Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...

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The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fred Bloom (Daily Titan Staff Writer) forgets lessons of history

Fan’s actions should teach a lesson - Anyone who is dumb enough to run onto the field at a professional sports event deserves to be punished. [LINK]

You're supposed to know that punishment is the strict domain of the courts (well, maybe your mom and dad too). Anyone that can recall their Grade 6 "Civics" lesson should understand that when police are permitted to inflict punishment, that's as good a definition as any of what is called a "police state".

If you want to speak about dangers to society, then not being aware of the basics of freedom (the role of police versus the role of the courts) is far worse than the impact of some idiot running around a baseball field.


Update: Mr. Bloom is not the only unwitting "enemy of freedom" (not quite...).

Martin Manley (Kansas City Star) wrote: ...He smacked me with a wooden paddle so hard I thought I had died. ... I never forgot that and it had nothing to do with public humiliation. It had to do with pain! Lesson? Don’t violate the rules! ... [LINK]


Remedial Grade 6 Civics lesson:
- Role of police: observation, apprehension of suspects
- Role of courts: trial, then doling out punishment

If the police are permitted to take on the role of issuing punishment, then what need for the courts?

Clear enough?

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