Morning Links

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
  • Venezuela: progressive paradise!
  • Some beautiful photos of icebergs.
  • Um, ew. I love my dogs and all, but…..
  • Creative!
  • “Cop with history of spanking women will ask for leniency.”
  • Finally, a reason to get interested in the Carrie Prejean saga. It’s a good thing she took a stand against those hedonistic homosexuals.
  • Bad idea: Dressing up like a SWAT cop for Halloween.
  • Pretty cool — veteran crime reporter takes his video camera to work, documents the intricacies of the criminal justice system.
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    46 Responses to “Morning Links”

    1. #1 |  Stephen | 

      At the bottom of the spanking story is a lot of stuff that will agitate you.

      I’m not really against spanking women but I don’t think cops should do it while on duty. :)

    2. #2 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I’ve heard of the gay community, the lesbian community, the bisexual community, the transvestite community, and the transgender community. What’s the intersex community? Is that everything not covered by the others? I mean, what’s left? Ordinary heterosexuals?

      I’m also disappointed to hear that they don’t represent the inter-species community, the self love community, or the inanimate object sex community.

      Personally, I think it’s a disgrace that no human rights organizations are interested in representing the sex for profit community. I guess the notion of universal human rights isn’t all that universal if capitalists can be excluded from the umbrella.

    3. #3 |  Robert | 

      Bad link on that SWAT halloween story.

    4. #4 |  de stijl | 

      Sigh. Her name is not Carrie Prejean.

      Her name is Princess Jesus Boobies.

      Mr. Balko, please correct the spelling.

    5. #5 |  de stijl | 

      Robert,

      SWAT Halloween story is further done the linked page:

      Ill-advised costume? » When Attorney General Mark Shurtleff spoke at a BYU Law School criminal procedures class Thursday, one law student came to class dressed in full SWAT gear, including an armor belt, and some students said he had carried a gun on campus, although they weren’t sure it was real.

      When queried, the student said it was a Halloween costume, but several BYU police officers suddenly raided the classroom and hauled Rambo outside.

      He re-entered the class a short time later, minus his SWAT gear.

    6. #6 |  Mattocracy | 

      We all know that anyone who critisizes Venezuela and Hugo Chavez are right wingers and capitalist stooges. So says the all knowing Sean Penn.

    7. #7 |  tim | 

      @dave

      re: GLBTI – intersex

      Here in the states on a national level its LGBT. On the local level in my area – its GLBT (in local press its not uncommon to see both acronyms used in the same story). At “Gay Pride” events its GLBTA or LGBTAA (notice its Gay Pride and not GLBTA Pride?). GLBTI is rarely used in the US but is seen in Latin America. If you really want to tick off lesbians (something I don’t recommend) put the acronym in proper alphabetical order (BGLT or ABGLT). I’ve been called a ‘self-hating gay’ for snarkily doing that. In other words the acronym is incredibly idiotic and really doesn’t help the cause in any way.

    8. #8 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      #2 Dave,
      Good call on the lack of representation for hookers. Seriously. Rightly protest to end discrimination based on sexual preference, but avoid defending absolutely the most commonly persecuted sexual practice. And, I do believe it has EVERYTHING to do with a hatred for anything capitalist. A close second is polygamy (which should not be illegal at all if involving consenting adults).

      The Bunnies at the Ranch make a whole lot of BGLTABGLTGLBTI folks look like hypocrites.

    9. #9 |  de stijl | 

      Boyd Durkin,

      Can a female prostitute marry a man in most states?

      Can a female prostitute marry a woman in most states?

      And, I do believe it has EVERYTHING to do with a hatred for anything capitalist.

      Yet somehow, Goldman Sachs, Best Buy, and your neighborhood barbershop somehow remain in business.

    10. #10 |  de stijl | 

      Actually, Mr. Balko, I do have a real correction request:

      “Cop with history of spanking women will ask for leniency.” should be renamed “Cop with history of spanking women against their will asks for leniency.”

      The coercion is the story.

      “Cop with history of sexual battery will ask for leniency.” may be better yet.

    11. #11 |  Marty | 

      With 2 labs and a mutt, it’s dog hair hats for everyone this Christmas!

    12. #12 |  Cornellian | 

      Intersex = people with the misfortune to be born with partly male, partly female genitalia. Theirs is not an easy life but fortunately it’s a very rare condition. That African sprinter who was in the news recently was intersex. To all appearances she was simply a relatively muscular female, but was discovered to have internal testicles despite her outwardly female appearance.

    13. #13 |  Cornellian | 

      Actually there are quite a few groups around representing the interests of sex-for-profit workers. Usually they’re concerned with protecting them from violent criminals and protesting the double standard of criminally charging them but not the clients who hire them (we’re looking at you David Vitter). While these groups think prostitution should be legal, that’s not really the issue that’s their raison d’etre.

    14. #14 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #8 Boyd Durkin

      #2 Dave,
      Good call on the lack of representation for hookers. Seriously. Rightly protest to end discrimination based on sexual preference, but avoid defending absolutely the most commonly persecuted sexual practice.

      Some time ago I read a book by Marty Klein called “America’s War on Sex”. Aside from blaming conservatives for every anti sex attitude in the country while painting liberals as the sole voice of sanity (which is preposterous), the topic of prostitution is conspicuously absent. Even looking in the index, there was no listing for any words commonly associated with prostitution. If laws banning the sale of sex toys deserve prominent coverage, one would think that laws against prostitution would at least earn an honorable mention.

      And, you’re dead on about laws regarding multiple spouses.

      Too many human rights movements champion a woman’s right to choose, but only if they choose correctly. Just once I’d like to see a left wing organization of national prominence (aside from the FSC) stand up for a woman’s right to earn a living with sex, whether it be through prostitution or pornography. Instead they’re usually at the head of the line when it comes to disparaging (or, at best, ignoring) those women. Instead, most laws restricting or banning sex trades are passed with huge majorities on the right and left.

      And what is it with women that they stand idly by and tolerate having thousands of their own sex harassed and abused by cops, jailed, herded into court, and deprived of police protection when they get the shit beat out of them? But, they sure do get their panties in a wad when some country ten thousand miles away makes their women wear headscarves…

    15. #15 |  Dave Krueger | 

      As far as I’m concerned, charging clients instead of just the prostitutes doesn’t bring even a smidgen of justice to laws against prostitution. Spreading the suffering to a larger target is not an answer for anyone.

    16. #16 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #12 Cornellian, thanks for the explanation.

    17. #17 |  de stijl | 

      we’re looking at you David Vitter

      I don’t want to make diaper fetishism illegal, but I can mock it.

    18. #18 |  Jim Collins | 

      Somebody want to tell me how the Prejean settlement was anything other than blackmail? Basically the Pagent is telling everybody that we have an agenda to push and this is how far we are willing to go to do it.

      As far as same sex marriage is concerned, they are going about it the wrong way. What they need to do is to seperate the State from marriage. If you read the laws concerning this the State has nothing to do with marriage. Marriage is a religious ceremony, the State just recognizes it as a civil union with a legal document. What needs to happen is to push for laws seperating the two. Get laws passed recognizing same-sex civil unions and seperating the religious element from them. After completing the paperwork for the civil union if the couple desires a marriage ceremony, they can find a church or religious institution to perform it. If there isn’t one, it is fairly easy to form your own.

    19. #19 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #18 Jim Collins

      Somebody want to tell me how the Prejean settlement was anything other than blackmail?

      It’s not blackmail when it’s done through the courts. That’s a subtopic of the chapter entitled “It’s ok when government does it”.

      As far as same sex marriage is concerned, they are going about it the wrong way. What they need to do is to seperate the State from marriage.

      Except that’s not what they are after. They don’t want to eliminate special treatment for a particular group. They just want to be part of the group. If they were really for equality, they would be campaigning to eliminate the special privileges because it discriminates against single people.

    20. #20 |  Zargon | 

      #14
      And what is it with women that they stand idly by and tolerate having thousands of their own sex harassed and abused by cops, jailed, herded into court, and deprived of police protection when they get the shit beat out of them? But, they sure do get their panties in a wad when some country ten thousand miles away makes their women wear headscarves

      Of course, there’s no reason women deserve more blame than men in this instance.

      It’s simply that most people refuse to try and make their moral beliefs internally consistent. I suspect some were simply taught that that’s not how moral beliefs come about (“they come from God” or, “they come from your heart”) and accepted that, and I suspect some rejected making moral beliefs more consistent because they noticed they would have to condemn as immoral a number of things that they really liked, or that they were trained to accept as untouchable.

    21. #21 |  Aresen | 

      I would like to know what Ellen Degeneres has to say about Venezuela, both overall and in regard to the linked story.

      10 – 1 her reply (and that of most Hollywood leftists) would be something like “This story is exaggerated by the right-wing press and it’s only a few bad officials acting against Chavez’ wishes. And isn’t it deplorable how police in [insert name of a US city here] are targeting gays.”

    22. #22 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #20 Zargon

      Of course, there’s no reason women deserve more blame than men in this instance.

      You’re right. Women do not deserve more blame. But I would expect them to be more sensitive simply because they are part of that set of people most persecuted, although the shift in enforcement tactics where clients are targeted as frequently as the prostitutes themselves certainly has been a useful tactic in diminishing the taint of sex discrimination.

      Morality aside, women prefer prostitution to be illegal simply because it undermines their ability to use sex to influence men. It’s essentially the use of legislation to gain an edge over the competition.

    23. #23 |  Zargon | 

      #22
      But I would expect them to be more sensitive simply because they are part of that set of people most persecuted

      I wouldn’t expect that. Most women have a few body parts and nothing else in common with prostitutes. I’d go so far as to suspect that most women would beg on the streets before becoming a prostitute. (Though this would change some, maybe a lot, maybe only a little, if prostitution were generally safe).

      In fact, I’d expect men (particularly single men) to be significantly more sensitive simply because I expect that many of them would have sex for money if it were safe and profitable, and most would seriously consider it. Wouldn’t that be odd if it were true? Off to see if anybody’s done a survey like this before…

    24. #24 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #23 Zargon

      Most women have a few body parts and nothing else in common with prostitutes.

      From an anthropological perspective, I would have to differ from that.

    25. #25 |  Max | 

      my elderly neighbor, an immigrant from Russia, once said to me about my Schipperke: what a lovely coat he has; when he dies, you could make a beautiful hat from his pelt.

    26. #26 |  Trish | 

      A few years ago there was an artist event at the Anchorage Museum and one of the booths featured a woman who collected pet hair for making hats, sweaters, scarves, etc. She had piles of dog & cat hair in various states of processing and while the ‘raw’ materials were kinda of gross, the final product was amazing. At first I was a little icked out but after hearing her explain how she does it, I was intrigued and very surprised at how soft and pretty the items she made were. It really isn’t too different from cashmere or mohair.

    27. #27 |  RobZ | 

      Women generally prefer that prostitution remain illegal because it prevents competition? Seems to me that you’ve just unfairly insulted every woman I know.

    28. #28 |  perlhaqr | 

      The Salt Lake Trib, of course, can’t be arsed to mention that it’s actually legal to carry a gun on campus in Utah. Fucking leftist drones.

      As far as the Princess Jesus Boobies story, it’s not blackmail because the sex tape video is legitimate court evidence that she engaged in activity explicitly outlawed by the Miss Calipornia CALIFORNIA USA pageant.

    29. #29 |  Michael | 

      I like to fly fish and do tie some of my flys and have been known to use my pets as source material.

    30. #30 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #27 RobZ

      Women generally prefer that prostitution remain illegal because it prevents competition? Seems to me that you’ve just unfairly insulted every woman I know.

      Are you certain that they wouldn’t find your insinuation that they don’t even have a basic understanding of behavioral science the real insult?

    31. #31 |  Zargon | 

      #24
      From an anthropological perspective, I would have to differ from that.

      Do you mean an evolutionary perspective? I haven’t heard anthropological used in that context before.

      I hadn’t considered looking at it from an evolutionary standpoint, but that does seem very plausible. In any case, who has sympathy for whom isn’t usually a very interesting question to me, I just thought about it a bit and ended up at a counter intuitive answer, which may or may not have any truth in reality.

      I still intend to see if I can find a few surveys along the lines of who believes prostitution should be legal, sometime later when that won’t involve doing a google search including the word prostitution at work.

    32. #32 |  BamBam | 

      Cops go after low hanging fruit non-crimes, in this case “economic crimes”

      http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/42157.html

      The beauty of taxation and licensing is that the number of activities that can be taxed and licensed is infinite. Must control all facets of human voluntary interaction. When will people rise up?

    33. #33 |  MDGuy | 

      Morality aside, women prefer prostitution to be illegal simply because it undermines their ability to use sex to influence men. It’s essentially the use of legislation to gain an edge over the competition.

      I’m sure there are also some women who think prostitution should be illegal because they feel it is inherently exploitative of women. Of course, much like the war on drugs, prohibiting the practice doesn’t make it go away, and really makes it more dangerous (and probably exploitative) than it would otherwise be. I wish I could find it – I remember reading about a survey among sex workers in Australia, where prostitution is legal, that found they had fairly high job satisfaction.

    34. #34 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      de stijl,
      “Can a female prostitute marry a man in most states?”
      Yes, what does this have to do with legalizing prostitution?

      “Can a female prostitute marry a woman in most states?”
      Some, what does this have to do with legalizing prostitution?

      If you are questioning my inclusion of hookers into the sexual liberty debate, say that instead.

      “Yet somehow, Goldman Sachs, Best Buy, and your neighborhood barbershop somehow remain in business.”

      Barely (since when has GS been a capitalist?). The for-profit nature of prostitution provides an easy victim argument that is remarkably similar to the Marxist argument against capitalism. Hooking, afterall, is an amazing example of capitalism in many, many ways.

      I believe, snark aside, that you’d find considering the connection revelatory unless you already have all the answers and have stopped exploring.

    35. #35 |  RobZ | 

      “Are you certain that they wouldn’t find your insinuation that they don’t even have a basic understanding of behavioral science the real insult?”

      Are you certain that the reason that, putting morality aside, the reason that men don’t favor the legalization of prostitution is that men don’t like the competition?

    36. #36 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      RobZ,
      Sen. Larry Craig is intrigued by your proposal and is sending you a note under the next door toilet stall.

    37. #37 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #31 Zargon

      Do you mean an evolutionary perspective? I haven’t heard anthropological used in that context before.

      Think Helen Fisher. But, you’re correct. Who does or doesn’t sympathize isn’t all that important and it may have been kind of a cheap shot on my part.

      Laws banning prostitution aren’t exactly controversial. I know of no significant activity toward seeing them repealed by any major group, male, female, left wing, or right wing. I would be interested in hearing what you come up with in your internet search.

      The most sympathy I see towards prostitutes comes from those who generally view it’s practitioners as exploited victims rather than willing merchants. They tend not to line up on the side of legalizing it.

      Disclaimer: I don’t dispute the existence of exploitation. I only dispute the need to ban the entire profession because of it.

    38. #38 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #33 MDGuy

      I’m sure there are also some women who think prostitution should be illegal because they feel it is inherently exploitative of women.

      Yes, that is true. I think exploitation can and does exist in many areas of human activity, but no one considers banning every activity where people can be exploited. In fact, making something illegal merely pushes the exploitation underground. Arresting the exploited victims to save them isn’t an answer.

      But, my main objection to the exploitation argument, and this is common to many women’s issues, is the implicit suggestion that women need special protections because they are weaker and more vulnerable than men. I think it tends to undermine their argument of equality and, beyond that, it doesn’t accurately characterize most women I know.

      By the way, I am not trying to imply that you are arguing the exploitation angle. I’m only using your mention of it to comment on the exploitation point of view. I think you made an excellent point. I lived in Nevada for a number of years and was under the impression that prostitutes who worked the brothels there were generally satisfied with the income and working conditions. I think they would scoff at the idea that hey were exploited.

    39. #39 |  RobZ | 

      “RobZ, Sen. Larry Craig is intrigued by your proposal and is sending you a note under the next door toilet stall.”

      Please whisper into Larry’s ear, “He doesn’t seem that interesting to me.”

    40. #40 |  Windy | 

      As a hetero and married woman, I have no objection to prostitution. As a libertarian, I support legalization of prostitution on two standards — economic liberty on the one hand, and individual liberty on the other. A woman’s body belongs to herself, alone, and she has every right to do with it as she sees fit, regardless of how what she chooses to do with her body may offend others.

    41. #41 |  RobZ | 

      Finland. The World Economic Forum has ranked it second in sexual equality for two years running. Brothels are illegal. Prostitution is legal.

    42. #42 |  Zargon | 

      #38
      I would be interested in hearing what you come up with in your internet search.

      Not much, though I admittedly didn’t look too hard because I don’t care too much (spent about 15 minutes).

      I found a bunch of online surveys, which will all skew in favor of legalizing due to response bias (or whatever it’s called when responding is voluntary so only people who care respond), which I didn’t bother looking at, and several articles that alluded to some survey that was done, but which only present the final tally, and nothing breaking any of that down by demographics.

      There is one state, Nevada, that has legalized prostitution, so I don’t think public opinion is nearly as one sided as you think (the few final tally statistics I saw support this too), but I do suspect that the social taboo of suggesting it is partially responsible for the lack of any decent statistics to be readily found.

    43. #43 |  Bob Weber | 

      The dog-fur caps aren’t as wacky as you might think. Some owners of Old English Sheepdogs save the hair after a trim and have it spun into fine wool thread. One dry-cleaning gets rid of the doggy odor.

    44. #44 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #40 | Windy | November 5th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

      As a hetero and married woman, I have no objection to prostitution. As a libertarian, I support legalization of prostitution on two standards — economic liberty on the one hand, and individual liberty on the other. A woman’s body belongs to herself, alone, and she has every right to do with it as she sees fit, regardless of how what she chooses to do with her body may offend others.

      That’s ’cause yer a rarity.

    45. #45 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Crap. I fucked up the blockquotes.

    46. #46 |  buzz | 

      right. because thinking marriage is between a man and a woman TOTALLY means you are a huge hypocrite if you pose naked as a teenager. Good call. Christ. And I voted for gay marriage.

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