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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
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  1. #1 |  Henry Bowman | 

    That Onion piece was a news story – why would you think otherwise?

  2. #2 |  Cyto | 

    Wow, the Onion piece could be a news story, and Slate piece could be an Onion article. Nice symmetry!

  3. #3 |  Cyto | 

    Oops, I dropped a word:
    [this]
    Here ya go. Oh, and Radley, here’s a [Good thing] to replace that [Good to] with.

  4. #4 |  Mario | 

    New Haven:

    The mayor also provided a tentative explanation for why police told people in the club to put their cell phones away. It was a measure to ensure the situation didn’t escalate…

    “Escalate,” how? Were they worried the students would call in reinforcements?

    It was the taking of video that the cops wanted to suppress, plain and simple. If half a dozen students had instead pulled out Flip Minos, and unobtrusively recorded the entire incident while being careful to comply with police directives, it wouldn’t have mattered one bit.

    Cops don’t want to be on record. It stifles their “creativity.”

  5. #5 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Re gambling/assets.
    Who was that guy who wasn’t even in the US and Feds still went after
    him? Oh yeah.
    “Jay Cohen, co-owner of World Sports Exchange, based on the Caribbean island of Antigua, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined $5,000 by U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa.”

    Jesse Ventura is right: the gambling/prostitution persecution isn’t about morality, it’s about Superpimp Uncle Sam wanting a cut of the action.

  6. #6 |  Joe | 

    Your job:

    1) cancel out their votes with your own
    2) leave small shiny objects outside in the street to distract them should they manage to find their way to a polling place tomorrow
    3) stop them outside the voting booth, tell them you just voted for Obama, then demand they give you $50 — $45 for “social justice” and $5 for a Wendy’s double with cheese, fries, and a medium Frosty, which is your birthright
    4) pray that once this election is over, they become so discouraged with politics that they go back to things they are more suited for — like Oprah book clubs, or beer pong.

    (thanks to Pablo)

  7. #7 |  Matt | 

    Of course, the Onion piece is mocking the people, not mocking the government for distrusting the people.

  8. #8 |  Nando | 

    The “Billy letters” are pretty amazing.

  9. #9 |  Gideon Darrow | 

    From the NYT article

    “Among the reasons for keeping the brief secret, the court said, was that the groups’ goal ‘is clearly to discuss in public amici’s agenda.'”

    Well, we can’t have that, now can we?

  10. #10 |  Captain Noble | 

    The brilliance of The Onion is that the great majority of their pieces could be straight stories.

  11. #11 |  dsmallwood | 

    The mayor is awful easy on himself.

    The specially trained officers, armed with assault rifles, are designed to intimidate and were not appropriate to the situation …

    That’s nuanced. He’s talking officers and training while the rest of us are talking guns and bullets. I can tell you that I’m not intimidated by the officers; I’m intimidated by the officers with assault rifles. And as far as those rifles, let me tell you this: assault rifles are NOT designed to intimidate people. They are tools designed to nimbly put large amounts of deadly force immediately downrange.

    I assure you that they will intimidate an unarmed civilian. But you wouldn’t say its design feature. More of a “perk”.

  12. #12 |  Joe | 

    Composition of U.S. Senate R vs. D? (counting Sanders and Lieberman as Democrats) 49 R and 51 D

    Composition of U.S. House R vs. D? 246 R and 188 D.

    I am throwing this out there for fun.

  13. #13 |  Joe | 

    Federal prosecutors in Washington State look to seize assets of online payment service that works with poker sites. Good to Obama’s DOJ has straightened out the priorities of the previous administration.

    Indian Givers?

  14. #14 |  celticdragonchick | 

    I’m beginning to think Ms. Reynolds may need to actually seek asylum in Canada.

    Welcome to the land of the “free”.

  15. #15 |  K9kevlar | 

    The thing to remember about legal drug dealers and pain meds is their allegiance to the people who give them permission to work. If sick people are allowed to take pain meds they may just live longer UNPRODUCTIVE lives. If sick people suffer and die quickly, a public good is achieved. The doc/drug dealer is only allowed to keep tax paying patients alive (until they no longer feed the system).

  16. #16 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Best line of the day, from the Billy’s Letters link

    “Unfortunately, you have already been punished for the deed, and the dog is not likely to voluntarily confess.”

    I spewed Diet Pepsi.

  17. #17 |  J.S. | 

    Of course its in Washington.. both the state and the Feds hate online gambling there. Just talking about poker strategies online might get you in trouble with Olympia.

    Measure 75 here in Oregon today is whether to allow a private casino in the Portland area, many of the proceeds going to the “state lottery fund” to be distributed to schools etc.. In one sense I wanted to vote for it to bust up the state/indian casinos monopoly but it only allows this one private casino and the state gets a huge payoff for giving up some of their monopoly (there is also no guarantee it won’t siphon off cash from the state lotto games). The indian casino groups protesting it was rather amusing too.

    Most of the teacher’s unions/school groups support it as they see all the dollar signs they might get.

  18. #18 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    Don’t Treadway On Me.

    (someone whip up a flag design, k?)

  19. #19 |  KristenS | 

    So Bernie blew out the curve for Vermont, did he? The socialist bastard!

  20. #20 |  KristenS | 

    (I was speaking of the Slate ego index)

  21. #21 |  Mike T | 

    New Haven mayor agrees that maybe it was a bad idea to use a SWAT team for an underage drinking inspection. I guess that’s a start.

    The very fact that parents are baying for the blood of the police force for carrying out this order is proof that the average American is a sheep.

  22. #22 |  Mike T | 

    *are not

    (and while I’m at it, for the benefit of the people who probably monitor this site, I’m not advocating vigilantism)

  23. #23 |  Roho | 

    Didn’t want the situation to escalate. Got it. Message received loud and clear.

    “You might wanna put away that video recorder. Otherwise, we might just have to escalate this here situation, and you don’t want that, do you? There’s a good boy.”

  24. #24 |  Joe | 

    JS–you might enjoy Little Billy’s letter to Caeasars Palace.

  25. #25 |  Joe | 

    #6 | Joe | November 2nd, 2010 at 11:03 am
    Your job:

    1) cancel out their votes with your own
    2) leave small shiny objects outside in the street to distract them should they manage to find their way to a polling place tomorrow
    3) stop them outside the voting booth, tell them you just voted for Obama, then demand they give you $50 — $45 for “social justice” and $5 for a Wendy’s double with cheese, fries, and a medium Frosty, which is your birthright
    4) pray that once this election is over, they become so discouraged with politics that they go back to things they are more suited for — like Oprah book clubs, or beer pong.

    (thanks to Pablo)

    –4

    Did you go on the link? Were you offended by the suggestion Obama is a Keynesian?

    Hint: It is a joke.

  26. #26 |  Brandon | 

    I’ve actually had nightmares similar to the Onion piece. Based on the rhetoric, I was afraid Bush would claim that National Security was too important for him to turn power over to Obama, and lately I’ve been afraid Obama would declare the results of today’s election invalid because “people are not thinking straight because they’re afraid.”

  27. #27 |  Cynical in CA | 

    What, no endorsements today? How am I supposed to know who will be outed next as a sexual deviant or crook?

    P.S. Don’t vote!

  28. #28 |  Matt | 

    Did you go on the link? Were you offended by the suggestion Obama is a Keynesian?

    I saw that video and thought it was very funny. However, your quoting of proteinwisdom seemed a little oblique and did not make sense until you follow the link, which not everyone does. In fact when I first read this comment thread I had no idea what you were talking about, even though I had already seen the video in question on another blog.

  29. #29 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Such deep feelings evoked by that first letter from Billy to the Nat’l Hobo Assn. What a beautiful reply.

  30. #30 |  Les | 

    Joe, I loved that video. Sadly, most of the commentators there miss the point and think that those people are dim because they’re on the left. But they’re dim because they’re partisan loyalists. Partisan loyalists are equally dim no matter who they’re loyal to.

  31. #31 |  Joe | 

    Cynical, at least vote against every incumbant every time.

    Re-elect nobody!

  32. #32 |  Matt | 

    I’ve actually had nightmares similar to the Onion piece.

    I had a nightmare last night, but it was just that I couldn’t get my relatives out of my house. It was very distressing!

  33. #33 |  Joe | 

    Spot on Les. I thought it was brilliant.

    I would think the libertarian crowd here would catch on.

  34. #34 |  Cynical in CA | 

    @ #16 | Mike Leatherwood

    That was funny Mike, but then Shapiro goes on to suggest hiring a forensic dentist regarding bite marks on the doll. Shame on Shapiro for stooping so low as to use junk science to potentially frame a dog. ;-)

  35. #35 |  Cynical in CA | 

    @ #31 | Joe

    Never again, Joe. Principled non-voter for life.

  36. #36 |  Salt | 

    I foresee commands to put away cell phones as an emerging police raid tactic. Too many videotaped embarrassing/incriminating moments recently.

    Who is going to question such an order? The cops know/are the law, right?
    Force first, public relations spin later, after mission accomplished.

  37. #37 |  Radley Balko | 

    I would think the libertarian crowd here would catch on.

    Actually, I think the libertarian crowd here does catch on.

    I think the partisans who read this site watch the Reason.tv videos from the Stewart rally and the Beck rally and see either (a) how biased Reason’s coverage was, or (b) confirmation of why they’re a conservative/progressive.

  38. #38 |  BamBam | 

    Is the US a police state? (yes)
    http://gonzalolira.blogspot.com/2010/06/is-us-fascist-police-state.html

  39. #39 |  pyo1 | 

    I love this bit of ignorance

    New York, 2:37 PM
    Tue Nov 2
    Yalies Accidentally Treated Like Regular New Haven Residents

    http://gawker.com/5658110/yalies-accidentally-treated-like-regular-new-haven-residents

  40. #40 |  Bob | 

    The mayor also provided a tentative explanation for why police told people in the club to put their cell phones away. It was a measure to ensure the situation didn’t escalate, DeStefano said.

    Well sure. If the kids had started videoing then the cops would have had to start the bogus “Wiretapping” arrests, then the protests would start… then the police would have to start beating people and arresting for “Resisting arrest”. You know, SOP for police. It’s part of the “Aggravate, Escalate, Arrest” protocol of the “New Professionalism”

  41. #41 |  Joe | 

    Radley, so you considered ReasonTV’s coverage partisan? Or did you fall under (b)?

    I thought it was interesting in showing how people, left or right, tend to over react and not pay attention.

  42. #42 |  Joe | 

    Given we are in a spending financial mess from too much statism, too much spending, jokes about being Keynesian resonate with me.

    I very much liked Reason’s coverage of both rallies. Just so I could see a taste of what went on. Because I sure was not going to spend either day at either one of them.

  43. #43 |  delta | 

    Interesting that under the “vanity” metric here, of the 10 “most humble” senators, there’s 1 Republican, 1 Independent, and 8 Democrats.

    If you haven’t seen the picture of Lamar Alexander’s office, you must, it’s totally insane: http://www.slate.com/id/2272482/slideshow/2272553/entry/2272541/fs/0//

  44. #44 |  Reggie Hubbard | 

    The more and more I read about the drug war from you, the angrier I get but I don’t think any story you’ve covered scares me like the Siobhan Reynolds case. It just seems like final proof that every branch has gone to hell and there’s little hope left for a return to a world where the government can’t screw you if they decide they really want to.

  45. #45 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Off Topic: Victory speeches from Tuesday

    Not direct quotes, but pretty close.

    Government doesn’t create jobs. Individuals do. Why do we have to balance our budget and Congress doesn’t? We believe in ourselves and not that some benevolent leader in a distant capital will take care of us. Do we believe in the individual or do we believe in the state?

    The above was from Rand Paul. I like his dad so much that I admit to giving Rand a lot of room to make mistakes, and his speech above is more like what I want to hear. Maybe…MAYBE…he suckered the Tea Party curb stompers into getting him elected and now he’ll be a 100% libertarian. it’s about time libertarians played that game.

    Marco Rubio’s (below) was kinda creepy because the delivery was Obama-esque in the messiah voice.

    This win is not an embrace of the Republican party. It is a second chance for Republicans to be what they said they were going to be not so long ago. The US is simply the single greatest nation in all of human history. A place without equal in the history of all of mankind.

    Now, time for Congress to get back to business as usual. Where’s the damn checkbook?!

  46. #46 |  Tim C | 

    Anyone who likes the Billy letters should read “Citizen Lazlo” by Don Novello (I understand his first book is also good, but narrower in scope). Very amusing.

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