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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Getting Along




I ask you:

Can you imagine a black man stopping a white cop for directions, and the white cop not only obliging, but holding up traffic a full 2 minutes, as he directed said black man on his way? At the end, exchanging a hearty, "okay man, take care"?

Well, it happened right in front of me the other day.

With all this talk of racism this week, of the nappy-haired ho variety, it's good to remember that not everything in the United States is as Reverend Al Sharpton and his ilk, would have you believe.

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21 Comments:

  • Al Sharpton is an ass. And so is Don Imus. They deserve each other.

    By Blogger Internet Ronin, at Thu Apr 12, 01:38:00 am GMT-4  

  • Usually, for the sake of discretion, I Photoshop-out the licence plate number of any car I photograph and post here.

    But this cop was really nice, and should his superiors see this post, he should be recognised.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Apr 12, 01:38:00 am GMT-4  

  • Yes, he should! I agree.

    By Blogger Internet Ronin, at Thu Apr 12, 01:39:00 am GMT-4  

  • Al Sharpton is an ass. And so is Don Imus. They deserve each other.

    I don't hate the I-Man, but I really dislike him, and his retarded patter.

    But anyone who takes what Don Imus has to say seriously, has got a screw loose.

    What's the point of being a shock jock, if you can't shock?

    After the Michaels' incident, this just goes to show that that suspension of reality that we have about certain occasions, like entertainment and comedy, don't apply when certain people decide it's not convenient.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Apr 12, 01:40:00 am GMT-4  

  • Yes, he should! I agree.

    Some details, which I can bring out are:

    1) Young man is talking on the cellphone as he drives (but he was obviously lost)

    2) He is also right NEXT to the Miami Beach Police Department (see the white building to the left?)

    3) He might be an University of Miami Hurricane, because he has our parking permit hanging from his rear-view mirror

    Hmm, a light just went off.

    Could he be a "famous" college football player, thus eliciting a little more cordialness from the copper?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Apr 12, 01:44:00 am GMT-4  

  • Having said that...MBPD is famous for its people-friendly attitude.

    You can tell they have orders to be pleasant and cordial, and let certain things go, if not too egregious.

    Quite a difference from say, Coral Gables PD, who stop you if you even look at them the wrong way.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Apr 12, 01:46:00 am GMT-4  

  • While I've enjoyed the interviews I've seen Tim russert do of Don Imus, I've never found his radio show particularly interesting. I do think he is quite petty (as has been meniotned this week), and goes out of his way to humiliate people who displease him (however slightly). As you say, that is probably what shock jocks do. But Imus gets a lost of MSM and political animals' attention for his serious side.

    By Blogger Internet Ronin, at Thu Apr 12, 01:55:00 am GMT-4  

  • While I've enjoyed the interviews I've seen Tim russert do of Don Imus,

    I've never seen those!

    I do like when Tim Russert decides to take the mickey out of that ridiculously morose Andrea Mitchell (Mrs. Alan Greenspan, and she knows it).

    And I enjoy when historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is around (who can forget her quoting her friend and mentor, LBJ, saying "c*cksucker" which almost made Imus faint, hehe).

    I've never found his radio show particularly interesting.

    Back when I was in Med School, I used to wake up at a civilised hour, and watch his MSNBC show for brief moments.

    Charles, his sonorous sidekick, provided some intellectual heft to the show, whilst Bernard was the resident right-wing Greek chorus, which Imus frankly loved because Bernie could say things that Imus...wouldn't? That's not right, he would.

    But sometimes it's good to have a foil to play off of, you know?

    I do think he is quite petty (as has been meniotned this week), and goes out of his way to humiliate people who displease him (however slightly).

    Oh really? I hope he gets real petty with Sharpton.

    Maybe we'll have a real fight on our hands, rather than that ludicrous Rosie-Donald tussle.

    As you say, that is probably what shock jocks do. But Imus gets a lost of MSM and political animals' attention for his serious side.

    Right. He's not Howard Stern.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Apr 12, 02:05:00 am GMT-4  

  • Not Russert, Imus!

    Russert is so far up Andrea Mitchell's cavity, he's brought latex gloves and a flashlight.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Apr 12, 02:06:00 am GMT-4  

  • Unsurprisingly, now that he's out of favor, the left has decided to dub John Kerry's biggest supporter a conservative.

    By Blogger JSU, at Thu Apr 12, 02:38:00 am GMT-4  

  • I think want Imus and his partner said was stupid and the marketplace should be allowed to handle the matter - which seems to be happening.

    And though I won't defend what was said, I've yet to see any defense of what Imus said about wannabes and jiggaboos being a reference from Spike Lee's movie School Daze. (About here would be a link to IMDB to the movie where you could see what it is I'm talking about but I'm too lazy to learn how to insert a link. Yes, yes, kind commenters have tried to teach me before but I was still too lazy to make a note.) Cinephiles will remember the movie was about racism among blacks themselves, with the Wannabes having lighters skin than the Jiggaboos.

    So it sorta makes sense what Imus and his partner were saying.

    But still stupid.

    By Blogger Pete, at Thu Apr 12, 05:47:00 am GMT-4  

  • I saw that movie, Pete. Remember it well - and wouldn't touch any of those phrases myself with a 100' pole much less a ten footer ;-)

    By Blogger Internet Ronin, at Thu Apr 12, 09:36:00 am GMT-4  

  • Thanks for that reminder, Vicks. Sometimes we forget that the MSM and the Race Warlords have their own agendas in play.

    Which brings me to Imus. His infantile form of humor/talk was never interesting, as far as I was concerned, and I couldn't stand watching him on MSNBC. But my ex liked to watch him in the morning, so ...

    The idea that a Perpetual Victim Pimp like Sharpton can get anyone fired because he is "offended" just goes to prove how much in "Sharpton and His Ilk's" pocket the MSM is. A pox on both of them!

    By Blogger benning, at Thu Apr 12, 03:46:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Amen Victoria!

    I believe in Freedom of Speech. I also believe in Freedom of choice and changing a radio station when the personality is offensive to my sensibilities (Imus, Limbaugh, Stern) is something in which I find great pleasure. It's also why I don't listen to anything Shrub says. I enjoy having the remote control and clicking him into the airwaves.

    My father always said, "Freedom comes with responsibilities. Act irresponsibly and lose your freedom."

    By Blogger Caroline, at Thu Apr 12, 08:50:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Unsurprisingly, now that he's out of favor, the left has decided to dub John Kerry's biggest supporter a conservative.

    LOL! I just couldn't believe this when I saw it.

    And I suppose Jewish Democratic supporter, Michael Richards, is now a card-carrying member of the Neo-Cons too?

    Oh brother. People really are dense about their own.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Apr 13, 01:52:00 am GMT-4  

  • Cinephiles will remember the movie was about racism among blacks themselves, with the Wannabes having lighters skin than the Jiggaboos.

    I really liked Do the Right Thing (last of the truly great Spike Lee films), but what you say is spot on.

    I wonder, though, if the days of shock jocks are over? Who are you going to shock now, if all you can pick on are whites, Republicans, and males?

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Apr 13, 01:55:00 am GMT-4  

  • I saw that movie, Pete. Remember it well - and wouldn't touch any of those phrases myself with a 100' pole much less a ten footer ;-)

    Ever since that time, I've followed the career of John Turturro with great interest.

    He is, interestingly enough, one of the darkest white men I've ever seen on camera, though.

    A bit like Susan Lucci.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Apr 13, 01:56:00 am GMT-4  

  • The idea that a Perpetual Victim Pimp like Sharpton can get anyone fired because he is "offended" just goes to prove how much in "Sharpton and His Ilk's" pocket the MSM is. A pox on both of them!

    These morons deserve each other, and I am so happy that Don Imus is getting cremed by the very people he nominally supports.

    Sure, he likes to make fun of everyone because that's his schtick, but after the dust dies down, let him remember it was his fellow Kerry supporters that stopped his paycheques.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Apr 13, 01:58:00 am GMT-4  

  • Amen Victoria!

    I believe in Freedom of Speech. I also believe in Freedom of choice and changing a radio station when the personality is offensive to my sensibilities (Imus, Limbaugh, Stern) is something in which I find great pleasure. It's also why I don't listen to anything Shrub says. I enjoy having the remote control and clicking him into the airwaves.


    I detest Stern, and cannot stand Limbaugh (having already said I used to watch Imus on MSNBC earlier).

    Shrubya is not a problem FOR ME, but I can see how his speech mannerisms could get on someone's last nerve.

    My father always said, "Freedom comes with responsibilities. Act irresponsibly and lose your freedom."

    You know, in my case, I don't believe in the absolute freedom of speech.

    Don't get me wrong -- I believe in the right of free speech, but with the full understanding that it depends on the situation.

    As my grandmother used to say, people who know how to act, don't need rules.

    Well people who know what to say, don't need freedom of speech.

    They just need common sense.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Fri Apr 13, 02:01:00 am GMT-4  

  • Well people who know what to say, don't need freedom of speech.

    They just need common sense.

    Unfortunately, sometimes I don't think there's much common sense out there anymore.

    Hoping you don't mind, I'm going to start quoting your grandmother too. I like what she says. It's very close to what Dad always meant, or what I believed he meant.

    As for freedom, there are no absolutes in most things, freedoms especially. And we all don't view what they mean in the same manner. One must be prepared to suffer the consequences of one's actions where these interpretations of freedom are concerned, even those LACKING of common sense.

    Off to work and praying for better weather. I long for spring.

    By Blogger Caroline, at Fri Apr 13, 07:07:00 am GMT-4  

  • By Blogger JSU, at Sat Apr 14, 03:04:00 pm GMT-4  

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