Monday, November 24, 2014

"I Didn’t Kill Michael Brown, I Voted!"

"In advance of the Missouri grand jury's long overdue decision, I have made preparations to impanel a federal grand jury in case any signs of remaining dissent needs to be remediated by procedural delay."
- Eric Holder, the Last Memo

"CNN has sent our black reporter to reflect the seriousness with which we take this announcement of preemptive panic." - Wolf Blitzer

“We get the riots we prepare for.” - Jay Nixon

“To tell people to ‘take their frustrations to the ballot box, not the streets,’ is perfectly and patently absurd when the uselessness of the ballot box is the problem. Let’s take the suggestion at face value: Do you see any ‘ballot box’ solution to the wanton state- and media-assisted murder of young black men in America on the horizon? No. Then why wait? But the problem runs deeper. The police are the point at which the State separates itself from and turns on society, at which the State becomes pure coercion. The State's identity as ‘State,’ that is, as the sole ‘legitimate’ user of coercion, rests upon this theft of the freedom to use force which the police are. All de jure authority and rights spring from, and may at a moment be dissolved by, the de facto power of the police. Therefore no matter how utopianly democratic and responsive a State may be, there will never be any way more effective or ‘legitimate’ way to protest the conduct of the police than direct pushback in the streets.” - Constitutional law professor Barack Obama

"Every cop a sovereign." - Carl Schmitt

“What the State wants is to make the murder of Michael Brown seem like a Rashomon so that we’ll all throw up our hands and say, ‘I guess we’ll never know what really happened,’ and then give ourselves a pat on the back for being such good liberals who show forbearance and prudence in refusing to convict--make that even indict--a potentially innocent man. Thus shall the criminal justice system effortlessly accommodate white supremacy without ever seeming to violate the principles of a liberal society. And, in fact, it is that way by design.”
- Voice of the Nation’s Conscience George Zimmerman

"APC's have feelings too, man." - Ashton Kutcher to the National Press Club

"Two things the People need if they are going to become the subject of a mass revolutionary movement are willingness to kill and a willingness to die. I am confident that no American is afraid to kill, but I really worry that their fear of death reflects, objectively, that this system does give most of them a future, a kind of future, or at least the illusion of one.”
- Michael Eric Dyson leaves Columbia to teach middle school gym

“What I’ve tried to develop is a theory of resistance based on misanthropy. Philosophies of liberation that base themselves on some notion of the inherent goodness or dignity of Man slide too easily into theology, and, what’s more important, such magical thinking stands no chance against the coldly anti-human reason of capital. What I’ve come up with is this: People, all people, are dogs, and because they are all dogs without exception, none has the right to rule over any other. Therefore power is worth fighting even if people are not worth saving. Which is why you don’t really even have to bother with non-violence.” - bandito Paul Krugman

"Make his skull flat." - Chief of the St. Louis County Police Department Jon Belmar condemns bandito Paul Krugman to death

“The necessity of revolutionary Terror is what most shocks the conscience of the bourgeoisie about revolution, and it is what sends them running back into the arms of the monarch in the hour of decision. But let’s not forget that the Terror was a reactionary measure, created so that the State could contain and reappropriate spontaneous popular violence, the true revolutionary whirlwind. Nothing curdles the blood of respectable people like the thought of neighbor killing neighbor, but this is the true horizon of liberation: the liberation of violence for all. Like they say, all politics is local--all oppression is too. Municipal and county police departments do more to oppress Americans than the Federal government. Control is most thorough where it is decentralized, existing in networks of privilege and access, iterative patterns of behavior reinforcing concrete structural hierarchies. It’s individuals sheriffs who keep us down, individual cops, individual principals, individual teachers, individual bankers, individual husbands, individual dads. Which is why there can be no revolution without a day-to-day revolution, beginning with day-to-day Terror.” - Rudy Giuliani, private speaking engagement for the St. Louis County Police Association

"I'm not really sure who'd I'd brutalize in this situation." - Batman

“The problem is empathy. How many good, progressive people demobilize themselves with grief and despair through an excessive identification with victims or victimized subject positions? Think about how much more personally functional (if in aggregate to socially deleterious ends) are the many conformists out there who do not imbibe left-wing theory, who do not interpret everything they see as a symptom of this or that historical wrong or system of power, who do not suffer from dyspepsia and despair. Does Clarence Thomas feel the murder of Michael Brown as a murder of himself? Does Sarah Palin suffer from another woman’s rape? Do the Kochs, those great democrats, cry when Hong Kong students are shot with rubber bullets? Is it just that the world is so bad, to see its badness for what it is is to make it even more bad for oneself? Must not one avert one’s eyes a little then, even if this requires withholding empathy, not only from those others deserving of it, but even and especially from oneself?”
- The New York Times Editorial Board: Andrew Rosenthal, Terry Tang, Robert B. Semple Jr., David Firestone, Vikas Bajaj, Philip M. Boffrey, Fancis X. Clines, Lawrence Downes, Carol Giacomo, Mira Kamdar, Juliet Lapidos, Ernesto Lonodoño, Eleanor Randolph, Dorothy Samuels, Serge Schmemann, Brent Staples, Masaru Tamamoto, and Jesse Wegman

“Thank God soon this will all be over.” - Darren Wilson

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