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The Militarization of the Police Is the Problem

Prolegomenon. There is an old joke about a man looking for a watch on Broadway when it was lost in the Bowery; when asked why he was looking on Broadway instead of where the watch was lost he replied “the light is so much better here.” Similarly, activists don’t use the incident that best exemplifies their cause, they use the most highly publicized event that can be linked to their cause, even if that link is tenuous. Because the light is so much better.

A meme that’s long gone. Take a look, a gander at this image. Norman Rockwell painted this (“The Runaway”, shown here) for a Saturday Evening Post cover that was published September 20, 1958. The imagery is perfect. Understanding cop — with a lot of time on his hands — reasoning with a lad who ran away. What would today’s version be? A kid sedated by a psychotropic cocktail, under lock and key or recovering after having been Tasered or beaten (or worse) for mouthing off to a cop. This is the crux of the problem: the militarization of the police. The destruction of the idea and notion that they’re to help and assist and not necessarily kick ass and take down names.

Compare this theme with today’s.

Seeming disparity of coverage and concern. Kelly Thomas, Dillon Taylor, Gil Collar. White guys beaten and shot to death by cops: white, non-white and black. (I still don’t know what the hell non-white means.) It’s relevant, it’s pertinent and it needs to be explored. Not because that excuses any alleged police overreaction but because it adds perspective. It adds light. The problem is endemic, inherent and knows not race as a primary factor. Correlation versus cause are two distinctly different considerations. Critial thinking and precise issue analysis are needed desperately.

Let me be brutally frank. I hate, no! I loathe discussions that victim categorize by race. What is this? Are we keeping a tally? No, that’s not the basis of my indictment. If a behavior is wrong, if a reaction is unwarranted, it’s wrong simply because it’s wrong. Likewise you can’t excuse wrongdoing simply because it’s rare and infrequent. A black suspect mistreated by cops is as wrong as a white suspect mistreated by cops. Cops who are trained professionals, I might add.

But what I cannot understand is the selective categorization of victim demographics. Yes, without a doubt, there are discrepancies between white and black treatment. True. The history of police treatment is marred and horrible to be sure. But issue analysis and critical thinking a required here. Let’s stick to the particular issue and framework that this disquisition attempts to address. Work with me in this one.

What the problem is and has been is an attitudinal militarization of police that has been exacerbated by the recent injection of 1033-like programs into police departments already burdened by historically entrenched and intrinsic racism. Without a doubt. let’s be clear: Racism has existed, the disparate treatment of criminal detainees and suspects still exists. Fine, let’s all stipulate to that and move on.

Here is the gravamen of my indictment.

  • Police training and institutional mindsets need immediate and drastic revision.
  • The celerity in the use of deadly force must be addressed. Alternatives to force and dispute resolution must be included in officers’ arsenal.
  • Racial arson, especially when fueled by those who seek to enjoy pecuniary gain, must be decried and attacked for what it is.
  • The mainstream media must seriously readdress the way in which it covers incendiary matters, especially in view of the 24/7 cable news wheel that feeds data and coverage without surcease with no recognizable sense of proportion, sobriety or responsibility.
  • The notion of the peace officer has gone the way of RoboCop. So long, Sheriff Andy. The message of the role of officer must be retooled and readdressed.
  • The principles of Posse Comitatus must be revisited to readdress the division between civilian law enforcement and military.

Good luck explicating this perspective. Ted Baxter and Ron Burgundy would be proud.

 

The Lionel Interview That Changed the Course of Human Civilization

Howard Beale: “We’ll tell you anything you want to hear, we lie like hell. “

There were wonderful days of radio per-Rush. In The Enduring Spirit of Howard Beale Professor James Tracy interviews yours truly for a lively and boisterous tête-à-tête. In it, such gems and bromides as the following infra were gleaned. Here, I quote myself. A fascinating proposition.

It was in the glory days of talk radio before everybody wanted to be Rush,  or the Wannabes came along–when it was interesting, when you had local. You had people who really did not belong on radio, people who did not have stentorian voices, as did and do I not. I’ve been described as Joe Pesci on helium. My favorite is Curly Howard on Benzedrine. People had personality [and] perspective. And then Rush came along and simultaneously revamped, rekindled, and reinstituted AM radio as a viable commercial property, and simultaneously destroyed it by inspiring all of these right wing Rush wannabes who were talentless, and still are in many respects.

 

 

LIONEL PODCAST: An Interview With Professor James Tracy, Rogue Academic Who Dares to Question the Official Story of Sandy Hook

Behold the man who dared to question. An academic, no less. Professor James Tracy of Florida Atlantic University and Memory Hole Blog joined me for a conversation on the dread conspiracy theory, the label that immediately shuts up and down and interrupts and derails thought without surcease and fail. Behold the man who dared — DARED! — to question the official account of Sandy Hook, a man who simply and merely asked questions — QUESTIONS! — and then incurred and uncorked the usual and predictable ire and wrath of a feckless and impuissant mainstream media who don’t take kindly to those who question — QUESTION! — whether they’re doing their job. There was a time when academic freedom provided the fearless and intrepid backdrop and stage for intellectual inquiry. The proscenium for ideation and issue inspection. Jim Tracy dared to question the official account of Sandy Hook and continues to. And I love and respect immediately anyone who strips aware the veneer of the oafish-al sleight of hand rendition.

The subject of this recordation. In this interview the good professor and I discuss the retooling and stripped down dissection of the term conspiracy theory to connote that of lunacy and the baseless, the future of the classroom and campus as crucibles of truth, attempts to stifle and silence daring academics and what “woke him up,” a concept many in my biz are familiar with, i.e. the event or events that made him aware of organized and concerted media deception. Dig.

LIONEL PODCAST: A Mind Untethered. Stuck in the Rabbit Hole.

Miscellany. The brain disengaged is a wonderful thing. It’s what one seeks to achieve in analysis, what poets and writers try to tap into. It lets thought and ideation pour forth. It’s (out)spoken word at its best . . . if you can dig it. It’s a tough sell to the unenlightened. But trust me, Cochise. It’s a thing of beauty when done under medical supervision. You’re welcome. #LionelNation

My YouTube Channel is open. Veterans Day tributes have been carefully crafted.

LIONEL PODCAST: “When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird Turn Pro.”

He spake. Such sayeth Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.

This is an E-ticket ride. Look around. What do you see? Ebola, ISIS and its transmogrified permutations, Putin and the Ukraine inter alia. And what you must grasp internally and truly is that chaos is the medium that the ruling class loves and thrives in. Chaos is critical. Chaos, pandemonium, confusion, mayhem call it what you like, fractionalized insanity invites a people to turn to its leaders and beg for control. Chaos is the ruling class’s best friend. There’s nothing it loathes more than insouciance and equanimity.

LIONEL PODCAST: When There’s Blood In The Streets Buy Real Estate

This is globalism. Take a look. Globalism 101. Go into a country that we want. Foment revolution, invite revolution, recruit agents provocateurs, use the stenographic media to reiterate the meme that our friend for 42 years who Dubya even took off the terrorist rolls and just take over.

Blame the rebels (al Qaeda in fact) but look who softened up Mo and his boys. The French (can you believe it?) dropped two 500lb GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, smack dab into the center of the Mo’s convoy after we opened up with Hellfire missiles. Hello, freedom.

At the center of Libya’s oil industry, where production is already back up from zip to 350K barrels per day, analysts expect to reach a million by January and a return to full pre-war levels (1.6 million barrels) during 2012. Globalist bankster asset strippers and jackals will call for Libyan assets to be “frozen,” translation: stolen. Americans will clap like barking seals for reasons they’ve yet to comprehend. Obama may take some heat, mild heat at best, and all will be forgotten by next week.

LIONEL VIDEO: LIONEL PLAYS CARNEGIE – THE PAT COOPER INTERVIEW (ADULT CONTENT)

Saturday, October 16, 2010, at New York’s famous Carnegie Deli, was LIONEL MEDIA’s first installment of an event heretofore unheard of or experienced in the real, entertainment world. LIONEL MEDIA teamed up with Shirt Scuffle in a T-Shirt competition that seeks to capture the essence of my show and the experiential totality of this mediapalooza. Check the link and join the high jinks and creative mayhem.

Herein for members only is the PAT COOPER INTERVIEW. Unplugged, unedited and unfettered. A nonstop, unplugged, unhinged and unedited interview with Pat Cooper, a comic original and personal hero.

The most naturally funny comedian and a nonpareil raconteur, my friend Pat Cooper. (Photo by Steve Garrin)

Great Names of Products

I snapped this in my local Vitamin Shoppe. I love the sinistral version: ESPECIALLY FOR MEN. Smooth.