Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Saviour Complex

So, why was this her business? She’s a nice lady. Such a nice lady but a bad ally.

The Belle Jar

Leigh Anne “That Nice Woman Sandra Bullock Played In The Blind Side” Tuohy recently posted the following picture and caption on her Facebook and Instagram accounts:

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We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We have to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people!…

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Compensation

Big Trucks

This is a big truck. It says nothing about the owner.

This is sexist:

A small penis truck,is usually but not limited to having a huge lift kit, bright or exotic colors, chrome rims, and is always clean. Not to be mistaken with a off roading jeep or the like. It is always driven by a man who has to compensate for his dick size, by driving a truck that is bigger than what most men have.

I re-learned a lesson about posting to a blog from a laptop.  An accidental click can delete everything.  I had a long post here and may find the time to redo it later.

The main point is; dick size is not important and men who like guns and fancy trucks probably have liked them since they were little and no one gave a shit about dick size.

The Thing About Cops

An acquaintance unfriended me on Facebook a few weeks ago because I had hit the “Like” button for a story in which a cop had been killed by a criminal.  He assumed that I had hit the “Like” button because I hate cops so much that I am happy to see that one is killed in the line of duty.  So, I tried to explain that since Facebook only has a Like button to acknowledge a story without comment, this was my only choice for saying “I see this, but I have no words and no comment.”  He still unfriended me, and I was actually very angry at him for assuming that I was so hateful to cops, and to anyone at all for that matter, that I would celebrate their death or murder.

So, I decided I don’t want to have him as a friend if he can believe something like that about me despite having met me in meatspace.  He should know better, but there is a tendency to confirm our beliefs based on our overall worldview based on small evidences even in the face of larger, more direct and solid evidences to the contrary.  He is so sensitive to the fact that, especially since the Michael Brown shooting and killing in Jefferson last summer, people who support justice and think that Darren Wilson should have been indicted and put on trial are for stronger controls on police activity and abuse of power, that he thinks that we want to see cops killed.  We most emphatically do not want to see see cops killed.

Murder is murder, whether the person holding the gun wears a badge.  Murder is murder, whether the person pulling the trigger wears a badge.  Murder is murder, whether the person with the gun lodged in or near their heart wears a badge.

I don’t think I should have to dress this out, I don’t think that I should have to explain this, but apparently I do.  I don’t hate cops.  I don’t hate cops as cops. I don’t hate people who choose to be cops.  I prefer to see cops as the ideal.

Society needs laws in order to function and we have a means in place to create laws that govern behavior.  I agree with some and disagree with others, of course; but laws are made through a messy procedure of lobby and compromise and it would be weird for all of our policy-makers to create laws that work for everyone and make everyone happy.  In actuality, that would frighten me because that would probably mean that the puppetmasters have taken over without us being aware of them.

From Police Mag.

Police and regulatory agencies are necessary to enforce those laws because there are people who disagree with them.  Cops are given authority to enforce those laws, but my problem with the situation that we have is that cops are given too much carte blanche authority to enforce laws and that carries over into an attitude that they automatically deserve deference in all situations.  In all situations we are expected to say “Yes, Sir” or “Yes, Ma’am,” even when the cops are being assholes.  We are expected to surrender all authority and this is in the land where there is not supposed to be such deference imposed.

I do believe that they deserve the respect that all people respect, I don’t especially dislike them for their badge.  We need them, as I said, to stick us to the laws as written.  The important thing, though, is for cops to remember their role in society.  They need to keep in mind that if they are here to serve and to protect, then that is what they should be doing.  It’s what they are paid to do, it is what they are expected to do.

But, what I see, now, is that the police are not of the same mind as I am on that.  They believe that they are on the front lines of a war against disorder and because it is a war, they are justified in whatever actions they take to maintain order.

Disclaimer:  Not all cops.

It’s not that there aren’t good cops, there are.  It’s a problem that the bad cops are not being prosecuted for breaking the law.  It’s a problem that the bad cops are not being held accountable for breaking the law.  It’s a problem that the cops are getting expanded powers and military-grade equipment to fight crime, without being held accountable for how they use them.  They are given authority for no-knock warrants, thanks to the “War on Drugs,” and sometimes raid the wrong residences:

Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House

A 61-year-old man was shot to death by

police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug

raid on the wrong house.

Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door.

The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay.

“They need to get rid of those men, boys with toys,” said Adams’ 70-year-old widow, Loraine.

John Adams was watching television when his wife heard pounding on the door. Police claim they identified themselves and wore police jackets. Loraine Adams said she had no indication the men were police.

“I thought it was a home invasion. I said ‘Baby, get your gun!,” she said, sitting amid friends and relatives gathered at her home to cook and prepare for Sunday’s funeral.

Resident Fired First

Police say her husband fired first with a sawed-off shotgun and they responded. He was shot at least three times and died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Loraine Adams said she was handcuffed and thrown to her knees in another room when the shooting began.

The thing about cops is that I don’t hate them.  The thing about cops is that they are part of an institution of our society that carries out a function. The institution is faulty and needs to be fixed.  In the meantime, those cops who do the wrong thing need to be held accountable.

Don’t judge me, man.

Advanced from Stonekettle Station

So, if you think that I run on a bit, perhaps you should check out Jim’s new post on Stonekettle Station.

If you truly believe the United States to be exceptional, then you show it all and let the chips fall where they may. If you love your child then you teach them everything and trust in them to become exceptional adults.

I love his writing style.  He brings so many things together and points out how there is a bit too much ludicrous in our modern world.

We’ll Never Reach the Top

Yesterday I saw an article on Media Matters. The story was about a claim that Barack Obama was flashing gang sign to fellow Muslims at a conference.  The sign was a finger pointed up:

F.W. Burleigh, “author of It’s All About Muhammad, a Biography of the World’s Most Notorious Prophet,” wrote for the conservative website that an “astonishing photo” of Obama during a summit with African leaders shows him “flashing the one-finger affirmation of Islamic faith to dozens of African delegates.” According to Burleigh, “the one-finger display is the distinctive Muslim gang sign” and “With his forefinger in the air, Obama affirmed his membership in this tribe.” He also postulates that Muslim African leaders present at the event were “all smiles” because “They knew what Obama’s upright forefinger meant.” The post also includes an image in which an “ISIS fighter displays the gang sign.”

American Thinker post

When I posted it to Facebook, I included the comment “Have we reached the apex of ludicrous, yet?”  It was, of course a rhetorical question.

This is a ludicrous claim to make, that an elected official would flash gang sign at a public event, don’t you think?  But, there seems to be no height to which the loons who hate the president find to be too tall in reaching for the ludicrous.  They may have stopped claiming that he has a forged birth certificate and was born secretly in Kenya as some plot for communist Muslim Africans to plant a Manchurian candidate in the White House and facilitate Shariah law with collective farms, to boot; but that doesn’t mean that they don’t dredge through the muck of their fevered imaginations to come up with some phony scandal.

This “gang sign” thing is following rather close to a claim by the Minneapolis/St. Paul equivalent of Fox News (the local Fox affiliate itself is rather normal,) KSTP aired a story about the Mayor of Minneapolis standing next to a black person (in their minds an obvious gang member because he is black) and pointing her finger.  Betsy Hodges, according to KSTP and the boss of the local police union, was signalling to gangsters that if they ever took down a cop she would make sure to look the other way.  I may be paraphrasing. 

The photo was taken a week before the November election while the mayor canvassed neighborhoods with a nonprofit group in a get-out-the-vote event. Hodges declined repeated requests for interviews, but her spokesperson told us the mayor enjoys meeting with many people who are organizing on the North side.

The spokesperson also says the man in the photo is well regarded by the nonprofit that employs him and the mayor is simply “pointing at him” in the photo. Retired Minneapolis police officer Michael Quinn, who also managed the department’s Internal Affairs Unit, says the photo is “disappointing because it puts police officers at risk.”

When asked to respond to the mayor’s statement that she is just “pointing at him,” he said, “She can’t be that naive. I cannot imagine.”

“She is legitimizing these people. She is legitimizing gangs who are killing our children in Minneapolis and I just can’t believe it. It hurts,” Quinn said.

Quinn says law enforcement agencies are “going to be pissed about this. They’re going to be angry, and they should be.”

That’s ludicrous, isn’t it?  But it isn’t over the top, it isn’t even close to the top.  I first started blogging nearly 11 years ago in order to comment on the campaign for election in 2004.  First it was the presidential campaign, then I was involved in the local campaigns for legislature and all that.  I was dissatisfied with the presidential outcome, of course, and got to be much more politically active in party activities.  I had a great deal of fun and got to know several of the elected officials in St. Paul.

But, because I was blogging I was watching the political world in a different way than I had before. I saw details that I had not seen before in the way that people interacted in political spheres.  I don’t necessarily mean the way that politicians act, but they way that people talk about politics.

I have always been liberal.  Since I can remember thinking about politics, my politics have been liberal. I was a kid against the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.  I made signs for McGovern in 1972.  I sided with The Meathead while watching “All in the Family.”  I became even more liberal in the 1980’s when the Moral Majority took aim at our rights and liberties for a secular society and I knew that even though I was, at that time, still a Christian (kind of,) I really didn’t want to have anything to do with the conservative line that evangelical and Catholic Christians were supposed to take.

Throughout the years I have, from my liberal standpoint, observed the back and forth discussion that people have over issues.  There were some ridiculous claims made about Bill Clinton being a Manchurian Candidate because he had spent time in the Soviet Union as a Rhodes Scholar.  This claim was made in 1992, after the Soviet Union had fallen.  It was ludicrous, but still espoused.

But, following the Eve of Hope in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected as the first black president in U.S. history, there has been a disheartening effort to find the Apex of Ludicrous.  These last seven years have been one long screeching, racist, islamophobist ad hominem attack in place of political discourse.  The U.S. economy has been in recovery from a serious falter that happened on the prior president’s watch.  Obama may not be the one responsible for the fix, at least not responsible on his own, but the prophets of doom were fearfully wrong.

Of course, these are the same prophets of doom who pop up whenever a Democrat is elected.  They claim that Democrats are all socialists who secretly hate America, Christians and White People.  But, since Obama was elected, the claims have been seeking the Apex of Ludicrous.

We will never reach the Apex of Ludicrous.  We will never get to the top, because there will always be some new claim that is more over-the-top than we had previously thought possible.  The Apex of Ludicrous is very much like the “Great American Novel.”  It is an ideal that can never be realized.

The Apex of Ludicrous

Hello World!

I had a blog at one time that I faithfully maintained.  I had called it Tangled Up in Blue Guy.  But the hosting expired, and the domain name expired.  I had fully intended to buy it up again when I can, but someone in Brazil decided that it may be worth something and they snapped it up and now post “parking lot” posts in Portuguese.  I find that rather humorous.

I want to blog again.  I like to write and this is good exercise.  Whether I ever expand the reach to where Tangled Up in Blue Guy had been remains to be seen.  Blogging doesn’t seem to be as popular a means of expression as it had before.

There shall soon be an about page that explains the concept of Apex of Ludicrous, and why I am unconcerned about the grammar being a botched up mess.  It’s ludicrous.