Pigs: I hate cops, cops and politicians. Hate is a good word to use when it comes to cops. Actually, it's a good word to use when talking about the US government as a whole, local and federal. In the famous words of Jack Nicholson as The Joker, "This town needs an enema." Death to cops. Death to Pennington. Death to Howard. Death to Franklin.
A Co-incidence: Back in 1967, Frank Zappa caught some flack for his song "Mom & Dad" on the album "We're Only in it for the Money" - a song about a police shooting of innocents in a park - "They looked too weird, it served them right." It was "too extreme", "over the top".
Then there was Kent State. And suddenly Frank didn't look too "over the top".
I find it ironic that the date of Kathryn Johnston's death would have been Zappa's 66th birthday. Another Zappa quote: "Cop kill a creep. pow pow pow"
?: ...what if it DOESN'T exist?
There ARE Quotas: I know from experience. there are quotas in apd. if you don't produce for "king Dick" they threaten off days/ shifts and assignments
Quotas: What's wrong with quotas? The prison-industrial complex needs revenue, white people want less black people competitive in the job market, it makes rich suburbanites feel safer to know the police are doing more than going to prostitutes and directing traffic...in my opinion quotas are the foundation of good police work. Just think, without quotas the police will track and arrest actual criminals and then we will run out of criminals to pursue. What will happen then? The homeless, elderly people, and minorities will become targets for bored police officers...you don't want that do you???
Thanks for seeing the real story: John, thanks again for pointing out the real facts in this case. I was glad to hear that weeks after her MURDER, the cops who killed Ms. Johnston might finally be charged in the case. But as you point out, the real crime occurred much higher up the chain, with a numbers crunching police chief who only cares how good he looks to the press. Keep us posted on this story.
I hope to God: that the first comment isn't representative of CL's readership.
It's not MC: Vince is just being facetious.
Newt's forked tongue
Sick of Contract "on" America B.S.: Say what you will about Newt or any other politician, but I am sick of people referring to the Republican's 1994 initiative as the "Contract on America". Read through the actual text, and I defy you to show me something that wouldn't actually make the Federal government better. Just to refresh your memory, here's what it actually said (taken from Wikipedia):
* require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply to Congress;
* select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
* cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
* limit the terms of all committee chairs;
* ban the casting of proxy votes in committee;
* require committee meetings to be open to the public;
* require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
* implement a zero base-line budgeting process for the annual Federal Budget.
* included tax cuts for businesses and individuals, term limits for legislators, social security reform, tort reform, and welfare reform.
Now what exactly is your problem with any of that?
typical: Mr. Sugg reads from the "Republicans are wrong no matter what" bible so no sense in trying to pollute his beliefs with any facts or truths . . . he won't hear them.
Enough with the hostilities: It's not that John Sugg hates all Republicans; it's the newest breed that's come about that he has his qualms with.
Both parties' core ideologies appeal to certain people. In theory, both can work. However, the new breed of Republicanism has started showing subversive tendencies toward the fabric of American societies.
Sugg has his issues with this new ideology's thinking and actions toward health care, church/state separation, First Amendment freedoms, and social liberties. I share a lot of those same apprehensions, but I do not "hate" the Republican party. In fact, I can identify with much of the party's base core of ideals - small government, states' rights, and conservative financial responsibility. It seems, though, that this brand of Republicanism is being phased out to make room for a theocracy that spends money like Paris Hilton locked in a designer store, and wants to subjugate the American people into a modern version of the Dark Ages.
Growing up Republican: Ray scores points. I grew up in a Republican household. My dad was a military officer, and revered Ike. So did I as a kid. My dad couldn't vote for Nixon, however. He distrusted him, and Kennedy was at least a war hero (I'm sure if JFK was running today, Rove would "PT-Boat" him.) Republicans back then could be a little snooty. But they knew how to manage money. Now, they're chickenhawks (love war as long as they don't face combat) and profligate spenders of borrowed money. What's there to like?
-- John Sugg
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