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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Happy Caturday, GN!

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I hope your dental dilemma is on its way to being solved and that your buddy Bob’s home is out of danger.

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While there was much to criticize in Ear Leader’s remarks yesterday, I think the part which pissed me off the most was this bit:

And let me just leave you with — with a final thought, that as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. I doesn’t mean that we’re in a postracial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But you know, when I talk to Malia and Sasha and I listen to their friends and I see them interact, they’re better than we are. They’re better than we were on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.

Bull. Fucking. Shit. What a slap in the face to all of the good people who stood up to quite real threats while Choom Lad was filling his diaper and, later, practicing his “total absorption” technique.

Not to mention that IMHO race relations have deteriorated significantly over the past generation, most particularly during this Presidency. I believe the bulk of the blame for this heart-breaking situation falls squarely on the shoulders of the black community.

They sho’ ’nuff love to invoke MLK’s name, but they are stone deaf to his message.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Good morning-other than that, it’s the same ol same ol.

Judging from the cable news shows this morning, many liberals performed mightily in the sack last night while listening to a looped version of Barack Obama’s words about how a racist murderer was set free.

I’m trying to move beyond pissedoffness and into the land of apathy and laughter over this latest incident of racism and black outrage. Hard, it is, but there you go.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Oh yeah, Helen Thomas is dead. My thoughts and prayers for the many people here who are in mourning.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

1) How could anyone tell?

2) Are we sure she’s not just merely dead? Is she really most sincerely dead?

My thoughts and prayers for the many people here who are in mourning.

Buwahahahahaha!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

Asking the important questions: who will get her seat chair at teh White House?

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

Newest member of the White House Press Corpse.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Here’s a work question: I’m looking at new document management systems at work: anyone have good or bad things to say about SharePoint or any other system that you use or have used in the past?

Jerry Atrick
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8 years ago

Well, they both liked boys!

Jerry Atrick
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8 years ago

I use the same fence to keep out rabbits and foxes.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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*Dusts hands together*

My…that was cathartic. Eye bleach is available behind the bar. 😉

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

My god, it was like hellenthomaspallooza!

Think I’ll head to the range today in celebration of St. Trayvon Day.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

That’s mean…but droll.

Don’t forget teh Skittles and iced tea!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

The NY Times has this to say:

“President Obama did something Friday that he hardly ever does — and no other president could ever have done. He addressed the racial fault lines in the country by laying bare his personal anguish and experience…..”

His anguish includes such traumatic experiences as having women clutch their purses tightly and move away from him in an elevator; being followed in a department store; and people locking their car doors as he walked down a street. It’s hard to overstate the anguish he must have felt. The unfairness of it all-if even true which I kinda doubt.

However, this is the same Obama who took a white girl to his senior prom…..in 1979. And probably banged her in his stolen car, with the doors locked, afterwards.

It just strikes me as a little odd.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

Meanwhile, guys like Tom Sowell and Herman Cain -- who faced slightly more serious prejudice -- are villified by much, if not most, of “the communi-TEE”.

Jerry Atrick
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8 years ago

That’s ’cause they are Oreos and only white people like Oreos.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

I wouldn’t normally start this early, but after Fatwa’s HelenThomaslanche, well, Teh Squeaky Wheel bar is open!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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I’ll have a Helen Thomas, please.

(Which is a Long Island Iced Tea with antifreeze instead of Coke, lots of lemon for extra pucker and the rim of the glass dusted with Warfarin.)

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…having women clutch their purses tightly…

I’m clutching my pearls; hope I can make it to teh fainting couch.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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BrendaK
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8 years ago
Reply to  Machinist

Ew-ew-ew-ew-ew-EW-EW-EWWWWWW!!2!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Here’s yet another story about a seriously screwed-up warrantless raid -- by the U.S. Marshals and Sarasota (FL) cops. Kindly note the folks in the apartment were not the perp these vile pigs were searching for.

[Update: link was bad; fixed @ 14:49 EDT]

Matt Wiggins was the man at the door.

He’s with the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive division.

I asked him what happened. He said they had a tip that a child-rape suspect was at the complex.

That suspect, Kyle Riley, was arrested several hours later in another part of Sarasota.

The tip was never about Goldsberry’s apartment, specifically, Wiggins acknowledged. It was about the complex.

But when the people in Goldsberry’s apartment didn’t open up, that told Wiggins he had probably found the right door. No one at other units had reacted that way, he said.

Maybe none of them had a gun pointed at them through the kitchen window, I suggested. But Wiggins didn’t think that was much excuse for the woman’s behavior. He said he acted with restraint and didn’t like having that gun aimed at him.

“I went above and beyond,” Wiggins said. “I have to go home at night.”

It’s amazing nobody got shot; read the whole thing.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Machinist

The standard these days pretty much seems to be that “civilians” must respond in precisely whatever fashion the King’s men happen to capriciously decide upon or face a beat-down and/or execution

The situations I find amongst the most frightening are when suspects with weapons aimed at them are given conflicting orders such as “PUT YOUR HANDS UP!” at the same time they are being told by another LEO “DON’T MOVE!”

If the suspect is lucky, they might live and make a full recovery.

And doing anything cops don’t like -- even if it happens to be perfectly legal -- is “obstructing an officer” or “failure to obey”.

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Deranged Canton, OH cop Daniel Harless -- the one caught in multiple instances of threatening to execute innocent citizens on video tape which ultimately got him fired -- was rehired.

So basically, the aggrieved citizens of Canton must understand they now have no mechanism to deal with police brutality and out-of-control officers other than to start murdering them.

And, IMHO, they would be utterly justified in doing so; the “system” there is broken beyond repair.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Machinist

Those are all excellent points, Mac.

“No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.” -- Thomas Jefferson

That concept is deader than a doornail and I do not see any way to fix it without aggressive use of the infamous “fourth box”.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

This isn’t the America I grew up in, learned about in school, or heard discussed amongst my elders. And it has nothing to do with gay marriage, vulgar language on teevee, women’s rights, or teh War on Christmas.

It has to do with the rule of law and the compact between govt and citizens. Those ideas seem to be outdated and considered quaint by the ruling class.

I think Obamacare is a terrible idea, but guess what, they passed it legally and it was signed into law-where does the president get off now with changing the law? The ATF develops a program that results in the deaths of hundreds….and no one is held accountable? Since when is getting demoted, fired, or forced into retirement considered due punishment and let’s move on? The IRS profiles and persecutes Americans based on political and religious beliefs, but hey, no big deal. After all, a black thug got killed by an armed citizen-let’s focus on that. Racism, and oh yeah, Bush did it too.

I got no answers, but I don’t like the direction this country has turned to in the last 4+ years.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

Sven --

I think this has been going on for a lot longer than the last 4+ years.

A lot of this stuff -- broad abrogation of the Constitution, militarization of the police -- is a result of the War on Drugs, which got started in earnest by Nixon and has been supported by all succeeding presidents.

09/11/01 was also a big turning point in this shit stew of changing America into a security state. Along with evil politicians, which these days seems to be nearly all of them.

I think it’s fair to say that government at all levels in our country is doing far worse stuff than George III did to our forebears.

“When in the course of human events…”

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Agreed. You can look back on Constitutional abuses from the War on Drigs, asset forfeiture, Kelo, etc, and wonder where exactly we started going down the wrong path. However, under this president, there seems to be abuses and ballsups every other week-to me, and maybe I just wasnt paying attention, it seems endemic rather than an outlier as it was previously.

Kate
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Kate
8 years ago

J.Edgar was doing this crap long before Nixon was elected and local police were rousting the usual suspects long before him. They did and do because they could. They could because the majority who were not getting abused only thought “criminals” were getting the abuse. “If you have nothing to hide . . . ” etc. etc. ad nauseum.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Came across this today: “The enemy of your enemy is not your friend; In actuality they are just your enemy’s enemy.”

I like it.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Sven 2-0

It’s a bit more nuanced.

And realistic. 😉

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
8 years ago

Nice version of this song from Rob Zombie with John Five on lead guitar-I really like his stuff:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZLeijZOjc0

Jerry Atrick
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8 years ago

Oh, and by the way, I won last night’s Caption THAT caption contest yet again. So suckit Gerbils!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago
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Careful! Marioneta deCalcetines may have a few choice words for you!

Kate
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Kate
8 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Atrick

Hmm. I thought “If I had a city it would be Detroit” won every caption contest yesterday.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Kate

K8-E --

I’ve gotta agree with that.

Oh…hai!

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
8 years ago

I found this over at AOS -- definitely worth the time.
http://youtu.be/Ebu6Yvzs4Ls

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Whittle’s consistently quite good…but he knocked that one out of the park; thanks Paddy.

Jerry Atrick
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8 years ago

Comment 3000! Suckit again.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Jerry Atrick

Harrrrumph!

Hey, Jerry…congrats on your looooooong winning streak.