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Thursday, February 11th, 2010
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  1. #1 |  MacK | 

    So they raid an old folks homes, because they did not check to see if the caregiver was registered prior to the raid?

    Why have the entire farce of a registration in the first place then?

  2. #2 |  Sindawe | 

    “Why have the entire farce of a registration in the first place then?”

    Registration of cannabis caregivers serves the same ends as the registration of gun owners. It give those in power a handy list of who to raid first, since those raids serve as a fine diversion of the masses for when reports of wrong doing of those in power suddenely vanish.

    Such as that of the DWI of the Police chief.

  3. #3 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Riverside link doesn’t work, here’s one:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/02/chp-to-investigate-riverside-police-chiefs-early-morning-car-crash.html

    My favorite quote:

    Talbot said Riverside Police Deputy Chief John De La Rosa contacted him Tuesday and asked the CHP to investigate the accident.

    “He thought it would be in the best interests of everyone for us to do it,” Talbot said. “They wanted us to come in because we are completely unbiased.”

    LOL. You bet they are.

  4. #4 |  Kirsten | 

    MacK, the farce results from the fact that the voters by a good margin (62% for/38% agains) passed our medical marijuana initiative last year against the preferences of at least some of the government. I imagine that the main purpose of the registration provisions was to help get the measure passed in the first place.

  5. #5 |  MacK | 

    I understand that Kirsten, but also the registration should be on file so that the thugs (cops) can check it, and tell the snitch the person is a caregiver, and obeying the law.

    This is the problem with being registered for anything. It is really useless, except for having government knowing the first fool to go after.

  6. #6 |  CRNewsom | 

    To recap the SWAT in Montana story:
    1. Legislature passes law.
    2. Police don’t like law.
    3. Police ignore law, do not check license status, raid customers home.
    4. Customers are now afraid police will raid their home if they follow the law.
    5. Nobody uses the law that was created to help them out of fear.
    6. Law becomes useless.

    And there are people that call cops heroes.

  7. #7 |  Aresen | 

    Police ignore law, do not check license status, raid customers home.

    What’s the over/under that they used the license info to get the address in the first place?

  8. #8 |  Tsu Dho Nihm | 

    Threadjack warning!

    Speaking of registries, CNN has a decent article up on a case that shows just how stupid sex-offender registries really are:
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/02/11/oklahoma.teen.sex.offender/index.html?hpt=C1

  9. #9 |  Brian | 

    “Some of the initial information was that we didn’t know if he did have [a caregiver card],” Muir says, “so when they first went to talk to him, they were assuming he didn’t have one.”

    According to that logic, there are no restrictions whatsoever on police activity.

    “We didn’t know whether or not the suspect was breaking a law, so we just assumed that he was. But he later did provide us with evidence of his innocence that helped straighten that up.”

  10. #10 |  Tsu Dho Nihm | 

    According to that logic, there are no restrictions whatsoever on police activity.

    That’s right. Now if more people could understand that, the police wouldn’t have any trouble in their daily routines.

  11. #11 |  Salvo | 

    Forget the medical marijuana. That dog story? Right there, in front of my horrified eyes, was an encapsulation of everything that is wrong with humanity.

  12. #12 |  Aresen | 

    Tsu Dho Nihm

    Watch out! That’s Dave Kreuger’s turf!

  13. #13 |  Leonson | 

    I pretty much felt the same way about the dog. The fact that the owner would leave the dog tied up outside on a very cold day.

    “How could anyone steal a coat off someone’s back in the freezing cold?”

    How could anyone that loves dogs leave their dog outside in the freezing cold? Maybe you could have left it at home?

    Oh well, at least she’s stimulating the economy by buying more dog coats…

  14. #14 |  Mark S. | 

    The UK story smells like an empty threat on our part.

    There are three intelligence services the U.S. considers key partners: Israel, Egypt, and Britain. The idea that we would stop sharing intelligence with them, especially intelligence about attacks on British soil, is laughable.

  15. #15 |  Wavemancali | 

    Heroic man frees dog from embarrassment of wearing human clothing. At least that’s how I read the story.

    It could have been a scofflaw woman who needed to keep up with the Jones with her own dog. We can’t throw a ticker tape parade for the man every single time.

  16. #16 |  KBCraig | 

    RE: econ comics

    You already posted the best ever econ nerd video. :-)

  17. #17 |  Warren | 

    Here’s another friendly, heroic (Fed) cop making society a better place.

    http://www.newsreview.com/chico/content?oid=1369619

    Post a flier…get your penis fondled. It’s the Law.

  18. #18 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Heroic man frees dog from embarrassment of wearing human clothing. At least that’s how I read the story.

    Try owning a dog with no undercoat. You’ll be buying that dog something for when it is cold/snowing pretty quick.

  19. #19 |  BamBam | 

    Cops are protectors and heroes, so says a police chief, and they must break laws at their discretion to enforce laws.

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/50233.html

  20. #20 |  elleg | 

    Riverside chief resigns, story here:

    http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_W_web-chief3.36d07f9.html

  21. #21 |  Kirsten | 

    MacK, I agree that’s how the registration should be used. However, as long as the cops aren’t for it, that’s certainly not how registration is likely to be used. This farce, as you put it, is simply the inevitable result of the system through which it is perpetrated.

    Areson, I doubt that’s how they got the address of the facility. If you read the article, the registered medical marijuana caregiver is 22 years old. I highly doubt he lives in the nursing home. Further, he is not an employee of the nursing home (Eagle Watch Estates) but of Timeless Caregivers which is the medical marijuana provider- not Eagle Watch Estates. Presumably the registered address of the medical marijuana caregiver would be for Timeless Caregivers or Mr. Gibbs himself- neither of which would be the address of the nursing home.

  22. #22 |  Nick | 

    Seen this quote from the cop who joked on his facebook page about wanting to shoot open-carry advocates?

    “Sounds like you had someone practicing their 2nd amendment rights last night! Should’ve pulled the AR out and prone them all out! And if one of them makes a furtive movement… 2 weeks off!!!”

    It’s funny that cops also joke about the 2 week vacation. Not really.

  23. #23 |  Greg N. | 

    I wonder if that SWAT raid could be considered a “taking” under the 5th Amendment.

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