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  1. Joel
    Joel April 30, 2015 7:07 am

    On that thug piece in the Atlantic – sheesh, what a muddled mess. We get what we’re supposed to take away from it in the subhead: “a racially charged epithet,” only to learn – as if anybody who’s ever seen a Harrison Ford movie didn’t already know – that there’s nothing ‘racially charged’ about it at all. The fact that some hip-hop ‘artists’ called themselves thugs in the 90’s does not make it racist to call a thug a thug now.

    In her close, even Megan Garber had to sort of admit she’d failed to sink her theme home. “as the word’s history suggests, there is—contrary to Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s claims last night—a kind of universality to thuggery. Thugs are not necessarily “evil”; thugs are not necessarily opposed to “the will of good”; thugs are not necessarily unsympathetic. Which is another way of saying that thugs are human.” Oh, BS. She just spent 800 words supposedly showing that thugs are historically specifically evil. And it’s an excellent epithet for someone who fights injustice by looting a convenience store. The word for someone who tries to justify such behavior, like Garber, is … well, I can think of a few. None are very nice.

  2. Ellendra
    Ellendra April 30, 2015 8:19 am

    When I first heard the claim that “thug” was a racist term, I almost apologized to any innocent hindus listening who might have been offended by it. Then I found out that wasn’t the race that it supposedly referred to, even though the term originated in India.

    It’s never going to make sense, is it?

  3. KiA
    KiA April 30, 2015 8:36 am

    `help us control you, or suffer the consequences*`

    *including but not limited to: intimidation, fists, elbows, chokes, steel toe boots, pepper spray, tasers, tear gas, bullets.

  4. LarryA
    LarryA April 30, 2015 10:16 am

    “Why would anyone need a gun when you have the government to protect you?” [hurl]

  5. RustyGunner
    RustyGunner April 30, 2015 10:41 am

    Before we had the cable removed years ago, our neighboring county to the north (Prince George’s County, MD) ran police recruiting commercials that were all ninja-suit dynamic-entry paramilitary porn. What sort of personality is that crap going to attract?

  6. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair April 30, 2015 10:46 am

    Ending the drug war would certainly help. But that means really ending it. Legalize everything. Eliminate the concept of prescription drug.

  7. Pat
    Pat April 30, 2015 10:50 am

    I never knew the origin of the word “thug” – and never had that much trouble saying the word either (“Spoken aloud, “thug” requires its utterer first to sneer (the lisp of the “th”) and then to gape (the deep-throated “uhhhh”) and then to choke the air (that final, glottal “g”) – but I resent zealots of all types changing definitions to suit their “cause” and expecting others to comply or be labelled an “-ist”. Let them make up their own words.

    Babi Yar, Ukraine: Now THAT was a “hate crime”! So sad – and the video was so well done.

    But what were the other Jews doing while some were being shot? Why were they standing around waiting? What would Americans do if they were “rounded up” for some reason; would we be compliant, too, when given that order? But no, we have an antidote against such illness!

  8. Joel
    Joel April 30, 2015 10:52 am


    “The police cannot control society without the help of society.”

    Very true. Maybe they need more “go home at the end of my shift” and less “control society,” and we’d get along better.

  9. Claire
    Claire April 30, 2015 11:03 am

    “Let them make up their own words.”

    LOL, yeah. The first time I heard someone claim that the word “thug” was racist was just last fall. A Seattle Seahawks football player (Richard Sherman, I believe) made that claim. I was like WHUUUUTTT? I also felt as if liberal eejits were trying to take a perfectly good word away from the rest of us.

    The word “thug” not only has the verbal impact of a striking mallet, it becomes more useful every time a new cop video hits YouTube.

  10. Matt, another
    Matt, another April 30, 2015 11:33 am

    Lost Comrade to the communists. Lost Partner to the gays. Now we have lost Thug to the thugs?

  11. Ellendra
    Ellendra April 30, 2015 2:25 pm

    “Lost Partner to the gays.”

    For that matter, we lost “gay” to the gays. It used to mean a kind of lighthearted cheerfullness.

  12. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau April 30, 2015 3:24 pm

    [“Although they’re tragedies when they go wrong, most of those encounters take place without incident, where people leave the encounter with maybe not a good feeling that they got a ticket but not a sense that they were disrespected in any way.”]

    Getting a ticket for “violating” a bullshit law is not disrespectful? Well what is it then?

    I guess police recruiting is down because not so many people consider it a perk, to be able to kill without consequences. Probably the pay for being a Mafia enforcer is higher too, thus drawing off potential candidates.

    [“This one incident can cause the public to lose respect and overshadow the good work, the hard work, done by thousands of officers every day,” Harwell said.]

    Yeah, all that good hard work, handing out tickets every day. Where would we be without them?

    [The judge agreed to let him graduate from technical school before he reports to prison for 18 months.]

    Only reasonable, right? If one of us peons tortured a handcuffed disabled woman, I’m sure the judge would take our plans into account in the sentencing, right?

    [Instead of telling the offended students blow it out their burrito, the college ran for the border.]

    I am getting sick and tired of these apologies for PC “violations”. Doesn’t anyone have balls any more? I suppose there is some inducement behind it, such as “grovel or lose your job”. But still, it makes me gag.

  13. winston
    winston April 30, 2015 4:31 pm

    Hey Claire! I’ve been kinda gone lately but I shot you an email, I’d love to catch up 🙂

  14. Claire
    Claire April 30, 2015 5:48 pm

    winston — Yeah, great to hear from you again and to know that the governmental bastards aren’t grinding you down. Or at least not as far as they were.

    I got your email. It’s such a behemoth that I couldn’t respond right away. Will definitely get back to you in the next few days.

  15. jc2k
    jc2k April 30, 2015 6:00 pm

    The NPR piece especially disturbed me after reading this piece in the New Yorker yesterday:

    Albuqerque is a terrifying example of what happens when the police can’t recruit enough quality candidates.

    Even the D.A. is in fear of the police down there:

    And some additional Albuqerque news from Radly Balko:

  16. winston
    winston April 30, 2015 6:39 pm

    I know, my writing skills have probably dwindled down to that of a 12 year old these days haha

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