EDIT end of post @ 1:40 pm.
Douche of the Week: Barry.
Once again, Barry gave us a glimpse of who he really is with his remarks about the Gates' arrest.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs stood by Obama’s statement that a Cambridge police officer, James Crowley, had acted “stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. but added some implicit criticism of Gates’s conduct, suggesting “both sides” bear blame for the incident. Obama, who said that he was “surprised by the controversy,” said he wished that “cooler heads” had prevailed and described Crowley as an “outstanding” officer.
So instead of waiting until he had all the facts, Bar knee-jerked a response based on the fact that Gates is a distinguished black professor and the cop was white. Well now, that's got to be about racism instead of a belligerent man seen trying to jimmy a jammed door at night refusing to give proper ID. It was sickening to hear this coming from the mouth of the man who is supposed to be leading us, the man who was going to move us beyond race, yet can't seem to stop making so many things about it.
I don't care who you are, if a cop asks for ID you better be able and willing to produce it. End of story. I don't care what color you are, if you are seen trying to jimmy a door at night and the cops arrive, time to stop what you're doing and have a calm conversation about the whys of the events. Period. I would expect the same if it had been me trying to get into my own home. I would have had the understanding of what it might look like to someone who didn't know it was my house. I would have gladly produced my ID instead of shouting obscenities at the white officer and evening including a remark about the cop's mother.
Yeah, that had to help matters.
Not knowing all the facts Obama says:
"But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry," Obama said. "No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And No. 3 — what I think we know separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact."
Gotcha. Because there is a history of disproportionate action, then we shouldn't stop any possible crimes we see being committed by those of color? Barry, to use your own words, that would be acting stupidly.
Some say that because blacks commit more crimes the percentages of being stopped are higher for that racial group. (see Bureau of Justice stats) I don't know, I'm not an expert in the field. What I do have is common sense, as do most of you. If I witness anyone trying to get into a home in my neighborhood and I can't identify them because it's dark, I'm calling the cops. I want to protect my neighbor. I want to protect my neighborhood. I'm calling and if everyone is where they belong, then no harm no foul. But if the worst is happening, then wouldn't you be glad I got involved?
As far as the professor busting a nut, I have no idea what he was thinking. Maybe he thought his position in the community offered him privilege. Wouldn't be the first time that has happened. Maybe he was having a horrible rotten day and he lost it. We've all been there. But you would think no matter what he was thinking that he would understand, just like you and me, that when the cops show up, they are there for a reason and it's best to give them the info they need to make the determination that you are who you say you are. They are trying to serve and protect you. Let them do their job.
Even idiot thugs on the street corners know that simple bit of truth, no matter what color their skin.
EDIT: If you recall THIS POST from Monday, then you recall that I called Texas Governor Rick Perry about our state's option to opt out of the nationalized health care debacle. I was told that no plans were on the table...as of yet.
Then today, a mere four days later, I hear/read this: Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be "disastrous" for Texas.
I'm just saying, a call from Patti is a call to action.
And just so you know Momma is not naive, yes, I know this has a tremendous amount to do with his reelection bid. But, for the next few days I'm gonna pretend is was because of me. It's what gets me by.