TAGONIST: 2010-09-09 MN Police fatally taser a man at the YMCA

Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes.   – P.J. O’Rourke, “A Parliament of Whores”

We’ll start a new meme in “Reinke Faces Life” — dueling opposites about “police conduct”. As the “antagonist”, I argue that the police have gotten out of control and overpaid bureaucrats. My old friend sees them as “our friends” who are aggrieved and misunderstood.

We’re going to try to demonstrate the fine art of “disagreeing agreeably”. Something you never see on the inet. Or even on TV or radio.

Here’s item #1 for your reading pleasure or disgust.

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TAGONIST: 2010-09-09 MN Police fatally taser a man at the YMCA


Police Taser Man at YMCA in Minneapolis
Updated: Friday, 10 Sep 2010, 10:10 AM CDT
Published : Thursday, 09 Sep 2010, 8:23 PM CDT

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MINNEAPOLIS – A man was hospitalized Thursday after police used a Taser to remove him from the sixth-floor gym at the Minneapolis YMCA.

Minneapolis police received a 911 call from the YMCA Thursday afternoon about a man who was disturbing members. When police tried to talk to the man, witnesses said he became agitated and started punching and kicking, injuring one of the officers.

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Created: 09/18/2010 12:16 PM
Man Who Was Stunned By Mpls. Police Dies

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A 28-year-old man who was stunned by police following a struggle at a YMCA in Minneapolis has died.

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Police responded to the YMCA about a man who was disturbing members. Officers say they tried to physically remove the man from the sixth-floor gym, but he punched and kicked them. One officers used a Taser gun.

The two officers involved had been put on standard paid administrative leave. Both officers are back to work and the investigation continues.

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[ANTAGONIST: So now we have the “death penalty” for “disturbing members”? Sorry, but the police have become dangerous to the citizenry. And, Tasers are proving to be not the safe alternative to a firearm it was advertised to be. I can’t say that the men did something wrong; I can say I don’t like the outcome. That outcome has become way to often to be just random. The Drug War has militarized the police and changed their attitudes. And, those of the people.]

[PROTAGONIST: The guy punched and kicked them. Good cops.]

You decide: Good Cop or Bad Kop?

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FUN: A crotchety fat old white guy injineer can take the fun out of anything


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SS: Brady sucks- J E T S Jets Jets Jets!! Sorry I have to disown you now- it’s been nice knowing you for the past 20 years. Your family is still welcome in my home, unless of course they too like Brady.

ZF: Scott prefers overrated teams. You’ll have to excuse him. He’s from Jersey and just doesn’t know any better.

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MP4B = “Millionaires Playing For Billionaires”

And we should care, why? Don’t get me wrong I’ll watch. But I also stare at traffic accidents, train wrecks, my legal mentor Judge Judy, and can be disgusted by Jerry Springer as the tv gets surfed thru channels.

But to quote the pre-eminent Social Philosopher of our day, Ms. Betty White, watching the NFL with any sense of attachment, concern about the outcome, amusement at the childish antics, or even empathy for the players, is “a colossal <synonym for the act of procreation> waste of time”!

Amusement from a day of working in the mines, distraction form life’s vicissitudes, or even a dalliance on a whimsy … fine.

Just remember that these bozos, who can’t even act human, are making more money that you’ll EVER make, to entertain the mob. (That’s you and, at times, me.) At least, Vana White has the class and the wisdom to acknowledge that she was lucky to get the easiest job in the world and feels an obligation to do “charities” when they ask.   

So, now when anyone “talks sports”, you’ll silently think “MP4B”. But don’t say anything. Lest you be thought of as a crotchety fat old white guy injineer who can take the fun out of anything.

“Son, we live in a world that has walls, … …. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall.” Colonel Jessep in A Few Good Men played by Jack Nicholson

On the “wall” protecting you from self-delusion and the Gooferment in my tin foil hat and with my “urban yute discouragement devices”.

Sigh, it’s gonna be a long day with little respite.

p.s., You should thank your lucky stars for new jersey; look at all the corrupt politicians we absorb. Next to chicago, we’re probably number 2 in that. But we’re trying harder. If we didn’t absorb them, they might infect the Bible Belt. Argh! I gotta get to NH for the Third American Revolution.

p.p.s, In case you were wondering, the Second was the War of Norther Aggression.


Facebook too is a …!

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RANT: “that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”


Obama drops ‘Creator’ from Declaration quote
Posted: September 18, 2010 6:05 pm Eastern
Credit to WorldNetDaily

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President Barack Obama removed the reference to the “Creator” from the Declaration of Independence when he quoted a portion at a meeting of the Congressional Hispanic Congress.

Obama said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

But the the actual quotation is: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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This is a BFD!

Don’t just whiz by this and dismiss it as trivial.

Remember the old saying: “What Congress gives; it can take away!”

Up until the American Revolution, RIGHTS were granted by the King. And, the King could take them away; just as fast as they were granted. Then, the Dead Old White Guys came along and said your rights come from the Creator; not any human being. Even an atheist could say: “I have these rights because I am me! Ts; deal with it!”.

By, even inadvertently, failing to quote the DOI correctly, he begins the slow methodical journey back to a time when “the ruler” decided what RIGHTS the subjects would have. And, don’t think for a moment that any “oversight” is a trivial mistake. These are fighting words. Because the next step is the Death Camps of Auschwitz! And, don’t tell me for a minute that it can’t happen here. Can you say Japanese Internment?

No, we have to vigorously and irascibly defend the concept that no politicians and bureaucrats gives us our RIGHTS!

Look at the TSA and tell me that our Fourth Amendment rights are NOT in the toilet.

Argh! Sheeple!

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INTERESTING: An optimistic outlook; delusional thinking

My Most Exciting Day


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An optimistic outlook and a little imagination can help to make the best out of a non-optimum situation.

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I’m not a “soft touch” for sob stories. But this should be an award winner. There has to be a better way to (a) deal with povtery; (b) prevent / mitigate it; and (c) help women, and men, make better choices. Argh! Human beings are dumb. It’s amazing the species survives. But, it’s a good!

And, in a smidgen over a minute? Wow!

This demonstrates the power of paradigms. We have to change our memes on a lot of things. “Poverty” is just one of them.

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RANT: Truman was close to worst; politicians should be in jail


My Life in Key West
Saturday, September 18, 2010

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A strange thought crossed my mind last night as I looked at Key West’s visitors and cycles. What would Harry Truman have thought? He loved and enjoyed Key West. My guess is he would have probably joined in on the festivities. At least attire wise. Harry, yes. Bess, no.

When I got home, I went to the internet to see what Truman was up to on this weekend years ago.

Turns out that on September 18, 1948, Harry Truman was campaigning for President. He was on the rear platform of a train in Chariton, Iowa giving a political speech. Candidates campaigned from the back of trains in those days. It was called whistlestopping.

Truman was giving the Republicans hell. He told the crowd that they were receiving top dollar for their pigs and corn. Thanks to him and the Democratic Party. He referred to the Republicans and their Republican controlled Congress as a “…do nothing Congress.” The transcript of Truman’s remarks were concise and hard hitting. His words would have equally applied in today’s political climate.

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I know you like Truman, but he’s firmly in my second tier of “worst Presidents ever”.

Alone in the “bottom slot” of worst is Lincoln, with the “civil war”. He allowed war on civilians and mass killing “to preserve the Union”. The USA was never the same after that. Suspending civil liberties and persecuting his political enemies. I’d agree with Booth “sic semper tyranis”. As a pro-lifer, killing is almost always wrong, but he was a pretty bad guy. The damage was already done when he was killed.

Tied for the title, “My Second Worst”, is FDR, Wilson, and Truman. Hard to pick a winner in that trio. Harry dropped the bomb on Japan to his, and our, unending shame. It’s hard to imagine a worse crime against humanity. Twice.

So, I wouldn’t celebrate Harry. Sigh, I’d suggest that Harry’s actions wouldn’t have passed muster in MC Theology class. Heck, in grammar school we learned about the criteria for a “Just War” and proper conduct of it.

p.s., Wilson’s biggie was WW1 and his racist / elitist Progressive agenda. FDR was socialism, taking us off the gold standard, and WW2.

p.p.s, I have no love for either flavor of big Gooferment statists. But, please, please, don’t get caught up in the “political theater” that passes in Washington District of Corruption for “reasoned debate”. These two “parties” are two sides of the same coin. If the D’s or the R’s didn’t exist, the other side would reinvent them so as to have a “straw man” to villainize. It’s a scam. To fool “We, The People” into believing one side or the other. Don’t fall for it. It will only end when we dissolve like the old USSR. And, then we can “localize” the discussion. We’re broke and don’t let anyone tell you differently. People are going to get screwed and the politicians and bureaucrats will have looted the public treasure. It makes old Bernie Made-Off look like a Saint. Argh!

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