Video: Reason TV Nanny of the Month

posted at 8:48 am on April 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Thank goodness for law-enforcement leaders like North Carolina’s Scott Hunter, chief of the capitol police. Reason TV salutes him as the man who put an end to our long national nightmare of … flag-related violence? When Tea Partiers started preparing for Tax Day, Chief Hunter tried to stave off the orgy of violence by banning staves. Eventually, others less concerned about ending this scourge of American communities suspended Hunter’s new law, and the result was a grand total of zero incidents of violence involving Old Glory or homemade signs at political rallies:

I’m impressed with this choice. I’d have put money on Reason TV selecting the Silicon Valley busybody who outlawed Happy Meals at fast-food restaurants, but Chief Hunter represents a more troublesome type of government intervention. It’s an example of those in power attempting to silence in some small, petty, and absolutely absurd way those citizens who want to hold the powerful to account.


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I doubt public safety had anything to do with that ban.

flipflop on April 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM

No one protesting against his “brotha” in the White House shall be allowed to carry a flag.

Gabe on April 30, 2010 at 8:59 AM

its these type of politicians that are a scourge on public safety.

jbh45 on April 30, 2010 at 9:01 AM

However, flags of any size may be freely stomped upon.

Disturb the Universe on April 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Clearly he saw that famous picture of the black man attacked by a white guide weilding a flag at a Boston anti-busing demonstration.

Of course, it helps if you learn about the interesting story behind the photo:

http://www.lileks.com/bleats/archive/04/0704/070804.html

fivefeetoffury on April 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Next up: flags and banners block wind and cause global warming.

Fletch54 on April 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Simple dose of the truth…

The real reason liberals accuse Tea Partiers of racism is that contemporary American-style liberalism is in rigor mortis. Liberals have nothing else to say or do. Accusations of racism are their last resort.

http://pajamasmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2010/04/29/the-real-reason-liberals-accuse-tea-partiers-of-racism/?singlepage=true

Racism, anti-American, flag burners; they’re throwing the kitchen sink at the Tea Party movement to no avail.

Keemo on April 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Like many police chiefs, Chief Hunter doesn’t understand the Constitution that he has sworn to uphold. Police chiefs tend to be politicians and ‘Yes men’ and making others do what they want, the way they want. I hope someone gave the chief his own “I’m Stupid” sign on a long stick.

JimP on April 30, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Keemo on April 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, racism is the first refuge of a liberal.

flipflop on April 30, 2010 at 9:17 AM

To the typical liberal, stomping on flags is okay, waving them not okay.

docdave on April 30, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Chief Hunter tried to stave off the orgy of violence by banning staves.

Perhaps he should have banned the staves that made the barrel he put himself in with such a stupid decision.

oldleprechaun on April 30, 2010 at 9:23 AM

It’s funny/tragic when life imitates art…the difference between liberal Dims and Americans I think are aptly summarized in these two quotes:

“Anything not good for you is bad, hence, illegal. Alcohol, caffeine, contact sports, meat . . .”

“I want high cholesterol! I wanna eat bacon, and butter, and buckets of cheese, okay?! I wanna smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section! I wanna run naked through the street, with green Jell-O all over my body, reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly may feel the need to, okay, pal? “

PatriotPete on April 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

It’s an example of those in power attempting to silence in some small, petty, and absolutely absurd way those citizens who want to hold the powerful to account.

Ed,

The MSM is supposed to be carrying that banner. It is in their purview to keep the powerful honest. The press has been given privileges to shield sources of information, granted wide latitude and protection from government reprisal and they have shirked their responsibilities because they want to be part of the policy makers. They are more interested in picking the winners and losers that they have ignored their primary function and taken on the mantle of actively supporting a significant left shift in political policy. This support is not covert rather it is actively and overtly obfuscating and distorting facts that diminish the programme.

As long as the press is in bed with the current administration and functions as a mouthpiece, the true nature of the corruption in Washington will be obscured and distorted, with little or no accountability.

belad on April 30, 2010 at 9:30 AM

OT…

The Obama ad for Specter is airing only on african american stations…

http://twitter.com/politicojosh/status/13126500897

ninjapirate on April 30, 2010 at 9:34 AM

More cops have been assaulted with water bottles in Phoenix than with flag staves in North Carolina. Ban all water bottles.

Fletch54 on April 30, 2010 at 9:35 AM

They are going to have to pry the southern cross from my dead hand.

Crux Australis on April 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM

OT, but the site redesign will take some getting used to. Wasn’t expecting that many changes.

(And, I realize it’s revenue and all, but animated ads are annoying.)

changer1701 on April 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

However, flags of any size may be freely stomped upon.

Disturb the Universe on April 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

and burned or pee’d on. My late uncle was Sgt. at Arms at the Capitol building. Spinning in his grave caused a major ground trembling in Baltimore.

katy the mean old lady on April 30, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Waving the American flag is violent extremism? Oh, that’s right, the hardcore Left is in charge now, and any attempt at being proud to be an American is evil.

rbj on April 30, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Chief Hunter was just trying to help a brother out. Didn’t matter that “the brother” would step on his neck as soon as look at him. Classic example of a “dupe”.

SKYFOX on April 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM

They are going to have to pry the southern cross from my dead hand.

Crux Australis on April 30, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Bless you! A little aside though. The ship “Southern Cross” is alive and ,er, floating. Posing as the Imperial Majesty. This old girl was launched in 1952.
Does a great job on 2 day cruses to the Bahamas from Ft. Lauderdale.

katy the mean old lady on April 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Wahh…
I can’t see the vid here at work.
What happened?

Badger40 on April 30, 2010 at 10:04 AM

I’d probably disagree about putting the flag pole ban ahead of the happy meal ban.

The former may not have been the best decision in balancing free expression and public safety, but at least there was some conceivable justification (which turned out to be weak). I know conservatives are particularly upset about disparate treatment between tea parties and other demonstrations, so I sympathize with the negative sentiment.

The happy meal ban, though, is the very kind of “we know better than you” mentality which is central to Leftist nannyism which we can remember from such scenes as “though shalt not smoke in public” and “maybe we should forcibly decrease your salt intake.” It takes a village (idiot).

That said, including the Patriot clip was priceless.

cackcon on April 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM

testing

John the Libertarian on April 30, 2010 at 10:43 AM

I got a chuckle out of the clip from The Patriot, but, yeah, I probably would have put the Happy Meal toy ban ahead of it, too.

Heresy of Cain on April 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Since when does a police chief make law/rules concerning public citizens, isn’t that the legislature’s job??

tommer74 on April 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Since when does a police chief make law/rules concerning public citizens, isn’t that the legislature’s job??

tommer74 on April 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

This is at least part of the reason that Scott Hunter earned the dubious title of nanny of the month.

Slowburn on April 30, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Hmmm,

There is a segment of HotAir commenters that I’d describe as Law & Order Conservatives, or non-libertarian conservatives because of their embrace of that part of state power represented by your local police department. They invariably defend cops but I note none of them are posting on this thread. “Conservatives” that think that cops are your friend are deluding themselves.

Chief Hunter doesn’t work to serve and protect you. He’s just a particularly annoying form of public employee who has power (and all power comes with discretion to use it or not) to intrude on your life and take away your property and your liberty.

Those are core American ideals, property and liberty, and our founding fathers fought a revolution and then worked assiduously to preserve those rights against state intrusion.

The police are not on the side of conservatives. They’re on the side of the state and public employee unions. The only difference between a cop and a lazy clerk at the DMV is that the cop carries a gun and a badge and can mess your life up a lot more.

Look at California, New Jersey and New York. Cops are among the biggest abusers of public pensions, with early retirements, generous pensions and double dipping. And then there’s the massive “disability” scam cops do when retiring.

But when budgets need to be cut, the first thing that cops and cop unions do is threaten the public with scare stories about increased crime. Cops and firemen blackmail the public. Look what’s happened in Flint, Michigan. After the city laid off firement, a series of suspicious fires were set in the city.

Police are not conservatives’ friends. Look how the police in Quincy tried to intimidate a bunch of blue-haired old Tea Party ladies and then lied about what happened.

rokemronnie on April 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM

test

rokemronnie on April 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM