Morning Links

Monday, November 3rd, 2008
  • Worst practical joke ever. What’s wrong with these people?
  • California prison guards union, alcohol industry funding opposition to ballot measure that would refer drug offenders to treatment instead of prison.
  • How to nap properly. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but if napping were a sport, I’d be in the NFL of napping. I can drift off and wake up within about five minutes of when I need to.
  • Nice piece on Richard Paey, one year after his release.
  • Bolivia’s president evicts the DEA from his country. Any way we can make that work here?
  • New York cop raids drug dealers while in uniform, takes their stash, sells it himself. So what happens if you’re a drug dealer and you shoot a raiding police officer who’s also a rival drug dealer?
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    12 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  freedomfan | 

      Good article on the NYPD officer who stole then resold drugs. I would actually be surprised if this sort of operation is as isolated as the department is trying to make it seem. Police are the ideal perpetrators of this sort of crime: armed, mostly trusted by the public, with access to the seedier side of town, and – best of all – backed up by a system that tends to exonerate officers if things take a wrong turn and they have to put a bullet it someone. And, of course, the targets are in no position to report the crimes and any retaliation they take will, in the long-term, result in having to deal with cops who are better armed, better funded, and more easily forgiven by the public.

      One note I thought was interesting:

      “He sold out,” a police source said of Diaz. “And worse, he put drugs back on the street instead of taking them off.”

      I’m not an advocate of cocaine use, but is some coke on the street really worse than police betraying the public trust and using the law to get away with violent felonies? Neither may be good, but I feel more threatened by crooked cops than by the tiny increase in drug availability the reselling represents.

    2. #2 |  DontBurnLee | 

      Radley,

      It is well known in California that the prison guard union is the strongest political union in the state, and when Gray Davis was recalled (who was just a puppet for that union), my hope was that Arnold would take a stand against them (you know, they are one of those special interests politicians always rally about), but he has been a Davis clone. I have been hoping for some time you would use your blog to publicize the corrupt nature of the union.

    3. #3 |  John Jenkins | 

      Wow, it’s crazy that a group with a vested financial interest in continuing the drug war would oppose treatment for drug “offenders.” I mean, no one would predict that, what with the real reason for the drug war being a “tough on crime” mentality. :-/

    4. #4 |  Nick T | 

      What I can’t understand is why DAs would oppose the treatment option. I can think of various reasons that are at best misguided, and at worst completely shady, but as far as what their job is supposed to be, it’s astonishing as to why DAs would oppose spending more money on treatment than on incarceration, and why they wouldn’t want to diminish their caseload slightly by making minor possession a civil infraction.

      I wish the article delved into those motivations. But unless they’re for reasons I simply can not fathom and would then find very hard to believe, DA offices continue to be total shams and embarrassments for our “justice” system.

    5. #5 |  Geoff | 

      With regard to the NYPD story, it’s funny that the crooked cops in this story are actually reducing the penalties for those involved in the drug trade. As a drug dealer wouldn’t you rather just be robbed of all your possessions rather than a legitimate police stop which would be loss of possessions and 20yrs in prison too? Reminds me of getting stopped by the police in Nicaragua. I had to pay a “fine” to continue on. It was the cheapest ticket I’ve ever paid with no points and no day in court. Could it be that corrupt cops are providing a service by offering cheaper fines and less punishment? Sounds like a case of a black markets popping up when prices are forced too high.

    6. #6 |  Marty | 

      I love the irony!

      One bureaucrat says with a straight face- “We reject the accusation that DEA or any other part of the U.S. government supported the opposition or conspired against the Bolivian government,” said Karl Duckworth, a State Department spokesman in Washington.

      Another bureaucrat addresses the same issue- Garrison Courtney, a spokesman for the drug agency, said, “We will find other ways to make sure we keep abreast of the drug-trafficking situation through there.”

      So, we haven’t worked against their wishes, but we’re going to work against their wishes? In light of our history of meddling in other countries’ affairs, especially when it comes to drug policies, this is funny stuff.

      Also, regarding the prison guards and their union- ALL guards are slime. Many prisoners are in prison even though they committed no crime against another person, but EVERY guard in that prison is guilty of either personally abusing someone or looking the other way while other guards do the abuse. Fuck anything they stand for.

    7. #7 |  TBoneJones | 

      A while back they busted the ENTIRE Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept’s Major Narcotics Crime Unit (There were 19 guys on the unit) ALL of them went to jail/prison.

      On the prison guards fighting the treatment law, they were the major opponents of prop 36 a few years ago (treatment instead of incarceration) in Cali too. It passed anyway and their prisons are still full. I think their main concern is they might not need to build even more new prisons, hire a bunch of new guards, and become an even stronger lobby if they new bill passes. The secondary one would be if there’s less people incarcerated, that means less money they’ll be making smuggling in contraband.

    8. #8 |  Red Green | 

      We’re headed for 3 million incarcerated in the “land of the free”. Go team ,go.Even the idiot americans are beginning to see the fault in this approach. And Jerry “moonbeam” Brown too,what a sellout. Screw the screws before they screw you.

    9. #9 |  Vlad | 

      That’s a pretty un-funny joke, but I’ve seen worse. There was one I saw not too long ago (can’t find the link, sorry), where a European TV show hid a naked man in a woman’s garage, and when she got home and closed the garage door he jumped out and pretended to try and catch her so he could rape her. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. They’re damn lucky she didn’t have a gun…

    10. #10 |  Windypundit | 

      I’m sure the guys who lied to the families about their soldiers’ being killed had a benevolent motive. You know, like the cops and school administrators who lied to classrooms full of students about their friends being killed in drunk driving accidents. Best intentions and all that. You’ll see.

    11. #11 |  jpok | 

      From the Bolivian link:
      “He also declared in his address that his government had eradicated more than 12,000 acres of illegally planted coca so far this year — the minimum required under a 1988 law.”

      Anyone else shocked that there is a make-work law to destroy a certain amount of crops every year? I’m not suprised by much anymore, but I was taken aback by that. Also notice how we pull the strings by cutting trade preferences in response. The international war on drugs will end right about the same time that Jesus finally comes back.

    12. #12 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

      RE: NYPD story
      “So what happens if you’re a drug dealer and you shoot a raiding police officer who’s also a rival drug dealer?”

      Then the penalty for the dealer should be no more severe than it would be if he or she had shot a rival dealer. In other words, probably not too significant. The dealer would probably even have a case for self-defense. Diaz is just a criminal at this point, as are any officers that behave this way. He’s also an open hypocrite for profiting from an activity that he has no doubt arrested people for. He deserves no special consideration. Fuck him. I mean, did anyone else notice the picture that appeared in the article. He was posed like a thug. He is a thug! Again, fuck him vigorously.

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