Morning Links

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
  • New crime stats show more steady, across-the-board decline.
  • The best street photographer you’ve never heard of.
  • Supreme Court narrowly upholds release of prisoners from overcrowded California jails. Scalia’s dissent includes this hilarious line, which is either silly fearmongering, or below-average homoerotica: “…many will undoubtedly be fine physical specimens who have developed intimidating muscles pumping iron in the prison gym.”
  • Photo of the day.
  • “Didn’t it, at some point in this investigation, get frustrating to discover that there’s nothing?” Angrifying story, via Hit & Run.
  • “Did the DEA knowingly keep a terrorist on its payroll?” If it did, it wouldn’t be the first time the agency has prioritized drug enforcement ahead of national security.

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29 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Regarding the crime stats; is anybody in Lawn Forcement claiming any credit, and if so on what basis?

  2. #2 |  Tolly | 

    Well obviously crime is dropping BECAUSE of all the tough war-on-drugs, terrorism-baiting activity that our brave men and women in uniform are instigating at 3AM while kicking your down down and deploying flashbangs.

    And why does the Supreme Court make it so easy for a LEO to arrest/convict a person now, but then turn around and clear out a ton of prisoners from the penal system?

    Bloated, overbudget bureaucracy,disregard of individual rights,continued abuse of state jurisdiction and muddled judicial reasoning as we saw with the Kentucky/Barnes decision. Are there ANY good arguments left for Federal authority?

  3. #3 |  edmund dantes | 

    I like this one better, where Scalia decides there are times when it’s okay to bend the law by any means necessary… nice to see the strict constructionists sticking to his principles.

    “There comes before us, now and then, a case whose proper outcome is so clearly indicated by tradition and common sense, that its decision ought to shape the law, rather than vice versa. One would think that, before allowing the decree of a federal district court to release 46,000 convicted felons, this Court would bend every effort to read the law in such a way as to avoid that outrageous result.”

    And your quote drives home the fact, he has some other issues.

  4. #4 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Pic of the Day:
    1. I guess the Randy Savage funeral got out of hand.
    2. Meth. Not even once.

    One dickhead cop firing tear gas. A dozen cops running (with smiles) to get autographs.

  5. #5 |  SJE | 

    Scalia, translated: “Scary black men”

  6. #6 |  celticdragon | 

    Scalia was phoning it in. He should have worked in a reference about “strapping young bucks”.

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    “…many will undoubtedly be fine physical specimens who have developed intimidating muscles pumping iron in the prison gym.”

    Yes. GAAAAAY! But it also shows exactly how moronic the Legal System is. We’ve said it here before…prisoners eventually get out of prison! The state would love to have them all just go away, but that isn’t the case. What a complete failure.

    You should have seen the hand-wringing and screaching on FoxNews this morning about this story.

    PS: Can anyone confirm that most prison gyms were dismantled awhile ago? In other words, not much iron pumping now-a-days.

  8. #8 |  Brandon | 

    So, clearly Scalia has gotten a solid start on his descent into senility, and has become nothing but a frightened old man who can no longer consider cases objectively. He should be gently persuaded to retire, shown to a nice, safe home where he can eat pudding and accuse the nurses of stealing from him without having every decision backed by the force of law.

  9. #9 |  primus | 

    How much longer before he must retire?

  10. #10 |  Aresen | 

    Gov Moonbeam has two choices:

    1) Release a bunch of people who got busted for possessing drugs and other like “crimes”.

    2) Issue a frantic call for more tax money to build more prisons (and hire more prison guards) so the prisons won’t be overcrowded any more.

    I’m betting he will go with # 2.

  11. #11 |  Kristen | 


    Scalia, translated: “Scary Sexy black men”

  12. #12 |  Kristen | 


    WTF is the strikethrough tag in this place?

  13. #13 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “And why does the Supreme Court make it so easy for a LEO to arrest/convict a person now, but then turn around and clear out a ton of prisoners from the penal system? ”

    It wasn’t planned that way.
    I think the latter is a last-ditch emergency response toward the former…

  14. #14 |  Bernard | 

    It would be hilarious, in a sick kind of way, if the DEA were protecting terrorists to further drug cases while the FBI were simultaneously protecting drug dealers to further terrorism cases.

    There’s a farce there that would write itself but probably be too alarmingly close to the truth to get made.

  15. #15 |  Leonard | 

    Where’s Peter Moskos when California needs him?

  16. #16 |  Aresen | 



    Thus: strike

    *clicks on ‘submit’ and hopes he doesn’t look like an HTMLdiot*

  17. #17 |  Matt | 

    That Vivian Maeir story (second link) is great. Amazing talent.

  18. #18 |  Chuchundra | 

    Scalia was phoning it in. He should have worked in a reference about “strapping young bucks”.

    celticdragon wins the thread is awarded 100 internets.

  19. #19 |  DarkEFang | 

    #9 Primus:

    Supreme Court justices have life-long appointments. They can leave the bench in three ways: 1. voluntary retirement, 2. death, or 3. impeachment.

  20. #20 |  Kristen | 

    Thanks Aresen (my queendom for a preview!)


    Scalia, translated: “Scary Sexy black men”

  21. #21 |  Aresen | 


    OTOH, “Scary, sexy black men” might be just what the justice wants!


  22. #22 |  cks | 

    Regarding California’s clusterfuck–interesting column in the LA Times about the prison guard union gloating about their fat new contract…,0,3537849.column
    …Keeping California safe from pot smokers and shoplifters…and glistening, rippling, blacks and hispanics, too.

  23. #23 |  albatross | 

    Justice Scalia: YKINMK, BYKIOK

  24. #24 |  Greg | 

    It would appear that Justice Scalia has not had adequate time to thoroughly review as much of the penilepenal system as he would licklike.

    The real question is, with Cruise and Travolta already in there, will there be room in Stan’s closet?

  25. #25 |  Greg | 


    No strike function and no editing.

  26. #26 |  Nick | 

    For more background on the DEA’s terrorist, see The Odyssey of David Coleman Headley.

  27. #27 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “As the percentage of people behind bars has decreased in the past few years, violent crime rates have fallen as well. For those who believed that higher incarceration rates inevitably led to less crime, ‘this would also be the last time to expect a crime decline,’ he said.”

    Oops. That’s an awkward little detail for the “tough on crime” crowd.

    Hmm, maybe if law enforcement in the U.S. wasn’t tasked with investigating victimless crime and raising revenue through overly strict traffic enforcement then LEO’s could actually make a bigger dent in crime. If only it was really about public safety.

  28. #28 |  croaker | 

    @5 @8 Hey, it works for Sheriff Joe down in Maricopa County. His reelection campaign consists of “Me and my boys are the only thing standing between you and a slavering zombie horde of Mexicans high on weed aiming to rape your granddaughters.” And the moron senior citizens keep voting for him, despite the $40 million in lawsuit payouts and another $30 million pending.

  29. #29 |  Athena | 

    Anyone know where I can find any information on how (or whether or not) CA plans to prioritize the release of felons? I mean, can I hope that non-violent drug offending felons will be a priority for release? I know I shouldn’t hope, but I’m still young, damnit. As I becoming jaded appears to be inevitable, I’m trying to hold out for as long as I can.

    Either way, I’d love to hear what the game plan is if someone can offer a link or inside info.