Saturday Links

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
  • NYPD tickets woman for not having her dogs’ “paperwork” with her while she was out walking them. Between this and the chess raids last week, I’m starting to think New York has run out of black people for the cops to stop and frisk.
  • TSA agents hate doing the pat-downs? Makes sense. I’m sure they’re not fond of being vilified, either.
  • Good piece from Russia Today on former DHS Sec. Michael Chertoff’s media shilling for the scanners, note that the major newspapers identify him as the former DHS chief, not as a paid lobbyist for one of the companies that manufactures the machines.
  • Virginia Supreme Court turns down Ryan Frederick’s appeal.
  • This is pretty bizarre.
  • Yes, this is a huge part of the problem. And it’s probably why all those Senators expressed such solidarity with TSA last week. They never have to endure the theater.
  • Police union succeeds in having hearings on questionable uses of force closed to the public. Fun experiment: Next time you see a lefty defend teachers unions, substitute “police union” and see if they’re willing to make the same arguments. The procedure could probably be reversed for your favorite law-and-order conservative.

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51 Responses to “Saturday Links”

  1. #1 |  JS | 

    Russia Today is becoming one of the best news sources in the world. I can’t think of anything in the US that compares to it.

  2. #2 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Headline idea: TSA Agrees to Compromise on Boehner Groping.

  3. #3 |  EH | 

    I think TSA agents would be smart to take things too far. There’s no way they’ll ever get fired and it’ll turn the current firestorm into whatever comes after a firestorm.

  4. #4 |  sirhcton | 

    . . . And a law enforcement official said that any member of Congress or administration official with a security detail is allowed to bypass security.

    I think I see a pattern here. The security procedures are only for the us, not them. We cannot have them irradiated or groped. After all, these officials can affect the TSA budget!

  5. #5 |  Aresen | 

    sirhcton | November 20th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    The security procedures are only for the us, not them.

    And this surprises you? You must be new to this blog.

  6. #6 |  JS | 

    I wonder what happens when cops fly?

  7. #7 |  MassHole | 

    Of course the mass of TSA screeners hate the new pat downs. Outside of a few sick nutjobs, who would want to perform that role. Quit. Please. No one compelled you to take this job.

  8. #8 |  joe b | 

    With respect to the piece about TSA agents unhappiness with the new procedures, very good. It supports making the TSA agent’s life a living hell when ever possible. TSA agents should be encouraged to hate their jobs, they should be encourage to hate coming to their job. It only takes a moment of incivility to express your contempt for the individuals groping you. Do it for your country.

  9. #9 |  GT | 

    @joe b – I absolutely agree: look those obese tax-eater cop-wannabes in the eye, and say “This is about the only way you’ll ever get contact with another human’s genital, ain’t it, Cleetus?”

    Make them ashamed to do their jobs. Raise the price of being an obese slack-jawed, sub-human cog in the machinery of tyranny.

    And yes, they’ll lash out and over-react… just fucking deal with it.

    As to the “NYPD tickets dog owner” link … it’s because they have fucking QUOTAS, is why: much easier to go looking for minuscule violations of petty-tyrant laws (littering, jaywalking, wrong or no papers). See

    Note to blue (and black) shirted jerkoffs who think they’re the ‘sheepdogs’ that guard the State’s livestock: you’re being watched, too, motherfuckers. We see your shit, and we know you’re weak bitches.



  10. #10 |  Z | 

    “I’m starting to think New York has run out of black people for the cops to stop and frisk.”

    Or shoot.

  11. #11 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    A police source said, “This officer was doing her job in addressing quality-of-life concerns of neighborhood residents.”

    Silly me. I thought cops were supposed to be enforcing the law and it was interior decorators and *retch* “life coaches” and suchlike that were supposed to address my quality-of-life concerns.

  12. #12 |  pyo1 | 

    @ the last paragraph of 9: The lions watch the mutts that corral the sheep!

  13. #13 |  delta | 

    TSA worker says: “I go home and I cry. I am serving my country, I should not have to go home and cry after a day of honorably serving my country.”

    I feel sorry for the TSA workers, I do. But: No, you’re not. You’re really, really not.

  14. #14 |  The Johnny Appleseed Of Crack | 

    From the NYT article on congressmen avoiding the security lines:

    “Michael Steel, a spokesman for the Republican leader, said in a statement that Mr. Boehner was not receiving special treatment. And a law enforcement official said that any member of Congress or administration official with a security detail is allowed to bypass security.”

    Umm, the second sentence completely disproves the 1st. It should start with a “But”, not an “And”.

  15. #15 |  Robert | 

    I think we can all see where the “TSA agents hate their jobs” is going. Soon, it will be a felony to make a TSA agent feel bad about what they’re doing. Say anything negative toward them and you’ll get thrown in jail. It sounds crazy, but I give it six months before it’s a crime to “offend” a TSA agen.

  16. #16 |  Peter | 

    Russia Today is a ridiculous organization.
    If they sometimes report true, important things that MSM neglects, it’s all to the good. But, in truth, much of what they report is a potpourri of distorted half truths and bat-shit crazy spam poetry.
    NOTHING that they report about Russia is reliable.
    That someone could say it’s one of the best new sources in the world truly worries me.

  17. #17 |  Bob | 

    #7 MassHole

    Of course the mass of TSA screeners hate the new pat downs. Outside of a few sick nutjobs, who would want to perform that role. Quit. Please. No one compelled you to take this job.

    Kind of like with the Police Departments? ‘Good’ cops are targeted for harassment and replaced by psychos who want to execute the department’s fascist policies.

  18. #18 |  Nate | 

    No kidding the average TSA employee doesn’t want to fondle John Q. Now show some sensibility and take your employer to court for making illegal demands as a condition of employment.

  19. #19 |  JS | 

    Peter “That someone could say it’s one of the best new sources in the world truly worries me.”

    Then you worry too easy. You think they are worse than CNN, ABC or foxnews?

  20. #20 |  KristenS | 

    If find that lefties respect the cops a lot more than righties respect teachers’ unions, so argument #1 may not work so well.

  21. #21 |  Bill | 

    #14–The two statements are completely consistent. Steele was pointing out that Boehner isn’t getting special treatment–he’s being exempted from TSA’s normal procedures just like all the other important people are. That’s standard operating procedure, you see.

    If pressed (not that anyone would), I suspect that Steele’s explanation would be much along those lines. Orwell may have been an optimist.

  22. #22 |  K9kevlar | 

    TSA is no different than any other Govco bullshit. Pure Food and Drug Act specifies how much ratshit is allowed in your Wheaties. Pure brass = 8 percent lead in your plumbing. Fucking enabling legislation for TSA probably requires X percent of terrorists board the plane.

  23. #23 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Wait till some kook goes into a restauant weaing a C4
    vest. RSA. Into a bus station wearing a plastique
    belt. BS SA . Pat downs will be the norm. You aint seen nothing folks, this country
    is headed for full-fledged grope-ocracy.
    Have TSA ever found a terrorist? No. But that’s a logical criticism.
    But, to paraphrase Nietzsche, the universe aint logical.

  24. #24 |  K9kevlar | 

    NYPD running out of blacks to stop, frisk, and harrass? Perhaps there really is a Smart Brother in the Brotherhood fighting against the Man. Are they using a secret web site to communicate times and locations of the boys in blue? TwiddA (Twitter for my nigga?) 50’s resources are finite.

  25. #25 |  K9kevlar | 

    Yizmo patdowns have been the norm for decades. Just like priests fucking little boys, now it is no longer taboo to talk about. Or in the case of TSA, perform in front of large groups of people.

  26. #26 |  Joe | 

    I am a big fan of juries, but as the Frederick appeal shows, if the jury convicts you and recommeds a harsh sentance…it is hard to appeal it.

  27. #27 |  Joe | 

    I know the legal argument is they should have been presented a lesser alternative sentance, but the jury recommended 10 years. So they obviously thought he was wrong and the cops were right.

  28. #28 |  Joe | 

    As for the TSA saying they do not like it, reminds me of Judge Smails in Caddyshack explaining how he sentanced boys younger than Noonan to the gas chamber. He didn’t like doing it, but felt he owed it to them.

  29. #29 |  Joe | 

    Comply with me….

    Iowahawk knocks one out of the park.

  30. #30 |  BCeezee | 

    So wait, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and FOP have managed to (1) drive the city’s debt farther into the red than the devil himself (, (2) oversee the 14th highest police misconduct rate per officer during 2009 for police departments that employ 1000-plus officers (, and now, (3) persuade an ever-so-pliable court to make it more difficult for the public to review and critique the justifications for these officers’ use of deadly force?!? And it’s not that I see the glass as half empty, it’s just that it’s too full of bullshit and blood for what’s left in the glass to be worth a damn.

  31. #31 |  CharlesWT | 

    “The sergeant specifically blamed the placement of a light switch under the trigger guard on his .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol. He said he had in the past carried a ‘Surefire brand X200 flashlight with pressure switches on each side of the grip of the gun; however this summer the Plano Police Department issued me a Surefire brand X300 flashlight with the pressure switch under the trigger guard and no pressure switch on the grip.’
    Plano sergeant who accidentally shot drug suspect was trying to turn on flashlight

  32. #32 |  OBTC | 

    #29 | Joe

    At the very end of the song:

    “Check out the ‘security risks’ on that one!”


  33. #33 |  tjbbpgobIII | 

    “TSA agents hate doing the pat-downs? Makes sense. I’m sure they’re not fond of being vilified, either.”

    Tell them to do exactly what Nancy told us, the public to do. Shut up and enjoy the moment.

  34. #34 |  boomshanka | 

    Michael Chertoff: paid lobbyist or free speech advocate?

  35. #35 |  PersonFromPorlock | 

    Auswoof, bitte!

  36. #36 |  boomshanka | 

    what’s an auswoof?

  37. #37 |  John Wilburn | 

    Ausweis (identity card), perhaps?

  38. #38 |  CharlesWT | 

    As a 33-year law enforcement veteran and former training commander with the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, I know how easy it is to intimidate citizens into answering incriminating questions or letting me search through their belongings. This reality might make things easier for police looking to make an easy arrest, but it doesn’t always serve the interests of justice. That’s why I believe all citizens should understand how to protect their constitutional rights and make smart decisions when dealing with officers of the law.

    A Cop’s Advice on Dealing with Cops

  39. #39 |  Monica | 

    I actually think this TSA non-sense will end up being the best thing that has happened in years for civil libertarians to finally make their case. For decades, we have been told by so-called conservatives that to question the National Security State made us terrorist sympathizers, unpatriotic, ect. They thought they were immune. Even George Will is finally getting it that this has happened under both parties.

    Not so abstract when they want to take naked pictures of their grannies and feel up their small children.

  40. #40 |  derfel cadarn | 

    The NYPD has no redeeming social value,the cost far out weighs the return. The TSA and Homeland Security should be disbanded immediately but while are functioning their policies should apply to all especially politicians including the potus and all members of congress.

  41. #41 |  delta | 

    TSA-related: The Rasmussen Reports polling site tends to skew stuff in a right-wing light. Nonetheless, they just released a poll asking people if they think the U.S. legal system (a) protects individual rights too much, or (b) national security too much.

    “While 54% of Republicans say the legal system pays too much attention to individual rights over national security, just 27% of Democrats feel the same. A plurality (48%) of Democrats think the balance between the two is about right. Voters not affiliated with either party are narrowly divided on the question.”

  42. #42 |  ktc2 | 

    This is just brilliant!

  43. #43 |  supercat | 

    IMHO, Ryan Frederick’s attorney should have argued that Ryan Frederick may not have known the particulars of the people breaking down his door, but (1) he did know that there was no sign of flashing police lights or any other indication that they were government agents intending to conduct a legitimate search in reasonable fashion, and (2) he knew that almost anyone who would break into an apparently-occupied house without making any effort at stealth would incapacitate any occupants at the first opportunity. The evidence supported a claim that the people outside the house failed to act in such fashion as to ensure that someone inside would know their identity. While it probably wouldn’t be good to impugn the motives of the people outside the house, I think it would be fair to say that, for whatever unfortunate combination of reasons, the people ended up acting in a way indistinguishable from robbers, and that anyone who does not wish to be shot as a robber has a responsibility to avoid acting like one.

    I think the defense attorney may have been worried that such an argument might make Mr. Frederick’s actions seem deliberate, but the argument he used made it seem like Mr. Frederick was reckless. The truth is that Mr. Frederick shot and killed a robber; too bad the robbers’ accomplices will never be prosecuted under the felony murder rule for his death.

  44. #44 |  Packratt | 


    Actually, per our latest statistics released for Q3 2010, Jacksonville FL ranks 13th worst in police misconduct rate for departments consisting of over 1,000 sworn law enforcement officers.

  45. #45 |  luvzbob | 

    I don’t see the big deal with the TSA scanners. Who cares what they can see – we all have bodies. The scanners can’t read my mind – and that’s where privacy matters.

    Oh My- someone I’ll never see again got a fuzzy look at my “junk” – who the fuck cares?

  46. #46 |  BoogaFrito | 

    “Molester, pervert, disgusting, an embarrassment, creep. These are all words I have heard today at work describing me, said in my presence as I patted passengers down. These comments are painful and demoralizing, one day is bad enough, but I have to come back tomorrow, the next day and the day after that to keep hearing these comments. If something doesn’t change in the next two weeks I don’t know how much longer I can withstand this taunting.”

    If that isn’t reason enough to keep taunting these guys, I don’t know what is.

    Of course the mass of TSA screeners hate the new pat downs. Outside of a few sick nutjobs, who would want to perform that role. Quit. Please. No one compelled you to take this job.

    Because what we really want is every TSA agent to be sick nutjobs!

  47. #47 |  David Chesler | 

    I’ve got a NY Post clipping for guy busted in children’s only playground from maybe ten years ago, around the time cops in the Bronx busted a guy for sitting on a milk crate, under Giuliani’s “broken window” theory. (Ironically, one of the new quality-of-life offenses was making minor repairs — like fixing a broken window — on a car on the street, which is where NYers park.)
    I gave up on NY when the persecuted Bernie Goetz. I’ve been back to the Disnified Times Square recently, and am still glad to be gone. (Proud to be raised in the Bronx, but glad to be gone.)

  48. #48 |  Nando | 

    I grew up in Puerto Rico, where entering any popular bar/club means you get to have a security gorilla (usually off-duty cops) waive a metal wand over your body AND pat you down (yes, both). I’m not new to the whole procedure, but it’s annoying because I can choose not to go to a popular bar in PR but there is only one way to get there: fly.

  49. #49 |  Sean L. | 

    “Michael Steel, a spokesman for the Republican leader, said in a statement that Mr. Boehner was not receiving special treatment. ”

    Fuck you, Steel. Just go fuck yourself you piece of shit.

  50. #50 |  Nick T | 

    @45 – luvzbob

    I don’t see the big deal with the [Patriot Act/Warrantless wiretapping] Who cares what they can [see/read] – we all [talk on the phone/send emails/borrow books from the library/use facebook]. The[y].. can’t read my mind – and that’s where privacy matters.

    @34 – boomshanka: What is you rpoint exactly? Are you saying the federal government should be able to restrain Mr. Chertoff from speaking? What othe rpoint could you possibly be making? Please tell me you’re not referencing/critiquing the Citizens United decision. Please.

  51. #51 |  Justthisguy | 

    Radley, you juvenile hippy, I had to turn on Javascript to make a comment!

    Anyway, remarking on the comment of CharlesWT: Mark Twain said it best and first, and was maybe talking about something else, so I’m paraphrasing and misquoting him here: “Police are un-American and un-English. They are completely irregular. They are, in fact, French.”

    All the best, and III.