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(WCAX Vermont)   State Police issue apology over Facebook post, and Patti Smith somehow got mixed in   (wcax.com) divider line
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2020-09-25 10:00:53 AM  
Bullsh*t. They were cops. They know exactly what they wanted to say. ACAB
 
2020-09-25 12:32:24 PM  
nothing in that story about dancing barefoot
 
2020-09-25 12:35:29 PM  
Calm down, Batman.
 
2020-09-25 12:35:29 PM  
I seriously thought that was an anti-police post at first. Creepy.
 
2020-09-25 12:39:33 PM  
LOOK AT THEM STRUTTING AROUND LIKE THEY'RE COCK OF THE WALK.
WELL, LET ME TELL YOU.
VERMONT SP IS COCK OF NOTHING!
 
2020-09-25 12:41:03 PM  
There are No Mistakes now baby
We did the best we could
It takes what it takes and sometimes
It takes much more time than it should
To just to make the choices that we both
Have been dreaming of
There are No Mistakes in love
 
2020-09-25 12:41:49 PM  
That's a good apology. Not "sorry if you were offended."
 
2020-09-25 12:42:57 PM  
More relevant Patti Smith song for the situation

Blue Oyster Cult: Career of Evil
Youtube HY3NQUoT89k
 
2020-09-25 12:42:59 PM  
So the real VT state police aren't a bunch of fun loving pranksters?
 
2020-09-25 12:43:18 PM  

Crewmannumber6: nothing in that story about dancing barefoot


Maybe they got caught pissing in a river?
 
2020-09-25 12:43:50 PM  

RepoManTSM: So the real VT state police aren't a bunch of fun loving pranksters?


Full of shenanigans.
 
2020-09-25 12:48:54 PM  
 
2020-09-25 12:49:32 PM  
🎶 because the night, belongs to lovers...🎵

BEIJO GAY NO SIMPSONS O FILME
Youtube Gurj5heNeb8


I have no idea why this music with this clip, but it just makes it hilarious... 😄
 
2020-09-25 12:50:43 PM  
I'm sure they were referring to the Bruce Springsteen version (or the 10,000 Maniacs version since it's Socialist Vermont).
 
2020-09-25 12:56:53 PM  
They should be saying "Goodbye to you" to whomever came up with that terrible post.
 
2020-09-25 12:57:09 PM  
At least they didn't talk about Jackson Pollack.
 
2020-09-25 1:00:43 PM  
The Vermont State Police are wrapped up like a douche.
 
2020-09-25 1:05:24 PM  
Probly not People Have The Power
 
2020-09-25 1:09:25 PM  
What am I missing? Why the need to apologize?
 
2020-09-25 1:17:43 PM  
Its bizarre that the cancel culture has not gone after Patti Smith.

She wrote a song called, ahem, "Rock and Roll Ni**er"
 
2020-09-25 1:18:11 PM  

I'm an Egyptian!: Bullsh*t. They were cops. They know exactly what they wanted to say. ACAB


I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. The apology was an actual apology.
 
2020-09-25 1:23:13 PM  
It's a Springsteen lyric.  Bruce Springsteen wrote the song and gave it to Patti Smith to record.
 
2020-09-25 1:24:03 PM  
Do you think they jerked off to themselves in the mirror to come up with that?
 
2020-09-25 1:24:21 PM  

dothemath: Its bizarre that the cancel culture has not gone after Patti Smith.

She wrote a song called, ahem, "Rock and Roll Ni**er"


Cancel culture is Twitter and Twitter won't care about Patti Smith until she's relevant.
 
2020-09-25 1:25:05 PM  

Rambino: I'm an Egyptian!: Bullsh*t. They were cops. They know exactly what they wanted to say. ACAB

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. The apology was an actual apology.


A couple of points I'd like to make.

I tend to agree with Mr bino, as this did look like an actual apology

I'm trying to figure out what was so offensive about the post to begin with...I can be dense sometimes, so no surprise here (were they insinuating the own the night and will crack some skulls if they have to?...not sure)

Lastly, why in the hell do these institutions feel the need to put things out on social media in the first place? You're the police. Do your job competently. There is no need for bullshiat propaganda if you do it right.
 
2020-09-25 1:26:47 PM  
This is nonsense.  The VT troopers should be celebrated for their support of the LGBTQ community showing two silhouetted lovers in uniform. Let the night belong to lovers. Let the night belong to them.
 
2020-09-25 1:32:24 PM  

CaptainSpaceJohnny: It's a Springsteen lyric.  Bruce Springsteen wrote the song and gave it to Patti Smith to record.


Smith wrote the lyrics.
 
2020-09-25 1:48:51 PM  

midigod: CaptainSpaceJohnny: It's a Springsteen lyric.  Bruce Springsteen wrote the song and gave it to Patti Smith to record.

Smith wrote the lyrics.


You are correct.  My bad.
 
2020-09-25 2:06:48 PM  

CarnySaur: I'm sure they were referring to the Bruce Springsteen version (or the 10,000 Maniacs version since it's Socialist Vermont).


I'd give Vermont a pass, it was a pretty good version
 
2020-09-25 2:11:47 PM  
The government shouldn't be fooling around on social media. It's called work, not fun happy play time.
 
2020-09-25 2:35:09 PM  
This is a terror tactic.  This is the kind of statement you would make before blowing up buildings or executing people in the middle of the night.  So basic American policing.  What a disgusting bunch of criminals.  They want a war with the American people.  They keep instigating violence.  Soon they will start grabbing people and they will disappear.  This is not a new pattern.
 
2020-09-25 2:36:52 PM  

Cortez the Killer: Rambino: I'm an Egyptian!: Bullsh*t. They were cops. They know exactly what they wanted to say. ACAB

I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. The apology was an actual apology.

A couple of points I'd like to make.

I tend to agree with Mr bino, as this did look like an actual apology

I'm trying to figure out what was so offensive about the post to begin with...I can be dense sometimes, so no surprise here (were they insinuating the own the night and will crack some skulls if they have to?...not sure)

Lastly, why in the hell do these institutions feel the need to put things out on social media in the first place? You're the police. Do your job competently. There is no need for bullshiat propaganda if you do it right.


With the decision on the charges related to the police killing of Breonna Taylor, lots of folka have been trying to stir up white fear of blacks and protests. As this came out that night, it sure looks like they are saying "Don't worry about the black people or protesters, we'll keep you safe but beating them up."
 
2020-09-25 2:39:45 PM  
Farva's suspension continues.
 
2020-09-25 2:46:21 PM  
So, if I'm not mistaken, the apology seems to be for insinuating that the troopers are lovers?  Okay.  But why was the timing especially inappropriate?
 
2020-09-25 2:52:49 PM  

CaptainSpaceJohnny: It's a Springsteen lyric.  Bruce Springsteen wrote the song and gave it to Patti Smith to record.


Springsteen wrote the chorus. Smith filled in the rest. See my link above.
 
2020-09-25 3:08:28 PM  
What a bunch of dorks. They couldn't even manage to take the pic WITH THE FLAG BLOWING IN THE CORRECT DIRECTION.
 
2020-09-25 3:52:38 PM  
That seemingly few police officers and orgs can find a way of communicating that they're "on the job" without it sounding threatening and borderline fascist (or straightup fascist) says something.

In some cases, it may actually be that they suck at PR. Lots of people and organizations suck at PR. Sometimes people are so in love with an idea (usually THEIR idea) that they literally won't listen to objections about it or reasonable criticism.

And in many cases, it's because they're literally authoritarian assholes (as opposed to public servants) and don't think they should have to be subtle about it. After all, they're police, and everybody else is "civilian."
 
2020-09-25 4:28:11 PM  

dothemath: Its bizarre that the cancel culture has not gone after Patti Smith.

She wrote a song called, ahem, "Rock and Roll Ni**er"


And Lennon did a song called "Woman is the N*##*r of the World". But people haven't gone after it either, because the song's message is meant to uplift; the word is there to shock people into that effect. That said, 95% of the usage of the word around the world is not uplifting.
 
2020-09-25 5:21:37 PM  
Not sure the "they" is that was referred to, but otherwise, isn't that what police are for?  When done right, it should be "protect and serve" with "protect" out front there...
 
2020-09-25 6:13:01 PM  
Pretty creepy to twist a love song into a veiled threat.
 
2020-09-25 9:40:55 PM  

bigwf2007: What am I missing? Why the need to apologize?


I'm wondering the same thing. I don't understand what they did wrong here.
 
2020-09-26 1:22:22 AM  

organizmx: bigwf2007: What am I missing? Why the need to apologize?

I'm wondering the same thing. I don't understand what they did wrong here.


I'm guessing that's because you two are white, and don't understand what it's like to be considered "they" by police.
 
2020-09-26 6:39:08 AM  

jaytkay: The origin of the song is a good story.

Patti Smith on 'Because The Night' at 40: How Her Bruce Springsteen Collaboration Is 'A Whole Life in A Song'


Her whole life is a good story.  I recommend her bio about NYC, from back in the day when it was a dangerous but interesting place.
 
2020-09-26 1:16:01 PM  
so people are ok with the faceless men in black?

seems rather ominous
 
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