Religious leaders assume respect

Assuming they deserve respect, religious leaders like Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony have taken to uniting in criticism of the new immigration law in Arizona.

Mahony is hardly the only religious leader outraged by Arizona’s approach to immigration, which requires police to ask for papers from anyone they suspect is in the country illegally. The progressive Evangelical leader Jim Wallis has declared the state’s new law a social and racial sin. The president of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society declared that by passing the law, Arizona has taken itself out of the mainstream of American life. And McMahon’s Catholic colleague the bishop of Tucson has suggested that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) join lawsuits challenging the law.

Granted they’re actually making some good points, but this is just another instance of religious leaders thinking they deserve respect. They’re presuming that because they lead gullible people who are hostile to and ignorant of science that they have some actual qualifications for speaking on these issues. If they want to keep yammering about this or that, fine, but do it in a way that doesn’t assume respect; maybe become a political pundit or something.

What lying conservatives won’t say

The NYC car bomber was captured because of his connection to a cell phone number he provided authorities after the Obama administration beefed up security in light of the Christmas underwear bomber.

Fat cop can’t run, uses taser

An overweight cop that couldn’t run down a teenager who was lightly jogging used his taser to subdue the kid at a Phillies game. See the video here.

The police commissioner is supporting the action.

“It was inappropriate for him to be out there on the field,” the commissioner told KYW Radio. “Unless I read something to the contrary, that officer acted appropriately. I support him 100 percent.”

Who said it was appropriate for the kid to be out there? Hundreds of fans do this every year at baseball games, they eventually either stop running or get tackled, and then get charged with minor ‘crimes’. I’m not sure who is arguing against that consequence. The point, instead, is that tasers haven’t been necessary in all those instances, so why now? My best guess is that this cop is lazy, doesn’t exercise, and was bitter at the fact that a younger, healthier person was easily destroying his fastest running pace with a mere light jog. If he isn’t mature enough to let people who are in shape do the job he is incapable of properly handling, then he needs to be given a paper pushing gig in an office somewhere. It’s silly to take out his anger over being fat on a 17 year old doing what 17 year olds will do. (And come on, the kid was wearing Phillies gear at that. Have some hometown pride.)

But my favorite part is the bad justification being thrown around (sorry for the multiple links; different stories have different points I want to address/make).

“From the preliminary look at it, it appears that the officer was within the policy,” said Vanore, adding that he did not know what may have transpired before the video started. “He was attempting to make an arrest and the male was attempting to flee.”

To where, exactly, was he attempting to flee? Third base? Where was he going to go?

Fortunately, the Phillies aren’t so sure about what this fat cop did.

Phillies spokeswomen Bonnie Clark said the police department is investigating the matter and discussing with the team whether using the stun gun was appropriate.

Police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore told The Philadelphia Inquirer police internal affairs will open an investigation to determine if the firing “was proper use of the equipment.”

Given the apparent internal investigation, it’s worth noting how unprofessional it was of Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey to comment on the story with his “100 percent” support.

Here is a YouTube video that probably won’t stay up very long.

Also, despite Philly fans being almost as bad as New York fans, it was nice that they booed the obese officer.