Oct
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A Portrait of the Asshole as an Asshole




Posted at 20:54 by Brad

Q: How much does Jeebus love me?

A: This much:

GOP councilor would rather abolish police force than see it unionize

A conservative politician in Georgia is telling his hometown police force to stop looking for the union label, or find new jobs.

“Big deal!” you say. “So some crank local official wants to deny his police force the right to organize and will risk leaving his town without any cops just to prove a point!”

Well get a load of this:

Erick Erickson, the managing editor of RedState.com and a city councilor in Macon, Georgia, has called for the abolition of Macon’s police force if it votes to unionize.

The Macon Telegraph reported on Monday that some 130 police officers on the city’s municipal force want to unionize because of “officers bearing the burden of rising insurance costs, a loss of incentive pay and the city not having a pay scale.”

“I’m thinking I’ll have the City Attorney draft me legislation to dissolve the police department and contract with the Sheriff to provide public safety services,” Erickson wrote on the blog Peach Pundit.

“You didn’t read that incorrectly,” blogs Zaid Jilani. “Councilman Erickson’s response to the possibility of Macon’s cops forming a labor union is to abolish the police department.”

I’m old enough to remember when Republicans used to pride themselves as the law-and-order party who would be willing to spend some extra dough to hire more cops and get criminals off the streets.

Now they just want to abolish the police force.

We need a smarter center-right party in this country. Hell, scratch that. We already have a center-right party called the Democrats. What we need is a center-left party that can balance out the braying lunacy of the modern conservative “movement.”

162 Comments »

  1. tigrismus said,

    October 1, 2009 at 20:58

    Sheesh, people who voted for Erickson certainly got the quality of governing they deserve.

  2. UKBristolDave said,

    October 1, 2009 at 20:58

    Just privatize the damn thing as the rule of law only applies to the rich when it suits them. They have lots of money so are clearly better than us.

  3. vacuumslayer said,

    October 1, 2009 at 20:58

    Oh mah lawd. They continue to triple down on teh stupid and crazee.

    So, let me get this straight: the people who put their lives on the line for us each and every day should not be able to lobby for living wages and such? Why do Republicans hate the police? Why do they hate America?

  4. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:00

    GOP councilor would rather abolish police force than see it unionize

    Because meth dealers are less of a danger to your children than a union member…

  5. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:01

    Hey, I think we know where baby raper Dan Riehl will be moving!

  6. Cuttin' Off Mah Nose to Spite Mah Face said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:02

    Because meth dealers are less of a danger to your children than a union member…

    HA! Got you to admit it!

  7. JM said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:03

    Macon?

    That explains a lot.

  8. vacuumslayer said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:04

    Hey, I think we know where baby raper Dan Riehl will be moving!

    You really shouldn’t joke about the fact that Dan Reihl rapes babies and elderly seals. That he has not denied these charges is no laughing matter.

  9. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:05

    That he has not denied these charges is no laughing matter.

    Oh, it was not a joke! Indeed, I understand that he has enlisted Erickson as an accomplice after the fact!

  10. UKBristolDave said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:06

    Look Dr.Mr,actor212 (and I suspect your Doctorate came fom a ‘liberal’ university where they teach cannabis and fucking), a meth dealer is better than a union as the meth dealer will allow you to work three days straight and earn minimum wage plus an industrial injury.

    Beat that Union guy

  11. TruculentandUnreliable said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:07

    This may be the dumbest fucking thing I’ve seen in the last twenty minutes.

  12. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:09

    a meth dealer is better than a union as the meth dealer will allow you to work three days straight and earn minimum wage plus an industrial injury.

    Oh I wouldn’t, because I’m a professional Dr. Mr. and hence, non-unionized.

    However, I’m led to understand that “unions” provide “benefits” to their “members” not limited to all the sex they can stand.

    Also.

  13. NutellaonToast said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:09

    The only movement going on here is the needle moving ever ever downward. WTF is wrong with these people?

  14. The Kid from Kounty Meath said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:11

    To be fair, we’ve learned of late that if someone wants to murder you, it means you’re a pedophile, so decent Americans should be fine without cops.

  15. NutellaonToast said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:12

    Meth dealers hire enforcers, buy Mercedes and AK-47s. They contribute to economic growth. Where would the chemical industry be without their persistent baking?

  16. Lady Doctor Missus Marita said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:12

    I have nothing topical to add. Just the Daily Dash. I need a nap. Cluster feeding is brutal.

  17. mmy said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:13

    Christ, if you’re dumb enough to elect Erick Erickson to something, you deserve what you get. No cops for any of them, I say.

  18. D.N. Nation said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:14

    They put some of the police force here in Atlanta on furlough during the city’s ongoing budget crisis. During that time, there were a few high-profile muggings (some Georgia Tech students, a city council member). The public freaked…Support The Cops! is now a huge deal around here, and all candidates for mayor are making a show of it.

    In other words, you do that, Erick. Go ahead and disband the police. I’m sure Macon voters will love you for it.

  19. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:14

    Dr Mrs, you need to hold a “caption this” contest.

  20. Willy said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:16

    Just the Daily Dash.

    Little Dizzle is throwing signs…WESTSIDE!

  21. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:18

    Just the Daily Dash.

    I got “Dan Riehl’s penis is this big” but I didn’t want to go there with a baby I barely know.

    Cluster feeding is brutal

    Shouldn’t Gav be on at least a bottle by now????

  22. SomeNYGuy said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:18

    Dr Mrs, you need to hold a “caption this” contest.

    “Prick Prickson’s prick is only this big!”

  23. SomeNYGuy said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:19

    Damn you, actor!

  24. TruculentandUnreliable said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:19

    Awww, little tiny baby hand!

  25. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:19

    Snooze you lose, NYG…

  26. Lady Doctor Missus Marita said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:21

    Dr Mrs, you need to hold a “caption this” contest.

    I should probably actually come up with a prize for the Dash pool before I declare a new contest, but by all means, caption away.

    Just be careful what you say about my son, Dr. Mr….

  27. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:22

    Just be careful what you say about my son, Dr. Mr….

    He got purty lips…

  28. stibbert said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:22

    Dr Mrs, you need to hold a “caption this” contest.

    only captions w/ footnotes will be considered valid entries.

  29. N__B said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:23

    a ‘liberal’ university where they teach cannabis

    Very hard to do, as cannabis tends to ignore the required reading and skip class. It’s much easier to teach meth: swing a shiny object and watch the eyes follow you around the room.

  30. Anonymous said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:24

    Caption:

    Erick Erickson is thiiis smart.

  31. Sockpuppet #47 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:24

    I want to see it happen. I know people in Georgia don’t have a reputation for being awfully clever, but I want to see how long it takes them to string together the following thoughts and reach the obvious conclusion

    1: The town is in a mess! and it’s all Erikson’s fault
    2: With the police gone, there is effectively no law!
    3: That means that if somebody dragged Erikson out of the town hall and lynched him like a census-taker, they could get away with it
    4: Is that tow rope still in the back of my truck somewhere?

  32. UKBristolDave said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:26

    Dr. Mr. actor212

    I was taking the piss…

  33. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:26

    UKDave,

    And what part of my response says I wasn’t? ;-)

  34. tigrismus said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:30

    Republicans used to pride themselves as the law-and-order party who would be willing to spend some extra dough to hire more cops and get criminals off the streets.

    And isn’t their supposed issue not with unions per se but with “forcing” people to join unions who don’t want to, hence the whole “right to work” bullshit? If the cops overwhelmingly vote to unionize, what’s his beef?

  35. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:32

    If the cops overwhelmingly vote to unionize, what’s his beef?

    Because it’s only democratic if they vote the status quo

  36. UKBristolDave said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:33

    Dr. Mr. actor212

    Touche…

  37. cyntax said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:33

    “You didn’t read that incorrectly,” blogs Zaid Jilani. “Councilman Erickson’s response to the possibility of Macon’s cops forming a labor union is to abolish the police department.”

    I love the conservatards kneejerk assumtion that all unions are corrupt and self-serving,but that corporations can’t be given enough tax-breaks and deregulation to unleash the creative force of the market.

    The cops in Oakland are unionized. With all the budget problems in here in CA, they elected to take paycuts, so that all of them could remain on the street, keeping the community safe. When’s the last time a corporation ever sacrificed profit for the greater good?

  38. Sockpuppet #47 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:34

    Tigrismus:

    Even the standard right wing excuse doesn’t hold water. Jobs come with all kinds of conditions of employment. Some sensible, some utterly insane. Mandating that all employees join the union is no different.

  39. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:37

    Mandating that all employees join the union is no different.

    Indeed, the Supreme Court allowed that members can join and declare “financial core” which means, for reduced dues, they get the benefits of collective bargaining and such, but give up the right to vote in union elections. This was in response to the objection many members had to the political activities of the unions.

  40. Big Bad Bald Bastard said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:38

    If Macon disbands the police force, ACORN should step in and, because of the well documented history of racially and politically motivated violence against African-Americans and liberals in the South, organize a self-defense militia… a well community organized militia.

  41. Substance McGravitas said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:38

    Touche…

    I’m gonna start pronouncing this with a D in the front and see how long I can get away with it.

  42. tigrismus said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:38

    However, I’m led to understand that “unions” provide “benefits” to their “members” not limited to all the sex they can stand.

    Bowlegged and chafed police are a threat to public safety.

    Because it’s only democratic if they vote the status quo

    Oh, and I forgot the possibility that some might not be propertied straight white males, so their votes shouldn’t count.

  43. Lady Doctor Missus Marita said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:39

    He got purty lips…

    Dude, seriously. It’s a baby picture. Don’t be an ass.

  44. N__B said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:39

    Touche…

    I’m gonna start pronouncing this with a D in the front and see how long I can get away with it.

    Back in the dark ages when Gawker both was funny and sold tee-shirts, they had a shirt design that had a pair of crossed swords over the word Douché.

  45. Quien es Mas Bullshit? said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:40

    Es “Conservatives are all about law and order”?
    O es “Conservatives are all about the working class”?

  46. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:40

    Dude, seriously. It’s a baby picture. Don’t be an ass.

    How long you known me, Dr Mrs??? When am I ever NOT an ass?

  47. tigrismus said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:41

    Even the standard right wing excuse doesn’t hold water.

    I wasn’t arguing that anything they do makes sense, just that they’re not even consistent with their own dopey rhetoric. I know, quelle surprise.

  48. Willy said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:41

    Dude, seriously. It’s a baby picture. Don’t be an ass.

    Somebody needs a nap.

  49. Big Bad Bald Bastard said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:46

    Eww-wreck Eww-wreckson don’t need no stinking cops, he took a course, and now knows how to draw from a concealed holster and put a controlled pair of shots to the target’s thoracic cavity from 3-5 yards away, in less than 1.5 seconds.

    He also got this totally nifty pocketknife for a mere $300!

    WOLVERINES!!!

  50. Rusty Shackleford said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:50

    Flickr is theft.

  51. Willy said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:55

    Air-Yuck-Son iz doing it rong…

    He should fire them all like St. Ronnie fired those commie air traffic controllers.

    Also, too. WTF is a public servant position doing w/o a salary scale? Nepotism much?

  52. Sockpuppet #47 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:57

    Yep, he can pull a public relations disaster out of his ass, and put a controlled pair of shots into his own foot in less than 1.5 blog posts.

  53. Wyatt Watts III said,

    October 1, 2009 at 21:58

    The Macon police should grab a phone book, look up “Erickson’s bluff” and call it immediately.

  54. Big Bad Bald Bastard said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:00

    Yep, he can pull a public relations disaster out of his ass, and put a controlled pair of shots into his own foot in less than 1.5 blog posts.

    Well played!

  55. slippy said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:08

    It figures that Erickson is an elected official in one of the most deeply racist parts of America. No fucking wonder he’s such a retard. It’s called “failing upward.” I’m sure he’s incapable of holding a real job, meeting any kind of deadline, or maintaining a skill set that is in any way valuable to anyone for any reason. Wingnuts reward venal stupidity instead of punishing it as long as that stupidity agrees with their stupid prejudices.

    On the other hand, I wonder how many speeding tickets that stupefuck will be getting over the next few weeks. And, Erick, there’s something called the FOP you may need to contend with. I can spell out what those letters stand for or you can look them up for yourself. Aw, fuck it. And fuck you. Look it up yourself.

    Finally, I am laughing out loud that an authoritarian jackass is fighting to remove the authority of a group of (nominally) authoritarians. Does he seriously think he can replace the Macon PD with a bunch of privatized police officers and still maintain the law and order that his entire stupefuck ideology is so in thrall of? Who will arrest blackity blacks when they’re using druggity drugs (or just accidentally driving while not a big cigar-chomping boss hawg honkey) and scaring the lilywhite regular folk?

  56. soullite said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:13

    Police unions are an unmitigated evil. I mean, lets be honest here: What does the PBA do but protect corrupt cops? As far as I can tell, absolutely nothing. We don’t let soldiers unionize, and if cops are going to act like soldiers, they shouldn’t be allowed to unionize either.

  57. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:18

    What does the PBA do but protect corrupt cops?

    In many municipalities, the police union’s negotiators are the ones who set the tone for all the contracts that are subsequently negotiated.

    So the PBA effectively sets salaries for the city.

  58. Alex said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:20

    Indeed, the Supreme Court allowed that members can join and declare “financial core” which means, for reduced dues, they get the benefits of collective bargaining and such, but give up the right to vote in union elections. This was in response to the objection many members had to the political activities of the unions.

    In a right to work state (which I believe Georgia is) you cannot even require employees to pay for “financial core” meaning any payment for to the union is purely voluntary.

  59. Alex said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:21

    Police unions are an unmitigated evil. I mean, lets be honest here: What does the PBA do but protect corrupt cops?

    Negotiate better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

  60. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:27

    I mean, lets be honest here: What does the PBA do but protect corrupt cops?

    They also protect honest cops from lawsuits and unwarranted disciplinary actions.

    Police unions are like the ACLU: everyone bitches about them, but fail to think what the alternative would be.

  61. Anthony said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:28

    Are you sure he really means that he’s gonna get rid of the police entirely,or just fire everyone like with the air traffic controllers. Because if that’s what he means than they’re going to have to train a whole bunch of new police. Macon, Georgia is going to be Police Academy. What is it with wingnuts and 80s movies.

  62. Jay B. said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:30

    As far as I can tell, absolutely nothing.

    You must be the most observant person on Earth.

    http://www.iupa.org

  63. Another kiwi said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:39

    We need a smarter center-right party in this country. Hell, scratch that. We already have a center-right party called the Democrats. What we need is a center-left party that can balance out the braying lunacy of the modern conservative “movement.”

    Well, that summarizes the last 10 years a bit too neatly.

  64. Rusty Shackleford said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:47

    Are you sure he really means that he’s gonna get rid of the police entirely,or just fire everyone like with the air traffic controllers.

    He said he’d arrange a deal with the sheriff’s department to provide law enforcement within the city limits. But would that be enough to catch the child-killer Dan Riehl?

  65. DragosaniBOB said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:47

    Negotiate better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

    Doncha mean spread teh COMMUNISUM!!?!?!! If you translate it into wingnut, that is, which is sort of like putting your shoes through a meatgrinder.

  66. mmy said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:49

    What does the PBA do but protect corrupt cops?

    Are you aware of how many complaints your average honest cop faces? Lots. And the union helps protect them, pay for their lawyer, etc.

    Now, if you want to argue that those things are irrelevant in Macon specifically, I’ll at least listen to that position. But you just can’t say “police unions are for corrupt cops only.” That ain’t gonna fly.

  67. Alex said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:49

    But would that be enough to catch the child-killer Dan Riehl?

    Now, now. We don’t have any proof that Dan Riehl rapes and then beheads toddlers.

    Even if it would be irresponsible not to speculate that he does exactly that.

  68. DragosaniBOB said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:50

    Macon, Georgia is going to be Police Academy. What is it with wingnuts and 80s movies.

    Nah, more like ROBOCOP! Privatize the police!

  69. PeeJ said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:51

    HEY! Put that picture back! Whydja change the permissions, LDMM? Whyyyyyyy? Because of that actor asshole, I bet. Thanks a LOT, Dr. Mr. Scenery Chewer.

    Aaaah, same to you, WP.

  70. PeeJ said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:51

    Now, now. We don’t have any proof that Dan Riehl rapes and then beheads toddlers.

    Even if it would be irresponsible not to speculate that he does exactly that.

    He’s never denied it, has he?

  71. Alex said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:52

    Doncha mean spread teh COMMUNISUM!!?!?!! I

    Exactly. The extent to which our National Labor Relations Act borrowed from Soviet Labor law is somewhat surprising.

    Of course, at the time it was enacted, Russia was one of the few world powers that appeared to have a functioning economy.

  72. jim said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:52

    If you look really close, you can tell that the eagle in that picture is crying.
    Wait … no, sorry – it’s actually vomiting.

    Carry on.

  73. Rusty Shackleford said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:56

    Now, now. We don’t have any proof that Dan Riehl rapes and then beheads toddlers.

    Even if it would be irresponsible not to speculate that he does exactly that.

    All I know is that if I were suspected of raping and beheading infants yet was in reality a non-infant-raper/beheader, I’d be shouting it from the rooftops. I think all real Americans would do likewise.

    In light of those irrefutable facts the ongoing silence from Dan Riehl on the matter is both deafening and revealing.

  74. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:57

    Because of that actor asshole, I bet. Thanks a LOT, Dr. Mr. Scenery Chewer.

    Don’t blame ME because Riehl is stalking Dash…

  75. M. Bouffant said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:58

    Every cop is a criminal, & all the sinners saints!

    Actual result of RatShit’s plan: The Sheriff’s Dep’t. will hire most/all of the fired Macon PD ossifers, & the sheriff & county gov’t. will be in charge of the occupying force. Erick & his cronies on the Macon City Council will have less control over the forces of repression.

    Cost? Remains to be seen, but it sure as hell won’t be any less expensive.

  76. N__B said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:01

    Cost? Remains to be seen, but it sure as hell won’t be any less expensive.

    But it will be purer and that’s what really matters.

  77. Dr. Mr. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:02

    Cost? Remains to be seen, but it sure as hell won’t be any less expensive

    Except that the budget item will be reapportioned to the contract, which means basically it gets taken off the city’s books, probably charged to the county or state.

  78. tigrismus said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:05

    What does the PBA do but protect corrupt cops?

    Non-unionized departments have also proved themselves capable of protecting the corrupt, so I think that’s not a union-specific issue.

  79. Scott said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:12

    Actual result of RatShit’s plan: The Sheriff’s Dep’t. will hire most/all of the fired Macon PD ossifers, & the sheriff & county gov’t. will be in charge of the occupying force. Erick & his cronies on the Macon City Council will have less control over the forces of repression.

    Don’t forget — a sudden rash of tire-slashings, broken windows, and stinkbombs at the Erickson family hovel.

    “Listen, Deputy, I’m certain I saw former Macon cop Joe Johnson fleeing my property after leaving a flaming bag of poop on my doorstep!”

    “Not possible, Mr. Erickson, I’ve got a stationhouse full of deputies willing to testify that he’s been playing cards with us all evening.”

    “You were all together — you all know each — YOU ARE ALL AGAINST MY GLORY!” (runs off to continue encasing home in tinfoil)

  80. Macon GA Area Donut Shop Owners said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:14

    Will someone not think of us!

  81. PeeJ said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:23

    Dunno why Prick Prickson didn’t try to hire American Police Force. Seems like they’d be right up his alley.

    Eeww.

  82. Homer Simpson said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:26

    Macon GA Area Donut Shop Owners said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:14

    Will someone not think of us!

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…Donuts……Ugggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  83. actor212 said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:27

    Dunno why Prick Prickson didn’t try to hire American Police Force. Seems like they’d be right up his alley.

    Say, didn’t they just open a death camp in Montana this week?

  84. Citizen_X said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:30

    3: That means that if somebody dragged Erikson out of the town hall and lynched him like a census-taker, they could get away with it

    But wait a minute, if you lynch someone, doesn’t that mean…um…what was it?…
    …oh yeah–they’re a pedophile! GIT ERICKSON!

  85. justme said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:32

    Anybody know whether the sherrif’s dept is a union shop?

    Worth asking, and I somehow doubt EE has even wondered.

  86. justme said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:34

    YOU ARE ALL AGAINST MY GLORY!

    ALL GLORY TO THE HYNOTOAD

  87. Doctor Couth said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:37

    It’s only fair to point out (gag, choke) that Erick is not proposing privatization but purchasing police services from the county Sheriff on a contract basis–setting an annual rate for a certain number of patrol car hours, etc. and the Sheriff would in turn assign Roscoe and Enos to patrol Macon as their regular beat. The Sheriff would also hire more deputies, purchase more cars, or reallocate the existing resources. It’s been done by half of the cities in Los Angeles County since the 50s and 60s, though it appears to have no precedent in Bibb County, Georgia.

    Now, this is probably a colossally stupid idea. The Bibb County Sheriff polices unincorporated areas, while Macon has about 60% of the county’s population. The sheriff’s usefulness as an urban law enforcement agency is probably limited.

    For most of the history of the practice in Los Angeles contracting has had the effect of shifting county revenues from the general fund (paid for by all of the taxpayers in the county) to subsidize police services for the contracting cities. If the overhead costs for operating the Sheriff’s department are not adequately factored into the accounting formula, it can really rip off large cities that run their own departments and fund the police in smaller cities. If Erick wants to have his council term marked by annual pissing contests and lawsuits from other cities in the county or the Supervisors themselves over these accounting formulas, have at it. I’m sure that makes much more sense than dealing with a union that both officers and the chief favor.

  88. Bitter Scribe said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:38

    Didn’t this fucktard celebrate his election by, at the first city council meeting, blocking a resolution congratulating Obama on his election? IIRC, he threatened to keep offering one ridiculous “amendment” after another, keeping them there all night, until everyone just said fuck it and gave up.

    He and Robert Stacey “I’m an ace professional investigative journalist, can I please please please have some money for ink?” McCain deserve each other.

  89. Alex said,

    October 1, 2009 at 23:47

    For most of the history of the practice in Los Angeles contracting has had the effect of shifting county revenues from the general fund (paid for by all of the taxpayers in the county) to subsidize police services for the contracting cities.

    In Los Angeles, the larger established cities have their own police departments: LAPD, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Long Beach, etc. It was primarily newer, recently incorporated cities (West Hollywood, for example) or smaller townships which contract with the Sheriff’s Department, and many of those were policed by the Sheriff Department prior to forming indedpendent municipalities anyway.

    There really isn’t any precedent in LACounty of which I am aware for handing over any large metropolitan area from a city PD to the sheriff.

  90. El Cid said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:01

    When the police are outlaws, only outlaws will be police, and you’ll have to pry them from my cold, dead hands.

  91. Dr. g said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:04

    “I’m thinking I’ll have the City Attorney draft me legislation to dissolve the police department and contract with the Sheriff to provide public safety services,”

    Aren’t the Sheriff’s department officers also union?

  92. El Cid said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:09

    By the way, why would Macon need police when Erickk Erikkksssssonnnnnn could just call up the Red State Strike Force?

  93. tigrismus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:18

    By the way, why would Macon need police when Erickk Erikkksssssonnnnnn could just call up the Red State Strike Force?

    HA!

  94. gocart mozart said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:21

    Does anyone remember this mini-controversy? Well surprise, not so true.

    http://www.scottgraves.com/archives/857
    As readers of Big Government know, late last Friday, ALG issued a press release claiming it had received an offensive e-mail from Dateline NBC producer, Jane Stone. Within hours, the Rightroots had been mobilized and the story when viral.
    Known as the “Bite me Jew boy” e-mail, both Ms. Stone and NBC were pilloried by the Right. Throughout the weekend, Matthew Vadum chronicled the exchange of statements and press releases here on the BigGovernment.com website.
    So Now What?
    It’s been five days and ALG has yet to provide indisputable evidence to prove its claim and NBC continues to back Ms. Stone’s assertion she never sent the e-mail in question.
    In making its claim, ALG gambled its credibility with activists and media contacts to help push a story that increasingly looks like a hoax. In at least 2 press releases, ALG very publicly accused a respected media professional for a major media outlet of an explicit act of anti-Semitism; a charge that if true would damage her reputation and destroy her career.
    Collectively, the political Right advanced the story and stirred the pot after assurances from ALG that they had their facts straight and had done their due diligence. To date, it appears they had neither.

  95. M. Bouffant said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:32

    Politics in Macon.

    No wonder Air-Wreck is so uptight. THE MAYOR WAS A MUSLIM NEGRO CHAVEZ-LOVER1!1!!

  96. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:44

    Collectively, the political Right advanced the story and stirred the pot after assurances from ALG that they had their facts straight and had done their due diligence. To date, it appears they had neither.

    AKA business as usual.
    ~

  97. J— said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:45

    Did you all see Erickson’s update at Peach Pundit?

    [UPDATED:] Looks like I won’t have to draft the legislation. The City Attorney tells me that unionized police officers cannot strike, cannot use a union to collectively bargain, and pretty much cannot do anything other than pay union dues and hold picket signs off duty. I would still rather us contract out to the sheriff’s office than see a union come in. They breed inefficiency, corruption, and taint.

    Erickson backs away from his threat, which means he wins yet again!

    Stephen Colbert’s father was a South Carolina taint breeder. It’s tough but honest work.

  98. paperbagmarlys said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:50

    Pretty soon, I’m going to start feeling sorry for Eric (son of).

    Only a few months ago, he lost his chruch and now, he’s going to lose his police force to Socialism. What next? Obama shows up in Macon and sucks the air out his lungs?

    Eric’s church? Ah, yes, his church, Vineville Presbyterian, where Eric (son of) was a deacon was recently disbanded, despite Eric’s best efforts, and turned into a “mission to reach out to minorities and, eventually, be ‘replanted’ as a multicultural church.” Ouch, that’s gotta hurt. Until recently, even after the church was disbanded, he used “Deacon at Vineville Presbyterian” on his bios.

    http://www.macon.com/local/story/718383.html

    With any luck, the police force will be disbanded, and every meth head in the state of Georgia will move their meth lab to Macon.

  99. gocart mozart said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:54

    http://spectator.org/archives/2009/09/28/acorns-man-in-the-white-house
    Sort of on topic because our man Eric Son of Eric has done some leg work on this. It appears that our President has been consorting with some known black people such as Patrick Gaspard. Please alert Glenn Beck and Loud Obbs. [I clicked the links and I still can't figure out what the controversy is supposed to be about except OMG! ACORN! & SEUI! OMG!!!]

    ACORN’s Man in the White House

    By Matthew Vadum on 9.28.09 @ 6:09AM

    Newly discovered evidence shows the radical advocacy group ACORN has a man in the Obama White House.

    This power behind the throne is longtime ACORN operative Patrick Gaspard. He holds the title of White House political affairs director, the same title Karl Rove held in President Bush’s White House.
    Evidence shows that years before he joined the Obama administration, Gaspard was ACORN boss Bertha Lewis’s political director in New York.
    Lewis, the current “chief organizer” or CEO of ACORN, was head of New York ACORN from at least 1994 through 2008, when she took over as national leader of ACORN. With Gaspard at work in the White House, Lewis might as well be speaking to President Obama through an earpiece as he goes about his daily business ruining the country.

    Erick Erickson of the website RedState recently did an excellent job explaining the relationship of Gaspard to Lewis and President Obama so I won’t take up space here recalling all his valuable insights. Suffice it to say Erickson reported that Gaspard figures prominently in Lewis’s rolodex, which Erickson has in his possession.

  100. tigrismus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 0:55

    They breed inefficiency, corruption, and taint.

    So wait, what’s Mr. Redstate’s problem with them?

  101. Looch said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:22

    OT, but then around here, etc.

    Palin’s bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: “The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot.”

    “Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups — unless they are interested in moose hunting,” said our insider. “What does she have to say? She can’t even describe what she reads.”

    I feel an odd sense of hope. Temporary, I am sure, but I’ll savor it tonight.

  102. PeeJ said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:30

    [UPDATED:] Looks like I won’t have to draft the legislation. The City Attorney tells me that unionized police officers cannot strike, cannot use a union to collectively bargain, and pretty much cannot do anything other than pay union dues and hold picket signs off duty. I would still rather us contract out to the sheriff’s office than see a union come in. They breed inefficiency, corruption, and taint.

    BWAHAHA The guy’s precious, he is. Please allow me to have fuqst his copy:

    After I ran off half-cocked [let's be generous - PeeJ] screaming for a waaambulance, someone who I could should have consulted first, told me I’m full of shit. So here’s a lame toss off in a depserate attempt to make it seem like I had something to say in the first place.

    WP must have unionized; now it won’t work at all.

  103. SomeNYGuy said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:32

    Okay, in trying to post an admittedly less-than-devastatingly-brilliant comment (“I’ll have mine with extra taint, please! Yum!”) I’m getting an error message I’ve never seen before:

    Something went wrong – -32700 : parse error. not well formed

    It’s a grim and depressing day when even WordPress starts making fun of my physiognomy.

  104. PeeJ said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:34

    PENIS. And such as.

  105. tigrismus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:39

    SNYG, your parse suits me fine.

  106. SomeNYGuy said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:42

    SNYG, your parse suits me fine.

    It’s not a parse! It’s a very masculine European shoulder bag!

  107. noen said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:45

    Egggggsss-cellent. Now all Obama has to do is pass fed legislation that gives unions more options. Can you imagine the Right’s reaction to the police officers of Macon Co. Georgia joining a PAC to re-elect Hitler Obama?

  108. tigrismus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:51

    It’s not a parse! It’s a very masculine European shoulder bag!

    Oh. I hate to tell you this, but if that’s a shoulder bag it’s not very well-formed.

  109. tigrismus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:51

    Seriously, it looks nothing like a shoulder.

  110. M. Bouffant said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:53

    Uh, could someone fill me in on how Erickson has Lewis’s Rol-o-dex in his possession, & why he hasn’t been prosecuted yet??

    More from VaDumbDumbDumb:

    One thing that journalists don’t seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles that reach into the highest levels of the United States government, the Democratic Party, corporate America, the labor movement, the nonprofit world, the media, foreign governments, and academia.

    We are all ACORN!

  111. tigrismus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 2:59

    One thing that journalists don’t seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles that reach into the highest levels of the United States government, the Democratic Party, corporate America, the labor movement, the nonprofit world, the media, foreign governments, and academia.

    So it’s like an oaktopus, then.

  112. M. Bouffant said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:00

    The Funny, from GM’s link:

    Tyler | 9.28.09 @ 6:35PM

    From what I have heard its gonna take at least an additional seventy million conservatives to outnumber the socialist mexicans coming here and being legalized and able to vote. That is the big elephant in the room no one seems to want to adress. When amnesty is passed its estimated that up to seventy million more scumbags will flood into this country. The mexicans are brainwashed just like the blacks about republicans. I talked to an illegal and tried to inform him on the truth and facts and when I told him I was a republican he told me i am the devil.

  113. PeeJ said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:00

    One thing that journalists don’t seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles

    ACORN == Cthulhu! Or maybe the FSM.

  114. Scott said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:01

    The City Attorney tells me that unionized police officers cannot strike…

    More than likely, the City Attorney told him to shut the fuck up and stop wasting his time with bullshit that no one else will vote for.

    They breed inefficiency, corruption, and taint.

    And Erick Erickson knows all about the taint.

  115. Scott said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:01

    Fuck you, WordPress.

  116. M. Bouffant said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:08

    ++Fuck you sideways w/ a splintery broomstick, WP!

    Best comments ever, sadly forgotten for all time.

  117. The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:13

    One thing that journalists don’t seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles that reach into the highest levels of the United States government, the Democratic Party, corporate America, the labor movement, the nonprofit world, the media, foreign governments, and academia.

    Jeebus McRee! These Gomers are abso-fucking-lutely nuts! Up until this last election, I had no idea that ACORN was involved in voter registration or anything like that. In my area, all they’ve been working on is getting speed bumps installed in the side streets. I went to one or two of their meetings in the Lutheran church a couple of blocks away. This is a pretty diverse neighborhood, so there were a few Asian people there, and one family that looked like they might be Ethiopian or Somali, but it was a mostly white group, so there goes one stereotype right there.

    They were very successful, too. All the streets between 1st Ave. S. and the Freeway got speed bumps. Except ours. It’s kind of an extra Avenue between 1st and 2nd, so we can never convince anybody it exists. Now all the kids drag race down our street. They’ve already run over one of our cats.

    ACORN is obviously a threat to democracy!

  118. SomeNYGuy said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:18

    They’ve already run over one of our cats.

    So at least your street got a temporary speed bump.

    I’m really sorry.

  119. stogoe said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:25

    I have relatives who live in Macon. I bet they voted for Shitbag McHatesTheFuzz.

  120. g said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:31

    The City Attorney tells me that unionized police officers cannot strike

    I believe that that is probably true. I think there are laws that prevent public safety officers, police and fire, from striking.

  121. g said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:32

    One thing that journalists don’t seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles that reach into the highest levels of the United States government, the Democratic Party, corporate America, the labor movement, the nonprofit world, the media, foreign governments, and academia.

    Yep. Journalists just don’t get that.

    Of course, it’s because it’s a total untrue fantasy…..

  122. Lurking Canadian said,

    October 2, 2009 at 3:34

    When amnesty is passed its estimated that up to seventy million more scumbags will flood into this country. The mexicans are brainwashed just like the blacks about republicans. I talked to an illegal and tried to inform him on the truth and facts and when I told him I was a republican he told me i am the devil.

    The key question, of course, is this: Did he call you the devil before, or after, you called him and all his family and friends scumbags?

  123. Xecky Gilchrist said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:13

    Did he call you the devil before, or after, you called him and all his family and friends scumbags?

    Heh. Of course, dickbrain there doesn’t realize just how the “brainwashing against republicans” takes place.

  124. DrDick said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:19

    Of course, dickbrain there doesn’t realize just how the “brainwashing against republicans” takes place.

    Or that the Republicans are the ones doing the washing.

  125. DrDick said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:21

    And Erick Erickson knows all about the taint.

    Erick Erickson is the taint of conservatism.

  126. Xecky Gilchrist said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:22

    Or that the Republicans are the ones doing the washing.

    Zackly!

  127. Mari said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:32

    One thing that journalists don’t seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles that reach into the highest levels of the United States government, the Democratic Party, corporate America, the labor movement, the nonprofit world, the media, foreign governments, and academia.

    Ever notice that wingnuts have a marked preference for crazy, invented, conspiracies over real ones? Everything this nut said about ACORN could also be said about Goldman Sachs–with the added benefit of being true rather than invented out of whole cloth. Of course, noticing real conspiracies would take some skills beyond paraphrasing RNC talking points….

  128. DrDick said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:35

    Of course, noticing real conspiracies would take some skills beyond paraphrasing RNC talking points….

    Not to mention some small margin of sanity and recognition of reality.

  129. tigrismus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:38

    Or that the Republicans are the ones doing the washing.

    Those nice Republicans just want to clean those filthy scumbags. Why, those people are so dirty they’re BROWN!

  130. tigrismus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:38

    P.S. THOSE.

  131. Xecky Gilchrist said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:47

    Moses supposes those thoses are roses.

  132. Anonymous said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:50

    They breed inefficiency, corruption, and taint.

    And Erick Erickson knows all about the taint. .

    In my area, all they’ve been working on is getting speed bumps installed in the side streets. .

    Or that the Republicans are the ones doing the washing. .

    Erick Erickson is the taint of conservatism. .

    There..subtext assembled.

  133. a concerned citizen said,

    October 2, 2009 at 4:53

    Macon? Isn’t that when they cook meth into bacon-like strips? Macon: it’s been on my breakfast table for years.

  134. Lesley said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:08

    I just got off the phone with someone and we were discussing what if scenarios to present to Republicans in the context of the health care “debate” that included “What would you do without a professional police force or firehalls and firemen? Settle for volunteers?” and here it is, FOR REAL.

  135. J Neo Marvin said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:09

    That clown is on a city council?

  136. Michael G. said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:11

    Macon makes me think of Makin’ Bacon, the microwave bacon cooking tray. Semidelicious unbrowned bacon is all Giblets eats these days.

  137. kingubu said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:13

    Macon? Isn’t that when they cook meth into bacon-like strips?

    Yes. Its also how you pronounce “Bacon” after your grill falls out from eating said strips.

  138. DrDick said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:16

    Isn’t that when they cook meth into bacon-like strips?

    Well everyone knows bacon makes anything better.

  139. Lesley said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:27

    Forgive me, I’m also stunned Erick is in government benefiting from government pay and benefits etc.

    Isn’t he a Libertardian wingnut? Shouldn’t he be running some useless Libertardian business, not paying the taxes that pay his salary?

  140. Lesley said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:30

    I suggest Macon privatize Erick as soon as possible by writing him a pink slip.

  141. DrDick said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:34

    I suggest Macon privatize Erick as soon as possible by writing him a pink slip.

    Make him go Galt.

  142. shaun said,

    October 2, 2009 at 5:54

    Maybe a silly question but….. is it legal for an employer to threaten to fire employees specifically for forming a union?

  143. Xecky Gilchrist said,

    October 2, 2009 at 6:04

    is it legal for an employer to threaten to fire employees specifically for forming a union?

    Legal I can’t comment on, but it does happen all the fucking time.

  144. a concerned citizen said,

    October 2, 2009 at 6:14

    is it legal for an employer to threaten to fire employees specifically for forming a union?

    No, it’s not, but the laws to punish companies that do so are nebulous and hardly ever enforced.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employee_Free_Choice_Act

  145. Lesley said,

    October 2, 2009 at 6:18

    “The right to organize a union free of coercion is a fundamental right, enshrined in both U.S. and international law,” according to the National Lawyers Guild.

    This hasn’t stopped employers firing workers.

    But to dissolve the police department is sheer lunacy. And his idea of transferring the job to the Sheriff is beyond preposterous. The Sheriff, for one, would never support it. (Police officers and sheriffs are in the same brotherhood, Erick.)

    So what would Macon do without a public police force. Bring Blackwater in at ten times the pay scale of public officers?

  146. tensor said,

    October 2, 2009 at 6:38

    Now, this is probably a colossally stupid idea.

    Which probably explains why Eric “I’ll believe anything Mark Sanford says about adultery” bin Erick went for it hook, line, and stinker.

  147. g said,

    October 2, 2009 at 6:50

    is it legal for an employer to threaten to fire employees specifically for forming a union?

    You eliminate the FTE’s in those positions that’s not firing an employee. That’s legal. That’s how they do it. Eliminate the job itself.

  148. Lesley said,

    October 2, 2009 at 6:51

    Erick has a twin working in Hardin Montana.

    “I don’t know that his background [a convicted felon with 17 aliases and a history of fraud and criminal activity including six years in prison in California on a dozen counts of grand theft and attempted grand theft and other charges including illegal diversion of construction funds attempting who set up a company called American Police Force that is a completely bogus private security force] has affected his position or his ability to do his work,” said Carla Colstad, a member of the Hardin City Council. “I don’t consider it relevant to what’s going on today.”

    You couldn’t make up the shit that goes on in the US of A.

  149. St. Trotsky, Pope-in-Avignon said,

    October 2, 2009 at 7:10

    The key question, of course, is this: Did he call you the devil before, or after, you called him and all his family and friends scumbags?

    Ah, the Republican’s Lament.

    “Why won’t those dirty filthy fucking spics like us?”

  150. Mari said,

    October 2, 2009 at 7:19

    Ah, the Republican’s Lament.

    “Why won’t those dirty filthy fucking spics like us?”

    QFT.

    Republicans lack the self awareness to understand that calling people disease-carrying subhumans is not a way to get them to vote for you.

  151. Smut Clyde said,

    October 2, 2009 at 7:22

    now knows how to draw from a concealed holster and put a controlled pair of shots to the target’s thoracic cavity from 3-5 yards away, in less than 1.5 seconds.

    Also I am not happy about you doctors with your cold clinical language taking all the romance out of a tittyfuck.

  152. thenwhat said,

    October 2, 2009 at 7:41

    slippy said,

    October 1, 2009 at 22:08
    “And, Erick, there’s something called the FOP you may need to contend with.”

    Dear Mr. Erickson,
    Since your ideological rigidity may have been taken persanally as being at the expense of others, you might consider that FOP could mean Fiber Optic Probe while driving around town. Hope the grandstanding was worth it.

  153. St. Trotsky, Pope-in-Avignon said,

    October 2, 2009 at 7:53

    Republicans lack the self awareness to understand that calling people disease-carrying subhumans is not a way to get them to vote for you.

    Now, I don’t know about that. It certainly seems to work on their current base of self-loathing idiot man-children authoritarian cultists, so they can’t understand why it hasn’t worked on everyone else. There’s clearly a subset of the population that goes in for this masochistic dirty talk, so they extrapolate and then become confused when the Hispanics, blacks, women, gays, Catholics, Jews, and so on don’t fall in line as a bloc, leaving them with just the true BDSM fetishists like Sowell, Lopez, O’Reilly, Gaytriot, and the like.

    And like most things, they decide they just haven’t been insulting and brow-beatening enough and double down until we get to the guy wondering why no one responds positively to being called illegal scumbags that should be shot lest they spread leprosy to the pure race.

    Must be Demohammunistic brainwashing.

  154. St. Trotsky, Pope-in-Avignon said,

    October 2, 2009 at 8:01

    So it’s like an oaktopus, then.

    A veritable Hobbes’ Leviathan, stretching its branches into your pocket.

    Also, I don’t know if Rule 34 applies to mere political photoshop rather than just porn, but there really needs to be a picture of an octopus embracing the world, but with an acorn top on its head.

    I’m sure the Germans probably have some left over propaganda from the 30s you could use.

  155. Smut Clyde said,

    October 2, 2009 at 13:14

    Intensive research reveals an entire website about the denigration of cephalopods, and the misuse of the image of the friendly octopus for purposes of propaganda.

  156. Sirius Lunacy said,

    October 2, 2009 at 14:12

    If he does get rid of the cops can he at least bring back the hockey team? They woulb be non-union and would have at least one enforcer.

  157. Honus said,

    October 2, 2009 at 16:34

    So what would Macon do without a public police force. Bring Blackwater in at ten times the pay scale of public officers?

    Exactly. A lot of that extra cost goes into republican political donations. Privatization is always more efficient, and those Blackwater guys aren’t union. That’s why the Iraq war was so cheap to fight.

  158. Hollow Dog said,

    October 2, 2009 at 18:25

    This dude’s just following in his patron saint’s footsteps. Remember when Reagan fired the nations air traffic controllers when they tried to unionize?

  159. St. Trotsky, Pope-in-Avignon said,

    October 3, 2009 at 2:06

    Remember when Reagan fired the nations air traffic controllers when they tried to unionize?

    So, you’re saying that in a decade, Macon will have the Erick Ericksson Police Department?

  160. Lesley said,

    October 3, 2009 at 4:06

    Erick reminds me of nate the neoconservative. Everything he touches turns to shit.

  161. craig donahue said,

    November 5, 2009 at 18:25

    I’M A UNION PIPEFITTER AND I KNOW FIRST HAND THE THE SUPERIOR WORK WE PERFORM TO NON UNION PIPEFITTERS. ALSO WERE MUCH HAPPIER DUE TO HEALTH AND RETIRMENT BENIFITS.I RETIRED IN 2005 AT AGE 45 DUE TO HEALTH PROBLEMS.I RECEIVE EXCELLENT BENIFITS. EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT CLOSE TO THE 87,000 I WAS MAKING YEARLY.NON-UNION WORKERS DON’T MAKE THAT NOW. REPUBLICANS WOULD RATHER PAY AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT 14,000 YEARLY FOR THE SAME WORK.

  162. Mike said,

    July 28, 2011 at 5:12

    Erick Erickson is a spoiled bed wetter. He still wears a diaper and thinks his mommy will give him unconditional love no matter how messy he becomes.

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