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What's the world coming to when a black man supports our President and the left (who are the supposed protectors of civil rights) attack him for his medals?  Maybe the left feels civil rights are only for those people that support free handouts, climate change,  and open borders.

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@rk9152 wrote:

@j872659t wrote:

‘Orange scum that needs to be eradicated form our (political) communities’


 


OH MAN!!!!! Another racist topic attacking a black man with snideness like, "Looks like he removed his "I am the KING' pin from Burger King.  At least they're cheaper than body armor".

 

One hate filled poster even went so far as to question the black man's hair color after changing it in his or her mind.

 

What is this world coming to......?????


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@j872659t wrote:

‘Orange scum that needs to be eradicated form our (political) communities’


 


OH MAN!!!!! Another racist topic attacking a black man with snideness like, "Looks like he removed his "I am the KING' pin from Burger King.  At least they're cheaper than body armor".

 

One hate filled poster even went so far as to question the black man's hair color after changing it in his or her mind.

 

What is this world coming to......?????

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‘Orange scum that needs to be eradicated form our (political) communities’


 

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What?  No plagiarism award?   How disappointing...

 

Don't see the award for having watched "Reefer Madness" 12 times nonstop either...

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Here’s what the pins that Sheriff Clarke wears actually mean

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Here’s what the pins that Sheriff Clarke wears actually mean

 

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke emerged onto the national scene last year with his fervent support of Republican Donald Trump, despite the fact he was a Democrat. Clarke’s embrace of Trump’s politics — and of Trump’s intemperate rhetorical style — earned him a speaking slot at the Republican convention last year. It also overlapped with a great deal of scrutiny about his behavior as sheriff, including a number of deaths at jails under his jurisdiction.

 

Clarke’s political energy and background made him a deeply controversial figure, and the subject of a great deal of praise and criticism. Earlier this month, he became the target of a perhaps unexpected bit of critique, when a veteran took issue with Clarke’s appearance at the convention.

 

“Look at this f‑‑‑ing guy’s uniform,” Charles Clymer wrote on Twitter. “You see all that s‑‑t pinned all over his dress uniform jacket? That’s not supposed to be there.”

 

His objection was that the decorations on Clarke’s uniform project “authority” — but that they themselves are meaningless. “Colin Powell once described a dress uniform as a soldier’s résumé,” he wrote. “You can tell what they’ve done by their ribbons and badges.” More ribbons and medals mean a lengthier résumé, in other words — which wasn’t the case with Clarke’s regalia.

 

Clymer’s tweets kicked up a whole separate dust storm of criticism and defense of the sheriff.

 

Snopes compiled various views of Clarke’s attire, including critics and defenders.

 

Clarke himself addressed the controversy in an interview on Newsmax TV.

 

They “have very significant emotional and real value to me,” Clarke explained, as transcribed by Snopes. “Some of these have been handed to [me] by people who have lost sons and daughters in the line of duty, or a spouse. So in support of like the C.O.P.S. — Concerns of Police Survivors — organization, I wear a ribbon for that. Some of these I have earned and some of these designate my completion of the FBI National Academy — they give you a pin. I wear that pin on my uniform.”

 

He continued: “I’ve also been given pins by survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, from cops, from people who lost sons and daughters in those attacks, talking about from law enforcement. And those things mean something to me, you know I honor them. I put them on the thing that’s most important to me, and that’s the uniform.”

 

In light of that, we decided to try to figure out what all of the badges and indicia were that Clarke wore to the convention. We reached out to Clarke’s office, which at first declined to grant an interview. That changed — but we’ll get to that in a bit.

 

So here are the 22 things on Clarke’s uniform when he spoke at the convention in July, and, where possible, what the items represent. You’ll notice that, for Clarke, the pins are a mix of résumé and politics, precisely as he indicated.

 

The ones we know

 

1. Clarke’s four-star epaulets are standard for a chief of police or sheriff.

 

2. This is a pin that reads “Sheriff” made and branded by the Harley-Davidsonmotorcycle company. (Thanks to Charlie Deck for spotting it.)

 

4. A U.S. flag lapel pin.

 

5. A “thin blue line” pin. The expression “thin blue line” is meant to evoke the role of police in society: a thin blue line of people willing to stand between us and them. This pin mirrors similar others that are popular in the United Kingdom.

 

6. This is a pin for the Israeli civil guard, a branch of the Israeli police that serves as a sort of neighborhood watch since terrorist attacks in the mid-1970s. (You can see a more clear version of it here.) At other times, Clarke has worn a badge for the Israeli traffic police. (Much thanks to Naomi Fry, Jacob Kornbluh and Noga Tarnopolsky for their help tracking down this badge.)

This was a particularly tricky badge to identify until we found this tweet in which it’s more clearly identifiable.

 

7. Clarke’s actual sheriff’s badge.

 

8. A 9/11 memorial pin, presumably of the sort Clarke mentioned in the interview above.

 

9. This appears to be a small lapel pin that says “WTC” (like this one), a reference to attacks at the World Trade Center. (Thanks to Ryan Shyffer for helping identify this.) Pins similar to this were given out to New York Police Department officers who helped in the aftermath of the attacks.

 

11. A pin from the National Rifle Association. Clarke has been a proponent of the organization for some time, including starring in an ad for the NRA.

 

12. A U.S. flag bar pin.

 

13. A small replica of a 19th-century U.S. Secret Service badge (like this one). (Steve Hager identified it as being a souvenir given out to those who help out with a presidential visit. Thanks to Johanna Farkas for finding the original.)

 

14. A 75th anniversary FBI National Academy pin. The academy provides professional training on intelligence, terrorism, management and forensic science.  You can see a more clear version of this pin here. (Thanks to Kyle McAllister-Grum, who identified this.)

 

15. Clarke’s name tag.

 

16. A “thin blue line” ribbon from Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization for the family members of law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty.

 

17. An FBI National Executive Institute pin. The institute trains law enforcement executives in leadership.

 

18. A pin labeled “NSI,” perhaps for the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative of which Milwaukee is a part.

 

19. An FBI National Academy completion pin. Clarke’s relationship with the FBI over the years means that one can stumble across politically interesting photos like this one.

 

20. Pin for the CeaseFire crime reduction program of which he was once a liaison for the Milwaukee Police Department.

 

21. A pin depicting a baby’s feet (“the precious feet”), signifying support for the antiabortion movement.

 

22. Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle club pin.

 

More at:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/05/26/heres-what-the-pins-that-sheriff-clarke-w...

 

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