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  1. Racism - It's a real thing.

    It seems that you're hung up on the content of the tweet. That was never my argument. I was arguing the merit of the video, which seemed to nullify the "I feared for my life" excuse that's often given when people of color are killed. Would you rather I post something like this article for the merit of racism in the police force? Is this more to your liking? http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-francisco-police-officer-racism-20180410-story.html "San Francisco officer alleges 'blatant racism' in Police Department" "A San Francisco police officer who emigrated from Afghanistan and is Muslim has alleged that he was harassed on the job and retaliated against after reporting racist and homophobic comments by his colleagues. During a news conference organized by San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, the officer said he experienced "blatant racism" by other officers and sergeants, who suggested he was a terrorist and called him derogatory slurs. He was told to leave his grenades at home, and to inform an officer if his family members were planning an attack so the officer could "put them down gently." In November 2017, the complaint said, the officer was on patrol when a colleague told him: "I want to get guns, and the only people who have guns are blacks and Hispanics. The department doesn't like us to make judgments like that, but if I see a black person behind the wheel of the vehicle, I'll pull the car over and figure out my probable cause later."
  2. Racism - It's a real thing.

    I'm using it as evidence that people can assault an officer, threaten someone's life, disobey commands etc and not be killed for it the way so many people of color are. I see it as evidence that police can handle violent situations without resorting to killing people. I don't see how that's artful misrepresentation. Yes, that's the impression given by the author of the tweet. If that's how he feels, that's how he feels. I didn't write it. My focus has been on the content of the video. You're asking me specifics about the video to which I obviously cannot answer. However, just because I don't know every detail about it doesn't mean it's invaluable. Like I've said multiple times already, this video is evidence that people don't have to be killed, there's value in that. I don't see it as pot stirring garbage because I think it's facilitated a decent, constructive, civil discussion.
  3. Racism - It's a real thing.

    Because people of color don't seem to get the leeway that others do. A white guy swings at a cop and tackles him in the video, doesn't get shot. Walter Scott swings at a cop, runs away and gets bullets in his back. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2014/nov/26/cleveland-video-tamir-rice-shooting-police Tamir Rice, a 12 year old black child playing with a toy gun gets shot and killed by police. http://www.wlky.com/article/louisville-man-arrested-after-firing-gun-at-officers/19649061 Oscar Walters, a 68 year old white man shoots an air rifle at the police after a domestic violence call, and they apprehend him without shooting him.
  4. Racism - It's a real thing.

    Please tell me where I said that this video proves anything implicitly. I said it was interesting. I believe it is interesting because it shows a white male physically assaulting an officer in an extremely violent manner. That white male is not shot. If it proves anything, it proves you can physically attack an officer and not be killed. It proves that you can disobey police orders and not be killed. It proves that you can be behaving belligerently and not be killed. It proves that police can handle a situation without killing someone, even if they're being physically threatened in a violent manner. I wish that kind of courtesy had been shown to Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Stephon Clark and plenty of others. I specifically compared the video to Betty Shelby, who shot and killed Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man who had his hands in the air. Charles Kinsey pictured below was laying on his back with his hands in the air, and he still gets perceived as a big enough threat to be shot. But when a white guy tackles a cop to the ground, he's not perceived as enough of a threat to be shot. I find that challenging to understand and accept.
  5. Was talking about this with some friends a few days ago, kind of a "Reset" for the party. We were hypothetically talking about the GOP running someone like Kasich or McMullin in the General simply to siphon votes away from Trump. I'm doubtful anything like that would happen as it would require the Dems to run a unifying candidate as well, which I'm not terribly confident in.
  6. Racism - It's a real thing.

    The "Lame" emoji implied that. Fair enough, stand by it. That's your opinion. I guess I don't know what you mean exactly when you say I'm painting things with a broad brush because I don't recall stating that "All police are XYZ." I am talking about how different people of different races have different experiences with the police. I also gave some examples to speak to that like Betty Shelby and Dylann Roof but you simply refer to it as BS. Stephon Clark gets riddled with bullets for holding a cell phone but Dylann Roof is given a bullet proof vest. That's challenging for me to understand and accept. Yes, I found the video interesting, the content is rather shocking. I don't see how it doesn't allow for a discussion as we seem to be having one now. I'm open to the subject and a discussion beyond being told everything I post is BS. If you think that so poorly of me and my posts then why engage?
  7. I wish the old comics were still up. Some of those had me in tears.
  8. Racism - It's a real thing.

    I know that you have a pretty low opinion of me, and I get why. Some of my past posts were unnecessary and wrong, I admitted it and reached out to you to try and rectify it as best as possible. However, in this thread I posted a video that I found interesting and thought related to how people of different races have a different experience with police. You responded to it by calling me lame and saying my post is BS. I tried to engage you in a civil manner and give other examples, and you continue to call it all BS. Maybe the damage has been done so that a conversation about this can't be had between you and I which is unfortunate, and I acknowledge my role in that. I would actually very much enjoy an open conversation about this topic as it is important to a lot of people in this country.
  9. Racism - It's a real thing.

    This specific video clip is interesting because it shows a white guy physically assaulting an officer, and he doesn't get shot, yet we hear over and over again that officers "feared for their lives" as a defense for shooting someone, like Betty Shelby for example. She fears for her life when she sees Terence Crutcher with his hands in the air, so she shoots him dead. A white dude can tackle a cop to the ground and nothing happens, a black dude has his hands in the air and he ends up dead. Dylann Roof murders nine and the police give him a bullet proof vest. Eric Garner sells untaxed cigarettes and he gets choked to death in teh street. That's the point. It's not a BS narrative and I am not trying to stir the pot. You have a vested interest in this matter which seems like it makes it difficult for you to see anything from a different point of view.
  10. DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    Wow, good on Grassley. I"m no expert either, but my rudimentary understanding of it is a Majority leader doesn't dictate what does and doesn't get put forth for a vote implicitly, but they are tasked with making sure whatever is put forth is sound and has a solid chance.
  11. Loved the Casey's Pizza line
  12. That was great. The Chris Farley nod was perfect
  13. Racism - It's a real thing.

    Interesting how all these cops didn't fear for their lives.
  14. To do what? I'm not sure exactly. I was just expressing a gut feeling. Should there be any act of aggression, he would undoubtedly be decimated... But that doesn't mean he thinks that, he may feel completely confident.