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Sunday, February 5th, 2012

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25 Responses to “Sunday Links”

  1. #1 |  dsmallwood | 

    The Armstrong stuff galls me. Such a spectacular waste of resources and such an annoying intrusion of the Federal govt into places where it shouldn’t exist. This writer clearly does not like Armstrong. I get it. I do NOT get why she thinks my tax dollars should in anyway be used for hunting him down. WTF? As I understand it, the Little League WS is packed with kids who have had thier ages lied about. Does that merit a Federal investigation? I repeat my WTF.

    Anyway, these were my favorite quotes. Shouldn’t be missed.

    “abrupt curtailment of an investigation”
    she opened by pointing out that it was a 20 month investigation. how should it have been winded down?

    “against a … a defendant who retains a devoted constituency despite years of persistent questions about his character”
    THIS. i LOVE this. that is how you say “and i hate him” without having to type the 11 extra characters. very impressive.

  2. #2 |  mad libertarian guy | 

    French court fines Google for providing a free map service, which is apparently an anti-competitive act of aggression against French companies that charge money to use their maps.

    Only highly educated Top Men™ could think this a good idea.

  3. #3 |  SamK | 

    I don’t like letting dogs run free in a public area. It’s *usually* fine, and the most harm that comes from it is generally someone who doesn’t know how to deal with dogs getting scared…or fights between dogs.

    …but dog owners always say that their dogs are just being friendly and would never hurt anyone. They’re wrong on the second point.

    That said, I don’t like letting cops run free in a public area either. If you’ve got a dog problem, send the dog catcher, not some fucking idiot with an itchy trigger finger.

  4. #4 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Sounds like somebody in iran is looking for work in the U.S. ‘Justice’ system.

  5. #5 |  Quash | 

    The first item is incorrect. The Guardian article linked to by the Reason article states that the Iranian Supreme Court quashed the death penalty for the man.

  6. #6 |  Longtorso | 

    French court fines Google for providing a free map service, which is apparently an anti-competitive act of aggression against French companies that charge money to use their maps.

    A PETITION From the Manufacturers of Candles, Tapers, Lanterns, sticks, Street Lamps, Snuffers, and Extinguishers, and from Producers of Tallow, Oil, Resin, Alcohol, and Generally of Everything Connected with Lighting.
    …We are suffering from the ruinous competition of a rival who apparently works under conditions so far superior to our own for the production of light that he is flooding the domestic market with it at an incredibly low price; for the moment he appears, our sales cease, all the consumers turn to him, and a branch of French industry whose ramifications are innumerable is all at once reduced to complete stagnation. This rival, which is none other than the sun, is waging war on us so mercilessly we suspect he is being stirred up against us by perfidious Albion (excellent diplomacy nowadays!), particularly because he has for that haughty island a respect that he does not show for us ..

  7. #7 |  perlhaqr | 

    I hope Google tells France: “Snort my taint.”

    And then turns off every Google service in France if France starts seizing Google’s local property.

    “You were mad about us competing in your market space? Fine. Now we aren’t.”

  8. #8 |  Stephen | 

    Was there supposed to be a link on the vodka/tampon story?

  9. #9 |  Radley Balko | 

    Was there supposed to be a link on the vodka/tampon story?

    Yep. Just fixed. Sorry about that.

  10. #10 |  a_random_guy | 

    Of course, the “vodka-soaked tampons” story has been debunked a zillion times. Apparently it is almost impossible to get a decent amount of vodka into a tampon, and still be able to insert it. Once inserted, the result is intensely painful.

    Meanwhile, if this country weren’t so damned hung up about alcohol, and encouraged responsible teenage drinking (instead of brain-dead prohibition), this would all be a non-issue.

  11. #11 |  Whim | 

    Regarding the attempted Puppycide, I have to wonder if the policeman shooting the dog endangered the lives of the people in the park.

    Apparently, the dog(s) ran up the river bank towards the LEO. If the policeman was making a beeline for the two leash law violators, then his shooting of the dog almost had to be directly in the direction of the two humans.

    The .45 caliber bullet weighs 230 grains, and does immense damage to tissue, bone and muscle. It apparently passed through the dog’s leg entirely.

    Where did the bullet then travel to? Outer space?

  12. #12 |  Quash | 

    Regarding the first item, the author of the post on Reason mistakenly linked to a Guardian article from last year. However, there is a more recent article from last month that she probably meant to link to, wherein it states that the Iranian Supreme Court is reinstating the death penalty after further investigation.

    Recent article here:

    Sorry about the confusion.

  13. #13 |  Longtorso | 

    Houston TV station bites on the vodka-soaked tampon story.


  14. #14 |  Michael S | 

    Colbert’s Super PAC isn’t all that super because it addresses a larger problem than the Citizen’s United ruling it currently focuses on?

  15. #15 |  Cyto | 

    The attempted puppycide article lists a variety of less-deadly weapons at the officers disposal…. but fails to mention the simplest and most effective solution:

    Police Chief Goodman says the officer was “charged by the dog as he got out of his vehicle.” Well, then get back in the car you effin’ twit! Why is retreat so far beyond the pale that it doesn’t even get a mention in the post-mortem? How many of the violent actions taken by police could have been avoided by a simple, momentary retreat?

    “Dog approached officer aggressively, so I shot him.” – really dude? You’ve never taken a moment to approach a dog safely? How about taking a moment if you aren’t actively engaging an armed and dangerous man? “Man had a knife on the street, so I shot him.” – yeah, how about backing away for a few minutes to see how it plays out? “kid in bathroom reached for waistband?” – how about you back around the corner and get a better assessment before you kill him? “Vehicle sped towards officer in parking lot”- really? 25mph and you have to stand in front of the car and shoot the driver like Dirty Harry instead of taking a couple of steps to the side and calling for backup?

    Worse, the entire official hierarchy not only condones, but fully endorses this solution-blindedness. “Officer safety” seems to trump common sense – whether it is on the streets, in the courts or in the court of public opinion. Were the officers in the Jose Guerena case really safer for unloading their weapons semi-blindly down the hallway while standing in front of the door? Or would they have enhanced their safety by retreating and surrounding the building? Well, we’ll never know because the official solution is to open up a can of whup-ass at the first provocation and never back off for a second. Apparently even suggesting the possibility of an alternate approach is sure-fire evidence of your insanity.

  16. #16 |  Frank Hummel | 

    Re: attempted puppycide

    Police officers who piss themselves at the sight of a pointer terrier should assigned to desk duty.

  17. #17 |  Bergman | 

    The officer who shot the dog is either so poorly trained he shouldn’t be allowed to carry a firearm, or is lying.

    How do I know this? Two reasons:

    One of the uses that manufacturers of pepper spray say it’s for is to control unruly animals. Among the selling points is that it is easier to aim than a firearm, and incapacitates the animal without permanent harm.

    The other reason is that the officer claimed he couldn’t use his pepper spray due to proximity of the animal. Say what? Pepper spray is designed for close-up use, and at longer ranges, where it’s ineffective, the dog is harmless. After all, dogs don’t have frickin’ laser beams on their heads, do they? A dog needs close proximity to bite, and is harmless at longer ranges. At any range where pepper spray is effective, it’s more accurate than any pistol.

    The officer wanted to shoot a dog, so he shot a dog. Pure and simple. And then he lied about his reasons for doing so.

  18. #18 |  Jesse | 

    Even more nonsensical information in the vodka/tampon story is how teens are using the method to get a “cheap buzz”.

    But they still have to get the vodka somehow. So if they’re actually trying to use these alleged methods, they’re only spending more money to attempt to ingest the alcohol in a manner other than the cheapest way, which is just drinking it.

    Why anyone thinks teens would complicate something so obvious is a moron.

  19. #19 |  markm | 

    “More often than not? What could that possibly mean?”

    The meaning is obvious: Houstonites are spending more time attempting to cram vodka-soaked tampons up themselves than on all other activities. Which is so ridiculous that your mind shies away from interpreting it.

  20. #20 |  marco73 | 

    re: Vodka-soaked tampons story
    It’s February sweeps month. All the local stations are going with sensational nonsense.
    Here is Tampa, there are billboards up all over town for a local station where their breaking news is that “teens” are stealing prescription drugs from family members, and getting “high”.
    Stop the presses!
    Really, teenagers are getting stealing drugs from family medicine cabinets? Why, next you are going to tell me that teens are having sex, too.
    The horrors!

  21. #21 |  Juice | 

    So France has an anti-dog-eat-dog law?

  22. #22 |  La Rana | 

    As Michael pointed out, you do realize that all of your Colbert-PAC-bashing reduces to: everything was hopelessly fucked before Citizen’s United, right?

  23. #23 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    I interviewed several teens about the vodka/tampon trend. So, now I’m on the sex offender list.

  24. #24 |  Fixie | 

    Now the investigation into Armstrong has been dropped it’s safe to say that Lance is an absolute genius hiring Fabiani who certainly won’t have been cheap but whose influence on those in positions of power is well admired.
    As NPR are currently alleging that that charges were close to being brought against a number of individuals, which included fraud, witness tampering, mail fraud, and drug distribution. Even going so far as to claim there were ‘no weaknesses in the case’

  25. #25 |  Goober | 

    La Rana – yeah. Yeah, I think Radley would probably agree with that statement. Citizens United did little to change the situation.

    As for the vodka tampon thing, I never ever cease to get a kick out of these stories, because even just a fraction of a second considering the story would cause most intelligent adults to stop and say – wait a minute, their supposed to be doing what? How is that even possible?

    I like the butt-chugging one the most. It totally makes sense that a bunch of teenage boys at a party are going to allow their friends to insert a hose in their asses and pour beer up there. because teenage boys are always doing things with each other’s asses, right? They aren’t the most homophobic cohort of American society, in general, are they? Besides, its so much easier than just, you know, DRINKING IT.

    The next person that suggests that a person could put vodka up there needs to really think about the ramifications of a grain alcohol douche. I’m not sure that is something that any kid would line up for, especially when you can just drink it and get the same result.