Saturday Open Thread [8.23.14]

Filed in Open Thread by on August 23, 2014

So if the Police Community wants the world to respect them, then they need to police themselves:

The officer, Dan Page, a 35-year veteran, also described himself as “a killer,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. CNN reported that the video appeared to have been taken in April at an event for Oath Keepers, the right-wing law enforcement group that is aligned with the Patriot movement.

“I’m into diversity. I kill everybody, I don’t care,” Page said, per the Post-Dispatch. He also referred to President Barack Obama as an “undocumented president” and warned the audience that the government wanted to place their children in indoctrination camps.

“I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord savior, but I’m also a killer. I’ve killed a lot. And if I need to, I’ll kill a whole bunch more,” Page said. “If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me, it’s that simple. I have no problem with it. God did not raise me to be a coward.” [...]

Page also had some choice words for victims of domestic violence (“Don’t be wasting cops’ time. Just shoot each other and get it over with”) and Muslims (“Passive until they gain parity with you or they exceed you in numbers and they will kill you”) and LGBT people (describing their lifestyle as “sodomy”).

This cop has been suspended from the St. Louis County PD. And if the police are in the business on insisting that we need to respect them, then they need to clear their ranks of this kind of autocratic and racist bullshit first. (The TPM link above has the complete hour long video of this fool’s rant.)

In the category of It Couldn’t Happen to a Better Group of People: Australian comedian Adam Hills throws a hilarious challenge to the Westboro Rat Bastards after learning that the WBC was planning to picket Robin Williams’ funeral — he suggested that they go to Iraq (via First Class tickets he’d pay for) to protest the beheading of Christians who are being forced to convert by ISIS :

Then the Westboro Rat Bastards actually accepted:

PleasePleasePlease make this happen!

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  1. Geezer says:

    The Westboro Baptist “Church” idea is a great one. I had a related stroke of clarity: I think we should encourage America’s patriots to form a 21st-century Lincoln Brigade — let’s call it the Reagan Brigade — to fight independently in Syria/Iraq. They could even bring their own weapons (at last, a chance to shoot that military-style rifle in combat!) and command structure. C’mon, Oath Keepers, America needs you to fight them over there so they don’t come over here!

    I doubt they’d be worth a fried turd in combat, but at least we’d be rid of them over here.

  2. Jason330 says:

    “I believe in Jesus but I’m a killer”. From the book of WTF 3:19

  3. cassandra_m says:

    From the GOP Family Values file:

    Iowa state Rep. Henry Rayhons (R) was arrested on Friday on an accusation that he had sex with his mentally incapacitated wife, according to local news reports.

    The Iowa City Press-Citizen newspaper reported on Friday that Rayhons was charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a felony, in connection with an incident at his wife’s nursing home on May 23.

    A criminal complaint filed against Rayhons, 78, said that he was told on May 15 that his wife, Donna, “did not have the cognitive ability to give consent to any sexual activity,” the newspaper reported.

    Ugh. Just ugh.