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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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  1. #1 |  Jae | 

    The “hings” we do to innocent people?

    Hings? Hing is Estonian for “soul” are you saying that list of the horrible stuff we do puts a soul in them? I knew you was a false libertarian! A libertarian would never try to force his view of religious morality on someone just because you don’t think they have a soul! What are you Ron Paul?

  2. #2 |  TomG | 

    The Kuwait story is weird – they aren’t banning ALL cameras (because even they know that’s logistically a nightmare and bad for tourism) but the new rules are not very clear on what is and is not allowed.

  3. #3 |  Gideon Darrow | 

    Maybe Ruth Marcus got the memo that the TSA protestors are all on the Koch brothers’ payroll. Or something like that.

    But whatever you do, don’t mention Michael Chertoff’s role in the whole debacle, or the statist media really gets its hackles up.

  4. #4 |  Cyto | 

    Questionable shooting by the police? Ok, that means… Ah, yes… there it is:

    “Henderson police haven’t released the incident report yet and no charges are expected to be filed.”

    The obligatory line burred near the end letting us know that there will be a full investigation, but we don’t need to worry about the outcome of the investigation because they won’t be taking any action. All is well, citizens…

  5. #5 |  Eric Hanneken | 

    According to the article, Kuwait has banned digital SLR cameras. (Are film SLRs okay?) This part caught my attention:

    What often happens is that a big black camera tends to worry people. Taking a picture of a stranger would seem like much less of an issue if you were using a more discreet camera or even a cell phone.

    So this is the camera equivalent of bans on “assault weapons.” It has nothing to do with the capabilities of the devices, and everything to do with their appearance.

  6. #6 |  Cyto | 

    But I still had to ask him why they are “developing” such a well-developed neighborhood. Doesn’t Columbia Heights already have every kind of business under the sun?

    “They do now,” Hopkins told me. “They have IHOP!

    Say what you will, but that guy’s a genius.

  7. #7 |  Mattocracy | 

    The people wanting to view us naked and feel us up to stop the non-existance threat of underwear explosions are telling everyone else to grow up? Can the media shit heads of the world please pull their heads out of the asses and realize that they are afraid of same things as boogy men, goblins, and ghosts?

    Where’s that piece telling Obama to act like a fucking man and get us the hell out of the middle east like he said he would. We have to treat everyone like terrorists because we’re insiting all the real terrorists in the world to attack us. And we’re just not gonna stop doing the shit that causes all this shit to happen in the first place. That would make too much sense.

  8. #8 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “they aren’t banning ALL cameras (because even they know that’s logistically a nightmare and bad for tourism) but the new rules are not very clear on what is and is not allowed.”

    Abusive gov’t agents love this type of legislation.
    Let’s keep the law so vague that the guilt of the accused
    is entirely up to our discretion, then we can go after anyone we want.
    You see the same type of crap for videotaping cops.
    Wiretapping? You gotta be kidding me.

  9. #9 |  Henry Bowman | 

    Hmmm….a 4-year-old German shepherd is not a puppy. Who knows what this dog did? Certainly not the owner.

  10. #10 |  arglebargle | 

    That dog shooting story is odd, the cops story that the dog was attacking himself and his kid. The owners story that the dog had returned and was leashed when shot.

    Usually the dog killings circumstances are not that much in dispute, with unleashed dogs, or dogs loose in their own house or yard. There is always the dispute as to whether the dog was ‘playing’ or ‘attacking’ but not leashed/unleashed.

    I have a strong distrust of police, but in this case I am not sure what to think.

  11. #11 |  nospam | 

    “Adding to the L.A. Times’ “shut up”, the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus tells TSA protesters to “grow up.””

    So is the newspaper industry still wondering why they can’t maintain a subscriber base? I wouldn’t do business with any company that employs so many condescending government stenographers.

  12. #12 |  Jesse | 

    I’m somewhat conflicted about this puppycide. I am sympathetic to a parent’s instinct to protect their children from a percieved attack. I remember my own dad’s anger when a hyperactive neighbor dog cornered me in our own garage. Dog owners do need to control their dogs, especially around children.

    However, if any mudane citizen were to get a gun, walk up and execute a dog while the owner was holding the leash in these same circumstances, that citizen would be arrested and charged with a veritable myriad of crimes, probably felonies. A cop does it? No problem, they are entitled. And in this case, it is probably that entitlement that engendered the rash and cruel behavior of shooting a leashed dog. Once the owner had the dog on the leash, there was no threat. It was retaliation.

  13. #13 |  Bob | 

    “North Las Vegas police said they are waiting to see the police report to decide whether disciplinary charges against Rook are necessary.”

    No they aren’t. They won’t get Scott Salkoff the pair of balls he desperately needs, either.

    Until Scott Salkoff can show the injuries he or his son suffered from the ‘attack’, it’s a bad shoot.

  14. #14 |  Nate | 

    It’s simple. All the hacks saw those polls saying 60% of Americans would patriotically strip down for the TSA and decided they saw where the winds were blowing. Marketability is their angle. Doesn’t make them any less useless.

  15. #15 |  Trish | 

    The Kuwait story made my stomach hurt.

  16. #16 |  Brian | 

    What is this new “social contract” I’m always hearing about when some bootlicker needs justification for vast new intrusions on liberty? I don’t remember signing anything. Or is there a secret amendment to the Constitution that I’m not aware of?

    “Amendment 28: Terms subject to change without notice. Amendment 28 sealed by executive order.”

  17. #17 |  Pete | 

    ‘Grow up’ is your response to the backlash against the continual erosion of our civil liberties and our constitutionally guaranteed rights?

    You… you… you *statist toady filth*, how dare you? I imagine you would have written a similar column in response to ‘Don’t tread upon me.’

    Except wait a minute, do you even know the significance of that last phrase? Given how in-the-pocket you apparently are of the government, I find it doubtful. Keep spewing your propaganda and asking hard hitting questions such as “So Mr. Government Agency Director, just how awesome are your ideas and policies?”

    You do us all a tremendous service. No, really, this sort of boot-licking is exactly what the Pulitzer is for, so start crossing your fingers.

    Sent to Ruth Marcus.

  18. #18 |  Sudarshan | 

    The IHOP story was predicted by The Onion a few months ago ;)

  19. #19 |  PW | 

    the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus tells TSA protesters to “grow up.”

    Does she, now. Well in that case, may Ruth Marcus’s next visit to the airport be welcomed by a 300 pound GED-credentialed TSA agent named Shanequa with a respect-my-authoritah complex and an endless supply of latex gloves.

  20. #20 |  Marty | 

    it’s amazing to me that, even when off-duty, the cops have to shoot the dog. it doesn’t seem real plausible to me that a family dog that’s known to be friendly would take off and terrorize complete strangers without any provocation. I’m biased, but you can put me in the ‘very skeptical’ category on this one.

  21. #21 |  overgoverned | 

    This is Ruth Marcus’s favorite theme. See, for example, the first paragraph of her Nov. 13 column on the federal budget:

    “The predictably childish reactions of the left and right to the budget blueprint unveiled by the co-chairs of President Obama’s debt commission offer the president a chance to play a role to which he may be uniquely suited: the grown-up in the room.”

    They could save themselves so much ink by just writing “Fuck you, peasants” and calling it a day.

  22. #22 |  Marty | 

    I love these journalists so willing to sacrifice our rights. I’d like to suggest a few sacrifices we can make that’ll improve our country:

    1. ban newsprint. this will dramatically reduce our carbon footprint and save our forests, which will help us become more energy independent, which will help us not have our energy source held hostage by some middle east despot.

    2. ban indoor plumbing. our water supply is precious and we need to stop gumming it up with piss and shit. I regularly piss out behind my barn and I think you should, too.

    3. ban crocs. this will help reduce our carbon footprint and people won’t look nearly as ridiculous as they do. and we won’t have our energy source held hostage blah blah blah.

    4. ban cell phones. this will reduce our carbon footprint, create less strain on DHS (less surveillance), make our roads safer, and we won’t get ganked by these rip-off cell phone companies any more, which will help the economy recover 9% faster.

    5. require people to register their tattoos. this will make us all much more secure- “‘the guy had yogi bear tattooed on his butt, looking in and saying, ‘Yo Boo-Boo, are you in there?'” BANG! this suspect is nabbed.

    Stop whining- these are little inconveniences that’ll make us all much safer.

  23. #23 |  JS | 

    Pete #17, Brilliant! I sure hope she sees it!

  24. #24 |  MadTom | 

    From the “grow up” article:

    “The marginal invasion of privacy is small relative to the potential benefit of averting a terrorist attack.”

    Yeah, marginal things usually are small. That’s why they’re called marginal. The bigness of the invasions of privacy is when you ADD UP the marginal invasions.

    “We do know that, without the enhanced imaging, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got on a plane with enough explosives to blow it up.”

    And we know that, with enhanced imaging, Adam Savage accidentally got on a plane with two 12″ razor blades in his pocket.

    And by the way, this rock keeps away tigers.

    “My defense of the new procedures assumes that there is some rational basis for the screening madness: that the techniques work and that there is not a less intrusive alternative.”

    Have you considered questioning your assumptions? Just a little? Please?

  25. #25 |  J sub D | 

    McNames was arrested on suspicion of patronizing prostitution and released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $500 bond.

    There are two important lessons in this article.

    1) Never, ever, conduct business with street whores.
    2) Unless your, or someone you love’s, life is in immediate danger, never, ever, ask for police assistance.

  26. #26 |  Aresen | 

    Awkward Thanksgiving family photos

    I thought the “Fowl Play” (#7) one was funny and one a family would like to keep.

    As for “The Mayflowers” (#8): I bet they have really interesting family fights.

  27. #27 |  Gideon Darrow | 

    Ruth Marcus:

    “We do know that, without the enhanced imaging, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab got on a plane with enough explosives to blow it up.”


    “A story in the London Independent suggests that neither a millimeter-wave body scan nor a pat-down would have detected the bomb in Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s underwear. According to Ben Wallace, a Conservative M.P. who helped develop the scanners for airport use, they are good at revealing dense objects such as guns, knives, and C4 plastic explosive but miss low-density material such as the three ounces of PETN powder Abdulmutallab carried. And since American screeners are ‘forbidden from frisking sensitive areas,’ a security analyst tells The Independent, it’s unlikely they would have felt the explosive in Abdulmutallab’s crotch even if they had patted him down. If the experts cited by the Independent are right, responding to Abdulmuttalab’s attempted bombing with more pat-downs and more scans, as the U.S., the U.K., and the Netherlands have, is a non sequitur.”

  28. #28 |  Medicine Man | 

    Some of these big media types really are like the courtier class of old, aren’t they?

  29. #29 |  Mannie | 

    Kuwait bans cameras. Big deal. Who wants to go to Kuwait, anyway?

    The US is, more and more, banning cameras.

  30. #30 |  Dave Krueger | 

    All this TSA outrage will be long forgotten in the midst of the controls government will be putting in place to fight the upcoming war with North Korea. After that starts we will be thinking of this as the good ol’ days.

  31. #31 |  KristenS | 

    Dave K, yeah, except it will be worse because we’ll be at war with China in the name of North Korea. That prospect, to me, is infinitely more scary.

  32. #32 |  Aresen | 

    Dave Krueger | November 24th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    All this TSA outrage will be long forgotten in the midst of the controls government will be putting in place to fight the upcoming war with North Korea. After that starts we will be thinking of this as the good ol’ days.

    Except it will be a Team Blue war and therefore holy and justified.

  33. #33 |  claude | 

    Well the DEA is administratively banning that fake pot in head shops commonly called “K2” or “Spice”.

    “Acting DEA chief Michele Leonhart, who has been nominated by Obama to become permanent head, said that she hoped the government’s action would reduce interest in the drug…”

    Yeah, thats how it works. (rolls eyes)

  34. #34 |  K9kevlar | 

    Does tyranny breed idiots? Decades after Pol Pot, the Cambodians are jumping off the bridge and stampeeding each other. What will the American lemmings do in 40 years? Idiocracy is NOT hundreds of years away.

  35. #35 |  Kevin3% | 

    twice today I have attempted to open the puppycide article/link via mozzila and it crashed. any ideas?

  36. #36 |  J.S. | 

    Ruth Marcus, I don’t wanna grow up cause if I did, wouldn’t I be a TSA kid? More scans, more gropes, more toys, oh boy! I don’t wanna be a TSA worshipping kid.

    “My defense of the new procedures assumes that there is some rational basis for the screening madness: that the techniques work and that there is not a less intrusive alternative.”

    Now Ruthy, you know what happens when you assume, especially with the government right? Cavity searches for everyone with a free lolly for the kids!

  37. #37 |  derfel cadarn | 

    More than $750,000.00 for an IHOP start up sounds pretty up scale to me. Yah my tax dollars at work ;Great As for Ruth Marcus bite me, Sh%thead I`ll grow up when you get a brain.

  38. #38 |  Mario | 

    Over 30 years ago, when my little brother was maybe 5 or 6 years old, an adult German Shepherd got loose, ran several blocks away from his home, and came onto our front lawn where we children were playing. He began to chase us, we panicked, and my little brother got knocked down with the dog jumping on him. “He’s biting me!” my brother cried.

    My mother came out, yelled at the dog, and the dog ran away. My brother was fine. He wasn’t even bitten; the dog was just nipping playfully at him.

    A few minutes later, the dog came trotting up our driveway. My mother opened the garage door, the dog ran in, and my mother shut the door on him. She then called the police.

    A cop came. “Be careful, he’s vicious!” my mother warned. Two minutes later, with the cop in the garage with the dog, we could hear, “Oh, what a good boy.”

    The cop tracked down the owners, who came and picked the dog up. They were mortified. We realized he was a friendly dog, and all was well. End of story.

    Somehow — especially if the dog in Las Vegas had been put back on the leash — inclined to think that he didn’t need to be shot. Perhaps the lady cop and her husband need to be shot.

  39. #39 |  croaker | 

    @11 They’re not government stenographers, they’re government fellators. After all, those govt dicks won’t suck themselves.

    @14 Then you have to ask these idiot journalists exactly why the train and bus stations were packed and the airports were ghost towns on Wednesday.

    @21 Someone should remind Ruth that the last bitch to say “let them eat cake” lost her head. A tisket, a tasket, a head in a basket…

    @25 Agreed on item two. However, this guy looks like he’s way out of the price range of anyone on

    @27 Did you hear about the guy from Mythbusters who managed to get two 12-inch razors through the Nude-O-Scope? Something tells me this crap is useless.

  40. #40 |  Billy Beck |

    Dear Ruth: shut your fucking pie-hole, you stoopid cow.

  41. #41 |  WWJGD | 

    In Nashville for T-day and I saw this story on the news and immediately thought about your asset forfeiture writings. Is there a law about carrying that much cash? And how did they even search this guys car?

  42. #42 |  Pete | 

    @#40 Billy Beck

    Dear Ruth: shut your fucking pie-hole, you stoopid cow.

    I’m a ‘Domestic Extremist’, how awesome is that!

    Here, I’ll use disinformation and propaganda by accusing Napolitano and her cronies of McCarthyism.


  43. #43 |  Alex | 

    “‘Don’t touch my junk’ may be the cri de coeur – cri de crotch? – of the post-9/11 world, but it’s an awfully childish one. We let people touch our junk all the time in medical settings.”
    This lady’s good at critical thinking, and ignoring every reasonable argument against her position.

  44. #44 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @16 – It’s because American (and, with this government, British) politicians are hijacking the word to mean “bend over”. It works fine in, say, the Nordic countries.

  45. #45 |  Pete | 

    So let’s write the organizers of National Opt Out and advise them to have participants wear tshirts that read ‘Domestic Extremist’.

  46. #46 |  S.M. Oliva | 

    Please note: Ruth Marcus is the wife of Federal Trade Commission Jon Leibowitz, a high-ranking Obama appointee. Do we really expect the TSA to harass him or members of his family?

  47. #47 |  croaker | 

    @43 I’m already seeing modified Gadsden Flags with “Don’t Touch My Junk” floating around the internet. I wonder when someone will actually make a real flag like that.

    @45 I’m waiting for Napolitanto to have the guy who came up with NOOD arrested, declaring his actions disrupted air travel and thus in violation of USAPATRIOT.

  48. #48 |  Kenshiro | 

    Regarding the awkward Thanksgiving photos, they’re no match for the awkwardness that follows when some files a privacy lawsuit against a porn company:

    That takes some real cajones…