Morning Links

Monday, April 27th, 2009
  • So remember Obama’s promise to post bills to the ‘net, and wait five days before signing? So far, he’s one for 11.
  • Over the last decade, NYPD has paid out $540 million to settle police abuse lawsuits. Bucking the “new professionalism,” the trend is toward more suits, and more money in settlements, not the other way around.
  • Military agency warned in 2002 that interrogation techniques were torture, unlikely to elicit helpful information that couldn’t be obtained by other means. Bush’s political appointees, who had no experience in interrogation, ignored the report.
  • (Slightly naughty) fun with headlines.
  • Arizona to spend $1.5 million in stimulus money replacing metric signs installed in the early 1980s as part of the government’s short-lived plan to switch the country over to metric.
  • Four things to think about before you become Amish.
  • Classmates.com sends alumni a message from a murdered fellow classmate.
  • Speaking of Obama disappointments, his administration is urging the Supreme Court to reverse a 1986 decision that prevents police from continuing to question defendants after they’ve requested a lawyer.
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  • 22 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Michael Chaney | 

      But NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said payouts aren’t always a reflection of police misconduct.

      “Actions in which the police are innocent of wrongdoing, and in which the city admits none, nonetheless frequently result in settlements which enrich plaintiffs and their lawyers at monetary expense to the public and at the expense of the NYPD’s good name,” Browne said.

      Yeah, they’re completely innocent, did no wrong, but they city still decides to settle for big $ to keep the “alleged” victim quiet.

      Here’s a clue, Browne: If the NYPD had a good name they wouldn’t have to settle millions of dollars of lawsuits every year.

    2. #2 |  John J. Schmidt | 

      It’s a waste of money replacing the signs, but I hate the metric system and anything unAmerican!

    3. #3 |  Bob | 

      Could ‘Police Spokemen’ be more pitiable tools?

    4. #4 |  dave smith | 

      From the Obama article:

      “While President Barack Obama has reversed many policies of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, the defendants’ rights case is another stark example of the White House seeking to limit rather than expand rights.”

      Here is journalistic bias at it finest. The author assumed that everywhere possible, GWB sought to limit individual freedom. While he did in many ways, that was not always the case.

      Furthermore, the author assumed tha BHO would always seek to increase individual rights, especially where GWB curtailed them.

      How biased and/or naive.

    5. #5 |  Erin | 

      Classmates.com was in trouble a while ago for sending emails claiming someone had registered on their site as a gimmick to draw others in, when the first person hadn’t really registered. I guess they just go through old yearbooks and pick out names… they picked badly this time.

    6. #6 |  Don Lloyd | 

      “It’s a waste of money replacing the signs, …”

      I would almost always prefer the government to merely waste money instead of pursuing some economically destructive goal.

      Replacing the signs seems likely to be the best government program to appear this year.

      Regards, Don

    7. #7 |  Marty | 

      re the nypd article

      ‘”It is important to note that most of the payouts are for incidents that arose in the past and are not reflective of current trends,” city Law Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Thomas said.’

      she should’ve said, ‘because past behavior doesn’t ensure future results- we fixed that shit, baby!’

    8. #8 |  Pat | 

      ” Speaking of Obama disappointments, his administration is urging the Supreme Court to reverse a 1986 decision that prevents police from continuing to question defendants after they’ve requested a lawyer.”

      Lying authoritarian thugs.

      Obama Militarizing Drug War Lies

    9. #9 |  ClubMedSux | 

      Did they have an intern write that classmates.com story? Regardless of the subject matter, that was painful to read.

    10. #10 |  Collin | 

      “It’s a waste of money replacing the signs, but I hate the metric system and anything unAmerican!”

      The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that’s the way I likes it.

    11. #11 |  Kristen | 

      Agreed, ClubMed…WTF was that?

    12. #12 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I suggest New York City use the DARE defense. “But that $540,000,000 was paid out because of the deeds of the old NYPD. The new NYPD is better. Just wait and see.”

    13. #13 |  Dave Krueger | 

      In a world where law enforcement routinely violates liberties, makes up non-existent law, harasses, threatens, and assaults people who don’t show sufficient deference, uses violent military invasion and attack techniques on the flimsiest of excuses for non-violent offenders, I am not surprised in the least that government wants to dispense with rules that interfere with police prerogative when it comes to their treatment of those who have the good sense know that the cops are not their friends.

      You can’t be “tough on crime” and not support the “troops in the front lines” who lay their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. After all, lawyers are the guys who get the bad guys off on a technicality. Everyone hates lawyers.

    14. #14 |  Obama’s Five Day Rule « Wintry Smile | 

      [...] being a venial sin).  But Cato’s Jim Harper makes a compelling case to the contrary (h/t Radley Balko): It is easy to dismiss the five-day promise as an idea that would not have changed much anyway. [...]

    15. #15 |  bob42 | 

      Here in the nanny state of Texas, our social authoritarians in the lege excel in creating odorous cerebral flatulence in the form of legislation, and the right wingers love it.

      Sec. 207.026. REQUIRED DRUG TESTING; DISQUALIFICATION FOR BENEFITS. (a) Each individual who files a claim for benefits under Chapter 208 or receives benefits under this subtitle must submit to drug testing as provided by this section.

      A reader poll at that blog is running >90% approval of the measure, and some of the comments are even kinda of funny (in a sad sort of way.) Such as requiring random drug testing for anyone who receives any form of government assistance such as welfare, food stamps, EIC, etc.

      The notion that mandatory drug testing is an invasion of privacy is lost on these folks.

    16. #16 |  damaged justice | 

      “Such as requiring random drug testing for anyone who receives any form of government assistance such as welfare, food stamps, EIC, etc.”

      Corporate welfare queens first.

    17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      hey! What happened to all the hope?!

    18. #18 |  Danno49 | 

      Classmates.com is the biggest piece of shit ‘premium’ site on the innernets. Facebook is everything it isn’t and should have been for having to pay to actually hook up with old friends. Except that it’s free.

      Nope. That model will never work.

    19. #19 |  Andre Kenji | 

      What sucks is having a system in the US and another in the rest of the world. I have to have a calculator everytime I see an American magazine or website….

    20. #20 |  Trip Rogers | 

      Andre – whenever I read anything that mentiones the Metric system I just ignore it and move on. The Metric system is favored by your big government, socialist types to better keep the masses in line. It was a big hit in Europe because people like being told what to do. In America if someone says back up a couple of Meters we can say fuck you, which is nice!

    21. #21 |  Michael | 

      Do they still not refer to the system in this country as the “English” system? I guess we did not win that part of the revolutionary war! Sorry, but scientific minds like consistency. That includes the use of the metric system. Why waste money replacing any signs at all? We seem to be putting up a lot of bilingual signs!

      #20
      big gubmit = metric?! You have got to be kidding! The science and medical fields are taught metric, too. I feel that continuing to use the English system is equating ignorance with the status quot.

      #19 Andre
      I convert in my head. Don’t need a calculator!

    22. #22 |  Andre Kenji | 

      Trip

      I use the metric system as a standard.

      Michael

      I´m not a science nerd. And I´ve never understood certain aspects of the so called English System.

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