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(Calgary Herald)   American cop visiting Canada upset that he had to interact with strangers rather than shoot them   (calgaryherald.com) divider line 261
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2012-08-08 01:53:15 AM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: sno man: Hey Kalamazoo... Feel safer knowing this guy is serving and protecting you?

A couple of guys, (possibly beer fuelled, but whatever officer who should have at some point had some training in dealing with humans other that with the gun he didn't have...) come up to you in a park in the city that hosts Stampede, during Stampede, and ask if you've been yet and you feel threatened by that?!?

Yup, I'd feel safer.

You're assuming that the guy even had any awareness of what was going on in the city he was visiting. Sounds like your stereotypical "horrible American tourist" to me.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention that the American conservative's mind views its world through the lens of omnipresent fear.


Holy Sheesh.

For the record, I hate americans since they are mostly ignorant pricks. However, I am amazed at how retarded the vast majority of Canadian farkers (up to this point in the thread) have been - almost none have bothered to read the actual article and are only spouting off on the submitted headline. Perhaps a couple are trolling, but not this many, and most people simply aren't that good at trolling.

He was obviously just making a stab at intelligent humour - I believe the scientific name is Sarcasticulum satirii.

The main difference between Kalamazoo and similar sized Canuckian cities is that their banks seem to be afraid of looking at Canadian money - my guess is they heard an evil nasty rumour about getting pink-eye from our fifties (which are $50.01's in american).
 
2012-08-08 01:55:50 AM  

StinkyFiddlewinks: So, is there some sort of stampede in Calgary.




There's a naked girlie in Calgary, so guys are stampeding there.
 
2012-08-08 01:59:09 AM  

Jon iz teh kewl: [cdn0.spong.com image 351x480]

[www.consoleclassix.com image 256x224]


is that for the 2600? I want.
 
2012-08-08 02:06:08 AM  

2wolves: Techhell: A Christian who says "Merry Christmas" to me instead of "Happy Holidays" is not a nutjob.

Merry Holidays.


Happy merry day!
 
2012-08-08 02:21:26 AM  

Firethorn: I think that the fact that he's a cop probably colors his impression of the encounter. He's not used to being treated like an 'average' person; everybody in town knows he's a cop and acts accordingly.


How about: He is a cop, acts like a self-important asshole, bullies everyone he meets, because he knows that he can always pull his gun and his badge and get away with anything.

shiats like this give shiat a bad name.
 
2012-08-08 02:29:17 AM  
I usually say "Happy Christmas"
/It's sort of ethnic
//Praper jahb
 
2012-08-08 02:31:46 AM  

Farktastic: I live within walking distance of Nose Hill, and go to it often.

Not only do I want this farktard of a cop out of my park, I want him out of my country. Someone asks you if you have been to Stampede, and you want to pull a gun on him? Take your Jesus praising gun fondling ass and get the fark back to your southern hellhole.

Maybe you should talk to the Calgary Police about how to do your job without your goddamn finger on the trigger. They seem to be able to do keep the peace with people who aggressively ask if you've been to Stampede without pulling a gun.


To be fair, I think those two hoodlums were the two Newfies that are allowed out into the rest of the world once per year (mostly to synchronize their watches ON THE HOUR, rather than half an hour later), so it was their accent that was aggressive, much like two low Germans talking love.
 
2012-08-08 02:38:07 AM  
serialsuicidebomber:
For the record, I hate americans since they are mostly ignorant pricks. However, I am amazed at how retarded the vast majority of Canadian farkers (up to this point in the thread) have been - almost none have bothered to read the actual article and are only spouting off on the submitted headline.


I can only come to the conclusion that you're trolling. Otherwise, did you read the submitted article? If nothing in there tripped your "crazy" meter, you should be worried: It is no longer reacting to high-intensity stimulus.

If the guy was in any real danger that he felt he'd need a gun to resolve, he would have actually been in danger. No armed mugger is going to be deterred by, "I don't have to talk to you." His story's full of the derptacular shiat you get when you take the security blanket away from an unstable paranoid-neurotic.
 
2012-08-08 02:43:57 AM  

serialsuicidebomber: To be fair, I think those two hoodlums were the two Newfies that are allowed out into the rest of the world once per year (mostly to synchronize their watches ON THE HOUR, rather than half an hour later), so it was their accent that was aggressive, much like two low Germans talking love.


My bad! I clearly posted before it was evident you really were trolling for fun - I've had too much crazy today to tell the difference. Have a Canadian apology on me.
 
2012-08-08 03:09:12 AM  
What a farking pussy that cop is. If a slightly uncomfortable encounter with assholes makes him pine for his gun he shouldn't be on the force.
 
2012-08-08 03:20:46 AM  
mediafiles.cineplex.com been to the stampede?
 
2012-08-08 03:23:13 AM  
One wonders what would happen if this individual's superiors were sent a link to his ramblings. Then one wonders if perhaps they aren't also asshats, since they haven't noticed his excessive stupid and crazy.
 
2012-08-08 03:28:13 AM  
"I quickly moved between these two and my wife, replying, "Gentle-men, I have no need to talk with you, goodbye." They looked bewildered, and we then walked past them."

This reads like an editorial by The Onion's T. Herman Zweibel

o.onionstatic.com
 
2012-08-08 04:13:04 AM  
I think "Gentle-men, I have no need to talk with you, goodbye." is going to be a phrase which finds a place in my dealings with people.

I plan an emphasising the gentle by pausing before the 'men' slightly longer than is necessary. I can see it being a useful phrase, moreover, if it elicits bewilderment in the hearer I will be happier still.

/FARK-ers I have no need to talk with you, goodbye.
 
2012-08-08 04:18:50 AM  
Canada does NOT respect our Second Amendment rights?

We'll show them... we always do. America, FARK YEAH!! Freedom is the ONLY WAY!!
 
2012-08-08 05:00:55 AM  
People who have a hard time handling a situation without a gun are the last people I want carrying one.
 
2012-08-08 06:14:55 AM  

wumpus: [mediafiles.cineplex.com image 300x155] been to the stampede?


Fantastic. Just give 'er.
 
2012-08-08 06:45:46 AM  
Isn't he missing the fundamental point that if he'd been in the US then there would have been a much higher chance that the two people who spoke to him in the park would have been armed with guns and potentially would have shot him if he'd felt the need to pull a gun to "defend" himself from them when they walked up to him and asked him if he had attended the local festivities?

Seriously, what a complete and utter chickenshiat.... The man can't walk around a park in the daytime without being armed due to all the scary members of the public who might (gasp) TALK to him.....
 
2012-08-08 07:34:38 AM  
And oddly, jessel is not here.
 
2012-08-08 07:36:46 AM  

rynthetyn: Aggressively. They asked AGGRESSIVELY.


Reminded me of Monty Python's "Hells Grannies".
 
2012-08-08 08:09:50 AM  
As a gun nut from Texas I must say I believe in open carry and wish Texas had that. That said, that dude should not be carrying. We expect more from our military as they are trained and supposed to be held to a higher standard. The same for him. As someone else said he should be able to talk a situation out better. He is just looking for a fight, if someone is not the super nice and talking softly to his fragile ego. I believe as so many that what Canada chooses is up to them, and more power to them. When it doesn't work they will change it. Same here.
 
2012-08-08 08:18:45 AM  

CheetahOlivetti: He should take a trip to England.

State Trooper: Where are you boys from?
Clive Gollings: ...England.
State Trooper: I heard about that place: no guns.
Graeme Willy: Not many...
Clive Gollings: No, not really, just... farmers.


And farmers' mums.
 
2012-08-08 08:30:05 AM  
I speculate they did not have good intentions when they approached in such an aggressive, disrespectful and menacing manner.


Lord, it's written like a pig report.
 
2012-08-08 08:41:59 AM  
This submission is worthy of comment
 
2012-08-08 09:16:15 AM  
Man you have any idea how many undercover cops, uniformed cops, RCMP and security people there were at the stampede in Calgary - it was the 100 year anniversary too! I kinda wish he pulled out his gun - he'd be back over the border so quick, he honestly wouldn't know what hit him.
 
2012-08-08 09:25:41 AM  

indylaw: "I speculate they did not have good intentions when they approached in such an aggressive, disrespectful and menacing manner."


Lord, it's written like a pig report.


He really should be embarrassed to tell people about his cowardice. The fact that nothing happened proves how unwarranted his fear was.
 
2012-08-08 09:28:39 AM  
A while ago on Slashdot some American was describing how he was flying from Toronto to some point west and noticed that some Canadian soldiers were on the plane, clearly having just been to a Bluejays game as they had souvenirs including bats. Soldiers with bats on the plane. Now that's security.

As to the article, I hope it's a Poe.
 
2012-08-08 09:37:27 AM  

sillydragon: kertus: blueviking: Bill_Wick's_Friend: As a Canadian travelling through the USA I have encountered more than a few men like this in the past week.

I can't help it. My natural inclination is to say "hey, howzit goin'?" when I pass a stranger on the street or at least to say "hi". I keep reminding myself not to do it but it just comes out automatically. The typical response seems to be "don't make eye contact and move away".

Haven't been shot at. Yet.

I like you, America, but you are a strange people in a lot of ways.

/posted from a cheap motel with crappy wifi in the southeastern corner of South Dakota

You canucks with your aggressive friendliness....

We're sorry

And all that damned apologizing!


Quick, get the pepperballs!

/I think he was calling us "hosers" under his breath
 
2012-08-08 09:39:42 AM  

Phil Moskowitz: rynthetyn: I know two things about Calgary. The first is that their female hockey fans, or at least the ones who will drive/fly cross country to see the Stanley Cup Finals, all have massive fake boobs and a penchant for wearing small shirts, and the second is that the Stampede is a big gigantic deal.

It's Canadian NASCAR, and yes its just as embarrassing.


Screw that! It is the one time each year where getting blitzed by 10AM is socially acceptable, while the rodeo and chucks are effective at pissing the bleeding hearts off.
 
2012-08-08 09:49:07 AM  

Allen. The end.: And oddly, jessel is not here.


And why is that odd?
 
2012-08-08 09:53:02 AM  
I don't need a lethal weapon.
I AM a lethal weapon.
Especially after a large donair with onions.
 
2012-08-08 10:09:21 AM  
Inquiring minds want to know, did he ever make it to the stampede?
 
2012-08-08 10:16:28 AM  

dandude28: Inquiring minds want to know, did he ever make it to the stampede?


Whoa there Tex. This guy's back in the good ol' US of A now so he has his gun back.

You do not want to ask him if he's been to the stampede yet while he's packing!!
 
2012-08-08 10:23:36 AM  
Non violent conflict resolution is not one of his strong suits apparently. I like to be armed myself but I don't treat every interaction as a potential fight or even threatening. Being wound up that tight is not healthy.
 
2012-08-08 11:07:53 AM  

Bill_Wick's_Friend: As a Canadian travelling through the USA I have encountered more than a few men like this in the past week.

I can't help it. My natural inclination is to say "hey, howzit goin'?" when I pass a stranger on the street or at least to say "hi". I keep reminding myself not to do it but it just comes out automatically. The typical response seems to be "don't make eye contact and move away".

Haven't been shot at. Yet.

I like you, America, but you are a strange people in a lot of ways.

/posted from a cheap motel with crappy wifi in the southeastern corner of South Dakota


There is a line from Shakespeare when Henry V says "we are the makers of manners." In the US, we have let the wrong people determine what is accpetable behavior for far too long and it has infected the way we think in just about every possible human interaction. I know far too many people who really seem to believe that every interaction, every conversation, has to have a winner and a loser, a dominant and a submissive party.

For a country founded on the ideals of equality, we are obsessed with working angles and tilting the playfields all the time. The cop in the article isn't content to be a peace officer - he wants to know he has power over other people all the time and anytime he feels he doesn't have it, he feels threatened.
 
2012-08-08 11:09:37 AM  

gaslight: A while ago on Slashdot some American was describing how he was flying from Toronto to some point west and noticed that some Canadian soldiers were on the plane, clearly having just been to a Bluejays game as they had souvenirs including bats. Soldiers with bats on the plane. Now that's security.


So? I've been on a plane with Marines having their M-16s, M-4s, M-9s, and SAWs with them.
 
2012-08-08 11:26:24 AM  
 
2012-08-08 11:33:08 AM  

WhippingBoy: Perhaps the strangers had a different colored skin than our brave hero.


What are the odds?
 
2012-08-08 11:44:31 AM  

gaslight: A while ago on Slashdot some American was describing how he was flying from Toronto to some point west and noticed that some Canadian soldiers were on the plane, clearly having just been to a Bluejays game as they had souvenirs including bats. Soldiers with bats on the plane. Now that's security.

As to the article, I hope it's a Poe.


I didn't think bats were allowed to be carried on planes anywhere in the world.
 
2012-08-08 12:09:28 PM  

Jesus Burnt My Hotdog: "Yes, Walt Wawra is a real person. No, the letter we published from him Tuesday, about the "confrontation" he and his wife had with two Calgarians in Nose Hill Park, was not a hoax. The fact that so many readers have written in, or posted comments online, wondering if it was for real, speaks volumes about the cultural differences between Canadians and Americans. It gives the lie to those who say that Canadians are no different than Americans."


I'm amused that they had to post a confirmation. "Yes, this retard is a real honest-to-goodness person"
 
2012-08-08 12:17:49 PM  
I heartily encourage all Kalamazoo farkers to start asking cops if they've been to the Stampede.
 
2012-08-08 12:18:38 PM  

Aidan: Jesus Burnt My Hotdog: "Yes, Walt Wawra is a real person. No, the letter we published from him Tuesday, about the "confrontation" he and his wife had with two Calgarians in Nose Hill Park, was not a hoax. The fact that so many readers have written in, or posted comments online, wondering if it was for real, speaks volumes about the cultural differences between Canadians and Americans. It gives the lie to those who say that Canadians are no different than Americans."

I'm amused that they had to post a confirmation. "Yes, this retard is a real honest-to-goodness person"


Hey, we had enough farkers in here claiming that this just had to be parody. I know nothing about Kalamazoo, but after visiting their DPS website...woah. I'll take a detour through Indiana and Ohio if I ever have the urge to travel out that way.
 
2012-08-08 12:35:48 PM  

blueviking: Aidan: Jesus Burnt My Hotdog: "Yes, Walt Wawra is a real person. No, the letter we published from him Tuesday, about the "confrontation" he and his wife had with two Calgarians in Nose Hill Park, was not a hoax. The fact that so many readers have written in, or posted comments online, wondering if it was for real, speaks volumes about the cultural differences between Canadians and Americans. It gives the lie to those who say that Canadians are no different than Americans."

I'm amused that they had to post a confirmation. "Yes, this retard is a real honest-to-goodness person"

Hey, we had enough farkers in here claiming that this just had to be parody. I know nothing about Kalamazoo, but after visiting their DPS website...woah. I'll take a detour through Indiana and Ohio if I ever have the urge to travel out that way.


I didn't post but I hoped like hell it wasn't real. And Western Michigan is... Different. I've heard there ARE good people out there, but it seems like too much work to find them in that place. :P
 
2012-08-08 12:42:06 PM  

Jesus Burnt My Hotdog: "Yes, Walt Wawra is a real person. No, the letter we published from him Tuesday, about the "confrontation" he and his wife had with two Calgarians in Nose Hill Park, was not a hoax. The fact that so many readers have written in, or posted comments online, wondering if it was for real, speaks volumes about the cultural differences between Canadians and Americans. It gives the lie to those who say that Canadians are no different than Americans."


I just left a response on their website. It wouldn't let me use the words "idiot" but "halfwit" was just fine.
 
2012-08-08 12:46:44 PM  

Jesus Burnt My Hotdog: "Yes, Walt Wawra is a real person. No, the letter we published from him Tuesday, about the "confrontation" he and his wife had with two Calgarians in Nose Hill Park, was not a hoax. The fact that so many readers have written in, or posted comments online, wondering if it was for real, speaks volumes about the cultural differences between Canadians and Americans. It gives the lie to those who say that Canadians are no different than Americans."


More accurately, it speaks volumes about the cultural differences between sane people (both American and Canadian) and Walt Wawra.

/don't paint us all with this brush please!
 
2012-08-08 12:56:40 PM  
My wife and I walked into a bar in Kalamazoo once, sat down at the bar. Some stranger on the other side of the bar came up and started asking us questions (we didn't know the guy!). Stuff like "So, what do you want?" . So I shot him.
 
2012-08-08 01:15:18 PM  
Oh, Fark! You and your fear of guns. So funny... ah, which reminds me. I need to get around to cleaning some of mine.
 
2012-08-08 01:18:34 PM  

CrappityCrap: Oh, Fark! You and your fear of guns. So funny... ah, which reminds me. I need to get around to cleaning some of mine.


We aren't afraid of guns, we're afraid of crazy people with guns. Someone who is incapable of telling the difference between the two probably falls into the later category.
 
2012-08-08 01:19:19 PM  
Very late to the thread, but this guy's nuts!

As for him "feeling threatened", he didn't say, but I'll bet the gents who asked him about the Stampede (in the park that hosts it, during the event) were ....dark skinned.

Nothing makes a dumpy dork like this shrivel faster than being in conversational distance to a brown person.

/thank goodness he wasn't armed, he would have shot them and claimed he was "standing his ground".
 
2012-08-08 01:54:24 PM  
You guys wouldn't be talking so tough if it happened to you. My family is almost destroyed because of a similar circumstance; I don't know what keeps us together:
One night in 2003, my sister went to the bar with some of her friends. Sure, her dress was shorter than usual, and she had that flirty air about her, but that doesn't excuse the horrors that befell her. Anyway.... (god this is so tough to do)... anyway, about halfway through the night, some guy (no, make that some sub-human animal!!)... came up to her... came up to her... and... and... aggressively asked her if she wanted a drink. Aggressively asked her!!! Right then and there. In the bar!!!! Our lives have never been the same. It doesn't help that some people blame her: "If you don't want to be aggressively asked, don't dress like a slut." and all.

Sorry... the pain is too much. I have to leave now.
 
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