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Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Bob | 

    “Good shot.”

    That’s what it looks like when you play putt putt golf while high on acid.

  2. #2 |  BillC | 

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think Amanda Knox is guilty and the criticisms aimed at the Italians are insulting.

  3. #3 |  Joe | 

    The minature golf shot is cool. I see Nike thinking “…hmmmm, Tiger is not that hot right now and we can get these guys cheap.”

  4. #4 |  Joe | 

    BillC, Amanda Knox might be guilty. It is possible. But it is more likely she is not. The evidence is weak at best and it defintely does not seem she got a fair shot.

  5. #5 |  omar | 

    the criticisms aimed at the Italians are insulting.

    I’m sorry you’ve had your feelings hurt.

  6. #6 |  shecky | 

    OT: as if libertarians and Tea Partiers didn’t have enough terrible associations to get defensive about… Bob Barr is teaming up with Jean-Claude Duvalier to convince Haiti that “Baby Doc” wasn’t such a bad guy after all.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/americas/01/22/haiti.duvalier.barr/?hpt=T2

  7. #7 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The Sal Culosi case seems to me to show that there needs to be a category of suit for which individuals, organizations, and governments should be vulnerable; conspicuous idiocy. Such a suit would be allowed when the circumstances over which the suit was being made were such that a reasonable person would ask “What were you thinking? Was any thinking done at all?”

  8. #8 |  David in Balt | 

    I have an APBT. Stories like this are why there is no chance in hell I would call the police, for anything, ever.

  9. #9 |  The Johnny Appleseed Of Crack | 

    Looks like we’ve got another case of a bullet, which came out of a firearm, which just happened to be in the hand of a police officer, striking and killing a 76 year old man during a drug raid.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/23/nyregion/23shot.html?_r=1&hp

  10. #10 |  SJE | 

    To be fair to BillC, there is a lot of media hype regarding the Amanda Knox case: as if a pretty young American could never kill someone. Also, while I am sceptical of the evidence against her (as reported) its not the frankly impossible, made up shit that is sufficient for death row in Mississippi.

  11. #11 |  SJE | 

    Johnny Appleseed: I am also amazed at the sentience ascribed to police weapons. Perhaps we should be suing the pistol itself.

  12. #12 |  Gordon | 

    Wow. I just read Johnny’s (#9) link. The article does another masterful passive-voice rendition of the shooting.

    And then spends the last six paragraphs (I’m not making this up) eulogizing the shooter’s (cop’s) father, who was an NYPD officer killed in the line of duty. WTF does that have to do with *this* shooting?

  13. #13 |  SJE | 

    Johnny Appleseed: man, that story is insane. More than half of it is about the police officer and how his father was killed. A few sentences are reserved for the man who was shot as a result of the police officers “accidental discharge.” The only “accidental discharge” we should be willing to overlook are ones associated with eating burritos, not shooting grandpa.

  14. #14 |  Marty | 

    puppycide and grandpacide… same old news.

  15. #15 |  Buddy Hinton | 

    Off topic. Here is an ep produced by Buddy Hinton:

    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=43378364E61A5BA1

  16. #16 |  IrishMike | 

    To clarify – the old man shot in the raid is expected to live.

    Check out the New York Post version of the story:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bronx/cop_shoots_suspect_elderly_dad_in_K7oRBma54vArYlBuQgjvYM

    First sentence – he is a “decorated officer.” Later on – he’s gotten “five department medals.” Police recovered a “small amount of heroin packaged for sale.” And most notably – “undercover officers had made several purchases from the suspect during a lengthy investigation” – gosh couldn’t you have arrested him right after one of the drug buys? Of course not! We have dress up like commandos and use our big toys!

    And then of course we spend the last five paragraphs talking about something that happened to his dad in the ’80s. Good grief.

  17. #17 |  Brandon | 

    I’m kinda glad the puppycide article doesn’t have comments. The phrase “pit bull” has the same effect on some thoughtless-yet-inexplicably-verbose people that “Sara Palin” has on the commenters at Huffington Post.

  18. #18 |  Matt I. | 

    Since everyone’s posting bad news, here’s a bit of good news:

    Phil Mocek was acquitted yesterday of all charges resulting from his refusal to show the TSA his ID.

    Have a good day!

  19. #19 |  PersonFromPorlock | 

    “That map of the world island project in Dubai is sinking back into the sea. Never seemed like a good idea.”

    And besides, Larry Niven did it first.

  20. #20 |  BSK | 

    The world is sinking??? HOLY CRIKEY!!! [Starts bailing … um, space, I guess?]

  21. #21 |  tb | 

    Re: Crack Apple’s link

    “Man Is Accidentally Shot in Raid, Police Say”

    “Officer McCormack’s weapon discharged one shot”

    “We believe he’s accidentally struck”

    “it appears to be an accidental discharge.”

    Fuckers.

  22. #22 |  Gordon | 

    @ #19 – Besides the map of Mars is where the action’s at…

  23. #23 |  André | 

    “At this point, it appears to be an accidental discharge.”

    It’s funny how the police have a different vocabulary, saying things like “tragic accident” to mean “manslaughter”.

    I am not a gun owner, but I feel like most accidents come from people not obeying cardinal safety rules (finger off trigger, never point at anyone, keep in locked box &c&c), rather than being caused by an inherent danger guns purportedly have. When normal citizens carefully follow these rules and accidents still happen, prosecutions follow; when officers don’t bother to follow these rules and accidents inevitably happen, it’s a “tragic accident”.

  24. #24 |  delta | 

    #18 | Matt I. sais: “Since everyone’s posting bad news, here’s a bit of good news: Phil Mocek was acquitted yesterday of all charges resulting from his refusal to show the TSA his ID. Have a good day!”

    Like that; good news indeed. Thanks!

  25. #25 |  Carl Drega | 

    BILLC – it pretty much is just you. Almost all neutral observers think Knox is totally innocent and if the Italians didn’t want to be insulted, they should get some justice in their justice system. I certainly wouldn’t be insulted if some Italian national was killed in a wrong door SWAT raid and the entire country went apeshit about it.

    André – I can tell you most of the serious gun people I know, including myself don’t ever use the term accidental discharge – we use the term negligent discharge.

  26. #26 |  TC | 

    So let me get this straight, the women are home, dog chases off intruder, they call cops, then leave?

    Cops arrive and do what they enjoy, the women return home after cops have departed with corpse of dog.

    I have a question, I’ll bet some of you as well. Why did the women leave after summoning the cops? What is the average response time to a burglary in progress?

    My head is spinning!

  27. #27 |  The Johnny Appleseed Of Crack | 

    Irish Mike,
    You’re right, the 76 year old man was injured, not killed.

    And Matt I.,
    Thanks for the good news. Sometimes we need a reminder that not everything turns out for the worst.

  28. #28 |  free | 

    Radley – In case you missed the story of “Operation Ivy League” by the NYPD’s drug squad, you can find a telling snippet here – http://nymag.com/news/features/70308/index4.html

    “The busts weren’t without glitches—they got Klein’s room at Psi-U wrong, because he’d traded rooms with someone on his floor. For a moment, frat brothers have been heard saying, the wrong man had an NYPD gun pointed in his face.”

    I guess when you’re going to arrest middle-class students for non-violent offenses, a SWAT team becomes necessary.

  29. #29 |  ktc2 | 

    Keep earning that public hate cops. You’re making more and more people see you for what you are each day. This problem has to get worse before it can get better.

  30. #30 |  BSK | 

    “At this point, it appears to be an accidental discharge.”

    Are we talking about a cop’s euphemism for shooting someone? Or raping someone? I just get so confused nowadays…

  31. #31 |  Daze | 

    “Almost all neutral observers think Knox is totally innocent.”

    This is blatantly false. Plenty of neutral observers think Knox is guilty (unless your definition of “neutral” is “agrees with me”). The physical evidence against Knox is solid. She changed her account of the murder night several times after being caught up in lies. She seems obviously guilty to me.

  32. #32 |  Carl Drega | 

    “The physical evidence against Knox is solid. She changed her account of the murder night several times after being caught up in lies. She seems obviously guilty to me.”

    Yeah, Knox actually confessed to being there when the murder took place. She did so after 53 straight hours of interrogation laced with physical abuse. We know the average person would confess to kidnapping the Lindbergh baby under similar circumstances. Get real. Find me one serious person who thinks 53 hours of straight physically abusive interrogation can lead to a truthful confession. The truth is if you wear someone down enough they will quite simply say whatever they think will end the essentially torturous conditions they are put in.

    “The physical evidence against Knox is solid.” Yeah, just like the Duke Lacrosse team. The physical evidence consists of DNA found in a bathroom used by the defendant for months prior to the crime. Do you think police could find your DNA in your own bathroom?

  33. #33 |  Daze | 

    “She did so after 53 straight hours of interrogation laced with physical abuse.”

    What’s your source for this? According to Barbie Nadeau’s book Angel Face, Knox fingered Patrick Lumumba roughly two hours into her interrogation that night. The cops called the prosecutor, Knox told the story again when he arrived, and she eventually signed a written statement less than five hours after the interrogation started. She claims a cop hit her in the head twice; the cops deny it.

    The DNA evidence against Knox is far more extensive than “DNA found in a bathroom used by the defendant for months prior to the crime”. This isn’t the place for point-by-point debates of the case. Anyone interested should read Nadeau’s book. The pro-Knox camp hates the book, but I found it fair-minded.

  34. #34 |  Daze | 

    Correction — make that “The DNA physical evidence against Knox is far more extensive than …”

  35. #35 |  Daze | 

    Correction to correction — there was supposed to be a strikethrough mark across “DNA”, but agitator comments apparently don’t allow strikethrough tags.

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