Morning Links

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
  • Thomas Knapp reviews already declared Libertarian Party 2012 presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root’s new book, and finds it lacking. My dustup with Root here.
  • Excellent Halloween costume.
  • Off-duty Iowa patrolman shoots, kills neighbor’s black lab. Note that the police spokesman concedes that officers get no training on how to deal with dogs.
  • Chicago aldermen are upset that they have to be searched before entering government buildings just like the little people. Wonderful quote from a honked-off very important alderman: “It’s not a matter of giving anybody any preference. But us that are aldermen — we are the ones who set your budget. If we’re the ones setting your budget maybe we’ll take an adjustment.” In short, treat us like royalty, or we’ll slash your budget.
  • Five Richmond police officers charged with, um, well, just read the article. Red rocket, Sparky. Red rocket.
  • It’s a long way down.

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  • 48 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Lucy | 

      Wait a minute, Root is already the candidate for ’12? Did they just decide to pick creeps the moment I reached voting age?

      I guess it’s “None of the Above” for the next several decades…

    2. #2 |  Radley Balko | 

      He’s a candidate for the nomination. But no, the LP hasn’t picked its nominee yet.

    3. #3 |  Stephen | 

      Dog fondling? I am curious how there might actually be a law against that.

      What about the people whose job it is to extract sperm from prize bulls for breeding purposes? I guess they better not make a video. :) OOPS, there’s already lots of videos on YouTube for “bull semen collection”, even one for an elephant!

      At least they didn’t shoot the dog.

    4. #4 |  Lucy | 

      Ah, been working on a paper half the night so my reading comprehension is somewhat diminished… Good to know they haven’t picked him, and I hope they don’t. Barr was bad enough. I prefer the “wackjobs” like Badnarik to the “accessible” sorts like Root and Barr.

    5. #5 |  Collin | 

      Amazing photo. Where was that taken?

    6. #6 |  MacK | 

      Maybe I’m the only one, but I do not get the Halloween costume.

      IS there a hidden image, or something like that?

    7. #7 |  Justin | 

      Dog fondling in GOOCH-land county.

    8. #8 |  Highway | 

      Ugh, after hearing Root’s slimy ‘Wayne Allen Root picks all the winning NFL games!’ commercials on the radio, it just feels like he’s another boat anchor holding down any chance that there will be any progress.

      Not that I don’t think he should be allowed to do that for a living. I just think it looks bad to put him out there as a candidate for the presidency.

    9. #9 |  tb | 


      No hidden image. She’s low resolution.

    10. #10 |  Brian | 

      The Chicago city council is a case study in what happens when you grant an imbecile a tiny little bit of power

    11. #11 |  TDR | 

      And I give a shit what Thomas Knapp thinks…why? To me, he’s just as disgusting and useless as Root.

    12. #12 |  Kyle | 

      Anyone know where that picture was taken?

    13. #13 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

      So, how is it animal cruelty to jack off a dog? Can I charge Rover with attempted sexual battery if he humps my leg?
      Breeders be warned: You are running a brothel!

      Best line from the incident:
      Powhatan Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert B. Beasley Jr. said Thompson “allegedly had some sexual contact with the animal.” The male dog, a German shepherd or shepherd mix, was not harmed, he said

      You bet he wasn’t harmed…he just wants more.

    14. #14 |  Mario | 

      But us that are alderman don’t got no grammar. If we’re willing to moider da English language, think what we might do to yooze!

    15. #15 |  Tom G | 

      The picture in “it’s a long way down” is already my wallpaper – it was taken from a cable car near Mount Hua in China according to the Reddit thread on it.

    16. #16 |  PW | 

      Did anyone notice that the Virginia cops pled not guilty and are arguing that the animal cruelty statute is too vague to encompass what they did?

      They’re also using the exact same argument as New Jersey cop Robert Melia, who got his animal cruelty charges for molesting a cow thrown out a few weeks ago.

    17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      I am shocked, SHOCKED, to find corruption and abuse of power in Chicago politics.

      Cops sure are some of the sickest fucks in the country.

    18. #18 |  Marty | 

      I was hoping the ‘long way down’ photo somehow tied into the ‘Chicago alderman story’…

      it’s a great picture anyway!

    19. #19 |  Marty | 

      I’d say that the Iowa cop is too stupid to be a cop, but he really isn’t…

    20. #20 |  Stormy Dragon | 

      Look on the bright side: all you have to do is make Root your VP nominee and he’ll completely disappear for the rest of the election.

    21. #21 |  “Virginia is for lovers” « The Quick and the Dead | 

      […] H/T: Balko. […]

    22. #22 |  J sub D | 

      … but a spokesman for the patrol said initial reports show Current acted in compliance with department policy.

      They don’t even try anymore.

    23. #23 |  J sub D | 

      It’s a long way down.

      The Alps?

    24. #24 |  Mattocracy | 

      I think Radley said it best when he compared Root to a used car salesman. There has to be someone more deserving. All I ever heard Root talk about was taxes and guns. At least Barr also talked about civil liberties and our fucked up criminal code.

      I think there needs to be a “Draft Drew Carry” campaign.

    25. #25 |  nobahdi | 

      THAT is what it takes to get a police officer fired?! Dog fondling?

      Of all the corruption and abuse of citizens we read about on a daily basis where the punishment is a paid vacation, all it really takes is rubbing one out for your german shepherd to lose your job.

    26. #26 |  Groucho | 

      the matter had been investigated internally

      TMI, but thanks.

      molesting a cow thrown out a few weeks ago

      She was lonely, no doubt.

    27. #27 |  Groucho | 


    28. #28 |  Nick T | 

      There might just be a decent argument to letting the aldermen enter without getting searched or maybe give them a separate line to wait in: if we are paying them to do the city’s work we don’t want them wasting time standing in what might be very long lines and not doing their jobs etc. etc.

      But it’s rather breathtaking that this guy would openly talk about getting whatever he wants because he’s got his finger on the purse. Where in his life would he not apply that argument when dealing with any local offocials? Police? Judges? Bureaucrats? It’s a disgusting and corrupt attitude on display, and shamelessly so.

    29. #29 |  Kristen | 

      Mount Hua, China. The cable car is the wuss way

    30. #30 |  Salvo | 

      Don’t want to threadjack here, but haven’t seen this anywhere else: Maricopa County (Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s goons) steal docs from a defense attorney in the middle of a sentencing, caught on video. Judge doesn’t do anything about it. What the hell?

    31. #31 |  J sub D | 

      THAT is what it takes to get a police officer fired?! Dog fondling?

      If only they had shot the dog a pepartment spokesman would have beeb able to say that they “acted in compliance with department policy” and they’d all still be employed.

    32. #32 |  Johnny | 

      Root is a cross between Bob Dornan and Danny Bonaduce.

    33. #33 |  Marty | 


      mindblowing! I can’t believe how casually they went through her papers…

    34. #34 |  Steve Verdon | 

      I often feel threatened by police, can I shoot them on sight?

    35. #35 |  MacGregory | 

      #30, #32
      BLATENT. Not only took it out of the courtroom but then brought it back. Judge says something like “officers are responsible for the safety of my courtroom.” WTF? Has there been a problem with defense attorneys hiding weapons in paperwork?

    36. #36 |  DaveG | 

      The LP needs to run a 9-11 truth, anti-zionist candidate. Jeff Rense would be a good pick, but he’s a hermit.
      I thought in 2008 the LP should have thrown their support behind Ron Paul, maybe they would if he won the nomination in 2012

    37. #37 |  Marty | 

      finally! a good story about cops and a dog…

    38. #38 |  Salvo | 

      What strikes me is that they take it out, copy it, admit that’s what they’re doing, bring it back and take the copies. The lawyer protests saying it’s a clear violation of atty-clt privilege, and the judge just shrugs and says that an issue for a different day. Like hell it is. Atty-clt priv. is something just about every lawyer views as sacrosanct. Speaking as an administrative judge, if somebody tried something like that in my courtroom, they’d be kicked out so fast they wouldn’t know what hit them. And that’s because I have no contempt powers. If I did, I wouldn’t think twice about throwing the deputy’s ass in jail.

      To me…the fact that the judge didn’t do a thing to stop it…I dunno. I think that’s cause to haul her up before the judicial tenure commission or whatever they have in AZ.

    39. #39 |  Thane Eichenauer | 

      I’ve followed Mr. Root since the 2008 LP convention and while I see that some people may have valid critiques of his business background I would love to have those with critiques lay them out and not claim that he is a “creep”.
      As for taxes and guns, there is plenty and then some to assail on the issue of excessive taxation and given the fact that the outright advocates of government as (the only) solution have been elected to office in 2008 (the Republicans at least lied about their desire for government) a defense of private firearms ownership is as needful as ever.

    40. #40 |  Aresen | 

      Off-duty Iowa patrolman shoots, kills neighbor’s black lab. Note that the police spokesman concedes that officers get no training on how to deal with dogs.

      What’s the problem here? Aren’t police officers supposed to keep in practice during their off-duty hours?

    41. #41 |  SJE | 

      Arensen is right. They should also bust down the neighbors doors on regular occassion and impound their cars.

    42. #42 |  BamBam | 

      I don’t understand the Halloween costume. Can someone please explain in excruciating detail? I understand what low resolution is, pixelated, blah blah blah but don’t see how the person’s face plays into it. Her face doesn’t look pixelated. If I’m supposed to ignore her face as part of the costume, then I’d say it’s not clever at all.

    43. #43 |  pam | 

      that judge had no idea what was going on right in front of her face. Unbelievable. It was like she was on tranqualizers. The inmate was the one who noticed it all. You could tell he had excellent peripheral vision, being the first to notice the cop coming up from behind and then telling his attorney when he saw him take the papers. It was like he had eyes in back of his head. I guess guys in prison develop keen senses due to having to watch their back constantly. It was like he felt the guy coming up. A little later in the tape you could see the convict staring those two down. I’m not sure he’s the one who needs protection.

    44. #44 |  Aresen | 

      pam | November 3rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

      that judge had no idea what was going on right in front of her face. Unbelievable. It was like she was on tranqualizers.

      I first read that as “It was like she was on the sea of tranquility”, which, I suppose, is also accurate.

    45. #45 |  pam | 

      there is no “tranquility” for the convict apparently, especially in this county.

    46. #46 |  the friendly grizzly | 

      Nick T in 28: they NEED to be delayed on line. If they are speeded through to “do their jobs”, the citizens of The City that Works get another bunch of laws, restrictions, taxes, and prohibitions on commerce. Let ’em wait.

      The behavior is easily explained: what can one expect from career politicians?

      As for the dog-jacking cops: anyone care to guess how many are on the mailing lists or membership rosters of Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, Americans for Truth, etc? How loud their voices are in the choir each Sunday morning? How many homosexuals they have beaten to a pulp in the alley behind the Club Colours bar? (perverts, you know!)

      I’ve reached the point that when I am in a new town (I travel a lot) and am looking for a restaurant, I will not go in one with cop cars in the lot. Rental cars stick out a mile, and to some of these people, out-of-towners are seen as easy pickings.

    47. #47 |  Danno49 | 

      Finally. A dog that shoots at the police.

    48. #48 |  The friendly grizzly | 

      Danno, you owe me for a keyboard..!