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Thursday, January 19th, 2012
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  1. #1 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    U.S. government is abandoning the Iraqis who helped troops during the war, and who now face threats to their lives.

    Every…single…time. This is SOP for USG in every conflict in every country. Yet-another way the USG is a real scumbag.

  2. #2 |  picachu | 

    What’s the alternative to abandoning the Iraqis who helped US troops during the war (conquest)?

  3. #3 |  picachu | 

    I guess the lesson here is “don’t collaborate with foreigners when they invade your country.”

  4. #4 |  zendingo | 

    @3 good advice

  5. #5 |  Nick42 | 

    It’s simply amazing how many people while filming the police, suddenly become violent and disorderly when the officer approach them. And then throw themselves against into the ground and other hard objects.

  6. #6 |  Professor Coldheart | 

    Every time I see “Montgomery County” in a headline I wince. Never good news.

  7. #7 |  Dante | 

    #1 Boyd:

    What you said – Every Single Time.

    Warning to the entire world: Don’t ever help the American government, no matter what they promise you. It will get you and your family killed, and it will decimate your beloved country with our filthy, dishonest, illegal wars. Involvement with the American government will cause your own government to be MORE corrupt than it already was – now that is saying something.

    So, who is next? Iran? God help us all.

  8. #8 |  Chris Rhodes | 

    [blockquote]Malouf wrote he approached Garcia, who immediately became disorderly and began yelling. Malouf then put Garcia under arrest. Garcia then threw himself to the ground and then against the police cruiser, attempting to injure himself.[/blockquote]
    Reminds me of that Chapelle show “I Plead the Fif!” skit: “She threw her titty into my hand, your honor. It was the weirdest thing.”

  9. #9 |  brian | 

    It’s been posted already, but this:
    ‘Malouf wrote he approached Garcia, who immediately became disorderly and began yelling. Malouf then put Garcia under arrest. Garcia then threw himself to the ground and then against the police cruiser, attempting to injure himself.’

    Is an awesome paragraph. Threw HIMSELF against the cruiser in an attempt to frame the cop for brutality. The nerve!

  10. #10 |  Lefty | 

    Its only a matter of time before all the news agencies have drones following cops all day watching everything they do.

  11. #11 |  DarkEFang | 

    #2 Picachu –

    “What’s the alternative to abandoning the Iraqis who helped US troops during the war (conquest)?”

    How about automatic permanent resident status in the US? We may not be able to protect them in Iraq, but we can certainly do so if they come to the US.

  12. #12 |  Burgers Allday | 

    I almost sent along the deKalb Puppycide (which I found over at Packrat’s), but didn’t send cause I link too much stuff here in comments as it is. Still, upon reading the story, I had thought you, specifically, would find the dog owner’s sympathetic-to-police response interesting (and maybe reprehensible, not sure???). Glad you found the story anyway.

    For your readers:

    To me the interesting puppycide-related-story was Hitcho’s shooting of Officer Lasso in Central PA last year. Hitcho reportedly said that he shot Lasso because Lasso was about to kill his dogs while they were well within Hitcho’s backyard. Police chief (a witness to the shooting of Lasso) said that Lasso was merely going to tase dogs. Hitcho’s response to the police’s taser story have not been reported. None of his statements have been reported since his initial one right after he was arrested.

    Hitcho has a state appointed lawyer who is trying to get him an insanity defense. Not sure that Hitcho is even talking to his lawyer.

    Right now this case does not seem to have the civil liberties attention that it deserves. It is pretty clear to me, anyway, that Hitcho told the truth and the police chief is lying about the taser. Furthermore, even if Lasso was pointing a taser, it is unfair to expect Hitcho to have known that (think of Doug Zerby and his hose nozzle).

    Anyway: it is a fascinating case because it asks the question of whether you would sacrifice your life to save your pet from being murdered. Difficult question to answer, but interesting to think about. Hitcho decided he had had enough. I wish he were getting more support.

  13. #13 |  Chris Mallory | 

    #11, They have already shown themselves to be Quislings and traitors to their own people. why would we want them here? Once a rat, always a rat.

  14. #14 |  marco73 | 

    And Mr. Garcia could not renew his White House photo ID because of the pending charges.
    That’s the dirty little secret that cops/prosecutors use all the time: charges will eventually be dropped, with no skin off the cops, but the charges hang over you and will show up in a lot of background checks.
    How many times, whenever you read about an arrest, does local law enforcement trot out: “subject was arrested 3 years ago for disorderly conduct for fighting with police, charges were later dropped.”
    What do you want to bet, if Mr. Garcia is arrested a couple years down the road, that this little incident will show up in their press release?
    Why, now he is a career criminal!

  15. #15 |  bear | 

    JWR is publishing a George Will penned and somewhat diluted column on public photography, ….fyi. Could of used a good bit more firebreathing ACLU type observations, but alas, mainstream, even if old guard establishment gentry elitist…and thought provoking.

    -bear

  16. #16 |  Radley Balko | 

    Once a rat, always a rat.

    Really? I didn’t agree with our invasion of Iraq, but I can see how some Iraqis with pure motives might have wanted to help us out. Depending on when they helped out, they were at the time either living under a murderous, authoritarian dictator, or “ratting out” the al-Qaeda terrorists who were blowing up their fellow citizens.

    Our treatment of them has been shameful. If they were promised visas, we should give them visas.

  17. #17 |  Charlie O | 

    Re: the murdered German Shepherd.

    Just once, I want to read a story about a dead cop laying in someone’s yard, shot by a homeowner/dog owner after said cop murdered that family’s pet. I also want to be on the grand jury that no bills that same homeowner.

  18. #18 |  Jim | 

    #16 – what do you mean, ‘we’???

  19. #19 |  CyniCAl | 

    “the fact that Chris Dodd was recently a powerful politician is a pretty damned good argument against giving politicians more power.”

    Politicians aren’t GIVEN power, they SEIZE power.

    Really, can’t we dispense with the passive voice already?

  20. #20 |  CyniCAl | 

    @#18, excellent point Jim. It is always a good thing to highlight use of the “ambiguous we.”

    Correctly written, it should read: “Really? I didn’t agree with the United States’ (or USG’s, or US Corp’s) invasion of Iraq, but I can see how some Iraqis with pure motives might have wanted to help USG out. Depending on when they helped out, they were at the time either living under a murderous, authoritarian dictator, or “ratting out” the “al-Qaeda” terrorists who were blowing up their fellow citizens. USG’s treatment of them has been shameful. If they were promised visas, USG should give them visas.”

    That’s a much more honest expression of those concepts, which still require further refining to more accurately reflect reality.

    Again, I know Radley must use a certain shorthand to save the effort of restating positions ad infinitum, but I agree the line must be drawn at the “ambiguous we.” Conflating an individual with USG is laughably sophomoric and disgusting. And “USG” is one more letter than “we,” so it’s not really a question of extra effort, is it?

  21. #21 |  BamBam | 

    @7, this
    “The West has also figured out it can’t contain China, which is rising rapidly and will have more military and naval power in Southeast Asia. The only way for the West to contain China is to control the oil tap in the Middle East.”

  22. #22 |  Les | 

    Once a rat, always a rat.

    This is the level of intellect and compassion one usually finds in organized crime or large, corrupt police departments.

  23. #23 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    •U.S. government is abandoning the Iraqis who helped troops during the war, and who now face threats to their lives.

    Has the US gotten a single thing right in this trillion dollar mess?
    All that money down the toilet, we didn’t even scam their friggin oil.
    And those human ticking time bombs (PTSD soldiers) are just waiting to go off back at home…here comes another one now… duck and cover!

  24. #24 |  CyniCAl | 

    @#23, right in my back yard, don’t I feel all warm and fuzzy…

    http://news.yahoo.com/prosecutor-says-iraq-war-vet-killed-transients-thrill-230734492.html

    “Ocampo served in the Marines from July 2006 to July 2010 and was deployed to Iraq in 2008.”

    Some secondary reading:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA

  25. #25 |  albatross | 

    DarkEFang:

    I can see why this would be the most humane thing to do for people who helped us. But I’ve got to admit, it sets my teeth on edge to go wreck someone’s country, leaving a pile of dead bodies (in the hundreds of thousands) and rubble and a tottering government, and then to invite a whole lot of people from that country to come live here. If you wrecked my country that way, I’m afraid I might work up a bit of a dislike for your country, even if
    I worked with you at some point.

  26. #26 |  Radley Balko | 

    Conflating an individual with USG is laughably sophomoric and disgusting.

    Glad I could give you a laugh. Tell you what, when you’re writing about things the U.S. does as a country, you go ahead and use a clunky stand-in like “USG” to make sure the Internet can see your demonstration of your individualism. Or whatever.

    I’ll continue to use the royal “we” because (a) I am a U.S. citizen, and (b) I think it’s goofy to make your writing less readable in order to make a political statement with pronouns.

  27. #27 |  Chris | 

    “Miami-based attorney Warren Zinn, part of Garcia’s four-man legal team, worked as a photojournalist with Garcia: `The fact that Mannie can stand on that street corner and take that photograph is what separates us from every other country in the world, Zinn said.”

    The assumption that the United States is the only country in the world in which it’s legal to photograph the police is comical, and more than a little ironic given that in this case, as in so many others in the U.S., the photographer was assaulted by police and then arrested on false charges.

  28. #28 |  picachu | 

    DarkEFang “How about automatic permanent resident status in the US? We may not be able to protect them in Iraq, but we can certainly do so if they come to the US.”

    Yea but I was thinking the preferred answer in Washington would be permenant occupation of Iraq.

  29. #29 |  EBL | 

    The day the LOLcats died…

  30. #30 |  Marty | 

    #12- I’ll have to look this case up- sounds interesting.

    re the puppycide- the owners said they, ‘…now understand why this happened.’
    so do most of us, too.

  31. #31 |  CyniCAl | 

    Geez, Radley, you think if I thought of something, someone else might have? It’s not just me here that’s disgusted by the ambiguous “we.”

    Let me put it another way. I respect what you do. I discuss your posts with my friends. I also have high standards for writing and reading comprehension, which I believe I have in common with your average Agitatortot at least, and probably your modal one. Regardless of the Humpty-Dumpty world we inhabit, words do have meanings. It is more clear to use “USG” than it is to use “we.” And a clear message is more well-received than an unclear or insulting one.

    The reason for this is the knowledge that the individual has NO CONTROL over the actions of the government. When one of your readers is confronted with your word “we” in the context of responsibility for or control of a government action, it’s like a nutpunch. Don’t we get enough nutpunching already from the government?

    Anyway, yeah, I already absolved you in the name of expedience, I get that you use shorthand. So, please don’t mind me … Use “we” to express your citizenship or interest in clarity. Or whatever. And I’ll keep insisting that you’re a better writer than that. Or whatever.

  32. #32 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    #13 | Chris Mallory
    They have already shown themselves to be Quislings and traitors to their own people.

    Chris,
    This is a poor way to look at the situation–and plays into the hands of the state as an “almighty team” to which you must swear fidelity. There is no singular Iraq “team”.

  33. #33 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Has the US gotten a single thing right in this trillion dollar mess?

    If you understand the real racket/game that was played (and their real goals), the Iraq War was pretty freakin’ successful. Next up: Health Care.

  34. #34 |  Bob Mc | 

    Re: “Headline of the day.”

    Kind of misleading in that they surveyed “555 respondents, each with investable assets of $1 million or more excluding real estate” to ask about Buffet’s proposal “to raise taxes on households earning more than $1 million”.

    According to the article, only 236,883 households have income of $1mm + while according to http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/05/pf/millionaire_rise/index.htm 10,500,000 households have $1mm+ in assets.

    Two different groups entirely.

  35. #35 |  Dan | 

    Growing up in the 60′s and the 70′s I don’t remember anything about cops killing dogs… now it seems to be protocol to kill any dog on the property whether on a chain or in a kennel. “The dog was wagging his tail in an aggressive manner and I feared for my life.”

  36. #36 |  Christ on a Cracker | 

    Re: Dog killing

    The cops need to take lessons from the Post Office.

  37. #37 |  EBL | 

    We should give interpreters who helped us visa. Is this U.S. policy? Well, yeah, apparently it is.

  38. #38 |  Joe | 

    Not surprised by the US abandoning Iraqis. Same thing we did to all the Vietnamese who helped us. The US government has a long track record of treating people like garage – ask the Native Americans how good we upheld treaties.

  39. #39 |  jmcross | 

    A simple explanation for the seeming rise in puppycide would be that cops see their union brothers getting away with it and have no fear of punishment.

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