Rick Santorum talks about his “Google problem”. I like that his defenders are appealing to civility. The guy thinks there should be laws preventing gay people from having sex in their own homes, and likens homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality.
I don’t know much about this case, but the summary has all the red flags of yet another bogus sex abuse prosecution. It also comes with natural suspicion of any case handled by Maricopa County DA Andrew Peyton Thomas.
In Baltimore, a police officer is supposed to review red light camera citations to match the license plate with the person who is issued the ticket. Somehow, 2,000 red light tickets were recently verified with the signature of a police officer who is dead.
That scottish deerhound’s owner just said that dog prefers to chance rabbits and deer back on the farm. Oh oh. Dog owners really need their lawyers present when they give interviews. Better be careful they do not get prosecuted!
What a cool looking dog. I’ve never actually seen one of those but would like to.
Also it’s news to me that anyone signs off on the camera tickets around here. I’ve never gotten one in Baltimore but the ones I’ve gotten in other parts of the state don’t appear to be signed by anyone.
Sorry, obligatory, but sort of applicable, actually.
witless chum |
February 16th, 2011 at 11:20 am
My parents decided to get a Scottish Deerhound when I was a kid. I wasn’t a huge fan, given that whenever I ran around like a little kid, Sarah’s natural instinct was apparently to run after me and knock me down. But she was nice and slobbery about it.
Seems like you should just go all the way and get an Irish Wolfhound. My folks dealt with a guy who raised those dogs and draft horses. I guess he didn’t have a big enough barn to become an elephant breeder.
witless chum |
February 16th, 2011 at 11:26 am
The Courtney Bisbee story is a little weird, in that it doesn’t mention anything about what the then 13-year-old alleged victim (sorry, I remember being a horny teenage boy) says about this now. It’s the brother, who apparently testified that he’d witnessed the woman touching his brother inappropriately,
Re: The dead Baltimore Police Officer signing the red light tickets.
He’s probably still on the payroll and voting in the union meetings and city elections.
Yizmo Gizmo |
February 16th, 2011 at 11:42 am
In Baltimore, a police officer is supposed to review red light camera citations… Somehow, 2,000 red light tickets were recently verified with the signature of a police officer who is dead”
Never count out Maryland when it comes to creative policing.
Remember they called a Youtube clip of a public act “wiretapping.”
Also the state that called “Intercourse” illicit sex. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62e6H2QMVLI
In fact, I think this might be a brave new paradigm in policing…who would ever question the integrity of an officer that’s, well, “fallen.”
A lot of the stuff about him and wikipedia/sororities was pretty creepy, though; I read the partially redacted smoking gun report and it seemed the circumstantial evidence was pretty strong Ivins was oddly obsessed with the sorority.
“During the next seven years, the task force expended more than 600,000 investigator work hours, interviewing thousands of witnesses on six continents and evaluating a mountain of evidence. In the end, however, the agency’s case against Ivins was largely circumstantial.”
Just for perspective, that’s 288 years of 40 hour work weeks.
Was Santorum equating homosexuality with bestiality and pedophilia, or was he simply where the social acceptability line was drawn? I have no fondness for the guy, but that whole business surrounding his remarks on homosexuality always struck me as deliberately misconstrued.
Funny, I always thought a “santorum” was what I leave in the toilet first thing every morning.
Boyd Durkin |
February 16th, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Santorum doth protest too much. $100 riding on it.
Frank Hummel |
February 16th, 2011 at 2:55 pm
RE: “Scottish Deerhound wins Best in Show at Westminster” The handler looks pretty hot too…
“Evening with the Joe’s” They spelled “Joes” wrong. Then again, close to where I live there’s a farm and a huge billboard advertises “Trail ride’s”. So I guess that’s how plural’s of English noun’s are spelled these days.
Frank Hummel |
February 16th, 2011 at 3:03 pm
“. Somehow, 2,000 red light tickets were recently verified with the signature of a police officer who is dead.”
So if the dept has the name of the officer who actually reviewed the images, how come his signature is not on the tickets? I assume it was some kind of scanned signature image. Can one officer log onto the system with another one’s login? Doesn’t the system generate the tickets under the reviewing officer’s name? Or is it common practice to have a standard signature and have images be reviewed by different officers? Will that ticket stand up in a court of law? Ah, questions, questions….
Andrew Roth |
February 16th, 2011 at 5:17 pm
The Plumber was the only Joe I recognized at first, but when I realized who the others were, I was floored. A three-in-one night of unadulterated Republican crazy. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it.
Loved the santorum bit (no need to capitalize a non-proper noun, right?). +1 to Dan Savage. He manages to step on the big slime preventing LGBT rights and encourage the younger LGBT community to avoid the little slimes at their high schools etc, all while remaining hilarious for everyone. If only the people actually making our laws could be this cool.
John Thacker |
February 17th, 2011 at 5:02 pm
“The guy thinks there should be laws preventing gay people from having sex in their own homes, and likens homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality.”
Santorum said that if courts ruled that homosexuality acts and gay marriage could not be banned on a strict application of consent, then the same logic would inexorably argue against banning polygamy, pedophilia, and bestiality. I disagree with him on policy, but as a matter
I know plenty of libertarians who will defend the idea, at least hypothetically, of legalizing consensual polygamy and pedophilia from logical first principles of the government not banning consenting acts, but then get all huffy when some conservative argues that the strict application of logical first principles of not banning consenting acts overturning existing laws would lead to overturning laws against polygamy and pedophilia.
In the normative matter, I disagree with him. But he’s more intellectually honest than Balko, apparently.
There are also plenty of libertarians who have no problem with polygamy but see pedophilia as necessarily criminal (because consent is not possible). Maybe they’re right about that, maybe not, but I don’t see how that’s necessarily an intellectually dishonest distinction.
It also should be noted that not everything that libertarians think should be legal is morally equivalent or even non-blameworthy. Libertarians might say that providing an orphan with a loving, stable home, and driving a distraught person to suicide with ceaseless verbal abuse, should be equally legal; but there’s no reason for a libertarian to claim that they are otherwise morally equal – that the former is not really praiseworthy while the latter is not really blameworthy, etc. Of course, some libertarians might well claim that (perhaps out of a misguided urge to seem extreme or masculine or “rational” or whatever), but it’s neither a libertarian principle nor a reasonably derived conclusion thereof. And so libertarians (and others) who hold that, say, pedophilia should be legal, but also think that it is necessarily exploitative or otherwise deeply morally wrong, are being perfectly consistent in objecting to theocrats who rely on associating it with homosexuality in their efforts to marginalize and persecute homosexuals (legally and otherwise). Maybe they’re wrong, but they’re not being inconsistent, except in the trite and uninteresting sense that any incorrect belief is inconsistent with The Universe And Everything (And A Complete System Of Correct Beliefs About It).