Bonus Afternoon Links

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

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26 Responses to “Bonus Afternoon Links”

  1. #1 |  Joe | 

    That guy falsely imprisoned earned two million the hard way, by giving up 27 years of his life and his reputation.

    I am glad he finally got exonerated.

  2. #2 |  Joe | 

    The ex NFL player taunting the local cop who harassed him is how it should be. Free speech means free speech.

  3. #3 |  Joe | 

    Just in time for Halloween. The jurisprudence regarding commerce clause is just another example of why the “living breathing constitution” is about as enlightened as Frankenstein. Good intentions still lead to monsters. Restricted government is the best government.

  4. #4 |  flukebucket | 

    Thanks for pointing to the piece by Coates. I really enjoyed it.

  5. #5 |  Kevin3% | 

    $2,000,000 for 27 years of degradation and loss of freedom = less than $75,000 per year. Not a very good trade off, in my view.

    How does on put a price tag on freedom?…and justice is another matter entirely.

  6. #6 |  BamBam | 

    Can anyone find a link to the full page article that the guy who challenged the cop to an MMA fight put into his local newspaper? I can’t find one.

  7. #7 |  Aresen | 

    RE the Bumper Sticker for nerds:

    If it’s blue, you won’t have time to read it.

    And I don’t even want to be on the same planet if you hit something. (We’re talking extinction level event here.)

  8. #8 |  kant | 

    #7 that still doesn’t stop it from being the one of the best bumper stickers out there.

  9. #9 |  Cynical in CA | 

    •Partisanship and fear of government. Or, “if only we had the right people in charge….”

    May I politely remind the host that any political endorsement is subscription to the belief that “if we only had the right people in charge …”

  10. #10 |  Cynical in CA | 

    •Former cop now activist who records other misbehaving cops.

    Just the fellow I mentioned yesterday, courtesy of Carlos Miller’s blog. This, my fine libertarian friends, is one of the few viable trojan horses against the State I can see. Of course, I can’t see all, and the State is very clever in its defense.

  11. #11 |  Cynical in CA | 

    •The Amazing Elastic Commerce Clause.

    The time to go off the grid is nigh.

  12. #12 |  Joe | 

    I am not saying $2,000,000 is some windfall. It is not. Hell, it it not clear if it is tax free or not yet. It does not begin to cover what this guy went through. I am just glad an injustice was reversed.

  13. #13 |  Jesse | 


    You, Carlos Miller and Will Grigg should just bite the bullet and combine all your blogs into a one-stop anti-authority shop.

  14. #14 |  Roho | 

    I kinda’ like calling it the “Simon Says” clause. As in, “Yeah, the framers took great pains carefully enumerating government powers…but they didn’t say ‘Simon Says’!” That’s the only way I can reconcile such a tiny, vague blurb overriding pages of very explicit, direct language.

  15. #15 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Commerce Clause…give the state an inch and they’ll shoot you and your dog.

  16. #16 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    re: Partisanship and fear of government. Or, “if only we had the right people in charge….”

    Link should have came with a “Do not read the comments on the article” disclaimer. The bulk of the “discourse” is Team Red and Team Blue well, doing what we have come to expect from Team Red and Team Blue.

  17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Yup, the right person for the job is just around the corner. No way we should change the machine at all. Rinse…repeat.

  18. #18 |  Mannie | 

    Re the space nerg bumper sticker:

    A cop pulls a Physicist over for speeding.

    Cop: Do you know how fast you were going?

  19. #19 |  Joe | 

    If only the amazing elastic commerce clause was a secrete source of power, and well…commerce, all our problems could be solved.

    You know, like flubber.

  20. #20 |  Sky | 

    #5 | Kevin3% | October 21st, 2010 at 3:45 pm
    “$2,000,000 for 27 years of degradation and loss of freedom = less than $75,000 per year. Not a very good trade off, in my view”.

    I think Radley linked to the story of the N.Y.C. Bronx man who was imprisoned for more than two decades on a rape conviction before being cleared by DNA evidence that was awarded $18.5 million by a jury on Tuesday.

    That story indicated he does in fact have to pay taxes on the money and as of yet, hasn’t seen a dime of it. We (the taxpayers) have already paid the taxes on his time with our tax dollars…it sorta seems to me the state is double dipping. I agree the trade off sucks.

  21. #21 |  Sky | 

    Last night I kept getting Error 404 Not Found messages when I attempted to post, today I’m moderated??

  22. #22 |  Cyto | 

    I’m happy for Green’s long-overdue release – although the double-dip lineup identification should have been knocked out by the trial court in the first place. I suppose that is why they mention it in the article.

    The unusual twist to the story for me was a bit that is strangely revealing of human nature, I’m just not sure what it reveals. Not 3 months out of spending 27 years in prison and he’s got one chick knocked up and is engaged to a different chick.

    a.) wow, that’s moving fast…
    b.) What kind of chick choses to have unprotected sex (or even intentionally have a baby) with a guy just out of a 27 year prison sentence?
    c.) What kind of chick choses to get engaged with a guy who just got out of a 27 year prison sentence, has a baby on the way and you just started dating within the last 10 weeks?

    I wonder if the dangling carrot of a $2 million settlement plays a role in b and c?

  23. #23 |  MassHole | 

    RE: MMA challenge to the cop. I would pay-per-view the shit out of that!

    “If every officer that pulled someone over and they weren’t happy, if they were challenged to a fighting match certainly those officers would all be suspended or lose their job,” said Locke.”

    It’s hard to make sense of exactly what he’s saying due to typical cop word soup, but either way, it’s bullshit. Coaxing someone into taking a swing at a cop is the oldest trick in the book for a “justified” beatdown.

  24. #24 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Good on you, Diop Kamau. May your recording equipment never go off-line.

  25. #25 |  Mario | 

    On the former cop now turned activist, I think this part of the article deserves further comment:

    Let’s get one thing straight. It is not the videos undermining public trust. It is the officers in these videos.

    Exactly. It is a disgrace that videos of police officers misbehaving should be criticized as being antithetical to the public’s interests because it is “undermining public trust” in our police officers. That kind of criticism reminds me of the libel law from the Colonial period.

    It used to be that in speaking against the king, truth was no defense. You were still guilty even if you were speaking the truth, because an accusation that was found out to be true was considered even more damaging to the reputation of the Crown — and we could not have that.

    Who do these police think they are?

  26. #26 |  JS | 

    Mario “Who do these police think they are?”

    The King?