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Monday, February 27th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Kudos to Jonathan Martin and Ken Armstrong. THAT is how you write a story on a police shooting.

  2. #2 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    “What are you doing with this meth?”
    “Making it into Sudafed. Coldies will do anything for it.”

  3. #3 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Some impetus comes from the military, which will bring home drones from Afghanistan and wants room to test and use them.”

    How delightful. What chutzpah. Why not bring those high-tech killing machines home, back to the heartland, and test and use them on the very civilians who helped pay for them.

    O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

  4. #4 |  grrrstick | 

    Most people don’t want to be free. Think of how far outside the mainstream we are for being afraid of drones.

    But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

  5. #5 |  Bob | 

    The drones are coming.

    Oh, if only Police Departments had some flimsy excuse to get “grants” to buy drones and equip them with expensive thermal optics!

  6. #6 |  Marty | 

    ‘Industry officials said privacy concerns are overblown.

    “Today anybody- the paparazzi, anybody – can hire a helicopter or a (small plane) to circle around something that they’re interested in and shoot away with high-powered cameras all they want,” said Elwell, the aerospace industry spokesman. “I don’t understand all the comments about the Big Brother thing.”

    we need to start a fund to buy one of these things for Carlos Miller. When private citizens start getting them and use them to monitor the jackasses, we’ll see some real ‘overblown privacy concerns.’

    It’d be amazing to see a helicopter hovering over a traffic cop, recording and monitoring everything the guy says while he’s running his speed trap…

    Instead, we’re gonna start seeing a lot more automated tickets- everything for pissing in the woods to getting a blowjob in your car. It’ll be like the red light cameras- they’ll get a shot of your license plate and you’ll have to prove you weren’t the guilty party.

  7. #7 |  winston smith | 

    Animal rights group says drone shot down

    If they can do it, we can do it.

  8. #8 |  grrrstick | 

    “If they can do it, we can do it.”

    Should have used a more powerful weapon, from the sounds of it. .22LR isn’t going to take one of those things down for good.

  9. #9 |  Marty | 

    I loved this quote in the cops and the axe story: “It’s a fabulous place,” he says. “How can you screw up a good thing so bad? What I’ve seen is very disturbing. I see a bureaucratic atmosphere more concerned about preserving the palace than serving the community.

    it could be applied almost everywhere…

  10. #10 |  Marty | 

    #7 good link. hopefully, we’ll start seeing some good alternatives to bringing down a drone that don’t involve shooting around highways and populated areas, though. I’d hate for something like this to feed the gun control nuts even more ammunition.

  11. #11 |  Mattocracy | 

    Criminalizing tardiness…a victimless crime. Being late to school has never been a threat to society.

  12. #12 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    A thought about the drones;

    The Islamic squirrel food they have been used on up to now are not, by and large, a techie culture. They can cobble together explosive devices (hardly difficult) and operate cell phones and Kalashnikovs. I could do that much, and I’m a thumb-fingered idiot. Our society, on the other hand, produces a steady supply of techie hackers and tinkerers. How long will it take these people to figure out how to take over a drone built according to Government Contract laws?

    What fun!

  13. #13 |  Jozef | 

    I see a market opportunity in drone hunter-killers. Maybe trained hawks or guided mini-missiles.

  14. #14 |  Roho | 

    Sad to see once again so many of the usual comments on the police shooting story. Makes me wonder what it’d take for some of these people to give a shooting a second glance.
    “Heat of the moment.”
    “What would you have done?”
    “Police officers have a right to go home to their families at night!”
    “They’re putting their lives on the line every day to protect your freedom.”

    Hard to see how inventing some dramatic story about a driveway confrontation, followed by posting cocky messages to Facebook fits in with that. And sure would be nice if us little folk were extended a crumb of that leeway now and then. Maybe I want to go home to my family, too?

  15. #15 |  Andrew S. | 

    That attempted puppycide story is from right around the corner from where I live.

    Same Pembroke Pines police department that, when I called them after my car was broken into (only did that so I could get a police report for the insurance company), they looked at the car, said they wouldn’t be able to do anything, scratched something for the report and left.

    Not much happens on the west side of this city (where I live, and where the dog shooting happened). Guess the cop got all excited about an excuse to use his gun. Good thing he’s such a terrible shot.

  16. #16 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    The point is less that we’d like to go home to our families also, but that when we do we’d like to be free from invasions by half-trained, armed, idiots with testosterone poisoning. This kind of lethal stupidity will continue until it is made clear in law that a policeman who is flagrantly breaking the law is an open target and that no-nock warrants are to be issued under only the most extreme conditions.

    When the sloppy, lying, morons start to end up dead or on trial for manslaughter, then this will stop. Not before.

    AND prosecutors who break the law to get high ticket convictions should be BY LAW disbarred and put on trial for conspiracy. NO MORE IMMUNITY for deliberate criminal acts.

  17. #17 |  picachu | 

    Don’t mean to threadjack but good news! Amnesty International reports on deaths by American police using tasers:

  18. #18 |  Andrew S. | 

    I was wondering why that was good news. Then I saw your name.

  19. #19 |  picachu | 

    Hahaha, I meant its good news that they reported on it! But that was pretty damn funny. I would totally thunderbolt attack you right now if it were possible.

  20. #20 |  Marty | 

    CSP- fucking with the drones/cops/govt WOULD be great fun if I didn’t have to put so much energy into working/family/home… this is the bureaucrat’s job- they just get more money and come at it again. outside of personal satisfaction, there’s not much profit in fucking with the government.

  21. #21 |  BamBam | 

    @20 why does there have to be profit (money) to fuck with the government? Shouldn’t the “profit” be that you believe in liberty and are willing to fight for it, regardless of the thankless ignorant/uncaring/idiot masses?

  22. #22 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    Granting that scr*wing with the Feds isn’t a profitable enterprise, the Hacker ethic runs more to “Let’s see what I can do” and “Let’s make these stuffed shirts look like fools” than to money.

  23. #23 |  marco73 | 

    Wow the police shooting has all the elements: small town chief with a big mouth, police union more concerned with protecting the cop’s rights than finding out what happened, 2 goober cops who can’t make it in the real world and end up killing a man, a distraught family just trying to find out answers.
    Luckily the reporter asked a couple pointed questions, and the answers reveal how the small town just wants to circle the wagons, ignoring that a citizen was killed. Solid story.

  24. #24 |  Juice | 

    Well, not everyone has access to chromium hexacarbonyl, butyl lithium, oxodiperoxymolybdenum pyridine, or THF, or even the labware required to handle all that properly. I guess you could buy it from suppliers, but you’d probably end up on a list right after that.

  25. #25 |  C.A.J. | 

    The “Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry” does not appear to exist. The only online reference I can find to it is related to the meth-to-pseudofed article. Still, I’m wondering if the chemistry it describes is valid? It’s a nice piece of satire, but it would be even more clever if the process it sets out worked.

  26. #26 |  Mattocracy | 

    “Horrible prosecutorial overreach of the week”

    Radley, might be time for you to take this on like you did with the bullshit bite mark analysis. I didn’t realize that there was so much contradicting evidence to the notion of passing drugs to an infant via breast feeding.

  27. #27 |  abhisaha | 

    Regarding link 1, I did some internet research and it appears that:

    1. The journal and author names are imaginary. Thus it is not a real scientific paper. Still, the actual chemistry involved is probably correct.

    2. The actual author of this ‘paper’ is most likely Benjamin Rupert, who was formerly at the chemistry department at UC Berkeley.

  28. #28 |  Jesse | 

    Her songs may be sappy mush directed at tweens, but Taylor Swift is a doll and has always seemed like a great person. This story didn’t surprise me.

  29. #29 |  Pablo | 

    Why the hell do school systems need their own police force? Are there not enough cops in the city police department? I think having school cops and “resource officers” is one of the worst things school can do to kids. The predictable result is kids getting harassed and jailed for being late for school, in addition to getting arrested for “disorderly conduct” if they become upset at school, etc.

  30. #30 |  nigmalg | 

    Government school attendance is not optional. Perpetrators will be subject to arrest and prosecution.

  31. #31 |  dave smith | 

    No one is defending the cop, or even cops in general, in the puppycide story.

  32. #32 |  C.A.J. | 

    abhisaha: I just noticed the names of the authors. Too bad. I’d like to think that a “Journal of Apocryphal [Something]” really existed and that it was a peer-reviewed publication based on true science.

  33. #33 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    How long will it take these people to figure out how to take over a drone built according to Government Contract laws?

    That will be a felony with up to 50 years in prison and anyone who knew about your plan, helped you, knew you, is related to you, or saw you will also face felony charges and forfeit all assets.

  34. #34 |  abhisaha | 

    C.A.J. : Even though this is not a peer-reviewed publication, I am pretty sure it is based on true science. In particular, it is almost entirely derived from the real peer-reviewed paper of Blagg and Davies from 1985(cited in the ‘paper’, see ‘Notes and references’)

  35. #35 |  Onlooker | 

    From the cops and axe story:

    And Portrey didn’t know what “excited delirium” was. Asked later to define it, he said: “Where a person was — I believe it’s attracted to a — shiny objects.”

    Re: Portrey: “In the late ’90s he tried to become a commissioned officer, but wasn’t hired because he scored too low on the written test. Twice he applied; twice he was turned away. He also tried to get on with Bremerton, Poulsbo and the Washington State Patrol, but each time, his score on the written test apparently doomed his chances…”

    “Portrey told Doug he wouldn’t go away. “I explained to him that I wasn’t going to leave until we had an intelligent face-to-face conversation.” (my comment – Yeah, like THAT was going to happen)

    This Portrey’s obviously a real genius. I’m not sure just how hard these written tests are, but I’m sure they’re probably C level high school material, or thereabouts; if not 8th grade.

    Scary when we give people like this the power of the police badge; and guns, lots of guns.

  36. #36 |  yonemoto | 

    Actually pseudoephedrine is quite important for Evans’ aldol condensations.

  37. #37 |  yonemoto | 

    OTOH, you probably don’t want to consume something that is one step away from stoichiometric chromium.

  38. #38 |  yonemoto | 

    Or HMPA for that matter. It’s nicknamed “liquid cancer”. In reality it’s safe unless you take a swig of it or rub it on your genitals (in which case it’s the second generation that get it).

  39. #39 |  Onlooker | 

    I just can’t get over the dog shooting story (as with them all). First why do busybodies call the friggen police because a dog is loose in front of his (the dog’s) home? Second, why do the police even respond to this kind of B.S. call? Nothing better to do? (or just a great opportunity to maybe get some shooting in)

    Then, of course, why do these cowards feel it is appropriate or necessary to (try to) execute a relatively small dog like this under these circumstances? In front of a kid; just as a bonus, I suppose.

    I know the odds are quite low, but this trend really makes me start to worry. I live in a very rural area on several acres, separated from the nearest houses by, well, a lot. And we have the dogs out off leash (oh the horror) as they are quite good about staying near. God forbid the sheriff sends a car to our house for God knows what. I have no confidence that our local yokels won’t act just like this.

  40. #40 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Matthew Stewart related (and absolutely OUTRAGEOUS!!!!):

  41. #41 |  Deoxy | 

    I didn’t realize that there was so much contradicting evidence to the notion of passing drugs to an infant via breast feeding.

    I don’t know the specifics regarding opiates or morphine, but my wife has been involved with world-reknowned breastfeeding experts and advocates (she’s still pretty good friends with one, actually, even though none of our kids are that age anymore), and one of the things they study and try out is trying to determine how much of what passes through to breastmilk, so yes, even the advocates believe it happens with at least some drugs, and they are checking and rechecking how and when women should “pump and dump” to keep their children safe from the medications they take.

    I do think that charging a woman in that situation, barring some belief that she really WANTED to kill the kid, is criminal.

  42. #42 |  crazybob | 

    Matthew Stewart: I have no problem with it so long as the permit is issued promptly. “Charitable ” giving is one of the least regulated and most prone to abuse segments of the economy. A minimal registration is reasonable.

  43. #43 |  yonemoto | 


    so if I wanted to raise money to help defend Saeed Malekpour, it would be reasonable to have to wait for the permit to be issued when he might get executed tomorrow?

  44. #44 |  Pugnacious | 

    The State of Mississippi is beating its plowshares into swords at a facility near Mississippi State University in cooperation with the former “cow college.”

    The aeronautical Engineering department there is working with Yair Shamir(son of Stern Gang terrorist Yitzhak Shamir and murderer of Count Folk Bernadotte) on drone technology research and production. Shamir’s Israeli Aircraft Industries was lured to the Golden Triangle area with Governor Haley Barbour’s generous state loans and the local GT Airport has just gotten FAA permission to use its landing strip for drone takeoffs and landings. Sitting on the board of directors IAI is former MSU President “Doc” Foglesong who was forced out after two years at the helm. Foglesong’s presidency was due in most part to the influence of the prime mover and shaker at MSU, Richard Andkersen, CEO of Freeport MacMoran and a former Tupelo Mississipi native and MSU graduate in accounting. The accounting department at MSU is named for him.

  45. #45 |  Pugnacious | 

    That’s Richard Adkerson of Freeport MacMoran and now the “copperbug” of the world with his monopoly control of all the copper mines in Congo.

    Shamir’s murder of Folk Bernadotte in Palestine, 1947.

  46. #46 |  Stick | 

    ‘Meth to Sudafed’ – I’m going to show that to Mrs. Stick. She has a degree in chemistry so hopefully will be able to tell me if it’s bullshit or not.

  47. #47 |  Windy | 

    It just never ends, does it?

  48. #48 |  Pugnacious | 

    A followup on ‘Doc” Foglesong.

    Four-Star General Robert “Doc” Foglesong was Commander of US Air Forces In Europe before returning to Columbus(Miss.) Air Force Base prior to his retirement and before he was selected by Freeport MacMoran’s Richard Adkerson to be MSU President. In addition to his board member status on Shamir’s IAI, he is also serves as a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a position held by Obama’s Secretary of the Navy, “Save Us from Ray ” Mabus, the discredited one-term Governor of Mississippi.

    Dossier on Four Star Air Force General Robert “Doc” Foglesong:

  49. #49 |  Burgers Allday | 

    @ #42 Crazybob:

    another article states that it will take up to 20 days to find out whether he gets his permit or not.

  50. #50 |  Burgers Allday | 

    “We don’t want to break the law,” Michael Stewart said, so the family took down the donation feature on their website — — and submitted an application for a permit on Friday, which cost him $100. He will also have to inform contributors their donations will not be tax-deductible.

    Family members previously planned to hold a yard sale and another was going to do photography to raise money for Matthew Stewart, but now Michael Stewart says he doesn’t know what the family can do without unknowingly violating some law.

    “Does my sister need a permit for a garage sale to sell her junk to help my son?” he asked. “We’d like people to see outrage at the way things are being done here in Utah; it is not right. They are attacking us every way they can.”

    Division director Traci Gundersen said consumer protection staffers became aware of the family trying to raise money for Stewart’s legal defense fund and a couple of residents also called to ask if the family was registered with the state. They were not, so the department took action by sending the Stewarts a form letter dated Feb. 17 stating, “It is our understanding that your organization may be subject to the registration requirements of the Charitable Solicitations Act.”

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