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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
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  1. #1 |  marco73 | 

    So the library wanted their books back, so the first order of business, instead of a friendly phone call or a letter, is to send in the police.
    Well at least for that little girl, they didn’t shoot the dog.
    Does anyone think that a private concern, with the same set of circumstances, wouldn’t be sued for sending in the goon squad for collection?

  2. #2 |  E | 

    The ACLU link goes to Cato. I found it here (warning: pdf): http://t.co/jWSORE5d

  3. #3 |  Pi Guy | 

    Fortunately, MA doesn’t send out SWAT teams for overdue library items until the child has reached the age of 12. And, unlike in other states, failing to return overdue books is not a capital offense.

    …and police thought a friendly reminder might make a better impression and get better results than a cold summons to court.

    Because sending out an email or snail mail reminder has never worked in the past.

    Thinking off the cuff: what if, in light of recent isolated incidents, the mom was also dating a small-time pot dealer who owned a pit bull. Who just happened to own a gun. And the cops show up…

  4. #4 |  Stephen | 

    Hey look! A 5 year old Libertarian. Newly minted. :)

  5. #5 |  Bill | 

    I congratulate the Charlton police department on the complete elimination of crime in their jurisdiction, and, having accomplished that, for finding work in the library system for their officers, rather than simply laying them off. Maybe once all the books and fines are collected, they can get to work scraping the gum off the bottoms of the library tables.

  6. #6 |  Dan | 

    They send the cops now that Mr. Bookman retired..

  7. #7 |  nigmalg | 

    I think I might actually hate social conservatives more than tax & spend leftists. Seriously, what the hell is the difference? “I want to tax you, and ban naughty thoughts!”

    Being that it seems evangelical conservatism is declared mainstream republican (e.g., Ron Paul “can’t win; he’s not a Republican”), I’m considering dog shit as a viable alternative to both parties.

  8. #8 |  omar | 

    I’m considering dog shit as a viable alternative to both parties.

    Well that’s just not going to happen because Giant Douche is going to beat Dog Shit in the general election.

  9. #9 |  James BlackHeron | 

    The Supreme Court in the Heller case determined that the gun rights are Civil Rights.

    Apparently the ACLU hasn’t got the memo.

    They just back the Civil Rights and Liberties they like -and ignore those that they don’t. This is just like all the other groups and politicians who do the same thing.

    The ACLU has no legitimacy as the “protector” of Civil Liberties any more. It’s about as ridiculous as that stupid Nobel Peace Prize when they give the award to terrorists and war-mongers.

  10. #10 |  Mattocracy | 

    What about turd sandwich?

  11. #11 |  derfel cadarn | 

    The collecting of overdue library books are about the maximum function our police forces can handle. We must all be thankful that that no dogs or small children were shot or tazered as these are highly volatile situations in which an officer may encounter the threat of bodily harm. The fact that this fucking moron even came to the house is reason enough to dismiss library personal the officer and his commander. This is foolishness and waste that can no longer be tolerated.

  12. #12 |  Mike T | 

    #7,

    Leftists like to ban naughty thoughts too. They just define “naughty” differently. They view social conservatives’ stance on homosexuality much like social conservatives view their support of things like legal pornography: a form of social deviancy that should be regulated, if not outright banned from the public. Around the world, tax-and-spend leftists are quite enthusiastic about outlawing anything they consider “hate speech.”

    Being that it seems evangelical conservatism is declared mainstream republican (e.g., Ron Paul “can’t win; he’s not a Republican”), I’m considering dog shit as a viable alternative to both parties.

    That’s just your hatred of evangelicals showing. A key chunk of Ron Paul’s Iowa support comes from the evangelicals–who are not particularly fond of Romney or Gingrich at the moment. The evangelical vote is split between Paul, Perry, Bachmann and Santorum with Santorum only leading because he’s a one trick pony on social issues which leaves them thinking they might make traction on this issues (finally) with someone who is a one trick pony in the White House.

    It’s the non-evangelical typical Republicans that are going for Romney and Gingrich. Neither of them have any credibility with social conservatives.

  13. #13 |  Kristen | 

    They send the cops now that Mr. Bookman retired..

    +9000 internets to you, sir

  14. #14 |  Doubleu | 

    I think some of those news bloopers are much older than 2011.

  15. #15 |  nigmalg | 

    “That’s just your hatred of evangelicals showing.”

    Your point about evangelicals and Paul is interesting. I have no problem or hatred for anyone’s beliefs. I’m a bit jaded with how they’re trying to define themselves as Republican mainstream and justify jamming it down people’s throats.

    But perhaps I’m simply confused. Perhaps the Republicans have always behaved this way.

    It appears as if the policy debate has been carefully engineered. It’s framed to be big government vs. big government. In such a system the government can’t lose. I’m ready for the individualist candidate.

    But now my hated of the establishment is actually showing.

  16. #16 |  omar | 

    That’s just your hatred of evangelicals showing.

    There’s a thick line between “hate” and “dumbfound that someone could embrace such insanity with gusto.” Evangelicals’ intentions are probably good, sure, but their belief system is so far in left field, it’s hard to take their opinions seriously. I don’t hate evangelicals. Their embrace of total insanity makes me doubt their better judgement on worldly matters.

  17. #17 |  Balloon Maker | 

    TV news blooper at 2:13 is worth the price of admission. Mindlessly reading off a cue card is always funny.

    Also, the comment thread on the library book story is… bizarre. Some asshole wants CPS on that mother for setting a bad example for her kids by not returning library books. I’ll give the internet one thing, it certainly makes you realize that every single kind of asshole does indeed exist, and most of them have figured out how to use a computer.

  18. #18 |  FloO | 

    From the New York Times: “She was the only girl to have ever asked questions about his obsessive interests — chemistry, libertarian politics, the small drone aircraft he was building in his kitchen…”

    Who knew you could build drone aircraft in your kitchen? I thought the correction was going to say something like “no, no, it’s just a model…”

  19. #19 |  omar | 

    Who knew you could build drone aircraft in your kitchen?

    It’s the new hotness in the making community. You can even print a lot of the bot on a home 3D printer.

    http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2011/12/29/printed-copter-flight-video/

    Of course, these are meant to be fun and/or helpful, not to rain death upon the sleeping.

  20. #20 |  picachu | 

    Dan “They send the cops now that Mr. Bookman retired..”

    Let me tell you something funny boy-you know that little stamp, the one that says New York public library? Well that may not mean anything to you but it means a hell of a lot to me!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9tP9fI2zbE

  21. #21 |  Mattocracy | 

    Alas, Santorum is right about something. Most conservatives don’t like individualism or leaving people alone to do whatever they want. In fact, that’s true about most people on this Earth.

  22. #22 |  picachu | 

    Mattocracy “Most conservatives don’t like individualism or leaving people alone to do whatever they want. In fact, that’s true about most people on this Earth.”

    Well, yea, maybe. But that’s only because I know what’s best for you.

  23. #23 |  Marty | 

    the mom in the library article mentions how she thought the cops showing up was like ‘like pounding a ten penny nail with a sledge hammer.’ this is the point I keep making about calling 911. if you need a sledgehammer, 911 might fix your problem. if you don’t need a sledgehammer, don’t be surprised if your shit is smashed.

  24. #24 |  BamBam | 

    @10 what about Turd Ferguson? I vote for him. He’s also really good at Celebrity Jeopardy.

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/12203/saturday-night-live-celebrity-jeopardy-stewart-reynolds-and-connery

  25. #25 |  Tom S. | 

    Radley,

    Care to explain why you have a prescription to Adderall? It would explain your constant mention of the Adderall shortage that the DEA is ‘causing’ and also help alleviate some of your bias.

  26. #26 |  Aresen | 

    From the “Headline of the Day” (“Can the Messiah Win Twice?”)

    Most also think Obama’s foreign policy has put the nation on a steadier course. To the extent that bellicosity from the Republicans — notably from Mitt Romney — portends a return to George W. Bush’s foreign policy, Obama will enjoy an advantage.

    Not to be too picky, but just when did the US abandon George W. Bush’s foreign policy? The Iraq withdrawal was completed according to the schedule set out by GWB; the Obama administration actually wanted to stay longer. And the Libyan “Kinetic Military Action” was right out of the GWB playbook.

  27. #27 |  the innominate one | 

    Any suggestions for how I can see the NYT articles Radley posts links for? Free rider on the system over heah.

  28. #28 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Aresen,
    There’s a big difference between an Afghan toddler being blown up by a drone sent by Bush and one sent by Obama.

    /sarcasm

  29. #29 |  Just Plain Brian | 

    Any suggestions for how I can see the NYT articles Radley posts links for?

    Try clearing your browser cache. Or use a different browser.

  30. #30 |  Mike T | 

    I’m a bit jaded with how they’re trying to define themselves as Republican mainstream and justify jamming it down people’s throats.

    The Republican Party is divided into four main parts: social conservatives, libertarians, neoconservatives and rockefeller country clubbers. The social conservatives are still the single largest wing of the republican base, like it or not. So yes, they are quite justified in demanding that they be strongly accounted for in the Republican Party since that is only fair in a representative system.

    If you actually get to know many real social conservatives, you’ll find that they are sympathetic to political libertarianism on most issues. That includes issues like police militarization. They’re more likely (and with good reason) to think that those SWAT units will be called out on them the moment the school district tries to force them to stop homeschooling their kids or want to start homeschooling them than say “I’m not a druggie, so what do I have to worry about.”

  31. #31 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “If you actually get to know many real social conservatives, you’ll find that they are sympathetic to political libertarianism on most issues. That includes issues like police militarization.”

    Have you ever heard someone (other than a cop) try to defend
    police militarization? It’s an oxymoron (c’mon, “militarized” peace officer?) that squeezed through the cracks and became a horrible reality.

  32. #32 |  DarkEFang | 

    #25 – Aresen:

    “Not to be too picky, but just when did the US abandon George W. Bush’s foreign policy?”

    The Obama administration may have continued Bush’s policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it isn’t actively seeking wars against new foes with large standing armies, i.e. Iran.

  33. #33 |  Mannie | 

    According to the radio news report, the library had sent out several requests by mail and phone , to have the books returned, and were ignored. So they sent a somewhat embarassed cop who said, “So return tyhe books, already.” and left.

    So return the books already.

    Tempest in a tepot.

  34. #34 |  Jay | 

    # 26, just google the headline or the url and it should come up.

  35. #35 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    but it isn’t actively seeking wars against new foes with large standing armies, i.e. Iran.

    Ahhh, Dark Fang. You KNOW you have spoken too soon, eh? If you think the US government isn’t actively seeking new wars, ask yourself “When has the US government NOT actively sought out new wars?”. They have buildings full of people devoted to this.

    Unless you were being sarcastic.

  36. #36 |  Dan | 

    What about that kid reading in a local branch of N.Y. public library.. and finding pictures of pee-pees and wee-wees in the Cat in the Hat and the Five Chinese Brothers…Doesn’t he deserve better.. If you think this is about fines and overdue books, think again. This is about that kids right to read a book without getting his mind warped.. Or maybe that’s what turns you on Seinfeld…you and your good time buddies..I’ve a flash for you joy boy, party time is over…

  37. #37 |  picachu | 

    lol classic!

  38. #38 |  Joshua | 

    #9 James BlackHeron:

    I think you are 100% wrong. It is very important that the ACLU not base its opinions on what constitutes civil rights on what the courts say.

    Anybody fighting for civil rights is fighting for what they believe “civil rights” entail. If they just accepted court rulings, then they would be fighting to preserve judicial authority, not for civil rights. The SCOTUS is a tool that the ACLU uses to fight for their views, not the arbiter of what those views are.

    And besides, the ACLU has submitted several pro-gun amicus briefs in the few years since Heller.

  39. #39 |  Mike T | 

    Have you ever heard someone (other than a cop) try to defend
    police militarization?

    Sadly, yes, I have. Among those on the “right,” it’s mainly the social conservatives that I’ve known who get the heebie jeebies from seeing American police dressed up like that. Neocons and the country clubbers (the generic, “I hate hippies, I’m kinda conservative but not one of them religious guys I like big business bomb the brown people” republican) are the ones who tend to see them as a necessary evil.

  40. #40 |  the innominate one | 

    Just Plain Brian – thanks. it worked in IE. like a stopped clock, a shitty browser is occasionally good for something.

    Also, I would like to state, for the record, that I hate evangelicals and their beliefs, and I’m proud of it.

  41. #41 |  Radley Balko | 

    Care to explain why you have a prescription to Adderall? It would explain your constant mention of the Adderall shortage that the DEA is ‘causing’ and also help alleviate some of your bias.

    I have a prescription. This means a doctor has determined that I need the drug. Its on-label use is for ADD. What else do you think you need to know?

    As for my “constant” posting on the issue, as far as I can tell, I’ve posted about the DEA’s Adderall control policy six times in 10 years of blogging.

    That’s probably about as often as I post about pot (which I don’t use) each week.

    So what’s your point, exactly?

  42. #42 |  JOR | 

    #39, Yeah, and the left-wing equivalent of the country clubbers/neocons would be the technocratic ‘pragmatists’ (you know, the sorts of people who were arguing that we need government healthcare to control costs – basically, to let more people die – rather than the bleeding heart we-can’t-let-anyone-suffer stuff), who I’ve also heard defending police militarization on similar terms. Which is of course yet another reason to place far less importance on left vs. right models of culture and politics.

  43. #43 |  JOR | 

    As I understand the ACLU, their vision of civil rights simply does not align with the constitution in all respects. They sometimes use the constitution the same way everyone else does (and the only way anyone ever can), including so-called constitutionalists: as a tool for pursuing their own moral or pragmatic agenda. As an anarchist and legal nihilist, I approve of this in principle, even if I disagree substantively with a fair bit of their vision.

  44. #44 |  Pam | 

    Jeez, whatever happened to putting a hold on your library card until the fines are paid? I mean people want to continue to use the library especially if they have children. IIRC, a few library books disappeared when my kids were growing up and it seemed that they would show up eventually and that’s probably why as a mother paying for the book isn’t a top priority. Sometimes it just takes time for the book to surface. It’s just one of those things..

    Our public library has a food drive at the end of the year. Patrons have a chance to clear up their fines in exchange for donating food to the community food bank. It’s a popular program, maybe it’s better than calling the cops on children who enjoy reading books.

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