MIKE FINNERTY (radio host): "Chief Brandon del Pozo of the Burlington Vermont Police told the New York Times this week that one of the worries he has is that-- and all cops, he says, have-- is that no cop can control what another cop does, but all cops will be judged by what the other cop does. Do you share that?"
BRYAN PENDLETON (regional president of the National Black Police Association): "That's exactly right, yes. You know, I live on the west coast. Things that happen on the east coast, take Baltimore for instance. When things happened in Baltimore, we bore the brunt of it here in California, as well as every other department in America, because we are painted with that broad brush. People do see us as one and the same. If one cop does something, no doubt we're all painted with that brush. But you know, the other part of that is is when you see some of those videos and you see more than one police officer, you see one officer behaving badly and you see the other standing around, that's really the bad part right there. The officer's just standing there. You know, there's this-- I don't know, this notion or this opinion or belief that when one officer does something, we all have to back his play. No, not if they're doing something wrong. We need to step up and say something, or at least intervene on that person's behalf, the person who's being victimized for whatever reason, and let that officer know that this is not going to be stood for."
-- from the CBC radio program, The Current, 2016-07-13. There are other interesting and significant points made in the segment, if you have a spare twenty minutes to listen to it (the transcript is ~11 pages)
The guest was introduced thus: Bryan Pendleton is a regional president of the National Black Police Association in the U.S. He retired from the San Diego Police Department last year after a career spanning more than 30 years. He's now a Sergeant with the Southwestern Community College Police.
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-03-26:
"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did." -- John Ehrlichman, presidential domestic-policy adviser and Watergate co-conspirator, on the invention of the War on Drugs. Quoted by Dan Baum.
(subitted to the mailing list by Rob Wood)
"I don't get the transphobia some cis gay folks feed into
when a huge chunk of homophobia is based on not living up to
Don't blame trans & gender nonconforming folks for why the LGBTQ community isn't respected. You should be blaming cisheteronormativity.
The rights many queer folks enjoy today were the result of unapologetic trans and gender nonconforming folks living boldly." -- Raquel Willis, 2016-08-17; link is to first of a string of five tweets, three of which I've quoted
[I don't hear the "if it weren't for trans people / flamboyant people ..." argument from friends, but I do see it now and then in essays and comments written by folks I don't know, and among my friends I occasionaly hear "I don't see why an LGB organization / movement should include T", which is related. Thing is, trans folks have been involved from the beginning.]
"Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free." -- Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (b. 1207, d. 1273-12-17)
"No wonder scoundrels find refuge in patriotism; it offers them immunity from criticism." -- Bill Moyers (b. 1934-06-05), on polls showing that many Americans would support a restriction of free speech especially if against speech held to be unpatriotic, 2004-09-11, speech to the Society of Professional Journalists (apparently referring to Ambrose Bierce's 1946 edit of Samuel Johnson's remark about patriotism: "In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer, I beg to submit that it is the first.")
"Movies are real! Music is real! It affects people, it's real. ... The other night I went to a club and I watched a DJ control an entire room. Even politicians can't do that." -- Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson, b. 1958-06-07, d. 2016-04-21)
[Happy birthday to my bandmate, Becky!]
Tired. Tired tired tired. Would be nice to get to sleep early for a change.
Did get to sleep early! Before midnight!
And dragged to awakeness at one-ay-em by the very special sounds of Perrine chasing a mouse around the bedroom. Probably the one that's been a nuisance in the kitchen for a week,
By the time I was awake enough to throw the covers off and a light on, it had found some small space to stay still and silent in; it may be out of the room altogether. Perrine is poking around but I've watched her hunt enough to tell when she's resorted to guessing.
(Ah, there it is, the eye contact and tiny mew asking me to find it for her. I knew that was coming.)
At least she didn't drop it on the bed this time! (Though the sensations of her playing with a mouse on the mattress would have woken me faster than the sounds of her poking through plastic bags.)
If it chews any of my laundry I'll be very, very annoyed.
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-05-05:
"One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency; who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint. They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths. It is a double tragedy: what begins as a survival strategy ends with the compromise of the human being it sought to preserve and the diminishing of the democracy meant to justify the sacrifice." -- Edward Snowden, in the foreword to the recently published book about drone warfare, The Assassination Complex.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter." -- Thomas Hobbes (b. 1588-04-05, d. 1679-12-04)
"True religion does not draw men out of the world but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it." -- William Penn (b. 1644-10-14, d. 1718-07-30), No Cross, No Crown (1682)
"Our earliest ancestors formed tribes so we could hunt more efficiently and protect one another. We moved on to villages, then cities and finally nations for mutual benefit. We can do more together than alone, and when we band together we can put safety nets in place so if people are unlucky and get struck down, we can all help them back up. That way no one has to live in fear of losing out in the lottery of life. That's what social democracy is, and those of us who live in them recognize that what we have is pretty damn great."-- Pete Ross, "Here's the Thing So Many Americans Can't Grasp About Bernie Sanders", 2016-04-26
"Sunday, January 27, 1884. -- There was another story in the paper a week or so since. A gentleman had a favourite cat whom he taught to sit at the dinner table where it behaved very well. He was in the habit of putting any scraps he left onto the cat's plate. One day puss did not take his place punctually, but presently appeared with two mice, one of which it placed on its master's plate, the other on its own." -- Beatrix Potter (b. 1866-07-28, d. 1943-12-22)
|Florence Ambrose:||I don't want to be a troublemaker.|
|Sam Starfall:||What? You want corrupt systems to continue? Go along to get along?|
|Florence Ambrose:||Well, no.|
|Sam Starfall:||You want justice? You're a troublemaker.|
|Chief of police:||Those two don't have to go together.|
|Sam Starfall:||[smiling] Ah, but they so often do.|
-- from Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2015-06-29
"If you look at the world and say 'Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won't have earned it and the economy will collapse.' Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.
"And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system."
-- markusbones, (copied here)
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2016-07-12:
"As someone on the receiving end of conversations with people who do not know how to edit themselves, I can understand what agony means.... Business is no place for stream of consciousness babbling, no matter how colorful you might think you're being." -- Donald Trump, businessman and politician, from his book, Think Like a Champion.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"you may not think your brain is a supervillain. but 1) its called Brain and 2) it lives in a skull fortress" -- Vessel Of Spirit, 2016-07-26
[Wishing my friends observing Tisha B'Av a meaningful fast tonight/tomorrow.]
"Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end." -â Robin Sharma
[Context: robots on planet Jean are exhibiting personhood (I don't remember whether this is just before or just after they gained legal status), trying to learn about morality, and even joining the police force. Someone has recently been apprehended after a foiled plot to lobotomize every robot on the planet... The Chief of Police is speaking:]
"[...] I plan to prosecute. If we expect robots to support the rule of law, we have to show the law will protect them when they're wronged. If the robots observe the law does not support them, or worse, that the law and police are their enemy, we've set ourselves up for failure." -- from Freefall by Mark Stanley, 2015-07-24
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