The system is evil

Last night I had the opportunity to see first hand once again, how evil the system is.

My significant other got a call that her friend was sitting in a parking lot sobbing. Apparently, she and her husband had been pulled over, and her husband who was traveling with her had failed to properly complete a piece of paperwork. I will not go into what that piece of paperwork was, or who had jurisdiction over that paperwork, at least not yet. All I know is that a friend is hurting because of paperwork. Sobbing, crying and shaking. No idea what was going on. Horrified to find that her support system, her husband, was taken from her, and she was left with nothing more than a pig's business card.

I had already had an extremely long and emotionally trying day, including a lovely public flashback, but all of that vanished as I immediately snapped into crisis mode. I was faced with two people who had no idea what to do, because the system had removed all certainty, and all lifelines on a Saturday night, when everybody was busy. My traumatized friend could barely speak. All she could do was blame herself for getting pulled over.

I say this because this is how the system kills. It isolates, then confuses, and ultimately demands ultimate submission. I was there when the ransom demand from the pigs came in. They demanded 250 bucks, or they wouldn't let him go. Since nobody directly involved was in a condition to think rationally, I had to make the calls and talk to pigs. I kept my cool, despite the urge to punch every fucking pig in the face. I pulled out every bit of military discipline, walking this sobbing woman into the Police department, getting all of the information I could.

That's when I learned that we'd been lied to. First they demanded the money. Then after a little prodding it was revealed that we might not have to pay if he passed a recognizance. Of course, that would take a few hours, which we could bypass if we just paid. Of course, the bail hearing won't be till Monday, even if he passes the recognizance interview. (Which of course he didn't because the paperwork was for the court, and the burden of proof that the proper paperwork was filed is on the victim of the pig's kidnapping.) This was the point I had to be an asshole to my friend.

She's flat broke. All she wanted was her husband. I had to explain to her quietly, and calmly, that she could not pay the ransom. Even if she paid it, her husband would still have to be on court on Monday, and paying would do nothing to end the problem. Today we'll be paperwork hunting to prove that it was an error.

I took my SO's friend home, got her situated on my couch, and went to bed around 2 Am this morning. I woke up, made game plans for how we're going to fight the pigs, made breakfast and kept focused. I'm angry. I will continue to be angry. This is the system that voting will NOT change.

I will not let my friend face the inverted pyramid alone. No matter what else, you must remember that this was done because of PAPERWORK. Are your papers in order?

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detroitmechworks's picture

I want to see their fucking faces when Matthew 25 is quoted at them.

40 And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41 Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
43 A stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’
44 Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’
45 He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’
46 And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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mhagle's picture

Glad you are able to help.

RW christianity mostly fails the Matthew 25 test.

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Marilyn

Let's save the planet for our kids. Tree Hugger to the end.

detroitmechworks's picture

@mhagle This is unjust. I am angry.

If you've never seen that black despair in somebody's face, you've been fortunate to never have had a friend targeted by the inverted totalitarian system.

Thank you for hearing this. This happens every day, but nobody talks about it because of the fear of being targeted by the pigs themselves.

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mhagle's picture

@detroitmechworks

Brother of our extra teenager was wrongfully accused last year and spent 6 months in juvie in Kansas without a trial. He survived it and is OK now. But holy crap.

And the Sandra Bland story haunts me.

It makes me angry too.

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Marilyn

Let's save the planet for our kids. Tree Hugger to the end.

detroitmechworks's picture

@mhagle Their inhumanity and cruelty into sharp relief.

I no longer feel that it is a joke.

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@mhagle

Horrible story! So sad!

Glad you are able to help.

RW christianity mostly fails the Matthew 25 test.

Matthew 7, too:

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Christian Scriptures, Matthew 7:20-23 (KJV) source

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
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detroitmechworks's picture

@thanatokephaloides Then again, I've gone full raving Fundamentalist Agnostic. Smile

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@thanatokephaloides

Another good one!

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Marilyn

Let's save the planet for our kids. Tree Hugger to the end.

Lookout's picture

I remember a time when police were public servants not oppressors. Now they are militarized and looking to charge people for something...anything. I think I read last week, 75% of all people in jail have not been convicted, they just can't afford bail.

Sounds like you did a great job keeping your cool and being helpful. Best of luck jumping through the remaining hoops and crossing the roadblock purposed placed.

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

detroitmechworks's picture

@Lookout And they hide behind their badges and their system.

I felt sick to my soul that I pulled the "Fellow Service Member" card, when all I wanted to do was scream

"Don't you realize what you are doing? Don't you realize the human misery you perpetrate every day by enforcing the demands of the machine? Put down the goddamn Gun, you idiot."

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@detroitmechworks

to weave through the system.

I pulled the "Fellow Service Member" card,

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout I just hate having to be dishonest.

Part of what I want to do in my life now is to confront things and problems directly, and not pass it off to others.

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@detroitmechworks as you most certainly do have the right to use whatever cards you have been dealt and that Service Member one is yours to use whenever you need to. Think of it as manipulation, which while it can be lying isn't always. Whatever we have to use against these pigs we are entitled to use, they're the one's who've chosen to blatantly cheat and manipulate those who have no power, turnabout is MORE than fair play.

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Deja's picture

From politicians and crooked business people to freaking serial killers and serial rapists.

Once they have someone in their sights, that someone is screwed or worse. And the courts help them.

I had a run-in with a Texas bail bonding company once over my friend's bond being revoked. I figured out it was a scam, complete with lies from the sheriff's department. A few letters to state officials and agencies righted the wrong, but not before my friend spent several days in jail and lost her job. The sheriff's office refused to provide anything in writing too. Just some dick on the other end of several phone calls telling me that's our policy and just the way it is.

Sorry about your friend's husband. I hope you're able to get him out soon. There won't be so much as an apology either. Look what they do to people who end up exonerated after being wrongfully convicted. Nada!

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detroitmechworks's picture

@Deja We've gotten a couple of phone calls, and we've told him to say nothing and lawyer up.

It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life to explain to a man why it would be worse if we did bail him out in the long run. At least this way he has a chance of keeping the money for rent next month. Which would land him on the street.
Which would of course, ensure that he was soon back in the system. And this time he would have NO chance of getting out.

Yes, we have untouchables in this society.

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@detroitmechworks
Not everyone would have stepped up, and some might have made it worse.

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snoopydawg's picture

@detroitmechworks

Absolutely the best advice for everyone. No matter what you say that you think shows you are innocent they can twist it anyway they want.

Let your lawyers do your talking for you. This is their jobs and they know all the tricks cops play on people to get them to talk. Their favorite ploy is to lie to you which they will and is legal.

Good luck with your friends.

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Trump has demonstrated the emperor is naked and there is an all out war on the American people by its government

Deja's picture

@snoopydawg
Last night I watched a 48 Hours or some such. Cops had no leads on who killed 4 people at a motorcycle shop. One of the victims was a new father. They accused his wife of an affair. She did a dna test. They said results proved he wasn't the father. So, she said do it again "in front of me". They did and again claimed he wasn't the father.

All along, a serial killer had done it. He's the one who had that poor woman chained in a shipping container for months. Cops didn't know it until he confessed to killing the 4 at the bike shop, but were more than willing to pin a murder for hire on the poor woman with a new baby and a dead husband. They told her they made a mistake. Such assholes! They don't just twist what you say; they fabricate things too.

I really don't trust them, at all! I hope the poor guy in jail can get this cleared up quickly and move, because he's on their radar now, and they will fuck with him every chance they get -- especially if they really made a paperwork mistake. Retaliation for proving their incompetence.

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lotlizard's picture

@Deja  
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/jan/20/undercover-police-children-ac...

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Deja's picture

@lotlizard
I'm just utterly disgusted! What hideous trash! Oh my gawd . . .

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mimi's picture

and thank you for writing this up.
Thank you for your courage and all the knowledge you have to fight and protect its victims as much as you can.

I told you before that often I have not quite understood what you write. This time it's very clear and I just wanted to say that.

Peace.

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detroitmechworks's picture

@mimi I'm glad that I was able to communicate well this time.

Sometimes even the smallest action is vital. Much as I hate this film, I love this speech.

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

I've read in a long time. This couple, anyone, is lucky to have you as a friend. I hope this works out for them. If it doesn't don't beat yourself up. We can't know everything, we can only learn.

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detroitmechworks's picture

@Snode And it may not work our for them.

When you've been demoted to the Untouchables, it's very hard to find anyone who will listen, much less believe you .

I have stood by and allowed evil to occur in front of my face. This is why I don't go out much, honestly. I cannot stand by any more.

Turning that drive to things that will help instead of things that are pointless is my goal for the rest of my life... Maximum effect... for minimum effort.

Yes, I know my Judoka is showing.

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@detroitmechworks

Turning that drive to things that will help instead of things that are pointless is my goal for the rest of my life... Maximum effect... for minimum effort.

Yes, I know my Judoka is showing.

To move through space with minimum waste and maximum joy.

(My Sade is showing!)

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg