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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
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  1. #1 |  Joshua | 

    There are several things wrong with this one:
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-orlando-police-seized-electronics-20120302,0,5494326,full.story

  2. #2 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Re: the hashbrown story – I worked in an in-store deli for 4 years starting in my senior year in high school. One evening three young women (about my age) came in and spent a considerable amount of time in the store. Their “shopping” trip included getting some fried chicken from the deli. I will never forget seeing them as the police were leading them out of the store with huge grease spots on their jeans from putting the fried chicken in their front pockets. One had also tried putting a steak down the front of her pants.

  3. #3 |  Not Sure | 

    Progress Energy fired the employee who lent the uniform, but the county sheriff “doesn’t yet know” if he’ll discipline his deputy who was “just being creative” for an illegal search?

    Sounds about right.

  4. #4 |  Jerryskids | 

    Indiana levels the playing field in response to this Indiana Supreme Court decision.

  5. #5 |  nigmalg | 

    Joshua, that story is crazy.

    “His email goes on to say “…credit card companies take losses all the time in fraud … the credit card companies were informed by the victims of the fraud and covered the victims’ loss.””

    So the Credit Card company was perfectly fine with giving up the property? What about the Credit Card’s insurance company? What about all of the other customers that will ultimately pay with higher rates when the credit card company passes the uncollected losses onto them?

    Don’t expect much in the form of statutes barring activity like this, or any sort of political displeasure; not in Florida. We’ve become the epicenter of LE corruption with our union stacked review boards and absolute incapability for “blue” justice.

  6. #6 |  EBL | 

    That is a fabulous tabloid headline. I linked it to this with some classic headlines from the past. My favorite is still “Headless Body in Topless Bar” but this today is right up there.

  7. #7 |  Bob | 

    nigmalg,

    So the Credit Card company was perfectly fine with giving up the property? What about the Credit Card’s insurance company? What about all of the other customers that will ultimately pay with higher rates when the credit card company passes the uncollected losses onto them?

    That’s how credit cards work. Banks borrow money at 0 to 2 %, then sell it to you when you charge things at 10 to 30 %. (One card has a 49% rate. THAT’S balls!) In addition, they charge the merchant up to 3% just for accepting the card.

    They’re MORE than happy to accept a certain level of losses to keep this gravy train going. It’s in their best interest to cover the charge and then declare the item a loss. Someone gets a free item, the customer thinks the bank is totally batting for them, and the bank posts record profits. It’s win – win -win until the debt bubble finally hits.

    As a general rule, people would rather have a credit card that gives them “3% cash back on selected purchases” and strong anti-fraud protection than understand how mercilessly they’re being manipulated.

  8. #8 |  Gretchen | 

    “Sexual anus plug in his rectum”? I think that can be translated as “we want to embarrass this man as much as humanly possible in addition to mentioning his actual crime.”

  9. #9 |  George | 

    Coates is just despicable. If one actually watches the 45 minute video of Sherrod, one knows that Breitbart was correct. At best one could say Sherrod evolved from racism to classism. She never (based on the video, anyway) stopped hating; she just hated differently. Coates is simply so biased that he cannot recognize hatred when it conforms to his own. I used to read his work so I’d be aware of differing points of view, but a year or so ago I realized he’s too irrational to be valuable. Obviously he’s not changed. Breitbart’s death is a huge loss to American journalism.

  10. #10 |  Jamie | 

    Ta-Nehisi is right on, as usual. I fully believe Breitbart was a stand up guy to friends and family. His public life was viciously destructive, based on lies and simply morally appalling.

    I know Radley has trod this ground before, so no link, but check out Patterico for your daily dose of disturbing apologia. I’m sure he’s a wonderful family man and friend, too.

  11. #11 |  Jamie | 

    George, sorry, but you are either blinkered, a fool, or utterly out of touch with race relations in this country. I don’t expect to convince you if someone so much more eloquent than I can’t, but at least know that there are people like me, no partisan democrat or progressive by any stretch, come to the exact opposite conclusion, and suggest you reflect on why that is.

    One might start by contrasting your “watch the whole video” exhortation with your careful qualification that, based on the video, thus excluding any other evidence, you win. For starters, I did watch it, and you’re simply wrong. But beyond that, even if that were not the case, journalism isn’t finding a video and scoring points based on it. Journalism is (at least supposed to be) figuring out what the fuck is going on, and explaining it.

  12. #12 |  Inkberrow | 

    Jamie—

    Were you bothered by the mainstream media’s smirking sanctimony amid continuous loops of Mitt Romney’s “I’m not concerned about poor people” when they neglected the vast bulk of the time to even play or discuss the clarifying section in which he explains why, cuz they’ll be taken care of?

    I doubt Coates sermonized on the subject. Nor on the newly-minted journalist Reverend Al’s failure to apologize to the Duke lacrosse community…..

  13. #13 |  Mattocracy | 

    “Allegedly Steals Hash Browns By Stuffing Them In Her Pants”

    Allegedly, in her pants. As if, with further investigation, it would later be proven that shoved the hash browns between her tits.

  14. #14 |  EH | 

    Inkberrow: “Trust us, they’ll be taken care of.” Is that about your understanding?

    You have to wonder what’s going on in heads like George’s.

  15. #15 |  Inkberrow | 

    EH—

    Romney didn’t say “trust us”; nor are you obliged to. Nonetheless, he clearly and immediately described how in his view the poor would be taken care of in ways not applicable to the middle class, which is quite different from the bald “I don’t care about poor people” disingenuously flogged by the media.

  16. #16 |  George | 

    What’s going on in my head is called thinking. You should try it sometime, EH, as should Jamie. My “careful qualification” acknowledges that all I know of Ms. Sherrod is based on what she actually said that was recorded on that video. She may well have changed her perspective on people since then.

    Jamie, your point that journalism should not be about relaying what the facts are but instead should tell us what the fuck is going on and explaining it — that’s illuminating. The problem with basing your beliefs independently of facts is that, unless your audience shares your biases, they realize you and your fantasies have no relevance to them.

  17. #17 |  Michael Chaney | 

    I think that can be translated as “we want to embarrass this man as much as humanly possible in addition to mentioning his actual crime.”

    You know, if I had to pull a butt plug out of the ass of someone who’s nearly comatose from alcohol ingestion and was driving I would likely mention it, too.

    That guy is despicable and, frankly, I understand sometimes why cops end up hating the world.

  18. #18 |  Gretchen | 

    He didn’t pull it out– it apparently fell out. And I wasn’t really referring to the mention, but the most explicit description of a butt plug ever. He didn’t just have an “anus plug,” but he had it “in his rectum” (where else would it be?) and people do such things for sexual reasons, goddammit. Filthy bastards.

    If you hate the world, by the way, you are the last person who has any business being a police officer. People officers who hate the world are the reason people hate the police.

  19. #19 |  Michael Chaney | 

    I think the Sherrod affair was finally a chance for people who disliked Breitbart to finally catch him, and in doing so they had to sanctify Sherrod to make him look worse.

    The facts about Sherrod:

    1. She’s a racialist. Listening to her speech you understand that her entire world is seen through the lens of race. Frankly, a lot of people in her generation suffer from that, and given the background it’s probably understandable (her father was murdered by a white man). Personally, I cringe when I hear her talk about someone asking her for help and, because he’s a different race than her, she instead sends him to “his people” for help.

    2. The Sherrod case exposed the Pigford scandal, where certain blacks were getting a not-secret-but-not-talked-about “settlement” from the federal government. The scandal that was uncovered was that certain lawyers had set up fraud mills where any black person could come in, claim they “tried” to farm, and get part of the settlement.

    3. And what came out of that is the fact that Sherrod had run a farm with her husband in the 80s where, well, read for yourself:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2010/08/02/the-other-side-of-shirley-sherrod/

    So, no, Sherrod is no saint, and one needn’t act like she is in order to further villify Breitbart. Sometimes, there’s no need to pick sides.

  20. #20 |  Gretchen | 

    Sigh. Police officers, not “people officers.”

  21. #21 |  AlgerHiss | 

    The Ta-Nehisi Coates piece reminded me of Ed Bradley at CBS and Audi sudden acceleration…and the NBC Dateline crew and exploding gas tanks on GM trucks…and Dan Rather and the Killian documents….and….

  22. #22 |  Collin | 

    From the article: “The length, girth and color of the “sexual anus plug in his rectum” was not listed in the affidavit. Also not specified was the make and model of the plug and an explanation of how it ended up in his bottom.”

    Not sure why this would be mentioned if for no other reason than embarrassment. I could see this information being recorded by the police, should he request it back after charges are dealt with, but no need to put it in the new article.

  23. #23 |  CyniCAl | 

    Shirley Sherrod was a federal agent. She hardly needs to be defended.

  24. #24 |  CyniCAl | 

    Speaking of lynchings, meanwhile, almost a month after it happened, the silence in San Clemente, CA is still deafening:

    http://www.ocregister.com/news/shooting-342853-loggins-department.html

    Federal lawsuit against Orange County Sheriff Dept. on deck.

  25. #25 |  Ken | 

    Ta-Nehisi Coates was lying when he said:

    “‘What this video shows … is not just that Shirley Sherrod, what she said was wrong, but that the audience was laughing and applauding as she described how she maltreated the white farmer. … The point is that the NAACP, at a dinner honoring this person, is cheering on a person describing–describing a white person as the other.’

    This was a lie.”

    Starting at 17:25 where she’s talking about how much she’s “going to help [a white farmer]” and the crowd laughs. She’s admitting that she believed her job was to help poor black people, not all people. The idea that this isn’t racist or outrageous is absurd. If you think that her revelation about it being about poor people is mitigating, then just imagine if a George W Bush had told a story when he was governor that he was deciding how much he’d help a black guy, then send him off to a black lawyer that was “one of his kind” and tell me you would NOT be decrying Bush as racist, no matter if the story contained the statements that the struggle was to help all poor people, not just poor whites.

  26. #26 |  el coronado | 

    Coates: …”it must be said that his [Breitbart's] impact was for the worse.”

    “Worse for the statist left-wing totalitarian race-hustlers that (evidently) read our rag.” Fixed it for ya, good buddy. Why, I wonder, would a “journalist” such as Coates claims to be be against investigations into government corruption and racism? Whatever happened to ‘sunshine is the best disinfectant’?

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