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So Much For Car 54.

police brutalityI saw the movie version of Clockwork Orange when it was first released in these United States and, I have to admit, the ghastly scenes of police brutality didn't bother me all that much. That's because (A) it was in the future, (B) they were just a bunch of stupid foreigners, and (C) it was kid stuff compared to the mayhem the old man could unleash once he had a few snorts under his belt.

But here we are, 21st century America, being served and protected by those who'd rather eat the sheep than kill the wolves, at least judging by the plethora of youtube videos. Thanks to the wars on drugs and terror the police have come to learn that there's a law against everything in this country and they're not shy about taking advantage of the opportunity to break a few uncooperative skulls.

America's gendarmes have gone from "You do something wrong, we'll catch you" to "We're gonna lock you up and pin something on you." That is, if they don't shoot you for resisting first. I don't recall ever giving the police the literal power of life or death over the general populace but someone did and they need to be tased and sent to their rooms.

Can this genie be put back in its bottle? Can we ever depend on an officer of the law to not automatically mace us into unconsciousness just because they had an argument with the wife at breakfast? I dunno, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

And lest you think I'm being too harsh on America's constabulary, take a peek at the video in Mike's Vault (See below). This is a segment from a movie called "The Largest Street Gang In America" and it'll make your patriotic blood boil. (From what I've been told, the people asking for the complaint forms in the video are ex-cops themselves.)


Note 1: Here's an amusing tale by magician Penn Jillette and how he handled an over-zealous airport security guard.

Note 2: The Economist relates a story of how one community in America is choosing a different path in the War On drugs Stupidity.

Note 3: Looking for a good source for reports of police brutality in these here United States? Check out Injusticeeverywhere.com.

Note 4: Singer Miley Cyruss tweets a wonderful quote  by theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss and the fundies start flipping their shit.

Note 5: There's a minor trend in wise-guys intentionally prepping themselves for hideous driver's license photos. I, for one, applaud the effort.


And now our Chart of the Day: Police Brutality in the United States.

police brutality chart

Click here for somewhat more massive version.



Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation3-2-2012: Yesterday the House spent most of the day debating and passing the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act.

Meanwhile, in the Senate, Democrats, plus Olympia Snowe, fended off the execrable Blunt Amendment. Meanwhile, Speaker Boehner vows to continue contraception fight. Because it's all about jobs.

Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! You know who else knows that Fox News lies? Jon Stewart.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Mike's Video Vault

Wanna get arrested? Try to file a complaint on the police. Just try.

Can't make sense of the news? Try our selection of progressive nosh:
DailykosCrooks and LiarsThink ProgressTalking Points Memo

Today's Google Chow.

Genie: I am the genie of the magic lamp. What are your three wishes, oh master?

Man: Wow! You know, I always wanted to be a bad-ass cop!
Genie: Your wish is my command. Snap.

Cop: Cool! Now I want you to enact vague drug and security legislation that will make virtually anyone a suspect.

Genie: Uh, okay. It is done. Snap.

Cop: Great! For my third wish I want the police to be made free from civil law so that they can arrest, beat and shoot anyone they want with impunity.

Genie: Fuck you.