Many people have seen the videos made last week which clearly show, prove, and demonstrate how law enforcement officials in Boston, in their pursuit of a severely injured teenager, pulled innocent civilians out of their homes AT GUN POINT, frisked them in the front yard while barking orders at them, then raided their homes against their will.
This would appear to seriously call into the question the claim that the lockdowns and the searches were “voluntary”. It would also appear to illustrate that even the people who did not need to be pulled out of their homes, because they came out obediently in the first place, only did so because of the fear generated by the ridiculously unnecessary display of force. A display of force that was proven unnecessary when the military tactics did not produce results, and instead the suspect was eventually spotted by some guy smoking a cigarette in his backyard. All of these things would appear to be true, yes.
But, in fact, things are not always as they appear. You see, despite the tanks in the street, and the federal agents pointing automatic rifles at their chests, the members of the community still acted voluntarily. To understand this, you must first understand that we are working with a more inclusive definition of the word “voluntary”. The boring, old fashioned, government-limiting, “actual” definition of “voluntary” is: “Acting or done without compulsion or obligation.” Now, according to “the dictionary” (pffft there’s a biased source for you) it’s unavoidably clear that there was literally nothing voluntary about anything that happened. After all, once you introduce armored trucks, SWAT teams, and rifles being shoved into faces, one would assume that these things could be defined as slight-to-moderate “compulsory” factors.
But, fortunately, the government has broadened the concept of “voluntary” to the point where now it can be defined, in two parts, as follows: “A) Anything anyone does at the behest of a government agent, regardless of compulsion, regardless of threats of detainment, arrest, and/or death, regardless of the tank in their front yard, regardless of any force or manipulation employed, regardless of the fear and panic that had to be manufactured and then exploited to coerce the desired action, and regardless of the guy screaming “DO THIS OR I’LL SHOOT YOU”. B) Not voluntary.”
So, you see, there’s still nothing to worry about. Besides, the government only acted this way in this ONE, SINGLE, SOLITARY case. It was different, you know, because there was a potentially dangerous suspect on the loose. I mean, law enforcement agents hardly EVER chase potentially dangerous suspects. I mean, it’s not like every police department in every major city spends every day pursuing dangerous, violent felons. No, not at all. This was different. I mean, plus this guy was a terrorist, as opposed to being something safe and non-threatening like a serial killer, or a mass murderer, or a gangbanger, or a home invader, or an armed robber, or a kidnapper, or a serial rapist. I mean, I lived in the DC-Baltimore area when a sniper was running around the region, blowing people's heads off as they pumped their gas or stood at a bus stop. He was a FAR greater threat and, yet, I never saw 9,000 agents shutting down an entire city to find him. But, that's, like, different. Or something.
Just shut up. Stop asking questions.
Go back to sleep.
Everything is fine.
Everything is OK.
Big Brother is taking care of you.
You’re safe. You’re safe. You’re safe…Shhhhh…
Click the links below to listen to my show from yesterday. Just a fair warning that some of the horrific acts are talked about in detail. Feel free to check out the next post too, and sign my petition requesting the White House to respond to the trial.
Everyone: I'm going to ask for your help one more time. I have drafted a White House petition requesting that President Obama personally address the trial of Kermit Gosnell. I also request that he outline specific steps to prevent future massacres like this at abortion clinics nationwide.
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Click here to listen: 2013-4-11 - Matt w/Andy Barr
Rutgers has fired their basketball coach, Mike Rice, after video surfaced of him berating his players, throwing basketballs at them, shoving them, and using "homophobic slurs". This is the outrage of the day -- that nobody will remember or care about 16 hours from now -- so get your helping of indignant anger while it's still fresh.
Alright, I have a few reactions to this story:
1) Can the NCAA make it, like, a week without some sort of scandal? I don't think everyone fully realizes that the NCAA is easily one of the most corrupt organizations in the country. In fact, there's so much exploitation, profiteering, manipulation and abuse going on in college athletics that it's starting to look like college academics. Just kidding. It could never be that bad.
2) I saw some of the videos. This guy is a jerk and a bit of a nut. Real leaders don't need to throw hissy fits to get a point across. I don't blame the university for firing him, although they wouldn't have if they weren't forced into it by the national media attention. So they're a bunch of hypocritical cowards, but this is the NCAA, what else is new? That said, maybe I've just had some really terrible coaches, but it didn't seem much worse than what I experienced myself in high school sports. Coaches shouldn't shove or verbally abuse players, but why are we acting like this dude is the first one to ever conceive of the strategy? I've been punched, pushed, punished, intimidated and belittled by many a coach. And that was just in track and field. I didn't cry about it (publicly). I just carried on with my life. But I'm happy to now find out that I'm a victim, as that is, of course, the new American dream.
3) Wait. Wait. You're telling me someone involved in sports used "homophobic" terms?! What?! I am shocked and astounded, I tell you, shocked and astounded! Next you're going to tell me that drill instructors sometimes raise their voices. What? They do? What is happening in the world? I thought coaches and players in locker rooms and practice fields all speak like they do in inspirational Disney sports films! Let's make sure to enforce a politically correct standard of vocabulary on these testosterone raging physical competitors! That's something that should be a priority in our society, no question about it.
4) Back to the NCAA being a corrupt and exploitative organization. Yeah. About that. Administrators, executives, coaches and personnel all make millions on the backs of these players, while exploiting their talents for everything from video game licensing deals, to TV contracts, to merchandise, to ticket sales, and we only consider it "abuse" when one of these millionaires chucks a basketball at their grill? It's a little hard for me to take that seriously.
Once again we have another situation that everyone cares about but nobody really cares about.
Click here to listen to the segment: 2013-3-27 - Matt with Senator Rand Paul