Back the Blue?

We’ve all done that – almost reflexively taking the side of the police when they get into a dispute about an action. And, truth be told, very often it turns out the cop either acted correctly or had extenuating circumstances. But, not always. We have come across those cases where the officer was clearly in the wrong – and to our credit, we didn’t try to defend the indefensible. We’re not, after all, #MeToo Liberals urging a vote for Joe “Fingers” Biden. But I also think that we got a little too far in defending the police.

Over the past few days, I think we’ve all seen police officers using ridiculous actions to enforce closures and social distancing. I think the most egregious example is a Texas SWAT team (a rather chubby SWAT team, now dubbed “Meal Team Six” on social media) shutting down a bar which had opened in defiance of Coronavirus orders. But that is just one of scores – and it is starting to break into the Conservative mind that these police officers are “just obeying orders”…but insane, anti-human and likely unconstitutional orders. And if they’ll do that now, when won’t they do it?

It has been a rule since 1945 that obedience to orders is not exculpatory. The Nazis tried to get themselves off the hook by claiming they were just following orders but the ruling has been – and it is correct – that no human being is obligated to obey obviously illegal orders. Our police don’t seem to have that institutional belief: they appear to be willing to obey any order from on high…and this is disturbing us on the Right because we always assumed that most law enforcement people are, well, part of us. That when faced with an order to arrest us for political dissent, they’d refuse. Now we know different – when faced with a choice between enforcing an unconstitutional order and risking their pension, they’ll enforce the unconstitutional order.

This is just writing large what we’ve seen out of the FBI for the past few years. Even President Trump still couches his criticism of the FBI in terms of “most of the agents are good people”…just a few bad apples, right? But if they are good agents, why haven’t they come forward to inform on the bad apples? Right – doing so risks their career. And this makes them not good…in fact, it makes them bad; as bad as the actual bad actors. After all, Eichmann merely scheduled the trains…it took tens of thousands of German railway employees to actually get the trains from point A to point B.

Readers here know I’ve long been in favor of major reforms of the police and the abolition of the FBI…but now I think there is an urgency which was previously lacking. Those charged with enforcing the laws of the United States are showing themselves to be enemies of freedom. That their corporate identity (and fat pensions) are their biggest concern…and if that means they have to throw innocent people in jail, so be it.

On the whole, “back the blue” still makes sense – the police do a job most of us can’t and they deal with the seamy underside of civilization. But if we are to back the blue, then the blue had better be worth backing. They had better, that is, be dedicated to truth and justice above all. And it is we, the people, who will have to make sure that those we have delegated to enforces laws to are worthy of our trust.

14 thoughts on “Back the Blue?

  1. Cluster May 7, 2020 / 8:21 am

    I am proud that my sheriff, Mark Lamb of Pinal County, publicly refused to enforce the edict Gov. Ducey handed down a couple of weeks ago and since then the Gov. has backed off.

    Going back to Fielding’s comment in the previous thread which was beautifully rebutted by Amazona’s lengthy list of “other things” the POTUS was doing, I will direct that same charge to the House. If Schiff, Nadler, and Pelosi were not so maniacally and diabolically obsessed with “Impeachment” (whiny babies), I am wondering if they could have done “other things” and maybe addressed this virus earlier.

    And I must say, Kayleigh McEnany held a masterclass in press conferences yesterday. She is the perfect spokesperson … class, grace, looks, and a “no bullshit attitude”. She was excellent and the administration should put her out front of the media every day.

    And has everyone heard now that over 65% of new hospital cases in NY are from people who have been “staying home”?? Not essential workers or scofflaws?? The experts are wrong again.

    • Amazona May 7, 2020 / 10:10 am

      Ready for some “science”?

      Part 1 is “Gravity”. When droplets of virus are in the air, such as what happens with a sneeze or a cough, the smaller droplets remain suspended longer but the larger ones fall to the floor or other surfaces, where they accumulate. Floors are a main source of the virus. But these droplets land on anything in their way—-hair, foreheads and clothing for example. (

      Part 2 is “Cross contamination”. That is. anything that has touched the virus will then transmit it to anything else that is touched, unless properly disinfected.

      Put them together and you have floors in particular, with heavy concentrations of the virus but some of it on the surfaces of clothing and on hair and exposed skin as well as literally everything in its vicinity.

      Then factor in Part 3: “No magic gloves”. That is, wearing gloves does put a barrier between the skin and the virus, but the gloves do not kill the virus. This concept is unclear to most glove wearers, who don gloves and then touch surfaces which may be contaminated and then touch faces and other surfaces with the gloved hands. I am always seeing gloved hands adjusting masks, running gloved fingers along inside the edges of the masks to try to make them more comfortable, as well as touching the face in other places.

      So what we have is people who think they are being cautious and protecting themselves from the virus (while posturing as more moral, more concerned about the fate of humanity, etc than others) but who collect the virus on their heads, clothing and especially shoes, as well as on their gloved hands, and then carry this accumulated virus into their cars and homes, adding it to the last transmission. They wear their contaminated clothing in the home, or pull contaminated shirts over their heads. They don’t sanitize their hair or the facial skin that was not covered by the mask. They use their contaminated gloves to handle things. Their contaminated shoes track the virus into every room in the house, after leaving some in the car. And then they, and their families, stew in this accumulated virus, locked in with it day after day.

      I have never seen a person come out of the grocery store to a car, carefully wipe off everything in the cart with sanitizing wipes before putting it in the car, then remove the exterior clothing (careful to not pull clothes over the head and to keep the outside of the clothing turned to the inside to keep the virus contained) and masks and gloves (ditto) and shoes, placing them all in new clean bags and then wiping down the exterior of the bags, then wiping down their hair and faces, then wiping the door handles before getting in the car. No, they are smug in their assumed moral superiority as they protect, partially (the cloth masks are not very effective) the lower parts of their faces except where they were touched by the non-magical gloves and possibly not even that if the masks were handled in a way that transmitted any virus from the outside to the inside, as we see when people pull used masks out of their pockets to put on, while the virus hitchhikes on every single exposed surface and marches right into their cars and homes.

    • fieldingclaymore May 7, 2020 / 11:09 am

      Don’t forget to add to the list of 45’s accomplishments the 33 million unemployed in 6 weeks. Huzzah!

      • Retired Spook May 7, 2020 / 11:28 am

        5 million hired back in the last week.

      • Cluster May 7, 2020 / 2:11 pm

        Fielding you seem happy about 33 million people unemployed … why is that? Why are Democrats happy when America suffers? Again, that’s a rhetorical question

      • Amazona May 7, 2020 / 7:24 pm

        Isn’t it fascinating how the leftfield celebrates the misery of Americans if they can only use it to blame Trump for something?

      • Pke42 May 8, 2020 / 7:48 am

        That is an accomplishment of the governors who actually enacted the lockdowns.

  2. Cluster May 7, 2020 / 8:41 am

    And while we are busy putting small business owners in jail:

    San Francisco is delivering free alcohol, tobacco and marijuana to homeless addicts staying in city-leased hotels during the pandemic

    Things are going well in this global dystopia foisted upon us by people afraid of everything in life. When are we going to stop following people with irrational fears?

  3. Retired Spook May 7, 2020 / 10:15 am

    More Coronavirus humor:

    Until further notice the days of the week are now called thisday, thatday, otherday, someday, yesterday, today and nextday!

    – Can we uninstall 2020 and reinstall it again?… I think it has a virus …

    – Just asked a 6 year old if he understands why there is no school. He said yes because they are out of toilet paper.

    – On the bright side, I am no longer calling this shelter-in-place. I am an artist-in-residence.

    – After years of wanting to thoroughly clean my house but lacking the time, this week I discovered that wasn’t the reason.

    – Where is your next travel destination?
    – Las Kitchenas
    – Los Lounges
    – Santa Bedroomes
    – Porto Gardenas
    – Los Bed
    – Costa del Balconia
    – St Bathroom
    – La Rotonda de Sofa

    – You’re not stuck at home, you’re safe at home. One word can change your attitude and one cough can change your life.

    – Coronavirus has turned us all into dogs. We roam the house all day looking for food. We’re told “no” if we get too close to strangers and we get really excited about car rides.

    – If you thought toilet paper was crazy … just wait until 300 million people all want a haircut appointment.

    – 2020 is a unique Leap Year. It has 29 days in February, 300 days in March and 5 years in April.

    – Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended. Not so much to prevent COVID-19 but to stop eating.

    – If you keep a glass of wine in each hand, you can’t accidentally touch your face.

    – This cleaning with alcohol is total b.s. NOTHING gets done after that first bottle.

    – Kinda’ starting to understand why pets try to run out of the house when the door opens.

    – Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands???

    – You think it’s bad now? In 20 years our country will be run by people home schooled by day drinkers….

    – Day 7 at home and the dog is looking at me like, “See? This is why I chew the furniture.”

    – My Mom always told me I wouldn’t accomplish anything by laying in the bed all day, but look at me now! I’m saving the world!

    – I miss the days when we were terrified of Romaine lettuce. Ahh, the good times….

    – I swear my fridge just said: “what the hell do you want now?”

    – Whoever owes you money, go to their house now. They should be home.

    – Homeschooling Day #3: they all graduated. #Done.

    • Cluster May 7, 2020 / 2:14 pm

      Good stuff

  4. Retired Spook May 7, 2020 / 10:39 am

    Some random thoughts on COVID-19:

    New report predicts up to 70% of the world’s population could eventually become infected (about 5.5 BILLION people.)

    Assuming a best case scenario of .5% (1/2 of 1 percent for people like Fielding) mortality rate – 27.3 million deaths.

    80% of those deaths will come from people 65 and older — about 700 million people, 22 million deaths.

    10% of those over 65 account for over half of all medical expenses among the elderly (these are the ones who will likely die if infected with COVID-19)

    From the website

    “A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society
    at the present North American material standard of living
    would be 1 billion. At the more frugal European standard
    of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible.”

    – United Nations,
    Global Biodiversity Assessment

    I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions, but I tend to think this current pandemic is just a test run.

  5. Retired Spook May 7, 2020 / 3:05 pm

    About f’ing time!

    Justice Dept. Drops Case Against Michael Flynn

    The extraordinary move came after the former national security adviser had fought the case in court for months, a reversal after pleading guilty twice and cooperating with investigators.

    • Cluster May 7, 2020 / 3:13 pm

      Yup and you should hear how MSNBC is covering this. They are in full spin mode. According to Nicole Wallace the FBI just wanted to know why Flynn lied to Pence. That’s all. Of course when you’re part and parcel to the deception, spin is all you have left. And I pray that all of their careers are destroyed.

  6. Cluster May 7, 2020 / 8:16 pm

    Rick Grenell is my hero.

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