The press is soft-pedaling this story, since it goes totally against the grain of their narratives. Every single one of them. Enough for another post. But Vox Popoli explains that it isn’t the Hyperbolic Chamber in isolation who’s in a way pulling for The Dude to last, to endure, to make total monkeys out of the elite force of the new Second City. Vox senses a general mood, and says,
I noticed how much things had changed when I started hearing conservative white business executives in their sixties talking about the police in a manner all but indistinguishable from NWA. Something is wrong, something is deeply and structurally wrong, when the mere fact of being involved in the law enforcement system at any level is enough to engender contempt in the eyes of those who are upstanding, law-abiding citizens.
I come from a county whose sitting sheriff went into Witness Protection, and whose Chief of Police went to prison for the murder of a man turning evidence of rampant corruption over to the US Attorney. The city of Gary regularly has its cops doing the perp walk for corrupt acts such as keeping rival drug lords off the corners of the drug lords with whom they’re in the bag. We just had a county mountie arrested last week for the usual bullshit. You know what I call a clean cop? Cadet.
I read The Dude’s “manifesto.” It is not a jumble of madman rantings; actually, it’s quite erudite and lucent. I’d like to know if it’s true, the list of allegations. If so, I can’t officially and publicly condone his actions for legal reasons, so I don’t, but I can surely see from where he comes. Dude fails to cover for a bad cop, he in turn gets written up while she gets off free, his bad counsel ruins his career, while he sees the corrupt prosper.
People in the 1930′s who had their savings wiped out in the banking tomfoolery leading up to the Depression felt no compassion for the banksters getting in the gut what they got from the banks in financial ruin.
In the meantime, here’s what a police riot looks like:
two women had a truck whose make and color did not match the ex-cop’s, but the po-po shot it up any fricking way. The Torrance P.D. likewise shot up a truck of their own. Like Jimmy Durante used to say, “Everybody’s got to get into the act.” When it’s time to defend their families, they lock and load and will shoot anything that moves with true assault weapons on full automatic. When it’s time for you to defend your family, they crow for gun control. You do this and you’re branded a whack job nut case off his meds who blogged too much, and they will seek the death penalty if they don’t kill you at the scene first. They do this and it’s Standard Operating Procedure. Dude knew there would be a police riot, and such things would necessarily happen. Shame for the women who were shot in the hand and back, respectfully, but I’m sure The Dude knew this would go down, and that his former co-workers would out themselves as out of control nutters once they were at danger, and not the in control pros they like to front to the public.
A lot of folk think it’s the Armed Forces that would end democracy and provide the muscle for a potential dictator. The high command will split, but the lower ranks and enlisted men won’t go for it. I always expected Law Enforcement to be the bully to do this, and now we see what little regard they have for the general population as they stomp all over them in search of The Dude. He advocates gun control, but he proves how LE needs to be disarmed before anyone else. After all, the British Bobbies, the first police force, was only allowed to form once it was agreed that they would be unarmed, and thus unable to become a domestic army. It’s hard to be an asshole with a badge when everyone around you outarms you. THAT’S the true origin of their unarmed police, not some idea of a more gentlemanly culture where armed police weren’t needed.
The Dude abides. And as long as he does so , I’ll be watching to see who nods his head or even fist pumps in the appliance store as the news covers his continued abiding.