We’re Gonna Have A Racial Profiling Pool Party!

YOU! You’re not Black! Please stop filming and have a nice day, sir.”

Corporal Eric Casebolt, formerly of the McKinney, Texas Police Force and The Biggest Thug in America,  resigned this week when the world reeled back in disgust from the video of his bestial and merciless of Dajerria Becton, 15, clothed only in a bikini.    Dishonored and disgraced by his savage attack, Casebolt left an indelible mark as the face of the callous and cold-blooded Warrior Cop who sees law enforcement as a call to battle .

Casebolt wouldn’t be the first goon to say “My bad” after proving how  much of a pitiless monster he could be,  but this may have been the WORST public apology ever!

Let us count the ways.

1. The lawyer for a McKinney, Texas, police officer who has become the country’s latest exemplification of bad cop behavior on Wednesday blamed her client’s aggressive actions on emotional stress. “He never intended to mistreat anyone,” his attorney, Jane Bishkin, said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. “He apologizes to all who were offended.”

Casebolt didn’t attend the press conference. Why wasn’t Casebolt present for his own apology? Why not offer a personal apology to Becton? His attorney “apologized,” not Casebolt himself. Which is like sending your mom to apologize to the neighbor for the window you broke. It’s insincere, it’s cowardly and it’s gutless.

Any “apology” that isn’t delivered BY the person who has harmed someone TO the person harmed by their actions is worthless.  

What Casebolt did to Becton was  far beyond which would leave her “offended.” She was physically manhandled, verbally demeaned, assaulted, and humiliated.   Casebolt treated Becton like  Patsy in 12 Years A Slave.  He pulled his gun and pointed it at two boys. He cursed and threatened every Black kid he could and nearly turned a neighborhood squabble into a full-blown race riot.

Dajerria Becton: Threat or Menace?

That goes way beyond being “offensive.” Belching at the dinner table or picking your nose is offensive. This was savage brutishness.

2.Bishkin said Casebolt had worked one suicide and one attempted suicide in the hour prior to being dispatched to the pool party that reportedly involved teens fighting. “The nature of these two suicide calls took an emotional toll on Eric Casebolt,” Bishkin said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

That’s rough. That’s tough. That’s the JOB and if you’re not prepared to do the job, take the rest of the day off. Go home sick. Tap out. Don’t take your aggressions out on a 15-year-old and inflict an emotional toll on her because you can’t hang.

3.Daniel Malenfant, president of the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police, said Casebolt has been receiving daily telephone and email death threats. “He’s worried for his family,” Bishkin said. “He’s worried that he may be followed.”

Oh, so now I’m supposed to feel sorry for Casebolt? Tough noogies, dude. Actions have consequences and yours put you and your family in the glare of the white hot spotlight. Casebolt made himself the poster boy for racist, vicious and bad policing. He can find the cause of his troubles in the mirror.

4. Casebolt, the city’s patrolman of the year in 2008, was reluctant to even go to the pool disturbance, but “felt it was his duty to respond” once the call escalated to reports of violence.

“He believed that those who fled were possible suspects,” Bishkin said. “He was not targeting minorities. In fact, he also detained a white female.”

How colorblind of Casebolt. Maybe this until now unidentified detained White female will step forward or star in a You Tube video on some right-wing website. For now this sounds like a lawyer trying to do her job and apply some lipstick to a pig of a case.

Bishkin says Casebolt was going to tap out of the run at first but “felt it was his duty to respond” and boy, did he! Like Rambo on PCP.

5. His first call of the night was to a suicide where a father had shot and killed himself poolside at an apartment complex in front of his family and others, Bishkin said. “Eric assisted them in securing the scene, photographing the body and collecting statements,” said Bishkin, noting that the deceased was black.

Oh, so your client wasn’t targeting Blacks at the pool party, but where a father offs himself poolside in front of his family, you emphasize the deceased was Black. So when your client is engaged in some heavy-duty racial profiling race doesn’t matter, but you don’t want your client to look like a raving bigot so race does matter. That about right, mouthpiece?

Maybe he should stay away from pools?

6. “Eric also spent a considerable amount of time consoling the man’s grieving widow.”

Plus, LeBron James is Eric’s favorite basketball player, he loves the new Kendrick Lamar album and some of his best friends are Black too!

Protecting and Serving your ass to death.

7. On his next call, Bishkin said Casebolt helped successfully talk a suicidal teenage girl down from her parents’ roof. “Eric’s compassion during these two incidents are a testament to his character,” Bishkin said. “While police work is often dangerous, it is fraught with emotions and family tragedy.”

Once he talked the girl down from the roof, did he body slam her to the ground, pin her down pressing his full weight into her back, handcuff her, and generally treat her like dogshit under his shoes?

Bishkin is right about police work being fraught with emotions and family tragedy. Casebolt almost caused a tragedy for several families when he lost control of his emotions.

8. Asked by a reporter if any other officers had been on the suicide calls and at the pool melee like Casebolt, Bishkin declined to answer. “Because there’s still an active investigation by the McKinney Police Department, we think it’s inappropriate to comment as much as we’d like to,” she said.

Then why comment about the active investigation by the McKinney Police Department in the first place? How’s that not inappropriate?

9. Bishkin said Casebolt has received little information about the investigation.

Why should the subject of an investigation be receiving information about the investigation? It’s not as though he’s still a cop.

10. “It is his hope that by his resignation the community may start to heal,” Bishkin said.

From the wounds he inflicted in the first place.

The “apology” was a  toxic waste spill  from start to finish. Any attorney worth their law degree should know the best way to help Eric Casebolt is to engage in some serious damage control. Bring him out before the cameras in a suit and tie with the wife and kids standing by their man. Have him read his own apology and make it clear because the investigation is ongoing, Casebolt isn’t taking any questions.

Talking about the stresses Casebolt was under before making the pool party run would and showing the world he is a caring and thoughtful police officer and not a raving Loony Tune would go a long ways in humanizing Casebolt. Instead he just comes off as a 14 carat phony.

I could have humanized and made Casebolt a more sympathetic figure than Miss Bishkin did and I don’t have any sympathy for him. For his sake, should charges be filed, Bishkin had better be a better attorney than she is p.r. agent.

Time and again, we’ve seen this same story play out with depressing frequency and time and again, it keeps  circling back to the same old scenario of angry/frightened armed White cop versus an angry/frightened/unarmed Black suspect.

The targeting of Black people  is not  the misdeeds of a few “loose cannons” or  due  to  a handful of  “bad cops.”   That was a tired cliché  and now it’s a bald-faced lie.  Casebolt  was named Officer of the Year in 2008, and his duties included neighborhood patrol and  community policing.

Casebolt was held up as the model of a good cop. What he lost control this was Casebolt the REAL cop.

You’re All Going to Die (But Probably Not From Ebola)

“Hi. I’m from the CDC. Anybody seen any Ebola?”

OH MY GOD!!! EBOLA IS IN AMERICA.   WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!  SOMEBODY SAVE ME!   TAKE MY WIFE, TAKE MY KIDS, TAKE MY DOG!   TAKE ANYBODY BUT DON’T TAKE MEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Everybody got that out of your systems now?

Good.

It seems there was a guy in Texas who came into the country and when he was asked if he was declaring anything it slipped his mind to say, “Yep.  I got Ebola.”  He went to a hospital.    Laid around for hours.   Had projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea.   It was a real mess.   He died.  Now a couple of nurses have tested positive for Ebola.

Uh-oh.

Congress swung into action and did what they did best.  Held a hearing.  Grilled the head of the Centers for Disease Control.   Talked tough, flexed for the camera, scared the hell of a lot of people.  Not that that’s ever been hard to do.   Say mass shooting spree that kills children and nobody bats an eye.  One guy dies from Ebola and its “bring out your dead” time.

Stop.  Please.   Take a moment and use your higher reasoning facilities.   Your chance of contracting or dying from Ebola is remote.   But if going nuts is something you feel a necessity to do, go ahead and enjoy your meltdown.   I’ll be right over here not sweating it.

“Holy Crap! Here comes the Ebola Zombies!”

It’s easy to dump on a nurse or doctor or some other medical professional for not taking every precaution, but before you do, please note that you’re still more likely to die of influenza than Ebola.  We’ve done the Pandemic Panic Dance many times before in the past and maybe we’re moving ever closer to the day when another Black Plague descends on us, but this is not that.

Your typical healthcare worker is probably more knowledgeable about how to avoid infectious diseases than you do, washes their hands more often than you do, and is more up-to-date with their vaccinations and immunizations than you are.

While you’re passing out blame and labeling people “asses and lunatics” spare a little of that withering contempt for the ones you elected.

Nobody ever thinks about the Centers for Disease Control until a moment like this arises and then it’s “Why aren’t they doing this and why aren’t they doing that? Why aren’t they keeping me safe?” Meanwhile, the professional cynics simply smile and sneer, “See what happens when you depend on government?” As if the private sector could have or would have prevented this.

Fear of contracting Ebola may be legit or it may turn out to be the latest pandemic that wasn’t like the newest Russian flu, swine flu, or bird flu The saturation coverage of the news media of the potential for a rampant Ebola outbreak is completely out of proportion.

The screenwriter of the film Contagion says there’s plenty of blame to pass around, but the mass freak-out stuff?   Y’all need to chill that shit out.

While Ebola continues to paralyze many Americans with the fear of a widespread outbreak, “Contagion” screenwriter Scott Z. Burns says he’s concerned that “we’re making a lot of rookie mistakes,” even though the virus has been around for more than 40 years.

The 2011 movie, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, revolves around a new deadly disease causing a global pandemic. “Contagion,” which was shaped with mountains of research, was designed to show how widespread diseases can be worsened by fear, hysteria, the media and other human factors.

“What scares me more than Ebola are the more mundane viruses of stupidity and fear and partisan politics,” he said.

Burns also noted that the issue of how to control the disease has become political.

“People are blaming the Republicans for cutting funding, and other people are now saying the president also cut funding to the CDC … We’re placing blame, and that’s just not very helpful,” he added.

While Ebola has taken more than 4,000 lives, he believes another disease could do more damage.

“I certainly don’t want to scare people, because that seems what most of the media is doing a great job of doing,” said Burns. “But when I did my research, all the experts told me that they expected there to be a pandemic of some kind of influenza, like we saw in World War I with Spanish Flu. And this isn’t that. This is not what they would call the big one.”

See that?   The worst is still to come.  Isn’t that better?  Or are you still-losing-your-mind over one dead American instead of 4,000 dead Africans?  Or is this is a matter of Ebola wasn’t a problem when it was “over there” but now its a crisis because its right here.   American arrogance and hysteria at its worst.

Fear is good for ratings. Fear is good for cheap politicians trying to win votes based upon public hysteria. Fear is big business.  Losing our collective minds over a disease that has killed exactly one American (so  far) isn’t just silly, it’s stupid.  But then we’re a pretty stupid species sometimes or Men In Black’s Agent K put it so well, “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”

You’re going to die. So am I. We’re all going to die, but it’s highly unlikely it will be Ebola or some World War Z/28 Days Later/The Night of the Living Dead mystery virus that does us in.

Not training for the Philadelphia marathon.

How easy is it to panic people? This easy.

Post-Election Psychos: Haters Just Keep On Hatin’

There’s a good reason the President has all those men in black following him around.

I’ve never been to Coldstone Creamery, but I hope their ice cream is better than some of the people who work there serving it up.   One of their employees in Sacramento, Denise Helms, 22, posted her shiny happy reaction on Facebook to the news of the president winning a second term.

“And another 4 years of the nigger. Maybe he will get assassinated this term..!!”

Social media never sleeps and Helms’ remarks soon drew the attention of a local TV station.  Helms didn’t seem to think what she said was any big deal.

“I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal. … The assassination part is kind of harsh. I’m not saying like I would go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen, I don’t think I’d care one bit.”

Helms cared enough to delete her original post and add a new one.  “So apparently my post last night about Obama got onto Twitter and Fox 40 came and interviewed me cause apparently a lot of people in Sacramento think I’m crazy and racist. WOW is all I got to say!! I’m not racist and I’m not crazy. just simply stating my opinion.!!!”

“…but I meant “nigger” in a NICE way!”

Ever notice how idiots who spout racist crap are so quick to proclaim they aren’t racist?     Is there a nice, non-racist way to call the president a nigger?

The Secret Service says they will look into the matter.  They tend to take threats against the President of the United States as serious business even when they are made by a dumb ass.

I have to say I’m a little concerned at how badly some people are taking Obama’s reelection.  Didn’t they even consider the possibility, however small, that Romney might lose?

Apparently not.  Some idiot in Texas is taking the prospect of four more years as such a grim prospect that he wants to secede from the United States.   A petition with over 51,000 signatures has been posted on the White House website.

The U.S. continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the U.S. suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect its citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.

The hell with Texas.  Let ’em walk.   Besides oil and Texans what else do we get from that batshit state?

Wait.  I liked Lyndon B. Johnson and Molly Ivins and they both were from Texas.  Hell with Texas.  Make ’em stay and suffer.   Bunch of whiny crybabies.

It’s too bad that Miss Helms and apparently the entire Lone Star state can’t accept the judgment of their fellow American citizens, but if I got through eight years of George W. Bush (former governor of the great state of Texas) they can get through for more years of Obama.

And if they can’t they can just take a big ol’ suck on the lighted end of my victory cigar.

The Strange Symmetry of Two Condemned Men

Does Troy Davis deserve to die?

I’m writing this today about Troy Davis because as things stand as this moment, by this time tomorrow he’s likely to be dead.

He probably shouldn’t be.  The State of Georgia plans to put Davis to death for a murder numerous witnesses now say he did not do.   That’s reasonable doubt.   That’s a reason for justice to be swift and merciful.

But justice and mercy seem to be absent in the state of Georgia.

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s pardons board rejected clemency for Troy Davis on Tuesday, one day before his scheduled execution, despite high-profile support from figures including an ex-president and a former FBI director for the claim that he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989.

Davis is scheduled to die Wednesday by injection for killing off-duty Savannah officer Mark MacPhail, who was shot dead while rushing to help a homeless man being attacked. It is the fourth time in four years that Davis’ execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials.

“Justice was finally served for my father,” said Mark MacPhail Jr., who was an infant when his father was gunned down. “The truth was finally heard.”

Kim Davis, the inmate’s sister, declined immediate comment on the decision.

Steve Hayes, spokesman for the Board of Pardons and Paroles, said the panel decided to reject Davis’ request for clemency after hearing hours of testimony Monday from his supporters and prosecutors. The board did not elaborate on the decision and didn’t detail the breakdown of the five-member board’s vote.

The decision appeared to leave Davis with little chance of avoiding the execution date. Defense attorney Jason Ewart has said that the pardons board was likely Davis’ last option, but he didn’t rule out filing another legal appeal.

Davis’ lawyers have long argued Davis was a victim of mistaken identity. But prosecutors say they have no doubt that they charged the right person with the crime.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who plans a noon EDT vigil at the state prison in Jackson on Wednesday, said he’s asking his supporters to urge the pardons board to reconsider. And he is also asking Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm to block the execution.

Over In Texas, where Rick Perry’s Death Machine keeps turning live prisoners into dead ones, they’re really busy this month.   There are four executions scheduled this month with one occurring the same day Troy Davis is to be put to death.  One execution was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

This one isn’t likely to be.

No remorse from a racist killer.

 Working only sporadically, the hands of the clock atop Texas’ 19th century Huntsville death house are an uncertain indicator of the hour. For the hundreds of killers whose lives end in the red brick building, though, the faulty timepiece’s message still is clear: Time is up.

With four executions scheduled in two weeks, September is the execution chamber’s busiest month since May 2010. And, in each instance, a cadre of death penalty opponents – bullhorn and placards in hand – gathers to decry what it considers the supreme barbaric act.

They will travel to Huntsville Wednesday for the execution of North Texas small-time hoodlum-turned-killer Lawrence Russell Brewer. Coming after the high-profile, initially successful campaign to stay last Thursday’s scheduled execution of Houston double-killer Duane Buck, Brewer’s death may seem anticlimactic.

“If we hadn’t had four cases in nine days, we would have focused more on this case,” said Gloria Rubac, of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement. “Most of our members work full-time. We do what we can. But, my God, we have so many executions we don’t do anything but go up to Huntsville to protest.”

Brewer, 44, will die for his role in the 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr., an African-American who was dragged two miles down a lonely Jasper County road in a crime that shocked and sickened the nation.

Unlike Buck’s case, in which Texas Defender Service lawyers filed a barrage of appeals and held news conferences with a surviving victim who urged the killer’s life be spared, Brewer’s presents few legal options or grounds for empathy.

“He is not a sympathetic person,” Rubac conceded.

Kristin Hule, president of the Texas Coalition to End the Death Penalty, said that while her group’s members “unconditionally oppose all executions,” her Austin-based organization must “as a matter of resources and capacity focus on the case that’s right in front of us,” referring to two cases with execution dates before Brewer’s.

Law enforcement officials who recently visited Brewer on death row said he expressed no contrition for the Byrd murder.

Brewer was one of two Byrd murder suspects sentenced to die. The other, John William King, remains on death row. A third, Shawn Allen Berry, was sentenced to life in prison.

On June 7, 1998, the trio grabbed Byrd, who was walking along a local road, beat him, then attached log chains to his ankles and dragged him about two miles behind a pickup. Byrd was decapitated when he struck a culvert.

The killers dumped Byrd’s body at a Jasper County cemetery, then went to a barbecue. Brewer’s DNA was found on a cigarette and beer bottle at the crime scene. Byrd’s blood was found on his shoe.

Brewer and King, who met in prison, were avowed white supremacists.

A Black man is convicted of killing a White man, but there is reasonable doubt he did it. A White man is convicted of killing a Black man, but shows no remorse for doing it.

Davis is alleged to have gunned down a police officer.   He denies it.  Brewer was convicted of chaining a Black man to the back of a truck and dragging him down a road until he was decapitated.  He’s probably happy about the whole thing.

Which one of them deserves to live and which of them deserves to die?

We're civilized. We sterilize the needle before we kill them.

Hot Mess from Texas: Governor Goodhair Gets in the Race

"Praise the Lord and pass the hair spray."

When the economy is in the crapper, jobs are scarce and people are frightened about the future, any incumbent should be scared of joining the millions in the unemployment line.

Seems like it was light years ago the GOP was wondering if anyone worth voting for would get in the ring with President Obama.  Now they’re practically tripping over each other to take a whack at the guy.

Every month there’s a new “Republican whom Obama fears” squeezing out of the clown car. It was Mike Huckabee for a while and Mitch Daniels for a minute. Next up it was Newt Gingrich, he with all the experience and a personality so repulsive his own staff quit on him.  Fox News mastermind Roger Ailes kept bringing pizzas and pie to his BFF, Chris Christie,  but it wasn’t enough for him to wipe the crumbs off his chins and waddle into the race.

Then it was Michelle Bachmann who is far-right in her politics and hard-working on the campaign trail seen as the Woman Most Likely To. Herman Cain got some love until his anti-Muslim rants started turning off his media admirers. Even Jon Huntsman was hailed by TIME as the guy most likely to beat Obama in a general election.

Mittens thinks as long as he keeps projecting inevitability, that’s all it’s going to take for him to clinch the nomination. Now Texas governor Rick Perry has announced and he might have something to say about that.

Then there’s Sarah Palin hanging over the entire race like a vulture waiting for a sign of weakness from the front-runners that might open the door for her non-campaigning campaign. Superstars don’t dirty their hands by shaking the greasy hands of folks at the Iowa State Fair.

The sun shines on the asses of a lot of dogs.

"The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please, pay attention."

The late, great Texas progressive, Molly Ivins could see from a mile off the sleaziness and incompetence of the politician she dubbed, “Governor Goodhair.”

Jan. 12, 2006
The governor of Texas is despicable. Of all the crass pandering, of all the gross political kowtowing to ignorance, we haven’t seen anything this rank from Gov. Goodhair since … gee, last fall.

Then he was trying to draw attention away from his spectacular failure on public schools by convincing Texans that gay marriage was a horrible threat to us all. Now he’s trying to disguise the fact that the schools are in free-fall by proposing that we teach creationism in biology classes.

The funding of the whole school system is so unfair that it has been declared unconstitutional by the Texas Supreme Court. All last year, Rick Perry haplessly called special session after special session, trying to fix the problem, and couldn’t get anywhere – not an iota, not a scintilla, of leadership.

Instead of facing the grave crisis that might yet result in the schools’ being closed, Perry has blithely gone off on creationism – teach the little perishers the Earth is 6,000 or so years old, that people lived at the same time as dinosaurs, and who cares if the school building is falling apart?

June 24, 2001
First, we Texans would like to salute the only governor we’ve got, Rick “Goodhair” Perry, the Ken Doll, for vetoing the bill to outlaw executing the mentally retarded.
We are Texas Proud.

Such a brilliant decision – not only is Texas now globally recognized for barbaric cruelty, but a strong majority of Texans themselves (73 percent) would prefer not to off the retarded.

Gov. Goodhair’s decision – in the face of popular opinion, the Supreme Court and George W. Bush’s recent conversion on this subject – is a testament to his strength of character.

Or something.

His Perryness announced, anent the veto, that Texas does not execute the retarded. I beg your pardon, Governor. Johnny Paul Penry, now on Death Row for a heart-breaking murder and the subject of two Supreme Court decisions, has an IQ between 51 and 60, believes in Santa Claus and likes coloring books.

And that’s not counting the other six we know about for sure since 1990.

Perry may immediately rival Mitt Romney in the impeccably styled hair contest and the GOP presidential nomination, and that’s all fine and well. There Will Be Blood in the Republican race and I’m content to sit back and watch the splatterfest.

The media loves to anoint the Next Big Thing in politics and this week its Perry. Meanwhile, the Palin Hillibillies from Wasilla bus tour is rolling around in Iowa and the potential threat of her entering the race would suck all the air out of several rising right-wing balloons, including Slick Rick’s.

Perry, with his deep pocketed oilmen buddies and their ability to raise shitloads of money for him makes him a player in the race and will squash some of the feebler contenders (bye-bye Pawlenty, Gingrich, and Santorum), but he’s hardly invincible.

Setting aside his dubious record of achievements in his three terms, Perry has a bigger problem. No matter what his personal relationship with George Bush is, he was Dubya’s lieutenant governor. A lot of voters may have soured on Obama, but they don’t find the taste Bush left any sweeter now than when he left office.

"Go ahead and pull the trigger, Rick. You're only shooting blanks."

Far from being the man who keeps Obama up all night, Perry might be the adversary Obama has prayed for.  Perry gives Obama a second chance at taking down a Republican he’s already defeated once: George W. Bush.

Governor Goodhair is further to the Right than Bush ever was and that will appeal to the G.O.Tea Party base, but with moderates and independents? Not so much. Perry’s ultra conservative bona fides will play well in the primaries, but in a general election they’re toxic.

Democrats should respect Perry as a candidate, but fear him? Not at all. He’s got a good story to tell about job growth in Texas, but it doesn’t come off as impressive when the miserable education and health system of the Lone Star state becomes better known.

Perry has had the luxury of defining himself. That ended when he threw his cowboy hat in the ring.  He will have to spend less time boasting about himself and more time battling to defend himself from his right-wing rivals.

And even if he gets past them, that doesn’t mean Obama is going to curl up into a fetal position because Governor Goodhair is in the race. All that means is that phone book sized folder of opposition research on Perry moves from inside the drawer to the top of the stack.

America only got rid of one Republican Texas governor. I doubt they will opt for a second one soaked in Texas Tea Party as the solution to their problems.