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Name: Steve
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“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” - MLK

I like that quote. A lot.

http://forusa.org/blogs/ivan-boothe/martin-luther-king-jr-his-own-words-radical-revolutionary-opposed-war/8435

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Martin Luther King Jr.
”The Trumpet of Conscience”
Steeler Lecture, November 1967

I wanted a good cop to tell us the reality....

We have one downthread.

When I used to work in the prison, almost all the inmates would swear up and down how fucking horrible the cops were. Well, duh....look at who's sitting in prison. One time I was called " a pussy " to my face because I advocated caution with LEO's. I just smiled to myself and thought, ok tough guy, you do what you want.

I've only had one bad experience in 56 years with LEO's. Granted, I'm a white guy, but I've also been given breaks by LEO's. If 99.99% of them were assholes, my car insurance would be 400% higher.

Reality: shades of gray

DU: hmm.....not always so good at shades of gray

see here for the good cop AMA: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025919944#post73

I was really hoping that guy was for real

I've never been a cop or known any cops very well, so no clue how much of that AMA was BS and how much was for real.

Even the cops in San Francisco and Berkeley are flawed. You'd think in those places, they'd get really good ones. Problem is, 99.99% of liberals/progressives would rather be a social worker with no gun, than a cop with a gun.

I'd never be a cop. No way. I'd rather work with nasty garbage all day.

It depends on the individual cop

First question: Some cops, probably many many times. The "good ones", maybe accidentally some minor ones.

I don't think cops are perfect. Hell, if I was a cop, I'm sure I'd accidentally break the law at least once a day. I'm a leadfoot, I admit it. That law, I'd have problems with.

That being said, if you are a cop, you have a duty to OBEY the law. If we ousted all cops who break laws accidentally, we'd have NO cops at all. If we ousted all cops who accidentally break traffic laws, we'd have NO cops.

No argument, some cops (no clue about percentages) abuse their power and authority. There are BAD cops, but NOT 100%, unless your definition of bad is failing to turn in buddies. In that case, yes, 99.9 % of them are BAD. A rare few will step up and turn in buddies.

The bad cops, the assholes, the racists, yes, let's get rid of them.

The decent ones who accidentally break the law once a day, nope. We need much much much stronger protections for cop whistleblowers. Right now, a cop who turns in a buddy gets shitcanned or worse.

are you serious ?

100% of cops are NOT bad. To black people, yes, *some* cops are racist, but not 100%.

Prove that 100% of all cops are bad. I will wait. Thanks kindly.

I grew up in the "old south" (1958-1964) in a 100% white neighborhood....

We had a maid, like many others in our neighborhood, and she was one of the best human beings I have ever known. When Easter died in 1991, I went to her funeral along with my family, and I cried over her. She was like my second mother. Damn, I wish she was still alive. I really do. I get emotional even now thinking about her.

Besides Easter and the other maids, we only had ONE black girl in my elementary school. Back then, I was too young and naive to really understand how odd that was. When I went to junior high school (now called middle school), we had roughly 33% black students in the population. When I went to high school, again, we had roughly 33% black students. When I went to college, it was maybe 20% ? Law school was really bad, maybe 10% ? Grad school was embarassingly bad, maybe 1% ?

The south was 100% racist back then. The n-word was something I heard every week, and sometimes every day. That's why I have such a strong reaction to the word being spelled out, ESPECIALLY IN FREAKING SUBJECT LINES. If you don't get that the n-word is horribly offensive to black people, I don't know what to say to you. I really don't. I am from the south, I KNOW fucking racism when I see it.

At least 50% of the hostility to PBO is based on race, and probably more than that. I know it is. We are definitely still a racist country.

Being tactful/diplomatic online: the poll

I do my best to be tactful/diplomatic, ya'll.

It Gets Worse: The Newest Sony Data Breach Exposes Thousands Of Passwords

http://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/it-gets-worse-the-newest-sony-data-breach-exposes-thousands

original article, kinda must read if you are into this sort of thing.

How are things in UK these days ? Getting better slowly or worse ?

Sincere question, as always. Thanks.

Steve

at the risk of sounding all 1945 corny.....

why not be kind, when you can ? Yea, sometimes I'm in a bad mood or sick, etc, and being kind is just too much, I can barely be civil. There's no such thing as too much kindness. IMHO.
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