Morning Links

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
  • Another woman comes forward to claim she was sexually assaulted by the rogue police narcotics unit in Philadelphia.
  • Germany set to ban violent video games.
  • Oklahoma officials plan to charge the paramedic, not the cop, in the fallout from the videotaped confrontation, in which the cop pulled the ambulance over, then gripped and choked the paramedic’s throat, all while a patient was inside the ambulance.
  • Poker Players Alliance vows to fight fed seizure of players’ winnings.

  • Envisioning a post-secession United States.
  • The man I wrote about earlier who was imprisoned an extra 16 years because of an opinion joined by Judge Sonia Sotomayor before DNA exonerated him, now has an op-ed in the Politico questioning her alleged “empathy.”
  • Via P.J. Doland, “play us off, keyboard otter.”
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    1. #1 |  Hamburglar007 | 

      I hope the paramedic rips those assholes apart in court.

    2. #2 |  TJ | 

      Regarding “Envisioning a post-secession United States.” — several colleagues and I have been discussing this since the election. Since the start of the Obomer reign, I have come to understand how the countries of Eastern Europe have devolved into many smaller ones. I envision the USA breaking into at least two. The wacky left, and the far right. We appear to be so polarized as a nation that this may be the only workable outcome. Everything we vote on, everything we are polled about — 50% .v. 50% — no common ground anymore.

      Think about it.

    3. #3 |  Zargon | 

      My money’s on the paramedic decided not to drop the matter, either by continuing to attempt to press charges, or by looking into filing a civil suit, and this is revenge/”discredit the victim so we look like the good guys”

      I mean, the chances of the charges sticking are low, given they’ve got video of the incident (though with juries, it always a roll of the dice. Loaded dice, when a cop is the alleged victim), but even if the charges don’t stick, they still get to discredit him, and make him spend money and time on defending himself.

    4. #4 |  chance | 

      Re: OK paramedic: in the article, the statement I saw about charging White comes from the cop. I wonder if he’s just talking out of his ass?

      Re:secession. Do the words “divide and conquer” mean anything to anyone?

    5. #5 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      Was disappointed with the otter. My cat could do the same thing. I was hoping of something like “Chopsticks” or “Shave & a Haircut”.

    6. #6 |  TomMil | 

      RE: Paramedic: If I remember correctly the cop’s initial version of the event was that the Paramedic physically accosted him. The video tapes put the lie to that. What kind of “false reports” standards do they have in Oklahoma?

    7. #7 |  ktc2 | 

      TomMil,

      Same as everywhere else in this country. If a cop did it, it’s not illegal, at worst it’s a “training problem”.

    8. #8 |  Gonzo | 

      @Mike Leatherwood

      Yeah, I was disappointed as well. This is the internet, damnit! I’m not wasting my time-wasting time unless that thing can bust out The Entertainer. Preferably while wearing a bowler hat.

    9. #9 |  Michael Chaney | 

      The paramedic article was so poorly written. Every other statement was “White said that” or “Martin said that”. Watch the freaking video, people. You don’t have to take their word at it, you can simply watch. By the way, the paramedic’s “story” is what appears on the videos. I got the feeling the trooper was just trying to impress his wife with his authority.

      The whole thing shouldn’t have happened. The ambulance driver should not have pulled over. He should have got on the radio emergency frequency (which we know works) and asked what was up. Then he should have contacted the officers superiors (without pulling over) and told them to get their officer under control.

      Part two of this is the problem with the other officers. I know they showed up later, but they too should have had the presence of mind to get this guy under control (and “this guy” isn’t the ambulance driver). They should have asked him why he pulled over an ambulance, if the person in the ambulance is fine, etc. They should have also physically stopped him from trying to arrest the paramedic and taken him to the side to calm him down.

      It’s a weird world. The only good thing was that we find out that the officers gave up on the kidnapping (false arrest is kidnapping, call it what it is) because they feared the crowd around them. Keep that in mind.

    10. #10 |  ShelbyC | 

      It doesn’t sound like any charges are going to be filed. The cop said they were going to file charges with the DA’s office, but I thought the DA said he wasn’t going to pursue them.

    11. #11 |  Mattocracy | 

      So the Germans are going to censor video games ’cause they need to save the children, huh. Maybe they can ban gay marriage next to save them too.

      This is serious folks. Kids become violent from bad parenting. We almost never hear anyone putting the blame where it belongs. You’d figure that the media being the one’s under attack, they would harp on this all day long on TV. But I guess they’re too worried about another jackass senator fucking an intern to care about their impending doom.

    12. #12 |  solinox | 

      I just hope I can get my family and I relocated back to our home-state of Texas before it becomes an immigration issue.

    13. #13 |  Chris in AL | 

      In all fairness, most of the violent video games I play involve shooting Germans.

    14. #14 |  Big Texan | 

      RE: secession, I have to say there are some parts of me that thinks that would be the best thing since the revolution, on the other hand Texas is such a ‘law and order’ state there would be no hope for Police reform. Come to think of it there’s really not much hope now anyway

    15. #15 |  MDGuy | 

      So on the one hand we have ordinary people, who can be convicted for sexual assault not just in the absence of DNA evidence but in spite of it and then systematically be denied even an attempt to prove their innocence.

      On the other hand, we have a gang of state-sanctioned thugs, who can roam around assaulting women with impunity and then systematically threaten, harrass and intimidate them into silence. And after all that, they guy doesn’t even lose his job, much less face trial and conviction.

      Just incredible…where’s the SCOTUS nominee who doesn’t have his/her head up the LEOs collective ass? I know stupid question right?

    16. #16 |  Bob | 

      #15, MDGuy,

      So on the one hand we have ordinary people, who can be convicted for sexual assault not just in the absence of DNA evidence but in spite of it and then systematically be denied even an attempt to prove their innocence.

      On the other hand, we have a gang of state-sanctioned thugs, who can roam around assaulting women with impunity and then systematically threaten, harrass and intimidate them into silence. And after all that, they guy doesn’t even lose his job, much less face trial and conviction.

      Just incredible…where’s the SCOTUS nominee who doesn’t have his/her head up the LEOs collective ass? I know stupid question right?

      As if all that wasn’t enough, You’re forgetting about the whole “asset forfeiture” issue, where cops grab your cash and property just because they can.

    17. #17 |  Gonzo | 

      @Chris in AL

      We’re the Germans! Saboteur!

    18. #18 |  Ginger Dan | 

      Who can really say they’re surprised the paramedic is getting charged? Teflon isn’t just for bulletproof vests, it’s for misconduct and brutatily charges as well.

      One angle of this incident that is widely underreported, what the hell was the trooper’s wife doing in the car with him when he was zooming around?

    19. #19 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Poor Germany. They just can’t seem to break free of their historical urge to force all of their citizens into a single-minded state-sponsored homogeneous crop of automatons in order to save them from the evils and certain destruction of a free market in competing ideas.

      And as in the past, I’m sure they think this time they have it right.

    20. #20 |  cheapogroovo | 

      This is a much better like to the OHP story and police cam video
      http://newsok.com/oklahoma-highway-patrol-releases-scuffle-video/article/3377506

    21. #21 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #13 Chris in AL

      In all fairness, most of the violent video games I play involve shooting Germans.

      LMAO!

      Me too. I’m a fan of COD, BIA, MOH, etc.

    22. #22 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Holy shit. If the country “devolves” into the countries depicted on that map, I will need to move. As an atheist, I don’t want to get caught in the round up of heretics in The South. Although, on the bright side, if the executions were conducted in accordance with contemporary theocratic practices popularized in certain central Asian countries, the large ticket-buying fan base could actually make sports stadiums profitable for the first time ever.

    23. #23 |  omar | 

      @#20 | cheapogroovo

      Holy shit! I had no idea the altercation was so one-sided. And the troopers reason for the season: “when I go by you, saying ‘what’s goin on’, you don’t need be givin’ me no hand gestures now, i ain’t gonna’ put up with that shit, you understand me?!?”

      Maybe we should all start sending photos of middle fingers to the OHP. “You understand us?”

    24. #24 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

      Two generally pro-cop radio DJs last night
      played the paramedic cop contretemps audio
      and changed their tunes : “Sorry, that cop pulls
      me over and grabs me like that I’m gonna roll him.”
      This story pushed some people over to the other side.

    25. #25 |  Dave Krueger | 

      As for Sotomayor’s empathy, the odds are heavily against it. Aspirations to high political office, almost without exception, require not only the elimination of any hint of empathy, but the entire conscience must be sacrificed. Usually this is done enthusiastically and without reservation very early in the careers of all who pursue that goal.

    26. #26 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #2 TJ

      Since the start of the Obomer reign, I have come to understand how the countries of Eastern Europe have devolved into many smaller ones.

      Do you mean that under Obama the U.S. is going to be conquered by our enemies and arbitrarily chopped up at the whim of the victors and forced to live within those haphazard boundaries by the remaining super-power(s) who will foment proxy wars among the smaller states in order to keep their militaries and weapons industries busy outside their own boarders?

    27. #27 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I meant borders.

    28. #28 |  Tim C | 

      Germans – hmmmph. Usually restricting something (or even making it taboo) means repressed feelings come out somehow. Zappa’s “Bobby Brown Goes Down” was huge in Germany for this reason….

      Secession/California – I suppose this isn’t well-known outside the region (I skimmed parts of the article, don’t think I missed this) – http://www.jeffersonstate.com/

    29. #29 |  Matt | 

      Regarding the innocent guy Sotomayor let rot in, it was just an extra six years, not sixteen, which was the total sentence.

    30. #30 |  joev | 

      i am SO gonna clean up–i love it when nanny states ban things i have easy access to. deutchmark to dollar converter, ebay account, and gamestop on the corner from my apt.

      supplemental income, pocket change, call it what you like.

    31. #31 |  Stephen | 

      1. The cop was a dick. He should never have pulled over the ambulance in the first place.

      2. I think if I was the driver, I would have just turned on the lights and kept going. Then the cop gets to be the one ignoring emergency signals.

      Getting patient to hospital is a higher priority than dickhead cop.

    32. #32 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Speaking of government control of the population (this is going to be a stretch), in case you were looking for a benign name for when the government illegally reads your emails, the term to use is “overcollection” and you shouldn’t worry about it because it’s just accidental and accidents are to be expected.

      You gotta love it when Congress huffs and puffs and acts all concerned about the welfare of the population.

    33. #33 |  Mike T | 

      Holy shit. If the country “devolves” into the countries depicted on that map, I will need to move. As an atheist, I don’t want to get caught in the round up of heretics in The South. Although, on the bright side, if the executions were conducted in accordance with contemporary theocratic practices popularized in certain central Asian countries, the large ticket-buying fan base could actually make sports stadiums profitable for the first time ever.

      You might want to just skip right on over to Mexico. Based on this comment, and the laughably bad analogy in it, I’d say you have as much to worry about from a liberal blue state killing you in a eugenics purge as you would for being an atheist in a theocratic south.

    34. #34 |  Stephen | 

      #33

      You know, Mexico might not be a bad fallback position since I already speak the language.

      I don’t think you quite “get” Dave. :)

    35. #35 |  SJE | 

      re: OK incident

      I just realized that the paramedic being choked by the cop WASNT EVEN DRIVING the ambulance, but was in the back with the patient. WTF? Its like the cop was looking for the nearest black man to choke.

    36. #36 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      The state at stop at nothing to preserve the state. There will not be a peaceful leaving of the union.

    37. #37 |  Aresen | 

      #30 | joev | June 17th, 2009 at 12:28 pm
      i am SO gonna clean up–i love it when nanny states ban things i have easy access to. deutchmark to dollar converter, ebay account, and gamestop on the corner from my apt.
      (emphasis added)

      Uhhh, you might want to update that converter.

      ;P

    38. #38 |  Frank | 

      I hope Paramedic White breaks it off in the DA’s and the trooper’s ass.

    39. #39 |  scott | 

      As for Sotomayor’s empathy, the odds are heavily against it. Aspirations to high political office, almost without exception, require not only the elimination of any hint of empathy, but the entire conscience must be sacrificed. Usually this is done enthusiastically and without reservation very early in the careers of all who pursue that goal.

      Jesus, Dave… virtually every time you comment I think to myself, “I need to buy that guy a beer.” Your up to a few cases now.

      My version of your sentiment… “To run for any national office you have to be, at the very least, a borderline sociopath.” Ask anyone who works for a major corporation what they think of their senior managers. With very few exceptions they’ll tag them as opportunistic backstabbers with little or no regard for the affect their behavior has on others. Then ask them how they feel about senior government officials. It’s an easy way to separate the parochialists from the realists.

    40. #40 |  Greg C | 

      OK cop/paramedic incident:

      If there is a bright side, I think this is the first police misconduct story I have ever read where most of the comments on the news sites ( and non-Agitator/libertarian sites) are on the right side ( against the cop).

      I suppose this is because the video shows the cop is a liar, but that hasn’t stopped cop suckers from blindly supporting them before.

    41. #41 |  Mister DNA | 

      The people of Oklahoma need to start a peaceful protest and begin flipping off every state trooper they see on the highway.

    42. #42 |  Michael Chaney | 

      By the way, from the link in #20:

      Martin, a patrolman with two years experience, has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing by Okfuskee County District Attorney Max Cook. He also said he would not file charges against Creek Nation EMT Maurice White Jr., who is the person involved in the altercation with Martin.

      This is good, but not perfect. The cop should be fired, charged, and jailed. And we shouldn’t even have to *say* that the paramedic isn’t going to be charged, it should be blatantly obvious. The fact that we have to make that explicit exposes a deep problem with our society.

    43. #43 |  jsh | 

      Secession-wise, I wouldn’t be surprised if the resulting pieces wind up being more moderate than the whole. It would eliminate “we have to grab all the power we can and do everything we want NOW because ‘they’ might get power later” thinking, and eliminate the other side as a foil for the dominant party. If you’re not afraid the libruls will come and take your kids to atheist reeducation camps, you might relax a bit.

      It might also leave libertarian-leaning organizations as the default opposition, if they outnumber the stump of southern liberals or northern fundies.

    44. #44 |  CC | 

      Re: Sotomayor:

      Rather than going after a procedural ruling where the (admittedly sympathetic) Deskovic was denied a special exception in his case, if I were Deskovic I would be suing his lawyer for legal malpractice.

      The lawyer had A YEAR to write the habeas corpus petition in question. THE DAY BEFORE IT WAS DUE the lawyer MAILED it rather than spend a few bucks for a courier.

      Federal law clearly says that the deadline is a year except in extraordinary circumstances. I’m sorry, but Deskovic’s lawyer’s reason for lateness is not an extraordinary circumstance. Very few judges would be remotely OK with the “oh, but some clerk told me verbally” excuse and habeas petitions are almost never granted anyway.

    45. #45 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

      Please also remember if Texas joins the South
      they could merge into a single State known
      collectively as “Dumphukistan.”

    46. #46 |  Andrew | 

      A friend of mine works in the video game industry. There are laws against violent video games in Germany are already terribly prohibitive. They put a lot of funding behind the Austrian release (more or less identical to the American one except for the language change) and did a half-hearted German release. They also tracked where copies were installed. Turns out, a lot of Germans were buying the Austrian release.

      You can make behaviour illegal, but you cannot make it undesirable.

    47. #47 |  Gonzo | 

      Hey, Yizmo. What’s with the enjambment?

    48. #48 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

      Chicks dig it.

    49. #49 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #46 Andrew

      A friend of mine works in the video game industry. There are laws against violent video games in Germany are already terribly prohibitive.

      I think I have heard of games that have a German edition which edits out Nazi symbols which are apparently illegal there.

      They’re paranoid “it” will happen there again and we’re completely convinced “it” can’t happen here. I wonder which perspective is more realistic.

      Of course, censorship is always a tool of oppression and ultimately always plays into the hands of those who favor totalitarianism.

    50. #50 |  thorn | 

      I really have no problem with Germany censoring Nazi imagery…

    51. #51 |  SJE | 

      I thinks its great that Germany is banning all manner of violent videogames. Before videogames came along, Germany was long known as the “peaceful lamb” of Europe, and the inspiration for Ghandi.

    52. #52 |  omar | 

      Comment #51 > Comment #50

    53. #53 |  Kid Handsome | 

      My issue with the Oklahoma story is that the cop only pulled over the Medic when he thought he’d been given the finger. That seems to have been glossed over. The whole incident should be over as soon as he said that was his motive for pulling over the ambulance. Clearly, just like every cop I’ve ever met, the incident had less to do with any real “traffic problem” and everything to do with his perception of the respect “due” to him as an officer.

    54. #54 |  omar | 

      #53 | Kid Handsome |

      I was thinking the same thing. Sounds like Cartman on his Big-Wheel. Respect my Authoritai!

      Just another tough guytough guy who suddenly realizes he’s a poor wounded puppy dog.

    55. #55 |  SJE | 

      #53: Two points
      1. The driver ALLEGEDLY gave him the finger, according to the cop. Not according to the others. Based on the video versus the cop’s telling of the incident, I wouldnt be believing anything the cop said.

      2. So the cop pulled him over a second time. What was the reason for the FIRST time? Authoratah. The cop had no right to pull the driver over the first time, endangering a patient in the ambulance, and endangering whoever the cop was supposed to be rushing to aid. Whatever respect the cop thought was owed disappeared when you pulled over the ambulance the first time. Dick.

    56. #56 |  omar | 

      @#55 | SJE |

      From the video I watched, see #20, I don’t think the cop pulled over the driver twice. The cop went around the ambulance once, went to a crime scene, and saw there were a lot of cops already present. The cop prepared to pull away when the ambulance passed him, and that’s where the ambulance driver waved his hands, in what the cop claims was an obscene gesture. The driver maintains he made a confused gesture as if to say “sorry, i what did you want me to do?” (quotes approximate) At that point, the cop chased the ambulance down and pulled him over.

      The altercation happened because the lead EMT with the patient (not the driver) didn’t show the cop correct respect. The cop was pissed about the “finger”, and was perfectly happy to just yell at the driver. But he cop even enraged the EMT in charge wouldn’t let him thrash the driver. It was the EMT in the back with the patient who got choked.

      When the confrintation started, the cop started yelling about the “finger”, then changed his tune to make a big deal about the ambulance’s failure to yield on their first rode encounter.

      If you watch the video, The ambulance passed another car that was pulled over, then immediately the ambulance made for the the shoulder and out of the cops way.

      I totally agree, the cop had no right to pull over the ambulance. And letting that slide, he’s a damn thug for his later actions. Throw him in prison.

      My other comment is awaiting moderation, so I’ll just repost the picture of the cop after the incident. Poor baby really got his feelings hurt. That’s the face of someone who knows they have been caught doing wrong.

    57. #57 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #50 thorn

      I really have no problem with Germany censoring Nazi imagery…

      Perhaps Christian imagery could be justifiably censored after the Inquisitions. They didn’t kill as many, but they certainly had perfected the art of inflicting excruciating suffering on hundreds of thousands, of which the death toll was substantial.

      And from there we could work our way down to obscenity, pictures of abused prisoners, the alcohol content of beer, and “light” cigarettes.

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