• Any job where you get to carry a gun and license to use it against other living beings should have only the highest standards. Instead, we get stuck with the lowest common denominator. Bad cops are like crabgrass, they grow everywhere and can’t be stopped. The courts won’t exercise power over them, the lawmakers won’t rein them in and protesters wind up being clubbed and shot and arrested.

    This whole bad cop thing pisses me off because if ya presume there are good cops out there somewhere, why the hell don’t they publicly speak up against their racist psycho brother and sister cops. This is one of those ‘speak now or forever shut the fuck up’ moments for the police. Speak up, speak publicly, stand up for whats right instead of your pension.

    The silence of any good cops speaks volumes and leads me to judge them all as corrupt, dangerous thugs with guns.

  • As contrary as it sounds, I sure hope that kid WAS carrying the pistol and it wasn’t just a convenient ‘drop’ piece tossed on the ground by the cop after the fact.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post Why Iraq Paid for 50,000 Soldiers Who Didn’t Exist

    2014-12-23 11:02:14View | Delete

    will Abadi and the U.S. really seek to fix the Iraqi Army

    You’re kidding, right? After all these years of ritualized slaughter, anybody who asks that question is part of the problem.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post Finally, some rational perspective

    2014-12-23 08:44:27View | Delete

    Rudy is just pissed off because his new party dress doesn’t fit anymore.

  • There is absolutely no downside to far-right extremism. And until there is, it’ll keep on getting worse. Moderate behavior is dead, vein-popping screaming sessions live.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post It’s Just a Shot Away

    2014-12-21 14:16:07View | Delete

    Mason, don’t go all Holy Joe on me about jury ‘duty’. I guess you didn’t really get the part about how the cops are crooked, the judges are corrupt, the prosecutors are in with the others and only the jury isn’t told about how things really work and they can’t ask direct questions, they just have to sit there like lumps on a log. Given those conditions, only a sap would willingly participate in such railroading shenanigans.

    Call it an attitude if you like. Maybe your bread and butter comes from that cesspool but mine doesn’t.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post It’s Just a Shot Away

    2014-12-21 13:38:11View | Delete

    IMHO the cops will side with authority.

    Years ago a movie came out called ‘Assault on Precinct 13′, roughly a police station besieged by gangbangers at night. At the time I was close friends with several cops and we went to see the movie. Swear to god, it was like a humongous wet-dream for the guys I went with. They were hoopin’ and hollerin’ and jumping up and down in their seats. I was actually worried one of them would pull out his off-duty piece and start shootin’ up the screen.

    Believe me, they *live* for the opportunity to feel like the shackles have been pulled off and they can act unilaterally, without regard for justice or propriety. They’re like children in that regard. Given the opportunity of no punishment, a child will break the rules and grab the cookie. Cops are normally given a pass for any perjury or other crooked behavior. Especially perjury. EVERY cop lies on the stand, its part of the job.. they know it, the prosecutor knows it, the judges know it. Only the dopes too stupid to get out of jury duty don’t know it.

    Cops will side with the Powers That Be. And that isn’t good for the rest of us poor slobs out here. I’m just afraid this will ratchet up so fast we’ll never get a chance to put the brakes on it.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post Saturday Art: Kinetic Sculpture by Alice Aycock

    2014-12-20 05:40:56View | Delete

    Where are the street recyclers when we really need them?

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post The not so-great dictated to

    2014-12-18 07:10:17View | Delete

    Wasn’t Korea one country before being manipulated and twisted by various Imperialist powers? Like the Chinese, Japanese and hey, even US?

    Where in post-WW2 Korea we simply took over the reins of the Japanese Imperial Army, leaving their hand-picked puppets in charge? Or, if you like, you can go back to 1871 for some prime US military imperialism in Korea.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_expedition_to_Korea

    Its one country, like it or not. Only outsiders think of it as two.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post To preserve (themselves) and protect (themselves)

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    Give a guy a gun, a badge and near-total immunity from personal responsibility on or off the job and what do you get? A thug. A bully. It ain’t rocket science. Eventually you wind up drawing from a pool of applicants those individuals seeking the opportunity to abuse. No surprise here either. And after a few decades of advancement within the system, all you wind up with is abusers, protected, coddled abusers. And prosecutors afraid to challenge them and judges afraid to judge them. And the rest of us, on the short end of the billy club.

  • Ya know, maybe we’re looking at this torture and Wall Street stuff the wrong way. I mean, lets think like entrepreneurs for a minute here. We’ve got so many scumbags on the sidelines ready for Cell Block 9 that with a little lobby action by the Prison Industry promoting new facilities for torturers and Wall Street slime balls it could be a win-win for corporate incarceration AND the public. A great way to sell prosecution of our lowest of the low and congress rodents would get their fair cut of the kickback action too!

    Build it and they will come.

  • And torture? Hey, we’ve got the Official Version: it was ‘just some folks’. You know, like a little food poisoning at a family picnic from the mayonnaise. Some folks get sick, some folks get tortured. Yo, pass the jello salad!

  • Forget it Jake. Its Arizona.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Say What!

    2014-12-13 07:12:26View | Delete

    SRV is one of those elusive genius guitarists, hard to catch on LP, best when his playing isn’t scripted. Here’s a great example of his free-flow method at a surreptitiously taped sound-check.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grBmQwLSlDw

    God, it was an awful day when he died. Never flown in helicopters since.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Torture Report

    2014-12-12 06:10:43View | Delete

    “Violence is as American as cherry pie”.
    H. Rap Brown

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Rap_Brown

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post Re-Branding

    2014-12-10 14:28:17View | Delete

    DBW, you bet your sweet ass WE are responsible.

    Marches in San Francisco? Who cares. Protests in Beverly Hills? Who cares? Protests in NYC? Who cares. Forget letter writing, collecting signatures, voting and all the other assorted circular-file methods. They’ve learned to totally ignore crap like that, rig the vote and ignore the ‘inquiry’. . The Usual Methods are the numbing salve on a rash that won’t go away. You might feel better after writing that burning letter to your congress rat about torture but all he/she is gonna do is shitcan it.

    So, yes.. WE are to blame. YOU are to blame. I am to blame because how many goddamn decades will people willingly fool themselves pussyfooting around following the rules? Three? Four? Forty YEARS of ‘activism’? For what? Nothing.

    But hey, protests marching into the Capitol Building four abreast a mile long? Surrounding the entire building? Stomping their feet and shouting their lungs out? You bet your sweet ass they’ll care. You can’t throw a half-million people into the circular file, at least not when their right outside your door.

    Resistance doesn’t do squat unless you do it in front of their house, shake their foundations, make ‘em shiver in their $2000 suits that the mob has come for THEM and it ain’t about counting votes and chads anymore. Its about payback. Believe me, they’ll understand that. Criminals always do.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post Re-Branding

    2014-12-10 07:58:27View | Delete

    Citizens asleep at the wheel is not an excuse. WE are to blame. WE knew what was going on. WE refused to act decisively by marching on Congress, bringing the discontent and outrage to the very steps of the Capitol. WE might not be the perpetrators of these heinous crimes but WE are no less to blame. Stop pointing fingers at Cheney and the rest and point that finger at ourselves.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post Incumbency Isn’t Worth Much Anymore

    2014-12-08 14:05:40View | Delete

    The Property Party wins another one!

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post What to do about Enhanced Marijuana Buds?

    2014-12-07 15:23:50View | Delete

    Hey, I’ve got an idea! Lets make it illegal. That’ll fix the problem.

  • Shutterbuggery commented on the blog post Meaningless Human Life in Neoliberal America

    2014-12-07 12:41:38View | Delete

    Great job as usual Mr Walker. Sad to say but I agree with you. Talk means nothing now, its one of those ‘freedoms’ that are essentially worthless if nobody in power will pay attention.

    Not only is the fix in, its set in concrete. I’ve been waiting since the ’68 riots in Chicago for this country to make some meaningful swerve towards recognizing that the citizens of this country are more important than the corporations. I figure it’ll never happen in my lifetime. And frankly, if change does come, it will probably be so cataclysmic that it’d roll right over me and my geriatric buddies in the process.

    Watch your back at NC, they seem to have a short fuse over there.

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