Morning Links

Friday, March 20th, 2009
  • Lard is back! Ah, reliving the pork fat memories of my youth.
  • Denver cop stomps a kid nearly to death. It’s not only captured on video, but two other cops actually testifying against the guy. The city apparently felt he was guilty, too. They paid the kid and his family $1 million. The jury still acquitted him.
  • The sexist double standard with teen statutory rape charges.
  • New Mexico repeals the death penalty.
  • Possibly the best name I’ve ever seen. Is his middle name “narwahlfighter?” I’m going to go ahead and pretend it is.
  • More good signs from the Obama administration on medical marijuana. Thus far, it’s been hard to tell if the administration’s statements on medical marijuana are style or substance. But if Sen. Chuck Grassley is pissed off about it, that’s a pretty sign that they’re doing the right thing.
  • Army investigating possible deployment of troops in Alabama after last week’s shooting rampage. Good to see they’re taking this seriously.
  • More nonsense from Georgia’s ridiculous sex offender law: It includes people who never committed a sex crime. Stop laughing, Illinois. Your laws aren’t any better. Just ask Fitzroy Barnaby.
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  • 36 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  DamnthatDE | 

      The Denver thing is not surprising. I had a friend last month convitcted there when the DA had no witnesses nor evidence and the defense had two witnesses that said it was not him. In fact the crime that was committed they already had sentenced another guy for it. Unbelievable, I cannot see how a jury can do that

    2. #2 |  thomasblair | 

      Re: Cop stomping kid unconscious.

      I long ago gave up fretting about the rightness or wrongness of this. It just is.

      This is as much outrage as he can muster. Fuck him. Fuck him with a splintered two-by-four.

    3. #3 |  Sithmonkey | 

      Chicken Fried Steak cooked in lard. Served with milk gravy made from the leftover lard in the pan…brings a tear to my eye…

    4. #4 |  thomasblair | 

      “Officer Porter said, ‘I don’t know why I do that. It’s just something I do lately. I guess I just like the way they sound.’ “

      This is the state, people. An agent of the state held on to a chain-link fence, jumped, and came down with both knees onto the back of a 16-year-old kid, turning his internal organs to mush.

      And then, the jury foreman:

      “When you look at how (the boy) testified versus other statements he made, there were far more inconsistencies in his testimony,” the foreman continued. “He had mentioned that it was more than one officer that committed the abuse. He was the only one who said that in any of the testimony.”

      Great. So the kid didn’t remember if it was one officer or two who was playing WWF with his kidneys. Yeah, he must be lying. F*CK!

    5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Treating consensual sex between kids as a crime has nothing to do with the kids and everything to do with adults. Sure, there was a time when such laws could arguably be rationalized as being needed to prevent pregnancy and STDs. But no more.

      Irrational beliefs about virginity, nudity, menstruation, breast feeding in public, age of consent, prostitution, pornography, and the purity homosexuality, and innocence of girls are all prejudices cooked up and perpetuated by adult society obsessed with sexual superstitions. They’ve been with us for so long and are so universal that most people don’t even question them just as ancient man never questioned that the earth was flat.

      To be upset at the asymmetrical treatment of the sexes is good, but the elephant in the room is a much larger issue. Consensual sex between kids should no more be considered a crime than any other consensual act.

      Having said that, I’ve always gotten a kick out of the hypocrisy of people who insist that girls mature faster than boys (as was commonly believed when I was a kid), but are merely mindless victims when anything sexual ensues.

    6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

      And don’t even get me started on the sex offender registry. The idea that such a list even exists is evidence that sexual hysteria is so institutionalized and pervasive in the U.S. that there is no hope for a cure. The scary part is that the insanity is increasing in severity. It’s as if we’re traveling back through time to the dark ages. And, while we shamelessly perpetuate life-destroying policies about sex here, we indignantly bitch about how unjust and old-fashioned Muslim attitudes are toward the sexes.

      Sometimes I’m amazed we were ever able to crawl out of the cave.

    7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      Grassley has always been a gateway moron that leads to more dangerous morons in Congress.

      Did the Denver prosecutor throw the case?

    8. #8 |  Sam | 

      Try actually getting a job while on the registry, it’s not just a philosophical exercise. I have a chemical engineering degree and I came close enough to needing to do something illegal to feed myself that I actually began making contacts in the ecstasy market to see if they could use someone with extraction skills…in the end it’s life or death. This never even should have been a discussion, much less a law.

    9. #9 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      Crap. I read the Denver reader comments. Fascism here we come.

    10. #10 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      I thought the ESPN page was hacked, so I took a stroll down Google lane. What one hell of a name. In the Navy, we had to hand stencil our last name on each piece of clothing, usually while a drill instructor is screaming at you. It would have taken that young man years..

      We’re heading back to the time in which we’ll require scarlett letters to be worn on our shorts..A for Adultery, S for sex offender, P for Pedofille, and F for fat…

    11. #11 |  anarch | 

      Now, had Fitzroy Barnaby been a cop…

    12. #12 |  jg | 

      The resurgence of natural fats like tallow and lard is one of the nicer trends going on in America (the surge in popularity of natural food in general is very nice). Lard’s fat profile is almost identical to mother’s milk. Just don’t get the junk on the supermarket shelf. It’s pumped full of hydrogen.

    13. #13 |  Euler | 

      I think we need to start asking potential jurors questions to make sure they have the reasoning ability of a two year old before we let them sit in judgement of others like “If I have one bucket with two apples and another bucket with five apples, how many buckets do I have?” I am pretty sure this question would have stumped the jurors in the Denver police brutality case.

    14. #14 |  David | 

      Crap. I read the Denver reader comments. Fascism here we come.

      You’re a tougher man than I, Boyd. I gave up three comments in after reading that the “liberal media” defended the jury system the OJ Simpson verdict, but finds it unacceptable when police officers are acquitted.

    15. #15 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I’m beginning to think that typos are magically invisible right up until you click on the POST button.

      In post #5:

      “Irrational beliefs about virginity, nudity, menstruation, breast feeding in public, age of consent, prostitution, pornography, and the purity homosexuality, and innocence of girls are all prejudices cooked up and perpetuated by adult society obsessed with sexual superstitions. ”

      Should have been:

      “Irrational beliefs about virginity, nudity, menstruation, breast feeding in public, age of consent, prostitution, pornography, homosexuality, and the purity and innocence of girls are all prejudices cooked up and perpetuated by adult society obsessed with sexual superstitions.”

    16. #16 |  Blaze Miskulin | 

      What makes the Wisconsin case even more interesting is the fact that, according to the law, both the 14 year olds are also “guilty”.

      “948.09 Sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older. Whoever has sexual intercourse with a child who is not the defendant’s spouse and who has attained the age of 16 years is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.”

    17. #17 |  ktc2 | 

      We will never be free of these ridiculous puritanical consentual sex laws until religion has been properly relegated to the dustbin of history. In the ensuing centuries many more innocent peaceful lives will be ruined by these “moral” crusaders.

    18. #18 |  David | 

      I’m not sure that’s strictly true, ktc2. My theory is that (some)people built their discomfort about sex into religion rather than the other way around.

    19. #19 |  Randy | 

      Re. Georgia

      Besides the problem of declaring a person a sex offender when there was no sexual offense involved, was the false imprisonment and kidnapping charges the perps faced. I suppose the laws regarding these two offenses are so broadly defined that ordering a person to lay still on the ground or move to another room legally qualifies, but it seems over the top to me.

      For instance, when I think of kidnapping, I think of an acutal forced abduction of a person, usually for held for ransom. But is it really kidnapping when an armed robber orders his victims from one room to another? Is it really false imprisonment when an armed robber orders his victim to lay still on the ground? Seems a stretch to me, but I’m not a lawyer.

      Just seems like another case of abuse of the law by prosecutors and politicians.

    20. #20 |  Mattocracy | 

      @ ktc2,

      I agree that our laws regarding sex are stupid, but people don’t push these rediculous views of sex because of religion. That’s just the vehicle they use. Take some feminists’ view of pornography, prostitution, and strip clubs. They are opposed to these things because they supposedly “exploit women.” They aren’t driven by Bible thumping. People are assholes because they are assholes, their religion or their politics is just how they apply their horrible character to others.

    21. #21 |  Wayne | 

      Re the army deployment in the Alabama shooting,

      “We only have a five-man police department,” he told CNSNews.com. “We had officers from all surrounding areas helping out.”

      I understand they were under-staffed and needed help, but I’ll bet the next sentence that was not printed was “We’re going to need a couple of armored vehicles, some assault weapons, and a SWAT team to use them to avoid this ever happening again.”

    22. #22 |  Pat | 

      If Grassley (what a misnomer of a name in this context) is pissed it also means that the administration will feel the heat in confirmation hearings for the drug czar. Grassley is on Judiciary.

      We need to be ready to argue for a legislative solution to the legalization argument since there is a good chance that Obama will be forced to back away from their new policy if the drug warriors get nuts enough in the confirmation hearings. Reform minded folks should be pushing our representatives in congress now for legislation to support the Obama policy. Congress is the only place where this can happen.

      If they don’t hear it from us they won’t hear it.

    23. #23 |  Marty | 

      a cop steps up and does the right thing and sees this pos cop walk… do you think he’ll stick his neck out again?

    24. #24 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      Thread jack:

      “Paying excessive bonuses to the same group of folks (AIG) that helped get us into this crisis is simply unacceptable,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus while completely ignoring the irony of his statement and checking his bank statement online.

    25. #25 |  David | 

      For instance, when I think of kidnapping, I think of an acutal forced abduction of a person, usually for held for ransom. But is it really kidnapping when an armed robber orders his victims from one room to another? Is it really false imprisonment when an armed robber orders his victim to lay still on the ground? Seems a stretch to me, but I’m not a lawyer.

      Neither am I, but to me, the application of such laws are an attempt to bury the accused under so many charges that one of them sticks. Prosecutors might not be able to prove the “actual crime” that a person has been accused of, so having easier to prove lesser charges is a big weapon in their arsenal. One that helps induce plea deals by placing guilty and innocent(in the sense that they didn’t commit the main crime) parties in a position where the risk of going to trial is huge.

    26. #26 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #20 Mattocracy

      I agree that our laws regarding sex are stupid, but people don’t push these rediculous views of sex because of religion.

      I agree completely. I read a book a while back called America’s War on Sex” written by Marty Klein. The guy basically blames everything on the conservative right. While the book does an excellent job of describing how pervasive the war on sex actually is, it’s so one-sided that it lacks credibility as an objective viewpoint. Not to let the self-righteous religious crusaders off the hook by any means, sex laws are usually passed almost unanimously. They’re not a uniquely conservative by any stretch.

      I also found it interesting that the book, while prominently discussing sex toy laws, doesn’t consider prostitution laws even worth mentioning. Not even an entry in the index. I wonder why prostitution wouldn’t even get a mention in a book about America’s War on Sex…

    27. #27 |  Mattocracy | 

      @ Dave,

      Tell me about it. The way liberals attack sex is through the whole “exploitation” angle. There are many a feminist out there that will call a 17 year boy a sexual predator for “taking advantage” of another teenage girl who is just a sexually active. The notion that men are the aggressors (penetrators as I see it) and women are the victims is a notion perpetuated by “progressives” just as much as it is by convervatives.

      I think a bigger problem is how we view children. They aren’t stupid and ignorant until the magic age of 18 when they are suddenly an adult. They participate willingly and wantingly in sex whether anyone likes it or not. But children are property much like women used to be treated. And when your property goes out and willingly ruins her virginity that GOP daddy owned, someone has to pay. Not his little angel of course, but that punk no good kid. And women have to be protected from themselves whether we’re talking about sex, smoking, fatty foods, etc. Nanny state mommy will see to that as well.

    28. #28 |  Zargon | 

      “a cop steps up and does the right thing and sees this pos cop walk… do you think he’ll stick his neck out again?”

      Do you think they’ll have the chance? My money’s on those two officers being sent to look for new jobs in the not too distant future. Or worse.

    29. #29 |  Steve Verdon | 

      Back in their squad car, Rivera said he questioned Porter as to why he jumped on the kid. “Officer Porter said, ‘I don’t know why I do that. It’s just something I do lately. I guess I just like the way they sound.’ ”

      I hope that cop meets a very, very bad end. That is just sadistic and indicates someone who is mentally unstable and it is just a matter of time before he kills someone. Removing him from the force wont be enough, he needs to either be locked up or put down like a rabid dog.

    30. #30 |  Gerald A | 

      A big difference between “deployment of troops” and MP’s “came in to help with traffic control and to secure the crime scene”.

      Several times in my years in the military, working in base security, assisted local law inforcement. Give you a big hint, MP authority outside the base is very, very limited.

    31. #31 |  MacGregory | 

      #25 David
      “…the application of such laws are an attempt to bury the accused under so many charges that one of them sticks.”

      Absolutely. And the state has made sure that they have a multitude of laws to choose from.

    32. #32 |  Ben | 

      The scary part is that the insanity is increasing in severity. It’s as if we’re traveling back through time to the dark ages.

      Dave-

      This might actually be a good thing, as terrible as it seems. I’d encourage you to find a copy of Devil’s Advocate by Taylor Caldwell. It’s an Orwellian story about a facist government taking over the USA. It hits pretty close to home, including a highly feared agency called the “Federal Bureau of Household Security.”

      The jist of it is that the government has been infiltrated by the Minutemen, who are tasked with making the government so oppressive that the people have no choice but to rebel. People had readily given their freedom away in the name of ‘security’ and got neither. The Minutemen felt that the only way to keep the country free after the revolution was to make people revile the facists to the point where they would never be allowed to return to power.

      Great book, worth reading if you’re worried about the direction this country is going in. Difficult to find a copy, but I’m sure the used sellers on Amazon can find you one.

    33. #33 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Ben, I added that to my wish list. Although I’m rarely able to read as much as I like, I’m always reading at least one book. That one sounds interesting and I’m over due for some fiction.

      Your comments remind me of when I was a kid. My parents were ultra-conservatives and they had friends who were members of an organization called the Minutemen. We had a shooting range in our basement so they would come over use it. They would also use our mailing address to get a lot of literature about how to make bombs and booby traps, which I thought was really cool. This was before the Anarchist’s Cookbook, though. Their plan was to take back the United States if the Communists ever took over. The organization was apparently under investigation by the FBI at the time, because they came around to ask questions.

      Being the pacifist pussy that I am now, my life is much more boring.

    34. #34 |  Chuchundra | 

      The USA is still a Puritan nation. There are puritans on the right and puritans on the left. Neither side has a monopoly on this kind of stupidity.

      Things would run a lot better if fewer people were concerned about what their neighbors do with their penises and vaginas.

    35. #35 |  the friendly grizzly | 

      @ 34: you get a hearty plus 1 from me on that.

      Years ago, I knew this really great couple. These two guys were fine people. One of their neighbors was obsessed with the goings-on with these two, and went to the neighbors and complained.

      Finally, one of my friends knocked on the man’s door, told him to cut the nonsense out, and closed the conversation with “Perhaps if you had a sex life of your own, you’d not be so obsessed with mine”.

      That right there probably explains the puritanism our nation is steeped in.

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