Morning Links

Friday, January 9th, 2009
  • Judge orders Alabama sheriff incarcerated in his own jail for underfeeding his inmates. Alabama has a befuddling law that allows sheriff’s to keep any money budgeted for jail food that they don’t spend. This particular sheriff skimped on prisoner rations, and made $212,000 over three years–to “supplement” his $64,000 per year income.
  • Cult of the presidency watch: James Joyner says it’s time we stopped closing off neighborhoods shutting down cities in the name of presidential safety. Couldn’t agree more. Motorcade creep is out of control.
  • TSA and JetBlue shell out $240,000 to settle with a man they hassled at the airport for wearing a t-shirt with Arabic writing. According to the complaint, one TSA officer told the man that “wearing a shirt with Arabic script to an airport was like going to the bank in a shirt that said ‘I am a robber.’” TSA admitted no wrongdoing, of course. They just paid out some taxpayer money to make the guy go away.
  • This guy’s got spunk. Too bad he can’t spell.
  • TV news investigation finds that nearly 1,400 Atlanta police officers have criminal records.
  • Great collection of old-time Chicago boxing photos.
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  • 32 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Ben | 

      Gud spelers unight!

    2. #2 |  Loren | 

      Clarification: the WSB report is that 1400 Georgia officers have criminal records, not city of Atlanta officers.

    3. #3 |  Sithmonkey | 

      Having worked in foodservice for various institutions throughout my life, I can attest that $1.75 per person per day is not as low as it sounds, but doesn’t exactly allow for hard negotiation with suppliers. Even so, a good kitchen manager can make the most with that amount (depending on what part of the country you are in). Companies like Sysco and Ben E. Keith have different levels of food quality to allow managers to make the most of their budgets.

      I worked for one school district that was allowed .75 cents per student per meal, supplemented with the federal lunch program. We were always able to serve decent, healthy meals, with plenty of seconds to go around. Granted it was school cafeteria food, but the students enjoyed it and the parents rarely complained.

      This type of sheriff doesn’t surprise me…I’ve seen administrators like this…they’ll serve “Grade D, but edible” food to children, then turn around and use the “surplus” to trick out their administrative buildings. Bastards…every damn one of them.

      I’m all for not coddling prisoners with T.V., recreation rooms, etc…but there’s no excuse for not feeding them healthy meals.

    4. #4 |  Ben G. | 

      There’s a storage rental place here in Woodstock, GA that usually has interesting political commentary on their sign. My favorite was from a couple of years ago, “Cynthia McKinney is a joke that just isn’t funny”.

    5. #5 |  Marta Rose | 

      no apostrophe needed in “sheriffs”

    6. #6 |  MacK | 

      Looks like a matter of space for the lube guy to me. Besides his lube is mighty good.
      I love how he is going about his agenda though, lets everyone know his stance without a doubt.

    7. #7 |  Jason | 

      “This guy’s got spunk. Too bad he can’t spell.”

      Wow! I really have to applaud anyone who’s willing to fight city hall this publicly.

      http://www.rightklik.net/

    8. #8 |  MacK | 

      One report I read said that TSA, and Jet Blue had the man put on a shirt with a Jet Blue logo over his T-shirt.
      Now instead of a guy wearing T-shirt saying “We will not be silent”, you have a pissed off guy wearing a Jet Blue shirt.
      How did that make anything more secure, and not less secure. He could have probably gotten to more areas wearing his new JB shirt I’d bet.

    9. #9 |  thomasblair | 

      MacK,

      He could have probably gotten to more areas wearing his new JB shirt I’d bet.

      Like onto the plane to fly?

      They probably billed him for the shirt.

    10. #10 |  Adolphus | 

      Just like to add that Motorcade creep is not just about presidents. A couple of years ago I lived and worked in DC and as we were walking home from work they closed down Independence Avenue. Even for DC it had an air of importance so we stopped to watch. (Had no choice really. The Metro Station was across the street) Turned out the whole thing, including a Motorcade with leading and following cop cars was for John Madden’s bus sponsored by Outback Steakhouse and I guess they were headed to a Redskins Monday Night game.

      Our tax dollars at work.

    11. #11 |  Dave Krueger | 

      What the U.S. calls “equality under the law” is commonly referred to as corruption when it happens in other counties.

    12. #12 |  Nando | 

      #8 MacK

      One report I read said that TSA, and Jet Blue had the man put on a shirt with a Jet Blue logo over his T-shirt.
      Now instead of a guy wearing T-shirt saying “We will not be silent”, you have a pissed off guy wearing a Jet Blue shirt.
      How did that make anything more secure, and not less secure. He could have probably gotten to more areas wearing his new JB shirt I’d bet.

      It’s called Security Theater for a reason. They aren’t there to keep us more or less secure, they are there to make us FEEL like we’re more secure.

    13. #13 |  Terry | 

      Actually Indiana has the same law concering feeding prisoners, although that’s gradually changing. They also can supplement thier income by the fact that they get half of any back taxes they collect (sort of a bounus for doing thier job). That has also changed in some counties (think it’s more a voluntary rather than legal change)

    14. #14 |  James D | 

      So what’s it called when you compare someone to a Nazi and the Z is backward? Gowdin’s law?

    15. #15 |  Bob | 

      On the douchebag Sheriff siphoning off 50% of the prison food money into his own pocket…

      “The ethics commission cited the state law allowing the practice and a previous legal opinion from Alabama’s attorney general.”

      Methinks the “ethics commission” needs to look up the word “ethics”.

    16. #16 |  Mattocracy | 

      One day Bill Richardson will run his car into a minivan with a bunch of kids going to soccer practice and then this will all hit the fan. Unfortunately, that’s what it takes for the public to put a politician in his/her place.

    17. #17 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #15 Mattocracy

      One day Bill Richardson will run his car into a minivan with a bunch of kids going to soccer practice and then this will all hit the fan. Unfortunately, that’s what it takes for the public to put a politician in his/her place.

      True, but even then everyone will still say how the “vast majority” of politicians are honest law abiding citizens.

      In reality, unicorns are probably more common.

    18. #18 |  Zeb | 

      I’ve been thinking about the Presidential security stuff a bit lately. The conclusion I have come to is that if the level of security we see is necessary, then the President should not be allowed out of the Whitehouse for anything not essential to performing his official duties. The amount of expense and disruption of people’s business is ridiculous. And usually for some political stunt or photo op.

    19. #19 |  ALowe | 

      I’ve been to the gas station right next to that quick lube place several times in the past. It looks no different than any other used car and service shop to me. There is absolutely no way you could mistake that place for a salvage yard.

    20. #20 |  Marty | 

      If I could work out a deal like that sheriff had in his jail so I could feed you agitators, you all would be eating ramen noodles and ketchup soup and I’d finally have the Cessna I so richly deserve!

    21. #21 |  Chris | 

      Can’t defend his “lieing” mayor, but there may not have been enough room on the sign for the “i” in council.

    22. #22 |  Cynical In CA | 

      “Cult of the presidency watch: James Joyner says it’s time we stopped closing off neighborhoods shutting down cities in the name of presidential safety. Couldn’t agree more. Motorcade creep is out of control.”

      Mmm hmm. A revolt of the municipalities against the FedGov. More of this power flowing upward stuff, huh?

      Then again, Etienne de La Boetie did some thinking back in the 1500s: http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard78.html

      “TV news investigation finds that nearly 1,400 [Georgia] police officers have criminal records.”

      Their off by a certain percentage, being the difference between that number and 100%. All government police officers are receivers of stolen goods — tax dollars. They just haven’t been convicted, and probably never will.

    23. #23 |  Cynical In CA | 

      pimf — “Their” to “They’re”

    24. #24 |  Packratt | 

      Correction on that story about Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett, he was sent to a federal prison where he was well fed, not his own jail.

      Also, he was released today after his lawyers presented an undisclosed plan to give his detainees meals that met USDA guidelines.

    25. #25 |  Z | 

      Calling the mayor a “nazi turd” is not my idea of a cogent argument.

    26. #26 |  Andrew Williams | 

      You know what, Tony? You’ve got spunk.

      I HATE spunk!

    27. #27 |  God's Own Drunk | 

      A couple of years ago Dick Cheney was visiting Seattle to do a private, closed-door Republican fund raiser. Asshole shut down I-5 during morning rush hour when he arrived to drive into Seattle, then shut down the I-90 bridge and I-405 during the afternoon commute to cross Lake Washington to go to Bellevue where the actual fund raiser was. Asshole didn’t even have the courtesy to go directly from the airstrip to his final destination, he had to fuck up traffic in the entire metro area for the whole day. I say unless these pricks are on official government business, no motorcades allowed.

    28. #28 |  Aspasia | 

      Nando: “It’s called Security Theater for a reason. They aren’t there to keep us more or less secure, they are there to make us FEEL like we’re more secure.”

      I love theatre, but this is one show I would prefer to skip. If I want a song and dance number, I’ll go see Caberet. And what happened to that passenger was a horrible form of racial discrimination. He should’ve been paid more.

    29. #29 |  Aresen | 

      TV news investigation finds that nearly 1,400 Atlanta* police officers have criminal records.

      (*per Loren’s clarification, this is apparently for GA as a whole.)

      One has to ask: Are the criminal records from before or after they joined the police?

    30. #30 |  markm | 

      Aresen: Before. They are extremely unlikely to even be arrested for their crimes after they join the force.

    31. #31 |  buzz | 

      I lived in Columbus during the 2000 race. Everytime Bush or Gore was in town (which seemed like all the time) they would close 670from downtown to the airport. Totally screw up everyone’s commute, it didnt matter if you only ran on I-70 or 270 or 71 and never came close to 670, you were backed up forever. Truman used to go for walks on the public streets. I can understand running with police escorts clearing the left lane, but I do not understand closing the entire god damned highway.

    32. #32 |  Brock | 

      Correction on that story about Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett, he was sent to a federal prison where he was well fed, not his own jail.

      This makes all the difference in the world, and something that had been bugging me about this story.

      Federal judge, federal goons, federal prison.

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