Lunch Links

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

This will be it for the blogging today. Feeling a little under the weather.

  • What the Sotomayor hearings would look like if conducted by the 1977 Kansas City Royals.
  • Guinness (the world record people, not the beer people) gets stupid litigious.
  • This NY Times editorial runs down a long list of items Sotomayor ought to be questioned about. Missing: Any mention of criminal justice. Does the left no longer care about the rights of the accused? Remember, this is one area where there’s reason to believe Sotomayor is fairly conservative, or at least more conservative than the justice she would replace.
  • Real-life naughty librarians.
  • More on how D.C. thrives during recession.
  • Chuck Brown, in real life.
  • Ohio police raid civil group’s euchre tournament, charge the organizer with felonies.
  • Worst password hint ever.
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  • 39 Responses to “Lunch Links”

    1. #1 |  Jay | 

      You may already have seen this, but guess which city has the most job postings per capita:
      http://fe18.story.media.ac4.yahoo.com/news/story/maple/us/usnews/20090713/ts_usnews/10citieswiththemostjobpostingspercapita

      /Jay

    2. #2 |  Aspasia | 

      Re: Password hint.

      LOL! Wow. Password cracking made easy courtesy of Priceline.

    3. #3 |  Michael Chaney | 

      Does the left no longer care about the rights of the accused?

      Um, did they ever?

    4. #4 |  CC | 

      I hope you feel better.

    5. #5 |  Michael Chaney | 

      One other thing – Euchre is a game of skill. While side bets are probably illegal, I can’t imagine playing for money would be.

    6. #6 |  Chet | 

      Does the left no longer care about the rights of the accused?

      In the face of a relentless, decades-long assault from both the right and the media about being “soft on crime”? Probably not, but how about a little opprobrium for conservatives for making a platform of rights of the accused political suicide in this country?

    7. #7 |  Hunter | 

      I thought the Guinness beer people and world record book people were the same people, originally.

    8. #8 |  Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » When the Cockleshell Shatters and the Hammers Batter Down the Door | 

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    9. #9 |  freedomfan | 

      D’oh! I misread the fourth item as “Real-life naughty libertarians.” Gimme something I can use! :D

      Hope you’re feeling better soon, Radley.

    10. #10 |  ChrisD | 

      I loved the password hint. It reminded me of the Mel Brooks’ luggage combination in Spaceballs.

    11. #11 |  adolphus | 

      At first I thought Radley had a link to an essay on the Godfather of Go-Go. But alas, I’ll have to wait for four star Fridays.

      Guiness Records and Guiness Beer were the same originally but the book part was sold and passed around among publishers like a bottle of Boones Farm at a high school party.

      There was a time when parts of the left cared about the rights of the accused, but I agree with Chet, they have gone cowardly in the face of decades of being accused of being soft on crime.

    12. #12 |  RobZ | 

      New York Times reporters probably do lean to the left. The editorial board definitely leans towards the moronic.

    13. #13 |  Bronwyn | 

      The comments on the Akron story are disturbing. The “don’t the cops have better things to do” sentiment is almost universally expressed as, “go arrest those awful black kids, instead!”

      Yeeks.

    14. #14 |  Mojotron | 

      I don’t think the newgeography piece on DC is accurate. Unemployment is currently at 10.7% for DC, which puts them in the top 10 of “states”, and 6.2% for the DC metro area, which is better but still not that good.

      http://www.bls.gov/web/laummtrk.htm
      http://www.bls.gov/web/lauhsthl.htm

      http://slate.com/id/2216238/ – This interactive tool also doesn’t show DC or the DC area as “thriving” during the recession; what am I missing?

    15. #15 |  Phelps | 

      The left has only cared about the rights of the accused when the issue can used as a wedge between conservatives and republicans, or when they are talking about the rights of the accused to vote Democrat.

    16. #16 |  Mojotron | 

      and the New York Times isn’t the left as much as it leans corporate democrat; they still waffle on basic things like calling torture torture (even NPR does this now). For lefties that care about civil rights see Glenn Greenwald at Salon or Talking Points Memo.

    17. #17 |  Ginger Dan | 

      Bronwyn

      Completely agree about the comments in that article. I agree with the “don’t they have something better to do” sentiment, but don’t think “getting the black kids” is at all better.

    18. #18 |  JS | 

      ChrisD “I loved the password hint. It reminded me of the Mel Brooks’ luggage combination in Spaceballs.”

      hahaha 1,2,3,4,5…what kind of idiot has 12345 as a combination!

    19. #19 |  perlhaqr | 

      re: Euchre

      Ah, America, where we seem to have traded in “Don’t Tread On Me!” for “Do You Have a Permit For That?”

      Bah.

    20. #20 |  JS | 

      perlhaqr “Ah, America, where we seem to have traded in “Don’t Tread On Me!” for “Do You Have a Permit For That?””

      That is a GREAT quote!

    21. #21 |  SJE | 

      Unemployment in DC region

      Good point #14

      Another point is that the demographics alone would count for a large amount of the difference in unemployment compared with other cities.
      (a) Unemployment is very low in the highly educated, as a general rule. D.C. is a very highly educated area (e.g. Montgomery County #1 in post-grad education %), and does not have any large blue collar sector, especially manuf.
      (b) DC does not have a large finance/banking etc. sector compared to NYC, Chicago, Charlotte NC, Boston that has particularly suffered, taking with it a lot of secondary jobs.
      (c) Regulatory and Govt Arbitrage. Just an idea: Most other big cities are largely located in one or two tax jurisdictions. Virginia, D.C. and Maryland offer quite a bit of difference in what they offer with respect to cost/benefit etc, and so industries/people can move within the region, and do not have to leave entirely.

    22. #22 |  Steve Jean | 

      Get better soon.

    23. #23 |  REH | 

      I agree with what people have said about the comments on the euchre story. They really disturbed me. Ridiculous laws don’t seem to get changed because most of the time they’re usually only applied to people who no one cares about (poor people, minorities). I’m sure the people who commented that the old guys weren’t hurting anyone would feel a lot differently if it was 17-year-old black kids in the projects doing the exact same thing. It’s like what Radley Balko said in his article about mayor Calvo–we probably need more police raids of wealthy, powerful white people for anyone to ever notice that these laws and the way they’re enforced just don’t make sense.

    24. #24 |  Bronwyn | 

      I hope Harper and Daisy are snuggling you back to wellness, Radley.

    25. #25 |  John | 

      Ah, ALA annual conference. Alas, I am too married to enjoy the baccanale pleasures of it. I can only live vicariously through colleagues who attend and indulge in its sensual delights.

    26. #26 |  Mattocracy | 

      I have tried to tell people in my circle that Sotomayor almost always rules in favor the government and almost never in favor of the accused. That she essentially supports a police state over individual rights.

      The lefties basically say, “no way, she’s a liberal and liberals don’t do that!” or they say “I haven’t read anything about that in the biased news media that I read.” Then the conservatives say, “yeah, and she’s a racist and blah blah blah…”

      It really pisses me off how so many jackoffs just take other people’s assessments at face value. I’m not sure if journalists cause intellectual laziness or if it’s the general apathy of people in general.

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    28. #28 |  Alex | 

      Bronwyn and Ginger Dan,

      Congratulations! You’re more totally not racist than the Daily Kos.

    29. #29 |  Mattocracy | 

      The Sotomayor tribunal at the hands of the Kansas City Royals was remarkably funny.

    30. #30 |  Warren | 

      Shush me baby, shush me hard!

    31. #31 |  Michael Chaney | 

      Ridiculous laws don’t seem to get changed because most of the time they’re usually only applied to people who no one cares about (poor people, minorities).

      You’re catching on. Now, here’s the next step: that’s by design.

    32. #32 |  Stephen | 

      Glenn Sacks mentions you on his blog:

      http://www.glennsacks.com/blog/

      re: El Paso having low crime rate. Seems like their marriage rate is high vs other cities. I guess being married keeps guys out of trouble?

    33. #33 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      “What would the Sotomayor hearings would look like if conducted by the 1977 Kansas City Royals?”

      Maxine Waters thinks this is a valid question.

    34. #34 |  thorn | 

      It matters little what Sotomayor thinks about criminal justice or any other issue. All that appears to matter is that she’s a hispanic female. The Dems will support her because she’s the Historic Obama Pic. The Reps will follow along, lest they be accused of racism.

      This pick is about image; it has much less to do about what the woman really believes. All the Q&A is just a formality at this point.

    35. #35 |  max | 

      Yes to the Guinness people being the same originally. The beer company started the book and was tied to the book company (a wholly owned subsidiary of the brewers) for the longest time, but back in 2000 or so the book company was sold to a publishing group.

    36. #36 |  Bronwyn | 

      Alex… ?

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    38. #38 |  Alex | 

      The commenters and the Kos “diarist” are talking about the same black kids. Those Kos kids don’t have their ear on America’s racist pulse like you two.

    39. #39 |  Bronwyn | 

      I didn’t realize until later that the commenters were referring to a specific group of kids.

      Instead of the snark (always appreciated, of course, but not very helpful in this situation), you could have just said, “they’re talking about a particular roving band of hooligans.”

      After all the scary comment threads we’ve seen under the stories we read, I think we can be forgiven just this once.

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