Sunday Links

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Got my front door open. Did some shoveling. Took some pictures. Today we have a bright winter sun. It’s beautiful on the snow, if a bit blinding. Hoping to get to Old Town before the Super Bowl this evening to snap some more pics.

On to the links . . .

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24 Responses to “Sunday Links”

  1. #1 |  Erik | 

    (concerning the weather out east)

    Snowmageddon? Snowpocalypse? Whiteout at the White House?

    Message to the media: Stop already with this crap.

  2. #2 |  Joe | 

    This is worthy of its own thread Radley. I see more states trying to adopt this.

  3. #3 |  perlhaqr | 

    The Ambulance report will at least show the correct intersection for the collision with the blogger.

  4. #4 |  Stephen | 

    Sigh…. Anybody that is afraid of a 35lb dog should NOT be a cop!

  5. #5 |  Johnny Longtorso | 

    I’ve mulled over what was in my long post about mortgages, made a couple of connections I hadn’t made earlier, and put them in a much, MUCH shorter post (2 or 3 page downs). For everyone’s reading pleasure:

    The Cause of the 2008 Mortgage Crash

  6. #6 |  Matt D | 

    #5- does anyone care?

  7. #7 |  nathan | 

    From the puppycide article:

    The officer did not make a mistake, Dickey said, but an internal review of the incident is ongoing.

    Or, rephrased:
    I’m going to lie to you right now. Here’s the doublethink to use to hear is and believe it.

  8. #8 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Read the comments on the DEA article- scary stuff.

  9. #9 |  Johnny Longtorso | 

    #6 – I do, and if the left is going to use their claim it was an “unregulated free market” that was to blame (to increase their own power over your life), you should, too. Its not like that crisis, and the associated economic downturn, is over or anything.

    That, and avoiding the next bust means properly diagnosing the current one.

  10. #10 |  Mikestermike | 

    So, is the retraction due to the off-the-record mention of an off-the-record meeting be off-the-record, too?

    Methinks they do not understand the meaning of “off-the-record”, which has become quite confused with “anonymously”.

  11. #11 |  Dave Krueger | 

    This picture should be a poster.

    If there were another one like that with a dog sitting there, they could be a matched set.

  12. #12 |  KBCraig | 

    The Colorado puppycide contains a great example of the Orwellian doublespeak we’ve been seeing lately: that “officer safety is paramount”, but at the same time officers are “risking their lives every day”.

    Well, which is it?

  13. #13 |  Bill | 

    It’s not a surprising pattern. If cops kill a civillian ‘accidentally’ that’s just an unfortunate tragedy. If a civillian accidentally kills a cop,, it’s always murder of the worst kind.

    If they kill a civillian’s puppy, it’s an accident. If a civillian kills a police dog, again, it’s a big deal.

    I just wish they’d pick one set or the other and hold both sides equally accountable having a strong preference for less carnage. I swear it’s almost like cops are trained to shoot the dogs as frequently as it happens

  14. #14 |  J sub D | 

    Have I told you lately that I love you?

    “The police apparently do not want witnesses to what they do in public,’’ said Sarah Wunsch, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, who helped to get the criminal charges against Surmacz dismissed.


    Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll rejected the notion that police are abusing the law to block citizen oversight, saying the department trains officers about the wiretap law. “If an individual is inappropriately interfering with an arrest that could cause harm to an officer or another individual, an officer’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of the situation,’’ she said.

    Because a record of a police encounter with a citizen that isn’t controlled by the cops and easily lost if necessary is “inappropriately interfering with an arrest that could cause harm to an officer or another individual”. “Harm to an officer” apparently includes holding them accountable.

    Go Saints! Only because I despise the Irsays.

  15. #15 |  Cynical in CA | 

    “DEA agent accused of working with informant to frame innocent people is acquitted on all counts.”

    Kind of like an alternate ending to the film “Training Day.”

    Man, the evil of the drug war knows no limits.

  16. #16 |  Mattocracy | 

    I’m really afraid of these cases about police recordings. I’m mostly afraid that if a case gets sent to the supreme court, they’ll rule the wrong way.

  17. #17 |  Marty | 

    if it takes running over a few reporters for newspapers to start questioning govt actions, where can I submit a list of St. Louis reporters (propogandists?) to get knee-capped?

    the cop ‘feared for her life’ because of a yapping 35 pound mutt? geez, even the clowns she works with should be nervous about having her back them up… I hope she and her descendants are forever jinxed in intelligence, love, money, and happiness. Wait, that’s probably why she killed someone’s pet in the first place…

  18. #18 |  Jason | 

    Radley, Paul Oakenfold?

    I guess I know better but I’m still surprised that you obviously haven’t listened to any dance music since you were in college!

    Couldn’t resist, sorry.

    In other news, I’d love to cheer for the perennial underdog Saints but Peyton Manning is about the only reason I still watch the NFL, go Colts.

  19. #19 |  Radley Balko | 

    I didn’t listen to dance music in college, either.

    I’m not really even sure how I know Paul Oakenfold’s name.

  20. #20 |  Dave Krueger | 

    On the bright side, that DEA agent faces civil suits, where the lawyers presenting the case against him might be a little more motivated.

  21. #21 |  johnl | 

    The owner really is to blame. If I misdialled 911, my chihuahuas would be in the neighbor’s garage within 30 seconds.

  22. #22 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “I’m a federal agent and I’m not allowed to talk to the media,” McGuinn said, citing “liability.” McGuinn initially declined even to reveal which agency he works for. “You can refer to the [DC] police department report,” he said before hanging up abruptly. (According the police department, no report will be publicly available for at least three days.)

    All these secret police with shadowy affiliations cruising around on taxpayer money.
    A critical component of any well-functioning Police State.

  23. #23 |  John Spivey | 

    Keep in mind that in Denver, the police could, on a tip, knock on your door, get a warrant, search your property, remove your Pit Bull and euthanize it. They’ve euthanized over 3,500 pit bulls at $21.50 per dead dog so far (not including $90/week to impound a single dog). As a health hazard, bees, lightning and moose kill more people… But your dog, which can be SUSPECTED of having pit bull in the mix can be killed at the cities whim. And judging by the numbers, their whim is to kill first, ask questions later. The City Government of Denver also cannot prove that their ban has improved dog attacks… well, they never actually audited the numbers.

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