If you read this blog or follow me on twitter or on facebook, then you know that I am generally NO FAN of president Obama … so it may seem a little strange that I’m actually siding with the same person that I consistently call a moron.
The recent Obama Interviews on Youtube have generated a lot of buzz with the mainstream “conservatives” out there. Of course, most of these “conservatives” are really Republicans using conservative as a buzz-word to broaden their base. In truth, mainstream Republicans and “conservatives” are NOT for smaller government. Sure – they may claim they are for smaller government, but they also support such massive intrusions on our liberties such as The Patriot Act.
con·serv·a·tive /kənˈsərvətiv/: a person who is averse to increases in governmental power, influence, and regulation. This includes especially the federal level, but also the state and local levels.
But I digress – let’s get back to Obama and Youtube.
He certainly is NOT a king.
Conservatives and Republicans have consistently beat the drum that “Obama is not a King!!” Well, then you idiots need to remember your own drumbeat. He certainly is NOT a king. Conducting Youtube interviews with videobloggers is fine. As a matter of fact I respect that.
Conducting Youtube interviews with videobloggers is fine.
Does that mean I agree with the interviews? No. Does that mean I liked all the questions? No. Am I agreeing with Obama? Hell no.
Oh – but they are not “real reporters”. They don’t “fact check” anything. /sigh
Do I need to remind anyone of how effectively silly those arguments are? Sorry – but while “mainstream” journalists may be “educated” and may be “trained”, that certainly does not mean they are flawless and unbiased. Need I mention Dan Rather and the Killian Documents? Ok – what about Fox’s recent stupid comment about No-Go Zones in Paris?
My point is simple. The internet has already drastically changed the way we both distribute and receive information. It is the “great equalizer”. Obama is NOT a king and the POTUS absolutely should spend time “with the commoners.” Get off your hypocritical high-horses Republicans – this is another example of why I only vote Republican because it is the lesser of 2 evils.
Give me common interviews and information all day long. I’m fine with the unfiltered.
Of course the Eric Garner situation has done nothing but add fuel to the racial embers burning in the black communities. While the vast majority of “white America” has been over the racial divide for last 10-20 years, the race hustlers continue to stir the pot. After all – it’s how they make their living.
Naturally, the debate rages on social media, so I figured I’d share one of my recent conversations. Calvin Lester decided to share Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) ridiculous “I can’t breathe” speech from the House floor.
As a reminder, Rep Hank Johnson has already provided us with a wealth of comedy – he thinks Guam (the island territory) might actually tip over. Even The Young Turks can’t defend that one..
@Jarvis – maybe you misunderstand. “We” don’t have guns because of a mistrust of the police at the all. “We” actually trust the police to do their job – which is NOT protecting “us”. That would require some sort of pre-crime analysis which isn’t possible with current technology. Protection also isn’t feasible since it would require 24/7 supervision for all of us. There simply aren’t enough cops.
The job of the police is law enforcement, hence their title as law enforcement officers. That enforcement happens AFTER the fact 95% of the time. Of course, that means a crime has to first happen before they can show up with the lights and guns and yellow tape.
“We” have guns (and other means) of protection because we believe that ultimately “we” are responsible for both our own actions and our safety.
In the case of Garner, I do agree with you that the actions by the cops were ridiculous. Whether they were on orders to increase the pressure on the local riff-raff doesn’t matter. Arrest for selling illegal cigarettes? Really?
In my opinion that should be a ticket and court appearance. If the local businesses complained (apparently) then give him the opportunity to vacate the area or face arrest.
I also don’t care if he had a record or not. This was an overstep of the local government – not of the police.
On the other hand, verbally resisting and complaining is not the same as physically resisting. Once he physically resisted, the outcome was never going to be in his favor. More cops will simply show up. Did he “fight” the cops? Not exactly – but as any parent knows, trying to drag or control or contain a child throwing a tantrum where you are fighting dead weight is difficult enough. Now imagine a 350lb man.
Ultimately, the cop(s) did NOT kill Garner. He killed himself by his actions that were precipitated by local overreach.
“…public has never accepted marijuana as a part of our culture,” Fleming argued.
I don’t smoke pot. I never have and never will.
However, Fleming is just wrong on this point. Maybe he should look back at the history of the “war on drugs” in our country. Regulations on cannabis began during the 1600’s in this country. It was until the 1900’s that the federal government really turned their attention to Cannabis by regulating it through taxation.
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics waged a campaign against Cannabis and Hemp, although hemp certainly is not used as a drug. As a matter of fact, the hemp industry was strong in this country until the 1940s. However, Harry J. Anslinger was appointed as basically the first Drug Czar. He definitely had issues with marijuana.
Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind. — “The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana” (1994) by Jack Herer, Jeanie Cabarga, and Jeanie Herer, p. 29
What has happened over the past century is a MASSIVE expansion of federal power under the war on drugs. Local police have transformed themselves into miniature military forces under the guise of keeping us safe. In reality our rights continue to be trampled upon as common citizens are brainwashed into the thinking only the government can save us from ourselves.
The ever-increasing incarceration rates for non-violent pot smokers is a drain on our economy and our society as a whole. Pundits like Bill O’Reilly like to link pot use to much more violent crimes. Sure, there are plenty of cases where violent offenders smoke pot. There are also plenty of cases where alcohol is abused by violent offenders too. Where do you draw the line when that line ends up expanding federal power while severely restricting our rights?
In closing, I really don’t care whether someone smokes pot or not.
I do care when one of our politicians doesn’t have his facts straight.
This one is tough. The cops definitely tried to talk, command, and warn him. Mentally ill or not, he had a knife and did charge the officers. Yes – he tripped on the tub BUT he had already committed at that point. Could the cop have made a different decision? Sure – but it was a split second thing. The guy could have stood back up and continued forward possibly stabbing someone.
Could they have waited it out? Sure, but in that scenario the guy may have continued slashing himself. Then the family would be suing over inaction. As it stands right now, they have enlisted the services of Quanell X, of Black Panther fame. That adds a little bit of a suspicious element to the camera placement in the home. Do I blame the family for recording the police? Of course not – but why was the camera pointing at the bathroom?
The 11 shots certainly aren’t the issue. Once you decide to use deadly force against a threat – you continue to use force until the threat is eliminated.
The mental health issues are NOT the responsibility of the officers. That is on the family for not intervening before it got to this point.
Personally, I think there were opportunities for the officers to have eliminated the knife threat before the shooting, but in the end I actually side with the cops on this one. Don’t get into a deadly fight because you might end up … well dead.