Just gonna throw this out. It's Thursday, I'm drunk, and when there's a break in the conversation, the first thing i do is check the Tbox.
I love you all, especially the folks i disagree with. I love to come here and get a different perspective on things, call someone an ignorant, misinformed idiot, but then find myself elated when i see their name in a thread.
You all are the best, and it's probably the Grand Marnieritas talking, but I'd totally fug all of you!
Yeah, it's great that a guy with a LiveJournal account looked at some pictures of the damage caused by the missile fragments and pulled some conclusion from the darkest part of his ass. The problem is the analysis of the missile fragments that made the damage shows that the fragments come from a Buk missile: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32283378
I can't tell from the video when he started driving. That's immaterial. That would only matter if one was defending the cop and saying he was acting in self defense. What can be said with certainty is he started his car. He was bolting. Whether he hit the gas before or after he was shot doesn't matter. That decision put him in harms way. He was either going to prison, or getting shot. He didn't act in his own best interest or his family's. There was no happy ending after he started the engine.
Also, I dont think you could say I'm defending this. I'm certainly not defending the cop's actions. They're categorically indefensible. I'm just not defending DuBose's actions.
He should still be alive, though. Tensing will spend the rest of his days in prison unless he offs himself before the trial.
Campus Police, in some jurisdictions, as I understand it, function the same as State Police off campus, as technically they are State employees. Man, if they change it that Campus police only have jurisdiction on campus, that will lead to some very brief car chases. Make a run for the border! 100 yards in any direction!
This, 100%. It's a murder. There were literally hundreds of courses of action that could have resolved this and everyone walked away alive.
But the lesson should not be lost than when you are pulled over for driving without plates, don't have your license, and have a bottle of liquor by your foot, turning on the ignition and driving off while the cop is outside your window is a bad bad bad idea. Dude was a criminal, plain and simple, and that should not be lost in the anti-cop vitriol that's sure to follow. But he shouldn't have been killed for it. It was a murder.
Welllllll the dude did try to try to drive away. This was in no way a routine traffic stop. I'd say trying to flee is pretty high up on the list of things to not do if you want to survive a traffic stop. That said, that gun came out way too quickly, and the fact that he went straight for a headshot. Damn. Yeah. That's a murder right there. Can't defend the cop's actions. But the DuBose certainly didn't help his own cause.
I've got a foolproof plan for hunting that would make it totally acceptable in my book.
When you step on a game preserve, you are fair game. Hunters can legally hunt other hunters. That would be some real poo. And if a guy went hunting and killed an animal, you'd know he was a fuggin badass. Until then, your just a glorified camper with the right to kill. I'm waiting to see how many of the manly men hunters in mossy oak pants and safety orange hats with a sixer of Coors in their hide who enjoy the "euphoric denouement" of killing an animal a quarter mile away with a gun sign up for this plan.
It's so sad that this is the image that literally every country has of Americans. And what's sadder is how at seemingly every opportunity, we go out of our way to reinforce the stereotype. Reminds me of this episode of Top Gear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKcJ-0bAHB4 Movie buffs will recognize the music as they are fleeing the rednecks is the Mogadishu Market theme from Blackhawk Down. And given the fact that they were being pelted with rocks and were run out of town, it's sadly justifiable. That is something you would expect to happen in Somalia or Pakistan. Not in the US! We're supposed to be the World Power! We're supposed to be the beacon of freedom and prosperity that other nations aspire to. And this is how we act. We pelt entertainers with rocks and hold veritable klan rallies at children's birthday parties. I just have less and less sympathy for people in general. Whatever ends up happening to this country, and our species as a whole, we totally had it coming.