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Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  hamburglar007 | 

    Governor Walker also just passed into legislation a law that stifles the collective bargaining powers of unions. The interesting thing about the law is that it makes a special exemption for police and firefighter unions. I am not a libertarian, and the primary reason is with respect to the party’s ideology with respect to business and government restriction. With that said, I think that most readers on this site will agree that labor laws favor police and firefighters (i.e. groups that can use public safety as leverage) are bad.

  2. #2 |  marco73 | 

    Well, the Cleveland story brings several longstanding Agitator items together:

    Sorry, the video doesn’t exist, when the guy is on trial and the court asks for the tape. But we are willing to let the suspect plead down to lesser charges, so our lying cop doesn’t have to perjure himself also.

    Sorry, wait, yes the video does exist, but you asked the wrong people in the police department to produce the video

    Sorry, wait, you did ask the correct people in the police department for the video, but they weren’t following the right procedure

    Sorry, wait, we can’t suspend the cop who beat the suspect then lied about it on his report – the cop is already suspended for a different beating and civil rights violation – and has a third incident grinding its way through the system

    But don’t worry dear citizen. We have everything under control.

  3. #3 |  jppatter | 

    Seriously, who else BUT Samuel L Jackson could do the audiobook version?

  4. #4 |  djm | 

    Re: the condescending MD about the sausage and burger photo. The Daily Mash (UK verision of The Onion) says it best:

  5. #5 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I’m willing to grant that that ad is a strong contender for most offensive video ad in US politics that made no mention of a certain Austrian Corporal. To be the most offensive political ad of all time would put it up against 18th Century political broadsides (many of which are truly astonishingly vulgar), countries like Iran (where the political class seems genuinely deranged, and accuses its opponents of being in league with djinns), and the work of the Irrational Left during the Bush administration (which dragged in Hitler on any excuse – or no excuse at all).

  6. #6 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I didn’t find it offensive, but now I’m going to have “Gimme yo cash bitch so we’s can shoot up the skreet” stuck in my head all day.

  7. #7 |  TXSwede | 

    Am I being too demanding when I get irritated that my promised koala porn is a year-and-a-half old story about environmentalism?

    I was just about to send the URL to my wife, so we could share the down-under joy, when I saw what it really was.

    Balko is a k-tease.

  8. #8 |  WWJGD | 

    Have they done an autotune remix yet? We’re about due.

  9. #9 |  Bob | 

    Surveillance video of Cleveland police beating a man…

    These assholes are like bullies that poke at you until you take a swing at them. Then it’s “Ha ha! hitting back is a felony!”.

  10. #10 |  David Gange | 

    There’s still something wrong with the website. The home page is showing last Wednesday’s posts, nothing current. The RSS feed for individual posts seems to be OK in Google Reader. Typing the URL into either IE 9, Firefox, or Chrome only shows last week’s homepage. For some reason your newer posts are not being displayed on the homepage. It did work properly for a couple of hours yesterday, and then reverted back to the problem state.

  11. #11 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Bob, they don’t need to wait until you hit back. They just start beating on you…and all their cop buddies join in without asking questions…and beat you until you’re out…then construct a story and lose the video.

  12. #12 |  Sinchy | 

    Koala’s males are constantly raping the females. Seriously.

  13. #13 |  Li | 

    Koalas aren’t the really slutty species. If you want to know who really takes the crown, ask yourself; how did Koalas get chlamydia in the first place anyways?

  14. #14 |  Deoxy | 

    That “it isn’t clear that Gov. Scott Walker is to blame” bit is exactly the point I was making when it came up here yesterday. Heck, I even commented on how “slipped in last minute” almost by definition must be legislative. That’s kinda funny.

  15. #15 |  Mario | 

    David Gange @ #10

    I am having the same problem with the Web site. The home page shows the articles from June 8 as the most recent. However, for me this is only happening in Firefox. Chrome is fine.

    I’ve been using the IP address — — to get to the site, in the meantime. This displays the homepage correctly in Firefox.

    I have cleared the cache, history, cookies, and even Firefox’s DNS cache, all to no avail. Something is definitely going on, and it doesn’t seem to be on the user end.

  16. #16 |  omar | 

    The producers of the “most offensive video ever” are amateurs in the world of booty exploitation. They should have hired Mr Ghetto. (youtube, so no boobiez, but still NSFW)

  17. #17 |  Deoxy | 

    “how did Koalas get chlamydia in the first place anyways?”

  18. #18 |  Brandon | 

    I dunno, the Paul-Ryan-Throwing-Grandma-Off-a-Cliff ad was pretty offensive. At least the source of this one didn’t claim to be neutral.

  19. #19 |  Toonhead | 

    re: Senate bill on embedding YouTube videos – Here’s an idea: If you don’t understand it then you can’t write laws to regulate it. Yes, it is a naive notion because experts from which Senators can draw knowledge from are cherry picked, stupid or biased. But still a nice notion as long as it is not thought about too much.

  20. #20 |  DarkEFang | 

    If the Senate only wrote laws about topics it understood, it would only pass legislation regarding golf, photo opportunities and the Charlie Palmer Steakhouse.

    Not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing.

  21. #21 |  M. Steve | 

    Re: Ridiculous Obama Criticism: that “doctor” is part of PCRM, an organization affiliated with PETA who wants to push vegetarianism on all Americans through the government, and who uses incredibly flawed studies to show that meat is bad and grains are good.

    We know better. The science has known better for 100 years. Grains and sugar are killers, meat (real meat) is the healthiest thing you can eat, saturated fat does not cause heart disease and is essential to our health. These anti-meat zealots are the biggest thing standing in the way between

    In the study Herr Doktor references, “processed meats” and red meats are conflated intentionally, and part of the “processed meats” category includes pizza! Bad science for ideologues. See their own website, trumpeting their affecting the MyPlate;

    See also:

  22. #22 |  Deoxy | 


    That’s not at all a bad thing… unfortunately, it does still leave a few other things on the list.

    Hookers for instance. I think Hookers would be on the list at least twice. For every euphemism. In several languages.

  23. #23 |  Les | 

    hamburglar, I agree with you. Walker’s a typical politician. He’s not acting out of principle or efficiency, but rather for political gain.

  24. #24 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Surveillance video of Cleveland police beating a man during booking contradicts police reports. The police department also initially said the video didn’t exist. Now it claims its previous denials were due to a “glitch in the system.”

    Classic. One does not even need to make a comment to elicit a chuckle.
    I gotta come up with some of these police phrases at work, for when I fuck up.

  25. #25 |  c andrew | 

    Yes, a “glitch” in the system. You know, the system that has copos disposing of evidence bad for the prosecution’s case. Or incriminating copos. Or both.

  26. #26 |  A | 

    David Gange @ #10 and Mario @ #15

    I’ve been having that same problem with the website too. It seems to be working right now (1:07 EDT), first time since June 8th. Like you, I tried clearing cache, and it didn’t work. Running firefox 4. ….so thanks for posting, and thanks for the IP address, it sounds like its not on my end (especially since I’ve only had a problem with this site).

  27. #27 |  Aresen | 

    @ M. Steve | June 15th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for the info.

    I kinda suspected that when I read this little gem in the opening:

    World Cancer Research Fund announced that no one should eat processed meat ever because of its incontrovertible link to colon cancer.

    I’m guessing that the “WORLD CANCER RESEARCH FUND” is the in-house organ of some Green/Holistic/Naturalist advocacy group.

  28. #28 |  Aresen | 

    @ David Gange | June 15th, 2011 at 10:16 am
    & Mario | June 15th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I’ve been having the same problem at home (I use IE) and have been unable to fix it.

    I’m suspecting it is a host issue.

  29. #29 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I gotta come up with some of these police phrases at work, for when I fuck up.

    Do you have an all-powerful union that makes it virtually impossible to be fired? Cops only put on this show as a courtesy to politicians (as long as the politician keeps putting money in the cops pocket). Cops give about as big a fuck as the honey badger*.

    *The honey badger don’t give a fuck.

  30. #30 |  David | 

    R: Aresen:

    Also, this guy has a strange idea of what “dominated the press” means.

  31. #31 |  Jeff | 

    There are currently 361,000 results for a google search of “video contradicts police report.”

  32. #32 |  demize! | 

    @BoydDurkin; “SKREET” wonderful alliteration! “The Hunny Badger” your giving ne the daily smiles here.

  33. #33 |  derfel cadarn | 

    The cops are thugs,period. The only glitch in the system are the police themselves,just a bunch of pumped up on steroids yahoos that enjoy inflicting pain on others. When will Americans have had enough? Justice is LONG overdue.

  34. #34 |  James J.B. | 


    I would have thought about your comment – but hey, the big game is on, and um, I have a job, and I am tired, and um, it happens to those people – the cops in my town ae great…

    wait – what are those red and blue lights in my mirror… gotta go – I am sure they will just want to see if I am ok!!!!

  35. #35 |  Cyto | 

    It is now official. The war in Libya is not a war. So, no need to worry.

    Money quote:

    We are saying the limited nature of this particular mission is not the kind of ‘hostilities’ envisioned by the War Powers Resolution.

    Er… wasn’t the war powers act specifically about bombing an enemy, but not within the geographic borders of a country we were in a declared war with? It seems almost perfectly tailored to the Libya situation. (dropping bombs on a country that we are not at war with)

  36. #36 |  Jeff | 

    Another wrong door raid in Pittsburgh, part of a big drug sweep. This one says the FBI led the raid and didn’t even have a warrant to search the house, just an arrest warrant for someone who lived there months ago:

    Well done, retards.

  37. #37 |  Aresen | 

    @ Cyto | June 15th, 2011 at 5:10 pm


    By the administration’s interpretation, then, the events in Guernica April 26, 1937 were entirely legal.

  38. #38 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Surveillance video of Cleveland police beating a man during booking contradicts police reports. The police department also initially said the video didn’t exist. Now it claims its previous denials were due to a “glitch in the system.”

    Clevelan Police Cheif: “No this is no cover-up whatsoever. We’re totally transparent within the division of police.”

    LMAO! Yeah. and the Gambino crime family was totally transparent WITHIN the family. What a lyin’ sack o’ shit.

  39. #39 |  Dave Krueger | 

    The only “glitch in the system” was the fact that they got caught beating the crap out of some guy and then lied about it to cover it up. A real glitch would be if the DA actually had the professional integrity to charge them with something, but as we all know, if a cop does it, it’s not a crime (to paraphrase Tricky Dick).

  40. #40 |  Moegerty | 

    What a way to wake up this morning. I moved from Cleveland 8 years ago, knew this cop, and his brother. I was amazed that they could qualify to become police officers, and am not surprised by this result. It helps that you come from a cop family, so that those pesky little qualifications are just a formality.

    His brother’s also a piece of work.

  41. #41 |  Joe |

    The cops and fire department need your keys. These citizens are heroes for speaking against it.

    If you want to give the police or fire department your keys, fair enough. You should not be compelled to do so. And if there is an emergency and you do not have a key and the fire department (for example) has to use the axes on your door, fair enough.

  42. #42 |  Joe | 

    As far as that Janice Hahn LA Congress race ad, it is so over the top that it is a parody. Offensive? Yeah. But it is intended to be offensive. It is intended to generate buzz. And it is working.

  43. #43 |  Pete | 

    No, Cincinatti PD – your previous denials were ‘the system’ working as usual and doing what we’ve come to expect.

  44. #44 |  John C. Randolph | 

    I’ll bet that doctor is a whole lot of fun at parties.


  45. #45 |  Cudnik | 

    Cleveland police are bullies and liars. They intimidate people and wonder why they are getting less and less respect from the very citizens they are supposed to protect and serve. Their union leader is a disgrace and so is the chief. Fuck heads with a big ego and no remorse for the way they carry out their duty to the city. C-lueless P-itiful D-eplorable

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