Dave Krueger checking in

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Hi, everyone.  First of all, I am very flattered to have an opportunity to post on theagitator.  In terms of subject knowledge and ability to make reasoned arguments, I don’t consider myself in the same league as Radley by any stretch, so the offer came as a great surprise.

Those of you who read the comments may know me.  I also have a blog called sexhysteria.com which is currently idle due to lack of available time (I have lots of hobbies).  My writing style differs from Radley’s in my enthusiastic use of sarcasm and hyperbole (and occasional use of “obscene” language).   I’m in my late 50s, an electrical engineer by profession, unwavering agnosto-atheist, live in northern Alabama, married for 38 years, and have two grown offspring (both of whom read and occasionally post comments on theagitator).  Whereas Radley’s specialty is justice system abuses, my primary area of interest is “consensual crime” (an oxymoron) and persecution motivated by irrational sexual paranoia.  But, that doesn’t stop me from obnoxiously voicing hard-headed opinions about everything else.

One more tiny fact.  Due to severe weather, I was without power for the last week.  It’s back now, but only tenuously, so we could lose it again.  If so, I will not be able to post.  I mention that because it’s presently raining and the lights have been flickering quite a bit as I type this.

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29 Responses to “Dave Krueger checking in”

  1. #1 |  David McElroy | 

    It’s ominously dark and starting to rain again here in Birmingham, too, Dave. Let’s just hope it’s not a repeat of six days ago. :-)

  2. #2 |  D. Mason | 

    Good to see a local guy posting on the agitator. Glad you made it through the worst Tornado outbreak of my lifetime. Look forward to reading your posts, TVA permitting.

  3. #3 |  Matt | 

    Glad you are ok. Hope to hear some of that obscene language soon!

  4. #4 |  Dante | 

    Welcome (back).

  5. #5 |  Irving Washington | 

    Maybe you’re a Fundamentalist Agnostic. I don’t know if there’s a god, AND NEITHER DO YOU!

  6. #6 |  SamK | 

    <3 Dave! Looking forward to longer posts…my daily snarkiness intake is incomplete without you :)

  7. #7 |  Politically.Speaking | 

    Oh, you missed a great opportunity for a tremendously bad joke… your last sentence should have been “I mention that because it’s presently raining and the lights have been flickering quite a bit as I typ”

    Glad you are OK, and that basic services are almost back to normal.

  8. #8 |  ktc2 | 

    Hi Dave!

    I had just started reading your blog when you stopped updating it :(

    Hopefully you will return to it someday.

    Ken

  9. #9 |  Marty | 

    I’m hoping for sunny weather, Dave!

  10. #10 |  TomG | 

    I’ll have to check out your blog.
    I always enjoy your comments on Agitator, and look forward to your guest-posting.
    Welcome!

  11. #11 |  JS | 

    “But, that doesn’t stop me from obnoxiously voicing hard-headed opinions about everything else.”

    For that we are truly grateful!

  12. #12 |  Hartmann | 

    Glad to see you again, Dave. I’ve missed the levity your sarcasm brought to these comment sections! You have a great way of bottom lining things in a way an old cynic like me can appreciate.

  13. #13 |  Michael Chaney | 

    So, are you still gonna comment even when you post?

  14. #14 |  Eric | 

    another electrical engineer? Awesome! My respect for Dave just went up a notch!

  15. #15 |  Windy | 

    I’ve always appreciated your comments, Dave. I’m really looking forward to your posts.

  16. #16 |  Bee | 

    I didn’t know you were an Alabaman, Dave! I’ve been grieving for your state since the tornadoes. I’ve survived fires and earthquakes with relative calm, but the videos of those tornadoes scared the pants off me.

    I’m glad you and yours are OK. I know I will enjoy your guestblogging.

  17. #17 |  OBTC | 

    “My writing style differs from Radley’s in my enthusiastic use of sarcasm and hyperbole (and occasional use of “obscene” language).”

    Don’t. Ever. Change.

  18. #18 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I have to admit I was disappointed that you didn’t end you post:

    “One more tiny fact. Due to severe weather, I was without power for the last week. It’s back now, but only tenuously, so we could lose it again. If so, I will not be able to post. I mention that because it’s presently raining and the lights have been flickering quite a bit as I type thi “

  19. #19 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I think we should have one post where Dave not only authors it but also makes all the comments himself. It would be sort of like if Dave’s tenure as a guest-blogger were turned into a Charlie Kaufman movie.

  20. #20 |  Buc | 

    Promotion from the comments section! Woo-Hoo!

  21. #21 |  Nipplemancer | 

    ClubMedSux – That would be awesome, but someone would surely fuck it up.

  22. #22 |  TC | 

    Almost always enjoy your comments Dave.

  23. #23 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Thanks for all the kind words. I do plan to read and occasionally respond to comments on any articles I post over the next couple weeks as time permits.

    As for all the Alabama tornadoes, I was lucky in that all we suffered were some extra leaves on the ground. The power outage was an inconvenience, of course. We had to drive about 30 miles to get gas, food, and ice. My biggest loss was a case of frozen Johnsonville Hot n’ Spicy bratwurst which is hard to get here. I will soon be deep into involuntary bratwurst withdrawal which could make me even more disagreeable than normal.

    My hobby is traditional darkroom photography and one afternoon, I went for a walk with my camera to kill some time and take a few pictures and came across a woman being arrested at a nearby house. I decided not to take any pictures of it. See? All the stories of cops harassing people who take pictures of them does indeed make people think twice before photographing them. I ignored them and continued on my walk. In past times, I would have taken pictures without a second thought.

    In any case, it turns out that taking pictures in a residential area is a suspicious activity when the neighborhood has no power, so I was stopped by some cops and questioned about my intentions. I didn’t have an ID on me, so I was asked my name, address, and social security number. I was surprised that they demanded my SSN. I always thought that was private information. While his partner checked for warrants, the cop told me that I am required by law to carry an ID card and that if I didn’t, they could “take me down to the jail” and finger print me to find out who I am. He immediately explained to me, however, that I would not be under arrest (at which point I laughed a little). I told him I didn’t think they could do that without some suspicion that I had committed a crime and asked him for a business card. His reply was, “We do not have business cards. We have 911.” They then told me I checked out okay and had better get home because the dusk to dawn curfew was going to start soon.

    So, I have these questions: Is it a law that you have to carry ID in Huntsville , Alabama? Can they take me downtown and fingerprint me simply for not having a way to prove who I am? And don’t cops normally carry business cards? Or did the cop refuse to give me a card because he knew he was feeding me a line of shit? Would it do me any good to wear a T-shirt that has some law school name printed on it when I’m out taking pictures?

    Long comment, but this doesn’t seem to rise to the level of a separate post.

  24. #24 |  Chris M | 

    Dave!

    I’ve been reading this blog for about 4 years and used to be a semi-regular poster, and just wanted to say it’s really cool to see you get a shot at guest blogging. Congrats!

    - Chris M

  25. #25 |  ClubMedSux | 

    Dave-

    Don’t know about the law in Alabama, though requiring you to carry an ID while going out for a walk doesn’t pass my smell test.

    As for your second question… Lots of my neighbors are cops and half of my Sunday softball team are cops and I can tell you that, at least in Chicago, cops not only carry business cards but hand them out like get-out-of-jail-free cards.

    And finally, as a lawyer I would advise against your third idea. I once accidentally called a cop “your honor” instead of “officer” (I was in law school and had just gotten done with moot court) and let’s just say it didn’t go well. So long as cops aren’t disciplined for breaking the law, somebody else’s superior knowledge of the law will have no positive impact (and could possibly generate a negative one).

  26. #26 |  Aresen | 

    “unwavering agnosto-atheist”

    As a proselytizing solipsist, I demand you reconsider.

  27. #27 |  CharlesWT | 

    [...]
    Regardless of your state’s law, keep in mind that police can never compel you to identify yourself without reasonable suspicion to believe you’re involved in criminal activity. Rather than asking the officer if he/she has reasonable suspicion, test it yourself by asking if you’re free to go.
    [...]

    When do I have to show ID?

  28. #28 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Thanks, CharlesWT. I will bookmark that link.

    I suppose my taking pictures might be considered suspicious, but taking pictures is not, in itself, a crime. Secondly, I believe the governor had declared a “state of emergency” which may embolden cops to be more aggressive.

    Finally, I’m a major pussy when it comes to confrontations with cops. I’m no martyr and I believe citizens are almost always going to lose regardless of whether the cops violated their rights. The best solution for that is to record encounters in a way that makes the video evidence public before the cops can edit or destroy the record of their behavior. Also, of course, cops need to be held accountable and there are very few government officials willing to do that.

  29. #29 |  croaker | 

    What? No back-up generator? No midnight special UPS?

    The cop was feeding you a line of crap. There is no requirement in the USA to carry any form of identification at any time absent special circumstances (like if you’re under Geneva Convention or have access to facilities/properties that require ID). This isn’t East Germany. Yet.

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