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“You have the right to obey my orders”


Via TGW, a story that will sicken and enrage you. The Raw Story:

One officer was fired and another quit after a rural Georgia woman who called police to complain of a prowler was zapped repeatedly with a stun gun.

Ryan Smith of the Lumpkin Police Department has resigned and Tim Murphy, of Richland Police Department, was fired for using pepper spray on the woman, Janice Wells.

Wells, 57, says she feared a prowler was outside her Richland house. A minute-long dashboard video from Smith’s patrol car shows the officer pulling up to assist another officer.

What happens is largely hidden by an open police cruiser door, but Wells can be heard screaming “Don’t do that! Don’t do that!” as a stun gun is heard repeatedly zapping.

Authorities say the April 26 struggle began when Wells wouldn’t tell police the name of an acquaintance who had been at her house.

When did we decide that cops can torture anyone who doesn’t meekly obey their commands?

Tasers should be banned and the cops in this video should prosecuted.

Quit asking when your pony will arrive!


Over at OpenLeft Mike Lux isn’t a happy camper:


The argument over Obama and the left rages on unabated. It started in earnest the day after his election with the first leaks of who would be appointed to the transition team, and has kept going since.

[…]

However, I’m writing this post not to join the debate, but to say that at the end of the day, I find myself confused as to why it matters. Clearly people are very passionate about it, but I don’t get why. What matters in my view is not how we judge Obama, but what we do to shape his actions, and what we do in response to his actions. Everything else is just metaphysics and your particular perspective on life.

[…]

What matters, though, isn’t Obama’s essential goodness, or whether he’s really a progressive or not. We can’t control that. What matters is what we do to shape and build the progressive response to Obama. Our job, as citizens and activists, isn’t to bitch about or praise Obama, but to fight him when he is doing wrong, help him when he does the right thing, and work to shape the choices he makes.

At some point next year, we all may need to make a decision about whether to help a primary opponent to Obama if someone decides to take him on. It may happen, it may not.


Sounds to me like Mike is on the losing end of the argument. Generally when someone is winning they don’t announce they don’t want to discuss it anymore. I guess if I was one of those “creative class” geniuses who shoved Obama down the throats of those “low-information” racist hillbillies who wanted Hillary I’d want to change the subject too.

Sorry Mr. Lux, but no can do.

Until people on the left recognize that Obama is a conservative DINO they will keep supporting him instead of opposing him like they should. They need to understand that Obama does not have good intentions and that he cannot be trusted. Maybe then they won’t fall for another bait and switch like they did with the public option.

But there’s another reason we need to keep talking about who Obama really is. A couple years ago a certain group of know-it-alls on the left decided that they knew better than the voters or anyone else. They decided that Obama was some kind of progressive messiah, and they ostracized anyone who disagreed.  Even worse, they ignored the will of the majority of the voters who wanted Hillary to be the nominee, dismissing us as ignorant racists.

They caused a big rift in Democratic party, and it still hasn’t healed. It will never heal until the people who caused the problem admit that they were wrong about Obama and that we were right. An apology or two wouldn’t hurt either.

We’re not gonna let you sweep 2008 under the rug because if we do it will happen again in 2012 or 2016. We don’t need a series of false prophets and fake messiahs, we need proven leaders with a record of accomplishment. And we don’t need anyone to pick our nominees for us, we prefer to do it ourselves.

After all, it turns out that we weren’t the “low-information” voters, it was the Obama supporters who didn’t know shit from Shinola.