It’s Not Always Racism

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A police encounter described by Doug Glanville in The Atlantic:

I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway

It was an otherwise ordinary snow day in Hartford, Connecticut, and I was laughing as I headed outside to shovel my driveway. I’d spent the morning scrambling around, trying to stay ahead of my three children’s rising housebound energy, and once my shovel hit the snow, I thought about how my wife had been urging me to buy a snowblower. I hadn’t felt an urgent need. Whenever it got ridiculously blizzard-like, I hired a snow removal service. And on many occasions, I came outside to find that our next door neighbor had already cleared my driveway for me.

Never mind that our neighbor was an empty-nester in his late 60s with a replaced hip, and I was a former professional ballplayer in his early 40s. I kept telling myself I had to permanently flip the script and clear his driveway. But not today. I had to focus on making sure we could get our car out for school the next morning. My wife was at a Black History Month event with our older two kids. The snow had finally stopped coming down and this was my mid-afternoon window of opportunity.

Just as I was good-naturedly turning all this over in my mind, my smile disappeared.

A police officer from West Hartford had pulled up across the street, exited his vehicle, and begun walking in my direction. I noted the strangeness of his being in Hartford—an entirely separate town with its own police force—so I thought he needed help. He approached me with purpose, and then, without any introduction or explanation he asked, “So, you trying to make a few extra bucks, shoveling people’s driveways around here?”

All of my homeowner confidence suddenly seemed like an illusion.

It would have been all too easy to play the “Do you know who I am?” game. My late father was an immigrant from Trinidad who enrolled at Howard University at age 31 and went on to become a psychiatrist. My mother was an important education reformer from the South. I graduated from an Ivy League school with an engineering degree, only to get selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. I went on to play professionally for nearly 15 years, retiring into business then going on to write a book and a column for The New York Times. Today, I work at ESPN in another American dream job that lets me file my taxes under the description “baseball analyst.”

But I didn’t mention any of this to the officer. I tried to take his question at face value, explaining that the Old Tudor house behind me was my own. The more I talked, the more senseless it seemed that I was even answering the question. But I knew I wouldn’t be smiling anymore that day.

After a few minutes, he headed back to his vehicle. He offered no apology, just an empty encouragement to enjoy my shoveling. And then he was gone.


ZOMG!! What a horrible example of racial injustice!! Somebody call Touré Neblett and Al Sharpton! Unleash the marchers!!

But wait! There’s more!!

The first step was to articulate exactly what the West Hartford officer had done. He’d been outside his jurisdiction—the representative from internal affairs had confirmed this. That meant a police officer from another town had come to my house, approached me while I was shoveling my own driveway, and—without any introduction—asked me a very presumptuous question.

All of this had put me in an extremely vulnerable situation. In one moment, I went from being an ordinary father and husband, carrying out a simple household chore, to a suspect offering a defense. The inquiry had forced me to check my tone, to avoid sounding smug even when I was stating the obvious: that I was shoveling the driveway because the house belonged to me.

Many people I spoke with brought up Henry Louis Gates, the noted Harvard scholar who was arrested for breaking into his own home. If I hadn’t been careful and deferential—if I’d expressed any kind of justifiable outrage—I couldn’t have been sure of the officer’s next question, or his next move. But the problem went even deeper than that. I found myself thinking of the many times I had hired a man who looked like me to shovel my driveway. Would the officer have been any more justified in questioning that man without offering an explanation? I also couldn’t help projecting into the future and imagining my son as a teenager, shoveling our driveway in my place. How could I be sure he would have responded to the officer in the same conciliatory way?


Henry Louis Gates was the guy who got arrested because he freaked out when a cop asked him to show identification after he was seen breaking into what turned out to be his own house. He was NOT racially profiled. I posted about the incident when it happened, way back when at the old place.


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But was this new case an example of racial profiling?

After getting legal advice from my neighbor and my wife, I ruled out any immediate action. In fact, I was hesitant to impulsively share my story with anyone I knew, let alone my media friends at ESPN or The New York Times. I hoped to have a meaningful, productive conversation with West Hartford leaders—something that might be hard to achieve if my story turned into a high-profile controversy. Instead, I asked my neighbor to help me arrange a meeting with the West Hartford officials. When I arrived at Town Hall, I was flanked by my neighbor and my wife. They came as supporters, but it helped that they were also attorneys.

I soon learned that West Hartford had an ordinance that prohibits door-to-door solicitation. A man, whom I allegedly resembled, had broken this ordinance. Someone in West Hartford had called the police, and a young officer believing he was doing his duty, had pursued the complaint to my street. Our block would have been the first stop for the wayward shoveler if he had entered Hartford.

Right away, I noted that the whole thing had been a lot of effort over shoveling. The West Hartford ordinance allowed its residents to call in violations at their own discretion—in effect, letting them decide who belonged in the neighborhood and who did not. That was a problem in itself, but it also put the police in a challenging position. They had to find a way to enforce the problem in a racially neutral way, even if they were receiving complaints only on a small subsection of violators. In my case, the officer had not only spoken to me without respect but had crossed over into a city where West Hartford’s ordinance didn’t even apply.

[…]

When my mother heard the story of the West Hartford policeman, she responded with wry humor: “You got your come-uppance again.” I knew exactly what she meant. If you are the president, or a retired professional athlete, it can be all too easy to feel protected from everyday indignities. But America doesn’t let any of us deny our connection to the black “everyman.” And unfortunately that connection, which should be a welcome one, can be forced upon us in a way that undermines our self-esteem, our collective responsibility, and our sense of family and history.


(You really need to read the whole article to get the full dramatic effect.)

So the West Hartford police receive a call from a concerned citizen regarding someone allegedly violating a local ordinance. A police officer is dispatched to investigate. It’s unclear whether the cop talked to the caller or was just given a location and a description of the suspect. Either way he was informed that the suspect was a black male.

Violations of local ordinances are still crimes. Apparently the citizens of West Hartford, by and thru their elected representatives, had decided that door-to-door solicitation should be prohibited.

The cop could have just blown off the complaint but apparently he was conscientious and drove around the neighbor to look for the alleged violator. As it turns out the neighborhood included Mr. Glanville’s street, even though it was across the border in a different town.

So when he drives around the block he sees a guy who answers the general description of the suspect shoveling a driveway. It seems to me to be a reasonable inference for the officer to make that Glanville might be the suspect he was looking for.

The cop did not run over and throw Glanville to the ground and cuff him. He didn’t point a gun at him either. He simply asked a question. Then, apparently satisfied with the response he received, he left.

I don’t know what was in the cop’s mind. Maybe he is a racist. Maybe he’s just a jerk. Or maybe he was just a cop trying to do his job. Could he have been more diplomatic? Sure, but that’s not proof of racial profiling.

Maybe the cop just intended to give Glanville a friendly warning about the local ordinance. Maybe he lived nearby and he was going to offer Glanville $20 to go shovel his driveway too.

It’s not always racism. I really hate this idea that if something unusual or negative happens to a black person that the most likely explanation is racism. Shit happens to white people too.


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109 Responses to It’s Not Always Racism

  1. The Klown says:

    If this is the worst treatment that Doug Glanville and his kids need to worry about then they don’t have a problem.

    • 49erDweet says:

      I’m calling the cop’s story bull! Boundaries are important and he knew he was off the reservation. Plus he seems to have handled it badly, too, Too abrupt and too many assumptions. He’s not going to have a good career.

  2. 1539days says:

    It would also be racism if a Black guy murdered Glanville’s family and the cops didn’t stop him because they weren’t allowed to talk to Black people in the neighborhood anymore.

    The hypocrisy in this is hilarious. He doesn’t say “do you know who I am?” He does however, tell everyone reading this article how rich important (and by extension not-black) he is now. He decided to respond to this by dragging some lawyers to his local government and apparently contact Internal Affairs. That police officer also probably got some crap from his superiors, too.

    One time, my mother and I were waiting for my sister at an airport. We were questioned by cops because someone claimed their camera was stolen. This stuff happens to white people, too and I think African Americans still think America is an Eddie Murphy sketch where there is a secret White overclass.

    • Lulu says:

      And many “white guilt” whites were indoctrinated with “The Heat of the Night” and a thousand other tv shows hating on the south. The south was always more de-segregated than the north and west but they would never believe it because they saw it on a fictional tv show. My eldest son lives in NYC now and says it is the most segregated place he has ever seen including especially employment. There are ZERO blacks where he works. He is thinking of hiring some to freak them out.

      • WMCB says:

        I had a couple of black friends in SC who moved north after college. They’d come home to visit and tell me that they were SHOCKED at the segregation and racism in the northeast. They had never experienced anything like it before. One of them moved back south from Pennsylvania as soon as she could. She said “At least the few racists down here are open and proud of it, so you can avoid them. Up there, it’s so ingrained they don’t even see it – but would lecture me on how racist my home state was. Total disconnect.”

    • Constance says:

      There is a secret overclass and they screw us all over, whites just as much as others.

  3. Lulu says:

    The United States of Butthurt. I was wandering around in my yard looking at flowers and stuff this past Sunday afternoon and a cop stopped and asked me if I knew who the illegal ATV drivers were tearing around the neighborhood. I was dressed like a hillbilly (jeans, rubber boots for the mud, and a plaid shirt) and I was insulted that he thought I was the granny of a bunch of four wheeler drivers. Didn’t he know who I am?!! I was wearing Hunter Wellies and carrying an imported Dutch edger. The nerve of that cop! How dare he think I knew something of illegal redneck behavior just because I wandering around in the woods with a sharp object.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      😆

    • WMCB says:

      Exactly. There is a range of dress/behavior/appearance that meets the “most likely suspect” PROFILE when a complaint has been received. If the cops make iron-clad immediate assumptions and refuse to see reason, period, then they are dicks and maybe bigots. But there is NOTHING wrong with them starting there, and checking it out. Nothing at all.

  4. The Klown says:

    Speaking of Butthurt:

    Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year.

    Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20.

    “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him. I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”

    • Lulu says:

      That is their “plan” for campaign 2014. Political correctness, butthurt, division of race, gender, sexual orientation, income, age, region, and pretty much anything else they can think of. That is literally all they got. The prezzie’s party has nothing else to run on. No economic or policy accomplishments, foreign policy disasters, permanent recession, joblessness, food and energy inflation, and global warming cooling flood drought for their crony capitalists is their plan for the upcoming elections. They are scared spit-less and the crazy is getting louder. The public including much of their base has tuned them out.

      • Mary says:

        Honk!

        The public no longer cares about Obama’s fragile ego. They’re focusing on the new monthly costs of Obamacare they’ve got to cover, or the lack of work hours to be able to do so, or the higher food costs, or the Common Core crap their children have to cope with, or jobless family members who need their help, or countless issues families cope with every day in the Obama economy.

        Obama and his cohorts make very grave mistakes in assuming this other frivolous crap matters at all to the struggling American public.

        The public is no longer trusting, and therefore, no longer listening.

    • angienc says:

      Obama wasn’t offended at the time Carson spoke because he wasn’t listening (he only likes the sound of his own voice; plus, he isn’t very smart, so it’s hard to keep up when someone who actually *is* brilliant, like Carson, speaks); it wasn’t until afterward that he was *told* he was offended that Obama was offended.

      • Lulu says:

        Second or third hand offense. “They say” you said something offensive about me. It has taken a lifetime for Obama to develop such thin skin.

      • Mary says:

        I’m not so sure, Angie. I think Obama probably was offended, but kept the mask on, as we saw in all those campaigns (especially 2008). Afterwards, he probably gathered some of his “enforcers” to tell them about it, and subtly sent them out to do his dirty work in punishing Carson, while he stayed falsely “above the fray.”

        Very passive-aggressive, this man is. But he gets even, whatever it takes.

        • Somebody says:

          I believe Dr. Carson also happened to be audited for the first time in his life shortly after the prayer breakfast speech. Obviously it was just a coincidence because the administration would never use the IRS as a political tool. No way, now how, that’s just a phony scandal drummed up by Fox News and some of those racist republicans.

    • Erica says:

      Realist, meet Narcissist.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    This is a few years old, and usually shows up during Black History month, but it’s a goodie….

  6. DandyTIger says:

    Political party of the cop? After all, how can we tell if the white guy is racist without knowing his party affiliation? /snark

  7. gxm17 says:

    One night, a little over a year ago, our son thought he was making a quick dash to the local gas station for cigarettes. But, on his way back, as he turned into our suburban, “Super Zip” neighborhood lights came on behind him. An unmarked police van with two plain clothes cops pulled him over and made him get out of his car. (He was in short sleeves and it was a cold night.) They then began searching his car meticulously, pretty much turning it inside out. This was no quick stop, they spent about half an hour pulling my son’s car apart. They never told him why they had pulled him over or what they were looking for. But my son knew that if he made a stink, it would just make things worse. So he stood there, freezing his ass off, while they tossed his car. (And for the uninitiated, when the cops search/rifle your stuff, they don’t put it all back the way they found it. They let you do the clean up.) When he got home, he kept saying that he was going to stop shaving and go for the Grizzly Adams look. He thought he’d been targeted because he’d just shaved and he figured that the cops thought he was a teenager (he was 29 at the time). Several months later we come to find out that a kid who lived down the street was dealing drugs. So, my son was right, he’d been “profiled” as a white teenage drug dealer because he *seemed* to fit the description. At no time did we ever feel that we had a “case” or that we should complain to anyone about how my son was treated.

    So the lesson of my story, Mr. Glanville, is that everyone gets profiled, even white people who live in nice neighborhoods. But wait, there’s more: Criminal activity is not confined to poor people, even well-off people have been known to commit crimes. (So whom is profiling whom when the assumption is made that owning a nice house in a nice neighborhood is evidence of lawfulness?) Look on the bright side, Mr. Glanville, at least you were dressed for the weather during your 5-minute conversation with the cop.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    LOL…campaign ad from John Boehner’s challenger in the GOP primary….

  9. taw46 says:

    A number of years ago, I flew into Miami airport with a group of 8 people. Once we claimed our baggage, we walked outside. I was immediately surrounded by 5 “agents”. They informed me I had to open my bag (right there on the sidewalk), or they would take me down to headquarters. I did as I was told. We all worked for an airline, so we were dressed up, men in suits, women in dresses (had to at the time, to travel on free passes). I was a young, white female. And I never filed a complaint either. (We decided they were looking for drugs and mis-identified a bag). So, yes they profile all types of people.

    • swanspirit says:

      Well there you go, young white females are typical drug mules . Perhaps you should have screamed “ageism” and been taken away in handcuffs to prove a point .O wait , no one would have cared . Never mind 😉

  10. swanspirit says:

    Pity the poor guy who is trying to make a few bucks shoveling snow in that neighborhood ; because shoveling snow is such an easy way to earn money . I guess that consideration escapes Mr Glanville’s consciousness .

  11. elliesmom says:

    There are certain occupations where you are always damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Being a cop is one of them. Being a teacher is another. A teacher can lose her license and in some states be arrested if she doesn’t report child abuse if she suspects it. If she reports her suspicions to her school administration and they do nothing, she’s still accountable. If she goes over their heads and she’s wrong, she loses her job. If she goes over their heads and she’s right, she still probably loses her job, but she stays out of jail. People often accuse teachers of having a “blind eye” to lots of things we wish they would “see”. Sometimes it’s just self-preservation. I know of no teacher who wouldn’t report a case of child abuse she could prove, but I know a lot of teachers who hope someone else will stick her neck out if it’s just a hunch. And when the student she thinks is being abused is not white and she is, she’s in for a world of hurt even if she’s right on the money.

    • leslie says:

      EM, to your point – – my son is a jr. high teacher (can you imagine any age that is more difficult to teach?) . During his first year of teaching he saw some boys in his classes taunting a girl who was wearing a very short skirt and a tank top. She seemed to be distressed by the teasing so later in the day he asked her to stay for a moment. He suggested to her that she wear tights or longer skirts to school in the future in order to stop all the rude comments. You guessed it. The girl and her friends talked it up and with their parents, charged him with being sexually inappropriate with her. (He also spoke with the boys about respecting girls and other living beings.) But no matter the facts, he was called into the principal’s office where his motives were challenged and his morals were questioned. He got into trouble for trying to “help” this little girl. He learned that you talk with the parents, or you have a female teacher speak with the girl. My son – white…the students, black and Hispanic. He was also charged with racially profiling the students despite the fact that he was teaching in a school where there are still only black and Hispanic children.

      • elliesmom says:

        I taught 8th grade. Bless him.

        • leslie says:

          you know, just as I hit “send”, I remembered you taught 8th grade. The most I ever did, was substitute 8th grade in my kids’ school. Fortunately, they were also in 8th grade and so the kids I had were pretty respectful. They knew I knew their parents….. 😉

    • swanspirit says:

      Please add Nurse to that list . I once reported a case of infant sexual abuse to an MD . The doc didn’t want to deal with it, or was in denial ,and I understand that Infant sexual abuse is a very difficult subject to deal with ; but he said that what I saw , didn’t “exist” , and I promise you , it absolutely did . We didn’t have cell phones to take pics back then. I did give the social worker a heads up on that case, without the MD knowing about it , but I risked losing my job .

      • Somebody says:

        Those are all good example of professions where you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. I would imagine doctors and any kind of counselor/therapist would also be in that position.

  12. DandyTIger says:

    We interrupt these posts to bring you a kick ass music video:

    • Constance says:

      Alright! that’s got me moving to the door to start my remaining 10 hours a week of work!
      The other 30 hours and benefits are gone, gone gone.

  13. Somebody says:

    Why do black people automatically assume that everything in life is about their race and any slight offense is racism? Perhaps it is sometimes, but not always and this doesn’t sound like racism to me.

    We’ve had encounters like this or worse. My husband, myself and my infant daughter were once surrounded by police with their guns drawn while we were test driving a car. Apparently someone had just stolen the same make, model and color of car in the area where we were test driving. We once moved into a rental house that, unknown to us, had previously been occupied by drug dealers and the SWAT team showed up for a bust. My poor husband gets harassed every single time he flies because his name matches someone on “the list”. Hell a clerk in Tuscaloosa, Alabama called the freaking FBI on my husband because of that list when he tried to rent a truck to move my daughter. Should we be offended? Should we claim all of these had to do with race? The officer that approached my husband’s side of the car was black and there are many black TSA agents, and yes the truck rental cleark was black, perhaps we’ve be racially profiled.

    This isn’t really the same but it’s the “profiling” I was most offended by. Ten years ago I has an incident where someone tried to come in the patio door in my bedroom, my dogs chased whoever it was into the woods behind my house. Luckily I had my alarm on and we have off duty police officers as security guards so the response was immediate. Within minutes 8 patrol cars arrived, 1 was the security guard the others were on duty and also responded. The police fanned out in every direction. They never found the suspect but a young police officer was convinced that a serial rapist they’d been tracking had marked me to be his next victim. Needless to say I was freaked out, a serial rapist? OMG I didn’t even know we had a serial rapist in the area.

    The other officers dismissed the idea and tried to shut the young officer up. The young officer wanted to set up a sting, he was quite sure I was the next victim. The other officers finally sent the young officer outside, but I was sufficiently distraught by that point thinking I was being stalked by a serial rapist. It turned out the serial rapist was stalking elderly women. Most of his victims were in their 80’s, a couple in their 90’s, his youngest victim was 73. I was 41 at the time. That little shit thought I fit the profile of this rapist’s chosen victims? That pissed me off. BTW they caught the rapist south of here in another town about a month later. His last victim was 93 years old, what a sick bastard. I still don’t like that cop though!

    • angienc says:

      LOL! Not to make light of that scare you had but you are dead on not liking that young punk cop who thought you fit the profile of “elderly” at 41!

    • 49erDweet says:

      IMO the officer pushing the sting was more likely making a play on you and the other cops recognized it and cut him off. It’s not that rare.

  14. Somebody says:

    Seriously I need more caffeine……..CLERK not cleark…..what the hell is that?
    Also, I HAD an incident not has an incident……argh!

    I should proofread before I hit post! What the hell do you expect from someone who looked 90 at 40, LOL!

    • elliesmom says:

      I have been totally gray since I stopped dyeing my hair for my 40th birthday. One could say I looked like I was 60 then or that I still look like I’m 40 now. I prefer the latter.

      • Lulu says:

        I’d stop dyeing if my hair if it was not battleship blue gray. It is okay on men but horrible on the women in my family. My husband and his 92 year old mother have NO GRAY! It is freakish. But they have lots of wrinkles because they are skinny. LOL.

        • Somebody says:

          I miss my natural dark brown hair color, but my hair stylist said it was time for me to go lighter because I was getting too much gray. So now I’m sort of a dishwater color, but I’m not particularly fond of it. I went lighter for a little while, but I felt that washed me out too much.

          I have no idea what color my natural hair is now, salt and pepper I imagine. I don’t even know what shade the gray is in my hair because when I identified 6 gray hairs I started coloring. In my defense I was about to give birth to a late in life baby so I was hormonal and had a break down about giving birth with gray hairs. I can’t even imagine based on my parents, my mom has dyed her hair forever. My father had white hair just at his temples before he passed away. I’d like to hope my gray is a pretty white like my father’s, but I’m not willing to grow it out to find out! My MIL grayed prematurely she was completely white headed in her mid 30’s, but her hair was beautiful.

          • elliesmom says:

            My hair is silver. It’s a prettier color than it was when it was brown. I don’t regret for a moment letting it do its thing. It started graying when I was in my 20’s. I think having it turn a nice shade of gray was compensation for having to deal with it so young. But I didn’t like the skunk streak I had initially. lol Once it was gray all over, I was fine with it.

  15. WMCB says:

    I think the neighbor did profile, to an extent. It’s just that I have no issue with reasonable “profiling.” None.

    Look, reality is that certain groups are statistically more likely to engage in certain things. In my neighborhood, if the cops got a call that some dude was illegally soliciting landscape services, it would most likely be a hispanic guy. In my old neighborhood in SC, it would be a teenage redneck white boy wearing a ballcap and spitting Skoal – and if they saw one cutting a lawn after having a complaint, they might ask him some questions. If someone is shoplifting clothes, chances are it’s a woman, and even more likely that it’s a young one. If a very violent assault/beating on the street has been committed, chances are it’s a man, not a woman. Do I hate men because I recognize that?

    Maybe in this neighborhood, someone soliciting winter yard work is more likely to be a black man. How is recognizing that REALITY, while being polite and non-abusive, amount to horrible terrible racism? Or sexism or whatever?

    I am SICK TO DEATH of fucking progs demanding that I shut my eyes, plug my ears, and pretend that generalities and realities don’t exist, because it might give someone the butthurt feelbads. My husband is a swarthy Italian-American doctor. He has been mistaken for an illegal dude looking for work before, when he was hanging around Home Depot in filthy jeans and unshaven, waiting for me to bring the car around. Does he get all butthurt about that? Nope. He laughs. Grow the fuck up.

    • The Klown says:

      My law school contracts instructor was a swarthy Greek guy in his late 40’s who looked like Yanni with short hair and he was fairly buffed out. He had gone to an Ivy League school, passed the bar, and had a short but lucrative career as a lawyer before deciding that teaching was less stressful.

      We were having a school event (Spring dinner) in the backyard of his home in one of the most upscale neighborhoods in town. It was to be catered with an open bar and a DJ.

      Earlier that same day he was out mowing his lawn and cleaning up his yard before the caterer arrived to set up tables. He was wearing cut-offs and a tank top. It was a warm day and he was sweating so he was wearing a do-rag as a sweatband.

      A truck from a sanitation company arrived to drop off two porta-potties for the event. The Hispanic delivery driver saw my instructor working in the yard, assumed he was the gardener and asked “Do you speak English?” My instructor nodded. Then the driver asked “Is the homeowner here?” He shook his head so the driver said “Tell the homeowner we’ll come back tomorrow and pick these up.”

      When the instructor told us this story we had a great laugh.

  16. foxyladi14 says:

    We lie in a sad sorry world these days. 😡

  17. DandyTIger says:

    Evil knows how to time travel:

  18. angienc says:

    Hate to break it to special little victim snowflake Doug, but the police man wasn’t a rude jerk off becuase you’re black; he was a rude jerk off because being a rude jerk off is par for the course for 99% of all policemen. I’m sure special little victim snowflake Doug thinks he deserves to only deal with the 1% of policemen who aren’t rude jerk offs, but thems the breaks.
    In fact, if special little victim snowflake Doug wasn’t such a rude jerk himself (exhibit one: he’s allowed his elderly neighbor with a bum hip to shovel *his* driveway for years without once repaying in kind & thinks that’s something to “laugh” about) he wouldn’t have been so bothered by the rude jerk off policeman. It’s always those who are extremely rude themselves who are most bothered by that same behavior in others.

  19. The Klown says:

    Catness is spoiled. How spoiled is she?

    She likes dry kitty treats. She thinks they are regular food. If I put a few of them in a bowl and she eats them all she’ll demand more. If I put a bunch of them in her bowl and she doesn’t eat them all, when she gets hungry again later she won’t eat the old leftover ones but demands fresh treats instead.

  20. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      Bus tickets to Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Lubbuck, Beaumont, Texarkana, and Corpus Christi should be fairly cheap. The nearest abortion provider from where I live is 100 miles and no one has ever blinked at that. There has never been an abortion provider in this town of 80,000. They don’t do heart surgery here either because the Texas Heart Institute hospitals are also 100 miles away. Nothing guarantees a health provider for every specialized service in the same city that you live in.

  21. The Klown says:
  22. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      He is very selective with who he is concerned about being murdered by extremists. What about Christians in Syria? How about in Africa. The stuff here is for pikers. Does he think only Americans getting murdered is of significance because it can be used for his political purposes? Hypocrite.

  23. elliesmom says:

    Today is the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. My son and his wife are preparing to run the race next Monday. There will be a lot of profiling going on. The runners are bused from the Boston Common out to Hopkinton where the race starts. They usually leave their personal belongings on the buses, but this year everything on the bus will be searched. My kids live near the beginning of the race so they don’t drive into Boston. One of us usually brings a backpack with the stuff they need after running and meets them at the finish line. We can’t do that this year because no backpacks or tote bags are allowed anywhere near the end of the race. A friend who lives in the city has volunteered to keep their things at her apartment for them, but it means they don’t get their stuff right away because she lives some distance away. We thought about trying to get a hotel room near the finish line so they could go there, but we would need it for two nights because we can’t bring backpacks or suitcases in at check in time on the day of the race. The hotels in Copley Square are expensive, and that’s money we’d rather give them toward their fundraising efforts. We’ll all probably each wear an extra piece of clothing we can give them. There will be cameras scanning all of the people both in the race and as spectators. Software of some kind is going to be used to sort out “suspicious activity”. And while all of this is a PITA, if a few folks get uppity about getting profiled, tough noogies as we say around here.

    • The Klown says:

      A lot of the security measures that people are balking at these days have been commonplace in Europe for decades. Liberty and security don’t mix and the more you have of one the less you have of the other.

      Personally, I would rather have too much liberty.

      • elliesmom says:

        In my head I would, too, but I know how long it usually takes my son and his wife to run the race, and I know what time they’ll get to the start line. It’s going to be a tough day next Monday. I think this will be their last Boston Marathon, and I can’t say I’m sorry. Together they’ve raised over $50,000 for Dana Farber Cancer Research in the last five years. They’re entitled to retire. They actually hadn’t planned on running this year, but nothing could have stopped them.

    • SHV says:

      My wife’s running this year for her third Boston marathon. Last year she had to work. It’s funny how things work out, her Boston finish times are about when the bombs detonated and I usually stand in the area where to bomb closest to the finish line exploded. Spending a few days on Nantucket and will move on to Boston Friday.

      • Somebody says:

        I hope your wife beats her finish time this year SHV, enjoy Nantucket and Boston!

        Elliesmom bless your son and DIL, that’s quite a bit of money raised. An average of $10,000 per year that’s wonderful!! I hope things aren’t too much of a pain for them and that they thoroughly enjoy the marathon. I hope you and Elliesdad enjoy it too.

  24. leslie says:

    “Personally, I would rather have too much liberty.”

    You sound like a long ago liberal. Remember those days when what we are saying now, really indicated that we were NOT right wing?

  25. The Klown says:

    I’m more worried about how my grandkids’ tax dollars are being spent.

    • DeniseVB says:

      My taxes paid for a minute of flying time for Air Force One. I would have rather paid for groceries for a working poor family of 4 for a couple of months.

  26. The Klown says:
    • elliesmom says:

      It’s a big deal around here today with every politician trying to get his face on TV. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, it’s raining pretty hard and that’s keeping the crowds down.

  27. The Klown says:
  28. DandyTIger says:

    Wow, EFF actually saying reasonable things about the Tea Party. Sadly the usual libs are loosing it over this.

    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/04/tea-party-taxes-and-why-patriots-wouldve-revolted-against-surveillance-state

  29. The Klown says:
    • helenk3 says:

      http://prepperchimp.com/2014/04/15/armed-guards-surround-bundy-supporters-fear-imminent-threat/

      I keep thinking of a parody of that old song One toke over the line. this bundy thing could be the one step over the line by the backtrack bunch that blows this country wide open

      • DandyTIger says:

        Yeah. First they set a precedent by backing down. Now they might pull a Waco. Either way it’s really, really bad. And underlying this, though seemingly legal, is a heavy handed fed overreach of land management, riddled with corruption (including Harry Reid). Out of fear of all of that unraveling, they may just kill everyone involved first. Which of course would be the worst thing they could do. Let’s see, Obama and his minions, yeah, that’s what they’ll do.

  30. The Klown says:
  31. The Klown says:
    • DandyTIger says:

      OK, I get it. He’s a comedian.

      • Lulu says:

        Before you know it Vile Progs will be wanting the heads of the usurers claiming they eat babies like a medieval mob. This is one part of the Democrats brilliant “coalition”. When assembling this rabble to claim political power they decided to go after the dumbest MF’ers and tell them they were really smart and no one could hurt their feelings anymore.

  32. mothy67 says:

    Thought this articlw was very interexting.
    6 Wars of the 20th Century Dostoyevsky Predicted
    http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/03/22/6-wars-of-the-20th-century-dostoevsky-predicted/?singlepage=true

  33. The Klown says:
  34. 49erDweet says:

    Meanwhile, in my neck of the woods, a deputy sheriff mistakes a resident minding his own business inside his home, for a burglar. The homeowner is an Air Force officer. Some bad stuff here.
    http://www.ksbw.com/news/carmel-air-force-captain-arrested-after-burglary-call-at-his-home/25486372

  35. Lulu says:

    In my super early morning net reading I am seeing more and more articles about Progressive Puritans which are examining their intolerance, sanctimony, segregation of and within the society as a whole, cruelty, and general religious overtones switched from the worship of Jesus the son of god to political messiahs and earth worship demanding complete complete uniformity of thought and lifestyle. The Puritans of Cromwell’s Britain loved a good stiff military dictatorship outlawing the ancient culture of Britain. No Christmas, no art, no self expression was the mantra of the Puritans unless you were one of them.The New Puritans also hate fun unless it serves the orthodoxy. Weird fads such as “normcore” (my daughter says it is a fad of necessity because the Gen X’ers are broke and are trying to justify it with poverty and dull uniformity being cool) and fights over resources are standard obsessions of Puritans who have historically divided the human race into social classes using intimidation, ridicule, boycotts and what we recognize as “shut up”. The backlash appears to be growing slowly against the hectoring screw ups currently known as Progressives.

  36. angienc says:

    I want to clarify my earlier statement –some where offended by my characterization of 99% of policemen as rude jerk offs. I’m not changing that — they are. But the reason *most* of those 99% are rude jerk offs is because 99.9% of their job puts them in contact with criminals who have absolutely zero respect for themselves much less anyone else. (Some of the 99% of the cops who are rude jerk offs are just assholes).

    So for Doug to think he needs to speak respectfully to a police officer who walks up to him & asks him a question only because he’s black is bullshit — EVERYONE should speak respectfully to a policeman who walks up to him/her and asks a question because the cop doesn’t know who the fuck he’s dealing with and is inclined (based on experience) to be wary of everyone UNTIL AFTER he assesses the situation/gathers information. (This is in addition to the fact that people should speak respectfully to everyone they encounter — not just policemen — which just shows what an asshole Doug is thinking he has the right to be rude to a lay person).

    Oh, and PS: the same people who are screaming about the “racist” treatment of Doug by this police man are the same ones who want to outlaw the 2nd Amendment and leave guns ONLY in the hands of the police/government. Fucking idiots.

    • Mary says:

      I wasn’t offended, angie. I just think that broad, sweeping statements about 99% of anybody/anything makes us sound as silly as the Obots assuming same broad assumptions about us.

      Not a big deal, really. That policeman never got to tell his side of the story, and if there’s anything I’ve learned in my 61 years, it’s that the teller ALWAYS selects the details that support his/her version of the encounters (ie, Doug)

      As discussed above, teachers, nurses, cops rarely get the benefit of the doubt in these situations. Especially if there is perceived “racism” involved.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I wasn’t offended Angie and my son is a fed. I remember one of his first assignments was Obama’s first inauguration and his unit was placed in Union Station for security. Code Pink arrived to do a lay in to block train passengers from reaching the National Mall. When they wouldn’t move after several “polite requests” to do so, they had to be physically carried out. The “ladies” spit, screamed police brutality, cursed …. all while being filmed by other protestors. I always remember who the real jerks are, but you just don’t read about them in the news.

  37. WMCB says:

    Author Larry Correia has another good piece up at Monster Hunter Nation, but this in the comments cracked me the hell up:

    wore a Log Cabin Republicans pin last time I went to a political rally! I had *both* sides looking at me crossways. (Not gay, but the uptight branch of the Repubs biting their tongues, while the cognitive dissonance of the Dem’s not being sure if it was OK to hate me was totally worth it.)

    I still remember with great affection my booming reply to the Demwit who asked me if I was a teabagger. I happily and enthusiastically accepted his offer as ‘I hadn’t had time to shower that morning, and would appreciate his tongue bathing my scrotum clean.’
    “But… I didn’t mean to insult..”

    “You lying f***. You meant to insult the hell out of me. And now you’re trying to weasel out of your promised blowjob. Lying crapweasel!”

    Lefties collapse when you get in their faces in real life. He expected a proper republican gentleman who would quietly endure his insult, and probably not even know what teabagging even was.

    His stock did not rise with his peers that day.

  38. leslie says:

    OT – very OT…I did my taxes all day yesterday. I used the same packaged tax program I always use. At the end of the process, and before the program allowed me to “e-file” I had to answer whether I had health insurance. And how I was covered. It is such a Big Brother country we now live in. It saddens me and concerns me for all of us. . . especially our grand children.

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