...In the meantime, I'm integrating and synthesizing presently, about all of it—but mostly dismissing red herrings. Yes, I'm aware of all of the voices, including Masterjohn's. Lots of interesting stuff, and since I was on this trail since 2008, I should speak to it in my particular way.
While I chew, here's a few Facebook meanderings to give you something to love or hate each other over, in comments.
~ But I'll begin with something I hope nobody can argue about: Stevie Wonder the wonder. With Sting. A man who can't see, sings. Love it.
~ I can't wait for Season 3. Kevin Spacey as President.
~ Fart is smart.
~ Of course, laws are the cause of crime, and it's ironically not a reversal of cause and effect. Bonus to anyone who can elucidate that, and bring the proper principles into play.
~ If you have ever in your life received a citation (euphemism: ticket) for a minor traffic violation, you're a victim of armed robbery.
Spend some time driving in other countries. I haven't looked up data, but I've driven in Japan for 5 years; in Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand; in France for 2 years, all over Western Europe, and significant stints in Italy and Greece...and also in Mexico. You rarely see cops, and they aren't out holding you up at gunpoint for money over traffic rulz.
Perhaps it's the case that Americans are such limp-dick spawn that they just shut up and put up with it. Or, they're just too fucking stupid in general to have any awareness, which would be my bet. ...They're too busy worrying about international "threats" a million miles away...and of course, the perpetual Next King erection (not a typo).
After all, every 8 years, we kick out a Bad King and erect a Good King. It's what we do. We're. That. Fucking. Stupid.
Cops are fist and foremost, hired thieves to raise money for municipalities and states to the tune of billions extorted annually. And the insurance companies aren't likely to complain, since it gives them "justification" to take a few more hundred from you annually, even though there's simply no causal link between a person who gets the odd "ticket" and their payout risk. Bedfellows, by statute and commission.
In 2006 we drove 6,000 KM, from Paris to Barcelona, hugged the Med shoreline to Piza and then, via Florence, completed the triangle to Paris via Switzerland and Germany...over three weeks. Saw 2 cop cars the entire time, both in downtown Florence—hanging out in a town square. (I once counted 112 police cars between San Jose and Vista, CA, on a Labor Day weekend dive.)
...It was a very, very dangerous trip, that Euro-thing, what with all the people out on the roads not being stolen from at virtual random so that everyone knows their place.
And the cool thing about Mexico is that even if you do get stopped, which is rare unless you're utterly careless (which some are), 200 pesos—the equivalent of $13—sends you on your way. Far cry from the $300 tickets issued in CA now, and the downstream effects on your insurance.
Fuck cops. Please alert me to any news of a cop killing, so I can smile.
I've perhaps received more negative feedback on my diatribes against cops than anything. Fuck off. You assholes wring your hands over "terrorists" a million miles away, and the fact is, you embrace terrorism in your neighborhood and streets, like a bunch of Stockholm Syndrome drones. Fuck cops. Fuck Republicans. Fuck doG & Cuntry. Follow Cop Block (Facebook too) for just a few days if you're interested in getting the stinky brown stuff out of your eyes.
Lay 100% of all police brutality on the doorstep of Republicans and Right-Wing Religious FuckFaces. Never vote; but especially, never vote for a Republican or overtly religious person. Ever.
Democrats are commies, but at least we'll all know we're subjects of the state and it gets deducted from paychecks and we'll not have to listen to Fucking Republicans act like it's an outrage and they're going to do something any minute but never, ever will.
~ Even when a wild animal looks like a dog...it's basically a dog, even if a sea mammal.
~ Or a land pack animal... (Saw that on FB this morning but in infinite wisdom I'm sure, not in my feed anymore, even though I shared it.)
~ Get out the hanky. There is no such thing as a bad dog. There are unlimited bad humans.
~ And low and behold, there are also awesome humans. It's definitive proof that crazy dog ladies are not at all like crazy cat ladies.
~ Completely by the book. The 737 is out front and the 747 is behind, on a higher approach. Reversed could be dramatic, but probably not critical. Commercial passenger craft are way overpowered by design, so any adverse turbulence can be quickly powered out of.
~ Fuck Fox News. What's new? "Fox News Says People Who Protest Against Police Brutality Are A ‘Murder Movement’." Basically, it's regurgitate for moron doG & Cuntry, Lawz & Orderz Republicans. Stupid is as stupid does.
~ And in terms of Democrats, you just can't fix stupid. Been trying for over 20 years to explain a simple economic reality to them, to no avail; but an encephalitic—or millions of them—are pretty much like zombie apocalypse.
~ I'm not much on the domination of others implicit in the culture of apology. If you did wrong, just don't do it again if you can help it.
~ Sometimes I can't help but get my dose of principles as absolute.
I always find myself migrating back to Billy Beck for perspectives, because he is ruthless over principles and their contradiction in even every-day pleasantries we utter to one-another...among other ways principles enter swaths of cognitive dissonance in human minds, but I digress.
My way of stating Billy's unassailable identification (A=A tautology style) is that really, the only good cops (policing being an honest value people would pay for) aren't really enforcing laws, per se. They are keeping peace and everyone basically knows how to do that. Professionals are welcome to apply, however, and I salute professionalism—where essentials are emphasized and distinguished from non-essentials—but the job is very LIMITED.
Was Andy Taylor enforcing the law? Perhaps sometimes, but not usually, and I disregard the dramatic elements that compromise the artistic message of what he represented...and especially note the additional element of Barney Fife, the best caricature of modern day cops there ever was.
And you know why that caricature is so apt? Because it was always predictable to people who pay some attention to principles.
~ I began with an FB share this morning with Stevie the Wonder singing a Sting song, with Sting. It's too long to revive my previous share, but here's Robert Downey Jr. being Driven To Tears.