Lunch Links

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  M | 

    Too bad that DUI won’t go to trial. It would be hilarious to subject the cop to a smell lineup test like they do to the police dogs.

  2. #2 |  Dave | 

    re: Non-existent DOJ study
    I was disappointed that the author repeated the myth of the danger of police work.
    It is not even in the top ten most dangerous jobs.
    Not even the top twenty by fair accounting.

  3. #3 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Remember the high school principal arrested for DWI despite blowing 0.0 on the breath test? There were no drug or alcohol in his system. Still, the cop swears he smelled alcohol. And the DA says he believes the arrest was made in good faith.”

    Why does this keep happening? Is the almighty thrill of the arrest so powerful or addictive that it outweighs the embarrassment of the inevitable dismissal?
    The Gina Tessener case in Raleigh is just like this, but even better, cops got to kidnap a hot blonde.
    Unfortunately, there are “administrative” penalties (DMV) with the DUI, irrespective of the criminal charges, like the Debra Bolton case exemplified.
    …Further evidence DUI prosecution has degenerated into
    a big power hardon for Badged Elite Stormtroopers, as opposed to
    the old “safety” ruse the gov’t always feeds us…

  4. #4 |  Thom | 

    #3 – Arrest is how police punish people who challenge their fragile self-esteem. My guess is that this principal realized how idiotic the officer was being and treated him very dismissively – like he would treat one of his students who was being an idiot?

  5. #5 |  Curt | 

    FUK U IDIOTZZZ! YoU dOnT kNoW a DaM tHiNg! Paiton Manning is a girl who sux dix!!!!

  6. #6 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Curt has a point.

  7. #7 |  Pablo | 

    I think it is appalling that the prosecutor said it was a “good faith” arrest based party on the “time of night.” WTF does the time have to do with whether someone is impaired? What he really means is that it is OK to presume someone is intoxicated simply because they are on the road after midnite.

  8. #8 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Ok, yes, Buchanan is a jerk. We knew this. But what scares the sh*t out of me, and also enrages me, is that he has a point. Poor African Americans did better for themselves, by and large, at a time when the Democrats (there were others, but I’m only talking about the Democrats) were overtly trying to hold them down than they do now that the Democrats are supposed to be helping them. Or so it seems to me, a whitebread 50 year old who lives in the suburbs.

    Anybody have any personal experience, or data, to the contrary?

    In other matters; can I presume that the non-existant DOJ study was done by the same people who did the non-existant study showing that domestic abuse peaks during the Superbowl?

  9. #9 |  Brandon | 

    Waiting for Rob Lyman to tell us how trivially easy this whole episode was for Mr. Westmoreland, and how well the system is working.

  10. #10 |  Difster | 

    Ok, the Siri program “learns” and adapts in order to give you better answers.

    How long is it going to be before “law enforcement” comes up with a program to essentially search through all of your key words, etc. in order to go on fishing expeditions? Not long I suspect.

    And it really sucks that The Onion has a pay wall. Ugh.

  11. #11 |  Mattocracy | 

    The drug laws were also much different in the 1950′s and 60′s. Back then, the drug war wasn’t used to imprison one in four black men. That has negatively impacted the black community more than anything else previously.

    Be nice if Buchanan would mention that.

  12. #12 |  asscore | 

    RE: Buchanan, is he really wrong? Back during segregation blacks by and large were nice, respectfully people. Then Malcom X and the 60′s came along and convinced black people that they all had to do everything thing possible on earth to differentiate themselves from white people. Including acting like a bunch of thugs.

    If you look at Europe blacks by and large understand that “acting white” means just acting like you are a member of the human race. You know, not being ghetto pieces of shit. Regardless of the current level of repression.

    Now around half of blacks in America act like a bunch of animals, and give the other half a bad name.

  13. #13 |  croaker | 

    Buchanan is an asstard od biblical stature.

    It would be nice if the principal turned this into a teaching moment — by suing the shit out of the deputy and the SO.

  14. #14 |  TX Swede | 

    My meter is off. Is asscore making fun of Buchanan or America?

  15. #15 |  EH | 

    Still, the cop swears he smelled alcohol

    Well, did anybody think to point out that maybe the cop is fucking retarded?

  16. #16 |  Dyspeptic Curmudgeon | 

    “Still, the cop swears he smelled alcohol”

    Well did anybody think to make the COP blow in the breathalyzer?

  17. #17 |  Miroker | 

    It sounds like he has some latent racist tendencies and is subconsciously making fun of his(her)self. I grew up in the ghetto during 60′s and 70′s and can say from experience that they are in a better position now as compared to then. I was an American then, same as they were, and am still America today, regardless that my skin is white. There area always bad apples in the bunch, black or white. Once we all become color blind, the world will be a better place.

    Also, got some data to back up the ridiculous claim that half of blacks in America are acting like a bunch of animals? Really sounds like asscore has been hanging around with Pat too much.

  18. #18 |  Bren | 

    As a Catholic who grew up in some of the same DC neighborhoods about 40 years later than Buchanan, I have to say that I felt that the city is pretty well integrated nowadays with a fairly large black middle class.

    I think folks on the other side of the political spectrum, say David Simon and Ed Burns from “The Wire” might agree that the black working class has kind of taken it on the chin. Perhaps not from segregation, but from the decline of working class jobs and wages in general.

  19. #19 |  PersonFromPorlock | 

    I think, before we get too indignant about Buchanan’s piece, that we ought to hear Thomas Sowell’s opinion of it. He has said similar things about growing up in Harlem in the 1940s.

  20. #20 |  derfel cadarn | 

    If you cannot depend on the breathalyzer than why have depts. spent tens of millions of our dollars on them? This must mean that ALL previous convictions must be reversed because we cannot depend of the devices accuracy. Why would citizens wish to place their futures in the opinion of some mouth breathing tax feeder who education level,in many cases is barely a high school diploma? The suggestion that the Assistant DA play to the voters that she did the honest thing is perfect. That is the very thing our whole society is lacking,HONESTY and INTEGRITY without these traits in our public officials this country is doomed.

  21. #21 |  Sinchy | 

    Not that I have any experience with trucking, but wouldn’t opening up US roads to Mexican trucks hurt small trucking companies, I imagine, because if running an international trucking business offers advantages but also costs more to manage, the little guys are going to be forced out by big multinational lines.
    I’m curious if anyone with experience in trucking could chime in on this issue.
    It doesn’t matter in the long run though, since trucks will drive themselves soon enough.

  22. #22 |  Bad Medicine | 

    Re: Trucking…

    “Now we can provide door-to-door service so it’s about a 15 percent savings for companies.”

    “The Mexican government has vowed to lift the [tariffs] once the truck heads out of the border zone Friday.”

    Then this from an opponent…

    “There’s absolutely no upside to the program”

    Sure… uh… wha?

  23. #23 |  Rob Lyman | 

    Brandon, you have half a point. The zero blow didn’t prevent his arrest, although he doesn’t seem to have been convicted (in OR, where I live, you wouldn’t blow until you were already arrested anyway). So he was subject to substantial inconvenience and interference to his liberty, but not (yet, that I can tell) actually convicted of a crime.

    On the other hand, if, as you have urged, an impairment test (rather than breath or blood/urine analysis) had been administered, he might well have failed (because of exhaustion, for instance) and have been convicted on that basis.

  24. #24 |  adam | 

    Hey Radley, Can you smell Knoxville’s corruption in Nashville? The pension was a give away to the retiring Sheriff, Tim Hutchinson. He didn’t think he had stolen enough while in office. When he was Sheriff, Knoxville had more helicopters than NYC. He owned the helicopters and the County leased them from him. The vote on the pension came down to a couple of voting machines, which had to be sent to the manufacturer to be counted. So there were or should have been suspicions about the vote.

    When you start waxing nostalgic for segregation, it’s time for the nursing home.

  25. #25 |  buzz | 

    “I grew up in the ghetto during 60′s and 70′s and can say from experience that they are in a better position now as compared to then. ” Clearly true. But that isnt what Buchanan is saying. Although he does remain a tool.

  26. #26 |  John Spragge | 

    Apparently, someone actually put up the outkube site, set up a discussion board, registered the domain — the whole nine yards. If it spontaneously developed into an actual lure for substandard commenters, as W. S. Gilbert put it, they never will be missed.

  27. #27 |  Medicine Man | 

    Pat Buchanan’s question is really one I’d want to ask to older black people to get an answer on.

    I suspect that things varied depending on where you lived. The US isn’t a completely homogenous nation, then or now.

  28. #28 |  John Q. Galt | 

    “Now I’m not saying segregation was good. But what I was saying, that did not prevent us from being one people.”

    This is the actual money quote. Maybe Radley is an elitist hipster douch if he’s gonna be linking to Meee!-duh Mutters.

    (just teasing!)

  29. #29 |  2nd of 3 | 

    Being openly proud and vocal of your African (or Mexican, or other other non European) heritage makes you a multiculturalist who is tearing apart the very fabric of American society.

    Being openly proud and vocal of your Irish (or Italian, or other European) heritage makes you a great example of the melting pot that is America, and helps strengthen the very fabric of American society.

    Not directly related to what Buchanan said this time, but that’s the gist I get from a lot of his rants on the subject.

  30. #30 |  Steamed McQueen | 

    In a previous life I was an OTR trucker. Did a lot of cross-border stuff. We used to send loaded trailers down to Mexico and pick them up the following week with finished product for delivery.

    We learned very quickly NOT to send a trailer down with new tires and wheels because when it came back the inside duals would have been swapped out with junk tires.

    I was able to examine Mexican trucks up close and personal. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid. These trucks are rolling death traps. Any talk of rigorous inspections is just lip service. Evidently no one seems to remember that for a price you can get just about anything past an inspection point.

    It’s going to be interesting seeing how the door to door deliveries go considering I’ve yet to meet a Mexican national who has sufficient command of English to be able to read signs and communicate.

    Trucking has been a mess since deregulation back in the 80s. Wages have remained basically unchanged since that time. The American trucking market is dominated by 3 or 4 large companies.

    Allowing Mexican trucks unrestricted access was the absolute WORST thing they could have done. But as we have seen in so many other areas our elected leaders really don’t care about American workers.

  31. #31 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I can vouch for Steamed’s summary of Mexican trucking. However; I’m excited at the opportunity to step in and compete in the free market against these accident-prone, always-late, often-can’t-deliver trucks.

    Hmmm…I’m pretty sure I can’t just start competing and there isn’t really a free market here.

  32. #32 |  Pete | 

    More on the trucking front – first, Steamed’s thoughts seem fairly accurate to me, and I have also heard accounts of trailers entering Mexico with new tires and coming out with it’s-a-miracle-it-holds-air.

    If you want to talk to someone with incredibly invasive government intrusion into their lives and unconstitutional laws and regulations, talk to a truck driver who does OTR.

    His comments on wages are pretty accurate as well. For what it costs to be a driver, the wages are pretty horrible, and for just about all entry-level positions, you’re only earning money if the truck is moving. Waiting for pickups/deliveries are legally ‘on duty’, which cut into how much driving you can do in a 7 day period, but you don’t get paid for them. It can also be incredibly expensive living on the road, and most companies have a “7 days out earns one day at home” time off policy. Want a week at home? You need to be away from home, on the road, for seven weeks. Entry level pay is currently sitting at around 28 cents per mile, which works out to just shy of $17 per hour… But mechanical faults that a DOT inspection officer finds can personally cost the driver thousands in fines, and speeding as much as 3 or 4 miles over the limit can cost thousands in certain jurisdictions, and the driver’s CSA score (a proprietary scoring algorithm) will suffer for just about anything, with no real avenue of protest or review or challenge, and no requirement of burden of proof or innocence until proven guilty.

    If these Mexican trucks have to face the same regulatory climate (hostile as SHIT) as our citizen drivers, then fine, yay free market etc etc… But I wonder if that’s going to be the case.

  33. #33 |  Pete | 

    Forgot to mention that that almost-$17-per-hour figure drops daily as you add in legally required things like being on-duty at shippers and receivers, doing pre- and post-trip inspections, fuel stops, etc. All things that are required to do the job, on behalf of the company you work for, but for which you do not get paid.

  34. #34 |  Russ 2000 | 

    If you want to talk to someone with incredibly invasive government intrusion into their lives and unconstitutional laws and regulations, talk to a truck driver who does OTR.

    Yep. This kills the small trucker more than anything. Courtesy of the big trucking companies “requesting” all these regulations.

  35. #35 |  Russ 2000 | 

    BTW, the only thing “deregulated” in trucking was the rate structure and service areas. Everything else in trucking has been a continual piling on of regulations.

  36. #36 |  John Q. Galt | 

    Russ 2000: Yes. But the “news” sounds nice don’t it?

  37. #37 |  John Q. Galt | 

    “Being openly proud and vocal of your African (or Mexican, or other other non European) heritage makes you a multiculturalist who is tearing apart the very fabric of American society.”

    You mean bitching and moaning after thousands of White Americans died so slaves could be free (over 100 years ago before you would have the chance to spend your capital on pot and fancy sneakers?)

  38. #38 |  John Q. Galt | 

    “If you want to talk to someone with incredibly invasive government intrusion into their lives and unconstitutional laws and regulations, talk to a truck driver who does OTR.”

    Research the regulations for ethanol production.

    The only reason I don’t collect a “subsidy” is because I don’t sell or tell *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge*

  39. #39 |  JOR | 

    “Back during segregation blacks by and large were nice, respectfully people. Then Malcom X and the 60′s came along and convinced black people that they all had to do everything thing possible on earth to differentiate themselves from white people. Including acting like a bunch of thugs.”

    Yes, Black folks were far more respectful of their betters before upstarts like Malcolm X came along and told them it was really okay to defend themselves from violent racists and corrupt government agents.

  40. #40 |  JOR | 

    “You mean bitching and moaning after thousands of White Americans died so slaves could be free (over 100 years ago before you would have the chance to spend your capital on pot and fancy sneakers?)”

    Clearly black people are obligated to never complain about what white people do, or to identify with cultural currents outside of Standard Issue White Bread America, or even to (horrors!) show any disloyalty to the US Leviathan and the mainstream Americanism that enables it, because 150 years ago the US government temporarily enslaved a bunch of its white citizens and got a bunch of them killed in an effort to conquer a secessionist rival, and then tacked on the abolition of slavery at the end.

  41. #41 |  JOR | 

    “If these Mexican trucks have to face the same regulatory climate (hostile as SHIT) as our citizen drivers, then fine, yay free market etc etc…”

    Equal opportunity hostile regulations are the free market now?

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