Skip to comments.Freeze! I just had my nails done! (ANN COULTER)
Posted on 03/16/2005 3:57:24 PM PST by AZ_Cowboy
How many people have to die before the country stops humoring feminists? Last week, a defendant in a rape case, Brian Nichols, wrested a gun from a female deputy in an Atlanta courthouse and went on a murderous rampage. Liberals have proffered every possible explanation for this breakdown in security except the giant elephant in the room who undoubtedly has an eating disorder and would appreciate a little support vis-à-vis her negative body image.
The New York Times said the problem was not enough government spending on courthouse security ("Budgets Can Affect Safety Inside Many Courthouses"). Yes, it was tax-cuts-for-the-rich that somehow enabled a 200-pound former linebacker to take a gun from a 5-foot-tall grandmother.
Atlanta court officials dispensed with any spending issues the next time Nichols entered the courtroom when he was escorted by 17 guards and two police helicopters. He looked like P. Diddy showing up for a casual dinner party.
I think I have an idea that would save money and lives: Have large men escort violent criminals. Admittedly, this approach would risk another wave of nausea and vomiting by female professors at Harvard. But there are also advantages to not pretending women are as strong as men, such as fewer dead people. Even a female math professor at Harvard should be able to run the numbers on this one.
Of course, it's suspiciously difficult to find any hard data about the performance of female cops. Not as hard as finding the study showing New Jersey state troopers aren't racist, but still pretty hard to find.
Mostly what you find on Lexis-Nexis are news stories quoting police chiefs who have been browbeaten into submission, all uttering the identical mantra after every public-safety disaster involving a girl cop. It seems that female officers compensate for a lack of strength with "other" abilities, such as cooperation, empathy and intuition.
There are lots of passing references to "studies" of uncertain provenance, but which always sound uncannily like a press release from the Feminist Majority Foundation. (Or maybe it was The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, which recently released a study claiming that despite Memogate, "Fahrenheit 9/11," the Richard Clarke show and the jihad against the Swift Boat Veterans, the press is being soft on Bush.)
The anonymous "studies" about female officers invariably demonstrate that women make excellent cops even better cops than men! One such study cited an episode of "She's the Sheriff," starring Suzanne Somers.
A 1993 news article in the Los Angeles Times, for example, referred to a "study" cited by an ACLU attorney allegedly proving that "female officers are more effective at making arrests without employing force because they are better at de-escalating confrontations with suspects." No, you can't see the study or have the name of the organization that performed it, and why would you ask?
There are roughly 118 million men in this country who would take exception to that notion. I wonder if women officers "de-escalate" by mentioning how much more money their last suspect made.
These aren't unascertainable facts, like Pinch Sulzberger's SAT scores. The U.S. Department of Justice regularly performs comprehensive surveys of state and local law enforcement agencies, collected in volumes called "Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics."
The inestimable economist John Lott has looked at the actual data. (And I'll give you the citation! John R. Lott Jr., "Does a Helping Hand Put Others at Risk? Affirmative Action, Police Departments and Crime," Economic Inquiry, April 1, 2000.)
It turns out that, far from "de-escalating force" through their superior listening skills, female law enforcement officers vastly are more likely to shoot civilians than their male counterparts. (Especially when perps won't reveal where they bought a particularly darling pair of shoes.)
Unable to use intermediate force, like a bop on the nose, female officers quickly go to fatal force. According to Lott's analysis, each 1 percent increase in the number of white female officers in a police force increases the number of shootings of civilians by 2.7 percent.
Adding males to a police force decreases the number of civilians accidentally shot by police. Adding black males decreases civilian shootings by police even more. By contrast, adding white female officers increases accidental shootings. (And for my Handgun Control Inc. readers: Private citizens are much less likely to accidentally shoot someone than are the police, presumably because they do not have to approach the suspect and make an arrest.)
In addition to accidentally shooting people, female law enforcement officers are also more likely to be assaulted than male officers as the whole country saw in Atlanta last week. Lott says: "Increasing the number of female officers by 1 percentage point appears to increase the number of assaults on police by 15 percent to 19 percent."
In addition to the obvious explanations for why female cops are more likely to be assaulted and to accidentally shoot people such as that our society encourages girls to play with dolls there is also the fact that women are smaller and weaker than men.
In a study of public-safety officers not even the general population female officers were found to have 32 percent to 56 percent less upper body strength and 18 percent to 45 percent less lower body strength than male officers although their outfits were 43 percent more coordinated. (Here's the cite! Frank J. Landy, "Alternatives to Chronological Age in Determining Standards of Suitability for Public Safety Jobs," Technical Report, Vol. 1, Jan. 31, 1992.)
Another study I've devised involves asking a woman to open a jar of pickles.
There is also the telling fact that feminists demand that strength tests be watered down so that women can pass them. Feminists simultaneously demand that no one suggest women are not as strong as men and then turn around and demand that all the strength tests be changed. It's one thing to waste everyone's time by allowing women to try out for police and fire departments under the same tests given to men. It's quite another to demand that the tests be brawned-down so no one ever has to tell female Harvard professors that women aren't as strong as men.
Acknowledging reality wouldn't be all bad for women. For one thing, they won't have to confront violent felons on methamphetamine. So that's good. Also, while a sane world would not employ 5-foot-tall grandmothers as law enforcement officers, a sane world would also not give full body-cavity searches to 5-foot-tall grandmothers at airports.
Oh, I LOVE this column! What a riot.
I tried to dig up some different ones and put up a few old faves. Always faithful to the rules, you know.
And a very yummy sheriff, too.
But that's not important now.
Bwahahahah! Aarrrrrrrrgh! Now, I'm cleaning milk outta my nose...
She was on a roll with this one.....
Ann looks great holding a gun, but she really should be wearing eye protection.
Several thousand more.
Another blockbuster column by one of my favorites. And, timely article too.
Classic! I was wondering if anyone would pick up on the fact that the officer, who is now sadly quite dead, was so small (and old).
Those that enabled this travesty and hired her gave her a death sentence. The same is true for all small policewoment. Of course, smaller and less strong firewomen are merely a death sentence for the public.
Intellectual dishonesty will come back and bite you in the ass every time.
People need to stop screwing around and get honest and not be afraid of the truth.
"It turns out that, far from "de-escalating force" through their superior listening skills, female law enforcement officers vastly are more likely to shoot civilians than their male counterparts. (Especially when perps won't reveal where they bought a particularly darling pair of shoes.)"
And with that last sentence, Ann put the worm on the hook and did a perfect cast right into the deepest part of Lake Liberal. They definitely will take that bait.
New local Middle School in my area: The school security guard is a 40+ year old woman UNDER 5 feet tall. The athletic coach is wheelchair bound. Liberalism IS a mental disorder.
Lord, that woman is a wonder.
Funny, good looking (though she could use an extra 10 pounds), conservative, and insightful as she is it is a wonder that leftists would ever agree to be on a show going up against her.
Is it my imagination, or does it seem like Alan Colmes gets serious constipation whenever she is on with Hannity?
"Ann looks great holding a gun, but she really should be wearing eye protection."
You're right, of course. What we really need is more new pics, though, because my sources are drying up except for plugs to other FR threads. I'd like to keep it fresh.
Wasn't she one of the ones killed?
Maybe I have my wires crossed on who all was killed, but it is still just a question of time before someone jumps her and uses her gun against her instead of others.
I thought she was in critical condition, hadn't heard that she died.
"Harry, she's your new partner!"
This is so true
I have seen few females that have not had to be carried in 25 years of Military and civilian Police work
That's not to say I haven't seen some that were quite capable, just the percentages are not good.
The PC garbage affects the males too. I know of many that have no place as LEOs, for many of the same reasons as the females. They lack the ability to make decisions when they need to be made, carry through with them and adjust as necessary.
Too many males and females look at it as just a job, and really don't understand the implications of what they do
this is one of Ann's better recent columns-- very well done.
Of course you gentlemen may have other reasons.
"It's solidly struck... the left-fielder is going back, waaay back, he turns around and just watches... it... go.... Ann Coulter slams her 10th home run of the year, and we're not even out of spring training, folks."
I think it has to do with the rules.
I guess I stand corrected. But that was luck. How long until she gets it worse?
I am not rooting for this. I am predicting it, given she is smaller than me, and I am almost DeVito sized.
How fast can you run the 100!
When San Francisco first allowed women to join the fire department with lower physical standards, my wife said to me...."we're outa here!" Said "If we're in bed on the third floor, I want the biggest, baddest, meanest muther f___ker in the fire dept. to come rescue me...."
Oh, you're going to love this one. pingeroo!
Sadly our PC ridden society and the MSM will turn a blind eye towards the ELEPHANT in the room.
why is she not married? You don't think that perhaps...um....
One does not deny reality with impunity.
What was that? Full body cavity search for Ann Coulter at the airport? Male officers only? I agree.
Ping. You called it.
Adding males to a police force decreases the number of civilians accidentally shot by police. Adding black males decreases civilian shootings by police even more
One of the things that isn't often mentioned about Ann is that, with her legal background, she is wonderful at doing research -- a very feminine trait.
There are so many things wrong with using 5-foot grandmothers to escort prisoners of KNOWN violent disposition, that even taking a chance with those presumed to be compliant is an unacceptable risk.
There were certainly enough large strong burly men to be found to accompany Brian Nichols to the courtroom the NEXT time he was to appear before a judge.
But, you see, more dead people is a GOOD thing to liberals because it means that fewer nasty humans are alive to ruin the precious Mother Earth. As long as the dead aren't the liberal elite, of course.
She still falls into the trap of differentiating "officers" from "civilians," as though cops operated under the UCMJ or something. Otherwise, an excellent article.
You're right but I'd suspect that this was a staged photo event rather than an ordinary day at the range, especially since the picture was taken from down-range.
I was just going to post that we need more pictures of Ann---
I am a woman, but she is one of the women that I admire, like Laura Ingraham and Michelle Malkin--so I like seeing pics, too...
She hasn't. She was transferred today to a Rehab facility in Buckhead.
She was terribly beaten, and probably won't be a policeman again for a long time, if ever.
You'll want to read this.
Policemen DO operate under something like the UCMJ. There are whole chapters of state statutes, and local ordinances, that are devoted to the special circumstances that spell out the specific limitations placed on policemen regarding the use of force while making an arrest.
Ever hear of a Civilian Review Board?
It is surprising that ANY police work is ever actually done.