Friday, September 01, 2006

It's the First and Ninth Amendments, Post morons

The New York Post's editorial staff is sometimes good, sometimes stupid. They don't know the difference between justice and law, but today they outdid their typical authoritarianism by defending a judge's upholding of a "disorderly conduct" charge against Ramon Morena. And what was Morena's crime? He was arguing with someone in public, but the reason he received a summons was because he told an NYPigD (who approached them on his own), "Go fuck yourself. Fuck you, cop."

The Post gleefully notes, "Morena got slapped with a summons for disorderly conduct, because his behavior to the police was alarming to the general public."

How can uttering something "alarming to the general public" be a crime, when the words did not harm anyone and in fact could not have possibly harmed anyone? If such uses of "fuck" were truly "alarming to the general public," then the police should do their "duty" and take 99% of New York's drivers to Central Booking. The word is so common in everyday American society that it's virtually impossible to say it in any manner that "alarms" anyone older than 10. I'm just using a general age there; you should hear the "darndest things" that NYC elementary schoolchildren say.

Even playing the NYPigD's game, no one would have been "alarmed" anyway if the pig hadn't come over to stick his snout in others' business. Had Morena harmed the woman in any way? Had he even threatened her? Was there any appearance of assault, battery or menacing? Had the woman called out for help, let alone specifically requested police assistance? Apparently none of those happened, meaning it was a private matter. It became a "public" one only because the pig made it by his interference.

Some years ago, a friend's nephew got into an automobile accident. It was his fault, and he was privately settling the matter with the other person. There was no need for police intervention. Yet a cop came up, investigated, and insisted on getting information though neither party needed that "help." It wound up going to court, where my friend's nephew received a minor fine. I consider that a badge of honor, because he preferred the state's punishment to voluntarily bowing down and licking someone's hand.

That's the police's job, you know: to subjugate and harass the people. Then should we dare to stand up to them, they try to bully us into submission. (Too bad for them that they might have greater numbers and firepower in real life, but online their only ammunition are their sorely deficient intellect and wit.) Morena rightfully didn't see any reason to show respect to this jack-booted thug in blue, so in response, the self-important prick used the force of law to punish Morena for not bowing down. Also, imagine the brownie points that this judge Weinberg scored for the next time he's caught speeding, gets a parking ticket, or has a problem with a neighbor.

So much for equality, huh? Your neighbor could threaten you with bodily harm, and because of their caseload and/or laziness, police in many jurisdictions won't even bother sending over a squad car to talk to him: "We can't really do anything until a crime is committed." (The same governments also tend to keep people disarmed "for their own good," when it only leaves them unable to defend themselves.) But tell a policeman "Go fuck yourself," and that could garner you 15 days in jail. Few will dare call that fascism, but I will. Fascism demands full allegiance to the state and its representatives, and punishment awaits those who aren't obedient.

The Post even said, "But Judge Weinberg has already struck a blow for public civility with a needed reminder that, yes, cops are different - and deservedly so, given the responsibilities and sacrifices that are asked of them." Let's overlook the idiotic belief of using government to enforce "civility." Oh yes, it's a tremendous responsibility and sacrifice to ticket cabbies who are doing no harm to anyone, and to entrap gun shop owners. It's a tremendous responsibility to lean against walls, watching people go by, isn't it? That reminds me, it must have been some "responsibility" for them one day at Grand Central. I was behind a particularly attractive woman as we went down some stairs. She was in a form-fitting T-shirt and low-rise jeans, and several NYPigD were watching her so intently that they wouldn't have noticed Osama himself dancing in front of them wearing full Arab dress.

Ask Abner Louima about "responsibilities and sacrifices." Ask Amadou Diallo -- oh wait, we can't, since he died after being shot 19 times at close range. How about we ask the victims of Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa? If you want to talk about heroes, talk about firefighters. They are the ones whose jobs are all about risking their lives to help others.

Virtually all members of all levels of government set themselves above the rest of us, and enough of "we the people" are stupid enough to elect and re-elect them. Cynthia McKinney assaulted a Capitol Hill policeman who was justified in stopping her, and no thinking person was surprised when charges were dropped. At least enough voters woke up to her moonbattery and fired her in the primary. By contrast, an everyday Joe pulled a Dick Cheney on a nosy flatfoot, and now he might spend up to 15 days in jail. Membership does have its privileges, because they all watch out for each other.

Welcome back to the 1760s, people.

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