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Friday, December 16th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  ron | 

    first story would be more uplifting if it didn’t smell like a k-mart viral marketing attempt. highly dubious.

  2. #2 |  The Rabbi's rabbit | 

    Following the incident at the Toy’s R Us, legislators moved to have lightsabers added to the list of assault weapons. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has founded a new public interest group Mayors Against Illegal Lightsabers.

  3. #3 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The fact that the Feds actually investigated Arpaio, found violations, and made the report public restores a bit of faith-in-humanity as well.

    Not that Joe will see a jail cell, but if he did I’d like to see his supporters next to him.

  4. #4 |  The Rabbi's rabbit | 

    “If the sheriff’s office doesn’t turn around its policies and practices, the federal government could pull millions of dollars of federal funding.”

    Why don’t they f-ing do it now!? They’re never going to change their practices. But I guess the Justice department is too concerned with medical marijuana growers to care about civil rights violations.

  5. #5 |  captainahags | 

    I love the comments on the lightsaber post, although I’m still not sure exactly why officers didn’t think that there was a better way to subdue a guy waving a piece of plastic than to taze him. Actually, with the way police behaviour is going lately he’s lucky he didn’t get shot.

  6. #6 |  marco73 | 

    Legislator to propose Darth’s Law to ban toy light sabers in 3..2..1…

  7. #7 |  GaryM | 

    Massachusetts corruption as usual.

  8. #8 |  Kerade | 

    #2 – Make that “Mayors Against Unlicensed Lightsabers”. Then they could call it MAUL.

  9. #9 |  silvermine | 

    Sorry, I’m with Ron on this one. It sounded uplifting until it’s conveniently all at Kmart. It’s like a “hey, shop with us and you might not have to pay for it so spend more than you can afford” evil PR campaign. Wow. I’m cynical.

  10. #10 |  Bad Medicine | 

    My only qualm with Arpaio being accused of civil rights abuses now is that it will be played off as a political attack designed to discredit conservatives or somesuch, and that there may very well be some of that intent behind the investigation. Not that it invalidates the accusations, but it may serve to deaden people’s reactions to it…

  11. #11 |  Sean L. | 

    “The most uplifting, faith-in-humanity-restoring thing you’ll read today.”

    … and nary a government agent in sight. Imagine that.

    (BTW.. #1 Ron – How does anonymous charity make me want to spend money at K-Mart? If K-Mart was doing the giving by wiping away people’s layaway balances, you can be sure they’d tell you.)

  12. #12 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I watched the Republican debates last night and was disappointed that Ron Paul wasn’t invited.

    0_o

  13. #13 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    “Light sabers outlaw you will, light sabers only outlaws have.”
    – Gandalf

  14. #14 |  Dante | 

    Silvermine #9:

    I thought the same thing.

    I need a puppy, or something, to crack this evil mind-set I have developed in my old ag …..

    Excuse me one second….

    HEY YOU KIDS! GET OFFA MY LAWN!!!!

    Dang punks.

  15. #15 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    If, and I say IF, K-Mart set that story up, then good on K-Mart. It’s a nice gesture, it warms the heart, it just sounds nicer if it isn’t openly Corporate Strategy, and if they did set it up, so what?

  16. #16 |  Raybury | 

    “One cannot defend a pure cause by dirty methods.” So said Czar Nicholas II, and although his concept of a pure cause was a little off, the statement holds. Getting over on Sheriff Joe with the suspect weapon of the Obama-Holder Justice Department is not something you should sign up for, except possibly with Kissinger’s remark on the 1980s Iran-Iraq war to the effect of “I hope they both lose.”

  17. #17 |  Bob Mc | 

    RE: Arpaio’s civil rights report, Seattle got one of those yesterday too.

    http://publicola.com/2011/12/15/department-of-justice-to-hammer-seattle-police-for-use-of-force/

  18. #18 |  CyniCAl | 

    •State police in Massachusetts refuse to release information about Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s car accident, even though they’re required to do so under state law.

    Sovereignty is a bitch.

  19. #19 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16210204

    Just took a look at the picture of Sheriff Joe. How can
    you be for discipline, austerity and hardass justice and have a big beer
    gut like that? At least the Gestapo were fit; these guys are just big fat slobs.

  20. #20 |  CyniCAl | 

    Boyd, misattributed your quote I think did you.

  21. #21 |  picachu | 

    “State police in Massachusetts refuse to release information about Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s car accident, even though they’re required to do so under state law.”

    They’re finally catching on that they aren’t under the law anymore. They have the guns, who’s going to hold them accountable?

  22. #22 |  MattinCincy | 

    SeanL,
    If people go into K-Mart and open up a layaway account thinking a good samaritan might come and pay it off… well then, let’s put $5 down on that 50″ flatscreen in addtion to Johnny and Suzies toys.

  23. #23 |  JOR | 

    #20, You’re probably right. I think Spock said that.

  24. #24 |  Cynic in New York | 

    #10

    When did conservatives have credit to begin with? Arpaio is just another government thug but he cowers under the illegal immigration banner in order to deflect any accountability what so ever.

  25. #25 |  ClubMedSux | 

    The most uplifting, faith-in-humanity-restoring thing you’ll read today.

    Geez, Radley, you’re a pretty crappy libertarian. You’re not supposed to care for those in need; you’re supposed to take off your top hat, thrash them with your cane, and then dust off your top hat before putting it back on.

    Also, in response to silvermine’s observation that everything is “conveniently” at K-Mart, when our local morning news ran the story today they stated that K-Mart is the only major store that still offers layaway so that’s likely the reason it’s all happening there.

  26. #26 |  This Will Make You Feel Better « Threads from Henry's Web | 

    [...] Anonymous donors are paying off layaway bills at KMart (and occasionally other stores) for those who can’t, especially for children’s Christmas toys (HT: The Agitator). [...]

  27. #27 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “Officers tried to arrest the man, but he kept swinging the light saber at them, Simpson said. One tried to use his Taser on the suspect but the device didn’t work.”

    Obviously the Portland Police Bureau hasn’t added “Jedi Mind Tricks” to its acadmey curriculum. Away put your weapon, sir.

  28. #28 |  CyniCAl | 

    @#23 | JOR

    Peculiarly Yodaesque the syntax of Boyd’s comment struck me.

  29. #29 |  CyniCAl | 

    Next time you get pulled over in Portland, tell the cop that these aren’t the droids he’s looking for. But be sure to have your light saber as backup just in case he lacks a sense of humor.

  30. #30 |  Doug Walker | 

    #25 ClubMedSux: Your local news station isn’t particularly thorough in its story research. Here are 10 major retailers (including WalMart) offering layaway: http://www.blackfriday2011.com/news/2011/10/03/stores-offering-layaway-for-holiday-shopping/

    I’m with the cynics on this one. Something just seems awfully fishy about this rash of anonymous K-Mart charity.

  31. #31 |  Doug Walker | 

    And #11 Sean L. asks: “How does anonymous charity make me want to spend money at K-Mart? If K-Mart was doing the giving by wiping away people’s layaway balances, you can be sure they’d tell you.”

    Google “K-Mart layaway” (without quotes). There are 650 news articles, national and local from all over the country, reporting the super-feel-good holiday story of anonymous K-Mart layaway angels. In marketing, positive media coverage is typically worth much more than advertising. For a modest cost of picking up some layaway balances, K-Mart has created millions of dollars worth of “organic” positive coverage during the holidays. If they did do this, it’s brilliant and well executed.

  32. #32 |  Stress N. Strain | 

    If I were in charge of the Show-Me Cannabis Regulation group, I would buy TV ads and use them to air the following videos over and over again.
    http://www.keepcolumbiafree.com/blog/cpd-swat-killed-two-retreating-dogs-in-2008-video/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbwSwvUaRqc (the more infamous Columbia, MO SWAT raid)

  33. #33 |  Personanongrata | 

    Federal report finds mass violations of civil rights by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

    Simply the pot calling the kettle black.

  34. #34 |  RoMan | 

    Not to nit-pick, but shouldn’t the Arpaio headline say “Federal Report Alleges mass violations of Civil Rights by Sheriff Joe Arpaio?”

    Forgive me if I get hung up on that whole “innocent until proven guilty in a court of law” thing.

    And, since when did a bunch of self proclaimed libertarians give unquestioned acceptance to a government report on anything?

    I’m just sayin…

  35. #35 |  Kassandra | 

    The uplifting story… Wait. A 200 layaway for a four year old? I think the idea is fantastic, paying those bills, but wow. That’s a lot to spend on a four year old. And all in toys. Huh.

  36. #36 |  Tim | 

    I live in Phoenix and have seen a lot of the crap Arpaio’s been pulling, but the timing of the release of the report is suspicious to me. The DOJ is up to their collective necks in shit over the Fast and Furious screw up; Arpaio, for all his faults, has been one of the most critical of the program. I expect to see “Well, the sherriff who’s yelling the loudest about it is corrupt” arguments shortly.

  37. #37 |  mad libertarian guy | 

    My only qualm with Arpaio being accused of civil rights abuses now is that it will be played off as a political attack designed to discredit conservatives or somesuch, and that there may very well be some of that intent behind the investigation. Not that it invalidates the accusations, but it may serve to deaden people’s reactions to it…

    I think you’re close here, but not quite on.

    It won’t be used against people, but in some such campaign that says something along the lines of “Let me be clear. There are those who say that I am hostile towards your civil rights because I signed a bill that enables me to indefinitely detain anyone in the world at any time without charge or counsel, including US CItizens on US soil, on my say so without any evidence whatsoever; but those people re wrong. I threatened to take away funding from a sheriff that has a long history of civil rights violations, and we all know that a removal of federal funds is as good as death!”

  38. #38 |  croaker | 

    @37 Are you kidding? Crazy Joe sees this as a political endorsement.

    http://blog.simplejustice.us/2011/12/16/breaking-news-crazy-joe-is-well-crazy.aspx

    Remember, his entire reelection campaign: “Me and my boys are the only thing standing between your granddaughters and the slavering horde of weed-crazed Mexican rapists. Reelect Joe.”

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