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Monday, April 12th, 2010
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  1. #1 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Joe Arpaio’s goons (basically) kill a man for trespassing.

    Phillippi had been arrested for trespassing and was taken to the Fourth Avenue Jail after he was found unconscious, shaking and convulsing in a woman’s yard, his daughters say in the federal complaint.

    Was he actually trespassing or did he simply end up in someone’s yard while having a seizure? From the description, he could have been walking down the street and fallen into the yard from a sidewalk. Might have also become confused and went into her yard. Arpaio is putting the bias into the account (using language to make the guy out to be a criminal, and therefore someone with no rights) but I’d need to know more to make an accurate judgement.

    Regardless of whether he was a criminal or not, this is yet another shameful episode.

  2. #2 |  Chuchundra | 

    Wow, could Boaz be any more of a douchebag? Someone writes some positive shit in a book about the President and Boaz pulls out the Kim Jong Il comparison? Seriously?

  3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    When the HELL is the FBI going to stop Joe Arpaio?

    I’d love to send 500 “I Hate Joe Arpaio” t-shirts for the folks to wear around town. I think I’m out of his jurisdiction.

  4. #4 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Chuchundra,
    Your comment is an inaccurate summary of Boaz’s premise.

  5. #5 |  Stephen | 

    Hey, I just learned a new word today. Hagiography. I can always count on the agitator to expand my mind. Kind of a TCP/IP based LSD.

  6. #6 |  JS | 

    More blood on Sheriff Joe’s hands. Nothing new here.

  7. #7 |  flukebucket | 

    Yeah. The Boaz snark is pretty fuckin’ stupid. Why didn’t he just go ahead and say that Hitler was pretty charismatic too?

    Paul / Buchanan 2012?

  8. #8 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    “perceived an escalation of the immediate threat to our ground troops after observing an individual peering around a building, preparing to fire an RPG,”

    As stated before, all a soldier need say is “I thought he had a gun” and all is forgiven.

  9. #9 |  Mattocracy | 

    It’s not that is a positive thing about Obama, it’s that it’s just such a load of crap. It’s just such a shameless verbal suck off.

  10. #10 |  Dave Krueger | 

    A rather unserious article about “getting serious about pornography.”

    When I was in high school and later took statistics classes in college, the single point they tried to drive home above all others was that statistical correlations are not the same as cause and effect.

    When exactly was that perspective abandoned?

  11. #11 |  InMd | 

    Personally I think the better blog to follow regarding Obama’s similarities to Bush on the civil liberties/terrorism issue is Glenn Greenwald’s over at salon.com. I know that site is unapologetically left wing and many of the views expressed there are at odds with libertarianism but Greenwald has done a very admirable job in my opinion of documenting Obama’s striking similarity to Bush from adopting the prior administration’s policies to going even further than the Bush administration ever did (as in claiming the right to assassinate an American citizen).

  12. #12 |  Buddy Hinton | 

    Reading the Pentagon’s report on the Wikileaks video.

    That whole situation has so many fascinating aspects. I had a little more to say on it last thd here at the Adge blog, but the thd got so long I didn’t bother.

    The main additional point I wanted to make is this:

    Standards for acceptable “collateral damage” should be different, and much more rigorous for an occupation as opposed to an active war. Before the US took over and installed the puppet government, it is acceptable (even to me) for the US soldiers to do some collateral damage. However, not that the puppet government of the US is in place, I am not sure that any collateral damage is acceptable, or at least the standard of acceptable collateral damage should be equal to that we have for policemen here in the US. Of course, here in the United States police can do some collateral damage (legally) if that damage is absolutely necessary to prevent a highly likely and highly imminent harm being done. However, I would like to think that a police helicipter inside the US could not and would not fire if it faced the circumstances similar to what happened in 2007 in the occupied country. For example, the MOVE bombing was not justified. Same standard should apply in Iraq now that the war is in occupation phase.

  13. #13 |  ClubMedSux | 

    A rather unserious article about “getting serious about pornography.”

    I’d love to get serious about pornography, but I’m at work right now and it’s against our IT policy.

  14. #14 |  Mattocracy | 

    “Imagine a drug so powerful it can destroy a family simply by distorting a man’s perception of his wife. Picture an addiction so lethal it has the potential to render an entire generation incapable of forming lasting marriages and so widespread that it produces more annual revenue — $97 billion worldwide in 2006 — than all of the leading technology companies combined. Consider a narcotic so insidious that it evades serious scientific study and legislative action for decades, thriving instead under the ever-expanding banner of the First Amendment.”

    Good God Almighty in Heaven above, I read this article and almost pissed myself from laughter. She actually thinks porn is the reason her husband left her for a prettier woman. This person just embarrassed herself and is too delusional from family values brainwashing to realize it. It’s pitiful.

  15. #15 |  Zeb | 

    Re: Porn article. I think her husband just didn’t like her very much.

  16. #16 |  Bob | 

    Porn Article.

    Two words. “Lilith Sternin”.

  17. #17 |  MacGregory | 

    RE: ATF agent arrested.

    “McFadden resigned from the ATF about one year ago, an ATF spokesman has said.”

    Big mistake. See what happens when you try to get out of gang life. No badge, no blue wall, no protection, just a lowly arrestable “citizen” now.

  18. #18 |  Big Texan | 

    re the porn article

    1. I’ll always have something to say about porn

    2. Did you actually read what she said about the problem? She wants gov funded studies. GOVERNMENT FUNDED STUDIES. seriously I bet she would say it was a waste of government money if it was spent researching the environment or gays or something else she doesn’t agree with. This is why the Republicans and the same as the Democrats. Same big government, different target.

    3. What’s the deal with her husband leaving her for a prettier woman? Must have totally been the porn

  19. #19 |  B | 

    Dear anonymous–your husband didn’t leave you because of porn. He left you because he’s a selfish dick.

    I am truly, deeply sorry that you married a selfish dick.

    Now, if you will please leave the rest of men who enjoy some amount of pornography (which, it turns out, is, um, pretty much all of us), many of whom are not selfish dicks who dump their wives for unemployed alcoholics, alone, that would be greatly appreciated.

    And again, I am sorry about your selfish dick of a husband.

    Thanks,
    B

  20. #20 |  Leah | 

    I am pretty sure that being bitter and resentful of my husband’s preferences in our sex life would make him a tad distant too – whether or not it had anything to do with porn.

  21. #21 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Maybe, just maybe, that guy left her because she’s an insufferable woman. I couldn’t be with a lady if she honestly believed porn was to blame for bad marriages.
    Maybe not only is she prettier, she has a better brain behind the bangs…

  22. #22 |  Nipplemancer | 

    “There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.” – M. Twain

  23. #23 |  Marty | 

    Joe Arpaio’s dept was following a pretty standard protocol. Inmates are routinely released from prison, jail, etc for serious medical issues, so they avoid the expenses. The hell of it is, the inmates are released on ‘medical parole’ (I think that’s the proper term) and if they get better, they go back to prison.

    I’ve had inmates beg me for help- ‘you don’t know how bad it is in here!’ etc. their complaints are almost always ‘abuse from guards’ or ‘poor treatment for medical conditions’. Google ‘cms prison death’ or contact Karen Russo of the Prison Death Institute for a quick lesson in the horrors of modern incarceration.

    Joe Arpaio is more normal than you know.

  24. #24 |  Mario | 

    Regarding Sheriff Joe and his people, how is putting a seizure sufferer in a concrete cell while denying him his anti-seizure medication at the very least not criminal negligence?

  25. #25 |  kant | 

    RE: porn

    Oh the ode to fallacious arguments. So I really couldn’t continue reading after this citation

    “A 2004 study published in Social Science Quarterly found that Internet users who had had an extramarital affair were 3.18 times more likely to have used online porn than Internet users who had not had an affair.”

    Just because A preceded B does not mean that A caused B or that no other reason could cause B.

    One could arguably say that porn is really a desire for variety much like affairs are. So basically those more inclined to watching porn are also more inclined to have affairs. I’m not saying this in necessarily correct but what i am saying is that the idea that porn causes infidelity is laughably flimsy.

    This is a photo copy of the fallacious gateway hypothesis. (and yes hypothesis is the accurate term)

  26. #26 |  Charlie O | 

    Off topic. but of interest here.

    Don’t wear a helmet cam in Maryland if you’re pulled over by the MSP (plain clothes no less). http://www.agingrebel.com/?p=3169

  27. #27 |  Aresen | 

    Dave Krueger | April 12th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    “A rather unserious article about “getting serious about pornography.”

    When I was in high school and later took statistics classes in college, the single point they tried to drive home above all others was that statistical correlations are not the same as cause and effect.

    When exactly was that perspective abandoned?

    Dave, I honestly cannot remember a time when pols and people with causes did not abuse stats. Correlation is the easiest aspect of a statistic to abuse.

    TBS, I cannot imagine the torment of having to spend a night in bed with the woman who wrote that p0rn article.

  28. #28 |  David | 

    Wait, there are people who use the Internet and don’t look at porn? Ever? I’m calling BS on the entire concept from that “fact” alone, or at least statistically insignificant sample size.

  29. #29 |  ALowe | 

    This statistic from the porn article really takes the cake:
    “Schneider found that among the 68 percent of couples in which one person was addicted to Internet porn, one or both had lost interest in sex.”

    That’s it? When one person in a relationship loses interest in sex, what do you expect the other one to do?

  30. #30 |  Athena | 

    Re: Porn

    I wholeheartedly believe that people – lots of them – can become addicted to porn, just like they can become addicted to social networking sites or shopping. The answer, however, is not to rid society of porn any sooner than we will eliminate Facebook or Macy’s.

    I’m having difficulty viewing page two, but I can’t imagine that this objective journalist (lol) is going to touch on the benefit porn has presented to many marriages. Both sides can play the correlation game… I wonder what percentage of married couples that classify their sex lives as above average involve porn on a regular basis? I know plenty of happily married couples (mine included) that can’t imagine their lives without it.

  31. #31 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Well, Anonymous can’t be Andrea Dworkin, because a) she’s dead and b) the writer neglects to mention the penis as the cause of all violence. It’s not McKinnon–it lacks her lack of style. I give up. I’ma go look @ MILF porn.

  32. #32 |  Andrew Williams | 

    BTW, I want to know who that woman was who complained about the guy having a seizure on her lawn. If she knows anything about Arpaio’s methods, she could be arrested for complicity.

  33. #33 |  tony | 

    That woman who wrote the porn article is a moron. I looked at porn cause I was sick of my wife. I didn’t become sick of her because of the porn. Same reason I cheated on her and then left her for no one in particular. Whoever brainwashed this idiot did a good job. She sounds about as exciting as a potato

  34. #34 |  flukebucket | 

    It’s not that is a positive thing about Obama, it’s that it’s just such a load of crap.

    Unless you know the man personally how can you assume that the description of him is a load of crap?

    “cool, charismatic, slightly detached: an autodidact with a lawyer’s analytical intelligence and a novelist’s empathetic temperament; an idealist who is also a pragmatist; a politician inclined to be methodical and cautious in his decision making [with] inclination to listen and engage other people”

    This is just the way that people who actually know him describe him. How is that hagiographic? Some people would not consider being “slightly detached” a compliment. “methodical and cautious” is defined as appeasement by most of the right wing commentators. Listening to and engaging other people? Hell that is treason by authoritarian standards.

    Rather that hagiographic the description of him verifies in the minds of his detractors that he is a pussy. He is a limp-wristed wimp being pushed around by everybody.

    You know, “America prefers strong and wrong”..that kind of crap.

    When I ask myself the question who I would rather have as President besides Barack Obama I seriously cannot come up with anybody even close.

    Haley Barbour? Sarah Palin? Mitt Romney? Mike Huckabee? Bobby Jindal?

    Nah. I think we have the best person available for the job doing the job.

  35. #35 |  Andrew Williams | 

    “held that gun at his side momentarily.”

    No wonder the SA is pissed. The video blows that lame story all to Hell.

  36. #36 |  JS | 

    Bob “Porn Article.

    Two words. “Lilith Sternin”.”

    lol Brilliant!

  37. #37 |  Nick | 

    “When I ask myself the question who I would rather have as President besides Barack Obama I seriously cannot come up with anybody even close.”

    I’m not saying I want anyone as president (I don’t) but as for comparisons to Obama, George W. Bush is pretty close. In fact, if I was blind and deaf, I would have to assume Bush won a 3rd term (assuming my braille news sources referred to Obama as just “the president”).

  38. #38 |  flukebucket | 

    I’m not saying I want anyone as president (I don’t) but as for comparisons to Obama, George W. Bush is pretty close. In fact, if I was blind and deaf, I would have to assume Bush won a 3rd term (assuming my braille news sources referred to Obama as just “the president”).

    Still early in the game for me. Given the choices America had I think America made the right choice.

    As far as not wanting a President I am not sure how that would work. A state without a government is kind of like a “free market”. The concept exists in your mind but nowhere else that I am aware of.

  39. #39 |  Aresen | 

    flukebucket

    Hard to guess, but if McCain were President, there is a good chance that the US would be at war with Iran by now.

    “This is a democracy. You have the right to choose between thrown into a pool of boiling lava or a pond filled with hungry piranhas.”

  40. #40 |  flukebucket | 

    As an example

    STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve now met with President Obama many times. At least 15 meetings and phone calls.

    MEDVEDEV: Sixteen times.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Sixteen. Okay, I knew it was 15. I wasn’t sure about the 16. What do you make of Barack Obama the man?

    MEDVEDEV: He’s very comfortable partner, it’s very interesting to be with him. The most important thing that distinguishes him from many other people — I won’t name anyone by name — he’s a thinker, he thinks when he speaks. Which is already pretty good.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: You had somebody in your mind, I think. (LAUGHS)

    MEDVEDEV: Obviously I do have someone on my mind. I don’t want to offend anyone. He’s eager to listen to his partner, which is a pretty good quality for a politician. Because any politician is to a certain degree a mentor. They preach something. And the ability to listen to their partner is very important for the politician. And he is pretty deeply immersed in the subject, so he has a good knowledge of what he’s talking about. There was no instance in our meetings with Mr. Obama where he wasn’t well prepared for the questions. This is very good. And after all, he’s simply a very pleasant man with whom it’s a pleasure to deal with.

    But all of that was probably true of Hitler also, too.

  41. #41 |  Mattocracy | 

    @ flukebucket,

    I suppose it’s all opinion then. But the fact of the matter is that when anyone who paints any politician in any positive light, it comes across as bogus fluff without any real merit behind it. It’s like hearing someone talk about scientology as if it isn’t just some crazy ass mad cult.

    Supporting Obama at this point seems like blind loyalty to me. Not much different than Bush aplogists.

  42. #42 |  Mattocracy | 

    “When I ask myself the question who I would rather have as President besides Barack Obama I seriously cannot come up with anybody even close. ”

    How about Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Colin Powell, Bob Barr, a pony, an orca, Thor-Norse God of Thunder, or D.B. Cooper-most famous airline hijacker.

    Just some ideas. I’d vote for D.B. Cooper.

  43. #43 |  flukebucket | 

    How about Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Colin Powell, Bob Barr, a pony, an orca, Thor-Norse God of Thunder, or D.B. Cooper-most famous airline hijacker.

    Put every one of them in a room with Obama and start a random fire Q & A session and I would put my money on Obama every time.

    I am always amazed at folks who believe that the guy has to have a teleprompter in order to speak. I just can’t figure out where that notion comes from. The idea that he is somehow intellectually inferior just boggles my mind.

    I do not always agree with Obama. But I can and do respect him.

  44. #44 |  Aresen | 

    Put every one of them in a room with Obama and start a random fire Q & A session and I would put my money on Obama every time.

    A silver tongue is a qualification for a courtroom lawyer or a car salesman.

    While it is useful in a President, it has very little to do with how well he does the job.

    (If you think Barry O is qualified on the basis of his oratorial skills, you would have LOVED William Jennings Bryan had he ever won. (And, praise the FSM, he didn’t.))

  45. #45 |  God's Own Drunk | 

    In all fairness, Thor, a pony, and orca and DB Cooper are not eligible to run for president.

  46. #46 |  Dave Krueger | 

    It’s a chicken and egg thing. She says porn wrecks marriages, but maybe it’s the bad marriage that drives people to porn.

    There was a time when engaging in sexual relationships purely for recreation was considered immoral. Now they’re saying that porn is destroying guys’ healthy desire for recreational sex.

    Maybe, if they want to reverse the trend where people rely on porn to satisfy their sexual appetites, they should legalize prostitution. Guys would flock back to having sex with real women…

    There is, of course, already a solution readily available to women who don’t like their husband’s interest in porn. It’s the same solution that they have with regard to any activity behavior they don’t like. They can work it out between themselves or get divorced.

  47. #47 |  BamBam | 

    #19, it’s very possible that her husband wasn’t a selfish dick. It’s very possible and far more likely that there were issues with BOTH of them, and her husband wanted out of the bad relationship first. It’s very possible that she was a chastity belt wearing nagging bitch. We’ll never know because it’s one side of the story, and relationships are never easy to convey on paper as fact vs fiction.

  48. #48 |  B | 

    BamBam–yes, yes, and yes. It is indeed rare when a relationship ends ONLY due to the fault of one party. I sacrificed nuance for the sake of pithiness.

  49. #49 |  AJ | 

    @#10 David – exactly what crossed my mind too. Something was lost between causation and correlation there.

    And the article proved to be completely worthless when at the very beginning they made the claim, ‘estimated 40 million people use…’ – WTF? 40 million? How the hell did they come to that number? The other 100 million men either lied or they just pulled that number out of their ass. 95%+ of all males adolescent age or older and with an internet connection have looked at porn. Hell I would not be surprised if they said 40 million women alone not counting men use the internet for some sort of sexual excitement.

    Classic case of looking to blame someone/something else because your spouse left you. Couldn’t possibly have been anything she did, it was the internets that did it.

  50. #50 |  The_Chef | 

    From the pr0n spew

    For example, in a 2000 meta-analysis of 46 published studies put out by the National Foundation for Family Research and Education at the University of Calgary, regular exposure to pornography increased risk of sexual deviancy (including lower age of first intercourse and excessive masturbation)

    What the hell is excessive masturbation? Is that kind an arbitrary thing like a “living wage”?

  51. #51 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Me, I’m voting for Zippy the Pinhead in 2012.

    “Am I re-elected yet?”

  52. #52 |  flukebucket | 

    A silver tongue is a qualification for a courtroom lawyer or a car salesman.

    At least 35 years old and a natural born citizen are the only qualifications that exist for being President. Anything else is just icing on the cake.

    I think Barry O is the best man for the job because he is the smartest man in the room every time.

    He kicked some serious ass when he met with the Republicans in Baltimore. If you have never seen that you need to set aside some time a take a look at it.

    He may have a silver tongue but he has a golden brain to go with it.

  53. #53 |  Dave Krueger | 

    From the ATF agent fake drug buy story:

    Meanwhile, Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris has ordered a review of cases in which Henderson has been involved.

    There could be more than 100, records indicate.

    I guess we can all relax knowing that the prosecutor is going to review its past convictions and let us know if any of them are tainted by this kind of fabrication. I’m always satisfied by the state’s impartiality when it comes to investigating itself for being a totally fucked up prison-stuffing, conviction factory.

  54. #54 |  Nick T | 

    Flukebucket,

    Why are you so averse to actually saying things that the President has actually done that you like? You might think pointing out how smart, calm and thoughtful he is is a defense of him, but it’s not. You just sound like another blind loyalist, and to the rest of us it’s incredibly telling that in direct response to someone saying he is basically no different than Bush in terms of actions, you respond (so directly as to quote that comparison) by saying “still early in the game” and that he’s better than McCain!!??? My god that’s the most pathetic defense I’ve ever heard!!

    I mean, in all seriousness, that exchange (#38) is probably the most indicting thing in this whoel thread about the Obama Presidency (possibly next to your assertion that Obama would answer questions the prettiest – well I’m sold now!). Unless, I mean, did you like Bush? I’m guessing not.

    You can try to come back with some random disctinctions you just looked up online, but when your boy was called no different from one of the worst Presidents ever, you did not even attempt a substantive response. Just, wow.

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