Monday Morning Links

Monday, July 14th, 2008
  • Virginia’s general assembly calls a special session to hash out an emergency transportation bill. They bickered, and couldn’t manage to get one passed. Still managed to bill the taxpayers $117,000 for the session, though.
  • D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty thinks you should take public transportation, so he’s going to make it damn-near impossible to drive in the city. As for him, he’ll still be taking his private car, and likely ignoring traffic lights and breaking speed limits when he does.
  • Charles Mingus teaches your cat how to use the toilet.
  • An undercover narcotics team in Sarasota, Florida stormed a McDonald’s over the weekend in an effort to arrest a man who’d just sold $950 worth of drugs to an informant. Said one customer, “”I thought it was a gang. I mean, they had masks and guns and I never heard anyone say, ‘police.’ I thought these guys were coming to rob us.” Thank goodness no one was carrying a concealed weapon. Was it really worth putting everyone in the restaurant at risk to nab a drug offender?
  • Ah, the life of a rock star. Sixty-one-year-old Ron Wood is ditching his wife for an 18-year-old cocktail waitress.

    I blame gay marriage!

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  • 12 Responses to “Monday Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      I asked my wife about ditching her for an 18yo cocktail waitress.

      To learn her response, contact me in the ICU at the hospital….

    2. #2 |  Highway | 

      Hey Radley, any information about the other bust gone wrong that someone in the comments talked about, where a couple people got run over by a dealer escaping in his car?

      That McDonald’s story is just pathetic. Paraphrasing the cops: ‘We needed to storm the restaurant so that he couldn’t get rid of some evidence, when we already have a controlled buy, and we know what this guy does and we could catch him another time. It’s more important that we are able to pile on as many charges as possible, rather than keep the actual safety of the public in mind.’

    3. #3 |  Chance | 

      I’d love to take public transportation the whole way to work. Too bad the metro doesn’t come within 25 miles of my house, and the commuter buses are crowded, break down frequently, and add on an unacceptable amount of time to my commute. Long commutes bad for the environment? I agree completely! Too bad the housing close to my job is unaffordable, even if I took a reasonable cut in my standard of living.

      If only they allowed more telecommuting. Seriously, why do you need to be in a central facility for most office functions nowadays?

    4. #4 |  Dog's New Clothes | 

      Actually Radley, it was the other way around: the cops sold the drugs to Dixon:

      “A confidential informant and an undercover detective waited inside the restaurant to sell Dixon an ounce of cocaine and 100 Ecstasy pills for $950.”

      Makes this exercise by the police even more bizarre and pointless.

    5. #5 |  Nando | 

      Didn’t Fenty just get himself a Smart car? I thought he ditched his SUV about 3 months ago to become “greener” and save on gas.

      Either way, making it harder for commuters isn’t the answer. They’ll just find other ways of driving around these problems which, in turn, will probably cause more traffic on other DC roads.

    6. #6 |  nicole | 

      I was impressed with the comments on that McDonald’s drug bust article. People seemed upset the public, especially children, had been endangered. Then of course someone comes along to call them all “cop haters.” Even more depressingly, all the examples of why we really do “need the police” have to do with more victimless crimes.

      And this looks like an article about the dead mother in St. Petersburg:
      http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/article696337.ece

    7. #7 |  MacK | 

      I love how the witness said no one was yelling police when the gang entered the McDonald’s, yet I’ll bet on any report released it’ll clearly state that they yelled police several times.

      McDonald’s uses cameras I would like to see this one released, so we could get a better idea of just how aggressive they were with the patrons.

      I wonder if this is not another police created crime, because we know there is not enough already. It should be against the law for police to create any crime, but they do it all the time.

    8. #8 |  MacK | 

      In the link Nicole provided, of the mother killed during the escaping drug bust situation the police said they were not pursuing the suspects.

      Who really believes this statement?
      They chase if you jay walk, so they can get that eluding charge also.

    9. #9 |  Edintally | 

      Isn’t cocaine $100 a gram? “X” $20 a pill? If that is in fact the going retail rates, seems like entrapment even if this guy has a record?

      There has to be a bottom price if police are going to sell drugs and arrest buyers. Otherwise, it’s just a matter of finding everyones profit margin for which they will risk committing a crime.

      What’s the end game here, throwing a bag of coke into the crowd and arresting whoever catches it?

    10. #10 |  GU | 

      Re: DC thinking you should take more public transportation

      http://www.theonion.com/content/news/report_98_percent_of_u_s_commuters

    11. #11 |  nicole | 

      Re: 9–my thought exactly. Less than $1000 for that much drugs…even one of the article’s commenters said “if the deal’s too good to be true, IT IS!”

      Also, I thought the no-chasing bit in that other story was odd. Unless, say, the sting had been a block away and the cops just hadn’t made it to their car yet.

    12. #12 |  CK | 

      And if Ron Wood’s soon to be ex is mathematically inclined, she can test the proposition that 20 goes into 60 a whole lot more than 60 goes into 20.

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