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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

I’ve passed comment before, more than once, on the ambivalence we all feel towards the police and other law enforcement agencies.

We know we need them; we appreciate what a tough job they have; we want to support them and encourage them; but … it’s not always easy to do so whole-heartedly.

This is a zone where the personal collides with the political. In today’s America, for example, police are stood down when anarchist mobs burn and loot, beat and kill—because the political authorities are on the side of the mobs.

The most thoroughly politicized law-enforcement agency in the U.S., and the hardest one for normal citizens to support or respect, is the FBI.

It’s now beyond doubt that FBI carried out illegal surveillance on the 2016 Trump campaign and then on the Trump administration itself, all in support of the Russia-collusion hoax [Gregg Jarrett: In Russia hoax probe, fired FBI Deputy Director McCabe gives ludicrous defense of misconduct, Fox News, November 10, 2020].

The FBI has behaved just as lawlessly towards ordinary citizens. Read Miranda Devine’s account of the way they have dealt with Joseph Bolanos [ FBI tears innocent New Yorker’s life into shreds after Jan. 6: Devine, New York Post, June 23, 2021].

Mr. Bolanos lives in New York City. He’s a mild-mannered senior citizen, 69 years old and unmarried, and cares for his 94-year-old mother.

He went to Washington, DC on January 6th to listen to Trump’s speech. He never got involved with the protests, was nowhere near any kind of disturbance, and can prove it—he was filming himself pretty continuously. He never breached the barricades or entered the Capitol.

Back in his mother’s apartment in New York in mid-February, Mr. Bolanos was woken by federal agents breaking down the door. The apartment was trashed, his property was seized, he was cuffed and interrogated for four hours. He was so distressed he suffered a stroke. Today, four months later, he still hasn’t been charged and his property still hasn’t been returned to him.

So Mr. Bolanos had gone to Washington, DC to hear the president speak. Not much impressed with the speech, he’d left early and walked back to his hotel. Later he’d walked back to the Capitol, taken some pictures, then returned again to his hotel. For this, he is an Enemy of the People.

Apparently a neighbor had overheard him talking—the neighbor said “boasting”—about being at the Capitol. She had called the FBI hotline. Mr. Bolanos lives in New York City, remember: the beating heart of crazy gentry Leftism.

As Miranda Devine says, it’s like something you’d read about Communist China.

And it’s not just federal law enforcement that the regime has weaponized against dissent. The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia four years ago was deliberately wrecked, probably on orders from the Governor, by having the Charlottesville police stand down so that a lawfully-permitted protest could be attacked by Antifa.

Or you could ask my VDARE.com colleague Michelle Malkin about the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day she helped organize in Denver, Colorado last July.

Note the name of that event: Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. It was a Back the Blue rally. Like Unite the Right in Charlottesville, it was lawfully permitted. Also like Unite the Right, it was broken up by a BLM and Antifa mob—while police mostly stood by.

In fairness I should note that Michelle tells us

On Tuesday morning, a Denver police union official called me to apologize for the department’s failure to protect those of us who tried to speak on their behalf. The “backlash” for defending our constitutional rights was too high a price to pay, he told me. Sorry.

And in double fairness, I note that one police lieutenant refused to follow the stand-down order. He kept his officers on station, although they don’t seem to have done much to hold back the mob [Denver police union head: ‘Stand-down’ order was in effect when pro-cop rally attacked, by Bradford Betz, Fox News, July 22, 2020].

But if you still want to Back the Blue without reservations, check out what happened Tuesday this week, June 22, in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Yes, things are getting pretty rancorous in Loudoun County. I gave you a report just two weeks ago. A parent in the county, a lady who had grown up in Communist China, told the School Board that the Critical Race Theory they want on their schools’ curriculum seemed perfectly familiar to her:

“The communist regime used the same Critical Theory to divide people. The only difference is, they used class instead of race.”

The newsworthy event this week from Loudon County concerns a meeting of that same school board.

It wasn’t Critical Race Theory this time. The school board has put some draft proposals out for discussion concerning so-called transgender students—children who are confused about their sex.

These proposals would, in the words of The Washington Post (which of course is entirely sympathetic to them)

…require teachers to address transgender students by their names and pronouns and grant transgender students access to facilities and activities that match their gender identity.

Residents left fuming, fearful after contentious Loudoun County school board meeting, by Joe Heim , Hannah Natanson and Tom Jackman, June 23, 2021

In short, male students should be allowed to play on girls’ sport teams and use girls’ restrooms, and teachers should have to memorize, for each of their dozens of students, whether a student wants to be addressed as he, she, it, they, ze, xe, per, ve, thon, spivak, popocatépetl, or honorificabilitudinitatibus.

ORDER IT NOW

This being Loudoun County, just thirty miles from the heart of federal power in Washington D.C., we shouldn’t be surprised that many parents spoke up in support of this lunacy. One of them thanked the school board for “having the courage to continue the righteous pursuit of equity and justice so that all students can thrive.”

The courage! The courage to march in lockstep with all the power centers of society: the media, the big corporations, the schools and colleges, the book publishers and TV talking heads, the banks and the churches! The courage, when the Ruling Class says “Jump!” to squeal back, “How high?”

Such courage! If we’d had the Loudoun County School Board in those landing-craft on D-Day, why, World War Two would have been over in a week.

It’s heartening to see, though, that even this close to the very center of Regime power, dissent is strong and unafraid. More than 250 people had signed up to submit spoken comments, maximum speaking time one minute each, and most of them were mad as hell.

A little over an hour into the public comment period former Virginia state senator Richard Black got the mike and issued some particularly scathing criticism. Sample: “It’s absurd and immoral for teachers to call boys girls and girls boys.” [Teenager defends her 10-year-old trans brother’s rights in passionate speech to angry mob Josh Milton, PinkNews, June 25, 2021]

That got cheers and applause from the room; and that was too much for the School Board. The Schools Superintendent, Scott A. Ziegler, Ed.D. [Tweet him/Email him], declared the event an unlawful assembly and directed people to leave. Several people refused; sheriff’s deputies—and the sheriff himself, apparently—moved in; and there were arrests.

This episode doesn’t reflect as badly on law enforcement as the other stories I’ve been telling. The meeting having been declared closed, that sheriff and his deputies apparently thought their duty was to clear the building and arrest as trespassers any who resisted.

On a strict point of law, they may have been right. And the final butcher’s bill wasn’t too bad: One guy got a summons for trespassing, another was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Still, video of the event—there are plenty on YouTube—plainly shows a lot of ordinary people, a high proportion young mothers, arguing for their right to speak out against the people running their public schools.

Ordinary people, normal people: not freaks and misfits dressed all in black, with hoods and covered faces. No neck tattoos, no nose rings or lip studs, no Molotov cocktails or eye-burning lasers. They didn’t look at all like they were setting out to loot the local Target store or burn down a police precinct.

Why couldn’t they have been left to depart from the building in their own good time? These were normal citizens concerned for their children. These weren’t Antifa or Black Lives Matter lunatics.

Of course, if they had been, the sheriff and his deputies would have headed to the donut shop.

Now let’s take a look from the point of view of law enforcement officers.

Two stories from the New York Post on successive days, June 20th and June 21st. And I should say, if you want to read the stories for yourself, I’m using the Post’s online version here. They sometimes have stories online that aren’t in the print newspaper, and the dates sometimes differ by a day.

Hundreds of alleged looters and rioters busted last year in protests over George Floyd’s murder by police have had their charges dropped, according to NYPD data—figures ripped as “disgusting” by a local business owner.

Although the rioting in New York City didn’t get much publicity nationwide, it was pretty damn nasty. As I reported at the time, they even looted Macy’s in Herald Square.

It wasn’t just Manhattan, either. In the Bronx there were bonfires in the street, I guess so that the looters had light to work by[ Bronx Streets Turn Chaotic As Looters Run Wild: ‘Fordham Is On Fire’ , by Lee Brown, New York Post, June 2, 2020].

The New York Post tells us that most of the people arrested have had their cases dismissed. A few—fewer than one in six—have been convicted on lesser counts like trespassing, which carries no jail time, while some smaller number have cases still open.

The District Attorneys’ offices blame the pandemic, which they say has stuck them with a huge backlog because the courts have been closed.

The small business owners who were the main victims here are mad as hell.

And so are city cops, who did after all make those arrests the DAs have dismissed. Quote from one, actually an ex-cop:

“If they are so overworked that they can’t handle the mission that they’re hired for, then maybe they should find another line of work.”

So even when cops buck the politicians and do their jobs as they should, they get shafted by Lefty-Progressive District Attorneys and prosecutors.

You can see the appeal of the donut shop.

It’s actually worse than that for street cops. Here’s the New York Post story from the following day, June 21st:

The Civilian Complaint Review Board has recommended discipline against 39 officers, including police brass, over their response in last year’s George Floyd protests, according to a new report released Monday.

Goodness, there must have been some serious abuses of authority there by cops. What did they actually do?

This New York Post story doesn’t supply many details, but we do learn that Officer Enrico Lauretta had a pair of complaints sustained for “discourtesy and offensive language after flashing a white power sign during a June demonstration.”

If you follow the news, you know that well-nigh any configuration of the hands and fingers is a “white power sign” to somebody somewhere—unless you’re holding your hand straight up with palms out and fingers straight in obvious surrender.

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As for “discourtesy and offensive language”—What’s a cop supposed to say when the mob has set fire to a police vehicle, his colleague just got knocked out by a frozen water bottle, and a crowd of looters are emerging from a jewelry store with armfuls of merchandise?— “Excuse me, gentlemen. May I have a word with you?”

Policing is rough work. Not all of it can be carried out while speaking in the diction of a doorman at the Waldorf Hotel.

Bottom line here on the law-enforcement theme: No thoughtful person can declare himself pro-cop or anti-cop without qualification, except perhaps in the case of the FBI, which looks to be thoroughly corrupted and needs to be pulled down and rebuilt.

State and local cops have a lot to put up with from idiot politicians and DAs bought and paid for by George Soros.

For what needs fixing, especially at the local level, the answer is what it always is: get involved and elect the right people. Make a ruckus, like those Loudoun County parents.

Colonel Max Morton warned us back in April, “There is an authoritarian leviathan coming for traditional America.” [Back the Blue That Backs You, American Greatness, April 17, 2021]

Let’s try to make sure that local law enforcement, at least, is on our side.

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. He has had two books published by VDARE.com com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Regarding the FBI, the evil in that organization goes back way before Trump. I can’t recall if you were in this country yet at the time of the Waco Massacre. That’s the time when I first saw the US Feral Gov’t for what it really is.

    I can still remmber the national news reporter handing the story back over to the anchor – the last thing he said was “They are Survivalists, Dan!” as if that should scare us about those people. OMG! They wanted to be left alone. We can’t have that in the modern US of A. For these newsmen, we were supposed to believe that that was a damn good enough reason for the FBI to shoot, gas, and burn 70-odd men, women and children.

    There have been no apologies.

    • Agree: RoatanBill, Adam Smith
  2. UNIT472 says:

    That Loudon County School Board meeting was a travesty. A school superintendent does not outrank the county Sheriff. That sheriff should have told the Superintendent he doesn’t have the authority to call a scheduled public meeting an ‘unlawful assembly’ just because he doesn’t like the comments the public is making and the Sheriff should have told him just that.

    Bad enough that law enforcement has to deploy scarce LEOs aka ‘school resource officers’ to these educrats schools because the educrats don’t have the guts to discipline the students themselves and having lost control of their own institution demand police do their jobs for them but to then take orders from these clowns is ridiculous. The police do not work for school superintendents or school boards. They enforce the law not the commands of educrats and its time the Sheriff makes that clear to the puffed up little Hitler running Loudon County’s schools.

    • Thanks: Ragno
    • Replies: @Seneca44
  3. No cheers at all for the overpaid, pampered snowflakes who are low enough scum to take employment as law enforcement.

    If I want my dog shot, wife manhandled, children molested, and myself forced to play a lethal game of Simon Says, I will call the cops. Otherwise I will take care of the problem myself.

    At best the cops will show up late. Then stand around with their thumbs up their asses writing a report and looking for a reason to arrest me.

    There are no good cops. They are all lying cowards.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
    , @dindunuffins
  4. ambivalence we all feel towards the police and other law enforcement agencies.

    No ambivalence on my part. Anyone carrying a weapon employed by gov’t is a Judas goat mercenary.

    We know we need them; we appreciate what a tough job they have; we want to support them and encourage them

    I know we don’t need them because they are useless in fighting crime. Their only mission is to enforce all the stupid laws the controllers cook up. What tough job? They’re pampered mercenaries under law. They get to do what is prohibited for the rest of us. I definitely don’t want to support them because they are the tip of the spear in any and every effort to tyrannize us.

    • Agree: PJ London
  5. In the background of all of this is that a Minneapolis police officer just got over two decades in jail for having the bad luck to be called to apprehend an obstreperous black guy, out of his mind on a cocktail of drugs, who passed away from a combination of these drugs and a bad heart, while that officer was using an approved restraint maneuver as they waited for the ambulance, which the supposedly murderous cops had called to save the perps life.

    Yes, the profession attracts some shady types who like to bully people. And? Look at the legal profession. The point is: Who’d want this type of work in a big, Democrat run city, with even small amount of “vibrancy” in it?

    • Agree: Sin City Milla
  6. I can’t give enough praise for UNIT472’s comment above. All the people in the government schools, probably most private ones too, have taught and learned the lesson about not handling your own problems. Yes, the school board called the Sheriff’s deputies, as in “I’m telling!”, something that all are taught now. “Call the authorities. You can’t go just using common sense and handling things calmly among yourselves. Nobody does that.” (Anymore.)

    I could tell you all an incident that I hardly ever thing about anymore when I was zero-toleranced out of a job. I didn’t know what was really going on back then.

  7. One more comment here on the video: I have to retract what I wrote under Mr. Derbyshire’s recent post showing the old face-diapered-up Chinese lady active against this same school district, OK, 1/2-way retract. I am glad to see the American parents standing up a bit. Here’s what I see though.

    All the SJW, now woke, stuff was likely not something they’d risk being called names about until something like this. Instead of it being an esotericc principle violated by universities forcing this and that stupid Cult-Rev stuff on the college students or something in California (“well, you know, it’s California”), this is hitting home. They may have not argued with much of the stupidity their kids were being taught before, but now it’s “hey wait, I ain’t haven’t no 9th-grade boy hanging out in my 7th-grade daughter’s bathroom, just because he says he’s a girl!” “Hey,” – a Dad this time – “how can my 10th-grade daugher ever get a soccer scholarship, if they let the trannies play on the team?!”

    See, there are actual real physical consequences this time. I’m glad to see some men in the videos. As for the women, all those ladies yelling “freedom of speech” at the deputies are only doing that because this is a very specific and urgent cause for them. As Peak Stupidity discussed in this post, women simply don’t stand up for principles. It’s not IN THEM. They may have compasion for other kids at other schools, don’t get me wrong. However, when push comes to shove, if this were some “creepy” guy talking about some currently tabloo subject that they don’t have an immediate interest in, all that “freedom of speech” would go out the freaking window.

    At some point the men have to handle this stuff.

  8. George 1 says:

    The police are statistically the most dangerous people the average person will ever encounter. This is when you are a completely innocent person. You have a much greater chance of being killed by a cop that you do being killed by a gang member or other criminal.

    Normal people should make every effort to stay completely away from and not interact with police.

    • Agree: PJ London
    • Replies: @dindunuffins
  9. Seneca44 says:
    @UNIT472

    There will be some grim satisfaction in the not too distant future as the public school bureaucracy gets to reap the fruits of its quest to remove cops ( aka “resource officers”) from the schools.

  10. SafeNow says:

    Although the order to clear the room was absurd, if the sheriff had refused to follow that wrongful order, scenarios might have developed under which his job and pension might have been jeopardized. On the other hand, if he (wrongfully) cleared the room, there is no scenario under which the attendees could have accomplished this. That was the sheriff’s pension-vs.-doofusses calculation.

    The essay’s headline reads “patriots must get involved,” but an honest and realistic headline would then add “…even though dreadful personal consequences might ensue, to you or your family.” The “too much to lose” problem is now so firmly entrenched that the U.S. has passed a “tipping point”; a point of no return.

    Here on Unz, there are three main types of belief about Derb’s “authoritarian leviathan”: (1) It’s too late; the tipping point has passed; (2) There’s still time; get involved; go to meetings; vote the rascals out; (3) We’ve got the numbers and the guns, if pushed too far, we can take care of this.

    :

    • Agree: PJ London
  11. Anon[381] • Disclaimer says:

    Derb, great recent episode but really? You can’t understand Eric Garlands hatred of ‘fellow’ whites?

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  12. Lussier says:

    The courage! The courage to march in lockstep with all the power centers of society: the media, the big corporations, the schools and colleges, the book publishers and TV talking heads, the banks and the churches! The courage, when the Ruling Class says “Jump!” to squeal back, “How high?”

    Well said. Peoples, once stripped of all cultural foundation, deteriorate rapidly, and become easy prey for any sort of promised belief system that offers them some sort of anchorage to something tangible.

    Couple that with the pox of mankind since the 50’s onward – credential-ization – and you have a perfect storm of societal deterioration at the hands of those who followed an easy path that required nothing but full acceptance of whatever is put before you. Credentialization (‘Fauci-ization’) most often leads not to ‘experts’ in positions of power, but duplicitous idiots running your society. It leads to attorneys run amok, financial scammery, false reporting and information sabotage, to the benefit of the credential-ized flunkys’ ultimate paymaster.

    Instead of selecting for demonstrated competence and accuracy, we have tubby masses of deculturized suburbanites who differ not at all from one coast to the other, whose entire purpose in life is reduced to financial gain, and who are socially promoted by unconditionally accepting doctrine propagated by a professorial class who largely despise the general population but can never be removed due to tenure.

    One really good example is the current UAP / UFO report. The report itself is a joke, which essentially concedes from the first page that many if not most such reports are (Pod) sensor-related, due to the fact that American ‘defense’ manufacturers are overfunded, lobbyist grifter crooks. The report claims that more than half of these sensor issues occur in multiple aircraft / ships, but does not state how many such reports overall are (3rd party Pod) sensor-detected, which is a basic fact that – once revealed – would not bode well for keeping the scam afloat.

    American Blackhawks ‘bought’ for Afghanistan are admittedly markedly inferior to Russian helicopters and cannot be maintained locally, US ‘Stealth’ aircraft that cost more to develop than any aircraft in the history of mankind have unresolveable design defects and must be resprayed with radar-deflecting material every 8 hours of flight time, despite costing trillions to develop and purchase, modern Boeing civilian jets can no longer be designed to safely fly without repeated software revisions.. despite earlier generations that have decades of service with no issues..

    American ‘diversity’ radar cannot remotely meet the specs of latest generation Russian Spoonrest which claims game-changer, passive monitoring ability. Everyone should now realize that US ‘Diversity’ radars are so bad that you cannot safely activate EASA airborne radars in proximity to Precision approach radar and Automatic Carrier Landing System on carriers without all of their systems going haywire – none of this is mentioned in the ‘report’ (which notably goes out of its way to demand ‘more money’ for investigations.)

    At some point, blaming the Police for failing to engage in model behavior within a society under the control of the obese, malevolent, servile, stupid and corrupted is like blaming the postman for a promise that “the check is in the mail”.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/floating-ship-optical-illusion-superior-mirage-cornwall-england/

    At some point, if you are no longer capable of discernment, there is no one else to blame.

    • Replies: @SafeNow
    , @Daniel H
  13. anarchyst says:
    @Chris Mallory

    No One Cares If You Go Home Safe At The End Of Your Shift
    Jan 02, 201812:50AM
    Category: Politics
    Posted by: Michael Z. Williamson

    [MORE]

    Here at the house, I have a couple of decades plus of military experience. I have tools to dig in or out of natural disasters. I have extinguishers and hoses. I have a field trauma kit and bandages. I have weapons both melee and firearm. I know how to use them. I know how to trench, support and revet. I understand the fire triangle and appropriate approaches. I understand breathing, bleeding and shock. I know how to detain, restrain and control. I have done all of these at least occasionally, professionally. I’ve stood on top of a collapsing levee in a flood. I’ve fought a structure fire from inside so we could get everyone out before the fire department showed up, which only took two minutes, but people can die that fast. I’ve had structures collapse while I was working on them. I’ve been in an aircraft that had a “mechanical” on approach and had to be repaired in-flight before landing. I’ve helped control a brush fire. I’ve hauled disabled vehicles out of ditches in sub-zero weather.

    My ex wife has over a decade of service and some of the same training.

    We have trained our young adult children.

    My wife is a rancher who knows her way around a shotgun, livestock, sutures and tools, hurricanes and floods, and works in investigations professionally.

    Our current house guest is another veteran.

    This means if anything happens at the house–and last year we had a lightning strike, a tornado and a flood within 10 days–we’re pretty well prepared.

    Now, we’re probably better off than 95% of the households out there. The level of disaster that necessitates backup varies.

    If we find it necessary to call 911, it means the party is in progress and it’s bad.

    You will probably not be going home safe at the end of your shift.

    And you know what? If it gets to that point, I really don’t give a shit. I don’t give a shit if you get smoked. I don’t give a shit if you fall under a tree. I don’t give a shit if you get shot at.

    Because at that point, I’ve done everything I can with that same circumstance, and run out of resources.

    If my concern was “you going home safe,” then I’d just fucking hunker down and die. Because I wouldn’t want that poor responder to endanger himself.

    Except…that’s what I pay taxes for, and that’s what you signed up for. Just like I signed up to walk into a potential nuke war in Germany and hold off the Soviets, and did walk into the Middle East and prepare to take fire while keeping expensive equipment functioning so our shooters could keep shooting.

    There’s not a single set of orders I got that said my primary job was to “Come home safe.” They said it was to “support the mission” or “complete the objective.” Coming home safe was the ideal outcome, but entirely secondary to “supporting” or “completing.” Nor, once that started, did I get a choice to quit. Once in, all in.

    When that 80 year old lady smells smoke or hears a noise outside her first floor bedroom in the ghetto, she doesn’t care if you go home safe, either. She’s afraid she or the kids next door won’t wake up in the morning.

    If I call, I expect your ass to show up, sober, trained, professional. I expect you to wade in with me or in place of me, and drag a child out of a hole, or out from a burning room, or actually stand up and block bullets from hitting said child, because by the time you get there, I’ll have already done all that. And there will be field dressings, chainsawed trees, buckets and empty brass scattered about.

    I don’t want to hear some drunk and confused guy squirming on the ground playing “Simon Says” terrified you so much you had to blow him away. I don’t want to hear that some random guy 35 yards away who you had no actual information on “may have reached toward his waist band. Or that “the tree might fall any moment” or that “the smoke makes it hard to see.”

    Near as I can tell, I don’t hear the smokejumpers, or the firefighters, or the disaster rescue people say such things.

    But it’s all I ever hear from the cops. If you and your five girlfriends in body armor, with rifles, are that terrified of actually risking your life for the theoretically dangerous job you volunteered for and can quit any time, then please do quit.

    You can get a job doing pest control and go home safe every night.

    Until a bunch of fucking pussies with big tattoos, small dicks, body armor and guns blow you away for minding your own business.

    Because what you’re telling me with that statement is, your only concern is cashing a check. That’s fine. But if that’s your concern, don’t pretend you’re serving the public. If you wanted to help people at risk of life, you would be a firefighter, running into buildings, dragging people out, getting scorched regularly.

    If you’re cool with writing tickets, then there’s jobs where you can do just that.

    If you want to tangle with bad guys and blow them away, fair enough. But understand: That means they get to shoot first to prove their intent, just as happens with the military these days. Our ROE these days are usually “only if fired upon and no civilians are at risk.”

    If your plan is “shoot first, shoot later, shoot some more, then if anyone is still alive try to ask questions,” and bleat, “But I was afeard fer mah lahf!” you’re absolutely no better than the thugs you claim to oppose. All you are is another combatant in a turf war I don’t care about.

    Since I know your primary concern is “being safe,” then I’ll do you the favor of not calling. Cash your welfare check, and try not to shoot me at a “courtesy” sobriety checkpoint for twitching my eye “in a way that suggested range estimation.”

    If you’re one of the vanishingly few cops who isn’t like that, then what the hell are you doing about it? If there’s going to be a lawsuit costing the city millions, isn’t it better that it be a labor suit from the union over the clown you fired, than a wrongful death suit over the poor bastard the clown shot? Both are expensive, but one has a dead victim you enabled. So how much do you actually care about that life?

    How is the training so bad that it’s not clear who is the scene commander who gives the orders?

    How is it that trigger happy bozos who, out of costume, look no different from the gangbangers you claim to oppose, get sent up front to fulfill their wish of hosing someone down because “I was afraid for my life!”?

    Why does the rot exist in your department?

    If you can’t do anything about it, why are you still in that department?

    At some point, collective guilt is a thing.

    You’ve probably not been a good cop for a long time.

    And I still don’t care if you go home safe. I care that everyone you purport to “serve and protect” goes home safe.

    • Thanks: JMcG
    • Replies: @Per/Norway
    , @kba56
  14. And yet Biden just asked for lots more money to hire more police.

    For those of you who thought the Democrats were going to “defund” them.

    Fat chance. And what about Daniel Shaver.

    • Replies: @Rich
  15. @Chris Mallory

    There are no good blacks. They are all lying cowards.

  16. SafeNow says:
    @Lussier

    Great comment on the unraveling. My only quibble is that by stressing examples of deficient big military projects, you stressed a bit less than I would have the decline of ordinary life; the affronts, incompetencies, frustrations, compromises, humiliations, and lack of manners and decency. Maybe on Derb’s leafy street things still work, but they do not here in S. California. (I wonder where this came from.) But thanks for the military-projects examples — I hadn’t known about them, and they are important and worrying.

  17. anarchyst says:
    @Anon

    Garland hates whites because he is a jew. His family name was changed from Garfinkel to Garland.

  18. @anarchyst

    i do not comment enough to be allowed to push the like button, so i must write.

    Your comment gets a standing ovation from me, i could not agree more.

    • Thanks: anarchyst
  19. @SafeNow

    Derb’s “authoritarian leviathan”: (1) It’s too late; the tipping point has passed; (2) There’s still time; get involved; go to meetings; vote the rascals out; (3) We’ve got the numbers and the guns, if pushed too far, we can take care of this.

    Whichever it is, the authoritarian leviathon is definitely coming since democratic process has been all but destroyed by the PC Marxists. Let’s just make sure that the Leviathan is ours n not theirs.

  20. kba56 says:
    @anarchyst

    I had a cop tell me it wasn’t his duty to serve and protect years ago …

    I said it says it on your fucking service vehicle asshole. Not in those words entirely but with full gist.

    • Replies: @anon
  21. anon[308] • Disclaimer says:
    @kba56

    My translation –

    Guy who prominently brags to have spent 2 decades on the Federal payroll (curiously, just long enough to cash in on a lifetime federal pension, by my reckoning..) explains, with needless low-class profanity, how ruggedly independent he is..

    Notably, not a single ‘war’ was actually won during this entire time range, all of which were fought against tribesmen on foot, none of whom are getting paid, and who possessed zero air assets or technology. Precious, if only for the total lack of any self awareness..

    Society is not ‘I’ and ‘me’. Compassion for those around you who do NOT have the ability to provide for their own safety and did not suck down Fed cash for decades to ‘prep’ is the mark of a decent human being, not the ability to spew random profanity and wish ill on others. There are bad cops, but there are a lot more (%-wise) bad civilians. Many of the bad cops are an indication of an already sick society.

    Boogaloo Bois and fellow travelers in Survivalist or White Nationalist circles are no better than ANTIFA, and demonstrate exactly the same anti-social violence and irrationality, that makes them dangerous to others – https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-17/far-right-boogaloo-boys-linked-to-killing-of-california-lawmen-other-violence

    In my experience, these are generally privileged, self-entitled and attention seekers, who usually have one common denominator – they have at one point been enlisted in the military – often in an ancillary capacity – and seem to believe that they are entitled to be exempted from the rules of civilian society, despite the fact that they have zero training or experience in civilian Policing.

    They have a bizarre desire for attention /authority satiated by parading around with rifles, in Suburban environs kitted out like contractors as an ego boost.

    This insanity is in large part confirmation of why the anti-federalists strongly warned against standing armies, which in Europe had led to proliferation of a dangerous, privileged mercenary class that promoted conflict for their own personal gain.

  22. @SafeNow

    I was about to mash [Agree], Safenow, but, regarding the last part, I still lean toward (3) over your (1).

  23. ve…

    “Ve haff vays of making you talk…”

    thon…

    “People really wanted thon to work out; the word was used in crossword puzzles for several decades…”

    I’ve never seen it. Even in cheap puzzles that stooped to using anoa (“Celebes ox”), Ede (“Dutch commune”, i.e., township), and Elon (before Mr Musk came on the scene, “North Carolina university”– and, until recently, the Fighting Christians).

    Thon is the ultimate in “crosswordese”.

    spivak…

    Meet the press!

    popocatépetl…

    “It smokes.” Today, that wouldn’t even go in its native Mexico.

    …while police mostly stood by.

    I can’t believe all the police in all the places this has happened really believe in this policy. They won’t talk on the record, understandably, but dissension must leak out somewhere. Are there compilations of venting out there? Please direct us.

    last year’s George Floyd protests

    Floyd’s face graces murals all around the world. He was also an itinerant porn flick actor. The Bhutanese paint phalli on the siding of their houses. (👁️🚾🐑🥨. Look it up.)

    Anyone have a link to Floyd’s dink?

    Do you see what I’m getting at?

  24. In gratitude for saving the world from EBIL HITLER, Jews undermine the West.

  25. Rich says:
    @obwandiyag

    Not quite. He threw in some cash for localities to spend on policing, if they choose, but only if the repibs go along with his crazy, massive spending increases. It’s called politics.

  26. Daniel H says:
    @Lussier

    Open acknowledgment that our potential adversaries – China and Russia – have superior naval artillery/missle systems to our own. Is say, let’s not make them adversaries. Keep the peace.

    https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-a67d3200fad72488ebb37ce1b46bce5b

  27. Getaclue says:

    Anyone who actually has worked with “Law Enforcement” knows what is up — they will do what they are told for the Pension, often the “testilie” — many are on Roids or otherwise mental, the “work” attracts these types — there is an “us and them” mentality and some are very quick to get violent — everyone needs to know how they are but most are ignorant — like with the FBI they will turn of the Citizens of the USA on a dime for the Bolsheviks in power — anyone who doubts this is living in a dream world:
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mesa-police-shooting-daniel-shaver-seen-crawling-begging-in-disturbing-video/

    Watch this and tell me about “Back the Blue” bs:

    Of course:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42277309

    Feel safe?:
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/police-officer-who-fatally-shot-sobbing-man-temporarily-rehired-apply-n1028981

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