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July 20, 2006

If you notice, the tags on the “Question” post are politics and Middle East. Now, what does Rodney King have to do with those topics? Nothing, however, I had a theory that one’s reaction to the beatdown would parallel one’s reaction to the Israel/Lebanon boondoggle. So I snuck behind those of you that left answers (here or at NiT) and checked your blogs. Many of you gave an ambiguous response, either not chosing from the choices offered or asking if you could say “both.” That response was reflected in those who stated opinions on the current conflict, too. Like with (Sorry to pick you out, mate) Say Uncle, who expresses concern about Israel’s actions while still rooting for the home team.

I knew what some of you would say by just seeing the screen name. Sarcastro (who is being discussed in some circles as taking the lead role in FX’s “The Pat Buchanan Story“) was disruptive as ever. Smantix was just all at sea, going overboard seeking to indict King.

This was not some compassion test. The matter doesn’t invite mealy mouthed analysis. This was a justice test. The only thing I discovered is that of most people who seemed to care at all, your opinion is uncertain.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2006 12:10 pm

    ‘Both’ is a perfectly acceptable response. Rodney King broke the law and should have been detained and arrested. That does not excuse him being beaten. And, as with the Israel thing, if I had to pick a side, i’d side with rodney king for similar reasons. I expect criminals to be criminals but I don’t expect the police to be.

  2. July 20, 2006 12:35 pm

    How am I disruptive? Not that it isn’t part of my m.o., but not in this case. The first thing I thought of in both the King case as well as the current Mid-East side show was, “What aren’t we seeing”?

    I was turned down for the Pat Buchannan role because my anti-Papist rants were as bad as my anti-Israel rants. Fucking bigots.

  3. July 20, 2006 12:42 pm

    Sure, Uncle, not questioning the validity of the response. Just saying it offers insight.

    Sarcastro, man, revolutionaries know that asking questions like that disrupt the status quo. You’re on your way to being one of The People. 🙂

  4. July 20, 2006 12:52 pm

    That’s where my training with the Secret Police comes in handy.

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