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Sunday, October 9th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Mattocracy | 

    Leaked Memo? You mean this isn’t an example of that transparency thing that was promised?

  2. #2 |  JimBob | 

    Gotta love the puppycide article. When asked whether or not the retired cop should have his gun taken away during the investigation, the bootlicking DA comes up with this gem:

    “Allegations alone don’t substantiate charges, and you have to have evidence to back it up and prove someone is guilty”

    First of all– a DA needs evidence before he’s willing to file charges? That’s probably news to quite a few people.

    Secondly: can you imagine the DA saying this if one of us filthy, unwashed CIVILIANS were accused of shooting a retired cop’s dog? Or do you think the response would be more along the lines of “We expect to announce formal charges soon”?

  3. #3 |  CyniCAl | 

    Hard to know who to root for in the Davis/Chambers case. Maybe they could both spontaneously combust?

  4. #4 |  cryingSpaces | 

    Nothing on the Koch brothers selling stuff to Iran yet?

    It’s you have Reason have been providing plenty of links about Obama killing aw-Awlaki. It’s a good thing too, I had almost forgot it happened until I went to Reason and saw all the articles on it.

  5. #5 |  The Rabbi's rabbit | 

    re: the ACME catalog. The Iron Carrot just looks wrong.

  6. #6 |  Marty | 

    ken at popehat is on a serious roll, fucking with trolls!

  7. #7 |  Name Nomad | 

    Regarding #1: It’s probably, unfortunately, not true. TV remotes use infrared to transmit signals. IR is blocked completely by glass (windows). Therefore, it’s virtually guaranteed that a remote outside the house would have no effect on a TV. Sorry to be both a Pedantic Pete and a Debbie Downer.

  8. #8 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Leaked memo arguing Obama had legal authority to assassinate aw-Awlaki was authored by David Barron and Martin Lederman, two vocal critics of Bush’s expansion of executive power.

    Abuse of power is not a problem if it’s your guy doing it.

    Obama may be the best example of this principle that ever walked the earth.

  9. #9 |  omar | 

    @cryingSpaces

    It’s you have comments have been providing plenty of comments about iran oil equipment.

  10. #10 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    #3 | CyniCAl | October 9th, 2011 at 11:17 am
    Hard to know who to root for in the Davis/Chambers case.

    That’s because there is no one to root for – both of them are colossal assholes that we, as a society, could do without.

  11. #11 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Seems like cryingspaces is trying real hard to direct Radley’s talents to causes he thinks are important. Are you familiar with the internet saying: “x is not your personal army”?

    Maybe you should be.

  12. #12 |  c andrew | 

    Name Nomad,

    Some remotes do have wall penetrating signals though. When I first set up my parent’s dish network, the remotes were set for the wall penetrating signal. When my mom changed her channel, it changed my dad’s channel. And vice versa. I got a call a day later telling me that there was something wrong with the remotes; they would change channels even when he wasn’t touching it.

    Apparently it got pretty crazy – the sort of escalation of channel changing that’s similar to the feedback loop that happens when you swap the temperature controls for a two-sided electric blanket.

  13. #13 |  Radley Balko | 

    cryingSpaces:

    Why am I obligated to comment on everything in the news about Koch? I’ve defended them in a few specific contexts. I’ve never argued that they’re perfect. In fact, I’m sure a massive company like Koch does a number things I’d find problematic. And a number of things that aren’t libertarian. I haven’t commented on that Bloomberg article because I’m not qualified to. Just about everything about it is outside my area of expertise. I have no idea whether the allegations in it are legitimate or not.

    But if me posting something on this specific story will shut you up, there seems to be a growing consensus among people who do know about these things that there’s very little substance to the Bloomberg Markets investigation, including an analysis by its sister publication, Bloomberg Businessweek. So here:

    http://reason.com/blog/2011/10/05/bloomberg-businessweek-on-bloo

    If that doesn’t shut you up, you won’t be commenting here much longer.

  14. #14 |  cryingSpaces | 

    “Why am I obligated to comment on everything in the news about Koch? ”

    You’re not. But when every time you mention them, it’s to run to their defense, it doesn’t help your cause.

    “In fact, I’m sure a massive company like Koch does a number things I’d find problematic.”

    I’ve never seen you mention anything problematic about Koch Industries. I’ve just seen you run to post a defense of some type of criticism of them.

    “I haven’t commented on that Bloomberg article because I’m not qualified to.”

    Really? That’s the only reason? Why aren’t you qualified. You’ve posted many times on this blog about issues other than the nanny state and criminal justice. I think you didn’t comment on it because you didn’t want to.

    “If that doesn’t shut you up, you won’t be commenting here much longer.”

    I gotta ask. You mad brah?

  15. #15 |  DoubleU | 

    I think the stolen remote is a joke stolen from Steven Wright in the 80s.

  16. #16 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    #14: You’re lucky Radley is a man, with male ideas about fairness; I’d have revoked your permission to post the third time you annoyed me.

  17. #17 |  Michael Chaney | 

    “Leaked memo arguing Obama had legal authority to assassinate aw-Awlaki was authored by David Barron and Martin Lederman, two vocal critics of Bush’s expansion of executive power.”

    Not to be an ass, but you surely know by now it was all about Bush and never about “expansion of executive power”, “war”, “global warming”, etc., right? That became pretty clear when the left went back to their parent’s basements even though Obama continued most of Bush’s policies unabated.

  18. #18 |  Aresen | 

    “For when your Che t-shirt is in the wash.”

    WANT!

  19. #19 |  EH | 

    Chaney, what are you talking about? You sound like you left most of the words out of your point.

  20. #20 |  Flight 714 | 

    #14

    Since you’re going to cite Radley’s blogging history I’m going to go ahead and assume your familiarity with the subject and skip to the context.
    As we’re all well aware, there are plenty of folks making a case against the Koch brothers. I’m sure, as is Mr. Balko, that there are coherent arguments out there for why the K brothers are wrong in some of their actions.
    However, he defends them when the attacks are incoherent or blatantly biased. One example are the complaints about their anonymous donations to causes, as if this inherently implies some sort of sinister motive to hijack our political system. It’s especially incoherent when organizations devoted to exposing said financial support encourage followers to donate anonymously. He’s shown how political pundits try to connect reprehensible actions and figures to the Koch’s without any evidence (or through a Bacon-esque six degrees of separation sleight of hand game).
    So I know it’s a shame that he commits the thoughtcrime of not staying in lockstep with your perceived ideal, but none of his posts defending them have been unwarranted (to my memory). He’s keeping the critics honest.
    Just because you abhor someone doesn’t mean that every critical article about them is equivalent to Gospel fact.

  21. #21 |  Radley Balko | 

    Ah, I see now that cryingSpaces is the same one who left the “elitist hipster douche” comment last week.

    So yeah. Goodbye.

  22. #22 |  Anthony | 

    DoubleU,
    Tanks to Pandora’s new comedy channels, I can say that you are right about the Steven Wright joke.

  23. #23 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    You have to be a pretty big dick to get a libertarian to ban you from their blog, just sayin.

  24. #24 |  jdub | 

    “You have to be a pretty big dick to get a libertarian to ban you from their blog, just sayin.”

    Peel back enough layers, practically everyone is an authoritarian at some level; people just have slightly different starting and ending points. Balko’s point apparently starts at his blog, I wonder where it ends?

  25. #25 |  Mike T | 

    Leaked memo arguing Obama had legal authority to assassinate aw-Awlaki was authored by David Barron and Martin Lederman, two vocal critics of Bush’s expansion of executive power.

    The Libertarian Party needs to draft a symbolic bill to amend a state prostitution law to cover this sort of hypocritical shilling. I suspect it would be widely supported by the average American. Given the abusive expansion of sex offender registries, it would at least be the first abuse the most people would say is well within the spirit of the law.

  26. #26 |  cryingSpaces | 

    “Ah, I see now that cryingSpaces is the same one who left the “elitist hipster douche” comment last week. ”

    I guess you don’t know how proxy servers work.

    You will never get rid of me or my point of view. FYI, I’ve made your ‘comment of the day’ post 3 times now, so I know exactly how to push your buttons :) See ya around — last post under this name.

  27. #27 |  Ken | 

    Whatever else may happen in cryingSpaces life — the bosses that fire him, the H.R. manager who draws the short straw on having the deeply uncomfortable conversation with him about deoderent, the female coworkers and former classmates who shudder convulsively in their sleep when he masturbates futilely to memory of the time they looked at him without rolling their eyes, the numerous times his expenditures of disability payments on dating coaches has resulting in him being maced — all of it seems somehow less pathetic when he can evade being banned for being a douche.

  28. #28 |  Danny | 

    Hitler, Mao … Che?

    That’s kind of like “McDonalds, KFC …. Sonic Drive-In.”

    Quantity has a quality all its own, and this is nowhere more true than with body counts.

  29. #29 |  Mike Laursen | 

    I like how the memo neatly bypasses the most critical aspect of due process: the part where you have to present your evidence to some kind of judge or jury or some such.

  30. #30 |  StrangeOne | 

    wow, crying. I’ve done goofy stuff in my life out of boredom, but goddamn go outside son.

    Seriously, if you’re running proxys just to make mildly amusing and blatantly trollish statements on a fairly obscure libertarian blog, you got your priorities all messed up.

    And lets not pretend this is about a “point of view”. You’ve admitted to purposely trolling in at least two posts in this thread alone. You might want to try hiding your power level a little better.

  31. #31 |  Highway | 

    Cool, now the new game is going to be ‘Let’s see if we can spot cryingSpaces troll posts.’ And perhaps that’s his point, to try to cast doubt on other people’s posts by admitting that he’s an internet douche who ignores the spirit of a site ban.

    If your point of view was anything worthwhile, it would get addressed. But your point of view is “It’s all about me!” And unfortunately, you’re right. There are too many people who hold that point of view that the world will never be rid of them.

  32. #32 |  Radley Balko | 

    You will never get rid of me or my point of view. FYI, I’ve made your ‘comment of the day’ post 3 times now, so I know exactly how to push your buttons :) See ya around — last post under this name.

    Well now I’m disappointed. Here I thought there were several barely literate lefty hecklers peeing in my comments section. Turns out it was just you!

    Tell you what. I plan to spend my time continuing to write about powerless people screwed over by the criminal justice system. If you want to spend your time flicking tiny spitballs at those efforts by using proxy servers to evade my filters–all in order to make the really important contribution of calling me a “hipster elitist douche” in my comments section–well, have at it!

    I mean, this seems to be pretty important to you.

  33. #33 |  Radley Balko | 

    Balko’s point apparently starts at his blog, I wonder where it ends?

    Nonsense. It isn’t “authoritarian” for me to ban a commenter who trolls and posts petty personal attacks any more than it would be “authoritarian” for you to refuse to allow someone to come into your home and insult you. If elitist hipster douche boy wants to start his own blog to attack me, I’d support his right to do so. I mean, provided he doesn’t libel me. But there’s nothing authoritarian about me refusing to provide a platform for him at my own expense.

  34. #34 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Come now, Radley. You’re infringing his 1st Amendment rights! Next up, Radley tries to take cryingSpaces’ guns and quarter troops in his house, er, parents’ basement.

  35. #35 |  Jeremy | 

    I bet cryingspaces bawled about Steve Jobs dying even though he was even more of an asshole robber baron than the Koch brothers.

  36. #36 |  Leonson | 

    I would have dumped him just for the ‘you mad’ comment. Seriously. You 12 brah?

  37. #37 |  primus | 

    The Hitler shirt is clever, unlike the commenters on the site. Gave me the heeby-jeebies to read some of them.

  38. #38 |  JimBob | 

    Radley–

    Do what you need to do in terms of banning or allowing trolls. But don’t take anything from the peanut gallery TOO seriously. We all read your blog because we care about what you have to say, and we think you’re DAMN good at saying it. But most of us who POST here are, at some level, narcissistic assholes who can be safely ignored (myself included).

    Cory Maye isn’t a free man because the folks in the comments section, and Kelly Thomas will not have justice due to anything that JimBob ever writes. If cryingGame wants to be a prick, it’s not going to take away from the importance of your work.

  39. #39 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Well, crap. Apparently, Websense, the web screening service used where I work, is now blocking broad categories of web content. It just so happens that one of those categories is marijuana, so last Friday’s morning links post is inaccessible.

  40. #40 |  omar | 

    The Hitler shirt is clever, unlike the commenters on the site. Gave me the heeby-jeebies to read some of them.

    I had the same feeling when I read the comments the first time. Upon a second reading, I believe there is one person who posted a pro-Hitler post with some carefully-picked facts, while the others responding with more facts were just giving some context. There was only one pro-Hitler wang in the comments section.

  41. #41 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    FYI, I’ve made your ‘comment of the day’ post 3 times now, so I know exactly how to push your buttons :) See ya around — last post under this name.

    Surely you will have no regrets upon your deathbed on how you spent life’s precious moments. A life well-lived!

  42. #42 |  CharlesWT | 

    If I was going to spend money on proxy servers, it would be to watch Canadian, Auzie, British, etc. video, not to be a prick on someone’s blog.

  43. #43 |  CyniCAl | 

    Can I form a band under the name Elitist Hipster Douche?

    Please?!

  44. #44 |  Radley Balko | 

    Can I form a band under the name Elitist Hipster Douche?

    Please?!

    I already thought about forming that band months ago. And the music I thought about having them play stopped being cool last week.

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