Lunchtime Links

Friday, October 29th, 2010

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  1. #1 |  qwints | 

    “Investigators said that while the sexual relationship between White and the girl was legal, his possession of nude images of her was not.”


    “Prosecutor Dean Dankelson says he had to drop the charges last week because the girl could not be forced to testify against her husband.”

    are just two more reasons we can’t trust prosecutorial discretion to avoid the abuse of laws. Prosecutors can’t be trusted not to prosecute in ridiculous cases so we must take ridiculous laws off the books.

  2. #2 |  qwints | 


    “But from the moment the Iraqis resumed sovereignty over their own nation, any moral obligation we had was abrogated by the Iraqis’ authority over their own affairs” from the American Spectator article is bullshit.

  3. #3 |  Mannie | 

    Regarding the cop and his 17 year old wife, I was having a discussion with a real-live porn producer. I forget what state he was living in, but he had a 19 year old actress. She could act in porn flicks, because she was over 18. But because she was under 21, she couldn’t watch the movies of herself.

    Beam me up, Scotty …

  4. #4 |  Jeff | 

    # It’s nice to see a piece like this at the American Spectator.

    But then you read the comments and realize what people are actually like.

  5. #5 |  Random Guy on the Internet | 

    “we have to, on the civilian side, be particularly cognizant of privacy issues, of civil liberties issues, and we have built that into the memorandum” Napolitano said.

    It’s OK everybody, they have a memo.

  6. #6 |  MikeL | 

    For what it’s worth, I tried superimposing Mao’s face on a rebel flag, but it just doesn’t work as well as Che’s. Sorry Mao, but your image doesn’t work artistically, so you’re out.

  7. #7 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “The Pied Piper of Hamelin is the subject of a legend concerning the departure or death of a great many children from the town of Hamelin (Hameln), Germany, in the Middle Ages. The earliest references describe a piper, dressed in pied (multicolored) clothing, leading the children away from the town never to return….”

    It’s no surprise that “stranger danger” goes way way back.
    Probably because it rhymes.

  8. #8 |  K9kevlar | 

    I saw a guy with a turbin and a toner cartridge in that old photo.

  9. #9 |  SJE | 

    The cop with nude pictures of his g.f., now wife, is ridiculous. Are we going to start arresting parents for taking a picture of their 3 yo in the nude? What about those stacks of National Geographic in the basement.?

  10. #10 |  Cyto | 

    Interesting thing #1: Despite a “tidal wave” of big corporate money stealing the election because of that pesky first amendment, Balko’s blog is papered with DNC electioneering via Google Ads today. I helped them defeat Sara Palin by clicking on their ad. And I supported TheAgitator at the same time! I feel so civic minded…

    Interesting thing #2: About the cop who married his 17 year old girlfriend – Stossel had a guest who faced the identical situation. He’s out of jail now, but he’s a sex offender for life. As of the show a couple of months back, they were still happily married. Although, you have to wonder if the sex offender registry will allow him to support his family well enough to maintain that happy marriage.

  11. #11 |  Dave Krueger | 

    This seems like a bad idea.

    Don’t be so paranoid. She said the plan “takes privacy and civil liberties into account.”

  12. #12 |  SJE | 

    OT: Cop parks in bike lane, tickets cyclists who go around him for “not riding in the bike lane”

  13. #13 |  Aresen | 

    From the Mao link:

    ‘When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill.’

    And Mao is still revered by many on the left who condemn capitalism for ‘allowing people to starve.’

  14. #14 |  Cynical in CA | 

    The Grey Lady goes green:

    Good on them.

  15. #15 |  Links from other blogs « RSSted Development | 

    […] October 29, 2010 in links | Tags: links From Marginal Revolution and the Agitator: […]

  16. #16 |  Matt | 

    So Mao’s Kitchen is in Hollywood, California. Who would have thought?

  17. #17 |  Aresen | 

    The Halloween story is great.

    Too bad that the nannies won’t listen. Anything that doesn’t fit into the control agenda will be ignored.

  18. #18 |  Mattocracy | 

    I’m kind glad that I read The American Spectator Comments regarding the wikileaks article. Sometimes I wonder about realigning myself with the GOP since Rand and Ron Paul are in the party, then I read shit like “Julian Assange is simply another terrorist acting in a different manner.”

    What was the link a few days ago about partisan politics making you stupid?

  19. #19 |  Salt | 

    @#9 | SJE | October 29th, 2010 at 1:08 pm:
    “Are we going to start arresting parents for taking a picture of their 3 yo in the nude?”

    Its already happening:

  20. #20 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    …not a trained Department of Sanitation worker… No-nonsense sanitation enforcer Robert Barrows spotted the bottles and cans in McCorkle’s borther’s 1997 Hyundai and told the perp to “turn off the car and give me the keys.”

    I’ll bet a few thousand dollars that “trained” sanitation ENFORCER Robert Barrows could not work in any private sector job.

    In NH we have untrained people recycling cans and not a single fatality. But in NY there is nothing that is too small for government.

  21. #21 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Julian Assange has done maaaaaybe a trillion times more for peace than Obama. I wonder if the folks at Nobel have heard of him.

    Saw a video interview with the soldier who pulled one of the kids out of the van that was shot up by the Apache from the Wikileaks vid. Why does it take someone to personally carry a bleeding-to-death 7 year old child shot by your high-fivin’ buddies before you question the point?

    Yes, I know the answer.

  22. #22 |  Aresen | 

    Boyd Durkin | October 29th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Julian Assange has done maaaaaybe a trillion times more for peace than Obama.

    You’re giving Assange a bad rap: 10^n times x, where n is a member of the set of positive numbers and x is a negative number is still a negative number. ;)

  23. #23 |  Cyto | 

    I followed through on the links from the DNC to help them defeat Sara Palin and a few clicks in I found something astoundingly brilliant on the Barak Obama website. They have a crowd-sourced dialing pool for their call lists. from the site:

    Calling voters on our brand-new 2010 call tool is as easy as pie. Just click continue below and start making calls to critical targeted voters in your state, using the script on the page!

    You’ll be calling people who voted in 2008 but don’t in every election — who overwhelmingly support the President and his allies. After a few calls you’ll be asked to log in — that’s just to verify that you’re a real person, not a spambot.

    Apparently they’ve managed to get over 8 million people called this way – without having any costs at all on their part. Just brilliant! I’m not sure how they avoid running afoul of various privacy laws or FTC dialing controls (since they don’t have a lot of control over the crowd), but the effect is obviously extremely cost-effective when compared with old fashioned call-center volunteer setups. I was sorely tempted to start making calls to spout my own agenda, but I realize that this would not be likely to be effective given the nature of the list.

  24. #24 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    …you wonder if someone who didn’t have a badge would have received the same leniency.

    Happens all the time!

    Damn! He had a badge, too. Hmmm…my search “underage sex not prosecuted” seems to ONLY turn up cops.

  25. #25 |  random guy | 

    Je-sus the American Spectator articles comments are terrifying.
    To quote some jems:

    “…I long for the days when the CIA would have ended his whistle blowing the same way the KGB would have ended theres.”

    “Julian Assange is simply another terrorist acting in a different manner. What we should see is a wanted poster offering 5 million for him, dead or alive.”

    “Assange is a clear enemy of the US state in a time a war – military tribunal followed by execution is fine with me.”

    “I’d do it for nothing as an act of patriotism. That scumbag needs killin’.”

    “just my opinion but I believe the soldier that gave this information to these people should receive the Death Penalty if convicted.”

    — “An opinion I share.”

    —- “And me.”

    —— “Call it what it is: Treason. An offense punishable by death.”

    And thats just like in the first ten posts. It gets worse.

  26. #26 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    You got me on that, Aresen. :-)

    Julian Assange is certainly making a dent during his time on the planet. It makes my Wiki-Two-And-A-Half-Men-Leaks website seem like shit. Why did I think people would be interested in illiterate emails from Charlie Sheen?! He basically just calls John Cryer a hack and links to LOLCats.

  27. #27 |  SJE | 

    Another OT police incompetence story. Police count dead girl as “drug overdose,” completely miss that she had been shot in the head.

    Michael and Gaile Seaton’s daughter, Stacy, was found dead in a Bowie park in 2005. She was just 18. Their memories of that day are crystal-clear, and not just because it was the day they lost their daughter. It was also the way police handled her murder. Michael Seaton says initially, officers said Stacy Seaton died from hitting her head because of a drug overdose.

    “They said it’s because she’s pale. And my wife said she always pale. My wife has skin cancer and so my daughter stayed out of the sun intentionally. That’s how they were basing it,” Michael Seaton says.

    After Stacy Seaton was pronounced dead, her mother was not allowed to see her at the hospital. After forcing her way in, Gaile Seaton saw blood coming from her daughter’s head. She eventually implored a nurse to call for X-rays, which showed that her daughter had been shot in the head.

    Michael Seaton said by then, the police were way behind in finding his daughter’s killer.

    “So the whole time, the crime scene is left unattended. Now, you’re having to change midstream on how you’re thinking about everything from a suicide or a drug overdose to murder,” he says.

    The Seatons are asking law enforcement, in particular first responders, to be more thorough. An arrest was made in their daughter’s murder more than four years later. The suspect faces trial in January.

  28. #28 |  Cyto | 


    I love the education levels of our population. Julian Assange is guilty of “treason” according to the commenter. That’s just brilliantly stupid. As a citizen of Australia, which qualifies as “anywhere that isn’t the united states” under the definition of “not treason”, I don’t think he’s eligible for the death penalty under treason.

  29. #29 |  smurfy | 

    “I realize that this would not be likely to be effective given the nature of the list.”

    Oh but it can be so much fun cyto. I’m a registered Democrat though it’s a been a while since I voted the party line. Last Saturday I got two career mail carriers at my door stumping for harry Reid. Ripping ensued. The male mail carrier’s jaw was shaking. Then Clifford the big red dog ended and my 3 year old started pulling on my leg. It’s fun having an in-person flame war.

  30. #30 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “Disproportionate pot arrests of blacks and Latinos is unconscionable. But to stop arresting people for pot possession isn’t the answer. Which I guess means California cops should start arresting and jailing more white people, too. It’s all about equality.”

    Uh oh. Time for no knock raids in the OC. Street sweeps and round-ups on Rodeo Drive. Heavy surveillance and hand-to-hand buys in Beverly Hills. It’s ON now you naughty caucasians! Ya’ll are fiends for the bud, time to put you in your place!

    The children are depending on their government to make sure we don’t have another lost generation of peaceful, generally productive, otherwise law abiding pot smokers out there living there lives and mocking the futility of their government’s drug war. The tide is turning!

  31. #31 |  Psion | 

    Frankly, I’m suspicious of these images that claim to be “first photo of a human.” The pictures are of dubious origin to begin with and the so-called human shown is but a mere speck in either photo. Where you might claim you’re looking at a figure, I claim you’re seeing a bit of dust on the film or perhaps an oddly-shaped branch. Or perhaps they’ve even been manipulated with software to “enhance” the human shape.

    I’ll put it to you this way: if you’re going to claim you’ve finally got a photo of a real, genuine human, don’t show me a blurry, grainy, badly exposed blob of something that could be anything! Show me a human! Close up. In focus. And even then, I won’t believe you, because pictures are too easy to fake these days, so you better actually have a human body on hand as proof.

    First human indeed!

  32. #32 |  shecky | 

    I think Jonah Goldberg is one of those commenters on the American Spectator column:

    “So again, I ask: Why wasn’t Assange garroted in his hotel room years ago?

    It’s a serious question.”,0,5734943.story

    via balloonjuice

  33. #33 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    Mao’s Kitchen? Is that supposed to be ironic, for fuck’s sake. We’re talking about a guy who presided over mass starvation!

    “Mao loved to say, ‘Wei renmin fuwu!’ – so here we say the same, ‘Serve the people!’ ”

    Well, obviously he wasn’t talking about serving the people dinner. Idiots.

  34. #34 |  Aresen | 

    @ Psion | October 29th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Exactly! Everyone knows that the first photos of a human were those taken of Jesus* that clearly show him to be a white, north-european male!

    *OK. I’ll concede ‘half-human’, but since Gawd made man in his own image, it still counts.

  35. #35 |  BamBam | 

    #30 Don’t Be Hatin’ (Malibu’s Most Wanted)

    #31 FIRST!

  36. #36 |  Matt | 

    Psion, you may be more satisfied with this self-portrait of Robert Cornelius, dated 1839, which Wikipedia claims to be the first portrait photo.

    However, if you look at the Boulevard du Temple photo, I think it’s clearly a human figure, and he is positioned on the sidewalk so his legs can’t be confused with tree branches. Given the long exposure times of daguerreotypes, it’s not surprising the first attempts were landscape images, and thus the first human figure photographed might be a person inadvertently captured in one of the landscapes.

  37. #37 |  Robert | 

    #29 “Last Saturday I got two career mail carriers at my door stumping for Harry Reid.”

    How did you know they were mail carriers? In uniform, or some other object of clothing that officially ID’d them? Or did they just volunteer the info?

  38. #38 |  adolphus | 

    I had lunch at the Genghis Grill the other day. Isn’t that kind of the same thing?

  39. #39 |  Booker | 

    “Prosecutor Dean Dankelson says he had to drop the charges last week because the girl could not be forced to testify against her husband”

    Funny, I thought that the state was COMPELLED to prosecute, whether or not the victim wanted to press charges. Hundreds of examples, but most famously (and quite recently) a certain film director comes to mind…

  40. #40 |  Marty | 

    the chick that wrote the halloween article has a great blog called ‘free range kids’- it’s a neat read as she’s constantly fighting with nannies and bureaucrats.

  41. #41 |  Joe | 

    The first photo of a human is haunting.

  42. #42 |  Joe | 

    But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
    You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow

  43. #43 |  Thalience | 

    Re: Mao’s kitchen

    Even if the owner didn’t intend the name to be ironic (and hopefully they did), I think the irony is delicious. If it is successful, they could use the profits to open up “Pol’s Pot” next door.

    This Freefall comic seems relevant:

  44. #44 |  David Chesler | 

    Re the child bride, if it’s statutory rape because she’s too young to give consent if they’re not married (may not apply here, but in some places the minimum age to marry _is_ younger than the age of consent) why isn’t it marital rape (that is, rape absent the “she’s my wife” defense) when they engage in marital relations?