Afternoon Links

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Laura Victoria | 

    LOL. I thought the cop who mistook taser for gun case was going to be about the lightly-sentenced Johannes Meseherle in the Oakland BART case. Guess there are many cops with IQs in the double digits. Sorry if I misspelled the cop’s name. The only Johannes with whom I’m familiar has Brahms as his last name. In my local PD, we have several cops with full-fledged German names. Wonder why? I didn’t think we had this much German immigration this century.

  2. #2 |  the innominate one | 

    For the runner-up headline of the day story, you can purchase big ass Dewar flasks like those at

  3. #3 |  JS | 

    Well I’m sure if the state is shutting down lemonade stands it’s in our best interest. I’m just glad we don’t live in some evil police state like the old Soviet Union where agents of the government could jut tell you what to do anytime they wanted.

  4. #4 |  JS | 

    Seriously how the fuck can Americans still think they live in a free country? How can that idiot Huckabee come on every saturday night and talk about how blessed we are to live in such freedom?

  5. #5 |  A. Williamson | 

    In the story about the bull semen:

    “Officials traced the containers to Greyhound after finding bus tickets on the ground. The bus did not know it lost its load and had continued on.”

    And who said journalists had no sense of humor.

  6. #6 |  the innominate one | 

    Good spot, A. Williamson.

  7. #7 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Seriously how the fuck can Americans still think they live in a free country? How can that idiot Huckabee come on every saturday night and talk about how blessed we are to live in such freedom?”

    Come on. It’s not that simple. Endowed with a unique freedom no other
    citizenry has ever enjoyed, we must be expected to pay for it
    by enduring certain encumbrances such as tyranny and oppression.

  8. #8 |  Mattocracy | 

    It’s amazing the differing reactions when Wikileaks releases confidential info compared to a US Senator releasing confidential info.

  9. #9 |  JS | 

    lol yea I forgot. It’s only tyanny and oppression if other nations do it.

  10. #10 |  Brandon | 

    I love Bernie Sanders. His economic policies would be utterly destructive, and I don’t understand how he reconciles his economic positions with his support of social freedoms, but at least he’s an honest socialist, and he’s a damn sight better than anyone else in congress not named Paul.

  11. #11 |  celticdragonchick | 

    About a month after she first got the Taser, Noriega mistakenly placed her sidearm and Taser in the wrong holsters, and a week later she confused the two during a call, pointing a loaded Glock at her partner’s head, the court noted.

    Wow. That made me seriously cringe. Anybody who blathers about “highly trained police are better able to use firearms then private persons” needs to be pointed to this little gem.

  12. #12 |  Andrew Roth | 

    The Mehserle case sounded to me from the start like an honest mistake, as does the Noriega case. The main difference was that Mehserle was subjected to politically motivated prosecution in response to pressure from an incipient racist lynch mob, while Noriega hasn’t been and is instead facing only a civil suit.

    Noriega sounds pretty incompetent, but the underlying problem isn’t that cops with bad firearms skills. It’s cops armed with two guns of practically the same size and shape and holstered in practically the same location, except that one is a stun gun and the other is a real gun that shoots bullets. This is plainly a recipe for disaster, including tragic mistakes by good cops who have been sent out on patrol armed in this truly half-cocked fashion.

  13. #13 |  Andrew Roth | 

    That lemonade stand rampage proves that we need internal affairs detectives in plain clothes to run lemonade stands and record the rogue cops who show up to harass and assault them. We need to keep the shit magnets out and about until the shit has either been properly magnetized or deterred by the realization that IA will collar its punk ass if it doesn’t behave.

    Bad cops don’t go home.

  14. #14 |  Andrew Roth | 

    That big fat Greek doughnut case is a hilarious glimpse into the Eastern European underworld.

    Maybe we should start recruiting lateral transfers from the Greek police since they seem to have their law enforcement priorities straight with respect to street vendors. We might do a Transatlantic swap, sending Bill Bratton to clean house at Scotland Yard in exchange for undercover street cops who aren’t gangbangers.

  15. #15 |  Marty | 

    I can’t believe I didn’t notice the real connection between cops and donuts before. The only thing keeping peace between Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme are the boys in blue.

  16. #16 |  celticdragonchick | 

    The main difference was that Mehserle was subjected to politically motivated prosecution in response to pressure from an incipient racist lynch mob,

    He shot a handcuffed man in the back. Accident or not, the guy is still dead dead dead dead. Any other person doing that would be looking at second degree murder. And yeah…the optics are pretty fucking bad when it is a white cop shooting a prone, handcuffed black guy. Fuck him. He made his bed. He can lie in it.

  17. #17 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @14 – Yea, the Tories are in favour of that. Because it’d crush not only the gangs here, but also land lots of perfectly normal poor kids with criminal records. Fits the Tory agenda fine…

  18. #18 |  George E | 

    Radley, please do not tell us what in Dissenting Leftist’s rant you agree with. We’d rather continue to regard you as sane with an IQ above freezing. To paraphrase a line from the’60;s Strawberry Statement, I have lots of basic objections to DL’s screed, but essentially it’s just inane.

  19. #19 |  Felix | 

    George E: About the only thing I agree with in the Warren Buffet hit piece is that he’s a damned hypocrite in yet another way. If he didn’t pretend to be holier than thou, I wouldn’t care. It’s like the tobacco executives who swore up and down before Congress that they knew of no research showing a link between tobacco and cancer, when their own labs had done such research at least as far back as the 1940s. If they had been honest, I couldn’t care less, because white people have known since the 1500s that tobacco ruins your health, and no doubt the Indians knew that long before Columbus; they aren’t called coffin sticks for nothing. But they lied to the public, so screw them.

  20. #20 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    “The Mehserle case sounded to me from the start like an honest mistake, as does the Noriega case. ”

    I love how many people in the “honest mistake” crowd think that it would have been perfectly reasonable for Mehserle to taser a prone, handcuffed, subdued suspect…

    Also, ever wield a taser? They weigh about half as much as a loaded pistol. and they’re made of plastic. I couldn’t mix them up if I was blindfolded and wearing gloves.

  21. #21 |  Ariel | 

    Laura V. #1,

    In the 2000 census the largest ethnic group in the US was still German (around 16%), so it’s likely there are still a lot of solidly German names around. My Great-grandfather, a man I still miss, was named Schumacher (but pronounced “Shoemaker”, and there are now arguments about the spelling). I doubt that German remained in that position in 2010.

    Andrew R. #12,

    An honest mistake that leads to a death can be negligent homicide, Mehserle and Noriega should have known what was in their hand before pulling the trigger; the taser is purposely shaped differently from a gun to aid recognition. The fact that neither did before pulling the trigger is negligent and resulted in death. They deserve(d) prosecution.

    I’m sick and tired of the excuses about mistaking taser for pistol, as well “the weapon went off accidentally”. On the latter, weapons go off “accidentally” because the idiot has his finger on the trigger before identifying a threat. The trigger finger stays straight along the longitudinal axis of the weapon until identifying a threat. Jose Guereno might still be alive if that idiot on Dupnik’s swat team had kept his finger in the proper position.

  22. #22 |  Frank Hummel | 

    Not sure how one can fit a taser in a Glock holster.

    Reminds me of the results of a test at the Police Academy. Trainees were supposed to fit cubes, pyramids, cones etc in their respective matching holes on a board. The results showed 10% of trainees had average IQs and the rest 90% showed unusual strength.

  23. #23 |  H. Rearden | 

    GeoE – Dissenting Leftist is obviously is obviously on an anti-corporate rant, but he has selected some fine examples of appalling rent-seeking corporate behavior. Are you not offended by corporations making money in our penal system and lobbying for stricter sentencing guidelines to boost profits, all on the taxpayer’s dime? And while I am not against the idea of intellectual property rights, the actions of Monsanto are a stretch of this concept. They are basically using their deep pockets to file nuisance lawsuits to harass independent farmers who don’t want to buy their product. These are not examples of the Free Market at work.

    But the class warfare bent of DL’s rant is BS. With whom does DL dissent? Certainly not any other leftist.

  24. #24 |  H. Rearden | 

    I would also add that DL is correct in pointing out how corporations buy political influence as a business strategy. DL presents this as a class warfare argument, while I would argue the behavior as anti-Free Market.

  25. #25 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Government promises that information will be confidential can never, EVER be trusted. Ask the families of interned Japanese- (and Italian- and German-) Americans. Ask the birth-mothers of children put up for adoption. The government should never be allowed the use of data that it promised to keep secret in another context.

    I know; dream on.

  26. #26 |  Deoxy | 

    “Class warfare”

    There are several things in that article that I find disturbing, but none of them fall into “class warfare” – they fall into “immoral stuff the government does”. I don’t really care WHO benefits (rich, poor, black, white, polka-dotted), it’s wrong.

    For example, patent abuse is wrong. I don’t care who benefits – some of the GMO examples given are cases of loss and/or abuse of property rights, and I’m a big supporter of property rights.

    But what does class have to do with that?

  27. #27 |  John Spragge | 

    @George E.: I don’t consider it a good idea to dismiss an argument without ever providing evidence of having had a coherent thought about it. For one thing, conservative libertarians could probably benefit from working with from left-wing libertarians, and for another, because libertarians have a coherent argument and a great many facts on their side, refusing to think merely gives away an advantage to your opponents..

    @Deoxy: The English word “class” simply means a group with common characteristics and common interests. Highly wealthy individuals who manipulate politics to make themselves wealthier have several common characteristics, which makes them definable as a class. Take patent abuse: it takes on average fifty thousand dollars to file a patent, so the system tends to exclude poor people, even poor people with really good and legitimately patentable ideas, from doing it.