Right adjective, wrong party
The Cambridge police union head got off a perfect putdown, right up in the Churchill League.
Referring to Obama's description of Officer Crowley's actions as "stupid", union head O'Connor said "The president had the right adjective but the wrong party."
He could have gone farther: when Obama mentioned a history of racial problems, he also had the wrong party. Gates has made a career of stirring up racial hatreds. He is a social arsonist, a professional war-starter. Officer Crowley has made a career of attempting to put out
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Overall it's exceedingly unusual
for police commissions and police unions to speak at all in situations like this, even when governors and presidents haven't waded into the fray. Police bosses almost always stay under the radar, letting the cop twist slowly, slowly in the wind. Given that Cambridge is a hard-left college town where the only non-Obama votes went to the Green Party or the Revolutionary Workers Party, this level of courage is even more unprecedented.
The initial response of CNN's Authentic African-American Anchor was highly illustrative, exposing a rarely-seen vista into the demented mind of our enemy-controlled media. As the conference ended, he was actually muttering to himself, totally bemused and blindsided, as if he had been watching an announcement by a seven-headed Venusian alien. After he gathered his wits a little, he said "Well, I was really expecting that we'd be moving forward; I was expecting something more constructive, something that would mend the fences." Shows the same imperial arrogance that Gates himself showed. The ONLY POSSIBLE RESPONSE by white authorities in this situation is public hara-kiri, public self-immolation. ANY OTHER RESPONSE is literally unimaginable, and the Cambridge response ("We don't need to apologize, you need to apologize") is ten steps beyond unimaginable.
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Later: Obama jumped in again, calling it a "teachable moment" for everyone. Nope, only one person needs to be taught. Henry Louis Gates needs to be taught how to behave like a civilized human, because even an encounter with the police apparently didn't teach him anything.
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What do I really think? I think Gates may be senile. Forgetting your keys, paranoia about strangers in the house, unstoppable aggressiveness ... all could be results of jet lag and imperial arrogance, but they are also typical signs of senility. Look at his gaping mouth in the picture of the incident. Doesn't he look Alzheimerish?