Morning Links

Friday, October 30th, 2009
  • New Hampshire cop says he has been suspended for his membership in Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
  • Scott Greenfield has some interesting thoughts on accountability for misbehaving prosecutors.
  • Ouch! “I just want to know what her problem is.” Me too!
  • Budget-deficited California, Los Angeles move ahead with plans to build a taxpayer-funded professional football stadium. Despite the fact that they, um, don’t actually have a professional football team.
  • Maine officials freak out over lemonade product containing a tiny bit of alcohol.
  • If this is what the anti-pot people have been reduced to, I think the good guys are on the verge of victory.
  • Okay, this isn’t even really trying.
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  • 44 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Aresen | 

      Maine officials freak out over lemonade product containing a tiny bit of alcohol.

      Zog knows what they’ll do about the Christmas Cake at the Knights of Columbus bazaar.

    2. #2 |  Aresen | 

      From the comments on the story about the New Hampshire Cop:

      These cops who support legalization are tyrants. They are really cowards who attack those who dissagree with them. Police need to uphold the law.
      – Lenny, Epping

      The moronitude is epic.

    3. #3 |  Andrew S. | 

      Usually the (website) comments on the stories Radley posts are bad. But the comments on the story about the suspended New Hampshire cop reach a whole new level of ignorant.

    4. #4 |  Chris Berez | 

      @ #3

      Usually the (website) comments on the stories Radley posts are bad. But the comments on the story about the suspended New Hampshire cop reach a whole new level of ignorant.

      That’s the Union Leader for you. The comments are almost always overwhelmingly retarded, especially when it comes to stories about gay rights issues or anything else the theocratic readers of the Leader feel threatens their Christian values.

    5. #5 |  Andrew S. | 

      Wait a minute. That CADFY link, the one about marijuana… that’s serious? That’s from an anti-legalization site? When I clicked on it I assumed 100% that it was from a pro-legalization site that was making fun of the anti-legalization people by parodying their own comments. Just… wow.

    6. #6 |  Justin | 

      haha @ Andrew S. #5. I still feel that there is no way that can be serious. No one arguing for legalization uses any of the reasons they gave.

    7. #7 |  MassHole | 

      RE: The NH comments. How ironic these authoritarians drive around with “Live Free or Die” on their license plates.

    8. #8 |  ka | 

      “The police chief is also concerned because a Google search of Victorian lemonade turned up recipes calling for it to be made with gin. He fears young people will read those recipes and add gin to their Fentimans.”

      When I was in high school we mixed gin with orange juice…. or just about anything else we could because we were kids. Guess no OJ for the Maine kiddies either.

    9. #9 |  Nando | 

      Re: L.A. Stadium,

      There is a reason why the Raiders and the Rams were unsuccessful franchises in L.A. and why both left at the same time, 1995. L.A. is full of transient people. Those who attended the Raiders and Rams games did so, more and more, to see the opposing teams. They had good attendance in years they did good but the attendance dropped dramatically in years they did bad (for a simple reason: not enough devoted fans). Seeing as L.A. is just made up more and more of outsiders moving there now, I doubt any NFL team will be able to get a hold of the market there.

      I know why the NFL wants to do it. They need another “big market” team to continue subsidizing the smaller market teams that are losing money (like the Jaguars, Chargers, Cardinals, and Bills). I just think it’s doomed to failure.

    10. #10 |  God's Own Drunk | 

      “The police chief is also concerned because a Google search of Victorian lemonade turned up recipes calling for it to be made with gin. He fears young people will read those recipes and add gin to their Fentimans.”

      But it’s illeagal young people to buy gin, how would they obtain it? :)

    11. #11 |  Mattocracy | 

      Let’s not kid ourselves, LA residents aren’t paying for that stadium. Federal Tax dollars are going to pay for it in the long run.

    12. #12 |  djm | 

      The law is the law, if he (as a an Officer) does not believe in the laws then he will not enforce them. Too many people are drinking the kool aid that kevin in Lancaster is handing out!
      – Gregg, Seacoast

      So Gregg believes that in order for an officer to uphold the law, they have to personally believe that the law is right? When the law changes, does the officer’s belief have to change? Do they all change their beliefs simultaneously? Of course, we have always been at war with Eastasia.

    13. #13 |  Cynical in CA | 

      California doesn’t just have a budget deficit, California is broke.

      And by executive fiat, the governor eliminated the statutory requirement for an environmental impact report. Needless to say, this will upset those living within a certain radius of the project.

      My feeling is that the powers that be would not be building this stadium if the NFL has not already committed in principle to moving a team to LA, but I agree with Nando’s analysis of late NFL history in the LA area. It is a crap-shoot as to whether this team will succeed.

      As for this Orange Countian, I will most definitely travel to Industry to see my Giants play there. Otherwise, I prefer the best seat in the house — my easy chair.

    14. #14 |  Cynical in CA | 

      What is interesting about Groin Girl is that now in Vancouver, BC, a man must regard any woman walking toward him as a potential menace.

      What an interesting psychological experiment! I wonder how it will turn out?

    15. #15 |  Oh, My! | 

      [...] By jbiii Read Balko as I always do. [...]

    16. #16 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      “The sick time investigation was dropped when Wallace learned that no violation had occurred”
      should read:
      The sick time persecution was dropped when Wallace learned that no violation had occurred

    17. #17 |  Chris in AL | 

      Regarding the groin girl story. I don’t know why but this sentence made me laugh.

      “It wasn’t until he woke up afterwards that he discovered the doctors were wrong – the force of the assault had caused his testicle to rupture. It had to be removed and will be replaced by a prosthetic before Christmas.”

      Before Christmas? Why is that the time frame? Was he going to be excluded from the reindeer games because he only had one testicle? Rudolph the One-Balled Canuck?

    18. #18 |  Paul in NC | 

      CADFY Link. How silly. Everyone knows REAL stoners eat Cheetos right out of the bag.

    19. #19 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #12 djm

      The law is the law, if he (as a an Officer) does not believe in the laws then he will not enforce them. Too many people are drinking the kool aid that kevin in Lancaster is handing out!
      – Gregg, Seacoast

      So Gregg believes that in order for an officer to uphold the law, they have to personally believe that the law is right?

      Hmmm… Sounds exactly like the standard that jurors are held to when they’re interrogated about their political beliefs and then summarily dismissed when those beliefs don’t coincide with official state policy.

    20. #20 |  Steve Sutton | 

      Groin girl is fortunate she’s not committing the assaults in the United States. Under the recently passed hate crimes legislation, she could be charged with a federal crime. Her pattern seems to indicate it is motivated by gender.

    21. #21 |  Matt I. | 

      All fruit juices, when opened, contain a minute amount of alcohol due to natural fermentation of the sugar in the drink.

      A beverage with an alcohol content of .5% is not capable of getting any healthy individual drunk, because the rate of excretion of alcohol from body would be greater than the rate of ingestion, no matter how much of it one were to drink.

      Now that I’ve discussed these facts, I’d like to address one comment to the Maine school officials and the New Hampshire Police Chief, ‘FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING MORONS!!!’

    22. #22 |  Dave W. | 

      Louisville Slugger lost their case. Aluminum bats out of baseball. Good guys win. Now if we can just find some players injured by the dh rule and the fact that NL teams play AL teams now.

    23. #23 |  Mario | 

      Regarding the groin-kicking woman, do they have hate crimes in Canada?

      I don’t support hate crime laws, but if they’ve got them, I want to know why there is no mention of them.

    24. #24 |  Highway | 

      Maybe it’s the VespAvenger come back in public!

      http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=732

    25. #25 |  claude | 

      I think on the New Hampshire story, some poster is trying to stack the deck. I caught this over there:

      “Jardis is a media hound. His job is to protect and uphold the law in the Town of Epping. How can he perform his job if he does not believe in the laws he is suppose to uphold. I am willing to believe when he was in his hiring interviews he did not say “I believe we should legalize drugs” He should be removed from the force.”
      – Larry, Epping

      “Jardis is a media hound. His job is to protect and uphold the law in the Town of Epping. How can he perform his job if he does not believe in the laws he is suppose to uphold. I am willing to believe when he was in his hiring interviews he did not say “I believe we should legalize drugs” He should be removed from the force.”
      – Matt,, Epping, NH

      NOTE: When using multiple posting names pretending to be different people, posting the same exact comment on them both still sorta gives you away. How much you wanna bet this person has a badge and a gun?

    26. #26 |  not l.a. | 

      Football stadium: not Los Angeles. The City of Industry is in L.A. County, but it’s a separate city. Amazingly, this is one instance in which the City of Los Angeles is not throwing money away.

    27. #27 |  Tim Monk | 

      I think the anti-pot ad is right on. Should it be legal? Maybe, but people that smoke pot all the time do tend to be stupid and no doubt are trying to escape their loserdom. I’d like to see some kind of a survey to find the number of regular pot smokers that actually smoke with their kids!!!

    28. #28 |  Chris Berez | 

      A beverage with an alcohol content of .5% is not capable of getting any healthy individual drunk, because the rate of excretion of alcohol from body would be greater than the rate of ingestion, no matter how much of it one were to drink.

      Hell, the article even says that a person would have to drink 28 bottles of lemonade just to get the amount of alcohol found in the average beer (i.e. 5%).

      What’s Maine going to do for an encore? Ban minors from purchasing mouthwash?

    29. #29 |  Marty | 

      I think scott greenfield elevated our judges, prosecutors, and cops to god status- he points out the fundamental fiction and the suspension of reason in the system… the whole system has been elevated to a religion!

    30. #30 |  Oatwhore | 

      It wasn’t until he woke up afterwards that he discovered the doctors were wrong – the force of the assault had caused his testicle to rupture. It had to be removed and will be replaced by a prosthetic before Christmas.

      Why?

    31. #31 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

      @#22, claude

      Definately the same person posting that. We should respond in kind. Maybe they’ll listen to reason. :|

    32. #32 |  Bob | 

      Wow! I wonder what special abilities the Bionic Testicles have?

    33. #33 |  Galius | 

      Kikkoman soy sauce is about 1.7% alcohol. It’s a good mixer in a bloody mary…

    34. #34 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

      @#27 Tim Monk — “…people that smoke pot all the time do tend to be stupid and no doubt are trying to escape their loserdom.”

      Yeah, so what’s your excuse, Tim?

      I LOVE the tagline of that moronic ad: “Don’t legalize stupidity!” Hey CADFY (and Tim): Look in the mirror — it’s already legal.

    35. #35 |  claude | 

      “I think the anti-pot ad is right on. Should it be legal? Maybe, but people that smoke pot all the time do tend to be stupid and no doubt are trying to escape their loserdom. I’d like to see some kind of a survey to find the number of regular pot smokers that actually smoke with their kids!!!”

      Oh good grief.

    36. #36 |  claude | 

      “Definately the same person posting that. We should respond in kind. Maybe they’ll listen to reason. :|”

      Drug warriors listen to reason? LMAO!! Good one. Im not going to post over there but the officer involved has posted and gave his email address (bjardis@gmail.com). I just may send him an email of support. Looks like he could use it. Its rough when your persecuted to the point of possibly losing your job for merely speaking about something you believe is wrong in this country.

    37. #37 |  Aresen | 

      Budget-deficited California, Los Angeles move ahead with plans to build a taxpayer-funded professional football stadium. Despite the fact that they, um, don’t actually have a professional football team.

      I would like to know:
      1) How many stadiums, arenas, ball parks, etc around that were built for the purpose of attracting a sports team that never got one?
      2) How many were built and the sports team folded or left within 10 years?
      3) How many perfectly good stadiums etc have been torn down to build a newer, far more expensive one to placate the team owner?
      4) How many perfectly good stadiums etc are sitting empty because the team owner got a better offer somewhere else and moved the franchise?

      and, finally:

      5) How much additional space has the devil had to create in hell to support the team owners, mayors, city councillors, promoters and sports flacks who have lied through their teeth to get these things built?

    38. #38 |  Stephen | 

      There was a girl in my high school that got her kicks out of popping guys in the balls with her fist as she walked down the hall in between class. I saw her get a few other guys before she tried me. I was ready and hit her so hard she dented the locker she bounced off of. Funny thing was that everybody laughed at her and didn’t get mad at me for hitting a girl.

    39. #39 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

      “The sick time investigation was dropped when Wallace learned that no violation had occurred”

      RRRIGHT. What’s next, an investigation into failure to wear issued hat at the appropriate time or some other bit of bureaucratic nonsense. Stay strong, Officer Jardis. They know the facts are not on their side, so they are going to resort to cheap shots. You are the real Peace Officer in this situation.

      Live Free or Die, indeed.

    40. #40 |  Gonzo | 

      The Groin Girl story is disconcerting, mostly because of the reaction to it. We’re sort of conditioned to laugh, but that’s some serious shit. I’ve got one immensely fucked up sense of humor, but there’s a larger issue at play, one that resolves around mens’ rights. If the genders were reversed we wouldn’t be taking pokes at the poor fucks who were just walking down the street.

    41. #41 |  Babatunde | 

      Groin girl should hook up with this guy. They’d make beautiful music together.

      http://news.guelphmercury.com/article/311045

    42. #42 |  Stephen | 

      #41 | Babatunde |

      Wow, that story is just so weird that I am almost speechless. I guess crazy comes in many forms.

    43. #43 |  Frank | 

      #24 Thanks a buttload. Yet another webcomic to steal my free time.

    44. #44 |  Cynical in CA | 

      #26 | not l.a. — “Football stadium: not Los Angeles. The City of Industry is in L.A. County, but it’s a separate city.”

      -1 for nitpicking. L.A. County is L.A. City, county — makes no difference whatsoever.

      One thing that is NOT L.A. is Orange County. That is not a nitpick, as those of us who were aghast at the renaming of the Angels have pointed out.

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