Last Weekend In DC

Last weekend I was walking across Constitution Avenue between The Washington Monument And The White House. I found somebody’s wallet in the crosswalk, and after looking through it for ID, realized that it was probably a guy I had seen over at the Lincoln Memorial. He was very distinctive, because he was black and had six or seven little white and Hispanic kids with him.  I had recently seen him again walking with the group towards the White House and looked for him but couldn’t find him because it was dark.

It was late, and I needed to get home – so I approached a DC cop while holding the wallet. For a second, I thought the cop was going to shoot me. I calmed him down, and finally he directed me towards the park police. I turned over the wallet to them, and about 30 seconds later saw the owner running frantically to the Park Police asking if anyone had turned in a  wallet.

Good thing he didn’t run towards the DC Police.

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17 Responses to Last Weekend In DC

  1. Randall_G says:

    If the DC cop had tried to shoot you, you would probably have been safe. They are notorious for firing sixteen rounds and only hitting the intended target once, if at all. That is one of the reasons they seem to be so trigger happy.

  2. there is no substitute for victory says:

    If NYC’s finest is any indicator, the COP is lucky that he didn’t fire because he would of only hit himself or else one of the guy’s children.

  3. Sparks says:

    You’re lucky they can’t read.

  4. Mat Helm says:

    Packing a 3 digit IQ in DC sets off a cops 6th sense….

  5. Robertv says:

    If you would have been shot it would not have been CNN news if it had been the other guy Obambi would have had another son.

  6. rah says:

    The best definition of Washington DC if heard. “Washington DC is 63.8 square miles surrounded by reality.”

  7. Emanuelle Goldstein says:

    You’re lucky he didn’t reach for his tazer and pull a gun instead.

  8. Bob Knows says:

    You’re lucky you weren’t shot on sight. The cop was “frightened’ and “fared for his life.” He “thought you were holding a gun.”

    • Dave N says:

      It would not surprise me that soon, removing anything at all from your pocket in front of a cop without first being requested to do so, will be considered a hostile act.

      • Gail Combs says:

        That is a major concern for anyone being asked to show a drivers license after a traffic stop. You had better explain what you are going to do, Make sure the cop understands what you are going to do and then move very slowly.

        I hate purses so mine is stuffed under a bunch of junk behind the seat of my pick-up. If I get stopped it is going to look like a Marx brothers routine.

  9. Andyj says:

    Let me guess, a big chunky monkey with a shaved head, low self esteem, a poor education, a very, very short fuse and a badly beaten up ex-wife who is terrified of him..
    Are all US cops taking those dangerous psychoactive steroids?

    • Gail Combs says:

      There is a darn good chance a white DC or Maryland cop was on “…drugs [that] can induce akathisia – mental and physical agitation that sparks self-destructive, violent behavior…” One study showed ~15% of white boys before 1999 were on Ritalin at age 7 to 9. They would now be in their twenties.

      The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice
      ADHD among American Schoolchildren: Evidence of Overdiagnosis and Overuse of Medication

      Abstract:
      The 700% increase in psychostimulant use that occurred in the 1990s justifies concern about potential overdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment of child behavior problems. A critical review of epidemiologic research suggests that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not universally overdiagnosed; however, for some U.S. communities there is evidence of substantial ADHD overdiagnosis, adverse educational outcomes among children treated for the disorder, and suboptimal management of childhood behavior problems. Evidence of ADHD overdiagnosis is obscured when findings are reported without respect to geographic location, race, gender, and age. More sophisticated epidemiologic tracking of ADHD treatment trends and examination of associated outcomes is needed to appreciate the scope of the problem on a national level. Meanwhile, a public health approach to ADHD that includes the development and implementation of data-driven, community-based interventions is warranted and is underway in some communities. Guidelines for promoting judicious use of psychotropic drugs are suggested.

      …because prevalence and treatment have been documented to vary by all three factors, with the highest rate of ADHD among 6- to 9-year-old white boys (LeFever et al., 1999; Safer & Zito, 1999; Safer et al., 1996). Safer (1999) has presented, although not published, data indicating that from the early to mid-1990s the rate of ADHD treatment (i.e., school-administered Ritalin) among white boys in Baltimore County elementary schools was over 15%.

      … LeFever and colleagues (1999) examined the rate of medication administered (daily) during the 1995-96 school year to students in two school districts in southeastern Virginia….

      Findings from this study were consistent between two racially, economically, and socially diverse school districts. In both school districts, the rate of ADHD medication use was highest among white males and lowest among black females; 17% of white males and 3% of black females received ADHD medication in school. As noted above, these findings are consistent with research in public schools in Maryland (Safer, 1999)…..

      The American Psychiatric Association’s lists the criteria of ADHD diagnosis as follows: Warning signs include disorganization, forgetfulness, impulsive behavior, being easily distracted, and being fidgety or disruptive in class In other words being a typical little boy.

      The CDC goes on to say: ” The long-term dangers of Ritalin remain something of a mystery, but the short-term effects are well-known, ranging from anxiety, insomnia, and weight loss to seizures and, in rare cases, sudden death. Considering that some children as young as preschool age are taking the medicine, there is substantial concern regarding its effects. “

      Violence in Schools? It’s the Prozac and Ritalin Stupid!
      By: Lawrence Wilson, MD
      Edited by: William Wong ND, Ph.D., Member World Sports Medicine Hall of Fame.

      Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, and Zoloft belong to a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRI’s. These drugs can induce akathisia – mental and physical agitation that sparks self-destructive, violent behavior. They can also induce dissociative reactions. The one taking the drug becomes insensitive to the consequences of his behavior.

      The combination of these effects can lead to anti-social behavior of the worst kind. In one study, 6% of the children on Prozac became psychotic (1).

      Here are the sad results. Eric Harris was on Luvox before taking part in the shooting at Columbine High School in April 1999. Fifteen-year-old Shawn Cooper fired on students and high school staff in Notus, Idaho in April 1999. He was taking an SSRI. Thirteen-year-old Chris Fetters of Iowa killed her favorite aunt. She was on Prozac. Kip Kinkel, a 15-year-old, first shot his parents, then killed two and wounded 22 fellow students at Thurston High School in Oregon. He was taking Prozac.
      Joseph Wesbecker was on Prozac when he killed seven people at a printing plant in Kentucky, before taking his own life. In September 1999, Buford O’Neal Furrow, Jr. fired 70 rounds at the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles wounding 5 people. A month earlier Mark Barton murdered his wife and two children and then methodically gunned down 21 people in two brokerage firms in Atlanta.

      Jeff Weise was another school killer in Red lake, Minnesota. His dose of Prozac had just been increased to 60 mg daily. The story is the same – those involved were taking SSRI drugs. Since 1998, eight of the thirteen ‘school shooters’ were on psychiatric drugs. The records on the remaining five are sealed. Did the drugs cause the violence?

      Ann Blake Tracy, PhD has studied Prozac for ten years. She researched 32 murder cases involving women and their children. In 24 of the cases, the women were taking Prozac or another SSRI.

      Why isn’t this on the news? Perhaps because drug company advertising supports most TV and radio stations, newspapers and medical journals. Drug companies spend $11 billion a year on advertising. An article in California Lawyer, Dec. 1998, reported that Eli Lilly, manufacturer of Prozac, settled nearly a dozen cases involving Prozac out of court in one year. They did this to avoid unwanted publicity that would unleash an avalanche of Prozac horror stories…..

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