CLICK5: 3,400 Years A Slave

6 thoughts on “CLICK5: 3,400 Years A Slave

  1. U KNEE FORM…lots to think about in there.

    All kinds of singularities. Some are more easily/readily identified than others.

    What is primarily on my mind as I write this is Captain Kidd’s first encounter with Union soldiers in that movie we watched last night. That uniform they wore (the Union Blue) is like a beacon for anyone not wearing it to take a knee. Two forms in that scenario…the ones with the uniform, and the ones without.

    BTW, I was writing this reply when we got to talking in tweets, so I took most of the ideas I was thinking about for this reply and put them in those tweets. Sry. 😦

    ^Battle of New Orleans, In 1814^

    Something else I was thinking about tho was the prevalence of “the blue uniform” as it relates to police. All of the individual police departments used to have their own individual colors to readily and easily identify the officer as to who they represented. A particular city/town, a particular county, etc., they all tended to have their own colors and ornaments of office that distinguished them. Not anymore. One could prolly drive from Amarillo to Harlingen and not be able to tell one police department from the other. Cept maybe the DPS officers (Texas State Troopers) I think they still drive black/white autos and wear brown/beige uniforms.

    I’m just speculating based on what I last saw. I don’t get out much these days so I may be completely wrong.

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  2. France has two types of Police. Military and Civil, although I can’t tell the difference. But there must be one, otherwise they wouldn’t know who was who of each other. This could be important if they ever fall out as they both have guns.
    I don’t actually notice the guns anymore, but I suspect I might if they ever have a shoot out. This would be a good time to stay indoors. Same old same old.

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    1. I’d bet they know each other, and that may be the only distinction that leadership cares about. Each force knows their own jurisdiction(s) and their own authority, and everyone who is not them is a civilian.

      Here, we have no military police except on military installations. The military maintains its own police force(s) and they typically only have authority on military property, and their authority is also limited based upon whether a person is a civilian or military personnel. There’s also the National Guard, which is military, and some states have their own militias (which are also military) but they all tend to operate only within the borders of a specific state and they only operate under certain conditions so they don’t really qualify as “police” except under certain circumstances. (and even then they are still more soldier than police)

      There are typically city/town police, county constables, sheriff’s department, game wardens, state police, and usually a state secret police, but then it jumps up to Federal levels like FBI, US Marshalls, ICE and or US Customs, DEA, BATFE, US Secret Service, Federal Wildlife Officers, US Park Police, Treasury Department, etc.. It kinda depends on what you are doing and where you are doing it as to who is going to be poking their nose into it. And that’s what it used to be all about…jurisdiction. Checks and balances to keep a force from exceeding its authority, and making sure that “the law” is only enforced when and where applicable and by the appropriate agency so as to protect the rights of the individual. As to whether that happens any more? No idea. All of this “joint task force” crap has certainly muddied the waters.

      Most federal agencies are also going to have their own police forces and/or security forces which may or may not be the US Capitol Police. They tend to be on the premises of any government owned property that falls outside of the jurisdiction of any other federal law enforcement agencies. Government buildings and the like, irrespective of where the infrastructure is located. (meaning, not just and only federal government properties located in the District of Columbia, but also those outside Washington DC)

      Then of course there are private security and private investigation firms. These may be armed or unarmed, and their company charter is going to outline their mandate as to what authority they have, where they have this authority, and there will be potentially local, state and/or federal government agencies that regulate these private security or investigative firms as to whether they are operating within their bounds.

      Where things really get wonky is in states like Texas where almost all land in the entire state is private property. Some places like hospitals may have their own police force with armed officers who can act like any other police officer might as long as they are on hospital campus grounds, even tho those hospital grounds are within the jurisdiction of a certain city’s police force. Also, citizens are pretty much allowed to act as their own police force on their own property so long as they themselves are not breaking any laws in doing so.

      So if someone ever asks me if I live in a “police state”? Yep, I do, if for no other reason than police are everywhere and there is policing in every little thing. As to whether “police state” means some oppressive authoritarian regime? I guess only time is gonna tell on that one. I would point out tho that police and policing isn’t relegated to just and only law enforcement entities. Everything from electric can opener warranties to software agreements to train tickets to dog walks to toilet paper purchases to buying a hamburger at McDonalds to growing a tree in your yard to hosting a wine and cheese party in your home to posting a comment on a WordPress blog to anything and everything one can think of involves policing of some kind by someone. Methinks it ain’t just and only America.

      I’ve likely bored you to tears by now and I’ve developed a headache trying to think of all the peculiarities I’m missing. Maybe a song will help.

      ^Cheap Trick – Dream Police^

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