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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

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  1. #1 |  Anthony | 

    The Lew Rockwell link leads to a 404.

  2. #2 |  Mattocracy | 

    So, are Republicans really that enthralled with Newt’s policies or do they just not know anything about the guy?

    I kinda want to believe it’s the latter because the idea that there that many shitty people out there who want authoritarianism is just too damn scary.

  3. #3 |  Standard Mischief |

    No idea why it was pulled.

  4. #4 |  Roho | 

    I see the police were quick to get to the real root of the crime. Sure, the officer was traveling well over the speed limit in a residential area without lights or siren. And sure he didn’t even check on the people he hit. But why should he? They were just more common criminals.

    They were *jaywalking*!

  5. #5 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Gingrish like Obama is a criminal waiting for a place to happen. The sherriff’s dept knows exactly how fast and where the car was going. I will wager that they also have the capacity to know weather lights and siren were operating. The deputy is guilty of a crime and should go to jail.

  6. #6 |  Chris Berez | 

    I wonder what makes them “Manhattan-style?”

    Well, I mean, they are assholes…

    Boom, baby!

  7. #7 |  Brian V. | 

    I think Newt is an imbecile, but I gotta ask… What with there being no shortage of idiots in black robes, wouldn’t regular Agitator readers somewhat enjoy his radical ideas on the subject?

  8. #8 |  Mike T | 

    Gingrich doesn’t have the balls to address the fact that the real sources of the federal courts’ “dictatorial power” are the 14th amendment and commerce clause, not judicial review. If he really wanted to reform the judiciary, he’d lead a campaign to revoke the 14th amendment refine the commerce clause to specifically cover only interstate sales and taxation (exempting explicitly any activity which has any impact upon them).

  9. #9 |  Curt | 

    I’m a little baffled that Sen Conrad can view that first chart as something that supports his case. I read two things from that chart. First, in the last 60 years, congress has only managed to keep it’s finances in the black for about two years. Second, revenue has generally stayed around 17-19% GDP while spending has steadily increased from about 18-24%.

    Conclusions: the problem is very clearly a spending problem and they obviously don’t give a crap about balancing any budget. Increasing revenue will inevitably result in increased spending. The federal government is comfortable keeping the red line above the green line and they’ve realized that this won’t result in any opposition from the public.

  10. #10 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    What primarily stands between us and misrule, however, is the Constitution, buttressed by an independent judiciary.

    We’re fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked.

  11. #11 |  edmund dantes | 

    I think it was the Daily News, but around the late 90’s early 00’s they had a great graphic showing what Central Park would have looked like if different politicians and groups had gotten their way throughout its history.

    It’s lucky Central Park still looks as great as it does in that photo.

  12. #12 |  a_random_guy | 

    Why Gingrich? I’m not personally a fan (I intend to vote third party), but I do understand. Many people see him as the lesser evil. I mean, which of the other R-candidates (a) has a chance and (b) has a clue? If feel like you’ve got to pick from Romney, Gingrich and (maybe) Perry, who do you pick?

  13. #13 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Economic charts:

    I saw chart #2 and immediately signed-up for some health care courses while also moving assets into funds targeting this sector.

    Nothing says profit like “government”. Health Care will make last decade’s weapons’ profits look like a night at the bingo parlor. Corrupt, inefficient, and misguided government can have a silver lining…for some.

  14. #14 |  nigmalg | 

    Regarding the deputy hitting the two individuals…

    Try and make it through the comments on that article defending the officer with “They have a dangerous job and need to come home at night”… Why do people think it’s acceptable to elevate the life of a civil servant above everyone else? It’s so blatant.

  15. #15 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    I call BS on the phish arsewholes.
    If you google image it, they same can comes up.
    They would call it piscis recta is if they wanted to sell them…no?

  16. #16 |  Radley Balko | 

    ….he’d lead a campaign to revoke the 14th amendment

    Do you think states should have the power to violate the constitutional rights of their citizens?

  17. #17 |  osevchidal | 

    “What gets me is we already know what the outcome will be,” said Anna Rodriguez, 19, a friend to one of the victims.

    “The officer will go on paid suspension,” she predicted. “Then they will say he didn’t do anything wrong — and that will be the end of it.”

    Yep, she nails it.

  18. #18 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Are your spidey senses tingling now?

  19. #19 |  bbartlog | 

    Man is David Duke creepy. And I don’t even mean because of his white racial politics… I mean watching him speak he sets off some sort of cultist alert radar. Someone should tell him that dyeing your hair brown while leaving your beard white makes you look like a freak, but I would suppose he’s pretty advice proof.

  20. #20 |  Cynic in New York | 


    I don’t see much of a difference of evil between Obama and Gingrich. Conservatives are the liberals of the 2008 election “Anyone but…..” They complain to hate thuggery but in reality just want their group of scum to carry it out instead of the lefts group of scum.


    Sadly she gets it right. Even if the family did go after them, look for claims that the Rodriguez’s are “illegals” and/or they’ll be viewed as “minorities once again trying to get over on the law”.

  21. #21 |  CyniCAl | 

    •I wonder what makes them “Manhattan-style?”

    Manhattan-style = tomato base

    New England-style = cream base

    Hope that clears it up for you.

  22. #22 |  FloO | 

    You really need 6 weeks at the gym to tighten things up before trying to pull off the lycra superhero bodysuit look. Seriously.

  23. #23 |  CyniCAl | 

    From the article about the asshole cop (but I repeat myself) who committed vehicular homicide in Oildale, CA:

    “The market’s parking lot filled with people Friday night, visitors to the shrine said. Tempers flared as many expressed anger at what they view as a general disregard for traffic laws exhibited by deputies who patrol Oildale — and a routine lack of accountability when things go bad.

    “What gets me is we already know what the outcome will be,” said Anna Rodriguez, 19, a friend to one of the victims.

    “The officer will go on paid suspension,” she predicted. “Then they will say he didn’t do anything wrong — and that will be the end of it.”

    I’ll bet Anna Rodriguez does not read The Agitator, but it’s amazing to me how she was still able to connect the dots, and at such a tender age. It would be nice to call this a sign of the times and hope that things can change, but I will not allow myself the temptation.

  24. #24 |  Onlooker | 

    Don’t know if you’ve seen this one yet. And you all may already be familiar with the case, but…

    This crap just has to stop. Really. Please?

  25. #25 |  CyniCAl | 


    “Gabriel Garcia, 22, said he was standing near the railroad tracks that run parallel to Norris on the south side of the road when the pair were struck by the cruiser.

    “We saw the sparks flying from the motorcycle as it was pushed down the road,” he said.

    “His lights were off,” Garcia said of Swearengin. “Not even his headlights were on.”

    The CHP’s Hagerman told The Californian on Friday, “We won’t ultimately know” whether emergency lights were on at the time of the accident.”

    Did you get that? An eyewitness with no stake in the matter says the lights and siren were not on, but CHP declares that no one will ever know what happened. Apparently, if the State didn’t see it, then it didn’t happen.

    This is one amazing fucking story.

  26. #26 |  Comrade Dread | 

    Write your own caption.

    I never knew Spiderman swung that way.

  27. #27 |  CyniCAl | 

    #16 | Radley Balko — “Do you think states should have the power to violate the constitutional rights of their citizens?”

    Of course not — that power must be reserved to the national government.

  28. #28 |  Pablo | 

    ” ‘What gets me is we already know what the outcome will be . . . The officer will go on paid suspension,’ she predicted. ‘Then they will say he didn’t do anything wrong–and that will be the end of it.’ ”

    I too am a little bit heartened by this. I think more and more people are seeing how the rules that apply to us little people just don’t apply to police.
    What if you or I or some peasant were going 90 mph and hit and killed 2 cops who were crossing the street??

    She did forget to add that in addition to the officer getting exonerated after a paid vacation, the taxpayers will be on the hook for a mulit million dollar settlement.

  29. #29 |  David | 

    The problem with judges is that they give too much deference to the states, letting legislators, police and prosecutors do whatever they want. How would getting rid of the judges entirely lead to more oversight?

  30. #30 |  CyniCAl | 

    •I’d imagine that Steven Phillips has some strong opinions about the legal system.

    “‘Justice’ is the redistribution of violence.” — Butler Shaffer

  31. #31 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Here’s an infuriating threadjack about a guy
    who wasn’t breaking any laws, just videotaping a building, but got
    tried for terrorism based on “bad attitude” and failure to lick boots.

    If the cops and DA’s and spineless judges could just get rid of those pesky jurors, life would be so easy.

  32. #32 |  Charlie O | 

    The CHP’s Hagerman told The Californian on Friday, “We won’t ultimately know” whether emergency lights were on at the time of the accident.

    Obviously, every single one of the witnesses is lying about the lights being off.

    Yet, Balko, you still censor my comments about eliminating police by any means necessary. It’s my opinion that shooting police officers is self preservation and self defense.

  33. #33 |  BamBam | 

    Radley @16, government at all levels, are you are well aware, infringe on people’s natural rights all of the time because they are hell bent on Might is Right, therefore violence will override any commonly accepted rights.

    No amount of ink on paper, codifying (and thus attempting to emit an air of legitimacy) any matter has ever stopped evil from being perpetrated. The only thing that stops evil is rightful self-defense violence.

  34. #34 |  Sinchy | 


    There was one commenter who claimed that police are out there trying to protect us everyday and give them some slack, blah, blah, blah, like every cop wakes up in the morning and says “I must go out and fight crime the keep the people safe” as if the police, like most workers, don’t ever slack off, nap on the job, grudgingly perform their duties or skate by on the least amount of work possible.
    No, some cops are there just to collect a paycheck, but some of those commenters think they are full time Bat Man.

  35. #35 |  Pablo | 

    Well it shouldn’t be difficult to figure out what really happened. The black box in the deputy’s car will indicate how fast it was going. If he was indeed responding to a 911 call there will be a record of that. Most police cars also record when the blue lights are turned on and off.

    Since these were two young people with their entire lives ahead of them, I predict a seven figure settlement (courtesy of taxpayers) and a confidentiality agreement so we’ll never really know what the evidence shows.

  36. #36 |  Robert | 

    Cops drive around without headlights on a lot. They call it “blackout” mode. It’s so they can sneak up on people. If you watched the video of the Roid Rage cop in Canton OH, you’ll see that they were doing the same thing. Driving fast through a neighborhood in the middle of the night with no headlights on.

  37. #37 |  (B)oscoH | 

    Here’s your caption…

    CNN’s Halloween Republican Debate

  38. #38 |  JSL | 


    Of course they won’t know. Witness statements are notoriously unreliable, unless its the cops testilying or a witness for the state.

    Anyway, I know if that was my family at this point in my life, my response would not be to sue the cop. This type of stuff just hardens my heart to anything involving cops dying, in the line of duty or not.

  39. #39 |  Cynic in New York | 


    Another fine moment for Conservatism’s latest government thug

  40. #40 |  croaker | 

    Caption: Spandex is a privilege, not a right.

  41. #41 |  David | 

    I watched the two-minute David Duke video and was disappointed to see no “message of Aryan supremacy”.

    Could you please tell me where, exactly, it was stated that white people are supreme in there? Thanks.

    Although after it ended, YouTube did redirect me to another fascinating video of which explains why all this Italian Mafia stuff on TV and in movies 24/7 never matches up with the real world:

    Merry Christmas to all!

  42. #42 |  Ariel | 

    I skipped over a number of comments to get to the “revoke the 14th Amendment”. You need to look at the SCOTUS history regarding the States and the Bill of Rights. You should kiss the ground for the 14th Amendment; it finally forced the States to actually honor their own constitutions too, let alone the Bill of Rights. The third degree would still be a common police practice if not for the 14th (the third degree was the use of torture to elicit a confession, so Illinois was late on getting the message).

    The Commerce Clause, however, sucks only because of so many jurist emanations from its umbra, penumbra, and somewhere just before the solar wind stops. Jurists no longer work on the Jesuit question of how many Angels on the head of a pin; they found the answer in the Commerce Clause: infinite.

    Otherwise, it was really only about tariffs and barriers to trade between the States. You know, state regs about the size of the bottle…

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