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7/25/2009

The Gates Affair (continued)

Filed under: Current Events,General,Race — Jack Dunphy @ 7:13 am



[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

For those dwindling few of you who haven’t grown weary of the subject, I have another column on the matter up on the Web today. You can find it here, at Pajamas Media.

–Jack Dunphy

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Classic. I think this might be my favorite Jack Dunphy column ever. I’m going to quote the first two paragraphs to whet your appetite:

I had a terrible nightmare last night: I dreamed I was driving along in my patrol car when I responded to a fairly routine radio call. Someone had reported a possible burglary, and when I went to the home to investigate I encountered not the burglar I was led to believe I would find but rather the home’s resident, an Ivy League professor who, while indignantly challenging my authority to inquire into the reported crime, couldn’t resist doing so without calling my intelligence into question, accusing me of racial bias, and even going so far as to insult my sainted mother. When the verbal provocations escalated further and crossed the line into illegal conduct, I slapped the handcuffs on the man and hauled him down to the station house. A frothing media maelstrom then ensued, with reporters clogging the streets outside my home and traipsing across the lawn and through the shrubbery with their cameras and their boom microphones and their incessant, impertinent questions. Finally, the president of the United States was on television telling the entire world how stupid I am.

Then I woke up.

It just gets better and better as it goes along. The end is one of the funniest passages I have seen in any Dunphy column — or any column by anyone, for that matter. But it would be unfair to quote it here. Go read the whole thing, now.

30 Responses to “The Gates Affair (continued)”

  1. Arresting Mr. Gates may have been arguably imprudent, but it wasn’t illegal.

    So true. He didn’t know he was “messin'” with a Harvard professor.

    Alta Bob (f89c1e)

  2. Under what circumstances would Cambridge PD release audio of the incident, from the 911 call to Sgt. Crowley’s call-back advising of the situation?

    Sgt. James Crowley noted in his report that he radioed police headquarters to let them know he was with the person who appeared to be the home’s lawful resident, but who was “very uncooperative.”

    steve (250734)

  3. Did you calibrate your words, Jack?

    Didn’t that suggest that Teh One had already thought out his position on that, and the best he could come up with was Stoopid McStoopid Copper?

    JD (3d1db9)

  4. I have another column on the matter

    I think the following passage in your commentary says it all. It pretty much is emblematic or a paradigm of the ridiculous, ultra-flaky — if not outright dysfunctional — nature of people with the mindset of the guy you arrested. IOW, I bet if the guy was analyzed for the degree of common sense in his way of thinking and dealing with the world, he would ideologically be a “lefty.”

    Surveys indicate a huge percentage of the black community is of the left—-eg, one poll awhile back revealed that an absurdly high 95% of blacks throughout the US disapproved of George Bush. And so the tendency for such people to be just the opposite of — or superficial about — what they believe is the essence of themselves (ie, a wonderful pro-Democrat-Party human being, with beautiful, lovely liberal tendencies), or what they claim they see in others, is par for the course.

    Among the allegations was that we had used the notorious “N-word,” which, though one can’t walk a block in some parts of Los Angeles without hearing the denizens use it a dozen times, is nonetheless held as a near-capital offense when spoken by a police officer.

    The time came for my interview with the internal affairs investigators, for whom I played the tape. It revealed, among other inconsistencies in my accuser’s tale, that it was he and not we who had so liberally used the accursed word, and that he used it, in the span of about 45 seconds, as a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb, and as something of an all-purpose interjection, a linguistic feat I suspect I may never see equaled.



    Nicholas Kristof, NY Times:

    Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad. Yet when it comes to individual contributions to charitable causes, liberals are cheapskates.

    The upshot is that Democrats, who speak passionately about the hungry and homeless, personally fork over less money to charity than Republicans…

    Conservatives also appear to be more generous than liberals in nonfinancial ways. People in red states are considerably more likely to volunteer for good causes, and conservatives give blood more often. If liberals and moderates gave blood as often as conservatives, Mr. [Arthur] Brooks said, the American blood supply would increase by 45 percent.

    Mark (411533)

  5. I have a feeling this whole incident was a staged event for political purposes. The purpose was to put a big dose of white guilt into the American psyche at this time to suppress criticism of Obama. It had to be a famous black Harvard alum for this purpose.

    I think the timing was meant to coincide with the press conference and the plan was that Gates would have been pummeled Rodney King style and it was to be video taped. Gates was really gonna take one for the team.

    jcurtis (14bf32)

  6. Is it a good thing that Law Enforcement is beginning to remind me of the TSA?

    It’s not about “keeping people safe” but making sure that people know who is in charge, and it ain’t The People.

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    Jaybird (f420c4)

  7. Anyone see that Gates is now making the claim that Crowley filed a false police report?

    JD (292bc3)

  8. I think that Gates has been filing a false report for years that he is a professional.

    Eric Blair (204104)

  9. The behavior of Jackson, Sharpton, Wright, Gates, et. al. and the faux outrage of so many university proponents of black studies doesn’t justify the resurrection of racism in America but it certainly does promote it. But then, that is the whole idea, isn’t it? A pity that they are succeeding.

    MikeD (c83900)

  10. One good thing about this incident is that it reveals the true face of racism in the USA today. The elites who aren’t subject to the law; the race hustlers who aren’t racist by virtue of their color; and a Presidente who is “post racial.”

    I am sick of these idiots who keep braying racism and expect us to believe them.

    This was a great column. Its dismaying to see the professional blacks on tv defending the criminal behavior of a self promoting idiot.

    Thomas Jackson (8ffd46)

  11. Amen, Eric. The only thing Gates has ever been a professional at is racial victimology.

    Mike LaRoche (4f5ba7)

  12. This is a country whose bloodiest war was over abolishing race-based slavery. The only thing I have for the “Goddamn America” creeps is a strong toe-cap on my Bostonians.

    nk (07e440)

  13. […] Dunphy, the pseudonym of an LAPD officer, has more at Patterico’s.  A lively discussion will no doubt […]

    Gazzer’s Gabfest » Being The One means never having to say you’re sorry… (b98ad6)

  14. I have a feeling this whole incident was a staged event for political purposes.

    There is such a clownish, idiotic quality about this whole incident, that the notion you mention has crossed my mind on occasion. But from another angle, too.

    I have seen Henry Gates interviewed on or host of a few PBS documentaries in the past, and I’d never have taken him to be such an ultra-leftist loon. So perhaps he has been very resentful or jealous about all the publicity and adoration directed at Obama, and so when the time arose — when he was facing cops at his house — he thought, “a-ha! this is my chance to get back into the spotlight! My chance to be relevant once again. Here’s my Kodak moment!”

    If academicians like Gates no longer have an obvious justification for all the socio-political grievances they love to rally around and stick in front of people’s face, their life must lose a lot of its meaning.

    Mark (411533)

  15. Click
    Ha ha. Poor Obama. His buddy Gates is not gonna let this thing die. He seems to be doing everything in his power to make sure Crowley doesn’t show up at the meeting. Oddly enough. it appears Gates has already been caught in a lie. According to Gates’ attorney, the good professor never yelled because he couldn’t – he was sick or something. From what I understand, there are apparently witnesses who heard him yelling. Release the tapes!

    jimboster (fe0b27)

  16. Click

    jimboster (fe0b27)

  17. On the Obama/Gates thing, this is hopefully good for a giggle.

    Walsingham (08d9f5)

  18. Didn’t take my link. Trying again using “Website” text box.

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    Walsingham (08d9f5)

  19. The link (trying again): http://www.jessicaswell.com/mt/archives/2009/07/president-barack-obama-un.php

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    Walsingham (08d9f5)

  20. It is no longer about Gates, Crowley or authority (and Steyn and MacDonald have great articles on the subject), it is about Obama. So if this story lasts till August and helps drive his numbers down more, and helps defeat Obamacare, well then I owe Profesor Gates some thanks. I might even buy him a lawn jockey. It’s a history thing that the head of Harvard’s African American studies department should appreciate. Because things are not always as they appear Professor Gates…

    So enjoy it. Obama picked up this…what did McCain call it…oh yeah, a tar baby.

    Joe (17aeff)

  21. Very interesting: maybe Gates is another tax cheat who happens to be a friend of Obama. Err, I mean another friend of Obama who happens to be a tax cheat.

    And the reason Gates flipped out at Crowley was not because Gates thought Crowley was a racist, but because Gates was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

    Do ANY prominent democrats pay their taxes?

    Daryl Herbert (a32d30)

  22. #20, Joe, thanks for the informative lawn jockey link, I had no real idea of their origins and utility. When I was a boy in the 50’s there were still some around, but the face was sometimes painted white, although the features remained african.

    Uncle Remus stories always provoke fond memories, especially Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.

    Ropelight (bb3af5)

  23. Gates is nothing less than a quotta at Haaavard, and clearly nothing more than a race-baiter.

    Ed O'Shea (104094)

  24. One scenario is that the tapes will so clearly show that Gates was in the wrong that the tapes will be suppressed. That is, talking heads, even POTUS levvel or his minions, will claim that there is no reason to further inflame things by their public release.

    One CBS radio station Friday had a talking head saying that he had no doubt that Gates had gotten “a bit boisterous” but that that was not a good enough reason ….

    Another station – I think NPR but I could be mistaken (I was on the road gaining and losing channels as I drove Friday night) – said that a police officer in a university town should “know how to deal with a cranky old professor.”

    What I don’t get is that Gates has made his living being respected as an authority figure to his readers and his students, but does he not believe that an authority figure must give respect to other authority figures in their areas? Does he remain awake during surgery so that he can argue with his surgeons?

    jim2 (43170c)

  25. The police department from which I recently retired after 25 years has a policy that directs officers to carry a digital audio recorder on their person at all times, and to activate the recorder upon any contact with any citizen. This is exactly why. Most coppers grumbled about it at first but after it bailed a couple guys out the point was made. Once they accepted it turns out it made them a little more polite and considerate because they knew they were going to end up on tape. And more willing to let joe blow citizen talk crap because it made for great listening later. No shortage of folks left City Hall with their heads hung low after coming in to make a BS complaint against an officer and having the brass hang ’em with their own words. Shockingly, there are citizens that lie out there.

    Marty Farty (cb1d38)

  26. Dunphy has also pointed out on Obama’s press secretary admits preparing Obama for a question on Gates.

    So even prepared, Obama botched it. The Empty Suit(tm).

    SPQR (26be8b)

  27. did anybody follow up on the nieghbor who alerted the police to learn if gates had thanked her for looking out for his interest or does he think she only called because he was ablack man and swhe is just another racist?

    willis forster (ec4dfb)

  28. SPQR – Good catch. I had not seen that. I assumed he knew it was coming, since he seemed almost eager to call on Lynn Sweet, his reliable hometown reporter. Though, to be fair to Sweet, she is one of the few that ever asked Teh One about Rezko.

    JD (a74281)

  29. oh. Thank you SPQR my acephalous friends will enjoy knowing that.

    happyfeet (c75712)

  30. here is the link for that

    happyfeet (c75712)


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