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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

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  1. #1 |  Kevin3% | 

    re: the One Nation Rally;

    I call it incoherent babble and leftist spin.
    These folks show themselves to be truly ignorant of economic fundamentals and lost in a world of catch-phrases, cliches and sound bites. Some of the “leaders” like Jackson and Sharpton revealed how unprepared they are to honestly answer tough questions. They are both out of touch race hustlers.

    Julian Bond was perhaps the most articulate of all, and honest but his ideas for the future are dead wrong.

  2. #2 |  Robert | 

    Anybody else see the dude that looks like Cheech Marin in that picture of Tiger Woods? He’s the one to the right with the cigar in his mouth.

  3. #3 |  Bob | 

    This is why I do not have an alarm system with a monitoring feature.

    Virtually every time they go off, it’s a false alarm.

    In the case of an actual emergency, you want to be able to shoot the intruder in peace and quiet, then call the cops for disposal AFTER securing all weapons and assorted contraband.

  4. #4 |  qwints | 

    Kevin: it was certainly full of leftist spin, but I think they had a coherent message – government intervention is needed to correct the ills caused by racists and capitalists. These interviews were much more coherent than the Glenn Beck rally even if I am less sympathetic to the views expressed.

  5. #5 |  Dr. T | 

    Re: Brains in a jar

    It is common practice for brains to be placed in a strong formaldehyde solution for weeks or months because it takes that long to make the brain firm enough for dissection. (Dissecting an unpreserved brain is like cutting warm jello.) Also, organs or parts of organs may be removed from the body and preserved for future examination. Once the removed parts are no longer needed by the medical examiner, they typically are incinerated.

    In cases where head trauma wasn’t severe enough to cause instantaneous death, the medical examiner needs to dissect the brain (and, sometimes, the upper spinal cord) to evaluate the damage and determine whether it was the cause of death. The results typically are shared with the ER physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and radiologists at the hospital that treated the accident victim. This learning process can help them make faster and more accurate assessments in future head trauma cases.

    The mistake the Staten Island morgue made was displaying brains of pending cases. That was inappropriate and unprofessional. The brains should have been stored in a closed room with special ventilation for removing the formaldehyde fumes.

    — A Pathologist

  6. #6 |  Kevin3% | 

    Sharpton was coherent? He was trying to get away from the camera as fast as he could. Jackson; didn’t have time to write one of his poetic verses in response to the question. Again, Julian Bond was coherent but he is wrong.

    As for the rest of the leftos there was the socialist rabble rouser, the union shill and a bunch of kids (of color) who have had their head stuffed with this crap all of their lives.

    I submit that those kids are about to get the rudest awakening of their lifetime in the continuing economic debacle and that is: NOBODY OWES YOU ANYTHING! not a job, nor an education, or even the time of day.


  7. #7 |  Marty | 

    I’m surprised the cops didn’t send the owner a bill for euthanizing their old, arthritic lab.

    as far as dog twitter goes- I didn’t think it was possible for twitter to be less appealing to me, but…

  8. #8 |  Jeremy | 

    Kevin3% –

    I find it ironic that you bash the lefties for using too many catch-phrases, cliches and sound bites when your own comments here are nothing but catch-phrases, cliches and sound bites. It’s (useful) idiots like you who give libertarianism a bad name.

  9. #9 |  Kevin3% | 


    Please don’t lump me in with the libertarians. I gave up on them long ago as they are unable to get a dog catcher elected.

    To your trite comment re: catch phrases, name one (that I made) please.

    I call them like I see them. Do you have an opinion you care to share about the video? Or do you just comment to try and place folks in little boxes to fit your paradigm.

  10. #10 |  Just trying to be helpful ... | 

    “I call them like I see them.” is a pretty good example of a cliche.

  11. #11 |  David | 


    Wouldn’t you just want an alarm system that doesn’t contact the police/make a noise loud enough to alert the neighbors instantly? I don’t know about you, but I’m a sound sleeper. If I have a home invader, I’m not banking on him being kind enough to knock over a vase.

  12. #12 |  Marty | 


    that’s what our dogs are for- to warn us when company comes. as long as it’s not cops who don’t like dogs, I think we’re gonna know if someone breaks in.

  13. #13 |  qwints | 


    Regardless of the nature of the message, it was clearly a polished one. They clearly expressed their desire for more government action – more government funding for infrastructure projects and public schools, more regulation of the private sector and opposition to the right wing. Unlike the tea party, they are (with the possible exception of the hunger striker) offering a clear platform of increased government spending and regulation. You’re unlikely to find someone willing to support that platform on this website, but they expressed it clearly and coherently in clear contrast to the Reason videos from tea party rallies.

  14. #14 |  Kevin3% | 

    I concede your point on their message being more government and bigger government but incoherent in terms of an understanding of economics and backed by the ability to exercise reason and logic based on historical fact, is I guess what I was trying to express. Perhaps mindless, unreasonable or illogical or just plain foolish would be better words to describe the mindset of these folks.

  15. #15 |  Stephen | 

    Is there ANY case of a dog killing a cop?

  16. #16 |  Mike | 

    Go to a cop’s house and shoot his dog in front of his children. Claim the dog was about to harm the children, and you had to shoot to save them.

    Won’t work in real life, but sounds good.

    BTW the other link should be “break your apps”, not break your ads.

  17. #17 |  Marty | 

    I’ve seen some gruesome dog attacks (a couple fatal), but almost all involved kids. I’ve seen a couple pits that were used for fighting and could see a cop shooting them… scary dogs.

  18. #18 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The mistake the Staten Island morgue made was displaying brains of pending cases.

    Are you sure the mistake they made isn’t that they released a body for burial without the effin’ BRAIN?!

  19. #19 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    A union selling to the government in a democracy is a dangerous thing. “Give me a lot of stuff and I’ll vote for you” doesn’t deliver results. But by all means, let the theater continue.

  20. #20 |  PW | 

    Okay, so is it fair to oppose the ground zero mosque because the thing is going to be a giant butt-ugly architectural eyesore?

    Surely the extreme visual externalities imposed on neighboring landowners by this absurd post-modern stalinist concrete and stucco monstrosity have to count for something.

  21. #21 |  miroker | 

    First things first, classic less government example:

    Second, in my opinion, government is not really the problem. Problem is greedy idiots getting involved and tilting things to their side so that those
    less fortunate get nothing but grief. Remove the corporate slaves fromt hte equation and things might get better much faster.

    Third, not that I am religious, but some of the commentators on this sight seem to be of the opinion that they have no obligation to help their fellow humans. I feel sorry for those people as when the chips are down for them, I am sure they will be looking for help from anywhere they might find it. If karma is real, then then may find that attitude is going to bite them in the rear.

  22. #22 |  Bob | 

    Ok… So…

    If you’re going to totally freak out when you see a brain in a jar, why are you taking a field trip to the morgue?

    What, you expect they’re going to hide all the dead body parts, and put plastic replicas on display instead?

    Now… if they were doing hellish cybernetic experimentation on live brains… that would be a different story.

  23. #23 |  Matt | 

    Yeah, I respect that a medical examiner has a job to do, but if he wants to hang on to major organs that seems like a matter of consent for the family. The issue should be clarified at the time he initially seeks consent for the autopsy. The whole mess could be avoided with a little common sense.

  24. #24 |  albatross | 


    I think the whole argument on religious liberty grounds comes down to “this decision should be made on the same basis as other local zoning issues, not on the basis of not liking the religion of the people building the building.”

  25. #25 |  PW | 

    I shudder to think about what John Ashcroft stashes between his mattress, but I imagine it must look something like this:

    Neocon Porn

  26. #26 |  PW | 

    #24 – If that’s the case, then can I lodge a complaint with the New York zoning board for encouraging the construction of butt ugly eyesores?

  27. #27 |  Bob | 

    Well, here’s the problem:

    The Shipley family’s priest told the family he didn’t consider the son’s burial proper without the remaining body part, so after the organ was returned, the Shipleys had to bury their son for the second time in three months, and “go through another anguishing funeral service,” court papers said.

    The problem is retarded religious beliefs! What’s the point of a religion if it causes emotional distress over the death of a loved one?

    News flash! NO ONE is buried whole. Blood is removed, the body is already being destroyed by microorganisms, etc. ‘Internal organs’ at this point are no more important to the original owner as the blood and soft tissues are.

    They should sue the priest for manipulating them into having two burials. THERE is where the mental anguish is coming from.

  28. #28 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #15 | Stephen — “Is there ANY case of a dog killing a cop?”

    Sadly, this is beside the point. A dog may also be used as a diversion, or simply be a distraction. A dog does not have to primarily lethal for a cop to justify killing it.

    For the millionth time, I do not support puppycide. That lack of support does not change certain facts.

    Police are imbued by the State with general powers, primary among which is preserving their safety according to their personal judgment. It is an established principle that a police officer has the power to kill any dog that he/she believes represents a threat to his/her safety in the course of executing official duty. To the State, the behavior of the dog is irrelevant — it is only the judgment of the officer that is relevant.

    This situation is an inevitable, and possibly necessary, consequence of the advent of Suburbia, replete with a dog in every home, and the State monopoly on the use of force within Suburbia.

    It would take the removal of those preconditions to eradicate puppycide. Good luck with that.

    As I have recommended in the past, a concerned dog owner might consider taking one’s puppy down to the local constabulary and introducing him/her to the fine officers in blue, putting a human, non-violent face on the situation and working on a solution founded more on reason than emotion.

  29. #29 |  Ben | 

    Dr. T – I am not religious at all. But if medical examiner released my son’s body to me and I found out later that they had kept organs without my consent, I would have the examiner’s balls in a jar on my desk.

  30. #30 |  SusanK | 

    My first thought was “why did a school take a trip to the morgue”? I doubt they have an advanced science class where they were learning anatomy or anything like that. It was probably more of a propaganda-scared straight kind of “teachable moment” about texting and drinking or breathing and driving.

  31. #31 |  JS | 

    SusanK “My first thought was “why did a school take a trip to the morgue”?”

    Exactly! Wtf is wrong with this picture? The morgue???? You took the class of high school kids to the morgue????

  32. #32 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #27 | Bob

    Though he makes it a bit crudely, Bob does have a point. Religion is not only silly, it is quite harmful.

    That being written, however, it does appear that in its carelessness the coroner’s office may have been extremely disrespectful to the decedent’s family. Certainly a two-week paid vacation is warranted for whomever is responsible. A strong denial of responsibility and statement of adherence to department policy should definitely issue as well.

    In America, everyone has the right to have their superstitions respected. The best way to ensure this happens is for no one to be held responsible or be punished.

    /apologies to DK

  33. #33 |  Steve Verdon | 

    But police responding to a burglar alarm at a home say the dog growled and barked at them, and they feared she was about to attack.

    So one of the officers fired three rounds – at least one of which struck the dog in the head, killing her.

    From the puppycide link. I’m totally convinced cops do this for shits and giggles. I can’t find any other explanation for this. All dogs will bark and growl at those coming into their territory.

    My rottweiler does it all the time…as soon as I open the door though she stops and simply curious. If I didn’t open the door she’d keep going. Would she bite someone? Maybe, but only if they insisted on entering my house or backyard without my permission and even then if a person had the right attitude–acted like they were supposed to be there she’d likely stop and want to approach them to make sure they are okay (sniff them, etc.).

    Is there ANY case of a dog killing a cop?


    No, there is no such case. And see Cynical’s post it pretty much sums it up save for the fact that shooting a dog gives most cops a chance to use their gun from which they derive enjoyment. Makes them rather sick and disturbed people.

  34. #34 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Police wrote that the dog, named Gloria, had “advanced on officers in a threatening manner.”

    Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason tells the San Francisco Chronicle his heart goes out to Hallock’s family, but he defended the shooting as necessary.

    Would that civilians could take this approach to cops.

    “He approached me in a threatening manner.”
    “Oh, okay then…shooting that cop was justified, case dismissed.”

  35. #35 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    On duty, plain clothes, pisses in a yard, points gun at homeowner and says “Move it or get shot.”

    Luckily they had cameras at the home…because cops are douchebags with guns.

  36. #36 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Er…given the context of the pissing event, I’m
    afraid to ask what the “it” in “move it” is referring to here.

  37. #37 |  Cynical in CA | 

    “An on-duty Framingham police detective accused of pulling over to relieve himself in a private yard, then drawing his gun on the home’s resident, has been indicted on criminal charges, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office announced yesterday.”

    Criminal charges? But he was on-duty! Wow, just wow. This may force the amending of the doctrine of State defense of its agents. Or I guess the cop wasn’t acting in his official capacity?

    It still does hinge on whether those charges are prosecuted. One wonders — what does the police union have to say about it?

    Great article Boyd. Is the tide turning?

  38. #38 |  JS | 

    No way Cynical. It’s just an isolated incident.

    Ohhhh yea, I went there!

  39. #39 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Excellent turn of phrase, JS!

  40. #40 |  JS | 

    I’m no Dave Krueger but that one was just there!

  41. #41 |  croaker | 

    @35-37 This happened in April? Why did it take so long to file charges when they were caught on tape?

  42. #42 |  Cynical in CA | 

    #21 | miroker — “First things first, classic less government example:

    First, one must assume that what’s in the news story is true. That story is incredibly poorly written and I have my doubts that it is accurate.

    Second, assuming the story is true, it’s a classic free-rider problem, solved rather well. A free market in fire protection services would yield exactly this result. The homeowner is a no-good whiner who got caught and tried to bargain his way out of it. It is conceivable that a “last-second” clause could have been written to provide services at an exorbitant fee, but that would be at the discretion of the service provider exclusively.

    Third, communities in the U.S. used to rely exclusively on all-volunteer fire departments. With the advent of the public fire department, there are now very few volunteer departments. Frankly, I’m surprised there are private fire departments, but I welcome this as preferable morally to public fire departments, or any public service for that matter.

    Importantly, though, this story does nothing to demonstrate that more government is preferable to less government, or that government itself is the problem, as miroker seems to imply.

  43. #43 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Last paragraph, insert “not” in between “is” and “the” in the last sentence.