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Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    The comments posted on the synthetic marijuana story
    are, as usual, consistently opposed to (or skeptical of) this kind of bust…
    which raises the following question: “Why are taxpayer dollars
    used to fund law enforcement not supported by taxpayers?”

  2. #2 |  When Robots Chat « Threads from Henry's Web | 

    […] The Agitator, who suggests they should be hired as commentators by MSNBC and Fox News. I […]

  3. #3 |  Ted S. | 

    I was hoping the link in the MSNBC/Fox commentator story would be to Statler and Waldorf. ;-)

  4. #4 |  omar | 

    From the job posting

    Conducting on-camera and/or on the record interviews about sensitive, complex and potentially crisis situations, sometimes with no advance notice.

    Q: How exactly does one conduct an on-camera interview about a complex crisis with no notice?

    A: By being an excellent bullshitter; Say nothing in a lot of words.

    Shame on the schmuck who takes this job.

  5. #5 |  Just Plain Brian | 

    Now Gov. Pat Quinn has signed “Rebecca’s Law,” increasing sentences in battery cases involving torture to a minimum of four years and a maximum of 15, according to the Will County state’s attorney’s office.

    I thought this was already covered under the crime of “impersonating an officer”.

  6. #6 |  Eric | 

    “… a diverse group of professionals help us ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce.”

    Does anyone else appreciate the irony in that statement?

  7. #7 |  DoubleU | 

    I thought “AI” was “Al”, I knew Sharpton was probably heading to MSNBC, I was hoping Al Bundy for FoxNews.

  8. #8 |  texx | 

    Speaking of vague laws named after victims. I just found out that in order to participate at anything in my 2 yo’s preschool classroom I will need to be fingerprinted, background checked, and provide three letters “attesting to my good moral character”

    Hopefully these actions will help retroactively save Jessica Lunsford from whatever fate she met

  9. #9 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “I just found out that in order to participate at anything in my 2 yo’s preschool classroom I will need to be fingerprinted, background checked, and provide three letters “attesting to my good moral character…”
    Funny, 100 years ago adults were considered straight, mannered, socialized, and children were considered uncivilized, in need of moral guidance
    and discipline, given to temptations, etc.
    Our culture has undergone one hell of a role reversal.

  10. #10 |  Chris Mallory | 

    These laws are passed because the various sheriffs, police and prison unions, the media and a few lawyers lobby the legislature to “Do something to save the children!!!11!11!!!!!!”. We had the bath salt scare just before the legislature adjourned this year. Every night there was another LEO on TV going on and on about how “bath salts” were endangering 1st graders. So a bill was rushed through to ban them. Local governments even passed their own bans so that the childrens would be protected until the state could take action.

  11. #11 |  Windy | 

    #1 “Why are taxpayer dollars
    used to fund law enforcement not supported by taxpayers?”

    Because very few in government positions (including those who are elected to such positions) give a shit about what taxpayers want or don’t want. Also, whether the taxpayers want to support something or not, they are, with the taxes they pay.

  12. #12 |  Mattocracy | 

    Are there any laws named after victims of crimes like, oh say police brutality or prosecutorial misconduct?

  13. #13 |  omar | 

    Are there any laws named after victims of crimes like, oh say police brutality or prosecutorial misconduct?

    We only name laws after white girls.

  14. #14 |  Stephen | 

    Smoke real pot guys, that synthetic stuff is total crap and hurts a lot when you stop.

  15. #15 |  Dana Gower | 

    #13 any laws named after victims of crimes…

    The trouble with that is picking out a single name, unless it were broken down into a number of separate crimes:
    The shooting a dog to death law
    The mistaken shooting to death instead of tasering law
    The simple beating to death law
    The beating for being photographed law…

  16. #16 |  Mattocracy | 

    Then someone needs to film a bunch of cops beating up a white girl, stat! Preferreably blonde hair, blue eyes for maximum societal outrage.

  17. #17 |  Highway | 

    I think the better answer to Yizmo’s question about why ‘taxpayer dollars’ are used for programs that ‘taxpayers’ don’t support is that ‘taxpayers’ is not a monolithic group.

    The truth is that there are very noisy people (who are taxpayers also) who tell legislators, loudly and frequently, that they need to ‘do more’, that they need to get rid of some threat – real, overblown, or totally fabricated – to their children / community / school / identity group. And it is far easier for a narrow interest that speaks loudly to get their legislation passed over the objections of the broad counter-interest. Broad counter-interests generally do not have a chance against focused narrow interests.

    Again, I recommend Jonathan Rauch’s book Government’s End for a good reasoning of this process.

  18. #18 |  yonemoto | 

    eh, I think the chatbot thing is either faked, or the programmers added some sort of biases that result in that.

  19. #19 |  Aaron | 

    Um, where’s the text of the law? As described by the article, it lengthens sentences for battery + torture which doesn’t by itself seem all that vague.

  20. #20 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Regarding this new “name of victim” law; how about instead of issuing restraining orders against creepy ex’s, we issue releasing orders for the women involved; Something along the lines of “This woman is judged to have a pre-existing reason to fear for her life from (name of abusive spouse/boyfriend) and is hereby released from all requirements of restraint in dealing with said person, and the Court wishes her good hunting.”

    Maybe with expedited processing of a concealed cary permit, if she desires…..

  21. #21 |  jppatter | 

    “… we serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life.”

    Really? Does that “American way of life” include respect for the Constitution, especially the 4th Amendment? Does that get safeguarded?

  22. #22 |  capn_amurka | 

    Leaving aside the larger issue of criminalizing harmless actions and substances, how is it that a citizen can buy something perfectly legal to possess and sell and, with no due process whatsoever, can have that something outlawed and find it subject seizure and destruction without compensation?

    How in the world does this pass muster with respect to the Fourth Amendment?

    If it does, could the federal government do something similar with another substance like wheat or oil or gold?

  23. #23 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Re: #22 – I guess you’re not familiar with this shining example of Progressive politics from the 1930’s:

  24. #24 |  PermaLurker | 

    @#16 but I don’t want to be beaten up by a bunch of cops

  25. #25 |  OrangeYouGlad | 

    This sounds like good news.


  26. #26 |  marco73 | 

    #16, #24, No one needs to be beaten. Took 5 seconds to find this jailhouse video of a cop beating a 15 y/o white girl. For added enjoyment, the girl was handcuffed in a detention cell, while the cop pounded her into the wall, with his buddy guarding the door. Cop almost got away with it, but he forgot to erase the tape. The cop was enraged that the girl disrespected his authority by kicking off her shoe in his direction.

  27. #27 |  jcalton | 

    “Dallas looks ripe for the next crime lab scandal.”

    I think we can only have a scandal if people care.

  28. #28 |  Aresen | 

    <i"•From Germany, a story made for Pixar.

    Dibs on the Yvonne-leather jacket.

  29. #29 |  Stick | 

    @ 16 Mattocracy ‘…Preferreably blonde hair, blue eyes for maximum societal outrage.’ – But NO tattoos. Only white trash who deserve – no, BEG for – a beating, have tatts.

  30. #30 |  Bob | 

    #27 | Aresen | August 30th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    “•From Germany, a story made for Pixar.

    Dibs on the Yvonne-leather jacket.

    There will be no Jacket. Yvonne is actually the Great Cow Guru foretold in the legend.

    Fear their Bovine Wrath.

  31. #31 |  qwints | 

    From the synthetic marijuana story:

    “The charges do not pertain to the new law that went into effect Sunday banning the sale of certain types of bath salts and synthetic marijuana.”

    While they may have waited to raid in order to be able to add new charges based on the law, it looks like the basis for the raid was pre-existing law.

  32. #32 |  A McGillican | 

    Wow, this TSA salary range ($88,648.00 – $137,402.00 /year) around the upper range of a tenured or lower range for a full professor at a tier-1 research university – in other words someone with 7 – 10+ years more education that is at the opt of their field with multiple active research grants and probably supervising a whole lab of postdocs, graduate students, and technicians.

  33. #33 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    The riots in London? The final trigger to the powder keg was the police beating up – severely – a mouthy 16-year old teenage girl. In the street, after dark, as after she had been waiting four hours with the family of a police shooting victim (on which the police demonstratively had lied, and had told the family basically nothing else), as they demanded a senior policeman speak to them.

    The outrage? Oh, against the response. Nobody’s even suggesting that the police are at fault for setting the powder keg off. Same there, this is what the right wing normalise… (And by our standards, ALL the American parties are right wing, remember…)

  34. #34 |  Ted S. | 


    Perhaps if the rioters were destroying police stations and not innocent bystanders’ businesses, people might have a different view of the rioters.

  35. #35 |  Fist of Etiquette | 

    “Another vague law named after a crime victim.”

    There needs to be a two year and one month waiting period between proposing legislation and the incident that spawns it.

  36. #36 |  croaker | 

    Looking for work: Did Blogdad Bob get fired?

    AI vs AI: Those two would do a better job than Hannity and Colm ever did.

    #5 I see what you did, there.

    #6 I appreciate the load of bovine dump in that statement

  37. #37 |  TC | 

    “Another vague law named after a crime victim.”

    Another stupid person that should have been schooled on mate selection instead of learning how to bitch her way into a full fledged beat down! (not that the guy is not an asshole), but he probably was one the day she first got naked with him too!

    Folks love to beat down men for having two heads but the ability to only think with one of them at a time. Which is also true. But Eagar Beavers Catch all kinds of vermin!

  38. #38 |  Uncle Ed | 

    #25 I’ve always been one to believe the smallest government is the best government, but perhaps the one area the feds should license is police officers. Then when they do crap like this they can’t just get a job in another police department, they will have a lifetime revocation of their law enforcement license.