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Sunday, August 14th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  croaker | 

    I’m surprised the photographer wasn’t beaten and arrested by the cop.

  2. #2 |  Laura Victoria | 

    I’m surprised the propaganda artist for National Review isn’t sued. That commie portrait makes her look ten years older, easily.

  3. #3 |  JS | 

    Daughter of liberty????? lol wow. Looks a lot like this one: http://www.cruzine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/deutschland-ist-frei.jpg

  4. #4 |  EH | 

    “Rolland then went outside and started videotaping the outside of the building. He then came back into the lobby and told the security guard and a building engineer, “Listen, I am going to blow up the building tomorrow,” the affidavit said.”

    Eyeroll.

  5. #5 |  celticdragonchick | 

    Christ on a crutch. The story about the videographer sounds like experiences I have had with private security. Little men with an ersatz badge who think they can do anything and say anything they want to make sure you know your place.

  6. #6 |  PersonFromPorlock | 

    The covers aren’t anything to be upset by: NR is a partisan magazine and they’re going to make ‘their’ candidates look good. The Newsweek cover of Bachman is a little exceptionable, because Newsweek is ostensibly a neutral reporter. But only “ostensibly,” as everyone knows.

  7. #7 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Leftie nostalgia for the “good old days” of Communism began before the Wall was fully down. Like most Nostalgia it has nothing to do with any period of actual history and everything to do with blinkered fantasy.

  8. #8 |  Mike Healy | 

    Looks like it’s gonna be chili for lunch today. Late lunch, anyway.

  9. #9 |  Buddy Hinton | 

    I am often criticized for being over critical of police. However, my only truly really experience was with a private security guard. He came waddling down a staircase and I was waiting for him at the bottom because he said, “stop.” I was going to show him that a sign said that the doorway I was standing in was indicated as “Bathrooms.” He threw me down on the staircase and put me in handcuffs. I got a black eye when my cheek him the stairs. Two hours later the police came and took me to jail. I should not have waited for him to get down the stairs. He did loosen my cuffs (under protest) when I showed him my hands while we were waiting.

  10. #10 |  Jeff | 

    There’s also a glass beach at Guantanamo Bay. Beautiful trash.

  11. #11 |  croaker | 

    Apparently taking pictures in a public park is a crime, too.

    TV News is stirring up the mob, and the cops will probably curb stomp him during the arrest.

    http://www.local10.com/video/28263478/index.html

  12. #12 |  Juice | 

    “How to Make Henry’s Anytime Chili for One.”

    Is that the same guy that did “You Suck at Photoshop“?

  13. #13 |  Sindawe | 

    Henry’s Chili for One. This has to be a joke, right?

  14. #14 |  shecky | 

    I always loved this Giuliani cover of The American Conservative:
    http://reason.com/blog/2007/12/19/the-reichstag-fire-changed-eve

    Regarding the Newsweek cover, I don’t really understand the uproar. Bachmann has that crazy eyed look a good deal of the time.

  15. #15 |  Jim Wetzel | 

    Concerning your last link:

    “Church bells peeled while trains and traffic came to a standstill …”

    Yeah, the bells “peeled.” Sigh …

  16. #16 |  JS | 

    Shecky that was awesome! “The reichstag fire changed everything” lmao

  17. #17 |  Mannie | 

    #5 | celticdragonchick | August 14th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Christ on a crutch. The story about the videographer sounds like experiences I have had with private security. Little men with an ersatz badge who think they can do anything and say anything they want to make sure you know your place.

    That’s the problem with the demands for privatized security I often see here.

    I’ve worked as a rent-a-cop, and I’ve employed rent-a-cops. It can be fun if you leave your brain at home. It’s of no use to you on the job.

  18. #18 |  Mannie | 

    Cops looking for fugitive raid, ransack the wrong house.

    Raid and ransack, hell! “Investigators said a deputy opened fire and killed a man who lunged at eight to 10 officers who were serving a warrant for the fugitive’s arrest.”

  19. #19 |  Bart | 

    Do you know you are not allowed to remove any of the glass that was illegally dumped on Glass Beach?

    It is now illegal to clean up the man made trash (glass) on the beach.

  20. #20 |  JS | 

    Bart you can’t just have people running around cleaning things up without a permit.

  21. #21 |  croaker | 

    Been waiting for this to happen:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2025812/Police-officer-Robert-Lasso-shot-dead-pointing-stun-gun-mans-dogs.html#ixzz1V0hrCgN2

  22. #22 |  SamK | 

    If that article is accurate…yep.

  23. #23 |  Just Plain Brian | 

    “Bachmann, Bachmann, über alles…”

  24. #24 |  Jay | 

    Long Beach Police officers are now photography critics:
    http://www.lbpost.com/life/greggory/12188

    ”McDonnell says that while there is no police training specific to determining whether a photographer’s subject has “apparent esthetic value,” officers make such judgments “based on their overall training and experience” and will generally approach photographers not engaging in “regular tourist behavior.””

    I assume that this is the same overall training and experience that allows them to safely talk on their cell phones while driving.

  25. #25 |  Bob | 

    “How to Make Henry’s Anytime Chili for One.”

    LOL

    How is this guy still single?

  26. #26 |  World’s Strangest | Glass Beach | 

    […] cause, the result is quite pretty. You can view several more pictures at the link. Link -via The Agitator | Photo: In […]

  27. #27 |  Ed Dunkle | 

    According to that New Yorker profile by Ryan Lizza, “liberty” is used as a kind of proxy for more obviously religious messages that Bachman doesn’t want to actually discuss publicly:

    “Bachmann and her political consultants also know that her inoffensive ode to liberty is necessary because many voters don’t respond well to religious language. The more Bachmann talks about God, the more she is likely to be asked about Schaeffer, Eidsmoe, Noebel, and some of the other exotic influences on her thinking. The success of her campaign will rest partly on her ability to keep these influences, which she has talked about for years, out of the public discussion.”

  28. #28 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #17 Mannie:

    I think it really depends on what kind of private security you are talking about. Large security conglomerates (Securitas, etc) have few entry requirements as far as I can tell, and take little pride in their people. Basically, if you employ contracted security personnel from these cookie cutter firms, you get what you pay for much of the time. Someone to perform predictable rounds and door-shaking, someone to walk your employees to their cars or someone to be a glorified receptionist at your office. And when these guards fall asleep on the job, or call in every Saturday, employers act all surprised. What do they expect?

    The situation is often better if you have a proprietary (in house) model. I have worked in healthcare security for several years. We work for the medical center, not an outside contractor. Our program could certainly use some improvements (in training, policy, etc) but we are much more professional and prepared to handle emergencies than “security guards.” Indeed, since most contracted guards are told to “observe and report” only, they probably would not handle emergencies anyway. In the healthcare environment, this would mean stand there and call for the police while a nurse or tech gets throttled in front of you. Clearly, this should not be viewed as acceptable in an environment as prone to critical incidents as healthcare.

    I have seen the difference between contract and proprietary security over the last several years, so I understand your skepticism about private security in general. In my role, however, it would not be a good idea for me to leave my brain at home. I actually have to solve problems, de-escalate volatile situations and conduct investigations. Indeed, much of my work is more intellectually challenging than writing chicken shit traffic tickets and putting people in cages for possessing marijuana. I am happy to leave that non-sense to the government POlice.

    The concerns you express are important, and should give radical libertarians pause. People who genuinely want to roll back public law enforcement and encourage private options will likely find that MORE regulation of private security may be necessary before people will see private officers as a legitimate alternative. I know many libertarians will find that hard to stomach, but after working in the field for awhile, I think that is the best option.

    This regulation should be at the state level, because local licensing of private security is often used by the police to fuck with “the competition.” Anyone working as a licensed security officer should be subject to a background investigation, and should have basic training in legal issues, first aid, basic fire response,etc. Security officers who will be expected to make arrests (private person arrests) should have additional training in the area of report writing, procedures for making LAWFUL arrests, search/seizure, defensive tactics/handcuffing, and court procedures. Of course, officers who will carry firearms should have even more training, and they already do in most states.

    Sorry about the long post, but I find the debate about public vs. private officers to be quite interesting. It is also important for radical libertarians to understand what they are asking for when they promote private alternatives to public police.

  29. #29 |  New York Cynic | 

    Daughter of Liberty??!!! LMAO Now that is a good one, I didnt think Neocons had a sense of humor. I put it on par with those who think Pat Buchanan is a beacon of liberty.

  30. #30 |  hamburglar007 | 

    They forgot the corndog in the daughter of liberty cover.

  31. #31 |  Phelps | 

    Those photos have no aesthetic value.

    The detectives will be by shortly.

  32. #32 |  qwints | 

    Anyone else think it was funny to see the kids playing behind the guy in the “mysterious” photographer local news story as a random guy worried photos of the kids might end up on the internet?

  33. #33 |  KBCraig | 

    Ashes to ashes, silica to silica.

    I expected “glass beach” to be about some oceanside dunes prone to lightning strikes.

  34. #34 |  Marty | 

    # #17 | Mannie

    ‘That’s the problem with the demands for privatized security I often see here.

    I’ve worked as a rent-a-cop, and I’ve employed rent-a-cops. It can be fun if you leave your brain at home. It’s of no use to you on the job.’

    at least private security guards can be fired.

  35. #35 |  Marty | 

    Henry’s cooking show was fantastic! I loved the story he weaved in about how he used to fight with his brother…

  36. #36 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I’m confused. I thought Michele Bachmann proved to us all that she was pretty much crazy and dumb as a stump. How is she a serious candidate for dog catcher (let alone President) for the Republican party? How is the Republican party a serious political party?

    Is their test just a foggy mirror?

  37. #37 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    #34 Marty:
    Exactly, thanks for mentioning that. That’s one of the few things I forgot to add in my lengthy post (#28). Say what you will about private sector security (and there is much to criticize), but if I engaged in some of the behavior we see public police engaging in on The Agitator, I would be terminated. Period. In some ways, private officers are held to a HIGHER standard than their public counterparts, and I will argue that point with anyone.

  38. #38 |  JS | 

    Boyd “How is she a serious candidate for dog catcher (let alone President) for the Republican party? How is the Republican party a serious political party?

    Is their test just a foggy mirror?”

    The main test for a republican candidate is to not be Ron Paul. Other than that they’re pretty much ok with anyone who worships the flag.

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