The story about the Dallas police officer who recently resigned because of the attention he received by stopping Houston Texan’s running back Ryan Moats, has got my blood boiling–and remembering why I can’t ever go back. I got so sick of this stuff.
I love it. Knuckleheads all around the blogoshere (man, are there a lot of them; it’s pretty much ruined the fun of doing this for me) are saying that Moats wouldn’t have been stopped and held if he were white. They say that the officer has no compassion or common sense. Really?
Guess what. People lie when you stop them for traffic violations. They’ll say anything. They have to get to the bathroom. There’s a nuclear bomb in their trunk and they’re trying to get it to the Department of Energy as quickly as possible. Moats in this case was telling the truth. He also blew through two red lights, which could have caused someone else to die on that evening, not just his mother-in-law.
People have to get used to the fact that in law enforcement there are a lot of tough and bad situations and many times the best answer based on available information is a lesser of two evils.
And I say that the police officer was asked to resign, and only because 1) Ryan Moats is black, 2) He’s a famous athlete.
I want to be a hermit. It’s why I gave up on philosphy which raised more questions than it answered and it’s why I don’t argue nearly as much with boneheads. I do however, like to embarass them by issuing challenges. For instance, one guy the other day said that you get worse at everything when you get older. This is actually the opposite of what I’ve experienced. He, of course, is 20 years old. I asked him to name one thing he’s better at than me. (Yes, I was a little irritated). He said armwrestling. So we armwrestled.
He changed his mind.
I find that idiots aren’t very good at anything other than being stupid.