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Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I think these celebs who get involved with these goofy NGO crusades are really just looking for a tax write off. Prostitution prohibitionists are peddling so much bullshit that it’s only a matter of time before the public sees through it.

    The one thing is most certainly isn’t is a crusade to help women who have been victimized by so-called traffickers despite their rhetoric to the contrary.

    Campaigning to stamp out prostitution is no more advocacy for women’s rights than the Brady Bill is advocacy for gun rights.

  2. #2 |  M Blaze Miskulin | 

    So I did a bit of quick math on that 300,000 estimate.

    As of the 2010 census, there are 53,980,105 children between the ages of 5 and 17 (inclusive). That places the incidence of “underage sex worker” at 1:180.

    If we assume a uniform spread across that population (the numbers aren’t broken down and finer), and limit the “victim pool” to those aged 10-17, it brings the ratio down to 1:110.

    Do people not know how to do basic math? Can they honestly believe that one out of ever 110 kids is a victim of sex trafficking?

  3. #3 |  Lefty | 

    Obama continues to disappoint. I’d still vote for him over a wingnut like Bachmann but this is where voter apathy starts.

  4. #4 |  Tommil | 

    If you’re curious about the sort of comments that outraged the Pima County, Arizona GOP — What Miller said was, he hoped the incident would foster community discussion of “the policies that routinely lead to heavily armed and militarized local police invading private homes and a renewed interest in the civil liberties codified in our Bill of Rights.”

    The mere suggestion that there be a discussion about this issue has them in a tizzy. We are well and truly fucked.

  5. #5 |  flukebucket | 

    “State laws or local ordinances are not a defense to civil or criminal enforcement of federal law with respect to such conduct, including enforcement of the CSA”

    Is that a true statement or is it up for interpretation? I am trying to learn.

  6. #6 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    No matter that the CSA is unconstitutional on its face to anyone with two firing neurons behind their eyes. Let us not be drawn into debates on federalism when the law is fucking unconstitutional in the first place.

  7. #7 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Also, Pima co. GOP kind of surprised me. I thought they’d be willing to stand up for a veteran at least. Sad that the chairman is going to lose his position over (talking about) doing the right thing.

  8. #8 |  Jay | 

    Pima County GOP is probably just afraid that this will be spun into some sort of pro-Mexican drug deals position or something.

  9. #9 |  Les | 

    I’d still vote for him over a wingnut like Bachmann…

    Obama knows this and it’s exactly why he knows he can act like Bachmann in terms of drugs, civil liberties, and foreign policy. As long as there are people who basically say, “Well, I still support X over Y because Y beats his wife 6 days a week and X only beats his wife 5 days a week,” then wife beaters are going to continue to be elected.

  10. #10 |  Single Acts of Tyranny | 

    Most interesting story about the supreme court justice. Is there a single statute that says this is okay or is it just no-one tickets these bums?

  11. #11 |  the innominate one | 

    Ashton Kutcher, famous for playing the part of a pretty idiot man-child, actually is one. Quelle surprise.

    BTW, Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie were interviewed by salon.com:

    http://salon.com/politics/war_room/2011/07/01/libertarianism_nick_gillespie_matt_welch/index.html

  12. #12 |  Mary | 

    @Les: What do you suggest then? Sure, I’ll vote for Gary Johnson but he doesn’t stand a chance. Shall I just stay home? Seriously, talk me out of it.

  13. #13 |  CJ | 

    It’s called the Supremacy Clause. And it sucks.

  14. #14 |  perlhaqr | 

    “This is solely about the best interests of the Pima County Republican Party,” Brenner said, adding regardless of whether Miller meant it to happen, his words damaged the party and the ability of its candidates to raise money and support.

    “Who gives a shit about right or wrong, OUR TEAM MIGHT LOSE!”

  15. #15 |  J.S. | 

    @#8 Jay,

    Maybe, but the GOP needs to wake up regarding this issue. This type of response is one reason I left the repubs years ago. Anything desparaging those heroic men in uniform is “cop-hating” and thus turns one into a pot smoking hippie liberal. They’re almost as bad as the liberals who hate “the man” then cry that the man are the only ones who should be armed.

  16. #16 |  greenback | 

    That Welch piece on newspapers was a poorly written, wandering mess. And I say that as somebody who thinks newspaper journalists have a ridiculously distorted understanding of their contributions to society.

  17. #17 |  Les | 

    Mary, I think it’s important for people like Johnson to get as many votes as possible, but I don’t think anyone should feel bad for staying home.

    In the meantime, all we can do is to remind our Democrat friends that Obama is a conservative and voting for him is a conservative act. Then we can remind our Republican friends that Republicans act mostly like leftists in their willingness to spend and grant authority to the state. We can point out all the damage done, the lies told, and tell them that we refuse to vote for people who regularly lie while they destroy lives.

    And then we drink!

  18. #18 |  BillC | 

    I’d be interested in seeing the results of a poll that asks police officers about filming. Are they ignorant of the law or do they just think they can ignore laws that they don’t like?

  19. #19 |  freedomfan | 

    The Kutcher & Moore and the 300,000 child sex slaves story, once again has me fuming. I hate people who grab a crappy number and bandy it about until it becomes fact. I don’t think their use of “big lie” propaganda techniques puts them in very good company.

    Moreover, it’s one thing to be a somewhat-bright-but-not-serious person who hears a ridiculous number and naively repeats it. It’s a different thing to become an advocate for a cause and very specifically take on the job of educating people about the cause and to still use the ridiculous number. In the latter case, the premise for getting others to join the cause is that people like Kutcher, Moore, et alii are knowledgeable and have done at least their basic homework. It doesn’t matter that they may not have really done it; they are claiming to know what they are talking about and they definitely know that the number is well beyond just questionable. Either they own up and come clean that 300,000 is a nonsense number and the real figure is far, far lower or they have crossed the line between credulous celebrities and people knowingly perpetuating a public fraud.

  20. #20 |  Just Plain Brian | 

    Les is really making me miss comment karma.

    +1 to everything you’ve said so far, Les.

  21. #21 |  Greg C | 

    What’s wrong with staying home? I haven’t voted since 2004. I don’t see any reason to. I moved to a different state and have politely declined all their attempts to register me to vote.

    I couldn’t in good conscience vote for Obama.. or any of the political class statists. In 2008, I kinda “supported” Obama by somewhat rooting for him, but I won’t do that again.

  22. #22 |  Jay | 

    #15, “Are they ignorant of the law or do they just think they can ignore laws that they don’t like?”

    Yes.

  23. #23 |  Greg C | 

    Also for some reason I never knew Jamie Smith was arrested and charged with cocaine. I thought it was a mystery what happened to him and/or that Maye was targeted instead. I guess I’m suffering from memory loss or selective memory.

  24. #24 |  asg | 

    The comments on the Maye article at the Clarion-Ledger site are refreshing.

  25. #25 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Gotta wonder about Kutcher’s career trajectory…
    from Hollywood flake/prettyboy to bearded, sanctimonious prostitution-fighting moralist.

  26. #26 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Pima County AZ the Berchtesgarden of the west, come and visit make sure you wear your silly little moustache. pResident obama is no doubt full of shit, right to the top.

  27. #27 |  EH | 

    Yizmo: Since it’s working for Palin, odds are on success.

  28. #28 |  Bob | 

    USA Today gives new meaning to the phrase “heat stroke.”

    Now we know what causes Global Warming.

  29. #29 |  BamBam | 

    Portland, OR police mistakenly fire pellet shotgun shell from less-lethal shotgun which, according to protocol, should only be loaded with beanbag shells, at a mentally ill person, who is now in critical condition

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/06/portland_police_mistakenly_fir.html

    All while their superior government counterparts, the FBI, are investigating Portland police for their propensity of maiming/killing mentally ill people

  30. #30 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Some of the comments there are absolutely disgusting, the general essence is “OBEY, OR DIE!”

  31. #31 |  marco73 | 

    Narcissists who populate the entertainment industry tend to follow a standard career path. Take any role to get attention, then once you have a “name”, just latch on to some cause to give yourself the air of gravitas.
    Come on, does anyone really believe that Kutcher says anything without his people vetting it? Kutcher is getting ready to resurrect the Two and a Half Men franchise after the Charlie Sheen train wreck. Kutcher is just creating buzz.
    Be very careful of trying to bite back at the hand of the media, Justin. After Two and Half Men withers, because it just won’t be same show, Kutcher will find himself on the “D” list, either with a reality show, or on Dancing with the Stars.

  32. #32 |  MPH | 

    To Greg C, re: What’s wrong with staying home? I haven’t voted since 2004.

    You’ve perhaps heard the old line “The devil’s most significant achievement is convincing people he doesn’t exist”? The republicrats’ (my term for the two arms of “The Big Government Party” known as REPUBLIcans and demoCRATS) most significant achievement is convincing non-partisans to stop voting. They’ve succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, as over 50% of the general population, and an even bigger slice of the “independent”, or non-republicrat -partisan crowd, do not vote. Voter apathy on the part of those who are not republicrat partisans is part of the plan. Republicrats know they’re outnumbered (all the polls of the general population, as opposed to “likely voters” show this), so the only way they can maintain power is to convince the non-cool-aid drinkers to not vote.

    Vote. Vote early, vote often, but most importantly DON’T VOTE for republicrat candidates. It only encourages them, and you should never give encouragement to the deranged.

  33. #33 |  Andrew Roth | 

    Police agencies with a history of official oppression against photographers need to start deploying internal affairs plants disguised as photographers. This should be done as a matter of explicit policy. Commanders should warn their officers to respect the rights of photographers because if they fuck with the wrong ones they’ll be summarily arrested; bad cops don’t go home.

    IA officers should also be deployed in neighborhoods where the beat cops are known to routinely treat the rights of the locals with contempt. The message in this case should be that it’s time to start respecting the civil rights of black people, poor whites, Latinos or whomever else has been relegated to second-class citizenship, because some of the homebodies aren’t what they appear to be.

    The message should go like this: That guy you want to field interrogate or arrest on a pretext may just be another hood rat, but don’t count on it. IA cops are good actors. That jive-assing homeboy who can’t formulate a complete sentence and be looking like a fool with his pants on the ground may just be baiting you in Ebonics; if you take the bait, he’ll Mirandize you in standard police English, and you’ll be the fool then.

    It will probably take a few object lessons before the rogues learn that they have to act like cops, not street criminals, but they’ll start cleaning up their act once they realize that the IA undercover operations are not a bluff.

  34. #34 |  Ross | 

    M Blaze Miskulin- You are being too kind to Kutcher.

    He claims that the 300000 figure is the number of children sold into sex slavery each year not in total. So you have to multiply it by the number of years someone remains a child to get the total number who Kutcher thinks either are or at some point have been child sex slaves.

    So 300 000 multiplyed by 18 is 5.4 million child prostitutes. The demand must surely outstrip supply.

  35. #35 |  Andrew Roth | 

    At this point I think Obama will be a one-term president. Things could change, of course, but the current trends that I’m seeing look bad for him. Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney look like very electable candidates. I don’t think the GOP nominee will make the mistake of picking a flaky running mate so soon after the McCain/Palin fiasco.

    I expect a rock solid GOP ticket to run against an embattled, unpopular Obama. If Romney is the nominee, he’ll give Obama a run for his money in Oregon and Nevada, with their large populations of Mormons and political independents; in Michigan, his first home state; and likely in parts of the Northeast, where his gubernatorial experience and old-line New England GOP moderation will appeal to a lot of independents and Democrats. Bachmann will have no trouble neutralizing Obama’s traditional advantage as a Chicago politician in the Midwest. Whoever is nominated will have to really fuck up not to win some combination of Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, all blue states in 2008.

    I’m noticing a lot of disillusionment among friends and relatives who voted for Obama, some of them normally strident Democrats. The enthusiasm is gone, and I don’t see it returning. I can’t imagine Obama recreating the huge on-the-ground volunteer organization that he had in 2008. We’ll see less Democratic canvassing, phone banking and voter registration this time around, and the result will be lower Democratic voter turnout. The GOP, and especially Bachmann, are getting enthusiastic organizations into place that are in a good position to get people to the polls and clobber Obama.

    Of course, all this horse race inanity doesn’t answer the question of what sort of president Romney or Bachmann would be. I’m tentatively hopeful since the jingoism and statism that Republicans peddled for close to a decade after 9/11 seem to be dying down.

    One final note: in the spirit of Janusz Kopycinski, Thomas Jefferson and the Fourth of July, fuck President Obama. And for good measure, fuck the Chicago Police Department.

    Free speech: use it or lose it.

  36. #36 |  Nick T. | 

    “I’m tentatively hopeful since the jingoism and statism that Republicans peddled for close to a decade after 9/11 seem to be dying down. ”

    What planet do you live on/what are you smoking?

  37. #37 |  André | 

    Curiously enough, neither of the Cory Maye articles have a single mention of the person who is — more than anyone else — responsible for bringing attention to the miscarriage of justice that occurred.

  38. #38 |  JOR | 

    “I’m tentatively hopeful since the jingoism and statism that Republicans peddled for close to a decade after 9/11 seem to be dying down.”

    I recall the Republicans looking relatively sane before 9/11. I think that had more to do with Clinton being president for most of that time than with 9/11, of course, just as the way leftoids and D-party types looked (again, relatively) benign during the Bush years.

    Whoever wins the next presidential term, they’ll be worse than Obama’s first term.

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