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So right, Mr. Hewitt. This is not yours or my or our parents NRA. The the disturbing part in it all is, even if the NRA changed its viewed today, there have been several other like minded organizations created prepared to take their place.
To better understand the true face of the tea party and what the party is really about on a local level, you'd have to listen to and educate yourselves of their true motives on a national one. Certain individuals are just good at playing both sides of the fence. The term: chameleon comes to mind:
(1.)lizard that changes color: a tree-dwelling lizard with long thin legs, a strong curled tail, a long sticky tongue, and the ability to change color.
hint: If some stranger walks up to you and punches you in the face for no reason, believe them. That's who that person is. That's their true nature and character. It doesn't matter if that same individual walks up to you a day later with a smile and pretend concern that someone gave you a black eye, bruised face and busted lip.
Remember, it was the tea party that inspired a lot of the hate groups to come out into the open around the nation during the presidential campaign cycle. Even locally, some openly spewed their bigotry and intolerance on this and other forums. Their playing otherwise now shouldn't fool anyone.
ddarwin, your ignorance is showing. There was NO Bessie Smith strut during the civil rights movement. However, there were water hoses and beatings in Selma, Ala. Killings all across the nation, even Chattanooga. Things didn't bypass Chattanooga, much of it was covered up, with help of course. Apparently, you weren't even an egg then. Otherwise, you'd know better than to speak with such disrespect with someone who lived it.
Now, you might get away with pulling out a camera in your neck of the woods, and especially if you're white. But giving that advice to some young black kid from some poor community can lead to a serious beat down at the hands of cops or worst.
Leaf, are you ddarwin's parrot or something?
The tea party is only as loud as the rest of you have remained silent. The party claims of speaking to diverse crowd of people is just a smoke screen. It's the behind the scenes meetings that take place before thoe open meetings that shows their true nature. Intolerance.
It wasn't rational to oppose the Nazis, slavery, religious bigotry, Great Britain in 1775, the killing of Kitty Genovese, the internment of Japanese-US citizens, the Klu Kluxers, and the Tennessee law against the teaching of evolution either according to your reasoning.
And dooo tell, ddar. How many of those events did you partake? It's easy to talk about what YOU would do under certain circumstances. It's a totally different story when you're in the mist of it taking place. Looking back, everyone claims they'd be the hero. Having been a part of the civil rights movement, I think I have first hand knowledge and experience.
You are critically naive, sir.
Fear has nothing to do with it, ddarwin. Common sense has everything to do with it. You're problem is you're very naive. For those of us who live in the real world, we know the difference between bravery and stupidity. I never said I would not record an incident of police brutality against myself or another. Only that your advice is not always a rational choice. For those of us who've walked the walk and lived for another day, we know how to weigh the difference and use precaution. And we certainly don't go running like a loose cannon giving ill advice to others that could cost them a serious beatdown or even their life. A trip to jail is minor in comparison.
You forget there's been a few incidents locally, one at the Bessie Smith Strut a couple+ years back, where a camerman was assaulted while filming a cop harassing partygoers at the strut. And the camerman had a tag showing he was with a news agency.
chet123, they really don't get it. They always think it's the other guy, and not them, who will be affected in a negative way.
The poor, already accustomed to being poor, have learned over the years how to survive on the very minimum. It's the middle-classes and up who turn to suicides, murder-suicides, sometimes wiping out the entire family, when they can no longer cope with economic stresses the poor have always had to cope with.
I can picture it: Officer SIR! I'd like to get my camera and film you before you throw that next blow with your fist, or deliver the next kick." Yeah, right, daytonsdarwin. Not only can your advice be wrong, it can be dangerously and deadly for the individual trying to catch on camera a cop abusing a citizen. All they have to say is they thought* you were reaching for a weapon to be cleared of any wrongdoing.
If that's the case, jesse, then a helluva lot of local cops in all the agencies operating locally must have locks on their leaders too. Because some have gotten off extremely lite after having committed some pretty nasty and vile acts.
daytonsdarwin, isn't that the purpose of all law enforcement, and not just HCSO? That is to lead by example. Be they city, county, public housing law enforcement, they are to still LEAD BY EXAMPLE.
The point here is, every since Sheriff Hammonds arrested those little darlings drinking in the woods up dar in Apison TN, there's been a behind the scenes campaign to get rid of him. One individual in particular stated out and right here on a TFP discussion story about the teens that the sheriff didn't have to worry about getting relected. B-cuz, in that persons' illogical theorization, they saw nothing wrong with what the teens were caught doing because their parents before them, and the individual posting comment, had done the same as teens and were never held responsible for their actions.
And it doesn't matter when the last time a city cop got caught with his pants down with some underage teen, DUI, DWI, domestic violence etc. What matters is, 1. they weren't fired. 2. some weren't even reprimanded. 3. Prior leadership had a reputation for sending their goons to the homes of individuals to warn, even threaten them against filing a complaint, placed them under surveillance 4. openly follow them around town to reinforce the threat/warning. That they meant business DON'T COMPLAIN 'bout our fine officers, or else! 5. they're still on payroll, and received promotions. So much for that leading by example wouldn't you say?