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Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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  1. #1 |  adolphus | 

    Speaking of genius, I read this morning David Simon is now officially one. He received a MacArthur Grant for $500,000. There was much rejoicing.

  2. #2 |  JS | 

    That pizza box is pretty brilliant!

  3. #3 |  JS | 

    adolphus gets 2 points for slipping in a Monty Python reference!

  4. #4 |  Yngvar | 

    That pizza box is kinda cool, but we’re not running out of wood. So it’s pointless.

  5. #5 |  Mattocracy | 

    Journalism parody worthy of The Onion.

  6. #6 |  Roark | 

    Greenbox? What, are you kidding me? We’ve been using our pizza boxes like that for years. I shove the whole box in the fridge. They get a patent on folding the box in half? Give me a break. The patent system is broken.

  7. #7 |  jrb | 

    I’m pretty sure the patent office actually employs capuchin monkeys to review and accept/reject the patents. The system would work pretty well, except someone lost the “reject” stamp.

  8. #8 |  Ron | 

    If you want to be green, make your own pizza at home. It’s easy, and it actually tastes better than a box.

  9. #9 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Storing pizza in a box in the fridge means it’s all gonna dry out. Wrapping the slices in saran wrap keeps them fresh much longer.

  10. #10 |  primus | 

    Both the sendup of ‘serious’ reporting and the item on the pizza box are yesterday’s news. I saw the pizza box vid at least 2 years ago, and the parody of ‘reporting’ or one just like it over a year ago. YAWN.

  11. #11 |  primus | 

    Oh, and the FBI cheats should be required to retake the exam they ‘passed’ and if they fail it they should be fired and banned from any future employment with the federal gov. As if.

  12. #12 |  Marty | 

    if the pizza box guys would print the constitution on the box for the FBI guys, I would call THAT ‘genius’.

  13. #13 |  Joe | 

    Amanda Cox must really understand Kafka.

  14. #14 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Yakawow! I grab a snippet from the linked article in the hopes it amuses other readers, as well as mask the fact I did not read the entire article, nor would have understood it if I did.

  15. #15 |  Eric | 

    Radley, please pre-qualify your next batch of morning links with Primus, to ensure that he has not seen them (or anything “just like it”) before.

    The pizza box was new to me, and I love it. If a pizza joint near me used that box, I would buy more pizza from them.

  16. #16 |  PeeDub | 

    Regarding the Arizona shooting, I think it may have been …


  17. #17 |  JS | 

    hahaha…all those stories and all we’re talking about is the pizza box.

  18. #18 |  PeeDub | 

    (A quick addendum, it was surprising to me how political Machete was, focusing very much on the immigration issue. Also very, very kickass.)

  19. #19 |  Fritz | 

    Martin Robbins +1 for the Rickroll.

  20. #20 |  Patty | 

    The Greenbox debuted at Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria in Maplewood, NJ back in September 2009.

  21. #21 |  Salt | 

    FBI agents cheating.

    Should it come as a surprise that such conduct is not confined to test taking? The system uses reports written by these guys as part of the prosecutorial process. Arrest reports by officers, disciplinary reports by prison guards, etc. They write ’em to make ’em stick. Its about chalking up more notches in your gunbelt.

  22. #22 |  Sean L. | 

    Here is where I comment about my outrage of the ridiculousness of the article.

    [Insert links to other thinly-researched articles here]

  23. #23 |  Bob | 

    Yakawow! I grab a snippet from the linked article in the hopes it amuses other readers, as well as mask the fact I did not read the entire article, nor would have understood it if I did.

    I quote Mike’s well penned response without reference in the hopes that it will make me look intellectual by proxy. While I also did not read the entire article, I glanced over it with a knowing gleam. Also, I like altoids.

  24. #24 |  perlhaqr | 

    Wow. A Patent for perforations. I’ve been doing the same thing with my pizza boxes for well over a decade, only, I just use a box cutter. (A terrorist tool!)

  25. #25 |  MikeZ | 

    “Storing pizza in a box in the fridge means it’s all gonna dry out. Wrapping the slices in saran wrap keeps them fresh much longer.”

    I’ve been eating leftover pizza stored in the box for so long, I kinda like the dried out pizza for breakfast the next morning. In saran wrap the crust gets a little soggy and isn’t as good cold.

  26. #26 |  Bob | 

    That pizza box is so UN-green it isn’t funny.

    Pizza boxes should be fully recycled using my patented reverse osmosis hydrocarbonizing process, where the excess grease and oil deposited into the box’s semi-permeable cellulose matrix are exposed to heat, pressure, and our proprietary enzymes to form a sold material that burns with the heat of coal, yet is fully consumed during the combustion process, leaving only it’s good intentions behind.

    As revealed at the “Free Fuel, Future Fuel Symposium” (Free Fuel, FFS) this process can not only reduce the additions to landfill by over 110% per year, but increase global happiness by subsidizing the price of pizza to the point that even third world countries will have a Domino’s outlet every 57 feet.

  27. #27 |  qwints | 

    Thread hijack, Austin SWAT seems to have been pretty good about students with camera phones during the shooting.

  28. #28 |  SJE | 

    FBI cheating: remember citizens, this was a mere error of judgement by the guardians of your freedom. Of course, if you submit a form to the U.S. government that falsely certifies something, like that you didn’t cheat, we will tear down your door, shoot your dog and pregnant wife, and throw you in jail for making false statments.

  29. #29 |  Collin | 

    Bob, I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

  30. #30 |  mangostein | 

    I guess that sexting DA didn’t read that Supreme Court memo huh?:

  31. #31 |  James D | 

    Hilarious … right after linking to the completely biased New Times (known to lie and create facts from thin air on occasion), you write:
    “I am credulously linking to this science-ish article because it confirms my biases.”

  32. #32 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Secret assassinations, without any checks and balances, secret prisons, endless war, mass incarceration, can’t photograph cops, and all the rest of it.

    The real threat is from the inside. War, Fear, Intimidation, all in the name of Freedom.
    Otherwise known as Serfdom.

    Gotta quote the Pogo creator, Walk Kelly. “We have met the enemy and he is…us.”

  33. #33 |  Dave Krueger | 

    From the FBI cheating story:

    A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents, including several supervisors, cheated on an important test covering the bureau’s policies for conducting surveillance on Americans.

    LOL! And this is happening at the same time as the FBI is demanding easier built-in access to people’s private (clear as well as encrypted) communications (from Monday’s morning links). Boy, they have sunk to an all time low. Remember when the FBI was held up as the premiere law enforcement agency? Now I would tend to classify them as just another public sector jobs program for the morally and intellectually challenged. It’s probably only a matter of time before they institute a paid vacation rewards program for shooting dogs and pregnant women.

  34. #34 |  Boyd Durkin | 


  35. #35 |  SJE | 

    Dave: the FBI was “held up at the premiere law enforcement agency” in part because J. Edgar Hoover ruled by clever PR with the media, and threats and intimidation of those in power, that worked even at the level of Presidents (e.g. various dalliances of the Kennedy clan). So powerful was he that no one dared out him as a closet, yet very active, homosexual, even though that was considered at that time to be per se grounds for firing.

    So, while the FBI may have, or have had, many good features, a chunk of its “held up at the premiere law enforcement agency” is PR.

    Remember, Dear Leader Kim Jong Il is “held up as” the savior of North Korea, a champion golfer and renowned composer of opera.

  36. #36 |  SJE | 

    PS: I am not meaning to say that homosexuality is bad, only that it was sufficient “dirt” that any lesser target would have been destroyed by his enemies.

  37. #37 |  fwb | 

    Hey, Radley: OT but important

  38. #38 |  Ukulele & All That Jazz | 

    Green brilliance…

    This idea is sort of from the "why didn’t I think of that?" department.

    ‘Green Box’ Product Promo (Pizza Box) from Green Box on Vimeo.

    I have to agree with Radley Balko at The Agitator, it’s genius….

  39. #39 |  Michael Chaney | 

    The pizza box people have a nice idea, but cardboard with grease on it can *not* be recycled. At least it can be used in another manner, but I’m pretty sure I’ve done everything they’re doing there more than once in my life.

  40. #40 |  Cynical in CA | 

    From the article describing the “sexting DA”:

    “A 31-year-old law student, Maria Ruskiewicz, has said she received sexually charged texts from Kratz after requesting his support for a pardon from a drug conviction, and another woman said in a letter to the state that Kratz invited her to a crime victim’s autopsy.

    Van Groll’s lawyer has said a third woman told him that she received inappropriate messages from Kratz, while another woman told the Appleton Post-Crescent that Kratz offered her help with a domestic violence impact statement in exchange for sex.

    Kratz has denied inviting a woman to an autopsy but has not responded to the other allegations.

    Ruskiewicz said Monday she was surprised by Kratz’s plans to resign.

    “I thought he was going to fight this tooth and nail to retain his position of power,” said Ruskiewicz, who said she plans to file a complaint against Kratz with the Office of Lawyer Regulation and wants to see him permanently disbarred.”

    Sexual predation, necrophilia, political favors for sex. I will never cease to be amazed at what absolutely twisted and perverted individuals are drawn to positions of political power – what a commentary on the violent nature of the system. Ruskiewicz is appropriately stunned that the DA is abandoning his power — he fought his way up the ladder and it is not every day that someone like that retreats. Must be some intense heat coming down on him.

    But the system lives on, expelling this one piece of shit from its rotting body.

  41. #41 |  Marty | 

    #24 | Bob

    my idea’s BETTER. cardboard beer cartons would be made with perforations so that they’d break down into a santa sled that’ll hold chips. twelve cardboard antlers would also come from the case. these are called ‘cantlers’ and would go on the 12 cans, transforming them into ‘reinbeers’. anyone who knows high school and college guys would know that they’d NEVER throw anything away this cool (they’d have contests to see how many ‘reinbeers’ they can get pulling their sleigh, go ‘reinbeer’ hunting with their airsoft guns, etc), so this stuff would stay out of landfills until their wives/girlfriends insist that it get pitched….

    THEN we try ‘the excess grease and oil (from the chips) deposited into the box’s semi-permeable cellulose matrix are exposed to heat, pressure, and our proprietary enzymes…’

  42. #42 |  Mannie | 

    The Italian police are lazy, incompetent, dishonest pigs.

    Now come and get me.

  43. #43 |  DarkEFang | 

    I don’t really know much about the Amanda Knox case. How much of that whole situation is about her being guilty, and how much is about Italy retaliating against the US for the Abu Omar rendition/kidnapping? My understanding is that Italian courts have really been putting the screws to any American unlucky enough to commit any kind of infraction.

  44. #44 |  Bob | 

    Cantlers and Reinbeers, huh? Yeah. I’d buy those. Who the hell wouldn’t?

    We also need to lobby aluminum can manufactures to come back with pop tops, so they can be connected together to form the bridles for the Reinbeers.

    And of course, the Reinbeers need names that are low rent knockoffs of Santa’s reindeers for tasteless drinking songs and games.

    For example:

    Brewdolf the Drunken Reinbeer
    could really put away the beer.
    And if you ever saw him,
    you would have to stand and cheer.

    All of the other Reinbeers
    would claim that they could do the same.
    But Brewdolf would always own them,
    At any of their drinking games.

    Then one soggy Christmas Eve
    Santa came to find:
    mighty Brewdolf was the last one able,
    All the other Reinbeers were under the table.

    So Santa chose brave Brewdolf
    to be the desigated Reinbeer leader…

    At this point, people make up their own lyrics. If the group likes the new lyrics… they all drink a beer while singing the new end of the song. This continues all night.

  45. #45 |  M.Zinnen | 

    Threadjack alert!

    Kind of surprised not to see this one on here today, Radley: apparently a cop in San Jose found out that his 14-year old daughter had had sex with her boyfriend, who is one year older. So he did what any rational father would do: he went in uniform to the boy’s house, handcuffed him, and threatened him with arrest, telling him that the DA would probably charge him as a sex offender, and (of course) threatening that the boy would probably be raped in prison. The parents of the boy were there and filmed it, and have filed a complaint. The cop actually has the gall to claim that he was only trying, with best intentions, to help a young man back on the right path.

    Anyway, I got the story off a German news site and am too lazy to search for the English link, but they cite “The Daily Telegraph” in the article, so those who want to read the story should probably search there. The German story has the Youtube clip at the bottom.

  46. #46 |  Marty | 


  47. #47 |  Marty | 

    we also need to do something for the market that MUST have their beers in bottles… I’m thinking ‘bottlopes’. obviously, not the best choice for float trips and frat parties, but they could play bottle mouth harp while they sing the reinbeer song!

  48. #48 |  albatross | 

    This small-time misconduct by FBI agents will have no consequences, for the same reason that larger-scale scandals (spying on antiwar groups and lying about it, violating the law in getting access to private data about citizens, etc.). It’s an important principle in the US today: Powerful people don’t get consequences for screwing over powerless people, only for offending other powerful people. That’s why Lyndie England got a dishonorable discharge and prison time for her participation in torture of prisoners, but John Yoo suffered no consequences worse than having a lot of people upset at him for his far larger role in our torture of prisoners.

  49. #49 |  PW | 

    More cops confiscating cameras – this time in Dearborn, MI and with a religious twist.

    Four Christian missionaries were apparently passing out English-Arabic translations of the Bible on the street outside of an Arab heritage festival. The cops showed up and arrested them for “disturbing the peace.” How they were doing so remains unclear as there were no reports of them doing anything other than mildly annoying pedestrians as missionaries are prone to do. But since bible literature apparently incites muslims to blow things up, I suppose the cops were using that twisted rationale.

    One of the missionaries was apparently filming the encounter from a distance as the cops swarmed in, which got her camera confiscated and an additional charge of “disobeying an officer.” The good news is that the jury acquitted all four on the “disturbing the peace” charge, though it convicted the camera lady and sentenced her to time served.

    The money quote is from the mayor of Dearborn, Jack O’Reilly, defending the prosecution:

    “It’s really about a hatred of Muslims,” O’Reilly said. “That is what the whole heart of this is. … Their idea is that there is no place for Muslims in America. They fail to understand the Constitution.”

  50. #50 |  PW | 

    Here’s a video of the Dearborn thing:

    It also contains an absurdly exaggerated police report that claims the crowd was on the verge of “rioting.” Fortunately the cops neglected to erase the video, which showed nothing more than a missionary preaching about Jesus to some teenager who stopped to argue with him in a surprisingly civilized tone. Then the cops sweep in and arrest them and grab the cameras.

  51. #51 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Boilerplate police report. Nice to see video shining a lot on the lying MFers.

    If I were more enterprising, I’d print/laminate cards for all 50 states outlining film/photo/recording laws…and I’d put on there something like “Ignoring these rights and arresting me will result in me hiring a money-hungry fleet of lawyers to sue your city, state, and get you fired and divorced from your pension.” Hell, might be good to just hand them out at every rally.

  52. #52 |  JS | 

    We should have national film a cop day.

  53. #53 |  PW | 

    Looks like the missionaries are going to sue the cops, as they should.

    Also more details on the arrest of the lady with the camera, who was apparently filming from a distance and was not involved in the conversation that the cops falsely described as inciting a riot.

    Mayel, who said she was standing around 100 feet away from the others, was charged with failure to obey a police officer’s order after Cpl. Brian Kapanowski told her to put down the camera and she instead held her camera in place as she backed away from him.

    “When someone is a subject of an investigation, they have to stop what they’re doing and answer my questions,” Kapanowski told jurors Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

    The link also indicates that the video evidence was crucial to countering the cops’ fabricated testimony at the trial.

    This entire incident was a perfect convergence of three very insidious trends in modern American society: (1) police state thuggery in the face of defiant citizens with cameras, (2) delusional post-9/11 fear-mongering about non-realized and completely unrealistic threats of “riots” and “violence,” and (3) goofy far left wing multiculturalist political correctness of the type that is willing to forgo basic civil rights so as not to “offend” moslems and their backasswards stone age religious customs.

  54. #54 |  matt | 


  55. #55 |  BenSix | 

    FBI agents, supervisors cheated on an open-book exam. Oh, and it was an exam to test their knowledge of, among other things, your Fourth Amendment rights.

    Don’t tell me — they had bugged the invigilator’s office?

  56. #56 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    OT…Here’s a fun one: MI Asst. Attorney General is a douche.

    You really have to see it to believe it. Anderson Cooper is really finding his niche with the uncomfortable interview.

  57. #57 |  David | 

    Michael: The box can’t be recycled, but it can still as good a candidate to be made FROM recycled cardboard as anything else. If it also saves you some paper plates and whatever you’d wrap the leftovers in, that’s not bad.

  58. #58 |  JS | 

    Boyd I saw that last night. It was pretty good of Anderson Cooper but the whole time I was thinking “Why don’t they do stories like this when it’s the police doing the abusing?’

  59. #59 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Agreed, JS. I’d like to see Cooper have on the police union boss trying to explain away some of the lying (pick a case, any case). The reason we won’t see this is because the police union boss is too smart to do the interview.

  60. #60 |  Michael Chaney | 

    The box can’t be recycled, but it can still as good a candidate to be made FROM recycled cardboard as anything else. If it also saves you some paper plates and whatever you’d wrap the leftovers in, that’s not bad.

    Right, which is pretty much what I said. But they’re claiming it can be recycled again, and it cannot.

  61. #61 |  David | 

    Oh. I missed that part of the video.

    Yeah, that’s dumb.

  62. #62 |  Marty | 

    that asst da anderson cooper interviewed is on track to land in the top 5 republican gay scandals… if he recovers from this interview and continues his ascent!

  63. #63 |  Elliot | 

    I usually make it a point NOT to buy anything which is advertised with too much “green” hype. Whether it’s the smugness of people who make empty gestures to feel superior to others, or the PC GroupThink implications, I really don’t want to be encouraging them.

    BUT as a consumer, I do choose products or services which are less wasteful of resources, because of my personal dislike for things which are not elegant or economical. I don’t eat pizza very often, since it’s a “cheat” on my diet, but I would definitely appreciate the functionality of that pizza box—so long as the pizza joint delivering the pie didn’t repeat the “Our Planet, Our Responsibility” propaganda.

  64. #64 |  Michael Chaney | 

    I usually make it a point NOT to buy anything which is advertised with too much “green” hype. Whether it’s the smugness of people who make empty gestures to feel superior to others, or the PC GroupThink implications, I really don’t want to be encouraging them.

    Yep. And I have a simple rule when I stay at hotels. If they have the bullshit “please save the environment by reusing your towel” sign, the towels go straight to the floor after my shower every single day. If they don’t have the sign, I reuse my towel. If they want to put up an *honest* sign that says “please reuse your towel because it costs us a lot of money to wash them”, then I’ll reuse them.

  65. #65 |  bobzbob | 

    Our city recycling states that pizza boxes can be recycled. It used to be they were not allowed because of food contamination, but now they are- better technology.

  66. #66 |  BoogaFrito | 

    In the same spirit, I refuse to mail back spent Laser Toner cartridges from my printer at work, even though HP includes a prepaid mailing label and reusable box.

    They’ve included a pamphlet about how important it is that we save our planet by exercising our responsibility to recycle. The cover has a nice picture of a bear and its cub. What a crock.

    I wonder how much money they save pandering to green gullibility… If they really cared, they’d be offering to refund a deposit.

  67. #67 |  Mike | 

    #65, if HP really cared about the environment, they’d design their printer cartridges so third parties could refill them. But, that would cut into their bottom line, as printer ink is free money.

    Go Green = you pay more.

  68. #68 |  Derfel Cadarn | 

    Disparaging the Italian police is like saying that shit smells ,everyone knows it but I guess it offends the shit.

  69. #69 |  SJE | 

    #65 and 66: HP sells the printers at a discount, and make the profit on the refills. If you don’t like HP’s policy on printer cartridges, don’t buy their printers.

  70. #70 |  Stick | 

    “The Italian police are lazy, incompetent, dishonest pigs.
    Now come and get me.”

    You could remove the the word ‘Italian’ and replace it with any countries name and still be telling the truth.

  71. #71 |  Felicia Scarnati | 

    This. The story out of Kansas City. I so rarely say anything negative about this I so rarely address it online, but this is disturbing, disappointing and infuriating.