Morning Links

Monday, August 4th, 2008
  • Police chief, ex-police chief in Wellston, Missouri argue, shove, pull pistols on one another.
  • Ah, the subtle, niche humor that makes The Onion so damned brilliant.
  • Argentina’s placeholder wife/president calls for drug decriminalization.
  • This can’t be true, can it?
  • Poor insulation leads to mistaken drug raid. In Britain.
  • Indianapolis reviewing dozens of cases after two narcotics cops caught stealing cash and drugs from suspected drug offenders.
  • I predict that by this afternoon, D.C. sports talk radio personalities will be debating if its too soon to start thinking about the playoffs.
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  • 22 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Thomas Blair | 

      The arrests have tainted the credibility of the roughly 1,700-member force in the eyes of the public, Brizzi said, even if most officers are honest.

      Ain’t that the truth! One must be obtuse not to realize that police misconduct damages the relationship between supposed peace officers and the public.

    2. #2 |  Thomas Blair | 

      Re: British Raid

      The police wrongly suspected that Huseyin (a police community support officer and mother of five) was growing marijuana in her house. It turns out the house had poor insulation and was leaking heat.

      In this new green world, this might be the worse offense. :)

    3. #3 |  witless chum | 

      I have to admit, I don’t get the joke of the Mussina thing. If it’s just that a baseball player is trying to write for McSweeney’s I didn’t really like it.

      Is Mike Mussina a known moron or something? I don’t follow baseball beyond checking to see if the Tigers won or not. (Slightly more than half the time, as of this morning, it’s not)

    4. #4 |  Matt Moore | 

      Is Mike Mussina a known moron or something?

      He is a major league baseball player.

    5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I’ve been saying for years that Bush is looking for a reason to go to war with Iran. We already have troops in the surrounding countries and are negotiating for permanent bases. If McCain gets elected, he may not do it. So, if Obama is elected, look for the war to start between the election and the inauguration.

      Actually, the quickest way to bring peace to the middle east would be to give Iran the bomb.

      I’m joking, of course. I know that being unsympathetic to the Israelis instantly makes me a dangerous antisemitic holocaust-denying Nazi (the kind of person the First Amendment was never meant to protect), but Israel is of zero strategic interest to the U.S. and it pisses me off that the government (including the two major Presidential candidates) and most U.S. citizens believe it’s perfectly legitimate to piss away American lives defending it.

      Also, I find it interesting that, in all the speculation about whether the U.S. will attack Iran, the idea that the war would be initiated pursuant to a declaration by Congress rather than just an independent decision of the President is never mentioned.

    6. #6 |  John Jenkins | 

      So you’re from Indiana and live near D.C., and your source for information about the preseason game between the Colts and the Redskins is the Seattle newspaper? I think the internet has gotten to you.

      @Dave Kreuger: *golf clap* I love what you’ve done to your bridge, but how do you keep out the sunlight?

    7. #7 |  MacK | 

      Actually Mussina is a future hall of fame pitcher in the big leagues.

    8. #8 |  Michael Leatherwood | 

      I was amused how the Indy police say its just 3 bad cops out of 1500. Well, its 3 KNOWN bad cops out of 19 on the task force, and we know they just didn’t do 3 person raids.
      CYA = the other 16.

    9. #9 |  Nobody | 

      Regarding DC sports talk personalities. On the plus side, we have the Morning Blahblahblah Show off the air. Not a big fan of Czaban except in small 1xDay doses.

      On the minus side, you have Colin Cowflop. Gah.

    10. #10 |  UCrawford | 

      For the Seymour Hersh story about Iran, I tend to take what Hersh says with a grain of salt. Yes, he’s broken some big stories in the past, but a lot of his work seemed to be speculative rather than well-informed and his sources have notably been of questionable credibility. My personal impression of his work has been of a guy who’s very good at picking out patterns and making solid logical leaps as to why the government does what it does, but who’s also too comfortable with “exaggerating” the truth to fill in the blanks to justify his positions. That he’s had such a successful and lengthy career also doesn’t give me much confidence that Hersh’s editors seriously fact-check his work or sources recently, despite their claims otherwise.

      That of course is just my personal opinion, and it certainly doesn’t mean he’s wrong on this story, but I’m not going to lose a ton of sleep wondering whether Bush is going to attack Iran because Seymour Hersh says it will happen.

    11. #11 |  Andrew | 

      Regarding DC sports talk personalities. On the plus side, we have the Morning Blahblahblah Show off the air. Not a big fan of Czaban except in small 1xDay doses.

      On the minus side, you have Colin Cowflop. Gah.

      Czaban and Cowherd are both national guys though (Czaban is based in DC, Cowherd is based up in Bristol, CT at ESPN headquarters). I like Czaban a lot. Can’t stand Cowherd, though that may be because I’m still mad that he replaced Kornheiser.

    12. #12 |  UCrawford | 

      witless,

      If it’s just that a baseball player is trying to write for McSweeney’s I didn’t really like it.

      I think it’s more a play on Mussina’s unspectacular ordinary guy reputation off the field. You don’t really hear about Mussina publishing his thoughts on websites or scrambling to be a published author.

      I thought it was a so-so article, too obscure for my tastes since I’ve never even heard of McSweeney’s. But that’s why it’s niche humor, it was written for the amusement of people who do read and submit articles to McSweeney’s and those kind of publications.

    13. #13 |  Lee | 

      This is OT, but since there is a number of drug links I’ll mention it.

      The current headline of foxnews is that MK olsen is stonewalling the invesitgation of Ledger’s OD death until she gets immunity.

      Did not RTFA but my initial reaction is “Do you blame her?”

      You know they are looking for a fall guy for this.

    14. #14 |  Eric | 

      I love the Mussina story. Witless chum: the point of the story is to satirize McSweeney’s and the people who take their witty lists too seriously. Mussina and his Yankee teammates were mostly just a clever foundation on which to build the joke (though it is funny to think of a millionaire ballplayer obsessing over submissions to online literary magazines).

    15. #15 |  The Other Jeff | 

      “They said if I hadn’t been in they would have broken the door down to get in.”

      And if this had happened in the US, what are the odds they would have knocked first?

    16. #16 |  Edmund Dantes | 

      It also helps that Mussina is a Stanford grad and known as somewhat of an “intellectual” so he’s one of the most likely Baseball players to be writing to McSweeney’s. I believe he was economics major, but I’d have to check.

      Fake edit — Yeah economics.

    17. #17 |  Danno49 | 

      You know there was a time where I would be shocked to learn that there may be people within our government willing to fabricate a reason to go to war . . . but now I am just thinking that if this thing with dressing up Seals as Iranians is true, then it is just business as usual. Sad, huh?

      What the fuck ever happened to engaging in war only if you really needed to? I truly believe WW II was the last fight we really belonged in.

    18. #18 |  Mr. Weebles | 

      I wouldn’t put much stock in that article about Cheney. Seymour Hersh is from the “Making Shit Up” school of journalism. He’s broken a few big stories but most of what he claims is pulled directly from his ass.

    19. #19 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #18 Mr. Weebles

      I wouldn’t put much stock in that article about Cheney. Seymour Hersh is from the “Making Shit Up” school of journalism. He’s broken a few big stories but most of what he claims is pulled directly from his ass.

      I wouldn’t give the Hersh comments a second thought if they weren’t about people who apparently went to the same “Making Shit Up” school. After all, making shit up is how the White House got the U.S. into Iraq.

    20. #20 |  Stormy Dragon | 

      Even if the Iran story isn’t true, the fact most people have to seriously think about it before reaching that conclusion shows how damnable the current administration is.

    21. #21 |  Les | 

      Hersh does speculate too much for my taste as well, but I’m not aware of when he’s ever made up “facts.”

    22. #22 |  Mr. Weebles | 

      Les, Hersh was forced to write a 3,000-word, front-page retraction in the NYT as an apology to Edward Korry after Hersh claimed Korry was part of the coup in Chile in ’73.

      More recently, he claimed young boys were being raped in Iraq by US troops and that he had seen videotape of it.

      The guy makes shit up.

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