Saturday morning family-hang-out-in-bed-time is a lovely and rare phenom like Halley’s Comet, or me being on time.
Made this after following the insanity in Ferguson last night… From showing up with sniper rifles to arresting fucking reporters on site, the authorities there are making it more and more obvious they murdered an innocent kid.
Kyle Hilton nails it like a US military surplus M203 40mm grenade launcher freely given to small town municipalities with little regard for practicality or safety!
I Find It Hard to Say (Rebel) - Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill wrote this song following the death of Amadou Diallo in 1999. He was shot by four plainclothed police officers who go out of an unmarked car and cornered him at 12:30 in the morning. When he reached for his wallet, they fired 41 shots, striking him 19 times. They were acquitted of all wrongdoing.
And so it goes.
It feels all too appropriate now, given the events in Ferguson. Even if the police there are relieved, even if things go back to normal, we’ve still fed this culture. We’ve made this our new reality. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. So rebel, rebel, rebel.
The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice.
During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.
The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”
Hello people of Los Angeles (and any other high population-density area, I suppose),
My catalytic converter was stolen last week! Check out the pics above. Notice the open pipes connected to nothingness. They were supposed to be connected to my catalytic converter!
"What’s a catalytic converter? I don’t know what that is and I refuse to be concerned with it."
I didn’t know what it was until Sunday, when I found out it was missing! A catalytic converter is part of your exhaust system that uses precious metals like platinum and palladium to create a chemical reaction (catalyst!) with your engine exhaust, converting (converter!) the bad chemicals into slightly less bad chemicals!
"Ok, but why would someone want to steal one? That seems dumb, especially if your car already has one."
You’re right! It is dumb. Stealing is dumb in general, and I am someone who has stolen before so now I feel even worse! But they steal them because the precious metals are actually worth money! Like $200 on the street.
"What? I’ve got $200 free dollars on my car right now? Cha-ching!"
No! No cha-ching! Because replacing your catalytic converter (or “cat”, as its called by the pros) will cost you upwards of $2,000. It’s not worth the aggravation.
"Why did the steal yours, and not someone else’s?"
I drive a Honda Element, which is like a little SUV (like the Honda CRV). Because SUVs and trucks sit higher off the ground, it’s easier for evil dickbags to get underneath and steal your cat! With a battery-powered saw they can be in and out with your cat in less than a minute!
"Why are you telling me this? I don’t care about your problems!"
No, but I care about yours! Both the cops AND the insurance companies have been hearing more and more reports of stolen catalytic converters. Especially in Los Angeles. If you or your loved ones have a similar car or truck, it might be a good idea to look into anti-theft protection of your cat, like catclamp.com or catstrap.net.
"Psssh, go away, corporate hack. You’re probably paid by those companies to get people to sign up. I’m not doing that."
Your dismissive attitude hurts my feelings, but this is America and you are allowed to do what you want. By all means, LAY IN THE BED OF YOUR IGNORANCE! But if I had a time machine, the first thing I would do after manipulating the stock market would be to put a protection device on my catalytic converter. That’s all I’m saying.
Good luck, and steal no more!
A vigil held for Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager gunned down by Ferguson, Mo., police on Saturday in disputed circumstances, turned into what the media described as a riot on Monday evening.
But while national coverage has focused on the indisputably counterproductive violence and destruction committed by Ferguson residents during a moment of anguish, videos and photos taken from the scene show local police aggravating the situation as well.
What day is it? What year is it?
Why do our police look like military? Why does a town in Missouri look like a war zone?
That last picture though…. that looks straight out of the civil rights movement. You know, that thing that happened 50 years ago?
And so it goes…