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Monday, December 19th, 2011

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15 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  a_random_guy | 

    The Newt quiz is pretty stupid. Where the ideas are not from supervillians, they have deliberately distorted his ideas to make them sound outrageous. For example: he says “why not mine the moon”. The quiz asks “mine the moon using child labor”.

    Gratuitous idiocy.

  2. #2 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Well…I’d gladly pay Congress more to only work 15 days.

  3. #3 |  Mattocracy | 

    How about the quote that the US should allow terrorist attacks every once in a while?

  4. #4 |  nigmalg | 

    The good cops normally aren’t calling for more video taping because they don’t need to.

    Usually the “I’m a cop” and/or “no iron-clad evidence” defense works against complaints. Do we need to refer back to the Herald Tribune’s special on the 7 time sexual assaulting LEO? There’s only the additional risk of recording bad behavior and very little gain for good officers.

    Which is why, for the most part, the honest officer’s silence on the matter is deafening. The FOP even has publicly come out against taping police in public.. how else would you explain that?

  5. #5 |  Name Nomad | 

    Link arbitrage! Here’s one from Reason’s morning links thread:

    Student with Down syndrome suspended for sexual harassment. The harassment in question? He hugged an aide on the school bus.

  6. #6 |  albatross | 

    Yeah, the Newt link was lousy. Newt has awful ideas, which he generally executes badly, but the survey at the link more or less just made stuff up.

  7. #7 |  Lou W | 

    The Boston housing director article was fantastic. The reporter got access to his gov’t issued cell phone records and deconstructed his entire life. The call data shows that he was lying about when he was in the office, lying about his meetings and trips, lying about his affair with his assistant (they got her records as well). What a fantastic job of illustrating corruption. It’d be nice to believe that something will come of it.

  8. #8 |  marco73 | 

    The truly galling part about the housing guy filling his own pocket with public funds, is that there was an advisory board that took 8 years to finally do something about it. The guy was even able to write himself checks for unused vacation and sick time on his last day on the job, and the board couldn’t do anything about it.
    And of course the entire advisory board also collects a public check.
    Sweet work if you can get it.

  9. #9 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Don’t forget that the advisory board (after 8 years of sitting on their hands) took credit for putting the guy on the curb. “SEE!” was their reaction to the evidence.

  10. #10 |  Bob Mc | 

    I never really liked Barney Frank. But with this marijuana thing, his stance on online poker and his resignation from congress, I’m starting to warm up to the little guy.

  11. #11 |  Doubleu | 

    I wonder if people of the future will discover the underwater statues and make up some crazy explanation as to why they exist.

  12. #12 |  OneAngryDwarf | 

    It’s simple logic, really. Good cops should want people to video-record their good work. Police unions–speaking on behalf of all cops–dont want people to record police officers, and have publicly stated as much. Therefore, there is no such thing as a “good cop.”

  13. #13 |  jselvy | 

    OneAngryDwarf got it in one!!

  14. #14 |  Endless Mike | 

    I think this is how “The Stand” started:

  15. #15 |  markm | 

    #12: Your logic is flawed. That police unions oppose video-recording, which protects good cops and threatens bad cops, says nothing about the relative numbers of good and bad cops. It merely says, that like most unions, police unions give priority to protecting bad employees.