Morning Links

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
  • Because it’s important to get the story right.
  • The Onion stays a step ahead of the headlines. But only a step.
  • Well of course he does.
  • CBO revises estimated cost of health care reform bill. It’s now over $1 trillion. I expect that number to grow by another 30 percent in the next two years. Any suckers want to bet the under?
  • Tanya Craft has been acquitted on all counts. This is great news. Now, who reimburses for the time, trouble, stress, and money she expended defending herself from this bullshit? Will the DA suffer any professional repercussions whatsoever for bringing this travesty of a case in the first place? These are rhetorical questions. William Anderson has more.
  • Not really sure what to make of this one. According to the article, a Chicago cop allegedly drunkenly fired his gun into the air to win an argument that cops who break the law get the same treatment as regular people. This was according to the guy he was arguing with. The cop was acquitted.
  • A few of my friends in D.C. are on a mission. It is a noble mission. I wish them luck, good times, and a VIP position on the liver donor list, which they’ll need by the time they’ve completed it.

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54 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  the friendly grizzly | 

    the only good that can possibly come from having cameras all over the place is that cops behave better when they think they’re being filmed.

    Not if “the recording was damaged” or “the camera was down for maintenance”, as it often is when cops are involved. And if a privately-owned security camera got it down, you can be assured the owner of the camera would gladly erase the incriminating evidence in trade for not having the building inspectors there every week, or cops shaking down customers as they enter and exit.

  2. #2 |  the friendly grizzly | 

    @26 and 27: Years back I taught the basic theory and regulations needed to obtain a ham radio “novice” license. I stopped doing this when a member of our radio club (and father of 3) was accused of “exposing himself” to a boy in a public restroom during a break from class. Yeah, some exposure. They were all using one of those long-trough style urinals. Fortunately, a local attorney and “ham” (amateur radio operator) took the case pro bono, and the trial lasted all of 20 minutes because the judge had common sense.

    As for me, I am single, always have been, and so am automatically suspected of being one of those evil child molesters. After that case, there was no way in the world I would teach radio or anything else unless I had a lot of adults around me, and that I always had at least one other in any location where the kids were.

    It’s a wonderful hobby, I enjoy teaching, and if I say so myself, I am darn good at it. But it just isn’t worth it. Between the schools teaching the kids the details of how to ruin an adult’s life, warnings about how loners like me are automatically some sort of “prevurt”, and closet-case clergy pointing fingers, I have decided the risk does not match the reward of seeing a happy kid waving his new ham license around.

  3. #3 |  Cyto | 

    Friendly Grizzly: I have had similar experiences – I used to coach girl’s middle school basketball. My team and their parents loved me and the other coaches. We really enjoyed making a difference in kids lives. But the pressure of maintaining an artificial distance from the kids eventually drove all of us to quit doing it.

    The kids would get upset about some random event, as kids will, and would need a hug. Can I give her a hug? I don’t know. So I didn’t, even though I knew it was the right thing to do. You never know who is watching and what they are thinking. The locker room was located down a secluded hallway. No way in hell I was going down there to fetch my wandering players. So I sent other kids to fetch the tardy returnees. On every issue the number one consideration was “how is this going to look to some child molestation seminar attendee”. That kind of person has ruined many lives on evidence that is obviously unreliable. Just look at the ‘Little Rascals’ case. A social worker attending a seminar was able to get an entire town amped up about abuses that never happened. Better to avoid any possibility of a false accusation than to attempt to clear your name. It is really sad and certainly not good for the nation or our children.

  4. #4 |  random guy | 

    On the child molestation thing, wasn’t the whole premise of the Salem witch trials that children could not lie? It was my understanding that they were coached by parents and others to lie to judges in order to make political or monetary gain off of many of the accused. And because they were children their testimony was given significant weight due to their ‘innocence’.

    From personal experience I go with the South Park theory of Children are Bastards, they do whatever they can get away with because society hasn’t yet forced them to experience repercussions for their behavior.

    The sad thing about flukebucket’s case is that at some point a prosecutor thought it would be a good idea to take the case to trial. Nothing to go on but a little girls word, no physical signs of abuse, no history of abuse from the accused, no supporting evidence from anyone in the family. That is all it took for him and 4 jury members to decide he was a child molester.