Some Links for Your Lunch

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
  • Obvious headline is obvious.
  • This camera does some cool stuff. And looks like the hangups will only improve with future models.
  • Here’s a fun list of some of the greatest magazine articles ever written. I mentioned Gene Weingarten’s wrenching “Fatal Distraction” piece on this site shortly after it ran. I actually just read “The Things That Carried Him” for the first time a few weeks ago on an airplane. I had to finish it later. It’s an amazing piece of writing.
  • Another contender for headline of the day. I like that the Daily Mail included a stock photo that may or may not have resembled the dog.
  • Don’t always (or perhaps even usually) agree with Amanda Marcotte, but I envy her for coining the awesome phrase “erection of righteousness.”
  • Kudos to Illinois State’s Attorney Ron Dozier, who is dropping wiretapping charges against a man because he believes the state law is unconstitutional.

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29 Responses to “Some Links for Your Lunch”

  1. #1 |  Chris in AL | 

    I just had my Dachshund translate the article that ran on this same story on the doggy internet news feed. It read…

    “Phoenix resident Mr. Peaches was cock-blocked in his attempt to bang local free-lance photographer Sarah Dae by Maricopa County sheriffs.

    Peaches said that while he is disappointed that his love connection was dashed he is just glad the officers didn’t kill him in the incident.

    While he feels it is his right to have sex with a woman if he so chooses, he will bide his time and make do with humping everything else from couch arms, to stuffed animals, to people’s legs, until his dreams come true.”

  2. #2 |  mgd | 

    Obvious headline is not quite obvious enough. Can anyone log in and let the rest of know what it is?

  3. #3 |  DoubleU | 

    I heard about the light field camera several months ago, I think you are correct it will be improved. I wouldn’t get the first model of anything.

    The dog lover… The woman looks oddly like the character from “Strangers with Candy.”

  4. #4 |  DoubleU | 

    I can’t get to it either but hovering over the link gives me “beheadings-in-afghanistan-are-grim-reminder-of-extremes-of-taliban-law”

  5. #5 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “•Kudos to Illinois State’s Attorney Ron Dozier, who is dropping wiretapping charges against a man because he believes the state law is unconstitutional.”

    Shit. This whole wiretapping charade, for photographers, just isn’t pasing the smell test anymore. They might want to consider ‘sedition’ or
    ‘tomfoolery,’ just for a change. Or insubordination. Something, anything, is better than “wiretapping” at this stage of the game, which seems a long time coming, given the absence of any wires or tapping.

  6. #6 |  Bee | 

    I think the expanded story by the Washington Post magazine about Cheye Calvo/the Berwyn Heights botched raid should be on that list, as well. I recall that was a detailed, non-hyperbolic story. It also was the only place I read about the traumas suffered by Calvo’s mother-in-law prior to, and after, the raid. Really heartwrenching.

  7. #7 |  Rick H. | 

    “I remain extremely disappointed in the leadership at for refusing to do what they can to stop this.”

    Nice of Arpaio to trot out that tiresome mantra of social conservatives: blaming Craigslist for activities they don’t like. Kudos to the company for refusing to play ball with this moron.

    Aside from that, what an outrageous display of ingratitude. If it weren’t for the existence of Craigslist, the cops actually would’ve had no way to track the sexual perversions of private citizens or set up a sting in the first place. Way to insult the folks who are practically doing your job for you.

  8. #8 |  Lefty | 

    is the Obvious headline “Please Log In”?

  9. #9 |  Dan | 

    I breed canines; that’s dogs to the layman

  10. #10 |  CyniCAl | 

    •Another contender for headline of the day. I like that the Daily Mail included a stock photo that may or may not have resembled the dog.

    Radley, you sly dog, keeping Arpaio out of the lede! What a fun treat that was to see this story in his jurisdiction!

  11. #11 |  JOrz | 

    The insurance contraceptive mandate controversy is a good example of how Democrats can act just like Republicans when they want. I’ve always known both sides weren’t too far apart so this is good to see.

    Anyone remember the Patriot Act? Democrats said it will trample constitutional rights. Republicans said only if you love terrorists! Now, this. Republicans say this mandate tramples constitutional rights. Democrats say only if you hate women!

  12. #12 |  Mykeru | 

    I refuse to accept cookies from the New York Times. Mostly because New York Times cookies taste like Judith Miller has been using them as a dress shield.

  13. #13 |  SJE | 

    Sheriff Joe is power crazed nut case who delights in punishing people for things that aren’t illegal, immoral or weird (like judges who don’t like deputies looking at the notes of the defense attorney). So, whatever the merits or not of the Arizona 3 way+1 dog, common sense says, don’t do it in Maricopa.

  14. #14 |  Dante | 


    I would have an intelligent, witty comment (that would be a first), but I’ve got to go show my wife the old “erection of righteousness.” No God-fearing woman can deny me now!

    Dang, that’s good stuff.

  15. #15 |  CyniCAl | 

    Turns out Amanda wasn’t the first to muse on righteous erections:

    It’s hard to come up with an original thought in a world of 6 billion people.

  16. #16 |  ClubMedSux | 

    Chris in AL’s comment is why we need to bring back karma points. A+ work, my friend.

    Also, I’m still laughing every time I look at that stock photo of the German shepherd.

  17. #17 |  Tom |

  18. #18 |  Harley | 

    The optimist in me appreciates SA Ron Dozier dropping the charges. The cynic worries that he did it so they’d still have the law on the books for further use as harassment. The cynic also thinks it’ll be a cold day in hell before the police unions let themselves be legally recorded in Illinois.

  19. #19 |  mgd | 

    @Tom: Thanks. Obvious it was, indeed.

  20. #20 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

    “Obstruction of justice charges still could be filed in cases where recording gets in the way of police work, said Dozier.”

    Sounds reasonable, though I would add that I can’t recall a case where the person recording police was physically interfering. Other actors in the criminal justice system need to get on this train!

  21. #21 |  UCrawford | 

    The Michael Lewis article referenced in your top magazine articles link wasone of the best I’ve ever read and should be considered a must-read for anyone who wants to see how disconnected Wall Street is from both reality and business ethics. The CDO section where Steve Eisemann realizes that Wall Street is creating essentially fake debt just so they can repackage it was an eye opener. I’m generally a free marketeer, but I’m also one of those who believes in punishing fraud fairly harshly and it’s a good lesson for those who tend to have a rather naive view of the efficiency of completely unregulated free markets.

  22. #22 |  Ted S. | 

    I’m generally a free marketeer, but I’m also one of those who believes in punishing fraud fairly harshly

    Letting the banks go under would have been a good start.

  23. #23 |  Let's Be Free | 

    Was entranced by the Syd Finch article. For some reason as I finished the story glanced down and saw the date on the corner of the page (subscription copies were mailed out about a week ahead of the cover date) and knew I had been taken by one of the best April Fool jokes ever.

  24. #24 |  Adam | 

    It’s weird to see an article that involves Joe Arpaio in which someone else’s behaviour is even *more* shocking than his. Almost wrong, somehow.

  25. #25 |  UCrawford | 

    @Ted S…I agree. While I understand the benefits of bailing out banks as a useful tool to prevent panic in markets, the behavior of the banks leading to their meltdown was irresponsible enough that all the bailouts did was encourage them to take on even more irresponsible risk because they figure they’re bulletproof. That’s why I’ll never have an account with Bank of America again if I can help it. Absolutely garbage bank run by garbage executives.

    Plus, it’s not like every bank had the same problems the bailout banks did. Plenty of smart bankers out there recognized the real estate bubble for what it was and got out of it to protect their investors’ money…I’d much rather see those bankers being able to buy up failed banks’ assets rather than see the failed bankers get another shot.

  26. #26 |  Kaganspawn | 

    With this development in Illinois, one of the toughest states on the record-the-police issue, coming after the favorable ruling by the 1st Circuit, and all the other developments in this area over the last 6 months, it really begins to feel as if the tide is turning in favor of recognizing the right to record the police engaged in the performance of their duties in public places.

  27. #27 |  croaker |,0,373707.story

    Cliff Notes: Car hits deer, driver spends 8 hrs trapped. Cops say “Here’s your ticket, prole.”

  28. #28 |  Bob Mc | 

    Take away quote from the puppy love story:

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said:’People who do this for enjoyment are a different breed, that’s for certain.’

  29. #29 |  Mark Z. | 

    You know, I was on the fence about whether sex with animals should be legal–but if Joe Arpaio is against it, it must be a constitutional right. That settles that.

    “Pat Robertson once said
    it’s a long downward slide
    that will lead to legalizing sex with ducks
    if two men can stand side by side
    God, I hope he’s right
    cause if gay marriage becomes lawful
    gonna find myself a duck
    and legally do something awful…”
    — Garfunkel and Oates