13:12:58
I just added this story to the blog.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/16/2014 13:40:47
Mornin' all..

Well now.. this is a helluva storm!

Comment by wickedpam on 07/16/2014 13:43:50
Morning

Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 13:44:07
SHUT UP JOE You stupid ignaorant man!

Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 13:45:28
OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG. OMG.


Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 13:50:07
That caller just said: Women don't deserve Birth control for medical reasons because they are women. That was the crux of his and ever other assholes who is supporting Hobby Lobby.

Comment by wickedpam on 07/16/2014 13:54:20
Quote by Raine:
That caller just said: Women don't deserve Birth control for medical reasons because they are women. That was the crux of his and ever other assholes who is supporting Hobby Lobby.


Couldn't believe I heard that myself. The ignorance in this country is just astounding.


Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 14:03:56
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
That caller just said: Women don't deserve Birth control for medical reasons because they are women. That was the crux of his and ever other assholes who is supporting Hobby Lobby.


Couldn't believe I heard that myself. The ignorance in this country is just astounding.
And here we have another asshole man caller.


There cannot be this much ignorance, This is a seriously disturbing side of how many man really think about Women in this country.

Comment by BobR on 07/16/2014 14:08:03
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
That caller just said: Women don't deserve Birth control for medical reasons because they are women. That was the crux of his and ever other assholes who is supporting Hobby Lobby.


Couldn't believe I heard that myself. The ignorance in this country is just astounding.
And here we have another asshole man caller.


There cannot be this much ignorance, This is a seriously disturbing side of how many man really think about Women in this country.

I think I am glad I am missing this.

Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 14:13:57
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
That caller just said: Women don't deserve Birth control for medical reasons because they are women. That was the crux of his and ever other assholes who is supporting Hobby Lobby.


Couldn't believe I heard that myself. The ignorance in this country is just astounding.
And here we have another asshole man caller.


There cannot be this much ignorance, This is a seriously disturbing side of how many man really think about Women in this country.

I think I am glad I am missing this.
I;m glad you are in the office today. These RW callers are really off the charts today.




Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 14:16:48
Quote by Raine:
That caller just said: Women don't deserve Birth control for medical reasons because they are women. That was the crux of his and ever other assholes who is supporting Hobby Lobby.



http://shotthefood.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/spockbrow.jpg


Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 14:30:59
We are a nation of Alice Kravitzs.

Comment by wickedpam on 07/16/2014 14:34:46
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
That caller just said: Women don't deserve Birth control for medical reasons because they are women. That was the crux of his and ever other assholes who is supporting Hobby Lobby.


Couldn't believe I heard that myself. The ignorance in this country is just astounding.
And here we have another asshole man caller.


There cannot be this much ignorance, This is a seriously disturbing side of how many man really think about Women in this country.


Oh yes, ignorance of so many things is running rampant. The sad thing is they're proud of it.


Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 14:40:33
In other news:

Sad news from Riverdale.

RIP Archie Andrews, American hero.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/16/2014 15:11:44
Quote by Mondobubba:
In other news:

Sad news from Riverdale.

RIP Archie Andrews, American hero.


It is an ending for one version of the fictional hero, a man who stood with his friends.

Ironically, there is a town called Riverdale in the Chicago South Suburbs. Not idyllic, but not the worst place either.



Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/16/2014 15:17:24
By the way, having read the second story, I was amused by Mike Vanderboegh's reference to Landru.

I fear that there are three percenters and others like them who are not just talking about violence, but plotting it. We may be in for rough days ahead. (Mind you, I think the U.S. military would defeat such extremists, but I do not want another civil war.)

Comment by wickedpam on 07/16/2014 15:48:10
hmm - caller doesn't seem to get that not everyone who comes here wants to be a US Citizen, for whatever reason, they simply want a shot at something better.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/16/2014 15:50:38
As a Chicago area teacher, I should state that this caller is wrong. Spanish speaking students are also being taught in English. They may have several classes in Spanish, it is very hard to teach any subject in a language that a student does not comprehend.

And yes, we did steal the land from the Native Americans and commit genocide with war and such little things as smallpox infected blankets. Love of country should not blind someone to the truth. Rather, by acknowledging the truth, our history, and our flaws, we can become a country that lives up to its full promise -- not the domain of jingoistic fools such as detailed in today's blog.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/16/2014 15:54:30
Quote by wickedpam:
hmm - caller doesn't seem to get that not everyone who comes here wants to be a US Citizen, for whatever reason, they simply want a shot at something better.

That's similar to what I said on FB earlier - these kids coming from Central America aren't even immigrants. They're refugees who left on their own or at their parents' behest so they wouldn't get killed or conscripted. And yeah they could've stayed in Mexico but the situation there is just as tenable, only with a more actionable government.

Comment by BobR on 07/16/2014 15:56:17
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by wickedpam:
hmm - caller doesn't seem to get that not everyone who comes here wants to be a US Citizen, for whatever reason, they simply want a shot at something better.

That's similar to what I said on FB earlier - these kids coming from Central America aren't even immigrants. They're refugees who left on their own or at their parents' behest so they wouldn't get killed or conscripted. And yeah they could've stayed in Mexico but the situation there is just as tenable, only with a more actionable government.

That pretty much nails it in a nutshell.

These assholes yelling "not our kids - not our problem" make me sick

Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 16:00:35
Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 16:10:48
Quote by wickedpam:
hmm - caller doesn't seem to get that not everyone who comes here wants to be a US Citizen, for whatever reason, they simply want a shot at something better.
That caller was really a piece of work. carlos nailed it: it was Xenophobic.

Comment by wickedpam on 07/16/2014 16:19:15
oh geez - Thom is talking about the Comcast story.

*sigh* sad to say that Rep was trained to do that - he was doing what Comcast told him to do and has probably been praised in the past by the company. Now Comcast is throwing the Rep under the bus.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/16/2014 16:19:25


If Clarence Thomas is correct and states can declare their own religion, then perhaps Florida should adopt this faith.


http://www.uncommondescent.com/images/Mammon.jpg


Comment by Scoopster on 07/16/2014 16:33:03
Hey.. I for one welcome our new Wiccan overlords.

(and I'll gladly be a personal whipping boy for Neve Campbell)

Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 16:45:53
Comment by Scoopster on 07/16/2014 16:59:26
Hey is there an audiocon of this yet?



Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 17:23:18
Quote by Scoopster:
Hey is there an audiocon of this yet?





No, but there should be, "Mcnulty, the fuck did I do"




Comment by BobR on 07/16/2014 17:27:27
Quote by Scoopster:
Hey.. I for one welcome our new Wiccan overlords.

(and I'll gladly be a personal whipping boy for Neve Campbell)

I guess I missed this reference...

Comment by livingonli on 07/16/2014 17:31:31
Good day, folks. Listening to all the complaints about Comcast and it's scary to think that there will be more media consolidation if they are allowed to absorb Time Warner's cable systems. Of course, it won't do much more for competition and further consolidate the media business is AT&T trying to buy DirecTV as well.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/16/2014 17:53:43
Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 18:23:22
Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 19:52:07
I have returned from shopping for items for my weekend away with friends.

Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 19:55:53
Jeebus.


Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 20:32:22
Quote by Raine:
Jeebus.



He got to work about 1.

Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 20:57:41
Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 20:59:12
My excitment about finding out about the Tesla Model 3, which is priced starting at 35K, was complety ruined by the glaring gramatical error in the Forbes article.


Tesla’s confirmation of a new Model III demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovation. But, it also highlights the folly of protectionist laws like those in Texas which stifle innovation by prohibiting the sale of Tesla’s.



Really Forbes? using the possesive when you should being using the plural? WTF?

Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 20:59:51
Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 21:15:21
Quote by Mondobubba:
My excitment about finding out about the Tesla Model 3, which is priced starting at 35K, was complety ruined by the glaring gramatical error in the Forbes article.


Tesla’s confirmation of a new Model III demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovation. But, it also highlights the folly of protectionist laws like those in Texas which stifle innovation by prohibiting the sale of Tesla’s.



Really Forbes? using the possesive when you should being using the plural? WTF?



Comment by Mondobubba on 07/16/2014 21:23:18
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
My excitment about finding out about the Tesla Model 3, which is priced starting at 35K, was complety ruined by the glaring gramatical error in the Forbes article.


Tesla’s confirmation of a new Model III demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovation. But, it also highlights the folly of protectionist laws like those in Texas which stifle innovation by prohibiting the sale of Tesla’s.



Really Forbes? using the possesive when you should being using the plural? WTF?




Well played madam, well played.


Comment by Raine on 07/16/2014 21:34:11
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
My excitment about finding out about the Tesla Model 3, which is priced starting at 35K, was complety ruined by the glaring gramatical error in the Forbes article.


Tesla’s confirmation of a new Model III demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovation. But, it also highlights the folly of protectionist laws like those in Texas which stifle innovation by prohibiting the sale of Tesla’s.



Really Forbes? using the possesive when you should being using the plural? WTF?




Well played madam, well played.



Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/16/2014 21:44:55



Big news, indeed. Here is the LA Times story. By the way, the judge was appointed by George W. Bush.