Friday, November 13, 2015

The playbook: update

Last month, I wrote about the playbook. It's how insiders in the justice system use it against minorities. Specifically, I mentioned the prosecutor in the Tamir Rice case and how I felt he was preparing to tank the case just like the Micheal Brown prosecutor did. Well, the next play in the book was executed last night: he released
another external report by a cop from another district.

I believe the next step is the DA will fail to get an indictment and the criminal case will be over. Another unarmed black boy killed with no justice. His family will file and probably win a civil suit against the police dept; and that'll be the end of it. Meanwhile a guy declared unfit to be a police officer will continue doing just that even after killing an unarmed boy.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Playbook

So this one time I went to my boss to request raise. To prove I deserved a raise, I listed all the times I was late to work; the times I skipped out early; the times I deployed my code without testing it; I listed the times I took 2-hour lunches. Surprisingly, I didn't get the raise.

Obviously, that's not a true story. But there's a report that the "prosecutor" in the Tamir Rice case has released 2 external reports that justified the murder of the boy. Which, by my count, makes it the second case where a prosecutor intentionally sabotages his own case before the grand jury. This is from the playbook of how to tank your own case. I am not a lawyer but from the little I know, the prosecutor is supposed to be an advocate for the victim. If a prosecutor takes a case to the grand jury, that's because s/he believes the accused is guilty. So why would these experienced adopt this tactic that guarantees they won't get the result even a first year law student (or an ardent watcher of Law & Order) can get? Why would the DA in the Ferguson go so far out of his way to present exculpatory evidence for the defendant? Either he believes in the case and wants an indictment or he doesn't believe in the case and is trying to railroad an innocent man.

Unless, this is all part of the playbook. It's all part of the bullshit. It's part of the way the system is corrupted against minorities. Because these DAs can say "hey look, we tried to get an indictment but just couldn't". A 12-year old boy is shot dead 2 seconds after arriving on the scene by a cop that was fired from his previous cop job because he was "unfit" for police work. A seasoned prosecutor is about to tank the case right before our very eyes. And they want us to believe that black lives matter. That "all lives matter". If all lives matter; if black lives are equal to white lives; if black lives are equal to blue lives; how does this happen?


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rise of the Idiot Philosopher™

Listening to Donald Trump's town hall last night, it dawned on me: we are in the age of the Idiot Philosopher™. Simply put: Idiot Philosophers are morons who think they know everything. Until now, they could be found in bars, fishing holes, tailgate parties, superbowl parties and thanksgiving dinners where they spurn their tales and offered solutions to things beyond their realm of expertise (i.e. nothing!), But with thrusting of Sarah Palin (Moron from Wasilla™) into the political limelight, idiot philosophers have become more popular and enboldened. Like Senator Thom Tillis who wants restaurant workers not to wash their hands after using the bathroom. Or Trump who wants to deport 11 million people. Or those lefty morons who are convinced vaccines are killing us. Or the guy who has zero economics degree but is convinced an increase in minimum wage will kill small business jobs (despite all the economists who say this isn't the case).

Of course, part of this can be blamed on the emergence of social media and the 24/7 "news" media. Used to be we were spared from the rantings of these idiot philosophers. But now a moron in Wasilla, Alaska can post something on Facebook and within hours, it becomes the subject of national discussion and local news all over the country.

So the next time a guy starts telling you how he's got all the solutions if we'll just listen to him, ask yourself: Am I in the esteemed presence of an idiot philosopher? If so, it's OK. Idiot philosophers, like most drunks, are quite funny; especially after they are liquored up (when they happen to be politicians, you are the one who needs to be liquored up to find them funny).

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Driving the Curious Twins

Every once in a while, chauffeuring these kids around gets interesting. This happens when the conversation between them takes a turn towards what I like to call the existential and I simply stay out of it. Today's turn led them to ask "Who decided summer was going to be so long?" It started with Dara.

Dara: Summer is too long. I miss Mrs Strine so much [Mrs Strine was their kindergarten teacher]

Random talk about how the school is empty during summer and students have to hang out with their families...Then:

Toni: Summer and winter are so long. I wonder who made them so long

Even though I wasn't looking, I could imagine the gears turning in their little heads. Eventually:

Dara: It was the first baby!
Toni: The first baby?
Dara: Yes, the first baby came out and saw the seasons and decided how long they'll be

Me? I wondered whether I should blow their minds and ask where the "first baby" came from. But I decided it'll be mean to do that to 6 year olds. The last time this happened, I discovered that God married Mother Earth and created every living thing!

Monday, May 04, 2015

How to be a racist

In the aftermath of the Baltimore riots and the charging of 6 police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, one thing I have read in a few places is "...but 3 of the cops are black". The implication is that being black means one cannot be racist. I decided to look up racism on Merriam Webster (great site to don't even have to bookmark's

Missing in that definition is the race of the racist. So why do people think minorities can't be racist? Racism is is about how you treat others. If you think a group of people are inferior simply because of their race, you are a racist. It's really that simple. Reminds me of the Dave Chappelle skit featuring the blind white supremacist:

So what does this have to do with the Baltimore cops? Not much...just tired of people assuming this incident isn't about race because 3 of the accused officers are black. Or that the special prosecutor's report and actions will be accepted just because she's black.