My First Piece for Huffington Post . . .

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

. . . is on the SWAT killing of Tucson resident Jose Guerena.

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  1. #1 |  Psion | 

    Excellent, Radley! I’ve just permanently unlocked Huffington Post scripts on Firefox for the first time because of you. I’m eager to see what kind of reception you get in the comments section. I hope, in addition to broadening my regular reading stops, you’ll also broaden a few minds over there, too!

  2. #2 |  Aaron | 

    Boy… those HuffPo editors do know how to stuff their headlines full of Googlebait, don’t they? :-)

    Great piece. They’re lucky to have you.

  3. #3 |  Andrew S. | 

    I am looking forward to seeing the comments from the HuffPo commentariat on your posts. Should be interesting.

    Great article, as always.

  4. #4 |  Greg | 

    Nice piece.

    I’m with Andrew, the HuffyPo commentariat is an interesting bunch. Be prepared for much boot-sniffing, badge-licking pathos.

  5. #5 |  Kevin Carson | 

    Interesting how, when cops murder someone, their internal PR machine kicks in to libel the victim — exactly the same way a bureaucracy circles the wagons to portray a whistleblower as a “troublemaker” or “disgruntled.”

    Gosh, you’d almost think we were working for those motherfuckers, instead of the other way around.

  6. #6 |  Brandon | 

    They made it about 6 comments in before someone suggested that if Guerena just hadn’t had a gun, he would still be alive.

  7. #7 |  Cyto | 

    From the “around the internet” links at huffpo I found this article from immediately after the raid. The article has the official story of police returning gunfire to heroically kill an armed suspect. Buried at the end of the story is the interesting tidbit that this is the 3rd killing by the SWAT unit in the last 9 months.

    One was a “suicide by cop” from a guy who had just killed his girlfriend – although he came at police with a knife and hammer, so you could argue that they had an opportunity to avoid killing him. The second was a case of a suicidal man who was killed after he “became a threat to officers”. So I guess that’s fair warning not to call the police if you have a suicidal friend – unless you want to help him on his journey.

  8. #8 |  Bob | 

    #6 | Brandon

    They made it about 6 comments in before someone suggested that if Guerena just hadn’t had a gun, he would still be alive.

    That’s a standard argument of the sheep that prostate themselves before authority on the belief that sucking the cock every day is better than taking the chance of being the one that gets the cock in the ass once every great while.

    Of course, they can still be selected for the Anal Probing later… they never figure that out until it’s too late.

    The tragic part, is that soon… these people will be saying “if Guerena just hadn’t insisted on his Constitutional rights, he would still be alive.”

    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  9. #9 |  BillC | 

    Devastatingly thorough. Nice job Radley.

  10. #10 |  Bob | 

    Oh, and that was really a great piece, Radley. Nicely done.

  11. #11 |  BillC | 

    Instead of mocking the liberal readers at Huffington Post, perhaps the posters replying here should attempt to find common ground. You’re much more likely to find it with liberals than you are with conservative republicans on issues such as these.

  12. #12 |  Wiregeek | 

    Nice, Radley. a good solid nut-kick.

  13. #13 |  Matt Moore | 

    Wonderful detail that the “piece of law-enforcement uniform” was a souvenir Border Patrol hat. Clearly they raided the house for marijuana and then changed their story when they found the hat.

  14. #14 |  Thomas D | 

    “You’re much more likely to find it with liberals than you are with conservative republicans on issues such as these.”

    Funny, I was just wondering how (badly) the open-carry posts below would go down with the Huffington Post crowd…

  15. #15 |  Marty | 

    Very balanced- a fantastic job introducing a new audience to what you’re finding.

  16. #16 |  Kristen | 

    I read through some of the comments. Boy, these people have no idea what they’re in for with Balko articles. Most are pretty naive about how the police state works and think there will be firings and large civil right settlements to come from this. They’ll learn soon enough.

  17. #17 |  Matt Moore | 

    #16 – Yeah, there’s a lot of, “I can’t believe this happened!” going on over there. After a couple months of Radley posting a story like this every week they’ll all be jaded like us.

  18. #18 |  TomG | 

    I liked the article a lot too. Particularly your mention of William Grigg, who I’ve been reading for several years now. I don’t agree with everyone who is at lewrockwell dot com, but I tend to like his blog (Pro Libertate).
    I’ll do my best to keep an eye on HP for your articles.

  19. #19 |  Greg | 

    Instead of mocking the liberal readers at Huffington Post, perhaps the posters replying here should attempt to find common ground. You’re much more likely to find it with liberals than you are with conservative republicans on issues such as these.

    On the basis that overall those flying a “liberal” flag are a bit more educated than those hoisting the “conservative” colors? Maybe. Big maybe.

    The reality is that most of the commentary on Huffy (or Beck’s Blaze) is provided predominently by ill-informed mouthbreathing fucktards. Yup, there’s the odd, informed view for or against any given article that makes it past the goose-stepping moderator division, but the Borgian collective soon drowns them out.

    Besides, part of HuffyPo’s norming is driven by the little ‘badges’ you get for excelling at groupthink.

    “Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.” Orwell 1984

  20. #20 |  Thomas D | 

    I’m happy if this helps Radley’s work reach a wider audience. But I have to say I can’t stand the cluttery, overloaded appearance of Huffington Post pages. It always looks like a big, busy mess.

    Clean, simple design has a kind of subliminal effect. It not only trains the focus on the content; it gives it a feeling of completeness, of permanence. It’s a signal that says, “Much care has been taken with the story in front of you, and it is the most important thing you could spend time with right now.”

    All the clutter sits there telling the brain that there are a gazillion other odds and ends lingering out in the world, a bunch of unfinished business that needs to divide your attention, and it lends everything a sort of slapdash, ephemeral vibe.

    Still, HuffPo has a formidable readership, and Radley’s work there should be an asset to our cause.

  21. #21 |  Thomas D | 

    Formidably SIZED readership, I should clarify…

  22. #22 |  ktc2 | 

    Excellent article. I always enjoy your work, even though it’s infuriating.

    One quibble. Shouldn’t “ought to doing anything” in the last paragraph be “ought to be doing anything”?

  23. #23 |  Pasquin | 

    I don’t know how anyone can read this and not be moved—to fear, to anger.

  24. #24 |  ktc2 | 

    Simple. It’s “outrage fatigue”.

    This has become so common we can all predict the course of events to come: the internal “investigation” that lasts just long enough for the public/media outcry to die down, the rubber stamped form letter stating officers “followed all procedures and policies” and “did nothing wrong”, no charges filed and a year later the murderers get medals.

  25. #25 |  BladeDoc | 

    Radley, I hope your views get a larger readership. Good luck. To the reader who thinks the statists on the left are better about the state forces use of force than the statists on the right, you’ve also got an education coming, I’m afraid.

  26. #26 |  ktc2 | 

    Oh, did I mention the paid vacation the murderers get during the internal “investigation”?

  27. #27 |  JS | 

    I fanned you on HuffPo. You’re gonna get so much more exposure on that site!

  28. #28 |  Psion | 

    Greg, I’m happy to say that although the commentariat over at HuffPo might be, as you say, predominantly “ill-informed mouthbreathing fucktards”, the majority do seem to be outraged over this incident. Oh, there are a few fucktards claiming Jose wouldn’t have been shot if he wasn’t holding a weapon, but they’re being shouted down by plenty of replies.

    Libertarianism might be something that happens to you, but the value of a good writer is that he or she will make the reader feel the story has happened to them. Perhaps Balko can bring some folks over at the HuffPo over to the fold.

  29. #29 |  JS | 

    ktc2 “Simple. It’s “outrage fatigue”.”

    I quit reading this site for about 6 months because of it. I just couldn’t take it anymore and needed a break from it. I don’t see how Radley does it.

  30. #30 |  JS | 

    Now if we could just get Dave Krueger to post his opinions there everytime Radley has an article we might make some converts!

  31. #31 |  JLSR37 | 

    Great piece, though you continue to send my blood pressure through the roof every time you publish one of these stories. Keep up the great work, and congrats on the HuffPo connection. Keep agitating…

  32. #32 |  Josh | 

    For what it’s worth, I’m a liberal who is a huge fan of Radley Balko. The comments seeking to justify this by pointing to the victim’s (legal) gun ownership are from a small minority and clearly off base. We have more to gain from working together on these issues than from griping at each other.

    Great work, Radley, and keep it up.

  33. #33 |  EH | 

    This is a great first story for over there. People sure aren’t shy about declaring their allegiances.

  34. #34 |  B | 

    This is starting to overwhelm me. I’ve been reading your work for about a year. Does someone like Storie have a conscience? Those officers killed the innocent father of two small children, and a former Marine that picked up his rifle to defend his family from a perceived home invasion. Every officer and elected official involved should be crippled with guilt and shame.

  35. #35 |  Zargon | 

    Ok, so it’s good that so many are able to feel outrage over this. The real test will come when Radley tries a story without such a ridiculously perfect victim.

    Replace the former marine working a dead-end job to support his wife & kids hiding in the closet with a high school dropout with a minor rap sheet and 2 ounces of pot and I wonder what they’d be saying?

  36. #36 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    We have more to gain from working together on these issues than from griping at each other.

    (*Offer to work together with libertarians only valid until they cast their ballots)

  37. #37 |  Whim | 

    Good article Radley.

    It’s apparent that the Pima County Sheriff’s Office is creating a whitewash of their crimes, and stonewalling of the evidence. Sealing the search warrant is prima facie evidence that a cover-up is transpiring.

    Allowing a wounded citizen to bleed to death without rendering first aid should result in an accessory to murder charge against every SWAT member present at the assassination.

    The police wanted the resident to die. I wonder if they handcuffed him, too.

  38. #38 |  Whim | 

    “The Pima County Sheriff’s Office have obtained a court order sealing the search warrants and police affidavits that led to the raids, and they’re now refusing any further comment on the case at all. ”

    Doesn’t really sound like a cover-up, does it?

    Makes one wonder if the SWAT raided the wrong house. Curious that the neighbors said there were no sirens and no lights, despite the Sheriff claiming both occurred.

  39. #39 |  Dan | 

    Reading the comments at HP….

    Why is it that a substantial portion of the initial public reaction to news like appears to be that the victims bring a law suit? Never mind the absurd notion that money can replace a beloved member of a family or the legal costs and time it requires to persevere.

    One guess is, like water seeking its own level, most people feel incidents like this are really isolated and justice can best best served by supplying the victims with dollars that don’t come directly from their own pocket.

    I wonder how people would react if there were a law that caused an immediate sales tax increase each time police conducted a botched raid like this one, and the increase was applied retroactively to purchases over the past 90 days.

  40. #40 |  MikeZ | 

    I’d say its unfortunate that lawsuit is the first thought as well, but I think it is only the first thought because the government hasn’t shown itself to be trustworthy in doing the right thing. I’d love to see the day when the immediate aftermath of this story is, criminal charges against the cops, and the promise that the family will be taken care of. (Preferably from the now in jail cops’ pension fund). But that will never happen so yeah they should sue for millions to try to make it painful enough for the county that some gov. officials lose their job as they didn’t have the balls to fix the problem.

  41. #41 |  Dan | 

    @MikeZ I don’t know. This “sue for millions” reaction feels dysfunctional and self-perpetuating. Though I completely agree with you about tapping the pension fund.

    There is a local (Seattle) story where 3 cops are now suspended for profanity while on the job, because it was deemed unprofessional conduct. Some media reports say that during this verbal exchange, the MS-13 gang members involved threatened to kill the cops and their families.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/05/25/Police-officers-suspended-for-profanity/UPI-98991306373824/

    Glad that no one was hurt but …. oh the irony….

  42. #42 |  GreginOz | 

    This was my email to the Sheriff’s Dept.

    Jose Guerena Killed: Arizona Cops Shoot Former Marine In Botched Pot Raid

    To: ‘ia@pimasheriff.net’

    Quote from your homepage:

    “The mission also includes the safe, secure, and humane detention of all arrestees charged with non-federal crimes in Pima County, Arizona. …”

    See : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/jose-guerena-arizona-_n_867020.html

    & at conclusion Radley says “The government of Pima County has killed one of its own citizens. This is the most serious, solemn, and severe action a local government can undertake. It demands complete transparency. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies involved in the raid ought to be doing anything and everything to make themselves accountable. Instead, they’ve shown arrogance, defiance, and obstinacy — all wrapped in an appeal to public safety.

    Oh, dear…what a dreadful, evil thing to do. ‘guess I’m cancelling that holiday to AZ! Note I am writing this in Australia so, whilst your actions are infamy, your SWAT team can’t kill me as well;-]

  43. #43 |  Greg | 

    Psion,

    I stand corrected. Radley has apparently attracted the cream of the HuffyPo comment crop. I hope it lasts.

    Had this been anyone but ex-military we all know the story would be buried by now.

    As to my characterization “mouth breathing fucktards”, I’ll stand by that. I’ve read many tens of thousands of articles over the years and the vast majority of comments are from people who would learn of the fallacy of their position if they did 20 minutes research. But, they have position/prejudice/batshitcrazymisinfo and their going to defend it regardless of pesky ‘facts’.

    Anyone paying attention has been screaming about asset forfeiture abuse, growing police abuse of citizens, and inexcusable paramilitary police violence for the last 20 years. That the general public has not only condoned, but encouraged this abuse is the only reason it exists on the scale it does today.

  44. #44 |  Nick | 

    Nice piece!
    Sorry you had to side with the huff.

  45. #45 |  Whappan? | 

    @B
    “Every officer and elected official involved should be crippled with guilt and shame.”
    Sociopaths don’t feel guilt and shame.

  46. #46 |  Psion | 

    Greg, I hear ya. And I’m frankly surprised by the reception Radley’s gotten. This could be a really good sign … it means the problems we’re concerned with have been noticed by a larger swath of the population than just us and a coherent, persuasive writer like Radley can reach out to them.

  47. #47 |  Windy | 

    @#43, Greg wrote:
    “Anyone paying attention has been screaming about asset forfeiture abuse, growing police abuse of citizens, and inexcusable paramilitary police violence for the last 20 years. That the general public has not only condoned, but encouraged this abuse is the only reason it exists on the scale it does today.” I began writing about the growing police state and the illegal actions/misconduct of the police about 25 years ago, no one paid me any mind.

  48. #48 |  homeboy | 

    @ #8

    Bob, this post is fantastic. Your insight, articulation and illustration through ribald metaphor are stunning…very impressive, Sir!

  49. #49 |  André | 

    Jesus christ, it’s got over 2500 comments already. This is how I know you made the right choice to work for the HuffPo. Police abuses need this kind of scrutiny and having such a large platform is going to make a huge difference.

  50. #50 |  M | 

    Why’s it under the Politics banner?

  51. #51 |  Abhishek | 

    Radley, I really like Reason magazine. I subscribe to them, and I have donated to them. So, when I came to know of your move to the Huffington Post, I was sad. I thought it was a big loss for Reason. I still think so.

    But I am no longer sad about your move. This article and the reactions over there have converted me. Over 2500 comments already! Your readership is now a hundred times bigger, if I have to make a rough extrapolation. That’s gotta be good for our cause. You made the right choice.

  52. #52 |  MikeZ | 

    @Dan Oh I agree the sue for millions mentality seems dysfunctional, it just seems like a vicious circle situation. If the government screws up and immediately apologized and took corrective actions I’d guess the average person would be OK. However the government can’t apologize or take corrective actions without admitting they did something wrong and open themselves up for an easier lawsuit. That in turn makes you pissed off and want to sue for whatever you can get. In the long run I think the coverups and lawsuit verdicts cost more. To me though the problem is at least as much fault in the “don’t apologize” camp as the “sue for millions” side.

  53. #53 |  Rune | 

    @Zargon #35

    Since this is a stereotypingfest, let me answer your hypothetical: The commentariat would be equally outraged at your scenario, since we all know that the liberal commentators at HuffPost are all high-school drop-out* stoners** living either in their mothers basement or a crammed single bed-room flat.

    Now, isn’t it about time that the agitatortots stop the infantile name-calling?

    *see plenty of references to them being mouth-breathers being bandied about in the comments here
    ** go to HuffPost and read the comments. Plenty of outrage over SWAT being used in a pot operation. Also, we all know that the dirty HuffPo hippies smoke weed, don’t we?

  54. #54 |  Kukui | 

    Is anyone else reminded of the South Park Episode (S3 E8) where everyone goes to Mr Mackey’s Meteor Shower Party, when the ATF shows up thinking it’s a suicide group. The ATF ends up spraying bullets into anyone who steps outside. Sheriff Dupnik seems to be using similar tactics. I once thought South Park emulated life, but now I think it’s vice versa now.

  55. #55 |  Ben | 

    Excellent article Radley. I know a lot of people around here didn’t like your move to HuffPo, but I was excited about it. Liberals are the more natural audience for your work because they will react more vehemently to injustice and the curtailing of civil liberties. HuffPo has a huge readership and if you can continue to spread the outrage over there, we could some day actually see some movement in the younger demo of liberals when it comes to police powers and the drug war.

  56. #56 |  Zargon | 

    #53
    Unfortunately, I do not share your optimism. I won’t descend into name-calling, as I didn’t before, but a less sympathetic victim wouldn’t get over 4k comments with 95% positive, guaranteed, even if the individual comments here don’t mention the victim’s status (although many do reference his status as a marine).

    People can imagine themselves in the shoes of this guy. People won’t be able to imagine themselves in the shoes of the high school dropout with a minor rap sheet and 2 ounces of pot, so they won’t care.

    And as always, around here, there’s nothing more I’d rather see than my pessimism being proven wrong.

  57. #57 |  Rune | 

    #56

    Just for the record, the name calling comment wasn’t aimed at you =)

  58. #58 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    Starting with a maximally sympathetic victim was an excellent move.

    I’ll be curious to see how the folks at Huffington post react to a story with a more typical victim. How many of you who have strong beliefs about what the reaction will be are habitual readers at HP? I’m not a reader, so I don’t have a strong opinion.

  59. #59 |  Harry Lime | 

    Great article, although it seriously makes my blood boil. Also, it you google Jose Guerena you are now the first webpage to come up (after the Googe News results). That’s great.

    Question though: what’s the next option? I’m guessing the Sheriff’s Dep’t will whitewash the investigation and release some bogus results, and then the family will sue for Section 1983 violations. Is there any way to get the DOJ involved?

  60. #60 |  Highway | 

    I think the calls for civil lawsuits are just what people, consciously or unconsciously, feel is the only remedy. You never hear about anyone on police departments facing criminal charges for these horrid acts, because they’re never brought. Never things like manslaughter, negligent homicide (which is frequently warranted when the police invaders ‘accidentally discharge’ their guns into victims), or even conspiracy charges. So it’s not even thought of that these are criminal acts, even though they are.

    Plus, people have the naive idea that if ‘they’ have to pay a huge fine or settlement, ‘they’ will change their behavior. Hah. Having to pay an extra 5 or 10 million for a bunch of lawsuits doesn’t change the behavior of the police. What it does is make their budget (which is essentially given to them, not earned in any way, shape, or form) run out of money, and then they go whining to the public that they need a bigger budget, or they just do it themselves with more and more specious forfeitures. There’s no personal liability for any of those folks. So they’re not going to ‘learn’ any lesson.

  61. #61 |  c andrew | 

    @#60,
    Highway, I agree that they probably will go whining for more budget. And in a just society the electorate would use that opportunity to rub their noses in their criminal and sociopathic behaviour. But there are far too many folks out there who haven’t been royally screwed by the police/prosecutor/judiciary iron triangle and don’t know anyone who has. Since they are fundamentally lacking in empathy, they don’t realize what an injustice it is. That’s why libertarianism has to “happen” to people.

    Unfortunately, when libertarianism happens, often the person is either dead by police action or discredited by a conviction (in the eyes of the mass of sheep out there.) That’s why I think Radley’s work is important; if he can open enough eyes, then the discrediting/personal smear tactic used by these thugs will no longer be effective. Perhaps we will see the day when actions like these will bring murder under color of law charges.

  62. #62 |  c andrew | 

    And now, I take off my rose colored glasses…

  63. #63 |  Cyto | 

    The comments at HuffPo were interesting. Remarkably few “Team Red/Team Blue” comments, and they were routinely countered. This was the perfect story to start the HuffPo crowd on the weekly nutpunch diet. Loudmouthed liberal democrat sheriff in a liberal democrat county with a 2 tour serving marine veteran and a wife recorded on the 911 tape begging for help for her husband. Pretty much hits all the notes to allow them to empathize with the victim and completely blunt the “team red / team blue” reactions.

    Now you can hit them with the Puppycide isolated incidents to completely tickle their predispositions. A couple of videos of puppies getting shot should completely win the crowd over.

    And wow, what an impressively large crowd. I had no idea they were that big.

  64. #64 |  André | 

    Jesus, now it’s nearly five thousand comments. And more are pending.

    Radley, thank you so much for “selling out” and moving to a platform where you get hundreds (thousands?) of times more exposure.

    I think you might want to post a short follow-up on Cheye Calvo in the next month. I don’t think the HuffPo audience will take kindly to puppycide either.

  65. #65 |  Troy | 

    Holy shit, nearly 5000 comments. Way to go Radley. I would like to think that you just kicked a hornets nest.

  66. #66 |  Mister DNA | 

    Jesus. Almost 5,000 comments already… way yo go, Radley!

    I’d like to echo TomG’s (#18) sentiment – thanks for the mention of William Griggs. I’m a huge fan of his blog.

    Just a sort of off-topic comment that might be of interest to Agitator readers: Buy a Roku device. They start at 60 bucks, and even if you don’t use Netflix, it’s still a good investment. In addition to the Liberty Radio Network, which features Griggs’ 2-hour radio show, the Roku features Livestation, which has live streaming broadcast of several 24 hour news channels not available to most cable subscribers, including Al Jazeera English and RT.

  67. #67 |  Lucy | 

    As much you were my favorite Reason writer, I’m starting to realize how potentially awesome this move to Huff is. I mean, they still have the worst layout of any legitimate site I have ever seen. But you could get so many converts from semi-sensible liberals. This is fantastic.

  68. #68 |  PIMAFAIL | 

    I would love to see the faces of those Pima County Pigs when they read your piece, Radley. You nailed ‘em to the fucking wall! Bravo!

  69. #69 |  TomG | 

    Radley – I don’t know if you read MetaFilter, but I just noticed a post about this raid, featuring your HP article. You are getting some good compliments, sir.
    http://www.metafilter.com/103899/He-is-survived-by-his-wife-of-over-eight-years-Vanessa-and-their-two-children-ages-4-and-5

  70. #70 |  TomG | 

    nvm, I now see that you are a member. I really ought to join up, been lurking there many years.

  71. #71 |  Cyto | 

    Sooo… I was complementary of the HuffPo commentariate. Then I tried clicking on the little “bloggers” filter to see what might be there. So sad…

    HUFFPOST BLOGGER
    RumiSouth

    13 hours ago (3:52 AM)
    I’m a little bothered by Balko’s quoting a member of Oath Keepers, though. They’re a hate group and encourage sedition in the military ranks over the president’­s birth certificat­e. Not cool. He might as well be taking quotes from the John Birch Society.

    and in response:

    You are not too far off. Balko is a former senior editor for Reason magazine, which supports the Libertaria­n viewpoint. Many Cato institute types swear by that publicatio­n, and they along with the John Birch Society were founded and funded by the Koch family.

    Sigh. This was the only “blogger” response other than James Peron who posted on the same incident as Radley.

  72. #72 |  Zargon | 

    To be fair, you can’t possibly hope for unanimous positive responses. Radley could be writing a story about how a Satan-worshiping KKK member cop tortured and killed 666 babies, kittens and puppies in a to-scale replica of Auschwitz they built in their backyard using public funds earmarked for helping disabled kids, and somebody would find some rationale to defend them.

    Seeing lots of comments, and seeing 95% of them positive is about as good as you’re ever going to get, because some people have already made up their mind, and will grasp at whatever facts they need to to convince themselves they were right all along.

  73. #73 |  CTD | 

    Holy balls! 6,000+!

    I’ll be interested to see the reaction when Radley trains his eye on an element of authoritarianism that’s near and dear to the HuffPo community’s heart.

    I remember the reaction amongst his readers when Matt Yglesias suggested that maybe our professional licensing regimen has gotten a little out of hand…

  74. #74 |  Kristen | 

    @Zargon, they wouldn’t be defending the Satan worshipping KKK cop so much as trying to make it seem like Balko’s information is illegitimate based on teh evul Kochtopuz. Those types looove guilt by association and if you’re in the Kochtopus then, by gum, they just ain’t ever gonna agree with you.

  75. #75 |  Greg | 

    Psion,

    I join you in surprise, especially this far in. Very initially encouraging. Radley generally strings together a tight story that doesn’t leave a whole ton of wiggle room for the trolls (unlike the majority of HuffPo scribes). Perhaps this actually generates some ‘spect.

    Being the headliner didn’t hurt either, but regardless 5K+ is nothign to sneeze at.

    Windy,

    Don’t know where you were writing, but I swear there were others who were out there being ignore right along with you.

    Better late than never I guess…

  76. #76 |  TC | 

    Radley did not read all of the comments, but the few I did, I’m like WOW!!!

    Still taking short breaths, but you focus on things every American should be totally outraged about and so few seem to be exposed to.

    Besides as long as you don’t say the words, Bush or Palin you will be fine!! :)

    So far so good!

  77. #77 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    …at least an attempt to suppress details until the department can come up with a narrative that mitigates the damage.

    Beautifully said.

  78. #78 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Quite frankly, I don’t believe Guerena did anything except walk to his door to open it. Any chance those SWAT fucktards planted his rifle on his body and forgot to switch the safety?

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