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Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does a bunch of other stuff.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I cannot imagine how in the heck we got here.

    How many lodestones did it take to get our moral compasses to point *HERE*?Report

  2. Fucking with suburbanites’ dogs — this is how you lose public support for the WoD. It’s almost like they’re trying to appear thuggist, out of control and out of touch.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      The operative word being “suburbanites”. The same threat made to someone living in a project makes him a good, tough cop.Report

      • Avatar Will Truman says:

        This touches on the main problem I’ve kept running into over and over again. Even in the Missouri case, which featured a white dude in a suburban-looking house. Folks think that this sort of thing wouldn’t happen to them. It’s the sort of thing that happens to bad people, who we need the cops to protect us from. Surely, if the cops are busting down their door, they did something to bring it on, right?

        Jose Guarena had that picture under his bed. That’s just not right.Report

      • Yep. If the WoD is to be reformed or ended, it’ll have to be preceded by many more “good” people being mistreated.Report

        • Avatar Rufus F. says:

          I’ll admit I was taken aback by it, but not because of where the guy lives. When they shoot the dogs, I sort of hoped that they do it because the person might have a rotweiller or pitbull and they have some fear of being put in danger. But telling someone cooperate with us or we’re going to go to your house and shoot your dog? Just sounds like intimidation.Report

          • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

            Intimidation is a large part of what cops do; thus the objections to Miranda and other brakes on how much they can do it. But they’re only supposed to intimidate the sort of people who need to be kept in line, not people like us.Report

          • Avatar Plinko says:

            Read Balko for a few months, you’ll start feeling surprised they only threatened to kill the dog instead of just doing it.Report

  3. Avatar Kolohe says:

    This one though, probably won’t get larger traction outside those who already give a darn about this issue. He’s a Hispanic hippie musician, not a nice middle aged white lady (or even an Iraq war veteran whose nontheless Hispanic).Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. says:

      You’d think by now if someone like Michael Moore wanted to do a documentary about the War on Drugs, he’d have more than enough material.Report

      • Avatar Kolohe says:

        “COPS is filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”Report