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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

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28 Responses to “Lunch Links”

  1. #1 |  SJE | 

    Suspicious, yes: the man had an arrest record for DUI and driving without a license. It is a lot further to assert that he is the sort of man who would deliberately assault a cop.

  2. #2 |  Sean | 

    According to the news article I read about the former-NFL player, he asked if he was under arrest and the officer said “no”, so he grabbed his beer and walked away, and was then struck with a baton in the back of the knees. So he was assaulted first by the police — if he did strike back with the bag of beer he was acting in self-defense, maybe as an automatic defensive response to having been physically attacked first? Maybe not a “smart” thing to do, but that can happen when you strike somebody from behind with a baton for no reason — when hes gets up he may come up swinging.

    According to the son his father did not swing the beer at the cop — if the surveillance tape does back that up I predict that it will mysteriously be found to have been “accidentally” erased.

  3. #3 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “A California deputy shot and killed a former running back for the Cincinnati Bengals in front of a convenience store after he allegedly hit an officer with a bag holding two cans of beer.”

    I thought deadly force was only justifiable when confronted by deadly force.
    Er…maybe the beer was Magnum…or Colt 45.

  4. #4 |  Robert | 

    RE: Nancy Grace: “I feel like I owe the nation community service for having hired her and put her on television,” said Steve Brill, founder of the now-defunct Court TV. “She’s a monster.”

    Oooooohhhh, I like that quote!

  5. #5 |  Sean L. | 

    “I want to look at it with an open and objective mind”


    Whew…(wiping tear) .. That was a good one.

  6. #6 |  Jim March | 

    Best rip on “Enhance!” evar:

  7. #7 |  hexag1 | 

    Actually the bottom two laughter photos appear to be quite genuine.

  8. #8 |  Mattocracy | 

    Suspicious you say. All I can say is if I shot a guy who hit me with a beer can, I seriously doubt I’d be on paid vacation right now. But then again, I’m a civilian.

  9. #9 |  Chris Rhodes | 

    But then again, I’m a prole.


  10. #10 |  FridayNext | 

    That story about Quartzite, AZ obsessed me for about an hour there. That’s insane. It screams for a “Walking Tall” sequel. (The Joe Don Baker version, not The Rock)

    Also: According to the Nancy Grace link she scored a record rating the night of the Anthony verdict with 3 million viewers. So on her BEST NIGHT she draws less than 1% of the American public. And I am supposed to freak out about what these means about the decline of the US? I find those numbers encouraging actually. How much of our problem is cable news per se and how much the so called “respectable” media allow them to set the agenda and tone regardless of their actual appeal to “America.”

    Puts me to mind of a friend of mine who wants me to boycott the All Star game tonight. With viewership well below 5% of the American public for over 20 years, how much less can we watch it? But if it helps, the reason I won’t watch THIS YEAR is because of their immigration law or Sheriff Arpaio or whatever you want.

  11. #11 |  Jesse | 

    So who’s got the link to the youtube video mentioned in the corrupt town article?

  12. #12 |  Jesse | 

    OK here’s one video report including a snippet of the video…..

  13. #13 |  sailor | 

    Can anyone see the photos in the receiving sycophantic laughter piece? I just see the photo credits but no photos(firefox and chrome). OH well can probably live without.

  14. #14 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    I don’t watch television, so perhaps my tolerance is lower than that of most. But the very first time I saw Nancy Grace on TV at a friend’s house (2006 maybe?) I was so overcome by revulsion that I politely but firmly demanded the channel be changed less than one minute after she came on. The second time I saw her some months later my reaction was both more immediate and much less polite, and since then I have never voluntarily watched CNN or remained in a public place where she was on the screen. I can’t explain it; she disgusts me and makes my skin crawl, and my reaction is as powerful and involuntary as that of a little old lady exposed to porn. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had such a strong aversion to any other person I don’t actually know.

  15. #15 |  John Jenkins | 

    Nancy Grace was a bad lawyer (both in the sense of poor quality and malfeasance) and is a worse television commentator. A second-semester 1L could give you better quality legal analysis than she can. Most lawyers on TV merely annoy me (because they oversimplify complex issues), but the quality of her analysis is such that she actually angers me, so for the sake of my blood pressure, I cannot watch.

  16. #16 |  Highway | 

    The Quartzsite story really is amazing. And I wonder if people should try to publicize it, using Mayor Ed Foster as the center of the story. I know all we have is that one AP story, but it really does sound like “Town gets fed up, elects guy to clean up, guy honestly does try to clean up and is stymied at every turn by council *and* state.” Does 60 Minutes or 20/20 or any of those news magazine shows do anything like that anymore? Or is it all crap like “To Entrap A ‘Predator'”?

  17. #17 |  Kristen | 

    @Maggie…I feel the same revulsion, but I just can’t seem to look away. It’s as if I’m paralyzed by her awfulness and just stare at her, jaw agape.

  18. #18 |  Charlie O | 

    I re-watched the video of the Jennifer Jones arrest in Quartzite. I am still astonished that no one in the audience got and said ANYTHING while she be was being hauled out. What a bunch of fucking boot licking cowards. There were easily enough people in that room to stop the blue gang thugs from taking her out of the room. And I know that part of AZ, more than one of those folks was most likely armed.

  19. #19 |  ric_in_or |

    So in custody cases – where one parent doesn’t know the child is missing – it is probably far fetched to assume they would be charged, but stupidity has no limits.

  20. #20 |  Cyto | 

    What I can’t understand about the whole Nancy Grace phenomenon is the format of the show. They have a half-dozen talking heads “discussing” an issue, and it seems that it is part of the format that they almost all agree 100% and yet they all scream at each other as if arguing. Each guest gets 10 seconds to scream at everyone attesting that they agree more than everyone else and then they vault to the next one, who vehemently (and loudly) agrees.

    Very strange and very difficult to watch. In deference to my wife I made it through a cumulative 30 minutes of the program over a week’s time during the trial. From what I could tell, they also only cover 30-60 seconds of content per show – but they argue about how much they agree about it to pad out the hour.

    Honestly, I can’t see how anyone voluntarily listens to that. The angry, complaining, screaming voices are grating, regardless of the insipid content.

  21. #21 |  Aresen | 

    Gallery of President Obama receiving sycophantic laughter.


    Show me any office where nobody laughs when to boss cracks a joke, however bad.

  22. #22 |  Aresen | 

    John Jenkins | July 12th, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Nancy Grace was a bad lawyer (both in the sense of poor quality and malfeasance) and is a worse television commentator. A second-semester 1L could give you better quality legal analysis than she can.

    Sounds like she’s perfect for Congress or Attorney General of any State.

  23. #23 |  albatross | 

    CNN is more-or-less a cross between a version of the Weekly Reader for adults, and the Enquirer. Nancy Grace is more along the Enquirer lines.

  24. #24 |  Sean | 

    I hope that those on this site will continue to keep an eye on the case of David Lee “Deacon” Turner (the former NFL player who was gun downed in Bakersfield). I didn’t see it but on another board somebody said he saw a witness interviewed on CNN, and according to that witness Turner did not attack the deputy at all, and it was described as an “execution-style shooting” (ala Oscar Grant).

    As we all know in this country anymore “contempt of cop” is a capital offense, and I’m sure that the deputy flew into a rage when Turner walked away after being told he was not under arrest. It should be interesting to see what the tape shows (if there wasn’t the usual “camera malfunction”).

    If it shows what they claim you’d think that vid clip would already be out there — if it doesn’t back up the officers, they’re going to take their sweet time releasing it knowing that everybody will have forgotten about the case while they were busy discussing Nancy Grace and other trivia.

  25. #25 |  DarkEFang | 

    According to this account of the shooting, Turner dropped the bag when he was clubbed in the legs. The beers in the bag exploded when they hit the ground. Odds are, the officer mistook it for a shot, panicked, and executed Turner.

  26. #26 |  Ken | 

    Meaning no disrespect to Mr. Greenfield, but the title of his post is inaccurate: Nancy Grace is the very embodiment, the Platonic ideal, of the “Sick, Sad World” end of the half-vast wasteland (the two best — and two of the few good — shows on television are “Phineas and Ferb” and “King of the Hill” reruns). Points off for the gratuitous swipe at Tasmanian devils, too.

    My reaction to Nancy Grace is much like Ms. McNeill’s @#14 above. Look at her eyes, if you can stand to — there’s something _wrong_ there. I can’t tell whether she’s actually evil, or merely feral.

  27. #27 |  Subject 2456198 | 

    About Nancy Grace:,20925/

  28. #28 |  Steamed McQueen | 

    Tell me again why Nancy (dis)Grace or her employer isn’t being sued into oblivion?

    Regardless of opinion on The Verdict it cannot be denied that she (Grace) publicly destroyed Anthony.

    Note to Grace: You were a bad lawyer and are a worse TV commentator.