Morning Links

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
  • Stupid developer sues local bloggers for $10 million after they criticize his humongous pile of dirt.
  • Ex-cops in L.A. in trouble for posing as police to gain entrance to the homes of suspected drug dealers, then stealing their drugs and selling them to other dealers.
  • Philadelphia zoning board tells business owners to remove an “ugly” security grate. Owners comply. Business gets vandalized and burglarized. City shrugs.
  • DUI checkpoint in Pomona, Califorina stops about 3,000 drivers. Just two are arrested for drunk driving. But another 125 receive citations for various other infractions. The tortured reasoning for these checkpoints says that so long as the intent is to catch drunk drivers, you can issues citations for all the other stuff, too.
  • eBay is evil. More on eBay’s evilness here.
  • SWAT-style raids from the National Archives (!), and from state police on a Pennsylvania Mennonite farmer for selling raw milk.
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  • 15 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Laughingdog | 

      The Philly thing doesn’t surprise me at all. If a city government believes banning gun will stop crime, it’s perfectly logical to believe that removing security grates over windows will clean up the neighborhood.

    2. #2 |  MacK | 

      “Councilwoman Cristina Carrizosa said residents were frightened and that the behavior of officers reminded her of movie scenes depicting the Gestapo.

      Several people spoke at the meeting about Saturday afternoon’s DUI checkpoint at Mission Boulevard and San Antonio Avenue.

      Police Chief Joe Romero said the remarks about the Gestapo were offensive to the officers at the checkpoint and that they were owed an apology.”

      Stop 3000 people who are innocent and want an apology because they were Gestapo like in their actions??? He does have balls! I think they need a good kick.

    3. #3 |  Ganja Blue's Cannabis Freedom | 

      First They Came for the Dairy Farmers…

      They swooped in … like a bunch of Vikings, handcuffed me and stole $30,000 worth of my milk, cheese and butter….

    4. #4 |  Michael Pack | 

      Since most DUI’s are not for dangerous driving this seems to be the way to catch people with a low BAC.In other words,if not for a check point those folks would have driven home just fine.

    5. #5 |  quasibill | 

      Well, comparing them to Gestapo was offensive.

      But if it walks like a goose…

    6. #6 |  judge judy | 

      From the article on the raid to recover documents stolen from the National Archives: “Six were from the inspector general’s office; two came from the Archives branch office and three were from the FBI. Some were armed and wore bulletproof vests. In part, a force of 11 showed how seriously the Archives took the case.”

      ~This~ is a SWAT-style raid? “Some were armed”? You’re reaching.

      The team of eleven included archivists who were there to verify the authenticity of the documents, BTW.

    7. #7 |  judge judy | 

      I would just add that the article says, a little later, that a neighbor eventually noticed the group of people in the apartment next door, walked over to find out who they were, and learned that they were cops. So I’m guessing they didn’t go in playing “Ride of the Valkyries” and throwing flash-bang grenades…

    8. #8 |  skeppie | 

      The Pomona police checkpoint “contacted” 2925 people in a span of 7 hours. That’s about 417 people an hour. Call me crazy, but that’s not your run of the mill “checkpoint”, that’s an occupation.

    9. #9 |  skeppie | 

      I should make clear that I’m not condoning “run of the mill” checkpoints, either. I’m sure you get it.

    10. #10 |  Matt Moore | 

      If a “DUI checkpoint” results in 127 tickets and <2% are for DUIs then it’s pretty clear to me what the intent actually was.

    11. #11 |  Tom G | 

      Given what has become clear about eBay (and I’d heard the sad history of PayPal from elsewhere), what alternatives exist ?

      Maybe a concerted effort needs to be made by libertarians and others of like mind to take their business elsewhere.

      In general, people genuinely concerned about improving prospects for freedom in all areas would do well to weigh “convenience” versus other factors (that decrease our freedom) when doing business with companies such as eBay or Wal-Mart.
      In exchange for the apparent advantages, what not-so obvious tradeoffs have we all made ?

    12. #12 |  Matt Moore | 

      Tom G – Obviously, if you don’t like eBay (and who does these days), just use their adversary, craigslist. I just sold a washer for 100 bucks… I get cash, the buyer gets a product in the back of their truck, everyone is happy.

    13. #13 |  Bronwyn | 

      Don’t like Paypal? Let me know, and I’ll send you an invite to Revolution Money Exchange. You’ll get $25 and I’ll get $10 – but only for today :)

      I’m using ebay on occasion, but think I’ll be switching to CraigsList.

      If I’m going to ditch Paypal, I oughta be consistent and drop ebay, too.

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    15. #15 |  ace | 

      ebay is just evil to the core. There are many alternative marketplaces out there to sell on without all the hassle and problems you get with buying and selling on ebay.