Lunch Links

Monday, October 17th, 2011
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21 Responses to “Lunch Links”

  1. #1 |  Roho | 

    Look, people are just going to have to accept that the cost of living in a country with such unparalleled freedom is the constant risk of having the police bust down your door and throw you to the ground. I, for one, think the ratio so far is outstanding; the average innocent civilian has a less than 1 in 3 chance of having obscenities screamed at them while a knee is held to the back of their neck during any given calendar year.

    In fact, I think it’s time we did some re-branding. I think “Freedom Zapper” has a better ring to it than “Tazer”. Likewise, “Flash Bang” has an unfortunately negative connotation; I think “Indoor Liberty Fireworks” would be a distinct improvement.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go cry in the corner for a while. Hold my calls.

  2. #2 |  Lucy Steigerwald | 

    It’s not that hard to pass the OWS or Tea Partier quiz.

    I did much better at it than the rapper or libertarian quiz I saw a few months back.

  3. #3 |  a_random_guy | 

    Personal responsibility. Whatever officer asks for a search warrant, and whatever judge approved it – if it turns out to be the wrong house, or insufficient due diligence, they can be personally sued.

    More, when men in black break into your house, if you shoot them, it is clearly self-defense and cannot be prosecuted. There are already enough cases of criminals pretending to be police.

    Really, these sorts of raids must be reserved for extreme circumstances. If someone has a marijuana plantation, it isn’t going anywhere while you knock on the door like a civilized human being, and there is no need for the firepower either.

  4. #4 |  Frank Hummel | 

    RE: Another isolated incident.

    Looks like Canada has the same problem. Probably not as pervasive as in the US tho…

  5. #5 |  Highway | 

    a random guy #3,

    I suspect that if you removed whatever immunity from personal prosecution or lawsuit in those cases, the police and courts would immediately come up with some sort of empty chair or committee that would immediately assume all ‘blame’ for wrong-door raids. So while you could sue someone, rotsa ruck finding the actual person to sue. Or it would get shifted to the confidential informant, who is usually a low-life scumbag with no assets and no backing of the state.

  6. #6 |  Ted S. | 

    I hate photo-gallery lists where you have to click through to see every item on the list.

  7. #7 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    In fact, I think it’s time we did some re-branding. I think “Freedom Zapper” has a better ring to it than “Tazer”..

    Brilliant. Nothing’ll teach those unruly, ungrateful serfs and peasants a lesson like a couple thousand volts of Freedom.

  8. #8 |  EH | 

    “Freedom Touch” brand Taser.

  9. #9 |  PeeDub | 

    @ #6 Ted S.

    … and then have to back, back, back, back over _every single_ picture.

  10. #10 |  Dwight Brown | 

    I’m wondering if anyone else noticed this LAT story:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dui-setup-20111017,0,55239,full.story

    It seems that a former police officer turned PI was taking money from ex-wives and setting up their former husbands for DUI arrests. At least, that’s the major thrust of the story. I found this bit more interesting:

    “In addition to setting up at least five DUIs, he sold drugs for law enforcement officers and helped them open and operate a brothel, collecting and delivering the profits…”

  11. #11 |  GSL | 

    Democracy in action: the California Legislature’s “gut and amend” practices

  12. #12 |  J | 

    250 kilowatt hours a day seems impossible for a residence?

  13. #13 |  Mattocracy | 

    I’ve sorta been thinking ever since the OWS thing started that it was the left’s version of the Tea Party.

  14. #14 |  lunchstealer | 

    Yep, OWS/TeaParty quiz was pretty easy. Missed the rebel flag one because didn’t look at the face, which was dumb, but otherwise I didn’t have much trouble.

  15. #15 |  Rune | 

    The only one that threw me off in the OWS/TP quiz was mr Oink

  16. #16 |  Bergman | 

    I’m not an electrician by trade, though I am an electrical hobbyist. My first thought, had I discovered a house using 250+ kw/h per day, would be to test the meter to see if it is malfunctioning.

    My first response would NOT be “OMG! MJ Grow operation!” and call in the SWAT team.

    Occam’s Razor would prevent so many “isolated” incidents…

  17. #17 |  GreginOz | 

    G’day. Reading about Radley’s “Isolated Incidents”

    (HA! A term truly suited to Ambrose Bierce’ http://www.thedevilsdictionary.com/?A)

    makes me appreciate a line in the Aussie band Midnight Oils’ song:

    http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/midnight_oil/power_and_the_passion.html

    The line reads “better to die on your feet than to live on your knees”.
    If I lived in the States I would have a big bore shottie resting next to my couch, just waitin’ for a SWAT flashbang. Just sayin’…

  18. #18 |  GreginOz | 

    Re Isolated Incidents & The Devil’s Dictionary; perhaps the definition would read something like this: “Isolated Incidents – Incidents of Statist abuse of power so egregious that The State actively obsfucates and obscures the actual number of incidents”. Wadayareckon?

  19. #19 |  marco73 | 

    I know enough about electricity to be dangerous. But if someone told me that they had a single family residence drawing 250+ kw/h per day, I’d have the fire department meet me at the residence, because something is about to burn down.
    The Niagara story was made up out of thin air: the homeowner had a foreign name, he worked an evening/night shift, and the power company representative was an idiot. Yes, yes, must be an indoor grow operation, couldn’t be anything else.

    And for the bullets cops use to shoot up a residence: Patriot Projectiles!

  20. #20 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I’ve sorta been thinking ever since the OWS thing started that it was the left’s version of the Tea Party.

    Pretty much, but John Stewart won’t target them as much.

  21. #21 |  ravenshrike | 

    The OWS tea party quiz is easy. Pretty much everyone that looked completely stupid or had ridiculously high production values was OWS. The others were tea party.

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