Morning Links

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
  • An invitation to this event arrived in my email. I think I’ll pass. A colonoscopy sounds like a more pleasant way to spend an evening.
  • National Research Council study says the FBI overstated the science in its case against accused anthrax killer Bruce Ivins.
  • 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.
  • Scottish Deerhound wins Best in Show at Westminster. I like these dogs. They look like Muppets.
  • 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.
  • Slate looks at the new Frank Gehry building in Miami.

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35 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  Rhayader | 

    One of the Joes looks sorta like Radley.

    And Santorum could turn every bit of that into good publicity if he publicly declared that maybe the lifestyles of consenting adults are none of his business.

  2. #2 |  damaged justice | 

    It’s pathetic and occasionally amusing how many people call for “civility” while advocating the kidnapping and murder of people who haven’t violated anyone’s rights.

  3. #3 |  skunky | 

    “An Evening with the Joe’s”? Someone should arrest the organizers for misplaced apostrophes. You’d think nativists would be better with punctuation.

  4. #4 |  Joe | 

    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!

  5. #5 |  David | 

    Rhayader, I’m pretty sure that would cause him to melt.

  6. #6 |  Marty | 

    thanks to Dan Savage, every time I see Santorum’s name, I crack up laughing.

  7. #7 |  z | 

    Dog Shooting

  8. #8 |  InMD | 

    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.

  9. #9 |  Andrew S. | 

    What’d be worse: An evening with those Joes, or an evening with Biden and Lieberman?

  10. #10 |  Jon Gray | 

    Santorum?!? I barely know him!

    Sorry, obligatory, but sort of applicable, actually.

  11. #11 |  witless chum | 

    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.

  12. #12 |  witless chum | 

    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,

  13. #13 |  Senator Santorum Talks About his Google Problem « BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades! | 

    […] The Agitator Posted in Uncategorized. Tags: Google, poitics, Santorum. Leave a Comment » LikeBe […]

  14. #14 |  Aresen | 

    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.

  15. #15 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    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.
    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.”

  16. #16 |  Andr√© | 

    Re: Anthrax

    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.

  17. #17 |  Mike | 

    Don’t worry, Joe Arpaio and the gang are fighting for “smaller government”.

  18. #18 |  Rick Santorum’s Google Problem = Google’s Rick Santorum Problem | 

    […] my instinctive reaction is similar to Radley Balko‘s: ¬†”I like that his defenders are appealing to civility. The guy thinks there should […]

  19. #19 |  Psion | 

    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.

  20. #20 |  Psion | 

    Excuse me: “… or was he simply *asking* where the …”

  21. #21 |  SJE | 

    Scottish Deerhounds and similar breeds almost died out during WWII because food shortages were so great that it was hard to feed these large dogs.

  22. #22 |  Charlie O | 

    Funny, I always thought a “santorum” was what I leave in the toilet first thing every morning.

  23. #23 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Santorum doth protest too much. $100 riding on it.

  24. #24 |  Frank Hummel | 

    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.

  25. #25 |  Frank Hummel | 

    “. 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….

  26. #26 |  albatross | 


    I wonder if the same Baltimore cop was moonlighting at one of the “document recovery services” used by foreclosure mills….

  27. #27 |  raidsmith | 

    The money quote from the Santorum story: “Where’s Rachel Maddow on this?”

    Maybe she was too busy enjoying some Maddow-on-dog action to defend Rick. Freakin. Santorum.

  28. #28 |  James | 

    Santorum definition: 1. The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex. 2. Senator Rick Santorum.

  29. #29 |  Andrew Roth | 

    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.

  30. #30 |  J sub D | 

    An Evening with the Joe’s [sic]

    An idiot, an asshole and a loser.

  31. #31 |  freedomfan | 

    Regarding the Baltimore story of the thousand of red-light camera tickets “reviewed” by a dead officer: I thought this quote really sums up what’s at stake:

    The city’s red light cameras are a reliable revenue source. In January alone, about 9,300 red light citations were mailed to drivers trying to beat the lights, [WBAL-TV reporter] Miller reported.

    The citations cost violators about $75.

    Yeah. Safety? Justice? Whatever…

  32. #32 |  Dr. T | 

    “Somehow, 2,000 red light tickets were recently verified with the signature of a police officer who is dead.”

    Haven’t you heard of ghost writers? He has a similar job as ghost signer.

  33. #33 |  Big A | 

    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.

  34. #34 |  John Thacker | 

    “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.

  35. #35 |  JOR | 

    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).