Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The People's Republic of Amerika

Well, I saw the clips of one Andrew Meyer on Faux News, CNN, etc. Apparently he asked John Kerry some questions, went long with them, and refused to leave, so the police had to restrain him and ended up tasering him. He had a reputation of being a prankster and troublemaker with his wacky antics being posted on his website (linked to above there).

Well, not so much.

You can start by looking at his website. Which isn't interesting or that of an edgy prankster unless I missed something. (Maybe I could start a not-edgy-or-interesting webring and sign Andrew Meyer up? I can probably find more boring blogs out there.)

Then, you can watch the movie:

So, this guy is followed by the police there (hint: they don't like him), he asks a rambling, pointed question or two in about 30 seconds, the police don't like it, so they grab him and start dragging him off.

Now, I'm not sure where police learn about human nature, as they aren't humans, but when you grab someone, from behind, without warning or explaination a normal reaction isn't do wilt like a dying dafodil. Or to swoon appreciatively into their warm, bacon-smelling arms. It's to try and shake them off and perhaps yell, "What the &#%$ are you doing!?!"

It could be all a big misunderstanding though.

Police aren't big on "facts." Sure, they'll make some up when they have to, but someone writing down a bunch of "facts" from observed reality and somehow recording them is anathema to them. This Andrew Meyer was waving around just such a contraption. Those police probably thought he was trying to assasinate a sitting US Senator! They should each be given Medal of Freedom for their quick thinking and heroism!

Well, as it turns out: It was just a book. A liberal polemic called Armed Madhouse that points out some of the messed up stuff our Fearless Decider-in-Chief has done in the past few years.

I guess it's possible to use a book to inflict blunt trauma, but I don't think the Senator was in any real danger.

Funny thing though, seeing the video on TV new channels I was wondering what the book was, and nobody mentioned it. Some guy gets tackled carrying what looks like half a phonebook. He isn't hilariously short, so presumably he wasn't using it to sit or stand on. You might think what book he was holding or what he was asked Senator Kerry might be somehow relevant or worth mentioning rather than just showing the cops beat his ass over and over. But I'm not a cable news producer, so what do I know?

Anyway, it's remarkable to see the Fox and CNN people show only parts of the video and grossly mischaracterize the parts they don't show you.

This morning on Fox's unwatchable morning show, the host asked some random girl from Florida if she thought paid leave pending the results of an investigation was a harsh punishment for several of the officiers involved. The girl said she didn't know about that, but it didn't seem that harsh to her.

I'm kind of split on whether it's harsh or not. On one hand, you got to beat the shit out of a kid and get some paid vacation time. On the otherhand, you can't beat the shit out of anyone else until the investigation is over, or you'll go to jail for it like the regular human residents of Florida. Police thrive on beating up and bullying behind the protection of their badges, so depriving one of them of that is like keeping a pedophile away from children. They can't do (or get to fantasize about) that which they love the most. I'm not a Constitutional Lawyer, but suspending police may actually be cruel and unusual punishment.

The Fox floozy didn't seem too concerned about whether the police were too harsh to a dumb college kid who asked a question and was met with potentially lethal violence. But when you value the police state over personal freedom, why would you?

A lot of people complain about "big government" and our "federal Leviathan." The fact of the matter is, the goons who are most likely to harrass you, beat or kill you, or ruin your life with some ridiculous felony charges are down at the local precinct. And they live for it.

Of course, the biggest sham of the whole event was that the President of FLU came out the next day and said that the local police are going to investigate the actions of the campus police. The police are investigating the police. I wonder if the next time a person is arrested he'll have his request to be the judge or district attorney at his own trial honored? Who could be more impartial an investigator than the people being investigated?

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