WHATEVERING THROUGH WHATEVER
notes taken on phone last night while up too late watching the news:
Fox 2 news feed, 12:30 AM or so: Anchor asks caller, a local policeman not involved in the day’s events, for “a police officer’s perspective” on what’s happening, as if this might represent a new angle we haven’t heard before. “As a police officer,” the cop says, “it’s scary. Guys are stressed.” They’ve been working 12 to 16-hour shifts with no “rec days” in between. “But as police officers, we have a code of ethics,” he says. “We’re sworn to whatever through whatever. So.”
Earlier that same night, Vice raw feed, cameraperson pans along a line of police in riot gear guarding a beauty-supply store. She tries to engage them in conversation, asks who the boss is. “No boss,” a heavyset white cop in a white shirt says, his body language changing as he slips into grousing-grunt mode. “They left.” Another cop: “The radio tells us what to do.” White-shirt cop again, nodding assent: “The talking box.” A minute later, for those who’ve just joined, Vice’s Tim Pool sums up the conversation: "The person in charge is the radio." Not one of the cops is wearing visible identification.
Geof Darrow pinup from Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #4
This Won’t Be Enough
Don Featherstone, creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo.
the personal problem magazine
James Caan peruses a prop Police Gazette during the filming of
"Harry and Walter Go to New York."
"La Dolce Gilda," 1978 (dir. Tom Schiller)
"inserting an anarchy symbol in the magazine’s masthead had to go up the chain"
The Doors, Summer of 1967
"The Might Atom was a true superhero, and he was best known for fighting intolerance. In 1936 he hospitalized six disorderly longshoremen following a dramatic fight. The story was on the front page of many New York papers – the headline read “Little Giant Knocks Out Six’. In 1938, again in New York, The Mighty Atom tore a sign that stated “No Dogs or Jews Allowed” from the front of a building. In the fight that followed, The Mighty Atom injured, hospitalized or otherwise defeated 20 men."