Sunday Links

Sunday, December 12th, 2010
  • Michelle Bachman: We’re going to eliminate earmarks once and for all!* (*By calling them something other than earmarks.)
  • This kid made my day.
  • NYPD asks woman to clean up after her dog. She says the poop on the ground isn’t from her dog, but she picks it up anyway. But after picking it up she adds, one more time, that it wasn’t from her dog. What happens next is disputed, but by the time it was all over, the woman looked like this.
  • Lawsuit claims California DMV clerk looked up transgendered woman’s private address, then sent her a letter telling her she was making a big mistake.
  • How to fix the systematic prosecutorial misconduct in California. Top item: End absolute immunity.
  • Gov. Chris Christie says he’ll make a decision about the Brian Aitken case by Christmas.
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23 Responses to “Sunday Links”

  1. #1 |  croaker | 

    Those NYPD thugs should spend about ninety days in an orange jumpsuit, ball and chain picking up dog shit in the city.

  2. #2 |  jb | 

    “Causing a ruckus by yelling at the cops to leave her alone”–The yelling was the cause of the ruckus…riiiiight….

  3. #3 |  Mattocracy | 

    Minnesota elects some real fuck ups to higher office. A lot of states elect bad politicians, but the trifecta of Bachman, Ventura and Franken is collective idiocy of biblical proportions.

  4. #4 |  Buddy Hinton | 

    This is off-topic(s), but hopefully interesting to the readers. I spent a good chunk of yesterday watching and thinking about the Mundeleine taser video, obstruction conviction and civil lawsuit:

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101208/news/712099928/

    There are obviously more dramatic injustices than what happened in this video, but somehow I think it nicely brings out several under-discussed issues such as:

    - how small of a delay in obeying a policeman’s order can be considered criminal obstruction?

    - was the policeman trying to stick a sober woman with a DUI charge?

    - where did the audio go during part of the video?

    - what felony assault?

  5. #5 |  Highway | 

    It’s sad that it’s still called ‘obstructing justice’. It gets pretty clear that what happens *to* the people in these videos and stories is the actual obstruction of justice. There’s no ‘justice’ in uniformed thugs beating the living daylights out of a women, leaving her bruised and battered. There’s no ‘justice’ that Kotlinkski was obstructing when his wife was being falsely arrested and detained.

    The obstruction of justice is when ordinary folks run up against Johnny Law, and are ‘put in their place’.

  6. #6 |  LibertarianBlue | 

    Bachman’s “fiscal discipline” speeches are always amusing especially how she still takes and supports the massive amounts of farm subsidizes.

  7. #7 |  WhiteSnow | 

    Maybe, dog poop is a major issue in NYCity.

    Agree with Highway about what happensing to Amerians these days with TSA about to spring more ‘surprises’ on us & it’s not at the airports any more.

    Need to read a new book just about Americans who actually take a stand against federal tyranny. I recommend it as a thriller & about us.

    http://www.booksbyoliver.com

    Glad that I don’t live in NYCity with all the dog poop. Why haven’t they taxed that yet? I am sure there’s enough of it to be taxed.

  8. #8 |  JS | 

    There have been a lot of police abuse stories involving NYPD lately. Are they trying beat out Prince George’s County for the Heinrich Himmler Gestapo of the year award or something? And doesn’t it seem ironic that this is happening in New York, which is supposed to be the stronghold of civil liberties? Maybe somebody powerful in NY or Washington will finally wake up. And where is the outraged local media in NY and Washington? Maybe this backs up your thesis that the news is not liberal but statist.

  9. #9 |  Joe | 

    Cristie better do the right thing for Aitken. First, getting him out for Christmas and then getting rid of that out of control judge.

  10. #10 |  Marty | 

    are we seeing more police abuse because more people are recording it or because there’s a lot more cops or has it always been this way? those assholes beat a 49 yo woman over cold dogshit! would they have beaten her for gum wrappers on the sidewalk?

  11. #11 |  Joe | 

    Christie. My bad.

    As for Ann Stanczyk, it is two against one. She talks funny. And Poles do not have a lot of political power in NYC. Move to Chicago. Plus talking back to the cops will always get you a beat down. It’s a perk of the job.

  12. #12 |  Pete | 

    Re: Prosecutorial Immunity.

    The Supreme Court has a mission, a reason for being, a function – I just don’t know what it is. I know what it’s supposed to be, and if you had asked me two years ago “what is their job?” I would responded that they are to safeguard the constitutional application of law and justice, to make sure the State plays fair in all legal dealings with the public. Well, those they deign to look at.

    But then the Supreme Court said it was ok for a particular class of State Actor to lie, cheat, and bear false witness against citizens, and in doing so, incarcerate them, kill them, or seize their property.

    And again, two years ago before I became aware of it, I never would have believed it.

    What would I say if you asked me now? RULE of Law over rule of law.

  13. #13 |  JS | 

    This stuff ought to be the top priority of the only people who can stop our totally out of control domestic police but it won’t. Our legislators could reign them in, media pressure could help reign them in, and activism could help reign them in but the legislators are too busy, the media has more important things to do and activists aren’t interested. This police abuse stuff has to be the most ignored big event in American history.

  14. #14 |  party boy | 

    There needs to be some sort of soundtrack to the kid dancing, and when asked what he wants for Xmas, he should say, “I wanna party” with a really creepy smile on his face.

  15. #15 |  Joe | 

    As for the DMV clerk, she should be immediately fired. I am not sure what damages the State of California should be liable for given the circumstances (I would say very little unless this clerk did similar things before). While I think the plaintiff should get his/her fees and probably something beyond that, I do not see this as a significant amount of money but more about principle. But the damages should come most from the clerk.

  16. #16 |  Self-Denial in the Extreme | Oh, My! | 

    [...] this side of the pond, a perfect example . . . (courtesy of Radley, ever vigilant on actions of “peace” officers). She got off lucky. It should be called [...]

  17. #17 |  KBCraig | 

    Joe:

    Cristie better do the right thing for Aitken. First, getting him out for Christmas and then getting rid of that out of control judge.

    Before this case came to light, the judge was already gone. Based on similar horrible rulings in other cases, he wasn’t appointed for another term.

  18. #18 |  Bob | 

    NYPD asks woman to clean up after her dog. She says the poop on the ground isn’t from her dog, but she picks it up anyway. But after picking it up she adds, one more time, that it wasn’t from her dog. What happens next is disputed, but by the time it was all over, the woman looked like this.

    Ok wait… there were 580 tickets written last year by an army of 24 officers? That’s one ticket every 2 weeks per officer.

    What do these officers do, just drink all day at bars, then go find some poor woman to beat up when they get good and soused?

    Because they sure as hell aren’t looking for people to give tickets to.

    Problem: People are assholes that don’t pick up their dog’s poop.

    Conundrum: It’s essentially impossible to make them.

    Law enforcement solution: Hire 24 cops at a cost of (estimate) 1.5 million dollars a year to not do shit.

    Realist solution 1: Have sanitation personnel do it.
    Realist solution 2: Pay a dollar a bag bounty on dog poop, 300 gram minimum. Collection stations at Dog Parks.

    Result of solution 2: Really broke people combing the city for dog poop.

    Possible arguments against:
    1) People will turn in human shit in 300 gram increments in an effort to ‘game’ the system.
    2) People will break up really big piles into smaller ones to maximize the return.
    3) People will turn in the poop from their own dogs.

    Response to arguments against: What, are you fucking stupid? ANYONE who will do any of those things for a dollar REALLY needs that dollar and should get it.

  19. #19 |  Juice | 

    Bachman’s “fiscal discipline” speeches are always amusing especially how she still takes and supports the massive amounts of farm subsidizes.

    I know this may sound un-principled, but there is a tragedy of the commons with government subsidies and other “safety net” type programs, like unemployment insurance, food stamps, etc.

    You can be against them in principle and work to have them repealed, but it makes no sense to not take them when they are available to you. There’s always the argument that you paid into the system so you should take back from it, but that’s a whole different argument.

    As long as the commons of subsidies and safety nets exist, you’re just screwing yourself relative to your “competition” for no good reason. You’re not changing, or even affecting the system by doing it. You’re not helping the taxpayer. You’re just screwing yourself.

  20. #20 |  SJE | 

    While I hope the transgendered person wins their lawsuit, the sad thing is that they are more likely to win for a violation of their civil rights than the NYC woman who got the crap beaten out of her by NYC cops.

  21. #21 |  Highway | 

    This stuff ought to be the top priority of the only people who can stop our totally out of control domestic police but it won’t. Our legislators could reign them in, media pressure could help reign them in, and activism could help reign them in but the legislators are too busy, the media has more important things to do and activists aren’t interested. This police abuse stuff has to be the most ignored big event in American history.

    It’s not ignored. It’s actively encouraged by the people in charge. The legislators like having a personal army of police, who defer to them all the time and enforce any unconstitutional law they think up and pass. They’re never inconvenienced by these laws, and if some legislator who isn’t quite important enough gets caught by these laws, maybe they throw him to the wolves as a sacrifice, but anyone else in the protected class will get covered and let off the hook.

    The media loves state power, as Radley has shown: They aren’t liberal, they’re statist. The media also likes their close ‘access’ to those legislators. The courts, more often than not, cover for the police, and most of the time they’re getting a cut of whatever the cops steal through ‘forfeiture’.

    And activists? There are some of them. But the ones that are influential with the government and media, the ones they always go to on ‘civil rights’ and other issues? Well they’re much more interested in keeping ‘their guys’ in power, and if they happen to fall out of power, it’s more about getting them back in power than actually reining in that power.

  22. #22 |  JS | 

    good analysis Highway!

  23. #23 |  random guy | 

    Bob, that reminds of a clean needles program I read about in some Northeastern city, maybe Boston. Essentially public health officials realized that transmission of AIDS and other diseases could be sevearly reduced if people simply had clean needles available to them for doing whatever it is people do with clean needles.

    So the program was a one for one trade, bring in a dirty needle, get a sterilized and packaged one for free no questions asked. It worked great too, even started a little economy where some guys would take dirty needles from junkies and sell them clean ones for a dollar.

    From what I remember it showed significant headway in slowing the spread of disease, then either budget cuts or some drug warrior politician shut the whole thing down.

    But we can’t do something like that for dog poop, because that would cost money and police would loose their jobs, never mind that the money would be less than the salaries and benefits of those cops and as public servants they have no right to a job they aren’t needed for.

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