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Sunday, January 15th, 2012
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  1. #1 |  marco73 | 

    So now the police kicking down the wrong door and dragging an innocent person outside and handcuffing them, will be officially determined to be a “boo-boo”.
    The new professionalism.

  2. #2 |  tarran | 

    On the New Orleans incident, it’s telling that the thing that most outraged the correspondent is most outraged that the police aren’t throwing people into jail for domestic assault 100% at a time as called for by the unconstitutional (and panderingly named) Violence Against Women Act.

    Sometimes arresting someone might be appropriate. Often it isn’t since it escalates or exarcebates the conflict. She is decrying the violence with which the NOPD acts towards the general public, while getting most outraged that they aren’t violent enough towards people who have committed crimes that may amount to misdemeanors.

    It should be the victim’s call whether the police pursue charges…

  3. #3 |  Robert | 

    I can imagine Hollywood types looking at those ant photos and jumping on their Macs to write proposals, so two years from now there will be a rash of zombie movies that show shambling humans with H.R. Geiger-inspired palm trees sprouting from the top of their skulls…

  4. #4 |  Julian | 

    @tarran

    Are you kidding? You think they shouldn’t arrest someone because it possibly “escalates or exarcebates” the situation… even when a crime was clearly observed by multiple people?

    That’s unbeleivably stupid and shortsighted.

    If multiple witnesses observe someone commiting a violent crime, the police should absolutely arrest him/her, regardless of what the victim says.

    At the time, police have no idea if the victim has been coerced or is just scared shitless of what the attacker will do after the fact. Do you want the police making a judgement call on the victim’s motivation for asking for the charges to be dropped on the side of the street?

    And as a side note… having someone arrested is not asking the police to commit more violence (when the police do thier job correctly).

  5. #5 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Want something even more terrifying? In recent years, scientists has been discovering that behavior modification by parasites is actually quite common.

    Including one called Toxoplasma gondii, that may be infecting between 20 and 60 percent of the human population, which increases risk taking behavior and may be the actual cause of schizophrenia.

    It also forces you to like cats (it depends on being inside cats for part of its lifecycle and in smaller mammals tries to get its host eaten by one).

  6. #6 |  Dave | 

    “And as a side note… having someone arrested is not asking the police to commit more violence (when the police do thier job correctly).”

    It is if you’re in New Orleans.

  7. #7 |  Bob | 

    My favorite part of the wrong door rape case break in:

    “After admitting that the wrong home was entered by force, the Sheriff’s Office ordered the doorway to be repaired immediately using inmate labor.”

    Inmate labor, huh? I’m sure they’re really motivated to do a good job. Of course, if they ‘see’ some ‘drugs’ inside the home while they’re there, they can use that in a jailhouse snitch attempt to get their sentence reduced.

    That guy can expect another rude visit from the Police soon…

  8. #8 |  Mike | 

    The ant story is fucking awesome in the sickest way. I learned all kinds of shit like that in my one bio class in college. If anyone goes to Penn, take Bio140 w janzen its awesome

  9. #9 |  John Regan | 

    Ant fungus story is probably the creepiest real life thing I have ever heard.

    Cruise ship photos are magnificent. A lot of errors had to be made for that to happen. Big ships tipping over – not fun.

  10. #10 |  Fred | 

    If the fungus on the ants bothers you do not watch this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLtUk-W5Gpk

  11. #11 |  Les | 

    Great video of the zombie ants from the fantastic BBC series.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8

  12. #12 |  Jeff | 

    Serious X-Files fans were terrified of that ant story 15+ years ago.

  13. #13 |  tarran | 

    I wonder how the police arrest people without using violence? Does it involve soothing unicorn farts?

    Again, I’ll reiterate. Sometimes arrest is appropriate. Sometimes it is not. A federal law that mandates automatic arrest makes the cases where an arrest is inappropriate exacerbates a bad situation.

    It certainly had a negative impact on my life; one day, my then wife suffered a massive emotional breakdown after she started to open up about her childhood abuse. That afternoon, she had a panic attack and struck me. Luckily it hapenned in the van, and nobody saw it, and I was only buffeted. So nobody called the cops. Had they been called, it being in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, they would have arrested her – the sight of police would have panicked her further.

    In that case, arresting her for domestic violence would have probably driven her to suicide and my kids would be visiting a grave to see their mother. Certainly the threat of mandatory reporting made her unwilling to trust her therapist, the risk of seeing her arrested made me more reticent on the question of getting her help.

    Without the threat of law enforcement involvement, I think my ex would have accepted treatment, instead of fleeing into a life of divorce, evictions and the occasional larceny.

    So fuck off. The purpose of law enforcement should be primarily to keep the peace and make victims whole – not to satisfy your desire to see people you don’t like punished.

  14. #14 |  Jay | 

    One has to wonder if there is an unreported fungus that turns humans into zombie politicians.

  15. #15 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    The Zombie Ant story highlights something I’ve been saying for decades; anyone who thinks Nature is cute and harmonious simply hasn’t been paying attention.

  16. #16 |  supercat | 

    #7 | Bob | “Inmate labor, huh? I’m sure they’re really motivated to do a good job.”

    I know of some people who had had a sandbag wall outside their house which was failing just as a bus full of women prisoners arrived to provide assistance. Without the immediate and effective assistance of those prisoners, the home in question would have certainly been severely flooded. As it was, the wall (with additional reinforcements added later) was able to hold back several feet of water for weeks. Some people who are in prison want to be productive members of society. Volunteering for outside work may not offer for much tangible reward, but may still be better than sitting uselessly inside the prison.

    Perhaps this might not be so true if the government only locked up those people who really deserved to be locked up, but since it locks up a lot of people who would otherwise be productive, it shouldn’t be surprising that there exist many such people in prison.

  17. #17 |  the innominate one | 

    “Despite the large size of the property, Zillow currently values [Rick Santorum's] home at $1.3 million, 35% below the purchase price.”

    Well, it does have santorum all over the inside.

    spreadingsantorum.com

  18. #18 |  croaker | 

    @17 I’m watching Santorum on C-SPAN right now whining about vicious “attacks” on him. Brings it on himself.

  19. #19 |  Les | 

    tarran, you have to admit there’s a difference between a wife hitting her husband during a panic attack and a man hitting a woman so hard she falls to the ground. No one is suggesting that every kind of assault is worthy of jail time. But hitting someone so hard they fall to the ground (the cause of most serious injuries in street fights) certainly deserves more than the cops telling the man that “Yankee bitches” don’t know “how we do with our bitches.”

    Beyond that, the whole situation seems to have been handled really immaturely and amateurishly.

  20. #20 |  Juice | 

    There is no way that huge ass house of Newt’s in McLean, Va. is only $1.3 million.

    Spirytus Rektyfikowany translates to Rectified Spirits.

    Regarding NOPD. Yeah, that sounds about right. Sounds eerily similar to DC Metro Cops. In a few situations like this, they’ve blamed the victim and did their damnedest not to arrest the perpetrator. (Three people told me their stories. One of a car break-in caught in the act. Another was just a stupid drunken fight. The third was a belligerent homeless dude off his meds that was harassing passers by and a ‘good samaritan’ trying to calm him down.) Well, DC cops weren’t frantic, violent idiots, just idiots.

  21. #21 |  tarran | 

    tarran, you have to admit there’s a difference between a wife hitting her husband during a panic attack and a man hitting a woman so hard she falls to the ground.

    There is a great deal of difference, aqnd if the victim wants to press charges, I won’t object to an arrest being made.

    But Charlotte wants that execrable federal law enforced where everyone – my ex wife, the thug who lived two houses down who had tried to strangle his gf all get treated the same, regardless of what the victim wants.

    Do you have any idea how destructive an arrest is? Do you know how expensive it is to defend oneself against charges through a magistrate hearing?

    And I haven’t even got into false accusations. My lawyer has represented men who were falsely accused by their wives – arrested by officers who clearly disbelieved what they were being told but lacked discretion not to arrest – who lost their jobs, lost custody of their children during the pre-trial phase, who had their savings wiped out – whose children then grew up in poverty because their dad could only find jobs that paid half as much – and those were the guys who didn’t plea out.

    But hey, again, like the neocons attacking moslems, the progressives get to feel good knowing the state is hurting wife-beaters and fuck the collateral damage!

  22. #22 |  CharlesWT | 

    Man Claims Police Entered Home Without Warrant, Threatening To Arrest Him For Recording Them

  23. #23 |  CharlesWT | 

    Marysville armed robbers sought drugs, pretended to be DEA agents

  24. #24 |  CharlesWT | 

    Dispatch Misdirects 3 Swat Raids

  25. #25 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I’m glad to see the zombie ant story get attention. This is how zombies are SUPPOSED to act…instead of the shuffling morons we get in movies. Personally, I suspect a brain virus has dominated the Congressional ventilation system for about 80 years.

  26. #26 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    It also forces you to like cats (it depends on being inside cats for part of its lifecycle and in smaller mammals tries to get its host eaten by one).

    Reason #231 not to like cats.

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