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13 May 2009 @ 11:26 pm
Sometimes it's hard to know where to start.  
There's video floating around on the internet of a California Highway Patrol officer kicking a man in the head while the man is lying face-down on the grass waiting to be arrested. He'd jumped out of a car at the end of a high speed chase and made a run for it, then gave up without any further resistance. The video (I've linked to it after the cut) clearly shows the CHiP punting the guy in the noggin. It's just another fine example of the old mantra, "There's never a cop around when you need one, and when there is, odds are good the guy's a real piece of work."

But, as Arlo Guthrie once sang, this isn't a song about Alice.

The Huffington Post's piece about the incident includes a section for reader comments that, for me, is a perfect distillation of what the worst of the right-wing-nutbar community embodies (not conservatives or Republicans generally, I hope, but that specific subset that has done so much to make Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter and Savage so rich in the last few years).

Look at what our friend "ProudlyConservative42" had to say about the CHiP's George Blanda impression:

I'm especially grateful to see "ProudlyConservative42" suggesting that if only America were MORE LIKE North Korea or Iran things would be better, at least as far as crime goes. Is this why my father died in World War 2 defending the American Way Of Life*? So that guys like "ProudlyConservative42" could just throw away the Constitution and the Rule of Law, and instead emulate the Communists or the ayatollahs? This guy is so upset about All The Things That Are Wrong With America that he can't even see straight.

Which makes it very hard for him to aim his bile effectively.

*Certain dramatic details were changed to better illustrate my point. In real life, my father did not die in World War 2 defending the American Way Of Life. He was too young to serve, and also not an American, but that doesn't mean it couldn't have happened like I described it.

lotusbeans on May 14th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
You know...
Proud conservative might be trying to be funny. "Forfeiting your right to live," and the idea that Iran and North Korea have low crime are so over-the-top, could it be a liberal (or smart ass on either side) saying something extreme in an attempt at humour? Imagine if one of our people had said this, in that tone we often use when we feel superior and pleased with ourselves.
(Anonymous) on May 15th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Sgt. Getraer?
OK, you just scared me with knowing that name. I mean Jon and Ponch, sure. But Sgt. Getraer? Yikes. --td