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December 13, 2014

"One of the Kings Men"

That picture is as old as "civilization".
One of the King's Men, with the same expression reaching back ten thousand years, threatening mortal violence to the disarmed serfs. You don't get it, do you? It doesn't matter that this time the perp might actually be a scumbag. Men are not angels, and some day that man will gladly serve the Tyrant. If we give well-intentioned men the powers that a tyrant needs, we will get tyrants. "I don't think I'll let you arrest us today, Behan." Posted by: John A. Fleming
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Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 13, 2014 10:48 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Except that Behan did arrest him that day and Earp stood trial for murder at the shootout at the OK Corral. He was acquitted, mainly because the confused, contradictory and just plain unbelievable testimony of one Ike Clanton, the only bad guy to survive the day. And the trial record reflects that the fact Ike was still alive was considered major exculpatory evidence in itself.

Posted by: plus.google.com/104841162830331053592 [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2014 1:28 PM

You know, someone was in the process of attacking his partner, and per the photographer the crowd was about to attack him as well. Even police officers have the right to defend themselves.

Although I don't like that he's holding the pistol sideways.

Posted by: BMoon [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2014 2:01 PM

Oh look! He kept his booger hook off the bang switch.
Must be a professional "reminding" folks from the crowd that despite their intentions... NO, their "opinion", no "other input" is NOT solicited at this time.

Posted by: CaptDMO [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2014 5:36 PM

The sheep do not like the sheepdogs. They are frightened by them and it reminds them of their vulnerabilities and of the wolves who want them for supper.

The wolves do not like the sheepdogs, keeps 'em from their supper.

Certainly tyrants and vicious soldiers/law officers must be eliminated.
Also, the sheep (allegorical for the people and not meant in a pejorative way) the sheep should be protected by sheepdogs that have some teeth.

It is, indeed, a fine blue line that our law enforcement officers walk. Yet, I trust most of them to be acting in my best interests. We have rogues all over the place, in LE, schools, churches, on the street, some nitwits that want to rape rob and burn things, shrug.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2014 10:42 PM

The picture doesn't really belong with this write up.

I certainly agree that giving government greater and greater control over our lives results in cops requiring more power and becoming more tyrannical as a result. Certainly that guy in NYC wouldn't have gotten a heart attack during the arrest if they hadn't tried to effectively ban cigarettes in the city. And its definitely true that we're in some danger from local police by giving the more and more power, guns, and reasons to arrest us for less and less good reason.

But that picture is of a good cop doing his job while surrounded by an angry mob. He was undercover in a rally, got attacked, and arrested his attacker, then had to warn off people with a gun because he was in danger of his life. This was not some guy abusing his power or being a jerk. This is not a cop misusing his power.

There's no question that we've reached a point where we've surrendered so much of our liberty to a decentralized government that we're in genuine danger in our homes. This just isn't a sample of that.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 14, 2014 6:36 AM

I couldn't agree more with chasmatic and C.T. above.
Perhaps a more accurate picture would have been of National Park personnel preventing wheel chair ridden veterans from accessing war monuments during Obama's fake government shutdown.

Posted by: Tim P [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 14, 2014 11:47 AM

"But that picture is of a good cop...."


How in the world do people get, and remain, that way?

It's baffling.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 14, 2014 12:22 PM

"Although I don't like that he's holding the pistol sideways."
Ina 'hood, when you hold the piece like that it mean you a bad ass and you mean bidness.

This cop just making a statement.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 14, 2014 2:26 PM

Well ghost, I think they have to go to the Police Academy first. Then they put their time in same as a lot of folks. A lot of cops remain in the department until they retire.
Prior military service helps, and of course a clean record. Some officers continue their education and work up to a job with the FBI or some other federal employment.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 15, 2014 5:49 AM

"Perhaps a more accurate picture would have been of National Park personnel preventing wheel chair ridden veterans from accessing war monuments during Obama's fake government shutdown."

Excellent point. That was a gross and tyrannical abuse of power being carried out by law enforcement.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 15, 2014 8:59 AM

Superior orders, often known as the Nuremberg Defense, lawful orders or by the German phrase "Befehl ist Befehl", is a plea in a court of law that a person, whether a member of the armed forces or a civilian, not be held guilty for actions which were ordered by a superior officer or a public official.

That defense is unacceptable on an individual level as well on an organizational level.

The cops and rangers should have refused to implement the orders. the rank going up the chain all had opportunity to refuse the orders.

It starts near the top, where the buck supposedly stops but our half-breed faggot is not worth a pinch of coon shit. Take that any way you want, I am calling a spade a spade and he's not even good at that. He can't dance or jump hoops, he has no rhythm or style.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 15, 2014 11:48 PM

I just don't like undercover policing. I think it's bad policing. I think it's wrong policing. A blue uniform deters crime. Undercover spies allow the crime to happen, so they can arrest someone.

It breeds distrust among the populace. Breeds fear. Every person you meet could be a spy. Plainclothes undercover cops are a tool of the tyrant, because it keeps every person who might be against the tyrant from speaking up and convincing others. Everyone may hate the tyrant, and everyone is too afraid to speak, lest the plainclothes spring up from the shadows and arrest them.

I think those two cops are wrong. I think every one in their chain of command are wrong. I think they are all oath breakers. They are not there to keep the peace, which is their first and most important job. They are looking to arrest somebody, that's their second job only if the first one fails.

And I think they are cowards. If the police are too scared to wear the uniform when they are out with the people they serve, they don't belong as a sworn police officer.

Well, apparently I'm wrong, the people of California disagree with me. They like their cops as spies, themselves disarmed, and the tyrants in charge.

Posted by: John A. Fleming [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 16, 2014 9:44 AM

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