Sunday Links

Sunday, September 4th, 2011
  • Lawsuit: Man contends he was arrested for contempt for not standing on his leg. Which the arresting officer had just broken.
  • Another arrest in Austin for providing free rides home from bars. And from the discussion of that post over at Reddit: “I am personally involved in the lobbying effort to keep these guys off the street and honestly the reason is simply to restrict competition.”
  • Nice photo of a runway model.
  • Good roundup of great journalism on the death penalty.
  • Anonymous releases hacked emails from Texas police department. Disturbingness ensues.
  • Dustup of the day: Cato’s Tad DeHaven vs. Lloyd Chapman, head of the American Small Business League.
  • How U.S. companies profited from torture flights.
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17 Responses to “Sunday Links”

  1. #1 |  Blaze Miskulin | 

    As a photographer who has worked with runway models before, I must say that she’s a bit stiff looking, but definitely has a unique quality. :)

  2. #2 |  Mattocracy | 

    “I am personally involved in the lobbying effort to keep these guys off the street and honestly the reason is simply to restrict competition.”

    He should just rewrite this to say, “I’m personally committed to making people poorer and their lives harder for my own personal gain.”

  3. #3 |  SJE | 

    “Man contends he was arrested for contempt for not standing on his broken leg” Another story in which we have to ask WTF of the JUDGE. According to the suit, the man was wheeled into court with a broken leg, in pain, and could not explain what happened, and is immediately jailed for contempt. Apparently the judge did not even consider that the man might be correct. Absolute judicial immunity should not apply to judges who completely refuse to do their job.

  4. #4 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    I applied for a job outside Austin Texas last month.
    The guy was upset I didn’t want to rent a car.
    “I don’t rent cars.”
    “Why not?” he asked.
    “I don’t have a license.”
    “What do you mean? If I am gonna hire you for the job, you have
    to have a car. And a license. How else you gonna get to work.”
    “I dunno. Walk.”
    He hung up the phone after that.

    What’s the deal with cars and Texas? They’re trapped in 1974.

  5. #5 |  Warren | 

    So the cop didn’t recall the incident?

    Does that mean he does this so often the events all run together and this particular incident is lost in all that.

    Or maybe the cop is so loaded on roids or other drugs his memory is shot and thus he cannot recall major events from even a few days before. Yet he is in charge of investigating crimes. A cop with a horrible memory is not the sort whose reports can be taken seriously on any matter.

    And this is setting aside accusing someone of public drinking because the person happens to be near a can of alcohol. And that, even if the person was drinking, the proper response is slamming the person to the ground, jailing him and ignoring his claims of injury.

    You know, and this might sound wacky, if providers of security services actually had to compete for right to patrol a particular area and could be easily fired or arrested themselves for aggravated douchebaggery we might just see a lot less of this type of thing.

  6. #6 |  hamburglar007 | 

    Well, he has another leg to stand on, doesn’t he!

  7. #7 |  yonemoto | 

    I forwarded the address of the institute of justice website to the texas folks, if anyone knows some IJ people on the inside, this seems like a pretty good case for them.

  8. #8 |  JH | 

    I own and operate a small executive car service in Austin. In order to be legal, I must own or lease a stretch limo. The rules have not changed since 1992 and aren’t going to as long as the larger operators and taxi companies keep kicking in the council donations. Real green……

    My real point – the pedicabs are dangerous. They are everywhere on Friday and Saturday nights and they are in and out of traffic acting like bicycle riders, running red lights, and dodging pedestrians. They’re fatalities just waiting to happen and when it does it’s going to be ugly. I would much rather see this guy running golf carts up and down the street – he’s a lot less likely to get somebody killed.

    Radley, You’ve got my e-mail address – next time you’re in Austin I’ll show you what I mean.

  9. #9 |  EH | 

    They’re fatalities just waiting to happen and when it does it’s going to be ugly.

    Oh, well, as long as it’s guaranteed we should go ahead and name that law after a white girl.

  10. #10 |  SJE | 

    JH: Just because you need a license for operating a stretch limo it does not follow that it applies to pedicabs. Your rationale is that they are operated in a dangerous manner: if so, then arrest the operators for violations of traffic laws. More generally, the mere fact that you think something is dangerous should not be a reason to ban it: that is what gave us prohibition of alchohol, drugs, guns, and cuss words.

  11. #11 |  JH | 

    SJE – Sorry – I wasn’t clear. Austin has this reputation for being a “green” city (whatever that is) but their rules and regs don’t support it. I don’t want to ban anyone and in fact I’ll steer some business to the golf cart guy the next time I see him. I think the market will prevail, if the market is allowed to operate. But the very idea that the pedicab operators are paying large sums to keep a couple of golf carts off the street is, in any universe, simply incredible. Police officers do not enforce the limo regulations. Never. That’s handled by a specially employed “Enforcement officer” who is not a police officer, is not armed (by city statute) and whose only authority is to enforce the limo regulations downtown and at the airport. For the Austin PD to be arresting and jailing the golf cart operator means somebody else is pulling the strings here and it’s above the Ground Transportation office’s authority.

    My basic point is – they can’t use the safety argument because the pedicabs are the most dangerous “vehicles” (scare quotes intentional) on the streets downtown.

  12. #12 |  EH | 

    JH: Where are you getting ‘pedicabs’ from? It’s actual taxi companies from my reading of the story.

  13. #13 |  JH | 

    From the comments on Reddit linked earlier.

    “I am a bicycle pedicab operator in Austin. Taxi drivers like us because we give people short rides that are too short for the taxis to want(like 4 or 5 blocks), they don’t like the golf carts and neither do we. I am personally involved in the lobbying effort to keep these guys off the street and honestly the reason is simply to restrict competition. The company I work for has donated thousands of dollars to local politicians and it’s just a bicycle pedicab company.”

  14. #14 |  discarted | 

    Who builds a model of an airport runaway? That’s certainly suspicious activity. Time for a no-knock raid and the killing of the family dog.

  15. #15 |  Aresen | 

    My real point – the pedicabs are dangerous. They are everywhere on Friday and Saturday nights and they are in and out of traffic acting like bicycle riders, running red lights, and dodging pedestrians.

    I dislike the stupid way that people on bikes and pedicab drivers pedal recklessly through traffic. Some of them do get hit and killed. It’s Darwin’s magic way of cleaning the gene pool.

    However, there are traffic laws which apply equally to them as well as drivers, so I don’t think another anti-pediphile [sic] law is going to help. ;P

  16. #16 |  JH | 

    Aresen – Agreed. No more pediphile laws. Enforcing the ones on the books would be fine – I still don’t understand how or why APD is getting involved with the golf cart guy.

  17. #17 |  c andrew | 

    discarted said,

    Who builds a model of an airport runaway? That’s certainly suspicious activity. Time for a no-knock raid and the killing of the family dog.

    Here’s a model airport on steroids. Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the page.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1383532/Knuffingen-Airport-German-builds-worlds-largest-model-airport.html

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