Lunch Links

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
  • Some cool previoulsy unreleased photos of Buddy Holly.
  • Can you earn back your Coscto membership fee just by eating free samples?
  • Anyone know anything more about this case?
  • And with that, the spirit of the 1994 Gingrich Revolution takes its last breath.
  • Here’s a bit more on Earle Mobley, the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney who spoke up about the (lack of) credibility of one the jailhouse informants in the Ryan Frederick case.
  • Feds say sex offender registries inaccurate, unreliable.
  • David Boaz on the army of lobbyists coming to Washington to wrestle up a slice of the TARP money. The point I’ve tried to make here, is that we aren’t just wasting money on the various bailout packages, we’re also wasting all the money that’s getting shoveled over to the lobbyists lining up at the trough.
  • The cop who shoved the Wal-Mart greeter in Tennessee has been suspended.
  • I hate to tell you this, buddy, but the World Canine Council has reviewed your case, and you’re going to have to give up your doggie membership card. You have failed the species.
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  • 21 Responses to “Lunch Links”

    1. #1 |  Tim C | 

      Samples – I’m sure the bit about buying more/savings being negated quickly is precisely why they have samples (i.e, how many people really haven’t had smoked sausage or whatnot). So sure, inspire you to buy the food product that you surely have had but weren’t thinking about it, but definitely having you wander around the store more getting other great buying ideas (esp if you were just going in for one thing but then get the idea to sample-hop). This whole “keep you in the store longer, passing other items” is why grocery stores are laid out such that (say) produce is on one end and bread on the other.

    2. #2 |  AMW | 

      Shouldn’t the Gregg story be on it’s own post as a “hackwatch?”

    3. #3 |  zero | 

      Radley, the link to the cop-greeter story is farked.

    4. #4 |  Big Chief | 

      The link about the cop who shoved the Wal-Mart greeter doesn’t seem to be working.

    5. #5 |  MacK | 

      You may be getting down on the dog, but he did not have a chance, because that squirrel has some big nuts!

    6. #6 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      Mobley appears to be exactly what a DA should be: someone who holds everyone accountable. Mobley for President 2012

    7. #7 |  Edmund Dantes | 

      Ditto that. Portsmouth’s chief prosecutor doesn’t play favorites. Citizens – and even defendants – should be grateful.

      This distinction is the problem in this country. It’s why people automatically think “if he’s arrested, he deserves it” or “if he at one time was a dope dealer, he must be guilty and doesn’t deserve the same rights”.

      And this is an Op-ed person writing about how the system is screwed up. I wonder if he even realizes what he’s doing by writing that sentence.

    8. #8 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      I always knew black labs were really pussies.

      Wal-Mart cop…suspened with pay, right? Has to be.

    9. #9 |  claude | 

      Here is a link to the walmart greeter story. Im not sure if its the link radley had intended.

      TBI investigating Chattanooga cop’s Wal-Mart conduct

    10. #10 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      The Albany Times Union website (greeter story) looks to be down. The main page is kicking over to the blogs.

    11. #11 |  Nando | 

      All those people lining up in the aisles to get free food at Costo really piss me off. The two times I’ve tried to stand in an orderly line to try what they’re offering have been bad experiences (most people just push you out of the way to grab a cracker with some cheese on it). I wish they’d stop doing it so my Costco shopping would improve.

    12. #12 |  Ben | 

      At this point, aren’t we pissing on the grave of the 1994 congress? It, and its ideals, have been dead for a long time now.

    13. #13 |  MacK | 

      I’m not racist, but when I see how two white males can attack a black male, then the black male be charged with the violent crime, I must confess I’m glad I’m white.

    14. #14 |  claude | 

      “UPDATE: The jury deciding the fate of Ryan Frederick in the fatal shooting of Chesapeake Detective Jarrod Shivers has reached a verdict, according to a reporter in the court. There’s no information yet about when it will be announced. Stayed tuned to for details as they become available.”

    15. #15 |  Michael Chaney | 

      It’s interesting, though, MacK (and I’m not disagreeing with you), but in the Walmart story the dirty cop is black and the Walmart greeter is white. It’s hard to think of what would have happened to that dirty cop 50 years ago.

    16. #16 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      Waiting with hopeful optimism that Chesapeake rights a wrong…

    17. #17 |  Danno49 | 

      Michael Chaney – I don’t know for sure but I don’t think there were any black cops in Tennessee in 1958. But . . . I doubt Kenneth Freeman would have survived the week had he pushed a 71 year old white man, regardless of his law enforcement affiliation.

    18. #18 |  Cynical In CA | 

      “Gregg Voted to Kill Commerce Before He Agreed to Lead It
      By Jonathan Allen, CQ Staff

      President Obama’s new candidate to run the Commerce Department voted in favor of abolishing the agency as a member of the Budget Committee and on the Senate floor in 1995.

      Sen. Judd Gregg , R-N.H., whose nomination was expected to be announced Tuesday, also worked in the Senate to trim the department’s budget as head of the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee.”


      “He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was alright, everything was alright, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.”

      from 1984 by George Orwell

    19. #19 |  Cynical In CA | 

      “I hate to tell you this, buddy, but the World Canine Council has reviewed your case, and you’re going to have to give up your doggie membership card.”

      Radley, I would like to represent the black Lab. I have reliable witnesses who will testify those jpegs were photoshopped.


    20. #20 |  mike | 

      Most of the commentors on the Amherst case assume that it is racism that is driving the prosecution, my assumption is that the State of Mass. is against the citizens right of self defense with a weapon of any sort. He should of have taken his beating and waited for the government to get there and issue appropriate citations.

    21. #21 |  Michael | 


      Legally, I agree. Morally, I don’t. We teach kids not to fight back. But how far should it go? When I was a kid, a big stick was called an equalizer.

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