Morning Links

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
  • Attala County, Mississippi coroner changes his mind about rehiring Steven Hayne.
  • All about Jughead’s hat.
  • Giving in to swine flu hysteria, Afghanistan isolates its only pig.
  • Speaking of Mississippi, Jackson’s crazy mayor lost in the city’s Democratic primary last night. He’s also in the hospital, apparently with some serious health problems.
  • Today, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will introduce his bill to legalize online gambling.
  • Come on, guys. Medium-well? Ray’s makes a pretty incredible burger, by the way.
  • This won’t end well: States’ largest source of revenue now the federal government.
  • If new bill in the House becomes law, prison may await hostile bloggers. That’s not an exaggeration. Most analysis I’ve seen of the bill comes to the same conclusion.
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  • 24 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Adam W. | 

      Good for the Coroner, and good for Jackson. Finally some good news.

    2. #2 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      For those looking for more info, nice article on state revenues at SA by TraderMark.
      http://seekingalpha.com/article/135488-the-shell-game-of-state-revenues#comment-491164

      Clearly, states just need to legalize deficit spending to get prosperity. United Ponzi States of America.

    3. #3 |  Ira | 

      Can’t do medium or rarer burgers unless you grind it yourself these days… too many folks pickin’ scratchin’ and handling beef…

      better safe than sick

    4. #4 |  Marty | 

      Hayne and his cronies are gonna have you labeled as a ‘hostile blogger’…

      my daughter plays with megan meier’s sister once in a while- it’s hard to believe a troubled kid can inspire this much insanity in adults.

    5. #5 |  Tokin42 | 

      RE: Dr. Hayne

      I wonder how many notes, emails, calls the prosecutor got before he realized his error, at least he was smart enough to correct his mistake.

    6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

      re: hostile bloggers

      Freedom of speech. Just another one of those liberties that do nothing but make people miserable. Thankfully, the Constitution is a living document which can be interpreted in ways that allows government to protect us from threats like the internet that were unknown at the time of the founding of the country.

      I know what you’re thinking: Did Krueger just lift that out of school text book or is he being the depressing sarcastic prick he usually is?

    7. #7 |  claude | 

      Heres a good one for this morning from my neighboring state:

      Comedian Ron White Faces Charges After Violating Smoking Ban On Stage In North Dakota
      By Rob on May 4, 2009

      http://sayanythingblog.com/entry/comedian_ron_white_faces_charges_after_violating_smoking_ban_on_stage_in_no/

    8. #8 |  Nathan A | 

      Linda “Dirty” Sanchez needs to be thrown in federal prison for the maximum recommended under her law, whether it passes or not. I read about this bill online, and it caused me substantial emotional distress. Plus, this level of stupidity has got to be criminal.

      Banning hostile speech on the internet? It would be easier to just ban the internet.

      See y’all in the gulags.

    9. #9 |  Mattocracy | 

      It was only a matter of time before dissenting political speech would be deemed hate speech.

      “We’re here to exploit you!”

      “But wait, you can’t-”

      “Holy shit! You questioned our authority and that’s threatening hate speech and that makes you an anti government extremist. Now you are in even bigger trouble!”

      Seriously, government is replacing religion. Questioning the papacy of government will be become blasphemy.

    10. #10 |  Nando | 

      Ray’s Hell Burger is the best burger in town and you can’t beat the price. Less than $7.00 for a 10-ounce burger with plenty of free toppings? To quote Clay Davis (from The Wire): Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

      And, for those of you who think that it’s too much burger, it’s actually not heavy at all. I fell more weighed down after eating most other “fast food” lunches than eating a Ray’s burger.

      BTW, Hell Sauce FTMFW!!!

    11. #11 |  Nando | 

      I hate that you can’t edit a post. The previous post should’ve read “felt” not fell.

    12. #12 |  Brandon Bowers | 

      Yeah, reactionary laws are always great ideas that work without any unintended consequences.

    13. #13 |  Bob | 

      And…. back to business as usual! At least in Atlanta:

      http://www.wsbtv.com/news/19381571/detail.html

      Here’s the part I don’t get…. and one of the reasons I don’t think cops should be working “off duty security gigs” without far better oversight and regulation:

      Since he’s off duty, he can’t arrest someone except for an observed felony. Since that didn’t happen… shouldn’t his involvement have been limited to calling the police who were on duty?

      Does anyone believe this guy was ‘reaching under the seat’ to get his CELLPHONE? No! This cop blew away an unarmed man for being afraid of him. I even have to question the rest of the cop’s story. What, he ran from him, went to his car and assumed a suspicious posture virtually guaranteed to get himself shot? Who the fuck reaches under the car seat when a cop is pointing a gun at them when they DON’T have a gun stashed there?

      Here’s what I think happened… Off duty cop sees guy in car, figures it’s a drug deal or whatever. Goes over there, the guy is startled and makes an erratic move. Cop shoots him in the face. Cop them makes up CYA story about him running, etc.

    14. #14 |  Spleen | 

      Pigs can catch swine flu from humans, too.

      But Wilbur’s biggest threat is probably a lynch mob of hysterical zoo-goers. I’d say isolation isn’t a bad idea.

    15. #15 |  Judi | 

      “It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen,” Bell said on Tuesday citing the fact that Hayne has been removed from the list of state approved pathologists.

      Ya think?

      Tell me, what CLUED him in?

    16. #16 |  BamBam | 

      The Constitution is a living document which can be interpreted in ways that allows government to protect us from threats like the internet that were unknown at the time of the founding of the country.

      I’m sure you were being sarcastic. For those that believe this, consider the following logic which is irrefutable:
      o If laws are “a living document” and thus open to interpretation, then that means those who are in power do the interpreting.
      o Once the power changes hands, the new “powers that be” do the interpreting, which can be the opposite of the previous “powers that be”.
      o Because laws are open to interpretation, there is no meaning since it can change, and thus you have a LAWLESS country with the facade of law being driven into the minds of those that can’t see the fallacy of the above logic.

    17. #17 |  Dave Krueger | 

      …consider the following logic which is irrefutable:
      o If laws are “a living document” and thus open to interpretation, then that means those who are in power do the interpreting.
      o Once the power changes hands, the new “powers that be” do the interpreting, which can be the opposite of the previous “powers that be”.
      o Because laws are open to interpretation, there is no meaning since it can change, and thus you have a LAWLESS country with the facade of law being driven into the minds of those that can’t see the fallacy of the above logic.

      To me, that’s precisely what we have.

    18. #18 |  Harvey | 

      The President and Vice-President of the United States waiting for hamburgers next to a MANTIS IN LACE one sheet.

      I love this country.

    19. #19 |  Aspasia | 

      “Speaking of Mississippi, Jackson’s crazy mayor lost in the city’s Democratic primary last night. He’s also in the hospital, apparently with some serious health problems.”

      I hope “the crazy” is being surgically removed.

    20. #20 |  Stormy Dragon | 

      While I get steaks medium, I get burgers done medium-well also. Ground beef means that contamination is spread through the entire cut of beef rather than just on the surface and thus needs to be more thoroughly cooked.

    21. #21 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #20 Stormy Dragon

      Ground beef means that contamination is spread through the entire cut of beef rather than just on the surface and thus needs to be more thoroughly cooked.

      Yep. That’s the truth.

      But, when I was a kid, my favorite sandwich was called (at least by us) a cannibal sandwich. It was rye bread with about a half inch of bright red uncooked raw lean ground beef, with a huge thin slice of raw onion, and heavily seasoned with garlic salt, pepper, and MSG.

      Dem were da daze.

      I’m hoping I live to be a hundred so when they ask me what I attribute my longevity to, I can tell ‘em cannibal sandwiches.

    22. #22 |  pam | 

      “It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen,” Bell said on Tuesday citing the fact that Hayne has been removed from the list of state approved pathologists.

      Nothing moral or ethical involved here like putting innocent people behind bars/letting the guilty go free; it the lawsuits that bother this dude.

    23. #23 |  Don Lloyd | 

      Crazy Mayor no more

      http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-05-07-jackson-mayor-obit_N.htm

      Regards, Don

    24. #24 |  Kristen | 

      Under Sanchez’s law, what would happen to my beloved hotchickswithdouchebags.com ???

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