If You Are Going To Hate Cops…
I don’t hate cops. In most cases I believe that anyone stupid enough to refuse a cops lawful orders is a dumbass. I believe that part of doing a cops job is having the ability if not necessity to enforce the law. When people fail to comply with the law, it is probably going to lead to some kind of violence. Sometimes that violence is going to be excessive and sometimes, it’s going to be criminal. But, sometimes, it’s just the way it is. Violence is always ugly and sometimes it’s absolutely necessary. As citizens, we have to look at these instances with an unbiased eye. Most importantly we have to understand that cops are human and they make mistakes. They are not supermen capable of shooting guns out of people’s hands or shooting them in the leg. Basically, if you are going to hate cops, do it for the right reason.
What do I mean by all of that? Well, when you are forced to make split second decisions we have to stop hating cops for not making the best decisions. We have to accept that sometimes cops are going to make mistakes and it’s never going to change. For example, when a cop is faced with someone pointing a gun at them. If the gun looks real, and the cop shoots that person, no matter how old that person is, you can’t blame the cop for that at face value. Yes, it’s brutal and it ugly and it’s a tragedy. It doesn’t mean that it was criminal.
Now of course I believe it should be investigated. Absolutely! Did the toy gun look in question look like a super soaker or did it look a real gun? Did the cop believe the person with the gun was a threat to public safety? Would a reasonable person believe their life was in danger? Did the cop think the gun was a threat to their own safety. Did the cop believe that lives were at stake? If so, the cop sadly, did the right thing. Sometimes, doing the right thing is tragic.
I am not trying to say that the cops are always justified, they are not. For example, just the other day a cop in Phoenix, AZ shot and killed a person for throwing rocks. I am not lying. Some guy was throwing rocks at a police station. He also throw some rocks at a patrol unit and broke a window. A cop was hit on the hand by a rock and for that, the cop shot and killed the man. Now, I will admit that, I don’t have all the facts of the case. My opinion is based solely upon the facts at hand. At this time, I see NO justification for the shooting. What that cop did was commit murder. He should be arrested and tried for the crime. I don’t know why no one is protesting in defense of the rock thrower. There must be a reason no one seems to have a problem with this shooting? There are no hashtags, no one screaming that the shooter be fired? Color me, perplexed!
Why do I believe this shooting was murder and the “toy gun” scenario is not? I don’t understand how anyone could not see the difference but I will explain it, nonetheless. In the first scenario, the cop thought the toy gun was real. The cop shot the person, because he or she believed by doing so they were protecting the public and themselves from serious harm or even death. That’s when it’s justifiable to shoot someone. When it comes to shooting someone because they are throwing rocks, chances are, no one is going to be seriously injured when the throwers alleged targets were all property. Chances are no one was going to be killed be cause someone was throwing rocks at cop cars and cop buildings. The cops new the man was throwing rocks. They didn’t believe those rocks we hand grenades or that those rocks we going to be used as a deadly weapon.
Yet, I must point, that those rocks could be considered deadly weapons and I believe the cops could have arrested the man and charged him with “Assault with a Deadly Weapon.” However, I do not believe that the cops only tactic available to them was to shoot the suspect. The cops have many tools available to them in this case. At no time was any cops life in serious jeopardy. Therefore, the cop is guilty of either murder or manslaughter. Again based only upon the evidence at hand, at the time I am writing this article.
Cops are human beings, it doesn’t matter how much training a cop has, they will always be human and they will always makes mistakes. The true litmus tests to acts of violence committed by the police has got to be not only that the cop feared for his life and that of the public’s safety but also would the average person have realistically feared for their lives as well. That’s why I believe that if you’re going to hate cops, at least hate on them for the right reasons. We have got to stop hating on cops the instant we see or hear that they a cop had to use some kind of force to impede the progress of a suspect. As I stated earlier, sometimes doing the right thing can have tragic results. It’s just the way it is. If you want to hate on someone, blame God. He could have just as easily created a world without guns, conflicts and hate. If you don’t believe in a god then blame life because life, like nature, can be a beautiful thing but it can also be cruel and disgusting for absolutely no reason.
One of These Is The Toy Gun Tamir Rice Was Holding
Phoenix cop shoots and kills man throwing rocks at precinct; striking cruiser, window and officer
Why It’s Okay To Mock Stupid People and Hypocrites…
When it comes to stupid people and hypocrites, it is okay to mock them. A perfect example of this came from Twitter the other day. Someone posted a meme pointing out the blatant hypocrisy of religious leaders when it comes to their thoughts on atheists. I agreed with the meme and responded with one of my own. It was a photo of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory with the quote, “It’s funny because it’s true.” something Sheldon says on the show from time to time. A few people Favorited my Tweet but one person didn’t seem too happy with it. This person is the reason for this post.
This unhappy Twitter person commented with this, “Aint nothing funny about folks dying cause of ” I didn’t understand his post. He’s making a seriously claim about making jokes about people dying and then turning around calling them “fruitloops.” In any case, it made feel the need to explain a few things that I didn’t have to to get into the other day. First, the point of the meme is not about making fun of people dying. It’s about pointing out the complete stupidity and hypocrisy of many in the religious community. Though the meme does show the religious people killing each other over whose god has the biggest dick, it’s not the focus of the meme. The focus is that of their hypocrisy. They claim to be about peace and love but their actions say otherwise.
I have no problem with mocking a person’s religion. I think more people should do so. Religion is just an idea. Idea’s should always be challenged. That’s how you get to the truth. Anyone that complains about their idea’s or belief’s being challenged obviously doesn’t have much faith in them. That being said, I don’t believe in mocking people for the things they cannot change. Skin color or sexual preference for example. But, things like hypocrisy and stupidity are a choice and therefor fair game.
When it comes to stupidity, again, this is something people choose. They may not understand that they choose it but they did in fact choose it. I once again need to point out my old family friend who shall remain nameless. This guy has gone off the deep end in his political belief’s. He’s turned into one of those FOX News crazies. He admittedly only watch FOX News. Time and time again he would send links to stories that backed up his bat shit crazy paranoia. And, time and time again, I would send him multiple articles with actual facts that supported my statements. I soon discovered that he doesn’t read the articles. He doesn’t even read the articles that he sends to me. He’s the dreaded line “headline believer.” If it’s in a meme or on a blog and the headline propaganda within goes along with what he wants to believe, it’s further proof to him that his beliefs are facts. This makes him stupid with regard to those ideas.
Now some may argue that this doesn’t make him stupid, rather it makes him ignorant of the facts. Maybe it does a little but either way it doesn’t matter. He chooses not to read the entire article. He chooses to believe those politicians without question. That makes him stupid. Had he chose to actually read the articles and question the politicians and still believed them it he would be ignorant of the actual facts but still stupid, nonetheless. It’s a fine line. But in most cases, at least, most debates I have been a part of, it always comes down to stupidity. People simply are choosing to believe in what they want to believe regardless of the actual facts. That isn’t being ignorant, that is being stupid without question.
So the other day when it came to that meme and my photo response. I wasn’t mocking people killing each other. I was mocking the stupid people and hypocrites that continue to believe in their assorted fairytales at all costs.
Red States Have The Worst Drivers…
I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that red states have the worst drivers. I recently moved to Arizona a little over a year ago from the High Desert in Southern California. It’s a big change. The city I now live in seems to pride itself on its ignorance and from what I’ve seen on the news, so does the rest of the state. At least the vast majority of it does. Seriously, from gun nuts walking around with their guns out to the outright disdain of anything they think is liberal. You know, things like science and facts. But, worst of all are the drivers.
On my cell phone, I have the ABC15 app. It’s supposed to notify me of breaking news. Sadly, it mainly just notifies me of the constant accidents in the center part of the state. That’s another thing about Arizona that sucks. If you don’t live in or around Phoenix, you don’t really matter. If you’re lucky, you might get a mention on the news during the weather segment but that’s about it. I live closer to Los Angeles and Vegas than I do Phoenix but it seems that the whole states is forced to hear about the news from Phoenix and it’s border cities. Even so, day or night, when I get a notification it’s about one of two things, there’s an accident or there’s been another shooting.
We are constantly being told by gun nuts that there would be less shootings if everyone had guns. So not the case. Our state legislature also came up with the brilliant idea that once you get a drivers license it’s pretty much yours to keep until you’re 65. Seriously, when I got my Arizona license last year I thought it was a mistake when it appeared to be good for the next 20 years. Expires, 8/27/34, it had to be an error. No mistake. I am good to go.
Can you believe that? If I end up needing glasses in the near future the MVD could care less. I am good to go. I could lose a fucking a limb and MVD don’t care. They’re like the Honey Badger of the vehicle world. Within a few weeks of moving here I had already driven by several accidents. Mostly old people that have lost of all concept that other people are on the road. I am constantly being cut off by old fucknuts that shouldn’t be driving. Or worse, having these idiots just pull right out in front of me like I’m not even there. I have watched them, they don’t even look before they pull out into traffic. If I wasn’t paying attention to them we’d both be dead. But, to be fair, it’s not just old people. Arizona drivers seem to take driving as a right and not a privilege. It’s just that almost every time I come upon an accident or someone cuts me off, it’s an old person involved.
All of this made me wonder, do all red states have the worst drivers? It made perfect sense in my mind. I mean, in this day and age, anyone stupid enough to support the republican party can’t be too fucking bright. I know this because I’ve debated enough of them to know that their elevators don’t go to the top floor. So I did a few Google searches and guess, what? Red states have the worst drivers!
8 out of the 10 states labeled for worst drivers, are red states. The two wobbler states are Delaware and Hawaii. All the remaining states are without a doubt, red states. Seems the more dumbed-down a state is, the worse their driving becomes. It’s sad, but when states don’t care enough to educate their people, what do you expect?
Well, as usual, don’t take my word for it, below are a couple links were you can read up on the subject. Or just do your own Google search and see what you find.
Tough question: Which state has the worst drivers?
Worst Drivers By State